VTJP Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel News & Articles 10 July 2013

10 July 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Activists to launch flotilla from Gaza to Europe in defiance of Israeli-imposed blockage
IMEMC – Canadian, European, and Palestinian activists plan to launch a flotilla – dubbed “Gaza’s Ark” – from Gaza to Europe carrying produce and textiles, with the goal of raising awareness of the strife caused by Israel’s blockade of the territory. … 

Issa: “Israel’s Decision To Build 500 Units, Another Violation To International Law”
IMEMC – Dr. Hanna Issa, an expert in International Law, strongly denounced the recent Israeli decision to build nearly 500 units for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, saying the decision is another Israeli violation of International Law, and an attempt to foil all attempts to resume direct peace talks. …

Settlers Bulldoze Palestinian Lands Near Hebron
IMEMC – [Wednesday July 10 2013] Local sources have reported that a number of extremist Israeli settlers bulldozed large areas of Palestinian lands, and loaded their sand onto trucks before taking it to their settlement. …

Ma’an News

Extremist Israelis enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound
7/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Dozens of extremist Israelis on Wednesday entered the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, escorted by Israeli police, a Palestinian official said. Around 100 Israelis entered the compound through the Moroccan Gate, said Azzam al-Khatib, director-general of the PA Ministry of Endowment. Al-Khatib said Israeli police had rejected a request to stop the visits during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan….

Witnesses: 2 injured in Nablus arrest raid
7/10/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces during an arrest raid in Nablus early Wednesday, witnesses said. Israeli forces raided the al-Junied neighborhood of Nablus and ransacked homes and university dorms before detaining 20-year-old Mahmoud Abdul-Halim Talahmah. Talahmah, from Bethlehem, is a student at the An-Najah National University in Nablus. Witnesses said Ahmad Abu Eisha, 20, was hit….

Report: Mossad agents detained Gaza man in Sinai
7/10/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Mossad agents detained a Palestinian in Egypt’s Sinai in June, Israeli media reported Wednesday. An Israeli judge cleared news of the arrest for publication on Wednesday and said Wael Abu Rida, from Gaza. He was detained on suspicion of “offenses of national security,” the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported. A magistrates’ court in Beersheba on Wednesday extended….

Israel sends 2 prisoners to house arrest
7/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Tuesday released two prisoners from Jerusalem to house arrest outside the city, a prisoners committee said. An Israeli court released 43-year-old Kifah Sarhan to house arrest in the village of Kafr Manda in northern Israel. Fuad Ahram Hamdiyya, 44, was sent to house arrest in Abu Ghush, on the outskirts of the Jerusalem. Both prisoners must wear….

Woman kidnapped in Nablus
7/10/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A woman was kidnapped in Salfit in the northern West Bank on Wednesday, relatives and police said. Sanaa Malayta was walking to a shop near her home, with her 9-year-old sister-in-law, when two men jumped out of a car and abducted her at knife-point, her brother-in-law Sameer Malayta said. The car, a silver Mazda, had Israeli license plates and drove….

Freed prisoner to receive treatment in Austria
7/10/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A medical center in Austria has agreed to treat freed prisoner Mohamad al-Taj. Al-Taj, whose medical records were sent to Europe in May, was hoping a country would offer him a lung transplant. He told Ma’an that the minister of detainees received approval for him to be treated in a Veinna medical center. The freed prisoner, who suffers from….

FIFA president urges Israel to free up Palestinian game
7/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — FIFA president Sepp Blatter urged Israel on Tuesday to ease restrictions on the movement of Palestinian players and officials that have long dogged the development of football in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Blatter said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had retorted that the sport should not become a political tool in the Middle East conflict but had agreed to the formation….

Rafah crossing opens for 2 days
7/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egypt reopened the Rafah crossing on Wednesday after a five-day closure, allowing stranded Palestinians to return to the Gaza Strip. The terminal will reopen in both directions for two days, the Hamas-run Ministry of Interior in Gaza said Tuesday. For those leaving the Gaza Strip, priority will be given to those with visas for foreign countries, Egyptian citizens and patients….

Parched Jordan to tap ancient aquifer
7/10/2013 – AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) — Jordan, one of the world’s 10 driest countries, said it will start pumping water from a 300,000-year-old southern aquifer on Thursday to the capital and other cities to help them meet high demand.”An experimental pumping of water from the wells of the Disi aquifer will start at midnight Wednesday,” Water Minister Hazem Nasser told the state-run Petra news….

Israel arrests suspected hashish traffickers
7/10/2013 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) – Israeli anti-drug officers in cooperation with security forces in the south on Wednesday foiled an attempt to smuggle 162. 5 kilograms of hashish from Egypt to Israel, officials said. Police say a truck driver who works near the border area was arrested along with three other suspects — all Palestinian Bedouins from the Negev and holders of Israeli IDs. The truck driver….

Unique Egyptian sphinx unearthed in north Israel
7/10/2013 – TEL HAZOR, Israel (AFP) — Part of an ancient Egyptian king’s unique sphinx was unveiled at a dig in northern Israel on Tuesday, with researchers struggling to understand just how the unexpected find ended up there. The broken granite sphinx statue — including the paws and some of the mythical creature’s forearms — displayed at Tel Hazor archaeological site in Israel’s Galilee….

PA destroys 5.4 tons of rotten pickles
7/10/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority consumer protection officers seized and destroyed 5. 4 tons of rotten pickles in Bethlehem on Wednesday. Customs officers stopped a truck coming from Beit Shemesh at the western entrance of Bethlehem, transporting 600 tins of pickled cucumbers, the Ministry of National Economy said in a statement. Officers seized the 9-kilogram tins, which were rusty and swollen and missing….

Gunmen kill 2 Egyptians in Sinai checkpoint attack
7/10/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Gunmen shot dead two Egyptians in an attack on a checkpoint in North Sinai on Wednesday, Egyptian security sources said. The security officials identified the victims as military cadet Karam Muhammad Ahmad, 22, and 27-year-old Mahmoud Muhammad Abdul-Ghani, a civilian. Four officers and two civilians were wounded in the attack, mostly suffering leg wounds. They were identified as Ahmad….

