VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 26 July 2013: Israel launches ’price tag’ attack par excellence in response to EU settlement directive

26 July 2013 VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

British Human Rights Activist Wins Water-meter Fight
IMEMC – A British Palestine supporter won a battle this week to stop Southern Water company installing an Israeli-made water meter at her home. …

Palestinian Official: Talks Cannot Start Before Release Of Long Term Detainees
IMEMC – A senior Palestinian Authority official in the occupied West Bank has reported that direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, slated to start next Tuesday in Washington, cannot be held before Israel agrees to the release of all detainees held since before the first Oslo agreement of 1993. …

Settlers Start Construction Of Two Units Near Bethlehem
IMEMC – Ahmad Salah, Coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in the Al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, has reported that a number of settlers started the construction of two units near Boaz illegal settlement. …

Israel Planning West Bank Settlement Railway
IMEMC – Despite PA rejection of the Israeli railway plan that would construct a 473 km long railway system running through most of the occupied West Bank, Israel pushes forward with the plan having already spent one million NIS on research and preparation. …

Ma’an News

Clashes in Kafr Qaddum
7/26/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces fired tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinian protesters in Kafr Qaddum near Qalqiliya on Friday, the local popular committee said. Several military vehicles and a bulldozer entered Kfar Qaddum and soldiers fired tear gas canisters directly at protesters, committee spokesman Muraed Shteawy said. Israeli forces also closed a road in the village to limit the movement of people, he added. [END]

Gaza’s Ark: a bid to break Israel’s blockade from within
7/26/2013 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Palestinian laborers and foreign activists are working tirelessly to transform a large fishing boat into “Gaza’s Ark” with the aim of exporting local produce in the latest bid to break Israel’s blockade on the coastal strip. The Ark, which is being fitted out to carry goods and more than 100 passengers, is expected to set sail for Europe….

Egypt prosecutor ‘orders Mursi held over Hamas ties’
7/26/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s state prosecutor has ordered that ousted President Mohamed Mursi be detained for questioning over suspected collaboration with Hamas, official MENA news agency reported Friday. Mursi will be quizzed on whether he collaborated with Hamas in attacks on police stations and prison breaks in early 2011, in which the Islamist and other political inmates escaped during the revolt against strongman Hosni…. Related: Hamas denounces Egypt over Mursi detention and Protesters flood Cairo as Mursi held on murder suspicion

Hamas denounces Egypt over Mursi detention
7/26/2013 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Hamas slammed Egypt on Friday after a Cairo court ordered ousted President Mohamed Mursi be detained for questioning over suspected collaboration with the group.”Hamas condemns this move since it is based on the premise that the Hamas movement is hostile,” spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP.”This is a dangerous development, which confirms that the current powers in Egypt are giving…. Related: Egypt prosecutor ‘orders Mursi held over Hamas ties’ and Protesters flood Cairo as Mursi held on murder suspicion

Israeli forces detain former Fatah fighter in Jenin camp
7/26/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Friday detained a former Fatah fighter after raiding his home in the Jenin refugee camp, Palestinian Authority security sources said. Israeli military vehicles raided the camp and detained 35-year-old Daoud Zubeidi, PA security officials told Ma’an. An Israeli military statement said that soldiers and border police arrested “a Palestinian terrorist operative,” without giving his name….

Kerry refers to Palestine as ‘country’
7/26/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to have flubbed his lines on Thursday when he referred to Palestine as a country. Speaking at the United Nations ahead of talks with UN chief Ban Ki-moon, Kerry praised the “courageous decision” by Israeli and Palestinian leaders to try to resume direct negotiations.”It’s my hope that that will be able to….

PFLP leader calls for protests against negotiations
7/26/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has called for nationwide protests against a return to negotiations. Ahmad Saadat urged Palestinians to “break all the barriers of silence and step up to defend the national rights that are being threatened in this critical phase in the region,” in a letter received Friday from Shatta prison, where….

Factions denounce Hamas closure of media offices in Gaza
7/26/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian factions on Thursday condemned the closure by Hamas of media offices in the Gaza Strip. Hamas’ attorney-general on Thursday ordered the closure of the Gaza City bureaus of Al-Arabiya and Ma’an News Agency.”The Attorney General decided to close down Al-Arabiya and Ma’an offices in Gaza for distributing false news regarding the smear campaign….

Worshipers head to Al-Aqsa for Ramadan prayers
7/26/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Tens of thousands of worshipers headed to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Friday for Ramadan prayers, Palestinians queued at checkpoints to Jerusalem from the early hours of Friday morning to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. The Al-Aqsa Mosque foundation said tens of thousands of worshipers stayed at the mosque from Thursday evening, taking breakfast….

Gaza teen attempts suicide after failing exams
7/26/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A teenager in Gaza tried to overdose on Thursday after failing her high school exams, medics said Friday. The 18-year-old, from al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, was taken to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, where medics were able to stabilize her. She took large doses of medication after learning she had failed the Tawjihi exams, the Palestinian high school….

