VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 12 September 2013: Egypt's coup leaders grateful for Israeli support

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Israel Interrogates A Palestinian Who Drove Into Military Base
IMEMC – [Thursday September 12, 2013] The Israeli Police arrested a Palestinian, in his fifties, from Nazareth city allegedly for driving his car, in a high speed, into an Israeli military base north of historic Palestine. …

Seven Injured By Army Fire In Askar Refugee Camp
IMEMC – Several Palestinians Kidnapped Palestinian medical sources in Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank, have reported that seven residents have been injured by Israeli army fire after dozens of soldiers invaded the Askar refugee camp, east of the city, and kidnapped several residents. …

Army Kidnaps Five In Jenin, Demolish Structures
IMEMC – [Thursday September 12, 2013] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded several areas in the northern West bank city of Jenin, kidnapped five Palestinians, and confiscated computers and tractors. Soldiers also demolished a building and structures. …

Ma’an News

PA official: Settlers torch olive fields in Nablus
9/12/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Dozens of settlers set fire to Palestinian agricultural fields east of Nablus on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that a mob of settlers raided agricultural fields in the villages of Azmut and Deir al-Hatab and set fire to olive groves. Dozens of olive trees were….

Clashes in Nablus area as Israeli troops, settlers enter Joseph’s Tomb
9/12/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – Seven Palestinians were hurt early Thursday morning by tear gas and stun grenades which Israeli forces fired heavily in Askar refugee camp near Nablus while escorting hundreds of settlers to Joseph’s Tomb near Balata refugee camp. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli troops stormed Askar camp firing tear-gas canisters and stun grenades at Palestinian homes. Seven people were….

Israeli forces demolish property in West Bank village
9/12/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Two Israeli bulldozers demolished commercial and industrial property early Thursday, including a commercial complex in Bartaa al-Sharqiya in the northern West Bank district of Jenin. The complex consisted of 10 commercial shops that were under construction, locals said. Israeli forces claimed that the properties were built without licenses. The bulldozers also demolished industrial shops for manufacturing marble. The shops belonged to….

Witnesses: Israeli forces bulldoze land south of Qalqiliya
9/12/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces razed Palestinian land south of Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank early Thursday, witnesses said. Israeli civil administration crews arrived with bulldozers and razed land belonging to Jalud village. They also uprooted olive trees, witnesses told Ma’an. Locals say Israeli authorities plan to confiscate the land to expand the illegal Alfe Menashe settlement, built on Palestinian land in the area. [END]

Palestinian shot ‘after firing at soldiers’
9/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s army says it shot and injured a Palestinian man early Thursday after he opened fire at soldiers escorting rightists to a site in the occupied West Bank. A military spokesman told Ma’an the Palestinian, who was not identified, was taken into custody after receiving initial medical care from an army doctor for moderate injuries. The spokesman….

Israel court upholds ban on Polish aid worker
9/12/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a decision to bar entry 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 Sept. 2, he was refused entry by immigration officials and held at the airport as he filed an appeal. Upholding….

Israel court rejects media watchdog ‘incitement’ charge
9/12/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A Tel Aviv district court has rejected legal claims against Palestinian officials accusing them of incitement against Israel which led to “terrorist” attacks against Israel and Israelis. Judge Dalia Gannot strictly rejected the testimony of the founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli media watchdog group which monitors Palestinian media outlets and publishes reports about incitement against….

Army: Syria shells hit Israel-occupied Golan
9/12/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Two seemingly stray mortar shells fired in the Syrian conflict struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights Thursday, the military said.”They were apparently fired in error,” an army spokesman told AFP, adding that they hit open ground and caused no injuries. Israel did not immediately respond. Israel, which is technically at war with Syria, seized 460 square miles of the strategic plateau during the….

Industrial school instructors to strike
9/12/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Palestinian teachers union announced Thursday that teachers and engineers of industrial schools in the West Bank will go on a full and open strike starting next Sunday. Issam Dababseh, secretary of the teachers union, told Ma’an that the union decided to go on full strike as the government failed to pay employees based on job hazards according to….

Elderly man dies in Gaza house fire
9/12/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An elderly man died in a house fire in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, medics said. Mohammad Mahmoud Hamouda, 82, arrived at the Kamal Adwan hospital with severe burns. He died in hospital. Locals said the fire was caused by a gas leak. [END]

Putin: US strike on Syria would up-end world order
9/12/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Thursday that unilateral US military action could unleash chaos as the former Cold War rivals discussed a plan to neutralize Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. In a bid to appeal directly to US voters and policy-makers over the head of President Barack Obama, Kremlin leader Putin penned a commentary in The New York Times. His article appeared….

Al Jazeera in legal action claiming Egypt harassment
9/12/2013 – LONDON (AFP) — Qatari-owned news channel Al Jazeera has launched legal action against the Egyptian authorities, saying that its journalists have been detained without charge and attacked, its London-based lawyers announced Thursday. The network said it had asked renowned legal firm Carter-Ruck, a specialist in international law, to take action in the international courts and before the United Nations over accusations of harassment. Since president Mohamed….

France: UN report on Syria likely Monday
9/12/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — A report by United Nations inspectors probing an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria will “probably” be published on Monday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.”It will say that there was a chemical massacre. . . There will certainly be indications” of the origins of the attack, Fabius told French radio Thursday. The inspectors left Syria on Aug. 31 after collecting samples as part….

Russian TV: Assad says Syria to hand over chemical arms
9/12/2013 – MOSCOW (AFP) — President Bashar Assad said in an interview with Russian television Thursday that Syria would place its chemical weapons under international control in line with a proposal from Moscow.”Syria is handing over chemical weapons under international control because of Russia,” Assad was quoted as telling Ros
siya 24 state news channel.”US threats have not affected the decision,” he added. [END]

Egypt extends state of emergency by 2 months
9/12/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Interim president Adly Mansour on Thursday extended by two months Egypt’s state of emergency in force since mid-August, his spokesman said.”President Adly Mansour decided to extend the state of emergency. . . by two months,” he said in a statement. Mansour had initially announced a month-long state of emergency on Aug. 14. [END]

AlJazeera

Report: NSA shares data with Israel
AlJazeera 11 Sep 2013 – Leaked report reveals deal between US spy agency and Israel, allowing for the sharing of raw intelligence on citizens.

