VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 21 May 2014: JNF continues to raze land, trample Bedouin rights in Naqab

21 May 2014 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

EU to Cooperate with Unity Government if Quartet Conditions Met
IMEMC – EU Ambassador to Israel, Lars Boberg Andrson, says that the European Union will cooperate with the new government if it recognizes the conditions outlined by the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartet_on_the_Middle_East, which include recognition of Israel. … 

US, EU and UN Draw Attention to Killing of Two Teens near Offer
IMEMC – Ashrawi condemns Israeli brutality Representatives of the United States and the European Union have expressed a concern and called for investigations regarding the senseless deaths of two youth on May 15, near Ofer prison, in the West Bank, during Palestinian commemoration of the 1948 Nakba. UN representative Oscar Fernandez-Taranco has called for a probe into the matter. …

Army Demolishes Several Palestinian Shops in Occupied Jerusalem
IMEMC – The Israeli army has bulldozed a number of shops in the al-Khalileh neighborhood, near the village of al-Nabi Samwill, in Jerusalem. …

VIDEO: Israeli Forces Fire Tear Gas and Stun Grenades at Children in Hebron
IMEMC – This morning, in al-Khalil (Hebron), the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) reports that several children threw stones towards Checkpoint 29 on their way to school. … 

Israeli Forces Kidnap Five Palestinians in Jenin and Jerusalem
IMEMC – Settlers storm municipal park near Hebron Three Palestinians were kidnapped by Israeli forces, on Wednesday, from the Jenin district, in addition to two others from the Jerusalem area, according to reports by local and security sources. …

Young Palestinian Injured by Israeli Fire in Southern Gaza
IMEMC – The Israeli army shot and injured a young Palestinian citizen in the head, this morning, in the neighborhood of al-Farain, to the east of Khan Younis city, southern Gaza Strip. …

Indyk to End Duties, Dissolve Negotiating Team
IMEMC – According to Israeli media sources, an unnamed US official has said that Washington’s special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Martin Indyk, will be leaving his duties, the negotiating team dissolved. …

Israeli Army Demolishes 20 Barracks in Jordan Valley
IMEMC – 25 families left homeless Israeli soldiers demolished 20 barracks in Jiftlik, this morning. As a result of the military’s actions, 25 Palestinian families have been left homeless. …

Hunger Strike Expanding In Israeli Prisons, 20 Detainees Hospitalized
IMEMC – The strike likely to expand next week As more Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons are joining the hunger strike that started 28 days ago, at least 40 more detainees have joined the strike, while all 5200 detainees, held by Israel, would hold a one-day hunger strike Thursday, in solidarity with the striking detainees. …

Israeli Navy Kidnaps Two Palestinian Fishermen In Rafah
IMEMC – Soldiers Invaded Farmlands In Khan Younis [Wednesday Morning, May 21, 2014] Israeli navy vessels attacked Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza waters, close to the shore in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and kidnapped two fishermen. …

Ma’an News

Israeli navy fires at, detains Gaza fishermen
5/21/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli naval forces early Wednesday fired at fishermen off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip before detaining two of them, a union official said. Nizar Ayyash, head of the Gaza fishermen’s union, said Ramiz Jumaa and Imad Mansour were detained by the Israeli navy off the coast of Rafah. An Israeli army spokeswoman said a Palestinian “vessel deviated….

Israeli forces ‘injure farmer’ during clash with Gaza militants
5/21/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian farmer was hit in the head by an Israeli bullet on Wednesday in the southern Gaza Strip, sustaining minor injuries, medics told Ma’an. The man, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a military hospital in Khan Younis after being shot in the Khazaa area. He was hit as Israeli soldiers retaliated against Palestinian militants….

Over 5,000 Palestinian prisoners to launch solidarity hunger strike
5/21/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — More than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli custody will launch a one day hunger strike Thursday in solidarity with around 100 administrative detainees who have been on hunger strike for nearly a month, the Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs said. The ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that 5,200 prisoners would engage in the solidarity strike on….

Settlers from Ariel level Palestinian land in Salfit
5/21/2014 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Settlers from Ariel on Wednesday used bulldozers to raze agricultural lands belonging to Palestinian farmers from the Salfit town of Kifl Haris, witnesses said. The settlers also carried barbed wire with them and razed land north of Salfit in preparation to confiscate it, locals said. A local activist who monitors settlement activities told Ma’an that Ariel settlement is expanding….

Israeli demolitions leave 25 homeless in Jordan Valley
5/21/2014 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished 20 structures belonging to a Palestinian family in the northern Jordan Valley, leaving 25 people homeless as a result. Israeli civil administration forces reportedly arrived in the village of Jiftlik on Wednesday morning and demolished 20 structures belonging to the Deis family, 13 of which were residential steel structures while seven were steel structures used as….

Prisoners’ families shut down UNRWA office
5/21/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Prisoners’ families shut down an UNRWA office in Nablus on Wednesday to protest the UN’s”silence” amid a Palestinian hunger strike in Israeli jails, an official said. Imad Ishtewy, spokesman of Nablus’ higher committee for prisoners, said shutting down the UNRW office sent a clear message to the UN that it should intervene in the hunger strike….

PLO accuses Israel of ‘deliberate execution’ of teens
5/21/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A senior Palestinian official on Tuesday accused Israel of the “deliberate execution” of two Palestinian teenagers shot dead by border policemen in a clash in the West Bank last week.” In the strongest possible terms, we condemn the deliberate execution of two Palestinian teenagers who were fatally shot with live ammunition outside Ofer prison last week,” the PLO’s Hanan Ashrawi said…. Related: US calls for Israeli investigation into Nakba day killings andIsraeli FM rejects criticism over killed Palestinian teens

Construction increases overcrowding, delays at Bethlehem checkpoint
5/21/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — New construction work at Bethlehem’s 300 checkpoint is exacerbating already dire conditions for thousands of Palestinian workers trying to enter Israel, leading to dangerous overcrowding and reports of physical violence by Israeli forces. In May, the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel released a report detailing deteriorating conditions at the checkpoint since January, with frequent closures of a….

Israeli forces detain two East Jerusalem Palestinians
5/21/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained two young Palestinian men from East Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, a local activist group said. Amjad Abu Asab, a spokesman for the East Jerusalem Committee of Prisoners’ Families, told Ma’an that Israeli troops stormed the East Jerusalem village of Issawiya and detained 23-year-old Muhammad Ahmad Ubeid from his family home. Abu Asab said that….

Suspected arsonists torch Nablus market
5/21/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Suspected arsonists set fire to a popular market in Nablus overnight Tuesday for the second time since March, firefighters said. Director of Nablus fire department, Muhannad Asqalan, told Ma’an that a team was dispatched immediately after a blaze broke out in a market at around 2 a. m. They managed to control the fire, but a few stores were completely destroyed. [END]

World Bank grants PA $40 million to support reform
5/21/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The World Bank on Tuesday announced that it had approved a $40 million grant to the Palestinian Authority to support “strategic reform priorities” focused on public finances and improving the Palestinian business environment. The UN-linked international financial institution said in a statement that it would be issuing the grant in order to “improve the PA’s fiscal position, build robust….

