VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 2 May 2013: Settlers torch olive trees near Ramallah

2 May 2013  — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Hebron Governor Meets EU Representative In Palestine
IMEMC – Thursday May 2, 2013, Hebron governor, Kamal Hmeid, held a meeting with the representative of the European Union in Palestine, John Gatt-Rutter, and informed him of the ongoing and escalating attacks carried out by Israeli soldiers and settlers in the Hebron district, especially Hebron’s Old City. …

Haniyya: “Hamas Rejects The Modified Arab Initiative”
IMEMC – Prime Minister of the Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyya, stated that Hamas rejects the modified Arab peace initiative and added “Palestine is not a property, not for sale or trade”. …

Egypt Destroys Border Tunnels With Gaza
IMEMC – Thursday April 2nd 2013; The Egyptian TV reported that the Egyptian Border Police destroyed several border tunnels with the Gaza Strip, including tunnels meant for smuggling cars into Gaza. …

Israeli Soldiers Search Homes, kidnap a Civilian In Beit Sahour
IMEMC – Thursday at dawn May 2 2013; An Israeli military force invaded the town of Beit Sahour near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, searched homes and kidnapped one man. … 

Ma’an News

Gaza fisherman seriously injured off coast
5/2/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Gaza fisherman was seriously wounded on Wednesday after an accident off Gaza’s coast. Adel Baker, 51, suffered serious head injuries after falling from a fishing boat near Rafah, Ma’an’s reporter said. He reportedly hit his head on the boat’s anchor after….

3 injured as Israeli forces fire at funeral in Beit Ummar
5/2/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces fired tear gas and plastic-coated bullets at a funeral procession in Beit Ummar on Thursday afternoon, injuring three Palestinians, a local committee said. Beit Ummar committee spokesman Yousif Abu Maria said 17-year-old Ghassan Ikhlayyil was hit in the head by a plastic-coated bullet, Muhammad Khalil Abu Dayyeh, 24….

Settlers torch olive trees near Ramallah
5/2/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Thursday cut down and torched over 50 olive trees in the central West Bank village of Deir Jarir north of Ramallah. Residents of Ofra settlement stormed fields belonging to Muhammad Jihad Shujaiyya and Muhammad Mahmoud Hamdan and cut down trees before setting fire to them, witnesses told Ma’….

Rights group seeks PA torture investigation
5/2/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Center for Human Rights is calling for the attorney general in the occupied West Bank to investigate the detention and alleged torture of a Palestinian in PA custody. The group said Tuesday that Mohammed Abdul Karim Dar Mohammed, 44, from a village near Hebron,lost the ability to speak….

Israel to release 2 hunger strikers early
5/2/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court has reduced the administrative detention of two hunger-striking prisoners from Jenin, the lawyer for the Palestinian Authority Detainees Ministry said Thursday. Attorney Jawad Boulos said the military court ordered the early release of Jaafar Izz al-Din and Tariq Kadan by two weeks and are due to leave….

Ex-prisoner threatens to set himself on fire in Gaza
5/2/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 55-year-old former prisoner of Israel threatened to set fire to himself on Thursday in front of a Palestinian Authority office in Gaza City. Witnesses told Ma’an that the man doused himself with fuel, but employees at the office for the Ministry of Prisoner Affairs stopped him….

Israeli court orders demolition of part of mosque in Jerusalem
5/2/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — An Israeli court has rejected an appeal to stop the demolition of part of a mosque in Ras al-Amoud in East Jersualem, the mosque’s imam says. The court in Jerusalem ruled that a section of Muhammad Al-Fatih Mosque was built without a license and must be demolished, Sheikh Sabri….

Prisoners’ relatives reject PA decision to stop paying Israeli fines
5/2/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Relatives of prisoners on Thursday criticized a Palestinian Authority decision to stop paying fines imposed by Israeli courts. The PA Ministry of Prisoner Affairs recently announced it would stop paying fines issued by Israeli courts on June 1, to stop Israel benefiting from Palestinian public money.”This decision is disastrous,” said….

Fatah official: Too early to talk about land swaps
5/2/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Land swaps should be a result of negotiations with Israel rather than an “advance payment” given by Arab states on behalf of the Palestinians, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee said Thursday.” Our stance (as Palestinians) is very clear. We want a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with….

Israel army doubts third intifada but on alert
5/2/2013 – BEEROTAYIM, Israel (AFP) – General Hagai Mordechai may not believe there will be a third Palestinian intifada, but this former commander of Israeli troops in the West Bank says the security situation remains “fragile”.” We are keeping our finger on the pulse,” he said in an interview with AFP.” Despite the relative calm, the army is….

Egyptian security foils attempt to smuggle cars into Gaza
5/2/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian security forces on Thursday foiled an attempt to smuggle 40 BMW cars into the Gaza Strip, security officials said. The cars, all 2013 BMW models, were sent by an Egyptian businessman known to security services as a major smuggler. Security services received a tip-off about the cargo, and stopped….

