VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 26 May 2013: Kerry against the wall

26 May 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli troops decimate Bedouin village in Negev, leaving 24 children homeless
IMEMC – The village of Atir-Umm al-Hieran is considered an ‘unrecognized’ village by the Israeli government, and has experienced home demolitions in the past, in 2007. But this week, residents say, 600 Israeli officers came and “destroyed everything”. …

Peres: Peace “still possible”
IMEMC – Israeli President, Shimon Peres, has stated on Sunday that the State of Israel wants to restart the long forestalled peace process with the Palestinian people. …

Soldiers Kidnap Two Brothers In Tulkarem
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped, Sunday, two brothers from Qaffeen village, south of Tulkarem, in the northern part of the West Bank. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces demolish barn, chicken coop near Bethlehem
5/26/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Saturday demolished a chicken coop, sheep barn, and a room belonging to Tareq Daoud Ali Rabah from al-Walajeh, an official said Sunday. Ahmad Salah, the coordinator of the popular committee against the wall in al-Khader village, told Ma’an that Israeli bulldozers demolished the barn structures and….

Girl, 7, injured in hit-and-run collision involving Israeli settler
5/26/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A young girl was injured on Sunday in a hit-and-run accident involving an Israeli settler, medics said. Bayan Kamel Shatat, 7, was hit by an Israeli settler south of Hebron, Red Crescent officials said. She was moderately wounded and transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment. [END]

Israel bulldozers dig up lands near Hebron
5/26/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers on Sunday dug up 5 acres of agricultural lands east of Yatta, a Palestinian village in the southern West Bank, an official said. Israeli authorities said they were looking for antiquities, said Ratib Jbour, coordinator of the popular committee east of Yatta. The lands belong to Abu Sabha, al-Batsh….

Hebron detainee launches hunger strike
5/26/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Adel Salameh Hribat 36, from Dura, a Palestinian village in the southern West Bank, continued a hunger strike Sunday for a fourth day in a row to protest his imprisonment without trial. He is also protesting medical negligence, according to the prisoner’s brother, Aref Hribat. Adel suffers cirrhosis in….

Committee: Israeli forces erect tent near Hebron
5/26/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Sunday erected a tent on agricultural land north of Hebron, a local committee said. Muhammad Awad, spokesman for the popular resistance committee, said that Israeli forces erected the tent on land belonging to the al-Boo family in Beit Ummar. The purpose of the tent is unknown. [END]

Israeli police arrest 4 in East Jerusalem
5/26/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested four people in East Jerusalem on Sunday during clashes near the old city, locals said. The clashes occurred after an Israeli policeman stopped a young Palestinian near Herod’s gate and an argument broke out, witnesses said. Several local youths tried to intervene and were attacked by….

Israeli forces detain 2 Hebron men
5/26/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Saturday evening detained two Palestinians from Hebron at the Zatara checkpoint south of Nablus, locals said Sunday. Hamzeh al-Darabe, 23, Khaldoun Odeh, 22, from Dora village south of Hebron were detained by Israeli forces. [END]

Israeli forces detain 3 in West Bank raids
5/26/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested three people in the West Bank on Sunday, locals said. Brothers Khalid Mahmud Ajouri, 26, and Abdulla Mahmud Ajouri, 24, were detained in Qaffin, Tulkarem, witnesses told Ma’an. They were en-route to attend a court session for their brother Salim, who is currently being detained by….

Malaysian NGO delegation arrives in Gaza
5/26/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A delegation of Malaysian NGOs arrived in the Gaza Strip Sunday to check the humanitarian situation and open projects. The delegation includes 80 representatives and activists from humanitarian work groups in Malaysia. Azmi Abed al-Hamid, the chairman of the board, held a news conference at the Rafah crossing where he….

Hundreds of Israeli businessmen, politicians join World Economic Forum
5/26/2013 – MOVENPICK RESORT, Dead Sea (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Israeli businessmen and politicians arrived Sunday to the Dead Sea resort Movenpick to join the final session of the World Economic Forum. A Ma’an says Israeli President Shimon Peres led the Israeli delegation which included representatives of Teva Pharmaceuticals and a number of renowned…. Related: Kerry: Palestinian economic plan looks to inject $4 billionand Kerry set to outline plan for Palestinian economy

Israeli-Palestinian peace ‘real possibility’
5/26/2013 – AL-SHUNAH, Jordan (AFP) — Israel’s President Shimon Peres said Sunday that time should not be wasted in the search for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, calling it “a real possibility.” “Two points are urgent: we shouldn’t lose the opportunity because it will he replaced by great disappointment,” Peres told reporters on….

Palestinian company to deliver Qatar-donated fuel to Gaza
5/26/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) – A shipment of Qatar-donated fuel to the Gaza Strip will be delivered in a day or two, Egyptian security sources said Sunday. The sources told Ma’an that a Palestinian freight company will replace the Egyptian Delta company which used to deliver fuel from Suez port to al-Auja crossing….

Kerry set to outline plan for Palestinian economy
5/26/2013 – AL SHUNAH, Jordan (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived back in Jordan on Sunday, for his second trip in less than a week, and is expected to outline his vision for the economic revival of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. He was flying in from Ethiopia after attending celebrations for the 50th anniversary of…. Related: Kerry: Palestinian economic plan looks to inject $4 billion and Hundreds of Israeli businessmen, politicians join World Economic Forum

Abbas: Time running out for two-state solution
5/26/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Abbas said Sunday that time is running out to implement a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, official news agency Wafa reported.” I have warned before that the current conditions are unbearable. Ongoing settlement building, the changing identity of Jerusalem, and arrests will close the window for the two-state….

