VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 29 May 2013

29 May 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Extremist Settlers Burnt Olive Trees, Farmlands, Near Qalqilia
IMEMC – A group of extremist Israeli settlers burnt, on Wednesday evening, several Palestinian olive trees and farmlands planted with wheat, in an area located between the villages of Far’ata and Jeet, east of the northern West Bank of Qalqilia. …

Soldiers Hurl Stones, Bottles, At Palestinians In Hebron
IMEMC – Wednesday May 29 2013; local sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, have reported that a number of Israeli soldiers hurled stones and empty bottles at a number of Palestinians in the Ash-Shallala neighborhood, in the center of the city. …

Dozens of Soldiers Invade Central Gaza
IMEMC – Wednesday morning, May 29 2013, several armored Israeli military vehicles invaded Palestinian farmlands, east of the Al-Boreij refugee camp in central Gaza, and opened fire at Palestinian farmers forcing them out of their lands. …

Home Demolished In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Wednesday, May 29 2013, several armored Israeli military vehicles invaded the Al-Aqaba area in Beit Hanina, north of occupied East Jerusalem, and surrounded a home before demolishing it. Soldiers also demolished a car repair shop near Jerusalem. …

Soldiers Invade Nablus, Kidnaps Several Palestinians
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, the northern West Bank city of Nablus, Sorra village, and the Balata refugee camp east of the city, and kidnapped four Palestinians, including a former political prisoner who was released a few months ago. Seven Palestinians kidnaped late on Tuesday at night. … 

Settlers Puncture Tires Of Palestinian Cars In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Wednesday May 29 2013, in a second attack since Monday, extremist Israeli settlers punctured tires of a number of Palestinian vehicles in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, and wrote racist graffiti. …

Settlers Burn Cars, Write Racist Graffiti, Near Tubas
IMEMC – Wednesday morning, May 29, a group of Israeli settlers invaded the Az-Beidat area, near the West Bank city of Tubas, burnt four cars and a tractor, and wrote racist graffiti against the Arabs and Palestinians. …

Soldiers Caught On Tape Assaulting A Palestinian Youth
IMEMC – The Young Man Was Imprisoned For A Month Under False Allegations After a video documenting the attack surfaced more than a month after the assault took place, the Israeli Military Police decided to investigate a violent attack carried out by Israeli soldiers against a Palestinian youth who was kidnapped near the Ofra settlement, near Ramallah. …

Four Soldiers Injured During Training
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported Tuesday that four Israeli soldiers have been injured when their tank overturned during training for reserve soldiers at an Israeli military base in the Negev. …

Ma’an News

Israeli military vehicles, bulldozers enter Gaza
5/29/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli military vehicles escorted bulldozers into a border area in central Gaza on Wednesday, locals said. Seven bulldozers flanked by four military vehicles crossed into a border area near al-Bureij refugee camp at around 6 a. m. , penetrating 300 meters into fields and leveling agricultural lands, witnesses told Ma’an. Israeli drones were hovering at a low distance during….

Israeli forces arrest Hamas, Fatah and Jihad leaders
5/29/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested leaders from Hamas, Fatah and Islamic Jihad overnight Tuesday in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, locals said. Israeli soldiers raided Balata refugee camp in Nablus and arrested local Hamas leader Yasser Badrasawi, 47, ransacking his home and damaging the interior, locals said. Israeli troops raided another neighborhood in Nablus and arrested local Hamas leader Ziad Imreish, 54….

Settlers burn cars, spray graffiti across West Bank
5/29/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Settlers torched at least nine Palestinian vehicles and vandalized property in the occupied West Bank overnight Tuesday, locals said. In the Jericho village of Az-Zubeidat, four cars and a tractor were found burnt by villagers, locals said. Local NGO coordinator Hamza Zbeidat told Ma’an that settlers raided the village at around 3 a. m. and poured gasoline on the….

Settlers uproot olive trees near Nablus
5/29/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers uprooted over 300 olive trees near the village of Awarta southeast of Nablus on Wednesday, a local official said. The Israeli liaisons office told its Palestinian counterparts that over 300 olive trees inside the fences of Itamar, settler-monitoring official Ghassan Daghlas told Ma’an. He said the trees were within the settlement’s boundaries but belonged to….

Israel warns will act if Russia sends Syria missiles
5/29/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Israel warned it “will know what to do” if Russia delivers promised anti-aircraft missiles to its war-torn ally Syria, amid growing fears of a wider conflict brewing as the fighting spills into Lebanon. Israel said Tuesday it would act if the Russian delivery went ahead, while Syria’s top rebel commander gave Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement, a 24-hour ultimatum…. Related: Radio: Netanyahu tells ministers stay silent on Syria

Nablus Islamic studies student released from jail
5/29/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli prison authorities on Wednesday released university student Yasser Mannaa, 24, from Nablus after he served seven months at Megiddo prison. The Ahrar detainees center reported that Mannaa was detained multiple times from al-Najah University in 2007. He studies Islam and has not been able to graduate due to the repeated arrests. The latest arrest was in 2012 when troops raided….

Israeli police arrest 2 Palestinians after Hebron car chase
5/29/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli police on Wednesday opened fire during a car chase in Halhul near Hebron and arrested two Palestinians, witnesses and a security official said. Witnesses told Ma’an that two people were injured but that one managed to flee. An Israeli police spokesman said two Palestinian citizens of Israel were arrested but said he was unaware of injuries. He said….

