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News

International Middle East Media Center

Hamas Calls for End to PA Security Coordination with Israel
IMEMC – Arab League blames Israel for talks stalemate Hamas said today [Wednesday, April 9, 2014] that Palestinians in the West Bank should “give full rein” to resistance against the Israeli occupation and end security cooperation with Israel. …

Escalated Attacks by Occupation Forces & Settlers Throughout Gaza, West Bank and Jerusalem
IMEMC – Lands razed in Negev and to the west of Hebron Israeli forces, stationed on the borders with the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday, opened fire on a residential area adjacent to the borders near Khan Yunes, according to media sources. …

Christians: Israeli Restrictions Spoiling Easter Celebrations in Jerusalem
IMEMC – A group of Christians from East Jerusalem, on Sunday, said that Israel’s restrictions on Palestinian mobility has resulted in violations of religious freedoms. …

Netanyahu Instructs Israeli Government Ministries to Cease Cooperation with Palestinians
IMEMC – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Wednesday, instructed all Israeli government ministries to refrain from meeting their Palestinian Authority counterparts, and to cease civilian and economic cooperation with the Palestinian Authority. …

Israeli Soldiers Raid University Campus in Salfit
IMEMC – Israeli forces, early Wednesday, fired tear gas at a university campus in the central West Bank, administrators said. …

Israeli Minister Slams Kerry s Statements
IMEMC – Israeli Minister of Economy and head of the Jewish Home Party, Naftali Bennett, denounced statements by US Secretary of State, John Kerry, which criticized Israel s settlement construction and expansion activities. …

Bethlehem; Settlers Flood Farmlands With Wastewater
IMEMC – [Tuesday, April 8, 2014] A number of Israeli settlers from the Efrat settlement, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, flooded Palestinian farmlands in al-Khader town with sewage. …

Thousands of Palestinians in Jerusalem Without Water
IMEMC – Tens of thousands of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem have been without running water for more than a month, victims of a decrepit and overwhelmed infrastructure and caught in a legal no-man’s land caused by the divisions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. …

Occupation Raids Cell 10 in Jalbou Prison, Ibrahim Hamed Declares Hunger Strike
IMEMC – The Prisoners’ Club Society said, Tuesday, that Israeli occupation forces, armed with tear gas and batons, raided Cell 10 of Section 1, in Jalbou prison, after forcing the prisoners out. …

Ma’an News

Israeli bulldozers demolish Bedouin homes across Negev
4/9/2014 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers on Wednesday demolished several Palestinian Bedouin houses in the Negev desert, locals said. Police vehicles escorted bulldozers across the Negev as they demolished a number of structures in villages not recognized by Israeli authorities. In the village of al-Zaarura, bulldozers demolished two houses belonging to the Abu Judah family, witnesses said. Demolitions across the Negev are still ongoing, residents….

Israel delivers demolition orders to Bedouin families near Jerusalem
4/9/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces and civil administration officers handed demolition and eviction orders to Palestinian families in East Jerusalem on Wednesday. Popular committee spokesman Hani Halabiya told Ma’an that civil administration officers delivered the orders to families in the Jabal al-Baba neighborhood east of al-Ezariya. Bedouins from the Jahalin tribe live in homes made of steel, wood and tin boards as….

Netanyahu orders govt officials to stop cooperation with PA
4/9/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu early Wednesday ordered government officials to stop cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, an official said.”Israel government ministers have been told to refrain from meeting their Palestinian counterparts,” the official told AFP, requesting anonymity. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted a senior Israeli official as saying that only “low-level field cooperation” would be permitted. Netanyahu’s…. Related:Hamas calls for end to PA security coordination with IsraelandFatah leader: Israeli sanctions will lead to collapse of PA

Soldiers stand by as Israeli settlers attack Palestinian school girls
4/9/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Wednesday assaulted Palestinian school children in the southern West Bank, a school official said. A school principal told Ma’an that a group of extremist Israeli settlers hurled stones at school girls in the village of al-Tuwani, leaving them bruised. Israeli soldiers stood by and watched without taking action as the settlers threw rocks, the principal said…. Related:Vehicle runs over, kills toddler in Gaza

Vehicle runs over, kills toddler in Gaza
4/9/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A speeding vehicle ran over and killed a toddler in the central Gaza Strip early Wednesday, medics said. Eighteen-month-old Yazan Abu al-Louh was playing in front of his home in Deir al-Balah when a vehicle ran him over. Yazan was rushed to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. [END]

Israeli soldiers ‘raid university campus in Salfit, fire tear gas’
4/9/2014 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Israeli forces early Wednesday fired tear gas at a university campus in the central West Bank, administrators said. Officials at the Salfit branch of al-Quds Open University told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers raided the campus and showered students with tear gas.” Campus workers collected some 70 empty tear gas canisters,” the officials said, adding that the gas prevented students….

Interview: Nadia Abu El-Haj on archaeology and the Zionist project
4/9/2014 – By Alex Shams – In early January, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced that it would begin excavation on an archaeological site inside a Jewish settlement near the heart of Hebron’s old city. Since then, Israeli authorities have also moved forward on plans for a Jewish history theme park in the Palestinian East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. Local residents — dozens of whom have received home….

Hamas calls for end to PA security coordination with Israel
4/9/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas said on Wednesday that Palestinians in the West Bank should “give full rein” to resistance against the Israeli occupation and end security cooperation with Israel. The moves comes hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered government officials to stop cooperation with Palestinian officials as part of a round of sanctions on the PA as peace negotiations between the…. Related:Netanyahu orders govt officials to stop cooperation with PA

Iran, world powers try to move nuclear talks up a gear
4/9/2014 – VIENNA (AFP) — Iran and world powers were set for a second day of nuclear talks Wednesday hoping to move to the next level and start drafting a historic and highly ambitious final deal next month. Threatening to drive a wedge between the powers, however, is the crisis over Ukraine, which has led to the biggest standoff between Russia and the West since the Cold War….

Arab League says it will continue support for PA in negotiations
4/9/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — The Arab League has decided to support the Palestinian Authority in continuing negotiations until the end of April as was previously agreed upon, amid a crisis in ongoing peace talks between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization. In a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo on Wednesday the Arab League called on US Secretary of State John Kerry to exert….

Arab League blames Israel for talks stalemate
4/9/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Arab foreign ministers gathered on Wednesday with President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel was “wholly responsible for the dangerous stalemate” in US-brokered peace talks scheduled to end on April 29. The emergency meeting was requested by Abbas after Israel backtracked on releasing a final batch of Palestinian prisoners and reissued tenders for 708 settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem. [END]

Fatah leader: Israeli sanctions will lead to collapse of PA
4/9/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fatah central committee member Azzam al-Ahmad warned on Wednesday that Israeli sanctions will lead to the dismantling of the Palestinian Authority. Al-Ahmad told Ma’an that the PA will not announce its dismantling outright, but stressed that Israeli actions will “lead to its collapse.” Al-Ahmad’s comments come amid a near breakdown in peace talks between Israel and the…. Related:Netanyahu orders govt officials to stop cooperation with PA

International treaties and the prospects for justice for Palestinians
4/9/2014 – Ata Hindi is the Communications Officer, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat / Researcher at the Institute of Law at Birzeit University. – I originally wrote this piece with the usual Palestinian uneasiness a couple of weeks ago after President Mahmoud Abbas’ meeting with US President Barack Obama. I, like many other Palestinians, feared that he would be pressured into accepting an extension of what….

