VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 2 June 2013: Data shows that Palestinians now own just 8 per cent of historic Palestine

2 June 2013 — VTJP

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Army To Demolish Two Homes In Silwan
IMEMC – Sunday June 2 2013, Israeli soldiers and workers of the Jerusalem City Council, invaded Silwan town, in occupied East Jerusalem, and delivered warrants against two homes. …

Settlers Block Main Road Near Salfit
IMEMC – Sunday June 2 2013, several Israeli settlers closed the main road leading to Yasouf village, east of the central West Bank city of Salfit, and attacked a number of cars and citizens. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces shoot, injure Gaza farmer
6/2/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian farmer was shot and injured by Israeli fire Sunday while he was picking watermelons in Abu Safiyeh neighborhood east of Jabalia, northern Gaza, medics told Ma’an. Ahmad Hamdin, 21, sustained an injury to his thigh and was evacuated to the Kamal Udwan Hospital in Jabalia, northern Gaza, medics said. In response to a request for comment….

Jerusalem municipality orders home demolitions in Silwan
6/2/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli municipality staff were escorted by police Sunday to hand down demolition orders to homes in Silwan, East Jerusalem, a local community center said. Demolition orders were affixed to two homes in Silwan’s al-Bustan neighborhood belonging to Mazin and Wael Udah and the al-Rajabi family, said Director of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center Jawad Siyam. Locals told Ma’….

Israeli forces storm Hebron town overnight
6/2/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces stormed the southern West Bank town of Idhna west of Hebron late Saturday night, ransacking six homes, locals told Ma’an Sunday. Raed Ismail Tmeizi, whose home was ransacked during the raid, said a large number of Israeli military vehicles broke into the town’s Wadi Aziz area, which is near the separation wall. Tmeizi said Israeli….

Israel issues confiscation orders for Nablus land
6/2/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities issued military orders on Sunday to confiscate 60 dunams of land in Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said the orders will annex land from the villages of Awarta and Rujeib, located opposite the illegal settlement of Itamar. [END]

Abbas names new prime minister
6/2/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Abbas is set to appoint Rami Hamdallah as the new Palestinian Authority prime minister, officials told Ma’an Sunday. Hamdallah, who is president of An-Najah University, will replace outgoing prime minister Salam Fayyad, who resigned on April 13 after months of tension with Abbas. Kamal al-Sharafati will replace Majida al-Masri as PA minister of social affairs, the officials added….

Israel detains 3 Palestinians, including student
6/2/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained three Palestinians overnight across the West Bank, including a university student, residents and relatives told Ma’an. Motaz Mazen al-Kawamleh, 21, from the Arrub refugee camp north of Hebron was detained as he was returning home from Ramallah at the Container checkpoint, relative Ahmad Zedan said. The Palestinian Authority liaison office said al-Kawamleh was transferred immediately to….

Israeli media: Palestinian detained ‘with rifle’
6/2/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli media reported late Saturday evening that a Palestinian was detained by Israeli forces near the village of Kila in the southern district of Bethlehem. The Palestinian was taken for questioning and the weapon was confiscated, according to Israeli news site Ynet. [END]

Israel releases Islamic Jihad affiliate
6/2/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Israel released a member of the Islamic Jihad movement from custody, a prisoners’ group said Sunday. Ahmad Abu Dyab, 32, from the Tulkarm refugee camp, was released after serving eight years and a half in Israel’s Meggido prison, the Muhjat al-Quds foundation said. Abu Dyab was detained on November 30, 2004 and was sentenced for his affiliation to the Islamic Jihad movement. [END]

Committee: Israeli forces arrest 3 teens near Yatta
6/2/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested three teenagers south of Hebron on Sunday, a local committee said. Ratib Jabour, spokesman of Yatta’s popular resistance committee, said that Awda al-Hathaleen, 17, Akram al-Hathaleen, 15, and Ammar al-Hathaleen, 17, were detained near Karmel settlement. The teenagers’ parents were informed that they had been taken to Ofer detention center, allegedly because they had entered….

Israeli police release 12 Palestinians on bail
6/2/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police on Sunday released 12 Palestinians from jail, a Ma’an reporter said. Mohamed Gosheh, 21, Mohamed Halawani, 19, Maher al-Baytuni, 20, Hamoda al-Baytuni, 19, Anas Afghani, 21, Alaa Makia, 19, Abduallah Abu Diab, 18, Mouhanad Eid, 17, Abdulmouti al-Jabari, 20, and Mahmoud Tiryaqi were released after paying 500 shekels ($135) in bail. The detainees, who are all from….

Egypt seizes explosives en route to Sinai smugglers
6/2/2013 – SHARM AL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities seized one ton of explosives destined for smugglers in the Sinai on Saturday, police told Ma’an. The explosives were earmarked for the destruction of rocky mountains to make way for smuggling tunnels into the Gaza Strip, police said. The munition was found hidden in cartons in the boot of a car from Cairo heading to….

Egypt allows more Palestinians to leave Gaza
6/2/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities announced Saturday it would be increasing the number of Palestinians allowed to travel to Egypt via the Rafah crossing from 800 to 1,100 travelers a day, a Hamas government official said. Mahir Abu Sabha, the general manager of crossings for the Gaza Interior Ministry, said the number of registered passengers allowed to travel through the crossing had doubled….

