VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 14 May 2014: Odeh Hamad, shot dead by Israel on his birthday

14 May 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Ministry of Social Affairs, UNICEF Sign Childhood Protection Agreement
IMEMC – The Ministry of Social Affairs and UNICEF have signed a cooperation agreement on childhood protection in Palestine. …

American Actors Call for Cultural Boycott of Israel
IMEMC – Ma’an reports that actor Danny Glover and a number of others featured in a US documentary about a prominent social justice activist protested the film’s screening at a Tel Aviv festival, this week, announcing their support for the cultural boycott of Israel. …

Settlers & Police Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque Again
IMEMC – Army halts construction on seven West Bank homes Israeli settlers, backed by special police, stormed the yards of al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, Wednesday, where they abducted two brothers for trying to prevent the settlers from performing Talmudic rituals, according to reports by local and media sources. …

Al-Sayed to Join Hunger Strike
IMEMC – Senior Hamas member Abbas al-Sayed, sentenced to life imprisonment, is to declare an open-ended hunger strike next Monday, in solidarity with the administrative detainees, according to to the Palestinian Center for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights-Ahrar. …

Israel Denies Sovereignty Deal with Vatican
IMEMC – Israel says that it has “no intention” of giving the Vatican sovereignty over a Jerusalem holy site, amid protests by ultra-Orthodox Jews which are marking Pope Francis’ upcoming visit. …

Child, Young Man, Kidnapped In Jerusalem
IMEMC – [Wednesday Morning, May 14, 2014] Israeli soldiers kidnapped a Palestinian child in Silwan, and a young man in a yard of the al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem. …

Settlers, Soldiers, Clash As Army Readies To Demolish Illegal Outposts
IMEMC – Israeli sources have reported that clashes took place between Israeli soldiers and settlers as the army arrived at the Ma aleh Rehavam illegal outpost, one of three outposts Israel intends to evict. The army wanted to demolish seven illegal structures, including three homes. …

Army Kidnaps Eleven Palestinians In West Bank
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded on Wednesday at dawn, [May, 14, 2014] various districts in the occupied West Bank and kidnapped at least eleven Palestinians. …

Ma’an News

Israeli bulldozers demolish structures in East Jerusalem neighborhoods
5/14/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers demolished three Palestinian structures in East Jerusalem early Wednesday, locals told Ma’an. Accompanied by Israeli forces and police officers, bulldozers entered the Palestinian neighborhoods of Beit Hanina, Shuafat, and Ras al-Amoud, where they destroyed two shops and a workshop. In the al-Ashqariyya neighborhood of Beit Hanina, bulldozers demolished a store belonging to Mousa al-Natsha. Meanwhile, Israeli authorities….

Palestinians pledge support as hunger strike nears 4th week
5/14/2014 – AL-BIREH, West Bank (Ma’an) — Mothers, wives, and sisters of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails delivered petitions to the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross on Tuesday, calling for the organizations’ intervention for the lives of their imprisoned relatives. Their sons, husbands, and brothers are among some 120 Palestinian administrative detainees held in Israeli jails without charge….

Palestinians in Israel voice national identity as hate crimes mount
5/14/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Palestinian citizens of Israel are increasingly emphasizing their Palestinian identity and making national demands, as hate attacks by Jewish extremists and laws perceived as discriminatory have multiplied. Some 10,000 Palestinians rallied in northern Israel earlier this month for the right of return for refugees who fled or were driven from their homes during the war that led to the creation of Israel 1948….

Danny Glover calls for cultural boycott of Israel
5/14/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Danny Glover and other actors featured in a US documentary on a prominent social justice activist protested the film’s screening at a Tel Aviv festival this week, announcing their support for the cultural boycott of Israel. In a statement released on Monday, the group said they “stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine, and support their call for….

Israel removes settler outpost near Bethlehem
5/14/2014 – MAALE REHAVAM, West Bank (AFP) — Israeli military forces began demolishing structures in an illegal West Bank settler outpost on Wednesday, the army said, after attempts at a voluntary evacuation failed. Soldiers at the Maale Rehavam outpost, southeast of Bethlehem, helped demolish 11 structures, five of which had been inhabited, a defense ministry spokesman told AFP. Israeli media reported that the army was also to raze….

Israel denies sovereignty deal with Vatican on holy site
5/14/2014 – Vatican City (AFP) — Israel said it had “no intention” of giving the Vatican sovereignty over a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem, following protests by ultra-Orthodox Jews ahead of Pope Francis’ visit this month.”Contrary to rumors in Israel, there is no intention to transfer to the Vatican sovereignty or ownership on the Tomb of David or the Cenacle,” Israel’s ambassador to the….

Unity meeting between Hamas, Fatah ends ‘positively’
5/14/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas and Fatah officials held a three-hour meeting in Gaza on Wednesday in what officials described as a “positive” atmosphere. Head of Fatah’s negotiation team Azzam al-Ahmad said after the meeting that talks will continue and officials will abide by a five-week deadline to form a unity government. Mousa Abu Marzouq, head of the Hamas negotiating team, said….

Israeli forces detain 14-year-old boy in overnight Jerusalem raid
5/14/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a 14-year-old boy after raiding his house in an East Jerusalem neighborhood overnight, the boy’s mother said Wednesday. She told Ma’an that in the early morning hours, Israeli forces surrounded her house in the al-Bustan area of the Silwan neighborhood and detained her son, Musallem Musa Odeh. This is the 14th time Israeli….

Prisoner ‘dies of heart attack’ in Gaza jail
5/14/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A prisoner held in a jail in the northern Gaza Strip died early Wednesday, Gaza’s ministry of interior said in a statement. The prisoner, identified only as S. H. , was 34 years old and died of a heart attack, the statement said. His body was delivered to his family in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Nasr in the….

World Bank transfers $30 million to PA
5/14/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The World Bank on Monday transferred approximately $30 million to the Palestinian Authority, the international financial institution said in a statement. The funds, contributed by Japan, will go towards “education, health care, and other vital social services for the Palestinian people,” the statement said. [END]

Negotiations: What went wrong?
5/14/2014 – Alon Ben-Meir is a professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute. – The failure of the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and the causes behind it were absolutely predictable. Kerry made a fundamental mistake by establishing rules of engagement that were not conducive to progress, raising serious doubts about the prospect of a….

Fatah official: Egypt to open Rafah permanently after unity
5/14/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A senior Fatah official told reporters Tuesday that Egypt would open the Rafah crossing permanently after the Palestinian unity government was set in place. Following a meeting between Fatah and Hamas delegations in Gaza City, Azzam al-Ahmad told reporters that Egypt welcomed the establishment of a “legitimate,” internationally recognized government in the Gaza Strip.”Egypt is looking forward to Palestinian….

