VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 27 August 2013: ’Religion and politics’ in Israel: The mythology of Jewish nationalism

27 August 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian Killed In Askar Refugee Camp
IMEMC – [Tuesday August 27, 2013] A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Palestinian security fire reportedly during clashes between the security forces and gunmen in the Askar refugee camp, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

Price Tag Extremists Puncture Tires Of Ten Cars In Jerusalem
IMEMC – [Tuesday August 27, 2013] Local sources in Beit Safafa town, in occupied East Jerusalem, has reported that a group of extremist Israeli settlers punctured the tires of 10 Palestinian cars in the town, and wrote racist Price Tag graffiti. …

Social Activist Kidnapped By The Army At Erez Terminal
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday morning [August 27, 2013], a Palestinian social activist, head of the Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation (PYALARA) after heading to the Erez Israeli terminal in an attempt to obtain a permit to head to the West Bank. …

Clashes Take Place In Bethlehem
IMEMC – Local sources in the West Bank city of Bethlehem have reported that clashes took place between dozens of local youths, and Israeli soldiers, in Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. …

Ma’an News

Man shot dead by Palestinian security forces
8/27/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian security forces killed a man in a Nablus-area refugee camp late Tuesday, officials and witnesses said. Amjad Odeh, 37, died in what Palestinian officials described as an exchange of fire between the security forces and a wanted man in Askar refugee camp. Odeh was taken to Rafidia hospital were he was pronounced dead. There were reports of other injuries. In….

Palestinian hunger strikers in serious condition
8/27/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The health of two Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike is rapidly deteriorating, lawyers from the Palestinian Authority ministry of prisoners said Tuesday. Lawyer Hanin al-Khatib told Ma’an that Abed al-Majid Khdeirat is suffering from a kidney infection, breathing problems, and severe back pain. Israeli prison guards punished Khdeirat by not allowing any visits for 6 months and banned him….

Group: Israeli forces hand out stop-work orders
8/27/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli forces on Tuesday handed stop-work warrants to several Palestinian families in the southern West Bank town of al-Dhahiriya over allegedly building houses without license. Family members told the Hebron-based Land Research Center that inspectors of the Israeli Civil Administration “stormed the al-Maalla area and handed warrants ordering residents to stop construction works in their houses.”The report highlighted that though….

Negev activist: Prison better than displacement
8/27/2013 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — A prominent activist in the Negev village of al-Araqib said Tuesday that he would rather stay in prison than be displaced from his village. Sayah al-Touri was arrested on Monday with three other activists from the Bedouin village, which has been repeatedly demolished by Israeli forces.”Prison is better for me than being deported away from al-Araqib,” he said via his….

Israeli extremists puncture tires of 6 cars in Jerusalem
8/27/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Suspected Israeli extremists punctured the tires of six Palestinian vehicles in Jerusalem on Tuesday. A local Beit Safafa resident told Ma’an that Israeli extremists sprayed “price tag” and “revenge” on the al-Tantur area of the neighborhood. Six vehicles, belonging to the Alian, Ash-hab, and Zandil families, were also punctured. Unknown assailants threw a Molotov cocktail at a Roman Catholic….

Google hackers call for labeling of Palestine
8/27/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hackers targeted Google Palestine’s homepage on Monday, leaving messages on the site protesting the terminology of Google maps, which does not label Palestine, the Washington Post reported.”Uncle Google, we say hi from Palestine to remember you that the country in Google map not called Israel. It’s called Palestine,” a message on the homepage said. The page….

UNRWA condemns killing of staff member in Qalandia
8/27/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees on Monday condemned the killing of one of its workers by Israeli forces in Qalandia refugee camp.”UNRWA deeply regrets to confirm that one of its staff members, a 34-year-old father of four, was shot dead by Israeli forces and killed instantly in an operation in Qalandia refugee camp in the occupied West….

Report: Talks reveal gaps between Israel negotiators
8/27/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two rounds of peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams have revealed major conceptual gaps between Israel’s two chief negotiators, Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Molcho, Israeli daily Maariv reported Tuesday. Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molcho is seeking an agreement of principles regarding final status issues rather than signing a permanent agreement with the Palestinians, a similar framework to the….

Report: Israeli, Palestinian negotiators met in Jericho
8/27/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Jericho on Monday to discuss the peace process, despite an announcement by the PLO that talks had been canceled following the killing of three Palestinians earlier in the day. A Palestinian official, who chose to remain anonymous, told the Xinhua News Agency that the two negotiation teams met in the house of chief Palestinian negotiator….

Israelis scurry for masks after Syria gas attack
8/27/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Fearing a possible US strike against neighboring Syria which could spill across their northern border, Israelis are scurrying to replace old or missing gas masks, an official said on Tuesday.”Since the beginning of the week there has been a significant rise in the number of calls to our inquiry center, a fourfold increase,” a spokeswoman for the Israel Postal Service, which distributes….

FM meets OIC head in Ramallah
8/27/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Minister of foreign affairs Riyad al-Malki on Tuesday called on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to intervene to stop the “Judaization” of Jerusalem. In a meeting with the organization’s secretary general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, al-Malki condemned Israeli actions in Jerusalem such as settlement construction and racist attacks. He reiterated the importance of international efforts to stop such violations which he….

Hamdallah meets Norwegian FM
8/27/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Caretaker prime minister Rami Hamdallah reiterated his call on the international community to support the Palestinian economy amid obstacles imposed by Israel. In a meeting with Norwegian foreign minister Espen Barth Eide, he discussed an upcoming donors conference in New York and stressed the importance of establishing a Palestinian state. [END]

Gaza court issues death penalty to convicted collaborator
8/27/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A court in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday sentenced a man to death on charges of collaborating with Israel. The court ruled that the man, identified only as B. H, be sentenced to death by hanging, but did not set a date for the execution. Another man was sentenced to death on criminal charges of killing three Palestinians in….

PM offers condolences to families of Qalandia victims
8/27/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Prime Minister Rami Hamadallah offered condolences to the families of three victims of a deadly Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank on Monday. The prime minister was accompanied by the ministers of interior, health and transportation. [END]

Police seize overloaded bus in Bethlehem
8/27/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Police on Tuesday seized a school bus transporting 12 passengers over its legal load. The bus, designed to hold 19 passengers, had 31 teachers and students in it, a police report said. The driver was arrested and passengers were taken to their destinations by another bus. Bethlehem police commissioner called on parents to ensure that safety measures are taken for children….

