VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 23 May 2013: Muhammad al-Dura and Israel’s obsession with the propaganda war

22 May 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

AMNESTY: “Israel, Palestinian Fighters, Committed War Crimes”
IMEMC – AMNESTY International issued a report on the Israeli war on Gaza, in November of 2012, and statedthat its investigations conducted that both Israel and the Palestinian resistance in Gaza, violated international humanitarian law, and committed war crimes. …

Five Palestinians Kidnaped In Hebron And Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Thursday, three Palestinians in Doura town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and kidnapped two children in the Old City of Jerusalem, local sources have reported. … 

In Two Separate Incidents; Two Children Injured By Settlers Vehicles
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources have reported that two Palestinian children have been seriously injured, on Wednesday, in two separate incidents after being rammed by settlers’ vehicles in the West Bank districts of Hebron and Nablus. …

Ma’an News

Settler runs over Nablus teenager
5/23/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — An Israeli settler ran over a Palestinian teenager from Burin, a Palestinian village in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, medics said Thursday. Medical sources from the Palestinian Red Crescent told Ma’an that an Israeli car ran over Marwan Zakaria Asaous, 14, near Beita junction. Marwan was crossing….

Hunger-striker agrees to Gaza deportation for 10 years
5/23/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Palestinian prisoner Ayman Abu Dawood on Thursday accepted an Israeli proposal to send him to the Gaza Strip for 10 years after he ends a hunger strike he started on April 14. Abu Dawood notified his lawyer Fadi Qawasmi in person about accepting the Israeli suggestion. Qawasmi has visited Abu Dawood….

Toxic gas used as anesthesia in Gaza hospital
5/23/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Anesthesiologists in Gaza hospitals confirmed Wednesday that a nitrous oxide canister, bought from Israel, contained carbon monoxide and was used mistakenly. Gaza minister of health Mufeed Mukhallalati says medics at al-Shifa Hospital had an “unprecedented case which almost killed several patients at the hospital’s main operation room.”He….

Israel frees Palestinian MP after 7 months
5/23/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Thursday released an MP in the Palestinian legislative council, Shiekh Fathi Ali al-Qarawi, from Nur al-Shams refugee camp in Tulkarem. He was administratively detained for seven months. Fouad al-Khafsh, the director of Ahrar center for prisoners studies and human rights, said al-Qarawi was detained after Israeli forces launched….

PA office secures release of 4 Palestinians
5/23/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The Palestinian Liaison Office in Ramallah secured the release of four Palestinians who were detained after Israeli troops accused them of throwing stones. Hazem Shihada, 23, Hanthala Abu Elia, 14, Nibal Abu Elia, 18, and Muhammad Abu Naim, 12, were briefly held. They are all residents of al-Maghir village northeast of….

Kerry back in Israel for peace push
5/23/2013 – AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry flew in to Israel Thursday as he kept up a push to bring Israelis and Palestinians back to peace negotiations amid a growing skepticism over his efforts. Making his fourth trip to Israel since he began his tenure in February, Kerry was to head straight into….

France seeks to brand Hezbollah as ‘terrorist’ group
5/23/2013 – AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) — France is to call for the military arm of Hezbollah to be added to an EU terror blacklist due to its backing of the Syrian regime, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Wednesday.” Because of the decisions that have been taken by Hezbollah and the fact that they are fighting very harshly….

Amnesty: Israel, Hamas committed war crimes in Gaza assault
5/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel and Hamas committed war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian law during Israel’s assault on Gaza in November 2012, Amnesty International said Thursday. In the London-based rights group’s annual report, released Thursday, Amnesty said the Israeli air force carried out bomb and missile strikes on….

Hague: Mideast peace a priority
5/23/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Peace between Israel and the Palestinians is a “priority,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on a visit to the region Thursday, as he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.” The Middle East peace process is. . . an urgent priority for the United Kingdom and to the world,” he told reporters ahead of a….

Kerry stops for shawarma after talks with Abbas in Ramallah
5/23/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday wandered the streets of the central West Bank city of al-Bireh, ate shawarma and Palestinian sweets and drank Arabic coffee at a local restaurant. Kerry’s tour followed a meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas in the latter’s office in Ramallah….

Businessmen visit Gaza for investment conference
5/23/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Thirty-nine businessmen from different Arab countries arrived Thursday in Gaza City on a solidarity trip. A spokesman of the Hamas-run ministry of national economy Tariq Labad told Ma’an the businessmen were scheduled to attend an international investment conference in Gaza City. However, the conference was postponed due to….

PMA warns customers to avoid unlicensed bank
5/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestine Monetary Authority said Wednesday that a bank which has been recently opened in the Gaza Strip has not applied for a license to initiate business in accordance with the banking law. The PMA said it was surprised that the “Production Bank” had not applied for a license, either according….

Ramallah municipality seizes 400 kg of rotten peaches
5/23/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Health officials atel-Bireh municipality in cooperation with the Ramallah governorate and the Ministry of Agriculture seized on Thursday about 400 kg of rotten peaches in a vegetable market. After testing, health control authorities said that the peaches were not fit for human consumption. The trader was referred to authorities for legal action. [END]

Nablus teachers union chief resigns amid dispute
5/23/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The secretary of the teachers union in Nablus resigned Thursday amid a dispute with the Palestinian Authority and infighting within the union itself. Issam Dababseh told Ma’an that he resigned because the latest measures taken by the union were not well-considered or studied. The union has insisted on holding….

PA increases VAT by 1%
5/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Palestinian Authority decided Thursday to raise the VAT by 1 percent starting in June, an official said. Head of taxes and VAT Ahmad Al-Hilo told Ma’an that the raise will lead to an increase of 1 percent in overall prices. The rise puts the overall tax rate on….

