VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 5 June 2013: After 46 years of occupation, land confiscation renders Israeli law obsolete

5 June 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Shabak Head: “Abbas Does Not Believe Peace In Possible”
IMEMC – Speaking to the Israeli Knesset Foreign and Security Committee on Tuesday, head of the Israeli Security Agency (Shabak), Yuram Cohen, stated that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, does not really believe that reaching a peace agreement with Israel is possible, the Arabs48 News Website has reported. …

Miles Of Smiles 20 Arrives In Gaza
IMEMC – Wednesday June 5 2013; The “Miles of Smiles 20” human right solidarity convoys managed to reach the Gaza Strip via the Rafah Border Terminal between the coastal region and Egypt, the Palestine News Network (PNN) has reported. …

Soldiers Kidnap Three In Jenin
IMEMC – Late on Tuesday at night – June 4 2013, scores of Israeli soldiers invaded two villages and a refugee camp, in the northern West Bank district of Jenin, broke into homes and kidnapped three residents. Two Palestinians have also been kidnapped in Bethlehem, and three in Jerusalem. …

Hamas, Fateh Leaders Hold A Meeting In Gaza
IMEMC – Officials of the rival Fateh and Hamas movement held, Tuesday, a meeting in Gaza city, in an attempt to bridge the gaps between the two movements. …

Bahar: “Newly Formed Government In West Bank, Unconstitutional”
IMEMC – Tuesday June 4 2013, Dr. Ahmad Bahar, deputy head of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), stated that the newly appointed government that will be formed in the West Bank, is unconstitutional, and that any new government will remain illegitimate until approved by the Palestinian Legislative Council. …

Settlers Attack Residents, Hurl Stones At Cars In East Jerusalem
IMEMC – Tuesday evening, June 4 2013, a number of extremist Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinian vehicles in the At-Tour Palestinian town, in occupied East Jerusalem, and attacked local youths who tried to stop them. Israeli Policemen arrived at the scene, and kidnapped three Palestinians. …

Ma’an News

Settlers attack Palestinian vehicles in East Jerusalem
6/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles with rocks late Tuesday in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur, locals said. Settlers from Beit Orot, in the Mount of Olives, damaged several vehicles in the area before a number of young Palestinians confronted them. Israeli police officers who arrived on the scene arrested three Palestinians, including Amir and Ahmad Abu Sbeitan.” This is systematic support….

6 Palestinians arrested in Jenin, Ramallah raids
6/5/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) – Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from Jenin early Wednesday, locals said. Forces arrested Salim Jamal Oweis from Kafr Qud village, Zakaria al-Ghul from Jenin refugee camp and Wasim Ata from Ajjah village. They also raided Jenin villages Raba, Deir Abu Daif, Jalqamus and Arana and took photographs of the area from a rooftop. Later in the Ramallah area, Israeli forces detainedthree….

Israel forces detain teen, father as they arrive for interrogation
6/5/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday detained a Palestinian teenager and his father after they arrived at Israel’s Gush Etzion complex for interrogation, security sources said. Sixteen-year-old Hamza Mahmoud al-Wahsh from al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, received a summons order a few days earlier demanding that he go to Etzion for questioning on Wednesday. The boy headed to the interrogation offices escorted….

Gaza militants fire mortar shells
6/5/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Militants in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday fired three mortar shells which landed near the border with Israel, witnesses said. The mortars landed near the Palestinian liaison office at Erez crossing, witnesses told Ma’an. [END]

Israel court fines, imprisons man after soldier injured in clashes
6/5/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced a young Palestinian man to 20 months imprisonment after an Israeli soldier lost two teeth during clashes in 2012, the man’s father said. Huthayfa Salameh, 19, was sentenced to serve jail time and fined 3,000 shekels ($819) by Israel’s Salem military court after allegedly taking part in clashes in Nabi Saleh….

Activist: Israeli forces raid Beit Ummar, detain 2
6/5/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli forces detained two locals from Beit Ummar village after raiding their houses on Wednesday, a local activist said. Popular committee spokesman Muhammad Awad reported that Israeli special forces raided the village on Wednesday at dawn and broke into the house of Khaled Nayef Ekhlayel. He said they broke a main door and beat Ekhlayel’s 19-year-old son Mahmoud….

Israeli army tweets 1967 war as it happened
6/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s army was Wednesday giving a “live” blow-by-blow account of the 1967 Six Day War, tweeting each air strike at the exact time it occurred 46 years ago in an epic replay which began early in the morning. @IDF1967 “is an official Israel Defense Forces account that is aimed at retweeting the events of the Six Day War in live time….

Jordan Islamist delegation enters Gaza via tunnels
6/5/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — A delegation of Jordanian politicians entered the Gaza Strip this week via smuggling tunnels under the Egypt-Gaza border, Egyptian security officials said Wednesday. Members from Jordan’s Islamist Freedom and Justice party spent two days in Gaza, and reportedly met with Hamas officials. A senior Egyptian security official told Ma’an that the delegation would have been allowed….

Egypt: Migrants caught trying to enter Israel
6/5/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) – Egyptian security services on Wednesday caught a young Egyptian man and two Ethiopian migrants before they managed to cross the border into Israel. Egyptian security sources told Ma’an that a young Egyptian man was caught trying to cross into Israel two kilometers to the south of Kerem Shalom crossing. The man was identified as Muhammad Abdul-Athim, 24. He….

PLO officials mark 46th anniversary of 1967 occupation
6/5/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO officials on Wednesday marked the 46th anniversary of the Naksa, or setback, in which Israel defeated five Arab armies in 1967 and seized the occupied territories.”Forty-six years later, the Israeli occupation of twenty-two percent of historical Palestine still constitutes a humanitarian and political disaster that dominates and controls the lives of the Palestinian people in Palestine and in exile….

Palestinian youth mark anniversary of Six Day war
6/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian youth on Wednesday marked the 46th anniversary of the Six Day war, mourned by Palestinians as the “naksa” or setback, with a demonstration in Jerusalem. Protesters raised Palestinian flags and raised signs reading “Revolution is born from sorrow” and “Jerusalem is the capital.” Dozens of Israeli officers were present at the protest and took photographs of demonstrators. Israeli forces occupied….