Under pressure, Israel’s Palestinian Christians reach out to pope
5/21/2014 – IQRIT (AFP) — On a lonely hill in northern Israel, a stone’s throw from the Lebanese border, stands Iqrit church, one of the last vestiges of a village razed by Israeli troops in 1951. This small, white church is a symbol of the enduring memory and resistance shown by the Christians of historic Palestine who are reaching out for help to Pope Francis, who…. Related: Pope says Middle East trip will be ‘purely religious’

US calls for Israeli investigation into Nakba day killings
5/21/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The US State Department on Tuesday called on Israel to investigate the killing of two Palestinian teenagers on May 15.”We look to the Government of Israel to conduct a prompt and transparent investigation to determine the facts surrounding this incident, including whether or not the use of force was proportional to the threat posed by the demonstrators,” State Department spokeswoman…. Related: PLO accuses Israel of ‘deliberate execution’ of teens andIsraeli FM rejects criticism over killed Palestinian teens

Israeli FM rejects criticism over killed Palestinian teens
5/21/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday brushed off world criticism and demands for an investigation into the deaths of two Palestinian youths killed by Israeli forces last week.”I reject any demand” for an international investigation, he told reporters on a tour of the West Bank settlement of Ariel.”Such an incident will be investigated regardless of any demand,” he remarked, denouncing…. Related: PLO accuses Israel of ‘deliberate execution’ of teens and US calls for Israeli investigation into Nakba day killings

Analysis: What’s stopping the Third Intifada?
5/21/2014 – Al-Shabaka is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law. This policy brief is authored by Jamil Hilal – Processes Driving a Third Intifada – Under cover of the Oslo Accords, Israel has engineered a tight apartheid system in the West Bank and Gaza Strip marked by the national subjugation….

Report: US envoy Indyk to end duties, dissolve negotiating team
5/21/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli media quoted an unnamed US source as saying that in the coming days Washington’s special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will end his duties as the negotiating team is dissolved. Israeli news website Maariv quoted a top official on Wednesday as saying that Martin Indyk was ending his duties due to the “failure” of the peace process, for which….

Pope says Middle East trip will be ‘purely religious’
5/21/2014 – VATICAN CITY (AFP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday said his upcoming trip to the Middle East would be entirely devotional, aimed at praying for peace in the region and improving relations with other branches of Christianity.” It will be a purely religious trip,” the Argentine pope told some 50,000 pilgrims at a general audience in St Peter’s Square ahead of three-day trip to Israel…. Related: Under pressure, Israel’s Palestinian Christians reach out to pope

Official: Abbas ‘in final stages’ of selecting unity govt technocrats
5/21/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas has received a list of suggested officials for the Palestinian unity government and will inaugurate the government by May 29, an official said late Tuesday. Senior Hamas official Ahmad Yousef told Ma’an that Abbas is in “the final stages of selecting cabinet members for the technocratic government in which he will be prime minister.” The cabinet….

Dahlan: I will participate in elections despite ‘secret trial’
5/21/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Former Fatah leader Mohammad Dahlan said on Wednesday that he was intent on taking part in upcoming elections despite a criminal conviction by a “secret court” the day before. Dahlan, a former security chief who has lived outside of Palestine since he was ousted in 2011, was sentenced by a Ramallah court to two years in jail Tuesday for “libel….

2 toddlers die in Gaza accident
5/21/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Two toddlers died after falling from high floors of buildings in Gaza on Wednesday, medics said. Dr Ayman Sahbani at Shifa hospital told Ma’an that Ahmad Alaa al-Shanti, 2, from al-Shati camp died after falling from the second floor of a building. Samer Abu Hajar, 3, also died after falling from the fourth floor of a transmission tower….

Libya to vote next month amid rising unrest
5/21/2014 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Libya will hold elections next month to replace its disputed interim parliament, as authorities strive to contain a power struggle with armed ex-rebels and prevent a descent into civil war. Successive governments have complained that the General National Council’s claim to both executive power and legislative authority has tied their hands in bringing to heel former rebel militias blamed for growing….

Egypt court sentences Mubarak to 3 years for graft
5/21/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian court Wednesday sentenced deposed president Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison on corruption charges, in one of two trials after the 2011 uprising that ended his rule. His sons Alaa and Gamal each received four-year jail terms, and four other defendants were acquitted. They were accused of embezzling more than one hundred million Egyptian pounds (about $14 million) earmarked for….

International Solidarity Movement

VIDEO: Israeli forces fire tear gas and stun grenades at children in Hebron
5/21/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Khalil team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – This morning in al-Khalil (Hebron), several children threw stones towards Checkpoint 29 on their way to school. At approximately 07:40, 13 Israeli soldiers and border police officers entered through the checkpoint and fired four tear gas grenades and four stun grenades at the children. The incident began at 7:45 and lasted for approximately 30 minutes, which prevented the children from entering….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: Despite massive challenges, UNRWA health services remain active in Syria
Relief Web 20 May 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Geneva UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) health services in war-torn Syria have responded with flexibility and resourcefulness to the…

occupied Palestinian territory: With talks at ‘impasse,’ Israelis, Palestinians must carefully consider next steps, UN official says
Relief Web 20 May 2014 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory 20 May 2014 – Briefing the Security Council today on what he called an “impasse” in talks between Israelis and Palestinians, a top United Nations political official said it was critical to…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israeli forces shoot and kill two Palestinian teens near Ramallah
Relief Web 20 May 2014 – Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ramallah, May 17, 2014—Israeli forces killed two Palestinian teens during clashes on Thursday outside the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. Nadeem Siam Nawara, 17, and Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu…

The National

‘It is really painful’: UAE expats donate Dh300,000 and send aid to help flood victims in Serbia and Bosnia
The National 21 May 2014 – Hundreds of expatriates have rallied to support their compatriots devastated by severe floods in Serbia and Bosnia.

India’s Congress party ‘missed opportunity’ to revamp itself
The National 21 May 2014 – The rejection of the Gandhis’ resignations “does not bode well, in the short term, for any thorough reform within the party”, says one analyst.

Free natural baby delivery? No way, say Iranian women
The National 21 May 2014 – Iran is trying to curb the number of babies delivered through Cesarean section but women are unlikely to be swayed.

Mubarak handed three years for embezzlement of state funds
The National 21 May 2014 – A Cairo court also sentences the former president’s sons to four years in prison each on charges they siphoned off millions of dollars’ of state funds.

Syrian refugees denied access to vital health care
The National 21 May 2014 – The high cost of hospital treatment in Lebanon means people with serious conditions are turned away and forced to risk their lives returning to their war-torn country.

