VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 29 July 2013: Images of Bedouin displacement foreshadow a ‘Nakba in the Negev’

29 July 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

PCHR Calls Upon Abbass To Intervene To Save Lives Of 36 Patients Suffering From “Leukemia”
IMEMC – The Detainees Have Been With No Treatment For 8 Months The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is gravely concerned over the lives of 36 patients, who suffer from Leukemia in the Gaza Strip, due to not receiving the necessary treatment they need for 8 months. …

Barghouthi: “Israel Using Detainees For Political Blackmail”
IMEMC – Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, stated that Israel is trying to use the issue of releasing some Palestinian political prisoners to politically blackmail the Palestinians to resume direct negotiations. …

Ramallah protests on Saturday against return to negotiations
IMEMC – On Saturday, hundreds of people marched the streets of Ramallah to show their discontent with the decision by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to return to negotiations Israel. The negotiations are planned to open in Washington on Monday evening and will be led by Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Israeli Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni. During the march three demonstrators and four police officers were injured while dozens of demonstrators were arrested, according to Maan news. … 

Palestinian man shot near Bureij refugee camp in Gaza
IMEMC – The Palestinian Information Center (PIC) has reported that Israeli soldiers shot a 25-year-old Palestinian man east of Bureij refugee camp on Saturday [27 July] evening. Health ministry spokesman Dr. Ashraf Al-Qudra told PIC that the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds after Israeli soldiers opened fire shortly before Iftar, and he described the man’s condition as moderate. … 

EU gets “cold shoulder” from Israel due to exclusionary settlement directive
IMEMC – In response to the European Union’s directive that forbids member states from working with Israeli individuals or organizations located within illegal Israeli settlements, Israel’s Defense Minister has ordered that EU officials be given “the cold shoulder”. … 

Ma’an News

US: Israel, PLO agree to 9 months of talks
7/29/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The Israeli and Palestinian delegations to renewed peace talks have agreed in principle to continue negotiations for at least nine months, the US State Department said Monday.”They have all agreed to focus on having talks not just for the sake of talks, but this is the beginning of direct final status negotiations on a nine-month, at least a nine-month, timetable,” Spokeswoman Jen…. Related: Mideast peace talks resume Monday and Ex-ambassador named US envoy for Mideast talks

PA police release 5 people detained at Ramallah demo
7/29/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority police released five people late Sunday who had been arrested at a Ramallah protest earlier in the day. Ali Amer Hamdullah, Fayeq Meri, Yousef Farouq Hamdullah, Tamer Arar, and Iyan Ayaydeh were all arrested on Sunday as hundreds of people marched in Ramallah to protest the PA’s decision to return to negotiations with Israel. All of the…. Related: PCHRO calls for police dismissals over Ramallah protest

PCHRO calls for police dismissals over Ramallah protest
7/29/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations on Monday called for the dismissal of Palestinian police who attacked protesters in Ramallah a day earlier. Hundreds of protesters affiliated to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine rallied in Ramallah on Sunday against the decision to return to peace talks with Israel. Clashes erupted after Palestinian police attacked the protesters as…. Related: PA police release 5 people detained at Ramallah demo

Mideast peace talks resume Monday
7/29/2013 – WASHINGTON (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 this time carry some chance of success. In a landmark agreement, the chief negotiators from both sides will meet face-to-face to draw up a plan for how the talks will proceed, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said…. Related: Ex-ambassador named US envoy for Mideast talks

Abbas to visit Egypt for talks
7/29/2013 – AMMAN (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will arrive in Egypt on Monday for a brief visit, the first such trip since the military overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on July 3. The visit is likely to last only a matter of hours, presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said. Abbas will be accompanied by a delegation of senior Palestinian officials and will discuss the peace….

Israeli media bemoans price of talks resumption
7/29/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — As Israeli and Palestinian negotiators headed to Washington for the resumption of peace talks on Monday, most Israeli newspapers hit out at the decision to free 104 prisoners in return.”The murderers will go free,” was the top-selling daily Yediot Aharonot’s front-page headline after the cabinet agreed to release the veteran Palestinian and Israeli Arab prisoners, many of them convicted militants….

PA ministry: Palestinian prisoners are not terrorists
7/29/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority on Monday slammed remarks by an Israeli minister who said Palestinian prisoners were “terrorists.” “Terrorists are those who occupy the lands of another people and displace them by force and settle in their place. Palestinian prisoners are strugglers for their freedom and not terrorists,” the PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. The ministry was responding….

PFLP rejects return to negotiations
7/29/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine rejected new peace talks with Israel just hours before their scheduled resumption in Washington on Monday after a three-year break. The leftist PFLP, a major faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said that talks’ resumption was a unilateral move by President Mahmoud Abbas which did not have the backing of the PLO as a….

Ex-ambassador named US envoy for Mideast talks
7/29/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday named a former ambassador to Israel as America’s special envoy to help shepherd new Middle East peace talks. Just hours before Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were to resume talks frozen for three years, Kerry said Martin Indyk would take on the difficult task of trying to guide both sides to reach a full-fledged…. Related: Mideast peace talks resume Monday and US: Israel, PLO agree to 9 months of talks

Obama urges ‘good faith’ in Israel-Palestinian talks
7/29/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Barack Obama welcomed the imminent start of renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians on Monday, but urged both sides to approach them with honesty.”The most difficult work of these negotiations is ahead, and I am hopeful that both the Israelis and Palestinians will approach these talks in good faith,” he said. 1 ) Less “Faith” / More Reality29/07/2013….

