VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 30 July 2013: Israel advises Sri Lanka on slow-motion genocide

30 July 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Kerry appoints former pro-Israel lobbyist to oversee peace talks
IMEMC – On Monday [July 29], US Secretary of State John Kerry named Martin Indyk as the administration’s special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Indyk, 62, who is Jewish, has worked for AIPAC, a pro-Israel lobby group, and he helped found the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), a think tank that has been critisied for being a part of the pro-Israel lobby. … 

Abbas visits Egypt’s interim president Mansour on Monday
IMEMC – On Monday, Palestinan president Mahmoud Abbas met with Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour in Cairo. The visit to the country was Abbas’s first since the military overthrow of former president Mohamed Mursi, and it is dedicated to talks about the bilateral Palestinian-Egypt relationship and the renewed negotiations between Israel and Palestine. …

Israeli forces raid Cremisan Monastery in Bethlehem
IMEMC – Witnesses reported that Israeli forces raided the Cremisan Monastery in Bethlehem late on Sunday [July 28]. The witnesses told the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) that Israeli soldiers broke into the monastery, held the people who were inside, and inspected their personal documents. … 

Israel Approves A New Settlement In Occupied Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israeli TV, Channel 10, has reported that, despite an Israeli decision to release 104 Palestinian detainees and resume direct negotiations with the Palestinians, the Israeli Housing Ministry approved a new settlement “neighborhood” in the heart of occupied East Jerusalem. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces arrest Imam in Jenin refugee camp
7/30/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained an Imam in Jenin refugee camp on Tuesday, locals said. Israeli military and intelligence officers entered the camp at dawn and arrested Sheikh Mohammad al-Shabrawi, locals said. Clashes broke out between camp residents and Israeli forces, with soldiers firing tear gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets. An Israeli army spokeswoman said one person was arrested in Jenin, without providing further details. [END]

Hamas summons Ma’an bureau chief in Gaza
7/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas authorities in Gaza on Tuesday summoned the bureau chief of Ma’an’s Gaza office for questioning and confiscated the keys to the office, a journalists’ union said. Abed al-Nasser al Najjar, chairman of the Palestinian Journalists’ Union, said that the group has filed a complaint against the office of Gaza’s public prosecutor for….

HRW: PA must investigate police brutality
7/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority must order an investigation into allegations of police brutality and the arbitrary arrest of demonstrators at a Ramallah protest on Sunday, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.”The police beat protesters and then arrested injured people, some even from the hospital,” said Tom Porteous, deputy program director at Human Rights Watch.”The Palestinian Authority needs to make clear to….

Gaza rocket hits Israel as talks resume
7/30/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel Tuesday, causing no casualties, a police spokesman said, as a first full day of resumed Middle East peace talks was to open.”A rocket was fired from Gaza and exploded in a field in Israeli territory without causing any damage or casualties,” Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. The attack came as senior Israeli and Palestinian envoys….

After ‘productive’ start, second day of Mideast talks
7/30/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Israeli and Palestinian officials were Tuesday due to meet for a second day of direct talks as for the first time in three years they resume negotiations groping for an elusive peace deal. US Secretary of State John Kerry was to host a second meeting between Israeli chief negotiator Tzipi Livni and her Palestinian counterpart Saeb Erakat after they first shared an iftar….

Islamic Jihad: Arab world on brink of new Sykes-Picot
7/30/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Negotiations with Israel will put the issue of Palestine on the bargaining table, Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shallah said Tuesday, warning of regional division.”I think that the Palestinian leadership is aware of that and I hope that they don’t fall into the trap, especially since the Arab World is on the edge of a new and more dangerous….

Dozens protest negotiations in Nablus
7/30/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Dozens of people protested the return to negotiations with Israel in Nablus on Tuesday. Protesters marched in the streets and chanted for the PA to pull out of the “futile” peace talks. The rallies were organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Palestinian People’s Party. President….

Israel’s Livni hails ‘positive’ Mideast talks mood
7/30/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s chief negotiator, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, hailed a “positive” mood at resumed peace talks with the Palestinians in Washington, the first in three years.”The atmosphere was positive,” she told public radio early on Tuesday Israel time after a dinner with her Palestinian counterpart Saeb Erakat hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry.”All issues are on the table….

Israel media question Netanyahu motives for talks
7/30/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — As senior Israeli and Palestinian envoys resumed long-stalled peace talks in Washington, Israeli media questioned the motives of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in taking to the negotiating table. Israeli and Palestinian officials were meeting Tuesday in Washington for a second day of direct talks — their first in three years. The State Department said they would continue for at least nine months. Israel’….

Group: Syria govt detains 2 Palestinian journalists
7/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Syrian government forces arrested two Palestinian journalists in Syria on Tuesday, a Palestinian group said. Mahmud Nawara and Issa Dour were detained in Damascus by Syrian security forces, the Taskforce for Palestinians in Syria said. Both men work at the Freedom Newspaper, which is affiliated with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Palestinian officials insist that refugees in Syria….

EU’s Ashton: Egypt’s ousted Morsi ‘well’
7/30/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi is “well,” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Tuesday after meeting him at an undisclosed location as she tries to broker a political solution. The visit in the early hours of Monday was the first time anyone has officially been allowed to meet the deposed leader since his July 3 ouster by the army. It….

UN leader warns Iraq on ‘the brink’
7/30/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Monday that Iraq is on “the brink” after more coordinated attacks killed scores of Muslim Shiites, a spokesman said. Ban is “alarmed” by the worsening security in Iraq, said deputy UN spokesman Eduardo del Buey.”Iraq is at another crossroads,” Ban was quoted as saying by the spokesman. Ban “urges Iraqi political leaders to address the….