Palestinian refugee killed in Yarmouk camp
7/10/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was killed Tuesday in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus as clashes between Syrian regime forces and rebels continued, a Palestinian group said. Mahmoud Shibabi was killed by shrapnel from a shell that hit the camp, the Taskforce for Palestinians in Syria said in a statement. Troops loyal to President Bashar Assad engaged in fierce clashes with rebel groups….

War restricts Damascus life to neighborhood confines
7/10/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — As war rages in Syria, Ruba insists on celebrating her wedding. But rather than hold a lavish reception, she has invited her nearest and dearest to lunch at a small restaurant near her home in central Damascus. Wearing a white dress, she has mixed feelings of joy and pain, as the conflict unfolds just kilometers away.”Every girl dreams of her wedding day….

Egypt opposition ‘not consulted’ on new charter
7/10/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s National Salvation Front, the main coalition that backed the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi, on Wednesday toned down its criticism of an interim charter to say it merely disagreed with some provisions. On Tuesday night, the coalition had sent a statement saying: “The National Salvation Front announces its rejection of the constitutional decree.” But on Wednesday it issued a new….

Amnesty raps Egypt army’s ‘disproportionate’ force
7/10/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Amnesty International said on Wednesday it had evidence pointing to the “disproportionate” use of lethal force by Egyptian security forces, and called for them to be reined in to avoid “disaster”. The claim by the human rights watchdog comes two days after at least 51 people, most of them supporters of the ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, died in clashes outside the Cairo….

Egypt orders arrest of Brotherhood chief Badie
7/10/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s public prosecutor on Wednesday ordered the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohammed Badie and other top leaders of the movement for inciting violence that left dozens dead outside the headquarters of an elite army unit, judicial sources said. At least 51 people were killed in Monday’s clashes outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo where supporters of….

Jordan court postpones Abu Qatada bail decision
7/10/2013 – AMMAN (AFP) — A military court on Wednesday postponed until next week a bail application by Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, who faces terror charges in Jordan following his deportation from Britain, his lawyer said.”The state security court today postponed until next week its decision to look into my request to release Abu Qatada on bail,” Taysir Diab told AFP.”It said it needs to examine….

Freed Syria activist ‘lied’ in TV confession
7/10/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Activist Alaa Morelli escaped the worst in Syrian prisons, but to secure her freedom she lied during a forced “confession” on state television, saying the uprising was the work of foreigners. A student of Latakia university located on Syria’s Mediterranean coastline, Morelli, 23, was arrested on June 12 last year, just after sitting one of her second-year exams. A fellow student….

Egypt’s Mursi in ‘safe place’, not charged yet
7/10/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Mursi is in a “safe place” following his overthrow by the military, a Foreign Ministry spokesman told reporters on Wednesday, adding that no charges had been leveled against him yet.”Mursi is in a safe place, for his safety and he is being treated with dignity,” Badr Abdelatty told reporters.”He is not charged with anything up….

New Egypt PM seeks to form cabinet amid charter row
7/10/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s interim authorities were on Wednesday to start talks on forming a cabinet but face tough hurdles as opponents and supporters alike of ousted President Mohamed Mursi slam a temporary charter aimed at steering the divided nation through a difficult transition. The military’s overthrow a week ago of Mursi, after massive protests calling for his resignation, pushed the country….

Egypt appoints new prosecutor after Mahmud quits
7/10/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt on Wednesday appointed a new public prosecutor after the resignation of his controversial predecessor, a judicial source said.”The Supreme Judicial Council decided to approve the nomination of Hisham Barakat,” the source told AFP, adding that Abdel Meguid Mahmud had resigned on Tuesday. The controversial former prosecutor had said on Friday that he would step down, days after being reinstated, citing possible….

Army: Gunmen open fire on military commander’s car in Sinai
7/10/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Gunmen on Wednesday opened fire on the car of a senior military commander in Egypt’s restive Sinai peninsula, the army spokesman said, a day after two people died in an attack by militants on a security checkpoint. The car of the second field army chief “came under heavy fire, which led to clashes between security forces and the terrorist elements,” the….

Amnesty accuses Israel of judicial bullying
AlJazeera 10 Jul 2013 – Rights group issues scathing attack on trial of Palestinian women over weekly protests against West Bank settlement.

Palestine News Network

Settlers Raze Land, Steal Soil near Hebron
Palestine News Network

Prisoner in Israeli Jail Begins Open Hunger Strike
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Groups Condemn Meeting Between PLO, Israel as ‘Normalization’
Palestine News Network

PNN Congratulates Muslim World on Ramadan
Palestine News Network

HCEF Concludes a Successful 2nd International Palestinian Diaspora Youth Conference
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

High Court orders state: Reopen probe of U.S. citizen wounded in West Bank protest
7/10/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 10th July 2013, Haaretz , Jerusalem – Court responding to petition charging that nobody questioned the Border Police soldier who fired the tear-gas canister that cracked Tristan Anderson’s skull in 2009. Israel’s High Court of Justice on Wednesday ordered investigators to reopen their probe into the incident of a Border Police officer who shot a tear-gas canister at an American citizen in the….

Video – Father and 7-year-old son illegally detained in occupied Hebron
7/10/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 9th July 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – On July 9th at around 4pm in occupied Hebron, Israeli soldiers arrested and held a seven-year-old boy in their military base along with his father. They kept the father handcuffed and blindfolded, and transferred them to the checkpoint separating the Israeli and Palestinian controlled areas of Hebron – Checkpoint 56 – and interrogated both….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Kuwait Supports Palestinian Reforms with Additional US$50 million Grant Contribution to the World Bank Administered Multi-Donor Trust Fund
Relief Web 10 Jul 2013 – Source: World Bank Country: Kuwait, occupied Palestinian territory Washington, July 8, 2013 – Kuwait and the World Bank signed today a US$50 million grant agreement to support the ongoing Palestinian Reform and Development Program (PRDP). This amount is in addition…

Jordan: Agreement with Jordan
Relief Web 10 Jul 2013 – Source: Government of Switzerland Country: Jordan, occupied Palestinian territory, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic Switzerland signed today, Tuesday, July 9th 2013, with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan an agreement for Humanitarian Assistance, Technical and Financial Cooperation. This agreement will reinforce the…

occupied Palestinian territory: The International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion on the Wall – Nine Years Later
Relief Web 10 Jul 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory West Bank In 2013, 9 July is the ninth anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences…

occupied Palestinian territory: Camp No. 1 Marks the End of the 2013 EU Summer Fun Days
Relief Web 10 Jul 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory 4 July 2013 Nablus, West Bank To mark the conclusion of the 2013 EU Fun Days, ten days during which United Nations Relief…

The National

Uneaten food makes up half of waste in Dubai’s landfills each day during Ramadan
The National 11 Jul 2013 – Uneaten food makes up more than half of all the waste that ends up in Dubai’s landfills each day during Ramandan, according to municipality bosses.