Gaza: 2 convicted collaborators sentenced to death
5/23/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A court in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Thursday sentenced two people to death and a third to hard labor after they were found guilty of collaboration with Israeli intelligence. A Ma’an reporter said two convicts, one of whom is 43 years old, were sentenced to death by….

Syria opposition to mull peace talks
5/23/2013 – ISTANBUL (AFP) — Syria’s main opposition group gathers Thursday for a landmark conference in Istanbul, Turkey, to discuss peace talks with the regime, as rebels on the ground suffer a massive army onslaught. The National Coalition’s fresh round of talks is set to run for three days. It is the opposition group….

US formally takes responsibility for killing Awlaki
5/23/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States formally said for the first time on Wednesday that it had killed radical Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and three other US citizens in anti-terror strikes abroad. The acknowledgement that Washington targeted Awlaki in Yemen in September 2011 and that the three others were not directly targeted, but were also killed….

Syria-linked clashes kill 6 in Lebanese city
5/23/2013 – TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AFP) — Overnight clashes killed six people in the Lebanese port of Tripoli, a security source said on Thursday, as a fifth day of violence sparked by the Syria conflict spread to previously quiet neighborhoods.” Very violent fighting took place last night until 5:00 a. m. that killed six people and wounded 40….

Syria opposition’s Khatib proposes Assad ‘safe exit’
5/23/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syria’s outgoing opposition chief published an initiative for his war-torn country on Thursday that would grant President Bashar Assad a safe exit, and urged dissident factions to adopt his plan. Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib published his initiative on Facebook, as the main National Coalition he headed until March gathered in Istanbul to….

Aljazeera

Kerry to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks
AlJazeera 23 May 2013 – US secretary of state on his fourth visit to Israel in an attempt to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Palestine News Network

Kerry Meets With Abbas, Netanyahu to Seek Restart of Peace Talks
Palestine News Network

Settler Runs Over Boy near Nablus
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Arrest 10 Palestinians, including Students from West Bank
Palestine News Network

Jordanian Authorities Capture Israeli Family Crossing its Borders
Palestine News Network

Administrative Detainees to Escalate Steps to End Their Detention
Palestine News Network

Leader in Qassam Brigades Ibrahim Hamed Begins 8 Years in Israeli Jails
Palestine News Network

Six Jordanian Prisoners in Israel on Hunger Strike
Palestine News Network

Report: Israeli Policies and Practices in Occupied East Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Exports, Imports Decreased during March 2013, says Statistics Bureau
Palestine News Network

“Who Would Want to Live in a Place Like This?”
Palestine News Network

AIWF Launches Young Arab Women Leaders Initiative
Palestine News Network

PCHR Refutes Findings of Israeli Committee Concerning Killing of Mohammed Al-Durrah
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16 – 22 May 2013)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Jamila Shalaldeh, accused of assaulting 13 soldiers found innocent by Ofer Military Court
5/23/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 23th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Team Khalil, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – On Tuesday 21st May, Jamila Shalaldeh was found innocent by Ofer Military Court of assaulting 13 soldiers. Jamila and her son Abdel were visibly nervous before her trial. Fortunately, the Israeli military judge agreed with Jamila and her family that the charges against her….

Relief Web

Lebanon: Inter-Agency Regional Response for Syrian refugees – Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey 16-22 May 2013
Relief Web 23 May 2013 – Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS There are now close to 500,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. An average of 8,000 Syrians are crossing into…

occupied Palestinian territory: Preliminary Appeal for Support to Gaza and the West Bank – PSE131
Relief Web 23 May 2013 – Source: ACT Alliance Country: occupied Palestinian territory Support for Gaza and the West Bank – PSE131 Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 1,001,913 Geneva, 22 May 2013 Dear Colleagues, During 2012, life in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) continued to be characterized…

Syrian Arab Republic: UNHCR Syria Update Issue 8 | 9 – 23 May 2013
Relief Web 23 May 2013 – Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic UNHCR participates in the UN Country Team mission to Homs On 8 May, UNHCR participated in a UN Country Team mission to Homs to inaugurate the new…

occupied Palestinian territory: The Massafer Yatta Case Study, May 2013
Relief Web 23 May 2013 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory At least 1,300 people currently live in the Masafer Yatta area of south Hebron Hills. Palestinian communities have been living in this area for decades, many since…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel prohibits Gazan children from visiting imprisoned fathers, 2013
Relief Web 23 May 2013 – Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Country: occupied Palestinian territory May 2013 – Over 500 Gazan men, including 14 minors, are currently being held as prisoners and detainees in Israel. In July 2012, after a…

The National

Obama to set limits on use of drone raids
The National 23 May 2013 – US president says the military will be given the responsibility of unmanned aerial programme, taking it away from the CIA. Omar Rahman reports from New York 

UK Muslims fear backlash after soldier’s murder
The National 23 May 2013 – Mosques vandalised, Muslim students warned to stay indoors and an extra 1,200 police deployed around London, as British prime minister warns against knee-jerk reactions. Omar Karmi reports 

Sheikh Abdullah discusses improved relations with Czech minister
The National 23 May 2013 – Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan received Karel Schwarzenberg, the Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs, in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Palestinians pessimistic about Kerry’s peace prospects
The National 23 May 2013 – Palestinians are sceptical Israel will agree to stop settlement activity to resume talks. Vita Bekker reports from Tel Aviv 

Sport steps inside for summer in Abu Dhabi
The National 23 May 2013 – The civic body in Abu Dhabi plans to erect multiple air-conditioned sports facilities so residents can break a sweat for all the right reasons this summer.

