VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 19 August 2013: Despite outcry, EU guidelines on settlements will have little effect

19 August 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

“Tamarrod” Calls For Rebelling Against Hamas In Gaza
IMEMC – The group said it would not resort to guns and violence in its rebellion A Gaza-based group known as “Tamarrod”, Arabic for Rebellion, published a video through its Facebook page, and other social media outlets, stating that November 11 2013, will be a day of rebellion against what it called “oppression and injustice by Hamas”. …

Clashes Reported South Of Nablus
IMEMC – Monday evening [August 19, 2013] Palestinian sources have reported that dozens of Israeli soldiers surrounded the village of Iraq-Burin, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, leading to clashes with local youths. …

Ma’an News

Clashes in Nablus area village, dozens hurt by tear gas
8/19/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – Dozens of Palestinians were hurt by tear gas fired heavily by Israeli troops during confrontations with young Palestinian men in the northern West Bank village of Iraq Burin Monday afternoon, according to a Palestinian official. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official based in Nablus who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers fired tear-gas….

Israeli forces evacuate Jerusalem Bedouin village
8/19/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday dismantled tents housing a Bedouin community in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina. Israeli authorities surrounded the tents at dawn and evacuated 53 Bedouin residents of the community, destroying their tents. Spokesman of the Kanan Bedouin village, Ali al-Kaabneh, told Ma’an that the community has been living there for over 50 years after being forcibly….

Settlers assault Palestinian shepherd north of Jerusalem
8/19/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A group of settlers attacked a Palestinian shepherd north of Jerusalem on Sunday causing serious injuries, Israeli rights group B’Tselem said. A group of 10-15 shepherds from the Jerusalem-area village of Mikhmas were crossing Route 60 via an underpass on Sunday when Najeh Thalajeh Abu-Ali, 47, was attacked by six settlers. The settlers had their faces covered with….

Israel expanding settlements in Bethlehem area
8/19/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israeli lorries were seen Monday unloading new mobile homes at Israeli settlements in east Bethlehem in the southern West Bank. Locals told Ma’an that at least five new movable houses were unloaded Monday in Noqedim settlement near Herodium east of Bethlehem. Noqedim is home of the right-wing former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Liberman the leader of the right wing….

Minister: Palestinian Authority facing financial crisis
8/19/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority is facing a severe financial crisis due to a massive budget deficit and the failure of Arab states to fulfill aid promises, the PA finance minister said Monday. Shukri Bishara told Ma’an that the PA faces an internal and external debt of around $5 billion, with external financial support failing to cover even 50 percent of…. Related: Palestinian universities facing crippling financial crisis, union says

Family of missing man urges Jawwal to turn over call history
8/19/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Hundreds of Palestinians rallied Monday in front of offices of the Palestinian mobile service provider Jawwal in Gaza City after the company refused to help the a family which has been trying to collect information about a relative who went missing in June. The family of Muhammad Khalil al-Aloul has been trying to convince Jawwal to provide details of incoming….

Man attacked by unidentified assailants near Ramallah
8/19/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – A Palestinian man was seriously injured Monday afternoon after unidentified assailants attacked him near Qalandiya refugee camp south of Ramallah. Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Hani Kaabna, 37, sustained wounds in both feet after assailants hit him several times with hatchets. His family insists the injuries were caused by gunshots. Sources at Ramallah’s Palestine Medical Complex….

Official: Egypt closes Rafah crossing after Sinai attack
8/19/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt closed its Rafah border crossing in Sinai with the Gaza Strip on Monday after a deadly attack nearby that killed 25 soldiers, a border official told AFP. Last week, Egypt said it would close the crossing indefinitely, but it was partially reopened on Saturday, according to the Hamas-run interior ministry in Gaza. The decision to close the crossing, which is the only…. Related: 25 Egyptian soldiers killed by militants in Sinai

PRC: Sinai soldier attack is Zionist plan
8/19/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The killing of 25 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai on Monday is a Zionist crime, the Popular Resistance Committees said.”The first and only beneficiaries of the problems in Egypt are the Zionists. They try to create problems and killings among Egyptians,” a statement to Ma’an read. Israel planned and implemented the attack, the group, mainly active in Gaza, said…. Related: 25 Egyptian soldiers killed by militants in Sinai

Israel must support Egypt’s army, official says
8/19/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel and the West must support Egypt’s army, an Israeli official said Monday, after 25 Egyptian policemen were killed in an attack in the Sinai bordering Israel. The unnamed official’s comments in an Israeli daily came a day after a New York Times report that Israel would press Western powers to support the military in unrest-swept Egypt. By “not….

Cairo envoy: Egypt will prevail against ‘terrorism’
8/19/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Egypt will triumph over “terrorism” and “extremist groups” threatening the country’s security, ambassador to Palestine Yasser Othman said Monday. Speaking at a gathering outside Egypt’s embassy in Ramallah, Othman said Egypt is “moving forward towards resuming its nationalistic and strategic role in the Arab world.” He applauded the “honorable” stance of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates….

No reward for Palestinian who hacked Zuckerberg Facebook page
8/19/2013 – SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — A researcher who hacked into Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg’s profile to expose a security flaw won’t get the customary reward payment from the social network. While Facebook offers rewards for those who find security holes, it seems that Palestinian researcher Khalil Shreateh went too far by posting the information on Zuckerberg’s own profile page. Shreateh said….

