VTJP Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel News & Articles 15 July 2013

15 July 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli tanks and bulldozers destroy Gaza farmland
IMEMC – Today in the Gaza Strip, Israeli tanks and bulldozers invaded farmland owned by Palestinian farmers. …

Two Palestinian children detained in Hebron
IMEMC – Earlier today, Israeli soldiers detained two Palestinian children near the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron. Mohammad Abu Mayaleh, 7, and Ahmad Abed al-Qader, 10, were held for several hours and then released. No reason has been given for their detainment. …

Palestinian shepherd attacked by settlers in the South Hebron Hills
IMEMC – On Sunday, settlers from the illegal outpost of Mitzpe Yair attacked Omar Jibril Ahmad Hoshiya, 28, as he was tending to his animals. He suffered several broken teeth and extensive bruising, and was taken to a hospital in Yatta for treatment. …

Protests in the Negev, the West Bank, and Gaza against the Begin-Prawer plan
IMEMC – Protestors took to the streets in Be er Sheva, Bethlehem, and Gaza City calling for the Israeli government to scrap the Begin-Prawer plan that would forcibly displace between 30,000-70,000 Negev Bedouins. More protests are planned for Ramallah, Jerusalem, Hebron, Nablus, and Jaffa. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces issue 4 eviction orders in Nablus village
7/15/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Sunday issued eviction orders to four homes in the Nablus village of Aqraba, a PA official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli military forces issued eviction orders to Fawzi Abdullah Bani Jaber, Muhammad Abu Hadiyeh, and two home belonging to Sami Mustafa Bani Jaber. The orders….

Committee: Settlers assault shepherd near Hebron
7/15/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A group of settlers assaulted a Palestinian shepherd in the south Hebron hills on Sunday, a local committee said. Coordinator of the popular committee against settlements in Yatta, Rateb al-Jabour, told Ma’an that a group of settlers from the illegal outpost of Mitzpe Yair assaulted Omar Jibril Ahmad Hoshiya, 28, as he tended to his animals. Hoshiya suffered several….

Israeli group visits Aqsa compound with police escort
7/15/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of Israelis entered the Al-Aqsa compound on Monday under armed guard, a local foundation said. The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage said the group entered the compound through the Moroccan gate accompanied by an Israeli police escort. Israeli forces deployed at the entrances to the compound and briefly detained two children, the group said. At least 180 Israelis, including….

Protesters rally against Prawer Plan in Israel, West Bank
7/15/2013 – BEERSHEBA, Israel (Ma’an) — Demonstrations took place across Israel and the occupied West Bank on Monday to protest against Israel’s Prawer Plan, which will displace thousands of Bedouin families in the Negev desert. In Beersheba, protesters blocked the main road by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev before being displaced by Israeli forces, witnesses said. At least 20 people were arrested and dozens…. Related: When I look at the Prawer Plan, I see another Nakba

Former hunger striker transferred to hospital
7/15/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Former hunger striker Thaer Halahla was transferred to an Israeli prison hospital on Sunday, a prisoners group said. The Palestinian Prisoners Society said Halahla’s health has deteriorated after contracting Hepatitis C in an Israeli prison. Halahla, from the Hebron-district town of Kharas, held a 77-day hunger strike last year to protest his detention without charge by Israel. Israeli….

Israel court jails top Hamas members for 30 months
7/15/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — An Israeli court said Sunday it has jailed for 30 months two senior Hamas members who took refuge inside Red Cross East Jerusalem offices for a year and a half. The Jerusalem district court issued the sentence as part of a plea bargain in which former Palestinian minister for Jerusalem affairs Khaled Abu Arafeh and Hamas MP Mohammed Totah admitted to “membership of….

Netanyahu says may have to act before US on Iran
7/15/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Iran is moving “closer and closer” to building a nuclear weapon and Israel may have to act before the United States does, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday.”They’re edging up to the red line. They haven’t crossed it yet,” Netanyahu said on CBS News’s “Face the Nation.””They’re getting closer….

Stranded Gaza pilgrims to arrive home Tuesday
7/15/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Gaza pilgrims who have been stranded in Saudi Arabia for weeks due to unrest in Egypt will arrive home on Tuesday, a Gaza official said. Adel Swalha, director of the ministry of endowment in the Hamas-run Gaza government, told Ma’an that the pilgrims will arrive in three groups, one of which will leave late Monday, carrying….

Hamdallah urges World Bank to increase assistance
7/15/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Interim Palestinian Authority premier Rami Hamdallah on Monday urged the World Bank to increase its financial support to the PA. In a meeting in his Ramallah office with World Bank country director Miriam Sherman, Hamdallah called for more assistance to help the PA deal with financial challenges and Israeli restrictions on the Palestinian economy, the official Wafa news reported. He applauded….

Journalists union says Egypt media inciting against Palestinians
7/15/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate on Monday warned of an ongoing “crackdown” against Palestinians by some Egyptian media outlets. The syndicate said some Egyptian journalists were inciting against the Palestinians as a people, and not just those who live in Egypt.”This is a very dangerous and slanderous trend unfit for the Egyptian media which has always played epic roles in cooperation….

