VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 7 September 2013: Resist Israel's unjust system, don't operate within it

7 September 2013VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

More Veteran Detainees To Be Released November 29
IMEMC – Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe , stated that the second phase of releasing political prisoners, held by Israel since before the first Oslo Agreement of 1993, will be conducted on November 29, then a third phase on December 29, and the fourth on March 28 2014. 26 detainees were released last month. …

Dozens Injured in Al-Aqsa Mosque
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources have reported that dozens of worshipers have been injured on Friday [September 6 2013] after Israeli soldiers fired gas bombs,rubber-coated metal bullets, and used pepper spray, at Palestinians in the yards of the mosque following Friday noon prayers. …

Forty Palestinians Kidnapped Near Hebron
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded on Saturday at dawn [September 7, 2013] the Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and kidnapped nearly 40 Palestinians. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces detain dozens in Hebron camp
9/7/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained over 30 Palestinians in a refugee camp near Hebron early Saturday after a firebomb was hurled at a military tower. Israeli forces escorted dozens of young men and children from the al-Arrub camp in the raid, local popular committee spokesman Ahmad Abu Khayran said.”We still don’t know the exact number of detainees, because from time….

Hundreds of PFLP supporters protest against peace talks
9/7/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Hundreds of people marched in Ramallah on Saturday to protest against peace negotiations with Israel. The march was organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine to protest a return to peace talks and to commemorate the 12th anniversary of Abu Ali Mustafa’s death. At least 1,000 people marched towards the presidential headquarters in the Muqata chanting….

DFLP brigades ‘disappointed’ by Hamas stance at march
9/7/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The armed wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine was “disappointed” by Hamas fighters’ show of support for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood during a military march in Gaza, it said Friday. The DFLP fighters, the National Resistance Brigades, said signs waved by Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades fighters did not reflect the DFLP’s position….

Medical staff to strike Tuesday
9/7/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Medical professionals will strike on Tuesday in protest against the Palestinian Authority’s failure to commit to agreements, unions said Saturday. Nurses, lab workers, midwives and public healthcare workers, excluding doctors, will hold a sit-in outside the offices of the Palestinian Legislative Council in Ramallah on Tuesday. Recent decisions by the PA proved it neglected the cause of 5,100 employees…. Related: West Bank health workers to go on strike

West Bank health workers to go on strike
9/7/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Health workers in the West Bank will go on strike on Tuesday after the Palestinian Authority failed to respond to their demands, a union leader said.”The government’s latest decisions highlight their ultimate negativity, negligence, and intentional denial of the issue of 5,100 workers in the health ministry,” union leader Osama Najjar told Ma’an. Workers will hold…. Related: Medical staff to strike Tuesday

Dozens injured in Egypt Sinai operation
9/7/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian armed forces bombed several sites in Sinai on Saturday in the largest military campaign in the area since the 1970 war with Israel. Army helicopters launched airstrikes on 12 locations in the Sheikh Zuweid district and Rafah, targeting sites where militants were storing vehicles and weapons. Egyptian forces also took control of a communications center to stop militants from…. Related: Egypt army launches large-scale Sinai operation and Egypt forces kill 10, injure dozens in Sinai assault

Kerry seeks EU support on Syria after G20 split
9/7/2013 – VILNIUS (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday sought to muster European Union support for military strikes against Syria, after a G20 summit failed to resolve bitter international divisions on the issue. Kerry went into informal talks with the EU’s 28 foreign ministers in Lithuania, which currently holds the EU’s rotating chair, with the bloc itself sharply split on….

Pope leads fasting and prayer day for Syria
9/7/2013 – VATICAN CITY (AFP) — The Catholic Church has called for a global day of fasting and prayer on Saturday for peace in Syria and against any armed intervention, with Pope Francis scheduled to host a mass vigil on St Peter’s Square. The Argentine pope has called for a “cry for peace” from the world’s 1. 2 billion Catholics, Christians as a whole….

Power: US strike aims to halt Assad’s killing campaign
9/7/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — A US military strike on Syria would aim to stop a campaign by President Bashar Assad’s regime “to kill their way to victory,” a top US official said Friday. US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power made the statement as she sought to win over the many Americans who worry about US intervention in the 30-month-old conflict after Assad….

2 dead at pro-Morsi rallies in Egypt
9/7/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Two people were killed Friday when clashes broke out between supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi as thousands demonstrated despite a sustained government crackdown on Islamists. The main rallies took place in the capital Cairo, while other protests broke out elsewhere in the country including in second city Alexandria and the Nile Delta province city of Damietta. One person was….

Egypt army launches large-scale Sinai operation
9/7/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egypt’s army on Saturday launched a wide-scale military operation targeting the strongholds of armed groups operating in North Sinai, Egyptian military sources said. The Egyptian force “could be the biggest in Egypt’s modern history to join such domestic operation,” a military official told Ma’an. They will target gunmen in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid, he…. Related: Dozens injured in Egypt Sinai operation and Egypt forces kill 10, injure dozens in Sinai assault

Egypt’s Morsi faces new accusation of insulting judges
9/7/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian prosecutor leveled new accusations against Mohamed Morsi, already facing trial on other charges, alleging the Islamist had insulted the country’s judiciary when he was president, state media reported Saturday. The prosecutor issued a new detention order for Morsi over his comments that judges had rigged a 2005 parliamentary election. Morsi, who is already being held by the military at….

Poll: Two-thirds of French oppose Syria action
9/7/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — More than two-thirds of French people are against the country taking part in international military action in Syria, according to a newspaper poll published Saturday. The survey for French daily Le Figaro showed the country’s opposition to military action against the Damascus regime has increased markedly since the end of Au
gust. Asked whether they would be in favor of French participation….