Egypt orders arrest of Brotherhood chiefs over ‘massacre’ deaths
The National 10 Jul 2013 – The Brotherhood’s supreme guide Mohammed Badei is among 10 Islamist leaders wanted over the shootings at the Republican Guard headquarters on Monday in which dozens were killed. Alice Fordham reports from Cairo 

Turkish forces’ tactics under scrutiny as protest toll rises
The National 10 Jul 2013 – Death of 19-year-old university student comes amid allegations of harassment of witnesses to last month’s police crackdown on protesters and of families of those affected by the violence. Justin Vela reports from Istanbul 

Militants kill two in Sinai attack
The National 10 Jul 2013 – Two people were killed and six wounded when Islamist militants attacked an Egyptian security forces checkpoint on Tuesday using rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns in the North Sinai province.

Tweet away to stay healthy during Ramadan
The National 10 Jul 2013 – From today, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) experts will be available every Thursday morning, on Twitter, to answer questions.

One killed, 3 hurt in separate car accidents in Dubai
The National 10 Jul 2013 – In the first incident, one man was killed when his car rolled over this morning in The Springs area.

More countries added to Etisalat call plan
The National 10 Jul 2013 – Etisalat has added three countries to a service that allows prepaid mobile customers to make international calls for the same price as local ones.

Rouhani has the keys to solve Iran’s problems
The National 10 Jul 2013 – Moderate imam’s supporters hope his first move as Iran’s president will be to free all political prisoners. Michael Theodoulou reports 


IDF to dismiss 3,000 to 5,000 career soldiers due to budget cuts
Ha’aretz – 10 Jul 2013

Israeli Arab youth more likely than Jewish counterparts to drop out of school
Ha’aretz – 10 Jul 2013

Israel gains traction developing energy from organic waste
Ha’aretz – 10 Jul 2013

Report: 14,000 soldiers served time in IDF prison in 2012
Ha’aretz – 10 Jul 2013

Michael Oren: ‘Obama is a true friend, Israelis misunderstood his outreach to Arab world’
Ha’aretz – 10 Jul 2013

Shas chairman condemns attack on religious IDF solider by ultra-Orthodox rioters
Ha’aretz – 10 Jul 2013

Ilan Halevi, Jewish member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, dies in Paris
Ha’aretz – 10 Jul 2013

Israel Prison Service sources: ‘Second Prisoner X’ held for years in total isolation
Ha’aretz – 10 Jul 2013

Holon’s chief rabbi investigated over breach of trust
Ha’aretz – 10 Jul 2013

Palestinian from Gaza detained by Israel for ‘security crimes’
Ha’aretz – 10 Jul 2013

IDF to establish new Golan division to contend with Syria threat
Ha’aretz – 10 Jul 2013

Israeli doctors’ orders: Regular exercise for tots, less TV, skip unnecessary tests
Ha’aretz – 10 Jul 2013

High Court orders state: Reopen probe of U.S. citizen wounded in West Bank protest
Ha’aretz – 10 Jul 2013

Lieberman calls new Prisoner X case ‘severe’, but insists Israel acting legally
Ha’aretz – 10 Jul 2013

IDF officer who assumed Facebook persona to woo women takes leave
Ha’aretz – 10 Jul 2013

Knesset revives attempt to restrict foreign funding of left-wing NGOs
Ha’aretz – 9 Jul 2013

Israel’s defense ministry destroys abandoned posts, burying bat colonies alive
Ha’aretz – 9 Jul 2013

Jerusalem Post

Sir Cliff Richard’s tennis trip to Nazareth
Jerusalem Post 11 Jul 2013 – Singer visits school bringing Arab, Jewish kids together. 

Coup in Cairo demonstrates Riyadh and Doha competition
Jerusalem Post 11 Jul 2013 – The Saudis, long the dominant power in the Gulf region, has clashed with Qatarover its support for the Muslim Brotherhood. 

Egypt orders arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – Egyptian’s prosecutor’s office orders arrest of Badie, charging Muslim Brotherhood with inciting violence. 

Jewish, PLO politician dies in Paris at age 70
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – Ilan Halevi, descendant of a Jewish family from France described himself as “100% Jewish and 100% Palestinian”. 

UN envoys: Syria, Iran to bid for spot on Human Rights Council
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – Elections for Geneva-based body to be held later this year. 

Palestinians frustrated on eve of Ramadan over alleged prayer restrictions
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – Police: We are doing everything possible to ensure the tens of thousands of Muslims expected at Al Aqsa Mosque can pray peacefully and safely . 

UN calls on Hezbollah to end involvement in Syrian conflict
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – Lebanese UN envoy to keep borders open to fleeing Syrians. 

Americans in Egypt face new dangers as turmoil erupts
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – Despite violence US tourists still trickling in to Egypt, since 2011 xenophobic spell has seized population willing to view every American as spy. 

Rabbi Avraham Yosef, Shas candidate for chief rabbi, investigated for breach of trust
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – Yosef interrogated for eight hours by the police over a conflict of interests within duties as chief rabbi of Holon. 

Younger brother of Bar Noar murder suspect dies in accidental fall
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – Or Felician falls from construction sight where he worked. 

Britain fears chemical catastrophe if Syria’s Assad goes
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – Senior UK lawmakers: Weapons could fall into militants’ hands; British intel suspects Syria owns “vast stockpiles” of WMDs. 

