VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 30 April 2013: PHOTOS: The face of Israel’s discriminatory home demolition policy

30 April 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Several Palestinians Injured near Nablus
IMEMC – Tuesday April 30 2013; Palestinian medical sources reported that several Palestinians have been injured after a group of extremist Israeli settlers hurled stones at their vehicles close to various roadblocks, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

Navy Opens Fire At Fishing Boats In Gaza
IMEMC – Tuesday April 30 2013, the Israeli navy opened fire at several Palestinian fishing boats along the coast in the Gaza Strip; damage was reported but no injuries. …

Settler Stabbed To Death Near Nablus
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported that an Israeli settler of the Yitzhar illegal settlement, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, was stabbed to death by a Palestinian man near the Za’tara roadblock. …

Army Assassinates A Palestinian In Gaza
IMEMC – Tuesday April 30 2013, Palestinian medical sources reported that a Palestinian man was assassinated by an Israeli missile northwest of Gaza city; two Palestinians have been injured in the attack. …

Ma’an News

Man killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza City
4/30/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — One man was killed and another injured in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, locals said. Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that Israeli warplanes fired at a motorcycle west of Gaza City. Haitham al-Mishal, 25, was killed in the attack, and another unidentified man was injured, medical….

Settler stabbed to death near Nablus
4/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A settler was stabbed to death near Nablus on Tuesday, witnesses said. Onlookers told Ma’an that a man asked a taxi to drop him off around 60 meters from Zatara checkpoint south of Nablus, in an area where settlers wait to hitch-hike or for transport.” The Palestinian suspect stabbed…. Related: Israeli forces raid home of suspect in settler stabbing and PA official: Over 20 injured as settlers riot near Nablus

Israeli army drill damages Bedouin land in Jordan Valley
4/30/2013 – TUBAS (Ma’an) — Israeli army exercises scorched fields in the Wadi al-Maleh area of the northern Jordan Valley, the local village council said. The local council of the Bedouin community that was evicted from their lands and tents said the Israeli military was still performing training exercises by Monday evening. The exercises include jet….

PA official: Over 20 injured as settlers riot near Nablus
4/30/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Dozens of settlers attacked Palestinians and their property in the Nablus and Tulkarem area on Tuesday, as tensions rose following the fatal stabbing of a settler earlier in the day. PA official Ghassan Daghlas told Ma’an that settlers stopped two school buses near Yizhar settlement and showered them with…. Related: Settler stabbed to death near Nablus and PA condemns settler mosque attack, suspends school trips

4 injured in Nablus clashes with Israeli forces
4/30/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Violent clashes erupted Tuesday between young Palestinians and Israeli troops in Urif, after settlers attacked a mosque in the northern West Bank village. Israeli forces showered Palestinian protesters with tear gas, plastic-coated bullets and stun grenades, witnesses told Ma’an. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activity…. Related: PA official: Over 20 injured as settlers riot near Nablus and Israel closes Nablus checkpoints

Brigades ‘fire 5 rockets at Israel’
4/30/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The al-Ansar Brigades says it fired five rockets at Israeli targets on Tuesday in response to an airstrike that killed a 25-year-old Palestinian. An Israeli military spokeswoman was not immediately familiar with any rockets landing in Israel. The brigades, affiliated to the al-Ahrar movement, said the rockets were a…. Related: Man killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza City and DFLP brigades ‘will respond’ to Israeli airstrike

Israeli forces detain 8 in overnight raids
4/30/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested eight people in the West Bank overnight, Israel’s army and locals said. In Nablus, Israeli troops detained two lecturers from An-Najah university, witnesses told Ma’an. Dr. Issam al-Ashqar, a lecturer in physics, and Dr. Mustapha al-Shunar, a member of the social sciences faculty, were….

Israeli forces raid home of suspect in settler stabbing
4/30/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday raided the home of a man suspected of fatally stabbing a settler in Nablus, locals said. Eight Israeli military jeeps raided the Tulkarem home of Salam al-Zaghal as well as several neighboring homes, locals told Ma’an. Al-Zaghal is suspected of stabbing an Israeli settler near…. Related: Settler stabbed to death near Nablus

Palestinian stabbed in Jerusalem, Israeli police say
4/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was stabbed in an ultra-orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Israeli police said. Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told Ma’an that the unidentified man was stabbed in the Mea Shearim neighborhood, near Jerusalem’s Old City. Israeli police are carrying out an investigation into….

Al-Mujahedin brigades applaud settler stabbing
4/30/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Al-Mujahedin brigades on Tuesday applauded the fatal stabbing of an Israeli settler in the northern West Bank and said Palestinians had a right to resist occupation.”We congratulate any act of resistance against the occupation,” brigades spokesman Abu Omar said in a statement. A Palestinian man stabbed a settler…. Related: Settler stabbed to death near Nablus

Kerry backs moves to revive Arab peace initiative
4/30/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry made a fresh push Monday to relaunch the moribund Middle East peace process, meeting top Arab League officials in a bid to revive a decade-old Saudi plan. Far from the cameras, the new top US diplomat held talks with senior ministers from the Arab League, Bahrain, Egypt…. Related: Israel hails Arab League’s stance on land swaps and Erekat: Arab League stance ‘not something new’

Israel hails Arab League’s stance on land swaps
4/30/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel’s lead peace negotiator Tzipi Livni Tuesday praised as “important” a concession by the Arab League that Israel and the Palestinians could trade land in a bid to move the peace process forward.” This is very good news,” she told army radio.”It’s definitely an important step — I welcome…. Related: Kerry backs moves to revive Arab peace initiative and Erekat: Arab League stance ‘not something new’