Anti-EU parties expected to gain in upcoming European polls
The National 21 May 2014 – The potential rise of anti-EU parties could diminish Europe’s role on the world stage.

Show of support for renegade Libyan general triggers heavy backlash
The National 21 May 2014 – The interior ministry, the country’s UN ambassador and air force chief back Gen Khalifa Haftar’s offensive against Islamist legislators and extremist militias.

Israel admits live fire used to drive Palestinians from land
The National 21 May 2014 – The revelation is a rare official acknowledgement of a measure that critics have long decried.

48 killed in fresh attacks by Boko Haram
The National 21 May 2014 – The National Emergency Management Agency claims 118 bodies were retrieved but police in Plateau state have disputed that figure, saying 46 people were killed.

Calls intensify for Israel to investigate Palestinian shootings
The National 21 May 2014 – The Palestinian government accused Israel of ‘cold-blooded murder’ and carrying out ‘a war crime against defenceless children’.

Mediation talks in Thailand fail to break deadlock
The National 21 May 2014 – The country’s highest-profile political figures including the acting prime minister and anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, but talks ended without resolution.

Red faces as new French trains ‘too wide’ for stations
The National 21 May 2014 – “It’s a bit like buying a Ferrari that you want to fit into your garage, but then realising your garage isn’t quite Ferrari-sized, because up until now you didn’t own a Ferrari,” one of France’s state rail bodies RFF offered by way of analogy.

Pakistan air strikes kill 32 militants
The National 21 May 2014 – The latest attack comes weeks after the Pakistani Taliban formally ended a ceasefire called to promote talks with the government aimed at ending the militants’ bloody seven-year insurgency.

Hero cat ‘throws’ first pitch at California baseball game
The National 21 May 2014 – The cat, Tara, took the internet by storm when she was captured on security camera pouncing on a dog that attacked 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo.

Iran arrests six people for posting ‘Happy’ video it deems ‘vulgar’
The National 21 May 2014 – The Iranian Students News Agency said the detainees were three men and three women and that they “confessed to their criminal acts”.

Chinese pandas arrive in Malaysia after delay over MH370 disappearance
The National 21 May 2014 – The two countries agreed in 2012 that China would send the giant pandas for a 10-year stay as part of Beijing’s “panda diplomacy”.

In pictures: Hero cat throws ceremonial first pitch at baseball game
The National 21 May 2014 – A cat who shot to fame after saving a California boy from a dog attack threw the first pitch on Tuesday night at a Bakersfield Blaze minor league baseball game.

Video: Spread of MERS in Saudi Arabia puts camel owners on defense 
The National 21 May 2014 – Saudi camel owners deny possible link between livestock and spread of MERS.

Ha’aretz

Israel not impressed by global trend toward less meat, dairy
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

David Blatt: Today the Euroleague, tomorrow the NBA
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

Israelis to ‘burn the man’ for the first time this summer
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

Supreme Court to state: Refugees also deserve due process
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

Knesset digs but settlement funding still a secret
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

Wife with husband in 7-year coma gets rabbinical divorce
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

IDF ombudsman report: Increasing complaints of violence, humiliation
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

Intelligence service budgets soared by 10% in 2013 to NIS 6.6 billion
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

Controlling share of Tnuva sold to Chinese company
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

How will Hezbollah’s role in Syrian civil war affect Israel?
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

How will Hezbollah’s role in Syrian civil war affect Israel?
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

IDF says forgery likely in video showing Palestinian teens’ deaths
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

Six Iranians arrested for making ‘Happy’ video released
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

ADL slams anti-Muslim ad campaign
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

WATCH: Israeli PM plays host to Jay Leno
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

IAEA: Iran agrees to address issues in nuclear bomb probe
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

U.S. Senate confirms Stanley Fischer as Fed governor
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

A wholly insignificant papal visit to the Holy Land
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

Israel issues restraining orders against Jewish youths ahead of Pope visit
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

Israel ports reformer leaves post
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

What does the superfluous Diaspora Affairs Ministry have to do with Iran’s nuclear program?
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

Abbas: Palestinians not seeking to join more UN agencies for now
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

Kerry failure proves that cuddling Netanyahu doesn’t bring peace any closer
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

Silvan Shalom won’t run for president, say associates
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

Conservative rabbis blast Yesh Atid MK on Jewish marriage
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

Prince Charles: ‘Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler’
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

U.S. urges restraint by both sides after killing of Palestinian teens
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

Judge’s car torched in south Israel
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

IDF uses live-fire zones to expel Palestinians from areas of West Bank, officer admits
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

Bibi is all the president we need
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Joint effort: Israeli cannabis experts to speak in Jamaica conference
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Russia: Don’t disrupt Ukraine’s elections
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Justice prevails in the Negev
Ha’aretz – 20 May 2014

Jerusalem Post

Media Comment: Criticizing the media
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Israel is a country which has just witnessed a former prime minister being sentenced to a jail term, along with others, for criminal corruption. The media had a field day, whether they supported or opposed him. 

Encountering Peace: From David to Goliath
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Palestinians are fighting for exactly what we Jews fought for – freedom, independence, identity. 

Ya’alon: David’s Sling defense system may not be operational in time due to lack of budget
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Defense minister adds that there are 10,000 rockets in Gaza; IAF chief: Air force is quietly fighting a “war between the wars.” 

Washington Watch: Running interference
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Netanyahu knows Israel’s threat to strike Iran has given impetus to the current diplomatic efforts, and he appears intent on keeping all his options open. 

Aftermath: In Poland and America
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – “I was one of a number of rabbis in Palm Beach County in Florida who were asked to speak after showing of the Polish film.” 

Israel restricts right-wing Jewish activists for Pope’s visit
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Restraining orders issued after anti-Christian slogans; Pope Francis to visit Holy Land next week. 

Chemical imbalance
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – It is easy to castigate Israel Chemicals Ltd. as ungrateful, extortionist and greedy. After a series of painful legal and regulatory wallops, ICL threatens to suspend at least a billion dollars of investment in this country. 

Candidly speaking: Have they no shame?
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – The campaign against Israel Hayom is beneath contempt. It emanates from Noni Mozes, the publisher of Yediot Aharonot which, prior to the advent of Israel Hayom, totally dominated the Israeli mass media. 

A rare pope indeed
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – In 1965, the first bold move came at the end of Pope Paul VI’s tenure, and brought about the greatest shift in the Church’s attitude toward Judaism in 2,000 years. 

Hilik Bar withdraws support for Temple Mount prayer bill
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Access for Jews and other non-Muslims at the Temple Mount is strictly controlled, and police prohibit any non-Muslim prayer at the site. 

Shaare Zedek Medical Center campus to be named in honor of New York couple
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Couple is donating $18 million, marking their 40th wedding anniversary and 60th birthdays. 

Water Authority launches plan to streamline water and sewage corporations
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – The program aims to significantly improve efficiency and follows a trend of doing so for the past few years. 