Governor: Man arrested over death of woman, children
7/26/2013 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Police have arrested a man in Salfit suspected of murdering a woman and her two children, the governor of Salfit said Friday. Issam Abu Baker said the suspect has confessed to killing Lina Fatooni, 27, and her children Majd, 4, and Jana, 5. Rescue workers initially believed the deaths were caused by a gas leak at the family’s home….

Protesters flood Cairo as Mursi held on murder suspicion
7/26/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s authorities Friday formally detained Mohamed Mursi on suspicion of collaborating with Hamas militants in murdering policemen and staging prison breaks, as tens of thousands of the deposed president’s supporters and opponents staged rival rallies. Mursi’s detention, under a court order, for a renewable 15 days further ramped up tension as those applauding the decision and those…. Related: Egypt prosecutor ‘orders Mursi held over Hamas ties’ and Hamas denounces Egypt over Mursi detention

Clashes in Cairo between Mursi supporters, opponents
7/26/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Clashes broke out between supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Mursi in the Cairo neighborhood of Shubra on Friday, witnesses told AFP. The clashes erupted early in the afternoon, the witnesses said. Live footage on satellite station ONTV showed crowds throwing rocks at each other in the neighborhood. Mursi’s supporters and backers of the military that overthrew him on July….

Hezbollah ‘wired money to Bulgaria bomb suspects’
7/26/2013 – SOFIA (AFP) — Hezbollah’s armed wing wired almost $100,000 to two men wanted over a bomb attack that killed five Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last year, a newspaper report said Friday. According to the 24 Hours daily, the money was to help organize the blast at Burgas airport on the Black Sea on July 18, 2012, and to carry out reconnaissance in other countries….

UN alarm at anti-Syrian hostility in Egypt
7/26/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — Rising anti-Syrian rhetoric and arbitrary arrests are pushing a growing number of Syrian war exiles in Egypt to seek UN protection, the world body’s refugee agency said Friday. UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told reporters that there was “growing and disturbing anti-Syrian sentiment” in Egypt, raising fears among the refugee community. Many Syrians who previously felt safe enough not to seek formal….

‘150 Syrian regime forces killed’ in Aleppo town
7/26/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — At least 150 Syrian regime forces have been killed in Khan al-Assal, a town in Aleppo province at the center of an alleged chemical weapons strike this year, monitors said Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said that at least 10 people were reported killed on Friday in regime shelling of the northwestern province of Idlib. The deaths in Khan al-Assal….

Palestine News Network

Iraq is Possible: Iraqi Social Forum and Changes in the Middle East
Palestine News Network

12 Prisoners Continue Their Hunger Strike in Israeli Jails
Palestine News Network

PPS: Prisoner Khuderat Transferred to Ramleh Medical Clinic
Palestine News Network

Ramadan: Meaning and Traditions
Palestine News Network

PPS: Abu Sisi is the Only Isolated Security Prisoner
Palestine News Network

Film Screening: Jerusalem Bride
Palestine News Network

UFree: Israel Should Release All Prisoners for Peace Process Success
Palestine News Network

Israeli Court Extends Arrest of Prisoner Zakarneh
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Live ammunition shot at Youth Against Settlement house in Hebron
7/26/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 26th July 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Last night at 10 pm, a live ammunition bullet was fired at the headquarters of the human rights organisation Youth Against Settlements (YAS) in Hebron. The spokesperson for YAS, Damer Atash, explains that a group of activists were sitting in front of the house headquarters when the bullet was fired. The bullet was shot ….

Resistance in Kafr Qaddum met with military violence and collective punishment
7/26/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 26th July 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Kafr Qaddum, Occupied Palestine – The Israeli military invaded the village of Kafr Qaddum multiple times on Friday 26th July, firing excessive teargas, sound grenades and rubber bullets at the people of the village. They were also armed and prepared to use live ammunition against peaceful protesters. Several hours later, the village was once again invaded, this time….

Two people injured in Bil’in weekly march
7/26/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 26th July 2013, Friends of Freedom and Justice, Bil’in, Occupied Palestine – This afternoon the journalist Haitham al-Khatib 37 years old was hit by a tear gas canister in the back after being targeted by the Israeli soldiers, a 18 years old Mahmoud Samara also got injured by a rubber bullet in the leg, their conditions were described as a minor, in addition to….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: Several Palestine refugees killed by armed hostilities in Yarmouk
Relief Web 26 Jul 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 26 July 2013 East Jerusalem UNRWA remains gravely concerned about the risks posed to Palestine refugee civilians in several camps…

Lebanon: In Lebanon, Refugees Turn to Refugees for Help
Relief Web 25 Jul 2013 – Source: Voice of America Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Jamie Dettmer AIN HILWEH, LEBANON Ain Helweh is the largest of a dozen camps in Lebanon for Palestinian refugees who fled the 1948 Arab-Israeli war and has…

The National

Egyptian masses rally in support of El Sisi
The National 26 Jul 2013 –

Morsi charged over 2011 jailbreak
The National 26 Jul 2013 – Deposed Egyptian president accused of conspiring with Hamas in 2011 prison raid that freed him and other Muslim Brotherhood members.

