VTJP News & Articles 29 August 2012: Jewish settlers burn a car and write racist slogans

29 August 2012  — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

PCHR Condemns Continued Israeli Violations against Palestinian Fishermen in the Gaza Strip
IMEMC – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns Israel’s continued violations against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip, and expresses concern about the escalation of these violations. On Tuesday morning, 28 August 2012, 2 Palestinian fishermen were arrested and a Palestinian fishing boat was heavily damaged in 2 separate incidents in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Dozens Wounded After Inhaling Gas Fired By the Army In Al-Biereh
IMEMC – The Palestine News Network (PNN) reported that dozens of residents were treated for the effects of teargas inhalation, after Israeli soldiers invaded Al-Biereh, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah and fired gas bombs. …

Abbas To Head To Tehran
IMEMC – Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, will be flying to Tehran, on Tuesday evening, in order to participate in the summit of the international Nonaligned Movement. Abbas will be heading to Jordan before flying to Tehran. …

Settlers Burn Two Palestinian Cars, Deface Two Cars
IMEMC – A group of extremist Israeli settlers burnt, on Wednesday at dawn, two Palestinian cars in Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, near Ramallah, and wrote racist graffiti on two more vehicles, the Palestine News Network (PNN) reported. …

Charges Filed Against Nine Extremists Involved In Lynch Attack
IMEMC – The Israeli Prosecution at the Central Court in Jerusalem filed, Tuesday, indictments against eight extremist Israeli settlers who violently attacked a Palestinian in Jerusalem, on August 16, leading to serious injuries. …

Two Children Injured After being Attacked By Settlers
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported Tuesday that several extremist Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian home in Al-Lubban village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and violently attacked the family wounding two children. The army went on to kidnap the father and brother of the two children. …

Soldiers Kidnap A Palestinian In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday evening, a Palestinian citizen of Jerusalem after the army, undercover units and security officers, invaded a sweets shop in Az-Zahra’ Trade Center in Salah Ed-Deen Street, in occupied East Jerusalem. …

Ma’an News

Medical official: Woman shot by Israeli forces in Gaza
8/29/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A woman was injured on Wednesday by Israeli gunfire near Deir al-Balah, central Gaza, medical officials said. The woman, 42, was seriously wounded by gunfire and transferred to hospital, spokesman for the ministry of health in Gaza Ashraf al-Qudra told Ma’an. An Israeli army spokeswoman declined to comment….

Witnesses: Israeli aircraft open fire near Gaza City
8/29/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) –Israeli aircraft fired at an open area in the south of Gaza City on Wednesday, locals said. Warplanes opened fire on the neighborhood of Tal al-Hawa, leaving a large crater in an empty area of land, witnesses told Ma’an. No injuries were reported. An Israeli military spokeswoman had…. Related: Group claims 5 missiles targeting Ashkelon

Israeli forces issue demolition orders for Qalqiliya building
8/29/2012 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities handed out demolition orders for a building in a Qalqiliya village on Wednesday, local officials told Ma’an.” The Israeli civil administration officials handed out a demolition order. The officials gave the village residents three days to evacuate the building,” head of Izbat at-Tabib village council told Ma….

Settlers ‘burn car, spray racist graffiti’ in Ramallah village
8/29/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A group of settlers set fire to a car and sprayed racist graffiti in a Ramallah village early Wednesday, locals said. Hatem Abdul Latif told Ma’an that a number of settlers attempted to set fire to his brothers car, with the vehicle only partially igniting. Settlers then sprayed racist….

Group claims 5 missiles targeting Ashkelon
8/29/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A previously unknown militant group claimed responsibility Wednesday for an attack on the Israeli city of Ashkelon with five Grad missiles the previous evening.”The Mujahadeen consultative council in Jerusalem and its environs” said it would continue its attacks targeting Israeli areas near Gaza in response to its crimes against…. Related: Witnesses: Israeli aircraft open fire near Gaza City

Israel court tells settlers to evacuate outpost by Tuesday
8/29/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel‘s high court ruled on Wednesday that an illegal Jewish settler outpost in the occupied West Bank must be evacuated by Tuesday. The court rejected an appeal by the settlers to delay the evacuation of Migron, a hilltop settlement of about 50 families, which an earlier court ruling had decided was….

Report: Egypt to provide Gaza power station with fuel
8/29/2012 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — The Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation has received instructions from President Mursi to provide Gaza with fuel for its sole power station, Al-Watan newspaper reported Wednesday. Amro Mustafa, vice president of EGPC, made the comments to Al-Watan during an interview with the Egyptian newspaper. The Egyptian company will provide 30,000 tonnes of….

Researchers: Cyber spying expands in Iran after operation is blown
8/29/2012 – BOSTON (Reuters) — The scope of a cyber espionage campaign targeting Iran and other parts of the Middle East has widened, even after security experts blew the operation’s cover last month, according to the research firm that discovered the Mahdi Trojan. Israeli security company Seculert said that it has identified about 150 new Mahdi….

Israeli forces arrest 5 overnight
8/29/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested five people overnight Tuesday, Israel‘s army and a local committee said. A number of military vehicles carrying around 200 Israeli soldiers raided several neighborhoods in Beit Ummar, Hebron, and arrested released prisoner Yousef Muhammad Kamel Awad, 22, and brothers Khalid and Muhammad Ikhlayel, local committee spokesman….

Egypt broadens Sinai campaign against militants
8/29/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt’s military said on Wednesday it would broaden its offensive against militants in the Sinai Peninsula, a campaign that has raised concerns in Israel about the movement of heavy armor into the area near its border. After militants attacked and killed 16 border guards on Aug. 5, Egypt launched an operation….

Dahlan welcomes France decision on Arafat inquiry
8/29/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Ousted Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan on Wednesday welcomed a French court’s announcement that it would open an investigation into the 2004 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, a statement said. Dahlan said he hopes the investigation will reveal the mystery surrounding the circumstances of Arafat’s death. Arafat….

Qaraqe urges Egypt to include Palestinians in Israel swap deal
8/29/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority minister of prisoners affairs has asked Egypt to include Palestinian detainees in a prisoner exchange deal with Israel. Issa Qaraqe met Egyptian consul Hammam Abu Zaid in Ramallah on Tuesday and requested the inclusion of Palestinian detainees in a prisoner deal between Egypt and Israel, the minister said….