PA employees to receive May wages on Wednesday
6/5/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Finance will pay employee salaries for May on Wednesday, an official said. Rami Mahdawi told Ma’an that employee wages will be delivered to banks on Wednesday. [END]

PA security forces detain 7 Hamas members in West Bank
6/5/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces arrested seven Hamas members in the West Bank on Wednesday, the Islamist group said. The Hamas-affiliates were detained in Tulkarem, Nablus and Tubas. 1 ) Rami / Palestine 05/06/2013 12:53 I’m curious as to how the PA intends to form a new “unity” government when they keep detaining everyone from the other political parties….

Hamas: Illegal for PA premier to form new government
6/5/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas-run government in Gaza said Wednesday that tasking new PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah with forming a West Bank government was illegal. The “formation of a new government proves that the Fatah leadership is willing to maintain and prolong the state of disagreement,” a statement released after a weekly Hamas cabinet meeting said. Newly appointed premier Hamdallah said this….

Fayyad signs agreement with protesting doctors
6/5/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Outgoing Prime Minister Salam Fayyad signed an agreement with the doctors union on Wednesday after protesting medics broke into the offices of the Palestinian Authority cabinet in Ramallah. Doctors in public hospitals went on strike on Wednesday in protest over the PA’s failure to implement an agreement reached with their union in 2012 to pay them bonuses. At a….

Hizb al-Tahrir supporters rally in Gaza
6/5/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Hizb al-Tahrir supporters rallied in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday to mark the 92nd anniversary of the fall of the Islamic Caliphate. The demonstrators held signs calling for the return of the Islamic state, saying it would free the Al-Aqsa Mosque, help Muslims and save humanity.” Our message to the leaders of the Arab Spring is that they….

Gaza MP: Hamas should give up authority
6/5/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Hamas MP on Wednesday said his party should give up sole authority in the Gaza Strip in favor of a national coalition.”It is not right for any party to lead the government alone,” Yahia Mousa told Ma’an, adding: “My proposal is individual, it is not a result of talks in the party.” He said the Hamas….

Teenager drowns off Gaza coast
6/5/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A teenager drowned off the coast of Gaza on Wednesday, medics said. Officials at Gaza’s Shifa hospital said that Hamza Abu Shaaban, 16, drowned after going for an early morning swim with friends. [END]

Ma’an to air ‘Palestine Chef’ during Ramadan
6/5/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Ma’an Network on Wednesday invited the public to apply to take part in a new cooking show that is set to be broadcast during Ramadan. ‘Palestine Chef’ will be the first program of its kind in Palestine, featuring competitors showing off their cooking skills in front of judges to be named as Palestine’s top chef….

Police: Jerusalem woman strangled over rejected marriage proposal
6/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police on Wednesday identified a 19-year-old Palestinian as the main suspect in the murder of a woman from Jerusalem. Police spokeswoman Luba al-Samari said 19-year-old Mohammad Shweiki was suspected of choking Minas Qasim to death because her family rejected his marriage proposal. The body of Qasim, 21, was found near a dump in East Jerusalem’s al-Eizariya…. Related: Father of murdered woman says suspect attended funeral

Father of murdered woman says suspect attended funeral
6/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The father of 21-year-old woman who was murdered in Jerusalem in May says the man suspected of killing his daughter attended her funeral. Minas Qasim’s body was found near a dump in East Jerusalem’s Eizariya on May 6. An autopsy revealed she had been strangled to death. On May 23, Israeli police arrested 19-year-old Mohammad…. Related: Police: Jerusalem woman strangled over rejected marriage proposal

Man arrested for multiple burglaries
6/5/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Police on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of multiple burglaries in Bethlehem and other districts in the West Bank. The suspect confessed to stealing possessions worth 400,000 shekels ($109,140) from homes, police said in a statement. He operated as part of a gang and had a deal with traders to sell the stolen goods, he told police. The suspect had been….

Hezbollah-backed Syria troops overrun Qusayr
6/5/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria’s army has overrun the strategic town of Qusayr, state media said on Wednesday, after a blistering offensive spearheaded by thousands of fighters from Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement. Such a major battlefield success for President Bashar Assad’s forces, if confirmed, would come as officials from Russia, the US and the UN gathered in Geneva to work on a….

Security: Syria chopper fires on Lebanon border town
6/5/2013 – BAALBEK, Lebanon (AFP) — A Syrian helicopter fired four rockets in and around a Lebanese town seen as close to rebels fighting the Damascus region, a security official said, in an attack condemned by President Michel Sleiman. A rocket was fired at Aarsal, without causing casualties, and three others on the outskirts of the town in the mostly Sunni-inhabited border region with Syria, the official said….

Iran ‘congratulates’ Syrian regime on Qusayr victory
6/5/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Wednesday congratulated Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime on its victory over rebels in the battle for the strategic town of Qusayr. Salehi, in a phone call to his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem, congratulated “the Syrian people and government for cleansing Qusayr of armed groups,” the Fars news agency reported. He welcomed “the….

European women go on trial for topless Tunis protest
6/5/2013 – TUNIS (AFP) — Three European women went on trial in Tunis on Wednesday for holding a topless anti-Islamist protest, and their French lawyer said he was confident they would escape prison despite the threat of jail sentences. Pauline Hillier and Marguerite Stern from France, and Josephine Markmann from Germany arrived in court around 9. 30 GMT wearing the traditional Tunisian headscarf, or safsari. Judge Karim Chebbi….

Egypt warns ‘all options open’ on Ethiopia dam
6/5/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt will demand that Ethiopia stop construction of a Nile river dam and warned “all options are open” if it harms its water supply, advisers to President Mohamed Mursi said on Wednesday.” It is Egypt’s right to defend its interests,” said Ayman Ali, one of Mursi’s advisers, in comments carried by the official MENA news agency.” Other people have….