Two Tunisian political assassinations, ‘same gun’
The National 26 Jul 2013 – Ballistic tests show opposition member Mohammed Brahmi was shot dead with the same weapon used to kill Chokri Belaid, another government critic, in February.

A year after London Olympics, still waiting to strike gold
The National 26 Jul 2013 – Despite government claims, the poor Stratford area in East London has yet to see the economic “regeneration” promised from the 2012 Olympic Games.

Free health check-ups for 800 Dubai labourers
The National 26 Jul 2013 – Hundreds of men living in a labour camp in Dubai received free health checks and dinner, courtesy of the Pakistan Association Dubai. PAD worked alongside the Community Development Authority to help the men.

Three dead after car ploughs into kitchen
The National 26 Jul 2013 – Crash in the early hours of this morning leaves three dead and several more injured. The incident took place in the Barsha 3 area of Dubai.

Abu Dhabi Police aiming for road safety
The National 26 Jul 2013 – Drivers are being targeted as part of a safety campaign in Abu Dhabi

Kuwait returns to the polls despite opposition threat to boycott
The National 26 Jul 2013 – The election has been billed by authorities as a fresh start after nearly two years of political turbulence during which four parliaments have been dissolved.


15 year-old boy in serious condition after falling off roof
Ha’aretz – 26 Jul 2013

Education Ministry calls for Arab school in Upper Nazareth, despite mayor s objections
Ha’aretz – 26 Jul 2013

Israeli trustee rejects plan to sell Bank Leumi shares to help Holocaust survivors
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2013

Hadassah professor misrepresented research findings, panel finds
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2013

Rights groups decry Tel Aviv’s decision to withhold business licenses from Eritreans
Ha’aretz – 25 Jul 2013

Jerusalem Post

Syrian rebels urge Russia to halt support for Assad regime
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2013 – Opposition leaders meet with UN Security Council for first time.

Hostility radiates as rival camps take to Egypt streets
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2013 – Islamists proclaim justice their only weapon, their opponents demanding the army fight terrorism.

Five dead in Alexandria clashes as turmoil rages across Egypt
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2013 – Hundreds of thousands rally in Egypt after report of probe on ousted president Morsi for charges including murder; more than 50 reportedly wounded in fighting in Egypt’s second city.

Turkey releases bird suspected of spying for Israel
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2013 – Authorizes free winged suspect after X-ray scans reveal it was not embedded with surveillance equipment.

Two dead as clashes ensue between Morsi supporters, opponents in Egypt
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2013 – Tens of thousands gather in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in response to army’s call to tackle violence; thousand of pro-army, pro-Morsi activists clash in Alexandria; seven injured in Nile delta city clashes.

UN: Egyptian authorities increasing ‘anti-Syrian’ hostility
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2013 – Egyptian forces arbitrarily arrest, detain Syrian refugees, according to UN; Upward of 300,000 Syrians in Egypt, gov’t estimates.

Syrian rebels kill dozens of soldiers in offensives in north and south
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2013 – Rights monitoring group: 51 soldiers executed this week; rebels focusing on isolated army outposts, mostly in rural areas.

Report: Hezbollah military wing officially added to EU terror blacklist
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2013 – EU’s Official Journal now includes Hezbollah in list of 11 persons, 25 groups after pressure from Britain, Netherlands.

Egypt braces for mass rallies as Morsi held for conspiring with Hamas, murder
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2013 – Charges relate to the deposed president’s escape from prison with other top Brotherhood leaders; Morsi also accused of “collaboration with Hamas to undertake aggressive acts” in Egypt.

Egypt army signals crackdown ahead of rival mass rallies
Jerusalem Post 26 Jul 2013 – Army gives Brotherhood deadline to end resistance.

The Guardian

Israel freezes co-operation with EU in Palestinian territories
The Guardian 26 Jul 2013 – Move follows European Union directive banning funding for bodies linked with Israeli settlements Israel has frozen co-operation with the European Union on work in the Palestinian territories in retaliation for an EU directive banning funding or…

Natalie Portman to move into directing with of A Tale of Love and Darkness
The Guardian 26 Jul 2013 – Black Swan actor will fly to Israel in September to begin work on film of Amos Oz’s bestselling novel about his early years Oscar-winner Natalie Portman is to become the latest young female Hollywood actor to…

Morsi being investigated over claims of ‘colluding with Hamas’ in uprising
The Guardian 26 Jul 2013 – Deposed president alleged to have helped Palestinian Islamists murder Egyptian police during 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak The overthrown Egyptian president , Mohamed Morsi, is under investigation for conspiring with Hamas during Egypt’s 2011 revolution, state media…

Inter Press Service

Kurds Find a German Healing Touch
IPS Media (r) with her assistant Daryan (l) in a Kurdish region in the Qandil mountains. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS. I witnessed a Turkish tank made in Germany destroying a Kurdish village. Civilians, children included, were wounded, and many were taking shelter inside a besieged church, said Media, the German nurse who…

