VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 28 May 2013: ACT! Stop mass eviction of Bedouins in Israel

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International Middle East Media Center

Child Forced Under House Arrest In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Tuesday May 28 2013, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem, reported that the Israeli Police released an 11-year-old child, identified as Saif Roweidi, after kidnapping and interrogating him for several hours. …

Five Palestinians Injured In Northern Gaza
IMEMC – Tuesday evening May 28 2013, Palestinian medical sources have reported that five Palestinians, members of the same family, have been injured by an explosion in Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza strip. …

Police Kidnaps A Guard Of The Al-Aqsa Mosque
IMEMC – Israeli police officers kidnapped, Tuesday, one of the guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, after he tried to stop some extremist Israeli settlers from breaking into the yards of the mosque through the Al-Magharba Gate. …

Soldiers Invade Al-Khader, Four Injured
IMEMC – Tuesday morning May 28, Palestinian medical sources have reported that four Palestinians have been treated for the effects of teargas inhalation, after Israeli soldiers invaded the Al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, and clashed with local youths. …

UN Official: “Israel Is Committing Serious Human Rights Violations”
IMEMC – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, stated that Israel is committing serious Human Rights violations, and called on Tel Aviv to stop its settlement construction activities, and to release Palestinian political prisoners. …

Army Demolishes Three Homes, Two Hothouses, Two Barns In Jericho
IMEMC – Monday May 27 2013, Israeli soldiers invaded the Al-Jiftlik Palestinian village in the Jericho district in the West Bank, and demolished three homes, two hothouses and two barns. …

Ma’an News

Group: Israel arrests 8-year-old in Jerusalem
5/28/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Israeli forces on Tuesday detained an 8-year-old from Silwan in Jerusalem, an activist group said. Wadi Hilweh information center director Jawad Siyam said Seif Rweidi was walking with his brother when an Israeli jeep stopped and three police officers seized the boy. He was taken to an unknown location, Siyam….

Israeli forces ‘detain Aqsa guard’
5/28/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Two Israeli officers raided the al-Aqsa mosque compound on Tuesday in an attempt to disrupt restorations inside the mosque, onlookers said. Witnesses told Ma’an that the officers tried to access the al-Aqsa mosque but a guard opposed them. They then left their shoes outside and pushed him aside before….

Lawyer: Palestinian prisoner beaten during interrogation
5/28/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A lawyer from the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Detainees said Monday that a Palestinian prisoner is losing his sight after being beaten by guards. Lawyer Amer Abu Hamdiyeh told Ma’an that Munif Abu Atwan, 39, was beaten during interrogations and is suffering from a partial loss of sight. Abu….

Locals: Settlers torch wheat fields in Yatta
5/28/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Settlers on Tuesday set fire to wheat fields in a village east of Yatta, locals said. The blaze destroyed 5,000 square meters of crops, director of Hebron’s fire service Amjad Uweiwi said, before crews managed to extinguish the fire. Ibrahim Abdul-Hamid, one of the landowners, told Ma’an….

Palestinian workers say daily journey to Israel ‘torturous’
5/28/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Around 4,000 Palestinian workers from the Hebron district face an arduous journey everyday as they try to cross into Israel via the Tarqumiya checkpoint. The luckiest workers can make it through the airport-like security inspection in a few hours, while some return home after hours of waiting, and others decide to….

In photos: Gaza’s Khan Younis refugee camp
5/28/2013 – MaanImages / Eva Pilipp – North of Rafah and east of the Mediterranean coast, life in Khan Younis refugee camp imposes more than one challenge on its population of 70,000 registered refugees. Known for its high unemployment rate, even within Gaza, overcrowding and inadequate access to water and electricity are among the most critical issues. But the….

Abbas adviser: Political climate not ready for Kerry proposal
5/28/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The current political climate is not appropriate for US Secretary of State John Kerry’s plans to revive the Palestinian economy, a senior economic adviser to President Abbas said Tuesday. While Palestinians welcome the initiative by Kerry to boost Palestine’s ailing economy, Mohammad Mustafa says the political climate….

Saudi pledges $86 million to UNRWA
5/28/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Saudi Arabia has pledged $86 million to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees to fund projects in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon, the official Palestinian Authority news agency reported. Yousef al-Bassam, managing director of the Saudi Fund for Development, signed the funding agreements with Filippo Grandi, commissioner-general of the UN….

Prominent Fatah leader passes away in Gaza
5/28/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A prominent Fatah leader passed away in Gaza City on Tuesday after falling into a coma overnight, the group said. Abdul Aziz Shahin, 80, suffered from partial liver failure and had been in and out of hospital in recent years. He received medical treatment abroad, but asked to be treated….

On anniversary, Abbas hails creation of PLO
5/28/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday hailed the creation of the Palestine Liberation Organization as the most significant event in Palestinian people’s history.”(Ahmad) Shuqeiri was asked to figure out what the Palestinians wanted, and he returned with the convention for the PLO,” Abbas said at a meeting to mark….

Haniyeh praises security forces for keeping Gaza safe
5/28/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday praised security forces in the Gaza Strip for keeping the enclave safe.” We will not allow the occupation and its associates to mess with the safety of Gaza,” Haniyeh said at a graduation ceremony for security forces.” Gaza is known for Jihad and….

5 wounded in Gaza blast
5/28/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man and his four children were injured Tuesday in an explosion at a home in Jabaliya the northern Gaza Strip, the Health Ministry said. The victims were evacuated to hospital, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an. The source of the explosion has not yet been identified. [END]

EU ends arms embargo against Syrian rebels
5/28/2013 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — The European Union agreed to lift its embargo against arming Syrian rebels, but no member state intends to send any arms in the coming months for fear of endangering a US-Russia peace initiative. After a grueling 12 hours of talks in Brussels, British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced the deal to lift the….

