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1 May 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Further Attacks and Abductions in West Bank
IMEMC – Israeli violations against the Palestinian people and their property continued throughout the day, on Monday May 12, 2014, with attacks and abductions occuring in various regions of the West Bank, including Qalqilia, Jenin and Bethlehem. …

Gaza’s Ark Could Sail Again
IMEMC – The following is a letter posted at the official site of Gaza’s Ark. …

IEC Sues Palestinian Firm Over Debt
IMEMC – Israel Electric Corporation has filed a suit against a private Palestinian firm for 531 million shekels ($153 million) in past dues, after attempts to settle the debt failed, according to officials. …

Murad Eshtewi, 4 Palestinian Youth Arrested in Nablus
IMEMC – On the night of the 28th to 29th of April 2014, the Israeli army raided the village of Kafr Qaddum to arrest five people, among them Murad Eshtewi, the media coordinator of the weekly Friday demonstration in Kafr Qaddum. …

Rising Number of Palestinian Children Subject to Solitary Confinement
IMEMC – Rising numbers of Palestinian children are being subjected to solitary confinement for interrogation purposes in Israeli detention, according to a new report from Defense for Children International Palestine. …

Clashes, Injuries, Reported As Army Attacks Educational Facilities In Abu Dis
IMEMC – [Monday Morning, May 12, 2014] Dozens of Israeli soldiers surrounded the al-Quds Open University, and a number of schools, in Abu Dis town, near occupied East Jerusalem, clashing with local youth and causing dozens of injuries. …

Army Invades Bethlehem, Kidnaps A Palestinian, Searches Property
IMEMC – [Monday At Dawn, May 12, 2014] Several Israeli military jeeps invaded various Palestinian communities in the West Bank district of Bethlehem, kidnapping one Palestinian as they searched homes and a masonry workshop. …

Secret Talks Held In Jerusalem, Amman
IMEMC – Palestinian and Israeli sources revealed, Sunday [May 11, 2014] that, despite the collapse of direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, Israel and Palestinian negotiators are still holding secret talks in the Jordanian capital, Amman, and in occupied Jerusalem. …

Ma’an News

NGO: Israel puts more children in solitary confinement
5/12/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel is placing increasing numbers of arrested Palestinian children in solitary confinement, an international children’s rights group said in a report issued Monday. The report came just months after Israel’s army, under international pressure to introduce reforms, agreed to test alternative treatment for children it detains in the West Bank. In more than one in five cases recorded by….

7 injured in Abu Dis clashes as youths re-open hole in separation wall
5/12/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian youths east of Jerusalem have re-opened a hole in the Israeli separation wall that was sealed earlier on Monday, amid clashes in the town of Abu Dis, a local spokesman said. Hani Halabiya, spokesman for a local popular committee, told Ma’an that Israeli forces blockaded al-Quds University for over three hours and fired tear gas and stun grenades….

Palestinians demand action against ‘wave of hatred’ in Israel
5/12/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A recent wave of hate crimes targeting Palestinians and church property in Israel has prompted community leaders to express outrage at the culture of impunity and growing extremism which allow attacks to go unpunished. On Friday, vandals spray-painted anti-Christian graffiti on a Jerusalem church, one of at least a dozen attacks in the past two months by Jewish extremists who have….

Palestinians detain 3 armed Israeli settlers near Nablus
5/12/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians on Monday detained three Israeli settlers who were driving quad bikes through a village in the northern West Bank. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that three settlers entered the Nablus-area village of Burin on four-wheelers and “provoked” residents. Palestinians stopped the settlers and “detained….

FM urges world leaders to declare ‘price tag’ perpetrators terrorists
5/12/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority has contacted various international organizations and influential foreign governments and urged them to list perpetrators of “price tag” attacks as terrorists, a senior official said Monday. Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told Ma’an that he had sent letters to the UN Secretary-General, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, in addition to the foreign ministries of….

Israel electric corp sues Palestinians over debt
5/12/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel Electric Corp is suing a private Palestinian firm for $150 million in unpaid bills, after negotiations to settle the debt collapsed, officials said on Monday. The IEC filed suit at the Jerusalem District Court on Thursday against the Jerusalem District Electric Company for a total of 531 million shekels ($153 million), a company statement said. JDECO is a private company which purchases….

Israeli forces approve 26 projects in Gaza
5/12/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have allowed the implementation of 26 new projects in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said Monday. Palestinian Authority crossings director Nathmi Mhanna told Ma’an that Israel approved 26 projects, among them 12 for UNRWA, the UN’s Palestine refugee agency. Mhanna added that 2 million shekels in 1 shekel and half-shekel coins were also allowed to enter. [END]

Gaza police officers attacked while delivering eviction order
5/12/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A police officer sustained serious burns on Monday after being attacked while delivering an eviction order in Gaza City, a police spokesperson said. Police officers were delivering the court order to a home in Gaza City when members of the family sprayed gasoline at the officers and set it alight. Four of the attackers were arrested while a man suspected….

Israel, Japan PMs compare notes on suspected nuclear neighbors
5/12/2014 – TOKYO (AFP) — The prime ministers of Japan and Israel compared notes Monday about living near countries with suspected illicit nuclear weapons programs. Benjamin Netanyahu, on the second day of a five-day trip to Japan, said the international community should keep up pressure on Iran, which the West suspects of trying to develop atomic bombs. In a joint statement released with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe….

Kerry, Abbas to discuss peace talks
5/12/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet President Mahmoud Abbas in London on Wednesday, a Palestinian official said, weeks after Middle East peace talks collapsed.”The meeting will discuss a possible resumption of negotiations with Israel,” the official said, requesting anonymity. But Kerry’s spokeswoman denied there were any plans for the US top diplomat to hold talks with the Palestinian….

Sharp rise in French Jews leaving for Israel
5/12/2014 – PARIS (AFP) — The number of French Jews emigrating to Israel rose nearly four-fold in the first quarter of the year and could touch a record in 2014, a Jewish organisation said Monday. The Jewish Agency for Israel, a global body responsible for the immigration and absorption of Jews into Israel, said 1,407 people left France for Israel between January and March against 353 people a….

Heavy rains cause floods in Jordan Valley
5/12/2014 – JERICHO (Ma’an) – Rescue teams of the Palestinian civil defense service on Sunday afternoon found three men who were swept away by floods in the area of Fasayil in the central Jordan Valley. Jericho civil defense services said in a statement that heavy rains which fell in the afternoon caused “deep and vehement” floods. As a result, three Bedouin men who live in Fasayil….

Police: Man kills wife in Ramallah camp
5/12/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A man allegedly strangled his wife to death on Monday in Qalandiya refugee camp, police said. The woman, a mother of three who was unidentified except for her age, 29, was found dead in her apartment in the camp. Her husband turned himself in and admitted to the crime, a police report said. [END]

Sisi sees Egypt situation better ‘in 2 years’
5/12/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Presidential frontrunner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday Egypt’s situation will improve in two years, adding that he would not hesitate to resign if there were mass protests against him. Sisi, lauded by millions of Egyptians for ousting Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year, is expected to trounce his only rival, leftist leader Hamdeen Sabbahi, in the May 26….

