VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 30 May 2013: Israel To Build 1000 Units For Settlers In East Jerusalem

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International Middle East Media Center

29 Palestinians Kidnapped In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Thursday at dawn, May 30 2012, dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the As-Sa’diyya neighborhood, in the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem, and the nearby towns of Al-Ezariyya and Abu Dis, broke into and searched Palestinian homes, and kidnapped 29 residents, including children. …

Palestinian Shepherd Injured Near Hebron
IMEMC – Thursday May 30 2013, Palestinian medical sources have reported that a shepherd was attacked by a number of Israeli soldiers, near Yatta city, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. …

Israel To Build 1000 Units For Settlers In East Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israeli NGO, Terrestrial Jerusalem, has reported that Israel is planning to build more than 1000 units for Jewish settlers in occupied East Jerusalem. …

Israel Might Release Detainees Held Before Oslo Agreement
IMEMC – Israeli Channel 7 has reported that a leaked Israeli document revealed that Israeli Justice Minister, Tzipi Livni, is weighing the possibility of releasing Palestinian detainees who have been held by Israel since before the first Oslo Agreement was signed between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1993. …

Ma’an News

Israel to build 1,100 new settler homes in East Jerusalem
5/30/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel is preparing to build 1,100 new settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem as the United States strives to revive dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, an NGO said. Danny Seidemann, director of Jerusalem settlement watchdog Terrestrial Jerusalem, told AFP that contracts for 300 homes in the northeastern settlement of Ramot were signed and another 797 plots were to be offered for sale in the…. Related: Erekat: New settler homes ‘destroying’ Kerry’s efforts

Boy, 11, shot in face in al-Khader clashes
5/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot an 11-year-old boy in the face with a plastic-coated bullet on Thursday during clashes in al-Khader south of Bethlehem, locals said. Basel Issa was taken to Beit Jala Governmental Hospital for treatment. An Israeli military spokeswoman said around 30 Palestinians were throwing rocks at soldiers in al-Khader. Soldiers responded with riot dispersal means, she told Ma’….

Israeli police launch arrest raids across East Jerusalem
5/30/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police detained 29 Palestinians in raids across East Jerusalem early Thursday, local officials said. Israeli troops clashed with Palestinians in Abu Dis and Eizariya towns during arrest raids on the towns. Israeli forces fired tear gas, sound grenades and plastic-coated bullets at residents, Eizariya council spokesman Osama Jaber told Ma’an. Israeli forces detained 13 Palestinians in raids on….

Israeli army, navy damage farmland in Gaza Strip
5/30/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) –Israeli forces briefly entered the Gaza Strip overnight Wednesday, damaging land near the border, as Israel’s navy fired at the coast, setting fire to farm land. Five military bulldozers entered the southern Gaza Strip near al-Qarara village east of Khan Younis as army planes hovered above. The bulldozers dug up agricultural fields near the border, damaging the crops….

Israeli forces ‘assault teenage shepherd’ near Yatta
5/30/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday assaulted a teenage shepherd near Yatta in the southern West Bank, a local official said. Israeli soldiers assaulted 17-year-old Jafar al-Jabarin in al-Obeid, leaving him with bruises across his body, said Ratib al-Jbour, popular committee coordinator. An Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma’an she was not familiar with the incident. [END]

Settlers install mobile homes on private land near Bethlehem
5/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers have installed mobile homes near the illegal outpost known as Sde Boaz in the Ein al-Qassis fields of al-Khader south of Bethlehem, an activist said Thursday. Ahmad Salah, spokesperson of a local popular committee against settlements and the separation wall, told Ma’an that settlers brought the homes in response to a court decision to evacuate Sde Boaz….

5 Bedouins injured as Israeli police demolish houses in Negev
5/30/2013 – BEERSHEBA, Israel (Ma’an) – Five Palestinians sustained injuries Thursday in clashes with Israeli police officers in the Bedouin village of Beer al-Mashash in the Negev. A Ma’an reporter said the clashes erupted as Israeli forces demolished three houses in the village which is “unrecognized” by the Israeli authorities. The houses belong to the Abu Skeik family. As the owners tried to prevent…. Related: Israeli forces demolish Bedouin homes for 2nd time in fortnight

Man dies after setting self on fire in Rafah
5/30/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A Palestinian man burned to death Thursday afternoon after he set himself ablaze in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses said. A young man showered his body with a flammable liquid before he clicked a lighter and set fire to his clothes at the Moraj crossroads in northern Rafah, witnesses told Ma’an. A representative of the Hamas-run….

Medics: Tulkarem man found dead in well, 2 wounded
5/30/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — A man was found dead and two others wounded early Thursday morning in a water well in the northern West Bank, medics said. Civil defense crews found the three young men, who had been reported missing, at a well in Bala, east of Tulkarem. Faris Yousef Marei was pronounced dead at the scene by Red Crescent medics. Usayd Imad Abu Obeid….

Israeli forces shut down main road in Hebron area
5/30/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli forces shut down a main road connecting the southern West Bank villages of Idhna and Taffuh with Hebron on Thursday. The road, which was shut down with roadblocks and earth mounds, runs through thousands of acres of agricultural land. Several Bedouin families live in tents and mobile structures along the road. The closure of the route will deprive families of….

Analysis: Kerry’s financial solution in Palestine unlikely to work
5/30/2013 – By Daoud Kuttab – During the Israeli reoccupation of major Palestinian cities in 2002, the Israeli army took over the building that was housing Al Quds University’s Educational Television station, of which I was the director at the time. After 19 days, Israeli soldiers withdrew from Ramallah, leaving behind destroyed equipment. Some of the equipment destroyed had been donated by the US government. A….

