VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 10 May 2014

10 May 2014 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

UN Official: Boycott Settlement Products Worldwide
IMEMC – Richard Falk called, on Friday, for worldwide solidarity with the Palestinian struggle through boycott and divestment from companies profitng from illegal Israeli settlement construction. …

Soldier and Settler Attacks Continue in West Bank
IMEMC – Both Israeli soldiers and settlers continued their violations against the Palestinian people and their property well into Saturday, this week, with the most recent assaults and abductions occurring in the districts of Jenin, Hebron and Bethlehem. …

Letter from Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails 5/9/2014
IMEMC – The following is a copy of a letter from Palestinian administrative detainees, posted on facebook by the Campaign of Exposing Israeli Crimes via Social Media. …

Rights Groups Urge Abbas to Strengthen International Ties
IMEMC – A number of human rights groups from Addameer Prisoner Support to Amnesty International are urging Palestinian officials to sign up with the International Criminal Court. …

Ma’an News

UN’s Falk urges companies worldwide to boycott settlement products
5/10/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A UN official on Friday called for solidarity with Palestinians though boycott and divestment from companies that benefit from settlements. In a report published in Arabic on the UN’s website, Richard Falk, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, urged organizations and companies around the world to join the “increasingly international solidarity movement….

Christians ask Maronite patriarch to reconsider Jerusalem visit
5/10/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A prominent Palestinian Christian activist group has urged the Lebanese patriarch to reconsider an upcoming trip to Jerusalem, as controversy mounts over what could potentially be the first visit of a Maronite religious leader to the holy city since Israel’s creation in 1948. Palestinian group Kairos released a statement on Friday warning Patriarch Beshara al-Rai that his plans to….

Activists call for Nakba commemoration in Jerusalem
5/10/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Jerusalem activists representing all major Palestinian parties on Saturday called for Nakba Day commemorations to be held at Damascus gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on May 15. The activists also called for all Palestinian Jerusalemites to participate in the commemorations and contribute to reviving the memory of the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” among all generations of Palestinians. The activists highlighted….

Israeli writer calls anti-Palestinian vandals ‘Hebrew neo-Nazis’
5/11/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s best known writer, Amos Oz, says that Israelis behind a wave of hate crimes against Muslims and Christians are “Hebrew neo-Nazis,” Haaretz newspaper reported on its website Saturday. It quoted the award-winning author as saying terms such as “price tag,” widely used to describe attacks on Palestinians and others by Jewish extremists, are sanitized euphemisms. They are “sweet names for….

Analysis: An army rebellion and a new Israeli national hero
5/10/2014 – By Uri Avnery – 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. Some kind of discussion develops….

Pope tackles rifts with Middle East ‘pilgrimage of prayer’
5/10/2014 – VATICAN CITY (AFP) — Pope Francis makes his first trip to the Middle East this month accompanied by Jewish and Muslim intellectuals to push for inter-religious dialogue amid stalled peace talks between Israelis and the Palestinians. The head of the world’s 1. 2 billion Catholics, who has garnered a reputation as a reformer as well as defender of the downtrodden since his election last….

Tunisia ministers escape censure over Israeli tourists’ visit
5/10/2014 – TUNIS (AFP) — Censure motions against two Tunisian ministers accused of promoting “normalization” with Israel were withdrawn late Friday, just before deputies in the parliament were due to take a vote. The motions were filed late last month against Tourism Minister Amel Karboul and Deputy Interior Minister for Security Ridha Sfar, with documents purporting to show that the latter give written authorization for Israeli tourists to….

Ashrawi: Jerusalem ‘a symbol of peace, surrounded by checkpoints’
5/10/2014 – STOCKHOLM (Ma’an) — PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi addressed the Nordic Jerusalem Conference in Sweden on Friday, stressing the importance of Jerusalem for Palestinians. Jerusalem is a symbol of peace, but it is surrounded by military checkpoints, a separation wall, and settlements, Ashrawi said. The city is part and parcel of Palestinian history and culture, she added. Ashrawi also asserted that diversity is….

Global March to Jerusalem launches ahead of June protest
5/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Al-Quds international foundation on Saturday launched activities for the Global March to Jerusalem on Saturday, an event organized annually on June 6 in commemoration of the outbreak of the Six Day War that led to the 1967 Israeli occupation of Jerusalem. Hamas-affiliated lawmaker Ahmad Abu Halabiya announced that marches would set off from Jerusalem as well as from cities….

Hamas-affiliated newspaper distributed to West Bank, Jerusalem
5/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas-affiliated newspaper Felesteen on Saturday was distributed in the West Bank and East Jerusalem for the first time in seven years. The Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Information announced earlier this week that it would allow the newspaper to be distributed outside the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, the West Bank and East Jerusalem newspapers al-Quds, al-Ayyam, and al-Hayaat al-Jadida….

Fatah: 5-week deadline for unity govt still in place
5/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Fatah spokesman on Saturday said that the PLO-Hamas reconciliation deal was making the necessary progress to be implemented within five weeks of the April 23 agreement as planned. Fayiz Abu Eita told Ma’an that senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad was set to visit the Gaza Strip “soon” to discuss the formation of the agreed-upon unity government. Talks….

1 dead, 2 injured in tractor accident in northern West Bank
5/10/2014 – JENIN (Ma’an) – A woman died and two others were injured in a tractor accident in the northern West Bank Friday, medics said. Medical sources told Ma’an that 56-year-old Radiya Taher died after the tractor she was riding flipped on the road between the villages of Arrana and Deir Ghazala east of Jenin. Her son, 28-year-old Jamil Salah al-Din Taher….