Israeli negotiator predicts ‘very tough’ peace talks
7/29/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni said Monday that peace talks with the Palestinians would be “very tough” but insisted they were necessary because of the growing troubles in the Middle East.”It is going to be very tough and problematic,” the Israeli justice minister told reporters after meeting UN leader Ban Ki-moon and before going to Washington for the start of preliminary talks…. Related: US: Israel, PLO agree to 9 months of talks

US urges ‘compromise’ as talks set to resume
7/29/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States on Monday urged Israelis and Palestinians to work in good faith and make “compromises” ahead of the first direct talks in three years chasing a long-elusive peace. In a bid to shepherd months of tough negotiations that lie ahead, US Secretary of State John Kerry named seasoned diplomat Martin Indyk as the US special envoy to the talks. The negotiations….

PA to send 61 million shekels to East Jerusalem hospitals
7/29/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The Palestinian Authority will transfer funds to hospitals in East Jerusalem within 48 hours, the minister of health said Monday. The PA Ministry of Health will send 61 million shekels ($17. 045 million) donated by the European Union to al-Maqasid Hospital, Augusta Victoria Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, St. George Hospital and Princess Basma Hospital, Jawad Awwad said in a statement.”The….

Egyptian soldier killed in Rafah attack
7/29/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Egyptian soldier was killed on Monday during a militant attack on an army camp in Sinai. Gunmen fired rocket-propelled grenades at Egyptian forces near Rafah, killing a soldier, Ma’an’s correspondent said. Militants attacked eight other army checkpoints in the el-Arish, Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah, injuring eight soldiers.”Terrorists targeted the security directorate of north of Sinai….

Man dies after being hit by truck near Jenin
7/29/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A 65-year-old man was killed Monday when he was hit by a truck near Jenin in the northern West Bank. Ahmad al-Wafa died instantly when he was run over by a truck in al-Zawiya, medics said. Rescue services said the driver lost control of the vehicle. [END]

Group: Palestinian refugee killed in Syria
7/29/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian refugee was killed on Sunday during clashes in Syria, a Palestinian group said. Abed al-Rahim al-Hanash, 55, was killed when a shell exploded in Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus, the Taskforce for Palestinians in Syria said. A number of shells damaged several houses in the camp. In June, UNRWA’s commissioner general described Palestinian refugee camps in Syria….

Morsi supporters call new Egypt protests
7/29/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Supporters of Egypt’s ousted president called for new protests on Monday, threatening to deepen the country’s crisis as the EU foreign policy chief held talks with the government and opposition. The Anti-Coup Alliance of Islamist groups organizing protests against the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi urged demonstrators to march on security buildings on Monday night and called a million-man….

Syria army retakes key Homs rebel district
7/29/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — The Syrian regime on Monday said the army recaptured a rebel district of Homs, a key symbol of the country’s revolt, after a relentless one-month offensive. Activists on the ground told AFP government troops now controlled 90 percent of Khaldiyeh neighborhood. The takeover is the second military success for President Bashar Assad’s regime in Homs province in two months….

UN investigator: Thousands abducted in Syria war
7/29/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — A UN rights envoy on Monday highlighted the plight of thousands of people who have been abducted in the Syrian war. Women gather outside government detention centers carrying photos of husbands and sons in the hope that they have been seen inside, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, head of an inquiry into Syria, told the UN General Assembly.”One of the most insidious aspects….

Security: 15 Cairo street vendors killed in fight
7/29/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — At least 15 people were killed on Monday night in a fight between Cairo street vendors over spaces, including 13 people who burned to death, a security source told AFP. The source said two people died of gunshot and stab wounds in an initial brawl in central Cairo, and 13 more were killed after the shop they took refuge in was set on….


Obama welcomes Israeli-Palestinian talks
AlJazeera 29 Jul 2013 – John Kerry names former US ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, as the peace envoy overseeing potential negotiations.

Palestine News Network

Concerns About Restrictions on EU Involvement in West Bank
Palestine News Network

Child Workers Maintain Gaza’s Cemeteries
Palestine News Network

Sounds and Words of Resistance: Traditional Palestinian Music
Palestine News Network

US not a Neutral Party in Mideast Talks: Noam Chomsky
Palestine News Network

The False Arrests – Umm al-Kheir
Palestine News Network

MADA: Closing of Ma’an and Alarabia TV Offices, is a Flagrant Violation of FEX
Palestine News Network

PCHR Submits Shadow Report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child
Palestine News Network

“Sometimes, I Have to Risk My Life to Survive”
Palestine News Network

Human Rights Organizations Condemn Israeli Court’s Reply Concerning IOF Use of White Phosphorous
Palestine News Network

