VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 13 June 2013

13 June 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Zahalka: “Government, Police, Responsible For Escalating Settler Violence”
IMEMC – [Wednesday June 13] Arab Member of Israeli Knesset (MK) Jamal Zahalka of the National Democratic Assembly sent an urgent letter to Israel’s Minister of Internal Security, Yitzhak Aharonovich, demanding him to act on stopping the escalating “Price Tag” attacks carried out extremist Israeli youths. …

Israel To Build More Than 1200 Units For Settlers In West Bank
IMEMC – [Thursday June 13 2013] Israeli media sources have reported that despite efforts by the United States to resume the stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Tel Aviv decided to build 500 units in Brochin settlement, and 675 in Itamar. …

Settlers Deface Christian Cemetery In Jaffa
IMEMC – [Thursday June 13 2013] a number of extremist Israel settlers carried out another Price Tag attack, this time targeting a Christian Cemetery in Jaffa, and spray-painted “Price Tag”, and “Revenge” on tombstones. …

Dannon: “The Palestinian Future is In Jordan”
IMEMC – Israeli TV, Channel 1, aired an interview with Israeli deputy Defense Minister, Member of Knesset (MK) Danny Danon, who said that there will never be a Palestinian State, and that the Palestinians are “settlers”, should be part of Jordan. …

Army: “Shots Fire At Settlement Bus Near Nablus”
IMEMC – Israeli military sources claimed, on Thursday evening {June 12 2013] that gunmen opened fire at a settlement bus driving, close to the Huwwara military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

Israel Soldiers Breach Lebanon Border
IMEMC – Lebanese army sources reported Wednesday [June 12 2013] that a number of Israeli military vehicles advanced approximately 15 meters into Lebanese territory, and that Lebanon complained to the UNIFIL. … 

Ma’an News

Israeli settlers attack cars, homes in northern West Bank
6/13/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Dozens of Israeli settlers on Thursday threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at Palestinian homes and cars in the northern West Bank. Residents of Yitzhar attacked cars on roads around the illegal settlement in Nablus, damaging several vehicles, a Ma’an reporter said. Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settlement activities, said Palestinian cars were forced to detour to avoid….

Israel pushes plans for 1,100 settler homes
6/13/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel is moving forward with plans for more than 1,000 new homes in two West Bank settlements, a watchdog said on Thursday in a move denounced by the Palestinians as an “abortion” of US peace efforts. Details of the plans emerged as US Secretary of State John Kerry makes an intensive effort to rekindle dormant peace talks, with Israel’s settlement building….

Attackers desecrate Palestinian Christian graves near Tel Aviv
6/13/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Attackers desecrated graves in a Palestinian Christian cemetery in Jaffa and damaged property nearby, in an incident that bore the hallmarks of a “price tag” hate crime, police said on Thursday. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that headstones in the Orthodox Christian graveyard in Jaffa, a mixed Palestinian-Jewish area in southern Tel Aviv, were sprayed with Hebrew graffiti and the tires of five….

Thousands of Arab Negev residents rally against Prawer Plan
6/13/2013 – BEERSHEBA, Israel (Ma’an) – Thousands of Palestinians holders of Israeli citizenship on Thursday demonstrated in Beersheba in southern Israel in protest against the Prawer Plan which will displace thousands of Bedouin families in the Negev desert. A Ma’an reporter said the demonstrators waved Palestinian flags as they marched in front of a governmental complex in the center of Beersheba chanting slogans against….

Father: Israeli interrogator threatened son with rape
6/13/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – An Israeli court on Thursday released a Palestinian teenager from Isawiya in East Jerusalem on bail. The father of 13-year-old Ismail Tawfiq Muheisin says he paid a bail of 1,000 shekels and signed a third-party bail of 5,000 shekels. The boy, added his father, is barred from approaching a hill near Hadassah Hospital, and he is not allowed to talk….

Report: Israel guard shoots Palestinian armed with knife
6/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli media reported Thursday that guards at a checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah shot a young Palestinian who was carrying a knife. Israel’s Ynet news site said civilian security guards at Qalandiya checkpoint shot the young man in the leg after he did not respond to warning fire. The Israeli army referred inquiries to the Border Police, which guards….

Senior Israeli minister: Palestinians will be governed by Jordan
6/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s deputy defense minister on Thursday said there will never be a Palestinian state and that Palestinians will be governed by Jordan.”The Jewish people are not settlers in the West Bank but Israel will make the Palestinians settlers and Jordan will be the one taking control over Palestinians and that’s it,” Danny Danon told Israel’…. Related: PA blasts Israel leader’s remarks on Palestinian state

Israel releases Nablus prisoner after 10 years
6/13/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israel on Wednesday released a man from Balata refugee camp in Nablus after detaining him for 10 years. Residents of Balata gathered to welcome Amer Abu Shaban, who was detained for affiliation to Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. He spent most of his sentence in Shata and Nafha prisons, and said guards in Nafha prison, in the Negev desert, constantly….

Army: 10 Palestinians detained in southern West Bank
6/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 10 Palestinians in the southern West Bank overnight Wednesday, an army spokesman said, while locals said three people were arrested at dawn in the north. An Israeli military spokesman said 10 people were detained in raids around Hebron, Bethlehem and Ramallah. Forces detained Palestinians in Dura, Yatta, Budrus, Safa, Marah Rabah, Hebron and Dharariya, he told Ma’….

Israel denies Palestinian forced to drink wine at checkpoint
6/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli army on Thursday denied allegations by a Palestinian activist that intelligence officers forced a man to drink wine at a checkpoint near Hebron.”After reviewing the incident, all indications show that the described event did not occur,” the army said in an emailed statement.”Yesterday, a Palestinian who was apparently inebriated approached an army post near Beit Ummar. Using….

Israeli pilots say training for Syria, Lebanon threats
6/13/2013 – RAMAT DAVID AIR BASE, Israel (AFP) — Israeli air force pilots are training daily to meet threats posed by instability in neighboring Syria and Lebanon, pilots at a base in the north of Israel said on Wednesday. Daily drills include preparing to counter “the transfer of all kinds of weapons that could lead to terror attacks,” Lieutenant Colonel N, who could not reveal his last name….

