VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 21 May 2013: Israeli archive file shows that Israel’s founder tried to erase Palestinian Nakba

21 May 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

PPP Slams Arrest Of Five Of Its Members By P.A. Forces
IMEMC – Tuesday May 21 2013; the leftist Palestinian People Party (PPP) issued a statement condemning the arrest of five of its members by the Palestinian Security Forces in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem. …

Israel Allows Fishermen To Fish Within 6 Miles Off Gaza Shore
IMEMC – Tuesday May 21 2013, the Radio Bethlehem 2000 has reported that Israel decided to allow Palestinian fishermen to fish within six nautical miles of the Gaza shore. …

2400 Palestinians Stuck At The Rafah Terminal
IMEMC – Tuesday May 21, 2013; the Himaya Center for Journalists Defending Human Rights has reported that more than 2400 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip are currently stuck at the Rafah Border Terminal between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, awaiting to be allowed through. …

Ma’an News

Israel demolishes 4 homes in East Jerusalem
5/21/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished two residential buildings in the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood of East Jerusalem on Tuesday, having earlier destroyed two Palestinian homes in al-Tur. Witnesses said that a large Israeli police force surrounded the buildings in Jabal al-Mukabbir and closed off the area before demolishing the buildings. One building belonged to….

Israeli forces shoot teen near Ramallah
5/21/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday shot and injured a Palestinian teenager in Jalazoun refugee camp near Ramallah, witnesses and the Israeli army said. Witnesses told Ma’an that Atta Sabah, 13, was walking with school friends when Israeli forces opened fire at the group and hit him in the back. An….

Israeli forces demolish commercial property in Jenin
5/21/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday demolished four commercial properties at the southern entrance of Barta which located behind the Israeli separation wall. Israeli forces claimed the properties were not licensed and that they were locate outside the allowed area for Palestinians, an official said. Tawfiq Qabha, a member of the village council….

Israeli forces demolish 2 houses in East Jerusalem
5/21/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished two houses in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur on Tuesday, locals said, leaving seven people homeless. Israeli forces raided two homes owned by the Shalan family early Tuesday and forced them to evacuate the property and take their belongings with them, members of the family told Ma….

Israel to re-extend Gaza fishing zone to 6 miles
5/21/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Israeli government has decided to re-extend Gaza’s fishing zone to 6 miles, after reducing it in March following a rocket attack from the coastal territory, a statement from Israel’s army said Tuesday. The decision was announced after a meeting between Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu and….

Settlers severely beat handicapped boy near Hebron
5/21/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Settlers assaulted a 16-year-old handicapped boy in Yatta on Tuesday, leaving him with bruising all over his body, official news agency Wafa reported. Mohammad Shawaheen, 16, was attacked east of Yatta by settlers from Maon. He was taken to hospital for treatmentLast week, settlers from Maon torched two dunams of….

Clashes in Hebron as Israeli forces search Palestinian woman
5/21/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out in Hebron late Monday after Israeli forces physically searched a Palestinian woman near Shuhada street, locals said. Sundus al-Azza, 19, had passed through metal detectors at an Israeli checkpoint but was called back to be patted down by Israeli soldiers, locals said. Al-Azza demanded that a female soldier….

Israel hospitalizes hunger striker
5/21/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel on Tuesday hospitalized a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike, his lawyer said. Ayman Abu Daoud was transferred from Ramle prison clinic to the Haemek Medical Center in Afula, said Jawad Boulos, a lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoners Society. Abu Daoud has been on hunger strike since April 14. The 32….

Official: 2 killed in Gaza City clan clash
5/21/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A journalist and human rights activist were shot dead in Gaza overnight during a suspected clan clash, locals said. Muatazz Kamal Abu Safiyya, 23, and his uncle Ahmad Hasan Abu Safiyya, 42, were killed during the clash in Gaza City’s Tal al-Hawa neighborhood. Muatazz was a correspondent with….

Israeli troops in Golan return fire from Syria
5/21/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli soldiers patrolling the disputed Golan Heights along the border with Syria fired back after coming under fire overnight, an Israeli Defense Forces statement said Tuesday.” Overnight, shots were fired at an IDF patrol on the border in the central Golan Heights, damaging a military vehicle,” said a statement on the army’…. Related: Israel army warns Syria of Golan unrest ‘consequences’

Thousands stranded as Rafah closed for 5th day
5/21/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities kept the Rafah crossing with Gaza closed for a fifth consecutive day on Tuesday, despite efforts by Palestinian officials to reopen the terminal. Egyptian police closed the Rafah crossing on Friday after gunmen ambushed two minibuses in Sinai’s Wadi al-Akhdar and detained seven Egyptian servicemen. The….

Official: Hamas willing to close down tunnels
5/21/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas government in Gaza is willing to close down all smuggling tunnels under the Egyptian border once a commercial crossing opens, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.” We do not want the tunnels in the first place,” said Ghazi Hamad.”They burden citizens and cause….

Diplomats: EU poised to put Hezbollah on terror list
5/21/2013 – BRUSSELS (AFP) – The European Union stands poised to put the military wing of Lebanon’s Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organizations after a formal request to blacklist the group was filed by a member state Monday, diplomats said. The request from Britain formally launches a process to blacklist the group, a move that…. Related: Hezbollah sends new fighters to bloody Syria battle

Israel army warns Syria of Golan unrest ‘consequences’
5/21/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The head of Israel’s armed forces warned Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday of “consequences” if fire continues from Syrian territory against Israeli troops in the occupied Golan Heights.” If he disturbs the Golan Heights, he will have to bear the consequences,” Lieutenant General Benny Gantz said in an address at…. Related: Israeli troops in Golan return fire from Syria

Jordan denies entry to Islamic Jihad official
5/21/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Jordanian authorities on Tuesday denied entry to a representative of the Islamic Jihad movement, the group said. Abu Imad Rifaee, a senior Islamic Jihad official, was en route to Jordan to take part in a reconciliation committee meeting tasked with reactivating the PLO. Islamic Jihad condemned the move, urging committee….