AlJazeera

Arab League pledges $100m to Palestinians
AlJazeera 9 Apr 2014 – Ministers in Cairo renew commitment to give $100m in monthly aid after Israel announces partial freeze in contacts.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) Launch Joint Repor…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Settler shoots Palestinian as he tries to repair his car
4/9/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team| Urif, Occupied Palestine – On Sunday 30th March on the road to Madama (near Nablus), 25-year-old Nidal, from the village of Urif, was fixing his car when a settler with a handgun shot him in the leg. 12 years ago, in the same area, Nidal and two friends were kidnapped and held for 17 hours by settlers from a nearby….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: UNRWA teachers warm a child
Relief Web 8 Apr 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Syria At the Dhahyet Qudsaya al-Oula school in Damascus, UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) teachers see all too clearly…

Syrian Arab Republic: Oviedo support for Syria health kits
Relief Web 8 Apr 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic East Jerusalem The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is grateful to the Oviedo Local…

occupied Palestinian territory: 8 wounded as Israeli forces clash with settlers
Relief Web 8 Apr 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 04/08/2014 15:58 GMT JERUSALEM, April 8, 2014 (AFP) – Clashes between Jewish settlers and Israeli police wounded eight people in the West Bank overnight prompting the defence minister to warn on Tuesday that…

The National

Emirati woman aims to pave the way for health care careers
The National 9 Apr 2014 – Noura Al Dhaheri’s natural ability to treat children, combined with the UAE’s need for paediatric care, made her career path clear.

How Zayed s legacy gives new hope to sick children
The National 9 Apr 2014 – Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation in Washington is transforming surgery for children.

Arab League blames Israelis for derailing peace talks
The National 9 Apr 2014 – Wednesday s emergency meeting was requested by Mahmoud Abbas after Israel backtracked on releasing a final batch of Palestinian prisoners and reissued tenders for 708 settler homes in east Jerusalem.

Myanmar vows to protect aid workers after Buddhist attacks
The National 9 Apr 2014 – Buddhist mobs moved from home to home, office to office, throwing rocks and in some cases entering the premises.

Syrian regime has not yet won the war
The National 9 Apr 2014 – Anti-tank missiles are important for the Syrian rebels because they allow them to fend off the tough tanks of the Assad regime

Saudi Shura Council says end sports ban in girls state schools
The National 9 Apr 2014 – The appointed body, whose 150 members are overwhelmingly male, can only pass on its recommendation to the education ministry and has no powers to impose it.

Only woman in Algeria presidential race won t hold back
The National 9 Apr 2014 – Louisa Hanoune targets multinational companies and foreign hands which she accuses of slipping into civilian clothing and trying to drag the country into new violence.

Saudi Arabia confirms two Mers deaths from among 11 fresh cases in Jeddah
The National 9 Apr 2014 – The health ministry says Jeddah s King Fahd hospital was referring incoming patients to other medical facilities on Tuesday after an employee there tested positive for Mers.

Four arrested over hammer attack on three Emirati sisters at London hotel
The National 9 Apr 2014 – Four people – three men and one woman – have been arrested in connection with a hammer attack on three Emirati sisters in their London hotel room in the middle of the night.

Obesity is the top health concern for Arab Youth, survey reveals
The National 8 Apr 2014 – Decades of reliance on foreign health care has left many young Arabs sceptical about the level of care they receive in their home country, the report said.

Soaring prices and finding a job dominate concerns of Arab youth, survey reveals
The National 8 Apr 2014 – Worry about rising costs is evenly spread across youth in the Arab world, with 63 per cent in the GCC saying they were ‘very concerned’, compared with 62 per cent in the other Arab countries.

Some doctors are only here for the money : Government urged to do more to connect with youth on health
The National 8 Apr 2014 – Young people are increasingly concerned about health issues in their countries, the Arab Youth Survey 2014 found.

How will people react if they are cut? : role of energy subsidies takes centre stage in discussion on Arab Youth Survey
The National 8 Apr 2014 – About 74 per cent of young people across the region believe that their governments should offer fuel and utilities subsidies.

Reports of rebels with tank-busters raises questions of US role in Syria
The National 8 Apr 2014 – The videos appeared online this week amid deep divisions between John Kerry s State Department and the Pentagon over how much more the US should involve itself militarily in the Syrian civil war.

My heart is broken in a million pieces Father of Emirati sisters attacked in London hotel speaks out
The National 8 Apr 2014 – The 70-year-old father of three Emirati women attacked in their London hotel room was able to speak to his eldest daughter for the first time on Monday evening.

Qatar s single border crossing exposes its vulnerability
The National 8 Apr 2014 – Should Riyadh blockade the only road from Saudi Arabia to Qatar over the recent diplomatic spat, Doha would lose a vital supply line through which it imports goods that feed both its population and a vast construction programme.

Ebola Outbreak to Continue for Several More Months, WHO says
The National 8 Apr 2014 – The death toll has risen to 111 with at least 101 people dying from the bleeding disorder in Guinea and 10 people in neighbouring Liberia.

Anti-Bouteflika movement livens up presidential campaign
The National 8 Apr 2014 – Activists of the Barakat (Enough) movement have made their mark by daring to argue publicly that the 77-year-old Mr Bouteflika, who is too sick to take to the campaign trail himself, is unfit to govern.

Pistorius breaks down on the stand as he describes moment that everything changed
The National 8 Apr 2014 – I sat over Reeva and I cried, Pistorius said, telling how he broke open the stall door in his bathroom to discover his mortally wounded girlfriend inside and slumped over in the cubicle.

Train bombing in Pakistan kills 13
The National 8 Apr 2014 – The United Baluch Army, one of several armed separatist groups in Baluchistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Ha’aretz

Holocaust ties no obstacle for French rail project in Maryland
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

The path forward: Pollard-Barghouti-Fayyad
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

A man for the all-too-short golden years
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

The greatness of Shimon Peres
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Love, a dirty word
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Helpless Israelis on a West Bank road
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

UN: Thousands in Congo subjected to systematic sexual violence
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Israeli sanctions against the PA are likely to backfire
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

NATO chief: U.S. troops may be sent to Eastern Europe
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Israel launches Ofek 10 military satellite into space
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Lieberman: Kerry says didn’t blame Israel for crisis in talks
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Bennett to Netanyahu: Israel must annex settlement blocs in response to Palestinian move
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

First Super Hercules transport plane lands in Israel, bolstering air force
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Another employee charges Sara Netanyahu with abusive treatment
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

U.S. official: Unclear if gaps in Iran nuclear talks can be bridged
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

When will Digital Death go mainstream in Israel?
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Domestic crisis or decline
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

School stabbing near Pittsburg leaves 20 wounded
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Three settlers arrested after attack on security forces
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Netanyahu’s office: Israel ‘deeply disappointed’ by Kerry’s accusations
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Bar Refaeli’s ‘muppet’ ad: Sexy? More like sexist
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

13 African-American Jews may be facing deportation from Israel
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Brandeis University decides against honor for Islam critic
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Russia dismisses ‘groundless’ claims it is planning Ukraine invasion
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Israel cuts communication with Palestinians in response to unilateral moves
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Obama should make Israelis look at themselves in the mirror
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Israel recalls security guards who brawled with Indian customs officers
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Two-race solution: In Jerusalem and Bethlehem, American runs for peace
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

More PACs using Hillary Clinton’s name to raise money
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Israel stymies communication with Palestinians in response to unilateral moves
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Word of the Day / Boharayim: Pass the pancakes, it s mornoon
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Is she the one? Your hormonal profile knows
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Steimatzky may be sold as book retailer faces cash crunch
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

China urges Israel to make ‘brave’ decisions on peace talks
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

China urges Israel to make ‘brave’ decisions on peace talks
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Palestinian Christians: Israeli police spoiling Easter celebrations in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 8 Apr 2014

Rabbi accused of sex crimes arrested in Zimbabwe
Ha’aretz – 8 Apr 2014

Ex-minister Kahlon planning return to politics – but not with Likud
Ha’aretz – 8 Apr 2014

Tahini product recalled after tests revealed listeria
Ha’aretz – 8 Apr 2014

Woman dies of rare condition after giving birth to stillborn twins
Ha’aretz – 8 Apr 2014

Ultra-Orthodox Shas party gets a new spiritual leader
Ha’aretz – 8 Apr 2014

Jerusalem Post

Israel always needs to be one-step ahead in case Assad perseveres
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Latest tide in Syrian civil war has analysts predicting regime forces may continue to retake lost areas, forcing Israel to think about how its strategy towards the country may need to be altered.

