VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 2 September 2013: Threats to Syria are Israeli words spoken by Western tongues

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International Middle East Media Center

Ahrar Denounces Kidnapping Of Former Detainee
IMEMC – The Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights stated that Israeli soldiers kidnapped Sami Hussein, 44, from the central West Bank city of Ramallah, as he was heading to the Al-Quds University in Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem. …

Soldiers Kidnap Twelve Palestinians In Bethlehem
IMEMC – Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn [September 2, 2013] several areas in the West Bank district of Bethlehem, broke into and searched dozens of homes, and kidnapped nine Palestinians. Three Palestinians from Bethlehem, were also kidnapped in occupied Jerusalem. …

P.A. Arrests Gunmen In Al-Far a Refugee Camp
IMEMC – Members of the Palestinian Security Forces arrested on Monday at dawn [August 1 2103] several residents in the Al-Far a Refugee camp, following clashes that took place between gunmen and the security forces as security officers tried to enter the camp to arrest some wanted residents. …

Palestinian, Israeli, Negotiators To Meet Monday
IMEMC – Palestinian sources have reported that Palestinian and Israeli negotiators will be convening Monday (September 2 2013] as a follow-up meeting of a round of direct talks held in Jerusalem Sunday. …

Five Injured By Army Fire In Ramallah
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources have reported that five Palestinians were shot and wounded, on Sunday evening [September 1 2013], during clashes with Israeli soldiers near the Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces raid village after gunfire targets settler car
9/2/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided a Nablus village late Sunday and closed a main checkpoint after a settler car came under gunfire, locals said. Israeli soldiers raided the village of Beta and closed Huwwara checkpoint after reports of gunfire targeting a settler car in the area. Israeli forces fired flare bombs and live bullets, witnesses said. Locals said a settler was wounded in the shooting. [END]

PA forces clash with gunmen in Tubas refugee camp
9/2/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces launched an arrest campaign in a Tubas refugee camp on Monday after PA forces clashed with gunmen overnight, locals said. Unknown gunmen opened fire at PA forces late Sunday as they raided al-Fara refugee camp to make an arrest, witnesses said. PA security personnel exchanged fire but were forced to withdraw from the camp after Molotov cocktails….

Group: Education system failing in East Jerusalem
9/2/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A report published Monday by an Israeli rights group reveals “deep gaps” in the education system for Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem. The report published by Ir Amim and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel found that there is a severe shortage of classrooms in East Jerusalem, a higher dropout rate and “tremendous disparities” in the allocation of professional positions….

Israeli forces demolish Jericho home, assault residents
9/2/2013 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the Jericho village of Fasayil on Monday and demolished residential and agricultural structures, witnesses said. Israeli soldiers destroyed a house and cattle farm belonging to Deifallah Rashayda and Jihad Rashayda, leaving 12 family members homeless. During the demolition, soldiers assaulted five women with the butts of their rifles, locals said. All five women were taken to hospital for….

Israeli forces hand home demolition order to Palestinian family
9/2/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli forces on Sunday handed a home demolition order to a Palestinian family in Idhna southern West Bank, the mayor said. Israel authorities said Hani Khalil Awawda’s home was built without Israeli permission and ordered its demolition, Mayor Hashim Tmeizi told Ma’an. Awawda and his family of six live in the 170-square-meter home in the Jurat….

Israeli military detonates bombs along Gaza border
9/2/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli military forces detonated two bombs along the border with the Gaza Strip on Monday, Israel’s army said.”IDF soldiers exploded two concealed explosive devices in the northern Gaza Strip,” an Israeli army spokesman told Ma’an.”This is the second incident of its kind in two days. There were no injuries caused.”[END]

Egyptian army demolishes homes, tunnels along Gaza border
9/2/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian forces have demolished six tunnels and 20 homes near the Gaza border since Sunday, an Egyptian security official said Monday. Egyptian forces used explosives to destroy four smuggling tunnels in the Sarsuriyya neighborhood on Sunday and two tunnels in Hilwat on Monday, the security official told Ma’an,Twenty homes near the border have been destroyed, he added….

Israeli forces detain prisoners’ society official
9/2/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday detained a senior official in the Palestinian Authority’s prisoners’ society at a checkpoint near Ramallah. Sami Hussein, 43, who heads a follow-up department in the prisoners’ society, was stopped at Jaba checkpoint near al-Ram and taken to an unknown destination. The prisoners’ society said in a statement that Hussein had been released….

Israel closes Ibrahimi Mosque for Jewish new year
9/2/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities will close the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron to Palestinian worshipers during the Jewish new year, a Palestinian official said Monday. Israel informed the PA ministry of endowment that the mosque will be closed to Muslims on Thursday and Friday so settlers can celebrate new year at a synagogue on the same site, ministry official Tayseer Abu Sneina said. Abu….

Abbas: There is no military solution in Syria
9/2/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that he is against military action in Syria and called for a political solution to the conflict.”We don’t accept for any Arabic country to be attacked and we condemn the use of chemical weapons by any group. The solution to the Syrian crisis must be political and there is no military solution. We….

Official: Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet Tuesday
9/2/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian and Israeli chief negotiators are due to meet on Tuesday for the next round of peace talks, a Fatah official said Monday. Nabil Shaath said that negotiating teams will meet Tuesday, without providing further details. The Israeli side has not presented any suggestions or proposals for peace negotiations, which so far have made no progress, Shaath added. Israeli and Palestinian….

PFLP-GC says it will resist military action in Syria
9/2/2013 – DAMASCUS (Ma’an) — The secretary general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command said Monday that the group will attack the interests of all those who launch military action against Syria. Ahmad Jibril said that attacking Syria would open up a whole new front in the fight with the US and Israel against their interests in the Middle East.”The….

Ashrawi meets newly-appointed Spanish ambassador
9/2/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO official Hanan Ashrawi on Monday met with newly-appointed Spanish Consul General Juan Jos?© Escobar in Ramallah. Ashrawi, a PLO executive committee member, expressed gratitude for Spain’s support to Palestine during the political briefing, a PLO statement said.”This plays a significant role in our efforts to end the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine and to establish a sovereign….

Hamdallah to start international trip seeking financial support
9/2/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Caretaker Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah will begin an international tour this week to secure financial support for the Palestinian Authority. Hamdallah will seek $500 million to cover the PA’s budget deficit and to continue paying civil servants on time, his office said in a statement. During the trip, Hamdallah will meet with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in….