Palestine News Network

Increase in Quantity of Industrial Production, says Palestinian Statistics Bureau
Palestine News Network

Abbas Threatens to Dismantle PA if Kerry’s Efforts to Revive Peace Process Fail
Palestine News Network

Israeli Soldiers Set Military Checkpoint near Hebron, Detain Teachers
Palestine News Network

50 Israeli University Students Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque
Palestine News Network

Israel to Build Road Linking Jerusalem and Ma’ali Adumim Settlement
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Statistics Bureau Issues Press Release on World Environment Day
Palestine News Network

Dr. Ashrawi Condemns Israeli Court’s Decision to Allow Construction of 700 New Housing Units
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

“My son lives in constant fear that his family will die”
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Denounces the Summoning and Beating of PFLP Activists in the Gaza Strip
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (30 May – 04 June 2013)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

VIDEO – 6 miles Gaza sea
6/5/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 6th June 2013,  Gal. la Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Zakaria Baker, head of the comitee for fishermen in UWAC, explains the reality in Gaza sea after Israel re-extend the sailing area at 6 nautical miles. [END]

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: In Besieged Refugee Camp, Syrian Medics Struggle to Provide
Relief Web 5 Jun 2013 – Source: Inter Press Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic BEIRUT, Jun 5 2013 (IPS) – It was nine in the morning when the shell landed in front of nine-year-old Hella al-Abtah’s house in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp…

The National

Sheikh Mohammed and Crown Princes attend UAE University graduation
The National 5 Jun 2013 – The ceremony of UAE University saw 436 students graduate, 69 of them with master’s or doctoral degrees.

Death toll in Sharjah fire rises to six
The National 5 Jun 2013 – Sharjah Police have pulled out two more bodies from the warehouses in Al Sajja which caught fight earlier this week.

Rice could push for intervention in Syria, says analyst
The National 5 Jun 2013 – Susan Rice was an early advocate for Nato’s campaign in Libya and has been a vocal supporter of US intervention in foreign conflicts on humanitarian grounds, meaning her appointment as national security adviser could lead to a change in US policy.

Syrian troops recapture rubble of Qusayr
The National 5 Jun 2013 – Syria’s opposition strikes a defiant tone in defeat, saying it will continue ‘the fight for freedom and justice’. Phil Sands reports from Gaziantep, Turkey 

Evidence of chemical weapon use in Syria changes little
The National 5 Jun 2013 – Despite the findings and an outspoken desire to do so, France and Britain are unlikely to arm Syria’s rebels, analysts say. Omar Karmi reports from London 

Social media fills the vacuum in Turkish media’s coverage of protests
The National 5 Jun 2013 – The country’s mainstream media, especially the most watched television news channels, have been accused of displaying a servile attitude towards the government by under-reporting the street protests when they first erupted.

New Belarus ambassador keen to bolster UAE relations
The National 5 Jun 2013 – Besides military and security links, both countries hope to work together and share expertise in counterterrorism, human trafficking, anti narcotics and VIP protection.

Nuclear milestone: UAE signs work plan with UN watchdog
The National 5 Jun 2013 – The collaboration with International Atomic Energy Agency covers 19 vital infrastructure areas for peaceful nuclear development.


Local authority heads enlist Lapid in their financial cause
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2013

Israel building West Bank interchange to facilitate E-1 construction
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2013

Son of former chief rabbi seeks Netanyahu’s backing to run for dad’s old job
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2013

IDF to draw up ‘social networking code of ethics’
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2013

Good-government group protests non-Jewish holidays at Haifa University
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2013

State preparing to transfer African migrants out of Israel
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2013

Three arrested on suspicion of murder at Tel Aviv gay center
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2013

IDF received NIS 4 million for leadership training by right-wing group
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2013

Netanyahu: Give peace, and my coalition, a chance
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2013

State seeks to postpone legislation of ultra-Orthodox draft bill
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2013

Let the sunshine in: Jerusalemites to oppose new skyscrapers
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2013

Judge who said ‘some girls enjoy rape’ is resigning his post
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2013

Israel’s top defense establishment earners: Scientists at nuclear research sites
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2013

Israeli researchers find new treatment for itching
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2013

Tarred and feathered: How was Hula Valley pelican covered in oil?
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2013

Israel’s only female cabinet secretary dies at 93
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2013

Study: School reforms have not made teaching profession more attractive
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2013

Jerusalem Post

Balance of power tips as new department to probe Shin Bet
Jerusalem Post 6 Jun 2013 – Analysis: True to the Turkel Commission recommendations, Justice Ministry appoints former head prosecutor of IDF to be first non-Shin Bet agent head of new department, created for investigating complaints against the ISA. 

US condemns Syrian government assault on Qusair
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Spokesman Jay Carney says US in “strongest possible terms” condemns Assad’s assault, which killed untold numbers of civilians. 

UN cautious over French claims Syria used nerve gas
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Investigators react cautiously to France’s announcement that laboratory tests prove President Bashar Assad’s forces used nerve gas in Syria’s civil war, saying it is vital to known the chain of custody of the samples. 

Experts see successful revolution in Iran unlikely
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Expert says democracy as an ideal is not sufficiently potent to go up against religious tradition. Jefferson won’t upstage Husayn. 

Jordanian leader calls for jihad against Hezbollah
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Muhammed Shalabi urges fighters to attack Hezbollah groups; predicts final showdown between Sunni Islamists and Shi’ite group. 

Rami Hamdallah?
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Why ruin relations with the PA over the appointment of Hamdallah at a time when so much energy is being channeled toward jump-starting negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel? 

The Vatican and Islam
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – As the world focused on a pope’s election and the enthusiasm that immediately followed, another significant religious event escaped detection. 

Jewish-Christian relations in light of the Church
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – As someone who works in the field of Jewish- Christian relations I recently found myself with a meeting scheduled at a monastery in the Galilee. 

Arab League condemns Hezbollah’s role in Syria
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Secretary general slams outside involvement in Syrian conflict. 

Religious tolerance and mutual respect
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Candidly Speaking: The pivotal breakthrough which now seems likely to oblige haredim to share the burden in terms of conscription. 

Abbas: No peace without Palestinian capital in J’lem
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – During a speech in Ramallah, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says it is Arab responsibility to restore holy sites. 

The real IRS scandal, and a way to fix it
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Washington Watch: There is much more at stake than the vetting of applications for special treatment as “social welfare organizations.” 

