VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 16 May 2014: ’Israel can’t erase the Nakba from history’

16 May 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Haniyah Expresses Solidarity With Turkey
IMEMC – Palestinian Prime Minister Haniyah called all Palestinians in the West Bank, Jerusalem, Gaza and Pre-1948 Palestine, Thursday, to unify in prayer for the souls of some 230 Turkish miners who were killed in a disastrous explosion, last Tuesday. …

Amnesty Condemns Israel’s “Reckless Killings”
IMEMC – International human rights group Amnesty International has condemned Israel’s military for the murder of two Palestinian youth during a protest on Nakba Day. …

Princess Al-Hussein Donates Food to Gaza Families
IMEMC – Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai, has made a generous donation for food aid to refugees in the Gaza Strip, UNRWA said Thursday in a press release. …

Ariel: “Settler Popular Could Witness a %50 Increase By 2019”
IMEMC – [Friday, May 16, 2014] Israeli Housing Minister, Uri Ariel, stated that he expects the number of Jewish settlers, illegally living in segregated settlements in occupied Palestine, to significantly increase, reaching a %50 rise by 2019. …

Three More Deaths Due to Israeli Violence as Nakba Continues
IMEMC – In commemoration of the 66th annual Nakba day, hundreds of Palestinian youth from the Ramallah district moved against Israeli soldiers outside of Ofer prison in Beitunya. Soldiers retaliated with tear gas, live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets. During the clashes, soldiers killed two demonstraters, aged seventeen and twenty-two. …

Abbas: Time to End the Longest Occupation in History
IMEMC – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said during a speech, this past week: “After 66 years since the Palestinian catastrophe ‘al-Nakba’, Palestinians have been proving that their presence on the map will establish a Palestinian independent state, with Jerusalem as a capital.” … 

Israeli Settlers Destroy 58 Trees Near Bethlehem
IMEMC – Jewish Israeli settlers have reportedly raided a Palestinian-owned orchard, west of Bethlehem, where they destroyed 58 trees early Friday morning, according to the victim of the raid. …

14 Palestinian Women Killed Since Beginning of 2014
IMEMC – In a statement, yesterday, UN Women in Palestine expressed concern over the killing of “yet another Palestinian woman this week, raising the number of reported cases of femicide in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to 14 since the beginning of this year.” … 

Ma’an News

Thousands bury youths slain by Israel on Nakba Day
5/16/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Thousands of Palestinians turned out on Friday to bury two youths killed by Israeli soldiers a day earlier during protests to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” of the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians in 1948. The bodies of Nadim Siyam Nuwara, 15, and Muhammad Audah Abu al-Thahir, 17, were brought to their final resting place in the villages….

12 Palestinians injured by Israeli forces in Ofer clashes
5/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Twelve Palestinians were injured on Friday in clashes with Israeli forces outside Ofer jail near Ramallah, an Israeli army spokeswoman said.”Some 150 protesters set fire to car tires and threw stones at Israeli security forces, who responded using riot dispersal means,” an Israeli army spokeswoman said. Twelve hits were identified on Palestinian demonstrators, with 11 people hit by rubber-coated steel….

15 Palestinians injured in East Jerusalem clashes
5/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Over 15 Palestinians were injured on Friday during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, medics said. Medics told Ma’an that 11 people were lightly injured by rubber-coated steel bullets, while another four suffered moderate injures, including two people shot in the head. Tamar Obeid, 17, was detained during the clashes. In Silwan, a local community center said….

Settlers destroy 58 trees in orchard near Bethlehem
5/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Jewish settlers reportedly raided an orchard west of Bethlehem belonging to a Palestinian man and destroyed 58 trees early Friday morning, the victim said. Raji Abd al-Aziz Sabateen told Ma’an that when he went to his field outside the village of Husan Friday morning he found that 58 trees had been mangled and torn apart. Sabateen said that this….

Amnesty condemns Israel for ‘reckless’ Nakba Day killings
5/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Amnesty International on Thursday condemned Israel’s military forces for killing two Palestinian youths during a Nakba Day protest.” Israeli forces have displayed continuing recklessness in their use of force against Palestinian protesters when they killed a young man and a teenager, and injured others, during a crackdown on demonstrations to commemorate the Nakba in the occupied West Bank today….

Israeli forces disperse Bilin protest
5/16/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Dozens of protesters suffered tear gas inhalation on Friday as Israeli forces dispersed a weekly protest in the village of Bilin. Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades at demonstrators as they marched towards annexed land near the separation wall. [END]

Palestinian couple celebrates wedding day in pre-Nakba village
5/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — He stepped into the village of his great-grandfathers for the first time in his life on his wedding day, the 66th anniversary of the 1948 Palestinian Nakba. Imad al-Din Younis Rumman insisted on taking his bride, Rana Assi, in her white wedding dress to the village of Suba that his great-grandfathers were expelled from more than six decades before by Zionist….

Retracing the Nakba in West Jerusalem’s al-Malha
5/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Towering above the gargantuan Jerusalem Mall and the repetitive, non-descript homes of the Malha (or Manahat) suburb of West Jerusalem is a curious sight — a large minaret from which the call to prayer never rings forth. To the south of the mall are the hills of the central West Bank, dotted by Jewish-only settlements and a few Palestinian villages surrounded by….

NGOs urge Belgian firm to abandon Israel port project
5/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A group of Palestinian and international NGOs have urged a Belgian firm to pull out of a project to build port facilities in Israel, citing concerns about Israel’s continued human rights violations. On Wednesday, the Palestinian BDS National Committee published an open letter on its website urging the Belgian Jan De Nul Group to reconsider involvement in a project….

UN decries rising violence against Palestinian women
5/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The UN organization for women on Friday decried rising rates of violence against women in the occupied Palestinian territories after a woman was slain this week, raising the year’s total so far to 14. UN Women in Palestine said in a statement that they were “seriously concerned” about the killing, highlighting that the “worrying increase in the rate of….