Police: Suspect confesses to attacking mayor’s car
5/29/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian police in Bethlehem say a suspect has admitted to assaulting the private car of the mayor of Bethlehem last week and smashing the vehicle’s windshields. Police said Wednesday in a statement that Vera Baboun notified the authorities a few days earlier about an attack on her car by unidentified assailants while the vehicle was parked near her house….

Egyptian security forces interrogate Israeli tourist
5/29/2013 – SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian security services on Wednesday questioned an Israeli tourist suspected of possessing suspicious materials. Intelligence officials told Ma’an that an Israeli was stopped while crossing from Egypt to Israel via Taba and taken to the district attorney’s office for interrogation. An unspecified suspicious material was found in the man’s car and taken to….

Radio: Netanyahu tells ministers stay silent on Syria
5/29/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his cabinet to stay silent on the issue of Russian missile deliveries to Syria, public radio said on Wednesday. His remarks came after several ministers criticized Moscow’s arms deals with Damascus and raised the possibility of an Israeli response should Israel feel under threat. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on Tuesday warned Israel…. Related:Israel warns will act if Russia sends Syria missiles

Tubas man missing for 3 months
5/29/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man from Tubas has been missing for over three months, and his family say the security forces are not doing enough to find him.” Villagers, families and dignitaries gathered here today to sympathize with the family and we urge the Palestinian security services to intensify their efforts to search for the young man who disappeared 90 days ago,”tribal….

Syria opposition makes no progress on peace talks
5/29/2013 – ISTANBUL (AFP) — A week into marathon talks aimed at presenting a united front on a proposed peace conference, Syria’s opposition remains more divided than ever, pulled apart by regional power grabs and unpopular with rebels on the ground. Despite going into several days of overtime at a key meeting in Istanbul, the main Syrian opposition group, the National Coalition, has failed to agree….

Femen women held in Arab world’s first topless protest
5/29/2013 – TUNIS (AFP) — Three young European women with protest group Femen were arrested Wednesday after baring their breasts in Tunis, a first in the Arab world that sparked scuffles outside the Tunisian capital’s main courthouse. Standing on a wall in front of the railings outside the courthouse, the women, two French and the other German, shouted: “Free Amina,” in support of a young Tunisian….

Britain reports new Syria chemical weapons use to UN
5/29/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Britain last week informed the United Nations of “new incidents” of appare
nt chemical weapons use in Syria, diplomats said Wednesday. If confirmed, the attacks would heap further pressure on Western countries supporting Syrian rebels to intervene in the conflict, which the United Nations says has claimed more than 70,000 lives. President Barack Obama has called the use or movement of chemical weapons….

Top diplomats in last-ditch meet with Syria opposition
5/29/2013 – ISTANBUL (AFP) — A string of top diplomats arrived on Wednesday at a stalled Istanbul meeting of Syria’s divided opposition, in what looked like a last-ditch effort to break a deadlock in the National Coalition. Dissidents say the chaotic meeting has been deadlocked by internal bickering as well as conflicting pressures from key backers of the revolt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, France, Turkey and the….

Elite troops in pivotal battle for Syria’s Qusayr
5/29/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian elite troops rushed to bolster a Hezbollah-led offensive against rebels in the strategic town of Qusayr on Wednesday as the UN Human Rights Council debated a resolution condemning the assault. Russia warned a European Union decision to lift its arms embargo on rebels fighting to oust its ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, harmed its joint efforts with the United States to halt….


Israel ‘to build’ new outposts in Jerusalem
AlJazeera 29 May 2013 – NGO says Israel is preparing to build more than 1,000 new settler homes in mainly-Arab areas of the holy city.

Palestine News Network

Israeli Bulldozers Demolish Auto Repair Shop near Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Film Success at Cannes
Palestine News Network

Bsharat’s Family: We Entered the Medicine Because Our Brother Health’s Deteriorates
Palestine News Network

ADWAR Launches “Pioneers to Reduce the Women Honor Killing’s Phenomenon”
Palestine News Network

Statistics Bureau: Total of 2,281 Building Licenses Issued in Palestine
Palestine News Network

WATCH: IOF Soldiers Beat Palestinian during Arrest, Camera Turns Away
Palestine News Network

IOF Soldiers Beat Family Members, Damage Home While Arresting Palestinian Teen
Palestine News Network

Ashrawi Calls International Community to ‘Stand Up To Israel’
Palestine News Network

Settlers Set Fire to Four Vehicles in Tubas
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Spread across Hebron Governorate, Set Military Checkpoints
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

My family died for nothing
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Collective punishment of Kufr Qaddum by the Israeli military for political activity
5/29/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 29th May 2013, International Women’s Peace Service, Kfar Qaddum, Occupied Palestine – Early on Monday 27 May at 1:30AM three Israeli border police jeeps entered the village of Kufr Qaddum. The border police made their presence known to the villagers by driving slowly through the town center. Additionally, the following night, Tuesday 28 May, at 02:00 AM around 60 soldiers on foot….

