VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 10 May 2013

10 May 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Non-violent protester shot in head by Israeli troops; 4 others wounded
IMEMC – 21-year old Ibrahim Awad was shot in the head at close range by a plastic-coated steel bullet fired by Israeli forces at a protest in Beit Ummar, in the southern part of the West Bank. A journalist was wounded in Bil’in and three were injured by pepper spray in al-Walaja, near Bethlehem. …

PCHR Weekly Report: 11 Palestinian civilians, including 9-year old girl, wounded by Israeli troops
IMEMC – In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 02 – 08 May 2013, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that 4 Palestinian civilians were wounded during incursions in the West Bank. Another 4 were wounded while Israeli forces protected settlers attacking Palestinian civilians. 3 protesters, including a woman and a 9-year old girl, were wounded during peaceful protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities. …

Israel Demolishes Al-Araqeeb Village In The Negev
IMEMC – Thursday May 9 2013, for the fiftieth time in two years, the Israeli Authorities demolished the Bedouin Arab village of Al-Araqeeb, in the Negev, displacing dozens of families as part of the so-called “Negev Development Plan” that aims at building shopping centers and Jewish communities. … 

Palestinians Protest Confiscation Of Cremisan Monastery Lands In Beit Jala
IMEMC – On Thursday evening, hundreds of Palestinians held a protest against Israeli illegal confiscation of their lands, including lands that belong to the Cremisan Monastery, in Beit Jala city, in the Bethlehem district. …

Ma’an News

Witnesses: Settlers open fire in Hebron village
5/10/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers raided a village near Hebron on Thursday night and opened fire at Palestinian homes, witnesses said. Settlers entered Beit Einun village and shot live bullets at Palestinian homes. They raided Jihad al-Jabari’s home, damaging windows and terrifying his family, locals told Ma’an. [END]

Settlers uproot dozens of olive trees in Hebron village
5/10/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Friday uprooted dozens of olive trees in a village in the southern West Bank. Residents of Maon settlement uprooted around 70 trees in al-Tawani village, east of Yatta, said Rateb al-Jbour, the Hebron popular committee coordinator. The trees belonged to Khader al-Amour and Kayed al-Amour, al-Jbour told Ma….

Palestinian ‘shot in head’ in clashes with Israeli troops
5/10/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Friday shot a Palestinian man in the head with a plastic-coated bullet during clashes near Hebron in the southern West Bank, a local official said. Ibrahim Awad, 21, was hit in the head when clashes broke out after prayers in Beit Ummar, popular committee spokesman Yousef Abu Maria….

14 injured in Silwad clashes
5/10/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fourteen people were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, and dozens more suffered tear-gas inhalation in clashes in Silwad northeast of Ramallah, medics said. Asif Hami, 17, was hit twice in the head and suffered severe bleeding. Clashes broke out after Israeli forces closed the main entrance of the village and prevented….

2 Israeli soldiers wounded near Hebron
5/10/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Two Israeli soldiers were wounded in clashes with Palestinians at al-Arrub refugee camp north of Hebron, locals said Friday. One soldier was hit with a rock the other with a glass bottle, and both in the head. Soldiers fired tear gas randomly at people and houses, locals said. [END]

Syria will ‘respond immediately’ to any Israeli strike
5/10/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria has threatened an immediate response to any new Israeli strike, as its militant ally Hezbollah said Damascus would provide “game-changing” weapons despite two reported attacks on military sites. Damascus also welcomed a US-Russian initiative to find a political solution to end the two-year-old civil war, while balking at Washington’s demand….

PA: Qaradawi passport ‘fake’
5/10/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an)– The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Interior has put out a notice informing countries that recognize Palestine that cleric Yousef al-Qaradawi holds a “fake” Palestinian passport. In a letter, the ministry called on all countries to take legal action to seize the passport if it is used contrary to international law, the…. Related: Qaradawi urges Palestinian resistance to ‘hold onto arms’

Arrests mar landmark Jerusalem women’s prayers
5/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) – Jerusalem police were on Friday holding five ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who tried to disrupt landmark prayers by women Jewish activists at the Western Wall plaza in the Holy City. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP that 1,000 ultra-Orthodox men were kept away from a large group of “Women of the Wall” activists conducting….

Qatada ‘to return to Jordan if it backs torture pact’
5/10/2013 – LONDON (AFP) — Bethlehem-born cleric Abu Qatada will voluntarily return to Jordan if a treaty with Britain that forbids the use of evidence obtained by torture in legal cases is ratified by the Jordanian parliament, his lawyer said on Friday. Lawyer Edward Fitzgerald gave the pledge at Britain’s Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) in….

Qaradawi urges Palestinian resistance to ‘hold onto arms’
5/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) –Influential Muslim cleric Yousuf al-Qaradawi on Friday called on the Palestinian resistance to hold onto its arms in a sermon at a Gaza City mosque.”I advise all the people of Gaza to be patient and continue to build their country, and continue resistance,” the sheikh told worshipers at al-Omari…. Related: PA: Qaradawi passport ‘fake’

Fire breaks out in Gaza prison
5/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A fire broke out at Gaza City’s Central Prison on Friday, causing no injuries, a civil defense spokesman said. Mohammad al-Maydneh told Ma’an that civil defense forces managed to control the blaze, which was caused by a heater. The Ministry of Interior in Gaza said the….

