VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 3 June 2013: Bedouin forced to live beside garbage dump contract unknown diseases

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International Middle East Media Center

Israeli Illegally Confiscates 370 Dunams Near Nablus
IMEMC – Monday June 3 2013, the Israeli government announced Monday it decision to illegally confiscate 370 Dunams (91.42 Acres) of Palestinian lands, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

Ten Palestinians Kidnapped In Qalqilia, Bethlehem And Hebron
IMEMC – Monday at dawn, June 3 2013; dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the West Bank districts of Qalqilia, Bethlehem and Hebron, and kidnapped ten Palestinians after breaking into their homes and searching them. …

Several Palestinians Injured By Army Fire In Jenin
IMEMC – Monday at dawn, June 3 2013, Palestinian medical sources in Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, reported that several Palestinians have been injured after Israeli soldiers invaded various neighborhoods in the city and clashed with local youths. …

Hunger Striking Detainee Forced Into Solitary Confinement
IMEMC – Sunday June 2 2013, The Israeli Prison Authority forced a hunger striking detainee into solitary confinement as he stopped drinking water after two weeks on ongoing hunger strike. … 

Abbas Appoints A New Prime Minister
IMEMC – Sunday June 2 2013, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, appointed a new Prime Minister to replace the resigned P.M. Dr. Salaam Fayyad in the occupied West Bank. …

Ma’an News

Settlers torch Palestinian fields near Nablus
6/3/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Extremist settlers set fire to over 50 acres of Palestinian fields in the northern West Bank on Monday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Residents of Yitzhar settlement torched fields in the Khallat al-Injas neighborhood of Madama, and the fire spread to adjacent fields owned by Burin villagers, said Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities. Five acres of wheat fields were destroyed….

Israeli forces raid Jenin suburbs
6/3/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces fired tear gas during raids on the Jenin area late Sunday and early Monday, local residents and security sources said. At 11 p. m. , an Israeli military force raided two suburbs of Jenin, entering the homes of Mahmoud Jalamneh and Mohammad Abu Ras in separate villages. Soldiers questioned occupants of the houses, inal-Kharubeh and Sabah al-Kher, and clashed with….

Palestinians, Israeli forces clash in Abu Dis
6/3/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Young Palestinian men and Israeli forces clashed in East Jerusalem’s Abu Dis neighborhood on Monday as Israeli Civil Administration officers delivered a demolition order for a building in the village. Dozens of students from the Al-Quds University campus in Abu Dis were among those showered with tear gas canisters fired by the Israeli forces, a local Fatah official Anwar….

Iraq warns Israel on using airspace in Iran strike
6/3/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Baghdad has warned Israel that it would respond to any attempts to use Iraqi airspace for a strike against Iran’s controversial nuclear program, a top Iraqi minister told AFP. The remarks from Hussein al-Shahristani, deputy prime minister responsible for energy affairs, mark the first time a senior Iraqi official has publicly warned Israel against entering its airspace — the most direct route….

Hamas: Iran reduces financial support over Syria stance
6/3/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Iran has significantly reduced financial support to Hamas because of the group’s support for opposition groups in Syria’s internal conflict, a senior party official said Monday. Ahmed Yousif told Ma’an that Iran has never threatened to completely stop financial support to Hamas, but said there has been a serious reduction in funds due to the….

Radio: 15 tons of wheelchairs to arrive in Gaza
6/3/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A shipment of 15 tons of wheelchairs and canes are set to be delivered to the Gaza Strip via Alexandria, a local radio station said Monday. Fursan al-Erada radio, based in Deir al-Balah, reported that the final procedures were taking place at the Egyptian port. It said the goods would be released by the end of the week. 1 ) Libra….

Israel allows Gaza residents to visit jailed relatives
6/3/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Over 100 Gaza residents visited their relatives detained in Israel’s Nafha prison on Monday, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. ICRC spokesman Nasser al-Najjar told Ma’an that 98 adults and 19 children visited 48 prisoners in Nafha jail. It was the largest group from Gaza allowed to visit prisoners since Israel resumed family visits….

Report: Iran busts Mossad ‘terror’ cell ahead of vote
6/3/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran has dismantled a “terror network” backed by Israel’s Mossad intelligence services which planned to disrupt the upcoming presidential election, the state broadcaster said Sunday.” The intelligence ministry has identified and arrested the members of this terror network, and confiscated their weapons,” IRIB said on its website, quoting a statement by the ministry. It said the arrested group was made up….

Qassam Brigades march for sick prisoner
6/3/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Militants affiliated with Hamas marched in Gaza City on Sunday in solidarity with a sick prisoner held by Israel. After evening prayers, gunmen with the al-Qassam Brigades marched from a mosque in Nuseirat to the home of Murad Abu Moleq. Abu Moleq recently underwent colon and bowel surgery in an Israeli hospital. He was detained in 2001 while undertaking an….

Hamas delegation heads to Bahrain
6/3/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Hamas delegation left for Bahrain on Monday, a Ma’an reporter said. The delegation is headed by Mousa Abu Marzouq. It is thought that the group will discuss Palestinian reconciliation, although no official statement has been released. 1 ) AKeenReader / UK03/06/2013 16:02 I am disappointed that Fatah & Hamas continue ot talk, talk, talk and talk. It….

Gaza interior ministry to release 51 prisoners
6/3/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The interior ministry in the Gaza Strip announced Monday it would release 51 detainees who have served two-thirds of their sentences. In a statement, the ministry said the detainees would be freed at 9:30 p. m. Monday. The gesture is meant to coincide with Ramadan, which begins in early July. [END]

Civil servants suspend protests to give new govt a chance
6/3/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Civil servants in the West Bank will suspend all protests against the Palestinian Authority to give time to the newly-appointed prime minister Rami Hamdallah, their union said Monday. The council of the government employees union convened Monday and welcomed the appointment of Rami Hamdallah, who replaces Salam Fayyad. Union chief Bassam Zakarna said the council decided to suspend protests to give….

