VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 3 May 2014

3 May 2014 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Ferwana: “5100 Palestinians Currently Imprisoned By Israel”
IMEMC – Saturday, May 3, 2014, former political prisoner, head of the Census Department at the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, stated that, by the end of last month, April 2014, the number of detainees, held by Israel, arrived to 5100. …


New Administrative Detainees Join Mass Hunger Strike
IMEMC – 26 Palestinian administrative detainees within the Israeli prison system have joined the mass hunger strike, which a number of their counterparts had initiated earlier this week to protest Israel’s administrative detention policy, according to The Palestinian Information Center. …

Yair Lapid: Israel May Still Negotiate with Hamas
IMEMC – Israeli finance minister and chairman of the Yesh Atid Party, Yair Lapid, has stated to the Wall Street Journal that there is a chance for Israel to potentially conduct talks with Hamas if the group “renounces terror” and “recognizes Israel”. …

Palestine Adopts New International Human Rights Treaties
IMEMC – On Friday, May 2, 2014, Palestine formally became a party to five global treaties banning torture and racial discrimination, in addition to protecting the rights of women, children and the disabled, according to spokesman for the UN human rights office Rupert Colville. …

Soldiers Detain Two Children Near Jenin
IMEMC – Palestinian security sources stated that Israeli soldiers detained, late on Friday at night, two Palestinian children in Sielet al-Harethiyya village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and interrogated them for several hours. …

Soldiers Invade Nablus, Nearby Communities
IMEMC – Army Alleges Uncovering Tunnel In Balata Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Saturday at dawn [May 3, 2014], the northern West Bank city of Nablus, the Balata refugee camp, and nearby communities; one soldier was reportedly injured during clashes with resistance fighters in Balata. …

Ma’an News

Palestinian prisoners begin 10th day of hunger strike
5/3/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Over 100 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails began their tenth day of hunger strike on Saturday, and three have been taken to a medical center for treatment, a prisoners’ rights group said. The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said in a statement that the number of prisoners on hunger strike against their detention without a trial has reached 120….

Israeli forces ‘threaten’ Hebron activist group that films soldiers
5/3/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A local activist group says the Israeli army has been using “intimidation” tactics against its members since they posted a video on Youtube of a soldier threatening Palestinian teens on Tuesday. The office of Youth Against Settlements in Hebron has been raided three times by Israeli soldiers since the video was posted, an activist within the group told Ma’an….

Maronite patriarch’s Jerusalem visit would be ‘historic sin’
5/3/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — A visit to Jerusalem by the patriarch of the Lebanon-based Maronite church to greet Pope Francis would be a “historic sin”, a leading newspaper close to Hezbollah said Saturday. Patriarch Beshara Rai, whose church is the largest Christian denomination in Lebanon, told AFP on Friday he would travel to the Holy Land to welcome the pontiff during his brief May 24-26 visit….

Health Ministry advises Palestinians against Hajj trip
5/3/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority has advised those planning to travel to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage in 2014 to postpone their trip due to the presence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in the country. Asaad Ramlawi, director-general of the primary healthcare department, said Friday that especially children under 12, pregnant woman, people over 65, and people with chronic diseases should avoid….

Talks continue over rebel withdrawal from Syria’s Homs
5/3/2014 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Talks for rebels to withdraw from a handful of besieged neighbourhoods in Syria’s Homs city have entered their final phase, Governor Talal al-Barazi told AFP on Saturday. Homs was dubbed the “capital of the revolution” at the start of the 2011 uprising against President Bashar aAssad, and a pull-out would mean the regime has regained complete control of it after a….

Egypt presidential election campaign opens after bombings
5/3/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Campaigning opened Saturday in Egypt for a May election likely to be won by the ex-army chief who deposed the elected president, after deadly bombings underscored tensions ahead of the vote. The May 26-27 presidential poll, meant to restore elected rule following the July overthrow of Islamist Mohamed Morsi, is widely expected to place former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in power….

Leftist Egypt candidate says Mubarak-era abuses continue
5/3/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian leftist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi denounced Saturday what he called the continuation of abuses that marked the regime of ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak, as election campaigning got underway. Sabbahi faces an uphill battle in the May 26-27 poll against Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the hugely popular former army chief who overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July.”The policies that were present….

