VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 9 May 2014:How the Israeli gov't rewards land thieves

9 May 2014

News

International Middle East Media Center

Poverty Rate Among Arabs in Israel Highest in 35 Years
IMEMC – According to an Israeli think tank, more than 50% of the Arab population inside Israel is living below the poverty line. …

Thousands Rally in Solidarity with Hunger Strikers
IMEMC – Rallies were held across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, on Friday, as nearly 100 Palestinian entered their 16th day of hunger strike, in protest of Israel’s ongoing administrative detention policy. …

Two Kidnapped, Several Detained, In Israeli Invasions Into West Bank
IMEMC – At least two Palestinians were kidnapped on Friday, at dawn [May 9, 2014], and several residents have been detained and interrogated, as the army invaded various Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank. …

Army Invades Farmlands Near Khan Younis
IMEMC – [Friday Morning, May 9, 2014] Several Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers invaded Palestinian agricultural lands, east of Khuza a town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and uprooted the lands while firing rounds of live ammunition. …

Israeli Vandals Write Anti-Christian Graffiti In Jerusalem
IMEMC – [Friday, May 9, 2014] A number of Israeli vandals wrote anti-Christian graffiti, along with other anti-Arab graffiti, near a Roman Church in occupied Jerusalem, and on a wall in the Chains Gate area, in Jerusalem s Old City. …

Abbas Update: Israel Must Release Prisoners, Stop Settlement Activities
IMEMC – [Thursday, May 8 2014] During his meeting with US National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated that Tel Aviv must respect all signed agreements, release all detainees held since before the First Oslo Agreement, and must stop its settlement activities. …

Netanyahu Says Talmud Will be the Basis of Israeli Law
IMEMC – Right-wing news site Arutz 7 reports that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke, on Wednesday evening, with the head of the haredi (Jewish ultra-orthodox) division of the Likud, Yaakov Vider, saying that the law he intends to submit, defining Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, will include a clause stating that Israeli law will be based on the Torah and Jewish tradition. …

Addameer: Administrative Detainees Put in Solitary Confinement, Denied Salt Supplements
IMEMC – The latest wave of mass hunger strikes continue for the second week, as Palestinian prisoners demand the end of the policy of administrative detention. …

Two Brothers Convicted of Killing an Israeli Soldier
IMEMC – An Israeli Military Court convicted on Thursday, May 8 2014, two Palestinian brothers of kidnaping and killing an Israeli soldier in the West Bank, in September of 2013. …

Abbas Ready to Return to Negotiations Conditionally
IMEMC – Erekat: door to peace talks not yet closed Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said, during a TV interview Thursday, that Palestinians are ready to resume negotiations, but under the condition that Israel releases the fourth batch of veteran Palestinian prisoners, as previously agreed, and halts settlement construction for three months. …

Ma’an News

Hunger strike in 16th day as thousands rally for ‘Friday of Anger’
5/9/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Nearly 100 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails entered the 16th day of a hunger strike on Friday as solidarity rallies were held across the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Prisoner’s Center for Studies said Friday that the prisoners had confirmed their determination to continue their open hunger strike until authorities meet their demands, which focus on Israel fulfilling….

2 detained after crossing into Israel from Gaza
5/9/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained two Palestinians as they were reportedly trying to cross into Israel near Juhor al-Dik northeast of Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. Eyewitnesses said Israeli forces detained two men after they successfully crossed the border near an area known as “the Camera.”The two men were forced by the soldiers to remove their clothing and were….

Susan Rice reassures Israel on Iran nuclear ambitions
5/9/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — US National Security Adviser Susan Rice assured Israel at high-level talks on Thursday that Washington remained determined to stop Iran developing nuclear arms, the White House said.”The US delegation reaffirmed our commitment to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” said a White House statement released after talks in Jerusalem between Rice, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and senior officials from both sides….

Rights groups urge Palestine to join ICC
5/9/2014 – LONDON (AFP) — Human rights groups including Amnesty International on Thursday urged Palestine to sign up to the International Criminal Court. Seventeen local and international human rights organisations made the request in a joint letter to President Mahmoud Abbas, Amnesty said. The London-based organisation said if Palestine “signed up to the Rome Statute of the ICC, the Court would have jurisdiction over war crimes and crimes….

Palestinian priest sacked for backing service in Israel army
5/9/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The Greek Orthodox church in the Holy Land has dismissed a Palestinian priest who publicly voiced support for Christians serving in Israel’s army, a church spokesman said Thursday. Spokesman Issa Musleh said that ecclesiastical authorities decided Tuesday to fire Father Gabriel Nadaf from his post in Nazareth, but were only now making their decision public.”We warned him before to keep….

Lebanon restricts Palestinians fleeing Syria
5/9/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Lebanon has placed prohibitive restrictions on the entry of Palestinians fleeing Syria, making it almost impossible for them to take refuge in the small Mediterranean country. New measures mean Palestinians fleeing Syria will not be given visas at the border, while those who are already in the country will not have their visas renewed. In a statement posted on his Facebook page Thursday….

US: Borders, security ‘essential’ to any Mideast peace deal
5/9/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry believes drawing up the borders of a future Palestinian state and agreeing to security arrangements for Israel will be “essential” if peace talks resume, the top US negotiator has said. In his most candid public comments since the nine-month negotiations collapsed last month, Martin Indyk described the behind-the-scenes atmosphere between Israelis and Palestinians and voiced hopes the….

Taba border crossing reopens
5/9/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Taba border crossing between Egypt and Israel re-opened on Friday after being closed the day before due to flooding as a result of heavy rains. Hebrew radio sources quoted the Israeli Foreign Ministry as saying that the crossing would be open until 6 p. m. It also reported that around 300 Israelis were stranded on the other side of the….