Palestinian, Lebanese journalists tour Jordan
5/21/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Journalists from Palestine and Lebanon traveled through Jordan in May as part of efforts to increase tourism to the kingdom. The trip included a visit to Wadi Rum, the valley of the moon, where views of the mountainous area can be enjoyed by climbing on black and rose-colored stones. Performers sang….

Islamic Jihad: We will not get involved in Syria
5/21/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad on Tuesday denied reports that its militants are fighting alongside Hezbollah in the ongoing battles for the Syrian town of Qusayr.” Forcibly adding (the movement’s) name is an attempt to misguide people that the movement has changed its priority which is to fight against the occupation…. Related: Hezbollah sends new fighters to bloody Syria battle

PA security forces detain 3 Hamas members
5/21/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces arrested three Hamas affiliates in the West Bank on Tuesday, the Islamist group said in a statement. Three Hamas members were detained in Bethlehem and Nablus, the group said. [END]

Gaza security forces to uphold ‘standards of manliness’
5/21/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas security forces in the Gaza Strip have been instructed to uphold standards of manliness, Interior Minister Fathi Hammad said Tuesday. Security services in Gaza should “keep an eye on those involved in reducing standards of manliness,” Hammad said during a graduation speech for security officers, without providing further details….

Teachers’ union to abide by court decision on exam dates
5/21/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The union of teachers said Tuesday it would abide by a Palestinian supreme court decisionover the schedule of final exams. The union and the PA Ministry of Education have been embroiled in a dispute over the exams schedule, and the supreme court on Sunday annulled a timetable set by the union….

Group: 4 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria
5/21/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Four Palestinian refugees were killed in Syria on Monday, the Damascus-based task-force for Palestinians in Syriasaid. Farid Qasim was “executed” by gunmen affiliated with rebels from the Free Syrian Army in the Sheikh Anbar neighborhood, a statement said, allegedly because he was connected to the Popular Front for the Liberation of….

Palestinian children meet football star Messi in Qatar
5/21/2013 – DOHA, Qatar (Ma’an) — Two Palestinian children had the chance to meet international soccer star Lionel Messi in the Qatari capital of Doha on Monday. Messi visited Doha as the global brand ambassador of the Qatari telecommunications company Ooredoo. Thanks to a partnership between Ooredoo and Palestine’s Wataniya Telecom, Saliha Hamdeen and….

Egyptian forces storm homes in north Sinai
5/21/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian troops on Tuesday stormed homes and deserted buildings in Sinai’s Sheikh Zuweid, witnesses said, as the search for seven kidnapped Egyptian officers continued. Three warplanes hovered over the coastal city as soldiers raided homes and buildings used by Jihadists, witnesses told Ma’an. Meanwhile, North Sinai….

Hezbollah sends new fighters to bloody Syria battle
5/21/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Dozens of people, mostly combatants, have been killed in ongoing battles for the Syrian town of Qusayr, a watchdog said Tuesday, as Hezbollah sent new elite fighters to the rebel stronghold. Meanwhile, in northern Lebanon, new shells launched from inside Syria injured nine people, an official said.” At least 31 Hezbollah fighters have…. Related:Diplomats: EU poised to put Hezbollah on terror list and Islamic Jihad: We will not get involved in Syria

Syria submits 5 names for possible peace talks
5/21/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — The Syrian regime has put forward a list of five officials including Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi as potential negotiators in talks with the opposition, European diplomatic sources said on Tuesday. The list, provided to Moscow in early March, also includes deputy prime minister Qadri Jamil and three other officials, the sources said. The….

Iran wants in on Syria peace conference
5/21/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran said Tuesday it is willing to attend an upcoming peace conference on Syria, arguing all influential parties must be included in the process for it to be a success.” The condition for success in Geneva is that all countries with influence on events in Syria participate,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi told….

UN calls for ‘credible’ Syrian players at Geneva talks
5/21/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — A planned Syria peace conference next month will only work if the government and rebels send credible negotiating teams, the UN’s deputy secretary-general Jan Eliasson said Tuesday.” There have to be two, credible delegations to negotiate,” Eliasson told reporters in Geneva, the planned venue of the talks.” We’re working….

UNICEF decries ‘desperate’ situation in Syrian Qusayr
5/21/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — The UN’s children’s agency warned Tuesday that up to 20,000 civilians, mainly women and children, could be trapped by harsh fighting in the Syrian town of Qusayr.” The situation is desperate,” UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado told reporters in Geneva. Her comments came as the battle for Qusayr, in central….

Palestine News Network

Israeli Navy Boats Target Gaza Fishermen
Palestine News Network

Livni Urges PA, Israeli Government to Resume Peace Talks Based on 2-State Solution
Palestine News Network

John Kerry Begins Tour to Middle East
Palestine News Network

Israel Renews Administrative Detention of 11 Prisoners
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Storm Several Areas in Hebron
Palestine News Network

Israel Summons 7 Palestinians for Interrogation
Palestine News Network

Israel Arrests Two Minors near Ramallah
Palestine News Network

Cremisan vs. Apartheid Wall
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Prelude to land theft: a livelihood trashed in Aqraba
5/21/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 21st May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Team Nablus, Aqraba, Occupied Palestine – Seven hundred olive trees were uprooted first thing in the morning of 16th May while a bulldozer got to work destroying the farmer’s concrete water storage facility and surrounding dry stone walls and fences in Aqraba. The Israeli army, who did some….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Support to education, health, social care, and public utility services for the Palestinian population
Relief Web 21 May 2013 – Source: World Bank Country: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canary Islands (Spain), France, Italy, Norway, occupied Palestinian territory, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Financed entirely by eleven donors, the World Bank-administered Emergency Services Support Program (ESSP) Multi-Donor Trust…