Lawyer: 7 years jail, 600 lashes for Saudi rights activist
7/30/2013 – JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — 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 wrote on his Twitter account, adding that the judge ordered the closure of the website….

Tunisia mourns 8 slain soldiers, urges unity
7/30/2013 – TUNIS (AFP) — Tunisia on Tuesday mourned eight soldiers slain by militants as appeals for unity from the Islamist-led government and the calling of a general election for December failed to quell violent protests. The soldiers were found Monday, their throats slit after they were ambushed by an armed group in Mount Chaambi near the Algerian border where the army has been
tracking Al-Qaeda militants. Their….

Qaeda front group claims deadly Iraq attacks
7/30/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Al-Qaeda front group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Tuesday claimed a wave of attacks that killed dozens of people the day before.”Security and military detachments of the state of Baghdad and the south on Monday. . . simultaneously hit targets that were surveyed and chosen specifically,” a statement posted on jihadist forums said. [END]


Hamas accuses rivals of malicious campaign
AlJazeera 30 Jul 2013 – Palestinian group Hamas says it has documents proving rivals plotting to discredit it with Egyptian authorities.

Palestine News Network

Livni Suggests Erasure of Palestinian History is a Necessary Price for Freedom
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Prisoners at Ashkelon Israeli Jail Complain of Regular Repressive Raids
Palestine News Network

Understanding the Arab World
Palestine News Network

Abu Sisi’s Health Deteriorates Dramatically, warns UFree Network
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Bedouin in the West Bank: Settler attacks, denial of water
7/31/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 31st July 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Huwwara, Occupied Palestine – In Huwwara, 9km south of Nablus there are two Bedouin families who have been living in tents with their animals since the start of June. They are usually camped near Hebron or in the Naqab desert, but for the summer they are based in Huwwara so the animals have room to move. They have….

Relief Web

Egypt: Egypt: Complex emergency DREF operation n° MDREG011 Final Report
Relief Web 30 Jul 2013 – Source: IFRC Country: Egypt, occupied Palestinian territory Period covered by this update: 22 Nov, 2012 to 21 Jan, 2013. Summary: CHF 213,320 has been initially allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 22 November 2012 and then…

Lebanon: Among Syria’s children, anger, lost hope and sometimes newfound happiness
Relief Web 30 Jul 2013 – Source: IRIN Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic SHATILA CAMP, LEBANON, 30 July 2013 (IRIN) – The conflict in Syria has killed more than 6,500 children, turned nearly one million into refugees, and left three million inside Syria…

Syrian Arab Republic: Syria Crisis Response: Monitoring & Evaluation Report May 2013
Relief Web 30 Jul 2013 – Source: World Food Programme Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Introduction Since October 2011, WFP has been providing food assistance for the Syrian population affected by unrest in the country under the framework of Emergency Operation (EMOP) 200339. With…

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestinian Authority Police Beat Protesters
Relief Web 30 Jul 2013 – Source: Human Rights Watch Country: occupied Palestinian territory 10 Injured, Including 3 Arrested at Hospital (Jerusalem, July 30, 2013) – The Palestinian Authority should order an immediate and impartial investigation into alleged police beatings and arbitrary arrests of demonstrators in…

occupied Palestinian territory: After ‘productive’ start, second day of Mideast talks
Relief Web 30 Jul 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 07/30/2013 06:36 GMT WASHINGTON, July 30, 2013 (AFP) – Israeli and Palestinian officials were Tuesday due to meet for a second day of direct talks as for the first time in three years…

The National

Kerry’s target is a Mideast peace deal in nine months
The National 30 Jul 2013 – Both Israelis and Palestinians agree all issues are on the table for discussion. Hugh Naylor reports from Ramallah 

Crown Prince’s majlis hears space tale
The National 30 Jul 2013 – Yahsat’s journey to outer space was one of overcoming challenges.

Turnout low for Islamists’ march in Egypt
The National 30 Jul 2013 – ‘Million-man march’ flops, as EU envoy Catherine Ashton becomes the first foreign official to have talks with former president Mohammed Morsi since his ouster. Alice Fordham reports from Cairo 

British plan to charge deposits for visas comes under fire
The National 30 Jul 2013 – Home Office denies final decision has been made on plan to charge a refundable deposit for visas for visitors from former colonies India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Kenya. Omar Karmi reports from London 

Mideast mediator Indyk: ‘Another in a long line of pro-Israeli American Jews’
The National 30 Jul 2013 – Palestinians question ability of Martin Indyk to mediate peace negotiations with Israel effectively, asking ‘Why can’t they get someone with no links to any side, like a Mexican-American?’. Taimur Khan reports 

Parents welcome regular reports on Abu Dhabi’s private schools
The National 30 Jul 2013 – Capital parents say the practice could help raise standards.

Khalifa Foundation funds Kenyan school lab and library
The National 30 Jul 2013 – Construction will start soon on a state-of-the-art library and a laboratory for he Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Secondary and Technical Shool in Mombasa, Kenya.

WikiLeaks’ source Manning facing up to 128 years in prison
The National 30 Jul 2013 – Former US Army intelligence analyst acquitted of most serious charge but could still face up to 128 years’ jail on other counts.