Kerry Uses Arabs to Bully Palestinians
Palestine News Network

US Court Rejects to Connect Jerusalem with Israel
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Calls upon President Mahmoud Abbass to Intervene to Save Lives of 36 Patients Suffering from “Leukemia” Who Have Be…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Video – Israeli settlers torch Hebron family’s property for eighth time
7/29/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 29th July 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – On Sunday, July 28, Israeli settlers severely burned land belonging to Hani Abu Haikel and his family in Hebron. Occupation soldiers, though at first trying to help stop the fire, ended up blocking the road so that Palestinian firefighters were delayed in reaching the scene. Several very old olive trees were destroyed in the….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel, Palestinians agree to nine months of talks: US
Relief Web 29 Jul 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 07/29/2013 18:04 GMT WASHINGTON, July 29, 2013 (AFP) – The Israeli and Palestinian delegations to renewed peace talks have agreed in principle to continue negotiations for at least nine months, the US State…

Lebanon: In Lebanon, Syrian refugees resort to ‘survival sex’
Relief Web 29 Jul 2013 – Source: Voice of America Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic BEIRUT — Three-quarters of the Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon, because of the continuing fighting in their home country, are women and children. They make up…

occupied Palestinian territory: ACT Appeal: Continuous Support for Gaza and West Bank – PSE131
Relief Web 29 Jul 2013 – Source: ACT Alliance Country: occupied Palestinian territory Appeal Target: US$ 1’001’913 Funds received: US$ 165’416 Balance Requested: US$ 836’497 Geneva, 29 July 2013 Dear Colleagues, Life in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) continued to be characterized by poverty, unemployment, forced…

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 22 – 29 July
Relief Web 29 Jul 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malawi, Mali,…

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestinian party rejects Mideast peace talks
Relief Web 29 Jul 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 07/29/2013 13:42 GMT RAMALLAH, July 29, 2013 (AFP) – A major faction of the Palestine Liberation Organisation rejected new peace talks with Israel just hours before their scheduled resumption in Washington on Monday…

The National

Trains collide head-on in Switzerland
The National 29 Jul 2013 – Two trains collide on a regional line about 50 kilometres southwest of the capital, Bern.

Islamists urge a million to march in Egypt
The National 29 Jul 2013 – Islamist coalition calls for a million people to rally across Egypt in defiance of government warnings to end their protests. Alice Fordham reports from Cairo 

Committee to oversee Dubai property disputes
The National 29 Jul 2013 – The decisions and rulings of the committee will be final and are not subject to further appeal.

Israel and Palestinians begin talks in Washington
The National 29 Jul 2013 – Palestinian and Israeli officials begin talks in Washington on a framework for a new round of peace negotiations, three years after the last attempt to clinch a deal broke down over the issue of Israeli settlements.

‘My brother was not an Islamist,’ says brother of Dubai resident shot dead in Egypt
The National 29 Jul 2013 – Muslim Brotherhood hails engineer as a ‘martyr’ but his family insists he was against the former president Mohammed Morsi, not for him.

Tunisian opposition calls for new government
The National 29 Jul 2013 – Rival protest groups attack each other as tensions build after politician’s assassination.

Myanmar’s government still watching activists, despite promising freedom
The National 29 Jul 2013 – While many political prisoners have been released, newspapers are no longer censored and freedom of speech has largely become a reality, the government has not ceased spying on its own people.

Commuting between Dubai and Abu Dhabi just got easier – and it comes with aerial view too
The National 29 Jul 2013 – Rotana Jet is offering three round-trip flights a week from Abu Dhabi to Dubai from this Thursday.


Netanyahu showing signs of statesmanship
Ha’aretz – 29 Jul 2013

When women joined the jihad in Syria
Ha’aretz – 29 Jul 2013

The Palestinians’ chess game
Ha’aretz – 29 Jul 2013

It’s a good thing we left Gaza
Ha’aretz – 28 Jul 2013

A childish retort to the Europeans
Ha’aretz – 28 Jul 2013

The West Bank rail project: we’ve lost track of reality
Ha’aretz – 28 Jul 2013

The path to peace runs through sewage
Ha’aretz – 28 Jul 2013

The high price of ‘free economy’
Ha’aretz – 27 Jul 2013

The bane of Israel’s existence
Ha’aretz – 27 Jul 2013

The X factor of Israeli politics
Ha’aretz – 27 Jul 2013

Jerusalem Post

List of prisoners reveals murderers, kidnappers
Jerusalem Post 30 Jul 2013 – Among the prisoners to be released are Israeli Arabs responsible for the “Night of Pitchforks.” 

Abbas wants ‘not a single Israeli’ in future Palestinian state
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2013 – Ahead of resumption of peace talks in Washington, Palestinian Authority president says an international presence could stay in West Bank following peace agreement, but not Israeli settlers or border forces. 

Jewish Agency aides J’lem stabbing victim
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2013 – Sharansky says aid is “expression of solidarity” between Diaspora Jewry and Israel terror victims. 

Mandell Foundation protests freeing terrorists
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2013 – 30 demonstrators fill sidewalk in front of PM’s Residence; “I think it’s time for Netanyahu, cabinet to show a spine.” 

Activists: Assad forces kill 12 Syrian rebels at captured mill
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2013 – Free Syrian Army takes over flour mill in hopes of relieving food shortage caused by siege of area by gov’t loyalists. 

Hezbollah suspect behind Burgas attack active on Facebook
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2013 – The Lebanese-Australian Hezbollah suspect sought by Bulgarian authorities may be active on the social media outlet. 

Abbas meets with Egyptian interim gov’t leaders in Cairo
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2013 – Official: Visit reaffirm that Palestinians not engaging in Egypt internal affairs. 

