VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 1 May 2013: Israel PM says territory not root cause of Mideast conflict

1 May 2013  — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Lebanon Arrests Israeli Man Who Crossed Border
IMEMC – The Al-Manar TV, run by the Lebanon-based Hezbollah Party, reported Wednesday that the Lebanese army arrested an Israeli man who illegally crossed into the country. …

Israeli Housing Minister: “We Will Oppose Any Budget That Does Not Include Settlements”
IMEMC – Israeli Housing Minister, Uri Ariel, of the Jewish Home Party, stated that his party will oppose an government budget that does not includes budgets for the construction and expansion of Jewish settlements in areas Israel vowed to build in after the Palestinians headed to the United Nations last year. …

Report: “Four Killed, 259 Kidnapped In April”
IMEMC – The Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights published its monthly report on Israeli violations against the Palestinian in April, revealing that the soldiers killed four Palestinians and kidnapped 259. …

Israeli Tanks Invade Tubas, Kidnap One Resident
IMEMC – Tuesday evening, April 30 2013, a number of Israeli tanks, and several armored vehicles, invaded the Al-Aqaba village, north of the central West Bank city of Tubas, and kidnapped one Palestinian. The invasion caused massive destruction to property and infrastructure. …

Army Bombards Rafah In Southern Gaza
IMEMC – Tuesday evening, April 30 2013, the Israeli Air Force fired at least two missiles into an area believed to be used as a training center for Popular Resistance Committees, northwest of Rafah city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. …

U.S. Welcomes “Modified” Arab Peace Initiative
IMEMC – The Arab League modified it Peace Initiative of 2002, allowing the principle of land swap between Israel and the Palestinians under a comprehensive peace agreement sponsored by the United States. The U.S. welcomed the decision and considered it a step forward. … 

Ma’an News

Report: Settlers start over 50 fires in West Bank
5/1/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Settlers started over 50 fires across the West Bank on Tuesday following the fatal stabbing of a settler in Nablus, official news agency Wafa reported. A report by the civil defense said firefighters had to deal with 57 fires caused by settlers. Hundreds of olive and almond trees were damaged and….

Lawyers banned from seeing suspect in settler stabbing
5/1/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have banned lawyers from visiting a man suspected of fatally stabbing a settler in Nablus, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said Wednesday. Salam al-Zaghal, from Tulkarem, on Tuesday fatally stabbed a settler while he waited at a hitch-hiking spot in the occupied West Bank. Al-Zaghal was subsequently shot by Israeli….

Official: Israel raids village near Tubas, arrests 1
5/1/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli tanks raided the al-Aqaba village north of Tubas in the occupied West Bank, causing damage to roads and agricultural lands, an official said. Sami Sadeq, head of the local village council, said that a number of tanks raided the village without prior notice and detained 23-year-old Jihad Abdul Karim….

Israel releases prisoner from custody
5/1/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces released Omar Atallah Issa, 50, from prison on Tuesday, his family said. Issa had spent five and a half years in jail, his brother said. He had previously been detained for four years. [END]

‘Quiet man’ Kerry’s strategy for Middle East peace
5/1/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry is moving cautiously and smartly towards fresh Middle East peace talks, but deep distrust between all sides means success is far from guaranteed, analysts say. Wresting an important concession from Arab League nations on Monday that land swaps could be on the table in any deal between….

Minister: Israel will not talk on basis of 1967 lines
5/1/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel will keep refusing to negotiate on the basis of a total withdrawal from land it seized during the 1967 Six-Day War, an Israeli minister said Wednesday after the Arab League modified its peace plan.” If Israel agrees to come to the negotiating table while accepting in advance that talks would be held…. Related: Israel PM says territory not root cause of Mideast conflict

Israel PM says territory not root cause of Mideast conflict
5/1/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that an Israeli withdrawal would not bring peace with the Palestinians because the heart of the conflict was their refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. His remarks came a day after the Arab League announced moves to revive and modify its 2002 peace initiative…. Related: Minister: Israel will not talk on basis of 1967 lines

British minister ‘concerned’ by West Bank, Gaza violence
5/1/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The British minister for the Middle East expressed concern Wednesdayabout recent violence in the West Bank and Gaza, a statement from his office said.”I am very concerned about recent developments in both the West Bank and Gaza. At this critical time for the two state solution, we need dialogue, not….

Fatah official’s car attacked in Gaza Strip
5/1/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Unidentified assailants attacked the car of a Fatah official in Gaza overnight Tuesday, locals said. Witnesses told Ma’an that masked men entered the garage of Fatah leader Khaled Musa and damaged his car. Hamas police said they have opened an investigation into the incident, the third of its….

PA security forces arrest 5 Hamas members in West Bank
5/1/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces arrested five Hamas members in the West Bank on Wednesday, the Islamist group said in a statement. The Hamas affiliates were detained in Hebron, Ramallah and Qalqiliya, the statement said. [END]

Obama cautious but hints at eventual action on Syria
5/1/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Barack Obama Tuesday warned against a rush to judgment on chemical weapons in Syria, but said proof of their use would trigger a “rethink” of his reluctance to use military force. As critics complain that he let Syria cross a US “red line,” Obama said Washington believed chemical weapons had been used….

Syria’s Assad makes rare public visit for May Day
5/1/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria’s President Bashar Assad made a rare public visit on Wednesday to an electrical plant in central Damascus to mark Labour Day, the presidency’s official Facebook page said.” President Assad is now visiting the Umayyad electrical plant in Tishreen Garden in Damascus and congratulates its workers and Syria’….