Palestinians demand removal of West Bank barrier, compensation
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – Demand comes on 9th anniversary of publication of the Int’l Court of Justice’s report on legal consequences of barrier. 

Syrian rebels disperse food protest with gunfire
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – Opposition activist group says rebels killed protester, but resident says man killed prior to protest by army sniper. 

Beitar fan charged for hate crime attack on Arab employees at J’lem McDonalds
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – Avi Alkaim, 24, faces charges of racially-motivated aggravated assault and battery for incident. 

Court extends remand for Gaza man nabbed during visit to Egypt
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – Gag order eased confirming detention of Wael Abu Rida, a Palestinian suspected of unknown alleged security offenses. 

Egypt opens border to allow stranded Gazans to cross
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – Rafah crossing open for several hours to allow Palestinians to return to enclave after five days of closure. 

Court to state: Reopen probe into IDF shooting of US activist
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – NGO Yesh Din files petition to court on behalf of parents of Tristan Anderson who was hit by tear gas canister at W. Bank protest. 

Egypt in the Galilee: Sphinx found in northern Israel
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – Remains of statue inscribed with name of King Mycerinus who ruled Egypt more than 4,000 years ago. 

Livni, Aharonovich: There are no ‘invisible’ prisoners in Israel
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – Cabinet members reassure public prisoners receive due process, rights after release of documents revealing 2nd “Prisoner X.” 

Car bomb in Hezbollah stronghold a sign of Syrian spillover
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2013 – In recent years, Hezbollah has been on guard mostly against Israel, but the growing power of Sunni Islamist forces in the region, and the ongoing civil war next door, are increasingly challenging its dominance in Lebanon. 

Haredi attack against ultra-Orthodox soldier stirs political outrage
Jerusalem Post 9 Jul 2013 – Security forces extract soldier uninjured from Mea She’arim; Netanyahu vows to “take hard stance” against “lawbreakers.” 

The Guardian

Egypt’s coup does not bode well for Palestinians | Rana Baker
The Guardian 10 Jul 2013 – The liberals standing by the army’s side to oust Morsi should think of those in Gaza about to live again under the blockade When Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February 2011 , Palestinians in the besieged Gaza…

Inter Press Service

Egyptian Army’s Firepower Overwhelmingly U.S.-Supplied
IPS Protesters battle police in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on the second anniversary of Egypt’s January 25 revolution. Credit: Khaled Moussa al-Omrani/IPS When the dust settles from the ongoing deadly confrontations between the Egyptian armed forces and thousands of Islamist protesters in the streets of Cairo and Alexandria, the eventual winner will…


Venezuela Grants Snowden Asylum

Government Spying Has Always Focused On Crushing Dissent Not On Keeping Us Safe

Snowden Affair exposed more than NSA spying: US Corporate Media shown to be Rank Propaganda Arms

Video : Israeli Authorities Clamp Down on Theaters

How Do You Know When President Obama is Lying? MSNBC Won’t Tell You

Droning the global peace

The American Role is Rejected

The NSA’s mass and indiscriminate spying on Brazilians

The Classic Military Runaround Your Tax Dollars at Work Keeping You in the Dark

Israel’s fictions: notes on a myth democracy

Daily Star

Two teenagers die, three survive in car accident
Daily Star 10 Jul 2013 Two teenagers were killed and three others injured in a car accident north of Beirut early Wednesday.

Syria opposition renews call for Ramadan Homs truce
Daily Star 10 Jul 2013 The new leader of Syria’s opposition National Coalition has called for international pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to accept a truce in the central city of Homs for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Egypt’s Christians face backlash for Morsi ouster
Daily Star 10 Jul 2013 With a mob of Muslim extremists on his tail, the Christian businessman and his nephew climbed up on the roof and ran for their lives, jumping from building to building in their southern Egyptian village.

Syrian rebel sheikh calls for war on Assad’s Alawite heartland
Daily Star 10 Jul 2013 An influential Islamist cleric turned rebel commander urged Syrian insurgents on Wednesday to focus their war on President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite heartland to create a “balance of terror” and help turn the tide of the conflict.

Israel confirms it is holding missing Palestinian
Daily Star 10 Jul 2013 A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip who disappeared in Egypt last month is being detained by Israel for “security crimes,” an Israel court confirmed Wednesday, a month after his family charged he was abducted.

Jaafar clan receives bodies of abducted relatives
Daily Star 10 Jul 2013 The Jaafar family received the bodies of their relatives Wednesday who were kidnapped and killed in Syria by rebel groups nearly two months ago.

Hezbollah MP: Fiery rhetoric behind Beirut bombing
Daily Star 10 Jul 2013 Hezbollah MP Hussein Musawi said Wednesday fiery rhetoric led to the bombing that ripped through Beirut’s southern suburb and will be the cause of more bloodshed to come.

Syria opposition denies Russian chemical attack allegation
Daily Star 10 Jul 2013 The opposition Syrian National Coalition denies Russian allegations that rebel fighters fired a projectile laden with the nerve agent sarin at a suburb of Aleppo in March, saying U.

Condemnations pour in over Beirut bombing
Daily Star 10 Jul 2013 Lebanese political and religious figures continued to condemn the car bomb attack that rocked a bustling neighborhood in Beirut’s southern suburbs, unanimously warning that the country was passing a critical phase.

YNet News

Egypt’s interim cabinet to be formed next week
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Syria, Iran to run for UN Human Rights Council
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Envoys: Syria, Iran to run for UN Human Rights Council
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Photos suggest Saudis targeting Iran, Israel with ballistic missiles
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Tel Aviv shuts down unauthorized foreign nationals’ businesses
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Why is Israel keeping mum?
YNet News, 10 Jul 2013 – Op-ed: Israelis should overcome fear of change, raise their voices in support of Egyptian civil society ….

Kaniuk’s legacy
YNet News, 10 Jul 2013 – Op-ed: Late author encouraged those who wish to put Israeli secularism at forefront of their personal, national identity ….

Palestinian Information Center

Israeli forces arrest five Palestinians in the West Bank
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested on Wednesday two young men from the cities of Bethlehem and al-Khalil in the southern West Bank.