Clumsy Syrian National Coalition needs to prove it is made of the right stuff
The National 23 May 2013 – Something of a miracle will be needed for the coveted unity and effectiveness of the Syrian opposition to materialise. Analysis by Phil Sands from the SNC’s Istanbul summit 

Hizbollah sends hundreds of fighters to Qusayr as Syria’s violence spreads
The National 23 May 2013 – Having long denied its engagement in Syria behind president Bashar Al Assad, Hizbollah has committed itself this week to the fight for the strategic small town of Qusayr.

Omani girl dies after being hit by speeding car in UAQ
The National 23 May 2013 – The girl, identified as SH, was leaving Al Jazeera Park on Wednesday at 8pm with four of her family members, when she was hit by the car.

Ha’aretz

Israel Police ignored several complaints by mother of murdered Bedouin girls
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

U.K.’s Hague: Britain fully backs U.S.-led efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

The ultra-Orthodox sector’s cultural war against IDF service
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

Senior officials’ chatter on Syria proves that Israel is running scared
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

Gen. John Allen appointed U.S. security envoy in peace process
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama’s remarks at the National Defense University (as prepared for delivery)
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

Obama limits use of U.S. drone strikes, offers steps to close Guantanamo
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

Netanyahu asked Israel’s AG to prohibit charged protests like J’lem gay parade
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

Israel’s new IDF draft law: Less ultra-Orthodox conscripts, longer service for women
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

Israeli minister apologizes for accusing U.K. of ‘disguised anti-Semitism’
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

Kerry called Netanyahu – not Israeli envoy Oren – to protest West Bank outposts
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

Netanyahu to Kerry: Israel wants to renew talks with Palestinians, above all
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

Knesset passes bill increasing number of women that elect Israel’s chief rabbis
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

Nefesh B’Nefesh up in arms over Israel’s plan to revoke tax exemption for immigrants
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

Israel maintaining intense intelligence activity in Syria and working with local villagers, report says
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

Be’er Sheva bank shooter dismissed from IDF post for attacking Palestinians, released from reserve duty
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

Police arrest Yehud mayor on suspicion of bribery, fraud, money laundering
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

In step toward reform, Israel to build two new ports without consulting workers
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2013

Jerusalem Post

Couple charged with killing woman, melting body
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – State indicts Ze’ev and Olga Gorelik for allegedly murdering Iris Gorelik Visilib and melting her body with chemicals to cover up the crime. 

Peri panel haredi draft proposals come under fire
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Critics say draft bill fails to provide appropriate incentives to encourage enlistment among ultra-Orthodox. 

UK’s Islamist problem
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – It should come as no surprise that random terrorist attacks have been, and will remain for the foreseeable future, MI5’s greatest security threat. 

PM: IAEA reports shows Iran’s expanding its nuclear program
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Following release of IAEA report, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tells British Foreign Minister William Hague economic, diplomatic pressure has failed to stop Iran, presenting the “biggest challenge of our time.” 

Kerry urges Netanyahu, Abbas to compromise for peace
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – PM, Livni, Peres, Abbas meet with US secretary of state. 

Obama to limit drones; moves to shut Guantanamo Bay
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – US president to limit strikes against extremists abroad. 

Maternity Ward: It’s Magic
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Obstetrics units aren’t just one thing. A lot of couples come to give birth and are ushered straight into a delivery room. 

Dear Jewish media, stop making lists of Jews!
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – There are some lists that have helped Jews in the past, including, most notably, Schindler’s, but mainly Jewish list-making has been an activity of those who are hostile to Jews. 

Does Israel have a long-term strategic plan?
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Since there is no single body in charge of long-term strategic planning, the Prime Minister’s Office should create one. 

Four killed in traffic accidents in North, South
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Accident in western Negev sees two trapped inside car; head on collision in Hatzor Haglilit kills couple, injures baby. 

Parshat Beha’alotecha: Educational punishment
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – This lesson which we learn from the story of Miriam the Prophetess is a message which the Torah wants us to remember every day: Punishment should only be one which advances and educates the punished. 

Police dismissed over conduct in murder case
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Three Arad officers removed after probe finds them guilty of ignoring complaint by woman whose daughters were found dead. 

Housing cabinet to add 150,000 rental apartments
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Newly formed cabinet sets deadline to submit plan for building 150,000 new apartment units within the next decade. 

Abbas: Israel must act before returning to table
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – PA demands end to settlement construction, release prisoners. 

Cars defaced in latest Jerusalem ‘price tag’ attack
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Government weighs labeling growing number of Jewish acts of violence and vandalism on Arabs as terrorism. 

Kerry samples Palestinian sweets, shawarma
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – US secretaries of state rarely step out to sample local culture, but Kerry is determined to perk up the Palestinian economy. 

BIU awards honorary doctorate to Holocaust survivor
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Bar Ilan awards degree to Hungarian survivor Susanne Czuker, who escaped Auschwitz, in recognition of commitment to Israel. 

Complexities of surgery for Syrian girl in Israel
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Balancing a media blitz and concerns for the family’s security when they return home, the organization who brought the girl to Israel say they hope she is the first of many. 

SACH hopes Syria girl’s Israel surgery inspires more
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Balancing a media blitz and concerns for the family’s security when they return home, the organization who brought the girl to Israel say they hope she is the first of many. 

Amnesty: Both Israel, Hamas guilty of war crimes
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Annual report on human rights slams both sides for failing to take accountability; Hamas dismisses report as “unfair.” 