Gunmen kill 3 Lebanon troops near Syria border
5/28/2013 – BAALBECK, Lebanon (AFP) — Unknown gunmen killed three Lebanese soldiers near the Syria border overnight, an official said Tuesday, in the deadliest such attack since the start of the Syrian revolt more than two years ago.” Three soldiers were killed by armed men while they were in a four-wheel drive vehicle east of Arsal,” the security….

Syria opposition, rebels cautious on EU arms decision
5/28/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria’s opposition reacted cautiously on Tuesday to an EU decision ending an arms embargo on rebels, as fighting spilled over the border into Lebanon, where three soldiers were shot dead overnight. Louay Safi, a spokesman for Syria’s main opposition National Coalition, told AFP: “Definitely it is a positive step….

TV: Syria rebels give 24-hr ultimatum over Hezbollah
5/28/2013 – DUBAI (AFP) — Syrian rebel chief Salim Idriss warned on Tuesday that if fighters from Lebanon’s Shiite party Hezbollah do not stop their aggression in Syria, where they are backing government troops, “we will take all measures to hunt” them, “even in hell.” “If the attacks of Hezbollah against Syrian territory do not stop….

Chinese graffiti removed from Egyptian relic
5/28/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian restoration experts have managed to remove graffiti from an ancient monument after it had been defaced by a tourist, the antiquities department said on Tuesday. Authorities had assigned a committee to assess the damage and concluded that the marks on the 3,500 year-old panel were superficial. The graffiti “hadn’t come….

Egypt to present contentious NGO law to senate
5/28/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s presidency said Tuesday it will submit a proposed law regulating civil society groups to the senate, insisting it reflects the values of the country’s democratic uprising despite accusations it is restrictive. The bill regulating foreign and local non-governmental groups would be submitted on Wednesday to the senate, which….

Palestine News Network

Study: Situation of Bedouin Communities, Include 150 Families, “Non Viable”
Palestine News Network

Fatah Leader Passes Away in Gaza
Palestine News Network

Two Females Win MADA Awards for the Best Innovative Phrase on Freedom of Expression
Palestine News Network

PCHR Followed Up on The Measures Taken by ISS Against Dr. Ibrahim Abrash
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Arrests Al-Aqsa Guard for Protesting Settlers
Palestine News Network

Failed Diplomacy and Misguided Priorities
Palestine News Network

Poll Shows Majority of Israelis Support Arab Peace Initiative
Palestine News Network

IOF Beat, Shoot and Arbitrarily Detain Palestinians in Occupied Al-Quds, Jenin
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Raid Several Villages, Search Houses in Hebron
Palestine News Network

Israel Decimates Village, Leaving Many Homeless Including 24 Children
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Storm Ramallah’s Village, Arrest Palestinian, Injure Woman
Palestine News Network

UEFA Accused of Ignoring Israeli Bias in U21s Championship
Palestine News Network

PA Office Secures Release of Ambulance Worker
Palestine News Network

UCI Fulfills a Palestinian Dream Through its TABO Project
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Congratulates Sha’awan Jabarin, Director of Al-Haq, for having been elected as FIDH’s Vice-President
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Constructive Resistance in al-Aqaba
5/28/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 28th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Al-Aqaba, Occupied Palestine – Al-Aqaba, a village with the smallest local council in the West Bank, continually rises above its size and situation by demonstrating community strength through non-violent resistance and proactive development. Since 1967 the village has suffered greatly under the Israeli occupation and faces constant military….

Journal: Two Palestinian fishermen arrested in Gaza waters and their boat confiscated
5/28/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 28th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Gaza Team, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Mahmoud Mohammed Zayed, 25, and his brother Khaled, 24, are two young fishermen of Gaza. At about 9pm on Sunday, May 19th 2013, they were fishing on their small rowing boat in the waters north of the Gaza Strip, in front of the beach….

Relief Web

World: Canada leads global food security initiatives
Relief Web 28 May 2013 – Source: Canadian International Development Agency Country: Canada, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Honduras, Kenya, Niger, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, World, Yemen, South Sudan (Republic of) ROME — Canada’s leadership on food security and nutrition is contributing to the…

occupied Palestinian territory: Summer camp, healthy fun for Gaza children
Relief Web 28 May 2013 – Source: American Near East Refugee Aid Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ahmad has just finished chewing on a carrot, after devouring some fortified biscuits and a container of juice. Now, he said, it was time to brush his teeth with his…

Syrian Arab Republic: Council conclusions on Syria, 27 May 2013
Relief Web 27 May 2013 – Source: European Union Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 3241st FOREIG AFFAIRS Council meeting Brussels, 27 May 2013 The Council adopted the following conclusions: “1 . The EU is appalled by the escalating violence and the continued widespread…

Syrian Arab Republic: Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Syria Crisis (ECHO/SYR/BUD/2013/91000) Last update: 24/05/2013 Version 3
Relief Web 27 May 2013 – Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey 0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP More than two years since the beginning of the crisis, the armed conflict is…

The National

UAE and Algeria strengthen ties
The National 28 May 2013 – Relations between the UAE and Algeria are growing from strength to strength, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the Foreign Minister, said yesterday.

UAE fish stocks down two-thirds in nine years
The National 28 May 2013 – Suspension on fishing licences being issued to preserve sealife.

Canadians are back on UAE’s visa-free entry list
The National 28 May 2013 – Canadian foreign minister welcomes move as ‘great news’ as countries re-energise relations following a 2011 disagreement.

UAE takes guard against hackers
The National 28 May 2013 – National Cyber Security Authority set up to combat threats and streamline defences against attacks on critical and military sites.

Building projects proceed apace in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region
The National 28 May 2013 – Residential projects for Emiratis in the Western Region have been reviewed by Musanada, the Abu Dhabi general services company.

Hizbollah support for Assad its real face, UAE minister says
The National 28 May 2013 – UAE Foreign Affairs Minister says region cannnot stand the negative impact of Hizbollah policy.

Libya loses assembly leader to new law
The National 28 May 2013 – Head of Libya’s national assembly resigns following the passing of a law banning anyone who held a senior post in Muammar Qaddafi’s regime from government.

