VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 10 September 2013: IDF closes investigation into Bil’in killing without indictment

10 September 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

CIA documents reveal Israeli stockpile of chemical weapons
IMEMC – A newly-discovered document of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency revealed Monday by Foreign Policy magazine shows that the U.S. agency had decisive evidence dating back to at least the 1980s that Israel had a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons. …

Israeli government closes case of killing of unarmed protester; cites ‘lack of evidence’
IMEMC – Four and a half years have passed since the killing of Bassem Abu Rahmeh by a tear gas canister fired at him directly from a short range. The death was documented by three video angles, but the Israeli state announced Monday it is closing the case citing lack of evidence …

Soldiers Kidnap Four In Jerusalem, Two In Nablus
IMEMC – Tuesday at dawn [September 10, 2013] Israeli soldiers kidnapped four Palestinians in As-Suwwana neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, and two Palestinians in Azmout town, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

Soldiers Kidnap 17 Palestinians In Al-Arroub Refugee Camp
IMEMC – [Tuesday at dawn September 10 2013] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the Al-Arroub Refugee Camp, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, violently broke into dozens of homes and searched them, and kidnapped at least 17 Palestinians. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces detain 13 in Hebron refugee camp
9/10/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 13 Palestinians in a refugee camp near Hebron early Tuesday, locals said. Israeli forces raided al-Arrub camp and arrested Tariq Yasser Jawabra, Munier Mohammad Swailem Jawabra, Alaa Mohammad Abu Afifa, Nidal Mohammad Swailem Jawabra, Mohammad Rashad Abu Joda, Mohammad Nayef al-Badawi, Ammar Mohammad Jawabra, Ibrahim Ahmad Abu Sall, Mutaz Abu Shama, Baha Majed al-Raei, Ahmad Jaber al-Raei, Wajde….

Hebron man beaten by Israeli forces transferred to hospital
9/10/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A man assaulted by Israeli forces late Monday has been transferred to hospital for medical treatment, medics said. Israeli soldiers stationed at the entrance to Shuhada street in the center of Hebron attacked Mufeed Sharabati before detaining him, Youth Against Settlements said Monday. The group said that earlier Israeli soldiers raided Sharabati’s home, which is undergoing construction work. After….

Palestinian teen knocked down by Israeli car near Ramallah
9/10/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teenager was knocked down by an Israeli vehicle in a Ramallah village late Monday and left in the street, locals said. Anas Fadel Mohammad Badran, 19, was run over in the village of Beit Ur At-Tahta west of Ramallah and seriously injured. The vehicle, which had Israeli number plates, fled the scene. Clashes broke out at the center after….

PA ministry condemns Al-Aqsa violations
9/10/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority ministry of foreign affairs on Tuesday condemned Israeli violations at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and urged the Arab League and UN to hold an emergency session. The ministry strongly denounced the entry of dozens of Israeli rightists to the mosque compound on Tuesday under heavy armed guard. The PA also condemned remarks made this week by Israeli police…. Related: Israeli rightists enter Aqsa compound under guard

Aid groups call on Israel to release Polish NGO worker
9/10/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Association of International Aid Agencies on Tuesday called on Israel to release an aid worker who was denied entry into the country. Kamil Qandil, a Polish humanitarian aid worker, has been held for over a week in an Israeli detention center after being denied entry at Ben Gurion airport on “security grounds,” a statement said. An employee of Polish Humanitarian….

Israeli forces close road near Hebron
9/10/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday closed the entrance of al-Fawwar refugee camp south of Hebron, searching passing people and cars. Clashes broke out between Palestinians who threw rocks, and Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas. Two people suffered tear-gas inhalation. [END]

4 Palestinians handed sentences in Jerusalem
9/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced four people from Jerusalem to various sentences between 18 months and years in prison. Addamer prisoners organization lawyer Mohammad Mahmoud said that a court sentenced a young man and three minors on charges of stabbing a settler in Ras al-Amoud last November, and launching fireworks and homemade firebombs at an Israeli outpost in the Silwan….

Israel’s El Al suspends Eilat flights over security
9/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s national carrier El Al suspended flights to the Red Sea coastal resort of Eilat on Tuesday over security concerns, an official said.”Air routes to Eilat have been changed for security reasons,” the source told AFP on condition of anonymity. According to Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority, pilots have not yet been prepared for the new routes, prompting the….

PA ‘structural deficiency’ behind finance crisis
9/10/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – As Palestinian Authority’s officials complain about an imminent serious financial crisis, donor countries have responded positively delivering millions of dollars to the PA in the past few days. Both European and Arab countries have channeled millions to support the Palestinian Authority’s treasury. Saudi Arabia announced $200 million, while the UK donated $11,600. The World Bank transferred $72….

PA employees to strike next week
9/10/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The government employees union will go on strike Sunday to protest the Palestinian Authority’s failure to meet their demands, a union chief said. Bassam Zakarneh said that the union gave the government a fair chance, and now they are forced to step up their protest starting with a one-day strike on Sunday, followed by a two-day strike the week….

Byzantine-era gold hoard unearthed in Jerusalem
9/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a Byzantine-era hoard of gold in Jerusalem’s Old City, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced on Monday. Dig director Eilat Mazar described the excavation of 36 gold coins, a gold medallion inscribed with a Jewish ritual candelabrum and a selection of gold and silver jewellery as “a breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime discovery.” A statement said that the treasure was….

Obama: Russia plan on Syria arms may be ‘breakthrough’
9/10/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Barack Obama said a Russian plan to head off threatened US strikes on Syria by securing a deal to destroy the regime’s chemical weapons could be a “significant breakthrough.” Obama warned Monday he had not taken military strikes off the table but, in agreeing to consider the Russian initiative, he effectively pushed back the timetable for possible action. The US….

Russia, Syria start talks on chemical weapons
9/10/2013 – MOSCOW (AFP) — Moscow is currently in talks with Damascus to develop a “concrete plan” for the Syrian regime to hand over its chemical weapons arsenal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.”We (Russia) are currently working on preparing a workable, precise and concrete plan and for this there are literally right now, in these minutes, contacts with the Syrian side,” Lavrov said at a….

Egypt militants kill 4 in new Sinai attacks
9/10/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — A series of attacks in Egypt’s restive Sinai peninsula over the past 24 hours, mostly against soldiers, killed at least four people, security officials said on Tuesday. The violence comes as the Egyptian military presses its campaign in Sinai to quell an insurgency that surged after the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3. Two people were killed and….

Syria has ‘already agreed’ to Russia arms plan
9/10/2013 – MOSCOW (AFP) — Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem on Tuesday said Syria has “already agreed” to an initiative by Russia for Damascus to hand over its chemical weapons stocks to international control.”Yesterday, we had a round of very fruitful negotiations with (Russian Foreign Minister) Sergei Lavrov and he came forward with an initiative on chemical weapons,” Muallem said in Moscow after meeting the speaker of….

