VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 31 May 2013: ’Superland’ and the normalization of segregation in Israel

31 May 2013 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Child Seriously Injured In Bethlehem
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources has reported that a Palestinian child was seriously injured by Israeli army fire, late on Friday evening, at the entrance of the Aida refugee camp, north of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. …

Settlers Write Anti-Christian Graffiti On Jerusalem Church
IMEMC – Friday May 31 2013, a number of Israeli settlers wrote anti-Christian graffiti on the back wall of a Christian Church, near the southern wall of the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. …

“The Police Shot Me, Then Cuffed Me”, Says Victim Of Bank Attack
IMEMC – A young Palestinian man, from the Negev, who was shot and seriously injured by Israeli Police fire when an armed Israeli man attacked the Hapoalim Bank in Beersheba, on Monday May 20, stated that the Israeli Police shot and cuffed him, after instantly profiling him as the assailant. … 

U.S Trying To Hold Palestinian-Israeli Meeting In D.C
IMEMC – The Al-Quds Newspaper has reported that U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, is working on holding a meeting next week between senior Israeli and Palestinian officials, in an attempt to resume the stalled political process. …

Aljazeera

Mass Palestinian grave found in Tel Aviv
AlJazeera 31 May 2013 – Skeletal remains of dozens of Palestinians killed by Israelis during 1948 have been found in a mass grave in Tel Aviv.

Palestine News Network

Fact Sheet: Six Questions for Resuming Negotiations
Palestine News Network

Settlers Spray ‘Price Tag’ on Jerusalem’s Church, Slash Tires
Palestine News Network

ISM: Military and Settler Violence in the South Hebron Hills is Increasing
Palestine News Network

Ashton: Israeli Settlements in East Jerusalem are Illegal, Threaten 2-State Solution
Palestine News Network

Oush Grab and the Struggle Against Israeli Settlement in Beit Sahour
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Storm Plastic Factory in Jalboun
Palestine News Network

Malki Calls on International Community to Put an End to Israeli Settler’s Attacks against Palestinians
Palestine News Network

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Condemns Israel’s Decision to Prevent UNESCO Mission from Monitoring Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Project Launched to Promote Better Governance, Mobilizing of Financing for Mediterranean Water Sector
Palestine News Network

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

Increase of military and settler violence against Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills
5/31/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 31th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, South Hebron Hills, Occupied Palestine – The international accompaniment of children of the Al-Fakheit primary school continued until yesterday, which was the last day of school and the final exam for the children. During the last week the military presence has increased dramatically in the area which Israel designates as firing zone 918, in the occupied West Bank….

Israeli forces violently suppress villagers working their land in Nabi Saleh
5/31/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 31th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Ramallah Team, Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine – Unlike in previous demonstrations, two army jeeps invaded Nabi Saleh today an hour before the demonstration was due to begin. After midday prayers, over 60 villagers, joined by a number of Israeli and international activists, marched from the center of the village along a path through the olive groves on to the main….

Violent repression continues by the Israeli Army against protesters in Kufr Qaddum
5/31/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 31th May 2013, International Women’s Peace Service, Kufr Qaddum, Occupied Palestine – On 31 May the residents of Kufr Qaddum held their weekly demonstration after the Friday prayer and were violently repressed when the Israeli army invaded the village, firing tear gas and sound bombs directly at the protesters and into several houses and the local mosque. The protest began at around 13:15….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon: Population movement Revised Emergency appeal MDR81003
Relief Web 31 May 2013 – Source: IFRC Country: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 27.4 million (increased from CHF 4.6m) in cash, kind, or services and extends the appeal timeframe for 7 months (to 31 December…

Jordan: UNRWA launches new inclusive school health strategy
Relief Web 31 May 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan, occupied Palestinian territory 31 May 2013, Amman – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) launched the School Health Strategy in…

World: Global Communities 2012 annual report: 60 years of partnership
Relief Web 30 May 2013 – Source: Global Communities Country: Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Nicaragua, occupied Palestinian territory, Rwanda, Tajikistan, Uganda, World, South Sudan (Republic of) This report has the distinction of being the first…

The National

Syrian rebels get boost as new fighters arrive in Qusayr
The National 31 May 2013 – As the additional fighters moved in, activists accused the Assad regime of attacking the wounded being moved out of the town.

Fast and furious petrolheads all fired up at Dubai car-park rally
The National 31 May 2013 – Stunt drivers for the Hollywood blockbuster Fast and Furious 6 tore around the car park in Dubai Studio City.