Kerry: Palestinian economic plan looks to inject $4 billion
5/26/2013 – AL SHUNAH, Jordan (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday an economic plan to revive the ailing Palestinian economy is expected to produce around $4 billion dollars in investment.” We are looking to mobilize some $4 billion of investment” in tourism construction, Kerry told the closing session of the World Economic Forum…. Related: Kerry set to outline plan for Palestinian economy andHundreds of Israeli businessmen, politicians join World Economic Forum

Abbas: New government within weeks
5/26/2013 – AMMAN, Jordan (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that the leadership in Ramallah was working to form a unity government within weeks.”It may need the coming two weeks,” Abbas told Ma’an on the sidelines of a global economic forum in Jordan. At the conference, Abbas met the secretary-general of the….

Former Hamas minister briefly detained for insulting cleric
5/26/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A former minister in Gaza’s Hamas-run Ministry of Interior was briefly detained on Sunday for allegedly insulting an influential Muslim cleric, his wife said. Ibrahim Abrash was initially arrested on Thursday by Hamas security forces and interrogated about some of his writings, which were deemed offensive to Egyptian-born….

Ramallah company organizes event to support Gaza Arab Idol finalist
5/26/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Thousands of Palestinians gathered Friday in front of offices of Qirrish Motor Mall in Beitunia near Ramallah to watch the live transmission of the Arab Idol competition and express support to the Palestinian finalist from the Gaza Strip Muhammad Assaf. Several folkloric performances and entertaining activities were performed during the event…. Related: Palestinian public hails local hero of Arab Idol

Woman beaten to death in Gaza suffered years of abuse
5/26/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A one-and-a-half-year old boy keeps calling for his mother, unaware that he will never she her again, and that his father’s family may be responsible for her death. Nawal Fathi Tafish Qudieh, 25, lived with her family-in-law in the town of Khuza, east of Khan Younis. On Saturday….

Palestinian public hails local hero of Arab Idol
5/26/2013 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Eyes glued to big screens in cafes and restaurants across Gaza and the West Bank, adoring fans cheer on Mohammed Assaf as he sings his way closer to winning this year’s Arab Idol song contest. Since March, the handsome, immaculately dressed 22-year-old Gazan’s powerful voice has propelled…. Related: Ramallah company organizes event to support Gaza Arab Idol finalist

25 suffer food poisoning near Bethlehem
5/26/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Twenty-five people suffered food poisoning Saturday after consuming rotten meat in Husan, a village in the southern West Bank’s Bethlehem district. The chairman of the Consumer Protection Association, Farid al-Atrash, told Ma’an that 25 people were transferred to Beit Jala governmental hospital after eating rotten food. Heath….

Hebron worker killed in road accident in Israel, another injured
5/26/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Palestinian worker from Hebron district in the southern West Bank died Sunday of critical wounds he sustained in a car accident in Israel the night before, Israeli news reports said. According to the reports, a car driving three Palestinian workers flipped over on Rt. 6 near Kiryat Gat in southern….

Israeli electric car firm to be dissolved
5/26/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Better Place, an Israeli-American company making electricity-powered cars, announced on Sunday it was filing a court motion for dissolution after its shareholders refused to provide further funding. A statement from Better Place said it “filed a motion with the Lod District Court” near Tel Aviv “to ask for the dissolution of the company….

Rockets hit Hezbollah Beirut heartland
5/26/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) –Four people were wounded on Sunday when two rockets exploded in the Shiite-majority Hezbollah heartland of south Beirut, a Lebanese security source said.” Two Grad rockets hit the southern suburbs of Beirut. One rocket struck a car showroom where four people were wounded and vehicles were damaged,” the source told AFP. It was…. Related: Syrian Free Army chief: Grad attack only a warning

Syrian Free Army chief: Grad attack only a warning
5/26/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The missile attacks Sunday on the suburbs of Beirut are only a warning to Hezbollah, the commander of the rebel Free Syrian Army group said Sunday. Speaking to the Lebanese satellite TV channel LBC, Ammar al-Wawi warned of the consequences of Hezbollah’s intervention in the Syria conflict. He urged…. Related: Rockets hit Hezbollah Beirut heartland

FM: Syria to attend Geneva peace conference
5/26/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Syria’s foreign minister said on Sunday that his government will take part in a peace conference in Geneva, terming it a “good opportunity for a political solution” to the civil war in Syria. Walid Muallem said during a news conference in Baghdad that he had told his counterpart Hoshyar Zebari and….

PA police detain 4 people on drugs charges
5/26/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian police on Sunday detained four people allegedly carrying cannabis at the al-Masyoun area in Ramallah, authorities said. Police said officers searching a car recovered 11. 5 grams of cannabis. The four suspects were transferred to public prosecution. They were not identified. [END]

Syria rebels fight on as peace talks pressure mounts
5/26/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — A meeting of Syria’s fractured opposition headed into an unscheduled fourth day Sunday, while on the ground rebels kept up their resistance to a Hezbollah-backed government assault on a strategic central town. Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday pledged “victory” in Syria over the rebels and stressed it was in his….

Syrian FM on surprise visit to Baghdad
5/26/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem landed in Baghdad on Sunday on an unannounced visit for talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a senior government official said. It was unclear how long the visit would last and whether Muallem would meet with any other Iraqi officials.” The foreign minister of Syria, Walid Muallem….