Why David Stav’s campaign failed
Ha’aretz – 30 Jul 2013

Jewish-American education, political diversity and critical thinking
Ha’aretz – 30 Jul 2013

Mandela’s Jewish comrades
Ha’aretz – 30 Jul 2013

A sordid defamation of Judaism
Ha’aretz – 30 Jul 2013

Releasing the prisoners, for all the wrong reasons
Ha’aretz – 29 Jul 2013

The hearts and minds of Israel’s minorities
Ha’aretz – 29 Jul 2013

Avishay Braverman, champion of Israeli social justice
Ha’aretz – 29 Jul 2013

Lip service will not bring peace
Ha’aretz – 29 Jul 2013

Jerusalem Post

Low interest in humanities leads to cutbacks at HU
Jerusalem Post 30 Jul 2013 – Institution drops 100 courses, 80 faculty members. 

Tzohar: Stav’s loss in run for chief rabbi has silver lining
Jerusalem Post 30 Jul 2013 – Organization rejects criticism that campaign wasted money, says larger objective of restoring positive Jewish atmosphere attained. 

Migrants sue TA hospital over alleged discrimination
Jerusalem Post 30 Jul 2013 – Family allegedly segregated from the rest of the patients, locked in a separate room for three hours and forced to wear masks during their entire stay in the hospital. 

Activists tell A-G: Prosecute Shas man for incitement
Jerusalem Post 30 Jul 2013 – Rabbi Shalom Cohen under fire for comments allegedly demonizing national-religious stream, Bayit Yehudi. 

Palestinians say Israel abducted Gazan in Egypt
Jerusalem Post 30 Jul 2013 – Wael Abu Rida was arrested by Israel for security offenses. 

Accused fugitive pedophile from Brooklyn attacked in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 30 Jul 2013 – Video shows wanted child molester Avrohom Mondrowitz accosted, hit, and knocked to the ground by vigilante. 

Father dragged from car and beaten in front of family in south TA
Jerusalem Post 30 Jul 2013 – African men reportedly opened car door, pulls man out and beat him, kicked him and stabbed him until he passed out. 

Hamas says PA behind attacks on group in Egyptian media
Jerusalem Post 30 Jul 2013 – Fatah officials dismiss Hamas charges, say documents presented in press conference were forged. 

New chief rabbi widely condemned for racist comments
Jerusalem Post 30 Jul 2013 – Bennett defends Lau, tells ‘Post’ that media should stop “stalking public figures.” 

EU to continue mediation efforts in Egypt, Ashton says at close of trip
Jerusalem Post 30 Jul 2013 – European Union foreign policy chief says it is ultimately up to Egyptian politicians to “make the right decisions.” 

Man murders wife, attempts suicide in south Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 30 Jul 2013 – The man is in critical condition in Ichilov Hospital; neither were known to police, no history of domestic violence. 

Ashton meets with Morsi for first time since Egypt ouster
Jerusalem Post 30 Jul 2013 – EU envoy finds deposed leader well, with access to tv and newspapers; says did not offer “safe exit” out of Egypt. 

Muslim Brotherhood set for million man march
Jerusalem Post 30 Jul 2013 – Israel’s Egypt envoy cancels trip in response to unrest; Brotherhood leader calls on supporters to “regain their freedom.” 

Abbas: ‘Not a single Israeli’ in future Palestinian state
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2013 – PA president says would agree to international presence in the West Bank, but not toe Israeli settlers, security forces. 

Koby 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.” 

The Guardian

Israel and Palestinians begin peace talks in Washington
The Guardian 30 Jul 2013 – Preliminary talks geared towards first face to face meeting between the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanayhu, and the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, for almost three years Haroon Siddique

Beny Steinmetz: Israeli diamond dealer who likes to keep a low profile
The Guardian 30 Jul 2013 – Tycoon prefers to stay out of the limelight and has fired off legal warnings against those looking into his business interests Beny Steinmetz, whose wealth is estimated at more than $4bn (£3bn), is the most secretive…

The tycoon, the dictator’s wife and the $2.5bn Guinea mining deal
The Guardian 30 Jul 2013 – FBI investigating Beny Steinmetz’s company BSGR after lucrative deal to extract iron ore from Simandou mountain range In Conakry, a gleaming hotel looms over the filth of the city. Behind it a small coastal cove acts…

Middle East peace talks under way
The Guardian 30 Jul 2013 – Negotiations begin in earnest, with Obama and Kerry praising Israeli-Palestinian summit but warning of big challenges Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are beginning intensive talks in Washington on Tuesday aimed at reviving the moribund Middle East peace…

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 tal
ks 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…

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…

Inter Press Service

Mideast Peace Talks Get New Lease on Life
IPS Six months of United States diplomatic efforts have finally restarted talks between Israelis and Palestinians, yet pessimism about their potential for success persists. On Monday, negotiators from both sides met in Washington for the first time since talks broke off three years ago, amid Israel’s refusal to concede to the…

Bands Play Across Political Discord
IPS Abed Khatout (left) from the Arab-Israeli band Khalas and Koby Farhi (second from left) from the Jewish band Orphaned Land with musicians in Tel Aviv ahead of joint concerts in Europe. Credit: Pierre Klochendler/IPS. Two heavy metal bands, the Israeli-Arab Khalas (‘enough,’ in Arabic) and the Orphaned Land, a Jewish…


‘Big Data’ Dynamo: How Giant Tech Firms Help the Government Spy on Us and Gut Privacy

Shocking ‘Extermination’ Fantasies By the People Running America’s Empire on Full Display at Aspen Summit

The Right to Heal U.S. Veterans and Iraqi Organizations Seek Accountability for Human Rights and Health Impactsof Decade of U.S.-led War

Navalny, Ward, Assange, Snowden and the Attack on Free Speech

6 killed in U.S. drone strike in NW Pakistan

Fact sheet – The village of Qaryut and the surrounding Gul settlement

US Drone Strikes Kill Eight in Southern Yemen Six ‘Suspects’ Killed in First Strike, Two Rescuers Killed in Second

Assad Regime Thanks US Peace Movement for its Support!