Hizbollah a threat to Lebanon’s Syria ‘disassociation’ policy, says Mikati
The National 31 May 2013 – Exclusive Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister Najib Mikati warns Hizbollah involvement in Syria civil war increases danger of fighting to spill over the border. 

Committee approves housing for widows and those with special needs
The National 31 May 2013 – Plans for 1,870 new homes across the country have been given preliminary approval by the Government.

Volunteers get busy to clean up mangroves
The National 31 May 2013 – The event was the first of nine organised as part of Green Abu Dhabi’s Landmark Mangrove Project.

Not all will stop for UAE workers’ midday break
The National 31 May 2013 – A list of exceptions to the midday break for labourers has been announced by the Ministry of Labour.

Smokers in the UAE get a helping hand to kick the habit
The National 31 May 2013 – Free carbon-monoxide tests were being given to smokers at malls to help them kick the habit as part of World No Tobacco Day.

Russia playing out its Caucasus politics in Turkey, say activists
The National 31 May 2013 – The murder of a pro-Chechen businessman in Ankara was the latest in a series of unsolved killings targeting members of anti-Russia groups in Turkey. And activists campaigning against Russian policies in the Caucasus say Moscow is behind the crimes.

Ha’aretz

Alicia Keys to go forward with Israel concert, despite pressure from BDS movement
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2013

Kerry: Russia’s plans to send S-300 missiles to Syria’s Assad put Israel at risk
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2013

Habayit Hayehudi MK: I don’t want Arabs in IDF uniform
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2013

Jerusalem’s Dormition Church suffers suspected ‘price tag’ attack
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2013

State attorney says request to publish Prisoner X case details nothing but ‘voyeurism’
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2013

For families of lone soldiers, a postponed IDF ceremony can cost dearly
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2013

Israel denies asylum to Eritrean refugee in first state response to application
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2013

Coalition partners split on bill to prioritize Israel’s Jewish identity
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2013

Israeli scientists develop bionic eye for people born blind
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2013

Israel doubts Assad possesses S-300 system, but has good reason to worry
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2013

With Lieberman in action in court, even the judges laugh
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2013

For Israeli diplomats’ spouses, the prospects of gainful employment are dim
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2013

Jerusalem Post

Demonstrators march in J’lem’s 2nd annual ‘SlutWalk’
Jerusalem Post 1 Jun 2013 – Men and women alike demonstrate to eradicate legitimacy of violence against women, victim blaming due to dress.

Belgian students vote in favor of Israel boycott
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2013 – President of Jewish-Belgian organization slams vote on motion to freeze academic relations with Israel supported by 85% of student association. 

‘UK ambassador to Beirut: Stay neutral toward Syria’
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2013 – Report: Tom Fletcher expresses concern over Lebanese policy amid growing involvement of Hezbollah fighters in Syrian crisis. 

Fiercest anti-gov’t riots in years erupt in Istanbul
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2013 – “We do not have a gov’t, we have Tayyip Erdogan,” protester says. 

Rebuffing report, Tehran says US, not Iran, sponsors terror
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2013 – Iran rejects US report that terrorist activity highest since 1990s. 

Alicia Keys to perform in TA despite boycott calls
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2013 – “Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love,” the R&B singer tells ‘The New York Times.’ 

US blacklists Iranian petrochemical companies
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2013 – Washington sanctions business which official says is the largest source of foreign earnings for nuclear program after oil. 

Peres’s hometown honored for 90th birthday
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2013 – “We can all be humbled that this amazing man came from such a small and modest place,” says Limmud FSU founder. 

Kerry: Unacceptable for Iran to have nuclear arms
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2013 – US Secretary of State doubts upcoming Iranian elections to “change the calculus over Theran’s nuclear program”. 

‘Syria forces killed Michigan woman in ambush’
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2013 – American convert to Islam and British man killed during opposition scouting mission, according to Syrian state media. 

US, Germany to Russia: Don’t hurt Syria peace efforts
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry meets with German counterpart Guido Westerwelle. 

Suspected ‘price tag’ attacks in J’lem, W. Bank
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2013 – Offensive graffiti sprayed, church property vandalized at Dormition Abbey in J’lem; car tires punctured in Beit Ilu Ramllah. 

Syrian rebels: No talks while Hezbollah backs Assad
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2013 – Despite Syrian National Coalition head announcement, coalition spokesman says still no decision on whether to attend talks. 

