VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 15 May 2014: On Nakba Day, Israelis Forced to Confront a Guilty Secret

15 May 2014 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Thousands Mark Nakba Anniversary with Rallies in Israel, West Bank and Gaza
IMEMC – Palestinians commemorated, today, the 66th anniversary of the Nakba (Catastrophe) of 1948, by participating in a series of nonviolent actions in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, pre-1948 occupied lands and diasporas. …

As Palestinians Mark Nakba In Jerusalem, Army Kidnaps Four
IMEMC – [Thursday Evening, May 15, 2014] Dozens of Israeli soldiers and police officers attacked Palestinians nonviolently protesting, marking the 66th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba of 1948, and kidnapped four young men. …

Two Killed, Several Wounded, Near Ramallah
IMEMC – [Thursday, May 15, 2014] Palestinian medical sources have reported that two Palestinians have been killed and several others injured by Israeli army fire, after soldiers attacked a nonviolent protest near the Ofer Prison, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. At least eleven Palestinians were injured in Hebron. …

Ferwana: 20% Of The Palestinians Experienced Arrest, 5,243 Still Imprisoned
IMEMC – Mass Executions Took Place Following The Nakba — Palestinian Researcher and head of the Census Department at the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, states that around 20% of all Palestinians in the occupied territories have been imprisoned, and that the period which followed the Nakba of 1948 witnessed executions and crimes more brutal and criminal than in later years. …

Rights Groups Call for Omar Saad’s Release
IMEMC – A number of human rights groups and political parties, including Amnesty International and representative organizations for Palestine, in Israel, have published a petition calling on the Israeli Minister of Defense to put an end to the repeated detention of conscientious objector Omar Saad. …

Sweden Refuses Airspace Entry to Peres’ Plane
IMEMC – Swedish authorities refused, on Sunday, to allow the plane of Israeli President Shimon Peres to cross into its airspace en route to Norway, according to the Middle East Monitor (MEMO). In effect, Peres arrived late to his official reception. …

Ma’an News

2 Palestinians shot dead at Nakba rally
5/15/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed a young Palestinian man and a teenage boy Thursday during a protest rally marking the 66th anniversary of the Nakba west of Ramallah in the central West Bank. Witnesses and medical sources identified the victims as 22-year-old Muhammad Audah Abu al-Thahir from the Ramallah-area village of Abu Shukheidim and 17-year-old Nadim Siyam Nuwarah from…. Related:Israeli forces prepare for Nakba marchesandOfficial: PA to consider ceasing security contact with Israel

Thousands rally in West Bank, Gaza to mark Nakba Day
5/15/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Thousands of Palestinians rallied across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Thursday to mark the 66th anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, of 1948. For the first time since 2007, Palestinian political factions organized joint rallies to mark the mass displacement of over 700,000 Palestinians in the conflict surrounding Israel’s creation. Israeli forces deployed at seam zones….

Aid convoy to arrive in Gaza Sunday
5/15/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A humanitarian aid convoy is scheduled to arrive in the besieged Gaza Strip Sunday via Egypt’s Rafah crossing, coordinator Issam Yousuf said Thursday. More than 20 solidarity activists from Jordan will accompany the convoy known as “Miles of Smiles 27/Ansar 5.”The convoy adopted a slogan of national unity as its arrival coincides with a unity agreement….

Group: Israel to release Palestinian administrative detainee
5/15/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities will release administrative detainee Zaid al-Juneidi on Thursday, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said. Al-Juneidi is currently on hunger strike as part of mass protest action in Israeli jails, the group said, and will be released from Ofer jail and transferred in an ambulance. He was detained on Jan. 7 and previously spent five years in Israeli jails. [END]

6 injured, 4 arrested as Israeli forces attack Jerusalem Nakba rally
5/15/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police dispersed a rally marking the 66th anniversary of the Nakba in East Jerusalem on Thursday afternoon, injuring six and detaining four protestors. The rally came as protests erupted across the West Bank and Gaza as thousands turned out to commemorate the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from what became the state of Israel in 1948. Israeli forces arrested four Palestinian…. Related:2 Palestinians shot dead at Nakba rally

Israel freezes accounts of Palestinian electricity company
5/15/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The assets of the Jerusalem regional electric company have been frozen by an Israeli court in order to settle an outstanding debt to the Israeli national electric company, a regional official said on Thursday. Director of the electricity company of the Jerusalem governorate Hisham al-Umari said that his company had received a court order on Thursday saying that its bank accounts….

Israeli forces prepare for Nakba marches
5/15/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israeli forces are spreading out at the entrances of main cities in the occupied West Bank preparing for any possible clashes with Palestinians on Thursday marking the Nakba. Israeli military sources told local media that the army was concerned that any marches in cities on Thursday in the West Bank commemorating the Nakba will turn into clashes. They noted that all…. Related:2 Palestinians shot dead at Nakba rally

Official: PA to consider ceasing security contact with Israel
5/16/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A high-ranking security official told Ma’an that the Palestinian Authority is considering ceasing security contact with Israel after the killing of two young Palestinians earlier on Thursday in Ramallah. The official said that the Israeli escalation on Thursday which led to the deadly shooting of two Palestinians, and the critical injury of another in Ramallah, is ignoring international laws….

Two injured in clashes in Beit Ummar
5/15/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the Safa area of Beit Ummar village south of Hebron after forces raided their neighborhood. Spokesman for the popular resistance committee Mohammad Ayyad Awad said that Israeli troops raided Safa area, before residents in the area tried to stop them with rocks. Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades, and…. Related:2 Palestinians shot dead at Nakba rallyand6 injured, 4 arrested as Israeli forces attack Jerusalem Nakba rally

Remembering the Palestinians in Syria on Nakba Day
5/16/2014 – Zena Ozeir is a Palestine-solidarity activist based in Detroit. She was a main organizer of the Right of Return Conference that took place in Boston last year. – Just this past weekend, the Lebanese government began deporting Palestinian refugees who had sought refuge in their country while fleeing the Syrian conflict. Lebanon’s General Secretary Department has already deported at least 41 Palestinian refugees back….

On Nakba Day, a rights-based approach to resist Israeli colonization
5/15/2014 – Amjad Alqasis is a human rights lawyer, legal researcher and the International and Legal Advocacy Program Coordinator at BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights. – 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….

Prisoners advocates suspend work Thursday
5/15/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Prisoners Club said in a statement on Thursday that the advocates of prisoners working in Israeli courts declared had suspended their work Thursday in commemoration of the Nakba. The club said that the suspension is to emphasize their support for the administrative detainees in Israeli prison currently on hunger strike, and against new Israeli restrictions on their work defending….

Israeli forces detain 4 in Azzun
5/15/2014 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained four Palestinians between the ages of 14 and 17 during a raid on the town of Azzun, east of Qalqilya in the northern West Bank early Thursday morning. Local sources in Azzun said that Israeli military vehicles raided the town around 2:00 a. m. and detained Mahmoud Adwan, 14, Munthir Salameh, 16, Madin Dahbour, 17, and Muhammed….

‘Israel can’t erase the Nakba from history’
5/16/2014 – Saeb Erekat is chief negotiator for the PLO. Today is the anniversary of what we Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, our catastrophe — although a single word cannot begin to explain it, and a single day cannot begin to commemorate it. More than ever before, Israel needs come to terms with the horrors it has caused since 1948, by ending its subjugation of millions rather….

Fate of talks lies with Israelis, Palestinians, says Kerry
5/15/2014 – LONDON (AFP) — Only Palestinians and Israelis can decide whether to resume talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Wednesday as he met President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time since the peace process collapsed. The top US diplomat told Abbas during almost two hours of talks in London that the fate of the peace process lies in the hands of the deeply-divided parties.”Secretary….

Kerry to meet Israeli chief peace negotiator in London
5/15/2014 – LONDON (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday met with Israel’s chief peace negotiator Tzipi Livni in London, just weeks after his relentless bid to broker a treaty with the Palestinians came screeching to a halt. US officials confirmed that the top American diplomat had begun surprise talks with Livni, as they took advantage of both being in London at the same….

Minister: Israel, US should be ready to use ‘all means’ against Iran
5/15/2014 – TEL AVIV (AFP) — Israel’s defense minister said Thursday that Israel and the US should be prepared to use “all means” to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability.” I believe that it should be in the first priority of each of us to deal with this threat by all means, in all fields,” Moshe Yaalon said at joint press conference with visiting….

