VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 6 May 2014: Silence aids Israeli aggression

6 May 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Ferwana: Toxic Waste Could Be Leading Cause Of Cancer Among The Detainees
IMEMC – [Tuesday, May 6, 2014] Head of the Census Department at the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, stated that high rates of cancer among Palestinian political prisons, held by Israel, could be attributed to nuclear toxic waste Israel buries near several prisons in the Negev Desert, south of the country. …

Arab League Council to Discuss Palestinian Crisis
IMEMC – The Arab League Council will be holding a meeting between permanent delegates, next Wednesday, upon the demand of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), to discuss the latest developments of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian territories, including aid to the region. …

Clashes, Attacks and Abductions in Bethlehem and Jerusalem
IMEMC – With the protection of the army, hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed an agricultural area in the village of Nahhaleen, to the west of Bethlehem, on Tuesday, according to Ahmad Sukkar of the nearby Wadi Fukin village council. …

Worshippers Under 50 Denied Entry to Al-Aqsa
IMEMC – Hundreds pray in Old City alleys Israeli police in kept the Al-Aqsa mosque closed to worshipers under the age of 50 for the second day, on Tuesday, according to an official. …

BDS: Wesleyan Student Fund Bars Investment in Israeli Occupation Profiteers
IMEMC – Student representatives at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, voted on Sunday to support divestment from companies profiting from Israeli military occupation in Palestine. …

Two Children Injured After Soldiers Attack Them In Hebron
IMEMC – [Tuesday, May 6, 2014] Palestinian medical sources have reported that two children were injured, in two separate attacks carried out by Israeli soldiers in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. …

Egyptian Navy Detains Gaza Fishermen
IMEMC – Israeli navy fires on fishing boats The Egyptian navy detained three Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip, early Tuesday, according to a union official. …

Army Invades Various Palestinian Communities In West Bank
IMEMC – [Tuesday, May 6, 2014] Israeli soldiers invaded several Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, installed roadblocks, and searched several homes after violently breaking into them. …

US Officials Plan to Relaunch Negotiations
IMEMC – Hamas refuses Quartet terms The US State Department announced, late Monday, that senior officials are planning to visit Israel again, after the recent collapse of peace talks. …

Israeli Group Commemorates ‘Nakba Day’ with New App Documenting Palestinian Dispossession
IMEMC – As Israelis commemorated ‘Memorial Day’ on Monday, and began a series of events to lead up to ‘Independence Day’ on May 15th, one Israeli group launched a smartphone app called ‘iNakba’ to allow users to find the locations of Palestinian villages that were destroyed or expropriated during the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. …

Ma’an News

15 injured, 3 detained in Jerusalem clashes
5/6/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Fifteen Palestinians were injured, and three were detained in the Old City of Jerusalem on Monday, medics said. Medic Iyad Abu Sneineh said 15 people were injured in the clashes, including five who were taken to hospital for treatment. Among the injured was a man shot in the chest with a rubber-coated steel bullet, and an elderly woman hit in the….

Worshipers under 50 denied entry to Al-Aqsa for 2nd day
5/6/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police in Jerusalem’s Old City kept the Al-Aqsa mosque closed to worshipers under the age of 50 on Tuesday, an official said. Azzam al-Khatib, the director of the Al-Aqsa mosque, told Ma’an Tuesday that Palestinians under 50 had been denied entry to the holy site since Monday evening. Dozens performed prayers near the main gates of….

Egyptian navy detains 3 Gaza fishermen
5/6/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Egyptian navy detained three Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip early Tuesday, a union official said. Nizar Ayyash, spokesperson for the Gaza fishermen’s union, told Ma’an that Egyptian naval squadrons obstructed a fishing boat off the coast of Rafah. The navy then took Amir Jamal al-Aqraa and his two brothers Muhammad….

‘iNakba’ app finds former Palestinian towns in modern-day Israel
5/6/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — An Israeli NGO is on Monday launching a smartphone app that allows users to find the remains of Palestinian villages that now lie inside modern-day Israel. The launch is timed to coincide with Israel’s 66th independence day, which begins at sundown, when the Palestinians remember the “Nakba” or “catastrophe” that befell them when Israel came into existence in 1948, and 760,000….

Rafah crossing closed again
5/6/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities on Tuesday evening closed the Rafah crossing after it was exceptionally opened for three days for pilgrims and people stranded in Egypt. The Egyptian ministry of interior said there were no set dates for the re-opening of the crossing. Some 840 Muslim pilgrims and a few others stranded in Egypt returned to Gaza through the crossing. [END]

Protestors accuse Red Cross of bias toward Israel
5/6/2014 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) – During the inauguration of a water network funded by the International Committee of the Red Cross, protestors stuck a poster on an ICRC vehicle accusing the international body of siding with Israel. The head of the ICRC mission in the West Bank was attending a ceremony to inaugurate the network in Jayyus village. The network brings water from artisan wells in….

Iran’s Zarif says new diplomacy has isolated Israel
5/6/2014 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif fought back Tuesday against increasingly scathing criticism from hardliners, saying his pragmatic approach to diplomacy had stolen Israel’s thunder. After years of bellicose rhetoric from ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Zarif said the new government had managed to put an end to Israel’s portrayal of Iran as “a danger” over its nuclear ambitions….

Top US officials to visit Israel
5/6/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US National Security Advisor Susan Rice will visit Israel this week for high-level talks only days after the collapse of a US-led peace bid, the White House said Tuesday. Rice will “lead the US delegation to the US-Israel Consultative Group meetings” on Wednesday and Thursday, said Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the National Security Council. It will be Rice’s first trip to….

Ban: S.Sudan rebel chief agrees to direct peace talks
5/6/2014 – JUBA (AFP) — South Sudan’s rebel chief Riek Machar has said he will attend direct talks with President Salva Kiir to end to a four-month long civil war, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday. Ban, who is visiting war-torn South Sudan, told reporters that Machar promised he “will be present” at talks in the Ethiopian capital. Ban’s comments came moments after….

Sisi says if elected there will be no Brotherhood in Egypt
5/6/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Monday the Muslim Brotherhood movement of deposed leader Mohamed Morsi was “finished” in Egypt and would not return if he was elected. Following the Sisi-led army ouster of Morsi in July, the Brotherhood has been banned, its leaders arrested and more than 1,400 people, mostly Islamist backers of Morsi, killed….