Al-Maliki meets new Jordanian ambassador
9/2/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki on Monday met with Jordan’s newly appointed ambassador Khalid al-Shawakbeh. Al-Shawakbeh presented his credentials to the foreign minister and the officials discussed bilateral relations and developments in the region. 1 ) Mel / USA 02/09/2013 22:01Colonialism 101! Foreign powers always give temporary token power to their enemies(Muslim Bro’s,Hamas,to….

PA civil servants to join rally against intervention in Syria
9/2/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority civil servants in Ramallah can leave work early on Tuesday to join a rally against foreign intervention in Syria and in support of the Egyptian people, their union said Monday. Government employees will be allowed to leave work at 12. 30 p. m. to join the rally in al-Manara Square in central Ramallah, said Muin Ansawi, deputy president of….

Beersheba kindergartens on strike
9/2/2013 – BEERSHEVA (Ma’an) — Kindergartens in Beersheba were closed for the third day on Monday due to a staff strike over salaries. Staff are demanding a pay rise and protesting the municipality’s dismissal of a kindergarten teacher, a Ma’an reporter said. The municipality says the teacher posed a danger to students, the reporter said.”The strike is chaotic and the municipality….

Egypt’s Morsi to stand trial for ‘inciting murder’
9/2/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is to stand trial in a criminal court for “incitement to murder”, state television reported on Sunday, without giving a date for the trial. It said the former leader would stand trial along with 14 other suspects in his Muslim Brotherhood movement on charges of “incitement to murder and violence” in December 2012 when deadly clashes broke out….

France lawmakers ‘to see proof Syria regime behind attack’
9/2/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — France will hand over evidence to lawmakers on Monday proving President Bashar Assad’s regime was behind last month’s chemical weapons attack in Syria, a government source told AFP.”It will be a set of evidence of different kinds that will allow the regime to be clearly identified as responsible for the August 21 chemical attack,” the source said. The….

Russia: US strikes on Syria risk sinking peace talks
9/2/2013 – MOSCOW (AFP) — A planned peace conference in Geneva to end the conflict in Syria will be put off for a long time “if not forever” if the US goes ahead with military action against the Damascus regime, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Monday.”If the action announced by the US President (Barack Obama) — to the great regret of all of us — does in fact….

Report: Syria has asked UN to ‘prevent any aggression’
9/2/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria has asked the United Nations to try to “prevent any aggression” against it, state news agency SANA said Monday, as the United States weighs military action against Damascus.”The Syrian government calls on the UN secretary general to assume his responsibilities. . . and to make efforts to prevent any aggression against Syria,” the agency said, quoting a letter from Syria’s UN….

Egypt Islamists call demos two months after Morsi ouster
9/2/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian Islamists backing ousted president Mohamed Morsi have called for demonstrations across the country on Tuesday, two months after he was toppled by the military. The call comes a day after Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour announced a panel to draw up a revised constitution but without the inclusion of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood which rejected to take part. In….

NATO head ‘personally convinced’ Assad used chemical arms
9/2/2013 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday he is “personally convinced” that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons near Damascus last month.”Personally, I am not only convinced that a chemical attack has taken place. . . I am also convinced that the Syrian regime is responsible,” Rasmussen said when asked if he had seen intelligence to prove Assad was behind the suspected attack….

US Nimitz aircraft carrier ‘headed closer to Syria’
9/2/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier is moving westward toward the Red Sea, although it has not yet received orders to support a potential US strike on Syria, ABC News reported Monday. The Nimitz carrier strike group, which includes a guided missile cruiser and four destroyers, was kept in the Indian Ocean for a “prudent responsible decision,” an official told the television channel. A….

Egyptian forces arrest 2 suspected of killing troops
9/2/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian forces on Monday arrested two militants in Sinai suspected of involvement in the killing of 25 policemen, military sources said. Militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at two buses carrying police in the Sinai Peninsula on Aug. 19, killing 25 officers. The attack occurred hours after 37 Muslim Brotherhood prisoners died in police custody. Egyptian army officials told Ma’an….

French intel says ‘massive use’ of chemical weapons by Syria regime
9/2/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — A French intelligence report released Monday said there was “massive use of chemical agents” in an August 21 attack in Syria and that only the regime could have been responsible. The report, made public after Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault met with lawmakers, said the “Syrian regime launched an attack on some suburbs of Damascus held by units of the opposition, combining conventional means….

Egypt court orders closure of Islamist TV channel
9/2/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — A Cairo court on Monday ordered that an Islamist television channel be closed permanently, accusing it of attempting to disrupt the unity of Egypt. The broadcaster, Al-Hafez, was ordered shut after accusations that it was “inciting hatred” against Coptic Christians and “undermining national unity.”Al-Hafez and some of its presenters have often been accused by Copts and liberals of using harsh language about….

Hezbollah mobilizes ahead of potential US Syria strike
9/2/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah group, a close ally of the Syrian regime, is redeploying its forces ahead of possible US strikes on Damascus, according to witnesses in Lebanon. The reports come as the daily Al-Akhbar, which is close to both Hezbollah and the Syrian regime, said on Monday that the group had “called on all its officers and members to man their….

Palestine News Network

Abbas: Any Agreement with Israel will be put to a Referendum for Palestinians ‘Everywhere’
Palestine News Network

18 Year Old Boy Dies of Injuries Sustained from IOF Fire in Jenin
Palestine News Network

Hamas Condemns Egyptian Plan to Create Buffer Zone with Gaza
Palestine News Network

Israel Arrests 6 Palestinian Minors from Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

First Class Graduates from Palestinian-American College Partnership Program
Palestine News Network

PM Hamdallah Says Second Group of Prisoners may be Released in September
Palestine News Network

MdM Launches Project to Address Impact of Settlers Violence on Mental Health of Nablus Residents
Palestine News Network

US: Martin Indyk Attended Israeli-Palestinian Meeting
Palestine News Network

Decrease in Producer Price Index during July, says Statistics Bureau
Palestine News Network

Report: The IOF Killed 6 Palestinians and Detained 250 Others in August
Palestine News Network

Fatal Encounters
Palestine News Network

Relief Web

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 26 August 02 September
Relief Web 2 Sep 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…

occupied Palestinian territory: RCA provides over AED 2 million to TPFS, Palestine
Relief Web 2 Sep 2013 – Source: Emirates News Agency Country: occupied Palestinian territory WAM RAMALLAH, 2nd September, 2013 (WAM) — The UAE Red Crescent Authority has provided financial assistance to the tune of AED 2.2 million to the Palestinian branch of the Thalassemia Patients’ Friends…

Syrian Arab Republic: UK AID Syria Response – Sept 2nd 2013
Relief Web 2 Sep 2013 – Source: Department for International Development Country: Iraq, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland As conflict continues to rage in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The…