Polls open in Jordan municipal election
8/27/2013 – AMMAN (AFP) — Polling stations in Jordan opened Tuesday in municipal elections with the impact of a huge Syrian refugee influx on a struggling economy stoking voter apathy and resentment. The Muslim Brotherhood, the main opposition party, is boycotting the polls, charging that, despite repeated promises since the Arab Spring of 2011, there is no real readiness for change. With few candidates of the leftist or….

Palestinian man dies in Egypt prison
8/27/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The body of a Palestinian man was returned to Gaza late Monday after he died in an Egyptian prison. Yousef Amro Abu Zayed, 51, was detained in Egypt because his visa had expired. He died three days ago but his family were unable to bring his body back until Tuesday. The circumstances around his death are unclear, his family say….

Russia: Strike on Syria can have ‘catastrophic consequences’
8/27/2013 – MOSCOW (AFP) — Russia on Tuesday warned a military intervention in Syria could have “catastrophic consequences” for the region and called on the international community to show “prudence” over the crisis.”Attempts to bypass the Security Council, once again to create artificial groundless excuses for a military intervention in the region are fraught with new suffering in Syria and catastrophic consequences for other countries of the….

UK military drawing up Syria contingency plans
8/27/2013 – LONDON (AFP) — Britain’s armed forces are drawing up contingency plans for military action in response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokesman said on Tuesday. Cameron will decide later on Tuesday whether to recall lawmakers to parliament to debate a possible military intervention, Downing Street said. [END]

Salafists behind killing of Tunisia politicians, says PM
8/27/2013 – TUNIS (AFP) — Tunisia’s Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh said on Tuesday that the country’s main Salafist movement, Ansar al-Sharia, was behind the assassinations of two opposition politicians. Ansar al-Sharia “is responsible for the assassinations of (Chokri) Belaid and (Mohamed) Brahmi, as well as our martyrs in the police and the national army,” Larayedh told a news conference. [END]

White House says no doubt Syria launched gas attack
8/27/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The White House said Tuesday there should be “no doubt” that the Syrian government launched last week’s devastating chemical weapons attack, believed to have killed hundreds of civilians. Press Secretary Jay Carney said there “should be no doubt, for anyone who approaches this logically, that the Syrian regime is responsible for the use of chemical weapons on Aug. 21 outside Damascus.”[END]

US ‘ready’ to strike Syria
8/27/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — The US defense chief said Tuesday his forces are ready to launch strikes against the Syrian regime over alleged chemical attacks, amid growing Western and Arab calls for action. Syria vowed defiantly to defend itself against any attack with “surprise” measures, while its close ally Russia warned that any use of force would have “catastrophic consequences” in the region. Global stock markets dived….

Iran warns Syria strike would threaten regional stability
8/27/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran’s Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan warned Tuesday that any Western military action against its ally Syria would threaten the stability and security of the region.”In case of military action against Syria, the region’s security and stability will be threatened,” Dehqan said, quoted by the official IRNA news agency.”This definitely will not be in the interest of those….

Iran ‘to name first female ambassador’
8/27/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran plans to appoint a woman ambassador and a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry for the first time in the Islamic republic’s history, Iranian media reports said Tuesday. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif “wants to employ women for two post: as spokesperson and to lead an embassy,” current ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi said, quoted in the media. A final decision is….

Palestine News Network

Syria Accuses Kerry of Lying, Disregarding UN
Palestine News Network

UN Team to Begin 2nd Day of Syria Probe
Palestine News Network

15 Molotov Cocktails Hurled at Israeli Checkpoint, 7 Palestinians Arrested
Palestine News Network

Settlers Puncture Tires of 10 Vehicles in Occupied Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Increase in Number of Building Licenses in Palestine, says Statistics Bureau
Palestine News Network

Statistics Bureau Announces Cost Index of Infrastructure in West Bank during July
Palestine News Network

British Christians Denounce Belfour Declaration, Claiming “it’s One of the Greatest Mistakes in History”
Palestine News Network

PCHR Condemns IOF Use of Excessive Lethal Force, Killing of 3 Palestinian Civilians in Qalandia
Palestine News Network

“They Confiscated My Only Source of Livelihood”
Palestine News Network

Tom Jones Asked to Boycott Performance in Israel
Palestine News Network

Beit Jala International Festival for Peace August 30-31, 2013
Palestine News Network

Official Warns of Israel’s Manipulation of Curriculum in Occupied Al-Quds
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Wife of kidnapped Palestinian engineer Dirar Abu Sisi holds Gaza press conference
8/27/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 27th August 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Gaza Team| Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Yesterday Veronika Abu Sisi, the wife of Palestinian electrical engineer Dirar Abu Sisi, spoke with media and supporters in the Gaza Strip to denounce the international kidnapping, summary detention and solitary confinement of her husband.”We won’t give up until Dirar Abu Sisi is released,” Veronika Abu Sisi said outside the couple….

Relief Web

Jordan: Hospitality in Crisis: Reflections on Jordan s Role in Responding to Syrian Displacement
Relief Web 27 Aug 2013 – Source: Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement Country: Jordan, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Hospitality is an art in the Middle East, but over the past two years Jordan has taken it to another level, welcoming an estimated 512,000 Syrian…

occupied Palestinian territory: Peace No Longer Rests on the Palestinian Issue
Relief Web 27 Aug 2013 – Source: Inter Press Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory Analysis by Pierre Klochendler JERUSALEM, Aug 27 2013 (IPS) – The end of the world s most enduring conflict was always regarded as the essential linchpin of Mideast security. As direct talks between…

occupied Palestinian territory: UNRWA Condemns the Killing of UN Staff Member in the Occupied West Bank
Relief Web 26 Aug 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory Statement by Chris Gunness UNRWA Spokesman Jerusalem 26 August 2013 UNRWA deeply regrets to confirm that one of its staff members, a 34-year-old…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israeli Forces Use Excessive Lethal Force Killing 3 Palestinian Civilians and Wounding 16 Others, Including 5 Children, in Qalandya Refugee Camp
Relief Web 26 Aug 2013 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory In an excessive use of lethal force, on Monday morning, 26 August 2013, Israeli occupation forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians and wounded 16 others, including 5 children, in Qalandya refugee…

The National

Iran and Oman sign US$60bn draft gas pipeline agreement
The National 28 Aug 2013 – Memorandum of understanding signed for Iran to supply Oman with gas through a pipeline under the Sea of Oman.