3-year-old drowns in well in Ramallah
5/10/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A 3-year-old died on Friday after drowning in a well, medics said. Shatha Atia fell into the 7-meter well on Thursday and was moved to hospital in critical condition. She fell into a tight hole and no one could pull her out, witnesses said. [END]

3 injured in Bethlehem car accident
5/10/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Three Palestinians were injured on Friday in a car accident in Bethlehem, medical officials said. A five-car collision injured the passengers, a spokesman for the emergency services said. [END]

Libya govt reshuffle imminent amid militia standoff
5/10/2013 – TRIPOLI, Libya (AFP) — Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan announced on Wednesday a cabinet reshuffle “in the coming days,” against the backdrop of the country’s latest political crisis, sparked by former rebels besieging two ministries.” There will no doubt be a ministerial reshuffle in the coming days,” he told a press conference. The announcement….

UN rights chief: Syria massacres must spur world action
5/10/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Friday called for urgent international action to halt the bloodshed in Syria following reports of recent massacres carried out by Syrian troops and their allies. Several reported mass killings in and around the Mediterranean Syrian city of Banias “should spur the international community to act to….

Military: Syria army warns civilians to leave Qusayr
5/10/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syria’s army has warned citizens to evacuate the town of Qusayr ahead of an attack, a military source said on Friday, but an activist denied that and said there was no safe route out.” Leaflets were dropped over Qusayr asking civilians to leave the city, with a map of a safe….

Putin, Cameron probe for Syria solution amid missile row
5/10/2013 – MOSCOW (AFP) –British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday sought to forge a joint approach to the crisis in Syria, as a row over Moscow’s weapons deliveries to Damascus showed up the divisions between the Kremlin and the West. Cameron’s rare call on Putin at his….

Prominent Egypt youth activist jailed
5/10/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s security forces on Friday detained the founder of one of the key youth movements behind the 2011 uprising that toppled the former regime upon his arrival at Cairo Airport from Vienna, a security official said. Ahmed Maher of the April 6 movement was arrested at the airport “based on the….

Palestine News Network

Israeli Soldiers, Palestinian Protestors Clash in Walaja
Palestine News Network

Jordanian Prisoners in Israel Continue Hunger Strike
Palestine News Network

Jenin: Israel Abducts Three Brothers, Detains Fourth in a Settlement
Palestine News Network

Israeli Source: Palestinian-Israeli Negotiations to Resume in June
Palestine News Network

PA, US Condemn Plans for 296 Settlement Units in Beit El
Palestine News Network

US Supports UNRWA’s Emergency Work With Palestine Refugees from Syria
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Negotiations Tactics
Palestine News Network

EUPOL COPPS and PCP Participate in EU Day in Ramallah
Palestine News Network

Settlers Uproot 70 Olive Trees, Expand Settlement in Hebron
Palestine News Network

Report: Israeli Occupation Authorities Escalate Their Attacks on Palestinians in Jerusalem during April
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Nakba: Women’s Perpective
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 – 08 May 2013)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Qabalan and Talfit show their lives under occupation
5/10/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 9th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Talfit and Qalaban, Occupied Palestine – Israeli occupation  has created different problems for Talfit and Qabalan. Talfit is proud of its history and wants to protect it from Israeli army night incursion that seeks to appropriate it, as Qalaban struggles to provide water to its population. Talfit is a village….

Residents of Deir Jreer and Silwad resist occupation and settlement expansion
5/10/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 10th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Deir Jreer and Silwad , Occupied Palestine, By Team Ramallah – At around 9 am today, 150 Palestinians, accompanied by International activists, went to Deir Jreer lands to construct a new road so that local farmers could reach their lands more easily. Two bulldozers flattened the path from the nearest road….

Resistance still strong in Nabi Saleh – video and photo essay
5/10/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 11th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine, By Team Khalil – Resistance to occupation stays strong in Nabi Saleh – Friday 10th May saw confrontation between peaceful protesters and soldiers and Israeli military incursion into the village, sparking fires from excessive firing of tear gas. Women lead the demonstration 10th May Friday demonstration….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Statement by the spokesperson of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on recent developments in East Jerusalem and the West Bank
Relief Web 10 May 2013 – Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory Brussels, 10 May 2013 A 249/12 The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:…

World: [Video] Health care in danger: The human cost
Relief Web 10 May 2013 – Source: ICRC Country: Afghanistan, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, World The law says hospitals, ambulances and health-care workers must be protected and should never be targeted as they carry out their regular duties. This is often far…

World: Les soins de santé en danger : le coût humain (video) 
Relief Web 10 May 2013 – Source: ICRC Country: Afghanistan, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, World Le droit prévoit que les hôpitaux, les ambulances et les personnels de santé doivent être protégés et ne jamais être pris pour cible dans l’accomplissement de leur…

The National

Turkey calls for US to enforce Syria no-fly zone
The National 10 May 2013 – Red lines have been crossed, says Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Saudi reports two more cases of new coronavirus
The National 10 May 2013 – Medical investigators travel to city of Hofuf, where nearly half of infections reported so far have occurred.

