VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 27 April 2014

27 April 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

19 WB Consruction Projects Halted by Israeli Sanctions
IMEMC – The Israeli government made clear, Sunday, its decision to freeze construction on 19 Palestinian projects in the West Bank, according to Israeli and Palestinian news sources. … 

Administrative Detainees Continue Their Hunger Strike
IMEMC – Held by Israel under arbitrary detention orders without charges or trial, 186 Palestinian detainees continued their hunger strike for the fourth day. …

Abbas: “No State Without Jerusalem”
IMEMC – [Saturday, April 26, 2014] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated, during a meeting of the Central Council of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), that the Palestinians will not agree to an independent state without Jerusalem as its capital. …

Ma’an News

Sanctions: Israel freezes 19 Palestinian construction projects
4/27/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel on Sunday indicated it would freeze 19 Palestinian construction projects in the West Bank in an apparent effort to impose sanctions on the Palestinian Authority in response to a Hamas-PLO deal, Israeli media reported. Yoav Mordechai, Israel’s coordinator of government activities in the territories, said in a Civil Administration meeting that Israel would freeze 19 construction projects that….

Settlers cut down 60 olive trees near Nablus
4/27/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Settlers from the Israeli settlement of Yitzhar on Sunday chopped down more than 60 olive trees belonging to Palestinian farmers south of Nablus in the northern West Bank. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that a group of settlers raided a neighborhood known locally as Al-Luhuf and chopped down….

4 more Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail on hunger strike
4/27/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Four Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail began a hunger strike on Wednesday in protest against their detention without trial, a Palestinian prisoner advocacy group said on Sunday. News of the four hunger strikers follows reports that over 100 Palestinian prisoners began a mass, open-ended hunger strike in a number of Israeli jails on Thursday in protest against being held without charge….

Israeli forces arrest 2, injure 2 in Jerusalem village
4/27/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Sunday afternoon arrested two Palestinians and wounded another two after raiding a shop in al-Issawiya in Jerusalem. Monitoring committee member Mohammad Abu al-Homs told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided a shop for health equipment that belongs to Saad Mohammad Mustafa at the southern entrance of the village and assaulted the shop owner and a customer. Israeli….

Israel PM dismisses Abbas Holocaust remarks
4/27/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The prime minister of Israel on Sunday dismissed President Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks mourning victims of the Holocaust as a public relations stunt aimed at placating the international community. Benjamin Netanyahu also told his cabinet that Abbas should choose between his agreement to form a unity government with Hamas and make a true peace with Israel.”Instead of issuing statements designed…. Related: Abbas: Holocaust was ‘most heinous crime in modern history’ and Israel cabinet divided over Palestinian unity deal

Haniyeh advisor: Hamas ‘cannot’ recognize Israel
4/27/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A media adviser to Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday denied reports that Hamas was considering recognizing Israel, pointing out that the movement “cannot” recognize Israel. On Saturday the Washington Post quoted Tahir al-Nunu as saying that Hamas “did not rule out the possibility of recognizing Israel,” but today the official said that he had been misquoted and that…. Related: Abbas: New govt recognizes Israel and rejects violence

2 detained after posting signs calling for Muslim ‘evacuation’ at Aqsa
4/27/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police detained two Jewish teenagers recently after they posted an inflammatory sign on a gate of the al-Aqsa mosque compound, Israeli police said. A statement by Arabic-language Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said that the suspects posted an inflammatory sign on one of the main gates of the al-Aqsa mosque compound urging Muslims to evacuate the Al-Aqsa mosque so that….

Israeli Supreme Court to rule on demolition of ‘tire school’ in E1
4/27/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A school made of tires in the sensitive E1 area east of Jerusalem is slated for destruction by Israel, but its case is being reviewed by the Supreme Court, a local spokesman told Ma’an. Eid Khamis Sweilim, a spokesman of Bedouin communities in Jerusalem district, told Ma’an that the school in the Bedouin village of al-Khan al-Ahmar….

Bethlehem family condemns daughter’s pro-Israel video
4/27/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Bethlehem father whose daughter recently released a pro-Israel video has condemned the move, saying that the family “rejects and distances” themselves from the content in a statement made to Bethlehem’s Radio Mawwal. The Anastas family also denied claims that their daughter had been forced to flee, saying that they feared she had been the victim of “entrapment” and….

Abbas: Holocaust was ‘most heinous crime in modern history’
4/27/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday called the Holocaust the “the most heinous crime against humanity in modern history” and extended his condolences to the “families of the victims and the innocent people who were killed by the Nazis including the Jews and others.”The statement, which came on the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day, marks one of the most high profile…. Related: Israel PM dismisses Abbas Holocaust remarks

Israel cabinet divided over Palestinian unity deal
4/27/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli cabinet ministers on Sunday differed over the likely fallout on the battered Middle East peace process from an intra-Palestinian reconciliation agreement. Wednesday’s surprise deal, which saw Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip agree to work together after years of bitter rivalry, was denounced the next day by the Israeli security cabinet. That cabinet said it…. Related: Israel PM dismisses Abbas Holocaust remarks

Haniyeh: Palestine our only home
4/27/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Hanieyh said Sunday that Palestinians have only one home and one land which is Palestine, and he rejected any alternative proposal. Haniyeh said the Palestinians would not accept any form of compensation or naturalization into another country. In a visit to the Jordanian Field Hospital, he said that “we, as Palestinians, have one home and one….

