VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 11 September 2013: The illusion of peace negotiations

11 September 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Two Settlers Mildly Injured Near Hebron
IMEMC – Wednesday evening [September 11, 2013] Israeli sources have reported that two settler women were mildly injured after a number of Palestinian youths threw stones at their car, near Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. …

Three Palestinians Injured After Being Rammed By Settler’s Vehicle Near Bethlehem
IMEMC – Israeli and Palestinian sources have reported that three Palestinians, members of the same family, have been injured after being rammed by a settler’s vehicle near the Gush Ezion settlement bloc, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. …

Soldiers Invade Towns In Northern, Southern, Parts of West Bank
IMEMC – Dozens of Israeli military jeeps invaded various areas in the northern and southern parts of the occupied West Bank, broke into and searched dozens of homes, and interrogated the residents after forcing them out of their homes. …

Two Children Kidnapped In Tulkarem
IMEMC – Tuesday evening [September 10, 2013] Two Palestinian children have been kidnapped by Israeli soldiers invading the Ar-Ras village, south of Tulkarem, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank. …

Ma’an News

Israel court to rule on controversial property law
9/11/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s high court on Tuesday will discuss whether to apply a controversial law in East Jerusalem which would enable the Israeli government to seize private Palestinian property. The Absentees’ Property Law (1950) was originally enacted to transfer the property of Palestinian refugees, who had been forcibly displaced in 1948, to the state of Israel. A court hearing on….

Israeli forces detain 14 in West Bank arrest raids
9/11/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 14 Palestinians in West Bank arrest raids overnight Tuesday, locals and Israel’s army said. Military forces raided the Qalqiliya village of Kafr Qaddum at around 3 a. m. and arrested Ahmad Mohammad Barham, 16, Maen Amer, 21, and Fadi Bassem Joma, 24, locals said. Local media coordinator Murad Ishtewe called on human rights organizations to stop….

Israel closes probe into Palestinian activist killing
9/11/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s army has decided to close an investigation into the killing of a Palestinian activist during a West Bank demonstration in 2009, an Israeli rights group said Tuesday. According to B’Tselem, the military’s prosecutor general had decided to close the case for lack of evidence. Bassem Abu Rahmeh, 30, was struck in the chest by a tear-gas….

Israeli minister enters Al-Aqsa compound under guard
9/11/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli housing minister Uri Ariel visited the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Wednesday under Israeli police protection. Witnesses said that Ariel, who is a member of the far-right Jewish Home party, headed a tour group of some 100 right-wing religious students and Rabbis. The group entered through the Mughrabi gate and exited through the Chain gate. The tour lasted around 45 minutes….

Group: Abu Sisi to be moved out of solitary confinement
9/11/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Jailed Gaza engineer Dirar Abu Sisi is due to be moved out of solitary confinement in the next 48 hours, a prisoners group said Wednesday. Raafat Hamdona, media director from the Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies, said Abu Sisi began a hunger strike on Aug. 16 to demand his release from solitary confinement and to be allowed family visits. He will….

2 teenagers injured in clashes in Hebron
9/11/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Two teenagers were injured and several others suffered tear-gas inhalation after Israeli forces attacked a funeral procession for an elderly lady in the village of Beit Ummar, a local committee said. Muhammad Ayyad Awad, the spokesman of the popular committee against settlements in Beit Ummar, said that Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets at Palestinians who responded….

Egypt forces close Rafah crossing following Sinai attack
9/11/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah crossing with Gaza on Wednesday following a car bomb attack in Sinai which killed four Egyptian security personnel. Gaza crossings official Maher Abu Sabha said the border crossing has been closed from both sides due to the security situation in Sinai. [END]

Israeli delegation arrives at Cairo ariport
9/11/2013 – El-ARISH (Ma’an) — An Israeli delegation arrived at Cairo airport on Wednesday on a private jet to discuss the recent events in the Sinai, an airport official told Ma’an. The delegation was greeted by Egyptian security officials. The delegation will meet other Egyptian officials to discuss the security issues in the Sinai and bilateral relations between the two countries. The official added….

Israeli soldiers detain man at Bethlehem checkpoint
9/11/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a man at the “container” checkpoint outside of Bethlehem on Wednesday. Khalil Riyad Namoura, 20, from Dura in Hebron was arrested after Israeli forces held him at the checkpoint for four hours before taking him to an unknown location. [END]

Israeli military jeeps drive through central Bethlehem
9/11/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Three Israeli military jeeps drove through a main street in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem on Wednesday. The military jeeps drove along al-Karkafeh street, in the center of Bethlehem. An Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma’an that military forces were in the area conducting “routine activity,” without providing further details. [END]

Allenby Bridge crossing closed Saturday for Jewish holiday
9/11/2013 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — The Allenby Bridge terminal between the West Bank and Jordan will close on Saturday for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. PA police said in a statement that the crossing would operate regularly on Thursday but will only be open from 7. 30 a. m. to 9. 30 a. m. on Friday. It will be completely closed on Saturday. [END]

Opinion: Why would Israel want to strike Syria?
9/11/2013 – By Suhail Khalilieh – Seriously, Israel is acting up with rage on how Syria should be attacked and the regime taken down, but does it really want that to happen? Israel stands to lose the most from any attack on a Syrian regime that has been steady and disciplined, at least until the time of the so-called revolution more than couple of years back. On one….

Israel to give ‘Prisoner X’ family $1 million payout
9/11/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel is to pay more than $1 million to the family of an alleged Mossad spy who hanged himself in prison in 2010, the justice ministry has said.”After negotiations, the two parties (Israel and the family) have reached an agreement whereby the state will pay 4 million shekels ($1. 1 million or 842,000 euros) to the deceased’s family,” the ministry….

5 injured in Hebron road accident
9/11/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Five people were injured on Wednesday in a road accident near Hebron, medics said. Red Crescent official Nasser Qabaja told Ma’an that a taxi collided with a private car in Wadi al-Quff, injuring five people, one critically. Ambulances transferred the wounded to the al-Ahli and al-Mizan hospitals in the Hebron. [END]

Woman dies in Hebron road accident
9/11/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A woman died and four people were injured in a road accident in Wadi al-Qiff west of Hebron, police said. A police report said that initial information indicated that a collision between two cars caused five injuries that were taken to a nearby hospital. Suheila Khalil Mohammad Alqam, 66, arrived at the hospital in critical condition and died later of injuries…. Related: 5 injured in Hebron road accident

Palestinian worker killed in Tel Aviv roof collapse
9/11/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A Palestinian worker was killed and five others injured on Wednesday after the roof of a building collapsed in Tel Aviv. The unidentified worker was from Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel, a Ma’an correspondent said. The other five workers were transferred to a medical center in Tel Aviv. Initial reports suggest that renovation work on the site….