Russia to provide Syria with MiG-29 fighter planes
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2013 – Source tells news agency missiles unlikely to be delivered before fall of 2013, while 2 papers report shipment in 2014. 

Report: Yemen Houthis fighting for Assad in Syria
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2013 – Houthi rebels arrive in Syria through Hezbollah camps in Lebanon. 

‘Mossad head threatened to quit over Prisoner X’
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2013 – Pardo reportedly mulled resignation after credibility questioned after a secret inquiry into the death of Ben Zygier.

Michigan woman dies in Syria, fighting for rebels
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2013 – American convert to Islam killed in Syria fighting; Washington working via Czech mission in Syria to get more information. 

Palestinians, US upset by east Jerusalem building
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2013 – Erekat accuses Israel of sabotaging peace efforts, while J’lem denies new approvals were issued for construction projects. 

Birthright-style program proposed for non-Jews
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Participants could “influence the haters and enlighten them.” 

Few women in top academic positions
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Women make up just 28 percent of all academic staff, ranking Israel lower than most EU countries. 

NGO uses marine activities to aid at-risk youth
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – “We use marine tools to help them advance and understand how to deal with difficulties in life,” CEO of Ziv Neurim tells ‘Post.’ 

Suspect arrested in 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. 

Changing the rules of the drug-smuggling game
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – The Egyptian border fence has made it more difficult for traffickers in Israel’s south, at the same time making them potentially more violent. 

Behind the Lines: At the edge of the abyss
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Lebanon is moving ever closer to being swept into the Syrian civil war amid cross-border fire, rebel response to increasingly overt engagement of Hezbollah militants in fighting. 

Energy: Power in unity
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Cyprus’s ambassador tells the ‘Post’ that it should be Israel’s natural partner for exporting gas. 

Peacemaking or perfidy? An open letter to Peres
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2013 – Into the Fray: President’s embrace of “Arab Peace Initiative” at WEF speech disconcerting. 

The Guardian

Stars urge Alicia Keys to drop Israel gig
The Guardian 31 May 2013 – Roger Waters and Alice Walker pen open letters asking Keys to join cultural boycott of ‘unjust and unbelievably evil’ Israel Roger Waters and Alice Walker have penned open letters asking Alicia Keys to call off a…

Golan Heights villages brace for war as tensions rise between Syria and Israel
The Guardian 31 May 2013 – Food and medical supplies are stockpiled and bomb shelters prepared as Bashar al-Assad threatens to open new front One-year-old Angie stretches out her small hand towards the cherries and peaches on display outside a grocery shop…

PalFest: a book festival where authors listen
The Guardian 31 May 2013 – Other such occasions for authors are full of talk and chatter – here, we authors have reason to be a little more reticent At PalFest, a literary festival in the West Bank, I knew we’d have…

Uruknet

More questions about MI5’s relations with Woolwich killers
Uruknet

Gitmo-UK? 80 to 90 Afghans held at British base without charges
Uruknet

Data shows that Palestinians now own just 8 per cent of historic Palestine
Uruknet

Assange: U.S. Probe of WikiLeaks & “Show Trial” of Bradley Manning Aims to Scare Whistleblowers
Uruknet

No More Tunnels Please: Gaza Held Hostage to Egypt’s Turmoil
Uruknet

Gaza Freedom Flotilla: From The High Seas to the High Court and Beyond
Uruknet

Buddhist mobs attack Muslim homes for second day in Myanmar; one dead
Uruknet

Kerry bullies Abbas to cede right of return for 4b. dollars
Uruknet

Interview with Sheikh Mohammed Bashar Al-Faidhi, spokesperson of the Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq and responsible of Al Rafadain TV.
Uruknet

FIVE ACTIVISTS ARRESTED AT VOLK FIELD CALLING FOR AN END TO KILLER DRONES
Uruknet

YNet News

Iran says US, not Tehran, sponsors terrorism
YNet News, 31 May 2013 – ….

Iran denounces US sentencing over Saudi envoy Plot
YNet News, 31 May 2013 – ….

McCain: Syrian rebels need heavy weapons
YNet News, 31 May 2013 – ….

Large asteroid, with moon in tow, to fly by Earth
YNet News, 31 May 2013 – ….

US blacklists Iranian petrochemicals firms
YNet News, 31 May 2013 – ….

Between Slabodka and Hebron
YNet News, 31 May 2013 – Op-ed: Haredim will make every effort to thwart universal draft initiative, preserve Torah world ….

