VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 9 August 2013: Where is the BBC’s objectivity where Palestine is concerned?

9 August 2013 — VTJP


Ma’an News

US: Israeli-Palestinian talks Aug. 14 in Jerusalem
8/9/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Palestinian and Israeli negotiators will resume talks on ending their long-standing conflict on August 14 in Jerusalem, the US State Department said Thursday. The talks restarted last month in Washington under US mediation, and both sides agreed to try to resolve their differences within nine months. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that US mediator Martin Indyk would attend the next round….

Sources: Military preps for Sinai attack
8/9/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — A senior military source told Ma’an Friday that Israeli authorities shut down Eilat’s airport after Egypt sent a warning about an attack originating in the Sinai. Egyptian intelligence agents feared that armed groups were preparing to target security buildings in the Sinai including sites along the Suez canal. Military sources told Ma’an that Egyptian airplanes…. Related: Israel’s Eilat airport reopens after brief shutdown and Security: Airstrike kills Egypt militants targeting Israel

German minister to visit Mideast to boost peace talks
8/9/2013 – BERLIN (AFP) — German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories in a bid to lend backing to revived peace talks, a ministry spokesman said Friday. Westerwelle will meet President Shimon Peres and the chief Israeli negotiator, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, in Jerusalem on Sunday, followed by talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday. He will then sit down with….

Security: Airstrike kills Egypt militants targeting Israel
8/9/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Several Egyptian militants were killed in an airstrike in Sinai on Friday as they prepared to launch a rocket into Israel, security sources and witnesses said. The source of the strike was not immediately clear. Some sources spoke of an Israeli airstrike conducted from Israeli air space and others credited the Egyptian military. But Egypt’s military denied any Israeli strike. He…. Related: Israel’s Eilat airport reopens after brief shutdown and Sources: Military preps for Sinai attack

Israel’s Eilat airport reopens after brief shutdown
8/9/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The airport in Israel’s Red Sea resort of Eilat resumed flights on Thursday after a brief shutdown over unspecified security concerns, the military said.”The airport is open after a new situation report,” a spokeswoman told AFP, without further explanation. The military earlier ordered the cancellation of all flights in and out of Eilat for about two hours following a security…. Related: Sources: Military preps for Sinai attack and Security: Airstrike kills Egypt militants targeting Israel

Fatah MP warns of Hamas crackdown in Gaza
8/9/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Fatah MP warned of an impending security campaign by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, after its security forces raided the homes of several Fatah leaders in the enclave. Majed Abu Shamallah said Hamas forces raided the home of Khalil Abu Hasna, the executive director of the National Commission for Development and Islamic Solidarity, early Friday morning. The MP said Hamas….

Study: Camel may be MERS virus host
8/9/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — Researchers on Friday pointed to the Arabian camel as a possible host of the deadly human MERS virus plaguing the Middle East. The exact origins of the virus is a riddle scientists have been working hard to solve in a bid to halt its spread, especially in the lead-up to the annual hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in October. Now an international team….

2 drown off Gaza coast
8/9/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two young men drowned off the coast of the Gaza Strip on Thursday, medics said. Rescue workers searched for Jamil Mkhaimar, 20, and Ibrahim al-Khatib, 22, for several hours before finding their bodies in the water. The bodies were taken to the Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah. [END]

Gaza woman, 70, killed in road accident
8/9/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A woman died and five people were injured on Thursday in a road accident on the coastal road in the Gaza Strip, medics said. Khadra Abu Kameil, 70, was killed when two cars collided near the al-Baydar resort, medics told Ma’an. Five of her relatives were injured and taken to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. [END]

Syria denies Assad motorcade attacked
8/9/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian authorities denied media reports of an attack on President Bashar Assad’s motorcade as he was on his way to a mosque Thursday to attend prayers marking the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday. Several media outlets, including Saudi-based Al-Arabiya satellite channel, had reported that a rocket attack targeted Assad’s motorcade as he traveled to the Anas bin Malik mosque in….