13 injured in accident near Ramallah
5/15/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Thirteen Palestinians were injured in a car accident near the Beit El military checkpoint to the north of Ramallah on Thursday morning, officials said. Civil defense said in a statement that “the accident was caused when three vehicles crashed into each other near the military checkpoint. It added: “The injuries are between slight and medium and they were all moved to….

US plans nearly $1 billion arms deal with Iraq
5/15/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States plans to sell nearly $1 billion worth of warplanes, armored vehicles and surveillance aerostats to Iraq. The deal includes 24 AT-6C Texan II light-attack aircraft, a turboprop plane manufactured by Beechcraft that has. 50 caliber machine guns, advanced avionics and can carry precision-guided bombs, the Pentagon said. The aircraft and related equipment and services are valued at $790 million….

AlJazeera

Palestinians mark ‘Nakba’ day amid violence
AlJazeera 15 May 2014 – Israeli troops kill two Palestinians during a Nakba day demonstration near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

International Solidarity Movement

UPDATED: House demolitions at Khirbet al-Taweel
5/15/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Nablus Team, Khirbet al-Taweel, Occupied Palestine – Update 15th May: On Monday the 12th of May, at 7AM, approximately 350 Israeli soldiers, twobuses, and severalmilitaryjeeps arrived at the remote village of Khirbet al-Taweel and ordered the inhabitants of two houses to remove all furniture in order to proceed with their illegal demolition. Previously the IRC (International Red Crescent) had aided the village providing tents as temporary….

Israeli attacks on fishermen in the Gaza sea
5/15/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Israeli Naval forces continued to carry out attacks on Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip during the reporting period[1](1-30 April 2014), including 11 shooting incidents; 3 chasing incident that led to the arrest of 2 fishermen, and confiscation of 2 fishing boats and fishing equipment (22 pieces of fishing net) belonging to Palestinian fishermen….

PHOTO STORY: Israeli soldiers continue harassment of schoolchildren in Hebron
5/15/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Photo Story – KhalilTeam, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – This morning in al-Khalil (Hebron), one young child threw one stone towards the checkpoint. Four Israeli soldiers then entered through checkpoint 29, provoking the children who were gathered to go to school. Severalchildren thenthrew approximately four stones towards the soldiers, who then threw one stun grenade. One of the Israeli soldiers repeatedly aimed his gun at the passing children….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: 66 years of ongoing Nakba Back to Basics: The Right of Return is a national and inalienable right
Relief Web 15 May 2014 – Source: BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Defence for Children International/Palestine Section Country: occupied Palestinian territory On the 66th commemoration of the Nakba, the movement for Palestinian liberation is in disarray….

Syrian Arab Republic: Reaching and assisting Palestine refugees is a vital imperative : UNRWA Commissioner-General on first visit to Syria
Relief Web 15 May 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Damascus UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Commissioner-General Pierre Kr‰henb¸hl has said that Palestine refugees in Syria face extreme hardship…

occupied Palestinian territory: HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein supports nearly 1,000 families in Gaza with food aid
Relief Web 15 May 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is grateful to UN Messenger of Peace HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of His…

Lebanon: Regional: RRP6 monthly update March 2014- Protection
Relief Web 15 May 2014 – Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey MARCH HIGHLIGHTS: Capacity building and training of protection actors in the Syria response is a high priority, to ensure the highest standard…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel troops kill 2 Palestinians in Nakba Day clashes
Relief Web 15 May 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 05/15/2014 16:27 GMT RAMALLAH, May 15, 2014 (AFP) – Israeli border police shot dead two Palestinians on Thursday during a demonstration in the West Bank marking the 66th anniversary of the Nakba, or “…

The National

Friends of Syria vow to step up aid to anti-Assad opposition
The National 15 May 2014 – Diplomats attending the Friends of Syria group meeting in London also poured scorn on the Syrian regime s plan to hold presidential elections in June, saying it was an insult while the civil war continued.

20,000 protestors take to the streets following Turkey s deadliest mine disaster
The National 15 May 2014 – Police in Turkey fired tear gas and water cannon at rioters in Izmir as anger towards the government flared in the country’s worst mine disaster that killed 282 workers, with many more still missing.

Mourning in Turkey as mine disaster death toll rises to 282
The National 15 May 2014 – At a graveyard in the western town of Soma, women wailed loudly in an improvised display of mourning, swaying and singing songs about their relatives as the bodies were taken from coffins and lowered into their graves.

Back on track: Indians hope for better days post-election
The National 15 May 2014 – As India awaits for the results of its mammoth election on Friday, the passengers on the service between the modern-day capital to its colonial-era predecessor voiced their frustration at the current state of the nation and their opinion of Narendra Modi, who is forecast to become their new prime minister.

Nakba Day: UN documents Palestinian exodus
The National 15 May 2014 – As Palestinians mark the Nakba s 66th anniversary on Thursday, the photos tell the story of the refugee crisis that has transitioned from temporary to seemingly permanent.

Anti-China riots in Vietnam leave one worker dead, 141 injured
The National 15 May 2014 – This was the first death in a wave of anti-China protests triggered by Beijing s deployment of an oil rig in the long-disputed seas on May 1.

South Korean ferry crew charged with manslaughter over disaster
The National 15 May 2014 – Capt Lee Joon-seok and his three colleagues could face the death penalty if convicted, although that penalty is very unlikely to be carried out.

Onus is on Iran to rebuild trust with the GCC
The National 15 May 2014 – The future of the Gulf as the US pivots away from the region will depend on trust something Iran must make steps to foster after 40 years of meddling.

Saudi Arabia reports 10 new Mers deaths
The National 15 May 2014 – Saudi Arabia’s health ministry also identified 20 new cases of the Mers virus, pushing the total number of infections in the country to 511.

In pictures: Indians hope new government will get the country back on track
The National 15 May 2014 – Passengers on-board the Kalka Mail train from New Delh to Kolkata voice their frustration at the country s current state. They also talk about what they think of Narendra Modi, whom exit polls point to as their new prime minister.

Map: Reported Mers cases from March 27 to May 8, 2014
The National 15 May 2014 – he number of laboratory confirmed Mers-CoV cases reported to WHO has sharply increased since mid March 2014, essentially in Saudi Arabia and UAE, where important healthcare associated outbreaks are occurring.

Wealthy Syrian refugees fill the gentrified former neighbourhood of Istanbul s displaced Romanies
The National 15 May 2014 – Romanies had lived in Sulukule in Istanbul for almost 1,000 years until their homes were torn down by developers in 2005. Now the area is full of smart new houses and old troubles.

In pictures: commemorating the Nakba s 66th anniversary
The National 15 May 2014 – Tto preserve a record of what the Palestinians call the Nakba , or catastrophe – their uprooting in the war over Israel s creation in 1948 – the United Nations Relief and Works Agency has digitised 525,000 photos in the agency s archive.

Video: Hero Californian cat saves boy from vicious dog attack
The National 15 May 2014 – A California child pulled from his bike by an attacking dog was saved by his family s cat on Tuesday, which quickly rushed in and attacked the dog.

To grab a bull by the horns is now illegal in India
The National 14 May 2014 – A supreme-court ruling that the sport, known as jallikattu, was ‘a barbaric event’ has pleased animal-rights groups but angered those who say it is part of Tamil Nadu state’s cultural history.

Ha’aretz

Police using UAVs to track West Bank hate crime perpetrators
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Jewish cuisine makes comeback in Hungary
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

To be rid of Olmert, Netanyahu et al
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

UN: Iran still developing ballistic missiles
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Rebel Jewish student movement to hold first national conference
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

The life expectancy of Israeli men ranks fourth highest in the world
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Rabbi rules against renting apartment to lesbians
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

9/11 memorial museum holds dedication ceremony
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Two Palestinians killed at Nakba Day protest in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Germany nixes gunboat subsidy to Israel, citing breakdown of peace talks
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Supersize this: Fast-food employees worldwide go on one-day strike
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Probe into murder of woman in suspected terror attack hits impasse
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

IDF dismisses two for vowing to refuse to evacuate settlements
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Jewish mother, baby assaulted in Paris
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Norway diplomat says Rahm Emanuel embarrassed over Obama’s Nobel Prize
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

‘Curse of Bela Guttman’ abides as Portugal’s Benfica loses another European soccer final
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

If we love our kids why do we frighten them?
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Co-pilot passes out on El Al flight, captain makes emergency landing
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Hagel: No evidence Israel spied on U.S.
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Pregnant Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Another reproach for Israel s asylum seeker ‘policy
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

A Knesset member whose irresponsible violence belies her appearance
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Attorney General uneasy about Lapid s controversial housing benefit bill
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

The judge s masterstroke in playing Olmert s bureau chief
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

WATCH: The up-and-coming generation of British fascism
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Radical pyromania: How the religious right and the Haredim are setting Israel aflame
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Israel, U.S. to carry out joint anti-missile defense test next week
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Olmert’s former aide wins plea bargain after admitting to transferring funds
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

NSA may be putting Israeli security interests above U.S., new document reveals
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Israel can’t erase the Nakba from history
Ha’aretz – 15 May 2014

Israel’s liberal left has forgotten how to fight
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Back to the Israelite Kingdom
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

The defense establishment’s intimidation tactics
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

We still need a strong army
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Western Wall rabbi took family to zoo for private visit on Holocaust Remembrance Day
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Court orders rabbi to apologize, pay damages to lesbian
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

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

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

Pope’s visit: Great expectations, great disappointment?
Ha’aretz – 14 May 2014

Jerusalem Post

The confession that got wildly out of hand
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Saying that something bizarre and unheard of happened in the Holyland trial should already be clichÈ but it keeps happening.