Reports: Russia may not deliver S-300 shipment to Syria this year
YNet News, 31 May 2013 – Russian news organs refute Assad’s assertions he has already received shipment ….

Nigeria’s ‘war on terror’ wins tentative support
YNet News, 31 May 2013 – Local population in Africa’s No. 1 oil producer appears to have had enough of being caught in crossfire of Islamist rebellion that has killed thousands ….

US: Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism sees ‘marked resurgence’
YNet News, 31 May 2013 – State Department report says Tehran’s sponsorship of overseas terror in 2012 reached levels not seen in 20 years citing list of actual and planned attacks in Europe, Asia linked to Hezbollah ….

Police raid anti-enlistment haredi printing press
YNet News, 30 May 2013 – Jerusalem District Police confiscated pashkevil (haredi leaflet) calling on haredim to name haredi enlisters, arrest publisher on suspicion of incitement ….

2 soldiers suspected of preparing explosives
YNet News, 30 May 2013 – IDF soldiers constructed lab in Sderot residential building, where they prepared explosive devices, sold them to criminal figures; some of equipment they used allegedly stolen from IDF base ….

Ya’alon: IDF needs to share burden of economic crisis
YNet News, 30 May 2013 – During ceremony in honor of contribution of reserve units, defense minister, IDF chief address impending cuts to defense budget; We will decrease training, cut positions,’ Ya’alon says, adds ‘will do everything we can to minimize damage to troops’ capabilities’ ….

Man suspected of killing mother confesses
YNet News, 30 May 2013 – Kiryat Ata man suspected of stabbing girlfriend, killing mother, confesses; police claim he believed she was cheating on him, prompting argument that became violent; mother killed while attempting to break up fight ….

Assad: I’m pressured to open ‘Golan front’
YNet News, 30 May 2013 – In interview to Hezbollah TV station, Assad says Hezbollah involvement connected to Israel; promises to respond to alleged Israeli attack; claims Russia will make good on all arms agreements; suggests might run for president in 2014 ….

Assad’s army demands machine guns, grenade launchers from Russia
YNet News, 30 May 2013 – Not only S-300 – Washington Post reveals ‘shopping list’ Assad’s troops sent Russia; Syrian general: ‘We want quote in shortest time.’ List includes thousands of Kalashnikovs, grenade launchers, sniper rifles ….

Man accused of killing UK soldier appears in court
YNet News, 30 May 2013 – Michael Adebowale, 22, brought to court Thursday; second suspect, Michael Adebolajo, 28, will likely be charged once he is released from hospital ….

Tear between Hezbollah, Hamas: ‘Leave Lebanon’
YNet News, 30 May 2013 – Syrian opposition sources claim Hezbollah, fighting alongside Syrian army, demands Hamas, training rebels, to leave country ‘within hours’. Hamas representative denies report ….

Intel officials: Pakistan Taliban No. 2 killed in US drone strike 
YNet News, 30 May 2013 – Two terrorists tell AP they attended burial of Waliur Rehman near main town in North Waziristan tribal region; White House, which offered 5 million for information leading to the terrorist, hasn’t confirmed killing ….

Amazing pictures from Iran published
YNet News, 30 May 2013 – Photographer visiting Iran comes back with spectacular pictures, insights, just before upcoming elections in Islamic Republic: ‘For ordinary Iranians, government is constant embarrassment’ ….

Palestine Information Center

Occupation demolishes 9 homes in the Negev
PIC – Palestinian sources in the Negev in said the Israel Lands Administration teams demolished on Thursday Palestinian homes in the unrecognized village of Atir in the northern Negev.

EP holds a panel discussion on Nakba anniversary
PIC – Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR), in partnership with the Euro-Palestine Working Group, organized conference to commemorate the Nakba 65th anniversary..

Israel imposes heavy fine on owners of building threatened with demolition
PIC – An Israeli court in Jerusalem decided to postpone implementation of demolition order against the Manara building in Tel al-Foul neighborhood in Jerusalem, and imposed a fine..

Hamas and Fatah agree to release public freedoms in WB and Gaza
PIC – Hamas and Fatah movements agreed to release the public freedoms in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, during Public Freedoms Committee meeting, held on Thursday in Cairo..

Israel escalates administrative detention under the pretext of secret file
PIC – Palestinian Statistical data reported that the Israeli authorities have recently sentenced to administrative detention dozens of Palestinian prisoners, under the pretext of “secret file.”