New Palestinian ambassador presents credentials in Sri Lanka
5/14/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The new Palestinian ambassador in Sri Lanka, Zuheir Hamadallah Zaid, presented his credentials to the Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday. Zaid greeted the Sri Lankan president on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas and passed along the appreciation of the Palestinian people and leadership for what he called Sri Lanka’s support of Palestinian rights. Rajapaksa welcomed the new….

Public hospital doctors to launch partial strike
5/14/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A union of doctors employed by the Palestinian ministry of health said on Wednesday that they will launch a partial strike Thursday if the government fails to pay allowances that they say were agreed upon nearly a year ago. Speaker for the West Bank union of doctors Shaqi Sabha told Ma’an on Wednesday that doctors employed in public hospitals….

Jailed Fatah leader backs reconciliation moves
5/14/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi gave his blessing to a Palestinian reconciliation deal, in a statement also marking the 66th memory of the Nakba. Barghouthi saluted all Palestinian martyrs and emphasized that the right of return for Palestinians who have been displaced from their homes is a sacred, non-negotiable right. He said any solution for the Palestinian cause that does not….

Security forces hand over Abbas’ house in Gaza
5/14/2014 – GAZA (Ma’an) — Gaza security forces on Wednesday began leaving President Mahmoud Abbas’ house in Gaza City, witnesses said, evacuating the property in light of the recent national reconciliation deal between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. Sources close to the issue in Gaza told Ma’an that the house, which is located in Tel al-Hawa in western Gaza, will be handed over….

Obama meets Syrian opposition leader
5/14/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Barack Obama met Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba in a show of support for moderate, embattled foes of President Bashar Assad. Both sides said the meeting was productive and marked an important step in the evolving relationship between the US and the opposition. It took place however as the Obama administration again voiced concerns that any deadly aid that was provided at….

7 Palestinians wounded in Lebanon camp clashes
5/14/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Seven Palestinians were injured on Monday in clashes between rival factions that broke out in the Ein al-Hilweh refugee camp in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, Lebanese media reported. NOW Lebanon said that supporters of Wahhabi militant group Fatah al-Islam opened fire on the office of Baathist group al-Saiqa as well as the Palestinian security forces’ office in the….

Kerry heads for Syria talks just as UN envoy quits
5/14/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry left Wednesday for a whirlwind day of diplomacy focused on the conflict in Syria and efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. The top US diplomat was also to meet in London with President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time since peace talks with the Israelis collapsed last month. The focus of his trip though will be….

Relief Web

World: Annual Report 2013 – Volumes I & II
Relief Web 14 May 2014 – Source: International Committee of the Red Cross Country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Mali,…

World: Global Overview 2014: People internally displaced by conflict and violence
Relief Web 14 May 2014 – Source: Norwegian Refugee Council, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Azores Islands (Portugal), Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo, CÙte d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo,…

occupied Palestinian territory: International meeting on question of Jerusalem focuses on city s current realities
Relief Web 14 May 2014 – Source: UN General Assembly Country: occupied Palestinian territory General Assembly GA/PAL/1297 ANKARA, 13 May The International Meeting on the Question of Jerusalem this morning, on its second day, heard from experts and discussed the current situation in Jerusalem, including…

occupied Palestinian territory: Strawberry Fields are Forever in the West Bank and Gaza
Relief Web 14 May 2014 – Source: US Agency for International Development Country: occupied Palestinian territory Fruit is big business and getting bigger If we get enough production and buyers, then we plan to freeze at least 60 tons per year. May 2014 Picture a strawberry. Now picture…

Lebanon: PRS in Lebanon
Relief Web 14 May 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic As of April 2014, over 52,848 Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) were seeking safety and shelter from the ongoing…

The National

His wife and children collapsed on hearing the news : deadly UAE bus crash leaves shattered lives back in Bangladesh
The National 14 May 2014 – Thirteen men were killed when a bus ploughed into the back of a lorry in Dubai on Saturday the deadliest accident this year.

Qatar to end sponsorship system for foreign workers
The National 14 May 2014 – Qatar’s controversial sponsorship system for foreign workers is being abolished amid growing criticism from human-rights groups over how expatriates are treated.

Protesters clash with police after mine blast kills 274 in Turkey
The National 14 May 2014 – More than 360 miners out of a total of 787 are pulled out of the mine in the initial stages of the rescue operation, but the others remained trapped underground and hope for them is rapidly dimming.

Al Qaeda s rise in southern Syrian pushes moderate rebels to sideline
The National 14 May 2014 – Some worry that the point at which moderate factions can hope to easily rein in Jabhat Al Nusra on the southern front may have already passed.

Saudi crown prince calls for greater US-GCC defence cooperation
The National 14 May 2014 – Faced with persistent threats from growing regional instability and Iran, Gulf states must effectively coordinate with Washington to improve security, Saudi defence minister tells his American counterpart.

More than 200 killed in Turkey coal mine disaster
The National 14 May 2014 – Rescuers desperately raced against time to reach dozens of miners trapped underground Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey killed at least 200 workers.

Saudi crown prince calls for stronger US-GCC military ties
The National 14 May 2014 – We meet today amid persistent threats to the region s security and stability, said Prince Salman at a meeting where US defence secretary Chuck Hagel met his counterparts in the GCC.

India ban on bull wrestling is landmark victory for animals
The National 14 May 2014 – A two-judge bench ruled last week that the sport, known as jallikattu, was ‘a barbaric event involving unnecessary pain and suffering for the animals’.

In pictures: anti-China rioters in Vietnam torch and loot foreign factories
The National 14 May 2014 – The protests come amid rising tensions between Beijing and Hanoi over China s installation of an oil rig in a disputed are of the South China Sea.

Arab Israelis rekindle Palestinian ties as hate crimes mount
The National 14 May 2014 – The Palestinian people are one, wherever they live, said Shaher Mahameed, from the Arab Israeli town of Umm Al Fahm

Anti-China protesters in Vietnam torch foreign factories amid escalating tensions
The National 14 May 2014 – The unrest at industrial parks established to attract foreign investors was the most serious outbreak of public disorder in the tightly controlled country in years.

In pictures: Rescuers race against time in Turkey mine disaster
The National 14 May 2014 – Rescuers desperately raced against time to reach dozens of miners trapped underground Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey killed at least 200 workers.


