VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 20 May 2014

2 May 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Al-Hamdallah: No Peace Agreement, Or Truce, Without Releasing All Detainees
IMEMC – [Tuesday, May 20, 2014] Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami al-Hamdallah, stated there can be no peace with Israel, or even a truce, without the release of all Palestinian political prisoners held by the Israeli occupation. …

Hamas-Fateh Unity Government Talks Advancing
IMEMC – [Tuesday, May 20, 2014] The Arabs48 news website has reported that unity and government formation talks between the Fateh and Hamas movement, as well as other factions, are advancing, and that the files of Interior and Finance Ministries could be resolved soon. …

Mashal: Palestinian Reconciliation, Not At Alternative To Resistance
IMEMC – [Tuesday, May 20, 2014] Head of the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement, Khaled Mashal, stated that Palestinian reconciliation and national unity are not alternatives to the legitimate resistance against the Israeli occupation, but are meant to strengthen it. …

Israeli Forces Destroy 1,500 Fruit Trees Near Bethlehem
IMEMC – Israeli forces destroyed an estimated 1,500 fruit trees belonging to the Tent of Nations farm outside Nahalin village, in the Bethlehem region of the occupied West Bank yesterday morning. …

11 Kidnapped in West Bank and Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israeli forces kidnapped four Palestinians, including two minors, from the Hebron area, in addition to seven others from inside the yards al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, according to reports by security forces and witnesses. …

Barghouthi, Saadat, Negev Prisoners to Join Hunger Strike
IMEMC – Israeli court cancels imposed sanctions Imprisoned Palestinian leaders Marwan Barghouthi and Ahmad Saadat have announced that they will go on hunger strike tomorrow, according to a senior official. 40 prisoners in Al-Naqab Prison will also join in the strike, on Wednesday. An Israeli court has recognized an emergency appeal by the Ministry of Prisoners Affairs to cancel sanctions imposed on hunger-striking prisoners. …

12-year-old Imprisoned Following Interrogation
IMEMC – Israeli forces have taken Ahmad Qasim al-Azraq to Ofer prison, following his interrogation in Etzion. …

2 Workers Killed, 1 Injured in Central Israel Fire
IMEMC – Teen injured in Yatta clashes In a fire which broke out in central Israel, on Tuesday, two Palestinian workers have died while another has been injured after jumping to safety, according to medical sources. A Palestinian teenager was also injured on Tuesday, during clashes which broke out in Yatta. …

Jenin – Army Invasion Causes Damage to Homes, Hospital And Infrastructure
IMEMC – One Palestinian Kidnapped, Several Injured [Tuesday, May 20, 2014] Israeli soldiers invaded Jenin city, in the northern part of the West Bank, as well as the Jenin refugee camp, kidnapping one Palestinian and attacking various buildings, in addition to causing damage to water and electric infrastructure, damage to a number of homes and a local hospital. …

Two Fishermen Injured By Israeli Navy Fire
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources have reported that two fishermen were shot and injured late Monday night, after Israeli navy boats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats near the Rafah shore, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces fire at Gaza fishermen, injuring 2
5/20/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces fired at Palestinian fishermen late Monday, injuring two off the coast of Rafah in southern Gaza, security sources told Ma’an. Ashraf al-Qidra, Gaza’s health ministry spokesman, said the two sustained minor injuries after being hit by rubber-coated steel bullets. They were transferred to Abu Yousif al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah, al-Qidra said. Israel has controlled….

Palestinian teen injured by tear-gas canister in Yatta clashes
5/20/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teenager was hit by a high-velocity tear gas canister early Tuesday during clashes with Israeli troops in Yatta in the southern West Bank, a local official said. Abd al-Aziz Abu Fanar, spokesman for the Yatta municipality, told Ma’an that local teen Tamir Raed Abu Sabha was taken to a nearby hospital after being hit by a tear….

Watch: Israeli forces kill 2 unarmed teenagers at Nakba rally
5/20/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian human rights group on Monday published video footage showing the moment two teenage boys were shot dead by Israeli military forces on Nakba Day last week.”The images captured on video show unlawful killings where neither child presented a direct and immediate threat to life at the time of their shooting,” said Rifat Kassis, executive director of DCI-Palestine.”These…. Related:VIDEO: Israeli forces shoot and kill two Palestinian teens near Ramallah

Barghouthi, Saadat to go on hunger strike
5/20/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Jailed Palestinian leaders Marwan Barghouthi and Ahmad Saadat have announced that they will go on hunger strike on Wednesday, a senior official said. Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Tuesday that over 120 Palestinian prisoners, including the two jailed leaders, will go on hunger strike for one day in support of administrative detainees who have been refusing meals for….

Israeli court sentences 5 people from Jerusalem
5/20/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced a Palestinian man to 42 months in prison. Raghib al-Jabaa, 33, was arrested several months ago and charged with affiliation with Hamas, funding activities for Hamas in Jerusalem, and donating money to prisoners’ families, his family said. An Israeli court also sentenced Sulaiman Khalil Dauwood Abu Sbitan, 17, to seven months in prison on….

Gunmen entering Gaza from Egypt kill tunnel smuggler
5/20/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Egyptian smuggler was shot dead by suspected militants on Tuesday on the Egyptian side of a Rafah smuggling tunnel, Egyptian security officials said. The smuggler was shot dead and another man injured by militants who had crossed into Egypt from the Gaza Strip using the same tunnel, the sources said. The gunmen opened fire at the men after being startled….

Israeli youths ‘assault Palestinian’ in Jerusalem
5/20/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A young Palestinian man says he was beaten and arrested by a group of Israeli police officers on Monday evening. Sam al-Araj, 18, said he was attacked at 10 p. m. Monday after leaving the light rail at the Damascus Gate station near Jerusalem’s Old City. Al-Araj explained that he was with a friend in the rail when a….

Israeli forces arrest 8 Palestinians in overnight raids
5/20/2014 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested eight Palestinians across the West Bank in overnight raids, security sources and an Israeli army spokesman said. More than 45 Israeli military vehicles raided Jenin refugee camp early Tuesday and soldiers detained a man affiliated to the Islamic Jihad movement, Palestinian security sources told Ma’an. Troops fired tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinians before detaining….

Israeli court cancels sanctions imposed on hunger-striking prisoners
5/20/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – An Israeli court on Monday accepted an emergency appeal by the Palestinian Authority’s ministry of prisoners’ affairs to cancel sanctions imposed on hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners, a lawyer said. Husam Younis explained that the court decided to allow hunger strikers to take their normal daily break at prison courtyards, a privilege which had previously been banned. In addition, the….

Israeli police detain 6 Palestinians in Aqsa compound
5/20/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police early Tuesday detained six Palestinian youths in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa compound, witnesses told Ma’an. Police were escorting a Jewish group through the compound at the time, locals said. The detainees were identified as Haytham Abu Ramouz, Bilal Salim, Yaqub al-Tawil, Ayman Izat, Riyad Awadallah, and Ahmad Ramlawi. The compound, which sits just above the Western Wall….