West Bank witnesses tension due to price hikes in month of Ramadan
PIC – The West Bank is witnessing state of tension due to the low salaries and price hikes especially with the month of Ramadan.

PCHR warns of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza
PIC – A human rights organization called on Egyptian authorities to open Rafah border crossing for humanitarian reasons, and to end the suffering of thousands of stranded passengers.

Condemnation of meeting of PA leaders and Israeli politicians
PIC – The Follow-up Popular Resistance Commission in Palestine condemned the meetings held between leaders of the Palestinian Authority and Fatah and the leaders of the Jewish extremist parties.

IOA extends the detention of a Palestinian kidnapped in Sinai
PIC – Israeli authorities have extended the detention of a Palestinian from Gaza who was kidnapped a month ago in Sinai by the Israeli Mossad, human rights sources said.

Kamal Khatib: “Israel” may have played a role in the military coup in Egypt
PIC – The deputy head of the Islamic Movement in the 1948-Occupied Territories, Kamal al-Khatib, stated that Israel may have played a frole in the military coup in Egypt..

Palestinian prisoners’ suffering during Ramadan
PIC – During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslim families are used to breaking their fast together at the time of the Maghrib (sunset) prayer, this is not the case for Palestinian prisoners’ families.

90 Jewish settlers defile Aqsa Mosque on first day of Ramadan
PIC – Extremist Jewish settlers escorted by policemen stormed on Wednesday morning the Aqsa Mosque violating its sanctity on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.

Egyptian authorities to partially re-open Rafah crossing on Wednesday
PIC – The Egyptian authorities decided to open Rafah border terminal with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday only partially, the Palestinian government in Gaza announced on Tuesday night.


Ilan Halevy, Jewish member of Fatah, Dead at 70
WAFA – 10 Jul 2013

Prisoners to Start Hunger Strike if Kerry’s Mission Fails
WAFA – 10 Jul 2013

Ministry Criticizes Allowing Settlers Information on Landowners
WAFA – 10 Jul 2013

Palestine to Introduce the Biometric Information System
WAFA – 10 Jul 2013

Egypt Partially Reopens Rafah Crossing
WAFA – 10 Jul 2013

Army Arrests Palestinians in West Bank
WAFA – 10 Jul 2013

Settlers Steal Soil from Land South of Hebron
WAFA – 10 Jul 2013


Egypt unrest puts Ramadan holiday in different light
LA Times 10 Jul 2013 – Any hope that Egypt might get a break during the holy month appears unfounded at a Cairo gathering where chanting for Morsi resumes right after prayers. CAIRO — They called it Egypt’s largest-ever iftar table.

Young activists again feeling squeezed out of Egypt’s rebellion
LA Times 10 Jul 2013 – Egypt’s younger generation struggles for relevance as it sees that its power in the street doesn’t translate easily into political capital. CAIRO — The young activists behind the protests that led to last week’s military overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi fear they once again may…

Israel holding Palestinian who disappeared in Egypt
LA Times 10 Jul 2013 – JERUSALEM — A Palestinian man who disappeared while visiting Egypt is being held in an Israeli jail on suspicion of security offenses, an Israeli court disclosed Wednesday.

Ramadan holiday adds to Egypt’s anxieties
LA Times 10 Jul 2013 – CAIRO — A muggy sunrise over Cairo on Wednesday ushered in the start of Egypt’s annual Ramadan season, when Muslims begin a monthlong period of fasting and religious reflection.

At War Blog: Guide to a Few Nonprofit Groups Providing Care to Veterans
New York Times 10 Jul 2013 – Jonathan Raab explores some nonprofit organizations and local community groups that are filling the gaps left by government agencies. 

Sudden Improvements in Egypt Suggest a Campaign to Undermine Morsi
New York Times 10 Jul 2013 – As life improves for many in Egypt, it is becoming clear that those opposed to President Mohamed Morsi undermined his administration. 

Egypt’s Government Broadens Its Accusations Against Islamists
New York Times 10 Jul 2013 – The new military-led government accused Mohamed Morsi and his allies in the Muslim Brotherhood of a campaign to incite violence before and after his ouster as president. 

Hopes Rise for Appeal of Ex-Marine Held in Iran
New York Times 10 Jul 2013 – Improvements in prison life for Amir Hekmati, incarcerated for nearly two years on spying accusations, strengthened his family’s hope that Iran’s judiciary would favorably review an appeal for his release. 

Tightening Siege by Syrian Rebels Stirs Anger
New York Times 10 Jul 2013 – Syrian rebels tighten a siege on government-held areas of Aleppo to get civilians to go elsewhere, but it seems to be undermining support for their cause. 

The Lede: Egyptian Journalist Was Killed by Army Sniper He Filmed, Family Says
New York Times 10 Jul 2013 – The family of a photographer for an Islamist newspaper who was killed on Monday, moments after recording an image of a sniper aiming a rifle at him, told The Lede that legal action is planned against the soldier. 

The Lede: Mos Def Video Puts Force-Feeding in Spotlight
New York Times 10 Jul 2013 – In an online video, the rapper and actor turns a spotlight on the controversial procedure of force-feeding detainees on hunger strike at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. 

“Solar power is Israel’s only alternative”
Globes Energy & Water – Renewable Energy Association of Israel Eitan Parnass is playing the security card in trying to overcome bureaucratic indifference.

Court approves sale of Better Place to Sunrise
Globes Main News – The buyer will pay at least NIS 18 million for Better Place Israel’s assets and NIS 25 million for Better Place Switzerland’s intellectual property.

“Globes” survey: 83% of public oppose port solidarity strike
Globes Main News – It seems that the Histadrut got the message when it decided to forego a general strike.

Conduit in talks to buy Perion for $250m
Globes Main News – Privately-held Conduit is splitting into two businesses, and could conduct a reverse merger with publicly-traded Perion.

Wed: Stocks flat
Globes Main News – Food companies Osem and Strauss were the biggest advancers among Tel Aviv 25 stocks; Israel Chemicals was unchanged on the day’s highest turnover.

Matomy postpones IPO to 2014
Globes Main News – Global performance marketing company Matomy has no plans to hold the IPO on the TASE, and New York or London are possibilities.

