VTJP Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel News & Articles 8 July 2013: When non-violence is criminal: Palestinian women stand trial for West Bank protest

8 July 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Mousa: “Hamas Will Be A Heavy Price For Interfering In Internal Egyptian Affairs”
IMEMC – Legislator Yahia Mousa, a political leader of the Hamas movement, stated that the Hamas movement and the Gaza Strip will pay a heavy price for interfering in internal Egyptian affairs, and called on his movement to reconsider its regional policies, especially with neighboring countries. … 

PCHR Concerned for Deterioration of Humanitarian Conditions in the Gaza Strip
IMEMC – The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is deeply concerned for the deterioration of humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip, especially in light of the closure of Rafah International Crossing Point, which has been the sole outlet for the movement of the population of the Gaza Strip to the outside world. …

Israeli Settlers dump sewage on Palestinian farmland near Bethlehem
IMEMC – On Sunday afternoon, the Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit, west of Bethlehem, pumped thousands of gallons of sewage wastewater onto Palestinian farmland, destroying the crops and rendering the land unusable. …

Israeli Settlers and Army harass Palestinians in Hebron
IMEMC – On Saturday afternoon, Israeli settlers from illegal settlements in Hebron, in the southern West Bank, entered the old city of Hebron accompanied by a large number of Israeli soldiers. … 

Ma’an News

Israel arrests 13 in overnight raids across West Bank
7/8/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided villages across the West Bank before dawn Monday, detaining at least 13 Palestinians including a popular resistance leader in Hebron, officials said. Mousa Abu Maria, a member of the popular committee against the wall and settlements in Beit Ummar, said Israeli forces detained Ahmad Abu Hashem, 43, and his son Muhammad, 17, in the same village. He said….

Settlers attack Palestinians in East Jerusalem home
7/8/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Two armed Israeli settlers raided a Palestinian home in East Jerusalem on Monday, and assaulted the owner and his friend, the owner said. Sami al-Qalouni, 53, said he was at home in al-Tur village with his friend Jamal Abu Steif when the settlers raided in what al-Qalouni described as an attempt to take control of the building. The settlers beat al-Qalouni….

Hamas denounces Egypt violence
7/8/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas on Monday denounced an attack against supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi. The Islamic movement expressed deep sadness and pain for the victims, Hamas official Ezzat al-Risheq wrote on his Facebook page. He added that Hamas sent its condolences to the victims’ families.”The death toll is 42 dead and 322 wounded,” Ahmed al-Ansari, the deputy head….

Report: Netanyahu denies meeting with PA officials
7/8/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday denied meeting senior Palestinian Authority officials for secret talks in Jerusalem. The former PA prisoner affairs minister, Ashraf al-Ajrami, had said Netanyahu met PLO Executive Committee secretary-general Yasser Abed Rabbo recently at the Israeli premier’s home in Jerusalem.”I want to reveal a secret here. We held negotiations with Bibi…. Related: Shaath confirms Ramallah meeting with Israeli delegation

Shaath confirms Ramallah meeting with Israeli delegation
7/8/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO officials met with an Israeli delegation representing the Likud and Shas parties in Ramallah on Monday, Fatah official Nabil Shaath said. Shaath, who attended the meeting, said Palestinian officials told the Israelis that the two-state solution is necessary and that the Israeli government must stop settlement activities and land confiscation in the West Bank. The Palestinian officials also told their…. Related: Report: Netanyahu denies meeting with PA officials

Gaza travelers stranded abroad
7/8/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian travelers are stranded in Arab and international airports as Rafah crossing is closed for the fourth day in a row due to unrest in Egypt, officials said Monday. Travelers said Egyptian airlines were refusing to let Palestinians board due to the inability to continue traveling to Gaza through Rafah, which is controlled by Egyptian security authorities. Maher Abu Sabha…. Related: Gaza passengers stuck in Cairo, Rafah and Saudi Arabia

Israel reduces sentence of 60-year-old prisoner by 2 weeks
7/8/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel’s supreme court has agreed to reduce the administrative detention of Omar Barghouthi by two weeks, his lawyer said Monday. Barghouthi, 60, has been imprisoned without charge or trial for over two years. An Israeli court previously reduced Barghouthi’s latest 6-month administrative detention order to four months following a prior appeal. Barghouthi will be released on….

Masked demonstrators call for 3rd intifada in Ramallah
7/8/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Masked demonstrators affiliated to a new group calling itself “Tamarod” marched through Ramallah on Monday calling for a third intifada. Male and female protesters rallied through Ramallah’s streets, chanting that a third intifada, or uprising, would restore the dignity of the Palestinian cause. They called on Palestinian factions to resume military activities and to unite in resistance against Israel….

Gaza passengers stuck in Cairo, Rafah and Saudi Arabia
7/8/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians are being held at Cairo International Airport after Egypt closed its border with the Gaza Strip/ Egypt’s army closed the Rafah crossing on Friday, citing unrest in Sinai. Palestinians flying into Cairo airport have been forced to either return to the countries they flew in from, or wait in deportation rooms at the airport. Passenger…. Related: Gaza travelers stranded abroad

PA to overhaul policies on children’s rights
7/8/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority announced Monday that it will begin an overhaul of national policies concerning children’s rights in partnership with Save The Children, an international NGO. The change in policy is a result of studies done on children’s health, rights, education, protection and children with disabilities by the Ministries of Health, Education, and Social Affairs, as well….

