VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 10 April 2014: BBC misreports John Kerry on talks failure

10 April 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

VIDEO: Rabbis Call for Divestment from Hewlett-Packard
IMEMC – In this video, members of the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) Rabbinical Council call for divestment from occupation profiteer Hewlett-Packard. The video plays on the phrase Next year in Jerusalem traditionally uttered at Passover seder dinners, which Jews around the world will gather for next week. It is part of JVP s Hewlett-Packard: Harming Peace campaign. …

Israeli Forces Tear Down Tents Donated to Homeless Families Near Nablus
IMEMC – Israeli forces, on Thursday, tore down and confiscated several tents that the Palestinian Red Crescent had erected, east of Nablus, in order to house families whose houses were demolished by Israeli forces a few days before, a Palestinian official said. …

Jewish Organizations to Hold Activities Against al-Aqsa Mosque
IMEMC – 2 US lawmakers tour Aqsa with right-wing Jews Al-Aqsa Foundation of Heritage and Islamic Waqf said, on Wednesday, that the so-called “Temple Mount” organizations have announced a set of activities to be held in al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards and lasting for a week, starting today [Thursday, April 10, 2014]. …

Palestine s UN Mission Sends Identical Letters on Israeli Violations
IMEMC – Palestine s Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, sent identical letters to the UN Secretary General, President of the UN Security Council and President of the UN General Assembly briefing them on the escalating Israeli dangerous violations in East Jerusalem. …

Abbas Agrees to Extend Negotiations with Israel
IMEMC – Israel proposes to deport veteran prisoners Israeli sources have claimed that the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to extend negotiations past the deadline of April 29. …

Occupation Shells Areas in Gaza, Injuring 2 Seriously
IMEMC – Israeli occupation forces, on Thursday afternoon, fired on Qararah village, east of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip, with three artillery shells. …

Israel to Confiscate Vast Area of Bethlehem Village Land
IMEMC – Israeli authorities, on Thursday morning, announced a decision to confiscate about 1,000 dunams (250 acres) of private Palestinian land in the town of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces injure four Palestinians in shootings near Gaza border
4/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Four Palestinians were injured across the Gaza Strip on Thursday as Israeli forces opened fire in two incidents and fired a tank shell into the besieged Palestinian enclave, medical sources said. A young Palestinian was shot and injured by Israeli forces east of Jabaliya refugee camp north of Gaza on Thursday afternoon. Spokesman for the Gaza Strip ministry of heath….

Israel to confiscate vast area of Bethlehem village land
4/10/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israeli authorities on Thursday morning announced a decision to confiscate about 1,000 dunams (250 acres) of private Palestinian land in the town of al-Khader south of Bethlehem. Deputy mayor of al-Khader Ismail Issa told Ma’an that high-level Israeli military commanders and Civil Administration officers along with a group of settlers toured private Palestinian fields in areas known locally as….

Israeli forces fire tank shell near Erez crossing, no injuries
4/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Israeli forces fired on Thursday morning fired an artillery shell at an open area in the northern Gaza Strip, witnesses told Ma’an. The tank shell landed in an open area near Erez crossing. The area, according to witnesses, was an Israeli industrial zone before the Israeli forces disengaged from the Gaza Strip in 2005. [END]

Israeli forces tear down tents housing displaced families near Nablus
4/10/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday tore down and confiscated several tents that the Palestinian Red Crescent had erected east of Nablus in order to house families whose houses were demolished by Israeli forces a few days before, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that several….

Report: Abbas ready to extend peace talks
4/10/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – President Mahmoud Abbas says he is ready to extend peace talks based on principles and terms of reference that lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. Abbas told the London-based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat daily newspaper Thursday that his move to join 15 international conventions and treaties embodied “one of the Palestinian people’s rights…. Related:Israel limits contact with Palestinians as talks falter

Israel limits contact with Palestinians as talks falter
4/10/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered ministers to limit contact with their Palestinian counterparts as the Arab League blamed his government Wednesday for the “dangerous stalemate” in US-brokered peace talks. The moves came a day after US Secretary of State John Kerry, who kick-started the talks in July after a nearly three-year hiatus, blamed Israel for derailing the process by announcing new settlement…. Related:Report: Abbas ready to extend peace talks

2 US lawmakers tour Aqsa with right-wing Jews
4/10/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Two members of the US Congress joined right-wing Jews who toured the al-Aqsa Mosque compound escorted by Israeli police officers in February, a Jerusalem-based Fatah official said. Dimitri Daliani told Ma’an on Thursday that Republicans Bill Johnson of Ohio and David McKinley of Virginia entered the compound with the “extremist” Chaim Richman, director of the rightist Temple Institute. Daliani….

Archbishop condemns Israeli restrictions on Easter pilgrims
4/10/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna condemned Israeli authorities on Thursday for imposing obstacles on Christians wishing to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to celebrate the upcoming Christian holiday of Easter.”It is the right of every Christian to reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre without facing any obstacles, or impediments,” Hanna said in a statement.”The Israeli….

Islamic Jihad imam ‘beaten’ by al-Qassam members
4/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An imam affiliated with Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad accused members of the the military wing of Hamas of assaulting him and firing shots near the Ibrahim Khalil mosque in the northern Gaza Strip. Mureed al-Qanoo said that the incident was related to a conflict at his mosque, adding that the ministry of Islamic endowments in the northern Gaza Strip….

Source: Israel wanted to deport prisoners
4/10/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli negotiators suggested to deport to the Gaza Strip 10 of the veteran prisoners expected to be freed by Israel this month, but the Palestinian side refused to discuss that proposal, a senior official said Thursday. Acting on instructions from the president, the Palestinian negotiators refused to discuss the proposal of deporting any prisoner to avoid repetition of previous experiences when….

Analysis: Abbas’ move brings out Israeli racism
4/10/2014 – By Daoud Kuttab – The decision by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to sign 15 international treaties brought further proof of Israeli racist attitudes towards the Palestinians. Public statements by senior Israeli officials, as well as commentaries and analyses by Israeli pundits show angry reactions to the Palestinian move, something akin to the anger one would read about when slaves did not show enough respect and actually….

Source: no sign of solution to negotiations
4/10/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A high-ranking Palestinian Authority official told Ma’an on Thursday that there are no signs of a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations impasse, stressing that no agreement has been reached on any of the issues.”Settlement activity is a strategic obstacle that threatens the failure of negotiations,” the source said.”There was no agreement on anything, and despite all American….