Obama warns against Syria inaction
9/7/2013 – VILNIUS (AFP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday warned US lawmakers against turning “a blind eye” to Syria, as Washington sought to muster European Union support for military strikes against the Damascus regime. Fresh from a G20 summit in Saint Petersburg where Obama failed to win over world leaders to his cause, the president urged Congress to authorise an intervention over President Bashar Assad’s….

Gulf urges intervention to ‘rescue’ Syrians
9/7/2013 – RIYADH (AFP) — The Gulf Cooperation Council urged the international community Saturday to intervene immediately to “rescue” the Syrian people from their government’s “oppression”.”The genocide, and grave human rights violations, faced by the Syrian people necessitate an immediate intervention by the international community,” GCC secretary general Abdullatif al-Zayani said. The intervention would aim to “rescue the brotherly Syrian people from the oppression of….

Egypt forces kill 10, injure dozens in Sinai assault
9/7/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — At least 10 people were killed as Egypt’s army launched an air and ground assault on Sinai militants Saturday while foiling a railway bombing near the canal city of Suez, officials said. A prosecutor leveled new accusations meanwhile against Mohamed Morsi, already facing trial on other charges, alleging the Islamist leader insulted the judiciary when he was president, state media said…. Related: Egypt army launches large-scale Sinai operation and Dozens injured in Egypt Sinai operation

Netanyahu says Iranian charm offensive a ruse
9/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday dismissed seemingly conciliatory statements from Iran as a smokescreen to divert attention from Tehran’s efforts to build nuclear arms. In a statement from his office, Netanyahu brushed off remarks in which Iranian officials condemned the Holocaust and even wished Jews a happy new year. He called on the international community to increase pressure on….

Kerry: Many countries ready to partake in Syria action
9/7/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that many countries were prepared to take part in US-led military strikes against the Syrian regime.”There are a number of countries, in the double digits, who are prepared to take military action,” Kerry said at a press conference with French counterpart Laurent Fabius.”We have more countries prepared to take military action than we….

The National

Obama and Kerry make final push for US strike on Syria
The National 7 Sep 2013 – From Washington to Paris, the US president and his top diplomat seek backing for a military response to chemical weapons attack. Taimur Khan reports

Egyptian army intensifies operation against militants in Sinai
The National 7 Sep 2013 – Meanwhile, new charges are brought against Mohammed Morsi over accusations that he insulted the judiciary. Alice Fordham reports from Cairo

Adihex closes with announcement of new ladies race endorsed by Sheikha Fatima
The National 7 Sep 2013 – New endurance race to be held at Newbury racecourse, west of London, as part of the World Arabian Horse Racing Conference’s fifth anniversary celebrations.

Orchestra conductor Mehta tries to bring harmony to Kashmir
The National 7 Sep 2013 – Bavarian State Orchestra concert goes on despite threats and objections from separatist leaders.

Learning at home lets us fulfil our potential, says Dubai-based father
The National 7 Sep 2013 – A Syrian father opts for home-schooling to give his daughters more time to play professional golf.

Fees go up but UAE teachers’ pay may not follow
The National 7 Sep 2013 – Although some tuition fees have increased in schools across the emirates, not all teachers have felt the trickle-down effect.

The soaring cost of going to school in the UAE
The National 7 Sep 2013 – Parents complain fees are rising too fast but private schools maintain that they need the extra cash to attract and keep high-quality teachers.

Groupon offers to take the sting out of onion prices in India
The National 7 Sep 2013 – Company receives staggering response to offer of onions at 9 rupees as prices in India soar.

Turkish Kurds settle feuds with an AK-47
The National 7 Sep 2013 – More than 40 killed since Kurdish rebels began withdrawing in May from Kurd-dominated south-east Turkey after 30 years of fighting.

UAE private school costs on a par with global elite
The National 7 Sep 2013 – Private schools charge more than many elite schools around the world.

Film-maker spotlightsrare blood disorder in UAE
The National 7 Sep 2013 – Filming has begun on a documentary focusing on seven UAE residents who suffer from a blood disorder.

Driver due in court over death of Dubai triathlete
The National 7 Sep 2013 – Driver who killed an Arab triathlon champion early on Friday morning is in 20s and from Nepal.

Obama has to act on Syria, says former State Department official.
The National 7 Sep 2013 – Former US ambassador says Barack Obama must take action in Syria or “it will be a disaster fot the United States, a disaster for Syria and a disaster for the whole region”.

UAE companies seeking security advice before sending staff abroad
The National 7 Sep 2013 – Many business owners are working to protect their staff and family members in conflict areas.

UAE builds Dh7.7 million mosque in Scotland
The National 7 Sep 2013 – The Al Maktoum Mosque was inaugurated by the UAE Ambassador to Britain, Abdul Rahman Ghanem Al Mutaiwee. It was built beside the Al Maktoum College of Higher Education.

Former ambassador welcomes US post in Abu Dhabi airport
The National 7 Sep 2013 – Diplomat backs capital customs post to make travel easier and faster for passengers when they arrive in America.

‘Don’t leave it too late, shyness can have tragic consequences’
The National 7 Sep 2013 – Prostate cancer, and its stigma, takes a toll when men find their symptoms too embarrassing.

Doctors in new call for UAE-wide cancer screening programme
The National 7 Sep 2013 – Prostate cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer deaths in men, but if diagnosed and treated early the disease has a cure rate of about 90 per cent.

Opportunity knocks for talented singers at Dubai labour camps
The National 7 Sep 2013 – More than 3,000 labourers competed in the quarter-final stage of Camp Ka Champ, also known as Dubai Idol.