Egypt Army Chief Calls for Nationwide Rallies
IPS Egypt s army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called for nationwide rallies to give the military a mandate to confront what he termed violence and terrorism following the removal of President Mohamed Morsi. In a speech on Wednesday at a military graduation ceremony, Sisi called for the protests to be held…

New Bid for Mideast Talks after Five-Year Hiatus
IPS U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry steps off a helicopter after flying from Amman, Jordan, to Ramallah, West Bank, to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Jul. 19, 2013. Credit: State Department photo/Public Domain There is a real opportunity for peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians, even though…


US Military Aid to Egypt Lost Value

Siam family from Sheikh Jarrah, struggling against eviction order and not giving up

Dutch court blocks extradition to US amid torture claims

MB leader: “Mursi s ouster worse than destroying the Holy Kaaba”

Obama’s Force-Feeding of Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strikers Violates the Torture Convention

Yemeni Reporter Who Exposed U.S. Drone Strike Freed from Prison After Jailing at Obama s Request (Video)

Obama Supports the Racial Surveillance That Killed Trayvon

Congress: Obama s Willing Executioners of the Fourth Amendment

Shaker Aamer s children tell Senate of loneliness growing up without father

Iraqi Ambassador Says Iraq Willing To Help Bridge US-Iran Divide

Daily Star

From mass designed to one of a kind: jewelry in Beirut
Daily Star 26 Jul 2013 Queen Elizabeth I is supposed to have said that brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths.

Fattouh becomes assistant coach for Manama
Daily Star 26 Jul 2013 Young coach Jad Fattouh signed a three-year deal with the Bahrain champions Manama to become the assistant coach of Serbian veteran Pedrag Bradnjarevic.

YNet News

Syrian opposition: Assad must agree to step down
YNet News, 26 Jul 2013 – ….

Diskin urges resumption of peace talks
YNet News, 26 Jul 2013 – Speaking with Channel 10 news, former Shin Bet chief urges renewal of talks, despite painful concessions. He stresses, however, he opposes prisoners’ release. Source tells Ynet number of prisoners unknown ….

Egypt: 5 killed in clashes in Alexandria
YNet News, 26 Jul 2013 – ….

US says it intends to send two Guantanamo detainees to Algeria
YNet News, 26 Jul 2013 – ….

Egypt unrest: 5 die in Alexandria; hundreds rally in Tahrir
YNet News, 26 Jul 2013 – Hundreds gather in Tahrir Squrae; army threatens to ‘turn its guns’ on those who use violence; five killed, 72 injured in Alexandria ….

US court permits generic version of Teva MS drug a year sooner
YNet News, 26 Jul 2013 – ….

EU concerned by Israel’s restrictions of union’s WB, Gaza activity
YNet News, 26 Jul 2013 – Following defense minister’s announcement that IDF is to minimize cooperation with EU representatives, humanitarian aid staff denied entrance to Gaza; EU concerned by Israeli measures, seeks ‘clarifications’ ….

Erdogan threatens to sue Times of London for defamation
YNet News, 26 Jul 2013 – Following letter signed by actors, filmmakers slamming Turkish police for use of violence during protests in Taksim, prime minister suggests he would launch lawsuit against British daily ….

EU concerned by Israel’s restrictions of union’s West Bank activity
YNet News, 26 Jul 2013 – ….

Chomsky says Europe could help Mideast talks
YNet News, 26 Jul 2013 – Fierce US, Israel critic says US-brokered peace talks could benefit from European involvement; ‘There’s no reason why Europe should support illegal settlements,’ he says ….

Assad forces advance in Damascus Palestinian refugee camp
YNet News, 26 Jul 2013 – Thousands in Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, mostly under rebel control, flee after pro-government faction captures nearly third of camp ….

Missing Israeli students suspected of infiltrating Syria
YNet News, 26 Jul 2013 – Arab Israeli from north Israel has not contacted his family in two weeks; relatives suspect he may have entered Syria so as to join rebel forces ….

Turkey: Bird accused of spying for Israel ‘innocent’
YNet News, 26 Jul 2013 – X-ray test reveals kestrel with tag reading ‘4311 Tel Avivunia Israel’ not carrying microchips, Hurriyet reports ….

Morsi detained over Hamas contact, killing of soldiers
YNet News, 26 Jul 2013 – Deposed Egyptian president detained for 15 days over alleged killing of soldiers and conspiring with Palestinian terror group; charges relate to his escape, along with other top Brotherhood leaders, from prison north of Cairo in 2011 ….

An inside look at the women of Hezbollah
YNet News, 26 Jul 2013 – On the battlefield their role is limited to treatment of wounded, but Rima Fahri, female member of Shiite group’s political council, says women can do everything, including suicide bombings ….

Peace deal victory for both sides
YNet News, 26 Jul 2013 – Op-ed: Arab, Israeli directors of Geneva Initiative say negotiations can succeed if certain guidelines followed ….