Steinitz ‘concerned’ about UK-Israel relations
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Strategic Defense Minister in ‘Daily Telegraph,’ queries why UK support for Israel less than other English speaking democracies. 

CST: British Jews not affected by ‘Jihadist attack’
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Security unit responds to decapitation of British soldier by suspected terrorists, says Jews “no more at risk than before.” 

iENGAGE / Dear Abbas: Don’t prove naysayers right
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Some Israelis are counting on you to waste this opportunity, but most would prefer you as a true peace partner 

The Weekly Schmooze: Weiner puns galore
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Jewish culture news worldwide: Mel Brooks and Matza documentaries; Lonely Island misuses semicolons. 

Palestinian protests greet Kerry in Ramallah
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Dozens rally outside PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s office in Ramallah to protest against Washington’s perceived ‘Israel bias.’ 

PM to Hague: Face fight against terrorism together
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Netanyahu extends condolences over murder of solider in London; two leaders plan to discuss the Iranian nuclear threat, Syria. 

Peres writes to the Queen after UK soldier’s murder
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Cameron calls brutal killing a betrayal of Islam, says UK will not give in to terror; British Muslim community condemn attack. 

Assad foe tells leader to cede power to officials
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Assad likely to reject or ignore 16-point peace plan proposed by Moaz Alkhatib, former head of opposition National Coalition. 

‘UN report stokes concern over Iran nuke program’
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – European Union says Iran’s expansion of nuclear activity breaks UN resolutions, raises concern over nature of program. 

Haredi family illegally crosses border into Jordan
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2013 – Family of eight return to Israel after illegally crossing into Jordan as part of plan to join extremist cult. 

The Guardian

John Kerry makes unscheduled shawarma sandwich stop in West Bank
The Guardian 23 May 2013 – US secretary of state darted into fast-food restaurant Samer’s in Ramallah for a shawarma sandwich and dessert It’s enough to give the healthy eating lobby a heart attack. US secretary of state John Kerry made an…

John Kerry acknowledges failures over Israeli-Palestinian peace process
The Guardian 23 May 2013 – US secretary of state begins fourth recent visit to region by saying he hopes to surprise people by laying a path to peace The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has acknowledged years of disappointment over…

Disputed deaths in Palestinian territories
The Guardian 23 May 2013 – Key cases over which disagreement continues as Israeli report re-ignites arguments over 2000 death of 12-year-old boy Rachel Corrie In March 2003 the American activist was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in the Gaza…

Father of Muhammad al-Dura rebukes Israeli report on son’s death
The Guardian 23 May 2013 – Report re-ignites war of words over death of 12-year-old al-Dura in Gaza in 2000 by claiming the incident was staged In a scrubby cemetery in central Gaza, where crumbling tombstones nestle in the sand amid wind-blown…

Inter Press Service

Gazans Dying to Enter Israel
IPS Israeli’s blockade of Gaza is crippling the territory. Above, selling yoghurt in Gaza in an attempt to make some sort of living. Credit: Eva Bartlett/IPS Israel’s crippling blockade of the coastal territory of Gaza is pushing desperate young Palestinians to ever more extreme measures in the search for livelihoods, despite…

Uruknet

Reinventing Guatemalan History
Uruknet

Government Accepts Bradley Manning’s Plea to Lesser Offense Related to Disclosure of Diplomatic Cable
Uruknet

When the Justice Department Pursues Reporters as Spies
Uruknet

Widely denounced as ‘propaganda,’ Israel’s report on al-Dura calls attention to 950 other child killings
Uruknet

Neoliberalism and the Genocide of 6 Million in Congo Heads of UN and World Bank Visit Congo – Fail to Hold Rwanda and Uganda Accountable
Uruknet

How America’s National Security Apparatus — in Partnership With Big Corporations — Cracked Down on Dissent
Uruknet

The Reason for Hunger Strikes-from Northern Ireland to Guantanamo
Uruknet

Drones Are the Napalm of Our Crazy Time
Uruknet

Video: Chris Hedges – Rise Up or Die!
Uruknet

Sheikh Jarrah: The struggle continues
Uruknet

Daily Star

U.S. criticized over response to Indonesia attacks
Daily Star 23 May 2013 The U.S. is expressing concern over increased attacks on religious minorities in Indonesia, but human rights groups accuse Washington of playing down the problem as it looks to forge stronger relations with Jakarta.

U.S. Senate approves Obama nominee to key appeals court
Daily Star 23 May 2013 In a break from bipartisan battles over judicial appointments, the U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a White House nominee to the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Anti-war protester shouts at Obama during speech
Daily Star 23 May 2013 President Barack Obama was interrupted three times by a woman who shouted about drones and detainees in Cuba as he delivered a speech on national security.

Obama: America at ‘crossroads’ in terror fight
Daily Star 23 May 2013 Declaring America at a “crossroads” in the fight against terrorism, President Barack Obama on Thursday revealed clearer guidelines for the use of deadly drone strikes, including more control by the U.S. military, while leaving key details…

Israel to discuss military draft reform proposal
Daily Star 23 May 2013 An Israeli committee has handed the government its proposal for ending a system granting Jewish ultra-Orthodox seminary students automatic exemptions from military service.

Obama condemns U.S. attack on British service member
Daily Star 23 May 2013 President Barack Obama said on Thursday he condemned “in the strongest terms” the attack in London on a British service member.

U.S.’s Kerry samples Palestinian shawarma and sweets
Daily Star 23 May 2013 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stepped off the diplomatic track on Thursday and onto a West Bank street where he sampled a shawarma sandwich and a pistachio-sprinkled Palestinian sweet.

