VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 7 May 2013: Israel Wants Detainees To Pay For Their Medical Expenses

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Israel Forces Palestinian To Demolish His Home In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Tuesday May 7 2013, A Palestinian man from occupied East Jerusalem had to demolish his own home in order to avoid high fines and expenses after an Israeli court decided to demolish his property under the pretest that it was built without a construction permit. …

Israeli Man Stabs A Palestinian Cab Driver In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Tuesday at dawn, May 7 2013; Israeli Police spokesperson, Luba Samri, reported that an Israeli man stabbed a Palestinian taxi driver, south of Jerusalem, and added that initial investigations indicate that the motive of the attack is a “dispute over the fare”. …

Settlers Burn 20 Dunams Of Farmland Near Nablus
IMEMC – A group of extremist Israeli settlers burnt, late on Monday at night, twenty Dunams of Palestinian agricultural lands that belong to residents of Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. … 

P.A. Slams Israeli Attack On Worshipers Marking Eastern Orthodox Easter
IMEMC – The Palestinian Foreign Ministry issued a statement strongly denouncing the Israeli military and police attacks against Palestinian Christians, diplomats, priests and visitors, celebrating the eastern Holy Fire Saturday, before Easter this past Saturday. …

Israel Wants Detainees To Pay For Their Medical Expenses
IMEMC – The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees reported Monday that the Israeli Prison Authority is demanding Palestinian political prisoners to pay for their own medical expenses, and refused to provide them with the needed medical equipment or medications. …

Army Demolishes Power Network Near Hebron
IMEMC – Monday May 6, 2013, Israeli soldiers demolished the electricity network that provides power to Khallet Ad-Deeb and Attous areas that belong to Beit Ola town, west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. …

Ma’an News

Israel destroys agricultural land, wells in Hebron
5/7/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday destroyed over 100 acres of private Palestinian agricultural land in Hebron, locals said. The mayor of Tarqumiya, Sami Fataftah, told Ma’an that Israeli forces bulldozed over 100 acres of land planted with olive and fruit trees. Israeli forces also destroyed three water wells used for….

Mayor wants ‘sole Jewish rule’ in Jerusalem
5/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s mayor of Jerusalem said Tuesday that Palestinians will never have sovereignty in the Holy City, suggesting that they rename Ramallah as “northern Jerusalem” instead. Speaking to The Times of Israel news site, Nir Barkat said it was in Jerusalem’s DNA to be under “sole Jewish rule…. Related: Study: 80 percent of East Jerusalemites live below poverty line

Israel PM freezes settlement tenders
5/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a freeze on publishing tenders for new West Bank settler homes to avoid hampering US efforts to renew peace talks, Israeli army radio reported on Tuesday. Israel’s Peace Now settlement watchdog also said there had not been any tenders for new West Bank construction…. Related: Erekat: PLO not notified of settlement freeze

Settlers attack vehicles, torch fields near Nablus
5/7/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Settlers damaged dozens of Palestinian vehicles and set fire to agricultural land in the northern West Bank late Monday, a PA official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that dozens of settlers gathered near Tappuah checkpoint south of Nablus and threw….

Study: 80 percent of East Jerusalemites live below poverty line
5/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Eight out of 10 Palestinians in East Jerusalem live below the poverty line, a watchdog said on Tuesday, as Israelis prepared to celebrate capturing the Arab sector of the Holy City in 1967. Almost 80 percent of “east Jerusalem residents live below the poverty line — the worst rate of all time,” the Association…. Related: Mayor wants ‘sole Jewish rule’ in Jerusalem

Police escort settlers at Aqsa mosque compound
5/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A group of Jewish settlers accompanied by police entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound through the Moroccan Gate early Tuesday, witnesses said. The group of around 40 settlers toured the compound escorted by police officers to commemorate the eve of Jerusalem Day, a national holiday in Israel celebrating the “unification” of the….

Israeli stabs Palestinian taxi driver in Jerusalem
5/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian taxi driver was stabbed by an Israeli passenger in Jerusalem on Monday, Israeli police said. Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri told Ma’an that the motive was reportedly a disputed cab fare. The attack took place in the settlement of Gilo, with the attacker fleeing the scene. The….

UN: 4 peacekeepers seized in Golan Heights
5/7/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — An armed group on Tuesday abducted four UN peacekeepers from the Philippines in the Golan Heights, which has been hit by a mounting spillover from the Syrian civil war, the United Nations said. The four were patrolling near the al-Jamlah locality in the ceasefire zone between Israel and Syria where 21 Filipino….

Israeli forces detain 10 across Bethlehem
5/7/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday detained 10 Palestinians across the Bethlehem district, residents said. Locals said forces raided Beit Fajjar village and several homes, detaining five. Locals identified those detained as Mohammad Akram Takatka 20, Basil Yasin Takatka 36, Ayman Mahmud Takatka 19, Mohammad Ahmad Thwabteh 20, and a 16-year-old. They….

Israel detains 2 in Jenin, raids detainee’s home
5/7/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained two Palestinians from villages in the northern district of Jenin, locals said Monday. Israeli forces detained Amjad Khader Noubani, 35, after raiding his home in Qabatiya, locals said. Ihab Adnan al-Jabari, 26, was detained in the al-Yamoun village, as Israeli forces stationed at the village’s entrance….

Jordanian aid convoy arrives in Gaza
5/7/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A fourth Jordanian aid convoy to the Gaza Strip arrived in Gaza City on Monday evening. The “Ansar 4” convoy, escorted with 31 Jordanian activists, left Amman by air for el-Arish airport in Egypt before heading to the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing. The head of a union of….

Palestinian released from US custody after 25 years in jail
5/7/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A man from Duheisha refugee camp in Bethlehem was recently released from jail in the United States, having spent 25 years behind bars, his relatives said. Rashid Salih Zaghari, 63, was released on March 20, 2013, but is still being held by US immigration until an Arab country agrees to host….

Turkey PM says Israeli raids on Syria ‘unacceptable’
5/7/2013 – ANKARA (AFP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday branded Israel’s air raids in Syria “unacceptable” but again called on the international community to act over killings by regime forces.” No excuse can justify this operation,” Erdogan told ruling party lawmakers after Israel’s weekend strikes on military sites in the….

Prisoner X ‘sabotaged spy mission to recover bodies’
5/7/2013 – SYDNEY (AFP) — Australian-Israeli Mossad agent Ben Zygier unwittingly sabotaged a top secret spy operation aimed at bringing home the bodies of Israeli soldiers missing in Lebanon, a report said Tuesday. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which broke the story in February of Zygier’s arrest, detention and suicide in a Tel Aviv jail, said his….

