VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 18 August 2013: Being honest about the dominant Zionist narrative

18 August 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Army Invades Aida Refugee Camp In Bethlehem
IMEMC – [Sunday August 18, 2013] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, and clashes with dozens of local youths, local sources have reported. …

Israeli PR Head issued warnings over racist, offensive Facebook postings
IMEMC – Danny Seaman, who recently became the head of Israel’s ‘Internet Hasbara (Hebrew for Propaganda)’ branch of the government, has been issued a warning by the Netanyahu administration for a series of racist and offensive postings against Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims and Japanese people on his Facebook page. …

Israeli-Palestinian Officials Meet In Budapest
IMEMC – Israel and Palestinian officials held a meeting, last week, in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, and discussed the efforts to ensure the continuation of the recently resumed direct peace talks, mediated by the United States. …

Red Cross Concerned About Health Condition Of Striking Detainees
IMEMC – Saturday evening [August 18, 2013] the International Red Cross issued a statement expressing deep concern regarding the deteriorating health conditions of seven Palestinian political prisoners, held by Israel, and have been on hunger strike for an extended period. …

Ma’an News

Man forced to demolish own home in East Jerusalem
8/18/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian from Jerusalem was forced to demolish his own home on Sunday after Israeli authorities declared that the property was unlicensed. Ziad Ameira told Ma’an that he built his home in the Sur Bahir area of East Jerusalem 15 years ago on land inherited from his father. Nine family members lived on the property. He chose to demolish….

Israel retaliates after Syria shells hit Golan Heights
8/18/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The Israeli army fired into Syria after shells from the neighboring country hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on Saturday, a military spokesman said.”Today, several shells fired from Syria landed in the central Golan heights, adjacent to the Israel-Syria border,” he told AFP. Israeli military “forces carried out a pinpoint strike, targeting the source of the shooting. A hit was….

Gaza official: Palestinians unable to cross into Egypt
8/18/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinians are not being allowed to cross into Egypt via the Rafah crossing, a Hamas official said Sunday. Maher Abu Sabha, general director of the ministry of interior in Gaza, told Ma’an that the Rafah crossing was open on Saturday, but no passengers from Gaza were allowed to cross over.”The Egyptian side asked us to allow only….

Bedouin man shot dead in Negev village
8/18/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Bedouin man was shot dead in a Negev village on Sunday. Family members told Ma’an that Jabir Jirjawi, 44, was evacuated to a Beersheba hospital after being found in the village of Shaqib as-Salam. Doctors pronounced him dead shortly after arriving. [END]

Union chief condemns Hamas media crackdown
8/18/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Head of the government employees union Bassam Zakarneh on Sunday condemned Hamas for violating press freedoms in Gaza. The union head slammed the Islamist movement for targeting news agencies and journalists who had published stories about Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Hamas security forces have organized rallies against Ma’an News Agency in Gaza and have instructed officers….

Palestinian officials, Israeli MKs meet in Budapest
8/18/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli politicians and Palestinian officials met last week in Budapest and discussed the resumption of negotiations, an Israeli newspaper reported Sunday. PLC members Abdullah Abdullah and Qadura Fares, PA foreign ministry aide Jamal Zakout and former minister Samih al-Abed met five Israeli Knesset members from Yesh Atid, the Labor Party and Hatnua, in the Hungarian capital, Maariv reported. The….

US to send $148 million to PA
8/18/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – US consul general in Jerusalem Michael Ratney signed an agreement Sunday with Palestinian caretaker prime minister Rami Hamdallah upon which the US will pay the Palestinian Authority $148 million. PA finance minister Shukri Bishara witnessed the ceremony along with the director of the United States Agency for International Development, David Harden. Hamdallah applauded the US government for supporting the Palestinian people….

Hamas: PA security forces arrest 6 West Bank members
8/18/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces detained six Hamas affiliates on Sunday across the West Bank, a statement from the Islamist group said. PA forces made the arrests in Salfit, Hebron and Jenin, Hamas said. A reconciliation deal signed by Fatah and Hamas in May 2011 entailed pledges to stop politically motivated arrests, but the agreement has not been implemented. [END]

Teachers’ union urges PA to meet demands
8/18/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The teachers’ union on Sunday urged the Palestinian Authority to improve working conditions for teachers, after regular strike action earlier in the year calling for improvements. Ahmad Suhweil, secretary-general of the union, said the secretariat held a meeting Saturday to discuss demands to improve working conditions for teachers. The union is confident that President Abbas will fulfill his promises to….

Fatah: Hamas targeting members in north Gaza
8/18/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Hamas’ internal security forces are escalating their campaign against Fatah members in the northern Gaza Strip, Fatah said Sunday. Hamas forces summoned Fatah member Abdullah Yaghi for interrogation, and summoned and detained Fatah affiliates Abdullah Al-Majdalawi and Mohammad Zeidan, Fatah said in a statement. Fatah’s Abdul Aziz al-Muqadameh has been detained for over a week, it added. It….

Fatah, Hamas hold reconciliation talks
8/18/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A meeting will be held on Sunday night between Fatah and Hamas in Gaza to discuss the possibility of holding presidential and legislative elections, a Fatah official said. Amin Maqboul, secretary-general of Fatah’s revolutionary council, told Ma’an that “the meeting will be held at 8 p. m. in the Gaza Strip between a delegation of Fatah and….