Official: Kerry heading back to meet Abbas
7/15/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry will return to the Middle East this week to push for Israel-Palestinian peace talks and will meet President Mahmoud Abbas, a Palestinian official said Monday.”It is expected that President Abbas and Kerry will meet in Amman,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.”We are waiting to see what new ideas Kerry will bring with….

US ex-officials urge diplomacy with new Iran president
7/15/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) – – Former US officials called Monday for President Barack Obama to pursue diplomacy with Iran’s new president after Israel showed a hard line over Tehran’s nuclear program. In their latest letter to Obama, the ex-policymakers said the election of centrist cleric Hassan Rowhani, who will assume the presidency on August 3, “presents a major potential opportunity.” “We strongly encourage your….

Private hospitals stop treating Palestinian military personnel
7/15/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian private hospitals on Monday stopped admitting Palestinian Authority military personnel because of the government’s outstanding bills. The federation of private hospitals decided to start refusing treatment to patients referred by the PA’s military medical services because their debt to hospitals reached 30 million shekels ($8. 34 million), federation chief Dr Nitham Nijab said. Several hospitals announced….

Abbas to decide on govt in mid-August
7/15/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) – President Mahmoud Abbas will decide how to reform the government of caretaker Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the middle of August, a senior official said on Monday.”President Abbas will decide on the legal status of the current government on the 14th of the next month,” Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Wassel Abu Yusef told AFP.”The caretaker period will end on….

Israel sentences man to life for killing sister
7/15/2013 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — An Israeli court on Monday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for killing his sister in the Negev. Jihad Khamaysa, 24, from Rahat in southern Israel, was convicted of killing his sister Firyal Khamaysa, a mother of three, in June 2011. According to their confessions, Jihad Khamaysa, his brother Salman Khamaysa and their cousin Omra Khamaysa kidnapped the victim and took….

Egypt militants kill 3 in Sinai bus attack
7/15/2013 – CAIRO, Qahirah (AFP) — Militants killed at least three people Monday and wounded 17 when they fired on a bus carrying workers in the North Sinai town of El-Arish, security and medical sources said. Military spokesman Colonel Ahmed Aly said in a statement that a “terrorist group” had been targeting a police vehicle but hit the workers’ bus by mistake.”The bus was attacked with….

US envoy presses Egypt leaders before rival demos
7/15/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — A top US official pressed Egypt’s interim leaders on Monday for a return to elected government after the army ousted President Mohamed Mursi, whose supporters and opponents readied rival rallies. Under Secretary of State Bill Burns held talks in Cairo with army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, military-appointed president Adly Mansour and caretaker prime minister Hazem al-Beblawi. Burns is the first senior….

UN envoy in Syria talks as child toll mounts
7/15/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — The UN’s special envoy on children in war was in Syria for talks on Monday, as concern mounts over the rising child death toll in the bloody two-year conflict. Six children were among 29 people killed in a devastating army bombardment of five villages in the northwest as residents prepared to break the daytime fast observed by Muslims during the holy….

Activist: Lebanon hospital ejects wounded Syrians
7/15/2013 – TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AFP) — A Lebanese hospital has “forcibly” ejected 30 Syrians patients wounded in violence in their country, an activist said on Monday, while the hospital said they were discharged over unpaid bills.”The Alameddin hospital in Minieh threw out 30 wounded Syrians from Qusayr” on Sunday, Khaled Mustafa, director of an office helping refugees in northern Lebanon, told AFP. The hospital, in northern Lebanon….

Palestine News Network

PPS: 13 Prisoners in Israeli Jails on Hunger Strike
Palestine News Network

Oslo Agreements: Impact on Israeli Water Confiscation, Palestinian Water Consumption
Palestine News Network

UN Envoys Visit Ein El Hilweh Refugee Camp
Palestine News Network

Settlers Attempt to Kill Palestinian in Hebron
Palestine News Network

Settlers Assault Palestinian at Train Station in Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

General Strike Against Prawer-Begin Plan in Occupied Palestinian Territories
Palestine News Network

Netanyahu Pays Abbas Ramadan Phone Call, Hopes to Renew Negotiations
Palestine News Network

Statistics: Consumer Price Index Increased by 0.37% in June 2013
Palestine News Network

HCEF Wishes the Muslim Community a Blessed and Peaceful Ramadan Kareem
Palestine News Network

Relief Web

Lebanon: Under pressure: the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on host communities in Lebanon
Relief Web 15 Jul 2013 – Source: World Vision Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Burden on families hosting Syrian refugees could reach tipping point, new study finds ? More aid is needed to avoid “secondary humanitarian crisis” in Lebanon, destabilizing entire region…

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 8 – 15 July 2013
Relief Web 15 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, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malawi,…

Lebanon: UN Envoys Visit Ein El Hilweh Refugee Camp
Relief Web 15 Jul 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Beirut The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon, Robert Watkins, visited the Ein El Hilweh Palestine refugee…

The National

Aid from Gulf states ‘is crucial for Egypt’
The National 15 Jul 2013 – As loan talks with IMF are put on hold, senior US diplomat arrives in Cairo to snubs from Tamarod rebel leader and Al Nour Islamists. Alice Fordham reports

Morsi removal inspires Sinai militancy
The National 15 Jul 2013 – Within hours of Egypt’s elected president being overthrown this month, militant Islamists in the Sinai peninsula were talking of making war on Cairo’s security forces.