Pakistani Christians register with Islamic party
The National 10 May 2013 – Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam woos minority despite hard line on blasphemy laws and constitutional rights.

Bangladesh rescuers find woman alive 17 days after building collapse
The National 10 May 2013 – Dried food and bottles of water enabled seamstress to survive in basement of building.

UAE the latest leg in Filipino’s charity run around the planet
The National 10 May 2013 – An ultra-marathon runner landed in the UAE yesterday to continue his quest to become the first Filipino to run around the world. Should Cesar Guarin complete the task at hand, he will cover a total of 42,000km across 47 countries in about 920 days.

Maids compete for Miss KKB title
The National 10 May 2013 – A charity that looks after the welfare of Filipino workers in the UAE organised a beauty contest yesterday. Eleven domestic workers showed off their skills – from dancing to singing to reciting monologues – in order to walk away with the title of Miss Kabayan Kapit Basig 2013.

Scholarships that open doors to careers
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University moves to Dh200m campus and opens schools
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Ha’aretz

An Israeli industrial park is a wild West Bank for labor rights
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2013

Netanyahu to meet with Putin in Moscow, discuss Russian arms sales to Syria
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2013

Lapid: People protesting Israel’s new budget are demonstrating against themselves
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2013

Russia says no new plan to sell air defense systems to Syria
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2013

Israelis much more confident in Obama than Palestinians, poll finds
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2013

Hagel: U.S. strategy is to reinforce Israel, Mideast allies
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2013

Knesset finance committee chair questioned over vote-buying in Habayit Hayehudi primaries
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2013

Land of King David gets a new lease on life
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2013

LIVE BLOG: Thousands of ultra-Orthodox protesting Women of the Wall prayer service in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2013

Reform, Conservative leaders urge probe into roles of rabbis in Kotel clashes
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2013

Protesters hurl rocks in clashes over Women of the Wall prayer service at Kotel
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2013

Tel Aviv to aid young Anglos in battle for apartments
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2013

Cherie Blair, a self-made woman
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2013

Jerusalem Post

‘There is ‘strong evidence’ of Syrian chemical weapons use’
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry says in a Google+ chat that he believes there is a good chance Assad has used chemical weapons. He calls on the utilization of talks and taking a diplomatic approach to the problem. 

Stephen Hawking endorses Iranian, Chinese repression
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – Prior to the cancelation of his academic talk in Israel, it might have been argued that his visits to Iran and China reflected not support for the regimes but rather a neutral approach to academics. 

London Jewish Museum to host Winehouse exhibit
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – Jewish British singer to be commemorated in exhibition of photos and personal belongings in her beloved Camden. 

Lapid: I’ll get economy out of the mud sooner than expected
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – Finance Minister vows to recover economy quickly, says Israeli middle class “can’t afford for economy to collapse”; insists middle class is protesting against itself when objecting to tax hikes and budget cuts. 

‘Palestinian hit in the head with rubber bullet’
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – Palestinian media report 21-year-old Ibrahim Awad was hit during clashes with IDF near Hebron; IDF checking the claims. 

Russia: No plans to sell S-300 missile to Syria
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denies his country has any plans to sell air defense weapons to Assad. 

Spire completed on One World Trade Center in NYC
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – Nearly 12 years after two hijacked planes flew into the Twin Towers, work is completed on One World Trade Center. 

Analysis: Former PM Olmert and his wayward brother
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – The impact of Yossi Olmert’s testimony in the Holyland trial. 

Chaos benefits Syria oil smugglers
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – Tribes, smugglers in Syria’s east exploit chaos of war. 

Jewish Boy Scouts of America support gay rights
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – In a meeting of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting, members overwhelmingly in favor of lifting ban on gays in group. 

Western Wall Rabbi to ‘Post’: I’m hurting and crying
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – Rabinowitz accuses WoW of “forcing their opinions on others.” 

‘El Salvador, PA establish diplomatic ties’
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – Move comes after recent upgrade of ties with Denmark, Finland; Palestinian FM Riad Maliki set to sign agreement with Honduras. 

Regina Spektor to return for encore Israel concert
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – Jewish Russian-born, New York-based folk singer-songwriter to play August concert at ancient Roman Caesarea Amphitheater. 

Filipino FM: Our peacekeepers should leave Golan
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – UN relocates peacekeepers after rebels kidnap Filipino members of force; assures UN will maintain presence along Syrian border. 

Haredim heckle and harass Women of the Wall during prayer
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – Protesters throw garbage, spit at, insult female worshipers. 

Bennett advises IDF: Fight back in W. Bank
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – Naftali Bennett says he intends to submit plan for response to Judea and Samaria attacks to Defense Ministry. 

Generation Sinai
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – Thousands of parents and children at Jewish days schools on six continents to study Torah simultaneously. 

NGO: Decrease in child allotments will hurt Arabs
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – Yesh Atid MK Lipman tells ‘Post’ that Lapid budget will help haredim and Arabs with programs to help them join workforce. 