Obama to address drones, Gitmo in security speech
Daily Star 23 May 2013 President Barack Obama is set to at least partially bring out into the open some of the U.S.-directed drone program, a key component of counterterrorism strategy, as he outlines the contours of the continuing threat to…

YNet News

10 people protest against wedding of Arab man, Jewish woman
YNet News, 23 May 2013 – ….

Sources say Habayit Hayehudi to support haredi draft bill
YNet News, 23 May 2013 – ….

West Bank: Israeli hit by stone hurling
YNet News, 23 May 2013 – ….

Yachimovich meets with Fatah official in Germany
YNet News, 23 May 2013 – ….

Islamists kill 21 in suicide attacks in Niger 
YNet News, 23 May 2013 – ….

From ‘price tag’ to ‘Torah tag’ 
YNet News, 23 May 2013 – Op-ed: State’s failure to fight Jewish terror perpetuates absurd situation in which Arab, Jewish extremists have upper hand ….

The nastiest tax of all 
YNet News, 23 May 2013 – Op-ed: Like every ‘old’ politician, Lapid identified the most accessible ATM – Arabs and foreign workers ….

Palestine Information Center

Occupation demolishes 11 Jerusalemite houses within one day
PIC – The Israeli authorities on Tuesday demolished 11 apartments in the occupied city of Jerusalem, displacing more than one hundred Jerusalemite citizens, mostly women and children.

Settler runs over a child in al-Khalil
PIC – An Israeli vehicle driven by a settler on Wednesday afternoon run over a 9-year-old Palestinian girl, near the Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil.

Haniyeh: Sinai security an integral part of Palestinian national security
PIC – Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Wednesday evening phoned Al-Arish Governor Abdul Fattah Harhour, and congratulated him on the liberation of the kidnapped soldiers and their safe return.

Israel arrests 7 citizens in West Bank including 3 brothers
PIC – An Israeli force raided at down Wednesday the house of Hamas leader Sheikh Jibril Jiyawi in Ethna village, southern al-Khalil, and arrested his three sons.

Israel renews administrative detention of 7 captives
PIC – Tadhamun Foundation for Human Rights reported that the Israeli occupation authorities renewed on Wednesday the administrative detention of 7 Palestinian prisoners.

Bardawil calls for an end to spreading lies against Gaza
PIC – The Hamas leader Dr. Salah Bardawil called on the Egyptian leadership and parties’ leaders to work ending the fabrication of lies against Gaza and the Palestinian people.

Mural in Khan marking the Palestinian Nakba
PIC – Four Palestinian artists painted a huge mural, 60 meters long in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip highlighting the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe) and the Palestinian right of return.

Qassem criticizes PA disregard to Jerusalem issue
PIC – Abdul-Sattar Qassem, professor of political science at An-Najah National University, criticized the PA and Jordanian passiveness in protecting the holy sites in Jerusalem..

PA forces continue political arrests in WB
PIC – PA security agencies continued the political arrest policy against Hamas supporters and members in the occupied West Bank.

Abu Marzouk calls on the Egyptian media to apologize
PIC – Deputy Chief of the Political Bureau, Mousa Abu Marzouq, congratulated Egyptian leadership, army and people for the release of the seven Egyptian soldiers who were kidnapped six days ago..

WAFA

World Bank Grants $55 million for Palestinian Governance and Transparency Reforms
WAFA – 23 May 2013

Abbas Welcomes FC Barcelona in Palestine in August
WAFA – 23 May 2013

Administrative Detention of 62-Year-Old University Lecturer Upheld
WAFA – 23 May 2013

Israel Releases Lawmaker after 6 Months in Detention
WAFA – 23 May 2013

WHO: Israeli Permit Approval for Gaza Patients Lowest in Two Years
WAFA – 23 May 2013

UN Official Hopeful with Renewed Peace Efforts
WAFA – 23 May 2013

Exports, Imports Down in March 2013, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 23 May 2013

Weather Forecast: Hot and Above Seasonal Average through Saturday
WAFA – 23 May 2013

Misc

U.S. effort for Mideast talks elicits praise, reservations
LA Times 23 May 2013 – Israeli and Palestinian officials privately say chances of success remain low for Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s push to revive peace talks. JERUSALEM — Wrapping up his fourth Holy Land trip in three months, Secretary of State John F. Kerry voiced optimism Thursday that…

Fourth American fatality by U.S. drones disclosed
LA Times 22 May 2013 – The news that the secret program’s accidental death toll is higher raises new questions as President Obama prepares to give a major national security speech. WASHINGTON — As President Obama prepared to deliver a major speech on national security Thursday, his administration acknowledged for the…

In Britain, terrorism suspected in man’s hacking death
LA Times 22 May 2013 – Two assailants slashed their victim to death near a military barracks in Woolwich, in southeast London, witnesses say. The suspects are wounded by police. LONDON — As bystanders watched in horror, a man was hacked to death in broad daylight on a London street Wednesday…

Kerry downplays Syria government’s gains
LA Times 22 May 2013 – In Jordan for talks with the pro-opposition Friends of Syria bloc, he calls Bashar Assad’s military advances ‘very temporary.’ AMMAN, Jordan — Recent battlefield advances by the Syrian military against U.S.-backed rebels are “very temporary” and do not signal that the government of President Bashar…

IHT Special : In Lebanon, Stoking the Fire of Syria’s War
New York Times 23 May 2013 – Hezbollah refers to ‘Lebanese villages’ inside Syria, a string of predominantly Shiite areas where many residents hold Lebanese nationality. 

In Mideast, Kerry Plays Down Pessimism on Peace
New York Times 23 May 2013 – On his fourth visit to the area in two months, Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged the doubts being expressed on both sides over his chances of revitalizing the peace process. 