Erekat: PLO not notified of settlement freeze
5/7/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel has not notified the PLO of any changes to its settlement activity, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Tuesday, as Israeli media reported a new moratorium on settler homes in the West Bank.” We have not been notified of any changes to Israel’s colonial plans, including ongoing construction in…. Related: Israel PM freezes settlement tenders

Police disperse PFLP rally in Gaza
5/7/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Police ion Tuesday violently dispersed a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine rally in southern Gaza, a party official said. The rally was held to denounce Israeli airstrikes in Syria. PFLP official Jameel Mezher told Ma’an that three demonstrators were injured when police attacked them with batons….

18 school children suffer food poisoning in Beit Ummar
5/7/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Eighteen school children in Hebron suffered food poisoning on Tuesday after drinking juice from a local store, a committee said. Spokesman for Beit Ummar local committee Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma’an that a teenage pupil bought a large bottle of juice during break and shared it among his friends….

Storks blamed for power outages in north
5/7/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Thousands of people in northern Nablus have been losing electricity repeatedly over the past few days after birds damaged cables, causing them to short-circuit, officials said Tuesday. Palestine Electricity Company officials said technicians had been trying to verify the cause of a power outage in the areas of al-Badhan, al-Fara, Talluza….

Toddler dies of electric shock in Gaza City
5/7/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A toddler died of an electric shock on Tuesday in Gaza City’s Shujaiyya neighborhood, a hospital official said. The body of Hala al-Hilou, 3, was brought to Shifa Hospital, said Dr Ayman Sahabi. [END]

UN: Number displaced inside Syria hits 4.25 million
5/7/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — The number of Syrians displaced within their homeland by the vicious civil war has reached 4. 25 million, the UN humanitarian office said Tuesday.” Movement by internally displaced persons continues to be large-scale and fluid, as many Syrians are displaced multiple times,” said Jens Laerke, spokesman for the Office of the Coordination of….

Diplomatic source: Iranian FM meets Assad
5/7/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, whose country is one of Syria’s closest allies, held talks with President Bashar Assad on a previously unannounced visit to Damascus on Tuesday, an Iranian diplomatic source said.” Salehi arrived in Damascus from Amman and was received by President Bashar Assad,” the source….

Aljazeera

UN peacekeepers seized near Syria border
AlJazeera 7 May 2013 – UN unaware of identity of captors of four members of force deployed in Area of Separation between Syria and Israel.

Palestine News Network

Netanyahu Orders a Freeze on West Bank Settlements
Palestine News Network

Israeli Settler Stabs Palestinian in Occupied Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Kerry to Meet Livni, Judeh in Rome Tomorrow
Palestine News Network

Israel Sentences Palestinian Journalist to Five Months in Prison
Palestine News Network

Israeli Knesset Committee Approves Bill to Restrict Bedouin Movement
Palestine News Network

Settlers Set Fire to 20 Dunums of Palestinian Land, Smash Two Vehicles in Nablus
Palestine News Network

Settlers, MKs Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque, Police Assault Worshipers
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Increased military presence at primary school where 27 children were recently arrested
5/7/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 7th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Hebron, Occupied Palestine, By Team Khalil – On the 20th March, 27 children aged 7 to 16 were arrested on their way to school in Hebron’s old city. For the past three days the Israeli military have had a large, heavily armed and threatening presence outside the four….

ISM condemns Ynetnews misinformation, calls on Ynet to correct false allegations
5/7/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 7th May 2013, Hebron, Occupied Palestine, By Team Nablus – International Solidarity Movement calls on Ynetnews, a popular Israeli digital newspaper, to correct the false allegations against the recently arrested Swedish human rights activist and a young boy in Al-Khalil (Hebron). Ynetnews reported that the Swedish activist allegedly attempted to take an Israeli soldier’s…. Related: Inaccurate Ynet Article

Settlers use rocks and sharp tools to attack 50 and 65 year-old farmers in Beit Furik
5/7/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 7th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Beit Furik, Occupied Palestine, by ISM Nablus – Two olive farmers from the village of Beit Furik, east of Nablus, are recovering from head wounds in a near-lethal attack by colonial-settlers. Although both survived, they are in need of daily check-ups at a clinic in Nablus and are afraid to….

Relief Web

Lebanon: Notes from the field: the struggles of Palestine refugees from Syria in neighbouring countries
Relief Web 7 May 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic May 2013 UNRWA staffer Irina Prentice has recently travelled on a work mission to set up emergency communications for…

occupied Palestinian territory: Food Security Watch: West Bank and Gaza Strip – April 2013
Relief Web 7 May 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization Country: occupied Palestinian territory KEY MESSAGES  In addition to regular week-end closure, Israel suspended humanitarian deliveries to the Gaza…

occupied Palestinian territory: Boost for poverty safety net empowering families in occupied Palestinian territory
Relief Web 6 May 2013 – Source: UN Development Programme Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ramallah – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched today the second phase of a highly successful jobs and small business programme in the occupied Palestinian territory, implemented in partnership with the…

The National

Three women missing for a decade found in house of ‘friendly neighbour Mr C’
The National 8 May 2013 – Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight are likely to have been held in the same Cleveland home since they disappeared, police say.

No meeting in China for Abbas and Netanyahu
The National 7 May 2013 – Deadlock continues between two sides despite Beijing’s hopes. Hannah Gardner reports 

Prosecutors sum up in UAE sedition case of 94
The National 7 May 2013 – Prosecutors said the group presented itself in the language of religion and charity while trying to undermine the essence of being Emirati.

FNC elects chairman of new human rights council
The National 7 May 2013 – Mr Ali Jassim was a member of the international parliament human rights group from 2007 until 2010.

Fear rules in run-up to Pakistani poll
The National 7 May 2013 – Scores of murders and complaints of intimidation menace lead-up to elections, even as army plans to deploy 600,000 soliders on the streets. Taimur Khan reports from Karachi 

Israel air strikes an obstacle for Kerry’s Syria talks with Putin
The National 7 May 2013 – US secretary of state John Kerry asks Russian president Vladimir Putin to take a tougher stance on Syria as Israel’s recent air strikes against the beleaguered Mideast nation add an unpredictable factor to the talks.

20 seconds to get through UAE immigration, thanks to Smart Gates
The National 7 May 2013 – The unified security system, to be in all airports by 2015, will mean an end to long queues for people with biometric passports from 32 pre-approved visa countries.

