VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 24 June 2013: Israel’s racists step up attacks on Palestinian citizens

24 June 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Settlers Attack Palestinians In Hebron
IMEMC – Rateb Jabour, coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall in in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, have reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped [Monday June 24] two Palestinians near Yatta town, after clashing with settlers who attacked a number of local shepherds. …

Israeli TV: “Abbas To Resume Talks With Israel In Near Future”
IMEMC – Israeli media sources have reported that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, has allegedly decided to resume direct political talks with Israel in the near future, and that an understanding was reached on the issue between Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry. … 

Hamas Government In Gaza Prevents Zahar From Travelling
IMEMC – Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip have reported that the Hamas government in the coastal region prevented Mahmoud Zahar, one of the political leaders of Hamas, from travelling, as he and a delegation he heads were trying to cross into Egypt on their way to Lebanon and Iran. …

Lieberman Calls for “Reoccupying” Gaza
IMEMC – Israeli Member of Knesset, head of the Foreign and Security Committee, Avigdor Lieberman, stated Monday [June 24 2013] that Israel should seriously consider “reoccupying and imposing fill Israeli military and security control over the Gaza Strip”. …

Settlers Puncture Tires Of 22 Cars In Jerusalem
IMEMC – A number of masked extremist Israeli settlers attacked on Monday at dawn [June 24] 22 Palestinian cars in Beit Hanina, in occupied East Jerusalem, and punctured their tires before drawing the star of David on one of the vehicles, and racist graffiti on the front wall of a local home. …

Two Palestinians Injured, One Kidnapped Near Hebron
IMEMC – Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded on Monday at dawn [June 24 2013] Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, kidnapped one resident, and shot two more during clashes that took place after the army invaded the town. …

Army Bombards Several Areas In Gaza
IMEMC – Fighter jets of the Israeli Air Force fired several missiles targeting what the army called “weapons storage facilities” in the Gaza Strip, and another location apparently used as a training center for a resistance group. …

Islamic Jihad Fighter Killed By Hamas Fire in Gaza
IMEMC – The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement, reported that one of its leaders was shot and killed by live rounds, fired by security officers of the Hamas-led Ministry of Interior in the Gaza Strip. …

Four Children Kidnapped Near Qalqilia
IMEMC – Local sources in Azzoun village, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, have reported that dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the village, on Sunday at dawn [June 23 2013], and kidnapped three children. …

Ma’an News

PA: Israel to confiscate more West Bank land
6/24/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israel’s Civil Administration has sent letters to a number of Nablus residents informing them of decisions to confiscate their land for military use, said Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity. Landowners in the Awarta and Rujeib villages received the letters, which notified them of the confiscation of 80 dunums of land. Both villages are near the illegal Israeli settlement….

Israeli air force strikes Gaza
6/24/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli aircraft shelled several Islamic Jihad sites in Gaza on Monday morning in response to rocket fire. A Ma’an reporter said several F16 aircraft shelled four sites belonging to the military wing of Islamic Jihad, Saraya al-Quds, in Rafah. Shelling was also reported in empty areas near the Asda city in Khan Younis and in the Deir al-Balah….

Palestinian shot after colliding with Israeli army jeep
6/24/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces opened fire at a Palestinian after his car collided with a military keep in the central West Bank district of Ramallah on Sunday. The unnamed man was coming back from the city to the Jalazun refugee camp when the crash occurred. Witnesses said the man was shot but able to “escape by getting inside the camp.” An Israeli army….

2 killed as prisoner relatives’ bus collides with truck
6/24/2013 – Correction appended GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two people were killed and 20 others were wounded on Monday when a bus transporting prisoners’ children collided with a truck near the Israeli Civil Administration office in the northern Gaza Strip, witnesses said. Tariq was born after his father was imprisoned and had only been able to visit him twice, the center said. Gaza civil defense….

Bethlehem prisoner on hunger strike
6/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian prisoner from Bethlehem announced Monday that he was on hunger strike, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said. Ahmad Hamdan, 23, will be joining his brother Ayman on the hunger strike, which he began on 28 April. Ahmad is currently being held under administrative detention. [END]

Witnesses: Residents, Israeli soldiers clash in Beit Ummar
6/24/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the southern West Bank town of Beit Ummar on Monday and detained a 19-year-old, leading to clashes with locals, witnesses said. Soldiers raided the home of Ahmad Rashid Sabarna and detained his son, Hatim Sabarna, locals told Ma’an. Residents clashed with the troops and soldiers fired plastic-coated bullets, shooting one young man in the hand….

Israel bans East Jerusalem children’s puppet festival
6/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli authorities have banned an East Jerusalem theater from hosting a children’s puppet festival, police and the venue’s director said on Monday. El-Hakawati theatre was initially ordered closed from June 22 to 30, after a decision by Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch on the grounds that the festival’s alleged sponsorship by the Palestinian Authority was illegal.”Aharonovitch….

Report: Mossad ‘abducts Palestinian man in Egypt’
6/23/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad abducted a Palestinian man in Egypt where he was receiving medical treatment, a source close to the family told Ma’an on Sunday. The source said Wael Abu Reida, 27, from the Khan Younis refugee camp, was taken to an Israeli detention center following the abduction. The family received several phone calls saying….

Palestinian detained after Israeli injured in Jerusalem
6/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police detained a Palestinian man Saturday evening in Damascus Gate after an Israeli was injured by stones in the Old City of East Jerusalem. Witnesses said Palestinians clashed with Israeli officers and were throwing stones. Israeli officers reportedly responded with tear gas. Israeli Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld confirmed the incident but said no tear was used. [END]

Jihad member dies after shootout with Gaza police
6/24/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad’s military wing on Sunday condemned the death of one of their members, a day after a shootout with police in the Gaza Strip. The Al-Quds Brigades sent their condolences to the family of Raed Qassim Jundeyeih and said the police were fully responsible for his death. On Saturday, police went to an address in Gaza City…. Related:Islamic Jihad severs ties with Hamas after death of member and Hamas forms inquiry panel over Jihad affiliate’s death

Jewish extremists vandalize over 20 vehicles in Jerusalem
6/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Suspected Jewish extremists punctured the tires of more than 20 Palestinian cars in East Jerusalem on Monday in the latest apparent “price tag” hate crime, police and an AFP correspondent said. The attack took place in the Beit Hanina neighborhood, with Hebrew graffiti on a nearby wall reading: “We won’t be silent on stone throwing.” Police said 21 cars had been….

Assaf named goodwill ambassador by PA, UN
6/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Mohammad Assaf, the first Palestinian to win the popular Arab Idol TV singing contest, will also become the UN’s first Palestinian goodwill ambassador and the PA’s goodwill Diaspora ambassador. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made the appointment shortly after Assaf’s win on Saturday evening, according to PA news agency WAFA. Assaf will have “full diplomatic…. Related: Hamas MP praises Arab Idol winner’s ‘thankfulness to God’ and Gaza joy as Palestinian singer wins Arab Idol contest

Abbas accepts resignation of Rami Hamdallah
6/24/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday accepted the resignation of newly-appointed Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the president’s spokesman said. Nabil Abu Rudeina said Abbas has asked Hamdallah to stay on as caretaker until a successor is sworn in. Hamdallah, who was president of the Al-Najah University in Nablus, tendered his resignation on Thursday only two weeks after his government was…. Related: Official: Abbas holds talks with Hamdallah andHamdallah: No dispute with Abbas

Islamic Jihad severs ties with Hamas after death of member
6/24/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza announced Sunday that it was temporarily suspending ties with Hamas, accusing Gaza authorities of being responsible for the death of one of the group’s members. Raed Qassim Jundeyeih, a member of Islamic Jihad’s militant wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, died on Sunday after being shot a day earlier by Hamas police…. Related: Jihad member dies after shootout with Gaza police and Hamas forms inquiry panel over Jihad affiliate’s death