Netanyahu seeks alternative diplomatic plan in light of failed peace talks
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Waiting for the startups to fail
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Kerry tells Abbas: ‘Door remains open’ to peace talks with Israel
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

PM wants to let largest party form government
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Terror suspects’ defense attorneys deal with scorn and scrutiny
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Ministers doubled number of trips abroad in past decade
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Comptroller: AG must review Israel’s position on asylum seekers
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

State Comptroller: Nefesh B’Nefesh got 95 % of aliyah funds between 2005 and 2012
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

State Comptroller: Nefesh B’Nefesh got 95 % of aliyah funds between 2005 and 2012
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Abbas and Kerry meet in London
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Jill Abramson, executive editor of New York Times, unexpectedly leaves
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Three right-wing activists held on suspicion of involvement in hate crimes
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Wall paintings recounting Crusader history uncovered at Jerusalem hospital
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Sony Pictures acquires film rights to Glenn Greenwald’s Snowden book
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

UN photo archive tells story of Palestinian Nakba
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

2 U.S. hospital workers test negative for MERS
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Ukraine launches talks yet neglects to invite pro-Russian insurgents
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Hillary Clinton skeptical about Iran nuclear deal
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

American escapee who fled to Jordan arrested in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

European court says Google must respect ‘right to be forgotten’
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Israeli lunar project launches crowd-funding campaign
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Israel offers to help Turkey with coal mine disaster
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

State Comptroller: Israeli asylum-seeker policy may be in violation of law
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Police bust online gambling ring
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Bar the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Amos Oz and half the Israeli cabinet from Hillel
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Far-right U.K. leader: Gentile liberals exploit Holocaust
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Israeli forces begin razing outpost after court rejects settlers’ ownership claims
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Israeli Arab arrested upon return from fighting with rebel forces in Syria
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Police find bomb stored in Petah Tikva middle school
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Ya’alon aims to revoke plan to raise career soldiers’ retirement age
Ha’aretz – 13 May 2014

The Israeli left imagines it’s Lennon
Ha’aretz – 13 May 2014

Sheldon Adelson and my personal moral dilemma
Ha’aretz – 13 May 2014

Criminal critters may get option of house arrest
Ha’aretz – 13 May 2014

To hate properly
Ha’aretz – 13 May 2014

Israel Hayom is no newspaper
Ha’aretz – 13 May 2014

Holyland judge: Don’t be corrupt
Ha’aretz – 13 May 2014

Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu to make last push for cancelling presidency
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Prime minister has not yet found a candidate to support in the race, despite turning to former ministers Natan Sharansky and others.

The nation state of the Jewish People
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – We need the new nationality law because we have a constitution that leaves it out.

Congressmen, MKs to push for keeping Jerusalem united
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Delegation of seven MKs taking part in New York’s Celebrate Israel parade will attend annual Jerusalem Day festivities in Congress.

Media comment: The media, the restaurant and a response
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Israel s present regulatory agencies are quite powerless.

Encountering peace: From Kurdistan to Israel
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – There are significant differences between the various Kurdish regions in the area, including within Iraq itself.

For Zion’s Sake: Lose the blame game wisely
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – The Palestinians have remained reluctant to negotiate with Israel, something which the Hamas takeover of Gaza in the aftermath of the Israeli evacuation contributed to.

Abbas hopes to convince US to accept Fatah-Hamas Palestinian unity government
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – A senior Palestinian official says that the Palestinian president will make it clear in his meeting with Kerry on Thursday that the Palestinian unity gov’t would recognize Israel and reject violence.

Christian citizens in Israel need support
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – The argument that the situation of Christians in Israel is not as bad as it is in Syria is hardly adequate.

Netanyahu to approve Turkey reconciliation deal by end of month
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Diplomatic officials tell Post that the meeting will discuss deal that negotiators have been working on for months.

Welcoming Pope Francis to Israel
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – One of Pope Francis most vital messages on this trip will be another heartfelt call for peace and reconciliation among the peoples of the different nationalities and religions who live in Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

A camel s nose: The demise of the Asian houbara bustard in Pakistan
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – If the Pakistani government decides to stem the use and abuse of its wildlife at the hands of rich Arabs, this is the perfect time to take action.

Comptroller concerned over safety of eggs produced in Israel
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Samples of eggs taken from a small number of poultry farms between late 2012 and early 2013 indicate traces of toxic dioxins.

US State Department s Special Envoy on anti-Semitsm Forman to visit Israel, Ukraine
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Envoy traveled to Ukraine last year prior to the outbreak of street protests which eventually led to the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich.

Hadassah administrative, maintenance staff to reduce functioning of HMO, hospitals to minimum
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Doctors and creditors are now scheduled to vote on recovery agreement only on Tuesday.

Tense protests at Hebrew University campus over Christian Arab IDF enlistment
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – MK Shaked: State needs to fight extremist elements in Arab society that refuse to participate in army draft.

Hillary Clinton touts Iran achievements as her own in speech to American Jews
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Despite progress, the former secretary of state says she is “skeptical that the Iranians will follow through and deliver” on a nuclear agreement.

Israel, Greek, Cypriot environment ministries to cooperate on Mediterranean pollution prevention
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Ministers to sign an agreement that will foster cooperation, with a focus on preventing pollution in the sea from natural gas drilling and economic activity.

Lag Ba omer bonfires may pose dangers two nights in a row this year
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Chief Rabbinate decides to postpone holiday from Saturday to Sunday night and Monday, when schools will be closed.

‘Israel exercises insufficient oversight over visiting Jewish youth’
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Children brought to Israel without government oversight and lacking a local legal guardian are vulnerable, report concludes.

State Comptroller criticizes state agencies responsible for inclusion of disabled in workforce
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Shapira says ministries involved, continue to act independently and lack any coherent cooperation to formulate an effective solution to problem.

Glaring failures in gun control enforcement in Israel, State Comptroller finds
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Public Security Ministry not in line with recent calls by officials to increase regulation and reduce the number of guns on the street.

State Comptroller: Vast improvements needed in air pollution prevention
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Shapira says impact of vehicle air pollution particularly severe because pollution emitted at ground level, near people, animals and plants.

Comptroller aims at Health Ministry s failures in preventing diseases, promoting health
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – State Comptroller’s spokesman tells The Jerusalem Post it: Shortcomings are very serious.

Comptroller: Israel Prison Service falls far short in rehabilitation for prisoners, parolees
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Report finds rehab program has failed on main parameters of treating addiction, counseling sex offenders, education, and opening rehab branches in prison.

Comptroller questions constitutionality of state’s migrant policy
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Shapira in annual report slams state for negligent, possibly unconstitutional migrant policy; criticizes ministers for too many foreign flights, myriad other issues.

Israel Police arrest Jordanian-American fugitive in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Mohammed Abu Nachla was sentenced to 24 years in Illinois for attempted murder, but fled to Jordan, Palestinian Authority.

IDF demolishes structures in illegal West Bank outpost, settlers vow to build again
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – Spokesman for Ma’aleh Rehavam outpost: “The forces are removing entire families from their homes and destroying their whole lives.”

Backstage Pass: Behind the scenes at an Israeli fashion production
Jerusalem Post 14 May 2014 – WATCH: Get a closer look of what it’s like to be at a full scale photo shoot with Fashion photographer Ella Manor.