Netanyahu ‘promised the US Israel will curb settlements until June’
The National 7 May 2013 – Israel’s prime minister has restricted new settlement construction projects in an apparent gesture to help the United States restart Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. Hugh Naylor reports 

Ha’aretz

IDF spends NIS 2.8m on private investigations into draft-dodgers, fraudulent assistance seekers
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

Home electricity rates due to rise 6.3%
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

Health Ministry urges pregnant women to vaccinate amid whooping cough outbreak
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

Environmentalists decry treasury’s plan to freeze greenhouse-gas mitigation plan for three years
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

Horowitz starts TA mayoral candidacy with blast at Huldai for neglecting all but rich
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

IDF to protect pensions of demoted soldiers
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

Israel releases 19 African women and children ‘infiltrators’ from detention center
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

Battle against the erasure of female images in Jerusalem is winning big
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

In first comments since alleged strikes, Assad says Syria is capable of facing Israel
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

Yacimovich slams Lapid’s ‘cruel’ proposed budget
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

Holyland trial judge: Yossi Olmert’s testimony supports state witness’ version
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

Palestinian source tells Haaretz: Assad’s green light to strike Israel merely symbolic
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

Comptroller’s report points to myriad failures in absorption of Ethiopian immigrants in Israel
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

Sharansky sees egalitarian section at Western Wall within two years
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

Report: Prisoner X scuttled operation to return bodies of Israeli MIAs in Lebanon
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

Israeli scientists discover the heart’s hidden healing cells
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

Israeli court releases Palestinian terrorist, citing earlier pardon
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

Ehud Olmert’s brother declared hostile witness in Holyland trial
Ha’aretz – 7 May 2013

Jerusalem Post

Ex-Mossad member: Claims about Zygier’s crime are ‘fiction’
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – Former head of Mossad’s MIA Division disputes report that Zygier interfered in operation to recover bodies of missing Sultan Yacoub battle soldiers, saying Mossad wouldn’t launch operation after rabbinate declared them dead. 

Supreme Court rejects Beduin claim to village
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – Court upholds decision that state has the right to continue planting trees in area around Beduin village Arakib. 

30 arrested in raid on online drug distribution ring
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – Police raid drug distribution network’s homes; ring produced, sold illegal substances via “Darknet.” 

Jerusalem: A city divided
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – Jews and Arabs express matching pride and antipathy, respectively, about a city that clearly remains divided. 

Triple explosion reportedly shakes western Tehran
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – BBC Persian reporter: Residents heard blasts in Iranian capital in an area where Iran carries out missile research, storage. 

Obama defends approach to probing Syria WMDs use
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – US president says decisions must be based on hard analysis. 

Assad: Syria army capable of confronting Israel
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – Syrian president calls Israeli strikes “an act of terrorism.” 

Defending ‘red lines’ and ‘green lines’
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – The world from here: Israel’s determination to enforce its red lines and “defend itself by itself” also extends to Judea Samaria/West Bank and Israel’s eastern front. 

‘Green’ thoughts on Jerusalem Day
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – The time has indeed come for us Jerusalemites to take pride in the relative peace and harmony that prevail throughout the ancient-modern city we share. 

In my own write: Meeting and mating
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – There is something appealing about the idea of women strong enough to deal with possible rejection and move on, their egos intact, to more fruitful relationships. 

Jerusalem’s gaps cannot be hidden
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – Palestinians comprise 38 percent of the population, their share in the municipal budget is only 11%- 13%, one realizes the place of east Jerusalem’s residents in the city system. 

Happy Jerusalem Day!
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – May every young Jew from across the world may have the opportunity to visit the capital and build a special, personal bond with it. 

Anti-Jewish text will shame the Church of Scotland
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – Terra Incognita: This is not the time of the Crusades; no church has a right to tell the Jews where they may live. 

UN protests Israel’s violation of Lebanon airspace
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – Peacekeeping force complains to Israel after it observed increased violations of Lebanese air space by Israel. 

WJC calls for European ban on ‘neo-Nazi parties’
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – On last day of global Jewish assembly, delegates representing Jewish communities in a hundred countries call for ban on neo-Nazi parties; “Jobbik party danger to all Hungarians,” Jewish leader tells ‘Post’. 

Cuts in child stipends cause heated reactions
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – Head of the Association of Social Workers, Safra Dweck said that the Ministry of Finance’s plans are “cruel.” 

Ministers threaten to vote against budget over cuts
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – Peretz, Landau, Orbach lament tax hikes, cut benefits; Yacimovich presents bomb drawing, says budget crossed red line. 

Kerry to Putin: We share common Syria interests
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – During talks in the Kremlin, Secretary of State says US and Russia can work together to end the Syria conflict. 

UN slams detention of peacekeepers in Syria, urges release
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade says it’s holding peacekeepers. 

UN urges release of peacekeepers in Syria
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – UN Secretary-General Ban condemns detention of four UNDOF peacekeepers by Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade. 

PM tours Shanghai Jewish refugee museum
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – As Netanyahu tours museum with his wife Sara, his son steals into synagogue to pray. 

WATCH: Tel Aviv holds White City celebrations
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – TA celebrates ten years since UNESCO proclaimed the historic zone of the city as a World Cultural Heritage site. 

Hezbollah: Israel Syria attack was to aid rebels
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – Deputy Head of Hezbollah described the Israeli action as part of an international plot to topple Assad. 

Iran warns of regional chaos in post-Assad era
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – Salehi: Toppling Assad will lead to unforseeable consequences. 

Ya’alon on Syria: Israel is clear on its red lines
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – Defense Minister speaks after 3 shells, likely errant firing from fighting in Syria, fall in Golan Heights in last day. 

Syria rebels say holding UN peacekeepers ‘for their safety’
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade says it’s holding peacekeepers after clashes in the separation zone between Syria and Golan; picture accompanying statement shows 4 peacekeepers wearing light-blue UN jackets marked “Philippines.” 

African migrants attack guards at prison
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – Second incident of unrest this week at facility for asylum seekers detained under the anti-infiltrators law amendment. 

‘Zygier botched Mossad mission to return bodies’
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – Australia’s ABC News reports alleged Mossad spy inadvertently ruined secret operation to return bodies of soldiers to Israel. 

BBC reporter: Blasts heard near Tehran arms plant
Jerusalem Post 7 May 2013 – BBC Persian reporter: Residents heard blasts in Iranian capital in an area where Iran carries out missile research, storage. 