Leftist factions: Fatah, Hamas not consulting others on unity govt
5/20/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Leftist Palestinian factions say they are seriously concerned about the latest unity deal as Fatah and Hamas have not involved them in ongoing consultations to form a government. The expected national consensus government could become “a government for managing the Hamas-Fatah disagreement,” according to leftist officials. Speaking to Ma’an, an official in the Popular Front for the Liberation….

Dahlan sentenced to 2 years in jail for defamation
5/20/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A high-ranking official told Ma’an that the Ramallah reconciliation court sentenced former Fatah leader Mohammad Dahlan to two years in prison for libel, slander, and defamation. The source, who requested anonymity, said that Dahlan was charged with defaming legal institutions and state agencies but did not elaborate on the details of the alleged crimes. The source added that Dahlan….

2 Palestinian workers killed, another injured in Israel fire
5/20/2014 – TEL AVIV (Ma’an) — Two Palestinian workers died and another was injured in a fire in central Israel on Tuesday, medical sources said. Medics told Ma’an two men — both from the West Bank city of Nablus — were killed after a fire broke out in a banquet hall in Beit Nehemia. One of the victims was identified as 40 years old. The other….

Ministry: Gunmen shoot dead 3 policemen, wound 9 in Cairo
5/20/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Gunmen travelling in a car opened fire on Tuesday on a group of Egyptian policemen outside Cairo’s al-Azhar university, killing three and wounding nine others, the interior ministry said. The attack comes just days ahead of a presidential election on May 26-27, which former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win. The number of attacks targeting policemen has….

Elite Libya unit boosts rogue general’s Islamist hunt
5/20/2014 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — An elite Libyan unit joined a renegade general to battle Islamists in the east as rising lawlessness in the nation’s two largest cities edges it closer to civil war. The government posted an open letter on its website suggesting that the General National Congress or parliament “take a recess” as a way out of the crisis. Gunmen stormed the GNC in….

Experts: Quick fixes unlikely for Iraq after election
5/20/2014 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Strong election results may deliver a third term for incumbent premier Nuri al-Maliki, but few of Iraq’s intractable problems, from brutal violence to fragile sectarian ties, appear closer to resolution, experts say. Iraq’s security forces are mired in near-daily clashes with militants in western Iraq, to say nothing of regular attacks elsewhere in the country, while corruption has run….

Official: 8 Iraq soldiers killed in gun attack
5/20/2014 – KIRKUK, Iraq (AFP) — Militants killed eight Iraqi soldiers travelling on a bus in a restive area of north Iraq on Tuesday, a town official said a day after officials announced parliamentary election results. The soldiers were leaving the town of Suleiman Bek to go on leave, but were stopped by militants who killed them, official Talib Mohammed al-Bayati said. [END]

Commission: Libya to elect new parliament on June 25
5/20/2014 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Libya’s electoral commission announced Tuesday that polls will take place on June 25 to elect a new parliament to replace the contested General National Congress, Lana state news agency said. Successive governments have complained that the GNC’s claim to executive power as well as legislative authority has tied their hands in bringing to heel former rebel militias blamed for….

International Solidarity Movement

VIDEO: Israeli forces shoot and kill two Palestinian teens near Ramallah
5/20/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Ramallah, Defense For Children International Palestine, Occupied Palestine – Unlawful killing of two Palestinian teens outside Ofer Video from Defense For Children International Palestine – Israeli forces fatally shot Nadeem Siam Nawara, 17, on May 15 during clashes following a demonstration marking Nakba Day. Israeli forces killed two Palestinian teens during clashes on Thursday outside the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. Nadeem Siam Nawara, 17…. Related:Watch: Israeli forces kill 2 unarmed teenagers at Nakba rally

Relief Web

Lebanon: Agonizing Choices: Syrian refugees in need of health care in Lebanon
Relief Web 20 May 2014 – Source: Amnesty Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Syrian refugees in Lebanon desperate for health care amid international apathy A severe shortfall in international support has left many Syrian refugees in Lebanon unable to access crucial medical care,…

Lebanon: Healing the Hurt Among Refugee Children
Relief Web 20 May 2014 – Source: United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic By David Tereshchuk * The brutal internal conflict in Syria continues to have spillover effects on neighboring countries. And in next-door Lebanon, the children of Palestinian…

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 20 May
Relief Web 20 May 2014 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Mali,…

occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza IT entrepreneurs go online to get around the blockade
Relief Web 20 May 2014 – Source: Oxfam Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Israeli blockade of Gaza has devastated the local economy. With heavy restrictions on trade, exports from Gaza now stand at just three percent of levels before the blockade, which is now in its…


Israeli film on Haredi divorce wows Cannes crowd
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Judge orders return of suspended Haifa U. students
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Obama administration blasts Corker Amendment: We can t have 535 negotiators with Iran
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Illegal workers killed in blaze
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Court overturns conviction of Druze sheikhs who visited holy sites in Syria, Lebanon
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

The wolf is ready to prey on the IDF
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Asylum seekers allegedly left to sleep outside of over-crowded Holot
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

U.S. Israel Strategic Partnership sidelined by power struggles and partisan politics
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Historian Jonathan Sarna hospitalized in critical condition
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

UN calls for probe into shooting of Palestinian youths
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Late night legend Jay Leno arrives in Israel
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Why is Greece the most anti-Semitic country in Europe?
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Nigeria’s neglected Israeli drones won’t help find girls
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Reports of mass exodus of Ukrainian Jews are ‘nonsense,’ says Joint head
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

A Jewish pope?
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

The forgery at the heart of West Bank land transactions
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Police: Real estate heads laundered mob money
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

China summons U.S. envoy over cyber-spying accusations
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez pulls pro-Israel legislation due to Iran amendment
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Video: Palestinians shot dead at Nakba Day protest did not threaten soldiers
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

After 47 years, U.S. Jews must get over their fear of talking about the occupation
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Hebrew University slashes humanities budget again, despite promises
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

IDF nixes reservist training due to budget cuts
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Female doctor left off advertising for new HMO clinic in ultra-Orthodox area
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

N.Y. Times publisher denies fired female editor was paid less
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Why Israel sorely needed harsh verdict for Olmert
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

‘This is not a coup’ says Thai army, as martial law declared
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Jerusalem Post

A Jewish and democratic Basic Law is the Zionist option
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – Israel s leaders should loudly and proudly declare the right of the Jewish people to a state, especially in the face of the persistent rejection of that right by our purported peace partners.

Neglecting Israel s Arab community
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – without major changes in the state s policy and attitude toward them, Arab-Israelis will likely begin supporting their leaders demands to adopt radical alternative to Israel a a Jewish-majority state.

Macklemore apologizes for costume seen by some as anti-Semitic
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – “I acknowledge how the costume could, within a context of stereotyping, be ascribed to a Jewish caricature,” rapper says.

What can a poor boy do except to go see a rock & roll band?
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – From the Stones to Lana Del Rey a guide to the plethora of international musical artists headed to Israel this summer, and which shows you should spend your money on.

