VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 9 September 2013: Hamas and Gaza in the eye of the storm

9 September 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian Patient Kidnapped At Erez Terminal
IMEMC – Sunday evening [September 8, 2013] Israeli soldiers kidnapped a young Palestinian man at the Erez Terminal, between Gaza and Israel, as he was on his way to receive treatment at an Israeli hospital. …

Abbas Meets Kerry In London
IMEMC – The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that on Sunday evening [September 9 2013] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met U.S Secretary of State John Kerry in London, and they discussed the political process and the situation in the region. …

Young Palestinian Woman Kidnapped In Hebron
IMEMC – Settlers Uproote Trees Near Hebron Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Sunday evening [September 8, 2013] a young Palestinian woman in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. …

Ma’an News

Israel divides East Jerusalem neighborhood
9/9/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers on Monday began to construct a dividing zone between the Palestinian town of Isawiya and the illegal Israeli settlement of French Hill in East Jerusalem. Mohammad Abu al-Hummus, member of a local Isawiya monitoring team, told Ma’an that Israeli forces are digging up land belonging to Palestinian families in order to create a 10 meter dividing zone….

Settlers uproot over 40 olive trees in south Hebron hills
9/9/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A group of settlers uprooted over 40 olive trees in the south Hebron hills late Sunday, a local official said. Ratib al-Jabour, coordinator of the popular committee against the wall and settlements, said that settlers from Maon destroyed olive trees in the neighboring village of al-Tuwani. The trees belong to the al-Rabai family. Annual figures compiled by Israeli rights group Yesh….

Israel to close Ibrahimi mosque on Tuesday
9/9/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities will close the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron to Palestinian worshipers on Tuesday, a local official said. The mosque will be closed to Palestinians while Jewish holiday celebrations take place. Israel also closed the mosque over the Jewish new year last week. PA ministry of endowment official Tayseer Abu Sneina said the procedures were “provocative” and called on human rights….

Group: Israeli forces detain 9 in Jerusalem
9/9/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained nine people in Jerusalem on Monday, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said. Israeli forces raided homes in Sur Bahir, Issawiya and the Old City, relatives told Ma’an. [END]

Israeli forces order home demolitions in al-Khader
9/9/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have ordered the demolition of two homes in al-Khader, south of Bethlehem. Israeli forces delivered warrants to two Palestinians from the Salah family notifying them that their homes are slated for demolition. The homes are in the Um Rukba neighborhood, on a hill in southern al-Khader. Israel plans to control Um Rukba, which is “the only space for the….

Egypt army destroys 6 tunnels along Gaza border
9/9/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian army forces on Monday destroyed six smuggling tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border, security officials said. The tunnels were located north of Rafah in the neighborhood of al-Sarsoriya and specialized in smuggling goods and people. Egyptian forces used explosives to destroy the tunnels. All goods being transferred to Gaza were seized by the military. Ground forces moved into Rafah protected….

Egypt military seizes Gaza-linked weapons in Sinai
9/9/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s military says it has seized caches of weapons in a Sinai operation including a mortar apparently belonging to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group in neighboring Gaza. The military has launched a sweeping offensive in the north of the peninsula to quell an Islamist militant insurgency that surged after the army deposed president Mohamed Morsi in July. In a picture of….

Israel detains man at Gaza crossing
9/9/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Sunday detained a man at the Beit Hanoun crossing in northern Gaza, Palestinian security officials said. Muhammad Zaki al-Baqari, 25, was arrested while trying to cross into Israel for medical treatment. He is from al-Shati refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. [END]

Israeli court sentences Jerusalem teen to 38 months
9/9/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli court in Jerusalem on Sunday sentenced a Palestinian teenager to 38 months in jail, his family said. Tareq Khaled Odeh, 17, was detained in January for throwing stones and empty bottles at an illegal Israeli settlement in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. Odeh has been detained four times in the past two years and has spent several periods….

Abbas meets Kerry in London
9/9/2013 – LONDON (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry met president Mahmoud Abbas in London, having earlier insisted that Israelis and Palestinians were determined to pursue direct peace talks. Kerry met Abbas at London’s Ritz Carlton on Sunday evening, the pair smiling and joking before holding a three-hour private meeting, their first talks since direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians began last….

EU announces ¨ 52 million development package for PA
9/9/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The European Union on Monday announced a ¨ 52 million assistance package to support development in Palestine. The funding was announced during caretaker prime minister Rami Hamdallah’s visit to Brussels. EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said the ultimate objective of the financial assistance “remains the establishment of a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel in peace….

Nablus education staff quit teachers union
9/9/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Over 100 employees of the Nablus Directorate of Education on Monday announced they had quit the General Union of Teachers in protest over its recently-signed agreement with the Palestinian Authority. Dozens of staff protested outside the Nablus directorate, a district branch of the education ministry, carrying signs including “No to the oppressive agreements against administrative staff” and “Teachers and administrators are…. Related:Qalqiliya directorate of education staff issue collective resignation

Official: PA to implement 3-year economic plan
9/9/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority has prepared a 3-year plan to develop the national economy, the economic adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday. Mohammad Mustafa said the plan includes projects to build electricity generators, and to use natural resources — particularly water and gas — to reduce the cost of industrial production. It also focuses on supporting the agricultural sector, as well as….

5 injured in Tulkarem car accident
9/9/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Five people were injured in Tulkarem on Monday in a car accident, locals said. The accident occurred near Inav checkpoint east of the city when a car with Israeli number plates collided with a car carrying Palestinian plates. Five people were taken to Thabet Thabet hospital for treatment. [END]

Egypt force
s kill 11 militants in Sinai crackdown

9/9/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian forces killed 11 suspected militants on Sunday during a crackdown against armed groups in the Sinai peninsula, Egyptian security officials said. Ten militants were detained during the operation, the largest mobilization of Egyptian forces since the 1973 war with Israel. Egyptian forces also seized large amounts of explosives and damaged several Bedouin homes believed to be hosting militant elements….

Kerry: Assad could prevent attack by giving up weapons
9/9/2013 – LONDON (AFP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad could prevent a US-led attack if he turned over his chemical weapons in the next week, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday. But Kerry told a press conference in London that he had no expectation that Assad would give up the arms. The US top diplomat was asked if there was anything that the Syrian government….

Assad, Obama go head-to-head in US interviews
9/9/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Presidents Barack Obama and Bashar Assad will go head-to-head in dueling US television interviews Monday, as a crucial week dawns for the US leader’s push for air attacks on Syria. Assad will reportedly deny that he used chemical weapons on civilians, as Obama makes a long-odds push to reverse his nation’s mood and win support for punishing the Damascus….

Kerry: Syria needs political solution – but after strikes
9/9/2013 – LONDON (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the solution to the Syrian conflict must be political not military as Washington began a crucial week in its bid to persuade a skeptical public and Congress of the need for strikes. Kerry made an impassioned defense of President Barack Obama’s push for action against the Assad regime, saying that this was….