New Israeli spy satellite enters orbit
4/10/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A new Israeli spy satellite entered orbit early Thursday, the defense ministry said, boosting Israel’s ability to monitor arch-foe Iran. The observation remote-sensing Ofek 10 satellite, launched into space on a Shavit rocket late Wednesday, outdoes earlier models with its ability to “skip” from one target to another rather than simply “sweep” areas, ministry officials told reporters. Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon….

Mentally disabled man stabs, injures 2 men in Khan Younis
4/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A mentally disabled man stabbed and injured two men in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses said. One of the victims sustained critical wounds and the other was moderately injured. They were taken to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis for treatment. Bystanders managed to neutralize the attacker before police arrived. [END]

Iraq attacks kill 18 on anniversary of Baghdad fall
4/10/2014 – Baghdad (AFP) — Attacks, including 13 car bombs in mainly Shiite-populated areas of Iraq, killed at least 18 people Wednesday, highlighting the persistent danger from militants 11 years after American forces took Baghdad. The latest violence is part of a protracted surge in nationwide bloodshed that has killed more than 2,400 people so far this year and sparked fears Iraq is slipping back into the all-out….

Egypt court rejects new judges for Morsi trials
4/10/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian appeals court rejected Wednesday a request that new judges be appointed for two trials involving ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, judicial officials said. The trials are part of a sweeping crackdown waged against Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood since the army overthrew him in July, and the former president could face the death penalty if convicted. The court is now expected….

Qatar unveils desert sculpture by US artist Serra
4/10/2014 – DOHA (AFP) — Four steel plates rise out of Qatar’s desert sands like behemoths, symbolizing, according to US artist Richard Serra who created the sculpture, the connection between the wealthy Gulf state’s two regions. The sculpture, East-West/West-East, was unveiled on Tuesday in a desert area around 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the capital Doha, by the sister of Qatar’s….


UN accepts Palestinian treaty applications
AlJazeera 10 Apr 2014 – Palestine to join 13 international conventions in move expected to further upset talks with Israel.

International Solidarity Movement

Arrests and stolen land in Osarin village
4/10/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team| Osarin, Occupied Palestine – In the last month, the Israeli army has arrested 10 boys under the age of 16 from Osarin village. As of today, they all remain in the prison. This is the latest in a long line of tactics employed by the Israeli military to intimidate the people of Osarin the surrounding villages. According to a member of….

One man shot and arrested by Israeli Border Police in Huwwara village
4/10/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team| Huwwara, Occupied Palestine – On Sunday 6th of April, a 35-year-old Palestinian man was shot with live ammunition and then arrested by an Israeli Border Police Officer. This was after the man had thrown a Molotov cocktail against a passing military jeep on the main street of Huwwara, causing no injuries. On Sundayevening, Ashraf Abu al-Huda, 35 years old, was….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: Polio this week – as of 9 April 2014
Relief Web 10 Apr 2014 – Source: Global Polio Eradication Initiative Country: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey First mass vaccination campaigns started in the Middle…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel sanctions Palestinians in new blow to peace talks
Relief Web 10 Apr 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 04/10/2014 22:27 GMT by Daphne Rousseau with Jo Biddle in Washington JERUSALEM, April 10, 2014 (AFP) – Israeli and Palestinian officials held fresh US-mediated talks Thursday, but the crisis-hit peace process was dealt…

occupied Palestinian territory: UN deposits Palestinian request to join 13 treaties
Relief Web 10 Apr 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 04/10/2014 18:21 GMT UNITED NATIONS, April 10, 2014 (AFP) – The United Nations said Thursday it had accepted for deposit, in keeping with international procedure, a request from the Palestinians to join 13…

occupied Palestinian territory: Gazans wounded by Israeli gunfire at border fence
Relief Web 10 Apr 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 04/10/2014 12:53 GMT GAZA CITY, April 10, 2014 (AFP) – Israeli soldiers shot and wounded three Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday near the border security fence, the Hamas-run health ministry…

The National

RAF commander says UAE combat exercise is one of the best
The National 10 Apr 2014 – During the exercise, the RAF worked with their Emirati peers to improve both air forces ability to fight alongside each other.

Indian general election divides UAE expatriates
The National 10 Apr 2014 – The country s elections began on April 7 and are a two-way battle between the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) of which the ruling Congress Party is a part and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Fifth suspect arrested in connection with hammer attack on Emirati sisters at London hotel
The National 10 Apr 2014 – Metropolitan police said a 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Four other people had earlier been arrested in connection with the attack.

AAP under scrutiny as polling begins in Delhi
The National 10 Apr 2014 – Thursday was of particular importance for the 18-month-old anti-corruption Aam Aadmi Party, which triumphed in the Delhi state election last December and is now contesting more than 400 parliamentary seats nationally.

Aircraft picks up fifth ping in search for Malaysian Flight 370
The National 10 Apr 2014 – The Australian air force P-3 Orion, which has been dropping sonar buoys into the water near where four earlier sounds were heard, picked up a possible signal that may be from a man-made source, said Angus Houston, who is coordinating the search off Australia s west coast.

Modi publicly discloses marriage for the first time
The National 10 Apr 2014 – The frontrunner in India’s elections made the declaration in election papers filed this week, having long avoided questions on his personal life.

GCC ambassadors could return to Doha this week: Kuwait
The National 10 Apr 2014 – A Kuwaiti official says he believes the UAE, Saudi Arabi and Bahrain could begin to mend fences with Doha, including sending their envoys back to Doha as early as this week.

That man is our son Czech couple spot man found in Norway with amnesia
The National 10 Apr 2014 – The man, who claims he cannot remember his real name but calls himself John Smith, told Norwegian broadcaster TV2 he was excited about the news and it feels like he is about to be rescued from hell.

Video: Emiratis Back from Antarctica
The National 10 Apr 2014 – Two Emiratis have returned from a trip to Antarctica and now plan to share their insights into climate changes and global warning with their compatriot.

Video: Iran, six powers face significant gaps in nuclear talks
The National 10 Apr 2014 – Negotiators from Tehran and six world powers struggle to narrow ‘significant gaps’, blocking the way to a long-term nuclear deal.

