VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 21 June 2013

21 June 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli Man Killed By Officer’s Fire In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israeli sources have reported Friday [June 21 2013] that a civilian security officer shot and killed an Israeli man near a public toilet at the Al-Boraq Wall (Western Wall Plaza) in occupied Jerusalem. …

Ashton Arrives In Gaza, Visits UNRWA School
IMEMC – Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union, arrived in the Gaza Strip Thursday [June 20 2013], and visited a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). …

New Palestinian PM Resigns
IMEMC – Nabil Abu Rodeina, spokesperson to the Palestinian President, stated Thursday evening [June 20 2013] that the newly appointed Palestinian Prime Minister, Dr. Rami Hamdallah, has officially submitted his resignation. …

Ma’an News

Lawyer: Detainee to be deported to Gaza for 10 years
6/21/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Israeli military prosecution announced Thursday plans to deport detainee Iyad Abu Fnun from Nahalin village to the Gaza Strip, responding to his wishes. Lawyer Ahlam Hadad told Ma’an that the Israeli prosecution at Ofer told her that they agreed on Iyad’s calls to be deported to Gaza for 10 years. The lawyer added that Iyad will….

Prisoners to boycott Ashkelon prison clinic
6/21/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinians held in Israel’s Ashkelon jail will boycott the prison clinic in protest over medical neglect, the PA detainee affairs ministry said Friday. A ministry lawyer said in a statement that detainees had made 11 complaints against the doctor in Ashkelon prison clinic. The prison doctor refused proper treatment to sick detainees, mocked them and mistreated them, detainees informed….

3 injured in clashes near Qalqiliya
6/21/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Three people were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets in clashes after a weekly march in Kafr Qaddum north of Qalqiliya on Friday, locals said. Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at protesters, injuring three. Soldiers also detained Palestine TV reporter Ahmad Shawr and cameraman Bashar Nazzal after damaging their camera and preventing them from covering the events. [END]

Demonstrations across the West Bank
6/21/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians suffered light injuries Friday as Israeli forces tried to disperse weekly demonstrations throughout the occupied West Bank. In al-Maasara, near Bethlehem, participants in a weekly march raised Palestinian flags, pictures of prisoners and hunger strikers, and they chanted against the occupation. Israeli forces used shields to stop demonstrators from reaching confiscated lands in the area. Dozens suffered tear-gas….

Elderly women struck by Israeli car in Nablus area
6/21/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — An elderly Palestinian woman was severely injured on Friday after being hit by a car driven by an Israeli near Huwwara village south of Nablus, locals said. Zahiya Awda, 70, was walking by the side of the road when she was struck. The driver was an Israeli woman. Both Israeli and Palestinian ambulances arrived at the scene. Awda was taken to….

4 injured in Beit Ummar clashes
6/21/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Four Palestinians on Friday were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets in clashes with Israeli soldiers in Beit Ummar north of Hebron, a local committee said. Clashes erupted in the Beit Zaata area and four were injured and treated on the spot, spokesman for the Popular Committee in Beit Ummar Mohammad Ayyad Awad said. Awad added that Israeli forces fired tear-gas canisters….

Guard shoots Jewish tourist in Jerusalem
6/21/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — An Israeli security guard shot dead a Jewish visitor at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, on Friday, apparently mistaking him for a Palestinian militant.”There was a Jewish guy, an Israeli guy, who was in the bathroom area,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.”He for some reason shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’,” Rosenfeld said.”A….

Israel chief rabbi under house arrest in graft probe
6/21/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi has been put under house arrest after a marathon grilling by detectives on suspicion of bribery, theft and breach of trust, police said on Friday.”Rabbi Yona Metzger has been placed under house arrest for the next five days after he was questioned for more than 10 hours by the national fraud unit yesterday,” police spokesman Micky….

Israeli troops raid Jenin at dawn, detain 1
6/21/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) – Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian man on Friday at dawn in Jenin in the northern West Bank, locals said. Troops raided the city at dawn before breaking into Firas Abu Zeineh’s house and arresting him. The 22-year-old was taken to an unknown destination. [END]

More EU pressure on Iran, Israel PM tells Ashton
6/21/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Europe must take a firmer line with Iran over its controversial nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday at the start of a working meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.”We need to exert pressure on them. We’re not talking about political spin but about the spinning of centrifuges,” he said in remarks communicated by his office….

Egypt denies entry to 9 Palestinians
6/21/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities at Cairo’s international airport prevented nine Palestinians from entering Egypt on Friday as they did not have a visa in advance, officials said. Four Palestinians carrying Israeli IDs were among those denied entry. Egyptian authorities sent them back to Amman. Also, five Palestinians carrying Palestinian IDs were denied entry after arriving from Algeria, the United Arab Emirates….

President to meet Hamdallah over PM’s resignation
6/21/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will meet newly-appointed Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Friday to discuss his resignation, officials said. Sources in Tulkarem, where Hamdallah lives, told Ma’an that the premier would meet Abbas at the president’s office in Ramallah at 6 p. m. High-level government officials said the presidency had made intensive efforts to persuade Hamdallah not to…. Related: Official: PM withdraws resignation

Fatah official hurt in car accident
6/21/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Member of Fatah’s central committee Abbas Zaki suffered minor injuries Friday after a car accident while was driving from Hebron to Ramallah. The accident happened near Anata, a Palestinian village in the central West Bank, where an Israeli vehicle collided with Zaki’s car. Others in the car suffered minor injuries. A Red Crescent ambulance transferred Zaki to….

