VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 7 June 2013: The Euro American blindness in the Middle East

7 June 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Palestine Becomes Member of the IFJ
IMEMC – Palestine became a member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) during the meeting in Dublin Castle, on June 6. Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate head, Abdul-Nasser An-Najjar, was elected as a member of the IFJ Executive Committee by 283 votes out of 369. … 

Settlers Burn A Palestinian Car In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Friday June 7 2013, سeveral extremist Israeli settlers burnt, on Friday at dawn, a Palestinian car that belongs to resident, Yasser Samir Najib, 31, from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem. …

G4S Annual General Meeting Dominated by Controversy Over Israeli Prison Contracts
IMEMC – G4S’ involvement in the detention of Palestinian children in Israeli jails dominated the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 6th June, overshadowing all other business, including last year’s Olympic security fiasco, said Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC) in a press release. …

UN To Grant Urgent Aid To Palestinian Victims Of Settler Violence
IMEMC – The United Nations stated it is working on plan meant for providing emergency aid to Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank, victims of attacks carried out by extremist Israeli settlements; the aid includes compensation for bodily harm and property damage. …

Infant Injured In Kufur Qaddoum
IMEMC – Late Thursday night at around midnight, June 6 2013, Palestinian medical sources have reported that an infant suffocated after inhaling gas fired by Israeli soldiers invading Kufur Qaddoum, village, near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia. …

Ma’an News

Settlers assault farmer near Nablus
6/7/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Friday attacked a 66-year-old farmer east of Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said. Residents of Itamar settlement assaulted Kamel Dweikat and tore apart bags of hay and wheat he had harvested, said Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank. Dweikat sustained moderate injuries, Daghlas told Ma’an. [END]

Clashes across West Bank as Palestinians mark war anniversary
6/7/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Demonstrators in the West Bank on Friday joined mass protests to mark the Global March to Jerusalem, and dozens were lightly injured as Israeli forces tried to disperse them. In al-Maasara, near Bethlehem, participants in a weekly march suffered tear-gas inhalation. Demonstrators raised Palestinian flags, pictures of prisoners and Palestinians killed by Israel to mark the anniversary of the Six-Day War…. Related: 2 women injured in Jerusalem march

2 women injured in Jerusalem march
6/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Friday beat two women in a rally in Jerusalem marking the 46 anniversary of its occupation. One woman suffered bruises to her lower back, and another to her chest, a medic said. Moath Abu Rasheed, 17, was arrested and taken to a police station, while an Israeli activist was detained for several minutes…. Related: Clashes across West Bank as Palestinians mark war anniversary

Israel bans guards from entering Aqsa compound
6/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israel on Friday banned 25 Al-Aqsa compound guards from the vicinity of the mosque for varying periods of time. Samer Qweider was banned from entering Al-Aqsa until the end of Ramadan for allegedly verbally abusing rightists who tried to get into the compound. Qweider told Ma’an that on May 28 he was banned from entering the compound for six….

Car torched in Jerusalem in suspected settler attack
6/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Suspected Israeli extremists torched a Palestinian car in East Jerusalem early Friday. Yasser Najeeb said he saw five Israeli settlers near his burning car at around 3. 15 a. m. , an hour after settlers threw a glass bottle at his home in Sheikh Jarrah.”We were sleeping and I smelt smoke and when I looked from my bedroom window I saw….

Israelis scrawl ‘death to Arabs’ in Salfit
6/7/2013 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Jewish worshipers scrawled “Death to Arabs” on Palestinian homes during a visit to a tomb in a northern West Bank town on Thursday night. Israeli soldiers accompanied the extremist group to Kifl Haris, an Israeli military spokeswoman said. Locals said soldiers closed all entrances to the town, ordered shops to shut and prevented residents from moving around. They stayed for over….

Israel bans West Bank journalist from travel
6/7/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities prevented a Palestinian journalist from leaving the West Bank to visit relatives in Jordan, a detainees’ center said Thursday. Nawwaf al-Amer told the Palestine Center for Studies that Israeli forces refused to let him cross the Allenby Bridge between West Bank and Jordan, citing “security reasons.”Al-Amer, 50, added that he had crossed the border earlier this….

Bethlehem residents welcome released prisoner
6/7/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians gathered near Bethlehem on Thursday to welcome a prisoner released by Israel after eight years. Supporters welcomed Salim al-Jabri, 36, to Duheishe refugee camp after his release from Ramon prison. In a statement, al-Jabri said Palestinian prisoners were empowered by popular solidarity but that Israeli guards constantly humiliated detainees. [END]

Activist: Baby hurt in army raid on Kafr Qaddum
6/7/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) –A 7-month-old baby suffered tear gas inhalation after Israeli soldiers fired canisters at her home in a raid on Kafr Qaddum early Friday, activists said. Sana Eshtewi was treated by Red Crescent medics, said Murad Eshtewi, spokesman of the local protest committee. The spokesman said Israeli troops raided the village at dawn and clashed with locals. Soldiers fired tear gas….

Female detainee undergoes surgery
6/7/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian detainee underwent surgery on Wednesday after female prisoners threatened to go on hunger strike over delays to her treatment. Lina Jarbouni is recovering in hospital from an operation to remove her gall bladder, said lawyer Taghreed Jahshan. Doctors told Jahshan the operation took two hours as Jarbouni was in a serious condition, and that she would have to stay….