Last Syria rebels quit Homs Old City, residents return to ruins
5/10/2014 – HOMS, Syria (AFP) — The Syrian government was Saturday enjoying a symbolic victory as civilians began trickling back into the rubble of Homs’ Old City after the last rebels left under an evacuation deal. The pullout, completed Friday, leaves the rebels confined to a single district on the outskirts of the central city, once “the capital of the revolution” against President Bashar Assad. As troops….

Shelling ‘kills 11’ in Iraq’s Fallujah
5/10/2014 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Shelling killed 11 people on Saturday in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which has been held by anti-government fighters for more than four months, a doctor said. The bombardment and twin shootings that killed two people in Nineveh province in the north were the latest in a protracted surge of violence that has killed more than 3,100 people this year. They came with….

Rubble, a coffee cup and painful memories in Homs’ Old City
5/10/2014 – HOMS, Syria (AFP) — Returning to her home in the war-ravaged Homs neighborhood of Hamidiyeh, Huda found nothing where her house once stood but a pile of rubble and a lone cup from her coffee service. She was among hundreds who were allowed to return Friday to inspect the damage to homes they abandoned two years ago rebels and government troops battled for control of the….

International Solidarity Movement

VIDEO – 15-year-old boy assaulted and detained in Hebron
5/10/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Today in al-Khalil (Hebron), Israeli soldiers viciously assaulted a 15-year-old boy while they were attempting to arrest him. The soldiers accused him of attacking 10 settler youth; he was then taken to Tel Rumeida military base and then released after 20 minutes with no charges. ISM activists witnessed one Israeli soldier pulling the young teenager towards Tel Rumeida military….

Relief Web

Lebanon: Lebanon: RRP6 Monthly Update – March 2014: Education
Relief Web 10 May 2014 – Source: UN Children’s Fund, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic HIGHLIGHTS: The education sector is in the process of developing a strategic response framework which outlines the different options for learning offered to…

occupied Palestinian territory: Global Action Week Update: A Commitment to Inclusive Education
Relief Web 9 May 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Amman Beginning on 4 May, in honour of Global Action Week on Education for All, the UN Relief…

The National

North Afghanistan s poor lament flow of aid to badlands
The National 10 May 2014 – Political and military priorities have diverted most of the billions of dollars of assistance to the country’s south over the past 12 years.

Syrian rebels cut off water supply to both halves of Aleppo
The National 10 May 2014 – Residents forced to queue at wells in both rebel and regime-held parts of the city after Jabhat Al Nusra blocks supply from pumping station.

Mattresses, massage, music life s great on the cow farm
The National 10 May 2014 – A Bosnian who fled to Norway returns with a herd of cows that enjoy luxuries beyond the reach of many of his countrymen.

US to press for coordinated GCC security strategy in Jeddah
The National 10 May 2014 – First US-GCC meeting of defence ministers since 2008 offers a chance to revise strategies to match developments in the region.

India election campaign ends with conflicting visions
The National 10 May 2014 – Congress leader Rahul Gandhi warns of social divisions under BJP’s Narendra Modi, who calls for an end to Gandhi dynasty in Indian politics.

Yemeni officials confirm Americans involvement in shootings
The National 10 May 2014 – Two armed Yemenis were killed when two US embassy staff reacted to alleged kidnapping attempt on April 24.

Thousands turn out for visit of Coptic pope in Abu Dhabi
The National 10 May 2014 – This is the first time that Pope Tawadros II has visited the UAE.

Old threats to the modern Gulf states
The National 10 May 2014 – The biggest threats to the modern Gulf states come from wars and risks that are very old-fashioned

Ha’aretz

Deported Sudanese asylum seeker involuntarily returned to Israel
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Austria’s bearded drag diva Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision Song Contest
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Austria’s bearded drag diva Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision Song Contest
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Not the final frontier: Patrick Stewart says his career is far from over
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Spy in the ointment further undermines U.S.-Israel relations
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

2,000 march in memory of suspected terror attack victim
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Israeli minister on Newsweek report: Someone wants to sabotage U.S.-Israel ties
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Nakba 2.0: A somber trip down memory lane with an Israeli app
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Qualcomm reportedly set to buy startup Wilocity for $300m
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Hospital crisis nears end as Hadassah, state edge toward $870 million recovery plan
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Did an Israeli spy hide in Al Gore’s bathroom?
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Is Tel Aviv’s Gordon pool the coldest beachside spot on the Med?
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

‘Jewish Taliban’ members migrating to Guatemala, family member says
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Germany, France ready for more Russia sanctions
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Amnesty: Nigeria didn’t act on Boko Haram kidnap warnings
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

100 Orthodox rabbis condemn ‘Arab vandalism’ of Jerusalem cemetery
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Ukraine to separatists: A vote for self-rule would be catastrophic
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Israel bars Pakistan soccer coach from entering West Bank
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

As Ukraine separatists head to polls, a look at what’s next
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

How Peres ruined Netanyahu’s Independence Day
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Amos Oz calls perpetrators of hate crimes ‘Hebrew neo-Nazis’
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Militants hold Red Cross workers hostage in Ukraine’s ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Class action: Adjunct college lecturers strike for rights
Ha’aretz – 10 May 2014

Computer geeks make bad soldiers, Israeli army warns
Ha’aretz – 10 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

Defense minister cancels annual home front defense drill
Ha’aretz – 9 May 2014

Jerusalem Post

Water works
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2014 – The water corporations are broadly unpopular, and with good reason.