Salafists call for release of affiliates in Gaza jails
5/2/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Salafist group in Gaza called for the release Thursday of all the movement’s detainees in Hamas prisons, a party statement read. The Mujahideen Shura Council called on the Hamas government in Gaza to stop its detention campaign against its group members and combatants. The statement said Hamas…. Related: Hamas arrests Salafists in Gaza

Hamas arrests Salafists in Gaza
5/2/2013 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Hamas has arrested several Salafists, the Interior Ministry in Gaza said on Thursday, two days after Israel carried out an air strike on a militant in the enclave.” The internal security apparatus has arrested fanatics calling themselves Salafists, for security and criminal reasons. There were no arrests made for ideological or political…. Related: Salafists call for release of affiliates in Gaza jails

PA shuts down rat-infested shop in Ramallah
5/2/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Teams of inspectors on Thursday closed down a grocery shop in Ramallah infested with rats and cockroaches. Inspectors from the Ministry of Economy said the shop was inspected one month ago and the owner was instructed to clean the store to meet public safety standards. He did not comply and the….

Archangel Gabriel features in Jerusalem exhibit
5/2/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A unique 2,000-year-old stone tablet takes center stage at an exhibition that opened in Jerusalem on Wednesday and traces depictions of the Archangel Gabriel in Jewish, Christian and Islamic scriptures. In the three so-called Abrahamic religions, Gabriel typically serves as a messenger to humans from God. First mentioned in Jewish scripture, Gabriel….

US releases pictures related to Benghazi attack
5/2/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US authorities on Wednesday released pictures of three men it said were present during the September 11, 2012 attack on the US mission in eastern Libya, saying it wanted to question them. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s website did not say whether the three men — all of whom appear to be….

Ministry: SARS-like virus kills 5 Saudis
5/2/2013 – RIYADH (AFP) — Five Saudis have died of a new SARS-like virus during the past few days and two more are being treated in an intensive care unit, the health ministry said. In a statement cited by the Saudi SPA agency late on Wednesday, the ministry said that all the deaths as well as the infections….

Syrian forces ‘tighten noose on Homs rebels’
5/2/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Regime forces were on Thursday tightening the noose on rebels holed up in a key area of the central city of Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human rights watchdog said.” The Syrian army, supported by back-up forces and expert officers from Iran and Hezbollah, has taken control of large parts of the Wadi….

Palestine News Network

Turkish Delegation to Visit Israel for Compensation Talks
Palestine News Network

Bethlehem Nun Calls For Bridges, Not Walls
Palestine News Network

Leaders-Less Jerusalemites Looking to Fayyad
Palestine News Network

Dozens of Journalists Protest in Ramallah
Palestine News Network

New Israeli Settlement Outpost in Nablus
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Arrest Brother of Detainee, Severely Beat Him
Palestine News Network

Settlers Attack Palestinian Vehicles in Nablus
Palestine News Network

IOF Forces Arrest 5 Palestinians from Salfit, Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

Israel Sentences Prisoner to 18 Months
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

“I can only give false assurances to my children”
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (25 April- 01 May 2013)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Journal: Revisiting Ni’lin after four years
5/2/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 2nd May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Ni’lin, Occupied Palestine, By Team Nablus – It’s been four years since I had visited and lived in Ni’lin and the decision to visit on Friday filled me simultaneously with excitement and longing but also dread. Four years ago I had supported the non….

Night raids and arrests in Hares, Kifl Hares and Deir Istiya
5/2/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 1st May 2013, International Women’s Peace Service, Salfit, Occupied Palestine – Yesterday night, at 21:40 an announcement was made over the mosque loudspeaker that settlers were planning an attack. A warning was issued to stay wake and on watch for possible violence. At 22:45 IWPS began a night watch in Deir Istiya….

Relief Web

Lebanon: Germany funds the rehabilitation of shelters and the water network in Rashidieh camp
Relief Web 2 May 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Germany, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the Federal Republic of Germany…

Iraq: Iraq 10 years on: War leaves lasting impact on healthcare
Relief Web 2 May 2013 – Source: IRIN Country: Iraq DUBAI, 2 May 2013 (IRIN) – Of all the areas of Iraq’s development that were affected by the US-led invasion 10 years ago, healthcare has probably taken the biggest hit. The impact of the 2003 invasion…

Syrian Arab Republic: Inter-agency regional response for Syrian refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, 25 April – 1 May 2013 
Relief Web 2 May 2013 – Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS The number of refugees fleeing Syria to neighbouring countries and North Africa has increased by almost 850,000 people since the…

occupied Palestinian territory: BADIL Newsletter January- March 2013
Relief Web 2 May 2013 – Source: BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory (extract) Youth Education and Activation Project (YEAP) First Initiative-Campaign against Forced Population Transfer (FPT): The YEAP participants joined BADIL, the FPT Coalition and the marginalized populations…

occupied Palestinian territory: The Ministry of National Economy and the United Nations Development Programme sign an Exchange of Letters funded by the Government of Japan
Relief Web 2 May 2013 – Source: UN Development Programme Country: Japan, occupied Palestinian territory Ramallah – 30April 2013 – the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Palestinian Industrial Estate and Free Zone Authority (PIEFZA), in the presence of the Representative Office of Japan to…

The National

US is rethinking its opposition to arming Syria’s rebels: Hagel
The National 2 May 2013 – The Obama administration is rethinking its opposition to arming rebels opposed to the Syrian government, the US defence secretary Chuck Hagel said.

Troop casualties in Tunisia prompt action against rise in militant groups
The National 2 May 2013 – Ten Tunisian special forces are combing minefields in forests around Mount Chaambi on the Algerian-Tunisian border in a search for a militant group. Alice Fordham reports from Tunis 

Young UAE filmmakers tackle today’s issues
The National 2 May 2013 – Young directors focus on peer pressure, problems at school and international issues as part of the Student Voice project.