Intelligence official: Israel’s enemies no longer have clear centers of operation
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – IDF readjusting to decentralized bases of Israel’s foes, such as Hezbollah; channeling relevant intelligence to battalions during combat is the main focus of changes, source says.

Foreign Ministry advises Israelis in Thailand to take caution after martial law declared
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – Israelis advised to stay away from protests, political events due to “sensitive and unpredictable” situation in popular vacation destination.

Funny man Jay Leno arrives in Israel
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – Iconic American comedian lands in Tel Aviv; former ‘Tonight Show’ personality to host ceremony honoring former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

VIDEO: Jewish youths involved in racist WhatsApp group suspected of beating Arab man
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – Four indicted for taking part in WhatsApp group called “Jews against assimilation” which allegedly led to beating of man in Jerusalem.

Spanish Jews decry anti-Semitic tweets after Maccabi Tel Aviv win
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – Jewish associations in Spain’s Catalonia region to file legal complaint over social media messages that refer to Holocaust, Hitler.

Economic Affairs C tee goes green, ending use of printed legislation
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – By offering Knesset members legal texts through electronic platforms, the c’tee will be reducing Knesset paper printing by about 30,000 documents annually.

Israel sends experts to help hunt for Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamists
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – Team includes people experienced in dealing with hostage situations, will join a growing international effort to track down the more than 200 children.

Rouhani challenges pro-censor hardliners, urges Iranians to embrace Internet
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – Despite online censorship to sites like Twitter, Facebook and Youtube, Iranian president encourages citizens to use World Wide Web as “an opportunity.”

Eilat authorities suspect youths in property-theft ring
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – Detained youth says group of minors aged 8-11 planned to break into various locations to retrieve property such as cell phones, lap tops, credit cards.

Bennett turns to cartoons in effort to spread word of Iran dangers
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – Two-minute animated YouTube clip released by Diaspora Affairs Ministry warns against signing bad nuclear deal with Tehran.

IDF: Video showing soldiers killing unarmed Palestinians ‘edited in a tendentious manner’
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – Defense for Children Palestine releases alleged footage of incident in which 2 teens were killed by IDF soldiers in Nakba Day protest.

Police: Mob boss Yitzhak Abergil used top Israeli construction firm to launder tens of millions
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – Case “should be of great concern to those worried about the connection between business and organized crime in Israel,” police say.

Study finds major gap between upper and lower middle class in Israel
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – The biggest factor explaining the difference in the groups was the number of wage earners in the household.

Gantz ‘very concerned’ about preparedness following defense budget cuts
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – The army s top officer told Knesset members that the economic realities have forced the military to adjust accordingly.

‘US senator pulls pro-Israel bill over Iran amendment’
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – Menendez withdrew bill since it would have forced Democrats to choose between shunning its pro-Israel friends or taking on the White House.

Former Aussie PM must tell the naked truth
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – Fraser claimed Americans had deliberately covered up an Israeli attack on the USS Liberty on 8 June 1967 at the height of the Six Day War, but refused to reveal the source.

Two Palestinian laborers die in fire on moshav near Latrun
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – The two Palestinians, both of whom were from Nablus, were in Israel illegally, an initial police probe into the fire concluded.

Who would try to burn down a billboard featuring Bar Refaeli?
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – A 25-meter high advertisement alongside highway connecting Tel Aviv and Herzliya was partially damaged by fire.

Thailand’s army declares martial law, says not a coup
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – Army chief said the military was taking charge of public security because of violent protests that had claimed lives and caused damage.

Poll: Three out of four French Jews mull leaving France
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – The survey results released Monday by the Siona organization of Sephardic French Jews, encompassed 3,833 respondents from the Jewish community of France.

London imam Abu Hamza convicted of US terrorism charges
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – Prosecutors charged the one-eyed, handless Abu Hamza with providing a satellite phone and advice to Yemeni militants.

Israeli-Arab attitudes toward the state remained stable in 2013, study shows
Jerusalem Post 20 May 2014 – There was a 10 percent increase in the amount of people who identify as Israeli-Arab rather than Palestinian.

The Guardian

Video footage indicates killed Palestinian youths posed no threat
The Guardian 20 May 2014 – Evidence from CCTV above office shows alleged fatal shootings of Nadeem Nawara and Mohammad Salameh by Israeli forces New video evidence showing the fatal shooting of two Palestinian teenagers last week strongly indicates that neither of…

CCTV footage of Palestinian teenagers being shot dead – video
The Guardian 20 May 2014 – Video released via the human rights organisation Defence for Children International (DCI) shows two Palestinian teenagers being killed during a protest in Beitunia. DCI has accused Israeli troops of unlawful killing as it claims the video…


U.S. Owes Iraq Trillions For Making Illegal War
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 16, 2014-Since President George W. Bush attacked Iraq in an illegal war based on lies, it follows that the U.S. is responsible for trillions in reparations for those who died and infrastructure destroyed. Not only should Bush and his…

Report: Iran recruits Afghans for Syria war
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 – Iran is recruiting Afghan refugees to fight in Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday.In exchange, Iran is offering them stipends of $500 a month and residency permits, the paper said, quoting Afghans and Western…

Thousands flee Iraq government assault on rebel-held Falluja
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 -…Falluja residents say the military is inflicting widespread damage, including using “barrel bombs” – powerful makeshift weapons made from high explosives, cement and metal parts packed into oil drums and dropped from helicopters. Barrel bombs have gained…

Ally Espionage Israel Continues Spying on the United States
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 16, 2014-As Middle East peace efforts go through another round of failure, information published by Newsweek magazine indicates that Israel has been conducting spying activities in the US. Although the main targets are industrial and technical secrets, they have…

Two more martyrs as the Nakba continues
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 – 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…

Iraq snapshot -May 16, 2014
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – Nouri al-Maliki s been carrying out War Crimes for months now and the US government has aided and abetted these War Crimes. Collective punishment is when a War Criminal targets civilians in their supposed efforts to get at crooks, criminals,…

Depleted Environment, Depleted Lives Uranium Weapons Still Making Money, Wreaking Havoc
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 16, 2014- The US Army has awarded General Dynamics a $12 million contract to deconstruct and dispose of 78,000 depleted uranium anti-tank shells. The Pentagon s May 6 announcement calls for “demilitarization” of the aging shells, as newer depleted…

Identity Crisis: The Israeli ID System
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 – The Nakba (“the catastrophe”), 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…

Is the FBI deliberately hiring thug cops as hitmen? Agent Who Killed Tsarnaev Pal During Grilling had Brutal, Corrupt History
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 -Almost a year after an FBI agent shot and killed, under suspicious circumstances, a crucial witness in the Boston Marathon bombing case during what initially appeared to be a botched midnight interrogation in an Orlando apartment, serious…

Open Gaza s seaport, end the blockade
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 – The nonchalance with which the West has been observing the slow decomposition of the Palestinian social fabric in Gaza in its eighth year of Israeli blockade amounts to a level of criminal complicity in the face…

The Turkish catastrophe and the global mining slaughterhouse
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 -The horrific mine explosion in Turkey, with a death toll of nearly 300 and rising, is the worst mining disaster in the history of the country. The devastation wrought on family members and friends was entirely preventable….

