VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 27 May 2013: Domestic fissures in Israel will not benefit Palestinians

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International Middle East Media Center

Israeli Settlements Occupy 538.303 Dunams In West Bank
IMEMC – Israeli daily, Haaretz, has reported that, in 2012, Israel confiscated 8000 Dunams of Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank for the benefit of its settlements in areas referred to by Tel Aviv as “State Lands”. …

Settlers Illegally Seize Two Stores In Jerusalem’s Old City
IMEMC – Dozens of Israeli settlers, illegally occupied on Monday two Palestinian stores near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, the Palestine News Network (PNN) has reported. …

Settlers Deface Cars, Puncture Tires in Jerusalem
IMEMC – Monday at dawn, April 27 2013, local sources have reported that extremist Israeli settlers defaced 15 Palestinian cars, and punctured their tires, in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem. …

Abbas, Peres, Meet In Jordan
IMEMC – Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli President, Shimon Peres, met on Sunday in Jordan, and discussed the efforts to resume the stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. …

Army Kidnaps Seven Palestinians In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Sunday evening May 26 2013, Israeli soldiers kidnapped seven Palestinians, shot and wounded several others, during clashes that took place in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. Two more Palestinians were kidnapped near Jenin. …

Israel To Demolish 18 Newly Rebuilt Homes In Negev Village
IMEMC – Sunday may 26 2013, personnel of the Israeli Ministry of Interior placed official orders on 18 under construction homes, being rebuilt after the army demolished them a week ago, in Atteer village in the Negev, informing the villagers that their homes will be demolished again. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces dig up agricultural land near Hebron
5/27/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers on Monday morning started digging up agricultural lands east of Hebron to construct a road for settlers, locals said. Kayed Dana, a resident in the Wadi al-Hasin area, said a military force accompanied by bulldozers began digging up agricultural lands belonging to the Jaber, Dana, and al-Safain families. Dana….

Israel raids Jenin, detains 14 across West Bank
5/27/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained four men from Jenin on Monday, residents said. Israeli special forces raided the northern West Bank city and detained Shadi al-Darbi, 30, Hassan Meri, 19, Waseem Ortani, 18, and Sleiman Lahlouh, 20. Sleiman was later released. Al-Derbi’s father told Ma’an that Israeli troops surrounded….

Israeli forces escort rightists at Aqsa compound
5/27/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli security forces and right-wing Jews toured the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday accompanied by intelligence officials, a local group said. The al-Aqsa Foundation said in a statement that the female officers led the group through the Moroccan Gate, before splitting into separate groups. Muslim worshipers shouted “Allahu Akbar” at the….

Haniyeh slams Abbas, Peres meeting as ‘normalization’
5/27/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Monday said President Abbas’ recent meeting with Israeli president Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum was “normalization.” “We do not count much on such meetings which are aspects of normalization and attempt to bring into life a dead body called negotiations,” Haniyeh….

Israel probes possible attack from Lebanon
5/27/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The Israeli military was on Monday investigating a possible overnight attack launched from Lebanon on a northern border village, after residents reported hearing explosions.” Residents in Metulla reported hearing booms. We are still checking the area and haven’t found anything yet,” a military spokeswoman told AFP. There was no official confirmation….

Israeli troops erect checkpoint, detain Palestinian
5/27/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) – Israeli forces detained a young man from Jenin on Sunday evening after erecting a flying checkpoint at the Azzun crossroad south of the city. Witnesses told Ma’an that soldiers detained Nateq Hantouli, 22, after stopping his car and checking his identity papers. The checks at the flying checkpoint were….

Israel allows 81 Gaza Palestinians to visit jailed relatives
5/27/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Some 81 relatives of prisoners at Israel’s Ramon jail crossed the Erez terminal along the border with Gaza to visit their loved ones on Monday, the Red Cross said. A spokesman said the relatives including 12 children visited the prison. Israel barred Gaza families from visiting their loved….

Mayor: 3 men attempt to kidnap girl near Nablus
5/27/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Three men attempted to kidnap a 10-year-old girl on Monday from a Nablus village, locals said. The mayor of al-Lubban al-Sharqiya village told Ma’an that three young men driving a white Kia vehicle were acting suspiciously in the village. One of the men left the vehicle and stopped….

Bedouins, MKs protest Negev displacement plans
5/27/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of Negev Bedouins joined a demonstration in front of Israel’s Knesset on Monday to protest the forced displacement of nearly 40,000 Bedouins. Palestinian Knesset members Ibrahim Sarsour, Ahmad Tibi, Masood Ghanayim and Talab Abu Arar took part in the protest. Abu Arar, who is leading a campaign to….

Settlers slash tires of 15 vehicles in East Jerusalem
5/27/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Settlers slashed the tires of 15 Palestinian cars in East Jerusalem early Monday, locals said. Residents in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem told Ma’an that they were surprised to wake up this morning and find their tires punctured. The vehicles were parked on a main road and….

Abbas adviser rules out concessions for economic gain
5/27/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — The presidency said Monday that it would not make “political concessions in exchange for economic benefits” announced the day before by US Secretary of State John Kerry.” The Palestinian leadership will not offer political concessions in exchange for economic benefits,” read a statement from Mohammad Mustafa, president of the Palestine Investment Fund and….

Palestinian, Israeli high-tech companies to meet in Tel Aviv
5/27/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Representatives from Palestinian and Israeli high-tech companies are scheduled to meet on Monday in Tel Aviv, Israeli radio reported. A joint forum entitled “Business not barriers” is due to be held in the coastal city, with Palestinian representatives from eleven high-tech companies due to attend along with Israeli and international companies….

Medics: Over 100 food poisoning cases in Bethlehem village
5/27/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — More than 100 people suffered from food poisoning on Saturday in a Palestinian village in the southern West Bank, a medical official said Monday. The announcement by Dr Fadi Zaul quadrupled a previous estimate of those thought to be affected after consuming either contaminated water or rotten meat in Husan village…. Related: 25 suffer food poisoning near Bethlehem

2 killed in Jenin road accident
5/27/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Two men were killed and a third injured when a car flipped over south of Jenin on Monday, civil defense officials said. Muhammad Mahmoud Abu al-Rub, 19, and Nur Suleiman Abu al-Rub, 19, were killed when their Land Rover overturned on a main road south of Jenin. Civil defense officials said….