Israeli forces demolish Jerusalem building, displace thirteen
5/29/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 29th May 2013, Coalition for Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Occupied Palestine – Israeli Forces demolished an apartment building in Beit Hanina, Jerusalem, on May 29, 2013, displacing thirteen members of the Al-Salaymeh family.   Badran Al-Salameh attempted previously to obtain a permit for his two-story building, constructed in 2000, but was unsuccessful and subsequently fined a total of over 200,000 NIS for a lack thereof. Two bulldozers arrived at….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Buying Time? Money, Guns and Politics in the West Bank
Relief Web 29 May 2013 – Source: International Crisis Group Country: occupied Palestinian territory Middle East Report N°142 29 May 2013 Jerusalem/Ramallah/Brussels, 29 May 2013: The West Bank is experiencing rising instability and insecurity that palliative measures can help contain but can neither reverse nor end…

occupied Palestinian territory: Saudi Arabia donates US$ 86 million to support UNRWA projects in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon
Relief Web 29 May 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Saudi Arabia The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, through the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), has donated US$ 86 million to the United…

occupied Palestinian territory: Extremists vandalise 20 cars in Jerusalem, West Bank
Relief Web 29 May 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 05/29/2013 12:22 GMT JERUSALEM, May 29, 2013 (AFP) – Suspected Jewish extremists carried out a string of attacks against about 20 Palestinian cars in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, Israeli police and…

The National

Sheikh Nahyan congratulates Sheikh Hamdan on Ah Ahli triumph
The National 29 May 2013 – Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed also congratulated the club’s board of directors, the coaching staff, players and fans.

Didier Drogba kicks off Vogue Cafe’s launch in Dubai Mall
The National 29 May 2013 – Galatasaray striker rubs shoulders with UAE’s fashion pack.

‘Iran will not change while Khamenei is in charge’
The National 29 May 2013 – US has given up on finding solution while he is in power, expert tells audience in Abu Dhabi.

Syrian National Coalition threatened by internal rift
The National 29 May 2013 – Opposition activists inside Syria accuse the coalition of undermining the revolt and failing to provide united leadership, as Assad forces advance further into Qusayr. Phil Sands reports 

Ethiopia diverts the Nile for Dh17bn dam, alarming countries downstream
The National 29 May 2013 – Diversion causes alarm in Egypt, which relies almost exclusively on the river for water. Bradley Hope reports 

Let’s strengthen ties, Sheikh Abdullah tells Algeria
The National 29 May 2013 – UAE Foreign Minister discusses relations with Algerian PM.

Myanmar Buddhists take to the streets as sectarian violence spreads
The National 29 May 2013 – Rioting sparked by reports that a Muslim man splashed petrol on a Buddhist woman and set her on fire.

Latent Islamophobia ‘turns vitriolic’ in UK following soldier’s murder
The National 29 May 2013 – So dramatic was the reaction to last week’s murder that it was easy to forget that this was the first instance of an apparent Islamist-inspired fatal attack in the UK since the 2005 bombings. Omar Karmi reports from London 


Lapid appeals to ultra-Orthodox: My brethren, think of how other Israelis feel
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Israel to crack down on public puffing for global anti-tobacco day
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Segregation at Superland: Separate days for Arab and Jewish students at amusement park
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Lieberman admits to deliberately withholding information from appointments panel
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Where are all of Israel’s flowers going? Paved over, every one
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Alice Walker urges singer Alicia Keys to cancel July concert in Israel
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

IDF reaches decision over combat soldier classification
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Syria promises ‘immediate retaliation’ if Israel strikes again
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Knesset approves VAT increase with Lapid absent
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Israel says will act to prevent S-300 missile systems from becoming operational
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Israel to extend daylight savings time by one month
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Israeli panel agrees ultra-Orthodox ‘draft-dodgers’ should face criminal sanctions
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Wave of vandalism targets Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Lieberman takes the stand as first defense witness in fraud trial against him
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Enlistment reform: IDF-yeshiva program needn’t worry, Naftali Bennett has its back
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Year-round sun not enough for Vitamin D deficient Israelis: Health Ministry planning to enrich milk
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Israel and U.S. generals draw up theoretical scenario for attack on Iran
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Jerusalem Post

HU program encourages countering stereotypes
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – “Common Denominator,” addresses girls in classrooms about stereotypes that may affect them and their professional aspirations. 

Troubling ‘Nakba day’ speech in South Africa
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – The public sermon delivered by the president of the Muslim Judicial Council of Cape Town shortly before the Palestinian Nakba Day on May 15 is immensely troubling. 

Nakba: What’s in a name?
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Whatever motives the Arabs had for their “war of extermination” against Israel, liberating Palestine for the Palestinians was certainly not on their agenda. 

Cyclists to ride in support of safety bill
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Peres and bike riders from around the country inaugurate cycling path, part of nationwide trail, in Mitzpe Ramon. 

Women, the Wall and Judaism
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – It is obvious that the Women of the Wall must feel a connection to Judaism, yet I’m left wondering if they realize that these holy items, tefillin and talitot, carry with them a heavy responsibility. 

‘Ban of far right Greek party may not be helpful’
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Deputy Greek Minister of Justice tells ‘Post’ examples of such bans in other countries has had the opposite effect. 

Nasrallah’s harangue
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Nasrallah had admitted in no uncertain terms that Assad is not merely an ally but an indispensable mainstay. 

Father and son serve side-by-side in reserves
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – On IDF reservists’ appreciation week, Moshe and Orel Edri tell the ‘Post’ that reserve duty has given them a chance to enjoy quality time together. 

