VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 12 August 2013: Why settlements will lead to one state

12 August 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Al-Khoffash: “Israeli List Of Detainees To Be Free, Disappointing”
IMEMC – Fuad Al-Khoffash, head of the Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights, stated that not a single detainee from the Jerusalem and historic Palestine is included in the list of detained to be released by Israel, and that not all old detainees are included. …

Palestinian, Killed By Army Fire Saturday, Identified
IMEMC – Resident Injured East Of Gaza Palestinian medical sources have reported Sunday [August 11, 2013] that the Palestinian man who was shot and killed by Israeli army fire on Saturday at night has been identified. A Palestinian was shot and injured east of Gaza Sunday. …

Israel To Build Hundreds Of Units In Settlements, Illegal Outposts
IMEMC – P.A.: “Israel Wants To Sabotage Peace Talks” [Sunday August 11, 2013] Israeli sources have reported that the Israeli government intends to build hundreds of units for Jewish settlers, not only in settlements and in settlement blocs in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, but also in illegal isolated settlement outposts. …

Israel Set To Exile 14 Prisoners To Gaza, Release 12 Others In ‘Goodwill’ Gesture
IMEMC – In a move labeled by Israeli government officials as a ‘goodwill’ gesture, but questioned by the families of the over 4,000 Palestinians imprisoned by Israel as a public relations stunt, just 12 prisoners will be released on Tuesday, with an additional 14 to be exiled to the Gaza Strip. …

Israel Places Cornerstone For Jerusalem Settlement
IMEMC – [Sunday August 11, 2013] Israeli “Housing Minister”, Uri Ariel, and the Jerusalem City Council head, Nir Barkat, placed the cornerstone of a new settlement, meant for Haredi Jews, on Palestinian lands in Jabal Al-Mokabbir Palestinian town, south of occupied East Jerusalem. … 

Ma’an News

Israel arrests 11 Palestinians in West Bank raids
8/12/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 11 Palestinians in overnight raids across the West Bank early on Monday, according to locals and an Israeli security official. Residents and a military spokeswoman told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from the Nablus area. The residents said two were detained from inside the city and another in the nearby Balata refugee camp. The….

PA official: Settlers attack Nablus village
8/12/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Dozens of extremist settlers on Monday set fire to a hill south of Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that a group of settlers attacked Palestinian homes in Jalud village, clashing with local residents. No injuries were reported. Settler violence against Palestinian communities and their property….

Israeli forces deny former PA minister entry to village
8/12/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) – Israeli forces temporarily detained a former Palestinian minister at Bartaa checkpoint west of Jenin as he attempted to enter his village of origin Monday evening. Wasfi Qabaha, former Palestinian minister of prisoners’ affairs, told reporters that he was held for a few hours at a waiting room after trying to access Bartaa al-Sharqiyya. He added that he had a special….

Smugglers shoot Egyptian policeman near Israel border
8/13/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Human traffickers shot an Egyptian police officer near the border with Israel on Monday, security officials said. Muhammad Ahmad Hassan, 22, was shot in the left shoulder by people smugglers while manning a guard-post four kilometers from the border with Israel, officials told Ma’an. The smugglers were trafficking African migrants en-route to Israel, and fled the scene after….

EU says settlements may make peace talks ‘impossible’
8/12/2013 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — The EU on Monday urged Israelis and Palestinians to avoid any actions that could undermine the resumption of peace talks after a three-year negotiating impasse. The spokesman for European Union foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton warned that fresh Israeli approvals for settlements in the West Bank announced on Sunday threatened to render peace talks with Palestinians “impossible”.”Israeli settlements in the West Bank….

PA official: Jordanian prisoners end hunger strike
8/12/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Two Jordanian hunger strikers being held by Israel have ended their protest action, the PA minister of prisoners affairs said Sunday. Fouad al-Khafsh, head of the prisoners group Ahrar, said that relatives will be able to visit Abdullah Barghouthi and Ibrahim Hamed for a first visit of four hours, after which each visit will last one hour and a half. The….

Third baby born after sperm smuggled from jail
8/12/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Salam Nazzal, the wife of Jordanian prisoner Sharif, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday in Nablus, the third case of a baby being conceived using sperm smuggled from jail. The baby boy, named Sharif, weighed 1. 9 kg and was born in the Razan Medical Center in Nablus. Dr. Salem Khaizaran, general director of the clinic, said Sharif was….

Group: Israeli forces detain 2 activists in Hebron
8/12/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Sunday detained two activists from the Youth Against Settlements group in Hebron, a statement from the group said. Abed al-Majid Bassam Amr 21, and Ali Taleb Amro, 20, were detained after Israeli forces claimed Amr threw stones at soldiers. Youth Against Settlements called on human rights groups to intervene to release the activists. [END]

Prisoners, settlements raise tensions before Mideast talks
8/13/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel announced it will release 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners ahead of a resumption of peace talks on Wednesday, but at the same time angered Palestinians by approving new settlement construction. As some Israeli officials criticized the government’s prisoner release, Palestinians slammed the settlement plan, while the EU urged both sides to avoid actions that could undermine the resumption of talks after….

Israel names 26 prisoners set for release
8/12/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel will release 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners ahead of renewed peace talks set for later this week, an official statement said late Sunday. Following the government decision the Israel Prisons Service published the names of the 26 selected to be freed ahead of the talks. The detailed list, published shortly after the announcement, includes the prisoners’ names, felonies, date of arrest as…. Related: PA minister: Prisoner release important step for peace and No date set for prisoner release

Westerwelle visits Mideast to support peace efforts
8/12/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle met Sunday with Israeli officials on a visit to support nascent peace talks, offering to try to soften a European ban on dealings with Jewish settlements.”This meeting comes after we relaunched the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, and I know that Germany is deeply supportive of the need of direct, bilateral negotiations between Israel and the….

