VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 3 September 2013: Apartheid relived: Israeli laws conjure-up uncomfortable memories of South Africa

3 September 2013  — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Young Palestinian Man Ordered Out Of West Bank
IMEMC – In an illegal move, a senior commander of the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank issued an order forcing a Palestinian man out of the West Bank for six months. The young man, from Be’er As-Sabe’ (Beersheba) is a student of the Hebron University. …

Clashes Reported In Abu Dis Following Arrest Of Cancer Patient
IMEMC – Palestinian sources in Abu Dis town, in occupied East Jerusalem, have reported that clashes took place between dozens of local youths and Israeli soldiers after the army kidnapped a young Palestinian man suffering from cancer. …

Barghouthi: “Talks With Israel Only Lead To A Mirage”
IMEMC – Monday [September 3, 2013] Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, called for stopping direct talks with Tel Aviv, and said that these talks are meaningless, and will only lead to a mirage without a positive outcome. …

Soldiers Kidnap Seven Palestinians In West Bank
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded, late on Monday at night and on Tuesday at dawn, various districts in the occupied West bank, and kidnapped seven Palestinians, including a child in Hebron, and a young woman in occupied East Jerusalem. …

Army Invades Khan Younis
IMEMC – Local sources have reported that a number of armored Israeli military vehicles carried out, on Tuesday [September 3] a limited invasion into Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Sixth Round Of Talks To Be Held In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Palestinian and Israeli negotiations teams will be holding their sixth round of direct talks, on Tuesday evening [September 3 2013] in occupied East Jerusalem, again far away from the media. …

Ma’an News

Israel to release Salah, impose Jerusalem ban
9/3/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli judge ordered the release of the head of the Islamic Movement in Jerusalem on Tuesday, but banned him from entering Jerusalem for 180 days. Israeli police official Luba Samari said that Salah was ordered to pay a refundable security deposit of 50,000 shekels. If the deposit is not paid, Salah will be called to court again on Wednesday, she…. Related: Israeli forces detain head of Islamic Movement

Israel issues order to close road near Bethlehem
9/4/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Tuesday issued notification to close an agricultural road south of Bethlehem, locals said. Ahmad Sukkar, director of Wadi Fukin village council, said the road was created a year ago to help local farmers reach their land. The village is subject to multiple Israeli orders which restrict Palestinians and confiscate land for nearby settlements in the Gush Etzion bloc….

Israeli forces detain 15 in Jerusalem
9/4/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday detained several Palestinians and handed others orders to visit a police station in Jerusalem, officials said. Forces raided the Bab Hutta neighborhood in Jerusalem and arrested Hussam Sader, Amin Dweik, Mohammad Tamimi, Mohammad Shahin, and Deya Hassan Yousef. They were taken to al-Qashla interrogation center in the Old City where they were questioned on charges of incitement….

Israeli forces detain head of Islamic Movement
9/3/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained the head of the Islamic Movement in Jerusalem on Tuesday, a local group said. Chairman of the Al-Aqsa Foundation, Ali Abu Sheikha, told Ma’an that he was with Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamist group in Israel, when he was arrested.”While I and Sheikh Raed Salah were in a car heading to join a…. Related: Israel to release Salah, impose Jerusalem ban

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon protest against UNRWA
9/3/2013 – BEIRUT (Ma’an) — Palestinians in Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in Lebanon protested against the UN agency for Palestinian refugees on Tuesday for the second day in a row. Political factions, commitees and organizations in the camp are on an open strike against “oppressive” procedures implemented by UNRWA, local leaders said. Palestinians in the camp say UNRWA implemented a new policy on Sept. 1 which….

Clashes break out in Abu Dis
9/3/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out on Tuesday between Palestinians and Israeli forces in Abu Dis after protests against Israel’s arrest of a cancer sufferer. Fatah Jerusalem committee leader Anwar Bader said that Israeli forces raided the village and fired rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas at protesters and houses. Several suffered tear gas inhalation. Bader added that protesters closed…. Related:Israeli forces arrest cancer patient

Israel says Med missile launch joint test with US
9/4/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A missile launch early Tuesday in the Mediterranean Sea was part of joint American-Israeli military exercises, Israel’s defense ministry said.”The Israeli defense ministry and the American MDA (Missile Defense Agency) Tuesday morning at 9. 15 a. m. successfully launched an Ankor-type radar missile,” it said in a statement.”The test was launched from the Mediterranean and directed from an army….

Israel to close Kerem Shalom crossing for Jewish holiday
9/3/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities will close the Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza for the upcoming Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, a Palestinian crossings official said Tuesday. PA liaison official Raed Fattouh said the crossing will be closed from Wednesday to Sunday. [END]

Report: Palestinians drive truck through Ben Gurion security barrier
9/3/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians drove a stolen truck through a security barrier at Ben Gurion airport overnight, Israeli media reported. The truck entered the airport at 3. 30 a. m. and drove past two barriers before stopping near terminal 3, Ynet said. A security guard fired four shots at the truck’s wheels. The incident caused flight delays and heavy….

Russia: US ship may have fired rockets into Mediterranean
9/3/2013 – MOSCOW (AFP) — Two rockets whose launch was detected by Russia earlier Tuesday splashed down into the sea and may have been fired from a US naval vessel for the purposes of weather reconnaissance, a Russian military source told the Interfax news agency.”The rockets. . . could have been fired from an American ship in the Mediterranean. Given that it seems the rockets fell into the sea…. Related: Israel says Med missile launch joint test with US

PA: Israel responsible for Palestinian security
9/3/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel should take responsibility for Palestinians who are under-prepared for the possible upcoming war in the region, a security official said Tuesday.”If Israel enters a war with Syria and it had negative effects on the Palestinians, Israel would have to be responsible for Palestinians because they are under occupation,” security services spokesman Adnan Damiri said.”We are not at war….

Kerry says world must act as Obama wins Syria support
9/4/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Barack Obama’s top aides Tuesday urged lawmakers to back military strikes on Syria to shore up America’s world standing and send a warning to other nations such as Iran, as key Republican leaders rallied behind the plan. Testifying before a Senate panel, US Secretary of State John Kerry made a passionate plea for lawmakers not to succumb….

UN: Number of Syria refugees passes 2 million mark
9/3/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — More than two million Syrians have now fled their war-ravaged country, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday, lamenting the nearly 10-fold increase from a year ago.”Syria is hemorrhaging women, children and men who cross borders often with little more than the clothes on their backs,” the UNHCR said in a statement, pointing out that on September 3, 2012, it had registered….

Egypt army kills 15 militants in Sinai air raids
9/3/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt
(Ma’an) — Egyptian army helicopters launched missile strikes at militant strongholds in the Sinai peninsula on Tuesday. Thirteen missiles were fired at positions in the city of Sheikh Zuweid, with army helicopters also targeting weapon caches. Three houses were struck in the attacks, with armored vehicles blockading a house where militants were believed to be a hiding. Egyptian state TV said 15….

Syria’s Assad warns ‘regional war’ could erupt
9/3/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — Forces loyal to Bashar Assad carried out a “massive” chemical attack last month, a French intelligence report said, as the Syrian leader warned military strikes against him could would ignite a regional war. Anxious to overcome widespread skepticism of military action in response to the alleged gas attack, France on Monday released a nine-page report outlining its case against the regime. Based on….