DFLP brigades ‘will respond’ to Israeli airstrike
4/30/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The military wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Tuesday said it would respond to Israel’s assassination of a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip. Israeli warplanes on Tuesday fired at a motorcycle west of Gaza City, killing 25-year-old Haitham al-Mishal, a security guard…. Related: Man killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza City and Brigades ‘fire 5 rockets at Israel’

PA condemns settler mosque attack, suspends school trips
4/30/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority officials condemned an attack by settlers on a Nablus-area mosque on Tuesday, as tensions rise in the northern West Bank following the fatal stabbing of a settler. Mahmoud al-Habbash, minister of Waqf and religious affairs, slammed the attack against al-Ribat mosque in Urif village, saying the Israeli government encouraged…. Related:PA official: Over 20 injured as settlers riot near Nablus

Peres invites Pope Francis to Jerusalem
4/30/2013 – VATICAN CITY (AFP) — Israeli President Shimon Peres invited Pope Francis on an official state visit to Jerusalem after a meeting in the Vatican.” I am expecting you in Jerusalem. Not just me but all the people of Israel,” Peres said in English to the pope at the end of their 30-minute meeting. [END]

Pope urges ‘courageous decisions’ in Mideast
4/30/2013 – VATICAN CITY (AFP) — Pope Francis called on Tuesday for Israel and the Palestinians to “resume negotiations” and “take courageous decisions”, the Vatican said in a statement, after a meeting between the pontiff and Israeli President Shimon Peres.” A speedy resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians is hoped for,” it said.” With the courageous decisions…. Related:Peres invites Pope Francis to Jerusalem

Hamas calls on Egypt to stop Israeli aggression
4/30/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas urged Egypt on Tuesday to pressure Israel to stay committed to a truce deal signed last November, after an earlier airstrike killed a man in Gaza City.” This Israeli aggression is dangerous and unjustified, they want to kill our nation and increase their suffering and fear,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi….

Erekat: Arab League stance ‘not something new’
4/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The PLO’s top negotiator said Tuesday that a concession by the Arab League that Israel and the Palestinians trade land was already an official position.” This is not something new,” Saeb Erekat said in a statement.”The Arab delegation presented the official Palestinian position: Upon Israel’s unequivocal…. Related: Israel hails Arab League’s stance on land swaps and Kerry backs moves to revive Arab peace initiative

Palestinian construction worker injured in Tel Aviv work accident
4/30/2013 – TEL AVIV (Ma’an) — A 36-year-old Palestinian was seriously injured Tuesday in a work accident in Tel Aviv. The construction worker, from Rantis village near Ramallah, was injured in the back by a circular saw, a Ma’an reporter said. Israeli police have opened an investigation into the incident. [END]

28-year-old found dead in Ramallah
4/30/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A 28-year-old was found dead in an apartment on Tuesday in Ramallah, security sources said. The unidentified body was taken to a lab for autopsy, and an investigation will be opened in his death, said the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. Friends of the deceased told security officials….

State TV: Syrian PM survives assassination bid
4/30/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi escaped an assassination bid on Monday, surviving a blast that targeted his convoy in Damascus, Syrian state television reported.” The terrorist explosion in Mazzeh was an attempt to target the prime minister’s convoy and Dr. Wael al-Halqi was unharmed,” state television reported. The Syrian Observatory for….

State media: Blast in central Damascus kills 13
4/30/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — A blast in the central Damascus district of Marjeh on Tuesday killed at least 13 people, Syrian state television reported, a day after a Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi survived a bomb attack elsewhere in the capital.” The number of casualties in the cowardly terrorist blast targeting the commercial and historic centre of Damascus….

Lebanon’s Hezbollah faithful ready to die in Syria
4/30/2013 – BAALBEK, Lebanon (AFP) — Hezbollah commander Hussein Habib’s family is still mourning his death in Syria, where he fought alongside regime soldiers. But they say they are ready to offer another son up as a “martyr.” In their town of Baalbek and other strongholds of Shiite movement Hezbollah in eastern Lebanon, it’s….

Syria blast kills 13 as Obama urges caution
4/30/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — A bombing in the heart of Damascus killed at least 13 people on Tuesday, as US President Barack Obama said he would not be rushed to act on allegations Syria was using chemical weapons. The attack in Marjeh district came a day after Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Haqi survived a car bombing in….

Nasrallah: Hezbollah taking part in Syria fighting
4/30/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Hezbollah fighters are aiding troops in Syria to combat the rebellion against President Bashar Assad, the head of the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement confirmed Tuesday.” A large number of (rebels) were preparing to capture villages inhabited by Lebanese,” so it was “normal to offer every possible and necessary aid to help the Syrian….

Palestine News Network

Reminder: Discussion about West Bank Palestinian Workers in Israel
Palestine News Network

Arab State Representatives Propose a ‘Land Swap’ Between Palestine and Israel
Palestine News Network

UNRWA Condemns Mass Displacement of Palestine Refugees in Syria
Palestine News Network

Unemployment in Palestine Estimate at 23%, says Statistics Bureau
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Killed, Two Wounded by Israeli Airstrike in Gaza
Palestine News Network

Sources to PNN: Settlers Stab Palestinian in Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Following Stabbing Attack: Israel Raids Shobakeh, Settlers Injure 50 Students in Nablus
Palestine News Network

Israel Evicts Palestinian Village in the West Bank
Palestine News Network

Analysis: Abbas Threatens to Appeal Israeli Building to International Criminal Court
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Requests Investigating the arrest and torture of a Person until he lost the ability to speak in PSS office in Doura
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

Lebanon: Palestinians from Syria Seek Shelter in Lebanon
Relief Web 30 Apr 2013 – Source: American Near East Refugee Aid Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Fathers, mothers, children, grandparents and relatives lined up quietly at the entrance of Beit Atfal Assumoud community center in the Palestinian refugee camp of Burj El…

occupied Palestinian territory: Syrian refugees flee to relative safety of Gaza
Relief Web 30 Apr 2013 – Source: Guardian Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Violence in Syria has made even the Palestinian territory an attractive option for some – putting strain on its infrastructure Read the full report on the Guardian .