PA minister: Prisoner release important step for peace
8/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Minister of Detainees said Monday that Israel’s decision to release the first group of Palestinian prisoners was an important step for promoting peace.”President Abu Mazen has succeeded in putting the issue of prisoners as a political and national priority and saved it from unfair conditions imposed by Israel,” Issa Qaraqe said. The first stage of…. Related: Israel names 26 prisoners set for release and No date set for prisoner release

No date set for prisoner release
8/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The first group of long-term Palestinian prisoners detained before the Oslo Accord will not be released before a two-day delay the Israeli government gave for appeals, officials say. Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman of the Israeli prime minister, told Ma’an on Monday that Israel hadn’t set a date for the release of 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners whose names..
.. Related: Israel names 26 prisoners set for release and Pre-Oslo prisoners must be freed at once, says wife of jailed leader

Pre-Oslo prisoners must be freed at once, says wife of jailed leader
8/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – As families of veteran Palestinian prisoners impatiently await the release of the first group of 104 Palestinians detained before the 1994 Oslo Accord, families of other prisoners are disappointed. Releasing the 104 veteran prisoners in groups is a big mistake in the first place, says Fadwa Barghouthi, wife of jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi. All 104 prisoners must be released at…. Related: No date set for prisoner release and Israel names 26 prisoners set for release

Police seize ancient coins in Nablus
8/12/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian police on Monday seized more than 2,500 old coins from a man who they say was trying to sell them. The coins are from the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic eras. According to police, the local tourism department learned of the cache and alerted authorities. Police arrived at the man’s house in Huwwara, near Nablus, and seized the….

AQAP chief vows to free jailed Al-Qaeda members
8/12/2013 – DUBAI (AFP) — The leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, vowed Monday that imprisoned members of the terror network would be freed. In a “letter to the captives in the tyrants’ prisons” the head of Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch said “the detention (of the network’s prisoners) cannot last.” “The imprisonment will not last and the chains will be broken….

Al-Qaeda front group claims deadly Eid attacks in Iraq
8/12/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Al-Qaeda front group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Sunday claimed a wave of attacks that killed 74 people and injured hundreds during the Eid al-Fitr holiday a day earlier.”The Islamic State mobilized. . . in Baghdad and the southern states and others to convey a quick message of deterrence on the third day of Eid al-Fitr” in response to security….

Egypt judiciary extends Mursi detention for 15 days
8/12/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s judiciary said Monday it was extending ousted president Mohamed Mursi’s detention for a further 15 days pending an investigation into his collaboration with Hamas. Morsi, overthrown by the military on July 3, was placed in detention on July 26 over his links with the Islamist movement. [END]

Egypt extends Mursi detention, supporters defiant
8/12/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s judiciary extended ousted President Mohamed Mursi’s detention Monday as his supporters marched through Cairo in defiance of the expiry of a government ultimatum to dismantle their huge protest camps. The judiciary said it was extending Mursi’s detention for a further 15 days pending an investigation into his collaboration with Hamas which rules Gaza. Overthrown by the….

NGO: Nearly 60 dead in east Syria fighting
8/12/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Nearly 60 Syrian soldiers and jihadists have been killed in three days of fighting in Deir Ezzor, the largest city in eastern Syria, where rebels have made advances, an NGO said Monday. At least 33 fighters of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Al-Nusra Front have been killed since Saturday, according to the Syria Observatory for Human Rights. The….

AlJazeera

Israel to release ‘low-risk’ prisoners
AlJazeera 12 Aug 2013 – Deal is not major Israeli concession as many of 26 prisoners on list have served bulk of sentences, rights groups say.

Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Raid Several Houses near Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

EU Refuses to Fund Israel
Palestine News Network

Settlers Seize Agricultural Lands in Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

PA Slams Israel’s Decision to Construct Over 1200 Settler Units in West Bank, East Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Israel Arrests Palestinian Journalist from Nablus
Palestine News Network

Poll: Most Israelis Shun Deal on 1967 Borders
Palestine News Network

Dr. Erekat: “Some People in Israel Continue to Believe That Endgame for Negotiations is Further Colonization”
Palestine News Network

IOF Arrest Palestinian near Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

IOA to Build More Settlement Units in Eastern Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Israeli Military Vehicles Raid Land in Gaza
Palestine News Network

PA Holds Meeting to Assess Outcome of the First Session of Peace Talks
Palestine News Network

B’Tselem Video Features a Clash Between Palestinians and Settlers
Palestine News Network

Dr. Ashrawi: “There Will Never Be a Contiguous Palestinian State As Long As Settlements Remain intact”
Palestine News Network

Ashrawi on US-Isreali Relations: The Dog Wags the Tail
Palestine News Network

Israeli Government Renews Settlement Funding List, Undermining Peace Talks
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Journal- After Friday protest, Israeli army continues harassing residents of Kafr Qaddum
8/12/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 12th August 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Anna, Nablus Team, Kafr Qaddum, Occupied Palestine – Yesterday afternoon, we received a call from the village of Kafr Qaddum asking for our intervention because the Israeli soldiers had stormed the village and erected a flying checkpoint. On the road to the village we got another call saying soldiers had left, but we decided to reach Kafr Qaddum to take….

Video – Sent to prison for playing with olives
8/12/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 12th August 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – On Sunday, 11/08/2013, at approximately 4 o’clock in the afternoon, two activists from Youth Against Settlements (YAS) were arrested. Twenty-one-year-old Abd AlMajeed Bassam Amro, and twenty-year-old Ali Talib Amro were playfully throwing olives at each other when an Israeli soldier came up to them and accused them of throwing stones….

Women of Kafr Qaddum: Steadfastness and determination
8/12/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 12th August 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Kafr Qaddum, Occupied Palestine – In June 2013, a photo depicting Suriah Mahmood from Kafr Qaddum won first prize in a photography compitition in Qatar. International activists met Suriah to talk to her about non violent Palestinian resistance and the village of Kafr Qaddum. The people of Kafr Qaddum have organised non-violent marches every Friday, with men and….

Relief Web

Lebanon: Syria Fallout Raises Tensions in Lebanon’s Palestinian Camps
Relief Web 12 Aug 2013 – Source: Voice of America Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic BEIRUT — Jihadists and militant Sunni Islamists are upsetting the balance of power in the dozen refugee camps in Lebanon housing 400,000 Palestinians. The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)…

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 05 – 12 August
Relief Web 12 Aug 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malawi,…

occupied Palestinian territory: Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation Feeds Over 25,000 Gazans During Ramadan
Relief Web 12 Aug 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation contributed, in cooperation with the Uited Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), to the implementation of…

occupied Palestinian territory: Ongoing updates: Rafah Crossing, tunnels, and the situation in Gaza, July 30 – August 7, 2013
Relief Web 12 Aug 2013 – Source: Gisha Country: occupied Palestinian territory August 7, 2013. Rafah Crossing, between Gaza and Egypt is operating under restricted conditions today. It will close tomorrow, for Eid al-Fitr, and re-open on Monday. During the month of July, 16,295 people travelled…

occupied Palestinian territory: The maximum possible: A guiding principle for Israeli policy on civilian access to and from the Gaza Strip
Relief Web 12 Aug 2013 – Source: Gisha Country: occupied Palestinian territory New position paper with infographics by Gisha: The maximum possible August 5, 2013. As Israeli and Palestinian negotiators prepared to meet in the region, Gisha released a new report Monday arguing that movement to…