Jordan: Saudi Campaign Supports Food Assistance for Displaced Palestine Refugees in Jordan
Relief Web 2 Sep 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 29 August 2013 Amman With the support of a generous contribution from the Saudi Campaign for the Relief of…

Syrian Arab Republic: ACT Alliance Appeal: Syria Regional Humanitarian Response – SYR131
Relief Web 2 Sep 2013 – Source: ACT Alliance Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey Appeal Target: US$ 19’954’916 Contr. received: US$ 839’890 Balance Requested: US$ 19’115’026 Geneva, 2 September 2013 Dear Colleagues, The civil war in Syria now extends to its third…

Lebanon: Helpdesk Research Report: Responding to the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon: lessons learned
Relief Web 2 Sep 2013 – Source: Governance and Social Development Resource Centre Country: Iraq, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 1. Overview Lebanon has more refugees, as a percentage of the population, than any other country. And this trend is increasing. Following the 2011…

The National

Assad forces hide in mosques, fearing a US missile strike
The National 2 Sep 2013 – Despite the Syrian regime crowing that Barack Obama has backed down, their actions suggest they still fear a US missile strike. Phil Sands reports

Egyptian judges recommend dissolution of Muslim Brotherhood
The National 2 Sep 2013 – Islamist group faces its lowest ebb in decades, with former Brotherhood leader and Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi facing charges of inciting murder and another 14 leaders set to be charged. Alice Fordham reports from Cairo

Obama ramps up drive for Congress support on Syria
The National 2 Sep 2013 – US administration officials to push the case for action as the president seeks backing in the face of opposition from Russia, China and others. Phil Sands reports

Rising fortunes in Northern Emirates
The National 2 Sep 2013 – A host of projects, both planned and completed, is changing the face of the nation’s north, and greatly improving the quality of life for the emirates’ citizens, writes Anna Zacharias

Claims that guru has raped before
The National 2 Sep 2013 – Asaram Bapu, the guru in jail on suspicion of raping a 16-year-old girl, has been sexually assaulting young women for years and has only now “finally been caught”, his former doctor says.

Dubai Shopping Festival unveils dates for 2014
The National 2 Sep 2013 – The last 18 runnings of the event have attracted 47 million visitors, who injected Dh114 billion into the economy, according to organisers.

UAQ medical district throws weight behind Dubai Expo 2020 bid
The National 2 Sep 2013 – This is the first time a government entity from the emirate is doing so.

Woman threatening to detonate bomb in Dubai courts complex had fake ‘suicide belt’
The National 2 Sep 2013 – The mother’s ‘suicide belt’ turns out to be fake – but the case has sparked calls to improve security.

India drops plan to shut petrol pumps at night
The National 2 Sep 2013 – Widely-ridiculed measure suggested to curb oil imports amid flailing economy.

Musharraf charged with murder of radical imam
The National 2 Sep 2013 – Pakistan police register murder charges against the former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, in connection with the death of a radical imam during the siege of a mosque in 2007.

Human trafficking on the decline, say Dubai Police
The National 2 Sep 2013 – The latest human trafficking report notes a sharp decline in cases compared to last year.

Meet authors of the UAE’s first Japanese-style manga
The National 2 Sep 2013 – The manga Gold Ring, written by Emirati Qais Sedki and drawn by Japanes duo Akira Himekawa, has developed a cult following among Arabic and English-speaking teens.

Turkish media freedom questioned after more than 60 journalists jailed
The National 2 Sep 2013 – Convictions of journalists under Turkey’s antiterror laws show the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister, ‘doesn’t react kindly to criticism’. Thomas Seibert reports from Istanbul

UAE Government embraces social media
The National 2 Sep 2013 – Sheikh Abdullah and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid are examples of how leading government figures have embraced social media to communicate with the public.

Social media regulation will benefit users, says UAE expert
The National 2 Sep 2013 – With 41 per cent of residents using social media, government messages are reaching more people than ever before.

Bahrain selected as HQ of Arab Court for Human Rights
The National 2 Sep 2013 – Arab foreign ministers approve the selection at a meeting of the Arab League in Cairo. Elizabeth Dickinson reports

Knives galore at Abu Dhabi hunting and equestrian exhibition
The National 2 Sep 2013 – Unique knives inlaid with mammoth ivory are among hundreds of fascinating exhibits at the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (Adihex) this week.

Teacher ‘forged marriage contract’ to get bigger divorce settlement, Dubai court told
The National 2 Sep 2013 – The woman has been accused of changing her dowry from 100,000 to 500,000 Yemeni Riyals.

Sonia Gandhi flying to US for medical check-up
The National 2 Sep 2013 – India’s most powerful politician travelled to the United States in 2011 for surgery on an undisclosed condition and then remained out of the public eye for three months.

Ha’aretz

Kvetching aside, U.S. Jews have never had it so good
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Why don’t Rabbis for Human Rights care about Bedouin women?
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Who s in charge of the home front?
Ha’aretz – 1 Sep 2013

When the bleeding hearts call for bloodshed
Ha’aretz – 1 Sep 2013

Israel, stop kibitzing and let Obama work
Ha’aretz – 1 Sep 2013

The brave new Arab world. Really.
Ha’aretz – 1 Sep 2013

Wars of attrition: Israel’s year in review
Ha’aretz – 1 Sep 2013

U.S. Jews: Pray for pluralism at the Wall
Ha’aretz – 1 Sep 2013

Nelson Mandela discharged from hospital, returns home
Ha’aretz – 1 Sep 2013

Jerusalem Post

Israel s MediaWatch asks Erdan to reconsider appointment of Landes to panel on IBA
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – In IMW s perception, Landes represents a conflict of interests as founding CEO of Koda Communications which produces state-funded local news programs.

Lion unveils Likud Beytenu municipality list
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – “Jerusalem residents pay a lot and receive little in return,” says Barkat s opponent.

Israel outsourcing privacy?
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – Facebook case demonstrates that Israelis online rights are largely determined in US.

ACRI: Just a fraction of 2,200 court-mandated east Jerusalem classrooms have been completed
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – NGO: In spite of High Court ruling, only 150 finished in 5 years; Municipality: We ve built 400

Sources: Internal dissent in Iran rising over the growing Syria turmoil
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – US strike could bolster Iranians seeking distance from Assad.

Pro-Syria hackers put anti-attack message on US Marines site
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – Attack appeared to be the work of the Syrian Electronic Army, which also recently targeted the New York Times’ website and Twitter.

Obama assures Netanyahu on Iran
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – Report: US president calls PM regarding possible Syria strike.

Huldai puts Anglo oleh on council list
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – Originally from UK, Jonathan Javor, aide to former MK Otniel Schneller hopes to cement Western immigrants place in politics.