White House condemns Egypt’s crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2013 – Spokesman for White House: Violence “sets back the process of democratization”. 

Aviation chief slams airlines for failing to comply with departure rules
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2013 – Ben-Gurion Airport Manager Shmuel Zakai assails Air Dolomiti, Corsair after 150 passengers were left stranded in terminal. 

Syria says army retakes Homs district from rebels
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2013 – Troops drove insurgents from central Homs, tightening their siege on remaining rebel bastions in the city. 

Rouhani to appoint insiders for new Iran cabinet
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2013 – Iranian president-elect to pick cabinet of experienced insiders, will select head of charity-cum-business foundation as chief nuke negotiator. 

4 Arabs guilty of attempted manslaughter in lynch of Jewish terrorist
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2013 – Haifa court charges defendants in the killing of Eden Natan Zada, who murdered 4 mostly Israeli-Arabs on a bus in 2005. 

Palestinian, Israeli officials clash over format of Washington peace talks
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2013 – PLO’s Abed Rabbo says borders issue comes first; Shalom: All core issues to be negotiated simultaneously. 

Father charged for murdering two daughters, kidnapping brother-in-law
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2013 – Beersheba District Court receives indictment against resident of Beduin village of al-Fura Ali Amatriat. 

60 dead in Iraq as wave of attacks targets Shi’ites
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2013 – Security and medical officials say the 17 car bombs appeared to be coordinated, concentrated on areas in predominantly Shi’ite south, Baghdad neighborhoods where Shi’ites reside. 

EU urges Egypt rulers to end stand-off with Muslim Brotherhood
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2013 – Ashton first int’l envoy to visit Egypt since weekend’s carnage. 

US commends ‘courage’ of PM, Abbas at start of new peace talks
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2013 – Spokesman says leaders willing to make “difficult decisions,” adds meetings in Washington an opportunity to develop “procedural work plan.” 

The Guardian

Former US ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk to oversee talks with Palestinians
The Guardian 29 Jul 2013 – John Kerry announced Indyk’s appointment Monday morning, just hours before the ‘tough’ negotiations were to begin The US secretary of state John Kerry said on Monday that “tough” peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine will be faciliated…

Resurgence of Middle East talks is partly about Obama’s search for legacy | Andrew Hammond
The Guardian 29 Jul 2013 – President Obama faces a domestic policy shutout, so he is increasingly turning his focus abroad in his second term Following intensive diplomacy from US Secretary of State John Kerry, a new wave of face-to-face negotiations between…

Middle East peace talks rebooted as Netanyahu and Abbas mull legacies
The Guardian 29 Jul 2013 – Israeli and Palestinian leaders may seem far apart on key issues – borders, refugees and Jerusalem – but neither of them are underestimating the resolve of John Kerry or the US Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will…

Hamas orders closure of Gaza media outlets
The Guardian 29 Jul 2013 – The Hamas-led government in Gaza has ordered the closure of two media outlets in the territory – the broadcaster Al-Arabiya and the news agency Maan – after accusing them of publishing “false” news. Ismail Jaber, the…

Israel-Palestinian peace talks: Netanyahu forces through release of 104 prisoners
The Guardian 29 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…


Military Resistance 11G10 Deadlier

The new Jerusalem

Protesters in 40 cities take part in Bradley Manning ‘International Day of Action’

Australia faces drone war crime charges: Pakistani

FBI admits to flying drones over US without warrants

BMA urges Obama to stop doctors force-feeding Guantánamo prisoners

Tunisia Imprisons Those Who Dissent

How we are impoverished, gentrified and silenced – and what to do about it

Who Are We at War With? That’s Classified

Former CIA Officer & Whistleblower Sabrina De Sousa & the ‘Proper Channels’ Myth

Daily Star

Assad’s forces kill 12 rebels taking flour from mill -activist
Daily Star 29 Jul 2013 At least 12 rebel fighters were killed on Monday as they were taking flour from a mill on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, opposition activists said, in their latest setback at the hands of…

Tunisia announces three days of mourning for slain soldiers-TV
Daily Star 29 Jul 2013 Tunisia’s president announced three days of mourning for 8 soldiers killed in an ambush attack by militants, state television said.

Saudi Arabia awards $22.5B to build Riyadh metro
Daily Star 29 Jul 2013 The Saudi Arabian government awarded $22.5 billion in contracts to three foreign-led consortia Sunday for the design and construction of the first metro rail system in the capital Riyadh.

Tunisian prime minister aims for December election
Daily Star 29 Jul 2013 Tunisia’s Prime Minister on Monday proposed holding fresh elections in December, and said that the Islamist-led transitional government would go on with its work despite mounting efforts to dissolve it.

Israel, Palestinians agree to nine months of talks: US
Daily Star 29 Jul 2013 The Israeli and Palestinian delegations to renewed peace talks have agreed in principle to continue negotiations for at least nine months, the US State Department said Monday.

White House condemns Egyptian military crackdown
Daily Star 29 Jul 2013 The White House condemned the Egyptian military’s bloody weekend crackdown on demonstrators on Monday but took no immediate steps to suspend U.S. military assistance to Egypt.

