VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 25 July 2013

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International Middle East Media Center

Families Denied Prison Visit After Objecting To Strip Search
IMEMC – The International Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights (ISFHR) reported that dozens of families of Palestinian detainees held by Israel at the Nafha prison have been denied family visits after a young Palestinian woman refused to be strip searched by the soldiers. …

Palestinian Photographer Shot in Cheek Faces Prison Again 
IMEMC – On June 30, Israeli forces invaded the Aida-area In the middle of the night. Soldiers broke into the home of Palestinian photographer Mohamed Al-Azza, assaulted him and his family and detained him. Freed on July 11 on paying a bail of 1,500 shekels, he is scheduled to appear on July 25 before an Israeli military court, which will rule on his case. … 

Ma’an News

Palestinians injured in Jenin clashes with Israeli forces
7/25/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Three Palestinians were injured early Thursday in clashes with Israeli forces in the Jenin refugee camp, locals said. Israeli forces raided the camp and surrounded the Tawalba mosque and a kindergarten under construction, searching for a wanted Palestinian, locals told Ma’an. Residents of the camp threw stones at the soldiers, who fired plastic-coated steel bullets and sound grenades, locals….

Ministry: Israeli forces shoot, injure man on Gaza border
7/25/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian on Thursday near the border in the northern Gaza Strip, the Health Ministry said. The victim was shot in his foot by Israeli soldiers in a watchtower near Beit Hanoun, said ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra. An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment. 1 ) Around / World 25/07/2013….

UN slams Israel Bedouin resettlement plan
7/25/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Thursday slammed Israeli plans to resettle up to 40,000 Bedouin and demolish 40 villages in the Negev region, urging the government to reconsider them.”I am alarmed that this bill, which seeks to legitimize forcible displacement and dispossession of indigenous Bedouin communities in the Negev, is being pushed through the Knesset,” High Commissioner for Human Rights….

Hamas government closes Ma’an, Al-Arabiya bureaus in Gaza
7/25/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The attorney-general in the Hamas-run government on Thursday ordered the closure of the Ma’an News Agency and Al-Arabiya TV bureaus in Gaza. A Hamas official told AFP that the attorney-general closed Al-Arabiya’s office “for distributing false news regarding the smear campaign against Hamas and Gaza about what’s happening in Egypt.””We received the closure….

Israeli police ‘briefly detain’ Palestinians in Damascus Gate
7/25/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police on Wednesday briefly detained 20 Palestinians at Damascus gate in Jerusalem, a witness said. The witness said Israeli border police released the Palestinians after around an hour, after checking their IDs. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an the detentions were related to a stabbing between two Palestinians with Israeli IDs. Police are investigating the incident. [END]

Bethlehem man wounded after self-immolation attempt
7/25/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A 52-year-old man from Bethlehem threatened on Wednesday to set himself on fire due to his bad health and financial situation. Ahmad Ayesh, from Irtas village, told Ma’an he suffers from bad health and serious financial problems. Ayesh said he went to the Bethlehem Governorate’s Office on Wednesday to request medical treatment and a job opportunity….

Saboteurs vandalize playground at Gaza sports club
7/25/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Vandals broke into the playground of a sports club in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Wednesday. The vandals tore down a map of Palestine, a photo of late President Yasser Arafat and another photo of a local leader who was killed by Israeli forces, the local popular committee in the Nuseirat refugee camp said in….

Hezbollah: Blacklist makes EU complicit in any Israel raid
7/25/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — The European Union’s decision to blacklist Hezbollah’s armed wing means it would share responsibility for any Israeli attack against Lebanon or the Shiite movement, the group’s leader said on Wednesday.”These (European) states have made themselves fully responsible for any Israeli attack on Lebanon or Lebanon’s resistance (Hezbollah) or any target of the resistance,” Hezbollah…. Related: Hezbollah meets EU envoy, slams blacklisting ‘insult’

Hezbollah meets EU envoy, slams blacklisting ‘insult’
7/25/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Hezbollah lashed out Thursday against the European Union after meeting the EU ambassador to Lebanon, describing as an “insult” the group’s decision to blacklist the Shiite movement’s armed wing.”Hezbollah considers this decision to be an insult because it equates resistance with terrorism,” said Ammar Moussawi, Hezbollah’s head of international relations. Moussawi spoke after meeting the EU…. Related: Hezbollah: Blacklist makes EU complicit in any Israel raid

Israel elects new chief rabbis
7/25/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Two rabbis backed by ultra-orthodox parties were elected on Wednesday to serve as Israel’s chief rabbis for the next 10 years, an official announcement said. It said Yitzhak Yossef was elected Sephardi chief rabbi and David Lau the Ashkenazi chief rabbi. The responsibilities of the chief rabbis include the country’s rabbinical courts and regulating the food supervision industry. Yossef….