Analysis: Administrative detention must end
5/16/2014 – Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist and former professor of journalism at Princeton University. – Imagine being stopped at an Israeli checkpoint and being taken into custody. Then finding yourself in an Israeli jail for six months without charge or trial. After six months, the administrative order signed by a military commander is renewed. An Israeli military judge is presented a secret file which neither you….

President Abbas arrives in Venezuela
5/16/2014 – CARACAS (AFP) — Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Venezuela on Friday to seek backing from Caracas for observer status in three Latin American regional organizations. During his stay, which ends Saturday, Abbas will meet with President Nicolas Maduro, whose socialist government has faced months of at times bloody protests. He arrived around 0230 GMT at Maiquetia airport for his third visit to the oil-producing country….

‘Don’t let ayatollahs win’ Netanyahu tells Pentagon chief
5/16/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Friday that world powers must deny Iran any possibility of developing a nuclear weapon as the search for a deal intensifies.” I think that, while the talks with Iran are going on, there is one thing that must guide the international community and that is not to let the ayatollahs win,” Netanyahu….

Haniyeh: Details of security forces reconciliation worked out
5/16/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said on Thursday evening that Hamas had agreed to the details of the reunification of security forces with Fatah, resolving a key obstacle in the implementation of the national reconciliation agreement.”We agreed on all the details of the security file, we are committed to what we signed. We will not allow the return of….

Ministry to open investigation into violence against Gaza protest
5/16/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza Strip ministry of interior pledged on Thursday to open an investigation into violence used by the security forces against journalists who were covering a rally east of Gaza. Spokesman for the ministry Iyad al-Bizm said they were distressed by the “unjustified behavior of security forces with demonstrators and journalists.”Al-Bizm added that the incident “will not go unnoticed….

Sanctions and shrinking socks hit Iran’s World Cup hopes
5/16/2014 – TEHRAN (AFP) — International sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program have cast a shadow over Carlos Queiroz’s efforts to build a team that can make a mark on the World Cup finals. The Portuguese coach will need something special to motivate his multi-national band of players to take on global superstars Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko when they confront Argentina, Nigeria….

Argentine court declares bombing probe with Iran unconstitutional
5/16/2014 – BUENOS AIRES (AFP) — An Argentine court Thursday declared unconstitutional an agreement with Iran to probe the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center, with a final decision left to the Supreme Court. The government, which vowed to appeal, holds that Tehran was behind the attack on the Argentine Jewish Charities Federation, or AMIA, that left 85 people dead and 300 others injured two decades….


Israel calls for UN recognition of Yom Kippur
AlJazeera 16 May 2014 – Israeli UN ambassador accuses body of discrimination, saying Yom Kippur ought to be officially marked in UN calendar.

International Solidarity Movement

Hunger strike solidarity tent in Nablus
5/16/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Nablus Team, Nablus, Occupied Palestine – Erected in the duar (city center) in the northern Palestinian city of Nablus, is a large tent utilized throughout the day by those in solidarity with the exceeding-one-hundred Palestinian administrative detainees.”We will stay here as long as it takes”, says Yousef, a Lawyer and University Lecturer, implying that the tent will remain until the hunger strike ceases. Within the tent sits two….

Nakba Day demonstration in Al Walaja: ‘Al Walaja is one of the symbols of the past and present displacement’
5/16/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Nablus Team, Al Walaja, Occupied Palestine – Yesterday 15th May, villages from Al Walaja marched for their right of return, on a day marking the 66th anniversary of the Nakba (catastrophe in Arabic). The demonstration was met with violent repression from Israeli forces with many tear gas canisters fired at the protesters. In 1948, 70% of the population of Al Walaja was displaced and forced away….

Three more martyrs as the Nakba continues
5/16/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – International Women’s Peace Service, Occupied Palestine – In commemoration of the 66th annual Nakba day, hundreds of Palestinian youth from the Ramallah district moved against Israeli soldiers outside of Ofer prison in Beitunya. Soldiers retaliated with tear gas, live ammunition and rubber coated steel bullets. During the clashes, soldiers killed two demonstraters, aged seventeen and twenty two. The first, who was shot in the chest….

The National

Modi and BJP sweep to power with outright majority
The National 16 May 2014 – Congress stumbles to its worst ever showing with a projected 44 seats as voters back Narendra Modi’s promises of economic development and corruption-free governance.

In pictures: BJP celebrates resounding win
The National 16 May 2014 – Indian voters give the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and its lead candidate, Narendra Modi, a mammoth mandate for running the next government.

Rogue Libyan general leads attack on Islamist militias in Benghazi
The National 16 May 2014 – At least 13 people are killed in fierce fighting between army troops believed to be loyal to a rogue general and two influential militias.

Muslims wary of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi’s victory
The National 16 May 2014 – With a decisive victory for Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party, there are fears that Mr Modi’s past will haunt the Muslim community.

Blasts kill 10 and wound 70 in Nairobi hours after terror warning
The National 16 May 2014 – Before the blasts, the US Embassy sent out a new travel alert to American citizens warning of a continued terrorist threat in a country where the US Embassy suffered a devastating attack in 1998.

Fiction / A Brief History of My Breasts
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2014

Yes, I came to Israel: Why this British writer is against the boycott
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2014

Netanyahu gets a public lesson on the limits of power
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2014

Nuclear talks between Iran, world powers end with no progress
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2014

Netanyahu congratulates Narendra Modi for victory in India election
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2014

Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv reaches Euroleague finals
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2014

Israel launches campaign to make Yom Kippur a UN-certified holiday
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2014

Livni, Abbas meet for first time since breakdown in peace talks
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2014

Donald Sterling to fight NBA lifetime ban, fine
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2014

10 dead, 70 wounded in Nairobi after dual bombings
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2014

Two Israeli journalists attacked in West Bank clashes
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2014

WATCH: Erdogan shouts anti-Israel slur at protester
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2014

U.S. concerned nuke talks with Iran moving too slowly
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2014

Pro-Russian insurgents retreat in Ukraine’s east
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2014

Israel’s strict adherence to (Groucho) Marxism
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2014

Russia casts doubt on U.S. space cooperation in retaliation for sanctions
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2014

The gospel according to Francis I
Ha’aretz – 16 May 2014

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

Jerusalem Post

Four homes demolished in Givat Assaf outpost
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2014 – In second settlement demolition this week, homes razed in response to 2007 NGO petition against six West Bank outposts built without authorization. 