Assad warns US will ‘pay the price’ if it attacks Syria
9/9/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad warned Washington on Monday to brace for retaliation if US forces attacked his war-torn country, as he denied using chemical weapons against his people.”You’re going to pay the price if you’re not wise. There are going to be repercussions,” Assad told CBS television’s “This Morning.””It’s an area where everything….

Russia stands by ally Syria as strikes loom
9/9/2013 – MOSCOW (AFP) — Russia on Monday firmly stood by its ally Syria as President Bashar Assad’s foreign minister visited Moscow, warning that military strikes against the regime would lead to an “outburst” of terrorism. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, after talks with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem in Moscow, painted a dark picture of the consequences of US-led military action and insisted the regime….

Russia calls on Syria to hand over chemical weapons
9/9/2013 – MOSCOW (AFP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Monday on the Syrian regime to hand over control of its chemical weapons arsenal to international supervision as a way of staving off the threat of military action. After talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in Moscow, Lavrov called on Syria to “place the chemical weapons under international control and then have them destroyed”. He said….

Egyptian forces seize drugs, weapons near Libya border
9/9/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian border patrols on Monday seized weapons and drugs near the Salloum crossing between Egypt and Libya, security sources said. Security officers seized 11 hunting rifles, four machine guns and 50 kilos of Hashish from smugglers near the border, security officials told Ma’an. Meanwhile, security forces stopped two vehicles and found large quantities of the prescription drug Tramadol near….

Syrian FM welcomes Russia’s chemical arms handover initiative
9/9/2013 – MOSCOW (AFP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad’s foreign minister on Monday welcomed Russia’s proposal that Damascus hand over control of its chemical weapons arsenal to international supervision to avoid US military action.”I carefully listened to (Russian foreign minister) Sergei Lavrov’s statement about it. In connection with this, I note that Syria welcomes the Russian initiative based on the Syrian….

US says Syria strike would deter Iran
9/9/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States needs to strike Syria in part to send a message to its ally Iran over its nuclear program, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser said Monday. Susan Rice, joining a major public effort by Obama to persuade a skeptical Congress, said the United States was morally bound to respond to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s alleged use….

US to take ‘hard look’ at Russian Syria weapons plan
9/9/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States said Monday it would welcome a plan for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons but expressed skepticism at the Russian initiative, which is designed to head off American air strikes. Senior officials at the White House and the State Department moved swiftly to respond to the Russian plan, as they escalated a political effort designed to win backing from….

Rebels accuse Assad, Russia of deceit in chemical plan
9/9/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syria’s top rebel commander in a television interview Monday accused President Bashar Assad’s regime and Moscow of deceit after Syria welcomed a Russian proposal to hand over its chemical weapons.”We call for strikes and we warn the international community that this (Assad) regime tells lies, and the liar (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is its teacher. Putin is the….

Palestine News Network

MADA Issues Report on Internet and Freedom of Expression in Palestine
Palestine News Network

Israel Arrests Patient While Passing Erez Crossing
Palestine News Network

Dr. Ashrawi Calls on EU to Maintain Their Own Policies and to Stand by Their Guidelines
Palestine News Network

Palestine Organizes An International Conference on Official Statistics
Palestine News Network

Lebanese Official: We Will Hit Tel Aviv with 500 Missiles if Israel Strikes Syria
Palestine News Network

Israel Starts Constructing New Settlement West of Salfit
Palestine News Network

Female Palestinian Prisoners Suffer from Medical Neglect
Palestine News Network

Rafah Crossing Partially Reopened after Brief Closure
Palestine News Network

Israeli High Court to Hear Landmark Case on Absentees’ Property Law in Occupied East Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

IOF Forces Open Fire at Farmers East of Khan Younis
Palestine News Network

Kerry Urges EU to Postpone New Guidelines
Palestine News Network

Understanding the Syrian Conflict
Palestine News Network

Uruknet

occupied Palestinian territory: Atfaluna is Unique Center of Support for Deaf, Gaza
Uruknet 9 Sep 2013 – Source: American Near East Refugee Aid Country: occupied Palestinian territory ANERA began its long partnership with Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children in Gaza in 1993 through scholarship and training programs, which provided a whole range of vital services for deaf…

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 02 09 September
Uruknet 9 Sep 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (…

occupied Palestinian territory: The EU announces assistance package for development in Palestine during Prime Minister Hamdallah’s visit to Brussels
Uruknet 9 Sep 2013 – Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory The European Union has made available ¨ 52 million for development projects in Palestine to support economic and social development and institution-building measures foreseen by the Palestinian National Development Plan for 2011-2013. This funding,…

occupied Palestinian territory: UNRWA and Japan Complete Rehousing Project in Gaza
Uruknet 9 Sep 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Japan, occupied Palestinian territory 9 September 2013 Gaza In Khan Younis, Makoto Honda, Deputy Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, and Robert Turner, Director of…

occupied Palestinian territory: RCA supports Palestinian students with over dh2.3 million
Uruknet 8 Sep 2013 – Source: Emirates News Agency Country: occupied Palestinian territory Jerusalem: The UAE’s Red Crescent Authority (RCA) has given out school bags worth more than Dh 2.3 million to Palestinian school children in Jerusalem, in cooperation with charities of the city. RCA’s…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel okays 5,000 West Bank Palestinian work permits
Uruknet 8 Sep 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 09/08/2013 13:36 GMT JERUSALEM, September 8, 2013 (AFP) – The Israeli government on Sunday approved the allocation of 5,000 work permits for Palestinians from the West Bank, enabling them to work in the…

The National

Jokes and laughter mask the fear that stalks Damascus
The National 9 Sep 2013 – Barack Obama’s indecision has provoked mirth among regime loyalists and rebels alike in the Syrian capital, but amid the comedy there is a dark cloud of apprehension. Phil Sands reports

Istanbul’s old shops swept away by property boom
The National 9 Sep 2013 – As Istanbul reaps the benefits of economic growth, old buildings in the city centre have been expensively renovated or torn down to make room for new ones. Thomas Seibert reports

Iran’s Rouhani using Twitter diplomacy
The National 9 Sep 2013 – Officials in Rouhani’s government try to distance themselves from predecessors in concerted drive to improve Iran’s image. Michael Theodoulou reports

Unsung blood disorder people to be honoured at Abu Dhabi awards
The National 9 Sep 2013 – The winners of the Sheikh Sultan International Thalassaemia Award, a personal directive by Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa, adviser to the President, were announced yesterday.

Winners of the Sultan Bin Khalifa thalassemia awards
The National 9 Sep 2013 – More than 300 applicants were received for the six international categories and 14 national categories.

Twenty four Emirati students honoured for entrepreneurial ideas at Akoun Awards
The National 9 Sep 2013 – The awards intend to promote entrepreneurialism among Emirati university students and help encourage them to start their own businesses.

Somaliland seeks more trade ties with UAE
The National 9 Sep 2013 – Somaliland’s new minister of foreign affairs has met UAE ministers and expatriates to discuss progress in his troubled homeland.