Drone strike kills 6 in Yemen
5/12/2014 – SANAA (AFP) — A drone strike killed six people in eastern Yemen Monday, the first such raid since government troops launched their biggest offensive on the Wahhabi militants in two years, tribesmen said. In the capital Sanaa, the US embassy announced the mission “will remain closed for consular services through May 15,” adding that it could remain shut for even longer depending on the situation. The….

International Solidarity Movement

Call to action: Solidarity with Palestinian administrative detainees
5/12/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Call to action: Solidarity with Palestinian administrative detainees inPalestinian administrative detainees began an open-ended hunger strike on the 24th of Aprilthis year, currently there are 95 detainees on hunger strike and more detainees will periodically join if their demands for freedom are not met. Actions will be held in the West Bank and Gaza on Friday 16 thof April in solidarity with the detainees and….

Murad Eshtewi, and four Palestinian youths from Kafr Qaddum, have been arrested
5/12/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – NablusTeam, Kafr Qaddum, Occupied Palestine – On the night of the 28th to 29th of April 2014, the Israeli army raided the village of Kafr Qaddum to arrest five people, among them Murad Eshtewi, the media coordinator of the weeklyFridaydemonstration in Kafr Qaddum. The four other young man who where arrested are Reslan Joma, Ream Harham, Mustafa Eshtewi and Ahmad Hassan Eshtewi. At this time, all….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: At international meeting on Jerusalem, Ban urges Israelis, Palestinians to resume negotiations
Relief Web 12 May 2014 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory 12 May 2014 Continued inaction in the Middle East peace process could lead to further instability in the region, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today at an international meeting in…

occupied Palestinian territory: Middle East Peace Talks at the End of the Road? One-State Reality Consolidating
Relief Web 12 May 2014 – Source: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik Country: occupied Palestinian territory The nine months of negotiations agreed last summer by the US mediators and the two parties ended on 29 April 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry has since announced a…

occupied Palestinian territory: UN joins Palestinian ministries in training for mainstreaming disability rights, May 2014
Relief Web 12 May 2014 – Source: World Health Organization Country: occupied Palestinian territory 8 May 2014, Ramallah WHO facilitated three introductory workshops for mainstreaming disability rights in Palestinian ministries and United Nations (UN) agencies working in the occupied Palestinian territory during April 2014. More…

occupied Palestinian territory: WHO releases short video on impact of drug shortages on haemophilia patients in the Gaza Strip
Relief Web 12 May 2014 – Source: World Health Organization Country: occupied Palestinian territory All that I m asking is for a better future for my son. I cannot accept that my son will become disabled. Why? When there is a treatment? said Sabreen, mother of two…

The National

Rebel factions avoid outright warfare in southern Syria
The National 12 May 2014 – Free Syrian Army groups break off cooperation with Jabhat Al Nusra but pull back from threat of battle over captured officer.

Separatists in eastern Ukraine declare independence
The National 12 May 2014 – Rebels ask to join Russia after claiming majority support for split from Ukraine in referendums held in Donetsk and Luhansk a day earlier.

Indian exit polls indicate big BJP win after record turnout
The National 12 May 2014 – Congress appears to be heading for one its worst defeats while the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies seem certain to form next government.

Asean leaders express serious concern over escalating disputes in South China Sea
The National 12 May 2014 – The Southeast Asian countries have released a thinly-veiled rebuke to Beijing over the territorial standoff in the South China Sea.

India completes vote, but can it reform itself?
The National 12 May 2014 – As India finishes voting, the question is whether the incoming government will have the robust majority and political will needed to tackle the country’s problems.

In pictures: All eyes on India s exit polls as election comes to an end
The National 12 May 2014 – Voting in India s mammoth election ended on Monday. All eyes are on the exit polls which may offer the clearest steer yet on the outcome of the five-week, 10-stage election – the world s largest-ever democratic exercise.

In pictures: first images of kidnapped Nigerian girls released
The National 12 May 2014 – Boko Haram has released a video which its leader, Abubakar Shekau, claims shows some of the Nigerian girls who were abducted by the Islamist group. The viceo shows the girls in Muslim dress and praying in an undisclosed rural location.

Boko Haram releases new video claiming to show Nigeria s abducted schoolgirls
The National 12 May 2014 – A 17-minute video of the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau shows what he said were the girls praying in an undisclosed rural location.

Qatar-based cleric Qaradawi warns of Egypt catastrophe
The National 12 May 2014 – Youssef Al Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born cleric and a spiritual guide the Muslim Brotherhood, tells conference in Doha that Egyptian presidential front-runner Abdel Fattah El Sisi will only bring downfall to the country.

Egypt s El Sisi pledges to improve living conditions in two years
The National 12 May 2014 – In his first televised interview with foreign media as Egypt’s presidential candidate, Mr El Sisi says he will step down if the people rise up against him.

Iran s rivers run dry amid drought and mismanagement
The National 11 May 2014 – Protests and disputes break out as rivers and lakes run dry, and some farmers have no choice but to move elsewhere.


Key parties leave opening for Netanyahu to delay presidential election
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Finally, a moment of truth for Ehud Olmert
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

UK online retailer Shop Direct partners with Israeli startups
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Obsolete paradigms doomed Kerry’s mission
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Why should the U.S. Jewish community speak with one voice on Israel?
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

French Jewish leader: ‘It s not so pleasant living there as Jews
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Is a strong shekel really so bad?
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Did Lapid invent his claim about Hamas?
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Military budget cuts begin with the big spenders at the top
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

The apartheid state we re in
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Israeli Arabs and others need an exemption from discrimination
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Burning ambition: The solar entrepreneur who wants to shine as president
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Minister: Arabs should ‘exercise restraint’ in face of vandalism
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Gov t: Fund sex-segregated classes to keep religious pupils in state-run schools
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

In recruiting campaign, police discriminate against Arabs, ultra-Orthodox Jews
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Netanyahu may speed up sale of army land to fill holes in budget
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Olmert likely to get long jail term in Tuesday’s sentencing
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Without chance of pardon, prisoners denied the right to hope
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

From Beirut to Jerusalem, a run for Mideast peace
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Kerry, Abbas to meet in London on Thursday
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Italy’s high court: Ex-PM Berlusconi did business with Sicilian Mafia for nearly 20 years
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Denial, delusion and Jewish settlements are killing the two-state solution
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Israeli water fowls’ in danger of losing their alternative habitats
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