Secret Syrian field hospital where a boy called Sultan defied a line on a wall
The National 2 May 2013 – Hidden in a rebel-held location in Syria’s rural north, the Al Rai Hospital is struggling to treat the most confronting of injuries, including those to a five-year-old boy. Phil Sands met Sultan Ibn Subhi at the hospital 

No future for original iPhones
The National 2 May 2013 – Any first-generation iPhones that have not been upgraded may soon have to be as Apple could stop offering technical support for them by next month.

Residents complain of derelict buildings in Al Wathba and Al Nahda
The National 2 May 2013 – In addition to the unsightly nature of abandoned homes, some residents are dissatisfied at the lack of phone signal, petrol stations and ATMs.

Art world comes to Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
The National 2 May 2013 – A host of established artists from around the world will converge on the capital next week for the launch of this year’s Guggenheim Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series.

Talk of change for women needs male voices, Dubai seminar told
The National 2 May 2013 – Men should be included in the discussion on empowering women, but how to draw them in was one of the challenges faced by a seminar this week.

Ha’aretz

IDF still doesn’t know who fired recent drone
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2013

Victims of likely ‘price tag’ arson get bill for fire
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2013

New legislation in the works to bolster Israel’s Jewish identity
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2013

Secret meeting between Lapid and Adelson suggests shifting alliances, draws criticism
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2013

High Court orders Defense Ministry to halt construction of part of West Bank barrier
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2013

In blow to rivals, Ovadia Yosef names Aryeh Deri sole chairman of Shas
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2013

A golden shrine to Einstein to shadow over Jerusalem’s holy places
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2013

LIVE BLOG: Ayalon takes the stand for key testimony of Lieberman graft trial
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2013

Livni flies to Washington for talks with Kerry on Arab League proposal for Palestinian state
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2013

Israeli hospital separates dead Siamese twin from living sibling
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2013

Israeli court orders privatized kibbutz to compensate fired member
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2013

Netanyahu worried Kerry drifting toward Arab League stance on two-state solution
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2013

Yisrael Beitienu promoting bill that would make it harder to topple government
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

TV’s Sukenik talks to police about Emmanuel Rosen’s alleged sex crimes
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

The World Series of Yisrael Beiteinu
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2013

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

Jerusalem Post

Security prisoner attacks Red Cross worker
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – While Red Cross representative visits man at Shikma Prison, prisoner reportedly hits him across the head with a sewage drain cover. 

Deri takes control of Shas with appointment as chair
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – Council of Torah Sages, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef approve Deri’s return to party’s top position; Yishai to take 10 days to consider next steps. 

Lapid’s challenge
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – It is precisely at these times, when tough decisions must be made, that true leaders are tested. Will Lapid rise to the challenge? 

Piron calls for solution to psychometric exam delays
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – “Israel is almost the only country in the world where when you finished high school, you still cannot get accepted into university,” education minister says. 

Responsibility for yourself, your brother, the other
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – The Hebrew Bible relays examples of disobedience, struggle that result in feats of resilience. 

Hagel: US rethinking its opposition to arming Syrian rebels
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – US defense secretary says no final decision made, but gives clearest signal yet that Obama is moving toward some action after citing preliminary US intelligence that Assad’s forces likely used chemical weapons. 

US rethinking opposition to arming Syria rebels
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – US defense secretary says no final decision made, but gives clearest signal yet that Obama is moving toward some action. 

One last flight
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – I will always be proud of serving in the Israeli Air Force, and flying alongside extraordinary people in one the most amazing aircrafts ever built. 

Jews who boo efforts to make peace
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – The right wing Jewish extremists who boo everyone who wants to make compromises for peace, are every bit as dangerous as Jewish extremists on the hard left who also demand a one state solution. 

Shots fired at Israelis east of J’lem; none hurt
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – IDF finds bullet holes in vehicle, investigating incident; projectile fired from Gaza lands in Eshkol region, none hurt. 

Time for new strategic thinking
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies has been consistently ahead of the curve; center’s experts remain optimistic. 

Behar-Behukotai: The commandment of shmita
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – “Six years you shall sow your field… But in the seventh year shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land”. 

Debating the Zionist dream
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – Response among ‘Post’ conference crowd toward selective speakers reminiscent of anti-Israel reactions on various campuses. 

Column One: Dershowitz and tragedy
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – Tendency in the West, pointedly among liberals, to dismiss realities of Islamic world, Palestinians and direct focus solely on Israel. 

S&P downgrades Israel’s local currency credit rating
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – Credit ratings agency downgrades Israel to A+ with stable outlook; Lapid proposal to raise deficit target to 4.9% reportedly surprises Netanyahu, Fischer. 

C’tee to debate DNA database on Africans migrants
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – Knesset C’tee on Foreign Workers to hold hearing following report that police gathered DNA from imprisoned African migrants to solve crimes. 

Ministry: Plans for J’lem cable car ‘unrealistic’
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – Transportation Ministry dismisses project for line connecting Old City to other major sites as unrealistic tourist attraction and reelection rhetoric. 

Cook at Aroma cafe allegedly poisons co-worker
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – Suspect puts degreasing chemical on victim’s salad after disput between the two, police say; man remanded to custody. 

MKs file bills for Holocaust survivors’ rights
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – Bills awaiting approval, propose to combat Holocaust survivors’ poverty, implement entitlements to rights, benefits. 