Palestine News Network

Report: NSA Shares Raw Data on Americans with Israel
Palestine News Network

Minor Earthquake Hits Jerusalem Area
Palestine News Network

PCHR Strongly Condemns Summoning 2 University Professors in Gaza
Palestine News Network

Two Shells fired from inside Syria Hit Golan Heights
Palestine News Network

Israeli Official: To Achieve Peace, Israel Must Evacuate 100,000 Settlers
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Shot by IOF Fire in Nablus
Palestine News Network

Abbas Meets with UK Prime Minister in London
Palestine News Network

Consumer Price Index Increased during August 2013, says Statistics Bureau
Palestine News Network

Letter to a Syrian Friend Who Said: Your Opposition to the US Attack on Syria Means You Support the Asad Regime
Palestine News Network

The Shortest Path to Peace in Syria
Palestine News Network

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: An Additional US$72.2 Million in Budget Support
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – Source: World Bank Country: Australia, Kuwait, occupied Palestinian territory, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Arabic: ‘D91(J) Washington, September 3, 2013 The World Bank transferred today an amount of about US$72.2 million to the Palestinian Authority from…

occupied Palestinian territory: Failing to abide by regulations, Israeli soldiers inflict serious injuries to Palestinian children
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section Country: occupied Palestinian territory The bullet struck Atta Sabah, 12, in the stomach and exited through his back, severing his spinal cord and causing paralysis from the waist down. With high numbers of demonstrations…

Lebanon: UNRWA Summer Activities: A Breath of Life after War and Displacement
Relief Web 11 Sep 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Lebanon Aya Nimr, a 10-year old Palestine refugee girl, grew up in Yalda, south-east of Damascus. She has fond…

Lebanon: CERF allocates $1.5 million to assist refugees in Lebanon
Relief Web 11 Sep 2013 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic CERF allocates $1.5 million to assist refugees in Lebanon 10 September 2013: As the political situation deteriorates in Syria, many Palestine refugees have…

Syrian Arab Republic: Iceland increases assistance to Syrian refugees
Relief Web 11 Sep 2013 – Source: Government of Iceland Country: Iceland, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic The Minister for Foreign Affairs has contributed 50 thousand USD to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, towards their Regional Response Plan for…

The National

Syria seeks to join treaty banning chemical weapons
The National 12 Sep 2013 – Syria sends UN letter of intent to join convention against chemical weapons as part of Russian plan to prevent US military action. Omar Karmi reports

Revenge attack for Syrian chemical weapons deaths kills 22 Alawites
The National 12 Sep 2013 – Groups with links to Al Qaeda have launched an ‘Eye for an Eye’ campaign, which they say is to take revenge for a chemical weapons attack in Damascus.

Al Jazeera sues Egypt over ban on broadcasts
The National 12 Sep 2013 – Al Jazeera TV is taking legal action in international courts against the Egyptian government for closing its offices, jamming its signals and arresting its reporters.

Bahrain political groups must ask permission to see foreign officials
The National 12 Sep 2013 – Resolution requiring government officials to be present in meetings between political groups and foreign representatives prompts criticism from the UK and opposition figures in Bahrain. Elizabeth Dickinson reports

Republic of Yemen could soon be no more
The National 12 Sep 2013 – Ever since 1990, when it was created out of the merger of independent states in the north and south, Yemen has been a republic. But this will end if delegates at reconciliation talks have their way. Hakim Almasmari reports from Sanaa

Rebels attack second city in southern Philippines
The National 12 Sep 2013 – The latest attack was led by Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf gunmen and comes after Moro National Liberation Front fighters took more than 100 hostages in Zamboanga.

Erdogan says he is ‘ready to die’ to defend democracy in Turkey
The National 12 Sep 2013 – Turkish Prime Minister says he is ready to die to defend democracy, after demonstrations flare up again throughout the country.

Bollywood stars filming in Dubai praise ‘glamorous’ city
The National 12 Sep 2013 – Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan took a break from filming in Dubai last night to hail the emirate as a budding filmmaking hub.

Sailors held by Somali pirates must be freed, Dubai conference hears
The National 12 Sep 2013 – Government ministers and business leaders have pledged to re-double efforts to secure the release of 64 sailors being held by Somali pirates.

Street football in Dubai captured in smartphone photography exhibition
The National 12 Sep 2013 – The passion and spirit of street football has been captured in a new exhibition featuring photographs taken in Dubai and other cities across the Middle East and Europe.

Man ‘ran den of vice in villa’, Dubai court hears
The National 12 Sep 2013 – A man ran a brothel, gambling den, alcohol shop and nightclub in one rented villa, a court heard on Thursday.

UK firm to submit offer on Typhoon fighter jets
The National 12 Sep 2013 – The UAE has been in talks with a number of nations for advanced multi-role aircraft, including the French maker Dassault for its Rafale fighter.

UAE companies promote products at defence and security exhibition in London
The National 12 Sep 2013 – Fifteen UAE companies including Tawazun and Mubadala network at the Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition in London, with support from Idex

Friday sermon: Think before you divorce
The National 12 Sep 2013 – Married couples should refrain from divorcing for petty reasons and work hard to preserve their relationship, this week s sermon tells worshippers.

Barber with hepatitis B ‘bribed’ clinic worker over health test, Dubai court hears
The National 12 Sep 2013 – A barber with hepatitis B and two of his co-workers bribed a municipality health clinic worker to falsify the results of their blood tests, a court heard yesterday.

National Geographic to premiere mind deception television show Brain Games
The National 12 Sep 2013 – The show intends to sharpen minds through optical illusions, mind-boggling experiments and science.

F1 fans start to receive Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tickets
The National 12 Sep 2013 – Highlights of the action-packed F1 weekend include after-race concerts by Jay Z, Muse and Depeche Mode.

Migrant group calls on UAE Filipinos to join remittance boycott
The National 12 Sep 2013 – A migrant rights group set September 19 as Zero Remittance Day to pressure the Philippine government to abolish the Priority Development Assistance Fund

Ha’aretz

Haredi-free government raises profile of Reform, Conservatives
Ha’aretz – 13 Sep 2013

Jordan and Israel cooperated during Yom Kippur War, documents reveal
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Medics on alert as Israel braces for Yom Kippur heat wave
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Transgender convicts deserve leniency, Supreme Court says
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Kerry warns against stalling techniques as Syria joins UN treaty
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Cairo accuses Hamas of training Egyptian militants
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Food for thought: How rich countries exploit the resources of poorer ones – and get away with it
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Is greed an hereditary or acquired trait in bankers?
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Israeli army chief’s term extended for fourth year
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Former IDF spokesman drops Haaretz, Yedioth Ahronoth from libel suit
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Spanish parliament to vote on mandatory Holocaust studies
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Jerusalem digs ditch to separate Jewish, Palestinian neighborhoods
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

I couldn’t face up to army chiefs, Golda told inquiry panel
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Tourist tip #334 / Tel Aviv launches free Wi-Fi citywide, almost
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Food experts agree: There’s wisdom in grandma’s Yom Kippur breakfast tradition
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