HCJ: South Hebron Hills Palestinian eviction case should be mediated
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – 1,000 Palestinians in 8 villages in south Hebron are under threat of IDF eviction; state s attorney argues land needed for IDF training.

Syria cancels urgent tender to buy sugar, raising doubt over Assad’s ability to buy food
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – A Lebanon-based Middle East wheat trader who regularly trades with Damascus said the real challenge is getting wheat to the mills to make flour.

Syria’s Assad: ‘The Middle East is a powder keg and the fire is approaching’
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – In an exclusive with “Le Figaro,” Syrian President Bashar Assad warns France that Syria could be its worst enemy.

Knesset speaker prepares MKs for the intense year ahead
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – Former refusenik Yuli Edelstein tells Cyprus counterpart his views on Syria: All dictatorships collapse eventually.

Police: American stewardess raped at Tel Aviv hotel
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – Woman tells police men she met at a club raped her in her hotel room; one of the accused says sex occurred but was consensual.

NATO secretary-general warns of ‘danger’ if world does not react to Syria firmly
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – Rasmussen is “convinced” Syrian regime is responsible for violent chemical attack, standing by without response would be dangerous for world.

Ban on migrants sending money home to go into effect next week
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar ready to implement new ban which will allow migrants to bring funds out of Israel only if they leave.

Aroma cafe branch in Tel Aviv suspected of poisoning local birds
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – Customer claims to have been told by staff that the cafe poisoned the birds deliberately; Peretz orders immediate investigation.

Russia FM: West has provided no facts to back Syria chemical weapons claims
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – Lavrov accuses West of maintaining “regime of secrecy” about evidence it has on use of WMDs, says he is unconvinced by the “inconclusive” evidence.

Israel’s population hits 8-million mark on Jewish New Year
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – Since last year, the population has grown by 142,000 or by 1.8%.

Analysis: The Hamas threat from the West Bank
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – Hamas W. Bank branch continues to try to execute terror in Israel.

Syria asks UN to stop US strike, ‘prevent the absurd use of force’
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2013 – Syrian United Nations envoy says the United States should play its role as a peace sponsor in Middle East during times of turmoil.

Arab allies of US exasperated by Western stance on Syria
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – Saudi Foreign Minister: World should prevent aggression against Syrian people; we stand by the will of the Syrian people.

Arab states urge action against Syrian government
Jerusalem Post 1 Sep 2013 – Saudi Arabia says opposition to international action would only encourage Damascus to continue using chemical weapons.

Inter Press Service

People Begin to Flee Damascus
IPS A street in a Damascus suburb after a regime attack on Friday. Credit: Dr. Omar Hakeem/IPS. As the United States prepares to fire Tomahawk cruise missiles on military targets inside Syria, Syrians are preparing for a new phase of the conflict that has already left more than 100,000 people dead….

Uruknet

[Uruknet 100615 02-sep-2013 18:40 ECT] Syria s Rebels Not Unified On US Strike
Relief Web 2 Sep 2013 – September 1, 2013 – …the armed groups opposed to intervention are wary of Western interests, regardless of whether troops will be deployed on Syrian soil or not. “On principle, we are against foreign intervention because the locals should decide how…

[Uruknet 100614 02-sep-2013 18:32 ECT] Egypt army plans buffer zone along Gaza border
Relief Web 2 Sep 2013 – September 1, 2013 — Egypt plans to impose a 500-meter buffer zone along its border with the Gaza Strip, a senior Egyptian military official said Sunday.Egyptian residents living in Saladin, al-Barahmeh, Canada, Brazil, al-Sarsouriya and other neighborhoods close to the…

[Uruknet 100613 02-sep-2013 18:07 ECT] Syria News – August 31 , 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Relief Web 2 Sep 2013 – August 31, 2013 – By the end of Saturday the cordination committees were able to document 39 martyrs including 3 women, 10 children and 1 under torture: 13 Martyrs were reported in Damscus and its suburbs; 8 in Aleppo; 7…

Daily Star

Italy says Syria crisis to worsen refugee problem
Daily Star 2 Sep 2013 Italy warned Monday the European Union lacks an adequate approach for the refugee problem that will worsen in case of an international intervention in Syria.

McCain: Congress’ rejecting use of force in Syria would be catastrophic
Daily Star 2 Sep 2013 U.S. Senator John McCain said on Monday that a vote by the U.S. Congress against President Barack Obama’s proposal for using military force in Syria would be catastrophic.

UK’s “reckless” Cameron pays political price for Syria vote loss
Daily Star 2 Sep 2013 British Prime Minister David Cameron’s failure to win parliamentary backing for military action against Syria has hurt him politically, polls showed on Monday, with most Britons thinking him “reckless” and support for his party falling.

Nearly 50 common criminals escape in Tunisia jailbreak
Daily Star 2 Sep 2013 Forty-nine inmates escaped from a Tunisian prison after overpowering guards, a senior official said Monday, in a further sign of faltering security as a political crisis over popular discontent with Islamist rule festers.

French PM says no vote in parliament on Syria
Daily Star 2 Sep 2013 French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said there would be no vote during Wednesday’s parliamentary debate on the Syria crisis, adding that there was no doubt that Damascus was behind a deadly chemical attack.

Russia may send lawmakers to US to discuss Syria
Daily Star 2 Sep 2013 President Vladimir Putin proposed on Monday to send a delegation of Russian lawmakers to the United States to discuss the situation in Syria with members of Congress.

Syria’s Assad says French strikes would lead to “repercussions”
Daily Star 2 Sep 2013 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad scorned allegations that his forces were behind the chemical attack in Damascus last month and warned that any French military action against his government would lead to “negative repercussions”.

France says ‘at least 281’ killed in Syria chemical attack
Daily Star 2 Sep 2013 The August 21 chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb was carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and killed at least 281 people, according to French intelligence documents made public on Monday.

French intelligence: Assad behind “massive, coordinated” chemical attack
Daily Star 2 Sep 2013 Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out a “massive and coordinated” chemical attack on Aug. 21, according to a declassified French intelligence report released on Monday, a French government source told Reuters.

Egypt judges recommend dissolving the Brotherhood
Daily Star 2 Sep 2013 A panel of Egyptian judges recommended Monday the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood, adding momentum to a push by authorities to ban the ousted president’s main backer and a pillar of political Islam in the region.

Italy says no ‘Friends of Syria’ meeting planned
Daily Star 2 Sep 2013 The Italian foreign ministry on Monday denied a news report that top officials from countries that support the Syrian opposition planned to meet in Rome on Sunday, saying no such meeting was scheduled.