Iraq mortar attack kills 4, wounds 11 as violence soars to worst level in years
The National 15 Jul 2013 – Violence in Iraq is now at its deadliest level in half a decade, raising fears that the country is returning to the widespread bloodshed that pushed it to the edge of civil war between 2006 and 2008.

Petrol-bomb attack on Bahraini MP’s house
The National 15 Jul 2013 – Opposition calls for authorities to allow peaceful protest.

Syrian war’s heavy toll on harvests, livestock
The National 15 Jul 2013 – Conflict has major impact on crops and livestock herds, as farmers reduce planting amid violence and sell off stock to neighbouring countries.

Street food sellers in Dubai risk heavy fines and having goods seized
The National 15 Jul 2013 – The crackdown is part of Dubai Municipality’s efforts to clean up streets and residential areas.

Advice against infection
The National 15 Jul 2013 – If you feel unwell with symptoms of respiratory illness, stay at home. Seek advice from your doctor or health authority over the telephone.

Sheikh Sultan praises second Ramadan media majlis
The National 15 Jul 2013 – Sheikh Sultan, chairman of the Sharjah Media Centre, said the events were important in helping to bridge the gap between the public and government officials.


Israel using Iran threat to distract from tensions with Syria
Ha’aretz – 15 Jul 2013

Israel’s young Einsteins finish 13th in world physics championships
Ha’aretz – 15 Jul 2013

Crossing back to Israel from war-torn Syria, university students face tough choices
Ha’aretz – 15 Jul 2013

More than 200 cases of kids left alone in cars reported since 2008
Ha’aretz – 15 Jul 2013

Israel’s AG urges Eliyahu to drop ‘inappropriate’ bid for chief rabbi in light of anti-Arab remarks
Ha’aretz – 15 Jul 2013

Kerry returns to Mideast, but not planning trip to Israel or West Bank
Ha’aretz – 15 Jul 2013

Defense Ministry ordered to examine if Israeli arms exporters can be exposed
Ha’aretz – 15 Jul 2013

Israeli Arabs protest against Bedouin relocation plan; at least 14 arrested
Ha’aretz – 15 Jul 2013

EU likely to add Hezbollah s military wing to list of terror groups, Israeli officials say
Ha’aretz – 15 Jul 2013

Israeli infant dies after being left in car in second such incident in 24 hours
Ha’aretz – 15 Jul 2013

Jerusalem’s prickly problem: Porcupines, gazelles, and bats in danger of extinction
Ha’aretz – 15 Jul 2013

Israel tones down opposition to Western arming of Syrian rebels
Ha’aretz – 15 Jul 2013

U.S. Congress, administration argue over Israeli visas
Ha’aretz – 15 Jul 2013

6,800 arms exporters working in Israel, state documents reveal
Ha’aretz – 15 Jul 2013

Israeli archaeologists dig up artifact from time of Kings David and Solomon
Ha’aretz – 15 Jul 2013

Analysis / A hesitant step toward harsher treatment of mayors charged with crimes
Ha’aretz – 14 Jul 2013

Jerusalem Post

BGU students in reserve duty to get more adjustment days’
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2013 – University to provide students with adjustment days, even if they do not meet Council for Higher Education s new criteria.

Tel Aviv launches 2 affordable housing projects
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2013 – Municipality announces launch of new projects, which counts for 10% of urban development budget.

Regev: Israel must spread out migrants in south TA
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2013 – MK says Israel must step up the detention of African migrants.

Lawyer may testify that Israel broke promise to terror victims
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2013 – Shurat Hadin head could be forced to testify that gov’t broke vow over terror financing case against Bank of China.

Leaflet seemingly calls for murder of haredi soldiers
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2013 – Suspicions were voiced that the leaflet could be a fabrication after leaflet found in haredi Jerusalem neighborhood.

Palestinians protest against meetings between PLO officials, Israeli politicians
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2013 – Demonstrators condemn meetings, call for “cleansing” the PLO of the generals of normalization with Israel.

Syria rebels want al-Qaida suspect to face trial
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2013 – Supreme Military Council calls for Islamic court to investigate the killing of one of its top commanders by foreign Islamist fighters.

Nahari law cancellation approved for second and third readings
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2013 – Bill revokes obligation of local authorities to fund non-state haredi schools that don’t teach core curriculum.

Assad’s forces advance into rebel-held district of Damascus
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2013 – Diplomats and security sources say Assad intent on securing the capital from rebels that pose a threat to his troops.

Histadrut pave way for port strike after negotiations falter
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2013 – Labor action comes in response to government issuing tenders for building competing private ports.

Police arrest 28 in protests against Prawer-Begin plan
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2013 – Protesters call on gov’t to freeze plan, which seeks to regulate Arab settlement in the Negev.