IAEA chief reaches out to Iran’s new government on nuclear weapons
The National 9 Sep 2013 – Head of the UN atomic agency has reached out to Iran’s new government but says Tehran must urgently do more to remove suspicions it wants nuclear weapons.

Italian parliament starts talks on expelling Berlusconi
The National 9 Sep 2013 – Italian politicians have begun hearings to decide whether Silvio Berlusconi should be expelled from parliament following his criminal conviction in an unprecedented case that has stoked political tensions.

Emirates ID Authority chief in call for agency to oversee sensitive digital data
The National 9 Sep 2013 – As more and more personal information on individuals is collected and stored digitally, it is believed an independent data protection agency should be set up.

Kerry meets with Abbas as familiar problems loom in Mideast peace talks
The National 9 Sep 2013 – Although US officials suggest the absence of the limelight could bolster chances of successful peace negotiations, Palestinian official says possibility of success is ‘very low’. Omar Karmi reports

John Travolta wings his way to Dubai
The National 9 Sep 2013 – 59-year-old Hollywood actor arrives in town as a Qantas ambassador.

Filipino rebels storm villages, take nearly 300 hostages
The National 9 Sep 2013 – About 200 Muslim rebels were holding nearly 300 people hostage yesterday after clashing with government troops and rampaging through coastal communities in the southern Philippines.

Mubarak’s last PM backs army’s El Sisi for Egyptian president
The National 9 Sep 2013 – The former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafiq said he will back army chief General Abdel Fattah El Sisi for president in an election expected next year.

Culture authority forms panel to plan Dubai strategy
The National 9 Sep 2013 – The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority will form an advisory committee to plan the emirate’s cultural strategy, DCAA chairman Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed said yesterday.

Trial changed how Indians view rape
The National 9 Sep 2013 – Conversation on abuse enters mainstream, as reporting rates increase and protests erupt in nine months since attack.

Team talks in Abu Dhabi to save Saker falcon
The National 9 Sep 2013 – A migratory species found in 70 countries, the Saker is important to falconers in the UAE and other Arabian Gulf states, but its numbers have been in dramatic decline over the past two decades.

Safety leaflets handed out to truck drivers in Dubai
The National 9 Sep 2013 – The brochures have been distributed at six inspections across the city as part of an education campaign by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

Kurdish militants stop withdrawing from Turkey
The National 9 Sep 2013 – Kurdish militants have stopped withdrawing from Turkish soil, citing failures by the government to take steps agreed under a peace process.

Long-lost Van Gogh painting identified
The National 9 Sep 2013 – A lost Vincent Van Gogh painting has been recovered, the first full-sized canvas by the Dutch master discovered since 1928.

Ha’aretz

Obama says Russian proposal on Syria’s chemical weapons ‘potentially positive’
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Israel Chemicals rallies as market rebounds
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Stop believing the Allies could have bombed Auschwitz to save lives
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Word of the Day / Hatimah: Signed, sealed and delivered…in the book of life
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Hamas struggles to stay afloat, beset by challenges from Egypt, Syria and Iran
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

U.S. ‘skeptical’ over Russia proposal for Syria to surrender chemical weapons
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Gwyneth Paltrow, Woody Allen, Zach Braff: A celebrity Rosh Hashanah round up
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Syria welcomes Russia’s proposal to relinquish control of chemical weapons
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Jewish pilgrims leave Uman amid reports of heavy damage to property
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Israeli man jailed four years for attacks against Ethiopian Jews
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Iran’s cabinet joins Facebook, despite official state blocking of social media site
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Israeli mayors facing corruption charges can run in elections, AG rules
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Haredi rabbis ban all-female Zumba classes
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Israel can look forward to post-election honeymoon in Australia
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Russia reprimands Israeli military attache over ballistic missile test
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Watchdog finds evidence against Dankner in stock manipulation case
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Ancient golden treasure trove found at foot of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Wanted: Jewish leaders for the digital age
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Former president Moshe Katsav granted first furlough from prison
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Beware the extremists: Lessons from Oslo, twenty years on
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

A favor, supposedly, from America
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Israeli Supreme Court to rule on demand for disclosure of criminal record
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

High-tech recycling facility at Tel Aviv-area landfill to be dedicated Monday
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Document confirms World Zionist Organization allocates land to settlers in Jordan valley
Ha’aretz – 8 Sep 2013

A perfect time to holiday, but Syria jitters put chill on Sukkot travel plans
Ha’aretz – 8 Sep 2013

Ministries and unions reach framework for privatizing Israel Military Industries
Ha’aretz – 8 Sep 2013

Intervention in Syria can only invite trouble and guilty consciences
Ha’aretz – 8 Sep 2013

The two elephants in the negotiating room
Ha’aretz – 8 Sep 2013

Facebook is ‘crap,’ says Gunter Grass
Ha’aretz – 8 Sep 2013

Jerusalem Post

Pro-Israel groups in United States scramble to save Syria strike resolution
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – AIPAC, AJC, WJC lobby as over 150 House members signal they will oppose measure; ZOA and other Jewish groups take less active role, believe that the question to bomb Syria is not clear cut.

Sudanese man gets 10 years for raping Filipina
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – The state suggested the 10 1/2 year sentence eventually endorsed by the court in a plea bargain.

Supreme Court gives Haredi man harsher penalty for sexually abusing 3rd grade age daughter
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – The man, whose identity along with victim’s, are under a gag order, had been sentenced to only 24 months by the Haifa District Court.

Assad: US ‘should expect everything’ if it attacks Syria
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – In CBS interview, Syrian leader says US strikes would boost the al-Qaida offshoot in his country.

Assad forces launch offensive on historic Christian town
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – Violent clashes renewed in Christian town of Maaloula near the Syrian capital, a town that has changed hands three times.

Israeli archeologists strike gold at Temple Mount
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – “Ophel Treasure” includes 36 coins, large gold medallion believed to date back to 614 CE.

Police: Self-proclaimed ‘sorcerer’ manipulated woman into sex and bilked her out of thousands
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – The 39-year-old woman found the “sorcerer” on the internet; asked for his help to overcome emotional stress of breakup.

UN nuclear chief says resolution over nuclear Iran is ‘essential and urgent’
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – IAEA’s Amano committed to working constructively with Rouhani’s gov’t to “resolve outstanding issues by diplomatic means.”

Peri: Iran, not Syria, is Israel’s biggest threat
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – Former Shin Bet chief turned minister Yaakov Peri urges world to “remember that Iran is a terrorist state.”

Kerry: We’re not going to war in Syria, Assad could avoid strike
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – US Secretary of State repeats Obama’s message that military action in Syria would not be a repeat of Iraq or Afghanistan.

‘Turkey deploys anti-aircraft missiles on Syrian border’
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – Move comes as Obama pushes for military intervention over Syrian regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons.

Assad thanks Putin for support during G20 Summit
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – Syrian officials meet with Russian counterparts in Moscow to discuss responses to possible US-led military strike.

Katsav takes first furlough since beginning jail term for rape
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – Former president imprisoned in Dec. 2011 for rape, sexual assault; WIZO chair slams move.