West urges Arab states not to target Israel at UN nuclear meet
8/29/2012 – VIENNA (Reuters) — Western envoys are urging Arab states not to berate Israel over its assumed nuclear arsenal at the UN atomic agency’s annual conference, fearing this could imperil wider efforts for a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, diplomats say. A senior diplomat said Arab countries would criticize Israel but were divided over whether to….

Abbas arrives in Tehran in first visit as president
8/29/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas‘ visit to Iran will determine future relations between Iran and the PLO, following years of strained ties. Abbas arrived in Tehran on Wednesday, his first visit to Iran as president, to attend a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement. Relations between the PLO and Iran have been tense….

Hamas office in Damascus ‘still open’
8/29/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas’ politburo in Damascus is still open and has not moved to Cairo, the party’s representative in Yemen said Wednesday.” The movement’s office in Syria did not move to Cairo, it was not closed and Hamas leaders are still in it but because of the….

Founding member of Fatah dies
8/29/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Mohammad al-Azzeh, 70, a founding member of the Fatah movement, died Tuesday. Al-Azzeh, known as Abu Tareq, had been fighting an undisclosed illness….

Fayyad approves measures to counter electricity crisis
8/29/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad approved new measures on Tuesday to help counter an electricity crisis in the West Bank, a statement said. Fayyad approved the measures during a weekly session of the Council of Ministers in Ramallah. The council endorsed measures to support low-income consumers of electricity as well….

Finance minister says PA ready to pay July salaries
8/29/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority minister of finance said Thursday that government employees could expect to receive the remainder of their salaries on Thursday. Nabil Qasis said the ministry would deliver the rest of July’s salaries on Friday. Citing the ongoing financial crisis, the Palestinian Authority has temporarily withheld the full….

Palestinian killed by shell in Syria camp, family says
8/29/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was killed in Syria on Wednesday when a shell landed in Yarmouk refugee camp, the man’s family said. Samir Ibrahim Dagher, 51, died from his injuries after being hit by shrapnel from an explosion, his cousin told Ma’an. No other injuries were reported. Dagher was….

UNESCO urges end to attacks on Libyan Sufi mosques, graves
8/29/2012 – PARIS (Reuters) – The United Nations cultural agency UNESCO has urged Libyan authorities to protect Sufi mosques and shrines under repeated attack by hardline Islamists who consider the traditional mystical school of Islam heretical. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said late on Tuesday the attacks, which have wrecked mosques in at least three cities and desecrated many….

Syria’s rural economy adapts as conflict spreads
8/29/2012AL-DANA, Syria (Reuters) — For the past six months, farmer Hisham al-Zeir’s wife and daughters have been up before sunset each day when it’s still cool, baking traditional tanoor bread in a century-old clay oven in their home in Syria’s rich agricultural province of Idlib. Rather than selling all his….

Iran seeks support for Syria ceasefire plan at Tehran summit
8/29/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Iran will ask developing nations attending a summit there to back its call for a ceasefire in Syria, an official said on Wednesday, as Tehran seeks to be seen as a peacemaker in a region where its Arab neighbors often view it with suspicion. Iran says the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement summit in….

Assad blames Turkey for Syria bloodshed
8/29/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian President Bashar Assad blamed the Turkish government on Wednesday for violence in a 17-month-old uprising in the country, in which thousands have died.” Turkey bears direct responsibility for the blood being shed in Syria,” Assad told the local television channel Addounia….

Activists: Jets pound east Damascus, thousands flee
8/29/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Syrian air and ground bombardment killed at least 27 people in neighborhoods on the eastern edge of Damascus on Wednesday, in a military campaign to halt rebel hit-and-run attacks against loyalist forces, opposition activists said. Many more were killed when troops briefly entered several districts after the shelling and air strikes, carrying out….


UN chief meets Iran leaders before NAM summit
AlJazeera 29 Aug 2012 – Syria, human rights and Israel topic of discussion between UN chief and Islamic Republic’s supreme leader and president.

Palestinian farmers ordered to leave lands
AlJazeera 29 Aug 2012Israel sends written message to West Bank farmers giving them 45 days to leave lands and uproot palm trees.

Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Accuses a Palestinian of Belonging to Popular Front, Sentences Him to Jail
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Storms Beit Ummar, Arrests Citizens and Summons Interrogation Notices
Palestine News Network

Occupation Raids Stores, Arrests a Citizen and Imposes High Fines in Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

The Press- Power For Whom? : Reflections on Assange and Media Struggle
Palestine News Network

Iran, Israel and the Birth of New Alliances
Palestine News Network

Settlers Burn Cars and Paint Graffiti near Ramallah
Palestine News Network

New Israeli Campaign: ‘I’m a Jewish Refugee’
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Shots a Female Farmer from Gaza
Palestine News Network

Occupation Interrogates Palestinians on a Military Checkpoint, Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

French Murder Inquiry Launched Into Arafat’s Death
Palestine News Network

Bethlehem University Students Win First Place in MEA Award for Google Online Marketing
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Occupied lives: I hope to see my son before it’s too late
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Palestinian family members attacked, then arrested in khan Al Luban
8/29/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Marshall Pinkerton, 29 August | International Solidarity Movement – On the morning of August 28, around 30 settlers armed with guns and sticks descended upon a Palestinian home located in Khan al-Liban, and attacked the Daraghmah family. The mother, Taghrid, and the two youngest sons, Mu’min, 13, and Nour al-Deen, 9, were injured during….

The National

Assad: I need time to win civil war
The National 29 Aug 2012 – In rare TV interview, president says Syria is involved in a regional and global conflict.

Syria’s wounded saved by rebel doctors without frontiers
The National 29 Aug 2012 – Brave volunteer medics endure routine gunfire as they shuttle casualties from Syria’s war to the border area of Turkey.

Dubai UN aid for Syria refugees
The National 29 Aug 2012UN stockpile of aid sent from Dubai to Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Israel’s secretive atomic programme to be targeted by Muslim nations
The National 29 Aug 2012 – Muslim nations are seeking a reprimand for Israel at next month’s 154-nation IAEA nuclear meeting for thwarting ‘all initiatives to free the region of weapons of mass destruction’.

UAE urges Iran to settle islands row
The National 29 Aug 2012 – The UAE has called on Iran to enter into negotiations over the ownership of islands Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs.