Encountering Peace: Our window of opportunity
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – There is a short window of opportunity to make peace with the Palestinians and most of the Arab world. 

Terra Incognita: The refugee run-around
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – The Israeli government announced it had found a third country that was willing to take in some of the Eritrean migrants that are currently living in Israel in legal limbo. 

Media Comment: ‘Educating’ the public
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – If there is any justification for the existence of a public broadcaster, it is the need to provide the public with high-quality information, culture and entertainment. 

When Erdogan returns
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – As Turkey’s protest movement entered its second week, embattled Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan faced a difficult choice. 

Elkin meets Pope, invites him to Holy Land
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Although no definite plans, Pope says he will visit Israel. 

Three arrested over deadly 2009 LGBT center shooting
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – YAMAR unit arrests suspects; attack left two dead, 15 wounded. 

House c’tee examines Obama policy on Syria
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Veteran Foreign Relations staff member warns against sending “mixed messages” that will reduce American power. 

Israel to keep new US security adviser busy
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – US President Barack Obama’s choice for national security adviser, Susan Rice ready to defend Israel’s legitimacy. 

Hezbollah: Defending Assad helps fight Israel
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Deputy leader Naim Qassem says fall of Syrian border town of Qusair was a blow to American-Israeli interests. 

Youths attack Rabbi in Germany
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – “Mediterranean looking” mob calls him “sh..tty Jew” during attack on orthodox Rabbi Mendel Gurewitz. 

OECD report: Global demands for food, water to rise
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Green growth policies crucial to prosperity of developing countries, ensuring healthy environment. 

Netanyahu: Iran election won’t stop quest for nukes
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Prime Minister says Islamic Republic is “methodically moving forward” with nuclear program, despite outcome of election. 

WoW to read from Torah at Kotel for first time
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Group meets again with MKs Naftali Bennett and Eli Ben Dahan to calm tensions. 

PM calls on Abbas to ‘give peace a chance’
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Knesset holds session to discuss Arab Peace Initiative; Netanyahu invites Palestinians to the negotiating table. 

Women on the front lines in Assad’s war-torn Syria
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Wary of rising sectarian tensions, women of Syria say they are preparing for an all-out war. 

Susan Rice named US national security adviser
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Rice, who withdrew as a secretary of state contender last year, will help Obama tackle a plethora of foreign policy issues. 

Waiting for America
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – Eyes are on a war-weary Washington as Moscow seems intent on propping up the embattled Damascus regime 

US ‘deeply troubled’ by Iran nuclear reactor plans
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2013 – West fears it could yield plutonium for atomic bombs; Iran denies weapons aims, says won’t reprocess fuel. 

The Guardian

Syria crisis: Assad’s forces retake Qusair – Wednesday 5 June
The Guardian 5 Jun 2013 – Follow how the day unfolded after the Assad government retook Qusair and a planned peace conference in Geneva was put back Matthew Weaver

Inter Press Service

In Besieged Refugee Camp, Syrian Medics Struggle to Provide
IPS It was nine in the morning when the shell landed in front of nine-year-old Hella al-Abtah’s house in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus. Hella survived the initial blast but was critically wounded in the head, and her father rushed her to the Palestine Hospital, blood pouring from the…

46 Years on, Arab-Israeli War Still Leaving Its Mark
IPS Majda el-Batsch on her rooftop with the Dome of the Rock in the background. Credit: Pierre Klochendler/IPS Majda el-Batsch was eight years old in June 1967 when she heard about the war that year. “I didn’t know what war meant,” she recalled. More than four decades later, the Palestinian reporter…


Video: Bullet in the head

Military Resistance 11F2 Turkey Basting Erdogan

Kerry Plan Ignores Palestinian Economic Independence

Obama’s Speech: Not a Step in the Right Direction, But Justification for Assassination, Torture, and Unjust War

New Israeli plan calls for more “intelligence” gathering to disrupt BDS movement

Who Are Turkey’s Protesters? The View From Taksim Square

US Muslim sues FBI over ‘months of torture on unspecified charges’

Daily Star

White House condemns Syrian regime assault on Qusair
Daily Star 5 Jun 2013 The White House condemned the assault on the Syrian border town of Qusair by Syrian government forces, who worked with Lebanese Hezbollah allies to take control from rebel fighters.

US welcomes new Pakistan PM
Daily Star 5 Jun 2013 The United States welcomed the swearing-in of Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday as a “significant milestone” in the South Asian nation’s democracy.

Gulf Arab states warn against travel to Lebanon
Daily Star 5 Jun 2013 Gulf Arab countries issued a travel warning for Lebanon on Wednesday, telling their citizens to avoid what is a popular tourist destination for the region after a spillover of violence from neighbouring Syria.

Assad troops triumphant on conquered town’s deserted streets
Daily Star 5 Jun 2013 Apart from a bullet-scarred clock tower that somehow survived the battle, few buildings still stood on Wednesday in the ruined streets of the former rebel stronghold of Qusair, seized hours earlier by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s…

Obama names Rice as national security adviser
Daily Star 5 Jun 2013 Shaking up his national security team, President Barack Obama tapped diplomat Susan Rice as his national security adviser, defying Republicans who have vigorously criticized her faulty explanation about the attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

Israeli judge resigns after rape comments
Daily Star 5 Jun 2013 An Israeli judge resigned from a government appeals board on Wednesday after public uproar over reports he had told a courtroom that some girls “enjoy rape”.

Yemen launches major offensive against al-Qaida
Daily Star 5 Jun 2013 Thousands of Yemeni troops backed by tanks and warplanes launched an offensive on Wednesday in a southern province to drive al-Qaida militants from the area, killing at least seven suspected militants, the Defense Ministry said.

Morocco protesters demand release of political prisoners
Daily Star 5 Jun 2013 Some 200 members of Morocco’s pro-reform February 20 protest movement gathered outside the justice ministry in Rabat on Wednesday to demand the release of political prisoners, an AFP journalist reported.

YNet News

US renews Iran sanctions waivers for China, India, others
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Arab League condemns Hezbollah’s role in Syria
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Netanyahu congratulates Susan Rice on NSC appointment
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Bahrain to probe Hezbollah ‘economic activities’
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Haredi leaders call mass rally against Women of the Wall
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Superland? Jewish land
YNet News, 5 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: Ongoing obsession with State’s Jewishness is hotbed for racist atmosphere against Arabs, any person who is different ….