Lebanon: Liban : Des Palestiniens fuyant la Syrie interdits d’entrée
Relief Web 11 Aug 2013 – Source: Human Rights Watch Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Plus de 200 personnes sont bloquées à la frontière (Beyrouth, le 8 août 2013) – Le 6 août 2013, le gouvernement libanais a commencé à interdire l’entrée sur…

The National

Yemen plot highlights need for new US strategy
The National 12 Aug 2013 – Critics say the Obama administration’s counter-terror policies are contradictory, in the wake of last week’s alleged Al Qaeda terror plot. Analysis from Taimur Khan in New York 

It’s a forest, you just can’t see it
The National 12 Aug 2013 – Trying to halt rapid desertification in Niger, Tony Rinaudo found the answer beneath his feet, where poking from the desert sand was evidence of an ‘underground forest’ waiting to be nurtured back to maturity. Jonathan Gornall reports on a find giving hope to the world’s arid wastes

Hope remains for protesters at pro-Morsi camp in Cairo
The National 12 Aug 2013 – Despite threats by the military, Islamists protesting at Nahda Square outside Cairo University show no signs that they anticipate being driven out anytime soon. Alice Fordham reports from Cairo 

UAE students choose vocational courses to boost careers
The National 12 Aug 2013 – Vocational courses are preferred by 84 per cent of UAE students compared with 60 per cent in developed countries such as the UK, US and Canada, a new study by HSBC suggests.

Rouhani faces new attack by Iran’s hardliners over ‘pro-West’ cabinet
The National 12 Aug 2013 – Blistering attack on ‘pro-West reformers’ in new cabinet but new president says his ministers will tackle economic crisis and diplomatic isolation.

Aqap leader vows to free prisoners
The National 12 Aug 2013 – The leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula vowed yesterday to free militants from prisons and urged jailed fighters to remain faithful to the group’s ideology.

Prayer can offer physical as well as spiritual benefits, UAE doctors say
The National 12 Aug 2013 – Those who are planning to engage in long periods of prayer should prepare their bodies by performing age-appropriate exercises.

Philippines battered by 210kph Typhoon Utor
The National 12 Aug 2013 – The strongest typhoon globally this year has battered the northern Philippines, leaving at least two people dead and 44 missing.

Ha’aretz

High incidence of immigrants among IDF suicides sparks concern in Knesset
Ha’aretz – 12 Aug 2013

Disenchanted Israeli social protest leaders seeking greener pastures abroad
Ha’aretz – 12 Aug 2013

Israel postpones standardized tests following court-ordered transparency
Ha’aretz – 12 Aug 2013

Targeted assassination of talks
Ha’aretz – 12 Aug 2013

The dilemma that sparked the protest
Ha’aretz – 12 Aug 2013

29 Haredim arrested as riots over ancient graves spread from Beit Shemesh to Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 12 Aug 2013

Israeli public housing bill fails to garner coalition support
Ha’aretz – 12 Aug 2013

Head outdoors: Meteor shower in Israel to reach its climax
Ha’aretz – 12 Aug 2013

The 26 Palestinian prisoners due for release
Ha’aretz – 12 Aug 2013

IDF suicide statistics revealed: 37 percent are immigrants, most at start of their service
Ha’aretz – 12 Aug 2013

Israeli-American father kills 9-year-old son, self during YWCA visit
Ha’aretz – 12 Aug 2013

Killing Arabs – not what you thought
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2013

A demand from the Mizrahim
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2013

Israel needs a deputy PM with powers
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2013

Not just for Jews
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2013

Children with swollen bellies in East Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2013

To eliminate the Iranian threat, Israel must relinquish the settlements
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2013

A reality TV show put on by Israel’s leaders
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2013

Netanyahu and Lapid have tarnished Israel’s economic standing
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2013

Latvia has faced up to the Holocaust
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2013

Jerusalem Post

Government rejects request by deficit-plagued Hadassah for cash
Jerusalem Post 12 Aug 2013 – Netanyahu, Lapid, German condition aid on a health fund running group’s two Jerusalem hospitals, and women’s organization forgoing some control. 

IBA employees protest freeze by Erdan and Lapid of promised reforms
Jerusalem Post 12 Aug 2013 – Some 100 employees of the Israel Broadcasting Authority demonstrate outside the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem. 

Poll: Palestinian youth divided on return to negotiating table
Jerusalem Post 12 Aug 2013 – Forty-six percent of youth from West Bank, Gaza, support immediate return to peace process, according to AWRAD poll. 

Ahead of prisoner release, families protest outside Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 12 Aug 2013 – Hundreds shout: “You don’t make peace by releasing terrorists.” 

Analysis: Israel and Egypt showing strong security cooperation
Jerusalem Post 12 Aug 2013 – Relationship with Egyptian military is born of mutual interests. 

Tunisian army launches air strikes on Islamist militants
Jerusalem Post 12 Aug 2013 – Airstrikes kill several militants in Mount Chaambi area near the Algerian border. 

New $2.5m. real estate research institute to open at TAU
Jerusalem Post 12 Aug 2013 – The Alrov Institute for Real Estate Research has been made possible by a $2.5 million donation by businessman Alfred Akirov. 

Woman gives birth in Nablus after smuggling sperm from jailed husband
Jerusalem Post 12 Aug 2013 – Husband serving 8th year of 20 year sentence; calls son an “ambassador of freedom,” but refuses to give details of smuggling. 

Middle man indicted in Tiv Ta’am attempted bombing, IDF soldier allegedly involved
Jerusalem Post 12 Aug 2013 – Indictment filed with court for facilitating illegal weapons transaction in connection with recent attempts to bomb a TA supermarket. 

Palestinian prisoner release: One bereaved family, two opposite opinions
Jerusalem Post 12 Aug 2013 – Victim’s siblings have opposite feelings about killers’ release. 

Morsi backers call for marches to foil Egypt crackdown
Jerusalem Post 12 Aug 2013 – Security source says promised action against protesters has been delayed because larger crowds have arrived at the protest camps. 

Haredi extremists riot over ‘desecration of graves’ in Beit Shemesh
Jerusalem Post 12 Aug 2013 – 29 arrested as haredim claim construction upsets Jewish graves. 

Amid continued Yemen terror watch, local al-Qaida leader vows to free jailed Islamists
Jerusalem Post 12 Aug 2013 – AQAP leader Wuhayshi, who helped prompt closure of US embassies, vows to continue recent spate of Mideast prison breaks. 