IHT Special: Dubai Hotels Struggle to Fill Jobs
New York Times 23 May 2013 – Employers are finding it difficult to find staff from entry level to senior management who have all the necessary skills. 

Memo From Jerusalem: Israel Is Drawn Into Syria’s Turmoil
New York Times 22 May 2013 – Israelis are asking what their options are, as if they feel it has become impossible to avoid deeper involvement in Syria. 

Kerry May Make Bid to Restart Mideast Peace Talks
New York Times 22 May 2013 – Since becoming secretary of state, John Kerry has worked to jump-start the stalled peace process, embracing a seemingly intractable issue. 

U.S. Fears Syria Fighting Might Spill Into Lebanon
New York Times 22 May 2013 – The decision by Hezbollah to fight for the Syrian government, and the prospect that Syrian rebels might fight Hezbollah operatives in Lebanon, has alarmed the Obama administration. 

Iran’s Nuclear Program Is Seen Making Progress in I.A.E.A. Report
New York Times 22 May 2013 – International nuclear inspectors said Iran had increased its capabilities, but their report suggested that Tehran had not passed a “red line” that could incite military action. 

Energy Minister mulls cutting gas export quota 
Globes Energy & Water – Swayed by social protests, Silvan Shalom is considering lowering the natural gas export quota from 53% to 40%.

Eini to Netanyahu: Call Bennett to order
Globes Main News – Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini has protested in writing to the prime minister against “wild incitement”.

BoI Deputy Governor: Home prices not excessive
Globes Main News – Dr. Karnit Flug says the rise in home prices in Israel in recent years is not out of line with long-term trends.

Israel Corp. mulling closure of Better Place
Globes Main News – The future of the electric car venture will depend upon its ability to continue raising cash.

Thu: Japan jitters jolt TASE
Globes Main News – Mellanox had the biggest fall on the market, and other high-tech shares fell, but Bezeq bucked the tide.

TASE extends trading hours
Globes Main News – The market will close at 5:25 pm Monday-Thursday, and at 4:25 pm on Sunday.

Housing Ministry chief: 22% home price fall would mean crisis 
Globes Macro Economics – Shlomo Ben-Eliahu: Local authorities will receive incentives to overcome their objections to increasing the extra building rights in projects.

Air of success
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Frost & Sullivan has crowned Israel the world’s biggest exporter of unmanned aircraft, but for how long?

Video: Medea Benjamin interrupts Obama speech on US drone policy 
Mondoweiss – President Obama just concluded a speech at National Defense University on the ongoing “war on terror,” including U.S. drone policy and the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. You can read the prepared transcript here . Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin interrupted the president several times during the speech. NBC…

Glenn Greenwald on the Woolwich attack and blowback from the ‘war on terror’
Mondoweiss – Glenn Greenwald wrote another of his important blowback articles this morning in the Guardian ; Was the London killing of a British soldier ‘terrorism’? He asks an essential question concerning the definition and use of the term “terrorism”. The media in western societies should be scrutinizing this…

Church of Scotland accepts controversial report on Israel/Palestine
Mondoweiss – Today the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland accepted the controversial Church and Society Council report on Israel/Palestine titled ” The Inheritance of Abraham? A Report on the ‘Promised Land ,'” which has been widely and angrily condemned by Jewish groups and the Israeli government as anti-Semitic…

Half of Israel’s eligible youth don’t enlist– and ranks of ‘gray resisters’ grow
Mondoweiss – Here’s a great story on Israeli refuseniks by Sarah Lazare, first published in Yes Magazine then picked up at Common Dreams: ” Nerds, Jocks & Conscientious Objectors: The Hidden World of Israel’s High School War Resisters.” Second headline: “High school’s tough enough without having to face prison…

Chelsea Clinton’s multifaith initiative
Mondoweiss – Yesterday we posted on Joe Biden’s panderfest to a Jewish audience in Washington, when he said that Jews were responsible for every piece of social progress in the postwar U.S. Well, what a different signal Chelsea Clinton is sending about American culture. The NY Post reports…

Kerry Meets Both Sides in New Mideast Peace Push 
The Foward Breaking News 23 May 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry held separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials on Thursday and acknowledged there was considerable scepticism that the two sides would resume peace negotiations. Click here for the rest of the article…

Vilnius Great Synagogue Restoration Project Taps Shimon Peres 
The Foward Breaking News 23 May 2013 – The government of Lithuania asked Israeli President Shimon Peres to head the international advisory board for the restoration of the Vilnius Great Synagogue. Click here for the rest of the article…

Chelsea Clinton Will Lead Interfaith Institute at New York University 
The Foward Breaking News 23 May 2013 – Chelsea Clinton, who has said her marriage fueled her interest in interfaith relations, will head a multi-faith institute at New York University. Click here for the rest of the article…

Charity Commission to investigate whether JNF racial discrimination is lawfu 
Global BDS 20 May 2013 – On March 21st the Stop the JNF campaign made an application to the Charity Commission for the removal of Jewish National Fund charities from the register of charities.  The application gave evidence that the JNF is racist, complicit in ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and, according to…

Transition plan floated for Syria 
BBC 23 May 2013 – As Syria’s main opposition coalition begins three days of key talks, its leader puts forward a transition plan for the country.

Rafsanjani criticises Iran’s leaders 
BBC 23 May 2013 – Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani accuses the country’s leadership of ignorance after he is barred from running for office, say reports.