Hakol Chai creates humane education program for Arab sector
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – NGO project aims to prevent children’s violent behavior toward animals. 

Hagel: US strategy is to reinforce Israel, allies
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2013 – Defense secretary says strong US ties with Egypt good for Israel; maintained Obama’s caution regarding Syria intervention. 

‘Church backs off denial of Jewish right to Israel’
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2013 – After Church of Scotland paper rejecting Jewish claims to Israel stirs uproar, church agrees to reword it, ‘Guardian’ reports. 

After Syria attack, Assad seeks Hezbollah support
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2013 – Analysis: Syrian leader says he may pass more advanced weapons to Lebanese group – a move Nasrallah welcomes, and that could change the region’s strategic balance. 

Labor MKs: Shelly should’ve taken Finance portfolio
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2013 – Amid storm over Lapid’s budget, Labor MKs say it was a mistake not to have seriously considered Netanyahu’s offer to join gov’t. 

Danon vows: Israel won’t freeze settlement building
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2013 – At Moskowitz Prize ceremony, deputy defense min. says “stopping building does not result in peace and we will continue to build.” 

Jewish World: The changing American Jew
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2013 – Director of the UJA-Federation of New York’s Commission on the Jewish People, talks about the evolving federation world. 

Rebut or retract: A public challenge to Dershowitz
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2013 – Alan Dershowitz’s response to his derisive reception at ‘Post’ conference in New York late underscores bankruptcy of “The Case for Two States”. 

My Word: The China conundrum
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2013 – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu encounters doubled headed beast this week on his official visit to the People’s Republic of China. 

The Guardian

Letters: Stephen Hawking, free speech and Israeli democracy
The Guardian 10 May 2013 – Stephen Hawking is berated for traducing the spirit of free speech and liberty by boycotting Israel’s upcoming presidential conference ( Hawking boycotts conference in Israel , 9 May). According to the conference organiser, Israel Maimon: “Israel is a…

Noam Chomsky helped lobby Stephen Hawking to stage Israel boycott
The Guardian 10 May 2013 – US professor Noam Chomsky expressed regret at Hawking’s initial acceptance of invitation to speak at conference in Israel Noam Chomsky was among 20 academics who privately lobbied Professor Stephen Hawking to boycott a major Israeli conference,…

Jerusalem’s Western Wall protests over equality – video
The Guardian 10 May 2013 – Demonstrations against Women of the Wall who practise traditionally men-only customs

Syria crisis: Cameron in talks with Putin
The Guardian 10 May 2013 – Syria is set to be the main subject for discussions today between David Cameron and Vladimir Putin as the question of Bashar al-Assad’s future continues to divide world leaders Matthew Weaver Guardian readers

Inter Press Service

Israeli Attacks on Syria Escape Security Council Scrutiny
IPS Critics argue that the silence of the Security Council constitutes an international green light to Israel to continue with its new policy and military aggression against Syria. Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Israel, which has launched three air strikes inside Syria since January this year, has escaped scrutiny or condemnation by…

Egypt’s Political Instability Taking Toll on Its Economy
IPS Egyptians queue for subsidised bread amid steadily rising commodity prices. Credit: Khaled Moussa al-Omrani/IPS Regardless of who is responsible for Egypt’s current political impasse – be it the administration of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi or an aggressive secular opposition – local experts are certain of at least one fact: Egypt’s…

Uruknet

Statement in support of Professor Richard Falk
Uruknet

Iran, Qatar Stress Deepening of Cultural Ties
Uruknet

Egyptian Prisoners Languish In Israeli Jails
Uruknet

The Pain of Bangladesh: T-shirts Made with Blood and Tears
Uruknet

Legacy of European Colonialism Liberating Women With Bombs and Bags of Cash
Uruknet

ACLU Obtains Documents Showing FBI Doesn’t Always Get Warrants Before Reading Emails
Uruknet

Where now for Egypt?
Uruknet

US Asked Moderate Syrian Rebels to Fight Al-Nusra
Uruknet

Expanding the Legal Paradigm for Palestine: An International Law Conference at Birzeit University
Uruknet

Syrian rebels react coolly to Russian-US proposal for peace conference
Uruknet

Daily Star

Prospects for women athletes in Gulf improve as Kuwait launches leagues
Daily Star 10 May 2013 Muneera al-Shatti has loved playing basketball since she was a child but it wasn’t until Thursday that she had the chance to show off her skills at a public arena in Kuwait.

JABAL: Young and emerging artists occupy Beirut hotel
Daily Star 10 May 2013 JABAL has transformed a section of Le Gray Hotel into an art venue.

YNet News

Spacewalk planned to fix space station leak
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Kerry: Conclusive evidence that Assad used chemical weapons
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Chomsky urged Hawking to reject Presidential Conference
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Rival proposals to sanction Syria al-Nusra rebels
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Turkey: Tests on Syrians show signs of chemical weapons 
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Unpopular, yet responsible 
YNet News, 10 May 2013 – Op-ed: Lapid paying price for illusion that deficit can be overcome just by cutting back on haredi stipends ….

