VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 2 May 2014

2 May 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Continued Harassment and Demolitions in Occupied WB
IMEMC – Further Israeli violations against Palestinians and their property continue in the West Bank, this week, with home invasion and harassment in the village of Awarta and the demolition of several structures in Khirbet al-Taweel. …

Israeli Army Calls Settlers to Join Inauguration of New Units
IMEMC – An Israeli army brigade in the northern West Bank has called on Israeli settlers to join the independence festivals , scheduled for next Tuesday, in which the proverbial ribbon will be cut for a new housing unit to be opened in Hawara military camp, south of the West Bank city of Nablus. …

Kerry: Peace a Benefit to Both Israel and Palestine
IMEMC – US Secretary of State John Kerry announced, yesterday, that he has decided to take a pause in order to re-evaluate possible steps in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, noting that he will make public the “progress” made during the nine months of peace talks between the two nations. …

Muslim Grave Vandalized Near Haifa
IMEMC – Suspected Jewish Israeli vandals desecrated a Muslim grave near Haifa, in the northern Israeli coastal region, according to media and police reports. …

Israel To Uproot Hundreds Of Trees Near Nablus
IMEMC – [Friday, May 2, 2014] The Israeli army has decided to cut and uproot hundreds of Palestinian trees, near a bypass road used by Israeli settlers, close to Madama village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

Ahrar: 312 Palestinians Kidnapped By The Army In April
IMEMC – The Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights issued its monthly report, revealing that the Israeli army kidnapped 312 Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, occupied Jerusalem, and the besieged Gaza Strip. …

Hunger Striking Detainee Stops Drinking Liquids
IMEMC – [Thursday, May 1, 2014] The Legal Unit at the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) stated that hunger striking political prisoner, Adnan Shanayta, stopped drinking liquids, protesting abuse at the Tal HaShomer Israeli Hospital. …

Ma’an News

Hundreds march in Hebron to support hunger strikers
5/2/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Over 2,000 Palestinians participated in a march in Hebron on Friday to support hunger striking Palestinian prisoners. Fatah and Hamas supporters, including leaders and lawmakers, took part in the march and chanted against the Israeli policy of administrative detention. The march started in Ein Sarah street and headed to Ibn Rushd, where demonstrators listened to several speakers. Palestinians held in administrative….

Jewish extremists vandalize Muslim grave in Israel
5/2/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Suspected Jewish extremists vandalized a Muslim grave near the northern Israeli coastal city of Haifa, police said Friday, in the latest in a string of racist and religious attacks against Palestinians.”Graffiti was found sprawled on and around a grave in the Al-Qassam cemetery in Nesher” north of Haifa, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement. The red spray-paint graffiti featured….

Israel police challenge US ‘terror’ findings
5/2/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli police on Thursday challenged Washington’s inclusion of Jewish extremist attacks on Palestinians in a global terror report, saying such incidents could not be likened to militant attacks. For the first time, the State Department’s 2013 Country Reports on Terrorism, published Wednesday, included a reference to a growing wave of racist anti-Palestinian vandalism, euphemistically known as “price tag” attacks….

Israel summons Jordan envoy over ‘anti-Israel’ article
5/2/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel summoned Jordan’s ambassador Thursday to protest an “anti-Israeli” article by a former Jordanian foreign minister, in which he based his argument on a Hitler quote, the foreign ministry said. Spokesman Yigal Palmor said Israel’s embassy in Amman also sent the foreign ministry there an official protest over an article published on Monday by Kamel Abu Jaber in The….

Palestine adopts UN human rights treaties
5/2/2014 – GENEVA (AFP) — Palestine on Friday became a formal party to five global treaties banning torture and racial discrimination, and protecting the rights of women, children and the disabled, the UN said. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN human rights office, told reporters that the move followed the Palestinians’ April 2 declaration to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that they were adopting the treaties. In….

Mideast peace talks dead, no resumption on horizon
5/2/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry’s nine-month effort to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal formally collapsed this week, with no revival on the horizon. Kerry said Thursday it was time for Washington to “pause, take a hard look at these things, and find out what is possible and what is not possible in the days ahead.” He was speaking two days….

Maronite patriarch to make historic Jerusalem trip
5/2/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — The patriarch of the Maronite church will travel to Jerusalem next month to greet Pope Francis, the first head of his Lebanon-based denomination to visit since Israel’s creation in 1948, he said Friday.”The pope is going to the Holy Land and Jerusalem. He is going to the diocese of the patriarch, so it’s normal that the patriarch should….

Israel’s population grows to around 8.2 million
5/2/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s population has grown to around 8. 2 million, the Central Bureau of Statistics said, in data released as it prepared to mark the 66th anniversary of its foundation.” The population of Israel, on the eve of Independence Day 2014, is approximately 8,180,000 people,” the bureau said in a statement posted Thursday on its website and reported in Friday’s….

Qaeda leader orders Syria affiliate to stop fighting rivals
5/2/2014 – DUBAI (AFP) — Al-Qaeda’s leader ordered the group’s Syrian affiliate, the Al-Nusra Front, to end fighting with jihadist rivals, in an audiotape published online Friday. Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a message to Al-Nusra chief Abu Mohammed al-Jolani, ordered that “all soldiers of the front immediately cease fighting” other jihadist groups. Powerful rebel groups in Syria, including Al-Nusra Front, have been locked in fierce….

NGO: Deal for Syria rebels to withdraw from Homs bastion
5/2/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syria’s government and rebels have reached a deal under which opposition fighters holed up in besieged parts of Homs city will withdraw during a ceasefire, an NGO said on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a truce was already in place in the Old City and other rebel-held areas under government siege, and that around 1,000 fighters were expected to withdraw. [END]

International Solidarity Movement

Harassment in Awarta
5/2/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team| Awarta, Occupied Palestine – At4. 30 am on Wednesdaythe 30th of April; a group of Israeli soldiers broke into a family home in the village of Awarta, near the illegal settlement of Itamar. 11 soldiers woke up the family, claiming that it was “security search”. A member of the family asked to see a written order and was shown a piece….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: In Gaza, WFP Turns Women Into Community Nutritionists
Relief Web 2 May 2014 – Source: World Food Programme Country: occupied Palestinian territory Micronutrient deficiencies and obesity – the “double burden” of malnutrition facing many developing countries – are interlinked with poverty and are closely related to access to healthy, nutritious food, dietary habits and…

Lebanon: Nineteenth semi-annual report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559 (2004) (S/2014/296)
Relief Web 2 May 2014 – Source: UN Security Council Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic I. Background The present report is my nineteenth semi-annual report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559 (2004). It provides a review and assessment of the process…

The National

Dozens held in Philippines over global sextortion ring
The National 2 May 2014 – Scammers lured victims through social media by posing as attractive young women and inviting them to engage in sex acts online, police say.