Investigating the Ba athist regime s chlorine attacks
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2014 – Analysis of the Syrian civil war leaves no room for surprise with respect to the regime s chemical warfare campaign.

Will the world ignore Iran s execution binge?
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2014 – According to human rights groups, there have been over 250 executions carried out in the first four months 2014.

Haredim don t contribute anything : Really?
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2014 – While there are a plethora of Israel Prize laureates in those fields from the national-religious and secular sectors, there are none from the haredi world.

Likud bigwigs come out against delaying, canceling presidential election
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2014 – Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar gave a resolutely negative response to reports that Netanyahu is looking into pushing off upcoming poll.

Tunisian parliament rescinds censure of officials who back entry for Israeli tourists
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2014 – Tourism Minister Amel Karboul and Deputy Interior Minister for Security Ridha Sfar, were accused of promoting normalization of relations with Israel.

WATCH: US first lady ‘outraged’ over kidnapping of girls by Nigerian Islamists
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2014 – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Friday he believed the girls were still in his country.

Israel assails latest allegations of brazen spying on US
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2014 – In response to Newsweek report, Strategic Affairs Minister Steinitz accused someone of trying to maliciously harm relations between Israel and the United States.

Turkey’s Erdogan heckles critic, storms out of ceremony
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2014 – An angry Turkish premier heckled the head of the country’s bar association on Saturday.

Lebanon in uproar over Maronite patriarch’s planned visit to Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2014 – Patriarch Beshara al-Rai reportedly stood defiant this week as news editorials attacked him for the planned trip.

Afulans rally for tighter security in wake of girl’s murder by alleged terrorist
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2014 – Sheli Dadon, 19, was found stabbed to death in Migdal Em’ek in a crime that police suspect was motivated by nationalism.

Pro-Hamas newspaper back on sale in West Bank in new unity step
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2014 – Islamist tabloid “Falasteen”, Arabic for Palestine, returns to the West Bank three days after Hamas allowed a leading West Bank daily to be sold in Gaza.

Imagining if Anne Frank had lived to tell her story
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2014 – A new play titled Anne is the first ever written based on the full archive of the Frank family, and imagines the young author’s survival of the Holocaust.

Amos Oz: Hilltop youth are Hebrew neo-Nazis
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2014 – The Israeli author says “price tag” attacks and their perpetrators are “a monster that should be called by its name.”

Terrorists, murderers may soon face life sentence without option of parole
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2014 – A new bill calls for the use of the heavy sentence in special cases like terrorist attacks, murder with nationalist motivations, or murder of children.

Politics: Fatah-Hamas unity talks breed Likud harmony
Jerusalem Post 10 May 2014 – Netanyahu-Danon duel for Likud s soul doesn t materialize as Abbas-Mashaal talks mean Likudniks don t have to fight& at least not now.

Religious Affairs: Stressing common values
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2014 – Tourism Minister Landau notes the Judeo-Christian foundation of Western civilization, and expresses concern about his meeting with Jerusalem s mufti.

Turkish man seeks new partner on TV show after murdering wife, lover
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2014 – 62-year-old says he killed first wife because her behavior “irritated” him, murdered subsequent lover because he thought she was after his money.

Hagel to visit Israel during Mideast tour next week
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2014 – US secretary of defense to discuss regional security challenges during stops in Saudia Arabia, Jordan and Israel.

Hadassah employees, creditors to vote Tuesday on recovery plan
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2014 – HMO director-general Avigdor Kaplan says no one is enthusiastic about agreement reached between Hadassah and the government.

Israeli official blasts Indyk’s remarks on breakdown of peace process
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2014 – Unnamed senior official accuses US envoy to Mideast of hypocrisy, saying he had known settlement building would continue during talks.

Nahariya hospital treats two more wounded in Syrian civil war
Jerusalem Post 9 May 2014 – Top UN aid official calls on international community to help efforts to transport medical supplies to Syria.

The Guardian

Netanyahu pushes to define Israel as nation state of Jewish people only
The Guardian 4 May 2014 – PM proposes rare change to basic law in response to ‘constant and increasing assault’ on aspects of Israel’s legitimacy Binyamin Netanyahu will push ahead with a rare change to Israel’s basic laws which amount to the…

Uruknet

Wesleyan student fund bars investment in Israeli-occupation profiteers
Uruknet 10 May 2014 – May 5, 2014 – Student representatives at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut voted on Sunday to support divestment from companies profiting from Israeli military occupation in Palestine.”While the resolutions passed by student governments at other universities have had largely symbolic…

Proposed Basic Law Declares Israel a Jewish State
Uruknet 10 May 2014 – May 5, 2014 -Israel is the only nation without fixed borders. It wants them expanded. It wants territory not its own stolen.It has no constitution. Basic Laws substitute. Netanyahu is a world class thug. He shames the office he holds….