Syria rebels in final retreat from heart of Homs
5/9/2014 – HOMS, Syria (AFP) — The last rebels were leaving the center of the battleground city of Homs, handing a symbolic victory to Syrian President Bashar Assad ahead of a controversial election. Rebels hit back in the historic heart of Aleppo, blowing up a luxury hotel-turned-army position after tunneling under the front line which divides the main city of northern Syria. At least 14 soldiers and pro-government….

Syrian opposition chief opens high-level talks in US
5/9/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday stood side-by-side with Syrian opposition chief Ahmad Jarba in a public show of support, but made no mention of the rebels’ plea for heavy weapons to help end the war. Jarba, head of the Syrian National Coalition, has said he would ask the US administration for anti-aircraft weapons to battle daily barrel bombings unleashed by….

AlJazeera

US: Borders essential for Middle East peace
AlJazeera 9 May 2014 – Top US negotiator says Israel and Palestine lack sense of urgency to make “gut-wrenching compromises” needed for peace.

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: Lebanon all but bars Palestinians fleeing Syria
Relief Web 9 May 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 05/09/2014 09:56 GMT BEIRUT, May 9, 2014 (AFP) – Lebanon has placed prohibitive restrictions on the entry of Palestinians fleeing Syria, making it almost impossible for them to take…

occupied Palestinian territory: Best prospect now for realizing Palestinian self-determination is grassroots mobilization – UN rights expert
Relief Web 9 May 2014 – Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: occupied Palestinian territory GENEVA (8 May 2014) The outgoing United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, today urged more businesses and civil society to…

Pakistan: Polio this week as of 7 May 2014
Relief Web 9 May 2014 – Source: Global Polio Eradication Initiative Country: Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic Polio declared public health emergency of international concern: After several days of consultation…

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestinians Take the Tough Path Towards Unity
Relief Web 8 May 2014 – Source: Inter Press Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory Analysis by Khaled Alashqar GAZA CITY, May 6 2014 (IPS) – The nascent move for reconciliation between the Fatah party in the West Bank and Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip could…

The National

Five Yemeni guards killed near presidential palace
The National 9 May 2014 – The killings cap a day of violence that included an assassination attempt on the defence minister and the death of an Al Qaeda commander who Sanaa says masterminded kidnappings.

Syrian residents return to Homs to find homes in ruins
The National 9 May 2014 – The pullout from the Old City leaves the rebels confined to a single district on the outskirts of the central city, once the capital of the revolution against President Bashar Al Assad.

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel to meet GCC ministers in Saudi Arabia
The National 9 May 2014 – The summit will take place during the US defence secretary’s tour of the Middle East and will be the first US-GCC meeting of defence ministers since 2008, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

Ha’aretz

Puff the magic cheese pastry: How to make gougeres
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

Egypt’s Sissi turns Islam on the Islamists
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

Shock and law: How hate crimes go unpunished
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

A Mother’s Day brunch with a Middle Eastern twist
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

U.S. defense chief Hagel to visit Israel next week
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

IDF’s takeover of Gaza-bound arms ship cost Israel $10 million
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

How you could land in jail for committing no crime
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

Leno: Anyone who’s not Kerry is welcome in Israel right now
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

The politics and money behind Israel’s Zionist bureaucracy
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

Putin hails Russian revival during visit to Crimea
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

Scientists still working to identify 9/11 victims
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

Report: 21 killed in clashes in Ukraine’s Mariupol
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

Heavy flooding shuts Sinai border crossing, hundreds stranded in Taba
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

Police told to wrap up IDF forgery probe by end of May
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

Ukraine conflict hits home among Russian-speaking Israelis
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

Jerusalem church defaced in latest hate crime attack
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

Economic, social issues to star in new Knesset session
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

Will Israel survive?
Ha’aretz – 8 May 2014

Free conscientious objector Omar Saad
Ha’aretz – 8 May 2014

Indyk: Settlements could drive Israel into binational reality
Ha’aretz – 8 May 2014

Judicial activism and the media: Drawing the thin black line
Ha’aretz – 8 May 2014

Number of homeless youths in Tel Aviv up by 25%
Ha’aretz – 8 May 2014

Al-Sisi, the Jew?
Ha’aretz – 8 May 2014

Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Indyk’s reality check
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2014 – In most “informative” address so far on the latest round of peace negotiations, America’s envoy to the Middle East peace process warned against the blame game as strategically treacherous for both Israel and the Palestinians.

Army Radio apologizes for anti-Haredi rhetoric
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2014 – Radio station says “rejects offensive statements” made about ultra-Orthodox during satirical bit on eve of Independence Day.

Fighting leaves some 20 dead in southeastern Ukraine as Putin marks Victory in Crimea
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2014 – Ukrainian Interior Ministry reports about 20 pro-Russian rebels killed in clashes with security forces in eastern city of Mariupol.

Gantz, Ya’alon cancel annual Home Front drill due to budget crisis
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2014 – Defense source says move is “first step” toward almost complete halt of training for IDF, defense establishment.

On Air Force visit, Susan Rice pledges continued US commitment to Israeli security
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2014 – Rice emphasizes strength of the Israel-US relationship, shared bond and values while speaking at Palmahim Air Force base.

‘Hilltop youth the hardest informants to recruit’
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2014 – Shin Bet officer says security forces are failing to stop “price tags” because Jewish extremists in W. Bank are harder to recruit as informants than Hamas, Islamic Jihad members.

Bat Yam man imprisoned family for whole year, police say
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2014 – The woman and 2 young children did not leave the house for an entire year, police said; man held on charges including rape, child abuse, false imprisonment.

Two killed in road accident on Highway 4
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2014 – The two victims – a woman with car trouble and a taxi driver who stopped to help – were standing on the side of the road when they were hit by a passing car.

Livni: Settlements delegitimize Israel on int’l stage
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2014 – Justice Minister Tzipi Livni echoes Martin Indyk’s argument that settlement activity undermines both negotiations and Israel’s future.

