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International Middle East Media Center

Protest tent evicted by Israeli troops south of Bethlehem
IMEMC – A group of around thirty protesters, including Palestinian, Israeli and international supporters of a Palestinian family whose home was recently demolished, were evicted Saturday from a protest tent they had set up on the family’s land in the village of Umm Salamuna, near Bethlehem. …

Ma’an News

Protesters in Israel rally against Prawer Plan
7/28/2013 – BEERSHEBA, Israel (Ma’an) — Palestinian youth groups in Israel on Saturday demonstrated against Israel’s Prawer Plan, which will displace thousands of Bedouin families in the Negev desert. Dozens of people gathered in Kafr Kanna, north of Nazareth, to protest the plan. Israeli police detained Majd Dahamsheh and Ibrahim Ammara, witnesses said. Head of Kafr Kanna’s popular committee, Baker Awawdeh, was….

Hundreds protest return to negotiations in Ramallah
7/28/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Palestinians marched in Ramallah on Sunday to protest a return to negotiations with Israel. Demonstrators marched from the city center towards President Abbas’ headquarters in the Muqata, chanting slogans condemning the Palestinian Authority’s decision to return to talks. Four PA police officers and three protesters were injured when both sides clashed during the march, which was…. Related: Israel approves Palestinian prisoner release and Group: List of prisoners expected to be freed

Israel approves Palestinian prisoner release
7/28/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The Israeli government on Sunday approved the release of long-serving Palestinian and Israeli-Arab prisoners, to coincide with the resumption of peace talks, public radio said. It said that the 22-member cabinet approved Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal by 13 votes to seven with two abstentions. PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat welcomed the decision ahead of US-brokered talks with Israel that….

Israel cabinet votes on Palestinian prisoner release
7/28/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will seek cabinet approval on Sunday for a contentious release of 104 veteran Palestinian and Israeli-Arab prisoners, to coincide with the resumption of peace talks. While the names of the prisoners have yet to be officially published, or even revealed to ministers, they reportedly include militants convicted of killing Israeli women and children or Palestinians suspected of collaborating…. Related: Group: List of prisoners expected to be freed and Hundreds protest return to negotiations in Ramallah

Group: List of prisoners expected to be freed
7/28/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Prisoners Society on Sunday published a list of detainees expected to be freed as part of a release deal by Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday that Israel will free 104 Palestinian prisoners to coincide with the resumption of long-stalled peace talks brokered by the United States. The Israeli PM will seek cabinet approval for the release…. Related: Israel cabinet votes on Palestinian prisoner release andHundreds protest return to negotiations in Ramallah

Gaza man killed in gun accident
7/28/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man from the Gaza Strip died on Sunday after suffering gunshot wounds to the head, medics said. The man, identified only as R. H, was brought to hospital with severe head injuries and later died from his injuries. The family of the man said they believe he was killed with his own gun, most likely after it accidentally went….

10-year-old child killed in Hebron road accident
7/28/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A 10-year-old child was killed late Saturday after being hit by a car in Hebron, medics said. Mutaz Raed Ashur was knocked down and critically wounded south of Hebron and pronounced dead at a local hospital. [END]

Woman, 75, killed in road accident near Hebron
7/28/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An elderly woman was killed on Sunday after being hit by a water-tank truck in the Hebron village of Surif, locals said. Sara Yousef Abu Reesh, 75, was knocked down by the truck and pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital. [END]

At least 72 killed at pro-Morsi Cairo rallies
7/28/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — At least 72 people were killed during clashes in Cairo on Saturday, Egypt’s health ministry said, after violence erupted at a demonstration in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. The ministry said nine others had died in violence in Egypt’s second city, Alexandria, a day earlier, putting the toll in two days of unrest at 81. The Cairo bloodshed….

Morsi supporters defiant after Egypt bloodshed
7/28/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Supporters of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi pledged to keep up their protests on Sunday, a day after bloody clashes at a Cairo sit-in killed at least 72 people. Sporadic violence was reported nationwide overnight, including in the Suez Canal city of Port Said. Saturday’s violence in the capital drew international and domestic condemnation, including from Washington, a key….