Report: Germany cancels military subsidy deal with Israel following breakdown of peace negotiations
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 – 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 offshore gas…

Document Reveals Potential CIA Coverup, Further Undercuts Official Story Around Guantanamo Suicides
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 – Yasser Al-Zahrani was twenty-one years-old when he died at Guantanamo Bay. The US military claims he, along with two other prisoners, committed suicide in their cells. However, a new document uncovered by journalist Scott Horton and…

20% of Palestinians have been arrested since the Nakba of 1948
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 16, 2014- Head of the Census Department at the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana said that around 20% of the Palestinians in the occupied territories “have been arrested by Israel since the Nakba of 1948.” In his statement…

The king of deception
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 16, 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…

Inspiration on the quiet streets of Palestine
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 – 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…

Militarised Humanitarianism in Africa
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 16 2014 – As the world remains transfixed by the kidnapping of almost 300 Nigerian girls, there have been increasing calls for international intervention in the effort to rescue them. But what many people don t know is that…

PHOTOS: Nakba commemorations from Gaza to the Galilee
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 16, 2014- Palestinians from Nablus to the Gaza Strip Israel/Palestine marked Nakba Day, to commemorate the events of 1948. Nakba, Arabic for “catastrophe,” is the term given to the forced displacement of some 750,000 Palestinian refugees from 500 communities…

Syria News – May 15 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 15 , 2014 – With the end of Thursday, the Local Coordinating Committees have been able to document 127 people killed, including 9 women, 16 children, and 10 martyrs under torture: 44 martyred in Aleppo,32 martyrs in Daraa, 25 martyrs…

Is the ICC Investigating Crimes by U.S. Forces in Afghanistan?
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 15, 2014- Last spring, U.S. officials got a rude surprise from the Netherlands. It came in the form of a letter from Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The subject was Afghanistan, and the…

What the Media Not Telling Us about Yemen
Uruknet 20 May 2014 – May 15, 2014 -“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…

Daily Star

U.S. sanctions 12 Russians for human rights violations
Daily Star 20 May 2014 The United States on Tuesday sanctioned 12 Russians for human rights abuses, including prison officials who allegedly withheld medical care from a man who had uncovered tax fraud in Russia.

Libyan lawmakers meet in secret amid standoff
Daily Star 20 May 2014 Libya’s Islamist-led parliament quietly met Tuesday to consider approving a new prime minister, defying a renegade general’s demands that it disband amid desperate attempts to resolve the standoff peacefully.

Israel mobilizes along Lebanese border
Daily Star 20 May 2014 Just five days before Lebanon celebrates the Resistance and Liberation Day, the Israeli army deployed troops and military technicians along the Lebanese border to repair roads and check up on their sensors.

U.S. does not condone, support Haftar actions in Libya
Daily Star 20 May 2014 The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it does not support, condone or assist in recent actions by forces loyal to renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar, including the attack on Libya’s parliament.

Attacks kill 13 people in Iraq
Daily Star 20 May 2014 Iraqi authorities say attacks have killed 13 people, including off-duty soldiers who were on their way home.

Libya to hold national election on June 25: TV
Daily Star 20 May 2014 Libya will hold a national parliamentary election on June 25, local television station al Nabaa said on Tuesday, quoting the election commission.

UK court first hands out first conviction for Syria terrorism offence
Daily Star 20 May 2014 A man who travelled to Syria to join rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad has become the first person in Britain to be convicted of a terrorim offence relating to the conflict.

Kuwait to hold vote to replace resigned lawmakers
Daily Star 20 May 2014 Kuwait on Tuesday set June 26 as the day for by-elections to replace five lawmakers who resigned in protest after the largely pro-government parliament refused to question the country’s prime minister over corruption allegations.

Al Jazeera warns life of its journalist jailed in Egypt is at risk
Daily Star 20 May 2014 Qatar-based satellite network Al Jazeera has written to world powers asking them to secure the release of one of its journalists jailed in Egypt, accusing the authorities in Cairo of endangering his life.

Libya parliament moves to luxury hotel after militia attack
Daily Star 20 May 2014 Libya’s parliament moves to a luxury hotel until a powerful militia from the western city of Misrata can take up positions to protect its old building, which was attacked by gunmen Sunday, a parliamentary spokesman says.

Stop The Wall

Elbit out of Brazil! – Protests in Porto Alegre target the Israeli military company
Stop The Wall – by Maren Mantovani, coordinator of international relations of the Stop the Wall Campaign Elbit out of Brazil! In Brazil the 15th of May – Nakba Day , that commemorates the expulsion of over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and lands between 1947 to 1949 to make space for the founding of…

Israeli forces demolish commercial enterprises in “Al Khalayleh neighborhood” in Jerusalem
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Home Demolishing in Palestine 20 5 2014 Israeli occupation forces began to demolish commercial establishments in “Al Khalayleh neighborhood” near the village of Nabi Samuel, north-west of Jerusalem. Ismail Abu Rabah, the representative of the neighborhood committee, said that occupation forces demolished three livestock barracks,…

Al Tafakji: occupation implements project to house a million settlers
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Azzoun Atmeh Khalil Tafakji, the expert in settlement affairs and the director of the maps and information systems department in the Arab Studies Society, confirmed that Israel is implementing a settlement project that was set in 1979 and aims at housing a million settlers in…

Two Palestinians were killed in the 66 th anniversary of Al Nakba
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign F/JE HE-E/ 1 two young Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli occupation forces, in 15 5 2014 during the clashes that broke out in front of Ofer prison in conjunction with the 66 th anniversary of Al Nakba, and to support Palestinian prisoners who are…

YNet News

Syria starts moving remaining chemical weapons, Pentagon says
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Unlike in diaspora, in Israel policies are up for debate
YNet News, 20 May 2014 – Op-ed: Living here obligates me to make Israel a better and more moral country, while living abroad I felt I had no right to dictate what this country should do, and my only option was unconditional support. ….

Jonathan Sarna, noted Jewish American scholar, in critical condition
YNet News, 20 May 2014 – ….

Iran and IAEA end nuclear talks, no early sign of breakthrough
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Inflammatory bus ads link Muslim anti-Semitism to Hitler
YNet News, 20 May 2014 – American Freedom Defense Initiative campaign seeks to pressure US to cut aid to Islamic countries by recalling Nazi-era alliance. ….

27 killed in clashes in Yemen’s northwest
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French arrest 4 allegedly linked to neo-Nazi group
YNet News, 20 May 2014 – ….

Lebanese journalist takes on Hezbollah
YNet News, 20 May 2014 – Analysis: Hanin Ghaddar’s attack on Nasrallah reflects battle between Lebanon’s secular establishment and camp of Syria-Iran axis. ….

Cancellation of reservist training a legitimate call for help
YNet News, 20 May 2014 – Analysis: IDF chief of staff announces end of all reservist training for 2014; Cash-strapped IDF has no other options to save the billions needed to maintain operational capability. ….