Baghdad Cafe Raids Put Sadr on the Spot

Glenn Greenwald: Even low-level NSA analysts can spy on Americans

Daily Star

Pakistan prison break raises questions about security
Daily Star 30 Jul 2013 Prison guards said Tuesday that they were totally overwhelmed when around 150 heavily armed Taliban fighters staged a late-night attack on their jail in northwest Pakistan, freeing over 250 prisoners including over three dozen suspected militants.

Kuwait emir pardons jailed opposition members
Daily Star 30 Jul 2013 Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah pardoned on Tuesday all those who have been sentenced to jail for insulting him.

Iraq violence kills eight as Al-Qaeda claims attacks
Daily Star 30 Jul 2013 Violence in Iraq killed eight people Tuesday, among them seven police, officials said, as an Al-Qaeda front group claimed a wave of attacks that killed dozens the day before.

Gazan in Israeli custody was abducted in Egypt, Palestinians say
Daily Star 30 Jul 2013 The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank released a report on Tuesday quoting a Palestinian held by Israel as saying he had been snatched while visiting Egypt’s Sinai region last month.

Israel, Palestinians eye peace deal in 9 months
Daily Star 30 Jul 2013 Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to meet again within two weeks to start substantive negotiations on a so-far elusive peace deal with the goal of reaching a deal within nine months, Secretary of State John Kerry…

Egypt allows EU envoy to see deposed president
Daily Star 30 Jul 2013 Egypt allowed Europe’s top diplomat to meet deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi on Monday, flying her after dark to Mursi’s secret detention facility but ruling out any role for him in ending the turmoil convulsing the…

Israel, Palestinians seek peace deal within nine months
Daily Star 30 Jul 2013 Israel and the Palestinians will seek to reach a peace agreement within nine months and negotiators will meet again within two weeks after holding a “positive” first round of talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry…

French leader to visit Israel, Palestinian territories
Daily Star 30 Jul 2013 French President Francois Hollande will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories by the end of the year, the country’s foreign minister said Tuesday, as a drive to reach a Middle East peace deal gathers pace.

Iran nominee seen as olive branch to United States
Daily Star 30 Jul 2013 If Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani wanted to signal his determination to rebuild relations with the United States and strike a “grand bargain,” he could hardly do better than pick Mohammad Javad Zarif as his foreign minister.

YNet News

Livni: Peace talks not entered thinking of new Middle East
YNet News, 30 Jul 2013 – ….

Iran bids for key position on UN disarmament committee
YNet News, 30 Jul 2013 – ….

Obama asks Graham, McCain to travel to Egypt 
YNet News, 30 Jul 2013 – ….

Haifa: Navy to hold drill Wednesday morning
YNet News, 30 Jul 2013 – ….

Netanyahu to speak before UN Assembly, officials say
YNet News, 30 Jul 2013 – ….

Childish response
YNet News, 30 Jul 2013 – Op-ed: Israel gains nothing from Ya’alon’s decision to freeze EU-funded projects in the territories ….

Edgy new play spotlights death row teens in Iran
YNet News, 30 Jul 2013 – Production titled ‘The Blue Feeling of Death’ tells true stories of seven juvenile death row inmates; audience sobs. Director hopes to raise funds to fight death sentences to minors, affect victims’ families who have power to spare prisoners’ lives ….

Ashdod: Haredi man spits on 15-year-old girl
YNet News, 30 Jul 2013 – En route to pick up little sister, 15-year-old girl wearing tank top, skirt spat on by haredi man after refusing to walk behind fence. Before spitting on her, haredi man says: You’re immodest, there are people studying Torah here ….

Abbas wants ‘not a single Israeli’ in Palestine
YNet News, 30 Jul 2013 – As talks resume in Washington Palestinian president says ‘In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli – civilian or soldier – on our lands’ ….

Peace talks begin amid deep divisions
YNet News, 30 Jul 2013 – Israeli, Palestinian negotiators kick off negotiations in Washington after iftar dinner hosted by Kerry. Livni: We started out in a good atmosphere, both sides want to move forward ….

Knesset approves state budget
YNet News, 30 Jul 2013 – MKs approved State Budget for 2013-2014 in 58-43 vote after 15-hour session. Filibuster averted after opposition, Netanyahu reach deal to set up team of MKs that will examine controversial bill calling to raise electoral threshold to 4%; Arrangements Bill okayed ….

Livni on peace talks: Skepticism, pessimism and hope
YNet News, 29 Jul 2013 – Ahead of dinner with Palestinians and Kerry in Washington, chief Israeli negotiator says talks can ‘recreate hope for both nations’ ….

Protests in Rome as Nazi war criminal celebrates 100th birthday
YNet News, 29 Jul 2013 – Rome’s Jewish community protest outside house of Erich Priebke, former SS captain celebrating 100th birthday. Priebke lives under house arrest in Italian capital after being sentenced to life imprisonment for 1944 massacre of 335 people ….

Syrian rebels flock to Cairo
YNet News, 29 Jul 2013 – Syria’s opposition activists find safety in Egypt, use media to battle Assad’s forces, propaganda ….

Egypt arrests more Islamists as EU official visits 
YNet News, 29 Jul 2013 – Two figures from Brotherhood-allied Wasat Party taken to prison over allegations of incitement to violence; top EU official Ashton in Cairo for second time since Morsi ouster ….

Pope says he won’t judge gay priests
YNet News, 29 Jul 2013 – In remarkably open news conference, Pope Francis says ‘If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord, who am I to judge?’ ….