The Guardian

Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel
The Guardian 7 May 2013 – Physicist pulls out of conference hosted by president Shimon Peres in protest at treatment of Palestinians Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president…

The west and its allies cynically bleed Syria to weaken Iran | Seumas Milne
The Guardian 7 May 2013 – If western politicians were really interested in saving lives, they would use their leverage to negotiate a settlement If anyone had doubts that Syria’s gruesome civil war is already spinning into a wider Middle East conflict,…

Israel’s real target is not Syria but Hezbollah | Michael Herzog
The Guardian 7 May 2013 – Israel’s airstrikes were not to influence Syria’s civil war but to stop Hezbollah upgrading its arsenal Reports of Israeli airstrikes in Syria have frequently obscured the issues that are really driving Israel’s decision-making. The most important…

Syria crisis: Kerry and Putin hold talks – Tuesday 7 May
The Guardian 7 May 2013 – Follow how the day unfolded as US Secretary of State John Kerry met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow and four UN peacekeepers were detained by rebels near the Golan Heights Matthew Weaver

Steve Bell on the Obama administration and Syria – cartoon
The Guardian 6 May 2013 – John McCain has accused Barack Obama of writing his red lines over possible chemical weapons use in ‘disappearing ink’ Steve Bell

Inter Press Service

Europe Urged to Step into Breach of Failed Mideast Peace
IPS The Oslo peace process has failed and Europe must take stronger leadership in the Middle East, according to a distinguished group of former European leaders that is pushing for a stronger and more independent European stance on the Israeli occupation. And some United States analysts believe the European Union’s current…

Uruknet

An Illusion of Justice
Uruknet

Palestinian Non-Violence Subject Of New Graphic Novel
Uruknet

Military Resistance 11E3: the Support Group
Uruknet

Honduras: State-Sponsored Death Squad Terror
Uruknet

Purging Syria’s Banias of Sunni Muslims
Uruknet

The moral downfall of Hizbullah
Uruknet

It’s your turn American public must demand closure of Guantanamo facility
Uruknet

Apartheid imprisonment: Jewish versus Palestinian “security” prisoners
Uruknet

Iraq war resister, a pregnant mother of four, sentenced to 10 months in prison
Uruknet

Daily Star

Security firms say Internet out in Syria
Daily Star 7 May 2013 Internet companies say Syria is experiencing an Internet outage similar to a two-day blackout late last fall.

Egypt appoints 9 ministers in limited reshuffle
Daily Star 7 May 2013 Nine new Egyptian ministers joined President Mohammed Morsi’s Cabinet on Tuesday, including two members of his Muslim Brotherhood.

Bombing connected to election kill 18 in Pakistan
Daily Star 7 May 2013 Three bombings in northwest Pakistan targeting individuals involved in this week’s national elections killed 18 people on Tuesday, police said.

Israel PM freezes W.Bank settlement tenders: report
Daily Star 7 May 2013 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a freeze on tenders for new West Bank settler homes, a report said Tuesday, with a rights group confirming not a single tender has been issued in months.

Russia, US to agree to push both Syria sides to end conflict
Daily Star 7 May 2013 Russia and the United States agreed at top-level talks on Tuesday to push both the Syrian regime and rebels to find a political solution to their conflict and to hold an international peace conference.

Iran diplomat held in solitary at notorious Evin Prison-sources
Daily Star 7 May 2013 A senior Iranian diplomat linked to Iran’s reformists has been detained for nearly two months and is in solitary confinement at Evin Prison, a facility rights advocates have criticized for prisoner abuse.

Syrian rebels seize 4 UN peacekeepers on Golan
Daily Star 7 May 2013 Rebels fighting to topple Assad detained four U.N. peacekeepers in area that separates Syria and Israel, raising tension between the two countries just days after the Jewish state launched back-to-back airstrikes near Damascus.

UN complains to Israel about violations of Lebanon airspace
Daily Star 7 May 2013 UNIFIL has protested to Israel after it observed increased violations of Lebanese air space by Israel.

Assad: Syria capable of responding to Israel
Daily Star 7 May 2013 President Bashar Assad said Tuesday the Syrian army is capable of confronting Israel

Bombs connected to election kill 17 in Pakistan
Daily Star 7 May 2013 A pair of bombings in northwest Pakistan targeting individuals involved in this week’s national elections killed 17 people Tuesday, police said, taking the death toll from attacks on candidates and party workers to over 100 since…

YNet News

Bennett: No Palestinian state; Jerusalem is ours
YNet News, 7 May 2013 – ….

Woman dies, 2 injured in Beersheba road accident
YNet News, 7 May 2013 – ….

Ya’alon: It is our duty to protect Jerusalem
YNet News, 7 May 2013 – ….

Hamas official: Syria should aim missile at Israel, not Syrians
YNet News, 7 May 2013 – ….

Nigerian Islamist raid in northeast town kills 55
YNet News, 7 May 2013 – ….

Silence of the Lambs
YNet News, 7 May 2013 – Op-ed: America’s promotion of ‘softened Arab peace initiative’ a spit in the face of Israeli democracy ….

IDF plan aims to recruit religious women, extend service for yeshiva boys
YNet News, 6 May 2013 – Military hopes new measures will draft thousands of haredim annually; army service to be reduced to a maximum 32 months, varying according to role ….

Israel to release terrorist behind 2002 attack in Tel Aviv
YNet News, 6 May 2013 – Military Court rules arrest of Jamal Tirawi, who planned deadly attack on Tel Aviv coffee shop, violated amnesty deal with Palestinian Authority ….

US-led Gulf naval exercises underway
YNet News, 6 May 2013 – Forty-one countries practice minesweeping, protecting ports and energy installations in Gulf. American Navy says drills not specifically tailored to counter Iranian threats, aimed at ‘enhancing capability to preserve freedom of navigation in international waterways’ ….

Syrian rebels increasingly frustrated
YNet News, 6 May 2013 – Noncommittal world attitude to intervention in Syria leaves opposition supporters despondent; ‘We don’t expect anymore from America,’ says young Syrian, after Obama’s backtrack on chemical red line ….

Israel, Turkey reach draft deal on compensation
YNet News, 6 May 2013 – PM’s Office says final agreement expected soon on compensation for families of Turks killed during IDF raid on Gaza-bound ship ….

Diplomats: Iran may be limiting growth in atom stockpile 
YNet News, 6 May 2013 – Western officials say Tehran continuing to convert 20% uranium gas into fuel for medical research reactor in order to ‘allay concerns on international community.’ Expert: Reconversion is not hard ….

Alleged Auschwitz death camp guard arrested
YNet News, 6 May 2013 – Authorities conclude there was ‘compelling evidence’ 93-year-old Hans Lipschis was involved in crimes at concentration camp during World War Two. Wiesenthal Center’s chief Nazi hunter calls arrest ‘positive step’ ….

