VTJP Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel News & Articles 6 July 2013: Palestinians sue US groups over support for settler attacks

6 July 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Egyptian officials indefinitely close Rafah border crossing with Gaza
IMEMC – As protests and unrest continue throughout Egypt, with over 40 people killed since Sunday, the Egyptian government closed the Rafah border crossing, which is virtually the only way in and out of the sealed Gaza Strip for its 1.4 million Palestinian residents. …

Prominent African Americans affirm ‘Jim Crow’ analogy in Israel’s treatment of Palestinians
IMEMC – A group of leaders in the African-American community have published an open letter supporting a statement by author Alice Walker comparing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to the treatment of African Americans during the ‘Jim Crow’ era of segregation and legal discrimination. …

Ma’an News

Israeli soldiers attack peaceful rally, 2 women hurt
7/6/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Two Palestinian women sustained bruises Saturday and three were detained during a peaceful rally against settlement expansion east of Yatta in the southern West Bank. Local resident Ibrahim Hathalin told Ma’an that Israeli settlers attacked nonviolent protesters kicking them and beating them with rifle butts in Um al-Kheir neighborhood east of Yatta. He added that three young Palestinian men….

Settlers attack Bedouin property near Nablus
7/6/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Dozens of extremist Jewish settlers on Saturday attacked Palestinian Bedouins living in tents and steel structures in Huwwara south of Nablus, an official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlers in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that about 50 settlers from Itamar and Yitzhar near Nablus stormed the nomads’ residence. Clashes erupted, he said, when the invaders tried….

Egyptians continue to close Gaza’s only exit
7/6/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – The Gaza Strip’s only exit to the outside world, the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the enclave, was shut down for the second consecutive day on Saturday. Sources at the terminal confirmed to Ma’an that the crossing point was still closed. On Friday, Palestinian official Mahir Abu Sabha said that Egyptian officials at the site informed….

Philippines to stay in Golan if security is boosted
7/6/2013 – MANILA (AFP) — The Philippines said Friday it would keep its 340 peacekeepers in the Golan Heights provided it gets requested additional heavier weapons and protection. Philippine President Benigno Aquino would reject a proposal to pull the Filipinos out if the United Nations met his requests to boost security, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said in a statement.”Subject to meeting considerations which the Philippines has….

Police: Allenby Bridge to operate 24 hours Sunday
7/6/2013 – JERICHO (Ma’an) – The Allenby Bridge between the West Bank and Jordan will operate for 24 hours Sunday for passengers arriving from Jordan, Palestinian police say. A police statement on Saturday added that passengers departing the West Bank for Jordan can still travel until 6:00 p. m. On Monday, the crossing will operate as normal. The decision to operate 24 hours is aimed….

In photos: Arab Idol Assaf thrills fans in Bethlehem
7/6/2013 – Click image to enlarge or see more. (MaanImages) Palestinian winner of popular MBC TV’s Arab Idol competition Muhammad Assaf performed Friday before thousands of fans in Bethlehem. Assaf first toured the city, visiting the Nativity Church before heading to a presidential landing field near Duheisha refugee camp, where he performed. Assaf was received with cheers and applauds by thousands. Bethlehem police spokesman Luay….

8-year-old dies in accident near Nablus
7/6/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A child died on Saturday in a road accident near Beita junction south of Nablus, medics said. A Red Crescent official said that Mustafa al-Shannar, 8, was hit by a car while crossing the road. He was taken to a hospital in Israel where he was pronounced dead. [END]

US hopes aid will lure Egyptian army back to democracy
7/6/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Two days after Mohamed Mursi was deposed, Washington has still not termed his ouster “a coup,” hoping warnings of cuts in US aid will prove enough leverage to force the Egyptian military to restore democracy. The law is clear: under legislation dating back to 1985, US military and economic assistance to another country must be suspended if a legitimately elected government is overthrown….

Islamists vow new protests after 26 die in clashes across Egypt
7/6/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s Islamists vowed further protests on Saturday to demand the army restore the country’s first democratically elected leader, after a day of clashes which saw 26 people killed across the country.”The masses will continue their civilized protests and peaceful sit-ins in Cairo until the military coup is reversed and the legitimate president is restored,” a coalition of Islamist….

WHO convenes emergency talks on MERS virus
7/6/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — The World Health Organization announced Friday it had convened emergency talks on the enigmatic, deadly MERS virus, which is striking hardest in Saudi Arabia. The move comes amid concern about the potential impact of October’s Islamic hajj pilgrimage, when millions of people from around the globe will head to and from Saudi Arabia. WHO health security chief Keiji Fukuda said the….