Bethlehem man enters 21st year in Israeli jail
6/7/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian detainee entered his 21st year of a life sentence in Israeli prison on Friday. Rizeq Ali Salah, 50, from al-Khader village near Bethlehem, is one of Palestine’s longest-serving detainees. Both Salah’s parents have died since he was detained in 1993. Salah is married with two children, and his son, Ahmad, spent one year in jail with him. [END]

Family denies govt account of deadly Gaza raid
6/7/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A family in Gaza accused of storing illegal drugs and firing at police denied Thursday the Hamas government’s allegations and description of a deadly police raid. Relatives said there were no drugs or weapons in their Beit Lahiya home, sharply contradicting allegations by the Ministry of Interior which blamed a deadly shooting on the family.”We don’….

UN seeks fresh Golan troops after Austria pullout
6/7/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The UN force in the Golan Heights was thrown into disarray after Austria withdrew its troops and two peacekeepers were injured as Syrian government and rebel fighters battled for a border crossing. Peacekeepers from the Philippines and India were wounded by mortar shrapnel as the Syrians fought for the strategic crossing, according to diplomats. UN leaders held emergency talks to replace the….

Gaza joins Global March to Jerusalem
6/7/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Demonstrators will march to the northern Gaza Strip on Friday as activists participate in the Global March to Jerusalem in cities around the world. Palestinians, joined by 33 solidarity activists from eight European and Arab countries, will head to the Hamodeh station after
Friday prayers, said Majed al-Zeida, a spokesman for the global rally. The march intends to warn Israel….

Egypt detains suspected fuel smuggler en route to Gaza
6/7/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities on Friday detained a truck driver suspected of trying to smuggle fuel to the Gaza Strip, a security source said. Security forces stopped a truck carrying 5,000 liters of fuel and arrested the driver, who admitted he planned to smuggle the diesel to Gaza through tunnels, an Egyptian security official told Ma’an. They also confiscated the fuel, he added. [END]

Egypt police shoot, injure Palestinian in Sinai raid
6/7/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian police on Friday shot an injured a Palestinian during an early morning raid on an abandoned building in Sinai’s el-Arish, security sources said. Five Palestinians suspected of entering Egypt illegally through tunnels were living in the building in the al-Masaid neighborhood, and marijuana and other drugs were found there, an Egyptian security official told Ma’an….

Employees union welcomes cabinet reshuffle
6/7/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The head of the government employees union on Friday said the new cabinet, sworn in Thursday, heralded an end to “the period of pickpocketing citizens.” Bassam Zakarneh said the change in government was essential, and that workers would stand by the new government for the “greater good.”President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday swore in a new cabinet led by Rami Hamdallah….

6 Injured in accidents in Jericho and Salfit
6/7/2013 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Three people on Friday were injured in a car accident in Jericho, a civil defense report said. The driver of a Hyundai car lost control of his vehicle, causing it to overturn. The driver and two passengers were moderately and lightly injured respectively. In Salfit, a collision between two vehicles resulted in three minor injuries. [END]

Dog lovers face backlash as Iran challenges pet trade
6/7/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran is again cracking down on people with pet dogs, viewed as unclean in Islam, but Soroush Mobaraki says sales are booming despite fears the pooches might be “arrested” and their owners fined. This veterinary pharmacologist, sitting in the small Tehran pet shop he owns, said “there has been a sharp increase in demand for dogs in recent years.”We sell 15 to….

NGO: Syrian army hunts down rebels north of Qusayr
6/7/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syrian regime forces Friday sought to mop up the final pockets of rebel resistance north of Qusayr, after retaking the key town that was an insurgent bastion for a year, a watchdog said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said President Bashar Assad’s forces were also sending reinforcements to the northern province of Aleppo, where large swathes of territory have been….

Lebanon army slams ‘plot’ to embroil country in Syria war
6/7/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — The Lebanese army warned on Friday that a plot was afoot to embroil the country in the 26-month conflict in neighboring Syria, as deadly clashes between Damascus supporters and opponents inside Lebanon multiply.”The army command. . . calls on citizens to be wary of plots aimed at taking Lebanon backwards and dragging it into an absurd war,” a statement said, adding that it….

Egypt president says early election calls ‘absurd’
6/7/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi rejected as “absurd” opposition calls for an early election less than a year into his term of office, charging in comments published Friday that such calls violated the constitution.”We are a country with a constitution and a legal system,” the Islamist Mursi said in the interview with leading state-owned daily Al-Ahram.”We held a free and….

UN launches record $5.2 billion Syria aid appeal
6/7/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — The United Nations on Friday launched a record $5. 2-billion aid appeal to fund operations in Syria and neighboring nations, saying the number of people affected by the country’s brutal conflict was set to spiral. The sum by far overshadows the $2. 2 billion the UN sought in 2003 to help cope with the crisis sparked by the war in….