Consumer protection agents seize expired juice, pickles
7/25/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – Customer protection teams of the Palestinian Ministry of Economy, in cooperation with custom agents, seized 1,404 expired bottles of juice produced in Israel. The owner of the shop in Nablus, where the expired juices were seized, was referred to the general prosecution for legal procedures. Separately, customs agents in Jenin seized about 10 tons of expired pickles. [END]

Medics: Gaza teen jumps from building after failing exams
7/25/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A teenager threw herself from the second floor of a building in Gaza on Thursday after failing her high school exams, the Health Ministry said. The teenager, from Beit Hanoun, suffered pelvic and foot fractures and was transferred to the Kamal Odwan hospital, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said. The results of the Tawjihi, the final high school exams, were released…. Related: 2 suicides after high school exam results announced

3 wounded in Bethlehem car crash
7/25/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Three people were wounded Thursday after their car collided with a truck on Tuqu main road east of Bethlehem, medics said. Bethlehem Red Crescent representative, Abdul Halim Jaafreh, said ambulances and civil defense crews rushed to the scene, and transferred the three people, who suffered from moderate to light wounds, to Al-Ahli Hospital. [END]

2 suicides after high school exam r
esults announced

7/25/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Two Palestinian teenagers committed suicide on Thursday after failing their high school exams. The Ministry of Education published the results of the final high school exams, known as Tawjihi, on Thursday. The high school qualification is required for admission to universities. In Tulkarem in the northern West Bank, 18-year-old Nisrin Jumaa hanged herself in her family home after learning that…. Related: Medics: Gaza teen jumps from building after failing exams

Egyptian soldier shot dead in Sinai
7/25/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Militants shot dead an Egyptian soldier on Wednesday, and wounded another, south of el-Arish in Egypt’s Sinai, a security source said. Jihadist groups attacked the Egyptian army south of el-Arish on Wednesday. During the clashes, Mohammad al-Nabi, 23, was fatally shot in the chest and Tamer Maher Rajab, 23, was shot in the left leg, a security official….

UN envoys in Damascus for chemical weapons talks
7/25/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Two UN envoys were in Damascus on Thursday on a mission to persuade the Syrian government to let in inspectors to investigate alleged chemical attacks during the 28-month conflict. Meanwhile US Secretary of State John Kerry was set to meet with the new leader of the Syrian opposition at the UN in New York, as US plans to boost military aid to….

Tight security as Egypt braces for rival rallies
7/25/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt was on edge Thursday ahead of rival protests by the military and Islamists, as the government declared a “war on terrorism” to end violence convulsing the country since president Mohamed Mursi’s overthrow. Police said they were planning massive reinforcements to secure Friday’s rallies, which raise the prospect of further bloodshed between Islamists demanding Mursi’s reinstatement and….

UN: Syria death toll above 100,000
7/25/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — More than 100,000 people have now been killed in the Syria civil war, UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Thursday as he appealed for new efforts to convene a peace conference. The UN chief and US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters before talks at the UN headquarters that there could be no military solution to the 28-month-old conflict. While Syrian….

Palestine News Network

Palestinian Family File Complaint against Israeli Army
Palestine News Network

Confrontation Erupt with Israeli Forces in Nablus
Palestine News Network

Netanyahu: Israel is Ready to Resume Peace Talks with Palestinians
Palestine News Network

Abbas to Visit Cairo on Sunday
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

“Sometimes, I have to risk my life to survive”
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR submits shadow report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Siam family from Sheikh Jarrah, struggling against eviction order and not giving up
7/25/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 25th July 2013 |International Solidarity Movement, Ramallah team | East Jerusalem, Occupied Palestine – Another family from Sheikh Jarrah received an eviction order by the Israeli Magistrate’s court. The family has appealed the court’s decision and is awaiting the next court hearing. The latest family to be given an eviction order in the East Jerusalem neighborhood Sheikh Jarrah is the Siam family. After a six year….

Soldiers invade two Palestinian houses – for training only
7/25/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 25th July 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Team Khalil, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Last night, Israeli occupation soldiers invaded two houses in Tel Rumeida, Hebron, one being the Sumud house and the headquarters of the Palestinian human rights organisation Youth Against Settlements. At 21:15 pm three groups consisting of four Israeli soldiers each invaded the Sumud house from different directions. The heavily armed soldiers took the….

Relief Web

World: Writing the ‘other’ into humanitarian discourse: framing theory and practice in South-South responses to forced displacement
Relief Web 25 Jul 2013 – Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Cuba, Egypt, Guatemala, Haiti, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar, occupied Palestinian territory, Philippines, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, World Introduction Although Southern-led development initiatives have enjoyed increasing attention by academics in recent years (e.g. Bobiash…

Syrian Arab Republic: Syrian field diary: Child witnesses to death and bloodshed
Relief Web 25 Jul 2013 – Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic By Juliette Touma A humanitarian worker returns to Damascus after a year to find a situation of desperate suffering. DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 24 July 2013 – I first…

World: Les lois antiterroristes peuvent entraver l’action humanitaire
Relief Web 25 Jul 2013 – Source: IRIN Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, World GENÈVE, 25 juillet 2013 (IRIN) – Les lois antiterroristes, de plus en plus nombreuses, ont un impact direct sur l’action humanitaire. Selon une nouvelle étude indépendante, elles limitent les fonds disponibles, retardent…

The National

Egyptians struggle to define their recent past
The National 25 Jul 2013 – Coup or revolution? These are just two of the words that have split Egypt and muddied its political future for years to come. Analysis from Bradley Hope in Cairo 

Dubai resident’s passion empowers women in developing countries
The National 25 Jul 2013 – Women in Pakistan and Zanzibar are being given a platform for their skills, thanks to Margaux Constantin.