Putin calls on US to renounce use of force in Syria
9/10/2013 – MOSCOW (AFP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday the United States should renounce the option of using force in Syria to allow checks on Damascus’s chemical weapons to go ahead.”It all makes sense and can work if the US side and all those who support it renounce the use of force,” he said according to Russian television. [END]

Syria prepared to unveil chemical weapons, foreign minister says
9/10/2013 – MOSCOW (AFP) — Syria is prepared to unveil its chemical weapons arsenal and halt its production, Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said Tuesday, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.”We are ready to state where the chemical weapons are, to halt production of chemical weapons and show these installations to representatives of Russia, other countries and the UN,” Muallem said in a statement sent to Interfax. [END]

Major powers clash at UN over Syria’s chemical arms
9/10/2013 – NEW YORK (AFP) — Russia clashed once again with Western powers Tuesday as envoys drafted a UN resolution to add muscle to a plan to strip Syria of its chemical weapons. US President Barack Obama maintained his threat to launch military strikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, even while cranking up the diplomatic pressure on Moscow. Envoys from France, Britain and the United….

Jordan MP fires Kalashnikov at rival in parliament
9/10/2013 – AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) — A Jordanian MP was arrested after firing a Kalashnikov assault rifle in parliament at a colleague on Tuesday, without causing injuries, judicial and parliamentary sources said.”The prosecutor general of Amman on Tuesday ordered the detention for 15 days of Talal al-Sharif after he opened fire on MP Qusay al-Damissi in the Chamber of Deputies building,” said the judicial source.”He faces….

Palestine News Network

Abu Mazen Remains Palestine’s Teflon Leader
Palestine News Network

Gaza Supreme Court Rejects PCHR Case Against Ministry of Interior
Palestine News Network

Obama Prefers to not Strike Syria
Palestine News Network

After Alice Walker Cancellation, U. of Michigan Must Clarify Position on Academic Freedom
Palestine News Network

French Activists Prosecuted for Boycotting Israel
Palestine News Network

Jordanian Deputies Urge Muslims to Visit al-Quds to Show Solidarity with Palestinians
Palestine News Network

Israel Extends Jerusalemite Detainees’ Arrest
Palestine News Network

EU Delegation Meets in Israel Today Regarding EU’s Settlement Guidelines
Palestine News Network

Egypt Ups Sinai Security
Palestine News Network

Did You Know a Third Tower Fell on September 11th?
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Shocked by Gaza Supreme Court’s Decision Concerning Imposition of Prior Travel Permits from the Ministry of Interio…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestinian children travel dangerous route to school in At-Tuwani
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section Country: occupied Palestinian territory *It will be nine years this November since the Israeli military began escorting children to their school in At-Tuwani to curb violent attacks by masked settlers. While the number of…

Lebanon: Lebanon: Further EU support of €58 million to deal with Syria crisis
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – Source: European Commission Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Summary: 10 September 2013, Brussels – The European Commission has adopted new funding today for a total of €58 million in support of Lebanon. The objective of this newly…

World: Human Rights Council hears Special Representative of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: World MORNING 10 September 2013 Concludes General Debate on the Update by the High Commissioner on the Activities of her Office The Human Rights Council this morning held an interactive dialogue with Leila Zerrougui,…

World: New Report: Arab Spring or Arab Autumn for women in the Middle East and North Africa?
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – Source: CARE Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory, Tunisia, World, Yemen CARE International launches report in Geneva on Thursday, September 12 at side event of the 24th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Geneva, September…

The National

Decision on military intervention in Syria hangs in the balance
The National 10 Sep 2013 – France, together with Britain and the United States, prepares to table a UN Security Council resolution to commit Syria to a timetable for handing over its chemical weapons. Colin Randall and Taimur Khan report 

Gulf states dismiss Russian suggestion that Syria hand over chemical weapons
The National 10 Sep 2013 – Countries in the Middle East have been sharply divided over how to handle the crisis in Syria. Elizabeth Dickinson reports 

Nursery opens for Emirati mothers working for Dubai Municipality
The National 10 Sep 2013 – Dubai Municipality opens an office nursery in an effort to increase the productivity of its female staff.

Turkish protester killed in clash with police
The National 10 Sep 2013 – A Turkish protester died after police clashed with demonstrators in renewed anti-government protests, stoking fears of a return of the large-scale unrest that shook the country in June. Thomas Seibert reports from Istanbul 

Social media and online security vital for e-government services, Abu Dhabi conference told
The National 10 Sep 2013 – As local government aims to provide more services through online and mobile platforms, the importance of data security and positive interaction with the public were highlighted as key issues.

Four face hanging for India gang rape and murder
The National 10 Sep 2013 – Defence lawyer for two of the accused says there was ‘too much pressure from the government and other sources’ to reach a guilty verdict in ‘unfair’ trial. Suryatapa Bhattacharya reports from New Delhi 

Medical records requested of woman who died at Sharjah hospital after giving birth
The National 10 Sep 2013 – Haider Fouad, a Sudanese journalist, filed a police case earlier in the week accusing the hospital of negligence after his daughter died shortly after giving birth via caesarean section.

The convicted rapists who outraged India
The National 10 Sep 2013 – Profiles of the men convicted of the rape and murder of a university student on a bus in New Delhi, a crime that set off waves of protests across India.

Kenya’s Ruto denies war crimes at The Hague
The National 10 Sep 2013 – Mr Ruto and his co-defendant, Joshua arap Sang, are charged with orchestrating a post-election bloodbath five years ago, working with other conspirators to murder, deport and persecute supporters of rival political parties in Kenya’s Rift Valley region.

Security forces close Iraqi airport
The National 10 Sep 2013 – Iraq closed the international airport in its second largest city, Mosul, yesterday, grounding all flights without explanation.

Yemen’s $1.2 bn fund for sacked state workers
The National 10 Sep 2013 – Yemen has launched a US$1.2 billion (Dh4.4bn) fund to give back tens of thousands of southern Yemenis jobs they lost after the 1994 civil war.

UAE skyscrapers have the world’s greatest unusable space
The National 10 Sep 2013 – Five of the world’s top 10 skyscrapers with the tallest spires are located in Dubai.

Saudi and US at odds over Egypt, Syria strategies
The National 10 Sep 2013 – Allies find themselves on opposite sides of the region’s big strategic questions raised by the turmoil in Egypt and the civil war in Syria. Elizabeth Dickinson reports 

Wind turbine at Abu Dhabi school teaches students about clean energy
The National 10 Sep 2013 – Al Shohub School hopes the 10-kilowatt turbine will produce 10,300 kilowatts of power a year for its new campus in Khalifa City A, which is set to open this autumn.

Funeral for UAE triathlete killed in Dubai road crash
The National 10 Sep 2013 – Hundreds turn out to pay last respects to popular triathlete Roy Nasr.

Abu Dhabi Municipality to clamp down on illegal bachelor accommodation
The National 10 Sep 2013 – With the help of police, the municipality is now strictly enforcing its residential laws, which set a limit of three people per room and prohibit makeshift partitions subdividing rooms.

Mobile app to report incidents in Abu Dhabi a huge success
The National 10 Sep 2013 – A free mobile app to report incidents to Abu Dhabi authorities has been downloaded more than 14,000 times since its launch less than three months ago.