Turkey PM says against violence, open to ‘democratic demands’
6/7/2013 – ISTANBUL (AFP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday his Islamic-rooted government opposed violence and was open to “democratic demands” raised by demonstrators whose mass protests have rocked the country.”What we are against is terrorism, violence, vandalism and actions that threaten others for the sake of freedoms,” Erdogan said in a televised conference in Istanbul.”I’m open-hearted to anyone with democratic demands.”[END]

Palestine News Network

Settlers Assault Farmers in Sahel Rujeib in Nablus
Palestine News Network

Jewish Settlers Set Fire to Jerusalemite’s Vehicle in Sheikh Jarrah
Palestine News Network

Israeli Navy Ships Fire toward Palestinian Fishermen Boats
Palestine News Network

Child Suffered Suffocation Due to Israeli Tear Gas Inhalation in Kufr Qaddoum
Palestine News Network

Jordan Hosts Euromed Youth Awards 2013
Palestine News Network

Ban Ki-Moon Congratulates Al-Hamdallah, Offers Support to New PA Government
Palestine News Network

Report: Palestinian Economy Will Stay on Halt if Israeli Restrictions on it Remain
Palestine News Network

G4S Annual General Meeting Dominated by Controversy Over Israeli Prison Contracts
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Police Completes IT Infrastructure Project
Palestine News Network

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

Hebron man arrested for filing complaint about settler attack
6/7/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 8th June 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Human rights activist Jawad Abu Eysheh, 39, was arrested Friday 7th June following a complaint he made four months ago about a settler attack. At 4:20 pm on 7th June, Israeli Police arrived at the house of the Hebron organisation Youth Against Settlements and demanded to see the ID’s of Jawad….

UPDATE: Two arrested in Nabi Saleh weekly protest
6/7/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 7th June 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Ramallah Team, Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine – SECOND UPDATE:  The two boys, Tamim & Mo’men have now been released. UPDATE: Tamim (19) and Mo’men (16) Tamimi are currently under interrogation and will remain in prison until at least Sunday. Today’s weekly protest in Nabi Saleh was met with skunk water and rubber coated steel….

‘We are the army…we will catch you or we will come to your house’ – Soldiers threaten children of Kafr Qaddum
6/7/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 7th June 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Kafr Qaddum, Occupied Palestine – In the early hours of the 7th June, the Israeli military conducted a night raid on the village of Kafr Qaddum for what is reportedly the tenth time in the last three weeks. This follows threats made by soldiers against children of the village and continued harassment, day and night. Friday’s….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Conflict Management and Mitigation Program Fact Sheet (as of 7th June 2013)
Relief Web 7 Jun 2013 – Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Israel, occupied Palestinian territory, United States of America Program Overview Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) grants are part of a congressionally mandated effort to support people‐to‐people reconciliation activitiesthat bring together individuals of different…

Syrian Arab Republic: Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos Remarks at the launch of the revised Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan and Regional Response Plan [EN/AR]
Relief Web 7 Jun 2013 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey Geneva, 7 June 2013 Excellencies, Ministers, High Commissioner Guterres, Dr. Chan, Ladies and Gentlemen, When we last made an…

occupied Palestinian territory: UAE’s charity offers US$200,000 in support for Palestinian orphans
Relief Web 7 Jun 2013 – Source: Emirates News Agency Country: occupied Palestinian territory WAM JERUSALEM: The UAE’s Human Appeal International (HAI) has offered US$200,000 in support for 700 poor Palestinian families sponsoring orphaned children in Qalqilya, the West Bank, the Palestinian territory (oPt). The agency’s…

Syrian Arab Republic: 8 things you need to know about the Syrian humanitarian crisis
Relief Web 7 Jun 2013 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey The United Nations and its partners have dramatically increased their 2013 humanitarian appeal for Syria to approximately US$4.4 billion, from…

Lebanon: Syria Regional Response Plan (January to December 2013)
Relief Web 7 Jun 2013 – Source: UN High Com
missioner for Refugees Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey Since the launch of the last Regional Response Plan (RRP) in December 2012, an additional one million Syrians have become refugees in…

Syrian Arab Republic: Revised Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP) January – December 2013
Relief Web 7 Jun 2013 – Source: Government of the Syrian Arab Republic, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic The events in Syria since March 2011 have resulted in significant humanitarian needs. Compared with the initial 2013…

The National

Obama backs internet and phone monitoring
The National 7 Jun 2013 – The US president faced anger from the public, rights groups and politicians after top-secret documents leaked to international media revealed the National Security Agency and FBI were monitoring phone calls and internet.

Image is all for Emirati satellite engineers working on DubaiSat
The National 7 Jun 2013 – Staff at the Al Khawaneej headquarters of DubaiSat say their jobs are something to be proud of.

Supporters back Erdogan to ride out protests
The National 7 Jun 2013 – Turkish prime minister’s broad support base dismissive of week-long protests across the country.

UN makes $5bn appeal for Syria
The National 7 Jun 2013 – The new figure, a record-breaking appeal for the UN, is more than double the previous high of $2.2bn, made in 2003 for Iraq.

Abu Dhabi Police fly four lost motorists to safety
The National 7 Jun 2013 – Four men were rescued by police after being stranded in the desert in Al Ain.

UAE report on human rights accepted by United Nations body
The National 7 Jun 2013 – The UAE accepted 100 recommendations, partially accepted or noted 61 others and rejected 19.

New Catholic church to open in Ras Al Khaimah next week
The National 7 Jun 2013 – The religious community has lauded the opening of a second Catholic church in RAK as a sign of the UAE’s religious tolerance.

Abu Dhabi human trafficking victim feared arrest for prostitution
The National 7 Jun 2013 – The Syrian woman was too scared to report her ordeal to police because she feared she would be arrested for prostitution, hears court.

