VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 10 June 2013

10 June 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Child Kidnapped In Jerusalem
IMEMC – On Monday at dawn [June 10 2013] Israeli police officers kidnapped one child in the Al-Esawiyya town, in occupied East Jerusalem. One resident was also kidnapped in Beit Hanina. …

Hebron man arrested for filing complaint about settler attack
IMEMC – Human rights activist Jawad Abu Eysheh, 39, was arrested Friday 7th June following a complaint he made four months ago about a settler attack. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces shoot, injure farmer in southern Gaza
6/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and injured a farmer in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday, a medical official said. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for Gaza’s health ministry, told Ma’an that a 21-year-old farmer was seriously wounded after being shot in the chest by Israeli soldiers stationed near the border. The incident took place east of Khan Younis….

NGO: Settlement construction starts at 7-year high
6/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Building starts on settler homes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank hit a seven-year high in the first quarter of 2013, Israeli watchdog Peace Now said on Sunday.”Between January 2013 and March 2013, construction of 865 new housing units began,” the NGO said in a statement quoting recently released government statistics.”This is three times as many construction starts compared to the same….

Detainee on hunger strike ‘until freedom’
6/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Jerusalem detainee Hussam Matar, 30, continued a hunger strike for the ninth day on Monday to protest his detention in an Israeli jail. Matar’s wife told Ma’an that her husband would not give up his strike until Israel agrees to his release. He was moved to an isolation cell at Nafha prison, she said. She called on….

3 injured in clashes as settlers visit Nablus tomb
6/10/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Three Palestinians were injured overnight Monday during clashes in Nablus as dozens of settlers visited Joseph’s tomb, PA security officials said. Mohammad Munieb Awies, 11, Mohammad Samir Hashash, 14, and Mohammad Khalil Idres, 23, were injured in clashes with Israeli troops and transferred to hospital. At least 15 buses carrying settlers were seen by the tomb amid a heavy….

Israeli forces issue 8 demolition orders in Silwan
6/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday handed down eight demolition orders to homes and commercial properties in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, a local community center said. Director of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, Jawad Siyam, told Ma’an that a total of eight demolition orders were affixed to homes belonging to the Sarafandi, al-Bana and Siyam families, as well as….

PCHR: Assault during boycott talk must be investigated
6/10/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Center for Human Rights on Monday urged the Palestinian Authority attorney-general to investigate the assault of a man during a recent Boycott talk in Bethlehem.”Nizar Khalil Banat, 34, from Hebron, was violently beaten by a number of persons after he left the Fourth National Conference to Boycott Israel, held in Bethlehem” on Saturday, PCHR said in a statement….

Mayor: Bedouins forced out of Jordan Valley by water shortages
6/10/2013 – TUBAS (Ma’an) — Bedouin families are being forced out of the Jordan Valley by water shortages after Israeli authorities drained water springs in the area, the mayor of al-Malih said Monday. It takes one person “a whole day to bring three cubic meters of water from Tammun and other areas of the Jordan Valley” to al-Malih, said Mayor Arif Daraghmeh. Dozens of families have….

Netanyahu: Palestinian talks conditions ‘insurmountable’
6/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Palestinian preconditions for peace talks make a return to negotiations impossible for Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.”To me the setting of preconditions is an insurmountable obstacle,” Netanyahu told the foreign affairs and defense committee, a parliamentary statement said. The PLO says it will only return to negotiations if Israel stops building on occupied Palestinian land and if Israel agrees….

Israel sentences Palestinian to 19 years
6/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli court on Saturday sentenced a Palestinian from Gaza to 19 years in jail, relatives said. Iyad Mohammad Abu al-Jedian, 38, from Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, was sentenced for resisting Israel’s occupation, Imad Abu al-Jedian, a relative, said. The sentence was handed down in Bersheba, southern Israel. Abu al-Jedian is a Fataha affiliate and is….

Israel releases PFLP leader
6/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Sunday released a leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine after 20 years in jail, the movement announced in a statement. Riyad Issa, 41, from Rafah City in the Gaza Strip, was detained on June, 10 1993 and was sentenced to 20 years for affiliation with the PFLP and carrying out armed activities against….

Negev residents to protest forced displacement plan
6/10/2013 – BEERSHEBA, Israel (Ma’an) — Arab and Bedouin residents in the Negev announced Sunday that they would be rallying against a legislative proposal to be put before the Knesset that would see the dismantling of unrecognized villages and the forced displacement of residents. The Al-Naqab Association for Land and Human Beings said all residents were being urged to join Thursday’s protest, which includes….

Man detained during protest against East Jerusalem park
6/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police on Sunday briefly detained a Palestinian activist who was protesting against the construction of a National Park in East Jerusalem. Muhammad Abu al-Humos was protesting against the destruction of land in the neighborhood of al-Mutilleh for the construction of an Israeli ‘National Park’, due to be built between the Palestinian neighborhoods of al-Isawiya and al-Tur. Al-Humos told….

UN expert under fire ahead of Palestinian rights report
6/10/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — A pro-Israel group said Sunday that it, with backing from Washington, would call on the UN’s top rights body to dismiss a top official after he demanded an investigation of the organisation.”UN Watch’s draft resolution to remove (Richard) Falk has been published by the United Nations as an official document and will be put before the (Human Rights….

Gaza relatives visit detainees at Israeli jail
6/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Detainees’ relatives from the Gaza Strip headed on Monday morning to the Erez crossing to visit their relatives at Israel’s Eshel prison, a Red Cross official said. Nasser al-Najjar told Ma’an that 37 relatives including nine children took the trip. He said the Israeli side was allowing the visits to take place weekly without incident. [END]

Gaza govt plans to execute more collaborators
6/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas-run government in Gaza plans to execute a number of collaborators with Israel in an attempt to “eradicate” collaboration this year, a security official said Monday. Salah Addin Abu Sharkh, director of internal security at the Interior Ministry, said the government had “a clear goal and several means to eradicate this dangerous epidemic,” including executing convicted collaborators. Abu Sharkh….

Hebron activist speaks at UN Human Rights Council
6/10/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A human rights activist from Hebron on Monday discussed the plight of Palestinian prisoners at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.”I was detained 20 times in 2012 alone despite the fact that I am a human rights activist and non-violence advocate,” Amr told the council. Amr, who founded the Youth Against Settlements group in Hebron, was invited to speak….

Detainee appeals for eye surgery
6/9/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian jailed in Israel on Monday appealed for eye surgery to the Palestinian Authority and human rights organizations. Muhammad Barash lost one eye when he was shot in clashes during the first intifada. He is losing sight in his other eye after he was attacked by Israeli prison guards, he told his lawyer, and needs urgent surgery to save his….

Israeli forces prevent Hebron farmers from accessing their land
6/9/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday prevented Palestinian farmers from accessing their land in northern Hebron, a local committee said. Muhammad Awad, spokesman for the popular committee against the wall, told Ma’an that Israeli forces prevented farmers from the Sabarneh, Sulaibi, Abu Maria, and Akel families from accessing land located near the illegal Karmi Zur settlement, north of Halhul. The farmers….