After months of deadlock, diplomacy gets another chance in Syria
YNet News, 9 May 2013 – Analysis: Russia’s push for Syrian peace talks attempt to block US intervention in civil war ….

Hundreds protest against proposed budget
YNet News, 9 May 2013 – Protesters rally in front of finance minister’s Tel Aviv residence, cry out against expected cuts, tax hikes ….

Nasrallah vows to ‘free occupied Syrian Golan’
YNet News, 9 May 2013 – Hezbollah chief says Syria’s retaliation to alleged Israeli strikes in Damascus will come in form or arming Shiite group, which will ‘free occupied Syrian Golan, retaliate future Israeli strikes ….

American media museum honors Hamas cameramen
YNet News, 9 May 2013 – Washington based Newseum to add names of two cameramen, labeled terrorists, killed by IAF strike in Gaza operation, to memorial wall ….

UN report: Israel strangles east Jerusalem’s development
YNet News, 9 May 2013 – Non-Jews are third of city’s population, but enjoy only 7% of municipal spending, report says; 77% live below poverty line, compared to 25% of Jews ….

Syria: We’ll respond immediately, harshly to future Israeli attacks
YNet News, 9 May 2013 – Syrian deputy foreign minister says order was given to promptly respond to ‘new Israeli aggression,’ denies weapons targetted were meant for Hezbollah ….

Palestine Information Center

Mass rallies in Egypt in support of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa
PIC – Egyptian governorates on Friday have witnessed mass rallies in support of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque; called for by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Al-Qaradawi urges Palestinians to continue resistance
PIC – The head of the International Association of Muslim Scholars, Sheikh Yousuf al-Qaradawi called on the Palestinian resistance to hold onto its arms, during Friday sermon at Gaza City mosque. 

Israel to build a military academy in Jerusalem, within a year
PIC – Israel’s deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon of the Likud Party told Israeli Army Radio that his ministry is determined to construct a military academy in East Jerusalem, within one year.

Ahrar: Health condition of prisoner Awadallah Eshtayeh deteriorates
PIC – Ahrar Center for Prisoners’ Studies called on international and human rights organizations to intervene to release the prisoner Awadallah Jamil Eshtayeh, 47, following the deterioration in his health.

Israeli escalation in al-Aqsa mosque
PIC – Palestinian political and religious figures have warned of the Israeli escalated violations in al-Aqsa mosque.

Muslim scholars delegation to Gaza supports right of return, prisoners and Aqsa
PIC – The Muslim scholars delegation to Gaza strip has called, during a conference in support of prisoners and al-Aqsa issues on Thursday, to unite Arab and Islamic efforts for the liberation of al-Aqsa.

Al-Wafaa campaign organizes first aid convoy to Palestinians in Syria camps
PIC – European al-Wafaa campaign announced it will send the first aid convoy to the Palestinians in the refugee camps inside the Syrian territories early next week.

Egyptian MP calls for supporting Palestinian resistance
PIC – The Egyptian member of the Shura Council, Sheikh Safwat Abdel Ghani, called on the Arab and Islamic world to support Palestinian resistance against the occupier.

Al-Resheq denies tension between Hamas and Qatar
PIC – Member of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Izzat al-Resheq, denied tension between Hamas and Qatar over the movement’s rejection of the Arab modified initiative as it was claimed in some media sources.

PA security forces continue political arrests in West Bank
PIC – PA security forces have escalated political arrests against Hamas supporters in the West Bank, where 9 of the movement’s supporters were arrested while 2 others were summoned..

Misc

Sword of division is poised over Iraq
LA Times 10 May 2013 – Polarized political leaders openly discuss the threat of more bloodshed between Sunnis and Shiites and the eventual breakup of the country. BAGHDAD — Less than a year and a half after the last U.S. troops left, Iraq’s political leaders are openly debating the prospect of…

U.S. reassures Syria rebels about its stance on Assad
LA Times 9 May 2013 – Syrian President Bashar Assad must go, even if his government is included in peace talks envisioned in a U.S.-Russia plan, Secretary of State John Kerry says. BEIRUT — The new U.S.-Russia peace initiative for Syria will inevitably lead to the departure of President Bashar Assad,…

Tunisian man charged in terrorist case
LA Times 9 May 2013 – Ahmed Abassi, arrested last month in New York, is said to have radicalized one of two men accused of plotting to derail a passenger train in Canada. NEW YORK — A Tunisian citizen who prosecutors say radicalized one of the men accused of plotting to…

World Briefing | Europe: Militant Cleric May Head to Jordan
New York Times 10 May 2013 – After battling Britain’s courts to avoid deportation, a militant Islamist preacher said he will fly home to Jordan if a treaty regarding torture is ratified. 

3 Ultra-Orthodox Men Arrested at Western Wall
New York Times 10 May 2013 – Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews joined a protest at the Jerusalem holy site, creating a standoff with a group of women praying there in garments traditionally worn by men. 

U.N. Rights Chief Urges Faster Action to End Fighting in Syria
New York Times 10 May 2013 – Navi Pillay, the high commissioner for human rights, said she feared that international outrage had been numbed by two years of conflict. 

