VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 2 August 2013: Once More into the Peace Process Dead End

2 August 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

PCHR Weekly Report: 9 civilians wounded, 26 abducted in 51 Israeli invasions this week
IMEMC – In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 25 – 31 July 2013, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued to fire at Palestinian civilians in border areas in the Gaza Strip, wounding 2 Palestinian civilians. 5 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the West Bank during Israeli incursions, and 2 Palestinian civilians, including a B’Tselem volunteer, were wounded by Israeli forces during non-violent demonstrations. …

Protest in al-Naqab against the Prawer plan displacement of Bedouins
IMEMC – On August 1st – the national “day of rage” against the Prawer plan – protestors gathered near Beersheba, in al-Naqab, to protest the impending forcible displacement of up to 70,000 Arab Bedouins, the destruction of 35 villages “unrecognized” by Israel, and the dispossession of their lands. … 

Obama Phone Abbas
IMEMC – Kerry Says Ensuring “Jewish Homeland” One Of His Goals Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, received on Thursday evening [August 1, 2013] a phone call from U.S. President, Barack Obama, and discussed the ongoing efforts to ensure smooth resumption of direct peace talks between Tel Aviv and Ramallah. …

Ma’an News

Israel refuses to freeze Jerusalem home eviction
8/2/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The absentee properties office in Israel refused Thursday to freeze the evacuation order of a Palestinian family in East Jerusalem, locals said. Karim Siam, a member of Siam family who got the evacuation order, said that his lawyer informed him that the absentee properties office refused to freeze the evacuation order. The office asked the family to pay 40,000 shekels in….

Arrests at Jerusalem demo against Prawer Plan
8/2/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday suppressed a peaceful demonstration against Israel’s so-called Prawer Plan, which could displace thousands of Bedouin families in the Negev desert. Forces assaulted two Palestinian men from Nablus Street and Damascus Gate and detained them. One of them was identified as Mohammad Hamad, 23. A Ma’an reporter said others were injured. The demonstration launched….

Israeli forces detain Hebron boy in Old City
8/2/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained on Thursday a Palestinian boy from Hebron, a Ma’an reporter said. Ghandi Nidal al-Ewiwi, 13, was detained while he was playing with his friends near the house. He was taken to an unknown location. [END]

Israeli police detain protesters in Negev, Arara
8/2/2013 – BEERSHEVA (Ma’an) — Israeli police on Thursday detained 20 Palestinians at separate demonstrations against Israel’s Prawer Plan to relocate Bedouin residents of the Negev desert. Police said the detainees threw stones toward Israeli security forces. Police spokeswoman Luba al-Sumri said protestors at Arara junction threw stones and empty bottles toward police, who detained 18 Palestinians at the scene. [END]

Dozens lightly injured in clashes across West Bank
8/2/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of protesters on Friday were lightly wounded in demonstrations across the occupied West Bank to mark the annual Jerusalem Day and to protest Israel’s so-called Prawer Plan for the Negev. Dozens suffered tear gas inhalation in Kafr Qaddum near Qalqiliya as Israeli forces used stun grenades and tear gas to disperse protesters. They were treated on the spot….

Israeli prison guards raid Negev prison unit
8/2/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Israeli prison guards on Friday raided unit eight at Negev prison. A number of prisoners were injured, the Palestinian prisoners society said. [END]

Worshipers rally for prisoners at al-Aqsa
8/2/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of worshipers on Friday rallied in the al-Aqsa compound in solidarity with prisoners in Israeli jails. The demonstrators raised Palestinian flags and pictures of Jordanian prisoners on hunger strike. They chanted for unity between all Palestinian factions and in support of prisoners. One worshiper, Abu Mohammad, said that “we ensure today that we will not forget our prisoners. We demand….

Iran’s Ahmadinejad warns Israel will be ‘uprooted’
8/2/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran’s outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned arch-foe Israel Friday in one of his last public speeches that a regional storm was brewing that would “uproot” it.”I will inform you with God as my witness, a devastating storm is on the way that will uproot the basis of Zionism,” Ahmadinejad said in Quds (Jerusalem) Day remarks broadcast on state television. In….

Obama calls Abbas, Netanyahu
8/2/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Barack Obama on Thursday praised President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for their leadership in agreeing to resume peace talks, the White House said. In separate statements with very similar wording following phone calls with the two men, Obama praised their “leadership and courage” in sending negotiators back to the table this week in Washington for the first….

Netanyahu: Rowhani Israel remark shows his ‘true face’
8/2/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized anti-Israeli comments on Friday by Iranian president-elect Hassan Rowhani, saying he was showing his “true face.””The true face of Rowhani has been revealed earlier than expected,” Netanyahu said in a statement.”Even if the Iranians work to deny these comments, this is what the man thinks and reflects the regime’s plans,” he said. [END]

Jerusalem gay pride march held without major incident
8/2/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A few thousand people marched in a gay pride parade in central Jerusalem without any serious incidents on Thursday, carrying trademark rainbow flags and calling for equal rights, police said.”About 2,500 participated in the march and there were no incidents, except for one stink bomb being thrown,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.”An ultra-Orthodox (Jew) and two women suspected of causing the….