Ha’aretz

Defense official: End Foreign Ministry strike before it harms ties
Ha’aretz – 7 Jun 2013

Putin: Russia ready to replace Austrian peacekeepers in Golan Heights
Ha’aretz – 7 Jun 2013

Tens of thousands celebrate Gay Pride in Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – 7 Jun 2013

Israel celebrates gay pride, but struggle for equal rights persists
Ha’aretz – 7 Jun 2013

UN to aid Palestinian victims of settler violence in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 6 Jun 2013

Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Golan fighting spells more Syria woes for Israel
Jerusalem Post 7 Jun 2013 – In addition to threat posed by jihadi fighters battling Assad, Hezbollah appears to be making inroads on the Syrian-held Golan, Israeli official warns, saying “infrastructure being built” for Hezbollah Golan front. 

Putin: Russia can replace Austria in UN Golan force
Jerusalem Post 7 Jun 2013 – Long-time ally and arms supplier to Assad says Russian troops prepared to replace Austrian contingent in buffer zone between Syria and Israel “if regional powers show interest, and if the UN secretary general asks us to do so.” 

‘US conducts successful test of bunker buster bombs’
Jerusalem Post 7 Jun 2013 – Yediot: Bomb destroyed replica of underground nuclear facility. 

Heckling at politicians’ speeches at Pride Parade
Jerusalem Post 7 Jun 2013 – Lapid, Livnat get mixed reactions at TA event; “No screams, cheers can stop me from supporting the LGBT community,” Lapid says. 

Ashkenazi refused pleas to run for Labor chief
Jerusalem Post 7 Jun 2013 – MK Ben-Eliezer, Histadrut head Eini attempt to persuade former IDF chief to run, saying he is the only hope to unseat Yacimovich. 

Thousands turn out for Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade
Jerusalem Post 7 Jun 2013 – Record-breaking 100,000 turn out for Pride Parade as Mayor Huldai lauds Tel Aviv as world’s most gay-friendly city. 

Jilted lover stabs woman to death in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 7 Jun 2013 – Police suspect 30-year-old man killed his former partner after she ended relationship; man attempted suicide after attack. 

Reports on US surveillance fuel privacy debate
Jerusalem Post 7 Jun 2013 – Obama administration reportedly collects data on millions of phone users, tapped into servers of internet companies. 

Court orders 10-fold increase in smoking compensation
Jerusalem Post 6 Jun 2013 – Likely to serve as precedent against owners of premises that fail to enforce laws. 

Arab World: Is Egypt losing the Nile?
Jerusalem Post 6 Jun 2013 – Egyptian politicians are enraged by Ethiopia’s plans to divert the waters of the Nile and some have gone as far as calling for military action. 

My prediction: Please help prove it wrong
Jerusalem Post 6 Jun 2013 – Into the Fray: A determined domestic thrust is under way to compress Israel back into its precarious pre-1967 frontiers, imperiling the viability of Jewish sovereignty. 

My Word: Facebooking the revolution
Jerusalem Post 6 Jun 2013 – In the current technological era the world has a tendency to “share” problems via the social media rather than solve them. 

iEngage: The ‘price’ we pay for ignorance
Jerusalem Post 6 Jun 2013 – The complacency of Israeli Jews to “price-tag” attacks on churches, mosques may derive from appalling lack of education about other religions. 

Column One: Wounded…and dangerous
Jerusalem Post 6 Jun 2013 – “Israel cannot be lured into complacency by Kerry’s buffoonery or Obama’s apparent political weakness.”

Another Tack: A very Israeli story
Jerusalem Post 6 Jun 2013 – The only antidote to the big lie is remembrance; each of us who remembers 1967 is a bridge today, just as Fania Bergstein was in her day. 

15th government of Palestinian Authority sworn in
Jerusalem Post 6 Jun 2013 – Government headed by new PA Prime Minister Hamdallah sworn in; Abbas says new gov’t working on agreement with Hamas. 

The Guardian

Torture and ill-treatment past and present
The Guardian 7 Jun 2013 – The decision to compensate the victims of torture and illegal detention during the Mau Mau insurgency in Kenya ( Britain has said sorry to the Mau Mau , 7 June) is heartening and must lend weight to claims…

What you call ‘settlements’ are on solid moral ground | Dani Dayan
The Guardian 7 Jun 2013 – What our detractors refer to as ‘settlements’ are no threat to peace. Others must recognise that we are part of the solution Catherine Ashton, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, is a vocal critic of…

Russia offers to send replacements for Austrian troops on Israel-Syria border
The Guardian 7 Jun 2013 – Putin stuns world with offer of peacekeepers on demilitarised border despite Russia’s open support for Assad regime Russia has stunned the international community by offering to replace Austrian troops withdrawn from the peacekeeping forces on the…

Uruknet

Disgraced soldier who abused Afghan boy cannot be identified – “to protect HIM from terrorists in wake of Lee Rigby murder”
Uruknet

Syria and the U.S. Are Partners in Crime
Uruknet

Mass Graves Discovered in Jaffa
Uruknet

Military Resistance 11F3 Bliss
Uruknet

Bradley Manning Court-Martial: Secrecy and Injustice on Trial
Uruknet

Innocent Until Proved Dead If assassinating suspects makes sense overseas, why not at home?
Uruknet

What our presidents tell our young people
Uruknet

Video: Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system.
Uruknet

When Truth Becomes an Enemy of the State: Bradley Manning on Trial
Uruknet

Daily Star

Never Surrender: A Palestinian-American recounts harassment and discrimination during trip to Israel/Palestine
Uruknet

Waw Design store puts an Islamic touch on quality products
Daily Star 7 Jun 2013 It takes 16 people to produce the designer clothes, dishware and furniture for sale at the Waw Design concept store in Beirut.