Official: PM withdraws resignation
6/21/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Newly-appointed Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah is expected to formally withdraw his resignation after a second meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas, a senior official said Friday. According to the knowledgeable official, Hamdallah will make a final decision after a new meeting with Abbas on Saturday. The official said Friday’s talks were positive. Hamdallah left an initial meeting with the president…. Related: President to meet Hamdallah over PM’s resignation

PA consumer agents seize expired nuts in Nablus
6/21/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority consumer protection agents seized 500 kilograms of expired and rotten nuts in Nablus, a statement issued Thursday read. The statement said agents found insects in the nuts while touring local stores in Nablus ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. The search was carried out in cooperation with the department of environmental health. [END]

Anti-drugs police seize pills at Gaza border
6/21/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Anti-drugs police seized thousands of illegal pills on Friday in southern Gaza, near the border with Egypt. Following a tip-off, police raided an area in Rafah close to cross-border smuggling tunnels and confiscated 32,000 Tramadol pills, police said in a statement. Tramadol is a prescription pain reliever sometimes used as an anti-depressant. [END]

Boy, 6, dies in iron gate collapse
6/21/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 6-year-old boy died in Gaza City on Friday after an iron gate collapsed on him, medics said. Anwar Abu Watfa died instantly. His body was taken to Shifa Hospital, medics told Ma’an. [END]

WHO: 1 in 3 women ‘a victim of domestic violence’
6/21/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — More than one woman in three around the globe is a victim of domestic violence, with those in Asia and the Middle East most-affected by the scourge, the World Health Organization said. In what it billed as the first-ever systematic study of global data on the prevalence of violence against women and its health impact, the UN agency said Thursday 30 percent worldwide….

UN presses case for Syria cross-border aid operation
6/21/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The UN Security Council must consider backing cross-border supplies into Syria because of the mounting suffering from the civil war, the UN humanitarian chief said. Valerie Amos, head of the UN relief agency, Thursday slammed the “increasing violence and complete disregard for human life and dignity which has reached unprecedented levels during past weeks.” President Bashar Assad’s government strongly opposes….

Egypt Islamists mass in Cairo as tensions mount
6/21/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Tens of thousands of Egyptian Islamists gathered for a show of strength in Cairo on Friday ahead of planned opposition protests against President Mohamed Morsi, highlighting the tense political divide in the Arab world’s most populous state. Carrying Egyptian flags and portraits of the president, they flooded into the large square outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in the Nasr City neighborhood….

Appeal trial of topless Tunisia protesters adjourned
6/21/2013 – TUNIS — The appeals trial of three European activists with women’s protest group Femen, jailed for baring their breasts in Tunis, was adjourned on Friday, their lawyer said. Souhaib Bahri said the judiciary had failed to allow the necessary 10 days to elapse that gave Islamist groups the chance to appeal against the rejection of their request to participate as a civil party at….

Guard shoots Israeli at Jerusalem holy wall
AlJazeera 21 Jun 2013 – Site shut to visitors after man, mistaken for a Palestinian fighter, shot by security personnel at city’s Western Wall. 

Palestine News Network

UN: Palestinian Children Tortured, Used As Shields By Israel
Palestine News Network

Newly Appointed Prime Minister Al-Hamdallah Resigns
Palestine News Network

Said Khoury to Receive HCEF Palestinian Diaspora Award
Palestine News Network

12 Palestinians Killed in Syria Since Tuesday
Palestine News Network

On World Refugee Day: EU Committed to Help Refugees
Palestine News Network

Iraqi Artist Offers Nostalgic View of Jaffa
Palestine News Network

Al-Quds: Like Heaven or Closer
Palestine News Network

PCHR Denounces Anti-Drug Police Raids, Searches on Customers in Cafés in Gaza City
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Arrest University Student in Jenin
Palestine News Network

Israeli Security Guard Kills Jewish Man Suspected to be Palestinian
Palestine News Network

WATCH: Settlers Set Fire to Palestinian Shed
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Army violently represses Kafr Qaddum demonstration
6/21/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 21th June 2013, International Women’s Peace Service, Kafr Qaddum , Occupied Palestine – On Friday, June 21, the residents of Kafr Qaddum gathered for the weekly demonstration following the Friday prayer. Many residents were prevented from attending the prayer, as 60 soldiers entered the village before the demonstration even began. Protesters having much more fun than the Army (Photo by IWPS) At approximately 11:30….