U.S. officials confirm second case of MERS
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Holy See: Israel turning holy sites into military base ahead of papal visit
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Palestinians to U.S., EU: Add Israeli hate crimes to terror lists
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Lebanon’s Druze leader welcomes George Clooney into community
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Pro-Russian insurgents declare Ukraine’s Donetsk independent
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Turkish FM calls Jerusalem ‘Palestinian land’
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Sheldon Adelson discovers the limits of his power – in Israel
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Stars of David with swastikas scrawled on Conservative synagogue in J’lem
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Trying to be apolitical, Israeli architects wall themselves into boycott
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Israeli president’s plane refused entry to Swedish airspace en route to Norway
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Israeli arrested at Ben-Gurion for selling arms to Iran
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Israel won’t ease sanctions on visits to jailed Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Nigeria agrees to international security summit on Boko Haram
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Month after kidnap, new Boko Haram video claims to show Nigerian girls
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Good, bad or no deal: Where Iran nuclear talks leave Israel
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Kremlin signaling Russia has no intention to annex eastern Ukraine regions
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Why do Israeli soldiers bully Palestinians?
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Clippers’ Sterling offers apology for racist remarks
Ha’aretz – 12 May 2014

Palestinian prisoners plotted to kidnap soldiers, Shin Bet says
Ha’aretz – 11 May 2014

Stench tag
Ha’aretz – 11 May 2014

Jerusalem Post

Lapid s plan
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – Top economists have strongly opposed Finance Minister Yair Lapid s plan to lower housing prices, warning that it could ultimately cause more harm than good.

Candidly Speaking: Beware of those promoting fake interfaith relations
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – In the midst of the political rapids confronting Israel, it is bizarre to hear an Orthodox rabbi blessing the head of the PA for his dubious statement regarding the Holocaust.

Abbas, Kerry set to meet on Wednesday in London
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – State Department says “door remains open to peace process”; Palestinian official reported as saying meeting will concern possible resumption of talks.

Palestinians: Hamas-Fatah unity government to be announced by end of month
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – Palestinian sources say 5-week deadline in place for forming government between rival Palestinian factions; according to report, none of ministers currently serving in Hamas government will join unity gov’t.

The Islamist canaries in the Bruneian mineshaft
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – Human rights and liberal values are under threat in a small, little-known country most people would be hard-pressed to find on a map.

No holds barred: Women want to be chosen
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – Women want to be appreciated, cherished and respected, not hungered for.

The PA has not fulfilled its obligations
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – The most recent collapse of the tedious and tiresome diplomatic kabuki theater commonly known as the Israeli- Palestinian peace process was wholly predictable.

WATCH: Hollywood heavyweights take on Sultan of Brunei for imposing sharia law
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – The City of Beverly Hills voted unanimously last week to pressure the government of Brunei to divest the Beverly Hills Hotel.

World powers ‘set to draft’ grand compromise with Iran
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – Negotiations resume in Vienna as UN report identifies Iranian efforts to circumvent sanctions regime.

Knesset committee calls for investigation of high death rates among Thai agricultural workers
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – Session attended by Thailand s ambassador to Israel hears that the death rate among agricultural workers from Thailand is disproportionately high.

Norwegian family greets Peres with honor guard, canons
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – Peres’ limousine, with motorcycles in front and behind, drove up to the yellow palace grounds up to a line of schoolchildren waving Norwegian and Israeli flags.

Knesset panel: Violence among youth decreased but severity of cases worsened
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – The Knesset Committee on the Rights of the Child convened to discuss the issue of violence among youth, as part of National Violence Prevention week.

Ya’alon: Finance Ministry harming Israel’s security
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – Defense minister says finance ministry “does not meet written agreements, and does not carry out government decisions, and laws.”

Energy minister signs commercial license for Dorad private power plant
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – With capacity of some 840 megawatts, the Dorad Energy Ltd. facility will generate electricity using natural gas.

EU: Foreign ministers ‘extremely concerned’ about breakdown of peace talks
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – European Union ministers refuse to apportion blame on either side for talks breakdown.

Bennett: Build more day care centers to encourage integration of women into workforce
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – The Education Ministry allocates NIS 600 million to local authorities to build centers for the absorption of some 60,000 additional children.

Holocaust hoax: Court proves WWII ‘memoir’ untrue
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – Successful novel turned film, ‘Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years’ deemed fabricated; author must return $22.5 million.

Public Security Ministry: 2/3 of violent crimes go unreported
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – Israel’s violent crime rate is close to the average for OECD countries; some 27% of citizens are victims of violent crimes.

Iran officials: Assad victorious in Syria with Tehran’s help
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – Senior Iranian political figures tell ‘Guardian’ West’s strategy to support rebel groups has failed, backfired.

PA calls on world to recognize hilltop youth ‘price tag’ offenders as terrorists
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – PA Foreign Minister Maliki writes letter to world organizations, claims Israeli officials already internally refer to groups as terrorists.

Police arrest Israeli man wanted in US for selling military equipment to Iran
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – Resident of Israel indicted in US on charges of money laundering, illegal export of military equipment and trading security equipment to Iran.

Israel’s Bar Refaeli makes guest list to witness Kim, Kanye nuptials
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – Only 100 people have made the list to watch Kardashian and West wed, including Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith and Ryan Seacrest.

The hate crimes that don t make headlines
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – Attacks on mosques and churches rightly outrage Israelis. But why don t attacks on Jewish sites?

Aharonovich: Still not 100% certain if Dadon murder nationalist or criminal
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – Despite previous pronouncement that “dramatic break” would bring imminent arrests in case, minister says it will take days for picture to become clearer.

Peres speaks out against canceling presidency, delaying election
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – Peres hinted that there may be something undemocratic in canceling the presidency.

Likud’s Elkin and Levin to chair Foreign Affairs and Defense C’tee
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – In compromise reached between Lapid and Netanyahu, Likud legislators to chair c’tee in a rotation; Yesh Atid’s Shelah to be made deputy minister.

Lapid: A youth who serves in the IDF and risks his life is a better citizen
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – Finance minister defends plan to give those who performed IDF, national service exemption from Value Added Tax on purchase of home.

Clippers’ Sterling apologizes for racist remarks
Jerusalem Post 12 May 2014 – In interview to be broadcast Monday, Sterling tells CNN he made a terrible mistake but is not a racist.

Owner of famous Paris Jewish restaurant dies
Jerusalem Post 11 May 2014 – Even before the Second World War the restaurant was a well-known establishment that served Ashkenazi food.