The Guardian

Letters: Tzipi Livni must act on child prisoners | @guardianletters
The Guardian 14 May 2014 – In the light of Tzipi Livni being granted diplomatic immunity for her visit to Britain ( Report , 14 May) and with today being Nakba day , we want to draw attention to the recent reports into Palestinian child…

Israeli forces destroy illegal West Bank settlement houses
The Guardian 14 May 2014 – Troops destroy buildings in Ma’ale Rehavam as court rules government dragged its feet over demolitions Israeli security forces have demolished 10 illegal houses in the West Bank outpost of Ma’ale Rehavam, after Israel’s high court court…

Kerry wasn’t wrong: Israel’s future is beginning to look a lot like apartheid | Chris McGreal
The Guardian 14 May 2014 – A closer look at the diplomatic playing field ahead and the South African history behind plus blunt statements from a rising set of Israeli right-wingers reveals a different blueprint The howls of outrage from the pro-Israel…

The Idea of Israel and My Promised Land review
The Guardian 14 May 2014 – The moral consequences of the triumph of Zionism: Ilan PappÈ and Ari Shavit view Israel from different vantage points, but they agree the status quo between Israel and the Palestinians can’t be
sustained Zionism achieved its…


“Price Tag” vandalism on the rise
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 10, 2014 -A recent surge in vandalism of Arab religious sites across Israel has resulted in widespread concern and several demonstrations demanding action from the Israeli police. On 3 April in Jish, a town near the city of Safed…

Reworded Policy for Intelligence Employees Citing Leaks Doesn t Change Its Anti-Democratic Nature
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 10, 2014 – It was reported on May 8 that the Office of Director of National Intelligence, headed by James Clapper, had issued a directive barring past and current personnel from citing or talking about “known leaks.” The directive…

“Price Tag” vandalism on the rise
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 10, 2014 -A recent surge in vandalism of Arab religious sites across Israel has resulted in widespread concern and several demonstrations demanding action from the Israeli police. On 3 April in Jish, a town near the city of Safed…

More prisoners to start hunger strike in solidarity with administrative detainees
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 10, 2014 -Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails have begun a hunger strike in solidarity with the administrative prisoners who have been on hunger strike for 18 days, Wa ed Association for Prisoners and Freed Prisoners said.Wa ed…

Paradise regained: Price tag attacks and the promise of radical politics
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 10, 2014 – In late April, I was getting ready to visit my family in Fureidis (Persian for paradise) village, when I heard the news about a mass demonstration that was organised to protest the recent “price-tag attacks” by…

Iraqi MP: government attack on Fallujah amounts to genocide
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 10, 2014 -Member of the Council of Representatives of Iraq Ahmed el-Masary accused government forces of genocide against the residents of Fallujah city on Friday.Many parts of Fallujah have been hit by random artillery shelling early morning on Friday,…

Is The Iraqi Air Force Using Improvised Barrel Bombs in Fallujah?
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 10, 2014 – Fallujah, Iraq, currently under control of anti-government forces, has been the scene of recent government military operations, with the long term goal of retaking control of the town. Photographs posted by the anti-government Twitter account @Barq_iq_sy…

New Gestures to Opposition Unlikely to Change U.S. Syria Policy
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 10, 2014 – Despite new gestures of support for the Syrian opposition, the administration of President Barack Obama is unlikely to change its longstanding policy of restraining U.S. involvement in the country s more than three-year-old civil war, according…

Iraqi army shelling kills 11 in Fallujah
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 10, 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.The bombardment and twin shootings that killed two people in…

Iraqi MP: government attack on Fallujah amounts to genocide
Uruknet 14 May 2014 –

How I got involved in a 14-year-old Palestinian girl s murder case
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 10, 2014 – Settlers went to Nibin Jamjum s home specifically in order to shoot her in the head. All my attempts to bring about the murderer s arrest have failed. A follow-up to the research of Israeli blogger-journalist “…

Israeli writer calls anti-Palestinian vandals Hebrew neo-Nazis
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 10, 2014 — 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…

Syria Protests May 9, 2014 : A Video Roundup
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 9, 2014 – By the end of Friday the Local Coordination Committees were able to document 55 and martyrs, including three women, five children, and seventeen martyrs under torture. Twenty-four martyrs in Damascus and its countryside, eight martyrs in…

Iraq snapshot -May 9, 2014
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 9, 2014 – Nouri al-Maliki s four months of killing civilians in Falluja in what is collective punishment (a legally defined War Crime) gets far less attention. Mohammed Tawfeeq (CNN) notes the assault today increased as Nouri attempts to…

Iraq off the Agenda The new Iraq has become old news in the West
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 9 , 2014 – The worst violence in six years defined the backdrop for the Iraqi elections in April. The vote, the first to take place since the US troop withdrawal in 2011, briefly pushed the beleaguered country back onto…

US, Iraq continue counterterrorism cooperation
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 9, 2014 – Lt. Gen. Michael Bednarek, chief of the US Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq, said that the Iraqi government and armed forces are working on countering terrorism in cooperation with the United States. Speaking to Azzaman on May…

How the Israeli gov t rewards land thieves
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 9, 2014-In a closed conversation, the head of the Beit El Yeshiva exposes that he received millions of shekels from the State of Israel in compensation for his seminary s violations of the law – with the quiet assistance…

Palestinians living in Abu-Ghraib conditions in Al-Naqab Prison
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 9, 2014 -The lives of detainees at Al-Naqab Prison, south Israel, are in danger two weeks after they began their hunger strike in protest of human rights abuses in jail, a letter prisoners sent to the Arab Organisation for…

Dangerous radioactive contamination found in an Iraqi village
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 9, 2014 – The official environmental authority in the Iraqi governorate of Missan, which is located 390 kilometres away from Baghdad, has announced the discovery of dangerous radioactive contamination that is attributed to the 2003 US-led war on Iraq….

Fallujah Under Fire
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 9, 2014 -Tuesday afternoon, a Fallujah man – a friend and rare source of impartial information on the five months of fighting in Anbar province – phoned me. He had fled Fallujah in early February because of the ongoing…

Iraqi resistance – Weekly report from Iraq
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 9, 2014 -This last week witnessed the largest offensive launched on AlAnbar province in a desperate attempt by the criminal AlMaliki forces to bring down the revolting province especially in AlKarmah, AlFallujah, and Ramadi cities. All their attempts were…

Sixty Nine Days In Fallujah General Hospital Emergency Department
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 9, 2014 -In Iraq there is an ongoing massacre. Below are the figures of the dead and wounded brought daily to just one hospital in the country s largest governorate, Anbar Province, the Emergency Department of the Fallujah General…

Indyk s speech confirms ongoing threat to Palestinian resistance
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 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…

Willing Accomplices The NSA s Corporate Collaborators
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 9, 2014 -Emails published by Al Jazeera America, in addition to showing hi-tech executives and senior intelligence officials interacting on a casual first-name basis, reference a government program referred to as the Enduring Security Framework (ESF) [1]. An NPR…

