VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 16 May 2013: Israel’s Racist and Ethnocentric View

16 May 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Army Kidnapped 28 Children In The first Half Of May, Dozens Injured
IMEMC – 293 Palestinian Children Kidnapped In The First Quarter Of 2013 According to reports by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), based in Gaza, and the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, in Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers continued their aggression against the Palestinian children, kidnaped 28 children, dozens of children have been injured by Israeli soldiers and settlers in the first half of this month. …

Settler Installs Mobile Home In Palestinian Land near Jerusalem
IMEMC – The Radio Bethlehem 2000 reported Thursday, May 16 2013, that an armed Israeli settler installed a mobile home in Nabi Samuel village, north west of occupied East Jerusalem. …

Settlers Attack Schoolchildren Near Nablus
IMEMC – Thursday May 16 2013, a number of extremist Israeli settlers attacked several schoolchildren in Orif village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

Army Uproots Farmlands Near Nablus
IMEMC – Thursday morning, May 16 2013, Israeli soldiers uprooted Palestinian agricultural lands that belong to a resident of Aqraba village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The army claims that lands are “state property”. …

Soldiers Kidnap 20 Palestinians In Hebron
IMEMC – Thursday May 16 2013, Israeli soldiers kidnapped twenty Palestinians, mainly children, in the At-Tabaqa village, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and started interrogating them in alleged connection with a Molotov cocktail that burnt an Israeli military jeep during Wednesday clashes with the army. …

Israel To Discuss “Legalization” Of Four Illegal West Bank Outposts
IMEMC – Israeli daily, Ynetnews, reported that the Israeli government informed the Supreme Court that it is examining the legalization of four illegal settlement outposts, built on privately owned Palestinian lands. …

Ma’an News

Witnesses: Settlers attack northern West Bank town
5/16/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Dozens of settlers attacked Farata town in the northern West Bank on Wednesday evening, leading to clashes with locals, witnesses said. Residents of the Gilad outpost threw stones at homes in Farata, and locals responded by throwing stones at the settlers, witnesses told Ma’an. Palestinian ambulances arrived in the area but no injuries were reported. [END]

Israeli forces uproot olive tree saplings near Nablus
5/16/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday uprooted over 1,200 olive tree saplings and razed land belonging to a Palestinian farmer in the northern West Bank, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity, said soldiers uprooted more than 1,200 saplings, dug up over 40 dunums of farm land and demolished….

Israel closes al-Aqsa Mosque
5/16/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Israeli police on Thursday closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque, banning non-Muslim visitors from the compound in Jerusalem’s Old City. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an the mosque was closed to visitors at 10 a. m.”to prevent incidents” following a security assessment over the last 24 to….

Settlers plan to build road in Hebron’s Old City
5/16/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – A group of extremist settlers on Thursday assaulted Palestinian homes and lands in Wadi al-Husayn neighborhood of Hebron in the southern West Bank. A resident, Mazin Daana, told Ma’an that settlers sprayed signs indicating that they plan to build a new road between Wadi al-Husayn and the Ibarhimi Mosque….

Video: Palestinian group claims Golan attack
5/16/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Abdul Qader al-Husseini brigades on Thursday claimed responsibility for an attack from Syria on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The military wing of the Free Palestine Movement said it had received permission from Syria to launch the attack, following recent Israeli attacks on Syria. The brigades said in a statement that….

Gaza border on high alert after kidnappings
5/16/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s Interior Ministry announced a state of alert along its border with Egypt on Thursday after gunmen kidnapped seven Egyptian soldiers and police officers in Sinai. The Hamas-run ministry said security was heightened in case the kidnappers tried to smuggle the Egyptian servicemen into the Gaza Strip. Witnesses…. Related: Egypt’s Mursi summons ministers over kidnappings

UNESCO to send fact-finding commission to Jerusalem
5/16/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – UNESCO will send a fact-finding commission on May 20 to investigate ongoing Israeli measures in Jerusalem, the Palestinian minister of foreign affairs said Thursday. Riyad al-Malki told a news conference in Ramallah that the commission would spend five days in Jerusalem before returning to the UNESCO headquarters in Paris to submit….

CIA chief ‘in surprise Israel trip over Syria’
5/16/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — John Brennan, director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, arrived in Israel late on Thursday on a surprise visit to discuss the situation in Syria, an official Israeli source said. The CIA chief went straight into a meeting in Tel Aviv with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, the official said. Private television station Channel….

PA: Israeli prisoner attacks Palestinian detainee
5/16/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – An Israeli prisoner, detained over criminal charges, has attacked a Palestinian political prisoner from Bethlehem, the Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs said Thursday. Ministry lawyer Rami al-Alamisaid Palestinian prisoner Ali Muhammad Atiyeh was “brutally” attacked on May 5 at Eshel prison. Atiyeh sustained wounds, according to the lawyer. The lawyer…. Related: Palestinians decry jailhouse informers

Palestinians decry jailhouse informers
5/16/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Former Palestinian prisoners are speaking out to warn those still held in Israeli jails about a group of undercover informers seeking to trip them up, who are known as “birds.” The network apparently stretches far and wide, with these “birds” tasked with wheedling out confessions that lead to convictions through a mixture of…. Related: PA: Israeli prisoner attacks Palestinian detainee

Source: Abbas meets Islamic Jihad chief in Cairo
5/16/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – President Mahmoud Abbas met Thursday with secretary-general of the Islamic Jihad movement Ramadan Abdullah Shallah in Cairo, Ma’an has learned. A source in Cairo told Ma’an the two discussed the overall situation in Palestine. [END]

Abbas meets Egypt president in Cairo
5/16/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) – Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi on Thursday hosted his Palestinian counterpart in Cairo where the two addressed efforts to resume the Middle East the peace process and how to implement Palestinian reconciliation. A statement released by Mursi’s office highlighted that he and President Mahmoud Abbas strongly condemned the ongoing Israeli….

Customs agents seize cows smuggled from Israel
5/16/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Customs agents in cooperation with the ministry of agriculture have recently detained four people accused of smuggling dozens of cows from Israel. Director general of veterinary services at the Palestinian ministry of agriculture Imad Mukarkir told Ma’an that about 100 cows and calves were seized. The suspected smugglers, he….

Erdogan plans Gaza visit for June, will also go to West Bank
5/16/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said he would probably make his planned trip to Gaza in June and that he also was expecting to visit the West Bank. Erdogan gave new details of the Gaza trip, which will test Turkey’s relations with Israel after a US-brokered rapprochement, as….