Syria News – May 4, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 10 May 2014 – May 4, 2014 – By the end of Sunday, Coordination Committees were able to document 52 martyrs including 2 children and 6 martyrs under torture: 15 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 12 in Damascus and its suburbs; 9 in Daraa;…

Former Shin Bet Chief: Price Tag Terror Impunity Will Lead to Murder of Another Prime Minister
Uruknet 10 May 2014 – May 4, 2014 – Some years ago, Yuval Diskin was stepping down as Shin Bet chief. My Israeli source confirmed at the time that the candidate to succeed Diskin would be Yitzhak Ilan. Ilan was then head of the Jewish…

Military Resistance 12E2 Crisis
Uruknet 10 May 2014 – May 4, 2014 – Russia is run by a corrupt pack of super rich capitalists, called oligarchs, who intend to oppress and exploit every piece of the earth they can get their hands on for their Empire, and don t…

Pink Floyd s Roger Waters and Nick Mason: Why Rolling Stones shouldn t play in Israel
Uruknet 10 May 2014 – May 4, 2014-With the recent news that the Rolling Stones will be playing their first-ever concert in Israel, and at what is a critical time in the global struggle for Palestinian freedom and equal rights, we, the two surviving founders…

How Did the Gates of Hell Open in Vietnam? A New Book Transforms Our Understanding of What the Vietnam War Actually Was
Uruknet 10 May 2014 – May 5, 2014 – For half a century we have been arguing about “the Vietnam War.” Is it possible that we didn t know what we were talking about? After all that has been written (some 30,000 books and counting),…

The downfall of Avigdor Liberman
Uruknet 10 May 2014 – May 4, 2014 – On the night of the 2009 election as Avidgor Liberman s party jumped to unprecedented power with 15 seats, the popular Israeli satirical show “Eretz Nehederet” depicted Liberman ominously. Both Benjamin Netanyahu and Tzipi Livni huddled…

The Post-Constitutional Era
Uruknet 10 May 2014 – May 4, 2014 -The U.S. Supreme Court decision to refuse to hear our case concerning Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which permits the military to seize U.S. citizens and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers…

The Jewish National Fund s list of projects in the settlements
Uruknet 10 May 2014 – May 4, 2014 – On its website, The Jewish National Fund (JNF-KKL) presents itself as an environmental friendly non-governmental organization, with deep roots in Zionist history. The JNF often leads supporters and donors to believe that it does not fund…

Iraq s election was rigged?
Uruknet 9 May 2014 – May 4, 2014 – Wednesday, Iraqis voted in parliamentary elections. Some Iraqis voted and some of the Iraqis voting ended up voting more than once. …So Nouri rigged the elections? Well why not? He s already a War Criminal. He…

Daily Star

Minister celebrates start of seaside tourism season
Daily Star 10 May 2014 Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon announces the start of the seaside tourism season from the coastal city of Jounieh, north of Beirut.

100,000 civilians flee jihadist clashes in Syria
Daily Star 10 May 2014 More than 100,000 civilians have fled the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor because of fierce clashes between rival jihadist groups, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday.

Writer Amos Oz calls Israeli vandals ‘Hebrew neo-Nazis’
Daily Star 10 May 2014 Israel’s best known writer, Amos Oz, says that Israelis behind a wave of hate crimes against Muslims and Christian are “Hebrew neo-Nazis,” Haaretz newspaper reported on its website Saturday.

Afghanistan signs satellite deal to boost booming media
Daily Star 10 May 2014 Afghanistan started using its first ever satellite on Saturday in a bid to boost its national broadcasting and telecommunications infrastructure as well as its international connectivity.

IMF: Lebanon economy to grow by 4 percent
Daily Star 10 May 2014 The International Monetary Fund forecasts Lebanon’s economy will grow by 2 percent in 2014 and a “modest 4 percent over the medium term,” despite two years of violence, political paralysis and a huge refugee influx.

Pro-Hamas newspaper back on sale in West Bank
Daily Star 10 May 2014 A pro-Islamist newspaper was sold in the West Bank on Saturday for the first time in seven years, another sign of a Palestinian unity pact that prompted Israel to suspend peace talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud…

Lebanon, UN mull establishing Syrian refugee camps
Daily Star 10 May 2014 Lebanese authorities and the United Nations are discussing the possibility of setting up settlements for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas says.

Army arrests man in Akkar, seizes bullets
Daily Star 10 May 2014 The Lebanese Army arrests a man in Akkar, north Lebanon, and confiscates thousands of bullets from his vehicle.

Shelling kills 11 in Iraq’s Fallujah: doctor
Daily Star 10 May 2014 Shelling killed 11 people on Saturday in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which has been held by anti-government fighters for more than four months, a doctor said.

YNet News

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst takes Eurovision contest
YNet News, 10 May 2014 – ….

Argentine scientist who challenged Monsanto dies
YNet News, 10 May 2014 – ….

The foot in the mouth of American intelligence
YNet News, 10 May 2014 – Op-ed: Newsweek’s articles only point out hypocracy and ignorance in a US intelligence community that harbors a vindictive attitude towards Israel. ….

Israel and Palestine as Siamese twins
YNet News, 10 May 2014 – Op-ed: Israelis and Palestinians are separate nations that share a vital organ one land. Further separation would cause hazardous health complications which are likely to kill both sides. ….

UN sanctions Central African Republic ex-president
YNet News, 10 May 2014 – ….

Thousands people march in memory of slain Afula girl killed in possible terror attack
YNet News, 10 May 2014 – ….

Yemeni forces kill 7 alleged al-Qaeda
YNet News, 10 May 2014 – ….

Women take Rabbinate ordination tests for first time
YNet News, 10 May 2014 – If women pass exams which for decades have only been available to men, they will be able to work as kashrut supervisors on behalf of local rabbinate offices across Israel. ….

The rabbi who got Abbas to denounce the Holocaust
YNet News, 10 May 2014 – Together with Imam Shamsi Ali, Rabbi Marc Schneier has made it his life’s mission to bring Muslims and Jews closer. Their activity includes Holocaust remembrance event in Tunisia, conference on Shoah and Islam planned by Austrian Muslim community. ….