For second time in 24 hours, a toddler left in a car dies
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2013 – For second straight day, a baby dies when left in a vehicle for hours in the West Bank; Police believe baby’s father left her in car.

After Ahmadinejad feuded with Iranian parliament, Rouhani tries to mend fences
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2013 – Iranian president-elect says gov’t infighting must stop, cooperation needed in order to combat “possibly highest inflation in world.”

3 killed in attack on bus in Egypt’s Sinai
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2013 – Suspected Islamists hit bus with rocket-propelled grenades; Brotherhood suggests Sinai violence part of army conspiracy.

Netanyahu calls Abbas for Ramadan, urges peace
Jerusalem Post 14 Jul 2013 – PM tells PA president he hopes US Secretary of State Kerry’s efforts to renew negotiations will show results.

The Guardian

Why journalists should NOT declare how they vote
The Guardian 15 Jul 2013 – Journalists, writes Antony Loewenstein, should disclose who they vote for plus any other “political affiliations” that may affect their reporting. We are subjective and need to admit that to ourselves and our readers, he argues. We…

Inter Press Service

Turkish Women Push Back Against Patriarchy
IPS A woman collapses in front of a police barricade during one of the Occupy Gezi protests. Credit: Arzu Geybulla/IPS Among the many issues bringing protestors together at Gezi Park, the now-iconic site of struggle in Istanbul s Taksim Square, is the demand for women s liberation. Coming from many walks of life…


Thousands Stuck in Gaza Without Identity Cards

Palestinians say destruction of olive groves is an Israeli terror campaign

Coup or No Coup? Western Ambivalence on Egypt

Iraq: Between Drug Dealers and Death Squads

Sewage Pours Onto Gaza Beaches

Edward Snowden accuses US of illegal, aggressive campaign (Video)

Daily Star

Divided EU in fresh talks on blacklisting Hezbollah
Daily Star 15 Jul 2013 European Union nations are divided going into fresh talks this week on whether to add the military wing of Hezbollah to its list of terrorist groups, diplomatic sources said Monday.

Kerry to visit Jordan, Israel-Palestinian peace on agenda
Daily Star 15 Jul 2013 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will brief Arab officials in Jordan on Wednesday about his push to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Inmate escapes Lebanon prison
Daily Star 15 Jul 2013 An inmate escaped from Roumieh Prison, Lebanon’s largest detention facility, security sources said Monday

Arabs ready anti-Israeli resolution over nukes
Daily Star 15 Jul 2013 After a two-year hiatus, Arab nations are relaunching efforts to single out Israel for criticism at a major international conference this fall by preparing a resolution suggesting that the Jewish state is threatening Middle East peace…

United States says will not take sides in Egypt crisis
Daily Star 15 Jul 2013 The United States will not try to impose its model on Egypt nor will it support specific parties or personalities, U.

Syria rebels want Al-Qaeda suspect to face trial
Daily Star 15 Jul 2013 Syria’s main rebel group said on Monday that it wanted an Islamic court to investigate the killing of one of its top commanders at the hands of foreign Islamist fighters last week.

YNet News

UN divided on Iran sanctions violations
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US woman gets 10 years in Rwanda fraud case
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Nigerian activists: Arrest Sudan leader for crimes
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Syrian rebel leader: Cameron betrayed us
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15 Golani troops jailed for refusing to secure Golan base
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Our own jihad in Mea Shearim
YNet News, 15 Jul 2013 – Op-ed: Attacks on haredi soldiers show seculars not the only ones who suffer from religious coercion ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF suppresses protests against Begin-Prawer Plan
PIC – Protesters in occupied Beersheba have closed the main street leading to the so-called the Bedouin Resettlement Authority, refusing the Israeli police orders to vacate the place.

Masri warns IOA of dire consequences if any harm is done to prisoners
PIC – Hamas warned the Hebrew state of dire consequences if any harm is done to Palestinian prisoners and called for immediate international pressures to save those prisoners.

1700 patient prisoners risk death in Israeli jails
PIC – Palestinian patient prisoners in Israeli jails suffer deliberate Israeli medical negligence and lack of medical care where they risk death at any moment.

Al-Sissi orders destruction for all tunnels to Gaza Strip.
PIC – The General Command of Egyptian Armed Forces have ordered the demolition of all tunnels between Gaza and Egypt during the next few days before the start of the security operation in Sinai.

Worshippers confront attempt to desecrate Aqsa mosque
PIC – Worshipers and Quran students in the Aqsa mosque confronted dozens of Jewish settlers who entered the holy site from the Maghareba gate.

Action group asks PLO to assume its responsibility toward refugees
PIC – The Action group for Palestinians in Syria has said that the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus was calm on Monday after two days of its closure before inhabitants.

IOF soldiers raid Nablus, arrest youth
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided the city of Nablus at dawn Monday and broke into the home of Shaban family in Ras Al-Ain suburb.