3 children hurt by landmine in Sinai
5/16/2013 – El-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Three young Bedouin children sustained serious injuries when a landmine exploded Thursday morning in Sheikh Zuwaid, a Ma’an reporter said. The landmine was believed to be leftover from a previous conflict. The three children, all brothers, were playing when the landmine exploded. They were seriously injured and transferred….

NGO: Israel to ‘legalize’ wildcat settler outposts
5/16/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now said on Thursday that the government wants to give retroactive approval to four West Bank settlement outposts it had previously pledged to at least partially demolish. In a written response to a petition Peace Now submitted to Israel’s Supreme Court against the outposts, the state attorney….

PA: Counterfeit shoes to be confiscated
5/16/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Custom agents of the Palestinian Authority economy ministry will confiscate any shipment of counterfeit shoes wherever they seize such cargo, a ministry official said Thursday. Khalid Salah, the director general of the ministry’s Bethlehem office, said if custom agents seized any load of counterfeit shoes being transferred from one….

UN assembly slams Assad ‘escalation’ in Syria war
5/16/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The UN General Assembly condemned President Bashar Assad’s “escalation” of the Syrian war as rebels battled to free inmates from a prison in the key city of Aleppo. The vote came on the eve of talks between US President Barack Obama and Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan….

Cell ‘plotted attacks’ on US, French missions in Egypt
5/16/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Al-Qaeda-linked cell broken up in Egypt at the weekend planned to bomb the US and French embassies in Cairo, state news agency MENA quoted investigators as saying on Wednesday.” The accused planned suicide car bombings outside the embassies of France and the United States in Egypt,” MENA saidIn the case of the….

NGO: Syria’s Banias massacre toll up to 145
5/16/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has now documented the deaths of at least 145 people in a “sectarian massacre” earlier in May in the coastal city of Banias, the watchdog said Thursday. The number of identified victims, among them children and babies, has risen in the past two weeks because “dozens were….

Egypt’s Mursi summons ministers over kidnappings
5/16/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi on Thursday summoned his defense and interior ministers over the kidnapping hours earlier of policemen and soldiers in the Sinai peninsula, the official MENA agency reported. The crisis talks at the presidential palace come after unidentified gunmen kidnapped three Egyptian policemen and four soldiers in the lawless Sinai peninsula…. Related: Gaza border on high alert after kidnappings

Obama and Erdogan meet as Syrian war rages
5/16/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Barack Obama met Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday as world leaders scramble to find a way to ease Bashar Assad from power and end Syria’s bloody civil war. The talks came a day before another key player in the drama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, was….


Israel to approve four West Bank settlements
AlJazeera 16 May 2013 – Decision to allow settler homes on occupied land comes days before US secretary of state’s visit to revive peace talks.

Palestine News Network

MADA: Security Forces Arrest Journalist, Summon Another for Investigation in One Week
Palestine News Network

Israeli Authorities to Legalize Four Settlement Outposts
Palestine News Network

IOF Forces Arrest 3 Palestinians, Injure Others during Clashes in Hebron
Palestine News Network

Israel Razes Land near Nablus
Palestine News Network

IOF Forces Arrest 4 Palestinians near Hebron
Palestine News Network

The 2013 Palestine Festival of Literature Launch in West Bank, Gaza
Palestine News Network

Tadamun Institute: Number of Female Prisoners in Israeli Jails Increased to 16
Palestine News Network

Ahrar Calls the Palestinian Media to Replace the Term “Individual Strike”
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Storm Female Prisoner’s House
Palestine News Network

PCBS Announces Results of the Labour Force Survey For First Quarter 2013
Palestine News Network

Jordan Needs New and Bold Effort in Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Jordan Condemns Israeli Decision to Demolish Jerusalem Mosque
Palestine News Network

UFree to Partake in “11th Palestinians in Europe”Conference in Brussels
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR welcomes Presidential Order confirming prohibition of all forms of torture
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (08 – 15 May 2013)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

13-year-old boy shot at and beaten by settlers, leg broken
5/16/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 16th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Qaryut, Occupied Palestine, Team Nablus – At about 2 pm on May 16, a 13-year-old boy was shot at and beaten by settlers; he broke bones in his leg running from the shots at him and from being beaten. After falling, the boy was threatened with his life by….

A Steadfast Prelude to the Nakba: Duheisha resists
5/16/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 15th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Hebron, Occupied Palestine, By Team Khalil – On the 14th May 2013 , a day before the Nakba, on the edge of Bethlehem, a demonstration to remember the day of the catastrophe in 1948 marched from Duheisha refugee camp to the entrance of the village of Al-Khader. Demonstrators then clashed with….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Ban stresses need for Israeli, Palestinian leaders to resume meaningful negotiations
Relief Web 16 May 2013 – Source: UN News Service Country: Israel, occupied Palestinian territory 16 May 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in separate conversations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, stressed the need for the parties to create the conditions…

Syrian Arab Republic: IOM Regional Response to the Syria Crisis Situation Report (as of 16 May 2013)
Relief Web 16 May 2013 – Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey IOM provides assistance to internally displaced persons, stranded migrants and third-country refugees inside Syria as well as Syrian refugees, Iraqi and Lebanese returnees and…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel to ‘legalise’ wildcat settler outposts: NGO
Relief Web 16 May 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 05/16/2013 15:16 GMT JERUSALEM , May 16, 2013 (AFP) – Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now said on Thursday the government wants to give retroactive approval to four West Bank settlement outposts it had previously…

Lebanon: Crisis in Syria
Relief Web 16 May 2013 – Source: Oxfam Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 1.4 million refugees have now fled violence in Syria and are in desperate need of shelter, food and water. Over half of them are children. The crisis is set…

The National

Ruler of Sharjah launches phase 2 of major road project
The National 16 May 2013 – Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi also visited the Shes and Nahwa areas in the emirate and asked officials to prioritise the needs of citizens.

Nearly 600 vehicles impounded by UAE authorities returned
The National 16 May 2013 – The vehicles were returned last month after the impoundment period ended and all associated fines were paid.

UAE-funded housing project in Kabul begins
The National 16 May 2013 – The Dh400 million project in Kabul was allocated by the President Sheikh Khalifa to help the reconstruction of the war-torn country.