Experts: Hezbollah takes Syria risk at Iran’s behest
5/27/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Lebanon’s Hezbollah has hurled itself into the war in Syria at the behest of its mentor Iran at the risk of damaging its reputation in the Arab world, experts say. The powerful Shiite movement has won widespread support outside Lebanon for standing up to Israel on the battlefield. But its involvement….

Syrian opposition split as peace moves forge ahead
5/27/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — International efforts to end the conflict in Syria accelerate on Monday with key talks in Brussels and Paris, amid a push for a new peace conference despite growing divisions within the Syrian opposition. US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian and French counterparts in Paris to advance an initiative for….

State media: Syrian TV reporter killed near Qusayr
5/27/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — A reporter for Syrian state television station Al-Ikhbariya has been killed while covering an army assault on the rebel stronghold of Qusayr, Syrian state television said Monday.” The ministry of information. . . announces that colleague Yara Abbas has been added to the ranks of the martyrs, killed by terrorists near Dabaa airport,” north of….

Saudi woman conqueror of Everest seeks to inspire
5/27/2013 – SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Adventurer Raha Moharrak, the first Saudi woman and youngest Arab to conquer Everest, urged women in the conservative Muslim kingdom of the Gulf to “challenge themselves” as she arrived back in the region. Her group of four, including a Qatari royal, a Palestinian and an Iranian, was greeted with cheers….

Syrian forces ‘using chemical weapons near Damascus’
5/27/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — French newspaper Le Monde reported Monday that the Syrian army is using chemical weapons against rebel forces in the outskirts of Damascus, quoting two of its journalists who were in the area in April and May. The journalists “witnessed over several consecutive days” the use of explosive chemical weapons and their effects on….

NGO: At least 79 Hezbollah fighters killed in Qusayr
5/27/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — At least 79 members of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah have been killed fighting alongside the Syrian army in the town of Qusayr since last week, a watchdog said on Monday.” The number of Lebanese Hezbollah fighters killed in recent months in the outskirts of Damascus and Homs has risen to 141,” the….

Iran offers Syria $4 billion credit line
5/27/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Iran has opened two lines of credit totalling $4 billion to Damascus and expects to open up a third to counter the effects of an international embargo, Syria’s central bank said on Monday.” Iran continues to support Syria, by opening one line of credit worth a billion dollars to finance the….

Wave of Iraq attacks kill 58
5/27/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Attacks in the Baghdad area and northern Iraq killed 58 people on Monday, the latest in a wave of violence that has raised fears of a return to sectarian conflict in the country. The unrest, including bombings in Baghdad that mainly targeted Shiite areas, comes at a time of heightened tensions in Iraq….

Aljazeera

Israel probes blast near Lebanese border 
AlJazeera 27 May 2013 – Residents of northern town report hearing explosion after suspected mortar attack from southern Lebanon.

Palestine News Network

Israeli Settlements in the West Bank Grew by Twice the Size of Central Park in 2012
Palestine News Network

Violent Settlers Slash Tires of 15 Palestinian-Owned Cars
Palestine News Network

Erekat: Israelis Want Peace, Netanyahu Must Be Convinced
Palestine News Network

Israeli Officers and Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque
Palestine News Network

Israeli Settlers Seize Two Shops in Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Report: 200 Palestinians Injured During Nakba Commemorations
Palestine News Network

Gaza Refugee on Arab Idol Unites Palestinians
Palestine News Network

Prisoner Hraibat on Hunger Strike to Protest His Administrative Detention
Palestine News Network

The PLO, Emergence of Palestinian Political Parties Following the 1967 War
Palestine News Network

81 Palestinians to Visit Relatives in Israeli Prison
Palestine News Network

Occupation Releases Journalist Tariq Abu Zaid
Palestine News Network

The Al-Dura Report: A Slanderous Farce and a ‘Blood Libel’- Against Palestinians
Palestine News Network

Why a Jewish State Cannot Fully Protect its Non-Jewish Citizens
Palestine News Network

120,000 Guests Spent 280,000 Nights in the West Bank during the First Quarter 2013, says Statistics Bureau
Palestine News Network

IOF Destroy Vital Palestinian Farmlands
Palestine News Network

MADA is Demanding the Prosecution of Those Responsible for Threatening Two Journalists
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Gaza supreme court accepts PCHR’s complaint against the interior Ministry’s measures restricting the freedom of movement
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Followed up on the Measures Taken by ISS against Dr. Ibrahim Abrash
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Free Sireen Sawafteh – Arrested by Israel on the 14th May 2013
5/27/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 27th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Tubas, Occupied Palestine – Last Tuesday Sireen, a 24 year old woman from Tubas, was detained by Israeli forces. She is currently being held in Al Jalameh, an Israeli prison. Her family and friends fear for her safety. She has been denied access to a lawyer and she has not….

Settlers setting up tent and planning road in Palestinian owned land in Al Khalil
5/27/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 27th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Team Al Khalil, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – This morning, settlers from Kiryat Arba, an illegal israeli settlement in the city of Al Khalil (Hebron), started to place road markers for the construction of a road through the Palestinian olive groves of Wadi al-Hussein. They were accompanied by Israeli military and….

Sixteen-year-old boy blindfolded and arrested late at night without evidence
5/27/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 27th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Team Al Khalil, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Following the events of the settler tour during yesterday afternoon Fuad Asem al Batsh, a sixteen-year-old minor, was arrested in Hebron without any evidence or court decision. He was released after about an hour. It was at 10 pm in the old city that…. Related: Life in Hebron disrupted by another settler “tour”

Relief Web

World: Coopération internationale de la Suisse – Rapport annuel 2012
Relief Web 27 May 2013 – Source: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Country: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Chad, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, occupied Palestinian territory, Peru,…

World: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) – Annual Report 2012
Relief Web 27 May 2013 – Source: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Country: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Chad, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua,…

occupied Palestinian territory: Liechtenstein donates CHF 100,000 to UNRWA
Relief Web 27 May 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Jersualem The Government of Liechtenstein has announced a contribution of CHF100,000 (approx. US$ 104,000) to the United…

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 21 – 27 May 2013
Relief Web 27 May 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands,…

Lebanon: Australia pledges AUD 4.6 million to UNRWA
Relief Web 27 May 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Australia, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 24 May 2013 Beirut, Lebanon Australia will provide AUD 4.6 million (approx. US$ 4.5 million) to support…

The National

Syrian National Coalition on brink of collapse
The National 27 May 2013 – Muslim Brotherhood supporters thwart efforts to reduce their influence, widen the rebel coalition’s base and attract western funding. Phil Sands reports 

EU pushes to maintain sanctions against Syria’s Assad
The National 27 May 2013 – Europe’s foreign ministers begin last-ditch attempts in Brussels to avoid the collapse of sanctions against Bashar Al Assad’s Syrian regime amid divisions on whether arms should be supplied to rebels. Colin Randall reports 

Dh877m for UAE public works this year
The National 27 May 2013 – The money was allocated as part of the Dh69 billion federal investment programme for this year’s public budget, state news agency Wam said.