Video: Belgium destroys ivory to raise awareness of illegal trade
The National 10 Apr 2014 – Belgium is going after the ivory trade, seizing 1.7 tons of ivory to raise attention to illegal trade and the risk it poses to elephant populations.

Video: Pistorius faces brutal cross-examination over Steenkamp killing
The National 10 Apr 2014 – Dramatic cross-examination includes Pistorius video on a shooting range and gruesome photo of Reeva Steenkamp’s head wound.

Video: Model held over Briton s death
The National 10 Apr 2014 – A swimwear model is arrested over the death of a British millionaire businessman found shot dead in Spain.

Video: US stab rampage suspect named
The National 10 Apr 2014 – Police name teenager suspected of a stabbing rampage at a US school in which 22 people were wounded.

Over the threshold: Israel s new governability laws entrench the settlements even further
The National 10 Apr 2014 – Israel s new suite of laws the governability bill has made it harder for smaller parties to gain access to power and entrenches the settlements even further.

In pictures: Inside the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Paediatric Surgical Innovation
The National 10 Apr 2014 – Launched in September 2009 after a US$150 million gift from the Abu Dhabi Government, the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children s National in Washington DC is redefining what is possible in surgery through innovative, integrated research. We take a look inside.


If only the world punished Israel as it does the Russians and the Swiss
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Battle cry sounded at three-day anti-BDS powwow in London
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

English law studies in Israel nipped in the bud
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

State s witness named in Tel Aviv gay killing case
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

The humanities are worth fighting for
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Miliband and the loneliness of a Jewish diaspora politician
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Bennett threatens to quit coalition if Arab-Israeli prisoners freed
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Five settlers remanded over ransacking of IDF outpost at Yitzhar
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Northern Ireland arrests key suspect in 1998 car bombing that killed 29
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

In Israel, addressing the extreme right s violence isn t a high priority
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Obama blasts ‘least productive Congress in modern history’
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Israelis with Spanish citizenship could be exempt from draft
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Boy George to kick off Eilat Gay Pride Parade in May
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Court prods Netanyahu to tap chief for Knesset foreign affairs panel
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

British Labor leader Miliband arrives in Israel, meets with local counterpart Herzog
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Israeli officials: Progress in talks on resuming peace negotiations
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Housing Minister clashes with AG over plan to give Western Wall site settlement group
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

State prosecutor closes file against popular Netivot rabbi Abergel
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Ex-President Katsav denied furlough for Passover seder
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Lavrov: NATO forces in eastern Europe would violate agreements
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Jewish state and egalitarian Zionism
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

In Boston, saying ‘No to Pamela Geller s savage hate
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Passover cleaning: Erasing women from billboards in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

UN chief: Palestinians to join international conventions by May 2
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Russia rejects U.S. warnings over oil deal with Iran
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Miliband, U.K. s leader-in-waiting, journeying to his Jewish roots
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Police caught on tape brutally beating two Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Five more settlers arrested for attacking IDF soldiers and cars
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2014

Former Australian FM denounces Jewish lobby’s ‘extraordinary influence’
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

The first day of the rest of your life
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Love: a dirty word for teens
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2014

Jerusalem Post

Israeli principals share education innovation at the White House
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – Educators say the meeting with American experts is essential to promote education in Israel.

Study: Secular education on the decrease in national-religious schools
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – Such schools are gender-separated and emphasize superficial learning by rote instead of encouraging deeper examination of ideas, the study says.

Prosor to UN: Get Hezbollah under control
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – Envoy sends letter to Ban Ki-moon, Security Council following Hezbollah claim of Mount Dov attack.

Court rules yeshiva student who didn t study must pay back stipends to state
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – It is widely suspected that large numbers of full-time yeshiva students who receive stipends do not fulfill their requisite number of study hours.

Yitzhar leaders: Stop the violence or we quit
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – In upcoming community vote, Yitzhar residents would be asked to take a stand against the violence and to authorize the settlement s rabbi to set the boundaries of any struggle with the IDF.

WATCH: Israeli innovation gives Freedom the turtle a new lease on life
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – Hofesh, as he’s known in Hebrew, lost two flippers on his left side four years ago. His new designer fin allows him to swim again.

Bennett threatens to quit government if peace talks deal passes
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – “If the deal includes murderers with Israeli citizenship, it would violate Israeli sovereignty,” Bayit Yehudi leader says.

Talks to extend negotiations progress as Israel hits PA with economic sanctions
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – US State Department says gaps narrowing between Israel and Palestinians, but adds reports of agreement are premature.

Boy George to kick off gay pride events in Eilat in May
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – 1980s British pop icon and Culture Club lead man set to perform a set alongside DJ Mark Vedo at Eilat’s Dekel Beach.

UK Labor leader Miliband reiterates support for the homeland for the Jewish people
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – Grandson of Holocaust survivor who fled to Israel, visiting Miliband calls Jewish state “a huge, huge success story.”

Palestinians must come to the table for peace
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – The burden is on the Palestinians to come to the negotiating table, not as equal partners, but as claimants, seeking to obtain something that they do not have.

Blame game
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – Engaging in a blame game postpones the inevitable day when the two sides sit down and truly begin thinking about how best to live together.

Ofek 10 satellite ‘can gather intel on targets in interesting places’
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – Defense ministry official says satellite is highly flexible in its ability to maneuver, allowing it to gather intel on many targets.

The POSTman Knocks Twice: Golda Meir, A great heart, a closed mind
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – History is unpredictable. In 1948, Golda Meyerson, as she was then, was greeted by 50,000 Jews in Moscow.

Parshat Aharei Mot, Shabbat Hagadol: How can it be permissible to eat meat?
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – The Torah defines killing animals as bloodshed, or in language we are accustomed to murder. No less.

Know comment: Are we ready for 100 years of diplomatic warfare?
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – The Palestinian leadership is set for another century of struggle against Israel. Is the Jewish state up to the challenge?

An open letter to Foreign Minister Liberman
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – Though not wearing a Magen David every day, we carry our Zionism on our backs each day, and people try to slander us for it as if Zionism is a dirty word.

Cooking with JPost: How to make fresh pasta
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – Celebrity Chef Yochanan Lambiase, 5th generation Italian, explains the easiest way to make delicious fresh pasta in the comfort of your own home.

Jerusalem researchers discover how cancerous tumors become resistant to drugs
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – Breakthrough is crucial to enabling the rapidly developing field of personalized medicine in cancer treatment.