Nigeria widens charges against ‘Hezbollah agents’
Daily Star 29 Jul 2013 Nigerian prosecutors on Monday widened charges against three Lebanese nationals accused of links to Hezbollah as their trial began with access to the courtroom restricted and the identities of witnesses concealed.

Protesters demand Tunisia’s government step down
Daily Star 29 Jul 2013 Thousands of people angered by the assassination of an opposition politician demonstrate in front of Tunisia’s national assembly to demand that the government resign and dissolve the legislature.

Lebanese authorities arrest inspector for smuggling immigrants
Daily Star 29 Jul 2013 General Security arrested an inspector for his alleged involvement in smuggling immigrants into Lebanon, a statement released by the department said Monday.

Israel: Talks with Palestinians should start today
Daily Star 29 Jul 2013 Israel’s chief negotiator Tzipi Livni says negotiations with the Palestinians should start Monday evening when both sides meet in Washington after five years of diplomatic stalemate.

Delegation discusses Syria, Egypt with Turkish officials
Daily Star 29 Jul 2013 A delegation from the Arab and International Relations Council that included Future MP Fouad Siniora discusses with Turkish officials Ankara’s role in resolving the crises in Egypt and Syria.

YNet News

Estimate of French diamond heist raised to $136M
YNet News, 29 Jul 2013 – ….

Thousands abducted in Syria war, UN investigator says
YNet News, 29 Jul 2013 – ….

US returns stolen Saddam Hussein sword to Iraq
YNet News, 29 Jul 2013 – ….

Knesset set to approve state budget
YNet News, 29 Jul 2013 – ….

Verdict to be read Tuesday for US soldier in WikiLeaks case
YNet News, 29 Jul 2013 – ….

Enriching Hamas and its allies
YNet News, 29 Jul 2013 – Op-ed: UK ambassador says Israel not strengthening its security by forcing all Gaza trade to go through tunnels ….

Israel sending problematic message
YNet News, 29 Jul 2013 – Op-ed: Palestinian prisoners who will not be released this time around will wait for the next Gilad Shalit ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian captives at Ashkelon prison complain of regular repressive raids 
PIC – Palestinian prisoners in Ashkelon prison confirmed that Israeli prison administration continued its night raids of their rooms, conducting unjustified repressive inspections.

PLC slams PA forces’ attack on MP Jarar
PIC – Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) strongly condemned the PA forces’ attack on MP Khalida Jarrar after her participation on Sunday in a protest against resumption of talks in Ramallah.

Legitimacy supporters continue their sit-in for the 31st day 
PIC – Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi continued their sit-in for the 31st day in a row, despite the killing of dozens of them at dawn Saturday.

PFLP slams PA suppression to protest against negotiations
PIC – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) strongly condemned PA police and security forces’ suppression to protesters in Ramallah against resumption of talks.

14 prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails
PIC – 14 Palestinian and Jordanian prisoners continue in their hunger strike in Israeli occupation jails protesting their detention for various periods.

Palestinian prisoners exposed to further maltreatment in Ramadan
PIC – The Palestinian prisoners center for studies said the Israeli prison administrations persist in its arbitrary measures against the Palestinian prisoners, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.

Abu Zuhri: Return to negotiations unilateral step
PIC – Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said that the return of Mahmoud Abbas, PA chief, to negotiations with the Israeli occupation authority was a unilateral step.

Leaked documents expose PA-led smear campaign against Hamas in Cairo
PIC – Hamas said it obtained documents revealing a plot intended by the Fatah-controlled Palestinian authority (PA) to incite Cairo against the Movement as part of the smear campaign against it.


Abed Rabbo: Washington Talks to Lay Ground for Negotiations
WAFA – 29 Jul 2013

Newspapers Review: Peace Talks Dominate Dailies
WAFA – 29 Jul 2013

Abbas Arrives in Egypt
WAFA – 29 Jul 2013

Israeli Forces Raid Monastery in Bethlehem
WAFA – 29 Jul 2013

Israeli Soldiers Arrest Teenagers
WAFA – 29 Jul 2013

Statistics Bureau: Increase in Producer Price Index in June
WAFA – 29 Jul 2013


Kerry Appoints Veteran Diplomat to Manage Mideast Talks
New York Times 29 Jul 2013 – Martin S. Indyk, a former American ambassador to Israel, will represent the United States as peace talks resume. 

Fears of New Violence in Egypt as E.U. Diplomat Visits
New York Times 29 Jul 2013 – The Muslim Brotherhood called for protests Monday evening, as Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s top diplomat, was in Cairo to try to mediate the crisis. 

Wave of Car Bombs Kills Dozens in Iraq
New York Times 29 Jul 2013 – A surge of violence in Iraq claimed more victims on Monday, when 15 car bombs killed at least 46 people and injured many more, security officials said. 

Quotation of the Day for Monday, July 29
New York Times 29 Jul 2013 – Quotation of the Day for Monday, July 29. 

Frenkel withdraws candidacy as BoI governor
Globes Main News – Channel 2 reports that Jacob Frenkel has informed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid of his decision.

Golan Telecom mulls Cellcom acquisition
Globes Main News – Xavier Niel and Michael Golan have reportedly received an offer via Lazard investment bank to buy the cellular operator from troubled IDB.

Nat’l Labor Court likely to allow ports strike
Globes Main News – Although a strike can officially begin Tuesday, sources do not expect the Histadrut to declare a strike before Wednesday or Thursday.