Iraq: Corruption, threats, War Crimes and the votes are still being counted
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 7, 2014 – …In fairness to Nouri al-Maliki , he is accomplishing something currently — increasing his number of War Crimes. As he continues to use collective punishment (legally defined by the United Nations and the United States as a…

Saudi Arabia arrests first ISIS-related terror cell
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 7, 2014 – Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday it had apprehended the first terrorist cell affiliated to the outlawed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, arresting a total of 62 suspects, including 35 Saudi nationals previously detained…

Analysis: Where are British Reaper drones heading after Afghanistan?
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 7, 2014 – As the December 2014 Afghan drawdown deadline approaches the UK government has accepted that it can t bring its fleet of ten armed Reapers back to the UK except packed up in boxes. Due to safely…

Ministry: Hamas executes 2 collaborators with Israel
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 7, 2014 — Authorities in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Thursday executed two men for allegedly collaborating with Israel, Gaza s interior ministry said in a statement. The last execution in Gaza, in October, was of a man found…

Update on Hunger Strikes: Administrative Detainees put in Solitary Confinement, Denied Salt Supplements
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 7, 2014 – The latest wave of mass hunger strikes continue for the 14th day as Palestinian prisoners demand the end of the policy of administrative detention. Administrative detention is a procedure in which Palestinians are arbitrarily arrested and…

Tony Blair should be prosecuted for war crimes – not just judged by history
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 7, 2014 – Boris Johnson s sympathy isn t worth much; his sentiments during his LBC interview this week were touching, but he does not have the conviction to back the campaign to see Tony Blair face justice for…

Abbas generous offer to Israel
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 7, 2014 – The details of the unprecedented offer Israel got from the Palestinian leadership have been revealed – along with the Israeli response. Still, if you only listen to the Israeli media, you might think it was Abbas…

PHOTOS: March of return to a destroyed Nakba village
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 7, 2014 – On the day that many Israelis celebrated their Independence Day, thousands of Palestinian residents of Israel and Jerusalem marched to the site of the northern village of Lubya. Lubya was one of more than 500 Palestinian…

Disturbing photos show militarization of Israeli children
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 7, 2014 – On 6 May, Israelis celebrated their “independence day,” which they mark according to the Jewish lunar calendar.Traditionally Israeli Jews hold public celebrations and picnics, especially in “national parks” typically built over the ruins of ethnically cleansed…

US State Department says boycott an “acceptable” tactic
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 7, 2014 – The US State Department has endorsed boycott as an “acceptable” way for US citizens to express their views and take action over what they see as violations of human rights in other countries.The statement came during…

Why is Boston college honoring top Israel lobbyist Abe Foxman?
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 7, 2014 – On 4 April, the administration of Suffolk University in Boston sent an email to the entire student body announcing that Abraham Foxman, a top pro-Israel lobbyist, would address some of the college s 2014 graduation ceremonies….

Trapped in Gaza
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 7, 2014 – Last December, I was invited to take part in a speaking tour in the United States about Gaza Writes Back, a book to which I contributed. The book is an anthology of 23 short stories written…

10,000 Palestinians hold independence day protest in Israel
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 7, 2014 — Some 10,000 Palestinians rallied in northern Israel on Tuesday to demand the right of return for refugees expelled after the creation of the Israeli state in 1948. The demonstration took place in the Israeli village of…

5,100 Palestinian prisoners to go on hunger strike Thursday
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 7, 20143 — Nearly all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails will go on hunger strike for one day on Thursday in solidarity with administrative detainees who have been on strike for nearly two weeks, an official said.Ziad Abu Ein,…

Syria News – May 6, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 6, 2014 – By the end of Tuesday, the Coordination Committees were able to document 66 martyrs, including 4 women, 12 children, 6 martyrs under torture: 20 martyrs in in Damascus, 15 martyrs in Aleppo,14 martyrs in Daraa, 9…

Military Resistance 12E3 Meanwhile, In Prison….
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 6, 2014 – … That may go a long ways towards explaining the silence of the Left on Syria. There has always been a section of die-hard Assad supporters, most notably ANSWER Coalition and International Action Committee . Others, while not…

Bedouin village wins major ruling as court blocks state s demolition plans
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 6, 2014-May 1 was a good day for the families of the Arab Bedouin village of Alsira. After eight years of legal proceedings, the Be er Sheva District Court dismissed the state s appeal aiming overturn a lower court…

Report: Iran recruits to inaugurate al-Maliki on the Head of Iraqi government again
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 5, 2014 – Sources in Tehran revealed that a special cell has been established at the headquarters of Quds Force to follow up on the results of the legislative elections in Iraq and prepare alliances for the benefit of…

Kangaroo court convicts Occupy protester DA Cyrus Vance Jr., Prosecutor for the Rich
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 6, 2014 – Two and a half years after the Occupy Wall Street movement took the country by storm, injecting topics like income inequality and class war into the realm of permissible national political discourse for the first time…

Israeli journalist slams occupation s treatment of detained Palestinian children
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 6, 2014 – Israel s daily newspaper Haaretz has published an article strongly criticising the Israeli occupation army s treatment of detained Palestinian children. “What kind of country throws a teen out of an army jeep?” the newspaper titled…

Israel Ditches Democracy Amidst Independence Day Celebration
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 6, 2014 -On Israel Independence Day, the Netanyahu government succeeded in torching democracy at the expense of a budding theocracy. A bill to amend Israel s Basic Law and declare Israel as a Jewish state, one which has been…

Is the NSA Trying to Frighten Americans Into Dropping Lawsuits Against Dragnet Surveillance?
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 6, 2014 -The National Security Agency appears to have devised a process to discourage lawsuits challenging NSA surveillance.NSA Signals Intelligence Directorate (SID) director Theresa M. Shea submitted a “top secret” declaration to the court in two lawsuits brought by…

Maternal death in childbirth up 50 percent in America Mortality rate higher than China and Saudi Arabia
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 6, 2014 -The incidence of maternal death in childbirth in the US has soared by 50 percent since 1990, according to an international study published Friday in the British medical journal Lancet. The report found that, on average, 18.5…

Moukawama: a guide for Palestinian & “pro-Palestinian” shabiha sympathizers
Uruknet 12 May 2014 – May 6, 2014 -Today, the Syrian uprising encompasses several different conflicts and turmoils that have deep regional consequence. It engages the dispossession of the Palestinians, the question of resistance to imperialism, and the question of the Iranian-proxy group, Hezbollah. Slogans…

Iraq leaves blood on their hands
Uruknet 11 May 2014 – May 6, 2014 – What s Marie Harf doing right now? Thinking up a new lie for a State Dept press briefing? The ethically challenged administration has looked the other way for over four months now as Nouri has bombed…

Extreme suffering in Yarmouk camp, interview with Wesam Sabaaneh
Uruknet 11 May 2014 – May 6, 2014 – Wesam is a young Palestinian who is active in Jafra, a community organisation that assists the people of the Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Syria….”In Yarmouk , there are nearly 30,000 people, including 1,200 children, many of whom…

Poof went the “peace process”
Uruknet 11 May 2014 – May 6, 2014 – NINE MONTHS after boldly announcing the resumption of the “peace process,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was finally forced to admit in early April that his frenetic trips to the Middle East and late-night phone…

Daily Star

Qatar FM urges UN to ‘impose’ a Syria ceasefire
Daily Star 12 May 2014 The UN Security Council should impose a ceasefire to end the bloodshed in Syria, Qatar’s foreign minister said Monday, accusing the Damascus regime of using poison gas against rebel-held areas.

Egypt’s Sisi says Syria crisis should end via peaceful means
Daily Star 12 May 2014 Egypt’s presidential frontrunner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday the Syrian civil war must be resolved through peaceful means, indicating Egypt would not support an armed intervention there, something previously suggested by some Arab states.