Israel’s Peres urges return to peace talks
AlJazeera 26 May 2013 – Country’s president says it is possible for Israelis and Palestinians to overcome differences and scepticism.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Woman’s Rights Unit and the Swiss Terres des Hommes Organize Workshop to Discuss the Results of the Juvenile Justice Res…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Permanent military court in Gaza issues new death sentence
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Life in Hebron disrupted by another settler ‘tour’
5/26/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 26th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Team Al Khalil, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Yesterday the illegal settlers of the city of Al Khalil/Hebron held a walk through the Palestinian souq and nearby neighbourhoods.   Prior to this, Israeli forces entered Palestinian homes, occupying roof tops. Throughout the tour Palestinian movement was restricted, and the soldiers controlled….

The National

Syria finally agrees to attend peace talks
The National 26 May 2013 – The Syrian government has agreed in principle to take part in an international conference in Geneva next month aimed at ending the country’s civil war, its foreign minister says.

Dh1.5bn set aside to improve Abu Dhabi’s Western Region
The National 26 May 2013 – The largest city in the Western Region, also known as Al Gharbia, will benefit from Dh1.5 billion in infrastructure projects earmarked for the area, announced by the Executive Council on May 8.

$4bn plan to boost West Bank economy
The National 26 May 2013 – The United States yesterday launched a $4 billion development fund aimed at transforming the economy of the West Bank and restarting the Israel-Palestinian peace process

Rockets hit Hizbollah’s Beirut stronghold with warning: ‘Keep your hands off Syria’
The National 26 May 2013 – Attack on Beirut suburb sparks fears that a new front in the Syrian war is opening in the Lebanese capital. Phil Sands reports 

Sharjah tells parents to be more vigilant with their children
The National 26 May 2013 – Prosecutors in Sharjah have asked parents to be more vigilant with their children in order to protect them from being abused by strangers or people they know.

Suspect in UK soldier’s murder had Kenya arrest
The National 26 May 2013 – Michael Adebolajo was believed to have been preparing to train and fight with the Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group Al Shabab when he was arrested with five others. Omar Karmi reports 

Dubai man to cycle across US in 11 days
The National 26 May 2013 – A father who completed seven Ironman contests in seven days to mark the 40th National Day is taking on a new endurance challenge in the US.

Turkey fights to stem arms smuggling
The National 26 May 2013 – The illegal flow of arms is potentially embarrassing for Turkey, a regional power that has advocated a non-violent transition to democracy in Arab countries that have seen political upheaval in recent years. Thomas Seibert reports from Istanbul 


Sources: Rocket fired from south Lebanon toward Israel
Ha’aretz – 26 May 2013

Kerry: Palestinian economy could grow by 50 percent over next three years
Ha’aretz – 26 May 2013

Israeli panel votes to excuse 1,800 elite yeshiva students from IDF service
Ha’aretz – 26 May 2013

How ministers vote on bills will stay secret for now, despite Livni vow
Ha’aretz – 26 May 2013

Abbas tells Israel: Palestinians won’t accept deal based on temporary borders
Ha’aretz – 26 May 2013

Hezbollah sparking mini-civil war in Lebanon, and only Iran can stop it
Ha’aretz – 26 May 2013

‘The time for peace is now,’ Peres says in Jordan
Ha’aretz – 26 May 2013

Chechnya building mosque by Jerusalem for ‘brethren’ lost 500 years ago
Ha’aretz – 26 May 2013

Patriot battery in Haifa violates safety regulations
Ha’aretz – 26 May 2013

Israel must take different legal tack on price-tag attacks, says ex-Shin Bet deputy chief
Ha’aretz – 26 May 2013

Slain Bedouin girls’ mother, a victim of Israeli-Palestinian bureaucracy
Ha’aretz – 26 May 2013

Report: Russia halts sale of S-300 missile system to Syria
Ha’aretz – 26 May 2013

In Jerusalem, celebrating the desecration of the Sabbath
Ha’aretz – 26 May 2013

Habayit Hayehudi demands that IDF draft reform includes Arabs
Ha’aretz – 26 May 2013

Two rockets hit Hezbollah-controlled district in Lebanon
Ha’aretz – 26 May 2013

Jerusalem Post

IDF’s only ultra-Orthodox battalion sworn in
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Despite word of haredi protests, induction proceeded without incident; soldiers say “independent thought” brought them to enlist. 

Water flows from Lake Kinneret to Jordan River
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Project signals plan to rehabilitate polluted waterway; environmental group says annual replenishment of 30 million cubic meters not enough. 

Protect our soldiers
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Consensus on Peri C’tee proposal for ultra-Orthodox, Arab conscription faces numerous hurdles. 

The Kurdish momentum in the Middle East
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – The Kurds are now on the map, but much depends on them if they manage to use momentum to alter the geopolitical map to their own advantage. 

Kerry unveils $4 billion Palestinian economic plan
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Plan headed by Quartet special envoy Tony Blair will focus on developing Palestinian private sector, allow for an independent Palestinian economy; Kerry cautions success of plan depends on reaching a diplomatic solution. 

Think About It: The Jewish identity administration
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Many non-Orthodox secular and religious Jews protest establishment of the administration within framework of Ministry for Religious Services. 

Peri c’tee holds marathon discussions on proposals
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Ya’alon objects to criminal sanctions against haredim refusing to serve; Hatnua demands extending service in Hesder program. 

The myth of the ‘Zionist Crusader’
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – “The jihadists libel the Jewish people by calling the Zionists a movement of Crusaders.” 