UAE urges strong navies and coast guards around Somalia to deter piracy
The National 10 Sep 2013 – Strengthening the navies and coast guards of Somalia and its neighbours would help countries patrol their own waters, Sheikh Abdullah said ahead of a piracy conference.

Dh720m Trade Centre Bridges project near completion in Dubai
The National 10 Sep 2013 – The Trade Centre Bridges project, set for completion in November, will improve the infrastructure, lighting and traffic junctions around the Trade Centre.

Bodies of Emiratis killed in Malaysia traffic accident to be repatriated soon
The National 10 Sep 2013 – The bodies of an Emirati woman and her daughter, who were killed in a road accident while on holiday in Malaysia, are expected to be repatriated this week.


Obama asks congress to postpone vote on military action against Syria
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Israel pays Zygier’s family NIS 4 million to keep quiet
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem issues 9/11 anniversary security message
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Solid evidence, little appetite to strike: Obama’s dual-track approach to Syria
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

AIPAC makes big push on Syria military action
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Assad regime says will stop producing chemical weapons, sign global convention
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

‘Western world must brace itself for 9/11 of cyber attacks’
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Market report / TA-25 nears 1,200 as Syria anxiety fades
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Iran’s Rohani says ‘win-win’ nuclear deal possible
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

CIA document from 1983 indicates Israel built chemical weapons stockpile
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Tourist tip #332 / Paying a visit to Mary Magdalene’s hometown
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

New daylight savings guideline: Religious workers can arrive half hour late
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Israeli army closes probe into death of Palestinian protestor
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Three Israeli universities make list of world’s top 200
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Sheldon Adelson willing to ‘help out’ Obama administration with Syria vote
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Is Israel too Jewish? An unorthodox solution
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Syria accepts Russian proposal to surrender its chemical weapons
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

The ultra-Orthodox must tackle their extremists
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

We women also belong at the helm
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

El Al cancels day flights to Eilat, citing risks
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Russia and U.S. make Syria an offer it cannot refuse
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

MKs demand to see report on Israel’s handling of EU settlement guidelines
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Russia working on ‘concrete’ plan for control of Syrian chemical weapons
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Jerusalem court allows Israeli man to sue Facebook in Israel
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Four men found guilty in landmark Indian gang-rape trial
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Cyprus: ‘Friendly country’ to test missiles in Mediterranean
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Israel is ignoring the neighborly hand extended by Iran
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Deputy FM rejects report claiming government ignored EU shift on settlements
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

MK Shaked to revive bill limiting left-wing NGO foreign funding
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Netanyahu’s dysfunctional bureau is our concern
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Car bomb targets business partner of Ashdod Port union boss
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Polio virus still spreading, found in Jerusalem sewage for first time
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Gas mask distribution halted in Tel Aviv to allow camera crew to film reality show
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Has the democratic peace theory become obsolete?
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

An open letter to my fascist friends and rivals
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

In case you were wondering: AIPAC is not Israel
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Israel’s shameful policy toward its few Christian friends
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

Hackers pledge to attack Israeli websites on September 11
Ha’aretz – 9 Sep 2013

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

Jerusalem Post

Israel to pay NIS 4 million in compensation to family of Prisoner X
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – According to Channel 2, compensation deal includes stipulation that Israel won’t have to admit culpability for Zygier’s death. 

Analysis: The Syrian deal – More bad than good for Israel
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – If Assad honors the deal to remove chemical weapons from Syria, then a very deadly weapon will be removed from Israel’s doorstep. The bad news is that Assad would be left standing, leaving Iran with a vital strategic ally. 

High Court looks set to throw out law used to seize east Jerusalem land
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Justices may retroactively legalize post-’67 confiscations, arguing that undoing past actions would open up a “pandora’s box.” 

Yerushalmim Party candidates for City Council meet with Anglo residents
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – ‘This is not three different cities for the ultra-Orthodox, secular and Arabs – we’re doing all we can to bridge the gaps between these groups,’ says party leader Rachel Azaria. 

Washington pauses plans for military strike, as Syria agrees to chemical weapons deal
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Obama asks Congress to delay vote on authorization of force. 

Analysis: Russia’s silver bullet on Syria
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Taking control over Syria’s chemical arms, in the middle of its civil war, will make the START Treaty look like tryouts. 

Project in south TA aims to ‘restore Jewish character’ to neighborhood
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Yeshivat Hesder project launched in south TA to return Jewish character to neighborhood dealing with African influx. 

Kerry says US awaiting Russian ideas on securing Syrian chemical weapons
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – US Sec. of State answers Syria questions in Google + hangout. 

Israel jumps to 11th in list of happiest countries
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Israel jumped from 14th in last year’s poll to 11th, ahead of the United States (17), United Kingdom (22), and France (25). 

How Kerry’s off-handed remark brought Syria deal to the table
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Benefits seen for Obama, US lawmakers, Syria’s Assad and Russia’s Putin. 

Iran says it won’t budge on nuclear program, demands respect from West
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Rouhani: “The West must understand that it will not achieve success through sanctions, pressures against the Iranian nation.” 

Fatah army urges Palestinians to terrorize Israel on Yom Kippur
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Leaflet warns against “Judaization” of Palestinian land; declares Friday day of “mobilization against the cowardly Zionist occupier.” 

Hebrew U and Humanities junior faculty reach settlement
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – The settlement, initiated by the Jerusalem Labor Court, will continue the employment of 15 junior faculty members. 

US joined by France, UK to table UN resolution on Syria chemical weapons
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – In counter-bid to Russian proposal, western powers will send their own resolution to the UN; Fabius says Russia not interested. 

Tel Aviv launches city-wide free Wifi
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Service will include 80 free internet “hot spots” across the city; mayor says part of making “the start-up city of the start-up nation.” 

B’Tselem blasts IDF for closing case in killing of noncombatant Palestinian featured in ‘Five Broken Cameras’
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – IDF says there was insufficient evidence to indict soldiers for the death of Abu Rahmeh who was hit with a tear gas grenade. 

Arab youths shatter tour bus’s windows near Mount of Olives
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Witness says “people began to scream and panic”; young girl on bus narrowly escapes injury when window shatters. 

Egypt bans mosque preachers in crackdown on Islamists
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Authorities will bar 55,000 unlicensed clerics from mosques. 

McCain calls for strict timeline for Syria chemical weapons handover
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Republican Senator John McCain expresses skepticism over Russian plan calling for Syria to hand over chemical weapons. 

Gulf Arab states say Russian chemical weapons proposal to Syria will not stop bloodshed
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa says collecting chemical weapons not a final solution. 

Education ministry: Severe irregularities found in Jaljulya high school matriculation exams
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Following suspicions, investigative team finds “severe irregularities” and evidence of cheating in 65 students’ tests.

France to propose UN draft on Syrian chemical weapons
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Russian FM says Moscow working on “effective, concrete” plan for putting Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, in discussions with Damascus; China announces support for Russian plan. 