Protesters rally for Lebanon radical cleric Assir
7/6/2013 – SIDON, Lebanon (AFP) — Several hundred people protested in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon on Friday in support of Ahmed al-Assir, a radical cleric on the run since deadly clashes between his supporters and the army. Marchers set out from the Bilal bin Rabah mosque in Sidon’s Abra district, which had been Assir’s stronghold before fierce battles with the army in….

Egypt coup highlights challenges facing Arab Islamists
7/6/2013 – TUNIS (AFP) — The military coup in Egypt has starkly illustrated the failure of Islamist parties elected in the wake of the Arab Spring to adapt to the practicalities of power and respond to popular expectation, analysts say. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and the closely connected Ennahda (Renaissance) party in Tunisia, which both shot to power in the 2011 uprisings that unseated long-standing dictators, were….

Mubarak back in court amid Egypt unrest
7/6/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Lawyers for Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak entered a not guilty plea when his retrial for alleged complicity in the killings of protesters in 2011 resumed on Saturday. The hearing comes coincidentally just three days after Mubarak’s successor Mohamed Mursi was himself toppled and amid turmoil on the streets pitting Islamists against anti-Mursi protesters. Mubarak and seven top security chiefs….

NGO: Syria warplanes bombard outskirts of Damascus
7/6/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syrian warplanes launched a series of strikes on the outskirts of Damascus Saturday as President Bashar Assad’s regime pressed a bid to drive back rebels, a monitoring group said. Fresh fighting meanwhile erupted in several flashpoint areas around the capital, while the army renewed its shelling on besieged rebel areas of the central city of Homs, said the Syrian Observatory for….

Syria’s main opposition picks Ahmad Assi Jarba as new leader
7/6/2013 – ISTANBUL (AFP) — Syria’s main political opposition on Saturday elected Ahmad Assi Jarba to lead the movement which groups opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, spokesman Khaled Saleh said. Jarba, who represents the faction of veteran secular dissident Michel Kilo and who is seen as close to Saudi Arabia, obtained 55 votes in the deeply divided Syrian National Coalition, edging out the group’s….

Britain finally set to fly Abu Qatada to Jordan
7/6/2013 – LONDON (AFP) — Britain is expected to fly radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan on Sunday to face terror charges, ending a decade-long legal battle over the fate of the man once dubbed Osama bin Laden’s right-hand-man in Europe. London is deporting the 53-year-old Palestinian-born cleric after the two governments last month formally approved a treaty guaranteeing that evidence obtained by torture….

Egypt Islamists hold new demos after deadly clashes
7/6/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Islamists massed for further protests on Saturday to demand the army restore Egypt’s first democratically elected leader, after 24 hours of ferocious violence that killed 37 people and injured more than 1,000 nationwide. The atmosphere was tense as interim leader Adly Mansour held talks with ministers, aides and the Tamarod rebel group that engineered the mass demonstrations culminating in the ouster….

Turkish police fire tear gas at Istanbul protesters
7/6/2013 – ISTANBUL (AFP) — Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannon Saturday to disperse some 3,000 demonstrators who tried to enter flashpoint protest spot Taksim Square in Istanbul. [END]

Anti-Mursi movement: ElBaradei picked as new Egypt PM
7/6/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Liberal leader Mohamed ElBaradei has been chosen as Egypt’s new prime minister, the Tamarod campaign behind protests that toppled Islamist president Mohamed Mursi said on Saturday after talks with the country’s interim president. A military source confirmed that the former head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency was to be sworn in as premier later on….

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Strongly Condemns Abducting and Torturing 7 Palestinians by Militants in North Gaza
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Palestinian fisherman injured in an accident while escaping Israeli gunship attack
7/6/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 6th July 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Rosa Schiano, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – In the early hours of the morning of Sunday June 30th 2013, Sharif Arafat, a 30 year old Palestinian fisherman, was injured on a fishing boat off the coast of Soudania, North of the Gaza Strip. The captain of the boat, Nafiz At Habeel, reported that during the night the strong wind had pushed….

The National

Boeing 777 crashes on landing in San Francisco
The National 7 Jul 2013 – Authorities defer comment on deaths or injuries among more than 300 on board Asiana flight from Seoul.

ElBaradei to head new Egyptian government
The National 6 Jul 2013 – Liberal reformist and Nobel laureate will oversee rewriting of constitution and path to fresh elections.