‘Historic’ haredi draft bill ends coalition crisis
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Clause allows exemption of 1,800 yeshiva students; Lapid says in 3 years 70% of haredim will be drafted. 

Rousseau, melody, and mode
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Rousseau stands refuted by artistic expression from both before and after his time. Had there only been Jews in Geneva during his lifetime, he might have avoided his modernist misconception. 

US calls on Hezbollah to pull fighters out of Syria
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Hezbollah involvement signals ‘extremely dangerous escalation’ 

Washington Watch: Dole to GOP: Get some new ideas
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Bob Dole, the former presidential and vice presidential nominee for the Republican party, no longer feels at home in his old party. 

Iran may be cleaning nuclear site to foil IAEA
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – UN nuclear watchdog official said it may not find anything after sanitization efforts at Parchin, diplomat says. 

Encountering Peace: Kerry can succeed
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Kerry’s shuttling back and forth between the parties, carrying the sides’ positions on the issues in fact enables the mediator to do just that – mediate and propose bridging solutions to close the gaps. 

Media Comment: Do peace and freedom interest the media?
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Reporters without Borders included Hamas and the PA security forces in a list of “predators of freedom of information” who “censor, imprison, kidnap, torture and kill journalists and other news providers. 

Israel seeks to re-engage with UNHRC
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – In exchange for re-engagement Israel seeks pledge of fair treatment from the international body. 

Ayalon: Liberman testimony full of contradictions
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Former deputy foreign minister tells ‘Post’ that Liberman “making up fantasies in order to save his skin.” 

‘Israel has more moral authority to strike Iran’
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – US, Israeli defense experts examine aspects of potential attack. 

German politico due in TA accused of anti-Semitism
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Kerstin Muller, the Bundestag deputy slated to run a foundation based in Israel, supports boycotting settler-produced goods. 

PA negotiator: Kerry’s chances slim to revive peace process
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Nabil Sha’ath says US secretary of state won’t rekindle talks unless he pressures Israel to halt settlement activity. 

Apple CEO denies bidding for Israeli start-up Waze
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Successful traffic and navigation reporting app reportedly subject of bidding war between Facebook and Google. 

UK says informs UN of more Syria chemical attacks
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Britain informs use of suspected chemical weapons by Syrian government in March and April. 

Ayalon slams ex-boss Liberman on Facebook page
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Former deputy foreign minister blasted Yisrael Beytenu chief who testified in his trial on Wednesday. 

Italy prof. says has found world’s
oldest Torah

Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – 35 meter scroll dates from between 1155 and 1225; previous oldest complete Torah was from late 13th century. 

IDF to probe soldiers filmed beating Palestinian
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Footage obtained by rights group B’Tselem shows soldiers punching and kicking an arrested Palestinian. 

Tel Aviv readies for colorful Gay Pride Month
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – 20,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive; Bar Refaeli to host huge party on beach after parade; pride flags hung throughout city. 

Plea bargain reached in labor trial of AG’s wife
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Weinstein’s wife to pay fine of NIS 20,000 for illegally employing a foreign worker 

Khamenei: No favorite in upcoming Iranian election
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Analysts say Iran’s supreme leader seeks a loyal and docile future president. 

UN official urges powers not to send arms to Syria
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Navi Pillay tells forum after EU Syria arms embargo expires powers should press both sides in Syria to find political solution. 

‘Israel home front defense world’s most advanced’
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2013 – Prime Minister Netanyahu at chemical warfare drill in J’lem says defense would “preempt” any attack targeting Israel. 

The Guardian

Letters: Desmond Tutu and the call for a Uefa boycott of Israel
The Guardian 29 May 2013 – Having read Archbishop Desmond Tutu et al’s plea for boycotting Israel ( Letters , 28 May), I found myself shifting uncomfortably in my seat. Isn’t Tutu the person who, a few years ago, encouraged an idea to bring…

Israel in Moscow talks to halt supply of missiles to Syrian regime
The Guardian 29 May 2013 – Intelligence figures make attempt to prevent anti-aircraft weapons reaching Assad or others who could attack Israel Top-level Israeli intelligence figures flew into Moscow on Tuesday night in a last-ditch attempt to talk the Kremlin out of…

Syria: Israel and US condemn Russian weapon shipments – video
The Guardian 29 May 2013 – Israel and the US condemn Russia’s intended delivery of an S-300 air defence system to Syria’s government forces


Military Resistance 11E17 Forfeit Day

U.S. accepts Iran’s participation in Geneva-2

High Stakes in the Cruel and Unjust Trial of Bradley Manning

‘Conclusive proof’ CIA torture flights landed at Scottish airports

Iraq Carnage Leaves 81 Killed, 246 Wounded

Engineering Empire: An Introduction to the Intellectuals and Institutions of American Imperialism

Torture and Human Rights Violations in Israel and Palestine

Taliban mounts “spring offensive” in Afghanistan

Pull the Trigger: Settler’s demand easing rules of engagement in oPt

Ahmad Sa’adat Denied Granddaughters Visit in Court

Daily Star

Evening bomb blasts kill 30 in Baghdad
Daily Star 29 May 2013 Bomb blasts tore through two Baghdad neighborhoods Wednesday evening, killing at least 30 people including several members of a wedding party, and extending a relentless wave of bloodshed roiling Iraq.