Two Israeli journalists attacked by Palestinian mob near Ramallah
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2014 – The journalists were covering riots outside Ofer Prison when they were attacked by masked Palestinian protesters; other clashes were relatively restrained across the West Bank the day after two Palestinian youths were killed. 

Israeli men have world’s fourth-highest life expectancy
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2014 – Israeli males born in 2012 can expect, on average, to live slightly longer than 80 years, according to the WHO’s World Health Statistics 2014. 

Hezbollah threatens Maronite patriarch with ‘negative repercussions’ ahead of Israel visit
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2014 – The patriarch is due to accompany the pope on his tour of the Holy Land next week; Lebanese media have spoken out against the controversial visit. 

Housing minister sees 50% more settlers in West Bank by 2019
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2014 – Uri Ariel says talks on Palestinian statehood are in their “dying throes” and predicts spiraling of Jewish settler population. 

Pope cancels engagements due to cold, need to rest ahead of Middle East trip
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2014 – Vatican spokesman says there are no worries about the health of the 77-year-old pope and everything was “tranquil”. 

Minor clashes amid funeral for Palestinians killed in Nakba riots
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2014 – No injuries reported at Temple Mount, Nablus, Kalandiya; Palestinian security forces concerned of violent riots day after 2 Palestinian teens slain. 

Peres: No nation can fill role of US as world’s peacemaker
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2014 – In meeting with visiting Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Peres says in last year US-Israeli ties have reached “unprecedented heights.” 

US says concerned at lack of progress in Iran nuke talks
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2014 – Unnamed American official says “time short” to reach agreement with Tehran by July deadline. 

Netanyahu to Hagel: Israel not surprised by new report on Iranian missile work
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2014 – Hagel stresses that Israel-US relations are at “an all-time high”; PM calls on int’l community to prevent Iran’s ayatollahs from “winning.” 

Jewish mother, baby assaulted in Paris
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2014 – Woman assaults pair while shouting anti-Semitic slurs according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism. 

IDF ousts 2 soldiers for advocating on Facebook refusal to evacuate settlers
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2014 – The soldiers belonged to the Nahal Brigade; incident follows the unprecedented online support for a Nahal soldier who cocked his weapon at Palestinians. 

Big big mother
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2014 – Jewish Australian Geraldine Cox looks after her Cambodian orphans like a mother hen guarding her brood. 

Confidential UN report: Iran’s ballistic missile work complicating nuclear talks
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2014 – US has brought up the missile development issue at talks; Russia says that Iran’s missiles are not on the agenda. 

Argentine court strikes down ‘truth commission’ deal with Iran over 1994 bombings
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Prosecutor who oversaw probe of the AMIA center bombing argued in his appeal that the executive branch had overstepped into areas reserved for the judiciary. 

Wall paintings depicting Crusader period found in Jerusalem hospice
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Antiquities Authority provides emergency treatment to restore murals painted during second half of 19th century. 

Sudan to execute Christian woman who refused to convert to Islam
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Ibrahim has a 20-month-old son, Martin, who is being held in jail with her, and she is eight-months pregnant. 

Gazan, West Bank farmers learn post-harvest storage techniques in Beit Dagan
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – During the “Post”’s visit to the Volcani Institute, the farmers were reevaluating the qualitative parameters, examining the vegetables with various measurement tools. 

Five arrested at Nakba Day protest at Damascus Gate
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – ‘We’re here to tell all the world that Jerusalem is Palestinian and will be returned to the Palestinian people.’ 

Environment: For better or for worse, a changing northern Negev landscape
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – An SPNI report argues that afforestation with non-native species has damaged ecosystems, but other experts say the forests of the South are a “blessing”. 

My JNF address (Part II): The ‘peace process’ – failure foretold
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Into the Fray: If a Palestinian state were established, the full weight of the horrors of the Arab world would come pressing down on Israel, from indefensible borders, infinitesimal distances from major population centers. 

My Word: All in the family
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Digging up your roots is the positive opposite of burying your past. 

Is Israel a true democracy?
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Maybe it is an oligarchy, or an aristocracy, or some sort of anarchistic monarchy? What I do know for sure is that no one actually cares. 

Another Tack: In the Land of Oz
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – Amos Oz doesn’t stand to lose by his provocation. Quite the contrary, the neo-Nazi defamation can do him nothing but a whole lot of good. 

Column One: From Latma to ‘Yisrael Hayom’
Jerusalem Post 15 May 2014 – The Supreme Court isn’t in the business of protecting rights. It is in the business of protecting the Left. 

The Guardian

Artists of the Palestinian revolution
The Guardian 16 May 2014 – The artists engaged in the 1970s Palestinian revolution have until now remained silent about their experience. A new exhibition conveys the sense of belonging they felt The series of Palestinian revolutionary films and art now showing…

Israeli hardliner predicts rapid settlement growth in West Bank
The Guardian 16 May 2014 – Construction minister Uri Ariel, blamed by some for peace talks impasse, says settler numbers could grow by 50% by 2019 Israel’s ultra-nationalist construction minister whose actions have been blamed by some US officials for torpedoing the…


Ehud Olmert is going to jail for the wrong crimes
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 13, 2014 -During his premiership, Ehud Olmert was responsible for two of the most horrific military operations of the past decade. More than a thousands Lebanese, a third of them civilians, and 165 Israelis, a quarter of them civilians,…

ICC to examine claims that British troops carried out war crimes in Iraq
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 13, 2014 – Allegations that British troops were responsible for a series of war crimes after the invasion of Iraq are to be examined by the international criminal court (ICC) at The Hague, the specialist tribunal has announced. The…

“Collect It All”: Glenn Greenwald on NSA Bugging Tech Hardware, Economic Espionage & Spying on U.N. (Video ) 
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 13, 2014 – Nearly a year after he first met Edward Snowden, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald continues to unveil new secrets about the National Security Agency and the surveillance state. His new book, “No Place to Hide: Edward…