Nablus worker dies after falling from Ramallah building
7/8/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian worker died on Sunday after he fell from a building at a construction site in Ramallah, locals said. Mohammad Ismael Musallam, 54, from Talfit village south of Nablus died after he fall from the second floor in Ramallah. Musallam, a father of seven, died on the spot. His body was transferred to Talfit where a funeral will be held. [END]

Medic: 42 dead in attack on ousted Egypt leader’s supporters
7/8/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — At least 42 people were killed on Monday during an attack on supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi outside an elite army base in Cairo, a senior medical official said.”The death toll is 42 dead and 322 wounded,” Ahmed al-Ansari, the deputy head of emergency services, told AFP. The Muslim Brotherhood, which has led pro-Mursi demonstrations, said 35 of its supporters….

Abu Qatada denies Jordan terror charges after UK exit
7/8/2013 – AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) — Islamist cleric Abu Qatada pleaded not guilty on Sunday to terror charges pressed by Jordanian military prosecutors just hours after his deportation from Britain, his lawyer said. Britain’s expulsion of the Palestinian-born preacher after a decade-long legal battle drew expressions of delight from Prime Minister David Cameron. Abu Qatada, who h
ad been in and out of British prisons since 2002….

Official: Mursi loyalists seize 2 Egypt soldiers
7/8/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Armed supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi briefly seized two soldiers in Cairo after dozens were killed in clashes outside an elite military headquarters on Monday, an army official said. Both of the Egyptian soldiers, who were identified as Samir Abdallah Ali and Azzam Hazem Ali, “managed to escape their captors”, the official said. The two had been put in a vehicle….

Egypt army arrests 14 ‘Jihadists’ in Sinai
7/8/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egypt’s army arrested 14 affiliates of “Jihadist groups” on Sunday evening, including a Palestinian, in Sinai’s el-Arish, military sources said. Soldiers arrested 12 Jihadists who were located by an unmanned drone, several of whom are “dangerous terrorists,” Egyptian military officials told Ma’an. Another Jihadist was arrested at a checkpoint west of el-Arish in possession….

Syria rebel PM Ghassan Hitto resigns
7/8/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syria’s rebel prime minister Ghassan Hitto announced his resignation on Monday, nearly four months after his appointment and having failed to form a government.”I announce I will not continue in my capacity as prime minister tasked with leading the interim government, though I emphasize I will continue working for the interests of the revolution and towards achieving its objectives,” Hitto….

Syria Baath party leadership replaced, including VP
7/8/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria’s ruling Baath party, headed by the country’s embattled President Bashar Assad, announced on Monday that its top leadership would be replaced, including Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa. The party’s central committee “held a lengthy meeting. . . on Monday morning,” at which “a new national leadership was chosen,” the Baath party website said. It published the names of 16….

Syria army ‘advances in rebel-held district of Homs’
7/8/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syrian troops advanced on Monday into the rebel-held Khaldiyeh district of central Homs, with shelling intensifying as forces battled for a 10th day in the area, activists and an NGO said. State media meanwhile reported two car bombs hit a regime-held area in the city.”The ruthless campaign against Homs is continuing for the 10th day in a row. Regime forces have been….

51 Egyptians killed as Islamists call for uprising
7/8/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Fifty-one loyalists of Egypt’s ousted president were killed Monday while demonstrating against last week’s military coup, triggering an Islamist uprising call and dashing the army’s hopes for an interim civilian administration. The Muslim Brotherhood, which has led demonstrations against Wednesday’s overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, said its supporters were “massacred” by troops and police….

Analysts: Brotherhood ‘uprising’ call a dangerous turn
7/8/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — A Muslim Brotherhood call for an uprising in response to a “massacre” of its supporters after the military’s ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi could mark a bloody new stage in the turmoil rocking Egypt, analysts warn. At dawn on Monday, after days of deadly violence and rising tensions between the Islamists and those who had called for Mursi’s….

Army: Jihadists stab Egyptian officer in el-Arish
7/8/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Jihadists stabbed an Egyptian soldier on Monday in Sinai’s el-Arish, military sources said. Jihadists attacked 39-year-old Ahmad Muhammad Mahjoub while he was shopping in Al-Hurriya Square in the North Sinai city, military officials told Ma’an. Mahjoub was stabbed several times in the chest and abdomen and collapsed in the square before being evacuated by ambulance, they added. [END]

US: No immediate cutoff in aid to Egypt
7/8/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The White House said Monday an immediate cutoff in military aid to Egypt would not be in US interests, and that it would take time to make a decision on long-term funding after last week’s military ouster of President Mohamed Mursi.”We think that would not be in our best interests,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said when asked whether Washington….

Palestine News Network

WATCH: Delegation of “Know Thy Heritage” Challenge Israeli Apartheid Wall
Palestine News Network

Netanyahu’s Absurd Demand for Recognition of a Jewish State
Palestine News Network

Israeli Army Arrests 13 Palestinians from West Bank Cities
Palestine News Network

Israel to Ease Travel Restrictions During Ramadan
Palestine News Network

ADWAR Signs Agreement Project “Social Movement of Bedouin Women in Universal Month Against Violence”
Palestine News Network

A New Meaning To The Word Democracy
Palestine News Network

Revolutionary Cinema: Screening of Groundbreaking Film Hour of the Furnaces
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Concerned for Deterioration of Humanitarian Conditions in the Gaza Strip
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Ten homes invaded, three arrested in night invasion of Talfit
7/8/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 8th July 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Talfit, Occupied Palestine – In the early hours of Wednesday 3rd of July, the Israeli army conducted a large scale incursion into the northern West Bank village of Talfit, invading and trashing ten houses and arresting three men. The families of these prisoners have not heard from them in the five days since they have been in Israeli….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Blog From Palestine–Peace And Food Security
Relief Web 8 Jul 2013 – Source: World Food Programme Country: occupied Palestinian territory WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin recently travelled to Palestine where she met families struggling to make ends meet with high food prices and low wages. WFP is helping them meet their food…

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 1 July – 8 July 2013
Relief Web 8 Jul 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon,…

The National

Wait for pharmaceuticals to be reduced in Abu Dhabi under new system
The National 8 Jul 2013 – An electronic system designed to reduce the wait for patients to receive pharmacy medication is to be tested in the capital.