What is Israel’s interest in Syria?
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – While the Assad regime is linked to Iran and Hezbollah, some experts say most of the groups opposing him are in one way or another close in ideology to either al-Qaida or the Muslim Brotherhood. 

Dismantling Syria chemical weapons arsenal would be tough task
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Chemical arms believed to be spread across Syria and it would be difficult to protect inspectors during raging civil war. 

Egypt tightens Sinai security, assesses militant threat
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – The group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility Thursday’s suicide bombing aimed at Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim. 

US must strike Syria to maintain world order, says Herzog
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – Labor leadership candidate says “rogue states have to be told that there are lines that cannot be crossed.” 

Obama says Russian proposal on Syria a potential ‘breakthrough’
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2013 – US President Barack Obama says he prefers to agree on a diplomatic solution but he remains skeptical of its possibility. 

The Guardian

Syria crisis: Iran backs Russia’s chemical weapons plan – live
The Guardian 10 Sep 2013 – Does Russia’s offer to work with Syria to put its chemical weapons beyond use represent a diplomatic breakthrough or a delaying tactic? Follow live updates Matthew Weaver

Syria crisis: US says ‘We’ll take a hard look’ at Russian proposal – as it happened
The Guardian 9 Sep 2013 – Follow live updates amid continued international divisions over how to tackle the Syria crisis Peter Walker Tom McCarthy

Inter Press Service

Russia Throws Obama a Life Preserver on Syria
IPS With President Barack Obama facing increasingly certain defeat in his quest for Congressional authorisation to carry out military strikes against Syria, the Russian government Monday appeared to offer the White House a way out of the crisis. Seizing on what seemed to be an offhand remark by Secretary of State…

U.N. Inspection a Figleaf to Justify Air Strike on Syria
IPS The United Nations, which has remained deadlocked over Syria, is in danger of being craftily exploited to justify the impending air strike on Damascus. The threat of double vetoes by Russia and China against an attack on Syria has shifted the focus to the U.N. team of inspectors whose report…

Egyptian Workers Rising Again After the Uprising
IPS Striking workers: Egypt’s new military-led government has adopted the same tough line on labour activism and trade unions as its predecessors. Credit: Cam McGrath/IPS. It was the Egyptian state’s brutal restrictions on worker freedoms that transformed Kareem El-Beheiry from a disengaged lay worker into a tenacious labour activist. In April…


Interview | Noam Chomsky: While Syria descends into suicide, Israel and the US are enjoying the spectacle
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 – …If the US and Israel wanted to assist the rebels – which they do not – they can do it, even without military intervention. For example, if Israel were to mobilise forces on the Golan Heights (…

Britain sent poison gas chemicals to Assad: Proof that the UK delivered Sarin agent to Syrian regime for SIX years
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 -British companies sold chemicals to Syria that could have been used to produce the deadly nerve agent that killed 1,400 people, The Mail on Sunday can reveal today. Between July 2004 and May 2010 the Government issued…

Of Tents and Tapestries In Diaspora
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 – …As a result of the 1948 and 1967 Israeli /Arab wars, some 5.2 Palestinian refugees live in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Gaza, the Gulf states, and around the world. And as a result of the civil…

US Usage of Chemical Weapons in Iraq
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 – 1991. The city of Basra suffered harshly. In 2004 the US carried out two big attacks against the city of Fallujah. Uranium weapons as well as white phosphorus were used against the civilian population. Many deformed…

PFLP brigades withdraw from military march in Gaza
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 — The armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Friday withdrew from a military march in Gaza after Hamas fighters waved signs in support of Egypt s Muslim Brotherhood. PFLP s military…

My dare to Ray McGovern & VIPS on Syria CW attack
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 – …According to VIPS: At operations coordinating meetings at Antakya, attended by senior Turkish, Qatari and U.S. intelligence officials as well as senior commanders of the Syrian opposition, the Syrians were told that the bombing would start…

A protest in Ramallah
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 – As the evening of my first day in the West Bank, 27 August, drew to a close, news emerged that Palestinian Authority thugs shot dead Amjad Odeh, a carpenter, in Askar refugee camp in Nablus. The…

Israeli army take two men and hand them to settlers of Esh Kodesh
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 – Last 29th of August, Israeli soldiers detained two municipal workers from Qusra as they were taking the village s trash to the local dump. The two men were later attacked by Israeli settlers. Residents of Qusra…

“The Lab”: Israel Tests Weapons, Tactics on Captive Palestinian Population
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 -Shimon Peres, Israel s president and the man who oversaw the country s secret development of a nuclear bomb in the 1960s, held a star-studded 90th birthday party masquerading as a presidential conference in June . Aside from…

U.S. House Closing in on 218 Votes Opposing Syria Attack
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 – The unthinkable may be about to happen. As Washington prepares for a series of dramatic debates and votes in the House and Senate for attacking Syria, the NY Times is reporting that opponents are “closing in”…

Resist Israel s unjust system, don t operate within it
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 – This summer has seen many activities by a youth-driven movement based in the part of Palestine that Zionist forces seized in 1948. Today, this area is generally called Israel. We prefer to call it the 1948…

Free Ahmad Qatamesh 
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 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…

PHOTOS: Israeli army arrests Palestinian activist at nonviolent demonstration
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 -Friday, September 6, Israeli forces arrested Palestinian activist Mohammad Brijiah at the weekly demonstration against the separation wall in the West Bank village of Al Ma sara. Brijiah s twin three-year-old sons , who were present at the…

Syria News – September 6, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 – By the end of Friday, the coordination committees were able to document 64 martyrs, among them 7 children, 3 women, and 3 martyrs under torture: 16 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 13 in…

Blogging in Gaza a Casualty of Arab Spring
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 – Microblogging on Twitter and Facebook has contributed to a decline in traditional blogs throughout the world, and in particular the Gaza Strip. Although some estimate that there were once more than 1,500 Palestinian blogs, they have…

Revelations Around NSA, GCHQ Operations to Crack Encryption & the Need for More Whistleblowers
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 – Major revelations on the National Security Agency and British intelligence agency, GCHQ s capabilities to crack encryption were revealed yesterday by The Guardian, New York Times and ProPublica. The revelations were from documents provided by former…

Addressing the impact of settler violence
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 – Ramona WadiThe non-governmental organization Me decins du Monde (MdM) has embarked upon a project to address the ramifications of settler violence in Palestine. The project endeavours to manage the violence by providing various forms of aid…

The End of Internet Privacy? Glenn Greenwald on Secret NSA Program to Crack Online Encryption
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 – A new expose based on the leaks of Edward Snowden has revealed the National Security Agency has developed methods to crack online encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records. “Encryption is really the system…

Israel Backs Limited Strike Against Syria
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 – …Israeli officials have consistently made the case that enforcing Mr. Obama s narrow “red line” on Syria is essential to halting the nuclear ambitions of Israel s archenemy, Iran. More quietly, Israelis have increasingly argued that…

Syria Protests September 6, 2013 : A Video Roundup 
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – 