Dubai’s Global Village funfair reopens following tragic death of Emirati visitor
The National 7 Sep 2013 – UK firm will operate fairground after Abdullah Mohammed Al Habsi was killed last year when a panel fell from the Ferris Wheel.


French consulate employee arrested smuggling goods into West Bank
Ha’aretz – 7 Sep 2013

Rejecting bulk of libel suit, court rules Im Tirtzu movement can be likened to Fascism
Ha’aretz – 7 Sep 2013

Netanyahu issues frosty response to Iranian president’s Rosh Hashana tweet
Ha’aretz – 7 Sep 2013

AIPAC to deploy hundreds of lobbyists to push for Syria action
Ha’aretz – 7 Sep 2013

EU to ensure settlement guidelines will not harm ties with Israel, says Ashton
Ha’aretz – 7 Sep 2013

Conservative leader Abbott sweeps into power in Australian elections
Ha’aretz – 7 Sep 2013

U.S. official: Syria, Egypt turmoil improves chances of success in peace talks
Ha’aretz – 6 Sep 2013

Jerusalem Post

At least 31 killed, injured as Egypt launches operation against Sinai militants
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2013 – Dozens of Egyptian armored vehicles backed by attack helicopters take part in operation to gain control of lawless Sinai Peninsula near Sheikh Zuweid, a few kilometers from the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian ‘confesses’ to Israel-backed plot to oust Hamas, return PA to Gaza
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2013 – In Hamas-released video, man says plan to insert Dahlan in Gaza.

Ashton: EU believes strong response needed in Syria, but urges US to await UN probe
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2013 – France says UN probe on chemical weapons could be published next week; Kerry says Obama has made no decision on waiting for UN probe.

Kerry asks EU to delay ban on entities operating from the West Bank
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2013 – Ashton says EU to send team to Israel on Monday to make sure implementation of the new settlement guidelines done sensitively.

Obama tells US nation Syria ‘not another Iraq or Afghanistan’
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2013 – “We’re not putting our troops in the middle of somebody else’s war,” US president says as he makes case for Syria attack.

Report: Egypt army force embarks on large-scale operation against militants in the Sinai
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2013 – Egypt’s army discovers explosives on rail line near Suez.

Kerry set to meet with EU leaders to discuss Syria, Israeli-Palestinian negotiations
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with senior officials in Lithuania and France over the weekend as US attempts to garner world support for a strike on Syria, along the way he will try to smooth EU-Israel relations.

Clashes flare at pro-Morsi marches across Egypt, two dead
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2013 – Riots erupt after army removes Muslim Brotherhood legal status; skirmishes result in the death of two people.

Syria, Egypt turmoil nudges Israel and Palestinians toward peace
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2013 – US official says regional mayhem could spark a peace agreement; Syria, Egypt could become unknowing propagators of peace solution.


[Uruknet 100698 07-sep-2013 23:22 ECT] Khomeini haunts Iraq
Uruknet 7 Sep 2013 – September 4, 2013 -In the history of Iraq s fragmented and dysfunctional parliament, brawls are not uncommon. The Iraqi House of Representatives is well known for its fiery debate, sometimes leading to fist fights between members.But the latest row in…

[Uruknet 100697 07-sep-2013 15:38 ECT] Obama to decide on suspending aid to Egypt after Syria vote
Uruknet 7 Sep 2013 – September 4, 2013 -Top US national security aides have advised President Obama to suspend hundreds of millions of dollars in economic and military aid to Egypt because of remaining uncertainty after the Egyptian military forced the nation s president out…

[Uruknet 100696 07-sep-2013 15:01 ECT] UN: press should not be intimidated into silence over state secrets
Uruknet 7 Sep 2013 – September 4, 2013 – Two senior UN representatives have warned the British government that the protection of state secrets must not be used as an excuse to “intimidate the press into silence” following the detention of David Miranda under the…

[Uruknet 100695 07-sep-2013 14:23 ECT] British soldier fired at twitching bodies in Iraq, ex-private testifies
Uruknet 7 Sep 2013 – September 4,2013 – A British soldier saw his platoon sergeant fire automatic rifle rounds into the twitching bodies of two Iraqi gunmen lying on the ground during a battle in 2004, he said in a written witness statement released on…

[Uruknet 100694 07-sep-2013 12:26 ECT] IOF and Settlers Assault Child and her Father in Hebron
Uruknet 7 Sep 2013 – September 4, 2013 – A group of settlers, under the protection of Israeli forces, assaulted a 12-year-old child, Shatha Isaac Ramadan, and her father, in Tal al-Rumaideh neighborhood, central Hebron. Local and security sources said that settlers and Israeli soldiers…

[Uruknet 100693 07-sep-2013 12:22 ECT] Oslo Dead but Still Matters: Abbas s Village Leagues and Palestinian Silence
Uruknet 7 Sep 2013 – September 4, 2013 – Suppose several armored vehicles belonging to a branch of the Palestinian Authority raided an Israeli border village at the eve of a new round of peace negotiations. One can picture PA President Mahmoud Abbas defending the…

[Uruknet 100692 07-sep-2013 03:27 ECT] Human Rights Lawyer David Remes on Guantanamo Bay detainees
Uruknet 6 Sep 2013 – September 4, 2013 – …If the pressure mounted or Obama did decide to shut down Guantanamo tomorrow, it would not be that easy, says Remes. “Congress has passed a law that specifically forbids him to bring detainees into the US,…

[Uruknet 100691 07-sep-2013 03:25 ECT] Hamas Rejects Foreign Military Intervention In Syria
Uruknet 6 Sep 2013 – September 4, 2013 – Hamas movement announced on Tuesday that it was against any military strike against Syria or any other Arab country.Hamas said, in a statement commenting on military threats against Syria, that it has condemned and still is…