Is al-Qaida experiencing a revival in Syria?
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – The al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaida affiliate, has been one of the more effective rebel groups fighting Assad.

China urges US to seek UN council approval on possible Syria strike
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells United States to proceed with “extreme caution” over Syria attack.

Analysis: Egypt s long war on terror
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2013 – A serious dilemma is developing over which direction the Muslim Brotherhood should go.

Israeli organization delivers hundreds of tons of food, medicine to Syrian refugees
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2013 – “Nobody asks permission to kill. We do not ask permission to save lives,” says NGO s founder.

Obama: No response means no consequences for Assad
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2013 – Assad: Syria’s allies will retaliate in response to US strike

Hamas aims to open naval military academy in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2013 – Interior minister says school would be part of police academy and will “benefit the society in civilian…affairs.”

Deputy Mayor Naomi Tsur to lead mostly female ticket for Jerusalem municipality elections
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2013 – “Women can think outside the box, Ometz Lev is a positive direction for capital,” says party leader.

In run-up to congress vote, likelihood of Assad strike on Israel still deemed ‘low’
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2013 – Prime Minister’s Office refuses to relate to reports that Obama enlisted Netanyahu to urge congressmen and heads of AIPAC to support a limited military action against Syria.

The Guardian

Syria crisis: Russia urges US not to launch military strike – live updates
The Guardian 9 Sep 2013 – Follow live updates amid continued international divisions over how to tackle the Syria crisis Peter Walker

Syria crisis: Kerry says videos make the case for intervention – live updates
The Guardian 8 Sep 2013 – Follow how the day unfolded after William Hague insisted ‘Britain is not gung-ho’ for military intervention in Syria and John Kerry continued to try to persuade an ‘undecided’ Congress to back strikes Matthew Weaver

Inter Press Service

Where a Moustache Can Mean Life or Death
IPS A villager in the partially destroyed village of Ali Saray in Iraq. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS. The soul needs to reincarnate a thousand times before becoming one with god, says Rajab Assy Karim from Ali Saray, 190 kilometres north of Baghdad. Iraq is full of shortcuts to the ultimate, and several…

Uruknet

Video: Al-Jazeera s Powerful and Important Documentary, “Life After Guant·namo”
Uruknet 9 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 – After seven and a half years of researching and writing about the prisoners held in the “war on terror” prison at Guant·namo Bay, it s always refreshing to hear from former prisoners – and, in many…

Bedouin in Jerusalem village say neglected by PA
Uruknet 9 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 — Bedouin in East Jerusalem s Zayem village say the Palestinian Authority is neglecting their struggle against eviction by Israel. Villager Mohamad Odeh Mousa Al-Saedi Jahalin said Israel had been trying to take control of Zayem since…

Slow Death The Collective Punishment of Gaza has reached a Critical Stage
Uruknet 9 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 – A field report has been issued by the EuroMid Observer for Human Rights in cooperation with the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) in London and the Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organizations (MAPIM). The report cites re-newed…

California prisoners suspend hunger strike protest after 59 days
Uruknet 9 Sep 2013 – September 5, 2013 – …The Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition stated in a press release today: After 59 days on hunger strike, prisoners at Pelican Bay have suspended their peaceful protest. Representatives of the Short Corridor Collective at Pelican Bay…

(Wissam Nassar / Maan Images) California prisoners suspend hunger strike protest after 59 days
Uruknet 9 Sep 2013 – September 5, 2013 – …The Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition stated in a press release today: After 59 days on hunger strike, prisoners at Pelican Bay have suspended their peaceful protest. Representatives of the Short Corridor Collective at Pelican Bay…

Documenting life and struggle from within: Bil in photographer publishes first book
Uruknet 9 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 -Seeing his cousin being shot and killed by soldiers while protesting non-violently drove Hamde Abu-Rahma to photojournalism. Four years later his first book, Roots Run Deep , documenting life in Bil in and occupied Palestine, has been published….

New court dates for Tristan Anderson s civil trial against Israeli military
Uruknet 9 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 – New trial dates have been set for Tristan Anderson s civil case against the Israeli Military. The new dates follow a recent ruling from the High Court of Israel forcing the Israeli Police to re-open their…

Military Resistance 11I5 by the Numbers
Uruknet 9 Sep 2013 – September 5, 2013 -Two new national polls indicate the same thing: More Americans oppose rather than favor U.S. military strikes against Syria. According to an ABC News/Washington Post survey released Tuesday, 36% of the public supports launching missile strikes against…

Syria News – Sepember 5 , 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 9 Sep 2013 – Sepember 5, 2013 – By the end of Thursday the cordination committees were able to document 87 martyrs including 17 women, 14 children, 4 under torture: 25 martyrs were reported in Idlib; 22 in Aleppo; 19 in Damascus and its…

Legal aid cuts will still shut out torture victims
Uruknet 9 Sep 2013 – September 5, 2013 – Despite the concessions announced this morning, the Justice Secretary s planned cuts to legal aid will still deny justice to a wide range of people wronged by the UK Government – from victims of torture and…

Lawlessness and Ruin in Libya
Uruknet 9 Sep 2013 – September 5, 2013 – …As world attention focused on the coup in Egypt and the poison gas attack in Syria over the past two months, Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of…

Buthaina Sha aban claims rebels kidnapped kids from Lattakia and gassed them in Ghouta (Video)
Uruknet 9 Sep 2013 – September 5, 2013 – Her Highness Dr. Buthaina Sha aban – Advisor to President Bashar al Assad has given her account of the recent events in Syria in a televised interview with Sky News and in-particualrly the chemical weapons attack…

Nothing humanitarian about the empire
Uruknet 8 Sep 2013 – September 5, 2013 – ….Unfortunately, some forces in the antiwar movement risk undermining this opposition with their declared support for the Assad regime, not only against Western imperialism, but the two-and-a-half-year-old popular uprising against it. These activists celebrate Assad s…

About 1.6 Million Palestinians Suffer Food Insecurity, says Statistcs Bureau
Uruknet 8 Sep 2013 – September 5, 2013 -Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) and its UN partners (FAO, WFP and UNRWA) organized on Wednesday 4th September 2013, a workshop on the results of Scio-economic and food security survey, that attended by the line ministries…

Guantanamo s Harsh Realities Hidden Behind Wall of Secrecy
Uruknet 8 Sep 2013 – September 5, 2013 – Revelations about the NSA s mass surveillance system have sparked a larger debate about the secrecy of America s counterterrorism policies. Another example of the National Security State s excessive secrecy lies in the information practices…

Daily Star

France, Germany welcome Russian Syria proposal
Daily Star 9 Sep 2013 France and Germany on Monday welcomed a Russian proposal that the Syrian regime hand control of its chemical weapons arsenal to international supervision as a way of staving off the threat of military action.

Kerry tells Russia his Syria comments were not meant as a proposal
Daily Star 9 Sep 2013 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov his comments about Syria averting a U.S. military strike by turning over its chemical weapons within a week were rhetorical and not meant to…

France says Assad must accept international control of chemical arms
Daily Star 9 Sep 2013 France said on Monday that a Russian proposal to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hand over his chemical weapons arsenal was acceptable only if it came after a U.N. Security Council resolution spelling out consequences if…

US Senate sets Wednesday for first Syria vote
Daily Star 9 Sep 2013 The US Senate will hold a procedural vote Wednesday on a measure authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force against Syria.