3 injured as unidentified gunmen open fire in Gaza
6/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A father and his two sons were injured on Sunday afternoon after unidentified gunmen opened fire at them in al-Qarara, north of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, a medical source told Ma’an. The three were shot at from a speeding vehicle, witnesses told Ma’an. They were evacuated to the Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, a medical source said. [END]

PA: Israel forging documents for settlement construction
6/10/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli construction companies have been forging documents to transfer land to Israel for the construction of settlements in the northern West Bank district of Salfit, a Palestinian Authority official said. Twenty five cases were discovered, of which five involved land in the Palestinian village of Marda in the Salfit district, said Mohammad Elias, who heads the Settlement and Wall file for….

Haniyeh: No future for Israel on the land of Palestine
6/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday said that Israel has no future on Palestinian land, a Ma’an reporter said. The Gaza premier made the comments while addressing a summer camp launched by Hamas to commemorate the right of return for Palestinian refugees.”This key tells the story of a people who have been displaced from their land….

Hamas denies involvement in Egypt revolution jail breaks
6/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas on Sunday denied involvement in Egypt’s internal affairs, after the country’s ex-minister of interior accused the Islamist group of participating in prison breaks during the Egyptian revolution in 2011. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Ma’an that accusations by former Egyptian Interior Minister Mahmoud Wagdy that the Islamist group took part in prison….

Netanyahu, Putin discuss Syria crisis
6/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken to Russia’s Vladimir Putin after Moscow offered to bolster the beleaguered UN peacekeeping force monitoring the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire line on the occupied Golan Heights, Netanyahu’s office said Sunday.”We discussed issues linked to Syria where the situation is becoming more complex by the day,” Netanyahu said in remarks communicated by his office….

FM: Abbas to meet Kerry in coming days
6/10/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will meet US Secretary of State John Kerry within the next two days, the Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister said Sunday.”The president will meet Kerry either in Ramallah or Jordan,” Riyad al-Malki told Ma’an.”There seems to be no response from Israel to the efforts of the US Secretary of State.” Abbas will discuss the latest…. Related: Report: Kerry postpones Mideast visit and Kerry postpones Mideast visit to attend talks on Syria

Report: Kerry postpones Mideast visit
6/10/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — US Secretary of State John Kerry has postponed a planned visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank to try and restart peace talks, Israel Radio reported Monday. A Palestinian official said the visit was not scheduled for a specific date. Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudaineh told Lebanese media Monday that Kerry left the date deliberately open to accommodate other commitments…. Related: FM: Abbas to meet Kerry in coming days and Kerry postpones Mideast visit to attend talks on Syria

Kerry postpones Mideast visit to attend talks on Syria
6/9/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry has postponed a trip to Israel and Palestine this week to attend White House talks on Syria, US officials told AFP Monday.”Secretary Kerry has postponed (his) trip to attend meetings in Washington,” a State Department official said in an email, asking not to be identified. Instead Kerry will attend White House talks on the Syrian conflict…. Related: FM: Abbas to meet Kerry in coming days and Report: Kerry postpones Mideast visit

Union slams PA, Israeli companies after laborer dies
6/10/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A Palestinian union on Sunday accused Israeli construction companies of negligence after a laborer from Jenin fell to his death a day earlier on site. The General Union of Palestinian Workers in Jenin said Israeli companies “operate carelessly toward Palestinian laborers working in Israel.”The comments were made a day after Ahmad al-Zarieni, 22, from the Qabatiya village in Jenin, fell….

Reports: Google to buy Israeli GPS app Waze for $1 bln
6/9/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Google is in talks on a deal worth at least $1 billion to buy the Israel-based GPS mobile navigation app Waze, Israeli media reported Sunday. Haaretz newspaper said on its website that the two companies had agreed terms and were about to sign for a price “exceeding $1 billion”. Business daily Globes said the purchase price was $1. 3 billion. Neither report identified….

Abbas urges Palestinians to vote for Arab Idol star
6/10/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday urged Palestinian communities across the world to vote for Arab Idol contestant Mohammad Assaf, the first Palestinian to reach the final of the pan-Arab show. Abbas instructed the PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs to contact international Palestinian embassies in order to mobilize support for the Arab Idol star, and urged the Palestinian diaspora to vote for….

Israeli forces detain 15 Palestinians in West Bank raids
6/10/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained seven Palestinians from Hebron district early Monday and took them to an unknown location, locals said. The Israeli army said they were among 15 Palestinians detained overnight. An Israeli military force raided houses in Dura village and detained al-Mutaz Bellah Munther Abu Attwan, al-Ghadnfar Aykhman Mousa Abu Attwan, and Abdullah Maher Abdullah Abu Sharar. They detained two Palestinians….

Anti-Hezbollah protester shot dead in Beirut
6/10/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — A young Lebanese man demonstrating against Hezbollah’s participation in Syria’s war was shot and fatally wounded Sunday, in the first such incident in Beirut, a security official told AFP. Shots were fired in front of the Iranian embassy on the outskirts of the capital, where opponents of the Iran-backed Shiite movement Hezbollah were demonstrating against its involvement in the….

Egyptian security officer shot dead in Sinai
6/10/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — An Egyptian security officer was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the northern Sinai city of el-Arish on Sunday, security officials said. Muhammad Sayyid Abdul-Aziz, 30, was killed near a police station after gunmen opened fire from a moving vehicle at a group of Egyptian officers, officials told Ma’an. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to….

Syria forces ready Aleppo assault after Qusayr victory
6/10/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian troops buoyed by victory in Qusayr were preparing Sunday to launch a northern offensive, a security source said, as the conflict came to the streets of Beirut where a demonstrator was killed. At a protest outside the Iranian embassy against the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah’s direct involvement in the Syrian conflict, a man was shot and fatally wounded in the….

Major military exercises underway in Jordan
6/10/2013 – AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) — Jordan on Sunday announced the start of military exercises involving more than 8,000 soldiers and observers from 19 different countries, but insisted the maneuvers were unrelated to the conflict in neighboring Syria. Around 4,500 US troops and 3,000 Jordanian soldiers are taking part in the air, land and sea “Eager Lion 2013” exercise, which lasts until June 20.”Eager Lion this year….


Israel ‘not getting involved’ in Syria war
AlJazeera 9 Jun 2013 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells cabinet Israel to stay out of civil war despite recent attacks inside Syria.