Man dies after gas cylinder explodes in Ramallah
8/2/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man from Ramallah was killed late Thursday after a gas cylinder exploded in his house west of Ramallah, police said. They identified the man as Ahmad Samur Harfush, 32. He died at the scene, police said. The strong explosion blew the door of his home 200 meters from the house. [END]

Medics: Gaza woman, kids hurt in explosion
8/2/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A women and her four children were injured Friday after an explosion at their house in the al-Tufah neighborhood of Gaza, medics said. The unidentified mother and her children suffered burns and were taken to al-Shifa hospital for treatment. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. [END]

Police: Burglars kill son of factory owner in Gaza
8/2/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Four armed men attacked a factory Wednesday night in Deir al-Balah, wounding the owner and killing his son, according to police and witnesses. Police have arrested four people in connection with the incident. Three of them were also shot while trying to escape the crime scene, according to the factory owner. Owner Mohammad al-Tilbani said his family was having a….

Jordan foils bid to smuggle arms from Syria
8/2/2013 – AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) — Jordanian border guards have foiled an attempt to smuggle large amounts of weapons and drugs into the kingdom from Syria, the army said Friday.”Forces of the frontier guard yesterday evening (Thursday) seized large quantities of munitions and different types of drugs during an att
empt to smuggle them into the kingdom,” the army said in a statement. The statement, carried by the….

UN-backed court sets provisional date for Hariri trial
8/2/2013 – THE HAGUE (AFP) — The UN-backed tribunal set up to try the killers of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri on Friday set a provisional January start date for the trial.”The pre-trial Judge at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon today issued an order setting 13 January 2014 as a new tentative date for the start of the trial,” the court said in a statement. Four….

NGO: 12 jihadists killed in north Syria
8/2/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Fresh clashes between Kurdish fighters and jihadists erupted in the majority Kurdish province of Hasakeh in northern Syria early on Friday, a monitoring group said. At least 12 members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant were killed, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which added that 22 Kurdish fighters have been killed over the past few days. Reports of….


Ahmadinejad: Israel will be uprooted
AlJazeera 2 Aug 2013 – “Devastating storm” heading to Israel, outgoing Iranian president says in lead-up to successor’s inauguration.

Palestine News Network

Nasrallah: No One Can Relinquish One Clod of Palestinian Land
Palestine News Network

12 Hunger Strikers Risk Death in Israeli Jails
Palestine News Network

Massive Rallies in Iran Against Israeli Occupation
Palestine News Network

Gaza calls for Permanent Opening of Rafah Border
Palestine News Network

IOF Violence at Peaceful Prawer Protest in Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Israel Blackmails Gazan Patients at Erez Crossing
Palestine News Network

Israel to Evict 1,300 Palestinians for Military Training Purposes
Palestine News Network

False Arrests at Prawer Protests
Palestine News Network

Obama Speaks with Abbas and Netanyahu, Assures Support of Negotiations
Palestine News Network

Ashrawi Denounces Israeli Official Statements that Palestinian Prisoners are Terrorists and Must Be Killed
Palestine News Network

US to Close Mideast Embassies Sunday
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Photo Essay: Ongoing resistance in Bil’in
8/3/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 2nd August 2013, Friends of Freedom and Justice, Bil’in, Occupied Palestine – Dozens of Palestinian, international and Israeli activists participated at today’s demonstration against the apartheid wall and land annexation organised by the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Bil’in. The demonstration was dedicated to the Palestinian Bedouins in Al Nakab and to the international day of Jerusalem….

Updated: ‘Day of rage’ against Prawer Plan met with violent repression and over ten arrests
8/2/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 2nd August 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Ramallah Team, Palestine – Update 2nd August: The Palestinian activist arrested at the protest near Hizma checkpoint has been released after paying 3000NIS. All arrestees at the demonstration in Wadi Ara have also been released but will have to be under house arrest for three days. On August 1st, ‘day of rage’, thousands of people took to the….

Ni’lin continues resisting on the five year anniversary of the killings of Ahmed Mousa and Youssef Amirah killings
8/2/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 2nd August 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Ramallah Team, Ni’lin, Occupied Palestine – Israeli army represses demonstration in Ni’lin as it marks the five year anniversary of the murder of ten-year-old Ahmed Mousa and seventeen-year-old Youssef Amirah. Demonstrators remain defiant after five years of stolen land, illegal settlements and brutal killings of five members of the village and countless injuries. On a hot….