Syrians, Hezbollah set to retake key Homs rebel area
7/28/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Government forces bolstered by Lebanese Shiite militiamen were poised on Sunday to retake the largest rebel-held district of Syria’s third city Homs, a watchdog and state media said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said troops now controlled most of Khaldiyeh after a month-long assault and were battling insurgents on its outskirts. The complete fall of Homs, dubbed by rebels “the….

Egypt vice presidency: EU’s Ashton headed to Cairo
7/28/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will arrive in Egypt for talks on Sunday, the country’s vice presidency said, amid an ongoing crisis over the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.”Ashton will begin a visit to Cairo this evening during which she will meet with president Adly Mansour, vice president for international affairs Mohamed ElBaradei and Egyptian officials,” ElBaradei’s….

Protests rage against Tunisia Islamists after new killing
7/28/2013 – TUNIS (AFP) — Police fired tear gas Sunday at protesters as opponents and supporters of Tunisia’s Islamist-led government clashed outside parliament after the burial of the second opposition figure slain this year. Mohamed Brahmi’s cold-blooded murder on Thursday outside his home has stoked tensions in the North African nation where the Arab Spring began. Many Tunisians blame the government for not reinin
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US: Palestinian and Israeli officials to meet
AlJazeera 28 Jul 2013 – The US State Department says Palestinian and Israeli officials will meet in Washington to discuss resuming negotiations.

Palestine News Network

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Begin Next Week, says Israeli Official
Palestine News Network

Israel Orders Cease of Cooperation in Projects with EU in West Bank
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Concerned over Closing Offices of al-Arabiya Channel and Ma’an News Agency in Gaza by Attorney-General’s Decision
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: UNRWA Takes a ‘Look into Classrooms’
Relief Web 28 Jul 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 24 July 2013 Amman The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (…

Ukraine: Ukraine as a Country of Asylum: Observations on the Situation of Asylum-Seekers and Refugees in Ukraine
Relief Web 28 Jul 2013 – Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Afghanistan, Georgia, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, Uzbekistan UNHCR report says Ukraine needs to improve its asylum system This is a summary of what was…

occupied Palestinian territory: After three years, Mideast peace talks resume Monday
Relief Web 28 Jul 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 07/29/2013 01:13 GMT WASHINGTON, July 29, 2013 (AFP) – Israeli and Palestinian officials resume direct peace talks Monday after a three-year hiatus, amid hopes US Secretary of State John Kerry’s quiet diplomacy may…

occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza: Let Media Offices Reopen
Relief Web 27 Jul 2013 – Source: Human Rights Watch Country: occupied Palestinian territory Accused of ‘Fabricating’ Reports (Jerusalem, July 28, 2013) – The Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip should immediately revoke the summary closure of two media offices, Human Rights Watch said today. Gaza…

The National

UAE on target for power and water projects
The National 28 Jul 2013 – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai chaired the cabinet meeting last night.

Remembering Zayed: UAE rulers praise legacy of founding father
The National 28 Jul 2013 – Remembering Zayed: The founding President was loved and cherished by the peoples of the world because of his good works and generosity, says Sheikh Mohammed. 

Israel to free 104 Palestinian prisoners as part of talks deal
The National 28 Jul 2013 – Agreement to release 104 prisoners comes as Palestinians drop demand to halt settlements. Hugh Naylor reports from Ramallah 

Morsi backers vow to stay course, despite carnage
The National 28 Jul 2013 – Thousands of supporters of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi stand their ground in Cairo, saying they will not leave the streets despite ‘massacres’ by security forces who have shot dozens of them dead.

‘Free iftar means my family in Pakistan can have good Eid’, says Sharjah worker
The National 28 Jul 2013 – More than 300 workers in Sharjah broke fast together in an iftar organised by the Sharjah Islamic Bank – a move welcomed by some.

Bahrain to crack down on ‘terrorism’ ahead of protests
The National 28 Jul 2013 – Politicians agree on moves including stripping those who commit ‘terrorism crimes’ of their nationality and preventing protests from taking place in Manama.

Pope Francis tells youth to change the world
The National 28 Jul 2013 – Brazil’s famed Copacabana beach, usually the venue for scantily clad sun-seekers and revelry, became a massive Catholic campground yesterday as Pope Francis concluded a youth festival by urging young people to go forth and build a new world.