Jordan Valley announces 10-year plan to triple population
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2014 – Between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean there will be 1 nation with sovereignty, and that is Israel, Bayit Yehudi minister says.

Senior police offical: Terrorists plotting to kidnap IDF soldier
Jerusalem Post 8 May 2014 – Security forces do not have a specific warning of an attempt, but there s something in the air, according to officer.

Israel fails to reach finals of Eurovision song contest
Jerusalem Post 8 May 2014 – Mei Finegold represents Israel with song “Same Heart”; Israel has not qualified for final round of the contest for four years running.

In major speech, Indyk opens up on ‘breakdown’ of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
Jerusalem Post 8 May 2014 – US special envoy to the Middle East peace process Martin Indyk makes a broad case for effort to forge peace; says “no urgency” from Israel, Palestinians.

Syrian rebel leader unlikely to get weapons wish list from US
Jerusalem Post 8 May 2014 – The leader of the Western-backed opposition Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad Jarba, is in Washington seeking more advanced weapons.

Israel Aerospace Industries unveils advanced intelligence system for unmanned platforms
Jerusalem Post 8 May 2014 – System identifies and tracks the sources of surrounding signals, such as power, radio broadcasts, or geo-location communications.

Meeting Abbas, Rice outlines ‘constructive’ path forward for peace with Israel
Jerusalem Post 8 May 2014 – In Ramallah, the US National Security Advisor makes clear to the Palestinian President the principles that must guide the Palestinian gov’t to achieve peace.

Captain Sunshine Abramowitz announces run for president
Jerusalem Post 8 May 2014 – US-born green energy entrepreneur and CEO of Energiya Global Capital aims to improve Israel s international standing.

The Olmert effect that got Lahiani to cut a deal
Jerusalem Post 8 May 2014 – Commentators once spoke of an Olmert effect in which many public officials became more brazen and confident that they could beat the prosecution s public corruption charges in court.

Time to remove the blinders
Jerusalem Post 8 May 2014 – Slinging “anti-Semitism” at anyone who disagrees with you or dwelling on the misuse of the term apartheid, simply ignores the problem, and provides a facile escape from facing reality.

Another Tack: Now Livni is livid
Jerusalem Post 8 May 2014 – Livni’s prattle about presumed parity between “democratic” and “Jewish” elements in the declaration of Independence is utter hokum.

Column One: A sad Independence Day
Jerusalem Post 8 May 2014 – To be clear, J Street is to Zionism what Jews for Jesus are to Judaism.

Into the fray: My JNF address (Part I): The peace process failure foretold
Jerusalem Post 8 May 2014 – Between the River and the Sea there will exist either exclusive Jewish sovereignty or exclusive Arab sovereignty. This is not right-wing extremism or religious fanaticism, merely sound political science.

My word: Feeling independent
Jerusalem Post 8 May 2014 – There is nothing more Israeli than the way the country celebrates its birthday.

Grumpy old man: Way out of focus
Jerusalem Post 8 May 2014 – The IDF has inexplicably left visual documentation of the public battlefield to the enemy.

The Guardian

Christians in Israel and Palestine fear rise in violence ahead of pope’s visit
The Guardian 9 May 2014 – Concerns raised about spate of vandalism by hardline Jewish nationalists in Jerusalem churches and attacks in Galilee Christians in Israel and Palestine fear an escalation of violence against them after a spate of vandalism in Jerusalem…

Uruknet

Netanyahu pushes to define Israel as nation state of Jewish people only
Uruknet 9 May 2014 – May 4, 2014 – Binyamin Netanyahu will push ahead with a rare change to Israel s basic laws – which amount to the country s constitution – to insist Israel is “the nation state of one people only – the…

Iraq votes 2014: new electronic voter cards result in fraud, privacy fears and unhappy queues
Uruknet 9 May 2014 – May 4, 2014 – Nine months before Iraq s general elections, which took place yesterday, the body tasked with running the voting, decided they would introduce a system of electronic voting. The system was put together by Spanish technology firm,…

Ferwana: “5,100 Palestinians Currently Imprisoned By Israel”
Uruknet 9 May 2014 – May 4, 2014 – Former political prisoner and 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 had arrived…

UN: Over 220 Palestinians injured in April
Uruknet 9 May 2014 – May 4, 2014- United Nations reports reveal that some 222 Palestinians were injured by Israeli military and police forces during the month of April.Fourteen of the 222 were injured by live ammunition. Six Palestinians were injured with live ammunition during…

PHOTOS: Palestinians hold three-day solidarity event for hunger strikers
Uruknet 9 May 2014 – May 4, 2014 – More than 100 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli administrative detention launched a mass, open-ended hunger strike on April 24. The same day, Palestinians set up a protest tent in the city center of Nablus and have staged…

Israelis attack protesters on World Press Freedom Day
Uruknet 9 May 2014 – May 4, 2014 – The Israeli army attacked a peaceful protest organised by Palestinian journalists on Saturday near Beit El military barrier in the occupied West Bank. The protest was organised to mark World Press Freedom Day. Soldiers are reported…

Iran and West to reach nuclear agreement soon
Uruknet 9 May 2014 – May 4, 2014 -Israel foresees a nuclear agreement between Iran and the G6, Haaretz newspaper said Sunday.According to a senior Israeli official quoted by Haaretz, a permanent agreement on Iran s nuclear program is likely to be reached soon. Based…

Cosmetics Firm Lush Supports the Release of Shaker Aamer from Guant·namo
Uruknet 9 May 2014 – May 4, 2014 – I m very pleased to note that the cosmetics firm Lush has created a Charity Pot calling for the release from Guant·namo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison. The 20-year old company,…