Settlers attack farmer, kill sheep in Aqraba
8/2/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 2nd August 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Aqraba, Occupied Palestine – At 530pm on July 30th three settlers from the illegal settlement of Itamar violently attacked a farmer from the village of Aqraba, south east of Nablus. Four farmers from the village had spent the day grazing their more than 500 sheep on land belonging to the village, near to the settler only road dividing….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestine: Salt Of The Earth
Relief Web 2 Aug 2013 – Source: World Food Programme Country: occupied Palestinian territory The only Palestinian salt producer on the shores of the Dead Sea produces 100 tons of salt per month for WFP operations, providing food assistance in Gaza and on the West Bank,…

World: The Market Monitor – Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 20 – July 2013
Relief Web 1 Aug 2013 – Source: World Food Programme Country: Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Chad, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Georgia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Panama, Sri…

The National

Sheikh Abdullah and John Kerry discuss the crisis in Egypt
The National 2 Aug 2013 – The two also spoke about the Middle East peace process.

Dozens killed as Syria’s Arabs and Kurds turn on each other
The National 2 Aug 2013 – Fresh clashes in the majority Kurdish province of Hasakeh on Friday between Kurds and Arab fighters raise fears that competing factions could further destablise Syria.

Egyptian police set up blockade at Brotherhood sit-in
The National 2 Aug 2013 – Thousands of Morsi supporters at the camps had been preparing for a confrontation with security forces after a government warning this week that they should give up or face action.

UAE mum helps young Palestinians to focus on life outside refugee camps
The National 2 Aug 2013 – Abu Dhabi resident takes what she learned at New York Film Academy and passes it along to needy teenagers in Palestine.

Video: Significance of Ramadan – Ramadan memories
The National 2 Aug 2013 – The fourth series of eight short informative videos on Ramadan, Ammar Shams speaks about the significance of Ramadan. This episode talks about childhood memories and the foods that never leave a Ramadan table.

US Embassy in Abu Dhabi one of several to close in region over security fears
The National 2 Aug 2013 – US embassies and consulates will also be closed in Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Becoming a dad sparked personal health campaign for Dubai resident
The National 2 Aug 2013 – ‘I began a tidy up of my health and fitness because I want to grow old with my son.’

Abu Dhabi airport relocates arrivals hall as part of expansion plan
The National 2 Aug 2013 – Travellers will now be able to access parking, taxis and limousines 20 metres away from the customs lounge.


Behind the scenes of Leiderman’s dropped governor bid, a claim of alleged sexual harassment
Ha’aretz – 2 Aug 2013

The real issues behind the criminal probe into a former IDF chief
Ha’aretz – 2 Aug 2013

Haifa’s Lower City is becoming a Tel Aviv yuppie outpost
Ha’aretz – 2 Aug 2013

Waiting for the baby’s arrival
Ha’aretz – 2 Aug 2013

The army’s precious time
Ha’aretz – 2 Aug 2013

28-year-old Israeli man shot dead in Bat Yam
Ha’aretz – 1 Aug 2013

Cellars’ market: Basement apartments come with hidden costs
Ha’aretz – 1 Aug 2013

Secrets from file of Arab-killer Natan-Zada: Prosecutors refused to call him a terrorist
Ha’aretz – 1 Aug 2013

Blind workers say government-backed company cheats them
Ha’aretz – 1 Aug 2013

The Knesset is the place to talk
Ha’aretz – 1 Aug 2013

The glory that was religious Zionism
Ha’aretz – 1 Aug 2013

What’s missing in the Palestinian prisoner discourse
Ha’aretz – 1 Aug 2013

Jerusalem Post

Hezbollah leader slams Israel in rare public speech
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2013 – Nasrallah emerges from hiding to make first major public appearance and address in seven years; says “Israel poses a danger on all people of this region”, US, UK and Israel trying to exploit local tensions. 

UN rights chief calls for investigation into Syria massacre
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2013 – Rights group accuses insurgent forces of killing 123 people; posted YouTube video shows bodies piled up against a wall. 

Report: Leiderman turns down Bank of Israel governor nomination
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2013 – Lapid and Netanyahu’s plan B nomination for BOI governor job decides to bail out; Labor MK Itzik Shmuli slams “embarrassing” nomination disaster, suggests an election system as alternative solution. 

Yacimovich bests challengers in fight over Labor date
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2013 – Party to hold primary November 21. 

Morsi supporters prepare for confrontation with Egyptian authorities
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry says military was “restoring democracy” when it ousted former president Morsi. 

Polarized Egyptians get a third option
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2013 – “The Third Square” tries to bridge gaps in Egypt. 

US to shutter Middle East embassies, including in Israel, due to ‘security concerns’
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2013 – CBS News: Embassy closings tied to US intelligence on al-Qaida plot; State Department calls closings “precautionary steps.” 