Lebanon handed tough draw for 2014 World Championship
Daily Star 7 Jun 2013 Lebanon have been handed a tricky draw for the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship as the Cedars will face Qatar, Japan and Hong Kong in Group B of the preliminary stages.

Australia apologizes to Jordan over coach detention at airport
Daily Star 7 Jun 2013 Australia’s foreign minister has apologized to the Jordanian ambassador over an incident at Melbourne Airport, where the country’s head football coach was detained by immigration officials.

YNet News

Hungary evacuates 2,000 people as precaution against floods
YNet News, 7 Jun 2013 – ….

Suicide blasts kill 19 in Iraq, including Iranians
YNet News, 7 Jun 2013 – ….

Gunman shoots at vehicles near US college
YNet News, 7 Jun 2013 – ….

Egypt’s president dismisses calls for early vote
YNet News, 7 Jun 2013 – ….

Turkey: Thousands gather in Taksim Square
YNet News, 7 Jun 2013 – ….

46 years of ‘no’
YNet News, 7 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: Arafat replaced Shukeiri, and Abbas replaced Arafat, but Palestinian policy of refusal, obstinacy has remained the same ….

Palestine Information Center

Dozens participate in a rally as part of GMJ
PIC – Dozens of UK activists on Friday evening participated in a rally outside the Israeli embassy in London as part of the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ). 

Egypt cabinet ministers participate in the Global March to Jerusalem
PIC – The Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) in Egypt was launched after Friday prayers from a mosque in Nasr City in Cairo, with the participation of cabinet ministers.

Kerry to visit Mideast next week
PIC – Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to the Middle East next week, spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

Ha’aretz: IOF thwart 27 attempts to kidnap their soldiers in 2013
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) claimed that they have prevented 27 kidnapping attempts targeting their soldiers organized by Palestinians since the beginning of this year, Ha’aretz reported.

Israeli navy fires toward fishermen boats, arrests two of them
PIC – Israeli Navy gunboats opened fired at dawn, toward Palestinian fishing boats off the north-western shores of the Gaza Strip and arrested two fishermen.

Jewish associations call for storming Al-Aqsa Mosque next Sunday
PIC – Jewish associations and rightist extremist organizations, concerned with the establishment of the alleged temple, called for organizing marches in front of Al-Aqsa Mosque and storming it, next Sunday.

IOA accepts releasing political prisoners of 1948-occupied territories
PIC – The Israeli Shin Bet accepted the possibility of releasing Palestinian prisoners of 1948-occupied territories, Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) quoted the prisoner Maher Younis as saying.

Liberated prisoner warns of jamming devices in Israeli prisons
PIC – The liberated prisoner Massoud Kaddour, who was released a few days ago, warned of jamming devices in Israeli jails.

Haniyeh: Islamic peoples’ unity is the way to liberate Jerusalem
PIC – Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Thursday evening met with a delegation of the Salafi Da’wa movement in Egypt, which arrived in Gaza headed by Dr. Yasser Borhamy, the movement’s deputy head.

Qabaha calls for supporting Jordanian hunger strikers
PIC – The liberated former minister Wasfi Qabaha called for a firm stand in solidarity with the Jordanian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails who declared hunger strike since early May.

Misc

Choice for U.N. Post Gets Israeli Vote of Confidence
New York Times 7 Jun 2013 – Samantha Power, who is facing some resistance from pro-Israel groups, was praised by the Israeli ambassador to Washington. 

Wadi Gaza Journal: Palestinian Farmers in Gaza Buffer Zone Remain Wary
New York Times 7 Jun 2013 – Farming lags in an area close to the fence separating Gaza and Israel, amid confusion about Israeli restrictions and fears of military incursions. 

The Saturday Profile: Khalid Albaih’s Pen Leaves a Mark Across the Arab World
New York Times 7 Jun 2013 – By day, Khalid Albaih works in a museum. After hours, he is a cartoonist with an attitude, inspiring discontented youth across the Arab world. 

In Its Biggest Appeal Ever, U.N. Requests $5 Billion in Humanitarian Aid for Syria
New York Times 7 Jun 2013 – As the United Nations presented the biggest financing appeal in its history, its Security Council issued a rare statement critical of the Syrian government. 

Putin Offers Russian Troops as Golan Peacekeepers
New York Times 7 Jun 2013 – President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia offered to replace the departing Austrians in the United Nations force patrolling a disputed area between Israel and Syria. 

Op-Ed Contributor: Russia’s Success, the West’s Failure
New York Times 7 Jun 2013 – President Vladimir Putin has made his point in supporting the Syrian regime, and it is now in Russia’s own interest to cooperate with the West and help foster an end to the bloodshed in Syria. 