TV: Egypt court ‘jails 102 Morsi supporters for 10 years’
5/3/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian court sentenced 102 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to 10 years in prison Saturday over protest violence, state television reported. The army-installed government has rounded up thousands of Morsi supporters and put them on mass trials since overthrowing him in July. The Cairo court sentenced two others to seven years in prison. Last week a court in the southern….

Officials: Afghan landslide death toll unlikely to rise above 500
5/3/2014 – AAB BAREEK, Afghanistan (AFP) — Afghan officials said Saturday that a maximum of about 500 people died in a landslide that engulfed a village, updating earlier information that 2,500 people were feared dead.”The first figure that we announced was obtained from local people, not from our technical team,” Gul Mohammad Bedar, the deputy provincial governor of Badakhshan, told AFP.”We think the dead toll will….

Syrian opposition chief to ask US for weapons
5/3/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — The head of the Syrian opposition in exile will visit the United States next Wednesday seeking sophisticated weapons for rebels battling to overthrow the regime, his office said Friday. The visit comes just weeks after rebels disclosed a pilot programme under which a “Western source” supplied them with 20 US-made TOW anti-tank missiles, with the promise of more if they were used effectively….

Somali police: At least 7 killed in Mogadishu bombing
5/3/2014 – Mogadishu (AFP) — At least seven people were killed Saturday in a huge explosion, possibly a car bomb or roadside bomb, near the centre of the Somali capital Mogadishu, police said.”Several people have been killed, there are at least seven, including four civilians and three policemen,” police officer Mohammed Duale told AFP at the scene. [END]

The National

Campaigning begins in Egypt’s two-man presidential race
The National 3 May 2014 – Former military chief Abdel Fatah El Sisi and leftist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi seeking election in May26-27 vote.

Voices on Afghanistan: Who threatens the Afghan government?
The National 3 May 2014 – Even years after its overthrow, the Taliban’s focused strategy continues to make it a threat to the government in Kabul, says Borhan Osman

Mango lovers reap the fruits of European ban
The National 3 May 2014 – The European Union’s sudden import ban on the Alphonso mango is causing consternation in New Delhi, writes Samanth Subramanian

3 killed in blasts in Mombasa
The National 3 May 2014 – Kenya has been hit in the recent past by attacks that the government has blamed on the Al Qaeda-linked Somali group Al Shabaab.

Hugged by ‘human torch’ Indian politician dies of burns
The National 3 May 2014 – Police have not come up with any motive for the attack on the politician who was a father of nine children.

Yemen army kills Chechen militant
The National 3 May 2014 – Abu Islam Al Shishani was the second foreign militant to be killed this week.

Voices on Afghanistan: Taliban strategy a persistent threat
The National 3 May 2014 – Even years after its overthrow, the Taliban’s focused strategy continues to make it a threat to the government in Kabul, says Borhan Osman

2 new Mers deaths in Saudi Arabia
The National 3 May 2014 – Infections of Mers in Saudi Arabia, where it was discovered two years ago, have more than doubled since the start of April.

300 in Afghan mudslide mass grave
The National 3 May 2014 – Villagers and a few dozen police equipped with only basic digging tools resumed their search when daylight broke yesterday but it soon became clear there was no hope of finding survivors.

Iranian fencing star kidnapped in volatile province
The National 3 May 2014 – Mr Sedaqati, who won a bronze medal in the 2006 Asian Games, was travelling with two men towards Khash, a town 1,240 kilometres south-east of Tehran.

Greece arrests four Serbian ‘Pink Panther’ jewel thieves
The National 3 May 2014 – The Pink Panthers are suspected of robbing items worth $450 million in luxury stores around the world since 1999.

Ha’aretz

Court orders planners to reconsider building near Achziv Beach
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Cabinet expected to close Home Front ministry
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

At a Tel Aviv corner, young merchants struggle to sell flags
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Condoleezza Rice pulls out of Rutgers speech after protests
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Haaretz’s Amira Hass among ‘information heroes’ of Reporters Without Borders
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Video sheds new light on fight between soldier, Palestinian
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

When I grow up I want to be a soldier…
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

U.S. envoy Indyk likely to resign amid talks blowup
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Don’t redefine Jewish state
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

The other Dayan legacy
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Catering firm lands 22-year contract for food services at new IDF training base
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Vandals destroy dozens of olive trees in West Bank hate crime
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Putin got just the war he asked for
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Post office strike settled – for now
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

The Dayan Dynasty: Israel’s story
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Lieberman: Israel-Turkey relations will soon normalize
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Kerry to Russia: End backing of Ukraine insurgents
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Former Security chiefs say Israel doesn’t want to stop hate crimes
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Lapid: Like the PLO Hamas could drop terror, recognize Israel
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