Turkey drops corruption case against 60 people
The National 2 May 2014 – Prosecutor cites lack of evidence in case involving bribery for construction projects and building permits.

Policeman and soldier among four killed in Egypt attacks
The National 2 May 2014 – Bombings in Cairo and southern Sinai came a day before the start of campaigning for presidential election.

Hundreds killed in Afghanistan landslide
The National 2 May 2014 – About 300 homes buried after hill collapses on village in remote mountainous province bordering China.

Homs ceasefire deal could allow Syrian rebels to leave city
The National 2 May 2014 – Rebels expected to start leaving on Saturday after 48-hour lull in hostilities took effect on Friday, activists say.

Two Ukrainian helicopters shot down in offensive against rebels
The National 2 May 2014 – Kiev reports several deaths on both sides after launching dawn military operation to retake eastern city of Sloviansk from pro-Russian forces.


Balancing the scales of justice inside Israel’s prisons
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

More than 40 killed in fire, clashes in Ukraine’s Odessa
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

Syrian rebels, Assad forces reach ceasefire in Homs
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

The truth behind Netanyahu’s social media rant
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

Obama, Merkel threaten ‘sectoral sanctions’ unless Russia stands down
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

Obama, Merkel threaten ‘sectoral sanctions’ unless Russia stands down
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

Why is Sarah Palin’s dog named Hadassah?
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

Ukraine president: ‘Many’ pro-Russia insurgents killed in Slovyansk
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

Greece’s Jewish community slams Athens coalition for backing ‘anti-Semite’
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

Pink Floyd calls on Rolling Stones to boycott Israel
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

U.S. delegation to visit Israel ahead of renewed talks with Iran
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

Shootings, occupation and no whiskey: Sayed Kashua needs a vacation
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

In San Francisco, Israeli men are a hot commodity
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

Israel angered by Methodist report on boycott movement
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

The presidency is up for grabs
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

Fear and exclusion of J Street is misguided and destructive
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

Judges moonlight in academia, raising claims of conflicting interests
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

Where one man s incitement is another man s fact
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

As he heads into detention, refugee leader vows to keep fighting
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

Epidemics loom as antibiotics increasingly fail
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

Recapture the Israeli flag
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

North Korea seen testing engine for intercontinental ballistic missile
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2014

I m also with David the Nahal soldier
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2014

The man who spoke Israeli
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2014

Woman found stabbed to death in suspected terror attack
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2014

With demise of talks, attention turns to shaky coalition
Ha’aretz – 1 May 2014

Jerusalem Post

Report: Ben-Eliezer to undergo kidney transplant next week
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – Channel 2 says the operation is not likely to harm his chances of winning the presidency.

Head of Maronite church in Lebanon to accompany pope on visit to Israel
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – Patriarch Beshara al-Rai, who was elected head of the Maronite Church in 2011, will be among the delegates of Church officials who will accompany the pontiff during his trip to the Holy Land.

Pink Floyd founders get no satisfaction from Rolling Stones’ planned Israel concert
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – Original Floydians Waters, Mason urge fellow British rockers to cancel Israel show.

Palestinians formally join five international treaties, UN announces
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – A spokesman for the UN human rights office told members of the press on Friday that the treaties banned torture and racial discrimination.

Paul: AIPAC torpedoed bill that required Palestinians to recognize Israel as Jewish state
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – Republican senator from Kentucky is quoted as saying that he is “very troubled” by AIPAC s decision not to back his proposed legislation.

Ukrainian Jewish mayor who survived assassination attempt recovering in Haifa hospital
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – The Jewish mayor of eastern Ukraine’s biggest city is slowly recuperating at Rambam Medical Center, officials said.

Suspected far-right vandals defile tombstone of revered Palestinian revolutionary
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – This latest incidence of vandalism is believed to be part of the so-called price tag campaign waged by settlers and far-right supporters.

WATCH: ‘Handyman’ Netanyahu helps Israel ring in Independence Day celebrations
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – The premier is willing to roll up his sleeves and pitch in with real handiwork and craftsmanship.

Palestinian forces extricate Israeli national who mistakenly entered West Bank village
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – Israeli returned to IDF unharmed; Army has issued a longstanding travel warning to Israelis against entering Area A.

Al-Aksa mosque Imam says Arab legions to liberate Haifa, Safed, Jaffa, Beit Shean
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – The Al-Aksa mosque has been involved with promoting extreme rhetoric in the past, calling for the destruction of US, UK and France.

1482 Torah book fetches record $3.87 million at Paris auction
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – The book was printed in Hebrew in Bologna in January 1482; only two other copies of this rare edition have come to auction in last 100 years.

Ukraine tries to retake town from separatists, two killed
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – Interior minister says offensive was answered with heavy artillery; rebels use grenade and portable anti-aircraft missile launchers to bring down plane.

Policeman killed, 3 wounded in twin suicide bombings in Sinai
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – A second policeman was killed in a third bombing in Cairo; militant attacks in Egypt have spiraled since the army deposed of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi.

Police, Shin Bet search for perpetrators in suspected terror attack
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – Strong suspicion of nationalistic motives in the murder of Shelly Dadon, 20, from Afula.

Learning the lessons of the past
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – Prime Minister s memorable Holocaust Remembrance Day speech.

Israel prepares to mourn 23,169 casualties of war and terrorism
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2014 – The Defense Ministry said 57 newly fallen had been added to the casualty count since the last Day of Remembrance in 2013.

Court blocks demolition of Beduin village in South
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2014 – The Beersheba District Court on Thursday stopped the state from demolishing 51 homes making up the Beduin village of al-Sara in the South.