Police launch criminal investigation into Rosen harassment claims
YNet News, 6 May 2013 – Media star’s PR man approves move, says ‘proper procedures’ are welcome after week of ‘field trial’ ….

Yesh Atid blocks referendum on peace deals 
YNet News, 6 May 2013 – Lapid’s faction opposes PM, buries proposal to put land transfer to popular vote; Yesh Atid MK: Debate hypothetical, no diplomatic momentum ….

Shots fired around Egyptian PM’s motorcade; 1 hurt
YNet News, 6 May 2013 – Bodyguards open fire at car that cut into Hisham Qandil’s convoy, fire returned; driver and passengers arrested. Suspects claim they were unaware of PM’s presence ….

Investigator: UN has testimony Syrian rebels used Sarin gas
YNet News, 6 May 2013 – Carla Del Ponte, member of UN’s independent commission of inquiry on Syria says there are strong suspicions rebel forces using nerve agent Sarin ….

Palestine Information Center

Hamas: Prawer Plan won’t legitimize land grab
PIC – Hamas movement affirmed its rejection of the Israeli occupation authority’s policies and oppressive laws especially the so-called Prawer Plan.

Khudari: Arab, international silence encourages storming of the Aqsa
PIC – Arab and international silence is encouraging the Israeli occupation authorities to organize daily storming of the Aqsa mosque, independent MP Jamal Al-Khudari said on Tuesday.

Israeli army installs cellphone spying devices east of Gaza
PIC – A technical unit of the Israeli army started very recently to install special large-scale radio transmitters used to jam and eavesdrop on cellular phone calls, according to a field observer.

Palestinian factions: land swap … an Arab Balfour Declaration
PIC – The vast majority of the Palestinian factions and leaders have rejected the idea of land swap between the Palestinian and the Israeli sides.

Ministry of Endowments: Israel wants to ignite a religious war
PIC – The Palestinian government in Gaza warned of the repercussions of the raid into Al-Aqsa Mosque by the IOF and settlers on Tuesday, noting that it “aims to ignite a religious war in the region.”

IOF arrests a Palestinian citizen accompanying his sick wife at Erez crossing
PIC – The IOF arrested a Palestinian citizen from Gaza at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing, in the northern Gaza Strip, while he was accompanying his sick wife to undergo surgery in Jerusalem.

Captive Ayman Hamdan continues his open hunger strike
PIC – Captive Ayman Hamdan has continued his hunger strike since April 22 in protest at Israeli Military Advocate’s decision to renew his administrative detention for 6 more months..

IOA approves bill on stealing Palestinian Bedouin lands in the Negev
PIC – Israel Ministerial Committee on Legislation Affairs approved on Monday the “Prawer-Begin Plan†that will lead to the confiscation of more than 800 thousand dunums of Arab land..

IPS imposes restrictions on prisoners’ children visits
PIC – The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has imposed restrictions on children visits to prisoners from the Gaza strip, the Palestine Center for Prisoners’ Studies revealed.

WAFA

Group Calls on Israeli Singer to Cancel ‘Jerusalem Day’ Performance
WAFA – 7 May 2013

EUPOL COPPS: Judges, Prosecutors Conclude Study Trip to Brussels
WAFA – 7 May 2013

Soldiers Demolish property, Uproot Trees west of Hebron
WAFA – 7 May 2013

UN Group Helping Palestinians Overcome Trauma of Occupation
WAFA – 7 May 2013

8 Suffocation, 3 Arrest Cases during Settlers’ Breaking Into Al-Aqsa Mosque
WAFA – 7 May 2013

Settlers Set Fire to Agricultural Land south of Nablus
WAFA – 7 May 2013

Misc

U.S. and Russia to seek Syria peace talks
LA Times 7 May 2013 – It’s unclear whether they’ll be able to bring rebels and the government of Bashar Assad to the negotiating table. MOSCOW — The United States and Russia agreed Tuesday to try to bring together the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the opposition for peace…

Iranian presidential candidates register for June election
LA Times 7 May 2013 – About two dozen have emerged publicly so far to seek to take part in the balloting to succeed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. TEHRAN — Iranian presidential candidates began registering Tuesday for the national election next month to choose a successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Hezbollah Takes Risks by Fighting Rebels in Syria
New York Times 7 May 2013 – Many Arabs no longer see the militant group as a defender of the underdog, as it backs President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. 

Sunnis in Iraq Protest Antiterror Tactics That Hurt Innocents
New York Times 7 May 2013 – United States-imposed laws are central to the protest movement, as those who once helped the American military now sometimes put innocent people in prison in their work as informants for the Iraqi government. 

Israel Halts Settlement Plans for Now, Group Says
New York Times 7 May 2013 – A leftist group said the Israeli prime minister’s move was apparently intended to give Secretary of State John Kerry more time to restart peace talks. 

Russia and U.S. to Convene Peace Conference on Syria
New York Times 7 May 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov of Russia jointly intensified pressure on Syria’s combatants to settle a conflict that has killed more than 70,000. 

Morsi Reshuffles Egyptian Cabinet
New York Times 7 May 2013 – President Mohamed Morsi’s shake-up increased the role of Islamists in the government’s upper ranks but was not expected to lead to new policies. 

No Easy Answers on Syria, Obama Says
New York Times 7 May 2013 – President Obama defended his cautious response to evidence that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons, saying he could not act based on a “perceived” use of such weapons. 

Electricity rate to rise 6.3% 
Globes Energy & Water – The Public Utilities Authority approved a 5.5% hike in the electricity tariff with the price to go up further when the 1% VAT hike comes into effect.

Measures will cost average family NIS 7,800 a year
Globes Main News – The austerity measures in the 2013 budget proposed by Finance Minister Yair Lapid will cost the average Israeli family NIS 650 a month.

Jan-April deficit soars 75%
Globes Main News – The government deficit rose to NIS 7.7 billion in January-April from NIS 4.4 billion in the corresponding period of 2012.

Child allowance to be cut
Globes Main News – The Finance Ministry is proposing a uniform allowance of NIS 140 per month per child.

Tue: Perrigo fails to depress flat market
Globes Main News – Perrigo fell after publishing its financials, while EZchip posted the biggest gain on the Tel Aviv 25 Index.

“Tension with Syria is holding back shekel”
Globes Main News – FXCM estimates that the Bank of Israel now seeks to defend the NIS 3.55/$ level.