Settlers at stolen spring watch violent repression of Nabi Saleh demonstration
6/21/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 21st June 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine – On Friday 21st June 2013, around sixty protesters from the village of Nabi Saleh and abroad gathered for the weekly protest. First, passing through the Olive grove, they descended the mountain towards the stolen village spring, but were met with a violent reaction from the Israeli military, who shot large amounts of tear….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: UNRWA Condemns the Killing of Six Palestine Refugees in Khan Eshieh Camp outside Damascus
Relief Web 21 Jun 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Jerusalem At around 10:00pm on 19 June 2013, at least three mortar shells struck Khan Eshieh Palestine refugee camp just…

occupied Palestinian territory: UN Agency Heads Raise Alarm At Rising Levels Of Food Insecurity In Palestine
Relief Web 21 Jun 2013 – Source: World Food Programme Country: occupied Palestinian territory JERICHO – Two United Nations agency heads today expressed concern at deteriorating food security in the West Bank and Gaza where one in three Palestinian households now struggle to feed their families….

occupied Palestinian territory: Remarks by Humanitarian Coordinator James W. Rawley, June 2013
Relief Web 21 Jun 2013 – Source: UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the oPt Country: occupied Palestinian territory Remarks by Humanitarian Coordinator James W. Rawley, on the occasion of the opening ofworkshop “Palestine International Assistance Awareness Workshop” Ramallah, 17 June 2013 Sabah el kheir! Brigadier…

The National

Syria’s rebel leader urges extremist fighters to unify in return for weapons
The National 21 Jun 2013 – General Salim Idriss, commander of the FSA, the name under which moderate rebel units fight, appealed to leaders of independent Islamist brigades to join its ranks but the offer does not extend to Jabhat Al Nusra, the militant group with links to Al Qaeda, according to an opposition activist.

India death toll rises to 600 as monsoon rains strand thousands more
The National 21 Jun 2013 – About 40 bodies were fished out of the River Ganges near Hardwar as the extent of the devastation in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand from the early monsoon became clearer. 

Students draft plans for the high life
The National 21 Jun 2013 – Architecture students hope to create “highline” space so people can better appreciate Abu Dhabi.

Who gave the order? Calls grow on investigating brutal tactics of Turkey’s police
The National 21 Jun 2013 – In an apparent effort to show its sincerity in following up cases of suspected police violence, Ankara has suspended three and praised non-violent forms of protest, but critics say those gestures by the government are not enough.

Singapore remains under haze as Indonesia prepares to put out forest fires
The National 21 Jun 2013 – Singapore remained blanketed in thick, smoky haze yesterday as Indonesia’s Air Force prepared to water-bomb forest fires raging on the island of Sumatra and the nations’ governments bickered over responsibility.

Almost 90 per cent of regional job seekers want to work in the UAE
The National 21 Jun 2013 – A study of over 1,500 Arab nationals found that the vast majority think of the UAE as an appealing place to work.

Answers are still up on the air
The National 21 Jun 2013 – Radio programme helps those who have run out of options.

Country is popular with Arabs who want to study abroad
The National 21 Jun 2013 – Nearly half of Arab nationals would prefer to study aboard with the UAE being the fourth most popular place in the world to attend university, finds new survey.


Journalist who interviewed state witness in Barnoar case faces unclear Israeli law
Ha’aretz – 21 Jun 2013

Netanyahu: If Kerry pitched a tent between Jerusalem and Ramallah, I’d stay there until securing peace
Ha’aretz – 21 Jun 2013

IN PICTURES: Israelis take to the streets for Ashdod’s first ever gay pride march
Ha’aretz – 21 Jun 2013

Security guard shoots, kills Jewish Israeli man at Western Wall
Ha’aretz – 21 Jun 2013

Family member of suspects in gay youth center shooting arrested for alleged rape
Ha’aretz – 21 Jun 2013

Yair Lapid: ‘There’s no other game in town but the two-state solution’
Ha’aretz – 21 Jun 2013

As chief rabbi elections near, allegations against Metzger reflect rot in the Rabbinate
Ha’aretz – 21 Jun 2013

Molestation allegations made against Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi date back to 1980s
Ha’aretz – 21 Jun 2013

IDF wraps up massive, multi-branch drill amid concerns for Iran-Hezbollah-Syria axis
Ha’aretz – 20 Jun 2013

Judge gets off without reprimand after offending lawyer in court
Ha’aretz – 20 Jun 2013

Two-thirds of complaints to Israel Police for sex crimes were filed by minors
Ha’aretz – 20 Jun 2013

Jerusalem Post

UN: More arms for Syria mean more war crimes
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2013 – “States who provide arms have responsibilities of the eventual use of those arms to commit war crimes,” UN expert says. 

‘Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Hamdallah retracts resignation’
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2013 – Newly appointed PM withdraws resignation after meeting with Abbas. 

Russia: Swift Assad exit may leave political vacuum
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2013 – Putin slams US for arming al-Nusra, a recognized terror group, defends Moscow’s decision to provide weapons to Assad regime. 

Police arrest relative of Bar Noar suspects, suspected of rape
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2013 – 25-year-old man allegedly raped woman in Petah Tikva apartment. 

Lebanese army seals off parliament after protests
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2013 – Overnight unrest spurs from delay of parliamentary election, growing tensions from conflict in Syria. 

‘Israelis support Peres, not lavish birthday bash’
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2013 – Poll finds 56% think party’s private funding doesn’t justify scale; over 75% satisfied with Peres’ performance as president. 

Guard who killed Jewish man at Kotel says he feared for his life
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2013 – Police: Guard suspected the man was a Palestinian terrorist. 