Norway and other European obstacles to peace
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Attacking PMW for exposing hatred, and not the PA for promoting hatred, is a failure that will postpone peace for another generation. 

The Region: Iran’s election
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – The next Iranian president will have to deal among other issues with – sanctions, regional policy and results from actions in Syria. 

Iran claims it has new long-range missile launchers
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Iranian defense minister says enemy would regret any attack. 

Steinitz: Peres doesn’t speak for government
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Ministers’ responses mixed to president’s speech at WEF. 

Bahrain FM: Hezbollah head Nasrallah is a terrorist
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Minister says stopping Nasrallah is a national, religious duty. 

INNS experts: US policy to curb Iran in doubt
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Iran’s uranium enrichment, plutonium programs are creeping slowly but surely toward a situation that will soon be unstoppable. 

Police arrest Elad Mayor on corruption charges
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Rabbi Yitzhak Idan suspected of bribery, fraud and money laundering charges, following an undercover operation. 

Syrian opposition unity stalled before peace talks
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Opposition hits snag over Qatar’s influence on rebels; disarray follows Syrian statement gov’t to take part “in principle” in talks. 

Was the young JFK an admirer of Hitler?
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – A new book issued in Germany claims the former US president was “very taken” with the Nazi leader during trips in 1930s and 40s. 

Australian lawmaker calls Israel lobby ‘cancerous’
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – “Your perceived right to bully as you do in Mideast doesn’t extend to the Australian political arena,” says Labor councilor. 

UK to target radical Muslim preachers after attack
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Prime Minister Cameron to lead counter-extremism panel; aims to disrupt “poisonous narrative” of radical clerics. 

Better Place: An $850 million ‘missed opportunity’
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – CEO Dan Cohen says that the liquidator must consider what will happen to customers who have already bought Better Place’s electric car. 

Syria says will attend Geneva talks ‘in principle’
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Syrian FM says his government believes the conference will be an opportunity to resolve the country’s conflict. 

Why do Jews intermarry, and who’d marry a Jew anyway?
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – In her new book, Naomi Schaefer Riley takes a look at why so many in the American Jewish community are marrying out of the faith. 

Netanyahu: Israel is the most threatened state in the world
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – PM says no protection can be a substitute for the striking power of the IDF, stamina and strength of Israeli public. 

West concerned as Europe Muslims join Syria fight
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Intelligence information indicates a rise in European Muslims travelling to Syria to join Islamic groups fighting the Assad regime. 

Death of Better Place: Electric car co. to dissolve
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Green company files for bankruptcy “in light of the continued negative cash flow position.” 

‘Concessions, not tougher sanctions will stop Iran’
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Former US diplomat tells ‘LA Times’ Obama should step up diplomacy and consider concessions to the Islamic Republic. 

Two rockets hit Hezbollah strongholds in Beirut
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2013 – Several wounded in strike on Shi’ite Muslim district; attack comes after Nasrallah says his fighters are committed to Syria war. 

PA officials: Abbas keeping us in the dark
Jerusalem Post 25 May 2013 – PA president fails to update PA officials on meetings with Kerry; is under pressure to start talks without preconditions. 

The Guardian

John Kerry unveils plan to boost Palestinian economy
The Guardian 26 May 2013 – US secretary of state says an independent Palestinian economy is essential to achieving a sustainable peace John Kerry revealed his long-awaited plan for peace in the Middle East on Sunday, hinging on a $4bn (£2.6bn) investment…

Syrian conflict grows with unsettling consequences for more than Lebanon
The Guardian 26 May 2013 – Israel, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq are also experiencing destabilising knock-on effects from the two-year conflict in Syria Israel Israeli warplanes have repeatedly struck weapons sites this year, amid concerns that advanced weaponry could be transferred to…

Gaza refugee tipped to win Arab Idol
The Guardian 26 May 2013 – Mohammed Assaf has had messages of support from Palestinian president and prime minister The golden voice of a young man from a Gaza refugee camp has enchanted viewers of Arab Idol, broadcast weekly to huge audiences…


Saturday attacks on Al-Qusayr conducted solely by Hezbollah, rebel says (Video )

The New Crime of Eating While Homeless

A million Israeli landmines planted in occupied Palestinian West Bank

Israeli man in police uniform sexually abuses two Palestinian boys

Obama drone oversight proposal prompts concern over ‘kill courts’

Why Palestine is different

Inside Syrian opposition’s talks in Turkey

Palestinian rights group forges sturdy link between West Bank, Gaza

Andrew Sullivan, terrorism, and the art of distortion

On Guantánamo, the Three Steps Obama Needs to Take Now

Daily Star

Rocket fired from Lebanon towards Israel – residents
Daily Star 26 May 2013 A rocket was fired from south Lebanon towards Israel on Sunday, Lebanese security sources said, and residents of a northern Israeli town reported hearing a blast.

Senator: Fire commanders allowing sex assault
Daily Star 26 May 2013 From Congress to the White House, pressure is mounting to hold military commanders accountable for the rising number of sexual assaults in the armed services.

Iraq officials says separate attacks kill 14
Daily Star 26 May 2013 A string of attacks killed at least 14 people in Iraq on Sunday, officials said, in the latest violence of what has been a particularly bloody month in the country.

Obama consoles Oklahoma tornado victims
Daily Star 26 May 2013 President Barack Obama flew to tornado-ravaged Oklahoma Sunday, offering moral and monetary support to people still reeling from lost lives and shattered neighbooodsrh.

Saudi death toll from new virus reaches 18
Daily Star 26 May 2013 Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry says a woman has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 18.