Jordan FM: Kerry to discuss peace efforts in Amman visit
6/2/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry is to visit Amman “within days,” Jordan’s top diplomat said on Sunday after talks with President Mahmoud Abbas focused on US peace efforts. Speaking at a joint press conference in Ramallah, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said his talks with Abbas had focused on Kerry’s intensive efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks after….

Netanyahu slams racism, ‘price tag’ attacks
6/2/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday condemned acts of racism against Palestinians after an outcry over an amusement park which segregated Jewish and Arab children. And he also pledged to bring to justice Israeli extremists behind the wave of so-called “price tag” hate crimes against Palestinians.” I would like to strongly condemn recent phenomena of racism against Israeli Arabs and hooliganism against….

Gaza govt to enforce death sentence for homicides
6/2/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s public prosecutor on Sunday promised to implement death sentences against the perpetrators of recent high-profile homicides in the Gaza Strip. Ismail Jaber told Ma’an that there had been an increase in homicides in the past month, including the killing of a pregnant women in Khan Younis and the fatal stabbing of a store-owner.” These crimes….

Fatah officials arrive in Gaza for unity talks
6/2/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two senior Fatah leaders arrived in the Gaza Strip on Sunday for reconciliation talks. Nabil Shaath and Othman Abu Gharbieh arrived in Gaza to take part in talks with members from nationalist and Islamic political factions.” We hope it gives a push to Palestinian reconciliation,” Shaath told Ma’an.”Both reconciliation and the organizational position [of Fatah] are the….

Body of 4-year-old found in Khan Younis reservoir
6/2/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The body of a four-year-old boy was found Sunday morning in a small open agricultural reservoir in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, locals said. Ali al-Muqatran’s body was pulled out of the pool, which is used for irrigation, in the Abu Musbih neighborhood, locals told Ma’an. Khan Younis governor Rami al-Aydi said police and….

Child, toddler killed in separate car accidents
6/2/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A three-year-old girl was killed Sunday in the Gaza Strip after being hit by a water tanker, a Hamas government official said. Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said the body of the unidentified girl was transfererd to the Kamal Udwan Hospital in Jabalia, northern Gaza. Meanwhile, a toddler was killed in the al-Yamoun village west of Jenin in the….

Ice cream nostalgia brings Syrian refugees to tears
6/2/2013 – AMMAN (AFP) — An enticing aroma of boiled milk, vanilla, gum Arabic and pistachios; the rhythmic pounding of wooden mallets deep into stainless steel vats; the clink of spoons on glass accompanying cheerful conversation. These are the sights, sounds and smells of Bakdash, billed as one of the oldest shops in the world selling Arabic ice cream and located in al-Hamidiyeh bazaar in the world’….

Syria rebels brace for new assault on Qusayr
6/2/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian rebels were bracing for a fresh assault in Qusayr by the army and its Hezbollah allies, after fierce fighting the previous day in the north of the town, a watchdog said. Fears of another attack renewed concerns about the fate of the civilians trapped there, who include an estimated 1,500 wounded according to the United Nations. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called….

Iran’s Ahmadinejad unhurt in helicopter ‘accident’
6/2/2013 – TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s helicopter had to make an emergency landing in the northeast after an unspecified “accident,” the presidency reported, adding that he was unhurt.” The helicopter carrying Dr Ahmadinejad and a number of officials on Sunday had an accident, but the pilot managed to land the aircraft safely,” the website president. ir reported. He had been en route….

Protesters celebrate after police leave Istanbul square
6/2/2013 – ISTANBUL (AFP) — Thousands of protesters celebrated after police withdrew from Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the focal point of nationwide protests against Turkey’s Islamist-rooted government. The government, while acknowledging some excesses by police in two days of clashes, called on the demonstrators to leave the streets after protests in 48 cities. Rights groups denounced police violence, with Amnesty International saying that there had….

Egypt’s top court rules Senate, panel invalid
6/2/2013 – CAIRO, Egypt (AFP) – – Egypt’s highest court on Sunday invalidated the country’s Islamist-dominated Senate and a panel that drafted the country’s constitution, state media reported. The Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) said the law governing the elections of the Shura Council was unconstitutional, as were the rules for the selection of the members of a committee that drafted the constitution. Presiding….

NGO: 9 Syria security forces die in Damascus bomb
6/2/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — A car bombing in Damascus on Sunday killed at least nine security forces, a watchdog said, as aid groups urged the evacuation of civilians trapped in the embattled Syrian town of Qusayr. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion, in the east of the capital, appeared to have been carried out by the extremist Al-Nusra Front, which is allied with Al-Qaeda….

Pope appeals for release of Syria hostages
6/2/2013 – VATICAN CITY (AFP) — Pope Francis on Sunday appealed to “the humanity” of kidnappers in Syria and urged them to free their hostages, expressing deep concern for the kidnap victims of the two-year-old conflict.” I appeal to the humanity of the kidnappers and for them to release their victims,” the pope told a large crowd as he delivered the Angelus prayer on St Peter’s….