Netanyahu to inaugurate Auschwitz exhibition on June 13
6/3/2013 – WARSAW (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Poland on June 13 for the opening of a new exhibition at the museum of the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, organizers said Monday. In the works for four years, the exhibition will present “the murder at Auschwitz in the larger context of the Nazis’ systematic attempt to exterminate the Jewish people,” said Israel….

New PM says to strive for national reconciliation
6/3/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — The newly appointed Palestinian Authority prime minister, respected academic Rami Hamdallah, said Monday he will strive to continue the work of his predecessor and that he is ready to stand aside for a Fatah-Hamas unity government. A day after being hand-picked by President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamdallah’s appointment was hailed by the United States and welcomed by Israelis who described him as….

West Bank doctors to start open strike Wednesday
6/3/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Doctors in public hospitals across the West Bank will go on open strike on Wednesday, their union said Monday. Only doctors on duty in wards will work while all others, including specialists, will stay home, the doctors union said in a statement. The union called on all members of its general assembly to join a sit-in protest at the Palestinian Legislative….

Father of newborn conjoined twins appeals for help
6/3/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — The father of new-born conjoined twins on Monday appealed for help for his daughters in Hebron. The twins were born on Saturday in Israel’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. They share a heart, and Israeli doctors decided the chances of a successful operation were very slim, after consulting internationally. They were discharged from the Jerusalem hospital on Sunday….

Egypt detains 5 Palestinians in Sinai carrying fake IDs
6/3/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities detained five Palestinians in Sinai on Sunday, after they illegally entered the country via Gaza smuggling tunnels. The five men had entered a tourist resort in el-Arish and were found with fake Egyptian IDs and forged university cards. They were also in possession of cannabis. The suspects were transferred to custody for investigation. [END]

PA: 2,000 Palestinians in Syria jails
6/3/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — About 2,000 Palestinians are in the custody of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s embattled regime, the Palestinian Authority labor minister estimated Monday. Ahmad Majdalani, who returned Friday from a brief visit to Syria, told Ma’an that about 1,300 of the 2,000 Palestinians in Syrian custody were thought to have taken part in the fighting there. But he said….

Gulf states talk of steps against Hezbollah
6/3/2013 – JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — Arab states of the Gulf could take measures against the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, openly involved in the Syrian conflict, the head of their six-member bloc said on Sunday. The Gulf Cooperation Council had “decided to look into taking measures against Hezbollah’s interests in the member states,” GCC chief Abdullatif al-Zayani told reporters at the end of a ministerial….

10-year-old boy drowns off Gaza coast
6/3/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 10-year-old boy drowned Monday in the Mediterranean sea off the northern coast of the Gaza Strip, medics said. The body of the boy, identified as Omar Mohammad Salah, 10, from al-Shati refugee camp, was transferred to Shifa hospital, medical officials told Ma’an. [END]

Syria bombards Qusayr, Damascus bombing kills 9
6/3/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria’s air force bombarded Qusayr, two weeks into a Hezbollah-backed assault, as a car bomb in Damascus killed nine members of the security forces. The regime responded to a Red Cross appeal to let them help civilians trapped in Qusayr by saying they would only be admitted once its forces had defeated rebels there. At the United Nations, diplomats said Russia….

Al-Jazeera vies to keep audience despite competition
6/3/2013 – DUBAI (AFP) — After its coverage of Arab Spring uprisings sent its popularity rocketing, Qatar’s Al-Jazeera is vying to keep its audience despite competition from mushrooming local channels and accusations it supports new Islamist governments. The Doha-based network claims that it remains at the top among Arab news channels, citing compiled results from two surveys done by two polling agencies — Ipsos in 11 Arab….

Syrian missile kills 26 in village near Aleppo
6/3/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — A missile hit a village near Syria’s second city of Aleppo overnight, killing 26 people including six women and eight children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday.” At midnight on Sunday, 26 people were killed, including six women and eight children, when what appears to have been a surface-to-surface missile struck the village of Kfar Hamra,” said the….

Erdogan: Turkey situation ‘calming down’
6/3/2013 – RABAT (AFP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday on a visit to Morocco that the situation in his country is “now calming down” despite a fourth day of violent protests against his rule.” The situation in my country is now calming down. . . On my return from this visit, the problems will be solved,” Erdogan told a news conference in Rabat. [END]

Palestine News Network

Jewish Youths Assault Arab Taxi Driver in Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Ya’alon To Prevent Demolition of Settler’s Homes in Evacuated Settlement of Migron
Palestine News Network

Kerry Lauds Abbas’ Decision to Assign Al-Hamdallah as New PA Prime Minister
Palestine News Network

PPS: Health Condition of Prisoner Samer al-Issawi Deteriorates
Palestine News Network

Settlers Destroy Olive Trees near Salfit
Palestine News Network

Israel Arrests Five Palestinians from Azoun
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Injure Palestinian After Raiding Jenin Neighborhood
Palestine News Network

Report on Kidnapped Prisoner Dirar Abu Sisi
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Concludes the Second Training Course this Year for Young Lawyers in the Field of Litigation before Sharia Courts
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

After the flames, only determination remains in Burin and Madama
6/3/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 3rd June 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Burin and Madama, Occupied Palestine – On Monday 3rd June, around a dozen settlers from the illegal colony of Yizhar set fire to Palestinian’s fields in the villages of Burin and Madama, destroying at least 50 acres of arable land with olive trees. The settlers were joined by a jeep of border police when 40-50….