First U.S. case of deadly MERS virus confirmed
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Activist objects to her inclusion in Haaretz’s Israeli women project
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Western observers held in Ukraine released
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Palestinians formally join UN human rights treaties
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

More than 2,100 confirmed dead in Afghanistan landslide
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Ukraine says operations against rebels continue ‘we are not stopping’
Ha’aretz – 3 May 2014

Jordan envoy rebuked over article quoting Mein Kampf
Ha’aretz – 2 May 2014

Jerusalem Post

The Netherlands: A country which refuses to admit its guilt toward the Jews
Jerusalem Post 3 May 2014 – It would be mistaken to think that the failure to admit guilt and offer apologies will soon be forgotten. 

‘Every Man Has a Name’
Jerusalem Post 3 May 2014 – On Remembrance Day we all stand at attention with the names of the fallen on our lips, steadfast as ever to defend our homeland as the fallen so valiantly did. 

Selling Tnuva
Jerusalem Post 3 May 2014 – It almost seems as if in recent years our greatest source of pride in the economy is the sale of Israeli companies to overseas interests. 

Weeks after fatal Passover eve terror attack on officer, police to mark Remembrance Day
Jerusalem Post 3 May 2014 – Police to mark memory of 1,417 officers who have died in the line of duty; Defense Ministry steps up preparations due to heat wave. 

MK and presidential candidate Ben-Eliezer’s son to give him a kidney next week
Jerusalem Post 3 May 2014 – The Labor lawmaker and former defense minister, who, at 78, is the Knesset’s oldest member, undergoes dialysis three times a week. 

Former Israel Security Agency chief: Israel does not intend to stop ‘price tags’
Jerusalem Post 3 May 2014 – Carmi Gillon says that in the Shin Bet there is no such thing as “can’t”; says there is no desire to stop phenomenon of Right-wing vandalism of Arab property; comment comes on day when two more suspected price tags reported. 

Tips for protecting our cats and dogs during Israel’s Independence Day
Jerusalem Post 3 May 2014 – The animal welfare organization, Let the Animals Live Israel tells pet owners how to soothe their pets during the loud sirens and fireworks. 

Heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine follows deadliest day yet
Jerusalem Post 3 May 2014 – Dozens of people killed, others shot dead in fighting between pro- and anti-Russian groups in Ukraine over weekend. 

Egypt court sentences 102 Islamists to 10 years in jail
Jerusalem Post 3 May 2014 – Another Egyptian court sentenced the leader of the Brotherhood and 682 supporters to death earlier this week. 

Lapid won’t rule out talks with Hamas, reminds ‘PLO was once a designated terrorist organization’
Jerusalem Post 3 May 2014 – When asked about possible future talks, Finance Minister Lapid tells ‘Wall Street Journal’ that “its not like it hasn’t happened before.” 

Iran outlaws WhatsApp, says Zuckerberg is an ‘American Zionist’
Jerusalem Post 3 May 2014 – US Commission on International Religious Freedom blasts Tehran for anti-Semitism and “targeting members of the Jewish community.” 

More than 2,100 confirmed dead in Afghanistan landslide
Jerusalem Post 3 May 2014 – There is a risk of further landslides in the area, officials say; UN focuses on more than 4,000 displaced people. 

Growing number of Americans fighting in Syria’s civil war
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – ‘Washington Post’ reports FBI considers problem a challenge because recruits could return to US to perpetuate acts of terror. 

Lauder: Standing up for Israel on the world stage in conversation with the ‘Post’
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – WJC president Ronald Lauder discusses the BDS threat against Israel and what must be done to combat it, how Israel affects Jewish communities abroad. 

Israeli pro-Palestinian organization creates mobile ‘app’ promoting Nakba Day
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – At the touch of a button, iNakba provides information on Palestinian population centers that were abandoned during the War of Independence. 

Jewish human rights center applauds banning Clippers owner for racist remarks
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 – Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Rabbi Marvin Hier denounces “bigoted and racist remarks” made by LA team owner. 