Israel’s Lieberman takes stand in graft trial
5/30/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday said he had done nothing wrong as he took the stand for the first time during his trial on charges of fraud and breach of trust, public radio said. Lieberman is suspected of trying to secure an ambassadorial posting for Israeli diplomat Zeev Ben Aryeh who provided him with confidential information about a police investigation….

Analysis: Abbas, Fatah reluctant to name Fayyad successor
5/30/2013 – By Nasser Laham – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian political echelon in Ramallah is still trying to predict who is more likely to head the next government as resigned prime minister Salam Fayyad insists on leaving his office in early June. Fayyad has served as caretaker premier for five weeks after submitting his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas. Surprisingly, Abbas’ Fatah, whose officials strongly….

2 Palestinians shot, injured in Jerusalem clan brawl
5/30/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Two Palestinian men from East Jerusalem were shot and injured during a clan brawl in the city, an Israeli police spokeswoman said. Luba al-Samri said the brawl started between shop owners on Sultan Suleiman Street before members of extended families crowded the area and joined the fight. While family members on both sides pelted stones at each other, some of those….

Young man found hanged near Jerusalem
5/30/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Locals in the central West Bank town of Biddu southwest of Jerusalem on Thursday found the body of a young man hanged in a hilly area in the town’s outskirts. The body was taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Police and the district attorney’s office started to probe the case seeking to reveal whether the man….

US demands Hezbollah withdrawal from Syria
5/30/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) –The US has demanded the immediate withdrawal of Hezbollah from Syria, as the Lebanese fighters spearheaded an assault that cut off Syrian rebel fighters in the key central town of Qusayr. Russia warned that a European Union decision to lift its arms embargo on the rebels fighting to oust its ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, harmed the international efforts to end the conflict…. Related: Gulf states ‘may place Hezbollah on terror list’

Gulf states ‘may place Hezbollah on terror list’
5/30/2013 – KUWAIT CITY (AFP) — Gulf Arab states will consider placing Lebanon’s Shiite party Hezbollah, which is openly involved in the Syrian conflict, on its terror list, Al-Rai daily quoted highly placed diplomats on Thursday as saying. Bahrain will ask foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council to discuss “placing Hezbollah on the terror list” at a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Sunday…. Related: US demands Hezbollah withdrawal from Syria

Gaza man dies in fall on son’s wedding day
5/30/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An elderly man died on Thursday in a fall from the second floor of his home in Gaza City’s Shati refugee camp. Khalil Abu Meza, in his 60s, died immediately from the fall, a Ma’an reporter said. He was deaf, mute and partially blind. Relatives told Ma’an his son was due to get married on Thursday. [END]

Jenin teen killed in road accident
5/30/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A 14-year-old boy was run over and killed near Jenin on Thursday, police said. Ahmad Abed al-Wahab Abu Teineh was hit by a taxi on Haifa-Jenin road at the entrance to al-Siliyeh town, police said in a statement. Police arrested the taxi driver and have opened an investigation. [END]

Assad implies Russia has delivered missiles to Syria
5/30/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Russia has delivered to Syria promised air defense missiles, President Bashar Assad implied in an interview to be aired Thursday, in a move that could complicate any foreign intervention in his war-torn country. Moscow, the Assad regime’s most powerful ally, announced this week it intends to honor its contract to supply Syria with the S-300 missiles, prompting fears of the….


Palestine News Network

Captain of Chilean Soccer Team “C.D. Palestino” Visits Aida Refugee Camp
Palestine News Network

Israel Criticizes Erekat’s Statements, Says Palestinians Run Away from Negotiations
Palestine News Network

Israeli Court Postpones the Trial of Two Female Prisoners
Palestine News Network

FIFA to Help Solve Palestinian Sports Dispute with Israel
Palestine News Network

Walker to Alicia Keys: ‘Save Your Soul: Boycott Israel’
Palestine News Network

Israel to Build 1000 New Settlement Units in East Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

My Family Died for Nothing
Palestine News Network

Israel Continues Construction in an illegal Settlement despite Decision of Evacuation
Palestine News Network

IOF Forces Storm Two Villages, Arrest Several Palestinians
Palestine News Network

PNN Monitors Israeli Excavations for Antiquities in the Village of Walaja
Palestine News Network

EU and PA Policy Dialogue Continues: Two Sub-Committees Meet in Ramallah
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Receives High Profile Swiss Delegation
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

The fourth sentence of its kind in the Gaza Strip during 2013: permanent military court in Gaza issues new death sentenc…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (23 – 29 May 2013)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Arson attack on Asira village by illegal settlement of Yitzhar
5/30/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 30th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Asira, Occupied Palestine – At 1. 30pm today, 30th May, thirty settlers from the illegal settlement of Yitzhar trespassed on to land above the village of Asira, lighting fires and throwing rocks at around seventy villagers who came to extinguish the flames and defend their village. Israeli military and Border Police cooperated with the settlers whilst standing in….