Official: Hamdallah to head caretaker govt until Aug. 10
6/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Rami Hamdallah will stay on as head of a caretaker Palestinian Authority government for the next five weeks, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee said Sunday. Jamal Muhaisen told Ma’an that the caretaker government will continue until August 10, in which time it is hoped that a unity government can be formed comprising Fatah and its Islamist…. Related: Abbas accepts resignation of Rami Hamdallah and Hamdallah: No dispute with Abbas

Hamas forms inquiry panel over Jihad affiliate’s death
6/24/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas government in Gaza announced Monday it has convened an inquiry committee following the death of an Islamic Jihad member by Hamas police, an official said. Hamas’ interior ministry formed the panel, which will be headed by Marwan Abu Rass, a Palestine Legislative Council member and a relative of the deceased, the ministry’s public relations chief…. Related: Jihad member dies after shootout with Gaza police and Jihad official tells Hamas inquiry must be fair

Undercover forces detain 2 Fatah affiliates in Nablus
6/24/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Undercover Israeli forces raided the Old City of Nablus early Monday morning and detained two Fatah affiliates, locals told Ma’an. Forces surrounded the Hosh al-Hitan area in the Old City and deployed heavily in the area. After 30 minutes, forces detained Fadi Nayif Abu Sharik, 27, whose father is a leader of the Fatah military wing the Al-Aqsa Brigades….

Israel bars Gaza families from prison visits
6/24/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities barred Gaza residents from leaving the coastal enclave Monday to visit relatives in Israeli jails, following the closure of all crossings, a Palestinian Authority liaison official said. Raed Fattouh said 80 relatives had headed to the Beit Hanoun (Erez) passenger crossing in northern Gaza but soldiers said they were not allowed to cross. Earlier Monday Fattouh announced that….

Prisoner awaits birth of son after ‘smuggling sperm to wife’
6/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A prisoner from Jerusalem is awaiting the birth of a son after smuggling his sperm to his wife, a prisoners group said Monday. Fahmi Mashahra, 33, was detained on 4 Sept. 2002 and was sentenced to 20 years, the director of the Ahrar Centre for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights Fouad al-Khafsh said. Mashahra’s wife said they decided on….

Police: Gaza man dies after self-immolation
6/24/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man died in the Gaza Strip on Monday after setting fire to himself a day earlier, police said. Yousef Nassar, 30, suffered severe burns after pouring a flammable substance over himself and setting it alight in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, a police spokesman told Ma’an. Gaza police are investigating the incident. [END]

Hamas MP praises Arab Idol winner’s ‘thankfulness to God’
6/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Hamas MP praised Muhammad Assaf for becoming the first Palestinian to win the popular TV competition Arab Idol on Saturday night via Facebook. MP Yahya Mousa posted on his Facebook page that he welcomed Assaf’s thanks to God and his kneeling to the ground as though in prayer when he was announced the winner. Assaf won Arab Idol…. Related: Assaf named goodwill ambassador by PA, UN and Gaza joy as Palestinian singer wins Arab Idol contest

UN concerned over rising food insecurity in Palestine
6/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two UN agency heads Friday expressed concern at the deteriorating food security in the West Bank and Gaza where one in three Palestinian households now struggle to feed their families, a statement read. Ertharin Cousin, the executive director of the UN World Food Programme and Filippo Grandi, the commissioner-general of UNRWA visited a Bedouin village between Jerusalem and Jericho where a….

Fatah, PFLP-GC slam Hamas leader’s stance on Syria
6/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fatah on Monday criticized Hamas leader and PLC speaker Aziz Dweik for taking sides in the Syrian conflict. Dweik said Monday that the Palestinian parliament supported the Syrian opposition against President Bashar Assad. In an interview with the Algerian daily Echorouk, the parliament speaker said supporting the rebels took priority over Palestine’s struggle against Israeli occupation. Fatah spokesman Ahmad….

Israeli TV: Abbas plans to resume peace negotiations
6/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas plans to resume peace negotiations for a limited period to test the seriousness of the Israeli government, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Monday. If Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not propose serious suggestions and demonstrates that the Israeli government is not interested in reaching a peace agreement quickly, then Abbas will go instead to….

Egypt detains 4 Palestinians who entered country illegally
6/23/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities on Sunday detained four Palestinians who illegally entered Egypt via smuggling tunnels, security officials said. Egyptian officials told Ma’an that one man was carrying Egyptian identity papers, one of the men was detained while driving without official papers and another man was said to be a trader. All suspects were transferred to the custody of security forces for investigation. [END]

Hamdallah: No dispute with Abbas
6/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Caretaker premier Rami Hamdallah said there was no difference of opinions with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, hours after Abbas accepted his resignation on Sunday.”President Abbas is our choice, the people’s choice, and there is no dispute with him,” he told a Ma’an reporter during a tour of West Bank hospitals with newly-appointed Health Minister Jawad….

Jihad official tells Hamas inquiry must be fair
6/24/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad leader Ahmad al-Mdlal said Monday that Hamas police made a mistake in killing one of it’s members during a gunfight and called for a fair inquiry into the death. Hamas’ interior ministry commissioned the inquiry Monday following the death of Raed Qassim Jundeyeih, a member of Islamic Jihad’s militant wing, the Al-Quds Brigades…. Related: Hamas forms inquiry panel over Jihad affiliate’s death and Jihad member dies after shootout with Gaza police

Official: Abbas holds talks with Hamdallah
6/23/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas held talks with newly-appointed Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Saturday for the second time in 24 hours, a senior official told Ma’an. The 30 minute meeting aimed to solve a rift between Hamdallah and his two deputies Muhammad Mustafa and Ziad Abu Amr, but was ultimately unsuccessful, the official said. Abbas has been relentlessly pursuing political…. Related: Abbas accepts resignation of Rami Hamdallah

Gaza joy as Palestinian singer wins Arab Idol contest
6/24/2013 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Jubilant Palestinians took to the streets in their thousands early Sunday after singer Mohammed Assaf won a pan-Arab singing contest that has had millions of viewers fixed to their TV screens since March. Saturday’s televised victory was the first such success for a Palestinian entertainer and sparked an unprecedented response in the occupied territories. Assaf, winner of the Arab Idol…. Related: Hamas MP praises Arab Idol winner’s ‘thankfulness to God’ andAssaf named goodwill ambassador by PA, UN

Police investigating boy’s death in Hebron
6/24/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority police and the public prosecution are investigating the death of a 13-year-old boy Sunday evening in the village of Idhna in the Hebron district, after he was found drowned in a swimming pool. Police said the body of Mohammad al-Jiyawi was taken to the Hebron Governmental Hospital for an autopsy. Prosecutors and police have so far described the….

Hamas ministry to welcome Assaf on return to Gaza
6/24/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s Ministry of Youth and Sports will organize a reception for Arab Idol winner Muhammad Assaf, who returns to the coastal territory on Tuesday. A delegation representing the ministry will greet Assaf at the Rafah crossing. Representatives from campaigns sponsoring the Gaza singer, such as Jawwal, Wataniya and the Bank of Palestine, are due to participate in the….

Police: Worker dies at Rawabi construction site
6/24/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A laborer died on Monday after falling from a construction site in Ramallah, police said. Ahmad Naji Adel Shehada, 20, fell from a five-story building under construction at Rawabi city near Ramallah. He was transferred to the Palestine Medical Complex where he was pronounced dead. Police have opened an investigation into the incident. [END]

Minister: Egypt army to intervene if unrest erupts
6/24/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s defense minister warned on Sunday that the army will intervene if violence breaks out in the country where opponents of President Mohamed Morsi are planning rallies against him this month.”The armed forces have the obligation to intervene to stop Egypt from plunging into a dark tunnel of conflict and infighting,” Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned ahead of the first anniversary….

