VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 7 August 2013

7 August 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Tel Aviv Sets Timeframe For Releasing 104 Detainees
IMEMC – The Israeli Government has officially announced a timeframe for the release of 104 Palestinian detainees, imprisoned since before the first Oslo peace accord was signed in 1993, and said that the detainees will be released in four stages, starting next week, and ending in eight months of direct talks. …

Four Israeli Soldiers Injured Near Lebanon Border
IMEMC – Israeli military sources have reported (Wednesday August 7, 2013] that four soldiers suffered mild to moderate injuries in an explosion that took place near the northern border with Lebanon. …

Argentine President Criticises Security Council Vetoes Of Resolutions Concerning Palestine
IMEMC – Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, who is presiding over the UN Security Council this month, criticized on Tuesday [August 6] the veto power of the permanent Security Council members and how this power has been used to prevent the adoption of resolutions related to Palestine and Israel s occupation. …

Five Injured, Two Children Kidnapped, Near Hebron
IMEMC – [Wednesday at dawn August 7, 2013] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, kidnapped two children, and injured five Palestinians. …

New Poll: Most Israelis Oppose Withdrawal To 1967 Border
IMEMC – According to a new poll conducted by Israeli Democracy Institute 56% of the surveyed were opposed to Israeli withdrawal to pre 1967 ceasefire line. …

Erekat: Israel Believes Settlement Activities, Not Peace, Outcome Of Talks
IMEMC – Dr. Saeb Erekat, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), stated that Israel believes that the outcome of peace talks is more illegal settlement construction, and not peace itself. …

Israel To Build New Settlement In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israeli sources have reported Tuesday that Jerusalem City Council head, Nir Barkat, and Israeli Housing Minister, Uri Ariel, intend to place the cornerstone of a new settlement, in Jabal Al-Mokabbir, south of occupied East Jerusalem. …

Army Invades Jenin, Kidnaps One Resident
IMEMC – Several armored Israeli military vehicles invaded, on Wednesday at dawn [August 7 2013], the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and kidnapped one resident; clashes and injuries have been reported. One resident was also kidnapped in Bethlehem. …

Hunger Striking Detainees Face Serious Health Conditions
IMEMC – Detainee Abdullah Barghouti enters 95th day of hunger strike After a visit to hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in an Israeli prison clinic, an official of the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees warns the deteriorating health conditions of the striking detainees might lead to possible death . …

Ma’an News

Ministry: 2 sick prisoners attempt suicide
8/7/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Two sick Palestinian prisoners have attempted to commit suicide, a lawyer from the Palestinian Authority’s ministry of prisoners affairs said Tuesday. Hanan al-Khatib said in a ministry statement that Mansour Muqada from Salfit in the central West Bank and Nahidh al-Aqra from the Gaza Strip swallowed more than 40 unspecified pills at Ramle prison clinic. The patients were immediately…. Related:PA minister: Deaths possible amid hunger strike

PA minister: Deaths possible amid hunger strike
8/6/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The Palestinian minister of prisoners’ affairs on Tuesday warned of possible deaths among hunger-striking prisoners and highlighted that their health had seriously deteriorated. Issa Qaraqe said any tragic results at this stage would result in serious escalation amid prisoners and lead to negative consequences which could affect US efforts to restart peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel. Hanan al-Khatib…. Related:Ministry: 2 sick prisoners attempt suicide

Israel: 4 soldiers hurt in explosion on northern border
8/7/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An explosion injured four soldiers on Israel’s northern border late Tuesday, an army official said. The troops were hospitalized after the blast, which occurred during “operational activity” in the north, a military spokesman told Ma’an without elaborating. He did not specify the cause of the blast or say whether it was inside Lebanese or Israeli territory…. Related:Israeli soldiers wounded in Lebanon incursion

Israel adds 20 settlements to government aid list
8/6/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The Israeli government on Sunday added 20 illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank to a list drawn up in 2009 of communities prioritized for aid. Hundreds of communities in the occupied Palestinian territory figure on the list for public aid in housing, infrastructure, education, cultural activities and security spending. The settlements added to the priority list include communities outside the main blocks…. Related:PA: Settlement plans impede negotiationsandWest Bank settlement population growing rapidly

Clashes in Jenin as Israeli forces detain Jihad leader
8/7/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces in Jenin early Wednesday as soldiers detained an Islamic Jihad leader in the northern West Bank city. Around 12 Israeli army jeeps entered Jenin before dawn and detained Abed al-Halim Ezz al-Din after raiding his home, locals told Ma’an. Palestinians threw rocks and empty bottles at the forces, who fired dozens of tear gas….

Israeli soldiers wounded in Lebanon incursion
8/7/2013 – LABOUNEH, Lebanon (AFP) — Four Israeli soldiers on patrol were wounded in a blast 400 meters inside Lebanese territory on Wednesday, Lebanon’s army and a UN peacekeeper in the border region said. Israel’s army had said earlier the four soldiers were wounded in an explosion overnight near the Lebanese border, but did not specify which side of the UN-demarcated “Blue Line” border…. Related:Israel: 4 soldiers hurt in explosion on northern border

PA cabinet condemns Israeli minister’s remarks on killing Arabs
8/7/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority cabinet on Tuesday condemned remarks by an Israeli minister calling for Palestinian suspects to be assassinated rather than detained. At an Israeli cabinet meeting to discuss the release of Palestinian prisoners, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said: “If you catch terrorists, you have to simply kill them,” according to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.”I’ve killed lots….