Palestinian dad ‘proud’ of son who stabbed Israeli
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – Security forces probe possibility W. Bank terror attack meant to clear family name after killer’s brother caught spying for Israel. 

iENGAGE: Israel needs multiple chief rabbis
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – The Judaism in the homeland of the Jewish people must be one which mirrors diversity and disagreement 

Khamenei: West’s fall due to ‘devilish sexual rules’
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – Iran’s Supreme Leader warns that Western world will collapse due to oppression, abuse of women that plague its society. 

Erdogan: Assad using chemical weapons in Syria
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – Turkish PM says opposition dominating land war, but Assad maintaining superiority through chemical arms, air operations. 

Kenya finds 2 Iranians guilty of terror attack plot
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – Iranians nabbed with 15kg of explosives last year; at time of arrest, Netanyahu said they were part of plot to attack Israelis in Kenya. 

Top 5: Upcoming musical events in Jerusalem area
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – Music lovers have a lot of exciting treats in store for them in May, from massive festivals to intimate performances. 

Livni, Kerry meet in bid to renew peace talks
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – Meeting follows Arab League proposal to accept adjustments to 1967 lines; PM restates support for referendum on peace talks. 

The Weekly Schmooze: 2,000 Year Old Man tweets
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – Jewish culture news worldwide: Justin Bieber wins WWII; Adopt a Jewish Mother. 

Red Cross sees Israeli who slipped into Lebanon
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – Man who jumped over the border fence being held in prison in Tyre; reportedly in good condition, not settled when he will return. 

‘Hamas ups Gaza security to stop rocket fire’
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – ‘Asharq Al-Awsat’ reports Hamas deployed Kassam Brigade fighters to border, areas previously used for rocket launching. 

Oldest concentration camp survivor dies at age 107
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2013 – Leopold Engleitner was imprisoned in three Nazi camps for refusing to announce his Jehovah’s witness faith. 

Uruknet

Bombs kill 3 NATO troops, 9 Afghans
Uruknet

Iraqi Government Bans TV Channels Over Coverage of Protest Violence
Uruknet

What is a Proxy War?
Uruknet

Afghanistan plane crash: US cargo plane crash kills 7 in Afghanistan (Video)
Uruknet

Child Labor in Gaza
Uruknet

Iraq: Cancel Revocations of TV Station Licenses Licenses Suspended Amid Rising Death Toll, Civil War Fears
Uruknet

UK base carrying out Afghan drone strikes
Uruknet

The Prisoners Speak: Reports from the Hunger Strike in Guantánamo
Uruknet

Obama’s Deluded Remarks Ignore His Role in Keeping Prisoners at Guantanamo
Uruknet

PCHR Requests Investigating the arrest and torture of a Person until he lost the ability to speak in PSS office in Doura
Uruknet

Daily Star

Dozens killed in Syria’s Banias: watchdog
Daily Star 2 May 2013 Fierce clashes between troops and rebels erupted on Thursday for the first time in a Sunni Muslim village in Syria’s Alawite-majority coastal region of Banias, killing dozens, including soldiers, a watchdog said.

Activist to be tried for insulting Egypt president
Daily Star 2 May 2013 Prominent Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma was arrested and immediately referred to trial for allegedly insulting the country’s president in a TV interview, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Pakistan bomb attack injures five: police
Daily Star 2 May 2013 A bomb explosion wounded at least five people in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi Thursday, in the latest violence ahead of upcoming national elections, police said.

Hamas arrests Salafists in Gaza
Daily Star 2 May 2013 The Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers have arrested several radical Salafists, the Palestinian movement’s interior ministry said on Thursday, two days after Israel carried out an air strike on a militant in the territory.

Charbel: Release of Lebanese hostages in hands of Turkey, Qatar
Daily Star 2 May 2013 The release of the Lebanese kidnapped in Syria is in the hands of Turkey and Qatar, Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said Thursday

YNet News

Sexual harassment: Why so few complain?
YNet News, 2 May 2013 – Investigators ask victims to reveal intimate details, courts reenact traumas; according to estimates, only a quarter of those harassed in workplace turn to authorities ….

UN report wants moratorium on killer robots
YNet News, 2 May 2013 – ….

Syrian casualty admitted to Israeli hospital
YNet News, 2 May 2013 – ….

Hagel: US rethinking arming Syrian rebels
YNet News, 2 May 2013 – Defense Secretary says Obama government considering options for arming rebel forces; Syrian activists say at least 50, perhaps 100 dead, including women, children, in army raid on Baida ….

Writer Dvora Omer passes away at 80
YNet News, 2 May 2013 – ….

Deri nominated sole Shas chairman
YNet News, 2 May 2013 – Shas council approves Rabbi Yosef’s decision, by which MK Aryeh Deri will serve as party’s chairman; former co-leaders Atias, Yishai appointed to head Shas parliamentary group, education network respectively ….

West Bank: Shots fired at hikers’ car 
YNet News, 2 May 2013 – Suspicious man scares off hikers in Binyamin area, bullets shot at fleeing car, security forces scouring the vicinity ….

Watch: Settlers avenge Borovsky’s death
YNet News, 2 May 2013 – Palestinian villagers documented settlers’ vandalism following Tapuach murder Tuesday; videos feature masked settlers hurling stones at houses ….

Gaza rocket fire at Negev resumes
YNet News, 2 May 2013 – Rocket or mortar shell launched from Gaza Strip hits Eshkol Regional Council; no injuries or damage reported ….