Setback for Islamists in Kuwaiti assembly
The National 28 Jul 2013 – Liberal and tribal alliances make the biggest election gains, while Shiite representatives lose more than half their seats in the 50-member parliament. Elizabeth Dickinson reports 

Ha’aretz

4% election threshold approved by Knesset committee
Ha’aretz – 28 Jul 2013

Gunman steals $53 million in jewels belonging to Israeli diamond mogul
Ha’aretz – 28 Jul 2013

Israel clinches Mathematics Olympiad with 18-rank leap
Ha’aretz – 28 Jul 2013

Knesset report: Israel’s Treasury makes massive budget changes with little oversight
Ha’aretz – 27 Jul 2013

Palestinian journalists seek to impose limitations on their Israeli peers
Ha’aretz – 27 Jul 2013

Israel’s Welfare ministry vows to prevent Haredim from living off child benefits
Ha’aretz – 27 Jul 2013

Jerusalem Post

Morsi supporters march on Egypt army intel headquarters
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2013 – Pro-Brotherhood activists defy of military warning to stay away. 

‘Dr. Oz’ and Rabbi Boteach arrive in Israel
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2013 – “America’s doctor” and “America’s rabbi” first met as colleagues during their time together as radio hosts on Oprah and Friends . 

A-G: Government has right to decide gas export policy
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2013 – Group of MKs lead by Yacimovich petitions for Knesset involvement in cabinet decision. 

Arab Gulf countries plan tougher anti-Hezbollah sanctions than EU
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2013 – Monarchies reject Hezbollah military, political division; GCC states “studying” methods for cracking down on Hezbollah. 

Egypt’s Brotherhood stays on streets despite killings
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2013 – Doubts raised in gov’t over “oppressive, exclusionary policies”; Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs urges new policies. 

Eritrean asylum seekers call for end to ‘voluntary’ deportations
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2013 – Migrants say prisoners in Israeli detention centers were extorted for their agreement to “voluntarily” return to Eritrea. 

Three indicted for attempting to bomb Tel Aviv supermarket
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2013 – Police said they have forensic evidence taken both from the scene and the homes of two of the suspects that implicates them in the crime. 

Where do they go from here?
Jerusalem Post 27 Jul 2013 – Analysis: Moderate Jewish streams eye gaps that remain between Chief Rabbinate and non-Orthodox Israelis. 

US prompts Egypt to pull ‘back from the brink’
Jerusalem Post 27 Jul 2013 – Washington urges Egyptian army to respect peaceful protests. 

US: No stand on whether Egypt underwent coup
Jerusalem Post 27 Jul 2013 – Determining coup would force US gov’t to comply with law prohibiting foreign aid to countries that have experienced such events. 

Egypt returns to ‘normal’ after dabbling in democracy
Jerusalem Post 27 Jul 2013 – Analysis: Negotiations, political solutions unlikely to occur soon; future elections likely not to be truly fair. 

Hamas blasts Egypt allegation linking Morsi to movement
Jerusalem Post 27 Jul 2013 – Egyptian authorities warn Hamas leaders Haniyeh and Mashaal: Keep out of internal Egyptian affairs. 

Egypt army launches Sinai operation to root out terrorists
Jerusalem Post 27 Jul 2013 – Operation “Desert Storm” comes as 20 cops, soldiers killed amid spike in Sinai attacks since Morsi ouster. 

The Guardian

Netanyahu forces through Israeli release of 104 Palestinian prisoners
The Guardian 28 Jul 2013 – Deal brokered by John Kerry enables peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians to begin as early as next week The release of 104 long-term Palestinian prisoners was approved by the Israeli cabinet on Sunday after an…

Israeli cabinet split over Palestinian prisoner release
The Guardian 28 Jul 2013 – Binyamin Netanyahu backs unpopular move to free 104 jailed Palestinians as precondition for Washington talks stirs emotions The Israeli cabinet was engaged in a fierce battle on Sunday over a proposal to release around 100 long-term…

Uruknet

Defense rests in Manning court-martial
Uruknet

UK Spy Warns of Iraq War Disclosures
Uruknet

Scores die in Egypt protest crackdown
Uruknet

AG Holder promises Russia not to torture Snowden A Shameful Day to Be a US Citizen
Uruknet

Video- Fifth Canaan protest village built on annexed Palestinian land in the middle of the illegal Gush Etzion Colonial block
Uruknet

Call for action: Stop Prawer Plan!
Uruknet

‘JPost editor forbids mentioning corruption allegations against Jerusalem mayoral candidate’
Uruknet

Profiting off war: A look into the world of Israeli arms dealing
Uruknet

Syria News – July 26, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet

No evidence of “threats” that prompted The Animals’ Eric Burdon to cancel Israel gig
Uruknet

Daily Star

Egypt: Death toll in weekend violence rises to 80
Daily Star 28 Jul 2013 An Egyptian Health Ministry official says the death toll in weekend clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi has risen to 80.