Herzog: PM disconnecting from PA confirms the death of peace talks
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Opposition lawmakers say measure will only damage country, while Bayit Yehudi politicians bolster Netanyahu s actions.

US may test weight at UN by denying visa to Iran envoy
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Washington objects to Hamid Abutalebi entering US due to his suspected connection to 1979 seizure of US embassy in Tehran.

Bennett calls on PM to annex 60% of West Bank
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Bayit Yehudi leader launches PR initiative for “Settlement Blocs First” plan in response to what he says is a failed peace process.

Israel launches Ofek 10 radar-based spy satellite
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – IAI and Defense Ministry launch satellite that can take photos of Earth targets irrespective of weather conditions.

State Dept. urges Israel to keep Kerry s disappointing comments in proper context
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Kerry, Liberman meet in Washington, both reaffirm commitment to peace talks despite recent setbacks.

Washington watch: How dead is dead?
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Even if these talks resume, the prospects for finding promise in them is remote. For now they may be dead, but in the Middle East that s not final.

You want housing prices to come down? Let City Hall have the VAT
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – This is no panacea. The municipalities will need to be supervised centrally, and there is state-level infrastructure in dire need of development.

Shame on those who ignore child poverty and hunger
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Shame on both of you, Israeli and Diaspora leadership, for supporting this initiative without doing due diligence in meeting Israel s basic social needs.

Why Syria s forgotten minority is stuck with Assad
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – The Druse cannot bet on today s fragmented opposition to protect them.

Port power
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Massive amounts of taxpayer cash have been lavished on Ashdod Port. It is time its employees understand that this is not their money but ours.

Powers ‘set to draft’ Iran nuclear deal, despite remaining gaps
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Talks end as Islamic Republic celebrates “Nuclear Technology Day”; Khamenei refuses to “backtrack” on program.

Israel mulls withholding funds from PA equaling amount paid each month to prisoners
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Jerusalem currently transfers to PA about NIS 400 million monthly that it collects for it in tax and duty revenue.

Former officials in chief rabbinate convicted in major 300 million shekel fraud
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – In fraud scheme, rabbis awarded rabbinic ordination to security service officials who received higher salaries as a result.

An Israeli first: Teen saved with rare robot surgery for congenital defect
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Surgery performed at Haifa s Rambam Medical Center on boy with a serious defect in his digestive system.

Jewish Agency expands Jerusalem call center
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Spokesman says the call center received nearly twenty thousand calls in the first three months of 2014, marking a 264% increase over last year.

Tel Aviv University launches new Transportation Research Unit
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Unit will take an interdisciplinary approach to research, addressing topics such as public transportation use, transportation policy.

Peres woos heads of Chinese companies
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Peres tells China of need to bring peace and stability to Middle East, says they can play significant role in region.

From LA to TLV: Q&A with Israeli fashion designer Motty Reif
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – He spent eight years in LA still working as a producer and director for fashion events, television and movies; Fashion expert Ella Manor gets the goods.

Technion ‘breakthrough’: Transplanting of engineered tissue to repair muscle injury
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Expert says there are two techniques to deal with the clinical challenges involved in the successful restoration of tissue defects.

Hamas calls on Abbas to ‘unleash the resistance’ in the West Bank
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Statement of the Islamist party calls on the PA to end security coordination with Israel, end negotiations.

Looking for yourself in the right places
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – We are each perfect and unique; the question is, do we realize it and what are we doing about it?

Ashdod port workers’ strike cost farmers 5.2 million euros
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – 25 containers of produce from the Negev miss their shipments; strikers protest new anti-nepotism rule.

Super Hercules aircraft flies into IAF service
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – The new aircraft will be able to carry almost 50 percent more weight and fly a distance of 4,000 kilometers.

Haniyeh’s Israeli sisters convicted of visiting Gaza without permit
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – According to the prosecution, the two women entered Gaza via Egypt to circumvent the ban on their traveling to the Strip.

Lebanese report: Two Israeli tanks cross fence near border town
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Merkava tanks reportedly remain across border for over an hour; Lebanese media claims sightings of Israeli drone and fighter jets Tuesday night.

Police arrest 2 settlers for alleged involvement in ransacking of IDF post
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – Likud Minister Danon on latest incident in Yitzhar: Violence against security forces only hurts the settlements.

Palestinians denounce Israeli decision to cutback ties with PA officials
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah convens urgent meeting of Palestinian cabinet to discuss “official terror.”

Disney’s Let it Go : Top 5 Passover parodies
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2014 – And you thought you were the only person to make the connection between Let it go and let my people go ? Think again.

Uruknet

The Guardian

John Kerry faces dilemma after latest Middle East impasse
The Guardian 9 Apr 2014 – US secretary of state is facing demands in Washington to get tougher with Israel over key issue of settlements Israeli officials were reportedly astounded to hear John Kerry pin the blame on Binyamin Netanyahu for the…

Netanyahu brings stop to meetings with Palestinians
The Guardian 9 Apr 2014 – Israeli PM orders ministers to stop meeting Palestinian counterparts in response to ‘provocative’ UN move An Israeli government official says the prime minister, Binjamin Netanyahu, has told his ministers to stop holding meetings with their Palestinian…

Daily Star

Israel launches new spy satellite
Daily Star 9 Apr 2014 Israel’s Defense Ministry says it has launched a new observation satellite into orbit.

Russia rejects US warnings over oil deal with Iran
Daily Star 9 Apr 2014 A senior Russian diplomat has rejected U.S. warnings against striking an oil-for-goods contract with Iran.

Obamas send prayers to school stabbing victims
Daily Star 9 Apr 2014 President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are sending their thoughts and prayers to the victims of a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school.

Twin car bombs kill 25 in Syria’s Homs: state media
Daily Star 9 Apr 2014 Two car bombs killed at least 25 people, including women and children, in a government-held neighbourhood of Syria’s central city of Homs Wednesday, state news agency SANA reported.

Libya officer killed, family wounded when car explodes
Daily Star 9 Apr 2014 A Libyan air force officer was killed Wednesday, and his wife and daughter seriously injured, when a bomb placed under his car exploded in the eastern city of Benghazi, officials said.

Iran: ’50 to 60 percent agreement’ on nuke deal
Daily Star 9 Apr 2014 Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday his country and six world powers are in “50 to 60 percent agreement” on the shape of a nuclear deal meant to crimp any potential Iranian attempt to build nuclear arms…

Egypt to announce steps on subsidy reform before next month’s election: minister
Daily Star 9 Apr 2014 Egypt will announce major stepstowards subsidy reform ahead of next month’s presidentialelection, the country’s minister of planning said on Wednesday.

Rai suggests housing Syrian refugees in Syria
Daily Star 9 Apr 2014 The head of Lebanon’s Maronite Christian Church suggested on Wednesday that Syrian refugees should be housed in camps inside Syria.