Laborer dies at construction site in Ramallah
8/18/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A laborer died on Sunday after falling at a construction side in Rawabi near Ramallah, police said. A police report said Saleh Ali Najadi, 22, from Yatta near Hebron fell from a high building. He was taken the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. [END]

Fraud suspect arrested near Bethlehem
8/18/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Police on Sunday arrested a man accused of passing fake checks worth a total of 70,000 shekels ($19,600) to markets in the Bethlehem area, authorities said. Police said they seized the unidentified suspect from al-Khader, a village near Bethlehem, after being on the run for seven months. They said he was transferred to public prosecution to initiate legal procedures. [END]

Egypt Islamists vow new demos after mosque stand-off
8/18/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian Islamists announced fresh demonstrations for Sunday after police ended a tense stand-off with protesters in a Cairo mosque, as the death toll from four days of violence surpassed 750. Security forces on Saturday dragged Islamist supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi from the Al-Fath mosque, passing through angry crowds who called them “terrorists” and tried to beat them. The interior ministry said….

Egypt police officer shot dead by traffickers in Sinai
8/18/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — An Egyptian police officer was shot dead by human traffickers in Sinai on Sunday, security officials said. Two 4×4 vehicles approached the Israel-Egypt border carrying African migrants and opened fire on the Egyptian officer, who was guarding a border post south of the Kerem Shalom crossing with Israel, Egyptian officials said. The officer managed to return fire, but was shot….

EU warns will ‘urgently review’ Egypt ties
8/18/2013 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — European Union leaders Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso warned Egypt’s army and interim government Sunday the bloc would review its ties with the country unless the violence ended. Further escalation could have “unpredictable consequences” for Egypt and its neighbors, the presidents of the European Council and European Commission said.”This path will not succeed. It is crucial that violence….

Opposition: Iran, Hezbollah now running Syria
8/18/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Opposition leader Ahmad Jarba said Syria is now being run by regime allies Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, with President Bashar Assad out of the picture, in an interview published Sunday. Jarba also told Saudi-owned newspaper Al-Hayat that Syrian rebels have seized control of “at least half” of the country, 29 months into an anti-Assad uprising. Assad is “a killer and a….

UN chemical weapons inspectors arrive in Damascus
8/18/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — UN inspectors tasked with investigating whether chemical weapons have been used in the Syrian conflict arrived in Damascus on Sunday, an AFP journalist reported. The UN team arrived at the Four Seasons hotel in the Syrian capital to begin their hard-won mission which UN officials have said will last two weeks. The mission had been repeatedly delayed earlier this year amid differences with….

Egypt army chief vows to stand firm in face of violence
8/18/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s army chief vowed Sunday to stand firm in the face of violence by Islamists, in his first remarks since a deadly crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.”Whoever imagines violence will make the state and Egyptians kneel must reconsider; we will never be silent in the face of the destruction of the country,” said Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Sisi….

Egypt Islamists cancel some marches amid violence fears
8/18/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi cancelled some Cairo marches Sunday for “security reasons,” as the military chief vowed to face down violent protests following Egypt’s bloodiest week in decades. The latest developments come as senior European Union diplomats were to hold emergency talks Tuesday in Brussels to discuss the situation in Egypt and any future EU action. More than 750….

Qatar says it gives aid to Egypt, not Muslim Brotherhood
8/18/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — Qatar’s foreign minister said Monday his country had never given aid to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and that all assistance went to Egypt as a whole.”As far as Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, there are some wrong impressions about the aid Qatar is providing,” said Foreign Minister Khalid ben Mohammad al-Attiya, whose country is perceived as….

US lawmakers split on whether to cut Egypt aid
8/18/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US lawmakers on Sunday were split over whether to cut military aid to Egypt after a violent crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. While condemning the use of force by the military-backed interim government, many lawmakers expressed concern that halting aid would further erode US influence over a key regional ally. US Senator John McCain, who called for suspending the….

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Condemns Dispersing Peaceful Assembly in Hebron and Preventing Journalists from Media Coverage
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli military terrorise town of Beita – full day raid, three arrested
8/18/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 18th August 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Beita, Occupied Palestine – On the 16th August 2013, Israeli occupation forces blockaded the village of Beita, near Nablus, stopping movement in or out. They proceeded to spend the hours of 10am to 7pm attacking the village with teargas, rubber-coated steel bullets and sound grenades. One fourteen-year-old boy was injured with a rubber bullet to the leg and….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Wrapping up Middle East visit, Ban voices hope 2013 will be ‘decisive’ year for peace
Relief Web 17 Aug 2013 – Source: UN News Service Country: Israel, occupied Palestinian territory 16 August 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today, on a visit to Jerusalem, stressed his full support for direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and voiced the hope that this year…

The National

Sharjah’s Al Majaz Waterfront to extend funfair rides
The National 19 Aug 2013 – The summer festival is over, but the highly popular water rides will continue to operate in Sharjah.

Kuwaiti TV host fired for ties to Muslim Brotherhood
The National 18 Aug 2013 – Channel director is outspokenly against Kuwaiti and Saudi support for Egyptian government. Elizabeth Dickinson reports 

Double-dip recession? One of them must be hummus
The National 18 Aug 2013 – Chickpea staple of Arabic cuisine is filling fridges in Britain. Omar Karmi reports from London

Iranian schoolchildren to have lessons on hunting ‘alien drones’
The National 18 Aug 2013 – Section on tracking unmanned spy planes added to textbooks in bizarre addition to the school curriculum. Michael Theodoulou reports 

Free land offered to build new schools in Abu Dhabi
The National 18 Aug 2013 – Investors with track record in education are asked to build new schools for 11,000 children in Khalifa City A, Al Wathba and Al Falah.