Fatah: Elections date to be announced soon, Abbas is our candidate
4/27/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Fatah said on Sunday that current Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas is the movement’s choice for presidential candidate, and that within the next few days he would set a date for upcoming elections. The statements come only days after Hamas and Fatah signed a historic national reconciliation agreement, reuniting the two largest Palestinian political parties in a consensus government….

West Bank Red Crescent employees launch open strike
4/27/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Ambulance and emergency service officers of the Palestinian Red Crescent began an open strike across the West Bank on Sunday. Spokesperson for the Union of Red Crescent employees Mahmoud Al-Karmi told Ma’an that about 250 employees started an open strike after they submitted three demands to the association and their demands were ignored. Head of the Palestinian federation of….

Syria aims for ‘free, transparent’ presidential vote
4/27/2014 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria said Saturday it aimed for a “free and transparent” presidential election, responding to opposition and Western criticism that the June 3 poll will be a parody of democracy. So far, a businessman who studied in the United States and an independent MP and former communist are the only two hopefuls to register their candidacy. President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has controlled the….

Christians face ‘disaster’ in Iraq, church leader says
4/27/2014 – KIRKUK (AFP) — Iraq’s dwindling Christian community faces “disaster,” and if no action is taken they will number just a few thousand in a decade, the country’s most senior church leader told AFP. Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako said the daily migration of Christians from Iraq was “terrifying” and blamed a range of factors, including generally poor security in the country and worsening….

4 more Syrians announce presidential run
4/27/2014 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria’s parliament on Sunday said four more candidates, including one woman, have announced their candidacy in the June 3 presidential election widely expected to be won by President Bashar Assad. The new hopefuls bring the total number of candidates to six, though Assad has not yet announced his candidacy. The opposition in exile and the West have said the election will….

Egypt’s Sisi urges ‘unprecedented’ turnout in May poll
4/27/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called Sunday for an “unprecedented” turnout in a May presidential election he is expected to win in the face of an Islamist boycott. Sisi is expected to easily defeat his only rival, leftist Hamdeen Sabbahi, in the May 26-27 election, almost 11 months after he ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Sisi’s….

Ministry: 8 new MERS deaths take Saudi toll to 102
4/27/2014 – JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — The Saudi health ministry announced eight new deaths from the MERS virus on Sunday taking the kingdom’s death toll from the disease to 102. A full 39 of the deaths have been this month, sparking growing public concern about the virus that first emerged in April 2012. Among the latest deaths was a nine-month-old infant, the ministry said. [END]


Abbas: Holocaust was a ‘heinous crime’
AlJazeera 27 Apr 2014 – Statement by Palestinian Authority president dismissed as a publicity stunt by Israel’s Netanyahu.

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: UNESCO reaffirms its historic support to the UNRWA education programme
Relief Web 27 Apr 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory Amman The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which provides assistance and protection to some 5 million Palestine refugees, welcomed Dr. Qian Tang,…

The National

Military bases at centre of Philippines-US relationship
The National 27 Apr 2014 – The United States rebalance towards Asia means it is likely to return to its old military bases in the Philipines.

Muammar Qaddafi’s son Saif appears in court – on TV
The National 27 Apr 2014 – Late Libyan dictator’s son and other former members of his regime face charges ranging from war crimes to corruption.

Southerners rally for secession 20 years after Yemen war
The National 27 Apr 2014 – The rally was organised by the hardline wing of the Southern Movement which is clamouring for the renewed independence of the south, 20 years after a civil war ended with its occupation by northern troops.

Doctors survives Ebola but stigma remains
The National 27 Apr 2014 – The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 145 lives so far.

Syria still to surrender tonnes of chemical weapons
The National 27 Apr 2014 – Only 92.5 per cent of 1,300 tonnes of chemical weapons declared by Damascus have been removed, says head of disarmament mission.

1,300 Muslims flee violence in Central African Republic
The National 27 Apr 2014 – African peacekeepers escort the refugees out of Bangui.

In former Islamist stronghold, Algerian youth decry corruption
The National 27 Apr 2014 – Many young people in Algeria boycotted a presidential vote earlier this month, saying that while the country is safer than during the civil war, corruption is still going on unpunished.

8 more Mers deaths in Saudi Arabia
The National 27 Apr 2014 – Among the latest deaths was a nine-month-old infant.

Myanmar won’t succeed if Rohingya Muslims are oppressed: Obama
The National 27 Apr 2014 – On a visit to Malaysia, Mr Obama praised political reforms under way in once-isolated Myanmar but said the danger of democratisation was that it could unleash religious and ethnic conflicts and that such developments could move Myanmar in a bad direction.

Holocaust ‘most heinous crime’ of modern era, says Palestinian president Abbas
The National 27 Apr 2014 – The statement comes at a sensitive time for US-led peace efforts, with Israel having suspended faltering talks last week after Mr Abbas reached an agreement with the Islamist Hamas movement to form a unity government.