Uruknet

Watch: Israeli soldier threatens Hebron teen with gun
Uruknet 3 May 2014 – April 30, 2014 — Video footage of an Israeli soldier in Hebron aiming his gun at a Palestinian teenager was posted online Sunday by a local activist group.Youth Against Settlements posted the video clip on YouTube under the title “Attempting…

Locals: Israeli forces occupy Palestinian home in Nablus
Uruknet 3 May 2014 – April 30, 2014 — Israeli troops have been occupying the home of a Palestinian family in the Nablus district since Tuesday evening and have not allowed the residents to leave, locals told Ma an.Witnesses said Israeli troops raided the village…

Syria News – April 29, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 3 May 2014 – April 29, 2014 – By the end of Tuesday the Coordination Committees were able to document 86 martyrs, including ten women, seven children, and two martyrs under torture:Thirty-seven martyrs in Aleppo, twenty-five martyrs in Damascus and its countryside, twelve martyrs…

Unprecedented Settlement Construction Exposes Sham Peace Talks
Uruknet 3 May 2014 – April 29, 2014 -Talks began last July. They were dead on arrival. No resolution whatever was achieved. Israel abhors peace. It craves violence and instability. It doesn t negotiate. It demands. It s all take. It s no give. Peace…

Shabak Torture Drives Israeli Palestinian Lawyer to Suicide
Uruknet 3 May 2014 – April 29, 2014 – Amjad al-Safadi was an East Jerusalem defense attorney whose clients were Palestinian security prisoners. Two months ago, he himself was arrested by the Shabak and detained for 45 days. He was charged with aiding Palestinian militant…

Obama Capitulated Very Early to Pressures from the Israeli lobby – Interview with Josh Ruebner 
Uruknet 3 May 2014 – April 29, 2014 – …Different US Presidents have responded to challenges of the Israel lobby in different ways: some stood up successfully, others capitulated. Obama is not inherently a political fighter, he is a compromiser, he doesn t like to…

In Guantánamo Death Penalty Case, Torture Matters
Uruknet 3 May 2014 – April 29, 2014 – I spent much of last week at the Post Theater in Fort Meade, watching the closed-circuit feed of the pre-trial military commissions hearings in the case of Abd al-Rahim Hussayn Muhammed al-Nashiri, who faces the death…

A California Jail Is Torturing My Brother to Death
Uruknet 3 May 2014 – April 29, 2014 – On Thursday April 17 my brother Brad was on his way to a baseball game in SF with an old college friend of mine. Kathleen would tell me later that the message on her cell phone…

Daily Star

U.S. ambassador heads to Riyadh for talks with Hariri, Saudi officials
Daily Star 3 May 2014 United States Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale left for Riyadh for meetings with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Saudi official to discuss international support for Lebanon, a statement by the U.S. embassy said on Saturday.

Syria activists say evacuations from Homs delayed
Daily Star 3 May 2014 The planned evacuation of fighters from rebel-held parts of the Syrian city of Homs was delayed Saturday, activists said, though a cease-fire still was holding in the country’s third-largest city.

Al-Jazeera reporter held in Egypt appeals to judge
Daily Star 3 May 2014 One of the Al-Jazeera English journalists now held by authorities in Egypt made a rare appeal to the judge from outside of the defendants’ cage.

Rai will not meet Israeli officials: catholic center
Daily Star 3 May 2014 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai will not meet Israeli officials when he travels to Jerusalem next month with Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Media Center says.

Syrian militants, Hezbollah clash near border
Daily Star 3 May 2014 Syrian militants clashed with Hezbollah fighters on the border with Lebanon Saturday, a security source told The Daily Star.

Sidon ‘shark hunter’ catches 12 off Lebanon coast
Daily Star 3 May 2014 A Sidon fisherman, now dubbed the ‘shark hunter’, has caught 12 sharks over the past two weeks at a secret spot off the coast just south of Beirut.

Sleiman seeks STL ‘conformity’ with Lebanese laws
Daily Star 3 May 2014 President Michel Sleiman Saturday asked the state prosecutor to discuss with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon the possibility of “conforming” with Lebanese laws governing freedom of the press.

Australian journalist on trial in Egypt denounces ‘injustice’
Daily Star 3 May 2014 An Australian journalist with the Al-Jazeera broadcaster on trial in Egypt on Saturday described his ordeal as a “massive injustice,” after spending more than four months in jail.

YNet News

We Haredi should stand for Israel’s fallen soldiers
YNet News, 3 May 2014 – Bnei Brak activist calls on haredi community to respect IDF fallen and share pain of those murdered in Holocaust by standing in solidarity with other Israelis. ….

Memorial Day: PM Netanyahu visits his brother’s grave at Mt. Herzl
YNet News, 3 May 2014 – ….