Syria opposition denounces Hezbollah ‘threats’
5/1/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syria’s opposition on Wednesday denounced what it called “threats” by the head of Hezbollah, and warned against any intervention by the Lebanese Shiite group or by Iran in the Syrian conflict. The speech was also criticised by Lebanese opposition leader Saad Hariri, who accused Hezbollah of “leading Lebanon to ruin” by….

Diplomats: Brahimi to quit as Syria peace envoy
5/1/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is on the verge of quitting amid growing frustration at deadlocked international efforts to end the worsening conflict, diplomats said Wednesday. Brahimi is “itching to resign but being persuaded to hang on for a few more days,” said one UN Security Council diplomat.”He has told everyone….

Lawyer: Egypt Morsi critic detained
5/1/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — A prominent opponent of Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi has been detained on suspicion of insulting the Islamist leader, the activist’s lawyer said on Wednesday. Ahmed Douma, a blogger and activist who has called for Morsi’s trial over the shooting deaths of protesters, was ordered held for four….


Israel PM says ‘conflict not about territory’
AlJazeera 1 May 2013 – Netanyahu questions core tenet of new Arab proposal suggesting land swaps to draw up final borders of Palestinian state.

Palestine News Network

Britain Concerned About Violence in West Bank, Gaza
Palestine News Network

Jamal Ismail Faris Baker- The Fisherman’s Narrative
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Remove Jabara Checkpoint, Tulkarem
Palestine News Network

Israel Shoots at Fisherman, Seriously Injures One in Gaza
Palestine News Network

Israel Bans Lawyer from Visiting Prisoner in Beilinson Hospital
Palestine News Network

Report: Israel Killed 4 Palestinians, Arrested 259 in April
Palestine News Network

PCHR Requests Investigating the Arrest, Torture of a Person in PSS Office in Doura
Palestine News Network

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

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jamal Ismail Faris Baker- The Fisherman’s Narrative
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Villages of Urif, Burin and Asira violently attacked by settlers
5/1/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 1st May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus, Occupied Palestine, By Team Nablus – Yesterday Israeli settlers from the Illegal settlement of Yizhar set fire to the fields of Asira al Qibliya, Burin and Urif as well as attacking the school and many homes in the villages, all while the Israeli Military and Border Police provided protection….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Africa’s support, anti-apartheid strategies, role of donor aid in achieving Palestinian independence, sovereignty spotlighted during Addis Ababa meeting
Relief Web 1 May 2013 – Source: UN General Assembly Country: occupied Palestinian territory GA/PAL/1268 Participants Urge Africa to Create Regional Peace Initiative; ‘Respond Vociferously’ to Call to Boycott, Divest, Sanction Israel ADDIS ABABA, 30 April — As the United Nations International Meeting on the Question…

Guinea: Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement : La Banque mondiale relève des progrès dans 20 États fragiles
Relief Web 1 May 2013 – Source: World Bank Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Kiribati, Liberia, Libya, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Myanmar, Nepal, occupied Palestinian territory, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu En dépit des rudes défis qui…

Afghanistan: Twenty Fragile States Make Progress on Millennium Development Goals
Relief Web 1 May 2013 – Source: World Bank Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Kiribati, Liberia, Libya, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Myanmar, Nepal, occupied Palestinian territory, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu Despite tough challenges in fragile countries,…

Lebanon: JICA funds rehabilitation of infrastructure in Ein El Hilweh Camp
Relief Web 1 May 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Japan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory Beirut, Lebanon The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the Japan International…

occupied Palestinian territory: Jamal Ismail Faris Baker- The Fisherman’s Narrative: “I can only give false assurances to my children”
Relief Web 1 May 2013 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Today, 1 May 2013, marks the International Labour Day, which commemorates peoples right to work, along with their protection of human rights in the work place. However, as the rest…

The National

Time for business on second and final day of Sheikh Khalifa’s historic UK visit
The National 1 May 2013 – President and his delegation hold day of meetings at Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street and foreign office, bolstering ties with an old friend. Omar Karmi reports from London 

Syria’s Assad makes rare public appearance at power station
The National 1 May 2013 – The Syrian president, Bashar Al Assad makes rare public appearance at Damascus power station, as explosions rip through the capital.

Istanbul’s May Day turns violent
The National 1 May 2013 – Clashes erupt between police and protesters in Istanbul, when hundreds attempt to breach barricades and reach the main square to mark May Day in defiance of a government ban.

UAE and Britain fund Somalian battle against sexual violence
The National 1 May 2013 – The UAE and UK will provide £2million in funding to help fight the horrific levels of sexual violence in Somalia.

Torture, selective pardons: the truth of Assad’s prisoner ‘amnesty’
The National 1 May 2013 – The Syrian president’s pardons, issued as proof that the authorities are seeking a political solution, don’t appear to have helped even peaceful anti-regime activists get out of prison alive. Phil Sands reports 

Thirteen killed and four missing in Saudi flash floods
The National 1 May 2013 – Thirteen people have died and four more are missing in Saudi Arabia after downpours caused flash floods in several areas of the country, civil defence says.

Call for health insurance plan for expat labourers in the UAE
The National 1 May 2013 – Bernard Houchner, co-founder of Medecins Sans Frontiers, told a conference in Dubai that poor labourers should be entitled to health cover.

Families may opt for double TV vision, says Dubai report
The National 1 May 2013 – Experts say people living in the UAE will soon be watching multiple television sets in the same room.