Syrian Arab Republic: UNRWA students in Syria continue education despite violence
Relief Web 21 May 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic In the midst of conflict, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is doing its best…

occupied Palestinian territory: Finland announces additional EUR 1.5 million to UNRWA
Relief Web 21 May 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Finland, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic During his visit to Gaza today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Finland Dr. Erkki Tuomioja announced…

occupied Palestinian territory: Health Department 2012 Annual Report
Relief Web 21 May 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic UNRWA health programme hard hit in Syria but the UN agency’s work is having an impact Today, during…

occupied Palestinian territory: Woman lifts her family out of poverty in the West Bank
Relief Web 21 May 2013 – Source: UN Development Programme Country: occupied Palestinian territory Highlights A total of 2,000 very small and micro enterprises have received financing to expand their enterprises. The total value of loans issued by the programme to MFIs is US $6.35 million….

The National

How Iraq can pull back from the brink
The National 21 May 2013 – Some warn of a return to the dark days of 2006 and 2007, but Sunni political pragmatism may show a peaceful way forward. Analysis by Iraq historian Reidar Visser 

UAE’s water and electricity needs will be met, FNC told
The National 21 May 2013 – The Minister of Energy said the Federal Electricity and Water Authority, which he also heads, has a clear strategy to cover the needs of all the emirates it serves.

Emiratis must abide by any contracts they sign, says Sheikh Abdullah
The National 21 May 2013 – The UAE does not prevent foreign embassies from working to protect their citizens who are employed here, the Foreign Minister told the FNC yesterday.

Israel warns Assad over Golan Heights exchange of fire
The National 21 May 2013 – Exchange adds to fears Syria’s civil war could create further regional instability. Hugh Naylor reports from Jerusalem 

UAE media law has answers, says Abdullah
The National 21 May 2013 – A national media law will clear up many concerns expressed by FNC members about the industry, the head of the National Media Council said yesterday.

Survey identifies 6,000 death spots on Abu Dhabi roads
The National 21 May 2013 – Urgent action necessary to address the capital’s most dangerous roads, says Abu Dhabi Municipality.

Kerry ramps up diplomacy for Syria peace conference
The National 21 May 2013 – John Kerry, the US secretary of state, will today meet allies of the United States and members of the so-called “Friends of Syria” group in Jordan’s capital to discuss Russian-American plans for a peace conference. Omar Karmi reports 

Final arguments from UAE sedition trial
The National 21 May 2013 – Final hearing in case of 94 Emiratis accused of sedition as court sets date for verdict.


Few math degrees plus little teacher training equals bad Israeli math teachers
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2013

Israeli officials: More EU states backing move to list Hezbollah as terror group over role in Syria
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2013

Israeli soldier killed during land mine clearing near Syrian border
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2013

Bodies of two girls aged three and five found in southern Bedouin town
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2013

Palestinian hurt by live IDF fire at West Bank demonstration
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2013

For first time, Assad regime claims responsibility for firing at Israel
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2013

Israel expands territorial limit for fishing off Gaza coast
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2013

Bedouin man wounded in Be’er Sheva bank shooting taken handcuffed to hospital
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2013

Strapped for cash, Defense Ministry looks to banks to fund projects
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2013

Government rifts over peace process revealed during Knesset committee meeting
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2013

Syrian forces, IDF exchange fire in Golan Heights for third time this week
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2013

Ramat Hasharon mayor charged with corruption
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2013

Israeli ministers back bill forcing sexual harassers to pay triple in damages – even without proof of harm
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2013

Israel’s fattest paychecks go to port workers, at NIS 38,000 / month
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2013

Ex-IDF chief rabbi takes over Israel’s new Jewish Identity Administration
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2013

Jerusalem Post

Livni: Scale tilts for freedom of information
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Justice Minister at Knesset Freedom of Information conference, says in balance with state secrecy, freedom of information wins. 

State vows to curb private gun ownership
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Public Security minister weighs stricter criteria, more stringent testing for weapons permits. 

Yacimovich: Morally corrupt to link murder to economy
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – MKs Deri, Zandberg say government’s “cruel budget” pushed Beersheba shooter to commit crimes 

Egyptian army secures Sinai in hunt for Islamists
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Police forces step up roadblocks in effort to find militants who kidnapped seven security officers near the border with Gaza. 

Mourners bid farewell to victim of bank shooting
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Hundreds gather at Omer cemetery to bid farewell to Avner Cohen, the 40-year-old manager of the Bank Hapoalim branch in Beersheba. 

‘Eleven Palestinians have died under PA, Hamas detention’
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – According to a report released by the Palestinian Independent Commission For Human Rights, last year saw a 10% increase in the number of complaints over human rights abuses by Palestinian Authority, Hamas. 

In my own write: Right to die
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Two British men are petitioning the Court of Appeal, seeking protection from prosecution for people who could help them “end it all.” 

From the media’s ‘gotcha’ grip to Zionist fulfillment
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Center Field: “In a world obsessed with trivial pursuits, few presidents and prime ministers can avoid all idiotic controversies.” 

Report: Top politicians banned from Iranian election
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Iranian authorities disqualify Rafsanjani, Ahmadinejad ally from list of candidates approved by Guardian Council, Fars reports. 

Boruch Spiegel, Warsaw ghetto fighter, dies at 93
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – One of the last surviving fighters of the Warsaw ghetto uprising in 1943 dies in Montreal, ‘New York Times’ reports. 

Nigeria: Why Islamism succeeds, in miniature
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Terra Incognita: Nigeria launches offensive against Islamists, US voices support for security forces to protect civilians by all means. 

‘Hamas to close tunnels if Egypt will open border’
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Ma’an quotes Gazan official as saying tunnel issue resolved by balancing Egypt’s security needs with Gaza’s humanitarian needs. 