The importance of being an oasis of stability
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

My travels and talks in the land of the dead during the 1973 war
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Defining who is an Israeli
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

AG may order police to question Barak over forged document
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Israel adamant it won’t ratify chemical arms treaty before hostile neighbors
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Netanyahu’s remarks on Iran: a cheap shot at Obama
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Tel Aviv paints crosswalk around resident’s car at night and gives her a ticket
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Israel’s highest academic society: 108 professors, but not a single Arab
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

El Al to resume all Eilat flights, following three-day hiatus over security concerns
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

Palestinians clash with Israeli forces as hundreds of Jews pray at Joseph’s Tomb
Ha’aretz – 12 Sep 2013

In Israel, black market medicine has not yet disappeared
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Satellite image suggests North Korea has restarted Yongbyon nuclear reactor
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Obama s wise decision to back down
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

No, it s hardly a childish movement
Ha’aretz – 11 Sep 2013

Spasibo, 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

Jerusalem Post

Syria says it ratified treaty banning use of chemical weapons
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2013 – Move comes hours after Assad said he would give up his arsenal of chemical weapons on condition that the US cease threatening him; Syria was one of seven countries that refused to sign Chemical Weapons Convention.

Kahalani to receive President s Medal for war heroism
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2013 – War hero Brig.-Gen. (res.) Avigdor Kahalani will receive this year s President s Medal of Distinction.

Court hears Sheikh Salah s appeal against Temple Mount ban
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2013 – Lawyer for head of the Islamic Movement in the north says his client did not call for any form of violence.

Egypt s Coptic pope: Things will get better
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2013 – Christians continue to be threatened and attacked in the Arab world; Coptic Pope offers words of faith.

As Syria talks open, US and Russia diverge on issue of military force
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2013 – Russia’s Lavrov makes clear that it wants US to set aside military threats.

Police appoint former crime reporter as first spokesman for haredi sector
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2013 – Israel Police Headquarters this week appointed its first ever spokesman specifically for the ultra-Orthodox sector.

Report: Hamas gives landmines to Egyptian Islamists, trains them in planting car bombs
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2013 – Hamas denies allegations made by Egypt state television.

500,000 attend slihot prayers at the Western Wall since start of Jewish month of Elul
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2013 – Faithful come to holy site to recite the traditional penitential prayers that are said at this time of year.

Gulf States question US resolve on Iran
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2013 – Concern American back-off will encourage Iran.

Egypt extends state of emergency for a further two months
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2013 – Egyptian army forces continue to crack down on Brotherhood.

Anat Hoffman: This is a territorial war by rabbis who don’t want to cede power
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2013 – The head of the Women of the Wall talks to The Post.

Assad: Syria is willing to hand over chemical weapons, if US drops military threats
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2013 – Kerry, Lavrov meeting in Geneva to talk details of proposal.

‘UN report won’t directly accuse Assad, but it will suggest Syrian regime behind chemical attack’
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2013 – Foreign Policy : UN has circumstantial case against Assad.

Steinitz offers cautious optimism on Syrian chemical weapons handover
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2013 – Likud Minister does not have “full faith” in Russian proposal, but says it has potential to end tragedy in Syria, threat to Israel.

Putin warns US against carrying out military strike on Syria
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – Russian leader pans “American exceptionalism” in NYT op-ed, says US military intervention has become “commonplace.”

Analysis: Iran s nuclear strategy will be sailing full steam ahead, with Russia as facilitator
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – Expert tells ‘Post’ that the way the Syrian issue is playing out is likely leaving the Iranians feeling “somewhat advantaged.

Peres pushes blue and white
Jerusalem Post 11 Sep 2013 – Safeguarding Israel s industry is no less important than the country s national security, president says.

The Guardian

Syria crisis: Russia and US talks – live updates
The Guardian 12 Sep 2013 – Follow live updates as the US and Russia discuss plans place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control Matthew Weaver

Syria crisis: White House says Russian plan ‘very explicit’ – as it happened
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 Tom McCarthy

Inter Press Service

Israelis Prepare Themselves Regardless
IPS Israelis are equipping themselves with gas masks in anticipation of attack from Syria. Credit: Pierre Klochendler/IPS. Unmindful of news of the U.S. delaying its military action on Syria to pursue the Russian plan for international monitors to take control and destroy Syria s arsenal of chemical weapons, Israelis continue to collect…

Mixed Reactions to Obama s Embrace of Russian Deal
IPS President Barack Obama meets with Members of Congress to discuss Syria in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Sep. 3, 2013. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza President Barack Obama s decision to put off a vote by Congress on the use of military force against Syria in…

Preoccupied with Syria, U.S. Still Saddled with Egypt
IPS The killing of Muslim Brotherhood supporters has only strengthened resolve within the party to resist the current regime. Credit: Khaled Moussa al-Omrani/IPS The United States, which is preoccupied with the ongoing political and military developments in Syria, is still saddled with an unresolved problem elsewhere in the Middle East: the…

Uruknet

Female Palestinian Prisoners Suffer from Medical Neglect
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 9, 2013 -The Palestinian Center for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights, Ahrar, stated Sunday that the Palestinian women being held in Hasharon prison are suffering from deliberate medical neglect, according to the Palestinian Information Center. One third of the…

Cornel West and the Fight to Save the Black Prophetic Tradition
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 9, 2013 – There is an insidious and largely unseen effort by the White House to silence the handful of voices that remain true to the black prophetic tradition. This tradition, which stretches back to Sojourner Truth and Frederick…

Jerusalem: Family s home demolished, now living in cave
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 9, 2013 – Khalid Zir, a 39-year old laborer living in Silwan, was forced to move his family into a cave in late August 2013 after Israeli municipal bulldozers destroyed the small shack that had been home to his…

Syrian Christians for Peace: A Report on the Incidents in Ma loula
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 9, 2013 -Ma loula is an ancient town built in the rugged mountainside of the Damascus Countryside Governorate of Syria. It is one of three other towns where a dialect of the Western branch of the Aramaic language is…

Israel Arrests Patient While Passing Erez Crossing
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 9, 2013 -Israeli Forces arrested Sunday evening, a young Palestinian while he was crossing Beit Hanoun Crossing (Erez) to go to Israel to get treatment for his incurable disease.Security sources said that Israeli forces arrested 25-year-old Palestinian Mohammed al-Bakri,…

Exclusive: Does Israel Have Chemical Weapons Too? One secret CIA file may have the answer.
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 9, 2013 -Syria s reported use of chemical weapons is threatening to turn the civil war there into a wider conflict. But the Bashar al-Assad government may not be the only one in the region with a nerve gas…