Obama tells Turkey: ‘US will not attack Assad alone’
The National 16 May 2013 – Barack Obama says the US is exploring military and diplomatic avenues but it will not take action by itself against Syria’s Assad regime. Thomas Seibert reports 

Recession is ‘threatening the identity of Europe’: Hollande
The National 16 May 2013 – French president outlines bold plan for full political union within the beleaguered euro zone as France slips back into recession. Colin Randall reports from Marseille 

KFC: cooked a secret way, delivered a secret way
The National 16 May 2013 – Gazans craving fast food are paying exorbitant prices for cold chicken and soggy chips brought in through smugglers’ tunnels. Hugh Naylor reports from Ramallah 

Friday sermon tackles black magic and fortune-telling
The National 16 May 2013 – This week’s sermon deals with the evils of black magic and predicting the future. 

Al Ain opens underground car park just in time for summer
The National 16 May 2013 – The multi-storey parking facility has 424 spaces and is close to the city’s cultural and historic attractions.


Patients, doctors go on hunger strike outside minister’s home to protest restrictions on medical marijuana
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

Report: Israel’s Eshel Prison breaking the law by isolating inmates
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

Israel far behind West in number of nurses, hospitals
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

For first time, Israel’s Water Authority to pump Kinneret water into Jordan River
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

Israeli law professors call out IDF on draft resister’s 10th jail sentence
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

Senior Fatah officials call for single democratic state, not two-state solution
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

John Kerry’s upcoming Israel visit is fourth attempt to push stone up the hill
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

After one-year break, weekly protests to resume in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

CIA head visits Israel to discuss Syria, Iran’s nuclear program
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

Tens of thousands of Haredim protest IDF draft
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

Lieberman’s corruption trial: the paper trail
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

Stuxnet worm aided Iranian nuclear program, researcher says
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

Man who killed ex-wife in Bangkok returns to Israel
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

Livni, Bennett in war of words over Women of the Wall
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

Israel to legalize four West Bank settlement outposts slated for demolition
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

Israeli researchers discover compound to protect female cancer patients’ eggs
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

Israeli ministries propose toll on Palestinian goods to plug budget deficit
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

Israel wants no part in Syria’s war, so why is it threatening to topple Assad?
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2013

Jerusalem Post

Police offering amnesty for return of illegal guns
Jerusalem Post 17 May 2013 – Operation follows effort in Northern District in which 2,000 firearms, other weapons were collected from citizens. 

UN peacekeepers briefly held by Syria armed group
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – 3 Golan observers held for 5 hours, released unharmed. 

Leket: Budget makes it harder to help poor
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – “NGOs doing food distribution will simply collapse when there is no financial support from the gov’t,” NGO head says. 

IDF to use spongetipped bullets in W. Bank
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Non-lethal bullets to replace rubber bullets for riot dispersal. 

Slomiansky: Delay VAT hike until after Shabbat
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Bayit Yehudi MK asks Finance Minister Lapid to postpone VAT hikes to avoid desecrating the Shabbat.

Lapid ups the ante in war of words with Deri
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – “You don’t need me to establish that he’s a liar; three courts already did so,” says the finance minister. 

Kinneret water to be released into Jordan River
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – 1,000 cubic meters of water per hour will be discharged next month from the Sea of Galilee to replenish river. 

Temple Mount closed over ‘security concerns’
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – J’lem police closes site to Jewish, non-Muslim visits, citing concerns they would provoke riots by Muslim worshipers. 

How worried should Israel be about the new ‘Marmara’ probe?
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Turkish law firm Elmadag files a complaint to the ICC on behalf of the Comoros Islands regarding the 2010 IDF raid, saying the Gaza-bound flotilla flew the Comoros flag, incident occurred on Comoros’s territory. 

Alleged Hezbollah, Hamas men in NY smuggling ring
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – New York law enforcement authorities bust cigarette-smuggling ring funneling funds to terrorist groups. 

Warning Syria
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Following reported Israeli attacks, forces seem to be concentrating to threaten relative quiet that has characterized Syrian border. 

8 cops hurt in mass haredi protest against draft
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – J’lem protest turns violent, protesters throwing rocks, glass bottles; leading haredi rabbi implores not to back down on issue. 

Scales and yardsticks
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Scales are essential to our situational awareness and serve as a reference for decision making, from the personal to the national level. 

In tribute to Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Celebrating complexity: Rabbi Lichtenstein has taught the highest-level Talmud, Halacha and philosophy to his tens of thousands of students. 

Savir’s Corner: Humor in conflict
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – A sense of humor is innate in all human beings; in situations of hardship, it serves as a mechanism to cope with it. 

Parshat Naso: Biblical rehab
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Jewish, moral and enjoyable lives can be lead by keeping our desires in check, setting moral boundaries for ourselves. 

Russia: Iran must participate in Syria conference
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Lavrov says Western states want to limit participants at proposed conference and possibly predetermine outcome of talks. 

UN warns PM over ‘int’l law violations’ in e. J’lem
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – In phone call with Netanyahu, Ban urges Israel to abide by its obligations under international humanitarian law.” 

Turkey’s Erdogan confirms plans to visit Gaza Strip
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – “I hope that my visit can contribute to the process [of establishing a Palestinian state],” Erdogan tells Obama. 

Abbas, Morsi to advance Palestinian reconciliation
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Palestinian Authority president, Egyptian president also discuss resuming peace talks with Israel in meeting in Cairo. 

No evidence ‘pro-Israel’ groups targeted by IRS
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Following report that IRS asked Z Street intrusive questions, Treasury inspector general finds no evidence of such targeting. 

State indicts man who jumped fence into Lebanon
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Haifa District Attorney’s Office files indictment against Simon Sa’dati for illegal departure from Israel. 

Angelina Jolie’s ‘wonderful and courageous’ decision
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Israeli experts weigh in on Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy. 

‘US wars on Muslim states fueled Boston attack’
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Accused Boston Marathon Bomber left handwritten message about the attack in hide-out boat, according to CBS report. 

Gul: Global response to Syria limited to rhetoric
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Turkish president says int’l contribution “only symbolic.” 

Man who killed ex-wife in Bangkok lands in Israel
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Eli Cohen lands, leaves over fear of arrest; Ministry of Justice: No basis to try him after he is pardoned by King of Thailand. 

The Weekly Schmooze: Douze point for Israel?
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Jewish culture news worldwide: Ari Folman at Cannes; “The Goldbergs” hit network TV; Amy Winehouse exhibit. 

KFC chicken smuggled through Gaza tunnels
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Local delivery company brings meals to Gazans; al-Yamama advertises on Facebook, receiving tens of orders a week. 