Morsi ‘good riddance’ for Israel
The National 6 Jul 2013 – Egyptian military’s removal of Islamist president reduces Israeli fears over deteriorating ties and possible conflict with Cairo.

Egyptian billionaire Sawiris says Morsi ouster good for business
The National 6 Jul 2013 – Military action could arrest Egypt economy’s slide under deposed president Mohammed Morsi, business leaders say.

Video: Rebels clash with government forces outside Aleppo
The National 6 Jul 2013 – Rebel forces in Syria clash with government troops just west of Aleppo. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Video: George Lucas to get White House honour, ‘Pacific Rim’ premieres
The National 6 Jul 2013 – The latest celebrity and entertainment headlines including George Lucas to get National Medal of Arts, Del Toro premieres “Pacific Rim” in London, and the royal baby media circus begins. Lindsay Claiborn reports.

Video: Media circus sets up camp outside royal baby hospital
The National 5 Jul 2013 – Media from all over the world have already set up camp outside a private hospital wing in central London, where the the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth. Lindsay Claiborn reports.


Kerry returning to region, hoping to narrow gaps between Israel, Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 6 Jul 2013

IDF on Sinai border: Security coordination with Egypt continues despite political upheaval
Ha’aretz – 6 Jul 2013

Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren to step down in September
Ha’aretz – 6 Jul 2013

Man killed in Eilat stabbing
Ha’aretz – 6 Jul 2013

Facebook page aims to educate Israelis on genocides other than the Holocaust
Ha’aretz – 6 Jul 2013

Jerusalem Post

Islamist objections throw ElBaradei appointment into doubt
Jerusalem Post 6 Jul 2013 – The Nour Party, Egypt’s second largest Islamist movement, rejected military’s choice of Nobel Prize winner as interim prime minister; At least 35 killed in violence across Egypt over the weekend. 

Katz: Gov’t will fight organized labor if Eini leads strike
Jerusalem Post 6 Jul 2013 – Transportation minister responds to talk about possible general strike if government moves ahead with plans to build private ports. 

Gov’t expected to authorize haredi enlistment bill
Jerusalem Post 6 Jul 2013 – Legislation will be brought first to the cabinet and then the Ministerial Committee for Legislation for votes. 

ElBaradei appointment as interim Egypt PM hits snag
Jerusalem Post 6 Jul 2013 – Nobel Peace Prize winner was in line to head transitional government after military overthrow of Morsi, but was vetoed by rival Islamist party; Death toll from violent clashes on Friday and Saturday reaches 35. 

Activist: Uncertainty ‘is killing’ Eritrean asylum-seekers
Jerusalem Post 6 Jul 2013 – Eritrean activist visiting from Sweden says migrants becoming desperate as Israel discusses deporting them to unnamed 3rd country. 

Yadlin: Civil war in Egypt is unlikely
Jerusalem Post 6 Jul 2013 – Former military intelligence chief predicts Egypt’s homogenous population that supports the army will prevent civil war. 

Syrian opposition chooses new leader amid rebel infighting
Jerusalem Post 6 Jul 2013 – Conflict between rebels sign of growing division between opposition factions; anti- Assad forces clash with al-Qaida. 

ElBaradei named as interim prime minister
Jerusalem Post 6 Jul 2013 – Nobel Peace Prize winner to head transitional government after military overthrow of Morsi; Islamist coalition calls for ongoing protests against ouster as death toll from upheaval reaches at least 35. 

Turkish protesters return to Taksim, clash with police
Jerusalem Post 6 Jul 2013 – Police fire teargas, water cannons to disperse demonstrators looking to re-ignited protests against Erogan’s government. 

Public Security Minister: Morsi ouster blow to Hamas in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 6 Jul 2013 – Aharonovitz says Israel had a good connection with Morsi; urges maintenance of ties with Egyptian armed forces. 

Rebels clash with new al-Qaida opposition group in Syria
Jerusalem Post 6 Jul 2013 – Opposition group says dozens killed in internecine clashes. 

Coptic priest shot dead in latest Egypt violence
Jerusalem Post 6 Jul 2013 – Attack could mark first sectarian attack since ouster of elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Mubarak trial continues, impervious to Egypt unrest
Jerusalem Post 6 Jul 2013 – Retrial of former autocrat adjourned until after Ramadan; televised trial seems outwardly unaffected by the Morsi ouster. 