Palestine News Network

Abbas Rejects Netanyahu’s Offer to Release 50 Palestinian Prisoners
Palestine News Network

Israeli Army Forces Shoot, Injure Palestinian Farmer near Gaza
Palestine News Network

Settlers Storm Joseph’s Tomb, Confrontations Erupt near Nablus
Palestine News Network

35, 000 Palestinians Come, Leave Gaza via Rafah Crossing
Palestine News Network

Israel to Compensate Palestinians Killed by Hamas Rocket
Palestine News Network

Japan Welcomes New Cabinet, Supports Palestinian State-Building
Palestine News Network

Kerry to Postpone Visit to the Middle East
Palestine News Network

Maat Foundation is Nominated for the EuroMed Youth Awards 2013
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Raid Jenin’s Village, Search Houses
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Submits Written Statement to the 23rd Session of the Human Rights Council
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Journal: Amer, 20, wounded by Israeli gunfire in the southern Gaza Strip
6/11/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 11th June 2013, Rosa Schiano, International Solidarity Movement, Khan Younis, Occupied Palestine – On the morning of Monday, 10th June, a Palestinian man was injured by Israeli army fire while working in the area of “‹”‹Sufa, southern Gaza Strip, near the barrier with Israel. Amer Abu Hadayed, 20 years, hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit of the European hospital (Photo: Rosa Schiano) Hadayed Abu Amer, 20….

Journal: Palestinian man shot by Israeli rifle fire
6/10/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 10th June 2013, Nicholas Lillard, International Action for Palestine , Khuza’a, Occupied Palestine – A twenty-one year old named Amer Abu Hadayed was shot while working today in Gaza Strip’s buffer zone. His routine of extracting stones used for building by hand was disrupted when multiple shots were directed at him from one of four Israeli vehicles located on the other side of….

Photo essay: Gaza joins the Global March to Jerusalem
6/10/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 10th June 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Beit Hanoun, Occupied Palestine -Thousands of Palestinians from across the Gaza Strip rallied by the closed Erez checkpoint on Friday, marking al-Naksa (the setback), Israel’s 1967 seizure of the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip, Syria’s Golan Heights, and Sinai Peninsula, ceded to Egypt in 1982. [END]

Expansion of Karmel settlement prevents inhabitants of Umm Al Kheer from accessing their land
6/9/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 9th June 2013, Operation Dove, Umm Al Kheer, South Hebron Hills, Occupied Palestine – On Saturday June 8 an old Palestinian man from the village of Umm Al Kheer, Suleiman Aid Yameen Hadleen, was detained for more than three hours by the Israeli army while affirming his right to access his own land. In the last two days the soldiers denied the Palestinians from Umm Al….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Peace cannot be achieved by denying rights: Special Rapporteur
Relief Web 10 Jun 2013 – Source: UN Radio Country: occupied Palestinian territory Listen / Download Forty-six years of denying Palestinians their rights has not achieved peace, according to Richard Falk, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories. The…

occupied Palestinian territory: Assisting the people of Gaza with new projects in health and higher education
Relief Web 10 Jun 2013 – Source: IFRC Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Qatar Red Crescent Society, in collaboration with the Palestinian Red Crescent, is launching 27 new projects, 19 of which provide services for the disabled, and 8 of which target higher education development in…

Lebanon: Qatar Red Crescent supports better access to medical treatment for Palestine Refugees from Syria
Relief Web 10 Jun 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Beirut June 10, 2013 The Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Relief…

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 3-10 June 2013
Relief Web 10 Jun 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lesotho,…

occupied Palestinian territory: W.Bank settlement construction starts at 7-yr high:NGO
Relief Web 9 Jun 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 06/09/2013 18:15 GMT JERUSALEM, June 9, 2013 (AFP) – Building starts on settler homes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank hit a seven-year high in the first quarter of 2013, Israeli watchdog Peace Now…

The National

Dubai’s ‘twisted tower’ gets a new name
The National 10 Jun 2013 – The Infinity Tower in Dubai Marina was renamed Cayan Tower at its official opening last night.

Israeli court backs Arab residents in land dispute
The National 10 Jun 2013 – Judge sets important precedent by allowing local case to be taken to the national planning council.

Sports initiative looks to Games success for UAE
The National 10 Jun 2013 – The initiative will include selecting ‘a range of Olympic games’ and preparing teams of Emirati athletes to compete in the field.

Man in critical condition after rescue from Dubai’s Jumeirah beach
The National 10 Jun 2013 – The African man was dragged from sea after almost drowning at Jumeirah Open Beach.

UK denies it illegally spied on its own citizens
The National 10 Jun 2013 – Britain’s foreign secretary tried to address concerns that Britain had used the US¿s Prism system to intercept personal information from internet giants such as Apple, Facebook and Google.

UK and UAE strengthen trade and transportation ties
The National 10 Jun 2013 – Both countries have signed an agreement to develop mutual cooperation in the field of transportation and encourage trade and growth.

UAE builds on funds to battle human trafficking
The National 10 Jun 2013 – The UAE National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking reviews its pledge to focus efforts on helping women and children.

Erdogan ‘needs to understand protests’
The National 10 Jun 2013 – The prime minister is eager to find out how the protest movement might affect next year¿s local and presidential elections, analysts said yesterday, and his softer approach could be seen as implicit recognition that his stance needs revision if he is to fulfil his ambitions for the presidency.


Israel selling military wares to Mideast countries, Britain says
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

Israel tops world ranking of smartphone usage
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

Netanyahu: Israel prepared for any scenario in ‘new, volatile Middle East’
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

Netanyahu: Settlement construction will continue, but Israel must be smart about it
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

Israeli arak-lovers in a panic as cost of beloved spirit set to double
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

Israel dismantles tent city set up for Africans, unused due to Egypt fence
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

Netanyahu dismisses rumors of Israeli forces operating in Syria as ‘nonsense’
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

Scenario: The night Israel decides to attack Syria again
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

Lieberman to EU: Leaving Hezbollah off terror list is ‘hypocrisy’
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

U.S. embassy warns Americans in Israel to avoid Golan due to Syria tensions
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

France’s first married gay couple honeymoon at Tel Aviv Pride
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

Court slaps gag order back on Tel Aviv gay center attack after police mistakenly release details
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

Assad: Syria wouldn’t open front against Israel without careful and effective planning
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

Tel Aviv gay youth center attackers sought revenge over rape of teen, police reveal
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

Analysis: Proposed law on deportations of migrants undermines human rights
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

Lieberman acknowledges East Jerusalem settlement freeze: We want Kerry to succeed
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

Activists ‘rename’ Tel Aviv streets to honor Jews with roots in Mideast, North Africa
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

Experts battle over whether Jaffa’s mass graves stem from World War I or 1948
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2013

Jerusalem Post

White House reassesses policy on arming Syria rebels
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Obama may send arms to opposition after gov’t claims Qusair. 

‘Law allowing Amar another term may be illegal’
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Knesset legal adviser files opinion saying proposed law to re-elect Sephardi chief Rabbi may not be legal. 

Plan to deport migrants to third country ‘gradual’
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Government plan to use a third party African country as destination for deported African migrants a multi-year process. 