[Uruknet 100690 07-sep-2013 03:18 ECT] WikiLeaks Files Complaint in Sweden Against Unlawful Interference in Its Journalistic Activities
Uruknet 6 Sep 2013 – September 4, 2013 – WikiLeaks has alleged in a criminal complaint filed in Sweden that its operations as a media organization were unlawfully interfered with when it was subject to “physical surveillance by US military intelligence” at a conference in…

[Uruknet 100689 07-sep-2013 02:58 ECT] Who Are the Two Guant·namo Prisoners Released in Algeria?
Uruknet 6 Sep 2013 – September 4, 2013 – …The two men who were released, Nabil Hadjarab and Mutia Sayyab, were cleared for release in January 2010 by the inter-agency Guant·namo Review Task Force, established by President Obama when he took office in January 2009,…

[Uruknet 100688 07-sep-2013 02:53 ECT] U.S. bombs won t save Syria
Uruknet 6 Sep 2013 – September 4, 2013 – … Direct intervention now will be designed to pressure all parties to come to the negotiating table under American auspices in order to guarantee an outcome beneficial to the U.S., at the expense of the Syrian Revolution….

[Uruknet 100687 07-sep-2013 02:50 ECT] New report reveals effects of US detention without charge at Bagram
Uruknet 6 Sep 2013 – September 4, 2013 – Produced by NGO Justice Project Pakistan (JPP), which represents 11 of the men, the report includes newly-gathered testimony from family members and former detainees.Bagram, sometimes referred to as the Afghan Guantanamo , affords no due process or…

[Uruknet 100686 07-sep-2013 02:34 ECT] Near impunity for IDF soldiers who kill Palestinians
Uruknet 6 Sep 2013 – September 4, 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 ……

[Uruknet 100685 07-sep-2013 02:30 ECT] PHOTOS: Life before expulsion in the South Hebron Hills
Uruknet 6 Sep 2013 – September 4, 2013 – Monday, the Israeli High Court of Justice heard the case of eight Palestinian villages that the Israeli government plans to displace in favor of a live-fire military training area known as “Firing Zone 9183 . Some 1,000…

[Uruknet 100684 07-sep-2013 02:25 ECT] The West s war will weaken Syria s revolution
Uruknet 6 Sep 2013 – September 4, 2013 – Since news broke of a possible US strike on Syria the overwhelming mood in the region has been an escalation of fear. Thousands of Syrians fled towards the Lebanese border, while in Lebanon people were preparing…

[Uruknet 100683 07-sep-2013 02:19 ECT] Nativity deportees: PA responsible for our exile
Uruknet 6 Sep 2013 – September 4, 2013 — A group of Palestinians deported from Palestine in 2002 have demanded an explanation from President Abbas after he recently said that they would never return.Abbas said during a recent meeting of Fatah s revolutionary council that…

[Uruknet 100682 07-sep-2013 01:57 ECT] Syria News – September 3, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 6 Sep 2013 – September 3, 2013 – By the end of Tuesday the cordination committees were able to document 66 martyrs including 5 women,6 children, 3 under torture: 28 Martyrs were reported in Damscus and its suburbs; 10 in Idlib, including 5 martyrs…

Daily Star

Obama has made no decision on waiting for UN Syria arms report
Daily Star 7 Sep 2013 U.S. President Barack Obama has made no decisions about waiting for a U.N. weapons inspectors’ report on chemical arms use in Syria and he is keeping all his options open, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry…

Feghali leads the way ahead of Qatari s Attiyah
Daily Star 7 Sep 2013 Ten-time Rally of Lebanon champion, Roger Feghali continues his dominance this season by taking an early lead

New demo near U.S. Embassy over Syria strike talk
Daily Star 7 Sep 2013 Tens of supporters of President Bashar Assad gather near the American Embassy in Awkar, north of Beirut, for a second day of demonstrations against a possible U.S.-led strike against the regime in Syria.

Syria Baath party in ‘permanent session’ over strike fears: SANA
Daily Star 7 Sep 2013 The leadership of Syria’s ruling Baath party will go into “permanent session” starting Saturday, Syria state news agency SANA says, as Washington weighs military action against Damascus.

Egypt’s Cairo airport on alert after bomb tip-off
Daily Star 7 Sep 2013 Officials at Cairo’s international airport say a flight to London was delayed after security services received a tip concerning a possible bomb attack on the plane.

Pro-Israel U.S. lobbying group sets major push for Syria action
Daily Star 7 Sep 2013 The influential pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee will deploy hundreds of activists next week to win support in Congress for military action in Syria, amid an intense White House effort to convince wavering U.S. lawmakers…

Rafsanjani denies comments on Syria chemical arms use
Daily Star 7 Sep 2013 Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani rejects remarks attributed to him in which he allegedly criticised Tehran’s chief regional ally, Syria, for using chemical weapons against civilians.

New U.S. envoy meets Lebanese Army chief
Daily Star 7 Sep 2013 Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi receive in Yarze the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale.

Syrian man reported missing in south Lebanon
Daily Star 7 Sep 2013 A Syrian man is reported missing by his brother in the southern district of Tyre, the National News Agency says.

Lebanon to join global prayer for peace in Syria
Daily Star 7 Sep 2013 Lebanon’s Maronite Church will respond to Catholic Pope Francis’ call for a global day of prayer for peace in Syria and the Higher Sunni Council says it opposes any foreign attack on Syria.

Iraq orders Iran exiles to leave camp ‘without delay’
Daily Star 7 Sep 2013 Iraq has ordered Iranian exiles to move from a camp where 52 of their members were killed a week ago “without delay”, a government official and the UN says.