Clinton: Syrian chemical arms handover would be ‘important’ step
Daily Star 9 Sep 2013 Hillary Clinton emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama Monday saying a Russian plan for Syria to hand over its chemical arms would be an “important step.”

IAEA chief: Urgent for Iran to address concerns
Daily Star 9 Sep 2013 The U.N. nuclear chief told Iran Monday it was essential and urgent for it to address concerns about suspected atomic bomb research, signalling his hope that the new government in Tehran would stop stonewalling his inspectors.

Kerry, Russian foreign minister discuss Syria chemical weapons
Daily Star 9 Sep 2013 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed Syria’s chemical weapons in a phone call on Monday, a State Department spokeswoman said.

U.S.’s Rice- N. Korea, Iran must know U.S. will respond to gas attack
Daily Star 9 Sep 2013 U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Monday that the United States cannot allow countries like North Korea or Iran think that Washington would not react to a chemical weapons attack in Syria.

US says would ‘welcome’ move by Syria to give up chemical arms
Daily Star 9 Sep 2013 The United States said Monday it would welcome any plan for Syria to give up its chemical weapons, but said its past record gave little confidence it would agree to do so.

Blinken says any orders to use weapons would have been issued by Assad
Daily Star 9 Sep 2013 White House advisor Blinken says Syria President Assad is in control of chemical weapons program; any standing orders to use weapons would have been issued by Assad.

Cameron says ‘big step forward’ if Syria hands over chemical weapons
Daily Star 9 Sep 2013 British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday welcomed a Russian proposal that Syria hand over its chemical weapons to avoid US military action, but warned against the offer being used to distract from the wider conflict.

US adds new nations to list of backers on Syria
Daily Star 9 Sep 2013 The White House on Monday said an additional 14 nations had signed up to a list of countries supporting a “strong international response” to what it says is Syria’s use of chemical weapons.

U.N. floats plan to destroy Syrian chemical weapons stocks
Daily Star 9 Sep 2013 In a bid to help the U.N. Security Council overcome its “embarrassing paralysis,” the U.N. chief said on Monday he may ask the council to demand that Syria move its chemical arms stocks to Syrian sites…

YNet News

Official: At least 44 dead in Guatemala bus crash
YNet News, 9 Sep 2013 – ….

Blasts reportedly heard in Upper Galilee result of IDF drill
YNet News, 9 Sep 2013 – ….

Website: Gunmen shoot at car of Egypt’s anti-Morsi protests leader
YNet News, 9 Sep 2013 – ….

Kerry to Russia: Syria comments were not meant as a proposal
YNet News, 9 Sep 2013 – ….

Infant critically wounded in fire in north dies in hospital
YNet News, 9 Sep 2013 – ….

Branch of Jewish New York in Israel
YNet News, 9 Sep 2013 – After caring for Israelis in New York, NY Jewish Federation of Israel s director talks about Israeli and American Jews, Jewish experience ….

Join quorum, get $700 in cash
YNet News, 9 Sep 2013 – IDF bases looking for families to spend High Holidays with soldiers, prisons searching for prayer leaders, Chabad ‘operations tanks’ reach every corner in Israel and even in China yeshiva students are offered quite a lot of money to take part in public prayer service ….

Palestinian Information Center

Document: WZO allocated Palestinian land to settlers in Jordan Valley
PIC – An internal Israeli Civil Administration document revealed that the World Zionist Organization has allocated to Jewish settlers in the Jordan Valley more than 5,000 dunums of private Palestinian land.

Solidarity rally with Palestinian prisoners
PIC – Palestinian factions and private institutions in Nablus organized a rally in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails on Monday.

Sheikh Salah: Israel’s Judaization measures in J’lem a prelude to dividing Aqsa
PIC – Sheikh Ra’ed Salah warned that Israel’s accelerating Judaization measures in Jerusalem paves the way for a temporal and special division of the Aqsa Mosque.

Al-Quds Brigades denies Egyptian claims about finding some of its arms in Sinai
PIC – Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, categorically denied the claims made by some Egyptian websites about the impounding of weapons belonging to it in the Sinai.

Occupation begins digging a canal in Jerusalem
PIC – Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that the Israeli occupation bulldozers on Monday morning began digging what looks like a trench to separate the Issawiyya village and the French Hill settlement.

Baradwil: Tightening Gaza siege is part of a war against Islamists in the region
PIC – The leader in Hamas movement Dr. Salah Bardawil stated that tightening the siege on the Gaza Strip does not only target Hamas movement and resistance but it targets Egypt as well.

Palestinian official: Gaza suffers from the worst and longest blockade
PIC – Palestinian Chamber of Commerce in the Gaza Strip warned that the sudden closure of tunnels between Gaza and Egypt contribute in tightening the blockade.

Jewish calls for massive storming of Aqsa
PIC – Likud party activists announced intention to storm the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem next Thursday to celebrate ‚¨ SYom Kippur‚¨ ù, AFEH said.

IOF arrests 17 Palestinians from West Bank, including liberated captive
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) carried out arrests on Sunday night, in several cities in the West Bank.

Conference confirms Israeli dominance of the Palestinian political scene
PIC – The two day international conference on Oslo Accord by The Palestinian Return Centre(PRC) and The Exeter Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (EIAIS) has ended on Sunday.

WAFA

Government Working on Developing Economy, says Advisor
WAFA – 9 Sep 2013

Americans Call on Ice Cream Company not to Sell Products in Settlements
WAFA – 9 Sep 2013

EU announces ¨ 52 million aid package for Palestine
WAFA – 9 Sep 2013

Abed Rabbo: Israel is Using Negotiations to Avert Boycott
WAFA – 9 Sep 2013

Israeli Violations Will Destroy Negotiations, says Foreign Ministry
WAFA – 9 Sep 2013

Israeli Police Statement on Al-Aqsa Visitation Causes Concern
WAFA – 9 Sep 2013

Foreign Minister Says US May Get More Involved in Talks
WAFA – 9 Sep 2013

Israel to Close Hebron Mosque to Muslims
WAFA – 9 Sep 2013

Misc

Egypt wages major offensive against Islamists in Sinai Peninsula
LA Times 9 Sep 2013 – CAIRO — Egypt s military raids across the Sinai Peninsula appear to be the strongest offensive in years against Islamist militant networks that authorities fear are plotting a wave of attacks against government institutions and tourist resorts.