Police fire tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in Ankara
6/2/2013 – ANKARA (AFP) — Police fired tear gas and used water cannon on Sunday to disperse protesters in Ankara on the third day of demonstrations against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Authorities took the measures to stop around 1,000 protesters who were attempting to march to the high-security prime minister’s office. [END]

Aljazeera

Abbas names new Palestinian prime minister
AlJazeera 2 Jun 2013 – Palestinian president names academic and Fatah party member Rami Hamdallah as new prime minister.

Lebanon to take airspace violations to UN 
AlJazeera 2 Jun 2013 – Foreign minister set to file complaint over repeated violations by Israel.

Palestine News Network

Jordanian Government to Block 213 Jordanian News Sites
Palestine News Network

President Abbas Assigns Academic to Form New Government
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR’s Training Unit Organizes Meetings in Field of Judicial Remedy for Victims of Human Rights Violations in Border Are…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Weekly settler tour invades old Hebron, disrupting lives of Palestinians
6/2/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 2nd June 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – On Saturday the 1st June, another group of illegal settlers of Hebron and other settler tourists invaded the old city of Hebron, a Palestinian area which is tightly controlled by the Israeli military. Palestinian homes were invaded by the soldiers and several incidents of violence and harassment were reported. Settlers and soldiers block streets….

The National

UAE Red Crescent provides relief to Syrian refugees in Lebanon
The National 2 Jun 2013 – The campaign includes providing relief to 30,000 displaced families and will continue for three months.

Egypt court verdict poses new challenge for Morsi
The National 2 Jun 2013 – Egypt faces months of political turmoil before new elections as highest court says panel that drafted constitution is also illegitimate. Bradley Hope reports from Cairo 

Culture award’s list of judges approved
The National 2 Jun 2013 – The list was finalised during a meeting chaired by Dr Saeed Hareb Al Muhairi.

Can you eat more than 16 burgers in one sitting?
The National 2 Jun 2013 – If so, Grand Central’s upcoming burger eating contest may be for you.

Hizbollah battles Syrian rebels in Lebanon as Assad rejects UN access
The National 2 Jun 2013 – And along the border on the Syrian side, rebel fighters in Qusayr prepared to face a fresh assault by regime troops. Phil Sands reports 

Turkish protesters send a message to Erdogan
The National 2 Jun 2013 – I am not a dictator, prime minister responds after government accused of heavy-handedness.

UAE weather forecasters blow hot and cold
The National 2 Jun 2013 – Weather conditions have been unusual this year with the rains in May. But this wet spell does not mean that cooler weather will follow.

In India, vinegar test proves vital in global cervical cancer fight
The National 2 Jun 2013 – Experts described the outcome as ‘amazing’ and said the quick, cheap test could save tens of thousands of lives each year in developing countries.

Ha’aretz

African country agrees to take in Eritrean labor migrants living in Israel
Ha’aretz – 2 Jun 2013

Former IDF intelligence chief: Heavy Israeli strike would topple Assad regime
Ha’aretz – 2 Jun 2013

Habayit Hayehudi to support Tzohar Rabbi David Stav in chief rabbi race
Ha’aretz – 2 Jun 2013

Palestinian president taps academic as new PA prime minister
Ha’aretz – 2 Jun 2013

It’s a man’s world – at Wikipedia, too
Ha’aretz – 2 Jun 2013

Three criminal suspects escape from Tel Aviv psychiatric hospital
Ha’aretz – 2 Jun 2013

Israel reaches deal with third state willing to absorb Eritrean migrants
Ha’aretz – 2 Jun 2013

Israeli charged with aiding Hezbollah
Ha’aretz – 2 Jun 2013

Netanyahu: Racism against Israeli Arabs and acts of hooliganism against Palestinians must end
Ha’aretz – 2 Jun 2013

Report: Israeli warplanes flying over south and east Lebanon
Ha’aretz – 2 Jun 2013

One-third of Israeli settlements’ sewage facilities not up to code
Ha’aretz – 2 Jun 2013

JNF paying Clinton $500,000 to speak at Peres gala dinner
Ha’aretz – 1 Jun 2013

Jerusalem Post

Arab uprising spirit comes to Turkey
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Demonstrations in Turkey could have gained inspiration from Arab Spring; former Pentagon official: We can call this start of the ‘Turkish Spring’; Mideast lecturer says “Erdogan is not Mubarak.” 

Can solar entrepreneur Abramowitz save Better Place?
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Co-founder,president of company responsible for country’s first commercial solar field may take environmental approach to save electric car network. 

Anti-Jewish attitudes can ‘impact rest of world’
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Ira Forman, the US State Department’s new anti-Semitism czar, tells the ‘Post’ he has a lot to learn. 

Polish prof. to be axed for anti-Semitic views
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – In interview professor for the Polish Academy of Sciences says “Jews worked for centuries to bring the Holocaust about.” 

Greens score win at Tel Aviv urban oasis
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Planners determine that large parking lot planned for heart of nature reserve would be moved eastward. 

Oxford in talks with Friedberg Genizah Project
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Talks are about participating in initiative to match dispersed fragments of documents from Cairo Genizah. 

PM unlikely to run for Likud convention head
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – The prime minister will leave race and endorse Danny Danon, after TA District Court ruled convention must be held by June 30. 