12 troops killed in Lebanon clashes
6/24/2013 – SIDON, Lebanon (AFP) — At least 12 Lebanese soldiers have been killed in less than 24 hours of clashes with supporters of a radical Sunni cleric in the southern city of Sidon, a military spokesman told AFP. The fighting intensified on Monday, witnesses and the Lebanese National News Agency reported, a day after the violence began, when supporters of Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir opened fire on an….

Police: Gaza high school leaver dies in fall from building
6/24/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas police are investigating the death of a Gaza high school leaver after she fell from the fourth floor of a building in the northern Gaza Strip, a spokesman said. Huda al-Hawajri, 18, was identified as the victim. [END]

In photos: Gaza celebrates Arab Idol win
6/24/2013 – Palestinians took to the streets of Gaza City on Sunday to celebrate Mohammad Assaf taking the title of Arab Idol, making him the first Palestinian to receive the accolade. The singer dedicated his win to the Palestinian people. Shortly after it was announced that Assaf would be appointed to two goodwill ambassadorship, one for the Palestinian Authority and one for UNRWA. Assaf hails from Khan…. Related: Assaf named goodwill ambassador by PA, UN and Hamas MP praises Arab Idol winner’s ‘thankfulness to God’

2 killed, 4 injured in Nablus car crash
6/24/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were killed and four were injured on Sunday morning after two cars collided near the al-Sawiya village in the northern West Bank district of Nablus. Ayoub Assad Nasser was killed upon impact and Ahmed Abdel Aziz died en route to an Israeli hospital, medics said. A civil defense team rushed to the area and shut down the main road….

Child killed in Jenin car crash
6/24/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — An 11-year-old boy was killed and four others were wounded in a car accident west of Jenin on Sunday, security sources said. The boy, who was identified as Ahmad Yousef Qabha, was killed after the driver lost control of the vehicle at the entrance of the Burqin village in the Jenin district, sources said. The four wounded are from the….

Man shot dead, toddler injured in Gaza family dispute
6/24/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man was shot dead and a toddler seriously injured during a family dispute in the Gaza Strip on Monday, a Gaza medical official said. Muhammad Ziad Mahdi, 20, was shot in the chest and two-year-old Anas Tammous was seriously wounded during the brawl in al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Ashraf al-Qidra said. The fight broke out after a….

Damascus bombs kill 10 as France urges action on extremists
6/24/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Rebel attacks in and around Damascus killed at least 10 people on Sunday, as French President Francois Hollande urged the mainstream opposition to “retake” areas that have fallen into extremist hands. Syrian government sources said a total of 14 people died in three bombings that hit two police stations and a central Damascus district mainly inhabited by members of President Bashar al-Assad’….

Egypt villagers ‘proud’ of killing Shiites
6/24/2013 – ABU MUSSALAM, Egypt (AFP) — Residents of an Egyptian village outside Cairo said they were “proud” of the mob lynching of four Shiite Muslims in an attack that followed weeks of anti-Shiite rhetoric in the media. Witnesses and security officials told AFP that on Sunday hundreds of residents of Abu Mussalem, a village in Giza province south of Cairo, surrounded the house of a Shiite resident….

Syria says will not hand over power in Geneva talks
6/24/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — The Syrian government will not hand over power at talks on a peaceful solution to the country’s conflict in Geneva, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said on Monday.”We will head to Geneva not to hand over power to the other side. . . We will go to Geneva in order to set up a real partnership and a broad national unity government….

Qatar’s emir to hand power to son
6/24/2013 – DOHA (AFP) — The emir of the small but economically strong Gulf state of Qatar, a major diplomatic broker that has played a key role in the Arab spring, is set to transfer power to his son in a first for the Arab world.”The royal palace announces that Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, will address the Qatari people at 8 a….

Jolie urges UN Security Council to act on war rapes
6/24/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Screen star Angelina Jolie on Monday criticized UN Security Council powers for their lack of action over wartime rapes, invoking Syria and other conflicts in a surprise speech to the body. Ambassadors from Russia, China, the United States, France and Britain — bitterly divided over the Syria war — listened as Jolie chided them for failing to take seriously the hundreds of thousands of….

Israeli warplane targets Gaza Strip
AlJazeera 24 Jun 2013 – Army says air strikes carried out on various targets in response to rocket fire from Palestinian territory.

Palestine News Network

‘Occupy Gaza’, Israel’s Former Minister Urges
Palestine News Network

Gaza Hits Israel with 6 Rockets, IAF Strikes Back
Palestine News Network

Another Hate Crime: Tires of 21 Vehicles Slashed in Occupied Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Israel Arrests 12 Palestinians from West Bank
Palestine News Network

PMA: “Second Banking Week” had a Positive Impact on Increasing Awareness of Target Groups
Palestine News Network

President Abbas Receives Phone Call from Arab Idol Winner
Palestine News Network

President Abbas Signs Law of “Palestinian Deposit Insurance Corporation”
Palestine News Network

Elderly Prisoner May Lose His Eyesight Due to Medical Neglect
Palestine News Network

Israel Extends Administrative Detention of University Lecturer
Palestine News Network

Forcing the Right of Return as a Possibility: Toward an ‘Other Geography’ of the World
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Army to Duma: ‘Stop building!’ Duma to army: ‘We’ve built already’
6/24/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 24th June, 2013, International Women’s Peace Service, ISM, Team Nablus , Duma, Occupied Palestine – On Thursday 20th June, Israeli soldiers and border police handed out “stop building” orders to 11 buildings in the village of Duma, southeast of Nablus. The papers state that owners of the targeted buildings, which include family houses and a furniture factory, must stop construction because “it is forbidden to….

Journal: Witness to a child arrest in occupied Hebron
6/24/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 24th June 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Since coming to the West Bank I had heard a lot about the Israeli army detaining and arresting children. Despite this, the first time I saw it myself, I was amazed. Amazed that people – young soldiers – could intimidate, harass and arrest kids. And all done with smiles on their faces. We were called….

Settlers demolished solar energy building in Ad Dawa
6/23/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 23rd June 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Ad Dawa, Occupied Palestine – On the 19th of June, a group of settlers from the Illegal settlement of Itamar attacked a building that was being constructed for solar energy to provide electricity in the village of Ad Dawa, near Aqraba. Residents of Ad Dawa around the demolished building (Photo by Ad Dawa municipality)The building was being….

Struggle against apartheid wall continues in Bil’in
6/23/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 21st June 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Ramallah Team, Bil’in, Occupied Palestine – Following the Friday prayers on June 21, residents of Bil’in accompanied by a contingent of international supporters gathered for the village’s weekly demonstration against the apartheid wall. The wall has cut the village off from Palestinian land that is now being used to expand an illegal Israeli settlement….

Relief Web

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 17-24 June 2013
Relief Web 24 Jun 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malawi, Mali, Marshall…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israeli Land Grab and Forced Population Transfer of Palestinians: A Handbook for Vulnerable Individuals and Communities
Relief Web 24 Jun 2013 – Source: BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians face constant threat of displacement Affecting more Palestinians than any single military operation could, displacement is the biggest threat to Palestinian…

occupied Palestinian territory: Defense minister orders Kerem Shalom Crossing closed and travel at Erez Crossing further restricted following rocket fire
Relief Web 24 Jun 2013 – Source: Gisha Country: occupied Palestinian territory June 24, 2013. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered the closing of Kerem Shalom Crossing and for further restrictions on travel of people at Erez Crossing after six rockets were fired last night from…

Lebanon: Palestinians in Syria find themselves displaced again
Relief Web 24 Jun 2013 – Source: Washington Post Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic By Caroline Anning BEIRUT — Among the half-million refugees who have poured across the border from Syria into Lebanon is a group of people who find themselves doubly displaced….

occupied Palestinian territory: UNRWA announces record budget
Relief Web 24 Jun 2013 – Source: Kuwait News Agency Country: occupied Palestinian territory GAZA, June 23 (KUNA) — Robert Turner, Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, announced on Sunday the budget of the UN agency for fiscal year 2013 hit an all-time high. The UN…

The National

Brother held in UK over French murder
The National 24 Jun 2013 – Police say killing of Iraqi-born victim and his family was linked to inheritance row.