Syria: Attack will engulf region, threaten U.S. interests
Daily Star 2 Sep 2013 Syria s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad said Monday a U.S.-led military strike on his country would engulf the whole region and threaten U.S. interests.

Tunisia opposition calls for rally to mark MP’s murder
Daily Star 2 Sep 2013 The People’s Movement of slain Tunisian MP Mohamed Brahmi on Monday called for a weekend rally to mark 40 days since the opposition leader’s murder plunged the country into crisis.

Syria sought WMD material in Switzerland: official
Daily Star 2 Sep 2013 Syria made multiple attempts to buy equipment in Switzerland that could have been used to make weapons of mass destruction, but officials blocked the sales, Swiss authorities said Monday.

YNet News

German intelligence says Assad ordered gas attack
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India’s parliament passes cheap food law for 800 million people
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Report: White House open to changes on Syria authorization
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McCain: Congress’ rejecting Syria strike would be catastrophic
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US Marines website hacked, sent to pro-Assad note
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European disgrace
YNet News, 2 Sep 2013 – Op-ed: After shirking its duty to prevent use of WMDs, Europe has lost its right to lecture anyone especially Israel ….

Europe’s institutionalized anti-Semitism
YNet News, 2 Sep 2013 – Op-ed: Jews chosen as scapegoats of extremist leaders who gained power due to economic crisis in Europe ….

Palestinian Information Center

Assad & Sisi: Tweedledum and Tweedledee
PIC – If Bashar el-Assad is allowed to get away with impunity, then the next act of extermination will kill tens of thousands of men, women and children.

Water authority warns of imminent environmental disaster in Gaza
PIC – The water authority of coastal municipalities in Gaza Strip has warned of an imminent environmental and health disaster in the besieged enclave.

Warnings of Israeli threats against al-Aqsa mosque
PIC – Member of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Izzat al-Risheq , warned of the Israeli continued violations against al-Aqsa mosque in light of the Arab and Islamic silence.

Hamas denies Egyptian claims of destroying Qassam gunboats
PIC – Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri has denied Egyptian interior ministry‚¨ “!s allegation that the Egyptian navy had destroyed six gunboats belonging to the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

MP Bahar calls on Egypt to open Rafah crossing permanently
PIC – The PLC has called on the Egyptian authorities to stop its campaign of demolishing the border tunnels which are used to bring vital supplies into the besieged Gaza Strip.

Palestinian factions in Beirut: We reject any aggression on any Arab country
PIC – The leadership of Palestinian factions and popular committees in Beirut has declared rejection of the planned American strike against Syria.

Ayyash: Conditions of Gaza’s fishermen worsened
PIC – Head of the Palestinian Fishermen’s Syndicate, Nizar Ayyash, stated that Gaza’s fishermen suffer more difficult conditions in light of the Israeli persecution against them and the imposed siege.

IOF suppresses march against settlers‚¨ “! attacks in al-Khalil
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) suppressed a Palestinian peaceful march in al-Khalil against the Israeli settlers’ attempt to confiscate a Palestinian building in the area.

IOF soldiers nabbed 61 Palestinians in one week
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) nabbed 61 Palestinians in various West Bank areas over the past week, Hamas statistics said on Monday.

IOA orders Palestinian citizens to stop building their homes
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) ordered four Palestinians in Daheriya town in Al-Khalil on Monday to stop building their homes.

WAFA

Israeli Forces Demolish Home, Beat up Pregnant Women
WAFA – 2 Sep 2013

Israel Arrests 14 Palestinians in West Bank
WAFA – 2 Sep 2013

Clashes Erupt in Nablus, Injuries and Arrests Reported
WAFA – 2 Sep 2013

French Group Helps Palestinians Overcome Settlers Trauma
WAFA – 2 Sep 2013

Abbas says he is Against an Attack on Syria
WAFA – 2 Sep 2013

Statistics President Elected Head of International Association
WAFA – 2 Sep 2013

Misc

Syria’s Assad warns of a ‘powder keg’ sparking a ‘regional war’
LA Times 2 Sep 2013 – BEIRUT Syrian President Bashar Assad has warned that foreign military intervention in his nation s internal conflict could set off a powder keg and spark a regional war, according to interview excerpts published Monday.

To Mideast, U.S. policy on region seems adrift
LA Times 2 Sep 2013 – Middle East friends and foes alike seem to find President Obama’s lack of decisiveness confounding. BEIRUT President Obama’s surprise decision to seek congressional approval for military strikes on Syria reinforces a growing image across much of the Middle East of a regional U.S. policy…

Lawmakers not optimistic Obama’s Syria plan will pass
LA Times 2 Sep 2013 – The Obama administration has just more than a week to win Congress’ support for military strikes against Syria. It ‘better make a whale of a case,’ one lawmaker says. WASHINGTON Members of Congress from across the political spectrum reacted with deep skepticism Sunday to…

Obama’s pause on Syria may prompt British Parliament to reconsider
LA Times 1 Sep 2013 – British lawmakers, who refused Thursday to support a strike on Syria, might vote again now that the U.S.’ hesitation is providing time to weigh new evidence. LONDON President Obama’s decision to seek congressional approval for a military strike on Syria could open the door…

French Release Intelligence Tying Assad Government to Chemical Weapons
New York Times 2 Sep 2013 – The French government sought to bolster the case for military action against Syria on Monday, releasing a declassified summary of intelligence on the use of chemical weapons.

Syrians Thrown Off Balance by Obama s Decision
New York Times 2 Sep 2013 – The delay in an expected missile strikes left Syria struggling to return to normalcy, with the military and rebels still bracing and everyone uncertain whether an attack would happen at all.

McCain Urges Lawmakers to Back Obama s Plan for Syria
New York Times 2 Sep 2013 – The White House pushed forward for Congressional approval of an attack on Syria as President Obama got qualified support from a hawkish Republican critic, Senator John McCain.

Syria Vote Sets Up Foreign Policy Clash in G.O.P.
New York Times 2 Sep 2013 – The Congressional vote will offer the best insight yet on which wing of the Republican Party the party s traditional hawks, or a growing bloc of noninterventionists has the advantage.

Israeli President Voices Strong Support for Obama s Decision on Syria
New York Times 2 Sep 2013 – In a radio interview, Shimon Peres encourages patience and expressed full confidence in the American president s commitment to Israel.

Russia Rejects U.S. Evidence on Syrian Chemical Attack
New York Times 2 Sep 2013 – Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov dismissed as unconvincing the evidence presented by Secretary of State John Kerry, indicating that Russia would continue to block action at the United Nations.