Dealing with Iran
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – We should not be overly optimistic regarding the chances for clinching a good agreement that would halt Iran s non-civilian nuclear program.

In wake of talks’ collapse, Bennett to present PM with proposal to annex Area C
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Economy minister to meet in coming days with Netanyahu for “brainstorming” efforts to explore other “policy options” following the breakdown of peace negotiations with the Palestinians; Livni, Kerry expected to meet in London.

State Department s special envoy on anti-Semitism visiting Ukraine
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Ira Forman meets with Jewish leaders in Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk; Ukrainian chief rabbi says has remained in frequent contact with US envoy.

The POSTman Knocks Twice: Used chairs, Rothschild and shame
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – It was the last day of the Six Day War, June 10, 1967. Edmond de Rothschild loved Israel, but he was also a banker, scion of bankers, named after his grandfather, The Father of the Yishuv. 

Know Comment: Invest in and secure the Jordan Valley
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – With the Kerry process dead-ended, Israel should move to reinforce its presence in areas well within national consensus such as the Jordan Valley and the E-1 corridor.

PM consults party heads on presidential race
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Sources present at the meetings declined to say whether Netanyahu is still trying to delay race, find outside candidate or support Silvan Shalom.

Savir’s Corner: Oppositions
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – The forces that pretended to promote peace were too weak and undecided, and surrendered with unsuppressed satisfaction both Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Abbas.

Bayit Yehudi-Yesh Atid fighting brings legislative deadlock
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – The two coalition parties are fighting an escalating war of appeals to Ministerial Committee for Legislation votes.

Parshat Bechukotai: Walking alongside G-d
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – We will transcend to the feeling of closeness with G-d, an exalted sense of walking alongside G-d, since an honest and ideological man and also G-d walk along the same path.

This Week in History: 3 dead in terror attack on Jerusalem cinema as part of Arab Rebellion
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Premium special: A glimpse into historical moments in Israeli news from ‘The Jerusalem Post’ Page 1 archives.

Oversensitive interpretation, not aggressive collection
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – In the past, we have given the Americans enough reasons to distrust us, but perhaps misunderstood Israeli cultural norms have also contributed to making our partners overly suspicious.

Satu Mare Jewish community welcomes Limmud FSU founder
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – The namesake city of Satmar Hasidism, located in was is now Romania, once hosted a vibrant Jewish community that largely perished in the Holocaust.

Palestinian official: PA to halt security coordination with Israel
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Abbas: Israel living in the mentality of the past and closing the door to the two-state solution. 

Nefesh B Nefesh awards outstanding olim at Knesset
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – The 10,000 Dollar award recognizes English speaking immigrants who have made a substantial contribution to Israeli society.

2 Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces in violent clash near Ramallah
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Border police, IDF soldiers report confronting riot, in which life-threatening violence was directed at them; Palestinians say IDF fired on Nakba Day protest.

Maronite Patriarch s visit to Israel and schedule confirmed
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Al-Rai s visit is the subject of great controversy in his native Lebanon, where parts of the media have spoken out vehemently against his visit to Israel.

Arab-Israeli jailed in Egypt to Netanyahu: If I were Jewish, you would fight for me
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Ouda Tarabin, a Beduin serving a 15-year sentence on charges of spying for Israel, accuses Netanyahu, Israeli gov’t of discrimination, racism.

Pakistani Christians protest travel ban to Israel
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Demonstration organizers say travel ban infringes their rights to perform pilgrimage to Jerusalem, other Christian holy sites in Israel.

Cooking with JPost: Keep your veggies bright
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – WARNING: You may want to wear your sunglasses, because with this tip, the color of your vegetables will be out of control.

Hagel says unaware of Israel spying on US
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Defense Minister Ya’alon tells visiting US counterpart he doesn’t allow spying in the United States “whatsoever.”

There was a man in Israel whose name was Bar Kochba
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – There are those who claim, with legitimate grounds, that the origin of the mourning practices associated with the Omer can be traced back to the Crusades, a period of riots and persecution.

Netanyahu: Building the country, and the ‘Nationality Law’ is Israel’s answer to Nakba Day
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Bennett says Israel should not tolerate Israeli Arabs holding pro-Palestinian Nakba Day events.

Heads roll as Austrian students tested on Nazi apologist text
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Educators in an Austrian school administer exam featuring an essay by a Nazi apologist

MKs throw support behind bill to raise minimum wage to NIS 30 per hour
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – 61 MKs across the political spectrum sign on to support bill; Israel currently has the lowest minimum wage in the Western world, at 23.12 shekels per hour.

Judge accepts plea deal, sentences Shula Zaken to 11 months in jail
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Judge David Rozen says Zaken deserves 5 years in prison for her part in Holyland scandal, but he must accept plea deal as per Supreme Court.

Watch: A new kind of Israeli tourism
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Take a tour with American tourists who visit Israel to spend their vacations volunteering in a soup kitchen, taking part in ‘tikkun olam.’

Egypt’s Sisi asks for US help in fighting terrorism
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Sisi warns Syria risks becoming another Afghanistan; says will take Egypt two years to recover from turmoil.

Two nations under blue-and-white flags
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Allies Greece and Israel strengthen their warm ties via an intimate Ambassadors’ Club dinner connecting Israeli business people with the Greek ambassador.

The Guardian

Two Palestinians shot dead by Israeli troops in West Bank
The Guardian 15 May 2014 – Clashes erupted near army checkpoint after youths threw stones at Israeli forces on Nakba anniversary Medical officials say Israeli troops have shot dead two Palestinian teens in a West Bank clash that erupted after Palestinians marked…

Military operation launched to locate kidnapped Nigerian girls
The Guardian 14 May 2014 – Canada sends special forces to assist Nigerian troops, joining teams from the US, UK, France and Israel The Nigerian government has confirmed that a military operation has been launched with international backing to locate and rescue…

One in four people worldwide holds antisemitic views, study finds
The Guardian 14 May 2014 – A survey of people from over 100 countries by the Anti-Defamation league also found that 46% of those taking part did not know about the Holocaust An estimated 1.09bn adults have antisemitic views, new research has…

Uruknet

FACT SHEET: THE NAKBA: 65 YEARS OF DISPOSSESSION & APARTHEID
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014 – In the centuries prior to the rise of political Zionism in Europe in the late 19th century, relations between the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities in Palestine, then part of the Ottoman Empire, were relatively good….

Military Resistance 12E5 They Will Not Bow Their Heads
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014 – Two days from the May 11 referendum in Donetsk and Luhansk, the Kiev authorities, unable to crush the uprising in the Donbas, are stepping up the war hysteria, curtailing democratic rights and incorporating fascist paramilitaries into…

Birth defects reported after chemical attacks in Syria
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014 -Allegations are mounting that chemical weapons attacks in Syria last year have caused newborns to suffer from birth defects. Syrian doctors and activists have circulated a picture of a severely deformed baby girl, reportedly named Fatima Abdulghafar,…

Iraq army using barrel bombs in Fallujah
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014 – Shelling by the Iraqi army in the city of Fallujah has killed more civilians, hospital sources and witnesses have said, amid allegations that government forces were using barrel bombs in an attempt to drive out anti-government…

Saudi working to expel Israel from FIFA
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014 – Prince Nawaf Bin Faisal Bin Fahd, General President of Youth Welfare authority in Saudi Arabia, said in an interview with the Saudi Sabq electronic newspaper that the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has agreed to…

The Power of Imagination
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014 – Those in the premodern world who hoarded possessions and refused to redistribute supplies and food, who turned their backs on the weak and the sick, who lived exclusively for hedonism and their own power, were despised….