Egypt arrests former Al-Jazeera freelance reporter
Daily Star 9 Apr 2014 Egyptian authorities arrested a journalist Wednesday who worked for the Al-Jazeera satellite news network and other Islamist media for allegedly inciting and taking part in violence, the country’s official news agency reported.

YNet News

Israel launches new observation satellite into orbit
YNet News, 9 Apr 2014 – Satellite “Ofek 10” will orbit the globe every 90 minutes, halving response time to possible Iranian attack. ….

11 kids hurt in Florida day care center crash
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Hezbollah: Assad is here to stay
YNet News, 9 Apr 2014 – Hezbollah has been actively involved in aiding Syrian President Assad win the civil war tearing his country apart, and their efforts have certainly helped. ….

Far-right makes major gains in Europe in last decade
YNet News, 9 Apr 2014 – Europe sees huge growth in anti-Semitic parties, with some winning as much as 20% of votes by taking advantage of massive immigration influx and the devastating financial crisis. ….

Russia rejects US warnings over oil deal with Iran
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Disputed Hungary Shoah monument sparks fresh protest
YNet News, 9 Apr 2014 – Around 300 people angrily tear down cordon erected by workers and occupy site of planned monument, which Jewish critics say glosses over Hungary’s active role in Holocaust. ….

Peace talks vs. Yitzhar: Two trains headed to a collision
YNet News, 9 Apr 2014 – Analysis: Prime Minister Netanyahu must prove to Israelis not to John Kerry that he is responsible for creating a new reality in Judea and Samaria. ….

Bennett: Peace talks failed, begin annexation of settlement blocs
YNet News, 9 Apr 2014 – Eulogizing peace talks, Bennett demands PM convene government to discuss expansion of Israeli sovereignty to settlement blocs. Livni in response: Why not annex entire West Bank so we can never reach a peace agreement! ….

Israel launches satellite into orbit from Palmahim base
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Matzo maker Manischewitz sold to investment firm
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Naftali Bennett: Begin annexation of settlement blocs
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Kerry and Lieberman meet amid peace talks crisis
YNet News, 9 Apr 2014 – Israeli, Palestinian negotiation teams will meet Thursday after Arab League green-lights continued talks, slams Israel for leading negotiations into ‘serious predicament’ ….

Live: Kerry and Lieberman hold joint press conference
YNet News, 9 Apr 2014 – As peace talks falter, Israel expresses ‘disappointment’ at Kerry’s comments, secretary of state and Israeli FM meet. Abbas, Arab League urge US to continue role in talks, blame Israel for crisis. ….

Mortar hits Sha’ar Hanegev community; no injuries
YNet News, 9 Apr 2014 – Month after rocket salvo hits southern Israel, mortar slams into regional community. ‘It was scary… thank god this time it fell far away from residential areas,’ locals say…..

Middle Ages in Syria: Horrors in name of Islam
YNet News, 9 Apr 2014 – Analysis: Indescribable violence in Arab country, which includes decapitation and hanging bodies in squares, is not only perpetrated by Assad regime and its mercenaries, but also by radical rebels seeking to establish an Islamic caliphate. ….

Kaifeng Jews to hold traditional Seder for first time
YNet News, 9 Apr 2014 – Nearly 100 members of ancient Jewish community expected to attend Passover feat, read from Haggadah and eat matzo. ….

AUDIO: Dreaming of breaking down the walls
YNet News, 8 Apr 2014 – Think tank leads West Bank tour in hopes of fostering greater Israeli understanding of Palestinian issue. Ynetnews joined one such tour, listen to special audio report. ….

A rebellious community
YNet News, 8 Apr 2014 – Op-ed: IDF should put radical settlement Yitzhar on curfew, and settlement leaders should halt funds transfer until radical settlement changes its ways. ….

Poverty in Israel is a result of policy
YNet News, 8 Apr 2014 – Op-ed: It’s no coincidence that Israel’s leaders Netanyahu, Bennett, Lapid and Lieberman are all members of the top echelon. ….

Hungarian Jews: Anti-Semitism is everywhere
YNet News, 8 Apr 2014 – Far-right party’s achievement in Hungary elections comes as no surprise to local Jewish community. ‘People who walk around with a skullcap are sometimes verbally attacked,’ says Budapest rabbi. ….

Germany expands pension payments for Jewish ghetto workers
YNet News, 8 Apr 2014 – Plan will see all payments backdated to 1997, when Germany began recognizing work in ghettos as eligible for pension payments. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Dozens of Israeli settlers desecrate courtyards of holy al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Israeli settler groups and intelligence personnel have desecrated the courtyards of the holy al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday morning under strict protection by Israeli police forces.

Zahhar: Israeli occupation will come to an inevitable end
PIC – Mahmoud al-Zahhar, a member of Hamas‚¨ “!s political bureau, affirmed that his movement will never accept to be a part of Israeli-Palestinian authorities’ conditions to extend negotiation process.

120 Jerusalemites arrested by IOF last month, including 40 minors
PIC – Human rights data indicated the escalation of Israeli attacks launched against Palestinian citizens of Occupied Jerusalem last March.

Israeli settlers continue to steal Salfit’s groundwater
PIC – Israeli settlers from Ariel settlement built on Salfit land continued to steal the city’s groundwater while flooding its agricultural lands with the settlement’s sewage waters.

IOF arrest 8 Palestinians in West Bank and Jerusalem, most of them minors
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF), backed by dozens of military vehicles and equipment, stormed several Palestinian cities and towns in the West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem at dawn Wednesday.

Netanyahu stops contacts with PA on non-security related issues
PIC – Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a halt to contacts with Palestinian Authority (PA) on non-security related issues, Israeli media revealed.

Woman and children left wounded during Israeli raids in Yatta
PIC – A woman and a group of children were left wounded following raids launched on Wednesday by Israeli Occupation Forces and dozens of settlers on citizens of Um al-Kheir and Tuba south of al-Khalil.

Resheq calls for urgent action against IOA violations of holy Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Ezzat Resheq raised alarm bells against the recurrent moves carried out by Israeli extremist organizations and groups to partake in the trainings to be held Thursday in the Aqsa Mosque.

Bridge for military vehicles, Jewish synagogues to be established in al-Aqsa
PIC – Israeli Occupation Authority (IOA) has continued its Judaization scheme to turn Mughrabi Gate leading to al-Aqsa Mosque into a bridge for military vehciels.

WAFA

Operation Dove: Palestinian Schoolchildren Attacked by Israeli Settlers near Hebron
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

PEX Report: Index Remains Down
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Israeli Digs New Tunnel beneath Al-Aqsa Mosque
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Committee for Commemoration of Year of International Solidarity with Palestinian People Launch Program of Activities
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Israeli Army Razes Agricultural Land to Expand Checkpoint
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Emergency Meetings Held Following Netanyahu’s Orders to Cease Cooperation with Palestine
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Abbas Attends Arab Foreign Ministers Emergency Meeting in Cairo
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Vehicle Pelted with Settlers Stones, Child Wounded near Bethlehem
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Abbas Discusses Floundering Peace with Egyptian Counterpart
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Newspaper Review: US Blaming of Israel for Breakdown of Negotiations Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Settlers and Soldiers Attack Elderly near Hebron
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Israeli Forces Raze Land to West of Hebron
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Israeli Settlers Attack School children, Injure Two near Hebron
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Israeli Army Arrests Seven in West Bank and Jerusalem
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Settlers Assault Female Students in Al-Aqsa Mosque
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Israeli Forces Target Residential Area near Gaza Borders
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Abbas Arrives in Egypt for Arab Ministers Meeting
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Italian Consulate Donates School Bus to Aida Refugee Camp
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Activists Plant Olives in Land Threatened with Seizure by Israel
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

PEX Report: Index Down Again
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Cabinet Calls for Applying Financial Security Network
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014

Misc

Iran nuclear deal negotiators finish preliminary talks
LA Times 9 Apr 2014 – Negotiators for Iran and six world powers will meet again in May to draft a final deal for an accord before the July 20 deadline. WASHINGTON Negotiators for Iran and six world powers said Wednesday that they have completed preliminary discussions on Iran’s disputed…

Pair of car bombs explode in Syrian city of Homs
LA Times 9 Apr 2014 – BEIRUT — A pair of car bombs exploded Wednesday in a busy residential district in the central Syrian city of Homs, killing at least 25 civilians and wounding more than 100, Syria s official media reported.