Kerry believes plan coming on Palestinian economy
Daily Star 26 May 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday he believes a plan is emerging that could expand the Palestinian economy by up to 50 percent in the next three years.

Police disperse south Yemen protesters, wound 5
Daily Star 26 May 2013 Police fired live rounds and tear gas on Sunday to disperse protesters who tried to storm a hotel in southern Yemen to disrupt a meeting on national dialogue, wounding five people, activists and officials said.

Libyan congress approves new interior minister
Daily Star 26 May 2013 Libya’s national assembly on Sunday approved a new interior minister after the incumbent submitted his resignation amid a rise in violence in the North African country.

Israel launches home front defence drill
Daily Star 26 May 2013 Israel launches a national civil defence drill, which the army says will this year focus on the threat of unconventional weapons at a time of growing regional tensions.

YNet News

Lebanese report: Israeli drone detected in Lebanon
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – ….

Report: Blast sounds near Metula, IDF launches probe
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – ….

Peri Cmte.: Hesder soldiers to serve month longer
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – ….

Yemen officer shot dead day after roadside bombing
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – ….

French gay marriage opponents stage big Paris march
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – ….

Let’s wait 3 years and see
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – Op-ed: New haredi draft bill basically says ‘equal share’ issue was a successful election gimmick ….

Has multiculturalism failed?
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – With soldier being murdered in London, Paris; immigrants rioting in Stockholm, big question arises regarding western Europe’s immigration policy, with some experts clearly stating ‘it has backfired’ ….

Peres: President Abbas, you are our partner
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – President Peres represents Israel on last day of WEF conference; also in attendance US secretary of state, PA president, Jordanian king ….

Myanmar imposes two-child limit on Muslims
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – Officials say limit will ease Buddhist-Muslim tensions, citing overpopulation as cause for violence; ‘Muslims reproduce 10 times faster than Buddhists do,’ says state official ….

In Jordan, Peres calls for return to peace talks
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – President says Israeli, Palestinian leaders ‘must not lose this opportunity’ to resume negotiations. PA negotiator Erekat: Peres doesn’t make policy ….

Iran fields ‘massive’ number of missile launchers
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – Defense Minister Vahidi says new weapons would help Iranian forces ‘crush the enemy’ ….

Baby Itai in ‘battle of his life’ against rare cancer
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – Itai Reinich, aged just over a year, will undergo experimental treatment in US on weekend; parents ask public’s help to cover expensive costs ….

3 Israelis on trial for smuggling gold in Hong Kong 
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – As ‘salt of the earth’ trio awaits sentencing, local Jewish community expresses concern both for welfare of detainees, image of Jewish businesses ….

Minister Landau: 1967 borders are ‘Auschwitz borders’ 
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – During Cabinet meeting focusing on Kerry’s efforts to jumpstart peace talks, tourism minister repeats Abba Eban’s famous statement regarding possible Israeli withdrawal from West Bank. Minister Peretz: Any peace deal would involve land swaps ….

Berlin teens meet Israeli expats
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – During meeting with high schoolers, Israelis who moved to German capital asked if they have any Palestinian friends and if all Israelis are religious ….

League of illusions
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – Op-ed: Saudi peace initiative nothing more than a diplomatic whim; Arab street will never accept it ….

2 rockets hit Lebanese Hezbollah stronghold 
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – Four people injured as two rockets hit Beirut neighborhoods controlled by Shiite terror organization; attack possible response to Nasrallah’s speech in support of Assad ….

France rules out Iran taking part in Syrian peace talks
YNet News, 26 May 2013 – FM says there is no ‘magic want’ to get Assad, opposition to negotiation table; Russia says Iran should take part in peace conference ….

French soldier stabbed in throat outside Paris
YNet News, 25 May 2013 – Soldier stabbed in throat; government says trying to determine any links to brutal killing of British soldier by suspected Islamic extremists. Hollande warns against jumping to conclusions ….

Thousands walk, run final mile of Boston Marathon
YNet News, 25 May 2013 – Thousands of athletes join victims of Boston Marathon bombings to run, walk last mile of race, reclaiming triumph of crossing finish line, after original marathon tragically cut short ….

Palestine Information Center

IOF chases Palestinian workers near Jerusalem
PIC – A Palestinian worker from Husan village west of Bethlehem sustained on Sunday fractures and bruises while he and other workers were chased by the Israeli occupation forces..

Israeli MK storms Al-Aqsa Mosque to prepare for her wedding ceremony
PIC – Israeli MK Tzipi Hotovely on Sunday morning stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque, accompanied by a number of Jewish settlers.

200 Palestinians wounded in IOF fire over three days
PIC – A UN report said that around 200 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli occupation forces over three days in which the Palestinians were commemorating the Nakba.

Captive Abu Hamad in serious condition
PIC – The health condition of Palestinian prisoner Khaled Abu Hamad is deteriorating rapidly in the Israeli prison of Gilboa, the Palestinian prisoner’s society said on Sunday.

Child arrested in IOF storming of Al-Khalil suburbs
PIC – A Palestinian child was arrested on Sunday at the hands of Israeli occupation forces (IOF) during a combing operation in the Old City of Al-Khalil.

Murra: Charging refugee camps in Lebanon with firing rockets sheer lies
PIC – Ra’fat Murra, in charge of political affairs in Hamas’s Beirut office, denied claims that the two rockets fired at the southern suburb of Beirut were fired from Palestinian refugee camps.