Countdown to US strike on Syria
The National 27 Aug 2013 – Syrian rebel chiefs are expecting intervention ‘within days’ as the Pentagon confirms the US Navy has four destroyers and US warplanes within range of Syrian targets.

Damascus in panic at prospect of US attack
The National 27 Aug 2013 – A heavy sense of dread pervades Damascus, bags are packed and families get ready to flee as the West mulls military action against the Syrian regime.

Sunshine makes you smile, UAE study shows
The National 27 Aug 2013 – Research by a team from Zayed University shows that those exposed to sunshine had improved moods.

Bo Xilai’s ‘kangaroo court case’ suddenly went viral
The National 27 Aug 2013 – Expectations were that the trial of Bo Xilai would be a swift piece of justice, a kangaroo court with the verdict already decided. But when tweets from the trial appeared, it was clear that transparency is also an issue. Hannah Gardner reports from Jinan

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince meets French minister
The National 27 Aug 2013 – Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed met French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in the capital.

Talks to end the crisis in Bahrain set to resume
The National 27 Aug 2013 – Talks aimed at ending Bahrain’s political crisis will resume today after a two-month break, complicated by a string of car bombings and new anti-terrorist measures.

Preparations for new academic year in Sharjah well underway
The National 27 Aug 2013 – Everything would be ready when pupils return on September 8, said the Sharjah Education Zone, Sharjah Transport Corporation and Sharjah Police.

Manila in drive to ban abusive employers in Gulf countries
The National 27 Aug 2013 – The Philippine labour secretary has launched new efforts to protect maids and root out unscrupulous agents in Gulf countries.

Man trampled as ‘snorting, frenzied bull’ runs amok in Abu Dhabi
The National 27 Aug 2013 – The raging bull charged at the man before rescue teams and police officers came to his rescue.

Limited strikes against Assad could backfire and drag US into Syria conflict
The National 27 Aug 2013 – Reacting in an ad hoc manner to atrocities could draw the US into the conflict in a way that it has tried to avoid, hastening the fall of the Assad regime but creating a power vacuum in which extremists will kill religious and ethnic minorities. Analysis by Taimur Khan

Ugandan orphans receive gift of learning from Dubai students
The National 27 Aug 2013 – University of Wollongong in Dubai students create English-language app for underprivileged Ugandan children.

Abu Dhabi Corniche to undergo massive makeover
The National 27 Aug 2013 – The 16,000 square metre development will occupy the block between Al Khaleej Al Arabi and 32nd streets, offering new dining and shopping options on the beachfront of the western end of the Corniche.

Indian MPs pass food security bill
The National 27 Aug 2013 – Finance minister insists country can afford the trillion-rupee cost of providing nearly 70 per cent of India’s population with subsidised grain.

Half a milllion affected by Sudan floods: UN
The National 27 Aug 2013 – The effect of Sudan’s floods has widened, the United Nations says, with more than half a million people affected by this month’s inundations.

Forget the horses, whisper near the camels
The National 27 Aug 2013 – Horse master Ali Al Ameri shares secrets of the trade ahead of the Abu Dhabi Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition.

Absher initiative brings doctors to rural corners of Abu Dhabi
The National 27 Aug 2013 – Specialist doctors will be available for consultations in rural areas such as Al Hayer and Sweihan from next month.

Crews report progress fighting US wildfire
The National 27 Aug 2013 – Crews were finally making progress against a massive US wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park as the fire entered its 10th day yesterday.

7,000 buildings breach Dubai construction rules
The National 27 Aug 2013 – The warnings were issued after Dubai Municipality carried out close to 38,000 inspections.

Residents of Discovery Gardens sceptical as Nakheel ponders flood solution
The National 27 Aug 2013 – The developer is working with Dewa to avoid a repeat of last month’s pipe burst, but one resident says the flooding problem was ‘only a matter of time’.

Ha’aretz

Turning Israeli leaders into mush: Lapid’s blender politics
Ha’aretz – 27 Aug 2013

Raid in Qalandiyah is a raid on the negotiations
Ha’aretz – 27 Aug 2013

Time for a targeted killing in Syria
Ha’aretz – 27 Aug 2013

Light comes from the West, nostalgia from the Middle East
Ha’aretz – 27 Aug 2013

Facebook: 74 governments demanded data on 38,000 users this year
Ha’aretz – 27 Aug 2013

Israel, the convenient puppet master
Ha’aretz – 27 Aug 2013

Jewish and then democratic
Ha’aretz – 27 Aug 2013

The right wing is trapped
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2013

Israel is getting bad advice from its best friend
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2013

The burning failure of Israeli President Shimon Peres
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2013

C minus in equality
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2013

Here’s why you should kick off your high heels
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2013

Jerusalem Post

Syrian hacker group shuts down the New York Times website
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – Sitr spokesman says he suspects the Syrian Electronic Army.

Analysis: Syria should not be equated with Libya nor Iraq
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – Kosovo provides best template for comparison to ongoing crisis in Syria, Harvard scholar says.

10 cars vandalized in latest price tag attack in east Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – Police say words price tag and death to Arabs were spray-painted on nearby walls in latest incident.

Comptroller, prosecutor disagree over treatment of indicted public officials
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – Joseph Shapira tells Tel Aviv Bar Association conference “the public should be the one who judges them.”

Special combat engineering unit holds grueling trial in South for new applicants
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – IDF recruits test their limits to become part of the army’s elite.

Norwegian FM to Post : World will not bankroll Palestinian state-building forever
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – Espen Barth Eide praises Israel for taking difficult step of releasing prisoners, says PA must also make concessions; if progress is not made, donations will dry up.

Amar comes in for harsh criticism from Ovadia Yosef
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – Shas spiritual leader angry at former protege for undermining his authority during recent chief rabbi elections.