Two men arrested and a woman hospitalised in Hebron house raid
6/3/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 3rd June 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – A 58 year-old Palestinian man and his 28 year-old son were arrested and his wife hospitalised after Israeli soldiers invaded their home, smashing furniture and breaking electronic goods over a three hour period. Four more houses within the same building were also ransacked. Yesterday at around 2. 30pm, at least ten soldiers invaded the….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: OFID and UNESCO Sign Project Agreement to Improve Education for Palestinian Children in West Bank and Gaza Strip
Relief Web 3 Jun 2013 – Source: UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Country: occupied Palestinian territory The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) signed a project agreement with UNESCO to improve access to quality education for Palestinian children in the West Bank and Gaza Strip,…

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 May – 3 June 2013
Relief Web 3 Jun 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands,…

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestinian Communities Under Threat In Masafer Yatta, April 2013
Relief Web 3 Jun 2013 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Massafer Yatta Case Study, May 2013

occupied Palestinian territory: OIC Condemns Israeli Decision To Build 1,100 Settlement Units In Al Quds
Relief Web 3 Jun 2013 – Source: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, condemned vigorously Israel’s decision to approve the building of 1,100 new settlement units in the occupied city of…

occupied Palestinian territory: Qatar Red Crescent and its Palestinian counterpart implemented a number of projects in the field of higher education and the development of disability services in Gaza
Relief Web 2 Jun 2013 – Source: Qatar Red Crescent Society Country: occupied Palestinian territory Co-funded by Qatar Red Crescent strategic partners: Fakhoora and the Islamic Development Bank (within the GCC program for the reconstruction of Gaza) the QRC in collaboration with its Palestinian counterpart implemented…

The National

Quest to place Dubai Creek on world heritage list
The National 3 Jun 2013 – If accepted, Dubai Creek will join Great Barrier Reef and Grand Canyon to be on the Unesco World Heritage List.

Erdogan denounces protesters as thousands return to Taksim
The National 3 Jun 2013 – Police fired tear gas in Istanbul as prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and president Abdullah Gul took different views on the protests that have rocked the Turkey.

German voters in UAE prepare to head to the polls
The National 3 Jun 2013 – The German embassy tells 12,000 of its nationals in the UAE that registration must be completed before September 2.

Major fires in the UAE
The National 3 Jun 2013 – Fires in the UAE that took place from January 2007 to May 2013.

UAE cabinet clamps down on smoking
The National 3 Jun 2013 – The Federal Cabinet has given its approval for a number of new initiatives, ranging from education to public health.

GCC to scrutinise Hizbollah interests
The National 3 Jun 2013 – Gulf Cooperation Council ministers “condemned Hizbollah’s blatant interference in Syria” and “decided to consider taking action against Hizbollah’s interests in the GCC countries”.

‘Masked knife gang’ attack six men in Sharjah
The National 3 Jun 2013 – A gang of men are allegedly carried knives and wore masks when they attacked six young men in the early hours of the morning.

Turkey’s ‘moral edge’ takes a hit after government’s response to protests
The National 3 Jun 2013 – Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s efforts to cast Turkey as a leader in the region are under scrutiny because of the Turkish police’s heavy-handed response to protests. But the prime minister has rejected comparisons with the Arab Spring upheavals.

Ha’aretz

Treasury: Cuts to defense spending no reason to panic
Ha’aretz – 3 Jun 2013

More Israeli parents refusing to vaccinate their babies according to state regulations
Ha’aretz – 3 Jun 2013

Kerry to U.S. Jews: Next few days will determine Middle East fate for decades
Ha’aretz – 3 Jun 2013

Israeli theme park admits: Segregation policy applied to ultra-Orthodox too, not just Arabs
Ha’aretz – 3 Jun 2013

In wake of Haaretz report: Israeli TV journalist to be indicted for sexual harassment
Ha’aretz – 3 Jun 2013

Israel fast-tracks development of Arrow III defense system over Iran concerns
Ha’aretz – 3 Jun 2013

Israeli researchers’ discovery may help treatment of MS, cerebral palsy
Ha’aretz – 3 Jun 2013

U.S. will drop peace process if Israelis, Palestinians aren’t serious, senior American official warns
Ha’aretz – 3 Jun 2013

Israel’s secret services budget surged 26% under Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 3 Jun 2013

Treating migrants in Israel like chattel
Ha’aretz – 2 Jun 2013

Israel’s marine environment faces serious threats by development, pioneering report shows
Ha’aretz – 2 Jun 2013

Mass graves in Jaffa said to be from War of Independence
Ha’aretz – 2 Jun 2013

Jerusalem Post

Gas stops top offenders in environmental compliance
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Peretz: Yellow and red cards given to companies “that committed environmental crimes against the public.” 

Gantz lauds Tzameret for ‘customized’ physicians
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – IDF chief of staff praises Hebrew University military track that specially trains doctors to army service. 

Weapons proliferation still top risk in North
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Analysis: The immediate danger to Israel from Syria, Lebanon rests with future attempts by Hezbollah to get hold of advanced weapons. 

Yesh Atid submits its own electoral reform bill
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Bill will limit number of ministers to 18, who can each hold one portfolio; raise electoral threshold from 2 to 4%. 

Colombian president arrives in Israel for visit
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Santos to meet with PM, president; Colombia is Israel’s main South American ally; countries enjoy robust security relationship. 

New law to limit money migrants can send abroad
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – PM Netanyahu praises new law, while NGOs and MKs slam the bill, calling it a sign of Israel’s toughened stance on migrants. 

German: Haredi men can contribute to health system
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Haredi men doing national service can be a boon to the public health system, health minister says. 

Speculation in Downing Street secret love affair
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Identity of two of British PM Cameron’s advisers, whose secret love affair could have serious political implications for him, remains secret. 