Woman lost eye in attack, Dubai court told
The National 25 Jul 2013 – A teacher was blinded in her left eye after a restaurant brawl, hears the court.

Assassination of Tunisian opposition politician dampens hopes for stability
The National 25 Jul 2013 – Mohamed Brahmi, 58, a member of the National Constituent Assembly and critic of the ruling coalition was killed as he was leaving his house. Alice Fordham reports from Tunis 

Pope Francis meets Brazilian sports legends in Rio
The National 25 Jul 2013 – Papal visit for World Youth Day stops in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro.

Sectarian divides from Syria extend their reach
The National 25 Jul 2013 – The tensions in Kuwait mirror, in a diluted form, the full-blown sectarian struggle unfolding in Syria, prompting warnings that the conflict could ‘reawaken radicals’. Elizabeth Dickinson reports 

Remembering Zayed: From father of the UAE to world statesman
The National 25 Jul 2013 – Picture gallery: Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was welcomed to the world stage just days after the UAE was formed in 1971. 

Charities to build homes for UAE child victims of abuse
The National 25 Jul 2013 – The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children and the Beit Al Kheir society have joined to raise funds for the project

Ha’aretz

Netanyahu to bring referendum bill up for cabinet vote on Sunday
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2013

Two dead in car blast near Petah Tikva
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2013

Israel’s West Bank railway plan will face hundreds of objections
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2013

UN rights chief slams Bedouin relocation plan
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2013

Judge in Lieberman trial suggests that Ayalon’s testimony is irrelevant
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2013

Three workers electrocuted to death at kibbutz fish pond in northern Israel
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2013

Ein Gedi project will mar Masada tourism experience, greens charge
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2013

Israel’s Internet speed jumps 52% in single year, fastest growth rate in the world
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2013

Israeli security guards now required to leave guns at work, following string of fatal shootings
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2013

At least 77 killed, 131 injured, after train derails in Spain
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2013

Tel Aviv stops issuing business licenses to all Eritreans, even work visa holders
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2013

Shas won the fight for Israel’s chief rabbinate on points, not by knockout
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2013

IDF reform plan weakens land forces and may lead to disaster, senior officer warns
Ha’aretz – 24 Jul 2013

Jerusalem Post

US using Syrian rebel supply lines as it prepares to send arms
Jerusalem Post 25 Jul 2013 – The United States quietly testing Syrian opposition’s ability to deliver food rations, medical kits and money to rebel-held areas as Washington prepares to send arms to the rebel fighters; officials meet in Turkey. 

Tunisia police fire teargas at protesters after secular politician shot dead
Jerusalem Post 25 Jul 2013 – Opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi shot dead, setting off violent protests against government in capital and elsewhere. 

Ashrawi calls for release of jailed Fatah, PFLP leaders
Jerusalem Post 25 Jul 2013 – PLO official demands to secure release of Barghouti, Sa’dat. 

Muslim Brotherhood planning counter-protest after Egyptian military leader calls for mass rallies
Jerusalem Post 25 Jul 2013 – Brotherhood leader Badie, whom authorities accuse of inciting violence, says the demonstrations will continue until Morsi is reinstated. 

‘8.5% of investigations of crimes against West Bank Arabs result in indictments’
Jerusalem Post 25 Jul 2013 – Yesh Din says most cases against Israeli Jews suspected of crimes against Palestinians closed due to investigative failures. 

2 killed in car explosion near Petah Tikva; police suspect underworld hit
Jerusalem Post 25 Jul 2013 – The car was traveling on Route 5 and exploded when it stopped at the junction; reports that blast caused by explosive device 

Ousted Fatah official Dahlan files Int’l Criminal Court complaint against Abbas
Jerusalem Post 25 Jul 2013 – Former PA security chief complains that “arbitrary, dictatorial and corrupt behavior” of Abbas harms entire Palestinian people. 

Parents not aware of their children’s internet habits, survey says
Jerusalem Post 25 Jul 2013 – Shas MK Yaakov Margi says that “the Internet has become a central playground of the children, and we must warn them of the virtual danger.” 

Police heighten patrols in Jerusalem following wave of violent crime
Jerusalem Post 25 Jul 2013 – Despite shooting incidents at Western Wall and law office, police are urging the public to keep calm. 