JIMS: Israelis pay most taxes 
Globes Macro Economics – The Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies finds that Israelis pay 54% of income in taxes, compared with 27.5% in the US.

Defense minister pulls NIS 3b budget cut 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Moshe Ya’alon has reneged on his commitment, made just a few weeks ago, to cut the defense budget by NIS 3 billion in 2013-14.

IDF Colonel Trolling for Sex on Facebook Exposed
Tikun Olam – IDF Col. Lior Hochman, accused sexual predator Yesterday, the Israeli media reported that an IDF soldier was caught using a false identity (Hebrew) and trolling for women on Facebook. This
being Israel, the identity and rank of the soldier was under military censorship. Thanks to an…

Israel Social TV Video on Mossad Sinai Kidnapping
Tikun Olam – This is my latest video for Israel Social TV about the Mossad’s kidnapping of Wael Abu Rida in Sinai. Unfortunately, due to the massive unrest presently in Egypt it appears this story will not receive the attention it should from the Egyptian media and citizens. But…

Message from an “unrecognized” village
Jewish Voice for Peace – If we don’t work together to stop the Prawer-Begin plan, 40,000 women, children, and men wholive in dozens of villages will be displaced in this same way. Hear what Al Araqib’s Sheikh Abu Aziz has to say and take action!

Three questions for liberals and progressives who support the Egyptian coup
Mondoweiss – Have you noticed the pro-coup liberals and progressives secretly and not-so-secretly cheering on the coup in Egypt? In a post from July 3rd, Philip Weiss seems jubilant over another US-sponsored military coup in the Middle East/North Africa: Even as Egypt braces for what’s next, the images…

Oligarch Valley: How Beverly Hills billionaire farmers Lynda and Stewart Resnick profit from the Iran sanctions they lobbied for
Mondoweiss – This is an excerpt from Yasha Levine’s “Oligarch Valley,” first published in NSFWCORP Issue #4 on June 19, 2013. To read entire article, click here and subscribe to NSFWCORP. Beverly Hills agri-billionaires Lynda and Stewart Resnick are the newest and oddest landlords in California’s Oligarch Valley….

Palestinians wait for accountability nine years after ICJ opinion against the Wall
Mondoweiss – July 9th not only marks the 8th anniversary of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions , but also the 9th anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) Advisory Opinion that found the Israeli construction of the Separation Wall in the occupied territories to be…

Ben Rhodes says ‘there’s no more difficult issue in the world’ than Israel/Palestine conflict
Mondoweiss – Just caught this. Ben Rhodes, Obama’s foreign policy guru and deputy national security advisor, in a press gaggle with reporters last week on Air Force One: “And the fact of the matter is, there’s no more difficult issue in the world. There’s a reason why it…

American Jewish Committee Slams Turkish Immigrants in Germany for Israel Rhetoric 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Jul 2013 – The Berlin branch of the American Jewish Committee is calling German authorities to investigate anti-Israel rhetoric that took place at a rally of Turkish immigrants in Düsseldorf. Click here for the rest of the article…

Rare Bat Colonies Killed as Israel Destroys Army Posts 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Jul 2013 – Israel has demolished abandoned military posts in the Jordan Valley that housed hundreds of protected bats, despite understandings with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.In the process, hundreds of bats were probably buried alive. The ministry says it asked the parks authority to take responsibility for…

3,000-Year-Old Sphinx Unearthed in Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Jul 2013 – Archaeologists in northern Israel have discovered an Egyptian sphinx thought to date back at least three millennia. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Revives Funding Ban for Leftist NGOs 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Jul 2013 – The Knesset is once again attempting to restrict foreign donations to certain nongovernmental organizations: MK Ayelet Shaked, chairwoman of the Habayit Hayehudi Knesset faction, submitted a new bill on this subject on Tuesday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Interim President Exchanges Ramadan Greeting Cables With Arab, Islamic Kings, Heads of State 
allAfrica.com 10 Jul 2013 – [Egypt Online]Interim President Adly Mansour exchanged Ramadan greeting cables with several Arab and Islamic kings and heads of state.

Egypt: UAE Offers Dollar Grants, Assistance to Egypt 
allAfrica.com 10 Jul 2013 – [Egypt Online]Turning a new chapter between Egypt and Arab brotherly countries, the UAE offered a three-billion-dollar aid to Egypt including a one-billion-dollar grant.

Egypt’s ousted president ‘safe’ 
BBC 10 Jul 2013 – The Egyptian foreign ministry insists ousted President Mohammed Morsi is being held in a safe place and treated with dignity.

Syrians ‘protest over rebel siege’ 
BBC 10 Jul 2013 – Syrians in Aleppo protest against a rebel siege of government-controlled districts that has created food shortages, residents say.

Syria chemical weapon ‘threat to UK’ 
BBC 10 Jul 2013 – Al-Qaeda could gain access to Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons with potentially “catastrophic” consequences, a parliamentary committee is warning.

Targeting Hezbollah: Who is Behind the Dahiyeh Bombing? 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 10 Jul 2013 – It was later discovered that the operation was carried out by local CIA operatives and financed by Saudi Arabia by way of the kingdom’s ambassador in Washington, Prince Bandar bin Sultan. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) It was later discovered that the operation was carried out by local…

Syrian rebel group claims responsibility for Beirut suburb blast 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jul 2013 – A little known Syrian rebel group has claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack that hit the southern suburbs of Beirut on Tuesday, wounding 53 people. It also claimed it was behind an attack on a Hezbollah convoy in eastern Lebanon on June 28. The group,…

Syrians Welcome Ramadan With Empty Pockets 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jul 2013 – Syrians shop in the covered market in centreal Damascus on 9 July 2013 as they prepare for the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo: AFP – STR) Syrians shop in the covered market in centreal Damascus on 9 July 2013 as they prepare for the…

Gaza: Palestinians Footing the Bill for Egypt Uprising 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jul 2013 – A Palestinian boy blows soap bubbles as he hawks toys on the eve of the start of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, at a street market in Gaza City on 9 July 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Abed) A Palestinian boy blows soap bubbles…