Gunmen kill Lebanese troops near Syrian border
The National 28 May 2013 – Shooting of three Lebanese soldiers near Syrian border escalates tensions in Lebanon, deeply divided by the civil war next door and fearful of being engulfed by the conflict.


Food in Israeli hospitals found to be high in fat, low in iron and calcium
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

Health Ministry panel recommends adding vitamin D to milk
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

Number of animal experiments up for first time since 2008
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

Attorney general’s wife reaches plea deal on illegal hire of migrant
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

Israel Museum returns painting confiscated by Nazis to owner’s heirs
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

Israel admits 1,400 asylum applications still pending, despite vowing ‘swift’ evaluation of requests
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

Key green NGO in polluted Haifa-area to close for lack of foreign donations
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

Israel looking to mend ties with UN Rights Council, but says ‘built-in discrimination’ must end
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

U.S. eying no-fly zone over Syria as West ratchets up pressure on Assad, report says
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

IDF to investigate soldiers filmed beating Palestinian in custody
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

Diplomat: Russia to arm Syria regime with anti-aircraft missiles to prevent foreign intervention
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

Defense Minister Ya’alon: Ultra-Orthodox draft must be enforced gently, without threats
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

Israel ranks in bottom tier of OECD’s list of happy countries
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

Between Hezbollah fighters and Russian missiles, Israel’s stakes in Syria war grow ever higher
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

IDF chief refuses to ease rules of engagement in West Bank, fearing heightened tensions
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

IDF to reduce reservists’ routine security duties if budget cuts pass
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

WATCH: Official video of Tel Aviv Gay Pride Week 2013
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

Israel Police paid millions in compensation in 2012 over negligence, assaults
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2013

Jerusalem Post

Rebranding Israel’s image at J’lem tourism summit
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Tourism Ministry head of marketing: “We need visitors to realize that they aren’t going from the airport to a battlefield.” 

Beitar fans convicted of arson of team’s offices
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – J;lem district court convicts Evyatar Yosef, Matan Navon of racism-motivated arson attack on team’s management offices. 

EU’s move to arm Syrian rebels shows conflict will escalate
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Political solution unlikely with splintered opposition and the distance between Assad and rebels’ positions; France, UK will have to smuggle weapons into Syria, triggering response from the Assad regime. 

Terrorist who killed 38 Israelis appointed PA adviser
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Man behind 1978 Coastal Road massacre made adviser to Abbas. 

Ya’alon: No chemical attack from Syria on horizon
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Liberman: “No question” Assad using WMDs against his own people; Erdan: Iron Dome won’t offer protection from missile barrage in future. 

Jerusalem tourism summit honors Sheldon Adelson
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Economic crisis should not be a reason for despondency but a reason for action, says business magnate and philanthropist. 

‘We will chase down Hezbollah even in hell’
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Syrian rebel group head: Unless Hezbollah halts attacks, we would “chase them down”; 3 Lebanese soldiers killed near border. 

Draft and equality
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – We stand at a critical juncture, that Yair Lapid threatened to topple the gov’t unless criminal sanctions are imposed against haredi draft dodgers. 

For Zion’s Sake: The 3 myths about the 2-state ‘solution’
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Obama states: Peace – Palestinian statehood “is necessary”, “peace is just”, “peace is possible”. 

Switzerland bans cleric for anti-Semitic rhetoric
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – ‘Gulfnews’ reports Swiss gov’t bars radical Saudi scholar Muhammad al-Arefe because of his misogynist ideologies. 

Another scandalous session of the UNHRC
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – “The poisonous role of the UN human rights world in demonizing and isolating Israel cannot be overestimated.” 

Regev vows to save Palmahim Beach
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Saving Palmahim Beach from resort-village plans, promoting national park must remain a top priority, MK Miri Regev determines. 

US backs lifting EU ban on arming Syrian rebels
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – State Department spokesman says US supports move as it sends message to Assad that Western support for opposition increasing. 

Fighting anti-Semitism with subtlety – and vision
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Center Field: “As we unite in outrage, we should remember that sometimes, the subtle scalpel is preferable to the bomb.” 

Steinitz urges world to downplay Iranian election
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – At Jerusalem’s King David Hotel, strategic affairs minister expresses concern that replacing outgoing president Ahmadinejad with a dry technocrat could help Iran lull the world into letting it develop nuclear weapons. 

Call it what you want, the terror must stop
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – View from the Hills: Leaders must prioritize dealing with upswing in violent attacks targeting Israeli civilians, soldier. 

Anything’s possible
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Yityish “Titi” Aynaw’s appearance on 50 most influential Jews list shows immigrants are successfully integrating into Israeli society. 

Special needs workers open e-waste recycling spot
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Peretz: Factory embodies inseparable elements of environmental, social justice; Jews and Arabs work side-by-side, disassembling spare parts for reuse. 

The World from Here: Kurds, Jews and a new Mideast
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Kurdish suffering under Arab, Turkish and Iranian rule infuses them with a natural affinity for Jews and Israel. 

Palestinian, Israeli tech leaders strengthen ties
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – In Google’s 26th floor Tel Aviv Campus, leaders from Israeli, Palestinian high-tech communities gather to discuss business. 

Amos Oz wins 2013 Kafka award
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Celebrated Israeli writer named winner of 2013 literary prize for works depicting life in the Jewish state. 

Gantz, MKs face off on West Bank open-fire rules
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – IDF chief of staff says rules of engagement won’t be changed. 

C’tee demands supervising esthetic surgery on minors
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Knesset Committee for the Rights of the Child demandsthat the Health Ministry supervise surgical procedures on minors. 

‘We may not be ‘Startup Nation’ without investment’
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Chief scientist of Economics Ministry says state must increase funds for research and development to remain a ‘Startup Nation.’ 

Education Ministry to expand textbook initiative
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Shai Piron expands project to add additional 500 schools to project which covers nine subjects, involves budget of NIS 35 m. 

PM: Israel’s hope for peace not reciprocated
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – At global forum Netanyahu says anti-Semitism “back in fashion.” 