EU’s Ashton heads to Egypt as crisis deepens
Daily Star 28 Jul 2013 EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton headed to Egypt on Sunday, as the country’s political crisis deepened with a deadlock between the interim government and supporters of the ousted president.

YNet News

Explosions rock Libya’s Benghazi, protesters take to streets
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Hundreds rally in bid to release suspects in Natan Zada case
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Vigilante-extremist clash kills 25 in Nigeria
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Egypt vice presidency: EU’s Ashton headed to Cairo
YNet News, 28 Jul 2013 – ….

Minister Livni leaves for Washington to attend talks
YNet News, 28 Jul 2013 – ….

The real preconditions for peace
YNet News, 28 Jul 2013 – Op-ed: Victimization myth of Palestinians needs to give place to a concrete dialogue of shared interests ….

Palestinian Information Center

30 int. organizations call on UN to set up a fact-finding mission into Egypt
PIC – Thirty international non-governmental organizations have called on UN to set up a fact-finding mission into the events unfolding in Egypt since July 3, 2013..

Activists calls for Day of Anger against Prawer scheme in 1948 territories
PIC – Youth groups in the Palestinian 1948-occupied territories called for announcing next Thursday the first of August “a day of public anger” to protest against the Prawer plan.

Israeli forces arrest citizens in Ramallah including a journalist
PIC – Israeli military forces at dawn Sunday stormed the town of Arura, north of Ramallah, and raided citizens’ houses under the pretext of “searching for wanted people.” 

Hussam Khader condemns Fatah marches supporting al-Sisi
PIC – Fatah prominent leader Hussam Khader denounced the marches organized by his movement in the occupied West Bank in support of the Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Haneyya warns of a conspiracy against Egypt
PIC – The Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya warned of conspiracies against Egypt and the Arab and Islamic countries, which aim to weaken and disperse the Arab peoples and weaken the Palestinians.

Indian Muslim council condemns massacre in Egypt
PIC – The All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, the umbrella body of Indian Muslim organisations, Saturday condemned the unprovoked murderous attack this morning by the Egyptian army on unarmed protesters. 

Abu Zuhri: Prisoners should not be used in political bargaining
PIC – Hamas movement renewed its rejection of the resumption of negotiations between the PA in Ramallah and the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA).

PLFP: The resumption of the peace talks is against the national consensus
PIC – The popular front for the liberation of Palestine said that the Palestinian authority’s decision to resume its peace talks with the occupation is against the national consensus.

Bahar slams Egyptian police for massacring Rabaa Adaweya protestors
PIC – Ahmed Bahar strongly denounced the massacre that was committed on Saturday by the Egyptian security apparatuses among the peaceful protestors in Rabaa Adaweya square in Cairo.

Abu Marzouk: No Hamas elements in Raba El-Adawia
PIC – Political bureau member of Hamas Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk has denied rumors that members of the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, were present in Raba El-Adawia square in Cairo.

Misc

Israel, Palestinians to meet in U.S. after vote to free prisoners
LA Times 28 Jul 2013 – John Kerry announces that both sides will meet in Washington for direct peace talks after the Israeli Cabinet OKd the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners. JERUSALEM — Responding to a close Israeli Cabinet vote to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, U.S. Secretary of State John F….

Egypt interior minister issues stern warning
LA Times 28 Jul 2013 – CAIRO — Egypt’s interior minister vowed Sunday that security forces would deal “firmly and strongly” with anyone who threatens national stability–a clear warning to supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Bloodshed rises in streets of Egypt
LA Times 27 Jul 2013 – A doctor sees victims of tear gas first, and then gunshot wounds as security forces and civilians try to break up a protest by Morsi supporters in Cairo. CAIRO — Doctors rushed over floors scattered with bandages as the dead, covered with blood-drenched sheets, were…

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu lobbies for Palestinian prisoner release
LA Times 27 Jul 2013 – JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed Saturday that he had promised to release 104 Palestinian prisoners in the coming months as part of a deal to restart U.S.-brokered peace talks.