‘Massacre’ plunges Egypt into turmoil
The National 8 Jul 2013 – Bloodiest violence since the 2011 uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak from power threatens to transform political rifts into street violence. Bradley Hope reports from Cairo 

Call to train UAE teachers in new UK curriculum
The National 8 Jul 2013 – Parents of children at British schools are calling for proper training of teachers ahead of the sweeping changes to the UK curriculum.

Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s new walking wounded
The National 8 Jul 2013 – Ousted president’s supporters, horrified and galvanised with grief over slaughter of dozens, say Egyptian soldiers attacked protesters from behind as they prayed barefoot. Alice Fordham reports from inside the Muslim Brotherhood camp in Cairo 

Killers jailed for Dubai murder lose appeal for early release
The National 8 Jul 2013 – Two prostitutes jailed for life for murder have lost their appeal for early release.

More than 1,500 prisoners freed from UAE jails
The National 8 Jul 2013 – More than 1,500 prisoners in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have been pardoned and released from jail to celebrate Ramadan with their families.

Saddam Hussein’s half brother dies in jail while awaiting execution
The National 8 Jul 2013 – Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s half-brother and intelligence chief, Sabawi Ibrahim Al Hassan, has died of cancer in a Baghdad hospital.

Dubai residents rethink after rent increase
The National 8 Jul 2013 – Some move to cheaper areas, some return to mum and dad, and some report to authorities.


IDF investigating colonel who sought women using false Facebook identity
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2013

Videotape shows false testimony of man convicted of murdering parents
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2013

Big Brother atmosphere at Israel’s biometric roll-out
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2013

The Hague weighs criminal probe of Israel over 2010 Marmara raid
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2013

Intellectuals and artists call on Netanyahu to oust Habayit Hayehudi over support of extremist rabbi
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2013

Israel urged U.S. not to halt aid to Egypt, says top American official
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2013

Israeli women’s groups slam Shas candidate for chief rabbi as unfit for democratic society
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2013

Jerusalem court hands jail terms to three Jewish minors over Arab lynchings
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2013

The ‘protector’ of Egypt’s revolution – the army – is now playing the butcher
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2013

Israeli doctors to give Washington tips on dealing with hunger strikers
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2013

Women of the Wall pray under police protection away from the Kotel
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2013

Barnoar shooting suspect Hagai Felician indicted on two counts of murder
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2013

LIVE BLOG: Women of the Wall denied access to prayer section of Western Wall, face off with Haredim
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2013

Jerusalem Post

Yesh Atid MK decries candidacy of ‘racist’ Sephardi rabbi
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Shmuel Eliyahu, who has made controversial statements about Arabs, is in the running for the position of chief sephardic rabbi. 

Delaware governor: Israel a beacon of stability
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Governor Jack A. Markell pays visit to region in order to strengthen commercial ties between Delaware and Israel. 

Ramadan postponed after cloudy skies prevent moon sighting
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Many mark the holiday by spending time with family and friends, reading the Koran and giving charity. 

Biometrics and the end of privacy
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Those opposing the program argue that the biometric database, well-intended or not, violates fundamental legal and democratic principles of privacy. 

Hamas shaken, cautious after Egyptian upheaval
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Stunned silence among Hamas officials in Gaza greeted Morsi’s overthrow last Wednesday by the Egyptian military. 

Reeling Muslim Brotherhood vows ‘intifada’ after Morsi ouster
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – The use of the term “intifada” is “very significant,” said an expert on Egypt as it “carries the implication of the use of arms. 

Syria invites UN chemical arms chief, but access is in doubt
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Sellstrom’s team has not been active on Syrian territory because Assad’s government is only willing to allow it access to Aleppo. 

Turkish police, protesters clash over Istanbul park closure
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Gezi Park protests grew into broader action against what critics see as Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian style of rule. 

Interior Ministry launches new biometric database amid fears, controversy
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Majority of people at Rishon pilot opt for digital ID card. 

Egypt interim leader urges calm after dozens killed in Cairo
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Muslim Brotherhood calls for uprising after security forces allegedly fire on peaceful sit-in, killing 51, injuring 434. 

Two teens, one adult sentenced in unprovoked lynching of Israeli Arab
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Judge says of attack that left 17-year-old Jamal Julani seriously wounded: Youths were motivated by hatred and carried out a lynch. 

Tel Aviv nightclub employees charged with raping teenage girls, filming acts
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – 3 men allegedly served 17-year-olds alcohol and took advantage of their intoxication to rape them at Allenby 44 club. 

Livni announces new powerhouse c’tee to oversee prosecution
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – In last minute surprise, prosecution supports creation of c’tee, leaves behind past vehement opposition. 

Boy injured by rampaging hyenas brought to Israel for treatment
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Funds still being raised for continuation of Ethiopian boy’s treatment in Nahariya hospital. 

US physicians teach Syrians battle-field medicine
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – As Syria’s civil war, now in its third year, grows deadlier by the week, the country’s understaffed and inexperienced doctors are overwhelmed by the cases they see. 