Official: Hamas rejects call to hold general elections
8/19/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A meeting held late Sunday to discuss political reconciliation failed to make progress as the Hamas movement rejected the idea of holding general elections, a Fatah official said. Amin Maqboul, secretary-general of Fatah’s revolutionary council, told Ma’an that Hamas rejected a proposal presented by Fatah to hold legislative, presidential and general elections. Hamas said they wanted to….

Palestinian universities facing crippling financial crisis, union says
8/19/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – All Palestinian universities are facing a crippling financial crisis and some have not been able to pay salaries regularly over the past two years, a union leader said Monday. Amjad Barham, who heads a union of university professors and staff, told Ma’an that most Palestinian universities have accumulated unpaid salaries and other expenses. Thus, he added, universities will not…. Related: Minister: Palestinian Authority facing financial crisis

New movement targets Hamas rule in Gaza
8/19/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – A newly announced Palestinian youth movement, said to be based in the Gaza Strip, released a statement and a video Sunday calling on all residents of Gaza to protest on Nov. 11. They urged protests against rivalries, exclusion, single-handedness, injustice, oppression and the violation of the inalienable rights of the people of Gaza.”We can’t remain silent any more….

2 killed in Nablus family disputes
8/19/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Two people were killed in Nablus late Sunday in family disputes, locals said. Ibrahim Khalil Hikmat Assi, 23, was stabbed to death in Balata refugee camp during a feud. He was a member of the Palestinian National Security forces. In a separate incident, Haitham Mustafa, 18, was also stabbed to death in Balata refugee camp. [END]

Gaza child dies after falling from building
8/19/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A young child died on Monday after falling from her house in Gaza City, medics said. Bisan Issmat Assaf, one-and-a-half years old, died instantly. [END]

25 Egyptian soldiers killed by militants in Sinai
8/19/2013 – El-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — At least 25 Egyptian soldiers were killed by militants in an ambush on two buses in north Sinai on Monday. The soldiers were reportedly executed by militants after being ordered to leave the buses. The armed gunmen forced the soldiers to lie on the ground before shooting them, security officials told Ma’an. Three other Egyptian servicemen were injured…. Related: Official: Egypt closes Rafah crossing after Sinai attack andPRC: Sinai soldier attack is Zionist plan

Egypt police say 36 dead Islamist prisoners died from tear gas
8/19/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Thirty-six Egyptian Islamist prisoners killed on Sunday during an attempted prison break died after suffocating on tear gas, the interior ministry said in a statement.”Thirty-six of the prisoners died of suffocation and crowding after tear gas was used to stop their escape,” the ministry said. [END]

Merkel: Germany considering halting arms exports to Egypt
8/19/2013 – BERLIN (AFP) — 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. Speaking to German television station, ZDF, Merkel said arms exports to Egypt could be “subject to measures which clearly show our skepticism about what is happening.” “There will probably be a meeting….

Mubarak freed in case, held on other charge
8/19/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak has been granted conditional release in one of the corruption cases against him, but will remain in custody on charges in an additional case, judicial sources said Monday. His lawyer plans to appeal against the fourth and final case, which is also related to corruption, in a bid to secure the former president’s release….

Deadly attack on police as Egypt escalates crackdown
8/19/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Militants killed 25 policemen on Monday in the deadliest attack of its kind in years, as Egypt’s army-installed rulers escalated a campaign to crush ousted president Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood. The assailants fired rocket-propelled grenades at two buses carrying police in the Sinai Peninsula, sources said, just hours after 37 Brotherhood prisoners died in police custody. The incidents came…. Related: 25 Egyptian soldiers killed by militants in Sinai

Turkey accuses OIC of inaction on Egypt violence
8/19/2013 – ANKARA, Turkey (AFP) — Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government on Monday accused the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and its Turkish secretary general of remaining indifferent to the bloodshed in Egypt.”I would say I resign because. . . I couldn’t accept the stance of an Islamic organisation whose name carries the word Islam in the face of such brutality,” Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said in….

Palestine News Network

Kids Play War: The Struggle of Kufr Qaddum and Meanderings on Violence
Palestine News Network

Israel Warns its Citizens Not to Travel to a Number of Countries
Palestine News Network

Occupation Forms an Association That Aims to Build a Synagogue in Al-Aqsa
Palestine News Network

US Political Analyst: Israel Frustrated by Palestinians’ Presence
Palestine News Network

Prisoners Launch Protest Steps Against Administrative Detention
Palestine News Network

PCBS Survey on Domestic and Outbound Tourism, 2012
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Ensures Safety of Millions of Facebook Users
Palestine News Network

Hamdallah and US Sign $148m Agreement for PA’s Budget
Palestine News Network

Implementation of “Social Movement of Bedouin Women” Project Initiated
Palestine News Network

PMA: Business Cycle Indicator Increased in West Bank during August
Palestine News Network

Casket 5056: The Unidentified Palestinian
Palestine News Network

MADA: Preventing Journalists from Covering a Protest in Hebron is An Attack on Freedom of Expression
Palestine News Network

24 Egyptian Policemen Killed in Islamist Ambush in Northern Sinai
Palestine News Network

Pillay Calls for Urgent Talks to Save Egypt from Further Disastrous Violence
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Action Alert: Three leading Palestinian women prisoners’ activists arrested
8/19/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 19th August 2013, Samidoun, Occupied Palestine – Leena Jawabreh, Linan Abu Ghoulmeh and Myassar Atyani, three Palestinian activists and former prisoners were seized by the Israeli police at 10:00 pm on the evening of August 15 while visiting a friend, former prisoner Woroud Qasem, in the 1948 occupied areas of Palestine. All three are leading campaigners and activists for Palestinian prisoners and are from Nablus….