20 former guards of Nazi death camp to face charges
YNet News, 20 May 2014 – All 20 suspects still live in Germany after serving as guards at Majdanek. Investigators still examining 1000 others who may have been fomer Nazis. ….

It’s hard being a Jewish American official
YNet News, 20 May 2014 – Op-ed: Netanyahu’s associates are accusing Martin Indyk of hypocritical behavior and reminding him of his Jewishness, simply because he tried to help advance agreement between Israel and Palestinians. ….

Israel’s Supreme Court excluding women
YNet News, 19 May 2014 – Sixty-four judges have served in Supreme Court so far, and only 10 of them were women. Proper representation of women must be guaranteed in all centers of power in Israel’s public arena, Meretz chairwoman says. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Haneyya: We will stay servants for our people after we step down
PIC – Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya said that the Hamas Movement would keep providing services for the Palestinian people after the Palestinian unity government initiates its work next week.

IOF soldiers raid homes in Bethlehem, detain child
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided four homes in Obaidiya village, east of Bethlehem, at dawn Tuesday.

Zahhar: Contacts with Egypt’s intelligence still ongoing
PIC – Member of Hamas’s political bureau Mahmoud Al-Zahhar said that there is no estrangement with Egypt and contacts with its intelligence agency are still ongoing.

Hamas looking forward to the projected consensus gov‚¨ “!t to halt PA arrests
PIC – Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesman, has slammed the arbitrary political arrests carried out by the Palestinian Authority (PA) amid large-scale support of the reconciliation process.

IOF massive demolition of Palestinian property in OJ, WB
PIC – Several Palestinian commercial buildings, power lines, and agricultural crops have been demolished by Israeli bulldozers in different areas of the Occupied Jerusalem and West Bank.

Ministry of interior holds Israeli jailers responsible for life of Ayman Atabish
PIC – The Palestinian ministry of interior in the Gaza Strip held Israeli jailers fully responsible for the life of prisoner Ayman Atabish, whose health condition reached a life-threatening stage.

Palestinian youth permanent target of IOF arbitrary arrest campaigns
PIC – Three Palestinians, including two minors, were arrested by the IOF in al-Khalil. A Jerusalemite youngster was also apprehended near al-Aqsa while another was sentenced to seven months in prison.

Hundreds of prisoners to go on hunger strike in solidarity with detainees
PIC – Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails are to go on hunger strike today Tuesday in solidarity with the administrative detainees who have been on hunger strike for 27 days.

Death toll of Palestinian refugees in Syria on the rise, dozens denied asylum
PIC – The death toll of Palestinian refugees killed in Syria during this week has gone up to 12, due the ceaseless shelling, violence, torture, and the siege targeting Palestinian refugee camps.


Erekat Calls on All Countries to Recognize State of Palestine
WAFA – 20 May 2014

Ashrawi Requests Opening Investigation into Killing of Nawara and Abu Daher
WAFA – 20 May 2014

Prisoners Launch One-Day Hunger Strike in Support of Administrative Detainees
WAFA – 20 May 2014

Hamdallah: Prisoners Issue Top Government Priority
WAFA – 20 May 2014

Foreign Ministry Condemns Administrative Detention Policy against Palestinians
WAFA – 20 May 2014

NUS Black Students Conference Endorses BDS, Slams Israeli ‘Systemic’ Racism
WAFA – 20 May 2014

Several Suffocation Cases among Hebron Village Students
WAFA – 20 May 2014

UK Opens Legal Clinic to Help Jerusalemites Living behind Barrier
WAFA – 20 May 2014

Defense for Children Palestine Publishes Video Footage for Recently-killed Palestinian Teens
WAFA – 20 May 2014

Israeli Forces Raid and Attack Hospital, Homes, Many suffocate in Jenin
WAFA – 20 May 2014

Israeli Forces Demolish Businesses in Jerusalem Neighborhood
WAFA – 20 May 2014


The Lede: Young Iranians Arrested for Being Too Happy in Tehran
New York Times 20 May 2014 – Six young Iranians were arrested and forced to repent on state television Tuesday for the grievous offense of proclaiming themselves to be Happy in Tehran, in a homemade music video they posted on YouTube.

Syrian Fighting Gives Hezbollah New but Diffuse Purpose
New York Times 20 May 2014 – Never before have Hezbollah guerrillas fought alongside a formal army or waged war outside Lebanon. They have shown their mettle but diluted their resources.

Killings Heighten Tension Around Egyptian Election
New York Times 20 May 2014 – Three riot police officers trying to break up a student protest died in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday as early overseas voting results favored the military s former leader.

Video Prompts Questions On West Bank Boys Death
New York Times 20 May 2014 – In the video, released by a human rights group, neither teenager appeared to be engaged in provocative behavior when shot by the Israeli military.

World Briefing: The Netherlands: Heroin Seized
New York Times 19 May 2014 – Nearly 1,700 pounds of heroin was smuggled into the Netherlands last week hidden in a shipment of Iranian raisins.

10,000 University of South Florida students call for divestment from occupation-linked firms
Mondoweiss – Students for Justice in Palestine members paint a wall at the University of South Florida calling for divestment. (Photo: Facebook/ USF SJP) Student activists from the University of South Florida (USF) pressed their school s foundation this month to heed a10,000 person-strong petition and divest from companies…

The U.S. continues to appease Narendra Modi
Mondoweiss – Modi Let us introduce just one of the more than 1000 victims of the anti-Muslim pogrom that Narendra Modi, India s new prime minister, presided over in 2002. Ehsan Jafri was a 73-year-old member of Parliament who lived in a prosperous Muslim neighborhood in Ahmedabad, the capital…

Palestinian journalists accused of incitement against their Israeli colleagues
Mondoweiss – Palestinian boy running away from the teargas in Ofer 16th of May 2014. (Photo: Julie Couzinet) It was a case of life and death, and I was within moments of fallingvictim to the kind of lynch that saw two Israeli soldiers who strayed into Ramallah…

Today at 08.00, Israeli bulldozers came to the fertile valley where we planted fruit trees
Mondoweiss – Valley before and after destruction of trees, from Daoud Nassar A shocking story. Israeli authorities have uprooted 1500 apple and apricot trees on a renowned Palestinian farm near Bethlehem weeks ahead of harvest; and the case is drawing global attention on social media. Landowner Daoud Nassar…

New video shows Palestinian youths killed by Israeli army on Nakba Day posed no threat to soldiers
Mondoweiss – Video released by Defense of Children International-Palestine of the two Palestinians killed last Thursday at an annual Nakba Day protest outside of Ofer prison show the youths did not pose a threat to life to Israeli soldiers. In addition, a newly released photo set reveals that…

Apartheid label is reminiscent of runup to Holocaust Michael Oren
Mondoweiss – Saree Makdisi The LA Times is running point/counterpoint on whether Israel is an apartheid state or not. Author and scholar Saree Makdisi says it is . Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren says it is not . Former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren Oren states that Palestinians…