Iranian exile: Iranians against regime’s policies
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2013 – Journalist says Iranians happy with Rohani’s win, but there are obstacles to prevent him from changing regime’s policies. 

Chief Rabbi Metzger released to 5 days house arrest
Jerusalem Post 20 Jun 2013 – Metzger probed for bribery, money laundering; denies wrongdoing. 

Palestinian Authority PM Hamdallah resigns
Jerusalem Post 20 Jun 2013 – PA source: Abbas wants a yes-man with no powers; Dahlan predicts any new PM will also fail if Abbas refuses to share powers. 

The Guardian

Tony Blair’s empire mixes business and philanthropy
The Guardian 21 Jun 2013 – Ex-PM uses some of the millions made from advising governments on subsidising his work promoting dialogue between faiths Tony Blair’s Middle East post was just the first step in building up an empire that now encompasses…

Mixed reviews for Tony Blair after 100th trip as Middle East envoy
The Guardian 21 Jun 2013 – Ex-PM accused of pro-Israel bias, but others point to achievements in boosting Palestinian economy Tony Blair was the opening act at this week’s glittering gala celebration in Jerusalem, paying tribute to President Shimon Peres, who will…

Arab Idol finalists perform for a Middle Eastern audience of millions – video
The Guardian 21 Jun 2013 – Arab Idol finalists Mohammed Assaf from Palestine, Ahmed Jamal from Egypt, and Farah Youssef from Syria perform in the earlier rounds of the programme

Arab Idol favourite Mohammed Assaf carries hopes of Palestinians into final
The Guardian 21 Jun 2013 – Gaza refugee becomes symbol of national pride as millions across Arab world prepare to watch last leg of TV talent show Thousands of Palestinians are expected to crowd into cafes, hotels and open-air venues on Friday…

Syria crisis: US senators seek to block arming rebels
The Guardian 21 Jun 2013 – The Friends of Syria group is to meet in Doha to discuss arming the Syrian opposition as Senators in the US try to block the move Matthew Weaver Guardian readers


Libya’s “growing” drugs/HIV problem

upport for Egypt Brotherhood and Morsi dwindling: ZRS

Palestinian farmer injured by Israeli army fire

Why has Israel closed its doors to Syrian refugees?

Setting a dangerous precedent: 16-year-old Ali Shamlawi faces 25 counts of attempted murder for alleged stone throwing

Guantanamo manual supports controversial drug

How Booz Allen Made the Revolving Door Redundant

Video: Ten-year-old boy arrested in Hebron

GCHQ intercepted foreign politicians’ communications at G20 summits

Coalition Split: Top Israeli Minister Declares Two-State Solution ‘Dead’

Daily Star

Queiroz extends Iran stay through to 2014 World Cup
Daily Star 21 Jun 2013 Carlos Queiroz will stay on as Iran’s football coach through to the 2014 World Cup after leading the West Asians to Brazil, the Portuguese said Friday.

National squad secure championship funding
Daily Star 21 Jun 2013 Lebanon received a confidence boost with less than 40 days left before the FIBA ASIA Championship, due to take place in Manila Aug. 1-11, as the budget required to kick off preparations has been secured.

YNet News

White House: 700 US troops to remain in Jordan due to Syrian crisis
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100,000 Morsi backers stage show of force in Egypt
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UN commission: Arming Syrians leads to war crimes
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Super full moon shines brightly this weekend
YNet News, 21 Jun 2013 – ….

Flooding forces 75,000 from west Canada homes
YNet News, 21 Jun 2013 – ….

Exact price from Israel boycotters 
YNet News, 21 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: Time has come to expose true face of anti-Semites who bash Israel under guise of political correctness ….

Special report: How Syria’s Islamists govern with guile and guns
YNet News, 20 Jun 2013 – Journalists’ 10-day visit to rebel-held Syria indicates alliances of Islamist brigades are filling the vacuum in areas where Assad’s army has withdrawn; billboards put up by Jabhat al-Nusra show figure in full veil and tell women ‘you are like a pearl in your chastity’ ….

Chief Rabbi Metzger suspected of bribery, fraud; police raid home
YNet News, 20 Jun 2013 – National Fraud Unit officers raid home, office of chief rabbi, who is interrogated for hours on suspicion of fraud, money laundering, pocketing money raised for NGOs; three other suspects, including Metzger’s driver, also arrested ….

UN: Palestinian children tortured, used as shields by Israel 
YNet News, 20 Jun 2013 – Committee on the Rights of the Child accuses IDF of torturing Palestinian children in custody, using others as human shields and informants ….

Syrian threat: Mortar in Golan, Putin visits S-300 factory
YNet News, 20 Jun 2013 – After few peaceful weeks, Syrian fire reaches Israel once again: Stray shell lands near Israeli kibbutz. Meanwhile, Russian leader visits missile production factory, says Moscow will respect agreement with Assad ….

Minister Peri endorses Arab peace plan
YNet News, 20 Jun 2013 – At Vienna offices of UN, Yesh Atid member says resolution of Israeli-Palestinian conflict on basis of two-state solution, establishment of Palestinian state are obvious Israeli interests. ….