Gantz: IDF wants to ‘cool down’ the Syrian border
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Liberman expresses certainty that Assad used chemical weapons; IDF chief of staff says Golan “increasingly unstable.” 

Jewish head slams ‘anti-Semitic’ university play
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – French Jewish group president condemns University of La Rochelle production for featuring degrading representations of Jews. 

Peres talks Syria, terrorism with new ambassadors
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – President meets with five new ambassadors including Ghanian, Bulgarian, Greek and first ever Guyanan ambassador. 

Should ‘price tag’ attacks be considered terror?
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 – Some should, others shouldn’t, but crafting a law that makes this distinction may be difficult. Do we really want to equate spray-painted slogans with suicide bombings? 

The Guardian

US calls Russian arms sales to Syrian government a ‘mistake’
The Guardian 28 May 2013 – • Move will ‘dissuade hotheads from entering conflict’ • London and Paris force EU to let arms embargo lapse • Britain will be able to arm Syrian rebels from now on • Investigation finds chemical weapons exposure Paul Owen…

UN Golan Heights mission in doubt as EU lifts Syria arms embargo
The Guardian 28 May 2013 – Austria threatens to withdraw peacekeepers from Israeli-occupied Syrian territory if Britain helps arm anti-Assad rebels The future of the long-running UN peacekeeping mission on the strategic Golan Heights between Syria and Israel has been thrown into…

Russia to deliver arms to Syria as fears rise of proxy war
The Guardian 28 May 2013 – Israel’s defence minister signals that its military is prepared to strike shipments of advanced Russian weapons to Syria Russia said on Tuesday that it would supply one of its most advanced anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian…

Syria: Arms Sans Frontières
The Guardian 28 May 2013 – It is no exaggeration to say that the Syrian conflict could spill over a region extending from the Straits of Hormuz to the Mediterranean If it was already a gargantuan task to get all sides conducting…

The reaction to the Woolwich murder denies British Muslims a political voice | Rachel Shabi
The Guardian 28 May 2013 – Denying the right to discuss British foreign policy in the wake of the horrific murder in Woolwich is short-sighted and dangerous This debate isn’t just sealed shut, it has round-the-clock protection. In the context of the…

Uefa accused of ignoring anti-Palestinian bias
The Guardian 28 May 2013 – Uefa accused of ‘rewarding Israel’s cruel and lawless behaviour’ by allowing country to host under-21 championship European football’s governing body, Uefa, has been accused of showing “total insensitivity” to the “blatant and entrenched discrimination” of Israel…


Memo to the world: Israel is never leaving the West Bank

The Drones of Willow Grove The Afghanistan War Comes Home to Philadelphia

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

Syrian National Coalition on brink of collapse

The Epochal Speech Obama’s Militarism-Imperialism Lite

Obama’s terrorism speech: seeing what you want to see

Israel To Demolish 18 Newly Rebuilt Homes In Negev Village

Netanyahu will not freeze settlements in return for resumption of negotiations

35 Guantanamo hunger strikers are force-fed; 6 in hospital

Palestinian Christians Seek Return To Ruined Village of Iqrit

Daily Star

Gunmen kill female polio worker in Pakistan
Daily Star 28 May 2013 Gunmen shot dead a female polio worker and wounded another in Pakistan’s northwest on Tuesday, the latest attack against people involved in efforts to eradicate the crippling disease from this violence-torn country.

Libyan parliament chief resigns over ex-regime ban
Daily Star 28 May 2013 Libya’s parliament chief, who served under Moammar Gadhafi before becoming an opposition leader in exile, resigned on Tuesday, just weeks after lawmakers passed a bill banning former regime officials from senior government posts.

Bombings, clashes kill 19 in Iraq wave of violence
Daily Star 28 May 2013 Bombings and gunfire in central and northern Iraq killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens on Tuesday, in the latest bloody chapter of a wave of violence that has edged the country closer to all-out…

Obama, China’s Xi to discuss cyber security in June meeting
Daily Star 28 May 2013 President Barack Obama will discuss cyber security with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in California next week, as Washington becomes increasingly worried about Chinese hacking of U.S. military networks.

US says it supports EU easing of Syria arms embargo
Daily Star 28 May 2013 The United States said Tuesday it supports the European Union’s decision to ease an arms embargo on Syria as a show of support for rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

Economist Krueger leaving White House, replaced by Furman -source
Daily Star 28 May 2013 President Barack Obama’s chief economist, Alan Krueger, is leaving the White House and will be replaced by another top aide, Jason Furman, as chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, a source familiar with…

Five new SARS-like virus case in Saudi Arabia
Daily Star 28 May 2013 The Saudi health ministry said on Tuesday it has recorded five new cases of a deadly SARS-like virus in the east of the oil-rich kingdom.

Canada opposes arming Syria opposition
Daily Star 28 May 2013 Canada’s top diplomat Tuesday warned of “more violence, more deaths and more destruction” in Syria that risks spilling over into neighboring countries if the EU arms Syrian rebels.

YNet News

Suspect in UK soldier slaying out of hospital
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – ….

Health Ministry detects polio virus in Rahat sewage
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – ….

Legal Forum for Land of Israel: AG Weinstein must resign
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – ….

Obama asks Pentagon to prepare plan for aerial blockade on Syria
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – ….

Family of London murder suspect says ashamed by soldier’s slaying 
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – ….

The impasse alliance 
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – Op-ed: Right’s speakers needn’t lash out at Peres’ peace statements; Abbas is doing their job just fine ….

Focus on reality, dump the myths
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – Op-ed: UNRWA spokesman responds to scathing article claiming ‘biased’ relief agency should be dissolved ….

Palestine Information Center

Kerry bullies Abbas to cede right of return for 4b. dollars
PIC – The U.S. simply wants to bribe the easy-going easy-coming PA leadership into giving up the paramount right of return for Palestinian refugees, East Jerusalem and accept a deformed state-let.. 