Inter Press Service

OP-ED: Bahrain Declares War on the Opposition
IPS Thousands rally in Bahrain in March 2011. Credit: Suad Hamada/IPS The special session of the Bahraini National Assembly held on Sunday Jul. 28 was a spectacle of venom, a display of vulgarity, and an unabashed nod to increased dictatorship. Calling the Shia “dogs”, as one parliamentarian said during the session,…


Why Holder’s Pledge That Snowden “Will Not Be Tortured” Is a Lie

Violence leaves many Iraqis traumatised, scarred for life

Bradley Manning trial: what we know from the leaked WikiLeaks documents

When Extradition Theories Collide: Snowden’s Whistleblowing vs. CIA Kidnappings

PFLP demands all hidden facts about negotiations be revealed to Palestinian public

CCR Condemns Manning Verdict, Questions Future of First Amendment

Guantanamo Bay Costs U.S. Taxpayers $1.2 Million Per Day

Hamas Goes on Offensive Against Egyptian Media

Hamas accuses Fatah of running campaign to distort Hamas’s image

Hard Rain: The Progressive Principle of Collective Punishment

Daily Star

Photographing Palestine’s past and present for its future
Daily Star 2 Aug 2013 This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Institute for Palestine Studies. Established in Beirut in 1963, this nonprofit research institution focuses on documenting, researching and analyzing everything related to Palestinian affairs.

YNet News

Officials: Attacks kill 8 people in Iraq
YNet News, 2 Aug 2013 – ….

British embassy in Yemen to close on Sunday as ‘precaution’
YNet News, 2 Aug 2013 – ….

Syrian opposition will welcome UN chemical team 
YNet News, 2 Aug 2013 – ….

Livni: Israel to host next round of talks with Palestinians
YNet News, 2 Aug 2013 – ….

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres picked to host 2014 Oscars 
YNet News, 2 Aug 2013 – ….

Jerusalem on the table
YNet News, 2 Aug 2013 – Op-ed: Israel reaping sour fruits of its own ambivalent past actions and decisions regarding the beloved capital ….

Palestinian Information Center

Did Fatah spread “black lies” against Hamas in Egypt?
PIC – Hamas earlier this week disclosed what seemed to be authentic documents implicating Fatah, the political party of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, in spreading “black propaganda” against Hamas in Egypt.

Fatah security officer loyal to Dahlan captured in the Sinai
PIC – Egyptian security sources and eyewitnesses said that the Egyptian army captured a man called Sheikh Fathi al-Falastini, in the Safa neighbourhood of the Egyptian Rafah city. 

220 Palestinians, including 35 children, arrested last month
PIC – Palestinian human rights reports said that last July the occupation carried out more than 195 raids in different areas in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,and arrested over 220 Palestinians.

IOF quells demonstration in solidarity with residents of the Negev
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday afternoon suppressed a Palestinian demonstration that was heading towards the Negev through the Israeli Hizma barrier north of Jerusalem. 

Hamas calls on UNRWA to meet demands of residents of Nahr al-Bared camp
PIC – Hamas movement confirmed its support for the peaceful protests which demand the URNWA to continue providing services for the residents of Nahr al-Bared camp.

Rally in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Ramallah
PIC – Hamas movement has organized a demonstration Thursday in Ramallah in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Sources refute claims made by Fatah over documents being fake
PIC – Sources in Hamas movement have refuted Fatah claims that the documents exposed by Hamas recently are “fabricated and falsified”.

Al-Barghouthi risks death on his 91st day of hunger strike
PIC – The health condition of prisoner Abdullah Al-Barghouthi has seriously deteriorated after 91 days of hunger strike along with four other Jordanian captives.

Media Forum condemns PA arrest to Journalist
PIC – The Palestinian Media Forum strongly condemned the PA Intelligence Services for the arrest of the journalist Musab al-Ibrahim Said while covering a sit-in of prisoners’ families in Ramallah.

Tens of thousands flock to Jerusalem on the last Friday of Ramadan
PIC – Tens of thousands of Muslim worshipers from the 1948 occupied Palestine and from different West Bank cities have been flocking to Occupied Jerusalem to perform the last Friday prayers of Ramadan.


U.S. issues worldwide travel alert over terrorism threat
LA Times 2 Aug 2013 – The threat of a terrorist attack by Al Qaeda or its affiliates prompts temporary closure of embassies, chiefly in the Middle East. WASHINGTON — The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert Friday over the threat of a possible terrorist attack by Al Qaeda or…

Turmoil in Muslim world, summer travel peak behind U.S. terror alert
LA Times 2 Aug 2013 – As Americans pack their bags and hoist their backpacks for an end-of-summer foreign adventure, a U.S. government travel alert is urging them to be vigilant amid indications that Islamic militants are plotting terrorist strikes.