Balancing Judaism and democracy
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Obviously, in Israel, a state that defines itself as Jewish, there can never be a complete separation of state and religion. 

A new breeze of hope
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – You might hear it argued that there is no partner for peace. This has become the pro forma response of the Netanyahu government in relation to the Palestinians. 

Germany backs labels for goods from settlements
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – German gov’t document gives backing to EU efforts to put “Made in Israel” label only on products from within pre-1967 lines. 

Gulf countries to consider action against Hezbollah
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Arab countries might take action on Lebanese movement if it continues Syria involvement, interferes in Gulf Arab affairs. 

When your neighbor unfurls a Nazi flag
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Palestinians must liberate themselves from their infatuation with the swastika and the dream of a Judenrein Palestine. 

Think about it: The affordable housing problem
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – After the housing market adjusts to the idea of wide-scale construction for rental, the private sector can be increased. 

Discrimination and everyday life in Israel
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Reality Check: There are many Israelis, on both the Left and the Right today, who believe that chance for a peaceful agreement establishing an independent Palestine has already gone due to the existence of 340,000 settlers living on the West Bank. 

Next on the agenda: Electoral reform
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – The current electoral system deprives the average Israeli citizen of a designated elected official responsible for their concerns. 

Thousands celebrate Israel on NYC, London streets
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – “Hold your flags up high and say Israel we are with you,” ambassador to UK says as crowds celebrate state’s birthday. 

Abbas names Palestinian academic as new prime minister
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Hamas: New PA gov’t is illegal, doesn’t represent Palestinian people. 

Report: Iran says catches Mossad-linked spy ring
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Iran’s Fars claims Tehran catches 12 member spy group. 

A Bisl Yiddish: A Yiddish home in Siberia?
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – My teacher’s dismissal of “Birobidzhan” made me think she’d been conditioned to disregard any mention of a possible Jewish homeland outside Israel. 

PA Planning Minister leading candidate for PM
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – US-educated Mohamed Abu Ramadan is leading candidate to succeed outgoing Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad. 

Erdogan: Secular Turkish opposition is provoking protests
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Tens of thousands regroup in Istanbul, Ankara after lull in protests. 

Jewish kidney donation saves Palestinian boy
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Kidney of Israeli boy who suffered brain death saves Palestinian child; Peres: We are proud of your contribution to peace. 

Bayit Yehudi endorses Stav as chief rabbi candidate
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Party will also support legislation to allow Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar to stand for a second term. 

AMIA probe to continue despite indictment
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Argentine foreign ministry: Probe will continue despite indictment accusing Iran of setting up terrorist networks in S. America. 

Holy guacamole
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – While avocados are in season and easily accessible, try out some of these more exotic versions of the classic guacamole dip. 

Streisand: Israel is a shining beacon of hope
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Singer to perform in Israel on June 20, 22 with 60-piece orchestra, and featuring her son Jason Gould, her sister Roslyn Kind. 

3rd state agrees to take Israel’s Eritrean migrants
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – In High Court discussion, state says deal reached whereby undisclosed country will absorb illegal migrants from Eritrea. 

Women in power
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Did the 2013 election for Knesset mark a breakthrough for Israeli female politicians? 

Syrian rebels, Hezbollah in deadly fight in Lebanon
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – 15 rebel fighters, one Hezbollah fighter reported killed in clashes with Hezbollah in Lebanon’s border region with Syria. 

Israeli-Arab passed intel to Hezbollah operatives
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2013 – Shfaram man charged with meeting enemy agent while on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, giving him intel on IDF base in the North. 

The Guardian

New Palestinian prime minister named as Rami Hamdallah
The Guardian 2 Jun 2013 – British-educated linguistics professor is installed as Mahmoud Abbas’s new PM, but Hamas label the appointment ‘illegal’ Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas named British-educated political independent Rami Hamdallah as his new prime minister on Sunday, a move that…

Uruknet

Military Resistance 11E20: USA USA
Uruknet

First US drone strike in Pakistan since Obama’s drone speech kills seven
Uruknet

Palestinian refugees burn Hezbollah aid
Uruknet

Will the Middle East turn into semi-states run by militias?
Uruknet

Palestinian Activists Seek New Strategies to Confront Israel
Uruknet

Israeli-Arab Demonstration to Mark 46 Years of Occupation
Uruknet

An appeal from Daniel Ellsberg
Uruknet

British Defense Chief Confirms Detentions of Afghans at Base
Uruknet

Q&A: Israel Treats the Bedouin Like “People in a Box”
Uruknet

Jim Crow amusement park in Israel features days for only Jewish students, days for only Palestinians
Uruknet

Daily Star

Libya to appeal ICC decision to prosecute Kadhafi son
Daily Star 2 Jun 2013 Libya said on Sunday it will appeal to the International Criminal Court to reverse its decision to prosecute Seif al-Islam, a son of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

Yemen minister on hunger strike for activists’ release
Daily Star 2 Jun 2013 Yemen’s Human Rights Minister Huriya Mashhoor said she began a hunger strike on Sunday to press authorities to release dozens of activists held since the 2011 uprising against former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

US transfers prisoner to Mauritania
Daily Star 2 Jun 2013 A Mauritanian official says that the United States has transferred one of its prisoners held in Afghanistan to Mauritania.