Battles intensify in Syria’s strategic city of Homs
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Assad’s forces have been on offensive in city for ten days; Homs links capital with army bases on the coast. 

Israel jails Arab citizen who joined Syrian rebels
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Massarwa confesses to unlawfully traveling to hostile state, meeting with what prosecutors deem a “foreign agent”. 

3 minors sentenced to imprisonment in J’lem mob attack on Arab youth
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Judge says of attack that left 17-year-old Jamal Julani seriously wounded: Youths were motivated by hatred and carried out a lynch. 

Muslim Brotherhood calls for uprising against Egyptian army after dozens killed
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Morsi supporters say security forces fire on sit-in; 51 dead. 

Women’s group sues Chief Rabbinate to allow female kosher supervisors
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Emunah calls on Chief Rabbinate to allow 16 female graduates of the group’s course in kosher supervision to work. 

Felician charged with murder in Bar Noar shooting
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – LGBT center shooter “motivated by vengeance, hate, hostility,” indictment which comes 4 years after shooting that killed two says. 

Fake Mossad agent sentenced to 27 months in prison for impersonation
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Man lied to maintain romantic relationship with woman, and extort funds from a security adviser. 

Muslim Brotherhood says 37 of its supporters killed by Egyptian forces
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2013 – Islamist group claims it was fired upon while staging sit-in outside where Morsi is being held; Health Ministry confirms at least 35 dead; Egyptian military says “terrorist group” tried to storm Republican Guard facility. 

Syrian rebels offer Assad Ramada
n truce in Homs

Jerusalem Post 7 Jul 2013 – New opposition president Ahmad Jarba expects advanced arms from Saudi Arabia to reach rebels soon, change balance of power. 

Inter Press Service

OP-ED: Islam Is Not the Solution to What Ails the Middle East
IPS During the decades when Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood was a barely tolerated opposition party, it campaigned against the reigning secular autocrats under the banner “Islam is the solution.” With the military’s removal on Jul. 3 of the Brotherhood president, Mohamed Morsi, the region’s oldest exemplar of political Islam has lost its…

Israel May Even Miss Morsi
IPS For Israel, what must be exercised in the volatile struggle for power and democracy in Egypt are, above everything else, three follow-on principles: stability within its institutions, particularly the armed forces; security in the Sinai Peninsula and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, which both border Israel; and peace with Israel itself….


America’s Independence Day Hypocrisy

Israel’s puppet war unmasks apartheid regime

Liberty Under the Panopticon Surveillance and the American Illusion of Freedom

Top US spy chief claims “mistake” in lies about NSA programs

Rachel Corrie Remembered By Family of Bulldozed Home

Drone Strike in Pakistan Kills 16 People and Two Sets of New Drone ‘Rules’

Prosecution case vs. Bradley Manning threatens First Amendment rights to free speech and press

Report on Israel Activities in Occupied East Jerusalem January – June 2013

Daily Star

Hitto resigns as prime minister of rebel areas
Daily Star 8 Jul 2013 In a blow to the rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, opposition Prime Minister Ghassan Hitto resigned from his post Monday, citing his inability to form an interim government.

Former Egyptian finance minister favourite for interim PM post
Daily Star 8 Jul 2013 Former finance minister Samir Radwan has emerged as the favourite to become Egypt’s interim prime minister, senior political sources said on Monday.

Iraq shootings, bombings claim 25 lives in 48 hours
Daily Star 8 Jul 2013 Two days of violence in Iraq killed 25 people, including six family members shot dead while returning from a wedding, police officers and doctors said Monday.

Two Syria rockets hit Hermel
Daily Star 8 Jul 2013 Two rockets fired from Syrian territories hit the northeastern town of Hermel Monday, security sources told The Daily Star.

YNet News

Report: Egypt’s interim president sets elections to February
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Former Egyptian finance minister favorite for interim PM post
YNet News, 8 Jul 2013 – ….

Jerusalem: Dozens protest haredi draft in Jerusalem
YNet News, 8 Jul 2013 – ….

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood calls for more protests after killings
YNet News, 8 Jul 2013 – ….

US judge faults Gitmo force-feeding but won’t stop it
YNet News, 8 Jul 2013 – ….

Scary future ahead 
YNet News, 8 Jul 2013 – Op-ed: Leaders of 100 million hungry Egyptians will direct animosity towards nine million Israelis ….

Anti-Semitic awakening in Greek government
YNet News, 8 Jul 2013 – Analysis: Former PM Papandreou stopped Gaza flotilla two years ago, but new regime in Athens displays dangerous hatred of Jews ….

Palestinian Information Center

Islamic movement denounces the killing of Egyptian peaceful demonstrators
PIC – The Islamic movement in 1948 occupied Palestine denounced the Egyptian army massacre of peaceful demonstrators in front of the presidential guards premises in Cairo on Monday.

200 Israeli settlers storm al-Aqsa mosque
PIC – Nearly 200 Israeli settlers stormed Monday morning al-Aqsa mosque under Israeli police protection in flagrant provocation to the Palestinian worshipers and students who started shouting ‘Takbir’.

IOA to establish new settlement park in Jerusalem
PIC – The Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee has approved the establishment of a new settlement park at the expense of Walaja village’s land in southern Jerusalem, Hebrew media sources said. 

IOF destroys tents and barracks in Jordan Valley
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces(IOF) stormed on Monday the Jordan Valley in Tubas where they demolished tents and a shed belonging to Palestinian farmers.