Sinai car bomb kills 4, injures at least 10
9/11/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Four people were killed and at least 10 injured on Wednesday when a car bomb exploded outside of Egyptian intelligence headquarters in Sinai. Egyptian security officials told Ma’an that a “terrorist” carried out a suicide attack using a car laden with explosives in the city of Rafah. A huge blast was followed by RPG rockets fired at the….

Sinai attacks kill 11, injure at least 15
9/11/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Three militant attacks in Sinai on Wednesday killed eleven people and injured over 15, medics and security officials said. Nine Egyptian officers and two suicide bombers were killed in three attacks on the Egyptian intelligence headquarters in Rafah. Earlier, Egyptian security officials told Ma’an that a “terrorist” carried out a suicide attack using a car laden with explosives…. Related:Egypt forces close Rafah crossing following Sinai attack

Syria strikes on hold as world waits for Assad to act
9/11/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — France on Wednesday joined the United States in putting threatened military action against Syria on hold as the world waited for Bashar Assad’s regime to act on its pledge to give up its chemical weapons. President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked US lawmakers to delay a vote on whether to authorize strikes against Syria to allow Russian-led attempts to broker a….

12 Alawites killed by jihadists in Syria’s Homs
9/11/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Twelve civilians from Syria’s Alawite minority, to which President Bashar Assad belongs, have been killed by jihadist fighters in the central province of Homs, a Syrian NGO said Wednesday. Fighters from the Al-Nusra Front and another rebel group attacked three Alawite villages near the city of Homs Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.”Fierce clashes broke out between rebels….

Diplomats: UN Council permanent members to meet on Syria
9/11/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Envoys from Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — the permanent veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council — will meet Wednesday to discuss the situation in Syria, diplomats said. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said earlier in the day that the failure to halt atrocities in Syria had become a new stain on the reputation of the world body and the….

US arms experts going with Kerry to meet Russians
9/11/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — A team of US arms experts will accompany Secretary of State John Kerry to Geneva to meet with Russian counterparts for key talks on Syria’s chemical weapons, a US official said Wednesday. Kerry will also meet with the UN-Arab League special envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, adding the talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov….

Soldiers killed in Egypt Sinai bombing
AlJazeera 11 Sep 2013 – At least six soldiers killed as blasts rip through army intelligence facility in Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip

Palestine News Network

IOF Claims Innocence in Murder of Palestinian Despite All Evidence to the Contrary
Palestine News Network

Prisoner Carried Back to Jail in Army Jeep After Surgery
Palestine News Network

War Crimes on Both Sides Have Worsened in Syria, According to UN Report
Palestine News Network

US Strengthens Security Measures on Anniversary of 11th September
Palestine News Network

Dutch Firm Praised by UN Expert for Leaving Israeli Settlement Project
Palestine News Network

Syria Willing to Join Chemical Weapons Convention
Palestine News Network

Israel Demolishes Four Homes in al-Quds, Postpones Demolition of Four Others
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Strongly Condemns Summoning 2 University Professors by the Police Investigation Bureau in Gaza
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Middle East and North Africa: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue Issue 09 | July – August 2013 [EN/AR]
Relief Web 11 Sep 2013 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Yemen HIGHLIGHTS Aid workers in the MENA region face significant security risks, with local staff impacted…

occupied Palestinian territory: UN expert welcomes Dutch firm’s decision to pull out of an illegal Israeli project in East Jerusalem
Relief Web 10 Sep 2013 – Source: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory GENEVA (10 September 2013) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Richard Falk today welcomed the decision made by the Dutch multinational company Royal HaskoningDHV to terminate its…

The National

Russia gives US its plan to end Syria arms crisis
The National 11 Sep 2013 – Russia has sent a proposal to the United States outlining its plan for Syria to cede control of its chemical arsenal. Taimur Khan reports 

Suicide bombs hit Egyptian military in Sinai, kill 9
The National 11 Sep 2013 – At least nine killed in two suicide car bombings targeting a military intelligence building and a checkpoint.

UN weapons inspectors to release report on Syrian chemical weapons next week
The National 11 Sep 2013 – Experts say the scientists in Sweden and Finland will be working to find traces of chemicals from the samples gathered in Damascus, with some suggesting the results could unintentionally point the finger of blame. Justin Vela reports 

Stork detained by Egyptian authorities for spying found dead
The National 11 Sep 2013 – Residents found the dead bird on an island in the Nile, south of the ancient city of Aswan.

Car bomb wrecks old US consulate in Benghazi, a year after attack that killed four Americans
The National 11 Sep 2013 – A car bomb damaged a Libyan foreign ministry building in Benghazi yesterday, the first anniversary of the attack on the US consulate in the city that left four Americans dead.

Former Chilean president returns to detention and torture centre
The National 11 Sep 2013 – As Chile marked the 40th anniversary of a coup that brought Pinochet to power, the current president called for national reconciliation, amid violent protests.

Prosecution wants death penalty for India gang rapists
The National 11 Sep 2013 – The four men convicted of gang raping and murdering a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in Delhi will be sentenced tomorrow. Suryatapa Bhattacharya reports 

Israel agrees to pay family of Prisoner X $1m over jail suicide
The National 11 Sep 2013 – Israel is to pay more than US$1 million to the family of an alleged Mossad spy who hanged himself in prison in 2010.

Motorway mall to put Abu Dhabi towns on the map
The National 11 Sep 2013 – For drivers of the 100,000 cars making their daily trip between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, a cluster of landmarks identifies the dusty junction at Al Shahama and Al Bahia, 30 kilometres outside Abu Dhabi, where the E11 joins the E10.

Saudi man beheaded for murder
The National 11 Sep 2013 – Saudi authorities have beheaded a national after he was convicted of murder, the interior ministry said.

America’s richest 1 per cent earn biggest share since 1920s
The National 11 Sep 2013 – Gulf between America’s rich and poor has been growing for almost three decades.

Volvo Ocean Race team meets in Abu Dhabi to plan 2014 festivities
The National 11 Sep 2013 – A team from the Volvo Group has met in the capital to take the Abu Dhabi stopover, scheduled for December next year, “to the next level”.