Cronyism, nepotism cases against Hadera mayor closed for lack of evidence
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

Supreme Court: African workers’ punishments should not be more severe than Israelis’
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

Police skirt law, create migrant DNA database
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

Despite new Arab League initiative, resumption of Israeli-Palestinian talks is nowhere in sight
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

Haifa sitting on potential gunpowder keg
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

Israeli military court releases three Palestinians illegally arrested near Hebron
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

Israeli arrested by Lebanon army after crossing the border illegally
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

Supreme Court hears proposal for ‘green’ fence along Green Line
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

Israel’s May Day marches of yesteryear
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

Panel urges Israel’s Health Ministry to defund IVF treatments for older women
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

Train drivers call in sick at Israel Railways in apparent work-to-rule strike
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

Obama preparing to arm Syrian rebels, officials say
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

Erekat: Israeli-Palestinian negotiations must be based on the 1967 borders
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

Former IDF Chief: Syria chemical weapons must be met with response
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

Netanyahu’s choice for Likud director general is legally forbidden to hold public posts
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

Israel’s triple security threat: Settlers, Gaza rockets, and Syria chemical weapons
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

First Israeli Intelligence Squared debate tackles the future of Jewish democracy
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

Jerusalem Post

Poll: Americans do not want US involved in Syria
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – 61% tallied in online poll oppose US involvement; percentage in favor more than doubles if Assad’s forces use chemical weapons. 

UN diplomats: Syria mediator determined to resign
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Brahimi fed up, but will hang on a “few more days” before quitting; feels UN recognizing opposition undermined his neutrality. 

Mulling arming Syrian rebels, Obama wary of proxies
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – ‘Washington Post’ reports US president preparing to send lethal arms to Syrian opposition amid reports of chemical weapons use. 

Hezbollah strengthening hold on southern Lebanon
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Terror group increases displays of force against peacekeeping patrol in south Lebanon, hints at readiness to up aid to Assad. 

IDF Orthodox program soldiers later enter workforce
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – 70% of the program’s graduates go on to enter the Israeli workforce; Bennett says he will invest millions to vocation centers. 

Zemach: Gas exports won’t hurt domestic industries
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Director-general of Energy and Water Ministry insists Israel will maintain sufficient supply of natural gas for domestic electricity needs. 

The weakening of the Israel-Diaspora connection
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Demographic, social and religious changes among the Jewish people over the past century have influenced cultural and religious ideologies in Israel and in the Diaspora. 

Where’s the money?
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – As worsening global recession looms, our deficit has grown to disconcerting proportions – a reality that necessitates unpopular belt-tightening. 

Claims Conference issues remain unresolved
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Candidly Speaking: Elderly Holocaust survivors are denied elementary needs such as food, medicine and other basic services to enable them to live out their remaining years with dignity. 

Feiglin suspends himself from coalition over Temple Mt. ban
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Hardline Likud MK rebels against Netanyahu who barred him from visiting religious site, citing threat to public security; says “Temple Mount is the rock of our existence”; Coalition chair: Insubordination won’t be tolerated. 

Media Comment: The journalists’ ‘omerta’
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Media personnel, from producers to editors to reporters, view everything as fair game – except their own environment or professional activities. 

Pro-Israel academics now challenged as never before
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – The Asian American Studies Association became the first academic association to pass a boycott resolution against Israeli academics and academic institutions. 

Obama’s dilemma: No good options in Syria
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Washington Watch: Going to war on faulty – and probably intentionally misleading – intelligence about weapons of mass destruction had to weigh on Obama’s mind. 

Encountering Peace: The Israeli economic breakout
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Despite the global financial threats, the Israeli economy is still in the black and more healthy than the economies of Greece and Cyprus. 

The closing of the academic mind in Ireland
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Original Thinking: When asked who they were freeing Palestine from, a trio of bright young faces answered, “From the Jews.” 

A lesson from Martin Luther King
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said “peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. 

Olmert: Israel should jump at Arab peace initiative
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Former PM tells Channel 10 the recent Arab League peace overtures are “historic”; downplays the “exaggerated” Iranian threat. 

Wife of man accused of dismembering ex arrested
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Police: Murderer attempted to disintegrate body of victim using powerful chemical agents in bathtub. 

Yisrael Beytenu electoral reform bill sparks uproar
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Yacimovich: Totalitarian bill not fit for Jewish, democratic state; bill seeks to raise election threshold, limit no-confidence motions. 

PA to freeze efforts to join ICC as peace gesture
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Palestinian Authority FM Malki promises US that PA will stop attempts to join UN agencies to give chance to peace process. 

Boston police arrest 3 new suspects in bomb case
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Two of 3 people taken into custody were classmates of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; suspects accused of interfering with probe. 

Study: Workers’ share of national income stagnant
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Employers’ share on the rise according to report which focuses on ‘median wage’ not ‘average salaries’ to accurately represent workers’ conditions. 

Women of Wall might not use new egalitarian section
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Group will continue to pray at current women’s section of the site “for the foreseeable future” after landmark court ruling. 

Buffett buys remainder of Israel’s Iscar for $2.05b
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – US billionaire buys remaining 20% of the Iscar Metalworking Company seven years after snatching up 80% of the company. 

Knesset c’tee approves new air pollution standards
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Following Lag Ba’omer air pollution highs, Knesset Environment C’tee raises air quality standards which will save hundreds of lives. 