Crackdown in Egypt Kills Islamists as They Protest
New York Times 28 Jul 2013 – The Egyptian authorities unleashed a ferocious attack on Islamist protesters, killing at least 72 people in the second mass killing of demonstrators in three weeks. 

In Old City of Damascus, War Closes In
New York Times 28 Jul 2013 – Straight Street has been known since at least the early years of Christianity for its ramrod course through the twisting alleys of the old city of Damascus. 

Israel and Palestinians Set to Resume Peace Talks, U.S. Announces
New York Times 28 Jul 2013 – The meeting between negotiators, planned to start Monday and announced by the State Department, will be the first time that the two have held direct talks since 2010. 

Syrian Opposition Leader Says He Would Meet Assad Officials
New York Times 28 Jul 2013 – Ahmad al-Jarba, president of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, says he is prepared to attend a peace conference in Geneva without preconditions. 

White House Response Muted to New Mass Killing of Egyptian Protesters
New York Times 28 Jul 2013 – Democratic and Republican lawmakers, while condemning the second mass killing of demonstrators following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, stopped short of calling for cutting aid to Egypt. 

Damascus Journal: A Link Straight to Syria’s Ancient Past Endures as War Creeps Closer
New York Times 28 Jul 2013 – Straight Street has been known since at least the early years of Christianity for its ramrod course through the twisting alleys of the old city of Damascus, but now residents fear for its very existence. 

The Lede: Video and Witness Accounts of Attack on Islamist Protesters in Cairo
New York Times 28 Jul 2013 – Egypt’s interior minister claimed that his officers “have never and will never shoot” one bullet at citizens, but video, photographs and written accounts contradicted that assertion. 

A Familiar Role for Muslim Brotherhood: Opposition
New York Times 28 Jul 2013 – The Brotherhood’s only reliable partners now are other Islamist groups whose members may be more willing to use violent or radical tactics. 

Woodside’s Leviathan deal on verge of collapse 
Globes Energy & Water – The Australian media reports that Leviathan’s partners are planning a pipeline to Turkey rather than an LNG plant.

Knesset legal counsel: Knesset should decide gas exports 
Globes Energy & Water – The Knesset legal counsel today sent a detailed opinion to the MKs petitioning the High Court of Justice on the issue of natural gas exports.

Oil Refineries raises NIS 400m in debt 
Globes Energy & Water – The company held a private placement of bonds.

Dorad hooked up to national grid 
Globes Energy & Water – The independent power producer was hooked up to the grid to help IEC meet the heavy summer electricity demand.

Intel closes navigation app developer Telmap
Globes Main News – Telmap is now assessing more than 150 employees in Israel and notifying them who will go to Intel and who will be fired.

Armed robber steals $53m of Leviev’s diamonds
Globes Main News – The diamonds were on display at an exhibition in the Carlton Hotel in Cannes.

Sun: Market flat despite Teva losses
Globes Main News – Teva fell heavily following a US court ruling on Copaxone while Perrigo recorded the sharpest rise on the Tel Aviv 25 Index.

Teva loses Copaxone patent appeal

Globes Main News – The decision maintains exclusivity for Copaxone until May 24, 2014.

IDB sells Nochi Dankner’s executive jet
Globes Main News – IDB Development sold its Bombardier Challenger 604 corporate jet for $9.5 million, less than half the $26 million it paid for the plane in 2008.

Egypt’s failed state actors legitimate themselves
Mondoweiss – Marc H. Ellis – With over one hundred dead and hundreds more gravely wounded during yesterday’s protests, the questions about Egypt’s future is front and center. Whatever revolution is or isn’t, there hasn’t been a revolution in Egypt. Whatever democracy is or isn’t, Egypt isn’t a democracy….

Morsi, the last caliph-president of Egypt
Mondoweiss – Mbaye Lo – The ousting of Egypt’s now former President Muhammad Morsi, by popular protest in some interpretations, or by a military coup in others, has raised many problematic questions on the latitudes of democracy and limits of legitimacy….