US troubled by verdicts in Tunisia embassy attack
Daily Star 29 May 2013 The U.S. Embassy in Tunisia says it is “deeply troubled” that the 20 people who were convicted of attacking the embassy only received suspended sentences.

Argentine prosecutor accuses Iran of terror plots
Daily Star 29 May 2013 A top Argentine prosecutor formally accused Iran on Wednesday of opening secret intelligence stations in several South American countries to plan and conduct terror attacks.

France says 3,000-4,000 Hezbollah are fighting in Syria
Daily Star 29 May 2013 France said on Wednesday its intelligence services believed 3-4,000 guerillas from Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s army in Syria’s civil war.

White House says U.S. economy recovering and strengthening
Daily Star 29 May 2013 The White House said on Wednesday that the U.S. economy is on a stronger path and called on Congress to do more to support growth in order to speed up the pace of recovery.

U.S. calls on Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria
Daily Star 29 May 2013 U.S. State Department calls on Hezbollah to withdraw fighters from Syria immediately.

Palestinian leader under pressure to restart talks
Daily Star 29 May 2013 The Palestinian president has told advisers that as the U.

Geagea calls for government free of Hezbollah control
Daily Star 29 May 2013 Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea called to establish a new national salvation government independent of Hezbollah’s control.

YNet News

Canada bans nearly all Iranian imports
YNet News, 29 May 2013 – ….

Soldier to admit Afghan massacre
YNet News, 29 May 2013 – ….

State housing plan doesn’t condition employment for haredim
YNet News, 29 May 2013 – ….

Facebook’s stocks lose 3.5% after Waze purchase talks stop
YNet News, 29 May 2013 – ….

IDF: Reserve soldiers served more days in 2012 than in 2011
YNet News, 29 May 2013 – ….

Sensing West’s weakness
YNet News, 29 May 2013 – Op-ed: Russians will be the only ones to decide when and how Assad will step down ….

Ya’alon, let IDF win
YNet News, 29 May 2013 – Op-ed: Policy of restraint in face of Palestinian violence eroding Israel’s deterrence ….

US to Russia: Selling S-300 missiles to Syria – mistake
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – White House says providing arms to Assad regime ‘does not bring us closer to political transition.’ Report: Obama asked Pentagon to draw up plans for no-fly zone inside Syria ….

Plea bargain: AG’s wife to confess to illegally employing foreigner 
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – Tel Aviv court set to okay plea deal under which Aviva Weinstein will confess to employing Indian man whose work visa limited his employment to custodial nursing care, pay NIS 20,000 fine ….

Iran’s presidential candidates clash over nuclear approach 
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – Cleric Hassan Rohani denies allegations he halted nuclear development; says during his tenure as nuclear negotiator Iran demonstrated program’s peaceful nature and ‘prevented a US attack’ ….

‘Hitler kettle’ advertised on US billboard 
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – Motorists in southern California post images of JC Penney kettle bearing amazing resemblance to Nazi dictator ….

Taliban: Pink balloons ‘Western tools against Islam’
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – New York artist recruits volunteers for pink balloons distribution project in Afghan capital. Unlike many citizens, Taliban sees gesture as West’s secret way to harm Islamic culture ….

Probe: Soldiers beat Palestinian, camera turned away
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – B’Tselem rights group claims filming of incident in which troops allegedly beat detainee in West Bank purposely disrupted ….

Israel conducts illegal weapons amnesty 
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – Public Security Ministry promises anyone who hands over unlicensed gun will not be prosecuted; some 6,500 Israelis yet to renew their gun licenses ….

Fears grow of a foreign-fueled arms race in Syria
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – Lifting embargo on Syria paves way for weapons transfer to rebels, yet faces dangers of arming, chaos in opposition. Moscow: EU’s decision – manifestation of double standards ….

Piron: Parasites will not be ‘kosherized’
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – After PM instructs Defense Minister Ya’alon not to hinder draft reform, Yesh Atid’s education minister assures party’s threats to leave coalition were not idle ….

Report: Austerity measures to plunge 90,000 into poverty 
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – National Security Institute warns expected budget cuts to widen socioeconomic gaps, drive additional 19,000 families into poverty ….

US report says major weapons designs compromised by Chinese 
YNet News, 28 May 2013 – Hackers perpetrate large-scale cyber-theft to expose building layouts, location of communication, computer networks ….

Palestine Information Center

Sisters of two Jordanian prisoners go on hunger strike
PIC – Sisters of two Jordanian citizens detained in Israeli jails went on hunger strike in solidarity with their brothers and other prisoners who are on hunger strike.

IOF soldiers detain 27 schoolchildren inside their school
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) encircled on Wednesday morning the Litwani secondary school to the east of Yatta town, south of Al-Khalil.

Israeli bulldozers raze two houses in OJ
PIC – Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) unleashed huge bulldozers to raze two Palestinian homes in Beit Hanina in occupied Jerusalem on Wednesday.

IOF arrests 2 Palestinians while visiting their detained brother
PIC – The occupation arrested a Palestinian woman and her brother, from Tammoun village in Tubas in the occupied West Bank, while they were visiting their brother detained in the Israeli Gilboa jail.

Soldiers caught on tape assaulting a Palestinian youth during his arrest
PIC – Israeli B’Tselem organization documented an attack carried out by Israeli soldiers against a Palestinian youth from Ramallah, during his arrest near the Ofra settlement, on April 26.