Man arrested for selling fake UAE phone numbers worth tens of thousands of dirhams
The National 24 Jun 2013 – The ‘special’ numbers usually contained a series of identical or consecutive digits, and were easy to remember.

Kerry tries to allay Indian concerns over Afghanistan security
The National 24 Jun 2013 – Talks with US cover areas such as space exploration, education and health services. Samanth Subramanian reports 

Deadliest clash in Lebanon since Syrian war started kills 22
The National 24 Jun 2013 – Lebanese soldiers storm a complex holding gunmen loyal to a radical Islamist cleric in the city of Sidon, with medic estimating 22 died and 94 were wounded. 

Treats and some tricks as UAE children celebrate Haq Al Lailah
The National 24 Jun 2013 – On the occasion of Haq Al Lailah, a tradition that has very little chance of dying out, gangs of youngsters in bright clothes travel from door to door, filling sacks with sweets. But there’s method to their gladness…

Critically ill Mandela slept while Zuma visited
The National 24 Jun 2013 – South Africa’s president urges his country to pray for Mr Mandela, describing him as the “father of democracy” who made extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of his people.

Snowden’s whereabouts a mystery as flight to Cuba leaves ‘with empty seat booked in his name’
The National 24 Jun 2013 – Confusion over the whereabouts of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden grows after plane takes off from Moscow for Cuba with an empty seat booked in his name.

UAE school is one of five in the world to gain IB accreditation
The National 24 Jun 2013 – Greenfield Community School received the International Baccalaureate accreditation for its middle school programme this week.

Ha’aretz

More Ethiopian-Israeli women ending up in military jail, IDF data shows
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

Israel’s biometric database to begin operating in two weeks
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

Ancient Arabic inscription discovered in Jaffa hints at unknown grand mosque
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

Officials: Obama’s policy team trying to ‘reign in’ Kerry over pledges to allies, rivals
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

UN panel slams Israel for detaining migrant children, urges immediate end to policy
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

Palestinian sources play down rumors: Abbas won’t resume negotiations until Israel accepts our terms
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

Bedouin relocation plan wins slim Knesset majority after stormy 1st reading
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

Israeli court overturns decision penalizing Catholic woman for refusing to convert
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

Two men charged with sexual assault of boy at northern Israel boarding school
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

Rockets fired from Gaza land in southern Israel after weeks of relative calm
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

Israel Police baffled by disappearance of father of two slain Bedouin girls
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

At dedication of West Bank school, Netanyahu pleads the fifth on future of settlements
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

Israeli authorities not ready for rapid expansion of recycling program
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

Can Nitzan Horowitz become the Mideast’s first gay mayor?
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

Case against Rabbi Metzger could weaken ultra-Orthodox bid for Chief Rabbinate
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

Lieberman after rockets: ‘Israel has no choice but to consider conquering Gaza’
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

IDF special forces take part in surprise drill simulating terror attacks
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

Rocket attack from Gaza is Islamic Jihad’s way of settling score with Hamas
Ha’aretz – 24 Jun 2013

Jerusalem Post

Kerry to return to Israel to double down on peace push
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – Sources familiar with negotiations say secretary will request concrete signals from PA, Israel this week in the hope that his strategy of putting in personal face time with leaders on both sides will finally produce results. 

Lebanon faces tumult after Syria-related clashes
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – Following deadliest violence since start of conflict, government to try to secure country, declare day of mourning. 

Egypt crisis worsens as gov’t blamed for lynchings
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – Tensions are high in Egypt ahead of a planned opposition protest. 

Report: Abbas interested in restarting limited peace talks
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – PA president expresses willingness to return to talks, according to media reports; until now, sought preconditions over settlements. 

PM: Frenkel is the ‘best of the best’ candidates
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – Incoming BoI governor: ‘I’m proud to re-enter this institution, which I know inside-out.’ 

United Hatzalah leaders receive prize for peace in the Mid East
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – ‘Political leadership has failed, so citizens have to step up.’ 

Residents rattled by ‘price-tag’ attack, fear third intifada
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – Beit Hanina residents express anger over lack of gov’t action. 

Education Ministry pledges to amend matriculation test
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – Ministry finds students’ complaints about math portion of test were justified: exam was “unusually hard”. 

State rejects Ramat Gan Mayor’s claims to escape trial
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – Zvi Bar, mayor for 24 years, previously filed denial of bribery, fraud charges; tried to torpedo case entirely. 

‘Arming Syrian rebels will endanger peace talks’
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – Syrian foreign minister attacks “Friends of Syria” move to arm rebels, says decision by West will prolong the two-year conflict. 

MDA denounces ‘racist joke’ put on Facebook by employee
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – MK Ahmed Tibi reveals posting on ambulence driver’s privtae Facebook page. 

Brother of chief suspect in Bar Noar case arrested for rape
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – Yaakov Felician allegedly raped lawyer who wanted to become part of brother’s defense team. 

Egypt steps up Gaza tunnel crackdown
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – Dismayed Gazans: Move caused spike in gas, cement prices; Egypt military struggling to security vacuum in Sinai peninsula. 

Peres visits Abu Ghosh to slam ‘price tag’ vandalism
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – President pays solidarity visit to village one week after country was shocked to learn of mass vandalism in alleged ‘price tag’ hit. 

Police: Two teenage girls raped at Tel Aviv club
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – Girls allegedly became intoxicated at Allenby Street club, staying there after doors closed; club owner, employee arrested. 

MKs criticize police handling of Bar Noar case
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – “You lost control of the case, and the public’s faith in police,” MK Shai says at Interior Committee meeting on case. 

12 Lebanese soldiers killed in clashes with Sunnis
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – Fighting broke out in southern city of Sidon after security forces detained follower of hardline Sunni Muslim cleric. 

‘Price tag’ vandals hit east Jerusalem neighborhood
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – Army Radio: 21 cars were vandalized before dawn Monday; “we won’t sit idly by in response to stones” spray painted on walls. 

4 Egyptian Shi’ites killed in attack by Sunni Muslims
Jerusalem Post 24 Jun 2013 – Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood’s backing of Sunni jihad in Syria has increased frictions at home, where Sh’ites are small minority. 

Hamdallah’s quick exit exposes PA’s flawed framework
Jerusalem Post 23 Jun 2013 – Observers see forces opposed to elections because Hamas could win. 

Analysis: Syrian civil war eroding Hezbollah’s forces
Jerusalem Post 23 Jun 2013 – Hezbollah suffers loss of personnel, but exact losses unknown. 

German mosque groups raising funds for Hezbollah
Jerusalem Post 23 Jun 2013 – Interior Ministry presents report showing group uses mosques to raise funds for group’s activities in Lebanon. 

Kotel guard who killed Jew described as ‘star’
Jerusalem Post 23 Jun 2013 – Court transcript says guard’s lawyer argues he should not be detained, as guard had been recognized with distinction in IDF. 

Obama: Patriot missile batteries, troops to stay in Jordan near Syrian border
Jerusalem Post 23 Jun 2013 – ‘CIA has been training rebels on anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons since 2012’ 

Report: Islamic Jihad severs ties with Hamas
Jerusalem Post 23 Jun 2013 – Ma’an reports Islamic Jihad member responsible for rocket-firing unit was shot by Hamas police officers; say death “favor” to Israel. 

Supermoon lights up Jerusalem’s night sky
Jerusalem Post 23 Jun 2013 – The largest full moon of the year, called the “Supermoon,” will light up the night sky this weekend. 

Erdogan defends riot police in Turkey protests
Jerusalem Post 23 Jun 2013 – PM praises supporters for opposing ‘plot against his country;’ mass pro-Erdogan rally fifth called since protests began. 