Court lifts media ban on identity of former Bar Noar state witness
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – Zohar Hankishayev revealed to be former witness who was indicted last month for fabricating evidence in double murder at LGBT center.

Secular education on the decrease in national religious schools in Israel
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – Study finds secular studies are greatly reduced and there is an emphasis on superficial learning by rote in such schools.

Judge orders air pollution prevention measures at Jerusalem Central Bus Station
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – Defendants will be responsible for installing air pollution monitoring systems, and continuously tracking presence of a number of respirable particles.

Australian Jews bash former FM for claims ‘Israel lobby’ holds ‘unhealthy’ sway
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – In new book, Bob Carr alleges pro-Israel lobby in Melbourne wields “unhealthy” hold over Australia’s foreign policy.

Israeli consumers expected to spend less this Passover
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – Survey finds that 38% of Israelis plan on buying less this holiday than in previous years

US tells Israel: Pollard’s release is still on the table
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – Indyk tells sides that if deal reached to extend talks, US will consider releasing Israeli agent.

Hundreds of haredim in Jerusalem protest arrest of IDF draft dodger
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – At least 5 arrested in ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim after protesters throw rocks at police, block traffic, set garbage bins alight.

Nuclear talks: Iran may compromise on plutonium at Arak
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – Iran says ready to redesign Arak to lower plutonium output; Russia sees growing chance of compromise; West fears plant could yield bomb material.

Escalation on Gaza border: Shots fired at IDF troops
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – No injuries reported after IDF returns fire inside territory; earlier, around 140 Palestinians gather near border.

In sign of warming ties, Russian military delegation visits Egypt
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 – The delegation is set to meet with Egyptian military officials, according to an airport security source quoted by ‘Al-Masry Al-Youm.’


The Guardian

The Israeli-Palestinian peace process is dead, but there is a solution | Yoaz Hendel
The Guardian 10 Apr 2014 – Sticking to an outdated plan which fails to reflect reality results in a deadlock each time, yet practical progress is still possible I’ll start with the bottom line: despite the goodwill and idealism, a final status…

Daily Star

UN approves force for Central African Republic
Daily Star 10 Apr 2014 The U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved a nearly 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force for Central African Republic, which has been torn by mounting violence between Christians and Muslims.

Over 150 migrants rescued off Libyan coast
Daily Star 10 Apr 2014 Authorities in Libya say that more than 150 sub-Saharan African migrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast.

Israel takes economic steps against Palestinians: official says
Daily Star 10 Apr 2014 Israel clamped economic sanctions on the Palestinians on Thursday in retaliation for their leadership signing international conventions, the second punitive measure in two days.

5 killed as Shiite rebels press ‘advance’ on Yemen capital
Daily Star 10 Apr 2014 Shiite rebels believed to be seeking to advance on Yemen’s capital have attacked an army post in a neighbouring city, killing three soldiers and losing two of their own, tribal sources said Thursday.

Congress backs bill to bar Iran ambassador
Daily Star 10 Apr 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has approved a bill that would bar Iran’s choice for ambassador to the United Nations from stepping on U.

51 killed in Syria jihadist clashes on Iraq border: NGO
Daily Star 10 Apr 2014 At least 51 jihadist and Islamist fighters were killed as rival forces clashed in Syria on the border with Iraq on Thursday, a monitoring group said.

Israeli-Palestinian prisoner deal to revive talks: TV
Daily Star 10 Apr 2014 Israel and the Palestinians were on the verge of a deal to extend US-backed peace talks, a report on Israeli television said on Thursday, as deadlocked negotiations faltered.

Ship ready to destroy Syria’s chemical arms at sea
Daily Star 10 Apr 2014 Experts on board a cargo ship transformed into a multi-million dollar chemical weapons destroyer said on Thursday they were ready to start working on Syria’s stock of toxic arms in the middle of the Mediterranean as…

Iran proposes Arak reactor change to cut plutonium output: media
Daily Star 10 Apr 2014 Iran has made a proposal that would significantly lower plutonium production at a planned reactor, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying, signalling flexibility on a key issue in talks to end the nuclear dispute…

Officials say car bombs in Iraq’s capital kill 16
Daily Star 10 Apr 2014 Two car bombs exploded in Shiite neighborhoods of Iraq’s capital Thursday night, killing at least 16 people as violence roars on before a crucial election later this month, authorities said.

Egyptian approves draft law barring challenges to contracts
Daily Star 10 Apr 2014 Egypt’s cabinet approved a draft investment law on Thursday that prevents third parties from challenging contracts made between the government and an investor, two government officials said, a move that could boost the struggling economy.

Syria chemical destruction deadline still possible
Daily Star 10 Apr 2014 If Syria can remove all its ingredients for making poison gas and nerve agent from the country by the end of the month, an ambitious June 30 deadline for destroying the chemicals should be met, a…

Syria activists say rebel infighting kills 24
Daily Star 10 Apr 2014 Fierce infighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in eastern Syria left some 24 fighters dead on Thursday, while government shelling killed at least four teenagers in a town in the country’s west, activists said.

Bomb explodes in busy square in Egypt, wounding 1
Daily Star 10 Apr 2014 Egypt’s Interior Ministry spokesman says a bomb targeting a police officer’s car has exploded in a busy square west of Cairo, wounding him.

YNet News

Abbas’ leadership has expired
YNet News, 10 Apr 2014 – Op-ed: UN has a legal obligation to declare that Mahmoud Abbas’ signature as ‘Palestinian president’ is invalid and lacks any authority. ….

Bennett: Bayit Yehudi will leave government if prisoners freed
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Israel to impose economic sanctions on Palestinians
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Congress backs bill to bar Iran ambassador
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U.S. says ‘gaps narrowing’ in talks between Israelis and Palestinians
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Report: Source says deal reached to extend peace talks; Pollard to go free
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Radical left sees Israel as ‘small Satan’
YNet News, 10 Apr 2014 – Op-ed: Leftists scapegoat Jewish state because they hate that it has evolved into a smaller version of US. ….

Scarlett Johansson says anti-Semitism behind criticism of SodaStream endorsement
YNet News, 10 Apr 2014 – American Jewish actress came under fire for promotion of Israeli company with factory in West Bank settlement. ….