The Lede: Egyptian Activist Ahmed Maher Is Detained for ‘Inciting Protests’ Against Morsi Government
New York Times 10 May 2013 – Ahmed Maher, founder of the April 6 Youth Movement group, was arrested at the airport in Cairo after his trip to the United States. The Egyptian authorities are accusing him of vandalism and destruction in connection with the group’s underwear-waving demonstration two months ago. 

The Lede: Blogger Emerges From Hiding After Fleeing Bahrain
New York Times 10 May 2013 – A prominent blogger, Ali Abdulemam, who had been sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison for his activism in Bahrain, has fled the country by hiding in a compartment in a car 

JVP supports San Francisco bus advertising campaign
Jewish Voice for Peace – Jewish Voice for Peace supports SF bus campaign criticizing Israeli human rights violations, condemns local Jewish Community Relation Council’s attempt to muzzle political speech. JVP asks: Why is it acceptable for high-ranking Israeli officials and human rights experts to refer to Israeli “apartheid”, but “morally reprehensible”…

On Monday, NYC-area students will bring national Divestment Action Day to TIAA-CREF headquarters
Mondoweiss – On May 13th, 2 days before Palestinians around the world  commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Nakba , students from Columbia, NYU, Brooklyn College, CUNY Schools, Hunter, and Rutgers and the We Divest national campaign will be kicking off a national Divestment Action Day demanding TIAA-CREF divest…

Say ‘thanks’ to Stephen Hawking
Mondoweiss – If you want to express your appreciation to Stephen Hawking for his courageous gesture, there’s a petition here . It reads: To: Stephen Hawking Thank you for supporting the international call to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, and adherence to the Academic Boycott of the Israeli Occupation of…

‘Newseum’ comes under pressure from Israel supporters for honoring Palestinian journalists killed in Gaza
Mondoweiss – On May 13th, the Newseum in Washington, DC will be holding an event to honor “newspeople who died or were killed in the pursuit of news” in the past year. Among the 84 journalists who died are Mahmoud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama who were killed in…

Jerusalem Day response – ‘the only statement we make on Jerusalem Day is our thanks for the freedom to live and pray in our holiest city’
Mondoweiss – Marissa Young, third from the left wearing an Israeli flag on her back, in front of the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City for Jerusalem Day, May, 8 2013. (Allison Deger/Mondoweiss) Editor’s Note: Marissa Young sent us the following response to Allison Deger’s report  Jerusalem…

Dershowitz calls Hawking an ‘ignoramus,’ a ‘lemming,’ and likely an anti-Semite
Mondoweiss – Last night at the City University of New York, Alan Dershowitz attacked the British physicist Stephen Hawking for cancelling a visit to Israel in protest of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Dershowitz called Hawking an “ignoramus” and suggested he’s anti-Semitic, then said he is just another “lemming”…

The Day Women of Wall Gained Legitimacy in Jewish World 
The Foward Breaking News 10 May 2013 – The Women of the Wall left the site feeling elated. Two human chains of policemen opened paths on the left and on the right, surrounded by an ocean of Haredi men and women. Click here for the rest of the article…

‘Hacktivists’ Occupy Israeli Liquor Website 
The Foward Breaking News 10 May 2013 – If you’re trying to buy liquor online in Israel, perhaps hold off for a bit. The website of “The Minister of Drinks,” the largest liquor distributor in Israel, has been hacked by the Sudan Electronic Army. The site now plays an Arabic song about Al-Quds, the…

Syria and Hezbollah Threaten To Turn Golan Heights Into ‘Resistance Front’ 
The Foward Breaking News 10 May 2013 – Threats from Damascus and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah to turn the Golan Heights into a “resistance front” against Israel could end nearly four decades of calm across the increasingly tense ceasefire line separating Israeli and Syrian forces. Click here for the rest of the article…

Calls To Destroy Israel Heard at Muslim Brotherhood Rally in Cairo 
The Foward Breaking News 10 May 2013 – Calls for Israel’s destruction were heard in Cairo at the first anti-Israel rally organized by the Muslim Brotherhood since the movement’s candidate was elected president. Click here for the rest of the article…

Women and Orthodox Waver Over Plan for Egalitarian Prayer at Western Wall 
The Forward New 10 May 2013 – Women’s activists and the Western Wall’s Orthodox rabbi had first accepted then dismissed a plan to allow egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall. Now they are on board. Why? Click here for the rest of the article…

Kenya: Israel Celebrates 65 Years of Independence 
allAfrica.com 9 May 2013 – [The Star]It was definitely a change from the norm as the Israel community in Kenya celebrated 65 years of independence on Tuesday night. The cocktail also served to mark 50 years of Israeli-Kenya relations.

Palestine: Remembering Al-Nakba 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 10 May 2013 – Join the Rachel Corrie Foundation at Sylvester Park (corner of Capitol and Legion St.) in Olympia, Monday, May 13th from 11AM-2PM for Palestine: Remembering Al-Nakba, an installation of over 100 small tents inscribed with the names and details of Palestinian villages destroyed in 1948. The visiting…

Turkey says Syria used chemical arms 
BBC 10 May 2013 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has evidence that Syria has used chemical weapons in the fight against rebel forces.