In Iran, a cultural clash over shuttered film institute
LA Times 2 Aug 2013 – The House of Cinema, a gathering place for the country’s extensive film industry, was shut down by the government two years ago. Activists lobby to reopen it. TEHRAN — A spat over the possible reopening of a shuttered film institute is pitting Iran’s culture overseers…

Egypt government’s resolve is met with protesters’ defiance
LA Times 2 Aug 2013 – As officials threaten to break up a mosque sit-in, protesters say they are willing to die to return President Mohamed Morsi to office. CAIRO — Generators hummed, laundry billowed, men fortified barricades, and boys — one with a gas mask dangling from his neck —…

Arab Israelis protest against plan to evacuate Bedouins
LA Times 1 Aug 2013 – RAMALLAH, West Bank – Hundreds of Arab Israelis demonstrated Thursday against a government plan aimed at relocating tens of thousands of Bedouins from their traditional land in the Negev desert to cities and urban communities.

The Lede: Video Shows Iran’s President-Elect Was Misquoted on Is

New York Times 2 Aug 2013 – Video of comments made on Friday by Iran’s president-elect, Hassan Rouhani, showed that he was misquoted by Iranian news agencies and had not called for the destruction of Israel. 

Under Fire on Syria, Hezbollah Leader Urges Focus on Israel
New York Times 2 Aug 2013 – Hassan Nasrallah said his Shiite followers would not bend in the face of rising anti-Shiite sentiment among those who oppose his support for the Syrian government. 

General at Egypt’s Helm Leaves Country Wondering About His Aims
New York Times 2 Aug 2013 – Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi is riding a wave of muscular nationalism and pro-military sentiment, leaving questions of how quickly he intends to return the country to civilian rule. 

Incoming Iranian Leader’s Remarks Stir Fury in Israel
New York Times 2 Aug 2013 – Hassan Rouhani’s remarks were reported as being more harsh by the Iranian media, and Israel said Mr. Rouhani showed his “true face” with the comments. 

State Department Issues Global Travel Alert
New York Times 2 Aug 2013 – The alert warned American citizens abroad of the potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Op-Ed Contributor: Put Middle East Peace to a Vote
New York Times 2 Aug 2013 – Far from undercutting any settlement, an Israeli referendum could be a positive hurdle to a genuine peace. 

Kerry Says Egypt’s Military Was ‘Restoring Democracy’ in Ousting Morsi
New York Times 1 Aug 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry’s blunt comments represented the strongest endorsement yet by the United States of the military intervention, which the Obama administration has refused to call a coup. 

While Praising Troops, Assad Promises Victory
New York Times 1 Aug 2013 – President Bashar al-Assad’s visit to the city of Daraya, once an insurgent stronghold, was intended to honor the nation’s soldiers and highlight the progress against the rebels seeking to oust him. 

Leiderman removes candidacy for BoI post
Globes Main News – Governor of the Bank of Israel designate Prof. Leo Leiderman’s decision was a bolt from the blue for the prime minister.

‘Children of Catastrophe,’ a refugee’s story by Jamal Kanj
Mondoweiss – Children of Catastrophe cover art A review of Children of Catastrophe: Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America by Jamal Krayem Kanj . Children of Catastrophe is an autobiographical story by Jamal Kanj, a descendant of Palestinian refugees who were expelled from their homes in 1948. In…

The answer to the tragic frenzy of Jewish Israeli fear is nonviolent resistance
Mondoweiss – Israeli soldiers fire tear gas in a West Bank village in January 2013 (Photo: AFP) Like many Penn students this summer, I, too, traveled to Palestine/Israel. I brought back a cardboard Israeli bullet canister (it looks like a toilet paper roll) that I picked up off…

House passes AIPAC’s ‘strangle Iran’ sanctions, 400-20
Mondoweiss – Sometimes I hear from readers who complain that I lay too much blame on AIPAC for our one-sided and failed Middle East policies. What can I say? I worked at AIPAC for almost six years (1973-1975, 1982-1986) so I know how it operates. Additionally, because I…

The Israel/Palestine issue seeps into American culture
Mondoweiss – An anonymous friend who has summered at the same retreat community for over 50 years sent me the following vignette. I have changed some minor particulars so as to protect his/her privacy. OK so I am at the folk dance tonight in the community hall…

Snowden’s privacy warning is borne out by NY family’s creepy experience — Updated
Mondoweiss – This piece by New York writer Michele Catalano is going viral . Her Long Island house got visited by law enforcement agents — agents of the “Joint Terrorism Task Force” — on Wednesday, because she had searched online for a pressure cooker and her husband had searched…

Amar’e Stoudemire Wants Israeli Citizenship 
The Foward Breaking News 2 Aug 2013 – Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks star who claims Hebrew roots and is currently touring Israel, is seeking Israeli citizenship. Click here for the rest of the article…