PM: Peace hinges on PA’s willingness to recognize Jewish state
YNet News, 20 Jun 2013 – At closing of Presidential Conference, Netanyahu speaks of ‘unprecedented earthquake’ in Arab world, says Israel backs Kerry’s peace efforts. Peres: We are a nation with a life wish ….

Lebanon: Sectarian tensions rise over Hezbollah involvement in Syria
YNet News, 20 Jun 2013 – Director of Beirut think tank says ‘celebrating victory over the Israeli enemy is one thing. Celebrating victory over Arab Sunnis is another’ ….

Mubarak to Obama: I don’t take orders from you
YNet News, 20 Jun 2013 – In jailhouse interview, former Egyptian president describes growing US pressure exerted on him to leave government during time of uprising; Expresses confidence: In army we got used to suffering ….

Official: New Palestinian prime minister offers resignation
YNet News, 20 Jun 2013 – Palestinian Authority official says Rami Hamdallah offered resignation to Abbas over ‘dispute with deputies’ ….

US police: 2 men built X-ray gun to zap ‘enemies of Israel’
YNet News, 20 Jun 2013 – Authorities indict two New York residents for assembling mobile device that would deliver damaging doses of radiation against Muslims, other targets; defendants approached Jewish organizations and Ku Klux Klan for funding ….

Report: Rohani involved in 1994 Buenos Aires bombing
YNet News, 20 Jun 2013 – US paper says Iran’s president-elect was on special government committee that plotted 1994 bombing of Jewish community center that killed 85 people ….

FBI chief: Drones used in US for surveillance
YNet News, 20 Jun 2013 – America’s domestic law enforcement agency very seldom uses drones inside US for surveillance of stationary subjects, Robert Mueller says ….

Palestinian Information Center

CRC: Palestinian children tortured, used as shields by Israeli occupation
PIC – The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) accused Israeli forces of mistreating Palestinian children, including torturing the detained children and using others as human shields.

Israel bulldozes a school in Qalqilya
PIC – Israeli bulldozers started on Tuesday to demolish and bulldoze the yard of the school of Azzun village after ordering the teachers to leave the place.

Hamas demands UN to shoulder its responsibilities toward Palestinian refugees
PIC – The Department of Refugees Affairs in Hamas movement (DRAH) sent a letter to the general secretary of the UN, Ban Ki moon, calling on him to reconsider situation of Palestinian Refugees. 

Khudari calls on Ashton to pressure Israel to end Gaza siege
PIC – MP Jamal Khudari, head of Popular Committee against the Siege, called on European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to take practical steps and pressure Israel to lift the siege.

PSS arrests 3 youths for attacking an Israeli force
PIC – PA’s Preventive Security Service (PSS) arrested three Palestinian youths accused of participating in an attack against an Israeli force last week.

Ramallah newly appointed Prime Minister al-Hamdallah resigns
PIC – West Bank Prime Minister Dr. Rami Al-Hamdallah on Thursday afternoon submitted his resignation to the President Mahmoud Abbas, only two weeks after his appointment.

JIF calls for an uprising for the protection of al-Aqsa mosque
PIC – The Jerusalem International Foundation (JIF) called for a third Palestinian Intifada (uprising) against the Israeli continued attacks and violations against Islamic and Christian holy sites.

Prisoners’ families stage sit-in in front the European Commission in Amman
PIC – Dozens of Jordanian prisoners’ relatives on Thursday organized a sit-in outside the European Commission offices in Amman in light of the official neglect of their sons’ issue.

Palestinian Refugees in Syria discussed in a public meeting at the Parliament
PIC – PRC in partnership with CEPR organized a public briefing at the British Houses of Parliament concerning the plight of Palestinian refugees in Syria.

Joint IOF-PA patrols in al-Khalil
PIC – Israeli and PA Preventive Security forces have stormed on Thursday different parts of Dura west of al-Khalil.


U.S. has secretly provided arms training to Syria rebels since 2012
LA Times 21 Jun 2013 – CIA agents and special operations troops have trained the rebels in anti-tank and antiaircraft weaponry in Jordan and Turkey. WASHINGTON — CIA operatives and U.S. special operations troops have been secretly training Syrian rebels with anti-tank and antiaircraft weapons since late last year, months before…

Morsi opponents push for a new revolt in Egypt
LA Times 21 Jun 2013 – The group Rebel is collecting signatures and planning protests as the Islamist leader’s first anniversary in office nears. It wants his presidency declared unconstitutional. CAIRO — Amir Mahrous waved petitions at passing cars, hoping the “Rebel” stamped in bold letters would inspire motorists to urge…

Hezbollah Loyalties Cause Sectarian Rift in Lebanon
New York Times 21 Jun 2013 – As Hezbollah fights alongside President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, the mostly Shiite border village of Hermel finds itself at odds with local Sunnis. 

Jewish Man Is Killed at Western Wall in Jerusalem
New York Times 21 Jun 2013 – An Israeli security guard apparently thought the victim was a Palestinian preparing to carry out an attack, the police said. 

Philippines Warns That It May Pull Peacekeepers Out of Golan
New York Times 20 Jun 2013 – The warning, made by President Benigno S. Aquino III, came as the United Nations was still scrambling for replacements to fill a void in the force left by Austria. 