Kashmir Mass-Rape Survivors Struggle as Kafkaesque Justice Reigns
Relief Web 9 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 – Twenty-two years and six months is probably enough time for India to think it has policed memories and fostered institutionalized forgetfulness in Indian-administered Kashmir. But such efforts have proven counterproductive. On the wintry night of 23-24…

Muslim Teen Charged with Soliciting Murder of FBI Agent Who Posed as Terrorist to Push Him to Blow Up Bar
Relief Web 9 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 – A nineteen year-old Muslim teen from a Chicago suburb, who already faced terrorism charges after an undercover FBI agent convinced him to try and blow up a downtown bar, has been charged with trying to have…

UK drones three times more likely than US to fire in Afghanistan
Relief Web 9 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 – British forces have carried out 299 drone strikes in Afghanistan, defence minister Andrew Robathan announced in Parliament yesterday. This is the first time the British government has announced how many drone strikes it has launched. The…

What We (Don t) Talk About When We Talk About War Crimes
Relief Web 9 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 – …Meanwhile, at the other pre-eminent international human rights organization, Human Rights Watch, Tom Malinowski, the director of HRW s Washington office, has been nominated by Obama to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights…

Snowden documents reveal NSA operation to break encryption codes
Relief Web 9 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 -Documents recently released by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden uncover a decade-long operation by the NSA to break personal privacy encryption codes, enabling it to spy on the emails, Internet activity, cell phone calls and business…

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security
Relief Web 9 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 – US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret…

Israeli police detain Jerusalem boy after settler raid 
Relief Web 9 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 — Israeli police on Thursday night raided several houses at al-Sowana neighborhood east of the old city in Jerusalem, after a group of settlers arrived, locals said.Ahmad al-Ewiwi, a resident in the neighborhood, said the residents were…

FIFA sets up Task Force to improve Palestinian players freedom of movement 
Relief Web 9 Sep 2013 – September 6, 2013 -Chairman of the Palestine Football Federation and the Palestine Olympic Committee, Jibril Rajoub, held a press conference on Thursday 5 September in Ramallah after returning the from the first meeting of the FIFA Special Task Force, a…

Daily Star

Obama vows to explore Russian offer on Syria
Daily Star 11 Sep 2013 Obama urges Americans to back a potential strike on Syria and said it was too early to say whether a diplomatic effort to get Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to turn over control of the country’s chemical…

Kerry to meet Russian FM in Geneva Thursday
Daily Star 10 Sep 2013 US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Geneva on Thursday to meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to discuss the Syria crisis, a US official told AFP.

Obama takes Syria argument to skeptical Congress
Daily Star 10 Sep 2013 President Barack Obama expressed support Tuesday for U.N. Security Council talks aimed at a diplomatic breakthrough that would allow Syria’s government to avoid U.S. missile strikes if it surrenders its chemical weapons arsenal.

Syria rebels announce withdrawal from Christian town
Daily Star 10 Sep 2013 Syrian rebel fighters announced on Tuesday their withdrawal from the historic Christian town of Maalula near Damascus, two days after they took control of it.

Bombs target Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis, at least 20 dead
Daily Star 10 Sep 2013 Bomb attacks targeting both Shiite Muslims and Sunnis killed at least 20 people in Iraq Tuesday, part of a spiral of violence that raised has the specter of a return to the full-blown civil conflict of…

Russia withdraws request for emergency U.N. Syria meeting
Daily Star 10 Sep 2013 An emergency closed-door meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Syria was canceled after Russia withdrew its request for the session, Australia’s U.N. envoy said on Tuesday.

Russia to send US Syria plan on Tuesday: Kerry
Daily Star 10 Sep 2013 Russia will send the United States details of its proposal to secure Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile later Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

UN Council Syria meeting postponed: envoys
Daily Star 10 Sep 2013 A UN Security Council meeting on Syria planned for 2000 GMT on Tuesday was postponed at the request of Russia, which had called the talks, council envoys said.

Putin: Syria plan will work if US rejects force
Daily Star 10 Sep 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin says that a plan for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile will only work if the United States agrees not to use force.

UK’s Cameron pushes U.N. resolution on Syrian chemical arms
Daily Star 10 Sep 2013 Britain, France and the United States will try to win support for a tough resolution on Syrian chemical weapons in the United Nations Security Council later on Tuesday, said British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Syria FM: We will stop producing chemical weapons
Daily Star 10 Sep 2013 Syria’s foreign minister says President Bashar Assad’s regime will declare its chemical weapons arsenal and sign the chemical weapons convention.

Syria wants to join chemical weapons ban treaty: FM
Daily Star 10 Sep 2013 Syria wants to join the chemical weapons ban treaty and is ready to give other countries and the United Nations access to its arsenal, Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said Tuesday.

U.S. must keep credible threat of strike against Syria: Senator Reid
Daily Star 10 Sep 2013 The United States must keep the pressure on Syria to relinquish any chemical weapon stockpile it has by maintaining a credible threat of American military action against Damascus, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat,…

Hollande, Obama want to keep ‘all options open’ on Syria
Daily Star 10 Sep 2013 French President Francois Hollande and his US counterpart Barack Obama agreed Tuesday to keep “all options open” on Syria, as Paris pushes for a UN resolution calling on Damascus to give up its chemical arms.

Obama seeks to keep pressure on Syria amid diplomacy push
Daily Star 10 Sep 2013 Top Obama administration officials urged Congress on Tuesday to keep the pressure on Syria over its chemical weapons arsenal while the United States explores a diplomatic alternative to military strikes.

Tunisia’s prisons face ‘terror’ threat: union
Daily Star 10 Sep 2013 Tunisian prisons and detention centres are facing the risk of “terrorist” acts, the prison officers union said on Tuesday, with several attacks having reportedly been foiled already.

Concerned Israel sees some hope in Syrian weapons plan
Daily Star 10 Sep 2013 A sceptical Israel saw potential positives in Syria’s acceptance to surrender control of its chemical weapons to Russia, hoping the mooted deal would make Iran think twice about its nuclear project.

YNet News

CBS News says it almost gave up on Assad interview
YNet News, 10 Sep 2013 – ….

US releases details of secret spying program
YNet News, 10 Sep 2013 – ….

California wildfire destroys 30 homes, hundreds more threatened
YNet News, 10 Sep 2013 – ….

US says 8 more countries join statement on Syria
YNet News, 10 Sep 2013 – ….

AP source: Kerry to see Russian FM in Geneva
YNet News, 10 Sep 2013 – ….

Synagogue: No football talk on Yom Kippur
YNet News, 10 Sep 2013 – Temple Emanu-El in Alabama issues statement warning congregation ‘not to even insinuate the scores of football games’ during Holy Day. ‘If even a peep gets out, our pages in the Book of Life will be compromised and all of us will suffer’ ….

Tossing bread into ocean for New Year
YNet News, 10 Sep 2013 – Couple of hundred people gather before sunset at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, where children and adults alike blow shofar, cast off their sins from previous year ….