US: Plans to punish French rail company for Nazi cooperation would harm reparation talks
YNet News, 10 Apr 2014 – SNCF transported about 76,000 French Jews to Nazi concentration camps during Holocaust; says it had no part in decision as France was under German occupation. ….

Where is the IDF chief?
YNet News, 10 Apr 2014 – Op-ed: While condemnations over Yitzhar riots poured in from all across of political spectrum, there was no comment again from Chief of Staff Gantz. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Jordan in the midst of stormy sea
PIC – This time I am writing from Amman Jordan. Jordan is undergoing unusually hard times these days. A country of five million, this small kingdom is facing a harsh and enduring economic crisis.

Hamdan: We expect new government to be formed, elections to be held by 2014
PIC – Hamas leader Osama Hamdan denied Hamas‚¨ “!s potential call for Qatari mediation to transfer its political bureau to Jordan. These remain, according to Hamdan, mere rumors.

Marches to be organized throughout Europe protesting Gaza siege
PIC – European human rights organizations have declared their intention to participate in popular marches in protest against the continued Israeli siege on Gaza Strip for 8 consecutive years.

Organizations of alleged temple to hold judaizing ceremonial week in al-Aqsa
PIC – Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, active in the defense of holy Islamic sites in the occupied Palestinian territories, called on Palestinians to head in masses to al-Aqsa Mosque.

IOF soldiers kidnap at dawn six Palestinians in W. Bank
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Thursday kidnapped six Palestinians in different areas of the occupied West Bank.

Bardawil denounces Arab FMs for supporting extension of talks
PIC – Hamas Movement has strongly denounced Arab Foreign Ministers’ decision to support the extension of peace talks between Palestinian and Israeli authorities, describing it as “political blindness.”

Israeli court condemns two sisters of premier Haneyya for visiting him in Gaza
PIC – The Hebrew radio said that an Israeli magistrates’ court condemned two sisters of Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya after they confessed to leaving for the Gaza Strip without Israeli travel permits.

Violent clashes after IOF raid Beita town
PIC – Violent confrontations broke out on Tuesday evening after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Beita town, south of Nablus.

Action group: Seven Palestinians killed in Syria yesterday
PIC – Seven Palestinians were killed on Wednesday in armed violence in Syria, according to the action group for the Palestinians in Syria.


Al- Arabi Calls for Exercising Pressure on Israel to Abide by Peace Process Terms of Reference
WAFA – 10 Apr 2014

UNESCO Passes Resolution to Send Expert Mission to Jerusalem
WAFA – 10 Apr 2014

UK Foreign Secretary Publishes Human Rights and Democracy Report 2013
WAFA – 10 Apr 2014

British Deputy Consul General visits Bethlehem
WAFA – 10 Apr 2014

Egyptian Foreign Minister: Israel to must Meet its Commitments
WAFA – 10 Apr 2014

Israeli Forces Open Artillery Fire on Palestinian Property in Southern Gaza Strip
WAFA – 10 Apr 2014

UPDATE: Abbas Meets Ashton in Cairo
WAFA – 10 Apr 2014

Palestine s UN Mission Sends Identical Letters on Israeli Violations
WAFA – 10 Apr 2014

Bond Issue: a Major Achievement for Palestinian Government and PMA to Enhance Financial Stability
WAFA – 10 Apr 2014

Newspapers Review: Israeli Sanctions on PA Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 10 Apr 2014

Israeli Forces to Seize Hundreds of Dunums of Land near Bethlehem
WAFA – 10 Apr 2014

Israeli Police Severely Beat, Detain Two People in Jerusalem
WAFA – 10 Apr 2014

Israeli Forces Open Fire on Workers, injure 2 in Northern Gaza
WAFA – 10 Apr 2014

PEX Report: Index Remains Down
WAFA – 9 Apr 2014


Israel imposes more sanctions on Palestinians
LA Times 10 Apr 2014 – JERUSALEM — Israel imposed a series of economic sanctions against the Palestinians Thursday amid a deadlock in peace negotiations.

Israel to Halt Tax Transfers to Palestinians
New York Times 10 Apr 2014 – The move came in response to the Palestinian leadership s application last week to join 15 international conventions and treaties.

Warily, Jordan Assists Rebels in Syrian War
New York Times 10 Apr 2014 – Jordan has been quietly providing a staging ground for the rebels and their foreign backers on Syria s southern front, but many say the aid is not enough.

Evidence Comes Up Short as Egypt Tries 3 Journalists
New York Times 10 Apr 2014 – A courtroom was shown family photographs and video of trotting horses, but not the supposedly fabricated news videos that underlie the charges.

Papyrus Referring to Jesus Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say
New York Times 10 Apr 2014 – The test results do not prove that Jesus had a wife, only that the fragment of papyrus with the phrase, Jesus said to them, My wife, is likely not a forgery.

World Briefing: Syria: Deadly Car Bomb Blasts Hit Homs
New York Times 9 Apr 2014 – Two car bombs exploded minutes apart near a shop in the central Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people, state news media and an antigovernment monitoring group reported.

U.S. Pair Can t Leave Qatar Amid Appeal
New York Times 9 Apr 2014 – Sentenced to three years in their daughter s death, Matthew and Grace Huang of Los Angeles have been denied permission to travel.

Simon Schama s Israel whitewash
Mondoweiss – As most readers will know, the British historian Simon Schama is one of the most acclaimed, visible, and popular contemporary historians. Before coming to the United States, he taught at Cambridge and Oxford, and since has held chaired professorships at Harvard and Columbia. He has written…

6 DC heavyweights tell Kerry, Netanyahu in West Bank is like Putin in Crimea
Mondoweiss – Benjamin Netanyahu with British Labour leader Ed Miliband, from the p.m. s twitter feed In a refreshing break from the usual noises inside the Beltway, here sa piece by six heavyweights at Politico called Stand Firm, John Kerry, that likens Israel s occupation of the West Bank to Russia s…

American Studies Association adds over 700 new members since Israel boycott call
Mondoweiss – The American Studies Association sent out the following press release today showing the the onslaught of attacks it has faced since voting to endorse an academic boycott of Israel has only accomplished in strengthening the group. From the press release: In the wake of the American…

There s a lot of anti-Semitism out there Johansson reviews her role as new face of apartheid
Mondoweiss – Scarlett Letter (graphic: Doc Rocket) Ynet reports : Scarlett Johansson says anti-Semitism behind criticism of SodaStream endorsement American Jewish actress Scarlett Johansson believes anti-Semitism is to blame for much of the fire she drew earlier this year over her endorsement of Israeli company SodaStream, which operates a…