Al-Jazeera Egypt, Brotherhood TV ordered to close
9/3/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — A Cairo court Tuesday ordered the closure of four television channels, including Al-Jazeera Egypt and Ahrar 25, a network belonging to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. The other two channels to be closed are the Islamist broadcasters Al-Yarmuk and Al-Quds, according to the court order. The closure comes a day after Islamist broadcaster Al-Hafez was ordered shut following accusations that it was “inciting hatred….

Egypt court convicts 11 Brotherhood members to life
9/3/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian military court on Tuesday sentenced 11 Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison for violence targeting the army in the port city of Suez last month. Forty-five other Brotherhood members were handed five-year jail terms, and eight defendants were acquitted. The Islamists were accused of “shooting and adopting violent means” against the army in Suez on August 14 following a military….

Merkel to seek elusive Syria consensus at G20 summit
9/3/2013 – BERLIN (AFP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that she hoped an international consensus could still be reached at this week’s G20 summit in response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria. Merkel, who has repeatedly ruled out German participation in any US-led military strike against President Bashar Assad’s regime, called for a fresh attempt to persuade summit host Russia to….

NGO: Nearly 90 Syria rebels killed in 48 hours
9/3/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Nearly 90 rebels were killed near the Syrian capital over the past 48 hours, a watchdog said Monday, as fighting raged ahead of possible foreign military action against the regime. At least 29 of those killed, among them non-Syrians, died in an army ambush Monday in Adra, northeast of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The group, which relies on a….

Sweden grants blanket asylum to Syrian refugees
9/3/2013 – STOCKHOLM (AFP) — Sweden on Tuesday became the first European Union country to announce it will give asylum to all Syrian refugees who apply.”All Syrian asylum seekers who apply for asylum in Sweden will get it,” Annie Hoernblad, the spokeswoman for Sweden’s migration agency, told AFP.”The agency made this decision now because it believes the violence in Syria will not end in….


Mayor says Jerusalem cannot be split
AlJazeera 3 Sep 2013 – Israeli politician says partition as part of peace deal with Palestinians will not work and only united city can thrive.

Israel confirms missile test
AlJazeera 3 Sep 2013 – Defence ministry confirms joint exercise with US of anti-ballistic missile system in Mediterranean. 

Palestine News Network

840,000 Palestinians to Benefit from Improved Solid Waste Management Services in the West Bank
Palestine News Network

Stolen Truck Accidentally Breaks Through Ben-Gurion Barrier
Palestine News Network

Egypt Attacks Palestinian Fishermen in Gaza
Palestine News Network

Dr. Ashrawi Meets With The Newly Appointed Spanish Consul General, Mr. Juan José Escobar
Palestine News Network

Israel Abducts Former Detainee, Places Him Under Administrative Detention
Palestine News Network

Screening of The Film: Occupation 101
Palestine News Network

Understanding International Developments of Potential War on Syria
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Journal: The day of the stolen donkey
9/2/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 2nd September 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Kafr Qalil, Occupied Palestine – A few days ago, I and some other volunteers were invited to join a family harvesting almonds on their land in the village of Kafr Qalil. We went and spent a tranquil two hours enjoying the beautiful scenery, drinking tea, eating bread and zataar and clambering in the almond trees, shaking the nuts….

Four young boys arrested and beaten in Hebron
9/1/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 1st September 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – On Friday 30th August, Israeli soldiers arrested four Palestinian boys and held and abused them in a military base for around four hours. Ashaq (15), Ali (15), Anwar (14) and Ahmed (10) were walking down the Shilal Street in the Old City of Hebron at around 6. 30pm, when soldiers near Bab Al-Baladia violently….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: The Clockwork of Ongoing Nakba: Unraveling Forced Population Transfer (al-Majdal Issue 53, Summer 2013)
Relief Web 2 Sep 2013 – Source: BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights is happy to present to you this 53rd Issue of Al-Majdal. This installment of al-Majdal is intended…

occupied Palestinian territory: Médecins du Monde lance un nouveau projet visant à réduire l’impact des violences des colons sur la santé mentale des habitants de Naplouse.
Relief Web 2 Sep 2013 – Source: Médecins du Monde Country: occupied Palestinian territory Écouter Face à l’augmentation des attaques de colons israéliens dans des villages palestiniens et à l’intensification des activités militaires dans le gouvernorat de Naplouse, Médecins du Monde (MdM) a démarré, en mai…

occupied Palestinian territory: PRCS holds the National Disaster Response Team Camp for the first time in Gaza Strip
Relief Web 2 Sep 2013 – Source: Palestine Red Crescent Society Country: occupied Palestinian territory Gaza – The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) opened the National Disaster Response Team (NDRT) camp in its branches in Gaza Strip for the first time, with the participation of its…

The National

Syria’s refugee crisis ‘a humanitarian calamity’
The National 3 Sep 2013 – United Nations high commissioner for refugees describes the suffering and displacement of Syrians as ‘unparalleled in recent history’, as refugee numbers outside the country swell to two million.

Record year for breeding Houbaras in UAE
The National 3 Sep 2013 – A total of 40,340 Houbara bustards were bred this year, an increase of 31 per cent from 2012.

Mum comes out winner for son’s losses in Dubai weight-for-gold contest
The National 3 Sep 2013 – ‘There are many ways to get in shape but only a few that would help lose weight and not build muscle,’ says Artsiom Dzendzivitski who lost 24kg.

Ask yourself: ‘How badly do you want it?’
The National 3 Sep 2013 – The National’s reporter Mohammed Al Khan lost 6kg during the campaign, but he is determined to continue to reach his goal weight.

Egypt silences TV stations
The National 3 Sep 2013 – An Egyptian court yesterday ordered Al Jazeera’s local affiliate and three other stations to stop broadcasting, part of an expanding government crackdown against media seen as supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hundreds of kiosks planned for Abu Dhabi’s outdoors
The National 3 Sep 2013 – Blueprint for hundreds of kiosks to sell food, water and provide services to help make waterfronts and outdoor areas more walker-friendly.

Day of violence kills 40 in Iraq
The National 3 Sep 2013 – A wave of car bombs in Shiite areas that killed at least 31 people were the deadliest attacks of nationwide violence that killed 40 people yesterday.

Iran’s Marzieh Afkham is a woman squarely in the limelight
The National 3 Sep 2013 – To say that Marzieh Afkham is under pressure as she takes over as the Iran foreign ministry’s spokeswoman would be, to put it mildly, a gross understatement. Michael Theodoulou reports 

Britain’s vote against Syria action could affect its Middle East role
The National 3 Sep 2013 – It may have delayed military action in Syria, perhaps even undermined western resolve, but last week’s vote by Britain’s parliament could also affect the country’s role in the Middle East. Omar Karmi reports 

52 dead at Iranian dissident camp in Iraq
The National 3 Sep 2013 – A UN team has counted 52 bodies in a makeshift morgue at an Iranian dissident camp, most with gunshot wounds and some with their hands tied, two days after violence that it decried as an ‘atrocious crime’.

Egyptian helicopter gunships strike militants in Sinai
The National 3 Sep 2013 – Egyptian helicopter gunships fired rockets early yesterday at militants in the northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least eight and injuring 15 others in an ongoing campaign against Islamic radicals.