West Bank settlement population growing rapidly
8/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The population in Israel’s illegal West Bank settlements has grown twice as much as in Israel itself, military radio said on Tuesday, quoting official statistics. The figures released by the interior ministry are likely to add to Palestinian misgivings about resuming peace talks in Washington last week with the Israelis. The talks broke down three years ago over the settlement issue…. Related:PA: Settlement plans impede negotiations

Israel lets Arab Idol Mohammad Assaf move to West Bank
8/7/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Israel has authorized the young winner of the Arab Idol talent competition to move from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank as a “humanitarian gesture,” an official said Tuesday.”General Eitan Dangot, coordinator of government activities in the (Palestinian) territories, accepted a West Bank residence request for Mohammed Assaf,” the defense ministry official said.”This will allow his to travel abroad much….

Iran’s Rowhani urges ‘serious’ nuclear talks
8/7/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — President Hassan Rowhani said Tuesday that Iran was ready for “serious” negotiations on its nuclear program with the major powers “without wasting time”.”We are the people of interaction and talks, with seriousness and without wasting time, if the other sides are ready,” he said at his first news conference since assuming office on Saturday.”Iran’s peaceful nuclear program is a…. Related:Iran’s Rowhani sworn in, urges West to talkandNetanyahu urges ‘increased pressure’ on Iran

Netanyahu urges ‘increased pressure’ on Iran
8/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Tuesday for “increased pressure” on Iran, saying it was the “only thing” that would deter it from pursuing a nuclear weapons capability. He was addressing a delegation of 36 visiting US Congressmen after Iran’s new President Hassan Rowhani called for “serious” talks without delay to allay concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.”Iran…. Related:Iran’s Rowhani urges ‘serious’ nuclear talks

Majority of Israeli Jews say talks will fail
8/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s Jewish population is overwhelmingly of the opinion that negotiations with the Palestinians will fail to achieve peace, according to a poll published Wedne
sday. Some 80 percent of Israeli Jews said the chances of success of US-brokered talks, which resumed on July 29 after a three-year hiatus, were “low,” against only 18 percent who said they were “high”. The survey, conducted….

PA: Settlement plans impede negotiations
8/6/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman on Sunday criticized Israel’s decision to add 20 settlements to a list for government spending, saying the move impedes peace talks.”We condemn this Israeli decision and the continuing Israeli policy to place obstacles in front of the US administration’s efforts to advance the peace process,” Nabil Abu Rudeinah said. The settlements…. Related:Israel adds 20 settlements to government aid listandWest Bank settlement population growing rapidly

Iran’s Rowhani sworn in, urges West to talk
8/6/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — New President Hassan Rowhani, a reputed moderate, told the West after taking the oath of office that the only way to interact with Iran is through dialogue, not sanctions. The 64-year-old cleric took over from hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose provocative policies in two turbulent four-year terms left Iran divided domestically, isolated internationally and struggling economically. The West is hoping that Rowhani will…. Related:Palestinian FM meets with Iran’s Vice PresidentandIran’s Rowhani urges ‘serious’ nuclear talks

Palestinian FM meets with Iran’s Vice President
8/6/2013 – TEHRAN (Ma’an) – Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki met Monday with Iran’s vice president Issac Jahangiri in Tehran and delivered congratulations on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas to the newly sworn-in president of Iran Hassan Rohani. According to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa, al-Maliki told the Iranian official that Abbas was looking forward to developing relations between Palestine and Iran and making…. Related:Iran’s Rowhani sworn in, urges West to talk

Nigeria Hezbollah suspects allege harsh Mossad grilling
8/6/2013 – ABUJA (AFP) — Two Lebanese suspects alleged to be members of Hezbollah and on trial in Nigeria on terrorism charges told a court Monday they were harshly interrogated by Israeli agents after their arrests. Mustapha Fawaz, Abdallah Thahini and Talal Ahmad Roda were arrested in May after the discovery of an arms cache in a residence in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. They have been….

Hamas presents docs ‘revealing Fatah incitement’
8/7/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas leader Salah Bardawil presented four documents allegedly incriminating Fatah in a campaign of incitement against Hamas, in a TV interview broadcast Tuesday. Bardawil said Hamas possessed hundreds of documents revealing incitement by Fatah, in an hour-long program aired by the Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV channel. The documents were obtained from Palestinians detained in the Gaza Strip, Bardawil said. Most of….

Israel rabbi found guilty of child abuse
8/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — An Israeli rabbi was on Wednesday found guilty of sexually abusing a minor, public radio said. A Jerusalem court ruled that influential Zionist rabbi Mordechai Elon had “inappropriately” touched a young boy on two separate occasions in 2005, the radio quoted a lawyer as saying. Elon, 53, had repeatedly professed his innocence and pleaded not guilty, saying the charges amounted to “defamation”. It….

Man dies after falling from Al-Aqsa mosque wall
8/6/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A forty-year-old man died early Monday after falling from the southern wall of the Al-Aqsa compound, witnesses said. Abu Madam fell 30 meters and died instantly. His body was taken to al-Maqased hospital in al-Tur. Tens of thousands of Palestinian worshipers visited Al-Aqsa mosque on Sunday to mark one of the holiest nights of Ramadan. Many stayed the night in the….