EU fights back against fake goods
The National 18 Aug 2013 – It is worth billions to the fakers. But while the figures are sobering for the UAE – second only to China – they mask the true problem. Mitya Underwood reports

Saudi Arabia to send three field hospitals to Egypt
The National 18 Aug 2013 – Saudi King Abdullah Saturday ordered the dispatch of three fully-equipped field hospitals to Egypt, a day after backing Cairo in its deadly crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters.

Not so easy to shed those extra kilos
The National 18 Aug 2013 – After a month of what feels like a minor eating disorder, I have come very close to abandoning all hope of replacing my dentures with Dubai Municipality-branded gold.


Israeli sex trafficker ordered to pay NIS 500,000 to prostitute’s family
Ha’aretz – 18 Aug 2013

Anti-vaccination group petitions court against nationwide polio campaign
Ha’aretz – 18 Aug 2013

World Zionist Organization funneled NIS 400,000 into infrastructure work at illegal West Bank outpost
Ha’aretz – 18 Aug 2013

Watchful waiting
Ha’aretz – 18 Aug 2013

Muslim Brotherhood is short of time
Ha’aretz – 18 Aug 2013

One in eight Israelis paid less than minimum wage
Ha’aretz – 18 Aug 2013

Lull in rockets from Gaza causes pay delays in Israeli town
Ha’aretz – 18 Aug 2013

Minister attacks Haredim: Middle class can’t support shirkers
Ha’aretz – 18 Aug 2013

Court urged to subpoena ex-chief of staff in libel case
Ha’aretz – 18 Aug 2013

Why the U.S. has been failing to broker peace for 40 years
Ha’aretz – 18 Aug 2013

Hate slogans sprayed on house of Arab couple who struggled to be part of Galilee community
Ha’aretz – 18 Aug 2013

Israel’s police chief suspends use of Taser guns
Ha’aretz – 18 Aug 2013

Haifa’s new long buses make a less than stellar start
Ha’aretz – 18 Aug 2013

Israel’s nuclear ambiguity no longer serves a purpose
Ha’aretz – 17 Aug 2013

Still basking in the Yom Kippur War grief
Ha’aretz – 17 Aug 2013

To achieve peace, Netanyahu must first speak its language
Ha’aretz – 17 Aug 2013

Israel’s right wing, those who won’t take yes for an answer
Ha’aretz – 17 Aug 2013

Humanities isn’t a ‘product’
Ha’aretz – 17 Aug 2013

This is Netanyahu’s aha moment – or is it?
Ha’aretz – 17 Aug 2013

Jerusalem Post

Israel’s message on Egypt: Keep Cairo from falling, then worry about democracy
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – Official: Functioning state priority before resuming democratic process; says army is only actor that can assert authority, if it is dismissed, Egypt would go “the way of Syria, Tunisia, and Libya”. 

Netanya aliya and absorption information fair caters to French Jews
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – Hundreds of French tourists explore the possibility of making aliya in the near future; attend Netanya’s second annual aliya and absorption information fair on August 15. 

Israel’s Deep Junior still the king at World Computer Chess Championship
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – This is Junior’s eighth world champion title. 

Dozens of Egyptian Brotherhood members killed in jailbreak as army warns against violence
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – Egypt’s military chief Sisi: There’s room for everyone in Egypt 

PLO charges Israel with ‘war crimes, anti-human, racist acts’
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – Palestinian leaders say talks are “cover for settlement project”. 

Syrian opposition: Iran and Hezbollah ruling Syrian regime
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – FSA head says Assad not running Damascus government; rules out political settlement to conflict. 

US lawmakers join ranks to suspend Egypt aid
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – McCain says after initial support to continue aid, now believes it should be withheld after army crackdown. 

Lebanon seizes explosive-laden car south of Beirut, arrests 4 suspects
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – Authorities do not believe suspects linked to Saturday’s Beirut blast; security forces find car containing 5 packs of TNT. 

Palestinian shepherd says beaten by group of masked men in West Bank
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – Judea and Samaria police open investigation into incident; no arrests made as of Sunday afternoon. 

Egypt’s military chief: There’s room for everyone in Egypt
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – Dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members die in prison clash. 

UN chemical weapons inspectors arrive in Syria
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – Government, rebels trade blame on chemical weapons use. 

Saudi prince fires celebrity preacher over Brotherhood links
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – Billionaire prince fires renowned Kuwaiti motivational speaker Tareq al-Suwaidan for “extremist inclinations.” 

Lebanon seizes bomb-laden car, arrests four
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – Security forces find loaded car days after deadly bombing. 

EU to ‘urgently review’ relationship with Egypt in coming days
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – Presidents call on all sides to show restraint, prevent further escalation, say member states will adopt new measures. 

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood vows new marches after Cairo mosque standoff
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – Defiant call to streets follows tense stand-off in Cairo mosque. 

Police suspend use of tasers after violent arrest of settler
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – Police chief Danino orders suspension of taser gun after arrest of Boaz Albert; appoints investigative to look into incident. 