Sharjah bus driver killed, students injured as vehicle crashes
The National 11 Sep 2013 – The driver of a school bus was killed and six female Emirati students injured after the vehicle smashed into a lamp post.

Thousands flee on third day of Philippine rebel siege
The National 11 Sep 2013 – Islamist rebels take potshots at Philippine troops while hiding behind hostages who were tied together pleading for mercy.

Road safety campaign: Dubai taxi drivers get Bluetooth headsets
The National 11 Sep 2013 – Five hundred taxi drivers will benefit from giveaway to promote road safety in Dubai.

US legistators examine gender imbalance in India
The National 11 Sep 2013 – Millions of sex-selective abortions in India have skewed gender ratios, and the origins of the problem can be traced to American-supported population control strategies decades ago, a US congressional panel heard.

Abu Dhabi to get several new health centres
The National 11 Sep 2013 – New health facilities and services are to be built in the emirate, the Abu Dhabi Executive Council has revealed.

Ajman traffic policeman dies after being knocked off his motorbike
The National 11 Sep 2013 – The 40-year-old traffic officer was on duty at a road linking Ajman and Sharjah when he was hit by a car driven by an Arab man at about 9am.

Free parking for public-transport users in Dubai
The National 11 Sep 2013 – Public transport users in Dubai can now enjoy free parking at bus and Metro stations.


Arab professors a rarity in Israeli universities
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Acknowledging both horns of the Syrian dilemma
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

‘Certain similarities’ do not fascism make
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Spasiba, Moscow, for saving the U.S. from itself and averting war
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

New prize to honor English-language immigrants’ contributions to Israel
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

The speech on Syria that Obama should have given weeks ago
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

U.S. sees ‘troubling’ Iran nuclear moves, urges steps by Tehran
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Black market medicine less prevalent but not yet conquered
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Looking back at the Yom Kippur War through the eyes of Diaspora Jews
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Israeli sues U.K. union, healthcare trust for discrimination
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Dollar falls 1.1% against the shekel to NIS 3.56, as fears of Syria strike ease
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

French ultranationalist party suspends candidate for anti-Semitic posts
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Tourist tip #333 / Bike rentals (or lack thereof) in Tel Aviv on Yom Kippur
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

U.S. citizens’ private data shared with Israeli intelligence, report says
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

NSA sharing U.S. citizens’ private data with Israeli intelligence, report says
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

PM: Message to Syria will be heard loud and clear in Iran
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Syria crisis highlights rift running through J Street
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Check the DNA before calling Bennett your brother
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Israeli women outlive men, Tel Avivians die younger
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Russia confirms sale of advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Iran
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Tributes and moment of silence mark 12th anniversary of 9/11
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Indian gang rape suspects face hanging as court prepares for sentencing
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

South Tel Aviv building collapses, killing one and injuring four
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Would you like kebab with your Instagram?
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Israeli court may suspend law used to take over Palestinian land in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Weiner withers, Spitzer sputters in New York primaries
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

State must do more to prevent political muzzling
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

The endurance of cold peace
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

An opening in Syria for Obama
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Right sues left: The liabilities of Israeli libel cases
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Jerusalem Hasidic cult leader convicted of raping, torturing his six wives
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Freedom of movement is the key to any agreement
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Israel pays Prisoner X’s family over $1 million to keep quiet
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Unusually hot weather forecasted for Yom Kippur
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

A provincial ‘startup nation’
Ha’aretz – 10 Sep 2013

Jerusalem Post

US declares victory with Russian plan on Syrian chemical arms
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – US President Barack Obama says threat of military action is what put diplomatic deal on table, hopeful Assad will follow through on his renouncement of his chemical weapons arsenal. 

Syrian rebels reject deal to strip regime of chemical weapons
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – Russians have taught the Americans an unforgettable lesson. 

Former negotiator: 100,000 settlers need to be evacuated
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – It’s not possible at this time for Israelis and Palestinians to reach a final status agreement, former peace negotiator Sher says. 

Ten Israeli artists to take up residencies at US colleges
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – Washington-based program seeks to enhance study of modern Israel through contemporary culture. 

Second haredi woman gets threats over political candidacy
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – The founder of a web portal for women called ‘womenet,’ has been given party’s sixth slot on its electoral list in the elections. 

Voter rolls for municipal races to be decided today
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – In October vote, citizens will select a candidate for mayor and a list of candidates for city council on 2 separate ballots. 

Palestinian Authority says Jews who visit Temple Mount provoke violence
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – PA: Visits by Jews are part of an Israeli scheme to “Judaize.” 

Fatah activists protest outside Al-Jazeera TV station in Ramallah
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – Some Palestinian protesters carry placards saying news network is “Zionist,” after an interviewee badmouthed Yasser Arafat. 

Polish humanitarian worker banned from reentry to Israel-Palestinian areas
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – Polish Foreign Ministry demands explanation for Shin Bet’s ban on Kamil Qandil, but has not received an answer. 

Hamas seeks to lower tension with Egypt
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – Islamist group asks Palestinians to mute criticism over Egypt; accuse army chief, General al-Sisi, of waging war against Islam. 

Report: Two explosions in northern Sinai kill 11, casulaties mainly Egyptian soldiers
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – Al-qaida linked terror group claims responsibility for attacks; one explosion occurred near an Egyptian military center. 

Forty years later: Golda Meir and the Yom Kippur War
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – WATCH: Former Prime Minister Golda Meir meets with IDF soldiers at the end of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. 

State indicts 2 Haifa men for raping American stewardess in Tel Aviv hotel
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – The men, ages 24 and 26 from Haifa, met defendant at a dance club where they were drinking alcohol, when they offered her a ride. 

France: Military option in Syria still valid if diplomacy fails
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – Comments come day after Paris proposes draft UN resolution. 

Peretz: Don’t use live chickens in Yom Kippur ceremony of Kapparot 
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – Minister for Environmental Protection says Yom Kippur is time for reflection, not making animals suffer. 

One dead, five hurt in building collapse in south Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – All the victims are construction workers buried under rubble; man who was killed named by police as Mahjina Assad, 55. 

French UN draft, disliked by Russia, would give Syria chemical arms ultimatum
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – Under French draft resolution, Syria would have 15 days to declare chemical weapons, open sites to inspectors or face punitive measures. 