Syrian Arab Republic: Overtaken by need: The world’s failure to meet Syria’s escalating humanitarian crisis
Relief Web 30 Apr 2013 – Source: Oxfam Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey Aid agency calls for improved humanitarian access to Syria as needs escalate Refugee numbers in neighboring countries steadily climb The world risks failing the people of…

Syrian Arab Republic: In Syria, educating students a priority
Relief Web 30 Apr 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 30 April 2013 Syria Now in its third year, the conflict in Syria has had a severe impact on children’s…

Syrian Arab Republic: UNRWA condemns mass displacement of Palestine refugees in Syria
Relief Web 30 Apr 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 30 April 2013 East Jerusalem Palestine refugees in Syria are being killed, injured and displaced in greater numbers than ever…

occupied Palestinian territory: One dead in Israeli air strike on Gaza City: medics
Relief Web 30 Apr 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 04/30/2013 08:11 GMT GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories, April 30, 2013 (AFP) – An Israeli air strike on Gaza City killed one person and wounded another on Tuesday, Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said. “A…

The National

Three Brits ‘can appeal against Spice sentences’, says Dubai attorney general
The National 30 Apr 2013 – Mr Issam Al Humaidan said the three – each sentenced to four years in jail by the Criminal Court – did not file an official complaint or any legal action after alleging they were tortured by police.

Bomb rips through Damascus, killing at least 14
The National 30 Apr 2013 – Bombing brings Syria’s civil war to the heart of the capital for the second consecutive day.

Land swaps proposal to establish new borders for Israel and Palestine unlikely to reignite talks
The National 30 Apr 2013 – The possibility of land swaps to establish borders between Israel and an independent Palestine has been raised but is unlikely to result in resumption of negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis. Vita Bekker reports from Tel Aviv 

FNC passes federal audit amid complaints
The National 30 Apr 2013 – The Federal National Council has passed the 2011 end-of-year audit report, but members complained that it again breached rules despite new regulations put in place.

FNC elects human-rights committee
The National 30 Apr 2013 – The committee will look at international, bilateral and regional agreements on human rights, as well as individual cases referred to it by the council.

Full British show of pageantry greets Sheikh Khalifa
The National 30 Apr 2013 – The 21-gun salute, royal coach ride and state lunch were clearly intended to make the leader of a valued partner nation welcome in a way only the British can pull off. Omar Karmi reports from Windsor Castle 

Israel claims Palestinian killed in Gaza raid was militant leader
The National 30 Apr 2013 – Benjamin Netanyahu says victim led a militant organisation involved in recent attacks on southern Israel, while Gaza health ministry officials say he was a security guard at a hospital. Hugh Naylor reports from Gaza City 

Fans queue to be first in UAE to buy BlackBerry Q10
The National 30 Apr 2013 – Etisalat sells out of the new Q10, with only those who pre-ordered the smartphone lucky enough to be guaranteed taking one home

Ha’aretz

Settlers and rockets and chemical weapons, oh my!
Ha’aretz – 30 Apr 2013

Jerusalem’s enthusiasm for demographic report has Haredi residents fuming
Ha’aretz – 30 Apr 2013

Jerusalem yeshiva student arrested after attacking Arabic-speaking detectives
Ha’aretz – 30 Apr 2013

IDF failed to inform defense minister of battle drill on Lebanon front
Ha’aretz – 30 Apr 2013

Israeli defense minister: Gaza assassination in line with terms of November truce
Ha’aretz – 30 Apr 2013

Israeli officials offer tepid response to Arab League bid to jumpstart peace talks
Ha’aretz – 30 Apr 2013

Obama: U.S. unprepared to rush into Syria intervention
Ha’aretz – 30 Apr 2013

Pope Francis accepts Peres’ invitation to visit Israel
Ha’aretz – 30 Apr 2013

IDF calls up thousands of reservists for battle drill on Lebanon front
Ha’aretz – 30 Apr 2013

Two more witnesses take to the stand in Avigdor Lieberman graft trial
Ha’aretz – 30 Apr 2013

Pessah Grupper, former agriculture minister and long-serving Knesset member, dies at 89
Ha’aretz – 30 Apr 2013

Israeli settlers riot after West Bank terror attack, 6 arrested
Ha’aretz – 30 Apr 2013

IAF kills Gaza militant in first targeted strike since Pillar of Defense
Ha’aretz – 30 Apr 2013

Women of the Wall: Sharansky plan great but ‘not relevant for us’
Ha’aretz – 30 Apr 2013

Israeli stabbed and killed by Palestinian in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 30 Apr 2013

Knesset passes law allowing police to confiscate alcohol consumed in public
Ha’aretz – 30 Apr 2013

Arab League softens stance on Israel’s final borders
Ha’aretz – 29 Apr 2013

Israel won’t push U.S. to intervene in Syria, says top defense official
Ha’aretz – 29 Apr 2013

Jerusalem Post

Cautious optimism for new police station in Tira
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Arab-Israeli city plagued by gun-toting, criminal youths. 

J’lem high school teachers to be absorbed as city employees
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – “This is an egalitarian and just decision that gives rights and fair treatment to those who have chosen to dedicate their lives to education in Israel,” Education Minister Piron says. 

Ariel won’t run for post of Ashkenazi chief rabbi
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – 79-year-old president of the national-religious rabbinical association Tzohar concedes that his age rules him out for the post. 

Knesset c’tee discusses Women of the Wall demands
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – UTJ MK: Are there not enough arguments, do you want to send everything up in flames? 