Germany, Israel still conceal facts about massacre
Ha’aretz – 29 Aug 2012

Amid talks of Iran war, Israel’s TV Authority drafts emergency broadcasts plan
Ha’aretz – 29 Aug 2012

Israeli archaeologists find rare Stone Age figures near Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 29 Aug 2012

Police probing suspicions of embezzlement in Israeli defense establishment
Ha’aretz – 29 Aug 2012

Israel to launch new enforcement campaign targeting African migrants
Ha’aretz – 29 Aug 2012

UN chief to Iran: Prove nuclear program is peaceful, cease verbal attacks on Israel
Ha’aretz – 29 Aug 2012

Netanyahu: States taking part in Iran conference forgot lessons of the Holocaust
Ha’aretz – 29 Aug 2012

High Court: West Bank outpost of Migron must be cleared by September 4
Ha’aretz – 29 Aug 2012

Palestinian axe attack on Israeli settler may not have been ‘nationalistic’
Ha’aretz – 29 Aug 2012

Israeli police investigating Muslim-Christian brawl on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives
Ha’aretz – 29 Aug 2012

Israel Prison Service begins recruiting staff for facilities to hold African migrants
Ha’aretz – 29 Aug 2012

Burnt vehicle, racist slogans found in West Bank Palestinian neighborhood
Ha’aretz – 29 Aug 2012

Negev Muslims incensed over plans for wine festival near Be’er Sheva mosque
Ha’aretz – 29 Aug 2012

Israel State Archives reveal: The secret protocols of Munich Olympics massacre
Ha’aretz – 29 Aug 2012

Despite official denials, new Israeli city planned for ultra-Orthodox
Ha’aretz – 29 Aug 2012

Frustrated by government bureaucracy, Israeli solar companies take expertise abroad
Ha’aretz – 28 Aug 2012

Orthodox feminist NGO sues Haredi radio station for NIS 100 million
Ha’aretz – 28 Aug 2012

Rare songbird sighting delights bird-watchers in Israel’s south
Ha’aretz – 28 Aug 2012

Israel’s Channel 10 to go ahead with worker dismissals
Ha’aretz – 28 Aug 2012

Family court judges seek protection from violent parents
Ha’aretz – 28 Aug 2012

Cut-rate coffee-machine capsules to make local debut
Ha’aretz – 28 Aug 2012

Jerusalem Post

Metzger: Remove anti-shechita policy
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – A bill banning religious slaughter was passed by the Dutch parliament’s in 2011, with the support of Wilders’s party. 

Court rejects retrial for pension embezzlement
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Yisrael Perry’s request for retrial of conviction for 320 m. embezzlement from pension funds rejected. 

Isawiya students strike over classroom deficit
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Over 3,000 students in east J’lem neighborhood protest lack of 20 rooms for about 800 students. 

New school year, but old discrimination remain
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Shas city council member claims 30 Sephardi girls in Jerusalem kept out of Ashkenazi schools. 

Indictment against hit-and-run likely
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court extended remand by six days of suspect in the hit-and-run that killed 3 Netanya women. 

University of Cali rejects anti-Semitism resolution
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Resolution calls on universities in the state to combat anti-Semitism; University says it “violates First Amendment.” 

TAU scientist part of double sun-planet find
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Every new planet that is discovered is a new world for us that helps us understand the process of creation of the planet. 

ACRI: South losing doctors to private medicine
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Southern patients on “periphery” have less healthcare availability than in Center; physicians shift to private institutions. 

New Orleans Jewish centers closed in face of Isaac
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Jewish community prepares for Hurricane Issac; Rabbi Nemes says general mood ‘calm and hopeful.’ 

Foreign students impressed by Israeli law record
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – “Israel doing an amazing job” dealing with the many conflicts on its border, says Siddhant Srivastava at StandWithUs conference. 

Yishai: S. Tel Aviv shuls in danger due to migrants
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Interior Minister pens letter to TA mayor calling on him to safeguard synagogues from wave of neglect, disrepair. 

High Court orders Migron outpost evacuated within 6 days
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Court rejects Migron residents’ petition to delay eviction, demolition of homes; decision delays demolition of homes in “block 10” until purchase claims are examined; residents refuse to say whether they’ll resist evacuation. 

Candidly Speaking: Jewish struggle for rights
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Jews are obliged to recognize that our overriding priority must be to safeguard ourselves against those seeking to destroy us. 

Let’s do the Time Warp
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Zionism is not just an ideology. It is beyond pragmatism, it is a lifesaver. 

Fundamentally Freund: Tyranny begins in Migron
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – What happens today in Migron could very well happen tomorrow in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv or Beersheba. 

Media Comment: Don’t artificially resuscitate Ch. 10
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – The Peled Commission recommended that Israel should aim toward an “open skies” policy enabling almost anyone to broadcast. 

Inside Out: Realities about racism
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – To deny the impact on Israelis of the “them or us” mentality entrenched by the occupation is to be willfully blind to a sad truth. 

Conundrum of the Rohingyas
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Since May of this year, Burma has witnessed an escalation of simmering tension between two groups in Rakhine state. 

Judith Butler and the Theodor Adorno Prize
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Butler, who received Frankfurt’s coveted Theodor Adorno Prize, came to prominence as an anti-Israel agitator. 

What motivates Christian Zionists?
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – I am a Christian. And I am a Zionist. But it took me years of being both to realize that I’m a Christian Zionist. 

Washington Watch: Tough questions for Obama, Romney
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – I concede that Romney and Obama love Israel, are committed to its survival and don’t want Iran to get nuclear weapons. 

Yishai says he’ll start jailing, deporting Sudanese
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Interior minister declares he’ll work to return Israel‘s Eritrean population, who like Sudanese, enjoy group protection. 

Ban to Iran: Prove your nuclear program is peaceful
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012UN chief in Tehran calls on states to stop supplying arms to conflict in Syria; UN task force to streamline IAEA’s work. 

PM: NAM summit in Tehran is a disgrace to humanity
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Netanyahu says large presence at conference proves “never again” is a hollow pledge; Abbas arrives in Iran for summit. 

‘I’ll make migrants’ lives bitter until they leave’
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Interior Minister Yishai says Sudanese migrants have until Oct. 15 to leave voluntarily before facing arrest, forced deportation. 

Netivot proposes separate shelters for Africans
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – In meeting with home front defense minister, official says separate bomb shelters would solve issues of scarcity, integration. 

Rivlin: Channel 10 closure will endanger democracy
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Mofaz slams “Bibi in Wonderland,” says PM unaware of middle class’ strife; Shai: PM punishing network for “Bibitours” report. 

Researchers: Cyber spying is expanding in Iran
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Even after security experts below operations’ cover, cyber espionage campaign widens, according to research firm that discovered Mahdi Trojan. 