Liberman accuses Labor of betraying deal on panel
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Yisrael Beytenu head says party violated agreement to support Herzog, Rotem in secret-ballot vote on judicial selection c’tee. 

Sources: Iranian diplomat detained without lawyer
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Bagher Asadi, previously a senior diplomat at Tehran’s UN mission in NY, detained at notorious Evin Prison for 3 months. 

Enemies of the State: Edward Snowden, Anat Kam
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – In the movie, rogue US intelligence operatives try everything they can to kill the whistle-blower on the murder of a US senator. 

For Americans, NSA power a 9/11 sacrifice
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Republicans are historically more security-minded, in favor of wider surveillance powers. 

Egypt warns all options open for Ethiopia Nile dam
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Morsi turns up heat in dispute over giant dam Addis Ababa is building across Nile; Egypt says it does not want war. 

Palestinians call for right of return at UNHRC
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – During Agenda 7, PLO deputy urges Israel to recognize refugees. 

EU slams Falk’s Israel report as biased at UNHRC session
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – UN Human Rights Council special rapporteur attacks Israel’s actions in Gaza, calls for investigatory c’tee into its treatment of Palestinian prisoners; EU “concerned that parts of report include political considerations.” 

Turkish PM Erdogan to meet Istanbul protesters
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Deputy PM says Erdogan accedes to request of leaders of anti-government protest to meet him in effort to end unrest. 

Security needs vs. democratic rights
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Only through lively public debate and careful deliberation is it possible to strike the right balance. 

US think tank slams Lapid’s proposed tax hikes
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Finance Minister’s plans to raise corporate tax rates is roundly criticized by the American Enterprise Institute. 

Health Ministry to endorse dental-health campaign
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Initiative to be privately funded for lack of health promotion budget. 

Terra Incognita: Why Hezbollah gets away with it
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Hezbollah inspires terror among not only among the Lebanese who live next to its “state within a state,” but also among the Israelis and Syrians who are victims of its pan-Shia ambitions. 

Europe’s historic responsibility: Proscribe terror
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – The lessons of history are inescapable: The Jews may be the first victims of such ideologies, but they are rarely the last. 

Original Thinking: Good Hezbollah, bad Hezbollah
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – The West has to wake up and smell the Middle Eastern coffee. Not the mild, fruity taste of a Starbucks mix. It has a far more pungent aroma. 

Shame on Germany for boycotting Jews
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Fundamentally Freund: Germany decided to back an initiative which singles out Jewish-owned businesses and targets them for detrimental treatment. 

PM: Palestinians setting preconditions to avoid talks
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Netanyahu: Settlements in blocs don’t hurt ability to reach deal. 

Remembering Howard Grief
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – A champion of Israel’s legal rights to all Eretz Israel and “the” expert on the subject died last week. 

Panel to study policy on state support of NGOs
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Meeting initiated following complaints from charity organizations over a new Treasury procedure for non-profit organizations applying for financial support from the government. 

Israel avoids US debate on arming Syrian rebels
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – At Knesset meeting, Netanyahu makes clear Israel not getting involved on discussion over arming opposition forces in Syria. 

Gay Egyptians come out of the closet
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Arab Spring, Internet encourage more openness. 

Beduin removed near Cinema City in Ramat Hasharon
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Spokesman for city north of Tel Aviv says court battle to evacuate squatters from around 70 acres of land took 9 years. 

Agriculture Ministry declares victory over locusts
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – After 100 days of fighting the flying creatures, ministry says population entirely eradicated without damaging farmland. 

‘Cooperation on gas critical to regional stability’
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Natural gas finds in Eastern Mediterranean must be used to leverage regional cooperation on energy sources, experts stress. 

Haredi MK calls Knesset c’tee ‘trash can of Judaism’
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Moshe Gafni lambasts Constitution, Law and Justice Committee discussing so-called Tzohar bill on marriage registrations. 

Jihadists in Syria – a struggle for power
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Alongside the conflict in which Assad is fighting to retain control of the levers of power in Syria, another battle is being waged for ultimate mastery of the country. 

Police botch gag order on LGBT shooting details
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Israeli media forced to remove story on probe into Bar Noar shooting after court rules police briefing stricken from publication. 

Turkish protesters remain despite Erdogan warning
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2013 – Protesters, many camped out in tents, now control large area around Taksim Square, with approach roads barricaded. 

The Guardian

In praise of … Assi Dayan | Editorial
The Guardian 10 Jun 2013 – Films have done much to show existential impact of militarisation upon Israeli society, and chart the collapse of early idealism “Israel is more than grapefruit and soldiers,” said Assi Dayan at the opening of Seret , the…

Letters: Israel and facts on the moral ground
The Guardian 10 Jun 2013 – Dani Dayan of the Yesha Council attempts to recruit President Jimmy Carter to the cause of a restored “Judea and Samaria” ( We’re on solid moral ground , 8 June) on the strength of his being, in 2009,…

Yoram Kaniuk obituary
The Guardian 10 Jun 2013 – Israeli novelist who became disillusioned with his homeland The novelist Yoram Kaniuk, who has died aged 83 of bone marrow cancer, belonged to the generation that created the state of Israel. He fought in the 1948…

Syria crisis: Assad’s forces prepare assault on Aleppo
The Guardian 10 Jun 2013 – Buoyed by victory in Qusair the Syrian army is reported to be preparing to launch an assault on Aleppo Matthew Weaver Guardian readers

Dispute over Eichmann’s capture: From the archive, 10 June 1960
The Guardian 10 Jun 2013 – Covert operation to capture Nazi war criminal in Argentina raises doubts about Israel’s legal position Adolf Eichmann’s trial on charges of war crimes might, in the eyes of some people, present a foregone conclusion. But the…

Victory for Israel’s women of the wall after 25 year campaign
The Guardian 9 Jun 2013 – Long-awaited triumph for feminist group campaigning for right to pray on equal terms to men at Western Wall since 1988 The first women arrived at the Western Wall as the dawn mist cleared, deftly binding their…

Inter Press Service

Egypt’s Presidency, Judiciary Brace for Showdown Over Draft Law
IPS Supporters of President Morsi stage a rally last November outside Egypt’s High Constitutional Court against alleged judicial corruption. Credit: Khaled Moussa al-Omrani/IPS The post-revolution struggle between Egypt’s judiciary and President Mohammed Morsi, the country’s first Islamist head of state, finally seems to be coming to a head over controversial draft…

Q&A: Turkish Opposition Leader Expects Unrest to Continue
IPS As protests in Turkey stretch into their second week, the precise terms and conditions that could bring the social unrest to an end are unclear, though many speculate about what would end the deadlock between the government and protesters. In an exclusive interview with IPS correspondent Jacques N. Couvas, Faruk…


Gaza’s Ark is Different

Hebron man arrested for filing complaint about settler attack

Israeli forces destroy Palestinian protest village

Syria News – June 7 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)

Drone base invasion steps up pressure on those attempting to maintain secrecy

EXCLUSIVE Nasser al-Awlaki to Obama: Why Did You Kill My U.S.-Born Son, Grandson in Drone Strikes?