2 injured in West Bank car accidents
8/5/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Two people were injured on Monday in car accidents, medics said. A taxi collided with a truck on the Nablus-Ramallah road, lightly injuring the taxi driver, medics said. In Nablus, a man was run over in the center of the city. He was moderately injured and transferred to a hospital for treatment. [END]

Shop owner shot dead in Hebron
8/7/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a 60-year-old man in Hebron on Wednesday after robbing him, relatives and security sources said. Jawad Omran al-Qawasmi, who owned a money exchange in Hebron, was shot dead in the Wadi Abu Kteileh area of the city on his way to work, his family told Ma’an. The assailants stole cash from al-Qawasmi and….

Syria rebel ‘moles’ wage battle from underground tunnels
8/7/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — The Syrian colonel is still astounded. He was directing operations from the second floor of building when he heard gunfire — rebels had penetrated his headquarters via an underground tunnel.”One floor closer and I wouldn’t be here to describe the attack,” he said. The rebels killed 12 soldiers on the ground and first floors of the building in eastern Damascus before….

Ankara softens stance on Syria’s emboldened Kurds
8/7/2013 – ANKARA (AFP) — After embarking on a peace process with Kurdish rebels in Turkey, Ankara is now softening its position on the increasingly autonomous Kurdish minority in war-torn neighboring Syria, analysts say. The Turkish government has long kept a wary eye on Kurdish ambitions in Syria, fearing the creation of a Kurdish state there could serve as a magnet for Turkey’s own Kurdish population….

Syria’s Assad ‘legalizes’ private security firms
8/7/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria’s president has passed a decree legalizing private security firms, faced with a 29-month armed revolt against his rule that has pinned down the police, state news agency SANA reported Tuesday. President Bashar Assad’s decree regulates “licensing for private companies that provide protection and guard duties. . . to ensure the safety of individuals, establishments, property and the transport of….

NGO: 62 Syria rebels dead in army ambush near Damascus
8/7/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian troops killed at least 62 rebels in an ambush Wednesday near Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Syrian military said those killed were members of the jihadist Al-Nusra Front.”At least 62 rebels fell as martyrs, most
of them youths, and eight others are missing after an ambush by regime forces at dawn near the industrial city of Adra….

Tourists desert Egypt as protests rage
8/7/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — By Giza’s Great Pyramids, souvenir vendors wait restlessly in the shade, watching for the handful of tourists who still make their way down the empty street to the once-bustling landmark. The 2011 revolution that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak dealt a severe blow to the country’s tourist industry, once a mainstay of Egypt’s economy. And things have gone….

Balkan former guerrillas join Syria rebels
8/7/2013 – PRISTINA (AFP) — Some fought as guerrillas during the bloody Balkans wars of the 1990s, battling powerful tanks and artillery. Others grew up under the influence of radical Islam that has gained ground in poverty-hit areas in the Balkan countries and regions populated by Muslims. Today, both experienced fighters and their younger followers are leaving the Balkans to join Syrian rebels on the front line. Migena….

Egypt says foreign mediation fails, blames Islamists
8/7/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Western and Arab efforts to mediate an end to Egypt’s political deadlock have failed, the presidency said Wednesday, signalling a possible crackdown on Islamists that has sparked fears of more carnage. The statement came hours after US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns left Cairo, having made no headway in finding a compromise between the army-installed government and supporters of deposed….

Yemen ‘foils Qaeda plot to seize cities, oil terminal’
8/7/2013 – SANAA (AFP) — Yemeni authorities have foiled an Al-Qaeda plot to seize control of two cities and an oil export terminal and to kidnap foreigners, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.”The main aim of the plot was to seize control of two cities, Al-Mukalla and Ghayl Bawazeer” in the southeast, Rajeh Badi told AFP, adding that oil export facilities near Mukalla were also to be….

Trial date set for Egypt Brotherhood leaders
8/6/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian court set a trial date for Muslim Brotherhood leaders in a move likely to enrage supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. It came as US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns met the army chief amid intense efforts to try to resolve the political crisis since the army ousted Morsi in a July 3 coup. The Brotherhood’s supreme….

Egyptian officers shot, injured by Jihadists in el-Arish
8/6/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) – Three Egyptian officers were shot and injured by Jihadist gunmen Monday afternoon, Egyptian security sources said. A security official told Ma’an that an army officer was shot in his waist while he was stationed on top of an armored vehicle in Al-Dahiya neighborhood of el-Arish in the North Sinai district. Separately, two police officers were shot in their feet….

Egypt officer shot dead, 2 injured in Sinai
8/6/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — An Egyptian officer was shot dead and two others were injured by Jihadists in Egypt’s el-Arish city, according to Egyptian security sources. A security official told Ma’an that an army officer was shot in his waist while he was stationed on top of an armored vehicle in the al-Dahiya neighborhood of el-Arish in the North Sinai district….

US official: US, Russia foreign, defense ministers to meet Friday
8/6/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet their Russian counterparts Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu on Friday in Washington, a US defense official said. The so-called “2+2” meeting, to be held at the State Department, comes at a time of tensions between Washington and Russia over Moscow’s decision to grant asylum to US intelligence….


Illegal Israeli settlements expanding rapidly
AlJazeera 6 Aug 2013 – Figures show increase of 7,700 settlers in occupied West Bank during first six months of 2013, according to army radio.