Villages of Hares and Kifl Hares resist insult and injury from the ‘Ariel Finger’
5/30/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 30th May 2013, International Women’s Peace Service, Hares & Kifl Hares, Salfit, Occupied Palestine – Thursday, 30th May 2013, roads to the villages of Hares and Kifl Hares (Salfit District) were blocked for three hours by the Israeli military. Za’tara checkpoint was closed in both directions from Ramallah and Nablus; there were also numerous flying checkpoints on the road to Salfit. At….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: Regional Analysis for Syria, May 2013
Relief Web 30 May 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey Overview This Regional Analysis of the Syria Conflict (RAS) is an update of the April RAS. The RAS seeks to bring together information from…

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestinians from East Jerusalem seek safety in Israeli citizenship
Relief Web 30 May 2013 – Source: IRIN Country: occupied Palestinian territory JERUSALEM, 30 May 2013 (IRIN) – Braving social stigma, many Palestinians in East Jerusalem have in recent years applied for Israeli citizenship to escape insecurity and the endangered status of their residency under Israeli…

occupied Palestinian territory: Al Jabal: a study on the transfer of Bedouin Palestine refugees
Relief Web 30 May 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory Unprecedented study of Bedouin communities relocated by Israel in 1997 says their situation is unsustainable 28 May 2013 Jerusalem The first study of…

Syrian Arab Republic: UNRWA condemns attack on Sbeineh Palestine refugee camp in Syria
Relief Web 30 May 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has learned of a large explosion in Sbeineh Camp,…

Lebanon: UNRWA schools in Lebanon help Palestine refugee children displaced from Syria regain a sense of normalcy
Relief Web 30 May 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 30 May 2013 Lebanon?? Maya Mousa, a 13-year old girl is one of the thousands of Palestine refugee children…

The National

‘Carry Dubai with you wherever you go’, Emaar chairman tells graduates
The National 30 May 2013 – Emaar chairman, Mohammed bin Ali Alabbar, told graduating students of the Dubai International Academy not to forget the lessons of cultural tolerance they had learned in Dubai.

Friday sermon: Message of Prophet’s ascension
The National 30 May 2013 – The miracle of Israa and Miraj proved Prophet Mohammed’s high status to Allah, this week’s sermon tells worshippers.

UAE’s Indian students set their sights high in adapting to new systems
The National 30 May 2013 – Results for the Central Board of Secondary Education exams have been released and many UAE students were upbeat.

Assad boasts of Russian missiles
The National 30 May 2013 – The Syrian president, Bashar Al Assad, claims his regime has received a shipment of advanced air-defence equipment from Russia, raising the stakes for any possible western intervention in the country. Bradley Hope reports 

Syrian National Coalition says no peace talks until Hizbollah and Iran withdraw
The National 30 May 2013 – SNC says it will not consider taking part in Geneva 2 unless Hizbollah fighters and Iranian military personnel, fighting on behalf of Bashar Al Assad’s regime, are pulled out of the battle for Qusayr and other parts of the country. Phil Sands reports 

Dubai’s Extreme Car Park gets fast and furious
The National 30 May 2013 – The stunt coordinator of Fast and Furious 6 is in Dubai for the Extreme Car Park drift demo and stunt scenes.

UAE investors of carbon credits struggle to find buyers
The National 30 May 2013 – Advanced Global Trading (AGT) claims it can resell carbon credits at more than three times the average market price but investors say they’ve been waiting for months to no avail.

Sharjah seeks closer ties with international publishers
The National 30 May 2013 – Representatives from the Sharjah International Book Fair attend the three-day BookExpo America.

Ha’aretz

Netanyahu calls in the army to bust strike by Foreign Ministry officials
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2013

Israel’s Religious Services Ministry to allow non-Orthodox, state-funded community rabbis
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2013

Nigeria nabs Hezbollah cell plotting attacks on Israeli, Western targets
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2013

Palestinian medical school grads protest exclusion from Israeli hospitals
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2013

Israel holding more than 100 prisoners, including minors, in isolation under harsh conditions
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2013

Israelis getting a lesson in manners on the Jerusalem Light Rail
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2013

Superland amusement park to reconsider Arab-Jewish segregation policy
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2013

Israeli officials: Palestinian leaders inventing excuses to avoid resuming peace talks
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2013

Israel finds secret to water conservation: Drought tax
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2013

Syria has already received S-300 missile shipment from Russia, Assad says
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2013

IDF to release Israeli conscientious objector Natan Blanc
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2013

Israeli army mulls: In high-tech age, who is a combat soldier?
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Israel’s police chief apologizes to Bedouin elders for mishandling of children’s murder case
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Family of Bedouin killed during arrest still awaits justice, five years later
Ha’aretz – 29 May 2013

Jerusalem Post

Suspect arrested in brutal murder of Beersheba woman
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Suspect tells police that he had slit 74-year-old victim’s throat after she threatened to call his wife and tell her that he tried to rape her. 

Beersheba bank victim claims he was shot by police
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Omar Walid, who was seriously wounded during branch shooting, regained consciousness on Thursday. 

Analysis: Air strikes against the S-300? Not so fast
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – It’s unclear what, if anything has arrived in Syria from Russia. 

Israel to fund non-Orthodox rabbis in reform victory
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – In response to High Court Petition, ministry announces it will financially support communal rabbis regardless of denomination. 

Better Place liquidators to fire over half of workers
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Electric-car manufacturer to let go two-thirds of employees; of the company’s 900 customers in Israel, 200 were company employees. 

Realistic operational optimism: I have not been reborn yet
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – “[My] resolution for the time when I am finally reborn is: I will not live with a ‘sand clock’ telling me what I can and cannot do.” 

Israeli scientists match Cairo Genizah fragments
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Israeli researcher slams Oxford for not granting access to its folio collection. 

Crew Resource Management
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Mankind has made remarkable achievements: We build and operate marvelous machines and organizations: But we also have the unbelievable capacity to screw up, big time. 

Assad: Arab world prepared to join fight against Israel
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Syrian President says Russia remains committed to military deals. 