Sinai Bedouins connecting with jihadist terrorists
YNet News, 2 May 2013 – Egyptian army casts blame at Bedouins for facilitating jihadist terrorist attacks on Egyptian, Israeli targets near Sinai border; Cairo suspects Bedouins linked to terror groups for financial interests, religious sympathies ….

Turning point in Israeli politics? 
YNet News, 2 May 2013 – Op-ed: Haredi exclusion from government, possible Lieberman conviction may re-create two political blocs, Right and Left-Center ….

Erdogan: Assad using chemical weapons against rebels
YNet News, 2 May 2013 – Turkish PM says the Syrian regime is ‘clearly’ using chemical arms, intends to discuss issue with Obama; Syrian Information Minister insists Assad’s government ‘would never use’ such arms ….

Murder trial of neo-Nazi raises awkward questions for Germany
YNet News, 2 May 2013 – Trial over killings of 10 people shows Germany’s security services chronically played down danger of rightwing extremists ….

Poll: Americans want US to keep out of Syria conflict
YNet News, 2 May 2013 – Only 10% of respondents say US should intervene in Syria’s civil war; 61% oppose, Reuters/Ipsos survey shows. About one third of Americans neither heard not read about civil war ….

Source: Classmates of Boston bombing suspect detained 
YNet News, 1 May 2013 – Two of three people taken into custody may have thrown away knapsack at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s request, police say; Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s uncle says relatives will claim his body now that his wife has agreed to release it: ‘We will do it. A family is a family’ ….

Palestine Information Center

Abu Marzouk: Land swap brings in more waivers
PIC – Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk, member of the Hamas political bureau, has strongly slammed the waivers made by the Arab ministerial delegation to the United States regarding an initiative of land swap.

Prisoner Abu Armila on hunger strike to protest his administrative detention 
PIC – Captive Mohammed Hassan Abu Armila, 42 from the Jenin refugee camp, announced entering an open-ended hunger strike to protest the continuation of his administrative detention.

Badran: PA offers waivers to the occupation under Arab cover
PIC – Hamas leader Husam Badran said that the occupation is in trouble, especially after the victory achieved by the resistance in the Shale Stones war in the Gaza Strip.

IOF storms towns in the West Bank and arrests 9 citizens
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the villages of Haris and Kifl Haris near the city of Salfit, in the northern West Bank, at dawn Thursday and arrested 7 Palestinian young men.

Occupation offers to deport prisoner Jamal Nouri outside the country
PIC – Captive Jamal Nouri appeared on Tuesday morning before Israeli military court in Eishel prison in Bir Sheva, where the judge offered to deport him outside the country.

1267 Palestinian martyrs since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution
PIC – The Working Group for Palestinian Refugees in Syria confirmed that nearly 1267 Palestinian refugees were martyred in Syria while tens of thousands were displaced since the outbreak of the revolution.

Ahrar Center condemns PA pledges to halt ICC plans
PIC – The director of Ahrar Center considered Riyad al-Malki’s statements regarding the PA pledges not to turn to the ICC to give chance for peace negotiations as disavowal of the Palestinian blood.

Palestinian expert: IOA aims to impose a fait accompli
PIC – Dr. Khalil Tufkaji stated that land swaps between the Palestinians and Israelis approved by the Arab League mean nothing in real terms in light of facts on the ground imposed by the occupation.

127 Palestinians were prevented from traveling during April
PIC – The IOA prevented during April 2013 nearly 127 Palestinians from traveling through al-Karama border crossing, the only exit for Palestinians in the West Bank to the outside world.

Hizb al-Tahrir: PA surrenders our members to the occupation
PIC – Hizb al-Tahrir accused, during a press conference in Ramallah yesterday, the PA security services of torturing the party’s members and handing them over to the occupation authorities.

WAFA

Israel Must End Occupation, says European Parliament Delegation
WAFA – 2 May 2013

British Official Expresses Support for Journalists
WAFA – 2 May 2013

Israelis Build Settlement Outpost South of Nablus
WAFA – 2 May 2013

Newspapers Review: Abbas on Two-State Solution Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 2 May 2013

Prisoner in Critical Health Condition, says Prisoner Club
WAFA – 2 May 2013

Army Arrests Brother of Stabber, Christian on Easter, 7 Others
WAFA – 2 May 2013

Israelis Continue Rampage in West Bank
WAFA – 2 May 2013

Misc

Lebanon border region caught in Syria conflict
LA Times 1 May 2013 – In Lebanon, where kidnapping, smuggling and tribal feuds are part of the landscape, the Syrian war has exacerbated tension in an already volatile region. ARSAL, Lebanon — When Mustafa Ezzedine, a Sunni Muslim from this Sunni border town, wanted to buy some furniture, he undertook…

At War Blog: It Wasn’t Supposed to End This Way for Tim Johns
New York Times 2 May 2013 – Senior Chief Tim Johns, a Navy explosive ordnance disposal technician who had gone through hell and back again more than a few times, was killed in an car wreck. 

The Lede: Egyptian Activist Defends Anti-Israel Tweets
New York Times 2 May 2013 – A prominent Egyptian activist issued a defiant response Thursday to critics who argue that her anti-Israel stance should disqualify her from consideration for a major international award. 

Hagel Confirms U.S. Is Considering Arming Syrian Rebels
New York Times 2 May 2013 – Mr. Hagel was the first senior American official to officially describe the administration’s decision to reassess providing arms to the opposition fighters. 