International Solidarity Movement

Video- Amena Abed AlFatah Abed Rabo: A life under occupation
8/6/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 6th August 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – On the 2nd of August, Amena Abed AlFatah Abed Rabo passed away in Hebron. She was 71 years old and suffered a stroke. However, Amena might still have been with us, had the Israeli military let the ambulance through the many checkpoints. The journey to the hospital that should have taken three minutes was….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: UAE Red Crescent Assists 14,000 Gazans During Ramadan
Relief Web 7 Aug 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory A generous contribution of US$ 500,000 from the Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates (UAERC) enabled the United Nations Relief and…

World: Humanitarian negotiations – Humanitarian Exchange Magazine Issue 58
Relief Web 7 Aug 2013 – Source: ODI – Humanitarian Practice Network Country: Afghanistan, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, Sudan, World This edition of Humanitarian Exchange, co-edited with Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) Research Fellow Ashley Jackson, features humanitarian negotiations. In many contexts, negotiations with a wide array…

occupied Palestinian territory: Women run independent food production cooperatives in Gaza
Relief Web 7 Aug 2013 – Source: DanChurchAid Country: occupied Palestinian territory The 6 year long Israeli blockade of Gaza has crippled the private sector and has left thousands of Palestinians unemployed and in severe poverty. DanChurchAid is establishing production cooperatives and creating sustainable working places…

Yemen: RCA distributes 13,000 food baskets to refugees and people with special needs in Yemen
Relief Web 6 Aug 2013 – Source: Emirates News Agency Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen WAM SANA’A, 6th August, 2013 (WAM) — The Red Crescent Authority, (RCA) launched a project of Refugee Day in Yemen as part of its programmes for the…

The National

Yemen oil industry the target of Al Qaeda terror plot
The National 7 Aug 2013 – Terrorists’ plan included kidnapping foreign workers and destroying pipelines before being uncovered and foiled with western and Arab help. Hakim Almasmari reports from Sanaa

Egypt on the brink as mediation talks fail
The National 7 Aug 2013 – President says diplomatic efforts are over and prime minister warns Brotherhood as country’s leading Islamic centre Al Azhar calls for new negotiations after Eid. Alice Fordham reports from Cairo

Dozens of Syrian rebels killed by regime forces near Damascus
The National 7 Aug 2013 – At least 62 rebels most of them youths are killed, and another eight go missing after dawn ambush by regime forces, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

Tourists desert Egypt amid protests
The National 7 Aug 2013 – By Giza’s Great Pyramids, souvenir vendors wait restlessly in the shade, watching for the handful of tourists who still make their way down the empty street to the once-bustling landmark.

Israeli soldiers ‘wounded in Lebanon’
The National 7 Aug 2013 – The Lebanese military said a group of Israeli soldiers crossed the border into Lebanon and were wounded in an unspecified explosion early on Wednesday.

Du offers UAE customers ‘freedom of choice’ following price hike outrage
The National 7 Aug 2013 – The telecoms company reverses its decision to automatically upgrade internet and call packages following complaints from its customers.

Tunisia Islamists accept assembly move, urge talks
The National 7 Aug 2013 – The Islamist party heading Tunisia’s coalition says it has accepted a decision to suspend the work of the National Constituent Assembly and urged talks to form a national unity government.

Cleveland ‘house of horrors’ which imprisoned 3 women torn down
The National 7 Aug 2013 – Wrecking crews have demolished a rundown Cleveland house where three young women were imprisoned and tortured by Ariel Castro for about a decade.


Knesset to discuss failed nominations for Bank of Israel governorship
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2013

Academics blast plan to scrap humanities matriculation exams in Israel
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2013

Rabbi Elon’s conviction reflects Israel’s splintered religious Zionist community
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2013

State to fund separate classes for boys and girls in religious grammar schools
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2013

Jerusalem rabbi leads ‘restaurant rebellion against Chief Rabbinate
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2013

To fund gas masks, Israel’s Finance Ministry could raid National Insurance coffers
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2013

Former Bank of Israel candidate was arrested and charged for shoplifting, Hong Kong says
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2013

Women of the Wall relegated to alternative prayer spot for second straight month
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2013

Decapitated Tel Aviv murder victim identified as Romanian woman
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2013

Religious Zionist leader Rabbi Moti Elon convicted of sexually assaulting minors
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2013

Inter Press Service

Military Boot Pushes Down on Democracy
IPS The killing of Muslim Brotherhood members has only strengthened their resolve to fight on. Credit: Khaled Moussa al-Omrani/IPS. Egypt s military chief, General Abdel Fatah El-Sissi, who in July announced on state television that the army had ousted Egypt s first democratically elected president, has tried to wrap a veneer of democracy…

Daily Star

Dutch embassy in Yemen was potential terror target -Foreign Minister
Daily Star 7 Aug 2013 The Netherlands has extended the closure of its embassy in Sana’a and pulled all diplomatic staff out of Yemen because its mission was a potential target of a terror attack, Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said in…

U.S., EU concerned at failure to break Egypt stalemate
Daily Star 7 Aug 2013 The United States and the European Union said on Wednesday they were concerned and troubled that Egypt’s parties had not found a way to break a dangerous stalemate in talks to defuse the political crisis.

US extends ban on gems imports from Myanmar
Daily Star 7 Aug 2013 The Obama administration is extending a ban on imports of rubies and jade from Myanmar, reflecting concerns about the powerful military’s continuing involvement in the murky industry based in conflict-wracked border regions.

Bahrain eyes Eurofighter: BAE
Daily Star 7 Aug 2013 Bahrain is interested in buying the Eurofighter Typhoon jet, British defence group BAE Systems said on Wednesday.