Peres, Abbas, and Kerry: Fantasies and realities
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Candidly Speaking: We must continue awaiting the era when new Palestinian leaders will emerge, willing to respect our security concerns. 

The return of unilateralism?
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Netanyahu should make it clear that Israel is not headed toward another imprudent ‘disengagement’ from the territories. 

US to relax Iran sanctions on communication devices
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Move allows Iranians access to technology, freedom of expression. 

Savir’s Corner: An Israeli in Paris and Rome
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – We can learn from the Romans and the Parisians, who have been warriors and have learned to celebrate life and the future. 

Parshat Shelach: We are not grasshoppers!
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – When facing hardships: One approach is to act as small, weak grasshoppers, the other is to rise above fears and reach goals. 

IDF soldiers arrested for bomb-making operation
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Police say two soldiers ran operation out of Sderot apartment, supplied explosives to organized crime figures in South. 

How Russia undercuts itself with the S-300
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Supply of the S-300 by Moscow will create an air defense umbrella over Syria allowing Damascus to carry out weapons transfers to Hezbollah. 

Nigeria foils latest Hezbollah plot to attack Israelis
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Authorities nab 3 Lebanese men with weapons cache; official says arms intended to target Israeli, Western interests in Nigeria. 

FIFA to help end Israeli-Palestinian sport dispute
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – President of soccer governing body seeks to ease tensions by tending to policies that severely restrict sport in the territories. 

MKs react to Superland’s discrimination policy
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – After Jaffa teacher claims amusement park refused his students tickets, Livni calls on A-G to investigate, Yaalon voices shock. 

HRW: Egyptian law cans notion of free civil society
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Law drafted by President Morsi for regulating NGOs dashes hopes for free society after 2011 uprising, Human Rights Watch says. 

Dreyfus letter fetches $500,000 at Paris auction
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Letter handwritten by French Jewish soldier wrongly convicted of treason in 1894, sold at auction for nearly half a million dollars. 

Greek minister slams settlements in Abbas meeting
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Peres, Abbas meet separately with Dimitris Avramopoulos; while Peres focuses on economy, Abbas looks towards peace talks. 

Hidden Polish Jew celebrates bar mitzva at Kotel
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Thirteen years after discovering Jewish roots, 64-year-old Mariusz Robert Aoflko of Poland celebrates bar mitzva in J’lem. 

Meretz calls emergency housing conference
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Amid reports Lapid plans to revoke Public Housing Law, MK Gilon says he has “opened war” against weakest people in society. 

Analysis: Israel could hit S-300 missiles in Syria
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Israel could risk alienating Russia with strike on any future deployment of anti-aircraft systems in Syria. 

Israel speaks with Russia amid reports of S-300
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Steinitz meets Russian Ambassador to Israel, raises issue of S-300 missiles reportedly delivered from Moscow. 

Russian, US, UN sets date for Syria peace talks
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Three-way meeting in Geneva to prepare for int’l conference, but opposition threatens boycott unless settlement forces Assad out. 

Danino apologizes to Beduins for police failure
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Police chief apologizes for failure to respond to complaint that may have helped prevent murder of two Beduin girls in Al-Furra. 

The Weekly Schmooze: Mara Wilson stays sane
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Jewish culture news worldwide: Tea-time with Hitler; Jewish teen takes supermodel to prom; Lil Dicky raps about being white and Jewish. 

Source: IDF studying Syria’s combat, deployments
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Colonel Haimovich says Israel ready to fend off attack from Syria, says Israel tracks every heavy missile fired in Syrian war. 

The Guardian

Syria: Assad says government is to receive missiles from Russia
The Guardian 30 May 2013 – President’s claim raises tensions after indication by senior Israeli figures that delivery may prompt pre-emptive attack Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, has said Russia will deliver anti-aircraft missiles to Syria – a claim likely to dramatically increase…

Syria: first shipment of Russian S-300 missiles has arrived, says Assad – live updates
The Guardian 30 May 2013 – • President says anti-aircraft weapons are in Syria • Twelve killed so far today; 161 yesterday – activists • Prospects for Geneva peace talks hit new roadblocks • Britain writes to UN with new chemical weapons claims •…

Israeli conscientious objector finally wins exemption from military service
The Guardian 30 May 2013 – Natan Blanc, 20, declared unfit for duty after being jailed 10 times for refusing to enlist soon after eight-day war in Gaza A young conscientious objector who has been jailed by Israel for a record 10…

Bashar al-Assad says Russian S-300 missiles have arrived in Syria
The Guardian 30 May 2013 – Delivery of long-range weapons – believed to be retaliation for EU decision to lift arms embargo – has begun, claims president The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has said Russian anti-aircraft missiles have arrived in Syria, Lebanese…

Uruknet

Israeli forces demolish Jerusalem building, displace thirteen
Uruknet

Collective punishment of Kufr Qaddum by the Israeli military for political activity
Uruknet

Please Support the International Day of Action for Bradley Manning on Saturday June 1, 2013
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Settlers uproot olive trees near Nablus
Uruknet

Military Resistance 11E18 : Difference
Uruknet

Syria News – May 28, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet

Peace Process Pretense
Uruknet

Israel to seize land to build road for colonists
Uruknet

Scahill: Dirty Wars Institutionalized Despite Obama Promises
Uruknet

Shackling the Scholar: Israel’s administrative detention of Palestinian students
Uruknet

Daily Star

Bahrain explosion injures 7 policemen
Daily Star 30 May 2013 Bahraini police said they arrested three suspects Thursday over a bombing the previous night that wounded seven policemen and that was described as a “terrorist” attack in the violence-wracked Gulf kingdom.