“Anger strike” in 1948 protesting Begin-Prawer Plan
PIC – A general strike and huge protests are taking place since the morning hours on Monday in several Palestinian cities and villages in 1948- occupied territories calling for a halt of the ‚¨ SPrawer Plan‚¨ ù

Health of detainee Halahle worsening
PIC – Israeli prison service transferred detainee Thaer Halahle from Ofer jail to Ramle prison clinic after deterioration of his health condition.


Israeli Soldiers Hold 2 Hebron Children for Hours
WAFA – 15 Jul 2013

Israeli Forces Suppress Pro-Bedouin Protest near Bethlehem
WAFA – 15 Jul 2013

Newspapers Review: Israelis at Al-Aqsa Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 15 Jul 2013

Israeli Fanatics Provoke Muslim Worshippers at Al-Aqsa
WAFA – 15 Jul 2013

Arabs in Israel Protest Government Ethnic Cleansing Plan
WAFA – 15 Jul 2013


In Egypt, U.S. envoy calls for political transition, end to unrest
LA Times 15 Jul 2013 – William J. Burns meets with interim leaders but is snubbed by Islamists and anti-Morsi demonstrators. Both groups criticize U.S. meddling in Egypt. CAIRO With the Obama administration facing recriminations across Egypt for its response to the July 3 military coup, a top U.S. diplomat…

Israel in middle of legal tussle between U.S. and China
LA Times 15 Jul 2013 – JERUSALEM A new diplomatic spat is emerging between the United States and Israel, and it has nothing to do with Iran or Palestinians for a change.

U.S. Steps Up Public Diplomacy in Egypt Crisis
New York Times 15 Jul 2013 – Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns arrived in Cairo on Monday at a time when both sides of Egypt s crisis have exhibited strong anti-American sentiment.

Iran s President-Elect Describes a Bleak Economy
New York Times 15 Jul 2013 – Hassan Rowhani, who will succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president, blamed the departing administration for the economy s troubles, saying it has left much work to be done.

Egyptian Liberals Embrace the Military, Brooking No Dissent
New York Times 15 Jul 2013 – Liberal Egyptians have long had an uneasy relationship with the military, but since it pushed out President Mohamed Morsi, a majority have been intolerant of dissenters.

CPI rises 0.8% in June
Globes Main News – The highest rise in the Consumer Price Index since August 2012 was strongly influenced by the VAT hike.

Cracks found in Tel Aviv’s Arlozorov overpasses
Globes Main News – Engineers were stunned that thousands of cars, buses, and trucks were allowed to use the bridges every day.

Court appoints Alvarion receiver
Globes Main News – Alvarion’s lawyer: About $10 million in working capital will enable the company to stay in business.

Mon: Mobile carriers fail to lift market
Globes Main News – Partner and Cellcom rose on a flat market. The TASE reopens on Wednesday after the Tisha B’Av fast.

Court orders Israel Chemicals to publish royalties arbitration
Globes Main News – The Jerusalem District Court today ordered Israel Chemicals unit Dead Sea Works to publish the minutes of the arbitration on its potash royalties to the state.

National biometric data base begins operations
Globes Macro Economics – The data base will prevent fraud and identity theft and protect privacy argues National Biometric Authority director Gon Kemeny.

Ports strike looms
Globes Macro Economics – This morning’s meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Histradrut chairman Ofer Eini ended without agreement.

Israel Used Turkish Military Base in Latakia Attack
Tikun Olam – Yakhonts anti-ship missile system in action This story keeps getting weirder and more interesting: RT (formerly Russia Today) reports based on a reliable source that Turkey allowed Israeli air-force jet bombers to use one of its military bases to attack the Syria port of Latakia, where…

Congress and AIPAC want to name Israel major strategic partner but AP highlights anti-Arab discrimination
Mondoweiss – Nour Joudah Matthew Lee is the Associated Press reporter who regularly stands up for Palestinian human rights in State Department briefings, and today he and a colleague have published an important story describing Congress’s efforts to push AIPAC-sponsored legislation that would put Israel in an enhanced…

Exile and the Prophetic: American vigilantism and Egypt s too
Mondoweiss – Egypt is off the front pages of American newspapers. It was only a matter of time, a week or so, for the story to run its news-cycle course. Today it s the Trayvon Martin verdict. Race remains the American divide. Watching President Obama twist and turn with…

Construction begins on Road 92 , will link West Bank settlements to the Israeli coast
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Apartheid / Restriction of movement Israel starts construction on road linking settlements NABLUS (Ma an) 13 July — Israeli authorities have begun construction work on a West Bank road which will link cities within Israel and illegal settlements and outposts, a…

Israel bartering African refugees for weapons
Mondoweiss – Package Deal (Graphic: David Sheen) Two mind-wrenching reports out of Israel today. In their desperation to rid themselves of African asylum seekers Israel is bargaining them away with offers of weapons. Ynet: Israel to trade arms for migrants with African countries Senior official says deal nearly…

Ondaatje, Martel and over 70 of Canada s leading writers call on Israel to reject Prawer Plan and West Bank evictions
Mondoweiss – Last week, a group of Canadian novelists, poets and activists wrote an open letter to the Israeli and Canadian governments calling on Israel to halt the evictions of Palestinians from the South Hebron Hills to make way for the military live fire range, and to reject…