Attacks on Asira: Occupation stealing childhoods
8/19/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 19th August 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Asira al Qibliya, Occupied Palestine – In the evenings of the 15th and 16th of August, the village of Asira al Qibliya was raided by Israeli occupation forces, who fired teargas canisters and sound bombs throughout the village. Residents of Asira are concerned for the children of the village and how life under the occupation is stealing their….

Israeli army invade Bruqin village two days after prisoner release
8/19/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 19th August 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Bruqin, Occupied Palestine – On Thursday 15th August, Israeli occupation forces entered the village of Bruqin in the early hours of the morning. Four jeeps full of soldiers made their way first into the valley, and then into the village itself. The Israeli army at first did not exit their vehicles; they stayed inside the village for approximately….

Relief Web

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 12 – 19 August
Relief Web 19 Aug 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao…

World: Volver a construir mejor: Atención de salud mental sostenible después de una emergencia
Relief Web 19 Aug 2013 – Source: World Health Organization Country: Afghanistan, Burundi, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, occupied Palestinian territory, Serbia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, World Las emergencias humanitarias brindan la oportunidad de mejorar los servicios de salud mental sostenibles a largo plazo 16 DE AGOSTO DE…

occupied Palestinian territory: As peace talks pick up, Palestinians demand a return to villages fled long ago
Relief Web 19 Aug 2013 – Source: Christian Science Monitor Country: occupied Palestinian territory Palestinians insist that a peace agreement include a ‘right of return’ to the villages they fled in 1948, but Israelis say there is no room for any of them in Israel. Read…

World: Plight of humanity in emergencies
Relief Web 19 Aug 2013 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory, World Op-ed by the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator James W. Rawley on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day Today, on World Humanitarian Day, we are reminded off…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israeli Forces Arrest and Injure Three Palestinian Fishermen then Confiscate Their Boat
Relief Web 19 Aug 2013 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory · Since the beginning of 2013, Israeli forces have arrested 13 fishermen and carried out 103 attacks. · Al Mezan asserts that the right of Palestinian fishermen to access…

The National

Mubarak to be released in days, his lawyer says
The National 19 Aug 2013 – A court has ruled that the former Egyptian president can no longer be held on corruption charges and his lawyer says his freedom is a formality.

EU to hold emergency meeting to review Egypt’s Dh25bn aid
The National 19 Aug 2013 – Amid reports that Europe may suspend financial assistance and arms shipments, Saudi Arabia issues a strongly worded warning against international involvement in the crisis. Omar Karmi reports from London 

CIA admits orchestrating Iran coup
The National 19 Aug 2013 – The CIA has admitted orchestrating the August 1953 coup that toppled Iran’s prime minister after he tried to nationalise his country’s oil wealth from Britain, accordingly to declassified documents.

Delhi says its restraint against Pakistan in Kashmir is weakening
The National 19 Aug 2013 – India said yesterday it was running out of patience with Pakistan-backed transgressions in Kashmir as cross-border firing spread further north for the first time since the two armies agreed on a ceasefire in 2003.

Special fitness camps for Dubai ‘Your Weight in Gold’ contestants
The National 19 Aug 2013 – The medical advice is being offered in addition to the three sports days set up for participants.

Experts ensure Dubai weight loss contestants slim safely
The National 19 Aug 2013 – First of municipality’s three open days brings free check-ups and advice on how to trim down without causing yourself any harm.

Syrians flock to Iraq by the thousands
The National 19 Aug 2013 – About 30,000 Syrians have fled across the border into northern Iraq’s self-ruled Kurdish region in the past five days, the UN refugee agency says.

Amnesty International denounces ‘utter carnage’ in Egypt
The National 19 Aug 2013 – The London-based rights group, Amnesty International, yesterday denounced the ‘utter carnage’ in Egypt, after clashes between security forces and supporters of the ousted president, Mohammed Morsi, killed hundreds across the country in the past week.


Abuse of stun guns
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2013

The two-faced critics of the prisoner release
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2013

Letters to the editor
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2013

Petition in High Court against gender separation
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2013

It pays to be a small-town rabbi in Israel
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2013

Netanyahu furious over Livni’s move to draft alternative to Jewish State Law
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2013

Why I chose to vaccinate my son
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2013

Egypt unrest hinges on Saudi support of the military
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2013

Israeli security guards may be sent out unarmed due to dispute over gun safety laws
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2013

Israeli public’s fears over polio vaccination unfounded, say doctors
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2013

No publicity like self-publicity for Channel 1 employees fighting to save broadcast reforms
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2013

Making peace by hook or by crook
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2013

Following parents’ complaint, Education Ministry circulars to be translated into Arabic
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2013

Yesh Atid’s religion of reverse psychology
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2013

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a war of religion, not territory
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2013

Muslim Brotherhood is running out of time
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2013

IDF soldier, a recent U.S. immigrant, collapses during training
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2013

Jerusalem Post

Egyptian authorities arrest Muslim Brotherhood leader
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2013 – Mohamed Badie was charged with inciting the murder of protesters. 

Weinstein to Edelstein: Speed up hearings on haredi draft bill
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2013 – Shaked: I won’t give up on serious legislative process; petitioners seek immediate drafting of thousands of ultra-Orthodox. 