YNet News

Iran official: We informed US of Syria WMD shipments 9 months ago
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Extensive searches after couple lost in Judean Desert
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US, France say support growing for Syria strikes
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Olympics: Tokyo awarded 2020 summer Games
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Source: Egypt’s prosecutor begins probe into political activists
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Weak and unreliable ally
YNet News, 7 Sep 2013 – Op-ed: Timid response to Assad regime’s violation of international norms will not restore US deterrence ….

Merry Tishrei: Santa Claus blows shofar
YNet News, 7 Sep 2013 – Government Press Office issues Happy New Year postcards from Rosh Hashana of 5774 to January 2014, from Jewish High Holidays to Christmas ….

US: No specific threat to 9/11 anniversary
YNet News, 6 Sep 2013 – Ahead of 12th anniversary of terror attack on US, FBI, Homeland Security Department issue threat assessment noting there is no knowledge of specific terror attacks to foil memorials ….

Egypt: 2 die in clashes during pro-Morsi marches
YNet News, 6 Sep 2013 – In third protest in eight days to demand return of ousted president, two people die as result of flaring clashes; security forces use tear gas in several sites ….

PA minister: Next prisoners’ release in October
YNet News, 6 Sep 2013 – Following August release of 26 prisoners, Minister Karaka says next group to face release on October 29, regardless of progress of Israel-PA peace talks. Abbas suggests issue of borders hinges on talks ….

Hitler bodyguard Rochus Misch dies at 96
YNet News, 6 Sep 2013 – Hitler bodyguard, Rochus Misch, dies. Misch remained proud to end about his years with Hitler, whom he affectionately called ‘boss’, said was ‘very normal man, no brute’ ….

Police storm Temple Mount after stones thrown
YNet News, 6 Sep 2013 – Police enter Temple Mount in Jerusalem after stones thrown at them at end of Friday prayers. Wednesday similar incident took place as tensions run high ….

Iranian FM, Ashton to meet to discuss nuclear talks
YNet News, 6 Sep 2013 – After Iranian president appoints FM to lead nuclear talks, Aston announces meet along sidelines of UN summit. ‘Allaying international concerns is in our interest,’ FM says as US calls on Islamic Republic to hold ‘substantive’ nuclear talks ….

Russia sends warship with ‘special cargo’ toward Syria
YNet News, 6 Sep 2013 – Russia to send large warships towards Syrian coast, request UN assess risk of attack on Syrian nuclear reactor, as Obama attempts to garner support in G20. Iraqi source says Assad agreed to step down if promised elections, immunity from prosecution ….

Report: Egypt government dissolves Brotherhood NGO
YNet News, 6 Sep 2013 – Army-backed interim Egyptian government decided to dissolve Muslim Brotherhood’s NGO, an official told Al-Akhbar. However, the government has issued a denial of the report ….

Iran’s foreign minister condemns Holocaust
YNet News, 6 Sep 2013 – Amid denials that Iran’s president tweeted happy Rosh Hashana to Iranian Jews, Islamic Republic’s FM confirms his tweet, condemns Holocaust while taking jab at Israel, comparing ‘massacre of Jews by Nazis’ to ‘massacre of Palestinians by Zionists’ ….

Report: US expanding Syrian attack plans, Iran threatens covert retaliation
YNet News, 6 Sep 2013 – ABC reports US attack on Syria to last 48-hours, to include stealth bombers. WSJ reports US intercepted Iranian message to Iraqi terrorists calling on them to attack US facilities in case of attack. Meanwhile, Kerry attempts to revive international peace conference ….

German president visits French ghost village raided by Nazis
YNet News, 6 Sep 2013 – Accompanied by French president, survivors, Gauck visits French village all residents of which were massacres by SS in 1944 ….

Palestinian Information Center

PA forces block anti-negotiations march
PIC – Palestinian Authority forces blocked afternoon Saturday a march, organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, against PA resumption of negotiations with Israel.

Transport ministry: The fuel crisis rendered thousands of taxi drivers jobless
PIC – The Palestinian ministry of transport in Gaza warned that the acute fuel shortage in Gaza rendered thousands of taxi drivers unemployed after their vehicles became out of service.

Dutch company cancels project in occupied Jerusalem
PIC – Holland‚¨ “!s largest engineering firm has decided to pull out of a project planned to be established in the eastern part of the city of Jerusalem.

PA security forces kidnap four Hamas members, one Hizb Attahrir official
PIC – The Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces kidnapped four Palestinian citizens due to their affiliation with the Hamas Movement and another one from Hizb Attahrir (the liberation party).

IOF arrests 14 former political detainees during August
PIC – The IOF arrested during August 14 former political detainees, released from PA prisons as part of the revolving door policy based on security coordination between the IOF and PA forces.

MADA: PA coerces detained journalists to reveal their emails
PIC – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) accused the PA forces of forcing detained journalists to reveal their emails and social profiles passwords during investigation.

More than 40 Palestinians kidnapped in Aroub refugee camp raids
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Saturday kidnapped more than 40 Palestinians from their homes in Aroub refugee camp, north of Al-Khalil city.

UN calls for opening Rafah crossing
PIC – The United Nations (UN) has called in a statement issued on Saturday for opening all crossings before people and goods’ movement to and from the Gaza Strip.

Dozens of Palestinians wounded during violent Israeli attack at Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Dozens of Palestinian worshipers suffered different injuries yesterday afternoon when they were suddenly attacked by the Israeli occupation forces immediately after they finished their Friday prayers.

High sentences against 3 members of al-Qassam Brigades
PIC – Ahrar Center for Prisoners’ Studies and Human Rights denounced the Israeli court’s unfair sentences against three Palestinians from Shawawra village in Bethlehem.