Daughter of Auschwitz commandant downplays Holocaust murders
YNet News, 9 Sep 2013 – Auschwitz commander’s daughter revealed to be living in Washington DC suburb, after working for Jewish-owned beauty parlor. ‘How can there be so many survivors if so many had been killed?’ she wonders ….

Egypt tightens Sinai security, assesses militant threat
YNet News, 9 Sep 2013 – Radical group takes responsibility for Cairo suicide bombing targeting Egypt’s interior minister, prompting Egyptian security forces to renew Sinai terror cleansing operation. Anti-Morsi protest leader’s car fired on in Cairo ….

Polio virus discovered in J’lem for first time
YNet News, 9 Sep 2013 – Health Ministry finds small amounts of virus in capital’s wastewater treatment center. Manager of the public office for medical services urges public to vaccinate ….

Russian report: Syrian rebels planning chem. attack on Israel
YNet News, 9 Sep 2013 – Unconfirmed report by Arab-language Russian newspaper claims ‘armed Syrian militants will use territories controlled by the Syrian regime to perpetrate their provocative plan’ ….

Man sentenced to 4 years in prison for ‘hate crime’
YNet News, 9 Sep 2013 – Defendant convicted of threatening Ethiopian residents at his mother’s building, setting car tire on fire; says anger stemmed from economic distress ….

Beit Shemesh grave protests resume; 6 haredim wounded
YNet News, 9 Sep 2013 – Clashes with security guards at disputed Goloventzitz construction leave six haredi protesters injured. Police detain security guards, protesters for questioning. Paramedics claim guards blocked them from entering, giving medical assistance ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian prisoner carried back to jail in army jeep after surgery
PIC – Prisoner Emad Rabaya has said that the Israeli prison authority had deliberately taken him back to jail after a surgical operation in an army jeep instead of an ambulance.

IOF soldiers rounded up 70 Palestinians in Arub refugee camp
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up 70 Palestinians from Arub refugee camp, north of Al-Khalil, since the start of 2013.

IOA court orders four Jerusalemites out of town for two weeks
PIC – The Israeli Magistrate court in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday ordered the banishment of four Jerusalemites for two weeks.

Palestinian worker bitten by settler’s dog
PIC – A Palestinian worker was hospitalized on Tuesday after a settler’s dog attacked him in Taku settlement near Al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem.

25 Jerusalemite students injured in clashes with IOF soldiers
PIC – Israeli border police assaulted students of Abu Dis university in occupied Jerusalem while on their way home on Monday night wounding 25 of them.

Confrontations near Fawar refugee camp
PIC – Violent confrontations were reported near Fawar refugee camp, south of Al-Khalil, on Monday night after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed it.

150 settlers storm al-Aqsa mosque this morning
PIC – Nearly 150 Jewish settlers stormed al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday led by rabbis telling them about the alleged temple.

CEPR starts moves to inform decision-makers about developments of Gaza siege
PIC – The Council for European Palestinian relations (CEPR) started a move at several levels to inform decision-makers in the EU about the developments of the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.

Mufti of Jerusalem warns of the seriousness of Jewish calls for storming Al-Aqsa
PIC – Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine Sheikh Mohammad Hussein warned of the growing Israeli calls for storming Al-Aqsa Mosque and tightening the Jewish control over it.

IOF raids Eshel jail and attack Palestinian leaders
PIC – Palestinian prisoners’ center for studies reported that dozens of elements of the Israeli special units stormed Section 11 at Eshel jail and the attacked the prisoners.


UNRWA, Japan Complete Rehousing Project in Gaza
WAFA – 10 Sep 2013

Civil Servants to Start Work Stoppage Program
WAFA – 10 Sep 2013

Saudi Arabia Contributes $10M for Palestine Refugees from Syria
WAFA – 10 Sep 2013

Israelis Slash Tires of Buses in Arab Jerusalem Neighborhood
WAFA – 10 Sep 2013

Police says no Shots Fired at Station
WAFA – 10 Sep 2013

Israeli Soldiers Raid Arroub Camp, Arrest 17
WAFA – 10 Sep 2013

Almost 40% of Palestine’s Guests are European, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 10 Sep 2013

Large Number of Fanatic Jews ‘Tour’ Al-Aqsa Compound
WAFA – 10 Sep 2013


Disarming Syria of chemical weapons highly complex, experts say
LA Times 10 Sep 2013 – U.N. inspectors might be able to gather and destroy Syria’s vast chemical arsenal, but only if Syria discloses sensitive secrets. WASHINGTON — It may be possible for the United Nations to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons, but the complex operation probably would require years…

Russian move to avert airstrikes on Syria benefits Obama and Putin
LA Times 10 Sep 2013 – MOSCOW — In the unlikely role of good cop to President Obama’s bad one, Russian President Vladimir Putin has seemingly talked his Syrian allies into surrendering their banned chemical weapons as a way to escape threatened U.S. airstrikes.

Voice of Iran hostage crisis tapped as VP, environmental advocate
LA Times 10 Sep 2013 – TEHRAN — She was known to Western media as “Mary” when she appeared before the world’s cameras to speak for the Iranian Islamic revolutionaries who seized 52 Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979.

Egypt bans thousands of unlicensed preachers from giving sermons
LA Times 10 Sep 2013 – CAIRO — Ratcheting up the pressure on followers of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptian authorities in effect have banned tens of thousands of unlicensed clerics from delivering mosque sermons.

Obama weighs Russia proposal on Syria chemical arsenal
LA Times 9 Sep 2013 – The proposal to place Syria’s stockpile under U.N. control offers President Obama a face-saving solution amid opposition to a U.S. military strike. WASHINGTON — With hopes shrinking for congressional support of punitive missile strikes, President Obama tentatively embraced a face-saving solution to the crisis over…

Obama’s Syria speech unlikely to sway a skeptical public
LA Times 9 Sep 2013 – History shows that presidential speeches rarely shift public opinion. But Obama’s address is ‘still more than he has done so far,’ one scholar says. WASHINGTON — With support for the war in Vietnam sagging and mass protests erupting around the nation, President Nixon invited cameras…

Text: Obama’s Remarks on Syria
New York Times 10 Sep 2013 – Following is the complete text of President Obama’s speech about Syria from the East Room of the White House on Tuesday. 

In Shift, Syrian Official Admits Government Has Chemical Arms
New York Times 10 Sep 2013 – The country’s foreign minister acknowledged for the first time on Tuesday that the Syrian government possesses chemical arms, something it has never admitted before. 

Obama to Weigh Russia Plan to Control Syria Arms
New York Times 10 Sep 2013 – At the end of two days of fast-moving developments, Congressional leaders said any vote on a strike at Syria had been pushed off as the focus shifted to diplomacy. 

Talk of a Cooler 2022 World Cup Heats Up
New York Times 10 Sep 2013 – Sepp Blatter, the top official at FIFA, has signaled that he supports the controversial decision to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the heat of summer to a cooler time of year. 

The Basics of the Debate on Syria
New York Times 10 Sep 2013 – In the past 24 hours, the nature of the domestic and international debates about intervention in Syria has dramatically changed. 