Netanyahu Backs Referendum for a Peace Agreement With Palestinians
New York Times 2 May 2013 – Putting any peace plan to a public vote is a move that some Israelis view as a potential obstacle to a deal. 

Syrian Forces Strike Rebels in Wide-Ranging Assaults
New York Times 2 May 2013 – Antigovernment activists reported attacks against insurgent enclaves in a Mediterranean port and at least two major cities. 

IHT Special: Water Conservation Becomes a Higher Priority in U.A.E.
New York Times 2 May 2013 – Farmers in Abu Dhabi are working with the government on ambitious plans to cut their water use in half by next year. 

IHT Special: Egypt’s Long-Term Economic Recovery Plan Stalls
New York Times 2 May 2013 – President Mohamed Morsi’s administration’s failure to revive the country’s ailing economy is likely to be a defining issue in parliamentary elections. 

S&P cuts Israel’s local currency rating
Globes Main News – Finance Minister Lapid: This is a late response to the situation that we are now trying to correct.

Lapid on par with Netanyahu
Globes Main News – Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party has gained at the expense of Labor, Hatenua and Kadima in the latest “Globes” Smith Institute opinion poll.

Iscar workers anxious
Globes Main News – “We’re feeling a real slowdown in the market, and the depreciation of the dollar and euro have not helped.”

Thu: Teva falls following Q1 results
Globes Main News – The market was flat asTeva fell after reporting a fall in revenue and profit, and Israel Chemicals corrected upwards.

Provigil slump drags down Teva profit, revenue
Globes Main News – Despite the drop in profit, Teva beat the analysts’ earnings per share forecasts as Copaxone revenue rose.

Lapid’s higher deficit is just technical
Globes Macro Economics – Finance Minister Yair Lapid is sticking to his guns, and continues to put the working man in the crosshairs.

Yachimovich backs Lapid on higher deficit 
Globes Macro Economics – Opposition head Shelly Yachimovich: For the first time since taking up office, the finance minister has done the right thing.

Taxpayers buy NIS 100,000 Rami Levi groceries annually for Netanyahu 
Globes Macro Economics – The contract with the supermarket was signed several years ago, and will continue this year, without a tender.

Steinitz: Investors may flee Israel
Globes Macro Economics – Minister of International Relations and Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz warns over populist incitement against investors.

Lapid proposes expanding deficit to 4.9% of GDP
Globes Macro Economics – This would make it possible to halve the spending cuts currently planned in the state budget.

Video: Palestinian refugees from Syria speak out
Mondoweiss – Possibly what we need to do most in the case of the Syrian revolution is listen to people who participated in it and those who are facing the abhorrent violence against it. Listen to these Palestinians, now yet again refugees in another land. First the Zionist…

US State Dep’t echoes David Sheen’s documentation of Israeli racism toward refugees– as infiltrators, disease-bearers
Mondoweiss – A year ago we picked up an incredible 2012 documentary by  David Sheen titled ” Racism Report: Africans in Israel .” Sheen, a tireless chronicler of intolerance in Israel, produced the documentary on behalf of the  African Refugee Development Center  (ARDC) and submitted it to the UN Committee…

What you need to know about Bradley Manning
Mondoweiss – In June, Bradley Manning, 25, the army private who caused the greatest security breach in US history by giving hundreds of thousands of classified war and diplomatic documents to Wikileaks, will go on trial at Fort Meade, MD. Two nights ago at St. Joseph’s College in…

Land swaps in Israel/Palestine (and a bridge for sale in Brooklyn)
Mondoweiss – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani speak to the media following a meeting with members of the Arab League. (Photo: Reuters)   This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for…

Gold Helmet Shrine to Albert Einstein Planned To Rise in Jerusalem 
The Foward Breaking News 2 May 2013 – A huge 25-story building shaped like a helmet and sheathed in a material that looks like gold is expected to be built on Mount Scopus, one of the highest points in Jerusalem, in a plan for founding a center dedicated to the heritage of Jewish physicist…

Palestinian Parents Say Son Who Stabbed Jewish West Bank Settler ‘Did Duty’ 
The Foward Breaking News 2 May 2013 – Ali Zaghal read the mysterious text message early on Tuesday morning with dread: “Forgive me, brother.” Click here for the rest of the article…

Conjoined Twin Fights for Life After Israel Surgery 
The Foward Breaking News 2 May 2013 – A conjoined twin in Israel who was separated in a rare operation is in serious condition. Click here for the rest of the article…

Kenya: Iranians Guilty of Terror Plot in Kenya 
allAfrica.com 2 May 2013 – [Capital FM]Nairobi -Two Iranians have been found guilty by a Nairobi court of being in possession of explosive materials which was found Mombasa in June last year.

Saif Gaddafi given Libya lawyers 
BBC 2 May 2013 – The son of ex-Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, appears in court to face criminal charges and is appointed two local lawyers.

Iranians guilty of Kenya terror plot 
BBC 2 May 2013 – A Kenyan court finds two Iranian nationals guilty of obtaining explosives with the aim to attack Western targets in the East African nation.

FBI releases photos of Benghazi trio 
BBC 1 May 2013 – The FBI distributes photos of three men it says were on the grounds of the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, when it was attacked last year.