Druze conscientious objector hospitalized with liver infection
Uruknet 9 May 2014 – May 4, 2014 – Omar Sa ad, a Druze conscientious objector who is currently serving his seventh prison term for refusing to join the Israeli army, was hospitalized in Haifa last week with a liver infection. According to a report…

3,000 PA officers to join Gaza security forces in unity step
Uruknet 9 May 2014 – May 4, 2014 — Arrangements are being made for some 3,000 Palestinian Authority policemen to join the Gaza government s security forces, a statement said Sunday.Abd al-Salam Siyam, secretary-general of the Gaza government s cabinet, said in a statement that…

Syria News – May 3 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 9 May 2014 – May 3 , 2014 – Syrian Network for Human Rights documented up to this moment of Saturday 3-05-2014 , the kill of 53 victims by Government Forces in different Syrian Governorates….Aleppo | Alfirdose | At least four people were killed and many others injured…

Military Resistance 12E1 Thumbs Down
Uruknet 9 May 2014 – May 3, 2014 – Americans in large numbers want the U.S. to reduce its role in world affairs even as a showdown with Russia over Ukraine preoccupies Washington, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. In a marked change from…

A red-brown alliance for Syria
Uruknet 9 May 2014 – May 3, 2014 -Neo-Nazis, Stalinists, Catholic fundamentalists and pacifists may seem like strange political bedfellows, but they have found common ground in a diffuse brand of anti-imperialism. This left-wing/right-wing alliance s online campaigning and its active support for the Assad…

Iraq: Government Blocking Residents Fleeing Fighting Humanitarian Crisis in Anbar Province
Uruknet 9 May 2014 – May 3, 2014 – The Iraqi government is exacerbating a humanitarian crisis in Anbar Province by hindering residents from leaving areas where fighting is taking place and impeding aid from getting in. The government should immediately facilitate safe passage for…

Occupation Traffic: The Road from Ramallah to Abu Dis
Uruknet 9 May 2014 – May 3, 2014 -Before you sleep, you make a little time calculation using the time your class begins, the 45 minutes it takes to get there and the one-hour you give yourself just-in-case there is occupation traffic. You jump in…

Three Presidents Who Ordered Mass Torture of Prisoners And Two Who Failed to Stop Torture
Uruknet 9 May 2014 – May 3, 2013 -It is the tenth anniversary of the Abu Ghraib torture scandal. Ten years have passed, with limited justice at best. Ten years with only a few of the low level guilty punished while those higher up not…

Israel s creative dispossession tactics
Uruknet 8 May 2014 – May 3, 2014 – 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…

Psychologists Call for End to Abusive Interrogation Techniques in Army Field Manual
Uruknet 8 May 2014 – May 3, 2014 – A group of psychologists who have been outspoken in opposing the use of U.S. medical professionals in interrogations have released a letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel condemning the ongoing use…

Jewish extremists vandalise Muslim grave in Israel
Uruknet 8 May 2014 – May 3, 2014 – Suspected Jewish extremists vandalised 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. “Graffiti was found sprawled on and around…

Everyone is under surveillance now, says whistleblower Edward Snowden
Uruknet 8 May 2014 – May 3, 2014 -The US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned that entire populations, rather than just individuals, now live under constant surveillance.”It s no longer based on the traditional practice of targeted taps based on some individual suspicion of…

The latest page in Israel s divide and conquer playbook: enlisting Palestinian Christians
Uruknet 8 May 2014 – May 3, 2014 – Haitham Haddad is used to Israeli Jews asking whether he is “an Arab or a Christian.” The Haifa-born artist and t-shirt designer, who grew up in the Palestinian Christian community, has been hearing the query since…

With status quo on its side, Israel happily rejects peace
Uruknet 8 May 2014 – May 3, 2014 – During nine months of negotiations, Israeli officials have constantly questioned our ability to make peace. World leaders visiting Tel Aviv have been faced with rhetorical questions like “Shall we make peace with Gaza or the West…

Fraudulent elections in Iraq
Uruknet 8 May 2014 – May 3, 2014 – How can the Iraqi elections be labeled as fair by the corporate media, UNAMI and the Arab League when security forces can vote twice, when people are bribed, when voters are being harassed and/or unable to…

Daily Star

Designers Week takes online souk to real life
Daily Star 9 May 2014 In the shade of luxury yachts harbored at Zaitunay Bay, more than 75 Beirut designers set up stands to showcase everything from furniture to fashion.

To read, and not to read, in Lebanon
Daily Star 9 May 2014 For years, a startling statistic about Middle East literacy has made the rounds. On average, it suggests, Arabs spend six minutes a year reading about six pages.

Chamoun leads new breed of young Lebanese talent
Daily Star 9 May 2014 He was a late addition to Ghassan Sarkis squad at Champville last season, and now talented youngster Elie Chamoun plays under the Lebanon manager at Amchit.

YNet News

Conversion to Judaism is the answer
YNet News, 9 May 2014 – Op-ed: Beyond dealing with intermarriage and declining numbers, encouraging conversion could solve a lot of problems in Jewish life. ….

Egyptian Sheik convicted of terrorist plots in New York taken for medical care
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Greece approves budget forecasted to end deep recesion this year
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20 reported dead in Ukraine’s biggest attack yet against pro-Russian rebels
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Yemeni defense minister attacked by al-Qaida militants; 3 dead in clashes
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UK gay couples get right to combine coats of arms
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‘Tehran children’ Holocaust survivors finally win compensation
YNet News, 8 May 2014 – After case stalled for years, group of Polish Holocaust survivors smuggled to Israel via Iran awarded NIS 25,000 apiece. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Limited Israeli incursion east of Khan Younis
PIC – The Iraeli occupation army on Friday morning carried out a small-scale incursion into Khuza‚¨ “!a town, east of Khan Younis city in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli text messages to lure Palestinian youth into espionage
PIC – Several Gazan young men received text message on their cellphones on Thursday evening asking them frankly to work as informers for Israel.