Ambassador to Egypt: To succeed you have ‘to keep a low profile’
YNet News, 9 May 2014 – After completing over two years as ambassador, Ya’akov Amitai discusses the dangers, and struggles of serving in Egypt. ….

Israel slams Indyk accusations on peace talks
YNet News, 9 May 2014 – Official: ‘Indyk is the last person who can preach to us about the peace process’; ‘Process was meant to be primarily bilateral’. ….

Defense budget crisis: Major training exercise postponed
YNet News, 9 May 2014 – Security officials cite lack of funds as reason for delay of major exercise; ‘This is just the reality of the situation’. ….

WWII veterans mark 69th VE day in Yad Vashem ceremony
YNet News, 9 May 2014 – Jewish vets who fought in allied armies come to Yad Vashem for emotional ceremony to honor their victories. ….

Putin in Crimea for Victory Day celebration
YNet News, 9 May 2014 – After massive show of force in annual Red Square parade, Russian president jets off for first trip to Black Sea region since its annexation. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Amr Mousa: A record of ignominy
PIC – It seems that former Egyptian foreign minister and former Arab League Secretary-General Amr Mousa never tires of his pathetic efforts to obtain a certificate of good conduct from Israel.

Hamas praises UN Special Rapporteur Falk’s statements
PIC – Hamas movement has praised United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories Richard Falk for his statements that called for boycotting Israel.

Two Jerusalemite prisoners join administrative detainees‚¨ “! hunger strike
PIC – The Jerusalemite prisoners Ayman Salhab, 39, and Mohammed Odeh, 26, have declared hunger strike in solidarity with administrative detainees’ protest steps.

Widespread participation in UFree campaign to end administrative detention
PIC – UFree international campaign for ending administrative detention policy against Palestinian detainees has steadily succeeded to gain widespread support among European MPs and politicians.

IOF detains two young Gazans after crossing into Israeli border area
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Friday detained two young men after they infiltrated into an Israeli-controlled border area in the 1948 occupied lands coming from the east of the Gaza Strip.

Abu Marzouk: The 2005 deal on Rafah crossing administration is no longer valid
PIC – Member of Hamas’s political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk said that the 2005 agreement on the administration of Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt is outdated and no longer valid.

Hundreds of prisoners to join administrative detainees hunger strike
PIC – Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners are expected to join the hunger strike waged by administrative detainees in Israeli occupation jails for 17 days Saturday.

Mass popular marches in solidarity with administrative detainees
PIC – Mass popular marches were organized throughout the West Bank after Friday prayers in solidarity with administrative detainees’ hunger strike declared 17 days ago.

Haaretz: Jewish hate crimes against Arabs are on the rise
PIC – Haaretz newspaper said that the Jewish hate crimes against Arab property and holy sites are on the rise while the Israeli authorities are not serious about punishing the perpetrators.

WAFA

Nordic Jerusalem Conference Convenes in Stockholm
WAFA – 10 May 2014

Settlers Hurl Stones at Palestinian Cars near Bethlehem
WAFA – 10 May 2014

Israeli Forces Arrest 2 People, Summon 3 in Jenin and Hebron Towns
WAFA – 10 May 2014

Family Suffocates from Tear Gas in Bethlehem Town
WAFA – 10 May 2014

Newspaper Review: Martin Indyk s Remarks on Negotiations Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 10 May 2014

EUPOL COPPS Participates in EU Day in Ramallah
WAFA – 10 May 2014

Human Rights Organisations Urge Palestine to Accede to Rome Statute
WAFA – 10 May 2014

Misc

Gay marriage begins in Arkansas, but for how long?
LA Times 10 May 2014 – Several same-sex couples received marriage licenses from a county in Arkansas on Saturday, the morning after a judge held the Southern state s ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional. More than a dozen similar rulings have been handed down across the country since the U.S….

Rams select Michael Sam, NFL’s first openly gay player
LA Times 10 May 2014 – NEW YORK — It took nearly the entire draft, but Michael Sam and the NFL finally made history. The St. Louis Rams used the 249th pick in the seventh round to select Sam, who has officially become the league’s first openly gay player. Being picked…

Manchester City knows its place (first) on Premier League’s final Sunday
LA Times 10 May 2014 – Manchester City has spent just 14 days atop the English Premier League standings this season. But with a win or tie in its final game Sunday against West Ham United, that’s where City will finish the season, capping an improbable run to its second championship…

Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija doesn’t understand pitch-count concern
LA Times 10 May 2014 – A look at what a few major leaguers had to say this week: “This is an on-field issue for uniformed personnel. That’s all there is to it. I’m a grown man. I’m 29. I’m not a prospect or 22. I feel good, and I’m grown…

Tour of California cycling race to begin Sunday
LA Times 10 May 2014 – The ninth edition of the Amgen Tour of California will start Sunday in Sacramento. For eight days, 120 riders from 16 teams will race more than 720 miles, traveling through 12 host cities and ending in Thousand Oaks on May 18. The tour is the…

Oklahoma City’s offense improves, while Clippers’ defense struggles
LA Times 10 May 2014 – The Clippers opened their second-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder well, taking a 122-105 road victory. Since that win, the Clippers have lost two consecutive games, struggling primarily on the defensive end against the high-powered Thunder offense. While the Clippers…

UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers
LA Times 10 May 2014 – UCLA’s defense continues to produce 2014 NFL draft picks. Linebacker Jordan Zumwalt became the third Bruins defensive player to be selected when the Pittsburgh Steelers chose him Saturday with the 16th pick of the sixth round, the 192nd overall pick. Zumwalt is the fifth UCLA…

ABC renews ‘Last Man Standing,’ adds two new comedies
LA Times 10 May 2014 – “Last Man Standing” isn’t getting weak in the knees just yet. ABC renewed the Friday comedy for another season — and added two new comedies, “Fresh Off the Boat” and a quasi-autobiographical half-hour from stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo, to its 2014-15 slate. The Tim Allen-fronted……

In Yemen, a Counterterrorism Challenge
New York Times 10 May 2014 – The revelation that American agents killed two armed Yemenis complicates the Obama administration s efforts to bolster President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has cooperated with drone strikes.