Israel to build 300 units in Jewish settlement
Daily Star 30 May 2013 Israel’s Housing Ministry said Thursday it has given the final go-ahead for the construction of 300 new homes in a Jewish settlement in east Jerusalem, complicating the mission of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to…

Iraq attacks push May death toll past 600
Daily Star 30 May 2013 Attacks in Iraq, the deadliest of which struck Baghdad, killed 32 people on Thursday, pushing the death toll for this month above 600 and sparking fears of all-out sectarian conflict.

Tunisia mulls further charges for Femen activist
Daily Star 30 May 2013 Prosecutors on Thursday considered bringing more charges against a Tunisian member of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen, as hundreds of protesters shouted slogans against her outside her trial in the religious center of Kairouan.

Threatening letter sent to Obama: U.S. Secret Service
Daily Star 30 May 2013 Authorities intercepted a threatening letter addressed to U.S. President Barack Obama that was similar to ones sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Secret Service said on Thursday.

Nigeria arrests Lebanese suspected of Hezbollah ties
Daily Star 30 May 2013 Nigerian authorities said they had arrested three Lebanese in northern Nigeria on suspicion of being members of Hezbollah and that a raid on one of their residences had revealed a stash of weapons.

YNet News

IDF doctor suspected of raping soldier, sexually harassing 5
YNet News, 30 May 2013 – ….

Russian, US and UN officials to meet on Syria on June 5
YNet News, 30 May 2013 – ….

US: Iran support for global terror surged in 2012
YNet News, 30 May 2013 – ….

10-year-old boy killed in road accident
YNet News, 30 May 2013 – ….

Boston bombing suspect is walking, mother says
YNet News, 30 May 2013 – ….

Fundamentalists, not terrorists
YNet News, 30 May 2013 – Op-ed: Most ‘price tag’ activists, Jewish racists should be defined as nationalistically-motivated criminals ….

Servant of two masters
YNet News, 30 May 2013 – Op-ed: Arab journalist says Syrian war shows conflict with Israel was never a top priority for Hezbollah ….

Palestine Information Center

Palestinian BDS slams Deadlock Breaking Initiative
PIC – A Palestinian public committee denounced “Deadlock Breaking Initiative” initiated by Israeli and Palestinian businessmen to put end to political conflict that impacted their investment..

Bardawil: Kerry leads political process aimed at liquidating Palestinian cause
PIC – Dr. Salah Bardawil warned that American efforts led by John Kerry; is part of an integrated policy that exploits the changing conditions of the region to fully liquidate the Palestinian cause.

IOF raids east of Gaza and opens heavy fire at farmers
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday morning raided southeast of Gaza City amid heavy gunfire.

Calls for addressing normalization schemes in WB
PIC – In light of the human rights calls to boycott and isolate the Israeli entity, Palestinian and Israeli businessmen have launched “Deadlock Breaking Initiative”..

Abdullah Barghouthi leads the Jordanian prisoners’ strike
PIC – The solidarity events in support of the Jordanian hunger strikers topped by Abduallah Barghouthi, sentenced to 67 life terms and 5200 years, have not lived up to the prisoners’ suffering.

IOF launches an arrest campaign in Jerusalem
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have launched on Wednesday night till dawn an arrest campaign in Jerusalem. 

Independent figures reject plans for economic peace with Israel
PIC – Independent Palestinian figures confirmed their strong rejection of plans for “economic peace” with the Israeli occupation.

Abu Zuhri: Hamas does not accept PNC elections formula
PIC – Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri, said that the Palestinian Executive Committee is not permitted to draft the PLO election law, according to the reconciliation agreement.

WAFA

EUPOL COPPS: High Level Palestinian Delegation Concludes Visit to Germany
WAFA – 30 May 2013

Abbas Receives Greek Foreign Minister in Ramallah
WAFA – 30 May 2013

World Bank Transfers $31.6M in Budget Support to Palestinian Authority
WAFA – 30 May 2013

Israeli Forces Shoot Child in Face during clashes near Bethlehem
WAFA – 30 May 2013

Israeli Forces Severely Beat up Teenager near Hebron
WAFA – 30 May 2013

EU Holds Neighborhood Policy Dialogue with PA
WAFA – 30 May 2013

Erekat: Tenders for 1000 Units in Settlements a Blow to Peace Efforts
WAFA – 30 May 2013

Israeli Police Arrest 24 Palestinians in Jerusalem
WAFA – 30 May 2013

Israeli Navy Fires Missiles at Land Northwest of Gaza
WAFA – 30 May 2013

Weather Forecast: Hot, Dry and Dusty Weather through Sunday
WAFA – 30 May 2013

Misc

IHT Special: In Dubai, Cost and Waits for School Pose Hurdles
New York Times 30 May 2013 – Amid growing demand, parents move to reserve slots years in advance and to pay primary school fees that sometimes rival American college tuition. 

Assad Says Syria Has Received Advanced Missiles From Russia
New York Times 30 May 2013 – President Bashar al-Assad of Syria spoke confidently in an interview with Hezbollah television as his opposition appeared to be fracturing further. 

At War Blog: Globalization Creates a New Worry: Enemy Convergence
New York Times 30 May 2013 – Adm. James G. Stavridis, who stepped down this month as NATO’s supreme commander, is concerned about previously unrelated adversaries, who not only might combine in operations, but also share resources, know-how, weapons and technology and personnel. 