Jordan grills suspects in foiled arms smuggling bid
Daily Star 7 Aug 2013 Jordanian police are questioning two Syrians who allegedly tried to smuggle a large cache of arms including surface-to-air missiles into the kingdom, a security official said Wednesday.

CIA official: Syria war biggest threat to US security
Daily Star 7 Aug 2013 The war in Syria poses the greatest threat to US security because of the risk of the government falling and the country becoming a weapons-rich haven for Al-Qaeda, a CIA official says.

Thursday first day of Eid al-Fitr: Lebanon’s mufti
Daily Star 7 Aug 2013 Thursday will be the first day of Eid al-Fitr, Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani announced Wednesday

General Security center on border with Syria to reopen
Daily Star 7 Aug 2013 Lebanon s General Security said Wednesday it would resume work and reopen the border center with Syria after residents attacked it

Libya suspect in US consulate attack denies charge
Daily Star 7 Aug 2013 A former Libyan militia commander on Wednesday denied charges filed in U.S. federal court accusing him of being involved in an attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

Palestinian Information Center

Barhoum: Israel, PA work jointly to liquidate resistance in WB
PIC – Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, has accused the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) of working together to liquidate resistance in the West Bank.

Hamas, Lebanese movement denounce resumption of negotiations
PIC – Ali Baraka, the representative of Hamas in Lebanon, conferred on Tuesday with a delegation of the Lebanese ‚¨ SUmma‚¨ ù movement led by its leader Sheikh Abdulnasser Jabir on latest regional developments.

AFEH castigates FC Barcelona over the visit to Buraq Wall
PIC – The Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage (AFEH) castigated team players at the Spanish FC Barcelona sports club for visiting the Buraq Wall.

Egypt closes Rafah border crossing for four days
PIC – The interior and national security ministry in Gaza declared on Wednesday that the Egyptian authorities decided to close the Rafah border terminal with Gaza for four days.

35 Jerusalemites were arrested during July
PIC – A Palestinian human rights organization has documented mass Israeli arrests and attacks against Jerusalemites and their properties during July.

Al-Khudari warns of storming al-Aqsa mosque by Israeli groups Wednesday
PIC – MP Jamal Al-Khudari, the head of the popular committee against the siege, warned of the seriousness of Israeli calls to storm al-Aqsa mosque from all its gates on Wednesday.

Hamas exposes new documents that prove Fatah incitement
PIC – Hamas movement has presented new documents that prove Fatah‚¨ “!s involvement in the Egyptian incitement campaign against the movement.

IOF clash with young men in Jenin, kidnap Islamic Jihad official
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) clashed at dawn Wednesday with Palestinian young men and kidnapped a senior Islamic Jihad official in Jenin city.

IOF kidnap Quds Press reporter in Nablus city
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped at dawn Wednesday Mohamed Mona, a reporter for Quds Press from his home in Nablus city.


Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula at center of U.S. cross hairs
LA Times 7 Aug 2013 – AQAP, the terrorist affiliate in Yemen, shows ingenuity but has had limited success and the U.S. and Yemen’s government target the group. WASHINGTON U.S. intelligence officials long have said that Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen had eclipsed the global terrorism network’s core leadership in…

Extreme security in Yemen after Al Qaeda terror plot is foiled
LA Times 7 Aug 2013 – SANA, Yemen — The Yemeni government deployed tanks and troops to guard its airports, oil terminals and foreign embassies Wednesday after claiming to have foiled an Al Qaeda plot to seize two ports and blow up pipelines.

Syrian government forces kill dozens of rebels in Damascus ambush
LA Times 7 Aug 2013 – BEIRUT — Syrian government forces ambushed and killed more than 60 rebel fighters Wednesday in the suburbs of the capital Damascus, activists and state media reported.

Iran’s new president prompts renewed Israeli threats
LA Times 7 Aug 2013 – JERUSALEM — Alarmed by the prospects of renewed U.S.-Iran negotiations and suggestions that the new Islamic leadership might chart a more moderate path, Israel is ramping up its threat to take unilateral military action against Iran s nuclear program.

Syria’s other war: The battle to save its economy
LA Times 7 Aug 2013 – Syria, long regarded as one of the Middle East’s most livable places, is coping with raging inflation, a plummeting currency, and tattered industrial and agricultural sectors. DAMASCUS, Syria They begin lining up early here for the comforting illusion of stability in uncertain times.

Egypt’s president says diplomacy by U.S., others fails to end crisis
LA Times 7 Aug 2013 – CAIRO — Egypt s acting president announced Wednesday that diplomatic efforts to resolve the nation s political crisis have failed, raising the prospect of renewed violence and a crackdown on thousands of Islamist protesters supporting deposed president Mohamed Morsi.

Drone strike in Yemen kills 4 suspected Al Qaeda militants
LA Times 6 Aug 2013 – Amid worry about a terrorist attack, the U.S. flies dozens of personnel from the American Embassy out of Yemen. Drone strikes, apparently by the U.S., have risen sharply in recent days. WASHINGTON A suspected U.S. drone strike in Yemen killed four alleged Al Qaeda…

U.S. has filed charges in Benghazi attack
LA Times 6 Aug 2013 – Federal criminal charges have been filed against at least one person in the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. WASHINGTON Federal criminal charges have been filed against one or more suspects in the lethal attack on…

Jordan Says It s Questioning Two Syrians on Arms
New York Times 7 Aug 2013 – The Syrians were detained and accused of trying to smuggle missiles and assault rifles into the country, a security official said.