US delivers $148m. in aid to Palestinian Authority
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2013 – Overall package could amount to over $4b. in investments. 

Washington divided on Egypt
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2013 – Democrats call offensive against Morsi supporters “inhumane, undemocratic,” while Republicans say aid should be used for leverage. 

Justice Ministry weighing indictment against TA officer for using Taser gun
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2013 – Officer used Taser gun on detainee; use of electrocuting device still suspended after violent arrest of settler last week. 

Tel Aviv faces pressure for policy on Shabbat businesses
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2013 – End-of-the-week deadline looms for presenting plan; Municipality official says Tel Aviv-Jaffa will remain a free city. 

Lupolianski family unaware of alleged mayoral bid
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2013 – Former haredi mayor still under investigation for corruption charges in Holyland trial. 

Egyptian official: Its ‘natural’ that Israel concerned by Egypt’s security situation
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2013 – Mustafa Hijazi says Israel understands that Egyptian security affects whole region; Morsi’s detention extended 15 days. 

Activists inspired by ouster of Morsi launch campaign to overthrow Hamas in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2013 – Movement denounces Islamist group’s “repression and tyranny”; Hamas accuses Fatah of attempt to instigate tensions in Gaza. 

Police to probe allegation of racism at Beersheba health club
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2013 – A Channel 10 expose highlights apparent racism on the part of employees of the facility; 1st criminal probe following such allegations. 

Palestinian apologizes for hacking Zuckerberg’s Facebook page
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2013 – Khalil Shreateh contacted Zuckerberg in an attempt to claim reward Facebook pays users who find holes in its security. 

Pro-Israel groups to help IDF soldiers in need
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2013 – Some 8,000 IDF soldiers to receive total of NIS 12 million in aid ahead of Jewish holidays.

Laywer expects Egypt’s Mubarak to be released this week
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2013 – Former Egyptian president cleared in corruption case; to be released in the near future, but will face retrial for alleged crimes. 

East Jerusalem residents charged over stabbing of haredi man
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2013 – Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office files indictment against residents over stabbing near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. 

EU ‘won’t go too far’ in condemning Egypt violence, report says
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2013 – Al-Ahram quotes European diplomat as saying that “reassuring messages” by Egyptian officials would “help reduce the level of apprehension.” 

UN: Over 20,000 Syrian refugees cross into Iraq
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2013 – Syrians pour into the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, taking advantage of a new bridge along largely closed border. 

Sinai attack kills 24 Egyptian policemen
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2013 – Victims apparently shot execution-style; Egypt’s military will need to use commandos to control peninsula, says expert. 

El Al plane returns to airport gate to save sick girl’s summer dream
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – The girl, Inbar Chomsky of Rehovot, was one of 30 Israeli children with cancer on her way to Camp Simcha in the US last week. 

Will Hezbollah implode?
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – The Shi’ite group’s intervention in Syria has placed it at a crossroads. 

160 Jaljulya students suspected of cheating on Arabic exam
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2013 – The suspicion arose after the Education Ministry received reports from sources at the school, including some of the students’ parents. 


How much data the NSA really gets

(Jeff Haynes / Agence France Presse) Head of Israel’s “covert” social media program suspended over anti-Japanese Facebook posts

Boycotts that aid the Palestinians

Syria Protests August 16, 2013 : A Video Roundup

Reactions to Developments in Egypt

Israeli Attorney Exposes “Parallel” Legal System for Embarrassing Security Cases

Why an Iraqi Single Mom Is Suing George W. Bush for War Crimes

The spy aged EIGHT: How American forces recruited a young boy to plant a chip on his stepfather – an Al Qaeda target in Yemen – so they could kill him in a drone strike

Iraq : Protests and violence continue as Nouri al-Maliki grows ever more unpopular

Who Are the Real Criminals? Manning “Apologizes”

Daily Star

Human rights group demands halt to live ammo use in Egypt
Daily Star 19 Aug 2013 Human Rights Watch called on the Egyptian government Monday to stop using live ammunition against protesters, as it challenged the official death toll from day one of the ongoing crisis.

Ban insists on free access in Syria chemical weapons probe
Daily Star 19 Aug 2013 UN chief Ban Ki-moon insisted Monday that UN experts be granted unrestricted access to Syrian sites under investigation for chemical weapons use as they began their mission.

Turkey presses Egypt for release of journalist
Daily Star 19 Aug 2013 Turkey is pressing the Egyptian government to release a Turkish journalist who was detained after police stormed a mosque in Cairo and swept up hundreds of supporters of the country’s ousted president who had sought refuge…

U.S. has made no decision on freezing aid to Egypt -State Dept
Daily Star 19 Aug 2013 The United States has not made a decision on whether to freeze economic assistance to Egypt in a review underway by the Obama administration of all U.S. aid to the country, the State Department said on…

Group: Egyptian held in Dubai for Islamist links
Daily Star 19 Aug 2013 United Arab Emirates authorities held an Egyptian journalist without charge and subjected him to mistreatment in a secret prison on accusation of membership in an Islamist group, a human rights group said Monday.

YNet News

Report: Egypt security forces kill journalist 
YNet News, 19 Aug 2013 – ….

UN’s Ban ‘deeply disturbed’ by Muslim Brotherhood deaths in Egypt 
YNet News, 19 Aug 2013 – ….

Beatrice Kozera, girl in Kerouac book, dies at 92
YNet News, 19 Aug 2013 – ….

134,000 children get polio vaccine 
YNet News, 19 Aug 2013 – ….