Israeli official: UN talking to Sweden on Golan force
6/13/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — UN leader Ban Ki-moon is in exploratory talks with Sweden over plans it could lead a beefed-up peacekeeping force between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, an Israeli official said on Thursday.”It’s in very preliminary stages,” he told AFP on condition of anonymity.”It hasn’t been established yet who agrees, who wants it. The conditions are not clear….

PA blasts Israel leader’s remarks on Palestinian state
6/13/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority denounced Israel’s deputy defense minister Thursday after he stated there would never be a Palestinian state and suggested Jordan as an alternative. Foreign minister Riyad al-Malki said Danny Danon’s remarks to Israel’s Channel 1 TV exposed the “true face” of the occupation as well as the strategy followed by the Israeli government…. Related: Senior Israeli minister: Palestinians will be governed by Jordan

PA: Israeli government, settlers on same page
6/13/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – Since its establishment, the Palestinian Authorit
y has never refused as adamantly as it is refusing today to negotiate with Israel as long as settlements continue to be built in the occupied West Bank. President Mahmoud Abbas along with all PA leaders have made this point clear over and over despite pressure from the United States and its Arab allies to bring….

No new Holocaust, Netanyahu vows at Auschwitz exhibit
6/13/2013 – OSWIECIM, Poland (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday opened a new Holocaust exhibition at the former Auschwitz death camp, vowing Israel would do everything to prevent another genocide of the Jewish people. Sixty-five years on, “the only thing that has truly changed is our ability and our determination to operate in order to defend ourselves and to prevent another Holocaust,” he said. Netanyahu….

Hamas: PA arrests 4 party members in Nablus
6/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces detained four Hamas members in the northern West Bank, Hamas said Thursday. Forces of the Fatah-led PA arrested four Hamas affiliates in Nablus and handed another four warrants to appear at PA security headquarters, Hamas said in a statement. [END]

West Bank lawyers to strike after police assault attorney
6/13/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The union of lawyers in the West Bank announced Thursday evening that attorneys would suspend all their activities Sunday after anti-drug police in Bethlehem assaulted a lawyer. The union said in a statement that all its offices would be shut down in all West Bank districts. The statement called upon all members of the union’s general assembly to join….

Arab Idol’s Mohammad Assaf thanks Palestinian fans
6/13/2013 – BEIRUT (Ma’an) — Mohammad Assaf on Wednesday thanked his fans in Palestine for supporting him as he prepared for the final stages of the Arab Idol singing competition. Assaf is one of four finalists in the hit show, broadcast on MBC, and has become a household name and a source of pride in Palestine. The 23-year-old singer thanked everyone who voted for him….

Gaza Strip nearly self-sufficient in growing grapes
6/13/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Only a few years after farmers in the Gaza Strip started to harvest seedless grapes, the sector has likely achieved self-sufficiency with more than 1,500 acres of vineyards. Muhammad Abu Kamil, the Gaza ministry of agriculture’s director general of rural development, told Ma’an Tuesday his ministry would not allow importing any grapes from outside.”There are….

Woman wounded in Gaza family brawl
6/13/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 24-year-old woman was shot and injured during a brawl between families on Wednesday in the southern Gaza Strip, medics said. Locals said the fight started between children in Rafah, and escalated. The woman was said to be inside her home when she was shot after a man opened fire indiscriminately. She was taken to the Abu Yousef al-Najjar….

Man injured in Hebron car accident
6/13/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A man was injured on Thursday in a road accident between Hebron and Tarqumiya in the southern West Bank. The driver was hurt when his car veered off the road and collided with a truck on Wadi al-Ouf road, the civil defense said in a statement. Red Crescent medics treated the victim, who was transferred to hospital with moderate wounds, the statement added. [END]

Gaza teen killed in motorcycle accident
6/13/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 19-year-old motorcyclist was killed on Thursday when he collided with a car in the southern Gaza Strip, the Health Ministry said. Mohammad Abu Halib died at the scene, on al-Qarara road in Khan Younis, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said. His body was taken to the Nasser Hospital. [END]

Early, forced marriages haunt Jordan’s Syrian refugees
6/13/2013 – ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AFP) — With no end in sight to Syria’s conflict, some refugees in Jordan are offering their daughters for early marriage in the hope of securing them protection as they face growing economic pressure. Syrian refugee Abu Mohammad says he reluctantly opted to marry off his teenage daughter to a rich 40-year-old Saudi man, hoping to give her a….

South Africa government: Mandela responding ‘well’ to treatment
6/13/2013 – JOHANNESBURG (AFP) — South Africa’s government said that Nelson Mandela was “responding well to treatment” on his sixth day in hospital Thursday. In a statement members of the cabinet wished the revered anti-apartheid icon a quick recovery and said they were “pleased that he is responding well to treatment.”[END]

UN: Syria death toll more than 93,000
6/13/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — More than 93,000 people, including over 6,500 children, have been killed in Syria’s civil war, which has grown increasingly deadly over the past year, a United Nations study said on Thursday. The skyrocketing death toll, along with documented cases of children tortured and entire families massacred, “is a terrible reminder of just how vicious this conflict has become,” UN rights chief….

Sudan oil line explodes, army blames South-backed rebels
6/13/2013 – KHARTOUM (AFP) — Sudan’s army on Thursday blamed South Sudanese-backed rebels for an explosion and fire in a Sudanese oil pipeline in the disputed Abyei area.”This group received technical support from South Sudan’s army to help them explode the pipeline. . . which led to a fire that has now been controlled,” army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad said in a statement. [END]

UN: Children used as human shields in Syria war
6/13/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Children are being used as sniper targets and human shields in the Syria war, the United Nations said Wednesday, in a report that added Mali to its child soldier list of shame. UN leader Ban Ki-moon said in the report the 26-month-old war in Syria is taking an “unacceptable and unbearable” toll on children with thousands among the death toll. The….

Turkey protesters reject ‘last warning’ to evacuate park
6/13/2013 – ISTANBUL (AFP) — Turkish protesters said Thursday they would remain in Istanbul’s Gezi Park despite a “last warning” by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to evacuate the green patch at the center of deadly anti-government unrest.”We will stay in Gezi Park with all our demands and sleeping bags,” Taksim Solidarity, the core group behind the campaign to save the park, said in a….