US grants Syrian opposition offices diplomatic status
5/6/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Seeking to boost the embattled Syrian opposition, Washington Monday granted its US offices diplomatic status as the rebels’ political leader arrives to plead for arms to help end the three-year civil war. A delegation led by Ahmad Jarba, head of the Syrian National Coalition, began arriving Sunday ahead of high-level talks this week with Secretary of State John Kerry and national security….

74 dead as Nusra, ISIL clash in east Syria
5/6/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Fighting between rival groups in eastern Syria killed 74 people on Monday, despite a call from al-Qaeda’s chief for a ceasefire, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The clashes between al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have prompted 60,000 people to flee towns in the oil-rich Deir Ezzor province. The….

IMF: Dubai needs tough measures to avert property bubble
5/6/2014 – DUBAI (AFP) — The International Monetary Fund called Tuesday on Dubai to take “stronger measures” to avert another property bubble, after prices rocketed at a rate reminiscent of the 2009 crisis. Authorities in the Gulf emirate have already doubled sales duties to four percent, and the central bank of the United Arab Emirates has tightened lending facilities.”These measures are good,” said IMF regional director Masood….

Egypt court bans top Mubarak partisans from running for office
5/6/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian court Tuesday banned senior members of the now-dissolved National Democratic Party of ousted president Hosni Mubarak from running in upcoming parliamentary elections, a judicial source said. A court disbanded the NDP shortly after Mubarak was forced out in 2011 but former members were expected to try a political comeback in elections to be held before year end. The Muslim Brotherhood, which….

Ministry: Saudi dismantles ‘terror’ group
5/6/2014 – RIYADH (AFP) — Saudi Arabia has dismantled a “terrorist organisation” that was plotting attacks against government installations and foreign interests, the interior ministry announced Wednesday. Authorities have arrested 62 suspected members of the group, among them three foreigners, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Al-Ekhbariya satellite channel. [END]

International Solidarity Movement

Daily Harassment in the Qeitun area
5/6/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Residents of Qeitun area of Al-Khalil, near Shuhada St. are presented with a very different kind of daily routine than other areas of the occupied West Bank. Israel occupation forces not only raid houses and harass people on a daily basis, but also use the local population as part of their military training. On Tuesday, the 29th of April, the….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (30 April 2014) [EN/AR]
Relief Web 6 May 2014 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Niger, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Yemen 1 Strategic Response Plans in…

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 30 April 6 May
Relief Web 6 May 2014 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya,…

occupied Palestinian territory: The EU, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg and The Netherlands make a ¨ 16.4 million contribution to the Palestinian Authority’s payment of April salaries and pensions
Relief Web 6 May 2014 – Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory Today the European Union has contributed approximately ¨ 16.4 million to the payment of the April salaries and pensions of approximately 70,000 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the…


Apartheid? That’s putting it mildly
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

Israel to U.S. and EU: Palestinians deceived Kerry
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

The royal jet
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

50-year-old woman killed by falling tree, grandson wounded
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

To increase transparency, Jewish National Fund to publish financial reports
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

U.K. newspaper: Israel, a country packed with surprises
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

Israel drops investigation of Beit El developer
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

On Israel s 66th Independence Day, an urgent question for liberal Jews
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

Israel in 20 years: It s going to get crowded
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

Druze draft refuser on the mend after hospitalization
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

Swastika scrawled on ancient tomb of rabbi in northern Israel
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

Israel: We don’t conduct espionage operations in the U.S.
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

Israel: We don’t conduct espionage operations in the U.S.
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

Iranian diplomat says ‘dark forces’ trying to stymie nuclear agreement
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

Yad2, Israel’s largest classified ads website, sold to Axel Springer for $234 million
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

Monica Lewinsky breaks her 10-year silence
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

Large explosion rocks northern Iranian city
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

Iran’s Zarif survives censure vote after refusing to deny Holocaust
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

Intelligence officials to Congress: Israel ‘crossed red lines’ in spying on U.S.
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

Ukraine slides toward war as both sides bury dead
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

Thousands gather on ruins of village to commemorate Nakba Day
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

Obama to Israel: Happy Independence Day
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

Nigeria’s Boko Haram abducts 8 more girls as UN issues warning
Ha’aretz – 6 May 2014

U.S.: Russian planes spotted near California, Guam
Ha’aretz – 5 May 2014

Israel marks 66th Independence Day with torch-lighting ceremony
Ha’aretz – 5 May 2014

iNakba: New interactive app documents destroyed Palestinian villages
Ha’aretz – 5 May 2014

Jerusalem Post

From tragedy to triumph
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – Yom Hazikaron s somber end heralds the beginning of the joyous and festive Yom Ha atzmaut and vividly portrays our ability to transform tragedy into triumph.

Center Field: Let s wave the flag for Israel – even in hip Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – Let s marvel at the progress, delight in the ease of daily life, rejoice in the many accomplishments.

For the record
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – The Holocaust was both genocide and culturocide. Let us ensure that this concept enters fully into the understanding of the enormity of the Shoah.

A delightful blue and white balagan
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – “It is the eve of Independence at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv and I am amongst thousands celebrating Israel s 66th year of independence and prosperity.”

Top US officials to Israel for session on possible Iran deal
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – National Security Adviser Susan Rice, negotiator Wendy Sherman to brief Israeli officials as they begin to publicize skepticism that the Vienna talks aimed at ending the nuclear crisis will satisfy their security concerns.

Israel: We don’t spy on the United States
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – Israeli diplomats and senior officials condemn ‘Newsweek’ allegations of espionage, claim report is anti-Semitic.

Local judge warns police against stigmatizing Yitzhar residents
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – Judge: A population should not be labeled because of their geographical residence or their national affiliation.

Jordanian jihadists call for holy war against regime
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant releases video calling on Jordanians to wage war against the government in Amman.

Peres: Netanyahu nixed agreement with Palestinians that reached final stages three years ago
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – President tells Channel 2 that his meetings with Abbas were put on ice by PM at point when an agreement was near; sources in the PM’s Office deny claim.

The crisis in Ukraine and the new Jewish question
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – For me, an ex-Soviet Jew there’s one aspect that is striking, the birth of a new political phenomenon in both Kiev and Moscow for a fondness for Jews.