Requiem for a Whistleblower
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 9, 2013 – A former colleague of mine died recently, although I didn t know he had been my colleague until I read his obituary in the New York Times last month — six months after his obscure and…

Palestinian outrage over Israeli permit policies
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 9, 2013 – In a case that has caused outrage against the Israeli visa system, a newlywed Palestinian-Jordanian woman who had been denied the right to enter the West Bank to see her husband while he was alive has…

PHOTOS: Olive trees damaged in Hebron
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 9, 2013 – Ten olive trees were seriously damaged early Sunday morning by Israeli settlers in the South Hebron Hills. The olive trees, located in the Humra valley located adjacent to the Israeli outpost of Havat Ma on (Hill…

Guant·namo judge makes secret ruling on secret motion in secret hearing
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 9, 2013 -During a secret hearing at Guant·namo, the military judge in the 9/11 death-penalty case ruled against a secret government request to withhold information from defense lawyers for accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his four…

NSA Spied on Brazil Oil Company, Petrobras-What WikiLeaks Cables Reveal About Possible Motivation
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 9, 2013 – A Brazilian television program has revealed that the National Security Agency in the United States spied on the internal and private computer networks of the oil company, Petrobras, which is partly state-owned. Globo TV s “Fantastico”…

New York tech university evasive about Israeli partner s role in arms industry
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 9, 2013 – Israel s first major arms-developing educational institution on US soil recently received the green light. New York City Council has approved a lease for Cornell University to build a major applied sciences and engineering campus in…

Israeli raid showed “total disregard” for Palestinian lives, report finds
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 9, 2013 -An investigation into a recent Israeli invasion of a Palestinian refugee camp has found there was no justification for the use of lethal force. The raid two weeks ago caused the death of a UN worker not…

New guide addresses legal issues commonly faced by Palestine solidarity activists
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 9, 2013 – As the academic year starts up at colleges across the country, Palestine Solidarity Legal Support (PSLS) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) are pleased to announce the publication of a Know Your Rights booklet for…

Remember Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, Who Died at Guant·namo A Year Ago, Despite Being Cleared for Release
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 9, 2013 -Exactly a year ago, on September 8, 2012, Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, a Yemeni prisoner at Guant·namo, died in circumstances that are still disputed. The US authorities claim
that he committed suicide by overdosing on psychiatric medication…

Israeli forces order home demolitions in al-Khader
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 9, 2013 – Israeli forces have ordered the demolition of two homes in al-Khader, south of Bethlehem. Israeli forces delivered warrants to two Palestinians from the Salah family notifying them that their homes are slated for demolition. The homes…

Stepped up Israeli harassment leads to clashes in Abu Dis
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 9, 2013 – The presence of Israeli security forces around Al Quds University in Abu Dis has led to clashes with students twice in the past week. Israeli forces, who have used rubber-coated bullets and tear gas, are trying…

Syria News – September 8, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 8, 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,…

Syria News – September 7, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 7, 2013 – By the end of Saturday the cordination committees were able to document111 martyrs including 9 women, 7 children, 5 under torture: 34 martyrs were reported in Idlib most of them in Ariha; 33 in Damascus and…

Colonies to remain in future Palestinian state
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 8, 2013 – A Palestinian official offered the first detailed peek at the renewed peace negotiations. The anonymous Palestinian official said Israel proposes leaving dozens of colonies and military bases in the West Bank and seeks a Palestinian state…

Hezbollah, Palestinians clash in Beirut, 1 killed
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 – September 8, 2013 -A Palestinian was killed and five others wounded in a clash between Hezbollah members and Palestinians in Burj al-Barajneh, south of the capital Beirut, the Al Jadeed TV reported. The report said that a number of Palestinians…

In the court of leftist public opinion
Relief Web 11 Sep 2013 – September 8, 2013- …My position is that Obama must be opposed. I have not written anything to that effect for the same reason I have not written anything lately about opposing drone strikes. Because I have not blogged about drones,…

Iraq s Identity Crisis in Symbols
Relief Web 11 Sep 2013 – Iraq s ongoing conflicts are often linked to religious identities. Given the religious nature of these conflicts, the importance of icons, symbols and photographs are certain to emerge more prominently than at other times. Each of the conflicting parties tries…

Strongman of Egypt: How General Al-Sisi Took the Revolution s Thunder
Relief Web 11 Sep 2013 – September 8, 2013 -Bahira Galal is a sweets maker in Giza. Her shop is in the rising middle-class neighborhood of Mohandiseen, where she makes and sells a novelty item: chocolate treats with General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi s picture on top….

Iraq s Identity Crisis in Symbols
Relief Web 11 Sep 2013 – Iraq s ongoing conflicts are often linked to religious identities. Given the religious nature of these conflicts, the importance of icons, symbols and photographs are certain to emerge more prominently than at other times. Each of the conflicting parties tries…

Support French BDS activists under attack
Relief Web 11 Sep 2013 – September 8, 2013 -Seven French activists are being prosecuted by the French government following pressure by the Israeli lobby. They will appear in court in Pontoise (Paris suburb) on Thursday September 12 for having called for the boycott of Israeli…

Syria s secular rebels are there, if you care to look
Relief Web 11 Sep 2013 – September 8, 2013 – Syrian researcher Bassma Kodmani and French researcher Fe lix Legrand have worked together on research inside Syria to produce an amazingly professional report documenting secular Free Syrian Army (FSA) brigades working on the ground to topple…

Egypt s destruction of Gaza s tunnels
Relief Web 11 Sep 2013 – September 8, 2013 – There is no doubt that the situation in the Gaza Strip is desperate. On one side there is Israel s land, sea and air siege, and on the other there is one tightly-controlled crossing into Egypt,…

Daily Star

Syria’s words alone on chemical weapons not enough: Kerry
Daily Star 12 Sep 2013 Washington is not prepared to trust the word of the Syrian regime alone that it will rid itself of chemical weapons, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

Egypt tanks cross fence leading to Gaza
Daily Star 12 Sep 2013 Two Egyptian army tanks crossed an initial border fence leading to Gaza for the first time on Thursday, witnesses said, but did not enter the Palestinian territory itself.

Kerry rejects Assad’s 30-day timetable
Daily Star 12 Sep 2013 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is rejecting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s suggestion Thursday that he begin submitting data on his chemical weapons arsenal one month after signing an international chemical weapons ban.

Syria weapons handover makes strike ‘unnecessary’: Lavrov
Daily Star 12 Sep 2013 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that Syria handing over chemical weapons and joining the treaty banning them would make US strikes against the country “unnecessary.”