Top Iran adviser reaches out to West
YNet News, 19 Aug 2013 – ….

The modern European anti-Semitism 
YNet News, 19 Aug 2013 – Op-ed: Official EU boycott of Israeli settlements provides institutional backing to mob-like anti-Semitism ….

Plight of humanity in emergencies 
YNet News, 19 Aug 2013 – Op-ed: UN’s humanitarian coordinator calls on Palestinians, Israelis to end cycle of violence ….

Palestinian Information Center

Even Israel didn’t reach this level of barbarianism
PIC – The conspicuously hypocritical American-western stance vis-à-vis the Nazi-like atrocities in Egypt is actually a badge of eternal shame on the conscience of most westerners.

IOF wounds youth, interrogates Hamas MP in WB sweep
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed various areas in north and central West Bank at dawn Monday and broke into civilian homes and searched them.

Haneyya: We understand Egyptian security concerns but crossing is vital for Gaza
PIC – Gaza premier Ismail Haneyya said that his government and Hamas movement understand Egyptian security concerns especially in Sinai but still demand reopening Rafah crossing.

Israel razes Bedouin homes in Beit Hanina for military purposes
PIC – Israeli military bulldozers demolished on Monday the shacks of Al-Kaabna Bedouins in Beit Hanina, north of occupied Jerusalem, at the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Resheq slams Egyptian police and army for cold-blooded killing of civilians
PIC – Senior member of Hamas’s political bureau Ezzat Al-Resheq strongly denounced the Egyptian police and army for persisting in killing unarmed Egyptian civilians in cold blood.

Dozens of settlers break into Aqsa mosque
PIC – Dozens of Jewish settlers and students broke into the holy Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem at an early hour on Monday morning.

Egypt closes Rafah crossing indefinitely
PIC – The Egyptian authorities told Palestinian officials at the Rafah crossing that the terminal would be closed in both directions until further notice.

Abu Sisi goes on open hunger strike
PIC – Isolated Palestinian captive Dirar Abu Sisi has gone on an open hunger strike three days ago protesting his continued solitary confinement.


Israeli Closure of Al-Bireh Waste Disposal Site Causes Concern
WAFA – 19 Aug 2013

Abbas Discusses Negotiations Progress with US Envoy
WAFA – 19 Aug 2013

Israel Demolishes 11 Bedouin Dwellings near Jerusalem
WAFA – 19 Aug 2013

Israeli Soldiers Shoot Youth, Raid Homes in Jenin
WAFA – 19 Aug 2013

Only 11% of Palestinians traveled abroad in 2012, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 19 Aug 2013

Newspapers Review: PA and Israeli Settlements Focus of Daily
WAFA – 19 Aug 2013


Egypt may release Mubarak as he stands trial in 2011 deaths
LA Times 19 Aug 2013 – Former President Hosni Mubarak’s possible release could incite fresh unrest in Egypt amid a deadly military crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. CAIRO — Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is on trial on murder-related charges in the deaths of hundreds of protesters in 2011, may…

Syrian refugees flee amid clashes between Kurds and Islamist rebels
LA Times 19 Aug 2013 – BEIRUT — Thousands of Syrians, mostly ethnic Kurds, crossed from Syria into Iraq on Monday in what has become one of the largest sustained refugee flows in the more than two years since the Syrian conflict began.

Israel walks fine line on Egypt turmoil
LA Times 19 Aug 2013 – JERUSALEM – Worried about its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, Israel is skirting a fine line between maintaining its usual silence on the unrest in its neighbor and openly supporting Egypt’s military-led government, which many in Israel view as the best bet for keeping a…

Syrian Palestinians pack Lebanon refugee camp
LA Times 19 Aug 2013 – ‘Animals live like this, not humans,’ says one of the thousands who have landed in Burj el-Shemali in Lebanon. BURJ EL-SHEMALI, Lebanon — The midday heat is stifling in the living room of the cramped apartment where Rania resides with her two sisters, their husbands,…

Egypt’s Gen. Sisi says he won’t tolerate further violence
LA Times 19 Aug 2013 – The military presence in Cairo and its suburbs swells, with tanks in most neighborhoods. Protesters are held in check. CAIRO — The leader of Egypt’s military declared Sunday that he would not tolerate further violence as his security forces moved to suppress any fresh street…

Saudi Arabia Vows to Back Egypt’s Rulers
New York Times 19 Aug 2013 – As Europeans and the United States considered cutting cash aid to Egypt, Saudi Arabia said that it and its allies would make up any reduction and vowed continued support. 

The Lede: Egypt’s Media Cheers on Army Crackdown
New York Times 19 Aug 2013 – To justify a security crackdown, the Egyptian media has deployed the theme tune from “Rocky,” reworked anti-Obama conspiracy theories and even tossed in a reference to “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” 

Egyptian Court Orders Release for Mubarak
New York Times 19 Aug 2013 – The order for former President Hosni Mubarak’s release provided another sign of the return of his authoritarian style of government and came as state forces arrested the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader. 

At U.N., Labor Tensions Mar 10th Anniversary of Bombing
New York Times 19 Aug 2013 – The commemoration of the bombing of the United Nations Baghdad offices was overshadowed by staff members who said internal labor practices had compromised their safety and security. 

World Briefing | Washington: C.I.A. Orchestrated 1953 Coup in Iran, Document Confirms
New York Times 19 Aug 2013 – The C.I.A. has admitted to orchestrating the 1953 coup that toppled Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh of Iran, according to a declassified document. 