Police arrest four in alleged cocaine smuggling ring
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Yad Vashem: Abbas’ Holocaust message may herald shift in Palestinian stance
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Elected: The man who refused to strip for Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Selfies with Survivors: Do Holocaust and social media mix?
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Sullen Netanyahu reaction amplifies PR success of Abbas’ Holocaust statement
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

New tape: NBA owner Sterling told girlfriend, ‘In Israel, blacks are treated like dogs’
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Israeli TV adds ‘killed in Auschwitz’ to Anne Frank bio
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Drug gangs battle troops for Rio’s fearsome favelas as World Cup approaches
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

‘Holocaust teaches us to prevent nuclear-armed Iran’
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

‘Holocaust teaches us to prevent nuclear-armed Iran’
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

No cases yet, but Israel keeping eye out for MERS virus
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Early pterodactyl from China resolves evolutionary mystery
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

How the Holocaust tripped up Kerry’s peace process
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Lapid: If Hamas meets Quartet’s conditions, Yesh Atid is ready to talk
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Israel blocking Palestinian permits over UN push, IDF officer says
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Glaring witness: Film’s ongoing dilemma with the Holocaust
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Obama blasts ‘racist’ comments by NBA team owner
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Netanyahu slams Abbas’ Holocaust message as PR move
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Netanyahu slams Abbas’ Holocaust message as PR move
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Popes John XXIII and John Paul II canonized before huge throng
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Abbas denounces murder of Jews in Holocaust as ‘most heinous crime in modern era’
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Hamas adviser denies group offered to recognize Israel
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Why Israel shouldn’t burn bridges with Putin just yet
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

In Palestinian unity deal, Abbas starts defining his legacy
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

South Africa’s ‘Born Frees’ struggle with history
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

The history of Holocaust Remembrance Day
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

South Africa celebrates 20 years of freedom from apartheid
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Israel needs to begin at the end
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

South Korea PM offers to resign over failures in ferry disaster
Ha’aretz – 27 Apr 2014

Legal wrangle may pull plug on dedication ceremony at power plant
Ha’aretz – 26 Apr 2014

Ministries urge Rabbinate to relax kashrut control of food imports
Ha’aretz – 26 Apr 2014

High Court to rule whether Palestinians are denied building rights
Ha’aretz – 26 Apr 2014

Olmert could face new evidence during Talansky and Rishon Tours appeal
Ha’aretz – 26 Apr 2014

Jerusalem Post

On Holocaust Remembrance Day: A call to stop falsely accusing activists of anti-Semitism
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – Israeli government apologists shamelessly charge anti-Semitism as a means of discrediting those opposing its practices and behavior.

In Israel, idea of annexing parts of West Bank gains steam after Hamas-Fatah pact
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – Gilad Erdan became the highest-ranking member of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud faction to call for annexing Area C.

Mistranslation and the Holocaust
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – There is little question that Christendom’s anti-Semitic history sowed the seeds for the unthinkable and John’s Gospel played an outsized role.

White House prepared to cut aid to Palestinians in wake of Hamas-Fatah deal
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – By law, Congress requires any power-sharing Palestinian government that includes Hamas to embrace renunciation of violence, recognition of Israel.

Recalling the Nazi parallel
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – Eban was not equating Israel’s Arab enemies with the Nazis. Let us review what he actually told his German interviewer nearly 45 years ago.

At Yad Vashem, Netanyahu links West’s indifference to Holocaust with Iran nuclear program
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – The premier urged the world to learn the lessons of the 1930s and “see reality as it is, not how they would like it to be,” a reference to the Iranian nuclear program.

Breast cancer risk linked to trauma resulting from hunger in Holocaust
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – Malignancy was twice as common among women with PTSD and even higher among those who endured severe hunger.

Netanyahu personally meets with survivors on eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – PM meets with survivor who helped found Beit She’an and survivor who recently authored book telling her story of survival.

On social media, Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day with tributes, reflection
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – Politics and poignancy are evident as the country’s top leaders and state institutions pause to pay homage to European Jewry.

Hadassah hospital workers readying to demonstrate around country, says Histadrut
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – Histadrut official says the union will not let Hadassah Medical Organization be dismantled, are ready to take to the streets.

Lapid and Bennett: We’ll talk to Hamas if it recognizes Israel
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – Finance, Economy Ministers say change in Hamas stance unlikely; Bennett calls to annex Area C as Lapid criticizes his party as obstructionist.

Potential gas, oil reserve identified in Oz license block
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – Situated off the coast of Tel Aviv, the Oz license could be a source of over 600 billion barrels of oil.

Hundreds participate in ‘March for the Living’ in Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – The annual march is organized by a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Holocaust survivors in Israel realize their rights.

Police: Evidence Holon rabbi extorted business owners over Kashrut certification
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – State prosecutors to decide whether to pursue charges against son of former Shas spiritual adviser Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Despite EU support for Palestinian deal, Netanyahu rules out talks with Hamas
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stressed Sunday that Israel would not deal with a Palestinian government backed by Hamas.

Police officer sentenced to 28 months for abusive use of taser gun on handcuffed man
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – Tel Aviv Court hands down first-ever sentence of kind; judge says the law regarding “use of a taser is the same as for use of a gun.”

Israel Police visit Poland to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – The police delegation visited Warsaw and the Treblinka death camp to honor the memory of Holocaust victims.

Hundreds of thousands watch two popes become saints
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – Both John XXIII and John Paul II did much to end two millennia of Catholic anti-Semitism during their respective reigns.