Force might be needed if Syria diplomacy fails: Kerry
Daily Star 12 Sep 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday reiterated the U.S. position that force might be needed against Syria if diplomacy over President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons stockpile fails.

US envoy: NKorea reactor restart ‘very serious’
Daily Star 12 Sep 2013 A U.S. special envoy said Thursday that any move by North Korea to restart a nuclear reactor would be a “very serious matter” and violate United Nations Security Council resolutions.

French FM in China on Sunday to discuss Syria: ministry
Daily Star 12 Sep 2013 French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will visit China to discuss Syria on Sunday, his ministry said, amid ongoing diplomatic efforts to end the crisis in the war-torn country.

Expectations high on Russians to deliver on Syria chemical weapons: Kerry
Daily Star 12 Sep 2013 Expectations high on Russians to deliver on Syria chemical weapons: Kerry

Hamas rejects Egypt report about training Islamists
Daily Star 12 Sep 2013 Hamas rejected on Thursday an allegation aired on Egyptian state television that it has been involved in teaching Islamists in Egypt how to plant bombs in cars and that it had given them landmines.

Iran’s new president seeks to begin outreach at UN
Daily Star 12 Sep 2013 For 15 years, Iranian presidents have been drawn to the U.N.’s global stage to mold their image and press their message.

U.N. receives document from Syria on joining chemical arms pact
Daily Star 12 Sep 2013 The United Nations said its received a document from Syria on Thursday on joining the global anti-chemical weapons treaty, something the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad promised as part of a deal to avoid U.S….

Putin wrong to blame Syria rebels for chemical attack, Pentagon says
Daily Star 12 Sep 2013 President Vladimir Putin and Russia are “isolated and alone” in asserting that Syrian rebels were likely responsible for the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack on civilians near Damascus that prompted a U.S. threat of military action,…

Obama hopeful as Assad sets price of weapons handover
Daily Star 12 Sep 2013 President Bashar al-Assad confirmed for the first time Thursday that Syria plans to give up its chemical weapons and demanded that the US drop threats of military action against his regime in return.

YNet News

Twitter tweets it’ll go public
YNet News, 12 Sep 2013 – ….

Armstrong says medal headed back to IOC
YNet News, 12 Sep 2013 – ….

Jerusalem police bolster forces ahead of Yom Kippur
YNet News, 12 Sep 2013 – ….

US urges Egypt to lift state of emergency
YNet News, 12 Sep 2013 – ….

Syria now full member of chemical arms pact
YNet News, 12 Sep 2013 – ….

Ditch the analogies
YNet News, 12 Sep 2013 – Op-ed: Death of innocent civilians in Syria is horrific, but Holocaust is standalone event in modern history ….

Jews practice Selichot in Jerusalem
YNet News, 12 Sep 2013 – JN1 tours capital’s Old City to experience Jewish penitential poems, prayers in preparation for High Holidays ….

Murder will only continue
YNet News, 12 Sep 2013 – Op-ed: Assad proved a long time ago that in addition to being a mass murderer, he is also a compulsive liar ….

France closes street for Jewish holiday
YNet News, 12 Sep 2013 – Rabbin Bloch Street in city of Metz, which houses several Jewish institutions, to remain closed until end of Yom Kippur. Decision results in angered response from Muslims ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas calls for a national coalition against fruitless negotiations
PIC – Hamas said that the Oslo accords and other agreements with the occupation are void, because the Palestinian people will never accept to give up any part of Palestine and its holy sites and rights.

Occupation demolishes a building and commercial facilities in Jenin
PIC – Israeli occupation forces demolished on Thursday a Palestinian commercial facility under construction in the southwest of the city of Jenin, in the northern West Bank.

5 Palestinian refugees killed in refugee camps in Syria
PIC – The Working Group for the Palestinians in Syria said that five Palestinian refugees were killed on Wednesday due to the continued shelling and attacks on Palestinian refugee camps in Syria.

Palestinian proposal to end Rafah crossing crisis
PIC – Maher Abu Sabha, director-general of the Border Crossings in Gaza, stated that the Palestinian government has presented a proposal to the Egyptian authorities to end the Rafah border crossing crisis.

Egypt fully closes Rafah crossing for 2nd day due to Sinai security situation
PIC – The Egyptian authorities closed on Thursday for the second consecutive day the Rafah border crossing as a result of the deteriorating security situation in the Sinai.

Hammad cables Arab counterparts asking for urgent intervention
PIC – Gaza interior minister Fathi Hammad has cabled three Arab counterparts urging them to immediately intervene with Egypt and allow opening of Rafah crossing.

Israeli policewoman attacks Palestinian woman, snatches her veil
PIC – Fistfights were reported between worshipers at the Aqsa Mosque and Israeli police forces on Thursday after a policewoman attacked a Palestinian woman and snatched her veil.

Abu Marzouk: Gaza is the base of resistance, not terrorism
PIC – Political bureau member of Hamas Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk has lashed out at statement for a Palestinian consular describing Gaza as a base for ‚¨ Sterrorism‚¨ ù.

Israeli army arrests 12 citizens in the West Bank
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested 12 Palestinians in the West Bank, including three students from An-Najah National University and two liberated captives.

WAFA

Microfinance Sector Gets Boost from Groups
WAFA – 12 Sep 2013

Statistics Bureau: Consumer Prices Up in August
WAFA – 12 Sep 2013

Tension High at Al-Aqsa Due to Israeli Intrusions
WAFA – 12 Sep 2013

Misc

Egypt extends state of emergency by two months
LA Times 12 Sep 2013 – Egypt’s decision comes amid government warnings about the threat posed by Islamist militants and as an army offensive against militants continues in Sinai. CAIRO Egyptian authorities on Thursday signaled their intention to keep a tight lid on dissent, decreeing a two-month extension of a…

Egypt extends state of emergency for two months
LA Times 12 Sep 2013 – CAIRO — Egyptian authorities on Thursday announced a two-month extension of a state of emergency declared in August, which grants the government extraordinary powers to suppress dissent.

Kerry arrives in Geneva for talks with Russia on Syria
LA Times 12 Sep 2013 – LONDON Secretary of State John F. Kerry has arrived in Geneva for hastily arranged talks with his Russian counterpart on a possible deal to impound Syria s chemical weapons and avert a U.S. military strike on Damascus.