Islamists threaten violence after Egypt’s Morsi deposed
Jerusalem Post 6 Jul 2013 – Ansar Shariah says army’s ousting is declaration of war on Islam. 

Protests rage across Egypt as Islamists vow further violence
Jerusalem Post 5 Jul 2013 – At least 30 people die, over 1,000 wounded after Brotherhood call “Friday of Rejection” protests to denounce “coup.” 

The Guardian

The 10 best Arab films
The Guardian 6 Jul 2013 – Fifty years of movie magic, from Tunisia to Iraq, as chosen by Omar al-Qattan, film-maker and chair of Shubbak – A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture The Night ( Al-Lail ) Mohammad Malas, 1993 A great Syrian film….


Trials of Israel boycott activists in France met with big protests, international condemnation

Self-organization in the Syrian people’s revolution

James Clapper, EU play-acting, and political priorities

The Democratic Way of Killing: The President as Judge, Jury, and Executioner

Beyond Orwell: What Are the Bounds of Obama’s Spying?

In Court Submission, Hunger Striker Ahmed Belbacha Tells Obama, “End the Nightmare that is Guantánamo”

One People United: A Deterritorialized Palestinian Identity BADIL Survey of Palestinian Youth on Identity and Social Ties – 2012

Unifying diaspora: Palestinian youth reassert their national identity

Syria News – July 2, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)

Military Resistance 11G2 This Regime is Going Down

Daily Star

Egypt hits first snag over PM, Islamists call more protests
Daily Star 6 Jul 2013 The appointment of liberal Egyptian politician Mohamed ElBaradei as interim prime minister hits a snag, as the army-backed transitional authorities were under pressure to restore order after deadly Islamist protests.

Syrian opposition chooses Saudi-backed leader
Daily Star 6 Jul 2013 Rebels clash with an opposition unit linked to al Qaeda in northern Syria, activists say, in a deadly battle that signals growing divisions among rebel groups.

Coptic priest shot dead in Egypt attack – sources
Daily Star 6 Jul 2013 Gunmen shoot dead a Coptic Christian priest in Egypt’s lawless Northern Sinai in what could be the first sectarian attack since the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, security sources say.

Abbas wraps up Lebanon visit
Daily Star 6 Jul 2013 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas finishes his three-day official visit to Lebanon during which he met with senior officials and stressed that Palestinians are not part of internal Lebanese conflicts.

Retrial of Egypt’s Mubarak adjourned to August 17
Daily Star 6 Jul 2013 A Cairo court adjourns to August 17 the retrial of former President Hosni Mubarak over charges of corruption and involvement in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ousted him.

Europe rights chief urges probe into Turkey police violence
Daily Star 6 Jul 2013 The Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner Nils Muiznieks urges an investigation into the use of excessive police force during a crackdown on anti-government protests in Turkey last month.

Bomb in bag kills 3 police in Sanaa: Yemen security
Daily Star 6 Jul 2013 A bomb hidden in a plastic bag explodes at a checkpoint in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, killing three policemen and wounding a fourth, a security services official says.

YNet News

Egypt hits snag over PM, Islamists call more protests
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WH: Obama says US not aligned with any Egyptian party
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Equal Share of Burden Law to be brought to cabinet approval 
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Fox: 2 dead, 48 injured in plane crash
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FAA: San Francisco plane crash was accident
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Jews distanced from Israel
YNet News, 6 Jul 2013 – Op-ed: Neturei Karta not the only Jews in US mounting a ‘keep away from-Israel’ campaign ….

Palestinian Information Center

Gaza’s Health Ministry: We have only 20% of fuel stock
PIC – The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza warned on Saturday of the seriousness of the situation in the health sector in light of the shortage of fuel.

Palestinians in Akka protest racist attacks against them
PIC – Palestinians in Akka organized a demonstration to protest the escalation of racist attacks carried out by teams of the Israeli municipality and police against the city’s residents.

Egyptian authorities continue to close Rafah terminal for second day
PIC – The Egyptian authorities said it would continue to close the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip due to the events in Sinai until further notice.

IOF quells sit-in in Yatta, arrests 3 citizens
PIC – Five Palestinian citizens sustained wounds while three were arrested on Saturday as the IOF suppressed a sit-in staged in protest at the confiscation of lands in Yatta, south of al-Khalil.

IOA blocks travel of 29 Palestinians via Karame crossing last week
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) blocked the travel of 29 Palestinian citizens via the Karame crossing leading to Jordan last week at trivial security pretexts.