Israeli courts sentence 5 Jerusalemites to jail, renew detention of 13 others
PIC – The so-called Central and Magistrate Israeli Court sentenced on Thursday 5 Jerusalemites to jail, extended the detention of 13 other Jerusalemites and released a kid.

IOF arrests 8 Palestinians in Nablus, Jerusalem
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) launched on Friday at dawn an arrest campaign in Nablus and Jerusalem leading to the arrest of 8 Palestinians, human rights center said.

Clashes in Dura south of al-Khalil
PIC – Clashes have erupted on Thursday evening between Palestinian youths and the occupation forces in Dura town south of al-Khalil.

Hamas slams “economic peace”
PIC – Hamas movement has warned of Israeli escalated settlement projects in the Palestinian territories in light of the resumption of Palestinian-Israeli absurd talks and the alleged economic peace.

Israeli scheme to deport thousands of Jerusalemites
PIC – Israeli authorities declared their intention to approve a new scheme to demolish a large number of Palestinian buildings and houses in occupied Jerusalem.

Misc

Syria’s Bashar Assad says a peace pact would face a referendum
LA Times 30 May 2013 – Syrian President Bashar Assad says voters would have the ultimate say on any peace deal arising from talks sponsored by the U.S. and Russia. BEIRUT — Any agreement reached at prospective peace talks on Syria would have to be approved by the Syrian people in…

Cuba still on U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism
LA Times 30 May 2013 – Cuba’s inclusion was political, critics say, noting Havana’s efforts to distance itself from terrorism activities. Also on the list are Syria, Iran and Sudan. WASHINGTON — Cuba further distanced itself from terrorist activities last year but the U.S. government still considers it a state sponsor…

In Turkey, anger grows in city hit by bombings
LA Times 30 May 2013 – In Reyhanli, residents seethe about being dragged into Syria’s conflict. Some say Turkey’s support for Syrian rebels has turned the area into a new front line. REYHANLI, Turkey — Two weeks after twin car bomb blasts killed 51 people and injured hundreds in this southern…

U.S. Targets Iran’s Petrochemical Industry
New York Times 31 May 2013 – In addition to blacklisting Iranian petrochemical companies for the first time, the Obama administration punished businesses in other countries that help Iran evade oil sanctions. 

Michigan Woman Killed in Syria War, Reports Say
New York Times 31 May 2013 – The family and a close friend of Nicole Mansfield said the news delivered by the F.B.I. that she had been in Syria and was killed came as a shock. 

Kerry Castigates Russia Over Syria-Bound Missiles
New York Times 31 May 2013 – It was Secretary of State John Kerry’s most pointed criticism so far of Russia’s supply of weaponry to the Syrian government. 

At War Blog: Losing My Father at War, One Letter at a Time
New York Times 31 May 2013 – Kate Hoit shares her letters of losing her father to Alzheimer’s disease while she was deployed to Iraq as a photojournalist. 

Mellanox to delist from Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
Globes Main News – The company has carried out its threat to delist from the TASE because of opposition to Eyal Waldman continuing as both chairman and CEO.

Mossad Chief Pardo Threatens Resignation Over Zygier Affair
Tikun Olam – Embattled Mossad chief, Tamir Pardo The suicide of Mossad agent Ben Zygier continues to cast a pall over Israeli intelligence activity.  Ben Caspit reports in the Jerusalem Post Hebrew edition that a “secret committee” found Mossad chief Tamir Pardo’s account of Zygier’s treatment at the hands…

Haaretz: Grandson of Americans is Israeli army’s longest serving conscientious objector
Jewish Voice for Peace – Even after nine consecutive terms at Military Prison 6 – for refusal to serve in an army whose government he believes continues to occupy another people – Natan Blanc is standing firm. Grandson of Americans is Israeli army’s longest serving conscientious objector , Dalia Karpel, Haaretz , May…

Tell Alicia Keys: Don’t entertain apartheid
Mondoweiss – Alicia Keys has announced that, despite protests , she is going forward with her upcoming show in Israel. The New York Times reports : Alicia Keys said on Friday that she is going forward with a July 4 performance in Tel Aviv that has drawn calls from other…

Kerry and Blair’s $4 Billion Mystery Plan for Palestine: Crony capitalism under the guise of peace?
Mondoweiss – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discusses Middle East peace with Quartet Representative Tony Blair at the Villa Taverna, the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Rome, Italy, on May 9, 2013. (Photo, and caption: U.S. State Department ) The recent World Economic Forum in Amman, Jordan, was billed…