Sectarian clashes in Lebanon increase in intensity
Jerusalem Post 23 Jun 2013 – Al-Assir supporters attack members of Lebanese army in Sidon, killing at least four soldiers; six Lebanese soldiers wounded. 

Murder charges dropped against 2 Bar Noar suspects
Jerusalem Post 23 Jun 2013 – Suspected shooter Hagai Felician the sole suspect to face a murder trial; lawyer denies reports Felician confessed to police. 

Egypt army says may act, urges political truce
Jerusalem Post 23 Jun 2013 – Two die in clashes ahead of opposition rallies next week; Muslim Brotherhood describes two dead as “martyrs.” 

The Guardian

Israel stops children’s puppet theatre show over PA link
The Guardian 24 Jun 2013 – Israeli government claims festival at el-Hakawati theatre in East Jerusalem is unlawfully sponsored by Palestinian Authority Israel has ordered the cancellation of a children’s puppet festival at a Palestinian theatre in East Jerusalem, claiming the eight-day…

Syria: ‘136 killed’ in fighting across country, say activists
The Guardian 24 Jun 2013 – • Opposition warn of possible siege in Homs province • Clashes in Lebanon linked to Syria • Emir of Qatar ‘may hand power to crown prince’ Paul Owen

Israeli planes pound Gaza targets after rocket attack
The Guardian 24 Jun 2013 – Israel’s military says its aircraft have struck two weapons storage facilities and a rocket launch site, following Hamas rockets Israeli aircraft have pounded targets in the Gaza Strip, the country’s military said, after six rockets were…

Palestinian prime minister announces exit via Twitter after 20 days in the job
The Guardian 24 Jun 2013 – Rami Hamdallah says ‘conflicts, confusion, corruption’ are behind departure after power struggle with president Rami Hamdallah’s first tweet after being appointed Palestinian prime minister just 20 days ago was bright and encouraging. ” Welcome! This is my…

Palestinians celebrate Mohammed Assaf’s Arab Idol triumph
The Guardian 24 Jun 2013 – Singer’s performances have made him a symbol of hope and unity in the West Bank and Gaza For once, Palestinians had something to celebrate. When the golden boy from Gaza was announced as winner of Arab…

Mohammed Assaf wins Arab Idol
The Guardian 23 Jun 2013 – Jubilation among Palestinians as singer who grew up in refugee camp wins over voters across Arab world Palestinian cities erupted in joy after the Gazan singer Mohammed Assaf won the Arab Idol singing contest final held…

Arab Idol: Mohammed Assaf wins talent search – video
The Guardian 23 Jun 2013 – A 22-year-old communications student from Gaza has won the Arab Idol singing contest, sparking jubilation among Palestinians and people who voted for him across Arab nations

Uruknet

Around 42.1 of the Total Population in Palestine are Refugees, says Statistics Bureau
Uruknet

Video footage: Settlers torch tool-shed in ‘Asirah al-Qibliyah, 200 meters from army post
Uruknet

UPDATED: New wall construction to surround Azzun Atma
Uruknet

One nil to the Taliban: the flag and the farce
Uruknet

America’s Surveillance Net
Uruknet

Newly Elected Palestinian Prime Minister Resigns
Uruknet

For Yemenis, US Refusal to Release Gitmo Prisoners is a National Offense
Uruknet

Taliban offer to swap American hostage for Guantanamo Bay inmates
Uruknet

NATO airstrike kills teenagers in Logar
Uruknet

Daily Star

Egypt’s Shiite killings raise alarm on hate speech
Daily Star 24 Jun 2013 Egypt’s Islamist president on Monday condemned the brutal killing of four Shiites by a cheering Sunni Muslim mob while the police looked on, saying the culprits must be swiftly brought to justice.

South Sudan’s army holds, beats civilians-HRW
Daily Star 24 Jun 2013 South Sudan’s army has detained some 130 civilians without charges in a central state since February, beating some of them severely, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday.

Kerry eases Indian worry over talks with Taliban
Daily Star 24 Jun 2013 In his first trip to India as secretary of state, John Kerry says the U.S. sympathizes with India’s wariness about talks between the U.S. and the Taliban, whose affiliates have been blamed for attacking Indian reconstruction…

Series of bomb attacks in Iraq kill at least 42
Daily Star 24 Jun 2013 A series of evening bombings near markets in and around Baghdad and other blasts north of the capital killed at least 42 people and wounded dozens of others Monday in the latest eruption of bloodshed to…

Egypt tourism minister back after Luxor governor quits
Daily Star 24 Jun 2013 Egypt’s Tourism Minister Hesham Zazou was back at work on Monday after the newly appointed Islamist governor of Luxor quit following an outcry over his appointment to the post.

Egypt’s president denounces sectarian killings
Daily Star 24 Jun 2013 President Mursi’s office condemns the killing of four Shiite Muslims by a Sunni mob, reportedly incited by ultraconservative Salafis, in a village near Cairo.

YNet News

Tropical Storm Cosme strengthens in the Pacific
YNet News, 24 Jun 2013 – ….

Brazil leader: $23B more to be spent on transit
YNet News, 24 Jun 2013 – ….

Ten car bombs kill 39 in Iraqi capital
YNet News, 24 Jun 2013 – ….

BOI: Flug to fill in for Frenkel until he takes office
YNet News, 24 Jun 2013 – ….

Egypt’s presidency: Military won’t step in
YNet News, 24 Jun 2013 – ….

The bright side of the sun
YNet News, 24 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: It has taken State of Israel only 65 years to realize that work should be done during daylight hours ….

Our ‘price tag’
YNet News, 24 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: Abu Ghosh resident says recent acts of vandalism in town result of anti-Arab atmosphere in Israel ….

Close Chief Rabbinate now 
YNet News, 23 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: Rabbinate has become a synonym for nepotism, distancing people from religion ….

Barrage of mixed messages
YNet News, 23 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: Factions in Netanyahu’s ‘new politics’ government appear to have very little in common ….

Palestinian Information Center

Lieberman demands re-occupation of Gaza
PIC – Avigdor Lieberman, the chairman of the Knesset’s foreign relations and security committee, has called for the re-occupation of the Gaza Strip to halt the firing of rockets from it.

Hamas makes contacts in Lebanon to neutralize Palestinian refugee camps
PIC – The Hamas Movement said on Sunday that it made contacts with Lebanese and Palestinian parties to neutralize the Palestinian refugee camps in the deadly events taking place in Sidon district.

IOA closes Karm Abu Salam and Beit Hanoun crossings
PIC – Israeli authorities closed on Monday the two border crossings between the occupation state and the Gaza Strip at Karm Abu Salam (Kerem Shalom) and Beit Hanoun (Erez) under security claims.

12 Palestinian arrested in West Bank
PIC – The occupation forces have stormed at early hours on Monday Nablus and Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank, where 5 Palestinians were arrested after raiding and searching their houses.

ILA to confiscate 70 dunums of Sur Baher lands
PIC – The Israel Lands Administration (ILA) declared its intention to confiscate 70 dunums of Sur Baher lands in Duhr area in occupied Jerusalem in favor of settlement projects.

900 new Israeli housing units in southern al-Khalil
PIC – The Israeli authorities have approved the establishment of 900 new housing units in southern al-Khalil in the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian expert in settlement affairs said.

IOF soldiers beat up young Palestinian after arresting him
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested a young man in Beit Ummar village, north of Al-Khalil, at dawn Monday and beat up another one from the same village last night.

Israeli Organ trafficking ring in Costa Rica
PIC – Costa Rican authorities declared that an organ trafficking ring, led by Israeli doctors which sold kidneys to patients in Israel, was busted.

Mishaal discusses Sidon incidents and refugee camps with Berri
PIC – Khaled Mishaal, the supreme leader of Hamas movement, made a telephone contact with Nabih Berri, the Lebanese parliament speaker, and discussed with him the Sidon incidents.