How the UAE is fighting criminality
The National 27 May 2013 – The UAE can combat “new-age” criminality through technology, international cooperation and information sharing, a major conference heard yesterday.

Banja Luka Muslims harbour no illusions of return to life before Balkans war
The National 27 May 2013 – While a famous mosque in the Bosnian Serb capital is being reconstructed, its people remain scattered. Ferry Biedermann reports from Banja Luka 

American University in Dubai offers the Emirates experience
The National 27 May 2013 – Expats eager to learn more about the country get the chance to complete a course that will give a unique insight into the Emirates.

At least 57 Iraqi Shiites killed as car bombings tear through Baghdad
The National 27 May 2013 – Attacks thought to be carried out by Iraqi branch of Al Qaeda.

UK protesters shout, ‘Muslim killers, off our streets’ in march over murdered soldier
The National 27 May 2013 – Around a thousand far-right protesters shouting “Muslim killers, off our streets” march through central London against a backdrop of swelling anti-Muslim feeling following the killing of a British soldier last week.

Ha’aretz

A wedding or a political tour de force?
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2013

In row with Lapid over Haredi IDF draft, Netanyahu blinked first
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2013

Netanyahu averts coalition crisis over draft law by bringing Ya’alon into line
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2013

Ultra-Orthodox fight against draft makes Haredi soldiers even greater pariahs in community
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2013

Abbas talks tough in face of foreign pressure to renew peace talks with Israel
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2013

Israeli state prosecutor says he did not play politics in Olmert’s downfall
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2013

Livni, Netanyahu envoy secretly meet Kerry in bid to renew peace negotiations
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2013

Jerusalem to withhold funds if school doesn’t accept four Mizrahi girls
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2013

State reaches deal with Dorad to head off power shortage
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2013

Israel-Turkey reconciliation talks hit impasse over scope of compensation
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2013

Lapid threatens to topple government unless ultra-Orthodox dealt equal share of IDF burden
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2013

Lawmakers to debate proposal giving Jews ‘unique’ right to self-determination in Israel
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2013

Rate of Israeli smokers dropped 14% in 2012, survey shows
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2013

Israel holds national emergency drill testing public response to missiles
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2013

Israeli university adds Christian and Muslim holidays to vacation calendar for first time
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2013

Filipina national nabbed smuggling thousands of birth control pills into Israel
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2013

Rocket fire on Hezbollah-stronghold brings Syria’s civil war into the heart of Lebanon
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2013

Jerusalem Post

Hague: EU arms embargo on Syrian rebels effectively ends
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – President Assad’s forces, Hezbollah fighters advance around Qusair amid renewed reports of chemical weapons attacks; EU member states will reassert all other existing EU sanctions on Syria. 

Analysis: Foreshadowing things to come?
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – The fate of Ramat Gan Mayor Zvi Bar could impact Liberman’s political future. 

‘Hard to try Liberman as he may return to politics’
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – “A case against a former foreign minister who could return to his position is a difficult issue,” says Lador. 

Activists protest plan to ‘expel’ Beduin from Negev
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Israeli-Arab party Balad calls on foreign countries to intervene and stop the demolition of Beduin homes. 

Better Place’s vision lives on
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – The concept that electric cars will one day replace conventional cars is far from delusional or fleeting. 

Candidly Speaking: A global tsunami of anti-Semitism
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – In the post-Holocaust era, many had predicted, mistakenly, that the world’s oldest hatred would recede, even anticipating that anti-Semites would soon become an extinct species. 

Study: Breastfeeding may reduce chances of ADHD 
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – A new study shows breastfeeding for at least 3 months may reduce risk, prevent Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder. 

On my mind: Hi-tech Israeli Arabs
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Arab youth in Israel are just as eager and talented as their Jewish counterparts to work in the increasingly connected world. 

Naftali Bennett: Jack of all trades, master of… some?
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – The clash between government and religion is an old story in our nation’s cauldron, simmering with division. 

Kerry holds surprise meetings with Abbas, Livni in Amman
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – US secretary of state holds separate meetings in Jordan with Israeli, Palestinian leaders as he intensifies efforts to revive peace process; Abbas, Erekat expect Kerry peace plan “soon,” reportedly within two weeks. 

Terra Incognita: The dark side of the ‘start-up nation’
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Agassi capitalized on this sexy “clean energy high tech” sales tactic and was aided by Peres and books like The Start-Up Nation. 

Fundamentally Fruend: Shimon’s balderdash
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Peres made a number of brash and blatantly political statements that could just as easily have been penned by a pro-Palestinian speechwriter. 

Think before you act
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Why Naftali Bennett’s speech should not have been interrupted. 

Man on rampage stabs mother, girlfriend, 2 men
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Police arrest Kirat Yam man, 25, for stabbing mother to death before stabbing, wounding girlfriend, two men. 

PM works to end coalition’s first crisis
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Ya’alon, Yesh Atid clash on criminal sanctions for draft-dodgers. 

Equalizing the burden – What lies beneath the surface?
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Some foolishly believe that legal measures against the haredi offenders will be beneficial. 

A letter to Angelina Jolie
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – An open letter from the founder of Life’s Door, at the Institute of Radiotherapy, Tel Aviv Medical Center. 

Public Health Coalition announces closure
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Due to financial difficulties and a lack of incoming donations, the Israeli Public Health Coalition will dismiss staff members. 

US Senator McCain meets with rebels in Syria
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Republican candidate meets with rebels in surprise visit. 

IN PICTURES: National emergency exercise drill
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Public encouraged to drill their responses to missile attack; second round of sirens goes off at 7:05 p.m. 