In ‘NYT’ profile of Jewish leader, apartheid was long ago and far away and resisted by brave South African Jews
Mondoweiss – Ostriches. In the New York Times, Samuel G. Freedman has a profile of Sara Hurwitz, 36, a New York spiritual leader who broke the gender barrier inside Orthodox institutions to head a yeshiva. The story involves the fact that Hurwitz was raised in South Africa and…

Martin Indyk To Be Named U.S. Envoy for Middle East Peace 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Jul 2013 – Martin Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel who heads foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution think tank, is expected to be named the new U.S. envoy for Middle East peace, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday. Click here for the rest…

Initial Peace Talks Planned To Start Monday Night in Washington 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Jul 2013 – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have been invited to resume peace talks in Washington on Monday and Tuesday, the U.S. State Department said, after a break of nearly three years. Click here for the rest of the article…

Women of the Wall Request Use of Kotel Torah Scroll or To Bring Their Own 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Jul 2013 – Women of the Wall asked the rabbi of the Western Wall to allow the group to use one of the site’s Torah scrolls. Click here for the rest of the article…

Peace Talks Could Calm Security Issues on the Ground 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Jul 2013 – The renewal of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians may help improve the security situation in the West Bank, said Shin Bet security service chief Yoram Cohen on Sunday. Click here for the rest of the article…

The Jewish Face of the Immigration Reform Struggle 
The Forward New 28 Jul 2013 – For 25 years, Roy Naim, an undocumented immigrant who was born in Israel, led a secretive life. Now all that has changed and he is one of the faces of the fight for reform. Click here for the rest of the article…

Mid-East peace talks to resume 
BBC 28 Jul 2013 – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are to resume stalled peace talks in Washington on Monday, the US State Department has announced.

Egyptian minister urges restraint 
BBC 28 Jul 2013 – Egypt’s foreign minister tells the BBC all sides must use restraint, after scores are killed in clashes and amid fears of a crackdown against protesters.

Two explosions in Libya’s Benghazi 
BBC 28 Jul 2013 – Two explosions hit the Libyan city of Benghazi, injuring 10 people – the latest in a series of violent incidents there.

Israel confirms right-wing extremist as ambassador to US 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jul 2013 – The Israeli government confirmed a US-born, nationalist extremist with close ties the Republican Party as its new ambassador to Washington on Sunday. “The cabinet unanimously approved the appointment of Ron Dermer to the post of Israel’s ambassador to the United States,” a statement from Prime Minister…

US drone kills six in Yemen 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jul 2013 – An apparent US drone strike killed six people overnight, a Yemeni military source told AFP on Sunday. The military source claimed the six were suspected al-Qaeda militants travelling in a two-vehicle convoy in Mahfad in the southern province of Abyan. “A night drone strike targeted two…

Liberals, tribesmen win some seats in Kuwait vote 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jul 2013 – Liberals and candidates from some of Kuwait’s more marginalized tribes have won seats in a parliament which may prove more cooperative with the ruling family after opposition Islamists and populists boycotted the election. Saturday’s ballot was the sixth since 2006. Parliaments have been repeatedly dissolved over…

Suicide bomber kills nine Kurdish police in Iraq 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jul 2013 – Iraqi firefighters extinguish fire from a vehicle at the site of an explosion near the northern city of Kirkuk on 25 July 2013. (Photo: AFF – Marwan Ibrahim) Updated 2:13pm: A suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives blew himself up near a Kurdish security…

Egypt’s brotherhood vows more protests after killings 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jul 2013 – Egyptian men check the ID of dead Muslim Brotherhood supporters, shot dead in the Egyptian capital after violence erupted the night before, inside a field hospital in Cairo on 27 July 2013. (Photo: AFP – Florian Plaucheur) Supporters of Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Mursi pledged to…

Mid-East peace talks to resume 
BBC 28 Jul 2013 – Isra
eli and Palestinian negotiators are to resume stalled peace talks in Washington on Monday, the US State Department has announced.

Egyptian minister urges restraint 
BBC 28 Jul 2013 – Egypt’s foreign minister tells the BBC all sides must use restraint, after scores are killed in clashes and amid fears of a crackdown against protesters.