Opposition: US providing some lethal aid to Syrian rebels
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Washington concerned that US arms could end up benefiting radical Islamist groups, such as the al Nusra Front. 

Fatah-aligned Aksa Martyrs Brigades call for terror attacks against Israel
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 – Leaflet warns against “Judaization” of Palestinian land; declares Friday day of “mobilization against the cowardly Zionist occupier.” 

The Guardian

Syria crisis: Obama edges towards diplomacy – live updates
The Guardian 11 Sep 2013 – Obama orders military to be ready if diplomacy fails • French proposes chemical weapons ultimatum to Syria • Syria claims it will sign chemical weapons treaty Matthew Weaver

US, Russia clash over terms of deal on Syria chemical weapons – live updates
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 Tom McCarthy

Inter Press Service

Tourism Rescuing Tunisia
IPS Egypt’s loss could be Tunisia’s gain as tourists begin to flock back. Credit: Louise Sherwood/IPS. The Tunisian revolution which ousted the dictator Ben Ali in early 2011, gave greater liberty to Tunisians but it also scared off many tourists. However, despite the current political crisis visitors have steadily returned, and…


Israel issues 4 demolition orders in Jerusalem
Uruknet 11 Sep 2013 – September 8, 2013 — Israeli municipality staff and police issued four demolition orders for commercial properties in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Sunday, a local group said. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that Israeli forces raided Silwan…

US urges EU to postpone Israel settlement ban
Uruknet 11 Sep 2013 – September 8, 2013 – 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 made the request…

Meet the Guantánamo Prisoner Who Wants to be Prosecuted Rather than Rot in Legal Limbo
Uruknet 11 Sep 2013 – September 8, 2013 – Highlighting one aspect of this ongoing injustice, Bravin looked at the case of Sufyian Barhoumi, identified in his article as Sufiyan Barhoumi, who, as he described it, “has decided to plead guilty to war crimes, throw…

Syrian forces may have used gas without Assad s permission: paper
Uruknet 11 Sep 2013 – September 8, 2013 – Syrian government forces may have carried out a chemical weapons attack close to Damascus without the personal permission of President Bashar al-Assad, Germany s Bild am Sonntag paper reported on Sunday, citing German intelligence. Syrian brigade…

Settler shoots at Palestinian, police find no criminal culpability 
Uruknet 11 Sep 2013 – September 8, 2013 – This blog has dealt extensively with one of the most dysfunctional organizations around, to wit, the Judea and Samaria Police District (JSPD), which manages to look even worse than regular Israeli police. (Judea and Samaria is…

Syria News – September 7 , 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 11 Sep 2013 – September 7 , 2013 – By the end of Sunday the Cordination Committees were able to document 73 martyrs including 9 children, 4 women and 5 martyrs under torture: 21 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs, 16 in Idlib,…

Military Resistance 11I6 in Your Dreams
Uruknet 11 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 – The commander of NATO ground forces in Afghanistan says there has been no discussions that the coalition would completely withdraw after 2014, despite continued uncertainty in political negotiations over the future of the international military effort….

Guantanamo-Style Force Feeding Comes Right To Obama s Doorstep (Video) 
Uruknet 11 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 – – A Guantanamo protester had a tube snaked through his nose and down his throat, with liquid nutrient pumped into his stomach just steps from the White House on Friday. The protester, Andre s Thomas Conteris,…

Oslo Revisited
Uruknet 11 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 -Israel loves anniversaries. The media fill up with revelations and memories of the event commemorated, eye-witnesses recite their stories for the umpteenth time, old photos flood the pages and the TV screens. In the coming days, two…

Normalizing Israel – The Almond Tree Book Review
Uruknet 11 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 – Jewish American, Michelle Cohen Corasanti s The Almond Tree should be retitled, The Normal Tree, because, as Shahada, the tree is witness, since 1947, to the normal daily atrocities by the Israeli occupiers of Palestine, and…

Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Ordered To Pay U.S. Contractor s Legal Fees
Uruknet 11 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 – – A federal judge on Wednesday ordered four Iraqis who were imprisoned at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison to pay nearly $14,000 in legal fees to defense contractor CACI, an Arlington, Va.-based company that supplied interrogators…

Taliban statement Four persecuted women released from jail in a prison swap 
Uruknet 11 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 -Four innocent women and two children imprisoned by the Kabul administration on grounds of being the relatives of some Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate, a crime for which some were held for the past ten years in illegal…

Dutch firm withdraws from sewage plant for settlers in East Jerusalem
Uruknet 11 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 -The Netherlands-based engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV has announced that it has decided to withdraw from a sewage treatment project in eastern occupied Jerusalem.The firm reviewed its involvement in designing the plant after the Dutch government discouraged it…

Daily Star

Russia may expand arms sales to Iran if U.S. strikes Syria
Daily Star 11 Sep 2013 Russia could expand arms sales to Iran and revise the terms of U.S. military transit to Afghanistan if Washington launches a strike on Syria, a senior Russian lawmaker said Wednesday.

U.S. Senators could vote on Syria force next week if diplomacy fails
Daily Star 11 Sep 2013 U.S. lawmakers said on Wednesday the Senate could start voting on a resolution to authorize the use of military force against Syria as soon as next week if efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the…

Iraq mosque suicide bomb, attacks kill 39
Daily Star 11 Sep 2013 A suicide bombing against a Shiite mosque as worshippers streamed out was the bloodiest of attacks across Iraq that left at least 39 people dead on Wednesday, officials said.

Kerry to meet U.N. Syria envoy Brahimi in Geneva: U.S. State Dept
Daily Star 11 Sep 2013 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is scheduled to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva for talks on Syria, also intends to meet U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi while there, a State Department…

Chemical arms fears must not overshadow Syria aid needs: Red Cross
Daily Star 11 Sep 2013 Red Cross chief Peter Maurer on Wednesday urged the international community to do as much to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria as it is doing to fight the chemical weapons threat in the country.

Privately, UN talks begin on Syria chemical arms
Daily Star 11 Sep 2013 Tense negotiations have begun on a proposed U.N. resolution that would put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control and end a diplomatic stalemate over a deadly suspected poison gas attack, a French official said Wednesday.

Delay in Syria vote frees Obama to shift to hefty domestic agenda
Daily Star 11 Sep 2013 Putting off a decision on military strikes on Syria allows President Barack Obama to shift his attention back to a weighty domestic agenda for the fall that includes budget fights, immigration and selecting a new chairman…

White House says no timeline for Syria diplomacy
Daily Star 11 Sep 2013 The White House is not putting a timeline on a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Syria.