Palestine Under Siege
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014 -Israel denies Palestinians fundamental rights everyone deserves. Praying to the wrong God is considered terrorism. So is self-defense against Israeli brutality. So-called peace talks represent the greatest hoax in modern times. Multiple rounds for decades accomplished nothing….

Administrative detainees on hunger strike; B Tselem: Israel must stop illegal use of administrative detention
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014 – On Thursday, 24 April 2014, Palestinian administrative detainees held by the Israel Prison Service (IPS) announced a hunger strike to protest the Israeli security establishment s use of administrative detention. According to the Palestinian Prisoners Society,…

Shocking testimonies by Palestinian minors in Israeli jails
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11,2014 – The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) have never ceased to take Palestinian children and minors away from their mothers arms to detention centers where they have been subject to the most atrocious torture and interrogation procedures ever.A group…

Apartheid and Israel
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014 -Three weeks ago, I rode my bicycle down the West Bank of the Jordan River Valley. This was against advice from Israelis who cautioned my friend and me about our safety in Palestinian territory.Crossing the checkpoint with…

Homs, Syria s Martyr
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014 – …On the other hand, among the reasons that led to the rebel withdrawal from Homs are the divisions within the opposition itself, unpatriotic allegiances prevalent among its ranks, the personal considerations of rebel leaders, international and…

Iraqi Sunni cleric calls on Fallujah residents to resist army
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014- Prominent Iraqi Sunni cleric Abdel Malik Al-Saadi called on Saturday for Iraqis to resist Baghdad s attempts to retake the city of Fallujah, branding the government s efforts “sectarian genocide.”In a statement, Saadi said: “What Prime Minister…

JFK NOT KILLED BY “LONE GUNMAN” BUT BY A CIA-LED FIRING SQUAD
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014 – Far from being killed by “lone gunman” Lee Harvey Oswald, President John F. Kennedy(JFK) was mowed down by a veritable firing squad of assassins. At least nine, and possibly as many as 12, Central Intelligence Agency(CIA)…

Local and international groups demand Abbas to join the ICC
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014 – More than 17 local and international rights groups have signed a joint letter to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas demanding him to join the ICC Rome Statute. London-based Amnesty International said that if Palestine “signed up to…

Sanctions against Russia boost Iran s standing before nuclear talks restart
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014 – The Ukraine crisis has strengthened Iran s hand in its nuclear talks and other dealings with the west by reminding European countries and the Obama administration of its potential as a major alternative energy supplier if…

The Three Faces of Drone War Speaking Truth From the Robotic Heavens
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014 – Enemies, innocent victims, and soldiers have always made up the three faces of war. With war growing more distant, with drones capable of performing on the battlefield while their “pilots” remain thousands of miles away, two…

Israel concerned over rebel control of nearly 70% of Syria border area
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014-Israel is deeply concerned after Syrian opposition forces were reported to have control of more than 70 per cent of the border area, the Jerusalem Post said on Friday. In a report Israel s security and intelligence commentator…

Settlers kidnap and torture Palestinian children
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014 -Israeli settlers from the Ma on settlement build on occupied land south of the West Bank city of Hebron kidnapped and tortured a Palestinian child on Saturday. Six year-old Musab Rubei was taken from the village of…

It s the little things about occupation
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 11, 2014 -Sometimes the daily, petty nastiness of the occupation is encapsulated in the dismal theft of a few farming tools. Ryad, who lives near Bethlehem area, has a small orchard with apricot, hazelnut, olive and fig trees. Near…

Israeli soldiers shoot Palestinian near border in northern Gaza
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 10, 2014 — Israeli troops shot and injured a Palestinian man in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, locals and an army spokeswoman said.The man was collecting small stones used to make concrete on the outskirts of Beit Hanoun…

Syria News – May 10 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 10, 2014 – By the end of Saturday the Coordination Committees were able to document 70 martyrs in Syria including 3 women, 20 children and 17 martyrs under torture: 23 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 22 in Damascus and…

Military Resistance 12E4 Ignoring the Czar
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 10, 2014 – ….The rhetoric on both sides has become disturbingly uncompromising, with the dehumanisation and humiliation of the enemy that usually precedes civil wars. Both Russian and Ukrainian media report outrageous rumours about the other side as fact….

Obama “peace” envoy ridicules notion that Palestinians have “rights”
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 10, 2014 -Martin Indyk, the career Israel lobbyist who US President Barack Obama placed in charge of the Palestinian-Israeli “peace process,” has publicly ridiculed the notion that Palestinians have rights or are seeking justice.Indyk s comments come amid sensational…

Israeli Ties Compromise Asian Support to Arabs
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 10 , 2014 -Israel has carved economic inroads into Asia deep enough to compromise the traditional Asian political support for Arabs. If this trend continues, the growing economic Israeli-Asian relations could in no time translate into political ties that would…

Gaza in 2020: A Liveable Place?
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 10, 2014 -By the year 2020 the population of Gaza will increase to around 2.1 million, from an estimated 1.6 million people today. The substantial population growth rate will thus add some 500,000 people to a living area which…

No need for compromise Jean Kahwaji is Hezbollah s real first choice – and he might have American backing
Uruknet 15 May 2014 – May 10, 2014 – On Wednesday, Lebanon s parliament once again failed to achieve the required quorum to hold the session to elect a new president. …But in this case, the Lebanese sense of a consequential shift underway in the…

“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…

Israel underestimates Palestinian leadership
Uruknet 14 May 2014 – May 10, 2014 -A review of statements by Israeli officials and pundits in response to the Palestinian unity agreement suggests a sense of surprise at the Palestinians audacity. Israel s underestimation of the Palestinian leadership is reflected in an arrogant…

Daily Star

Five aid workers freed in Syria: MSF
Daily Star 15 May 2014 Five aid workers who were kidnapped in Syria in January have been freed, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said Thursday.

Kerry meets Israeli chief peace negotiator in London
Daily Star 15 May 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday met with Israel’s chief peace negotiator Tzipi Livni in London, just weeks after his relentless bid to broker a treaty with the Palestinians came screeching to a halt.

Activists: Bomb kills at least 43 in north Syria
Daily Star 15 May 2014 A massive car bomb ripped through a crowded garage Thursday near a rebel-held border crossing between Syria and Turkey, killing at least 43 people in an area that has seen fierce fighting between rival rebel groups,…

Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinians in Nakba clash
Daily Star 15 May 2014 Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinian teens in a West Bank clash that erupted Thursday after Palestinians marked their uprooting during the Mideast war over Israel’s 1948 creation, a doctor said.

Attacks around iraq’s capital kill 21 people
Daily Star 15 May 2014 Bombings and shootings around iraq’s capital, Baghdad, killed at least 21 people and wounded dozens Thursday, officials said.

Yemen president says country in open war against al Qaeda
Daily Star 15 May 2014 Yemen is in open war against al Qaeda and will go after the militants wherever they are, the president said on Thursday, as his country faces retaliatory attacks by insurgents bent on establishing an Islamist emirate…

Damascus to set up polling stations at border: envoy
Daily Star 15 May 2014 The Syrian Embassy in Lebanon to facilitate the voting process for the upcoming presidential elections by opening its doors for 12 hours and set up polling stations on the border, Syria s envoy Ali Abdel-Karim Ali said…

At 9/11 museum, Obama says ‘nothing can break us’
Daily Star 15 May 2014 At the dedication of the Sept. 11 museum, President Barack Obama said no act of terror can match the strength and character of the United States and the true spirit of that terrible day is love,…

YNet News

Israeli arrested in alleged US arms export scheme
YNet News, 15 May 2014 – ….

Israeli security officials have a hard time obtaining visa to US
YNet News, 15 May 2014 – High-ranking Israeli officials wait long months for visas, end up receiving short-term visit pass and endure humiliating checks in the process. ….

Holocaust learning center to open at Elie Wiesel’s childhood home
YNet News, 15 May 2014 – Series of memorial ceremonies marking 70 years since deportation of last Jews of northern Transylvania to Auschwitz death camp to begin Friday in Romania. ….

The false link between terror and poverty
YNet News, 15 May 2014 – Op-ed: Political correctness is preventing enlightened people like John Kerry from seeing the real cause of radicalization in the Muslim world. ….

Kerry to meet Israeli chief peace negotiator Livni in London
YNet News, 15 May 2014 – ….