‘Settlement label policy comes from misinformation’
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Shomron Regional Council brings Fiorello Provera, Vice-Chair of EP Foreign Affairs Committee, to Knesset. 

Youth hope for change in Palestinian politics
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Though many see Israeli politics as the main stumbling block toward peace, many more don’t trust their own politicians. 

‘Lebanese army catches Israeli who crossed border’
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Lebanese media reports Israeli citizen caught jumping border fence south of city of Nakoura, being interrogated by security forces. 

Ex-colleague testifies in Emmanuel Rosen probe
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – Former Channel 2 anchor Gadi Sukenik says the allegations against Rosen are only “the tip of the iceberg.” 

Italy hands Peres honorary peace citation award
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2013 – In town of Assisi, where a Franciscan friar hid hundreds of Jews at great personal risk, Peres’ peace achievements honored. 

The Guardian

Syria crisis: Let UN search for chemical weapons, says opposition – live updates
The Guardian 1 May 2013 – • Obama makes clearest threat yet to Assad regime • ’50 killed today’ – activists • Hezbollah confirms it is helping Syrian regime • Read a summary of today’s key events Paul Owen

Jewish settlers attack Palestinians in the West Bank – video
The Guardian 1 May 2013 – A group of masked Jewish settlers set fire to a house and fields across villages in the West Bank before attacking Palestinians

Film-maker David Koff on his radical documentary Occupied Palestine
The Guardian 1 May 2013 – David Koff’s documentary Occupied Palestine caused a storm in the 1980s. What will today’s audiences make of it? The film-maker relives a life of controversy David Koff is remembering what happened at the premiere of his…


Military Resistance 11D14 : News of Fresh Disasters

BDS takes Arab and Western worlds by storm

82-year-old Hebron woman challenges Israeli settlers, troops alone (Video)

Obamacare: Unaffordable Coverage

Family of prisoners Amir and Mohamed appeals for saving their lives

Morsi’s special envoy: “God has entrusted Iran and Egypt with the responsibility to settle the crisis in Syria”

Iraqi army losing hold on north to Sunni and Kurdish forces as troops desert

In the Wake of Last Year’s ‘Soft Coup’ Against Paraguay’s President, Will a New Narco-Dictatorship Emerge?

12- and 11-year old Palestinian children arrested after attack by settler children – Swedish activist also arrested

On the Issue of Palestinian Support for the Assad Regime

Daily Star

Brahimi to quit as Syria peace envoy: diplomats
Daily Star 1 May 2013 UN-Arab League Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is on the verge of quitting amid growing frustration at deadlocked international efforts to end the worsening conflict, diplomats say.

Syria activists say rockets hit central Damascus
Daily Star 1 May 2013 Syrian activists are reporting that several rockets have fallen on a popular Damascus neighborhood.

Union rally in Beirut marks International Labor Day
Daily Star 1 May 2013 The National Labor Confederation members march to the Grand Serail on the occasion of International Labor Day, vowing to change the socioeconomic realities in the country.

Israeli crosses border into Lebanon
Daily Star 1 May 2013 The Army apprehended Wednesday an Israeli man who crossed over into Lebanon, security sources told The Daily Star.

Tunisia forces clash with 50 armed jihadists: security
Daily Star 1 May 2013 Tunisian security forces clash with a group of around 50 armed jihadists in the remote Mount Chaambi region, a security source at the scene says.

Hezbollah sacrificing Lebanon for Assad: Hariri
Daily Star 1 May 2013 Nasrallah is jeopardizing Lebanon, forging a suicidal link between it and the crisis in Syria for the sake of President Assad, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri says.

Flash floods in Saudi Arabia kill 13: civil defense
Daily Star 1 May 2013 Thirteen people have died and four more are missing in Saudi Arabia after downpours caused flash floods in several areas of the desert kingdom, the civil defence authorities says.

Senior peace envoy killed in Afghanistan: officials
Daily Star 1 May 2013 A roadside bomb planted by the Taliban kills a senior member of Afghanistan’s peace council, officials say, the latest setback to efforts to end more than 11 years of war.

Iraq, Shell officially kick off major gas project
Daily Star 1 May 2013 Royal Dutch Shell says it has officially kicked off a multibillion-dollar project to tap natural gas in Iraq’s south.

Venezuela MPs brawl amid election tensions
Daily Star 1 May 2013 Venezuelan lawmakers punch, kick and shove one another as a post-election conflict between President Hugo Chavez’s heirs and rivals blow up into a brawl on the floor of congress.

Kuwait plans high public service charges for expats
Daily Star 1 May 2013 Kuwait plans to increase service charges on foreigners, media reports say, triggering the ire of the main labour union which also blasted the government for deporting hundreds of expatriates.

Japan, Saudi Arabia condemn Syria regime ‘grave’ violations
Daily Star 1 May 2013 Japan and Saudi Arabia condemned “grave” human rights violations by Syria’s regime which they said has lost its “legitimacy”, in a joint statement on Wednesday after a meeting of top officials.

Kuwait court jails Saudi for 5 years over emir insult
Daily Star 1 May 2013 Kuwait’s lower court sentences a Saudi man to five years in jail for insulting the emir on Twitter, a human rights activist says.

YNet News

At least 22 killed in Iraq attacks
YNet News, 1 May 2013 – ….

Convicted Indian spy dies in Pakistan
YNet News, 1 May 2013 – ….

Netanyahu to Eitan Wertheimer: Kudos to you, Israeli industry
YNet News, 1 May 2013 – ….