For brother of UAE crash victim, tragedy doesn’t seem real
The National 3 Sep 2013 – A crash killed Zubair Saeed’s brother and friends on Eid Al Fitr but the truth will not sink in. Neither, it seems, will warnings to drivers about speeding. Yasin Kakande reports

100,000 expected as Abu Dhabi hunting show opens its doors
The National 3 Sep 2013 – Adihex, which promotes the heritage of the UAE, will run at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre until September 7.

Turkey being dragged into Syria’s war: opposition
The National 3 Sep 2013 – Turkey’s opposition has accused the government of dragging the country into Syria’s war by channelling military supplies to rebels and advocating US missile strikes. Thomas Seibert reports from Istanbul 

Pedestrians killed in separate accidents in UAQ and Sharjah
The National 3 Sep 2013 – Both men, killed separately, were hit by vehicles while trying to cross the road.

Simple guidelines can help avert security risks, says UK defence official
The National 3 Sep 2013 – The head of online engagement at the British ministry of defence doesn’t think government entities should avoid using social media due to fears of compromising security.

Tighten drugs tests, say Dubai Fitness winners
The National 3 Sep 2013 – Last year’s champions want independent testers and random screening to stamp out athletes who cheat.

Interest free loans for UAE farmers
The National 3 Sep 2013 – A new programme helping farmers has been established by the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development.

India’s social media battleground
The National 3 Sep 2013 – Ahead of key polls, politicians are learning the value of sites like Twitter to get every last vote. Samanth Subramanian reports 

Protect your personal details, social media users warned at GCC meeting
The National 3 Sep 2013 – “Hackers can get a total and perfect profile of you from social media, where you live and what your job is,” cautions a response analyst with the TRA.


Egyptian military finding Muslim Brotherhood easier to subdue than terrorists in Sinai
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

Police to resume using tasers gradually, under tighter restrictions
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

In our dreams stands the stranger
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

UN chief warns U.S. strike on Syria could unleash more turmoil
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

U.S. Jewish groups call on Congress to approve use of force against Syria’s Assad
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

French driver indicted in deadly Tel Aviv hit-and-run
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

Hagel: Refusal to act on Syria would undermine U.S. credibility on Iran
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

FIFA chief hosts Israeli-Palestinian soccer talks with clear goals in mind
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

Market Report / Missile test gives stock market a brief scare
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

Jewish activist on trial in Greece for inciting violence against neo-Nazis
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

Women of the Wall’s Anat Hoffman is Haaretz’s Person of the Year
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

U.S. unprepared for mission in Syria, warns air force commander
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

What Congress should learn from Auschwitz before the Syria vote
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

Israel pledges to raze settler structures built on Palestinian land with forged deeds
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

U.S. Jews see the Bedouin issues as a test for Jewish values – and donations
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

Religious Israeli schools censoring human reproduction from textbooks
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

Israel’s population at just over 8 million on eve of Rosh Hashanah
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

Two Palestinians steal truck, ram Ben-Gurion Airport barrier
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

New NIS 110m housing plan approved for Negev, Galilee regions
Ha’aretz – 3 Sep 2013

Fight over labor rights ignites orchestra rebellion
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Health risks push ministry to reconsider HPV vaccine for teen girls
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Netanyahu and Obama: Great leaders think alike?
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Man of the year: Yair Lapid
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

A state organ with no reason to exist
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

With evil fighting evil in Syria, it’s best to stay away
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Israeli critics of Obama should ask: Why hasn’t Netanyahu acted on Syria?
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Israel communications minister seeks to overhaul public broadcasting
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Police ignored complaints by victim in Galilee murder-suicide, relatives say
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Israelis beware: Your phone doesn’t know daylight saving time has been pushed back
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Iraqis showing signs of anger and civil protest after years of terror and corruption
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Israel should seek mediation on expelling Palestinians in firing zone, High Court says
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Removal of chapter on reproduction from state religious schoolbooks speaks volumes
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Humanity needs a ‘violet line’ against the u
se of WMD

Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Obama, Syria and the prospect of an Israeli attack on Iran
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Two bombs explode near Israel army patrol on Gaza border
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Israeli, Palestinian negotiation teams to meet on Tuesday
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Peres: I trust Obama’s judgment on Syria
Ha’aretz – 2 Sep 2013

Jerusalem Post

AIPAC say they support US strike on Syria
Jerusalem Post 3 Sep 2013 – Source: They did not want to be seen as rooting for war 

Hamas dismisses talk of strike by Egypt against Gaza
Jerusalem Post 3 Sep 2013 – After rumors emerge that Egypt is planning a strike on the Gaza Strip, Hamas officials scramble to douse the flames; one Hamas official says: We urge our people not to pay attention to the rumors flying around. 

Hezbollah mobilizes for expected US attack on Syria
Jerusalem Post 3 Sep 2013 – Report: Group has called on all its officers and members to man their positions. 

Tensions run high at Knesset during debate on length of hesder service
Jerusalem Post 3 Sep 2013 – Yesh Atid MK Ofer Shelah calls program ‘escape route’ to shorter conscription; Rabbi Haim Druckman: Maintain current balance. 

Saudi Arabia donating $200 million for Palestinian cities to prevent Judaization
Jerusalem Post 3 Sep 2013 – Abdullah seeks to protect cities’ Islamic character; plan calls for building infrastructure, expanding water purification plants. 

5773 in Review: The highlights of the year
Jerusalem Post 3 Sep 2013 – To mark the end of one year, and the start of the next, we bring you the stories, images and videos that made 5773 a year to remember. 

5773 in Review: Most viral videos
Jerusalem Post 3 Sep 2013 – Here are 10 of the most viewed and talked-about videos we shared with you this year. 

Obama gains key House allies on Syria strike
Jerusalem Post 3 Sep 2013 – Republican, Democratic leaders Boehner, Pelosi back strike, say vote will be held, once House members reconvene in Washington. 

5773 in Review: The most popular stories of the year
Jerusalem Post 3 Sep 2013 – Some of our most popular stories covered the serious news, some were feel-good and some were just weird. We take a look back. 

Palestinian Authority to provide ‘grants’ for prisoners released from Israel
Jerusalem Post 3 Sep 2013 – Grants intended to honor prisoners’ “sacrifices and in order to guarantee them a suitable standard of dignified living.” 

Prisoner release protester indicted for threatening to kill Netanyahu
Jerusalem Post 3 Sep 2013 – Dor Oved wrote threatening letter to PM while imprisoned at Rimonim Prison on unrelated charge, according to indictment. 

Central district chief: Police ties with Arab community improved in past decade
Jerusalem Post 3 Sep 2013 – Bruno Stein says it is rare to have openly-expressed desire by Arab communities for more policing in the Triangle region. 

Russia detects ballistic launch in Mediterranean; Israel denies knowledge
Jerusalem Post 3 Sep 2013 – Russian embassy in Syria says there were no signs of a missile attack or explosions in Damascus; RIA news agency says there is not sign of a missile strike on the Damascus. 

Islamic Movement leader Salah arrested for alleged incitement
Jerusalem Post 3 Sep 2013 – Controversial cleric accused Israel in speech of trying to torch Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque. 