Jay Leno to award Genesis Prize to former NY mayor Bloomberg in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2014 – Leno will host the ceremony on May 22 at the Jerusalem Theater, where more than 400 international dignitaries will attend.

There will be a tsunami on our shore the question is when’
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2014 – While earthquakes stronger than 7.5-magnitude have the potential to cause tsunamis, they can also be caused by underwater landslides.

3,000 officers to patrol Jerusalem over holiday period
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2014 – All public areas of the capital will be heavily patrolled by border, undercover, helicopter and traffic police units at all times.

The pain never leaves bereaved families
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2014 – Ahead of Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers, Col. Yaron Beit-On tells the Post about the loss of his cousin, a tank commander killed in Gaza in 2003.

Arab writers call for learning from Israel s technology, democracy and morality
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2014 – Despite the fact that the Arab media often uses harsh and insulting rhetoric describing Israel or Jews, occasional articles by their intellectuals praise Israel for its achievements.

Another tack: It s a rotten line
Jerusalem Post 1 May 2014 – Lord Caradon: I know the 1967 line
, and it s a rotten line. you couldn t have a worse line for a permanent international boundary.

The Guardian

Massacre that marred birth of Israel
The Guardian 2 May 2014 – On the morning Israeli statehood was declared, 127 who had survived the Holocaust and fought for independence were killed at Kfar Etzion. Their deaths inspired today’s settlements In his diary on 14 May 1948, David Ben-Gurion,…

The Arab villages lost since Israel’s war of independence – interactive
The Guardian 2 May 2014 – Changing landscape: click through the sequence of maps to show how hundreds of Arab villages and towns were abandoned, attacked and de-populated during Israel’s war of independence in 1948 which is still remembered by Palestinians as…

Remembering the Nakba: Israeli group puts 1948 Palestine back on the map
The Guardian 2 May 2014 – Zochrot aims to educate Israeli Jews through tours and a new phone app about a history obscured by enmity and denial In a run-down office in the busy centre of Tel Aviv, a group of Israelis…


How the U.S. Created the Afghan War — and Then Lost It
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 29, 2014 – It was a typical Kabul morning. Malik Ashgar Square was already bumper-to-bumper with Corolla taxis, green police jeeps, honking minivans, and angry motorcyclists. There were boys selling phone cards and men waving wads of cash for…

Gaza Writes Back
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 29, 2014 – …In 2004, March 7, around 50 military vehicles, Israeli military vehicles, invaded our refugee camp, the Nuseirat Refugee Camp, and killed 14 Palestinians, including my oldest brother. He was trying to get inside an orange orchard,…

Iraq: Accusations of foul play a day before elections
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 29, 2014-As Iraqis across the country prepare to head to the polls on Wednesday, several parliamentary hopefuls are already complaining of electoral violations. Candidates have raised questions about the issuance of voter s e-cards, in addition to calling for…

Iraq Elections Revive Sunnis Fears
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 29, 2014 – As Iraq prepares for the first nationwide election since the withdrawal of US troops in 2011, the fears of Sunni Iraqis have doubled amid soaring sectarian tension and marginalization by Nouri Al-Maliki Shiite government. “I will…

Iraq snapshot -April 29, 2014
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 29, 2014. Chaos and violence continue, War Crimes past and War Crimes present are discussed, Doctors Without Borders and Amnesty release statements which are embarrassing for their lack of honesty or backbone, the elections get more press attention, fewer…

Yemeni lawmakers angered by Easter violation of parliamentary drone ban, as US pledges to maintain secrecy
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 29, 2014 – Yemeni MPs have voted to summon the Yemeni Minister of Interior and Minister of Defense over drone strikes which occurred over the Easter weekend killing at least four civilians. These strikes contravened a parliamentary resolution passed…

Youth Against Settlements Documents New Crimes of the Israeli Occupation against Children in Hebron (Video)
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 29, 2014 -Youth Against Settlements posted new videos documenting the Israeli army s illegal practices against children in the Hebron governorate. One of the videos is showing a group of Israeli army soldiers assaulting a 13-year-old child from Burqan…

Settlements top funding agenda of Israeli government
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 29, 2014 – New data released by Israel s Central Bureau of Statistics reveal that settlements are at the top of the list of Israeli government spending, according to the news site Arabs 48. The Central Bureau of Statistics…

Israel freezes PA tax revenue as part of sanctions against reconciliation deal
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 29, 2014-Israeli government decided to deduct more money from the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) as part of sanctions it imposed in the wake of the Hamas-Fatah unity deal, Israeli and Palestinian sources said…

Mystery surrounds move of Afghan torturer in chief to U.S. amid allegations of spy agency abuse
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 29 , 2014 – In Afghanistan, his presence was enough to cause prisoners to tremble. Hundreds in his organization s custody were beaten, shocked with electrical currents or subjected to other abuses documented in human rights reports. Some allegedly disappeared….

Clapper, Senators & Obama Administration Favor Transparency on Drone Strikes-If It Makes Them More Defensible
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 29, 2014 – At the request of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and the wider executive branch, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which is chaired by Senator Dianne Feinstein, agreed to remove a provision in an intelligence…

War Toys for Kids: Back to the Future in Afghanistan
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 29, 2014 – Lt. Commander Jennifer Cragg at “NATO” headquarters in Afghanistan brings us (only on the “NATO” website of course; even the lamest of the main stream media has abandoned this meme) the story of one person who…

Intra-Palestinian Reconciliation: Time for accountability
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 29, 2014 – The al-Shati refugee camp reconciliation agreement signed in Gaza on April 23, 2014 between Fatah and Hamas is the most recent chapter in the intra-Palestinian reconciliation saga. While it is promising news for the Palestinian people,…

Starbucks warned it could face boycott if it invests in Israel s SodaStream
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 29, 2014 – The Palestinian Boycott Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) has issued a stern warning to US-based coffee-shop chain Starbucks that it could face a backlash if media reports that it is about to buy a stake…

Kerry apologizes for speculating that theoretically, in the distant future, Israel could do something bad
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 29, 2014- t took Secretary of State John Kerry exactly 24 hours after his “apartheid” comments were revealed by Th
e Daily Beast to issue a comprehensive apology for the remarks. Despite demands from the American right, Kerry did not…