Key officials challenge case against Liberman
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Two Foreign Ministry officials give testimony contrasting state’s allegations in the Belarusian Ambassador Affair case against Liberman. 

Holding a referendum
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Referendum could provide legitimacy for factors of peace agreement; “broad and unequivocal” support from public needed. 

How to ensure a new generation of Israel supporters
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – The Foreign Ministry has finally figured out that Israel itself is its own best advertisement 

Scandinavia: No one bid anti-Semitism farewell
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Denmark, Norway, Sweden have differing attitudes toward Jews during Second World War; official responsible for tackling anti-Semitism. 

Israel, PA give positive nod to Arab League proposal
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – PMO positive about Arab Peace Initiative proposing “minor” land swaps as part of Israeli-Palestinian agreement, based on the 1967 lines; Erekat: Might consider minor changes that “don’t harm Palestinian interests.” 

The last rabbi in the Warsaw Ghetto – Zionist?
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Commemorating Menachem Ziemba, a leader in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, during 70th anniversary of the resistance. 

Hospitals must treat terrorists, too
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Specialists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center kept Boston bombing suspect alive “because it was the right thing to do.” 

Institutionalized harassment of women
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Despite understanding that sexual harassment is unacceptable, institutions seems to be living in the past. 

‘The Gatekeepers’: Speaking spooks’ coup d’etat
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Controversy over Oscar-nominated documentary continues; criticism over distortions, retired Shin Bet heads’ legitimate. 

Nasrallah: Hezbollah didn’t send drone over Israel
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Hezbollah leader accuses Israel of shooting down one of its own drones in order to frame his organization. 

Rebels kidnap, terrorize Syrian public
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Aleppo resident recounts detainment with Free Syrian Army; brutal tactics rampant amid third year of violence. 

PA voices support for land swap proposal
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Announcement in response to proposal of 2-state solution based on 1967 lines with possible minor land swaps; no comment from Abbas. 

Obama signals won’t rush to act against Syria
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – US President says there is evidence of Syrian use of chemical weapons; wants to determine “chain of custody” prior to action. 

Jordanians oppose confederation with Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – More than 1,000 Jordanians sign petition, also opposes using Jordan for Western military intervention in Syria. 

Jordan opposes ‘confederation’ with Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – More than 1,000 Jordanians sign petition, also opposes using Jordan for Western military intervention in Syria. 

MK goes to Temple Mount in protest at Feiglin ban
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Bayit Yehudi MK Muallem decries “manipulative use of security [concerns] to prevent Jews praying at Temple Mount.” 

MK goes to Temple Mount in protest of Feiglin ban
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Bayit Yehudi MK Muallem decries “manipulative use of security [concerns] to prevent Jews praying at Temple Mount.” 

Syria: Another chemical attack near Turkey border
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Syrian envoy to the UN says rebels used chemical weapons on civilians; Obama: US has evidence of WMD use in Syria. 

Students assault 2 Arab-Israeli officers
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Police investigating assault against undercover officers; incident occurs near site of ’08 yeshiva terrorist attack. 

Healthy Eating: Under the sea
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Loaded with vitamins and minerals, seaweed is a nutritional powerhouse; find out what health benefits await at the bottom of the ocean. 

IMA declares work dispute over Treasury bill
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Bill likely to “hurt doctors and endanger public health”; hospital residents demand to be consulted. 

Ariel: No budget support without settlement funding
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Bayit Yehudi threatens not to support budget unless PM ensures West Bank settlement building is fully funded. 

Man allegedly murders, dismembers ex-wife in J’lem
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Man detained by police for questioning; police describe crime scene as “immensely disturbing.” 

Hungary bans far-right protest ahead of WJC meeting
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Authorities to stop any disturbance surrounding annual conference of Jewish leaders in Budapest; PM to address anti-Semitism. 

Iranian official: Jews used sorcery against Iran
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Khamenei’s confidant says Jews used sorcery to make the US impose sanctions on Iran, try to oust Ahmadinejad. 

Pope agrees to visit Israel after meeting with Peres
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2013 – Audience with Pope results in acceptance of President’s invitation to visit Israel, strengthen relations with the Vatican. 

The Guardian

Israel assassinates Palestinian ‘bomb-maker’ as Jewish settler knifed to death
The Guardian 30 Apr 2013 – First targeted killing by Israel this year and death of hardline settler likely to frustrate US efforts at restarting peace talks Violence erupted Tuesday in both Gaza and the West Bank, with the assassination by Israel…

Israeli security forces deployed in West Bank after settler is stabbed to death
The Guardian 30 Apr 2013 – Fatal attack on settler near Nablus occurs at around same time that Israeli air strike kills alleged terrorist in Gaza Large numbers of Israeli security forces have been deployed in the West Bank after an Israeli…

Israeli air strike kills Gaza motorcyclist
The Guardian 30 Apr 2013 – Israeli military says it killed Haitham Mishal, a ‘key terror figure’ and jihadi militant involved in Eilat rocket attack An Israeli aircraft attacked a motorcyclist in Gaza on Tuesday, killing the rider and wounding two other…

Palestinian kills Israeli settler in West Bank
The Guardian 30 Apr 2013 – Israeli media say the attacker stabbed the settler before seizing the man’s gun and shooting him at a junction near Nablus A Palestinian man has stabbed and shot dead an Israeli settler in the occupied West…

Syrian refugees flee to relative safety of Gaza
The Guardian 30 Apr 2013 – Violence in Syria has made even the Palestinian territory an attractive option for some – putting strain on its infrastructure Nine years before his birth, Omar Ouda’s family fled from the Palestinian village of al-Majdal –…

Syria crisis: new Damascus bomb attack – live updates
The Guardian 30 Apr 2013 – Follow live updates after Barack Obama raises US concerns about chemical weapons in Syria with Vladimir Putin and another huge explosion hits Damascus Matthew Weaver

Inter Press Service

Some Hear Death Knell for a Two-State Solution
IPS Despite indications that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is committing a substantial amount of time and effort to revive the long-stalled Israel-Palestinian “peace process”, a growing number of experts believe a two-state solution is no longer viable and the lack of a realistic discussion of the issue in the…

Uruknet

Syria News – April 27, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet

Daily Star

Pakistan court bans Musharraf from office for life
Daily Star 30 Apr 2013 A Pakistani court banned former military ruler Pervez Musharraf from running for public office for the rest of his life, the latest blow since he returned from exile last month to make a political comeback.