Austrian flap over bell dedicated to Hitler
YNet News, 29 Jul 2013 – Town bell adorned with swastika and praise for Hitler discovered in ancient castle west of Vienna, stirring debate about Austria’s post-WWII conscience ….

Rohani chooses new chief nuclear negotiator 
YNet News, 29 Jul 2013 – Iranian president-elect nominates former Revolutionary Guard Mohammad Forouzandeh as head of Supreme National Security Council ….

US releases prisoners from Guantanamo
YNet News, 29 Jul 2013 – US government releases five prisoners from infamous detention camp as gesture ahead of talks with Taliban ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOA extends the detention of 9 captives
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) have extended the detention of nine Palestinian captives pending investigation, Tadamun Foundation for Human Rights said.

PA security arrests, summonses Hamas supporters
PIC – Palestinian Authority’s various security arms nabbed four Hamas supporters and summoned five others over the past 24 hours.

Rizqa warns of new Palestinian concessions
PIC – Dr. Yousef Rizqa, political adviser to Gaza prime minister, warned of offering new Palestinian concessions after the PA decision to resume talks with the Israeli authorities.

Hamdan: Abbas is involved in a conspiracy to liquidate the Palestinian cause
PIC – Osama Hamdan stated that PA president Mahmoud Abbas leads a serious scheme to drive a wedge between Gaza and Egypt, as part of a systematic policy to take revenge on Hamas movement.

Broad popular and factional rejection of the resumption of talks 
PIC – Palestinian national forces and factions, except Fatah movement, renewed their total rejection of resumption of talks between the PA and the Israeli occupation.

Israeli court verdicts on Shafa Amr massacre raise ire of Arabs
PIC – Extreme anger has prevailed in the 1948 occupied lands after an Israeli court in Haifa issued verdicts against seven Palestinians charged with killing an Israeli terrorist in 2005.

Barhoum denounces Abbas over call for destruction of Gaza tunnels
PIC – Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, denounced PA chief Mahmoud Abbas for championing the destruction of Gaza tunnels and for refusing a joint trade zone between Gaza and Egypt.

Resheq: Palestinian prisoners not for bargaining
PIC – Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet al-Resheq said that Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails should not be exploited as bargaining chips.

133 Palestinian NGOs reject PA’s decision to restart talks with Israel
PIC – The Palestinian NGO network said it is deeply concerned about the Palestinian authority’s decision to return to the negotiation table with the Israeli occupation.


Caretaker Prime Minister says Resignation Still On
WAFA – 30 Jul 2013

Obama tells Negotiators Most Difficult Work is Ahead
WAFA – 30 Jul 2013

Abbas from Cairo: US is Serious in Solving the Conflict
WAFA – 30 Jul 2013

Newspapers Review: Start of Negotiations Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 30 Jul 2013

Seven Injured During Clashes with Soldiers in Jenin
WAFA – 30 Jul 2013


Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agree to tackle tough issues
LA Times 30 Jul 2013 – WASHINGTON — Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed Tuesday that their peace talks would tackle even the most politically sensitive issues between them, such as the control of Jerusalem and the claims of Palestinian refugees, U.S. officials said as a first round of talks came to…

In Syria, battle for Damascus is also waged in suburbs
LA Times 30 Jul 2013 – In Yarmouk, a settlement for Palestinians, the Syrian military and allied militias are trying to rout the rebels, many of them also Palestinians. DAMASCUS, Syria — A chaotic passageway through blasted walls, blood-spattered floors and bullet-pocked rooms leads to the narrow stairway where a teenager…

U.S. peace initiative’s fate hinges on Israeli, Palestinian leaders
LA Times 29 Jul 2013 – Few expect progress from the talks in the U.S. But Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, having committed to the process, are unlikely to want to see it fail. JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas weren’t in the room…

The Lede: Reaction to the Manning Verdict
New York Times 30 Jul 2013 – Pfc. Bradley Manning was an Army intelligence analyst who provided some 700,000 secret documents to WikiLeaks. 

House Vote on Sanctions for Iran Could Stop Oil Exports
New York Times 30 Jul 2013 – Legislation to impose the sanctions, if enacted into law and enforced, could coerce Iran’s customers to find other oil suppliers. 

Kerry Says Goal Is Mideast Peace Deal Within 9 Months
New York Times 30 Jul 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry said that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators would convene again in the Middle East within two weeks. 

European Union Official Says Ousted Egyptian Leader is Doing ‘Well’
New York Times 30 Jul 2013 – Catherine Ashton’s talks with Mohamed Morsi are the first time Mr. Morsi, the former Egyptian president, has met with an international diplomat since he was taken into military custody. 

News Analysis: U.S. Balancing Act With Egypt Grows Trickier
New York Times 29 Jul 2013 – The Obama administration has prodded Egypt’s generals to restore a democratic government while trying not to jeopardize any future influence on the military or undermine security arrangements. 

Military Continues Crackdown in Egypt
New York Times 29 Jul 2013 – As a top European Union official visited to mediate the crisis, the military arrested more Islamist leaders and reports emerged about the possibility of a state of emergency. 

Gasoline prices to rise 2.3% midnight Wednesday 
Globes Energy & Water – The price of self-service 95 octane gasoline will go by NIS 0.17 per liter to NIS 7.60.

IDB board approves Clal Insurance sale
Globes Main News – Thai conglomerate CP Group is due to acquire 30% of Clal Insurance for NIS 1.4 billion. The deal could go through today.

Israel Chemicals plummets as Uralkali leaves cartel
Globes Main News – Uralkali predicts that potash prices will fall below $300 per ton. The most recent contracts were at $405.

Cellcom: We’re not for sale
Globes Main News – In issuing preliminary second quarter results, Cellcom denied reports that Xavier Niel may acquire the mobile operator.