State receiver: Better Place must be liquidated
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – “There is no choice but to appoint a temporary liquidator” for former embodiment of Israeli green innovation. 

Tragic end as search party finds remains of pilot
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Family find suicide note of Ein Vered man Avner Tshori, 38, who flew off in his ultra-light plane; body found in Arava desert. 

Good energy: Bitter Place
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Agassi took on an entire industry based on oil and put Israel on the map to model for the world the idea that cars don’t need gas. 

J’lem school denied funds for refusing Sephardim
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – City council freezes NIS 10 million for haredi girls school until it agrees to accept four Sephardi school girls. 

Palestinian women on the rise in workplace
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Service jobs in the West Bank traditionally done by men are being taken over by women in a growing number of sectors. 

Doctors prescribing marijuana in Israel to double
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Likud MK says number of physicians who prescribe medical marijuana will rise from 9 to 20 be end of year. 

Wave of Baghdad bombings kills more than 50
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Police say latest attacks in mainly Shi’ite neighborhoods increase fears Iraq risks sliding back into sectarian conflict. 

Hamas: Peres, Abbas meeting won’t revive talks
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Ma’an quotes Haniyeh saying Hamas does not count on “attempt to bring life to dead body called negotiations.” 

Child Holocaust survivors to be compensated
Jerusalem Post 27 May 2013 – Survivors who were chidren during the war will be compensated for their “lost childhood.” 

The Guardian

Letters: Uefa insensitivity to Palestinians’ plight
The Guardian 27 May 2013 – On Friday, delegates from European football associations gathered in a London hotel for Uefa’s annual congress ( Report , 24 May). They agreed new, strict guidelines to deal with racism, suggesting a commendable determination to combat discrimination in…

Inter Press Service

Egyptian NGOs Fear Law That Would Cripple Civil Society
IPS Critics of a proposed law say it could harm women’s rights and other groups’ ability to operate. Credit: Cam McGrath/IPS A controversial bill backed by Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood and submitted to the Islamist-dominated legislature surpasses previous laws used to repress Egyptian civil society, rights watchdogs say. The legislation would…

Isolation Devastates East Jerusalem Economy
IPS Israel’s separation barrier as seen from Al Ram, once a thriving East Jerusalem community that now sits on the West Bank side of the barrier and has been severely economically affected. Credit: Jillian Kestler-D’Amours/IPS Thick locks hug the front gates of shuttered shops, now covered in graffiti and dust from…

Uruknet

We’ve moved on from the Iraq war – but Iraqis don’t have that choice
Uruknet

Obama speaks about drone wars
Uruknet

Israeli Denial and the Nakba
Uruknet

Syria News – May 25, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet

Kerry against the wall
Uruknet

Obama: Defending the Indefensible
Uruknet

New light shed on US government’s extraordinary rendition programme
Uruknet

“We will stand in front of the bulldozers” – Beit Dajan homes threatened with demolition
Uruknet

Obama fails to provide any meaningful assistance to suffering Guantanamo detainees
Uruknet

Syrian War Overtakes Lebanese Valley
Uruknet

Daily Star

US Sen. McCain makes trip to Syria to visit rebels
Daily Star 27 May 2013 U.S. Senator John McCain has quietly slipped into Syria for a meeting with Syrian rebels.

EU talks on Syria arms embargo fail: Austria
Daily Star 27 May 2013 European Union efforts to reach an agreement on whether to arm Syria’s rebels have failed, Austria’s Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said Monday.

Bahrain bans contact with ‘terrorist’ Hezbollah
Daily Star 27 May 2013 Bahrain on Monday banned opposition groups from having contacts with Hezbollah, as the Sunni-ruled kingdom moves to limit the Lebanese Shiite movement’s suspected influence on its restive Shiite majority.

Police: Lawmaker holds 2 foreigners in Yemen city
Daily Star 27 May 2013 Gunmen abducted two South African citizens Monday in Yemen’s second largest city, Taiz, and police said a lawmaker was behind the kidnapping to pressure the government to hand over a disputed piece of land.

Islamist attackers in Niger not from Libya: PM
Daily Star 27 May 2013 The Islamists who carried out two attacks last week in Niger which left more than two dozen people dead did not come from Libya, as charged by the Niger authorities, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said…

Syria rockets hit east Lebanon, 1 killed
Daily Star 27 May 2013 A 14-year-old girl was killed in a Syrian rocket attack that hit the Bekaa valley city of Hermel Monday evening, security sources told The Daily Star.

Gunmen kidnap two South African citizens in Yemen
Daily Star 27 May 2013 Unidentified gunmen seized two South African citizens in the Yemeni city of Taiz on Monday and police were trying to determine who was behind the kidnapping, an Interior Ministry source said.

Obama says don’t take American troops for granted
Daily Star 27 May 2013 President Barack Obama said Monday that Americans must honor the sacrifices of their fighting men and women, particularly at a time when the U.S. combat role in Iraq has ended and the country’s involvement in Afghanistan…

Wave of bombings in Iraqi capital kill at least 66
Daily Star 27 May 2013 A wave of car bombings tore through mostly Shiite Muslim neighborhoods of the Baghdad area starting Monday afternoon, leaving at least 66 dead in the latest outburst of an unusually intense wave of bloodshed roiling Iraq.

YNet News

UK police arrest 10th suspect in soldier’s slaying
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2 dead, 5 injured after series of Texas shootings
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Expert: Islam taking over, Europe soon to be unrecognizable
YNet News, 27 May 2013 – According to Dr. Mordechai Kedar, European softening, together with demographics, is leading to ‘abysmal’ change. Dr. Avika Libman: Riots start with preachers demanding Muslim state ….

Russia’s Lavrov says arranging Syria talks is ‘tall order’
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Bombs tear through Iraqi capital, killing over 60
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Man shot in north; sustains moderate-serious wounds
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Sen. McCain enters Syria, meets rebels
YNet News, 27 May 2013 – The Daily Beast says US senator crossed into Syria from Turkey with head of Free Syrian Army’s Military Council; rebel leaders who met with him urged US provide them with heavy weapons and bomb Assad forces ….

PM to Ya’alon: Don’t delay haredi conscription bill
YNet News, 27 May 2013 – Netanyahu tells defense minister his objection to clause calling for sanctions against draft dodgers would be evaluated at later stage of legislation process ….