Nearing One Year In, Egypt’s Leader Is Besieged by Critics
New York Times 20 Jun 2013 – As the first anniversary of Mohamed Morsi’s inauguration as president approaches, he faces widespread discontent and grass-roots campaigns that have undermined his ability to wield power. 

Palestinian Premier Submits Resignation After Just Two Weeks in Office
New York Times 20 Jun 2013 – The resignation of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was a sign of continuing internal political disarray amid already complicated American efforts to restart the peace process with Israel. 

Israeli Security Guard Kills Mentally Ill Jew at Kotel
Tikun Olam – A 45 year-old mentally ill Jewish man, known to those who frequent the Kotel as a volunteer for Chabad’s soup kitchen there, was shot ten times (Hebrew) by a private security guard and killed.  The man’s crime?  Aside from being mentally ill (he was known to…

Senior Israeli Minister Endorses Arab League Initiative on Behalf of Government–Whoops!
Tikun Olam – Israeli minister and former Shabak chief, Yaakov Peri (Alex Kolomoisky) Former Shabak chief and current Israeli minister, Yaakov Peri, visiting the IAEA offiices in Vienna endorsed the Arab League peace initiative.  Peri even said he was doing so “on behalf of the government.”  Though later he…

In Balata, the occupation is not just of body, but of mind
Mondoweiss – Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Visiting and staying overnight at the Balata Refugee Camp in the Yafa Cultural Center guest house is always a sobering reality check, and every year the camp feels more desperate.  Mahmoud, the 47-year-old head of the health…

‘Raise your keffiyeh, raise it,’ Mohammed Assaf sings, and there is jubilation in Palestine
Mondoweiss – Mohammed Assaf is competing for the title of Arab Idol tonight and crowds have filled Ramallah, as he leads off with a nationalist song

The two tweets of the Prime Minister
Mondoweiss – Hamdallah twitter account Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah submitted his resignation yesterday, after a little over two weeks on the job, but is reported to be reconsidering. He tweets here .

Police kill Israeli-Jew near Western Wall after mistaking him for a Palestinian
Mondoweiss – Scene of Jerusalem shooting. (Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/Jerusalem Post ) This is grim. Earlier today an Israeli-Jewish man in a bathroom near the Western Wall was k illed by police after shouting “Allahu akhbar,” God is great . According to police foreign press spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the guard…

‘Our sister Lynne Stewart is dying’
Mondoweiss – Lynne Stewart’s husband Ralph Poynter (c) at the White House this week On Wednesday night at Cooper Union in New York, hundreds gathered to honor former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden’s courageous acts, and emcee Debra Sweet brought up the situation of Lynne Stewart , the radical human…

Hundreds March for Gay Pride in Religious City 
The Foward Breaking News 21 Jun 2013 – Hundreds of Israelis took to the streets on Friday to take part in the first ever official gay pride march in Ashdod in southern Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Security Guard Arrested in ‘Allah Akbar’ Killing Near Western Wall 
The Foward Breaking News 21 Jun 2013 – A Jewish Israeli man was shot and killed by a security guard Friday morning at the Western Wall. The security guard, a 25-year-old man from northern Israel, is being held by police on suspicion of murder. Click here for the rest of the article…

Jewish Teacher Questioned in Dutch School Abuse 
The Foward Breaking News 21 Jun 2013 – Dutch police asked Israel for help in investigating the actions of a Tel Aviv teacher suspected of molesting pupils at an Orthodox Jewish school near Amsterdam. Click here for the rest of the article…

Jew Who Shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ Shot Dead in Bathroom on Jerusalem’s Kotel Plaza 
The Foward Breaking News 21 Jun 2013 – A security guard shot and killed a Jewish Israeli man on Friday at one of Judaism’s holiest sites in Jerusalem, the Western Wall, which was immediately shut to visitors, police said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Tunisia: Foreign Minister Examines in Lebanon Means to Strengthen Co-operation with Lebanon 
allAfrica.com 21 Jun 2013 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -Presently on working visit in Lebanon, Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi examined, on Thursday, with Lebanese President General Michel Sleimane, the evolution of the Tunisian-Lebanese relations and means to develop bilateral co-operation in all fields.

Mass rally for Egyptian president 
BBC 21 Jun 2013 – Thousands of people take to the streets in Egypt in a show of support for President Mohammed Morsi, as opposition pressure grows.

Palestinian PM withdraws resignation 
BBC 21 Jun 2013 – Palestinian Authority PM Rami Hamdallah withdraws his resignation after talks with President Mahmoud Abbas, government sources say.

Spain arrests ‘Syria jihadists’ 
BBC 21 Jun 2013 – Spanish police say they have arrested eight people suspected of recruiting fighters to go to Syria from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.

Jewish man killed near Western Wall 
BBC 21 Jun 2013 – An Israeli Jew is shot dead near Jerusalem’s Western Wall after a guard mistook him for a Palestinian militant, police say.

More United Methodists Divest From Companies Supporting Israel’s Occupation 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 21 Jun 2013 – Press release from our member group United Methodist Kairos Response. Four United Methodist annual or regional conferences (New England, Minnesota, Pacific Northwest and Upper New York) have voted this month to divest or have their funds divested from companies involved with Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land….