Lapid succumbs to compromise 
Globes Macro Economics – Political deals, uncomfortable comprises, and tactical retreats from promises to the public are part of the finance minister’s job.

Defense budget to be cut by NIS 4b in 2014 
Globes Macro Economics – The decision will not be implemented without Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval.

Lapid: In 2 years, Israel will look different 
Globes Macro Economics – Finance Minister Yair Lapid: If we were to do nothing, the budget hole would grow, debts would explode, and social services would collapse.

Treasury plans 1.5% income tax hike
Globes Macro Economics – The rise will be uniform for all tax brackets. VAT is set to rise to 18%, and non-working women will have to pay national insurance contributions and health tax.

Hebrew University’s Shameless Plan to Exploit Albert Einstein’s Memory
Tikun Olam – Einstein’s “golden helmet” crowning Mt. Scopus (Amir Schiby) Haaretz yesterday reported that the Hebrew University, the prime minister’s office, and the city of Jerusalem have announced a grandiose architectural plan to build a 25-story building in the shape of a golden helmet on the top of…

Stephen Hawking backs academic boycott of Israel, pulls out of conference hosted by Shimon Peres
Mondoweiss – The Guardian reports : Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Hawking, 71, the world-renowned theoretical physicist and Lucasian Professor of Mathematics…

The three whoppers of Alan Dershowitz
Mondoweiss – Alan Dershowitz (Photo:Salon) This Thursday, Peter Beinart and Alan Dershowitz will once again square off on the subject of Zionism at CUNY, a debate that promises to cover a spectrum of opinion from A to B. It is unclear exactly what new ground they will cover,…

Israeli right denounces reported settlement freeze, promised by Netanyahu to Kerry
Mondoweiss – U S Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before their working dinner in Jerusalem on March 23 2013 (Photo: US State Department) Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has frozen settlement construction tenders under a promise he made to US Secretary of State…

It’s in Jerusalem’s DNA to be under ‘sole Jewish rule,’ mayor declares
Mondoweiss – Tomorrow, May 8, marks Jerusalem Day, and as the celebrations get under way, The Times of Israel is reporting on the national obsession… demographics: In 2012, some 22,800 babies were born in Jerusalem, of whom 14,600 were Jewish and 7,900 were Muslim. Fertility rates for Jews…

Jabara’s classic ‘Zionism: Racism or Liberation?’ deserves a new life
Mondoweiss – In 1976, Abdeen Jabara published an occasional paper with the Association of Arab-American University Graduates ( AAUG ) entitled “Zionism and Racism.” The paper was written in the context of Israeli reaction to U.N. General Assembly Resolution 3379, adopted in 1975, which determined that Zionism is a form…

John Galliano Denied Teaching Job at Fashion School 
The Foward Breaking News 7 May 2013 – John Galliano, the superstar fashion designer who has faced allegations of anti-Semitism, has been dumped from a planned teaching job at a New York fashion school after a protest spearheaded by Jewish students. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syria’s Assad Insists He Will Confront Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 7 May 2013 – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday his country was able to confront Israeli aggression, Lebanese media reported, in the leader’s first comments since the Jewish state launched a series of air strikes on military sites in Damascus. Click here for the rest of the article……

Oberlin Students Vote for Divestment From Occupation 
The Foward Breaking News 7 May 2013 – The Oberlin College Student Senate endorsed a resolution that calls for the college to divest from six companies that do business in the occupied Palestinian territiories. Click here for the rest of the article…

They’re Back! Billions of Locusts Set To Go Biblical on Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 7 May 2013 – Billions of locusts are spreading throughout Israel’s south. Click here for the rest of the article…

South Africa: Samwu Condemns Israeli Illegal Airstrike On Syria 
allAfrica.com 7 May 2013 – [COSATU]The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) condemns the illegal airstrikes on Syria by Israel which took place on Sunday May 5th. The Israeli regime claims this was a defensive measure to protect Israel from a new generation of weapons that are supposed to be in…

Russia and US agree Syria conference 
BBC 7 May 2013 – Russia and the US say they have agreed to work towards holding an international conference to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

UN peacekeepers seized in Golan 
BBC 7 May 2013 – Four Filipino UN peacekeepers are seized while patrolling the demilitarised area between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Israel ‘curbs settlement building’ 
BBC 7 May 2013 – Israel’s PM issues an unofficial order to stop approval of new plans or tenders for Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank, a pressure group says.

Iran candidates start registering 
BBC 7 May 2013 – Iran begins registering candidates to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in its forthcoming presidential election.

Nakba Day Events 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 7 May 2013 – These events are being held to mark 65 years since the Nakba, the dispossession and forced exile of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their land before and during the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. If you would like your event added, please…

More cities join SeaMAC’s Equal Rights bus ad campaign, while Seattle protests the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 7 May 2013 – Check out US Campaign member group SeaMAC’s growing ad campaign in the Seattle area calling for equal rights for Palestinians, along with its commemoration of the Nakba . FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 7, 2013 Contact: Edward Mast, press@SeaMAC.org More cities join SeaMAC’s Equal Rights bus ad campaign,…

Local Human Rights Group in Albany, NY Posts Billboard to Stop Military Aid 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 7 May 2013 – For Immediate Release: May 6, 2013 Local Human Rights Group Posts Billboard to Stop Military Aid New Billboard and Web Site say unconditional aid to Israel deterrent to peace, harmful to both U.S. and Israel. Endorsements arrive. Contact: Mary Folsom mfolsom@aol.com What: Billboard Who: Sponsored by…

UN asks Israel to stop violating Lebanon’s airpace 
Al-Akhbar News 7 May 2013 – The UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon has protested to Israel after it observed increased violations of Lebanese air space by Israel, which carried out raids in Syria to target what it claimed were Iranian missiles bound for Hezbollah. Intelligence sources said Israel on Friday and…

Syrian rebels kidnap UN peacekeepers in Golan 
Al-Akhbar News 7 May 2013 – A UN peacekeeper walks in the grounds of the UN headquarters, in the demilitarized United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) zone, near Qunetra on 7 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Menahem Kahana) Syrian rebels said on Tuesday they were holding four Filipino UN peacekeepers on the…

Hermel: A Welcoming Abode for the Refugees 
Al-Akhbar News 7 May 2013 – A Lebanese man walks on 23 April 2013 near a whole on the roof of a building after a rocket purportedly fired from neighboring Syria fell in the town of Hermel in eastern Lebanon. (Photo: AFP – STR) A Lebanese man walks on 23 April 2013…