Leo Leiderman Withdraws From Bank of Israel Race 
The Foward Breaking News 2 Aug 2013 – In a major embarrassment for Israel, Leo Leiderman announced on Friday he was withdrawing his candidacy to become the next governor of the Bank of Israel, the second nominee to pull out within less than a week. Click here for the rest of the article…

Iran Leader’s ‘Wound’ Remark Shows Threat to Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu Insists 
The Foward Breaking News 2 Aug 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday Iranian president-elect Hassan Rouhani had shown his true face after he was quoted as saying Israel was a “wound” that must be removed. Click here for the rest of the article…

Pro-Palestinian Jerusalem Rally Banned in Toronto 
The Foward Breaking News 2 Aug 2013 – Ontario’s legislature won praise from Jewish groups for its refusal to permit the annual Al-Quds Day protest, traditionally held on the grounds outside the legislature building in Toronto. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt at the Crossroads 
The Forward Editorial 2 Aug 2013 – FORWARD EDITORIAL : After t
he coup, what should the U.S. do in Egypt? In the end, we must allow the Arab world’s biggest nation to write its own history. Click here for the rest of the article…

Mideast Mediator Martin Indyk Draws Ire From Both Sides of Israeli Spectrum 
The Forward New 2 Aug 2013 – Martin Indyk is too hawkish for some and too tough on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for others. But that’s just what might make him the right mediator for the Mideast talks. Click here for the rest of the article…

Zimbabwe: Israeli Agents Rig Results 
allAfrica.com 2 Aug 2013 – [Zimbabwe Independent]Harare -IN a dramatic move which consolidates reports Wednesday’s general elections results were largely rigged, shadowy Israeli security company Nikuv International Projects Ltd (NIP)’s founder and CEO, Emmanuel Antebi, was reportedly in the country on Tuesday to meet President Robert Mugabe and other senior Zanu…

Sudan: Sudanese Leader to Attend Inauguration of Iran’s President-Elect 
allAfrica.com 2 Aug 2013 – [Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -The Sudanese President Omer Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir will fly to Tehran this week to participate in the swearing-in ceremony of president-elect Hassan Rohani, Iran state media reported.

Police ‘to blockade pro-Morsi camps’ 
BBC 2 Aug 2013 – Egypt’s government orders security forces to blockade the two Cairo protest camps set up by supporters of ousted President Morsi, state TV reports.

Rouhani laments Jerusalem ‘wound’ 
BBC 2 Aug 2013 – Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani says Israeli occupation is an “old wound on the body of the Islamic world”, as Iran marks its annual Jerusalem Day.

Michel Suleiman 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 2 Aug 2013 – It is a pity that people in Lebanon can’t criticize their president in Lebanese publications without worrying about legal repercussions. This man, Suleiman, started his term with charges against people who criticized him and mocked him on Facebook. Related Articles: Michel Suleiman and the Sovereignty of…

President Suleiman, It’s Time For You to Leave 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 2 Aug 2013 – Who persuaded him that his term as president will in fact be extended, and made him believe that he is the everlasting commander of the armed forces? (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Who persuaded him that his term as president will in fact be extended, and made him…

Week In Photos (27July – 02 August) 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Aug 2013 – This picture taken on 30 July 2013 shows several Guinness world record holder Exelon Kyle walking on a tightrope extended between two hot-air balloons in Kunming, in southwest China’s Yunnan province. (Photo: AFP -China Out) This picture taken on 30 July 2013 shows several Guinness world…

Nasrallah: We will never abandon Palestine 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Aug 2013 – An image grab from al-Manar TV shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, speaking live from Beirut’s southern suburb on 2 August 2013, during a gathering to mark International al-Quds Day. (Photo: AFP / Al-Manar) Hezbollah will always stands by the Palestinian cause, Secretary General Hassan…

Two killed in Yemen soldier clashes 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Aug 2013 – At least two people died and five were wounded in clashes between soldiers once loyal to Yemen’s ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh and a rival army faction in Sanaa on Friday, police and medical sources said. Hundreds of members of Yemen’s now dissolved elite Republican Guard…

Lebanon: Petition for a Million-Person Rally 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Aug 2013 – The UCC leadership did not hesitate to threaten to take to the streets, announcing its dissatisfaction with the slow pace of discussions in the joint parliamentary subcommittees. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The UCC leadership did not hesitate to threaten to take to the streets, announcing its dissatisfaction…

The Lebanese President’s Outrageous Speech 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Aug 2013 – At the heart of the president’s speech was not just a declaration of war on Hezbollah, but a call to place all weapons under the personal command of none other than Suleiman himself. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) At the heart of the president’s speech was not just…

Protesters rally in Occupied Palestine against Israeli Prawer Plan 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Aug 2013 – A protester is punched in the face as he confronts Israeli’s riots police during a demonstration against Israeli government’s plans to resettle Bedouins in the Negev desert on 1 August 2013 in the city of Ar’Ara in Occupied Palestine. (Photo: AFP – Jack Guez) Hundreds of…

Lebanon: Armenian Tashnag Boots the Party’s Old Guard 
Al-Akhbar Politics 1 Aug 2013 – Tashnag members do not believe that the change was random or vengeful. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Tashnag members do not believe that the change was random or vengeful. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The Armenian Tashnag Party in Lebanon has removed its secretary general, despite his securing a majority…

Police ‘to blockade pro-Morsi camps’ 
BBC 2 Aug 2013 – Egypt’s government orders security forces to blockade the two Cairo protest camps set up by supporters of ousted President Morsi, state TV reports.