Settlers burn Palestinian cars near Tubas
PIC – Jewish settlers stormed on Wednesday early morning the village of Zubeidat near Tubas and torched four vehicles belonging to villagers, under the protection of the occupation forces (IOF).

Occupation demolishes 4 huts and a house in Jerusalem
PIC – Israeli forces demolished on Wednesday morning, in the town of Hizma northeast of occupied Jerusalem, four Palestinian tin huts, each of which has an area of 200 square meters; and closed 4 stores.

IOF arrests Hamas affiliates in Nablus
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed at dawn Wednesday the city of Nablus and Balata and Askar refugee camps, and arrested Hamas affiliates.

IOF arrests a leader in Jihad movement
PIC – The Israeli forces stormed at dawn on Wednesday Jalazoun refugee camp and arrested a leader in Jihad movement and its representative in the National and Islamic Forces Commission.

Report: 150 Palestinian Bedouin deported families suffer “non-viable†situation
PIC – An international study about the forcible deportation of 150 Palestine refugee Bedouin families said that their situation has become socially and economically “non-viableâ€. 


Abbas Accepts Credentials of 2 Ambassadors and a Repres

WAFA – 29 May 2013

Building Licenses Up in Q1, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 29 May 2013

Settlers Set Fire to Cars West of Ramallah
WAFA – 29 May 2013

Saudi Arabia Donates $86M for UNRWA Projects
WAFA – 29 May 2013

Newspapers Review: PLO Executive Committee Meeting Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 29 May 2013

Israeli Forces Demolish Auto Repair Shop Northeast of Jerusalem
WAFA – 29 May 2013

Settlers Slash Tires of Palestinian Cars in East Jerusalem
WAFA – 29 May 2013

Israeli Forces Pelt Hebron Residents with Stones, Glass Bottles
WAFA – 29 May 2013

Producer Price Index Down in April 2013, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 29 May 2013

Settlers Set Fire to Six Cars in Tubas
WAFA – 29 May 2013


Syria conflict: Hopes for peace conference may be dashed
LA Times 28 May 2013 – Fighting in Syria shows signs of turning into a sectarian-fueled conflagration that pulls in neighbors and pits world powers against one another. BEIRUT— With violence increasingly spilling over Syria’s borders, refugees swamping its neighbors and new arms transfers to both sides on the horizon, a…

Prosecutor in Argentina Says Iran Plotted With Hezbollah in Latin America
New York Times 29 May 2013 – Alberto Nisman, who is investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, said Iran had set up intelligence stations in Latin America to carry out terrorist attacks directly or through Hezbollah. 

IHT Special: Palestinian Refugees Flee Syria to Find Poor Conditions in Lebanese Camps
New York Times 29 May 2013 – The dismal Burj al-Barajneh camp in South Beirut has received some of the 56,000 Palestinians that have fled Syria. 

U.N. Rights Council’s Resolution Calls for End to Fighting in Syrian Town
New York Times 29 May 2013 – The Human Rights Council measure also condemns intervention by foreign fighters supporting the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad. 

Proposal for Ultra-Orthodox Conscription Gains Traction in Israel
New York Times 29 May 2013 – A government committee approved a proposal to phase out wholesale exemptions from military service for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, a significant step toward regulating a hot issue. 

Delek Group improves gross 
Globes Energy & Water – First quarter revenue was flat, but the group’s gross profit rose 21%.

Rush for mortgages ahead of VAT hike
Globes Main News – Banking sources estimate demand for mortgages in the past few days at 50% above normal, with interest rates falling and VAT about to rise.

Regulators take aim at dominant auditors
Globes Main News – The Bank of Israel and the Finance Ministry are concerned about the entrenched positions of the big firms in the financial sector.

Apple CEO denies Waze bid
Globes Main News – As Facebook and Google reportedly vie to buy the navigation and traffic reporting app, Tim Cook distances himself from Waze.

Wed: Teva leads market losses
Globes Main News – Teva fell on the day’s biggest turnover, and Oil Refineries recorded the biggest loss on the Tel Aviv 25 Index, after reporting a breakdown.

Ofer sells Jerusalem, Nahariya malls to Dankner unit
Globes Main News – Melisron sold the two malls to Clal Insurance for NIS 441 million.

Knesset passes VAT hike
Globes Macro Economics – The 1% rise was approved after a stormy debate. From next week, VAT will be 18%.

Home price rise boosted consumption, study finds
Globes Macro Economics – The Bank of Israel study concludes that price rise in 2009-2011 contributed one third of the growth in private consumption in that period.

Opposition presents alternative to austerity measures 
Globes Macro Economics – United Torah Judaism and Meretz have teamed up to propose tax hikes on the rich, higher royalties on natural resources, and fewer tax breaks for corporations.

Lapid: Terrorists don’t distinguish between Jews 
Globes Macro Economics – Yair Lapid appealed to his “brothers” after recommendations were approved that include criminal penalties for haredi draft dodgers.

Interior minister wants to extend daylight savings time 
Globes Macro Economics – The government and Knesset will have to approve Gideon Sa’ar’s decision.