Single moms ‘doomed to life of poverty’
YNet News, 27 May 2013 – Women’s group launches campaign against austerity measures, warns ‘tens of thousands of families may collapse financially’ ….

Weak American battery 
YNet News, 27 May 2013 – Op-ed: Failure to jumpstart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks another sign of diminished US status in region ….

Haredi MK: We will defeat enemies of Israel’s soul
YNet News, 27 May 2013 – United Torah Judaism chair says Lapid seeks way out due to dwindling popularity, urges to cancel general conscription, make IDF professional military ….

Man suspected of murdering mother, stabbing girlfriend, 2 men
YNet News, 27 May 2013 – Kiryat Ata police apprehend young man who allegedly stabbed girlfriend, mother, two additional men. Mother dies of wounds, other victims lightly-moderately injured. Police claim ‘momentary insanity’ ….

Deputy FM Elkin ‘proud to be settler’
YNet News, 27 May 2013 – In AP interview, Likud member says West Bank Jewish communities a fact of life that must be recognized. Meretz’s Gal-On: His appointment sends bad message to the world ….

Bahrain bans political groups from contacting Hezbollah 
YNet News, 27 May 2013 – Gulf state’s foreign minister brands Nasrallah a ‘terrorist’ after Hezbollah leader proclaimed that his fighters would help deliver victory for Syria’s Assad ….

UN rights chief says anti-terror measures can backfire 
YNet News, 27 May 2013 – As Britain, France consider tightening anti-terror laws, Navi Pillay says ‘grave violations’ of human rights during counter-terrorist operations are ‘self-defeating’ ….

Queen Noor tweets article by Israeli on women, war
YNet News, 27 May 2013 – Widow of King Hussein posts article on Twitter by new Israeli immigrant on ‘most dangerous myths about women, war,’ explaining importance of women’s involvement in achieving sustainable peace ….

Iran reform candidate says state TV cuts broadcast
YNet News, 27 May 2013 – Mohammad Reza Aref says Iran’s state TV cut off his campaign broadcast unexpectedly, citing technical problems ….

France’s Le Monde says chemical weapons used in Syria 
YNet News, 27 May 2013 – Reporter, photographer say witnessed battlefield chemical attacks, describe men coughing violently, eyes burning, pupils shrinking ….

Preferential Treatment 
YNet News, 27 May 2013 – Op-ed: Disproportionate UNRWA aid to Palestinians comes at the expense of other refugees ….

Palestine Information Center

IOA decides to demolish 18 houses in Negev
PIC – Israeli police and border guards stormed on Sunday Atir village in Negev, in southern 1948-occupied Palestinian territories and pasted demolition orders on the walls of 18 Palestinian houses..

Haniyeh: Cooperation with occupation in not part of the Palestinian culture
PIC – The Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh expressed his surprise towards Abbas’s recent statements in favor of security coordination with the occupier, saying that it is not part of the Palestinian culture.

Barhoum: Kerry’s economic plan, a new attempt to deceive public opinion
PIC – Hamas movement has considered Kerry’s new economic plan to activate the Palestinian situation in West Bank as a new attempt to deceive the public opinion.

Gaza government warns of Abbas’s decision to renew negotiations
PIC – Gaza government warned of Abbas’s individual decision to renew talks with the occupation and to sign one-sided agreement as what happened with Oslo agreement 20 years ago.

IOF storms Jenin, arrests 6 Palestinians
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed several villages in Jenin and carried out raid and arrest campaigns, where 5 Palestinians were detained.

Arab businessman: Gaza is fertile ground for investment
PIC – Head of Gaza reconstruction committee in Lebanon, Abdullah Bapti, said that Gaza constitutes a fertile ground for investment in light of the prevailing security and stability in the strip.

Palestinian Scholars committee praises the GMJ
PIC – The Palestinian Scholars abroad committee praised the ongoing efforts for the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) to take place across the globe on Friday 7 June 2013..

IOF soldiers unleash hounds on women and children in Jenin
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) unleashed their dogs on relatives of five detainees taken from Jenin at dawn Monday.

Ambulance driver wounded in confrontations in Al-Khalil village
PIC – Confrontations were reported in Edhna village, west of Al-Khalil, on Monday after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the village.

IOA threatens to raze 150 installations in Jordan Valley
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Farsiya area in Wadi Al-Malih in the northern Jordan Valley afternoon Monday and delivered demolition notices.

WAFA

Israeli Forces Demolish 2 houses, 2 Sheds in Jordan Valley
WAFA – 27 May 2013

Abbas, Kerry meet in Jordan
WAFA – 27 May 2013

Uniformed Israeli Soldiers Hold Provocative Tours of Al-Aqsa
WAFA – 27 May 2013

Settlers Slash Tires of 15 Palestinian Cars
WAFA – 27 May 2013

Statistics Bureau: Most of Palestine’s Guests are Europeans in Q1, 2013
WAFA – 27 May 2013

Israeli Settlers Take Over 2 Shops in Jerusalem
WAFA – 27 May 2013

Israel Arrests 12 Palestinians in West Bank, Jerusalemþ
WAFA – 27 May 2013

Weather Forecast: Mild to Hot Weather through Weekend
WAFA – 27 May 2013

Misc

Israel grimaces at a leading export: Innovation
LA Times 27 May 2013 – As technology start-ups are snagged by foreign buyers, some Israelis worry that entrepreneurs are putting wealth ahead of the nation’s health. HERZLIYA, Israel — High-tech entrepreneur Kobi Stok is chasing the new Israeli dream.

Rockets raise fear that Syria’s conflict has crossed into Beirut
LA Times 26 May 2013 – Four men are wounded by a pair of rockets in Lebanon’s capital. Lebanese leaders urge people to reject sectarian attacks and retaliation. BEIRUT — Lebanese leaders called on their people Sunday to reject sectarian attacks after a pair of rockets slammed into a Beirut neighborhood,…

At Least 53 Killed in Bombings in Iraq
New York Times 27 May 2013 – The attacks that struck Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad added to concerns of a renewal of the kind of sectarian violence that tore through the country in 2006 and 2007. 

European Union Debates Arming Syrian Rebels
New York Times 27 May 2013 – European Union foreign ministers gathered on Monday amid deep divisions over whether to allow member countries to send lethal aid to the Syrian opposition. 