11 dead in Syria regime air strike on field hospital: NGO
Daily Star 11 Sep 2013 A Syrian regime air strike on a field hospital in the northern province of Aleppo killed at least 11 people on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

UK princes turn traders for Sept 11 charity day
Daily Star 11 Sep 2013 British princes William and Harry have turned temporary stock traders, participating in a charity event to honor victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

U.S. sees “troubling” Iran nuclear moves, urges steps by Tehran
Daily Star 11 Sep 2013 The United States said on Wednesday it saw “troubling developments” in Iran’s nuclear programme and called on the country’s new president to take concrete steps soon to ease concerns about Tehran’s aims.

U.S., Russia, other big powers to meet on Syria in NY
Daily Star 11 Sep 2013 Envoys from the five permanent U.N. Security Council member states will meet in New York on Wednesday to discuss plans to place Syrian chemical weapons under international control, diplomats said.

Netanyahu says Syria must be stripped of its chemical weapons
Daily Star 11 Sep 2013 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday Syria must be stripped of its chemical weapons and that the international community must make sure those who use weapons of mass destruction pay a price.

Tunisian assembly partially returns to work
Daily Star 11 Sep 2013 Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly partially resumes its activities, which have been suspended since early August due to a political crisis triggered by the assassination of an opposition MP.

YNet News

US, Russia, other big powers to meet on Syria in NY 
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US warns diplomatic solution for Syria will take time 
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American held in Iran writes letter to John Kerry
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Iraqi officials: Iranian exiles leave Camp Ashraf 
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9/11 reflections: 2001, 2012, and 2013
YNet News, 11 Sep 2013 – Op-ed: Recent scandals undermined public’s trust that US government conducts itself fairly, transparently and constitutionally ….

Sex abuse victim driven out of shul
YNet News, 11 Sep 2013 – Orthodox Jewish teen from Satmar community, whose testimony helped convict prominent Brooklyn counselor, shamed by worshippers as she arrives at synagogue on Rosh Hashana. ‘They stopped the praying until she left,’ her husband says ….

Katsav deserves no leave 
YNet News, 11 Sep 2013 – Op-ed: As long as convicted rapist fails to admit and regret his actions, he must stay in prison ….

Poles admit destroying Holocaust hideout 
YNet News, 11 Sep 2013 – Couple pleads guilty to ruining World War II Jewish hideout to create kitchen in apartment they were renting from city of Warsaw ….

Palestinian Information Center

Abu Kuwaik: Negotiations process complete failure
PIC – Hussein Abu Kuweik, a Hamas leader in the West Bank, has said that the PA negotiations process with the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) had completely failed.

IOA deprives Palestinian student from education
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) forced liberated prisoner Samer Al-Juba to take a forced break from his education at a university in Al-Khalil and return to his hometown in Beersheba.

Khudari calls for accelerating reconciliation
PIC – Independent MP Jamal Al-Khudari has called for accelerating national reconciliation in light of the escalating storming and Judaizing of the Aqsa mosque and the Gaza blockade.

Occupation notifies to remove fence of natural reserve funded by the FAO
PIC – Israeli occupation forces notified on Wednesday to remove natural reserve and confiscate its barbed wire funded by UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO

Israeli minister and settlers storm Al-Aqsa
PIC – Israeli housing minister Uri Ariel , accompanied by dozens of settlers, stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque on Wednesday under Israeli police protection.

Israeli Supreme Court defers decision in Absentee Property cases in E. Jerusalem
PIC – Israeli Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to defer consideration of the issue of the applicability of the Absentee Property Law in occupied East Jerusalem.

IOF raid some W. Bank towns, kidnap young men
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed on Wednesday morning a number of Palestinian towns to the north of the West Bank and kidnapped young men and children from their homes.

IOA sentences a female captive to 3 months
PIC – Salem Military Court has sentenced the female captive Mayser Atyani, 47, for three months and imposed a fine of 2,000 shekels against her, her family told Ahrar Center for Prisoners’ Studies.


Israeli Bulldozers Demolish 20 Bedouin Sheds near Jerusalem
WAFA – 11 Sep 2013

Jerusalem Church Leaders Urge Peace, not War
WAFA – 11 Sep 2013

Addameer Board Chairman Banned from West Bank
WAFA – 11 Sep 2013

Palestinians Demonstrate Against US Intervention in Syria
WAFA – 11 Sep 2013

Israel Orders Removal of Fence Around Natural Reserve
WAFA – 11 Sep 2013

Soldiers Arrest 11 Palestinians in West Bank
WAFA – 11 Sep 2013

Groups Tell US to Stay Out of EU Guidelines on Settlements
WAFA – 11 Sep 2013

Israeli Official Leads Fanatics in Tour of Al-Aqsa
WAFA – 11 Sep 2013

Crossing to Jordan Closed on Saturday due to Jewish Holiday
WAFA – 11 Sep 2013

Newspapers Review: Daily Talks about Plan to ‘Swallow’ West Bank
WAFA – 11 Sep 2013


Syrian war crimes escalating on both sides, U.N. probe finds
LA Times 11 Sep 2013 – Summary executions, torture, hostage-taking and indiscriminate shelling of civilian homes are among the war crimes committed by both sides in the Syrian conflict, a special investigative panel of the United Nations Human Rights Council reported Wednesday.

Syrian opposition divided over Russia’s chemical weapons plan
LA Times 11 Sep 2013 – BEIRUT — The fragmented Syrian opposition reacted in divided fashion to the news that Syria may be willing to give up its chemical weapons stockpile.

Russia’s Syria proposal offers major powers clear advantages
LA Times 11 Sep 2013 – Even if the proposal bogs down at the U.N., it provides a diplomatic way out of a military strike. Syrian rebels and their supporters, however, stand to lose. WASHINGTON — The Russian proposal for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons has gained great momentum because…

Obama, in speech on Syria, says America can’t ‘look the other way’
LA Times 11 Sep 2013 – But the president suspends his drive for a military strike to explore Russia’s proposal that Syria turn over its chemical weapons. WASHINGTON — President Obama suspended his drive to win congressional authorization for punitive military strikes against Syria on Tuesday, as his administration and U.S….