Palestine decries Israel’s new outposts plan 
AlJazeera 13 Jun 2013 – Palestinian PM says plans for more than 1,000 new houses in occupied West Bank are ‘killing two-state solution’.

Palestine News Network

Extremists Group Damage Jaffa’s Greek Orthodox Cemetery
Palestine News Network

675 Housing Units Approved for West Bank Settlement
Palestine News Network

Israel Releases Female Prisoner after 21 Months Imprisonment
Palestine News Network

Alicia Keys Urged to Cancel Concert in Israel
Palestine News Network

Statistics Bureau: the CPI Increased by 0.10% during May 2013
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Civil Police Holds Consultation Workshop with Civil Society on Accountability Strategy
Palestine News Network

MK Akunis Claims Palestinians Not Ready for Statehood
Palestine News Network

“Whatever You Take From The Sea, The Sea Takes Back From You”
Palestine News Network

IOF Soldiers Arrest Nine Palestinians from West Bank
Palestine News Network

Not So Independent – A Comment
Palestine News Network

Has The Obama-Kerry Charm Offensive Failed?
Palestine News Network

Ahrar Center Condemns the Arrest of Leader in Hamas Movement
Palestine News Network

Joint Statement on the Occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Sourani Appreciates Folk’s Report, Meets with the ICRC Advisor and Organizes a Press Conference in Geneva
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (05 – 12 June 2013)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Settlers from Bracha attack and harass farmer on his land
6/13/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 13th June 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Al Rujeib, Occupied Palestine – On Friday 7th June five settlers from the illegal settlement of Bracha attacked a farmer on his land, using sling shots to throw stones at him near Huwwara checkpoint. The same settlers continued to harass the farmer in the following days as he tried to graze his sheep and gather his crops, unprotected….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: “Whatever you take from the sea, the sea takes back from you”
Relief Web 13 Jun 2013 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Majed Fadel Hassan Baker (53) is a fisherman from the Gaza Strip. Having been a fisherman since the age of 10, he has borne witness to the sharp decline of…

occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza 2013: Snapshot
Relief Web 13 Jun 2013 – Source: Gisha Country: occupied Palestinian territory Discourse about Gaza tends toward the extremes. If on one end of the spectrum you hear that Gaza is nothing but an “open-air prison”, others will claim that “there is no closure” and that…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel to build hundreds of W.Bank settler homes: media
Relief Web 13 Jun 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 06/13/2013 05:39 GMT JERUSALEM, June 13, 2013 (AFP) – Israel is seeking approval for hundreds of settler homes in the northern West Bank settlements of Itamar and Bruchin, Israel media reported on Thursday….

World: Los niños y los conflictos armados: Informe del Secretario General (A/67/845–S/2013/245)
Relief Web 13 Jun 2013 – Source: UN Security Council, UN General Assembly Country: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Uganda, World,…

World: Le sort des enfants en temps de conflit armé : Rapport du Secrétaire général (A/67/845–S/2013/245) 
Relief Web 13 Jun 2013 – Source: UN Security Council, UN General Assembly Country: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, M
yanmar, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Uganda, World,…

The National

Sheikha Fatima’s cancer centre opens in Morocco
The National 13 Jun 2013 – Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, chairwoman of the Supreme Council For Motherhood and Childhood, and Princess Lalla Salma, wife of King Mohammed VI of Morocco, attended the ceremony in Rabat.

UN says 93,000 killed in Syria’s conflict
The National 13 Jun 2013 – Based on a pre-war population estimate of 20.8 million, the latest estimate means 0.44 per cent of the population has now been killed – but the UN admits that they the new number probably underestimates the true toll.

Muslims feel the hate after London killing
The National 13 Jun 2013 – Anti-Islamic attacks have increased since the brutal daylight assault on British soldier Lee Rigby on May 22.

Erdogan set to meet protesters in bid to end crisis
The National 13 Jun 2013 – The prime minister repeated his offer to hold a referendum on a controversial building project in Gezi Park in central Istanbul – which sparked almost two weeks of anti-government protests across the country – but demonstrators showed no sign of withdrawing.

UAE dog thieves change tack and target small breeds
The National 13 Jun 2013 – Two pet dogs were stolen from a family’s villa in Dubai in the latest incident of what charity bosses say is a growing trend of animal thefts.

India’s government faces backlash over anti-terror agency
The National 13 Jun 2013 – While state governments acknowledge the need to combat terrorism, they oppose the creation of a new centralised anti-terrorism agency, which they say threatens to encroach upon their power.

Reckless driving, badly modified cars to blame for rise in Dubai car fires
The National 13 Jun 2013 – Racing, reckless driving and badly modified cars were major factors in the number of vehicles bursting into flames almost doubling last year, Dubai Civil Defence says.

Dubai pupils raise Dh13,500 for children in Sudan
The National 13 Jun 2013 – More than 600 children in Darfur will have access to clean water thanks to the fundraising efforts of primary-school pupils in Dubai.


At Jerusalem’s flagship democratic school, curriculum is in the hands of the students
Ha’aretz – 13 Jun 2013

Mossad and Shin Bet continue their game of hide-and seek in Israel’s new budget
Ha’aretz – 13 Jun 2013

State reaches compromise with striking foreign ministry employees ahead of Paris Air Show
Ha’aretz – 13 Jun 2013

The price of discrimination in Israel: One year in prison
Ha’aretz – 13 Jun 2013

Right-wing NGO funding Tel Aviv University dig in East Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 13 Jun 2013

Israeli military judge: West Bank legal system ‘impairs’ sense of justice for Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 13 Jun 2013

Israel Police receive rape complaint against activist implicated in gay center attack
Ha’aretz – 13 Jun 2013

Knesset rejects bill promoting education against racism in Israeli schools
Ha’aretz – 13 Jun 2013

Despite U.S. peace push, Israel pursuing expansion of West Bank settlement
Ha’aretz – 13 Jun 2013

Despite official recognition, waste management in Bedouin villages is still a mess
Ha’aretz – 13 Jun 2013

Sudan interrogating migrants repatriated from Israel via Jordan
Ha’aretz – 13 Jun 2013

Israeli mayors barred from campaigning on cities’ Facebook pages
Ha’aretz – 13 Jun 2013

IDF seeks to thwart harassment of Haredi recruits
Ha’aretz – 13 Jun 2013

Divulging plans to resettle Bedouin is a breach of Israel’s security, says tender
Ha’aretz – 13 Jun 2013

Israel Police wants gay activist held in Barnoar shooting to turn state’s witness
Ha’aretz – 13 Jun 2013

Arab passenger: Tel Aviv bus driver threatened to ‘put a bullet in my head’
Ha’aretz – 13 Jun 2013

Jerusalem Post

Relief but no closure after arrests in Bar Noar case
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – LGBT community deals with revelation that a well-known activist is linked to the motive, and the state’s star witness is an openly gay man who helped plan the attack. 