Gitmo Clock Marks 350 Days Since President Obama s Promise to Resume Releasing Prisoners from Guant·namo; 77 Cleared Men Still Held
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 9, 2014 – Yesterday (May 8) marked 350 days since President Obama s promise, in a major speech on national security issues on May 23 last year, to resume releasing prisoners from Guant·namo. Since that time, however, just 12…

Palestinian prisoners intensify new hunger strike protest
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 9, 2014 – Palestinian prisoners went on hunger strike Thursday in solidarity with some 100 Palestinian administrative detainees who began their own, open-ended hunger strike two weeks ago. Those in administrative detention are held without charge, trial, or access…

CIA stalling release of Senate report on torture
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 9, 2014 -The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is delaying the publication of portions of the report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee on the agency s torture of prisoners at secret prisons overseas, according to an account Thursday by…

Lebanon All but Bars Palestinians Fleeing Syria
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 9, 2014-Lebanon has placed prohibitive restrictions on the entry of Palestinians fleeing Syria, making it almost impossible for them to take refuge in the small Mediterranean country.New measures mean Palestinians fleeing Syria will not be given visas at the…

Daily Star

Kerry meets Abbas for first time since collapse a peace talks
Daily Star 14 May 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry met late Wednesday in London with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas for their first face-to-face talks since the peace process collapsed last month, US officials said.

Syria rebels detonate tunnel bomb under army base: NGO
Daily Star 14 May 2014 Islamist rebels detonated explosives planted in a tunnel under an army base in northwestern Idlib on Wednesday, killing or injuring dozens, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Attacks across Afghanistan kill at least 5 people
Daily Star 14 May 2014 Attacks across Afghanistan, including a suicide attack on a border police outpost in the country’s south, killed at least five people Wednesday, authorities said.

Hamas clears out of Abbas’ Gaza home in unity push
Daily Star 14 May 2014 Hamas on Wednesday cleared out of the private Gaza residence of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in the most concrete sign yet that the rivals are moving toward reconciliation.

Egypt court jails 79 Morsi supporters from five to ten years
Daily Star 14 May 2014 An Egyptian court Wednesday sentenced 79 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to jail terms of between five and 10 years over their involvement in deadly clashes, judicial sources said.

Palestinian official dies after assassination attempt
Daily Star 14 May 2014 Fatah al-Islam official Alaa Ali Hujeir dies of wounds he sustained in an assassination attempt last week, raising fears of a possible escalation of tensions in Ain al-Hilweh.

Where does ‘marhaba’ end, and ‘hello’ begin?
Daily Star 14 May 2014 AUB student maps the linguistic boundaries in Beirut’s Hamra neighborhood.

Saudi king appoints son as governor of Riyadh province
Daily Star 14 May 2014 Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah appointed his son as governor of Riyadh Province on Wednesday in a move that strengthens his branch of the ruling dynasty as it approaches a difficult decision over how to transfer power…

Palestinian government will need parliament approval
Daily Star 14 May 2014 A new Palestinian government will need the approval of the Hamas-dominated parliament, the Islamist movement’s prime minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, says.

Japan provides $4.3 million to most vulnerable refugees
Daily Star 14 May 2014 The Japanese government has contributed $4.3 million to UNICEF s emergency response to provide assistance to the “most vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Iran, Six powers start work on nuclear deal
Daily Star 14 May 2014 Six world powers and iran launched a decisive phase of diplomacy on Wednesday to draft a lasting accord that would curb Tehran’s contested nuclear activity in exchange for a phased end to sanctions that have hobbled…

YNet News

Response to anti-Semitism: A strong Israel
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – Op-ed: ADL survey proves that while anti-Semitism is very common in Muslim countries, it originates in Christianity. There is only one way to fight it. ….

Judge crossed a line in calling Olmert ‘traitor’
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – Op-ed: Committing the sin of arrogance, Judge Rozen accused former PM of most serious offense in Israeli book of law. ….

Illegal immigrants and slums, south Tel Aviv as a ‘powder keg’
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – State Comptroller report says 1 in 8 residents of Tel Aviv are foreign nationals and that locals feel threatened, while the government is paralyzed and blinkered about the reality of the situation. ….

Palestinian government will need parliament approval
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – Hamas’ Haniyeh says unity government must obtain confidence of Palestinian parliament to have legitimacy, a parliament in which Hamas holds a majority. ….

Ramat Gan rabbi: Don’t rent apartments to lesbians
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – After Rabbi Yaakov Ariel issues discriminatory ruling against lesbians, Justice Ministry say it will work on legislation against discrimination in field of housing; Livni: ‘Any discrimination is a criminal offense.’ ….

Kerry and Abbas meet for first time since peace talks collapsed
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – ‘The door remains open to the peace process,’ US official says of ‘informal’ meeting between Kerry, Palestinian leader Abbas, which they claimed focused on US-Palestinian relations. ….

US Defense Secretary Hagel lands in Israel for security talks
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – ….

Court clears Brotherhood leader in insult case
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – ….

Protest erupts in Turkish town where 245 died
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – ….

IDF evacuates illegal settlement outpost, amid token resistance
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – Far-right activists had tried to block access to outpost, the first of three tapped for demolition; IDF bracing for ‘price tag’ attacks in retaliation. ….

Lebanese patriarch’s Holy Land visit to ‘surpass borders’
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – ….

Judge strikes down Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – ….

Peres, MDA offers help after 245 dead, many trapped after blast at Turkish coal mine
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – Turkish Energy Minister says 787 people were inside mine at time of explosion, 450 of them rescued so far. ….

US assures Gulf allies that Iran talks won’t undermine security
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – Hagel addresses Middle East states ahead of new nuclear negotiations with Iran; promises that regional security most important issue. ….

Syrian peace envoy quits; Russia pushes for talks
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – Brahimi steps down after failed negotiation attempts, Russia insists, ‘there should be no artificial pause in the political process’. ….

Saudis fight back against MERS warning by kissing their camels on film
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – Authorities suggest MERS virus could be spread by camels; Saudis launch video campaign in show of solidarity with their animals. ….

Young Jews in CIS develop dual identity of Jewish culture, national pride
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – New book by Israeli sociologist, presented at Limmud Moscow, shed light on first generation of post-Soviet Jews. ….

The humiliation of Ehud Olmert
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – Op-ed: Branded a traitor and ultimately forgotten – this is what awaits former prime minister who let his excesses rule him. ….

Obama meets Syrian opposition leader
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – Washington expresses concern any weapons US provides rebels could fall into hands of anti-US groups. ….

Western nations start new nuclear talks with Iran
YNet News, 14 May 2014 – Despite strong media optimism recently, officials say that while deal is possible, talks will be difficult and could be unfruitful. ….

State symbols cannot be canceled just like that
YNet News, 13 May 2014 – Op-ed: Like flag and anthem, presidency is as important as laws defining State of Israel’s character. ….