Barricaded Mursi backers hold Cairo Eid street party
8/9/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Backers of Egypt’s deposed president are bracing for a police assault on their barricaded Cairo camps, but it was Sponge Bob and Barney the Dinosaur for the kids at a street party on Thursday’s first day of the Eid feast. After midday Muslim prayers in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, parents wilt under a blazing sun. Their only relief comes from….

2 Turkish pilots abducted in Lebanon
8/9/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Gunmen kidnapped two pilots working for Turkish Airlines early on Friday on Beirut’s airport road, Lebanon’s Interior Minister Marwan Charbel told AFP.”A kidnapping operation took place at 3 a. m. targeting a bus carrying several members of a Turkish Airlines crew going from the airport to the hotel,” Charbel said.”Gunmen kidnapped two passengers from the bus, the….

Mursi loyalists in Egypt call for new rallies
8/9/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Islamist supporters of Egypt’s deposed leader Mohamed Mursi planned new rallies on Friday as the interim premier suggested a crackdown on their protest camps was imminent. Morsi supporters called for marches to begin after the Muslim Friday prayers at noon as the nation rested on the second day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The government had said it held off from….

Qaeda targeted in Yemen amid global security alert
8/9/2013 – SANAA (AFP) — At least 12 Al-Qaeda members were killed in drone attacks in one day in Yemen as the United States stepped up strikes against suspected militants behind a global security alert. Washington on Thursday also evacuated all non-emergency staff from its consulate in the Pakistani city of Lahore, citing “specific threats”. The Wall Street Journal cited an anonymous US official as saying the leader….

Report: Russia has not delivered Syria S-300s
8/9/2013 – MOSCOW (AFP) — Russia has not delivered advanced S-300 missile systems ordered by Syria although several have been built and Damascus has paid a multimillion deposit, Vedomosti daily reported Friday, citing arms industry sources. A batch of the systems was due to be sent to Syria this spring, according to the Russian arms export agency’s contract with Damascus, but the systems are now….

Iran’s Khamenei wary of civil war in Egypt
8/9/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Friday that the political crisis in Egypt after the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi could spark a civil war.”We are worried about what is happening in Egypt,” he said in Eid al-Fitr remarks broadcast on state television.”Speculation of a civil war is gaining momentum on a daily basis,” Khamenei said….


Date set for more Israeli-Palestinian talks
AlJazeera 9 Aug 2013 – Negotiations aimed at ending long-standing conflict to begin on August 14 in Jerusalem, US State Department says.

Palestine News Network

Amnesty International Urges Hamas to Halt Executions
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Delegation from IFMSA Visits PCHR’s Office in Ramallah
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Ongoing resistance in Bil’in
8/9/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 9th August 2013, Friends of Freedom and Justice, Bil’in, Occupied Palestine – Resistance in Bil’in continued on the second day of the Eid Al Ftir holiday, in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in their hunger strike. One female activist was arrested and there were dozens of cases of teargas suffocation in the Bil’in weekly march. This week the Friday demonstration, organized….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: WFP Syria Crisis Response Situation Update Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt 26 July – 7 August 2013
Relief Web 9 Aug 2013 – Source: World Food Programme Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey Highlights WFP dispatched and delivered 1000 ready-to-eat rations, sufficient for 5,000 people to SARC warehouses in Lattakia. 29 July marked the one year anniversary…

occupied Palestinian territory: WFP State of Palestine – Special Operation SO (200560)
Relief Web 9 Aug 2013 – Source: World Food Programme Country: occupied Palestinian territory Strengthening the food security coordination platform in the State of Palestine The Food Security Sector (FSS) in Palestine was created in December 2012 to establish a food coordination mechanism in Palestine. It…

Syrian Arab Republic: UNRWA and Partners Work to Support Students’ Psychosocial Well-being
Relief Web 8 Aug 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic The ongoing Syrian conflict has had a marked impact on already-vulnerable groups, including children, young people and refugees….

occupied Palestinian territory: UNRWA and Habtoor Celebrate Partnership with Iftar in West Bank
Relief Web 8 Aug 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory East Jerusalem In the West Bank towns of Wadi Fukin and Umm Al Khair, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) organized…

The National

Israel to reject EU deal over settlement clauses
The National 9 Aug 2013 – Israel’s stance could jeopardise its participation in a Dh389 billion research programme that begins next year and might also complicate the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks being steered by the US secretary of state, John Kerry.