Foundations laid for largest private power station
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – The 870-megawatt natural gas power station will be located near Kibbutz Kfar Menahem at Tzafit. 

Housing cabinet okays plan to lower home prices
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – “Comprehensive plan” to bring down cost of housing by increasing supply, developing rental market seeks efficient use of land. 

US, Israeli, EU lawmakers to jointly call for united J’lem
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Legislators from Israel, the US and Europe will join together in rare event to declare support for keeping Jerusalem united as Israel’s capital in honor of the upcoming anniversary of the city’s reunification. 

Our Syrian menu: Bad, worse, worst
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – “Picking sides in Syria’s civil war is a bit like choosing between Hitler and Stalin.” 

Int’l terrorists must be prosecuted, not placated
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Argentina should demand that the Iranian gov’t extradite suspects who have been formally charged in Argentina. 

Netanyahu mocks Yesh Atid leader on economy
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Prime minister fires back at Lapid in Knesset for saying he inherited an economic catastrophe from previous government. 

Borderline Views: Int’l football comes to Israel
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – In two days the UEFA Under 21 championship – the first major international soccer competition to take place in Israel – will commence. 

Leftists to choose judges as coalition suffers blow
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Secret ballot vote fails to elect coalition representative. 

No Hold Barred: The sinful marriage
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Applying the Torah’s laws of lust to one’s marriage and intimate life leads to a relationship suffused with passion and excitement. 

The Region: Passivity in the face of Islamism
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – While anger and despair are going to rise in Egypt these factors are not in themselves enough to bring down a regime. 

Budget cuts to cost Arab families NIS 800 a month
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Mossawa Center head : Implications of budget cuts to cost Israeli Arabs more than double amount predicted by Lapid. 

Analysis: Hezbollah willing to join fight for Golan
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Expert: Syria has transformed from a junior partner of Iran, to become something similar to Hezbollah. 

A day of baseless love
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – “Yom Ahavat Hinam” is a day of Jews showing their love for each other through simple acts of kindness.

Stav: Crisis over chief rabbinate caused damage
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Bayit Yehudi candidate for Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi says recent struggle over national religious candidate has been “tough.” 

Engaging the Orthodox
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Rather than shunning the haredim, a feasible alternative would be to extend them our hand in partnership. 

Israeli matriculation exams: Less is more
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Rather than teaching pupils how to learn, the high schools spend much of their time teaching them how to pass the exams. 

‘Tax inspectors in Nazi Germany oblivious to Shoah’
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – New book shows many low-level tax inspectors in finance ministry dutifully tried to contact murdered Jews whose wealth was being plundered by the ministry’s top officials. 

Man beaten to death by masked men in trailer home
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Lod police looking for suspects after man, well-known to police, found beaten to death in village of Kfar Truman. 

Kerry weighing Mideast trip to push peace talks
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – US Secretary of State to decide whether return to Israel, West Bank to push for decisions by both sides on peace talks. 

Netanyahu to visit Poland in spite of labor dispute
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Prime minister to inaugurate Holocaust exhibition; foreign ministry refuses to provide logistical, preparatory support for visit. 

IDF cancels all operational duty for reserves
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2013 – Ya’alon: We must take calculated risks, fill gaps caused by cuts. 

The Guardian

Jellyfish surge in Mediterranean threatens environment – and tourists
The Guardian 3 Jun 2013 – A project is tracking the phenomenon as global warming and overfishing boost numbers of the venomous sea creature Scientists across the Mediterranean say a surge in the number of jellyfish this year threatens not just the…

Israel planning to deport African migrants to ‘east African country’
The Guardian 3 Jun 2013 – Court document reveals scheme to send some of 60,000 illegal immigrants, mostly Eritrean or Sudanese, to a third country Israel plans to send thousands of African migrants to an unidentified country, according to a court document,…

England enter a politically loaded European Under-21 Championship
The Guardian 3 Jun 2013 – The controversy surrounding Uefa’s decision to take the tournament to Israel still rages ahead of its start on Wednesday As Stuart Pearce’s England Under-21 players shuffled forward in the immigration-control queue after touching down in Tel…

Syrian rebels fight Hezbollah in Lebanon – Monday 3 June
The Guardian 3 Jun 2013 – Follow how the day unfolded after clashes involving Hezbollah militants and Syria rebels spread to Lebanon for the first time Matthew Weaver

Inter Press Service

Syrian Rebel Setbacks Spur Renewed Talk of No-Fly Zones
IPS In Aleppo, Karm al Jabal. This neighbourhood is next to Al Bab and has been under siege for six months. Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office/cc by 2.0 A series of reversals for Syria’s rebels this month has prompted its supporters here to call for much greater U.S. military intervention in…

Uruknet

Children with cancer barred from Israeli swimming pool for being Arab
Uruknet

Peace without Land: New East Jerusalem settlements and the U.S. brokered peace process
Uruknet

165 million children malnourished worldwide
Uruknet

IDF soldiers to West Bank children: ‘We are the army, be careful if we see you’
Uruknet

Syria News – May 31, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet

Security forces fail to protect Palestinians from settler attacks in incidents documented by B’Tselem over last three months (Videos)
Uruknet

Palestinian pawns: Egypt’s refugees
Uruknet

Free Bradley Manning: The World is Not the Enemy
Uruknet

Living on Lies Oil Wars: a Moral Cancer
Uruknet

Daily Star

Libya: 5 dead in tribal clashes in southern town
Daily Star 3 Jun 2013 A personal feud on Monday sparked clashes between tribes of African and Arab origins in southern Libya, leaving five people dead, according to a security official, in the latest sign of chaos in the country.

US to send Patriot missiles, F-16s to Jordan for drill
Daily Star 3 Jun 2013 The United States will send a Patriot missile battery and F-16 fighters to Jordan for a military drill and may keep the weapons there to counter the threat posed by Syria’s civil war, officials said Monday.