Tue: Perrigo drags market down
Globes Main News – Perrigo fell sharply on the day’s biggest turnover, after acquiring Elan Corporation, but Israel Chemicals bucked the market.

Perrigo acquires Ireland’s Elan for $8.6b
Globes Main News – Perrigo will pay Elan’s shareholders $6.25 per share in cash and $10.25 in Perrigo shares.

Histadrut declares civil service labor dispute 
Globes Macro Economics – The Histadrut declared the labor dispute because of the government’s unilateral decision on civil service reform.

Knafaim wins NIS 600m Air Force contract 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The Borovich family’s company will maintain the Air Force’s 30 new Alenia Aermacchi M-346 jet trainers as a subcontractor for IAI.

Israeli Banks Guilty of Discrimination Against Israeli Palestinians
Tikun Olam – Most readers of this blog will have read either from me or other sources about the several prejudice that faces Israeli Palestinians. They face housing shortages, inadequate funding of schools, poor municipal services, job discrimination, poor health services, inadequate housing, etc. But until lately, little was…

The peace process meets Einstein’s definition of insanity — Josh Ruebner
Mondoweiss – Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority began Monday night. Above, Secretary of State John Kerry announcing that Martin Indyk would be America’s representative at the talks.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) The peace process has begun again. On Monday night, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Washington,…

Martin Indyk arrives, saluting Kerry’s ‘noble endeavor to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace’
Mondoweiss – Today, as anticipated in reports last week, Martin Indyk came on as Secretary of State John Kerry’s special envoy for mediating the Israel/Palestine conflict, just ahead of resumption of talks in Washington. (We criticized Indyk’s lack of neutrality in this post ; and AP reporter Matt Lee…

After string of victories at York University, anti-apartheid group sees its student club status revoked
Mondoweiss – Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University The administration of Canada’s third-largest university, Toronto’s York University (YU) has taken an extraordinary step by revoking the status of an official student club, Students Against Israeli Apartheid ( SAIA ). The administration has also barred popular activist/alumnus Hammam Farah from…

Heinous charge against Bradley Manning — he gave 74,000 soldiers’ names to Osama bin Laden — is baseless
Mondoweiss – The verdict in the Bradley Manning case is expected tomorrow. Chase Madar has been covering the trial for the Nation . When the trial began, NBC Nightly News passed along the claims that Manning downloaded the names of 74,000 American soldiers serving in Iraq, apparently because Osama…

Conference: Self-Critique two decades after Oslo
Mondoweiss – On October 5-6, 2013, the Palestine Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London will hold its ninth annual conference, Self-Critique Two Decades After Oslo. Twenty years after the signing of the Oslo Accords, much continues to be written about the structural and…

‘Not One Israeli’ in Future Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas Vows 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Jul 2013 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas laid out his vision on Monday for the final status of Israeli-Palestinian relations ahead of peace talks due to resume in Washington for the first time in nearly three years. Click here for the rest of the article…

Eric Burdon from Band The Animals To Play in Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Jul 2013 – Eric Burdon, lead singer of the popular ’60s band The Animals, said he will perform in Israel days after canceling a concert due to threatening emails. Click here for the rest of the article…

Jacob Frenkel Drops Bank of Israel Governor Candidacy 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Jul 2013 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s choice for the next Bank of Israel governor has withdrawn his candidacy for the post, after an investigation was opened into an alleged 2006 shoplifting affair at the Hong Kong airport. Click here for the rest of the article…

Barcelona Soccer Team Heads To Israel To Run Clinics, Promote Peace 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Jul 2013 – Members of a Spanish soccer team will visit Israel and the West Bank to host skills clinics and games with Israeli and Palestinian children in order to promote peace. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Court Accuses Morsi of Espionage 
allAfrica.com 29 Jul 2013 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Cairo -An investigating judge has ordered the detention of Egypt’s ousted president, Mohammed Morsi, over alleged contacts with Hamas to help in his escape from prison in 2011, the official state news agency reported on Friday.

Egypt: Morsy Detained for 15 Days On Charges of Communicating With Foreign Bodies 
allAfrica.com 29 Jul 2013 – [Egypt Online]Counselor Hassan Samir, the investigating judge from Cairo Court of Appeals has ordered the detention of ousted President Mohamed Morsy for 15 days pending interrogations.

Nigeria: 2013 Pilgrimage – Commission Begins Screening 
allAfrica.com 29 Jul 2013 – [Daily Trust]The Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) has started the screening of intending pilgrims to Israel to ascertain whether or not they are qualified to perform the pilgrimage exercise.

Egypt: UNHCR Concerned At Arbitrary Detention of Syrian Refugees in Egypt 
allAfrica.com 29 Jul 2013 – [UNHCR]Geneva -The UN refugee agency said on Friday it was concerned that Egyptian military and security personnel have been arbitrarily detaining an increasing number of Syrians amid growing anti-Syrian sentiment.

Syria troops ‘retake’ key Homs area 
BBC 29 Jul 2013 – Syrian government forces have fully captured the Khalidiya district of Homs, a key rebel stronghold in the central city, state media report.

VIDEO: Syria rebel leaders hold talks at UN 
BBC 26 Jul 2013 – Syrian rebel leaders have met for the first time with the United Nations Security Council to discuss the country’s two-year civil war.