ADL: One in four adults ‘infected with anti-Semitism’
YNet News, 13 May 2014 – In first global survey of anti-Jewish attitudes, Anti-Defamation League attempts to gather data-based research on anti-Semitic sentiments across the world. ….

Team of Israeli advisors to aid in search for kidnapped Nigerian school-girls
YNet News, 13 May 2014 – Israeli intelligence and negotiations experts fly to Nigeria but officials decline to get involved militarily. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hanneya: We are on the cusp of forming a unity government
PIC – Ismail Hanneya stated that Fatah and Hamas have stepped forward to spearhead efforts to implement national reconciliation. ‚¨ SWe are on the cusp of forming a unity government,‚¨ ù he said.

135 Israeli conscripts, settlers desecrate Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Dozens of Israeli conscripts and settlers desecrated the plazas of the holy Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Wednesday morning.

360 Palestinian prisoners to join hunger strike on Thursday
PIC – Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Raymond jail have declared intention to go on hunger strike on Thursday in solidarity with administrative detainees who have been on hunger strike for three weeks.

Britain grants Livni diplomatic immunity during her visit to UK
PIC – The British government has granted temporary diplomatic immunity to Israeli justice minister Tzipi Livni few days before her visit to the UK to protect her against arrest and potential prosecution.

Arrest campaigns, arbitrary demolition procedures in WB, Jerusalem
PIC – A number of Palestinian students suffered breathing problems and others were arrested following violent confrontations with the Israeli Occupation Forces in a Ramallah village.

Abu Marzouk: Internal differences only serve the occupation
PIC – Member of Hamas political bureau, Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk, opined that the resistance project and the political negotiation process could be joined in one project based on national focal tenets.

Gaza government renews adherence to Palestinian legitimate rights
PIC – Palestinian government in Gaza Strip has renewed its adherence to Palestinian legitimate rights and to the liberation of each inch of Palestine.

Palestinian reconciliation process steps forward
PIC – Member of Fatah Central Committee Azzam Al-Ahmad said the Egyptian authorities vowed to open Rafah crossing unconditionally as soon as the Palestinian unity government is brought into being.


Jerusalem Conference Participants Appreciate Palestinian Struggle
WAFA – 14 May 2014

Ministry of Social Affairs, UNICEF Sign Childhood Protection Agreement
WAFA – 14 May 2014

Israeli Military Training Damages Palestinian Harvest near Hebron
WAFA – 14 May 2014

Palestine, Jordan Sign Customs Cooperation Agreement
WAFA – 14 May 2014

CEC Concludes Electoral Awareness in Schools Project for 2014
WAFA – 14 May 2014

Police Protecting Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque, Arrest Two
WAFA – 14 May 2014

Quarter Individuals in Palestine Have Smart Phones, says Report
WAFA – 14 May 2014

Human Rights Center Expresses Concern over Lives of Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Israeli Jails
WAFA – 14 May 2014

Decrease in Consumer Price Index during April 2014, Says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 14 May 2014

Israeli Army Infiltrate Gaza Borders
WAFA – 14 May 2014


The Lede: Video Message From Jailed Egyptian Journalist
New York Times 14 May 2014 – Al Jazeera released a brief video message from its detained West Africa correspondent, Abdullah Elshamy, recorded on the 106th day of his hunger strike in an Egyptian jail.

Hagel Urges Gulf Arab States to Unite Against Threats
New York Times 14 May 2014 – The American defense secretary, at a rare meeting of regional defense ministers, said, We must demonstrate our unity at a critical time.

Pentagon Weighs Transfer of Chelsea Manning to Civilian Facility
New York Times 14 May 2014 – Private Manning, serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified documents, has requested treatment for hormone therapy for gender dysphoria.

Lebanese TV Executive Is Summoned to Hague Court
New York Times 14 May 2014 – The vice chairwoman of Al Jadeed TV appeared before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon to answer charges of contempt of court and obstruction of justice.

Rescuers Seek Survivors in Turkish Mine Disaster
New York Times 14 May 2014 – Rescuers battled on Wednesday to reach miners trapped underground after more than 200 people were killed in one of the biggest mining disasters in Turkey in decades.

Health Care Workers Under Attack in Syria, Doctors Say
New York Times 14 May 2014 – Physicians for Human Rights released a report on Wednesday that said Syrian government forces were responsible for 90 percent of the confirmed assaults on health care facilities.

Cleric Spars With Prosecutor at Terror Trial
New York Times 13 May 2014 – Undeterred by intense cross-examination, Mostafa Kamel Mostafa tried to question the prosecutor and continued to deny all charges against him during his trial in Lower Manhattan.

World Briefing: The Hague: Court to Review British War Crime Inquiry
New York Times 13 May 2014 – The prosecutor at the International Criminal Court said she had reopened a preliminary investigation into accusations that British officials were responsible for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.

Groups Back Global Plan for Tracking Commercial Flights
New York Times 13 May 2014 – The issue gained urgency after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared in March with 239 people aboard.

Migdal Journal: A Resort in Galilee Rises Where Jesus May Have Taught
New York Times 13 May 2014 – Pope Francis is expected to bless the project that includes a spirituality center built near what is presumed to be an ancient synagogue and the hometown of Mary Magdalene.

26 Percent of World s Adults Are Anti-Semitic, Survey Finds
New York Times 13 May 2014 – The study by the Anti-Defamation League also found that nearly half of the world s adults have never heard of the Holocaust.

Listening Post: U.S. Envoys See a Rwanda Moment in Syria s Escalating Crisis
New York Times 13 May 2014 – Amid the debate over how to respond to the Syrian civil war, many see links to the genocide in Rwanda 20 years ago.

The mass hunger strike returns: Palestinian prisoners refuse food to protest detention without trial
Mondoweiss – Ofer Prison in Israel, where Palestinians are hunger striking. (Photo: Magister/Wikimedia Commons) It was exactly two years ago when Palestinian prisoners wrested concessions from Israeli prison authorities after a weeks-long hunger strike that brought two men to the brink of death . But last month, a new…

Israelis are in Nigeria to help search for girls Susan Rice
Mondoweiss – Susan Rice National Security Adviser Susan Rice today said that Israel is part of the international team on the ground in Nigeria that is trying to find the hundreds of schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram. She said: The United States is very actively involved. We have…

It s what happened in South Africa : Palestine seeking sanctions against Israel at FIFA Congress
Mondoweiss – Kick Israel out of FIFA (graphic Stephanie Westbrook) As FIFA s upcoming Congress draws closer ahead of this summer s World Cup, the relationship between Israel and Palestine has only gotten worse. Palestinian Football Association Chairman Jibril Rajoub says Palestine will be moving forward with their plans to…

Jewish National Fund set to spend at least $54 million on West Bank settlement projects
Mondoweiss – Jewish National Fund for West Bank settlers AIC Alternative News 11 May by Hithabrut-Tarabut The journalist Raviv Drucker published an internal document from the financial department of the Jewish National Fund on his blog ( original piece , in Hebrew). The document details how much the JNF…