US sidesteps decision whether to cut off aid to Egypt
YNet News, 26 Jul 2013 – US officials avoid ruling whether Egypt overtaken by army, keep aiding country by $1.5 billion annually; ‘Not in our interest to make such a determination,’ says official ….

Photos of Burgas attack suspects revealed
YNet News, 25 Jul 2013 – Bulgaria’s interior ministry asks for public’s help in finding Maliad Farah, Hassan al-Haj, whose involvement in terror attack which left five Israelis dead remains confidential ….

Chabad emissary shot in Russia
YNet News, 25 Jul 2013 – Rabbi Ovadia Isakov sustains serious wounds after being shot by unknown assailants in city of Derbent. Police looking into option attack was motivated by anti-Semitism ….

Palestinian Information Center

Bishara: Charges of conspiring with Hamas only used in Israel
PIC – Dr. Azmi Bishara denounced the Egyptian investigating judge’s decision to detain Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi on charges of conspiring with Hamas movement.

PA security forces launch summons campaign against Hamas cadres in Yatta
PIC – PA security forces launched Friday a summons campaign against Hamas’s cadres and supporters in Yatta south of al-Khalil targeting youths and liberated prisoners mainly.

IOA stops cooperation with EU
PIC – The Israeli War Ministry instructed the IOF and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the occupied West Bank to stop cooperating with EU representatives, Israeli media said.

Bisan center: PA works for ‚¨ Slaundering‚¨ ù settlement products
PIC – In its report issued on Thursday, Bisan Center for Research and Development accused the PA of ‚¨ Slaundering‚¨ ù settlement products after launching a joint industrial project.

Tens of thousands head to Al-Aqsa Mosque on third Friday of Ramadan
PIC – Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowments and Heritage said that tens of thousands of worshipers flocked at dawn Friday to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform Morning Prayer there.

PFLP calls for demonstrations in protest at resumption of negotiations
PIC – The PFLP renewed its rejection of PA’s decision to return to negotiations with the occupation and called for protests in Ramallah and Gaza on Sunday to protest at the resumption of negotiations.

IOF shoots Palestinian youth in northern Gaza
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF), stationed on the Gaza border, shot a Palestinian youth in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israeli courts extend detention of 26 Palestinians
PIC – Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said on Thursday that the occupation military authorities extended the detention of a number of Palestinian captives held in the Israeli jails.


Egypt rivals clash after Morsi is charged with espionage, murder
LA Times 26 Jul 2013 – Opponents and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi take to the streets as the military calls for harsher measures against Islamist protesters. CAIRO Egypt’s political divisions seethed Friday as rival rallies between opponents and supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi resounded across the nation,…

Israel divorce law traps women in marriages that died long ago
LA Times 26 Jul 2013 – A government-funded religious court has final say over the cases, and men have used the archaic rules to their advantage. JERUSALEM After four years of marriage, Tamar Tessler filed for divorce, taking her infant daughter and embarking on what she hoped would be a…

Egypt’s police are stepping out of the shadows
LA Times 26 Jul 2013 – After months of lying low as support for Mohamed Morsi crumbled, they’re back on the streets and enjoying an improved image with the public. CAIRO The policemen in their white uniforms and tilted berets are back, patrolling neighborhoods, protecting schools, writing tickets and, when…

Protests erupt after second Tunisia opposition figure assassinated
LA Times 25 Jul 2013 – Tunisian nationalist Mohammed Brahmi is killed in front of his wife and daughter. Protesters focus their anger on the ruling Islamist party, Nahda. TUNIS, Tunisia A Tunisian opposition figure was shot to death at his home Thursday, igniting widespread protests after the second high-profile…

Demonstrations Grow in Egypt
New York Times 26 Jul 2013 – Friends and foes of Mohamed Morsi, the ousted president, turned out for rallies across the country.

The Saturday Profile: President-Elect Stirs Optimism in Iran and West
New York Times 26 Jul 2013 – Hassan Rouhani is concerned about his country s growing economic troubles and is determined to change policies that have cut off relations with most of the developed world.

Egypt Military Flexes Muscle Against Morsi Amid Rallies
New York Times 26 Jul 2013 – After announcing that Mohamed Morsi could face serious criminal charges, the Egyptian military orchestrated a display of military power in an effort to crack down on demonstrators.

Soldiers Mass Execution Reported by Syria Group
New York Times 26 Jul 2013 – Extremists in Syria s insurgency killed 150 government fighters, including 51 who were executed after they had surrendered, a monitoring group said.

Tunisia Says Assassination Has Links to Al Qaeda
New York Times 26 Jul 2013 – Already criticized for failing to find those responsible for the February killing of another opposition figure, the government was under pressure to produce some answers.

The Lede: Tahrir Taken, Some Egyptians Look for Third Square to Resist Islamists and Army
New York Times 26 Jul 2013 – On a day of mass rallies by supporters of Egypt s army and the rival Muslim Brotherhood, some activists were left wondering how best to register their disgust with both the military and the Islamists.