Kerry to make ‘overdue’ first visit to Russia
Daily Star 30 Apr 2013 US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday he would visit Russia next week for the first time since taking office, with a host of issues including the war in Syria clouding bilateral ties.

Russia charging NASA $70M per astronaut seat
Daily Star 30 Apr 2013 The U.S. space agency is paying $424 million more to Russia to get U.S. astronauts into space and home again, and the agency’s leader is blaming Congress for the extra expense.

Bomb kills 4 Sunni worshippers in Iraq
Daily Star 30 Apr 2013 Iraqi authorities say a bomb has exploded near a Sunni mosque in southern Baghdad, killing four worshippers and wounding 20 others.

Bombs kill 3 NATO troops, 9 Afghans
Daily Star 30 Apr 2013 Roadside bomb attacks in Afghanistan killed three NATO service members and nine Afghans on Tuesday, officials said, clear evidence that the insurgents’ annual spring offensive is underway.

US energy independence idea ‘naive’: Saudi’s Naimi
Daily Star 30 Apr 2013 Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi on Tuesday called the US push for energy independence “naive,” saying the country will continue to need Middle Eastern oil long into the future.

Syria allies will prevent fall of Assad regime: Hezbollah
Daily Star 30 Apr 2013 Hezbollah’s Nasrallah hints that his group, as well as President Bashar Assad’s other allies Iran and Russia, could intervene militarily to prevent the downfall of the Damascus government.

Nasrallah: Syria conflict aims to divide country into statelets
Daily Star 30 Apr 2013 Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah says the goal behind the crisis in Syria is to reduce the country into a series of statelets, leaving the Arab state without a strong central government.

Nasrallah: Possible Israel shot down own drone to frame Hezbollah
Daily Star 30 Apr 2013 Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah denies reports that his group recently launched a drone over Israel and says there is a strong possibility that the Jewish state shot down one of its own drones to frame…

YNet News

West Bank: Israeli lightly injured from stone hurling
YNet News, 30 Apr 2013 – ….

Ashkenazi: Assad’s fall would be bad for Iran
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Tests link deadly ricin to Obama letters suspect
YNet News, 30 Apr 2013 – ….

ElBaradei: Egypt leader will need opposition help
YNet News, 30 Apr 2013 – ….

Syria says does not trust chemical weapons claims
YNet News, 30 Apr 2013 – ….

Equal rights for gentile troops
YNet News, 30 Apr 2013 – Op-ed: Bedouin, Druze soldiers have sacrificed their lives so rabbis could write their halachic rulings safely ….

Lapid’s plan will alienate haredim
YNet News, 30 Apr 2013 – Op-ed: Lapid’s core curriculum demand will force ultra-Orthodox sector to seek support from hasidic sects such as Satmar ….

Palestine Information Center

Occupation moves dozens of tanks to sites adjacent to Gaza
PIC – The IOF have transferred dozens of military vehicles and tons of equipment and ammunition to military sites adjacent to the Gaza Strip, threatening to wage a new military operation on Gaza.

IOF continues demolition policy in occupied Jerusalem
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continued its Judaization process in the occupied city of Jerusalem where they demolished on Tuesday morning a house in Ras area south of al-Aqsa mosque.

Settlers’ attacks in Nablus and Tulkarem
PIC – Hundreds of Israeli settlers have attacked on Tuesday morning Palestinian citizens and their properties in Nablus and Tulkarem following the killing of a settler at Za’atara checkpoint.

Mizan calls for world intervention to halt Israeli aggression on Gaza
PIC – A human rights center lashed out at the persistent Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people the latest of which being the murder of a man riding a motorbike in Gaza on Tuesday.

Barhoum: Israeli escalation serious, unjustified
PIC – Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, has charged that the Israeli military escalation against the Gaza Strip was “serious and unjustifiedâ€.

Palestinian factions discuss Israeli occupation breaches of the truce
PIC – National and Islamic Forces called on the Arab Republic of Egypt to compel Israel to abide by the truce and stop violating it, and to continue its efforts to end the division..

IOF raid kills Palestinian in Gaza
PIC – An Israeli aerial raid on Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning killed a Palestinian man and wounded others.

Israel continues to close Gaza sole commercial crossing for fifth day running
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) retained the Karm Abu Salem commercial crossing with Gaza Strip closed on Tuesday for the fifth day running.