Car bomb kills at least 29 in northern Syria
YNet News, 15 May 2014 – ….

Ya’alon: Gas attacks continue in Syria
YNet News, 15 May 2014 – ….

Kerry: Syrian president election a ‘farce’
YNet News, 15 May 2014 – ….

Grandson of top Nazi urges Europeans to vote against far-right
YNet News, 15 May 2014 – Rainer Hess, grandson of Nazi commander Rudolf Hess, spearheads campaign against neo-Nazis in modern day Europe. ….

Battle for Israel’s future should be fought on US campuses
YNet News, 15 May 2014 – Op-ed: For the first time in decades, a coordinated pro-Israel student grassroots movement is gaining momentum in American universities. ….

Palestinian Information Center

What do Muslims expect from the Holy See
PIC – The Vatican must not allow itself to be misled or deceived by Israeli lies and false propaganda in relation to Christians‚¨ “! flight from Palestine.

Two Palestinians killed in clashes near Ofer
PIC – Two Palestinians were killed in confrontations between Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and Palestinian demonstrators near Ofer military roadblock, south west of Ramallah, on Thursday.

Palestinians mark 66th anniversary of their Nakba
PIC – The Palestinians have started today, May 15, 2014 to commemorate the 66th anniversary of their Nakba by holding and participating in numerous events inside and outside occupied Palestine.

Palestinian children confirm their adherence to the right of return
PIC – Palestinian children have stressed their adherence to the right of return as granted by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the World Charter for Civil and Political Rights.

35 more Palestinian detainees join the hunger strike on Sunday
PIC – Jawad Bolous, the director of the legal unit at the Palestinian Prisoner Society, said on Thursday that 35 Palestinian detainees would join the hunger strike next Sunday.

Prisoner’s father: Hunger strikers face real danger
PIC – Father of the journalist Mohammed Mona, held in Israeli jails, have called for intensifying popular and official support for Palestinian administrative detainees’ hunger strike declared 21 days ago.

Clashes, arrest-campaigns, agricultural vandalism by IOF in al-Khalil
PIC – Violent confrontations erupted on Thursday at the entrance to Aroub refugee camp north of al-Khalil and Tabaka village to the south while two boys were arrested and several shops were shut down.

Abbas receives Kerry in London
PIC – Mahmoud Abbas received John Kerry in his residence in London to discuss peace process at a time when Islamic Jihad leaders called on Palestinian factions to press ahead with the reconciliation.

WAFA

Israeli Forces Display Recklessness in Killing of Two Protesters in West Bank , Amnesty Says
WAFA – 15 May 2014

Israeli Court Rules to Freeze JDECO s Bank Accounts and Real Estates
WAFA – 15 May 2014

Two Killed, 8 Shot and Injured in Nakba Demonstration near Ramallah
WAFA – 15 May 2014

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure 2, Dozens Suffocate in Hebron Nakba Day Demonstration
WAFA – 15 May 2014

Israeli Forces Suppress Peaceful Demonstration Marking Nakba, Injure Many
WAFA – 15 May 2014

Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussein Supports Nearly 1,000 Families in Gaza with Food Aid
WAFA – 15 May 2014

Erekat Condemns Bishop s Meeting with Israeli Officials in East Jerusalem
WAFA – 15 May 2014

Abbas Offers Condolences to Turkish Mining Victims
WAFA – 15 May 2014

Nakba: Displacement & Dispossession of an Entire Nation
WAFA – 15 May 2014

Israeli Forces arrest 11 People, including 5 Minors, in West Bank Areas
WAFA – 15 May 2014

Abbas Meets British Prime Minister in London
WAFA – 15 May 2014

Erekat: Israel can’t Erase Nakba from History
WAFA – 15 May 2014

Newspaper Review: Fatah Hamas Consultations over Unity Government Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 15 May 2014

EU Missions Condemn Executions in Gaza
WAFA – 15 May 2014

Knesset Passes Bill Restricting Release of Palestinian Security Prisoners
WAFA – 15 May 2014

French President Awards Palestinian Presidential Guard French Legion of Honor
WAFA – 15 May 2014

Misc

World Briefing: Iraq: At Least 29 Killed in Attacks
New York Times 15 May 2014 – Bombings and shootings around Baghdad, Iraq s capital, killed at least 29 people and wounded dozens on Thursday, officials said.

World Briefing: Iran: Oil Exports Continue to Decline
New York Times 15 May 2014 – Iran s oil exports declined in April for the second consecutive month, the International Energy Agency reported Thursday, moving much closer to levels permitted under a temporary accord on the Iranian nuclear dispute that is set to expire in July.

Two Palestinians Killed in Clashes With Israeli Forces
New York Times 15 May 2014 – Palestinian officials said the two were shot during a demonstration in the West Bank. The Israeli military said the matter was under investigation.

U.S. Seeks to Bypass Assad So More Aid Can Reach Syrian Civilians
New York Times 15 May 2014 – Secretary of State John Kerry, angry with the United Nations failure to aid Syrian war victims, said the United States may step up aid without Syria s consent.

Egypt Tells 3 They Must Pay to See Evidence
New York Times 15 May 2014 – The three Al Jazeera journalists, jailed on charges of fomenting unrest by broadcasting false images of civil strife, were being asked for $170,000 to see video footage in their case.

Car Bomb Kills More Than 40 at Syrian Border Crossing
New York Times 15 May 2014 – The bombing appeared to be the latest instance of civilians bearing the brunt of clashes between Islamist groups in insurgent-held territory.

Death Toll Mounts in Turkish Mine Disaster
New York Times 15 May 2014 – An explosion and fire at the mine in western Turkey has galvanized discontent, and labor unions were reported to have called for a one-day strike.

World Briefing: Yemen: Dozens Are Killed in Fighting in the South
New York Times 14 May 2014 – An army offensive against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula killed at least 42 people on Wednesday and sent residents fleeing.

World Briefing: Egypt: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood Leader Is Acquitted
New York Times 14 May 2014 – Mahdi Akef was cleared on Wednesday of insulting the judiciary in comments he made to a Kuwaiti newspaper.

U.S. Projects Tough Stance to Both Sides of Syria War
New York Times 14 May 2014 – The United States conducted military exercises with neighboring Jordan and designated two leaders of Syrian jihadist groups as global terrorists. 

Open Hillel announces first national conference featuring Judith Butler, David Harris-Gershon, and Rashid Khalidi
Mondoweiss – Open Hillel sent outthe following press release today: Cambridge, MA May 15th, 2014 – Open Hillel announced today that it will be holding a national conference this fall. The conference will take place from October 11-13 at Harvard University. The conference will bring in speakers…

The Nakba equipped me with a spirit born of catastrophe but destined for triumph
Mondoweiss – May 15 marks the 66th anniversary of al-Nakba or The Catastrophe, the day that led to the systematic dispossession of two-thirds of the Palestinian population exiled from their homes, bereft of their property, land, and dignity. This day, with the creation of the state of…

On Nakba Day, Israelis forced to confront a guilty secret
Mondoweiss – Thousands of people gather to commemorate the 1948 Nakba in the destroyed vlllage of Lubya. (Photo: Dan Cohen) For 66 years Israel s founding generation has lived with a guilty secret, one it successfully concealed from the generations that followed. Forests were planted to hide war crimes….

Two Palestinian youths killed by Israeli army live-fire during Nakba Day demonstration
Mondoweiss – Palestinian mourners in the plaza of Ramallah public hospital, after two youths were killed by Israeli soldiers during a Nakba Day demonstration. (Photo: Allison Deger) Two Palestinians were killed and a third is in critical condition after being shot by the Israeli military outside of Ofer…

NYT publishes unvarnished ADL propaganda: 93% of Palestinians are anti-Semites
Mondoweiss – Abe Foxman and the vice president at ADL s gala earlier this year A lot of folks are talking about the big new anti-Semitism survey by the Anti-Defamation League that says that more than one in four people worldwide harbor anti-Semitic attitudes. The New York Times ran…

After first visit to Israel, FP editor says religious garrison state has passed its sell-by date
Mondoweiss – David Rothkopf, photo by Christopher Leaman We often say that once Jews open their eyes, there s only one way to go, left. Foreign Policy ceo David Rothkopf who came from a family of Zionists, who has often stood up for Israel, who attacked Walt and Mearsheimer …

Historical whitewash: Great Britain must be held accountable for its role in the Nakba
Mondoweiss – UK Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the Knesset (Photo: Knesset spokesperson/Times of Israel) Nothing more exemplifies the historical whitewash of British rule in Palestine between 1917 and 1948 than the response (or lack of) to David Cameron s speech in the Israeli Kneeset in March 2014. Therein…