US House Majority Leader Cantor: America should not cut aid to Egypt
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2013 – Republican leader says Egypt “strategically important” to US. 

State Department: US reassessing ‘all forms’ of Egypt relationship
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2013 – Jen Psaki: It’s about the many layers of the relationship, including the important role Egypt plays in regional stability. 

Hariri: Hezbollah pushing Lebanon into Syria war
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2013 – Former Lebanese prime minister slams Nasrallah for vowing to up Shi’ite militant group’s involvement in Syria after Beirut blast. 

Amid violence, seemingly growing number of Egyptians weary of army rule
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2013 – Incensed Morsi supporters insist high death toll hasn’t sapped their intent to continue protesting for at least another week; increasing number of Egyptians think army, interim gov’t will regret dispersing protest camps. 

American students visit for 10-day program hosted by Anti-Defamation League
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2013 – Goal of the Campus Leaders Mission to Israel is to provide students with a wide array of political viewpoints that they can take back to school. 

IBA employees demonstrate outside Erdan’s Savyon home
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2013 – Protesters hold Erdan responsible for freeze on funding that would enable the implementation of IBA reforms. 

Muslim Brotherhood faces ban as Egypt rulers pile on pressure
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2013 – 250 Brotherhood followers face possible charges of terrorism. 

Appointment of woman to local religious council irks MK Gafni
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2013 – Naftali Bennett appointed Biton to position of co-supervisor of local religious council in Ako; Gafni says “Bennett is a bum.” 

Ayatollah Khamenei blames Israel and US for Egypt turmoil
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2013 – Iranian supreme leader writes on official Twitter account that former ousted president Mubarak is a “servant to the Zionists.” 

Tamarod movement calls on Egyptian government to cancel Camp David peace treaty
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2013 – Movement joins campaign to “revive Egypt’s national sovereignty”; calls to stop US aid after Obama cancels joint military drill. 


Finding my way to Palestine through narrative

You Have Nothing to Be Sorry For: An Open Letter to Bradley Manning

Non-peaceful assembly does not justify collective punishment

Dissent, Disappointment and Draconian Rule: Bradley Manning’s Plea and the Fight to Be Human

Israel destroys Bedouin village for 54th time

Syria News – August 14, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)

Military Resistance 11H13 the NSA Comes Clean

NYPD Stop and Frisk Ruled Unconstitutional

Reprieve files for judicial review over export of British drone parts to US

Daily Star

In turnaround, ruling Tunisia Islamists will meet rivals
Daily Star 18 Aug 2013 Tunisia’s governing Islamist party Ennahda switched course on Sunday and agreed to meet with opposition parties to seek a consensus on resolving the country’s worst political crisis since its 2011 Arab Spring revolution.

UN chemical arms experts arrive in Syrian capital
Daily Star 18 Aug 2013 After months of drawn-out negotiations, United Nations experts arrived in Damascus on Sunday to begin their investigation into the purported use of chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war.

Egypt death toll grows, Muslim Brotherhood prisoners die
Daily Star 18 Aug 2013 Some 38 Muslim Brotherhood supporters died in disputed circumstances at a prison on Sunday, as the leader of Egypt’s powerful army warned he would not tolerate violence, urging Islamists to change course.

France’s Hollande condemns ‘unacceptable’ Egypt violence
Daily Star 18 Aug 2013 French President Francois Hollande on Sunday condemned the “unacceptable” level of violence in Egypt, calling for dialogue and swift elections, after a meeting with the Saudi foreign minister.

Saudi warns against pressurising Egyptian military over Islamist crackdown
Daily Star 18 Aug 2013 Saudi Arabia on Sunday warned the West against putting pressure on Egypt’s military-backed government to halt a crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Germany considering halting arms exports to Egypt: Merkel
Daily Star 18 Aug 2013 German chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that stopping arms shipments to Egypt would be an appropriate way to put pressure on the country as it is gripped by deadly violence.

Egypt police ban vigilante groups in streets
Daily Star 18 Aug 2013 Egypt’s interior ministry says it will ban groups of vigilantes who have set up self-styled “popular committees” in the capital’s streets.

Congress split on cutting off aid to Egypt
Daily Star 18 Aug 2013 Members of Congress are split over whether the U.S. should cut off military aid to Egypt, highlighting the difficult choices facing the Obama administration amid spiraling violence on the streets of an important Middle East ally.

Family of radical preacher Abu Qatada arrive in Jordan: Brother
Daily Star 18 Aug 2013 The family of radical preacher Abu Qatada, who faces terror charges in Jordan following his deportation from Britain, has arrived in the Arab kingdom, his brother says.

Qatar says it gives aid to Egypt, not Muslim Brotherhood
Daily Star 18 Aug 2013 Qatar’s foreign minister says his country has never given aid to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and that all assistance went to Egypt as a whole.

Egypt seen as graveyard of Islamist ambitions for power
Daily Star 18 Aug 2013 As the army ruthlessly crushes the Muslim Brotherhood on the streets of Cairo, having swept away its elected president, Egypt is being painted as the graveyard of the Arab Spring and of Islamist hopes of shaping…

Hungry and scared, Syrian refugees flood Iraq
Daily Star 18 Aug 2013 Thousands of Syrian Kurds have poured into Iraq over the past few days, to escape deadly clashes between Kurdish fighters and jihadists and seeking a respite from privation.