Kerry to meet Abbas in London on Thursday: US
Daily Star 12 May 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in London on Thursday, a top US official said, adding the “door remains open” for peace talks.

Palestinian FM requests “terrorist” label for militant settlers
Daily Star 12 May 2014 Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said on Monday he had asked world powers to label Israeli settler groups who attack Palestinian communities and holy sites as terrorist organisations.

Kuwaiti minister accused by U.S. over terrorism funding quits
Daily Star 12 May 2014 Kuwait’s Justice and Islamic Affairs Minister has resigned, state news agency KUNA said on Monday, after a senior U.S. official said he had called for jihad in syria and promoted the funding of terrorism.

IAEA and Iran end nuclear talks, no word on outcome
Daily Star 12 May 2014 The U.N. nuclear watchdog and Iran ended a meeting on Monday without giving statements on the outcome, leaving unclear whether progress was made in efforts to help allay international concern over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Army arrests suspected thieves
Daily Star 12 May 2014 The Lebanese Army said Monday it arrested two people suspected of stealing from inside some 100 vehicles in Khaldeh, south of Beirut, and the Metn area of Dbayeh

At least 14 migrants dead in sea north of Libya
Daily Star 12 May 2014 A boat crowded with migrants sank Monday in the Mediterranean just beyond Libya’s territorial waters, leaving at least 14 people dead, said the Italian navy, which helped rescue more than 200 survivors.

Two Lebanese wounded by Syrian army fire
Daily Star 12 May 2014 Two Lebanese were severely wounded by Syrian army fire along the northern border with Lebanon Monday, a security source tells The Daily Star.

YNet News

US agency revising Internet rules after backlash
YNet News, 12 May 2014 – ….

Islamic cleric testifies he wanted to aid hostages
YNet News, 12 May 2014 – ….

Netanyahu’s obsession getting the better of him
YNet News, 12 May 2014 – Analysis: Prime minister is pushing for cancelation of presidency simply because he is dreading Reuven Rivlin’s election. ….

United Nations names first female peacekeeping mission commander
YNet News, 12 May 2014 – ….

State attorney calls on businesses to hire haredim
YNet News, 12 May 2014 – Speaking at an academic awards ceremony, Shai Nitzan implores companies to help integrate ultra-Orthodox into society by providing them gainful employment. ….

Kerry and Abbas to discuss peace talks in London
YNet News, 12 May 2014 – ….

100 Israelis protest Vatican role at holy site
YNet News, 12 May 2014 – ….

Nigeria’s Boko Haram offers to swap kidnapped girls for prisoners
YNet News, 12 May 2014 – Video seen by AFP reportedly shows around 100 girls wearing full veils and praying in an undisclosed location. ….

Jordan sees tourist opportunity in Pope’s visit
YNet News, 12 May 2014 – The Hashemite Kingdon, which is home to several holy sites, seeks to revive tourism industry adversely impacted by regional turmoil. ….

Rebels declare victory in east Ukraine self-rule vote
YNet News, 12 May 2014 – Vote organized on ad hoc basis, ballot paper confusion; rebels say 90 percent in main region voted in favor; Kiev and Western governments say ballot illegal. ….

Clippers’ Sterling apologizes, says he’s ‘not a racist’
YNet News, 12 May 2014 – In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Donald Sterling apologizes for racial slurs, asks for another chance. ….

Two-state solution moving further from reality
YNet News, 12 May 2014 – Op-ed: It’s about time that Israel’s political left woke up and started thinking seriously about other alternatives to ‘two states for two people.’ ….

Lapid: Those who give more to the state, get more from the state
YNet News, 12 May 2014 – Finance Minister tells Israeli business conference that young people who completed national service is a ‘better and more worthy citizen.’ ….

Egypt’s Al-Sisi: I won’t allow religious leadership to operate in parallel to state
YNet News, 12 May 2014 – Frontrunner in upcoming presidential elections says he plans to make improve living conditions within two years, but will step down if Egyptians rise up against him. ….

WATCH: New laser cannon burns holes through boat
YNet News, 11 May 2014 – Lockheed Martin’s ‘Adam’ system neutralizes targets by firing a high energy laser beam; can track and destroy small rockets. ….

IDF reservists warn PM: Disaster looming due to lack of training
YNet News, 11 May 2014 – Reserve commanders claim that soldiers haven’t trained in over 3 years; IDF holding back on exercises due to monetary crisis. ….

Khamenei orders Revolutionary Guards to mass-produce missiles
YNet News, 11 May 2014 – Khamenei calls limit on missile program ‘stupid and idiotic’ as atomic experts say Iran nuclear program appears to be slowing down, but notes that Iran is simply hiding activities better. ….

Rouhani says Iran guided by transparency in nuclear talks
YNet News, 11 May 2014 – In live address, president of Islamic republic stresses country’s case for researching nuclear technology, denies existence of weapons program. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Dajani Daoudi family deplores Israeli intent to give Islamic Waqf to the Vatican
PIC – Al-Dajani Daoudi family said that it is still considered the custodian of the Elwi Mosque and the Nabi Dawoud Mosque in south Jerusalem, affirming that these holy sites are Islamic Awqaf (endowments).

Dozens of injuries during clashes in Abu Dis
PIC – Dozens of Palestinians have suffered breathing problems when clashes erupted on Monday morning in Abu Dis town between Jerusalemite youths and Israeli forces.

Israeli army razes Palestinian property in Attawil hamlet
PIC – Israeli military bulldozers on Monday morning demolished homes and structures in Attawil hamlet in Aqraba town to the south of Nablus city for the second time in two weeks.

IOA aims to triple settlement construction in Jordan Valley
PIC – The so-called Israeli Jordan Valley Regional Council has continued to implement its 10-year plan to triple its population to help impose a status quo in the Jordan Valley.

Hamdan: Hamas rejects visiting Aqsa while Jerusalem is still under occupation
PIC – Director of Hamas’s foreign relations Osama Hamdan reiterated his Movement’s rejection of any visits by Muslims from outside occupied Palestine to the Aqsa Mosque while Jerusalem is under occupation.

Gaza siege disrupts dozens of projects worth over $124 million
PIC – Dr. Mohammed al-Farra, the Minister of Local Government in Gaza, stated that Israeli siege imposed on the coastal Strip for 8 consecutive years disrupted 156 projects worth over $124 million.