Israel’s Netanyahu orders ministers to halt ties with Palestinians
LA Times 9 Apr 2014 – JERUSALEM Relations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders continued a downward spiral Wednesday with a new Israeli directive to its ministers to halt cooperation with their Palestinian counterparts.

Ethnic Armenians tell of flight from Kasab, their town in Syria
LA Times 9 Apr 2014 – ‘We knew we would be butchered if we stayed,’ says one man who made it to safety in Lebanon as rebels advanced from Turkey, a situation with historic parallels. BEIRUT They fled Kasab at daybreak, amid the clamor of artillery and word that Islamist…

U.S. tells Iran its choice for U.N. ambassador is ‘not viable’
LA Times 8 Apr 2014 – Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran’s nominee as United Nations envoy, was in the student group that took U.S. Embassy diplomats hostage in 1979. WASHINGTON The White House stepped up its opposition Tuesday to Iran’s choice for ambassador to the United Nations, but sought to keep the…

Jewish extremists clash with Israeli troops in West Bank
LA Times 8 Apr 2014 – JERUSALEM — Tensions were high Tuesday following a clash between Jewish extremists and Israeli troops in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar that injured about a dozen people on both sides.

At War Blog: Despite Doubts, a Vote Worth Casting
New York Times 9 Apr 2014 – An Afghan journalist recalls his conflicted feelings toward the nation s first peaceful, democratic transition of power.

World Briefing : Deadly Wave of Blasts Hits Baghdad
New York Times 9 Apr 2014 – Eight car bombs and two mortar shells killed as many as 25 people in attacks around the city, according to security personnel.

Britain Increasingly Invokes Power to Disown Its Citizens
New York Times 9 Apr 2014 – The government s ability to revoke citizenship, and the fact it has used that ability against people who were later killed in drone strikes, has fueled concern.

Nuclear Talks With Iran Need Intensive Work, Envoys Say
New York Times 9 Apr 2014 – A joint statement issued at the end of the latest round of talks on the Iranian nuclear dispute suggested that extensive disagreements remain.

Sayeda Zeinab Journal: Muslim Shrine Stands as a Crossroads in Syria s Unrest
New York Times 9 Apr 2014 – Religious fervor has driven some to protect a once-bustling shrine outside of Damascus, while others see it as a target.

Israel Says It Is Deeply Disappointed by Kerry s Remarks on Peace Talks
New York Times 9 Apr 2014 – Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to lay the blame on Israel for the crisis in the talks, prompting an unusually strong rebuke.

Listening Post: Mideast Frustration, the Sequel
New York Times 8 Apr 2014 – Poof, that was the moment, Secretary of State John Kerry said of Israel s announcement that it planned to build 700 new apartments for settlers.

Iran s Choice of Envoy Not Viable, U.S. Says
New York Times 8 Apr 2014 – The Obama administration toughened its objection to Iran s choice as its United Nations ambassador because of his role in the 1979-81 hostage crisis.

Bomb on Train in Pakistan Kills 14
New York Times 8 Apr 2014 – A rebel group claimed responsibility for a bomb blast aboard a train in Baluchistan Province, saying it was retaliation for a military operation.

Hirsi Ali Says Israel-Palestine Impossible Due to Muslim Fanaticism
Tikun Olam – It s been Hirsi Ali Month here at Tikun Olam. First, she launched Honor Diaries on International Women s Day, March 8th. She executive produced that film with her Islamophobic pals at Clarion Project. Then she was offered an honorary degree by Brandeis University recognizing her activism for…

66 years ago today 42 members of my family were slaughtered in Deir Yassin
Mondoweiss – Tareq Radi and his great -grandfathers home 2013, Deir Yassin (photo: Dina Elmuti) On April 9, 1948, well before dawn, the peaceful village of Deir Yassin awoke to the sound of gunfire as the genocidal Zionist organizations known as the Stern Gang and Irgun invaded. All…

New book explores intersection of Islamophobia and support for Israel
Mondoweiss – We ve been delighted to feature the work of Elly Bulkin and Donna Nevel, whose articles have investigated how the Israel lobby fuels anti-Muslim bigotry. They have shed much needed light on a vitally important issue that has impacted Muslim educators and mosques. Now, Bulkin and Nevel…

Australia opposed Palestinian UN bid because foreign policy was subcontracted to Jewish donors report
Mondoweiss – Former Australian PM Julia Gillard I used to feel scared and guilty when I wrote about Jewish donors. But other journalists recognize the importance of the issue. Jewish donors is in the headline of a report in the Guardian on a memoir by a former foreign…

NYT self-censors, axing headline blaming Israeli settlements
Mondoweiss – The New York Times changed the headline but not the web address. (Screenshot via talknic) Yesterday we reported that The New York Times was early on the story of John Kerry s Senatetestimony in which he lay blame for the breakdown in the peace process chiefly on…

Brandeis retracts plan to honor anti-Muslim activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Mondoweiss – Ayaan Hirsi Ali. (Photo: EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET) Brandeis University moved to tamp down a growing controversy when it withdrew its plan to give a notorious anti-Muslim writer an honorary degree. Yesterday, the school said it would not give Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-American, a degree because her…

Christie will get another crack at not saying occupied territories at NY Adelson fete
Mondoweiss – Adelson and his wife Miriam (center left) at event last October with Shmuley Boteach (second from right) Fresh off their event in Las Vegas, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Sheldon Adelson are set to meet up again at a Champions of Jewish Values gala in…

Rioting settlers clash with Israeli police at colony deep in West Bank
Mondoweiss – Settlers Rioting settlers, Israeli security forces clash in West Bank JERUSALEM (JTA) 8 Apr Six Israeli Border Police officers were hurt in clashes between Israeli security forces and settlers in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Yitzhar . Hundreds of supporters of the settlement located deep…

Brandeis Rescinds Hirsi Ali Honorary Degree
Tikun Olam – Ayan Hirsi Ali interviewed by FoxNews libertarian extremist, John Stossel. Brandeis president announced today that he d rescinded the University s offer of an honorary degree to Ayan Hirsi Ali. Here is the statement: Following a discussion today between President Frederick Lawrence and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ms. Hirsi…

Appeals court upholds dismissal of anti-BDS lawsuit against Olympia Food Co-op
Mondoweiss – Olympia Food Co-op members showing their support for the Co-op in the face of the anti-BDS lawsuit, August 2013. (Justin Mauger) Yesterday the Washington State Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of the anti-BDS lawsuit against the Olympia Food Co-op. The suit had been filed by…

Chris Matthews gives Adelson and the lobby a pass
Mondoweiss – Last week Sheldon Adelson and the Republican Jewish Coalition held a presidentials beauty contest in Las Vegas, at which KY senator Rand Paul was a no-show. Time says Paul s opposition to foreign adventures worries the pro-Israel crowd and the magazine quotes three Israel lobbyists and five…