Work in Progress: The power of words
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – From resume to interview, learn how to choose exactly the right words to help you land the job of your dreams. 

Yacimovich reveals wealth ahead of disclosure bill
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Labor leader lists assets, then causes “tomato-gate” for bringing produce into Israel from France. 

City of David jewels: Ancient fashion comes alive
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Models in the the City of David flaunted replicas of ancient jewelry discovered there. 

Archaeologists find 9500-yr-old figures near J’lem
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – IAA believes relics date from New Stone Age, early humans began transitioning from nomadic to sedentary life. 

After 40 years, state releases Munich papers
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – 45 documents chronicling Olympic massacre made public, including then-prime minister Golda Meir account. 

Appaholic: Top 5 ‘Made in Israel’ apps
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Reap the benefits of Israeli innovation with five great apps that show off the best in homegrown innovation. 

Issawiya students strike, protest lack of classrooms
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Over 3,000 students in east Jerusalem Arab neighborhood protest an estimated lack of 20 classrooms for 800 students. 

Egypt broadens Sinai campaign to root out terror
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Move by Egyptian army to deploy heavy weaponry into region, in defiance of peace treaty, has heightened Israeli concerns. 

Egypt broadens Sinai campaign to root out terrorists
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Move by Egyptian army to deploy heavy weaponry into region, in defiance of peace treaty, nonetheless has heightened Israeli concerns. 

Overcoming obstacles on Egypt’s long walk to freedom
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – The Muslim Brotherhood may have the presidency but they can hardly lay claim to a mandate. 

Muppet urges Israelis to prepare in case of war
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Moishe Oofnik, the Israeli version of Oscar the Grouch, puts a happy face on some grim warnings, instructions. 

Assad: Progress being made in fight against rebels
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Syrian president claims that the country is “in the midst of a global and regional war” and therefore “victory needs time.” 

‘Price tag,’ ‘Migron’ sprayed on cars near Ramallah
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – Fire set to one vehicle in Jalazun refugee camp; Palestinians throw 6 Molotov cocktails at IDF in unrelated incident. 

Israeli wounded by Palestinian in pole assault
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2012 – man was struck in the upper body by a Palestinian wielding a metal pole outside the settlement of Ma’aleh Levona. 

PM: Iran, Islamic rise are barriers to negotiations
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Speaking with visiting US Senator Bennet, Netanyahu expresses skepticism over peace talks, blames Iran, Islamic ascendancy. 

Corrie Family: Ruling a black day for human rights
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Family whose daughter killed by IDF bulldozer reacts angrily to rejection of case; state satisfied court fully accepted its arguments. 

US student’s mouth stapled in ‘anti-Semitic attack’
Jerusalem Post 28 Aug 2012 – Michigan State Jewish student attacked at party, knocked unconscious; ADL “horrified by violent assault.” 

The Guardian

For many Israelis, Rachel Corrie was a nuisance | Ami Kaufman
The Guardian 29 Aug 2012 – Since Rachel Corrie‘s death, the Israeli establishment has been losing patience with activists of any kind The state of Israel is not to blame for the death of Rachel Corrie – this is the decision an…

France opens murder inquiry into Yasser Arafat’s death
The Guardian 28 Aug 2012 – Public prosecutor will try to establish if Arafat was poisoned with polonium-210 French prosecutors have opened a murder inquiry into the death of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Paris in 2004, to determine whether he…

Inter Press Service

Palestinian and Israeli Kids Play a Serious Game
IPS On a sunny summer afternoon, kids start arriving with their parents at a park near Ein Rafa, a Palestinian village in the south of Jerusalem. The Arabic speaking kids stay in one cluster at first, and the Hebrew speaking kids chat among themselves. Soon a ball appears, and before long…


NATO Mulls Another Afghan Surge for ‘Drawdown’

Israeli forces detain 2 fishermen off Gaza coast

Analysis: Does the CIA step up drone strikes during Muslim holidays?

U.S. opposes French calls for Syrian rebels to form government

Yemen: Two Suspects Killed in US Drone Strike

The emperor has no clothes…

Rachel Corrie ruling ‘deeply troubling’, says her family

In Rachel Corrie verdict, Israel deals new blow to international law

Israeli army destroys water cisterns and dwellings in southern West Bank

How the US and Israeli justice systems whitewash state crimes

Daily Star

Israel group wants Jerusalem crossing to stay open
Daily Star 29 Aug 2012 An Israeli human rights group on Wednesday protested against reported plans to close a key checkpoint that allows Palestinians from an east Jerusalem neighbourhood access to the city centre.

Syria opposition group not up to challenge, says ex-member
Daily Star 29 Aug 2012 Basma Kodmani, a prominent figure in the SNC who resigned on Tuesday, said the umbrella opposition group had become too focused on personal agendas and needed to be replaced by a new political authority.

UN chief hits host Iran over human rights
Daily Star 29 Aug 2012 The U.N. chief jolted his Iranian hosts for a nonaligned nations meeting by pointing out “serious concerns” in Tehran’s human rights record and urging cooperation with the world body to improve freedoms.

Egypt broadens Sinai campaign against militants
Daily Star 29 Aug 2012 Egypt’s military said it would broaden its offensive against militants in the Sinai Peninsula, a campaign that has raised concerns in Israel about the movement of heavy armour into the area near its border.

Moroccan prince to sue MP for defamation
Daily Star 29 Aug 2012 Morocco’s Prince Moulay Hicham, King Mohammed VI’s first cousin, said on Wednesday that he has filed a lawsuit against an MP who he accuses of defamation.

Jordan to expel Syrian refugee camp rioters: PM
Daily Star 29 Aug 2012 Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh said on Wednesday Jordan would send home Syrian refugees who attacked police during clashes over living conditions in a desert border camp

Israel court orders evacuation of settler outpost
Daily Star 29 Aug 2012 Israel‘s Supreme Court has ordered that the largest wildcat settlement in the occupied West Bank be evacuated by September 4, according to the text of a ruling made public on Wednesday.

Stop The Wall

Newsletter (August ed.): World Social Forum – Free Palestine
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Here is what’s new for the WSF Palestine. Please share with your networks and see you in November 2012! Key Facts to join the WSF Free Palestine From November 28 to December 1 2012 the World Social Forum “Free Palestine” will be held in Porto…

YNet News

Israeli colonialism in West Bank
YNet News, 29 Aug 2012 – Op-ed: Continued colonization of territories far more dangerous to Israel than nuclear Iran ….