White House: Chemical arms used in Syria, US to arm rebels
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Assad regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale multiple times over the past year, White House announces; Obama administration says “red line” has been crossed; US mulling implementation of no-fly zone. 

‘Worried about J’lem building freeze? Call the PM’
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel says those concerned over Jewish building should address Netanyahu’s office. 

Two-state incoherence
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Israel presents conflicting policy messages between those of PM and hawkish opposition on two-state solution. 

Hebrew U hits record number of doctoral grads
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem announces it will be awarding a record number of 375 doctorates at upcoming graduation. 

Israeli smartphone for the blind to hit US
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Smartphone designed for the visually impaired by Project RAY features intuitive touch and voice navigation technology. 

S. Korean star Psy to bring ‘Gangnam Style’ to TA
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Rapper will perform two summer concerts in both Tel Aviv and Eilat, according to Guy Pines show broadcast on Channel 10. 

Germany adopts anti-Semitism action resolution
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Parliament passes resolution emphasizing special Israel-German relationship, condemns Hezbollah. 

Formula 1 ‘Peace Road Show’ lives up to name
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – “All we have all the time is fighting, fighting and fighting, but everyone is here together and happy – Muslims, Christians and Jews,” says Orthodox Jewish spectator. 

Editor’s Notes: Message from Memphis
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Israel Festival in Tennessee attracts 13,000 people – and widespread support for the Jewish state. 

Erdogan pokes at Israel in reaction to protests
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Jerusalem officials refrain from responding to jab by Turkish PM who reportedly implied Israel is “delighted” by protests. 

Lebanese Hezbollah suspects to sue Nigerian gov’t
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Men seeking $6m in compensation for unlawful incarceration. 

Putin hopes clash with US over Jewish texts done
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Russian president says spat over writings should come to an end now manuscripts are displayed in Moscow’s new Jewish museum. 

The betrayal of the Jewish Left
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – In condemning Jews who speak out against jihad and Islamic supremacism, leftist rabbis are enabling the worst enemies of the Jewish people. 

High Court criticizes east Jerusalem postal services
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – In response to ACRI petition, court orders committee to “accelerate” improvement of services in Palestinian areas. 

Justice for Jews from Arab countries
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Issue of Jewish refugees highlights justice of Israel as legitimate expression of an indigenous Middle Eastern people. 

White House: Chemical arms used, US mulls Syria no-fly zone
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Assad regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale multiple times over the past year, US official says, adding that 100 to 150 people have died in the attacks; Obama administration says “red line” has been crossed. 

Syrian rebels to tell West: Arm us, or Assad gains
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Assad opposition to use planned meeting with officials to accelerate military aid from West. 

Sounding the alarm on Iran’s human rights violations
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Candian, American parliamentarians have been focusing on Tehran’s gov’t and massive domestic repression in run-up to Iranian elections. 

Savir’s Corner: Peres’s tomorrow
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Peres is ageless; that goes not just for him, but also for his view of what young people can achieve. 

Parshat Hukat: Hitting and speaking
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” 

Netanyahu’s son becomes politically active
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Yesh Atid chairman receives negative reactions from HU students, including Yair Netanyahu whose views are “just like father’s.” 

Knesset to meet over polio virus
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Labor, Social Welfare and Health Committee to hold discussion about the discovery of polio virus in the sewage in six places. 

IFCJ founds summer camps for underprivileged kids
rusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Fellowship of Christians and Jews to establish camps in 50 different communities for children from low-income families. 

Report: Thousands protest plan to remove Beduins
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Demonstrations take place in Beersheba against Prawer-Begin plan, which activists say will displace Bedouin families in Negev. 

Two Syrians evacuated to Israeli hospital in Safed
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Civilian in serious condition, suffering bullet-wounds to chest; medical institutions treated over 20 Syrians sent over border. 

Weekly Schmooze: What a ‘gever-gever’ smells like
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Jewish culture news worldwide: Jewish Game of Thrones; Moshe Dayan meets Mad Men. 

Egypt to auction luxury gifts received by officials
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Following decision to forbid keeping gifts valued at over $100, Morsi pledges to root out Mubarak’s corrupt practices. 

Tel Aviv-J’lem road to receive NIS 2.5b. overhaul
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Project to upgrade Road 1; travelers advised to make use of alternative routes, to minimize traffic jams. 

PM: Israel ready to defend itself against another Holocaust
Jerusalem Post 13 Jun 2013 – Netanyahu opens new Holocaust exhibition at Auschwitz in Poland. 


German Foreign Ministry: arming the Syrian opposition threatens Israel

Obama, Clapper and most of Congress are full of s**t: Where’s the Bullshit Repellent When We Need It?

Israeli Army Forces Shoot, Injure Palestinian Farmer near Gaza

PRISM Nine: The Implications

House committee votes to give Israel another 1/2 billion in aid

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Edward Snowden, the Washington Post & Whistleblowers

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

Palestinian Children Traumatized After House Demolitions

Historic Challenge to Support the Moral Actions of Edward Snowden

Daily Star

US to provide military support to Syria rebels
Daily Star 13 Jun 2013 The United States is boosting military support to the main Syrian rebel group after determining that the government has used chemical weapons against the opposition, a top White House official says.