Identity Crisis: The Israeli ID system and the segregation of Israel/Palestine
Mondoweiss – The Nakba, which refers to the ethnic cleansing of over 50% of the Palestinian population, was a defining moment of the long and ongoing history of forced displacement and separation of the Palestinian people that began with the events leading up to the creation of the…

Right-wing group s new vendetta: Demonizing California professor critical of Israel
Mondoweiss – Editor s note: Over the past few months, the right-wing Zionist group called the AMCHA Initiative has been leading a campaign against Professor Rabab Abdulhadi, who teaches ethnic studies at San Francisco State University. Abdulhadi is outspoken in her support for Palestine, and recently led an academic…

Interminable Nakba: Syrian Palestinians return to the unknown
Mondoweiss – Palestinian residents of the besieged Al-Yarmuk refugee camp line up to receive food supplies, March, 2014. (Photo: AP) Before it was a refugee camp, Al-Yarmuk was long known as the battle that consolidated Syria under Arab rule after the landmark defeat of the Byzantine Empire in…

State Department Refuses to Deny Israel Spies on U.S., Feinstein Dubious as Well
Tikun Olam – Feinstein: My God, did Steinitz really say what I think he said? The Netanyahu government is in a dither over Jeff Stein s series of Newsweek reports about Israeli spying in the U.S. They ve wheeled out big guns like Amos Yadlin who ve called Stein delusional and…

Someone Tell Amos Schocken, Israel Isn t a Constitutional Democracy
Tikun Olam – One of my betes noire is the pablum pawned off on Jews and non-Jews by liberal Zionists, which passes for serious analysis of the Israeli society and its conflict with the Arab world. Such an example is a promotional message Amos Schocken penned and distributed to…

Fatah And Hamas Reconciliation And The Big Lie: Israel Wants Peace 
Sabbah report 15 May 2014 – If neither the U.S., U.N., E.U., Quartet, and the rest of the world are unable to stop Israel from building just one illegal home for the a terrorist settler; what chance do the occupied Palestinians have to stop Israel’s illegal settlement activities through “negotiations”? Continue reading…

What Does it Mean to be a Friend of Israel? [Video]
Sabbah report 15 May 2014 – The message is simple: DON T EVER VOTE FOR A FRIEND OF ISRAEL. Continue reading í! The post: What Does it Mean to be a Friend of Israel? [Video] appeared first on Sabbah Report ß Sign up for our FREE newsletter ß

Lost cities of Palestine Pre-1948 Nakba [Video]
Sabbah report 15 May 2014 – “Lost cities of Palestine” provides a rare opportunity to see Palestine as it was in the 30s and 40s and learn about the everyday life and culture of urban Palestine before 1948 Nakba. Continue reading í! The post: Lost cities of Palestine Pre-1948 Nakba [Video] appeared…

Deadly blast at Syria-Turkey border
BBC 15 May 2014 – At least 43 people have been killed and dozens hurt by a suspected car bomb blast near a border crossing between Syria and Turkey, activists say.

Hillary Clinton Backs Obama Foreign Policy in AJC Speech
The Foward Breaking News 15 May 2014 – Hillary Rodham Clinton embraced the Obama administration s second-term Middle East policies in an address to the American Jewish Committee. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syria elections a ‘parody’, says UK
BBC 15 May 2014 – Presidential elections in Syria will be a “parody of democracy”, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says.

Israel Kills 2 Palestinians in Nakba Protests
The Foward Breaking News 15 May 2014 – Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians during a stone-throwing protest on Thursday marking the Nakba , the annual commemoration of what Palestinians term the catastrophe of their displacement when Israel was founded. Click here for the rest of the article…

Detained Egyptian reporter in video
BBC 15 May 2014 – A video is posted online of an al-Jazeera Arabic reporter who is on the 107th day of a hunger strike against his detention in Egypt.

Pope Francis Ditches Bulletproof Popemobile for Israel Trip
The Foward Breaking News 15 May 2014 – Pope Francis is shunning bulletproof vehicles during his trip to the Middle East this month, insisting that he use a normal car and be allowed to be as close to people as possible, the Vatican said on Thursday. Click here for the rest of the article……

Somalia: Govt. Seeks Yemen’s Backing in Combating Militants
allAfrica.com15 May 2014 – [Dalsan Radio]Deputy PM who is also Minister of Religious Affairs, Hon. Ridwan Hersi requested assistance from the Govt of Yemen to back the Somali Govt in combating what he termed as the terror groups who are fighting in the country.

Egypt: FM Meets Abbas in London
allAfrica.com15 May 2014 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in London for talks on the latest Palestinian developments in light of efforts to break the stalemate in the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Badr Abdel Aati said.

Benjamin Netanyahu Plots Unilateral Changes to Status Quo
The Foward Breaking News 15 May 2014 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly consult with advisers on alternative options to change the Israeli-Palestinian status quo in the West Bank. Click here for the rest of the article…

Times journalists beaten in Syria
BBC 15 May 2014 – A reporter and a photographer working for British newspaper The Times are badly beaten while being briefly held by a rebel gang in Syria.

Does Intermarriage Drive Young Jews Away From Israel?
The Forward New 15 May 2014 – One in five young Jews are liberals who have only one Jewish parent. A new analysis of data from the Pew survey shows they are also likely to be alienated from Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Nigeria: World Cup 2014 – the 30 of Iran, Nigeria Opponent
allAfrica.com15 May 2014 – [Africa Top Sports]Carlos Queiroz did not want to take any risk. He initially selected 30 Iranian players whose list was published on Tuesday. The Portuguese coach of Iran will bring this list to 23 items on June 2. Nigeria, Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina are the…

Africa: Improved Mental Health Care for Refugees in Israel
allAfrica.com14 May 2014 – [IRIN]Tel Aviv -Thousands of African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel suffering from trauma and depression after fleeing abuses in their home country or surviving torture camps in Egypt are now getting improved mental health care, though more needs to be done, say refugee groups.

Belgian firm urged to abandon Israel port building project
Global BDS 14 May 2014 – Belgian firmJan De Nul Group is considering building new port facilities in Haifa and Ashdod on behalf of theIsrael Ports Company, according to media reports . Two other European firms are believed to have pulled out of the bidding due to fears about boycott pressure. In this…

Iraq inquiry delay ‘very serious’
BBC 15 May 2014 – Delays to the publication of the Iraq official inquiry have become “very serious”, the head of an influential Commons committee warns.

Millions will boycott Egypt’s elections
Al-Monitor 15 May 2014 – Many see Hamdeen Sabahi as the only, and faint, hope for democracy in Egypt.

Returning to the ruins of Homs
BBC 15 May 2014 – Civilians try to rebuild lives in damaged Homs

Twin suicide blasts kill 10 at Baghdad courthouse
Al-Akhbar News 15 May 2014 – An assault on a Baghdad court that included twin suicide bombings killed 10 people Thursday, the latest in a spate of explosions in Iraq’s capital since an election last month. The blasts, one of which involved an attacker setting off a car bomb, came minutes apart…

Dozens dead in Syria border blast near Turkey
Al-Akhbar News 15 May 2014 – A massive car bomb killed dozens of people on the Syrian side of the Bab al-Salama border crossing with Turkey on Thursday, a monitoring group and online activists said. Gruesome photographs posted online by witnesses showed shocked men standing over charred, blackened bodies, some missing limbs….