The J Street nose in the Jewish tent
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – J Street president and founder Jeremy Ben- Ami has accusing his critics of using big donors to shut down legitimate discussion

Terra Incognita: We are all David the Nahalawi
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – It is alarming that for 47 years longer than the Jordanians or the British ran the West Bank Israel has been sending its youth to be soldier-police.

Large explosion at oil depot in northern Iran
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – Israel’s Channel 2 reports claim that city was site of “unreported nuclear site”; Iranian Fars news agency says dozens injured in city of Qavzin.

2014 Israel Prizes awarded at state ceremony in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – This year’s Israel Prizes were awarded to eight laureates across a variety of categories.

Police arrest 2 in march demanding sovereignty, entry to Temple Mount on Independence Day
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – Demonstrators stopped at Jaffa Gate before marching to holy site to insist on entry and Jewish sovereignty.

Iran’s parliament votes against censuring Zarif over Holocaust stance
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator causes uproar in Iranian parliament, calls Holocaust a “horrifying tragedy” in German TV interview.

Likud central committee to hold key votes
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – Vote will decide whether Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon is to receive additional powers as head of the central committee.

Liberman on Independence Day: Abbas must decide if he wants peace, and with whom
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – In harshest attack on Abbas in two years, foreign minister says the Palestinian leader “consistently rejects peace.”

Iran’s Zarif says he has broken Israel’s attempts to portray Iran as a danger
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – FM Defends his record to Iran’s parliament; says Netanyahu “shamelessly makes a scene saying Iran wants to build a nuclear bomb to carry out another Holocaust.”

IN PICTURES: Independence Day celebrations throughout the decades
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – From the Declaration of Independence to military parades, Israel’s many Independence day celebrations throughout the years.

Obama expresses commitment to two-state solution on Israel’s Independence Day
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – Obama: “US was first nation to recognize Israel” and is now the first to come to Israel’s defense.

Meet the women lighting the Independence Day torches: Dr. Kira Radinsky
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – The faces behind the flames: Selected by MIT as one of the world’s 35 top young innovators, Radinsky lit a torch at Tuesday’s Independence Day ceremony.

President Peres, the eternal optimist
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – There is no single group who can win or lose. It s a battle without winners, without
losers, only with victims,” the president tells the ‘Post’; Peres thinks Israel must work with neighbors to combat violence in region.

Swastika ‘price tag’ scrawled on tombstone of rabbi in the Galilee
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – “Price tag will be paid,” written on tomb of Rabbi Halafta outside of Arab village of Maghar.

Tamar partners sign letter of intent to supply gas to Egyptian liquefaction facility
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – Just two years after natural gas supplies from Egypt to Israel ceased flowing, the resource may soon begin gushing in the opposite direction.

O, Canada! Toronto teen wins International Bible Contest
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – Eitan Amos, 18, a student at Yeshivat Or Chaim in Toronto, won first place in Tuesday s contest, held every year in Israel on Independence Day.

Israelis jam-pack parks, army bases in celebration of Independence Day
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – Festivities were kicked off at the President s Residence, where President Shimon Peres paid homage to soldiers who were cited for exceptional service.

Our World: Rand Paul s support for Israel
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – The hard truth is that while American isolationism is bad for the US, it isn t necessarily bad for Israel.

PHOTO GALLERY: Israeli revelers ring in Independence Day in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014 – Partygoers were out in full force Monday night to celebrate the country’s 66th birthday.

US delegation urges talks to free American jailed in Cuba
Jerusalem Post 5 May 2014 – Alan Gross has been in Cuban custody since 2009 for trying to set up internet; Cuban government wants prisoner exchange.

The Guardian

Lebanon accused of turning away some Palestinian Syrian refugees
The Guardian 6 May 2014 – Rights group says Lebanon, which has taken in one million refugees from Syria, is arbitrarily refusing entry for some arrivals Human Rights Watch and a UN refugee agency have expressed concern that Lebanon is blocking Palestinians…


Pink Floyd members strike nerve with call on Rolling Stones to boycott Israel
Uruknet 6 May 2014 – May 2, 2014 – Yesterday, Roger Waters and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd urged the Rolling Stones not to go ahead with a planned concert in Tel Aviv this summer.”With the recent news that the Rolling Stones will be playing…

Netanyahu seeks a law to define Israel as a Jewish state
Uruknet 6 May 2014 – May 2, 2014 -Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that he will seek to enact a law that defines Israel as a Jewish state, in a move that is set to be met with opposition from Arab citizens who…

Israeli drone technology and the restructuring of violence
Uruknet 6 May 2014 – May 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…

Guant·namo Review Boards (3/3): Salem Bin Kanad, from Riyadh, Refuses to Take Part in a System That Appears Increasingly Flawed –
Uruknet 6 May 2014 – May 2, 2014 – This article, looking at the recent Periodic Review Board for Salem bin Kanad, a prisoner held at Guant·namo since January 20, 2002, is the last of three providing updates about developments in the Periodic Review Boards,…

Israel s relentless persecution of the Issawi family
Uruknet 6 May 2014 – May 2, 2014 – Because her family has been repeatedly targeted for arrest and imprisonment since Israeli forces occupied their village in 1967, Layla Issawi, better known as Um Rafaat, has not shared a meal with all seven of her…

Jewish extremists vandalize Muslim grave in Israel
Uruknet 6 May 2014 – May 2, 2014 — 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…

Mideast peace talks dead, no resumption on horizon
Uruknet 6 May 2014 – May 2, 2014 — 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…

Syria News – May 1, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 6 May 2014 – May 1, 2014 – By the end of Thursday, May 1, 2014, the coordinating committees were able to document 90 martyrs including 15 women, 20 children, and 2 under torture: 54 martyrs in Aleppo, 14 martyrs in Daraa, 12 martyrs…

Israel Accepting Iran Deal as Fait Accompli
Uruknet 6 May 2014 – May 1, 2014 – 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…

Daily Star

Light rain, high wind cause road accident, traffic
Daily Star 6 May 2014 Several people were injured Tuesday when six vehicles crashed into each other in north Lebanon due to bad weather conditions.

Rai stands firm on decision to visit Jerusalem
Daily Star 6 May 2014 Maronite Cardinal Beshara Rai Tuesday stood firm on his decision to visit to occupied Jerusalem that has stirred controversy in Lebanon, saying the trip was part of his duties as a patriarch of the Antioch and…

Lebanon seeks mechanism to govern entry of refugees
Daily Star 6 May 2014 The Central Security Council asks General Security to design a new mechanism to govern the entry of Syrian and Palestinian refugees from Syria into Lebanon.