US offers $23 mn for AQIM, Boko Haram bosses
Daily Star 3 Jun 2013 In an unprecedented move, the United States on Monday posted up to $23 million in rewards to help track down five leaders of militant groups accused of spreading terror in west Africa.

Kurdish rebels clash with Turkish army during withdrawal
Daily Star 3 Jun 2013 Kurdish militants opened fire on Turkish troops in southeast Turkey near the border with Iraq on Monday, wounding one soldier, the military said, the first such incident since the rebels began withdrawing from Turkey under a…

Officials: Kerry returning to Mideast next week
Daily Star 3 Jun 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to the Middle East next week in another bid to revitalize peace hopes, officials said Monday, with the contours of a package possibly emerging to lure Israel and the…

Judge implicated in Lebanon drug ring suspended
Daily Star 3 Jun 2013 Caretaker Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi refers two judges to the Disciplinary Board and suspends one of them for alleged involvement in a drug dealing network.

Hezbollah slams attempt on Sheikh Hammoud’s life
Daily Star 3 Jun 2013 Hezbollah denounces the early morning shooting at a prominent Sunni sheikh in the southern coastal city of Sidon and says the attack aimed at inciting strife in the country.

YNet News

Mississippi man indicted in poisoned letters case
YNet News, 3 Jun 2013 – ….

Officials: Kerry returning to Mideast next week
YNet News, 3 Jun 2013 – ….

Obama orders new economic sanctions on Iran
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Approved by Knesset: Infiltrators will not be able to send money out 
YNet News, 3 Jun 2013 – ….

Remains of Polio virus found in Beersheba sewers
YNet News, 3 Jun 2013 – ….

Land already divided once 
YNet News, 3 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: Arabs can live full life in Jewish state, satisfy political desires in territory called ‘Jordan’ ….

Panic level rising
YNet News, 3 Jun 2013 – Analysis: Air Force making a fuss over S-300 missile deal when Syria already has far more dangerous weapons ….

Palestine Information Center

IOF rounded up 38 Palestinian boys in last two weeks of May
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up 38 Palestinian boys in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem over the last two weeks of the past month of May.

Palestinian female prisoners threaten to declare hunger strike
PIC – Tadamun Foundation for Human Rights said that the dean of Palestinian female prisoners Lena Jerboni is still suffering health problems.

1518 Palestinian children were killed since 2nd intifada
PIC – Nearly 1518 Palestinian children were killed since the second Palestinian Intifada (uprising) in 2000, according to a Palestinian official report.

IOF arrests 8 Palestinians, summons 5 others
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested at dawn on Monday 5 citizens from Azzun town, east of Qalqilya after raiding and searching their homes, and 3 other citizens from Bethlehem and al-Khalil.

IPS isolates the prisoner Abu Khudair
PIC – The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has isolated on Sunday the hunger striker Iyad Abu Khudair, 38, after he stopped drinking water, Waed Society confirmed.

600 housing units built in May
PIC – In its monthly report, the Settlement and Wall Information Center said that May has witnessed an Israeli escalation in settlement building, demolition processes, and settlers’ attacks.

Rezka: New gov’t a replica of Fayyad gov’t
PIC – Yousef Rezka, the political advisor to Palestinian premier in Gaza Ismail Haneyya, said that the new government in the West Bank was a replica of the former one of Salam Fayyad.

Quds foundation: Israel planning to divide Aqsa mosque
PIC – The international Quds institution has warned of Israeli plans to legitimize dividing the Aqsa mosque between Muslims and Jews.

Hamas: The formation of a new gov’t by Abbas is unconstitutional
PIC – The Hamas Movement criticized Mahmoud Abbas for forming a new government in the West Bank and described it as illegitimate and unconstitutional.

Global march to J’lem to launch next Friday
PIC – The executive committee of the global march to occupied Jerusalem said it finished all preparations to organize the march next Friday in different cities around the world.

WAFA

Kerry Congratulates Newly Appointed Prime Minister Hamdallah
WAFA – 3 Jun 2013

Settlers Set Fire to Land south of Nablus
WAFA – 3 Jun 2013

UK Hague Congratulates Hamdallah on Appointment as Prime Minister
WAFA – 3 Jun 2013

Rami Hamdallah, from University President to Prime Minister
WAFA – 3 Jun 2013

Presidency: Israeli Land Seizure Will Destroy Kerry’s Efforts
WAFA – 3 Jun 2013

Weather Forecast: A Slight Drop in Temperature
WAFA – 3 Jun 2013

Misc

Thousands in Turkey continue protest over plan to bulldoze park
LA Times 3 Jun 2013 – The demonstration over Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park presents Turkey with the most cohesive challenge to its leadership in more than a decade. ISTANBUL, Turkey — A weekend of protest in Turkey has left the country reeling, with thousands of dissidents taking to the streets after…

Palestinian Authority picks Rami Hamdallah as prime minister
LA Times 3 Jun 2013 – Rami Hamdallah, a Palestinian university president and former English professor, has no political experience. RAMALLAH, West Bank — The new Palestinian Authority prime minister is a British-educated academic with no political experience who will be charged with forming the fifth Palestinian government since 2006.

U.S. Adds to Its List of Sanctions Against Iran
New York Times 3 Jun 2013 – President Obama authorized sanctions on any foreign financial institutions that conducts “significant transactions” in the Iranian rial, the currency of Iran. 

Shifting Cargo May Have Doomed Plane That Crashed Near Kabul
New York Times 3 Jun 2013 – Afghan investigators said quickly shifting cargo of heavy military vehicles contributed to the crash of a civilian cargo plane on April 29 in which all seven people aboard were killed. 