The Lede: Freed Captives Differ on Claim Syrian Rebels Framed Assad With Gas Attack
New York Times 10 Sep 2013 – Two Europeans released Monday after five months as prisoners of Syrian rebels disagree on whether an overheard Skype conversation is proof that insurgents used gas to frame the government and provoke intervention. 

The Lede: Ultranationalist Britons Wage Online Battle for Assad
New York Times 10 Sep 2013 – The leader of the xenophobic British National Party spent part of Monday encouraging his supporters to support President Bashar al-Assad in online discussion forums read by American voters. 

Assault on Christian Town in Syria Adds to Fears Over Rebels
New York Times 10 Sep 2013 – Maaloula has long symbolized Syria’s history of diversity and coexistence, but most of its residents have fled after fighting between rebels and government forces. 

Germany to Accept Syrian Refugees
New York Times 10 Sep 2013 – A group of 107 would be the first of 5,000 refugees to seek refuge in Germany. 

Survey Reveals Scant Backing for Syria Strike
New York Times 10 Sep 2013 – Exhausted by nearly a dozen years of war and fearful of tripping into another one, Americans are opposed to a military strike on Syria, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. 

Tamar partners to drill at adjacent license 
Globes Energy & Water – Delek, Noble Energy, and Isramco plan to drill an exploratory well in the Eran license, which has a 90% chance of success.

Tel Aviv deploys free public Wi-Fi network
Globes Main News – The Wi-Fi network is the largest in Israel, and includes commercial centers, streets, boulevards, parks, and the beach.

Copaxone’s US market share shrinking
Globes Main News – UBS estimates that Copaxone will account for 36.7% of US prescriptions in 2013 and fall to 25.4% of prescriptions in 2014.

3D printer co Stratasys to raise over $400m on Nasdaq
Globes Main News – Stratasys will use the proceeds for business purposes including acquisitions, capital expenses, working capital and meeting milestone payments on the acquisition of Makerbot.

Outbrain appoints Wall St-savvy CFO
Globes Main News – In his previous position, Jeff Davison played a key role in RightNow Technologies’ IPO and subsequent acquisition by Oracle for $1.8 billion.

Slight fall in number of tourists coming to Israel 
Globes Macro Economics – A 1% drop in tourists to 1.9 million in January-August was offset by a 7% increase in the number of day visitors to 400,000.

Has Obama’s Syria Defeat Rendered Attack on Iran Impossible?
Tikun Olam – The American people have wisely defeated Pres. Obama’s ill-fated plan to attack Syria. They’ve prevented him from being his own worst enemy and sinking into a quagmire of his own making. Polls released today showed anywhere from 60-70% of Americans opposed intervention. It appears most improbable…

41 Faith Leaders to Congress: Vote NO on Syria Strikes
Jewish Voice for Peace – 41 faith leaders from national Christian, Jewish, and Muslim organizations called on Congress to oppose the proposed authorization for the use of military force in Syria. The list of signatories includes Rebecca Vilkomerson (Jewish Voice for Peace)as well as Rabbi Brant Rosen and Alissa Wis (Co-Chairs…

New International Olympic Committee Chief Head Of Group Supporting Israel Ban 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Sep 2013 – The newly elected president of the International Olympic Committee heads a German-based organization that helps companies to guarantee that their products do not contain anything from Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Harry Reid Compares Assad Chemical Weapon Attacks to Nazi Gas Chambers 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Sep 2013 – Harry Reid, the majority leader in the U.S. Senate, compared Syrian President Bashar Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attacks against his citizens to the Nazi gas chambers. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Remains Skeptical on Syria But Sees Positives in Russia Deal 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Sep 2013 – A skeptical Israel saw potential positives in Syria’s acceptance to surrender control of its chemical weapons to Russia, hoping the mooted deal would make Iran think twice about its nuclear project. Click here for the rest of the article…

Three Israeli Universities Make the 2013 QS World University Rankings Top 200 List 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Sep 2013 – The QS World University Rankings have included three Israeli universities among the top 200 in the world for 2013. Click here for the rest of the article…

Angola: Navi Pillay Deplores Human Rights Situtation in Syria 
allAfrica.com 10 Sep 2013 – [ANGOP]Angola is attending the session that will last until the 27th Septemebr , with a delegation headed by the Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva , Ambassador Apolinario Correia .

Obama speaks to nation on Syria 
BBC 10 Sep 2013 – President Obama has held a televised address to the nation to explain US policy on Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons.

Iran bus collision kills at least 44 
BBC 10 Sep 2013 – At least 44 people die when two buses collide near the Iranian city of Qom, in an accident blamed on a tyre blowout.

Syria hostage ‘treated like animal’ 
BBC 10 Sep 2013 – Italian journalist Domenico Quirico speaks of his five-month ordeal as a hostage of armed groups in Syria, saying he was treated “like an animal”.

For the First Time: AIPAC Reluctant About War in the Middle East 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 10 Sep 2013 – Related Articles: The AIPAC Party read more

What Did Assad’s Allies Do in Two Weeks? 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 10 Sep 2013 – People protest against a US military intervention in Syria in front of the Cannon House Office Building near the US Capitol in Washington on 9 September 2013. (Photo: AFP – Nicholas Kamm) People protest against a US military intervention in Syria in front of the Cannon…

More than four million Syrians homeless due to conflict: UN report 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Sep 2013 – Newly arrived Syrian refugees coming from are pictured at the Pir Sultan Abdal Foundation on 8 September 2013, at Gazi district, in Istanbul. (Photo: AFP – Ozan Kose) A third of Syria’s housing stock and thousands of schools have been destroyed during the conflict, forcing some…

Egypt cracks down on unlicensed preachers 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Sep 2013 – Egyptian authorities will bar 55,000 unlicensed clerics from preaching in mosques in the latest move against sympathisers of deposed Islamist President Mohammed Mursi, the minister of religious endowments said on Tuesday. Egyptian authorities have been cracking down on Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood since the army toppled him…

Lebanese Canned Goods Get Wartime Boost 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Sep 2013 – Meanwhile, commercial sources said that demand for ready-made foods, that is, canned goods, juices, jams, and pickles, has increased by one and a half during the current year. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Meanwhile, commercial sources said that demand for ready-made foods, that is, canned goods, juices, jams,…

Cairo Hosts First Palestinian Tamarrod Conference 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Sep 2013 – A Hamas policeman stands guard along the border with Egypt and the Palestinian territory on 8 September 2013 in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah. (Photo: Said Khatib) A Hamas policeman stands guard along the border with Egypt and the Palestinian territory on 8 September…

Iraq gunmen kill six during funeral rites 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Sep 2013 – Updated at 7:15pm: Attacks in central Iraq killed 20 people on Tuesday, including six shot dead when gunmen stormed a house where a corpse was being ritually washed ahead of a funeral. The violence is the latest in a surge in unrest that has left more…

Iran says won’t cede on nuclear program despite Western threats 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Sep 2013 – Iran will not give up “one iota” of its nuclear rights, Iranian President Hassan Rohani said in a speech to clerics, Mehr news agency reported on Tuesday. Rohani’s comments come ahead of a meeting in New York later in the month between his foreign minister Mohammed…

Syria: Fate of Historic Christian Town Still Unknown 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Politics 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…

Obama speaks to nation on Syria 
BBC 10 Sep 2013 – President Obama has held a televised address to the nation to explain US policy on Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons.