‘No Prisoners X being vanished from face of Earth in Israel’
Jerusalem Post 25 Jul 2013 – Yoav Segalovitz departs as head of police intel branch after 4 years; set to be replaced by Maj.-Gen. Meni Yitzhaki. 

Three young men die after electrocuted in fish farm accident
Jerusalem Post 25 Jul 2013 – Initial investigation finds evidence that one of the three was installing a new feeding device when he was electrocuted; other 2 men died trying to save him. 

Defense attorney: State failed to prove Liberman committed a crime
Jerusalem Post 25 Jul 2013 – On final day of trial, lawyer argues charges against former foreign minister are mere ethical violations. 

Nasrallah: EU decision on Hezbollah makes it a ‘full partner’ in any Israeli attack
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2013 – Hezbollah leader asks why the military wing of the Israeli army was not also on the terror list as the EU itself admits that Israel occupies Arab land. 

The Guardian

Israeli-Palestinian talks to begin next week, says minister
The Guardian 25 Jul 2013 – Negotiators are expected to meet in Washington for first talks in almost three years The first talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators for almost three years are scheduled to begin in Washington next Tuesday, according to…

Uruknet

If Trayvon Martin were Pakistani: Why isn’t Obama outraged about a drone war based on profiling?
Uruknet

Syrian Sunnis fear Assad regime wants to ‘ethnically cleanse’ Alawite heartland
Uruknet

Resisting Israel’s Prawer Plan
Uruknet

New Israeli Ethnic Cleansing Policy in Jerusalem
Uruknet

Guantánamo detainee relatives address US senators
Uruknet

Bush Presidential Library Misleads Visitors On WMDs In Iraq
Uruknet

Guantanamo authorities blocking communal Ramadan prayers in attempt to break hunger-strike
Uruknet

“Sometimes, I have to risk my life to survive”
Uruknet

Jordanian detainees enter their 81st day of hunger strike
Uruknet

U.S. scholar backs out of Israel trip after consulate assigns her ‘subordinate’ status due to birth in Pakistan
Uruknet

Daily Star

Syria blasts U.S. move to arm rebels
Daily Star 25 Jul 2013 Syria lashed out Thursday at the U.S. decision to send arms to rebels fighting President Bashar Assad’s troops, saying Washington is unsuitable to act as a broker at any peace negotiations in Geneva.

Bombings kill 17 in Iraq: officials
Daily Star 25 Jul 2013 Bombs exploded near shops and cafes in Iraq on Thursday night, killing at least 17 people, officials said.

Egyptian army threatens to shoot violent protesters
Daily Star 25 Jul 2013 Egypt’s army threatened on Thursday to shoot those who use violence in a stark warning before what both sides expect will be a bloody street showdown between Islamists and opponents of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.

Pakistan finds 20 dead militants after bombing village
Daily Star 25 Jul 2013 Pakistani authorities on Thursday found the bodies of 20 militants killed by military bombs in a restive tribal area earlier this week, an official said.

US condemns ‘outrageous’ Tunisia assassination
Daily Star 25 Jul 2013 The United States on Thursday condemned the assassination of a leading critic of Tunisia’s ruling Islamists, saying violence had no place in the country’s transition to democracy.

Obama administration officials: No coup in Egypt
Daily Star 25 Jul 2013 The Obama administration will tell lawmakers Thursday that it will not declare Egypt’s government overthrow a coup, U.S. officials said, allowing the United States to continue providing $1.5 billion in annual military and economic aid to…

Egypt to stimulate economy, shun austerity -new finance minister
Daily Star 25 Jul 2013 Egypt interim government will seek to avoid major austerity measures and instead stimulate the economy by improving security and pumping in new funds, the newly appointed finance minister, Ahmed Galal, said on Thursday.

Weiner: I messaged up to 3 women after resigning
Daily Star 25 Jul 2013 New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner says he traded racy messages with as many as three women after resigning from Congress in 2011 for similar conduct.

Obama presses Vietnam on rights but sees better ties
Daily Star 25 Jul 2013 US President Barack Obama said Thursday he spoke frankly to Vietnam’s leader about human rights but called for greater cooperation between the former war adversaries in areas from trade to security.

Hamas shuts Al Arabiya, other media offices in Gaza
Daily Star 25 Jul 2013 Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas closed the offices of three media companies, including the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television and Palestinian news agency Maan, on Thursday, employees and a Hamas spokesman said.

Tensions high in east Lebanon after kidnapping
Daily Star 25 Jul 2013 A man was kidnapped in east Lebanon Thursday, a security source told The Daily Star, reportedly in revenge.

YNet News

Tunisia police fire teargas at protesters at Interior Ministry 
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Health Ministry: Polio virus found in 7 people in Israel’s south 
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Officials: Cafe bombings, attacks kill 42 in Iraq
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US condemns ‘outrageous’ Tunisia assassination
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Kerry tackles Congo and Syria conflicts at UN
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What was is what will be
YNet News, 25 Jul 2013 – Op-ed: Dirty Chief Rabbinate race stressed need to separate religious institutions from State ….