Lebanese Budget Skimps on Overloaded Army 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jul 2013 – The army is making do with whatever resources it has at its disposal, but the growing scope of its responsibilities requires stepping up the army’s funding. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The army is making do with whatever resources it has at its disposal, but the growing scope…

Egypt charges 200 over bloodshed, orders arrest of Brotherhood leader 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jul 2013 – Egypt’s chief justice Adly Mansour (L) is congratulated by judges during a ceremony in which he was sworn-in as head of the Constitutional Court, in Cairo on 4 July 2013, before his swearing-in ceremony as Egypt’s interim president. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki) Egypt on Wednesday…

Israelis enter al-Aqsa on first day of Ramadan, chant anti-Arab slogans 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jul 2013 – Christian Orthodox priests walks in front of parasols placed outside the Dome of Rock, at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam’s third most holy site, in the old city of Jerusalem on 8 July 2013 in preparation for the upcoming Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo:…

Egypt: The Military’s Account of Mursi’s Ouster 
Al-Akhbar Politics 9 Jul 2013 – An Egyptian woman holds up portrait of defense minister Abdelfatah el-Sisias as they gather in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on 7 July 2013. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki) An Egyptian woman holds up portrait of defense minister Abdelfatah el-Sisias as they gather in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on…

Egypt: How SCAF Manipulated its Adversaries 
Al-Akhbar Politics 9 Jul 2013 – Egyptian jet fighters trail smoke as they fly over Tahrir Square, in Cairo, on 7 July 2013, as tens of thousands of people staged a show of force in Tahrir Square to back the army’s ouster of Egypt’s first freely elected president. (Photo: AFP – Khaled…

Egypt’s ousted president ‘safe’ 
BBC 10 Jul 2013 – The Egyptian foreign ministry insists ousted President Mohammed Morsi is being held in a safe place and treated with dignity.

Syrians ‘protest over rebel siege’ 
BBC 10 Jul 2013 – Syrians in Aleppo protest against a rebel siege of government-controlled districts that has created food shortages, residents say.

Syria chemical weapon ‘threat to UK’ 
BBC 10 Jul 2013 – Al-Qaeda could gain access to Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons with potentially “catastrophic” consequences, a parliamentary committee is warning.


The logic of the occupation 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 7/9/2013
What we can learn from the arrest of a well-known Palestinian activist’s wife.
Nariman Tamimi was due to stand trial today at Ofer Military Prison for a rare charge: violating a closed military zone order. Nariman was arrested in her own village during an unarmed protest, in which not even one stone was thrown. When she was brought before a military judge, it was proved – through video evidence – that she never even resisted her arrest as the army previously claimed. Yet the military prosecution insisted on proceeding with the case.
You can read Mairav Zonszein’s report of the affair here. Despite the light and even absurd charges against Nariman – violating a closed military zone order in one’s own land – the regional military prosecutor himself, Lt.-Col. Maurice Hirsch, represented the prosecution at one of the court sessions, highlighting the gravity the IDF attached to this matter.
What’s the special interest for the army in this case? The definition of a closed military zone in the West Bank is pretty arbitrary and people violate the orders every day. But Nariman is the wife of a well-known Palestinian activist, and one possible explanation has to do with the unifying logic of the IDF’s actions vis-à-vis the Palestinian population in the occupied territory.
The occupation is about control. People often miss that. There are many barbaric and violent moments in the West Bank and even more so in Gaza, but as a whole, Israel is not attempting to exterminate the entire Palestinian population, nor does it currently seek to drive them all out of the territory it controls. Such actions would not be tolerated by the international community, and many Israelis would object them too.
Instead, all of the agencies who deal with the Palestinian population, primarily the army and the internal security services, are looking for the most effective ways to control the population and prevent all forms of resistance. more.. e-mail

Israel’s Prawer Bill aims to marginalise and dispossess Bedouin citizens 
Raluca Besliu, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 7/9/2013
The Israeli Knesset recently passed the controversial Bill on the Arrangement of Bedouin Settlement, also known as the Prawer Bill, which would force the relocation of over 30,000 Bedouin currently living in “unrecognised” villages in the Negev Desert to be concentrated in recognised communities; land claims would be compensated. The disputed bill passed its first reading by 43-40 votes. It will be submitted for two more readings, before becoming law.
In response to the passing of the bill, some Arab-Israeli legislators poured water on the document and tore it apart as they condemned it as racist and discriminatory. Several of them were removed from the chamber for doing this. While the government claims that this bill aims to enable the Bedouins to take advantage of the growth opportunities available to all citizens of Israel, it represents in fact the most recent example of decades of marginalisation, discrimination and dispossession of this section of the population. The bill will not only force the relocation of tens of thousands of Bedouin, but will also destroy their traditional way of life and the historic right to their land. At the same time it will condemn them to a life of poverty and alienation in towns established especially for the purpose by the government.
Although they are Israeli citizens, the Bedouin have been discriminated against historically by the government. They have traditionally had their own system of land ownership and engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry. After the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948, the Bedouin faced severe movement restrictions while, in 1951, the imposition of military rule forced them to move to an area between Dimona, Arad and Beer Sheva. When military law was finally lifted in 1966 both the government and the Bedouin started claiming ownership over vast areas of the Negev and tried to register land. Many of the land claims have remained unresolved.
In 1963, Israeli General Moshe Dayan declared that the Bedouin should be transformed into an urban proletariat. This has become the objective of the Israeli state. It has built seven towns for the Bedouin and demanded that those living in the unrecognised villages move into them. Many Bedouin have refused consistently to relocate to the towns, claiming that their agricultural practices are incompatible with urban life. more.. e-mail

Seeking justice for Tristan Anderson: Who watches the watchmen? 
Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 7/9/2013
Israel’s High Court of Justice will hear a petition demanding simply that an investigation into the wounding of a foreign citizen also investigate the real suspects.
On March 13, 2009, Tristan Anderson was standing in the forecourt of the mosque in the village of Ni’lin. Anderson, an American citizen, came to Ni’lin to document the weekly protests there. The demonstration was winding down, and the Border Police were conducting thei
r usual chase after stone throwers on a nearby hill, nicknamed “Antenna Hill.” Without any warning, a tear gas canister smashed into Anderson’s brow. He collapsed, his skull shattered. As a video taken there shows, tear gas canisters kept dropping around him. A team of the Palestinian Red Crescent tried to remove him to a hospital, but our brave troops held them for a long while at a checkpoint. After a series of long treatments in Israel, Anderson’s life was saved but he remains handicapped and suffered severe brain damage. He needs constant supervision by his parents. Everyone agrees that Anderson was not involved in any violent activity or any other provocation during the demonstration.