The Lede: Egyptians Share Gruesome Images of Dead Prisoners and Soldiers
New York Times 19 Aug 2013 – The Egyptian government has acknowledged killing 36 Islamists in its custody on Sunday, and an attack by suspected militants in the Sinai peninsula left at least 24 police officers dead. 

European Union Sets Emergency Session on Suspending Aid to Egypt
New York Times 19 Aug 2013 – The Europeans have struggled to negotiate a political solution in the continuing military crackdown. 

First Int’l mortgage workers to strike
Globes Main News – Workers committee chairman: Customers should hurry to complete procedures.

Might Elsztain bring Steinhardt, Soros into IDB?
Globes Main News – Eduardo Elsztain, in talks with IDB Holding’s bondholders, may seek financing from Michael Steinhardt and George Soros.

State to pay fast lane franchisee NIS 100m
Globes Main News – Shapir Engineering is set to receive compensation for government planning errors.

Mon: T
elcos pull market up

Globes Main News – Cellcom had the biggest gain among Tel Aviv 25 shares, while Bezeq rose on the day’s biggest turnover.

ISA won’t make dual-listed cos detail exec pay
Globes Main News – Dual-listed companies can continue to disclose the aggregate compensation of the five highest-paid executives.

‘All we want is to farm our land peacefully’: Civilians in Gaza continue to suffer from Israel’s restrictive buffer zone
Mondoweiss – 60-year-old Abu Te’mah, a farmer in Gaza, says there are parts of his land he cannot reach, despite Israeli announcements about easing the “buffer zone” after the November 2012 ceasefire. (Photo: Ghada Snunu) The Israeli authorities have been imposing the so called “Buffer Zone,” or Access Restricted Areas (…

Why is the Egyptian regime demonizing Palestinians?
Mondoweiss – Palestinians know that if Cairo sneezes then Palestine, especially Gaza, is first to get the flu. Indeed, Gaza often serves as a tool of regime policy, as was the case during the Mubarak years and during the short-lived government led by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and…

Mubarak is released while the Obama administration second guesses its second guess
Mondoweiss – This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page . So we have come full circle. Ousted President Mubarak is now a free man. Sort of. Here’s how the New York Times announced…

Roger Waters appeals to fellow musicians — Endorse the cultural boycott of Israel
Mondoweiss – Roger Waters at the Separation Wall in 2006. (Photo: War on Want) 18th August 2013, Warsaw To My Colleagues in Rock and Roll: Nigel Kennedy the virtuoso British violinist and violist, at The Recent Promenade Concerts at The Albert Hall in London, mentioned that Israel is…

Spock visits the holy land
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Roger Waters Releases an Open Letter to Musicians Calling for A Boycott of Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 19 Aug 2013 – British rocker Roger Waters published an open letter calling on fellow musicians to join a boycott of Israel. The letter, which condemns Israel for apartheid and ethnic cleansing, has been expected for several months, according to the Electronic Intifada, which first reported on its existence. Click…

Palestinian Hacker Posts Illegally on Zuckerberg’s Facebook Page 
The Foward Breaking News 19 Aug 2013 – A Palestinian hacker posted a message on Facebook founder Marc Zuckerberg’s wall to show there is a bug in the social network’s security settings. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Lobbies U.S. To Maintain Aid to Egypt 
The Foward Breaking News 19 Aug 2013 – The Israeli government is kicking into high gear its efforts to convince the United States and the European Union to support the new military-backed government in Egypt. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egyptian Christians Try To Lay Low Amid Bloodshed 
The Foward Breaking News 19 Aug 2013 – As clashes between the Egyptian army and the Muslim Brotherhood lead to bloodshed, the Christian Copts in Egypt are also suffering from violence. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Saudi FM Agrees With France to Give Chance to Egypt’s Roadmap 
allAfrica.com 19 Aug 2013 – [Egypt Online]Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said on Sunday 18/8/2013 that he agreed with the French side to give a chance to a roadmap adopted by the interim rulers in Egypt to bring about security.

Nigeria: Israelis Train Plateau Farmers On Plant Protection 
allAfrica.com 19 Aug 2013 – [Daily Trust]Jos -Forty selected farmers from Jos north and Bassa LGAs of Plateau State have undergone training in plant protection and weed control by Israeli resource persons at the Plateau State Agricultural Service Training Centre (ASTC) in Vom, Jos South LGA.

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood leader held 
BBC 19 Aug 2013 – Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohammed Badie is arrested in Cairo, Egyptian officials say, as security forces continue a crackdown on Islamists.

CIA admits role in Iran’s 1953 coup 
BBC 19 Aug 2013 – The CIA releases documents which for the first time acknowledge its key role in the 1953 coup which ousted Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq.