Israeli media call for reproducing Egypt’s events in Gaza
PIC – The Israeli media joined the incitement campaign against Hamas and the Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip and called on the Gazans to revolt against Hamas as happened in Egypt.

Factions ask Egyptian authorities not to drag Gaza into their political disputes
PIC – National and Islamic forces in Gaza held a meeting on Saturday to discuss the internal Palestinian situation, especially with regard to the end of the division and restoration of national unity.

Two arrests in Nablus, Jenin
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed Nablus and Balata refugee camp at dawn Saturday, conducting search and raid operations.

Lieberman pays provocative visit to Wadi Hilwa neighborhood
PIC – Avigdor Lieberman, the head of the Knesset foreign affairs committee, made on Friday a provocative tour in Wadi Hilwa neighborhood, south of the Aqsa Mosque.


Israeli Soldiers Attack, Arrest Palestinians South of Hebron
WAFA – 6 Jul 2013

Settlers Attack Shepherds, Damage Property near Nablus
WAFA – 6 Jul 2013


Once bested by Muslim Brotherhood, ElBaradei gets leadership role in Egypt
LA Times 6 Jul 2013 – CAIRO –In the power vacuum that followed the overthrow of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, known more for diplomacy than skilled in the nation’s bruising street politics, formed a coalition and sought to push the restive nation toward…

Egypt in crisis: ElBaradei named prime minister
LA Times 6 Jul 2013 – CAIRO – Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei was tapped Saturday to become Egypt’s interim prime minister following a military coup that overthrew the nation’s president, his office announced.

Thousands mourn slain pro-Morsi protesters; Coptic priest slain
LA Times 6 Jul 2013 – CAIRO — Thousands of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi turned out Saturday for a mass protest and funeral for those killed a day earlier in clashes with soldiers.

Anti-Americanism flares in Egypt as protests rage over Morsi’s ouster
LA Times 6 Jul 2013 – Both pro-Morsi Islamists and the anti-Morsi Rebel group accuse the U.S. of supporting the other and allege elaborate conspiracies against Egypt. CAIRO — As rival camps of Egyptians protest for and against the toppling of President Mohamed Morsi, there is a rare point of agreement:…

The Lede: Video Shows Street Violence in Egypt
New York Times 6 Jul 2013 – Video of the violence taken by participants in the fighting, witnesses and Egyptian and foreign television crews flooded social media on Saturday. 

Signs of Disarray Emerge in Egyptian Generals’ Plan for Governance
New York Times 6 Jul 2013 – Islamist supporters of Mohamed Morsi rallied for his return, while the state news media said Mohamed ElBaradei had been chosen to serve as interim prime minister, a report that was later disputed. 

Service Brings Scorn to Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Enlistees
New York Times 6 Jul 2013 – As Israel presses ahead with plans phase out a draft exemption, hard-line elements are fighting back by ostracizing the few thousand Haredi already serving. 

Activist Who Documented Syrian War’s Toll Became Its Victim
New York Times 6 Jul 2013 – A relentless chronicler of unrest, Fidaa al-Baali was among the first to show his face on camera, and his own trajectory reflected the shift in the Syrian conflict. 

Trying to End Rifts, Syria Opposition in Exile Elects President
New York Times 6 Jul 2013 – The group’s new president, Ahmad Jarba, is a tribal sheik from northeastern Syria and is seen as close to the government of Saudi Arabia. 

Morsi Spurned Deals, Seeing Military as Tamed
New York Times 6 Jul 2013 – The abrupt end of Egypt’s first Islamist government was the culmination of months of escalating tensions and ultimately futile American efforts to broker a solution to keep President Mohamed Morsi in office. 

Israeli Lies Fueled Nuclear Weapons Program
Tikun Olam – Mordechai Vanunu’s photos of mock-up of Israeli bomb Avner Cohen, the leading academic on Israel’s nuclear weapons program, has written a riveting article about the lies which Israel’s leaders used to obfuscate and mislead its allies about its nuclear ambition. As part of the research for…

Amnesty International demands Israel end ‘bullying and judicial harassment’ of Nabi Saleh activists
Mondoweiss – Israel: Stop judicial ‘bullying’ of Palestinian activists Amnesty International 4 July — Amnesty International has accused the Israeli authorities of bullying and judicial harassment of Nariman Tamimi, a Palestinian rights activist who was placed under partial house arrest today to prevent her taking part in peaceful…