PLO: Israel demolished over 500 Palestinian structures during talks
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 29, 2014 — Israel demolished over 500 Palestinian structures throughout the US-brokered peace negotiations, the PLO said in a statement Tuesday. Citing figures from the UN s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the PLO said Israel demolished…

Syria News – April 28, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 28, 2014 – The Syrian Revolution General Commission reported 81 martyrs in Syria for Monday, 28/04/14, including 7 women, 10 children, 9 martyrs under torture . Damascus and its countryside: 23 martyrs including 6 martyrs under torture; Dara: 20, including…

Syria News – April 28, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 28, 2014 – The Syrian Revolution General Commission reported 81 martyrs in Syria for Monday, 28/04/14, including 7 women, 10 children, 9 martyrs under torture . Damascus and its countryside: 23 martyrs including 6 martyrs under torture; Dara: 20, including…

Military Resistance 12D18 Heartbroken
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 28, 2014 – The family of a retired 33-year-old U.S. Marine who succumbed to cancer over the weekend believe that his untimely death was the direct result of his exposure to open-air burn pits in Iraq… Mrs Terry and…

Yunus Qanuni: New Vice President of Afghanistan, Same Old Criminal
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 28, 2014 – … In the aftermath of the election, Yunus Qanuni, was appointed as Vice President of Afghanistan. In the past, Qanuni has remarked: “My candidacy is not to obtain positions, it is to save Afghanistan, to build a…

Palestinian reconciliation deal a Hamas surrender
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 28, 2014 – Ever since the 2007 split that divided Palestinian rule between the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Ramallah-based leadership has had three options to consider: using force, compromising or waiting for Hamas to capitulate. Israel, which…

On Bringing War Criminals to Justice
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 28, 2014 – Narmeen Saleh and her husband Shawki were detained by US military forces during a violent 2004 raid of their home in Baghdad.Saleh spent 16 days in prison, where “the interrogations didn t stop for one minute.”…

Palestine-Israel: Peace talks, what peace talks?
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 28, 2014-…After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scuttled earlier peace efforts by refusing to freeze settlement construction during US President Barack Obama s first term, Kerry tried to muster momentum towards a deal with the hope of securing a…

DNA test: Remains from airstrike in Yemen not those of al Qaeda bomb-maker
Uruknet 2 May 2014 – April 28, 2014 – — The remains of a Saudi national killed in airstrikes in Yemen earlier this month are not those of a wanted al Qaeda bomb-maker, according to multiple sources in Saudi Arabia who were briefed on the…

Daily Star

Obama to have attorney general look into botched Oklahoma execution
Daily Star 2 May 2014 President Barack Obama on Friday said the botched execution of a murderer in Oklahoma raises questions about the death penalty in the United States and he will ask the U.S. attorney general to look into the…

Car bomb kills one in central Cairo: security sources
Daily Star 2 May 2014 A car bomb killed one person near a metro station in downtown Cairo on Friday, three security sources said, in the second blast in Egypt’s capital after an earlier bomb attack killed a policeman in a…

CrossFit craze hits Beirut s fitness enthusiasts
Daily Star 2 May 2014 If you still look cute, you didn t train enough. The inscription on the box at the entrance of CrossFit B-Town summarizes the ethos of its namesake, high-intensity sport that is gaining a foothold in Lebanon.

Lebanese vineyards gearing up to break Europe
Daily Star 2 May 2014 Wine producers throughout Lebanon are getting ready to showcase their drinks in Germany for the Lebanese Wine Day in Berlin.

Images of the Arab world, in Houston
Daily Star 2 May 2014 Veteran photographer Samer Mohdad is well-known around Lebanon for his several projects, not least his role as co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation.

Dates on my Fingers a powerful portrait of oppressed Iraq
Daily Star 2 May 2014 In Gabriel Garcia Marquez s beloved 1967 novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, the Buendia family s endlessly energetic patriarch, JosÈ Arcadio, founds the city of Macondo alongside a river.

YNet News

Rabbis in surprise support for Muslim Brotherhood
YNet News, 2 May 2014 – Conference of European Rabbis calls on world leaders to unite in condemnation against mass death sentence imposed by Egyptian court on 683 members of radical Islamic organization. ….

IN PHOTOS: Inside Hitler’s bunker
YNet News, 2 May 2014 – Photos taken 2 weeks after Hitler committed suicide in his underground hideout make their way online almost 70 years after the fall of the Third Reich. ….

Inside the talks’ failure: US officials open up
YNet News, 2 May 2014 – In an exclusive interview, American officials directly connected to the talks reveal the real reason for the collapse of the negotiations. ….

Ukraine says two soldiers killed near Slaviansk after rebel attack
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Merkel: Give Iran talks a chance, but ready to act if needed
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Hagel: NATO to rethink relations with Russia
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Dozens die in Odessa blaze, rebels down Ukraine helicopters
YNet News, 2 May 2014 – 38 people die when a trade union building in Odessa was set on fire; 3 shot dead in running battles; two Ukrainian military helicopters brought down by pro-Russian separatists. ….

FBI: Flow of foreign fighters into Syria growing
YNet News, 2 May 2014 – ….

US confirms its first case of MERS infection
YNet News, 2 May 2014 – ….

Lebanese cleric to join Pope Francis for Jerusalem visit
YNet News, 2 May 2014 – Maronite clergy have special permission to travel to Israel to minister faithful, while all other Lebanese are banned. ….

The coercing presence of religion in Israel
YNet News, 2 May 2014 – Op-ed: Israel’s public domain gives clear preference to sensitivities of one group, Orthodox Judaism, at expense of all others. ….

Syrian rebel offensive encroaches on last chemical stockpile
YNet News, 2 May 2014 – Islamic Front fighters cut the road linking Dumair air base and Sayqal, where chemicals are believed to be held, raising fears rebels will try to take over chemical base. ….

Bombs, protests hit Egypt in run-up to presidential election
YNet News, 2 May 2014 – Two suicide bombings in south Sinai kill a soldier, wound at least 7 people; policeman killed in Cairo bomb attack; two people shot dead in Alexandria. ….

Palestinians become signatories in 5 UN human rights conventions
YNet News, 2 May 2014 – PA President Abbas signed letters of accession for conventions on April 1, including convention against torture, on elimination of racial discrimination, rights of the child. ….