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 19 Aug 2013 – On Saturday, August 24, the National Action to Realize the Dream March will take place in Washington, DC in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The march will honor the progress of the past five decades as well…

Car Bomb in the Southern Suburbs of Beirut 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 19 Aug 2013 – Car bombs are a disease: They were planted in our region by the Zionist terrorist gangs since the 1930s. But all the present-day methods of terrorism were originally introduced to our region by the Zionists. In fact, the silly formula that Thomas Friedman introduced in his…

Why Western media frames civilian areas as “Hezbollah strongholds” 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 19 Aug 2013 – Beirut was thrown into turmoil on Thursday evening as a terrorist attack against residents of Dahiyeh – a southern suburb of the Lebanese capital and a predominantly Shia neighborhood – threatened to draw the country into a region wide crisis. As conflicting news reports began to…

Hariri Provides the Murderers With Political Cover 
Akhbar Opinion 19 Aug 2013 – Not only does Hariri provide radical Islamist groups with political cover, in addition to funding and arming them, he is now declaring that they cannot be touched. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Not only does Hariri provide radical Islamist groups with political cover, in addition to funding and…

Dahiyeh: Engine of the Lebanese Economy 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Aug 2013 – These are probably simple differences in today’s numbers, but the impact of the security and social situation is not considered major, due to the makeup of Dahiyeh’s sociopolitical fabric. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) These are probably simple differences in today’s numbers, but the impact of the security…

Nearly 30,000 Syrian refugees cross into Iraq since Thursday: UN 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Aug 2013 – Syrian refugees cross the border into the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq on 18 August 2013. (Photo: AFP – Afin Hamed) An estimated 29,000 Syrian refugees have entered northern Iraq since Thursday in one of the largest crossings in Syria’s two-year-old conflict and the influx…

The Hills of Ersal: Where Killers Roam 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Aug 2013 – Vehicles of the Lebanese army drive near the village of Arsal, near the border with Syria, where a clash between gunmen and the army happened killing two soldiers on 1 February 2013. (Photo: AFP – STR) Vehicles of the Lebanese army drive near the village of…

Iraq executes 16 people convicted of terrorism 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Aug 2013 – Iraq has put 17 people to death, 16 of them on terrorism-related charges, the justice ministry said Monday, the latest in a series of executions that have drawn international condemnation. They are the first executions announced by the ministry since brazen July assaults on two major…

Kuwait to deport nine Egyptians for protesting crackdown 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Aug 2013 – Kuwait is to deport nine Egyptian Islamists for participating in protests outside their embassy in the Gulf emirate which bans foreigners from demonstrating, a newspaper said on Monday. The men were among a group of some 70 protesters who staged two demonstrations outside the Egyptian embassy…

Israel urges US, EU to back Egypt’s military crackdown 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Aug 2013 – Israel and the West must support Egypt’s army to regain control of the country and prevent jihadists from taking over, an Israeli official told a local newspaper in remarks published late-Sunday. The unnamed official’s comments came a day after a New York Times report said that…

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood leader held 
BBC 19 Aug 2013 – Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohammed Badie is arrested in Cairo, Egyptian officials say, as security forces continue a crackdown on Islamists.

CIA admits role in Iran’s 1953 coup 
BBC 19 Aug 2013 – The CIA releases documents which for the first time acknowledge its key role in the 1953 coup which ousted Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq.


Despite outcry, EU guidelines on settlements will have little effect 
Eness Elias, Rona Moran, Yara Saadi, +972 Magazine 8/17/2013
Not only do the EU guidelines do very little to affect the occupation economy, they may also bestow legitimization on commercial activities that, despite supposedly taking place within the Green Line, yield huge occupation-born profits.
Contrary to confused press reports, the new European Union guidelines do not entail a boycott of the settlements but in fact reflect a misguided notion of two independent economic systems divided by the 1967 borders. Nevertheless – a precedent was set.
According to the new guidelines issued by the EU last month, the various EU bodies can no longer fund or dispense awards and grants to commercial companies, public bodies and organizations working within settlements. But what do these guidelines entail in practice?
The new guidelines sent shockwaves across the Israeli and global press alike. It was suggested by many reports that EU bodies shall cease to fund public and commercial organizations and bodies directly involved in settlements across the Palestinian and Syrian occupied territories – beyond the 1967 lines. In fact, these are not binding directives, but rather mere guidelines, constituting a recommendation. Their binding powers only apply to bodies operating directly on behalf of the EU, not each individually EU member state. Nevertheless, according to the recommendations, academic and governmental institutes, as well as many Israeli and international companies, may cease to enjoy grants from the EU as long as they maintain their activities in the occupied territories.
One body set to be directly and clearly hit by these recommendations is the cosmetics company Ahava. The company, with its factory located in part of the Dead Sea located in the occupied territories, manufacturing products made of mud mined from it, participates in several research projects funded by the EU each year. In this case, as in many others, despite the company’s official address being registered in Ben Gurion Airport City, its sole production site is located at the settlement of Mitzpe Shalem…. more.. e-mail

Visualizing Palestine in a two state solution: A state of Palestine or a Palestinian Bantustan? 
Jessica Purkiss, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 8/19/2013
After a long career as a journalist covering the apartheid in South Africa, Allister Sparks travelled Israel and Palestine, shocked by what he witnessed he was compelled to comment, “When I look at Israel, when I traveled through the West Bank, I was looking at Bantustans-totally unviable, impossible states”.
Bantustans were Apartheid South Africa’s answer to the “problem” of the black majority. Under the Bantu Authorities Act, the man behind the vision, Dr. Hendrick Verwoerd, set about cutting little islands in the map of South Africa that were to become “states” exclusively created for the black population.
Under the façade that there would be no peace until the white man had his country and the black man had his, each island was declared an independent state. They had their own governments and infrastructure, but in reality they were merely impoverished puppet states controlled by South Africa and acted as a smokescreen for the continued policies of Apartheid.
In his speech to congress Verwoerd referenced the conflict between the Arabs and Jews as one in which the solution chased was Apartheid. Years later, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have met in Jerusalem to carve the map of peace for Israel and Palestine to the shape of a one state for them, one state for us solution, in the hope of ending the decades long conflict.
But the question remains what will these two states look like in a two state solution, or rather what will Palestinian statehood look under this vision?
Jeff Halper, Director of the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions, said to Memo that he believes Israel had created a situation in which it is impossible to detach any definable territory from Israel. He said, “There’ s one territory under Israeli control from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River, with one army, even one electrical system and one water system. more.. e-mail