The Not-So-Complex World of Michael Bloomberg: When a white person does it, it’s not terrorism
Mondoweiss – Last week, a  threatening letter  laced with the deadly chemical ricin was sent from Shreveport, Louisiana  to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a response to the mayor’s outspoken support for stricter gun control laws.  Two  identical  letters, also containing the lethal substance, were addressed…

Is Israel ‘Funtown’?
Mondoweiss – Photoshopped spoof billboard in front of Superland’s ferris wheel “”Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for Jews. Mondays and Wednesdays for Arabs.” Here are several responses to yesterday’s news that an Israeli amusement park called Superland segregates high school students on a racial basis . First, there’s a giant…

Updated: al-Aqsa Foundation discovers mass graves of Palestinians killed during the Nakba in Jaffa
Mondoweiss –   JAFFA, Israel. During a restoration project at the historic Al-Kazakhana cemetery workers discovered “nozzles” leading to the mass graves with hundreds of skeletons of Palestinians killed during the Nakba and 1936 uprising. (Update below) During a restoration project repairing gravesites which had collapsed due to…

Israeli and Palestinian Tech Entrepreneurs Work Together in Secret 
The Foward Breaking News 31 May 2013 – At first glance, it is a tech utopian’s dream. For the last two years several dozen Israeli and Palestinian high-tech entrepreneurs have been quietly meeting at a Dead Sea resort that Palestinians can visit without receiving permits from the Israeli military. Click here for the rest…

800-Year-Old Christian Artifacts Unearthed in Bethlehem Go on Display 
The Foward Breaking News 31 May 2013 – In 1906, during renovations at the Franciscan friary in Bethlehem, the workers found a treasure. Buried in the ground was the oldest known organ in the world ? built in the 12th century ? as well as 13 ancient bells. Twelve of the bells had been…

Are Kerry’s Efforts To Renew Peace Negotiations Too Little, Too late? 
The Foward Breaking News 31 May 2013 – A few months before the 20th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, and with a renewed effort about to be made to kick-start the peace talks ? it’s useful to pause for a moment and examine what has happened in the West Bank these past two decades….

Kerry to Russia: Arming Assad Will Hurt Peace and Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 31 May 2013 – The United States and Germany on Friday warned Russia that arming President Bashar Assad’s forces would hurt efforts to bring Syria’s warring parties together for peace talks. Click here for the rest of the article…

Nigeria: ‘Hezbollah Behind Kano Weapons Cache’ 
allAfrica.com 31 May 2013 – [Daily Trust]Kano -Security authorities yesterday said the large cache of weapons recovered in a specially-built bunker in Kano belonged to Lebanese group Hezbollah and was to be deployed for attacks on Israeli and Western interests in Nigeria.

Nigeria: Kano Arms Cache Belongs to Hezbollah – – DSS 
allAfrica.com 31 May 2013 – [Vanguard]Kano -Director of Department of State Services, DSS, in Kano, Mr. Bassey Etang, has said the weapons of mass destruction discovered in a bunker at a Lebanese residence in Kano, Tuesday, belong to international terrorist organisation, Hezbollah.

Amani Inshasi Returns to Olympia – June 13, 2013, at Traditions! 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 31 May 2013 – In July 2012, young Amani Inshasi captured the hearts of our Olympia community when she spent a busy week sharing her cooking, Arabic teaching skills, and personal experiences living as a young woman in the Gaza Strip – a land under siege. We’re thrilled that in…

Settler & israeli military large gathering on Route 60 
Palestine Solidarity Project 31 May 2013 – On the 31th of May 2013, a dozens of settlers gathered at the entrance of Beit Omar, north of Hebron city under the protection of dozens of soldiers in order to occupy the land that they tried to occupy last Friday 24th of May; where a…

Fourth National BDS Conference – Bethlehem University June 8 
Global BDS 31 May 2013 – Invitation   The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) cordially invites you to actively participate in its Fourth National BDS Conference Saturday, 8 June 2013 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Bethlehem University   See Attached Conference Program in English and Arabic In light of the latest…

Russia urged not to arm Syria troops 
BBC 31 May 2013 – The US and Germany call on Russia not to supply Syria’s military with an advanced missile system, as fighting rages in the key town of Qusair.

ICC rejects Libya Gaddafi trial bid 
BBC 31 May 2013 – The International Criminal Court’s pre-trial chamber rejects Libya’s request to try the son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam.