Occupied Palestine, an Interview with David Koff 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 21 Jun 2013 – On June 5th 2013, at the Jerusalem Fund, I had the luck to watch the documentary by David Koff “Occupied Palestine”. This documentary was one of the best I watched about the colonization of Palestine. Koff’s documentary offers an analysis of the Israeli occupation that is still today rare to find….

Lebanon: Sinking Solidere Throws Employees Overboard 
Al-Akhbar News 21 Jun 2013 – Solidere employees have many stories to tell, but one account in particular keeps surfacing. Specifically that those in charge of urban planning and development reportedly charge an “extra fee” of $100,000 to $500,000 for each dossier signed. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Solidere employees have many stories to…

Gaza Rises: Palestinians “Rebel” Against Occupation 
Al-Akhbar News 21 Jun 2013 – Jordanians take part in a rally to mark the the Naksa, in the Jordan Valley, on June 7, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Khalil Mazraawi) Jordanians take part in a rally to mark the the Naksa, in the Jordan Valley, on June 7, 2013. (Photo: AFP -…

Thousands of Mursi supporters rally in Egypt 
Al-Akhbar News 21 Jun 2013 – Egyptian Islamist groups led by the ruling Muslim Brotherhood shout slogans during a demonstration to mark the upcoming one year anniversary since President Mohamed Mursi was elected, on 21 June 2013 in Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Gianluigi Guercia) Tens of thousands of Egyptian Islamists gathered in…

Book Review: After the Sheikhs 
Al-Akhbar News 21 Jun 2013 – A Saudi staff nurse crosses the street on her way to the King Fahad hospital in the city of Hofuf, 370 kms East of the Saudi capital Riyadh, on 16 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Fayez Nureldine) A Saudi staff nurse crosses the street on her…

The Hamas-Hezbollah Split on the Syrian War 
Al-Akhbar News 21 Jun 2013 – A Young Palestinian crawls under barbed-wire during a summer physical training camp run by Hamas in Gaza City on 17 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Abed) A Young Palestinian crawls under barbed-wire during a summer physical training camp run by Hamas in Gaza City on…

Abbas to meet with PM over resignation 
Al-Akhbar News 21 Jun 2013 – Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah chairs the first working meeting of the new Palestinian government in the West Bank town of Ramallah on 11 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Abbas Momani) Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Friday weighed his response to a resignation offer from independent…

Hamas Law Threatens Christian Schools in Gaza 
Al-Akhbar Politics 20 Jun 2013 – Palestinian girls from UNRWA schools play at a summer camp organised by UNRWA in Gaza City on 17 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Abed) Palestinian girls from UNRWA schools play at a summer camp organised by UNRWA in Gaza City on 17 June 2013. (Photo:…

Sheikh Assir’s Three Hours of South Lebanon Mayhem 
Al-Akhbar Politics 20 Jun 2013 – A masked gunman loyal to the controversial Sunni Salafist Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir, opposed to the Shiite party Hezbollah, stands in the southern town of Sidon’s eastern suburb of Abra, on 18 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Zayyat) A masked gunman loyal to the controversial Sunni…

Lebanon: Straining to Cope with the Syrian Refugee Crisis 
Al-Akhbar Politics 20 Jun 2013 – European Union ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst (3rd-R), sits with a Syrian family that fled the violence in Idlib, in their house in a refugee camp in the town of Alman, northeast of the southern city Sidon, on 20 June 2013 upon her visit to the…

Mass rally for Egyptian president 
BBC 21 Jun 2013 – Thousands of people take to the streets in Egypt in a show of support for President Mohammed Morsi, as opposition pressure grows.

Syrian rebels ‘have new weapons’ 
BBC 21 Jun 2013 – The rebel Free Syrian Army says it has received new weapons that could lead to “changes” in the fighting in the country’s civil war.

Palestinian PM withdraws resignation 
BBC 21 Jun 2013 – Palestinian Authority PM Rami Hamdallah withdraws his resignation after talks with President Mahmoud Abbas, government sources say.

Spain arrests ‘Syria jihadists’ 
BBC 21 Jun 2013 – Spanish police say they have arrested eight people suspected of recruiting fighters to go to Syria from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.

Jewish man killed near Western Wall 
BBC 21 Jun 2013 – An Israeli Jew is shot dead near Jerusalem’s Western Wall after a guard mistook him for a Palestinian militant, police say.

Morocco accused of judicial failings 
BBC 21 Jun 2013 – Morocco’s courts are issuing convictions based on evidence that defendants claim has been obtained illegally, a Human Rights Watch report says.