On the Ground: The calm before the storm
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2013 – The Egyptian military prepares to clear pro-Morsi camps in Cairo. 

Relatives of terror victims turn to High Court in last-ditch effort to block prisoner release
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2013 – Families’ advocate: We are releasing prisoners with blood on their hands and receiving nothing in return. 

Eli Cohen’s deal with Bayit Yehudi could sour some Beit Shemesh voters
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2013 – The agreement came as a surprise to many Beit Shemesh residents, coming as it did on the second day of a poll whose loser was slated. 

Mother of terror victim: Without prisoner release, peace process cannot occur
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2013 – Robi Damelin of The Parents Circle – Families Forum tells ‘Post’ for peace “we are willing to give up anything.” 

MKs blast A-G for move to change haredi draft legislation
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2013 – Weinstein decides to change validity of draft law until 2020, after which all Jewish men would have to enlist at age 18. 

Abbas meets with US envoy Indyk as PA officials condemn new settlement plans
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2013 – PA president meets in Ramallah with Martin Indyk over latest developments surrounding peace talks, which are expected to resume in Jerusalem on Wednesday; PA negotiators say new homes over Green Line “sabotage” talks. 

Bahrain blocks Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV website
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2013 – Gulf state reportedly decides to block online media outlets affiliated with organizations that fund, promote terrorism. 

Netanyahu leaves hospital day after hernia op
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2013 – PM leaves Hadassah Medical Center, thanks medical team, well-wishers; to return to full workload by end of the week. 

UK teachers visit Israel on Holocaust Education training trip
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2013 – Participants attended lectures conducted by leading Holocaust academics in ten-day teacher training program at Yad Vashem. 

Gunmen shoot Lebanese mayor as Syria war ignites local rivalries
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2013 – Attack shows how civil war has worsened enmity between Lebanese Shi’ite and Sunni Muslim militias. 

Top Palestinian negotiators: New settlements over Green Line aimed to
sabotage talks

Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2013 – Saeb Erekat calls on PM to show “good faith” while Muammad Shtayyeh says negotiations a “smoke screen for more settlement construction” after Israel’s announces tender to build 1,187 new homes over Green Line. 

Perseids meteor shower to rain on Mitzpe Ramon
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2013 – Celestial show invisible to most Israelis not in Negev development town; all lights to be turned off. 

Netanyahu’s office denies submitting ‘list’ of candidates to head Bank of Israel
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2013 – Post vacant since Stanley Fischer’s departure in June; two candidates withdrew after separate alleged scandals. 

Lapid blasts new settlement housing tenders as ‘double mistake’
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2013 – Finance minister lashes out at decision to build new Jewish settlements beyond Green Line; Barkat welcomes move. 

Gunmen kill 5 Yemeni troops guarding liquid natural gas plant
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2013 – Al-Qaida militants suspected in the attack as a possible reprisal for US drone strikes that have killed 15 in recent days. 

High Court judges walk out on victims group after prisoners release hearing
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2013 – Judges leave court as victims continue to shout their dissent to the planned prisoner release deal. 

Inter Press Service

Freeing Prisoners, at a Price
IPS Tzion Swery at a makeshift memorial to his lost children. Courtesy: Pierre Klochendler Standing in front of the makeshift memorial corner of his deceased children that he arranged in the room , Tzion Swery says to himself, “How ironical that we mark the 12th anniversary of their death on Tuesday just as…

Egypt Military ‘Split’ Over Morsi
IPS A street fight in Cairo over ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi. Credit: Hisham Allam/IPS. Divisions are opening up within the Egyptian military over the controversial takeover from the ousted government of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi, a senior party leader says. “It is clear that there is disagreement within the…

Uruknet

“I Do Not Want to Die in Prison”: Cancer-Stricken Lawyer Lynne Stewart Seeks Compassionate Release
Uruknet

United We Fall: Our Egregious E Pluribus Unum
Uruknet

Iraq’s Dysfunctional Elite
Uruknet

Drone Strikes in Yemen Embassy Closings, Depravity of Government and a Murdered Child
Uruknet

A Bloody Record of Imperial Interventions How the US Empire Provokes Terrorism
Uruknet

Would the U.S. Grant Asylum to a Man Who Exposed Russia’s Spying?
Uruknet

Memory’s Half-Life A Social History of Wiretaps
Uruknet

Lest not forget the lies of Bush the Father
Uruknet

The Truth about the Massacres of Abu Graib and Al-Taji Prisons
Uruknet

NSA reading content of Americans’ international communications
Uruknet

Daily Star

Bicycle bomb kills two in SW Pakistan: officials
Daily Star 12 Aug 2013 A bomb planted on a bicycle killed at least two people and wounded another in the restive province of Baluchistan in southwest Pakistan on Monday, officials said.

US providing $15m to fund for Syrian opposition
Daily Star 12 Aug 2013 The U.S. is providing $15 million to an international fund to help Syria’s opposition govern territory under its control.

Obama orders creation of intelligence review group
Daily Star 12 Aug 2013 President Barack Obama is directing his national intelligence director to form a panel of outside experts to review government intelligence and communications technologies.

Islamist Nour Party to help shape new Egyptian constitution
Daily Star 12 Aug 2013 Egypt’s Nour Party says it could join the assembly writing a new constitution, adding Islamist support to the military’s political transition plan following its overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi last month.

Aviation association calls for release of kidnapped pilots in Lebanon
Daily Star 12 Aug 2013 The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations called Monday for the immediate release of two Turkish Airlines pilots who were kidnapped in Beirut last week.

Sleiman: Hezbollah’s resources belong to Lebanon
Daily Star 12 Aug 2013 President Michel Sleiman calls on Hezbollah Monday to avoid intervening in Syria, saying the resources of the resistance belonged to all the Lebanese.

U.S. expresses ‘serious concern’ on Israeli settlements
Daily Star 12 Aug 2013 The United States says it has “serious concerns” about Israel’s decision to allow settlers to continue building on Palestinian land despite the start of a new round of peace talks.

Post-Morsi Egypt curbs Palestinian visits from Islamist-led Gaza
Daily Star 12 Aug 2013 Egypt has sharply cut the number of Palestinians allowed to enter from the Gaza Strip since its military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last month, the tiny enclave’s Islamist Hamas rulers say.

Hamas says peace talks ‘futile’
Daily Star 12 Aug 2013 Gaza Strip rulers Hamas say peace talks with Israel were “futile,” repeating its rejection of negotiations that are due to resume between Palestinians and Israelis this week.