UK provided more support for CIA rendition flights than thought – study

Students Against Israeli Apartheid Walk Out from Olmert’s Speech

Searching for Dignity in Occupied East Jerusalem Marching to Jerusalem

Syria Protests June 7, 2013 : A Video Roundup

Daily Star

Al-Qaeda leader scraps Syria, Iraq branch merger
Daily Star 10 Jun 2013 Al-Qaeda’s leader has tried to end squabbling between the terror network’s Syrian and Iraqi branches, ordering the two groups to remain separate after an attempted merger prompted a leadership dispute between them.

Mursi says ‘all options open’ on Ethiopia Nile dam
Daily Star 10 Jun 2013 President Mohamed Mursi said on Monday he would keep “all options” open to defend Egypt’s water supply from being affected by a giant new dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile but he added that Cairo…

Iran eyes 30 nuclear bombs a year: Israel minister
Daily Star 10 Jun 2013 Iran is working round the clock to enlarge its nuclear infrastructure with the eventual aim of developing an industry capable of building up to 30 bombs a year, an Israeli minister charged on Monday.

Egypt lawmakers lambast premier over Ethiopia dam
Daily Star 10 Jun 2013 Angry Egyptian lawmakers accused the country’s prime minister and government on Monday of doing nothing to prevent Ethiopia from building a dam that threatens to leave Nile-dependent Egypt with a dangerous water shortage.

Iraq hit by wave of bomb attacks, killing dozens
Daily Star 10 Jun 2013 Iraqi officials say several car bombs have exploded in the volatile northern city of Mosul, killing at least 11 and wounding dozens.

YNet News

Egypt warns all options open for Ethiopia Nile dam
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – ….

Eichler on Kaniuk passing: Why mourn a Jew hater?
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – ….

Report: Fourth of NYC could be flood zone by 2050s
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – ….

Bill to reduce MKs, ministers’ pay passes first reading
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – ….

Blasts to sound overnight in vicinity of Highway 5 due to drill
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – ….

Gay Egyptians come out of the closet
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – Arab Spring, Internet encourage more openness in country where until recently homosexuality was criminal offense ….

Investigation details revealed, judge restores gag order
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – One suspect’s attorney files unsuccessful appeal against lifting of gag order, yet judge decides to accept subsequent ‘stay of execution’ motion after some details already released ….

Turkish opposition leader criticizes Erdogan
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – Anti-government protests continue, PM raises rhetoric whips followers into frenzy, vows to strike back; world watches ….

Syrian war enters new phase, no end in sight 
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – Syrian army building forces around Aleppo, as rebels look to relieve pressure with counter attacks; Iraqi Shiite fighters seen entering Syria ….

Islamists said to execute 15-year-old Syrian boy for heresy
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – Syrian teenager captured by al-Qaeda activists, executed in front of parents, after claiming ‘even if Mohammad comes down (from heaven), I will not become a believer’ ….

NII director: We’re a generation of sexual assault
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – National Insurance Institute director discusses sexual assault of minors. At same time, Status of Women Committee discusses sexual assault against women ….

Livni: Extremism mustn’t define our discourse 
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – Commenting on deputy defense minister’s remarks on two-state solution, justice minister says PM must decide whether to let extremists or moderates to set the tone ….

Woman gives birth using dead man’s frozen sperm 
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – In precedent setting case, bereaved parents gain granddaughter after finding woman intent on motherhood, not sperm bank. Lawyer: this provides women with new ‘avenue of motherhood’ ….

Reports: Iran may disqualify candidate over nuclear talk
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – Islamic Republic’s electoral watchdog may review Hasan Rowhani’s disclosures of confidential information about nuclear program. Guardian Council denies report ….

Report: Assad aims for ‘lasting’ resistance against Israel 
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – Jordanian opposition elements claim Syrian president considering calculated, carefully planned resistance similar to Hezbollah activity in southern Lebanon ….

Talk is cheap
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: Lapid speaks of the ‘right to love,’ but has done nothing to boost LGBT community’s status ….

Thousands of haredim hold anti-draft protest in New York 
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – Some 100,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews protest Israel’s plan to conscript haredim in Manhattan’s Foley Square. Rally unites two factions of Satmar Hasidim ….

AP: US close to OK on arming Syrian rebels
YNet News, 10 Jun 2013 – US President Obama leaning closer toward sending weapons to moderate rebel units; Kerry postpones trip to Israel to participate in White House discussions, officials say ….

Israel losing America
YNet News, 9 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: As US map of interests in Middle East changes, White House getting increasingly tired of our conduct ….

Love thy gay as thyself
YNet News, 9 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: Despite significant progress, many in Israel still believe murder of ‘diseased’ gays ‘not so terrible’ ….

Palestine Information Center

Israeli interrogators break the skull of Palestinian captive
PIC – Palestinian detainee Mohammed Zakarne was cruelly interrogated by Israeli intelligence and suffered fractured skull as a result.

European MPs question Ashton about torture in PA jails
PIC – The Arab Organization for Human Rights in Britain stated that the European Union support to the PA provides a green light to its security services to continue their violations.

IOA renews house arrest of an elderly patient
PIC – The Israeli court has extended today the house arrest of the elderly lady Fethiye Khanfar, from Jenin, till next September at a house in Rahat in 1948-occupied Palestine for the 6th time in a row.

Sit-in in Moscow in support of Jerusalem
PIC – A pro-Palestinian group has organized last Saturday a sit-in in support of Jerusalem in Moscow as part of the Global March to Jerusalem.

Palestinian activists launch a campaign against Oslo accords
PIC – Palestinian activists have launched a campaign against Oslo accords to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the agreement signed in 1993 between the PLO and the Israeli authorities.

IOF storms Nablus, Jenin
PIC – IOF stormed after midnight a number of neighborhoods in Nablus, where clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli forces escorting hundreds of settlers stormed Yusuf’s Tomb east of the city.

Abu Zuhri denies claims over 2011 prison breaks
PIC – Sami Abu Zuhri has denied statements of Egyptian former Interior Minister that his movement has played a role in breaking into prisons during Egypt’s January 25 revolution..

Administrative detainees start open-ended hunger strike
PIC – The Palestinian prisoner center for studies said that the Palestinian administrative prisoners started on Monday an indefinite hunger strike in protest at the policy of administrative detention.