Kerry Says U.S. Came ‘Late’ to Syria Peace Effort
New York Times 3 Jun 2013 – The remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry carried the implication that the Obama administration had moved too slowly in its first term on the Syria crisis. 

Seven Die in Iran After Drinking Homemade Alcohol
New York Times 3 Jun 2013 – A batch of illegally distilled alcohol has killed seven people, hospitalized dozens and blinded several others in the southern city of Rafsanjan. 

Jordan Blocks Local Access to 300 News Web Sites
New York Times 3 Jun 2013 – The sites were blocked inside the country under a law that was enacted in September as opposition to King Abdullah II grew more outspoken. 

At War Blog | Voices: Why Haven’t the Marines Shown Stronger Support for Women?
New York Times 3 Jun 2013 – There were six Facebook pages in existence, as of May 2013, devoted to promoting sexual violence, rape and degradation of female Marines. 

Fischer: Gas tax revenues will total $2.9b by 2017 
Globes Energy & Water – Revenues from the Sheshinski Law will only begin flowing in 2018.

Greenpeace activists penetrate Noble Energy’s Ashdod terminal 
Globes Energy & Water – The terminal is one of Israel’s most sensitive strategic sites.

Tax chief: We’ll get unreported wealth abroad
Globes Main News – Tax Authority director general Moshe Asher plans to ramp up enforcement in Israel and overseas.

Netanyahu: Israel growth beats most OECD countries
Globes Main News – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that as a result unemployment was at its lowest level in 30 years.

Mon: Mellanox correction lifts market
Globes Main News – Mellanox clawed back some of yesterday’s steep losses while Teva rose on the day’s biggest turnover.

David Azrieli mulls entering sheltered housing market
Globes Main News – Azrieli Group plans to establish a new brand under its own name, which will meet the company’s standards.

IDB bondholders representative seen rejecting latest Dankner offer
Globes Main News – Sources: The IDB Holding bondholders representative has priced the offer at less than Nochi Dankner’s previous offer in March.

“Equality of the burden” versus the real world
Globes Macro Economics – Does Yair Lapid understand people’s real needs and aspirations? Perhaps the OECD can educate him.

Fischer: Saying there’s no partner for peace is unacceptable 
Globes Macro Economics – Stanley Fischer told a farewell event held by the Finance Committee that defense spending was a burden on the economy and that Israel needed to make peace.

Kandel: Boost revenues from growth, not taxes 
Globes Macro Economics – “We’re living in a completely new world. After a financial crisis, people stop believing in the system.”

New York parade lauding Israel brings out liberal Zionists and the far-right
Mondoweiss – Young Israel supporters march in the annual Celebrate Israel parade in 2010 (Photo: asterix611/Flickr) Manhattan’s Fifth Ave. was transformed into a jubilant haven for Israel advocates from all over the Northeast on Sunday–and became the perfect place for local officials to look for votes in the city…

Palestine has a new prime minister
Mondoweiss – Rami Hamdallah installed as Mahmoud Abbas’s new PM (photo:Wikimedia Commons) Jerusalem Post reports, the US lauds Rami Hamdallah as new PA prime minister : Hamdallah has no political experience….Abbas summoned Hamdallah to his office in Ramallah and informed him of the decision to entrust him with heading…

‘Hannah Arendt’s ‘thoughtful’ hasbara
Mondoweiss – Amidst the hoopla over German director Margarethe von Trotta’s new film, Hannah Arendt , just released in New York City to critical accolades (see: A. O. Scott in the New York Times ), I find myself increasingly aware of the insidiousness, and incensed at the danger, of Israeli…

Obama told friends he reneged on progressive promises out of fear of assassination — former CIA analyst
Mondoweiss – Obama has abandoned progressive principles, such as stopping drone attacks and shutting down Guantanamo, because he is afraid of being assassinated, telling friends, “Don’t you remember what happened to Martin Luther King Jr.?” retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern said today.  He’s afraid of what happened to…

In AIPAC calls, Israel faces endless ‘serious threats’ from Hamas, Goldstone, terrorists, detractors, delegitimizers, Iran, Syria, the P.A., you name it
Mondoweiss – AIPAC calling! Below we publish four telephone pitches on behalf of the Israel lobby group the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and you can see that over four years, the script never changes. Israel is always on the cliff. Israel faces “serious threats.” Or, “mounting threats.”…

35,000 Eritreans Face Deportation From Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Jun 2013 – An estimated 35,000 Eritreans are currently in Israel. Returning them to their homeland, a reclusive state accused last year by the U.N. human rights chief of torture and summary executions, is problematic under international law. Click here for the rest of the article…

Western Wall Orthodox Rabbi Gets Threatening Letters Over Women’s Prayer 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Jun 2013 – Israeli police are investigating threats to hurt the rabbi in charge of Jerusalem’s Western Wall if he does not allow a Jewish women’s prayer group equal worship rights at the holy site, a police spokesman said on Monday. Click here for the rest of the article……

Half-Naked Israeli Soldiers Share Racy Pics on Facebook 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Jun 2013 – A group of female Israeli soldiers were disciplined by commanders after they posed half naked and posted the photos on Facebook. Click here for the rest of the article…

Anthony Weiner Gets Mixed Reaction From Jewish Voters at Israel Parade 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Jun 2013 – Newly minted mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner led a parade of politicians marching down Fifth Ave. in New York’s annual Celebrate Israel parade. Click here for the rest of the article…

South Sudan: South Sudan Working to Evacuate Citizens in Syria 
allAfrica.com 3 Jun 2013 – [VOA]South Sudan is working with the United Nations to ensure that South Sudanese citizens are evacuated from Syria if fighting between government forces and rebels in the Middle East country continues to intensify, officials said Friday.