YNet News

Plane makes emergency landing in Ben Gurion Airport
YNet News, 18 Aug 2013 – ….

Germany to recognize ‘undefined’ as new gender category
YNet News, 18 Aug 2013 – ….

German leader: Arms supply to Egypt may be compromised
YNet News, 18 Aug 2013 – ….

Saudi warns against pressurizing Egyptian military 
YNet News, 18 Aug 2013 – ….

Report: 38 detainees killed in Egyptian jail choked to death by gas
YNet News, 18 Aug 2013 – ….

Oh no! They’re building in Jerusalem!
YNet News, 18 Aug 2013 – Op-ed: Freezing construction does not promote peace, only serves obsessive need of the Left ….

Show some responsibility 
YNet News, 18 Aug 2013 – Op-ed: State must impose sanctions on parents refusing to vaccinate their children against polio ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas calls for biggest ever sea convoy to bust Gaza blockade
PIC – Hamas called on free people of the world to exert all efforts possible to lift the siege on Gaza Strip especially after the closure of Rafah crossing and destruction of most of the tunnels.

Israeli forces wound Palestinian, nab nine others
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse Palestinian citizens in Balata refugee camp near Nablus on Sunday wounding one of them in the foot.

Occupation forms an association that aims to build a synagogue in Al-Aqsa
PIC – Al-Aqsa Foundation revealed that Jewish groups and rabbis are trying to persuade Jewish authorities to join an official association that aims to build a synagogue on a part of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

PA apparatuses arrest 6 Hamas supporters in WB
PIC – The Authority security apparatuses arrested during the past two days 6 Hamas affiliates and summoned 12 others in the West Bank.

Fatah leaders meet Israeli officials in Budapest
PIC – Hebrew media revealed that Fatah leaders and Israeli officials met last week in the Hungarian capital Budapest to discuss the resumption of negotiations between the Authority and Israel.

Abu Marzouk calls on Palestinians in WB to rebel against occupation
PIC – Member of the political bureau of Hamas Mousa Abu Marzouk stressed that Hamas will not be separated from its people and the rest of Palestine, and will remain a resistance movement.

Interior Ministry asserts Palestinian-Egyptian borders are secured
PIC – Gaza Ministry of Interior and National Security confirmed that the Palestinian-Egyptian borders, in the southern Gaza Strip, are safe and secured, and that Ma’an news agency is publishing lies.

Egyptian authorities partially open Rafah crossing
PIC – The Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah border crossing between Sinai and Gaza Strip only partially on Sunday morning.

IOF soldiers round up 94 Palestinians last week
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up 94 Palestinians in various West Bank areas over the past week, Hamas statistics revealed on Sunday.


Abbas Receives West Asia Football Federation’s Vice President
WAFA – 18 Aug 2013

Hamdallah, US Sign $148m Agreement to Support PA’s Budget
WAFA – 18 Aug 2013

Protection Against Earthquakes’ Plan Aims to Promote Settlement Activity, says Committee
WAFA – 18 Aug 2013

Newspapers Review: Turbulence in Egypt Continues to Top Dailies
WAFA – 18 Aug 2013

PEX Report: Al-Quds Down at Start of Trading Week
WAFA – 18 Aug 2013

Israeli Forces Arrest Youth, Summons Three
WAFA – 18 Aug 2013


U.N. inspectors in Syria to begin probe into chemical weapons
LA Times 18 Aug 2013 – BEIRUT — A team of United Nations experts arrived Sunday in Syria to launch a long-delayed investigation of allegations from both sides in the nation’s conflict that chemical weapons have been deployed on the battlefield.

Lawmakers at odds over U.S. aid to Egypt
LA Times 18 Aug 2013 – WASHINGTON — Members of Congress appeared divided Sunday over whether to curtail U.S. aid to the Egyptian military after its bloody crackdown against pro-Islamist demonstrators last week that left more than 1,000 people dead.

Egyptian military demands end to violence; some rallies stymied
LA Times 18 Aug 2013 – CAIRO — Egypt’s military declared Sunday that it won’t tolerate violent protests as security forces arrested hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members and some planned protest rallies were derailed.

Morsi Supporters Vow to Defy Egypt’s Military
New York Times 18 Aug 2013 – Supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, and backers of the military prepared to test each side’s resolve as the Islamists announced another series of marches and rallies. 

Soldiers Storm a Mosque in Cairo, as Egyptian Leaders Struggle for Order
New York Times 17 Aug 2013 – A standoff between supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, and soldiers at a mosque ended with no reports of casualties, but it was emblematic of Egypt’s wider chaos. 

Givot Olam unit holders meeting ends in disarray 
Globes Energy & Water – The general meeting ended without a vote. Participants laughed at the statement, “Each production well will finance the next.”

Delek to post NIS 500m gain on Delek US 
Globes Energy & Water – Delek Group sold 1.5 million Delek US shares for $42 million in an off-floor transaction.

Q2 growth far exceeds expectations
Globes Main News – A jump in private consumption boosted Israel’s economic growth to an annualized 5.1% in the second quarter of 2013.

Haifa-style long buses planned for Tel Aviv
Globes Main News – “Yediot Ahronot”: The Transport Ministry has decided on an alternative to the Tel Aviv light rail and subway, which will not be completed before 2035.