Arsal kidnappings denote frail security along Lebanon-Syria border
Daily Star 6 May 2014 Fighters from the Nusra Front kidnapped Tuesday four Syrian refugees from the Lebanese town of Arsal, highlighting the presence of dangerous pockets of militants along the country’s border with Syria

Pakistan denies kidnapped Iranian guards ever on its soil
Daily Star 6 May 2014 Pakistan Tuesday strongly denied that kidnapped Iranian border guards were ever on its soil, amid fresh efforts to improve fractured ties before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Tehran.

Army arrests five in Beirut’s southern suburbs
Daily Star 6 May 2014 The Lebanese Army arrested five people in Beirut’s southern suburbs accused of shooting and discharging weapons.

Syrian activists: Bomb kills local al-Qaida leader
Daily Star 6 May 2014 A roadside bombing in Syria killed a local al-Qaida leader and his wife, activists said Tuesday, an attack that may ignite a new round of infighting between rebel groups in the war-torn country.

Lebanon braces for unsuccessful third election round
Daily Star 6 May 2014 Lebanon is bracing for yet another botched election session Wednesday, as diplomats based in Beirut warned against power vacuum and pressed for picking a new president before May 25.

Saudi dismantles ‘terror’ group: ministry
Daily Star 6 May 2014 Saudi Arabia has dismantled a “terrorist organisation” that was plotting attacks against government installations and foreign interests, the ministry says.

Yemen army enters militant stronghold in south: Defense Ministry
Daily Star 6 May 2014 Yemeni government forces waging an offensive against Al-Qaeda pushed into a militant stronghold in the south after insurgents blew up a government building there with some then withdrawing.

Sleiman s tenure worst since independence: Arslan
Daily Star 6 May 2014 Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan blasts President Michel Sleiman, saying his tenure was the worst for Lebanon in over 70 years.

Iraq clashes, bombings kill eight: officials
Daily Star 6 May 2014 Clashes near an Iraqi city held by anti-government fighters and bombings targeting soldiers killed at least eight people Tuesday, officials said, the latest casualties of a protracted surge of nationwide violence.

Boko Haram girls ‘sale’ could be crime against humanity: U.N.
Daily Star 6 May 2014 The U.N. human rights office warned Tuesday that the threatened sale into slavery of hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram may constitute a crime against humanity.

HRW slams Lebanon for returning Palestinians to Syria
Daily Star 6 May 2014 Human Rights Watch slammed Lebanon for deporting back to Syria about 40 Palestinians who according to Lebanon s security agencies were attempting to flee the country using forged documents.

YNet News

Between post-Zionism and auto-anti-Semitism
YNet News, 6 May 2014 – Op-ed: Several Israeli NGOs, funded directly or indirectly by European governments, seek to prevent Israeli citizens from celebrating the next Independence Day. ….

What is the secret of Jews’ success?
YNet News, 6 May 2014 – New book reveals link between Nobel Prize laureates and world’s most influential Jews: Apparently, they are all storytellers. ….

Independence Day: 75,000 people visit the national heritage sites throughout Israel
YNet News, 6 May 2014 – ….

Israel slams Newsweek report, claiming it’s tainted by ‘whiff of anti-Semitism’
YNet News, 6 May 2014 – ….

Lieberman to ‘Nakba Day’ demonstrators: ‘march to Ramallah and stay there’
YNet News, 6 May 2014 – ….

Israeli gas field could supply Egypt
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Auschwitz hit with wave of thefts, vandalism
YNet News, 6 May 2014 – Visitors scratch messages onto walls and furniture at the notorious Nazi death camp, as well as take ‘souvenirs’ from the camp. ….

Jews are leaving Ukraine: ‘We want a better future’
YNet News, 6 May 2014 – About 20 olim from Ukraine arrived in Israel this week, the first of dozens more to come in an operation organized by the Jewish Agency and ICEJ. ….

Being a proud Arab and a proud Israeli
YNet News, 6 May 2014 – Op-ed: If we maintain our Arab identity and integrate into the State of Israel as proud citizens, we will create a better future for ourselves. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Israel may prevail now, but eventually will be doomed
PIC – The apparent collapse of the American-mediated peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has generated a great deal of frustration in Washington and the capitals of Europe.

Al-Qassam Brigades makes new anthem for Israel on occasion of its national day
PIC – The information office of Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, has released a song that satirically simulates Israel’s national anthem “The Hope” and contains a message to the Zionist Jews.

Israeli extremist settlers storm al-Aqsa Mosque, state of tension prevails
PIC – 40 Jewish extremists have stormed on Tuesday morning al-Aqsa Mosque amid state of tension among Palestinian worshipers following Israeli restrictions on their entry to the mosque.

Barghouthi: Strong European support for the reconciliation agreement
PIC – National Initiative Secretary-General Mustafa Barghouthi said the recent Palestinian reconciliation agreement has won the strong and distinct support of EU‚¨ “!s foreign ministers and diplomats.

More than 100 Palestinians, including minors, arrested in al-Khalil last month
PIC – Palestinian Prisoner Society said al-Khalil has been subject to the most notorious mass-arrest campaign ever during the month of April. The detention rate hit a record high of 100 Palestinians.

IOF arrests Palestinian child in Azzun town
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) raided on Monday night Azzun town, east of Qalqiliya, and closed its entrances.

Egyptian navy arrests 3 Palestinian fishermen off Rafah waters
PIC – Egyptian naval forces abducted three Palestinian fishermen and confiscated their fishing boat on Monday evening while they were working off Rafah waters, south of the Gaza Strip.

Abu Marzouk expects ending political arrests within two weeks
PIC – Member of Hamas’s political bureau, Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk, has said that practical steps had started on the ground for the implementation of national reconciliation, amid a positive atmosphere.