On Obama s Plan, a Message Emerges in Israel: Stay Quiet
New York Times 1 Sep 2013 – After President Obama said he would delay a military strike against Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s government has characterized the situation as delicate.

Arab League Endorses International Action
New York Times 1 Sep 2013 – The Arab League adopted a resolution urging action against the Syrian government for what it called the ugly crime of using chemical weapons, but it stopped short of an explicit reference to military intervention.

President Seeks to Rally Support for Syria Strike
New York Times 1 Sep 2013 – The Obama administration began a full-press campaign for Congressional approval of its plan to carry out a punitive strike against the Syrian government.

Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Charged With Inciting Murder
New York Times 1 Sep 2013 – The charges seemed to extinguish hope of a political resolution that would bring the Muslim Brotherhood out from underground and back into the political process.

Morsi to Be Tried on Charges of Inciting Violence in Egypt
New York Times 1 Sep 2013 – Egypt s top prosecutor referred the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, and 14 members of his Muslim Brotherhood to trial on charges of inciting the killing of opponents protesting outside his palace, the state news agency said.

Washington Memo: History Aside, Obama Bets on Congress
New York Times 1 Sep 2013 – By asking Congress for authorization to retaliate against Syria, President Obama has put himself at the mercy of an institution that has bedeviled his presidency for years.

Afghan Envoy to Pakistan Is Appointed Interior Minister
New York Times 1 Sep 2013 – President Hamid Karzai s appointment of Umar Daudzai as interior minister was public confirmation that he would not be Mr. Karzai s favored successor.

Iraqi Camp for Iranians Faces Deadly Clashes
New York Times 1 Sep 2013 – The circumstances of the violence, which left at least 15 people dead, were contested by the Iraqi government and representatives of the group of dissidents.

Solar energy set to shine at Ashelim
Globes Energy & Water – Within three years, Israel will have one of the world’s biggest solar power stations, with a capacity of 121 megawatts of electricity.

Knesset to put solar energy panels on roof
Globes Energy & Water – In 2014, the Knesset will become one of the world’s first parliaments to generate its own electricity.

Yam 3 drilling reaches final depth
Globes Energy & Water – The well operator has begun open hole wireline logging tests.

Jerusalem Mayor Israel’s richest politician
Globes Main News – “Forbes Israel” ranks Nir Barkat as Israel’s richest politician, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in sixth place.

Gov’t hospitals face cash flow crisis
Globes Main News – Israel’s 11 government hospitals face a budget shortfall and may not be able to buy critical equipment.

Mon: Market rises as Syria attack stays on hold
Globes Main News – The banks boosted the market but Israel Chemicals fell back despite a cooperation agreement in Vietnam.

Israel Chemicals teams with Vietnamese co
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals and Duc Giang are evaluating expansion of phosphate mining in Vietnam for the Southeast Asian market.

BoI buys over $200m
Globes Main News – The shekel has continued to strengthen against the dollar, even after the central bank’s intervention in the market.

Israel’s population tops 8 million.
Globes Macro Economics – On the eve of Rosh Hashana 5774, Israel’s population reached 8.08 million, including 6.07 million Jews.

Israel Launches Amos-4 Satellite with Secret Military Payload for Spying on Iran, Syria
Tikun Olam – Amos-4 rocket (Israel Aerospace Industries) The press has noted that Israel launched a new generation of communications satellite into orbit this week: the Amos-4 . Built by Israel Aerospace Industries at a cost of $365-million, it was successfully launched in Kazakhstan. What is less known is…

No one knows what Obama stands for
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 . The American drumbeat of war in Syria isn t about dubious intelligence. It s about the arrogance of power and being the bully of the…

Bulldozers uproot Palestinian farmland in Salfit, as 23 settlements devour 18 villages
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Army uproots lands to build settlement units in Salfit IMEMC 1 Sept Local sources in Salfit district, in the central part of the West Bank, have reported that Israeli bulldozers uprooted Palestinian lands west of Salfit, in preparation…

Grumpy Biden, Grumpy Cat weigh in on Syria speech
Mondoweiss –

Israeli court seems to heed the late Seamus Heaney, in checking ruthless power to expel 8 helpless Palestinian villages
Mondoweiss – This morning, facing international pressure not to expel 1000 Palestinians in eight villages in the West Bank, the Israeli High Court of Justice told the government to hold up its plans for what is called Firing Zone 9183 southeast of Hebron. Below we have a report…

Video: My friend frees bird caught in garage
Mondoweiss – My friend Justin Allen has always been able to pick up wild animals. He sent me these photos mourning dove, baby rabbit, and Canada gosling and the video below, under his brand, bigjworks. The animals are all fine. He brought the baby Canada goose back to…

World’s Literary Stars Ask Israel To Spare West Bank Villages
The Foward Breaking News 2 Sep 2013 – Dozens of the world s literary stars have added their names to an Israeli writers petition urging the army and the Netanyahu government not to destroy Palestinian villages in the southern Hebron hills. Click here for the rest of the article…

Women Hold Peaceful Selichot Prayer Service at Western Wall
The Foward Breaking News 2 Sep 2013 – It was a first in quite some time: The Women of the Wall held a prayer service at the Western Wall and got to worship, sing and even dance at the holiest site in Judaism largely unperturbed. Click here for the rest of the article…

Liberia: U.S. Pushes Liberia to Condemn Syria’s Use of Chemical Weapons
allAfrica.com 2 Sep 2013 – [New Dawn]The United States Government has urged the Government Liberia to publicly condemn the Syrian Government use of Chemical weapons, in a prolong civil conflict aimed at toppling the present regime.

Egypt: The Human Rights Crisis in Egypt Interim Government Must Cooperate With UN – Arab League Must Send a Fact-Finding Mission
allAfrica.com 2 Sep 2013 – [HRInfo]The undersigned Arab human rights organizations are closely and concernedly following the grave threats to human rights in Egypt following the spread of violence which has claimed the lives of nearly 1,000 people and left thousands injured since June 30. The undersigned organizations condemn the excessive…

Egypt: Govt Refuses Any U.S. Military Attack Against Syria
allAfrica.com 2 Sep 2013 – [Egypt Online]Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi reiterated Egypt’s objection to any military attack by the US and its allies against Syria.

Egypt: Egypt Rejects Any Intervention in Syria
allAfrica.com 2 Sep 2013 – [Egypt Online]The Presidency of the Republic confirmed that Egypt rejects any intervention or action against Syria outside the framework of international legitimacy and the framework of the United Nations system.

Ex-Libya spy chief’s daughter seized
BBC 2 Sep 2013 – The daughter of Libya’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi has been abducted after leaving a prison in Tripoli, officials say.