Saudi princes accused of laundering for Hezbollah
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Princes seek to extricate themselves from London legal battle with Jordanian businessman; allegation to raise concerns in Saudi. 

Barkat defends closure of Cinema City on Shabbat
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Opponents argue J’lem mayor’s statements based on reelection fears of alienating ultra-Orthodox voters. 

Gantz: If Assad escalates attacks, he’ll bear consequences
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – IDF release video of cross-border fire in Golan Heights. 

Syria’s rebels blame Putin for prolonged fight
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Moscow seen as struggling for relevance as its Mideast grasp slips away; rebels view Russian involvement as thwarting resolution in Syria. 

Three killed in Syria-related clashes in Lebanon
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Sectarian fighting in northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, where an Alawite minority lives, raises death toll of conflict to nine. 

UK asks EU to place Hezbollah on terror blacklist
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – European Union moves closer to adding Hezbollah’s military wing to its list of terror groups, diplomat says. 

Jordan refuses entry to Syrian refugees
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – In first such clampdown by Amman since onset of crisis, some 1,000 refugees are stranded, waiting for border to open. 

Chabad opens shelter for those displaced by tornado
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Community Center of Southern Oklahoma collecting supplies for those left homeless by tornado that tore through Oklahoma. 

Iran acts to expand sensitive nuclear capacity
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – UN nuclear agency report expected to show Iran further increasing capacity to produce materials, continued instillation of centrifuges. 

Saudi Arabia blocks access to Jpost.com
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Blogger confirms on Twitter that ‘Post’ website blocked; Website editor: Shame Saudi regime determined to stifle freedom. 

Beersheba mayor: Our whole city is wounded
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Thousands attend funerals of Beersheba bank shootout victims who were killed by a lone gunman. 

Families attend funerals of Beersheba victims
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Beersheba mayor says four were killed in bank shooting, but entire city wounded as families lay loved ones to rest. 

A hippie mensch
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Ray Manzarak was an unrepentant hippie, in the best possible sense of the word. 

IDF thwarts terror attack, kidnapping in W. Bank
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Shin Bet nabs two Hamas, Islamic Jihad cells plotting to kill Israeli, demand release of prisoners in exchange for body. 

Hezbollah, Syrian army renew Qusair offensive
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Opposition activists say the fighters and soldiers are using air strikes and artillery to drive out rebels. 

Jewish terrorist Tytell appeals murder conviction
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Tytell appeals conviction and two life sentences for murdering two Palestinians, assortment of other crimes. 

IDF denies Syria claim vehicle destroyed in Golan
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Army responds to statement by Syrian military, saying a vehicle was lightly damaged by gunfire from Syria; Israeli troops return fire. 

Israel restores Gaza fishing area to six miles
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2013 – Area previously restricted to three nautical miles after rocket fire on southern Israel; announcement comes ahead of Kerry visit. 

The Guardian

Israel and Syria exchange fire in the Golan Heights
The Guardian 21 May 2013 – Syrian army says it destroyed ‘Israeli vehicle with everyone in it’, but Israel reports only minor damage and no injuries A cross-border exchange of fire in the Golan Heights between the Israeli and Syrian armies early…

Muhammad al-Dura and Israel’s obsession with the propaganda war | Rachel Shabi
The Guardian 21 May 2013 – A report suggesting the death of the boy may have been faked was all spin, disregarding Palestinian testimony If Israel’s government is to be believed, Palestinians have sunk so low as to be capable of faking…

Syria crisis: Israel returns fire
The Guardian 21 May 2013 – Israeli troops have shot at targets in Syria in response to gunfire at its forces in the Golan Heights as the violence in Syria also spills over into Lebanon and Iraq Matthew Weaver Guardian readers


Iraq’s Yazidis in Crossfire In Baghdad

Military Resistance 11E12; a View From Kabul

Rise Up or Die

Africa & U.S. Imperialism: Post-Colonial Crises and the Imperatives of the African Revolution

If Our Re-elected Prez is WarCriminal, What Are We? King would have asked!

This Is What Winning Looks Like My Afghanistan War Diary

Video: Protesting on the Day 100 of the Guantanamo Hunger Strike

Libya: Angry Misratans threaten to attack Tawarghans if they attempt to return

The Children of Gaza’s Tunnels

5 Worst Obama Assaults on Civil Liberties Besides the AP scandal

Daily Star

Car bomb, other attacks kill 20 in Iraq
Daily Star 21 May 2013 A car bomb exploded as Sunni worshippers were leaving a mosque after evening prayers Tuesday in Baghdad, the deadliest in a string of attacks that killed at least 20 people nationwide in a week of the…

Saudi executes 5 Yemenis, displays bodies
Daily Star 21 May 2013 Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed five Yemenis convicted of crimes and displayed their bodies in public as a deterrent for future criminals, the government said.

FBI names Benghazi suspects _ but no arrests yet
Daily Star 21 May 2013 The U.S. has identified five men who might be responsible for the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year, and has enough evidence to justify seizing them by military force as suspected terrorists,…

Israel army warns Syria of Golan unrest ‘consequences’
Daily Star 21 May 2013 The head of Israel’s armed forces warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday of “consequences” if fire continues from Syrian territory against Israeli troops in the occupied Golan Heights.

Claim Saudi princes laundered Hezbollah money “fanciful”: lawyer
Daily Star 21 May 2013 Two Saudi princes seek to extricate themselves from a London legal battle with a Jordanian businessman who accuses them of laundering money for Hezbollah, an allegation their lawyer called “fanciful”.

More troops arrive in Egypt’s Sinai over hostages
Daily Star 21 May 2013 Egyptian security officials say they have deployed additional military and police, along with helicopters and rocket launchers, to the northern Sinai Peninsula as part of a buildup in response to the kidnapping of security forces there.