Jordan slams Israel for Western Wall prayer platform
Jerusalem Post 3 Sep 2013 – Structure built for Women of the Wall activist group “is a blatant attack on the Muslim monuments and Waqf, Jordanian minister says. 


[Uruknet 100629 03-sep-2013 21:02 ECT] Libya and Its Contexts
Relief Web 3 Sep 2013 – September 1, 2013 – Liberal interventionists thought they had this one. Their doctrine had seemingly triumphed in Libya. Not only were the usual suspects, the Christopher Hitchenses, the Bernard-Henri Levys, peddling the notion that NATO could be a global constabulary…

[Uruknet 100628 03-sep-2013 20:50 ECT] UN: Over 800 People Killed In Iraq In August
Relief Web 3 Sep 2013 – September 1, 2013 — More than 800 people were killed in Iraq in violence throughout August, the UN said Sunday. That was down somewhat from July, but still one of the highest monthly tolls in recent years. Violence in Iraq…

[Uruknet 100627 03-sep-2013 17:45 ECT] Arab League: No Arab cover for U.S. strike against Syria
Relief Web 3 Sep 2013 – Sepember 1, 2013 -Ambassador Nassif Hatta, spokesperson for Arab League secretary general, denying rumors about an Arab cover for the possible U.S. strike against Syria.”The Arab League does not give green lights. We talk according to international law about the…

[Uruknet 100626 03-sep-2013 17:00 ECT] Lawmakers not optimistic Obama s Syria plan will pass
Relief Web 3 Sep 2013 – September 1, 2013 – Members of Congress from across the political spectrum reacted with deep skepticism Sunday to President Obama s bid for approval of strikes against Syria, with lawmakers raising doubts about whether a vote would succeed. Few of…

[Uruknet 100625 03-sep-2013 16:55 ECT] 52 Iranian exiles killed at Iraq s Camp Ashraf
Relief Web 3 Sep 2013 – Sepember 1, 2013 -Iraqi security forces carried out a “massacre” of 52 unarmed Iranian dissidents early Sunday at their camp north of Baghdad, the Iranian exiles said. The assault on Camp Ashraf began at 5 a.m. and lasted until late…

[Uruknet 100624 03-sep-2013 16:47 ECT] Revealed: Britain sold nerve gas chemicals to Syria 10 months after civil unrest began 
Relief Web 3 Sep 2013 – September 1, 2013 – BRITAIN allowed firms to sell chemicals to Syria capable of being used to make nerve gas, the Sunday Mail can reveal today.Export licences for potassium fluoride and sodium fluoride were granted months after the bloody civil…

[Uruknet 100623 03-sep-2013 12:46 ECT] Palestinian factions oppose military action in Syria
Relief Web 3 Sep 2013 – September 1, 2013 — Palestinian political factions said Saturday that they oppose foreign intervention in Syria.”Whatever the circumstances or reasons, we reject any external aggression on Syria and any other Arab country,” PA minister of endowment and religious affairs Mahmoud…

[Uruknet 100622 03-sep-2013 12:38 ECT] Since September 2000, the Israeli Military Courts Have Convicted Just Six Soldiers for Offenses Involving the Death of Palestinians
Relief Web 3 Sep 2013 – September 1, 2013 -Ziv Stahl, director of Yesh Din s Research Department, commented on the findings: “In practice, the updated statistics show that the likelihood that a soldier who unjustifiably killed a Palestinian civilian will be investigated, let alone penalized,…

[Uruknet 100621 03-sep-2013 12:23 ECT] Demonstrators march in Tel Aviv against plan to uproot Bedouins
Relief Web 3 Sep 2013 – September 1, 2013 – Some 1,000 people march through the streets of Tel Aviv Saturday evening in protest of the Prawer-Begin Plan, which will see the demolition of several dozen unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev and the uprooting of…

[Uruknet 100620 03-sep-2013 11:31 ECT] Were Saudis and careless rebels responsible for the East Ghouta deaths?
Relief Web 3 Sep 2013 – Back in May 25, 2012, the village of Houla in Syria suffered a massacre in which 108 people were killed, including 34 women and 49 children. The initial reaction was to condemn the Shabiha, an Alawite militia fanatically committed to…

[Uruknet 100619 03-sep-2013 11:23 ECT] Smoke and trash || Palestinian town left reeking due to bureaucratic gap
Relief Web 3 Sep 2013 – September 1, 2013 – Garbage cans are overflowing and emitting a nauseatingly sweet smell, and in some of them there are flames at night that shoot off embers in all directions. There are piles of smoking refuse at the sides…

[Uruknet 100618 03-sep-2013 10:54 ECT] Iraq: Nouri al-Maliki couldn t stop the Saturday protests
Relief Web 3 Sep 2013 – September 1, 2013 – Iraqi Prime Minister and chief thug Nouri tried to stop the Saturday protests in Iraq. He did not succeed. He insisted that they needed to be halted to protect the protesters. This despite the fact that…

[Uruknet 100617 03-sep-2013 10:46 ECT] Abusisi Wins Round Against Israeli Prison Service
Relief Web 3 Sep 2013 – September 1, 2013 – Dirar Abusisi was kidnapped over two years ago by the Mossad in Ukraine. His is one of many similar cases in which both Israeli officials and Israeli “enemies” have been kidnapped abroad and rendered back to…

[Uruknet 100616 03-sep-2013 10:42 ECT] Army Uproots Lands To Build Settlement Units In Salfit
Relief Web 3 Sep 2013 – September 1, 2013 – Local sources in Salfit district, in the central part of the West Bank, have reported that Israeli bulldozers uprooted Palestinians lands, west of Salfit, in preparation for building new units in Leshim illegal settlement.The lands are…

Daily Star

Egypt’s Mansour says committed to election timetable
Daily Star 3 Sep 2013 Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour on Tuesday vowed his government will stick to a timetable for elections next year and hoped to lift a state of emergency in mid-September.

Russia might boost military assistance to Syria if US attacks – Dempsey says
Daily Star 3 Sep 2013 Russia may hike military assistance to Syria should the United States strike, the top U.S. military officer told Congress on Tuesday, adding, however, that was not a reason in his view to hesitate to act.

Gay rights activists plan to meet with Obama in Russia
Daily Star 3 Sep 2013 Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists said Tuesday they had been invited to meet with President Barack Obama on the sidelines of this week’s Group of 20 summit in Russia.

Hagel: Allies ready to back US in Syria action
Daily Star 3 Sep 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says several key allies in the region strongly support U.S. military action in Syria.

Kerry doesn’t want Syria option to preclude U.S. troops
Daily Star 3 Sep 2013 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that he did not want the resolution on the use of force in Syria before the U.S. Congress to be cast in a way that would remove…

Time ripe for Syria political deal, says ex rebel leader
Daily Star 3 Sep 2013 Former Syria opposition chief, Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, on Tuesday said the time was ripe to wrest a political solution while Damascus faces the threat of military action.

We cannot allow Hezbollah to acquire or use chemical weapons: Hagel
Daily Star 3 Sep 2013 We cannot allow Hezbollah to acquire or use chemical weapons: Hagel

Kerry says Obama is not asking U.S. to go to war in Syria
Daily Star 3 Sep 2013 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Kerry says Obama is not asking America to go to war in Syria action.