Unknown vandals wrote ‘price tag’ and slashed tires on Acre resident’s car
YNet News, 3 May 2014 – ….

IDF to impose closure on Judea and Samaria tomorrow at 18:00 
YNet News, 3 May 2014 – ….

Number of MERS victims in Saudi Arabia rises to 109
YNet News, 3 May 2014 – ….

US: Syria cannot delay removing chemical weapons
YNet News, 3 May 2014 – ….

Race to succeed President Peres heats up
YNet News, 3 May 2014 – Three names – Ben-Eliezer, Rivlin, Shalom – garner most support, but Netanyahu’s preferred candidate yet to enter race. ….

US law aims to boost kosher, halal food for poor
YNet News, 3 May 2014 – For first time, federal government required to purchase and provide food banks with emergency supplies of products prepared in accordance with Jewish and Muslim dietary rules. ….

Israel and China, a win-win relationship
YNet News, 3 May 2014 – Op-ed: Sensible management of our economic ties with China holds strategic importance for our shrinking economy. ….

Lapid: Peace with Hamas-Fatah unity a possibility
YNet News, 3 May 2014 – Finance Minister says that peace is possible with unity government if Hamas recognizes Israel, ‘PLO used to be a terrorist organization’. ….

Afghanistan landslide kills 2,100, leaves 4,000 homeless
YNet News, 3 May 2014 – Officials doubtful that survivors will be found, fear that hill could collapse again; American, NATO troops on stand-by. ….

Rouhani bans WhatsApp: owned by ‘American Zionist’
YNet News, 3 May 2014 – Iranian regime cites Zuckerberg’s ‘Zionism’ as reason for ban; citizens fear that Facebook, Viber could be next. ….

130 arrested after bloody clashes in Odessa
YNet News, 2 May 2014 – Detainees charged with premeditated murder; 38 people die in trade union fire in Odessa; 3 shot dead in running battles; two Ukrainian military helicopters brought down by pro-Russian separatists. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Even the holocaust began with “innocuous” graffiti on walls
PIC – The shocking absence on the part of Jewish leaders to the growing Jewish terrorist campaign against the Palestinian community is raising many eyebrows among observers and intellectuals.

135 Israeli violations against Palestinian press freedom
PIC – A Palestinian human rights report said that Israeli violations against journalists in the occupied Palestinian territory have escalated, documenting 135 Israeli violations during the last 15 months.

MP Kufaisheh: The administrative detention aims to deprive us of our freedom
PIC – Hunger striking lawmaker Hatem Kufaisheh said that the administrative detention policy used by Israel aims to deprive the detainees of their freedom for prolonged periods with no reason.

Barghouthi: ‘Jewish state’ law racist
PIC – Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi has charged that Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s attempt to enact a basic law stating that Israel is ‘a Jewish nation-state’ proves the Israeli apartheid system.

Sheikh Nawahdah: Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque fell into Islamic oblivion
PIC – Sheikh Ismail Nawahdah, who preached the Friday khutba at the Aqsa Mosque, warned that the Zionist dangers threatening Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque have fallen into oblivion in the Muslim world.

Palestinian child killed in mortar attack on Neirab camp
PIC – A Palestinian child was killed on Friday when a mortar projectile landed in Neirab refugee camp in Aleppo, according to the action group for the Palestinians in Syria.

Price tag attack on al-Qassam cemetery in Haifa
PIC – Price tag vandals have carried out on Friday an attack on al-Qassem cemetery in Sheikh town in Haifa where they sprayed racist slogans, Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage revealed.

Haneyya warns of attempts to foil reconciliation
PIC – Gaza premier and deputy political bureau chairman of Hamas Ismail Haneyya has affirmed that his movement was keen on concluding national reconciliation while warning of attempts to foil it.

WAFA

Israeli Settlers Chop Down Roman-Era Olive Trees in Bethlehem Village
WAFA – 3 May 2014

Newspaper Review: West Bank Peaceful Anti-settlement and Wall Protests Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 3 May 2014

Israeli Forces Detain Two Children before Releasing them near Jenin
WAFA – 3 May 2014

Misc

Evacuation of Syrian Rebels From Western City Is Delayed
New York Times 3 May 2014 – A cease-fire still held in Homs, where rebels had agreed to surrender territory in exchange for safe passage to other opposition-held areas. 

Yemeni Army Officer Is Killed as Clashes With Militants Grow
New York Times 3 May 2014 – Two soldiers are also killed in a bomb blast as the army wages a new offensive against Islamist militants in the south. 