Poof Kerry blames Israel for breakdown of talks (Updated)
Mondoweiss – Secretary of State John Kerry testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on April 7, 2014 (Photo: AFP/Saul LOEB) This is all over the wires, and it might be historic. John Kerry, Secretary of State, blamed the Israelis for the breakdown of peace talks during…

How to keep the Palestinian cause alive
Sabbah report 9 Apr 2014 – Dissolving the PA could be the beginning of a process to make calling and holding the Zionist (not Jewish) state to account for its defiance of international law and crimes something less than what it is at present a mission impossible. Continue reading í! Read…

If Kerry fails, what then?
Sabbah report 9 Apr 2014 – Until the Palestinians, like the Israelis, achieve their primary choice of self-determination in their own state (if ever they do), they should no longer, in the modern era, be denied equal rights in whatever lands they inhabit. In the case of Israel and its indefinite occupation,…

Why Jewish state demand is a non-starter
Sabbah report 9 Apr 2014 – The main reason Netanyahu makes this demand is that he knows the Palestinians cannot accept it. Yet, he makes it, knowing it will be met with sympathy in Washington and put the Palestinians in the position of looking like rejectionists. This way, he aims to put…

Syria ‘main terror threat to UK’
BBC 9 Apr 2014 – The government’s chief anti-terrorism official says Syria-related threats are now the number one challenge facing the UK security services.

Iran ‘won’t give up nuclear plans’
BBC 9 Apr 2014 – Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backs negotiations with world powers but warns Tehran will never give up its nuclear plans.

Israel Limits Contact With Palestinians as Talks Fray
The Foward Breaking News 9 Apr 2014 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a halt to high-level contacts with the Palestinians on non-security related issues, but exempted his chief peace negotiator from the ban, government officials said on Wednesday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel PM curbs Palestinian contact
BBC 9 Apr 2014 – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu tells ministers to stop high-level meetings with Palestinians, who he accuses of breaching a peace talks deal.

Egypt: Access to Education an Added Challenge for Refugees
allAfrica.com9 Apr 2014 – [IRIN]Cairo -As the number of Syrians in Egypt rises, refugees say it has become increasingly difficult to find places for their children in already overstretched government schools.

John Kerry Suggests Israel Sparked Mideast Peace Talks Crisis
The Foward Breaking News 8 Apr 2014 – Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Tuesday that Israel s announcement of plans to build about 700 housing units in East Jerusalem was the proximate cause for the near collapse of its peace talks with the Palestinians. Click here for the rest of the article…

Olympia Spring Arts Walk 2014
Rachel Corrie Foundation 8 Apr 2014 – Street Art and Photography: Connecting Communities In Resistance Art by our partners from the Oaxacan art collective, Asaro, and from the Network of Photographers for Palestine (NOPP). Join the Rachel Corrie Foundation and Art Forces for our Spring Arts Walk Event at the Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural (…

US: Iran UN envoy pick ‘not viable’
BBC 8 Apr 2014 – The Obama administration has told the Iranian government its choice of a one-time student revolutionary to be UN ambassador is “not viable”.

Morocco: Moroccan Jihadist Leader Dies in Syria
allAfrica.com8 Apr 2014 – [Magharebia]Casablanca -The Moroccan founder of al-Qaeda inspired jihadist group Sham al-Islam died Thursday (April 3rd), along with young fighters he had brought with him to Syria.

Twin blasts kill 25 in Homs: Syrian state media
Al-Akhbar News 9 Apr 2014 – Flames engulf a vehicles following a car bomb along al-Khudary Street in the Karam al-Luz neighborhood in the city of Homs on April 9, 2014. (Photo: AFP /STR) Flames engulf a vehicles following a car bomb along al-Khudary Street in the Karam al-Luz neighborhood in the…

Car bombings ‘kill 25’ in Homs
BBC 9 Apr 2014 – Two car bombs kill at least 25 people in Homs, Syrian state media say, hours after government forces reportedly capture a key town.

Mahdi Amel s revival manifests ache for local revolutionaries
Al-Akhbar News 9 Apr 2014 – A Lebanese Communist Party rally outside the Egyptian embassy in Beirut. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) A Lebanese Communist Party rally outside the Egyptian embassy in Beirut. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Hassan Hamdan, known as Mahdi Amel, is a mystery to those living outside of the region. A prolific…

Lebanese Patriarch: Syrian refugees should remain in Syria
Al-Akhbar News 9 Apr 2014 – The head of Lebanon’s Maronite Christian Church suggested on Wednesday that Syrian refugees should be housed in camps inside Syria. The United Nations has registered 1 million refugees in Lebanon since the conflict began three years ago, the highest concentration of refugees worldwide. They are housed…

Thirteen car bombs rip through Iraq
Al-Akhbar News 9 Apr 2014 – Iraqis react near the remains of a vehicle at the site of an explosion in Baghdad on April 9, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Ali al-Saadi) Iraqis react near the remains of a vehicle at the site of an explosion in Baghdad on April 9, 2014. (Photo:…

The people of Beirut take to the streets
Al-Akhbar News 9 Apr 2014 – Today Beirut witnessed three different protests. Civil Defense volunteers protested on Ramlet al-Baida’s shores, demanding to be hired as full-time employees. The Lebanese parliament decided to give in to their demands later in the day. Two seperate groups of protestors made their way to the Riad…

Lebanese public sector workers strike over stalled wage law
Al-Akhbar News 9 Apr 2014 – Thousands of Lebanese public sector workers went on strike Wednesday to demand legislatures pass a bill that would increase their salaries. Teachers at all public schools, universities and public administration offices, and some private schools, participated in the strike. Hanna Gharib, head of the Secondary Public…

Settlers attack Israeli soldiers in West Bank for destroying outpost
Al-Akhbar News 9 Apr 2014 – Hardline Israeli settlers attacked Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank for a second straight night, police said Wednesday, despite a warning from the defense minister of a tough response. “Border guards and soldiers were attacked by stone throwing during their night patrols” near the Yitzhar…

Bouteflika faces growing opposition as he runs for fourth term
Al-Akhbar News 9 Apr 2014 – Algerian students hostile to the President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s re-election scuffle with police during a demonstration on April 6, 2014, ahead of a campaign rally of the Algerian President’s campaign manager in Tizi-Ouzou, east of the capital Algiers. (Photo: AFP-Farouk Batiche) Algerian students hostile to the President…

Future of Syria may be in decentralization
Al-Monitor 9 Apr 2014 – The regime may agree to local governance if it keeps control of the state s politics.

Syria allegations sink Turkish government morale
Al-Monitor 9 Apr 2014 – A slew of allegations that Turkey may have been seeking to provoke a military intervention in Syria, even if untrue, have depressed morale among Turkish bureaucrats.

Erdogan disrespects Turkey s top court
Al-Monitor 9 Apr 2014 – Prime Recep Tayyip Minister Erdogan says a decision of Turkey s Constitutional Court, which could be responsible for dealing with corruption allegations against his administration, has denigrated national values by overturning his ban on Twitter.