European Jewish Congress: Amid rising anti-Semitism, Jewish life in Europe unsustainable
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – President Moshe Kantor presents results of study on worldwide anti-Semitism in 2013; over the past year 554 “registered violent anti-Semitic acts” were recorded.

Government approves NIS 1 billion plan to aid Holocaust survivors
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – Netanyahu: “We have a moral obligation to see to it that Holocaust survivors living among us can live out their lives honorably.”

Lapid: If Hamas accepts Israel, our position would change
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – Finance minister blames failure of talks on Bennett, Bayit Yehudi; Erdan calls for Israel to annex Area C in response to unity pact.

Obama denounces reported comments by Jewish NBA team owner as ‘racist’
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – LA Clippers Donald Sterling was recorded reportedly admonishing black-Mexican girlfriend for “associating with black people.”

Netanyahu: Abbas formed alliance with group that wants to carry out another Holocaust
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – “Hamas denies the Holocaust while trying to bring about a new Holocaust through the destruction of the State of Israel,” PM says.

Abbas: Holocaust ‘most heinous crime’ in modern era
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – PA President Mahmoud Abbas extends first official condolences in special statement issued on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Holocaust, Hamas and reconciliation
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2014 – The PA president’s announcement that the Holocaust “was the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity” is welcome, though surprising considering that his doctoral dissertation engages in Holocaust denial.

The boy who ran for three years to escape the Holocaust
Jerusalem Post 26 Apr 2014 – “Run Boy Run” tells the true story of Yoram Israel Fridman, who was smuggled out of the Warsaw Ghetto at age eight.

Dance review
Jerusalem Post 26 Apr 2014 – Mamutot, a highly intensive, sensual piece, makes for an exceptional, intimate experience.


The Guardian

Holocaust ‘most heinous crime’ of modern history, says Mahmoud Abbas
The Guardian 27 Apr 2014 – Palestinian president reaches out to Israeli public opinion with US-backed peace deal on the verge of collapse The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has called the Holocaust “the most heinous crime” of modern history and expressed his…

Israel and the Palestinians: lost opportunities | Editorial
The Guardian 27 Apr 2014 – Recent decisions reflect a desire to punish the Israelis for, as Mr Abbas sees it with some justification, negotiating in bad faith Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, is tired, disappointed and angry. For years it has…

Daily Star

Palestinians say will seek membership of international bodies
Daily Star 27 Apr 2014 The PLO’s central council on Sunday adopted a plan to pursue attempts to join 60 United Nations bodies and international agreements, according to a statement from the governing body of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

Pakistan roadside bomb kills three soldiers: military
Daily Star 27 Apr 2014 A roadside bomb exploded in Pakistan’s restive tribal region near the Afghan border Sunday, killing at least three soldiers, the military said.

Eight new MERS deaths take Saudi toll to 102: ministry
Daily Star 27 Apr 2014 The Saudi health ministry announced eight new deaths from the MERS virus on Sunday taking the kingdom’s death toll from the disease to 102.

Bahrain court sentences 8 to life for bombing
Daily Star 27 Apr 2014 A Bahraini defense lawyer says a court in the Gulf island kingdom has sentenced eight people to life in prison for the murder of a policeman and an attempt to kill others in a bomb blast.

Netanyahu tells Abbas to tear up pact with Hamas
Daily Star 27 Apr 2014 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday to tear up his pact with Hamas, saying Israel would not take part in peace talks with a Palestinian government backed by the group.

Turkey detains US journalist, Syrians after illegal river crossing
Daily Star 27 Apr 2014 Turkish security forces on Sunday detained an American journalist and two Syrians as they tried to cross a river flowing from Syria into southern Turkey by raft, the army said.

Egypt’s Sisi urges ‘unprecedented’ turnout in May poll
Daily Star 27 Apr 2014 Egypt’s former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday urged an “unprecedented” turnout in a May presidential election he is expected to win almost 11 months after ousting the elected leader.

Car bomb attack kills 10 people in Iraq
Daily Star 27 Apr 2014 A car bomb explosion on Sunday evening killed 10 people at an outdoor market in the Iraqi capital, officials said.

Egypt court jails 42 Morsi backers for up to 15 years
Daily Star 27 Apr 2014 An Egyptian court sentenced 42 supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi on Sunday to prison terms ranging from three to 15 years on violence-related charges, a judicial source said.

Police says detain 20 in Lebanon’s Tripoli
Daily Star 27 Apr 2014 Police said Sunday they arrested 20 wanted suspects in the northern city of Tripoli during a 24-hour crackdown

Assad, Sayyed discuss border offensive
Daily Star 27 Apr 2014 Lebanon’s Former Security Chief Jamil al-Sayyed holds talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad over the regime’s offensive near Lebanon, saying the operation would allow the Lebanese Army to better control the porous border

21 dead in rebel fire on regime in Aleppo: activists
Daily Star 27 Apr 2014 At least 21 people are killed and 50 hurt in a rebel mortar attack on regime-held districts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

YNet News

Guardians of Jews’ treasure searching for heir
YNet News, 27 Apr 2014 – Hamburg family looking to return valuable items left behind by Jewish friends when they were sent to their death in Nazi concentration camp in 1941. ….