In every generation they rise up against us Passover and the Jewish imagination
Mondoweiss – Moses before Pharaoh, from the Syriac bible of Paris, 6th century For our Passover meal this year (Monday 14 April) I have a fifth question and answer to add to the traditional quartet of the Ma Nishtanah. Why is this night different from all other nights?…

Why LA needs a city-funded Middle Eastern cultural center
Mondoweiss – Activists are lobbying Mayor Eric Garcetti, pictured above, to create and fund a Middle Eastern cultural center. (Photo: M/Flickr) This piece is part of a campaign in Los Angeles to convince the mayor to provide funding for acultural and community center that represents Arab/Muslim communities. Sign…

Aussie media focus on Carr s assertion that Israel lobby had direct line into Prime Minister s office
Mondoweiss – Former Australian PM Julia Gillard Yesterday I did a short post on the stunning criticism of the Israel lobby s influence in Australia coming from a former Australian foreign minister, Bob Carr, whose memoir says that Jewish donors so preyed on the mind of a liberal prime…

State Dep t tries to clean up Kerry s Poof
Mondoweiss – In yesterday s press briefing at the State Department , Jen Psaki sought to undo Secretary of State John Kerry s Poof remark, in which Kerry laid the chief blame for the breakdown in negotiations at the feet of the Israelis, for announcing new settlements in Jerusalem. Psaki said…

BBC misreports John Kerry on talks failure
Sabbah report 10 Apr 2014 – For once, US Secretary of State John Kerry was not mincing his words when he blamed Israel for the breakdown of talks with the Palestinians. But you would not have known this if you were following the story from the BBC News website. Continue reading í!…

Perhaps we must admit there is no political solution for the Palestinian problem
Sabbah report 10 Apr 2014 – Instead of reproducing the same failures all over again, Kerry and the Obama administration ought to devote some time to vigorously and honesty study the reasons for the chronic failure of the so-called America peace efforts in Occupied Palestine. Continue reading í! Read More: Perhaps we…

Netanyahu Cuts Relations with Palestine; Can It Survive?
Sabbah report 10 Apr 2014 – Will Abbas be the Moses of Palestine, bringing his people to the Promised land? Will Netanyahu become the Ezekiel of Israel, leading the captives by the river of Chebar? Continue reading í! Read More: Netanyahu Cuts Relations with Palestine; Can It Survive? . Sign up for our…

Netanyahu Declares War on Palestine
Sabbah report 10 Apr 2014 – Netanyahu goes way out of his way to incite conflict. He bears full responsibility for failed talks. Washington shares it. Kerry tried disingenuously to deflect blame. Continue reading í! Read More: Netanyahu Declares War on Palestine . Sign up for our FREE newsletter!

Israel to sanction Palestinians
BBC 10 Apr 2014 – Israel is to impose sanctions against the Palestinian Authority in retaliation for signing a number of international treaties.

N.J. Teen Charged with Bias Intimidation After Allegedly Luring Orthodox Women
The Foward Breaking News 10 Apr 2014 – A New Jersey teenager was charged with multiple counts of bias intimidation after he allegedly tried to lure Orthodox women as part of a gang initiation. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Haredim Protest Against Arrest of Yeshiva Draft-Dodger
The Foward Breaking News 10 Apr 2014 – About 500 haredi Orthodox men demonstrated in Jerusalem against the arrest of a yeshiva student who ignored a call-up notice for army service. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Below deck of Syria chemical destroyer
BBC 10 Apr 2014 – Time is fast running out for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons stocks, the international body in charge of their destruction says.

Israel Imposes Sanctions on Palestinians as Talks Sputter
The Foward Breaking News 10 Apr 2014 – Israel imposed economic sanctions against the Palestinians on Thursday in retaliation for their leadership signing international conventions, moves that further complicate U.S. efforts to keep peace talks from collapsing before an April 29 deadline. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Al-Jazeera trial dismissed as ‘joke’
BBC 10 Apr 2014 – Three Al-Jazeera journalists have denounced as a “joke” the latest hearing in their trial on terrorism charges in Egypt.

US Congress passes ban on Iran envoy
BBC 10 Apr 2014 – The US Congress passes a bill that would bar Iran’s pick for UN envoy from entering the country, as the White House signals opposition to the choice.

Australian Ex-Minister’s ‘Unhealthy’ Israel Lobby Claims Draw Pushback From Jews
The Foward Breaking News 10 Apr 2014 – Australian Jewish leaders are rejecting allegations that the hardline pro-Israel lobby in Melbourne wielded extraordinary influence on Mideast policy during Julia Gillard s tenure as prime minister. Click here for the rest of the article…

What’s Israel’s Plan B as Peace Talks Look Doomed?
The Forward New 10 Apr 2014 – With the Mideast peace talks near collapse, the Palestinians are ready with a diplomatic offensive. Israel s options are much more limited, and all of them have big downsides. Click here for the rest of the article…

Zimbabwe: Fugitive Israeli Rabbi Sentenced, Deportation Follows
allAfrica.com10 Apr 2014 – [New Zimbabwe]FUGITIVE Israeli priest, Eliezer Berland (77), who was Tuesday convicted for violating the Zimbabwe’s immigration laws, has been slapped with a three month prison sentence by Bulawayo senior magistrate Sibongile Msipa.

Namibia: Namibian Stand Draws Lots of Attention in UAE
allAfrica.com10 Apr 2014 – [Namibian]The 2014 Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) currently underway in Dubai drew a strong delegation from the Namibian Trade and Industry Ministry, as well as other government institutions and private businessmen and women.

Angola/Morocco: Palancas Negras to Play Two Friendlies in May Against Morocco and Iran
allAfrica.com10 Apr 2014 – [Africa Top Sports]The month of May will be charged for the Palancas Negras. The national Soccer team of Angola will play two friendly matches. This is what announces the Angolafoot website.

Race to destroy Syria chemical arms
BBC 10 Apr 2014 – Time is fast running out for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons stocks, the international body in charge of their destruction says.

VIDEO: Lucky turtle gets prosthetic fin
BBC 10 Apr 2014 – A turtle in Israel which lost two limbs has been given a designer prosthetic dorsal fin.