Rights groups slam ‘cruel’ plan to detain Sudanese 
YNet News, 29 Aug 2012 – Yishai says incarceration of Sudanese, Eritrean migrants to begin October 15. Rights group: Minister ‘lost his humanity’ ….

Officials: 5 killed in drone attack in east Yemen
YNet News, 29 Aug 2012 – ….

Jordan wants to deport Syrian refugees who rioted
YNet News, 29 Aug 2012 – ….

Police investigates financial violations at Defense Ministry
YNet News, 29 Aug 2012 – ….

NYC man gets 40 years to life for dismembering Hasidic boy
YNet News, 29 Aug 2012 – ….

Jerusalem: 100 haredim hold rally, throw stones at police
YNet News, 29 Aug 2012 – ….

Court: Evacuate all Migron residents by Tuesday
YNet News, 29 Aug 2012 – High Court orders State to clear illegal West Bank outpost of inhabitants by Sept. 4, raze structures by Sept. 11. Residents: This or that ruling won’t stop settlement enterprise ….

Athletes’ widows ‘shocked’ by Munich protocols
YNet News, 29 Aug 2012 – Women whose husbands were killed in ’72 terror attack dismayed at Germany’s refusal to suspend games due to lack of alternative TV programming ….

Yishai freezes funding for ‘racist’ schools
YNet News, 29 Aug 2012 – Move follows report saying Sephardic haredi girls forbidden from enrolling in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak schools. MK blasts Yishai’s ‘late response’ ….

Trust our leaders on Iran
YNet News, 29 Aug 2012 – Op-ed: Press flooding public with message that government not responsible enough to make strategic decisions ….

Protocols from ’72 Munich massacre released
YNet News, 29 Aug 2012 – On 40th anniversary of Israeli athletes’ murder at hands of Palestinian terrorists, State Archives release documents that provide rare glimpse into confusion, helplessness that prevailed during tragic events of September 5 ….

Netivot plans separate shelters for migrants 
YNet News, 29 Aug 2012 – Home Front Defense minister welcomes mayor’s initiative to convert old Mekorot company facilities into shelters designated for migrant workers ….

Shalit’s first birthday out of captivity
YNet News, 29 Aug 2012 – Former Hamas captive thanks people of Israel for supporting campaign for his release as he turns 26 ….

Defeating Obama is top priority
YNet News, 29 Aug 2012 – Op-ed: Israeli strike in Iran before elections would divert attention from failed US economy ….

Palestinian Information Center

Israel razes Palestinian homes in Negev and Jerusalem
PIC – Israeli bulldozers demolished on Wednesday three Palestinian homes in the Negev, southern 1948-occupied Palestine, and delivered demolition notices in Jerusalem.

Hamas demands Abbas apology for his statements
PIC – Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, spokesman for Hamas movement, stated that the remarks made by PA President Mahmoud Abbas about the Hebrew state’s right in the Palestinian land ran contrary to national consensus.

Israeli intelligence summons ex-prisoner Thaer Halahla
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces stormed on Wednesday the house of liberated captive Thaer Halahla, in Kharas village west of al-Khalil, accompanied by elements of the Israeli intelligence service.

IOF confiscates 17 vehicles, damages shops
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) confiscated at dawn Wednesday 17 vehicles after raiding the industrial zone in the village of Barta’a isolated behind the Apartheid Wall.

Clashes erupt in Beit Ummar in al-Khalil
PIC – Clashes erupted in the early morning hours of Wednesday between Palestinian youths on the one hand and the Israeli occupation troops on the other in the town of Beit Ummar, north of al-Khalil.

Hamas condemns the acquittal of Corrie’s murderers
PIC – Hamas Movement condemned the Israeli court’s decision to acquit the Israeli occupation army of killing American activist Rachel Corrie.

Jewish settlers burn a car and write racist slogans
PIC – A group of Jewish settlers burned on Wednesday a Palestinian vehicle then wrote slogans on cars and houses near Jalazoun refugee camp northeast of Ramallah.

Abbas to rabbis: “Israel is here to stay”
PIC – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas received in Ramallah a group of rabbis including the eldest daughter of the extremist Rabbi Ovadia Yosef who had wished death for all Palestinians.

Jerusalemite arrested in mall
PIC – Special Israeli army forces stormed a mall in occupied Jerusalem at a late hour on Tuesday night and arrested a citizen from his shop.


Israeli Forces Raze Land near Salfit
WAFA – 29 Aug 2012

Abbas Welcomes French Probe in Arafat’s Death
WAFA – 29 Aug 2012

Israel to Demolish a House near Bethlehem
WAFA – 29 Aug 2012

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 29 Aug 2012

Israeli Warplanes Set Off Sonic Bombs over Gaza
WAFA – 29 Aug 2012

Settlers Burn Car north of Ramallah
WAFA – 29 Aug 2012

Israeli Soldiers Shoot, Critically Wound Woman in Gaza
WAFA – 29 Aug 2012

Newspapers Review: Settlers’ Attacks on Palestinians Dominate Daily
WAFA – 29 Aug 2012

Producer Price Index Up in July, Says Statistical Bureau
WAFA – 29 Aug 2012

Setters Raze Land west of Salfit
WAFA – 27 Aug 2012


Israel judge rules Rachel Corrie responsible for her own death
LA Times 29 Aug 2012 – Parents of American activist Rachel Corrie fail in their attempt to place blame on Israel after their daughter was killed by a bulldozer in Gaza at a protest. JERUSALEM — Nine years after their daughter was crushed by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza…

Chinese Banks Funneled Money to Iran, Prosecutors Believe
New York Times 29 Aug 2012 – Information on how Chinese banks may have routed money on Iran’s behalf would be more valuable than any monetary settlement with the banks, prosecutors said. 

Syrian Group in U.S. Seeks to Arm Rebels
New York Times 29 Aug 2012 – Syrians in the United States and Canada have organized a nonprofit group in Washington to help the rebels buy weapons, and it is already having an impact on American policy. 

Syria Needs ‘Time’ in Battle Against Rebels, Assad Says
New York Times 29 Aug 2012 – In a television interview, President Bashar al-Assad gave a sober assessment of the resilience of the armed insurgency and the limits of a military hobbled by a stream of defections. 

U.N. Leader Meets With Iranian Officials
New York Times 29 Aug 2012 – The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, met with Iran’s leaders Wednesday to address his concerns about the country’s nuclear program, the Syria conflict and human rights issues. 