Syria claims destroyed Israeli vehicle inside its territory
Daily Star 21 May 2013 The Syrian army says that its troops have destroyed an Israeli vehicle which had crossed into its territory from the Golan Heights, and warns that any attempt to invade its sovereignty would be responded to.

YNet News

Saudi Arabia executes 5 Yemenis, displays bodies
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US Senate panel approves weapons for Syrian rebels
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Palestinian teen hurt by IDF fire treated in Israel
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In wake of soldier’s death, IDF halts all minesweeping operations
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Relative angle being investigated in murder of Bedouin girls
YNet News, 21 May 2013 – ….

Obsession with modesty killing us
YNet News, 21 May 2013 – Op-ed: Haredi journalist says modesty epidemic serving as tool for exclusion, humiliation of women in her society ….

Assad butchers, Israel still blamed
YNet News, 21 May 2013 – Op-ed: Despite atrocities committed by Syrian regime, alleged Israeli airstrike united Arab world against Jewish state ….

Palestine Information Center

Sit-in organized in Gaza in solidarity with Jordanian prisoners
PIC – Wa’ed Society for Detainees and Ex-detainees organized on Monday morning a vigil in front of the Red Cross headquarters in Gaza City in solidarity with the Jordanian hunger striking prisoners.

10 political detainees in PA jails start hunger strike
PIC – Families of political prisoners committee in the West Bank announced that 10 political prisoners held in the Preventive apparatus’s prison announced entering an open hunger strike until their release.

Settlers attack a Palestinian village in the Negev
PIC – Palestinian sources in the Bedouin village of Bir Hadaj in the Negev, in the southern 1948 territories, said that Jewish extremists from Ratmim settlement attacked the village and its residents.

Occupation moved captive Ibrahim Hamed to an unknown destination
PIC – Israeli Prison Service abruptly moved on Monday prisoner Ibrahim Hamed, one of the leaders of al-Qassam Brigades military wing of Hamas, from Rimon jail to an unknown destination.

Khamaisi: IOA aims to change the Jerusalemite demographic reality
PIC – Dr. Rasem Khamaisi, an urban-planning expert, said that the Israeli Occupation Authority (IOA) continued its attempts to change the demographic reality of occupied Jerusalem.

Researcher: Israel cancels UNESCO delegation’s visit to hide its crimes
PIC – The Jerusalemite researcher Jamal Amr stated that canceling UNESCO delegation’s visit to Jerusalem by the occupation authorities aims to hide the Israeli violations.

Human rights organizations call for re-opening Rafah crossing
PIC – Palestinian human rights institutions called on Egyptian authorities to re-open the Rafah crossing in both directions immediately.

Israeli forces arrest 2 fishermen from Gaza
PIC – Israeli navy forces detained on Sunday night two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.

Sit-in in solidarity with hunger striker Abu Daoud in al-Khalil
PIC – Palestinian MPs and political leaders, liberated prisoners and dozens of citizens have participated in a sit-in in solidarity with the hunger striker Ayman Abu Daoud on Monday in al-Khalil city.


Two, Including Journalist, Die in Family Feud in Gaza
WAFA – 21 May 2013

Israel Demolishes Two Buildings in East Jerusalem
WAFA – 21 May 2013

Jordanian Prisoners in Israel on Hunger Strike, says Group
WAFA – 21 May 2013

Newspapers Review: Conflict over UNESCO Mission Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 21 May 2013

Settlers Severely Batter Teenager near Hebron
WAFA – 21 May 2013

Israel to Demolish 7 Houses near Hebron
WAFA – 21 May 2013

UNESCO to Discuss Israeli Ban on Mission
WAFA – 21 May 2013


Iran disqualifies 2 high-profile presidential candidates
LA Times 21 May 2013 – Ex-President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a confidant of the outgoing president, have been seen as disloyal to the supreme leader. TEHRAN — In a highly anticipated decision likely to spark controversy, Iran’s supervisory electoral body on Tuesday disqualified two high-profile candidates…

Syria’s military shows unexpected resilience
LA Times 20 May 2013 – The government force’s onslaught in Qusair has confounded predictions that the Syrian government’s days were numbered. BEIRUT — The military onslaught this week against the strategic Syrian town of Qusair has dramatized a surprising combat resilience that has already put rebel forces on the defensive…

The Lede: Former President of Iran Disqualified From Race to Succeed Ahmadinejad, State TV Says
New York Times 21 May 2013 – Iran’s state television announced Tuesday that Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a two-term former president who called for greater freedom during protests in 2009, has been barred from running in next month’s election to succeed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. 

Iran Bars Mashaei and Rafsanjani as Candidates
New York Times 21 May 2013 – A vetting panel rejected Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, an ally of President Ahmadinejad, and former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. 

At War Blog: Married to the Marines
New York Times 21 May 2013 – A military spouse reflects on the pros and cons of being married to a marine as he retires from the Corps after 20 years of service. 

World Brief | Middle East : Israel Extends Zone for Fishing Off Gaza
New York Times 21 May 2013 – As Secretary of State John Kerry flew to the Middle East, officials canceled a three-mile limit imposed in March after Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel. 

Syrian and Hezbollah Fighters Push Qusayr Assault
New York Times 21 May 2013 – Airstrikes were reported on Tuesday amid conflicting accounts about the progress of the battle for Qusayr, a town in western Syrian long held by anti-government forces. 

Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Asks to Change Lawyers
New York Times 20 May 2013 – Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, facing terrorism charges in Manhattan, wants to be represented by Stanley L. Cohen, who himself is under federal indictment in a tax case. 

Hezbollah’s Role in Syria Shakes the Lebanese
New York Times 20 May 2013 – Fighting in the strategic city of Qusayr brought rising casualties for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah as it joined its biggest battle yet in support of Syria’s president. 