Venezuelan president: My grandparents were Jewish
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Nicholas Maduro, denying that his government has an anti-Semitic bent, said his grandparents were of Sephardic Jewish descent. 

Rebels execute 11 Syrian soldiers for ‘massacres’
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2013 – Fighters of al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front execute men accused of taking part in massacres by Assad’s forces, video shows. 

The Guardian

Letters: Boycott of Israel is a personal choice
The Guardian 16 May 2013 – In their letter ( 15 May ), condemning Professor Hawking for not going to a conference in Israel, professors Michael Yudkin and Denis Noble state that the international code that governs the conduct of all scientists requires them…

Israel to approve four unauthorised West Bank settler outposts
The Guardian 16 May 2013 – Legalisation, which comes amid rise in attacks on Palestinians and their property, could frustrate US peace efforts The Israeli government is to retroactively legalise four unauthorised settler outposts in the West Bank in a move likely…

Syria condemned in UN vote doubts grow about backing rebels
The Guardian 16 May 2013 – The UN general assembly has voted to condemn Syria but the number of abstentions suggests doubts are growing about backing the rebels Matthew Weaver Guardian readers

Inter Press Service

Against Push for Peace Talks, Outposts Continue Israeli Land Grab
IPS Ibrahim Makhlouf stands on the roof of his home in the West Bank, from where he can see the Israeli settlement outpost of Shalhevet Farm. Credit: Jillian Kestler-D’Amours/IPS Ibrahim Makhlouf reaches for two wooden planks lying in the hallway and places them expertly in an L-shape along the seams of…


Taliban statement Declaration of the Islamic Emirate regarding the incidents in the border regions with Iran and Pakistan

Close Guantanamo Now!

Among the ruins of Lifta, memory of the Nakba persists

Military Resistance 11E9 Murder and Torture

Pressure Cooker Scare: Saudi Held At Airport

FBI surrounds house of Saudi student after sightings of him with pressure cooker pot – only to discover he was cooking RICE

3 U.S. soldiers killed in roadside bombing in Afghanistan, NATO says

Justice Department’s pursuit of AP’s phone records is both extreme and dangerous

Buckling to Bigotry: The Newseum Dishonors Murdered Palestinian Journalists

U.S. Military ‘Power Grab’ Goes Into Effect Pentagon Unilaterally Grants Itself Authority Over ‘Civil Disturbances’

Daily Star

Kuwait suspends executives over Dow Chemical payment
Daily Star 16 May 2013 Kuwait’s cabinet suspended on Thursday several senior oil executives over a $2.2 billion penalty paid to Dow Chemical for scrapping a joint venture and ordered a judicial investigation into the matter, an official statement said.

Obama promises action on a trio of controversies
Daily Star 16 May 2013 President Barack Obama confronted a trio of controversies Thursday, pledging to work with Congress to ensure the federal tax agency doesn’t abuse its power and urging legislators to provide more money to strengthen security at U.

CIA chief ‘in surprise Israel trip over Syria’
Daily Star 16 May 2013 John Brennan, director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, arrived in Israel late on Thursday on a surprise visit to discuss the situation in Syria, an official Israeli source said.

Lebanon seizes artifacts smuggled from Syria
Daily Star 16 May 2013 Lebanese authorities have recovered Byzantine and Roman-era artifacts smuggled into the country from Syria, General Security says.

Obama warns national security leaks cost lives
Daily Star 16 May 2013 US President Barack Obama warned Thursday that national security leaks to the news media could cost lives, defending his administration’s pursuit of those who reveal classified information.

Erdogan plans Gaza visit for June, will also go to West Bank
Daily Star 16 May 2013 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said he would probably make his planned trip to Gaza in June and that he also was expecting to visit the West Bank.

Russia must be convinced to ‘finish with Assad’: Hollande
Daily Star 16 May 2013 French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that more efforts were needed to convince Moscow to drop its support for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Russia says Iran must participate in proposed Syria conference
Daily Star 16 May 2013 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Iran must participate in a proposed international conference on Syria, but that Western states were aiming to limit the participants and possibly predetermine the outcome of the talks.

Obama calls meeting on military sex assault
Daily Star 16 May 2013 The top U.S. defense leaders are summoned to the White House to talk about the military’s sexual assault crisis as the Pentagon’s top general says women in uniform were losing confidence the problem will be solved.

YNet News

Soldiers, commanders recorded in Egoz hazing video dismissed
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – Hazing video of soldiers defecating on head of comrade leads to dismissal of 5, including officers, from IDF elite unit; head commander: Let other units, soldiers hear this story, learn its implications ….

Lapid addresses State budget on video chat
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – Finance Minister holds video-chat with Israelis, answers question regarding tax hikes, haredi enlistment; while 30,000 haredim protest in Jerusalem, 200 people protest outside his house ….

Obama ashamed by military’s failure to stop sexual assaults 
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – ….

Israeli disappointment: Moran Mazur fails to make Eurovision final
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – ….

Lapid: If Riki Cohen smokes, she should quit
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – ….

Lapid: Enlistment not an edict
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – ….

US sanctions on 4 Syrian ministers, rebel leader
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – ….

Russia: Will sell S-300 to Assad
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – Netanyahu fails at changing Putin’s decision regarding sale of S-300 missiles to Syria; Russian foreign minister reiterates: Will make good on commitments. CIA chief visits Israel, holds security talks with defense minister ….

Lebanon: Homosexuals no longer ‘perverts,’ but still target
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – Violent police raid on Beirut LGBT club inspires controversy. Transgender arrested claims was beaten, stripped, photographed by police. Lebanon’s gay community nonetheless registers significant gains, even with Hezbollah paper ….

J’lem: 30,000 haredim protest against enlistment reform
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – Thousands of haredim protested outside Jerusalem’s IDF recruitment center in wake of ongoing discussion regarding haredi enlistment reform being put forward by Peri Committee. Protesters hold signs, burn trash bins, throw stones ….

Livni, Aharonovitch: ‘Price tag’ to be tried as act of terror
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – Justice minister, interior security minister to bring before the cabinet initiative by which ‘price tag’ crimes be dubbed terroristic acts ….

Moral indifference 
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – Op-ed: US Republicans must realize many Syrian rebels despise West just as much as they despise Assad ….

Despite US objection, Erdogan to travel to Gaza, West Bank
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – US President Barack Obama hosts Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at White House. On agenda: Syrian civil war, Iranian sanctions, Jerusalem-Ankara relations ….