Saudi crown prince slams banks for “giving little” to society
Al-Akhbar News 9 Apr 2014 – Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin Bin Abdulaziz speaks during the inauguration of the first Saudi Human Genome Project in the Middle East at the King Abdulaziz City for Science in Riyadh on December 8, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Fayez Nureldine) The second-in-line to the Saudi Arabian…

Marwan Barghouti: A president under occupation?
Al-Akhbar News 9 Apr 2014 – A mural painted on Israel’s security wall surrounding the West Bank calls for Marwan Barghouti’s release. (Photo: AFP-Abbas Momani) A mural painted on Israel’s security wall surrounding the West Bank calls for Marwan Barghouti’s release. (Photo: AFP-Abbas Momani) Who will succeed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas?…

Hakim launches ‘Citizen Coalition’ in Iraqi elections
Al-Monitor 9 Apr 2014 – In the lead-up to the April 30 Iraqi elections, Ammar al-Hakim s Citizen Coalition has sought to ensure comprehensive reform and released a serious and thorough electoral program.

Al-Qaeda uses Twitter to mobilize Saudi youth
Al-Monitor 9 Apr 2014 – Al-Qaeda has taken advantage of the fact that Twitter is very popular in Saudi Arabia and uses it to attract youth while using the Syrian revolution as a pretext.

Beirut s security measures: effective deterrent or display of power?
Al-Akhbar Politics 9 Apr 2014 – Members of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces taking a break. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Members of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces taking a break. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Many residents in Beirut today are questioning the efficiency of the latest surge in security measures across the city, claiming…

Thaw in Iranian-Saudi relations pacifies Lebanon, but what about Syria?
Al-Akhbar Opinion 9 Apr 2014 – Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz (L) attending a conference with his entourage. (Photo: AFP) Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz (L) attending a conference with his entourage. (Photo: AFP) The preliminary success of the security plan in north Lebanon, following the appointment of the new government, poses…

Will ElBaradei run again for president of Egypt?
Al-Monitor 9 Apr 2014 – Supporters of former interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei have begun a campaign to gather enough signatures to authorize him to run for president, but some consider his chances to be very low.

Marginalized Saudi youth launch virtual protests
Al-Monitor 9 Apr 2014 – Some Saudi youth have taken to social media to express their grievances with Saudi government policies.

‘Halal beer’ flops in Turkey
Al-Monitor 9 Apr 2014 – Turkish consumers reject even nonalcoholic beer for various cultural reasons.

Gulf states should form regional bloc with Iran
Al-Monitor 9 Apr 2014 – Arab Gulf states can no longer ignore Iran s vital role in bringing stability to the Gulf region, and should work on establishing a security and economic arrangement with Tehran.

Iran businessman s $2 billion never blocked, say investigators
Al-Monitor 9 Apr 2014 – Despite his claims, an Iranian investigative team has revealed that Babak Zanjani’s money was never blocked in foreign banks.

Jordan fears pro-Syrian regime ‘sleeper cells’ in Zaatari
Al-Monitor 9 Apr 2014 – Following riots in Jordan s Zaatari refugee camp, authorities have expressed fears about the existence of sleeper cells that aim to harm Jordan s security.

Rescuing Lebanon’s big cats
Al-Monitor 9 Apr 2014 – A lion and two tigers living in a private zoo in Lebanon are on their way to an animal sanctuary in France.

How many people died in Syria today?
Al-Akhbar Blogs 8 Apr 2014 – I ll take a wild guess and say that my initial reaction is the same as yours: Ask Google. So I typed in my query, and the search engine had no specific answer. I learned though that the death toll in Syria has surpassed 150,000. I felt…

Al-Tufail: A Lebanese town under occupation
Al-Akhbar Politics 8 Apr 2014 – A truck drives along an unpaved road near the Syrian border in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. (Photo: Afif Diab) A truck drives along an unpaved road near the Syrian border in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. (Photo: Afif Diab) The Lebanese town of al-Tufail in the Bekaa Valley is…

Lebanese elections: Western powers to intervene if presidential vacuum occurs
Al-Akhbar Politics 8 Apr 2014 – The interior of Baabda Palace, where the Lebanese president resides. (Photo: Archive) The interior of Baabda Palace, where the Lebanese president resides. (Photo: Archive) The ambassadors of world powers are waiting for Lebanese political factions to hit an impasse in electing a new president before intervening….

Articles


Interview: Nadia Abu El-Haj on archaeology and the Zionist project
Alex Shams, Ma an News Agency4/9/2014
In early January, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced that it would begin excavation on an archaeological site inside a Jewish settlement near the heart of Hebron’s old city.
The announcement sparked outrage among many who viewed the move as an attempt to legitimize the presence of illegal settlements in the center of the flashpoint southern West Bank city.
Since then, Israeli authorities have also moved forward on plans for a Jewish history theme park in the Palestinian East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.
Local residents — dozens of whom have received home demolition orders in recent months — have loudly objected to the idea, while the Al-Aqsa Foundation has raised alarms that Israel archaeologists have destroyed a number of non-Jewish archaeological sites in ongoing excavations nearby.
In order to understand the political uproar over seemingly innocuous archaeological projects, Ma’an interviewed anthropologist Nadia Abu El-Haj to discuss the broader historical context.
Abu El-Haj is a professor at Barnard College and Columbia University and the author of “Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society,” among other books. Her work explores how archaeology played an integral role in the Zionist settler-colonial project and the legitimization of Israeli territorial claims in the region.
What is the historical relationship of archaeology to the Israeli state and society, both within the pre-1967 borders as well as in the West Bank?more..e-mail

International treaties and the prospects for justice for Palestinians
Ata Hindi, Ma an News Agency4/9/2014
Ata Hindi is the Communications Officer, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat / Researcher at the Institute of Law at Birzeit University.
I originally wrote this piece with the usual Palestinian uneasiness a couple of weeks ago after President Mahmoud Abbas’ meeting with US President Barack Obama.
I, like many other Palestinians, feared that he would be pressured into accepting an extension of what have been termed “negotiations” past the April 29 deadline, while Israel continued its ongoing violations against Palestine and the Palestinian people.
The Palestinians had gone too many years questioning decision after decision, policy after policy, on behalf of Palestine and the Palestinian people — particularly insofar as international law was concerned.
What immediately comes to mind is Palestine’s disconcerting failure in acceding to international treaties and joining international organizations, supported by a robust legal and victim-based strategy at the international level.
Many have been frustrated with the PLO for the perceived continuing disregard for the pain and suffering of the Palestinian people that continues to occur even while its representatives are seated at the negotiating table. Legal strategies were substituted with inexcusable political lingo and seemed lacking, unclear and substandard.
Then, on April 1, 2014, Palestine decided it will be “joining 15 international treaties including those pertaining to human, civil, women and disabled rights.”….more..e-mail

Headlines say Kerry blames Israel who would have dreamt it?
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine4/9/2014
If the road to the UN was open to the Palestinians before, now there may as well be a red carpet on it.
It goes without saying that Kerry s blaming of Israel for the blow-up in the peace talks is a great thing, a bigger win for the fight against the occupation than anyone could have expected to come out of this process. From the time about a year ago that these negotiations were a twinkle in Kerry s eye, the name of the game for Israel and the Palestinians was to avoid being held responsible for their inevitable failure. The best anyone had a right to hope for was that the Americans would blame Israel off the record, but on Tuesday Kerry did it on TV in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee!
They must be delirious in the Muqata, the Palestinian Authority s headquarters in Ramallah. If the road to the UN was open to them before, now there s almost a red carpet on it. This may or may not be the start of the endgame for Palestinian independen
ce, and even if it is, it s going to take years and be terribly painful for them, but whatever happens in the next stage of the conflict, the Palestinians start it with the wind clearly at their back.