Palestinian unity leaves Israel with few options
YNet News, 27 Apr 2014 – Analysis: We can either annex territories and establish a bi-national state or unilaterally set borders. Third option is to continue current situation, but for how long? ….

Palestinians announce continued bid to join some 60 UN organization
YNet News, 27 Apr 2014 – ….

Sisi urges big vote in Egyptian election; Islamists urge boycott
YNet News, 27 Apr 2014 – ….

IDF Chief Gantz at Holocaust ceremony: IDF proof of our strength
YNet News, 27 Apr 2014 – ….

Livni at Holocaust Ceremony: Israel still under threat, but is independent and strong
YNet News, 27 Apr 2014 – ….

Peres at Yad Vashem: The State of Israel is the deterrent against another holocaust 
YNet News, 27 Apr 2014 – ….

Fatah-Hamas ‘unity’: Not so fast
YNet News, 27 Apr 2014 – Analysis: Knowing that ‘historic reconciliation’ could very well end in nothing, Netanyahu left the door open by suspending, rather than killing, the talks. ….

Report: Anti-Semitism on the rise in Europe
YNet News, 27 Apr 2014 – Gains by far-right parties show anti-Semitism becoming widespread in Europe, though the number of violent attacks against Jews have dropped. ….

Threat of peace removed, for now 
YNet News, 27 Apr 2014 – Analysis: Despite current crisis, announcement on continuation of talks between Israel and Palestinians will likely be made soon. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Escalation of Israeli settlers’ attacks
PIC – More than 60 fruitful olive trees were uprooted by Israeli settlers in Hawara village, south of Nablus, on Sunday morning.

Abu Zuhri: Haneyya gov’t to leave on formation of the new gov’t
PIC – Hamas movement urged all Palestinian factions to support the latest reconciliation accomplishment and to stop issuing statements that might obstruct the reconciliation process.

London-based Palestinian groups urge British gov’t to move to end Gaza siege
PIC – The Palestinian return center and the Palestinian forum sent letters to British foreign minister William Hague to brief him on the injustice being inflicted on the Palestinian people in Gaza.

IOF mass arrest campaigns, break-ins in West Bank
PIC – Palestinian citizens, the permanent target of Israeli attacks in the West Bank, have again suffered raids and arrests on Sunday, as several provinces came under Israeli army forays.

Report: Gaza pushed to the brink of unprecedented economic breakdown
PIC – A Palestinian human rights organization has warned of an unprecedented economic crisis afflicting the Gaza Strip since 2013.

Hamas: Abbas’s speech admitted the failure of the peace talks with Israel
PIC – Hamas said that the speech delivered yesterday by Mahmoud Abbas was an admission that the negotiations with Israel are a fruitless option and pose a threat to the Palestinian people’s rights.

Nunu denies statement to American paper on recognizing Israel
PIC – Taher al-Nunu, the media advisor to Gaza premier Ismail Haneyya, has denied a statement attributed to him by an American newspaper expressing Hamas’s readiness to recognize Israel.

PPS condemns extension of female detainee’s detention
PIC – Palestinian Prisoners Center spoke against the unwarranted decision issued by an Israeli court to extend the detention of Palestinian female detainee Nawal Saadi, 52, for four extra months.

IOA to open Karam Abu Salem crossing after days of closure
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) intends on Sunday to open Karam Abu Salem border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip before movement of goods following a nine-day closure.


Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas calls Holocaust ‘most heinous crime’
LA Times 27 Apr 2014 – At a time when the Middle East peace process appears stymied, Israel received an unexpected olive branch when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the Holocaust and expressed sympathy with its victims.

As Deadline Passes, Syria Is Pressed to Complete Destruction of Its Chemical Arms
New York Times 27 Apr 2014 – Although Syria has made “significant progress,” it missed a second deadline, April 27, for the destruction of its arsenal of chemical weapons, international monitors said.

Mahmoud Abbas Shifts on Holocaust
New York Times 27 Apr 2014 – The president of the Palestinian Authority issued a formal statement calling the Holocaust “the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era.”

As Israel ‘staggers toward the abyss,’ criticizing it is now ‘the most fashionable cause’ on the left
Mondoweiss – Here are two more signs, in foreign media this past week, of Israel’s growing isolation and the inadequacy of its efforts to stem the trend. First, from “How to Lie to College Students About Israel,” by Bradley Burston in Haaretz : In recent years in North America…

From Sheffield to Palestine, by bicycle
Mondoweiss – Malaka and Sara Moon, Sheffield, England (This is the author’s fourth diary of her life in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Preceding it are: first Palestine to Sheffield: One month away from home , second Two months away from home , and third Being pessimistic is not a solution ) Sara…

NBA owner Sterling reportedly sought to justify his racism by citing Israeli racism
Mondoweiss – Donald Sterling You surely know about the Donald Sterling story: even as his basketball team competes in the playoffs, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers is the focus of national outrage for grotesquely racist statements he is said to have made to his former girlfriend on…

Apartheid and hafrada, and the psychology of separation
Mondoweiss – Image from wikimedia commons , from the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum Bell responds to an article we ran in 2010 in which Hannah Schwarzschild suggested replacing the word apartheid with hafrada, a Hebrew word for separation that Israelis use. You might be interested to know that “-heid”…

Walter Benjamin’s theory of fascism
Mondoweiss – Walter Benjamin This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Thank God Passover and Easter are over – and the peace process, too. Not to worry, though, just like Passover and…

NBA’s Donald Sterling Tells Girlfriend, ‘In Israel, Blacks Are Treated Like Dogs’ 
The Forward New 27 Apr 2014 – L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was caught on tape telling his girlfriend that “in Israel, blacks are treated like dogs” to justify his racist rant against African-Americans. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syria ‘still holds chemical weapons’ 
BBC 27 Apr 2014 – Syria still holds about 7.5% of its chemical weapons stocks at one site, an international envoy says, as a Sunday deadline to remove them passes.