U.S. public opposes Syria intervention as Obama presses Congress
Daily Star 3 Sep 2013 President Barack Obama has failed so far to convince most Americans that the United States should launch a limited military strike against Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government, a…

Egyptians protest as army demolishes Gaza border homes
Daily Star 3 Sep 2013 Several hundred Egyptians protested Tuesday in the frontier town of Rafah against the military’s demolition of homes across the border from the Palestinian Gaza Strip, witnesses and security officials said.

No time for ‘armchair isolationism’ on Syria:Kerry
Daily Star 3 Sep 2013 The United States must “stand up and act” to punish the Syrian regime and cannot resort to isolationism in the face of “slaughter,” Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers Tuesday.

Ban: Any Syria strike must get Security Council OK
Daily Star 3 Sep 2013 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday warned that any “punitive” action taken against Syria for an alleged chemical weapons attack last month would be illegal without Security Council approval or a sound case for self-defense.

Hezbollah says Assad made ‘big mistake’ with chemical attack: report
Daily Star 3 Sep 2013 German’s foreign intelligence agency intercepted a phone call between a Hezbollah official and the Iranian Embassy with the former confirming the regime’s use of poisonous gas, Der Spiegel reports.

Top U.S. Republicans back Syria strike as refugee crisis mounts
Daily Star 3 Sep 2013 U.S. President Barack Obama won the backing of two top Republicans in Congress in his call for limited U.S. strikes on Syria to punish President Bashar al-Assad.

U.N.’s Ban casts doubt on legality of U.S. plans to punish Syria
Daily Star 3 Sep 2013 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that the use of force is only legal when it is in self-defense or with Security Council authorization, remarks that appear to question the legality of U.S. plans to…

YNet News

Teenager shot by father in Daburiyya dies of wounds
YNet News, 3 Sep 2013 – ….

Egypt president: Brotherhood’s fate with judiciary 
YNet News, 3 Sep 2013 – ….

Dempsey: US not tasked with changing Syria momentum 
YNet News, 3 Sep 2013 – ….

Officials cite plans to give Syrians lethal aid
YNet News, 3 Sep 2013 – ….

Menendez: Silence on Syria will hurt credibility in Israel
YNet News, 3 Sep 2013 – ….

Spineless on Syria
YNet News, 3 Sep 2013 – Op-ed: How many Syrians have to die before President Obama acquires the necessary conviction to lead? ….

Ministers recall Yom Kippur War experiences
YNet News, 3 Sep 2013 – Young Shai Piron heard radio break fast’s sanctity, officer Uri Ariel was supposed to head home, Moshe Ya’alon never dreamed of choosing army as career. Ministers of Israel’s 33rd cabinet talk about their experience on October 6, 1973 ahead of war’s 40th anniversary ….

3 Arab Israelis feared missing in Syria 
YNet News, 3 Sep 2013 – Families of three men say they haven’t contacted them in 10 days; fear they joined rebel forces in fight against Assad ….

Precedent: Woman will pay alimony to ex who had baby
YNet News, 3 Sep 2013 – Mother of child sues her ex for alimony, claiming she supported, was part of decision to have baby, helped raise child, while in relationship. Court: There was ‘unwritten agreement’ ….

Prosecutors recommend Auschwitz guard charges
YNet News, 3 Sep 2013 – Nazi crimes prosecutors propose charges against 30 alleged former Auschwitz guards, almost 70 years after WWII. Another seven suspects being investigated ….

Hamas says Egyptian military building buffer zone with Gaza 
YNet News, 3 Sep 2013 – Egyptian security forces destroy some 20 houses along Gaza border, local residents say. ‘We reject idea of buffer zone. Buffer zones should not be built between brothers’ says Hamas spokesman ….

Israel test fires target missile in Mediterranean 
YNet News, 3 Sep 2013 – Russia reports detection of missile launch forcing Israel to admit it tested Anchor target missile together with US; test declared a success ….

Egyptian helicopters strike militants in Sinai; 15 killed
YNet News, 3 Sep 2013 – Egyptian helicopters fire rockets at gatherings in three houses south of Sheikh Zuweyid; 15 militants killed, state TV says ….

Wink on the way to a bomb
YNet News, 3 Sep 2013 – Op-ed: Washington’s indecisiveness on Syria tells Israel its assurances regarding Iranian threat cannot be counted on ….

Lone IDF soldiers reunite with families for Jewish holidays
YNet News, 3 Sep 2013 – Hundreds of IDF ‘lone soldiers’ with no family in Israel, forced to spend holidays, weekends alone in their bases. Ahead of High Holidays, The Fellowship, El Al, Association for Wellbeing of Soldiers join forces to bring together lone soldiers, their families living abroad. You can help, too ….

Security breach at BG Airport leads to state of emergency
YNet News, 3 Sep 2013 – Two Palestinians driving stolen truck break security barrier at airport’s entrance overnight Tuesday; security guards fire at truck, apprehend Palestinians. Flights temporarily halted ….

Majdal Shams: Hundreds rally for Assad
YNet News, 2 Sep 2013 – Assad loyalists among Druze community insist Syrian president could not have been responsible for attacks, protest against international intervention, say ‘Assad managed to maintain calm in Israel-Syria border for 40 years’ ….

Vienna museum to present Anne Frank replica
YNet News, 2 Sep 2013 – Wax replica of Jewish girl murdered in Holocaust revealed in Vienna museum. ‘We educate, not only entertain,’ says spokesperson for establishment ….

Doctor who trained Assad calls tyrant ‘gentle, weak’
YNet News, 2 Sep 2013 – Assad trained for two years in British hospital, left delicate impression on superior; ‘better suited as eye surgeon than politician,’ he says, ‘man I knew wouldn’t use chemical arms’ ….

Palestinian Information Center

The Maan News Agency: An insult to professional journalism
PIC – When the Bethlehem-based M’aan News Agency (MNA) was launched in 2005, with generous funding from the Danish, Dutch and UK governments as well as the EU, UNDP, and UNESCO..

Al-Aqsa Foundation: Al-Aqsa Mosque is witnessing the most serious stage
PIC – Media spokesman for AFEH Mahmoud Abu Atta said the Islamic movement in the 1948 territories continues preparations to organize massive marches to the Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday.

IOF arrests and summons citizens in the West Bank
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Tuesday arrested three Palestinians during incursions in the eastern district of the city of Jenin and the towns of Jaba, Meithalun and Fandaqumiya.

Hamas asserts rejection of foreign military intervention in Syria
PIC – Hamas movement announced on Tuesday that it was against any military strike against Syria or any other Arab country.

MP Barghouthi: The PA’s talks with Israel is like chasing a mirage
PIC – MP Mustafa Barghouthi said Israel have kidnapped about 100 Palestinian citizens since it released 26 long-serving prisoners in order to revive its peace talks with the Palestinian authority.

Israeli court rejects petition to cancel resolution to evacuate 8 villages
PIC – An Israeli court in Jerusalem rejected a petition submitted by residents of Msafer Yatta in which they appealed for cancelling an Israeli decision to confiscate, demolish and evacuate 8 villages.

Health condition of prisoner Raddad deteriorates due to medical neglect
PIC – The senior leadership committee of prisoners from the Islamic Jihad in Israeli jails warned on Tuesday that patient prisoner Moatasem Raddad may die at any moment.