Israeli Plan to Conscript Ultra-Orthodox Advances
New York Times 30 May 2013 – A government panel approved a plan to phase out exemptions from military service for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, a big step toward regulating a controversial issue. 

Chances of U.N. Peace Talks on Syria Appear Dim as Both Sides Dig In
New York Times 29 May 2013 – As Syria’s foreign minister said President Bashar al-Assad would remain in office until elections next year and might even seek another term, the main opposition coalition said Mr. Assad must “step down.” 

Gasoline price to rise 3.58% Saturday night 
Globes Energy & Water – The price of self-service 95 octane gasoline will rise to NIS 7.52 per liter.

ECB chief Draghi to attend Fischer farewell
Globes Main News – Also among the guests will be Larry Summers, Bank of Ireland Governor Patrick Honohan, Bank of Chile Governor Rodrigo Vergara, and former Bank of Israel governor Jacob Frankel.

Better Place to close battery stations
Globes Main News – The liquidator told the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee battery exchange stations and recharging points will stop operating on June 13.

Gov’t nets NIS 1.9b on Iscar sale to Buffett
Globes Main News – The Wertheimer family sold its remaining 20% stake in Iscar for $2.05 billion.

Thu: Tel Aviv 25 Index up 2.1% in May
Globes Main News – EZchip and Mellanox recorded the biggest gains on the Tel Aviv 25 Index, and Partner the biggest loss.

Nir Gilad: Risk-takers must be optimistic
Globes Main News – Unfazed by the failure of Better Place, Israel Corp’s CEO tells “Globes” that the board is satisfied with his performance.

VAT hike to generate NIS 4.6b annually 
Globes Macro Economics – Despite an explicit promise not to raise taxes, this is the second tax hike within a year by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following the tax hikes of September 2012.

Israel 19th in IMD World Competitiveness Rankings 
Globes Macro Economics – Israel is one of the countries with the best improvement in competitiveness since IMD unified its developed and emerging markets indices in 1997.

Unemployment jumps to 6.9% 
Globes Macro Economics – The unemployment rate jumped to 6.9% of the civilian workforce in April 2013 from 6.6% in March.

Israel Threatens Attack If Russia Ships S-300 Missiles to Syria
Tikun Olam – Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile battery The war of words between Israel and Russia about the latter’s advanced weapons systems bound for Syria just got hotter after Israel’s defense minister, Bogie Yaalon, threatened his country would attack the new S-300 advanced missile batteries Syria has ordered from…

Fundraiser in NYC for ‘Palestinian House of Friendship’ to support creative approaches to non-violent resistance
Mondoweiss – I traveled to Palestine last October with a group tour arranged by the Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies, a Palestinian tour agency. We visited the town of Aseira to meet the people there and to take part in an olive harvest. While there our group…

In confab over ‘Jewish democracy,’ Goldberg says the U.S. has plenty of ‘schmucks’ and ‘fascists’ too
Mondoweiss – “Will Israel survive as a Jewish democracy?” That was the central question posed at an event at the historic synagogue at 6th and I in Washington D.C. Tuesday night. CNN’s Jake Tapper moderated the discussion that featured Atlantic heavyweight Jeffrey Goldberg — whom Tapper said the…

At pricey Chicago fundraiser, Obama calls three leaders of J Street his ‘cabal’
Mondoweiss – One of the curiosities of the conversation about the Israel lobby in the U.S. is that people sometimes use the word “cabal” when they’re talking about it, even though it has a negative connotation in the annals of anti-Semitism. Mostly I’ve heard it in connection with…

Jim Crow amusement park in Israel features days for only Jewish students, days for only Palestinians
Mondoweiss – More from the charm offensive called the only democracy in the Middle East. Superland is an amusement park in a city south of Tel Aviv. This story, first published in Hebrew , is translated here by Ronnie Barkan. (Haaretz also has it .): Superland management did not allow…

Sheldon Adelson’s trash talk of Palestinians (was parroted by Romney last year)
Mondoweiss – People are talking about Jodi Rudoren’s report on a lunch with Sheldon Adelson at the Jerusalem convention center where he was honored and then went on a rant against Palestinians as murderous. See below that Adelson’s former water-carrier, Mitt Romney, echoed these ideas during the presidential…

No TIAA-CREF Vote Needed on Push To Boycott Israel Occupation 
The Foward Breaking News 30 May 2013 – The College Retirement Equities Fund can ignore a controversial customer proposal calling for it to end investments in companies that support “Israel’s occupation,” the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has ruled. Click here for the rest of the article…

Shimon Peres Feted in Belarus Hometown 
The Foward Breaking News 30 May 2013 – The Belarus hometown of Shimon Peres marked the Israeli president’s upcoming 90th birthday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Alice Walker Asks Alicia Keys To Scrap Israel Show and Join Cultural Boycott 
The Foward Breaking News 30 May 2013 – Novelist Alice Walker, who is slated to speak at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y, called on singer Alicia Keys to boycott Israel and cancel a scheduled concert there. Click here for the rest of the article…

Amusement Park Apartheid Furor Grows in Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 30 May 2013 – Fury over perceived racism in Israel erupted over a popular amusement park’s policy of hosting segregated outings for Jewish and Arab schools. Click here for the rest of the article…

Swaziland: Govt Trades With Iran Dictators 
allAfrica.com 30 May 2013 – [Swazi Media]Swaziland is eager to expand its ties with Iran, the Iranian news agency FNA reported this week.

Egypt: ElBaradei Warns Against Repercussions of Sinai, Ethiopia Crises 
allAfrica.com 30 May 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]Leading member of the National Salvation Front Mohamed ElBaradei warned against the repercussions of the Sinai and Ethiopia crises on Wednesday.