Premier Ties Resumption of Negotiations with Prisoners Release
WAFA – 6 May 2014

Settlers Storm Agricultural Area near Bethlehem
WAFA – 6 May 2014

PCBS: Unemployment Rate among Palestinian Labour Force Reaches 26.2%
WAFA – 6 May 2014

Abbas Affirms Non-Intervention Policy in Arab Internal Affairs
WAFA – 6 May 2014

Newspaper Review: Abbas-Meshaal Meeting Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 6 May 2014

Maronite Patriarch: I am not Visiting Holy Land in Recognition of Occupation
WAFA – 6 May 2014

EU Countries Make ¨ 16.4 Million Contribution to the Palestinian Authority’s Payment of Salaries
WAFA – 6 May 2014

Israeli Police Injure Dozen in clashes in Jerusalem, Arrest 3
WAFA – 6 May 2014

Hundreds of Palestinian Worshipers Pray in Old City Alleys
WAFA – 6 May 2014

Observer Sends Identical Letters on Deteriorating Situation in Palestine
WAFA – 6 May 2014

Israeli Naval Forces Open Fire at Gaza Fishing Boats
WAFA – 6 May 2014


White House locked down after car joins motorcade; driver arrested
LA Times 6 May 2014 – WASHINGTON Access to the White House complex was halted for about an hour Tuesday after a vehicle followed a motorcade carrying President Obama’s daughters through the gates. Uniformed agents immediately stopped the vehicle after it trailed in behind the motorcade about 4:40 p.m., the……

What’s next for Detroit as creditors gear up for bankruptcy plan vote?
LA Times 6 May 2014 – Three months after Detroit filed its initial plan to emerge from bankruptcy, a federal judge has cleared the way for creditors to vote on a much-amended blueprint to restructure the city s $18-billion debt. The next steps are complicated and hinge on a variety of factors…

After concussions, girls recover faster than boys
LA Times 6 May 2014 – Bucking the emerging belief that females are more vulnerable to concussion, a new study finds that irrespective of the severity of initial concussive symptoms, girls and women who’ve suffered mild traumatic brain injury recover faster than do boys and men. In a group of 47…

Gerard Butler bails on ‘Point Break’ remake
LA Times 6 May 2014 – Wipeout! Action star Gerard Butler won’t be starring in Alcon Entertainment’s remake of the 1991 surf-crime thriller “Point Break” after all, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Butler was to follow in Patrick Swayze’s footsteps as the nirvana-seeking bank robber Bodhi, acting opposite…

Angels closer Joe Smith sidelined by tightness in right side
LA Times 6 May 2014 – Joe Smith did throw up in the bullpen Monday night, but that wasn t the reason the Angels closer did not pitch the ninth inning of a 4-1 victory over the New York Yankees. Smith said he induced the vomiting after an energy bar he ate…

Steve Beitashour wants to play for Iran in World Cup
LA Times 6 May 2014 – Steven Beitashour wants to make a couple of things clear right away. First of all, his decision to play for Iran in this summer’s World Cup had nothing to do with politics. “I just thought about soccer,” Beitashour says. “It’s a great opportunity, especially to…

Bayer to buy Merck’s consumer business for $14.2 billion
LA Times 6 May 2014 – Germany’s Bayer plans to buy U.S.-based Merck & Co.’s consumer health business, creating a combined medicine cabinet of household names such as Bayer’s aspirin and Merck’s Claritin allergy pills. The $14.2-billion deal announced Tuesday would vault Bayer atop the nonprescription medicine…

Yasiel Puig continues to laugh through the pain
LA Times 6 May 2014 – Yasiel Puig is still feeling the lingering effects of Sunday’s violent collision with the right-field fence in Miami. But apparently it hasn’t affected his sense of humor. A relaxed Puig smiled and joked his way through a session with the media in the Dodgers clubhouse…

U.S. Sought Delay of Morsi s Ouster, Egyptian Leader Says
New York Times 6 May 2014 – The leader, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, said he had rebuffed the request from the American ambassador.

The Lede: Egyptian TV Cites Simpsons Episode as Proof Arab Spring Was Foreign Plot
New York Times 6 May 2014 – According to a recent Egyptian television report, a close reading of a 2001 Simpsons episode suggests that what is happening in Syria today was premeditated.

Op-Ed Contributor: The Right Way to Press Iran
New York Times 6 May 2014 – If America wants a durable nuclear deal with Iran, limiting urani
um enrichment and centrifuges isn’t enough.

World Briefing: Yemen: Gunmen Kill French Security Officer
New York Times 6 May 2014 – France condemned an attack on the European Union s security team in Yemen on Monday that left one Frenchman dead and two others wounded.

Ex-General Vows to End Brotherhood if Elected
New York Times 5 May 2014 – Abdul Fattah el-Sisi, the former general who led the military takeover of Egypt, declared there would be no reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood if he wins next month s presidential election.

Syrian Opposition Delegation Is Given Diplomatic Status
New York Times 5 May 2014 – The Obama administration on Monday pledged to the group $27 million in nonlethal assistance.

Malcolm Hoenlein, Kahanist King of the Jews
Tikun Olam – Netanyahu and Hoenlein In the past week, the Jewish media has showered attention on the Conference of Presidents of Jewish Organizations when its members voted resoundingly to reject J Street s application to join the group. Much less attention was focussed on its vice chairman and the…

We are not second class citizens, we are fifth class citizens : Interview with Educational Bookshop owner Mahmoud Muna
Mondoweiss – Mahmoud Muna (Photo: Pamela Rillon) There it was, in the middle of the frenzy of Salah Eddin Street, the oasis called The Educational Bookshop . Highly recommended to me in my home country of Chile, the recommendations fell short. I was dazzled. I loved its…

A cruel fantasy: NYT sets hopes on US principles for a peace deal
Mondoweiss – Qalandiya Checkpoint, the Occupied Territories, Feb. 19, 2010. (Photo by Anees of Jerusalem ) On Sunday, the NY Times ran an editorial about a fantastical set of American principles that point the way to a peace deal if the two sides ever muster the will to agree…

New, for the home: apartheid wall and security tower, in dove gray
Mondoweiss – Giant mock apartheid wall from Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, now for sale. (Photo: UIUC-SJP) Yes, at times smoking argila and eating hummus with pine nuts can re-create a holy land sojourn. Yet those street delights lack the fullness of…

Jewish neocons and the romance of nationalist armageddon
Mondoweiss – Leon Wieseltier At the Huffington Post, Jim Sleeper addresses A Foreign-Policy Problem No One Speaks About, and it turns out to Jewish identity, the need to belong to the powerful nation on the part of Jewish neoconservatives. Sleeper says this is an insecurity born of European…