Israel lists names of 26 Palestinians to be freed
Daily Star 12 Aug 2013 Israel publishes the names of 26 Palestinian prisoners, most of them held for deadly attacks, who are to be released this week as part of a U.S.-brokered deal that led to a resumption of Mideast negotiations.

Lebanon foils smuggling of drugs bound for Dubai
Daily Star 12 Aug 2013 Lebanese authorities foiled Monday an attempt to smuggle the largest amount of illegal pills from Syria to Dubai via Beirut’s port, security sources told The Daily Star.

YNet News

Report: Salafist Sinai group takes responsibility for Eilat rocket
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Eilat rocket: Magen David Adom treats 2 for anxiety attacks
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Iron Dome intercepts Eilat-bound rocket
YNet News, 12 Aug 2013 – ….

IDF checking source of explosions in Eilat
YNet News, 12 Aug 2013 – ….

Siren sounded in Eilat. Residents heard explosions
YNet News, 12 Aug 2013 – ….

Most wanted Nazi war criminals
YNet News, 12 Aug 2013 – After Laszlo Csatari dies Gerhard Sommer becomes most wanted Nazi war criminal. Who else still on the run? Meet remaining Nazi criminals ….

Prison Service prepares for Palestinians release
YNet News, 12 Aug 2013 – Still uncertain whether 26 prisoners will be required to pledge not to return to anti-Israel belligerence. Palestinians disappointed with lack of well-known prisoners in list ….

UK’s most common baby names: Harry, Muhammad
YNet News, 12 Aug 2013 – Muhammad makes second place, taking into account spelling variations. George estimated to feature in 2013 top ten, after new prince’s arrival last month ….

Iran: Rohani forms cabinet, appoints female VP
YNet News, 12 Aug 2013 – Iran’s new president forms new cabinet of 11 reform-oriented moderates, technocrats, vows ‘threat prevention and alleviation of tensions’. Among picks is US-educated former UN ambassador for FM; Western educated female law professors for VP ….

Avoid Vietnam syndrome 
YNet News, 12 Aug 2013 – Op-ed: IDF can share its knowledge with Egyptian army, but must not do its job in eradicating terror ….

Israel to release Palestinian prisoners Tuesday night
YNet News, 12 Aug 2013 – Sources say 26 prisoners will be released at night to minimize Palestinian celebrations, but date not finalized yet. Palestinians still to be notified ….

Kerry: US views all of the settlements as illegitimate
YNet News, 12 Aug 2013 – US State Department displeased with new 1,000 settlement units’ bid, while Netanyahu meets with German FM, claims EU’s settlement ban ‘hardens Palestinian positions’ ….

Saudi crack addicts get their fix
YNet News, 12 Aug 2013 – Easily available, highly addictive drug reaches Saudi Arabia, reeking havoc, joins long list of addictions plaguing gulf state ….

Border Guard officer confesses to stealing phones
YNet News, 12 Aug 2013 – Undercover Internal Affairs investigation leads police to arrest Border Guard drill sergeant for stealing iPhones, cash from recruits while they were in the field training. Border Patrol promise: If officer is guilt, he will be dismissed ‘effective immediately’ ….

Cult launches campaign to restore swastika image
YNet News, 12 Aug 2013 – Raeliens movement says Nazi-affiliated symbol is ‘ancient symbol of good luck, harmony’. Activists send swastika flag to skies, big screen in Times Square in order to ‘educate’ public ….

Top Nazi war criminal dies in Hungary before trial 
YNet News, 12 Aug 2013 – Laszlo Csatary dies at 98 two months after Hungarian authorities charged him of war crimes for helping to deport Jews to Nazi death camps during WWII ….

Int’l pressure for peace 
YNet News, 12 Aug 2013 – Op-ed: Pressure from US and Europe, together with Arab initiative, may lead to successful talks ….

UK admits Somali Islamists stole $750,000 of aid supplies
YNet News, 12 Aug 2013 – Theft likely to fuel concerns about how Britain spends its foreign aid at time of budget cuts at home ….

Egypt police to besiege sit-ins within 24 hours
YNet News, 11 Aug 2013 – Security officials say will disperse Morsi supporters’ camps in Cairo on daybreak Monday, two weeks after bloody clashes claim lives of dozens ….

Municipal polls offer Jordanian tribes chance to gain power
YNet News, 11 Aug 2013 – Islamists boycott coming municipal polls, kingdom’s tribes may dominate elections. ‘Tribes are strong, they have authorities’ support, who send army to vote for their allies,’ Western diplomat says ….

Palestinian Information Center

Jewish Foundation contributes U.S. $ 145 million for Judaization of Jerusalem
PIC – UJA-Federation in New York announced its intention to allocate $145 million for Judaization projects in Jerusalem, within the framework of a campaign to Judaize the holy city.

Occupation names 26 Palestinian prisoners set for release
PIC – Israeli government announced late Sunday it will release 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners within 48 hours, within the first batch of the 104 veteran prisoners who will be released in several batches.

84 citizens from Gaza visit their relatives held in Nafha jail
PIC – A new batch of prisoners’ families from the Gaza Strip, including 17 children, at dawn Monday headed for Nafha prison to visit their detained relatives.

Settlers set up a new outpost south of Nablus
PIC – A group of settlers on Monday morning set up a new settlement outpost, as they erected tents in the east of the town of Burin, south of the city of Nablus in the West Bank.

Jenin Municipality employees start a general strike
PIC – Commission of employees in Jenin municipality in the north of West Bank on Monday announced a strike after the municipal council refused to meet their demands.

Extremist Jewish settlers seize Palestinian land in Khader town
PIC – A horde of Jewish settlers appropriated by force a piece of land owned by a Palestinian citizen in Khader town, south of Bethlehem.

Qabha unveils some details of Israeli agreement with Jordanian hunger strikers
PIC – Wasfi Qabha said that the efforts that had been made lately by senior Hamas officials and detainees led to the agreement that was brokered between the Jordanian hunger strikers and Israeli jailers.

IOF kill a man, wound another in Gaza
PIC – A Palestinian young man was killed and another was injured after being shot by Israeli occupation forces in the Gaza strip.

4 arrests in Jerusalem including a child
PIC – The occupation forces have waged Sunday a new arrest campaign in occupied Jerusalem where they arrested 4 Jerusalemites including a child.

Two prisoners from Gaza Strip, released
PIC – Israeli forces released Sunday two prisoners from Gaza strip after serving eight years behind Israeli bars.