Syrian rebels face another foe: Al Qaeda-linked militants
LA Times 12 Sep 2013 – Mainstream Syria rebels increasingly find themselves at odds with the Islamic extremists helping them fight to oust Bashar Assad. BAB AL HAWA, Syria A group of Free Syrian Army rebels, run out of their hometown in northwestern Syria, hunkered down in an office with…

Obama’s Syria strategy: Deft improvisation or impulsive risk-taking?
LA Times 11 Sep 2013 – ‘Roller coaster’ ride has been the handiwork of a foreign policy team that, just months into its term, has presided over shifts, apparent mistakes and surprises. WASHINGTON In the last two weeks, President Obama has brought the United States to the brink of another…

U.S. and Iran are edging toward direct talks
LA Times 11 Sep 2013 – The Syrian crisis has put the two nations back on speaking terms, though behind the scenes for now. WASHINGTON Signaling a possible thaw in long-frozen relations, the Obama administration and the new leadership in Iran are communicating about Syria and are moving behind the…

U.S. shares raw intelligence data with Israel, leaked document shows
LA Times 11 Sep 2013 – The National Security Agency regularly gives Israel intercepts that may include sensitive data about U.S. citizens, a memo leaked by Edward Snowden says. WASHINGTON The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel that probably includes sensitive information about Americans, according to…

U.S. and Russia Far Apart as Kerry Arrives in Geneva for Syria Talks
New York Times 12 Sep 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry will hold talks with his Russian counterpart on how to secure and ultimately destroy Syria s chemical weapons.

Afghan Soldiers Struggle in the Embattled District of Sangin
New York Times 11 Sep 2013 – Although is does not reflect the complete security situation across Afghanistan, Sangin offers a troubling portrait of the fight in a place where the Americans have gone.

Militants Kill Soldiers in Sinai, and Egypt s Military Broadens Its Crackdown
New York Times 11 Sep 2013 – The new Egyptian government said it was stepping up its crackdown on Islamist militants there and also appeared to be moving against non-Islamist voices of dissent.

U.S. and Russia Far Apart on Eve of Talks Over Syria
New York Times 11 Sep 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry headed to talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov, on how to secure and ultimately destroy Syria s chemical weapons.

A Rare Public View of Obama s Pivots on Policy in Syria Confrontation
New York Times 11 Sep 2013 – President Obama s handling of his confrontation with Syria has been an unusual instance of a commander in chief seemingly thinking out loud and changing his mind on the fly.

As Obama Pauses Action, Putin Takes Center Stage
New York Times 11 Sep 2013 – President Vladimir V. Putin has, at least for now, made Russia indispensable in containing the conflict in Syria.

U.N. Leader Admits Failure to Halt Syrian Atrocities
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.

Op-Ed Contributor: What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria
New York Times 11 Sep 2013 – It is dangerous for any country, including America, to see itself as exceptional, whatever its motivation.

Camels Linked to Spread of Fatal Virus
New York Times 11 Sep 2013 – The animals are the most likely intermediary in the transmission from bats to humans of the virus that causes Middle East Resp
iratory Syndrome.

U.S. Backing of Russian Plan Leaves a Wary Israel Focusing on Self-Reliance
New York Times 11 Sep 2013 – Israelis fear that Syria will stall on a plan to destroy its chemical weapons and that foes like Iran will get the wrong message about America s commitment in the Middle East.

Turkish co proposes Leviathan pipeline
Globes Main News – Turcas Petrol wants to build a 470 kilometer pipeline from the Leviathan gas field to southern Turkey.

Police raid Beny Steinmetz’s Geneva home
Globes Main News – Bloomberg: The raid on Steinmetz’s home was ordered by Geneva s prosecutor at the request of Guinea’s government.

Homes sales reach 10-year high
Globes Main News – The Ministry of Finance reports that young couples are flocking to buy new and second-hand homes in cheaper cities.

Thu: Israel Chemicals up; EZchip tanks
Globes Main News – Stock indices were mixed today. Banks remained strong, Israel Chemicals resumed its rise, but EZchip plunged on fears about a new product from Cisco.

Major progress in Babylon, ironSource merger talks
Globes Main News – The merger could be agreed next month, with the merged company having a valuation of $1 billion, traded on the Tel Aviv 25 Index in 2014.

Government considers taxing Bitcoin profits
Globes Macro Economics – In the Tax Authority’s opinion, whoever profits from Bitcoin trading owes tax although at this stage it is not yet clear what model for taxing profits will be used.

Manufacturers Assn. head: Salaries must be doubled
Globes Macro Economics – Zvi Oren says the government must fund technological education and professional training to raise employees’ productivity.

Israel Military Industries board approves privatization plan
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The plan will now be presented for approval next month to the Knesset Committee on Privatization Matters.

NSA Shares Raw Intelligence Data on U.S. Citizens with Israel
Tikun Olam – NSA-Unit 8200 memo of understanding Glenn Greenwald drops another bombshell today, revealing that the NSA shares vast amounts of unfiltered data with Israeli intelligence. The data is raw, meaning the U.S. doesn t review it to ensure no information from or about U.S. citizens, or even government…

Syria: a US attack still on the table
Jewish Voice for Peace – Thanks to the unprecedented pushback of the American people and the world, President Obama stepped back from the brink of war on Tuesday, temporarily. With help from pro-Israel groups like AIPAC, he is still lobbying Congress for permission to bomb Syria. Read more and take action!…

Chill the Champagne?
Muzzlewatch – by Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark In a world with a surfeit of bad news, two recent victories for freedom of expression are worth celebrating. Both were cases in which apologists for the occupation sought unsuccessfully! to stifle criticism of Israeli policies. The first ruling, which…

Doubts Persist As Syria Becomes Full Member of Anti-Chemical Weapons Treaty
The Foward Breaking News 12 Sep 2013 – Syria became a full member of the global anti-chemical weapons treaty on Thursday, the country s U.N. envoy said, a move that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had promised as part of a Russian plan to avoid U.S. air strikes. Click here for the rest…

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Agrees To Ban on Chemical Weapons
The Foward Breaking News 12 Sep 2013 – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Israel should be required to get rid of its weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons. Click here for the rest of the article…

Peres To Award Presidential Medal To Spielberg and Wiesel
The Foward Breaking News 12 Sep 2013 – Israeli President Shimon Peres will award his Presidential Medal of Distinction to Steven Spielberg, Elie Wiesel and five other recipients. Click here for the rest of the article…

Oslo Failures Haunt New Middle East Talks
The Foward Breaking News 12 Sep 2013 – Two decades after Israeli and Palestinian leaders met on a sun-soaked White House lawn, hopes that their historic encounter would lead to peace have faded along with photographs of their hesitant handshake. Click here for the rest of the article…

Not Turning a Blind Eye
The Forward Editorial 12 Sep 2013 – EDITORIAL: The president s proposed attack on Syria has highlighted a new spirit of isolationism in the country. But there is one group that hasn t taken part in this decision to turn away: American Jews. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Cbe Chief – Kuwait to Transfer U.S.$ 2 Billion to Egypt Next Week
allAfrica.com 12 Sep 2013 – [Egypt Online]Kuwait will deposit $ 2 billion in aid in Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) next week, CBE Governor Hisham Ramez said on Wednesday 11/9/2013.