Israel bulldozers dig up lands southern al-Khalil
PIC – The Israeli Antiquities Authority started on Sunday morning bulldozing Palestinian agricultural lands between the settlements of Ma’on and Karmiel east of Yatta, in al-Khalil..

IOF arrests a young man in Ramallah after an attack on his house 
PIC – Tadhamun Foundation for Human Rights reported that a large Israeli military force stormed at dawn Sunday the village of Budrus, west of Ramallah, and arrested a young man after raiding his home.

Settler runs over a Palestinian girl in al-Khalil
PIC – A Jewish settler on Sunday ran over a 6-year-old Palestinian girl near the town of Yatta, in al-Khalil in the southern occupied West Bank, and fled the scene.

Moroccan businessmen arrive in Gaza
PIC – A delegation of Moroccan businessmen arrived in the Gaza Strip on Saturday evening, via the Rafah crossing.


Abbas: Palestinians Will Not Approve Interim Agreements, Temporary Borders
WAFA – 26 May 2013

Abbas Discusses Political Developments with Jordan’s King
WAFA – 26 May 2013

Israeli Forces Demolish 2 Sheds near Bethlehem
WAFA – 26 May 2013

Israeli Navy Fires 2 Missiles at Fishermen in Gaza
WAFA – 26 May 2013

Index Down in Construction-Related Costs, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 26 May 2013


Israeli Electric Car Company Files for Liquidation
New York Times 26 May 2013 – Better Place failed to attract many customers to its battery-swapping service plan, and its largest shareholder decided against further investment. 

Rockets Strike Hezbollah’s Beirut Stronghold
New York Times 26 May 2013 – Four were wounded in a mysterious strike on Beirut suburbs controlled by the militant group Hezbollah that seems linked to the militant group’s growing role in the Syrian war next door. 

Peres Says Israel Must Overcome Skepticism About Peace
New York Times 26 May 2013 – At a conference in Jordan, President Shimon Peres of Israel said there was an urgent need for peace with the Palestinians. 

Rockets Hit Hezbollah Stronghold in Lebanon
New York Times 26 May 2013 – Rockets slammed Sunday into two southern Beirut neighborhoods that are strongholds of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group, wounding four people. 

Hezbollah Commits Full Fight to Keep Assad in Power
New York Times 25 May 2013 – Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, said that the organization founded to defend Lebanon and fight Israel was entering a new phase, looking abroad to protect its interests. 

Dam opened to revive Jordan River for first time in 50 years 
Globes Energy & Water – The water flow from the Kinneret is part of the multiyear plan to revive the ecology along the lower Jordan River.

Better Place owes $40m
Globes Main News – The electric car venture has only $9.5 million in assets, according to its petition for bankruptcy filed with the Central District Court today.

Communications minister blocks Bezeq rate hike
Globes Main News – Gilad Erdan cites the delay in creating competition in the telephony market.

Dankner: I’ll make the bondholders a better offer
Globes Main News – Nochi Dankner tells “Globes”: IDB’s boldholders are ignoring Elsztain’s upcoming investment; they want to throw away this money because of York?

Sun: Israel Corp drives market higher
Globes Main News – Putting Better Place into liquidation strongly boosted Israel Corp., but Osem fell after publishing its financials.

Osem sales fall but profit up
Globes Main News – First quarter revenue fell to NIS 1.01 billion, but net profit edged up to NIS 94.6 million.

Analysts split over Monday’s interest rate call 
Globes Macro Economics – “Bloomberg”: 12 of 21 analysts believe that the Bank of Israel will keep the interest rate for June unchanged at 1.5%.

Did Waze really need the Chief Scientist? 
Globes Macro Economics – Waze would have gotten along without government financing, but the company may be an interesting example of the real potential profits for the Israeli economy.

VAT hike postponed from Saturday to Sunday 
Globes Macro Economics – The hike from 17% to 18% has been pushed back from Saturday, June 1, to avoid desecrating the Sabbath.

Hundreds demonstrate outside energy minister’s home 
Globes Macro Economics – Green Course activists protested against gas exports outside Energy Minister Silvan Shalom’s home in Ramat Gan.

Bob Woodward: Up to Five More U.S. Citizens Killed in Pakistan
Tikun Olam – Part of the Obama administration’s lead-up to his major address yesterday was a series of leaks that indicated he intended to pursue a new direction in U.S. counter-terror policy.  One of these leaks was a confession of sorts that America has killed four U.S. citizens in…

Letters to SF Municipal Transit Authority in defense of AMP ads
Jewish Voice for Peace – Here are two letter submitted to the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority. For more background on this,please go to Coalition urges SF authorities to refrain from stigmatizing political ads Click here to take action! May 20, 2013 letter from coalition of organizations, including Jewish Voice for…

Rocket Fired at Northern Israel From Lebanon 
The Foward Breaking News 26 May 2013 – A rocket was fired from south Lebanon towards Israel on Sunday, Lebanese security sources said, and residents of a northern Israeli town reported hearing a blast. Click here for the rest of the article…

Kerry Pleads for Solution To End ‘Perpetual War’ 
The Foward Breaking News 26 May 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry urged Israel and the Palestinians to reach a political settlement, warning that the absence of peace would result in “perpetual war.” Click here for the rest of the article…

Electric Car Company Better Place Files for Israel Bankruptcy 
The Foward Breaking News 26 May 2013 – The electric car company Better Place, which had pledged to erect electric car charging stations throughout Israel, has filed for bankruptcy in an Israeli court. Click here for the rest of the article…