How Israeli Apartheid is Coming Unstuck 
Jonathan Cook, CounterPunch 6/21/2013
      Big Racists vs Little Racists
     One incident of racism, though small in relation to the decades of massive, institutionalised discrimination exercised by Israel against its Palestinian Arab citizens, has triggered an uncharacteristic bout of Israeli soul-searching.
     Superland, a large amusement park near Tel Aviv, refused to accept a booking from an Arab school on its preferred date in late May. When a staff member called back impersonating a Jew, Superland approved the booking immediately.
     As the story went viral on social media, the park’s managers hurriedly offered an excuse: they provided separate days for Jewish and Arab children to keep them apart and prevent friction.
     Government ministers led an outpouring of revulsion. Tzipi Livni, the justice minister, called the incident a “symptom of a sick democracy”. Defence minister Moshe Yaalon was “ashamed”. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded that the “racist” policy be halted immediately.
     Such sensitivity appears to be a reaction to an explosion of popular racism over the past few months against the one in five Israelis who belong to the country’s Palesinian Arab minority. Some Israeli Jews have started to find the endless parade of bigotry disturbing.
     Israeli TV recently revealed, for example, that a group of children with cancer who had been offered a free day at a swimming pool were refused entry once managers discovered that they were Bedouin.
     According to another TV investigation, Israel’s banks have a secret policy of rejecting Arab customers who try to transfer their accounts to a branch in a Jewish community, even though this violates banking regulations. more.. e-mail

Why PA’s new prime minister heads a papier-mâché government 
Alaa Tartir, Electronic Intifada 6/19/2013
      “Welcome to my new page and I wish I will be able to rescue you from the abyss.” This was the first Facebook post of Dr. Rami Hamdallah, appointed as prime minister of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority by its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, earlier this month.
     Hamdallah is to head an ostensibly transitional government that will expire in September.
     An academic and president of An-Najah University in Nablus, Hamdallah signaled that he understood the need to be in touch with the people, even virtually, in order to build his local legitimacy.
     By turning to social media he was following the example of his predecessor Salam Fayyad.
     But Hamdallah also seemed to be admitting that, despite the glowing reports of a flourishing West Bank economy as a result of Fayyad’s much vaunted “state-building” efforts, Palestinians are, in fact, still living in an abyss.
     There have been 14 Palestinian Authority governments in Ramallah, including that of the internationally-celebrated Fayyad who held the prime minister post for six years. All of these governments not only failed to pull Palestinians out of the abyss, but have arguably only made life even worse.
     Hamdallah would have to be a miracle worker to do any better, and in only three months. Impossible to rescue?
     These persistent failures suggest that it is the existing framework, rather than the individuals concerned, that make it impossible for the “Palestinian leadership” to rescue itself, let alone the Palestinian people…. more.. e-mail

Hezbollah’s Palestinian Problem 
Franklin Lamb, CounterPunch 6/21/2013
      …And Vice Versa
     Many Lebanese and Syrian supporters of this regions Resistance culture, increasingly led by Hezbollah, are chastising, for a number of reasons, their former Islamist ally Hamas. Pillorying them with accusations that the latter are ingrates who are creating a host of problems for Hezbollah and its support for the Syrian regime, during the continuing crisis. Unnecessary problems, it is frequently asserted, that inure to the benefit of their mutual arch enemies, the Zionist colonizers of Palestine and their American and Arab enablers.
     An outsider living near the center of the Hezbollah security zone in Dahiyeh, South Beirut, including this observer, hears from friends and neighbors both sides of this rancorous ‘domestic argument’. Having respect for, and being a supporter of both, one feels a bit awkward– rather like a good friend of a married couple, who are engaged in an increasingly acrimonious marital spat.
     While sympathetic to each friends seemingly legitimate complaints with the other, one does not want to take sides for a few reasons with one being the risk of appearing disloyal to mutual friends and alienating perhaps both while being labeled a weak charactered “friend betrayer.”
     Yet one cannot disagree with the Palestinian community in both Syria and Lebanon who repeatedly assert that they want to stay neutral in the Syrian crisis, whick appears unlikely to end anytime soon. Palestinian refugees, who have manifold problems in Palestine as well as Syria and Lebanon, want to stay sidelined from internecine conflicts and focus on trying to survive and staying focused on confronting their only enemies, those being the ones who stole and are still living on their land and villages. more.. e-mail

Stephen Hawking vs the last bigoted democracy 
Jamal Kanj, Redress 6/20/2013
      Israeli President Shimon Peres is hosting in Jerusalem this week a presidential conference called “Facing Tomorrow”. Its theme is the “human factor and its role in shaping our tomorrow”.
     In addition to establishing an image as a world leader, Peres envisioned in 2008 a venue to assemble top international scientific and political minds to discuss “the way toward a better tomorrow for Israel, the Jewish people” and then “the entire world”.
     This is the person who was prime minister in 1996 when the Israeli army targeted a United Nations compound near the village of Qana, South Lebanon, killing more than 100 civilians, mostly women and children.
     A UN inquiry concluded that, contrary to repeated denials, Israel must have known civilians took shelter inside the UN camp as “two Israeli helicopters and a remotely piloted [reconnaissance] vehicle were present” in the area during and before the mortar shelling.
     Amnesty International accused Israel of attacking the UN compound “intentionally”.
     In a just world, the Israeli president would be arraigned at the International Criminal Court for crimes committed under his leadership. Instead, he is hallowed by hypocritical world leaders at a conference validating his hidebound vision of humanity.
     His event might have gone unnoticed but for a towering international scientist, who refused to attend the conference. Stephen Hawking, the world’s foremost physicist, took an audacious step when he turned down the Israeli invitation. more.. e-mail

Book review: Outspoken rabbi urges American Jews to “look oppression in the face”
Electronic Intifada: 21 Jun 2013 – Israel’s attack on Gaza in 2008 and 2009 prompted Rabbi Brant Rosen to reject Zionism.more

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