Rouhani laments Jerusalem ‘wound’ 
BBC 2 Aug 2013 – Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani says Israeli occupation is an “old wound on the body of the Islamic world”, as Iran marks its annual Jerusalem Day.

Deadly clashes between Yemen troops 
BBC 2 Aug 2013 – At least one person has been killed in cla
shes between presidential guards and soldiers in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, officials say.

Tunisian assault on Islamist rebels 
BBC 2 Aug 2013 – Tunisia has launched a major ground and air offensive against Islamist militants near the Algerian border, an armed forces spokesman says.

US embassies to shut over threat 
BBC 2 Aug 2013 – The US will close a number of embassies and consulates, mostly in the Middle East, on Sunday in response to an unspecified threat, officials say.

German boy finds ‘mummy’ in attic 
BBC 2 Aug 2013 – A 10-year-old boy playing in his grandmother’s attic in northern Germany comes across a sarcophagus complete with what looks like a mummy.


When they fail, peace talks will only deepen crisis for Palestinians 
Jonathan Cook, Israeli Occupation Archive 8/2/2013
It may not have reached the level of fevered expectation unleashed by that famous handshake between Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the White House lawn in 1993, but the sense of hope inspired by the long-awaited revival of peace talks is both tangible and deeply misplaced.
The talks, which are set to begin in earnest in mid-August, are taking place not because either Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, or the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, believes a deal is in reach. The two sides are talking to avoid being blamed for embarrassing John Kerry, the US secretary of state.
The mistaken mood of “change is in the air” was illustrated last week by a much-touted poll showing that 55 per cent of Israelis would vote for an agreement if presented with it, with 25 per cent opposed. Overlooked was the fact that many more – 70 per cent – believe an agreement cannot be reached, with 60 per cent saying Mr Netanyahu will never partition the land.
Palestinians are no more sanguine. A recent poll revealed that a measly eight per cent had any degree of trust in the US as mediator.
If ordinary Israelis and Palestinians are either despondent or uninterested, their leaders and many observers are talking up the chances of a breakthrough. In part, this optimism is underpinned by the European Union’s unexpected and largely symbolic decision recently to penalise the settlements. From next year, the EU is supposed to deny funding to Israeli institutions in the occupied territories.
That is a bitter pill for Israel to swallow – and it is already seeking to punish Europe…. more.. e-mail

A colonial addiction: The twisted logic of the Netanyahu government 
Ami Kaufman, +972 Magazine 8/1/2013
Charlton Heston has been on my mind recently.
That famous call during the NRA conference in 2000 after Columbine, “From my cold dead hands,” has been swirling around my head lately.
Why? Because it reminds me of Benjamin Netanyahu. But in my head Bibi isn’t holding a rifle. He’s holding a hammer. A builder’s hammer. To keep on building. At any price.
Heston and the NRA couldn’t care less about the lost lives of innocent people. The right to bear arms is above all. Protecting it as will continue at any cost.
When Bibi promised his coalition partners from the right wing to continue building in the settlements so they wouldn’t go ballistic after releasing over 100 Palestinian prisoners, he proved his addiction to the colonial project. The colonial project is above all. Colonizing will continue at any cost.
I have my issues with this release. I can sympathize with relatives of the victims of these attackers. But I also agree with Avi Issacharof’s analysis in the Times of Israel, who says that “… keeping these people in jail while Israel is negotiating with those who sent them to carry out terrorist attacks perpetuates a distortion of justice. These terrorists, despite the terrible acts in which they played a central part, should have been released to their homes many years ago — from the moment that Israel’s governments decided to forgive their handlers.”
Releasing prisoners with “blood on their hands” is a difficult decision to make for any Israeli leader. And the fact is, that this time it was done for simply returning to the negotiating table. more.. e-mail

The Return of Martin Indyk 
Michael Brenner, CounterPunch 7/31/2013
Palestine and Washington’s Alchemy
The Obama administration is turning its alchemic powers toward Palestine. It is aiming to fashion a ‘success’ out of the shambles created by its lame failure to stand up to the Israeli government of Bibi Netanyahu. This is the sternest test to date of its talent at conjuring virtual realities. A tip-off as to what the latest Middle East machinations are about was provided by Martin Indyk, former Ambassador to Jerusalem, whose featured op ed in The New York Times last week made waves by optimistically forecasting that peace is at hand. Looked at together with recent White House statements it reveals what magical feats we have to look forward to.
Martin Indyk is an institution in the capital. The embodiment of the Washington consensus on Israel and all matters that touch on its self-defined interests – as reflected through the American prism. He is the authoritative figure whose views are eagerly sought by ‘serious’ journalists. Indyk habitually deviates by only a few degrees f
rom the prevailing line in Jerusalem/Washington line. When something big is in the diplomatic works, something ginned up by the two governments, he normally is there to lend it his weight.