Israeli large-scale arrest campaign in West Bank
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) launched a large-scale arrest campaign in lines of Palestinian citizens at dawn today in various West Bank areas, where 13 Palestinian were detained.

Settler runs over Palestinian child in al-Khalil
PIC – An Israeli settler ran over a Palestinian child near the Ibrahimi mosque in al-Khalil in the southern occupied West Bank.

Health conditions of Jordanian hunger strikers continue to decline
PIC – The Palestinian prisoner society said that the health conditions of the Jordanian hunger strikers in the Israeli Soroka hospital continue to deteriorate.

Settlers drown Palestinian lands with wastewater in Bethlehem
PIC – Settlers from Beitar Illit settlement, built on Palestinian lands west of Bethlehem, drowned Sunday about 100 dunums of Palestinian agricultural lands with wastewater in the village of Wadi Fukin.

Prisoner Emad Asfour threatened with vision loss
PIC – The family of prisoner Emad Asfour, aged 39 from Yabad town, said that its son is likely to lose his eyesight because of his exposure to medical neglect by the jail administration.

Gaza pilgrims fail to travel due to closure of Rafah crossing
PIC – The Palestinian ministry of religious affairs in Gaza said it is unable to have the passports of the registered pilgrims stamped because of the closure of the Rafah border crossing.


Settlers Attempt to Take Over Land, Injure Palestinian in Jerusalem
WAFA – 8 Jul 2013

Israelis Demolish Facilities in Jordan Valley
WAFA – 8 Jul 2013

Officials: Israelis Desecrate Al-Aqsa Mosque
WAFA – 8 Jul 2013

Rafah Crossing to Remain Closed, says Egyptian Security
WAFA – 8 Jul 2013

Statistics Bureau: Rise in Unemployment among New Graduates
WAFA – 8 Jul 2013

Newspapers Review: Developments in Egypt Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 8 Jul 2013


Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood calls for national uprising
LA Times 8 Jul 2013 – CAIRO — The political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood called for a national uprising in retaliation for an attack by Egyptian security forces Monday that killed at least 42 anti-military protesters during morning prayers.

Egypt security forces kill dozens of pro-Morsi protesters
LA Times 8 Jul 2013 – CAIRO — The shooting started during morning prayers.

Egyptian army clashes with Morsi supporters
LA Times 8 Jul 2013 – Muslim Brotherhood officials say 37 people are killed, including children. Talks over a new premier continue. CAIRO — A night of largely peaceful protests ended early Monday in a bloody clash between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and Egyptian soldiers that carried ominous implications for the new…

The Lede: Video of Army Shooting Islamists in Cairo Stokes Anger
New York Times 8 Jul 2013 – Egyptians on both sides of the divide between supporters and opponents of the deposed president Mohamed Morsi shared video of Monday’s deadly clashes online, as conflicting narratives about who was responsible took hold. 

Soldiers and Police Kill More Than 50 Egyptian Protesters
New York Times 8 Jul 2013 – In a sharp escalation of tensions Monday, Egyptian soldiers opened fire on hundreds of supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the ousted president. 

Army Kills 51, Deepening Crisis in Egypt
New York Times 8 Jul 2013 – In a sharp escalation of tensions Monday, Egyptian soldiers opened fire on hundreds of supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the ousted president, witnesses said. The military said armed assailants fired first. 

Another Leader Quits Post in Syrian Exile Group
New York Times 8 Jul 2013 – It was not immediately clear why the group’s prime minister, Ghassan Hitto, resigned two days after it elected a new president. 

New Prayer Confrontation at Western Wall
New York Times 8 Jul 2013 – Two ultra-Orthodox men were arrested on suspicion of throwing objects at the women in an activist group, in the latest clash at one of Judaism’s holiest sites. 

Islamist Party Backs Out of Negotiations
New York Times 8 Jul 2013 – Al Nour, seen as a potential political kingmaker, said it was suspending its role in efforts to form an interim government. 

Bino, partners sell 3% of Paz 
Globes Energy & Water – Zadik Bino has sold NIS 600 million worth of Paz and First International Bank shares within six months.

Dorad Energy to provide grid back-up
Globes Energy & Water – The independent power producer has agreed to provide up to 600 megawatts of electricity during peak demand times.

Israel-China free trade agreement breakthrough
Globes Main News – In China, Minister of the Economy Naftali Bennett has been unexpectedly told China will conduct a survey on whether such a policy is worthwhile.

Court orders Treasury to disclose tax breaks
Globes Main News – In a landmark decision, the Finance Ministry was told to hand “Globes” information on tax breaks granted companies in 2006-12.

Data security co Varonis plans $150m NY IPO
Globes Main News – The company has chosen underwriters for the offering, which may be held before the end of 2013 at a company value of $500 million.

Mon: Telcos lead market rally
Globes Main News – Partner, Cellcom, and Bezeq all rose, but Paz fell back on the day’s biggest turnover, following the sale of shares by Zadik Bino and partners.

Teva insurer contends late notification of Pfizer claim
Globes Main News – Teva believes that it is eligible for $560 million in insurance coverage.

The government must choose between darkness and light 
Globes Macro Economics – The question now is whether the government will resist today’s court decision on freedom of information, or enter a new era of transparency.

Tax breaks totaled NIS 5.6b in 2010 
Globes Macro Economics – Former Finance Ministry director general Avi Ben-Bassat: Tax breaks are out of control.

Eini, Netanyahu agree to keep talking about ports 
Globes Macro Economics – The prime minister and Histadrut chief avoided confrontation on the proposal to build two private ports.