Israel as Adelson’s Venetian Casino Fantasy
Tikun Olam – Adelson accepts Jerusalem honorary citizen award from fake Venetian gentlemen This entire article along with accompanying picture has to be seen and read to be believ
ed: At a luncheon here Tuesday, Mr. Adelson brought his two worlds together. He was crowned an honorary citizen of Jerusalem…

Radical ‘Price Tag’ Settlers Damage 14 Palestinian Cars 
The Foward Breaking News 29 May 2013 – Fourteen Palestinian vehicles were vandalised on Wednesday in the occupied West Bank and Arab East Jerusalem in what appeared to be attacks by militant Israeli settlers following the killing of one of their own last month. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Reaches Deal to End Ultra-Orthodox Draft Exemption 
The Foward Breaking News 29 May 2013 – Israel clinched a deal on Wednesday to abolish wholesale exemptions from military service for Jewish seminary students, ended a brief crisis that divided the ruling coalition parties. Click here for the rest of the article…

Settlers erect tent on hill near Beit Omar 
Palestine Solidarity Project 29 May 2013 – On 26th of May 2013, a group of settlers under the protection of Israeli military began to set up a number of tents in the eastern area of the town in Beit Omar. They proceeded to raise the israeli flag on the tents while the israeli…

Hezbollah fighters ‘invading’ Syria 
BBC 29 May 2013 – The military chief of the main umbrella group of Syrian rebels, the FSA, accuses Hezbollah fighters of “invading” Syria in a BBC interview.

Iran in ‘Latin America terror plot’ 
BBC 29 May 2013 – An Argentine prosecutor accuses Iran of trying to infiltrate countries in Latin America to sponsor and carry out “terrorist activities”.

To Lebanon’s Army Chief: It’s Too Early for the Presidency 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 29 May 2013 – The army command has dispatched convoys to pursue the suspects and it is waiting for the necessary political cover, in order to do its job of protecting ordinary citizens and their own soldiers from such attacks. (Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar) The army command has dispatched convoys…

Explosion kills 3 soldiers in Benghazi 
Al-Akhbar News 29 May 2013 – Unknown assailants threw an explosive device at a military checkpoint in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi early on Wednesday, killing three soldiers and injuring three others, security officials said. The attack was the latest in a wave of violence against security forces in the city,…

Lebanese Celebs Seek Political Makeovers 
Al-Akhbar News 29 May 2013 – That is why my first concern is Lebanon and cutting the country off from all ties to foreign projects. My motto is to look forward and forgive. (Photo: Archive – Al-Akhbar) That is why my first concern is Lebanon and cutting the country off from all…

The Limits of Hezbollah in Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 29 May 2013 – Lebanese Hezbollah supporters listen to the televised speech of the movement’s chief Hassan Nasrallah in Mashghara in the western Bekaa Valley on 25 May 2013 during a ceremony marking the 13th anniversary of Israel’s military withdrawal from Lebanon. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Zayyat) Lebanese Hezbollah supporters…

Lebanon: Berri’s Election Trap 
Al-Akhbar News 29 May 2013 – March 8 is in a strong electoral position in West Bekaa and Rashaya. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) March 8 is in a strong electoral position in West Bekaa and Rashaya. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) March 14 fell into the trap of Lebanese Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri. It believed that…

McCain seen with Lebanese pilgrims’ kidnappers during visit to Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 29 May 2013 – A handout picture released by the Syrian Emergency Task Force shows US Senator John McCain, center left, posing for a picture with Syrian rebel leader General Salim Idris, center right, and other members of the Syrian opposition in the Syrian border town of Bab al-Salam, near…

Jewish settlers attack, torch 20 Palestinian cars 
Al-Akhbar News 29 May 2013 – Palestinians villagers inspect a vehicle that was allegedly set ablaze by Israeli settlers in the West Bank village of Zbiedat near the city of Jericho on 29 May 2013 . (Photo: AFP – Abbas Moman) Suspected Jewish extremists carried out a string of attacks against about 20…

Syria: Border Clashes Pit FSA Against Kurds 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Politics 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…

Hezbollah fighters ‘invading’ Syria 
BBC 29 May 2013 – The military chief of the main umbrella group of Syrian rebels, the FSA, accuses Hezbollah fighters of “invading” Syria in a BBC interview.

Backlash over Saudi harassment tweet 
BBC 29 May 2013 – Saudis on social networks call for legal action against a cleric who urged his Twitter followers to sexually harass female cashiers.

Iran in ‘Latin America terror plot’ 
BBC 29 May 2013 – An Argentine prosecutor accuses Iran of trying to infiltrate countries in Latin America to sponsor and carry out “terrorist activities”.

Baghdad bomb attac
ks leave 25 dead 

BBC 29 May 2013 – At least 25 people are killed in a series of bomb blasts in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, as a recent upsurge in violence continues.