Bennett to advance affirmative action for haredim
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Legislation would increase haredi participation in the public sector; in first quarter of 2014, male haredi employment stood at 44.5%, compared to the national average of 81 percent. 

Airbus Defense and IAI strike deal to produce drones for European market
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Currently Germany relies on Israeli companies for its drone needs and may continue to do so until a European system is developed. 

Abbas condemns attack on Israeli journalist
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Some Palestinian journalists have been waging a campaign against their Israeli colleagues, demanding they be banned from entering Palestinian territories. 

Israel short on Davids says Peres as he asks Davids Blatt and Blu to remain with Maccabi Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Players give Peres a small trophy as a symbol of thanks for his service to the country. 

Pharmaceutical giant cooperates with chief scientist to promote life science R&D
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Once Merck chooses to collaborate with Israeli companies as a result of the agreement, the Chief Scientist’s Office will grant financial support. 

60% of soldiers’ complaints justified, new report says
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Annual report by Soldiers’ Complaints Commissioner found rise in mistreatment of subordinates by commanders, failures in delivering proper medical treatment. 

Rabbi among dozens arrested in New York child pornography bust
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Suspects arrested from all walks of life in one of the largest roundups of child pornography distributes in the New York City-area. 

Palestinian court gives jail term to exiled Fatah official Dahlan
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Not clear if Palestinian Authority will ask Abu Dhabi, where Dahlan is living, to extradite him; the exiled leader enjoys relative support in Arab world. 

Silvan Shalom drops out of June 10 presidential election
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Likud MKs shift support to Rivlin after Shalom drops out; Hatnua MK Meir Sheetrit becomes third official candidate to join race. 

Liberman: US has no right to tell Israel to investigate deaths of Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – After US calls for prompt and transparent investigation into Nakba Day deaths recorded on video, Israel’s foreign minister attacks world’s hypocrisy. 

Six arrested for being ‘happy’ in Iran
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Six young Iranians in trouble after making video of themselves dancing on Tehran rooftops to Pharrell Williams’ song Happy. 

Knesset approves added benefits for Holocaust survivors in early vote
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – According to the proposal, Holocaust survivors have the right to food, housing, health and social services as well as other benefits. 

Children of Holocaust survivors take shooting lessons in Los Angeles
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – A group of Jews in California led by a child of Holocaust survivors makes clear what firearms training has to do with fighting anti-Semitism. 

IN PICTURES: Israeli med students cute-ify scary doctor check-ups
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – In a project called ‘Teddy Bears Hospital,’ doctors-in-training teach Israeli students not to fear visiting the doctor. 

German party accused of neo-Nazi traits set for EU parliament
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – “We say Europe is the continent of white people and it should remain that way,” says National Democratic Party leader. 

Netanyahu meets king of late night TV
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – “I’m glad you left television and came to Israel,” Netanyahu tells Jay Leno, who is in Israel to present award to former NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 

ADL condemns int’l community’s ‘rush to judgment’ on Nakba Day deaths
Jerusalem Post 21 May 2014 – Palestinian officials label the deaths a “war crime” have called on the UN to take “punitive action.” 

Uruknet

Judge Orders Hundreds of Videos of Guantanamo Prisoner s Force-Feedings to Be Preserved from Destruction
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 – Hundreds of videos of force-feedings of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been ordered to be preserved by a United States district court judge. The judge has also ordered, for the first time, that the government halt…

Fatah senior leader: Israel killed the two-state solution
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 – Member of Fatah executive committee Tawfiq al-Tirawi has said that Israel killed the two-state solution, Israeli newspaper Ha aretz has said. Al-Tirawi told the newspaper: “You say that the Israeli right wing does not want peace…

Israel demolished 567 homes during last round of negotiations
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 – Israeli occupation forces demolished 567 Palestinian homes during the 9 months of negotiations, the Earth Research Center said in a press release Friday. The ERC also said that Israeli occupation forces confiscated more than 14,000 acres…

Israeli forces injure Palestinian fisherman in north Gaza
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 — A Palestinian man was shot and injured by Israeli forces while he was fishing on the coast of the Gaza Strip on Saturday, medics said.Medics in the besieged coastal enclave told Ma an that the fisherman…

PPP: All Palestinian factions involved in forming unity govt
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 1, 2014 — All Palestinian factions have been involved in talks to form a national unity government, the socialist Palestinian People s Party said Friday. PPP Secretary-General Bassam al-Salihi told Ma an that meetings discussing the formation of the…

Syria News – May 16 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 16 , 2014 – By the end of Friday the Coordination Committees were able to document 78 martyrs in Syria including 3 women, 9 children and 7 martyrs under torture: 21 martyrs were reported in Daraa; 17 in Damascus and…

Military Resistance 12E7 Soldiers for Themselves
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 – Taliban fighters opened fire and stormed a government building in eastern Afghanistan in the most serious of a string of attacks across the country early on Monday, May 12…. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for…

Lost cities of Palestine (Video ) 
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 – Rarely seen archival footage accompanies memories and accounts of forgotten Palestinian cities and the catastrophic effect the creation of Israel in 1948 had on them. Haifa, Nazareth, and Jaffa have all been overshadowed by Tel Aviv,…

Challenging Bullets, Not Boycotts: Education Under Occupation in Palestine
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 -“God Kristian, I can t even remember how many times my school closed this semester,” Amanda Mansara, a Palestinian university student wrote to me in January 2014. When Amanda and I met in the West Bank last…

Voices from the diaspora: What does Nakba mean to you?
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 – “The annual commemoration of the Nakba has come to symbolize the inception of the Palestinian tragedy. Although it is largely regarded as a historic event, the Nakba is not solely a reflection on a contained period…

Syria Protests May 16 , 2014 : A Video Roundup
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – 

Specific Association of Teratogen and Toxicant Metals in Hair of Newborns with Congenital Birth Defects in Gaza
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 -ABSTRACT. This study was undertaken in Gaza, Palestine, in a cohort of babies born in 2011. Hair samples of newborns were analyzed for metal load by DRC-ICP-MS. We report specific level of contamination by teratogen/toxicants metals of…

Object to a War Criminal at Your Graduation? You Must Be a Bigot 
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 – New York Times columnist Timothy Egan (5/16/14) rages against the “forces of intolerance,” “bigots,” “censors” and “lefty thought police”-that is, against college students who dare to have moral objections to the speakers their administrations chose to…

Quaking Faultlines Drones Over Nigeria 
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 -….Indeed, intervention in Mali may have precipitated today s intervention in Nigeria in three crucial ways: it arguably weakened the Nigerian army while feeding the power of the generals and valorizing the reach of NATO. Strife in…

Hamas wary of improved Turkey-Israel ties
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 16, 2014 -Hamas has remained silent about the possibility of a rapprochement between Israel and Turkey, but within the movement, mixed views remain.”[Hamas] does not want to interfere in the Internal affairs of an ally country like Turkey,” a…

Daily Star

Libya general calls for council to take power
Daily Star 21 May 2014 Libya’s renegade general has called for handing power to a presidential council to oversee transitional period until holding new parliamentary elections.