Report: Israel initiated multiple projects to Judaize the Aqsa Mosq’s vicinity
PIC – The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage said that the IOA started its excavations and construction projects concurrently in three areas around the Aqsa Mosque.

WAFA

Arrest Campaign in Towns East of Jerusalem
WAFA – 24 Jun 2013

‘Price Tag’ Vandals Hit Again in East Jerusalem
WAFA – 24 Jun 2013

Israel Bombs Gaza Strip, Closes Crossings
WAFA – 24 Jun 2013

Abbas Discussed Refugees’ Conditions with UNRWA’s Commissioner General
WAFA – 23 Jun 2013

Abbas: Assaf’s Winning of Arab Idol Title Example of Palestinian Uniqueness
WAFA – 23 Jun 2013

PEX Report: No change in Al-Quds Index
WAFA – 23 Jun 2013

Abbas Accepts Resignation of Prime Minister Hamdallah
WAFA – 23 Jun 2013

Misc

These are dangerous days for Egypt’s Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi
LA Times 24 Jun 2013 – Mohamed Morsi’s one-year anniversary as Egypt’s president could be the riskiest time yet for his troubled Islamist government. CAIRO — The circle is tightening around Mohamed Morsi, an accidental president turned vilified leader who, with barricades and soldiers protecting his palace, faces what may prove…

Civilians Flee And Soldiers Die in Clashes In Lebanon
New York Times 24 Jun 2013 – Fighting between the army and gunmen loyal to a radical Sunni cleric in Sidon reflected how deeply the war in Syria has undermined security in Lebanon. 

Before Kerry Visit, Netanyahu Goes to West Bank
New York Times 24 Jun 2013 – The rare appearance at a Jewish settlement by Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, highlighted the obstacles to reviving the peace process. 

Qatar’s Ruler Said to Plan Abdication and Transfer of Power to Son
New York Times 24 Jun 2013 – Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, who used Qatar’s wealth to shape events across the region, told his family he would transfer power to his son, Al Jazeera reported. 

Philippines Investigates Prostitution Ring Charges
New York Times 24 Jun 2013 – Philippine diplomatic and labor officials are accused of trafficking Filipino women in the Middle East who were seeking refuge. 

At War Blog: One Man’s Attempt to Create a Fertilizer Compound That Won’t Explode
New York Times 24 Jun 2013 – Kevin Fleming realized that the ammonium nitrate molecule had to be changed to prevent it from being used by terrorists. 

The Lede: Flight Departs for Cuba, but No Sign of Snowden
New York Times 24 Jun 2013 – Edward J. Snowden was scheduled to depart Moscow on a flight bound for Cuba, but several reporters said they did not see him on the plane. 

The Lede: June 23 Updates on Snowden’s Asylum Pursuit
New York Times 24 Jun 2013 – The Lede is providing live updates on the former National Security Agency contractor who has acknowledged disclosing information about American surveillance programs. 

“Gas will slash electricity prices”
Globes Energy & Water – CEO Eli Glickman insists IEC can overcome its financial difficulties and that reform will happen “come what may”.

“The market should decide gas exports” 
Globes Energy & Water – Former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik says it is strange for the Israeli government to decide on exports.

Energy Ministry, Tamar partners in pipeline dispute 
Globes Energy & Water – The Energy Ministry wants the Tamar gas field partners to build a second pipeline from the production platform offshore from Ashkelon to a new onshore terminal.

Jordanian, Palestinian gas sales in export quota 
Globes Energy & Water – Cabinet ministers learned that gas sales to Jordan and the Palestinian Authority will be much larger than they had expected.

Cabinet approves 40% gas exports 
Globes Energy & Water – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: We have withstood the populist wave against people who don’t know how to run an economy.

Frenkel: I’m proud to reenter this institution
Globes Main News – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: We decided on Jacob Frenkel because he is an excellent candidate, the best among the candidates.

Trendlines to raise NIS 300m venture capital fund
Globes Main News – The fund will invest in medical devices and cleantech companies.

Mon: Bezeq bucks bear market
Globes Main News – Bezeq, Cellcom, and Partner failed to lift the market, as Israel Chemicals fell on the day’s biggest turnover.

Teva confirms launch of generic Viagra in Europe
Globes Main News – Generic Viagra has been launched after expiry of patents in the UK, Germany, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Ireland, Austria, Belgium and Denmark.

State’s unfunded pensions liability reaches NIS 668b
Globes Macro Economics – Almost half of the liability if for the defense establishment.

Sir Ronald Cohen to establish Israeli social investment bank 
Globes Macro Economics – The British venture capitalist wants to revolutionize Israel’s non-profit sector to incentivize social targets.

Can Frenkel change his spots? 
Globes Macro Economics – Jacob Frenkel will have to throw into the trash the belief that the markets should be allowed to supervise themselves.

Bank of Israel: Less prestige, less influence, more criticism 
Globes Macro Economics – Jacob Frenkel will find the importance of the job has declined, while public criticism has become more aggressive, says Amir Kahanovich.

Lapid: Frenkel appointment is wonderful 
Globes Macro Economics – “This is basically a call-up for reserve duty for Frenkel. He will receive a much lower salary, and it won’t be easy for him.”

Merkava Forum chairman: 500 Merkava tank workers fired this year 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Avraham Ben-David told “Globes”: The layoffs are due to changes at the factories in order to survive in the face of the budget cuts.

FIMI acquires TAT Technologies for NIS 125m 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – FIMI outbid Sky Israel Private Equity Fund in the final round of bidding for TAT Technologies.

Will Snowden Hijack Obama’s Agenda and Presidency?
Tikun Olam – The surprising news that Edward Snowden escaped Hong Kong, apparently with the connivance of the Chinese authorities, and arrived in Moscow (with the connivance of Vladimir Putin), made me realize that this international incident has taken on overtones of old-fashioned Cold War cloak and dagger. The…

KEXP Interview on Syria, Iran and U.S. Intervention
Tikun Olam – Mike McCormick invited me on his Saturday morning KEXP foreign affairs radio show to discuss the upcoming event I’m organizing with Rita Zawaideh on the Syrian crisis. We ranged over a wide array of subjects including the ethnic conflict in Syria, western intervention, proxy escalation of…

Former Australian Chabad Rabbi Overlooked Sex Abuse in Yeshiva, Now Says Students Consented
Tikun Olam – The Sydney Morning Herald has discovered a riveting piece of audiotape by Rabbi Baruch Lesches, who served as Rosh Yeshiva for the Sydney Chabad school for 19 years.  During this period, an incident in which a teacher allegedly raped a boy was brought to his attention. …

If non-white majority in US is ‘good news,’ why is Bill Clinton warning about ‘Palestinians having more babies’?
Mondoweiss – William Frey, a senior fellow at Brookings, produces data showing that the U.S. is fast approaching the point where minorities outnumber whites. But that’s good news, according to the liberal thinktank, which titles his comments, “Building a Stronger More Inclusive Nation”: What it means to the…

Update: Assaf in victory: ‘Today I represent Palestine and I’m fighting for a cause’
Mondoweiss – To grasp the impact Mohammed Assaf is having on the Arab world and beyond, watch this CNN coverage of Assaf’s victory. Thus far, it’s the best video of the moment. On Arab Idol’s stage, Mohammed Assaf is announced the winner and drops to his knees and…

Exile and the prophetic: Edward Snowden, on the run
Mondoweiss – This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page . Edward Snowden is on the run seeking asylum.   First China, now Russia, on to Ecuador? A Cold War spy thriller after the…

Invisible Man
Mondoweiss – Hanna Swaid (right) with constituents I had a late dinner in Jerusalem last week with an old friend, Hanna Swaid, who is a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset. He is one of four representatives of the Hadash/Jabha Party, “The Front for Democracy and Peace” which…