Damascus residents fear a U.S. strike will bring rebel onslaught
LA Times 9 Sep 2013 – Many in Syria’s capital worry that rebels could retaliate against minorities, perceived government collaborators and those who simply didn’t join the rebellion. DAMASCUS, Syria Edgy residents of the Syrian capital are grappling with a difficult question: What if a U.S. airstrike helps rebels poised…

Palestinian in Kafkaesque battle over family’s hotel
LA Times 9 Sep 2013 – Borders change, Israeli officials deny responsibility and confiscate and re-confiscate the property that Ali Ayad hasn’t been allowed to set foot on since 2004. ABU DIS, West Bank The year Ali Ayad was born, his father broke ground on a majestic home perched on…

For Obama, a lot is riding on Congress’ decision on Syria
LA Times 9 Sep 2013 – Failure to win lawmakers’ approval for punitive strikes in Syria could harm President Obama’s agenda not only in foreign affairs, but also in domestic policy. WASHINGTON The White House faces the strong possibility of a defeat over Syria that could seriously damage the president…

Syrians seek shelter in a city of rubble
LA Times 8 Sep 2013 – At one school in Homs, about 300 people live together. Everyone wants to go home, but left unspoken is the dismal reality that few have homes to return to. HOMS, Syria The voices of children emanate from the orderly confines of the Martyr Mohammad…

Critics see contradictions in Obama administration’s Syria claims
LA Times 8 Sep 2013 – WASHINGTON – The planned military strikes on Syria would be targeted, limited and wouldn t seek to topple the government of President Bashar Assad or even force it to peace talks.

Israel accuses Palestinians of leaking news from peace talks
LA Times 8 Sep 2013 – JERUSALEM When Israelis and Palestinians renewed peace negotiations this summer, they agreed on only one thing: No talking about the talks.

Russia and Syria Seize on Kerry s Arms Deal Remark
New York Times 9 Sep 2013 – The Russian reaction to Secretary of State John Kerry s suggestion that Syria surrender its chemical munitions appeared to represent a possible point of agreement.

The Lede: Video of the Kerry Remark Russia Seized Upon in Game of Diplomatic Chess
New York Times 9 Sep 2013 – Video of Secretary of State John Kerry suggesting at a news conference in London on Monday that Syria could avoid an attack by surrendering its chemical weapons this week.

Policing Unit Experienced in Chemical Weapon Destruction
New York Times 9 Sep 2013 – The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, based in The Hague, stands ready to throw itself into the Syrian conflict, if all parties can agree on a plan.

News Analysis: Kerry s Comments on Syria Are a Shift Over Strike
New York Times 9 Sep 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry dangled the idea that Syria could avoid military action for the first time, though he was skeptical it could work.

On Syria, a Sharp Test of Democrats Loyalty to Pelosi
New York Times 9 Sep 2013 – In a chamber where her party is in the minority, Representative Nancy Pelosi is charged with rounding up votes for a measure opposed by most Americans.

U.N. Rights Chief Urges Negotiations to Halt Syria Violence
New York Times 9 Sep 2013 – Navi Pillay said Monday that a military strike against the regime could ignite a regional confrontation.

Obama Tests Limits of Power in Syrian Conflict
New York Times 8 Sep 2013 – Presiden
t Obama s approach to Syria is likely to create an important precedent in the often murky legal question of when presidents or nations may lawfully use military force.

On Both Sides, Syrians Make Pleas to U.S.
New York Times 8 Sep 2013 – As lawmakers prepare to debate a strike on the Assad government, Syrians on both sides of the issue work to influence Congress and the American public.

Kerry Asks European Union to Halt Ban on Aid to Israeli Institutions
New York Times 8 Sep 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry said the move would show the Israeli public the benefit of pursuing a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Journalist and Scholar Freed in Syria
New York Times 8 Sep 2013 – An Italian journalist and a Belgian scholar, both kidnapped in Syria in early April, have been released, the Italian government said Sunday.

ENI eyes transporting Israeli gas to Cyprus
Globes Energy & Water – Executives of the Italian energy giant told Energy Minister Silvan Shalom that the company wants to enter the Israeli market.

Treasury: 2013 deficit below 4% of GDP target
Globes Main News – The government deficit in 2013 will be substantially below the target of 4% of GDP, a top Finance Ministry official confirmed today.

Outbrain seeks Wall Street IPO at $700-800m valuation
Globes Main News – Like other Israeli start-ups, the content recommendations company is planning an IPO in 2014.

Mon: Israel Chemicals boosts market
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals rose sharply on reports that an Uralkali shareholder may sell part of his stake in the Russian potash company.

ISA recommends indicting Nochi Dankner
Globes Main News – The recommendation relates to alleged share pegging at the time of an offering by IDB Holding in February 2012.

Court puts Motti Zisser’s house in receiver’s hands
Globes Main News – Tel Aviv District Court Judge Eitan Orenstin has assumed the foreclosure process of Mordechai Zisser’s house in Kfar Ganim in Petah Tikva.

Steinitz heaps sarcastic praise on Lapid
Globes Macro Economics – “I congratulate minister Lapid for the apparent reduction in the deficit and the debt-to-GDP ratio in 2012.”

Lapid promises policy review as deficit narrows
Globes Macro Economics – The government deficit fell to NIS 12.9 billion in January-August from NIS 17.6 billion in the corresponding period of last year.

Ahead of privatization: IMI can’t meet payroll
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The Finance Ministry will ask the Knesset Finance Committee to approve NIS 100 million loan for the government company.

Cyber attack on Israel planned for Wednesday to mark 9/11
Globes Aerospace & Defense – A few days ago, a YouTube video was distributed calling on Muslim hackers worldwide to attack Israel on Wednesday, September 11.

J Street Punts on Syria
Tikun Olam – Last Friday, a J Street press officer told Buzzfeed that it had not developed a position concerning Pres. Obama s request for Congressional authorization of military intervention in Syria. I awaited J Street s decision with interest and felt it would indicate whether the group is truly Obama s…

In the wake of Alice Walker cancellation, University of Michigan must clarify its position on academic freedom
Mondoweiss – Alice Walker (Photo: Scott Campbell) Three weeks ago, the University of Michigan s Center for the Education of Women (CEW) disinvited Alice Walker from speaking at its 50 th Anniversary celebration. Walker, a Pulitzer Prize winner and world-renowned writer, was informed by her agent that the CEW…

Third national Students for Justice in Palestine conference aims to build on victories of the past year
Mondoweiss – Northeastern, Brooklyn College, Florida Atlantic, Oberlin, Stanford, University of California Irvine, Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, Riverside, Irvine, and San Diego – Over the past year universities have been at the center of Palestine solidarity organising. Gathering in October for the SJP-National conference will…

New guide addresses legal issues commonly faced by Palestine solidarity activists
Mondoweiss – As the academic year starts up at colleges across the country, Palestine Solidarity Legal Support (PSLS) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) are pleased to announce the publication of a Know Your Rights booklet for Palestinian rights activists- Legal and Tactical Guide: Palestinian HumanRights…

Israel s lawyer at it again: John Kerry pressuring EU to drop settlement boycott
Mondoweiss – US urges EU to postpone Israel settlement ban Al Jazeera 8 Sept US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged the European Union to postpone a planned ban on EU financial assistance to Israeli organisations in the occupied Palestinian territories, a US official said. Kerry…