Palestinian president appoints new prime minister
Daily Star 2 Jun 2013 The Palestinian president Abbas on Sunday picked a little-known academic as his new prime minister, according to the official government news agency, following the resignation of his chief rival.

Iranian intelligence says dismantles sabotage plot
Daily Star 2 Jun 2013 Iran’s intelligence ministry says its agents have dismantled a sabotage and terrorism network linked to Israel and Britain.

Syria urges nationals to avoid travel to Turkey: SANA
Daily Star 2 Jun 2013 Syria has recommended its nationals avoid travel to Turkey given recent protests against Prime Minister Erdogan in its northern neighbor, SANA, quoting a Syrian Foreign Ministry source, reports.

YNet News

Czech PM declares emergency as floods threaten Prague
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – ….

Niger says 22 escape jail after raid on prison
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – ….

Bnei Brak: Dozens of haredim protesting draft, burn trash bins
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – ….

Clinton lecture to cost JNF, Peres Academic Center $500,000 
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – Former US president to get large sum for 45-min lecture at Peres’ birthday celebration; bill picked up by Jewish National Fund, Peres Academic Center ….

Over 7,000 Syrian refugees return to Syria from Iraq 
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – ….

Rebels seize explosives at Syria-Turkey border
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – ….

PM Erdogan says social media ‘danger to society’
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – As anti-government demonstrations continue for third day, Turkish leader calls protesters ‘few looters’; says ‘best examples of lies can be found on Twitter’ ….

Palestinian president appoints new prime minister
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – Academic Rami Hamdullah, 55, to replace Fayyad, who frequently clashed with Abbas. New PM tasked with forming new government of technocrats, not politicians ….

Rabbi Yosef in stable condition after falling down at home
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – Shas spiritual leader in stable condition after stumbling while making his way to synagogue ….

Iran says dismantled ‘Israel-UK terror network’ 
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – Intelligence ministry says 12 people arrested for ‘preparing to enflame ethnic conflicts ahead of elections’ had links to Mossad ….

Governing without criticism 
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: Calm may be restored in Istanbul, but blow suffered by Erdogan marks end of his honeymoon with voters ….

Tel Aviv: 2 men come to woman’s aid, attacked by foreigners
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – When noticing girl being followed by group of foreign nationals, young men ask if she is ok, prompting group to attack them with bricks, chains ….

Germany may soon restrict ‘Made in Israel’ labels
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – Document issued in response to German opposition members states products should be labeled ‘made in Israel’ only if they are manufactured within 1967 borders. EU ambassador: Efforts reflect growing impatience with settlements ….

Erdogan rejects ‘dictator’ claims
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – Turkish PM says ‘I am not the master of the people. Dictatorship does not run in my blood or in my character’; but stresses government to proceed with urban renovation plans in Istanbul ….

Islamist, secular media both slam Erdogan 
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – Violent suppression of Istanbul protests unites media; ‘Last straw to election loss,’ says Islamist journalist; ‘Civilians gassed like insects,’ liberal paper charges ….

Hezbollah, Syrian rebels clash on Lebanese soil
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – According to reports, 17 rebels killed in battles with Hezbollah gunmen in Baalbek; Al-Mayadeen TV says rebels belonged to radical Jabhat al-Nusra organization ….

More than 1,000 killed in Iraq violence in May 
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – Baghdad residents worry death squads may return after bloodiest month in civil war since five years ago; attacks on Sunni, Shiite targets raise war fears ….

Superland government 
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: Amusement park’s Arab-Jewish segregation policy stems from racist Israeli laws ….

Chomsky condemns Turkish police crackdown on protestors
YNet News, 2 Jun 2013 – Noted linguist, activist says police actions recall ‘most shameful moments of Turkish history’; two killed, 1000 injured in protests, Amnesty reports ….

Palestine Information Center

Detained hunger striker vomiting blood
PIC – The health condition of detained hunger striker Ayman Hamdan is very difficult, his lawyer Hanan Al-Khatib said on Sunday.

Hamdan confirms end of dispute in Arab National Congress
PIC – Osama Hamdan, foreign relations official in Hamas movement, said that the political developments in the Arab region can be a bridge for the Arab nation to regain its place in the world.

Price Tag gangs burn Palestinian agricultural lands in Ramallah
PIC – Palestinian local sources reported that the settlers’ price tag gangs set fire to dozens of dunums of Palestinian agricultural lands west of Ramallah, in the central West Bank.

Number of female prisoners in Israeli jails rises to 19
PIC – The number of Palestinian women held in Israeli jails recently increased to 19, the Palestine prisoners’ center for studies said on Sunday.

Ahrar: Settlement escalation in Jerusalem due to PA’s subservience at Davos
PIC – Palestinian Ahrar movement considered that the escalation of settlement in Jerusalem is one of the outcomes of the subservience shown by Ramallah authority in the recent Davos conference.

Muslim scholars assert normalization with Israel is treason
PIC – Muslim Scholars Association called on the Arab and Islamic nation to place names of those who call for normalization with Israel in the wanted list on charges of treason.