Chinese Firms Brave Uncertainty in Egypt
New York Times 29 Aug 2012 – As worries about Egypt’s transition to democracy prompt some investors to flee, Chinese firms are pouring money into the country, hoping to tap its huge market and work force. 

Syrian War Tests Unity of Military in Lebanon
New York Times 29 Aug 2012 – The Lebanese military is hindered by a lack of political support to confront security issues, low morale and a struggle against volatile sectarian politics. 

At War Blog: In the Syrian Fight, Rebels’ Prospects Can Change With the Weather
New York Times 29 Aug 2012 – Guerrilla movements, and their prospects, are molded not only from within. External factors – like their enemies, their sponsors or their models – also give them shape. Environmental factors can matter, too. 

Rachel Corrie Among First in Long Line of Foreign Rights Activists Murdered, Maimed by IDF
Tikun Olam – The list below was compiled by the Institute for Middle East Understanding and lists foreign peace activists brutally maimed or murdered by the IDF over the past nine years.  It’s a list of ignominy.  It should also be noted that hundreds of Palestinian activists have been…

JVP Statement Opposing CA Assembly Vote on Limiting Free Speech at UC
Jewish Voice for Peace – Jewish Voice for Peace Statement Contact: JVP Deputy Director Cecilie Surasky, cecilie@jvp.org Jewish Voice for Peace Condemns CA Assembly Vote to Support Limiting Free Speech on UC Campuses Applauds few legislators who refused to vote for deceptive resolution meant to limit criticism of Israeli policies [OAKLAND—August…

GOP official hopes platform plank on foreign law inspires states to target sharia
Mondoweiss – Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State. Photo: Associated Press via Politico Laws targeting the non-existent threat of sharia, or Islamic law, in the U.S. have already been introduced in 31 states . But Republicans clearly want to see sharia targeted in all 50 states, with one official…

Jimmy Carter on Corrie verdict: ‘The court’s decision confirms a climate of impunity, which facilitates Israeli human rights violations against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Territory.’
Mondoweiss – The Carter Center released the following press release today: Carter Center Calls for Accountability After Corrie Verdict Atlanta….On Aug. 28, the district court in Haifa, Israel, ruled that the State of Israel was not responsible for the 2003 killing of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old U.S. peace…

California State Assembly passes resolution equating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism
Mondoweiss – Schools out, but that didn’t stop California’s state assembly from passing Resolution HR35 buttressing a controversial report commissioned by the University of California that accuses students and faculty of contributing to an environment fostering anti-Semitism on campus. The report’s recommendations, which seek to limit criticism of…

US gov’t has failed its promise to get answers from Israel about Rachel Corrie killing, her mother says
Mondoweiss – Cindy (center) and Craig Corrie with their daughter Sarah in Jerusalem on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 while being interviewed by the Associated Press. (Photo: AP/Sebastian Scheiner)  The family of Rachel Corrie, who was killed by the Israelis nine years ago at age 23, has been shocked…

Perpetrators of the Nakba
Mondoweiss – While the testimony of survivors plays a vital role in establishing the facts of genocide and ethnic cleansing, an approach that focuses on perpetrators can tell us much more about why such events occur. Many studies have examined perpetration at the level of ideology and top-level…

Israel Readies New Anti-African Crackdown 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Aug 2012 – A new enforcement campaign targeting African migrants will be launched in six weeks, Interior Minister Eli Yishai announced Wednesday. Yishai’s announcement came after the campaign was granted approval by the Prime Minister’s Office. Click here for the rest of the article…

Women’s Group Sues Orthodox Station for $26M 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Aug 2012 – The religious women’s organization Kolech filed a class-action lawsuit against an Israeli haredi Orthodox radio station for excluding women. Click here for the rest of the article…

Mixed Bag for Jews at U.S. Open 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Aug 2012 – Israeli doubles sensation Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram survived an early scare at the U.S. Open. Jesse Levine and Shahar Pe’er lost. Click here for the rest of the article…

Illegal Settlers Get Week To Leave Migron 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Aug 2012Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that the West Bank outpost of Migron must be evacuated by Sept. 4. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Contacts By Cairo and Riyadh On the Syrian Crisis 
allAfrica.com 29 Aug 2012 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr telephoned yesterday26/8/2012 Saudi officials to exchange views on means to resolve the Syrian crisis. Amr telephoned as well his Turkish and Iranian counterparts as part of efforts to activate the initiative of President Mohamed Morsi which we made during the Islamic…

South Africa: Vote Not Meant to Favour MTN 
allAfrica.com 29 Aug 2012 – [SAnews.gov.za]Pretoria -A 2005 vote by South Africa at the International Atomic Energy Agency in a key nuclear proliferation matter was never meant to benefit cellphone giant MTN in its commercial dealings with the government of Iran, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said on Tuesday.

Tunisia: Arab Cultural Event ‘We Will Not Forget’ Begins in Bizerte 
allAfrica.com 29 Aug 2012 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Bizerte -An Arab cultural event started on Monday evening under the slogan “We will not Forget,” to mark the 30th anniversary of the arrival of Palestinian exiled activists from Beirut to Bizerte on August 28, 1982.

Carter Center Calls for Accountability After Corrie Verdict 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 29 Aug 2012 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 29, 2012 Contact: Deborah Hakes 1-404-420-5124 The Carter Center (Atlanta) On Aug. 28, the district court in Haifa, Israel, ruled that the State of Israel was not responsible for the 2003 killing of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old U.S. peace activist who was…

Occupation Destroys Tents and Wells, and Settlers Burn Vehicles, in Hebron 
Palestine Solidarity Project 29 Aug 2012 – On Tuesday morning (28/08/12), Israeli occupation forces demolished 5 tents and 3 wells in Znota and two tents in Susiya, south of Hebron. Settlers also burned 3 cars near the town of Seir, situated east of Hebron. Local sources said that a force of Israeli soldiers,…

Further Raids in Beit Ommar: Four Arrested. 
Palestine Solidarity Project 29 Aug 2012 – Further arrests took place in Beit Ommar last night, following on from nighttime raids which saw two youths taken early on Tuesday morning. Four IDF jeeps and two vans, with a large force of occupation soldiers, entered Beit Ommar from the Gush Etzion colony at approximately…