US says Assad used chemical weapons
Daily Star 13 Jun 2013 The United States has conclusive evidence that Assad’s regime has used chemical weapons against opposition forces, crossing what Obama has called a “red line” that would trigger greater American involvement in the crisis, the White House…

Israel presses ahead with settlement expansion
Daily Star 13 Jun 2013 Israel is pressing on with plans for more than 1,000 new homes in two West Bank settlements, officials said Thursday, moves that could complicate U.S. efforts to persuade Palestinians, seeking a construction freeze, to return to…

Bahrain arrests key members of Shiite youth group
Daily Star 13 Jun 2013 Bahrain announced Thursday the arrest of leading members of the Shiite opposition February 14 Revolution Youth Coalition, an influential clandestine cybergroup accused of links to Iran.

Turkey’s prime minister gives ‘final warning’ to protesters
Daily Star 13 Jun 2013 Turkey’s prime minister issued a final warning to protesters Thursday, demanding that they end their occupation of a park next to Istanbul’s landmark Taksim Square.

Thousands protest Yemen security force ‘excesses’
Daily Star 13 Jun 2013 Yemeni security officials say thousands have protested in the capital against “excesses” by security forces, calling for the overthrow of the president and national security apparatus.

US F-16s, missiles to stay in Jordan after drill: official
Daily Star 13 Jun 2013 The United States will keep F-16 fighter jets and Patriot anti-missile weapons in Jordan after a joint military exercise ends this month, amid concerns over the raging civil war in neighboring Syria, a US defense official…

Ethiopia ratifies Nile treaty in snub to Egypt
Daily Star 13 Jun 2013 Ethiopia’s parliament unanimously ratified a treaty on Thursday that strips Egypt of its right to the lion’s share of the Nile river waters, raising the political temperature in a dispute between Cairo and Addis Ababa over…

Sunni clerics call for jihad against Syria’s Assad, allies
Daily Star 13 Jun 2013 A congress of leading Sunni Muslim clerics issued a call to holy war on Thursday against the Damascus government and its Shi’ite allies, hardening sectarian confrontation across the Middle East over the Syrian conflict.

YNet News

White House: Surveillance thwarted attack on Danish newspaper 
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White House: Will increase aid to Syrian opposition
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White House: 100-150 Syrians died from Assad’s use of chemical weapons
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Officials: US concludes Assad used chemical weapons against rebels
YNet News, 13 Jun 2013 – ….

1,000 Colorado homes evacuating due to wildfire
YNet News, 13 Jun 2013 – ….

Gazan, Jewish kids play same ‘war games’
YNet News, 13 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: Frantic responses to report on Gaza ‘terror camp’ ignore similar Israeli activities ….

Khamenei’s dilemma 
YNet News, 13 Jun 2013 – Analysis: Iran’s supreme leader prefers Jalili, but may be forced to back presidential candidate with strong ties to Revolutionary Guard ….

Palestine Information Center

Dura family appeals for release of dying son from Israeli jail
PIC – The family of Palestinian political prisoner Mahmoud Abu Saleh has appealed to human rights organizations and the world community at large to pressure Israel to release their son..

IOF closes streets, confiscates lands in Jerusalem
PIC – Israeli occupation police closed main streets leading to the Old City in occupied Jerusalem on Thursday, local sources said.

“Price Tag” desecrates Jaffa’s Greek Orthodox Cemetery
PIC – An Israeli extremist group desecrated at dawn on Thursday a Christian cemetery in Jaffa and attacked Palestinian properties in 1948-occupied territories.

IOF arrests 9 Palestinian in WB
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces arrested on Thursday morning 9 Palestinians in Bethlehem and al-Khalil, including a leader in Hamas movement. The IOF also assaulted another citizen in al-Khalil.

Shirin Issawi banned from practicing her job for 2 more years
PIC – The Israeli authorities banned the Jerusalemite lawyer Shirin Issawi, the sister of prisoner Samer Issawi, from practicing her work under “security reasons.”

Tadamun Foundation reveals details of the Israeli “Anti-Terror Bill”
PIC – Tadamun Foundation for Human Rights revealed details of the so-called “Anti-Terror Bill” submitted by Tzipi Livni to the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation. 

Hamas stresses Palestinian refugee camps’ neutrality in Lebanon
PIC – The representative of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas†in Lebanon Ali Baraka, has visited Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp on Wednesday where he held a meeting with Islamic forces..

Hamas urges world community to pressure Israel to stop settlement activity
PIC – Hamas movement called on the world community pressure the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) into stopping its Judaization of and settlement drive in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

IOA orders detention of MP Fuqaha for six months
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) on Wednesday ordered the detention of MP Fuqaha for six months in administrative custody.

Detainee Abu Khudair returns to hunger strike after IPS breaks its promise
PIC – Detainee Iyad Abu Khudair has returned to hunger strike after the Israeli prison service (IPS) backtracked on its promise to deport him to Gaza Strip.


WAFA Hosts AMAN 22nd General Assembly Meeting in Ramallah
WAFA – 13 Jun 2013

Jerusalem’s Eye Hospital Awarded International Accreditation
WAFA – 13 Jun 2013

WAFA to Host Meeting for Med News Agencies
WAFA – 13 Jun 2013

Israel to Seize Land near Hebron
WAFA – 13 Jun 2013

Jaffa’s Greek Orthodox Cemetery Defaced
WAFA – 13 Jun 2013

Consumer Price Index Up in May, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 13 Jun 2013


As Syria humanitarian crisis grows, donors are in short supply
LA Times 12 Jun 2013 – Oxfam and other aid groups have collected a fraction of what they seek. Americans’ reluctance reflects the war’s complexity and boosts Obama’s arm’s-length stance. WASHINGTON — Facing a growing humanitarian crisis, Oxfam, the international relief agency, set a goal in January of raising $53 million…

Protests in Turkey bring a reckoning to Prime Minister Erdogan
LA Times 12 Jun 2013 – Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islam-democracy blend may be too restrictive for the secularists, activists and even working-class mothers protesting in Taksim Square. ISTANBUL, Turkey — With swagger and grand designs, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rose to power more than a decade ago, heralding a…

The Lede: Detained Opposition Leader’s Name Echoes at Rallies on Eve of Iran Vote
New York Times 13 Jun 2013 – In the last hours of Iran’s brief presidential election campaign, the name of the detained opposition leader who claimed to have won the last contest, Mir Hussein Moussavi, was once again chanted at public rallies. 