We will annex WB to Israel: Israeli minister
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 13, 2014 – Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennet asserted that the annexation of the West Bank to Israel will be discussed in the next session of the Knesset. He said in a statement Monday evening, ” after we have advanced…

Guantánamo detainee reveals escalating, brutal punishment of hunger strikers
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 13, 2014- A prisoner in Guantánamo Bay has revealed to his lawyers the increasingly brutal punishment meted out to detainees peacefully protesting their indefinite detention via hunger strike. Emad Hassan wrote in a letter to his lawyers: “One Yemeni…

Israeli officers attack Palestinian family in Sheikh Jarrah
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 13, 2014 — Israeli officers assaulted a Palestinian family in East Jerusalem on Monday, a Ma an reporter said. The incident in Sheikh Jarrah was captured on film after a reporter happened to witness the event while driving through…

Israel ex-PM Olmert gets 6 years jail for bribery
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 13, 2014 — A Tel Aviv court on Tuesday sentenced Israeli ex-premier Ehud Olmert to six years in prison for accepting bribes linked to a major property development in Jerusalem, media reports said. Broadcasting live from the court, Israel…

Syria News – May 12 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12 , 2014 – At the end of the day Monday, the Coordination Committees were able to document the deaths of 71 people, including 4 women, 11 children, 12 martyrs under torture: 30 martyrs in Aleppo, 20 martyrs in Daraa,…

Military Resistance 12E6 Military Criminals at Work
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014 – ….Really, that is perhaps the only way to achieve their dreamed-of nazi dictatorship, which can be established only through bloodletting and the intimidation of people. This will become possible only if in Ukraine Russians will see…

Israeli Supreme Court to Hear Rachel Corrie Appeal on May 21
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014 – 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 on May…

Did CIA s Fake Polio Vaccination Program in Pakistan Help Fuel a Global Health Emergency?
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014 – The World Health Organization has designated the spread of polio in Asia, Africa and the Middle East a global public health emergency requiring a coordinated “international response.” Three countries pose the greatest risk of further spreading…

Palestinians demand action against wave of hatred in Israel 
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014– A recent wave of hate crimes targeting Palestinians and church property in Israel has prompted community leaders to express outrage at the culture of impunity and growing extremism which allow attacks to go unpunished. On Friday, vandals…

Rising numbers of Palestinian children subjected to solitary confinement
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 11, 2014 – -Rising numbers of Palestinian children are being subjected to solitary confinement for interrogation purposes in Israeli detention, according to a new report from Defense for Children International Palestine (DCI-Palestine). In 21.4 percent of cases recorded by…

Iran seeks economic future with West and Russia
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014 -…The likelihood of reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal with the West this summer raises the question of how Iran will behave toward Russia (a years-long partner, albeit a shaky one, in the oil, gas, nuclear and defense…

Iraq snapshot -May 12, 2014
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014 – …Nouri al-Maliki meets with US General Lloyd Austin and the media runs to cower …As the article at Nouri s site notes, Nouri met with US Ambassador Robert S. Beecroft and with US Gen Lloyd Austin….

UK troops working with US military at base for Yemen drone operations
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014 – British liaison staff are embedded with US forces in the Horn of Africa, the Ministry of Defence has revealed, as concern grows about redeployment of the UK squadron of 10 armed Reaper drones. Although three British…

Israeli government approves bill barring release of Palestinian prisoners
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014 -Israel s Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved on Sunday a bill that would bar the release of Palestinian prisoners before the end of their sentences in an effort to prevent the implementation of future prisoner swap deals…

Complicity and Collaboration Psychology and War on Terror Abuses 
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014 – Torture has been in the national news again this spring as the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted last month to declassify key sections of its 6,300-page report reviewing the CIA s brutal post-9/11 detention and…

The war on terrorism led to a worldwide increase of torture
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014 – Western nations are among those scrutinized in Amnesty International s report on Global Torture set to be released on Tuesday. The human rights group s report comes on the heels of a vote by the Senate…

Deadly drone attack in western Yemen
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014 – A drone strike in eastern Yemen has killed at least five people in the first such raid since the army launched an offensive against al-Qaeda-linked fighters last month. The pilotless aircraft targeted a vehicle carrying “al-Qaeda…

OCHA: Israel demolished 237 Palestinian structures in 2014
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014 -Israeli authorities have demolished 237 Palestinian structures since the beginning of 2014 including 27 buildings in East Jerusalem and the remainder in area C in the West Bank compared to 663 buildings in 2013, The United Nations…

Israeli minister demands death sentences for Palestinian prisoners
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014 – Israeli Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz called for the death penalty to be reinstated as a deterrent for Palestinian prisoners while welcoming the decision to enforce life sentences. Speaking about the draft law which was approved…

Marwan Barghouti joins latest hunger strike
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014 – Mahmoud al-Ramahi is secretary-general of the Palestinian Legislative Council, an Italian-educated doctor and the father of five. Ever since taking this position after the Hamas electoral victory in 2006, he has suffered continued detention at the…

Why do Israeli soldiers bully Palestinians?
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014 -Why did his commanders send a soldier with a record of violence to bully Palestinians in Hebron? The IDF Spokesperson s Unit chose to respond to Haaretz s question with “no comment.” Perhaps that s because the…

Israel s ongoing colonization prolongs Palestinian suffering and devalues international law
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014- 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 (…

NBC s Dig gets $6.5 million from Israel to film in E. Jerusalem while Palestinian residents lack drinking water 
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014 – The television network NBC will receive a $6.5 million (22 million NIS) grant from the Israeli government to film the new archeological thriller Dig, in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. Meanwhile Palestinians residing in Silwan…

David Swanson s Dream
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014 – Whenever I hear David Swanson talk about how the anti-war movement stopped Obama from carrying out a massive bombing campaign against Assad, as I did this Satuday @ USC, I am reminded of 2011 Superbowl commercial in…

Price tag attacks, land confiscation and plans for transfer: A crash course in the struggle of Palestinian citizens of Israel 
Uruknet 16 May 2014 – May 12, 2014 – The entrance to the mosque was black and ashen. On a nearby exterior wall the words “Arabs Out” were spray painted as a warning to the community of Umm el-Fahm in central Israel. The culprits of…

Daily Star

Libya closes Benghazi airport due to fighting – director
Daily Star 16 May 2014 Libyan authorities closed the airport in the eastern city of Benghazi on Friday because of fighting between irregular forces of the self-declared Libyan National Army and Islamist militants, the airport’s director said.