Islamic Jihad Gains New Traction in Gaza
New York Times 3 May 2014 – Founded before Hamas and sharing a similar ideology, Islamic Jihad is growing, asserting itself as the main military expression of Palestinian nationalism. 

Marsha Mehran, Writer of Iranians’ Irish Experience, Dies at 36
New York Times 2 May 2014 – Ms. Mehran, who wrote “Pomegranate Soup” and “Rosewater and Soda Bread,” planned a series of seven novels depicting the life of Iranians in Ireland. 

Assi Dayan, Israeli Actor and Filmmaker, Dies at 68
New York Times 2 May 2014 – Mr. Dayan, recognized for his contributions to Israeli culture, was also the son of Moshe Dayan, a charismatic figure in the Israeli military and government. 

Car Bombs in Central Syria Kill at Least 19
New York Times 2 May 2014 – The bombings came even as a cease-fire deal was reported in the battered city of Homs. The budding agreement would allow the last remaining insurgents in the Old City to flee. 

iNAKBA: Israel NGO launches mobile app to mark Nakba 
Sabbah report 3 May 2014 – The NGO Zochrot use iNakba mobile app to promote understanding and accountability among Israel’s Jewish society about the Palestinian Nakba (“disaster” in Arabic) . The Israel’s independence day commemorates the massacre of thousands of Palestinians and erasing hundreds of Palestinian communities from the map during the creation…

Al-Jazeera journalists denied bail 
BBC 3 May 2014 – Three al-Jazeera journalists are again denied bail by a court in Egypt, despite a personal plea from one of them on World Press Freedom Day.

‘Price Tag’ Extremists Deface Palestinian Hero’s Tomb 
The Foward Breaking News 3 May 2014 – The tomb of a Palestinian national hero was vandalized in a suspected “price tag” attack near Haifa. Click here for the rest of the article…

Was Israeli Woman Slain by Terrorists? 
The Foward Breaking News 2 May 2014 – A young Jewish woman whose body was found in northern Israel may have been killed by terrorists, police said. Click here for the rest of the article…

The heroism of everyday life in Baghdad 
BBC 3 May 2014 – Keeping calm and carrying on buying books at Baghdad’s market

VIDEO: Reporters in dock on Press Freedom Day 
BBC 3 May 2014 – Three journalists from the Al-Jazeera network arrested in Cairo, have been refused bail following a court appearance.

As-Safir: Maronite head’s visit to Jerusalem a “historic sin” 
Al-Akhbar News 3 May 2014 – A visit to Israeli-occupied Jerusalem by the patriarch of the Lebanon-based Maronite church to greet Pope Francis would be a “historic sin,” a leading secular newspaper said Saturday. Patriarch Beshara al-Rai, whose church is the largest Christian denomination in Lebanon, told AFP on Friday he would…

Syrian government, rebels talk truce in Homs 
Al-Akhbar News 3 May 2014 – Talks for rebels to withdraw from a handful of besieged neighborhoods in Syria’s Homs city have entered their final phase, government and rebel representatives told AFP Saturday, a day after a ceasefire began. Homs was dubbed the “capital of the revolution” at the start of the…

Turkey’s child murders revive death penalty debate 
Al-Monitor 3 May 2014 – Despite the public outcry, it is unlikely that Turkey will reinstate capital punishment.

Iran sinks in water crisis 
Al-Monitor 3 May 2014 – The Iranian government needs to find the balance between consumption and resources.

Hamas sticks to its guns; Egypt could still surprise 
Al-Monitor 3 May 2014 – The fate of Hamas’s Qassam Brigades could hold up the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas; Bassem Sabry’s last article for Al-Monitor anticipates surprises still to come in Egypt.