Children of Beit Ommar Popular Committee are targeted again
Mondoweiss – The activist community in the little West Bank village of Beit Ommar has been targeted again by Israeli forces. Fifteen military jeeps descended on the town in the middle of the night and burst into the room of a new mother hours after she’d given birth…

Shrewdly positioned as Syrian interventionist, Samantha Power has neocon backing
Mondoweiss – Samantha Power, President Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations, has gotten a key Establishment constituency on her side. Neoconservatives support her, because she has pushed intervention in Syria. The other night Bob Dreyfuss of the Nation was on public television arguing against Syrian…

Q: Will Arab Spring benefit the Palestinian cause? A: No
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 Guardian is reporting dozens more killed in Egypt. We don’t know yet whether martial law is just taking hold or whether…

J’lem restaurant that employs Palestinians is repeatedly struck by skinheads — ‘Death to Arabs’
Mondoweiss – From Ynet : “Restaurant in [Jerusalem] systematically suffers attacks by teens vowing revenge for business’s employment of Arabs.” “Death to Arabs” in Hebrew On Friday, a group of assailants made it to the area and threw stones at customers. “Within a minute, some 60 clients asked for…

FIFA president stands up for Palestinian football, calls on Israel to ease travel restrictions on Palestinians
Mondoweiss – Israel must ease travel for Palestinian players — Blatter RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) 7 July — FIFA president Sepp Blatter told Palestinian sports leaders on Sunday that he would speak to Israeli officials to try to ease travel restrictions on Palestinian soccer players. The head of…

Edward Snowden Says Israel and U.S. Created Anti-Iran Stuxnet Computer VIrus 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Jul 2013 – Whistleblower Edward Snowden told a German magazine that Israel and the United States created the Stuxnet computer virus that destroyed nuclear centrifuges in Iran. Click here for the rest of the article…

Hamas Badly Shaken by Egypt Coup 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Jul 2013 – Stunned silence among Hamas officials in the Palestinian enclave, which shares a border with Egypt’s lawless Sinai peninsula, greeted his overthrow last Wednesday by the Egyptian military. Click here for the rest of the article…

Zion Square Jewish ‘Lynch’ Teens Get Slap on Wrist 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Jul 2013 – Three Jewish teens involved in a mob attack on several Palestinian men in downtown Jerusalem were sentenced to prison. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ultra-Orthodox Block Women From Praying at Western Wall 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Jul 2013 – Several thousand ultra-Orthodox protesters effectively blocked Jewish women activists campaigning for equal worship rights at the Western Wall from holding a monthly prayer session on Monday at the holy site. Click here for the rest of the article…

Blistering Report Slams Claims Conference — Two Members Object to Findings 
The Forward New 8 Jul 2013 – A blistering 80-page report blasts disfunctional Claims Conference management for ‘enabling’ a $57 million fraud. Two of four members objected to the findings — and quit in protest. Click here for the rest of the article…

Danny Danon, Hardline ‘King’ of Israel’s Likud, Vows To Block Two-State Deal 
The Forward New 8 Jul 2013 – As John Kerry desperately tries to kick-start negotiations for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, a new King of Likud is intent on sabotaging its realization. Click here for the rest of the article…

Breaking News: Activist Ahmed Abu Hashem and Son Mohammed Brutally Beaten and Arrested by Israeli Forces
Palestine Solidarity Project 8 Jul 2013 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mousa Abu Maria (English and Arabic): 0598-139-590 At approximately 2am in Palestine, 15 Jeeps of Israeli forces invaded Beit Ommar, seeking to arrest the son of Ahmed Abu Hashem, an active member of the Beit Ommar Popular Committee and PSP. Just yesterday,…

Egypt interim leader sets poll plan 
BBC 8 Jul 2013 – Egypt’s interim leader outlines a timetable for new elections and other key transitional issues, amid continuing unrest in the country.

Syria opposition figure Hitto quits 
BBC 8 Jul 2013 – The Syrian opposition figure tasked with forming an interim government to administer rebel-held areas resigns, citing an inability to do so.

VIDEO: US to maintain aid to Egypt 
BBC 8 Jul 2013 – As the crisis in Egypt deepens, the Obama administration has signalled that it is not about to cut off aid.

Nearly 200 killed in Iraq this month 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jul 2013 – Two days of violence in Iraq killed 31 people, police and doctors said Monday, the latest in a wave of unrest in which more than 190 people have died in just eight days. Iraq has been hit by a surge in violence that has killed upwards…

The Economic Menace of the Syrian Conflict 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jul 2013 – According to a report prepared by Sandra Sinno, a consultant at ESCWA, deposits moved to Lebanese banks from Syria have so far amounted to $11 billion. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) According to a report prepared by Sandra Sinno, a consultant at ESCWA, deposits moved to Lebanese banks…

Hezbollah and the Aounists: Destined to Agree 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jul 2013 – Aoun’s people complain that Hezbollah has overridden regional concerns that have undermined their ability to build a strong Lebanese state, a key principle of the FPM. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Aoun’s people complain that Hezbollah has overridden regional concerns that have undermined their ability to build a…

Qatar and the Brotherhood: Losing the Crown Jewel? 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jul 2013 – A supporter of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak holds a poster of Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, an Israeli flag and a logo of the Al Jazeera channel with the words reading: “Down Hamad” outside Moustafa Mahmoud Mosque in Mohandessin neighborhood in Cairo…

Snapshots of Ghassan Kanafani’s Personal Treasures 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jul 2013 – Ghassan Kanafani (b. 1936) was a Palestinian writer, scholar, journalist, and a spokesman of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). On 8 July 1972 Kanafani was assassinated along with his niece, Lamis, in Beirut after the Israeli Mossad planted a bomb under his…

Turkish police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at Gezi Park protesters 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jul 2013 – Turkish people gather during an anti-government protest on Taksim square in Istanbul on 29 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Oren Ziv) Updated at 7:56 pm: Turkish riot police on Monday fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets to block demonstrators from entering a small Istanbul…

Egypt interim leader sets poll plan 
BBC 8 Jul 2013 – Egypt’s interim leader outlines a timetable for new elections and other key transitional issues, amid continuing unrest in the country.