Two Palestinian young men arrested by IOF in Beit Ummar
PIC – Two Palestinian boys were arrested by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday night in Beit Ummar town in al-Khalil, north of the occupied West Bank.

Jewish settlers spray-paint anti-Arab graffiti in O. Jerusalem
PIC – Fanatic Jewish settlers believed to be from the price tag gang at dawn Friday spray-painted racist slurs on walls against Palestinian Muslims and Christians in occupied Jerusalem.

IOF hands PA wanted Jenin refugee
PIC – A state of extreme anxiety and tension prevails at Jenin camp after the Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) handed over a refugee arrested at dawn to PA security apparatuses.

Calls for mass solidarity campaign to champion hunger-strikers‚¨ “! cause
PIC – Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movements called on the Palestinian masses to initiate a large-scale solidarity campaign on Friday to promote Palestinian prisoners‚¨ “! cause.

Clashes broke out in Burqin west of Jenin
PIC – Seven Palestinian citizens have suffered breathing problems when Israeli soldiers fired tear gas bombs on Friday morning in Burqin town west of Jenin northern occupied West Bank.

US pledges to bar Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons
PIC – The US administration has assured Israel at high-level talks on Thursday that Washington remained determined to stop Iran developing nuclear arms.

Infographic: No to administrative detention
PIC – Palestinian activists in prisoners’ issue have published infographic on Thursday introducing administrative detention policy and its scale in Israeli jails.

IOA jails five Jerusalemite minors
PIC – Israeli District Court has issued on Thursday actual sentences against 6 Jerusalemites, from Issawiya and Tur towns.

Misc

Rafael Nadal advances to Madrid Open semifinals; Serena Williams withdraws
LA Times 9 May 2014 – MADRID — Defending champion Rafael Nadal gave his clay-court doldrums a boost by reaching the Madrid Open semifinals on Friday with a dominant performance against Thomas Berdych. In the women’s tournament, two-time defending champion Serena Williams withdrew with a leg injury, while Maria…

Clippers sponsors slow to return despite NBA ban of Donald Sterling
LA Times 9 May 2014 – The NBA has banned L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, but that’s not good enough for many advertisers and sponsors. Nearly 20 brands suspended or terminated their sponsorships of the Clippers after the release of a recording in which Sterling, 80, scolded a female…

Martin Kaymer has one stroke lead at the Players Championship
LA Times 9 May 2014 – PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth are having a blast at The Players Championship — one because he’s playing good golf again, the other because that’s all he’s been doing. Kaymer followed his record-tying 63 on the Stadium Course on the…

Students need an education in sexual assault before college
LA Times 9 May 2014 – It seemed funny 20 years ago when Antioch College unveiled a sexual offense prevention policy so prescriptive that students weren’t allowed to kiss without receiving explicit permission. The small Ohio campus became the butt of national jokes, including a parody on “Saturday Night Live”…

Boeing subcontractor admits contract fraud
LA Times 9 May 2014 – A Hacienda Heights man pleaded guilty in federal court in St. Louis on Friday to charges he used inside information from a Boeing employee in a bid to win contracts to produce 16 different military aircraft parts, prosecutors said. William Boozer, 59, owns Globe Dynamics…

Battles over San Onofre nuclear plant costs gaining steam
LA Times 9 May 2014 – Heated battles over who pays for last year’s permanent closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant and how much are just getting started. Even some consumer groups are already at odds with each other. Experts peg the immediate cost at $4.7 billion…

Status of Clippers sponsors
LA Times 9 May 2014 – Status of the team’s sponsorships since the NBA’s lifetime ban of Donald Sterling: Suspended/Canceled Burger King, CarMax, Corona, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, Sprint, State Farm, Virgin America Returned Adidas, Commerce Hotel & Casino, Kia Motors America, Red Bull, Samsung,…

Marian Gaborik has fit in perfectly with the Kings
LA Times 9 May 2014 – The Kings’ Marian Gaborik has had a far more enjoyable playoff experience against the Ducks than in his previous encounter. Gaborik has three goals and three assists in helping the Kings to a 2-1 Western Conference semifinal series lead. That’s three more goals and three…

A Pulverized Prize Changes Hands, Peacefully, in Syria
New York Times 9 May 2014 – Syrian rebels appeared to have fulfilled their end of a deal with the government to leave their bastion in Homs, but a United Nations official said the refugee crisis was worsening.

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Kerry s Mideast Failure Was a Success
New York Times 9 May 2014 – The collapse of peace talks was a disappointment for America. Israeli and Palestinian leaders got what they wanted.

At His Trial, Imam Tells of Losing His Forearms
New York Times 8 May 2014 – Mostafa Kamel Mostafa, on trial for terrorism-related charges, testified that his injury occurred while testing liquid explosives in Pakistan.

Ingredients of Nerve Agent Still in Syria, Official Says
New York Times 8 May 2014 – The United Nations official overseeing the destruction of chemical arms said it was not yet safe to remove the remainder of materials.

An Explosion and a Blockade, and a Syrian Pact Is in Limbo
New York Times 8 May 2014 – An insurgent group claimed responsibility for an attack on Thursday, saying it was a response to the mass killing of unarmed civilians in Aleppo.

World Briefing: Libya: Gunmen Kill Intelligence Official
New York Times 8 May 2014 – Gunmen on Thursday shot dead Col. Ibrahim al-Senussi Akila, a top government intelligence official in Benghazi, a day after a political leader in that eastern city rejected the election of a new prime minister.

World Briefing: 17 Human Rights Groups Urge Palestinians to Join World Court
New York Times 8 May 2014 – A group of 17 human rights organizations including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International on Thursday urged President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority to promptly join the International Criminal Court, a move strongly opposed by Israel and the United States.