Denial of Palestinian self-determination in the 40s haunts U.S. policy to this day
Mondoweiss – Allan Brownfeld This review of John Judis s book, Genesis: Truman, American Jews and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict, will appear in the Spring-Summer 2014 ISSUES, the journal of the American Council for Judaism , with the headline, How the Zionist lobby overwhelmed Harry Truman and led…

Israeli Supreme Court to hear Rachel Corrie appeal on May 21
Mondoweiss – Rachel Corrie standing before an Israeli bulldozer in Rafah, Gaza. (Photo: AP) Nine years after filing a civil suit against the State of Israel for the wrongful death of American peace activist Rachel Corrie, her family will have their appeal heard before the Israeli Supreme Court…

Pro-Israel camp blames John Kerry for breakdown of peace talks
Mondoweiss – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as US Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement to the press before a meeting at the Prime Minister s Office on January 2, 2014 in Jerusalem. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) Who is to blame for the breakdown of the…

Ongoing Nakba Story
Sabbah report 14 May 2014 – Israel was born of terror, war and revolution and its creation required a measure of fanaticism and cruelty. Continue reading í! The post: Ongoing Nakba Story appeared first on Sabbah Report ß Sign up for our FREE newsletter ß

Israel May Prevail Now, But Eventually Will Be Doomed
Sabbah report 14 May 2014 – The existence of many millions of Palestinians on their ancestral homeland is a monumental fact per se, a fact that can’t be ignored or overlooked. This is unless the world allows Israel to commit a real genocidal holocaust to wipe off the Palestinians from the face…

As world opinion turns, Israeli soldiers parade their tyranny
Sabbah report 14 May 2014 – Israeli society, like its soldiers, is caught in a self-destructive cycle: its very sensitivity to criticism pushes it ever more resolutely towards outcast status. Palestinians, including children, have become dehumanised in the eyes of Israeli society. And long-standing impunity means soldiers understand that reckless or malevolent…

Wow! An Israeli government minister speaks the truth!
Sabbah report 14 May 2014 – They stuffed the West Bank with settlements to create the conditions for a Jewish civil war. They know that no Israeli prime minister is going down in history as the one who gave the order to the Jewish army to shoot large. Israel in is on…

Kerry and Abbas in Mid-East talks
BBC 14 May 2014 – The US Secretary of State holds “informal” talks with the Palestinian president for the first time since peace talks with Israel collapsed last month.

Irish activists protest CRH role in Israel s apartheid wall
Global BDS 14 May 2014 – For the fifth consecutive year, members and supporters of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign have staged a protest outside the annual general meeting of Irish multinational CRH in Dun Laoghaire. Campaigners held flags and a corriboard replica of the wall in a protest asking the company to…

Some Reflections on BDS and Feminist Political Solidarity
Global BDS 14 May 2014 – An introduction to a spe?cial sec?tion in Vol 4 No 1 of Feminists@law whose au?thors argue for a fem?inist politics of solid?arity that is truly eman?cip?atory in its aspirations. We are not asking you for heroic ac?tion or to form freedom bri?gades. We are simply asking…

VIDEO: Gridlock as Syrians return to Homs
BBC 14 May 2014 – The Syrian city of Homs is returning to life after rebel fighters gave up their battle with President Assad’s forces which has left the city devastated

‘Hundreds dying’ in Syria detention
BBC 14 May 2014 – Nearly 850 people have died in Syrian government detention this year as a result of torture, executions, maltreatment and poor conditions, activists say.

How Martin Indyk Went From AIPAC Man To Blaming Israel for Talk’s Failure
The Forward New 14 May 2014 – American peace mediator Martin Indyk was once known as a died-in-the-wool Israel supporter. Then he spent nine months trying to negotiate with the Israelis. Click here for the rest of the article…

Caution as Iran nuclear talks resume
BBC 14 May 2014 – Negotiators express caution as they meet in Vienna to try to draft an agreement to provide a comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.

Paris water company won t renew SodaStream deal
Global BDS 12 May 2014 – BDS France is pleased to learn that Eau de Paris, the municipal agency operating the Paris water service, will not be renewing its contract with the Wassermaxx company, which has been bought up by Sodastream. According to Eau de Paris, the non-renewal of the contract is…

VIDEO: Afghan girl’s top university entrance marks
BBC 14 May 2014 – BBC Persian’s Harun Najafizada speaks to the young Afghan girl who gained the highest mark in the country’s national university entrance exam this year, beating 225,000 other applicants.

Qatar ‘to ease foreign worker laws’
BBC 14 May 2014 – Qatar proposes a new law to change controversial legislation on foreign workers amid mounting criticism ahead of the 2022 football World Cup.

The UCC’s “day of rage”
Al-Akhbar News 14 May 2014 – Today a mass demonstration organized by the Union Coordination Committee (UCC) took place in front of the Association of Banks in downtown Beirut, dubbed the day of rage.” Demonstrators from various Lebanese regions marched through the streets, shouting their demands and condemning the amendments introduced by…

Qatar to abolish sponsorship system for migrant workers
Al-Akhbar News 14 May 2014 – Qatar, which will host the 2022 football World Cup, said Wednesday it will abolish its controversial sponsorship system for foreign workers as international criticism mounts over their treatment. It “will be replaced with a system based on employment contracts,” as part of a package of labor…

Hamas eager to form unity government
Al-Akhbar News 14 May 2014 – Palestinians shouts slogans and wave their national flag during a demonstration supporting a new attempt to reconcile the militant Islamist movement Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in Gaza City on May 14, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Mahmoud Hams) Palestinians shouts slogans and wave their national flag…

PA calls on international community to recognize ‘price tag’ attacks as terrorism
Al-Akhbar News 14 May 2014 – The Palestinian Authority has written to foreign governments urging them to list Israeli extremist groups behind hate attacks terrorist organizations, the foreign minister said on Tuesday. Those receiving the letters include Canada, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations, as well as the Arab League…

Iran nuclear talks enter “difficult” phase: officials
Al-Akhbar News 14 May 2014 – Vice President of the European Commission Catherine Margaret Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Mohammed Zarif attend the so called EU 5+1 Talks with Iran at the UN headquarters in Vienna, on May 14, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Dieter Nagl) Six world powers and Iran launched…

Possible Iranian-Saudi rapprochement to impact region
Al-Akhbar News 14 May 2014 – Vice President of the European Commission Catherine Margaret Ashton (L) and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Mohammad Zarif attend the so called EU 5+1 Talks with Iran at the UN headquarters in Vienna, on May 14, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Dieter Nagl) Vice President of the European Commission Catherine…

UK grants Israel’s Livni diplomatic immunity ahead of diplomatic visit
Al-Akhbar News 14 May 2014 – Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has been granted temporary diplomatic immunity for an upcoming visit to the United Kingdom, in order to protect her against arrest for her alleged war crimes, British media reported on Tuesday. The British Foreign Office confirmed it had granted special mission …