Egypt: Five Palestinians Arrested in Arish for Illegal Entry 
allAfrica.com 3 Jun 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]Egyptian police arrested on Sunday five Palestinians who had infiltrated the country through underground tunnels between Gaza and Sinai.

Abbas appoints new Palestinian PM 
BBC 3 Jun 2013 – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas appoints Rami Hamdallah as prime minister following the resignation of Salam Fayyad.

Iran talks ‘going round in circles’ 
BBC 3 Jun 2013 – Talks with Iran on its nuclear programme have been “going around in circles”, says the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Jordan blocks national news websites 
BBC 3 Jun 2013 – Jordan’s government says it has blocked more than 300 unregistered and unlicensed national news websites in a bid to curb “sensationalised” reporting.

Why Arabs Need Iran: Part I 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 3 Jun 2013 – In 2011, when Arab revolts began to sweep the Middle East and North Africa, the view from Washington and its closest allies was one of concern. How would the removal of mostly pro-Western dictatorships affect the balance of power in the region? More importantly – how…

Syria: No Hope for Success at Geneva II 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 3 Jun 2013 – This photo taken by mobile phone on 2 June 2013 shows Syrian army tanks making their way to the Dabaa military airfield, north of the Syrian city of Qusayr. (Photo: AFP – STR) This photo taken by mobile phone on 2 June 2013 shows Syrian army…

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning begins trial 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jun 2013 – People gather on 1 June 2013 during a demonstration in support of Wikileaks whistleblower US Army Private Bradley Manning at Fort Meade in Maryland. (Photo: AFP – Nicholas Kamm) The long-awaited trial stemming from the biggest leak of classified information in US history began Monday, with…

Russia: Qusayr offensive aimed at “counter terrorism” 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jun 2013 – Russia said on Monday it blocked a UN Security Council declaration on the Syrian government offensive to retake of the town of Qusayr over the weekend because it amounted to a demand for a unilateral ceasefire by government forces. Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich described what…

Turkish protester killed amid continued unrest 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jun 2013 – Police fire tear gas outside Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s working office in Besiktas Istanbul, on 2 June 2013, during a third day of clashes. (AFP – Ozan Kose) A young demonstrator was killed in Istanbul by a car that rammed into a crowd during…

Baccalaureate Exams: Studying in Times of War 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jun 2013 – Syrian students attend classes at an improvised school in the town of Azaz, on the border with Turkey, on 17 September 2012. (Photo: AFP -Marco Longari) Syrian students attend classes at an improvised school in the town of Azaz, on the border with Turkey, on 17…

Aazaz Kidnappers Find Friends in Hariri and McCain 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jun 2013 – A Syrian rebel fighter shows his skills to the young recruits of the Amr Ibn al-Aass brigade during a training with rifles on the outskirts of Azaz, in northern Syria, on 19 September 2012. (Photo: AFP – Marco Longari) A Syrian rebel fighter shows his skills…

Turks Take to the Streets, but Erdogan Remains 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jun 2013 – A man cleans a window of a bank on Taksim square in Istanbul on 3 June 2013 after days of protests against the demolition of nearby Gezi park. (Photo: AFP – Bulent Kilic) A man cleans a window of a bank on Taksim square in Istanbul…

Abbas appoints new Palestinian PM 
BBC 3 Jun 2013 – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas appoints Rami Hamdallah as prime minister following the resignation of Salam Fayyad.

Iran talks ‘going round in circles’ 
BBC 3 Jun 2013 – Talks with Iran on its nuclear programme have been “going around in circles”, says the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Jordan blocks national news websites 
BBC 3 Jun 2013 – Jordan’s government says it has blocked more than 300 unregistered and unlicensed national news websites in a bid to curb “sensationalised” reporting.

Prince splashes out on Disney stay 
BBC 3 Jun 2013 – Prince Fahd al-Saud hires parts of Disneyland Paris for a private visit, reportedly spending millions of euros on the event.

Activist convicted for Morsi insult 
BBC 3 Jun 2013 – Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma has been given a six month suspended jail sentence for insulting President Mohammed Morsi, state media say.

Articles


Have Church/State Leaders Endorsed Injustice? 
James M. Wall,  6/3/2013
      In Kerry’s version of “Breaking The Impasse,”a version also adopted by major U.S. Protestant denominations, the U.S. will provide funding for an imprisoned people locked behind an occupation wall.
     The two men are walking next to a wall at the Villa Taverna, the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Rome, Italy, on May 9, 2013.
     Less than a month later, Secretary Kerry spoke to the World Economic Forum in Amman, Jordan, where he introduced an initiative he hopes will break an “impasse” between Israel and Palestine.
     Kerry called his initiative,“Breaking The Impasse.” He claimed that his plan would:
     “…triple tourism to the occupied Palestinian territories, double or triple Palestinian agriculture production, increase the Palestinian GDP by 50 percent, and foster the construction of a whopping 100,000 new, energy efficient Palestinian homes in the West Bank.”
     Tony Blair was to be in charge of the initiative.
     This is the same Tony Blair who was given an assignment to organize for peace on behalf of the Quartet, which hired him for that purpose. The Quartet is composed of leaders from the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and Russia.
     We have to believe that Kerry’s “ambitious initiative” was developed on walks like the one Kerry and Blair took last month in Rome. At some point, we must also assume a staffer hauled out a dictionary to make sure the parties involved (both English-speakers) understood that an “impasse” is a ”road or passage having no exit; a cul-de-sac”.
     Furthermore, a “cul-de-sac”, as we all know, is designed purposely not to be broken. more.. e-mail