WAFA

Israeli Soldiers Start Fire in Farmland near Bethlehem
WAFA – 30 Apr 2013

Settlement Activity, Prisoners Issue Hinder Peace, says Abbas
WAFA – 30 Apr 2013

UNRWA Condemns Mass displacement of Palestine Refugees in Syria
WAFA – 30 Apr 2013

Latin Patriarch Denounces Route of Wall in Beit Jala
WAFA – 30 Apr 2013

Israel Arrests 6 Palestinians in West Bank Raids
WAFA – 30 Apr 2013

On Labor Day, Unemployment in Palestine Stands at 23%
WAFA – 30 Apr 2013

Soldiers Raid Neighborhood of Alleged Attacker of Settler
WAFA – 30 Apr 2013

Palestinian Killed in Gaza in Israeli Airstrike
WAFA – 30 Apr 2013

Army Forces 1000 Palestinians Out of their Jordan Valley Homes
WAFA – 30 Apr 2013

Palestinian Shot, Israeli Settler Killed near Nablus
WAFA – 30 Apr 2013

Weather Forecast: Hot and Dry Conditions
WAFA – 30 Apr 2013

Misc

Car bombs in 4 Iraqi cities kill at least 22
LA Times 29 Apr 2013 – The violence fuels fears that Iraq is descending into civil war as sectarian tensions build. BAGHDAD — Shiite-dominated areas in southern and central Iraq were rocked Monday by car bomb explosions that killed at least 22 people and fueled fears that the country is sliding…

New Bombings in Syria as Obama Resists Bigger Role
New York Times 30 Apr 2013 – On a day when twin attacks in Syria killed at least 18 people, President Obama strongly suggested that he would not be rushed into a military campaign. 

Nasrallah Warns That Hezbollah Is Ready to Come to Syria’s Aid
New York Times 30 Apr 2013 – The leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, edged closer to acknowledging that its fighters were battling rebels in Syria, an intervention that threatens to drag Lebanon deeper into that conflict. 

Kerry Welcomes Arab Plan for Israeli-Palestinian Talks
New York Times 30 Apr 2013 – Secretary of State John F. Kerry called a new initiative “a very big step forward,” but initial reactions suggested that the plan might have difficulty penetrating a years-long impasse. 

At War Blog: Humbled by the Souvenirs of War
New York Times 30 Apr 2013 – For one Marine, the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq brings back vivid memories, not all of them unwanted, of his first firefight. 

“Leviathan does not need onshore gas terminal” 
Globes Energy & Water – Development of the Leviathan natural gas field does not require construction of an onshore terminal, SBM manager Cobi Loper told “Globes.”

Consumers will subsidize energy tycoons 
Globes Energy & Water – Private power producers will benefit big business and the power station owners but not consumers.

Energy Minister: Gas export decision in 2 weeks
Globes Main News – Silvan Shalom said the government will decide on gas exports when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returns from China.

Dankner: I never asked Leumi to write off debt
Globes Main News – The court has appointed supervisors to oversee IDB Development’s conduct.

Transport minister: Don’t buy new cars
Globes Main News – Yisrael Katz: Vehicle imports total NIS 30 billion a year, which is shared by 15 families of vehicle importers.

Tue: Banks boost TASE
Globes Main News – Bank Leumi had the biggest gain among Tel Aviv 25 shares, while Teva rose on the day’s biggest turnover.

Bank of Israel again buys dollars
Globes Main News – The Bank of Israel intervened in the foreign currency market, after the shekel-dollar exchange rate fell to NIS 3.575/$.

Unemployment rate dipped in March 
Globes Macro Economics – The unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage points to 6.5% in March, from 6.6% in February.

Lapid and Eini report progress on budget pact 
Globes Macro Economics – The Finance Minister and Histadrut Chairman held a long meeting last night ahead of the budget discussions.

Court rules Defense Ministry must vacate Tel Aviv base 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The Ministry of Defense must vacate the Antenna Hill base in north Tel Aviv, the Tel Aviv District Court ruled today

Israel’s Currency Excludes Mizrahim, Palestinians; Gives Short Shrift to Women
Tikun Olam – Israel is in the process of producing new designs for its paper currency .  In the past, the bills have featured graphic images of prominent Zionist “heroes” like Herzl, Ben Gurion, Chaim Weizmann , Zalman Shazar, Zeev Jabotinsky, and Moshe Sharett .  If you’ll notice, the choices…

Israel Happy With Arab Softening of Land-for-Peace Proposal 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Apr 2013 – Israel responded favourably on Tuesday to an apparent softening by Arab states of their 2002 peace plan after a top Qatari official raised the possibility of land swaps in setting borders between the Jewish state and an independent Palestine. Click here for the rest of the…

Arab States Soften Stand on Possible Israel Land-for-Peace Deal 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Apr 2013 – Arab states appeared to soften their 2002 peace plan on Monday when a top Qatari official said Israel and the Palestinians could trade land rather than conform exactly to their 1967 borders. Click here for the rest of the article…

Pope Francis Agrees To Visit Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Apr 2013 – Israeli President Shimon Peres invited Pope Francis on Tuesday to visit Israel, at his first meeting with the new pontiff who has appealed for peace in the Middle East. Click here for the rest of the article…

Gaza Rocketmaker Killed in Israeli Strike 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Apr 2013 – Israel on Tuesday launched its first targeted attack on a militant in Gaza since a war in November, killing a Palestinian jihadist in an air strike that put further strain on a five-month-old ceasefire. Click here for the rest of the article…

Gay Marchers Spark Celebrate Israel Parade Boycott Threat 
The Forward New 30 Apr 2013 – An Orthodox activist has launched an effort to boycott New York’s Celebrate Israel parade for allowing gay and lesbian groups to participate, despite a reported agreement among Orthodox yeshivas not to object to the gay groups. Click here for the rest of the article…

One Giant Step for Israel as Company Plots Moon Launch 
The Forward New 30 Apr 2013 – Israel has nurtured a reputation as a high-tech hub. A company called SpaceIL is taking things one giant step forward with a plan to land a sabra spaceship on the moon. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Iran Cancels Visa Requirements for Egyptian Tourists 
allAfrica.com 30 Apr 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]The Iranian government approved on Tuesday a draft resolution to cancel visa requirements for Egyptian tourists, reported an Iranian news agency.

Tunisia: Nation Arrests Hundreds in Syria Recruit Probe 
allAfrica.com 30 Apr 2013 – [Magharebia]Tunis -Hundreds of Tunisian salafists were arrested last week as part of a probe into jihadist recruitment centres that trained and sent young fighters to Syria, the interior minister said.