Shin Bet search for killer in suspected terror attack
YNet News, 2 May 2014 – Shelly Dadon’s father recreates her last day in an attempt to help the investigation of her murder; police still don’t know how Dadon got to Migdal HaEmek, where she was found. ….

IN PICTURES: Welcome to Ramallah Fashion Week
YNet News, 2 May 2014 – ‘Palestine Fashion Week’, an annual 3-day fashion event, kicks off in Ramallah; Excitement brews over planned visit from popular Turkish actress Beren Saat. ….

Pro-Russian rebels say Ukraine launched operation to retake eastern town
YNet News, 2 May 2014 – Ukraine has reportedly launched a ‘large-scale operation’ in Slaviansk, attempting to oust pro-Russian separatists from east…..

Three bombings hit in Egypt, killing 2 soldiers
YNet News, 2 May 2014 – Bombing in Cairo follows two suicide attacks in Sinai Peninsula which wound at least nine; officials describe gruesome scene, with body parts littering scene. ….

Senior official: Iran to buy 400 airliners if sanctions lifted
YNet News, 1 May 2014 – Head of country’s Civil Aviation Organization says Islamic republic’s airlines need to replace aging fleets. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Abbas to meet Mishaal, Emir of Qatar on Sunday
PIC – PA president Mahmoud Abbas is expected to meet political bureau chairman of Hamas Khaled Mishaal and the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad in Doha next Sunday, press reports said.

Netanyahu intends to constitutionally make Israel state for Jewish nation
PIC – Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu declared his intention to enact a basic law stating that Israel is ‚¨ Sa Jewish nation-state.‚¨ ù

Congressmen calling for freezing aid to intended Palestinian unity gov’t
PIC – Two Republican congressmen called on the White House to sever all financial support for any Palestinian unity government to be formed if it does not acknowledge Israeli‚¨ “!s right to exist.

12 Palestinian refugees deported by Tunisian authorities
PIC – Twelve Palestinian refugees, including two children and a woman, were deported by Tunisian authorities on Thursday after having been denied access into the Tunisian territories.

One Israeli soldier reportedly injured in Nablus
PIC – The Israeli occupation army claimed that one of its soldiers suffered a moderate injury at dawn Friday when a hand grenade was thrown at a military patrol during a campaign in Nablus city.

170 thousand workers in besieged Gaza unemployed
PIC – The governmental committee to break Gaza siege stated on Thursday that 170,000 out of 330,000 workers in the Gaza Strip are unemployed due to the impacts of the blockade.

Kerry: Deadline for Peace talks expired
PIC – US secretary of state John Kerry said Thursday that the deadline for the peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis had expired, holding both sides fully responsible for their failure.

26 Palestinian administrative detainees join mass hunger strike
PIC – 26 administrative detainees in Israeli jails joined the mass hunger strike which a number of their counterparts had started earlier this week in protest at the administrative detention policy.

IOF destroys olive trees in Madama village
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Friday morning stormed Madama village to the south of Nablus city and embarked on uprooting and destroying olive trees in Palestinian-owned fields.


Settlers Set Up Tent near Tulkarm
WAFA – 1 May 2014


World Briefing: Libya: Deadly Clash in Benghazi
New York Times 2 May 2014 – Gunmen attacked a security forces headquarters in Libya s eastern city of Benghazi early Friday, killing nine people and wounding 24, the authorities said. The government blamed Ansar al-Shariah, an Islamic extremist group accused of being behind the attack on an American diplomatic post in Benghazi.

Deadly Attacks Heighten Tension in Egypt
New York Times 2 May 2014 – Bombings in Sinai and Cairo raised concerns of a renewed wave of violence ahead of a presidential election this month.

Car Bombs Kill at Least 19 as Attacks on Syrian Civilians Continue
New York Times 2 May 2014 – Hopes for finding common ground were undermined by images of dead and injured children, who appeared to bear more of the brunt than usual this week.

Attack in Eastern Libya Kills 6, Officials Say
New York Times 2 May 2014 – Gunmen attacked a security forces headquarters in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi early Friday, killing nine people and wounding 24, authorities said, blaming an Islamic extremist group allegedly behind the attack of a U.S. diplomatic post there.

The Saturday Profile: A Voice of Dissent in Egypt Is Muffled, but Not Silent
New York Times 2 May 2014 – After two decades of mocking the powerful as a columnist and screenwriter, Belal Fadl has been blacklisted, with no newspaper in Egypt willing to defy the government by hiring him.

Suicide Bomber Kills Soldier in Egypt s Sinai
New York Times 2 May 2014 – One Egyptian soldier was killed and at least seven more people wounded in two suicide attacks in South Sinai on Friday and a policeman died in a Cairo bomb attack, official sources said, in the latest round of violence ahead of elections due in May.

Looming Energy Crisis Again Confronts Egypt s Leaders
New York Times 1 May 2014 – International energy companies say that Egypt has failed to pay them for pumping its petroleum, which has created a vicious circle of nonpayment, noninvestment and diminishing production.

Dozens Are Killed in Airstrike at a Bustling Market in Syria
New York Times 1 May 2014 – At least 33 people were killed and many others were wounded by airstrikes at an outdoor market in Aleppo just a day after an airstrike on an elementary school killed 20.

Israeli Military Officials Caught Off Guard by a Digital Rebellion
New York Times 1 May 2014 – Israeli Defense Forces officials were caught off guard by the online outcry over a disciplinary case.