Family concerned over health condition of its wounded son after being detained
PIC – The family of prisoner Yousuf Amer, 20, expressed its concern over his health condition after his kidnapping from his home yesterday, especially since he still suffers from a bullet injury.

IOA expands Bzjat Ze’ev settlement in Jerusalem
PIC – The Israeli Occupation continued its confiscation policy against Palestinian territories where the Israeli bulldozers have begun recently expanding Bzjat Ze’ev settlement..

Families of Jordanian prisoners urge government to follow-up the file of visits
PIC – Families of Jordanian prisoners on Monday visited Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the capital Amman to find out what the ministry has done regarding visits to their imprisoned sons.


Elections Commission Signs MOU with its South African Counterpart
WAFA – 3 Sep 2013

UNCTAD says Conditions in Palestine Deteriorated
WAFA – 3 Sep 2013

World Bank Project to Improve Solid Waste Management
WAFA – 3 Sep 2013

Israel tells Palestinians not to be in al-Aqsa on Wednesday
WAFA – 3 Sep 2013

Britain Provides Over $11 Million to Support PA
WAFA – 3 Sep 2013

Officials Denounce Decision to Shut Hebron Mosque to Muslims
WAFA – 3 Sep 2013

Israel Arrests Head of Islamic Movement Raed Salah
WAFA – 3 Sep 2013


U.N. chief says only Security Council can order airstrikes on Syria
LA Times 3 Sep 2013 – Any faction found to have used chemical weapons “must be brought to justice,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday. But the head of the world body also warned that any use of force to punish perpetrators would be legal only in self-defense or with U.N….

Obama steps up campaign for Congress’ support for Syria strikes
LA Times 2 Sep 2013 – The White House warns that a ‘no’ vote could put Israel at risk and embolden Iran. The president wins a qualified endorsement from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). WASHINGTON — The White House appealed Monday to two of Congress’ most powerful interests — protecting Israel and…

The Lede: Tracking the Syrian Crisis
New York Times 3 Sep 2013 – The Times will provide updates, analysis and public reaction from around the world. 

Officials Make Case for Strike Before Senate Panel
New York Times 3 Sep 2013 – Two secretaries and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs sought to persuade senators on the Foreign Relations Committee to support military action against Syria. 

Car Bombings in Baghdad Follow a Familiar Pattern
New York Times 3 Sep 2013 – At least 46 people were killed in a string of blasts around Baghdad, reinforcing fears that Iraq is reverting to the dark days of sectarian civil war. 

Allies’ Intelligence on Syria All Points to Assad Forces
New York Times 3 Sep 2013 – The United States and its allies differ on some intelligence estimates when it comes to chemical weapons use in Syria, but all agree that only the Assad government had the means to launch attacks. 

U.N. Chief Reaffirms Opposition to Force
New York Times 3 Sep 2013 – Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general, said he welcomed President Obama’s efforts to engage Congress but insisted that the Security Council should approve any military action. 

Vote on Syria Sets Up Foreign Policy Clash Between 2 Wings of G.O.P.
New York Times 3 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. 

Israel and U.S. Conduct Missile Test in Mediterranean
New York Times 3 Sep 2013 – The testing of the Sparrow target missile caused concern in Russia and Syria, given the tensions over a possible American military strike on Syria. 

Attacks Delayed, Syrians Juggle Anticipation With Attempts at Normalcy
New York Times 3 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. 

Flow of Refugees Out of Syria Passes Two Million
New York Times 3 Sep 2013 – The United Nations high commissioner for refugees says neighboring countries are not receiving nearly enough help to handle the influx. 

Ormat completes 100MW New Zealand geothermal power station 
Globes Energy & Water – The Ngatamariki geothermal power plant was built as part of supply and engineering, procurement and construction contracts worth $142 million.

Amdocs acquires Actix for $120m
Globes Main News – The acquisition will expand Amdocs’s Customer Experience Systems portfolio with geo-located network data.

IBM completes Trusteer acquisition for $630m
Globes Main News – IBM: Trusteer will extend our data security capabilities further into the cloud, mobile and endpoint security space.

China’s Bright Food in Tnuva acquisition talks
Globes Main News – Bright Food is on a global buying spree and has bought Australia’s Manassen Foods and Britain’s Weetabix.

Tue: Market ends 5773 in negative territory
Globes Main News – The TASE fell today despite gains by Teva and Israel Chemicals. The market reopens Sunday after the Rosh Hashana holiday.

Regulator refuses to extend Delek, Noble license rights
Globes Main News – The Petroleum Supervisor at the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources today notified gas and oil exploration companies about the extension of rights at the Ruth and Alon licenses.

Bennett fails to oust Export Institute chairman 
Globes Macro Economics – Economy Minister Naftali Bennett wanted associate Eyal Gabay as chairman of the Export Institute instead of Ramzi Gabbay.

Foreign currency reserves fall
Globes Macro Economics – Israel’s foreign exchange reserves totaled $78.52 billion at the end August 2013, down $552 million from the all-time high of $79.07 billion at the end of July.

High Court petitioned over failed gas mask distribution 
Globes Macro Economics – MK Nachman Shai and the Public Defense Front petitioned the High Court of Justice to order the government to immediately manufacture and distribute gas masks to all Israelis.

Israel, US conduct missile test in Mediterranean 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Defense Ministry: The Arrow’s missile defense systems, including the radar and command and control systems, were successfully tested with target missiles.

Kerry’s “Munich Moment” and Other Historical Fallacies
Tikun Olam – Obama the gunslinger (Roni Gordon/Maariv) When a country plans to go to war, the rhetoric leaders use to demonize the enemy and rouse the faithful are instructive. George H.W. Bush called Saddam “a new Hitler.” Saddam called the Iraq war the “mother of all battles.” George…

AIPAC comes out for strike on Syria– and mentions Iran more often than Syria
Mondoweiss – As NJ Senator Robert Menendez said at the Kerry hearing today in the Senate, Syria is about Iran. And it is for AIPAC too. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee broke its silence today, urging a vote for the Syrian strike. AIPAC was lying low. That…

Palestinian theater’s American run of Fugard’s ‘The Island’ begins this weekend
Mondoweiss – Here’s an important cultural event we’ve been hearing about since the spring: over the next month, two wonderful Palestinian actors from the Jenin Freedom Theatre are going to be performing the theater’s adaptation of Athol Fugard’s “The Island” in the States. The first performance is on…

Three dead in Qalandiya offer reminders of Lina Al Nabulsi’s tragic death
Mondoweiss – Scheduled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians – some of the first following a three-year stalemate – are now under threat of being halted following the death of three Palestinian protesters at the Qalandiya Refugee Camp near Ramallah. IDF soldiers shot three young men dead (Rubeen Abed Fares,…

‘NYT’ deletes references to AIPAC’s role in pushing strike on Syria
Mondoweiss – Last night MJ Rosenberg posted an excerpt from a New York Times article published yesterday about the White House’s efforts to convince Congress of the wisdom of a strike on Syria. The excerpt said the Israel lobby group AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) was…

Kerry’s rationale to attack Syria could have also justified attack on Israel over Gaza
Mondoweiss – A week ago, on August 26, Secretary of State John Kerry made the case for military action against Syria. As we all know, a few days later, he made an even stronger statement, followed by his boss, President Obama, who is asking Congress to approve his…