CBS News will highlight tourism to Israel, Netanyahu promises
Mondoweiss – From the Prime Minister of Israel’s twitter feed , July 3: PM #Netanyahu brought @PeterSGreenberg to Dolphin Reef in Eilat for @CBSNews show highlighting tourism in #Israel http://ow.ly/i/2wek2 That’s Netanyahu feeding dolphins three days ago, apparently alongside Peter S. Greenberg, travel editor of CBS News. Full sized…

Rightwing American Zionists fight over whether Palestinians should get a state
Mondoweiss – Rightwing Zionists are fighting over whether there should be a Palestinian state. The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is for no Palestinian state at all. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and American Jewish Committee (AJC) are calling urgently for some kind of Palestinian state so that the Jewish…

Don’t let the Islamophobes take over atheism
Mondoweiss – Atheism in the USA seems to be on the rise, an interesting relief from the noxious religiosity that normally pervades the nation and the so-called “national discourse,” which is no discourse at all but a well financed propaganda offensive. But the seeds of piety and belief…

Exile and the prophetic: Jews of conscience takeaway on Egypt
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 . The title of Alex Kane’s piece on American aid to Egypt tells it all: Never Mind the Coup: U.S. Military Aid Will…

If I Were Israel — I’d Move 
The Forward Leonard Fein 6 Jul 2013 – Ad: Last Chance For Liberty Ebook – Many Patriots Have Awakened To Americas Diminished Liberty And Yet Struggle To Know What To Do About It. How Is Your Liberty Doing? Is Liberty Lost Or Is It Just Missing In Action? Taking The Myth Out Of Liberal…

Islamists Reject El Baradei as Interim Egypt Leader 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Jul 2013 – Liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei was chosen as Egypt’s interim Prime Minister on Saturday as the transitional administration fought to restore calm after at least 35 people were killed in Islamist protests that swept the country. Click here for the rest of the article…

2 Orthodox Women Aim for Boxing Glory 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Jul 2013 – One Sunday evening last month, two 18-year-old girls were kicking punching bags at the Jerusalem sports center, located beneath the stands at Teddy Stadium. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt Counts Its Dead After Day of Violent Protest 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Jul 2013 – Egypt counted its dead on Saturday after Islamists enraged by the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi took to the streets in an explosion of violence against what they denounced as a military coup. Click here for the rest of the article…

Brazilian Jews Take to Streets To Join Massive Push for Change 
The Forward New 6 Jul 2013 – Brazilian Jews have joined the massive movement demanding change in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. They draw inspiration from Jewish ideals — and Israeli social protests. Click here for the rest of the article…

Doubts over Egypt PM appointment 
BBC 6 Jul 2013 – Egypt’s new president says pro-reform leader Mohamed Elbaradei has not yet been appointed interim prime minister, despite earlier reports.

Abu Qatada deportation imminent 
BBC 6 Jul 2013 – Radical cleric Abu Qatada is due to be deported from the UK to Jordan overnight to stand trial on terror charges.

Al-Akhbar Blogs 6 Jul 2013 – Freedom and democracy. How I have come to loathe this phrase. Two-lofty-words-and-a-conjunction bandied around by handmaidens of Empire: verbal grenades that can gut entire nations. When I hear “freedom and democracy” I instinctively look for cover – just as “Allahu Akbar” yelled loudly enough can now…

Lebanon’s Gas Under Threat: Israel Drilling Near Southern Fields 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Jul 2013 – A member of the Israeli security forces fires tear gas towards Palestinian demonstrators during clashes following a protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank on 5 July 2013. (Photo: Jaafar Ashtiyeh)…

Will Israel Resume Attacks on Syria? 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Jul 2013 – Israeli soldiers from the Golani Brigade take part in a military exercise in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights near the border with Syria on 26 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Jack Guez) Israeli soldiers from the Golani Brigade take part in a military exercise in the Israeli-annexed…

Yemen’s Brotherhood Swallows the Revolution 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Jul 2013 – Forensic officers inspect the scene following an explosion that targetted a police checkpoint in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, on 6 July 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Huwais) Forensic officers inspect the scene following an explosion that targetted a police checkpoint in the Yemeni capital of…

Bombings kill five in Iraq 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Jul 2013 – Bombings north of Baghdad killed five people on Saturday, including a police officer, police and doctors said, a day after attacks across the country left 23 dead. A roadside bomb killed four people west of the northern city of Kirkuk, while another bomb in Tikrit, also…