2 men charged in Boston bomb case waive bail
YNet News, 1 May 2013 – ….

Lapid wants to exceed budget ceiling by 6.5 billion 
YNet News, 1 May 2013 – ….

Terror raising its head
YNet News, 1 May 2013 – Analysis: Israeli officials believe Kerry’s enthusiastic activity in region prompting rise in terror attacks ….

Revenge killings claim hundreds in Yemen annually
YNet News, 1 May 2013 – Officials call for end to violence feeding revenge killing in hopes of breaking viscous cycle of murder, which has been steadily increasing as central government fails to address issue ….

Lebanese army detains Israeli who crossed border
YNet News, 1 May 2013 – Lebanese security official tells Al-Manar network 34-year-old Israeli who jumped over border fence near Rosh Hanikra being interrogated; IDF confirms infiltration ….

Syria’s Assad in rare visit as rockets hit capital
YNet News, 1 May 2013 – ‘They want to scare us, we will not be scared,’ beleaguered president tells workers at Damascus power station as explosions wound 15 people in city center. Syrian National Coalition urges Hezbollah to ‘stay out of war’ ….

Netanyahu: Conflict over recognition, not territory
YNet News, 1 May 2013 – PM indirectly questions ‘land for peace’ principle of Arab League initiative; says root of conflict is Palestinian failure to accept Israel as Jewish state ….

Harassment claims: Fellow journalist testifies against Emanuel Rosen 
YNet News, 1 May 2013 – Gadi Sukenik says allegations represent ‘facts,’ and media star’s harassment of coworkers has been going on for years ….

Judge orders release of Eritrean woman, her 2 kids from jail 
YNet News, 1 May 2013 – Beersheba District Court explains decision to release 2 girls together with mother from Saharonim Prison, saying: ‘Children are a special humanitarian issue.’ Hotline for Migrant Workers: ‘Decision will effect lives of dozens of infants, children’ ….

300 meters of loathing 
YNet News, 1 May 2013 – Construction of outpost triggers tension, violence between settlers and Palestinian landowners; ‘this is no place for frightened Jews,’ says member of Hilltop Youth ….

Report: Hezbollah tightens grip on southern Lebanon
YNet News, 1 May 2013 – UNIFIL personnel say Lebanese Armed Forces gradually withdrawing from Israel border area, leaving it in hands of Hezbollah ….

Red line’s flexibility
YNet News, 1 May 2013 – Op-ed: PM Netanyahu changed tactics after realizing Israel cannot deal with Iranian threat alone ….

Report: Obama planning to arm rebels with lethal weapons
YNet News, 1 May 2013 – US officials tell Washington Post president preparing to send lethal arms to Syrian rebels, trying to convince Russia’s Putin to withdraw his support of Assad. Meanwhile, former IDF chief Ashkenazi calls for international action in Syria ….

MKs spar over universal draft
YNet News, 30 Apr 2013 – Perry committee charged with formulating haredi draft convenes to discuss enlistment of Zionist haredim currently serving in hesder yeshiva track, studying Torah, serving IDF ….

Nasrallah: Hezbollah didn’t launch drone
YNet News, 30 Apr 2013 – Shiite group’s chief says was not behind drone downed by IAF over Haifa; delivers message to Israeli leadership, warning ‘Israeli enemy not to make foolish mistake in Lebanon; resistance is willing, able to protect Lebanon’ ….

Syrian rebels terrorize population
YNet News, 30 Apr 2013 – Kidnappings and torture are rampant in Aleppo as people have hard time differentiating between regime’s brutal tactics and those of insurgents ….

Palestine Information Center

Jewish extremists call for storming al-Aqsa
PIC – AFEH said that Jewish extremist groups have called for storming al-Aqsa mosque next Wednesday to mark the 46th anniversary of the occupation of the eastern part of the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Ahrar: 259 detainees and 4 martyrs during April
PIC – Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights said in its monthly report that 259 Palestinians were arrested and 4 others were killed in the West Bank and the Gaza strip during April 2013.

Zahar: the resistance will respond to the occupation in a timely manner
PIC – The leader in the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, Mahmoud Zahar, said that the Israeli escalation against the Gaza Strip is not an isolated incident but is part of the Israeli daily aggressions.

Israeli scheme to establish monorail in Jerusalem
PIC – The Israeli mayor of the occupied city of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, declared during a press conference yesterday evening the establishment of monorail in the city, noting that it will be ready by 2015. 

Al-Resheq: Our people will confront Israeli settlers’ crimes
PIC – Izzat al-Resheq, a member of the political bureau of Hamas, warned the occupation authorities of giving the green light to Jewish extremist settlers to carry out brutal attacks against Palestinians.

Qatar’s reconstruction committee signs contracts for 23 projects in Gaza
PIC – The Qatari committee for the reconstruction of Gaza signed on Monday contracts to carry out 23 construction projects to rebuild what had been destroyed during Israel’s wars on the besieged enclave.

IOF soldiers round up 4 citizens
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested four Palestinians at dawn Wednesday after storming a number of villages in Al-Khalil and Bethlehem provinces.

IOF burn vast tracts of grazing and crop lands in Jordan Valley
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday burned out vast tracts of pastures and rain-fed crops in all villages and hamlets of Wadi Al-Maleh in the Jordan Valley during military exercises.