EU Council Adopts Conclusions on Middle East Peace Process
WAFA – 12 May 2014

Israeli Forces Declare Jenin Town Closed Military Zone
WAFA – 12 May 2014

Foreign Ministry Calls for Labeling Extremist Settlers as Terrorists
WAFA – 12 May 2014

Qaraqeª Dubs Israeli Prisoners Bill Racist
WAFA – 12 May 2014

Israeli Gas Canisters Set Vehicle on Fire near Bethlehem
WAFA – 12 May 2014

Israeli Soldiers Target School with Tear Gas Canister
WAFA – 12 May 2014

IFC Invests in Fund to Support SMEs in West Bank and Gaza
WAFA – 12 May 2014

Israeli Forces Arrest 16 in West Bank
WAFA – 12 May 2014

Blockaded Nabi Samwil Suffers Lack of Food
WAFA – 12 May 2014

Newspaper Review: Israeli Bill Vetoing Pardon of Veteran Prisoners Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 12 May 2014

Israeli forces Shoot, Injure 5, Dozens Suffocate during Clashes near Jerusalem
WAFA – 12 May 2014


Kerry to Meet Palestinian Leader in First Exchange Since Peace Talks
New York Times 12 May 2014 – The gathering will take place as Secretary of State John Kerry travels to London this week for meetings on the Syria crisis and Ukraine.

Qaeda Affiliate Steps Up Video Propaganda Push in Yemen
New York Times 12 May 2014 – Militants are seeking to capitalize on growing anger over the killings of civilians in drone strikes.

A Push to Aid American Couple Held in Child s Death in Qatar
New York Times 12 May 2014 – A YouTube video was posted to raise money for the defense of the Huangs of Los Angeles, whose adopted daughter known to go on hunger strikes died after four days of not eating.

Op-Ed Contributor: Bibi s Big PR Stunt
New York Times 12 May 2014 – Netanyahu s demand that Israel be the nation-state solely of the Jews appears to be more about public relations than Zionism.

Trying to Salvage Remains of Blackwater Case
New York Times 11 May 2014 – The case against five security guards in the 2007 killings of 17 people in Baghdad once seemed clear-cut. But it has been undermined by the prosecution s own mistakes.

Europe-Bound Migrants Killed When Boat Capsizes Off Libya
New York Times 11 May 2014 – Dozens of people were dead or missing, according to officials in Libya, which has become a transit point for tens of thousands of Africans headed for Europe in rickety, crowded boats.

Israel Arrests IDF Officer-Iran Arms Dealer Pending U.S. Extradition
Tikun Olam – Eli Cohen pictured today A month ago or so I wrote a blog post about an Israeli arms dealer who sold spare parts for Iranian F-4 fighter jets to Iran using Greek companies as middlemen. I also wrote that the arms dealer, Eli Cohen, was doing…

San Jose Mercury News runs many pictures of Israeli children caressing guns
Mondoweiss – Settler children at Israeli independence celebration May 2014, by Gali Tibbon The other day we ran a post about the fact that the Jewish Forward ran severalphotos of Israeli independence day that highlighted the scary degree of militarism in that society pictures from a settlement of…

De Blasio mended AIPAC pander by kissing up to J Street
Mondoweiss – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Israeli President Shimon Peres in 2013. Back in January when New York s newly-minted progressive mayor had a secret meeting with AIPAC and told the lobby group that his job description was to stand up for Israel and that…

NBC s Dig gets $6.5 million from Israel to film in E. Jerusalem while Palestinian residents lack drinking water
Mondoweiss – Silwan (Photo via Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine) The television network NBC will receive a $6.5 million (22 million NIS) grant from the Israeli government to film the new archeological thriller Dig , in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. Meanwhile Palestinians residing in Silwan…

Israel s ongoing colonization prolongs Palestinian suffering and devalues international law
Mondoweiss – Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Photo: Reuters) Israel continues to implement a range of practices, laws and policies seeking to displace and dispossess the indigenous Palestinian population. This is achieved through exerting complete control, apartheid and occupation. Zionism continues to aim to colonize Palestine (also…

Israeli teens take celebratory selfie in police custody after attacking Palestinian car
Mondoweiss – (Photo via Jerusalem Post) Youths arrested for stoning Arab man s car in Afula protest, take selfie in police station Jerusalem Post 11 May by Ben Hartman An Afula rally to commemorate the life of a local teenager murdered in a suspected terror attack became heated…

Amos Oz uses the n-word calls settler zealots neo-Nazis
Mondoweiss – Right wing publication publishes graphic of Amos Oz Der Sturmer Style mustache after he called Jewish extremists neo-Nazis. May 10, 2014 (Graphic: The Jewish Independent) The benign term Hilltop Youth to name radical settlers deserves to be permanently canned. And after the latest wave of hate…

NYT correction privileges Israeli military investigation over firsthand Palestinian accounts
Mondoweiss – New York Times headquarters. (Photo: Wikipedia) As I ve written, in a story about a viral video of an Israeli soldier in Hebron who threatened Palestinian youths, The New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Jodi Rudoren chose to initially report, unchallenged and with no attribution, a claim…

Sara Netanyahu s Machinations to Prevent Rivlin from Winning Presidency
Tikun Olam – Leading Israeli presidential candidate, Reuven Rivlin If this were a normal political year in Israel and it was governed by a normal government, there would be a new president-elect in June. That s when a successor would be chosen in time for the conclusion of Shimon Peres …

Diplomats to draft Iran nuclear deal
BBC 12 May 2014 – Six world powers and Iran are to begin drafting a deal that aims to provide a comprehensive solution to the country’s nuclear issue.

John Kerry to Meet With Mahmoud Abbas in London on Thursday
The Foward Breaking News 12 May 2014 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet in London on Thursday, the U.S. State Department said, less than a month after a U.S. effort to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal collapsed. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Man Charged in U.S. With Selling Arms to Iran Arrested
The Foward Breaking News 12 May 2014 – An Israeli man charged in the United States with selling arms to Iran was arrested at Israel s Ben Gurion International Airport. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Deadly risks, but female genital mutilation persists
BBC 12 May 2014 – FGM still prevalent in Egypt, despite deadly risks

Palestinians Push ‘Terror’ Label for Anti-Arab Attackers
The Foward Breaking News 12 May 2014 – Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said on Monday he had asked world powers to classify Israeli settler groups who attack Palestinian communities and holy sites as terrorist organisations. Click here for the rest of the article…

Joint Call to Action: July 2014 Month against the Apartheid Wall!
Global BDS 12 May 2014 – #StopImpunity On July 9, 2014 it will be a decade since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion entitled Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, which declared the Apartheid Wall in the West Bank illegal under…

Catholics Warn of ‘Poison’ Atmosphere of Hate as Visit of Pope Francis Nears
The Foward Breaking News 12 May 2014 – Two weeks ahead of Pope Francis s trip to the Holy Land, the Roman Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem said vandal attacks by suspected Jewish extremists poison the atmosphere of the papal visit. Click here for the rest of the article…

Nigeria: Chibok – Israel Sends Counter-Terrorism Team to Nigeria
allAfrica.com12 May 2014 – [Daily Trust]Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to send a team of Israeli counter-terrorism experts Nigeria to assist in the ongoing search and rescue of the abducted schoolgirls of Chibok, Borno State. Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, in a statement, said Netanyahu made the promise yesterday…

Syria poll stifles hope for change
BBC 12 May 2014 – Presidential elections seal loss of hope for Syrians seeking change

The women in Iran taking off the hijab
BBC 12 May 2014 – Iranian women defy law by losing headscarves for Facebook

Egypt: Egypt and Palestinian Reconciliation Agreement
allAfrica.com12 May 2014 – [Egypt Online]On May 3, 2011, Fatah and Hamas sealed a reconciliation agreement in Egypt which ended four years of Palestinian disunity.