Tue: Israel Chemicals sends TASE tumbling
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals and parent company Israel Corp. went into a tailspin after Russian producer Uralkali left the potash cartel.

AudioCodes raises 2013 guidance
Globes Main News – AudioCodes says that it will exceed its previous guidance of $133-137 million revenue, and it raised its earnings per share forecast from $0.10-0.14 to $0.12-0.15.

Knesset passes budget 
Globes Macro Economics – The opposition withdrew most of its amendments, after the coalition promised to reopen discussion of the Governance bill.

Bibi: Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them
Tikun Olam – Al Franken, before he was elevated to the august chamber of the U.S. Senate, wrote a book about Rush Limbaugh: Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them . Al, at the time, apparently hadn’t run into the myriad mendacities of Bibi Netanyahu. Otherwise, he surely…

Bradley Manning faces 136 years in jail for exposing American war crimes
Mondoweiss – Bradley Manning faces 136 years in jail for his leaks. (Photo: Associated Press) The military analyst who exposed U.S. foreign policy to the world was found guilty today on 19 counts –and faces up to 136 years in prison for his actions. Bradley Manning was convicted…

When racism isn’t a cause for shame
Mondoweiss – When Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected as Israeli Prime Minister in January 2013, many political pundits predicted that we could now expect to see a kinder, gentler Knesset. Other analysts, myself included, feared that the new crop of legislators would be even crueler and more racist than…

Negotiating away memories
Mondoweiss – Marc H. Ellis – It isn’t normal that the beginning of another round of talks by Israel and the Palestinians is a slow news day. But, then, since everyone whose opinion is solicited thinks the talks aren’t going anywhere, there isn’t much to report. Even the talking heads have little to say…..

If ending the conflict is so important, why did Kerry choose Indyk with a record of ‘failure’? asks AP’s Matt Lee
Mondoweiss – Matt Lee, the Associated Press reporter, continues to make political performance art of the State Department’s briefings. Yesterday during questions about the peace process, he took on spokesperson Jen Psaki over Martin Indyk’s record of failure, about the whole team’s record of failure. He used these…

Dispatch from the Negev: Bedouins brace for doom, under Prawer Plan
Mondoweiss – Bedouin children play in the unrecognized village of Assir in the Negev. The village was established by the Israeli military in the 1950s and now is under threat of eviction by the Prawer Plan. (Photo: Allison Deger) In the Negev there is a village called Hiran…

Anthony Weiner: Quitting Isn’t ‘How We Roll’ 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jul 2013 – Anthony Weiner, under fire after admitting that he sent lewd pictures to women online long after resigning from Congress over similar behavior, will not exit the New York City mayoral race because quitting “isn’t the way we roll in New York City.” Click here for the…

John Kerry Sets 9-Month Timeline for Peace 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jul 2013 – Israel and the Palestinians will seek to reach a peace agreement within nine months and negotiators will meet again within two weeks after holding a “positive” first round of talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday. Click here for the rest of the…

Barack Obama Meets With Mideast Peace Negotiators 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jul 2013 – President Barack Obama met privately on Tuesday with lead Israeli and Palestinian negotiators the day after they restarted long-stalled peace negotiations in Washington, a White House official said. Click here for the rest of the article…

‘Pink Panther’ Heist of Jewish Diamond King Lev Leviev in Cannes Soars to $136M 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jul 2013 – The theft of diamonds and jewels owned by Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev could be the largest jewelry heist in years after the worth of the stolen jewels was estimated at $136 million. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Iranian Official Urges Egyptians to Avoid Post-Mursi Violence 
allAfrica.com 30 Jul 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]Iranian Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has urged all factions in Egypt to avoid violence and enter a dialogue to end the crisis with wisdom.

Ethiopia: Middle East Ethiopian Communities Establish Union to Combat Human Trafficking 
allAfrica.com 30 Jul 2013 – [Ethiopia Government]Members of Ethiopian communities living in the Middle East have formed a union to fight back against the abuse and suffering of Ethiopian migrant workers in the region. After a meeting in Addis Ababa on Monday (july 29) a memorandum of understanding was signed by…

Mid-East talks to work towards deal 
BBC 30 Jul 2013 – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will aim to reach a “final status” agreement in the next nine months to end their long conflict, the US says.

Ousted Egypt leader ‘in good health’ 
BBC 30 Jul 2013 – Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi is in good health, says the EU’s Catherine Ashton, who is the first foreign diplomat to visit him since he was removed.

Kurdish politician killed in Syria 
BBC 30 Jul 2013 – A leading Kurdish politician, Isa Huso, is killed in a car bomb attack in the border town of Qamishli in north-eastern Syria.

Egypt: Will the Military Learn From the Brotherhood’s Suicide? 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 30 Jul 2013 – Egyption supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi perform evening prayer during their open sit in, in Cairo on, 30 July 2013 as Morsi supporters continue to protest outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. (Photo: AFP – Fayez Nureldine) Egyption supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi perform evening prayer…

Kerry: Mideast “peace talks” to last nine months 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jul 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) watches as Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (R) and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat (L) shake hands during a press conference on 30 July 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo: AFP) Israel and the western-backed Palestinian Authority will seek to…

Bradley Manning cleared of “aiding the enemy,” convicted of other charges 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jul 2013 – US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning leaves a military court facility after hearing his verdict in the trial at Fort Meade, Maryland on 30 July 2013. (Photo: AFP – Saul Loeb) Updated 9:40 pm: A US military judge found WikiLeaks’ source Private Bradley Manning guilty…