Israel Changes Route of Wall near Tulkarm
WAFA – 1 May 2013

Civil Defense: Arson by Settlers Guts Hundreds of Trees
WAFA – 1 May 2013

PEX Report: Low Trading, Drop in Index on Labor Day
WAFA – 1 May 2013

Workers Mark International Labor Day with Rally
WAFA – 1 May 2013

British Minister Concerned About Violence in West Bank, Gaza
WAFA – 1 May 2013

Israel Reopens Only Commercial Crossing to Gaza
WAFA – 1 May 2013

Settlers Stone Palestinians Commuting on West Bank Roads
WAFA – 1 May 2013

Newspapers Review: Gaza, West Bank Events Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 1 May 2013

Settlers Rampage at Ramallah-Area Village
WAFA – 1 May 2013

Israeli Navy Shoots at Gaza Fishermen, Injures One
WAFA – 1 May 2013


U.S. considers sending arms to Syria rebels
LA Times 30 Apr 2013 – But no decision is expected soon, and Obama appears to have softened his ‘red line’ threat over chemical weapons use by the Assad regime. WASHINGTON — The White House is considering providing weapons to the Syrian rebels, officials said Tuesday, but no decision is imminent…

Besieged Syrian Leader, Bashar al-Assad, Makes Rare Appearance
New York Times 1 May 2013 – President Bashar al-Assad’s visit to a power plant in the capital, Damascus, came after consecutive days of deadly bombings in the heart of his power base. 

The Lede: Critics of Israel’s West Bank Occupation Say Calm Before New Violence Was an Illusion
New York Times 30 Apr 2013 – Israelis opposed to the occupation of the West Bank argued that the 18-month pause between fatal attacks on Israelis there, which ended Tuesday, had created “an illusion of calm and stability” in an unsustainable status quo. 

In Shift, U.S. Considers Arming Syrian Rebels
New York Times 30 Apr 2013 – A decision to supply arms would mark a policy shift for the United States, which has increased nonlethal aid but has been reluctant about taking greater military action in Syria. 

Leviathan gas reserves raised again 
Globes Energy & Water – Proven resources are now put at 18.9 TCF of gas and 34 million barrels of condensate.

“Power privatization was a mistake” 
Globes Energy & Water – Former Energy Minister Uzi Landau: The decision to introduce private power producers was a mistake that will raise the consumer price of electricity.

Psagot sees 15% upside in Ratio 
Globes Energy & Water – Analyst Noam Pinko: Approval of the Tzemach Committee’s gas export recommendations will close the discount.

Buffett exercising option to buy Iscar outright
Globes Main News – Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is paying $2 billion for the Wertheimer family’s remaining 20% stake, doubling Iscar’s valuation in seven years.

Wertheimer: Buffett vows Iscar will remain Israeli
Globes Main News – “If he says it’s the best investment he has made, it isn’t because of our pretty eyes.”

Israel produces 1% of most-cited academic articles
Globes Main News – The data, from Thomson Reuters, cover the past decade, but the most recent figures show a decline.

Wed: New Leviathan estimate boosts partners
Globes Main News – The market fell today, with Teva the biggest decliner, but there were strong rises for the partners in the Leviathan gas field.

Clal Finance case points to systemic problems
Globes Main News – Time and again the same failures occur at investment houses, without the fundamental problems being addressed.

Iscar deal will yield NIS 1b tax
Globes Macro Economics – “This will save some of the planned austerity measures that would have hit the middle classes,” a Tax Authority source said.

Workers’ share of national income hasn’t grown
Globes Macro Economics – The Adva Center’s annual report states that the rise in national income in 2002-2012 mostly went to employers.

Palestinian-American lineman Oday Aboushi drafted by his hometown team, the New York Jets
Mondoweiss – Oday Aboushi (Aboushi’s Facebook page ) Sami Kishawi at Sixteen Minutes to Palestine has the full story on Palestinian-American Oday Aboushi who was drafted last week by the New York Jets in the NFL draft: Offensive lineman Oday Aboushi from the University of Virginia was selected by…

‘Strategic Partner Act of 2013′ would give US seal of approval to Israeli discrimination against Arab-Americans
Mondoweiss – Sandra Tamari It was a big story last year when the US Embassy told Palestinian-American Sandra Tamari  ‘ You’re not Jewish? Then we can’t do anything to help you ’– and the Israelis deported her.   Sasha Al-Sarabi and Najwa Doughman So was the story last year…

After Foxman OKs surveillance of American Muslims, John Lewis, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and EJ Dionne attend his gala
Mondoweiss – It’s amazing how mainstream the Anti-Defamation League is, even when it comes out with stupendously Islamophobic statements. On Monday, for instance, Congressman John Lewis and E.J. Dionne of Brookings addressed the organization’s 100th-anniversary gala — as did Fred Lawrence, president of Brandeis, and Nadine Strossen, the…

Anonymous sources in the Israeli US Embassy don’t like what they see on television
Mondoweiss – Ynet has an oddly anonymously-sourced story on a trend the Israeli embassy in Washington has noticed in American popular culture – Israel and the Israel lobby are increasingly portrayed as the bad guy. From YNet: Popular American television shows are presenting Israel in a highly critical…

Exile and the Prophetic: Introduction to Jews and Empire 101
Mondoweiss – This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page . It isn’t just Jewish Israelis that have to come out. Israel is built upon an original injustice. That’s obvious. Jews in America…