Conflicting Messages on Syria: Obama’s Red Lines 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 2 May 2013 – As the leader of the world, Obama does not shy away from bravado and bombastic rhetoric. He made his Red Lines on Syria famous. He basically told the Syrian regime that he won’t care about what the regime does as long as chemical weapons – which…

Lebanon: The Regime is Falling Apart, but Change is Possible 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 2 May 2013 – There are three issues present in the current agenda of the state and society, struggles that the existing polarization could not conceal or burry. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) There are three issues present in the current agenda of the state and society, struggles that the existing polarization…

Jerusalem mosque to be partially demolished, Israeli court rules 
Al-Akhbar News 2 May 2013 – Israeli border policemen stand guard as a Palestinian performs Friday prayer on a street in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud on 5 April 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Gharabli) An Israeli court has rejected an appeal to stop the partial demolition of a mosque…

April deadliest month of violence in Iraq since 2008: UN 
Al-Akhbar News 2 May 2013 – Wounded Iraqi men rest at a hospital in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil on 25 April 2013 after they were injured during violent clashes between security forces and protesters in Hawijah. (Photo: AFP – Safin Hamed) April was Iraq’s bloodiest month for almost five years,…

Israeli Army Reserves Conduct Surprise Drill in North 
Al-Akhbar News 2 May 2013 – An Israeli navy vessel and helicopter search for the wreckage of a drone which was shot down by the air force off Israel’s northern coast on 25 April 2013. (Photo: AFP – Jack Guez) An Israeli navy vessel and helicopter search for the wreckage of a…

Egyptian activist faces pro-Israel backlash after award nomination 
Al-Akhbar News 2 May 2013 – The nomination of an Egyptian activist to receive a human rights award has led to uproar by pro-Israeli media over her comments supporting resistance against Israeli occupation. The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, also known as “the Nobel Prize for human rights,” had chosen…

May Day in Egypt: The Struggle for Social Justice Continues 
Al-Akhbar News 2 May 2013 – An Egyptian shouts slogans during a demonstration of members of the Egyptian Communist party, alongside with workers and political activists to mark the International Labour Day on 1 May 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: AFP – Gianluigi Guercia) An Egyptian shouts slogans during a demonstration of…

Tunisian forces track down jihadi groups near Algerian border 
Al-Akhbar News 2 May 2013 – Tunisian boys laugh as they walk past burning tires set on fire by demonstrators to block a road in the center of Kasserine on 30 April 2013 during a protest in support of security forces and to demand better equipment for the military to detect land…

A Dreary Labor Day for Lebanon’s Ailing Union 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Israeli Army Continues to Demolish Palestinian Property 
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UN records surge in Iraq deaths 
BBC 2 May 2013 – April was Iraq’s deadliest month since June 2008, with a total of 712 people killed and 1,633 wounded in bomb attacks and other violence, the UN says.

Saudi Sars-like virus ‘kills five’ 
BBC 2 May 2013 – Saudi Arabia says five people have died from a Sars-like virus in the east of the country and two more are seriously ill.

Saif Gaddafi given Libya lawyers 
BBC 2 May 2013 – The son of ex-Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, appears in court to face criminal charges and is appointed two local lawyers.

Iranians guilty of Kenya terror plot 
BBC 2 May 2013 – A Kenyan court finds two Iranian nationals guilty of obtaining explosives with the aim to attack Western targets in the East African nation.

Fake bomb detector seller jailed 
BBC 2 May 2013 – British fraudster James McCormick is jailed for 10 years for selling fake bomb detectors to security forces around the world.

Articles


Violence is a cruel reminder of a reality that is neither calm nor stable 
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 4/30/2013
      When murder and violence flash in the West Bank, Israelis should remember that on the other days they don’t hear about terror, lots of violence is taking place. Those who choose to live in an illusion of calm and stability should consider themselves both privileged and lucky. And neither of those things can last forever.
     Days like today, ones that start out with a Palestinian stabbing an Israeli to death and end with Israeli settlers rampaging around, starting fires and hurling stones at innocent Palestinian bystanders – many of them children: days like today are a cruel expression of the dire situation we all live in here – but more specifically, illuminate the illusion of stability that Israelis live with.
     A few months ago, the IDF was proud to announce that there were no fatal terror attacks in the West Bank at all in 2012, and it really is a feat. In fact, Evyatar Burovsky was the first Israeli victim of a fatal attack committed by a Palestinian in the West Bank since September 2011.
     During this “calm” period, most Israelis continue going about their lives. They aren’t affected by the violence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on a daily basis. But days like today, when the phrase “terror attack” is back in the news, Israelis suddenly remember that we are in a violent conflict. The government, of course, does a good job of reminding us we are the victims.
     But on all those days when there is no violence against Israelis in the news, on all those days when Israelis can go about their business, the situation is actually not at all stable or calm. It’s definitely not calm for the Palestinian population, specifically in the West Bank where life under occupation is anything but free of violence. more.. e-mail