Mubarak pleads “not guilty” of 2011 Tahrir Square killings 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Jul 2013 – An image grab taken from Egyptian state TV shows ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak sitting behind bars during a hearing in his retrial at the police academy in Cairo on 6 July 2013. (Photo: AFP/Egyptian TV) Lawyers for Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak entered a not guilty…

Roadside bomb kills three soldiers in Yemen 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Jul 2013 – A Yemeni officer holds up the remains of a fellow officer’s uniform at the scene of an explosion that targeted a police checkpoint in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, on 6 July 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Huwais) A roadside bomb in Yemen’s capital Sanaa killed…

Confusion in Gaza: Hamas Anxious Over Egypt Drama 
Al-Akhbar Politics 5 Jul 2013 – A Palestinian girl waits at the Rafah border terminal in the southern Gaza Strip to cross into neighboring Egypt, on 4 July 2013, after the crossing was opened for humanitarian reasons and to allow medical patients through. (Photo: AFP – Said Khatib) A Palestinian girl waits…

Syria Reacts to Egypt: Official Praise and Popular Blues 
Al-Akhbar Politics 5 Jul 2013 – A Syrian woman holding a picture of Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi with a red cross drawn over it protests in front of the old Egyptian Embassy in the capital Damascus, in solidarity with demonstrations in Egypt against the Islamist president on 30 June 2013. (Photo: AFP…

Avoiding an “Algerian Situation” in Post-Brotherhood Egypt 
Al-Akhbar Politics 5 Jul 2013 – Riotpolice stand outside the Egyptian embassy in Turkey as sSupporters of unseated Egypt’s Islamist president Mohamed Morsi demonstrate on 5 July 2013 in Ankara. (Photo: AFP – Adem Altan) Riotpolice stand outside the Egyptian embassy in Turkey as sSupporters of unseated Egypt’s Islamist president Mohamed Morsi…

Doubts over Egypt PM appointment 
BBC 6 Jul 2013 – Egypt’s new president says pro-reform leader Mohamed Elbaradei has not yet been appointed interim prime minister, despite earlier reports.

Abu Qatada deportation imminent 
BBC 6 Jul 2013 – Radical cleric Abu Qatada is due to be deported from the UK to Jordan overnight to stand trial on terror charges.

VIDEO: Impact of weekend being moved in Oman 
BBC 5 Jul 2013 – Oman changed the days of its weekend two months ago, but has this had a positive impact for the country’s economy?

VIDEO: Egypt’s new cultural identity 
BBC 5 Jul 2013 – Suzy Klein talks to Egyptian cultural activist Basma El Husseiny about the upsurge of creative energy in Egypt since 2011


Whither goest thou, Palestine? 
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 7/5/2013
… as PLO prepares to get bogged down (again) in bogus US-Israel negotiations
The Palestinian embassy in London has just issued a rare media briefing. It asks “What is needed for the resumption of credible negotiations?” and tries to explain the Palestinian position.
It says the Palestine Liberation Organization (which represents the Palestinian people to the outside world) has done everything it can to further the political process, from agreeing to a state on a tiny 22 per cent of historical Palestine to the recent reaffirmation of the Arab Peace Initiative.
As for Israeli Prime Minster Binyamin Netanyahu’s calls for a resumption of negotiations “without preconditions”, it insists that preconditions are necessary to ensure the credibility of the process and to prevent it being used by Israel as a smokescreen behind which it can carry on colonizing and committing its many other violations of international law.
“The PLO is well aware that any eventual solution must be reached through a negotiated settlement…” But, it says, Israel must be committed to the same end-goal as Palestine and the rest of the world: a two-state solution on the 1967 border.
The briefing gives a link to a document just released by the PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Department which poses six questions that need to be answered if real and meaningful negotiations are to resume. It talks about the new international effort, led by the US, to negotiate “final status” and says the Palestinian leadership has “no doubt that Secretary Kerry’s intentions are genuine”. This presumably refers to Kerry’s promise of a 4-billion-dollar injection to “dramatically lift the economy.”
1. Does Secretary Kerry’s proposal allow for progress on the political track towards a just and lasting peace?…. more.. e-mail