VIDEO: ‘Scores killed’ in Cairo unrest 
BBC 27 Jul 2013 – More than 100 people have been killed at a protest supporting ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, doctors say.

Arabs, Beware the “Small States” Option 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 29 Jul 2013 – At the heart of all politics lies cold, hard opportunism. New circumstances, changed alliances and unexpected events will always conspire to alter one’s calculations to benefit a core agenda. In the Middle East today, those calculations are being adjusted with a frequency unseen for decades. Related…

Fifteen killed when Cairo shopkeeper brawls with street vendors 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jul 2013 – An Egyptian street vendor sells his national flag in Cairo on 18 July 2013. (Photo: AFP – Marwan Naamani) At least 15 people were killed on Monday night in a brawl between Cairo street vendors and a shopkeeper, including 13 in a fire, a security source…

Saudi Arabia sentences secular activist to 600 lashes, seven years prison 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jul 2013 – A Saudi court sentenced on Monday a rights activist to seven years in jail and 600 lashes for setting up a “liberal” network and alleged insults to Islam, activists said. “Raef Badawi has been sentenced to seven years in jail and 600 lashes,” lawyer Waleed Abualkhair…

Car bomb injures Libyan colonel in Benghazi 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jul 2013 – A colonel in the Libyan navy was wounded on Monday by a car bombing in central Benghazi, a security spokesman told AFP, calling the blast an “attempted assassination.” “The explosion was caused by a device attached to the car,” Mohammed Hijazi said after reports of a…

Ex-envoy to Israel to oversee Mideast “peace talks” 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jul 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday named a former ambassador to Israel as the top envoy to negotiate the new round of talks between Israel and officials from the western-backed Palestinian Authority. Just hours before Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were to resume talks frozen…

New Lebanon Border Protocol Targets Syrians 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jul 2013 – After the number of Syrians in Lebanon reached 1.2 million, the Lebanese leadership decided to implement stricter entry requirements for Syrians. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haid
ar) After the number of Syrians in Lebanon reached 1.2 million, the Lebanese leadership decided to implement stricter entry requirements for Syrians. (…

Muslim Brotherhood in Disarray: Escalation to Gain Time 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jul 2013 – An Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood member searches a man at a makeshift brick barricade erected along Nasr City’s main street, a district of eastern Cairo, on 28 July 2013, as supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi continue to hold a sit in outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque demanding…

Hamas Reconsiders Alliances After Fall of Mursi 
Al-Akhbar Politics 29 Jul 2013 – An Egyptian watch tower is seen in the background as Palestinian Hamas security forces patrol the Rafah area in the Gaza Strip on the border with Egypt on 30 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Said Khatib) An Egyptian watch tower is seen in the background as…

Wave of deadly car bombs hits Iraq 
BBC 29 Jul 2013 – A wave of car bombs hit the capital, Baghdad, and other areas, killing at least 51 people in mostly Shia areas, officials say.

Syria troops ‘retake’ key Homs area 
BBC 29 Jul 2013 – Syrian government forces have fully captured the Khalidiya district of Homs, a key rebel stronghold in the central city, state media report.

Saudi to build $22bn Riyadh metro 
BBC 29 Jul 2013 – The Saudi Arabian government says it will spend more than $22bn on a metro for the capital Riyadh

Tunisia government ‘will not quit’ 
BBC 29 Jul 2013 – Tunisia’s Islamist-led government will not step down despite opposition demands and will hold elections in December, the prime minister says.

Cairo vendors killed in mass brawl 
BBC 29 Jul 2013 – At least 12 people die in a fight between street vendors in central Cairo, apparently sparked by a row over spaces.

US warns of Mid-East ‘hard choices’ 
BBC 29 Jul 2013 – US President Barack Obama welcomes Middle East peace talks due to begin in Washington later, but cautions that “hard choices” lie ahead.


Images of Bedouin displacement foreshadow a ‘Nakba in the Negev’ 
Matt Surrusco, +972 Magazine 7/29/2013
At a ‘Zochrot’ exhibition opening, compelling photography, first exhibited in the ‘unrecognized village’ of al-Araqib in 2012, documents home demolitions and Bedouin demonstrations against the Prawer Plan.
The boy in the photograph is half-smiling because he saved his birds, said photographer Aiob Abo Madegam.
In the image, behind the Palestinian Bedouin boy holding a blue crate containing chickens, at least a dozen Israeli policemen in full riot gear don’t notice Madegam’s camera. Israeli authorities had just demolished the village of al-Araqib in the Negev for the first time, on July 27, 2010, including the animal pens.
This is one of 25 photographs of unrecognized villages in the Negev and their Bedouin residents taken by Madegam from 2010 to 2013, featured in his exhibition, “Baqon” (Remaining), which opened July 28 at Zochrot’s headquarters in Tel Aviv.
The photographs include portraits of demonstrators, villagers and children, some one in the same, intimate scenes of village life and intense moments of confrontation between villagers and the authorities. Madegam’s images provide public recognition to Bedouin communities in the Negev that are unrecognized by the State of Israel, and to the residents’ struggle against forced displacement.
Madegam, 23, said he shot many of the exhibition photographs in al-Araqib on the day the IDF demolished the village for the first of more than 50 times.
On Saturday, activists held a demonstration to commemorate the third anniversary of the first demolition of al-Araqib, where homes were most recently demolished on July 16. Protestors marched from Rahat to al-Araqib, where they shared an Iftar meal. more.. e-mail