Syrian army source: US attack on Syria would justify retaliation against Israel
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – Iran also warns against explosive repercussions of strike.

Court orders state to hand over investigatory material on Albert
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – State says it’s only obligated to provide “relevant” information about restraining order against settler, not use of taser gun.

US response to Syria chemical weapons attack ‘not aimed at regime change’
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – White House: Little doubt Assad regime used WMDs.

France says ready to punish those who gassed civilians
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – British PM Cameron says any action against Syria should not entail being “dragged into” a wider M. East war.

Firearm regulation for security guards goes into effect
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – Ministry of Public Security law requires guards to deposit weapons at place of work at end of shifts.

Netanyahu warns Israel will respond ‘fiercely’ if it sees any attempt of a Syrian attack
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – J’lem believes small chance of Assad retaliation, action against Syria will send clear message to Iran on nuclear program.

Gaza court sentences man to death for ‘collaborating’ with Israel
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – Unnamed defendant was found guilty of “collaboration with the Zionist occupation against the Palestinian people.”

Piron extends compulsory education law
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – Law to include 84 municipalities to the 92 already functioning under the law; Education ministry to open 6 new professional schools.

Arab League: Syria attack perpetrators must face justice
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – Organization holds Syrian gov’t responsible for gas attack.

Tel Aviv taxi drivers take tourist relations lessons
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – With the influx of tourists, the city has unveiled a new course for cabbies – how to be nice to foreign customers!

US official: Obama has not decided on military action in Syria
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – Washington signals decision has not been finalized; opposition reportedly offered West list of 10 proposed targets.

Syrian FM decries US lies on chemical weapons, says military intervention would serve Israel
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – Walid Moualem vows Syria will continue to fight even if attacked.

Police under fire after massive force descends on south Tel Aviv cafe
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – At least eight police cruisers turn up at small cafe on Gdud Ha’Ivri Street; owner and barista arrested.

Liberman: Obama’s credibility is at stake over Syria situation
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – Former FM says US’s place as leading world power on line over reaction to chemical weapons use by Assad; says Israel could be dragged into conflict if US strikes, but Assad, Hezbollah understand consequences of involving Israel.

Analysis: Gulf Islamists irked as monarchs back Egypt’s generals
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – Demonstrates how high feelings are running in the Muslim kingdom.

Tel Aviv: Four men arrested for beating, robbing African migrants
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – Police: Suspects fueled by hatred, robberies an afterthought.

Google Palestine domain suspended after hacked over Israel reference
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2013 – Hackers post message on homepage, saying “hi from Palestine”; urge Google to remove “Israel” reference from Google maps.

Inter Press Service

Major U.S. Debate Over Wisdom of Syria Attack
IPS The United States is debating whether to intervene militarily in Syria. Above, Syrian rebel forces. Credit: FreedomHouse/CC by 2.0 While some kind of U.S. military action against Syria in the coming days appears increasingly inevitable, the debate over the why and how of such an attack has grown white hot…

Israeli Raid Kills Palestinians in West Bank
IPS Israeli forces have killed 14 Palestinians in the West Bank this year. Credit: Matthew Cassel/Al Jazeera Israeli forces have killed three Palestinians, including a UN worker, in an early morning raid on the Qalandiya refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. Medical sources told Al Jazeera that at least 15…

Q&A: Egypt s Muslim Brotherhood Is Not Going Away
IPS Almost 1,000 Egyptians have died, according to official count, since Aug. 14 when Egypt s armed forces began cracking down on Muslim Brotherhood-led protests against the military ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. That number well exceeds the 846 people officials say died during the 18 days of protests that ended Hosni…

Uruknet

Egyptian Workers After June 30
Uruknet

Daily Star

U.S. envoy to visit North Korea over jailed American
Daily Star 27 Aug 2013 The United States will send its North Korean human rights envoy to Pyongyang this week to seek the release of an imprisoned U.S. Christian missionary, the State Department said on Tuesday.

U.N. official urges Iran to sway Syria government on peace talks
Daily Star 27 Aug 2013 A top U.N. official visiting Iran has urged it to use its influence to persuade the Syrian government to attend planned peace talks with opposition groups in Geneva, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Chemical weapons use cannot go unpunished: British PM
Daily Star 27 Aug 2013 Any action against Damascus would be designed to deter the use of chemical weapons not just in Syria but in the rest of the world, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday.

Prison s therapy denial led to Manning reveal
Daily Star 27 Aug 2013 The case against Seif al-Islam, son of slain Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, will be presented to a court in Tripoli on September 19, Libya’s public prosecutor announced Tuesday.

Iraq attacks kill nine as violence spikes
Daily Star 27 Aug 2013 Attacks in Iraq kill nine people, including at least five who died in twin bombings targeting the home of a tribal leader, the latest in spiralling violence.

France’s Hollande to meet head of Syrian National Coalition
Daily Star 27 Aug 2013 French President Francois Hollande will meet with the head of Syria’s main opposition group on Thursday, the presidency announces.

Canada agrees, no doubt Syria launched gas attack
Daily Star 27 Aug 2013 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper agrees with the White House, that the Syrian government launched last week’s devastating chemical weapons attack, his office says.

Italy insists on UN mandate for any Syria strikes
Daily Star 27 Aug 2013 Italy insists that any military strike against Syria for its alleged chemical attack on civilians must be authorized by the U.N. Security Council.

Mansour contacts Moallem, calls for urgent Cabinet meeting
Daily Star 27 Aug 2013 Lebanon s resigned government should convene to address the repercussions of a possible military strike on Syria, caretaker Foreign Affairs Minister Adnan Mansour said.

Iran warns Syria strike would threaten regional stability
Daily Star 27 Aug 2013 Any Western military action against Tehran-ally Syria would threaten the stability and security of the region, Iran’s Defence Minister Hossein Dehqan warns.