Renegade general says Libya needs crisis gov’t to oversee elections
Daily Star 21 May 2014 A renegade Libyan general said on Wednesday the North African country needed to form a national crisis government to oversee the upcoming elections.

Egypt sentences 54 Morsi supporters to life in jail
Daily Star 21 May 2014 An Egyptian anti-terror court on Wednesday sentenced 54 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to life in prison for taking part in violent protests, judicial officials said.

One killed, six wounded in bomb attack on Egyptian security vehicle
Daily Star 21 May 2014 One Egyptian was killed and six others were injured in a bomb attack on Wednesday on a security vehicle in Egypt’s lawless Sinai Peninsula, near the border with Israel, security sources said.

U.S. deploys about 80 military personnel to help find Nigerian girls
Daily Star 21 May 2014 The United States has deployed about 80 military personnel to Chad as part of its effort to help find and return more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, President Barack Obama…

Pope: Aim of Mideast trip purely religious
Daily Star 21 May 2014 Israeli police said Wednesday it had issued restraining orders against several Jewish extremists who had planned to disrupt the upcoming visit of Pope Francis.

New Libyan PM Maiteeq says he wants cabinet open to all factions
Daily Star 21 May 2014 Libya’s new prime minister, Ahmed Maiteeq, said on Wednesday he wanted to form a cabinet open to all political factions that rejected the use of weapons.

Bahrain youth killed in clashes with police: opposition
Daily Star 21 May 2014 A Bahraini youth was killed on Wednesday in clashes with police at a Shiite village near the capital Manama, the main Shiite opposition bloc Al-Wefaq said.

Abbas rival sentenced to 2 years in absentia
Daily Star 21 May 2014 A court has sentenced a leading rival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in absentia to two years in prison, effectively sidelining him in a future leadership battle.

Aoun, Hariri, Nasrallah Lebanon’s power ‘trinity’: FPM head
Daily Star 21 May 2014 Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun said Wednesday that he along with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Hezbollah’s Chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah form “Lebanon’s power trinity.”

Moscow will veto UN resolution on ICC for Syria: envoy
Daily Star 21 May 2014 Russia will veto a draft UN Security Council resolution that calls for bringing Syria before the International Criminal Court, Moscow’s ambassador said Wednesday.

Syria calls for help rebuilding health system wrecked by “terrorists”
Daily Star 21 May 2014 Syria’s government begged the world for help on Wednesday to rebuild a healthcare system it said had been destroyed by “terrorists”, despite reports by U.N. officials that Syrian government forces were largely to blame for the…

Israeli police detain extremists before pope visit
Daily Star 21 May 2014 Israel’s national police force said Wednesday it has issued restraining orders against several Jewish extremists who had planned to “disrupt” the upcoming visit of Pope Francis.

Pelosi inclined to appoint Democrats to Benghazi panel: senior aide
Daily Star 21 May 2014 U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi “is now leaning toward” appointing Democratic members to a special panel investigating the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, a senior Democratic aide said…

YNet News

Haredim: Remove women from IDF recruitment centers
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – Jerusalem faction led by Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach demands that there will be no female soldiers at centers yeshiva students are asked to report to in order to receive exemption from military service. ….

Boycotting J Street is a serious mistake 
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – Op-ed: Instead of pushing Jewish bodies into arms of demonization campaign, we must strengthen pro-Israel side which still exists in them. ….

US won’t present new peace initiative, waiting for Israeli, Palestinian ideas
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – ….

Police arrest 4 Arab boys suspected of spraying anti-Semitic graffiti in Lod
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – ….

One killed, six wounded in bomb attack on Egyptian security vehicle
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – ….

Russia says it will veto UN resolution on Syria
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – ….

Syria calls for help rebuilding health system wrecked by “terrorists”
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – ….

Diaspora Jews want democratic, pluralistic Israel, study finds
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – Extensive research project by Jewish People Policy Institute shows Diaspora Jews want Israel to respect religious diversity and minorities, view democracy as integral value within Judaism. ….

Netanyahu vs. Rivlin: Likud ‘princes’ war
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – Analysis: Battle over Israel’s presidency reflects past political rivalry between Revisionists, Irgun members. ….

Rabbi accused of embezzling money to keep relationship with 16-year-old quiet
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – Offical statements in Boston court claim as much as $480,000 paid by Rabbi Barry Star by changing amounts written on checks from community members. ….

Spanish Jews protest Twitter insults over Maccabi TA win
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – Jewish organizations ask prosecutors to investigate some 18,000 anti-Semitic tweets following Israeli basketball club’s victory over Spain’s Real Madrid in Euroleague final. ….

Abbas’ Holocaust condemnation commendable 
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – Op-ed: Netanyahu didn’t welcome Palestinian leader’s statement because he sees Holocaust as a PR asset which only Israel will decide who can use. ….

Israel Prison Service denies allegations at heart of Holot protest
YNet News, 20 May 2014 – Some 300 asylum seekers are protesting at the Negev facility, claiming nine transfers were left to sleep outside; Prison Service says demonstrators trying to pressure management with false claims. ….

US to Israel: Investigate killing of Palestinian teens
YNet News, 20 May 2014 – Following release of footage documenting killing of two Palestinians near Ramallah, US State Department spokesperson says US expects Israel to ‘conduct a thorough and transparent investigation’. ….

Jewish youth pose as young women to bait Arabs
YNet News, 20 May 2014 – Jerusalem teens indicted for beating Arab clerk targeted by WhatsApp and Facebook group called ‘Jews Against Mescegenation’ for ‘good, clean work’. ….

Time to embrace the Internet, Iran president says
YNet News, 20 May 2014 – In speech that distances Rouhani from conservative clerics, Iran President says country should ‘see (the Internet) as an opportunity. We must recognise our citizens’ right to connect to the World Wide Web’. ….

Finance Ministry rebuffs Defense Ministry on budget
YNet News, 20 May 2014 – Source tells Ynet that military establishment’s request for cash injection will be rejected, Finance Ministry will recommend further cuts in 2015. ….

Islamic Iranian women demand stricter dress code
YNet News, 20 May 2014 – Prostesters insisting on greater dress code enforcement contrast growing online campaign of women without veils. ….

Thai army declares martial law in country torn by instability
YNet News, 20 May 2014 – Military takes over after six months of violent protests that claimed the lives of nearly 30 people; caretaker government says it hadn’t been informed of army move, but is still in control of country. ….

Palestinian Information Center

In order to have real influence, EU must end blind bias in Israel’s favor
PIC – In statements reported Tuesday, European Union (EU) ambassador to Israel Faaborg Anderson once again displayed characteristic western bias toward Israel.

Zahhar reiterates Hamas commitment to the liberation of Palestine
PIC – Hamas leader Dr. Mahmoud Zahhar reiterated his movement’s uncompromising will to watch over the Palestinian legitimate human and land rights.