Newspapers Review: Increase in Settlement Construction Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 10 Jun 2013

Japan Welcomes Formation of New Palestinian Cabinetþ
WAFA – 10 Jun 2013

Israeli Forces Shoot, Critically Injure Palestinian north of Gaza
WAFA – 10 Jun 2013

Clashes Erupt after Settlers Break into Joseph’s Tomb near Nablus
WAFA – 10 Jun 2013

Abbas Thanks Kuwait for $50M Grant in Budget Support
WAFA – 9 Jun 2013

Operation Dove: Forces Assault Old Man, Deny him Access to his land
WAFA – 9 Jun 2013

Police Arrest Worker at al-Aqsa for Standing up to Jewish Fanatics
WAFA – 9 Jun 2013

Israeli Forces Set Fire to Agricultural Land near Hebron
WAFA – 9 Jun 2013


Iran presidential race down to choice of 2 conservatives
LA Times 10 Jun 2013 – Regardless of whether nuclear strategist Saeed Jalili or Tehran Mayor Mohammed Baqer Qalibaf wins, Iran will remain in the grip of Islamist hard-liners. TEHRAN — When Iranians go to the polls Friday, they will bid an unceremonious farewell to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the populist with the…

In Syria, residents return to battered town retaken by government
LA Times 9 Jun 2013 – The Qusair of today bears little resemblance to the one lost to the rebels more than a year ago, with caved-in homes and a town center filled with rubble. QUSAIR, Syria — A line of unmarked cars and pickup trucks ferried weary Hezbollah fighters back…

U.S. considers taking in Syrian refugees
LA Times 9 Jun 2013 – A resettlement plan aims to help both the hard-hit Syrian families and the Middle Eastern countries that are straining to support 1.6 million refugees. WASHINGTON — Two years into a civil war that shows no signs of ending, the Obama administration is considering resettling refugees…

As Rebels Lose Ground in Syria, U.S. Mulls Options
New York Times 10 Jun 2013 – The Syrian government’s firepower and Hezbollah’s large-scale entry into the fight against the rebels have heightened obstacles to a U.S.-backed peace conference in Geneva. 

Protester Dies in Clash That Apparently Involved Hezbollah Supporters
New York Times 10 Jun 2013 – A protester was shot and killed near the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, apparently in a clash between supporters and opponents of Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese Shiite Muslim organization. 

Antakya Memo: Still More Questions Than Answers on Nerve Gas in Syria
New York Times 10 Jun 2013 – Nearly three months after people in the city of Aleppo poured into a hospital with symptoms of a chemical weapons attack, it remains hard to say for certain what happened — and who is responsible. 

Teenager’s Death Reveals Growing Anger in Syria
New York Times 10 Jun 2013 – Witnesses said radical Islamists in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo pulled 14-year-old Muhammad al-Qatta from his coffee kiosk on Sunday and later executed him. 

The Lede: N.S.A. Whistle-Blower Revealed in Video
New York Times 10 Jun 2013 – Edward Snowden, who worked until several weeks ago as a private contractor at a National Security Agency facility in Hawaii, explained in a video interview why he had leaked classified information about the scope of America’s surveillance efforts. 

Turkish Leader Agrees to Meet Protest Organizers
New York Times 10 Jun 2013 – It was the first sign that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was willing to engage in a direct dialogue with the leaders of the protest. 

The sun king
Globes Energy & Water – France’s EDF Énergies Nouvelles dominates the Israeli solar power industry. Local manager Ayalon Vaniche explains why it puts up with the land prices and the regulation.

A nail in the Tzemach C’tee’s coffin 
Globes Energy & Water – If Australia’s Woodside bows out, the blow to the prospects of gas exports, and to Israel’s business reputation, will be severe.

Why does Google need Waze?
Globes Main News – Google could be seeking to improve its own maps app or simply blocking Facebook.

Naftali Bennett turned down Waze CEO offer
Globes Main News – Spokesman: Minister of the Economy Naftali Bennett was offered the job of Waze CEO but preferred to devote himself to public life.

Flextronics to fire 100 at Arad plant
Globes Main News – The electronics components manufacturer is streamlining operations in Arad and moving some operations to Migdal Ha’Emek.

Mon: Mobile carriers boost market
Globes Main News – Cellcom and Partner rose while Israel Chemical climbed on news of an employee incentive plan.

Israel Chemicals adopts $45m employee incentive plan
Globes Main News – The long-term plan will cover all of the company’s 11,300 employees worldwide.

Fischer: We can’t have strong economy and weak currency 
Globes Macro Economics – “We have a fairly strong economy compared with Europe, and our interest rate is higher,” Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer said in a farewell meeting with the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee.

BoI: No sign of housing market easing 
Globes Macro Economics – The minutes of the Bank of Israel Monetary Committee’s May meeting indicate that one committee member opposed a rate cut.

BoI slams its own research dept.
Globes Macro Economics – The report deals with the department formerly headed by Deputy Governor Dr. Karnit Flug who is a leading candidate to replace Stanley Fischer.

BoI: More tax hikes needed in 2015 
Globes Macro Economics – “Government spending commitments for 2015 and later are already billions of shekels greater than the cap set in law.”

Netanyahu: We’ve done a lot in three months 
Globes Macro Economics – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told today’s cabinet meeting: The citizens of Israel chose us to focus on getting things done, not on petty politics.

Haaretz Reveals African Nations Israel Secretly Approached to Accept Expelled Refugees
Tikun Olam – African refugees protest outside Netanyahu’s residence During a lawsuit by an Israeli NGO against the State opposing its plans to expel African refugees from Israel, attorneys for the State revealed that it had approached several African countries in an attempt to negotiate their acceptance of 2,000…

Top-Secret IAF WMD Unit Exposed
Tikun Olam – Screenshot from Amuton announcing the reunion of personnel from the IAF’s Unit 155 It’s one thing when a brave whistleblower like Edward Snowden musters the courage to expose some of the most destructive secrets this country owns.  That takes enormous nerve and dedication to principle.  It’s…

‘Girls on Fire’ tell Alicia Keys — Don’t play Apartheid Israel
Mondoweiss – Cool new video from University of New Mexico – Students for Justice in Palestine – “This film is inspired by the Palestinian women who everyday nonviolently resist the illegal occupation of their land.” From the video’s YouTube page : Sign the petition:  https://www.change.org/ People around the world…

Four months later, did Hagel’s confirmation make any difference at all?
Mondoweiss – As we gear up for another round of Congressional theatrics with the confirmation hearings for Samantha Power and Susan Rice, Charles Davis takes a look back on Chuck Hagel’s first four months as Secretary of Defense for Al Jazeera and asks ” what was all the fuss…

World Bank, the PA and Israel work together to confiscate Palestinian land for West Bank dump site
Mondoweiss – The West Bank town of Rammun. (Photo: ARIJ, PDF ) Three West Bank villages are challenging Israeli orders to confiscate their agricultural fields, earmarked for a Palestinian Authority (PA) landfill funded by the German Development Bank (KfW). The proposed 14 million Euro sanitation facility is slated to…

House committee votes to give Israel another 1/2 billion in aid
Mondoweiss – The House Armed Services Committee has voted to give Israel another half a billion dollars in military aid– on top of the $3.1 billion we already give Israel. It’s for missile interception systems.  “The $488 million for the joint U.S.-Israeli research and development of anti-missile projects…