Stop The Wall

Three Palestinians killed in Qalandia refugee camp north of Jerusalem
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign 4G/’! BDF/J’ 26/08/2013 Monday morning, three Palestinians killed in Qalandia refugee camp north of Jerusalem, and dozens were injured ranged from minor to serious, after Israeli special forces breaking in to the camp at dawn today, firing live bullets and tear gas and rubber-coated metal…

YNet News

At least two killed in southern Egypt clash
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US’s Biden: ‘No doubt’ Assad behind chemical attack
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Russian FM rejects claims of Assad chemical arms use
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Israeli tennis player wows at US Open
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UN official urges Iran to sway Syria gov’t on peace talks
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Russia: Syria has defenses to prevent ‘easy victory’
YNet News, 27 Aug 2013 – Military-diplomatic source in Moscow says Syrian army has air defense systems that will give ‘proper response to aggressors’ ….

Revealed: In 1950s Mossad spies married Arabs to conceal identity
YNet News, 27 Aug 2013 – Mossad’s Ulysses Project’s secret operatives took on false identities, married Palestinians, had children – all while feeding intelligence to Israeli operators ….

Israelis flood ABC masks distribution points, fearing Syrian strike
YNet News, 27 Aug 2013 – Although Home Front Command has yet to issue new directives, Israelis wait in lines for gas masks. ‘Striking Israel is inevitable,’ says concerned citizen ….

Hagel: US military ready to act on Syria immediately if asked
YNet News, 27 Aug 2013 – ‘We have moved assets in place to be able to comply with whatever option president wishes to take,’ defense secretary tells BBC. West reportedly tells Syrian opposition strike against Assad forces within days ….

Iran to debate suing US over 1953 coup support
YNet News, 27 Aug 2013 – Tehran approves bill aimed to sue United States for involvement in country’s coup 60 years ago ….

TA: Police, cafe employees clash
YNet News, 27 Aug 2013 – Southern Tel Aviv cafe workers detained by police after refusing to provide identification, turn down music. Witnesses claim police brutality; police say policeman was locked inside cafe ….

Syria says it will defend itself against attack
YNet News, 27 Aug 2013 – Syrian Foreign Minister rejects accusations by US’s Kerry, saying Assad’s gov’t is not obstructing UN team, says ‘Syria will press on with military campaign’ ….

Indictment filed against man who dismembered woman
YNet News, 27 Aug 2013 – Turkish national suspected of murdering girlfriend indicted for striking her, dismembering her body ….

Iran warns against strike on Syria after gas attack
YNet News, 27 Aug 2013 – Islamic republic says if Syria is attacked, entire region will be drawn into conflict. China, Russia also express opposition to international intervention in Syria ….

Peace vs. UNRWA
YNet News, 27 Aug 2013 – Op-ed: UN agency’s anomalous treatment of Palestinian refugees prolongs Mideast conflict ….

Soldier who collapsed during IDF run opens eyes
YNet News, 27 Aug 2013 – Nahal Brigade soldier who collapsed last week during training run opens eyes at Sheba Medical Center ….

J’lem: Tires of 6 cars punctured, price tag sprayed
YNet News, 27 Aug 2013 – Jerusalem neighborhood scene of latest nationalistic vandalism, investigation ongoing ….

Kerry: Nations must stand up over Syria chemical weapons
YNet News, 26 Aug 2013 – Kerry slams Syria for use of chemical weapons, says world’s conscience must ‘shake.’ White House spokesman says little doubt Assad behind attack ….

Berlin: Neo-Nazis heckle Syrian refugees
YNet News, 26 Aug 2013 – Neo-Nazis build human chain around shelter for Syrian refugees in protest of government decision to build shelter, offer asylum. However, hundreds of Berliners faced off against radical rightwingers, prompting police intervention ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas: Surrendering RoR high treason
PIC – The refugees‚¨ “! department in Hamas movement warned that anyone surrendering the Palestinian refugees‚¨ “! right of return (RoR) should stand trial for high treason.

Dozens of Israeli conscripts storm Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Around 60 Israeli conscripts stormed the holy Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday in military uniform.

DFLP demands PA to join int’l criminal court to prosecute Israel for its crimes
PIC – The democratic front for the liberation of Palestine called on the PA to join the international criminal court and take legal action against Israel for killing three Palestinians on Monday.

Jewish settlers vandalize Jerusalemites’ properties
PIC – Israeli “Price tag” gangs carried out at dawn Tuesday attacks against Jerusalemites’ properties where they sprayed anti-Arab graffiti on cars belonging to Palestinians.

Dozens of young men wounded during clashes with Israeli troops south of Jenin
PIC – Scores of Palestinian young men sustained injuries during violent clashes on Monday evening with invading Israeli troops in Sanur village to the south of Jenin city.

PA forces arrest 5 of Hamas supporters, summon 6 others in WB
PIC – The PA forces have continued arrest and summon campaigns in West Bank provinces against Hamas supporters and members.

IOF soldiers nab seven Palestinians including two brothers
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up seven Palestinians in different West Bank areas at dawn Tuesday.

Barghouthi still suffers from health problems due to his recent hunger strike
PIC – Prisoner Abdullah Barghouthi told his lawyer on Monday that he still suffers from serious health problems in his liver and gallbladder as a result of his long hunger strike.

IPS still procrastinates in ending Abu Sisi’s solitary confinement
PIC – The Palestinian Prisoner Society stated that the Israeli Prison Services is still procrastinating in dealing with captive Dirar Abu Sisi’s issue, where it kept offering unaccepted solutions.

Gazan man dies in Egyptian custody
PIC – Egyptian authorities delivered to the Palestinian authorities in Gaza Strip the body of a Gazan man who died in Egyptian custody.

WAFA

Arab League Condemns Israel s Killing of Three Palestinians
WAFA – 27 Aug 2013

Newspapers Review: Three Killed in Qalandia Dominate Dailies
WAFA – 27 Aug 2013

Misc

Iranian parliament pursuing lawsuit against CIA for 1953 coup
LA Times 27 Aug 2013 – A week after declassified CIA documents came to light verifying that the U.S. spy agency was behind a 1953 coup in Iran, parliamentarians in the Islamic Republic voted Tuesday to fast-track a lawsuit against Washington for interfering in Iranian domestic political affairs.

Israel says it won’t stay on sidelines if Syria attacks
LA Times 27 Aug 2013 – In the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the U.S. persuaded Israel not to retaliate when Iraq hit it with Scud missiles. This time is different. JERUSALEM During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Israel endured dozens of Scud missiles launched by Saddam Hussein’s forces, but refrained…

U.S. has forces ready to strike Syria, Hagel says; allies consulted
LA Times 27 Aug 2013 – The United States has naval and air forces massed in the Mediterranean Sea and poised to strike Syria if President Obama gives the order, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday.