Syria opposition figure Hitto quits 
BBC 8 Jul 2013 – The Syrian opposition figure tasked with forming an interim government to administer rebel-held areas resigns, citing an inability to do so.

Total cleared of Iraq oil corruption 
BBC 8 Jul 2013 – A French court acquits oil company Total and its chief executive on charges of corruption in the UN’s oil-for-food programme in Iraq.

VIDEO: US to maintain aid to Egypt 
BBC 8 Jul 2013 – As the crisis in Egypt deepens, the Obama administration has signalled that it is not about to cut off aid.


When non-violence is criminal: Palestinian women stand trial for West Bank protest 
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 7/8/2013
The IDF did not charge the two protesters with stone throwing, violent conduct or illegal gathering – but rather for violating a ‘closed military zone order,’ a highly unusual indictment. If the pair are convicted in court, it could set a precedent that demonstrates Palestinians are forbidden by Israel to oppose the occupation in any way.
The IDF’s Ofer Military Court in the West Bank will hold its first hearing tomorrow (Tuesday) in the trial of Nariman Tamimi and Rana Hamadah, two Palestinian women who were arrested on Friday, June 28 at the weekly demonstration against the occupation in Nabi Saleh.
The two women were held in Sharon Prison, in Israel, for more than three days before being brought before a military judge and indicted for entering a “closed military zone.” Rana Hamadah was also charged with obstructing a soldier in the execution of his duty.
Hamadah told +972 that during her arrest she asked the IDF soldier why she was being handcuffed, to which he replied: “Because I feel like it.” Hamadah said the pair were left handcuffed and blindfolded for nine hours, and were driven around in a vehicle with two male soldiers for seven more hours before being booked in Sharon Prison.
“Seeing the prisoners’ struggle from the inside gives an incredible urgency to their cause,” she said, adding that, “what we don’t see, and easily forget, is that the prisoners really must struggle for every passing minute.”
Nariman Tamimi told +972 this was the fifth time she has been arrested. She speculated that her arrest was part of the IDF’s efforts to crack down on the village’s right to protest, saying that Israel is “trying to make an example out of the village” by inflicting collective punishment. more.. e-mail

The end of ’pro-Israel’ in American political discourse 
Roi Bachmutsky, +972 Magazine 7/8/2013
There is no consensus on what pro-Israel means; even opposing political groups – like AIPAC and J Street – parade the term as a badge of honor. Pro-Israel has come to mean different things for different people, necessitating the introduction of a new vocabulary.
With abortion set to take national center stage in next year’s U.S. midterm election debates, it seems as though the clash between pro-life and pro-choice will steal the limelight. The very vocabulary we use forebodes the vitriolic tit-for-tat looming in the distance, each side debasing the other for grave injustices – either subverting women’s basic rights or mercilessly slaughtering our newborns.
But we all know these slogans, which were birthed of propagandist public relations, have a loose relationship with the truth. Pro-life and pro-choice attack straw men and women. Most Democrats do not rejoice in abortion, nor do most Republicans seek to degrade the status of women. In fact, national polls generally show that a healthy majority of Americans believe in safe and legal abortions during the first trimester, relegating the heart of the controversy to what the reasonable limits for aborting pregnancies should be.
Our country’s Israel debate has a parallel vocabulary problem. When the average American encounters Israeli politics in the mainstream media, chances are that discourse centers around two potent battle cries: pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian. The crippling predicament, however, is that in each case there is no single, coherent definition of the term. Year after year, we are talking past each other.
The 2012 presidential race between incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney serves as a recognizable example. Throughout the campaign, both candidates ceaselessly regurgitated different configurations of the pro-Israel line: “we stand with Israel,” “we have Israel’s back,” “our commitment to Israel is unshakable,” “our bond with Israel is unbreakable.” more.. e-mail

One minute in Gaza 
Julie Webb-Pullman, Al Jazeera.com 7/8/2013
Gazans will gladly welcome Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan if he visits – but will they get the chance?
What do January 2009, January 2010, and March 2013 have in common?
They all saw Israel apologise to Turkey – in 2009 over the Davos “One Minute” incident, in 2010 over the Ayalon incident, and in 2013 for the massacre of nine Turkish citizens on board the aid-ship, Mavi Marmara.
They are all examples of how Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has consistently defended Palestinian issues, especially Ga
za. They are all concrete – and rare – examples of a nation upholding universal principles against the murderous excesses of the rogue state of Israel.