Israel Slammed for Sending Migrants Back to Eritrea
The Foward Breaking News 15 Jul 2013 – Israel has launched a forced repatriation of Eritrean migrants that amounts to a grave violation of their human rights because of the risk of persecution in their reclusive homeland, an advocacy group said on Monday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ouch! Snake Bites Israeli Man on Private Parts
The Foward Breaking News 15 Jul 2013 – A man in northern Israel was reportedly bitten on the penis while sitting on the toilet Friday night. Click here for the rest of the article…

EU Likely To Call Hezbollah Military Wing Terrorist Organization
The Foward Breaking News 15 Jul 2013 – The foreign ministers of the European Union are most likely to add Hezbollah s military wing to the body s list of designated terror organizations when they meet on July 22, according to high-ranking Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem. Click here for the rest of the article…

King David-Era Ceramic Jar Found in Jerusalem
The Foward Breaking News 15 Jul 2013 – Israeli archaeologists last week discovered a fragment of a ceramic jar they say dates back to the time of Kings David and Solomon and bears the earliest sample of written text ever found in Jerusalem. Click here for the rest of the article…

Emily Aviva Kapor: Creating a Jewish Community for Trans Women
The Forward New 15 Jul 2013 – The fact that she s the only out transgender female rabbi doesn t surprise 28-year-old Emily Aviva Kapor. It s a reflection of sexism in the broader society, she said, paired with the fact that the Jewish feminist movement largely has overlooked trans women. If I want to have…

Nigeria: Hezbollah Suspects – Court Denies Amigo Owner, 2 Others Bail
allAfrica.com15 Jul 2013 – [Leadership]Three suspected Hezbollah members, a co-owner of Amigo supermarket, Mustapha Fawaz, and two other Lebanese suspects, Abdallah Thahani and Talal Ahmed Rodo, were yesterday denied bail by a federal high court in Abuja.

Egypt: Three Armed Palestinians Arrested in Sinai
allAfrica.com15 Jul 2013 – [Egypt Online]Three armed Palestinians were arrested while trying to attack vital sites in Sinai on Friday morning.

Egypt: Egyptian, Kuwaiti Foreign Ministers Discuss Bilateral Ties
allAfrica.com15 Jul 2013 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr made a phone call on Thursday with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah to discuss means of boosting bilateral relations in all domains.

Egypt: Egypt, Jordan Affirm Keenness On Boosting Relations
allAfrica.com15 Jul 2013 – [Egypt Online]King Abdullah II of Jordan phoned on Thursday interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour. During the call, the two leaders exchanged greetings on the occasion of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Veterans for Peace Portland interview
Rachel Corrie Foundation 15 Jul 2013 – Cindy and Craig sat with Dan Shea of Veterans for Peace- Portland for the VFP Forum. The three reminisced about Rachel s 5 th grade speech I m here because I care , the history of the foundation, current projects, and BDS. They also talked about how September 11…

US envoy meets new Egypt leaders
BBC 15 Jul 2013 – US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns has held talks in Cairo with leaders of Egypt’s new military-backed government.

TIAA-CREF Drops SodaStream!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 15 Jul 2013 – The We Divest Team just shared the exciting news that TIAA-CREF is no longer invested in SodaStream! You can read the press release here:http://bit.ly/1avVKjn. Please start tweeting the press release to help spread the word! Here are some sample tweets for you to use, and…

Today s Kings Are Tomorrow s Prisoners
Al-Akhbar Blogs 15 Jul 2013 – Cairo The only lesson that has been hammered in over and over again during the past two and half years is that nothing remains the same. Today s kings are tomorrow s prisoners. But it s a lesson that everyone has been intent on not learning. The rotation…

From an Aounist Activist to Nasrallah
Al-Akhbar Opinion 15 Jul 2013 – Others, however, continued to stand by the Aoun s side and had a generally positive experience with the understanding. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Others, however, continued to stand by the Aoun s side and had a generally positive experience with the understanding. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Concerns among General Michel Aoun s supporters…

Opera chief sacked by Mursi appointed as culture minister
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jul 2013 – The former head of the Cairo opera, who was sacked by ousted President Mohammed Mursi’s Islamist government, has been named Egypt’s new culture minister by the country’s new military-backed interim government. Ines Abdel Dayem was fired as head of the Cairo Opera House by Mursi’s culture…

NGO: Israel’s expulsion of Eritreans violates human rights
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jul 2013 – Israel has launched a forced repatriation of Eritrean migrants that amounts to a grave violation of their human rights because of the risk of persecution in their reclusive homeland, an advocacy group said on Monday. Authorities have been trying to curb African immigration as Israelis fear…

Georges Abdallah: Humiliation at the French Ambassador s Residence
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jul 2013 – The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is expected to issue its report on Abdallah in August. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar) The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is expected to issue its report on Abdallah in August. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar) Once again, Georges Abdallah ,…