Egypt Government Hints at Force to End Large Sit-Ins
New York Times 7 Aug 2013 – The military-appointed leaders said diplomatic efforts to disperse tens of thousands of Islamist backers of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, in Cairo had ended.

Amid Turmoil, Lebanese Music Festival Presses On
New York Times 7 Aug 2013 – Despite the region s dangers, the Baalbek International Festival s organizers preserve this symbol of Lebanon s openness.

The Lede: Satellite Images Show Destruction in Aleppo
New York Times 7 Aug 2013 – Images analyzed by Amnesty International and the American Association for the Advancement of Science show neighborhoods scarred by air strikes and ballistic missiles, hundreds of damaged homes and more than 1,000 checkpoints.

Israeli Decree on West Bank Settlements Will Harm Peace Talks, Palestinians Say
New York Times 7 Aug 2013 – The decision involving the settlements highlighted the fragility of the Washington-brokered effort to resume peace negotiations.

The Lede: Protests in Morocco After King Pardons Spanish Pedophile
New York Times 7 Aug 2013 – Demonstrations are rare in Morocco against King Mohammed VI, but since late last week activists and news outlets have documented the outcry on YouTube and Twitter against a mistaken pardon, later retracted, of a convicted child rapist.

Yemen, on Alert for Terrorism, Claims It Foiled a Qaeda Plot
New York Times 7 Aug 2013 – Yemeni security officials said they had thwarted a plan to kidnap or kill foreigners working at an oil terminal, but the claim aroused skepticism among terrorism analysts.

The Lede: Video of Iran s New President on Nuclear Talks
New York Times 7 Aug 2013 – Video of Iran s new president, Hassan Rouhani, saying the dispute over the his country s nuclear program could be resolved not in the distant future but very soon. 

Nazareth Illit mayor says, If you think I m a racist, then Israel is a racist state
Mondoweiss – Shimon Gapso is back on the scene. You might remember Gapso made headlines in April when he published a broadside on Facebook promising to continue the “daily struggle” of keeping N
azareth Illit “Jewish Forever!” Nazareth Illit was established in the 1950s overlooking the Palestinian city of…

As peace talks near, Palestinians protest and settlers lobby Congress
Mondoweiss – Secretary of State John Kerry. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP) Although the start date for direct peace negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders is still a few days away, the prognosis is already bad. Since talks were announced last month Israel has passed new subsidies for settlements, settler…

People power funds pushback on Geller ads in San Francisco
Mondoweiss – A billboard is installed on 10th Street just south of Howard Street in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood as counterpoint to anti-Islam ads that ran earlier this year on the sides of Muni buses. (Vinnee Tong/KQED) Innovative San Franciscan Christie George , director of New Media…

If BarÁa wants to promote peace the answer is simple Stop playing in Tel Aviv
Mondoweiss – FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell (right) with Shimon Peres and Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo: Miguel Ruiz/FCB) On Saturday 25,000 jubilant Palestinians clad in the Barca Blue and Red gathered at Dura stadium Southwest of Hebron, occupied Palestinian territories, to catch a glimpse of the members of the…

John McCain s odyssey into international law
Mondoweiss – This post is part of Marc H. Ellis s Exile and the Prophetic feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page . The dog days of summer are upon us and my Facebook friends yes I am back on Facebook after a long…

Eric Cantor To Lead Twenty-Six House Republicans on AIPAC Trip to Israel
The Foward Breaking News 7 Aug 2013 – Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the Republican majority leader in the House of Representatives, will lead 26 GOP lawmakers on a tour of Israel funded by AIPAC s educational affiliate. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel’s High Court Will Rule on a Petition Against Releasing Palestinian Prisoners
The Foward Breaking News 7 Aug 2013 – The High Court of Justice was asked on Wednesday to reject a petition to overturn a government decision to release 104 Palestinian prisoners. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Energy Firm Plans To Bring Gas Pipeline To Middle East Countries
The Foward Breaking News 7 Aug 2013 – An Israeli energy company announced plans to export natural gas via pipelines through Turkey and other countries in the Middle East. Click here for the rest of the article…

If I’m Racist ‘So Is Israel,’ Embattled Mayor Declares
The Foward Breaking News 7 Aug 2013 – Over the past few days, many people have been calling me a racist. Sometimes they also call me a Nazi, a bully or even Hitler. One need only look at the comments on Haaretz s website to put me before a firing squad. What s my crime? What…

Do U.S. Generals Have Pro-Arab Slant?
The Forward New 5 Aug 2013 – James Mattis is not the first general to voice concern about the impact of Israeli policies and U.S. support for Israel on American security interests. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Journalist Released After Being Held for a Month
allAfrica.com7 Aug 2013 – [RSF]Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Egyptian journalist Anas Fouda, a senior editor with the MBC media group, was released by the authorities in the United Arab Emirates on 4 August and was deported back to Egypt the same day.

Sudan: Saudi Newspaper Reveals Details of Communication Between Pilot of Bashir’s Plane And Control Tower
allAfrica.com7 Aug 2013 – [Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -The pilot of the plane that was carrying Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir over the weekend has acknowledged to the control tower at Jeddah airport that they have not submitted an application for clearance for their flight towards Tehran, a Saudi newspaper reported today.

Egypt: Cairo Airport Receives 30 Palestinians En Route to Gaza Via Rafah
allAfrica.com7 Aug 2013 – [Egypt Online]Cairo International Airport on Tuesday received 30 Palestinians coming from several Arab and EU countries en route to the Gaza Strip via Rafah border terminal.