Tunisia: Marzouki Debates in Ankara Means to Repatriate Youths Fighting in Syria 
allAfrica.com 30 May 2013 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Ankara -“Tunisia is working in coordination with Turkey to repatriate its youth recruited to fight in Syria”, said on Tuesday in Ankara Hédi Ben Abbès, adviser to the president in charge of diplomatic affairs.

Assad warns Israel against strikes 
BBC 30 May 2013 – Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad warns Israel it will respond in kind to any future air strikes and hints at an offensive in the Golan Heights.

US lifts Iran ‘iPhone’ sanctions 
BBC 30 May 2013 – The US eases restrictions on the sale of mobile phones and other communications devices and software – including popular Apple products – to Iranians.

Hezbollah armoury ‘found in Nigeria’ 
BBC 30 May 2013 – An armoury belonging to the Lebanese group Hezbollah has been discovered in northern Nigeria, the West African nation’s army and spy agency say.

Take Action! Send Alicia Keys Your BDS Photos! 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 30 May 2013 – Alicia Keys is set to perform in Tel Aviv on July 4 as part of her Set the World on Fire tour. Both Alice Walker and Roger Waters have written her open letters ( here and here ) urging her to heed the Palestinian BDS call and cancel…

Tripoli: An Anxious End to the School Year 
Al-Akhbar News 30 May 2013 – Students in Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen were supposed to return to school the day before yesterday, but renewed clashes prompted an absence rate of 90 percent. (Photo: Adel Karoum) Students in Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen were supposed to return to school the day before…

Saudi Arabia bans “V for Vendetta” masks 
Al-Akhbar News 30 May 2013 – Lebanese protesters wearing Anonymous masks and Keffiyeh head scarves rally to mark International Labor day in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon on 1 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Zayyat) Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Interior has called for the confiscation and destruction of all Guy…

Car bombs kill 30 in Iraq 
Al-Akhbar News 30 May 2013 – An Iraqi policeman inspects a damaged vehicle on the scene of a car bomb attack in the commercial area of Karradah in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on 30 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahman al-Rubaye) Updated at 7:00pm: A series of bombs in Iraq, including one…

Lebanon: Social Security Workers Stripped of Social Security 
Al-Akhbar News 30 May 2013 – They want their employment to be made permanent in order to secure the sustainability of their jobs and to become part of the personnel system. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) They want their employment to be made permanent in order to secure the sustainability of their jobs and…

Lebanon: Drug Ring Exposes Corruption of Justice System 
Al-Akhbar News 30 May 2013 – Interrogations of the two young men exposed a large ring of approximately 25 university students who were implicated in distributing and consuming marijuana, cocaine, and MDMA. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Interrogations of the two young men exposed a large ring of approximately 25 university students who were…

Explosion in Bahrain injures seven policemen 
Al-Akhbar News 30 May 2013 – Bahraini riot policemen stand guard during clashes following an anti-regime protest in the village of Abu Saiba, west of Manama, on 17 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed al-Shaikh) A homemade bomb has exploded in a village outside the Bahraini capital, wounding seven policemen on patrol,…

The Limits of Hezbollah in Syria 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Politics 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…

Assad warns Israel against strikes 
BBC 30 May 2013 – Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad warns Israel it will respond in kind to any future air strikes and hints at an offensive in the Golan Heights.

Iraq violence ‘ready to explode’ 
BBC 30 May 2013 – The UN’s envoy to Iraq warns that “systemic violence is ready to explode at any moment”, as a wave of attacks across the country kills at least 24 people.

US lifts Iran ‘iPhone’ sanctions 
BBC 30 May 2013 – The US eases restrictions on the sale of mobile phones and other communications devices and software – including popular Apple products – to Iranians.

Police wounded in Bahrain explosion 
BBC 30 May 2013 – Seven police officers were injured when a homemade device exploded in a town near the capital Manama, Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior says.

Hezbollah armoury ‘found in Nigeria’ 
BBC 30 May 2013 – An armoury belonging to the Lebanese group Hezbollah has been discovered in northern Nigeria, the West African nation’s army and spy agency say.

Articles


Blaming both sides reinforces the occupation 
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 5/30/2013
      Western liberals know Netanyahu is the problem and Abbas isn’t, but their unwillingness to say so ends up achieving the opposite of their goal. 
     There it was again, this time at the end of today’s (Thursday’s) New York Times editorial on Kerry’s “shuttle diplomacy.” After making it clear for the nth time that the occupation is wrong, that settlements are wrong and that Netanyahu clearly intends to keep them going, it was time for the NYT to weasel out.
     “Along with Mr. Netanyahu, the biggest drag on serious progress seems to be the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, who has shown no sign of dropping his demand that Israel halt settlements before negotiations resume.
     “Mr. Abbas squandered a chance at a peace deal in 2008. It would be foolish to do so again.”
     Ohhh, isn’t that nice? They’re both at fault.
     How many times have I read this in one form or another from liberal columnists like Thomas Friedman, former peace processors like Martin Indyk, but above all, of course, from every single major politician and diplomat in the Western world (except those in the Republican Party).
     Both sides have to compromise, they say, both sides have to make brave decisions. (My favorite part is when they say “brave.”)
     I would like to ask these people a question, starting with Kerry: Since it is impossible for Israel and the Palestinians to each be exactly 50 percent to blame for the status quo, which side would you say is more to blame, even if just a little bit more, than the other? more.. e-mail