Despite recent improvements, Israeli government can do more for Gazans 
Tania Hary, +972 Magazine 8/18/2013
The increases in movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza should serve as a reminder that Israel recognizes the need for civilian access, that the army can facilitate access when it is instructed to do so, and that more even more can be done.
The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, which, among other things, oversees what and who comes in and out of Gaza, recently published its monthly report for July. The n
umbers published in the report reveal that, given the closing of tunnels on the Gaza-Egypt border and a subsequent drop in the underground transfer of goods, COGAT oversaw a 34 percent increase in goods entering Gaza via the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing from June to July. More fuel, cooking gas and basic food items entered the Strip than during the previous months of 2013.

While access at the Rafah Crossing was restricted for pedestrians on the Gaza-Egypt border, according to Gisha’s data, COGAT also facilitated a 15 percent increase in the passage of Palestinians at the Erez Crossing, which connects the Strip to Israel and the West Bank, from the month of June to July. More medical patients and their companions, as well as businesspeople, traveled through the crossing, as did more people in a category the army calls “other,” which includes first-degree family members who are permitted to visit one another in four circumstances: the death, severe illness, imprisonment or wedding of a loved one.
As previously published, it is very encouraging to see COGAT boast about increased access. Gisha is also happy to be able to say that it is possible, consistent with Israel’s policy goals, and the right thing to do.
Just recently, Gisha published a new position paper that might seem a little crazy on the face of it. It essentially says that Israel – or COGAT, which implements Israeli policy vis-à-vis Gaza – should strive for the maximum possible access given the security situation. In other words, security should be the only basis for restrictions on movement…. more.. e-mail

Jewish Agency plans most exorbitant ’pro-Israel’ campaign ever 
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 8/18/2013
A new initiative to market Israel to American Jews is expected to cost up to $300 million annually, three times the Birthright budget. But a cheaper project for both Americans and Israelis that could bolster Israel’s image much more effectively is not on the table: Ending the occupation. 
The Jewish Agency is reportedly developing its priciest campaign ever to connect Jews and Israel and it’s going to cost a lot of money. The budget is expected to reach $300 million per year in the next five years, The Forward reported. The massive operation is expected to launch in 2014 and concentrate on four main elements: “Israel Education,” “Israel Experiences,” “Israel Engagement on College Campus” and “Aliyah (immigration) of Young Adults” (all these have already being pursued heavily by “pro-Israel” groups for decades).
According to a report on the eJewishphilanthropy website, the Jewish Agency expects one third of the funding to come from the Israeli government (meaning Israeli taxpayer money) and will apparently dwarf Birthright, whose annual budget is a mere $100 million. and which similarly, also draws a third of its budget from Israeli taxpayers.
The project is being coined “The Prime Minister’s Initiative” even though Netanyahu’s office hasn’t actually endorsed it. But as the Jewish Agency’s U.S.-based fundraising chief, Misha Galperin, told the Forward: “This is the interest and the direction the prime minister wants to move in.” Well, that’s a relief. We wouldn’t want millions of dollars spent in the American Jewish community on programs that Netanyahu wasn’t behind, right?
The Jewish Agency is organizing a meeting in October to flesh out the campaign’s strategies with Israeli government representatives, heads of Jewish organizations and foundations, and a bunch of affluent donors…. more.. e-mail

Egypt: Re-erecting the Wall of Fear
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Aug 2013 – By Shafiq Morton When General Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt’s military commander-in-chief, appeared on national television on 25 July, I knew that something was brewing. Wearing dark glasses, a heavily braided cap and a full-dress uniform, Sisi had urged mass action to end what he called “terrorism and violence”. It was the first time in modern Egyptian history that a general – as opposed to a sitting president – had ever made such an extraordinary call. So what was he up to? Muslim Brotherhood supporters, demanding a re-instatement of President Muhammad Morsi, had refused to disperse from their post-coup sit-ins. Sisi, riding a wave of street populism after Morsi’s ousting, was clearly setting the stage for a showdown with the Islamic Brotherhood. Citing the bombing of a police station in Mansoura, Egypt’s “deep state” had evidently been given the excuse it needed – the Brotherhood was a “terrorist” organization in need…more

Israel’s West Bank Plans Will Leave Palestinians Very Little
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Aug 2013 – By Noam Chomsky The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks beginning in Jerusalem proceed within a framework of assumptions that merit careful thought. One prevailing assumption is that there are two options: either a two-state settlement will be reached, or there will be a “shift to a nearly inevitable outcome of the one remaining reality — a state ‘from th
e sea to the river’,” an outcome posing “an immediate existential threat of the erasure of the identity of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state” because of what is termed “the demographic problem,” a future Palestinian majority in the single state. This particular formulation is by former Israeli Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief Yuval Diskin, but the basic assumptions are near universal in political commentary and scholarship. They are, however, crucially incomplete. There is a third option, the most realistic one: Israel will carry forward its current policies with full U.S. economic,…

Shimon Gaspo: Being Honest about the Dominant Zionist Narrative
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Aug 2013 – By Neve Gordon 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—clamoring 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 neighborhood 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…more

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