Obama Delays Syria Strike to Focus on a Russian Plan
New York Times 11 Sep 2013 – President Obama said he would pursue a “diplomatic path” on the Syria crisis even while making the moral case for punishing the country for its deadly use of chemical weapons. 

Despite Threats, 9/11 Passes Quietly in Kabul
New York Times 11 Sep 2013 – Officials took precautions in Afghanistan, and elsewhere, but rumored large-scale attacks did not come to pass. 

Imprisoned American in Iran Sends Letter to Kerry
New York Times 11 Sep 2013 – The letter from Amir Hekmati, who has been incarcerated for more than two years, said he had been mistreated and held unlawfully. 

The Lede: Astronaut’s Photo of Smoke Over Lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001
New York Times 11 Sep 2013 – An American astronaut captured a stunning view of Lower Manhattan from the International Space Station after the World Trade Center collapsed in 2001. 

Blast Hits Foreign Ministry in Benghazi
New York Times 11 Sep 2013 – Security officials said a powerful explosion has caused serious damage to Libya’s Foreign Ministry building in the heart of the coastal city of Benghazi. 

U.N. Guilty of ‘Collective Failure’ in Syria, Leader Says
New York Times 11 Sep 2013 – Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general, spoke as diplomatic energy was intensifying over a Russian proposal to secure Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles. 

U.N. Rights Panel Cites Evidence of War Crimes by Both Sides in Syria
New York Times 11 Sep 2013 – Investigators say government forces and rebel fighters have killed, tortured and raped on a huge scale. 

An Unlikely Evolution, From Casual Proposal to Possible Resolution
New York Times 11 Sep 2013 – A seemingly offhand remark by Secretary of State John Kerry actually grew out of talks between Russia and the United States, and it allowed Vladimir V. Putin to seize control of the Syria debate. 

The Basics of the Debate
New York Times 10 Sep 2013 – What is the state of the debate on intervention in Syria? 

Chemical Disarmament Hard Even in Peacetime
New York Times 10 Sep 2013 – Large numbers of foreign troops would almost certainly be needed to safeguard inspectors working in the midst of the civil war. 

U.S. Eases Sanctions to Allow Good-Will Exchanges With Iran
New York Times 10 Sep 2013 – The Obama administration on Tuesday relaxed restraints on humanitarian activities between Iran and the United States, including athletic exchanges. 

Haifa Mayor tries to annex Tamar field
Globes Main News – Yona Yahav has asked the Interior Ministry to enlarge the city limits so that it can collect municipal rates on the Tamar gas field, 90 kilometers off the coast.

Cellcom board to decide on television venture
Globes Main News – CEO Nir Sztern is strongly in favor, but some directors have expressed reservations.

BoI Governor to be named by Saturday night
Globes Main News – The Turkel Committee has approved the candidacies of Prof. Mario Blejer, Prof. Zvi Eckstein and Victor Medina.

Wed: Stocks rise; Pluristem up sharply
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals led trading but closed unchanged today; the banks were firm, and Pluristem jumped after announcing a US patent.

Shekel continues rebound as Syria tension eases
Globes Main News – FXCM Israel research department: Foreign investors are again flowing back to the shekel.

Israelis consuming less alcohol, cigarettes
Globes Macro Economics – Following tax hikes, 44% of alcohol drinkers and 60% of smokers have reduced consumption.

Conceding the Inevitable, Obama’s Backs Down
Tikun Olam – From the tone of his speech, you wouldn’t know he’d lost a major foreign policy battle, but he had. (Evan Vucci) I have to admit, I thought tonight’s speech was going to go in a different direction: I figured that Obama would essentially concede a temporary…

White House Briefs Close To 700 Rabbis on President Obama’s Syria Plans 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Sep 2013 – Close to 700 rabbis and other Jewish communal officials were briefed by a top White House aide on President Obama’s Syria plans. Click here for the rest of the article…

Group With Ties to Fatah Calls For Attacks Against Israel on the Eve of Yom Kippur 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Sep 2013 – The Al Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades called on followers to launch attacks against Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

U.S. Citizens’ Private Data Shared with Israeli Intelligence, Says Snowden 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Sep 2013 – The U.S. National Security Agency is routinely sharing American citizens’ private data with Israeli intelligence services, a secret document leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden shows, the Guardian reported on Wednesday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Hamas Leaders in Gaza Seek To Lower Tension With Egypt 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Sep 2013 – The Hamas Islamist group ruling Gaza sought to ease tensions with Cairo on Wednesday by ordering Muslim preachers to mute their criticism of the Egyptian government over what some of the clerics have called its war on Islam. Click here for the rest of the article……

Syria Crisis Puts Rift Running Through J Street on Sharp Display 
The Forward New 11 Sep 2013 – J Street’s leadership rarely strays too far from the communal consensus. Obama’s push to punish Syria raises the question: Is that a virtue, or a fatal flaw? Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Saudi Investments in Communication Sector 
allAfrica.com 11 Sep 2013 – [Egypt Online]The Egyptian delegation headed by Communications Minister Atef Helmi returned home Monday 10/9/2013 from Saudi Arabia after a short meeting visit.

Egypt: Anglican Agency Launches Syria, Egypt Appeals 
allAfrica.com 11 Sep 2013 – [ACNS]The Christian charity Us (formerly USPG) has launched two appeals to encourage Anglicans and other church-goers in Britain and Ireland to reach out to Syrian refugees and families in crisis in Egypt.

Sudan: Sudan Welcomes Russian Initiative On Syria’s Chemical Arsenal 
allAfrica.com 11 Sep 2013 – [Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -The Sudanese foreign ministry on Tuesday issued a statement welcoming Russian initiative announced yesterday by which the Syrian government would agree to placing its chemical weapons stockpile under international control.

Egypt: Egypt, UAE Discuss Plan for Supporting Egyptian Economic 
allAfrica.com 11 Sep 2013 – [Egypt Online]A delegation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), currently in Egypt, held talks on Tuesday 10/9/2013 with Egyptian officials to discuss a plan of action for the UAE economic assistance to Egypt.

European Union must not bow to US pressure to disregard human rights 
Global BDS 11 Sep 2013 – – EU must resist US pressure and meet obligations under international law – EU should take further steps to end complicity with Israeli apartheid, colonialism and occupation – The Dutch government has demonstrated states can prevent business involvement in illegal Israeli projects in the occupied Palestinian…

“The Lab”: Israel Tests Weapons, Tactics on Captive Palestinian Population 
Global BDS 11 Sep 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 (see August 2013 Washington Report, p. 12). Aside from the cloud cast by…

UN powers discuss Syria proposal 
BBC 11 Sep 2013 – Envoys of the five permanent UN Security Council members meet to discuss a Russian plan for making safe Syria’s chemical weapons.