Chomsky: Israel and US enjoying the spectacle as Syria descends into suicide
Mondoweiss – Sign showing the distance to Damascus and a cut out of a soldier at Mt. Bental in the occupied Golan Heights, overlooking Syria. (Photo: AP/Tsafrir Abayov via Oxfam ) Frank Barat conducted the following interview with Professor Noam Chomsky on Friday, September 6 th by phone. It…

Kerry Not Optimistic About Assad Surrendering Chemica
l Weapons

The Foward Breaking News 9 Sep 2013 – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avoid a U.S. military strike by surrendering all his chemical weapons within a week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, but immediately made clear he was not making a serious offer. Click here for the rest of the…

Iron Dome Missile Defense Deployed to Jerusalem Area
The Foward Breaking News 9 Sep 2013 – An Iron Dome anti-missile defense system was positioned in the Jerusalem area, reportedly for the first time. Click here for the rest of the article…

Russia Slams Israeli Military Over Secret Missile Test
The Foward Breaking News 9 Sep 2013 – Russia s defense ministry has reprimanded Israel s military attache there over last week s missile test in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, which was conducted as the U.S. was preparing for a possible military action against Syria. Click here for the rest of the article…

WZO Allocates 1000 Acres of Palestinian Land to Settlers in Jordan Valley
The Foward Breaking News 9 Sep 2013 – An internal Civil Administration document confirms a Haaretz report that the World Zionist Organization has allocated to settlers in the Jordan Valley more than 5,000 dunams (1,235 acres) of private Palestinian land located east of the border fence, namely, between that fence and the actual border…

Egypt: Cairo – No Coordination With U.S. to Change Attitude Towards Syria
allAfrica.com9 Sep 2013 – [Egypt Online]Ambassador Badr Abdel Atti, the Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said that there is no deal or coordination between the U.S. and Egypt for the sake of changing its stance on a possible U.S. military strike against Syria.

Egypt: Egyptian-Saudi MOU in Electronic Signature
allAfrica.com9 Sep 2013 – [Egypt Online]Communication Minister Atef Helmi arrived to Saudi Arabia on Sunday 8/9/2013 to meet with his Saudi counterpart Mohamed Gmail Ahmed.

Egypt: Suez Railway Free of Explosives
allAfrica.com9 Sep 2013 – [Egypt Online]Suez Investigation Director, Abdul Latif Henawy said that security bodies and leadership of the Third Field Army in Suez received a report from the engineering departments of the railway and military Mines Removal Company that the railway between Suez and Ismailia governorates is free of…

Egypt: ECFA – Syrian Situation Requires U.S. to Support ME Nuclear-Free Region
allAfrica.com9 Sep 2013 – [Egypt Online]Chairman of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA) Dr. Mohamed Shaker urged the US to support the convention of a UN conference to render the Middle East a nuclear-free zone, noting that the Syrian situation increases worries over possible escalation of the use of…

Obama: Syria talks a ‘breakthrough’
BBC 9 Sep 2013 – US President Barack Obama says Russia’s proposal to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control is a “potential breakthrough”.

Saints in the Bazaar
Al-Akhbar Opinion 9 Sep 2013 – Walid Jumblatt being the ultimate example jumping from side to the other, changing their principles and alliances as they deem fit. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Walid Jumblatt being the ultimate example jumping from side to the other, changing their principles and alliances as they deem fit. (…

Saudi coastguard shoots dead Iranian
Al-Akhbar News 9 Sep 2013 – One Iranian was killed and another wounded in an exchange of fire between Saudi coastguards and a boat containing drugs smugglers, the official SPA news agency reported on Monday. It said the clash took place on Friday when the coastguards intercepted a vessel with three Iranians…

Forty-two killed in 10 days of Yemen clashes
Al-Akhbar News 9 Sep 2013 – At least 42 people have been killed in 10 days of clashes in Yemen between Islamist extremist and Houthi rebels, tribal sources and an official said on Monday. Tension is mounting with stumbling national reconciliation talks, begun after the ouster of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh…

Syria: Fate of Historic Christian Town Still Unknown
Al-Akhbar News 9 Sep 2013 – Maaloula is considered a heritage site by UNESCO, where a number of ancient Christian churches and monasteries are located. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Maaloula is considered a heritage site by UNESCO, where a number of ancient Christian churches and monasteries are located. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Reports coming…

Lebanon: Armed Groups to Exploit Chaos of US Attack on Syria
Al-Akhbar News 9 Sep 2013 – Lebanese citizens stand in front of a severely damaged building as they gather outside al-Salam mosque, near the house of former Lebanese police chief Ashraf Rifi, at the site of a powerful explosion in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on 23 August 2013. (Photo: AFP…

Assad: US will “pay the price” if Syria attacked
Al-Akhbar News 9 Sep 2013 – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with CBS news anchor Charlie Rose on CBS television’s “This Morning” aired on 9 September 2013. (Photo: AFP / CBS – This Morning) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned Washington on Monday to brace for retaliation if US forces attacked…

Americans overwhelmingly oppose Syria strike: poll
Al-Akhbar News 9 Sep 2013 – The American public strongly opposes a US military intervention in Syria, despite a majority believing that President Bashar al-Assad’s government were behind an alleged chemical attack last month, a poll showed Monday. Almost six in 10 of the 1,022 adults questioned 59 percent said…

Obama: Syria talks a ‘breakthrough’
BBC 9 Sep 2013 – US President Barack Obama says Russia’s proposal to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control is a “potential breakthrough”.

Tunisia holds key militant suspects
BBC
9 Sep 2013 – Two suspected members of Tunisia’s Ansar al-Sharia militant group have been killed and two more – including the group’s deputy leader – have been arrested, officials say.

Rebel Kurds ‘halt Turkey pull-out’
BBC 9 Sep 2013 – The rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) says it has halted its withdrawal from Turkey to Iraq, a website linked to the armed militant group reports.

Ex-soldier denies firing into bodies
BBC 9 Sep 2013 – A former British sergeant denies allegations that he shot the bodies of Iraqis who were barely alive but still “twitching” after a gun battle in 2004.

Articles


Stepped up Israeli harassment leads to clashes in Abu Dis
Mya Guarnieri, +972 Magazine9/9/2013
The presence of Israeli security forces around Al Quds University in Abu Dis has led to clashes with students twice in the past week. Israeli forces, who have used rubber-coated bullets and tear gas, are trying to provoke the students, the university s executive vice president claims.
Yesterday, while I was teaching my 9:30 a.m. composition class at Al Quds University in Abu Dis, I heard the crack of rubber-coated bullets being fired outside. A few of my students jumped in their seats. Eyes wide, they looked at me for a cue. I continued teaching, although I saw students running past the window and the hallway next to my classroom was soon full of students coughing from the tear gas they d inhaled outside.
As I was inside teaching, I didn t see firsthand how the clashes began. But according to Ma an News Agency, [an] Israeli border police patrol stopped and searched several students at the main gate of the university in Abu Dis, inspecting identity cards and detaining several students for over an hour.
When Israeli forces then tried to enter the university, which is located in Area B, staff stopped them. As the staff is unarmed, it is safe to assume that they used nonviolent means to prevent the armed Israelis from going on campus. Israeli forces then fired tear gas and rubber coated bullets at the school. Dozens of students suffered from gas inhalation; Ma an also reported that eight were treated at the Abu Dis Emergency Center after they were hit by rubber-coated bullets.
This was the second time in less than a week that Israeli soldiers came to campus, causing clashes to break out at Al Quds University. Last Wednesday morning, as I walked in a side gate around 9:30 a.m., I heard rubber-coated bullets being fired. Inside the campus, I found students choking and coughing from tear gas and crowding the hallways of a building as they sought refuge from the clashes between heavily armed soldiers and a small number of youth who had nothing but stones.more..e-mail