An Aoun-Hariri alliance could steer the country 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 3 May 2014 – Lebanese member of parliament Michel Aoun holds a press conference following a parliament session to vote for the new Lebanese president in the parliament building in downtown Beirut on April 23, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Joseph Eid) Lebanese member of parliament Michel Aoun holds a press conference following…

Mubarak celebrates his 86 birthday with roses and supporters 
Al-Akhbar News 3 May 2014 – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on a stretcher after leaving a court preceding trying him for killing protestors in the January 25 Revolution in 2011. (Photo: AFP) Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on a stretcher after leaving a court preceding trying him for killing protestors in…

Jailed Jazeera journalist tells Cairo court victim of “massive injustice” 
Al-Akhbar News 3 May 2014 – An Australian journalist with the Al Jazeera broadcaster on trial in Egypt on Saturday described his ordeal as a “massive injustice,” after spending more than four months in jail. The award-winning Peter Greste is on trial with 19 co-defendants, including five Al Jazeera journalists, for allegedly…

Al-Zawahiri calls on ISIS leader to return to Iraq 
Al-Akhbar News 3 May 2014 – Rebel fighters from the Ansar al-Sham brigade hold a position on a ridge overlooking the Mediterranean sea reportedly in the village of Kasab, in the northwestern Syrian province of Latakia, on April 4, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Hass News/Ali Nasser) Rebel fighters from the Ansar al-Sham brigade hold…

Lebanon arrests 49 refugees at Beirut airport over fake documents 
Al-Akhbar News 3 May 2014 – Authorities at Beirut’s international airport detained 49 Syrian and Palestinian refugees Saturday who had attempted to travel on forged documents, Lebanon’s General Security said. Those arrested were all refugees from Syria trying to fly to an unspecified Arab country, according to the statement carried by Lebanon’s…

Yemen kills Qaeda commander, suicide bomber wounds two soldiers 
Al-Akhbar News 3 May 2014 – Updated 2:23 pm: The Yemeni army on Saturday killed a top al-Qaeda operative with Chechen links as it pressed an offensive against jihadist hideouts in the restive south, the defense ministry said. Abu Islam al-Shishani was the second foreign jihadist to be killed this week since…

Campaigning opens in Egypt’s presidential race 
Al-Akhbar News 3 May 2014 – Egyptian leftist leader and presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi (C) is greeted by supporters during a press conference to unveil his program on April 30, 2014 in Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Khalen Desouki) Egyptian leftist leader and presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi (C) is greeted by supporters during…

Articles


Students for Justice in Palestine breathes new life to solidarity activism in the US 
Dr Sarah Marusek, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 5/2/2014
American universities and college campuses have long served as a vibrant front in the struggle for social justice and today they are increasingly providing critical spaces of resistance in the fight against Israeli apartheid and the occupation of Palestine.
While several faculty associations in the US have recently made international headlines for endorsing the call to boycott Israeli universities and academic institutions, the US-led movement Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has also been at the forefront of the solidarity movement for Palestinian rights, and is arguably even leading the way.
SJP was first established at the University of California, Berkeley in 2001, and has since grown into a national network with over 160 branches at universities and colleges across the US. SJP held its first national conference in 2011 at Columbia University. Since then, it has held two more conferences and has established regional networks as well.
Of course, the movement has also faced many obstacles. SJP is actively targeted by university and college administrations, which face persistent and systematic pressure from pro-Israel groups, including: the Anti-Defamation League, an unabashedly pro-Zionist organisation that is well known for its advocacy for Israel and public attacks against those who criticise Israel’s occupation of Palestine, often conflating the latter with anti-Semitism; and Hillel, along with its umbrella groups. Hillel is a political organisation that is part of the Israel on Campus Coalition, whose foundational purpose is to advocate unconditionally for Israel on college campuses. With an annual budget of tens of millions of dollars, Hillel organises trips for thousands of American students to travel to Israel and/or participate in various training programmes across the US, as well as coordinates national tours for pro-Zionist speakers to speak on university and college campuses.
The organisational strength of the pro-Israel academic lobby has meant that members of SJP, much like their Palestinian counterparts in the occupied territories, are often targeted and repressed. As a result, in many cases they are forced to abide by different standards from the rest of the student body…. more.. e-mail