A Guide to Iran’s Presidential Election
New York Times 13 Jun 2013 – A look at the three main candidates in Friday’s presidential election and how this election is different from the 2009 vote. 

Syria Has Used Chemical Arms on Rebels, U.S. and Allies Find
New York Times 13 Jun 2013 – A statement released by a spokesman for President Obama, who had declared the use of chemical weapons a “red line,” said the finding that they had been used multiple times has changed the president’s calculus. 

Syria Has Used Chemical Arms on Rebels, U.S. and E.U. Find
New York Times 13 Jun 2013 – The assessment will put added pressure on a deeply divided Obama administration to develop a response to a provocation that the president has declared a “red line.” 

Iranians Say Election Won’t Bridge Gap Between Lofty Goals and Reality
New York Times 13 Jun 2013 – A day before the presidential election, many of the generation born after the revolution say their viewpoints are ignored. 

Syrian Death Toll Approaches 93,000, U.N. Says
New York Times 13 Jun 2013 – Navi Pillay, the United Nations human rights chief, said the figure is probably understated and called for an end to the violence. 

Syrian Forces Seen Stepping Up Air Attacks on Rebels
New York Times 12 Jun 2013 – Intelligence reports indicate that the government of President Bashar al-Assad has regained a tactical initiative, drawing on Hezbollah fighters, government militias and its advantage in heavy weaponry. 

Desalination co Desalitech raises $5m 
Globes Energy & Water – Desalitech’s Closed Circuit Desalination system lowers the cost of reverse osmosis water treatment by 20-60%.

Fischer: Our challenge is poverty
Globes Main News – Stanley Fischer told a TASE investors conference in London that Israel’s great challenge is poverty, especially among Arabs and haredim.

Lauder to inject NIS 80m into Channel 10 by end June
Globes Main News – The cash should suffice Channel 10 until the end of the year.

Inquiry opened into Teva packaging mistakes – report
Globes Main News – “Bloomberg”: The incident may have killed six people, according to Paris prosecutors.

Thu: Mellanox rises on massive turnover
Globes Main News – Mellanox rose on its last day traded on the Tel Aviv 25 Index, after falling 7% over the previous two sessions.

Mellanox CEO: Nasdaq is easier, cheaper than TASE
Globes Main News – Eyal Waldman justified delisting from the TASE at an investors conference in London.

Fischer doesn’t rule himself out as next US Fed chief 
Globes Macro Economics – Stanley Fischer declined to deny he wants to be Federal Reserve chair after Ben Bernanke when asked by the “Financial Times.”

Employers petition High Court on right to oppose unionization 
Globes Macro Economics – The Economic Organizations Liaison Bureau has petitioned the High Court for a conditional injunction against the ban on employers opposing unionization.

Haredi leaders accuse Fischer of racism 
Globes Macro Economics – Bank of Israel: Stanley Fischer is not concerned about high birth rates, which are welcome, but low work force participation.

Break the Gag: Judge Refuses to Allow Israelis to Learn Identities of Bar Noar Murder Suspects
Tikun Olam – This is getting to be so damn tiresome. There’s a case: either rape or some other crime a powerful interest doesn’t want too widely known. So they get a judicial gag order which protects that interest and suppresses vital information that the public should know. In…

Bibi Refuses to Sign Two-State Communique with Polish Leaders
Tikun Olam – Netanyahu with Poland’s premier: “No Auschwitz borders for me, my friend.” It’s been a lousy week for the two-state solution .  First, tourism minister, Uzi Landau , sniggered at the two-state solution and said the very idea was ridiculous and would never happen under this government.  Then,…

University of Washington commencement speaker Jon Huntsman pressured over connection to Caterpillar
Mondoweiss – Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights and The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice are circulating the following letter in advance of the University of Washington commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 15 . Dear Graduates of 2013 and Mr. Jon Huntsman, Congratulations to the UW graduating class…

Northeastern University criticized for sanctioning Students for Justice in Palestine
Mondoweiss – (Photo via Northeastern University SJP Facebook) Boston’s Northeastern University has come under criticism for imposing sanctions on a student group that briefly protested a talk given by Israeli soldiers on campus. The Boston Globe ’s Yvonne Abraham details the story in a column that laments the…

Snowden/Greenwald show: left and right must overcome cultural differences for work ahead
Mondoweiss – One of the most confusing things for the lib-left about the heroic Edward Snowden is that he supported Ron Paul in the last election year and appears to come out of the libertarian right. Paul, a former Texas congressman who ran for president, and his son…

Orthodox community may lose social services from Jewish organizations over anti-Zionist rally
Mondoweiss – Here is video of the rally in New York against inducting Orthodox Jews into the Israeli military that Phil posted on a few days ago . The anti-Zionist message is very strong, and while it’s difficult to tell how it resonated in the audience, there doesn’t look…

Meir Soloveichik Takes Helm at Shearith Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Jun 2013 – Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, the scion of a revered rabbinic family, is the new spiritual leader of the country’s oldest Sephardic synagogue, Congregation Shearith Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Palestinians Object to Natan Sharansky’s Compromise Plan for Western Wall 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Jun 2013 – The Palestinian Authority objects to changing the configuration of the Temple Mount plaza in order to accommodate an egalitarian prayer area, a PA official said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Benjamin Netanyahu Opens Shoah Exhibit at Auschwitz Holocaust Museum 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Jun 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened a new permanent exhibit titled “Shoah” at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Pushes Ahead With Settlement Expansion 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Jun 2013 – Israel is pressing on with plans for more than 1,000 new homes in two West Bank settlements, officials said on Thursday, moves that could complicate U.S. efforts to persuade Palestinians, seeking a construction freeze, to return to peace talks. Click here for the rest of the…

The Maharat Movement 
The Forward Editorial 13 Jun 2013 – FORWARD EDITORIAL : The graduation of the first women from an Orthodox rabbinic school is a joyous revolution. It’s long past time for Orthodox women to blaze a trail to the future. Click here for the rest of the article…

German Parliament Passes Anti-Semitism Measure 
The Forward New 13 Jun 2013 – The German Bundestag today approved a resolution vowing to combat anti-Semitism and support Jewish life in Germany, and to deepen the country’s special relationship with Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Jewish Women Declare Victory on Supreme Court Ruling in BRCA Gene Mutation Case 
The Forward New 13 Jun 2013 – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a private company cannot patent a human genes. For Jewish breast cancer advocates, that is cause for celebration — and more work. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: UNHCR Reaches Out to Syrian Refugees in Egypt 
allAfrica.com 13 Jun 2013 – [UNHCR]Sixth of October City -The UN refugee agency is reaching out to the thousands of Syrian refugees in Egypt who are unaware of the benefits of registration, like unemployed former chef Fadl, who has two teenage sons living with mental disability.