Um Elkhair: Hard Conditions Due to the Israeli Occupation 
Palestine Solidarity Project 29 Aug 2012 – In Um Elkhair, a village in the South Hebron Hills, the people face a daily existential struggle caused by the Israeli occupation. What strikes you the most when entering this area is the coexistence, separated by few meters, of two totally different worlds. The chain-link fence…

Israeli Court Says Rachel Corrie was Not Unlawfully Killed 
Palestine Solidarity Project 29 Aug 2012 – An Israeli court rejected on Tuesday, the 28th of August, accusations of negligence over the 2003 killing of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip. Corrie’s family filed the lawsuit in the northern Israeli city…

BDS roundup: Following Corrie verdict, activists strengthen divestment campaigns 
Global BDS 29 Aug 2012 – In this roundup of news from the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement: Campaigners strengthen calls for divestment against Caterpillar following the Corrie verdict; Indian activists, scholars and artists denounce India-Israel free trade agreement; South Africa approves measure to correctly label products from Israeli settlements; and Queers Against Israeli…

University of the Witwatersrand student council passes boycott resolution 
Global BDS 29 Aug 2012 – On 27 July 2012, The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Student Representative Council (SRC) passed a resolution that called for a cultural and academic boycott of Israeli institutions. The resolution was brought forth to the SRC by the Wits Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) and was unanimously…

Assad ‘needs time to win battle’ 
BBC 29 Aug 2012 – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the military needs more time to “win the battle” against rebel forces, as fighting rages across the country.

Egypt Sinai campaign stepped up 
BBC 29 Aug 2012 – Egyptian security forces have killed 11 militants since launching an offensive in the Sinai peninsula earlier this month, the defence ministry says.

Shafiq on Egypt airport watchlist 
BBC 29 Aug 2012 – Egyptian authorities place former prime minister and presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq on an airport watch list over corruption allegations.

Why do you hate Khalijis? 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 29 Aug 2012 – One of the struggles that many Khalijis have to undertake is the one against all the stereotypes set against them, especially by the rest of the Arab world. These stereotypes are caused by three factors: oil, migrant workers, and tourism. The millions of Arabs, whether Arab…

Wissam al-Hassan and the Information Branch 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 29 Aug 2012 – Information Branch of the Internal Security Forces stand in front of Michel Samaha’s house following his arrest. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Information Branch of the Internal Security Forces stand in front of Michel Samaha’s house following his arrest. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The behavior of the Information Branch…

Turkey and Iran: Competition and Confrontation 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 29 Aug 2012 – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (L) and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu arrive for a meeting in Ankara, on 7 August 2012. (Photo: AFP – Adem Altan) Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (L) and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu arrive for a meeting in…

South Yemen: Divided Against Unity 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Aug 2012 – Honour guards carry the coffin of a police trooper, who was among troopers killed in Saturday’s attack on an intelligence service headquarters, during a funeral in Sanaa 20 August 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Khaled Abdullah) Honour guards carry the coffin of a police trooper, who was…

Bab al-Tebbaneh Cries Out: We Want to Live 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Aug 2012 – An Army personnel carrier in Bab al-Tebbaneh after the recent clashes in the Tripoli. (Photo: Adel Karoum) An Army personnel carrier in Bab al-Tebbaneh after the recent clashes in the Tripoli. (Photo: Adel Karoum) Al-Akhbar joined a delegation from Tripoli’s municipality as it surveyed the damage…

Raya Publishing: Palestine’s Window to the Arab World 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Aug 2012 – Shalash saw the need for a publishing house capable of restoring respect for Palestinian literature, especially books authored by the Palestinians residing within the green line, who have an ongoing culture of resistance. Shalash saw the need for a publishing house capable of restoring respect for…

Iran blasts French proposal on Syria as “childish” 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Aug 2012 – Two high ranking Iranian officials criticized Western policy over Syria on Wednesday as both “childish” and “terrorist.” A senior Iranian military official described French President Francois Hollande’s declaration of his country’s willingness to recognize a Syrian opposition government as “ridiculous and childish.” “The French suggestion is…

Abbas backs French probe into Arafat death 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Aug 2012 – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday welcomed a decision by French prosecutors to open a murder inquiry into claims the late Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned. The probe was announced on Tuesday, a month after his widow Suha and daughter Zawra launched legal action…

Mursi visit to China builds “strategic” ties 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Aug 2012 – Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said the visit Egypt’s leader to Beijing “will increase mutual understanding and trust” between the two countries, local media reported on Wednesday. Xi’s remarks came during a meeting with Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, who arrived in China on Tuesday for a…

Jumblatt and Hezbollah: An Obligatory Truce 
Al-Akhbar Politics 29 Aug 2012 – The Druze leader has maintained his ties with Hezbollah, albeit forcibly, for several reasons. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The Druze leader has maintained his ties with Hezbollah, albeit forcibly, for several reasons. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Druze leader and MP Walid Jumblatt has gone a long way in…


Love and light at the end of Gaza’s tunnels 
Mohammed Omer, Electronic Intifada 8/29/2012
      (IPS) – Mai Ahmed, a 26–year-old from the West Bank, fell in love over the Internet with Mohammed Warda from Nusseirat refugee camp in Gaza after they “met” online.
     However, the Israeli government refused permission for her to travel to Gaza. Mai travelled to Jordan, flew from there to Egypt, drove across the Sinai, and then crossed through a tunnel into Gaza, where she now lives. “It’s a story I will tell my grandchildren,” she says.
     Brides and bridegrooms are now being smuggled through the Gaza tunnels, adding to the usual fare of medicine, food, bread, refreshments, car parts, cement, fish and sheep. Gaza tunnels a lifeline
     Abu Saleem, a 29-year-old digger at the Gaza tunnels under the border with Egypt, says he is seeing an increasing number of brides coming in from Egypt, and grooms being smuggled through the other way. Only last week he received a phone call from his boss asking him to assist a young Egyptian bride on way to her groom in Gaza.
     It’s cheaper to find a bride in Egypt than in Gaza.
     Adel al-Ahmed, 37, is happy with his Egyptian wife Shymaa after he found he could not afford the dowry for a Gaza girl. “It is relatively cheaper dowry in some areas in Egypt, and there is more acceptance by some young Egyptian women to live in simple and modest conditions,” he says.
     Difficulties obtaining travel permits and visas have made the tunnels a lifeline to cross to and from Egypt. A recent side effect is the increasing number of Gaza youths who leave the 140-square kilometer Gaza Strip to search for brides. more.. e-mail