Suntech supplying panels to two Shikun & Binui solar plants 
Globes Energy & Water – The Sde Boker facility will generate five megawatts, and the Hatzerim facility six megawatts.

Qualcomm CEO: We seek Israel’s technology leaders
Globes Main News – The message from Paul Jacobs’s Israel visit is that Qualcomm’s R&D center is being upgraded in importance to a major strategic center.

Lapid changes tune to sell austerity plan
Globes Main News – Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s new talking points page stresses fear of economic collapse instead of helping the working man.

Powermat acquires Finland’s PowerKiss
Globes Main News – Wireless battery recharging systems developer Powermat has acquired rival PowerKiss for a few tens of millions of dollars.

Tue: Telcos keep market in green
Globes Main News – Bezeq, Cellcom, and Partner rose strongly, but Israel Chemicals suffered the biggest loss on the Tel Aviv 25.

ADHD co Alcobra to raise $25m on Nasdaq Tuesday
Globes Main News – Alcobra will hold the offering at $10-12 per share, raising a gross $22.8-27.3 million, at a midpoint company value of $113 million.

Unions aren’t problem, but lack of them 
Globes Macro Economics – Israel’s problem is not strong unions operating in the economy but that there are poor workers, in part because of the lack of organized labor.

Ishay Davidi: Tax the rich and levy an estate tax
Globes Macro Economics – People who earn more than NIS 40,000 should pay a 5% surtax, and people who earn more than NIS 100,000 should pay a 10% surtax.

A diplomatic crisis Israel cannot afford 
Globes Macro Economics – Transport Minister Yisrael Katz’s Facebook posts about his reprimand of Ford and US Embassy officials have vanished.

Treasury sources: Budget chief was pushed out 
Globes Macro Economics – Budget Director Gal Hershkowitz resigned yesterday after just two years.

Video: Paterson, NJ raises the Palestinian flag over city hall for Palestinian-American Day
Mondoweiss – Exciting news. One day after the Palestinian flag reached the top of the world , a flag raising ceremony was held in Paterson, New Jersey (video 3:12) accompanied by the Palestinian national anthem and cheers of “Long Live Palestine”. It’s probable Paterson has become the very first municipality…

Princeton students ‘come out’ for Palestine to overcome shame attached to issue in U.S.
Mondoweiss – Beautiful video out of Princeton. A bunch of students from diverse backgrounds “come out for Palestine,” so as to remove the stigma that the issue has in the U.S. These students speak of human rights, the end of the occupation and the blockade, and the right…

Jim from Newport Township, Illinois asks the wrong question
Mondoweiss – “The Intersection of Political Influence and Journalism” was the topic on the Diane Rehm show this morning. Jane Mayer, author of The Dark Side , was the guest. She spoke about her article in The New Yorker about PBS bending over backwards so as not to offend…

There’s been a sea change in US opinion on the conflict
Mondoweiss – Pamela Olson’s book tour for Fast Times in Palestine took her all over the US, including to California, Oklahoma, Washington, Colorado, and many major cities on the east coast. She wrote this blogpost describing her reception.  I resolved at the beginning not to sugarcoat anything or…

Former AIPAC lobbyist assumes weighty mantle (and travel budget) of US Special Envoy on anti-Semitism
Mondoweiss – This sums up t he political use of anti-Semitism. The new State Department Envoy on anti-Semitism is former AIPAC lobbyist Ira Forman, a guy whose entire career has been dedicated to advancing the policies of the Israeli government, at AIPAC and then as head of the…

Reform College, Bowing to Pressure, Will Rethink Rabbi Intermarriage Policy 
The Foward Breaking News 21 May 2013 – After discussing it with “the cabinet” of advisors to HUC president Rabbi David Ellenson, Marmur decided to initiate a faculty-wide discussion across HUC’s campuses in New York, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Jerusalem. Click here for the rest of the article…

Can Israel Learn From Britain on Ending Racism and Hatred in Soccer? 
The Foward Breaking News 21 May 2013 – England is described as “a world leader in dealing with soccer racism and hooliganism” on the website of the New Israel Fund, the U.S.-based social justice group that created and bankrolls Shanan’s nonprofit, Kick Racism Out of Israeli Football. Click here for the rest of the…

Helping Syria War Victims Poses Special Challenges for Jews and Israelis 
The Forward New 21 May 2013 – The American Jewish community and Israel are both known for their quick response to humanitarian disasters. But daunting obstacles have kept them sidelined from the Syrian civil war. Click here for the rest of the article…

Searching in Beit Ommar 
Palestine Solidarity Project 21 May 2013 – On the 20th of May 2013 the Israeli occupation forces stormed Beit Ommar town and they were searching for something in the farm lands and houses using dogs and automatic machines “some of these house belongs to Jamal Hasan” the Israeli occupation forces were looking for…

Key pair barred from Iran election 
BBC 21 May 2013 – Two prominent figures in Iran, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, are barred from standing in next month’s presidential election.

Syria and Israel in exchange of fire 
BBC 21 May 2013 – Israeli and Syrian forces trade fire across the ceasefire line in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights.

Saudi Arabia arrests 10 spy suspects 
BBC 21 May 2013 – Saudi Arabia has arrested 10 more suspects in what it says is a spy ring linked to Iran, state media report.