U.S. to Send 2 at Guant·namo Back to Algeria, Saying Security Concerns Are Met
New York Times 26 Jul 2013 – The White House s announcement comes as William K. Lietzau, the top Pentagon official dealing with detainees, is stepping down to take a private sector job.

On Religion: A Jewish Pathbreaker Inspired by Her Countryman Mandela
New York Times 26 Jul 2013 – Sara Hurwitz was informed by her childhood in South Africa in her quest for an Orthodox ordination.

Moe Diab: Prawer Plan recalls historical atrocity of Native American ethnic cleansing
Mondoweiss – Excellent RealNews Network interview about the Prawer Plan with Palestinian American human rights activist Moe Diab . There’s a transcript at the RealNews link but I caught up Moe and asked if he had anything additional to say. Never at a loss for words he added: This…

John Kerry s peace process: Dead on arrival
Mondoweiss – Secretary of State John Kerry’s renewed efforts at a peace process has little chance of succeeding. Above, Kerry greets an Israeli official before wreath-laying ceremony marking Israel’s annual day of Holocaust remembrance, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, April 8, 2013.(Photo: Reuters) Israeli government officials and Palestinian Authority negotiators…

Coupless in Cairo
Mondoweiss – This post is part of Marc H. Ellis s Exile and the Prophetic feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page . With Egypt on the brink we continue to learn a lot about Egypt and ourselves. Yesterday the Obama administration decided to call…

Japanese-American and Arab-American communities in Bay Area make solidarity over persecution histories
Mondoweiss – The proclamation of June 4 as Palestinian Cultural Day was initiated by the Buena Vista United Methodist Church in the Bay Area in partnership with the Arab Community Cultural Center. This has been one component of its active commitment to struggle for Palestinian human rights. This community…

Bird Accused of Spying for Israel in Turkey Has Been Cleared
The Foward Breaking News 26 Jul 2013 – A bird captured in Turkey is being allowed to fly away home after thorough examinations revealed it was not working for the Mossad. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Blocks E.U. Aid to Palestinians in Retaliation for Settlement Boycott
The Foward Breaking News 26 Jul 2013 – Israel has blocked the European Union from aiding tens of thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank in retaliation for Brussels ban on financial assistance to Israeli organisations in the occupied territories. Click here for the rest of the article…

Morsi Accused of Ties With Hamas Is Detained for 15 Days
The Foward Breaking News 26 Jul 2013 – Egyptian authorities have detained President Mohammed Morsi for 15 days over an array of accusations, including killing soldiers and conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas, the state news agency reported on Friday. Click here for the rest of the article…

140 U.S. Jewish Leaders Sign Letter of Support for Talks
The Foward Breaking News 26 Jul 2013 – A broad range of U.S. Jewish figures wrote Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to encourage him as peace talks restart. Click here for the rest of the article…

Letting Syria Go
The Forward Editorial 26 Jul 2013 – FORWARD EDITORIAL : The rebels in Syria are losing. Is it time to ask ourselves whether we are morally responsible for abandoning them? Click here for the rest of the article…

Netanyahu’s Personal Envoy Will Attend Peace Talks Along With Livni
The Forward New 26 Jul 2013 – Israel s delegation to peace talks will be headed not by one but by two chief negotiators Tzipi Livni and her minder, Benjamin Netanyahu s private attorney. Click here for the rest of the article…

Huge rival rallies grip Egypt
BBC 26 Jul 2013 – Huge rallies by supporters and opponents of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president continue into the night with five people killed in Alexandria.

Kuwaitis head to polls amid boycott
BBC 26 Jul 2013 – Kuwaitis are set to elect a new parliament for the second time in less than a year, amid a boycott of the poll by some opposition groups.

Health fears for Iran’s Karroubi
BBC 26 Jul 2013 – Fresh concerns are raised about the health of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest since 2010.

Four stabbed, shot to death in Egypt’s rival rallies
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jul 2013 – Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Mursi carry his portrait as they demonstrate outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on 26 July 2013. (PhotoL AFP – Mohammed al-Shahed) Four people were killed as hundreds of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets in rival…

US to return 10,000 stolen artifacts to Iraq
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jul 2013 – Baghdad reached an initial deal with the US on the return of more than 10,000 artifacts stolen from Iraq after the 2003 US-led invasion, a senior official said on Friday. “We have reached an initial agreement… on returning more than 10,000 Iraqi artifacts that are in…

Gunman kills prominent anti-militia activist in Benghazi
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jul 2013 – A Gunman killed a lawyer and prominent Libyan political activist in the eastern city of Benghazi on Friday, a security official and residents said. The attack appeared to be the first against an activist in the city although security forces have been frequently targeted. Lawyer Abdelsalam…

Lebanon: European Schizophrenia After Hezbollah Blacklisting
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jul 2013 – The EU Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst paid two of the party s officials a visit to reassure them that the decision will not affect relations with the group s civilian wing. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The EU Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst paid two of the party s officials…

Week In Photos (19 July – 26 July)
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jul 2013 – In a picture taken with an underwater camera US diver David Bonuchi and Toby Stanley enter the water as they compete in the men’s 10-metre synchro platform preliminary diving event in the FINA World Championships at the Piscina Municipal de Montjuic in Barcelona on 21 July…