Red Card for Racism: Activists demand FIFA kick out Israel
Mondoweiss – Kick Israel out of FIFA (Poster: Stephanie Westbrook/rcir.org.uk) Last March we reported Jibril al-Rajoub,Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, demanded the expulsion of Israel from FIFA and the International Olympic Committee as a result of Israeli brutality emphasizing the occupation s insistence on destroying…

John Kerry was right to say apartheid more voices chime in
Mondoweiss – Josh Ruebner speaking at Drake in Des Moines earlier this month. Image, AFSC As the Israeli government breaks out in recriminations against Secretary of State John Kerry for saying Israel is headed toward apartheid, here are more voices saying that John Kerry was right or understated…

Thousands of Israeli soldiers protest their hands are tied while serving in the occupied territories
Mondoweiss – This video recorded in Hebron (al-Khal+l)last Sunday byYouth Against Settlements( YAS ) has set off a firestorm of protest by soldiers in the Israeli military. The video shows a soldier brandishing and aiming a loaded weapon at a boy who was clearly was not a danger to…

A surprise: Bush is respected in Africa for launching huge campaign against AIDS
Mondoweiss – George Bush George W. Bush will go down in history as one of the worst American presidents ever, the decider who was responsible for the disastrous invasion of Iraq. It may therefore come as a surprise that Bush is widely popular across wide swaths of eastern…

Peace process: Aaron Miller moves from too big to fail to rock and roll will never die
Mondoweiss – Aaron David Miller, from the Wilson Center In 2012, longtime peace processor Aaron David Miller used the phrase too big to fail to characterize the two-state solution. He explained to listeners on National Public Radio : I think the idea of Palestinian statehood though is simply too…

When the Holocaust shows up
Mondoweiss – This is part of Marc H. Ellis s Exile and the Prophetic feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. What to do when your favorite movie star, a famous sport hero or a writer you ve been reading all your life shows up…

Kerry s Last Ditch Effort
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Iran s Nuclear Fatwa
Tikun Olam – I never cease to be amazed at how poorly we understand Iran. The amount of deliberate and unintentional ignorance of Iranian history, religion and politics is epidemic. I ve already posted about the mistranslation of Ayatollah Khomenei s statement about Israel disappearing from the pages of history (twisted…

Israel Accepting Iran Deal as Fait Accompli
Tikun Olam – Iran-U.S. smiles mean Israeli frowns There is increasing evidence to suggest that Israel s far-right leaders have tacitly accepted the eventuality of an Iran-P5+1 nuclear deal. Until now, Israel has conceded no Iranian right to enrich uranium. It has always demanded any nuclear deal include an Iranian…

Conference of Presidents to J Street: Drop Dead
Tikun Olam – Bibi Netanyahu whispering sweet-nothings in Malcolm Hoenlein s ear J Street applied for membership in the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations . Today, its application was resoundingly rejected in a vote in which only 17 of 50 voted to accept the group. 22 voted No …

Falk on Israel: It s apartheid
Sabbah report 2 May 2014 – Through prolonged occupation, with practices and policies of apartheid and segregation, ongoing expansion of settlements, and continual construction of the wall arguably amounting to de facto annexation of parts of the occupied Palestinian territory; the denial by Israel of the right to self-determination of the Palestinian…

Winnepeg College Chief Shunned by Shul for Allowing Israel Apartheid Week
The Foward Breaking News 2 May 2014 – Winnipeg s leading synagogue withdrew an invitation for the University of Manitoba s president to address its Yom Hashoah interfaith service following anti-Israel events on the university campus, the National Post reported. David Barnard, the university president, allowed Israel Apartheid Week to take place over the objections of…

Praised for pointing a gun
BBC 2 May 2014 – Israeli soldier wins plaudits for pointing his gun at teenager

Czech Court Says No to Button Factory Holocaust Restitution Claim
The Foward Breaking News 2 May 2014 – The Czech Republic s highest court rejected the restitution claim of descendants of a Jew whose button factory had been nationalized. The Constitutional Court published its ruling on the factory of Zikmund Waldes on Friday, the Associated Press reported. The ruling confirmed a 2010 verdict, which overturned…

Dutch Rapper Ismo Probed Over Hate Speech
The Foward Breaking News 2 May 2014 – Dutch police are investigating a Muslim rapper who used hateful language against gays and Jews in one of his songs. The rapper Ismo, whose real name is Ismael Houllich, included the text in his first single. The official video clip for the song titled Eenmans (or…

Roger Waters Urges Rolling Stones To Boycott Israel
The Foward Breaking News 2 May 2014 – Two founding members of the Pink Floyd rock band called on their colleagues from The Rolling Stones to cancel a concert in Israel. Roger Waters and Nick Mason made the call in an op-ed that was published Thursday onSalon.com. Playing Israel now is the moral…

Scottish students say yes to boycotting Israel
Global BDS 2 May 2014 – A Palestine solidarity banner in Dundee, Scotland. ( Jalal Abukhater / The Electronic Intifada ) The Palestinian-led campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel is continuously winning greater support among students in Britain and Ireland. During March, referendums endorsing BDS tactics were carried at the University of…

The low-budget biopic riling Iran’s president
BBC 2 May 2014 – Why a low-budget biopic is riling Iran’s president

The Danger of Denial for Israel
The Forward Editorial 2 May 2014 – EDITORIAL : Both Israelis and Palestinians are risking their future because they are denying the reality before them. Click here for the rest of the article…

Gunmen storm Libyan security HQ
BBC 2 May 2014 – Gunmen in the Libyan city of Benghazi have raided a security headquarters, sparking clashes in which at least nine people died, officials say.

Week Ahead: Syrian opposition comes to Congress
Al-Monitor 2 May 2014 – A look at the Middle East issues Congress will be addressing the week of May 5.

Iraq attacks kill six as votes counted
Al-Akhbar News 2 May 2014 – Attacks north of Baghdad, including a car bomb set off by a suicide attacker, killed six people on Friday, just days after Iraq’s parliamentary election. The bloodshed comes with officials counting votes from Wednesday’s polls, the first since US troops withdrew in late 2011, amid a…

Week in Photos (April 26-May 02)
Al-Akhbar News 2 May 2014 – Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (R) fails to catch the ball as Real Madrid scores during the UEFA Champions League second-leg semi-final football match in Munich, southern Germany, on April 29, 2014. (Photo: Odd Anderson – AFP) Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (R) fails to catch…

Allawi: Even Syria interferes in Iraq s elections
Al-Monitor 2 May 2014 – Iraqi politican Ayad Allawi spoke with Iran’s IR Diplomacy about his complicated relationship with Iran.

Syrian rebels ‘to pull out of Homs’
BBC 2 May 2014 – Opposition fighters are to be allowed to withdraw from besieged parts of the Syrian city of Homs under a deal with the government, reports say.