Hamas and Gaza in the eye of the storm
Yassir al Zaatara, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)9/9/2013
‘It is important to remember that the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have not abandoned resistance to the occupation, and have the means to defend themselves against Israeli aggression’
The campaign to remove Hamas from government in Gaza has started: a “rebellion” movement has been announced; journalists have been invited to meet its “secret” leader; and Fatah’s Azzam Al-Ahmad has said that the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah is still looking at how to respond to Hamas’s call for factions to participate in governing Gaza. The Islamic Resistance Movement is already targeted by PA security agencies in the occupied West Bank. The next step is to stop the flow of funds from the PA for the government in Gaza to the point that it will be impossible for it to fulfil its functions.
The counter-revolutions in the Arab Spring countries have been boosted by the coup in Egypt; are working on the Tunisian government; and even have designs on Libya. With Yemen already under counter-revolutionary control, the Hamas government in Gaza is the logical next step. Turkey and the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan is also on the counter-revolutionaries’ radar; they hope to exploit ethnic divisions in the country.
Hamas appears to have sensed the danger and has offered other factions the opportunity to share in the government of the besieged Gaza Strip. That offer is undoubtedly linked to the counter-revolution’s intent but, in any case, it is a smart move to make.
The PA and Fatah leadership has responded viciously to Hamas’s offer by rejecting it and asking others to do likewise. Given that some other factions are funded by the PA it is difficult for them to refuse its call.
Fatah’s claim that the offer encourages the division between Gaza and the West Bank is merely an excuse to reject it….more..e-mail

Jerusalem Court: Okay to call Im Tirzu a fascist group
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine9/8/2013
A verdict by the Jerusalem District Court finds that recognizing certain lines of resemblance to fascism in the ideology or activities of the right-wing movement can be seen as truthful. The verdict is a major blow to Im Tirzu s efforts to portray itself as a mainstream, grassroots movement.
The extreme-right group Im Tirzu lost a court case against a group of leftist activists who opened a Facebook page called Im Tirzu A Fascist Movement. Judge Raphael Ya akobi of the Jerusalem District Court determined that some of Im Tirzu s attributes bear certain similarities to fascism thus allowing the activists to use both a freedom of speech defense, as well as spoken truth defense.
Ya akobi ruled against Im Tirzu in all claims of the lawsuit, except for a post on the group s page which drew similarities between Im Tirzu and Nazi ideology.
Im Tirzu has become known over the past several years for their attacks on left-wing academics and organizations. Following the Goldstone Report on 2008-09’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, Im Tirzu accused the New Israel Fund of aiding, through the various organizations it supports, th
e UN fact finding mission. A personal campaign against the head of the NIF, Naomi Chazan, bore anti-Semitic features [disclaimer: +972 Magazine is on the New Israel Fund’s donor-advised list].

Later, Im Tirzu members campaigned against academics who taught courses about the Palestinian narrative of 1948, and led the campaign to shut down the political science department in Ben Gurion University, which was considered too lefty. Last year, the department was put under a long review process by the Israeli universities budgeting committee. Im Tirzu was also behind the attempt to scare the Eretz Yisrael Museum from hosting the annual Return Conference, an event put on by the non-profit Zochrot, which works to promote awareness of the Nakba in Israeli society.more..e-mail

UAE uses former Palestinian official to create Turkish Tamarod movement
Middle East Monitor (MEMO)9/7/2013
It is claimed that Dahlan met young Turkish and Kurdish activists who oppose the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the aim of establishing a Tamarod-style opposition movement in Turkey.
An informed source in Palestine has claimed that former Fatah leader Mohamed Dahlan, who is currently a senior government advisor in the UAE, has visited Turkey and met opposition groups. The close aide to Dahlan said that the visit was planned by UAE Crown Prince Shaikh Mohamed bin Zayed and that the ex-Fatah official entered Turkey using a false passport.
The ultimate intention, it is believed, is to complete the overthrow of Islamist movements in the region by toppling Hamas in Gaza and Erdogan’s government in Turkey. The UAE backed the military coup which overthrew the Islamist government of Dr Mohamed Morsi in Egypt.
Turkey has opposed the coup since the beginning in a stance which has angered Gulf States, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The government in Ankara is being targeted to be overthrown.
The UAE cancelled investment projects worth $12 billion in Turkey as a result of Erdogan’s opposition to the coup in Egypt. According to media source Asrar Arabia, it is not unusual for UAE government actions to lead to business losses for companies in the emirates.
Dahlan is a former prominent official in the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the secularist Fatah movement….more..e-mail

New York tech university evasive about Israeli partner’s role in arms industry
Electronic Intifada: 9 Sep 2013 – Cornell NYC Tech will not address questions about Haifa institute which develops technology used by Israeli army against Palestinian civilians.more

Chomsky on Peace Talks and the Syria War Interview
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Sep 2013 – Frank Barat Talks to Professor Noam Chomsky Frank Barat: What is the definition of negotiations in Israel-US language and why is the Palestinian Authority playing along? Noam Chomsky: From the U.S. point of view, negotiations are, in effect, a way for Israel to continue its policies of systematically taking over whatever it wants in the West Bank, maintaining the brutal siege on Gaza, separating Gaza from the West Bank and, of course, occupying the Syrian Golan heights, all with full US support. And the framework of negotiations, as in the past twenty years of the Oslo experience, has simply provided a cover for this. FB: Why is the PA playing along with this and going to negotiations time after time? NC: It s probably partly out of desperation. You can ask whether it s the right choice or not but they don t have many alternatives. FB: So in your opinion it s pretty…more

Shout Out for Syrian Opposition Lobby in USA?
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Sep 2013 – By Iqbal Jassat Shocking details unearthed by award-winning journalist Max Blumenthal reveal a gory mix of shady PR operatives with links to Israel, behind an active push for war on Syria. This comes against the background of a humiliating personal disaster for President Obama during the recent G20 summit in Russia where his pitch for military intervention failed dismally. Along with his British counterpart whose parliament shot down PM Cameron s single-minded determination to commit his troops for military action in Syria, Obama appeared to be deeply embarrassed by President Putin s tough anti-war stance. Blumenthal has uncovered that the Wall Street Journal editorial by Elizabeth O Bagy that Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain cited to support their assessment of Syrian rebels as predominately moderate and pro-West, didn t tell the full story. What Kerry and McCain neglected to mention was that O Bagy had been recently hired as the political…more


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