Kerry denounces rights abuses against Crimea’s Tatars
Daily Star 16 May 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday denounced fresh human rights abuses of Crimea’s Tatars, 70 years after the minority group was expelled from the then-Soviet Union.

West Bank exhibition gives Gaza artists rare showcase
Daily Star 16 May 2014 The Gaza Strip is tough turf for artists. An Israeli-Egyptian border blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory keeps them away from an international audience and potential buyers.

Syria documentary, Mali jihad feature make the cut at Cannes
Daily Star 16 May 2014 An old man’s white hair suddenly changes to red in Eau Argentee, Syrie autoportrait (Silvered Water, Syria self-portrait) by exiled Syrian filmmaker Ossama Mohammed, shown at the Cannes film festival Thursday.

Obama, Hollande talk by phone on Ukraine, stress sanctions threat
Daily Star 16 May 2014 President Barack Obama spoke with French President Francois Hollande about the situation in Ukraine on Friday and the two agreed Russia faces “significant” further costs if it continues provocative and destabilizing behavior, the White House said.

UN council to vote on taking Syria before criminal court
Daily Star 16 May 2014 The UN Security Council is expected to vote next week on a resolution to haul Syria before the International Criminal Court, although the measure is likely to fail because of opposition from Russia and China.

YNet News

Sharp rise in French Jews leaving for Israel
YNet News, 16 May 2014 – Jewish agency says number of Jews making aliyah from France rose nearly fourfold in first quarter of year due to ‘climate of anti-Semitism’ and gloomy economic situation. ….

A visit to the Temple Mount
YNet News, 16 May 2014 – Op-ed: How long can we expect to survive as a sovereign nation in our own land if we turn our backs on the place that represents the Jewish people’s true center and heart? ….

Israel’s undercover peacemakers
YNet News, 16 May 2014 – Behind the scenes of many peace efforts are ‘civil peacemakers,’ private individuals and trailblazers who create the first channels of communications and the path to a future peace accord – without an official role, diplomatic resources or authority. ….

US warns ‘time is short’ as Iran nuclear talks make little progress
YNet News, 16 May 2014 – While Western officials believe deal can be finalized by July 20 deadline, they say ‘a little bit more flexibility’ expected on Tehran’s side. ….

US urges ‘additional realism’ as Iran talks hit slowdown
YNet News, 16 May 2014 – ….

Iran says nuclear talks ‘constructive’ but yielded no progress
YNet News, 16 May 2014 – ….

Israel seeks to make Yom Kippur a UN holiday
YNet News, 16 May 2014 – UN envoy Prosor decries fact Christian and Muslim holidays are recognized by the UN, Jewish ones do not; ‘It is about time Jewish employees at the UN won’t be obligated to work on Yom Kippur,’ he says. ….

IAEA seen trying again next week to advance Iran nuclear inquiry
YNet News, 16 May 2014 – ….

Livni, Abbas meet in London in first meeting since collapse of talks
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Maccabi Tel Aviv advances to Euroleague final after defeating CSKA Moscow 67:68
YNet News, 16 May 2014 – ….

Two Israeli journalists attacked by Palestinian mob
YNet News, 16 May 2014 – Palestinian security forces extricate reporter, photographer from Beitunia after masked Palestinian men assault them. ….

El Al co-pilot collapsed on the controls 
YNet News, 16 May 2014 – Israeli company’s pilots say that despite the agreement signed last week with the airline, they are still overworked and the pilot’s collpase is likely the result of cumulative fatigue. ….

Last illegal structure in Givat Assaf outpost demolished
YNet News, 16 May 2014 – Current wave of outpost demolitions comes to an end; owner of demolished home: ‘If they want to demolish – let them, but I can’t help them with that.’ ….

US concerned at lack of headway in Iran nuclear talks
YNet News, 16 May 2014 – Main point of contention is future size of Tehran’s nuclear program – while the Islamic Republic seeks to expand, the West want strict constraints on size and scope. ….

Report: Iran recruiting Afghans to fight in Syria
YNet News, 16 May 2014 – Tehran offers Afghan refugees monthly stipend, residency permits to reduce casualties among Iranian Guards, Hezbollah, Wall Street Journal reports. ….

Where is the leader we are yearning for?
YNet News, 16 May 2014 – Op-ed: The great Israeli leaders of the past had major shortcomings too, but the state was their top priority. ….

UN report challenges Iran on ballistic missile program
YNet News, 16 May 2014 – Despite lack of testing during nuclear talks, confidential report says Islamic republic’s pursuit of conventional weapons less transparent than nuclear advances. ….

Argentine court rejects Iran deal on Jewish center bombing
YNet News, 16 May 2014 – Prosecutor argues executive branch overstepped its boundary in sealing pact to jointly investigate deadly 1994 Jewish center bombing blamed on Islamic republic. ….

Turkey outraged as Erdogan’s aide kicks protester 
YNet News, 15 May 2014 – Kick was caught on camera and was widely condemned on Twitter; in YouTube video, Turkish prime minister reportedly slaps protester. ….

Kerry: Raw data suggests Syria used chlorine in gas attacks
YNet News, 15 May 2014 – France: Syria may have used chemical weapons in 14 attacks; US secretary of state says data has yet to be verified. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Facebook bans page of Hamas information office in Lebanon
PIC – The Facebook administration has removed the page of Hamas Information Office in Lebanon, which was established several months ago to publish the Movement’s positions in Lebanon.

Jewish settlers ravage Palestinian agricultural land in Bethlehem
PIC – Fanatic Israeli settlers have uprooted yesterday dozens of olive trees and grapes in a Palestinian agricultural land in Bethlehem, southern West Bank.