Yemeni troops kill five gunmen, wound dozen
s in anti-Qaeda offensive

Al-Akhbar News 2 May 2014 – Yemeni government forces killed five al-Qaeda fighters and wounded dozens of others in south Yemen, the defense ministry said on Friday, in the fourth day of an offensive against Islamist insurgents. Yemeni troops launched their offensive into an expanse of south Yemen spanning 20,000 square kilometers,…

Ceasefire to allow Syrian rebels to flee Homs
Al-Akhbar News 2 May 2014 – Syrian authorities and rebel fighters agreed to a 24-hour ceasefire in the Old City district of Homs on Friday to allow besieged rebels to pull out of their last stronghold in the central Syrian city, television stations said. A final rebel withdrawal from the city once…

‘David the Nahlawi’ sparks viral protest in Israel
Al-Monitor 2 May 2014 – The tremendous public protest generated by footage of a soldier cocking his firearm at a Palestinian youth is directed not at the IDF, but the political echelons.

Sheikh renames French royal theatre
BBC 2 May 2014 – A theatre in France’s famous Palace of Fontainebleau is renamed in honour of the ruler of Abu Dhabi.

On legitimacy: BDS proponents vs peace talkers
Al-Akhbar Blogs 2 May 2014 – It all began with a handshake on the White House lawn a historic American-led inauguration delivered in front of journalists readying mealy-mouthed press releases, and the watchful eye of US President Bill Clinton who was publicly inducting a misguided strategy which began to be known…

Lebanon can’t afford a political vacuum
Al-Monitor 2 May 2014 – The stalemate on the selection of Lebanon’s next president is only hurting the country.

Security deteriorates in south Jordan city
Al-Monitor 2 May 2014 – The security situation in Maan, Jordan is deteriorating as officials turn a blind eye to serious threats that might affect the Hashemite Kingdom.

Iraqis defy terrorists to vote in elections
Al-Monitor 2 May 2014 – The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission is reporting a 59% voter turnout, despite the threats of violence.

Qaeda leader renews calls for Syria jihadists to quit infighting
Al-Akhbar News 2 May 2014 – Al-Qaeda’s leader ordered the group’s Syrian affiliate, the al-Nusra Front, to end fighting with jihadist rivals, in an audiotape published online Friday. Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a message to al-Nusra chief Abu Mohammed al-Jolani, ordered that “all soldiers of the front immediately cease fighting” other jihadist groups….

Smuggling of banned pesticides a problem in Gaza
Al-Monitor 2 May 2014 – Misuse of pesticides in Gaza s agricultural industry poses a dangerous risk to farmers and consumers of Gazan produce.

Saudis can message the king directly
BBC 2 May 2014 – Saudis send ideas and suggestions straight to the king

Clashes kill six after gunmen storm Benghazi police station
Al-Akhbar News 2 May 2014 – Libyan security forces are seen advancing during clashes with anti-government forces following an attack on a Benghazi police station, early on May 2, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Abdullah Doma) Libyan security forces are seen advancing during clashes with anti-government forces following an attack on a Benghazi…

Eleven children among 18 killed in Syria suicide attacks: state TV
Al-Akhbar News 2 May 2014 – Emergency personnel and civilians inspect the site following a car bomb explosion in the Abbasiyah neighborhood of Syria’s central city of Homs on April 29, 2014. (Photo: AFP / STR) Emergency personnel and civilians inspect the site following a car bomb explosion in the Abbasiyah neighborhood of…

Hamas not giving up military wing, despite agreement
Al-Monitor 2 May 2014 – Fatah and Hamas have deferred discussion on the fate of the Qassem brigade.

Iran not just focused on Maliki in Iraqi elections
Al-Monitor 2 May 2014 – The Iranian government expects to be well-positioned no matter who wins in Iraq s elections.

US terror report details ‘price tag’ violence by Israeli settlers
Al-Monitor 2 May 2014 – The State Department’s annual report on terrorism includes acts of violence by Israeli settlers along with terrorism by Palestinians.

Israel is aging too fast
Al-Monitor 2 May 2014 – The age pyramid in Israel is collapsing, with a growing number of old retired people and not enough young working people to support them.

Egypt blasts kill Cairo cop, Sinai soldier
Al-Akhbar News 2 May 2014 – Updated 11:20 am: One Egyptian soldier was killed on Friday and at least seven more people wounded in two suicide attacks in South Sinai and another policeman died in a Cairo bomb attack, official sources said.. The fatal South Sinai attack occurred in al-Tur, a town…

Turkey’s opposition needs youth to challenge AKP
Al-Monitor 2 May 2014 – A Republican People s Party (CHP) deputy tells Al-Monitor how his party is failing to capture the youthful dynamism of the country.

VIDEO: Video ‘shows Aleppo bomb aftermath’
BBC 2 May 2014 – Syrian activists say an airstrike on a busy market in a rebel-held district of Aleppo has killed at least 30 people.

Rai defies his predecessors, decides to join papal delegation to Israel
Al-Akhbar Politics 1 May 2014 – The current Maronite patriarch, Mar Bishara al-Rai, with his predecessor Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir behind him. (Photo: Archive) The current Maronite patriarch, Mar Bishara al-Rai, with his predecessor Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir behind him. (Photo: Archive) In almost every controversial matter, Maronite Patriarch Mar Bishara al-Rai…

Chechen jihadists in Syria: The case of Omar al-Shishani
Al-Akhbar Politics 1 May 2014 – Chechen jihadists in Syria. (Photo: AFP) Chechen jihadists in Syria. (Photo: AFP) Chechen jihadists play a major role in the conflict in Syria. They have been fighting in Syria since 2012 and their role has been carefully planned, with direct clerical guidance from certain countries and…


U.S. post-mortem on peace talks: Israel killed them
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine5/2/2014
Americans involved in Kerry initiative give interview indicting Netanyahu government and exonerating Palestinian leader Abbas.
Yedioth Ahronoth s Nahum Barnea, Israel s No. 1 print journalist, has a long interview on Friday with unnamed U.S. officials involved in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, giving their view of why they failed. The interview (not published online) is quite a bombshell, as well as a historic document.
The quote from the Americans that s likely to make the most news is this:
“It seems we re in need of another intifada to create the circumstances that will allow for progress.”
Afterward Barnea suggested that the interviewees seemed to be wishing for an intifada, and they responded, The opposite is the truth. It would be a tragedy. The point they make is that unfortunately, recent history shows that Israeli-Arab peace only happens after war makes it urgent.
But the real importance of the American officials reading of the Kerry peace talks, which Barnea describes as being as close as can be to an official U.S. position, is that they place virtually all of the blame for the failure on the Israeli side. They especially blame the announcements of a combined 14,000 new settlement housing tenders, adding that they just learned about a massive expropriation of West Bank land for settlement construction, which sounds like a reference to a recent Haaretz report. This doesn t go together with an agreement, the officials say.
Settlement as sabotage….more..e-mail