U.N. team in Syria delays chemical weapons inspection
LA Times 27 Aug 2013 – BEIRUT A United Nations chemical weapons team in Syria postponed a second day of inspections Tuesday for security reasons as the country’s foreign minister challenged the West to produce evidence that his government was behind last week s alleged chemical attacks outside Damascus.

Punitive strikes ineffective, even counterproductive, analysts say
LA Times 27 Aug 2013 – The type of limited military campaign being contemplated against Syria has failed to deter U.S. adversaries in the past, military analysts say. WASHINGTON The type of limited, punitive military campaign now being contemplated against Syria has failed to deter U.S. adversaries in the past,…

Kerry calls apparent chemical attack in Syria a ‘moral obscenity’
LA Times 26 Aug 2013 – The secretary of State says evidence of a Syrian gas attack is undeniable, and his tone suggests Obama is nearing a decision on military action. WASHINGTON Moving closer to possible U.S. military action, Secretary of State John F. Kerry condemned last week’s apparent poison…

Pentagon Sees Syrian Military, Not Chemical Sites, as Target
New York Times 27 Aug 2013 – The attacks would be designed to deter and degrade the ability of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to launch chemical weapons.

Momentum Builds for Military Strike in Syria
New York Times 27 Aug 2013 – The American defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, expressed readiness for any options as the Arab League joined those accusing Syria s government of using chemical arms.

Op-Ed Contributor: Israel Should Not Take Action on Syria
New York Times 27 Aug 2013 – Any outcome in Syria could be extremely dangerous for Israel s security.

Blasts in the Night, a Smell, and a Flood of Syrian Victims
New York Times 26 Aug 2013 – The attack has brought widespread condemnation on President Bashar al-Assad s government, and it is shaping up as an inflection point for a war that has been grinding on for more than two years.

Kerry Cites Clear Evidence of Chemical Weapon Use in Syria
New York Times 26 Aug 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the use of chemical weapons in attacks on civilians in Syria last week was undeniable and that the Obama administration would hold the Syrian government accountable.

Gasoline price to rise sharply Saturday night
Globes Energy & Water – The price of self-service 95-octane gasoline could rise to NIS 7.80 per liter as tension mounts over a possible imminent attack on Syria.

Small well operators not taken seriously
Globes Energy & Water – The Israeli regulator has turned the well operator into a party with almost no interest in the success of a well.

IDE wins $75m desalination order in Asia
Globes Energy & Water – The company will supply “Multi-Effect Distillation” units to one of Asia’s largest desalination facilities.

Hoteliers blame high prices on municipal taxes
Globes Main News – David Fattal: We have 60 hotels in Europe, where we pay an average local tax of 0.5% on turnover. In Israel, we pay 3-4%.

IEC to hire 150 employees for fiber optic venture
Globes Main News – Communications Minister Gilad Erdan today awarded a communications license to the venture.

Netanyahu warns Syria not to hit Israel
Globes Main News – Ahead of the expected US attack on Syria, Washington and Jerusalem believe there is zero chance of missiles being fired on Israel.

Tue: Syrian tensions send TASE tumbling
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals fell sharply on the day’s biggest turnover, but Teva bucked the market.

Plus500 reports impressive AIM debut results
Globes Main News – The online trading company has reported first half double-digit revenue and profit growth, which underpin the 18% gain in the share price since its July IPO.

German Report That Israel s NSA Affirms Syria Government Responsibility for Chemical Attacks
Tikun Olam – Yediot report that Unit 8200 provided U.S. communications intercepts which showed Assad planned gas attacks I am as skeptical as the next guy about reports like this for obvious reasons. But that doesn t mean they shouldn t be taken seriously. The German weekly, Focus , is reporting ( here…

Moral obscenities in Syria
Mondoweiss – Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department talking about Syria. (Photo: Associated Press) The threat of a reckless, dangerous, and illegal US or US-led assault on Syria is looking closer than ever. The US government has been divided over the Syria crisis since it…

The settlers willing to vacate the West Bank for a Kerry-brokered two-state solution
Mondoweiss – Scenic overlook at Alfei Menashe, a West Bank settlement near the Green Line on the Israeli side of the separation wall. (Photo: Allison Deger) As sundown approaches on Saturdays, Erez Ashkenazi, 29, speeds from Tel Aviv to the astroturf patio of his mini-mart cafÈ. Post-Shabbat business…

J Street leader acknowledges that Israel discriminates against its Palestinian citizens with 30 laws and separate nationality
Mondoweiss – Watch The Law in These Parts: A Discussion on PBS. See more from WNET.    Last week PBS aired the anti-occupation Israeli documentary, The Law in These Parts, and afterward had a panel of experts . They were: Roane Carey of the Nation, Noura Erakat…

Olive tree resistance: Qusra farmers replant crops after settler arsons
Mondoweiss – A Palestinian in the village of Qusra holds the broken branch of an olive tree. (Photo: Associated Press/Nasser Ishtayeh) Located in the hills south of Nablus, Qusra has been making headlines on a regular basis over the past few years. Tucked in between highway 60 and…

Even rightwing Jewish poll reveals young Jews indifference to Israel
Mondoweiss – A new poll of 1800 Jews conducted by a rightwing online Jewish university , called Jerusalem U , reveals generational slippage in support for Israel. A large majority of younger Jews don’t strongly agree that North American and Israeli Jews “share a common destiny.” And if Israel ceased…

Al-Qaeda Related Terrorist Group Declares Holy War Against Jews
The Foward Breaking News 27 Aug 2013 – A terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaeda that claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on northern Israel said it has resumed a jihad, or holy war, against the Jews. Click here for the rest of the article…

Benjamin Netanyahu Vows Israel Will Defend Itself Against Syrian Attack
The Foward Breaking News 27 Aug 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel was not involved in Syria s civil war, but would respond forcefully to any attempts to attack it. Click here for the rest of the article…

Rabbi Eliezer Silver Trove Goes on Auction Block
The Foward Breaking News 27 Aug 2013 – A huge collection of letters, manuscripts, religious artifacts and photographs belonging to one of the leading rabbinical authorities of 20th-century America will be put up for public sale on Wednesday in Jerusalem. Click here for the rest of the article…

Anti-Israel Hackers Hijack Google Palestine
The Foward Breaking News 27 Aug 2013 – Pro-Palestinian hackers on Monday successfully hijacked the Google Palestine domain (google.ps), redirecting Web users to a hacked version of the page that called for removing Israel from Google Maps and renaming it Palestine. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: UAE Official Meets Egypt PM, Reaffirms Support
allAfrica.com27 Aug 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]The United Arab Emirates reaffirmed its support for Egypt on Monday in a meeting between top officials from both Arab countries, UAE’s state agency reported.