Lebanon parliament postpones vote 
BBC 31 May 2013 – Lebanon’s parliament votes to postpone elections due in June because of security concerns over the conflict in Syria, officials say.

Food giant violating workers rights in Egypt, Tunisia: unions 
Al-Akhbar News 31 May 2013 – Tunisian women hold up their national flag as they take part in a May Day rally in the capital Tunis on 1 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Fethi Belaid) Global food giant Mondelez is seriously violating the right of workers to organize in Egypt and Tunisia,…

EU allows banks to open accounts for Syrian rebels 
Al-Akhbar News 31 May 2013 – European banks will be able to open branches and accounts in Syria for use by the opposition, European Union governments decided on Friday, relaxing economic sanctions to help the rebels fighting to overthrow the government. The decision comes days after the European Union lifted its arms…

Kerry’s Palestine Economic Plan: Bait For Negotiations 
Al-Akhbar News 31 May 2013 – Tourists pose for pictures with T-shirts reading “I love Palestine” that they were offered by Palestinian youths as part of a campaign to raise awareness among foreign visitors about Palestinian indentity on 24 May 2013 in front of the Church of the Nativity in the West…

Lebanon’s Aounists: Hollow Election Victory 
Al-Akhbar News 31 May 2013 – Nevertheless, some Aounists are less than optimistic about the challenging period ahead. For one, given the postponement of the elections for over a year, the party may not be able to benefit from the lead that it enjoys today. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Nevertheless, some Aounists are…

Protests as Lebanon’s parliament extends mandate 
Al-Akhbar News 31 May 2013 – Lebanese activists lift coffins representing the death of democracy as parliament voted to extend its mandate in downtown Beirut on 31 May 2013. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) Dozens of demonstrators armed with tomatoes marched in downtown Beirut Friday to protest the 17-month extension of parliament’s mandate under…

Life Under the Gun in Damascus 
Al-Akhbar News 31 May 2013 – A passenger stands under portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the entrance of the departure lounge of Damascus International Airport on 15 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) A passenger stands under portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the entrance of the departure…

Tripoli: An Anxious End to the School Year 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Israeli Soldier Deliberately Shot Palestinian Child Rendering Him Paraplegic 
Al-Haq 31 May 2013 – Ad: Join The Movement To Impeach Barack Obama – This Offer Should Rise To The Top Of The CB Political Category. It Pulls $2,000-$6,000 Per Week On Our In-house Mailing List And Resonates Highly With Political Conservatives. Give It A Try, You Will Not Be Disappointed….

Russia urged not to arm Syria troops 
BBC 31 May 2013 – The US and Germany call on Russia not to supply Syria’s military with an advanced missile system, as fighting rages in the key town of Qusair.

ICC rejects Libya Gaddafi trial bid 
BBC 31 May 2013 – The International Criminal Court’s pre-trial chamber rejects Libya’s request to try the son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam.

Lebanon parliament postpones vote 
BBC 31 May 2013 – Lebanon’s parliament votes to postpone elections due in June because of security concerns over the conflict in Syria, officials say.

Articles


’Superland’ and the normalization of segregation in Israel 
Mairav Zonszein, 972mag.com, Israeli Occupation Archive 5/31/2013
      An Israeli amusement park found itself in hot water after being caught segregating Jewish and Arab school groups. But instead of being an aberration, the incident is reflective of the dominant culture of segregation and discrimination that permeates Israeli society from the bottom up.
     “Superland” – the Israeli amusement park exposed for segregating Arab and Jewish citizens this week – is the most fittingly tragic and ironic title for how I see the current Israeli zeitgeist. No screenwriter or playwright could have come up with a better concept for a tragic comedy about this place.
     It captures the two most dominant concepts of politics and life here: that land is the most precious, contested and painful commodity around which the conflict revolves, and that there is nothing “amusing” about the situation we find ourselves in. It’s not all that “super,” despite the most earnest attempts to sell it as such by Israeli government and PR professionals.
     While the Israeli government continues to try and “super-size” the land of Greater Israel beyond the pre-1967 borders, the story of segregation at Superland is a perfect indicator that no matter what your politics are, no matter your position on settlements, your notion of security, how you judge Palestinian resistance or any other issue, the political reality remains undeniably the same. Everyone living on this tiny piece of land — Arabs and Jews, Palestinians and Israelis — is in a perennial situation of state-sponsored division, segregation and separation that trickles down — not just in Hebron’s Shuhada Street, or in East Jerusalem, but everywhere.
     After the Jaffa school teacher was unable to make a reservation for a class trip to Superland because they are Arab…. — See also: Source: 972+ more.. e-mail