WAFA

Abbas Briefs German Foreign Minister on Peace Talks
WAFA – 12 Aug 2013

Israeli Settlers Set up Tents on Palestinian Land near Nablus
WAFA – 12 Aug 2013

Researcher Gives Statistics on Prisoners to be Released
WAFA – 12 Aug 2013

Misc

In Egypt, Morsi backers braced for crackdown that never came
LA Times 12 Aug 2013 – Protesters, emboldened after a rumored military crackdown didn’t materialize, vow to stay in Cairo camps until ousted President Mohamed Morsi is reinstated. CAIRO — When the military didn’t come, the protesters went to sleep.

Israel’s settlement building plans infuriate Palestinians
LA Times 11 Aug 2013 – The approval of more than 1,000 new units comes just days before a second round of peace talks is to take place in Jerusalem. JERUSALEM — Even as it identified 26 Palestinian prisoners to be set free as a goodwill gesture to revive peace talks,…

Egypt nationalism at heart of furor over Morsi
LA Times 11 Aug 2013 – Egyptians feared Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood would change the character of the nation. As usual, the military stepped in. CAIRO — Boys too young to understand history wave Egyptian flags and men who have known war hold high pictures of generals in a…

Arms Shipments Seen From Sudan to Syria Rebels
New York Times 12 Aug 2013 – Syrian rebels have found an unlikely source for arms in Sudan, whose government sold the weapons to Qatar, which arranged delivery through Turkey, Western officials and the rebels said. 

Timing of Israeli Housing Plans May Be Part of a Political Calculation
New York Times 12 Aug 2013 – The move to free 26 prisoners is part of a deal for the resumption of peace talks, set to begin Wednesday, but neither side seemed enthused about the announcement. 

Rebel Chief in Syria Visits Assad’s Home Region
New York Times 12 Aug 2013 – In a video, the commander of the Free Syrian Army said he was visiting the province that is home to President Bashar al-Assad to see the “accomplishments” of rebels, who have seized villages in the area. 

Syria’s Risks Shape Trip by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
New York Times 12 Aug 2013 – Gen. Martin E. Dempsey is visiting Israel and Jordan to discuss what further American aid could help contain the Syria conflict. 

Egypt Delays Plans to Clear Morsi Backers From Camps
New York Times 12 Aug 2013 – The delay came as the government extended the detention of the ousted president and appointed a judge to investigate him, pointing to a potential criminal prosecution. 

Police Put Off Dispersal of Pro-Morsi Sit-Ins
New York Times 11 Aug 2013 – The Egyptian police appeared on Monday to have postponed once again their threat to begin choking off two Cairo sit-ins where tens of thousands have gathered to protest the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. 

PM’s aides prefer Eckstein as BoI Governor
Globes Main News – Netanyahu’s aides consider Zvi Eckstein as the “inside man,” who is familiar with the government, and perceived as a “safer” alternative.

2012 government land sales halved
Globes Main News – The Israel Land Authority approved tenders for 9,154 homes in 2012, demonstrating its inability to solve the supply problem.

Teva teams with Perrigo to launch brain tumor drug
Globes Main News – Teva was first to file, making generic Temodar eligible for 180 days of marketing exclusivity.

Perion teams with Yahoo!, Conduit, doubles revenue
Globes Main News – Perion published strong revenue and profit growth for the second quarter of 2012, which nonetheless were below forecasts.

Blejer: I notified Turkel of civil lawsuit 
Globes Macro Economics – The lawsuit against the candidate for Bank of Israel Governor claims the defendants failed to provide warning about a possible nationalization.

Record number of tourists in July 
Globes Macro Economics – 245,900 tourists visited Israel in July, 2% more than in July 2012 and 4% more than in July 2011.

Tax Authority labor sanctions intensify 
Globes Macro Economics – Workers committee chairman Vadim Evenstein: The Tax Authority sanctions have gone into high gear, including a strike at the income tax and land tax units.

S&P: Israel must improve its governance 
Globes Macro Economics – S&P analyst Dr. Elliott Hentov is nonetheless optimistic and says Israel’s growth rate will outperform other OECD member states.

IBI: Eckstein knows Israel economy better than Blecher 
Globes Macro Economics – IBI chief economist Rafi Gozlan: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ignoring Karnit Flug as Bank of Israel governor is unbelievable.

Purported IDF video has men laughing as Palestinian is brutally killed
Mondoweiss – This video, lately posted on Facebook , is said by our source to be a leaked Israel Defense Forces video that shows the killing of a Palestinian civilian carrying a white flag during the assault on Gaza in December ’08-January ’09. While it is not clear to…

‘Onion’ says Israel builds new settlement to host ‘future peace talks’
Mondoweiss – Are you as sick of that mainstream locution — lands earmarked for the future Palestinian state– as I am? Beautiful work at the Onion , today. Excerpt: As part of their continuing efforts to bring peace to the conflict-stricken region, Israeli government officials announced today the construction…

Talks will fail because Palestinians shouldn’t negotiate with ‘a thief,’ Israel supporter concedes
Mondoweiss – Excellent piece in the Jewish Journal by David Suissa, a rightwing columnist who believes that Israel has a right to the West Bank, stating that the talks will fail because Israel has “the mark of ‘thief’” on its forehead and therefore the Palestinians will never compromise…

Video: Stunning performance by young Palestinian violinist at Royal Albert Hall
Mondoweiss – Here is a short clip of Nigel Kennedy on stage at the Royal Albert Hall with members of the Palestine Strings, and his Orchestra of Life. Check out the young Palestinian violinist featured in this segment of the performance and the moving interplay between him and…

Remembering Jaffa
Mondoweiss – An old mosque in the destroyed Palestinian village of Salemeh. It is now located in the Kfar Shalem neighborhood of Tel Aviv. (Photo: Wikipedia ) As I was waiting to board the plane to Tel Aviv, the flight attendant spoke in English then in Hebrew announcing that…

Iron Dome Successfully Intercepts a Missile Rocket Targeting Eilat For the First Time 
The Foward Breaking News 12 Aug 2013 – An Iron Dome anti-missile battery intercepted a rocket targeting Eilat shortly after 1:00 A.M. on Tuesday. The incident marks the first time the Iron Dome system has intercepted a rocket over the southern resort city, and comes two days after Egyptian reports of an Israeli drone…

Israel Approves 900 More Homes in East Jerusalem 
The Foward Breaking News 12 Aug 2013 – Israel’s Interior Ministry gave final approval on Monday to a plan to build 890 new apartments in Gilo, a settlement neighborhood beyond the Green Line in southern Jerusalem, just one day before Palestinian leadership is slated to make a final decision on whether to attend Wednesday’s…

Settlements Should Not Disrupt Mideast Talks, Says Kerry 
The Foward Breaking News 12 Aug 2013 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that Israel’s announcement of new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem “were to some degree expected,” and urged Israelis and Palestinians to move head with peace talks due to resume this week. Click here for…

Toronto Police Investigate Palestinian Leader Who Called for Murder of Israelis 
The Foward Breaking News 12 Aug 2013 – Toronto police launched a hate crimes investigation into comments made by a Palestinian community leader who called for the murder of Israelis. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Suez Canal Records Highest Traffic Since Its Opening 
allAfrica.com 12 Aug 2013 – [Egypt Online]Suez Canal Authority Chief Mohab Mamish said that 68 vessels carrying 4.8 million tons of goods transited the Suez Canal waterway, scoring the highest daily traffic since its inauguration 114 years ago on November 17, 1869.