AIPAC and Other Jewish Groups Back Strike on Syria 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Sep 2013 – Three influential pro-Israel groups urged U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday to authorize President Barack Obama to launch an attack on Syria, signaling a stepped-up lobbying effort for American military action. Click here for the rest of the article…

AIPAC Urges Congress to Approve U.S. Intervention in Syria 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Sep 2013 – The influential pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC urged U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday to approve a resolution allowing the Obama administration to retaliate for chemical weapons use in Syria. Click here for the rest of the article…

U.S. And Israel Carry Out a Joint Missile Test in the Mediterranean 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Sep 2013 – Israel tested a U.S.-backed missile system in the Mediterranean on Tuesday but did not announce the launch in advance, prompting a disclosure by Russia that kept the world on edge as the United States weighed an attack on Syria. Click here for the rest of the…

Western Wall Prayer Platform Slammed by Jordan 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Sep 2013 – A Jordanian government minister condemned Israel’s construction of a new prayer space south of the existing Western Wall Plaza. Click here for the rest of the article…

Do the Right Thing on Syria 
The Forward Editorial 3 Sep 2013 – FORWARD EDITORIAL : President Obama is right to demand action after Syria used chemical weapons against its own people. American Jews should push Congress to support him. Click here for the rest of the article…

Jewish Groups Poised To Back Obama on Syria 
The Forward New 3 Sep 2013 – An array of Jewish organizations are set to endorse President Obama’s call for military strikes against Syria, although the degree of support is not yet clear. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Sisi – Egypt Highly Appreciates Saudi Diplomatic Support, Stances of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques 
allAfrica.com 3 Sep 2013 – [Egypt Online] General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the First Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense and Military Production met on Monday 2/9/2013 with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal.

Nigeria: Govt Urges Restraint On Syria 
allAfrica.com 3 Sep 2013 – [Daily Trust]The Federal Government yesterday urged the international community to be cautious in any response to alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria and work towards a negotiated settlement of the crisis.

Egypt: Egypt, Bahrain Committee to Convene in Coming Months 
allAfrica.com 3 Sep 2013 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi and his Bahraini counterpart Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad al-Khalifa concluded a session of talks on Monday 2/9/2013.

Egypt: Military Spokesman – Egypt-Saudi Cooperation” Pillar of Arab National Security” 
allAfrica.com 3 Sep 2013 – [Egypt Online]Military Spokesman Colonel Ahmed Mohamed Ali stressed Armed Forces’ appreciation and the Egyptians to the positions of Saudi Arabia and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz towards Egypt.

Obama wins key backing on Syria plan 
BBC 3 Sep 2013 – Key US political figures back President Barack Obama’s call for a military strike on Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.

Morsi supporters sentenced to prison 
BBC 3 Sep 2013 – A military court in Egypt gives supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi lengthy prison sentences after convicting them of attacking the army.

Oh Palestinians! 
Sabbah report 3 Sep 2013 – Egypt army demolishes homes, tunnels along Gaza border and Palestinians fleeing Syria denied entry into Lebanon Read More: Oh Palestinians! . Sign up for our free newsletter!

Israeli Soldiers Dancing at Hebron Wedding Were Probably Not Welcome Guests 
Sabbah report 3 Sep 2013 – Why were they there? Most likely, they were simply on patrol, heard familiar music, and “asked” to come in and dance. Because no Palestinian says “no” to a soldier in Hebron. It’s pretty much impossible. Read More: Israeli Soldiers Dancing at Hebron Wedding Were Probably Not…

Toilet surveillance: Israel spying on your shit – literally! 
Sabbah report 3 Sep 2013 – The Eye in your Toilet. Mossad went global! The new target market included the Arab countries, North America and the European Union. The new marketing strategy is based on moving to upscale private corporate toilets and government bathrooms. “Toilets are frequently used as discreet meeting places”….

Baghdad car bombs kill 14 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Sep 2013 – A spate of car bombs in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday evening killed at least 14 people, security and medical officials said. The bombings struck across Baghdad at around 6:00 pm (1500 GMT) and left dozens of others wounded, in the latest in a trend of…

Israel Absorbs Shock of Delayed US Strike on Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Sep 2013 – An Israeli soldier checks a Merkava tank stationed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights along the border with Syria on 1 September 2013. (Photo: AFP – Jack Guez) An Israeli soldier checks a Merkava tank stationed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights along the border with Syria on…

Arms for Antiquities: Syrian Artifact Smuggling Bleeds Sites Dry 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Sep 2013 – The issue was brought to light recently after the attempted smuggling of 18 mosaic tiles from Syria, which were seized by Lebanese customs a year and a half ago. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The issue was brought to light recently after the attempted smuggling of 18 mosaic…

Syria: Local Negotiations Collapse as Damascus Countryside Ignited 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Sep 2013 – Syrians take a picture at a public garden in Damascus on 3 September 2013. (Photo: AFP – Louai Beshara) Syrians take a picture at a public garden in Damascus on 3 September 2013. (Photo: AFP – Louai Beshara) Takfiri forces have sought to block any effort…

Can Lebanon’s Public Sector “Quality Manage” Collapse? 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Sep 2013 – The window of hope is still wide open and it is our duty to keep it that way. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The window of hope is still wide open and it is our duty to keep it that way. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Amid domestic fears of…

Israeli missile test in the Mediterranean startles region 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Sep 2013 – A Patriot surface-to-air missile batteries is positioned in the Mediterranean coastal city of Haifa on 29 August 2013. (Photo: AFP – Jack Guez) Israel tested a US-backed missile system in the Mediterranean on Tuesday but did not announce the launch in advance, prompting a disclosure by…

Egyptian Foreign Ministry and Al-Azhar Oppose Syria Attack 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Obama wins key backing on Syria plan 
BBC 3 Sep 2013 – Key US political figures back President Barack Obama’s call for a military strike on Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.

Morsi supporters sentenced to prison 
BBC 3 Sep 2013 – A military court in Egypt gives supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi lengthy prison sentences after convicting them of attacking the army.

Deadly bombs hit Baghdad Shia areas 
BBC 3 Sep 2013 – At least 60 people are killed in a series of
car bomb attacks and shootings in mainly Shia districts of Iraq’s capital Baghdad, officials say.

Oman paper suspended amid gay row 
BBC 3 Sep 2013 – Omani newspaper This Week is suspended over a sympathetic article on homosexuality which caused uproar on social networks.