Syria: Escalation in Khan al-Sheeh Palestinian Refugee Camp 
Al-Akhbar News 7 May 2013 – The three daughters of Omar Odeh, Palestinian refugees from the Yarmuk refugee camp in Damascus who fled Syria some two months ago, sit looking out of the window of their rented apartment in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on 16 April 2013. (Photo:…

Saudi Arabia executes 37th convict this year 
Al-Akhbar News 7 May 2013 – Saudi authorities beheaded by the sword on Tuesday a national convicted of murdering a woman after he tried to rape her, the interior ministry said. Hussam al-Sharari was found guilty of slitting the throat of the woman who resisted his attempts to rape her after he…

Shootings, bombings kill seven in Iraq 
Al-Akhbar News 7 May 2013 – Shootings and bombings in Iraq, including one targeting a provincial council member, killed seven people and wounded two others on Tuesday, security and medical officials said. A magnetic “sticky bomb” exploded against the car of Thanaa al-Massouli, a provincial councillor in the northern city of Mosul,…

Hariri’s Posse: Taking Care of Business and Politics 
Al-Akhbar Politics 6 May 2013 – Hariri lost a major security advisor when intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan was assassinated in October 2012. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Hariri lost a major security advisor when intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan was assassinated in October 2012. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Saad Hariri is hard-pressed to make a decision…

Russia and US agree Syria conference 
BBC 7 May 2013 – Russia and the US say they have agreed to work towards holding an international conference to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

UN peacekeepers seized in Golan 
BBC 7 May 2013 – Four Filipino UN peacekeepers are seized while patrolling the demilitarised area between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Israel ‘curbs settlement building’ 
BBC 7 May 2013 – Israel’s PM issues an unofficial order to stop approval of new plans or tenders for Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank, a pressure group says.

Trainer Al Zarooni fights racing ban 
BBC 7 May 2013 – Former Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni is to appeal against the length of his eight-year ban for doping racehorses.

Iran candidates start registering 
BBC 7 May 2013 – Iran begins registering candidates to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in its forthcoming presidential election.

Libyan minister retracts resignation 
BBC 7 May 2013 – Libya’s Defence Minister Mohammed al-Barghathi withdraws his offer to resign, after saying he was stepping down over the siege of two ministries.

Articles


When it comes to displacing Arabs, the Green Line does not exist 
Amjad Iraqi, +972 Magazine 5/7/2013
      The Prawer-Begin Plan is not the first time the state has displaced Bedouins in the Naqab (Negev). But it is a sign of how, 65 years after the state’s establishment, Israel still treats thousands of its Palestinian citizens no differently than those in the territories.
     On April 25, a bus carrying Bedouin residents of Al-Araqib drove from the Naqab (Negev) in Israel to the Palestinian village of Susiya in the West Bank. The people were meeting for the first time to watch a screening of a new film by Adalah (the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel), documenting the two villages’ stories of eviction and violence by Israeli authorities and Jewish civilians.
     Al-Araqib and Susiya epitomize the injustice experienced by thousands of Palestinian Arabs both inside Israel and the occupied West Bank. Although they live on opposite sides of the border, the two villages are targets of the same Israeli policy of forced displacement. The destruction of homes, police and settler violence, and denial of basic services are all employed by the state to drive these villagers off their land.
     Even in Israel proper, the legal structures that are supposed to defend Arab citizens from such discrimination are erased by the state’s belief that Arab rights can be violated at any time in order to maintain superior rights for Jews. Because of this ideology, the displacement of Palestinians is carried out with no regard for citizenship or human rights on either side of the border – as if the Green Line does not exist.
     The last week alone has shown that this practice is pervasive and continuing…. more.. e-mail

Israeli bombing of Syria and moral relativism 
Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian 5/6/2013
      No universally applied principle justifies the Israeli attack on Damascus. Only self-flattering tribalism does that.
     On Sunday, Israel dropped massive bombs near Damascus, ones which the New York Times, quoting residents, originally reported (then evidently deleted) resulted in explosions “more massive than anything the residents of the city. . . have witnessed during more than two years of war.” The Jerusalem Post this morning quoted “a senior Syrian military source” as claiming that “Israel used depleted uranium shells”, though that is not confirmed. The NYT cited a “high-ranking Syrian military official” who said the bombs “struck several critical military facilities in some of the country’s most tightly secured and strategic areas” and killed “dozens of elite troops stationed near the presidential palace”, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that “at least 42 soldiers were killed in the strikes, and another 100 who would usually be at the targeted sites remain unaccounted for.”
     Israeli defenders claim that its air attack targeted weapons provided by Iran that would have ended up in the hands of Hezbollah. Obama officials quickly told media outlets that “the administration is fully supportive of Israel’s airstrikes”. Indeed, Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy noted: “Keep in mind the Israelis are using weapons supplied by us.” There is, needless to say, virtually no condemnation of the Israeli assault in US media or political circles. At this point, the only question is how many minutes will elapse before Congress reflexively adopts a near-unanimous or unanimous resolution effusively praising Israel for the attack and unqualifiedly endorsing all past and future attacks as well.
     Because people who cheer for military action by their side like to pretend that they’re something more than primitive “might-makes-right” tribalists, the claim is being hauled out that Israel’s actions are justified by the “principle” that it has the right to defend itself from foreign weapons in the hands of hostile forces. But is that really a “principle” that anyone would apply consistently, as opposed to a typically concocted ad hoc claim to justify whatever the US and Israel do?…. more.. e-mail

The outcome of the Israeli threats against Gaza 
Dr Adnan Abu Amer, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 5/7/2013
      “the fast moving regional developments could prevent an Israeli military operation against Gaza”
     150 days after Israel’s last war on the Gaza Strip, security tension has resurfaced without warning. It comes amid preoccupation with pressing regional issues beginning with the enflamed Syria and Lebanon as it heads toward an eruption. Matters will not end with Iran, which will have to deal with the wreckage from the two countries. Following the recent launch of rockets on the coastal city of Eilat, Israel has responded with rocket-propelled grenades and threats against Hamas, warning them with the launch of a new war. Reasons for the threats
     Once the rockets were launched on Eilat, which borders three Arab countries: Egypt, Jordan and the Gaza Strip, Chief of Staff of the Israeli army, Benny Gantz warned that continued missile launches will force Tel Aviv to respond in different ways, and that it would not hesitate to carry out an operation similar to operation “Pillar of Defence”, indeed even more severe. Moreover, Amos Gilad, Chief of Political Security at the Defence Ministry, protested to Egypt for what he called a violation of the truce agreement, brokered by Egypt in November 2012.
     Israeli military officials acknowledge that the army is facing difficulties in Gaza that stem not only from the weakness of the intelligence, but mainly from the absence of the ability to deter the armed groups. They do not have addresses or bases that can be threatened by targeting them. The Israelis regard the missile strikes on Eilat as a “sign of the time”; an unstable period when deterrence, warnings, and the balance of mutual interests are not as valid as they were in the past.
     However, the majority of the Israeli threats and warnings to Gaza are due to the fact that the rockets launched at Eilat are considered a complex security challenge. They are for several reasons more problematic than the rockets launched at the Negev.more.. e-mail