#SDSUdivest: Divestment leads the social justice agenda at San Diego State University
Mondoweiss – The spring of 2014 semester at San Diego State University was a turning point in student organizing on the campus. The proposal of a divestment bill in January that demanded the university cease its investments in corporations that are complicit in Israeli human rights violations along…

Mourning the age of Netanyahu
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 . Yesterday the Guardian reported that Prime Minister Netanyahu was proposing new legislation enshrining Israel as a Jewish state. Of course, he guaranteed everyone…

Israel spies on U.S. more than any other ally
Mondoweiss – Paul Pillar Ah the unending gifts of the special relationship! Jeff Stein reports at Newsweek that Israel spies on the U.S. more than any other ally. Alarming and terrifying are the words used by a congressional aide who has seen the evidence of Israeli theft of…

Mysh Cartoon: Sheldon Adelson Wishes Israel a Happy 66th!
Tikun Olam – The excellent Israeli political cartoonist, Mysh , has just drawn a powerful, disturbing image for Israel s 66th Independence Day. Happy Independence Day! ( Mysh ) It s important to note the puppet on Adelson s hand is the original Israeli sabra wearing the kova temb el (fool s hat). It s a complicated…

Israel Ditches Democracy Amidst Independence Day Celebration
Tikun Olam – Triumph of the Jewish will: Israel Mt. Herzl Independence Day ceremony featuring flag standards of IDF service units and reminiscent of another historic triumphalist ceremony On Israel Independence Day, the Netanyahu government succeeded in torching democracy at the expense of a budding theocracy. A bill to…

Peace between unequal parties
Sabbah report 6 May 2014 – Stripped to its essence, therefore, peace, as Israelis understand the term, is an agreement between supplicant and benefactor. It s the condition that ensues when the weaker party meets the stronger party s requirements. Peace implies submission. Given its superior power, why should Israel settle for less? Continue…

Double standards for citizens of Israel
Sabbah report 6 May 2014 – More than 55 laws in Israel explicitly discriminate between Jews and non-Jews. It is clear in the way the law is applied that officials regard Israeli citizens who are Palestinian as guilty until they can prove they are innocent. Continue reading û’ The post: Double standards…

Are the Israeli authorities really against hate crimes?
Sabbah report 6 May 2014 – Go to Israeli court and listen to the police and army s excuses for not quashing the Maon Farm settlers harassment of Palestinians. Continue reading í! The post: Are the Israeli authorities really against hate crimes? appeared first on Sabbah Report ß Sign up for our FREE…

Israel Releases $100M in Palestinian Tax Cash
The Foward Breaking News 6 May 2014 – Palestinian public sector workers received their salaries on Tuesday, Palestinian officials said, in a sig
n that Israel had backed down from a threat to impose sanctions as peace talks began to collapse last month. Click here for the rest of the article…

Lebanon ‘expels’ Syria Palestinians
BBC 6 May 2014 – Lebanon has been forcibly returning dozens of Palestinian refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria despite the dangers they face there, activists say.

Africa: The Syrian Threat to International Law
allAfrica.com6 May 2014 – [Reporter]Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea have jeopardized global security and dominated the headlines. But the current rules-based international system, which has been decades in the making, remains most seriously threatened by the civil war in Syria. Not only are millions of lives in…

French Journalist Compares Toulouse Rampage to Israel Army Killings
The Foward Breaking News 6 May 2014 – Editors of a French television talk show censored a panelist s comparison between the murder of Jewish children in Toulouse to the actions of the Israeli army. Click here for the rest of the article…

Kenya: Position Kenya for Take Off
allAfrica.com6 May 2014 – [The Star]The recent state visit by President Uhuru Kenyatta to Qatar captured my intention. Qatar has found itself on the wrong side of a red line amongst its Gulf Cooperaation Council allies. Qatar pursued aggressive interventions during the Arab Spring and was a full throated supporter…

Iran ‘blows up replica US warships’
BBC 6 May 2014 – Iran has been building replica US warships to practice blowing them up, an Iranian admiral says.

South Africa: South Africa, Palestine Consolidate Ties
allAfrica.com6 May 2014 – [SA Info]The consolidation of Africa-Palestine relations was one of the issues on the agenda when International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane hosted her Palestinian counterpart, Raid Malki, in Pretoria on the weekend.

Defense bill calls for military pacts with Gulf states
Al-Monitor 6 May 2014 – House Republicans unveiled a defense bill that calls for military agreements with Gulf Cooperation Council nations to deter Iran, although some are nervous that pressing for status of forces arrangements could backfire.

Journalists leading the way
Al-Akhbar News 6 May 2014 – Palestinian journalists run to take cover as Israeli security forces fire tear gas during clashes following a demonstration organized by the Palestinian Journalists’ Union as part of the World Press Freedom Day to ask for more freedom and security for journalists while doing their job on…

Mass trial opens over 2013 Turkey street protests
Al-Akhbar News 6 May 2014 – A Turkish policeman tries to remove a banner made of flowers reading “First of May” as police try to disperse a May Day rally near Taksim Square in Istanbul on May 1, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Bulent Kilic) A Turkish policeman tries to remove a banner…

Yemeni army captures southern al-Qaeda stronghold
Al-Akhbar News 6 May 2014 – Yemeni soldiers stand near a rocket launching during a major offensive against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the Maifaa region of Shabwa province on May 4, 2014. (Photo: AFP / STR) Yemeni soldiers stand near a rocket launching during a major offensive against al-Qaeda in…

Syrian rebels kidnap rejected presidential hopeful
Al-Akhbar News 6 May 2014 – Syrian rebels from the southern province of Daraa have kidnapped a presidential hopeful whose bid was turned down by the constitutional court, according to an online video distributed Tuesday. The video shows three armed, bearded rebels wearing fatigues in a room with Mohammed Kanaan, a military…

Saudi Arabia dismantles group plotting “terrorist” attacks
Al-Akhbar News 6 May 2014 – Saudi Arabia has dismantled a “terrorist organization” that was plotting attacks against government installations and foreign interests, the interior ministry announced Wednesday. Authorities have arrested 62 suspected members of the group, among them three foreigners, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Al-Ekhbariya…

Syrian Kurd leader urges Turkey to join fight against jihadists
Al-Monitor 6 May 2014 – In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Syrian Kurdish leader Salih Muslim says his Democratic Union Party will not participate in Syria s presidential elections, and questions why the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq is not helping Syria s Kurds.