‘Let’s go back to Gaza and give it a thorough cleaning’
Mondoweiss – From the rightwing Israeli news service Arutz Sheva . The unspeakable headline is theirs. Chairman Avigdor Lieberman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee said, Monday morning, that there’s no choice but to consider reconquering Gaza. Interviewed on Kol Yisrael government radio following the launching of…

Far-Right Touches Nerve With Demands for Jewish Prayer on Temple Mount 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Jun 2013 – Far-right Israelis are pressing for an end to an effective ban on holding Jewish prayers at a Jerusalem holy compound once dominated by Biblical temples and now home to al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam’s most revered sites. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Virtuoso Benjamin Giltburg Wins Piano Contest Despite Shocking Freeze 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Jun 2013 – Israeli Boris Giltburg won a major competition despite a shocking memory lapse that froze him as he performed Mozart. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Strikes Back After 6-Rocket Gaza Attack 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Jun 2013 – Israel carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Monday in response to Palestinian militant rocket fire that broke weeks of relative calm along the frontier. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ultra-Orthodox Shun Mall Built Just for Them 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Jun 2013 – The Ramot mall billed itself as a haven for ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem. But it wasn’t ultra-Orthodox enough. Click here for the rest of the article…

Billionaire Bets on Arabs of Nazareth To Advance Dream for Israel 
The Forward New 23 Jun 2013 – Billionaire Stef Wertheimer is building an office park in the Arab town of Nazareth. The mogul believes the path to peace runs through industry, not politics. Click here for the rest of the article…

Even Middle-Class Arabs Get Cold Shoulder From Jews in Israeli Town 
The Forward New 23 Jun 2013 – The Arabs who have moved into the well-heeled town of Nazareth Illit are middle class and mostly Christian. That hasn’t made them any more welcome. Click here for the rest of the article…

Nigeria: Lebanese Men Accused of Terrorism Sue Nigeria for $25 Million 
allAfrica.com 24 Jun 2013 – [VOA]Four Lebanese men accused of being Hezbollah members remain imprisoned in Nigeria after a court dismissed weapons and terrorism related charges against them on a technicality. The men are suing the government for nearly $25 million for unlawful detention, but lawyers say the government also may…

South Africa: Mtn/Iran – Was Ambassador Saloojee Let Off the Hook By DIRCO? 
allAfrica.com 24 Jun 2013 – [DA]Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has informed me that Ambassador Yusuf Saloojee, South Africa’s former ambassador to Iran, is no longer employed by her Department, following the expiry of his contract on 31 December 2012.

Israel hits back after Gaza rockets 
BBC 24 Jun 2013 – Israeli warplanes attack targets in the Gaza Strip after missiles are fired into southern Israel late on Sunday night.

Four Shia Muslims killed in Egypt 
BBC 24 Jun 2013 – Four Egyptian Shia Muslims are killed in a mob attack on a house where a group of Shia worshippers had gathered, officials say.

Egyptian army warns protesters 
BBC 23 Jun 2013 – The army in Egypt warns it will not allow the country to descend into “uncontrollable conflict”, ahead of planned mass protests.

Palestinian PM resignation accepted 
BBC 23 Jun 2013 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accepts the resignation of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who has been in office less than a month.

Keep the Pressure on Alicia Keys! 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 24 Jun 2013 – Check out all the amazing actions activists and organizations have taken to convince Alicia Keys to cancel her show in Tel Aviv on July 4: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/section.php?id=447 . You can help keep the pressure on Alicia Keys by tweeting often! Also help spread the petition urging her to…

Lebanon’s Ahmad al-Assir Phenomenon 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 24 Jun 2013 – Events and developments in Lebanon often conceal or reveal the roles of outside powers. The sudden dramatic rise of the Salafi movement in the last few years in Lebanon is the product of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) funding and manipulation. The sectarian anti-Shia campaign that was…

Conviction of Harasser Is a Reason to Celebrate 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 23 Jun 2013 – Lyla el-Gueretly was among friends, supporters, and journalists when she heard the verdict. The man who beat her up after verbally harassing her last April was sentenced to three months in prison. Minutes earlier, at a restaurant a few streets away from the court, the idea…

Don’t Leave the Lebanese Army to Fight Alone 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 24 Jun 2013 – Men ride on mopeds as they transport tires towards a burning barricade in the northern city of Tripoli, on 23June 2013, during protests in support of Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir whose supporters have clashed with the Lebanese army in the southern Lebanese city of Saida. (Photo: AFP…

Dozens killed in Iraq bombings 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jun 2013 – Ten car-bomb explosions killed at least 39 people across the Iraqi capital on Monday, police and medical sources said. In the central district of Karada, two parked car bombs went off killing at least eight people, and another two car bombs exploded simultaneously near a market…

Qatari emir to offer his son the throne: report 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jun 2013 – Qatari emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (L) and his son Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (R) pictured in Doha on 23 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Bertrand Langlois) The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, 61, informed members…

Lebanon: Hariri’s Blind March Continues 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jun 2013 – The leader of the Future Movement realizes this because there is a difference between the way the Syrian regime controls Syrian cities today, compared to two years ago. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The leader of the Future Movement realizes this because there is a difference between the…

From Tripoli to Saida, a Map of Lebanon’s Battlegrounds 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jun 2013 – A masked gunman and supporter of Lebanon’s radical Sunni cleric Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir walks in the central Nur square in the northern city of Tripoli on 24 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ibrahim Chalhoub) A masked gunman and supporter of Lebanon’s radical Sunni cleric Sheikh Ahmad…

Saudi Arabia beheads two Pakistani bank robbers 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jun 2013 – Saudi Arabia on Monday beheaded two Pakistani men convicted of armed robbery, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency. The execution in the western city of Jeddah came after the two men admitted to having set up a gang…

Egypt intensifies crackdown on Gaza tunnels 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jun 2013 – Egypt has intensified a crackdown on smuggling tunnels between its volatile Sinai desert and the Gaza Strip, causing a steep hike in petrol and cement prices in the Palestinian territory. Palestinians involved in the tunnel business say that the campaign, which began in March and has…

Lebanese soldiers die in clashes 
BBC 24 Jun 2013 – At least 16 Lebanese soldiers have been killed and more than 100 injured in clashes with Sunni militants in the city of Sidon, the army says.

Qatari emir to hand power to son 
BBC 24 Jun 2013 – Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is to hand over power to his son, Sheikh Tamim, 18 years after he deposed his own father as ruler.

Dozens killed in Baghdad attacks 
BBC 24 Jun 2013 – A series of car bomb explosions in the Iraqi capital Baghdad kills more 30 people and injures dozens more, local officials say.

Israel hits back after Gaza rockets 
BBC 24 Jun 2013 – Israeli warplanes attack targets in the Gaza Strip after missiles are fired into southern Israel late on Sunday night.

Four Shia Muslims killed in Egypt 
BBC 24 Jun 2013 – Four Egyptian Shia Muslims are killed in a mob attack on a house where a group of Shia worshippers had gathered, officials say.

Egyptian army warns protesters 
BBC 23 Jun 2013 – The army in Egypt warns it will not allow the country to descend into “uncontrollable conflict”, ahead of planned mass protests.