UN warns Egypt against seeking “revenge”
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jul 2013 – Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood shout slogans as they rally in support of deposed president Mohammed Mursi outside Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque late on 7 July 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Khaled) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Monday against “revenge” and “retribution” in Egypt,…

A “Racist” Lebanese Travels to Sri Lanka
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jul 2013 – Sri Lankan Tamil Hindu devotees dance during the Hindu religious ceremony in Wattala on 10 July 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ishara S.Kodikara) Sri Lankan Tamil Hindu devotees dance during the Hindu religious ceremony in Wattala on 10 July 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ishara S.Kodikara) What makes…

Israeli police attack rallies against Bedouin “resettlement” plan
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jul 2013 – Israeli police manhandle a Bedouin woman during a demonstration against the Israeli government’s plans to expel Bedouins from their Negev desert, on 15 July 2013 in the city of Beersheva. (Photo: AFP – David Buimovitch) Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in several villages Monday…

Deadly car bomb strikes Syrian town
BBC 15 Jul 2013 – A car bomb explodes north of the Syrian capital Damascus killing at least 13 people including 10 policemen, activists say.

US envoy meets new Egypt leaders
BBC 15 Jul 2013 – US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns has held talks in Cairo with leaders of Egypt’s new military-backed government.

VIDEO: What is the mood on Egypt’s streets?
BBC 15 Jul 2013 – Ahmed Maher begins a road trip through Egypt, assessing the impact the political turmoil has had on every day life, in the north-eastern city of Ismailia.


What it means to be a Palestinian immersed in Israeli society
Towibah Mjdoob, +972 Magazine7/15/2013
Towibah Mjdoob is researching how some Palestinians live within entirely Jewish surroundings, how the conflict between the two nations comes into play in their day-to-day lives. But very quickly, Mjdoob realizes that she has become the subject of her own research.
A nearby voice says to me: Good morning Hagit. I had just locked the door to my apartment and was heading out for a long day at the university. I turn around to see who, aside from myself, was in the garden. I didn t see anybody. It was just me and the landlord s mother standing there. She looks at me and repeats, Hagit, do you want some Arabic coffee?
I oblige and correct her, my name is Towibah, not Hagit. The landlord s mother pours a cup of coffee into a special mug, hands it to me and ignores my name. This mango tree, we should have trimmed it in the beginning of the spring. It needs a special spray. I need to ask one of the Arab gardeners who come to the neighbors and ask about that spray. I am reminded of my father and his mango tree. The words one of the Arabs prevent me from giving advice regarding the landlord s mother s tree.
I lived 15 minutes away from Bar-Ilan University, but I was always the last to arrive in class. Something within me caused me to be late, and when I arrived, I would always sit at the end of the last row. My chronic tardiness and choice to sit on the side were not my regular behavioral patterns. But even in my favorite class, which dealt with stereotypes and prejudices, I would arrive late. This time, however, there was no room left on the side or in the last row, so I was forced to take one of the two empty seats in the middle of the class.
How are stereotypes formed? How can we get rid of them? How do we prevent ourselves from thinking in a stereotypical manner?….more..e-mail

Women of Asira al-Qibliya create cultural center to resist the Israeli occupation
Fatima Masri, Palestine Monitor7/13/2013
The Retaj cultural center in the Nablus District of Palestine is a meeting place where the women of Asira al-Qibliya gather to support one other and deal with the hardships of the occupation. The town of Asira al-Qibliya is surrounded by Israeli settlements on three sides and is subject to daily episodes of violence provoked by the settlers.
On Wednesday July 10th about six weeks after its official opening the Retaj Cultural Center organised a series of workshops, ranging from music therapy to psychological support. The women, led by a trained psychologist, gathered to relieve the ongoing stress of being mothers and wives in a town where the threat of violence is constant. In a separate room, young girls expressed themselves through music and games.
In one workshop an officer from the Palestinian Civil Defence was invited to train the girls on how to behave in case of a fire and how to limit tear gas inhalation. Questions were posed by the officer in the form of a game. What do you do if your house is full of gas and you can t breath? The girls, some of which are no more than six or seven years old, rushed to be the first ones to give the correct answer.
Attacks by settlers and by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) are a daily occurrence in Asira al-Qibliya. The settlement of Yitzhar -populated by some of the most extremist settlers in the West Bank – extends atop a hill overlooking Asira al-Qiblia. From there, settlers ignite car tires and roll them down the hill setting fire to the Palestinian houses below.
The Israeli Human Rights Center B Tselem documents attacks committed by the settlers, which in Asira al-Qibliya include the burning of olive trees and firing live ammunitions at the villagers. B Tselem has denounced the soldier s indulgence towards these acts of violence. Instead of putting an end to the acts of vandalism, the IDF instead shoots tear gas to disperse the villagers who attempt to defend their properties against the settler attacks.more..e-mail