Egypt: Presence of Egypt, Qatar Ambassadors in Their Countries for Vacation Is Coincidence 
allAfrica.com 12 Aug 2013 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ambassador Badr Abdel Atti said that there is no political dimension regarding the presence of Egypt’s ambassador to Qatar in Cairo and the presence of the Qatari ambassador to Egypt in his country at the same time.

Egypt: Military Spokesman – Our Borders Red Lines, No Truth to Israeli Attack 
allAfrica.com 12 Aug 2013 – [Egypt Online]In the light of conflicting media reports about the explosion in the area of Ajraa in Rafah northern Sinai and claims of an Israeli attack in the area in coordination with the Egyptian side, the armed forces affirmed that army personnel are still combing the…

Kerry hopeful on Middle East talks 
BBC 12 Aug 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry urges Palestinians “not to react adversely” to Israel’s approval of new settlement homes days before peace talks resume.

Egypt delays Morsi camps crackdown 
BBC 12 Aug 2013 – The Egyptian authorities postpone plans to disperse two sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, officials say.

Humiliation of Israel in South Lebanon: Unreported by Western Media 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 12 Aug 2013 – My friend Amer was commenting to me how the failed Israeli terrorist “commando” raid in South Lebanon did not receive much coverage in the Western press. It is true, failures of Israel don’t get reported in the Western media. But there are other reasons as to…

Siniora’s National Defense Strategy for Lebanon: Give the Enemy a Warning 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 12 Aug 2013 – All that was missing from Siniora’s statement was to propose adding strategic weapons such as a frown and a bouquet of tears to the national defense strategy. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) All that was missing from Siniora’s statement was to propose adding strategic weapons such as a…

Syrian Brain Drain Hits Hospitals 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Aug 2013 – A Syrian woman carrying a bag of bread exits a bakery run by the Islamic rebel group “Ahrar Al-Sham”, in the northern city of Raqqa on 11 August 2013. (Photo: AFP – Alice Martins) A Syrian woman carrying a
bag of bread exits a bakery run…

Lebanese Eid Madness: Ersal Mayor Survives Ambush 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Aug 2013 – Members of the Lebanese armed forces search for evidence on 28 June 2013 following a road side bombing attack on trucks that were linked to Hezbollah early in the morning in the central city of Zahle in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley. (Photo: AFP – STR) Members…

Tunisia launches airstrikes along Algerian border 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Aug 2013 – Tunisian armed forces launched air strikes against Islamist militants in the Mount Chaambi area near the Algerian border on Monday, an army source said. The source also said several militants had been killed and four were arrested in the same region on Sunday. He gave no…

Four Jordanians jailed in Israeli prisons end three-month hunger strike 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Aug 2013 – Four out of five Jordanian prisoners held in Israeli prisons have ended a three-month hunger strike against prison conditions, officials said on Monday. “Four Jordanian prisoners ended their hunger strike of their own volition and without any conditions,” a source in the Israeli Prison Service (IPS)…

Egypt extends Mursi’s detention by 15 days 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Aug 2013 – Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi watch a football match between the two main Cairo protest camps on 11 August 2013 in Cairo’s al-Nahda square. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki) Egypt’s judiciary said Monday it was extending ousted president Mohammed Mursi’s detention for a further…

Tunisia Islamists call for women’s day rally Tuesday 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Aug 2013 – The ruling Islamist party al-Nahda called for rallies on Tuesday to mark Tunisian women’s day, deepening the crisis with the opposition which has also called for anti-government protests. In a statement published Monday al-Nahda urged its supporters to gather from 1500 GMT on Habib Bourguiba avenue,…

Kerry hopeful on Middle East talks 
BBC 12 Aug 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry urges Palestinians “not to react adversely” to Israel’s approval of new settlement homes days before peace talks resume.

Egypt delays Morsi camps crackdown 
BBC 12 Aug 2013 – The Egyptian authorities postpone plans to disperse two sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, officials say.

Deadly bomb attack hits Iraq cafe 
BBC 12 Aug 2013 – A suicide bomb at a cafe in the central Iraq town of Balad leaves at least 16 people dead and wounds another 35, officials say.

Gunmen attack gas plant in Yemen 
BBC 11 Aug 2013 – Suspected al-Qaeda militants kill five soldiers in an attack on a gas terminal in Yemen, as the US reopens diplomatic missions in the wider region.

US condemns Iraq Eid attacks 
BBC 11 Aug 2013 – The US condemns the latest bombings and shootings in Iraq in which more than 60 people were killed during celebrations marking the end of Ramadan.

Articles


Why settlements will lead to one state 
Michael Marder, Al Jazeera.com 8/12/2013
Peace between Israel and Palestine can only be achieved through a radical strategic overhaul. The Israeli decision to construct 800 and to market additional 1200 new housing units in key areas of Occupied Palestine highlights, once again, Israel’s cynicism about and lack of commitment to the peace process. Virtually forced to restart the peace talks by the United States, the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu is aggressively undermining whatever illusions optimists still harboured for the new round of negotiations slated to begin on Wednesday, August 14.
Even assuming that the Israeli side displayed its good will, ceasing and desisting from its ongoing settlement activity in the Palestinian territories, a comprehensive peace agreement would remain unlikely. Not because the issues on the table – the Palestinian refugees’ right of return, the status of Jerusalem, permanent borders, the fate of already existing settlements – are too complex, but, rather, because the conception of peace as something reachable at the end of a process has outlived its usefulness. What is needed is not a novel set of parameters for negotiations, a “road map,” or a framework agreement. At present, nothing will work, short of a complete overhaul in the strategy for reaching peace through a series of business-like transactions between two breathtakingly asymmetrical parties.
The possibility of a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will appear in all its bizarreness if it is contextualised within the history of twentieth-century colonialism and anti-colonial struggle. Where else has peace (and, along with it, political statehood) been achieved through direct negotiations between the colonising and the colonised parties, while acts of colonisation proceeded apace? What is the logic of discussing the borders of two independent states, when one of these has not yet been acknowledged as such and the other is busily altering conditions on the ground in what amounts to a barefaced land grab? more.. e-mail