Egypt detains leading youth activist 
BBC 10 May 2013 – Egyptian security forces detain prominent youth activist Ahmed Maher on suspicion of inciting an anti-government protest in March.

Arrests in Western Wall protests 
BBC 10 May 2013 – Three men are arrested as hundreds of ultra-Orthodox protesters try to prevent a group of women from praying at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

Abu Qatada ‘would return to Jordan’ 
BBC 10 May 2013 – Radical cleric Abu Qatada will voluntarily return to Jordan if its government ratifies a treaty drawn up with the UK government, his lawyer tells a court.

Cyprus Crisis Sparks Lebanese Bank Anxiety 
Al-Akhbar News 10 May 2013 – A picture taken on 12 April 2013 shows a man reading a copy of the Cyprus Mail newspaper in the capital Nicosia. (Photo: AFP – Patrick Baz) A picture taken on 12 April 2013 shows a man reading a copy of the Cyprus Mail newspaper in…

Lebanon: Orthodox Law Halves the Future Movement Bloc 
Al-Akhbar News 10 May 2013 – If parliament passes the Orthodox electoral bill, Sunni domination of the vote will be a thing of the past. Future supporters would inevitably see their number of MPs shrink, even within the Sunni community. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) If parliament passes the Orthodox electoral bill, Sunni domination of…

Bahrain opposition blogger reappears after two years in hiding 
Al-Akhbar News 10 May 2013 – A prominent Bahraini opposition blogger who went into hiding in 2011 to escape from accusations of terrorism has reemerged in the United Kingdom, media reported Friday. In an interview with al-Jazeera , Ali Abdulemam, who founded the popular opposition site BahrainOnline.org, revealed that he decided to go…

Attacks target two police stations in Libya 
Al-Akhbar News 10 May 2013 – Members of the Libyan security forces and civilians check one of the two police stations that were attacked on 10 May 2013 in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. (Photo: AFP – Abdullah Doma) Bomb attacks targeted two police stations in the eastern Libyan city of…

Lebanon’s Armed Forces on the Edge of Paralysis 
Al-Akhbar News 10 May 2013 – Lebanese army soldiers arrest a suspect as they patrol a street in the northern coastal city of Tripoli during clashes between pro- and anti-Syrian regime local gunmen on 22 March 2013. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) Lebanese army soldiers arrest a suspect as they patrol a…

Syria will respond to future Israeli strikes, official says 
Al-Akhbar News 10 May 2013 – Rebel fighters of the Syrian Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) talk as they hold a position in the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood on the Syrian city of Aleppo on 9 May 2013. (Photo: AFP) Syria said Thursday that it would immediately respond to any new Israeli strike,…

Damascus Ready to Normalize Relations with Cairo: Time is on Our Side 
Al-Akhbar Politics 9 May 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attend the “Friends of Syria” meeting on 20 April 2013 in Istanbul. (Photo: AFP – Hakan Goktepe) US Secretary of State John Kerry Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel…

In One Week: 13 Attacks by Settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank 
Al-Haq 10 May 2013 – Ad: How To Win Any Election (kit – A Complete Guide To Winning Elections – 5 Ebooks And Sample Documents, Including A 178 Page Elections Guide That Shows Everything You Need To Know To Win Your Next Election!

Turkey says Syria used chemical arms 
BBC 10 May 2013 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has evidence that Syria has used chemical weapons in the fight against rebel forces.

Egypt detains leading youth activist 
BBC 10 May 2013 – Egyptian security forces detain prominent youth activist Ahmed Maher on suspicion of inciting an anti-government protest in March.

Activist blogger flees Bahrain 
BBC 10 May 2013 – A prominent activist known as the “Bahraini Blogger”, has been smuggled out of Bahrain and taken refuge in the UK, the BBC learns.

Philippines eyes Golan UN withdrawal 
BBC 10 May 2013 – The Philippines’ foreign minister says he wants to withdraw peacekeepers from the UN force in the Golan Heights after a series of abductions by rebels.

Arrests in Western Wall protests 
BBC 10 May 2013 – Three men are arrested as hundreds of ultra-Orthodox protesters try to prevent a group of women from praying at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

Articles


Missing from the Arab peace plan – an Israeli partner 
Jonathan Cook, Israeli Occupation Archive 5/10/2013
      Washington’s reputation as an “honest broker” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in tatters after four years of indulging Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s intransigence. The Obama administration desperately needs to resurrect a credible peace process.
     Faced with a diplomatic impasse between Israel and the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas, John Kerry, the US secretary of state, seized his chance earlier this month. He extracted from the Arab League an agreement to dust off a decade-old regional plan, the Arab Peace Initiative, declaring the move “a very big step forward”.
     Unveiled by Saudi Arabia in 2002, the plan promises Israel normal relations with the whole of the Arab world in return for its acceptance of a Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders, or 22 per cent of historic Palestine.
     The new Arab overture, like its antecedent, has raised barely a flicker of interest from Israel. Tzipi Livni, Washington’s sole ally in Mr Netanyahu’s cabinet, predictably lost no time in praising the plan. But the prime minister himself has studiously avoided mentioning it, leaving his aides to dismiss the initiative as a “trick” designed to ensnare Israel in injurious peace talks.
     His oblique response serves as a rejoinder to one of the conflict’s most enduring myths. Even before Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza in 1967, it presented itself as eager for acceptance from the Arab states. This fiction, which continues to shape western perceptions, rests on two pillars.
     The first assumes Israeli fervour to engage diplomatically with the Arab world. Or, as Israel’s then-defence minister Moshe Dayan famously told the BBC just days after the end of the Six Day War: “We are awaiting the Arabs’ phone call.” more.. e-mail