US to support free election in Iran
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – Official says Washington does what it can ‘to encourage voices in Iran to press for kind of freedom, fair election that Iranian people deserve,’ including keeping access to cell phones, computers; Obama administration reiterates it takes ‘no sides in Iran’s presidential election’ ….

Report: Boston bombing suspect wrote message in boat 
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – CBS says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote on inside wall of boat, describing bombing as retribution for attacks on Muslims ….

KFC chicken smuggled into Gaza through tunnels
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – Delivery firm smuggles around two dozen meals to Hamas-ruled territory since offering service last month. ‘It’s delicious even though it’s not hot,’ Gaza student says ….

Study: Stuxnet strengthened Iranian nuclear program
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – ‘Stuxnet did not give a blow to Iranian nuclear program – it strengthened it,’ new study published in UK claims ….

Syrians say Assad choppers dropped poisonous gas
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – Doctors in northern town of Saraqeb tell BBC of injuries incurred during bombardment by Assad forces last month. ‘It was a horrible, suffocating smell. You couldn’t breathe at all,’ victim’s son recalls ….

Report: Iran told Nasrallah to prevent Assad downfall ‘at all costs’ 
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – Arab official tells Kuwaiti newspaper Supreme Leader Khamenei instructed Shiite group leader to take on larger role in Syria war, block rebel supply routes ….

How flotilla raid went so wrong
YNet News, 16 May 2013 – Op-ed: Fear of receiving negative media coverage caused IDF to make a bad operational decision ….

Palestine Information Center

Hundreds of worshipers and students rally in Al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said hundreds of worshipers and students from Jerusalem and 1948 territories accompanied by Islamic Movement leaders rallied on Wednesday in Al-Aqsa.

Baraka: Resolving Palestinian issue is to achieve reinstate all rights
PIC – Ali Baraka, Hamas representative in Lebanon, stressed that the only just solution to the Palestinian issue is represented in achieving all the Palestinian national aspirations.

Captive Abbas Sayyed: Arab Peace Initiative is worse than Balfour Declaration
PIC – Captive leader Abbas Al-Sayyed, head of the leadership of Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails, stressed that the prisoners are in permanent conflict with the Israeli occupation inside its jails.

Meshaal renews rejection of a two-state solution
PIC – Khaled Mashaal, head of the political bureau of Hamas movement, confirmed his movement’s adherence to resistance in confronting the occupation and liberating Palestine.

“United for the Return” Conference in Gaza concluded
PIC – Hamas and the Division of Refugee Affairs concluded on Wednesday sessions of the Conference “United for the Return” held in Gaza City to mark the 65th anniversary of the Nakba.

Dweik voices cautious optimism over reconciliation agreement
PIC – Palestinian Legislative Council Chairman, Dr. Aziz Dweik, voiced cautious optimism over reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah movements.

Ahrar: occupation discriminates against administrative detainees
PIC – Ahrar center for Prisoners studies and Human Rights confirmed the occupation discriminates between Palestinian prisoners especially the administrative detainees.

Under Zionist pressure Newseum drops 2 Palestinian journalists from honors list
PIC – MADA expressed its disappointment and astonishment with Newseum decision to revoke its decision to honor the Palestinian Journalists Mohamed Salama and Hussam Al Koumi..

PLC marks the 65th anniversary of Naka
PIC – The PLC held on Wednesday an extraordinary session to mark the 65th anniversary of the Nakba at its headquarters in Gaza City, headed by Dr. Ahmed Bahar, PLC First Deputy Speaker.

Palestinian fundamentals conference in Cairo
PIC – A conference held in Cairo about Palestinian Fundamentals to mark the 65th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba stressed Palestinian fundamentals are the same as those of any nation..


Israeli Settler Places Caravan on Private Palestinian Land
WAFA – 16 May 2013

Israeli Plan to ‘Legalize’ Outposts Destroys Peace Efforts, says Presidency
WAFA – 16 May 2013

Nicaraguan President, Foreign Ministers to Visit Palestine, says Official
WAFA – 16 May 2013

Abbas Discusses Reconciliation, Peace with Morsi
WAFA – 16 May 2013

Settlers Attack Students, Attempt to Set School on fire
WAFA – 16 May 2013

Fayyad’s Rule Fares Well in Leaders’ Opinion Poll
WAFA – 16 May 2013

Coalition Criticizes Israeli Sponsorship of the American Pavilion at Cannes
WAFA – 16 May 2013

Official Condemns Israeli Plan to ‘legalize’ Outposts
WAFA – 16 May 2013

World Bank Director Ends Three-Day Visit to Palestine
WAFA – 16 May 2013

Unemployment Rate Hits 27.5% in First Quarter of 2013
WAFA – 16 May 2013

Newspapers Review: Nakba Day Events Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 16 May 2013


Defense official says U.S. has authority to target terrorists anywhere
LA Times 16 May 2013 – Some in Congress sharply question how a law that sprang from the Sept. 11 attacks can be applied so broadly. Panel is also told war with Al Qaeda could last 20 more years. WASHINGTON — A senior Pentagon official told a Senate committee Thursday that…

Obama says U.S. won’t act alone on Syria
LA Times 16 May 2013 – He rules out unilateral military action even if chemical weapons use is proved. WASHINGTON — President Obama on Thursday ruled out unilateral U.S. military action in Syria even if proof emerges that Syrian forces have used lethal chemical weapons.

Pressure of War Is Causing Syria to Break Apart
New York Times 16 May 2013 – As the war expands in scope and brutality, it appears Syria is so badly shattered that no single authority is likely to be able to put it back together any time soon. 

IHT Special: Christians Uneasy in Morsi’s Egypt
New York Times 16 May 2013 – Amid economic malaise following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, many Egyptians — especially Christians — are seeking new lives elsewhere. 

At War Blog: Why National Guard and Reservist Suicide Numbers May Be Misleading
New York Times 16 May 2013 – One aspect of suicide statistics that is often overlooked is the number of National Guard and Reserve members who commit suicide when they are not on active duty. 

At War Blog: Battlefield Update: The Fight for Isolated Government Outposts in Northern Syria
New York Times 16 May 2013 – As world leaders and commentators of every stripe have debated President Obama’s “red line,” there have been significant developments on the ground. 

At War Blog: For Troops Needing Psychological Help, Asking Can Be the Toughest Hurdle
New York Times 16 May 2013 – A Marine veteran haunted by his service writes that the time has come to change the perception of post-traumatic stress disorder to allow greater honesty and healing. 