Egyptian Tourism s Message to World: Come Anyway
New York Times 8 May 2014 – The significant loss of tourism has taken a disastrous toll on the economy, starving the country of badly needed foreign currency.

There has been terror for some time : Vatican responds to Jewish extremists attacks against Christians ahead of Pope s visit
Mondoweiss – Hebrew graffiti on a Roman Orthodox Church in Jerusalem reads: King David, king of the Jews and Jesus is garbage . May,9, 2014 (Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images) Weeks before Pope Francis is due to arrive in Israel May 24 for a three-day visit, attacks and threats against…

Forward runs shocking images of Israeli children glorifying violence
Mondoweiss – Settler children at Israeli independence celebration May 2014 We re used to hearing about the incitement of Israeli children from Max Blumenthal, who says indoctrination begins in the spring season of holidays when kids are taught about the enemies who surround them. Well the American Jewish community…

NY Times troubling corrections: Hebron youth who first had brass knuckles now investigated for possessing weapons (Updated)
Mondoweiss – New York Times headquarters. (Photo: Wikipedia) Unfortunately in the upside down world of the New York Times reporting on Palestine and Israel, where Palestinian voices often count less than Israeli voices, bringing exculpatory evidence to light and requesting a correction doesn t always result in greater clarity….

On NPR, two states is still what the solution needs to be
Mondoweiss – Steve Inskeep The two-state paradigm is being widely undermined these days. Martin Indyk says that Israel is pushing itself into a binational reality, Mustafa Barghouthi says that nearly 50 years of occupation have created full-fledged apartheid, Ali Abunimah says tha t dialogue without action is just prolonging…

Priest who pushed Palestinian Christian army service is canned
Mondoweiss – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Father Gabriel Nadaf. (Photo: Israeli Government Press Office) The protests in response to the push to enlist Palestinian Christians scored a victory this week, as the priest spearheading the effort has been dismissed by the church he is affiliated with. Father…

Israel s unending settlements mortally wound idea of a Jewish state Indyk
Mondoweiss – Watch live streaming video from washingtoninstitute at livestream.com Martin Indyk spoke at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy yesterday and placed most of the blame on the Israelis for the breakdown in talks and echoed Palestinian frustration. He said in essence that the Israelis aren t…

Nonviolent resistance through art in Aida refugee camp
Mondoweiss – I recently visited Palestine for the first time. Part of this visit included a trip to Aida refugee camp just outside Bethlehem in the Palestinian-controlled West Bank. Aida refugee camp was set up in 1950 by UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine), as a direct result of…

Visa Wars: U.S. Denies Entry to Israeli Spies
Tikun Olam – Shin Bet and Mossad agents entering U.S.: visa denied! In the past year, the U.S. government has adopted a radical new approach to Israeli spies seeking access to this country: it s shut the door. Well, not entirely. But scores, if not hundreds of Israeli officials associated…

Palestinian Collaboration Overshadows Latest Talks
Sabbah report 9 May 2014 – After the signing of the Oslo agreement in 1993, that 20 years later, the only Palestinians carrying weapons would be doing so on Israel’s behalf. Abbas has promised that whatever the outcome of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the US-trained and financed PA police force will maintain its…

Is UKIP the white knight of British politics?
Sabbah report 9 May 2014 – In his quest to free Britain from the European Union, UKIP leader Nigel Farage should consider the repercussions of selling his country into harlotry for racist Israel. Continue reading í! The post: Is UKIP the white knight of British politics? appeared first on Sabbah Report ß…

Israeli soldier to Palestinians in Hebron: We protect Jews, not you. Next chance I ll shoot you
Sabbah report 9 May 2014 – On Tape: Israel army soldier tells Palestinian activist from Youth Against Settlements that the next chance he gets, he’ll shoot him. Continue reading í! The post: Israeli soldier to Palestinians in Hebron: We protect Jews, not you. Next chance I ll shoot you appeared first on Sabbah…

Democrats divided on Benghazi panel
BBC 9 May 2014 – US House of Representatives Democrats are considering whether to participate in a Republican-led investigation into the deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

Syria troops move into Homs Old City
BBC 9 May 2014 – Syrian government troops move into previously rebel-held areas of Homs – once a hub of the revolution – after the evacuation of rebel forces.

IRS Is Coming for American Tax Evaders in Israel
The Forward New 9 May 2014 – Americans trying to hide income in Israeli banks are about to be exposed to IRS scrutiny. The same goes for those who didn t even know they were supposed to be filing with Uncle Sam. Click here for the rest of the article…

Yemen troops killed in palace attack
BBC 9 May 2014 – Several Yemeni soldiers are killed in a clash with militants outside the presidential palace in Sanaa.

Tunisian parliament questions ministers over Israeli tourists
Al-Akhbar News 9 May 2014 – A picture taken on April 26, 2013 shows a Jewish boy praying in the Ghriba synagogue on the Tunisian resort island of Djerba at the start of a three-day pilgrimage. (Photo: AFP – Fethi Belaid) Tunisia’s parliament questioned two ministers Friday accused of promoting “normalization” with…

Week in Photos (May 3-May 9)
Al-Akhbar News 9 May 2014 – A member of the Sudanese military flashes the sign for victory as a convoy of vehicles carrying illegal migrants who were abandoned in the desert by human traffickers arrives in the northern Sudanese city of Dongola after a journey of hundreds of kilometres following their rescue…

Yemen’s defense minister survives Al-Qaeda attack
Al-Akhbar News 9 May 2014 – Yemen’s defense minister escaped an assassination attempt by suspected al-Qaeda militants in southern Yemen on Friday, a security source told Reuters. The source said Muhammad Nasir Ahmad and a number of senior security officials were attacked by gunmen while travelling in their vehicles in the province…