Two Turkish pilots kidnapped by Shiite gunmen in Beirut
The National 9 Aug 2013 – A Lebanese Shiite group calling itself Zuwwar Imam Reda claimed responsibility, which was a response to the abduction of pilgrims in Syria

South African doctor charged with manslaughter to take legal action against former employer
The National 9 Aug 2013 – South African doctor detained in the UAE for nine months after being charged in absentia with manslaughter to take former employer to court.

Camels linked to deadly Mers virus
The National 9 Aug 2013 – Dubai researchers take part in study that links Middle East Respiratory Syndrome to camels.

Production begins on film focusing on Emiratis with hereditary blood disease
The National 9 Aug 2013 – The film, called Ismi (my name is), will show a day in the life of seven people suffering from thalassaemia.

App helps your lifestyle aims become a pledge
The National 9 Aug 2013 – App will help people commit to better quality of life using support gained through social media.

Men charged with assault after argument escalates
The National 9 Aug 2013 – Police end dramatic car chase by blocking the Safa intersection in Dubai.

Pardon for man who murdered colleague
The National 9 Aug 2013 – A man who murdered his colleague with a hammer for insulting his mother has been pardoned by the dead man’s family – four years after the court first sought their opinion.


Israel’s polio campaign expanded to children across the country
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2013

Israel police accused of ‘political’ traffic law enforcement in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2013

Probe: Age of pilot, 88, and his instructor, 81, may have contributed to plane crash
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2013

In Israel, Juvenile police records prove hard to shake
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2013

An open letter to Roger Waters: Why Israel is not an apartheid state
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2013

Netanyahu eyes Argentine economist as top candidate for Bank of Israel governor
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2013

Under pressure from settlers, Israel reinstates home buyer benefits
Ha’aretz – 8 Aug 2013

Israel’s famous talent for shooting ourselves in the foot
Ha’aretz – 8 Aug 2013

Thou shall not lie when running for public office
Ha’aretz – 8 Aug 2013

They’re not in it for the money
Ha’aretz – 8 Aug 2013

10,000 Israelis get biometric IDs in first month of pilot
Ha’aretz – 8 Aug 2013

An Israeli-Palestinian federation is still the way
Ha’aretz – 8 Aug 2013

There’s money for war but not for humanities?
Ha’aretz – 8 Aug 2013

Constructive unilateralism – Israel’s insurance policy
Ha’aretz – 8 Aug 2013

The new Liebermania
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2013

Israel’s policy on migrants is pitiful
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2013

Secular shock and awe
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2013


Obama thinks Americans don’t need to know

B’Tselem Appealed the Closing of the Investigation File into the Killing of Ibrahim Sarhan

Criminalizing Journalism: Manning, Media and You

We Are Being Lied To

Terror suspects in Nigeria: Mossad agents tortured us

Guantanamo hunger strike hits 6-month mark

Syrian rebels push advance into Assad heartland

Nouri Al-Maliki’s non-stop failures and crimes

Under Obama, Tyranny is the New Transparency

I Only Regret That I Have But One Life to Give for My Country: Yours The Crime of the Century

Daily Star

Five killed in explosions in Egypt near Israeli border: MENA
Daily Star 9 Aug 2013 Five Islamist militants are killed in an explosion south of the Egyptian city of Rafah near the border with Israel, the state news agency MENA says.

Three clan members kidnapped in east Lebanon
Daily Star 9 Aug 2013 Unidentified gunmen kidnap three members of a Lebanese clan in the east of the country, security sources say.

Protest against court ruling in north Lebanon
Daily Star 9 Aug 2013 Supporters of Salafist Sheikh Tareq Merhi hold a protest in the northern city of Tripoli against a recent court ruling which sentenced the Muslim preacher to 15 years of hard labor.

U.S., Russia need to make progress on Syria despite conflicts: Kerry
Daily Star 9 Aug 2013 The United States and Russia must find ways to work around their sharp differences and agree on approaches to Syria and other global trouble spots, Secretary of State John Kerry says, as the two countries launch…

Turkey urges citizens to leave Lebanon
Daily Star 9 Aug 2013 Turkey urges its citizens to leave Lebanon after two Turkish Airlines pilots are abducted near Beirut’s international airport.