The Lede: Raucous Cheers for Iran’s Wrestlers in Grand Central Terminal
New York Times 15 May 2013 – Wrestling officials, diplomats and reporters filed video, photographs and text updates on a wrestling match between Iran and the United States in New York’s Grand Central Terminal on Wednesday. 

“We must decide on gas exports now” 
Globes Energy & Water – Tzemach Committee coordinator Michal Franco says Israel cannot delay the gas exports decision due to increasing global competition.

How to save 20% of your electricity bill 
Globes Energy & Water – The Public Utilities Authority is reviving the conserve-profit plan to encourage lower electricity consumption this summer.

Significant signs of gas at Karish 1 well 
Globes Energy & Water – The reservoir has a best estimate of two trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

2.8% Q1 growth dispels slowdown fears
Globes Main News – Israel’s GDP rose by an annualized 2.8% in the first quarter of 2013, up from 2.6% in the preceding quarter.

Donald Trump eager to build Ashkelon golf course
Globes Main News – Trump to Ashkelon mayor: I’m excited about plans to build a world-class golf center along the beautiful Mediterranean coast.

IEC in talks to buy Better Place cars
Globes Main News – Israel Electric Corp. is considering a pilot project of six electric cars to be expanded gradually if successful.

Thu: Mellanox and Teva lead market gains
Globes Main News – Mellanox rose sharply following an acquisition, while Teva posted strong gains on the day’s biggest turnover.

Caesarstone signs IKEA US deal
Globes Main News – The Kibbutz Sdot Yam company will be the exclusive supplier of non-laminate countertops to IKEA US.

Analysts divided on likely BoI interest moves 
Globes Macro Economics – Some see the April inflation reading as giving the central bank room for further cuts, but home prices are a concern.

Lapid: Budget buys insurance economy won’t collapse 
Globes Macro Economics – Finance Minister Yair Lapid tells “IDF Radio”: Riki Cohen will lose NIS 290 from her monthly income. This will not be forever.

IAI unveils maritime solutions to protect gas rigs
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Israel Aerospace Industries has displayed advanced total maritime solutions at the IMDEX Singapore exhibition.

Coalition says investigations into campus Palestine activism chill student speech rights
Mondoweiss – Students for Justice in Palestine protesters at a mock checkpoint in Berkeley (Photo: Tony Zhou/The Daily Californian) Prolonged federal investigations of Palestine solidarity activism on campuses are chilling students’ constitutional rights to organize and speak out, a coalition of civil rights groups has charged in letters…

‘My grandmother thought it was temporary’ — Huffpo features Nakba discussion with 5 Palestinians
Mondoweiss – This is incredible. Yesterday Huffington Post had a video conference on the Nakba led by Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, a Palestinian-American , featuring four Palestinians commenting on the history and meaning of the catastrophe. I found it incredible for the deep civility of the conversation. The calmness in the…

The meaning of solidarity in the Palestine movement
Mondoweiss – This is a companion article to Heike Schotten’s “When ‘J’ means ‘Jewish’ Rather than ‘Justice’: On Zionism, Jewish Exceptionalism, and Jewish Supremacy in U.S. Palestine Solidarity Organizing. ” The articles are part of an ongoing conversation in activist spaces about “Jews identifying as Jews”. We published Elisha…

When ‘J’ means ‘Jewish’ not ‘Justice’
Mondoweiss – This is a companion article to Sandra Tamari’s piece, “The meaning of solidarity in the Palestine movement .” These pieces are part of an ongoing conversation in activist spaces about “Jews identifying as Jews”. We published Elisha Baskin and Donna Nevel on this issue recently. –Ed. When…

Washington Post’s racism map omits Israel
Mondoweiss – (Image: Washington Post) The Washington Post has published “A fascinating map of the world’s most and least racially tolerant countries,” and it lives up to its billing, it’s fascinating. Arab and Muslim countries are revealed to be intolerant, and Israel is out of the picture! The…

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Stage Huge Anti-Draft Protest 
The Foward Breaking News 16 May 2013 – Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews protested in Jerusalem on Thursday against plans to enlist men from their community into the military, a proposal supported by the secular majority pushing for a more equal share of the burden on Israeli society. Click here for the rest of the…

Turkish Premier Recip Tayyip Erdogan Will Go Ahead With Trip to Palestinian Territories 
The Foward Breaking News 16 May 2013 – Turkish Premier Recip Tayyip Erdogan says he plans to visit the Palestinian territories in June, rejecting U.S. request that he delay or scrap the trip. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Women With Jewish Cancer Gene Rarely Opt for ‘Angelina Jolie’ Surgery 
The Foward Breaking News 16 May 2013 – Despite similar risks as American Jews, relatively few Israeli woman choose to undergo the preventative breast cancer surgery undergone by Angelina Jolie. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Plans to ‘Legalize’ 4 Illegal Settlements in Snub of Peace 
The Foward Breaking News 16 May 2013 – Israel plans to declare legal four unauthorised West Bank settler outposts, a court document showed on Thursday, days before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returns to the region to try to restart peace talks. Click here for the rest of the article…

Palestine Solidarity Project 16 May 2013 – On the 15th of May 2013, the people of Beit Ommar organized a protest of men, women and children. They walked the streets of Beit Ommar toward the entrance were the demonstrators chanted slogans, they arrived at the entrance, the soldiers had already closed the main…

US ‘saw Syria chemical evidence’ 
BBC 16 May 2013 – President Barack Obama says the US has seen evidence of chemical weapons being used in Syria, after talks with Turkey’s prime minister.

Iran women barred from presidency 
BBC 16 May 2013 – A constitutional body in Iran rules that women cannot run in presidential polls scheduled for 14 June, despite 30 women registering as candidates.