More Than 70 Killed in Wave of Baghdad Bombings
New York Times 27 May 2013 – More than a dozen blasts tore into markets and shopping areas across the Iraqi capital, in worsening sectarian violence. 

U.N. Rights Chief Says Governments Fail to Protect Victims of Syria Conflict
New York Times 27 May 2013 – Navi Pillay invoked the responsibility of governments to protect civilians from war crimes but stopped short of calling for direct intervention in Syria. 

Death Toll Rises as Bloodshed Spreads in Iraq
New York Times 26 May 2013 – At least 14 people were killed Sunday, bringing the total to about 300 killed in the past two weeks and raising tensions between the Sunni minority and the Shiite-led government. 

Hezbollah Areas in Beirut Are Hit
New York Times 26 May 2013 – Four people were wounded in a strike in the Hezbollah-controlled area of southern Beirut, Lebanon, during an attack that seemed linked to the militant group’s growing role in the Syrian war next door. 

Kerry Pushes Investment Plan for West Bank
New York Times 26 May 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry said that an infusion of investments could boost the gross domestic product of the West Bank over three years and slash unemployment. 

Computers Piecing Together Jigsaw of Jewish Lore
New York Times 26 May 2013 – A sophisticated artificial intelligence program is helping reassemble more than 100,000 document fragments collected across 1,000 years that reveal details of Jewish life along the Mediterranean. 

Fuel to rise NIS 0.25, reversing trend 
Globes Energy & Water – “Yediot Ahronot”: The price of gasoline, including the VAT hike, will be NIS 7.50 per liter, from June 1.

Bank of Israel cuts interest rate to 1.25%
Globes Main News – The Bank of Israel has lowered the interest rate for June by 0.25%. This is the second 0.25% rate cut this month.

Renault blindsided by Better Place liquidation
Globes Main News – Renault, which has a lien on the Fluence ZE’s batteries, is demanding €65 million as a secured creditor of Better Place.

Lapid: We’ll quit gov’t if haredim aren’t drafted
Globes Main News – Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid: The Perry Committee’s proposal for drafting haredim must be accepted.

Mon: Telcos boost market
Globes Main News – Cellcom, Partner, and Bezeq all rose, but Teva slipped on the day’s biggest turnover.

Israel Chemicals: Gov’t seen as unreliable
Globes Main News – “The company is worried that foreign investors will perceive Israel as a less attractive market for investment, because of uncertainty about the Israeli economic environment.”

Lapid appoints Amir Levy budget chief 
Globes Macro Economics – Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s aides say Levy is a brilliant leader.

Treasury split on IMI privatization
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Opponents say the plan would cost too much but supporters say this can be recouped by Israel Military Industries vacating land in Ramat Hasharon.

Netanyahu’s Facebook Page Replete With Racism, Islamophobia
Tikun Olam – Netanyahu’s official Facebook page Bibi Netanyahu is the son of a noted Jewish historian.  But unfortunately, neither the lessons nor substance of Jewish history has rubbed off on him (the son).  He published today an execrable screed denouncing the Syrian people as blood-swilling heathen.  It is…

Conjuring the ‘Jewish community’ to shut down debate of apartheid in San Francisco
Mondoweiss – The news that San Francisco supervisors are claiming that a bus ad opposing Israeli “apartheid” is hurtful to the Jewish community has really hit a nerve. The supervisors are just mouthing what rightwing Jewish organizations said about the American Muslims for Palestine(AMP) ad, and it turns…

Memo to the world: Israel is never leaving the West Bank
Mondoweiss – Yair Lapid was the great hope of liberal Zionists. The former TV anchor surged in the January elections and said that Israel could not put off the Palestinian issue. Well now Lapid is Netanyahu’s Finance Minister and check it out — he’s approving special aid to…

Exile and the prophetic: Kerry offers Palestinians a photo-op
Mondoweiss – This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page . John Kerry is on to Nigeria with Syria on his mind.  His Israel/Palestine photo-op visit is behind him. No, wait, he’s back…

Israel’s West Bank settlements grew by twice the size of New York’s Central Park in 2012
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Apartheid / Restriction of movement Israel’s West Bank settlements grew by twice the size of New York’s Central Park in 2012 Haaretz 27 May by Chaim Levinson — Israeli settlements in the West Bank legally expanded by nearly 8,000 dunams (…

Ethan Bronner can’t stop going to lunch with Israelis
Mondoweiss – Many people have passed along Ethan Bronner’s latest piece in the New York Times, “What Mideast Crisis? Israelis Have Moved On” in which he visits Israel and Palestine and discovers that Israelis are prosperous and happy and have given up on the peace process, and by…

Israelis Suffer Abuse at Berlin Beyonce Gig 
The Foward Breaking News 27 May 2013 – An Israeli soldier said he was among 10 young Israelis who were subjected to an anti-Semitic verbal attack before a Beyonce concert in Berlin. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli and Palestinian Business Leaders Call for Two-State Solution 
The Foward Breaking News 27 May 2013 – About 300 Israeli and Palestinian business leaders called otheir governments Monday to move swiftly toward a two-state solution and end the conflict between the two peoples. Click here for the rest of the article…

Yair Lapid Threatens To Quit Israeli Coalition Over Ultra-Orthodox Draft 
The Foward Breaking News 27 May 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main coalition partner threatened to quit on Monday unless bickering ministers agreed to a proposal to end wholesale military draft exemptions for Jewish seminary students. Click here for the rest of the article…

Smoking Rate Drops Fast in Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 27 May 2013 – The number of smokers in Israel is continuing to decline, according to a Health Ministry study Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Advocates Quiet on U.S. Plans To Arm Syria Rebels 
The Forward New 27 May 2013 – Israel and its supporters aren’t challenging proposals to send arms to Syrian rebels. But what about fears the weapons could end up in the hands of jihadists? Click here for the rest of the article…

Angola: Palestinean Ambassador Praises Angolan President 
allAfrica.com 27 May 2013 – [ANGOP]Luanda -The ambassador of Palestine to Angola, Najah Al Rhman, highilighted the leadership of the Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, regarding his contribution to the implementation of policies and strategies for African stability.

EU lifts arms ban on Syria rebels 
BBC 27 May 2013 – EU foreign ministers agree not to renew the union’s arms embargo on Syria, but say there is no immediate plans to send arms to the opposition.

China anger at teen’s Egypt graffiti 
BBC 27 May 2013 – The exposure of a Chinese teenager who vandalised an ancient Egyptian artwork leads to a wave of anger among China’s internet users.