Despite Repression, Hamas Survives in Shadows of Palestinian-Run West Bank 
The Foward Breaking News 26 May 2013 – The ruling Fatah movement uses strongarm tactics to bar its Islamist militant rivals Hamas from public life in the West Bank. Click here for the rest of the article…

Deep in African Bush, Senegalese Tribe Claims Jewish Heritage 
The Forward New 26 May 2013 – The Muslim residents of a remote Senegal village belong to a tribe whose name means “sons of Israel,” and say they are descended from Egyptian Jews. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Chips Away at Orthodox Monopoly on Marriage 
The Forward New 26 May 2013 – The Israeli government is trying to chip away at the monopoly that Orthodox rabbis enjoy over marriage and divorce. Is it a first step to a more pluralistic Jewish state? Click here for the rest of the article…

Rockets target Hezbollah in Beirut 
BBC 26 May 2013 – Two rockets hit a Hezbollah-run area of Beirut, hours after the Lebanese Shia group’s leader promised victory for his fighters in neighbouring Syria.

Kerry hails Palestinian economy plan 
BBC 26 May 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry says a plan to increase investment in the Palestinian economy could boost it by 50% in three years.

‘Rocket launched’ towards Israel 
BBC 26 May 2013 – Israel’s military says it is investigating reports that a rocket has been fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel, although no launch was detected.

Syria confirms role in Geneva talks 
BBC 26 May 2013 – Syria’s foreign minister Walid Muallem says President Assad’s government agrees “in principle” to take part in a June peace conference in Geneva.

Iran: Guardian Council Clears Presidential Field for Conservatives 
Al-Akhbar News 26 May 2013 – An Iranian worker sets the printing machine to release printed electoral posters of moderate presidential candidate and former top nuclear negotiator, Hassan Rowhani, at a printing house in Tehran on 26 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Behrouz Mehri) An Iranian worker sets the printing machine to…

Jordan to deploy Patriot missiles along border with Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 26 May 2013 – Jordan, which shares borders with war-torn Syria, said on Sunday it is in talks with “friendly countries” to deploy Patriot missiles on its territory after a similar move by Turkey. “Jordan wishes to deploy Patriot missile batteries in order to boost its defense capabilities and help…

Gunmen kill special forces commander in Yemen 
Al-Akhbar News 26 May 2013 – Gunmen on a motorbike shot dead a special forces commander in Yemen’s eastern Hadramaut region on Sunday, a security official said. The attackers were believed to be al-Qaeda members, the official said. They shot Captain Majed Muttair as he left his home in the city of…

Syria FM: Government will take part in Geneva peace conference 
Al-Akhbar News 26 May 2013 – Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem speaks during a press conference in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on 26 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Thaier al-Sudani) Syria’s foreign minister said on Sunday that his government will take part in a peace conference in Geneva, terming it a “good…

Four policemen killed in northern Iraq 
Al-Akhbar News 26 May 2013 – A car bomb and a shooting in north Iraq killed four police and wounded 15 other people on Sunday, police and a doctor said. The car exploded as security forces searched a home near the northern city of Mosul, killing three police and wounding 21 people,…

Islamists attack Turkish kissing protest 
Al-Akhbar News 26 May 2013 – Turkish demonstrators kiss each other on 25 May 2013 to protest against moral warnings at subway stations in Ankara. (Photo: AFP) Islamists attacked a group of kissing couples who locked lips in a Turkish metro station to protest a morality campaign by the authorities in Ankara,…

Future Plans For a Capitalist Syria 
Al-Akhbar Politics 25 May 2013 – A banker carries a load of money as he walks past an image of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at a bank in the capital in Damascus on 28 February 2012. (Photo: AFP – Anwar Amro) A banker carries a load of money as he walks…

Lebanon: The Final Days of Israeli Occupation 
Al-Akhbar Politics 25 May 2013 – Supporters of Lebanon’s Hezbollah wave Lebanese and Hezbollah flags as they listen to Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during a rally marking Resistance and Liberation Day in Lebanese village of Nabi sheet, in Bekaa, 25 May 2011, commemorating the 11th anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon. (Photo:…

Rockets target Hezbollah in Beirut 
BBC 26 May 2013 – Two rockets hit a Hezbollah-run area of Beirut, hours after the Lebanese Shia group’s leader promised victory for his fighters in neighbouring Syria.

Kerry hails Palestinian economy plan 
BBC 26 May 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry says a plan to increase investment in the Palestinian economy could boost it by 50% in three years.

‘Rocket launched’ towards Israel 
BBC 26 May 2013 – Israel’s military says it is investigating reports that a rocket has been fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel, although no launch was detected.

Syria confirms role in Geneva talks 
BBC 26 May 2013 – Syria’s foreign minister Walid Muallem says President Assad’s government agrees “in principle” to take part in a June peace conference in Geneva.

VIDEO: Israeli court considers property law 
BBC 26 May 2013 – As international diplomacy continues to try to revive direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Israel’s Supreme Court has begun considering the controversial subject of the absentee property law.

VIDEO: Paying a high price for unsafe roads 
BBC 26 May 2013 – Expensive cars are big business in the Gulf – even the police force in Dubai has a Ferrari and a Lamborghini within its fleet.