Israel Pushes Plan for ‘Greener’ Green Line 
The Foward Breaking News 1 May 2013 – The Israel Nature and Parks Authority on Wednesday proposed to the High Court of Justice that the Defense Ministry erect a simple chain-link fence backed by security systems instead of the concrete wall the ministry wants to build near the West Bank village of Batir, south…

Virginia Settlers Resorted to Cannibalism in Harsh 1609 Winter 
The Foward Breaking News 1 May 2013 – Settlers at Virginia’s Jamestown Colony resorted to cannibalism to survive the harsh winter of 1609, dismembering and consuming a 14-year-old English girl, the U.S. Smithsonian Institution reported on Wednesday. Click here for the rest of the article…

BBC Yanks Documentary Claiming Story of Jewish Exile From Palestine Is ‘Myth’ 
The Foward Breaking News 1 May 2013 – An Israeli-born filmmaker is slamming the British Broadcasting Corp. for pulling his documentary on the Jewish exodus from Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Click here for the rest of the article…

Frustrated Palestinian Youth Seek New Outlets To Push Change 
The Foward Breaking News 1 May 2013 – Bleak Palestinian realities mean whatever comes out of the contest to be “The President” will have only symbolic significance. The winner will be “ambassador for a day” at one of the Palestinian missions in Europe, among other prizes. Click here for the rest of the article……

Egypt’s Not So Free Press 
The Forward Editorial 1 May 2013 – FORWARD EDITORIAL : The Egypt Independent was shut down for good last week. The paper’s death is a worrying sign that Egypt’s tentative steps toward freedom are faltering badly. Click here for the rest of the article…

A Dreary Labor Day for Lebanon’s Ailing Union 
Al-Akhbar News 1 May 2013 – The members of CGTL have dwindled to less than 5 percent of waged workers in the country and a large number of unions have suspended their membership. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The members of CGTL have dwindled to less than 5 percent of waged workers in the…

The Death of Lebanon’s “Labor Spring”? 
Al-Akhbar News 1 May 2013 – The Lebanon’s Union Coordination Committee (UCC) will soon be back in the streets. It won’t fall for the government’s trick of approving the salary scale without actually sending it to parliament. However, the committee’s leadership knows that the outcomes will be negative if it stands alone…

15 dead from bomb blasts in Iraq 
Al-Akhbar News 1 May 2013 – At least 15 people were killed in a series of bomb blasts across Iraq on Wednesday, police and medics said, following a sharp increase in violence that has prompted warnings of a full-blown conflict. A suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest detonated himself in the midst…

Nasrallah: opposition cannot defeat Syrian army 
Al-Akhbar News 1 May 2013 – The Syrian opposition is not capable, militarily, of defeating the Syrian army, Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech yesterday. “The fight is long, and we have never encouraged a military solution, but we do say to [the armed groups] that you are not…

Deadly floods sweep Saudi Arabia 
Al-Akhbar News 1 May 2013 – Thirteen people have died and four more are missing in Saudi Arabia after downpours caused flash floods in several areas of the kingdom, Saudi civil defense authorities said on Wednesday. Colonel Abdallah al-Harethi said people had died in several areas, including in the capital Riyadh, Baha…

Israeli tanks enter Gaza Strip, destroy trees 
Al-Akhbar News 1 May 2013 – Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered a border area in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, local sources told Ma’an news agency. Witnesses told Ma’an that seven Israeli military vehicles entered 200 meters into a border area near Khan Younis and destroyed agricultural land, including trees. Israeli…

Lebanon’s MPs: We’re Broke! 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Militants target Iraq Sunni militia 
BBC 1 May 2013 – At least 14 members of an anti-al-Qaeda Sunni militia are killed in two attacks by militants near the western Iraqi city of Fallujah, officials say.

Saudi flash floods leave 13 dead 
BBC 1 May 2013 – Flash floods in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have left 13 people dead. 4 more people are reported missing

New call to release Bahrain teacher 
BBC 1 May 2013 – Rights group Amnesty International renews a call for the release of the jailed president of the Bahrain Teachers Association, Mahdi Abu Dheeb.


Cost of magnetic cards, permits for Palestinian workers 
Issa Smairat, Palestine Ahlia University, Alternative Information Center 5/1/2013
      Possession of a magnetic ID card is, in most cases, a pre-requisite for Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip identity card holders to receive a permit from the Israeli authorities to enter Occupied East Jerusalem or Israel. How are these cards obtained and what do they cost already pressed Palestinian workers? Dr. Issa Smairat investigates.
     In 5 West Bank districts – Ramallah, Jenin, Tulkarem, Nablus and Hebron– Palestinian civilians must now submit to a full scan of the right hand and separate scans of the right and left index finger in order to obtain the card through the Israeli District Civil Liaison (DCL). Hand scans have also been required of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip in order to obtain a magnetic card.
     In areas where the new procedures have been implemented, the costs associated with applying for, or renewing, the magnetic card have increased, as has the period of their validity. In these districts, issued magnetic cards are valid for a two year period, while in other districts, cards are valid for only one year. The new cards are renewable for an additional two years.
     Procedures for obtaining magnetic cards vary slightly from district to district. In the West Bank, most Palestinian civilians must submit the application in person at the relevant Israeli DCL. The resident has to fill in an application for a magnetic card. For many of the applicants at the DCL, the acute issue is the lack of any possibility for obtaining a magnetic card. Although it is possible to issue a permit to someone who does not hold a magnetic card, this is yet another complication over and above those which already exist. The multiplication of internal checkpoints, which require transit permits during blockades, have transformed the magnetic card into a life-saving card. Getting one is dependent on the absence of a ‘prohibition on security or police grounds’. more.. e-mail