Africa: Syria – a View From Africa
allAfrica.com 12 Sep 2013 – [African Arguments]African views on Syria are well worth considering, and the letter signed by 43 members of the Africa Forum – former heads of state and leaders of international institutions – should be compulsory reading: STATEMENT OF THE AFRICA FORUM ON THE SITUATION IN SYRIA.

Egypt: FM Hopes Russian Proposal Will Solve Syrian Crisis
allAfrica.com 12 Sep 2013 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi has voiced hope on Wednesday 11/9/2013 that a Russian proposal to place Syria’s chemical weapon stockpile under international control will help solve the Syrian crisis.

Academics write to Ue Chief to demand no sell-out on settlement funding ban
New Weapons Committee 12 Sep 2013 – Academics ac
ross Europe express outrage at Israeli/US pressure on EU Over 500 academics, including researchers from 13 European Union member states, have today written to the EU’s head of Foreign Policy, urging the EU not to water down its new guidelines preventing EU funding from being…

Over 500 academics call on EU not to water down new Israeli settlement guidelines
Global BDS 12 Sep 2013 – Over 500 academics, including researchers from 13 European Union member states, have today written to the EU s head of Foreign Policy, urging the EU not to water down its new guidelines preventing EU funding from being awarded to Israeli projects and entities in the Occupied Palestinian…

Tense talks in bid for Syria deal
BBC 12 Sep 2013 – Russian and US ministers begin key talks in Geneva, expressing hope a plan for Syria’s chemical arms can prevent military action.

Iran reopens film industry guild
BBC 12 Sep 2013 – Iran reopens its main film industry guild more than 20 months after it was closed in what many see as a hint of a moderate shift under the new president.

Egypt extends state of emergency
BBC 12 Sep 2013 – The Egyptian government is extending the state of emergency in place across the country for a further two months, due to security concerns.

Testimonies Prove Israel Tortures Palestinian Children
Sabbah report 12 Sep 2013 – Family members are threatened not to intervene. They’re beaten if they try. Children are violently abused. They’re blindfolded, shackled and beaten. They’re threatened with much worse. Sexual threats and abuse are common. So are electro-shocks and much more. Nothing’s too outrageous to employ. Children are interrogated…

NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans data with Israel
Sabbah report 12 Sep 2013 – The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens, a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals. Read More: NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans data with Israel . Sign up…

Lebanon: Siniora Calls on Obama to Bomb Away
Al-Akhbar Opinion 12 Sep 2013 – During the July 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon, he cried crocodile tears before the world s media to save his country, while behind the scenes, he was urging the enemy to forge on, as revealed by Wikileaks. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) During the July 2006 Israeli war on…

Jordan asks for $1.1 billion in aid to cope with Syrian refugee crisis
Al-Akhbar News 12 Sep 2013 – A young Syrian refugee boy sells canned tuna and other food items in the Zaatari refugee camp, located close to the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, on 4 September 2013. (Photo: AFP – Khalil Mazraawi) Jordan needs hundreds of millions of dollars…

Egypt extends state of emergency by two months
Al-Akhbar News 12 Sep 2013 – A picture taken from the southern Gaza Strip shows an Egyptian soldier standing guard on the border between Egypt and the Palestinian territory on 12 September 2013. (Photo: AFP – Said Khatib) Egypt extended a state of emergency by two months on Thursday because of the…

Lebanon: Women s Prisons Are Worse
Al-Akhbar News 12 Sep 2013 – Workshop attendees recommended that prison authorities take into account the health needs of female prisoners, provide better and more food, as well as sanitary pads, towels, and clothes. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Workshop attendees recommended that prison authorities take into account the health needs of female prisoners,…

Lebanon: The Great Explosives Detector Hoax
Al-Akhbar News 12 Sep 2013 – The car was easily able to get through security checkpoints without even a twitch from the device s antenna. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The car was easily able to get through security checkpoints without even a twitch from the device s antenna. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) After the recent car…

Yemen clears five Saudis of terrorism charges
Al-Akhbar News 12 Sep 2013 – A Sanaa court on Thursday cleared five Saudi nationals on charges of joining an al-Qaeda plot to attack Yemen’s security forces but jailed two of them for entering the country illegally. The five, arrested in June, faced charges of plotting, “in association with an armed group…

IAEA envoy says Iran willing to cooperate on nuclear issue
Al-Akhbar News 12 Sep 2013 – Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi delivers a speech to the media, as part of the Board of Governors meeting at the UN atomic agency headquarters in Vienna on 12 September 2013. (Photo: AFP – Alexander Klein) Iran’s new envoy to…

Saudi Arabia: Prisoners in Dark Cells
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 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 Politics 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 Returns to Devastated Qusayr
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 i
n…

Tense talks in bid for Syria deal
BBC 12 Sep 2013 – Russian and US ministers begin key talks in Geneva, expressing hope a plan for Syria’s chemical arms can prevent military action.

Bulgaria bus bomb accused face trial
BBC 12 Sep 2013 – Bulgaria will stage a trial for two men accused of killing Israelis in a bus bombing, whether or not the suspects are present, prosecutors say.

Ex-CIA chief seeks pardon from Italy
BBC 12 Sep 2013 – A former CIA Milan station chief asks the Italian president for a pardon after being convicted in absentia of kidnapping an Egyptian Muslim cleric.

Iran reopens film industry guild
BBC 12 Sep 2013 – Iran reopens its main film industry guild more than 20 months after it was closed in what many see as a hint of a moderate shift under the new president.

Egypt extends state of emergency
BBC 12 Sep 2013 – The Egyptian government is extending the state of emergency in place across the country for a further two months, due to security concerns.