Israel blocked me from going to my own wedding 
Mohammed Kartoum, Chicago, Electronic Intifada 8/8/2013
When I was a small child, I moved from the US to Palestine. I moved to my father’s village of Kufr Malik, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.
My father has a Palestinian identity card or hawiyye. My mother, however, was born in Jordan to a Palestinian refugee family, so she carries a Jordanian and a US passport.
My parents both decided early on that they wanted to raise me and my three younger siblings in our homeland to ensure that we maintain our language and culture. Up until 2006, Palestine was my home.
In early 2006, our family came to the US for better job and education opportunities. We planned to keep our house in Palestine and come back for the summers, at least.
But when I tried to visit Palestine in the summer of 2008, I was denied entry and banned for five years. This was because of a technicality — the Israeli airport security personnel apparently found in their system that my mother at one point overstayed her visa when she was in Palestine trying to raise me and my three siblings.
I was being punished for something I had no idea about as a child.
In 2012, I finally attempted to try and enter the country again. Fortunately, I was allowed in.
It was during this visit when I met Marjan, who I fell in love with. She eventually became my fiancée.
Throughout the past two years, Marjan and I planned to have a beautiful wedding celebration with our family and friends in Palestine on 11 August this year. I planned on bringing her with me back to Chicago after the wedding. more..e-mail

You didn’t win Arab Idol? Kindly wait a few more years 
Itamar Sha’altiel, +972 Magazine 8/12/2013
Israel approves Arab Idol winner Muhammad Assaf’s request to change his residency to the West Bank without a hitch. Meanwhile, over 500 Palestinian residents of the West Bank are still waiting in fear. 
More than 500 Palestinian residents of the West Bank are waiting today, just like they were yesterday. Some are afraid to leave their homes, others avoid crossing Israel’s checkpoints.
They know that if a soldier happens to check their ID card, they might be removed to Gaza. The fact that they have family or a job in the West Bank won’t matter. The fact that they’ve lived in the West Bank for many years also won’t matter. And the fact that no security related allegations have been made against them won’t matter. The only thing that will matter is that their ID card says they live in Gaza, so Gaza is where they will go.
In 2011, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced to the Quartet that as part of a ‘gesture’ to t
he Palestinian Authority, the addresses of 5,000 Palestinian residents would be updated from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank. Since Israel controls the Palestinian population registry, any change in these records requires Israel’s approval. And since Palestinians who reside in the West Bank but whose registered address is in Gaza may be removed to Gaza, this gesture, if fulfilled, promised to improve the lives of thousands of Palestinians, protecting their residency rights and their ability to move freely throughout the West Bank, if not also abroad and into Israel.

The thing is, only 2,795 applications were approved between April 2011 and July 2012. When children are included in the total figure of the applicants, the tally is 4,241. So far, 461 applications have been rejected and 523 are still pending. Most of these applications were filed two and a half years ago. There are still 2,200 “places” left in the gesture.
So, that leaves 523 people who have been waiting for an answer for over two years…. more.. e-mail

Is Palestine’s first planned city part of the resistance or a whitewash of the occupation? 
Jessica Purkiss, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 8/12/2013
Despite the daily upheavals of investing in a land under military occupation, the first 600 homes in the first phase of construction have already been sold.
From the disorder of a construction site in the occupied West Bank, a new vision of Palestine is rising. Not far from Ramallah, workers in hard hats are busy erecting plush office blocks, luxurious residential homes and Western shopping malls. This is Rawabi, Palestine’s first planned city.
The vision for the new city is grand. The $1 billion project, which has created around 8,000 to 10,000 new jobs for Palestinian workers, hopes to become home to 40,000 people with plans to build a cultural centre, an outdoor amphitheatre, at least eight private and public schools, a specialised hospital and places of worship for multiple religions to service the town’s population and its visitors.
But Rawabi’s vision extends beyond its new skyline. Its creator, Bashar Masri, is a multi-millionaire, Nablus-born Palestinian tycoon. He sees the city as part of a greater dream, with the bricks and mortar forming the building blocks for an independent state of Palestine.
According to Masri, “Building a city is, in a way, fighting the occupation. It is the more progressive way, it is the professional way, it is the human way and it is the modern way.” A visionary, he is looking beyond the end of the occupation: “It’s not when we will have a state of Palestine, it is what this state of Palestine will be like,” he insists.
Amir Dajani, Deputy Managing Director of Rawabi, told MEMO that he believes that the project is built for today’s politics and “is seen as an iconic project in the Palestinian vision of statehood”. more.. e-mail

“Boycott Israel” activist banned from Toronto university
Electronic Intifada: 12 Aug 2013 – Hamam Farah from Students Against Israeli Apartheid has been charged with “trespassing.”more

Eid under Occupation: Photo Gallery
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Aug 2013 – By ActiveStills ach year in the month of Ramadan, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians living in the West Bank have to deal with the entangled bureaucracy of the Israeli authorities, and a complicated web of military checkpoints – a series of obstacles which often prevent them from visiting holy sites, holiday spots – and their relatives. Crossing from the occupied territories to visit East Jerusalem – itself deemed occupied West Bank territory – residents must pass through Qalandiya, a huge checkpoint akin to an airport terminal or other international border post. Permits to enter Israel are only available to men over the age of 40, and women over the age of 35. Children under 12 are not required to have permits during Ramadan, but must still find a relative or guardian with a permit in order to cross at Qalandiya. Photographers from the Active Stills collective followed Palestinian families throughout…more

Israel Prisoner Release Sparks Re-arrest Fear
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Aug 2013 – By Dalia Hatuqa – Ramallah, West Bank In 2011, when Palestinian detainees were released from Israeli prisons as part of a prisoner exchange deal, the West Bank and Gaza Strip were overcome with jubilation. Similar celebrations are expected in the coming week, when 26 Palestinians, most of whom have been languishing in Israeli prisons for more than 20 years, will be released. As part of an agreement inked between the Palestinian Authority
(PA) and Israel, 104 detainees will be set free, having been incarcerated since before the Oslo Accords were signed in 1994. The 26 prisoners to be released this week will be the first batch, with the remainder being released at later stages in the negotiations. The agreement came as peace talks between Israel and the PA restart, following intensive shuttle diplomacy by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has visited the region six times since March. This…
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