NY orthodox rally against military service sounds anti-Zionist themes
Mondoweiss – Yesterday there was a giant rally of Orthodox Jews in New York opposing efforts to require their religious counterparts in Israel to perform military service. News reports say 20-30,000 men filled Foley Square. As you will see in the (suitably black-and-white) photos a friend sent, below,…

Richard Falk Accuses Israel of Crimes Against Gaza 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Jun 2013 – A United Nations human rights investigator accused Israel on Monday of imposing collective punishment on 1.75 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and said that the enclave’s viability was at stake. Click here for the rest of the article…

Benjamin Netanyahu Signals Willingness To Freeze Settlements 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Jun 2013 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Monday that Israel was ready to confine Jewish settlement expansion to the blocs of occupied territory it wants to keep under any peace deal with the Palestinians, in a nod to U.S. efforts to revive stalled negotiations. Click here for…

Samantha Power ‘Cares Deeply’ About Israel, Says Michael Oren 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Jun 2013 – Samantha Power, President Obama’s nominee for United Nations envoy, cares deeply about Israel’s security needs, the Israeli ambassador to Washington said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Has Frozen East Jerusalem Settlements Since Beginning of 2013 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Jun 2013 – Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman responded on Monday to reports on Army Radio, which said there has been a de facto settlement freeze in Jerusalem neighborhoods located beyond the Green Line since the beginning of the year. Click here for the rest of the article…

Amusement Park Discrimination May Be Tip of Iceberg in Israel 
The Forward New 10 Jun 2013 – Israelis were outraged that an amusement park forced Jewish and Palestinian students to visit separately. But, some say anti-Arab discrimination is more common than many realize. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Could Benefit From Syrian Civil War as Hamas and Hezbollah Face Setbacks 
The Forward New 9 Jun 2013 – The Syrian civil war is a human tragedy. But it may benefit Israel by causing major geopolitical setbacks for two of its sworn enemies: Hamas and Hezbollah. Click here for the rest of the article…

Tunisia: Govt Is Ready to Send a Plane to Syria for Tunisian Detainees’ Return – Hédi Ben Abbès 
allAfrica.com 9 Jun 2013 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -Chief Adviser of the President of the Republic in charge of Diplomatic Affairs Hédi Ben Abbès declared on Friday that Tunisia is ready to send a plane to Syria and provide optimum conditions for the return of the Tunisian detainees in this country.

Egypt: Egypt and Saudi Arabia to Begin Joint Military Trainings 
allAfrica.com 9 Jun 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will begin performing the first joint military maneuver in the history of the two countries’ armed forces on Monday, said an Egyptian army spokesman on Saturday.

Early Morning Arrest in Beit Ommar 
Palestine Solidarity Project 9 Jun 2013 – On the 6th of June 2013 a group of Israeli soldiers stormed Beit Ommar in undercover dressed in civilian clothing driving 2 Palestinian cars and arrested Mahmoud Khaled Nayef (age 20). They arrived at the house of Khalid Nayef (age 47) just after 3 in the…

BDS Conference at Bethlehem University 
Palestine Solidarity Project 9 Jun 2013 – The Fourth National BDS Conference hosted by the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) took place today at Bethlehem University. The conference lasted from 9am until 5pm and began with recorded messages of Solidarity from Roger Waters and Desmond Tutu. From there, the packed…

What Sand and Shumsky Share in Common–And Why It’s Important 
The Magnes Zionist 9 Jun 2013 – It’s open season on Prof. Shlomo Sand of Tel Aviv University in the pages of Haaretz , following the publication of his latest book, How and Why I Stopped Being a Jew . The thesis of the book is that there is no such thing as secular Jewish…

Syria army ‘planning Aleppo assault’ 
BBC 10 Jun 2013 – Syrian government forces are reported to be preparing for a major offensive on rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo and its surroundings.

Egypt warning over Ethiopia Nile dam 
BBC 10 Jun 2013 – President Mohammed Morsi says “all options are open” to deal with any threat to Egypt’s water supply posed by an Ethiopian dam on the Blue Nile.

Israel settlement building hits high 
BBC 10 Jun 2013 – Palestinians have criticised Israel after official statistics showed a rise in new house building in West Bank settlements.

Inquiry call over Israeli ‘torture’ 
BBC 10 Jun 2013 – A UN expert calls for an international inquiry into Israel’s treatment of Palestinian prisoners, alleging torture and other abuses.

What is “economic peace?” 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 10 Jun 2013 – These last few days, the term “economic peace” has been used to critic the decision…

Identity Politics in Kuwait’s Power Struggle 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 10 Jun 2013 – Related Articles: Thousands protest jailing of Kuwait opposition leader Confessions of a Kuwaiti Hash Dealer read more

Hezbollah and the New Levant 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 10 Jun 2013 – Lebanese women wave Hezbollah flags while holding a picture of the movement’s chief Hassan Nasrallah 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) Lebanese women…

On the Road to Damascus 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 10 Jun 2013 – Passengers bound for Cairo walk to the check in counter Damascus International Airport on 15 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) Passengers bound for Cairo walk to the check in counter Damascus International Airport on 15 May 2013. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) A friend…

Erdogan to meet with Turkey protest organizers 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jun 2013 – A man walks before a banner after the anti-government demonstration on 9 June 2013 on Gundogdu square in Izmir. (Photo: AFP – Ozan Kose) Turkey’s embattled prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will on Wednesday meet with protest leaders whose mass anti-government demonstrations, now in their 11th…

Thousands protest Houthi killings in Yemen 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jun 2013 – Yemeni police stand guard as Houthis protest outside the headquarters of Yemen’s national security services in Sanaa to demand the release of some members of their community on 9 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Gamal Noman) Thousands of Zaidis demonstrated Monday in the Yemeni capital to…

Belgian fighter killed in Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jun 2013 – A young Belgian man has been killed in Syria while fighting for an Islamist group and his brother was arrested on his return home from the war-stricken country, newspapers said Monday. Tarek Taketloune, 20, a car mechanic from Vilvorde, a suburb of Brussels, was shot in…

Kuwait jails woman for 11 years over Twitter remarks 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jun 2013 – A Kuwaiti court sentenced a female teacher to a total of 11 years in jail on Monday for insulting the emir, inciting regime change and insulting a religious sect via Twitter, two sources close to the case said. Huda al-Ajmi, 37, is the first woman known…

Smoking: 2,379 Cigarettes Per Capita in Lebanon 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jun 2013 – While demand for nicotine was skyrocketing in Lebanon, the world was witnessing a decline in cigarette consumption by 11.7 percent as a result of increased awareness about the risks. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) While demand for nicotine was skyrocketing in Lebanon, the world was witnessing a decline…

Syrian Displacement Reopens Child Exploitation Debate 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jun 2013 – A study conducted before the Syrian crisis found that there are around 100,000 children working in Lebanon. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) A study conducted before the Syrian crisis found that there are around 100,000 children working in Lebanon. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The Syrian crisis has exacerbated the…

Syria army ‘planning Aleppo assault’ 
BBC 10 Jun 2013 – Syrian government forces are reported to be preparing for a major offensive on rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo and its surroundings.