Battle continues in Syria’s Maaloula 
BBC 11 Sep 2013 – The BBC’s Jeremy Bowen sees fierce fighting in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, despite reports that Syrian forces had retaken it.

Sinai suicide attacks kill soldiers 
BBC 11 Sep 2013 – A double suicide bomb attack on military locations in Egypt’s Sinai region kills six soldiers and wounds at least 17 other people, officials say.

Israel pays ‘Prisoner X’ family $1m 
BBC 11 Sep 2013 – Israel is to pay $1.1m to the family of an alleged Mossad spy known as “Prisoner X” who killed himself in prison in 2010.

Another War for Israel – Featuring America’s Newest Allies: al Qaida 
Sabbah report 11 Sep 2013 – Those wonderful people who brought you The Big Mac, Mom’s apple Pie, Burger King and Kentucky Fried People are at it again. And all because Binyamin Netanyahu was able to tell his partner in war crimes, just what he needed to hear: The absolutely, without question,…

The 1993 Oslo agreement 
Sabbah report 11 Sep 2013 – From the archive, 10 September 1993: Israel and Palestine reach historic agreement Read More: The 1993 Oslo agreement . Sign up for our free newsletter!

5 Dirty Tricks AIPAC Uses Against Congress 
Sabbah report 11 Sep 2013 – Those members of Congress opposed to AIPAC’s drives to tripwire America into war with Iran and Syria realistically fear a combination of spying, covert action and rigged elections will bring them down if they fail to follow AIPAC-and by extension the Israeli government’s-marching orders. Read More:…

From Hiroshima to Syria, the enemy whose name we dare not speak 
Sabbah report 11 Sep 2013 – Russia’s peace deal over chemical weapons will, in time, be treated with the contempt that all militarists reserve for diplomacy. With Al-Qaida now among its allies, and US-armed coupmasters secure in Cairo, the US intends to crush the last independent states in the Middle East: Syria…

Israel bars entry of Polish humanitarian worker, halts irrigation project 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Sep 2013 – Israel’s Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a decision to bar entry to the Jewish state to a Polish humanitarian worker for having unspecified links to “terrorist elements”. Although Kamil Qandil had a valid visa when he landed at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv on September…

Delegates agree to transform Yemen into federal state 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Sep 2013 – A file picture taken on 28 August 2013 shows Yemeni Prime Minister Mohamed Basindawa attending the opening ceremony of the National Youth Conference, in Sanaa. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Huwais) Participants in Yemen’s national reconciliation talks have agreed on the principle of changing the Arab republic…

Lebanon’s ISF interrogates journalist over links to critical Geagea article 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Sep 2013 – Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces summoned a journalist and interrogated her for several hours on Wednesday over suspicions that she was linked to an article critical of Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea. Rasha el-Amine, who works for online publication Now Lebanon, is the second journalist to be…

Saudi Arabia: Prisoners in Dark Cells 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Sep 2013 – Saudi protesters hold Saudi flags and portraits of unidentified Saudi prisoners during a demonstration in Qatif, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, 9 March 2011. (Photo: Archive – AP) Saudi protesters hold Saudi flags and portraits of unidentified Saudi prisoners during a demonstration in Qatif, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, 9…

Damascus Shelters Ready for War 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Sep 2013 – Pedestrians walk past a placard that reads ‘Stop Obama’s War’ outside the LA Covention Center in Los Angeles on 9 September 2013 in California, as US President Barack Obama said a Russian plan to secure Syria’s chemical weapons could be a “significant breakthrough” but warned he…

Syria: Life Slowly Return to Devastated Qusayr 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Sep 2013 – A Syrian man rides his motorbike past the Sunni Grand mosque on 1 August 2013 in the city of Qusayr, in Syria’s central Homs province. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) A Syrian man rides his motorbike past the Sunni Grand mosque on 1 August 2013 in…

Cairo Hosts First Palestinian Tamarrod Conference 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

UN powers discuss Syria proposal 
BBC 11 Sep 2013 – Envoys of the five permanent UN Security Council members meet to discuss a Russian plan for making safe Syria’s chemical weapons.

Battle continues in Syria’s Maaloula 
BBC 11 Sep 2013 – The BBC’s Jeremy Bowen sees fierce fighting in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, despite reports that Syrian forces had retaken it.

Deadly attack near Iraq Shia mosque 
BBC 11 Sep 2013 – Two explosions near a Shia mosque in the Iraqi capital Baghdad have killed at least 35 people, officials say.

Sinai suicide attacks kill soldiers 
BBC 11 Sep 2013 – A double suicide bomb attack on military locations in Egypt’s Sinai region kills six soldiers and wounds at least 17 other people, officials say.

Israel pays ‘Prisoner X’ family $1m 
BBC 11 Sep 2013 – Israel is to pay $1.1m to the family of an alleged Mossad spy known as “Prisoner X” who killed himself in prison in 2010.


Oslo agreements impoverished Jerusalem 
Sergio Yahni, Alternative Information Center 9/11/2013
Jerusalem is the largest and most populated city in Israel. Political and economic developments since the start of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the early 1990s, however, have also rendered it Israel’s poorest city. 80 percent of Palestinians and 25 percent of Israelis in Jerusalem live under the poverty line.
Jerusalem spans across 125.2 square kilometres, 71 square kilometres of which were annexed to the city after the 1967 war and the commencement of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. More than 10% of the Israeli population lives in Jerusalem (Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem are included in the national Israeli census) with a total population of 830,000 residents. Of these residents 39% are Palestinian Christians and Muslims. Additionally, according to data provided by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, the population of Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem reached 190,423 at the end of 2011.
The Bank of Israel’s research division revealed in 2010 that 41% of East and West Jerusalem’s residents were living below the poverty line, and a report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) stated that the poverty rate is 25% among Israeli citizens and close to 80% among the Palestinian population in East Jerusalem. It also reported that 85% of Palestinian children in East Jerusalem and 45% of Israeli children throughout Jerusalem live under the poverty line.
In a study released on May 8, 2013, UNCTAD claimed that the high poverty rate in East Jerusalem is a result of the isolation imposed on the Palestinian residents by Israel since the Oslo agreements.
The study also stated that, prior to the 1993 Oslo Accords, East Jerusalem’s economy constituted 15% of the Palestinian economy, and has since shrunk to only 7% in recent years…. more.. e-mail