The battle for freedom: Al-Akhbar vs. the authorities
Al-Akhbar Opinion 14 May 2014 – Al-Akhbar Editor-in-Chief Ibrahim al-Amin in front of a poster calling for solidarity amongst the Lebanese press to confront the STL. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Al-Akhbar Editor-in-Chief Ibrahim al-Amin in front of a poster calling for solidarity amongst the Lebanese press to confront the STL. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)…

Despite lack of written invitation, Iran FM plans visit to Saudi Arabia
Al-Akhbar News 14 May 2014 – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Wednesday that Tehran had not received a written invitation for its foreign minister to visit Saudi Arabia, but it was on Iran’s agenda, state news agency IRNA reported. On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal,…

“Day of rage” in downtown Beirut over wage bill
Al-Akhbar News 14 May 2014 – Teachers and civil sector workers listen to speeches in downtown Beirut during a rally for higher wages. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Teachers and civil sector workers listen to speeches in downtown Beirut during a rally for higher wages. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Several thousand civil sector workers and…

Egypt: The state seeks the Sufi path
Al-Akhbar Politics 13 May 2014 – Syria’s Sufi Tahleela Band performs during the third annual Sufi Festival at the Royal Cultural Center in Amman, October 12, 2010. (Photo: Reuters-Ali Jarekji) Syria’s Sufi Tahleela Band performs during the third annual Sufi Festival at the Royal Cultural Center in Amman, October 12, 2010. (Photo:…


US celebrities call for boycott of Israel
Editorial, Redress5/14/2014
Several high profile American actors have called for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel, the Jewish news website JNS reported.
Actors Danny Glover and Grace Lee Boggs, and 10 others, issued a statement condemning the screening in Israel, without permission, of the film American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs .
The statement said: We stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine, and support their call for cultural and academic boycott of Israel , and it expresses shock at the unauthorized screening of the film at the DocAviv festival in Tel Aviv on 13 and 15 May.
We immediately took action to have the film withdrawn from the festival, the statement said, adding: The festival organizers and film producers informed us that this was not possible and they would move forward with the screening, over our objections.
Glover and the others are the latest celebrities to call for a boycott of Israel, the ultra-right-wing Israeli news website Arutz Sheva 7 lamented.
One of the most prominent voices has been musician Roger Waters, who last week called on the Rolling Stones to cancel plans for their forthcoming Israel debut concert because of Israel s policy towards the Palestinians .
In a statement, signed with surviving Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, Waters reminded the Rolling Stones that Playing Israel now is the moral equivalent of playing Sun City at the height of South African apartheid….”more..e-mail

More than just the PA at stake in Palestinian reconciliation
Samer Badawi, +972 Magazine5/14/2014
Recent statements by Abbas and Hamas leader Abu Marzouk can be seen as the opening salvos in what is sure to be a hotly contested campaign to lead the PLO and, through it, the Palestinian body politic.
Following the displacement, 66 years ago today, of more than three-quarters of their population and the ethnic cleansing of more than 500 of their villages, Palestinians took 16 years to coalesce around an institutional mechanism that would represent their rights before the world. Formed in 1964, the Palestine Liberation Organization set out to right the wrongs of 1948.
Today, however, it has been upended by more than two decades of on-again, off-again negotiations that have shifted the locus of Palestinian political power from revolutionaries to a handful of apparatchiks, each owing fealty to their factions foreign paymasters.
It wasn t always this way.
In an American-style diner and amble from the White House, I am mulling this and the state of Palestinian politics with a former advisor to the Palestinian negotiations team that relic of a different era so often identified with the likeness of Saeb Erekat. Unlike the Palestinians 59-year-old negotiator-in-chief, my dinner companion has long since resigned his post, though nothing about him suggests that he has settled into his new life.
Still, his restlessness like that of any political exile exudes a certain grace. And when he speaks, it is with the leveled dispassion of distance….more..e-mail

We don t forget Rachel
Michel (Mikado) Warschawski, Alternative Information Center5/6/2014
Two years ago the Haifa district court ruled that Rachel Corrie “found her death” in a war situation, and therefore her family is not entitled to any financial compensation. The Corrie family, of course, was not looking for money; they want an Israeli court to recognise the responsibility of the Israeli army in her death, as well as the death of hundreds of Palestinian civilians murdered during the so-call second Intifada. After the various Israeli “commissions of inquiry” founded that the army did nothing wrong, the only way open for Rachel’s family was to sue the state in a civil trial. Without result. The Corrie family then decided to appeal to the Supreme Court, and this hearing will be held on May 21.
While the hope for justice via this appeal is very limited, the decision of Cindy, Craig and Sarah Corrie to try all legal possibilities deserves our great respect: they are not ready to bury the case and, for them, no mourning is possible without having tried everything to do justice for Rachel. Doing justice means the soldiers involved, as well as the senior officers who gave the orders, must be held accountable for their criminal deeds.
The Alternative Information Center’s long time commitment to Rachel Corries case is part of a broader campaign against impunity: crimes must be identified, judged and sanctioned. Otherwise, we are not living in civilised world but in a jungle where might is right. The identification, after Nazi barbarism, of war crimes and crimes against humanity, the Geneva Conventions and the creation of an International Court of Justice (ICJ) to judge such crimes are positive achievements of our humanity, though far from being implemented in an equal manner (when will American, Russian or French war criminals will be brought to the ICJ.
In 2012 the AIC was awarded the Human Rights award of the French Republic for its consistent struggle against impunity….more..e-mail

New Snowden Document Implies NSA May Be Putting Israel s Security Ahead of America s
NSA Routinely Shares Raw Intelligence Data With Israel WITHOUT First Sifting It To Remove Information About US Citizens
The following leaked slide from Edward Snowden was released today by Glenn Greenwald in his new book, No Place to Hide:
If you can t read the slide, it says:
“Balancing the SIGINT exchange equally between US and Israeli needs has been a constant challenge in the last decade, it arguably tilted heavily in favor of Israeli security concerns. 9/11 came, and went, with NSA s only true Third Party CT relationship being driven almost totally by the needs of the partner.”
That is a stunning statement. It implies that the signals intelligence exchange between the American and Israeli governments has been driven almost entirely by the NSA giving information to the Israelis, instead of Israel giving information to the U.S. & even though we were the ones attacked on 9/11.
Remember, the raw data on American citizens collected by the NSA is shared with Israel. As the Guardian reported in September:
“The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens, a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals.
“According to the agreement, the intelligence being shared would not be filtered in advance by NSA analysts to remove US communications….”more..e-mail

Odeh Hamad, shot dead by Israel on his birthday
Electronic Intifada: 14 May 2014 – The 27-year-old Palestinian in Gaza was doing nothing more sinister than trying to earn a living. more..

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