Open letter from Alice Walker to Alicia Keys 
Alice Walker, US Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of, Israeli Occupation Archive 5/30/2013
      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 future.
     If you go to my website and blog alicewalkersgarden.com you can quickly find many articles I have written over the years that explain why a cultural boycott of Israel and Israeli institutions (not individuals) is the only option left to artists who cannot bear the unconscionable harm Israel inflicts every day on the people of Palestine, whose major “crime” is that they exist in their own land, land that Israel wants to control as its own. Under a campaign named ‘Brand Israel’, Israeli officials have stated specifically their intent to downplay the Palestinian conflict by using culture and arts to showcase Israel as a modern, welcoming place.
     This is actually a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about something sorrowful, and amazing: that our government (Obama in particular) supports a system that is cruel, unjust, and unbelievably evil. You can spend months, and years, as I have, pondering this situation…. — See also: Source: USACBI more.. e-mail

Sailing on a wave of racism: A nautical tale 
Yuval Ben-ami, +972 Magazine 5/29/2013
      When a pleasant tour of the Sea of Galilee turns into a display of potentially deadly racism, life becomes even more complicated for an Israeli representative.
     It was a gorgeous day to be on the water, and the water itself was gorgeous. The Sea of Galilee, stroked by springtime winds, overlooked by mountains with names as beautiful as the slopes themselves: Arbel, Golan, Jabel Ash-Sheikh, Mt. Canaan.
     Our group was made up mostly of American tourists. There were two Israelis, myself being one, and one Palestinian. This tour of the Holy Land is given by Mejdi, which offers dual narrative tours of the entire country. I accompany the group in the role of the Israeli, which means I must let go of much of my critical bias and reflect diverse viewpoints, including that of both the Israeli mainstream and of the Right. It’s an acquired skill, but it’s doable (especially in this kind weat
her), in a landscape I identify with peaceful kibbutzim and delicate Hebrew poetry. With so many things that are beautiful about the Israeli identity.

     So we stepped off the dock of Kibbutz Ginosar and on board the King David, a boat that carries tourists and pilgrims on pleasure trips over the fabled Sea of Galilee. We have had a fine morning, wandering through the ancient remains at Tel-Dan and Banias, exploring Capernaum and enjoying St. Peter’s fish at a waterfront restaurant. We spoke of Syria and Lebanon, of the wars of recent decades, of the bomb shelters in Qiryat Shmona, of Tel-Chai and the tale of early Zionism in the region. Now was time to catch the breeze and enjoy a place of great beauty and spirit.
     The wind’s caress turned rougher. The lake was choppier than I have ever seen it. The King David, designed to resemble the boats of first century fishermen, was big and steady, but other vessels suffered. Soon we saw two heads bobbing over the water, about half a cable to starboard. Closer to us, the lake’s ripples cradled a vacant jet ski. Clearly the two, who appeared to be wearing life vests, fell off their jet ski, were swept away, and needed our help, but we didn’t halt. Not at first. more.. e-mail

Kerry’s financial solution in Palestine unlikely to work 
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 5/30/2013
      During the Israeli reoccupation of major Palestinian cities in 2002, the Israeli army took over the building that was housing Al Quds University’s Educational Television station, of which I was the director at the time.
     After 19 days, Israeli soldiers withdrew from Ramallah, leaving behind destroyed equipment. Some of the equipment destroyed had been donated by the US government.
     A similar problem occurred in 2011 when Israeli special troops raided Wattan TV and Al Quds Educational TV, confiscating the transmitters and destroying computers and other equipment, again some of which had been purchased with a grant from the “American people.”
     In both cases, when US officials in Jerusalem and Washington were informed of the destruction of the equipment, they chose to quietly purchase replacement equipment rather than chastise Israel for its unprovoked act of destruction. No statement was made and there was no public attempt to hold Israeli accountable.
     I recall these rather minor cases this week because of the initiative by US Secretary of State John Kerry’s plan to invest about $4 billion in the Palestinian economy.
     To be fair, Kerry said that this would not be a US-only investment but that other major world powers would chip in to cover this fund. The US secretary of state also stated that this economic investment will not replace the political process, but will be parallel to it.
     Forty-six years of continuous Israeli occupation that the world community called in 1967 “unacceptable” and scores of peace offers later, it should not surprise people if Palestinians are not totally enthusiastic about the US initiative. more.. e-mail

Israeli “social justice” movement ignores racism
Electronic Intifada: 30 May 2013 – J14 is back on the streets — and still refusing to campaign against abuses of Palestinian rights.more

Why I have two brothers called Omar
Electronic Intifada: 30 May 2013 – If he hadn’t been killed by Israeli forces, my elder brother would have celebrated his 27th birthday this week.more

Mubarak-era Cruelty Continues at Rafah Crossing
Palestine Chronicle: 30 May 2013 – By Ayah Bashir – Gaza Strip Since 2006 — when Hamas unexpectedly won Palestinian parliamentary elections — the situation at the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt has been a source of extraordinary confusion. For 1.6 million Palestinians in Gaza, the Rafah crossing has been the main gateway to the outside world. There are no other routes for entering or leaving our besieged territory — though there were until the late 1990s when Palestinians could travel here via Erez crossing, which separates Gaza and Israel. Lately, the Egyptian government of President Mohammed Morsi has been following the trends set by the regime ousted following mass protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square two years ago. Morsi’s predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, carried out Israeli orders at Rafah, which meant the crossing was frequently closed. Heavy Toll This month Egyptian police — enraged by the kidnapping of seven colleagues — kept the crossing blocked, stranding…more


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