Peres: Israel Is ‘Only Possible Memorial Standing’ for Holocaust Victims 
The Foward Breaking News 27 Apr 2014 – Israel is “the only possible memorial standing” for the victims of the Holocaust, Israeli President Shimon Peres said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Argentina Turns Diplomatic Focus to Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 27 Apr 2014 – Israel, not Iran, is the focus of new Argentinean diplomatic efforts. Click here for the rest of the article…

Iraq hits ‘jihadist convoy’ in Syria 
BBC 27 Apr 2014 – Iraqi military helicopters destroy a convoy of fuel tankers inside Syria, alleging the lorries were heading into Iraq to supply jihadists.

Holocaust is ‘heinous crime’ – Abbas 
BBC 27 Apr 2014 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas calls the Holocaust “the most heinous crime” in modern history, amid a breakdown in talks with Israel.

Abbas: Palestinians Will Never Recognize Israel as Jewish State 
The Foward Breaking News 27 Apr 2014 – The Palestinians will never recognize Israel as a “Jewish State,” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asserted. Click here for the rest of the article…

Abbas Calls Holocaust ‘Most Heinous Crime’ Ahead of Remembrance Day 
The Foward Breaking News 27 Apr 2014 – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the Holocaust “the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era.” Click here for the rest of the article…

Iran’s parliament presents ‘Islamic wiretapping’ bill 
Al-Monitor 27 Apr 2014 – A new bill has been presented in parliament that would create more guidelines on wiretapping.

Kurdish group abducts two Turkish soldiers 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Apr 2014 – An armed Kurdish group has abducted two Turkish soldiers in the southeast of the country, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported Sunday. The abduction took place late Saturday, after the jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) issued a statement warning of a possible…

Iraqi helicopters attack jihadi convoy across Syrian border 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Apr 2014 – Iraqi army helicopters attacked a jihadi convoy inside eastern Syria on Sunday as it tried to approach the border, killing at least eight people, an interior ministry spokesman said. “The army struck eight tanker trucks in Wadi Suwab inside Syrian territory as they were trying to…

Four new candidates enter Syrian presidential race 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Apr 2014 – Syria’s parliament on Sunday said four more candidates, including one woman, have announced their candidacy in the June 3 presidential election widely expected to be won by President Bashar al-Assad. The new hopefuls bring the total number of candidates to six, though Assad has not yet…

As deadline expires, Syria still holds 8 percent of its chemical weapons arsenal 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Apr 2014 – Syria still holds nearly eight percent of its chemical weapons arsenal as the deadline expired Sunday for it to be handed over, the task force charged with the operation said. “We are talking of the remaining 7.8 percent chemical weapons material that is currently still in…

Dahiyeh feud ends with three injured: NNA 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Apr 2014 – Intensive overnight efforts ended a clash between the Mekdad and Nassereddine families in Beirut’s southern suburbs on Sunday, the Lebanese National News Agency reported. The dispute between both families began on Saturday, before escalating and leaving three injured in the Jamous locality in Dahiyeh. Machine guns…

Russia not pursuing Cold War in Mideast over Ukraine 
Al-Monitor 27 Apr 2014 – Moscow’s interests in the region are unchanged, including collaboration with the United States on elimination of chemical weapons in Syria, despite the crisis over Ukraine.

Two patients die from MERS as virus spreads in Saudi Arabia 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Apr 2014 – Two Saudi nationals have died from MERS, taking the death toll from the coronavirus in the worst-hit country to 94, the health ministry said Sunday. Saudi Arabia also confirmed 10 more cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. A 63-year-old woman, who had suffered chronic illness,…

Abbas: Holocaust was “most heinous crime” of modern times 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Apr 2014 – Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas gestures as he gives a speech during a meeting with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)’s Central Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 26, 2014.(Photo: AFP – Abbas Momani) The mass killing of Jews in the Holocaust was “…

Parties vie for spoils of Basra 
BBC 27 Apr 2014 – Why Iraqi parties are vying for the spoils of Basra

VIDEO: The battle for votes in Iraq 
BBC 27 Apr 2014 – Ahead of parliamentary elections in Iraq, the first since Americans withdrew from the country, all parties have been urging people to vote.

Egypt’s presidential palace battleground for protests 
Al-Monitor 27 Apr 2014 – Demonstrators are calling for the repeal of a law requiring notification in advance for peaceful protests.

Lebanese village on front line 
Al-Monitor 27 Apr 2014 – Will the situation in al-Tufail revive Beirut-Damascus security coordination?

Al-Tufail, forgotten border town 
Al-Monitor 27 Apr 2014 – After decades of neglect, the Lebanese state is providing minimal aid to al-Tufail, a Lebanese border town that has effectively been supported by the Syrian state since Lebanon’s independence.