WHO: New SARS-like virus has killed 22 
Al-Akhbar News 23 May 2013 – A Saudi family arrive at a hospital in the center of the capital Riyadh, on 14 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Fayez Nureldine) A new coronavirus has now claimed 22 lives worldwide out of 44 lab-confirmed cases, mostly in Saudi Arabia, World Health Organization officials said…

Stranded at the Rafah Crossing 
Al-Akhbar News 23 May 2013 – Palestinians wait for relatives to cross back into the southern Gaza Strip through the Rafah border terminal with Egypt, on 22 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Said Khatib) Palestinians wait for relatives to cross back into the southern Gaza Strip through the Rafah border terminal with…

Iraq: Western Fire and Northern Wind 
Al-Akhbar News 23 May 2013 – Iraqis inspect the damage following an explosion in the Kamaliya area of eastern Baghdad on 20 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ali Al-Saadi) Iraqis inspect the damage following an explosion in the Kamaliya area of eastern Baghdad on 20 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ali Al-Saadi)…

Syria: Opposition’s Booby Trap Blueprint for Qusayr 
Al-Akhbar News 23 May 2013 – A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency on 22 May 2013 shows a soldier of the Syrian government forces pointing his weapon from a trench as he secures the army’s positions in the city of al-Hamidiyeh near Qusayr in Homs province. (Photo: AFP…

Israel Fears War of Attrition in Golan 
Al-Akhbar News 23 May 2013 – An Israeli Merkava tank maneuvers during a drill in the Israeli annexed Golan Heights near the border with Syria on 24 April 2013. (Photo: AFP – Menahem Kahana) An Israeli Merkava tank maneuvers during a drill in the Israeli annexed Golan Heights near the border with…

Israel considering looser regulations for soldiers in West Bank 
Al-Akhbar News 23 May 2013 – Palestinian protesters are stopped by Israeli soldiers at the entrance of the Karmi Tsour settlement during a protest against settlement expansion on Palestinian land in the Beit Omar village, north the West Bank city of Hebron, on 26 April 2013. (Photo: AFP – Hazem Bader) Israeli…

Akkar to Qusayr: Let God Be On Your Side 
Al-Akhbar Politics 22 May 2013 – A boy watches as Lebanese soldiers deploy along the demarcation line between Tripoli’s Bab al-Tabbneh Syria street, and the Jabal Mohsen area, north of the capital Beirut, on 21 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) A boy watches as Lebanese soldiers deploy along the demarcation…

Syria: Qusayr Battle Far From Over 
Al-Akhbar Politics 22 May 2013 – A handout picture released by Syria’s opposition-run Shaam News Network shows a Syrian youth rebel fighter running in a destroyed street of the southern city of Daraa during clashes with government troops on 21 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – HO SHAAM NEWS NETWORK) A handout picture…

Transition plan floated for Syria 
BBC 23 May 2013 – As Syria’s main opposition coalition begins three days of key talks, its leader puts forward a transition plan for the country.

Rafsanjani criticises Iran’s leaders 
BBC 23 May 2013 – Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani accuses the country’s leadership of ignorance after he is barred from running for office, say reports.

WHO urges sharing over coronavirus 
BBC 23 May 2013 – The WHO urges countries with possible cases of novel coronavirus to share information amid concern over patent rights held by commercial labs.

Refugees ‘facing rising dangers’ 
BBC 22 May 2013 – Amnesty International says the world has become an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants in its annual report.

Articles


Muhammad al-Dura and Israel’s obsession with the propaganda war 
Rachel Shabi, The Guardian, Israeli Occupation Archive 5/22/2013
      If Israel’s government is to be believed, Palestinians have sunk so low as to be capable of faking their own deaths. Or wait, maybe the Israeli accusation of fakery is itself the indication of a horrifying new nadir. An Israeli report has concluded that Muhammad al-Dura, the 12-year-old Palestinian whose death in 2000 in Gaza was captured by a French public TV channel, was not killed by Israelis – and may in fact not be dead at all.
     Back then, a short film of Muhammad and his father, both caught in a shootout, trying helplessly to shelter against a barrage of gunfire, was narrated by French Channel 2 correspondent Charles Enderlin and relayed around the world, turning the boy into a symbol of the brutality of the second intifada and the Israeli occupation. Now, Israel says those same images are yet more proof of a global campaign to delegitimise Israel – and are, additionally, attempts to invoke the blood libel.
     And so begins another ugly bout of the endless propaganda disease that is so endemic to this conflict. Israel is reported to have killed 1,397 Palestinian children not involved in hostilities since the start of the second intifada, according to the NGO Defence for Children International in Palestine, but there are no investigations into their deaths because none have been as emblematic as Muhammad. Those images of his terrified face seconds before his death were relayed around the world and are now burned into so many hearts: there are postage stamps of him, parks and streets named after him and screen-grab posters of that terrible moment raised on roads across the Arab and Muslim world.
     This investigation, commissioned by Binyamin Netanyahu last year, seems intended only to give fuel to rightist Israel supporters – any report seeking to get closer to the truth might have bothered to speak to Muhammad’s father, or Enderlin, or France’s Channel 2. Instead, what this document provides is spin and no new evidence. It has cued a flood of commentary, about lying Palestinians and a hostile foreign media, from rightwing Israeli commentators. — See also: Source: The Guardian more.. e-mail