HRW condemns Lebanon for blocking entry to Palestinian refugees from Syria
Al-Akhbar News 6 May 2014 – Lebanese Red Cross vehicles arrive carrying aid in the village of Tufail, close to Lebanon’s eastern border with neighboring Syria, on April 22, 2014, where Syrians have crossed to find refuge. (Photo: AFP / STR) Lebanese Red Cross vehicles arrive carrying aid in the village of Tufail,…

Egypt bans Mubarak party leaders from elections
Al-Akhbar News 6 May 2014 – An Egyptian court on Tuesday banned the leaders of former president Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party from running in any coming elections, the court judge said. Judge Karim Hazem did not specify the number, names or titles of the politicians who would be prevented from running…

Thirty-six NGOs demand Syria release “disappeared” lawyer
Al-Akhbar News 6 May 2014 – Thirty-six human rights organizations joined forces on Tuesday to demand Syria’s government release a prominent lawyer they say has been jailed in the war-hit country since October 2012. read more

Israel’s halfh
earted independence celebration

Al-Monitor 6 May 2014 – Israel is losing its modest and secular character in favor of a more religious and material society.

US, Iraq continue counterterrorism cooperation
Al-Monitor 6 May 2014 – Lt. Gen. Michael Bednarek, chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq, spoke to Azzaman about the ongoing US support to Iraq in its fight against terrorism, while stressing the Iraqi need for weapons and development.

Does Erdogan really want Gulen in Turkey?
Al-Monitor 6 May 2014 – Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan is calling for Fethullah Gulen’s extradition from the United States to Turkey, but he should be careful what he wishes for.

Egyptian women scared to speak out against sexual harassment
Al-Monitor 6 May 2014 – Sexual harassment leads all crimes against Egyptian women, and experts say it is abetted by toothless laws, lax enforcement and societal acceptance of the phenomenon.

Sisi: Egypt’s Brotherhood is “finished”
Al-Akhbar News 6 May 2014 – A defendant who is in custody stands in the accused cells flashing the four finger symbol during the trial of 20 individuals, including five Al Jazeera journalists, for allegedly defaming the country and ties to the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood on May 3, 2014 . (Photo: AFP -…

Syriacs await condolence message from Turkish state
Al-Monitor 6 May 2014 – Although many of Turkey’s Syriacs felt it was a good sign that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered his condolences to the descendants of Armenians killed in 1915, they felt that Syriacs should have been included in this message.

Iraq: New alliances begin to take shape after elections
Al-Akhbar Politics 6 May 2014 – Iraqi men carry a big election campaign poster following the closure of polls in Iraq’s parliamentary election, on April 30, 2014 in Baghdad. (Photo: AFP-Prashant Rao) Iraqi men carry a big election campaign poster following the closure of polls in Iraq’s parliamentary election, on April 30,…

Former Homs fighter describes ‘indescribable terror’
Al-Monitor 6 May 2014 – A rebel who was previously fighting in Homs describes the situation in the city, parts of which have been under siege for two years.

China’s Middle East energy strategy
Al-Monitor 6 May 2014 – China is one of the countries most dependent on oil import given its increasing energy consumption, and thus is working to further its economic interests in oil-producing Arab states.

Attacks on Lebanese patriarch s Jerusalem visit unjustified
Al-Monitor 6 May 2014 – Media attacks against Lebanon Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rai s upcoming visit to Jerusalem are based on an antiquated logic, and may be aimed at diverting attention from other issues.

Former IRGC commander s comments on Syria censored
Al-Monitor 6 May 2014 – After a former commander of Iran s Revolutionary Guard Corp commented about Hezbollah and the formation of an Iranian committee to help rebuild Syria, the story was censored and the article removed.

Can social media sway Egypt’s youth vote?
Al-Monitor 6 May 2014 – The current presidential election campaigns in Egypt have witnessed an unprecedented use of the Internet and social media as a means of targeting young voters.

Will the Vatican ask al-Rai to reconsider his trip?
Al-Akhbar Politics 5 May 2014 – Patriarch Beshara al-Rai, head of the Maronite Church. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Patriarch Beshara al-Rai, head of the Maronite Church. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Israel does not recognize Jerusalem as being Palestinian. According to the Zionists, this land is their capital and they want their counterparts to thank…


Shaking the pillars of Israel s history
Jim Miles, Asia Times5/2/2014
Review:The Idea of Israel – A History of Power and Knowledgeby Ilan Pappe
This is a powerfully written, unsettling work that relates the story of Israel from the perspective of how ideas are changed and manipulated for the benefit of the state. Unfortunately the majority of citizens of most countries are susceptible to the ideation/ideology of the mainstream of political thought as it is supported by the mainstream press.
In the case of Israel, image and ideation, its narrative and ideology, are of paramount importance for the survival of the state beyond its military strength and relatively successful integration into the globalized corporate governed world.
For a brief decade, generally within the 1990s, the Israeli narrative, its foundational ideas, were challenged by a small group of academics known as the new historians. In a factual sense they brought forward many details about the story of Israel – using newly released and openly available Israel Defense Forces (IDF) archives – that contradicted the narrative preferred by the Israeli government and its supporters.
They were successful at opening up a dialogue about the 1948 Nakba/war of independence, the post-1967 settlement plans, and for both dates, the knowledge of expulsions, massacres, and ethnic cleansing. But that success had limited reach within Israel, as the new historians were an academic minority, and only in infrequent media presentations – stage, theatre and film in particular – was there any other real arena of success.
It did create some significant stirrings abroad, but the main feature in other countries, again apart from a few vocal academics, was a broad base of apathy and disinterest, cultivated by a corporate controlled media supporting – again, the corporate governed globalized world.more..e-mail