Ex-detainee: Palestinian prisoners suffer poor detention conditions
PIC – Ex-detainee Kifah Tafish, who spent 8 years in Israeli jails, has warned shortly after his release of escalating Israeli repressive policy against Palestinian striking detainees.

Israel imports oil from Iraqi Kurdistan
PIC – The Israeli occupation state has started importing oil from Iraqi Kurdistan, Reuters news agency revealed on Friday.

IOF raids areas in Jenin 
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Friday stormed Jenin city north of the Occupied West Bank.

Junaidi: Hunger-strikers’ health conditions deteriorating
PIC – Ex-detainee Zeid Junaidi,who was released Thursday from Ramla prison, said the health conditions of some Palestinian hunger-strikers reached a life-threatening stage.

Israeli navy opens fire at Palestinian fishing boats
PIC – Israeli naval gunboats on Thursday evening opened fire at Palestinian fishermen’s boats off Gaza coast.

IOF raids Burqa village, closes Hawara checkpoint
PIC – An Israeli military force invaded Burqa town northwest of Nablus and raided the house of Palestinian citizen Zaher Abu Omar in an attempt to arrest one of his sons named Ryaas.

11 Palestinians wounded during confrontations with IOF in al-Khalil
PIC – 11 Palestinians suffered injuries on Thursday during clashes with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in al-Khalil city.


UN Women Concerned about Raise of Femicide in Palestine
WAFA – 16 May 2014


Abbas Meets With Israeli Peace Negotiator in London
New York Times 16 May 2014 – The president of the Palestinian Authority spoke with Israel’s justice minister in the first known face-to-face talks between the two sides since peace negotiations collapsed last month. 

Nuclear Talks With Iran Fail To Yield Pact, Officials Say
New York Times 16 May 2014 – Both sides call the talks slow and difficult, and say that gaps remain on the size of enrichment capability Iran would be permitted. 

The Saturday Profile: Baghdad Is a Setting, and a Character, Too
New York Times 16 May 2014 – Ahmed Saadawi, who won a top Arabic literary prize, is at the vanguard of a group of writers starting to interpret the trauma of a decade of war. 

Turkish Authorities Say 18 Miners Are Still Missing
New York Times 16 May 2014 – The estimate was lower than some earlier assessments that had spoken of scores of workers still trapped underground. 

White House Memo: Mideast Peace Effort Pauses to Let Failure Sink In
New York Times 15 May 2014 – President Obama wants the Israelis or Palestinians to make the next move, an administration official said. 

Inspiration on the quiet streets of Palestine
Mondoweiss – Palestinians in Iqrith dancing on Easter. (Photo: Christopher Hazou) By the end of my grueling trip last year focusing on President Barack Obama’s jaunt to Israel/Palestine, I was despondent . Time spent on the tails of power brokers can be thrilling, but when the adrenaline runs…

Report: Germany cancels military subsidy deal with Israel following breakdown of peace negotiations
Mondoweiss – Press conference: Merkel and Netanyau Feb 25, 2014 (photo: Marc Israel Sellem/Jerusalem Post ) Is Germany fed up with Israel? Berlin has nixed a deal to give Israel a 30% discount on a $1 billion purchase of German gunboats, allegedly to be used for the protection of Israeli…

The NYT and the NSA: Abramson and Baquet have different journalistic values
Mondoweiss – Portrait of a resilient Jill Abramson, hitting sack after her sacking, posted on Instagram by her daughter yesterday. Thanks to Annie Robbins Lots of folks have sent along links to the New York Times’s new executive editor Dean Baquet’s backstory, spiking an important revelation about national…

Rothkopf’s jailbreak from the Zionist captivity is sure to embolden others
Mondoweiss – In the novel or AMC series that will some day be made about the American Jewish relationship to Israel, two of the main characters will be based on Michael Borenstein and David Rothkopf. Both born in 1955 (my year), they arrive at Columbia University in 1977…

This just in: Glenn Greenwald was never bar mitzvahed
Mondoweiss – These two articles appeared in Ha’aretz online on May 15. Click picture to enlarge. I find the simultaneous appearance of these two columns ( 1 , 2 ) about Glenn Greenwald in yesterday’s Ha’aretz to be hilarious. Is the lack of a bar mitzvah meant to somehow…

Israel-U.S. Intelligence Relationship a One-Way Street, U.S. Denies Visas to Top Israeli Security Officials
Tikun Olam – NSA comment on one-sidedness of intelligence relationship with Israel Glenn Greenwald published an important document as part of the promotion for his new book. It’s a Snowden-NSA leak that complains about the one-way nature of the intelligence relationship with Israel: we give, they take. This isn’t…

‘It’s time to build the future of the American Jewish community’: Open Hillel announces first national conference
Mondoweiss – Open Hillel sent out the 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…

Israel Calls on U.N. To Mark Yom Kippur 
The Foward Breaking News 16 May 2014 – Israel on Friday called for the United Nations to officially mark the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, a day of atonement in September or October when Jews seek forgiveness by fasting and praying. Click here for the rest of the article…

Two IDF Soldiers Dismissed For Posting Refusal to Evacuate Settlements on Facebook 
The Foward Breaking News 16 May 2014 – The Israel Defense Forces dismissed two soldiers after discovering that they pledged on Facebook to refuse orders to evacuate West Bank settlements. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Men Have Fourth-Highest Life Expectancy, According to World Health Organization 
The Foward Breaking News 16 May 2014 – Israeli men have the fourth-highest life expectancy of any nationality, according to recently released statistics from the World Health Organization. Click here for the rest of the article…

Hezbollah Warns Church Leader Against Visit to Israel With Pope 
The Foward Breaking News 16 May 2014 – Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah movement told the head of the Maronite church on Friday that his planned trip to Jerusalem to accompany Pope Francis would have “negative repercussions”. Click here for the rest of the article…

South Sudan: ABM’s Supporters Improving the Health of Families and Children 
allAfrica.com 16 May 2014 – [ACNS]Three of ABM’s health projects in China, South Sudan and Gaza will receive much needed attention through generous donations from ABM’s supporters.