Near impunity for IDF soldiers who kill Palestinians 
Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 9/3/2013
The IDF and Border Police killed three more Palestinians last week. Despite the IDF’s ‘knife in the back’ legend that it betrays its own, its combat soldiers have little reason to fear its ‘justice’ system.
Anyone following the Israeli morning radio broadcasts is already accustomed to the mantra-like report of IDF soldiers arresting “wanted persons” during the night, and that they were “turned over for interrogation by the security forces.” Behind this short line, supplied to the reporters by the IDF Spokesman on the condition that they broadcast “out of their own mouths,” without attribution, stand the nightly operations the IDF carries deep in Palestinian-controlled territory.
At the beginning of last week, one of these operations went awry, and it ended with three dead Palestinians and more than a dozen wounded. As usual in such cases, the army was quick to claim that “the soldiers’ lives were in danger.”
We don’t know exactly what took place in Qalandiya Camp early last Monday morning, but this incident ought to be investigated, and investigated thoroughly – as in any case when a person is killed by security forces. When someone claims time and time again that he is in mortal danger, yet somehow keeps dodging it leaving bodies behind, one must wonder whether this isn’t a tactic intended to reduce judicial and media pressure.
There’s a long list of cases showing this is indeed the trend: my favorite example took place in March 2010 near Awarta. The facts are that when the smoke cleared there were two dead Palestinians lying on the ground. The soldiers claimed they were attacked by pitchfork-wielding Palestinians. That was also the first IDF Spokesman version: a terror attack was averted. Following an investigation, the soldiers were forced to admit (Hebrew) that the pitchfork was left on the ground. They claimed, however, that the force commander “felt in danger” after hearing one of the Palestinians “mumbling a prayer,” and hence he opened fire. One of the Palestinians, he claimed, tried to attack him with a bottle; the other, he said, tried to enter Palestinian mythology by coming at him, in a scene reminiscent of McGyver, with a syringe (!). more.. e-mail

Egypt coup enters second phase: the overthrow of Hamas 
Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 9/2/2013
It has been alleged that the Egyptian coup government is working with the UAE government and the ex-Fatah leader, exposed as being complicit in many anti-Palestinian plots, Mohammed Dahlan, to overthrow the democratically-elected goverment in Palestine.
The military coup in Egypt is believed to have entered its second phase. The security forces affiliated with General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, commander-in-chief of the Egyptian armed forces, have begun gradual attacks to topple the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, supported by incitement from the pro-Sisi media. A few obscure activists, meanwhile, have organised protests against the government in the Strip. The activists are believed to have received financial aid from the United Arab Emirates.
The news site, Secrets of Arabia, has observed signs of an orchestrated campaign, initiated by Egypt, to attack Hamas and overthrow its government in Gaza. Meanwhile, other sources have claimed that the UAE has been orchestrating the campaign in collaboration with Palestinian, former Fatah leader, Mohammed Dahlan, who works as a consultant for Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Zayed. Dahlan was expelled from Gaza following a failed attempt to topple the democratically elected Hamas-led government.
Over the past few weeks, Egyptian troops have launched an extensive campaign against the smuggling tunnels. The tunnels are used to transport essential goods to Gazans, who are suffering from the tight Israeli blockade. News was also leaked of an order by Egyptian security forces to demolish more than 500 houses near the Gaza Strip border and 500 meters deep into the Egyptian territories.
The operation to demolish Palestinian houses, on the border with Gaza, is considered a first of its kind in the history of the Egyptian-Palestinian relations…. — See also: Egyptian army demolishes homes, tunnels along Gaza border more.. e-mail

Apartheid relived: Israeli laws conjure-up uncomfortable memories of South Africa 
Jessica Purkiss, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 9/3/2013
On Jerusalem Day, which commemorates the illegal annexation of East Jerusalem to Israel, a young Jewish settler was asked if his country is an apartheid state. His reply was both illuminating and misguided: “How can Israel be an apartheid state? Palestinian citizens of Israel have the same rights as [Jewish] Israelis; and those in Judea and Samaria, well South Africa was one country, you can’t have apartheid in an occupied territory.”
As Elisabeth Koe
k, a Legal Researcher for the Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq explained, apartheid does not need to be white against black, in one state not two states. “Apartheid requires an oppressor and an oppressed and the oppression must be systematic and institutionalised,” she said. It’s that simple.

Koek says that there were three pillars of legislation underpinning the South African apartheid regime. “The first was to segregate people into groups with privilege attached to the ‘superior status’. The second pillar was the segregation of the population into different geographical areas, allocated by law. The third was that in order to maintain those privileges there were a matrix of draconian policies and laws that give the suppression of opposition a veneer of legitimacy.”
In Israel today, the laws used to discriminate against Palestinians citizens of the state and those living under occupation in the West Bank reflect South Africa’s apartheid pillars.
In South Africa, the Population Registration Act led to racial classifications which afforded privileges to the white population and a myriad of discriminatory laws for the “non-white” groups, especially the “black” majority. These laws dictated every aspect of their life, from whom they could marry to where they could send their children to school. Today in Israel, citizenship laws reflect a similar dual system of rights. Whilst those with Jewish identity from anywhere in the world are granted automatic Israeli citizenship the minute that they land at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport under the racist Law of Return, Palestinian refugees are denied their legal and moral right of return to their homeland…. more.. e-mail

US: The indispensable (bombing) nation 
Pepe Escobar, Asia Times 9/3/2013
Yes We Scan. Yes We Drone. And Yes We Bomb. The White House’s propaganda blitzkrieg to sell the Tomahawking of Syria to the US Congress is already reaching pre-bombing maximum spin – gleefully reproduced by US corporate media.
And yes, all parallels to Iraq 2.0 duly came to fruition when US Secretary of State John Kerry pontificated that Bashar al-Assad “now joins the list of Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein” as an evil monster. Why is Cambodia’s Pol Pot never mentioned? Oh yes, because the US supported him.
Every single tumbleweed in the Nevada desert knows who’s itching for war on Syria; vast sectors of the industrial-military complex; Israel; the House of Saud; the “socialist” Francois Hollande in France, who has wet dreams with Sykes-Picot. Virtually nobody is lobbying Congress NOT to go to war.
And all the frantic war lobbying may even be superfluous; Nobel Peace Prize winner and prospective bomber Barack Obama has already implied – via hardcore hedging of the “I have decided that the United States should take military action” kind – that he’s bent on attacking Syria no matter what Congress says.
Obama’s self-inflicted “red line” is a mutant virus; from “a shot across the bow” it morphed into a “slap on the wrist” and now seems to be “I’m the Bomb Decider”. Speculation about his real motives is idle. His Hail Mary pass of resorting to an extremely unpopular Congress packed with certified morons may be a cry for help (save me from my stupid “red line”); or – considering the humanitarian imperialists of the Susan Rice kind who surround him – he’s hell bent on entering another war for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the House of Saud lobby under the cover of “moral high ground”. Part of the spin is that “Israel must be protected”. But the fact is Israel is already over-protected by an AIPAC remote-controlled United States Congress. [1] more.. e-mail

New film shows sacrifice without reward for Palestinians in Lebanon
Electronic Intifada: 3 Sep 2013 – Central character in Mahdi Fleifel’s documentary resents how “leaders” have sold out the revolution.more

US Diabolical Design for Syria
Dissident Voice: 3 Sep 2013 – Politically entrenched in a self-made predicament, US President Barack Obama is going through tough times these days regarding Syria. Those whom he thought would unconditionally support him in launching an invasion of Syria, ridding the West of Bashar al-Assad, and installing a West-friendly puppet in the country have turned their backs on him. The President has now no choice but to wait for the formal report the UN would release on Monday to expose the real culprit behind the use of chemical weapons in Syria which reportedly killed 1500 people, among them, women and children. But does it really matter what the UN report would be? Obama has already said that beyond a reasonable doubt, Assad is to blame for the chemical massacre and any claim to the contrary would be bizarrely detrimental to the interests of Washington. Besides, war-thirty Obama may have to wait until September 9 when the…more

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