Egypt: Egypt Elected a Member in Arado Executive Council
allAfrica.com12 May 2014 – [Egypt Online]The Arab Administrative Development Organization (ARADO) concluded activities of the general assembly 15th meeting in Cairo on Friday 09/05/2014.

Egypt: Sisi May Amend Peace Treaty With Israel When President
allAfrica.com12 May 2014 – [Aswat Masriya]Cairo -Egypt’s former army chief and presidential hopeful Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in a televised interview on Sunday that if necessary he may have to amend the peace treaty with Israel if he is elected president.

New push to end Israel’s “administrative detentions” amid mass hunger strike
Al-Akhbar News 12 May 2014 – A Palestinian woman holds a photo of loved-ones imprisoned by Israel during a demonstration in Gaza City in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike on May 5, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Abed) A Palestinian woman holds a photo of loved-ones imprisoned by Israel during…

Israel jails 20% of Palestinian children in solitary confinement: monitor
Al-Akhbar News 12 May 2014 – Israel is placing increasing numbers of arrested Palestinian children in solitary confinement, an international children’s rights group said in a report issued Monday. The report came just months after Israel’s army, under international pressure to introduce reforms, agreed to test alternative treatment for children it detains…

Americans in Yemen
Al-Akhbar Blogs 12 May 2014 – In the US press, the story is clear: two armed Americans were innocently getting a haircut in a barber shop in Yemen when they suddenly shot two armed Yemeni civilians who they said were about to kidnap them. As is usual in such stories, US media…

Ashraf Rifi, turn yourself in!
Al-Akhbar Opinion 12 May 2014 – Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Ashraf Rifi is indeed a man passionate about justice, especially international justice, and he seeks to ensure that all its elements are provided. He clearly expressed it when he was first assigned…

Syria says France, Germany to bar expats from voting
Al-Akhbar News 12 May 2014 – The foreign ministry said Monday that France and Germany intend to prevent Syrians living in their countries from voting in Syria’s presidential election, expected to return President Bashar al-Assad to power. Germany and France are “preventing Syrians living in their territory from voting,” the foreign ministry…

Syrian rebels could swap 1,500 families for prisoners, food
Al-Akhbar News 12 May 2014 – Syrian rebels have agreed to free 1,500 families in exchange for food and the release of jailed opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, a newspaper close to his government said Monday. The reported agreement involves the release of families held by rebels in Adra, a pro-government town…

Don t discount Sabahi in Egypt s presidential race
Al-Monitor 12 May 2014 – The prospect of a “civilian opposition” depends on Hamdeen Sabahi s performance, win or lose, against Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Russia stakes out Iranian market
Al-Monitor 12 May 2014 – Both Russia and Iran see a shared interest in deepening economic ties, parallel to the P5+1 talks.

Saudi court sends message with sentence of 1,000 lashes
Al-Monitor 12 May 2014 – The sentencing of a liberal blogger is a reminder of the kingdom s strict application of Sharia.

Ex-Barclays chiefs face questioning
BBC 12 May 2014 – Several former Barclays bank executives are to be quizzed by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office over alleged corrupt dealings with Qatar.

Erdogan dismisses threat from opposition parties
Al-Monitor 12 May 2014 – Prime Minister Erdogan says the opposition fails to understand that the people are behind the AKP.

Bahraini prince could be tried for torture in Britain
Al-Akhbar News 12 May 2014 – A Bahraini man shouts slogans as others wave their national flag during an anti-government protest in the village of Jannusan, west of Manama, on May 9, 2014. (Photo: Mohammed al-Sheikh) A Bahraini man shouts slogans as others wave their national flag during an anti-government protest in…

ISIS rejects Qaeda call to quit Syria
Al-Akhbar News 12 May 2014 – A powerful jihadist group battling al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria has sharply criticised the global terror network’s leader in a statement, rejecting his call for them to leave the war-ravaged country. The audio recording, purportedly made by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani,…

Is Homs deal turning point in Syria crisis?
Al-Monitor 12 May 2014 – The recent partial reconciliation reached in Homs could serve as a model to be applied in other locations throughout Syria.

Yemen drone strike ‘kills militants’
BBC 12 May 2014 – At least six suspected militants are killed in a drone strike in eastern Yemen, as the army continues an offensive against al-Qaeda strongholds.

Poverty in Gaza sustains used-clothing market
Al-Monitor 12 May 2014 – Secondhand clothing sellers in Gaza see a steady increase in demand despite the social stigma.

Lebanese workers’ union protests for wage hikes
Al-Akhbar News 12 May 2014 – Members of Lebanon’s most powerful workers’ union protested outside the Ministry of Social Affairs in Beirut Monday as part of a week-long strike over a stalled wage hike bill. The Union Coordination Committee (UCC), which represents thousands of public sector workers and teachers, has been calling…

Calls to open Hagia Sophia to Muslim prayer misguided
Al-Monitor 12 May 2014 – Gulenists have been calling for Hagia Sophia to be opened to Muslim prayer, something that could harm religious harmony in the country.

Marwan Barghouti joins latest hunger strike
Al-Monitor 12 May 2014 – The issue of administrative detention has resurfaced as Palestinian prisoners resume their struggle against the common Israeli practice.

Fugitive banker handed over to Iran
Al-Monitor 12 May 2014 – The arrest of the former managing director of Bank Melli could boost Iranian President Hassan Rouhani s campaign promise to reduce corruption.

Iran seeks economic future with West and Russia
Al-Monitor 12 May 2014 – Iran s pursuit of sanctions relief as a result of nuclear negotiations would allow it to pursue economic ties with the West while continuing to rely on Russia for its defense and nuclear needs.

Netanyahu bids to postpone presidential elections
Al-Monitor 12 May 2014 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s move to delay Israel’s presidential elections is a transparent attempt to derail Knesset member Reuven Rivlin’s campaign.

Turkey goes after obesity
Al-Monitor 12 May 2014 – The Turkish Health Ministry considers offering free weight-loss surgery as efforts to curtail obesity fail.