Lapid’s war against the workers 
Yacov Ben Efrat, Challenge 5/1/2013
      Yair Lapid had hardly settled into his Knesset seat before the Finance Ministry declared war on the ultra-Orthodox, on the Histadrut, on the monopolies – in short, a world war. What the father Tommy began with Netanyahu in 2003, the well-disciplined son is completing ten years later, fulfilling his father’s directives. Tommy Lapid has passed away, but Netanyahu has received renewed strength to continue the process he began as finance minister in Ariel Sharon’s government. Netanyahu paid a heavy price when he lost the general elections to Ehud Olmert, but a man like Bibi doesn’t despair – especially when another Lapid arrives to restore his self-confidence.
     The “open skies” agreement (increasing foreign competition in the airlines industry) was the real test. Ynet and Army Radio, Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, Avigdor Lieberman’s trial, Nochi Dankner’s tribulations – they are all troublesome and cause us to despair. But Netanyahu and Lapid are promising us a break from such things via cheap flights abroad. They also promise cheap electricity, cheap phone calls, and cheap cars. When their world war ends, everything will be cheaper. All we need to do is privatize the Israeli economy and open it up to competition, and all will be smooth and efficient. Cheap things cost a fortune
     The problem is, cheap things are expensive. Netanyahu privatized the pension funds, and workers’ payments now flow straight into Dankner’s hands. He privatized the health services, and now reasonable health care and medicines are impossible to get without some kind of “complementary” private health insurance. He privatized welfare, and the number of those living in poverty grew. He privatized the dairy concern Tnuva and the price of cottage cheese rose. He also privatized Israel’s national shipping company Zim and handed it to the Ofer brothers, and since then it’s been suffering losses…. more.. e-mail

Wherefore by Their Friends ye Shall Know Them: Zionists vs UNSW BDS
Palestine Chronicle: 7 May 2013 – By Vacy Vlazna In Australia there are 30 Max Brenner shops providing funds for the Strauss Group that filter towards the maintenance of the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine. Another Brenner outlet is ‘coming soon’ to the campus of The University of New South Wales (UNSW), the site of the present Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) protest organised by Students for Justice in Palestine. Spin-doctors against the BDS action, present the issue as an unjustified anti-Semitic attack against an innocuous chocolate shop, however the Max Brenner company and its supporters have direct and indirect vested interests in the Zionist enterprise that brutally, to this day, has destroyed the political and human rights of the indigenous people of Palestine. Max Brenner is owned by the Strauss Group which, closely connected with the Israeli military and armament industry, provides care rations to the vicious Golani and Givati Brigades to sweeten their special moments’….more

‘Don’t Take Arabs’ NPT Membership for Granted’
Palestine Chronicle: 7 May 2013 – By Baher Kamal – Cairo Not that nuclear issues are an actual source of concern to Egyptian citizens. They are deeply worried about their present and immediate future now that inter-religious violence is on the rise, triggering a dangerous, growing insecurity amidst an overwhelming popular discontent with President Mohamed Morsi’s regime. Simply put, there is too much frustration and deception here to think of nukes. Nevertheless, it is also a fact that the governments of Arabs countries in general, and in the Gulf region in particular – following reported U.S. political pressures – have lately been expressing increasing fear of Iran’s nuclear programme and therefore focusing, again, on nukes. In fact, Bahrain’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ghanum Fadhel Al Buainain, and Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, told this journalist in Manama in March that their nation – as well as all other…more

Taking Freekeh Back
Palestine Chronicle: 7 May 2013 – By Rana Abdulla I want to tell you a story about freekeh. It’s a story that links the past and the present both for me and for the Palestinian people. The aroma of freekeh is embedded in our memories like a song in our hearts. Freekeh also pronounced “free-cheh” by peasants who harvest it; and urban Palestinians pronounce it “freekeh”, while a Palestinian in Gaza pronounces it “freekah”. The story of freekeh symbolizes a wider Palestinian cause and struggle, since it tells about what has come to be known as “food appropriation.” “Food appropriation” is the process by which Israelis have imitated Palestinian culinary culture, re-branding traditional Palestinian dishes as Israeli ‘new foods’ without giving any recognition to their origins. In treating freekeh as their own, Israelis have taken it over so to speak, and now some people even think that freekeh is an Israeli food, but this is not…more

Generation Palestine – A Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 7 May 2013 – Reviewed by Ludwig Watzal (Generation Palestine. Voices from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, edited by Rich Wiles, Pluto, London 2013, 242 pp. L 14.99.) “Generation Palestine” is about the Palestinian BDS campaign that tries to motivate companies and people around the world to boycott Israeli goods and withdraw investments as long as the Israeli government does not change its occupation policy, ends its violations of human rights of the Palestinian people and its disdain for international law. The Palestinian BDS is insofar unique because it is right-based. This peaceful political campaign enjoys ample international support among small segments of civil society, which the list of authors demonstrates: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ronnie Kasrils, Ken Loach, Iain Banks, Richard Falk, Ilan Pappe, Ghada Karmi and many others. All authors have a common concern that they think they can change the course of the Israeli government to give in to Palestinian demands….more

Speaking for the Boycotting, Divesting, and Sanctioning of Apartheid, Occupation, and Killing
Dissident Voice: 7 May 2013 – Generation Palestine: Voices from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (edited by Rich Wiles, Pluto, London 2013) is about the Palestinian BDS campaign that tries to motivate companies and people around the world to boycott Israeli goods and withdraw investments as long as the Israeli government does not change its occupation policy, ends its violations of human rights of the Palestinian people and its disdain for international law. The Palestinian BDS is unique because it is rights-based. This peaceful political campaign enjoys ample international support among segments of civil society, which the list of authors demonstrates: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ronnie Kasrils, Ken Loach, Iain Banks, Richard Falk, Ilan Pappe, Ghada Karmi and many others. All authors have a common concern that they think they can change the course of the Israeli government to give in to Palestinian demands. The unique model of Israeli Apartheid, colonisation, and military occupation that Israel…more


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