Why didn t ADL poll anti-Semitic stereotypes held by Israelis?
Mondoweiss – Noah Feldman The ADL report on global anti-Semitism is getting a lot of negative reviews. A central question is, Why didn t the Anti-Defamation League surveyIsraelis on their anti-Semitic beliefs when it was traveling the world to survey people in 102 countries, representing 4 billion people in…

BDS is the only means of ending the occupation Derfner
Mondoweiss – Larry Derfner (Credit: Jewish Journal) In an inevitable development, Larry Derfner has a big piece up at +972 endorsing BDS as a liberal Zionist tool. All mainstream political means of causing Israel to cough up the occupied territories have failed, he says, and he acknowledges the…

UC Chancellors Who Praise Israel Student Junkets Have Gone on Them Themselves
Tikun Olam – UCLA pro-Israel student group During the UCLA student elections, there were two factions vying for positions. The progressive group had the support of the Palestine peace activists and the conservative one had the support of the pro-Israel students. Two of the pro-Israel candidates had participated in…

IDF Murders Two Palestinian Youths in Cold Blood
Tikun Olam – Several days ago, there was a Palestinian protest outside of Ofer Prison, where many Palestinian detainees are imprisoned. During the protest, two boys were killed . The first report quoted the IDF saying only rubber bullets were fired. This was a lie, one that s never been corrected…

Former ICC Chief Prosecutor Tells Israel Not to Worry About War Crimes
Tikun Olam – Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Israeli war crimes: don t worry, be happy. Haaretz s Anshel Pfeffer writes a typical happy-talk article, Israel Has Little to Fear from International Criminal Court , about a visit to Israel by former ICC chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo . In the interview, Pfeffer displays a strong…

Sean Penn s Advocates Conciliation with Adelson s 1% and Settler-Supporters at Boteach Awards Dinner
Tikun Olam – Sean Penn delivers his acceptance speech at humanitarian dinner (Ben Gabbe/Getty Images) Haaretz reports on the Sean Penn-Sheldon Adelson-Shmuley Boteach love fest yesterday in New York City, in which the monstrous egos of some of the wealthiest and most racist Jews in America were stroked. The…

Shabak Child Torturers Exposed: Revenge of the Nerds
Tikun Olam – Israeli arrests of Palestinian children like those tortured by the Shin Bet as portrayed in Noam s blog posts. Noam R. writes the blog O139 (the title refers to October 1, 1939, the date the Nazis invaded Poland and began WWII; his blog also has the English…

Syrian refugees ‘lack medical care’
BBC 20 May 2014 – Amnesty International says a shortfall in international support has left many Syrian refugees in Lebanon unable to access crucial medical care.

Moshe Yaalon Defends Israeli Soldiers in Fatal Shooting of Palestinians
The Foward Breaking News 20 May 2014 – Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon defended the Israeli soldiers who allegedly shot dead two Palestinians at a West Bank protest. Click here for the rest of the article…

Broken-Down Israeli Drones Could’ve Helped Nigeria Find Schoolgirls
The Foward Breaking News 20 May 2014 – Nigeria bought Israeli surveillance drones years ago that might have been used to hunt for more than 200 girls held by Islamist rebels, but poor maintenance has left them grounded, two official sources and the aircraft s manufacturer said. Click here for the rest of the article……

Profile: Libya’s renegade General Khalifa Haftar
BBC 20 May 2014 – Libya’s Khalifa Haftar, military leader accused of coup

Libya to hold elections amid chaos
BBC 20 May 2014 – Libya will hold parliamentary elections on 25 June, the election commission says, amid fears that the country is descending into a civil war.

20,000 Anti-Semitic Tweets Greet Israeli Hoops Win
The Foward Breaking News 20 May 2014 – Nearly 20,000 anti-Semitic tweets in Spanish followed Maccabi Tel Aviv s victory over Real Madrid in the Euroleague basketball championships, Catalonian Jewish organizations said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Video ‘shows Palestinians’ deaths’
BBC 20 May 2014 – A human rights group releases a video it says shows the unlawful killing of two Palestinian teenagers by Israeli troops at a protest last week.

Nigeria: Israel to Support Nigeria On Water Projects Completion
allAfrica.com20 May 2014 – [Nigerian Govt]The Minister of Water Resources, Serah Reng Ochekpe has said that Israeli Investors have indicated interest to partner with the Nigerian Government to complete some of its on-going water projects. The Minister made this known when she received in her office, the Israeli investors led…

Human Rights Group Accuses Israel of Killing 2 Palestinian Teens ‘Unlawfully’
The Foward Breaking News 20 May 2014 – A human rights group released video on Tuesday which it said showed that two teenage Palestinians shot dead by Israeli security forces during a protest last week had posed no danger and were killed unlawfully. Click here for the rest of the article…

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe Has More Pressing Worries Than Taliban, Al Qaeda
allAfrica.com20 May 2014 – [The Herald]When last week Government announced the Suppression of Foreign and International Terrorism Act, which blacklists and freezes funds and assets of individuals and organisations associated with international terror, there was a small irony that couldn’t be helped. For those that missed the story, the gazetting…

Democrats seek to move Israel bill without Iran language
Al-Monitor 20 May 2014 – Sen. Barbara Boxer wants to take the US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act straight to the Senate floor to avoid Republican amendments.

VIDEO: Egypt election ‘not fair fight’
BBC 20 May 2014 – Egyptian Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi has told the BBC that the election contest is not a fair fight, and his campaign is facing many problems.

Deadly missile strike in north Syria
BBC 20 May 2014 – At least 13 people, including eight children, have been killed in a missile strike on a town in north-eastern Syria, activists say.

Study sheds light on high levels of racism against Syrians in Lebanese regions
Al-Akhbar News 20 May 2014 – Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Over 90 percent of Lebanese in the areas of Wadi Khaled, Sahel Akkar, and the Bekaa Valley support restricting the movement, political freedoms, and work opportunities of Syrian…

Man guilty of Syria terror plan
BBC 20 May 2014 – A 31-year-old man becomes the first person in the UK to be convicted of terrorist offences related to the conflict in Syria.

Bahrain sacks MP for criticizing prison conditions
Al-Akhbar News 20 May 2014 – Bahrain’s parliament on Tuesday sacked an MP who had criticized conditions at a prison where inmates are mostly anti-government activists held over protests. Parliament speaker Khalifa al-Dhahrani said 31 MPs out of the 40-member chamber voted to eject Osama Mehanna, in a statement published by BNA…

Gunmen kill three policemen in Cairo
BBC 20 May 2014 – Three Egyptian policemen have been killed in a drive-by shooting outside al-Azhar University in the capital, Cairo, officials say.

Suleiman says Hezbollah ‘should have regrets’
Al-Monitor 20 May 2014 – With the deadline for electing a new president just days away, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman speaks to As-Safir about his time in office, and confirms his rejection of an extension of his term.