Waters lost his way 
YNet News, 25 Jul 2013 – Op-ed: Pig balloon display shows famous musician’s transformation from peace activist to Israel hater now complete ….

Palestinian Information Center

Jewish settlers smash Palestinian cars in Jerusalem
PIC – Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian cars in occupied Jerusalem at dawn Thursday smashing their window shields and puncturing their tires.

Egyptian authorities allow only 50 Palestinians to travel via Rafah terminal
PIC – The Egyptian authorities decided to open the Rafah border terminal with the Gaza Strip only for 50 persons daily.

Family of prisoner Hosam Shaheen appeals for saving his leg
PIC – The family of Palestinian prisoner Hosam Shaheen appealed to human rights groups and the Red Cross to urgently intervene to save the right leg of its son from amputation.

12 prisoners continue their hunger strike in Israeli jails
PIC – Palestinian human rights sources revealed Thursday that 12 Palestinian prisoners continue their open hunger strike in Israeli jails.

IOF soldiers arrest guard of garbage dump, beat up two youths
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested the guard of a garbage dump in Yatta town, Al-Khalil province, and beat up two others in the same province.

PA forces arrest and summon 5 Hamas members
PIC – Hamas movement accused PA security forces of arresting three members of Hamas movement and summoning two others of its supporters.

IOF escalates arrests against Palestinian workers during Ramadan
PIC – The IOF has escalated its arrest campaign against Palestinian workers living in West Bank and working in 1948-occupied territories since the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

Abu Zahri accuses Fatah of eradicating Hamas in WB
PIC – Hamas movement considered the escalating PA arrests against members of the Islamic movement in West Bank as a desperate attempt to eradicate the movement in occupied West Bank.

Report: Suffering of Palestinian refugees in Syria increasing
PIC – National Working Group for the Palestinians in Syria said that the living conditions in the Palestinian refugee camps in Syria are becoming more and more difficult..

Citizen tries to burn himself in Bethlehem in poverty protest
PIC – Palestinian man tried to set himself on fire, inside the headquarters of Bethlehem Governorate south of the West Bank, in protest at economic hardships after government agencies refused to help him.

WAFA

Ministers Discuss Jericho Industrial Area
WAFA – 25 Jul 2013

High School Tawjihi Results show almost 60% Success Rate
WAFA – 25 Jul 2013

Activists Criticize Singer Alicia Keys for Performing in Israel
WAFA – 25 Jul 2013

Soldiers Injure Three Youths in Jenin
WAFA – 25 Jul 2013

Israelis Damage Vehicles of Palestinians in Jerusalem
WAFA – 25 Jul 2013

Misc

Syria war’s grim milestone: 100,000 dead, no sign of talks
LA Times 25 Jul 2013 – Syria’s civil war has taken more than 100,000 lives, a tragic milestone announced by the United Nations chief Thursday along with an appeal for the warring factions to abandon the bloodletting and negotiate peace.

Militants in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula grow stronger
LA Times 25 Jul 2013 – Clashes between Egypt’s army and militant networks in the Sinai are another pivotal test for the new military-backed government in Egypt. CAIRO — While the Egyptian army moves to contain violent protests in Cairo and other major cities, extremist attacks on police stations and military…

Second Opposition Leader Assassinated in Tunisia
New York Times 25 Jul 2013 – The killing of Mohamed Brahmi, leader of the People’s Party, incited protests blaming the moderate Islamic party that leads the government in Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring. 

Tunisian Opposition Leader Killed, Party Says
New York Times 25 Jul 2013 – A member of Tunisia’s opposition People’s Movement party says its leader, Mohammed Brahmi, has been shot dead. 

Kerry Visits U.N. to Discuss World Crises
New York Times 25 Jul 2013 – In his first official visit, the secretary of state talked about turmoil in Africa’s Great Lakes region, the Syrian war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

Thai group close to Clal Insurance acquisition
Globes Main News – The foreign company apparently in talks to buy the controlling core of Clal Insurance from Nochi Dankner’s IDB is Thai conglomerate CP Group.

Idan Ofer resigns Israel Corp. directorship
Globes Main News – Ofer, who is moving to London, partly for tax reasons, will no longer have an active role in the company.

Perrigo to bid for Elan – report
Globes Main News – “Reuters”: Perrigo is preparing to submit a takeover bid for Ireland’s Elan, which has a market cap of $7.6 billion.

Thu: Tel Aviv 25 up 0.2% on week
Globes Main News – Israel Corp fell after controlling shareholder Idan Ofer announced he was stepping down from the board of directors.

TASE chairman Sam Bronfeld resigns
Globes Main News – Securities Authority chairman Shmuel Hauser sent a sharply worded letter to the TASE board of directors saying Bronfeld had failed in his job.