And they are a fine example of a leader turning his back on the questionable distinction of being the first majority-Muslim country to recognise the state of Israel, and go about setting the record straight, trying to right the wrongs.
During a panel discussion titled Gaza: The Case for Middle East Peace at the 2009 World Economic Forum in Davos, Prime Minister Erdogan refused to be silenced by the moderator, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, when attempting to respond to Israeli President Shimon Peres’ justification of Operation Cast Lead.
“One minute … one minute … one minute,” Erdogan said to Ignatius, then addressed Peres. “You kill people, I remember the children who died on beaches … I remember two former prime ministers in your country who said they felt very happy when they were able to enter Palestine on tanks … I find it very sad when people applaud what you have said because there have been many people that have been killed … I think that it is very wrong, and that it is not humanitarian to applaud any actions which have had that kind of a result,” he managed to say before Ignatius – who allowed Erdogan only 12 minutes of speaking time, while giving Peres 25 minutes – cut him off. To his credit, Erdogan walked out in disgust. more.. e-mail

Why do charities want to ‘normalize’ Israeli apartheid? 
Jeff Handmaker, Rotterdam, Electronic Intifada 7/5/2013
Calls to hold Israel accountable for its crimes against the Palestinian people are gathering momentum. Words such as “boycott” and “apartheid” are no longer taboo and fast becoming mainstream.
Why, then, are well-respected charities such as IKV Pax Christi, a Dutch civil society organization in the Netherlands, and Oxfam working against efforts to hold Israel, and complicit corporations, accountable for serious human rights violations and war crimes?
On 17 June, IKV Pax Christi organized a seminar titled “Playing and Paying: EU responsibility and the two state-solution for Israel and Palestine.” The event kicked off with a stirring and principled speech by Nikolaos Van Dam, a co-author of a recent report on Palestine that had been commissioned by the Dutch Senate (“Between words and deeds: Prospects for a sustainable peace in the Middle East,” Advisory Council on International Affairs, March 2013 [PDF]).
Van Dam argued it was “naïve” to expect Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and Gaza “without enormous pressure from the outside.”
Under international law, he added, the Netherlands and the European Union were obliged to take action against Israel for its behavior. He stated that this obligation ought to mean that trade restrictions are introduced not only on products emanating from Israel’s settlements in the West Bank, but also on products from Israel itself.
“Sanctions should be imposed on those who are responsible for Israel’s policies, and that is the Israeli state, not just the Jewish settlers illegally residing on land forcefully expropriated from Palestinians,” he said. “We should finally put our political positions into practice” (“What should the European Union do to save the two-state solution,” 17 June 2013 [PDF]. more.. e-mail

Ilan Pappe on One-state, Unity, and ‘Peace Process’ – Interview
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Jul 2013 – Interviewed by Nigel O’Connor Ilan Pappe (L) says the US has ‘no strategy for Israel/Palestine’. (Photo: Johannes Hautaviita) The work of Professor Ilan Pappe – an advocate for an international boycott against Israel and the establishment of a single state for Israelis and Palestinians – has drawn praise as well as harsh criticism in academic and political circles. The criticism is not surprising, given that Pappe’s work has sought to challenge the accepted truths of a divided land, and led to him being forced to resign from the University of Haifa in 2007. The noted Israeli academic, who now teaches at Exeter University in the UK, presents the history of the state of Israel in a way that encompasses the narrative of the Palestinian people – a bold ambition in a society in which militarism, nationalism and religion are potent unifying forces. The past few months have seen a flurry…more

Morsi the Man – Guilty, with Honor
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Jul 2013 – By Julie Webb-Pullman In the last week much has been made of the purported failings of Morsi the President, and Morsi the politician. He tried to do too much, or did too little, he took too much power (for his party), or not enough (from the military and security services). He went too fast, or not fast enough. Some identified a failing as his lack of charisma, comparing him to “the more charismatic Khairat El-Shater” or lauding the “charismatic, chisel-jawed Sisi” – as if charisma is a substitute for principled leadership, or political legitimacy. We need only look to the United States and to Israel to see what unprincipled leadership charisma is capable of producing, including delivery on electoral promises. Remember the closure
of Guantanamo and the reduction of unemployment promised by US President Barack Obama? Remember Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s promise to appoint former communications minister Moshe Kahlon…

Egypt: Military Has Done It Again!
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Jul 2013 – By Aayesha J Soni I remember watching the overthrow of the dictator Mubarak on international news channels with irrepressible excitement and hope. The waving Egyptian flags and timeless pictures depicting the celebrations taking place in Tahrir Square left me with a feeling of anticipation for a great future ahead for Egypt as a country. Following their first ever democratic elections and the processes associated with it only served to increase my intense feelings of optimism and triumph of freedom over tyranny. However, the latest developments in Egypt have left me somewhat dejected and rather disappointed in the Egyptian people. For those opposed to Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), the coup de’tat is seen as supporting a popular uprising. For Morsi’s supporters who had respect for democratic governance and the rule of law, the overthrow of Muhammed Morsi must be described as nothing but a military coup. The Muslim Brotherhood…more

Quo vadis, Palestine?
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Jul 2013 – By Stuart Littlewood 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% of historical Palestine to the recent reaffirmation of the Arab Peace Initiative. As for Israeli prime minster 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,…more

A Game of Thrones in the Gulf
Dissident Voice: 8 Jul 2013 – There has been a lot of leadership change in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) of late, from the ousting of Tunisia’s Bin Ali, Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and Yemen’s Ali Saleh, to the overthrow of Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi and the ongoing attempt to unseat Syria’s Bashar Assad. We can now add to that list Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi, ousted in a military junta last week. These ousted dynastic wannabes were not royalty, however, albeit they acted like pharaohs. Royal dynastic change has been more limited of late – just Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in the past several years. Who succeeds is, of course, an important question in the MENA’s monarchical countries – the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Jordan and Morocco – with royal intrigue the fodder for many a historical drama series. In Saudi Arabia, who is next in line when King Abdullah and the last of the “Sudairi Seven”…more

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