Health Workers Declare General Strike Next Week
WAFA – 7 Sep 2013

Rally in Jenin against Strike on Syria
WAFA – 7 Sep 2013

Israeli Soldiers Spread Terror in Refugee Camp
WAFA – 7 Sep 2013

Newspapers Review: Abbas Warns to Cancel Land Swap, say Dailies
WAFA – 7 Sep 2013

Palestinians Welcome Dutch Pullout from Israeli Project
WAFA – 7 Sep 2013

Abbas to Start a European Tour with Visit to Britain
WAFA – 7 Sep 2013

Weather Forecast: Moderate Summer Conditions
WAFA – 7 Sep 2013


Obama leaves G-20 summit with limited support on Syria
LA Times 6 Sep 2013 – Only 10 nations at the summit back punishment for Bashar Assad, but they stop short of citing military action. ST. PETERSBURG, Russia After two days of intense lobbying, President Obama left a summit with world leaders Friday with some expressions of support for a…

U.S. saw yearlong rise in chemical weapons use by Syria
LA Times 6 Sep 2013 – Officials cite a far bigger stream of intelligence than was reported. Some question the delay; others say a case had to be built. WASHINGTON In July 2012, senior U.S. intelligence officials drove to the Capitol to secretly brief top lawmakers on the first indications…

Obama s Battle for Syria Votes, Taut and Uphill
New York Times 7 Sep 2013 – People on Capitol Hill said the initial campaign for strikes against Syria proved unpersuasive, but administration officials insist the debate will continue when Congress returns from recess.

9 Militants Are Reported Killed in Egyptian Military Operations in Sinai
New York Times 7 Sep 2013 – The operation was part of an effort to stamp out militant havens in Sinai, where reports of deadly attacks on the police and security forces have become an almost daily occurrence.

Europe Says Syria Strike Should Hinge On U.N. Data
New York Times 7 Sep 2013 – The top foreign policy official for the European Union endorsed the French decision to wait until United Nations inspectors submitted their report on an Aug. 21 chemical attack, even though the results might be preliminary.

In Egypt, a Welcome for Refugees Turns Bitter
New York Times 7 Sep 2013 – Syrians, along with other foreigners, were made scapegoats as the military took power and warned of external plots to destabilize Egypt, unleashing a suffocating xenophobia in the news media and on the streets.

Islamists Seize Town in Southern Egypt and Attack Christians
New York Times 6 Sep 2013 – Homes and businesses owned by Christians, as well as churches and monasteries, have been looted and burned since the president s ouster.

Memo From Europe: A Weapon Seen as Too Horrible, Even in War
New York Times 6 Sep 2013 – Chemical weapons have caused only a small fraction of the deaths in Syria s civil war, but the response they have provoked echoes that from wars around the world during the 20th century.

Obama Falls Short on Wider Backing for Syria Attack
New York Times 6 Sep 2013 – President Obama emerged from the Group of 20 summit meeting with a few international supporters, but other leaders urged him not to attack without United Nations backing.

U.S. Official Predicts War of Attrition Among Syrian Fighters After Strike
New York Times 6 Sep 2013 – As a debate ensues on the severity of a possible strike on Syria, a State Department official said an attack would most likely not alter the military balance in the country.

Gallup Poll on Syria Attack: Lowest Support of Any U.S. Intervention in Past 20 Years
Tikun Olam – Gallup has just released its latest poll tracking U.S. opinion on attacking Syria. It finds that of the four major U.S. interventions over the past 20 years (Iraq, Afghanistan, Perisan Gulf, Kosovo/Serbia) Barack Obama s planned assault on Syria has the lowest level of support of any…

Slippery slope to an unnecessary war liberal groups muster popular opposition on Syria
Mondoweiss – Yesterday Adam picked up a report of the public mobilization against an attack on Syria, citing statements from Moveon.org andVotevets.org against such an attack. Both groups say that overwhelming percentages of their members are against a strike: 73 percent of Moveon s 8 million members, 80…

Breaking through the Empire s glass ceiling
Mondoweiss – Marc H. Ellis – On a lecture tour in Atlanta yesterday I spoke at a clergy breakfast at Columbia Theological Seminary, then at Kennesaw University. Today I speak at a daylong conference on how to break the interfaith ecumenical deal and move toward a prophetic solidarity among the various religions of the world….

Reincarnated war
hawk Samantha Power presses case for Syria attack to Beltway liberals

Mondoweiss – Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, told an audience at the Center for American Progress in Washington Friday that there is no risk-free door #2 in regard to Syria. (Photo: Charles Dharapak) Power was in town to repeat the administration s pitch for military action…

Holland s largest engineering firm pulls out of East Jerusalem project over international law concerns
Mondoweiss – Dutch engineering giant cancels East Jerusalem project (Haaretz) Dutch infrastructure giant Royal HaskoningDHV announced Friday that it has decided to withdraw from a project it planned with the Jerusalem municipality because it will be built over the Green Line.Two weeks ago, Haaretz reported that the Dutch…

Shady PR operatives, pro-Israel ties, anti-Castro money: Inside the Syrian opposition s DC spin machine
Mondoweiss – During the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria on September 3, Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain both cited a Wall Street Journal editorial by Elizabeth O Bagy to support their assessment of the Syrian rebels as predominately moderate, and potentially Western-friendly. She…

AIPAC Details ‘Major’ Lobbying Push on Syria
The Foward Breaking News 7 Sep 2013 – The influential pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee will deploy hundreds of activists next week to win support in Congress for military action in Syria, amid an intense White House effort to convince wavering U.S. lawmakers to vote for limited strikes. Click here for the rest…

Putting Women’s Images Back in Israeli Billboards
The Foward Breaking News 7 Sep 2013 – Eve Finkelstein, a Beit Shemesh doctor, and her friend Esther (an alias) first encountered the billboards as they were driving down the Beit Shemesh s main access road. Click here for the rest of the article…