Israel Looted Millions in Mavi Marmara Booty, Yet Punishes 1 Soldier for Stealing a Laptop
Tikun Olam – One thing you’ve got to hand Israel: it has chutzpah in spades. Those who participated in the Mavi Marmara expedition to break the Gaza siege were kidnapped by Israeli commandos. Nine Turks were murdered, many with bullets fired at close range or in the back. The…

Human rights groups: Israel used ‘excessive’ force against those protesting plan to uproot Bedouins
Mondoweiss – Protesters against the Prawer Plan in Beersheva. (Photo: Allison Deger/Mondoweiss) Human rights groups have slammed Israel’s “excessive” force against those protesting the “discriminatory” plan to uproot tens of thousands of Bedouins in the state against their will. Last week, both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch…

State Dep’t reporters ask why US diplomats aren’t showing compassion to Snowden
Mondoweiss – This week, Matt Lee, State Department correspondent for the Associated Press, has repeatedly had prickly exchanges with State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki. Here are three entertaining and inspiring moments. First, o n Monday (the video is here ), Lee picked up on reports that former Clinton envoy…

Alicia Keys performance in Israel has political echo– repeatedly tweeted by consulates and Foreign Ministry
Mondoweiss – The Israeli Consul General posted this thank you message to Alicia Keys on July 5, 2013 (Photo via Facebook) Advocates for Palestinian human rights harshly criticized singer Alicia Keys’ recent visit to Israel, where the pop star visited an organization founded by Israeli President Shimon Peres…

Weiner should be barred from public office because of his continued lies– about the occupation
Mondoweiss – Some leftwing commentators are pointing out that maybe the biggest scandal isn’t Weiner’s sexual proclivities, it’s his debased comments about the West Bank. Two nights back, Chris Hayes on MSNBC said that the real scandal is Weiner’s lack of a progressive and legislative record, including– Hayes…

Between the death of my nephew and my visit to Jerusalem, a Gaza story
Mondoweiss – The author’s pregnant sister and her husband My life story in its great detail is so unfathomable and forever surprising I can no longer make sense to myself, let alone to others. Life is so unpredictable and ever changing, my heart is never prepared for its…

Chabad Rabbi Shot in Dagestan Taken to Israel for Treatment 
The Foward Breaking News 25 Jul 2013 – The Foverts has learned that Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, the Chabad emissary who was critically wounded in the southern Russian Republic of Dagestan, was brought Thursday to Israel for medical treatment, according to the chief rabbi of the Russian military, Aharon Gurevich. Click here for the rest…

Jewish Groups Send $100K To Syrian Refugees in Jordan 
T
he Foward Breaking News 25 Jul 2013 – A coalition of Jewish groups is providing more than $100,000 in aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan. Click here for the rest of the article…

No Peace Talks Unless Veteran Prisoners Are Released, Says Palestinian Source 
The Foward Breaking News 25 Jul 2013 – The Palestinians will not take part in peace talks scheduled to begin in Washington on Tuesday, unless Israel commits to releasing veteran Palestinian prisoners, a senior Palestinian source has told Haaretz. Click here for the rest of the article…

Hamas Shuts Down Three Media Outlets in Gaza 
The Foward Breaking News 25 Jul 2013 – Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas closed the offices of three media companies, including the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television and Palestinian news agency Maan, on Thursday, employees and a Hamas spokesman said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Amare Stoudemire Talks Jewish During Maccabiah Games Visit to Israel 
The Forward New 25 Jul 2013 – Amare Stoudemire, the New York Knicks star, has long believed he has Jewish roots. He explains how his trip to Israel for the Maccabiah Games cemented the bond. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Egypt Condemns Israeli Atrocities Against Palestinians 
allAfrica.com 25 Jul 2013 – [Egypt Online]Egypt’s permanent envoy to the UN Mo’taz Khalil has condemned Israel’s atrocities against the Palestinian people and settlement building in occupied Palestinian lands, not to mention the siege imposed on Gaza.

Syria death toll rises above 100,000 
BBC 25 Jul 2013 – More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict in Syria, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

US eases Iran medicine sanctions 
BBC 25 Jul 2013 – The US eases sanctions on exports of medical equipment to Iran in order to enable “legitimate humanitarian trade”.

Five Misconceptions and Dilemmas in Post-June 30 Egypt 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 25 Jul 2013 – Cairo – Before Mohamed Mursi’s ouster, the word “complex” was the best to describe all developments. It was never black and white and couldn’t be explained in a simple good vs. evil narrative. Each issue had multiple sides with a mixed bag of manipulation, personal gains….

Hamas government orders shutdown of two news outlets’ offices in Gaza 
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jul 2013 – The Gaza Strip’s Hamas-led government ordered on Thursday the closure of local bureaus for Ma’an news agency and al-Arabiya news for alleged false reports, Ma’an reported. The order came from Gaza’s attorney-general, and was relayed to Ma’an by ministry of information officials accompanied by security forces….