Israel snubs EU aid workers in West Bank, Gaza
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jul 2013 – Israeli security forces hassle Palestinians crossing a checkpoint along Israel’s apartheid wall on the outskirts of the West Bank town of Bethlehem on 26 July 2013. (Photo: AFP – Musa al-Shaer) Israel has halted cooperation with European delegates and aid workers in the West Bank and…

Mauritania Slavery Abolished, Not Dead
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 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…

Welcome to Hamas Gaza: No Jobs for Mosque Outliers
Al-Akhbar Politics 26 Jul 2013 – A Palestinian man prepares water pipes 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 prepares water pipes as the sun sets over…

Cemetery Living in Gaza
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Lebanon: UNIFIL at Ease in the South
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Huge rival rallies grip Egypt
BBC 26 Jul 2013 – Huge rallies by supporters and opponents of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president continue into the night with five people killed in Alexandria.

Kuwaitis head to polls amid boycott
BBC 26 Jul 2013 – Kuwaitis are set to elect a new parliament for the second time in less than a year, amid a boycott of the poll by some opposition groups.

Activist dies in Benghazi killings
BBC 26 Jul 2013 – A prominent Libyan political activist and two senior security officials are shot dead in the restive eastern city of Benghazi.

Health fears for Iran’s Karroubi
BBC 26 Jul 2013 – Fresh concerns are raised about the health of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest since 2010.


Israel launches price tag attack par excellence in response to EU settlement directive
Michael Omer-Man, +972 Magazine 7/26/2013
Israel s defense minister orders a halt to cooperation with the European Union-funded humanitarian aid projects benefitting West Bank and Gaza Palestinians.
Israel s defense minister launched a massive price tag attack last week. In response to an EU directive that will help ensure European funding does not benefit Israeli settlements, Moshe Ya alon ordered a halt to cooperation with European humanitarian efforts benefiting Palestinians in Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank.
We are freezing the relationship on everything, an Israeli official told The Guardian. We did this as soon as we heard [about the directive]. We can t act like nothing happened.
Price tag attacks are generally perpetrated by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property in response to Israeli government moves against settlements. In other words, they attack an uninvolved third party in retaliation for legally sanctioned harm done to them.
Ya alon s order is no different. For all intents and purposes, it is a price tag attack.
European Union humanitarian projects in Area C tend to focus on water access and reclamation, providing solar electricity infrastructure, waste removal and other basic services to the most vulnerable of Palestinian communities, primarily in the rural south Hebron Hills and Jordan Valley. The decision will also reportedly affect EU training of Palestinian Authority police.
As part of the Israeli Defense Ministry s new directives, Israel will stop all cooperation, halt issuing new permits for projects and no longer issue documents allowing EU representatives to easily travel through and into the West Bank and Gaza. The new restrictions apply to EU projects but not those of EU member states, Haaretz reported. more..e-mail

Another Journalist with Children in the Israeli Military
Alison Weir, CounterPunch 7/26/2013
Myra Noveck & the New York Times
The New York Times recently published a news brief, reporting that Israel is going to re-investigate an incident in which an American citizen, Tristan Anderson, was permanently maimed.
Anderson suffered extensive brain damage (part of his frontal lobe was destroyed) and paralysis, and was blinded in one eye, after Israeli soldiers shot him with a tear gas canister intended as a barricade penetrator from inappropriately close range. According to eyewitnesses, Anderson was shot as he was taking photographs in a Palestinian village after an unarmed protest against the illegal and extensive confiscation of village land.
Israeli forces have a history of shooting unarmed protesters with these canisters, which one expert likens to a small missile.
Yet the New York Times report, Israel Reopens Inquiry Into Activist s Injury (July 11, 2013, P. 9) reveals few of these details.
The Times article states that Anderson was injured when he was hit in the head by a tear gas canister and is partly paralyzed and blind in one eye, but does not mention his extensive brain damage and that his paralysis is over half his body. It doesn t reveal that the type of canister used is extraordinarily destructive or that it was fired at such close range.
The report also omits the fact that this incident is part of a pattern, even though Israeli forces have killed at least two Palestinians with these canisters, and shot out the eye of an American student with another. According to a report by an Israeli organization, Israeli forces frequently fire tear-gas canisters directly at demonstrators.
The Times report states that the protest was against the extension of Israel s separation barrier in the West Bank without citing the villagers actual complaint the confiscation of their land and, thus, livelihood by Israel…. more..e-mail

Israeli activists replace threatening military signs with messages of peace and resistance
Haggai Matar, +972 Magazine 7/26/2013
Using creative, colorful tools and supported by Palestinians from a number of villages, a group of Israeli women is trying to break the army s campaign of fear and segregation.
For several years now, all roads branching off of major Israeli-controlled West Bank highways and taking drivers towards Palestinian vi
llages and cities, have been dominated by the presence of red trilingual warning signs. The signs threaten Israelis that the roads lead to Palestinian Authority controlled areas. Driving on them should thus be considered both a violation of the law, which officially forbids Israelis from entering Area A (although this law is almost never enforced), and a risk to one s life, the signs warn.