IOF demolishes 20 Palestinian facilities in Jordan Valley
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces accompanied by military bulldozers stormed on Wednesday Jeftlek village, north of the Jordan Valley, and demolished 20 Palestinian facilities including tents and sheds. 

Israeli arrests in West Bank and Gaza
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested five Palestinians, including ex-detainees, from Gaza Strip and West Bank, and confiscated two fishing boats.

450 Palestinian refugees rescued off Italian coast
PIC – 450 Palestinian and Syrian refugees, including 100 children, on board two boats were rescued by the Italian coastguards while they were on their way out of the war-torn Syria on their way to Europe.

Mass solidarity hunger strike to be initiated by 5200 Palestinian prisoners
PIC – The Ministry of Prisoners said 5200 prisoners will embark on a mass hunger strike on Thursday in solidarity with their administrative fellows, who have been on hunger strike for 28 days in a row.

Covert-listening-device detected in Sheikh Raed Salah’s office
PIC – The Islamic Movement inside of the Green Line revealed that a listening device was planted by the Israeli intelligence inside the office of its leader Sheikh Raed Salah.

Palestinian hunger striker released due to his health deterioration
PIC – Israeli occupation authorities released on Tuesday the hunger striker Rami Barghouti, from Ramallah, due to his worsening health condition.

WAFA

Abbas Briefs Bulgarian Prime Minister on Peace Impasse
WAFA – 21 May 2014

EADPD Makes Calls to Oblige Israel to Respond to Hunger-Striking Prisoners’ Demands
WAFA – 21 May 2014

Army Demolishes Mobile Homes, Displaces dozens in Jordan Valley
WAFA – 21 May 2014

EU Missions Expresses Concern over Killing of Two Palestinians near Offer
WAFA – 21 May 2014

Settlers Storm Municipal Park near Hebron
WAFA – 21 May 2014

Hamdallah Discusses Mutual Issues with Bulgarian Counterpart
WAFA – 21 May 2014

Israeli Forces Five Palestinians in Jenin and Jerusalem
WAFA – 21 May 2014

India Supports Building of Two Schools in Palestine
WAFA – 21 May 2014

Army Demolishes 5 Residential sheds, Displaces Residents in Jordan Valley
WAFA – 21 May 2014

Newspaper Review: Knesset’s Bill Allowing Jews to Pray at Al-Aqsa Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 21 May 2014

Over 5200 Prisoners to Go on Hunger Strike Thursday in Support of Administrative Detainees
WAFA – 21 May 2014

EUPOL COPPS Organizes Workshops on Independence of Judiciary
WAFA – 21 May 2014

$40 Million World Bank Grant to Support the Palestinian Authority’s Reform Priorities
WAFA – 21 May 2014

Misc

Pope Seeks Balance on Mideast Trip, and His Plans Anger Many
New York Times 21 May 2014 – Pope Francis plans a strong show of support for a Palestinian state this weekend, when he is expected to become the first pontiff to travel to the occupied West Bank without passing through Israel. 

Taliban Attacks Leave 22 Afghan Police Officers Dead
New York Times 21 May 2014 – The insurgents boasted that their spring offensive was well underway, and said it proved they could disrupt the coming runoff election for president of Afghanistan. 

Rash of Taliban Attacks Leaves 22 Afghan Police Officers Dead
New York Times 21 May 2014 – The insurgents boasted that their spring offensive was well underway, and said it proved they could disrupt the upcoming runoff election for president of Afghanistan. 

Egyptian Court Convicts Mubarak of Embezzlement
New York Times 21 May 2014 – Former President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons were convicted of diverting millions of dollars in public money in a case that may implicate the current prime minister and spy chief. 

At War Blog: From War Zone to Workplace, Can Veterans Fill a Void?
New York Times 21 May 2014 – Could turning to the hundreds of thousands of former and reserve soldiers help meet the hiring needs of companies? 

Op-Ed Contributor: Go Beyond Diplomacy on Syria
New York Times 21 May 2014 – The United States needs to provide covert assistance to moderate Syrian opposition groups. 

World Briefing: Italy: Nearly 500 Migrants Rescued Off Sicily
New York Times 20 May 2014 – The Italian navy saved the migrants, including 100 children, from two fishing boats in an all-night operation on Tuesday. 

World Briefing: Iran: More Than One Million Said to Defy Alcohol Ban
New York Times 20 May 2014 – A study showed that 30 percent of the drinkers are women, despite an officially enforced Islamic prohibition on alcoholic beverages, a medical toxicologist said Tuesday. 

Killings Revive Fears in Egypt Before 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 Renews Questions on Death of Young Palestinians
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 they were shot by the Israeli military. 

Canadian Jewish paper censors piece defending Zionism because it mentions Blumenthal debate
Mondoweiss – Mira Sucharov, a liberal Zionist writer who teaches political science at Carleton University, is set to debate Goliath author Max Blumenthal tomorrow night at the University of Ottawa . The question: Can Israel exist as both Jewish and democratic? Braintwister! In the meantime, Sucharov has published a piece…

‘NYT’ runs fair story on horrendous killings
Mondoweiss – Today the New York Times covered the horrifying video from the West Bank protest on May 15 that appears to show two defenseless young Palestinians being killed by Israeli gunfire. The Times story is titled “Video Renews Questions on Death of Young Palestinians,” and as veteran…

Democracy and divestment — DePaul and UCLA students try to thwart Israel lobby
Mondoweiss – There’s something really exciting going on this week at DePaul University in Chicago, 1300 students signed a petition to get a divestment referendum added to the student government election ballot. If the referendum passes it will bind next year’s student government against passing anything that contradicts…

Iran politicking gets in the way of visa waivers for Israelis
Mondoweiss – Tuesday was supposed to be the day that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, a bill that would bolster the two countries’ alliance and provide a path for Israel to enter into the visa-waiver program. But it didn’t happen. A Republican…

Movement to divest from Israeli occupation grows at UW-Seattle
Mondoweiss – On Monday April 14th, a coalition of ten University of Washington (UW) student organizations–Disability Advocacy Student Association, Disorientation UW, International Socialist Organization, Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Atzlan, Third Wave Feminists, Solidarity with UW Custodians, UW Black Student Union, United Students Against Sweatshops, Somali Student Association, and…

‘Sharp increase’ in number of Palestinian refugees killed by Israel in last 18 months — UN agency
Mondoweiss – UNRWA infographic on trend in killings of Palestinian refugees in West Bank (Click to enlarge) Felipe Sanchez, Director of operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the West Bank, today issued this statement on Israel’s killings of two youths in a protest at Beitunia…

Friedlander’s ‘plain speaking’ on Israeli trends (per Bromwich)
Mondoweiss – Saul Friedlander The other day I picked up some of Haaretz’s interview of Holocaust scholar Saul Friedlander, in which he said that it was legitimate for the left to analogize trends in Israeli political culture to Nazi actions in the 1930s. David Bromwich, who has a…