Articles


Ramallah, Gaza and the Identity Crisis
Ramzy Baroud, CounterPunch 9/12/2013
Tale of Two Cities
The distance between Gaza and Ramallah in sheer miles is hardly significant. But in actuality, both cities represent two different political realities, with inescapable cultural and socioeconomic dimensions. Their geopolitical horizons are vastly different as well Gaza is situated within its immediate Arab surroundings and turmoil, while Ramallah is westernized in too many aspects to count. In recent years, the gap has widened like never before.
Of course, Gaza and Ramallah were always, in some ways, unalike. Demographics, size, topography and geographic proximity to Arab countries with different political priorities have always made them separate and distinctive. But the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza in 1967 had decisively removed Ramallah from its Jordanian element, and Gaza from its Egyptian political milieu. Although they are both Palestinian towns, decades of spinning in the background of collective Arab affairs created a distance that at times felt too great to condense. The Israeli occupation however revitalized that common Palestinian experience of a shared struggle against a common enemy. Despite its many shortcomings, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) eventually filled the gap of leadership, thus unifying the ranks of Palestinians in Ramallah, Gaza, and the Palestinian Diaspora.
Despite its endemic corruption and questionable democratic credentials, the PLO has done more than unifying Palestinians around a set of political ideals and constants , but throughout the years it has helped in knitting a unique Palestinian political discourse, laden with revolutionary references, global in its outreach and yet exclusively Palestinian in its attitude. There was indeed a time in which a Palestinian teacher in Kuwait held similar ideals to a refugee from Lebanon, to a student in Russia, and to a laborer in Gaza. more..e-mail

Gaza in a bind, again
Al-Ahram Weekly 9/11/2013
The destruction of tunnels along the Egypt-Gaza border is compounding Israel s siege and having a debilitating effect on Gaza s residents, writes Al-Ahram Weekly s Gaza correspondent
If Egypt sneezes, Gaza catches a cold. This truism has never been as cruel as it is now.
Recent developments in Egypt have led to devastating humanitarian conditions in Gaza, where two million beleaguered and impoverished Palestinians are still smarting from seven years of siege.
Thousands of Palestinians that need to travel for health, education and other reasons are still stuck at Rafah Crossing, waiting their turn to go through. Shortages of food and building materials have reached unprecedented levels. Even if the supply coming from Israel through the Karem Salem Crossing is adequate, it is too expensive to matter for most Gazans.
The tunnels, which brought nearly 40 per cent of Gaza s needs since 2007, have been dismantled.
The Egyptian army, fighting armed criminals in Sinai, has tightened control on supplies going into Gaza, which led to shortages in nearly everything, from food to bricks.
Since Egypt began its military campaign in Sinai, Gaza has been in a bind. And when Karem Abu Salem was closed because of the Jewish holidays, life in Gaza almost came to a standstill.
The shortages are detrimental to businesses as well as government services. Construction, fishing, hospitals, bakeries, electricity stations and sewage processing stations all need fuel to operate.
Abu Wael, a taxi driver, bought Israeli diesel oil, although he can hardly afford it. more..e-mail

New York tech university evasive about Israeli partner s role in arms industry
Terri Ginsberg, New York City, Electronic Intifada 9/9/2013
Israel s first major arms-developing educational institution on US soil recently received the green light.
New York City Council has approved a lease for Cornell University to build a major applied sciences and engineering campus in partnership with the Haifa-based Israel Institute of Technology (better known as the Technion). The 2.1-million-square-foot, taxpayer-funded project is to be located on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, a strip of largely residential land between Manhattan and Queens.
According to a report in the local media, approval of the lease for the project known as Cornell NYC Tech was pushed through by the New York City Council in July.
This occurred despite opposition from many inhabitants of Roosevelt Island, who had expressed concerns about the vagueness of clauses in the lease regarding who would be responsible for any damage caused during the construction period, which is expected to last 25 years ( Cornell clears borough board after community coalition loses bid to change of delay lease, The Wire, 3 August 2013).Silicon Valley in the Big Apple?
Like the lease, publicity for the new campus is replete with vague messaging. Although the ostensible goal of the project is to create a Silicon Valley-like hub in New York City, the precise nature of the technology it aims to develop has not be spelled out ( Building a better tech school, The New York Times, 12 April 2013).
A closer look at the corporations affiliated with Technion, some of which have expressed interest in this entrepreneurial venture, indicates that the project s aims may be more sinister…. more..e-mail

Egypt’s coup leaders grateful for Israeli support
Shazia Arshad, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 9/9/2013
The Egyptian army and Israel have grown much closer in the weeks since the coup d’etat. In a Ha’aretz report, Amos Harel, suggested that the Egyptian and Israeli relationship now was in fact stronger than it was during the rule of Mubarak. Following the coup, it was Israel that the Egyptians turned to ensure that the American government and the new Egyptian coup regime would reach an understanding. Although the toppling of the democratically elected government was widely accepted as a coup, Israel prevented the use of the term and encouraged America to accept events as a regime change. In doing so, Israel ensured that American financial support to Egypt could continue, as acceptance of a coup would mean that aid would have to be suspended under American law.
Israel’s role in securing continued US aid for Egypt’s army has made it possible for a stronger bond between the two to develop. Events in Egypt since the coup have demonstrated how grateful Egypt’s army are to Israel. Indeed, the Egyptian army’s particular focus on the Sinai and Gaza has won favour with the Israelis. Gazans in particular have been bearing the brunt of the warmer relationship between the two regimes. In recent weeks, the Egyptian army have closed all tunnels between Egypt and Gaza and restricted the border crossing at Rafah. The closure of the tunnels has had a significant impact, forcing Gaza to turn to Israel and import fuel through Israel at six times the cost. The tunnel economy, which has provided basic needs for Gaza’s blockaded residents, has been shut down and will cause further financial stress to the Gazan economy. The restrictions on the Rafah crossing have limited the travel of Palestinians in to and out of Gaza, including those who need access to urgent medical treatment. The Rafah crossing had allowed freer movement during the presidency of Mohamed Morsi, much to Israel’s chagrin.
Egypt’s new political direction has also left Hamas out in the cold, this time much to Israel’s delight…. — See also: Egypt army destroys 6 tunnels along Gaza bordermore..e-mail

Israel exploits Egypt turmoil to increase attacks on Gaza farmers
Electronic Intifada: 12 Sep 2013 – Caterpillar bulldozers are still being used to destroy land in the buffer zone. more

Words from Gaza, suffering under sealed borders, manufactured poverty, power outages, fuel shortages
In Gaza: 12 Sep 2013 – Omar Ghraieb : #Gaza students losing visas and scholarships everyday bcoz of #Rafah border closure. Its closed more than its opened & when its opened only a few manage to pass. Students are also trapped outside, they cant return back home. I personally know friends who are stuck inside and outside. Rafah border has always been a crisis & hellish whether closed or opened but the crisis blooms when its closed. Now we r living a double siege. As if #Israel wasnt doing enough. #Egypt gov. & Egy media suck, both going after Gaza every now & then blaming it for everything but I still love Egyptians because they are not like their gov. or media. September 9: #Egypt closed Rafah border today after letting ONLY 1 damn bus pass and sent all the rest back! Damn it! Doubling the damn siege! #Gaza September 9: Endless rows and rows of cars…more

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