Israel’s tax policies suffocate Palestinian Jerusalem 
Jillian Kestler-D’Amours, Electronic Intifada 5/28/2013
      JERUSALEM (IPS) — Thick locks hug the front gates of shuttered shops, now covered in graffiti and dust from lack of use. Only a handful of customers pass along the dimly-lit road, sometimes stopping to check the ripeness of fruits and vegetables, or to order meat in near-empty butcher shops.
     “All the shops are closed. I’m the only one open. This used to be the best place,” said 64-year-old Mustafa Sunocret, selling vegetables out of a small storefront in the marketplace near his family’s home in the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.
     Amid the brightly-colored scarves, clothes and carpets, ceramic pottery and religious souvenirs filling the shops, Palestinian merchants are struggling to keep their businesses alive.
     Faced with worsening health problems, Sunocret said that he cannot work outside of the Old City, even as the cost of maintaining his shop, with high electricity, water and municipal tax bills to pay, weighs on him. “No other work”
     “I only have this shop,” he said. “There is no other work. I’m tired.”
     Abed Ajloni, the owner of an antiques shop in the Old City, owes the Jerusalem municipality 250,000 shekels ($68,300) in taxes. He said that almost every day, the city’s tax collectors come into the Old City, accompanied by Israeli police and soldiers, to pressure people there to pay.
     “It feels like they’re coming again to occupy the city, with the soldiers and police,” Ajloni, who has owned the same shop for 35 years, said. “But where can I go? What can I do? All my life I was in this place.” more.. e-mail

No More Tunnels Please: Gaza Held Hostage to Egypt’s Turmoil 
Ramzy Baroud, Palestine Chronicle 5/29/2013
      Air of uncertainty is engulfing most matters related to Egypt. Since the Egyptian revolt started over two years ago, the country remains hostage to a barefaced power struggle with many destructive implications that have polarized society in unprecedented ways, perhaps in all of Egypt’s modern history. And while in Egypt itself nothing is sacred and no one is safe from the massive campaigns of defamation, demonization and sheer lies that each political camp is launching against the other, Palestinians find themselves in a most precarious position.
     Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in particular, are heavily dependent on their Egyptian neighbors. Six years of an Israeli siege, originally imposed to punish Palestinians for electing Hamas in an election viewed widely as transparent and fair, has culminated into a drama with international dimensions. This drama of course involved the Palestinians, but also Israel’s traditional benefactors – lead, as always, by the United States – Arab countries, Iran, Turkey and more. Aside from the vicious nature of a siege imposed to punish a civilian population for making democratic choices, the siege has morphed to acquire multiple meanings. On one hand, it further cemented the division of Palestinian political elites, as the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) invested in ensuring the isolation of its Hamas political opponents. Notably, this took place after their brief but bloody encounters in Gaza in 2007. On the other hand, the siege positioned Hamas, whose survival was at stake, forcefully in a regional camp that involved Iran, Syria and the Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah.
     The last development in particular was exploited by Israel in every way possible and certainly without much context. It subsequently attacked Gaza at will, killing and wounding thousands in the course of few years, in the name of fighting Middle Eastern radicals hell-bent on erasing Israel off the map.
     Under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt served as a buffer zone for Israel and the US to isolate Hamas from the rest of the world. The Egyptian dictator also had his own reasons for isolating Gaza…. more.. e-mail

John Kerry’s Kodak moment at the Dead Sea 
Ami Kaufman, +972 Magazine 5/27/2013
     John Kerry: Hey, Abu! Abu! Over here! Come here a sec!
     Abu Mazen: What?
     Kerry: Come here a sec, we wanna take a pic.
     Abu Mazen: For what?
     Shimon Peres: Just do it.
     Kerry: Whaddya mean ‘for what’? Cuz we’re here! All three of us!
     Abu Mazen: So?
     Peres: Just do it.
     Kerry: Come on! Let’s do the three-way shake!
     Abu Mazen: But why? We haven’t agreed on anything. FIRST you do the agreement, THEN you do the shake thingy!
     Peres: Just do it.
     Kerry: Just come here already! There… good. Now give me your hand. And give Shimon your other hand. No wait. Give me your… No, Shimon, you… Ah, just… just put ‘em all together dammit.
     Abu Mazen: He should give me his hand!
     Peres: Here. Take it. OK? Better?
     Kerry: And smile…. more.. e-mail

Mubarak-era cruelty continues at Rafah crossing
Electronic Intifada: 29 May 2013 – Why is Egypt copying Israel’s policies by preventing young men from traveling?more

Thanking Bradley Manning
Palestine Chronicle: 29 May 2013 – By Kathy Kelly – Kabul A few evenings ago, as the sky began to darken here in Kabul, Afghanistan, a small group of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APVs), gathered for an informal presentation about WikiLeaks, its chief editor Julian Assange, and its most prominent contributor, Bradley Manning. Basir Bita, a regular visitor to the APV household, began the evening’s discussion noting that June 1st will mark the beginning of Bradley Manning’s fourth year in prison.  Two days later his trial will begin, a trial which could sadly result in his imprisonment for a life sentence. June 1st also begins an international week of support and solidarity, aimed at thanking Bradley Manning. #ThankManning! Basir believes that the vast majority of Afghans are among myriads world-wide who have Manning to thank for information they will need in struggles for freedom, security, and peace. He wishes that more people would find the courage…more

Open Letter from Alice Walker to Alicia Keys
Palestine Chronicle: 29 May 2013 – Dear Alicia Keys, I have learned today that you are due to perform in Israel very soon. We have never met, though I believe we are mutually respectful of each other’s path and work. It would grieve me to know you are putting yourself in danger (soul danger) by performing in an apartheid country that is being boycotted by many global conscious artists. You were not born when we, your elders who love you, boycotted institutions in the US South to end an American apartheid less lethal than Israel’s against the Palestinian people. Google Montgomery Bus Boycott, if you don’t know about this civil rights history already. We changed our country fundamentally, and the various boycotts of Israeli institutions and products will do the same there. It is our only nonviolent option and, as we learned from our own struggle in America, nonviolence is the only path to a peaceful…more

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