U.S. is ‘closely following’ Israel’s killing of 2 youths at demo, seeks ‘transparent’ investigation
Mondoweiss – The State Department says it is counting on the Israeli government to conduct a “prompt and transparent” investigation of Israeli forces’ killings of two youths on Nakba Day last Thursday near Ofer prison. It is “closely following this incident” and questions whether the use of force…

Israel confiscates Red Cross tents so as to expel Palestinians from Area C
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing IDF uses live-fire zones to expel Palestinians from areas of West Bank, officer admits Haaretz 12 May by Amira Hass — Officer tells Knesset committee method used to reduce illegal construction, Palestinian population in Area C; Habayit Hayehudi MK…

Australia Two-State Debate Invites, then Disinvites, then Reinvites Palestinian BDS Activist
Tikun Olam – Peter Beinart and Dahlia Scheindlin, both known for their liberal Zionist views and support for a two state solution (though the latter has expressed some doubt lately), were invited by the Australian Jewish community to participate in the annual Limmud Oz Jewish learning celebration. At a…

Israeli TV Report Proves Live Ammunition Killed Palestinian Child
Tikun Olam – The latest on the Israeli Border Police murder of two Palestinian children outside Ofer Prison comes from Israel’s major news magazine program, Mabat (Hebrew video above), which interviewed Palestinian eyewitnesses and family members of the murdered boys. The store owner whose video camera recorded the killings…

Israeli Border Police 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 Border Police saying only rubber bullets were fired. This was a lie, one that’s never been…

Sean Penn’s Fake Apologia for Free Speech 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…

Israeli army uses live-fire zones to expel Palestinians from areas of West Bank, officer admits 
Sabbah report 21 May 2014 – Military training in live-fire zones in the West Bank is used as a way of reducing the number of Palestinians living nearby, and serves as an important part of the campaign against Palestinian “illegal” construction, an army officer revealed at a recent Knesset committee meeting. Continue…

Libya general urges crisis cabinet 
BBC 21 May 2014 – The general leading an armed campaign against Libya’s government has urged the judiciary to appoint an emergency cabinet to take over.

Israel Aims To Rein In Jewish Radicals for Pope’s Visit 
The Foward Breaking News 21 May 2014 – Israel issued restraining orders against several Jewish right-wing activists on Wednesday, restricting their movements over concern that they could try to disrupt a May 24-26 visit to the Holy Land by Pope Francis. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Iran ‘releases’ Happy video dancers 
BBC 21 May 2014 – A group of Iranians who were arrested for filming a video tribute to Pharrell Williams’ song Happy have been released on bail, reports from Tehran suggest.

Washington Students Nix Israel Divestment 
The Foward Breaking News 21 May 2014 – The student senate at the University of Washington voted overwhelmingly to reject a proposed measure on divestment from Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Iran ‘releases’ Happy video dancers 
BBC 21 May 2014 – Several young people arrested in Iran for taking part in a YouTube tribute to Pharrell Williams’ hit song Happy are released, according to reports.

VIDEO: Egypt elections ‘will be transparent’ 
BBC 21 May 2014 – Egypt’s interim prime minister says next week’s presidential elections will be free and fair.

Nigeria: Israeli Sends Experts to Help Hunt for Schoolgirls 
allAfrica.com 21 May 2014 – [CISA]Chibok -Intelligence experts from Israel have been sent to Nigeria to help search for more than 200 schoolgirls abducted last month by Boko Haram, an Israeli official said on Tuesday May 20.

Congress Move To Ease Visa Rules for Israel Hits Snag Over Spying Reports 
The Forward New 21 May 2014 – A seemingly routine move in Congress to ease visa restrictions on Israelis has all but died. The measure was shelved amid a spy scandal and inside-the-Beltway politics. Click here for the rest of the article…

George Soros funds and foundations must be held accountable for investments in Israeli violations of international law 
Global BDS 21 May 2014 – Ramallah, 21 May 2014 — The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society that is leading the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights, called today for a boycott of the Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations…

Red Cross delivers food to Aleppo 
BBC 21 May 2014 – Aid groups negotiate a deal with government and rebels to deliver emergency rations to 60,000 people in the embattled Syrian province of Aleppo.

Three-year jail sentence for Mubarak 
BBC 21 May 2014 – A court in Egypt sentences ousted President Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison after finding him and his two sons guilty of embezzlement.

Dutch try to avert Saudi sanctions 
BBC 21 May 2014 – The Netherlands sends a diplomat to Saudi Arabia to try to ease anger over anti-Islamic messages distributed by far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders.

ICC rejects final appeal to try Gaddafi son Seif al-Islam in Libya 
Al-Akhbar News 21 May 2014 – The International Criminal Court on Wednesday rejected a final bid by Tripoli’s lawyers to try slain leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam in Libya, meaning he must now be transferred to The Hague. Seif’s transfer to face charges relating to the bloody repression of the 2011…

A mother’s right to health in the refugee camps of Lebanon 
Al-Akhbar News 21 May 2014 – Small children ride through the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Small children ride through the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The expectation of a baby brings excitement and joy, but for refugees living in Lebanon, the birth of a newborn…

Palestinian court sentences Dahlan to jail for ‘insult’ to state institutions 
Al-Akhbar News 21 May 2014 – A Palestinian court has sentenced an exiled rival of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to two years in jail for “insulting state institutions,” raising pressure on Mohammed Dahlan after months of mutual recriminations. The ruling was dated March 6, but the verdict was only published in…

German journalist receives death threats over anti-Erdogan quote 
Al-Akhbar News 21 May 2014 – A correspondent for Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine has been forced to temporarily leave Turkey after he received thousands of death threats over his article on the country’s worst mining disaster. “I was not withdrawn” by the magazine, Hasnain Kazim, the Istanbul-based correspondent, told AFP in an…

Interior minister denies pledging support to Libya’s renegade general 
Al-Akhbar News 21 May 2014 – Updated 5:53 pm: Libya’s acting interior minister, Saleh Mazeg, said on Wednesday his ministry stood with “the Libyan people,” not with renegade General Khalifa Haftar. Mazeg, speaking on the local television station al-Nabaa, said a ministry statement carried earlier by the state news agency LANA saying…

Southern separatists protest in Yemen 
Al-Akhbar News 21 May 2014 – Thousands of separatists rallied in Yemen’s main southern city Aden Wednesday demanding renewed independence for the region on the 20th anniversary of a secession bid that was crushed by northern troops. The demonstrators waved the flag of the formerly independent south and pictures of exiled separatist…

Dutch diplomat to visit Saudi Arabia over anti-Islam stickers 
Al-Akhbar News 21 May 2014 – A file picture taken on December 19, 2013 shows racist Dutch Party of Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders gesturing and holding a sticker mocking Saudi Arabia’s national flag and reading in Arabic “Islam is a lie. Mohammed is a criminal. The Quran is poison” in the…