Central Damascus ‘hit by explosion’ 
BBC 30 Apr 2013 – At least 13 people have been killed and many more injured by a powerful explosion in Syria’s capital, Damascus, state media and activists say.

Strike on Gaza kills Palestinian 
BBC 30 Apr 2013 – A Palestinian militant has been killed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza City – the first such incident since a ceasefire in November.

Hezbollah’s Nasrallah in Syria pledge 
BBC 30 Apr 2013 – The head of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah declares that Syria has real friends who will not let it fall to the US, Israel or Islamic extremists.

Lebanese Foreign Policy: The Foundation of an Actual State 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 30 Apr 2013 – A picture taken on 12 April 2013 in Beirut shows a giant banner protecting a construction site in an area of the city center that was destroyed during the 15-year Lebanese civil war. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) A picture taken on 12 April 2013 in…

Lebanon: The “Poor Martyrs” of Baddawi 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Apr 2013 – The town’s narrow roads are lined with humble homes, many of them outfitted with tin roofs that turn the rooms into refrigerators in the winter and ovens in the summer. (Photo: Bilal Jawich) The town’s narrow roads are lined with humble homes, many of them outfitted…

Lebanon’s MPs: We’re Broke! 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Apr 2013 – MP Ziad al-Aswad claims that his weekly visit to his home district of Jezzine costs him between two and three thousands dollars, all of which goes to local causes. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) MP Ziad al-Aswad claims that his weekly visit to his home district of Jezzine…

Settlers pelt Palestinian school buses 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Apr 2013 – Israeli police prevent settlers from blocking the main road near Palestinian village of Hawara during attacks on the West Bank, as smoke billows from crops they set fire to on 30 April 2013. (Photo: AFP – Menahem Kahana) Palestinian officials cancelled school trips for Wednesday after…

Gunmen encircle Libya’s justice ministry 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Apr 2013 – Dozens of armed men demanding the expulsion of officials from the former Gaddafi government on Tuesday surrounded the justice ministry in Tripoli, stepping up an action started at the foreign ministry three days earlier, an official said. “Several armed men in vehicles equipped with anti-aircraft guns…

Syrian teen self-immolates in Beirut over debt 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Apr 2013 – A Syrian teenager in Beirut set himself on fire Sunday night after his father refused to give him money in order to pay back loans on his car. After lighting himself on fire, the 19-year-old ran towards his friends shouting, “Put me out! Put me out!”…

Massive explosion kills 13 in Damascus 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Apr 2013 – Syrian people gather at the site of a huge blast in the Marjeh district of Damascus on 30 April 2013. (Photo: AFP / SANA / HO) Updated 12:57pm: A massive blast rocked the central Damascus district of Marjeh on Tuesday killing at least 13 people and injuring more…

Turkish-Kurdish Reconciliation: What Happens After the Fighters Withdraw? 
Al-Akhbar Politics 29 Apr 2013 – Kurdistan Workers’ Party rebels walk as they gather to listen to the speech of the PKK leader on 25 April 2013 (Photo: AFP – STR) Kurdistan Workers’ Party rebels walk as they gather to listen to the speech of the PKK leader on 25 April 2013 (…

Tunisia: Al-Nahda Oversees Jewish Pilgrimage 
Al-Akhbar Politics 29 Apr 2013 – Tunisian special forces stand guard outside the Ghriba synagogue on the Mediterranean resort island of Djerba on 26 April 2013. (Photo: AFP -Fethi Belaid) Tunisian special forces stand guard outside the Ghriba synagogue on the Mediterranean resort island of Djerba on 26 April 2013. (Photo: AFP…

Central Damascus ‘hit by explosion’ 
BBC 30 Apr 2013 – At least 13 people have been killed and many more injured by a powerful explosion in Syria’s capital, Damascus, state media and activists say.

Strike on Gaza kills Palestinian 
BBC 30 Apr 2013 – A Palestinian militant has been killed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza City – the first such incident since a ceasefire in November.

Hezbollah’s Nasrallah in Syria pledge 
BBC 30 Apr 2013 – The head of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah declares that Syria has real friends who will not let it fall to the US, Israel or Islamic extremists.

Israeli settler killed in West Bank 
BBC 30 Apr 2013 – An Israeli settler has been killed by a Palestinian, who stabbed and shot him, at a bus stop in the northern West Bank.

Wanted Saudi ‘shot and arrested’ 
BBC 30 Apr 2013 – Police in Saudi Arabia say they have shot and wounded a man wanted over his involvement in protests in a restive province in the east of country.

Articles


Arab League agrees to endorse new peace plan including land swap 
Syed C, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/30/2013
      In a sign that Israel will keep its large illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, Arab foreign ministers have said that they are ready to endorse a new peace plan which includes land swaps and a Palestinian state built otherwise on the 1967 borders. The announcement was made following a meeting between an Arab League delegation headed by Secretary General Nabil Elarabi and US Vice-President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington.
     Speaking on behalf of the Arab League delegation, Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad al-Thani said, “We understand that peace is a strategic choice for the Arab states. We all think that we should work together to find a sound economic package to help the Palestinian state.”
     Sheikh Hamad renewed the obligation of the Arab states to the Arab Peace Initiative with the addition of their readiness to accept land swaps. The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth said that Kerry has been working recently to bring the Palestinians and Israelis back into the negotiating table.
     Secretary of State Kerry said, “We have had a very positive, very constructive discussion… with positive results.” He praised the Arab League for the “important role it is playing, and is determined to play, in bringing about a peace in the Middle East, specifically by reaffirming the Arab Peace Initiative with a view to ending the conflict.” Kerry reaffirmed, on behalf of Barack Obama, “The US commitment to pursue an end to the conflict based on the vision that President Obama outlined in May of 2011: Two states living side by side in peace and security brought about through direct negotiations between the parties.
     According to Yedioth Ahronoth, “While little has changed in Israel’s public posture, the remarks by Al-Thani suggest that Kerry has had some success, at least, in coordinating a more unified regional strategy between the US and its Arab partners.”…. more.. e-mail