Turmoil in Mideast Nudges Mideast Peace Forward
The Foward Breaking News 7 Sep 2013 – Turmoil in Syria and Egypt is nudging Israelis and Palestinians toward peace, a U.S. official said on Friday as Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Europe for talks about that conflict and a possible U.S. strike on Syrian targets. Click here for the rest of…

Dutch Firm Pulls Out of West Bank Sewage Project
The Foward Breaking News 7 Sep 2013 – Dutch infrastructure giant Royal HaskoningDHV announced Friday that it has decided to withdraw from a project it planned with the Jerusalem municipality because it will be built over the Green Line. Click here for the rest of the article…

South Africa: SA Cautions Against Attacking Syria
allAfrica.com 7 Sep 2013 – [SA Info]Military intervention in Syria would have serious consequences, plunging an already volatile region into deeper conflict, the South African government has warned.

‘Support for Syria action growing’
BBC 7 Sep 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry says the number of states ready to take military action against Syria’s government is in “double digits”.

Egypt army attacks Sinai militants
BBC 7 Sep 2013 – At least nine people are killed after the Egyptian army launches a major offensive against militants in the Sinai peninsula.

To Wyoming, From Syria, With No Love
Al-Akhbar Opinion 7 Sep 2013 – People demonstrate in front of the White House in Washington against US intervention in Syria on 7 September 2013. (Photo: AFP – Nicholas Kamm) People demonstrate in front of the White House in Washington against US intervention in Syria on 7 September 2013. (Photo: AFP -…

US-Led Syria Strike Could Target Military Airfields
Al-Akhbar News 7 Sep 2013 – A young protester shouts slogans during a demonstration of supporters of Syrian regime against a possible US military strike on Syria on 7 September 2013 in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Zayyat) A young protester shouts slogans during a demonstration of…

Egypt army foils railroad bombing plot in Sinai Peninsula
Al-Akhbar News 7 Sep 2013 – A picture taken on 8 August 2012 shows members of the Egyptian security forces taking position during an operation in the northern Sinai peninsula. (Photo: AFP) The Egyptian army defused Saturday a bomb on a railroad linking the canal cities of Ismailiya and Suez, as air…

Egypt prosecutor accuses Mursi of “insulting the judiciary”
Al-Akhbar News 7 Sep 2013 – An Egyptian prosecutor leveled new accusations against Mohammed Mursi, already facing trial on other charges, alleging the Islamist had insulted the country’s judiciary when he was president, state media reported Saturday. The prosecutor issued a new detention order for Mursi over his comments that judges had…

Two-thirds of French people against intervention in Syria: poll
Al-Akhbar News 7 Sep 2013 – More than two-thirds of French people are against the country taking part in international military action in Syria, according to a newspaper poll published Saturday. The survey for French daily Le Figaro showed the country’s opposition to military action against the Damascus government has increased markedly…

Two women die from MERS virus in Saudi Arabia
Al-Akhbar News 7 Sep 2013 – Two Saudi women have died from the MERS coronavirus and two more have contracted the disease in Saudi Arabia, the health ministry said on Saturday, raising to 44 the number of people in the kingdom who have died from the SARS-like virus. The World Health Organization…

‘Support for Syria action growing’
BBC 7 Sep 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry says the number of states ready to take military action against Syria’s government is in “double digits”.

Egypt army attacks Sinai militants
BBC 7 Sep 2013 – At least nine people are killed after the Egyptian army launches a major offensive against militants in the Sinai peninsula.


Oslo Revisited
Uri Avnery, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 9/6/2013
ISRAEL LOVES anniversaries. The media fill up with revelations and memories of the event commemorated, eye-witnesses recite their stories for the umpteenth time, old photos flood the pages and the TV screens.
In the coming days, two main memorial dates will play this role. True, the Yom Kippur war broke out only in October (1973), but already the newspapers and TV programs are full of it.
The Oslo agreement was signed on September 13 (1993). Hardly any mention. It has been almost expunged from the national memory.
Oslo? Oslo in Norway? Anything happened there? Tell me about it.
ACTUALLY, FOR me the historic date is September 10. On that day, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat exchanged letters of mutual recognition.
The State of Israel recognized the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as the representative of the Palestinian people, and the PLO recognized the State of Israel.
It is one of the historic achievements of Oslo that today nobody can possibly grasp the immensity of this recognition.
The Zionist movement aimed officially at the establishment of a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine. Unofficially, it wanted to turn Palestine all of it – into a Jewish State. Since Palestine was already inhabited by another people, the existence of this people as a people had to be denied. Since the Zionist movement was, in its own eyes, a moral and idealistic endeavor, this denial was a basic tenet of the Zionist creed. A land without a people for a people without a land. Golda Meir famously declared that there was no such thing as a Palestinian people. I myself have spent hundreds, perhaps thousands of hours of my life trying to convince Israeli audiences that there really exists a Palestinian nation.more..e-mail