Sudan: Saudi Ambassador in Khartoum Meets With Sudanese Lawmakers
allAfrica.com27 Aug 2013 – [Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -The chairman of the Security and Defense subcommittee at Sudan’s national assembly Mohamed al-Hassan al-Amin affirmed Khartoum’s satisfaction with Saudi Arabia’s explanation over their decision to block the plane carrying president Omer Hassan al-Bashir on his way to Iran earlier this month.

US ‘ready’ to launch Syria strike
BBC 27 Aug 2013 – American forces are “ready” to launch a strike on Syria if President Barack Obama gives an order to attack, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel tells the BBC.

Jonathan Cook: Israel seeks to pit Christian Arabs against Muslims in a cruel clash
Sabbah report 27 Aug 2013 – The Holy Land may be the cradle of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, but Israel has preferred to draw on a tradition that imagines the region in terms of a clash of civilisations. This is the context for understanding the announcement this month of a “forum” between…

Jewish Peer Attacks Violinist Nigel Kennedy for Israel Apartheid Remark
Sabbah report 27 Aug 2013 – World-renowned violinist Nigel Kennedy has been attacked by Baroness Deech, of Cumnor, for something that he said at a BBC Proms concert, featuring the Palestinian Strings, a group of talented young musicians aged between twelve and twenty-three. Read More: Jewish Peer Attacks Violinist Nigel Kennedy…

Why the Muslim Brotherhood Will Not Go Away (I)
Al-Akhbar Blogs 27 Aug 2013 – The spooky Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi personality cult won t sweep the Muslim Brotherhood away. The notion that by labeling the Ikhwan and their sympathizers as terrorists, the Muslim Brotherhood would be cleansed from the state and society is not rooted in history. The Brotherhood is one of the…

Gulf Prince Plays Deadly Regional Game
Al-Akhbar Opinion 27 Aug 2013 – Bahraini protesters chant slogans during an anti-government rally in the village of Abu Saiba, west of Manama, on 23 August 2013. (Photo: AFP- Mohammed Al-Shaikh) Bahraini protesters chant slogans during an anti-government rally in the village of Abu Saiba, west of Manama, on 23 August 2013. (…

Jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia assassinated leftist Tunisian leaders: PM
Al-Akhbar News 27 Aug 2013 – Tunisian demonstrators hold a banner showing assassinated secular leaders during a protest against the country’s Islamist-led government in Tunis on 24 August 2013. (Photo: AFP – Salah Habibi) Tunisia’s Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh said on Tuesday that he had proof the jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia…

Vatican blasts West over plans to attack Syria
Al-Akhbar News 27 Aug 2013 – The Vatican’s official daily on Tuesday blasted western powers for preparing possible military action against Syria despite an ongoing UN investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus. “The tones are becoming ever more drastic and the action being taken by the United Nations appears…

Israel: US Decision to Strike Syria Made Within Hours
Al-Akhbar News 27 Aug 2013 – A Palestinian youth clashes with Israeli border guards in the West Bank’s Qalandiya refugee camp on 26 August 2013, after Israeli security forces shot dead three Palestinians and wounded 19 others in the camp. (Photo: AFP – Abbas Momani) A Palestinian youth clashes with Israeli border…

Syria vows to resist Western strikes
Al-Akhbar News 27 Aug 2013 – Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus on August 27, 2013. (Photo: AFP) Syria vowed on Tuesday it will fight off any Western military strikes with what it called “surprise” defenses, while raising the specter of Islamists benefiting from such intervention. “…

Jewish settlers slash car tires, tag walls in Jerusalem “price tag” attack
Al-Akhbar News 27 Aug 2013 – Suspected Jewish settlers slashed the tires of at least six Palestinian-owned vehicles and tagged hateful slogans on walls in East Jerusalem early Tuesday, local media reported. Palestinian news agency Ma’an cited residents who said they discovered the words “price tag” and “revenge” sprayed on walls around…

Russia: Strikes against Syria would cause “catastrophe”
Al-Akhbar News 27 Aug 2013 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a press conference on the situation in Syria on 26 August 2013, in Moscow. (Photo: AFP – Kirill Kudryavtsev) Russia on Tuesday warned a military intervention in Syria could have “catastrophic consequences” for the region and called on the…

The Syrian Tented Settlements of Al-Minieh
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 26 Aug 2013 – A Syrian-Kurdish children sitting on a bed at the Quru Gusik refugee camp, 20 kilometres east of the of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on 22 August 2013. (Photo: AFP -Safin Hamed) A Syrian-Kurdish children sitting on a bed at…

Ramallah Threatens to Declare Gaza a Rogue Entity
Al-Akhbar Politics 26 Aug 2013 – Palestinian men stand behind a wire fence as they wait at the Rafah crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip on 15 August 2013. (Photo: AFP – Said Khatib) Palestinian men stand behind a wire fence as they wait at the Rafah crossing with Egypt…

US ‘ready’ to launch Syria strike
BBC 27 Aug 2013 – American forces are “ready” to launch a strike on Syria if President Barack Obama gives an order to attack, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel tells the BBC.

Tunisia blacklists Salafist group
BBC 27 Aug 2013 – Tunisia declares the Salafist Ansar al-Sharia movement a “terrorist group”, blaming it for the assassinations of two secular politicians.

VIDEO: How does Egypt crisis affect Gaza?
BBC 27 Aug 2013 – Yolande Knell reports on the impact the turmoil in Egypt has been having in the Gaza Strip.