A call for autonomous media
Al-Akhbar Opinion 10 Apr 2014 – A caricuture showing a computer upside down with “the truth” on the screen and “deceptive media” next to it. (Photo: Mohammed Sabra) A caricuture showing a computer upside down with “the truth” on the screen and “deceptive media” next to it. (Photo: Mohammed Sabra) What happens…

Congress rejects Iran’s nominee for UN ambassador
Al-Monitor 10 Apr 2014 – The House and Senate have unanimously approved legislation aimed at barring Hamid Aboutalebi from entering the United States.

Al-Jazeera trial dismissed as ‘joke’
BBC 10 Apr 2014 – Three al-Jazeera journalists dismiss as a “joke” the latest hearing in their trial on terrorism charges in Egypt, as video is produced as evidence.

Turkey seeking to boost powers of secret service agency
Al-Akhbar News 10 Apr 2014 – Turkey’s government sought parliamentary approval to boost the powers of the secret service on Thursday, a move seen by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s critics as a bid to tighten his grip on the apparatus of state as he wages a bitter power struggle. Control of the…

Kerry’s possible failure opens new, dark era in peace talks
Al-Monitor 10 Apr 2014 – Even Menachem Begin did not support annexation of West Bank lands.

Israeli soldiers injure three in northern Gaza Strip
Al-Akhbar News 10 Apr 2014 – Israeli soldiers shot and wounded three Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday near the border security fence, the Hamas-run health ministry said. The three were in moderate condition after the incident, which occurred near Beit Hanoun, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP….

Seymour Hersh gets it wrong on Turkey
Al-Monitor 10 Apr 2014 – Seymour Hersh s claims that Turkey is supporting Jabhat al-Nusra are more fantasy than reality.

Egypt escalates campaign to control mosques
Al-Akhbar News 10 Apr 2014 – The Egyptian government has stepped up a campaign to curb Muslim Brotherhood influence over mosques, saying it has licensed more than 17,000 state-approved clerics to give Friday sermons to stop places of worship falling “into the hands of extremists.” The military-backed authorities have been trying to…

The day after the end of patriarchy
Al-Akhbar Blogs 10 Apr 2014 – This story was inspired by #ImagineAFeministInternet The sunlight gently danced across her face until it rested around her eyes, slowly wrestling them open. She roughly turned over, unwilling to yield to the call of the resplendent sun. As soon as sleep began to paralyze and her…

The rise and fall of Arab industry
Al-Monitor 10 Apr 2014 – After the fall of the old regimes in several Arab countries, the new ruling forces have been calling for the establishment of industries that promote the development of the people.

Israeli minister calls for annexation of West Bank settlements
Al-Akhbar News 10 Apr 2014 – A general view taken on April 8, 2014 shows Israeli construction cranes and excavators at a building site of new housing units in the Jewish settlement of Neve Yaakov, in the northern area of east Jerusalem. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Gharabli) A senior Israeli minister has…

Syrian Kurdish groups offer best path for future
Al-Monitor 10 Apr 2014 – Syria s Kurds are better placed to build upon their own experiences, rather than counting on Kurdish movements in other countries.

Jordanian king in Moscow to discuss bilateral ties
Al-Akhbar News 10 Apr 2014 – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Jordan’s King Abdullah II during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, on April 9, 2014. Putin hosted today Jordan’s King Abdullah II for talks on Syria, nuclear energy and defence. (Photo: AFP- Ria-Novosti / Pool/ Alexey)…

Arabs need third way between religious and military regimes
Al-Monitor 10 Apr 2014 – The people should not be forced to choose to live under either military or religious rule.

Kahlon’s comeback doesn’t worry Netanyahu
Al-Monitor 10 Apr 2014 – Former Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon’s popularity after the cell phone reform he championed might be enough to establish a mid-sized party, but his lack of diplomatic or security experience will pit his path to the premiership.

Al-Jazeera staff back in court in Egypt
Al-Akhbar News 10 Apr 2014 – Nepalese journalists and law students demanding the release of journalists for the Al-Jazeera broadcaster held in Egypt demonstrate outside the Egyptian Embassy in Kathmandu on March 24, 2014.(Photo: AFP – Prakash Mathema) Three Al-Jazeera journalists were back in court Thursday over their alleged links with the…

Egypt: Free Egyptian Army being formed in Libya
Al-Akhbar News 10 Apr 2014 – An Egyptian woman runs for cover as tear gas is fired by Egyptian riot police during clashes with students, supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, clash following a demonstration outside Cairo University, on April 9, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Mahmoud Khaled) An Egyptian…

Turkey confirms Youtube ban despite court ruling
Al-Akhbar News 10 Apr 2014 – Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to members of parliament from his ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on April 8, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Adem Altan) Turkish authorities defied court orders and reaffirmed a ban…

Are the US and Turkey diverging over Syria policy?
Al-Monitor 10 Apr 2014 – Seymour Hersh s recent article implying Turkish support for Jabhat al-Nusra, if nothing else, poses some relevant questions.

Iran sees influence growing in Syria
Al-Monitor 10 Apr 2014 – Iranian leaders consider their positions in Syria, including support for both Hezbollah and a political solution, as gaining traction while Western mediation efforts have failed.

Does Rouhani administration target critical media?
Al-Monitor 10 Apr 2014 – The Iranian government’s closing of a hard-line weekly has been welcomed by some Reformists as justified in the interest of a greater media balance.

Report on Renaissance Dam notes concerns for Egypt, Sudan
Al-Monitor 10 Apr 2014 – A leaked international expert report on the Renaissance Dam says that Egypt and Sudan have not been given sufficient reassurances about the dam s impact.

Iran won t ‘confirm nor deny’ Russian oil-for-goods deal
Al-Monitor 10 Apr 2014 – The Iranian oil minister’s refusal to confirm an alleged Russian oil-for-goods program has increased speculation about the controversial deal condemned by US officials.

VIDEO: Homs double car bombing ‘kills 25’
BBC 9 Apr 2014 – Two car bombs have exploded in the Syrian city of Homs, killing at least 25 people and wounding scores more, state news agency Sana says.