VIDEO: Saudi Arabia promises action on Mers 
BBC 21 May 2014 – Saudi Arabia’s acting health minister say his country will do more to tackle the Mers virus

Tunisia in the Libyan tempest 
Al-Akhbar News 21 May 2014 – A file picture taken on April 18, 2014, shows Tunisian National Constituent Assembly (NCA) deputies attending a parliament session in Tunis. (Photo: AFP-Fethi Belaid) A file picture taken on April 18, 2014, shows Tunisian National Constituent Assembly (NCA) deputies attending a parliament session in Tunis. (Photo:…

The Egyptian revolution devours its own 
Al-Akhbar News 21 May 2014 – Mahmud Hassan Ramadan (glasses) who has been sentenced to death, looks through the defendant’s cage on May 19, 2014 during his trial and that of others over the deadly violence in the Sidi Gaber neighbourhood of the northern port city of Alexandria on July 5 last…

Salam and the Christians in government work to prevent presidential vacuum 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 21 May 2014 – A picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (R) meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam in Jeddah during the latter’s visit to the kingdom on May 20, 2014. (Photo: AFP/HO/SPA) A picture provided by the Saudi…

VIDEO: Mubarak jailed for embezzlement 
BBC 21 May 2014 – A court in Egypt sentences ousted President Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison after finding him and his two sons guilty of embezzlement.

Italian navy rescues child migrants 
BBC 21 May 2014 – The Italian navy rescues nearly 1,000 illegal migrants from the seas off southern Italy inside two days, with 170 minors among them.

The myth of liberalism: Bill Maher, Boko Haram and the violence of religion 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 21 May 2014 – Bill Maher. (Photo: AFP-Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez) Bill Maher. (Photo: AFP-Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez) “There’s no mention here of connecting this to religion…and that in the religion at large, women are seen as property – second class at best, often as property.” Sana Saeed read more

VIDEO: ‘I survived the Israeli airport massacre’ 
BBC 20 May 2014 – Wounded survivor recalls 1972 Israel airport massacre

How the army is taking revenge against Islamists in Libya 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Al-Qaeda plays with explosives in Ain al-Hilweh 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Articles


JNF continues to raze land, trample Bedouin rights in Naqab 
Alternative Information Center 5/20/2014
Bulldozers of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) returned Monday to the “unrecognized” Bedouin-Palestinian village of Awajan in the Naqab (Negev). The Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality reports that the bulldozers, accompanied by Israeli security forces, are “preparing the land for forestation”, although this land is cultivated and farmed by the Al Assad family.
On 12 May JNF bulldozers began plowing some 700 acres of Awajan land, located just south of the Bedouin-Palestinian town of Laqiya. Area residents responded by setting up a protest tent against the JNF forestation project, which is aimed at taking over village land and expelling its residents.
The following day numerous police officers arrived to the protest tent. Confrontations developed and the police, who lacked any form of official identification, used tear gas and stun grenades against local residents. A boy child of 12 was beaten and five children, aged eight to fourteen, were arrested in addition to two adults. One of the adults was Atiya al-A’sam, chairman of the Council of Unrecognized Bedouin Villages, who tried telling the officers that JNF actions were illegal. The children were taken to a nearby police station and interrogated illegally without their parents being present. All detainees were released by evening, although an order was issued against al-A’sam keeping him away from the area for two weeks.
The village of Awajan existed prior to 1948 and is home to some 3,600 residents, most of them members of the al Assad family. The village has no schools, electricity, health services or infrastructure, and local residents are forced to buy water privately. The crucial role played by the Jewish National Fund in displacing the Palestinian people has been increasingly underlined. On 6 May more than 25 thousand people rallied in the Galilee calling for implementation of the right of return for Palestinian refugees…. more.. e-mail

What’s stopping the Third Intifada? 
Jamil Hilal, Al-Shabaka, Ma’an News Agency 5/21/2014
The repeated failure of bilateral negotiations brokered by the United States to halt and reverse Israel’s aggressive colonialism regularly fuels speculation about a third intifada (uprising) against the Israeli occupation. 
However, a third intifada depends on the interaction of two sets of processes: the collective repressive and dehumanizing conditions of life under occupation, on the one hand, and, on the other, the changes that have taken place within Palestinian society in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as the overall Palestinian political movement.
Processes Driving a Third Intifada
Under cover of the Oslo Accords, Israel has engineered a tight apartheid system in the West Bank and Gaza Strip marked by the national subjugation of Palestinians, the denial of their collective rights, their humiliation, and the pauperization of an increasing number. 
The mechanisms used to maintain this collective subjugation are well known: control and colonization of land and other natural resources; control of borders, external trade, and the supply of water and electricity; daily violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians and their property; and disregard of the sanctity of the Muslim and Christian holy places, among others.
In addition, as a settler colonial state, Israel has annexed Jerusalem and its environs and is emptying both Jerusalem and the Oslo-created Area C of its indigenous Palestinians while settling them with Israeli Jews. Twenty years after Oslo, one in every four persons in the West Bank is a settler. more.. e-mail

Under pressure, Israel’s Palestinian Christians reach out to pope 
AFP, Ma’an News Agency 5/21/2014
IQRIT (AFP) — On a lonely hill in northern Israel, a stone’s throw from the Lebanese border, stands Iqrit church, one of the last vestiges of a village razed by Israeli troops in 1951.
This small, white church is a symbol of the enduring memory and resistance shown by the Christians of historic Palestine who are reaching out for help to Pope Francis, who begins a three-day visit to the Holy Land on Saturday.
In a letter to the pontiff, the people of Iqrit and those of the neighboring village
of Kufr Birim, all of them Catholics, beg him to “intensify” efforts to pressure Israel to end the injustice inflicted upon their community.

“We hope that your upcoming visit to Palestine and Israel will serve towards that purpose,” it said, describing themselves as internally displaced Palestinians within the State of Israel.
In 1948, six months after Israel was established, the army asked Iqrit’s 450 inhabitants to leave their homes for two weeks as a temporary measure due to military operations in the area.
But they were never allowed to go back.
In July 1951, the Supreme Court ruled the villagers should be allowed to return, but the government ignored the ruling. Five months later, on Christmas Eve, the army demolished the entire village, except for the church and its cemetery.
‘Second-class citizens’
The Palestinian Christians of Galilee, who hold Israeli nationality, admit some disappointment that unlike his predecessors, Pope Francis will not be visiting Christian landmarks in the north during his visit. more.. e-mail

Stop Administrative Detention 
Daoud Kuttab, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 5/15/2014
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 Btselem and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, in addition to Palestinian human rights organisations such as Al Haq and the Independent Centre 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.
Palestinian prisoners have regularly protested such illegal and inhumane detention, most often by going on extensive hunger strikes with simultaneous protest campaigns in Palestine and around the world. more.. e-mail


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