The Anguish of a Jewish Peacenik from the Class of ’62 
Mirah Riben, Desert Peace 6/3/2013
      Mirah and I attended the same High School for four years, grew up just blocks from each other, yet we never met. We had many mutual friends, yet we never even crossed paths. Some 40 odd years later we finally did meet via a Social Network known asClassmates.Com. She visited Israel about ten years ago and we spent a day together. Since then, we have been very close and are in constant contact. Yesterday she sent me the following piece which I must share with you. In her own words, “This article took a LONG TIME – 68 years – to coalesce and articulate!”
     I Am A Jewish Peacenik – What ‘Never Again’ Means To Me
     I’m a Post WW II Brooklyn born Jewish woman living in retirement community. I didn’t choose to live here for its disproportionally predominantly Jewish population but here I am. I have enjoyed all of my life, since leaving my family of origins, living in more heterogeneous environments, yet there is the comfort of chicken soup being here surrounded by those I feel a shared history with, and being reminded of the few, long-forgotten Yiddish words and phrases I recall from my childhood. Yet, at the same time it brings back old outcast feelings of high school where I never quite “fit in.” 
     I am a life-long social justice and peace activist and not a gung-ho Zionist and more now than ever, here in this community, I often find myself in the midst of an uncomfortable conversation such as this: Two women, a generation apart but both Jewish immigrants, one from Ukraine and the other from Poland began talking about how things were so different for them than for current immigrants. “We” came here and learned English and worked hard; “they” live on welfare and food stamps.
     Why do I as a Jewish woman in my retirement years eschew these activities my peers love so dearly? Why do their conversations make me bristle with discomfort? The answer for me oddly lies in the lessons learned from the Holocaust. more.. e-mail

Israeli ‘social justice’ movement ignores racism 
Patrick O. Strickland, Electronic Intifada 5/30/2013
      For the last two years, Israel’s J14 movement — supposedly for “social justice” — has appeared in ebbs and flows. After several months of hibernation, it has again taken to the streets in Tel Aviv, Beersheba, Jerusalem, Haifa and Ramat Gan in recent weeks.
     According to Israeli daily Haaretz, the movement’s presence was felt “during a large demonstration in Tel Aviv against the government’s austerity measures. Some 10,000 Israelis marched in central Tel Aviv” (“Thousands of Israelis protest against austerity measures,” 18 May).
     Passionate chants denounced the right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid. Protesters bore placards that read “It’s time to tax the rich” and “instead of giving to the poor, they give to the rich, what a corrupt government.”
     Liberal Zionists and vaguely class-conscious moderates patted themselves on the back for keeping up a struggle.
     Reporting on the most recent protest, +972 Magazine blogger Haggai Mattar wrote: “There was a feeling of anger in the air, much greater than in 2011, which might indicate that this will not be a one-time event” (“Masses demonstrate against austerity measures in Israel,” 12 May).
     He added: “It will be interesting to see what happens next with the #J14 movement … if it takes on the occupation and the regime’s inherent racism — or limits its focus on the social justice struggle for (mostly Jewish) citizens.”
     Absent amid this “feeling of anger in the air” was any mention of Palestinians…. more.. e-mail

Deniers and journalist integrity 
Michel Warschawski, Alternative Information Center 6/2/2013
      The Muhammad el Dura murder is back to the headlines. 13 years after the facts, the Israeli government has opened a campaign of denial concerning this emblematic killing of the “second Intifada”.
     Reading the newspapers, my initial reaction was nausea: how can someone deny what millions of people have seen almost live in the TV, back in December 2000? Then I remembered Faurisson and the “Holocaust deniers” phenomenon: indeed, people can deny the massacre of millions, why couldn’t other bad-intentioned men or women deny the murder of one child?
     My second reaction was more subtle: more than 1300 Palestinian children were murdered by the Israeli army during its bloody re-conquest operation named “Second Intifada”, in Gaza as well as in the West Bank. The fact that public discussion is focused on one child, Muhammad el Dura, may push aside public debate concerning this mass murder. Shouldn’t we leave the ugly debate over one case so as not to help in erasing the broader picture?
     Two reasons, however, force us to react and not leave this big Israeli lie unanswered. The first concerns the dignity of the Palestinian cameraman, Talal Abu Rahma, who shot the murder, and Charles Enderlin, the well-known French correspondent of France 2 and the French television channel itself which broadcast the report and stands fast behind its correspondent. They did their work as journalists, and must be defended for having done it despite all the pressures.
     The second reason is connected to the very phenomenon named “political denial”: Turks deny the mass murder of Armenians, Israel denies the Naqba, fascists deny WWII Jewish genocide –the denial and rewriting of history is a tool of the powerful to try and impose both their rule and legitimacy. It is also a tool to stop journalists and historians from doing their job properly and in an unbiased way. more.. e-mail

Bedouin forced to live beside dump contract unknown diseases 
Electronic Intifada: 3 Jun 2013 – Doctors unable to say what ailment is affecting indigenous people.more

Annemarie Jacir’s must-see “When I Saw You” grapples with growing up after ’67 war
Electronic Intifada: 3 Jun 2013 – Annemarie Jacir’s new film When I Saw You features superb acting and a groovy soundtrack.more

The Shameless Mr. Hague
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Jun 2013 – By Jeremy Salt – Ankara William Hague’s statement that extremism in Syria would flourish unless the EU ended its arms embargo was grotesque. On the basis of the massive quantities of arms already delivered by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Libya, with the US and Britain covertly pitching in,  extremism in Syria is doing quite well, so logically it is going to do even better if the armed groups are given more and probably heavier weapons. But, no, according to the logic of Mr. Hague, giving the ‘rebels’ more weapons is actually going to prevent extremism. To his great satisfaction Mr. Hague and his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, prevailed at the meeting of EU foreign ministers, who decided not to renew the arms embargo when it ended on May 31. Mr. Hague says this does not necessarily mean Britain will immediately start giving arms to the ‘rebels’ but that it may, …more

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