Why a Jewish state cannot fully protect its non-Jewish citizens 
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 5/26/2013
      Israeli police’s failure to stop the murder of two young Bedouin sisters highlights the arbitrariness of citizenship and discrimination for Palestinians under occupation – regardless of whether they are citizens.
     Abir Dandis, the mother of the two girls found dead in an unrecognized Bedouin village in southern Israel last Tuesday, is not an Israeli citizen. In a more perfect world, her citizenship status wouldn’t matter, considering she is in an abusive relationship and her daughters’ lives were in imminent danger.
     But the Israel Police were well aware of her citizenship status when she went to alert them of her concerns for her daughters’ safety and begged them for help, just one day before the two girls were killed. As Dandis told the press, Israeli police ignored her repeated complaints in both the Arad and Ma’ale Adumim stations, because she is Palestinian. This is likely why they didn’t feel responsible for acting on her complaints, and instead referred her to the Palestinian Civil Affairs Coordination and Liaison Committee.
     Dandis is from Al-Azaria, a town east of Jerusalem in Area B of the West Bank. Area B is under Palestinian civil authority and Israeli security authority, so the Israel Police are in fact responsible for acting there. Furthermore, the girls’ father, who is the prime suspect in their murder, is an Israeli citizen. On top of that, the crime itself took place inside Israel, so any way you look at it, the Israel Police appears to be responsible – and this is likely why the senior officers involved were almost immediately dismissed. Unfortunately, the fact that police are now assuming responsibility cannot bring the girls back.
     This horrible murder is a prime example of how efforts to seek refuge from domestic violence can become entangled and entirely dependent on the fuzzy and Kafkaesque guidelines of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. more.. e-mail

Kerry against the wall 
Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem, Al-Ahram Weekly 5/26/2013
      The two-state solution for peace is looking even more unrealistic after Israel “legalises” four settlement outposts on occupied Palestinian territory.
     In a move that makes any prospective peace deal based on the two-state solution vision unworkable, Israel has decided to legalise four additional settlements in the occupied West Bank, including one a few blocs away from the heart of Ramallah, the temporary capital of the Palestinian Authority (PA). All Jewish settlements established in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, since 1967 are illegal under international law.
     Israel had promised successive US administrations to dismantle “illegal settlements”. However, due to bad faith and repeated procrastination, none of the illegal outposts has been removed.
     In contrast to virtually all nations of the world, which consider the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip “illegally occupied territories,” Israel views these Arab lands as “disputed rather than occupied”.
     Even the United States, Israel’s guardian-ally and bankroller, doesn’t share the Israeli view with regard to the status of the territories, including East Jerusalem.
     The US has consistently refused to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, ostensibly in deference to international law. This despite massive pressure on various US administrations by Congress and other pro-Israel pressure groups.
     DECAPITATING THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION: The new settlement scheme drew angry reactions from the PA, with one official accusing the Israeli government of “effectively decapitating the two-state solution. more.. e-mail

Confronting our tyrants: Incarceration and torture in Palestinian prisons 
Talal Alyan, +972 Magazine 5/25/2013
      Findings by a Palestinian human rights group paint a grim picture of imprisonment and torture under both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas regimes. One guest blogger holds that despite the Israeli occupation, these political groups can no longer act with impunity under the guise of liberators.
     “The image before the return of the PLO was the image of the freedom fighter/ Now here is that same freedom fighter (chained with the conditions of his enemies), exercising his direct authority on the ordinary citizen, on the old men, on the students.” – Mourid Barghouti 
     Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces recently arrested Zaher Ash-Shashteery, a representative of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). His alleged crime: he spoke out against the transgressions of the PA. Of course, it will come as no surprise to most Palestinians to learn about this arrest. We are all familiar with the constant human rights violations of both Hamas and the PA. We have all heard stories of protests being put down by Palestinian security forces, or of civilians being arbitrarily arrested and tortured.
     It is a strange position that Palestinians find themselves in. Should we forfeit our grievances with these political powers and their cronies, and instead focus entirely on the ongoing occupation? Or should we reserve some of our effort to speak out against these ruling political factions? One main concern is that our complaints may be hijacked by sponsors of the occupation in order to divert attention from Israeli actions. This isn’t an unwarranted concern – the crisis in Syria, for instance, is often evoked to imply that we should not focus on the Israeli occupation, and that some injustices should be prioritized over others. For the same reasons that I reject this logic I also have to believe that we owe something to Palestinians languishing in the jails of Hamas and the PA. It is our responsibility to insist that their suffering not be secondary. more.. e-mail

The Syrian crisis option 
Jeremy Salt, Al-Ahram Weekly 5/21/2013
      The reality — unreported in the mainstream media — is that Syrian rebel forces are collapsing and the regime is winning. So what will the West do now?
     While all options are said to be still on the table, Barack Obama is clearly backing away from any deeper involvement in Syria now it is clear that nothing but direct intervention is going to bring down the government in Damascus. In the past few months alone the armed groups have lost thousands of men. Although the conflict will grind on for some time yet, the Syrian military is steadily closing down the insurgency.
     The sponsors of this adventure are in complete disarray. Like the Syrian National Council before it, the Syrian National Coalition has imploded. Muaz Al-Khatib is now a voice from the margins. Ghassan Hittu is the only person in the world who is the prime minister of a committee. These people are a completely lost cause.
     In the real world and not the world of delusions there is horror at the video showing a “rebel” commander cutting the heart out of the body of a dead soldier and biting into it. Perhaps it was the lungs or the liver. The media seems to be uncertain, but somehow getting the organ right seems to be important. Far from denying this gory act, its perpetrator owned up to it before boasting of how he had sawn the bodies of captured shabiha into pieces.
     Cannibalism appears to be a first, but otherwise there is not much that the psychopaths inside the armed groups have not done in Syria. Or are people who can do such things not to be called psychopaths? They are the best people, after all, to fight such a vicious conflict…. more.. e-mail

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