Iran bus collision kills at least 44 
BBC 10 Sep 2013 – At least 44 people die when two buses collide near the Iranian city of Qom, in an accident blamed on a tyre blowout.

Syria hostage ‘treated like animal’ 
BBC 10 Sep 2013 – Italian journalist Domenico Quirico speaks of his five-month ordeal as a hostage of armed groups in Syria, saying he was treated “like an animal”.


IDF closes investigation into Bil’in killing without indictment 
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 9/10/2013
Four years after Bassem Abu Rahme was killed by a tear gas canister in Bil’in, the Israeli army says there is no evidence to indict. Video footage, however, shows that the tear gas canister was fired directly at him, contravening IDF regulations. Last year a former soldier who served in the same unit said the shooter aimed directly at Abu Rahme and even put an ‘X’ on his rifle afterward.
Nearly five years after Bassem Abu Rahmeh was killed by an Israeli tear gas canister fired directly at his chest during a protest against the wall in Bil’in, Israel’s Military Advocate General (MAG) has closed the investigation into his April 2009 death, citing lack of evidence.
The military prosecution claims it was unable to determine the identity of the Israeli soldiers and border policemen involved or whether open-fire regulations were breached. This, despite the fact that as B’Tselem and Yesh Din pointed out in a joint press release condemning the decision, three video segments filmed during the demonstration show that Abu Rahmeh was situated to the east of the barrier, did not act violently and did not endanger the soldiers in any way.
B’Tselem and Yesh Din also point out that an analysis of the video footage of the incident by visualization experts determined that the grenade was fired directly at Abu Rahmeh, in complete contravention of army regulations. Footage of Abu Rahme’s death also appears in the Oscar-nominated film “Five Broken Cameras,” directed by Guy Davidi and Imad Burnat.
Late last year, a soldier who served in the same unit that killed Abu Rahme gave testimony about the incident to Breaking the Silence. “…[T]his one time, one of the soldiers simply aimed at someone directly, and [the tear gas canister] hit his chest and he got killed.” more.. e-mail

Resist Israel’s unjust system, don’t operate within it 
Linah Alsaafin and Budour Youssef Hassan, Electronic Intifada 9/7/2013
This summer has seen many activities by a youth-driven movement based in the part of Palestine that Zionist forces seized in 1948. Today, this area is generally called Israel. We prefer to call it the 1948 occupied territories.
The focus of this movement has been the Prawer Plan, a major offensive aimed at uprooting Palestinian Bedouins.
The statistics are overwhelming. The Prawer proposal aims to expropriate 800,000 dunams of Palestinian-owned land in the Naqab (Negev) desert (a dunam is equivalent to 1,000 square meters), displace up to 40,000 Bedouins and destroy 36 villages.
“Days of rage” were organized on 15 July and 1 August, with central protests held in the Naqab and in the north of historic Palestine, such as the towns of Sakhnin and Wadi Ara.
These protests have succeeded in drawing local and international attention to the threats posed by the Prawer proposal, and mobilized youth to take to the streets, including many who were not politicized. They also managed for the first time in a while to unite efforts across the fragmented sections of Palestinian society for one cause, as Palestinians in the 1948 territories, the West Bank and Gaza Strip all organized protests on the days of rage.Great potential
Away from the virtual world, the mobilizing efforts on the ground have great potential. These include organizing campaigns, handing out out flyers in communities and towns, stenciling graffiti and the utilization of multimedia to produce creative, informative videos aimed at breaking the psychological fear barrier and the attitude that protesting doesn’t achieve anything. As one activist based in Jerusalem said, “My town hasn’t seen political graffiti since the second intifada.” more.. e-mail

Baseless accusations: Activists acquitted for ’Cast Lead’ protest 
Inbal Sinai, Social Tv Editorial, +972 Magazine 9/10/2013
Four and a half years after 16 activists were arrested in Tel Aviv for protesting Operation Cast Lead, a court acquits them of all charges. The question is why — despite video evidence showing they did nothing wrong — did the police continue to aggressively push to indict the protesters on bogus charges?
It was hard to remain apathetic as difficult-to-digest reports arrived from Gaza during the Israeli attack in the winter of 2008-2009, known as “Cast Lead.” According to data from B’Tselem, 1,391 Palestinians were killed in the fighting (759 of whom were not combatants, and 344 of whom were minors).
A group of Israeli activists decided to stage a protest action at the entrance of Tel Aviv’s Sde Dov Airport, one of the Air Force bases from which planes attacked the Gaza Strip. The short protest, during which activists wore white suits stained with “blood” and laid on the ground for a number of minutes at the airport’s entrance, ended with the arrest and indictment of 16 activists. Last week, after three days in jail, thous
ands of shekels in bail and four and a half years of court hearings, all of the accused were acquitted. (Read the full court verdict in Hebrew.)

Despite the fact that it was a legitimate protest and despite the fact that the protesters acceded to the police’s orders, for some reason unknown, the officers on the scene decided to arrest them while they were standing on the sidewalk and causing no disruption to traffic, as can be seen in the video below, shot by David Reeb :
Still, for some unknown reason the police prosecution decided to file an indictment against the protesters, in which they are accused of attempting to enter a military base by force, among other charges…. — See also: YouTube: Tel Aviv Sdeh Dov airport Friday 2.1.2009 more.. e-mail

Obama’s ‘red line’: fighting for gas masks in Israel while Syria waits for US bombs 
Jessica Purkiss, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 9/10/2013
In a matter of days, US President Barak Obama will seek authorisation from Congress to begin airstrikes against Syria. The members of Congress are being asked to approve “limited” intervention aimed at “deterring” President Basher Al-Assad from using chemical weapons.
The resolution allows for a 60 day window for military action against Syrian forces, with the possibility of 30 additional days following consultation with Congress, but blocks the use of American ground troops.
Obama is now busy rallying support for the strikes. His attempt to gain allies during the G20 summit succeeded only partially, with 11 countries issuing a carefully-worded statement which, whilst condemning the use of chemical weapons, placing the blame with Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad and supporting the US decision to act, fell short of pledging agreement over military action. Russia’s Vladimir Putin used the occasion to insist that he is prepared to stand with Assad in the event of any such action.
Meanwhile the pro-Israel lobby is also busy rallying support for a strike. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the most influential lobby group in Washington, plans to descend upon Capitol Hill ahead of the vote, with 250 activists meeting with their senators and representatives.
The group has been careful to maintain that airstrikes are in the US national interest, with Israel’s security as a side-line: “It is in America’s national security interest to hold Damascus accountable and to send a strong message to Syria, Iran and others that the use of weapons of mass destruction will not be tolerated,” said AIPAC in a memo. “Maintaining our strong position and following through on our commitments helps strengthen our interests, including Israel’s security. more.. e-mail

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