No limit to greed
YNet News, 5 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: Paying Clinton huge sum to speak at Peres’ birthday is like hiring a stripper for a wedding anniversary ….

Syrian army advances in Qusair and Damascus suburb
YNet News, 4 Jun 2013 – Official claims troops ‘close to victory’; doctor moans medicine shortage, says rebels holding ground, but no chance against gov’t Hezbollah-backed firepower ….

Netanyahu meets Holocaust survivor
YNet News, 4 Jun 2013 – Dora Roth, Holocaust survivor who spoke in Knesset about survivors’ hardship meets prime minister in his J’lem office. PM vows to promote survivors’ welfare ….

Nightclub denies Arabs entry, will compensate by NIS 40,000
YNet News, 4 Jun 2013 – Beersheba club bars two Arabs, lets Jewish friends in; lawyer disappointed with compromise: Not full compensation, court lends hand to discrimination ….

Female soldiers say Arab men attempted to kidnap them
YNet News, 4 Jun 2013 – Three IDF soldiers harassed by men in car who try to push one of them into car; her friends manage to pull her away. Police scouring for suspects ….

IDF takes soldiers on costly sporting event
YNet News, 4 Jun 2013 – Tens of thousands of shekels expended to take soldiers to water park after IDF chief says defense budget cuts will compromise combat operations; IDF: Event planned long ago, according to protocol ….

Police rebuff claims wounded in bank massacre shot by officers
YNet News, 4 Jun 2013 – Probe rules Omar Walid was shot by murderer Itamar Alon, despite Walid’s claims that police shot him; Family furious, says committee should examine claims. Lawyer: Police shot Omar, no doubt about it ….

Iran’s reactor said damaged by quakes
YNet News, 4 Jun 2013 – Diplomats say data reveals that Bushehr facility, Iran’s only power-producing nuclear reactor was damaged in quakes; Tehran assures int’l community reactor unharmed ….

Turkish protester: We want some freedom
YNet News, 4 Jun 2013 – Two reported dead as protests continue for fifth day; Erdogan says things to ‘normalize’ soon, but Taksim Square shows no sign of settling down; ‘We are united, we are like brothers and sisters,’ says youth ….

Adolf Hitler’s dad shows up in court in full Nazi regalia 
YNet News, 4 Jun 2013 – New Jersey white supremacist embroiled in custody battle says he’s fit to be father: ‘Look within, not what’s on outside’ ….

Jordanian town riots over police killings
YNet News, 4 Jun 2013 – Maan residents furious over killing of two locals by security forces, take to streets; locals say tensions run deeper than killings, destitute town betrayed by royal family ….

UN rights team believes chemical weapons used in Syria
YNet News, 4 Jun 2013 – UN investigators report limited quantities of toxic chemicals used both by Syrian army, rebels. Commission examined four reported toxic attacks in March, April ….

Turkey apologizes to protesters hurt in clashes
YNet News, 4 Jun 2013 – Deputy PM Bulent Arinc moves to calm tensions after days of street clashes that left at least two dead saying government ‘learnt its lesson’; adds: We don’t have right to ignore people ….

Palestine Information Center

Khatib: The Global March to Jerusalem, a step on the road to liberation
PIC – Deputy Head of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Kamal Khatib, considered that the GMJ is a step on the road to liberate Al-Aqsa Mosque.

PFLP on Nakba anniversary advocates resistance
PIC – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has called for adopting the path of resistance and for ending division in order to reunite Palestinian national forces.

IOF arrests three Jerusalemites
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested three Jerusalemites on Tuesday night after clashes with settlers of Beit Orot settlement.

Prisoner Barghouti moved to hospital due to health deterioration
PIC – Lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said that the Israeli prison administration moved the captive and Qassam commander Abdullah Barghouti from Ramle prison clinic to Afula hospital.

Zubda: The Global March to Jerusalem is a peaceful event
PIC – Majid al-Zubda spokesman for the GMJ confirmed that the march consisting of coordinated international mass rallies to be held after noon prayers on Friday, 7 June, is a peaceful event.

Sheikh Sabri demands Palestinians to flock to Al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Dr. Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, head of the Supreme Islamic Council and preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, urged the Palestinians to flock to Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday, on the occasion of the Isra and Mi’raj.

40 Jewish students storm Al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – 40 Jewish university students stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate on Wednesday morning, and toured in the Marwani prayer hall, under the protection of the occupation police.

IOA bars al-Aqsa guard from entering the Al Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Israeli police officer has prevented yesterday Samer Abu Qwaider, al-Aqsa guard, from entering the mosque claiming that he is banned from having access to the mosque till the end of Ramadan.

Statistics: 1.3 million Palestinians remain food insecure
PIC – A total of 1.3 million people representing 27% of households in Palestine remain food insecure, according to an official report.

B’Tselem: Israel reinforces its control over Area C
PIC – An Israeli human rights organization confirmed that the Israeli occupation works continuously to impose its full control and colonization over area C in the occupied West Bank..


Five Jordanians Held in Israel are on Hunger Strike, says Rights Group
WAFA – 5 Jun 2013

EU Contributes Almost €20M to May Salaries
WAFA – 5 Jun 2013

Quartet Representative Congratulates Hamdallah
WAFA – 5 Jun 2013

Abbas: Palestinians Will Never Give Up on Jerusalem
WAFA – 5 Jun 2013

Ashrawi Condemns New Settlement Construction
WAFA – 5 Jun 2013

PLO on Naksa Anniversary: Time has Come to End Historical Injustice
WAFA – 5 Jun 2013

Statistics Bureau: Quantity of Industrial Production Index Up
WAFA – 5 Jun 2013


Syrian forces retake strategic town of Qusair
LA Times 5 Jun 2013 – The militant group Hezbollah plays a key role in the rebels’ loss of Qusair, which gives Assad access to the Mediterranean and control over vital supply routes. BEIRUT — The retaking of the strategic Syrian town of Qusair by government forces Wednesday dealt a pivotal…

Financial Fears as Street Unrest Shakes Turkey
New York Times 5 Jun 2013 – While Turkey’s economy has grown swiftly over the past decade, the recent protests in Taksim Square are signaling that economic trouble could be approaching. 