Five new MERS deaths in Saudi
Al-Akhbar News 15 May 2014 – Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday five new deaths from MERS, raising the death toll in the country worst-hit by the mysterious coronavirus to 157 since it appeared in 2012. The health ministry also reported 16 new infections with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome raising the total so far…

Infographic: Identity crisis, the Israeli ID system
Al-Akhbar News 15 May 2014 – (Photo: Visualizing Palestine) The Nakba (“the catastrophe”), which refers to the ethnic cleansing of over 50 percent of the Palestinian population, was a defining moment of the long and ongoing history of forced displacement and separation of the Palestinian people that began with the events leading…

Three dead in Benghazi shootout
Al-Akhbar News 15 May 2014 – Gunmen killed a moderate Muslim cleric and two soldiers in Libya’s second city, Benghazi Thursday as violence showed no let-up in the cradle of the 2011 uprising. Sheikh Mansour Abdelkarim al-Baraassi, was well known for his opposition to the hardline Islamists who are a powerful force…

Palestinian Nakba: From loss of land to loss of identity
Al-Akhbar Opinion 15 May 2014 – A Palestinian demonstrator wearing a Guy Fawkes mask gestures during clashes near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City on May 15, 2014, to mark Nakba Day. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Abed) A Palestinian demonstrator wearing a Guy Fawkes mask gestures during clashes near the border with…

Algeria’s Bouteflika proposes amendment limiting presidential term
Al-Akhbar News 15 May 2014 – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika proposed a two-term presidential limit and delegating more authority to the prime minister’s post as part of constitutional amendments after his re-election, a government source said on Thursday. Bouteflika, 77, offered reforms to strengthen democracy after winning an April ballot to secure…

Sisi calls for US military and economic aid to Egypt
Al-Akhbar News 15 May 2014 – A file picture taken on May 4, 2014 shows Egypt’s ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi giving his first television interview since announcing his candidacy in Cairo. (Photo: AFP) Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who ousted elected Islamist president Mohammed Mursi and is…

Turkish governor lays out ISIS threat
Al-Monitor 15 May 2014 – Celalettin Lekesiz, the governor of Hatay province, is now going public with the threats to Turkey from Al-Qaeda and ISIS operations in Turkey and on the Turkey-Syria border.

Signs of a settlement in Duma, Syria
Al-Monitor 15 May 2014 – It seems that a new settlement could come into effect in the city of Duma, Syria, while other regions in the country are witnessing new developments.

VIDEO: Video emerges of detained journalist
BBC 15 May 2014 – A video has emerged showing an Al Jazeera journalist who has been on hunger strike in an Egyptian jail for more than 100 days.

Israelis see Iran nuclear breakout possible in 2-3 months
Al-Monitor 15 May 2014 – According to Israeli security officials, retired Gen. Uzi Eilam’s contention that Iran is years away from becoming a nuclear state is inaccurate, an assessment shared by American and European intelligence agencies.

Iran and world powers on second day of intensive nuclear negotiations
Al-Akhbar News 15 May 2014 – Negotiators from Iran and six world powers hunkered down Thursday for a second day of talks aimed towards what could be a historic deal on Tehran’s controversial nuclear program. Indications of how the talks were progressing in rainy Vienna were thin on the ground, however. Both…

Members of Mubarak’s old party plot comeback
Al-Monitor 15 May 2014 – Members of the disbanded National Democratic Party in Egypt are seeking to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections, despite a court ruling prohibiting their participation.

Hamas wary of improved Turkey-Israel ties
Al-Monitor 15 May 2014 – Many within Hamas are quietly disappointed that Islamist ally Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be pursuing reconciliation with Israel.

AKP government under fire over coal mine tragedy
Al-Monitor 15 May 2014 – Was the mine disaster in Turkey, which has claimed at least 283 lives, the result of flawed policies and negligent acts, or an inevitable accident?

Rai to meet South Lebanon Army collaborators while on pastoral trip to occupied Palestine
Al-Akhbar Politics 15 May 2014 – Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Cardinal Beshara al-Rai, the head of the Maronite Church, has insisted on going ahead with his pastoral visit to occupied Palestine. Rai says he wants to meet with his parishioners face to…

Israeli Arabs, Jews rally to save organic olive grove
Al-Monitor 15 May 2014 – Jews and Arabs together are battling Israeli authorities to save their fragile organic olive grove from electrical lines planned to pass over their lands to avoid military training zones.

Netanyahu rides nationalist wave
Al-Monitor 15 May 2014 – In an interview with Al-Monitor Vice President of the Israel Democracy Institute Mordechai Kremnitzer associates the anti-Arab feelings prevailing within the Israeli public and the recent flow of nationalistic bill.

Egypt’s main unions back Sisi
Al-Monitor 15 May 2014 – Many unionists are upset that the major unions are trying to move close to the coming regime rather than promote workers rights.

New administrative regions could boost Iran’s economy
Al-Monitor 15 May 2014 – Iran can move beyond its current half-hearted decentralization strategy by clustering its provinces, thus pooling the resources of diverse regions and rationalizing infrastructure investment.

Egypt’s blind women’s orchestra struggles post-revolution
Al-Monitor 15 May 2014 – Al Nour Wal Amal orchestra is feeling the pinch from Egypt’s economic and political instability, as funds dry up and concerts dwindle.

Insha Allah
Al-Akhbar Blogs 15 May 2014 – When I arrived at the gates I hunted for relatives as I fumbled with my bags. My uncle calls my name and my eyes strain to find him in a sea of people. Minutes later I leave the shapes of unknown travellers behind as we fall…

Is the Special Tribunal for Lebanon covering up the bribery of witnesses?
Al-Akhbar Politics 15 May 2014 – (L-R) Judges Walid Akoum, Janet Nosworthy, David Re, Micheline Braidy and Nicola Lettier preside over the first hearing in the trial of four people accused of murdering former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague on January 16, 2014. (Photo:…

Nakba stories: Reminiscing, regrets, and return
Al-Akhbar Politics 15 May 2014 – Palestinian protesters hold a large version of their national flag during a rally the day before the 66th anniversary of the “Nakba” on May 14, 2014 in Gaza city. (Photo: Mohammed Abed-AFP) Palestinian protesters hold a large version of their national flag during a rally the…

Hamas eager to form unity government
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Possible Iranian-Saudi rapprochement to impact region
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Articles


Activists call for global action to demand freedom for Jerusalem and its people
Dr Sarah Marusek, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)5/14/2014
 In recent years, Israel has stepped up its campaign to Judaise the holy city of Jerusalem, attempting to create new facts on the ground in an effort to deny Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents any rightful claim to their city and its sacred sites.
 Jerusalem has always been holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, and has long served to inspire those struggling to emancipate the downtrodden. Indeed, this historic city is venerated across the world for enhancing the spiritual heritage of all humanity.
 And yet despite Israel’s increasing acts of aggression, the international community, which through UN resolutions defines East Jerusalem as an occupied city, has repeatedly failed to act against Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from the holy city.
 Thus, in light of the rapidly deteriorating situation in Jerusalem, Palestinian and international activists are appealing to people of conscience around the world to mobilise and rally in the streets on 6 and 7 June to demand freedom for Jerusalem and its people.
 The Haram Al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, is the compound in the Old City of Jerusalem that is home to the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam and the first Qibla towards which Muslims directed their prayer. This is the only site in the world where all the Prophets of the three Abrahamic religions once performed prayer. However, today Al-Aqsa Mosque has now become a site where Jewish extremists and Israeli occupation forces regularly terrorise Palestinians and deprive them of their rights.
 Under the Israeli occupation, most Palestinians are denied entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque….more..e-mail

On Nakba Day, a rights-based approach to resist Israeli colonization
Amjad Alqasis, Ma an News Agency5/15/2014
Amjad Alqasis is a human rights lawyer, legal researcher and the International and Legal Advocacy Program Coordinator at BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights.
 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 known as “historic” or “Mandate Palestine.”
 This Israeli colonial regime is not limited to the Palestinians living in the occupied Palestinian territory, that is the West Bank (including Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip, but also targets Palestinians residing on the Israeli side of the “1949 Armistice Line.”
 This has been a long established understanding among all who are familiar with the history of Palestine: Israel’s treatment of non-Jewish Palestinians throughout Israel and the OPT constitutes an overall discriminatory regime with the primary purpose of controlling the maximum amount of land with the minimum amount of indigenous Palestinians residing upon it.
 The main components of this structure violate Palestinian rights in areas such as nationality, citizenship, residency, and land ownership. This system was originally applied during the Palestinian Nakba in 1948 with a view to dominate and dispossess all forcibly displaced Palestinians, including the 150,000 who were able to remain within the “1949 Armistice Line,” later becoming Palestinian citizens of Israel.
 The UN resolution from 1947 to partition Palestine triggered armed conflict between local Palestinians and Jewish colonists. This fostered an environment in which the Zionist movement could induce massive Palestinian displacement so as to create the Jewish state….more..e-mail

Manoeuvres without substance
Ahmed Eleiba, Al-Ahram Weekly5/8/2014
Amid the political fallout of inter-Palestinian reconciliation, some Israeli figures suggest negotiations with Hamas could be possible. Others see these as empty words.
 In interview with The Wall Street Journal last week, Israeli Finance Minister and Chairman of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) Party, Yair Lapid, hinted at the possibility that Tel Aviv could talk with Hamas. The Journal took his remarks as an indication that some in the Israeli government [are] saying for the first time that they see signs of moderation among the Islamists, and that negotiations with
Hamas could one day become possible if it recognises Israel.