Peres s speech on Israel s Memorial Day acknowledges commitment to the Plan Dalet
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)5/6/2014
As the commemoration of the Nakba approaches, Israel embarked on disseminating its fabricated patriotism through contradictory statements glorifying violence in the pursuit of alleged peace. Speeches by Israeli President Shimon Peres, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the occasion of Memorial Day evoked scenarios of perpetual and justified violence in the name of security and defence, notably a commitment to upholding atrocities committed during the Nakba.
In keeping with the enforced oblivion, Israel’s glorification of history ensures the continuous effort to eliminate Palestinians from its narrative. Referred to briefly as “our neighbours” by Peres, the reported statements as quoted by the Times of Israel focus upon metaphorical conjectures of inherent melancholy and incompletion; avoiding any reference to the slaughter of Palestinians committed by Israel, or the atrocity embodied by the mere existence of the settler-colonial state itself. Peres referred to a sadness that is “hidden deeply but stares out of our eyes”, while asserting Israel’s strength as “a miracle in the eyes of the Jews, a wonder in the eyes of the world”.
Netanyahu hailed the IDF as a protective force. “The IDF and the security forces are the only thing that differentiate the slaughter of our people in the past from our current satiation.” Grief, according to Netanyahu, is a sentiment reserved for colonial participants, adding that comfort should be sought in the fact that “the fallen gave their lives to build our state and to safeguard it”.
Despite the cautious avoidance of discussing Israel’s settler-colonial agenda during the commemoration of the colonisers’ deaths, Peres acknowledged adherence to the ultimate aim of Plan Dalet. “We still live by the sword but seek peace with all our hearts. The battle is not over; we have not reached our goals.”more..e-mail

Bedouin village wins major ruling as court blocks state s demolition plans
Amjad Iraqi, +972 Magazine5/6/2014
The court s ruling that the rights of Alsira s villagers take precedence over the state s agenda for their land, inadvertently implies what should have already been an established fact: the deliberate hostility toward the unrecognized village is simply wrong.
May 1 was a good day for the families of the Arab Bedouin village of Alsira. After eight years of legal proceedings, the Be er Sheva District Court dismissed the state s appeal aiming overturn a lower co
urt s 2011 decision to cancel 51 demolition orders against the village, which is home to 350 Bedouin citizens of Israel. This means that the demolition orders remain officially cancelled, and the residents will remain in their homes and ancestral lands in the Naqab/Negev.

The court s decision, which is a major legal precedent, represents an important historical lesson on the reality of human rights in the Negev. Since 1948, Israeli law and policy has been unjust in its treatment of unrecognized Bedouin villages. In refusing to recognize the Bedouins historical rights, the state was able to disregard the Bedouins land claims, squeeze Bedouin townships through discriminatory planning, forcibly remove entire communities from their homes, and deny basic services such as water, electricity and other infrastructure.
For over 60 years, Alsira was made to endure these policies, and the government s threats of forced displacement, for no reason other than the state s dislike of their presence in the Negev due to their Arab Bedouin identity. Though that accusation is stern, it stands in full truth when the state willingly facilitated the growth of Jewish communities in the Negev, while deliberately withholding the same support from Bedouin communities that had existed long before. Even recently-recognized Bedouin villages continue to be treated no differently than unrecognized ones, as Bir Hadaj and others show.more..e-mail

Determinants of Turkey s Policy vis-‡-vis Hamas
Dr. Mohsen Moh’d Saleh, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)5/6/2014
Turkey was the first Muslim state to recognise Israel after its inception in 1948, and later established full diplomatic relations with it. The strict secular regime supported by the military, maintained this relation for quite a long period.
However, when the Islamist Welfare (Refah) Party headed by Necmettin Erbakan formed a coalition government in 1996, it paved the way for a new vision based on opening up to the east and activating relations with the Arab and Muslim worlds, while adopting their issues, primarily the Palestinian issue.
These relations developed further after Justice and Development Party (AKP, an offshoot of the Virtue Party; the new name of the Welfare Party) had seized power in 2002. AKP has tried to pursue an effective and influential regional role, by adopting a foreign policy strategy aimed at having zero problems with its neighbors.
Determinants of the Relation
Turkey’s relation with Hamas witnessed major development, especially following the latter’s victory in the Palestinian legislative elections in early 2006. The Islamic background of both sides participated in strengthening this relation. However, the Turkish policy, under AKP, vis-‡-vis Hamas (and vis-‡-vis the Palestinian issue in general) was governed by a number of determinants, the most important of which are:
1. Responding to the sense of Islamic belonging and historic heritage, and to the popular Turkish will that supports the Palestinian issue. Thus, supporting the Palestinian political and humanitarian issue to attract large segments of Turks who support the Palestinian people against Israel.more..e-mail

Silence aids Israeli aggression
Electronic Intifada: 6 May 2014 – Censoring my criticism of Israel didn t prevent me from being denied entry.more..

while Syria honours the martyred on Martyrs Day terrorists create new martyrs
In Gaza: 6 May 2014 – A friend in the thick of the terrorists shellings in Damascus multiple areas writes this: G0′ HJ3*E1 #(F’! ‘D9’G1) AJ %E7’1F’ (B0’&A ‘D-1J).. 51F’ 13 AJ ‘DEF7B) HE3*E1HF AJ ‘D9/ .. E’ ,’J 9DI (‘DJ ’71B CA1J). Sons of bitches are still sending us waves of their freedom & Liberty shells. 13 so far and still counting. 5’1H’ 14.. 9E F9/. Fourteen and counting One martyr, and a bit over a dozen wounded Sana news reports : Terrorists fired a barrage of mortar shells upon the capital Damascus on Tuesday, hitting various residential areas and neighborhoods and causing casualties amo ng civilians. A shell which smashed into a house at the intersection near the French Hospital in al-Qassaa area, injuring three citizens, a Police Command source said. Other shells landed near Mazzeh Cemetery in Sheikh Saad area, in plant nurseries behind al-Muwasat Hospital and in al-Mhajereen area, causing material damage without hurting anyone. Meanwhile,…more

Kerry s Commitment to a Foreign Nation
Palestine Chronicle: 6 May 2014 – By Jamal Kanj A day after Palestinians reached a national unity government, Israel announced the suspension of the never ending peace talks. The Israeli position was echoed instantly in Washington by one of Israel s unofficial agents, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from Florida, calling for immediate suspension of US aid to the Palestinian Authority. The Gaza accord signed by several Palestinian groups, including the two antagonist parties Fatah and Hamas consisted of five main points: 1) forming new national unity government, 2) holding elections, 3) reforming security forces, 4) social reforms, and 5) general liberties. The agreement was obviously an internal national issue outlining the functioning of good democratic governance. Logically, one could surmise that Israel would be very interested in negotiating peace with an entity representing all Palestinians factions. Reaching an (peace) agreement, however, could put an end to the Zionist dream. Israel has used the Sisyphean peace talks to delay…more

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