The Golden Era of Arab Atheism? 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 21 May 2013 – It is unlikely that Western media will take note, but there seems to be a rejuvenation of Arab atheism. Western media never take note of Arab intellectual trends, especially if they deviate from the classical conventional assumptions about the Theologocentric (as Maxime Rodinson called it in…

On Hezbollah’s Syrian Intervention 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 21 May 2013 – A Syrian army soldier inspects a house as his unit advances in on the village of Western Dumayna, 7 km north of the rebel held city of Qusayr on 13 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) A Syrian army soldier inspects a house as his…

Israeli troops shoot Palestinian child in West Bank 
Al-Akhbar News 21 May 2013 – A Palestinian runs away from a digger of the Israeli army during clashes between Palestinians and Israelis soldiers at the gate of the Ofer prison after a march marking the 65th Nakba day on 15 May 2013 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo: AFP…

Morocco jails two men for homosexuality 
Al-Akhbar News 21 May 2013 – A Moroccan court has convicted two men of homosexuality and public indecency, and sentenced each to four months in prison, in the latest case against gays in this North African nation. Prosecutors at the Temara court near the capital Rabat said at Monday’s trial that the…

A Personal Tale of Polygamy 
Al-Akhbar News 21 May 2013 – Tunisian women shoot slogans during a demonstration on 9 March 2013 in Tunis. (Photo: AFP – Fethi Belaid) Tunisian women shoot slogans during a demonstration on 9 March 2013 in Tunis. (Photo: AFP – Fethi Belaid) Buthaina, Salma, and Hawraa experienced a great deal of harm…

Bekaa: Mourning and Celebrating Qusayr’s Dead 
Al-Akhbar News 21 May 2013 – Members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah carry the coffin of their comrade Fadi Mohammed al-Jazzar during his funeral in southern Beirut on 20 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – STR) Members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah carry the coffin of their comrade Fadi Mohammed al-Jazzar during his funeral in southern Beirut…

Jordan closes its borders to Syrian refugees: activists 
Al-Akhbar News 21 May 2013 – Internally displaced Syrian families spend their day at the Maiber al-Salam refugee camp along the Turkish border in the northern province of Aleppo on 28 April 2013. (Photo: AFP – Miguel Medina) Jordan has turned away thousands of Syrian refugees in the past week in the…

The Battle for Qusayr: Decisive Victory or War of Attrition? 
Al-Akhbar News 21 May 2013 – A Syrian soldier sits inside a tank as troops take control of the village of Western Dumayna, some seven kilometers north of the rebel-held city of Qusayr, on 13 May 2013. (Photo: AFP -Joseph Eid) A Syrian soldier sits inside a tank as troops take control…

Qusayr Battles Echo in Tripoli 
Al-Akhbar Politics 20 May 2013 – A woman walks past Lebanese soldiers standing guard with an armoured personnel carrier in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on 20 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ibrahim Chalhoub) A woman walks past Lebanese soldiers standing guard with an armoured personnel carrier in the northern Lebanese…

Israel’s Miscalculation Syndrome 
Al-Akhbar Politics 20 May 2013 – An Israeli Merkava tank is positioned for deployment during a drill in the Israeli annexed Golan Heights near the border with Syria on 5 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Menahem Kahana) An Israeli Merkava tank is positioned for deployment during a drill in the Israeli annexed…

Syria: The Man Behind Qusayr’s Mediation Efforts 
Al-Akhbar Politics 20 May 2013 – A Lebanese man stands on a dirt barrier which separates Lebanon from Syria in the Bekaa Valley region of al-Qaa in eastern Lebanon on 21 October 2011. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) A Lebanese man stands on a dirt barrier which separates Lebanon from Syria in…

Syria: Turning Point in the Battle of Qusayr 
Al-Akhbar Politics 20 May 2013 – Syrian troops take control of the village of Western Dumayna, some seven kilometers north of the rebel-held city of Qusayr, on 13 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) Syrian troops take control of the village of Western Dumayna, some seven kilometers north of the rebel-held…

Key pair barred from Iran election 
BBC 21 May 2013 – Two prominent figures in Iran, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, are barred from standing in next month’s presidential election.

Syria and Israel in exchange of fire 
BBC 21 May 2013 – Israeli and Syrian forces trade fire across the ceasefire line in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights.

Fresh bombings in Iraq ‘kill 23’ 
BBC 21 May 2013 – At least 23 people are killed in new bomb attacks in Iraq, a day after a wave of bombings across the country left at least 70 people dead.

Saudi Arabia arrests 10 spy suspects 
BBC 21 May 2013 – Saudi Arabia has arrested 10 more suspects in what it says is a spy ring linked to Iran, state media report.

Deadly virus kills Tunisian man 
BBC 21 May 2013 – A man has died of the novel coronavirus (NCoV) in Tunisia, in what is believed to be the first such case in Africa.

Saudi Arabia executes five Yemenis 
BBC 21 May 2013 – Saudi Arabia executes five Yemenis convicted of murder and robbery, leaving their bodies hanging in public, in the town of Jizan.


Lord David Steel speaks to MEMO 
Amelia Smith, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 5/18/2013
      EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – It’s time to cancel the European Union’s trade association with Israel if their government persists in violating international law.
     Lord David Steel spent four years of his childhood in Kenya at the time of the Mau Mau uprising in the fifties and sixties, when thousands were killed rebelling against British colonial rule; now he is one of the longest serving leaders of the Liberal Party. This early experience became an important part of his life and has affected his approach to morality and his political career. “Looking back on it as a student I was horrified by the assumptions of superiority of one race over others”, he explains.
     Since his childhood in Africa, Steel has travelled across the world, and focused much of his interest on democracy, human rights and the monitoring of elections in developing countries. He became interested in the Middle East in 1980 when he visited the region as leader of the Liberal Party, meeting with King Hussein, President Sadat, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat. On meeting with Arafat, then Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, he encouraged him to recognise Israel. “Why should I play my last card?” the leader replied.
     Steel has spoken, and written, about the twists and turns of the Israel Palestine conflict many times. In March last year, at the Magna Carta Institute lecture at Brunel, he concentrated on the European Union’s responsibility to become more involved with the Middle East process. As it stands now, Europe’s trade treaty with Israel grants it special access to the single largest market there is. In 2009, total trade between Israel and the EU hit 20 billion Euros.
     Not only does the treaty stipulate conditionalities about valuing human rights (of which the Israeli government does not have a good track record), but trade privileges, or the removal of them, promise huge leverage in the implementation of international law…. more.. e-mail