Israel to authorise new settlement 
BBC 16 May 2013 – The Israeli government has started the process of authorising four new Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Take Action! SodaStream At Cannes! 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 16 May 2013 – The American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, which opens today, is featuring SodaStream as its premier sponsor. We need your help to pressure them about shining the spotlight on this occupation profiteer! 1. Watch and share this great video made my member group Jewish Voice…

Egyptian Men: The New Savages? 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 16 May 2013 – Since the first days of the Egyptian revolution, sexual harassment was a focus for Western media. Although the issue is important, it was dismissed and denied for a long time in Egypt. Yet a lot has happened since last year, with more activism and work being…

Stories from the Nakba: Memories of Stolen Lives 
Al-Akhbar News 16 May 2013 – A Palestinian girl holds a replica of a house key, representing the front door key of am abandoned home, as she attends the 65th Nakba day or “Day of Catastrophe” rally in Gaza City, on 15 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Abed) A Palestinian girl…

Band of Kurdish Fighters Receive Cold Iraqi Welcome 
Al-Akhbar News 16 May 2013 – A female Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighter works on her laptop after arriving in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk on 14 May 2013, after leaving Turkey as part of a peace drive with Ankara. (Photo: AFP -Safin Hamed) A female Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighter…

Saudi’s Faisal Warms Up to Iran…Conceding Nothing 
Al-Akhbar News 16 May 2013 – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi looks past his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu during the opening of a ministerial meeting in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah, by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on 13 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – STR) Iranian Foreign Minister Ali…

Tunisia Salafis say will go ahead with banned convention 
Al-Akhbar News 16 May 2013 – The spokesman of Tunisia’s Salafi group Ansar al-Sharia speaks with journalists during a press conference on 16 May 2013 in Tunis. (Photo: AFP – Hosni Manoubi) Tunisia’s hardline Salafi movement Ansar al-Sharia vowed on Thursday to go ahead with its annual congress at the weekend in…

Prominent Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab goes missing 
Al-Akhbar News 16 May 2013 – Bahraini human rights activists listen during a press conference of International organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) in the Bahraini capital Manama on 28 February 2013. At left is seen a poster asking for the release of Nabeel Rajab, an activist who is behind bars for organizing…

Israel recognizes four illegal West Bank outposts 
Al-Akhbar News 16 May 2013 – A Palestinian woman gestures near olive trees damaged by suspected Jewish extremists in a Palestinian-owned plantation the village of al-Tiwana, south of the West Bank city of Hebron on 10 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Hazem Bader) Israel plans to declare legal four unauthorized West Bank…

Lebanon: Future Rallies Against New Saida Mufti 
Al-Akhbar Politics 15 May 2013 – Several rumors circulated yesterday against Nassar in an effort to turn public opinion against him. (Photo: Khaled Ghorabi) Several rumors circulated yesterday against Nassar in an effort to turn public opinion against him. (Photo: Khaled Ghorabi) This week, the Grand Mufti of Lebanon Sheikh Mohammed Rashid…

Aoun-Geagea War Finishes Off the Orthodox Law 
Al-Akhbar Politics 15 May 2013 – The parliamentary election law, which would allow each sect to vote only within their sect, could only pass if the Christian forces in March 14 broke with their allies and voted for the proposed law, which was godfathered by the Free Patriotic Movement. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) The…

Iraqi Prosecutor Eager to Designate New President 
Al-Akhbar Politics 15 May 2013 – An Iraqi soldier stands under the arch of the barrel-vaulted hall of the Ctesiphon palace, which was in the imperial capital of the Persian Empire in the Parthian and Sassanian times, south of Baghdad, on 15 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ali Al-Saadi) An Iraqi soldier…

US ‘saw Syria chemical evidence’ 
BBC 16 May 2013 – President Barack Obama says the US has seen evidence of chemical weapons being used in Syria, after talks with Turkey’s prime minister.

Bomber targets Iraqi Shia mosque 
BBC 16 May 2013 – A suicide bomber kills at least eight people in a Shia mosque in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, amid fresh sectarian attacks in the capital Baghdad.

Iran women barred from presidency 
BBC 16 May 2013 – A constitutional body in Iran rules that women cannot run in presidential polls scheduled for 14 June, despite 30 women registering as candidates.

Israel to authorise new settlement 
BBC 16 May 2013 – The Israeli government has started the process of authorising four new Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Egyptian troops kidnapped in Sinai 
BBC 16 May 2013 – Four Egyptian soldiers and three policemen are seized by unidentified kidnappers in Sinai, Egyptian security officials say.

Yemeni kidnappers release hostages 
BBC 16 May 2013 – Kidnappers in southern Yemen free three Red Cross workers and their Yemeni interpreter.


Remembering the Nakba means understanding this is a shared land 
Muhammad Jabali, +972 Magazine 5/15/2013
      What’s the importance of acknowledging the Nakba? Remembering it is the only way for both Jews and Palestinians to understand that this land is shared. It’s the only way of preventing the system from duplicating the same injustices over and over again.
     A friend and I visited Ramallah last Saturday. It was a sunny afternoon; we took a friend’s car and hit the road so we could arrive in time for last minute preparations for the first screening of the Tunisian Documentary Film Month at Ramallah’s Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center. We are helping to organize the screenings as members of the Palestinema Group, an unregistered group of cinematographers, writers and cinephiles who work toward breaking down the Iron Wall between Palestinians in Israel and the Arab World. We work to better organize the Palestinian film industry inside Israel, and to improve connections between Palestinians inside Israel and those in the West Bank, Gaza and the diaspora.
     The film was Degage, a first-hand Tunisian documentary of the country’s revolution. We were fully aware of the meaning of the date we chose for the festival. Launching screenings in the historical Palestinian cities of Jaffa, Haifa, Jerusalem and Ramallah in the month of May, Nakba month, is our way of expressing which regime we are demanding should fall. In effect, it is demanding our full rights – as one Palestinian people – both to live in the coastal cities as Palestinians, as equal citizens with equal access to political participation and urban planning, and to do so without either compromising our Palestinian identity or our cultural and natural connections with the Arab World. Somehow, altering the Arab Spring’s best-known slogan (“the people demand the fall of the regime”) to “the people demand that the Nakba end,” represents a wish that our spring too will come.
     We had already held screenings in Jaffa on Friday afternoon and in Haifa the same evening, and we were eager for our first-ever collaboration with such a respected cultural center in Ramallah…. more.. e-mail

Hawking and a brief history of boycotts 
Ramzy Baroud, Asia Times 5/14/2013
      It is an event “of cosmic proportions”, said one Palestinian academic, a befitting description regarding Stephen Hawking’s decision to boycott an Israeli academic conference slated for next June. It was also a decisive moral call which was communicated on May 8 by Cambridge University, where Hawking is a professor.
     Hawking is a world-renowned cosmologist and physicist. His scientific work had the kind of impact that redefined or challenged entire areas of research from the theory of relativity, to quantum mechanics and other fields of study. This towering figure is also wheelchair-bound – suffering from complete physical paralyses caused by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disease. For Hawking, however, such a painful fact seems like a mere side note in the face of his incredible contributions to science, ones that are comparable to only few men and women throughout history.
     What is considered a prestigious scientific conference in Israel is hosted by President Shimon Peres, most remembered by Lebanese and Palestinians for ordering the shelling of a United Nations compound near the village of Qana in South Lebanon in 1996.
     The compound was a safe heaven, where civilians often sought shelter during Israeli strikes. Not that time around, however. 106 innocent people that were mostly children and women were killed and 116 wounded, including UN forces. That harrowing event alone would have sent Peres, then Israel’s prime minister, to serve his remaining years in jail.
     But of course, Israel is above the law, or so the Israeli government believes and thus it has consistently behaved accordingly in the last 65 years with a price tag of uncountable lives, untold destruction and protracted suffering of entire nations.
     Hawking’s response to the boycott call was immensely important. The man’s legendary status aside, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has proved more durable and successful than its detractors – mostly Israel’s apologists – want to believe. more.. e-mail