The funny thing is that Kerry didn t consciously intend to blame Israel. He d have to be crazy or stupid to do such a thing in a setting like that, and he s neither. What he said was this:
“Both sides, whether advertently or inadvertently, wound up in positions where things happened that were unhelpful. Clearly, [the Palestinians] going to these treaties is not helpful, and we have made that crystal-clear. Unfortunately, prisoners were not released [by Israel] on the Saturday they were supposed to be released. And so day went by, day two went by, day three went by. And then in the afternoon, when they were about to maybe get there, 700 settlement units were announced in Jerusalem and, poof, that was sort of the moment. We find ourselves where we are.”more..e-mail

Don t Free Spy Jonathan Pollard
Ivan Eland,Antiwar.com4/9/2014
More than twenty-five years ago, Jonathan Pollard, a U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, was convicted of spying for Israel. Ever since, Israel has been trying to free him.
Some in the United States also have doubted whether Pollard should remain in jail, because, after all, he had “only” been spying for a cherished US ally. However, instead of questioning whether Pollard should be behind bars, perhaps proponents of his release instead should be questioning the cozy US relationship with Israel.
US underwriting of Israeli security has only made that country more intransigent against making peace by returning land it seized by attacking its Arab neighbors in 1967. Now, the Obama administration, led by the crusading Secretary of State John Kerry, is now thinking about releasing Pollard to motivate Israel to extend essentially stalled peace talks with the Palestinians and perhaps make some ill-defined “concessions.”
Essentially, the Obama administration seeks to replicate what the Carter administration did with the Camp David accords in the late 1970s: pay parties to do what is in their long term interest to do anyway make peace. Ironically, the continuing lavish military aid to Israel, which was hiked back then to buy the Camp David deal, is emboldening Israel to resist the concessions required to make peace with the Palestinians today. Adding Pollard s release to the Israeli pot of gold likely would not make Israel more likely to give back the West Bank and resettle Palestinian refugees uprooted by past wars in the Middle East; the hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would likely just pocket the concession and continue his unyielding obstructionism. — See also:Seymour Hersh: The Traitormore..e-mail

Why Jews must oppose muzzling of Palestine solidarity activists
Electronic Intifada: 9 Apr 2014 – Northeastern University s suspension of Students for Justice in Palestine cannot be defended.more..

Tel Aviv University bans Palestinian speaker
Electronic Intifada: 9 Apr 2014 – Muhammad Kanaaneh was prevented from speaking on Land Day after violent threats from right-wing groups.more..

Syrian refugees in Lebanon s Bekaa valley, Fayda camp
In Gaza: 9 Apr 2014 – Fayda Syrian refugee camp, Lebanon In Zahle, a region in the Bekaa Valley, eastern Lebanon, the day before crossing into Syria, we visit one of the many areas where refugee tent-homes have sprung up over the past few years. Many of the displaced Syrians in the Fayda camp are from Aleppo, Homs, Idlib, Raqqa& The UN reports that there are around one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, but these are registered refugees, the number of un-registered refugees isn t known. The camp we go to is not one of the UN organized camps; people in Fayda rent their plot of cement, erect simple dwellings of metal poles and scraps of plastic banners. While the homes themselves are sturdier than dwellings I ve seen in occupied Palestine (particularly Susiya , whose residents were expelled by the standard Israeli policy of declaring a Palestinian area a closed military zone, or the tents of Palestinians…more

Reality Check : US Empire beyond Salvation
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Apr 2014 – By Ramzy Baroud U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry couldn t hide his frustration anymore as the U.S.-sponsored peace process continued to falter. After eight months of wrangling to push talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority forward, he admitted while in a visit to Morocco on April 4 that the latest setback had served as a reality check for the peace process. But confining that reality check to the peace process is hardly representative of the painful reality through which the United States has been forced to subsist during the last few years. The state of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, but also around the world, cannot be described with any buoyant language. In some instances, as in Syria, Libya, Egypt, Ukraine and, most recently, in Palestine and Israel, too many calamitous scenarios have exposed the fault lines of U.S. foreign policy. The succession of crises is not…more

What Middle East Crisis? Peace Process as a successful US Investment
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Apr 2014 – By Ramzy Baroud Crisis seemed to loom large as Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed applications to join 15 international treaties on April 1. The decision prompted irate reactions from Israel, and sent US Secretary of State John Kerry into panic mode, unsuccessfully attempting to salvage the peace process. Yet something is strangely familiar about all of this. The supposed crisis was the only possible outcome of the US-led peace process. Who could have even possibly imagined that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would defy the very reason that has kept him at the helm of Israeli politics all of these years, by offering real concessions to Palestinians? His raison d Ítre in politics since the official signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993 has been and remains the very destruction of the process, in which he is now supposedly engaged. The Americans, however, remained relentless in their commitment to…more

If Kerry Fails, What Then?
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Apr 2014 – By Sam Bahour and Tony Klug Suppose the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, fails to cajole the Israeli and Palestinian leaders into finally ending their conflict. What would happen next? A tsunami of pent-up animosities is likely to be unleashed, with each side holding the other responsible for the failure and calling for retribution. Attempts to indict and isolate each other would gather pace and violence might return with a vengeance. The toxins let loose will inevitably have global spillover. For over twenty years process has trumped outcome, but it is now in danger of being out-trumped itself by the total collapse of the only internationally recognized paradigm for a solution to the conflict. A new international strategy urgently needs to be devised and made ready as an alternative to the prospect of failed bilateral negotiations. Any such strategy should be rooted in a vision of the endgame, based…more

Not to Be an American Indian A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Apr 2014 – In a poem that he wrote and gave me forty years ago, my friend Jack B wrote about what it was like to be an American Indian. For him, and for so many other American Indians, the experience was devastating. Treated like vermin, and discounted as if they had no identity, so many lost hope. As Palestinian psychiatrist Samah Jabr wrote in a recent article in The Palestine Chronicle, one of the worst effects of this kind of behavior is the internalization of oppressing and the undermining of a person s (and a people s) self-concept. No one deserves to be treated that way. Jack was my friend. He gave me the poem, then moved away. I never heard from him again. Here is his poem. George Polley Not to Be an American Indian By Jack B It is best not to be an American Indian I will give it up….more

Palestine s Nasty Neighbor Peace, Brother ..
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Apr 2014 – By Stuart Littlewood US-brokered negotiations with Israel, which started on 29 July 2013 and were to last nine months, are nearing their ignominious end. And Israel, the serial defaulter that it is, has reneged on the agreed release of 104 pre-Oslo prisoners in exchange for Palestine s postponing joining international organizations to help achieve their long-overdue freedom. Three phases of the agreed release had taken place, and the final batch of 30 prisoners were due to be handed over on 29 March. When the Israeli government refused to release them the Palestinian embassy in London, on 2 April, announced that President Mahmoud Abbas had signed letters of accession to 15 international conventions and treaties. We were promised the release of these prisoners, who are dear to our hearts and because of whom we withheld from going to the United Nations organizations. We were told that the Israeli government would convene to…more

Living in a Fantasy World, or How to Write About Palestine for Mainstream Media
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Apr 2014 – By Roger Sheety As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shuttles from one country to another in a (seemingly) desperate, last-minu
te attempt to save the latest round of fake peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians from collapsing, mainstream media journalists are dutifully following him around, reporting on his every utterance as if the fate of the world depended on it. For instance: The talks have spiraled into an impasse as each side accuses the other of bad faith and places impediments in the way of a resolution, write Michael Gordon and Isabel Kershner in the New York Times. Worried that the process was in danger of collapsing, Mr. Kerry publicly appealed to the leaders to lead and not let the atmosphere deteriorate further ( Israel Halts Prisoner Release as Talks Hit Impasse ). Mr. Kerry has shuttled backwards and forwards for negotiations with Israel and the Palestinians in recent weeks, gasps the…
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