Egypt: Egypt Thwarts Attempt to Smuggle Arms From Istanbul
allAfrica.com6 Aug 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]The Egyptian authorities at Cairo Airport thwarted an attempt to smuggle a large number of arms, Afghan and Egyptian army uniforms and identifications cards carried by Egyptians coming from Turkey on Tuesday, reported the state news agency.

My Name is Rachel Corrie premier in Jerusalem
Rachel Corrie Foundation 7 Aug 2013 – Origionaly posted by Israel Social TV at:http://tv.social.org.il/en/my-name-is-rachel-corrie-engClick here to view the embedded video.

Thousands protest against Prawer Plan on August 1, 2013
Palestine Solidarity Project 5 Aug 2013 – Thousands gathered on the afternoon of August 1 to protest what is widely considered to be a continuation of the Nakba. Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals gathered everywhere from the West Bank, to Gaza, to within the Israeli border, and beyond at international solidarity demonstrations. Demonstrations marked…

Beit Ummar Child Arrests, Case Study I
Palestine Solidarity Project 4 Aug 2013 – Name: Muhsen M. Age: 7 Location: Beit Ummar, occupied West Bank Accusation: Unknown At around 2:45 am, Israeli soldiers deliver a summons to the family of a seven-year-old boy from Beit Ummar. We woke up to banging on the front door of our house accompanied by…

Rebels ‘killed in Syria army ambush’
BBC 7 Aug 2013 – More than 60 rebel fighters have been killed in an ambush by the Syrian army east of Damascus, a monitoring group says.

Egypt foreign mediation ‘has failed’
BBC 7 Aug 2013 – Egypt’s leaders say mediation has not resolved the crisis after Mohammed Morsi’s ousting and that plans to disperse protest camps will go ahead.

Israeli forces hit by border blast
BBC 7 Aug 2013 – Four Israeli soldiers are injured in an explosion on the Lebanese border, with Lebanon calling the incident a “violation of sovereignty”.

Iran urges ‘serious’ nuclear talks
BBC 6 Aug 2013 – Iran’s new president calls for “serious and substantive” talks with the international community about Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Yemen ‘foils major al-Qaeda plot’
BBC 7 Aug 2013 – Yemen says it has foiled an al-Qaeda plot to blow up oil pipelines and seize some of the country’s main ports, as the US and UK withdraw diplomats.

Rebels ‘killed in Syria army ambush’
BBC 7 Aug 2013 – More than 60 rebel fighters have been killed in an ambush by the Syrian army east of Damascus, a monitoring group says.

Egypt foreign mediation ‘has failed’
BBC 7 Aug 2013 – Egypt’s leaders say mediation has not resolved the crisis after Mohammed Morsi’s ousting and that plans to disperse protest camps will go ahead.

Israeli forces hit by border blast
BBC 7 Aug 2013 – Four Israeli soldiers are injured in an explosion on the Lebanese border, with Lebanon calling the incident a “violation of sovereignty”.

Iran urges ‘serious’ nuclear talks
BBC 6 Aug 2013 – Iran’s new president calls for “serious and substantive” talks with the international community about Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Baghdad rocked by car bombings
BBC 6 Aug 2013 – A series of car bombs in and around the Iraqi capital Baghdad leaves at least 41 dead, the latest round in a wave of violence this year.


The occupation has no future
Matt Surrusco, +972 Magazine8/6/2013
+972 speaks with Shawan Jabarin, general director of Palestinian human rights NGO Al-Haq, about how and why the organization decided to start using the term Apartheid, and what role accountability and international intervention could play in guaranteeing human rights.
 Sitting on a green leather couch in his Ramallah office not far from Al-Manara Square, Shawan Jabarin talks about his hopes and beliefs primarily, a belief that oppressive regimes have no future.
 I have no hope for the short-term. But I have more than hope for the long-term, explains Jabarin, the general director of Al-Haq, a Palestinian human rights NGO. There is no future for occupation. I have no doubt of that. For me, it s a matter of time.
 He says he views his role as fighting to shorten the amount of time until Palestinians can enjoy human rights. Maybe it will take years. I keep hope that it will happen in my lifetime. I don t know, to be honest.
 Jabarin, 52, began volunteering with Al-Haq while studying sociology at Birzeit University. He later went on to study law in Ireland. Jabarin joined the organization in 1987 as a field researcher and became its director in 2006.
 Read +972’s full series: Q&A: The state of human rights in Israel and Palestine
 Are human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories more or less protected today compared to when you started with Al-Haq in 1987?
 I think the indicators show a worsening human rights situation. It doesn t mean the situation in 1987 was good, but it s deteriorated since then…..more..e-mail

Kerry s Success Worse than His Failure
Nicola Nasser, CounterPunch8/7/2013
Peace Not on the Horizon
 The critical issue of the ever expanding illegal Israeli colonial settlements on the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) in the West Bank (WB), which are peace killing in eastern Jerusalem in particular, will make or break the newly resumed Palestinian Israeli negotiations.
 On July 29, 2013, those negotiations were resumed in Washington, D.C.; they are scheduled to begin in earnest in mid-August. President Barak Obama hailed them as a promising step forward. However, in view of more than twenty years of failed U.S. sponsored peace making, the new talks promise nothing more than being a new round of failure and conflict management, in spite of Obama s belief that peace is both possible and necessary.
 According to Albert Einstein, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity, but that is exactly what John Kerry seems to have achieved after six tours of shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East since he was sworn in as the U.S. Secretary of State.
 Unless the issue of settlements is addressed in accordance with international and humanitarian law as well as in compliance with the resolutions of the United Nations, Kerry will be shooting himself in the legs and his success in his peace mission would be worse than his failure. The EU s recent anti-settlement move highlighted this fact.
 However, Kerry seems and sounds determined to pursue his mission on the basis of contradictory terms of reference, laid down by the official letter sent by the former U.S. president George W. Bush to former Israeli premier Ariel Sharon in April 2004….more..e-mail