Britain sold nerve gas chemicals to Syria 10 months after civil unrest began
Sabbah report 2 Sep 2013 – Revealed: Britain sold nerve gas chemicals to Syria 10 months after ‘civil unrest’ began Read More: Britain sold nerve gas chemicals to Syria 10 months after civil unrest began . Sign up for our free newsletter!

Pretty ignorant about Syria
Sabbah report 2 Sep 2013 – Our biggest problem is ignorance; we re pretty ignorant about Syria. Read More: Pretty ignorant about Syria . Sign up for our free newsletter!

Obama s Bombs
Al-Akhbar Blogs 2 Sep 2013 – Related Articles: Bandar, the Prince of Jihad: Expect a Syrian Shift in Power Syria: Shameful Performance of Western Media read more

The Full Story on Why Obama Backed Down on Syria
Al-Akhbar Opinion 2 Sep 2013 – People demonstrate against a US-led strike on Syria in downtown Los Angeles on 31 August 2013. (Photo: AFP – Joe Klamar) People demonstrate against a US-led strike on Syria in downtown Los Angeles on 31 August 2013. (Photo: AFP – Joe Klamar) Commentators in the West…

Russia to send delegation to US over Syria vote
Al-Akhbar News 2 Sep 2013 – An activists holds a sign that reads “Hands off Syria!” in a protest outside the US Consulate in St. Petersburg on 2 September 2013. (Photo: AFP – Olga Maltseva) Russian authorities are planning to send a parliamentary delegation to the United States for talks with the…

Suicide blasts, car bombs kill at least 17 in Iraq
Al-Akhbar News 2 Sep 2013 – Attacks in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq killed 17 people Monday, including eight in a coordinated attack on the home of an anti-Qaeda militia chief, officials said. The Turkish consul to the northern city of Mosul and a top criminal judge in slain leader Saddam…

Israeli soldiers beat women resisting home demolition
Al-Akhbar News 2 Sep 2013 – Israeli soldiers used rifle butts to beat five Palestinian women who refused orders to leave their West Bank home ahead of a demolition on Monday, local media reported. Occupation forces raided a home in the Jericho village of Fasayel early Monday and ordered the 12 residents…

Egyptian Foreign Ministry and Al-Azhar Oppose Syria Attack
Al-Akhbar News 2 Sep 2013 – Egyptians shout slogans against Turkish Prime Minister and US President as they demonstrate in Cairo on 1 September 2013 against a possible US attack on Syria in response to alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. (Photo: AFP – Mohamed Abdelmeniem) Egyptians shout slogans…

Vatican renews calls against Syria strike
Al-Akhbar News 2 Sep 2013 – A top Vatican official on Monday warned the war in Syria could escalate into a global conflict, a day after Pope Francis made an impassioned call for peace. “The Syria conflict has all the ingredients to explode into a war of global dimensions,” Monsignor Mario Toso,…

Strikes at power plants force Libya to import fuel
Al-Akhbar News 2 Sep 2013 – Libya is importing diesel and fuel oil to fend off increasing power cuts, as queues of drivers grow at the pumps and daily life grows harder in the face of political crisis. Most gas fields in its eastern region, which had supplied power plants, have been…

Syrians Face Prospect of War With Humor
Al-Akhbar Politics 2 Sep 2013 – A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on 2 September 2013 shows men gathering at the site of a mortar attack near Al-Jahez park in Damascus’ Abu Rummaneh district. (Photo: AFP – SANA) A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News…

Lebanon: Berri Proposes Road Map for Escaping Quagmire
Al-Akhbar Politics 2 Sep 2013 – I made it clear in my initiative what resistance is for us, and I proposed the ideas I have. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar) I made it clear in my initiative what resistance is for us, and I proposed the ideas I have. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar)…

Syrian regime ‘led chemical attack’
BBC 2 Sep 2013 – France says the chemical attack near Damascus last month “could not have been ordered and carried out by anyone but the Syrian government”.

Ex-Libya spy chief’s daughter seized
BBC 2 Sep 2013 – The daughter of Libya’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi has been abducted after leaving a prison in Tripoli, officials say.

Omani paper apologises over gay row
BBC 2 Sep 2013 – An Omani newspaper devotes its entire front page to an apology for an article on homosexuality which caused uproar on social networks.

Tunisian rapper sentenced again
BBC 2 Sep 2013 – Tunisian rapper Weld El 15 is sentenced to 21 months in prison for insulting the police, just two months after he was freed following public protests.

Articles


East Jerusalem leadership protests Israeli curricula
Lea Frehse, Alternative Information Center 9/2/2013
At the start of the new school year, the decision by five East Jerusalem schools to introduce the Israeli curriculum has provoked outspoken opposition from the Palestinian public in the city. Today, key figures of Palestinian leadership assembled in East Jerusalem for a press conference to denounce the step. The meeting was called for by the National Action Coalition and brought together representatives of civil society, among them the head of East Jerusalem s Parents Committee and the Mufti of Jerusalem.
Palestinian activists strongly condemn what they consider a manipulative step by Israeli authorities seeking to further their control over occupied East Jerusalem. Education in East Jerusalem is run in part by Israeli authorities and in part by non-governmental groups. As agreed under the Oslo Accords, teaching in Jerusalem must follow the Palestinian curriculum and students take the tawjehee examination to graduate from high school.
Israel says it s testing the new curriculum by parents demand
In fact, the Palestinian high school diploma is insufficient to enter Israeli universities, for which students must take extensive additional tests to enter. Palestinian universities, on the other hand, often do not accept Israeli diplomas.
In what it describes as a testing phase, the Jerusalem education authority has now established special classes in five East Jerusalem schools, which will follow the curriculum used by Palestinian citizens of Israel rather than the Palestinian curriculum. For many Palestinians this is a transgression: This is a very serious step. If the Israeli authorities succeed in imposing their educational content on East Jerusalem, we could lose the minds of the coming generations, says Abdel Kareem Lafi, head of the East Jerusalem Parents Committee. more..e-mail