Will Egypt’s Workers Pay the Price Again? 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jul 2013 – Municiple workers sweep the street closed by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi in Nasr City, a district of eastern Cairo, on 28 July 2013, as supporters of Morsi continue to hold a sit in outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque demanding his reinstatement. (Photo: AFP – Fayez…

Qaeda says behind Iraq suicide bombings 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jul 2013 – Violence in Iraq killed eight people on Tuesday, among them seven police, officials said, as an al-Qaeda front group claimed a wave of attacks that killed dozens the day before. The country is witnessing its worst violence since 2008, when it was emerging from a bloody…

Kuwaiti Expat Crackdown: The Puzzle of Dependency and Development 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jul 2013 – Workers hang a campaign poster of the candidate Rabah al-Najadahahead ahead of the parliamentary elections on 7 July 2013 in Kuwait City. (Photo: AFP -Yasser Al-Zayyat) Workers hang a campaign poster of the candidate Rabah al-Najadahahead ahead of the parliamentary elections on 7 July 2013 in…

Saudi Grounds Hariri: Back to the Screen 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jul 2013 – Hariri does not want to remain hosted by the Saudis any longer, realizing that running the Future Movement remotely is useless. (Photo: Archive) Hariri does not want to remain hosted by the Saudis any longer, realizing that running the Future Movement remotely is useless. (Photo: Archive)…

Muslim Brotherhood in Disarray: Escalation to Gain Time 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Mid-East talks to work towards deal 
BBC 30 Jul 2013 – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will aim to reach a “final status” agreement in the next nine months to end their long conflict, the US says.

Ousted Egypt leader ‘in good health’ 
BBC 30 Jul 2013 – Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi is in good health, says the EU’s Catherine Ashton, who is the first foreign diplomat to visit him since he was removed.

Kurdish politician killed in Syria 
BBC 30 Jul 2013 – A leading Kurdish politician, Isa Huso, is killed in a car bomb attack in the border town of Qamishli in north-eastern Syria.

Lash and jail for Saudi web activist 
BBC 30 Jul 2013 – A Saudi court sentences online activist Raef Badawi to seven years in jail and 600 lashes for posting comments on religion, his lawyer says.


Former PA minister raises questions about prisoner release 
Marian Houk, +972 Magazine 7/30/2013
If Israel doesn’t follow through with release of all pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners, including citizens of Israel, ‘we’ll create pressure – and we’ll try to stop these negotiations,’ Palestinian Prisoners’ Club head Qaddura Fares says, adding that after previous releases, he has little hope.
“No, I am not satisfied,” Qaddura Fares said crisply, the morning after the Israeli Cabinet voted on Sunday to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, the vote having been delayed for hours so Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu could persuade the unconvinced. “I think there are a lot of reservations about the process, the procedure,” Fares said.
The vote finalized a formal invitation from the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to both Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to come to dinner in Washington the next day for first meetings in what the State Department is calling “direct final-status negotiations.”
Fares himself spent years of his life as a young man in Israeli jails for being part of the Palestinian resistance through his membership in Fatah, and now heads the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club in Ramallah, which gives support to Palestinians arrested and jailed by Israeli forces.
Over the the weekend, he reportedly said in a radio interview that all 104 pre-Oslo prisoners must be included in the deal: “If they don’t free all of them, there will be no negotiations.”
But, Netanyahu indicated on Saturday evening that he was “unwilling to accept the demand to release Palestinian prisoners before the negotiations begin.”
A list of the 104 longest-held Palestinian prisoners, some jailed for 30 years, the others for two decades, was given to Kerry by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and forwarded to Netanyahu. But Netanyahu initially balked…. more.. e-mail

Dr. Oz dances with Hebron settlers 
Michael Omer-Man, +972 Magazine 7/30/2013
It takes especially opaque blinders, or immense willpower and ignorance to visit one of the most egregious scenes of military occupation and settler violence without noticing the injustice taking place before your eyes.
Even the world’s most learned minds can walk through life with blinders on.
One of the world’s most well-known physicians, Dr. Mehmet Oz, visited Hebron on Monday.
But the renowned cardiothoracic surgeon and television host did not learn about one of the most shocking and extreme iterations of military occupation and settler domination during his visit. He did not meet with local Palestinians to hear about their hardships under occupation, or even take a tour with an Israeli groups like Breaking the Silence, that try and shine light on the situation there.
No, Dr. Oz went on a tour hosted by the settler community in Hebron.
Yes, the same settler community that brought you this classic tale of coexistence [see ‘Sharmuta Video’ link below]
The same settler community that maintains a shrine for mass murderer and brother in arms Baruch Goldstein and named a park for [Israeli designated] terror organization leader Meir Kahane.
These are the people with whom Dr. Oz danced with on Monday.
The Turkish-American doctor also stopped to meet Israeli soldiers stationed in Hebron – enforcers of the city’s military regime of segregation.
It’s possible they were the same soldiers who arrested a five-year-old Palestinian boy in Hebron earlier this month…. — See also: YouTube: ‘Sharmuta Video’ and YouTube: Dr. Oz dances with settlers more.. e-mail

Jonathan Pollard Means Israeli-American Squabbling Instead of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiation 
Raphael Magarik, The Daily Beast 7/26/2013
Usually, prisoner swaps involve, well, swaps. You release my prisoners, I release yours. But what to make of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that, in return for freeing Palestinian prisoners, the United States release Jonathan Pollard, an American citizen who is serving a life sentence for passing information to Israel?
This strange triangulation exposes the farce of negotiations. The New York Times quoted Netanyahu’s reasons for negotiating as “preventing the creation of a binational state between the Jordan River and the M
editerranean Sea,” and “preventing the establishment of an additional Iranian-sponsored terrorist state on Israel’s borders.” One state, two states: whatever it is, he’s against it. But since he needs to satisfy both Washington and his right-wing base, Netanyahu plays the Pollard card to signal that he isn’t really dealing with Palestinians; he’s haggling with America.Israelis protest in front of the US embassy in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 19, 2011 to call for the release of Jewish-American spy Jonathan Pollard, jailed in the United States on charges of passing thousands of secret documents about American spy activities in the Arab world to Israel in the 1980s. (David Buimovitch / AFP / Getty Images)