Video shows Israel’s shooting deaths of Palestinian teens
Al-Akhbar News 20 May 2014 – Palestinian female relatives of Nadim Siyam Nawara, 17, mourn during his funeral procession in the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 16, 2014, a day after he was shot dead by Israeli forces. (Photo: AFP – Abbas Momani) Palestinian female relatives of Nadim Siyam Nawara,…

Lebanon approaches presidential deadline
Al-Monitor 20 May 2014 – If Lebanon s parliament fails to elect a president by the constitutionally stipulated deadline of midnight on May 24, the ensuing vacuum could further exacerbate the already tense situation in the country.

After political troubles, Tripoli faces economic punishment
Al-Akhbar News 20 May 2014 – Tripoli, Lebanon. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Tripoli, Lebanon. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Lebanon s northern city of Tripoli has historically suffered from economic deprivation and neglect. Although many people claim to represent Tripoli, including ministers in Tammam Salam s government, the cabinet recently cut $60 million of funds allocated for…

Would PUK cut separate deal with Maliki?
Al-Monitor 20 May 2014 – The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) did well in the Iraqi national elections, and may be flirting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to strengthen its hand in Iraqi Kurdish politics.

Libya jihadists vow to stand ground in Benghazi
Al-Akhbar News 20 May 2014 – Libyan jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia vowed Tuesday to defend its stronghold in second city Benghazi against an expanding alliance of opposing forces. The group charged that a deadly assault in the eastern city on Friday which mainly targeted its forces was “a war against… Islam orchestrated…

Sabahi says Egyptian democracy witnessing a ‘setback’
Al-Monitor 20 May 2014 – Egyptian presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi considers that his chances of winning are high, and talked about his vision for the country, while criticizing Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for not declaring an electoral platform.

Algeria repatriates state oil workers from Libya over security fears
Al-Akhbar News 20 May 2014 – Algerian state-run energy giant Sonatrach has repatriated its employees working in strife-torn Libya, a government official said Tuesday, days after Algiers closed its diplomatic missions in Tripoli over security concerns. “It’s a preventative measure that is not linked to any threat,” the official told AFP, speaking…

Syrian National Coalition defense minister resigns
Al-Monitor 20 May 2014 – Asaad Mustafa, the defense minister of the Syrian National Coalition s interim government, has resigned, as the Syrian army makes progress in the south.

How the army is taking revenge against Islamists in Libya
Al-Akhbar News 20 May 2014 – Former rebel fighters who are now intergrated into the Libyan army and form the Diraa al-Gharbiya brigade, are seen with their weapons guarding the western entrance of the capital Tripoli on May 19, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Mahmoud Turkia) Former rebel fighters who are now intergrated into the…

Hamas, Fatah near deadline on new government
Al-Monitor 20 May 2014 – Negotiations to form a Palestinian unity government are continuing, but hurdles remain as the deadline approaches fast.

Technology a Middle East bright spot
Al-Monitor 20 May 2014 – Countries across the region are embracing technology as a solution to their economic and political woes.

Daliyeh as a case study to rebuild Beirut
Al-Akhbar Blogs 20 May 2014 – To the sea, a veiled lady said to stop the taxi I was riding to the same place she wanted to go to. I had asked him to go to RaouchÈ a common name for the coastal area overlooking the infamous Pigeon Rocks of Beirut. I…

Turkey locked in regional rivalry with Iran, Saudi Arabia
Al-Monitor 20 May 2014 – Differences over Egypt and Syria are far from resolved, despite some feints at strengthening regional cooperation.

Divorce parties take off in Iran
BBC 20 May 2014 – Divorce parties taking off in Iran as more couples untie the knot

Sistani keeps distance from Iraqi election politics
Al-Monitor 20 May 2014 – Although there have been attempts to embroil Iraqi cleric Ali al-Sistani in the country s ongoing political disputes, he has continued to stress his non-involvement in these issues.

Twenty-five dead in north Yemen clashes between army, Houthis
Al-Akhbar News 20 May 2014 – Yemeni soldiers ride a tank after taking hold of a major al-Qaeda stronghold Azzan in the southern province of Shabwa, on May 8, 2014. (Photo: AFP) Yemeni soldiers ride a tank after taking hold of a major al-Qaeda stronghold Azzan in the southern province of Shabwa,…

Al-Qaeda plays with explosives in Ain al-Hilweh
Al-Akhbar News 20 May 2014 – Fighters are seen along a street in the Ain al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, on 12 March 2013, after one person was killed and several wounded in clashes that erupted in the camp. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud…

Iran military warns against ‘baseless’ criticism of Rouhani
Al-Monitor 20 May 2014 – The Iranian armed forces chief of staff, who reports directly to the supreme leader, has threatened to confront conservative Iranian media outlets that target the administration.

Likud leaders claim Netanyahu blocks settlements
Al-Monitor 20 May 2014 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu freezes construction in settlement blocs, hoping to keep the diplomatic process underway not for the sake of reaching an agreement and reduce international pressure.

VIDEO: Gaza bees seek Egyptian nectar
BBC 20 May 2014 – Beekeepers in Gaza are reporting their best harvest in more than a decade.

Sisi s campaign distributes energy-saving lightbulbs to the poor
Al-Akhbar Politics 19 May 2014 – An Egyptian man rides a bicycle past campaign posters of leftist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi (L) and of Egyptian ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) in the town of Dekernss near the Nile Delta City of Mansura some 120 km north of…

Hezbollah fighters and the “jihadis:” Mad, drugged, homicidal, and hungry
Al-Akhbar Politics 19 May 2014 – Hezbollah fighters during a ceremony in Beirut’s southern suburbs. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Hezbollah fighters during a ceremony in Beirut’s southern suburbs. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Prior to the events in Syria, Hezbollah and al-Qaeda fighters had never met face to face. They clashed for the first time…


Palestinians in Palestine…the continuous suffering
Nabil Al-Sahli, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)5/20/2014
Sixty-six years after the establishment of Israel (1948-2014), the Arab minority inside the Green Line are facing significant challenges, mainly the call by some Israelis – led by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman – to expel as many Palestinians inside the Green Line as possible to the West Bank or outside the borders of historic Palestine and then occupy their land. The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also called for the expulsion of Israel’s Arab minority and emphasised this in many recommendations he made to Israeli conferences; including the Herzliya conference which has been held on a regular basis since 2000.
Upon examining the literature of the Zionist movement, we find that the success of the movement’s project in creating a Jewish state in Palestine and its continuity lies in the ability to displace the Palestinian population from their homes and replaced with Jewish settlers from all over the world. Forty-nine years after it held its conference in the Swiss city of Basel, the Zionist movement was able to establish a state (May 15, 1948) on about 78 per cent of the area of ??Palestine, amounting to 27009 square kilometres. They displaced about 850,000, who represented 61 per cent of the total Palestinian population in 1948, from their land.
Ever since that year, the decision-makers in Israel considered the mere existence of the Arab minority in its territory as an existential threat to them, so they have adopted a strategy aiming to continue the discrimination against the Palestinians in order to force them to leave their land and evacuate the land’s legitimate owners.
The Israeli authorities later adopted policies that aimed to cut off the Arab minority from its Arab surroundings, while, at the same time, tried to assimilate and integrate them, but on the margins of Israeli society. The Israeli authorities also worked hard to obliterate the Arab identity, so they tried to classify the Druze and Circassian ethnic groups as separate nationals….more..e-mail