US: Syria ‘used chemical weapons’ 
BBC 13 Jun 2013 – Syrian forces under President Bashar al-Assad have used chemical weapons “on a small scale” against the opposition rebels, the White House says.

BBC condemns Iran over ‘harassment’ 
BBC 13 Jun 2013 – The BBC condemns “unprecedented levels of intimidation” of BBC employees’ families by Iran ahead of its Friday’s presidential elections.

Netanyahu opens Auschwitz display 
BBC 13 Jun 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to open a new, permanent Holocaust exhibition at the site of the Auschwitz death camp in Poland.

Ethiopia ratifies River Nile treaty 
BBC 13 Jun 2013 – Ethiopia’s parliament unanimously ratifies a treaty to replace colonial-era agreements governing the River Nile amid growing tension with Egypt over a dam project.

Beirut: Luxury Condo Lobby Now Roman Bath Museum 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Jun 2013 – In a few weeks, archaeologists will finish integrating the Roman baths on property 616 Saifi, finally turning the building’s entrance into a bonafide museum. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) In a few weeks, archaeologists will finish integrating the Roman baths on property 616 Saifi, finally turning the building’s…

The NSA Global Surveillance and Lebanon: ‘Not Much We Can Do’ 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Jun 2013 – Protesters hold placards in support of former US spy Edward Snowden outside the US consulate in Hong Kong on 13 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Philippe Lopez) Protesters hold placards in support of former US spy Edward Snowden outside the US consulate in Hong Kong on…

Tunisia jails rapper for two years over anti-cop song 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Jun 2013 – A Tunisian rapper was handed a two-year prison sentence on Thursday for insulting the police in one of his songs, an AFP journalist reported. Ala Yaacoub, better known by his rap name “Weld El 15”, was being retried at the same court in a Tunis suburb…

The Gulf and Lebanon: Is It a Declaration of War? 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Jun 2013 – Kuwaiti protesters hold placards against Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah’s chief Hassan Nasrallah during a protest in front the Lebanese embassy against Hezbollah’s and Iran’s involvement in Syria, in Kuwait city on 11 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Yasser Al-Zayyat) Kuwaiti protesters hold placards against Lebanese Shiite…

Lebanon: Bitter End to Confectioner Dream 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Jun 2013 – However, the Lebanese Industrialists Association is yet to produce a precise survey on the matter. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) However, the Lebanese Industrialists Association is yet to produce a precise survey on the matter. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) June 17 is “Lebanese Industry Day.” However, industrialists have little…

Thousands of Bedouin protes
t Israeli “resettlement” plan 

Al-Akhbar News 13 Jun 2013 – Thousands of Bedouin marched in the Negev desert city of Beersheba on Thursday to protest Israel’s plans to force tens of thousands of their desert-dwelling people to settle in permanent townships, media reported. Israel’s public radio said the protesters carried Palestinian flags, chanting “With our blood…

Lebanon: Economic Committees’ Neutrality Cracks Under Pressure 
Al-Akhbar Politics 12 Jun 2013 – Another politically noteworthy speech came from Pierre Ashkar, head of the Hotel Owners Association in Lebanon. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Another politically noteworthy speech came from Pierre Ashkar, head of the Hotel Owners Association in Lebanon. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) On Tuesday, the Economic Committees, a group that…

Egypt: Contempt of Religion Cases on the Rise 
Al-Akhbar Politics 12 Jun 2013 – An Egyptian artist plays the Oud as demonstrators perform a sit-in at the office of culture minister, Alaa Abdelfattah, in Cairo on 6 June 2013, calling for his resignation. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki) An Egyptian artist plays the Oud as demonstrators perform a sit-in at…

US: Syria ‘used chemical weapons’ 
BBC 13 Jun 2013 – Syrian forces under President Bashar al-Assad have used chemical weapons “on a small scale” against the opposition rebels, the White House says.

BBC condemns Iran over ‘harassment’ 
BBC 13 Jun 2013 – The BBC condemns “unprecedented levels of intimidation” of BBC employees’ families by Iran ahead of its Friday’s presidential elections.

Netanyahu opens Auschwitz display 
BBC 13 Jun 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to open a new, permanent Holocaust exhibition at the site of the Auschwitz death camp in Poland.

Ethiopia ratifies River Nile treaty 
BBC 13 Jun 2013 – Ethiopia’s parliament unanimously ratifies a treaty to replace colonial-era agreements governing the River Nile amid growing tension with Egypt over a dam project.

Google detects Iran phishing attacks 
BBC 13 Jun 2013 – Google says it has discovered thousands of “politically motivated” phishing attacks on Iranian email accounts ahead of Friday’s presidential election.