Dozens killed in day of Iraq attacks 
BBC 10 Jun 2013 – At least 70 people have been killed and many more wounded in a series of bombings and suicide attacks in northern and central Iraq, officials say.

Kuwait woman jailed over emir tweets 
BBC 10 Jun 2013 – A court jails a woman for 11 years for insulting Kuwait’s emir on Twitter – the latest in a series of such convictions in recent months.

Egypt warning over Ethiopia Nile dam 
BBC 10 Jun 2013 – President Mohammed Morsi says “all options are open” to deal with any threat to Egypt’s water supply posed by an Ethiopian dam on the Blue Nile.

Israel settlement building hits high 
BBC 10 Jun 2013 – Palestinians have criticised Israel after official statistics showed a rise in new house building in West Bank settlements.

Inquiry call over Israeli ‘torture’ 
BBC 10 Jun 2013 – A UN expert calls for an international inquiry into Israel’s treatment of Palestinian prisoners, alleging torture and other abuses.


Israel to legislate mass displacement law against Bedouins today 
Dr. Yeela Raanan, Alternative Information Center 6/10/2013
      Currently in Israel, the State views the Arab citizens as no more than a nuisance. Therefore the Arabs must accept the breadcrumbs of citizenship and resources allowed to them by the State with thanks and silence. Thus it is possible to put into law a bill that forces at least 40,000 residents of the unrecognized villages to accept displacement, land loss and urbanisation.
     The Prawer Law – Displacing tens of thousands of Bedouin.
     The Prawer Law has been cooking for years, and it seems that it will be ready to be served in the very near future. Tomorrow (10 June) it is being brought for first appeal to the Knesset. It has already been approved by the government. From here on it is almost only procedure…
     And what is in this Prawer Law, or as it is officially called: The Bill for the Settlement of the Bedouin in the Negev, 2013. Unfortunately, it is anything but settlement.
     The 45-page bill is divided into two: the first and massive part is all about the process of giving up one’s land claims. The second and smaller part is about how to clear the land of Bedouin.
     Sliman Abu-Obaid, one of my closest friends and a Bedouin, yesterday as we were running a family errand together asked with amazement, “They for sure understand the consequences of this bill, how can they, then, wish to legislate it?”
     I believe that the answer to this very very basic question is that currently in Israel, the State views the Arab citizens as no more than a nuisance…. more.. e-mail

The return to Iqrit 
Jonathan Cook, Israeli Occupation Archive 6/9/2013
      Descendants of those expelled from one Palestinian village during the creation of Israel are trying to reclaim the land.
     Iqrit, Israel – A dream long nurtured by hundreds of thousands of Palestinians made refugees during the establishment of the state of Israel has become a concrete reality at a small makeshift camp atop a windswept hill.
     A dozen young men have set up the camp at a site in the Upper Galilee from which their grandparents were expelled more than six decades ago.
     Today, all that remains of the village of Iqrit, close to Israel’s border with Lebanon, is a Catholic church on the hill’s brow. But in 1948, the village was home to 600 Christian Palestinians.
     Walaa Sbeit, one of the camp’s leaders, said the group had been inspired by a vision of rebuilding their village.
     “We never lost the connection to this place,” he said. “Every summer we hold a summer school here for the children to learn about the village and their past. And once a month the villagers hold a service at the church. For us, this was always our real home.”
     The nakba
     In 1948, some 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from more than 400 villages as the new state of Israel was declared on a large part of their homeland – an event known to Palestinians as the nakba, or “catastrophe”. The refugees – mostly descendants of those driven from their homes – now number around five million, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
     Nearly all the emptied villages were later destroyed by the Israeli army to prevent the inhabitants, and the generations which would follow them, from ever returning home. more.. e-mail

Occupation? What Occupation? 
Uri Avnery, CounterPunch 6/10/2013
      State of Denial
     Every person is endowed with a certain denial mechanism they can use to avoid the shame, fear, guilt and pain involved in coping with their improper actions. Instead of facing their failure, accepting reality and dealing with it, they simply enter a state of denial.
     But denial extracts a heavy price from the denier. The mental effort involved in self-deception causes serious mental harm. Someone who denies facts is declaring that he has a mental problem. He needs treatment.
     For 46 years we have been in this situation. We are denying one of the most significant phenomenon of our national existence, if not the most central one: the occupation.
     We can use the well-worn metaphor of the huge elephant in the room, whose presence we deny. Elephant? What elephant? Here? We tiptoe around the elephant and avert our gaze so we won’t have to look at it. After all, it doesn’t exist.
     We are ruling completely over another people. This influences every sphere of our national life – our politics, our economy, our values, our military, our legal system, our culture and more. But we don’t see – and don’t want to see – what is going on only a few minutes’ drive from our homes, over the black line known as the Green Line.
     We have become so accustomed to this situation that we see it as normal. But the occupation is intrinsically an abnormal, temporary situation. more.. e-mail

The Arab world and democracy 
Fadi Elhusseini,  6/10/2013
      ‘It is clear that neither governments nor opposition groups have a clear understanding of what democracy is all about’
     The Arab Spring hit the Middle East to the core but has come unstuck in Syria. Nevertheless, the issue of democracy is now to the fore with demonstrations calling for more freedom and human rights, even though a number of dictators have been toppled.
     Not surprisingly, the groups who weren’t elected in the resultant elections have accused the winners of fraud. This is not unique to the Arab world. What is different is that the losing parties have encouraged demonstrations intended to overthrow elected governments or thwart their efforts to run the country.
     Understanding the situation requires a historical overview and how democracy is applied in the Arab world.
     Democracy has been defined as a system of government by which political sovereignty is retained by the people and exercised directly by citizens. The term comes from the Greek; demos, the “people”, and kratos, meaning “rule”, “power” or “strength”. Hence, the literal meaning of democracy is “rule by the people”, culminating in a popular form of government. The crux of democracy is that people choose who governs them and those elected rulers will be held accountable for their actions and decisions. There is no one definite structure for a democratic government: they can rule in republics, as in France; kingdoms, as in the UK; and even empires like Japan.
     Initially, democracy was an alternative to monarchies wherein the ruler had absolute power which was passed on from father to son (and occasionally daughter), creating dynasties. These were more or less replaced by republics and constitutional monarchies in which the head of state has an extremely limited political role; it is often purely ceremonial. more.. e-mail

Israel bars children over eight from visiting fathers in prison
Electronic Intifada: 10 Jun 2013 – After his eighth birthday next month, Obeida Shamali will be banned from seeing his dad.more

Poet Kevin Coval: young Jews should stand with Palestine
Electronic Intifada: 10 Jun 2013 – Poet Kevin Coval denounces Israeli rap star for “making Zionism chic.”more

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