Jordan announces new MERS death
Al-Akhbar News 12 May 2014 – A man has died in Jordan after being infected with the MERS virus, the government said Monday, on the eve of a World Health Organization emergency meeting on the disease. The latest death brings to five the number of fatalities in Jordan from the Middle East…


Chronicle of death foretold for Palestine
Baher Kamal, Asia Times5/12/2014
CAIRO – Now that Washington has failed to reach an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) in spite of Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent strenuous efforts, a quick look at the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would suffice to conclude that the process leading to creating a Palestinian State living side by side with Israel had already been sentenced to failure 117 years ago.
Middle East analysts in Cairo and other Arab capitals have reached the unanimous conclusion that the “suspension” of the Israeli-Palestinian talks and their postponement sine die has sounded the death knell for the two-state solution, which has been repeatedly advocated by President Barack Obama.
This assessment is shared not only by Arab analysts but also by authoritative voices in the US, such as Emile Nakhleh, a former senior intelligence service officer in the Central Intelligence Agency.
In fact, writing for IPS, under the self-explanatory header: “The Two-State Option is Dead: Time for New Thinking”, Nakhleh says “The recent suspension of the US-engineered Israeli-Palestinian talks signals a much deeper reality than the immediate factors that caused it. The peace process and the two-state solution, which for years were on life support, are now dead.”
Nakhleh, who is also a research professor at the University of New Mexico, and author of A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America’s Relations with the Muslim World, adds: “It is time for the United States and the rest of the international community to stop the 20-year-old quixotic effort to resurrect a dead ‘process’ and to seriously begin exploring other avenues for Israeli-Palestinian coexistence between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.”
Following is a brief chronicle of the foretold death of the two-state solution….more..e-mail

Netanyahu and Clinton: Brothers Under the Skin
Andrew Levine, CounterPunch5/9/2014
The Bibster and the Slickster
When it comes to saying one thing, doing the opposite, fooling nobody, and getting away with it anyway, no one no American politician, that is does it better than Benjamin Netanyahu. Bill Clinton is a distant runner-up.
Technically, of course, Netanyahu is not an American politician at all. But he sounds like one; and, as they say, if it quacks like a duck&
With his American accent and familiarity with American ways, he could pass. This is how the media portray him more as a governor of our fifty-first state than as a leader of a foreign nation. By their lights, he is one of us.
And, indeed, were he a state governor, he would fit right in with the Republican horde. He is certainly retrograde enough, and he meets their standard for stupidity.
Netanyahu was the first to discover that Obama could be defied with impunity. This discovery paved the way for the bona fide Republican dullards who followed.
Republicans therefore love him and Democrats say they do too, even if they don t. In short, the political class lets him get away with murder figuratively and literally.
Even so, it is astonishing how he got away with approving 14,000 new settler homes, and demolishing some 500 Palestinian structures during the nine months that the Obama-Kerry peace talks, doomed from Day One, muddled along.more..e-mail

Indyk s speech confirms ongoing threat to Palestinian resistance
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)5/11/2014
“We are very fortunate to have two leaders, in President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu, who are committed to achieving a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through peaceful means.” Uttered by US Special Envoy Martin Indyk during a speech at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy last Thursday, this statement reflects US willingness to normalise decades of violence into dispersed episodes retaining validity only within the brokered and now suspended negotiations that provided additional means to annihilate Palestinian resistance.
According to Indyk, the negotiations are not over. The assessment will probably prove correct; the completion of the settler-colonial process will provide an epilogue to the multitude of concessions which Palestinian leaders have bequeathed to Israel. Hence the restriction of chronology to the Kissinger era, well remembered for his approval in effecting the illegal and unconstitutional in relation t
o the US-backed dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile. He also insisted on the modification of settler-colonialism to conflict, in order to ensure the ability to induce the humiliation of Palestinians through depictions rendering the indigenous population an invisible phenomenon or a permanent impediment. Normalising Israel automatically involves the promotion of oblivion, which Indyk strives to achieve through his discussions about US concepts of peace, leadership responsibility and competing narratives.

Any attempted illusions of equality dissipate immediately, as the allegedly competing narratives transform into the maintenance of Israel’s hegemonic narrative at the expense of marginalising Palestinian history and memory. Departing from the “peaceful” attribute bestowed upon Netanyahu and Abbas, it is evident that settler-colonial violence and acquiescence as its counterpart remain elusive elements in Indyk’s discourse. Compromise, according to him, is an acceptable parameter which Palestinians are expected to embrace. After all, the negotiations have clearly focused upon Israel’s capacity to usurp the remnants of Palestine, ensuring the capitulation of Palestinian leaders to further concessions that not only squander the remaining slivers of territory, but also ensure that resistance continues to collapse under unrecognisable, diplomatic concessions.more..e-mail

The American occupation of West Jerusalem
Moriel Rothman, +972 Magazine5/10/2014
A group of activists attempts to show Israelis and American tourists the occupation that s taking place just a few blocks away, by simulating an American occupation of West Jerusalem.
What do you do when rammed by a man in an electric wheelchair who s fundraising for needy Holocaust survivors?
Just walk away.
OK, um, guys, seriously we need to just walk away.
It is hot. I am confused. My shins pre-hurt. My stomach feels twisted and odd. Over the last three years of activism and direct actions I ve been yelled at, shoved, spit on, detained, whacked with a baton, cursed out, dragged, arrested and nearly urinated on, but this was by far the most upsetting and unexpected counter-protest I ve ever experienced.
I was standing on a kitchen chair when it happened.
All That s Left: Creative direct action. Street theater. In the middle of a sea of people in Jerusalem s Machaneh Yehudah market at 2:40 p.m. on a Friday afternoon.
We are here, I say in loud American English, stepping up onto a chair.
(We are here), respond the other activists, the form inspired by Occupy Wall Street s mic check, an eminently portable, eminently free, eminently intriguing grassroots type of megaphone….more..e-mail

discussions on Syria, with Syrians and non-Syrians (IN Syria)
In Gaza: 11 May 2014 – I ll continue to update this, but for the moment, here are a variety of discussions with Syrians and peace & justice delegates in Syria: chat with Damascus taxi driver, Apr 23, 2014 **** chat with co-creater of Damascus wall mural, Apr 21, 2014 **** chat with Damascus teens, Apr 21, 2014 **** talk with Syrian journalist, April 2014 **** discussion with two Americans (one half-Syrian) who have lived in Syria for 22 years **** shop owner on decline in business, Apr 18, 2014 **** chat with popcorn vendor, plaza opposite Umayyad mosque, Apr 18, 2014 **** discussion with Syrian Brazilian in Damascus, Apr 17, 2014 **** Syria shop owner near Bab Sharqi (East Gate) in Damascus, Apr 17, 2014 **** brief talk with Syrian Armenian, Damascus, Apr 15, 2014 **** On the morning of April 15, rebels in the Jobar district shelled a Damascus elementary school, killing one child and injuring at least 62 more, some of whom are…more

Ramblings of a Conspiracy Theorist
Palestine Chronicle: 12 May 2014 – By Hatim Kanaaneh When your children let you in on their secret plan for a surprise party for your wife s seventieth birthday and you remember that you are seven years her senior, a senior moment should not come as a major surprise. Still I panicked. A friend had dragged me kicking into a conference on international health and justice that a friend of hers was organizing in Canada. I had a basic concept that I had mulled in my mind for a long time: to look at the health of the Palestinian citizens of Israel from the critical angle of equality and human rights. I submitted an abstract and received an encouraging response from the organizers. Then I realized that the conference coincided with my wife s birthday. I apologized to my friend intending to withdraw my paper. She came back with a counter proposal: Let us do that through Skype….more

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