WAFA

Israel Takes over 60 Dunums East of Nablus
WAFA – 2 Jun 2013

Israel to Demolish Two Homes South of Jerusalem
WAFA – 2 Jun 2013

Israeli Forces Arrest Three in West Bank
WAFA – 2 Jun 2013

Abbas Discusses US Peace Efforts with Jordan’s Foreign Minister
WAFA – 2 Jun 2013

UN Confirms Settlement Activity Illegal
WAFA – 2 Jun 2013

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Starts Week’s Trading in Decline
WAFA – 2 Jun 2013

Israel to Evacuate Land near Salfit
WAFA – 2 Jun 2013

Misc

Shohreh Aghdashloo, from Tehran to Hollywood
LA Times 1 Jun 2013 – The Sunday Conversation: The Iranian American actress has a memoir, ‘The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines,’ coming out and talks about the diversity of the roles she is offered. Iranian American actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, who earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in “House…

Turkey Premier Says Protests Will Not Stop Plans to Demolish Park
New York Times 2 Jun 2013 – Calling protesters “looters” and “bums,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said that plans to demolish a public park would continue, despite public opposition. 

Egyptian Court Rules Against Legislative Body
New York Times 2 Jun 2013 – The ruling challenges the legitimacy of the only sitting house of Parliament and the body that drafted the country’s new constitution. 

Regulator allows Leviathan gas export talks 
Globes Energy & Water – The Antitrust Authority has allowed talks for gas exports to Turkey, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority.

IBM Israel fires 100
Globes Main News – IBM Israel is firing 100 sales and marketing employees out of its workforce of 2,000.

Israel has 10th highest percentage of millionaires
Globes Main News – The Boston Consulting Group: Israel had 84,000 millionaire households in 2012, 3.8% of all households.

Sun: Mellanox plunge depresses TASE
Globes Main News – Mellanox fell 12%, after announcing that it will delist from the TASE, while Delek Group bucked the market.

Caesarstone hits $1b market cap
Globes Main News – Every Kibbutz Sdot Yam member is worth NIS 5 million.

Banks to reschedule Dankner loan payments
Globes Main News – The banks oppose the joint debt settlement proposed by IDB Holding and IDB Development bondholders representatives.

Clinton Foundation charges $500,000 for lecture in honor of Peres 
Globes Macro Economics – The payment went to the Clinton Foundation, which focuses on global environment and health issues.

VAT hike comes into force; fuel price also rises 
Globes Macro Economics – VAT rose by 1% to 18% at midnight last night.

Israeli cos downsize Paris Air Show pavilions 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Some companies, which sent delegations of scores of sales reps and executives to previous air shows to promote future deals, are sending smaller delegations in an effort to cut costs.

Iran Cuts Off Hamas Aid for Renouncing Assad
Tikun Olam – Meshal and Khamenei in happier times The Syrian revolution has yet another casualty: long-warm relations between Iran and Hamas have frozen over the latter’s renunciation of Bashar al-Assad. It began a year ago or so when Khaled Meshal was faced with a momentous decision about whether…

Hey New York, get ready for the big (anti-Zionist) parade!
Mondoweiss – Neturei Karta in NY 6/2/2013 Neturei Karta in NY 6/3/2013   Neturei Karta in NY 6/2/2013 Neturei Karta, 6/2/2013 Today in New York is the Celebrate Israel Parade . A lot of politicians will be marching up Fifth Avenue. A friend was bicycling past Grant’s Tomb on…

Video: On 3rd anniversary of ‘Mavi Marmara’ attack, witnesses return to the boat
Mondoweiss – A powerful 20-minute video published Friday, on the 3rd anniversary of Israel’s attack on the Mavi Marmara: crew-members, passengers, journalists, humanitarians of the Freedom Flotilla, returned to the ship to recount what they witnessed and experienced. Some of their recollections, their voices, interspersed with live footage…

‘We are the army. Beware… we will come to your home’ — Israel’s wanted posters for 4 Palestinian boys, 10-14
Mondoweiss – “We are the army, beware we will catch you if we see you, or we will come to your home.” No, these are not Amber Alerts. This is a different kind of ” abduction alert system “.  Sometimes living under Israeli military rule means that wanted posters will be…

Bill Clinton takes a cool half-million from Jewish National Fund for speech in Israel
Mondoweiss – The scandal that is never a scandal in the American press. Bill Clinton’s foundation has been given $500,000 by the Jewish National Fund, which has long been involved in taking Palestinian land and giving it to Jews. Is Hillary running for president? Where does she expect…

35,000 March in Celebrate Israel Parade in New York 
The Foward Breaking News 2 Jun 2013 – The traditional Salute to Israel Parade, now rebranded as Celebrate Israel, took place on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue on Sunday− in sweltering heat, under heightened security and with the obvious preponderance of Orthodox Jews among marchers and onlookers. Click here for the rest of the article…

Palestinians Name College President as New Premier 
The Foward Breaking News 2 Jun 2013 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has named a new prime minister to replace Western-favoured economist Salam Fayyad who quit in April and formally leaves office this month, a Palestinian official told Reuters on Sunday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Plans To Deport ‘100%’ of Eritrea Immigrants 
The Foward Breaking News 2 Jun 2013 – Israel has reached an agreement with an unspecified state willing to absorb illegal Eritrean migrants, and is in advanced talks with two other states seeking to reach similar agreements regarding the deportation of illegal Sudanese migrants. Click here for the rest of the article…