‘Cash-strapped’ Israeli army pressing US for $3 billion military aid deal
Al-Akhbar News 9 May 2014 – An honor guard of Israeli soldiers stands to attention at the start of Remembrance Day for fallen soldiers during a state ceremony at the Western Wall of the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem’s Old City on May 4, 2014.(Photo: AFP – Gali Tibbon) Budget-strapped Israel is pressing…

Lebanese presidency: May 25 is not the deadline for regional efforts
Al-Akhbar Opinion 9 May 2014 – Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri casts his vote to elect the new Lebanese president in the parliament building in downtown Beirut on April 23, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Joseph Eid/Pool) Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri casts his vote to elect the new Lebanese president in the parliament building…

Clashes in Fallujah kill 11
Al-Akhbar News 9 May 2014 – Updated at 5:58pm: Iraqi forces launched an operation Friday to retake areas near the militant-held city of Fallujah in preparation for an eventual assault, a senior officer said, as violence killed 11 people. Anti-government fighters have held Fallujah, just a short drive from Baghdad, and shifting…

Israeli vandals spray anti-Christian graffiti ahead of Pope Francis visit
Al-Akhbar News 9 May 2014 – An Israeli policeman walks past graffiti on the wall of a church reading in Hebrew “King David king of the Jews and Jesus is garbage, Price tag” on May 9, 2014 in Jerusalem near the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Sharim. (Photo: AFP – Thomas Coex) Vandals…

Orchestrated arrests in Tripoli: Rifi’s children” held by the army
Al-Akhbar News 9 May 2014 – One of Tripoli’s battle scarred neighborhoods. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar) One of Tripoli’s battle scarred neighborhoods. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar) All of a sudden, frontline commanders in Tripoli began to fall. One by one, they surrendered to the army intelligence. The deal, conducted in stages, was…

Yemeni forces kill Al-Qaeda commander
Al-Akhbar News 9 May 2014 – Yemeni security forces killed an Al-Qaeda commander suspected of masterminding a wave of kidnap attempts targeting Western diplomats in a night-time operation in the capital, a spokesman said on Friday. The operation came amid a security alert in Sanaa that prompted the closure of the US…

Saudi Arabia calls for postponing of Arab League meeting on Syria
Al-Akhbar News 9 May 2014 – Saudi Arabia has urged the indefinite postponement of an Arab League meeting on Syria that Riyadh itself called, the group’s deputy chief Ahmed Ben Helli said on Friday. The meeting of foreign ministers was originally called for Monday by Riyadh, which backs rebels in the conflict,…

Israel uses scare tactics to woo Palestinian Christians
Al-Akhbar Politics 9 May 2014 – A Greek Orthodox priests looks on during the Palm Sunday celebrations at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 13, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Thomas Coex) A Greek Orthodox priests looks on during the Palm Sunday celebrations at the Church of the Holy…

Palestinians seek to heal wounds from Hamas-Fatah clashes
Al-Monitor 9 May 2014 – Initiatives have been launched in conjunction with the political reconciliation to heal the pain suffered by families who lost loved ones during the violence between Hamas and Fatah.

Egypt s 2012 presidential candidates: Where are they now?
Al-Monitor 9 May 2014 – The 2012 presidential elections showcased a diverse selection of candidates from across Egypt s political spectrum, but this time around, the field has narrowed.

Latakia captives speak out about their ordeal, others still missing
Al-Akhbar Politics 8 May 2014 – Syrian government forces stand at a checkpoint, decorated with pictures of President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian flags, leading to the Jab al-Jandali district of the central city of Homs on May 7, 2014, after Syrian government forces regained control of the city. (Photo: AFP/STR) Syrian government…

Articles


Kerry and the spectre of Israeli apartheid
Mohammad Hafeth Yacoub, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 5/8/2014
When US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Israel could possibly be turning into an apartheid state, it was pointed out that many senior Israeli politicians and officials have shared this view. However, this did not prevent him from being attacked in Israel and in Washington, causing him to retreat and defend himself. Department of State spokesperson Jane Psaki said later that Secretary Kerry merely expressed a simple view that, “in his opinion, the two-state solution is the only option for Israel, if it wants to be a democratic Jewish State”.
The reality of the situation is that Kerry’s warnings have little to do with apartheid itself but of the consequences it will have on Israel. Kerry fears, or claims that he fears, that boycotting Israel will lead to an apartheid state; he fears that it will have the same fate as white apartheid South Africa and that it will be isolated and boycotted by the international community. He also fears that Israel will experience the same outcome as South Africa as and when its version of apartheid is dismantled. Kerry considers himself to be Israel’s friend and, as such, he sees it as his responsibility to warn Israel of the consequences of its actions and to protect it from greater harm. He has a duty, he believes, to save Israel from its own actions and potentially suicidal path.
Kerry is aware that what he said is nothing new. Former US President Jimmy Carter not only warned Israel of the same fate but also criticised the policies of the neo-conservatives who came to power with the George W. Bush administration. Carter expressed his regret eloquently that the United States supported Israel’s acts of aggression against Palestinian “terrorism” during the second Intifada. In his book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, which was dedicated to the Palestinian cause, President Carter warned of the consequences that would ensue with America’s continued support for Israeli aggression.
The Secretary of State is also aware of the fact that many Israeli politicians and security officials share his view and have warned the Israeli and government numerous times that Israel is on the road to apartheid…. more..e-mail