Court gives Dankner last chance
Globes Main News – Nochi Dankner must prove the seriousness of the deal with Alexander Granovsky by depositing NIS 430 million by August 25.

Sun: NICE Systems leads rises
Globes Main News – Stocks rose today, with NICE, Perrigo, Bezeq and Mizrahi-Tefahot among the most notable advancers.

Clal Insurance swings to profit
Globes Main News – The IDB unit posted a net profit of NIS 140 million for the second quarter.

Growth figures flatter to deceive 
Globes Macro Economics – The exceptional second quarter GDP result does not reflect a real pick-up in the economy.

Purchasing Managers Index still indicates contraction 
Globes Macro Economics – The index rose in July, but remains below the critical 50-point level.

Israel Encouraged Egypt’s Junta to Smash Islamists
Tikun Olam – (Roni Gordon/Maariv) The NY Times reveals that among the parties urging Egypt’s military leaders to stand fast against both the Muslim Brotherhood and western interlocutors attempting to negotiate a way out of the impasse in Cairo, were Israel and Saudi Arabia. Both have a common interest:…

Questions about the Alice Walker case
Mondoweiss – Barbara Harvey wrote the following summary of the University of Michigan controversy to the Jewish Voice for Peace-Detroit Coordinating Committee and allowed us to publish it. –Ed. In a nutshell, the globally worshipped Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker was invited — and then “disinvited” to…

Religious intolerance in Jerusalem
Mondoweiss – King Meretz From Didi Remez’s facebook page , translated by Ofer Neiman: Aryeh King is an extreme right wing activist who is deeply involved in the uprooting of Palestinian families (in places like Sheikh Jarah) and is running in the Jerusalem municipal elections His ad [first image…

In Egypt, fascist incitement
Mondoweiss – Marc H. Ellis – I don’t know w
ho is more difficult to believe–Prime Minister Netanyahu thumping his point home to the UN Secretary General that the real problem of the Middle East is the refusal of the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state or various Egyptian Generals claiming that the real problem in Egypt are terrorists and traitors?…

Israelis assured Egyptian military there’d be no cutoff in US aid, NYT says (and Israel denies)
Mondoweiss – The New York Times has a lengthy reported piece on how US efforts to cut a deal in Egypt to resolve differences peacefully between the Muslim Brothers and the leaders of the military coup were undercut by a variety of forces. The emirates, along with Saudi…

Sam Horowitz Donates Thousands to Israeli Youth Village 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Aug 2013 – Sam Horowitz, whose bar mitzvah entrance video has gone viral on YouTube, has donated thousands of dollars of his gift money to an Israeli youth village. Click here for the rest of the article…

Growing Number of U.S. Lawmakers Call for Suspension of Aid to Egypt 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Aug 2013 – A growing bipartisan chorus of U.S. lawmakers said on Sunday that the United States should suspend its $1.5 billion in military and economic aid to Egypt following a violent crackdown on protesters that has left nearly 800 dead. Click here for the rest of the article……

Israel’s GDP Spikes 5% in Second Quarter 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Aug 2013 – The Israeli economy grew by a surprisingly brisk 5.1% in the second quarter of 2013, in parallel with a steep increase in consumer spending, according to Central Bureau of Statistics figures released on Sunday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Remains Silent but Worried About Situation in Eygpt 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Aug 2013 – Israel has looked on at upheaval in Egypt largely in silence, keen to avoid disrupting strategic security cooperation with a military it sees as critical to curbing attacks by Islamist militants in neighbouring Sinai, officials and analysts said. Click here for the rest of the article……

Egypt: Sabahi Asks Arab League to Hold Emergency Summit Against Terror 
allAfrica.com 18 Aug 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]Defeated presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi called on the Arab League on Saturday to hold an emergency summit to confront terror.

Egypt: Al Azhar Sheikh Praises Saudi King’s Stance On Egypt Developments 
allAfrica.com 18 Aug 2013 – [Egypt Online]Al Azhar Grand Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb has praised the stance of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz in support of Egypt and his rejection of any interference in its affairs.

Egypt: Egypt Will Never Forget Saudi King’s Historic Stance 
allAfrica.com 18 Aug 2013 – [Egypt Online]Presidential spokesman Ahmed Meslemani hailed on Friday 16/08/2013 a Saudi statement in which King Abdullah bin Abdel-Aziz renewed support for Egypt against terrorism and sedition.

Egypt: President Mansour Thanks Saudi King for His Supportive Stand 
allAfrica.com 18 Aug 2013 – [Egypt Online]Interim President Adly Mansour sent on Friday a message to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia thanking him for his supportive stand and his backing for Egypt’s fight against terrorism.

Army chief: Room for all in Egypt 
BBC 18 Aug 2013 – Egypt’s armed forces chief tells supporters of ousted President Morsi “there is room for everyone”, as 36 are killed while trying to escape prison vans.

Syria refugees flood Iraqi Kurdistan 
BBC 18 Aug 2013 – Thousands pour over Syria’s border into Iraqi Kurdistan, the UN says, in one of the biggest waves of refugees in the Syrian conflict.

Libya interior minister resigns 
BBC 18 Aug 2013 – Libyan Interior Minister Mohammed Khalifa al-Sheikh resigns after only three months in the post, citing a lack of support from the prime minister.