From Egypt to Gaza: the gate and the key 
Middle East Monitor 5/16/2013
      Hard politics on the ground in Cairo is beginning to force hearts to soften in some old regime hot spots. Benefits are beginning to be felt.
     It’s been exactly a year since I was last in Gaza.
     In that time another terrible attack has been unleashed by the Israeli military and government on the trapped Palestinian populace.
     On my previous visit, months after Egyptians elected the Muslim Brotherhood to power, there was little sign to the visitor of any real easing of the punitive behavior of officials at the Rafah crossing, towards Palestinians, wishing to travel to and from their homeland.
     What changes would I see this time?
     The team I work with at Peace 2012 stack our boxes of stationary and children’s toys onto trolleys at the dreaded crossing. ‘Dreaded’ because it has for decades been a symbol of the Mubarak regime’s ruthless willingness to carry out the dirty job of persecuting Palestinians at the behest of the Israeli government.
     I remember feeling dumbfounded on my first visit to Gaza in 2006.
     On hearing Gazan’s mutter bitterly that it was ‘better’ to fall into the hands of the Israeli soldiers, than Mubarak’s boot boys. ‘You expect things from your enemy but the violence of your brothers – this hurts in another way’ I heard many times. more.. e-mail

Activists not to drop charges against Israeli soldiers for Mavi-Marmara attack 
Gozde Nur Donat, Today’s Zaman, Israeli Occupation Archive 5/15/2013
      Families of the victims of Israel’s Mavi Marmara raid along with the survivors of the incident are determined to continue their legal struggle in trying members of the Israeli military responsible for the raid, notwithstanding any agreement between Turkey and Israel for the compensation of the event.
     In remarks to Sunday’s Zaman, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arinç said that an agreement with Israel would have an effect on the civil lawsuits that the families of the raid victims have initiated. “There are lawsuits filed by those who would receive the compensation.
     We are aware of their demands. There are talks over acquiring 10 or 20 times the amount of compensation for the trials demanding compensation. If we come up with a bilateral agreement [with Israel], they [the families] will be required to waive their lawsuits, otherwise they will not receive any compensation,” Arinç stated.
     Turkish and Israeli delegations have already held two rounds of talks over compensation — one in Ankara and the other in Tel Aviv. Turkish officials said that although there is an agreement with Israel over the parameters within which the compensation would be paid, a certain amount was not determined between the two countries. Arinç earlier said that a third round of talks would be held in order to finalize the agreement.
     The Turkish-Israeli agreement that would be shaped after the talks is planned to require approval in the Turkish Parliament in the framework of an international agreement.
     As part of the agreement on compensation, Israel wants lawsuits against its soldiers to be dropped. — See also: Source: Today’s Zaman more.. e-mail

Dutch probe sends warning to firms abetting Israel’s crimes
Electronic Intifada: 16 May 2013 – A three-year probe may not have led to a criminal prosecution but it shows that cooperating with Israel carries that risk.more

Porto Alegre is Palestine’s friend, so why has it embraced Israel’s war industry? 
Electronic Intifada: 16 May 2013 – One day after visiting Palestine, Brazilian politician Tarso Genro signed a deal with Israeli arms firm Elbit.more

Israel’s Racist and Ethnocentric View
Palestine Chronicle: 16 May 2013 – By Jamal Kanj Palestinians are this week commemorating the 65th anniversary of Al Nakba (the disaster or catastrophe). On May 15, 1948, Israel was declared a nation on the ruins of more than 500 townships and 800,000 expelled Palestinians. In December 1948 the international community adopted UN resolution 194, calling on Israel to allow the return of Palestinian refugees “at the earliest practicable date”. This became one of more than three dozen resolutions ignored by Israel. To pre-empt this and similar UN resolutions, Israel is demanding recognition as a nation for the Jewish people. Hence, it is reducing the status of non-Jewish natives to interlopers and elevating the status of Ashkenazi European converts to original inhabitants. It is worth noting that the vision of Jewish exclusivity started to take shape at the end of the 19th Century. Theodor Herzl, founder of modern political Zionism, articulated these objectives in his 1895…more

Hamas, the Arab Spring and the West
Palestine Chronicle: 16 May 2013 – By Dr. Ahmed Yousef – Gaza The “Arab Spring”, as we now have come to know it, has seemingly changed the nature of politics and the balance of power in the Middle East forever. The West was caught off guard and after initially grappling with the new situation, are now dealing with Islamist parties whom they had vowed never to sit at the same table with. Prior to the Arab Spring, all the branches of the ‘menacing’ Islamic Brotherhood were outlawed, and legitimate targets in the worldwide War on Terror.  The outsized blanket of Islamophobia seemed to smother anyone of Middle Eastern origin, let alone an Islamist. Much to the surprise of the world however, since their coming to power in countries like Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen, the Brotherhood have been welcoming and willing to deal with the rest of world in a refined, professional manner. To the dismay of…more

Al Nakba and Canada
Dissident Voice: 16 May 2013 – It is a shame that John Baird and his boss Stephen Harper haven’t learned yet from Canada’s colonial past. For over a century, the Palestine question has been described as the most complex political issue of our modern time. A very “complicated” equation that after a half of a century of Zionist colonization to set up and establish a colonial “Jewish state” in Palestine, a mathematician, none other than Einstein himself, had something to say about the crimes committed in his name as a Jew, and in the name of Judaism. In a letter by Einstein to the Zionist, Shepard Rifkin, executive director for “American Friends of the Fighters for the Freedom of Israel”, dated April 10, 1948 (the date is very important, it’s only a month before the illegal creation of the Zionist state in Palestine), he wrote: Mr. Shepard Rifkin Dear Sir: When a real and final catastrophe…more

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