UN human rights chief denounces Israel’s Bedouin resettlement plan 
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jul 2013 – Protesters wave Palestinian flags during a demonstration against Israeli government’s plans to relocate Bedouins in the Negev desert in the Israeli-occupied city of Umm al-Fahm on 15 July 2013. (Photo: AFP – Jack Guez) UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Thursday slammed Israeli plans to….

Cemetery Living in Gaza 
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jul 2013 – A Palestinian man walks along the beach selling balloons as the sun sets over the Gaza Strip on 23 July 2013, ending a day of fasting during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. (Photo: AFP -Mohammed Abed) A Palestinian man walks along the beach selling balloons…

Car bomb kills 7 in Syria as war death toll tops 100,000 
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jul 2013 – Syrians walk past burned-out car bombs after an attack that at least killed seven people and wounded 62 on 25 July 2013 in the Jaramana suburb in southeast Damascus. (Photo: AFP / SANA) A car bomb killed at least seven people and wounded 62 on Thursday when…

Lebanon: UNIFIL at Ease in the South 
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jul 2013 – Spanish peacekeepers of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) patrol in their armoured vehicles near a placard of Hezbollah on 23 July 2013 in the southern Lebanese city of Marjayoun. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Zayyat) Spanish peacekeepers of the United Nations Interim Force in…

Mauritania Slavery Abolished, Not Dead 
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jul 2013 – A man pushes a wheelbarrow with his family belongings and a girl on it as he flees from fighting in Mogadishu March 22, 2007. (Photo: Reuters – Shabelle Media) A man pushes a wheelbarrow with his family belongings and a girl on it as he flees…

Punishing Hezbollah: Gulf States Follow in EU’s Footsteps 
Al-Akhbar Politics 24 Jul 2013 – European sources report that the US, along with Saudi Arabia, had a major role to play in pressuring the EU to place Hezbollah’s military wing on their list of terrorist organizations. (Photo: Bilal Jawich) European sources report that the US, along with Saudi Arabia, had a…

Syria death toll rises above 100,000 
BBC 25 Jul 2013 – More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict in Syria, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

Tunisia politician Brahmi shot dead 
BBC 25 Jul 2013 – Gunmen assassinate Tunisian opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi, sparking protests in cities across the country.

Dozens dead in violence across Iraq 
BBC 25 Jul 2013 – At least 31 people are killed in another wave of violence across Iraq, officials say, most in a blast at a cafe and in shootings at a fake roadblock.

UAE arrests Islamists in ‘crackdown’
 

BBC 25 Jul 2013 – Three members of an Islamist society have been arrested in less than a week in the UAE, an activists says, as a ‘crackdown’ on Muslim Brotherhood supporters continues.

US eases Iran medicine sanctions 
BBC 25 Jul 2013 – The US eases sanctions on exports of medical equipment to Iran in order to enable “legitimate humanitarian trade”.

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From negotiations with no references to elections without unity 
Hani Al Masri, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 7/24/2013
After a brief visit to Ramallah John Kerry announced, from Amman, that negotiations would resume early next week. The announcement came 24 hours after the Palestinian Authority had announced its refusal to resume negotiations. The Palestinian Authority’s conditions that all negotiations be based on 1967 borders with concessions made on both sides, the implementation of a settlement freeze and the release of political prisoners were exchanged for American economic support. The negotiations are expected to take between six to nine months.
The collapse of the Palestinian position happened quickly and without a clear explanation. The Palestinian leadership spokesmen deny Kerry’s announcement that negotiations will resume and claim that what will take place in Washington is the finalising of conditions for resuming negotiations. The decision to resume negotiations occurred despite a lack of agreement on all the reference points for the negotiations.
Why has President Abbas (Abu Mazen) agreed to resume negotiations and halt the United Nations bid without reaching a national consensus and without Israel committing to any Palestinian conditions? Israel has authority over the release of all political prisoners (both pre-Oslo prisoners and others) the first group will be released in four stages, beginning in the second month of negotiations.
Abu-Mazen has agreed to this because he knows he has no other option; negotiations give the Palestinian Authority its legitimacy. Without negotiations Palestine will begin to break into an uprising much like its Arab neighbours resulting in the Palestinian Authority losing its legitimacy and its justifications as to why it should continue to be a source of power. The ‘Palestinian negotiator’ returns time and again to the negotiating table, each time making new concessions and causing more harm than good in order to preserve the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian Authority has become the end and not the means through which to achieve national goals.
Another explanation as to why the Palestinian Authority mysteriously agreed to return to the negotiating table is the fear that the U.S. administration could blame them for the failure of Kerry’s efforts, resulting in American and Israeli imposed sanctions on the Palestinian Authority and perhaps the suspension of all relations…. more.. e-mail