Al-Nahda and opposition held secret talks to solve Tunisia’s political crisis 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Aug 2013 – Leader of the ruling party al-Nahda, Rached Ghannouchi speaks during a press conference on 15 August 2013 in Tunis. (Photo: AFP – Fethi Belaid) Ruling Islamist party al-Nahda and the opposition Nidaa Tounes said Sunday they have held secret talks in Europe to try to find…

Iraq attacks kill six across the country 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Aug 2013 – Attacks in Iraq killed at least six people including a local council member on Sunday, officials said, the latest in a surge of violence plaguing the country. Security forces have in recent weeks carried out some of their biggest operations since the 2011 withdrawal of US…

Mursi supporters call for more rallies across Egypt after days of bloodshed 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Aug 2013 – An army officer points his weapon at the crowd as he helps a man to leave Cairo’s al-Fath mosque where supporters of ousted president Mohammed Mursi hole up on 17 August 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohamed el-Shahed) Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi announced new…

Clashes between security forces and protesters injure several in Bahrain 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Aug 2013 – Bahraini police look on during an anti-regime protest in the village of al-Muqsha, west of Manama, on 17 August 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed al-Shaikh) Five Bahraini police were wounded late on Saturday, as security forces clashed with opposition protesters in a village north of the…

Lebanon forces arrests four suspected of plotting car bomb attacks 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Aug 2013 – Lebanon’s General Directorate of General Sec
urity apprehended four people suspected of involvement in terrorist plots, the Lebanese National News Agency reported on Sunday, a day after a car filled with explosives was found south of Beirut. An NNA correspondent said that the suspects were thought to…

Egypt: After the Slaughter 
Al-Akhbar Politics 17 Aug 2013 – A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and of ousted president Mohamed Morsi runs past a burning vehicle during clashes with security officers close to Cairo’s Ramses Square, on 16 August 2013. (Photo: AFP – Virgnie Nguyen Hoang) A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and of ousted…

Army chief: Room for all in Egypt 
BBC 18 Aug 2013 – Egypt’s armed forces chief tells supporters of ousted President Morsi “there is room for everyone”, as 36 are killed while trying to escape prison vans.

Syria refugees flood Iraqi Kurdistan 
BBC 18 Aug 2013 – Thousands pour over Syria’s border into Iraqi Kurdistan, the UN says, in one of the biggest waves of refugees in the Syrian conflict.

Preacher sacked for Brotherhood ties 
BBC 18 Aug 2013 – A well-known Kuwaiti preacher, Tareq al-Suwaidan, is sacked as director of a Saudi religious TV channel for his links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Libya interior minister resigns 
BBC 18 Aug 2013 – Libyan Interior Minister Mohammed Khalifa al-Sheikh resigns after only three months in the post, citing a lack of support from the prime minister.

British embassy in Yemen reopens 
BBC 18 Aug 2013 – The British embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa reopens after it was closed for nearly two weeks amid “increased security concerns”.


Haidar Eid: holding our breath in Gaza 
Interview by Lea Frehse, Alternative Information Center 8/18/2013
Dr. Haidar Eid speaks about opposition in Gaza to the renewed peace negotiations, the need for Palestinian self-critique concerning the current politica, waning support for Hamas and the current situation in Gaza. Eid: what is happening now in Gaza is a slow genocide.
Q: The world looks to a new round of negotiations under US Secretary of State Kerry – where is Gaza in those talks?
A: Gaza is diverse and I cannot speak for Gaza as one, but clearly most here are opposed to negotiations. Hamas laid out its official position on Tuesday: officials expressed their dismay at the resumption of talks. Most organizations within the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) – among them the Popular as well as the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP and DFLP) – oppose the talks. Only some members of Fatah have fallen for the lie that negotiations might bring a viable solution.
Speaking for myself, as an advocate for one democratic state of Palestine, I oppose the talks, which aim at a two-state solution. We believe that creating two states is no true solution but a racist one. Two viable states have become impossible to achieve – mainly because Israel has created facts on the ground that subvert the whole concept.
But more than that: the two state solution doe not guarantee even a minimum of rights for the Palestinians. There is no talk anymore of the right of return for those refugees from villages and towns that were ethnically cleansed in 1948. 75-80 % of Gaza’s population are refugees and international law provides for their return – what’s for them?
The Oslo accords never incorporated international law. And most importantly: they never dealt with Israel’s racist measures and apartheid system against Palestinians. more.. e-mail

Being honest about the dominant Zionist narrative 
Neve Gordon, Redress 8/18/2013
Mayor of Upper Nazareth exposes the logic of exclusion that defines the current Israeli political and social landscape.
The Israeli mayor of Upper Nazareth, Shimon Gaspo, is an honest man. As part of his bid for re-election in the town which overlooks the ancient Palestinian city of Nazareth, he has launched a well-orchestrated political campaign. During the first stage, which began early in August, he furtively posted billboards which quoted left-wing politicians – including Haneen Zoabi from the political party Balad and Ahmed Tibi from the United Arab List-Ta’al – clamouring for his removal.
Zoabi was quoted as saying: “Upper Nazareth was built on Arab land. We will fight to the end against Shimon Gapso’s racism. [Send] the racist home; Arabs to Upper Nazareth.” The Tibi poster quoted the member of Knesset saying: “Shimon Gapso is racist scum and a neighbourhood bully who boorishly tramples the basic rights of Arab citizens to live wherever they want and to buy lands which, in any case, were theirs and were stolen from them by force!”
But because Gapso is an honest man, a few days after the self-initiated negative campaign had commenced, he admitted that he was actually behind it. He then hung his “real” campaign posters.
One reads, “Upper Nazareth will be Jewish forever; no more shutting our eyes… this is the time to defend our home.”
Another poster reads: “I will not allow the city’s Jewish character to be changed. I will block the establishment of an Arab school and will build neighbourhoods for Jewish residents… Upper Nazareth is a Jewish city!”
In a letter to Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein, two Israeli organizations, Tag Meir and the Israel Religious Action Centre, condemned Gapso’s election campaign as “consisting wholly of racist incitement”…. more.. e-mail