Raids on Gulf Migrants: Pictures and Thoughts 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 26 May 2013 – In the past few weeks, 200,000 undocumented immigrants were deported from Saudi. Arrested in raids, left to sleep in the open air, piled in front of migration offices, and shown every kind of discrimination and abuse, those immigrants continue to be deported by the country that…

Hezbollah Intervention in Syria Redraws Political Map 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 27 May 2013 – Lebanese security forces inspect the damage after two rockets exploded in Shiah, a southern suburb of Beirut, on 26 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Anwar Amro) Lebanese security forces inspect the damage after two rockets exploded in Shiah, a southern suburb of Beirut, on 26 May…

Syrian rocket kills teen in Lebanese border town 
Al-Akhbar News 27 May 2013 – Rocket fire from Syria killed a 17-year-old girl and injured one of her relatives in the Lebanese border region of Hermel on Monday, state news reported. The National News Agency said that four rockets launched from Syria landed in a residential neighborhood of Lebanon’s eastern Hermel…

Wave of car bombs kills 66 across Baghdad 
Al-Akhbar News 27 May 2013 – Iraqi men gather at the scene of one of the two car bombs that exploded near an used car dealerships in Baghdad’s Habibiya neighborhood on 27 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad al-Rubaye) A wave of car bombings tore through neighborhoods in Baghdad and its suburbs…

Eight injured in Tripoli clashes 
Al-Akhbar News 27 May 2013 – Lebanese army soldiers patrol Syria street in Tripoli on 27 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) Fighting resumed in Lebanon’s northern port city of Tripoli for a ninth consecutive day Monday after a sniper shot a woman from the Jabal Mohsen neighborhood, state news reported….

Uncertain Lessons in Turkish Border Town Bombing 
Al-Akhbar News 27 May 2013 – People rebuild their buildings on 15 May 2013 at the Turkish town of Reyhanli in Hatay, just a few kilometres from the main border crossing into Syria, following twin blasts on 11 May. (Photo: AFP – Bulent Kilic) People rebuild their buildings on 15 May 2013…

Egypt: Salafis and Brotherhood Squabble Over Iranian Tourism 
Al-Akhbar News 27 May 2013 – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) welcomes his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi during a meeting on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran on 30 August 2012 (Photo: AFP – IIPA/Sajad Safari) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) welcomes his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi during a…

Syria TV correspondent killed in Qusayr 
Al-Akhbar News 27 May 2013 – A reporter for Syrian state television has been killed while covering an army assault on rebel positions in the strategic town of Qusayr, state media said on Monday . “The ministry of information… announces that colleague Yara Abbas has been added to the ranks of the martyrs,…

Iran: Guardian Council Clears Presidential Field for Conservatives 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

EU lifts arms ban on Syria rebels 
BBC 27 May 2013 – EU foreign ministers agree not to renew the union’s arms embargo on Syria, but say there is no immediate plans to send arms to the opposition.

Wave of Baghdad car bombs kills 66 
BBC 27 May 2013 – At least 66 people are killed in a series of car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, police say, as a spate of violence continues.

Kuwaiti dissident jail term scrapped 
BBC 27 May 2013 – A five-year jail sentence for leading Kuwaiti opposition figure Mussallam al-Barrak is overturned by an appeals court, his lawyer says.

China anger at teen’s Egypt graffiti 
BBC 27 May 2013 – The exposure of a Chinese teenager who vandalised an ancient Egyptian artwork leads to a wave of anger among China’s internet users.

Sky apps targeted by Syrian hackers 
BBC 27 May 2013 – The Syrian Electronic Army defaces Android apps belonging to UK broadcaster Sky, the first time the hacking group has used this tactic.

Articles


Domestic fissures in Israel will not benefit Palestinians 
Jonathan Cook, Israeli Occupation Archive 5/27/2013
      A claim often made by ordinary Palestinians when discussing their conflict with Israel goes like this: Israel is a state comprised of such varied ethnic, religious and social groups that the only glue binding it together is hatred of Palestinians and Arabs.
     “You know why Israel’s leaders can’t make peace?” a Palestinian friend asked recently. “Because if the conflict ever ended, Israeli Jews would start tearing out each other’s throats.”
     Some Israelis are thinking along similar lines. Commentator Asher Schechter noted in the Haaretz newspaper this month that, with the Palestinians caged behind walls and fences, the occupation no longer registered in most of his compatriots’ thoughts.
     Israelis, he added, “have been freed to finally deal with their own internal problems: inequality, the soaring cost of living, corruption, religious freedom and the separation of religion and state”.
     The evidence seems to bear out his assessment. As the Palestinians and the peace process have slipped out of view, Israelis have begun to take to the streets on precisely these kinds of internal and divisive issues.
     Two protest movements that have captured public attention in recent weeks may hint at things to come.
     The best known are the social justice protests, which began two years ago, just as the Palestinian “problem” slipped off most Israelis’ radar. The demonstrations surfaced again a few weeks ago as the Israeli parliament prepared to pass an austerity budget. Thousands marched in major cities earlier this month demanding an improvement in living standards. more.. e-mail

‘This time they destroyed everything’: Uprooted Bedouins face more evictions 
Jillian Kestler-D’Amours, Atir-Umm al-Hieran, Electronic Intifada 5/24/2013
      A clothesline hangs between heaps of twisted metal and cracked slabs of concrete, while a handful of olive trees lay haphazardly, their roots exposed, under the scorching Naqab desert sun.
     Less than a week ago, this was where approximately 600 Israeli police officers were deployed to demolish 18 structures, including 10 homes, and uproot 600 trees in the “unrecognized” Palestinian Bedouin village of Atir-Umm al-Hieran, just 30 minutes from the major city of Bir al-Saba (Beersheva).
     Residents reported seeing approximately thirty flatbed trucks haul away most of the rubble, while Israeli police set up a dozen roadblocks in both directions along the main road, preventing residents from trying to stop the bulldozers. Only a few destroyed buildings were left behind and broken toys, notebooks and other personal effects remained scattered across the sand.
     “It’s the worst thing that can happen,” said Khader Abu al-Qian, a village elder, from the shade of a makeshift tent across the street from the scene of the destruction.
     The Israeli authorities demolished two homes in Atir once before, in 2007. But police and agents with the Israel Land Administration regularly come to the village to take photographs of buildings, Abu al-Qian explained. They even once asked him if he would rather demolish the village himself, or wait for them to do it. “More extreme”
     Despite this experience, Abu al-Qian said that last week’s demolition — in an area of the village home to fifty persons, including over two dozen children — was something completely different. more.. e-mail