UNIFIL says Israel clearly breached 1701
Daily Star 9 Aug 2013 UNIFIL Commander Gen. Paolo Serra says Israel had crossed the Blue Line into Lebanon earlier this week, in a breach of U.N. resolutions, and urges both the Jewish State and Beirut to cooperate fully with the…

Russia won’t retaliate over Obama summit snub: Kremlin
Daily Star 9 Aug 2013 Russia says it will not retaliate over U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel a high-profile meeting in Moscow with Vladimir Putin over a range of disputes.

March 14: Kidnap of Turks harms Beirut airport’s reputation
Daily Star 9 Aug 2013 The March 14 General Secretariat says the early morning abduction of two Turkish Airlines pilots in Beirut damages the reputation of the airport as unsafe for passengers.

YNet News

When Israel shoots itself in the foot
YNet News, 9 Aug 2013 – Op-ed: Instead of delegitimizing Iranian people’s choice for president, Israel should express support for US-Tehran nuclear talks ….

Palestinian Information Center

Israeli airstrike targeting Egyptian Rafah kills five 
PIC – Media and security sources said that an Israeli drone on Friday afternoon carried out an airstrike against the Egyptian border city of Rafah killing five Egyptians.

Two hunger striking captives suffer weakening in heart muscles 
PIC – The health situation of the two captives Ayman Hamdan and Imad al-Batran who have been on hunger strike for more than a hundred days has seriously deteriorated.

Media blackout on Knesset deliberations of Syria and Egypt
PIC – The Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee imposed a media blackout on its deliberations on Thursday especially of the situation in Egypt and Syria..

878 new housing units have been approved in WB
PIC – The Civil Administration in the West Bank approved construction plans on Wednesday for 878 housing units in isolated settlements across the West Bank, Haaretz Hebrew newspaper revealed.

20 Palestinians arrested after Eid prayers
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested Thursday more than twenty Palestinians after their arrival from occupied Jerusalem.

IOF arrests a Palestinian child while playing with a plastic toy gun
PIC – The IOF arrested on the first day of Eid al-Fitr holiday a Palestinian child in al-Khalil in the southern occupied West Bank, after he pointed his plastic toy gun at a group of Israeli soldiers.

PA security celebrates Eid by arresting three Hamas supporters
PIC – The PA security started Eid by arresting three Hamas supporters from al-Khalil and Ramallah, two of them were arrested as soon as they were released from a PA jail.

Tens of thousands attend Eid prayers at Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Tens of thousands of Palestinian worshipers attended on Thursday morning the Eid of prayers at the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Jewish Rabbi convicted of indecent act against a minor
PIC – An Israeli court has convicted a Jewish Rabbi of indecent assault against a minor, abusing his position of trust.


Israeli Army Raids West Bank Towns, Arrest People
WAFA – 7 Aug 2013

British Official says Peace Top Priority for his Government
WAFA – 7 Aug 2013

Abed Rabbo says Israel Wants to Abort Negotiations
WAFA – 7 Aug 2013

Egypt Closes Rafah Crossing with Gaza for 4 Days
WAFA – 7 Aug 2013

Erekat: Some in Israel Believe Endgame is Further Colonization
WAFA – 7 Aug 2013

Weather Forecast: Above 30ºC Temperature through Weekend
WAFA – 7 Aug 2013

Finance Ministry, German Bank Discuss 21.5m Euro Grant
WAFA – 7 Aug 2013

Israeli Police Beat, Arrest Minors in East Jerusalem
WAFA – 7 Aug 2013

Israeli Military Infiltrates Gaza Borders
WAFA – 7 Aug 2013

Chance that Ramadan may End Tuesday Causes Confusion
WAFA – 7 Aug 2013

Statistics Bureau: Industrial Production Index Down in June
WAFA – 7 Aug 2013

Weather Forecast: Above Normal Temperature Continues
WAFA – 7 Aug 2013

Suffocation Cases in Israeli Attack near Bethlehem’s Stadium
WAFA – 7 Aug 2013

Newspapers Review: Barcelona Visit to Palestine, Peace Talks Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 7 Aug 2013

Japan Welcomes Resumption of Peace Talks
WAFA – 7 Aug 2013


Sinai Blasts Kill up to 5 Islamic Militants
New York Times 9 Aug 2013 – Reports suggested that the explosions were the result of an Israeli missile strike that had been carried out in coordination with Egypt. 