When Will Palestinians Become Human? 
Amer Zahr, CounterPunch 8/29/2012
      Israel, Rachel Corrie and the “Demographic Threat”
     We Palestinians have been struggling for a long time. I am not speaking of the struggle to be recognized as an independent state, or the struggle to be recognized in the United Nations, or even the struggle to be recognized in international courts. I am speaking, rather, of the struggle to be recognized as human beings.
     I am a comedian, and I travel to Israel and Palestine often to perform, visit, and conduct workshops. I have, to this point, done all of my work for Palestinian audiences and participants. My first job is to be funny. But I also hope to show that Palestinians can laugh just like everyone else, especially at ourselves. If I do my job well, maybe I can show that we can be funny too.
     The legal decision handed down yesterday in Israel, absolving the government of any and all responsibility in the 2003 death of American Rachel Corrie in Gaza, confirmed something to the world that we Palestinians are already acutely aware of: We, and those who dare to stand with us, are simply not human beings.
     In the past few weeks, this phenomenon has become all too clear in Israel. On August 16, a group of teenagers beat a Palestinian boy to near death in a Jerusalem square. One of those arrested for that crime publicly declared his astonishment for being held accountable for beating an Arab. On that same day, a taxi carrying a family of Palestinians was firebombed near Hebron in the southern West Bank. Six Palestinians were injured in that attack.
     Rachel Corrie was killed while she was decrying the demolition of homes in the Gaza Strip. She was engaging in something that we Americans have been politically and socially bred to have pride in: non-violent protest…. more.. e-mail

Hopes for freedom of movement dashed, once again, in Gaza 
Rami Almeghari, Cairo, Electronic Intifada 8/28/2012
      Ever since the toppling of the Mubarak regime in Egypt, Palestinians in Gaza have hoped that they would see an end to the punishing restrictions on their movement through the Rafah crossing with Egypt, their only gateway to the outside world.
     I know first-hand about the hardships these restrictions cause, not only because as a reporter I have covered them for years, but because my family has borne them personally as we have had to go back and forth from our home in Gaza to Egypt for my wife’s medical treatment.
     But though there was a loosening of the restrictions since the fall of Egypt’s Mubarak regime, 1.6 million residents in Gaza now face the return of the tight closure imposed on their movement since 2007, as Israel, the occupying power, works with Egypt to impose a tight siege on the area. Punishing Palestinians for electing Hamas
     Israel claimed that the siege was necessary because Hamas, in power in Gaza, represented a threat; meanwhile Egypt bowed to international pressure by shutting down Gaza’s main gateway to the outside world. The goal was in fact the same — to tighten the siege on Gaza to make Hamas’ rule unviable, even though it had won an election in 2006.
     Egypt then contended that the Rafah crossing terminal should operate according to the terms of the 2005 “Agreement on Movement and Access” brokered by the United States. This agreement required the presence of European Union “observers” who acted as Israel’s eyes, ears and hands, and the forces of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.
     However, Hamas’ election victory has changed the rules of the political game, and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who need to be able to move in and out of Gaza have been the victims. more.. e-mail

Taking back Palestine’s streets: exclusive interview with underground Jerusalem graffiti artist 
Electronic Intifada: 29 Aug 2012 – Maath Musleh Jerusalem 29 August 2012 “ Laila,” a pseudonymous underground artist, speaks to The Electronic Intifada about young Palestinians carrying on the revolutionary tradition of political graffiti.more

Eviction worries for Palestinians in new Libya
Electronic Intifada: 28 Aug 2012 – Rebecca Murray Tripoli 29 August 2012 Property disputes in post-Gaddafi Libya have hit the Palestinian community hard as more refugees arrive from Syria.more

Love and light at the end of Gaza’s tunnels
Electronic Intifada: 29 Aug 2012 – Mohammed Omer 29 August 2012 Brides and bridegrooms are now being smuggled through the Gaza tunnels, adding to the usual fare of medicine, building materials and commercial goods.more

In Gaza: 29 Aug 2012 – lots of blasts in the last half hour, Gaza City. Sonic booms or other, hard to say, but bomb-like. Sirens.  Might have been a real bombing.more

Freedom Sailors – Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Aug 2012 – By Jim Miles (Freedom Sailors. Ed. Greta Berlin and Bill Dienst, M.D. Free Gaza Movement, 2012.) It is difficult to imagine the thoughts and feelings of the people who are forcing the hypocrisy and lies of the Israeli government out into the open by sailing small boats through international waters to Gaza. Freedom Sailors is a collection of anecdotal recollections of the first and ultimately successful attempt by two small boats to break the siege, the S. S. Liberty and S. S. Free Gaza. The commentaries, while outlining the sequence of events, provide a clear view into the fears and hopes before and during the voyage. It also presents the strength of commitment of the participants while under both emotional and physical stress. The simple stresses of travel and delayed dates and times are common to most travellers. Add to that the necessary secrecy and purposeful ignorance of all events,…more

Final Session in NYC: Russell Tribunal on Palestine
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Aug 2012 – By Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Dennis Banks, Russell Means and Stephane Hessel We are writing to you on behalf of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP), an international people’s tribunal that was created to expose human rights abuses and stir people to action in opposition to Israel‘s recognized violations of international law. We hope that you will help promote, attend, and participate in our final hearings in New York City on October 6–7, 2012. RToP was launched in 2009 following the massacre of more than 1,400 Gazans perpetrated by Israel, and has since worked to bring together legal experts, scholars, activists, and other people of note, to help shed light on the reality of Israel‘s occupation of Palestine. RToP also shines a light on the active role that third parties—foreign governments and corporations—play in perpetuating human rights violations in Israel-Palestine. Previous sessions of the tribunal have been held in Barcelona,…more

Arrigoni’s Murder Trial in Gaza: Answers Not Just a Verdict
Dissident Voice: 29 Aug 2012 – There was once a young man from a very small Italian town called Bulciago who wished to change the world. As soon as he finished his exams, he began his quest. He travelled near and far, and when he arrived in Jerusalem in 2002, he knew he had found his calling. In 2008, that young man, Vittorio Arrigoni, sailed the high seas on a small boat. His purpose was to help end the siege imposed on a long-suffering population living in the tiny Gaza Strip. In a journal entry that was recently published in a much anticipated book, Freedom Sailors, Arrigoni wrote: “History is us; History is not cowardly governments; with their loyalty to whoever has the strongest military; History is made by ordinary people.” Vittorio’s history sees ‘ordinary people’ as actors who can change the world: courageous sailors who can challenge great military powers, doctors dashing through borders and…more

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