Resheq: Palestinian resistance is able to extract rights and liberate land
PIC – Member of Hamas’s politburo Ezzat al-Resheq said the policy of repeated incursions carried out by Jewish extremists in Al-Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards will not succeed in imposing a fait accompli.

Protest in al-Khalil against policy of medical neglect in Israeli jails
PIC – Palestinian Prisoners’ Society organized in al-Khalil a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the International Red Cross; in protest at the policy of medical neglect in the Israeli jails.

Israeli schemes to demolish 450 houses in Jerusalem
PIC – Islamic-Christian Commission for the support of Jerusalem and holy sites warned on Tuesday of Israeli schemes to demolish 450 houses in east Jerusalem.

Palestinians lost 92% of their historical lands
PIC – The Palestinian Land Research Center said that Palestinians have lost 92% of their land since the British occupation in 1917.

Family of injured captive Shuja’a Quraini appeals for the release of its son
PIC – Family of captive Shuja’a Quraini, arrested a few days ago, appealed to the international institutions, especially the ICRC, to pressure on the Israeli government to release its son.

Prisoner Ayman Hamdan enters his 2nd month of hunger strike
PIC – Palestinian prisoner in the occupation jails Ayman Hamdan, from Bethlehem, in the southern West Bank, enters his 31st day of hunger strike.

Israeli proposition to deport the prisoner Abu Khudair
PIC – The Israeli authorities have suggested to deport the prisoner Iyad Abu Khudair, who served 8 years in Israeli jails, to one of a number of European countries..

PA security forces arrest 4 citizens in West Bank
PIC – Hamas movement said in a statement on Tuesday that the PA security services arrested four Palestinians in Nablus and Ramallah, including a journalist.

Israeli settlers and soldiers storm al-Aqsa mosque, arrests one of its guards
PIC – Israeli soldiers arrested on Monday morning Samer Qweider, one of al-Aqsa Mosque guards while trying to stop extremist settlers performing their Talmudic rituals in the mosque under IOF protection.


Israel Sets Up Patrol Towers in Hebron
WAFA – 28 May 2013

Settlers Set Up Tent on Palestinian Land, Block Road near Hebron
WAFA – 28 May 2013

PLO Marks 49 Years since Creation
WAFA – 28 May 2013

Fatah Leader and Former Minister Abu Ali Shaheen Passes Away
WAFA – 28 May 2013

Police Arrests Al-Aqsa Guard for Standing Up to Fanatic Jews
WAFA – 28 May 2013

Suffocation Cases during Clashes near Bethlehem
WAFA – 28 May 2013

Newspapers Review: Expansion of Settlements Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 28 May 2013


Egypt’s youths feel disenfranchised after revolution
LA Times 28 May 2013 – Young activists who helped topple Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak say they have been politically sidelined by a society that favors the older generation. CAIRO — Egypt’s 2011 uprising was often referred to as a youth revolution, but two years after longtime President Hosni Mubarak was…

John McCain visits Syria; EU agrees to relax arms ban
LA Times 28 May 2013 – McCain meets with rebel commanders. The EU lifts the embargo on weapons shipments to Syrian rebels, but no deliveries are to be made before Aug. 1. LONDON — Diplomatic pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad escalated Monday, as a divided European Union agreed to relax…

Multiple bombings kill more than 50 in Iraq
LA Times 27 May 2013 – The attacks in and around mostly Shiite areas of Baghdad also injure scores of people and raise fears that Iraq’s tenuous hold on security is slipping away. BAGHDAD — In apparently coordinated attacks, at least 10 bombings shattered Iraqi neighborhoods Monday, killing at least 53…

Jerusalem Journal: Sheldon Adelson Honored in Jerusalem
New York Times 28 May 2013 – Sheldon Adelson, an American casino mogul who spent tens of millions of dollars trying to defeat President Obama, shared his unvarnished views about the Mideast. 

The Lede: Candidate for Iran’s Presidency Defends Record as Nuclear Negotiator
New York Times 28 May 2013 – Hassan Rouhani, a moderate cleric, injected some passion into Iran’s presidential race on Monday when he showed a flash of anger during an interview on state television. 

Saeed Jalili Emerges as Establishment Favorite in Iran’s Presidential Race
New York Times 28 May 2013 – Saeed Jalili, a protégé of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s, has emerged as the establishment favorite in the presidential election, an unsettling prospect for relations with the West. 

The Lede: Witnesses Describe Killings in Syria to BBC
New York Times 28 May 2013 – On Tuesday, the BBC broadcast interviews with Syrian women who said they had witnessed atrocities in the village of Bayda and the nearby city of Baniyas this month. 

European Move on Syrian Arms Meant to Prod Russia
New York Times 28 May 2013 – The end of the embargo was intended to send the message to Russia and Syria’s president that the West would not allow the rebels to be defeated, diplomats said. 

At War Blog: Father and Son Travel Across America to Meet Veterans
New York Times 28 May 2013 – Nick Gerber and his father, Kurt, decided to travel across the country on motorcycles to connect with veterans. 

The Lede: British Attack Suspect Followed Fringe Preacher Once Considered a Laughingstock
New York Times 28 May 2013 – Two former leaders of al-Muhajiroun, an extremist group with a small following that was banned in Britain after terrorist attacks in London in 2005, told reporters on Thursday that one London attack suspect was part of their circle. 

Water reform to cut rates 5% by 2015 
Globes Energy & Water – The Finance Ministry and the Union of Local Authorities have reached agreement on reform of the municipal water companies.

Israel Corp. CEO earns huge salary on failed investments 
Globes Energy & Water – Nir Gilad has earned NIS 83 million, while the company has seen one failed investment after another.

Intel Israel chief: Israel must give tax breaks
Globes Main News – Mooly Eden: We’ve invested $10.5 billion in building fabs in Israel in the past decade, and received $1.3 billion in grants from the state.

Liquidators to operate Better Place
Globes Main News – The electric car venture will be operated on a limited basis, and most employees will be fired.

OECD gives low grade to Israel’s social policy
Globes Main News – The organization finds there is no coherent strategy for dealing with major problems, especially among Arabs and haredim.