Turkish Pilots Kidnapped By Gunmen In Beirut
New York Times 9 Aug 2013 – The attack could signal a further spread into Lebanon of the civil war in Syria, but no group immediately took responsibility for the abduction. 

U.S. Drone Kills Five Qaeda Suspects in Yemen
New York Times 9 Aug 2013 – Five suspected militants were killed in an airstrike, the Interior Ministry said, in an escalating campaign against Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch after recent warnings of possible attacks. 

Israeli Drone Strike Kills 5 in Egypt, Officials Say
New York Times 9 Aug 2013 – Egyptian security officials said an Israeli drone fired a missile in the northern Sinai peninsula, killing five suspected Islamic militants and destroying a rocket launcher. 

Peace Talks to Resume in Jerusalem Next Week, State Dept. Says
New York Times 8 Aug 2013 – After meeting in Jerusalem, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will hold another session in Jericho on the West Bank. 

Launching Site in Iran Raises Missile Worries
New York Times 8 Aug 2013 – A previously undisclosed launching site and space center could theoretically be used for testing ballistic missiles, according to a report. 

Israel, Greece, Cyprus sign new energy MOU 
Globes Energy & Water – The memorandum also states that the countries will cooperate to protect regionally important infrastructures in the Mediterranean where natural gas fields are located.

Delek US reports lower profits despite higher revenue 
Globes Energy & Water – Revenue rose to $2.02 billion for the second quarter, but profit fell to $46.6 million.

High Court sets gas export hearing for next month 
Globes Energy & Water – The petitioners argue that the Knesset should approve the Tzemach Committee’s gas export recommendations.

NICE CEO: More logical to list only on Nasdaq
Globes Main News – Zeevi Bregman: The combination of taxes and extra regulation creates an anti-high tech atmosphere in Israel.

Tel Aviv-New York fares up 25%
Globes Main News – Ophir Tours VP Yehuda Zafrani: Fares to Europe have not risen because of competition from low-cost airlines.

GetTaxi launches New York limo service, raises $12m
Globes Main News – In New York, GetTaxi won’t be in its core business of hailing cabs, but in a competing business of hailing limousines.

Thu: Tel Aviv 25 down 0.4% on week
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals continued its correction while Bezeq was today’s biggest loser on the Tel Aviv 25.

3D printer maker Stratasys ups revenue guidance
Globes Main News – Revenue rose 20% to $106.7 million for the second quarter and non-GAAP net profit rose 32% to $18.6 million.

Netanyahu seeks to extend Turkel C’tee term 
Globes Macro Economics – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will ask the cabinet on Sunday to extend the term of the Turkel Committee in its present form for another term.

Focus on workers’ rights, not ethnicity 
Globes Macro Economics – In Israel’s mixed ethnic spaces, socioeconomic struggle does not run through irrelevant tribalism, but questions about workers’ rights, job security, pensions, and salaries.

Average salary up in March-May 
Globes Macro Economics – The average gross national salary rose an annualized 1.4% in March-May to NIS 8,952.

Tax hikes reduce deficit 
Globes Macro Economics – The deficit for the 12 months through July was NIS 36.4 billion, 3.8% of GDP, down from 4.5% of GDP for the 12 months through April.

Cost effective money changing 
Globes Macro Economics – “Globes” looks for the cheapest way of changing shekels into foreign currency.