How Israel Manipulates US Policy in the Middle East 
Patrick Seale, Agence Global 4/30/2013
      On April 23, a senior Israeli officer, Brig Gen Utai Brun, head of research at army intelligence, made a serious accusation against Syria. In a lecture at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies, he declared: “To the best of our professional understanding, the Syrian regime has used lethal chemical weapons against gunmen in a series of incidents in recent months…” General Brun gave no evidence for his accusation and produced no physical proof, but he added that the Israel Defence Forces believed Syria had used the nerve agent sarin on several occasions, including a specific attack on March 19.
     As it happened, General Brun made his accusation against Syria during a three-day visit to Israel by America’s new Defence Secretary, Chuck Hagel — a man whose appointment Israel’s supporters in the United States had sought to prevent. Some Jewish organisations had come close to calling him anti-Semitic. Only by eating humble pie did Hagel manage to have his appointment confirmed. He now clearly hopes to put an end to his quarrel with America’s pro-Israeli lobby.
     On this his first visit to Israel as Defence Secretary, he announced that Israel was to receive a rich haul of advanced U.S. weapons — air refuelling tankers, cutting-edge radar and the V-22 Osprey ‘tiltrotor’ aircraft, an advanced plane so far denied to all other US allies. But Hagel’s generous gesture was to no avail. Although Israel was evidently delighted with the weapons, this did not inhibit it from accusing Syria of using chemical weapons — clearly in the hope of provoking a U.S. attack on that country.
     Unpleasantly surprised by General Brun’s claim that Syria had used chemical weapons, Hagel declared the very next day — on April 23 — that he had discussed Syria’s chemical weapons with Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, but that neither of them had said that Syria had actually used such weapons…. more.. e-mail

PHOTOS: The face of Israel’s discriminatory home demolition policy 
Activestills, +972 Magazine 4/30/2013
      Demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem are part and parcel of Israel’s publicly stated plans to reduce and control the demography of Palestinians and non-Jews in Jerusalem. With little chance of receiving building permits, Palestinian families often decide to build anyway, hoping that maybe their home will be spared.
     On Wednesday April 24, Israeli authorities demolished three Palestinian houses in the At Tur neighborhood on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem. The pretext, as usual, was that the owner had built illegally, though he had spent months applying for permits from the Jerusalem Municipality and provided all requested documentation. One of the structures demolished was an addition built to house the youngest generations of the 45-member Jaradat extended family, illustrating one of the basic quandaries facing East Jerusalem Palestinians: As families grow and children get married to start families of their own, where can they live if the government will not grant them permission to build?
     Israelis sometimes display a disturbingly blasé attitude toward the demolition of Palestinian homes. One sometimes encounters the attitude, even among self-proclaimed leftists, that “there are laws,” and since an Israeli Jew cannot build a house without permission, why should a Palestinian be able to? They might even offer examples of how their own family wanted to build and were denied permission. So if Israelis obey the law, isn’t it the Palestinians’ fault when they are punished for breaking it?
     This attitude may seem reasonable to foreigners as well. Most countries have zoning and building regulations that are generally respected as a necessity for maintaining orderly communities. But what these attitudes fail to grasp is the systematic discrimination faced by Palestinians under Israeli occupation, a context well-documented by various human rights organizations…. more.. e-mail

The Islamic Bloc and university elections 
Lama Khater, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/25/2013
      “…the Islamic Bloc should not neglect the need for it to remain present in the arena; working, competing and serving students…”
     Now that student body elections season in the West Bank has come to end, there is no doubt that the Islamic Bloc needs to carefully assess its experience in light of its extended boycott, and alongside its past circumstances; to adjust its strategy and to examine the personal and objective factors that led to the final electoral results.
     There are those who believed that once the Islamic Bloc was allowed to return to the student body following years of absence and exclusion, it would be able to win the elections or at least to start back where it stopped off. Prior to its exclusion, the Islamic Bloc went through a positive phase in which it was a leading force within universities; both in terms of achievement and the impact it was able to have on the youth visa vie the high levels of popularity enjoyed by the resistance.
     With the absence of the Bloc, however, the philosophy of resistance, including its various moral manifestations, has all but disappeared from the reality of universities, as well as the West Bank in general. These two realities must be taken into consideration when examining the final results. In light of its absence or exclusion, no one should expect the great legacy of the Islamic Bloc to be present in the minds of students. Nor should they expect that the occupation’s targeting of its members would generate significant moral support for it at a time when the value of sacrifice within society has decreased, and public awareness lacks the influence of the resistance. more.. e-mail

Remarks at the UN International Meeting on Palestine in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Dissident Voice: 30 Apr 2013 – My name is Cynthia McKinney and I served as a Member of the U.S. Congress for 12 years. During my time in Congress, I strove to make respect for human rights a central feature in the formulation of U.S. foreign policy. Amid minor successes, I have to say that my efforts while, broadly appreciated by many, failed miserably. That failure stems in part from the peculiarities of U.S. politics that allow policy formulation to deviate from and in many cases become diametrically opposed to the values of the people of the U.S. Sadly, what we in the U.S. call “special interests” are able to buy public policy by way of campaign contributions and misleading media campaigns. These “special interests” are aided and abetted in the U.S. by a concentrated media that has no obligation according to U.S. court decisions to tell the public the truth. In other words, U.S. media…more


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