Now it’s money, not land 
Saleh Al-Naami, Al-Ahram Weekly 5/29/2013
      John Kerry’s latest gambit is to offer hard cash in lieu of Palestinian rights.
     The most interesting thing about the World Economic Forum, held in Jordan Sunday, was the tweets Israeli journalists accompanying Israeli President Shimon Peres wrote. Those tweets poked fun at the initiative US Secretary of State John Kerry proposed for resuming talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Most Israeli journalists were amused by the fact that Kerry totally embraced the position of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
     According to Israeli and Palestinian media, Kerry proposed economic “incentives” to persuade President Mahmoud Abbas to go back to the negotiating table without preconditions. In practice, the proposals mean that the Palestinians should stop calling for a freeze on settlement building, for an end to the systemic Judaisation of Jerusalem, and for a prior Israeli endorsement of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.
     In return, Secretary Kerry offered to develop the natural gas fields off the Gaza shores, develop the potassium mines north of the Dead Sea, and improve infrastructure in Area C in the West Bank.
     It is worth noting that Israel resists Palestinian investment in Area C and the north of the Dead Sea. Israeli officials are afraid that the proposed economic plan may force Israel to cede control of parts of Area C to the Palestinians.
     According to Yedioth Ahronoth, Israeli politicians have voiced no objection to the Palestinians developing the natural gas fields off Gaza, or using this source of energy to supplant their imports of electricity from Israel. The economic plan, the paper says, is an integral part of the political plan Secretary Kerry is trying to develop…. more.. e-mail

Kerry’s financial solution in Palestine 
Daoud Kuttab, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 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

Will Israel respond to Syrian missile purchase? 
Sergio Yahni, Alternative Information Center 5/30/2013
      Recent Israeli efforts in regional politics aimed at preventing the transfer of Russian-made surface-to-air advanced missile systems to Syria. Israel was unsuccessful in convincing Russia to nix the sale, and its threats to prevent the actual transfer of weapons were empty. Will Israel carry through with its threats to prevent the missiles from becoming operational?
     Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu traveled to Russia recently to convince Russian President Putin to cancel the arms deal with Syria. Immediately following the meeting, however, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow will respect the agreement with Damascus and the sale would be implemented.
     According to Israeli analysts the deal between the two countries includes six S-300 missile launchers and 144 missiles.
     The S-300 is a series of initially Soviet and later Russian long range surface-to-air missile systems. The system was developed to defend against aircraft and cruise missiles for the Soviet Air Defense Forces.
     The S-300 is regarded as one of the most potent anti-aircraft missile systems currently fielded. The missiles have a range of 200 kilometers and its radars have the ability to simultaneously track up to 100 targets while engaging up to 12 S-300 missiles. The deployment time of the system is five minutes.
     The immediate implication of Syria’s acquisition of this system is that Israel Air Force fighter jets, which until now have dominated the region’s skies, might encounter lethal anti-aircraft fire immediately after taking off from their bases within Israel. This would break Israeli military supremacy in the region. more.. e-mail

Israel razes home of 13-member family
Electronic Intifada: 31 May 2013 – Badwan al-Salaymeh has been told he will have to pay the bill for the demolition of his own house.more

Memoir challenges stereotypes of Arab women
Electronic Intifada: 31 May 2013 – Anbara Salam Khalidi’s newly-translated book documents her life spanning three periods of colonialism.more

Turkish Police find Chemical Weapons in the Possession of Al Nosra Terrorists Heading for Syria
Dissident Voice: 31 May 2013 – According to a report in Turkey’s state media agency Zaman , agents from the Turkish General Directorate of Security ( Emniyet Genel Müdürlü?ü) seized 2 kg of sarin gas in the city of Adana in the early hours of yesterday morning. The chemical weapons were in the possession of Al Nosra terrorists believed to have been heading for Syria. Sarin gas is a colourless, odorless substance which is extremely difficult to detect. The gas is banned under the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention. The EGM identified 12 members of the AL Nosra terrorist cell and also seized fire arms and digital equipment. This is the second major official confirmation of the use of chemical weapons by Al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria after UN inspector Carla Del Ponte’s recent statement confirming the use of chemical weapons by the Western-backed terrorists in Syria. The Turkish police are currently conducting further investigations into the operations of Al-Qaeda…more

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