In new era of cooperation, Israeli drone kills ’5 jihadis’ in Egypt
Mondoweiss – From the AP . We are in a new era of cooperation between Israel and Egypt. Israel launches a drone strike in the Sinai and kills “five jihadis,” according to Egyptian news agency. This is very close to Gaza, which has experienced a crackdown from Egypt since…

The Arab Spring and reviving the hope of return
Mondoweiss – It has been more than two years since a wave of revolts and demonstrations hit a number of Arab countries calling for dignity, freedom and justice. With persistence and determination protestors in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya succeeded in toppling their long ruling dictators, no longer tolerating…

Chicago Sun-Times censors theater reviewer’s case for racial profiling; theater seeks apology for Islamophobia
Mondoweiss – Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s play Invasion , now on stage in Chicago , “challenges and deconstructs the racial profiling of Muslim and Arab men in the West.” The Chicago Sun-Times’ theater critic Hedy Weiss reviewed the play three days ago–a nd stood up for racial profiling. “The global terror…

‘Jews did not emerge from millennia of exile to impose exile on another people’ — Roger Cohen
Mondoweiss – It’s important to chart the New York Times’s Roger Cohen because he is a good sincere writer– and the limit of American Jewish liberal establishment opinion on the conflict. An avowed liberal Zionist in the J Street mold, he is visiting Israel and writes that Israel…

A solution to the conflict won’t come from the Israeli Jewish public
Mondoweiss – (Photo: Reuters) Is the Israeli Jewish public open to a two-state solution? On Wednesday, I argued that if you take a close look at poll numbers detailing what the Israeli Jewish public thinks of a Palestinian state, you would find that the answer to that question…

Israeli Nikuv Firm Shuts Zimbabwe Office After Robert Mugabe ‘Landslide’ 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Aug 2013 – An Israeli company accused of helping rig Robert Mugabe’s reelection as Zimbabwe president reportedly hastily shut down its office in the capital of Harare as controversy swirls around its role in the tainted poll. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Pleads With Europe for Rethink on Settlements 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Aug 2013 – Israel appealed to the European Union on Friday to rethink planned sanctions against its organisations in the occupied territories and called for talks, a shift in tone from previous Israeli anger and retaliatory measures. Click here for the rest of the article…

Germany Cannot Be Neutral on Israel, Angela Merkel Says 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Aug 2013 – Germany will never be neutral when it comes to Israel, Chancellor Angela Merkel told a Jewish newspaper. Click here for the rest of the article…

Zimbabwe: Election Rigging Scandal Deepens 
allAfrica.com 9 Aug 2013 – [Zimbabwe Independent]Harare -ELECTION rigging allegations involving Nikuv International Projects (NIP), a shadowy Israeli security company which deals with voters’ rolls and handling of election results, deepened this week amid revelations the former Mossad spooks used several methods, including producing different copies of the voters’ rolls and…

Sudan: Sudan Summons Saudi Diplomat As Dispute Over Bashir’s Flight Drags On 
allAfrica.com 9 Aug 2013 – [Sudan Tribune]Washington -The Sudanese foreign ministry summoned the Charge d’affaires (CDA) at the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Khartoum to request a formal explanation on why Riyadh blocked a plane carrying president Omer Hassan al-Bashir last Sunday who was on his way to Iran to attend…

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF’s Love-Hate Relations With Israel 
allAfrica.com 9 Aug 2013 – [Zimbabwe Independent]THAT President-elect Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF cruised to a crushing, albeit hotly-disputed victory in last week’s general elections is the stuff only fiction writers blessed with the rare sense of the ironic and dramatic could have conjured up.

Egypt: Iran Leader Warns of Major Power’s Interference in Egypt’s Affairs 
allAfrica.com 9 Aug 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, voiced his concern about the situation in Egypt on Friday and warned of the consequences of having major powers interfere to solve the crisis.

The Lowdown on Hezbollah’s Ambush in South Lebanon 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 8 Aug 2013 – Firefighters and residents gather at the site of an explosion in Beirut’s southern suburb neighbourhood of Bir al-Abed on 9 July 2013. (Photo: AFP – STR) Firefighters and residents gather at the site of an explosion in Beirut’s sout
hern suburb neighbourhood of Bir al-Abed on 9…

Libyan TV presenter shot dead in Benghazi 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Aug 2013 – A Libyan doctor who hosted a television program on human development was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the restive eastern city of Benghazi on Friday, a security official said. Azzedine Koussos, a presenter for Libya Alhurra television, was hit by several rounds as he sat…