The Israeli Army Rebellion
Uri Avnery, CounterPunch 5/9/2014
Just before Israel s 66th Independence Day, the country acquired a new national hero.
If it is true that every nation gets the national heroes it deserves, it was a rather worrying spectacle.
The video clip that turned David Adamov from an anonymous soldier into a national figure was taken with a Palestinian camera in Hebron.
Such video cameras have become the bane of the Israeli army. They have been widely distributed to young Palestinians throughout the occupied territories by Israeli peace organizations, especially B Tselem.
The clip starts with the scene in Hebron. In the middle of Shuhada street stands a solitary soldier with a green beret and a rifle. He looks like any soldier, with the short beard now in vogue among Israeli youngsters.
Some kind of discussion develops between the soldier and elderly Palestinians in the street. But the camera turns to a Palestinian teenager, unarmed, who approaches the soldier, pushing his face very close to him and touching his shoulder with his hand.
The soldier reacts angrily, swinging his rifle. At this moment, another teenager enters the frame and passes the soldier from behind.
The soldier, obviously feeling threatened, swings around and cocks his rifle, ready to shoot. Threatening both teenagers, he tries to kick one, all the time uttering a stream of foul language. Then he notices the photographer, orders him to stop filming and curses his mother in the most vulgar terms. more..e-mail

How the Israeli gov t rewards land thieves
Yossi Gurvitz for Yesh Din, +972 Magazine 5/9/2014
In a closed conversation, the head of the Beit El Yeshiva exposes that he received millions of shekels from the State of Israel in compensation for his seminary s violations of the law with the quiet assistance of a senior Knesset member.
Sometimes, it all comes out.
A few months ago, I wrote about the deceit allegedly carried out by the Beit El Yeshiva in Jabel Artis ( Givat HaUlpana ), where it sold and rented apartments on land it did not own, and which it knew it had no right to sell. Recently, Yesh Din petitioned (Hebrew) the HCJ, on behalf of the residents of Dura Al Qara, against the police decision to close the investigation of Yoel Tzur, CEO of the Company for Developing Beit El s Yeshiva Comple
x, who admitted during his interrogation that he began building in Jabel Artis knowing the land was not his to build on.

On April 13, the news site News1 (Hebrew) exposed what the head of the yeshiva, Zalman Baruch Melamed, said in a closed discussion. From what Melamed said, it appears the Netanyahu government promised to compensate the yeshiva for the evacuation of Givat HaUlpana, and that the money is now reaching the yeshiva. Melamed, as quoted by News1, said that the government promised the yeshiva 30 apartments, building permits for 300 more apartments and another payment for building the yeshiva a new school building. In return, Melamed promised that the evacuation would take place without violence.
The funds, said Melamed, were transferred recently and hereby lies an interesting story. A few weeks back, MK David Rotem (Ha Likud Be itenu) pulled every trick in the book to prevent the Freedom of Information Law from being applied to the Settlement Division of the World Zionist Organization…. more..e-mail

Israel s disingenuous rearguard stooges
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 5/9/2014
 Unhelpful to blame anyone for peace talks breakdown, says British government. Support Kerry and return to pointless negotiations.
Britain s Foreign Office, presided over by William Hague, has come up with the most fatuous response so far to the collapse of the latest peace talks stage-managed, as always, by Israel s partner in crime, America. Here it is:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign Affairs Council/General Affairs Council
The Minister for Europe (Mr David Lidington):
7 May 2014
Middle East Peace Process
My right Honourable Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [William Hague] will attend the Foreign Affairs Council on 12 May, and I will attend the General Affairs Council on 13 May. The Foreign Affairs Council will be chaired by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Ashton
Ministers will discuss the latest developments in the Middle East peace process. Conclusions should focus on urging both sides to avoid any steps which would make a return to talks more difficult and find the common ground and political strength to resume negotiations…. more..e-mail

Hebrew University sets police on students protesting army recruitment
Electronic Intifada: 9 May 2014 – Undercover police dressed as Arabs arrested students protesting voluntary draft of Christians.more..

good news, disturbing news, in Syria
In Gaza: 9 May 2014 – Good news and more horrific testimonies in Latakia, where 15 civilians (11 children, 4 women) of the reportedly 95 civilians (mostly, if not completely, women and children) kidnapped last August were released yesterday. Below are a report on the released children and women, prior reports of the massacres which occurred last August, at the time when they were kidnapped, and some reflections from Lilly Martin who lives in Latakia. Latakia captives speak out about their ordeal, others still missing May 8, 2014, al Akhbar That s my daughter. She looks like a boy with her strange haircut. They punished her by cutting her hair, even though she is not even four yet. I don t know what sin she committed, one father said after seeing his freed daughter. She was one of the hostages abducted in the eastern Latakia countryside. She is now back in Latakia, after nine months of captivity by Syrian opposition…more

The Aptly Named Anne-Marie Slaughter
Palestine Chronicle: 9 May 2014 – By Steve Breyman Political language . . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. George Orwell Rise to Prominence Anne-Marie Slaughter had a successful academic career at elite institutions. After receiving degrees from Princeton, Harvard Law, and Oxford, she taught law at the University of Chicago and Harvard University. She was the first woman Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. Slaughter is currently President of the New America Foundation, a centrist DC think tank (Google s Eric Schmidt is chairman of the board of directors which includes Fareed Zakaria, St
even Rattner, Jonathan Soros, Francis Fukuyama, and James Fallows). Foreign Policy named her to its annual list of the Top100 Global Thinkers in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Slaughter lectures widely, is a member of the Trilateral Commission, and pens a monthly column for Project Syndicate. Slaughter, an international…
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A National Hero
Dissident Voice: 9 May 2014 – Just before Israel s 66th Independence Day, the country acquired a new national hero. If it is true that every nation gets the national heroes it deserves, it was a rather worrying spectacle. The video clip that turned David Adamov from an anonymous soldier into a national figure was taken with a Palestinian camera in Hebron. Such video cameras have become the bane of the Israeli army. They have been widely distributed to young Palestinians throughout the occupied territories by Israeli peace organizations, especially B Tselem. The clip starts with the scene in Hebron. In the middle of Shuhada street stands a solitary soldier with a green beret and a rifle. He looks like any soldier, with the short beard now in vogue among Israeli youngsters. Some kind of discussion develops between the soldier and elderly Palestinians in the street. But the camera turns to a Palestinian teenager, unarmed, who approaches the…more


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