Kerry’s new tactics 
Nicola Nasser, Al-Ahram Weekly 7/23/2013
New tactics employed by US Secretary of State John Kerry on his recent tour of the Middle East have caused divisions and consternation among the Palestinians.
A new tactic by US Secretary of State John Kerry is causing a split within the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) ranks regarding further talks with Israel. Kerry is apparently using the Arab League’s Follow-Up Committee on the Arab Peace Initiative (FCAPI) to bully the Palestinians into accepting new ground rules for the talks to which they had objected in the past.
In his sixth tour of the region as secretary of state, Kerry did something unusual. Instead of visiting Israel, as he always does, he left it out of his itinerary, deciding instead to hold most of the talks in the Jordanian capital Amman. While there, he conferred with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as well as members of the FCAPI. As the talks progressed, it became clear that Kerry was no longer focussing on Israel, the country that has torpedoed all previous attempts at peace, but on the PLO. His aim is to get the latter to offer more concessions than any they have accepted in the past.
In order to do this, Kerry wanted to get the FCAPI to accept these concessions on behalf of the Palestinians, a new tactic that may or may not be working but that so far has succeeded in causing divisions and widespread consternation in Palestinian circles. The tactic is not totally new, for it resonates with the manner in which US diplomats have used the Arab League to justify foreign intervention for the sake of regime change in countries such as Iraq and Libya in the past.
Speaking after a meeting with Kerry in Amman, FCAPI diplomats voiced their “great support” for Kerry’s efforts to revive the talks. Their remarks were seen as a “victory” for Kerry, said the Associated Press. It was a “success” for his diplomacy, added The New York Times. Kerry, for his part, announced that the gap was “narrowing” between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and that all that was needed now was to “iron out” a few kinks.
For the Palestinians, ironing out these kinks is going to be a quite a job, however…. more.. e-mail

Israel’s thriving arms trade is a setback to peace agreement 
Jonathan Cook, The National, Israeli Occupation Archive 7/23/2013
Over the past decade, Israel has surged up the arms trade’s international rankings. Despite having a population smaller than New York City, Israel has emerged as one of the world’s largest export
ers of armaments.

Last month, defence analysts Jane’s put Israel in sixth place, ahead of China and Italy, both major weapons producers. Surveys that include Israel’s growing covert trade put it even higher, in fourth place, ahead of Britain and Germany, and beaten only by the United States, Russia and France.
The extent of Israel’s success in this market can be gauged by a simple mathematical calculation. With record sales last year of $7 billion (Dh25.7 billion), Israel earned nearly $1,000 from the arms trade per capita – up to 10 times the per capita income the US derives from its manufacture of weapons.
The Israeli economy’s reliance on arms dealing was highlighted this month when local courts forced officials to reveal data showing that some 6,800 Israelis are actively engaged in the business of arms exports. Separately, Ehud Barak, the defence minister in the last government, has revealed that 150,000 Israeli households – or about one in 10 of the population – depend economically on the weapons industry.
These disclosures aside, Israel has been loath to lift the shroud of secrecy that envelopes much of its arms trade, arguing further revelations would harm “national security and foreign relations”.
But a new documentary lifts the lid on the nature and scope of its arms business.
The Lab, which won a recent award at DocAviv, Israel’s documentary Oscars, is due to premiere in the US early next month. Directed by Yotam Feldman, the film presents the first close-up view of Israel’s arms industry and the dealers who have enriched themselves…. — See also: Source: The National more.. e-mail

Letter to John Kerry – dishonest ‘peace’ broker 
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 7/23/2013
…bent on bypassing the justice process
Well John-boy, how do you think history will judge you?
The whole world has heard about your brilliant breakthrough – persuading trigger-happy US-subsidized Israel and the strangulated, unarmed Palestinians to agree “in principle” to resume the one-sided negotiations abandoned three years ago.
The reason they were abandoned, you’ll remember, was simple. The talks were fundamentally bogus, pursued in bad faith and going nowhere, just like all the other talks over the last 20 years. It was talk, talk, talk while the Israelis build, build, build their illegal settlements, illegal annexation wall and Jews-only highways.
The rest of the world, watching from outside the ludicrous peace process circus, will be forgiven for wondering why any of it was ever necessary when the key issues have already been defined, decided and ruled on by international law and a whole heap of UN resolutions.
In spite of that, John-boy, you’re frantically trying to restart a failed and discredited process that has little to do with peace. The aim is plainly to bypass the justice process afforded by international law and UN resolutions and push the Palestinians into pleading for their rights and property directly with the criminals that seized their land, ethnically cleansed it and still have their jackboot on the necks of the Palestinians who remain in the disconnected remnants of their homeland.
Has it not crossed your mind, John-boy, that this charade won’t work because there can be no lasting peace without justice? Didn’t they teach you that at law school? But never mind. The great thing is that it buys more time for the Israelis to establish even more irreversible facts on the ground that will help make the illegal occupation permanent.more.. e-mail

Workers on Israel’s illegal railway robbed of half their pay
Electronic Intifada: 25 Jul 2013 – Palestinians employed on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv high speed line have confirmed they work under exploitative conditions.more


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