Israel wants to “negotiate” EU sanctions against it 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Aug 2013 – Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting in occupied Jerusalem on 28 July 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ronen Zvulun) Israel urged the European Union on Friday to undo planned sanctions against it in the occupied West Bank and called for talks, a shift in…

Gunmen abduct two Turkish pilots in Beirut suburb 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Aug 2013 – Lebanese troops patrol the airport highway on the southern outskirts of Beirut on 9 August 2013 following the abduction by gunmen early in the morning of two pilots working for Turkish Airlines. (Photo: AFP – Anwar Amro) Gunman kidnapped two Turkish pilots early Friday as they…

Drone kills three more in Yemen 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Aug 2013 – A suspected US drone killed three people in east Yemen, a local official said, the third strike within 24 hours allegedly targeting al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch. The three men were travelling in a vehicle in the province of Hadramout in an area called Ghail Bawazeer, 28 miles…

Fireworks in Lebanon: A Dangerous Industry Worth $30 Million a Year 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Aug 2013 – Fireworks explode before the ‘Victorious Fatherland War Museum’ during a display marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean war armistice agreement, in Pyongyang on 27 July 2013. (Photo: AFP – Giles Hewitt) Fireworks explode before the ‘Victorious Fatherland War Museum’ during a display marking the 60th…

Gaza: Hamas Internet Police Play Dirty 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Aug 2013 – A Palestinian youth climbs the steps inside the Hamam al-Sammara Public Baths during preparations for the Eid Al-Fitr feast in Gaza city on 07 Aug 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mahmud Hams) A Palestinian youth climbs the steps inside the Hamam al-Sammara Public Baths during preparations for…


The poetry of absence: remembering Mahmoud Darwish five years on 
Sonja Karkar, Melbourne, Electronic Intifada 8/8/2013
Exiled. Stateless. Displaced. Dispossessed. Uprooted. Refugee.
Each word shatters the myth of human progress and our essential humanity. Mahmoud Darwish’s anguished, poetic narrative of his and his people’s exile is the defining expression of that continuing human tragedy that callously, violently turned Palestine into Israel with no place — then or now — for those who belong.
Darwish (1941-2008) described exile thus: “Absent, I come to the home of the absent,” and when he was asked who he is, he responded, “I still do not know.”
His answer can best be understood in his words “Perhaps like me you have no address” while more questions follow and linger heavy with pathos over the human condition:
What’s the worth of a man
Without a homeland,
Without a flag,
Without an address?
What is the worth of such a man?
As an internal refugee in Israel, Mahmoud Darwish’s status was bizarrely given legal recognition as a “present-absent alien.” And then, after 25 years in exile, moving from one foreign city to another — Moscow, Cairo, Beirut, Tunis and Paris — he came to see his journey as an epic voyage of the damned: neither here nor there. more.. e-mail

When will Israelis accept peace agreement? 
Sergio Yahni, Alternative Information Center 8/7/2013
The new round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations was launched on July 19 in a press conference in Amman with the sole presence of US Secretary of State, John Kerry. This new round was made possible because neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis had to make public commitments, such as the halting of settlement construction. The terms agreed to by both sides in order to allow for resumption of talks were never made public.
Nonetheless a large segment of the Israeli public and Israel’s ruling government coalition opposes these talks. 
According to the July 2013 “Peace Index”, a monthly survey that monitors trends in Israeli public opinion regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 79 percent of Israeli Jews are pessimistic about the prospects of the peace talks. Israelis reveal little willingness to compromise on the core issues of the final status. 
In other opinion surveys, Israelis ostensibly demonstrate support for a peace agreement based on the two state formula. When the Peace Index survey examined the content of such an agreement, however, it was found that the majority of the Jewish public opposes compromise on any of the fundamental issues: withdrawal to the 1967 borders, evacuation of settlements, division of Jerusalem and recognition of the right of return for Palestinian refugees. 
These opinions are echoed by the emerging leadership of the Likud, which opposes its own Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. Danny Danon, Israel Katz and Ze’ev Elkin, who hold relatively minor positions in government, have managed to takeover Likud leadership. 
Danny Danon, deputy defence minister and chairman of the Likud Central Committee, stated in an interview with the Times of Israel website that “Israel’s ruling party and the governing coalition are staunchly opposed to a two state solution….” more.. e-mail