Bouteflika faces growing opposition as he runs for fourth term
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Marwan Barghouti: A president under occupation?
Al-Akhbar Politics 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?…


The reality behind the Israeli-Palestinian talks
Jonathan Cook In Nazareth, Redress4/7/2014
A leaked joint report by EU consulates in the occupied territories observed that ethnic cleansing was advancing at an ever-accelerating pace in East Jerusalem.
There was a mad scramble by Washington last week to prevent the seemingly inevitable: an implosion of the Middle East peace talks. In a last-ditch effort to stop Israel reneging on a promise to release a final batch of Palestinian prisoners, the US briefly threw in possibly the biggest bargaining chip in its hand: the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.
With Israel still dragging its feet, an infuriated Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas submitted applications to join 15 United Nations conventions, thereby reviving a campaign to win international recognition of Palestinian statehood.
Although Washington will continue quietly arm-twisting the two sides a little longer, President Barack Obama is reported to be worried that US diplomacy is starting to appear desperate . The same colonial entity pursuing the same ethnic cleansing policies
The negotiations failure could prove an important clarifying moment, signalling the effective demise of the two-state solution.
Both the US and Israel have come to rely on the endless theatrics of the two-decade peace process. Settlement freezes, prisoner releases, rows about Palestinian Authority funding and, of course, intermittent negotiations have served as useful distractions from the main developments on the ground
As Bassem Khoury, a former Palestinian Authority minister, observed last week: Israel hasn t changed. It is the same colonial entity pursuing the same ethnic cleansing policies it did for decades. more..e-mail

Why Jewish state demand is a non-starter
Yousef Munayyer, Al Jazeera4/9/2014
If Washington accepts new Israeli demands, it moves the goal posts further away from a middle ground for a just peace.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demands Palestinians recognise Israel as “a Jewish state” and US President Barack Obama, who used this language in his state of the union address, signalled US support for this position. This is disastrous for the prospects for peace and not something the Palestinians can or should ever accept. Here is why.
First, the PLO accepted the Israeli demand to recognise the State of Israel decades ago and Israel never reciprocated with recognition of the State of Palestine or its right to exist. Now, while still denying self-determination to Palestinians, Israel demands recognition “as a Jewish state” not from the world but only from Palestinians. Israel does not want to formally change its name to “the Jewish State of Israel” which would allow it to join an elite group of theocracies like the Islamic Republic of Iran. It only wants Palestinians to accept it as such. Why?
Second, this demand adds insult to injury. The ostensibly pragmatic land-for-peace approach is one that says the parties will never agree on a historical narrative and must look to the future instead. But the Jewish state demand undercuts this and demands Palestinians accept the Israeli narrative that securing Jewish majoritarianism in Palestine was morally justified even if it necessitated destroying Palestinian society and created masses of Palestinian refugees. Asking Palestinians to make a deal that focuses on the future is one thing, but asking them to accept the crimes committed against them is another altogether. It is unbecoming of a party that claims to want a just peace.
Third, recognition of a “Jewish state” by Palestinians and by extension the US and the rest of the world that would accept agreements on such terms, would not only lend credibility to past measures to maintain a Jewish majority but it will also enable future ones….more..e-mail

BBC misreports John Kerry on talks failure
Nureddin Sabir, Editor, Redress4/10/2014
For once, US Secretary of State John Kerry was not mincing his words when he blamed Israel for the breakdown of talks with the Palestinians.
But you would not have known this if you were following the story from the BBC News website.What Kerry actually said
Here is how Philip Weiss, founder and co-editor of the news website Mondoweiss characterized Kerry s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 7 April:
“John Kerry, Secretary of State, blamed the Israelis for the breakdown of peace talks during a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday. Israel failed to release prisoners on time according to a deal it had with Palestinians, then announced 700 settlement units poof! causing the latest breakdown in the talks&
“And this is what Kerry actually said:
“‘In my judgment both leaders have made courageous and important decisions up until now. For Prime Minister Netanyahu to release prisoners is a painful, difficult political step to take, enormously hard, and the people of Israel have been incredibly supportive and patient in giving him the space in order to do that. In exchange for the deal being kept of the release of prisoners and not going to the U.N. Unfortunately, the prisoners weren t released 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.'”
Weiss called it possibly a historic moment.
As Juan Cole, Professor of History at Michigan University, stresses….more..e-mail

Australia opposed Palestinian UN bid because foreign policy was subcontracted to Jewish donors report
Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss4/9/2014
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 minister. Writes Lenore Taylor:
“Former [Australian] foreign minister Bob Carr has suggested [Australia Prime Minister] Julia Gillard s dogged insistence on supporting Israel in a controversial United Nations vote was because Australian foreign policy had been subcontracted to Jewish donors& .
“Bob Carr: Diary of a Foreign Minister includes a detailed account of a period in October and November 2012 when Carr campaigned against Gillard s insistence that Australia should support Israel and vote against Palestinian observer status in the United Nations.
“[Former Australian PM Kevin] Rudd s had a morbid interest in the issue which had the potential to impact both on Australia s fate in the upcoming vote for a seat on the UN security council and on his own chances to return to the prime ministership.
“‘How much of this is about money, I asked him,’ Carr writes. ‘He said about one-fifth of the money he had raised in the 2007 election campaign had come from the Jewish community.’
“Carr concludes that ‘subcontracting our foreign policy to party donors is what this involves. Or appears to involve.’
“He describes how nine ministers spoke against Gillard when the issue was discussed by cabinet, and only two in favour of her position.”more..e-mail

Sweet and sinister images from Gaza’s hottest artists
Electronic Intifada: 10 Apr 2014 – Hazem Harb s limbless figures resemble Francis Bacon s most celebrated work.more..

Gaza in Crisis: a talk I gave in Austin, TX, in March 2014
In Gaza: 10 Apr 2014 – Since, as I ve mentioned in recent posts, the issue of the Israeli-manufactured misery in Gaza must be kept in the minds of those who know about and support Palestinians in Gaza and ideally introduced into the minds of good people who otherwise are unaware I m posting a video of a talk I gave a few weeks ago in Austin, with big thanks to Jeffry Zavala [ZGraphixhttp://zgraphix.org] who filmed and edited the talk and put it out there. Link re the Amira Hass reference . Link re IOF attacks even as far as 2 km from border . Link re the remotely-operated machine-gun towers . Link to Farmers routinely under Israeli army fire . I am in Syria at the moment, educating myself on the reality of Syrians own manufactured suffering, but Gaza remains in my heart and I hope yours as well. Filed under: gaza randommore

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