US national interest or lobby interest?
Lawrence Davidson, Redress8/5/2013
 President Barack Obama and his congressional colleagues are carrying on an established yet clearly dangerous tradition of US foreign policy: the mixing up of national interest and the parochial interests of powerful lobby groups. Indeed, given the way US federal politics has long operated, national interest is, except in rare cases, an impossible notion. This is because almost all politicians and both political parties are so tied to, and financially dependent upon, powerful lobby groups that they cannot formulate independent positions on issues important to these lobbies. Thus, what is put forth as national interest is most often the interest of a particular interest group with too much money buying too much influence.
 The Zionist lobby
 In today s foreign policy arena this conflation of the general and the particular is best seen in US policies in the Middle East. Here are four recent examples:
 1. The renewal of peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians is presently big news. The Obama administration casts itself as the honest broker bringing the two sides together to renew negotiations after a three-year hiatus. However, the United States has never served as an honest broker between these two parties and this is one of the reasons that their conflict has remained unresolved so long.
 Why can t the US be the honest broker ? Because the American government is in no position to formulate an independent policy reflecting the nation s national interest in a just and therefore lasting peace. The Zionist lobby (made up of both Jewish and Christian Americans) is so powerful that the vast majority of politicians and both political parties will not defy
it. So, the US position is always pro-Israel.

 That is why the Obama administration recently appointed Martin Indyk special envoy to shepherd [Israeli-Palestinian] talks toward a final settlement . Indyk is an outright Zionist….more..e-mail

The Arab Turmoil
Ramzy Baroud, CounterPunch8/7/2013
Where Do We Stand?
 Seasons come and go, yet Arab countries are in ongoing turmoil. They called it an Arab Spring , but even if that spring had ever existed in the shape and form that the media portrayed it to be, it never really lasted. It has now morphed into something far more complex.
 But it is not an Islamic winter either, a foreboding term favored by Israeli policymakers and analysts. The Islamic dimension of Arab rebellions some of which turned into bloody civil and regional wars should have been palpable from the very start to anyone who cares to understand political reality beyond its usefulness as a propaganda tool. Islam has and will always be a component in shaping collective cognizance of Arab nations. Political Islam moved to the heart of the ongoing strife and was a manifestation of a century-long struggle where Islam was a platform of political expression, governance and jurisprudence that has fought against many imported and western-styled trends.
 Throughout the years, there has not been one successful union between Islam and Arab ruling classes successful in the sense that it contributed to progress, rights, and prosperity for all. Islamists were either coopted or conflict reigned. The atrociousness of the results of these conflicts varied depending on how clever Arab rulers were in their management. In Jordan, low-level discord has always existed between Islamic opposition parties and the ruling class. It teetered between partial inclusion of Islamic forces in a parliament that operated with little authority and occasional spats or political crises of little consequence.
 However, not all failed experiments came at a relatively low cost. In Algeria, an attempt at harmonization went terribly wrong. The 1991 Algerian civil war lasted for over a decade and resulted in the death of up to 200,000 people. Things were not meant to be so bloody, as it had begun with something rather promising: an election….more..e-mail

The Month in Pictures: July 2013
Electronic Intifada: 5 Aug 2013 – A monthly roundup of photographs documenting Palestine, Palestinian life, politics and culture, and international solidarity with Palestine.more

The Palestinians, Too Weak to Say No to the US
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Aug 2013 – By Hasan Afif El-Hasan For two decades of futile negotiations and three years of secret contacts with the Israelis, the Ramallah Palestinian Authority (PA) has been repeatedly declaring its refusal to engage in direct negotiations with Israel on the future of their lands occupied by Israel in the 1967 war unless Israel freezes settlement expansion. In the meantime, Israel shifted the attention to Iran s threat and continued to defiantly announce fresh construction plans to build and expand illegal settlements in Palestinian lands. Israel took notice only when 138 nations voted for a General Assembly resolution to upgrade Palestine s status to a non-member observer state and the European Union (EU) decided to stop subsidies to any Israeli entity operating in the occupied West Bank. Passage of the UN resolution gave the Palestinians some standing to seek prosecutions in the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Israel for alleged violations of international law….more

What happened after a coup: A lesson from Mauritania for Egypt
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Aug 2013 – By Ahmed Meiloud In early August of 2005, senior military officials in Mauritania carried out a coup while the president was on a visit to Saudi Arabia to attend the funeral of King Fahd. The coup was not the first, nor was it the last. Mauritania is a country whose history as a nation has been punctuated by coups. Ould Tayyi who is the autocrat who has held power the longest, had survived many attempts to topple him since he came to power in December of 1984 in a coup which like all others coups in that country received the blessing from the former colonial power: France. In the last decade of his rule, Ould Tayyi s main concern was to stay in power by any means possible. To that end he befriended every devil he could, and practiced all kinds of tyrannical behavior. Political opponents were randomly arrested and detained; even…more

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