As Jews we say ‘Birthright’ trips must end 
Aviva Stahl, Sarah Woolf and Sam Elliott Bick, Electronic Intifada 4/29/2013
      As the summer months approach, thousands of young Jews from more than 60 countries prepare to participate in the Taglit-Birthright program. Since 1999, Birthright has brought 340,000 young Jews to Israel on free ten-day trips. In the midst of the fervor to sign up for this bi-annual program, we have launched the website Renounce Birthright (renouncebirthright.org) with the aim of providing a space for potential participants to engage with critiques of Birthright and of Zionism.
     We are non-Israeli Jews who oppose the program because it promotes and supports Israel’s ongoing colonialism and apartheid policies, and marginalizes Jewish experiences in the diaspora. We are calling for the end of the Birthright program, and encourage individuals to boycott the trips.
     Birthright was created in response to concerns over increasing rates of intermarriage, the perceived “crisis of continuity” and the weakening of Jewish communal ties. Over the course of the last decade, the program has worked to create and maintain commitment to Zionism and Israel on the part of non-Israeli Jews. Exclusive ideology
     Birthright’s mission, according to the organization, is to “diminish the growing division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world; strengthen the sense of solidarity among world Jewry; and strengthen participants’ personal Jewish identity and connection to the Jewish people.”
     The idea of strengthening “solidarity among world Jewry,” “personal Jewish identity,” and Israel’s “connection to the Jewish people” through trips to Israel is based on a conflation of Judaism with Zionism…. more.. e-mail

Pappe’s Discomfort 
Gilad Atzmon, Gilad Atzmon 4/30/2013
      “This is not a symptom of ‘cognitive dissonance’ but rather a historical continuum of a psychopathological condition that is inherent to the politics of the chosen. It is the direct outcome of Judeocentric supremacy – the very domain Pappe and others prefer not to tackle.”
     Ilan Pappe is an important voice. One of those courageous historians, brave enough to open the Pandora box of 1948. Back in the 1990s Pappe, amongst a few other Israeli post-Zionists, reminded Israelis of their original sin – the orchestrated, racially-driven ethnic cleansing of the indigenous people of Palestine – the Nakba.
     But like many historians, Pappe, though familiar with the facts of history, seems either unable to grasp or reluctant to address the ideological and cultural meaning of those facts. 
     In his recent article, When Israeli Denial of Palestinian Existence Becomes Genocidal, Pappe attempts to explain the ongoing Israeli dismissal of the Palestinian plight. Like Shlomo Sand, Pappe points out that Israeli President Shimon Peres’ take on history is a “fabricated narrative.”
     So far so good, but Pappe then misses the point. For some reason, he believes that Peres’ denial of the Palestinian’s suffering is a result of a ‘cognitive dissonance.’ i.e. a discomfort experienced when two or more conflicting ideas, values or beliefs are held at the same time.
     But what are those conflicting ideas or values upheld by Israelis and their President which cause them so much ‘discomfort’? Pappe does not tell us…. — See also: Pappe: When Israeli Denial of Palestinian Existence Becomes Genocidal more.. e-mail

Analyses of Israeli apartheid are ever more crucial 
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/16/2013
      In March 2012, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) published unprecedentedly harsh concluding observations following Israel’s periodic review. In what one expert called “the most cutting CERD recognition and condemnation of a legal system of segregation since apartheid South Africa”, Israel was called out for violating the right to equality in numerous ways with regards to both Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, and those in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
     Israeli policies, according to CERD, include “segregation between Jewish and non-Jewish communities”, a lack of “equal access to land and property”, “forced displacement”, “de facto segregation” in the West Bank – and an overall regime necessitating a reminder of the “prohibition” of policies of “apartheid”.
     CERD’s review of Israel was a landmark but a year down the line the question is how can it be built on in terms of developing the legal and political framework of Israeli apartheid? Two new publications suggest the kind of work that needs to be done. The first is a report by legal researcher Elisabeth Koek, published by Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq, called “Water For One People Only: Discriminatory Access and ‘Water-Apartheid’ in the Occupied Palestinian Territory”. The detailed study found that:
     the threshold for apartheid is met because the inhuman acts, committed against Palestinians through the denial of access to water in the OPT, are carried out systematically in the context of an institutionalised regime with the intent of establishing and maintaining Jewish-Israeli domination over Palestinians as a group. more.. e-mail

Five Pillars of Islam inspire humanitarian message in new bilingual poetry collection
Electronic Intifada: 30 Apr 2013 – Iyad Hayatleh, a Palestinian poet raised in Damascus and now living in Britain, teamed up with Scottish literary figure Tessa Ransford.more

Dignity and Freedom – The Struggle for It within Prison
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Apr 2013 – By Ahmed Kathrada – Ramallah, Palestine (Following is a transcript of a speech delivered by prominent South African politician, former political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada at the “Freedom & Dignity” international conference in Ramallah, Palestine on April 27, which coincided with ‘Freedom Day’ in South Africa.) It has been my lifelong dream to come to Palestine and I had hoped that it would have been to a free Palestine. I was meant to have come here last year but I suspect that the continuous explanations about the ostensible non availability of seats on the Israeli airline for several days were really an exercise to keep me out. At the outset I’m also glad to announce that over the recent period the various Palestinian solidarity organizations in South Africa have decided to come together under one broad coordinating body, thus adding considerable strength to the South African Movement for…more

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