‘Boycott Israel’ activist banned from Toronto university 
Nora Barrows-Friedman, Oakland, Electronic Intifada 8/12/2013
Students and alumni of York University in Toronto are organizing against what they say are increasing efforts by the administration to curb Palestine solidarity activism.
York University administration recently revoked the official club status of an on-campus group that has been instrumental in passing boycott, divestment and sanctions resolutions at both the York University Graduate Students’ Association and the York Federation of Students — the undergraduate student union — over the past year.
The resolutions call upon the university administration to pull its investments in companies which sell weapons and military equipment to Israel.
York University’s chapter of Students Against Israeli Ap
artheid (SAIA) was punished in May because of what the administration called a “disruption of academic activities” during a demonstration in March. SAIA and supporting groups gathered to celebrate recent victories at the university and elsewhere in Ontario, and called on the university to abide by the resolutions calling for divestment.

Revoking SAIA’s student group status cuts the organization off from university funding and resources, and prevents the group from holding meetings or doing student outreach on York’s campus.
In addition to York sanctioning the group, Hammam Farah, an alumnus of York University and a member of SAIA, has been given a trespassing order by the university. According to the administration’s order, he took part in on-campus demonstrations and used an “amplification device” to “express [his] views to a gathering of students and others,” according to a letter from the administration.
The York administration says it will not allow him to set foot on his alma mater campus until the end of April 2014.more.. e-mail

Hi, I’m your new Axis of Evil 
Pepe Escobar, Asia Times 8/16/2013
I have argued that what has just happened in Egypt is a bloodbath that is not a bloodbath, conducted by a military junta responsible for a coup that is not a coup, under the guise of an Egyptian “war on terror”. Yet this newspeak gambit – which easily could have been written at the White House – is just part of the picture.
Amid a thick fog of spin and competing agendas, a startling fact stands out. A poll only 10 days ago by the Egyptian Center for Media Studies and Public Opinion had already shown that 69% were against the July 3 military coup orchestrated by the Pinochet-esque Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
So the bloodbath that is not a bloodbath cannot possibly be considered legitimate – unless for a privileged coterie of Mubarakists (the so-called fulool), a bunch of corrupt oligarchs and the military-controlled Egyptian “deep state”.
The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) government led by Mohamed Morsi may have been utterly incompetent – trying to rewrite the Egyptian constitution; inciting hardcore fundamentalists; and bowing in debasement in front of the International Monetary Fund. But it should not be forgotten this was coupled with permanent, all-out sabotage by the “deep state”.
It’s true that Egypt was – and remains – on the brink of total economic collapse; the bloodbath that is not a bloodbath only followed a change in the signature on the checks, from Qatar to Saudi Arabia (and the United Arab Emirates). As Spengler has demonstrated on this site (see Islam’s civil war moves to Egypt, Asia Times Online, July 8, 2013), Egypt will remain a banana republic without the bananas and dependent on foreigners to eat any. The economic disaster won’t go away – not to mention the MB’s cosmic resentment.
The winners, as it stands, are the House of Saud/Israel/ Pentagon axis. How did they pull it off? more.. e-mail

Egypt’s Revolution after the Smoke Clears
Dissident Voice: 18 Aug 2013 – In times of crisis people strive for easy answers to complex situations. In Egypt this has resulted in absurdly digestible sound bites, where one side is labeled “good”(the Muslim Brotherhood), the other “bad” (the army), and the revolution as a whole is condemned as an atrocity. But the situation in Egypt is especially contradictory, and untying the social-political knots of the revolution requires avoiding pre-packaged catchphrases. Contrary to the claims of many, reports of the revolution’s death are greatly exaggerated. Those who predict that Egypt will inevitably enter a long period of military dictatorship forget that the Egyptian revolution destroyed such a dictatorship in 2011, and helped topple Morsi’s authoritarian government in July. The people in Egypt have not been cowed into submission, they are still in the streets, unafraid, consciously aware of their power. The Egyptian military is very aware of this fact, as their actions testify. Although it’s…more

The Egyptian Coup and Its Washington Paymasters
Dissident Voice: 17 Aug 2013 – As we watch the Egyptian military and police forces kill and maim their fellow Egyptians we can wonder if Washington will cut off all aid to the Egyptian junta. That’s what it is, a junta. Even if it was a progressive military coup (which it is not), it would still be in power because of a coup. Therefore, it is a junta. Democracy in the modern world is deceptive. In a true expression of its origins in the bourgeois revolutions of the 18th century, modern day democracy represents one class in every society where it exists. That class is the current version of the bourgeoisie. In the United States, this means the government represents the wealthy and the middle class. In other nations that are nominal democracies, the class makeup of the represented is essentially the same. Naturally, this represented class makes certain its military and police forces are on…more

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