Articles


Consensus wisdom: The boycott of Israel is working 
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 6/24/2013
      The only way to stop its spread is to end the occupation, say a growing number of prominent voices (none of whom, by the way, support the boycott).
     From reading my digital mail, I see that a lot of people who say they oppose the occupation also oppose the boycott against Israel, and not only on moral grounds, but for practical reasons as well. It won’t work, they say, it won’t convince anyone, it’ll have a boomerang effect by making Israel even more intransigent. I’ve made my arguments against the moral objections to the boycott (here, here and here), but now I want to yield the floor to much more prominent speakers – all of whom oppose the occupation and, explicitly or presumably, the boycott too – who have been warning lately that the world is gradually turning its back on Israel, and the only way it can avoid eventual isolation is by freeing the Palestinians. In other words, they’re saying the boycott is having an impact, and it’s growing. The catalyst for this gathering concern was Stephen Hawking’s decision in early May to boycott last week’s Presidential Conference in Jerusalem.
     The New York Times‘ Thomas Friedman, probably the best-known foreign affairs columnist in the world, wrote on June 4 that the BDS movement “is creating a powerful surge of international opinion, particularly in Europe and on college campuses, that Israel is a pariah state because of its West Bank occupation.” The No. 1 reason why Israel must end the occupation, Friedman wrote, was “to reverse the trend of international delegitimization closing in on Israel.”
     On Friday, Yedioth Ahronoth’s Nahum Barnea, the most influential print journalist in this country, wrote that the Magen David Adom ambulance service, the national branch of the Red Cross, is under pressure from the U.S., British, French, Dutch and Norwegian branches to stay out of the West Bank, where it handles the Jewish settlements. (And this was before an MDA spokesman tweeted a particularly ugly anti-Arab joke.) They want MDA to give the whole territory to Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances, which handle the Palestinian areas. Ze’ev Elkin, the far-right deputy foreign minister, says he won’t comply and doesn’t care if the Red Cross kicks MDA out of its ranks. Barnea writes…. more.. e-mail

Book review: Outspoken rabbi urges American Jews to ‘look oppression in the face’ 
Rod Such, Electronic Intifada 6/21/2013
      If Adam Shatz was still collecting material for his valuable work Prophets Outcast: A Century of Dissident Jewish Writing about Zionism and Israel (2004), he would probably want to consider including an excerpt from the recently published Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity by Brant Rosen.
     Many of the contributors selected in Shatz’s work were Jews who opposed political Zionism from its inception, with some offering an alternative vision of cultural Zionism in which Jews and Arabs would share a common homeland under a neutral state guaranteeing equal rights for all.
     Unlike these writers, Rosen initially embraced a “liberal” form of political Zionism but then embarked on a political journey that led him to question and ultimately break with it, the turning point coming with Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s murderous assault on the people of Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009.
     Rosen is the rabbi of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation of Evanston, Illinois, the co-founder with Rabbi Brian Walt of the Jewish Fast for Gaza, and the co-chairman of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council. The bulk of this book is drawn from Rosen’s Shalom Rav blog (Hebrew for “abundant peace”), dating from entries written between December 2008 and December 2010 and including the comments which readers left on the blog site. “Nothing complicated”
     It’s fascinating to watch Rosen’s continuing journey even in these writings, as the entries from late 2008 often take the tone of someone who is still questioning Zionism; while those from 2009 and beyond convey remarkable clarity.
     On his blog, Rosen engages largely with a religious US Jewish readership, and as a result, much of the questioning tone appears to be meant to encourage dialogue without bludgeoning defenders of Zionism over the head. more.. e-mail

Manipulating historical legitimacy in ’Facing Tomorrow’ 
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 6/24/2013
      Speeches by Shimon Peres and Benjamin Netanyahu at the end of the fifth presidential conference consisted of an exercise in manipulating historical legitimacy. Relegating Palestinians to a role even more meagre than that of spectators, the Israeli president and prime minister attempted to assert further dominance by citing delegitimization attempts against Israel and urging Palestinians to recognise the Jewish state.
     Any talk of acceptance and willingness to achieve a semblance of peace was swiftly overshadowed by the usual rhetoric depicting Israel a victim of delegitimization void of any valid historical context. Peres states that “Israel is facing on-going attempts of delegitimization, but this conference contains within it a winning strategy to face these attempts. It is a legitimizing conference that shows how involved the residents of this nation are in creating, in renewing, in inventing … Pray that those who are not our friends today will be our friends tomorrow.” A thorough distortion which seeks to undermine the illegality of establishing an ethnic state and forced dispossession by eliminating not only the Palestinian narrative, but also Palestinian identity in relation to the right to territory. The concepts of creation, renewal and invention, so meticulously endorsed by Peres, is consistent with the Zionist ideology, which sought to maintain a myth by sustaining the deliberate misrepresentation of Jewish history. Enhancing the coveted stereotype of the victimized state, imbued with Western guilt related to the Holocaust and later strategic interests, Israel disposed of the Palestinian narrative either by an adherence to early Zionist propaganda of the barren land, or else including Palestinian existence into a metaphor of intimidation and security concerns.
     Israel delegitimized itself from its inception. Yet, Peres attempts to marginalise the ramifications of settler colonialism and ethnic cleansing by invoking hope and expecting an initial gesture of goodwill from the oppressed, implying the expectation of submission to a higher, albeit illegal authority. There is never a gesture of alleged benevolence without the threatening implication of subservience. Considering the consistent denial of Palestinian history, what Peres is expecting is less substantial than an illusion. Israel expects Palestinians to reinforce the perpetual victimhood status of Zionism by accepting a narrative which distorts and negates the legitimacy of the indigenous population…. more.. e-mail

Dirty Wars: America invests deeply in killing its way to victory 
Tom Rollins, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 6/14/2013
      ‘Scahill shows us the psychotic CIA operatives talking wide-eyed about bringing Osama bin Laden’s head home on a stake’
     Touring the world with a two-inch-thick copy of his latest book Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield, Jeremy Scahill has become reassuringly ubiquitous. He is booked for TV shows and radio slots, film festivals and primetime chats around the same table as Jay Leno and Bill Maher.
     Somehow in an age where TV debates are cot-rockingly safe, vacuous to the point of being pointless, Scahill has sleuthed his way through some fire exit nobody knew was there and crashed the party.
     You maybe wouldn’t know it. When I meet Scahill in a London lobby, in between the book’s release and the UK premiere of Rick Rowley’s follow-up documentary, he is relaxed and down-to-earth, not quite the understated, righteously angry journalist I’ve seen pick apart MSNBC’s pro-Obama liberals armed with a combination of facts and outrage.
     Sky News has just cancelled an interview because of something Churchillian that David Cameron reckons he’s said about the European Union. “Do you know what it was about?” I ask Scahill as we sit down for the interview. “I think I’d be worried if I did,” he smiles back. The string to the elephant’s tail
     Dirty Wars is precision-marked investigative reporting that presents a panoramic, high-definition snapshot of how power actually thinks and operates behind the catalogue smiles of outsourced democracy. more.. e-mail

Israel’s racists step up attacks on Palestinian citizens
Electronic Intifada: 24 Jun 2013 – Spray-painted hate messages betray motivation behind attacks.more

Israel breaks pledge to allow imprisoned Gaza engineer family visits 
Electronic Intifada: 24 Jun 2013 – Still in solitary confinement three years after his abduction, Dirar Abu Sisi has suffered severe weight loss.more

Gaza ambassador, one of countless
In Gaza: 22 Jun 2013 – Praise to and recognition of of Mohammad Assaf’s talent, shining through gigs in Gaza and the well-observed Arab Idol contest. Assaf is another of the countless Palestinians who have brought pride to their nation, despite political failings. The resilience. The confidence. The smile, despite the circumstances. So Palestinian. So deserved. Allah yatikalafia, Mohammed Assaf. Type his name in an internet search and see whatpraise arises. on his win Filed under: lovely Gaza , music in Gazamore

The Palestinians’ Last Option: A Struggle for Equal Rights
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jun 2013 – By Ghada Karmi Once upon a time, Palestine was the Arab world’s unifying cause. Justice for the Palestinians was considered a basic pre-requisite for regional stability and peace, and it was an idea that had global resonance. Today, the picture is different and the Palestinian cause has been falling off the political agenda ever since the onset of the Arab Spring, the Syrian conflict, and Israel’s success in placing Iran’s nuclear program at the center stage. This month, a study by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies confirms this slide. A survey of over 20,000 respondents in 14 Arab countries revealed a widespread engagement, not with Palestine, but with the Arab revolutions and their future, with Syria and the need for democratic systems of government. Only a third cited Israel as the greatest regional threat, about the same percentage as Iran amongst those living in Iraq and the…more


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