U.S. Exposes Location, Layout of Top-Secret Israeli Arrow 3 Missile Base
Tikun Olam – New Arrow 3 missile launchers to be built at Sdot Micha As a follow-up to a post I wrote a few days ago , Cryptome has published maps and drawings of Israel’s top-secret Sdot Micha air base.  This is where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will…

U.S. Built Replica of Iranian Underground Nuclear Facility, Destroyed It With New Bunker Buster
Tikun Olam – Alex Fishman, Yediot’s security correspondent, reports that the Pentagon spent millions of dollars to build an exact replica of an Iranian underground nuclear facility in the U.S.  I presume we’re talking about the Fordo complex.  It then armed a B-2 bomber with a new type of…

Who’s the Hypocrite?
Muzzlewatch – by Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark The rush to denounce the renowned British physicist, Stephen Hawking, for withdrawing from the fifth annual Israeli Presidential Conference in order to protest Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, should have run its course in early May, flaring up as these things do,…

Mondoweiss under construction this weekend
Mondoweiss – Hi everyone, We’ll be doing some routine maintenance on the site over the weekend and there may be sporadic moments when the site is down. This is normal and anticipated; nothing to worry about. We expect to be all done by Monday morning at the latest….

Racy, or just racist? Israel cracks down on social networking in uniform
Mondoweiss – The Israeli military is now drawing up a “social networking code of ethics.” Haaretz says that the reason the soldiers need a code is because of an international story you may have seen: ” Female soldiers post racy photos “. Female soldiers posted photographs of themselves disrobed but…

Creator of ‘Two and a Half Men’ says other Americans want to ship him to a concentration camp
Mondoweiss – Earlier today I did a post on Terry Gross’s interview on public radio with Mitch Hurwitz, a very successful Hollywood producer, in which his Jewishness came up a lot, and the two were uncomfortable about talking about his rather obvious entitlement. I said they were biting…

CNN asks: Should soccer boycott Israel’s European Championship tournament?
Mondoweiss – Palestinian soccer star Mahmoud Sarsak (Photo: Paris Horizontal Gallery) Mahmoud Sarsak, the iconic Palestinian soccer star who was thrust into international fame after starving himself to protest his illegal imprisonment, is currently touring the UK campaigning for a boycott of the European Under-21 Championship. Sarsak has…

Understanding the Holocaust, and the
Nakba, in the Jewish narrative

Mondoweiss – “After the Holocaust, Jews are allowed to do anything”. In these  chilling words  Golda Meir, former prime minister of Israel, not only set the bar for iron lady’esque leadership, but captured that which has come to most potently define the Jewish narrative over the past century….

Los Angeles Rabbis Call for Civility at Western Wall Services 
The Foward Breaking News 7 Jun 2013 – A planned service by Women of the Wall Sunday at the Kotel has spurred threats of mass protests. A cross-denominational group of LA rabbis call for civility in an open letter. Click here for the rest of the article…

Many Soldiers To Receive Less Training in Israeli Army Due To Budget Cuts 
The Foward Breaking News 7 Jun 2013 – Just five years ago, to great fanfare, the Knesset enacted the Reserve Service Law. After the tiresome speeches about Israeli society’s great debt to the reservists, after the embarrassing distribution of goodies every year − here at last was a binding document that enshrined the perceptions…

U.N. Says No To Russia Peacekeeping Force in Golan 
The Foward Breaking News 7 Jun 2013 – The United Nations on Friday thanked Russia for offering to replace peacekeepers from Austria in the Golan Heights but said an agreement between Israel and Syria bars all permanent members of the Security Council from the U.N. observer mission there. Click here for the rest of…

Anti-Israel Posters Boost N.Y.C. Ultra-Orthodox Anti-Draft Rally 
The Foward Breaking News 7 Jun 2013 – Orthodox anti-draft posters call the Israeli government ‘evil’ and its army ‘impure.’ Sunday’s Manhattan rally is expected to draw 15,000 protesters. Click here for the rest of the article…

UN launches record appeal for Syria 
BBC 7 Jun 2013 – Half of Syria’s population will soon need humanitarian aid, says the UN as it launches the largest appeal for funds in its history.

Four held over Israel ‘gay attack’ 
BBC 7 Jun 2013 – Four men are held in Israel in connection with a shooting at a gay club in Tel Aviv in 2009 which killed two people.

French journalists missing in Syria 
BBC 7 Jun 2013 – France’s President Francois Hollande calls for the release of two French journalists who are missing in conflict-torn Syria.

What is “economic peace”? 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 7 Jun 2013 – These last few days, the term “economic peace” has been used to critic the decision…

Al-Jazeera and Co. Challenge Qusayr Victory 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Jun 2013 – A picture taken on 7 June 2013, shows a heavily damaged sign signaling the entrance of Dabaa, north of Qusayr, in Syria’s central Homs province. (Photo: AFP – STR) A picture taken on 7 June 2013, shows a heavily damaged sign signaling the entrance of Dabaa,…

Internal Divisions Weigh on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Jun 2013 – A picture taken on 7 June 2013 at the office of opposition movement Tamarrod in the Egyptian capital Cairo shows an opposition tract featuring Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi and signed petition forms as part of Tamarrod’s campaign to demand that Morsi steps down to pave the…

Reconstruction in Syria: All Eyes on the Prize 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Jun 2013 – A handout picture released by Syria’s opposition-run Shaam News Network shows Syrians looking for survivors amongst the rubble in the town of Qusayr, in the central Homs province, on 21 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – HO) A handout picture released by Syria’s opposition-run Shaam News Network…

Israel detains two fishermen off Gaza coast 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Jun 2013 – The Israeli navy has arrested two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip, sources on both sides said on Friday. “The occupation navy boarded a fishing boat off Nuseirat (in central Gaza), arrested the two fishermen and took them to an unknown destination,” a…