Tue: Strauss leads market gains
Globes Main News – Strauss, Mizrahi Tefahot Bank, and Gazit-Globe were all boosted by strong financials.

Strauss profit soars
Globes Main News – Net profit rose 57% to NIS 103 million for the first quarter.

“We’ve invested $10.5b in Israeli fabs” 
Globes Macro Economics – Intel Israel chief Mooly Eden: We’ve only received $1.3 billion in grants from the state.

Finance C’tee approves bill limiting business pyramids 
Globes Macro Economics – The concentration in the economy bill will have far-reaching consequences for Israel’s major holding companies.

Israeli-Australian Intelligence Relationship in Tatters as Mossad Refuses to Name Station Chief
Tikun Olam – One of Ben Zygier’s fraudulent Australian passports The Mossad is mad, hellaciously mad.  As a result, Israel’s already strained intelligence relationship with Australia going back to 2010, is thoroughly in tatters.  Where to start with the story? When the Mossad mounted its fatal operation to assassinate…

Israel steals gardens
Mondoweiss – (Photo: Facebook ) Here is the original: (Image: Jewish Community Federation )

Ben Ami on ethnocentrism, the blown Arab Peace initiative, and the ‘war of races’
Mondoweiss – We are all involved in a recovery movement from the illusions of Zionism, and the former foreign minister of Israel, Shlomo Ben Ami, undertakes that inventory publicly in Al Jazeera, in a piece called, “Israel: The vision and the fantasy.” Short version: ethnocentrism kept Israel from…

If the US wants a two-state solution, it will have to impose it by force
Mondoweiss – Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE 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 . The interesting detail about Hillary Clinton’s incarnation as Secretary of State is that she…

Rick Steves travels to Palestine and comments on nearly everything but the occupation
Mondoweiss – Travel guide Rick Steves poses with Palestinian women in a West Bank cafe. (Photo: Huffingon Post) While the Israeli government tightened travel to the West Bank in recent months, requiring some tourists to sign statements of non-entry , the occupied Palestinian territory couldn’t be more full of…

Shackling the Scholar: Israel’s administrative detention of Palestinian students
Mondoweiss – “They used to renew my detention the day before or the same day that I was supposed to get out. So every 6 months, I would face renewal again. They used to take me for investigation but nothing actually happened there – it was just to…

Medical Marijuana Debate Heats Up in Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 28 May 2013 – The debate over medical marijuana use in Israel has gained momentum in recent weeks, as evidenced by the vociferous attacks on Health Minister Yael German’s Facebook page and the protests outside her home last week, as well as the Knesset Health Committee discussion on the subject…

Is Russian Weapons System on Way to Syria? 
The Foward Breaking News 28 May 2013 – An advanced anti-aircraft system destined for Syria has not left Russia yet, but Israel will know how to act if it does, Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Tuesday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Africa: Palestine – ANHRI Demands the Palestinian Authorities to Immediately Release Five Detainees – Including Media-Professionals 
allAfrica.com 28 May 2013 – [HRInfo]Cairo -The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces continuing targeting the journalists and media-professionals on the Palestinian territories, whether by the authorities or the Occupation forces.

Egypt: Gazans Dig to End Hamas, Egyptian Control of Tunnels 
allAfrica.com 28 May 2013 – [RFI]Gaza -Since Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza in 2006 after Hamas came to power, the Strip has found new ways to import many vital goods. Supplies of many items are restricted, such as building materials, which Israel argues could be used to make weapons.

Africa: ANHRI Denounces Aiming Live Ammunition On the Team of Journalist 
allAfrica.com 28 May 2013 – [HRInfo]Cairo -The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces aiming live ammunition on by the teamwork of Aljazeera English by unknown armed men while they were performing media-job and covering the event in Tripoli in the North of the Capital Beirut without clear reasons.

May 24th 2013 Clashes 
Palestine Solidarity Project 28 May 2013 – On friday the 24th of May 2013, clashes broke out near the cemetery at the entrance to the town of Beit Omar. Friday is the holiday in Palestine and clashes between israeli soldiers and the youth manifest weekly due to the presence & continual harassment from…

Setter Invasion 24th May 2013 
Palestine Solidarity Project 28 May 2013 – On the 24th of May 2013; Early friday morning dozens of settlers tried to storm Al-Aroub refugee camp under the protection of the israeli occupation forces but people from camp confronted them by peaceful means thus the settlers retreated. After this they attempted to enter Beit…

Russian arms ‘to stabilise Syria’ 
BBC 28 May 2013 – Russia says it will deliver S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria to deter foreign intervention, as the EU decides to lift an arms embargo.

Civil War in Lebanon: Who Wants It? 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 28 May 2013 – Related Articles: US Foreign Policy Toward Syria and the Fertile Ground for Jihadi Recruitment Conflicting Messages on Syria: Obama’s Red Lines read more

Bombings, gunfire kill 15 in Iraq 
Al-Akhbar News 28 May 2013 – Bombings and gunfire in central and northern Iraq killed at least 15 people and wounded 35 others on Tuesday, officials said, in the latest bloody chapter of a wave of violence that has edged the country closer to all-out internal warfare. More than 60 were killed…

Several injured in Syrian rocket attacks on Lebanon 
Al-Akhbar News 28 May 2013 – Family members mourn over the body of Lebanese soldier Ali Adnan Mounzer in his hometown of Rayak in the Bekaa valley after he and two others were killed by gunmen in an attack on their checkpoint on 28 May 2013. (Photo: AFP / STR) Several people were…

Beirut: AUB Management Spies on Staff and Students 
Al-Akhbar News 28 May 2013 – The university pointed out that “the protocols include sophisticated encryption and secure passwords that require two people to activate them,” and said that email records are accessed in investigations over limited periods of time. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The university pointed out that “the protocols include sophisticated…