Gaza power plant shutdown tomorrow likely
UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance to the occupied, Alternative Information Center 9/7/2013
On 5 September, the Palestinian Energy Authority (PENRA) warned that the Gaza Power Plant (GPP) will be forced to shut down completely in three days due to lack of fuel. If the GPP shuts down, the overall power supply deficit will result in power outages of up to 12 to 16 hours a day, up from the current 8 to 12 hours.
Gaza also receives 45 per cent of its energy needs from Israel (35 per cent) and Egypt (10 per cent).
To avoid a crisis, PENRA called upon the Egyptian authorities to urgently facilitate the transfer of fuel, either through the Rafah Crossing or Israel, donated by the Government of Qatar, which has been held up in Egypt since March 2013. In total, less than 11.5 million of the approximately 30 million litres of fuel donated by Qatar has entered the Gaza Strip.
The Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU) has reported that, at present, there is no fuel stock to power the standby generators at 288 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities across Gaza. One sewage pump station in Jabaliya overflowed on Wednesday and 15,000 m3 of sewage were urgently removed to a nearby storm water lagoon. The WASH Cluster has reported that the lack of fuel is severely disrupting the routine collection of 1,500 tons of solid waste. Ministry of Health (MoH) officials have stated that the lack of fuel for the Gaza Power Plant is the most critical problem facing the operation of the health sector more than the lack of drugs or difficulties in transferring referred patients to Egypt. Gaza s 14 hospitals and 60 health centres, and their generators, have been relying on 250,000 litres of cheap heavily-subsidized Egyptian fuel each month, The MoH must now use more expensive Israeli fuel, significantly increasing running costs, and, longer power cuts will entail MoH having to employ generators for longer periods. more..e-mail

Critic of Israel, Palestinian Authority to remain under administrative detention
Noam Rotem (translated By Jordan Michaeli, +972 Magazine 9/7/2013
Accused of being a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmad Qatamesh has been under administrative detention since March 2011, without trial or indictment. Now Qatamesh, who calls for one democratic state between the river and the sea, is having his detention extended under the premise that he is a threat to the security of the area.
At the time of writing of these lines, Israel holds 5,069 security prisoners, of which 134 are held under administrative detention. The authority Israel assumed upon occupying the West Bank to detain human beings without trial and without allowing them to defend themselves against the allegations made at them is taken, allegedly, from international law, where this authority is limited to extreme cases only when clear and immediate danger that can t be otherwise prevented exists. Administrative detention allows plucking any person from their daily life, including you and me, and to put us in cages, without having to tell us of what we are accused, and without needing to administer a trial where evidence is brought forward, giving us an opportunity to defend ourselves. The eyes of Lady Justice are covered, but Israel has also tied her hands, put her in a sack and hanged her upside down from the ceiling.
Israel s lawmakers foresaw the future, apparently. They k
new that kind of power, which allows to them skip over the justice system and lock a human being in prison without trial, can only corrupt. Therefore, they tried to install brakes to prevent the irresponsible use of this tool. They failed rather miserably. According to the law, military commanders may order the imprisonment of a person to a period of up to six months. It sounds exaggerated, since if assuming that an urgent need came up to arrest someone before they committed some act or another, why hold that person for six months without trial? Investigate a week, two weeks, a month even, and decide whether there is a basis to keep that person under arrest. Find something? Present it to the court according to general proceedings, and the court will decide whether you proved your claims or not.

Egypt s destruction of Gaza s tunnels
Nureddin Sabir, Redress 9/7/2013
There is no doubt that the situation in the Gaza Strip is desperate. On one side there is Israel s land, sea and air siege, and on the other there is one tightly-controlled crossing into Egypt, open irregularly and for a very limited time a week, if at all.
One lifeline in this situation has been the illegal tunnels into Egypt, through which all types of goods, from small items to livestock, have been smuggled, relieving the pressure on the Palestinians of Gaza and enriching countless smugglers.
However, this lifeline is now all but closed. As this urgent call from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign says,
“The Egyptian army has destroyed over 350 tunnels between Gaza and Egypt since the coup in early July, and have dramatically restricted movement across the border. Given Israel controls Gaza by air, sea and land, Palestinians relied on the border with Egypt and the dangerous tunnels to provide a lifeline.
“As a result, there has been a sharp drop in the amount of goods entering Gaza including fuel, building materials and basic food products.
“Prices are rocketing making essentials unaffordable for a population impoverished by the restrictions. Stocks of essential medicines have run out. The Water authority in Gaza has warned an environmental disaster is looming, due to the lack of fuel needed to operate its services.
“Meanwhile, Israeli incursions, in violation of their agreements, continue.
“The situation is desperate and urgent& “
How did it come to this and who is responsible? — See also: PSC update: take action for Gazamore..e-mail

Resist Israel’s unjust system, don’t operate within it
Electronic Intifada: 7 Sep 2013 – Recent protests against the expulsion of Bedouins indicate that some Palestinians are accepting the limits of liberal discourse rather than demanding national liberation.more

John Kerry Sells a War that Americans Aren t Buying
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Sep 2013 – By Medea Benjamin It was September 19, 2002, and US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was scheduled to address the Senate Armed Services Committee about why it was necessary to invade a country that never attacked us: Iraq. I was so concerned about the pending war that I flew to Washington DC from my home in San Francisco. It was the first congressional hearing I had ever witnessed. My heart was pounding as my colleague Diane Wilson and I pulled out banners that read UN inspectors, not US war , and proceeded to ask Rumsfeld our own questions: how many innocent Iraqis would die, how many US soldiers, how many of our tax dollars would be poured into this war of choice, and how much money would Halliburton make from the war. We were hauled out of the room by the Capitol police. Fast forward to September 3, 2013, and I…more

Stopping Barry O Bomber s Rush to War
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Sep 2013 – By Ralph Nader Dear President Obama: Little did your school boy chums in Hawaii, watching you race up and down the basketball court, know how prescient they were when they nicknamed you Barry O Bomber . Little did your fellow Harvard Law Review editors, who elected you to lead that venerable journal, ever imagine that you could be a president who chronically violates the Constitution, federal statutes, international treaties and the separation of power at depths equal to or beyond the George W. Bush regime. Nor would many of the voters who elected you in 2008 have conceived that your foreign policy would rely so much on brute military force at the expense of systemically waging peace. Certainly, voters who knew your background as a child of third world countries, a community organizer, a scholar of constitutional law and a critic of the Bush/Cheney years, never would have expected you to favor…more

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