The illusion of peace negotiations 
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 9/10/2013
The continuation of peace talks between Israel and Palestine are being portrayed as a failure by both sides. Despite the apparently shared sentiment by Israeli and Palestinian alike, any assumption of equality within the shared viewpoint is erroneous and should be dispelled. We need to clarify attempts to justify the talks which have served only to divert the international gaze as negotiators are reduced to trivial rhetoric about how best to approach the talks and vague renewals of commitment to the process. This all comes as the US works even harder to safeguard Israeli interests, including an appeal to the EU to postpone its ban on investment in companies based in illegal Israeli settlements.
Israel is “angry” at alleged leaks about the talks which have revealed its plans to propose provisional borders for a hypothetical future Palestinian state; borders which would still allow Israeli to maintain control over a considerable area of the West Bank. This anger has been justified by a sympathetic media, notwithstanding the fact that the current negotiations are nothing but another campaign to divest Palestinians of the remnants of their territory. Palestinian statements regarding the futility of the peace talks have been reported, yet not without a slant of justification towards Israel as the inaccurately-portrayed benevolent state willing to reach a compromise with the people it has oppressed for decades through apartheid practices.
The negotiations are primarily an exercise in diplomacy between three leaders whose roles are contaminated by regional interests and dependency, with Palestinians suffering the additional indignity of a leader whose allegiance to the people has been severed in return for economic benefits provided by the Israeli state. Palestinians lack representative leadership in the negotiation process, which explains why the talks are taking place. If Abbas truly represented Palestinian demands, Israel and the US would have probably proposed other methods of coercion in order to prevent a possible acquisition of identity based upon land and nationhood. As things stand, Israel and the US can effectively reject both the notion of a future Palestinian state as well as a single democratic state which abolishes the current exclusive nature of the self-proclaimed Jewish state. more.. e-mail

How a Jewish Agency fellow becomes a one-state activist 
Tom Pessah, +972 Magazine 9/7/2013
When Gila Hashkes arrived at UC Berkeley as a Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, she felt like she was jumping into the heart of pro-Palestinian activism. Her job was to organize Jewish students on campus, strengthen their connection to Israel and give them tools to justify its policies. But after a year-long journey of digging deeper into the conflict, being pushed by both her Jewish and Palestinian peers and glimpsing the ‘mentality of fear’ that grips the American Jewish community, she had an awakening of sorts, moved back to Jerusalem and now works for equal rights for all. Tom Pessah sits down with her and explores the transformation.
Can you talk a little bit about your background?
I’m 28-years-old. My extended family includes a whole range of skullcaps and scarfs, especially knitted skullcaps from Bnei Akiva (a national-religious youth movement). Some are Benn
ett-style settlers. My close family is national religious. Sabbath was Sabbath; today they’re a bit less observant. I grew up in a religious high school. My matriculation exams were in Gemara (a part of the Talmud consisting primarily of commentary on the Mishna), and I was part of Bnei Akiva. My rebellion was going to the army instead of doing national service, in order to be a strong feminist.

How did you get to be the Israel fellow in Berkeley?
After the army I got my bachelor’s degree in business management and communication. I worked in an advertising agency – I hated the advertising world. I felt I was advertising things that were devoid of any content, selling my soul to the devil. And then a friend suggested that I become an emissary (Israeli government emissary abroad), to market something I believe in, with a purpose. The purpose is strengthening the State of Israel. My brother joined the army, and in my mind he went to fight on the battlefront, whereas my strengths are in marketing – so I’m going to fight in the battlefield of Hasbara. more.. e-mail

An Interview with Noam Chomsky 
Frank Barat, CounterPunch 9/10/2013
Syria, Israel and Peace in Palestine
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 much to survive that they indeed accept the framework?
NC: If they were refuse to join the US-run negotiations, their basis for support would collapse. They survive on donations essentially. Israel has made sure that it’s not a productive economy. They’re a kind of what would be called in Yiddish a “Schnorrer Society”: you just borrow and live on what you can get.
Whether they have an alternative to that is not so clear, but if they were to refuse the US demand for negotiations on completely unacceptable terms, their basis for support would erode. And they do have support – external support – enough so that the Palestinian elite can live in a fairly decent – often lavish – lifestyle, while the society around them collapses. more.. e-mail

Palestinian youth assert right of return with direct action
Electronic Intifada: 11 Sep 2013 – Palestinians vow to remain in their ancestors’ villages despite Israeli threats.more

Israeli occupation leaves psychological not just physical scars
Electronic Intifada: 11 Sep 2013 – We need to focus more on the psychological war that Israel is waging.more

Gaza power outages soar from mere 8 hours off to 20 hour outages
In Gaza: 10 Sep 2013 – When I spoke with friends in Gaza a few days ago, they were already saying the power cuts were on the unbearable side. This, from people who know patience intimately. How they must feel, cut off and ostracized from the world, their suffering endless, layers upon layers of misery forced on them. It’s only getting worse. 07 September 2013, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance to the Occupied Palestinian territory “On 5 September, the Palestinian Energy Authority (PENRA) warned that the Gaza Power Plant (GPP) will be forced to shut down completely in three days due to lack of fuel. If the GPP shuts down, the overall power supply deficit will result in power outages of up to 12 to 16 hours a day, up from the current 8 to 12 hours. Gaza also receives 45 per cent of its energy needs from Israel (35 per cent) and Egypt (…more

Another War for Israel Featuring America’s Newest Allies: al Qaida
Dissident Voice: 11 Sep 2013 – Those wonderful people who brought you the Big Mac, Mom’s apple Pie, Burger King, and Kentucky Fried People are at it again. And all because Binyamin Netanyahu was able to tell his partner in war crimes, just wha
t he needed to hear: The absolutely, without question, no doubt at all genuine, 100% verifiably true information, obtained by the Israeli Mossad (Motto: By Way Of Deception, Thou Shalt Do War) that Bashar al Assad was guilty of gassing his own people, in a situation where the Syrian leader knew that the United States navy was poised on his own doorstep to take action if he did anything so stupid as to gas his own people. Also, compelling circumstantial evidence is presented that Israel may well have been complicit in the 9/11 attacks on the United States and that seven Middle Eastern countries were on America’s hit list long before 9/11.

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