Benjamin Netanyahu Blasts Amusement Park ‘Apartheid’ and ‘Price Tag’ Vandals 
The Foward Breaking News 2 Jun 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned racism against Israeli Arabs, and vandalism attacks against Palestinians. Click here for the rest of the article…

Month Report Newsletter 
Palestine Solidarity Project 2 Jun 2013 – Month Report Newsletter May-2013 On Friday the 3rd of May 2013, dozens of settlers from the settlement of Keryat Arba attacked Beit Omar. They accused the villagers of throwing stones at their cars on the main road that connects Jerusalem and Hebron which passes the entrance…

Syrian rebels and Hezbollah ‘clash’ 
BBC 2 Jun 2013 – A number of people are killed in rare clashes on Lebanese soil between Syrian rebels and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, say reports.

Egypt’s upper house ruled invalid 
BBC 2 Jun 2013 – Egypt’s top court rules that the upper house, or Shura Council, and a panel that drafted the new constitution are invalid.

Helicopter scare for Iran president 
BBC 2 Jun 2013 – A helicopter carrying Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad makes an emergency landing in a mountainous region in northern Iran, media say.

Border clash kills several Syrian rebels, one Hezbollah fighter 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Jun 2013 – Soldiers inspect the crater caused by a rocket fired from Syria that hit Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa region, causing no casualties, on 1 June 2013. (Photo: AFP) Several fighters were killed in an overnight clash between Hezbollah fighters and Syrian rebel forces in Lebanon’s eastern border region…

Supporters of Iranian presidential candidate arrested after rally 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Jun 2013 – Hassan Rowhani, an Iranian presidential candidate and former top nuclear negotiator, waves as he arrives for to campaign at the Jamaran mosque in Tehran, on 1 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Atta Kenare) Iranian security forces arrested several supporters of Hassan Rouhani after the moderate presidential…

Lebanon to file UN complaint against Israel over airspace violations 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Jun 2013 – Taken from the Lebanese side of the border, an Israeli soldier looks through his binoculars towards Lebanese villages, during a patrol along the northern Israeli border, on 27 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Zayyat) Lebanon’s President Michel Sleiman instructed the country’s foreign minister on Sunday…

Turkish police withdraws from Istanbul protest square 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Jun 2013 – A protester gestures during a protest against Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in central Ankara on 1 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Adem Altan) Updated at 3:30pm: Thousands of protesters celebrated early Sunday after police withdrew from Istanbul’s…

Egypt Shura Council ruled unconstitutional by supreme court 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Jun 2013 – Egypt’s highest court on Sunday invalidated the country’s Islamist-dominated Senate and a panel that drafted the country’s constitution, state media reported. The Supreme Constitutional Court said the law governing the elections of the Shura Council was unconstitutional, as were the rules for the selection of the…

Syrian rebels and Hezbollah ‘clash’ 
BBC 2 Jun 2013 – A number of people are killed in rare clashes on Lebanese soil between Syrian rebels and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, say reports.

Egypt’s upper house ruled invalid 
BBC 2 Jun 2013 – Egypt’s top court rules that the upper house, or Shura Council, and a panel that drafted the new constitution are invalid.

Gaddafi assets ‘in South Africa’ 
BBC 2 Jun 2013 – South African officials are investigating claims that Muammar Gaddafi and his family stashed $1bn (£600m) in assets in the country.

Helicopter scare for Iran president 
BBC 2 Jun 2013 – A helicopter carrying Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad makes an emergency landing in a mountainous region in northern Iran, media say.

Articles


Data shows that Palestinians now own just 8 per cent of historic Palestine 
Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 5/28/2013
      New data published by the Land Research Centre (LRC) shows that Palestinians own only eight per cent of historic Palestine. The LRC is affiliated to the Arabic Studies Association in Jerusalem. In a press conference held in Ramallah, it announced the publication of its latest Year Book, in which it documents Israeli violations of Palestinian rights concerning lands and houses. The book is published in English and Arabic.
     LRC director Jamal Al-Emla described 2012 as “the year of settlements”, a reference to the massive increase in settlement expansion by the occupation authorities. He used photographs, charts and maps to demonstrate that the amount of historic Palestine owned by Palestinians has been in decline since the British Mandate era right up to last year. They now own just 8 per cent of their own country. The decline, claimed Al-Emla, is due to Israel’s ethnic cleansing, expulsion of Palestinians and confiscation of their land followed by its colonisation by Jewish settlers.
     “The occupation destroyed 189 houses during 2012,” he pointed out. “About 1,215 Palestinian residents, who used to live in those houses, were made homeless.” The Israeli occupation destroyed 415 commercial and agricultural properties, including wells. They also threatened to destroy 772 houses while 590 other facilities under construction, including houses, have been halted.
     “The city which is endangered the most is Nablus,” said the LRC director, “followed by occupied Jerusalem.”
     The data also showed that the Israeli occupation has destroyed 64,000 trees on Palestinian property, including 53,122 olive trees, which have been uprooted, burnt or drenched in raw sewage. more.. e-mail