’The peace process has become a major enemy of human rights’ 
Michael Sfard, Tel Aviv, Israeli Occupation Archive 7/29/2013
+972 speaks with Michael Sfard, human rights attorney and legal counsel and co-founder of Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Rights, about litigating key human rights cases, past and pending, and the ‘mighty price to be paid’ when advocating Palestinian rights from within the Israeli legal system.
With Palestinians and Israelis expected to restart negotiations in the coming days, most people are talking about the peace talks’ chances of success or failure and the details of what topics are on the table.
Sitting in front of a small legal library in his Bauhaus Tel Aviv law office, Attorney Michael Sfard has something else on his mind. The peace process, he says, has historically had negative consequences on human rights in the occupied territories.
“While talks are happening Israel gets away with anything. Land grabs, the expansion of settlements, even [Operation] Cast Lead was waged while there were peace talks.”
When the world focuses its attention on the peace process, he explains, it is much less attentive to Palestinian victims and the cries of human rights organizations and civil society.
In the past decade or two, “the peace process has become one of the major enemies of human rights,” Sfard continues, and “no peace process will be fruitful if people are suffering on the ground.”
Along with a team of five attorneys, Sfard represents the human rights organization he co-founded in 2005, Yesh Din, along with a host of others NGOs, individuals and groups ranging from Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence and conscientious objector Natan Blanc, to the residents of Palestinian villages like Bi’lin, who fought and won to have the route of the separation barrier moved around, rather than through their village. — See also: Source: +972 more.. e-mail

The EU directive needs to be followed by harsher sanctions on Israel 
Linah Alsaafin, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 7/29/2013
‘Having issued dozens of reports and condemnations highlighting the consistent Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, the EU’s decision seems to be a pivotal step in an attempt to prohibit Israel from acting with continuous impunity’On July 19, the 28 member states of the European Union issued a directive that any future dealings with Israel will exclude the Jewish-only settlement colonies in the Palestinian territories (Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem) and the Golan Heights that were occupied in 1967. The directive will come into effect
in January 2014 and last until 2020, marking a time period of regulating EU-Israeli cooperation in sectors such as sport, academia, economics and culture. Unless Israel signs a territorial applicability clause that states the settlements are not part of Israel, the EU holds the right to withdraw the issuing of grants, scholarships or prizes.

Since 1967, over 125 illegal settlements within East Jerusalem and the West Bank have been recognised officially by the Israeli government, in addition to another hundred outposts that are illegal even under Israeli law. The settlements constitute a land grabbing mechanism, built on stolen Palestinian land, and are populated by over half a million settlers. Under the Fourth Geneva Convention, it is illegal for an occupying power to transfer its citizens to occupied territories.
The decision to exclude the settlements from any agreements between Israel and the EU was taken at a meeting between EU foreign ministers in December last year. It was preceded by several official reports and statements that expressed real fears of the collapse of the two state solution if Israel continues its settlement policies with impunity.
The directive will not affect the private sector, but Israeli officials fear that such a ruling might spread to the products grown inside the settlements and exported to Europe, which remains Israel’s biggest trade partner. Naftali Bennet, the Israeli minister of commerce, described the directive as “an economic terror attack.” more.. e-mail

Talks with Israel might be a good move for Palestinians 
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 7/29/2013
Second thoughts on the ‘peace process’ resuming tonight. 
Maybe I’m trying to make something good out of a bad situation – I’ve written (here and here) that the Palestinians were getting screwed in these peace talks – but now I’m thinking that Abbas may have done the right thing by agreeing to negotiate with Netanyahu, even without Netanyahu’s agreement that the baseline be the ’67 borders. Oudeh Basharat wrote a very wise column in Haaretz today, arguing that point:
“Abbas is conducting his policies with one eye on the national interest and the other on the needs of his population.”
The needs of the population: The Palestinians have 5,000 prisoners in Israeli jails, they are economically depressed, they are tied up and tripped up by the occupation in a million different ways. Yesterday, because of the Palestinian Authority’s agreement to go to Washington today, they got the promised return (backed by the U.S.) of their 104 longest-serving prisoners. Beyond that, it is likely that Kerry will be pushing Israel for easements on the spider’s web of restrictions that Palestinians face. (He seems to have an appreciation of the problem; as a senator in 2009, he personally importuned the IDF to take pasta off the list of banned imports to the Gaza Strip.) And beyond that, they are likely to see a lot of money coming their way.
In terms of the needs of the population, what was the alternative? The alternative was to let the prisoners rot, for Palestinians’ day-to-day lives to get only worse, not better, and, according to various news reports, for the U.S. to hold up aid to the PA as punishment for refusing to negotiate.
That’s rough. That is a very high price to pay…. more.. e-mail

Mohammed Assaf: champion of the people or the powerful?
Electronic Intifada: 29 Jul 2013 – Palestinian musician Reem Kelani explores the musical and political significance of an Arab Idol victory.more

War in Syria highlights vulnerability of Palestinian refugees
Electronic Intifada: 29 Jul 2013 – With nobody to represent them, refugees will be in limbo until Palestine is free.more

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