General al-Sisi: The man behind the image
BBC 27 Aug 2013 – On the trail of Gen Sisi, the most powerful man in Egypt

Articles


Religion and politics in Israel: The mythology of Jewish nationalism
Yaacov Yadgar, Haokets, +972 Magazine8/27/2013
The State of Israel has never attempted to build a national identity that would be liberated from Jewish religion. Instead, it has focused on the construction of a national identity distinct in one critical respect: it is reserved for Jews only.
 One of the more controversial legislative bills being currently pushed forward by the ruling coalition in Israel, a proposed Basic Law: Israel the Nation-State of the Jewish People , seeks to enshrine and ensure, constitutionally so, the State of Israel s Jewish identity as the nation-state of the Jewish People.
 Several aspects of the proposed bill draw immediate attention: first, it asserts Israel s identity as the nation-state of the Jewish people by negating and excluding recognition of other peoples (read: Palestinians ) similar claims: as the second paragraph of the bill states, The right for national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish People. Other sections of the law make clear that this amounts primarily to the state s commitment to the preference of Jews over (Palestinian, Arab) non-Jews. Thus, the law decrees that the state shall encourage immigration of Jews, encourage and support the settlement of Jews, and will strengthen the affinity between the State of Israel and Jewish communities outside of the state, offering its hand to Jews who are in distress because of their Judaism. In addition, the law designates Hebrew as the sole official language of the state, thus excluding the Arabic language, which is currently designated at least formally as a second official language.
 This questionable notion of identifying the Jewish state by constitutionalizing the (already practiced, but not wholly and explicitly institutionalized) preference of Jews over (Palestinian) non-Jews has deservedly attracted much attention and criticism. One recent editorial in Haaretz, for example calls the bill Basic Law: Apartheid in Israel, and warns that it will institute Israel as a Jewish and racist state. more..e-mail

Following right-wing attacks, museum seeks to cancel Right of Return Conference
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine8/27/2013
Tel Aviv s Eretz Israel Museum has been under increasing pressure to cancel Zochrot s second international conference. Recently, the museum presented new conditions to the organizers, including paying for increased security and changing the wording on the event invitation.
 An international conference by Zochrot, an Israeli NGO which focuses on the Nakba and the right of return, is under threat, following pressure from right-wing organizations.
 The Eretz Israel Museum, where Zochrot decided to host the event, has recently informed organizers that due to the risk of demonstrations and public disorder, they will need to pay for increased, onsite security. The museum management has also demanded that the name Al-Shaykh Muwannis mentioned next to the museum s name in the event invitations be removed.
 Al-Shaykh Muwannis is a Palestinian village that was located in what is today s north Tel Aviv, and which stood where the museum and the Tel Aviv University are currently located.
 The conference, titled From Truth to Redress is due to take place on September 29-30. The museum has informed Zochrot that the event will be canceled, should the organization not meet the new requirements. In response, Attorney Michael Sfard sent a letter on behalf of Zochrot to the museum, stating that backing away from the agreement would be an illegal act and would constitute intellectual and ideological discrimination.
 The introduction to the Zochrot Conference states:
 “This year, Zochrot will hold its second international, multidisciplinary conference to discuss practical aspects of the Return of Palestinian refugees grounded in the transitional justice principles of acknowledgement, accountability and a joint Jewish-Palestinian process of redress…”more..e-mail

Once upon a Palestine
Mhara Costello, Redress8/25/2013
Writer and poet Mhara Costello pays tribute to the betrayed, abandoned, shunned, vilified and outstandingly brave Palestinian people.
 Once upon a distant time, there was a land called Palestine 1 Is it yours or is it mine, this land they once called Palestine 2
 And who am I to stand and stare, in disbelief at land stripped bare
 Banished people, stolen homes, broken dreams, crumbling stones
 Of ancient graves and ghostly moans, silenced by Israeli drones
 Who is this God that would erase, a people from their own birthplace
 What kind of God would curse and smite, to please the cruel Israelite
 Thugs! Thieves! Parasites! How dare they speak of wrong and right
 Whilst dragging children thru the night, from their beds, pale with fright
 Bound and shackled, in a cell, just a kid, alone in hell 3
 No mother, father, man of law, allowed to enter thru that door
 Till false confession fear has wrought, a boy alone must face the court
 His crime? With stones he bravely fought, at those he knows his enemy
 Till flows the river to the sea, young freedom fighter he will be
 To set his land and people free….more..e-mail

Human Rights Need Not Apply
Ben Norton, CounterPunch8/27/2013
America’s Racist Links
 What do xenophobia, bigotry, racial profiling, apartheid, torture, mass incarceration, private prisons, and 21st-century slavery have in common? They are all intimately linked, featured prominently, in a web of lies, greed, and capital. Welcome to the Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave, the 21st-century U.S. of A.
 Wednesday, the ACLU published a report titled Muslims Need Not Apply, depicting the extent to which our xenophobic, racist government goes to prevent Muslims and those from Muslim-majority countries from immigrating to the U.S. The ACLU writes (all emphases mine) the government excludes many applicants from Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities from these opportunities by delaying and denying their applications without legal authority.
 The Guardian summarized the report s findings. Migrants guilty of the horrendous, unspeakable crimes of having given lawful donations to several large Muslim Americancharities, having travelled through or lived in areas of known terrorist activity, wired money back to their families, attended a mosque of interest to the FBI or even given a voluntary interview to the agency, can be labelled national security concerns. In other words, if you happen to be from the wrong country, or if you happen to have been in the wrong place of worship, you can t be a U.S. citizen.
 But wait, there s more! The report furthermore suggests the FBI has used the CARRP [Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program] rules to pressurise immigrants into becoming informants and cites cases of people who have been refused applications when they declined. You see, it s not that Uncle Sam hates Muslims (and even non-Muslims from Muslim-majority countries); it s that Uncle Sam hates Muslims that refuse to be moles.more..e-mail

In photos: Palestinian resilience at Israeli checkpoints and walls
Electronic Intifada: 27 Aug 2013 – Black and white photo series by Oren Ziv shows the lengths to which Palestinians in the West Bank must go to enjoy a holiday at the beach.more

Israel forced me to destroy my own house, says Jerusalem father
Electronic Intifada: 27 Aug 2013 – Ziad Ameira and his family now live in two small rooms.more


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