Deaths of the ‘no-state’ Palestinians are Proportional to Life of the Two State Solution 
Alternative Insight 5/21/2013
      It is perilous and unbecoming to argue with and contradict the icons of our global society. Those who struggle courageously for the rights of others and speak eloquently with word and deed against war and tyranny deserve praise and comfort. They are beautiful people.
     Uri Avnery, journalist, soldier, politician, Knesset member, peace activist, writer, wordsmith, master of the quip and Zionist is one of the nobles who warrant special consideration. Being human, Avnery can be faulted, and his fault is a rigid attachment to Zionism, which strays his thoughts from lofty objectives and guides him to instruct others toward confusion – Isms and harmony don’t go together; Zionism and peaceful relations are separated phenomena.
     The mistakes that Uri Avnery commits in proposing what he calls “the only solution to the Middle East conflict” are similar to those from other individuals and organizations whose thinkings are misdirected by a conviction that the solution must consider Zionism and Zionism leads the solution. His article, The Donkey of the Messiah, published on May 11, 2013 and circulated throughout the Internet, solicits examination and rebuttal, and for more reason than because his arguments don’t add up to his conclusions; the positions reflect a perspective from a broad spectrum of peace thinkers, peace movements, and peace institutions whose thoughts and actions have been salutary but have failed to steer the Middle East crisis to a proper course. Confined outlooks have only reinforced Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands, perpetuated oppression of the Palestinian people and threatened the existence of the Jewish community. Spurious strategies that continually lead to cataclysm deserve careful evaluation. more.. e-mail

Israeli archive file shows that Israel’s founder tried to erase Palestinian Nakba 
Saed Bannoura, IMEMC, Occupied Palestine 5/18/2013
      A new report published in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz describes the information found in a newly-uncovered document in the government archives, which reveals that the first Israeli government, including the first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, worked to re-write the history of Israel’s founding in 1948 to deny the fact that over 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled.
     The file, number GL-18/17028, was apparently missed by the Israeli military censor, who has sealed all other historical documents related to Israel’s creation in 1948. With the advent of historians like Benny Morris, who went through previously de-classified documents in detail and found strong evidence of massacres of Palestinians by Israeli armed militias as well as the forced expulsion of most of the indigenous population of Palestine in 1948, documents that had been de-classified were sealed again and remain so until today.
     There are currently no guidelines or timeline as to when the documents will be unsealed. However, the one file that the government censor missed has a great deal within it on the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe), the 65th anniversary of which was marked by Palestinians and their supporters just this past Wednesday.
     According to the Ha’aretz expose, “what has been uncovered provides enough information to establish that in many cases senior commanders of the Israel Defense Forces ordered Palestinians to be expelled and their homes blown up. The Israeli military not only updated Ben-Gurion about these events but also apparently received his prior authorization, in written or oral form, notably in Lod and Ramle, and in several villages in the north. — See also: Haaretz: Catastrophic thinking: Did Ben-Gurion try to rewrite history?more.. e-mail

Prisoners who starved for art honored by Gaza show
Electronic Intifada: 21 May 2013 – Abdelfattah Abu Jahil won the “right” to use paintbrushes after living on salt and water for 79 days.more

Israel and Mexico swap notes on abusing rights
Electronic Intifada: 21 May 2013 – Military cooperation between Israel and Mexico has risen sharply in recent years.more

A Reluctant Cook: On Palestinian Recipes and Search for Identity
Palestine Chronicle: 21 May 2013 – By Rana Abdulla An accountant by training and practice, I was forced by circumstances to learn how to cook, and to enjoy it too. My mother says that every decent woman must know how to cook, and that is where this story starts, with the search for a vast selection of my authentic recipes from Palestine that were adapted to modern life in Canada. That would open my eyes to the suffering that my people have gone through, and continue to go through. I love food, but for some reason, I have never loved cooking. I left my parent’s home young, my mother taught me how to clean, knead the dough, but not how to cook.  However, my interaction with my mother in law taught me the importance of cooking. In her opinion, every woman, no matter what high-flying career she was in, should know how to cook. And that…more

Video: Sons of Lifta – BADIL Production
Palestine Chronicle: 20 May 2013 – ‘Sons of Lifta’ follows refugees from the village as they return to Lifta on Land Day 2013, more than 65 years after their original forced displacement. Through the eyes and actions of Lifta’s new generations, following in the footsteps of their ancestors, it becomes clear that the Zionist belief that ‘the old will die out and the young will forget’ never accounted for the strength of Palestinian sumoud (steadfastness) or the deep-rooted connection to home. This new short-film was produced by BADILs Ongoing Nakba Education Center which uses multi-media advocacy tools to document Palestine’s Ongoing Nakba. To view more films, photo-stories and audio pieces, please see the project website: www.ongoingnakba.org For further in-depth information about Palestine’s Ongoing Nakba please see BADILs main website: www.badil.org .more

Muslims and the War on Terror
Dissident Voice: 21 May 2013 – A tip-off from a prominent Toronto imam more than a year ago appears to be at the heart of arrests at the end of April in the alleged VIA Rail terror plot in Canada. In fact, counter-terrorism police began their press briefing by  thanking  Muslim leaders. Even in the Boston marathon tragedy,  national  and  local  Muslim organizations have condemned the bombings. The largest Muslim civil rights group in the country, the  Council on American-Islamic Relations , even  asked  Muslims to offer authorities any leads that they may have. Moreover, in an interesting twist, mosques  refused  to arrange Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s  janaza  (Islamic funeral prayers). In fact, a number of  fatwas  (religious opinions) have been issued recommending that prominent individuals and imams not lead his janaza. Imam Suhaib Webb, a nationally recognized cleric from Boston,  said “I don’t think I could ethically lead a prayer for him, but I would not stop people from praying upon…more

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