An education in inequality for East Jerusalem s children
Betty Herschman, +972 Magazine 9/2/2013
The number of classrooms, the availability of counselors and the numbers of dropout prevention programs constitute a grievous violation of the right to education for tens of thousands of Palestinian schoolchildren in Jerusalem.
In cities around the world, most parents agonize about their kids first day of school. They worry about whether their kids will connect with their teachers. They worry about bullying. Mostly they anguish over the quality of education their child will receive and whether it will prepare them for a productive life beyond their school years.
In East Jerusalem, mothers and fathers worry about whether or not their child will have a place in the classroom indeed, whether or not the classroom will physically exist.
As the new school year begins, a gaping dearth of 2,200 classrooms endures in East Jerusalem and despite a Supreme Court ruling that the Jerusalem Municipality and Education Ministry rectify the shortage by 2016, only 150 classrooms have been built over the past five years. Furthermore, as revealed in Ir Amim s and The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) s recently released joint monitoring report on the state of education in East Jerusalem, despite an overall 13 percent dropout rate, there are no dropout prevention programs in one third of Arab secondary schools in Jerusalem.
Faced with a shortage of 2,200 missing classrooms in the official Arab school system in Jerusalem, the authorities are doing too little, too late to close this intolerable gap. Exacerbating the insult of the shameful disparities in educational resources between East and West Jerusalem is Mayor Nir Barkat s insistence that the system is getting better. Despite Barkat s public statements, according to which under his leadership the municipality has invested significantly more than previous administrations in improving the educational system in East Jerusalem, the pace of building new classrooms is far too leisurely to respond to the urgent needs of Palestinian children. During Barkat s current term, from 2009 until today, only 150 new classrooms have been built in East Jerusalem, with 332 additional classrooms in various stages of planning. more..e-mail

Israel s High Court sends South Hebron Hills evictions to mediation
Michael Omer-Man, +972 Magazine 9/2/2013
The High Court of Justice declines to make a ruling on the evictions of over 1,000 Palestinian villagers from what Israel calls Firing Zone 918. Villagers attorneys say referral to mediation process is a sign the court wasn t satisfied with the state s arguments. International writers sign petition against evictions.
Israel s High Court of Justice referred to mediation a petition against the eviction of dozens of West Bank Palestinian families to make room for a military training area in the West Bank on Monday, pending the State s acquiescence to the suggestion.
The courtroom was packed with representatives of the Palestinian villagers, foreign diplomats, Israeli and international activists and journalists.
Some 1,000 Palestinians in eight villages live in what the Israeli army has declared Firing Zone 918 in the South Hebron Hills. For 14 years, the state ha
s years sought to evict the traditionally cave-dwelling Palestinians from their homes and grazing lands inside the designated area. A number of Jewish settlements within Firing Zone 918, however, have not been served with eviction orders.

In the High Court hearing on Monday, the state argued that Firing Zone 918 is of military necessity because it reduces logistical costs of training exercises due to its proximity to a nearby army base.
Lawyers representing the villagers, however, argued that international law clearly prohibits the expulsion of residents from an occupied territory, as well as the permanent seizure of land for military use. more..e-mail

Threats to Syria are Israeli words spoken by Western tongues
Ali Jaradat, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 8/31/2013
Since America became the leader of the “free world”, interference in the independence and sovereignty of nation states around the globe has become a permanent fixture of US foreign policy. The tactics may differ from place to place but the aim remains the same everywhere: to control countries as much as possible, loot their national resources and subject them to the will of the “central” capitalist states in North America, Western Europe and the Pacific Rim. Local tools are used, including allies such as Israel and Turkey, the only member of NATO in the Middle East.
The US is flexing its hegemonic muscles against Syria at the moment, even though UN inspectors have not concluded their investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Damascus. It doesn’t look as if UN approval will be sought or given so Washington is using France to provide some sort of international legitimacy for any action it might take.
Whether or not the Obama administration will carry through its threats remains to be seen; it is likely that it will. What has to be understood is that US concerns about Syria and the use of chemical weapons have nothing to do with morality or humanitarian norms; it is all about protecting Israel and retaining its military superiority in the region. All of America’s military interventions in the Middle East over the past few decades have had Israeli’s security as the main sub-text. To think otherwise is to ignore the facts.
Following its defeat in Vietnam, the US changed its foreign policy, adopting Cold War management by mediation and what National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski called “dual containment”. This appeared on the scene with the Iraq-Iran war, with America encouraging the conflict in order to wear down both sides. US ally Menachem Begin, the then prime minister of Israel said at the time, “We wish success to both parties of the war.” This illustrates what dual containment means…. more..e-mail

Israel escalates attacks on UN agency after killing employee during raid
Electronic Intifada: 2 Sep 2013 – Rubeen Abdulrahman Zayid was one of three killed during an invasion of Qalandiya refugee camp last week.more

news from Palestine
In Gaza: 2 Sep 2013 – I spoke with Saber last week and he summed up what I know Palestinians in Gaza are feeling: It s hard to breathe, we are so suffocated by life. But we must be patient. Every day there are problems, but we must be patient. The Israeli navy is still shooting at fishers, the Israeli army is still shooting at farmers. There is a cooking gas shortage. It s as bad as it was in 2007, all over again. If there is a war on Syria (US/NATO intervention a.k.a humanitarian bombing ), Israel will definitely attack Gaza . He s usually a lot more upbeat than this, so if Saber is saying these things, I know life has gotten impossibly difficult in Gaza, impossibli-er than normal impossibleness. Some news in the headlines now: Unrest in Egypt Squeezes Gaza & crisis still going in the Rafah border and the Rafah crossing. We have thousands of…more

The Consequences of Cameron’s Syria Defeat
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Sep 2013 – By Deepak Tripathi The defeat of British Prime Minister David Cameron in Parliament over his plan for humanitarian intervention in Syria to protect civilians from President Assad s chemical attacks is one of the most significant parliamentary votes in recent years. It means that Cameron, one of the most aggressive advocates for military intervention, has been prevented from participating in any United States-led operation in Syria. The divergence between London and Washington on this matter has echoes of the 1960s, when Prime Minister Harold Wilson successfully rebuffed President Lyndon Johnson s pressure to send British troops to Vietnam. Some writers have gone all the way back to 1782 and the American war of independence in search of a parallel. A defeat of this magnitude has many consequences for foreign and domestic policies, as well as for Cameron s own authority. The atmosphere before the debate was poisoned by extraordinary behaviour outside Parliament. As…more

Striking Syria: Illegal, Immoral, and Dangerous
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Sep 2013 – By Phyllis Bennis If I were very optimistic, I d say that President Obama is hoping that Congress will follow the example of the British parliament, and vote against his proposed military strike on Syria. It would let him off the hook he could avoid an illegal, dangerous, immoral military assault and say it s Congress fault. But unfortunately, I don t think that much optimism is warranted. Obama s speech not least his dismissal of any time pressure, announcing that his commanders have reassured him that their preparations to fire on command are not time-bound gives opponents of greater US intervention in Syria a week or more to mobilise, to build opposition in Congress and in the public, and to continue fighting against this new danger. As the president accurately described it, some things are more important than partisan politics . For war opponents in Congress, especially President Obama s progressive supporters,…more


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