On Saturday, July 13, a group of Israeli women went on a road trip to replace these threatening signs with more inviting texts. They traveled between several Palestinian towns and with the help of local residents, covered the military s red with sheets of more colorful cloth. The messages on the new signposts read: Civilian zone: No entry to the army! This road leads to Palestinian settlements. Israeli civilians, do not be afraid! Come and visit Palestinian settlements, refuse to be enemies! (The Hebrew and Arabic versions use alternative words for settlements, which do not correspond to the English word for illegal Israeli settlements.)
The group, called We do not obey, previously gained considerable attention for publicly stating that they break the law and illegally enter Palestinian villages in order to smuggle Palestinian women through checkpoints into Israel.
We got really good reactions from Palestinians wherever we went, and people told us they feel like the original signs portray them as would-be murderers to be careful of, Rivka Sum, one of the activists in the group, told +972. One person said that every day when he comes home from work and drives by that sign, he is immediately depressed by the thought that Israelis reading it might think of him as a blood-thirsty cannibal or something. more..e-mail

The next UC student regent
Editorial, Los Angeles Times 7/19/2013
Congratulations to Sadia Saifuddin, who will be the first Muslim to serve as student representative to the University of California Board of Regents. Her resume for the post is a strong one: Since arriving at Berkeley, she has worked to increase the amount of financial aid available to students, to secure funding for the UC Berkeley Food Pantry and, as head of the student Senate’s finance committee, to allocate money to student groups.
But there’s one glitch. She is also a critic of Israel. Like many people, she opposes the occupation of the West Bank, the continued building of settlements and what she sees as the mistreatment of Palestinians. Earlier this year, she cosponsored a nonbinding resolution in the student Senate calling on the UC system to divest from companies that do business with the Israeli military.
Unfortunately for her, that’s the third rail of UC politics. When her nomination came before the regents on Wednesday, she was opposed by a number of pro-Israel groups, including StandWithUs and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and by conservative activist David Horowitz, who wrote in an open letter: “If she were confirmed, it would set a dangerous precedent to encourage anti-Semitism on campus, which is already a big problem in the UC system.”
Regent Richard Blum, who abstained, said he believed Saifuddin was too divisive a figure and that a student representative should “represent all the students.”
Oh, for goodness’ sake, will this never stop? There’s no indication that Saifuddin is an anti-Semite, despite her criticism of Israel, her involvement with the Muslim Students Assn. or her condemnation of anti-Islamic “hate speech.” On the board, she says, she hopes to focus on financial aid reform and “bringing students together.”….The regents were absolutely right to approve Saifuddin, which they did unanimously (except for Blum’s abstention). more..e-mail

Museums for Palestinian refugees “light up past before 1948”
Electronic Intifada: 25 Jul 2013 – Frustration with the Palestinian Authority has led refugees to preserve their heritage through their own initiatives.more

Helen Thomas: defender of democracy
Electronic Intifada: 26 Jul 2013 – The recently deceased journalist lamented at how so many of her colleagues became stenographers, rather than interrogators.more

Kerry Uses Arabs to Bully Palestinians
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Jul 2013 – By Nicola Nasser A new tactic by US Secretary of State John Kerry is causing a split within the Palestine Liberation Organization (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 u
nusual. 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 focusing on Israel, the country that has torpedoed all previous attempts at peace, but on…

The Turkey under the Table
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Jul 2013 – By Uri Avnery When you have a conflict between two parties, the way to solve it is clear: you put them in the same room, let them thrash out their differences and emerge with a reasonable solution acceptable to both. For example, a conflict between a wolf and a lamb. Put them in the same room, let them thrash out their differences and emerge with& Just a moment. The wolf emerges. Now where s that lamb? If you have a conflict between two parties who are like a wolf and a lamb, you must have a third party in the room, just to make sure that Party 1 does not have Party 2 for dinner while the talks are going on. The balance of power between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is like that between a wolf and a lamb. In almost every respect economic, military, political Israel has…more

The Difference between Fact and Political Spin in Canadian Corporate Media
Dissident Voice: 26 Jul 2013 – What s the difference between fact and political spin in Canada s national newspaper? Not much if a recent Globe and Mail article is any indication. In an article about the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, foreign affairs reporter Campbell Clark claims Ottawa faced a conundrum in responding to Morsi s ouster since the Harper government [is] normally critical of any military takeover . Did anybody bother to check if this was true? If anybody had, it would have quickly become obvious that Clark s claim has no basis in fact. The Harper government has backed military coups, opposed pro-democracy movements and deepened ties to monarchies from Morocco to Saudi Arabia. The Conservatives stuck with the military-backed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak until literally the last possible minute of his 29-year reign. After 18 days of popular protest and about three hours before Mubarak s resignation was announced publicly on February 11, 2011, Stephen Harper told…more

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