Israelis protest in front of the US embassy in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 19, 2011 to call for the release of Jewish-American spy Jonathan Pollard, jailed in the United States on charges of passing thousands of secret documents about American spy activities in the Arab world to Israel in the 1980s. (David Buimovitch / AFP / Getty Images)
The more interesting question is: Why is there a Pollard card? Why does a convicted spy so inspire the right’s imagination? Why were there “We Want Pollard Home” signs all over Jerusalem for Obama’s visit? The answer, I think, is that many Israeli Zionists—especially religious ones, and especially American immigrants—who have a hard time facing the reality of a comfortable, assimilated American Jewry, prefer the cultural icon of a persecuted, ethnically loyal Pollard.more.. e-mail

’JPost editor forbids mentioning corruption allegations against Jerusalem mayoral candidate’ 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 7/27/2013
According to Seventh Eye, Steve Linde told senior journalists at the Jerusalem Post that on the order of the publisher, allegations involving Moshe Leon should not be discussed in reports of the Jerusalem municipal race. Leon’s candidacy is backed by Avigdor Lieberman.
Why did the Jerusalem Post‘s Editor-in-Chief, Steve Linde, instruct his writers not to report on Moshe Leon’s alleged involvement in corruption cases in the 90s? According to a report on the media watch site the Seventh Eye, Linde sent the paper’s senior writers an email informing them that Eli Azur, the Post’s publisher “doesn’t want the corruption allegations to be mentioned in Leon’s case.”
Moshe Leon was chief of staff and economic adviser during Benjamin Netanyahu’s his first term as prime minister. He later replaced Avigdor Lieberman as the head of the Prime Minister’s Office. Leon recently announced his candidacy in the Jerusalem mayoral race (municipal elections are due to take place in Israel this fall). He is backed by Avigdor Lieberman and a coalition of the ultra-Orthodox parties.
Leon, who only moved to Jerusalem in recent months, was under police investigation in the late 90s for his involvement in transferring payments through a proxy named Yigal Amedi to Netanyahu. The police ended up recommending filing charges against him, but the Attorney General at the time, Elyakim Rubinstein (who currently sits on the Supreme Court) decided to close the case. Leon was also interrogated for his involvement with a project run by Martin Schlaff, the Austrian Billionaire who was close to the Sharon family. This case was also later closed.
Linde told the Seventh Eye that the decision not to mention those investigations when reporting on Leon was due to legal concerns: “[The Post’s publisher] Eli Azur told me that there is no ground for these suspicions,” said Linde, “and we don’t want to get into legal troubles.” more.. e-mail

Israel advises Sri Lanka on slow-motion genocide 
Electronic Intifada: 30 Jul 2013 – Drones and police training are among the contributions made by Israel to the oppression of Tamils.more

Hated in Egypt: How the Palestinian Bogeyman Resurfaced Like Never Before
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Jul 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud When I left Gaza for the first time on my own, twenty some years ago, I was warned of a notorious officer who headed Egypt’s State Security Intelligence at the Rafah border. He “hates Palestinians,” I was told. My friends and neighbors in Gaza warned me not to greet him with ‘Assalamu Alaikum’ – peace be upon you – if that particular officer were to be on duty on that day. Yes, the officer also hated any reference to Islam, even the very greeting. When I entered the mukhabrat office, I was startled by his presence. He was a very large, clean-shaven man who wore a tie so tight that his face and neck seemed as though they were about to burst. I was 18 and had never travelled on my own before. His angry look caused me to panic and therefore I forgot everything I was…more

‘We Steal Secrets’: The Assassination of Julian Assange
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Jul 2013 – By Jonathan Cook I have just watched We Steal Secrets, Alex Gibney’s documentary about Wikileaks and Julian Assange. One useful thing I learnt is the difference between a hatchet job and character assassination. Gibney is too clever for a hatchet job, and his propaganda is all the more effective for it. The film’s contention is that Assange is a natural-born egotist and, however noble his initial project, Wikileaks ended up not only feeding his vanity but also accentuating in him the very qualities — secretiveness, manipulativeness, dishonesty and a hunger for power — he so despises in the global forces he has taken on. This could have made for an intriguing, and possibly plausible, thesis had Gibney approached the subject-matter more honestly and fairly. But two major flaws discredit the whole enterprise. The first is that he grievously misrepresents the facts in the Swedish case against Assange of rape and…more

How UN Schemers Screwed up Middle East Peace Prospects for All Time
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Jul 2013 – By Stuart Littlewood Why, after 65 years, is the Palestinian homeland still under foreign military occupation and total blockade when international law and the United Nations say it shouldn’t be? And why have the Palestinians been pressured – yet again – to submit to ‘direct negotiations’, lamb versus voracious wolf, to haggle and plead for their freedom? The answer appears to lie in the deliberate hash made of United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 of November 1967. Here is what it said: The UN Security Council… Emphasizing the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war and the need to work for a just and lasting peace in which every State in the area can live in security, Emphasizing further that all Member States in their acceptance of the Charter of the United Nations have undertaken a commitment to act in accordance with Article 2 of the Charter, 1. Affirms…more

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