While the global BDS movement grows, in the West Bank, BDS is virtually impossible
Matthew Vickery and Sheren Khalel, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)5/19/2014
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has steadily gained international momentum since its inception in 2005. Veolia, a French multinational transport and municipalities company that conducts business within illegal Israeli settlements has been one of most successful targets of the international BDS community, with the company now excluded from bidding on public contracts in the UK, France, Sweden and Australia.
However, despite the popularity and successes of the movement abroad, it is nearly impossible to boycott Israeli products in the West Bank, including those produced in illegal settlements.
Co-founder of the BDS movement Adnan Ramadan told Middle East Monitor that he believes boycotting Israeli goods within the occupied territories is impractical due to Palestine’s forced dependence on Israel, a systematic consequence of occupation.
“If we are talking about boycotting Israeli products, what can we do? We can’t live without water. Who controls the water? Israel,” Ramadan said.
In reality 70 percent of all West Bank imports are Israeli products according to a recent report from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
As Israel has complete control of West Bank borders, Israeli products can enter the occupied West Bank easily and quickly, whereas international imports from elsewhere require lengthy and expensive procedures. According to Palestine Deputy Minister of National Economy Dr Taisir Amre, international imports intending to enter the West Bank are held in Israeli ports for days before being released. When they do reach an Israeli checkpoint into the occupied West Bank the goods are often held for an additional amount of time by Israeli authorities….more..e-mail

Negotiations continue as international law is suspended
Antoine Safeer, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)5/16/2014
Negotiations between Israel and the Arabs have continued to go back and forth since Camp David. All of these experiences of the past few decades, such as the Madrid conference and others have proven to be useless. The main complication lies in the inconsistent negotiations that have taken place between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Many questions have been raised regarding what the potential solutions are that can come out of the
se talks which can also fit the minimum framework of international law.

I am not convinced of the argument that international law is unable to function as a practical framework or foundation on which a suitable solution can be built, and on more than one level, for that matter. If we do not wish to return to the language of violence, we must reconsider whether or not we can consider international law as a suitable platform for finding a solution, achieving peace and dealing with the consequences.
We cannot overlook the fact that international politics hinders the application of international law, even if these politics are partial to or relevant to international law at large. Many have pointed out or suggested that the solution to the Arab-Israel conflict lies specifically with recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. However, this recognition would entail disregard for a number of provisions within the domain of international law.
What does the Jewishness of Israel as a state imply? In addition to the fact that this claim naturally tests the feelings of Palestinian Christians and Muslims, especially those who are citizens of Israel, it also requires in-depth political and legal research that would be able to determine Israel’s intentions and plans for the future.
Is the intention behind calling Israel a Jewish state to demonstrate that it is a majority Jewish state or that it can be considered as the Zionist homeland for all Jews around the world? The claim that Israel is a Jewish state was rejected by the United States and by the principles of international law in 1964.more..e-mail

US intel relations skewed in favour of Israel
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)5/19/2014
The publication of Glenn Greenwald’s new book this week has been eagerly awaited not least by myself. Giving the inside story of how he broke one of the most important stories of our time, Greenwald discusses how Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor, leaked thousands of classified documents.
The documents revealed that the NSA is essentially spying on the entire world. In their quest to “collect it all,” they scoop up emails, metadata, phone calls, Facebook messages, Skype calls and much more.
As well as giving an overview of the revelations to date, the book reportedly contains multiple new revelations. One of them, about Israel, is a pretty significant.
Since I began this column almost a year ago, I have been following the Snowden revelations with interest. The story broke around the same time. In fact, my very Inquiry looked at the revelations about PRISM (the NSA’s system to intercept and collect the world’s internet communications) and the possibility of Israeli involvement.
Since June, as Greenwald and other journalists have slowly and steadily released more from Snowden’s huge cache of NSA documents, more has come to light about Israeli spying, and the complicated relationship between US and Israeli spy agencies.
In September, Greenwald revealed an NSA-Israel memorandum of understanding which showed that the US shared “unminimised” (or raw) intelligence data with Israel.
Minimisation is the process by which the US removes personal information about citizens of the US and its closest allies (the UK, New Zealand, Canada and Australia) before sharing intelligence data with other states…. — See also:New Snowden Document Implies NSA May Be Putting Israel s Security Ahead of America smore..e-mail

How Israel buys loyalty of US university administrators
Electronic Intifada: 20 May 2014 – University of South Florida provost taken on lavish Israel propaganda tour ahead of historic divestment push.more..

The Tipping Point A Satire
Palestine Chronicle: 20 May 2014 – By Hatim Kanaaneh Silly thoughts come and go. That is why we call them passing thoughts. But some silly thoughts come out of the blue and stay. How can one fall asleep with such a heavy responsibility weighing on his mind? Alan Robock and Paul Jay on the Real News Network convinced me that a disaster of the size I foresee is sure to lead to a global nuclear winter so severe that even my roommates, the cockroaches, cannot survive it. It all started with a silly friend from Hawaii asking a silly question from me as his sole source of expert information on Middle East issues: Supposing your dream of a single state west of
the Jordan River with real democracy and equality for all its current residents were to come true, who then will be in charge of Israel s nuclear weapons? Can a half Arab state be trusted…

Israel’s Changing Nakba Narrative
Palestine Chronicle: 20 May 2014 – By Dimi Reider The Israeli response to Nakba Day events this year involved clampdown on demonstrators in the West Bank, most lethally in Betunia, where two Palestinian teenagers Muhammad Abu Daher and Nadim Siam were shot dead. There was a miffed reflection by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about how the Palestinians Authority sounds a memorial siren to mourn the establishment of the State of Israel, and a call by a former Lieberman minister to withdraw funding from Tel Aviv University under the Nakba Law . The law allows the state to deny funding to public institutions marking the establishment of the State of Israel as an occasion for mourning, and the ex-minister argued the university fell afoul of it by dispatching private security employees to protect a Nakba commemoration ceremony from a right-wing counter-protest. But her call went unheeded, and the counter protest itself was relatively calm. Nakba is…more

Water in Gaza What the Analysts Are Saying
Palestine Chronicle: 20 May 2014 – A dry winter in the Middle East is being studied particularly closely in Gaza, where the area’s 1.9 million residents already face a number of largely man-made threats to water security. The following round-up of recent publications by think tanks, analysts and human rights organizations highlights the close link between water security and electricity supplies, and the near exhaustion of Gaza s coastal aquifer. A power crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) has reduced the availability of running water in most households, according to a fact sheet produced by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), with more than 30 percent of homes in Gaza receiving running water for just 6-8 hours every four days. In March, a petition signed by nearly 13,000 people and organized by the Emergency Water and Sanitation-Hygiene Group (EWASH), a coalition which includes national and international NGOs and UN agencies, was handed…more

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