Oday Aboushi: Caught playing football while being Palestinian
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine7/15/2013
The controversy surrounding NY Jets offensive lineman Oday Aboushi reveals the rules of conducts for Palestinians in the public sphere.
Oday Aboushi, one of a handful of Palestinians to be drafted by an NFL team, became the target of some American conservatives following his appearance at the El Bireh Society convention last month. Approached by the organizers for his appeal to young attendants, Aboushi spoke to a crowd of several hundred in Virginia about his personal journey to the NFL. According to this report by the Times, he referred to a visit to the West Bank, which inspired him to excel in representing his community.
Last week, a radical right-wing site named FrontPage published a piece on Aboushi accusing him of taking part in smear campaigns against Israel. Mentioning the Nakba as Aboushi was said to have done was helping fuel terrorist attacks. The piece itself is obviously a joke: it drops the word terrorism and Islamic every other sentence in order to magnify the Fox News effect, linking to an unrelated Facebook page as proof of anti-Semitism, and so on. But it was enough for an ugly follow-up column (which was later removed) by Yahoo! Sports as well as some other comments against Aboushi.
Then the Times picked the story and run a piece that treats Aboushi positively and creates the impression that he is indeed no more than a hard working guy with a strong connection to his community something even the ADL s Abe Foxman praised. He s proud of his heritage, and there s nothing wrong with that, said Foxman of Aboushi.
The ADL is right, of course. But reading Foxman s quote, I asked myself what would happen if Aboushi was to become a political activist? Suppose he had said something definitive against the occupation, or even took a semi-personal sentence like: I am waiting for the day my family can return to a free Palestine.”more..e-mail

When Zionism is racism: Ron Dermer and Bibi Netanyahu, on the record
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine7/10/2013
Imagine if a politician in another country had bragged about lowering a minority group s birthrate like Netanyahu and his new ambassador to the U.S. did.
Ron Dermer, who was named by Netanyahu yesterday to be Israel s new ambassador to the United States, is known as an even more right-wing Republican version of his boss. Haaretz s Barak Ravid wrote:
“Dermer s positions on policy are far more extreme than Netanyahu s. European and American officials have expressed shock by his positions on the settlement issue, on peace talks with the Palestinians, and on the principle of an independent Palestinian state.”
It gets worse, though. Dermer is also a proud champion of about the ugliest possible anti-Arab views, having defended Bibi publicly when his mentor made the single most offensively racist remark of his career, which is going some.
This episode took place at the beginning of January 2007, when Netanyahu was out of power, preparing his run for the prime ministership again, and wanting to mend fences with the supremely important ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) voting bloc. They had supported Netanyahu en masse in his successful 1996 race, but he had alienated them in the early 2000s as finance minister in the Sharon government, when he slashed government child subsidies, which badly hurt large, poor families, who are especially prevalent among two population groups: the Haredim and the Israeli Arabs. So Netanyahu went to talk to a gathering of Haredi municipal officials, putting a positive spin on the cuts he d imposed. His speech was written up in Haaretz and Yedioth Ahronoth. From the latter:
“In his speech, Netanyahu referred to the cuts in child pensions, saying that since they were implemented two positive things happened: members of the Haredi public seriously joined the workforce. And on the national level, the unexpected result was the demographic effect on the non-Jewish public, where there was a dramatic drop in the birth rate. more..e-mail

“Hasbara” courses at Israeli universities exposed in new report
Electronic Intifada: 15 Jul 2013 – Academic programming to promote Israel s image abroad shows apartheid state s desperation.more

Why won’t Egypt let me go home to Gaza?
Electronic Intifada: 15 Jul 2013 – Airlines threatened with fines if they fly Palestinians to Cairo.more

Israel’s wall recreated in London art gallery
Electronic Intifada: 15 Jul 2013 – Two exhibitions showing in UK capital highlight young Palestinian artists ingenuity.more

6th Annual Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football Tournament Fundraiser
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Jul 2013 – [Editor s Note: The Palestine Chronicle is a supporter of the Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football Tournament, for it builds community ties in Gaza and brings a smile to many young faces. We urge our readers to help make this year s tournament a great success. Please read the following statement by the organizers, help out as much as you can, and spread the word.] Dear Friends, Preparations are underway in Gaza for the 2013 Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football tournament. As our supporters may know, friends of Rachel in Rafah have held the tournament these past five years. The month-long, amateur tournament s goal is to celebrate Ramadan by providing a festive tournament as a safe place for people to have fun. It is an act of resistance to occupation and siege; an event that builds community and honors Rachel. This year the tournament features 352 players on 32 teams. Each team will take…more

Collective Punishment : Frequent Border Closures Add to Gaza Gas Woes
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Jul 2013 – GAZA CITY (IRIN) Frequent closures of the only crossing for commercial goods between Israel and the Gaza Strip have left the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) short of gas for cooking and heating, businessmen say, affecting businesses, agricultural production and health services. Kerem Shalom crossing reopened on 26 June after two days of closure, described by the Israeli military as a response to rocket fire from Gaza. Israel has closed the crossing five times since the end of February after similar rocket fire, for a total of 15 working days, in addition to six days of closure due to holidays. Before this most recent closure, Gazans said they were still recovering from the series of closures in the spring, which they say created a cumulative deficit in gas. At one of Gaza s major gas distributors, some 40,000 empty cylinders fill the station. Some people have been waiting for months to…more

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