Israel imposes new fuel restrictions on Gaza 
IRIN, Gaza City, Electronic Intifada 7/2/2013
GAZA CITY (IRIN) — Frequent closures of the only crossing for commercial goods between Israel and the Gaza Strip have left Palestinians short of gas for cooking and heating, affecting businesses, agricultural production and health services.
Kerem Shalom crossing reopened on 26 June after two days of closure. Israel has closed the crossing five times since the end of February, for a total of 15 working days, in addition to six days of closure due to holidays.
Before this most recent closure, Palestinians in Gaza said they were still recovering from the series of closures in the spring, which they say created a cumulative deficit in gas.
At one of Gaza’s major gas distributors, some 40,000 empty cylinders fill the station.
“Some people have been waiting for months to get their cylinders filled,” owner Yusri Daban said. He manages to fill about 1,500 per day, but is flooded with an equal amount of empty arrivals.
Daban’s company used to receive 25 tons of gas per day for distribution. His share decreased to 18 tons due to the shortages, and has not been increased since. He says he needs 35 to 45 tons a day to deal with the backlog.
Maher Tabba’, spokesperson of the Gaza chamber of commerce, said the shortages have affected production on farms, factories, bakeries and restaurants, and have added to the chronic power cuts by putting an even higher demand on electricity.
Empty cylinders
Along the wall of Ahmed al-Ajrami’s bakery, about a dozen gas cylinders sit empty. His current stock covers him for just two weeks, he said. more.. e-mail

Palestinians sue US groups over support for settler attacks 
Charlotte Silver, San Francisco, Electronic Intifada 7/3/2013
Children walk past Hebrew-language graffiti reading “price tag,” referring to settler attacks on Palestinian property.(Wagdi Eshtayah / APA images)
A recently-filed complaint in a New York district court has the potential to compensate and provide judicial recourse to a handful of Palestinians terrorized by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank. The civil suit is filed under a law that until now has been used almost entirely to prosecute Muslim and Palestinian Americans.
On 17 May, the New York-based commercial law firm Melito and Adolfsen filed a complaint against five US organizations alleging that they had violated the material support statute, which prohibits individuals from “knowingly providing material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization.”
The organizations are alleged to have supported terrorist activities by funding settlers who have firebom
bed, thrown stones and shot at Palestinians, burned Palestinian land and trees, and vandalized Palestinian houses of prayer in the West Bank.

The case is filed on behalf of 15 plaintiffs: 13 Palestinian individuals, one mosque and one Greek Orthodox monastery. All of the plaintiffs have experienced a physical attack or, what is commonly referred to as “price tag” assault, by settlers from nearby Jewish colonies that are given financial support by the defendants of the lawsuit.
The five organizations cited in the lawsuit are The Hebron Fund, Central Fund of Israel, One Israel Fund, Christian Friends of Israel and American Friends of Ateret Cohanim, all based in New York.
The complaint argues that without the monetary support of these American organizations, Israeli settlements would not be able to exist. more.. e-mail

Poison Gas & Arabian Tales 
Conn Hallinan, CounterPunch 7/5/2013
Waiting for the Dog to Bark
“It is not unlike Sherlock Holmes and the dog that didn’t bark. It’s not just that we can’t prove a sarin attack, it is that we are not seeing what we would expect to see from a sarin attack.” – Jean-Pascal Zanders, former senior research fellow at the European Union’s Institute for Security Studies
Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective, cracked the case of the “Silver Blaze” by concluding that a murder and theft had to be an inside job because the watchdog never barked. It would be a good idea to keep this in mind when it comes to determining whether the Syrian government used poison gas against its opponents. And since the Obama administration is citing “proof” that the chemical warfare agent sarin was used by the Syrian government as the basis for escalating its intervention in the two-year old civil war, this is hardly an academic exercise.
Like Holmes, start with the facts.
According to French, British, Israeli and U.S. intelligence services, the regime of President Bashar al-Assad used sarin on at least 10 different occasions, resulting in the deaths of some 100 to 150 people. The “proof” for this is based on tissue and blood samples—British intelligence claims contaminated soil as well—from victims of the attacks. The samples were gathered in Syria, taken to Turkey, and turned over to the intelligence services and the United Nations.
The French newspaper Le Monde also reports that one of its reporters suffered blurred vision and nausea during one of these attacks, and the paper has published photos of purported victims being treated. There is, as well, a video of insurgent fighters donning gas masks. Besides the photos and video images, no evidence has been released to the press.
What about the beast itself? — See also: The Israeli poison gas attacks more.. e-mail

Palestinian resolve to cross Israel’s wall featured in new film
Electronic Intifada: 5 Jul 2013 – Filmmaker Khaled Jarrar traces the often heroic attempts made to dodge Israeli soldiers.more

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