Nerds, jocks and conscientious objectors – the hidden world of Israel’s high school war resisters 
Sarah Lazare, Portside, Israeli Occupation Archive 5/23/2013
      When the 19-year-old Israeli war resister Noam Gur attends weekly demonstrations against the occupation of Palestine, the soldiers who suppress the protestors—with tear gas, stun grenades, and occasionally live fire—aren’t just strangers in uniform. Among them are her former high school classmates, who have been conscripted into the Israeli army.
     Gur was supposed to serve, too, but instead joined the shministim. This is a Hebrew term meaning high school students in their senior year, who face conscription into the army. But the word is also used to refer to students who publicly refuse conscription on ethical grounds.
     “All my friends from high school are in the army,” Gur explains. “Now I see them at demos. It is really weird and complicated.”
     With a shrug of her shoulders, Gur describes the process that led to her refusal of conscription. “I found out that what they taught me in school was different from this reality. I went to the West Bank to protests and saw the occupation. I started to realize I didn’t want to serve.”
     Gur, who has cropped hair and a shy smile, was supposed to be a soldier before she was out of her teens, like most Israeli youth. But instead she served 20 days in prison for refusing orders. Now an anti-occupation activist who supports other young people questioning military service, she is one of many young Israelis who are saying no to the army. They are part of growing number of Israeli movements working to end the occupation from the inside.
     Letters of resistance
     To understand what it takes to become a shministi—the singular form of shiministim—it’s important to understand the powerful grip of the Israeli military on society. Israel’s occupation of Palestine and aggressive stance toward many of its neighbors requires a highly militarized society.more.. e-mail

Us and Them: Breeding racism in the Jewish Establishment 
Roi Bachmutsky, +972 Magazine 5/23/2013
      In their haste to unify Jewish youth in support of Israel, American Jewish institutions have bred an often unrecognized racism among the next generation of community leaders.
     Demonstrations in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah have come alive again as of this past Friday, aiming to show solidarity with the Shamasneh family who have appealed the impending eviction from their home. Unbeknownst to many, the struggle in Sheikh Jarrah reaches far beyond the borders of Jerusalem. In fact, it affects ethnic tensions half a world away by influencing how American Jewish youth internalize the separation between “us” and “them.”
     “I was just having a really hard time,” one Jewish student at UC Berkeley told me, speaking of her experience at a Sheikh Jarrah protest she was invited to attend while traveling through Israel. “It was the first time I’d ever talked to a real Palestinian,” she explained, “… [he] doesn’t want to kill me, he tells me he likes some Israelis, it was just crazy.” She would later explain to me that upon reflection, she was “raised, not explicitly but at least very implicitly, with racism towards Arabs, and Palestinians in particular.” I asked whether she meant that she had never explicitly said the words: “I hate Arabs.” “Frankly,” she admitted to my surprise, “I probably did say that.” The Palestinian man she encountered at Sheikh Jarrah was evidently not at all whom she was expecting, but the question remains – how did she imagine her first encounter with a Palestinian and where did this conception come from?
     I found my answer in the summer of 2011, when I attended a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip with 39 other Jewish young adults – the vast majority of whom were receiving their first glimpse of the Middle East. Before we even boarded the plane, our Birthright staff were quick to explain that “Israel is a safe place but there are people that want to hurt Jews there so we have to be very careful.” The notion that we were endangered tacitly followed us throughout the trip, from the daily reminder of our security guard’s loaded rifle to the staff’s insistence that participants refrain from venturing into Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter. “It is very dangerous,” we were told. more.. e-mail

How Lebanon’s Palestinians Are Being Pulled Into Syrian War 
Franklin Lamb, CounterPunch 5/22/2013
      Refugee Camps as War Zones
     Homs Palestinian Refugee Camp, Syria
     Historically, Palestinian refugees, wherever they have sought temporary sanctuary following the ethic cleansing of their country by the 19th Century Zionist colonial enterprise, and pending their Return to Palestine, have insisted on avoiding local and international conflicts while seeking a modicum of interim civil rights from the host countries.
     This was true at the beginning of the Lebanese Civil war, in Jordan during the run up to Black September,
     the 1991 Kuwait crisis as well as the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and obtains especially today in the current crisis in Syria. For a number of reasons including poor tactical decisions by their leadership they have not always succeeded, and consequently they have paid s steep price in lives, jobs, housing and expulsions from host countries.
     In Syria, the largest Palestinian refugee camp, Yarmouk (approximately 125,000 residents), and the second largest of the 14 camps, Khan al-Sheeh (approximately 45,000 before the crisis which has swelled its population by 26,000 mainly from Yarmouk camp) have become virtual war zones with large sections of the camps being overrun by gunmen fighting in support of the “Free Syrian ‘Army.” All but two of the camps in Syria have been infiltrated by opposition forces and consequently have been targeted by government forces seeking to destroy the rebels. At times the camp residents have resisted both sides by demanding that the camps strict neutrality be respected. Engaging initially in peaceful protects when outsiders invaded, some protests turned violent when their demands for camp neutrality were rejected. more.. e-mail

Iran: How to Rig an Election
Palestine Chronicle: 23 May 2013 – By Jamal Kanj The election landscape in Iran is becoming increasingly clear. According to state-run Press TV, a whopping 686 candidates registered to run in the presidential poll. However, only eight men remain on the ballot for the first round on June 14 after candidates were vetted by the Guardian Council, which consists of 12 members – half of whom were appointed by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Most are seen as loyalists to Khamenei, while those rejected included former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, a close aide to outgoing president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Testing the waters before the Guardian Council’s decision, Iran’s national deputy police commander Esmael Moghaddam sounded a warning last week in the Shargh newspaper for Mashaei to stop challenging the Supreme Leader by claiming to take orders from a higher authority – namely Al Mahdi, the 12th Shi’ite Imam. There was also an…more

Deaths of the “no-state” Palestinians are Proportional to Life of the Two State Solution
Dissident Voice: 23 May 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 warrants 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 failures 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 thinking is misdirected due to a conviction…more


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