Yemen Silent on Disclosure of Shooting by Americans
New York Times 10 May 2014 – The revelation that Americans were behind the the fatal shootings of two kidnapping suspects and that Yemeni officials apparently helped conceal their involvement could damage the government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

U.S. Officers Kill Armed Civilians in Yemen Capital
New York Times 9 May 2014 – A United States Special Operations commando and a C.I.A. officer killed two armed Yemeni civilians who tried to kidnap them in the capital two weeks ago, American officials said on Friday.

Boycott movement reaches new heights
Mondoweiss – Mostafa Salameh approaching Mt Everest with boycott banner Everyone knows the boycott movement is on the upswing. Well now it s on Mt. Everest! Jordanian mountaineer Mostafa Salameh is on the tip of the dangerous icefall on Everest, he tweets . And holds a Boycott banner. Omar Barghouti…

Open recriminations begin over failure of peace talks
Mondoweiss – Martin Indyk with Shimon Peres, photo by Mark Neiman, Israeli Government Press Office It turns out there are payoffs of the failure of the Kerry negotiations. First, Israel is getting blamed for the breakdown, as it should be. It wouldn t even announce a three-month settlement freeze…

America s rabbi hoovers celebrities
Mondoweiss – Last week at Vassar , Max Blumenthal called out Rabbi Shmuley Boteach who has schooled Senator Cory Booker and UN Ambassador Samantha Power in the ways of Israel support for issuing the nutty charge that Iran threatens another Holocaust. After Blumenthal s comment, I went to Boteach s prolific…

Where will they evacuate us to the moon? Palestinian leader says of latest evictions
Mondoweiss – Earlier evacuation of Palestinian village in Negev, file photo Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Israel land authority issues eviction notices in Negev village BEERSHEBA (Ma an) 7 May Representatives of the Israeli Land Authority on Wednesday issued eviction notices for buildings in the Negev…

Amos Oz: Settler Price Taggers are Hebrew Neo-Nazis
Tikun Olam – Anti-Christian price tag graffiti: Jesus is garbage. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90) He s only forty years late, but Amos Oz has finally gotten religion and has given extremist settlers a name they ve deserved ever since Yeshaya Leibowitz first called them Judeo-Nazis. Oz s term for them is Hebrew neo-Nazis …

9 Days Left: Till Sean Penn Accepts Humanitarian Award from Sheldon Adelson, Shmuley Boteach
Tikun Olam – Sean Penn is featured at this gala for Shmuley Boteach s organization On May 18th, only nine days from today, Sean Penn will accept a humanitarian award from Rabbi Shmuley Boteach s This World: The Values Network at Cipriani s in New York. I wrote a post about…

Amos Oz calls perpetrators of hate crimes Hebrew neo-Nazis
Sabbah report 10 May 2014 – The writer and Israel Prize laureate Amoz Oz said on Friday that ‘hilltop youth’ and ‘price tag’ are “sweet names for a monster that needs to be called what it is: Hebrew neo-Nazis groups.” Continue reading í! The post: Amos Oz calls perpetrators of hate crimes…

How Israel’s Dusty Zionist Bureaucracy Survives
The Forward New 10 May 2014 – How do dusty Zionist groups like the Jewish National Fund survive? They keep politicians happy and have a direct link to the deep pockets of the Diaspora. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Divestment Move Fails at University of California at Davis
The Foward Breaking News 9 May 2014 – The student senate at the University of California, Davis did not approve a divestment resolution targeting Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Fires Back in Talks Collapse Blame Game
The Foward Breaking News 9 May 2014 – Israel fired back on Friday at a senior U.S. official, who blamed Jewish settlement construction in part for the breakdown of peacemaking with the Palestinians, saying he himself had done nothing to help the negotiations. Click here for the rest of the article…

Rahm Emanuel Jumps on Hillary 2016 Bandwagon
The Foward Breaking News 9 May 2014 – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former White House aide to Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, on Friday joined the Ready For Hillary group that is urging former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. Click here for the rest of…

Israeli Army Radio Sorry for ‘Cannibal’ Jibe Aimed at Ultra-Orthodox
The Foward Breaking News 9 May 2014 – An Israeli public radio station apologized for airing offensive statements about Haredi Orthodox Jews on the eve of Independence Day. Click here for the rest of the article…

The systems effect as viewed through the Western media in Syria
Al-Akhbar Opinion 10 May 2014 – AFP reporter Sammy Ketz takes cover during snipper fire in the Syrian town of Maalula. (Photo: AFP-Anwar Amro) AFP reporter Sammy Ketz takes cover during snipper fire in the Syrian town of Maalula. (Photo: AFP-Anwar Amro) At first glance, he appears like a model of high-caliber,…

Tripoli comes back to life
Al-Akhbar News 10 May 2014 – Prepared by: Sabah Ayoub Photos by: Marwan Tahtah Tripoli is bursting with life again. Its residents are back to their shops, schools and cafes. Tripoli s citizens opened their windows and welcomed us into their city. We have been waiting for you for so long, they said….