’Made in Gaza’ 
Eric Walberg, Al-Ahram Weekly 6/11/2013
      The builders of Gaza’s Ark hope to bring Gazan goods to the world.
     The latest plan to try to break the illegal siege of Gaza, according to organiser Michael Coleman at Sunday’s press conference in the port of Gaza, is to refurbish their very second-hand fishing boat, fill it with Gazan products (date products, embroidery, craft items and more) and sail to another Mediterranean port, like any normal exporter.
     Though this would hardly be earth-shattering news in any other coastal area, it is hoped that this time Israel will blink, and not scuttle this modest attempt to help beleaguered Palestinians in Gaza stand on their own feet. “Israel always claimed that the blockade was meant to prevent the smuggling of illegal weapons into Gaza. In that case, it should have no problem with a boat leaving the Gaza Strip,” said Mahfouz Kabariti, head of Gaza’s Fishing and Marine Sport Association.
     Efforts to end the siege really got underway following Israel’s 22-day assault on Gaza in 2008-2009, first trying to reach Gaza from the Rafah crossing with Egypt in December 2009, on the Gaza Freedom March. This failed, but led to the Freedom Flotilla in May 2010, which held the world in thrall, as Israeli commandos dropped from helicopters, killing nine Turkish activists, arresting the others, and seizing the boats and cargo of food and medicine.
     Three years later, the siege continues and the movement against it is stronger than ever, the focus now being on Gaza’s Ark. This time, it is not internationals trying to bring aid to Gaza, but internationals helping Palestinians export their products — breaking the siege, but in reverse. Gazans, with a modicum of international assistance, are at this moment converting the old fishing boat into a cargo vessel using Gaza’s meagre resources. Later this year, a crew of internationals and Palestinians will sail it out of Gaza — the only Mediterranean port closed to shipping — carrying Palestinian products destined for international buyers, in the process, breaking through the Israeli blockade.
     Though it is paying wages to boat builders and providing business opportunities to traders, Gaza’s Ark is not an aid project, but an attempt to support Palestinians’ right to fish and operate in their territorial waters, where at present they are hounded, stripped, robbed and killed by Israeli patrols, intent on forcing them to give up and leave their homeland…. more.. e-mail

In Israel, a conversation about the future of occupation is part of the occupation 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 6/13/2013
      While a third of the Knesset joins the pro-settlement caucus, one member of the coalition warns of a ‘South African’ future.
     The Israeli political conversation has a strange sense of déjà vu these days: on Wednesday, during a panel organized by the think-tank Molad, Knesset Member Ofer Shelah of Yesh Atid warned that if Israel fails to disengage from the West Bank, it will face a similar fate to that of Apartheid South Africa. “The occupation,” said Shelah, “corrupts Israeli society. It corrupts the army, corrupts Israeli justice, Israeli media, Israeli psyche and Israeli language.”
     Facing Shelah at the panel were MK Yoni Chetboun from the settlers’ Jewish Home party, and MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) who called for leaving the idea of the two-state solution in the past. If changing the status quo becomes inevitable, Chetboun and Hotolevy support annexing the West Bank and gradually offering Israeli citizenship to the Palestinians over the next decade.
     These sound like statements I heard growing up in Israel in the 1980s. Back then, the two sides were talking about keeping “the whole land of Israel” (“Eretz Yisrael Hashlema”) vs. those favoring “the Jordanian option” – handing the West Bank back to King Hussein – an idea which was torpedoed by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir just before the First Intifada.
     This was an old debate even back then. In fact, this debate began in the days following the Six-Day War. By now, almost half a century later, it’s obvious that a argument over the future of “the territories” has itself become an inherent part of the occupation. The conversation satisfies foreign observes (“the Israeli peace camp is back!”), while granting the status quo of ethnic control a feeling of a temporariness – that it will be resolved any day now.
     It should therefore be remembered that Shelah, Hotovely and Chetboun are political allies within the same coalition…. more.. e-mail

Politicians should admit Israel’s real intentions, which are nothing to d
o with peace
Motasem A Dalloul, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 6/13/2013
      Last week, Deputy Minister of Defence Danny Danon told the Times of Israel that the government is not committed to a two-state solution on the basis of the 1967 borders.
     In recent days, Israel has been embarrassed by remarks made by senior officials, which appear to contradict the commonly-pushed government stand on the conflict with the Palestinians. One official went so far as to call on the government to stop misleading the Palestinians, and the rest of the world, regarding a Palestinian state and Israeli settlements.
     US Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, is preparing for his fifth visit to the region this year in an effort to bring the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table. He has told both sides that if his efforts fail they risk losing any possibility of finding a peaceful solution.
     However, it has to be said that if Kerry and the rest of the international community do not believe that the peace process is already dead then they are sorely mistaken. A child can tell from Israel’s actions on the ground and statements from its leadership that the Zionist state has no intention of working towards peace.
     Last week, Deputy Minister of Defence Danny Danon told the Times of Israel that the government is not committed to a two-state solution on the basis of the 1967 borders. “Look at the government: there was never a government discussion, resolution or vote about the two-state solution. If you will bring it to a vote in the government – nobody will bring it to a vote, it is not smart to do it – but if you bring it to a vote, you will see the majority of Likud ministers, along with the Jewish Home Party, will be against it.”
     Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed Danon’s remark…. more.. e-mail

Israel increases strategic assets 
Saleh Naami, Al-Ahram Weekly 6/11/2013
      Investing in its navy, especially nuclear submarines, Israel hopes to send a message to enemy states — and even Egypt — that it is prepared for all eventualities. 
     On Friday afternoon, a march temporarily stopped at the crossroads leading to the town of Asdod in southern Israel — the second most important port in the country — to allow the motorcade of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to pass as it headed towards the largest Israeli naval base located south of the port. Netanyahu, accompanied by Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, came to inspect the fifth Dolphin submarine that joined the country’s navy two weeks ago, something Israel views as a key “strategic asset” boosting Israel’s military and deterrence power.
     Over the past three years, Israel has taken important and quick strides to strengthen the capabilities of its naval forces, based on conclusions it reached in the wake of democratic transformation revolutions that swept the Arab world. Israel now owns five advanced German-made Dolphin submarines, with a sixth under construction. All these submarines are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
     According to Amir Bohbot, military commentator on the Israeli news website Walla, Israel has become a formidable military force on the world stage because of its naval capabilities. Nowhere in the world is there a political entity of eight million people that owns six strategic submarines. As well as these submarines, the Israeli Navy has also purchased more advanced missile ships that not only patrol Israel’s coastline, but also other areas in the region.
     General Udi Shani, director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Defence, highlights another scope of interest for the navy, namely developing high precision and sensitive technology used in weapons systems for the navy. This increases the burden on the Ministry of Defence and state-owned company Rafael, in charge of producing advanced military systems.
     A crucial system acquired by the navy is an alarm system located at several naval bases that sends an alert when any object penetrates regional waters, which prevents any type of infiltration of Israel’s regional arena. more.. e-mail

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