Three days after the incident, the Samaria and Judea (West Bank) Police District began an investigation. On September 30, 2009, the prosecution announced it had closed the case without any explanation as to why. About five months later, attorneys for the families were allowed to view and photocopy the investigation file – at which point a massive hole in the investigation was discovered.
The police did not bother interrogating the policemen who shot Anderson.
The Border Police company commander, Sharon Mannor, said in his testimony – taken three days after the incident – that he deployed four to five teams, and that two of them (one in the area of Antenna Hill and another on the hill behind the mosque’s forecourt, where Anderson stood) were using crowd dispersal weapons. The team on the hill behind the mosque was led by Mannor himself. more.. e-mail

Searching for song and identity, from the Maghreb to the Negev 
Hagar Sheizaf And Khen Elmaleh, Café Gibraltar, +972 Magazine 7/10/2013
Neta Elkayam, an upcoming artist and musician based in Jerusalem, tells the story of her multi-faceted identity and presents her own personal mixtape. Café Gibraltar sat down with Elkayam to discuss her experiences growing up in a southern Israeli development town, her life-changing trip to Morocco, and the power of North Africa’s female singers.
Where are you from?
I was born in Netivot, Israel. My experience has been one of a “southerner,” although I spent the second half of my life wandering. I lived in Be’er Sheba’s Dalet neighborhood, and then in the Hatikva neighborhood in Tel Aviv, before finally moving to the Katamon neighborhood in Jerusalem. I’ve lived in all the poor neighborhoods in Israel. I have also traveled – I spent time in the United States, France and I’ve visited Morocco. Today I feel like a Jerusalemite. I feel like this place suites me and I have no desire to go elsewhere.
When did you start becoming interested in music? When did it become part of your life?
I remember myself as a girl, being placed on the table – the guests arrive and I am doing impersonations of [Israeli singer] Rita and Whitney Houston. When I was young I had one foot in popular Israeli music – old Eretz Israel songs that we learned in school or in my choir, and the other in Israeli music that was played on the radio. I grew up with rock n’ roll and Fender alongside the Moroccan music that was played at events – weddings, Mimouna and piyyutim on Shabbat and during holidays. Moroccan music was played in the background every morning as I was driven to school, but there was also Efi Netzer, Haim Moshe and Yehoram Gaon for instance.
When I was in elementary school, I was the soloist in our choir which was called “Kibbutz Galuyot” (“the ingathering of exiles”). There were new immigrants from Russia, Ethiopians and me. No one in Netivot wanted to join this choir and all the rest of the people went to the cooler choirs, but I had a really interesting time there…. more.. e-mail

Denial of Palestine confronted in London art show
Electronic Intifada: 10 Jul 2013 – Bisan Abu Eisheh highlights how Zionist myths contrast with daily life in Jerusalem.more

Separated from family, Gaza hunger striker accepts expulsion deal
Electronic Intifada: 10 Jul 2013 – Israel continues to exile Palestinian prisoners in exchange for an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention.more

ElBaradei’s Democracy: How Egypt’s ‘Revolution’ Betrayed Itself
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Jul 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud ‘The revolution is dead. Long live the revolution,’ wrote Eric Walberg, a Middle East political expert and author, shortly after the Egyptian military overthrew the country’s democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi on July 3. But more accurately, the revolution was killed in an agonizingly slow death, and the murders were too many to count. Mohamed ElBaradei, a liberal elitist with a dism
al track record in service of western powers during his glamorous career as the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, is a stark example of the moral and political crisis that has befallen Egypt since the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak. ElBaradei played a most detrimental role in this sad saga, from his uneventful return to Egypt during the Jan. 2011 revolution – being casted as the sensible, western-educated liberator – to the ousting of the only democratically-elected president this popular Arab country has…

Israel’s Ethnic Cleansing Zones
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Jul 2013 – By Jonathan Cook Were it not for the razor wire, giant concrete blocks, steel gates, watchtower and standard-issue surly teenage soldier, it would be impossible to tell at what point the barren uplands of Israel’s eastern Negev give way to the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank. The military checkpoint of Shani vaguely marks the formal demarcation between Israel and occupied Palestinian territory, but in practical terms the distinction is meaningless. On either side of the Green Line, Israel is in charge. In recent weeks it has been intensifying a campaign to summarily evict Palestinian farming communities from their ancestral lands to replace them with Jewish newcomers. Israeli human rights lawyers, tired of the international community’s formulaic criticisms, say it is time to be more forthright. They call these “ethnic cleansing” zones – intended to drive off Palestinians irrespective of the provisions of international law and whether or not…more

Treatment of Palestinians is Apartheid by Any Other Name
Dissident Voice: 10 Jul 2013 – Were it not for the razor wire, giant concrete blocks, steel gates, watchtower and standard-issue surly teenage soldier, it would be impossible to tell at what point the barren uplands of Israel’s eastern Negev give way to the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank. The military checkpoint of Shani vaguely marks the formal demarcation between Israel and occupied Palestinian territory, but in practical terms the distinction is meaningless. On either side of the Green Line, Israel is in charge. In recent weeks it has been intensifying a campaign to evict Palestinian farming communities summarily from their ancestral lands to replace them with Jewish newcomers. Israeli human rights lawyers, tired of the international community’s formulaic criticisms, say it is time to be more forthright. They call these “ethnic cleansing” zones – intended to drive off Palestinians irrespective of the provisions of international law and whether or not the Palestinians in…more

Israeli Colonists Dump Sewage on Palestinian land
Dissident Voice: 9 Jul 2013 – Villagers in Wadi Fukin near Bethlehem were attacked by Israeli colonists/settlers from a nearby colony/settlement, when they intentionally poured thousands of tons of sewage into the only natural water spring and onto the land.more

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