Now that Obama and Netanyahu have contrived another virtual peace process, he has come forward to offer his judgment that peace indeed is to be had. The initiative badly needs a supposedly authoritative seal of approval. For it is nonsensical to think that anything close to a meaningful agreement and stable settlement cam emerge from current conditions. Let’s remind ourselves of its cardinal features. An ultra right Israeli government headed by an avowed opponent to any serious concessions at whose side is Foreign Minister and governmental no. 2, Avigdor Lieberman, who has been described as a “Jewish fascist” by the most honest and prescient of Israeli commentators –Uri Avnery. That is one… more..e-mail

Israel advises Sri Lanka on slow-motion genocide 
Krisna Saravanamuttu, Toronto, Electronic Intifada 7/30/2013
Towards the end of 2008, I joined thousands in Toronto to protest Israel’s attack on Gaza. Like people all over the world, we called for an immediate end to the war. At York University, where I was a student, we mobilized the campus to defend Palestinian rights.
A few months later, bombs were falling on my own people — in the Vanni region of northern Sri Lanka. And once again, we hit Toronto’s streets in protest.
I realized then that even though our homelands are oceans apart, Palestinians and Tamils have much in common.
Through the “war on terror,” the Israeli and Sri Lankan armies have waged war on civilian populations.
The Rome-based Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal has commissioned an independent report that finds the Sri Lankan state guilty of bombing hospitals, humanitarian operations and even government-declared “safe zones,” in clear violation of international humanitarian law (“Preliminary report,” January 2010 [PDF]).
A United Nations report estimates that from January to May 2009, between 40,000 and 75,000 persons were killed (“Report of the secretary-general’s panel of experts on accountability in Sri Lanka,” 31 March 2011).
The Sri Lankan government’s own statistical data reveal that almost 147,000 persons remain unaccounted for: no one knows if they are held in prison, injured, or dead (“146,679 Vanni people missing within a year of war: Bishop of Mannaar,” TamilNet, 12 January 2011.
But there are more direct connections. Israel has been a major arms supplier to Sri Lanka’s government, as well as providing it with strategic military advice…. more.. e-mail

Mystery and reality overlap in Gaza-inspired novel
Electronic Intifada: 2 Aug 2013 – Raba’i al-Madhoun’s The Lady from Tel Aviv is a great summer read.more

“Peace” talks are meaningless, says survivor of Gaza massacre
Electronic Intifada: 2 Aug 2013 – Jamal al-Dalou lost ten members of his family during Israel’s attack in November.more

Once More into the Peace Process Dead End
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Aug 2013 – By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth It may not have reached the level of fevered expectation unleashed by that famous handshake between Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the White House lawn in 1993, but the sense of hope inspired by the long-awaited revival of peace talks is both tangible and deeply misplaced. The talks, which it was agreed this week will begin in earnest in the region in mid-August, are taking place not because either Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, or the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, believe a deal is in reach. The two sides are talking each to avoid being blamed for embarrassing John Kerry, the US secretary of state. The mistaken mood of “change is in the air” was illustrated last week by a much-touted poll showing that 55 per cent of Israelis would vote for an agreement if presented with it, with 25 per cent opposed. Overlooked was…more

Reviving the Israel-Palestine Negotiations: The Indyk Appointment
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Aug 2013 – By Richard Falk It was to be expected. It was signaled in advance. And yet it is revealing. The only other candidates considered for the job were equally known as Israeli partisans: Daniel Kurtzer, former ambassador to Israel before becoming Commissioner of Israel’s Baseball League and Dennis Ross, co-founder in the 1980s (with Indyk) of the AIPAC backed Washington Institute for Near
East Policy; handled the 2000 Camp David negotiations on behalf of Clinton. The winner among these three was Martin Indyk, former ambassador to Israel (1995-97; 2000-01), onetime AIPAC employee, British born, Australian educated American diplomat, with a long list of pro-Israeli credentials. Does it not seem strange for the United States, the convening party and the unconditional supporter of Israel, to rely exclusively for diplomatic guidance in this concerted effort to revive the peace talks on persons with such strong and unmistakable pro-Israeli credentials? What is stranger, still,…

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