A double standard: Alicia Keys and sanctions on Iran 
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 6/2/2013
      An example of distinctively Israeli, stone-blind hypocrisy. 
     There seems to be a bit of a double standard in this country on the subject of BDS. For instance, we’re all supposed to be sneering in triumph over Alicia Keys’ decision to resist calls to cancel her Tel Aviv concert next month. No sane Israeli can support a boycott of this country, can he? Over what, the occupation? Out of the question.
     But at the same time, no sane Israeli is supposed to oppose the UN sanctions on Iran, unless of course he thinks they’re too lenient or that they’re delaying the bombing of that country. For an Israeli to say he’s against the sanctions because they’re immoral, because they harm masses of innocent people – who’s ever heard of such a thing?
     This is the Israeli mentality: Sanctions that cause massive, life-threatening medical and food shortages to the citizens of an enemy country are great, but a boycott that denies Alicia Keys’ local fans the chance to see her is evil. (I know the callousness toward the effect of the Iran sanctions isn’t limited to Israel, but that callousness combined with the steaming outrage over the merest symbolic boycott of this country – the stone-blind hypocrisy of that reaction – is what makes it distinctively Israeli.)
     People will say: How can you compare sanctions on Iran to a boycott on Israel – Iran is a totalitarian, nightmarish country, an Islamic police state. That’s true, but that’s not why the sanctions are in place – they’re in place because Iran is en route to getting nuclear weapons, and the nuclear powers on the UN Security Council (egged on by Israel) do not have the right to wreak hell on the lives of Iranians because their regime wants a few nukes, too. Also, while Iran is a monstrous country for anyone who doesn’t toe the mullahs’ line, an incomparably worse violator of human rights than Israel, that doesn’t mean Israel is good, or morally immune from boycotts. more.. e-mail

Palestine is an issue more people should engage with 
Amelia Smith, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 5/29/2013
      When I speak to Ahdaf Soueif she is walking through the market place in the old city of Hebron, Palestine. She explains that a lot of the area is closed down by military order or subject to daily attack by settlers. From where she is she can see a house that has already been taken over since the last time she was there. Above it is a towering construction with steel girders and reinforced rods that have been built in the last month.
     In East Jerusalem she saw ten houses that had been occupied, earmarked by the familiar barbed wire, surveillance cameras and Israeli flag. She describes a six-lane highway, a settler route to connect the settlements, which is being built to cut through one of the districts of the city with an eight-metre wall to protect it. Palestinians who live on the wrong side will be cut off completely. “It has become very clear that it is planned to cause damage to the social fabric of Palestine” she explains.
     Soueif is travelling through Hebron for this year’s Palestine Festival of Literature. A bestselling author, she is also founding chair of the annual event that brings together leading literary figures from the UK, the US and the Arab world to teach workshops and perform across historic Palestine. Amongst this year’s participants are co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, Ali Abunimah, poet and critic Najwan Darwish and author Susan Abulhawa.
     Though the occasion takes place amidst the checkpoints and barriers, the occupation is not the focal point for every activity. “We learned early on that while people want to learn different ways to tell their story, at the same time they do actually want a break from the situation and they genuinely want to engage with the broader issues of culture and be part of the conversations about culture that take place in the whole world” explains Soueif.
     A recent session in Jerusalem saw participants debate whether or not it is possible to combine creative documentary work with writing reportage, which was followed by a poetry reading that was translated into Arabic…. more.. e-mail

Buying Time? Money, Guns and Politics in the West Bank 
International Crisis Group 5/29/2013
      Many conditions for an uprising are objectively in place: political discontent, lack of hope, economic fragility, increased violence and an overwhelming sense that security cooperation serves an Israeli – not Palestinian – interest.
     EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
     Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s resignation has pushed questions of West Bank economic, political and security stability back to the fore. Even under Fayyad, the last year has been the most tumultuous since Hamas seized Gaza in 2007. The Palestinian Authority (PA) found itself in a financial crisis, unable to pay salaries or halt economic decline. Fatah, resentful of marginalisation, exploited the resulting economic-cum-political protests, which quickly escaped its control. Escalating Israeli-Palestinian clashes gave rise to predictions of a third intifada. For now, though rates of violence remain comparatively high, the general mood has quieted; U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s diplomatic initiative faces myriad obstacles, but a sustained uprising is unlikely to be among them. There are ways to further insulate the West Bank against instability, but if the interested parties do not get beyond managing conflict triggers to addressing root issues, today’s relative calm could well be fleeting.
     Protests over the economy (at their largest in September 2012) and prisoners detained by Israel (February and April 2013) led many to wonder if another major eruption, or even the end of the PA, might be on the horizon. Despite the ferment, the preponderance of evidence indicates that such fears – or what for others are hopes – were overblown. As of yet, there is no indication that a critical mass of Palestinians will push their political system to the boiling point or move sharply into confrontation with Israel, which is trying to avoid just such an eventuality by keeping the PA’s economy afloat and limiting Palestinian causalities and especially fatalities, without which protests fade quickly. With no unified Palestinian leadership, no strategy and the people themselves divided and exhausted, an uprising possesses limited popular appeal. — See also:ICG: Full Report more.. e-mail


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