Plans to diversify Mideast oil pipeline map 
Al-Monitor 27 Apr 2014 – Amid rapid political developments and growing insecurity in the Middle East, Jordan is seeking to finalize the oil pipeline from southern Iraq, as other regional countries work to diversify oil sources.

Why do many Egyptians prefer a military president? 
Al-Monitor 27 Apr 2014 – Following the failure of civilian forces to organize effective political parties in the wake of the January 25 Revolution, and after the Muslim Brotherhood’s failed experience in power, many Egyptians have grown disenchanted with political forces and prefer a candidate with a military background.

Abbas goes big with Hamas deal; the Temple Mount fault line 
Al-Monitor 26 Apr 2014 – PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas plays the Hamas card; watch out for the “Hebronization” of the Temple Mount; Al-Monitor launches Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish newsletters.

Church says emigration of Iraq’s dwindling Christians “terrifying” 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Apr 2014 – Iraq’s dwindling Christian community faces “disaster,” and if no action is taken they will number just a few thousand in a decade, the country’s most senior church leader told AFP. Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako said the daily migration of Christians from Iraq was “terrifying” and blamed…

U.S. military aid to Egypt: An economic dependency trap 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Apr 2014 – Egyptian military tanks are positioned outside the police institute near Cairo’s Turah prison during the trial of three detained journalists with the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera broadcaster on April 10, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed al-Shahed) Egyptian military tanks are positioned outside the police institute near Cairo’s Turah prison during…

Al-Qaeda chief asks God to help Islamists kidnap westerners 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Apr 2014 – Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on God to help Muslims to kidnap Westerners, particularly Americans, who could then be exchanged for jailed jihadists including a blind Egyptian cleric convicted in 1995 of conspiring to attack the United Nations and other New York landmarks. In a…


Israeli Extremism or Zionism’s True Colors? 
Rami G. Khouri, Agence Global 4/23/2014
This week, the Israeli transportation ministry announced that it would establish designated bus routes for Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, allowing Jewish Israelis to travel on buses without Palestinians. Some months ago, the Israeli government started discussing a bill in parliament that would identify Palestinian Christians with Israeli citizenship as “non-Arabs.” These are among the continuing actions by the state of Israel that cause more and more people around the world to roll their eyes in disbelief—for they see Israel slowly turning into an Apartheid-like state that plays with the demography of its citizens and those under its occupation, in order to enhance the wellbeing of the politically dominant Zionist and Jewish majority.
The Israeli government and others who support such moves offer various reasons to support them, claiming that they are in the best interest of the affected minority. The more logical conclusion that most people will reach, I suspect, is that five generations after its birth in the late 1800s, modern political Zionism is showing its racist roots, as it finds it increasingly difficult to keep working for its basic tenet of a Jewish-only state in a land that had been mostly owned and inhabited by Muslims and Christians for many centuries. 
The consequence of trying to create a Jewish state in such an environment is that those millions of people who are not Jewish either have to be isolated and penned into restricted zones of residence, work and travel, according to Apartheid-like rules, or else detached from their non-Jewish compatriots and enticed into the Zionist endeavor. The latter is what happened to the Druze population in Israel, which Israel has tried with some success to separate from the rest of the Palestinian population that ended up as Israeli citizens after 1948.
The creation of bus routes for Palestinians alongside other routes that Jewish Israelis and settlers use will certainly strengthen criticisms of Israel and expand the circles of those who condemn it for conducting policies that are very reminiscent of how Apartheid South Africa treated its black and colored citizens…. more.. e-mail

Defining political unity 
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/24/2014
The announcement that Fatah and Hamas will be embarking upon reconciliation has raised the ire of Israel and the US. As the formation of an interim unity government within five weeks moves towards a possible implementation, rhetoric of peace mingled with renewed Israeli airstrikes upon Gaza, while the US considered terminating funding for the Palestinian Authority.
Statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman portray the distorted concept of “peace” according to the settler-colonial state’s motives. According to the Times of Israel, Netanyahu stated: “Tonight, as talks were still ongoing about the extension of peace negotiations, Abbas chose Hamas and not peace. Whoever chooses Hamas doesn’t want peace.”
Lieberman also attempted to amalgamate the unity process with the probable dissolution of the US-brokered negotiations. “It’s impossible to make peace with both Israel and Hamas, a terror organisation that calls for the destruction of Israel.”
If prioritised to reflect and anticipate Palestinian needs, leadership unity may prove to be a formidable obstacle for Israel. Both Netanyahu and Lieberman have misinterpreted peace according to Israel’s expansionist agenda and revulsion of Palestinian resistance. The PA’s acquiescence to Israel and imperialism has served the settler-colonial state’s aspirations well, resulting in a probable irreversible fragmentation of territory. Nevertheless, projecting Israel’s definition of peace upon the PA reflects the necessity of retaining a Palestinian negotiator who can serve as both official representation and collaborator.
Should reconciliation be implemented upon the recognised legitimacy of resistance against colonial violence, Israel’s duplicitous peace propaganda will diminish as it fails to impose restrictions and demands upon Palestinian resistance and its implementation…. more.. e-mail

New London exhibition reveals daily life in Gaza 
Dr Sarah Marusek, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/19/2014
A new exhibition aiming to shed light on the daily lives of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip has opened at the P21 Gallery in London.
The exhibition, called GAZA, features the work of six different artists and will be accompanied by a series of film screenings, performances, lectures and debates to invite viewers and participants to share the reality
of daily life in the open-air prison that is Gaza.