Egypt: Electoral Body Reports Big Expat Turnout 
allAfrica.com 16 May 2014 – [Aswat Masriya]Cairo -The first day of voting for Egyptian expatriates has witnessed an unprecedented turnout especially in the Gulf countries, the Presidential Election Commission (PEC) said on Thursday.

Will Pope Francis Recognize Palestine on Trip to Israel? 
The Forward New 16 May 2014 – A tense atmosphere awaits Pope Francis on his trip to Israel. Will he recognize the State of Palestine? And how will he react to the recent spate of anti-Christian attacks? Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Egypt and Middle East Expo Ends On a High Note 
allAfrica.com 16 May 2014 – [Focus]A two-week expo for Egypt and Middle East ended on Wednesday on a high note as participants and organizers said that the event had been a success. It had been extended for three days due to popular demand.

Libyan rebels clash in Benghazi 
BBC 16 May 2014 – A paramilitary force led by a retired army officer launches operation against “terrorists” in Benghazi, but the government condemns the move.

Algeria pulls diplomats from Libya embassy after threat 
Al-Akhbar News 16 May 2014 – Algeria has closed its embassy and its consulate in Tripoli because of a “real and imminent threat” to its diplomats, the foreign ministry announced on Friday. The decision was taken in coordination with the Libyan authorities, after information was received “about the existence of a real…

Is the telecom minister preparing to privatize the sector? 
Al-Akhbar News 16 May 2014 – Minister of Telecommunications Boutros Harb. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Minister of Telecommunications Boutros Harb. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The cabinet is set to discuss today a number of draft decrees prepared by Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb, which would cut landline, Internet, and mobile phone tariffs. The position of…

Police fire tear gas at Turkish mine mourners 
Al-Akhbar News 16 May 2014 – People mourn in a graveyard on May 16, 2014 in the western town of Soma after an explosion and a fire in a coal mine killed at least 284 workers three days ago. (Photo: AFP – Bulent Kilic) People mourn in a graveyard on May 16,…

Rising tensions in Kuwait’s political arena 
BBC 16 May 2014 – Murmurs of a coup plot and calls for reform unsettle Kuwait

Thousands mourn Palestinian youths shot dead by Israel 
Al-Akhbar News 16 May 2014 – Relatives carry the body of Palestinian youth Nadim Siyam Nawara, 17, a day after he was shot dead by Israeli forces outside the Israeli-run Ofer prison, on May 16, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Thomas Coex) Relatives carry the body of Palestinian youth Nadim Siyam Nawara, a…

Week ahead: Boxer yields on Israel visa waiver 
Al-Monitor 16 May 2014 – A look at the Middle East issues Congress will be addressing the week of May 19.

Week in Photos (May 10-May 16) 
Al-Akhbar News 16 May 2014 – A man crosses empty lanes on a wide road outside the Uppatasanti pagoda, a replica of Yangon’s famous Shwedagon pagoda, in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw on May 10, 2014. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu-AFP) A man crosses empty lanes on a wide road outside the Uppatasanti pagoda, a…

Erdogan, entourage lose control in Soma 
Al-Monitor 16 May 2014 – The angry rhetoric of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and AKP elites has devolved into violence against ordinary citizens.

Undermining the Sudairi clan: The king manages the power struggle 
Al-Akhbar News 16 May 2014 – Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud speaks during the opening session of the Gulf Cooperation Council on May 14, 2014 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo: AFP-Mandel Ngan) Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud speaks during the opening session of the Gulf Cooperation Council on…

Lessons from Syrian air attack on humanitarian convoy 
Al-Monitor 16 May 2014 – The recent air attack on a Turkish humanitarian convoy at the entrance to Aleppo shows that Damascus still has efficient intelligence and air force resources.

Moroccan universities key to progress 
Al-Monitor 16 May 2014 – Moroccan human rights activist Iman al-Razi talked to Azzaman about the importance of integrating students into political life to better deter violence in universities in Morocco.

Does Saudi defense reshuffle signal change in Syria policy? 
Al-Monitor 16 May 2014 – Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has made a number of surprising changes in the country’s top defense posts, indicating a possible shift in Riyadh’s Syria policy.

Jewish settlers to increase by 50% in five years: Israeli minister 
Al-Akhbar News 16 May 2014 – The number of Jewish settlers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank could grow by as much as 50 percent by 2019, Israel’s ultra-nationalist construction minister said on Friday. Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel, a member of the hardline Jewish Home party in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin…

Hezbollah advises Maronite Patriarch against Jerusalem visit 
Al-Akhbar News 16 May 2014 – Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah movement said Friday it had warned the Maronite patriarch of the “negative repercussions” of his plan to accompany Pope Francis to Israeli-occupied Jerusalem this month. “We presented our perspective and point of view and laid out what we see as the negative repercussions…

Syrian rebel rocket fire kills 13 in Aleppo 
Al-Akhbar News 16 May 2014 – Syrian rebel rocket fire hit a government-held neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo Friday, killing at least 13 people, state television said. “The toll in rockets fired by terrorists on Ashrafiyeh district has risen to 13, including women and children,” the report said. Earlier, the…

Iranians ‘least anti-Semitic in Mid-East’ 
BBC 16 May 2014 – Iranians ‘least anti-Semitic people in Middle East’

Syria ratifies oil exploration contract with Russian firm 
Al-Monitor 16 May 2014 – The Syrian government has ratified a contract for maritime oil exploration with the Russian SoyuzNefteGaz company.

Can you blame the poor in Syria’s al-Jazira region? 
Al-Akhbar News 16 May 2014 – A file picture taken on August 26, 2013 shows a general view of a heavily damaged street in Syria’s eastern town of Deir Ezzor. (Photo: AFP-Ahmed Aboud) A file picture taken on August 26, 2013 shows a general view of a heavily damaged street in Syria’s…

Netanyahu focused on stopping Rivlin’s bid for president 
Al-Monitor 16 May 2014 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems to believe that only a new law, guaranteeing that the head of the biggest party is mandated to form the government, will secure his seat next time around.