Noam Chomsky helped lobby Stephen Hawking to stage Israel boycott 
Robert Booth And Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian, Israeli Occupation Archive 5/10/2013
      Noam Chomsky was among 20 academics who privately lobbied Professor Stephen Hawking to boycott a major Israeli conference, it has emerged.
     Chomsky, a US professor and well-known supporter of the Palestinian cause, joined British academics from the universities of Cambridge, London, Leeds, Southampton, Warwick, Newcastle, York and the Open University to tell Hawking they were “surprised and deeply disappointed” that he had accepted the invitation to speak at next month’s presidential conference in Jerusalem, which will chaired by Shimon Peres and attended by Tony Blair and Bill Clinton.
     Hawking pulled out this week in protest at Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, in the wake of receiving the letter and soundings from Palestinian colleagues. The 71-year-old theoretical physicist’s decision has been warmly welcomed by Palestinian academics, with one describing it as “of cosmic proportions”, but was attacked in Israel.
     On Friday the liberal academic David Newman, dean of the faculty of humanities and social sciences at Ben Gurion University in Israel, warned that an academic boycott “just destroys one of the very few spaces left where Israelis and Palestinians actually do come together”.
     Chomsky, who has backed “boycott and divestment of firms that are carrying out operations in the occupied territories”, agreed to add his considerable weight to the pressure on Hawking after email correspondence with the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine campaign group (Bricup), said its chair, Jonathan Rosenhead. — See also: Source: The Guardian more.. e-mail

It’s all about appeasing Israeli racism 
Jamal Kanj, Redress 5/10/2013
      US Secretary of State John Kerry has succeeded in tailoring yet another peace initiative to appease Israel. But it took Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu no time to effectively reject the offer, telling Kerry and company it was not occupation – it was all “about a Jewish state”.
     American diplomacy in the Middle East must be barren and dull. On average, every three to five years – after full consultations with Israel – the US comes up with a new peace plan. Israel’s typical response is conditional approval, rendering such proposals dead on arrival.
     In meeting with Kerry, Arab officials accompanied by a Palestinian “fig leaf” agreed last week to amend the Arab Peace Initiative. They essentially consented to terms demanded by Israel to swap areas seized in 1948 with lands occupied in 1967, but this is like allowing a bank robber to use the cash he stole to pay his bail. Private ownership is sacrosanct under international law and in Western democracies.
     Even as a recognized entity, Israel has no legal right to exchange privately owned land without obtaining relinquishment deeds from the lawful owners. Arab officials somehow hope that it will help the US pressure Israel to stop building illegal Jews-only colonies. Tail wagging the dog
     However, instead of Israel changing its position it is the US that ends up bending to new Israeli conditions. more.. e-mail

Annoyed by peace 
Saleh Al-Naami, Al-Ahram Weekly 5/8/2013
      Israel responds with derision to Arab League acceptance of the notion of land swaps as an element of any future peace deal.
     While four occupation soldiers sweated profusely as they guarded the site, a group of Jewish settlers secured a mobile home in place on one of the hills south of Nablus in the north of the West Bank, to start a new settlement on land belonging to Palestinians living in the nearby village of Borein. This group of settlers came from the close-by settlement of Yitzhar.
     The new outpost is the third of its kind set up by settlers in the area under the protection of the Israeli army, although they do not have a permit to be there. Rabbi Avi Jonski, a reserve general who previously served as senior rabbi of the Israeli army and lives at the settlement, argued there are no good reasons for settlers to stop building more settlements in the area since this is “part of Israel’s land which we returned to after 2,000 years of diaspora”.
     Settlement activities continue across the West Bank against the backdrop of a tense debate inside Israel about what the Israeli press has coined “unprecedented Arab concessions”. It refers to the Arab League’s acceptance of land swaps whereby Israel annexes Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the Palestinian state annexes parts of Israel.
     With the exception of the Zionist left, which has negligible political impact, most Israeli parties and political groups are either ignoring the new Arab position or reject and are suspicious of it. The position of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was especially noteworthy; he quickly sent special adviser Yitzhak Molkho to Washington to dissuade US Secretary of State John Kerry from adopting the newly amended Arab initiative. more.. e-mail

Despite threats, students to commemorate Nakba at Tel Aviv University
Electronic Intifada: 10 May 2013 – Counter-demonstrators attacked last year’s event marking the anniversary of the dispossession of Palestinemore


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