Iraq car bomb kills 10 Iranian pilgrims 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Jun 2013 – Shia pilgrims pray at the shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim, to mark the anniversary of the death of the religious figure, in the northern district of Kadhimiya in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on 3 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad al-Rubaye) A car bomb in a…

UN calls for record $5.2 billion aid package for Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Jun 2013 – Jordanian men unload aid supplies sent from Russia to Syrian refugees in Jordan at Marka military airport in Amman on 30 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Khalil Mazraawi) The United Nations on Friday launched a record $5.2-billion aid appeal to fund operations in Syria and neighboring…

Syria: Qusayr Battle’s Unofficial Story 
Al-Akhbar Politics 6 Jun 2013 – The armed groups, however, surprised Hezbollah with their fighting capabilities, showing a high level of skill and experience that many of them had gained in other jihad-related conflicts. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) The armed groups, however, surprised Hezbollah with their fighting capabilities, showing a high level of skill…

Syrian Army Recaptures Qusayr, Fighters Disappear 
Al-Akhbar Politics 6 Jun 2013 – However, a soldier in the town maintained that he saw that a large section of the fighters in Qusayr were from the area. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) However, a soldier in the town maintained that he saw that a large section of the fighters in Qusayr were…

UN launches record appeal for Syria 
BBC 7 Jun 2013 – Half of Syria’s population will soon need humanitarian aid, says the UN as it launches the largest appeal for funds in its history.

Four held over Israel ‘gay attack’ 
BBC 7 Jun 2013 – Four men are held in Israel in connection with a shooting at a gay club in Tel Aviv in 2009 which killed two people.

Iraq bomber kills Iranian pilgrims 
BBC 7 Jun 2013 – A suicide bomber rams a car packed with explosives into a bus in north-eastern Iraq., killing at least 10 Iranian Shia pilgrims.

French journalists missing in Syria 
BBC 7 Jun 2013 – France’s President Francois Hollande calls for the release of two French journalists who are missing in conflict-torn Syria.

Articles


Marching to Jerusalem 
Sarah Marusek, CounterPunch 6/7/2013
      Searching for Dignity in Occupied East Jerusalem
     46 years ago this month, Israel seized East Jerusalem, the home of many significant holy sites for Muslims, Christians and Jews, as well as the proposed capital for any future Palestinian state. Since then, Israel has increasingly undertaken measures, particularly the placing of restrictions on Palestinian movement, the construction of a separation wall, the confiscation of Palestinian land, and the building of Jewish-only settlements, that are threatening to push out the Palestinian presence in Jerusalem entirely.
     Indeed, according to a report issued last December by the International Crisis Group, Jerusalem “no longer is the city it was” even “in 2000, when Israelis and Palestinians first negotiated its fate.” And this was the case despite the fact that many countries and international institutions have frequently criticized the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, and the UN has deemed some of the above measures against international law.
     In the absence of any international effort to actually stop Israel’s attempt to “change facts on the ground” in the holy city, and during a time when Palestinians are once again increasingly mobilizing through nonviolent political actions, such as the recent mass prisoner hunger strikes, weekly demonstrations against the separation wall, and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, many thousands of Palestinians are mobilizing today in a Global March to Jerusalem to draw attention to the continued violations against East Jerusalem and its people. Palestinians will assemble in Beit Hanoun, the nearest point possible to Jerusalem in Gaza, to hold a peaceful rally, and nonviolent demonstrations will also take place in Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank, as well as in Cairo, the Jordan Valley, and many major cities around the world.
     Unfortunately many Americans will not learn about these peaceful protests today unless they turn violent…. more.. e-mail

The USA’s irrational relationship with Israel 
Jamal Kanj, Redress 6/6/2013
      When signing up for the military, US soldiers swear to serve their country and defend the constitution with their life.
     They march in harm’s way to the end of the earth and sail the seas, following orders from their leaders. In return, they expect leaders to uphold the constitution and honour their sacrifices.
     However, this was not the case for the 34 American sailors who lost their lives and the 171 injured when their leaders surrendered them on an Israeli altar on 8 June 1967.
     The sailors were navigating international waters aboard the USS Liberty, a navy technical research (eavesdropping) ship, when it came under a two-hour attack from Israeli jets and navy boats. The ship’s defences were first pacified by aircraft cannons, rockets and US-made napalm before Israeli torpedo boats moved in for the kill. Israeli spin was swallowed up by the receptive US media, with a story that the ship was mistaken for an out-of-service Egyptian ship El Quseir. American officials accepted the Israeli tale, despite mounting evidence to the contrary.
     A US National Security Agency report discredited the Israeli claim by pointing out that the Egyptian ship “was approximately one-quarter of the Liberty’s tonnage, about one-half its length and offered a radically different silhouette”. “Classic all-American cover-up”
     More than 25 years later, retired Captain Ward Boston released a signed affidavit accusing President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara of telling those heading the navy’s inquiry to “conclude that the attack was a case of ‘mistaken identity’.”
     Boston, who worked as a senior legal counsel to the navy court of inquiry and who investigated the attack, issued a sworn statement at a Capitol Hill conference in October 2003 explaining that he stayed silent for years because he’s a military man, and “when orders come… I follow them”. more.. e-mail

The Euro American blindness in the Middle East 
Salim Nazzal, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 6/7/2013
      I have been arguing for more than 30 years that the original sin made by Europeans and Americans, is the plantation of the settler state of Israel in Palestine. Even compared by modern settler states like previous Rhodesia and South Africa, the European mess in the middle east has been far dangerous than all other experiments.
     Whether this policy was out of finding a solution to the Jewish problem existing in Europe as far as the 19th century, or out of guilt feeling to the genocide Jews exposed to in Nazi Germany time. It has been proven without doubt that this brutal social engineer
ing, has resulted in an unending conflict, which has become a threat to the whole world and not only the Middle East.