Saudi invitation a first step with Iran 
Al-Monitor 16 May 2014 – Resolving the problems that mar Saudi-Iran relations remain out of reach for now, but Saudi Arabia’s invitation to the Iranian foreign minister to visit the kingdom is an opportunity to calm tensions.

Tehran poll: 60% believe media has little or no freedom 
Al-Monitor 16 May 2014 – Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has released the results of a domestic poll of how Tehran residents view television and print media.

Is Turkish-Israeli normalization on track? 
Al-Monitor 16 May 2014 – All signs point to the beginning of a thaw in Israeli-Turkish relations.

Iranian women take off the veil on Facebook 
Al-Monitor 16 May 2014 – The Western press has shed light on the matter to highlight the repression in Iran.

Iraqi Kurdistan economy suffers amid budget dispute with Baghdad 
Al-Monitor 16 May 2014 – The economy of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region has suffered from the effects of the budget dispute between Baghdad and Erbil.


The king of deception 
Jamal Kanj, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 5/15/2014
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, building illegal colonies with impunity under the guise of peace negotiations with no urgent need to reach a peace agreement. Not that Israel doesn’t want it, but not until it realises its demographic programme.
This is not an opinion. It is well established fact that the parties forming the current Israeli government are ideologically opposed to the peace process and to halting the expansions of the “Jewish only” colonies on occupied land. more.. e-mail

Retracing the Nakba in West Jerusalem’s al-Malha 
Alex Shams, Ma’an News Agency 5/16/2014
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Towering above the gargantuan Jerusalem Mall and the repetitive, non-descript homes of the Malha (or Manahat) suburb of West Jerusalem is a curious sight — a large minaret from which the call to prayer never rings forth.
To the south of the mall are the hills of the central West Bank, dotted by Jewish-only settlements and a few Palestinian villages surrounded by the Israeli separation wall, tucked away from the view of those below.
But this minaret sits squarely in West Jerusalem, in what is internationally recognized as the state of Israel. The minaret belongs to the mosque of the once-thriving Palestinian village of al-Malha, a Jerusalem suburb that was once home to more than 2,000.
Their descendants, today numbering more than 10,000, live as refugees across the West Bank, their ancestors having fallen victim to the ethnic cleansing of West Jerusalem Palestinians in the Nakba of 1948.
The minaret of the now non-functioning village mosque, however, is forever visible from across the valley, a perpetual reminder of the lives destroyed by the 1948 “catastrophe” that laid the foundations for the Jewish-majority state.
In the years following the Nakba, Israeli authorities made a concerted effort to wipe out the traces of the more than 400 Palestinian villages that were ethnically cleansed in the months before and after Israel declared independence.
The vast majority of the homes of most of the 750,000 Palestinian refugees were systematically destroyed by bands of newly-enlisted and newly-immigrated Israeli soldiers in the 1950s, while the decades following saw the planting of “national parks” by the Jewish National Fund atop the majority of them. more.. e-mail

’Israel can’t erase the Nakba from history’ 
Saeb Erekat, Ma’an News Agency 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 than intensifying its denial and trying to legitimize its persecution. Peace can only come through justice and reconciliation.
This day, in 1948, marks the forced
exile of over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and lands. Some were subjected to brutal massacres, many fled for fear of their lives. A few managed to stay in what would become Israel. All suffered. Sixty-six years later, all continue to suffer.

The Nakba is a story of fear and intimidation, of denial and persecution, a cruel, unending reality.
Today in occupied East Jerusalem, Palestinian families are evicted from their homes due to claims that their property belonged to Jews before 1948, while being forbidden from returning to their pre-1948 homes in West Jerusalem.
In Gaza — one of the most densely populated areas in the world — 1.2 million refugees overlook the open areas of what is now southern Israel. In my own home town, Jericho, there are two refugee camps where thousands continue to live in miserable conditions. In 2014, Palestinian children died of starvation at the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria. more.. e-mail

Administrative detention must end 
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 5/16/2014
Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist and former professor of journalism at Princeton University.
Imagine being stopped at an Israeli checkpoint and being taken into custody. 
Then finding yourself in an Israeli jail for six months without charge or trial. After six months, the administrative order signed by a military commander is renewed. An Israeli military judge is presented a secret file which neither you nor your lawyer are allowed to see. Within minutes your nightmare is extended for another six months.
And this same thing happens again and again. During this entire period you are held without charge or trial, based on the antiquated British 1945 Emergency Regulations that the current rulers of Israel were so critical of that they compared it to Nazi laws.
The above is not a fictional story and it does not take place in North Korea or a Third World dictatorship.
At present, 186 Palestinian doctors, parliamentarians and teenagers are held without charge or trial by Israel, a country that calls itself the Middle East’s only democracy.
Administrative detention is rejected by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International as well as Israeli human rights groups such as B’Tselem and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, in addition to Palestinian human rights organizations such as Al Haq and the Independent Center for Citizen’s Rights.
It is a violation of international humanitarian law as well as of the basic tenets of justice that demand the right of a defendant to be charged and tried in court. more.. e-mail

Letter to Ghassan Kanafani on the 66th Anniversary of the Nakba
Palestine Chronicle: 16 May 2014 – Dear Ghassan, This year on our birthday I turned 31 and you turned 78. Even the dead grow old without a homeland. Do you know that we live and die in diaspora now? Do you know that Palestinian refugee camps are swollen with Iraqis and Syrians now? Too many Jihadi songs end with the refrain “for falasteen”, but Baba says terrorists can’t read maps. The march to Jerusalem doesn’t start from Kunduz. And I definitely can’t see Haifa from Cairo ya Ansar Beit el Maqdis. Last week in Beirut I went to the races for the first time and I bet 5$ on a horse named Thawra. She lost. But I met a little boy who said he was from Sabra . Little boys shouldn’t come from refugee camps. In Jordan, Syrian children say they come from Zaatari and Azraq not anymore Homs or Hama. Dear Ghassan, I’ve been thinking a…more

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