In Syrian Victory, Hezbollah Risks Broader Fight
New York Times 5 Jun 2013 – Hezbollah’s role has further antagonized sectarian divisions in Syria and beyond, creating new risks for both the Syrian government and the militia even in their moment of victory. 

Qum Journal: In Iran, Qum Is a Required Campaign Stop
New York Times 5 Jun 2013 – Candidates in Iran’s presidential election next week are making political pilgrimages to Qum, a Shiite Vatican, hoping to secure the support of its influential clerics. 

The Lede: Video of Samantha Power’s 2002 Remarks on Imposing Peace on Israel Could Haunt Her, Israeli Paper Says
New York Times 5 Jun 2013 – Remarks made more than a decade ago on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by Samantha Power, who was named the next United States ambassador to the United Nations, were repeated by a newspaper report in Israel on Wednesday. 

Efforts on Syria Peace Talks Fail to Find Common Ground
New York Times 5 Jun 2013 – Preliminary discussions faced many obstacles, including the challenge of bringing Syrians into the negotiations. Diplomats will try again on June 25. 

In Besieged Sunni Town of Qusayr, Sunnis Are Bitter
New York Times 5 Jun 2013 – As Hezbollah guerrillas from Lebanon and Syrian troops fought around Qusayr, many Sunnis declared the area’s social fabric had been destroyed. 

News Analysis: Two Liberal Voices for Intervention, but Not in Syrian War
New York Times 5 Jun 2013 – Susan E. Rice and Samantha Power say the United States should act aggressively to defend human rights, but what that means for Syria is unclear. 

Shalom nervous of gas decision
Globes Energy & Water – The Prime Minister’s office is sure Energy Minister Silvan Shalom is trying to hand off the gas exports hot potato to Netanyahu.

Environment minister: We don’t agree with Tzemach C’tee 
Globes Energy & Water – Amir Peretz: We propose that the gas reserves that will be kept for Israel total at least 600 BCM.

Vintage raises $161m for new VC fund
Globes Main News – With the capital raised for the sixth fund, Vintage will manage $700 million.

Shalom wants higher gas export threshold
Globes Main News – Energy Minister Silvan Shalom has proposed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for Israel to retain 500 BCM gas reserves.

Phosphates workers ask Lapid to save industry
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals wants to develop the Sde Barir phosphates field despite Health Ministry objections.

Wed: Banks downward correction chills market
Globes Main News – Hapoalim and Leumi lost ground, but Mellanox bucked the market.

Class-action threat accuses Mellanox CEO of childishness
Globes Main News – The shareholders demand that Mellanox cancel the decision to delist, and give the petitioners material related to the decision.

BoI: Iscar sale boosts foreign direct investment 
Globes Macro Economics – Direct foreign investment in Israel totaled $2.3 billion in April 2013, of which $2 billion was for the acquisition of 20% of Iscar.

IDF cancels reserve duty due to budget cuts 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Regular army units will carry out the reservists’ operational tours of duty instead of undergoing training exercises.

Israel Bribes Unnamed African Country to Accept African Refugees in Return for Military Aid
Tikun Olam – Bibi wants to do to “his” African refugees what FDR did to the refugees of the S.S. St. Louis Bibi Netanyahu’s government has engaged in some hare-brained schemes in its day.  But this one takes the cake.  Yediot Achronot reports today that an unnamed African country…

UN nominee Power said Israeli human rights abuses are backed by US ‘domestic constituency’ with ‘tremendous’ financial clout
Mondoweiss – President Obama has nominated Samantha Power to be his new ambassador to the U.N. The White House is vigorously walking back any and all criticisms she’s made of Israel. Above is a clip from “Conversations with History,” an interview conducted by Harry Kreisler of the University…

Prestigious int’l soccer tournament begins in Israel– and dignifies Jim Crow
Mondoweiss – Today the European football organization (UEFA) opens its biennial “Under 21” youth tournament of eight teams in Israel. As an Israeli football host, Avraham Luzon, states:  “We are anxious to show the world our warm, modern and great country while hosting this prestigious tournament… Organising this…

Never Surrender: A Palestinian-American recounts harassment and discrimination during trip to Israel/Palestine
Mondoweiss – Moe Diab I am a 25-year-old Palestinian-American. I was born and raised in San Diego, California. I was raised to be proud of my Palestinian heritage and culture, and to be conscious of the daily Palestinian struggles and oppression, due to the Israeli occupation. My American…

Campaign against military aid gains traction in Helena, MT: ‘Israel’s enemies are now ours’
Mondoweiss – Helena, Montana Americans are waking up. Helena Service for Peace and Justice helped put up two billboards in the Montana capital, with help from the Coalition to Stop 30 Billion to Israel. At the same time, Will Boland wrote this superb piece in the Independent Record…

Anthony Weiner spoke at 1993 anti-Rabin rally where participants called for Israel PM’s assassination
Mondoweiss – Anthony Weiner was back at New York City’s Israel Day Parade this week, using the annual procession to promote his bid for the mayor’s office. The reaction from participants was mixed at best, with many in the crowd heckling the disgraced former congressman with taunts related…

Susan Rice Brings Experience Defending Israel to National Security Job 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Jun 2013 – Susan Rice has said that a “huge” portion of her work at the United Nations was defending Israel’s legitimacy. Her new job will likely be no less Israel-centric. Click here for the rest of the article…

Australian Jewish Umbrella Organization Condemns Groups Who Back Israel Boycott 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Jun 2013 – Melbourne Jewry’s umbrella organization voted to condemn a Jewish group that supports the boycott of goods from the West Bank. Click here for the rest of the article…

‘Girls Enjoy Rape’ Judge Loses Backing in Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Jun 2013 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday withdrew his support of Judge Emeritus Nissim Yeshaya for the presidency of the Likud party’s court, over a comment he had made earlier this week that some women “enjoy rape.” Click here for the rest of the article…

Samantha Power, Sometimes Blunt, May Face Confirmation Battle for U.N. Job 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Jun 2013 – President Barack Obama has selected as his nominee for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and academic who in 2008 called Hillary Clinton – at the time a political rival of Obama – “a monster.” Click here for the rest of the…

Egypt: Egypt Destroys 34 Border Tunnels With Gaza 
allAfrica.com 5 Jun 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]The Egyptian Border Police has located and destroyed 34 tunnels under the border with Gaza, security sources said on Tuesday.