Syrian army ‘makes key Homs gains’ 
BBC 28 Jul 2013 – Syrian government forces capture most of Khalidiya, a key neighbourhood in the strategically important central city of Homs, activists say.

Two explosions in Libya’s Benghazi 
BBC 28 Jul 2013 – Two explosions hit the Libyan city of Benghazi, injuring 10 people – the latest in a series of violent incidents there.

Suicide bomber kills police in Iraq 
BBC 28 Jul 2013 – A suicide bomber kills eight Kurdish police in the northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmatu after targeting a convoy, local officials say.

Kuwait election sees Shia suffer 
BBC 28 Jul 2013 – Shia MPs lose more than half of their seats while liberal and tribal groups are the main winners in Kuwait’s second parliamentary vote in less than a year.

Articles


The boycott of Israel eight years in 
Lawrence Davidson, Redress 7/28/2013
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement directed toward Israel is eight years old. It was started back in 2005, when a coalition of Palestine-based social and economic organizations called for such a comprehensive effort.
At first the BDS movement appeared to be a long shot. Israel, with its worldwide coterie of Zionist supporters, both Jewish and Christian, seemed invincible. Particularly in the Western world, the belief in Israel’s legitimacy had reached the status of sacred tradition. The Zionists worked very hard to achieve this status by controlling the historical interpretation of events that had led from World War I and the Balfour Declaration to the creation of Israel in 1948, and beyond. They might well have been able to maintain control of Israel’s past, present and future if the Zionist leadership had not succumbed to the sin of hubris. They became so ideologically self-righteous and militarily muscle-bound that they believed their place in the world to be untouchable. Thus, as they built a country based on discrimination and colonial expansion in an age increasingly critical of such societies, they refused all compromise with the Palestinians and treated criticism of their behaviour and policies as at once anti-Semitic and irrelevant. They therefore failed to notice that their stubbornness was allowing others to erode the Zionist version of the history of modern Palestine/Israel.
Eight years is not a very long time, but a surprising amount has been accomplished. Increasing numbers of people, particularly in the Western world, have been made aware of the plight of the Palestinians as well as their version of the history of Palestine/Israel. With this change in historical perspective, BDS established a foothold and started to grow. The movement has spent most of its time since 2005 coordinating a series of efforts to convince private-sector consumers, businesses, academics and artists to cut their ties with the Zionist state and its colonies. The latest success in this effort came just recently, when two of the largest supermarket chains in the Netherlands announced they would no longer sell Israeli merchandise manufactured or grown in the occupied territories. Indeed, so successful has BDS been that the Israeli government has established an official task force to counteract it.
European Union makes a move
Another recent event may be even more significant, because it suggests the potential for expanding BDS from the private to the public sphere…. more.. e-mail

Israel-Palestine – déjà vu all over again 
Moshé Machover, CPGB website, Israeli Occupation Archive 7/26/2013
Watch US secretary of state John Kerry assuming the mantle of our lord: just as JC resurrected Lazarus, JK is about to revive the dead-as-a-doornail talks between the Israeli government and the captive so-called Palestinian ‘Authority’. Though, unlike old Lazarus, this corpse will talk and talk and talk … but will not walk.
I do not much enjoy repeating myself, but the Weekly Worker has recently acquired many new readers, so for the benefit of those among them who have recently arrived from outer space and have not seen this show before, I will shamelessly quote from my article, ‘Zionist “negotiating strategy” sham’, published in this paper almost two years ago:
For the Israeli leadership, the ‘peace process’ – or, as many Israelis (who have trouble distinguishing between long and short vowels) pronounce it, ‘piss process’ – is a perpetual ratchet mechanism for buying time, while colonisation of Palestinian lands is extended and expanded.
The Israeli negotiating strategy, successfully applied for the last 20 years, is very simple. At each stage of the process, Israel puts forward new conditions. If the Palestinian side rejects them, the negotiations are broken off, and world public opinion is invited to blame Palestinian intransigence for the deadlock. However, if the Palestinian side capitulates to the new demands, then Israel finds a pretext for stalling. A favourite ploy is to create provocations such as ‘targeted assassination’ of Palestinian militants. These are rarely reported by the international media, and never given any prominence, as they are considered routine moves in the ‘war against terror’. Eventually, some armed Palestinian group retaliates with a bloody bombing inside Israel or an ill-aimed rocket barrage. This is invariably given lurid coverage in the international media. Thereupon Israel breaks off the talks, because obviously one cannot negotiate with such terrorists. Again, the Palestinians are blamed for the failure of the talks. Meantime, Israeli colonisation continues to metastasise.
After a while, there is another international initiative for resuming the negotiations. In the new round of talks, the previous Palestinian concessions are taken as a starting point, and Israel’s conditions are ratcheted up.1 — See also:Source: Communist Party of Great Britain more.. e-mail