Israel’s creative dispossession tactics 
Nora Lester Murad, Al Jazeera 5/3/2014
Even Palestinians can’t help but be impressed by Israeli ingenuity in circumventing the law in their colonial quest.
At first, the visit by the Israeli Civil Administration (ICA) to Jabal al-Baba on April 9 seemed routine. A Bedouin community in the E1 area, Jabal al-Baba has had 18 demolition orders pending since February. Residents were not surprised, then, when officials delivered stop-work orders on three more insulated residential structures. Under Israeli law, these structures can be demolished – but only after a 21-day delay, during which residents have the right to appeal to the Israeli courts.
But the Israeli authorities didn’t wait for the legal process to run its course; they returned to Jabal al-Baba and retrieved the stop-work orders they had distributed just hours before.
“We were happy,” said Suleiman Kayyed Jahalin, a member of the community. “We thought the Israelis had changed their minds and weren’t going to demolish our homes after all. We were wrong.”
A representative of an international NGO that delivers aid to the community described how the Israeli Civil Administration returned several hours later with soldiers and dismantled the three homes. Once dismantled, the ICA didn’t have to wait for their demolition orders to survive a legal challenge; they simply confiscated the parts of the houses under an Israeli law that entitles them to confiscate building materials, equipment or cars without any advance notice.
Although Israel dismantled and confiscated the homes rather than demolishing them, the result is the same: Human beings that lived in shelters are now homeless. A total of 111 additional members of the Ras al-Baba community live under impending threat of having their homes demolished. In fact, the United Nations reports that most of the 2,800 Bedouins residing in the E1 area have demolition orders against their homes (plus two schools). These Palestinian communities are considered among those most at risk of forced displacement. more.. e-mail

US shameful oversight of Israeli-Palestinian talks 
Uri Avnery, Redress 5/3/2014
How would the US react to a declaration that the Palestinians would not conduct negotiations with an Israeli government that includes semi-fascist parties?
With outrage, of course.
How does the US react to an Israeli statement that Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas?
With full approval, of course.
For anyone interested in Israeli-Palestinian peace, the prospect of domestic Palestinian reconciliation is good news.
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander
For years now we have heard Israeli spokespersons announcing that it’s no use making peace with half the Palestinian people and continuing the war with the other half. Mahmoud Abbas is a plucked chicken, as Ariel Sharon tactfully put it. It’s Hamas which counts. And Hamas is planning a “second holocaust”.
Under the recent Palestinian reconciliation agreement, Hamas is now committed to supporting an all-Palestinian government of experts agreed on by both parties. The Israeli extreme right-wing government is burning with rage. It will never, never, never negotiate with a Palestinian government that is supported by Hamas.
Hamas must first recognize Israel, stop all terrorist activities and undertake to respect all previous agreements signed by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). more.. e-mail

Yet another betrayal of the Palestinians 
Robert Fisk, The Independent 4/25/2014
Barack Obama becomes the latest US President effectively to give up on the peace process
Dead in the water. Just as the entire world predicted – with the exception of Messrs Barack Obama and John Kerry and, I suppose, our favourite “peace” envoy Tony Blair – the whole fandango of an Israeli-Palestinian “peace” has collapsed again. US President Obama, walking away from the car crash for which his own political cowardice is entirely to blame, says it’s time for a “pause”. Could there be a more chilling word for America’s impotence in the Middle East?Of course – lock-stepping with Israel as usual – Obama condemned Mahmoud Abbas for the “unhelpful” step of trying to form a unity government with Hamas, a skewed version of events that entirely chimes with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s predictable claim that the Palestinian President “formed an alliance with a murderous terrorist organisation that calls for Israel’s destruction”.
Forget that Mr Abbas insists that this Palestinian unity would be founded on recognition of Israel, renunciation of violence and acceptance of previous agreements.
Since Mr Netanyahu has been demanding that Mr Abbas accept – even before the latter’s renewed love affair with Hamas – that Israel was a “Jewish state” (thus deleting its million and more Israeli Arab citizens), no “recognition of Israel” without its Jewish definition would be of any use to him.
For years, the Israelis have been telling the world that there was no Palestinian to negotiate with – because Mr Abbas did not represent the Palestinians of Gaza. But the moment Mr Abbas and the Palestinian Authority try to bring about the unity which would produce Israel’s negotiating partner, Mr Netanyahu announces that the “peace” – and let’s forget the “two-state solution” – is nixed. more.. e-mail

the news that doesn’t make the news on Syria
In Gaza: 3 May 2014 – Researchers say one of the executioners is a Briton seen in other videos British Fighters Filmed In Syria ‘War Crime’ Sky News obtains a video posted on a UK man’s Instagram account that shows jihadist rebels shooting dead a prisoner. May 2, 2014, Sky News Footage uncovered by researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) shows jihadist rebelskilling a prisoner, said to be a loyalist of President Bashar al Assad. The incident is thought to have happened in the last two weeks near Raqqa in northern Syria. The footage was posted on the Instagram account of a man believed to be from London. The caption accompanyin
g the video describes the prisoner as one of “Bashar [al Assad’s] dogs” and says the killing was retribution for the deaths of four fellow rebels and the rape of a woman. The ICSR monitors the social media accounts of hundreds of foreign fighters…
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