US condemns Syrian siege of Qusair 
BBC 5 Jun 2013 – As a BBC team visits Qusair, the US condemns “in the strongest possible terms” Syria’s military campaign to retake the strategic town from rebels.

Femen activists on trial in Tunisia 
BBC 5 Jun 2013 – Three members of feminist group Femen appear in court in Tunis after holding a topless protest in support of a detained Tunisian activist.

Egypt medics in ‘phone lights’ op 
BBC 5 Jun 2013 – Egyptian doctors had to use the light generated by their mobile phones to perform surgery after a sudden power cut at a hospital, local media report.

Action Alert: Tell Alicia Keys to Cancel her Scheduled Concert! 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 5 Jun 2013 – Alicia Keys is scheduled to perform to an audience of 11,000 in Tel Aviv on July 4, 2013. Following calls from Alice Walker , Roger Waters , Boycott from Within and many more, Alicia Keys has expressed that she is still planning to perform. We want to deliver…

Egypt: NGO Trial Culminates in Guilty Verdict 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 5 Jun 2013 – Cairo – Tuesday’s sentencing of 43 defendants in Egypt’s case against foreign NGOs was the culmination of a politicized trial and a year and a half-long investigation. Related Articles: NGOs in Egypt: Scapegoats of Imperialism? Egypt sentences 43 NGO staffers for working illegaly read more

Lebanon: STL Hires British Lawyer to Investigate Al-Akhbar 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 5 Jun 2013 – Keith’s mission is limited to writing up a report of his investigation and its conclusions. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Keith’s mission is limited to writing up a report of his investigation and its conclusions. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) From its inception, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon has suffered a series…

Four rockets fired from Syria land in Ersal, causing no casualties 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Jun 2013 – A Syrian helicopter fired four rockets in and around the northeastern Lebanese town of Ersal, a security official said, in an attack condemned by President Michel Sleiman. A rocket was fired at Ersal, without causing casualties, and three others on the outskirts of the town seen…

Jordan’s South Slips From Government Grip 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Jun 2013 – A Syrian man sits in his tent at the Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border with Jordan in Mafraq on 7 March 2013. (Photo: AFP – Khalil Mazraawi) A Syrian man sits in his tent at the Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border with…

Lebanon: Calls for a New Produce Market in Tripoli Bear No Fruit 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Jun 2013 – On top of the volatile security situation, vendors must also contend with the protection rackets imposed by some of the neighborhood’s fighters. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) On top of the volatile security situation, vendors must also contend with the protection rackets imposed by some of the neighborhood’s fighters. (…

Lebanese Ministries Compete to Reforest Country 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Jun 2013 – This work stopped between 2006 and 2008 due to the 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) This work stopped between 2006 and 2008 due to the 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Since 2001, the Lebanese ministries of agriculture and environment have…

Egypt court orders trial for activists accused of “inciting violence” 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Jun 2013 – Egypt’s public prosecutor ordered a group of political activists to stand trial on Wednesday on charges they incited violence near the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in March, a case that has hardened rights activists’ fears of a crackdown. Judicial sources said the activists numbered at least 10…

Bulgaria: Hezbollah role in bus bombing unproven 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Jun 2013 – Lebanese Hezbollah supporters wave an Iranian flag (C) along with Lebanese and Hezbollah flags in Mashghara in the western Bekaa Valley on 25 May 2013 during a ceremony marking the 13th anniversary of Israel’s military withdrawal from Lebanon. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Zayyat) Bulgaria said on…

Syria Bank Chief: Let Them Eat Weed! 
Al-Akhbar Politics 4 Jun 2013 – A cashier counts Syrian currency notes in Amman, in this 6 December 2011 file photo. (Photo: Reuters- Ali Jarekji) A cashier counts Syrian currency notes in Amman, in this 6 December 2011 file photo. (Photo: Reuters- Ali Jarekji) Damascus – Abu Mwaffaq, 65-years-old, looked angry as…

Lebanon: Saida Rally To Target Hezbollah 
Al-Akhbar Politics 4 Jun 2013 – Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya announced its rally two days after a group of Islamists burned Hezbollah aid packages intended for Syrian refugees in the city’s Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya announced its rally two days after a group of Islamists burned Hezbollah aid…

US condemns Syrian siege of Qusair 
BBC 5 Jun 2013 – As a BBC team visits Qusair, the US condemns “in the strongest possible terms” Syria’s military campaign to retake the strategic town from rebels.

Iraqis killed at fake checkpoint 
BBC 5 Jun 2013 – At least 14 people have been killed at a fake security checkpoint manned by gunmen in western Iraq, officials say.

Femen activists on trial in Tunisia 
BBC 5 Jun 2013 – Three members of feminist group Femen appear in court in Tunis after holding a topless protest in support of a detained Tunisian activist.

Egypt medics in ‘phone lights’ op 
BBC 5 Jun 2013 – Egyptian doctors had to use the light generated by their mobile phones to perform surgery after a sudden power cut at a hospital, local media report.