Pro-Hamas paper allowed back into the West Bank
Al-Akhbar News 10 May 2014 – A pro-Hamas newspaper was sold in the West Bank on Saturday for the first time in seven years, another sign of a Palestinian unity pact that prompted Israel to suspend the so-called peace talks with Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas. The PA permitted printers to…

Erdogan heckles critic at judicial ceremony
Al-Akhbar News 10 May 2014 – An angry Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan heckled the head of the country’s bar association on Saturday, accusing him of rudeness for speaking too long and critically at a judicial ceremony, then stormed out of the hall. The dramatic scene underscored how tensions remain high after…

Thirteen migrant workers killed in Dubai bus crash
Al-Akhbar News 10 May 2014 – A handout picture released by the Dubai Police on May 10, 2014 shows a severely damaged bus following an accident on a motorway in the Emirati city that killed 13 Asian workers and wounded several more. (Photo: AFP / Dubai Police) A handout picture released by the…

Tunisia cancels vote over Israeli normalization scandal
Al-Akhbar News 10 May 2014 – Censure motions against two Tunisian ministers accused of promoting normalization with Israel were withdrawn late Friday, just before deputies in the Islamist-dominated parliament were to vote on them. The motions were filed last month against Tourism Minister Amel Karboul and Deputy Interior Minister for Security Ridha…

Egypt: As elections near, Sisi without electoral program
Al-Akhbar News 10 May 2014 – Egyptians walk past a huge billboard showing a portrait of Egypt’s former army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on May 9, 2014 in Beni Sueif, some 120 kilometres south Cairo. (Photo: AFP-Mahmoud Khaled) Egyptians walk past a huge billboard showing a portrait of…

Syrians begin returning to devastated Homs
Al-Akhbar News 10 May 2014 – Syrians residents of Homs return to the old town of Syria’s central city on May 9, 2014 after the last Syrian rebels left Homs’ Old City under an evacuation deal that hands the government a symbolic victory. (Photo: AFP / STR) Syrians residents of Homs return to…

Shelling kills 11 in rebel-held Fallujah
Al-Akhbar News 10 May 2014 – Shelling killed 11 people on Saturday in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which has been held by anti-government fighters for more than four months, a doctor said. A further 20 people were wounded by the bombardment, according to Doctor Ahmed Shami, the chief of Fallujah’s main…

Saudi fears rise over mystery virus
BBC 9 May 2014 – Spread of virus with no known cure fuels fears

Syrian opposition leader not giving up on appeal for anti-aircraft weapons
Al-Monitor 9 May 2014 – The Syrian National Coalition is trying to convince Congress and the administration that US anti-aircraft missiles can compel Russia and Iran to abandon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Week Ahead: Levin asks for Syrian opposition’s wish list
Al-Monitor 9 May 2014 – Al-Monitor gets preview of the Syrian Opposition Coalition s request for assistance to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

What would Sisi’s presidency look like?
Al-Monitor 9 May 2014 – What we’ve learned about how Egypt’s leading presidential candidate may run the country.

Iran s top prosecutor calls for revisions in use of death penalty
Al-Monitor 9 May 2014 – Iran s top prosecutor recommends reconsidering the cases of smaller drug offenders to address the high level of executions in the country.

Orchestrated arrests in Tripoli: Rifi’s children” held by the army
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Turkey, Qatar strengthen economic ties
Al-Monitor 9 May 2014 – Turkey is again stepping up relations with Qatar by adding cultural and commercial links to their political collaboration in the international arena.

Israel makes its case on Iranian enrichment
Al-Monitor 9 May 2014 – Israel is making its case to US officials to allow Iran only the most minimal nuclear enrichment in the context of negotiations of a comprehensive nuclear agreement.

Former Israeli minister warns of violence by ‘godless’ settlers
Al-Monitor 9 May 2014 – In an interview with Al-Monitor, Labor Knesset member Binyamin Ben-Eliezer calls for labeling some violent settler groups as terrorists.

Lebanon union strike not helping economy
Al-Monitor 9 May 2014 – The Union Coordinating Body is missing an opportunity to fix the large amount of government waste.

Turkey increases military spending
Al-Monitor 9 May 2014 – In recent years, Turkey has concluded many contracts to purchase military equipment, raising questions about Ankara’s motives.

Turkish inflation rate rises to record levels
Al-Monitor 9 May 2014 – Higher-than-expected inflation in April makes it harder for Turkey s Central Bank to lower interest rates as the government wishes, rekindling a long-standing controversy in the country.

Ankara at crossroads on Syria policy
Al-Monitor 9 May 2014 – Developments in Syria have confounded the Turkish government s efforts to depose President Bashar al-Assad and forced a rethink of its policies.

Loophole halts justice for honor killing victims in Jordan
Al-Monitor 9 May 2014 – Jordan has seen a surge in “honor” killings of women, with nine recorded this year already.