     The European policy of bringing Jews from than 100 nations, of totally different cultures than the natives of Palestine and the region, displacing most of the natives of Palestine, and exposing the rest under direct occupation, has put Zionist Jews in confrontation with the natives of Palestine, and the whole region, for about a century with almost zero hope of a possible solution.
     More dangerously, the second major sin was in the Euro American policy in providing the settler state in continuous war with the whole region, with atomic capacity, enough to ruin the whole Middle East and beyond, is yet another crazy thing Europe and the united states did.
     After 65 years of war and conflicts we see the result of this mess Europe and the state shared its responsibility.
     The militarization of the Middle East and the empowering of the fundamental forces have become obvious hindrance factors towards establishing democracy and civil societies in the region. more.. e-mail

US Zionist Lobby Reels From Resistance al-Qusayr Victory 
Franklin Lamb, Beirut, CounterPunch 6/7/2013
      Return Palestine
     Although al-Qusayr may not be the decisive battle for Syria, it is irrefutably an important turning point in the crisis which has given the regime much sought military momentum. Plenty of adjectives and some clichés are being bandied about from Washington to Beirut to describe the al-Qusayr battle results and significance. Among them are game-changer, mother of all battles, a new regime approach to fighting, altered balance of power, critical turning point in the civil war, and so on.
     It does appear that the victory of the Syrian government forces at al-Qusayr, is a strategic achievement, if also a humanitarian disaster for the civilian population still waiting for the ICRC and SARCS, (Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society) emergency help. Al Qusayr is located in Homs province, an area central to the success of the Syrian government’s military strategy. It is situated along the southern route from Damascus to the coast, at a juncture where regime forces have struggled to maintain control. Rebel control of al-Qusayr had disrupted the regime’s supply lines from Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley and it was open for the cross-border movement of Gulf and Libyan arms to rebels.
     Government control of al-Qusayr re-establishes the regime’s line of communication from Damascus to the coast while cutting off access to cross-border weapons supplies to the rebels from Lebanon and provides a ground base for the Assad government to now move to retake control of the north and east of Syria. This cross-roads city just 6 miles from the Lebanese border has many strategic ramifications. ranging from breaking the oppositions 18 month control of much of Homs province, facilitating government forces momentum generally across Syria, to psychological– by raising the morale of exhausted Syrian forces, while energizing the Assad government and its allies to finish the conflict and focus on long promised reforms and try to heal Syria from the past nearly 27 months of hell for its people.
     Perhaps less appreciated here in Beirut are al-Qusayr’s effects on the Zionist occupiers of Palestine and their currently traumatized US lobby. more.. e-mail

Imagination has no substitute: reflections on PalFest in Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 7 Jun 2013 – A literature festival reminds us that that Palestine is a place of miracles.more

We were sleeping when Israel attacked: Gaza remembers June 1967
Electronic Intifada: 7 Jun 2013 – Families in al-Maghazi refugee camp had to flee Israel’s tanks and warplanes.more

Palestinian medical workers in Syria struggle to provide basic services
Electronic Intifada: 7 Jun 2013 – A nine-year-old girl is among those to have died because they could not receive essential treatment.more

USS Liberty: US-Israel Irrational Relationship
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Jun 2013 – By Jamal Kanj When signing up for the military, US soldiers swear to serve their country and defend the constitution with their life. They march in harm’s way to the
end of earth and sail the seas, following orders from their leaders. In return, they expect leaders to uphold the constitution and honor their sacrifices. However, this was not the case for the 34 American sailors who lost their lives and the 171 injured when their leaders surrendered them on an Israeli altar on June 8, 1967. The sailors were navigating international waters onboard the USS Liberty, a Navy technical research (eavesdropping) ship, when it came under a two-hour attack from Israeli jets and navy boats. The ship’s defenses were first pacified by aircraft cannons, rockets and US-made napalm before Israeli torpedo boats moved in for the kill. Israeli spin was swallowed up by the receptive US media, with a…
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The Wall by William Sutcliffe – Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Jun 2013 – By Susan Abulhawa Writing a novel that depicts an oppressed society when you are not a member of that society is a risky undertaking in my estimation.  When it comes to the Palestinian narrative, the task is even more sensitive, as Western audiences have mostly been exposed to reductive stories, written by non-Palestinians. It is not surprising then, that a Palestinian might have reason for pause when confronted with a novel that reflects life under Israeli occupation, written by a British Jewish author. Right or wrong, the author’s background is relevant to me in such circumstances.  So I admit that I picked up Sutcliffe’s latest novel, The Wall (Bloomsbury, 2013), holding my breath, because a people’s narrative, their truth, their memories, and their very real pain, is not to be taken lightly in literature. Sutcliffe clearly understood this, and he created what I believe is the best work of fiction…more


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