After 46 years of occupation, land confiscation renders Israeli law obsolete 
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 6/5/2013
      Since Israel occupied the West Bank and annexed East Jerusalem in 1967, it has continued to engage in legal acrobatics to confiscate Palestinian homes and land. In doing so, the state is actively erasing its internationally recognized border – the Green Line.
     One thing has become abundantly clear about Israeli policy when it comes to land: first it acts, only later giving its legal stamp of approval. This is essentially how the state was first established and built itself up, and is the story of how all settlements are born to this day in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
     Make your presence known on a piece of land for long enough, get a trailer, set up a makeshift synagogue, wait until the state provides electricity and water and it is only a matter of time before it is recognized, de facto or officially. The chances that a court will order that an outpost-turned-settlement be removed are very slim (and even slimmer that the state will enforce such a legal decision), as is evident from the half-a-million settlers who live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem today, and the 100 or so outposts that are considered illegal even under Israeli law.
     Does it really matter, therefore, what the courts, the attorney general or the High Court of Justice have to say about it, one way or another. For on the one hand, they are committed to the ethics of law, but on the other hand, are bodies that serve a state which prioritizes Jewish rights in every aspect of life.
     Israel’s High Court recently asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to explain his stance on the state’s confiscation of Palestinian land in East Jerusalem. His answer was that it is a-okay. The 1950 Absentee Property Law was designed to give the state the legal tools to confiscate Palestinian refugees’ property. The refugees, from the 1948 war, were literally “absent” from their homes at the time – a very fitting criteria considering it was a time of war, during which people fled and were forced out. more.. e-mail

Resource: Area C Palestinians under threat of displacement 
+972 Magazine 6/5/2013
      A new report published by B’Tselem to mark 46 years since Israel occupied the West Bank reveals how the Civil Administration has violated its obligation to administer the area for the benefit of the Palestinian population. Contrary to its legal obligations, the Civil Administration, the body responsible for implementing Israeli government policy in Area C (60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli control), implements exactly the opposite policy.
     The Civil Administration consistently prefers Israeli and settlements’ interests while displacing Palestinians, exploiting the area’s resources to benefit Israelis, and bringing about a permanent situation in which Israeli settlements thrive and Palestinian presence is negligible.
     Some 60 percent of West Bank lands have been classified as “Area C” ever since the initial stages of the Oslo Accords were implemented in the 1990s. Area C – which remains under full Israeli control, including Israeli jurisdiction over planning and construction – is home to an estimated 180,000 Palestinians and includes the major residential and development land reserves for all West Bank communities. 
     Israel strictly limits Palestinian settlement, construction and development in Area C, while ignoring the needs of the Palestinian population. This policy means Palestinian residents must subsist in very rudimentary living conditions. They are denied any legal avenue to build homes or develop their communities, so they face the constant fear that their houses might be demolished, and they expelled and lose their livelihood. 
     Area C covers most of the West Bank, and includes 165 “islands” of Area A and B land. These scattered “islands” are home to the major concentrations of population in the West Bank….. — See also: Report: B’Tselem more.. e-mail

Still the Neocon’s Poodle After All These Years 
Phil Greaves, CounterPunch 6/3/2013
      The Middle East According to Tony Blair
     Tony Blair, one of the Chief architects of the wholly illegal, and barbaric act of aggression put upon the state of Iraq and its population in 2003 – resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians – has once again been given a platform to further the West’s Imperial agenda and designs for the Middle East.
     A recent article in the Mail on Sunday penned by Mr. Blair, reveals how very little this man truly thinks of the public’s collective and individual ability to see straight through his ‘liberal’ veneer and blatant war propaganda. The man British citizens once voted into the office of Prime Minister, is now, a de-facto figurehead for the vast apparatus’ of the Western Corporate Military Industrial Complex (MIC), and a fully fledged leader of the MIC’s quasi-’humanitarian’ facade. Can one honestly believe this man – thought by many of his own former constituents to be a proven war criminal – holds the title of Middle East Peace Envoy? One looks on at this scenario and sees nothing more than a sickening insult to the Palestinian’s and their brethren. You want peace? The right of return? Your indigenous land? And compensation for the brutality the UK and the rest of the Western world has encouraged and abetted Israel to commit unhindered? Here, have ‘our’ Tony; a proven war criminal responsible for the death and suffering of millions of Arabs, a man so despised in the region he is supposed to be helping; he dare not step foot in it outside of Zionist control and a small army in tow.
     The simplistic narrative Mr. Blair is trying to force onto readers is that, contrary to all available evidence and the vast majority of informed scholarly opinion, even indeed, contrary to his first paragraph in which he uses his charm and ‘liberal’ facade to portray an understanding of peaceful Islam; that there is an “ideology” behind the brutal murder of Lee Rigby by extremists on the streets of London, and that this ideology is “profound and dangerous”. Tony then veers straight into the Neo-Con/AIPAC dominated western narrative on the Middle East, casually inferring that the “ideology” he speaks of is “out there”…. more.. e-mail

Annemarie Jacir’s must-see ‘When I Saw You’ grapples with growing up after ‘67 war 
Sarah Irving, Electronic Intifada 6/3/2013
      In interviews, Palestinian artists — writers, painters, filmmakers, musicians — often find themselves discussing the tension between being true to their art, and being expected to be a spokesperson for their people.
     Annemarie Jacir’s latest film is one of the increasingly accessible range of works from Palestinian artists which should be seen because they are good art, not as acts of political solidarity.
     When I Saw You is set in 1967, in the immediate aftermath of the Naksa (setback in Arabic) — Israel’s victory in the 1967 War and its occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, the Syrian Golan Heights and the Egyptian Sinai.
     A new wave of Palestinian refugees has poured over the Jordan River and is swelling United Nations-run camps, some already inhabited by those who were forced out in 1948.
     Among them is a young boy, Tarek (the highly photogenic Mahmoud Afsa) and his mother Ghaydaa, played by Rula Blal. The latter may be familiar to Western audiences for playing the role of Fatima — jailed for attempting to bomb an Israeli cinema — in Julian Schnabel’s movie Miral. In that performance she was the highlight of an otherwise deeply flawed film; in When I Saw You she is equally excellent, but in better company. Bullied
     Tarek is seemingly — although the issue is never clearly explored — autistic. He has some of the mathematical genius of a savant like Dustin Hoffman’s character in Rain Man, although to lesser extremes, and his phenomenal numeracy is coupled with being unable to read and to fully function socially. more.. e-mail

Israel charges Stop the Wall activist with supporting prisoners
Electronic Intifada: 5 Jun 2013 – Hassan Karajah is on trial for organizing protests urging the release of fellow Palestinians.more

When Israel compensated Germans for land in Palestine
Electronic Intifada: 5 Jun 2013 – Unlike Palestinians, a number of Germans uprooted by Zionist forces in 1948 have received restitution.more

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