Articles


Israeli ties compromise Asian support to Arabs
Nicola Nasser, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN)5/10/2014
Israel has carved economic inroads into Asia deep enough to compromise the traditional Asian political support for Arabs. If this trend continues, the growing economic Israeli-Asian relations could in no time translate into political ties that would neutralize Asia in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu s official visit to Japan from May 11-15 is not an historic breakthrough per se in bilateral relations that date back to 1952.
Neither is the normalization of relations in a matter of weeks between Israel and Turkey, which was the first major Muslim country to recognize the State of Israel in 1949, as promised by the Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan on last April 27.
However both events should highlight the historic breakthrough Israel has discreetly and quietly achieved in pivoting to Asia, once an Arab reservoir of support in their conflict with Israel over Palestine.
For the first time, in 2014, Israeli exports with Asia will exceed trade with the US, pushing it from second to third place (behind the EU), director of the Foreign Trade Administration at Israel s Ministry of the Economy, Ohad Cohen, was quoted as saying by Israeli Globes on April 27.
While opening more trade attachÈ offices in Asia, the Israeli Ministry of the Economy has closed a number of European trade offices in Austria, Hungary, Finland and Sweden in order to refocus on emerging markets, Cohen explained.
Today we have five offices in China, three in India, and we have added attachÈ in Vietnam and an office in Manila, he added.more..e-mail

For one democratic state in historical Palestine
One Democratic State, Alternative Information Center5/7/2014
Naqba day falls on May 6 this year, the day a majority of Israeli citizens define as the independence day of their country. This day commemorates 66 years to the establishment of the Israeli regime, which replaced the British colonialism which had controlled Palestine and declared the establishment of a Jewish state. This move was facilitated by, amongst other things, the United Nations partition plan, which provided legitimacy to the Jewish settlement conducted under British auspices. The ethnic cleansing of the indigenous population from Palestine began already in December 1947, receiving ‘legal Israeli authority’, and some half of the non-Jewish residents of Palestine became refugees whose right to return to their homeland was denied.
We demand: Return of all Palestinian refugee families to their homeland and lands!
The ethnic cleansing that was at the foundation of establishing the Jewish state has continued to this very day in all parts of Palestine – in Arab Jerusalem, Galilee, Negev, Jordan Valley and everywhere in which new settlements are being constructed.
Through ethnic cleansing the Palestinian people was ripped to shreds and instead of an independent and democratic state in Palestine, where some two million people lived before the Naqba (one third Jews and two-thirds Palestinians), political Zionism created an apartheid state in which different laws exist for Jews and others. The Israeli legislature allowed itself to define some 25 percent of all indigenous Palestinians, citizens of the state of Israel, as “present absentees”, the Palestinian residents of the territories occupied in 1967 as “foreigners” to whom the entry into Israel laws are applicable and the families of the Palestinian Naqba as “absentees”.
In the name of apartheid laws the Palestinians are prevented from unifying families and using state land. These lands were also stolen from Palestinians who did not become refugees…. — See also:One Democratic Statemore..e-mail

Will there be sanctions?
George S. Hishmeh, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN)5/8/2014
Astonishing that the US Mideast peace team has finally reportedly acknowledged that it was the issue of continued illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that was largely to blame for the failure last month of the US-sponsored peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis. This comment was included in an amazing exclusive interview that Nahum Barnea ofYnetnews.comhad with American officials directly connected to the [peace] talks and which ought to be read by anyone interested in the decades long conflict that followed the termination of the British mandate over Palestine in 1948 and the
recommendation of the United Nations to create the states of Palestine and Israel in the Holy Land. The senior American officials had one condition in line with instructions they had received that I didn t name them , reported Barnea, a position that is baffling since sharing this damaging information could, in the long run, contribute to a final settlement. Even US Secretary of State John Kerry, who led the negotiations over the last nine months, declared on April 8: Unfortunately [Palestinian] prisoners were not released [by Israel] on the Saturday they were supposed to be released. And so day one went by, day two went by, day three went by. And then in the afternoon, when they were about to maybe get there, 700 settlement units were announced [by Israel] in Jerusalem and, poof, that was sort of the moment. We find ourselves where we are. What the senior American officials, many of whom American Jews who will remain on the team, as the State Department has just declared, shared underlines Israel s arrogance and its expansionist intentions in the occupied Palestinian territories.
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UN probe chief doubts Syrian sarin claims
Gareth Porter, Asia Times5/7/2014
WASHINGTON – The head of the United Nations team that investigated the August 21, 2013, sarin attack in the Damascus suburbs, Ake Sellstrom, is doubtful about the number of victims of the attack reported immediately after the event. Sellstrom has suggested that many people who claimed to have been seriously affected by sarin merely imagined that they had suffered significant exposure to the chemical.
Underlying Sellstrom’s doubts are data on symptoms from a sample of people who said they were severely affected by the sarin attack. The data, published in the September report, appear to belie the claims of sarin intoxication by those in the sample, according to experts who have analyzed them.
Sellstrom expressed his doubts in an interview with Gwyn Winfield, the editor of the CBRNe World Magazine, that was published in the February issue.
“If you take the figures from Tokyo [the 1995 sarin attack on the city’s subway], you can compare how many died versus those that were intoxicated,” said Sellstrom. But in the case of Syrian attack, he said, “[W]hile we could conclude that it was big, we couldn’t do the same for how many died or were affected.”
He expressed doubt that many of the alleged survivors of the attack had been exposed to sarin. “You can get many symptoms from other items in a war,” Sellstrom said, “[P]hosphorous smoke, tear gas, many of those devices on the battlefield will affect the lungs, eyes and give you respiratory problems.”
Then Sellstrom added, “Also in any theater of war, people will claim they are intoxicated. We saw it in Palestine, Afghanistan and everywhere else.”more..e-mail


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