Syria: Border Clashes Pit FSA Against Kurds 
Al-Akhbar News 28 May 2013 – Female members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party are pictured in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk on 13 May 2013, as the group was preparing for the return of their comrades stationed in Turkey. (Photo: AFP – Safin Hamed) Female members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party…

Syria: After Qusayr, Regime Eyes Aleppo 
Al-Akhbar News 28 May 2013 – A picture taken on 23 May 2013 shows heavily damaged buildings in a neighbourhood in the eastern city of Qusayr, bordering Lebanon in Syria’s Homs province. (Photo: AFP – Sarkis Kassargian) A picture taken on 23 May 2013 shows heavily damaged buildings in a neighbourhood in…

Police fire tear gas at Tunisian street vendors 
Al-Akhbar News 28 May 2013 – Clashes broke out early Tuesday between Tunisian street vendors and police in the northern town of Bizerte, interior ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui said. Furious at the regional governor’s decision to ban their mobile stalls in the town center, the street vendors attacked the police, hurling…

Uncertain Lessons in Turkish Border Town Bombing 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Politics 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…

Russian arms ‘to stabilise Syria’ 
BBC 28 May 2013 – Russia says it will deliver S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria to deter foreign intervention, as the EU decides to lift an arms embargo.

Thirteen dead in fresh Iraq violence 
BBC 28 May 2013 – At least 13 people are killed in Iraq in bombings and in clashes between police and gunmen, as a recent upsurge in violence continues.

‘World’s oldest Torah’ scroll found 
BBC 28 May 2013 – The University of Bologna in Italy finds what it says may be the oldest complete scroll of Judaism’s most important text, the Torah, in its library.

Coronavirus death reported in France 
BBC 28 May 2013 – A 65-year-old man who had been travelling in Dubai dies from the novel coronavirus in France, its health ministry says.

Libyan assembly chairman resigns 
BBC 28 May 2013 – The head of the Libyan national assembly resigns under a law which bans Gaddafi-era officials from holding public office.


Soldiers beat family members, damage home while arresting Palestinian teen 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 5/28/2013
      Israeli soldiers beat and dragged Abed Al-Rahem Awad down the stairs of his home, pepper sprayed his sisters and threw several stun grenades through the family’s windows. Earlier this year, the family lost Abed al-Rahem’s younger brother, who was shot in the back at close range after trying to cross the separation barrier near his home.
     Israeli soldiers violently arrested 19-year-old Abed al-Rahem Awad yesterday (Monday) morning, Palestinians from the village of Budrus reported. According to the reports, several soldiers entered the family home in the early morning, breaking through the doors with a compressed air device. Family members said they were awakened by Abed al-Rahem’s cries as soldiers were dragging him down the stairs. His sisters tried to prevent the arrest and soldiers beat and pepper sprayed them. The two sisters were taken to a hospital, one with a broken arm.
     The soldiers also broke two of the house’s windows in order to throw several stun grenades (sound bombs) inside. Photos of where they exploded inside the home can be seen above. Soldiers did not give the family a reason for the arrest during the raid or in the day after.
     In January, Israeli soldiers shot to death Abed al-Rahem’s 16-year-old brother, Samir Awad, near the village. Samir was hit once as he was trying to cross the separation fence some 200 meters from Budrus, and a couple more times from close range – one shot to in the back of his head and one in his back – after he tried to escape from the soldiers by running back toward the village.
     Israeli authorities brought Abed al-Rahem to the hospital yesterday with both his legs and his arms shackled (see below). He was later taken back to jail…. more.. e-mail

ACT! Stop mass eviction of Bedouins in Israel 
Avaaz, Alternative Information Center 5/27/2013
      The Knesset is about to vote on a plan that would force up to 40,000 Israeli citizens out of the homes they’ve lived in since long before Israel was even established. But we have a last chance to stop this shameful eviction.
     The government’s bill was designed one sidedly without even consulting the Bedouin communities, denying their basic rights over their land. The bill will throw these poor communities into further unemployment and despair and it could lead to conflict. The government is trying to force it through, but a huge public outcry now can persuade coalition parties to think twice before endorsing this brutal injustice.
     Let’s urgently send a direct message to the coalition’s heads of factions telling them to follow their conscience, and not the government’s orders. The vote in the Knesset is on Monday — click below now to save the Bedouins and tell everyone:
     Known as the Prawer-Begin Outline, this bill is the final version of a controversial plan – criticised both inside Israel and around the world as discriminating. It would destroy dozens of Bedouin villages in the Negev, while promoting new Jewish communities in the same area – sometimes on top of the ruins of a Bedouin Village.
     Israel has long failed to address the Bedouin Community in the Negev – it refused to recognize villages that are older than the state of Israel, excusing itself from providing basic infrastructure, or minimum social services. By displacing tens of thousands from their homes and ignoring the Bedouins’ right over their land, the plan will only deepen discrimination and hostility – no wonder that the Interior Security Minister demanded an increased budget for extra police forces as a condition to his support of the bill. — See also: Send your direct message here more.. e-mail

Palestinian pawns: Egypt’s refugees 
Sarah Mousa, Al Jazeera.com 5/27/2013
      Author visits the “informal village” of Palestinians with no basic rights – not even official refugee status.
     While Palestinians commemorate the 1948 “ethnic cleansing” of Palestine – the Nakba – the “catastrophe” neither started that year nor has it ended. The Palestinian people have suffered for generations. Today, they continue to be treated as second class citizens in their own homes, denied basic rights of mobility and secure livelihoods in the occupied Gaza Strip and the West Bank and live precariously in refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.
     The Egyptian role in Palestine has historically differed from its Arab neighbours. In 1948, Egypt was the only country to close its borders to Palestinians, out of a principled interest in keeping Palestinians within their nation. The policy was in some ways long-sighted, as many of those who fled in 1948 have not been allowed to go back. It has often been suggested that the relative dearth of Palestinians in Egypt, or the higher socio-economic status of this group, could be attributed to this policy.
     Palestinian refugees in Egypt
     Recently, however, Arab activists have stumbled upon a sizeable group of 1948 Palestinian refugees in Egypt. A few months ago, a group of four Palestinian and Egyptian friends came across the mention of a mass exodus of Palestinians from Bir il-Saba’ village in 1948; the refugees were said to have gone to Egypt. The friends found it strange, as they and others had persistently inquired about the existence of Palestinian refugee groups in Egypt at the Palestinian embassy and organisations in Cairo. They called on others to help them locate this community, which they eventually tracked down. more.. e-mail