 Lapid had told the newspaper: It s not like it didn t happen before. The PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) used to be a terror organisation. He also cited the motto used by former Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin during the Oslo talks with the Palestinians: We negotiate for peace as if there is no terror, and fight terror as if there is no peace.
 In 2008, at least, Hamas had an answer for this. Hamas cannot recognise Israel, Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal told Al-Ahram Weekly at the time. We had asked him about an article in The Washington Post that cited him as saying that he could accept a Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 borders. Meshaal claimed that the newspaper had twisted his remarks.
 At the time, Palestinian factions were considering an Egyptian proposal to end the Hamas-Fatah rift one that would have incorporated Hamas into the PLO and imply that it indirectly accepted negotiations with Israel. When asked about this, a number of Hamas politburo members said that Hamas would never be a party in negotiations in the name of Hamas, which was a resistance movement, and would not lay down arms until the end of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.more..e-mail

Remembering the Palestinians in Syria on Nakba Day
Zena Ozeir, Ma an News Agency5/16/2014
Zena Ozeir is a Palestine-solidarity activist based in Detroit. She was a main organizer of the Right of Return Conference that took place in Boston last year.
 Today marks the 66th annual Nakba Day, the commemoration of the displacement of 750,000 Palestinians in 1948 amid the creation of the state of Israel. It is not merely a time for remembering the distant past, however, but instead it is a harsh reminder of the continued violence and displacement faced by Palestinian refugees.
 Just this past weekend, the Lebanese government began deporting Palestinian refugees who had sought refuge in their country while fleeing the Syrian conflict. Lebanon’s General Secretary Department has already deported at least 41 Palestinian refugees back to Syria even though they had legally entered the country, and has further banned the entry of Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria for the foreseeable future.
 Lebanon has previously opened it’s doors to over one million refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict, but is now targeting Palestinian refugees who wish to enter.
 This policy is the newest onslaught by neighboring Arab countries on Palestinian refugees fleeing from Syria, who have been one of the most vulnerable groups caught in the violence plaguing the country. The ongoing targeted attacks by the Syrian government and refusal of entry by neighboring countries has left Palestinian refugees in Syria in an increasingly dangerous position.
 This Nakba Day not only commemorates the initial catastrophe that ethnically cleansed 750,000 Palestinians, but also the second, and third displacement of the Palestinian refugees of Syria.more..e-mail

“We’re exhausted from being homeless”: recalling the Palestinians’ plight on Nakba Day
Electronic Intifada: 15 May 2014 – Now living in a cramped Beirut refugee camp basement, Um Zohair remembers being uprooted from Palestine in 1948.more..

“I can coexist with Israelis but only when I return home,” says Nakba survivor
Electronic Intifada: 15 May 2014 – Now in their 80s, Gaza refugee couple remember the day they were expelled from their village.more..

What the Media Not Telling Us about Yemen
Palestine Chronicle: 15 May 2014 – By Ramzy Baroud In Yemen today, the US embassy is closed to the public. Officials telling CNN there is credible information of a threat against Western interests there, a CNN news anchor read the news bulletin on May 08. This is CNN s Yemen. It is a Yemen that seems to exist for one single purpose, and nothing else: maintain Western, and by extension, US interests in that part of the world. When these interests are threatened, only then does Yemen matter. Yemen of Western Interests Every reference in that specifically-tailored discourse serves a purpose. It is as if al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) exists to justify US military intervention and unending drone war. Last April, 63 Yemenis were reportedly killed in US drone strikes allegedly targeting al-Qaeda. No credible verification of that claim is available, and none of the victims have been identified. Signature drone strikes don t require identification,…more

On Nakba Day, Israelis Forced to Confront a Guilty Secret
Palestine Chronicle: 15 May 2014 – By Jonathan Cook Nazareth For 66 years Israel s founding generation has lived with a guilty secret, one it successfully concealed from the generations that followed. Forests were planted to hide war crimes. School textbooks mythologised the events surrounding Israel s creation. The army was blindly venerated as the most moral in the world. Once, Nakba Arabic for Catastrophe , referring to the dispossession of the Palestinian homeland in 1948 would have failed to register with any but a small number of Israeli Jews. Today, only those who never watch television or read a newspaper can plead ignorance. As marches and festivals are held today by Palestinians across the region to mark Nakba Day commemorating the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and the erasure of more than 500 villages Israelis will be watching. In fact, the Israeli media have been filled with references to the Nakba…more

The King of Deception
Palestine Chronicle: 15 May 2014 – By Jamal Kanj Outgoing Israeli president Shimon Peres talked in a recent interview about a peace agreement he reached with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in 2011. According to Peres, the Israeli prime minister rejected the draft understanding telling him to wait a few days Tony Blair could get a better offer. The President continued, The days passed and there was no better offer, and there was no peace agreement. Peres interview reveals three important issues regarding the peace process and the botched role of the so called peace mediators. The first, Benjamin Netanyahu is more interested in maintaining his anti-peace government coalition than a peace accord. Second, the peace mediators are undermining the prospects of peace. Third, Palestinian leaders need to go back to the drawing board and take a crash course in the art of negotiation 101. On the first point, Israel must be pleased with the status quo,…more

The Nakba Will End when Palestinian Leaders Learn from History
Palestine Chronicle: 15 May 2014 – By Samah Sabawi The reliance on the generosity of the imperial powers and the weak leadership of the Arab elites has been the principle cause of failure in Palestinian resistance For almost one hundred years of Palestinian resistance to the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine, various consecutive Palestinian leaderships have placed their trust in diplomacy and have looked with bedazzled eyes at powerful western nations, the international community and the Arab League to deliver them from the occupation and to bring a just resolution to the conflict. This is astounding when one considers that Israel, the reason behind the Palestinian people s dispossession, is a western colonial project that would not exist if not for the support of those same western powerful states and the complicity of the international community. When Palestine fell under British rule, the first Jewish military unit entered Jerusalem in 1918 alongside General Allenby, leader of the…more

It should be Forbidden to Forget the Nakba
Palestine Chronicle: 15 May 2014 – By Ghada Ageel Israeli advice to Palestinians to wipe their homeland from their memory underlines a lack of empathy for Palestinians rights In January 1993, I won a full-year scholarship to study Hebrew language and literature in Israel. Seizing the opportunity was not an easy thing for a young, single, Palestinian refugee woman from Gaza. The situation in the occupied Palestinian territories was boiling then and the first Intifada was in full swing, given the slow progress of the peace negotiations Oslo was as yet unknown between the Israeli and the Palestinian-Jordanian delegations formed after the Madrid peace conference of 1991. Reports of Israeli raids on Palestinian camps and towns, arrests, killings, demonstrations, strikes, curfews, anger, and the absence of hope were prevalent in the news. The year also witnessed hundreds of thousands of Russians flooding Israel following the Soviet Union s dissolution. I shared classes with some of…more

Israelis Slowly Wake up to the Nakba
Palestine Chronicle: 15 May 2014 – By Jonathan Cook Palestinians are due to stage marches in both the occupied territories and Israel Thursday to commemorate the loss of their homeland 66 years ago an event they call the Nakba, or Catastrophe a little more than a week after Israeli Jews celebrated the anniversary of the Jewish state s birth. But for many Israeli Jews, it is becoming ever harder to mark their Independence Day without confronting the fact that Israel s establishment created a new set of victims, said Eitan Bronstein, founder of Zochrot, or Remembering , an organisation dedicated to teaching Israeli Jews about the Nakba. Once, the Nakba was a non-issue for Israeli Jews. Many had never heard of it or didn t know what the term meant. But now it is unavoidable. Israelis have to face it. Long excluded from the Israeli national discourse, the Nakba and the ensuing destruction of hundreds of Palestinian…more

U.S. Political Breakout Demand Could Derail Nu
clear Talks

Dissident Voice: 15 May 2014 – IPS As diplomats began drafting a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme and Western sanctions in Vienna Tuesday, U.S. officials were poised to demand a drastic cut in Iran s enrichment capabilities that is widely expected to deadlock the negotiations. Iran is almost certain to reject the basic concept that it should reduce the number of its centrifuges to a fraction of its present total, and the resulting collapse of the talks could lead to a much higher level of tensions between the United States and Iran. The Obama administration s highly risky diplomatic gambit rests on the concept of breakout time , defined as the number of months it would take Iran to accumulate enough weapons grade uranium for a single nuclear weapon. Both Secretary of State John Kerry and former U.S. proliferation official Robert Einhorn have explained the demand that Iran give up the vast majority of its centrifuges…more


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