EU failing its Israel standards on conditions for Palestinians 
John Lyons, The Australian, Israeli Occupation Archive 5/25/2013
      A major new report has found that the European Union has failed to fulfil its own commitments to ensure Israel improves living conditions for Palestinians.
     The damning assessment is by the Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA), which represents more than 80 international aid and development agencies working in the West Bank.
     It compares what the EU said in May 2012 that it would do to the reality one year later.
     The report comes amid growing indications that a new peace effort by US Secretary of State John Kerry is failing and that tensions in the West Bank, or Palestinian territories, are increasing.
     The Israeli media this week reported that the Netanyahu government had rejected a request from Mr Kerry to allow Palestinians to build factories in Area C, which is under Israeli occupation, as a goodwill gesture to help re-start peace talks.
     The newspaper Makor Rishon, which reported that Israel had rejected the request, quoted an Israeli official saying: “Why should I give them achievements on the ground without receiving anything?”
     The paper said European foreign ministers had supported Mr Kerry’s idea for factories but that the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, “would not budge from his position of principle.
     Another point of tension between the EU and Israel has arisen over Israel’s move to retrospectively legalise four Jewish outposts. — See also:Source: The Australian more.. e-mail

When it comes to philanthropy, there’s a wall around Israelis’ hearts 
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 5/24/2013
      Hebrew University study shows the uniquely insular character of Israeli philanthropy, despite all the money this country gets from abroad.
     It’s hard to read this news feature in today’s Haaretz and continue to believe that Israel, even if it were to end the occupation, is a worthy cause. The article is about a new Hebrew University study on philanthropy in this country and others:
     “In 2010, $575 billion was sent around the world for philanthropic purposes, but only $11 million came from Israel. According to figures from the past decade, 48 percent of charitable funds raised in Belgium were earmarked for international relief, compared with 38 percent in the Netherlands, 13 percent in Italy, 9 percent in Britain, 5 percent in the United States – and 0.1 percent in Israel.”
     Not only do we Israelis, unlike people in other prosperous countries, give basically nothing to charity abroad, but at the same time we receive an ordinately huge amount of charity from the rest of the world. (By the way, the figures make it clear that the great bulk of that charity we got came from goyishe sources.)
     “The amount sent overseas by Israeli nonprofit groups in 2009 reached just NIS 107,000 – 0.1 percent of their revenues. In contrast, more than NIS 9.2 billion was received in Israel from donors and foundations abroad.”
     The most ironic (and, for a Jew, merciful) part of this story is that Diaspora Jews are world-renowned for their philanthropy – and (to the enduring exasperation of stout-hearted Zionists) the large majority of it goes to non-Jewish causes. From a 2007 study of American Jewish philanthropy written up in the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles. (I couldn’t find figures for the rest of the Diaspora, but I imagine the picture there is about the same)…. more.. e-mail

Torture and Human Rights Violations in Israel and Palestine
Palestine Chronicle: 27 May 2013 – By Dr. Ludwig Watzal Torture allegations against the treatment of Palestinians detainees in Israeli prisons make headlines again. Few days after his arrest, Arafat Jaradat died in Israeli custody. On 27 February 2013, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Richard Falk, called for an international investigation of the death of Jaradat while undergoing interrogation in an Israeli facility. Falk stressed that “the death of a prisoner during interrogation is always a cause for concern, but in this case, when Israel has shown a pattern and practice of prisoner abuse, the need for outside, credible investigation is more urgent than ever. The best approach might be the creation of an international forensic team under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council.” The violations of the human rights of the Palestinians by the Israeli occupying forces have not decreased despite the peace process and…more

Advice from an Afghan Mother and Activist: ‘Resist These Dark Times’
Palestine Chronicle: 27 May 2013 – By Kathy Kelly – Kabul When she was 24 years old, in 1979, Fahima Vorgetts left Afghanistan.  By reputation, she had been outspoken, even rebellious, in her opposition to injustice and oppression; and family and friends, concerned for her safety, had urged her to go abroad.  Twenty-three years later, returning for the first time to her homeland, she barely recognized war-torn streets in urban areas where she had once lived.  She saw and felt the anguish of villagers who couldn’t feed or shelter their families, and no less able to accept such unjust suffering than she’d been half her life before, Fahima decided to make it her task to help alleviate the abysmal conditions faced by ordinary Afghans living at or below the poverty line – by helping to build independent women’s enterprises wherever she could.  She trusted in the old adage that if a person is hungry it’s an…more

Why Palestine is Different
Palestine Chronicle: 27 May 2013 – By Sam Bahour Secretary of State John Kerry is making an all-out effort to restart peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Many well-intentioned, highly intelligent people from around the world have engaged in some way, shape, or form in the Palestinian-Israeli issue and many of these people have had hands-on experience in resolving other longstanding, global issues, like those of Ireland, South Africa, and U.S. civil rights. While there is always a great deal to learn from other global experiences, the case of Palestine is different and unless Secretary Kerry recognizes this, all the efforts and millions of dollars being thrown at this conflict will be in vain, as will the latest U.S. negotiations blitz. Three issues related to this conflict that are crucial to understand are: historic guilt, colonial responsibility, and the U.S. “special relationship” with Israel. Today’s global powers bear a tremendous amount of historic guilt, not only,…more

Torture and Human Rights Violations in Israel and Palestine
Dissident Voice: 27 May 2013 – Torture allegations against the treatment of Palestinians detainees in Israeli prisons make headlines again. Few days after his arrest, Arafat Jaradat died in Israeli custody. On 27 February 2013, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Richard Falk, called for an international investigation on the death of Palestinian prisoner Jaradat while undergoing interrogation in an Israeli facility. Falk stressed that “the death of a prisoner during interrogation is always a cause for concern, but in this case, when Israel has shown a pattern and practice of prisoner abuse, the need for outside, credible investigation is more urgent than ever. The best approach might be the creation of an international forensic team under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council.”  The violations of the human rights of the Palestinians by the Israeli occupying forces have not decreased despite the peace process and there is…more


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