Is it the end of Sykes-Picot? 
Patrick Cockburn, London Review of Books 6/6/2013
      For the first two years of the Syrian civil war foreign leaders regularly predicted that Bashar al-Assad’s government would fall any day. In November 2011, King Abdullah of Jordan said that the chances of Assad’s surviving were so slim he ought to step down. In December last year, Anders Rasmussen, the Nato secretary general, said: ‘I think the regime in Damascus is approaching collapse.’ Even the Russian Foreign Ministry – which generally defends Assad – has at times made similar claims. Some of these statements were designed to demoralise Assad’s supporters by making his overthrow seem inevitable. But in many cases outsiders genuinely believed that the end was just round the corner. The rebels kept claiming successes, and the claims were undiscriminatingly accepted.
     That Assad’s government is on its last legs has always been something of a myth. YouTube videos of victorious rebel fighters capturing military outposts and seizing government munitions distract attention from the fact that the war is entering its third year and the insurgents have succeeded in capturing just one of the 14 provincial capitals. (In Libya the insurgents held Benghazi and the whole of the east as well as Misrata and smaller towns in the west from the beginning of the revolt.) The Syrian rebels were never as strong militarily as the outside world supposes. But they have always been way ahead of the government in their access to the international media. Whatever the uprising has since become it began in March 2011 as a mass revolt against a cruel and corrupt police state. The regime at first refused to say much in response, then sounded aggrieved and befuddled as it saw the vacuum it had created being filled with information put out by its enemies. Defecting Syrian soldiers were on television denouncing their former masters while government units that had stayed loyal remained unreported and invisible. And so it has largely continued. The ubiquitous YouTube videos of minor, and in some cases illusory, victories by the rebels are put about in large part to persuade the world that, given more money and arms, they can quickly win a decisive victory and end the war. more.. e-mail

Roads to ending Israeli apartheid envisioned in new book
Electronic Intifada: 28 May 2013 – Denying the Nakba is a central tenet in Israeli supremacy, according to essays in Pretending Democracy .more

Israel’s tax policies suffocate Palestinian Jerusalem
Electronic Intifada: 28 May 2013 – High municipal taxes are forcing shopkeepers to close their businesses.more

Report Censures Israel for Demolishing Palestinian and EU Property
Palestine Chronicle: 28 May 2013 – By Bernhard Schell – Brussels Hundreds of Palestinian homes and structures have been bulldozed and approvals for illegal settlements have increased despite the 27-nation European Union (EU) asking Israel to stop settlement expansion, forced displacement, and demolition of Palestinian property in an unprecedented statement one year ago, says a new report. EU foreign ministers adopted on May 14, 2012 some of the most extensive and far-reaching recommendations on the issue of the Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT). In particular, the EU ministers approved specific recommendations for developing Area C which constitutes 60 percent of the West Bank and falls under full Israeli military and civil control. An estimated 150,000 Palestinians live there among 325,000 Israelis living in settlements that are illegal under international law. EU foreign ministers called for improvement of Israel’s policies that are currently damaging to the development of Palestinian livelihoods and for the future…more

Gaza Freedom Flotilla: From The High Seas to the High Court and Beyond
Palestine Chronicle: 28 May 2013 – By Richard Lightbown Israel’s raid on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on 31 May 2010 caused the severance of diplomatic relations with Turkey and spawned legal actions in several countries. Claims in compensation cases in Turkish courts from only 40 victims have already amounted to the equivalent of more than 6 million Euros. Meanwhile the case against four former senior commanders on behalf of 490 plaintiffs is slowly progressing through the 7th High Criminal Court in Istanbul. The prosecution alleges that at the time of the raid Chief of Staff Gavriel Ashkenazi, Naval Forces Commander Eliezar Marom, Head of the Military Intelligence Directorate Amos Yadlin and Air Forces Intelligence Director Avishai Levi jointly and personally “ordered the operation in which war crimes and crimes against humanity are alleged to have been committed”. The defendants have not attended the hearings and the Israeli government does not recognize the trial. Its position has…more

Imperial Designs: The Roots of the Middle East Conflict
Palestine Chronicle: 27 May 2013 – By Deepak Tripathi During the research for my latest book Imperial Designs: War, Humiliation and the Making of History (Potomac Books – the University of Nebraska Press, 2013) I came across something the Czech writer Milan Kundera said in his novel Immortality about shame. He was twice expelled from the Communist Party, forced to leave his homeland to go to live in France seven years after the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, then stripped of his Czech citizenship. “The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours,” he said, “but the ignominy, the humiliation we feel that we must be what we are without any choice in the matter, and that this humiliation is seen by everyone.” Another work which influenced my writing was the 1978 literary masterpiece Orientalism of the Palestinian-American intellectual Edward Said. In his book, Said examined the set of beliefs behind the Western ideology…more

Skating on Thin Ice: Obama’s Lame-duck Presidency 
Palestine Chronicle: 27 May 2013 – By Iqbal Jassat – Johannesburg Between the two terms of the Obama presidency many of his detractors can justifiably claim that his ability to function as commander-in-chief is severely limited. Hearing him speak on a major foreign policy matter regarding the “War on Terror”, one sensed a desperate plea to gain understanding and sympathy for his weakness. But is it truly a “weakness” or symptomatic of a larger problem besetting America’s politics? On the one hand you have a system that places an individual at the helm of the country as its First Citizen. This seemingly suggests that as chief executive, the president of the United States will be able to ensure the country conforms to the dictates of international law. On the other hand, divisive politics between the two leading political formations and their respective battles to reign supreme in either or both the Senate or Congress confounds policy…more

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