Where is the BBC’s objectivity where Palestine is concerned? 
Emile Badarin, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 8/7/2013
It is apt to conclude here with the proverb, ‘Half a truth is often a whole lie.’
It goes without saying that almost every news network claims to report truthfully and objectively. The BBC, for example, portrays itself to be ” independent, impartial and honest.”
This brief analysis questions the BBC’s proclaimed impartiality and honesty in how it chooses to report stories related to Israel-Palestine.
To understand how the media manipulates and reconstructs narratives one needs to get as close as possible to the art of playing with words in which news agencies are very skilled. Bearing this in mind, I will compare the BBC and Al Jazeera English coverage of the story of Wadia Maswadeh, a five-year old Palestinian child who was abducted in Hebron by the Israeli military on 12 July 2013. The incident is unquestionably an audacious episode in a “series of illegal” child abuse incidents by the Israeli military.
The minimum age of criminal responsibility in Israeli law is 12 years, which means that there is no question that a 5-year old child must not be detained under any circumstances, even by Israeli standards.
In June 2012 a group of British lawyers argued with “undisputed facts” that Israel is in breach of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child for incarcerating Palestinian children, discriminating against them, non-separation from adults whilst in jail, delayed access to a lawyer, use of shackles and so on. According to an Aljazeera documentary about “7,500 Palestinian minors aged between 12 and 18 have gone through the prison system over the past 11 years.” Click here to see the film on Palestinian youngsters who have been imprisoned in Israeli jails. more.. e-mail

A Federation – Why Not? 
Uri Avnery, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 8/9/2013
AVRAHAM BURG (58) was a member of the Labor Party and for some time the Chairman of the Knesset. His late father was a long-time cabinet minister and a leader of the National-Religious Party, before it became a rabid messianic mob. The relations between Burg sr. and me were quite friendly, largely because we were the only two German-born members of the Knesset.
Burg jr., who still wears the kippah of an observant Jew, joined the Labor Party and was a member of the “eight doves”, a moderate grouping in the party.
Last week Haaretz published an article in which Burg proposed linking the “two-state solution” with a two-state federation. He used the metaphor of a building, the first floor of which would consist of human rights, the second floor would host the two states, Israel and Palestine, and the third the federation.
This brought a lot of memories to my mind.
IN THE spring of 1949, immediately after the signing of the original armistice agreements between the new State of Israel and the Arab countries which had intervened in the war, a group was formed in Israel to advocate the setting up of a Palestinian state next to Israel, and the signing of a covenant between the two nations.
At the time, that idea was considered heretical, since the very existence of a Palestinian people was strenuously denied in Israel.
The group consisted of a Muslim Arab, a Druze Arab and me. After some time, when our attempts to form a new party failed to get off the ground, the group dispersed. (Curiously enough, all three of us later became members of the Knesset.) more.. e-mail

Why are Palestinians blamed for violence in Lebanon?
Electronic Intifada: 9 Aug 2013 – Inflamed rhetoric by Lebanon’s media and political elite does not bode well for Palestinian refugees in the country.more

CIA Gun-running: Qatar-Libya-Syria
Dissident Voice: 9 Aug 2013 – A report from CNN’s Jake Tapper has reintroduced “Benghazi-Gate” to the US media spotlight. The report claims that “dozens” of CIA operatives were on the ground in Benghazi on the night of the attack, and the CIA is going to great lengths to suppress details of them and their whereabouts being released. The report alleges that the CIA is engaged in “unprecedented” attempts to stifle employee leaks, and “intimidation” to keep the secrets of Benghazi hidden, allegedly going as far as changing the names of CIA operatives and “dispersing” them around the country. One suspects this has a single and defined purpose – to hide the CIA’s culpability in supplying arms to known extremists in Libya and Syria. Moreover, the CNN report alludes to the CIA supplying “surface-to-air missiles” from Benghazi to rebels in Syria, but this may only be the tip of the iceberg. The report goes on to state: (…more

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