While the Gaza Strip may be a tiny enclave, it is a rich society full of many contradictions.
Since 2006, Israel has enforced a strict siege of Gaza, preventing the necessary medicine, food and daily supplies that any human would require to live a dignified life in today’s world from entering into the Strip. Last week, the newly appointed United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Commissioner-General called the Israeli blockade “a very extreme and illegal collective punishment” of Gaza’s 1.6 million residents.
Furthermore, Palestinians in Gaza are regularly faced with Israeli aerial strikes and have endured two major campaigns of aggression in the last six years alone, which destroyed homes, offices, schools, hospitals and other basic infrastructure.
To make matters worse, the Israeli blockade has placed many obstacles on Palestinians simply wanting to rebuild their lives and communities.
And yet as the work in GAZA attests, Palestinians living in the Strip are also incredibly resilient and determined to live their daily lives with dignity and on their own terms, despite their experiences of suffering under Israel’s occupation and draconian siege. more.. e-mail

From ethnic cleansing to return: a peace process worthy of the name 
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/17/2014
This week marks the 66th anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of Miska, a Palestinian village whose roughly 1,000-strong population was expelled in April 1948 by Haganah forces. Located around 10 miles from Qalqilya, Miska boasted 100-200 houses, an elementary school for boys, and a mosque.
The community was targeted and destroyed by pre-Israel Defense Forces (IDF) militias, as part of a policy of “clearing out [the area’s] Arab inhabitants”. The expulsion of the villagers, according to historian Benny Morris, was carried out “with Haganah/IDF General Staff and/or cabinet-level sanction”. Everything was destroyed except the school and the mosque.
A key role in the ethnic cleansing was played by Joseph Weitz, then-senior official in the Jewish National Fund (JNF), who set in motion the “levelling” of the village through his organisation’s “branch offices”. Touring the area soon after, Weitz wrote in his diary that the valley was “all ours and Jewish hands were working in it”.
Most of Miska’s refugees ended up in camps in the West Bank and Jordan (see map). Some managed to remain in what became Israel, staying in nearby town Tira. For them, however, citizenship has not meant return.
Under the Absentee Property Law, Miska’s former residents who remained inside Israel received the Kafkaesque Israeli classification…”present absentees”: they were “present” in the country, but the law constituted them as “absent” for the purpose of property confiscation.
Miska’s land is now used for fruit groves by Jewish communal settlements Sde Warbug, Mishmeret, and Ramat HaKovesh. The ruined mosque still remains, but the school building was demolished in 2007 by the Israel Lands Administration (ILA).more.. e-mail

mortars on Damascus one quiet courtyard night
In Gaza: 27 Apr 2014 – Posting below some audio I took as was sitting, interviewing a restaurant owner, Abu Shadi, last night in the old city of Damascus. As it happened, got two of four mortars on audio. The first occurred around 7:05 pm, which Abu Shadi estimated to be 200 metres away, his friend corrected him saying it was only 50 metres away (also about 20 metres from my hotel). Roughly 10 minutes later, the second mortar. There were two other mortars within half an hour. These are widely believed to be “rebel”-fired mortars (there are “rebel” made videos showing them firing such mortars on Damascus and elsewhere) on the old city last night. As Abu Shadi talks, several of his friends, their experiences. Most of it he has translated approximately, but for the sake of time I’m posting this now (with some of the conversation about where the mortars landed not fully translated….more

The Dangerous VIP Palestinian Class
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Apr 2014 – By Jamal Kanj The Palestinian Authority (PA) must stop demeaning its people. One can understand being fooled once or eve
n twice, but being fooled over and again every three to four years for the last 20 years is just going overboard. It becomes a bit annoying to continue hearing cries from the same “deceived” Palestinian leaders repeating empty threats in response to Israeli intransigence and lies. I heard it directly from several high level PLO officials that should the current negotiations fail to reach an agreement by April 29, the PA was prepared to join UN organizations. They spoke specifically of the International Criminal Court of Justice (ICCJ). Early in April, Israel broke a nine-month-old agreement by refusing to release the final batch of Palestinian “hostages” as it agreed to with the US Secretary of State last July. Half-heartedly, the PA submitted applications to join 15 UN organizations. Half-heartedly, because…

Assad Plays Arab, Western Worlds against Each Other
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Apr 2014 – By Ahmed Meiloud Syrian President Bashar al-Assad tells the West that his regime is essential to their survival, while telling the Arab world that he’s the victim of a Western conspiracy It is clear why Iran and Hezbollah came to the rescue of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – their alliances with the Alawite regime stretch back decades. What is less known is why the Saudis and the Israelis appear so invested in Assad staying in power. When speaking to an Arabic audience, Syrian officials decry a conspiracy against their country by Israel, the Americans and regressive Arab states. All these actors, according to the official narrative, are displeased with Syria’s “principled stance” in support of the Palestinians. When addressing a Western audience, however, Syrian officials plead with the West to save the regime. They argue that Damascus is a safeguard for the West, and especially for Israel, against the rise…more

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