Workers on Israel’s illegal railway robbed of half their pay 
Jessica Purkiss, Beit Iksa, Electronic Intifada 7/25/2013
Palestinians hired to work on a high-speed train link between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv have half their wages taken from them by recruiting agents, an Electronic Intifada investigation has found.
An estimated 200 Palestinians are employed on boring tunnels in the West Bank, as part of the so-called A1 railway, Israel’s largest infrastructure project in a decade.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, some of these men have confirmed that they are working under highly exploitative conditions in Beit Iksa, a village near Jerusalem where two tunnels are being dug.
One man from the surrounding area said he had been recruited by someone hired to supply workers to the construction site. The person who recruited him takes over half his earnings.
“It is very unfair, for the type of work [I do,] I get half what an Israeli would,” said the worker. “I do not get a visa, or any insurance. Yet I have no choice: to work in a construction site on the other side still pays more than I would get here in the West Bank.”
Another worker said that he receives 250 shekels ($70) per day, out of the 600 shekels ($167) his Israeli recruiter is paid.
“I am happy with my employer,” he said. “In my uncle’s shop, I earned 1,500 shekels [$419] for a month but in the tunnel I earn 250 shekels a day. I am forced to work for Israel because I couldn’t earn the same money in Palestine,” he said.
“But while I get paid more, I have no insurance; if I’m injured I have no proof — like papers — to say I work there as I’m not registered. I also don’t have a permit to work in Israel.” more.. e-mail

The Wolf, the Lamb and the Third Party 
Uri Avnery, Tel Aviv, CounterPunch 7/26/2013
The Middle East Peace Talks
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 a vast advantage.
This is a fact of life. It is up to the Third Party to balance this somehow.
Can it be done? Will it be done?
I HAVE ALWAYS liked John Kerry. He radiates an air of honesty, sincerity, that seems real. His dogged efforts command respect. The announcement this week that he has at long last achieved even the first stage of talks between the parties can give some room for optimism.
As Mao said: A march of a thousand miles begins with a single step. more.. e-mail

Natives and Israel: Manipulating Genocide
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Jul 2013 – By Eric Walberg This month, Canada’s media solemnly related “the sad truth that the country engaged in a deliberate policy of attempted genocide against First Nations people”, referring to government-sponsored abuse of Native children a century ago, which Canada’s Chief Medical Officer Peter Bryce exposed in 1907, but which was hushed up. Bryce was fired and the post of chief medical officer abolished in 1919. This, of course, is a terrible crime, though the facts have long been known (the study referred to was published in 2006). A study published by Ian Mosby in May this year added fuel to the fire, revealing that from 1942–1952, the government conducted “nutritional experiments” on Native children in the infamous residential schools, where milk rations were halved for years, essential vitamins not issued, and dental services withheld as gum health was a measuring tool for scientists and any care would distort research. The…more

Manipulating Genocide
Dissident Voice: 28 Jul 2013 – This month, Canada’s media solemnly related “the sad truth that the country engaged in a deliberate policy of attempted genocide against First Nations people”, referring to government-sponsored abuse of Native children
a century ago, which Canada’s Chief Medical Officer Peter Bryce exposed in 1907, but which was hushed up. Bryce was fired and the post of chief medical officer abolished in 1919. This, of course, is a terrible crime, though the facts have long been known (the study referred to was published in 2006). A study published by Ian Mosby in May this year added fuel to the fire, revealing that from 1942–1952, the government conducted “nutritional experiments” on Native children in the infamous residential schools, where milk rations were halved for years, essential vitamins not issued, and dental services withheld as gum health was a measuring tool for scientists and any care would distort research. The media splash was…
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