Breaking the taboo: Washington talks Israel and apartheid
Samira Shackle, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)5/2/2014
Throughout the nine months of the current round of Israel-Palestine peace talks, and the torturous months of convincing both parties to return to the negotiating table that preceded it, one thing has been consistent: John Kerry’s dedication to the process. The US Secretary of State has been tireless in his efforts to kick start the long-stalled peace process and drive towards some form of agreement. The approach has alienated some officials: in January, Israel’s Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon described Kerry as “obsessive and messianic”.
Now that the April deadline for a framework agreement has come and gone with no agreement, and the talks have ground to a halt, it is perhaps unsurprising that Kerry is frustrated. A measure of this frustration was seen in his comments to a closed-door meeting in Washington. Speaking to the Trilateral Commission, a non-governmental organization of experts and officials from America, western Europe, Russia and Japan, Kerry warned that Israel risked becoming an “apartheid state” if peace talks failed. He blamed both sides for the lack of progress, suggesting that a change of leadership on either side might be a good thing for the peace process, and said that failure could lead to resumed Palestinian violence against Israeli citizens.
“A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state,” Kerry said. “Once you put that frame in your mind, that reality, which is the bottom line, you understand how imperative it is to get to the two-state solution, which both leaders, even yesterday, said they remain deeply committed to.”
A transcript of the remarks was made public by the Daily Beast website and public outrage ensued from the Israel lobby in the US. Abraham Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League, said that Kerry’s language was “startling and deeply disappointing”….more..e-mail

Israeli drone technology and the restructuring of violence
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)5/2/2014
The imperialist concept of “restructuring”, or restoring order, has become common rhetoric, aiding in the transformation of violence as a socially acceptable and normalised routine. As detachment strangles perception, spectators become an essential component maintaining global violence. In cases of brutal evidence, such as the Israeli massacres perpetrated against Palestinians in Gaza, violence erroneously becomes a temporary, tangible reality.
As Israeli drone warfare becomes central to the continuation of imperialist terror, a recollection of Ehud Olmert’s words uttered in 2009 in relation to a drone strike upon an arms convoy travelling through Sudan and allegedly bound for Gaza highli
ghts the exportation of terror originating in the settler-colonial state: “We operate everywhere we can hit terrorist infrastructure – in nearby places, in places further away, anywhere we can strike them in a way that increases deterrence… everyone can use their imagination. Those who need to know, know there is no place where Israel cannot operate. Such a place doesn’t exist.”

Reducing political violence to “imagination” preys upon the immediate reality, in harmony with the manner in which violence is portrayed as an instant occurrence. Israel’s participation in global terror has diverse consequences that should not be divested of history. A publication by Drone Wars UK, titled “Israel and the Drone Wars” (2014), states that the manufacturing of drones for surveillance and warfare started in 1974, around the time when the US embarked upon annual financial provision for military purposes. Following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, which was also marked by drone warfare, the settler-colonial state embarked upon its speciality of targeted assassinations, with an escalation in the aftermath of the Second Intifada.
Israel’s allies in the Western European and Others Group (WEOG), which have lobbied incessantly for inclusion of the settler-colonial state to combat alleged international isolation, have purchased the terror technology….more..e-mail

Israel, Iran and the struggle for water in Africa
Mona Abdel Fattah, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)5/2/2014
The struggle for water in Africa and its motives fuels conflicts between many countries. The conflict between Israel and Iran in this regard indicates the weakness of the African countries on the Red Sea coast and their inability to propose any sort of solution for the problem. Also, this inability to face the issue reflects the bankruptcy of the political path and its high cost in contrast with the attention these countries give to other issues.
If there is a belief that the oil that can be replaced and exchanged for other economic resources has been politicised, then this conviction can clearly be applied to water, making it even more dangerous, as there is no alternative.
Israel’s naval strategy
Water conflicts differ when the dispute is between countries in the region and when another country intrudes, such as Israel. In 1948 and 1949, Israel had no access to the Red Sea. This changed when the peace treaties were signed on February 24, 1949, encouraging Israel to head south and take control of the area where Eilat port was established.
After the tripartite aggression against Egypt in 1956, the so-called Suez Crisis, Israel gained the privilege to pass through the Straits of Tiran and the Gulf of Aqaba to gain access to Africa and then through the Indian Ocean to Asia. This helped Israel to develop its political, military and economic relations with a number of African countries.
In 1967, Israel declared war against Egypt and occupied Sinai after President Gamal Abdel Nasser closed the Straits of Tiran. In the 1973 war, Egypt took another measure by closing the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and Israel was forced to adopt a naval strategy in which it deployed a fleet capable of facing up to any new threats to important parts of the Red Sea; in particular the southern access into the Indian Ocean near Djibouti. Israel then sent its submarines through the Suez Canal.more..e-mail

Israel’s relentless persecution of the Issawi family
Electronic Intifada: 2 May 2014 – Shireen Issawi held in solitary confinement in Israeli interrogation center.more..

Damascus by day and night: life
In Gaza: 2 May 2014 – While Damascus and environs are being pounded daily by terrorist mortars, and while the people have been enduring a brutal manufactured crisis for years, everyone I ve met, everyone, just wants Syria to be back as it was. I walk the streets, shop in the souks , talk to cabbies, food vendors, people at celebrations& they all have said the same thing: Damascus 4 years ago was so safe, you could stay out till 5 am and not feel any danger. They ve all said they want Syria united, they want the foreign terrorists out, and including opposition members our Peace Delegation met with, the vast majority (99% of the people I ve talked to& Christian, Sunni, Shia, without religion& ) have said they will vote for Bashar al-Assad in the upcoming elections, for a variety of reasons. The majority I ve spoken with flat-out love him, others see him as a non-sectarian, unifying force, and…more

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