Mizrahi culture was suppressed, Ashkenazi culture is simply forgotten 
Edan Ring, Café Gibraltar, +972 Magazine 4/29/2013
      Since the founding of the State of Israel, the Ashkenazi elite has suppressed the Mizrahi culture Jews from Arab countries brought with them. But almost without us noticing, those who led the Zionist project also erased whatever was left of the Ashkenazi traditions from Eastern Europe.
     Family Day was no different from any other holiday. On this day, too, we received an assignment from our daughter’s kindergarten teacher. Only this time, we were slightly embarrassed. As part of the Family Day (formerly known as the Israeli version of Mother’s Day) celebrations, the kindergarten hosted a big meal, in which every parent was asked to bring an “ethnic dish” that is traditionally made in each home. At first thought, no “ethnic dish” came to either my nor my partner’s mind. After some more thought, we came to the conclusion that neither of us has any culinary tradition that was passed down to us from our grandparents’ homes. Of course, when I was young I ate gefilte fish, matzo breit and kugel on holidays. After my grandmother’s death, however, very little was left of this tradition, which, in any case, took place only once or twice a year. Tradition cannot be summarized only in terms of food, but also in other areas: most descendants of Eastern European Jews will have a hard time finding ways of reconnecting to their past.
     I see young Mizrahim around me celebrating and reviving their ancestral cultures. Shortly after the events of Family Day at the kindergarten, I took part in the launch of the new Cafe Gibraltar website. The young Adi Keissar moved me with her words:
     “My grandmother loved me with her heavy accent, with her Yemenite talk which I could never understand. As a girl I remember how I feared being alone with her, concerned that I would not understand what she was saying.” more.. e-mail

Solidarity and Realpolitik: My Response to Jeff Halper 
Susan Abulhawa, The Palestine Chronicle, Deir Yassin Remembered 5/4/2012
      Some years ago, I was on a panel with three men, Jeff Halper among them, at a Sabeel conference in Pennsylvania. Each panelist was asked to give their vision for a solution to the ‘Palestine/Israel conflict’. Because I was sitting at the end of the table, I was the last to speak. I listened to each one of my fellow participants lay out different versions of a two-state solution, each more depressing than the other, each with irrelevant nuances (all previously articulated by Israel, by the way) on how to make the refugee problem just go away. They spoke the tired talk of land swaps, compromise, several surreal highways that bypass humanity for miles on end, and more creative solutions designed to circumvent the application of human rights where Palestinians are concerned.
     When my turn came, I spoke of Palestinians being accorded the same basic rights that apply to the rest of humanity, including the right to return to one’s home after fleeing a conflict. I spoke of equality under the law regardless of religion. I spoke of a construct that would prevent one group from systematically oppressing another. I spoke of human dignity and the universal right to it. I spoke of equal access to resources, including water, regardless of religion.
     I will never forget Jeff Halper’s response, which he was eager to voice even before I had finished speaking. He began with a smile, the way an adult might smile at the naive remarks of a small child. He needed to give me a lesson in reality, and proceed to tell me, in the patronizing way of someone who knows best, that my vision lacked “how shall I say it … Realpolitik”.
     I did not waiver then, nor have I since, on my position that Palestinians are not a lesser species who should be required to aspire to compromised human dignity in order to accommodate someone else’s racist notions of divine entitlement.
     That said, I do not consider Jeff Halper racist and I acknowledge the mostly positive impact he has had in bringing attention to one of Israel’s enduring cruelties…. — See also: Source: Palestine Chronicle more.. e-mail

The cult of atheist Zionism posing as Judaism 
Rich Siegel, Deir Yassin Remembered 1/1/2012
      This essay was first published in Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists. (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012)
     I consider myself a cult survivor. I was raised in the cult of Atheist-Zionism-Posing-as-Judaism. I stated this to a few select friends several years ago, and they thought it was funny. The statement brought with it a pregnant pause, as though a punch line was going to follow, as though I were telling a joke. No punch line. I’m serious. More recently, subsequent to Israel’s 2006 Lebanon war and the massacre in Gaza of 2008-2009, I find that I can say this and it is taken seriously. People know that something is very seriously wrong with Israel, and with the culture that supports Israel. They may not understand it, but they’re more open than they were.
     My family’s involvement with Zionism goes back to its beginnings. It includes a grandfather who fought with the Jewish Legion to “liberate” Palestine from the Turks in WWI, great-great-grandparents who went to Jerusalem for their retirement in the 1920’s, the best buddy of an uncle who smuggled arms from Czechoslovakia to Jewish terrorist groups in Palestine in the lead-up to the 1948 war, grandparents who were officers in their local B’nai Brith1 chapter, and a cousin who was involved in “Operation Mural”2. He currently represents Jewish/Zionist NGOs at the United Nations office in Geneva. His wife writes Muslim-bashing books under a pseudonym.
     During my childhood, Zionism and Israel were held up on a pedestal. They were central to our existence, our identity, our raison d’être. They were our sub-cultural equivalent of “Mom and apple pie”. I grew up convinced that they were perfect and beyond reproach. There was simply nothing in my environment to indicate otherwise. Finding out that I had been lied to all my life, and that I had been supporting something that I would never have supported had I been told anything resembling the truth, has been absolutely shattering. more.. e-mail

Boston, Brazil and Islam: Irrational Rhetoric, Illegal Wars
Palestine Chronicle: 1 May 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud During his talk sponsored by the New American Foundation in March 2008, author Parag Khanna addressed the rising challenges facing the US’s global hegemony. According to Khanna, China and the European Union are the new contenders with the battlefield being a global ‘geopolitical marketplace.’ Aside from Khanna’s insight, one statement particularly puzzled me greatly. “Why am I talking about Europe, China, and the United States? What about Russia, what about India, what about Islam ..what about all those other powers?” Initially, I thought it must have been an error. The speaker must surely realize that Islam is a religion, not a political entity with a definable ‘geopolitical marketplace.’ But it was not an error, or more accurately, it was a deliberate error. Khanna went on to explain that Islam doesn’t have ‘that kind of coherence’ that allows it to spread its power and influence, unlike the dominant…more


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