VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 22 May 2014: Europe should atone for its sins

22 May 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Hunger Striking Detainee Facing Serious Health Conditions
IMEMC – [Thursday, May 22, 2014] The International Red Cross – Palestine Branch has informed the family of detainee Ayman Tbeish, from the southern west Bank city of Hebron, that their hunger-striking son could die at any given moment. …

Israeli Minister To Present Bill To Expand Jerusalem Borders
IMEMC – [Thursday, May 22, 2014] Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said he intends to submit a draft law expanding the boundaries of occupied Jerusalem, to include the settlement blocs of Maaleh Adumim and the Gush Etzion. …

3 Under House Arrest For Pope Francis’ Visit
IMEMC – In what appears to be a token move by the state of Israel, three young Jewish militants have been placed under house arrest for suspicion of possible plans to disrupt Pope Francis’ visit to Israel this weekend. …

Israeli Settlers Storm Joseph’s Tomb
IMEMC – Violent clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli settlers at Joseph’s Tomb, after it was stormed by dozens of Jewish Israelis who performed religious rituals there. …

50 New Prisoners to Join AD Hunger Strike
IMEMC – 50 Palestinian prisoners held in Nafha Israeli prison, Mitzepe Ramon, will start an open-ended hunger strike on Sunday in support of the hunger striking administrative detainees, who also threatened to escalate their hunger strike and stop drinking water, according to the Palestinian Prisoner s Club (PPC) and an activist. …

VIDEO: Settler Runs Over Teenager in Hebron
IMEMC – Yesterday, during the early evening, several Palestinian youth were riding bikes near checkpoint 56 in the Tel Rumeida area of Al-Khalil (Hebron). At around 7pm, one youth, 17-year-old Izz Adel Bedo, from the Jabal Al-Takruri area of Hebron was knocked off his bike and run over by a settler driving a bus on the way to the illegal settlement of Tel Rumeida. …

Israel Digs Grid of Tunnels Underneath Al-Aqsa Gate
IMEMC – Al-Aqsa Foundation for Heritage and Waqf stated, Thursday, according to WAFA, that Israeli authorities have almost completed grid of tunnels underneath Bab al-Mathara, one of the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex gates. …

Rami Hamdallah is PM of New Unity Government
IMEMC – An informed source has told Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency that Rami Hamdallah is now the head of the forthcoming national reconciliation government. …

John Kerry Not to Return to Middle East with New Peace Deal
IMEMC – The US has announced that there will be no new Middle East peace project offered by the American Secretary of State, John Kerry. …

Ma’an News

Teen injured in Nablus clashes with Israeli forces
5/22/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teenager was injured on Thursday during clashes with Israeli forces in Nablus, Palestinian security officials said. Local youths threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli forces after they raided Balata refugee camp. Israeli soldiers responded with riot dispersal means, hitting Issa Hashash, 17, in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet. [END]

Settlers use bulldozers to level Palestinian land near Salfit
5/22/2014 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Thursday leveled Palestinian land in the village of Kafr ad-Dik west of Salfit, local Palestinian officials said. Settlers from Alei Zahav and the Bruchin outpost used bulldozers to level land in an area known locally as Thair Subih. Witnesses say the settlers were escorted by Israeli military forces. A local activist who monitors settlement activities told Ma’….

Hunger-strikers in Beersheba hospitalized after drinking tainted water
5/22/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A group of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners being held in isolation in Beersheba prison were transferred to Soroka Hospital after suffering from acute stomach pain caused due to tainted drinking water, the Palestinian Center for Prisoners Studies said on Thursday. The center quoted lawyer Rami al-Alamb as saying that a doctor at the hospital had determined that the cause of the pain….

Gaza merchants protest near Erez crossing
5/22/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Strip merchants on Thursday morning demonstrated in front of the Erez crossing in protest against new Israeli restrictions that have severely limited the number allowed to cross into Israel on a daily basis, witnesses told Ma’an. A protester at the crossing near Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip told Ma’an that although around 1,000….

Majority of Palestinians support Marwan Barghouthi for president
5/22/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A majority of Palestinians in the occupied territories favor jailed activist Marwan Barghouthi as a candidate in upcoming presidential elections, a public opinion survey released on Thursday said. The poll also revealed that 80 percent of Palestinians thought elections would “certainly” or “likely” be held within six months of the expected formation of the unity government next week, and almost 40….

Current PM Rami Hamdallah to head new unity govt
5/22/2014 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Palestinian premier Rami Hamdallah is to head the consensus government to be formed under a deal with Hamas to end seven years of rival administrations in the West Bank and Gaza, an official said Thursday.”The government is nearly ready, and Rami Hamdallah will be prime minister,” the official close to the reconciliation negotiations told AFP on condition of anonymity. President Mahmoud Abbas….

Concern as Israel tries to woo Palestinian Christians
5/22/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — In a region marked by sectarian division, Israel is trying to bring its Christian Palestinian population on side in a move aimed at splitting them from their Muslim compatriots, experts say. This Israeli charm offensive has recently led to the army calling for the first time on Arab Christians to sign up for military service, and in a newly-passed law which formalizes a….

Israel court hears appeal over Rachel Corrie’s death
5/22/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s Supreme Court on Wednesday heard an appeal by the parents of a US activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer in 2003. The parents of Rachel Corrie asked for a decision clearing the military of any responsibility for her death to be overturned, alleging “negligence” in the treatment of the case by an Israeli court.” I….

Israel puts Jewish extremists under house arrest for pope visit
5/22/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel has decided to place under house arrest three young Jewish extremists suspected of planning to disrupt Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land this weekend, police said on Wednesday.”The police and Shin Bet (security service) have taken out restraining orders against several right-wing activists who, according to information from Shin Bet, are planning to commit provocative acts during the pope….

Analysis: Europe should atone for its sins
5/22/2014 – John V. Whitbeck is an international lawyer who has advised the Palestinian negotiating team in negotiations with Israel. – Now that the American-monopolized “peace process” has expired, Europe should seize the initiative and try to do something useful for Israelis, Palestinians and peace. If European states still believe that a decent “two-state solution” is conceivable, several useful initiatives are immediately available. They could support and reinforce….

Gazan Christians travel to West Bank for Pope visit
5/22/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Several hundred Palestinian Christians from the Gaza Strip have been allowed to leave the besieged Palestinian territory to travel to the West Bank for Pope Francis’s upcoming visit, officials said Thursday.”Israel allowed around 650 Christians in Gaza to travel to the West Bank during the pope’s visit” this weekend, a security official told AFP. Dozens of pilgrims….

Tunisia grants 30-day visas to Palestine refugees fleeing Syria
5/22/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A group of 30 Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria have been allowed to temporarily enter Tunisia until a permanent solution can be found, having been denied entry to the country a day earlier. The refugees landed in Tunis-Carthage International Airport on Wednesday after having fled Syria via Beirut. Tunisian authorities initially denied them entry to the country and they were forced….

Man injured as explosion rocks Nablus old city
5/22/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A man was seriously wounded on Thursday as an explosion ripped through the old city of Nablus, Palestinian security officials said. Ameed Salim Akkub, 23, sustained serious burns in the explosion, which also damaged several stores near the al-Hanbali mosque. Firefighters arrived at the scene and put out the blaze. [END]


Christians in Israel face rise in hate crimes
AlJazeera 21 May 2014 – Escalation of threats and vandalism trigger claims that authorities turn blind eye to religious extremism.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Israeli Naval Forces Arrest 2 Fishermen, Wound One and Confiscate Fishing Boat in Gaza Sea
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

VIDEO: Settler runs over a 17-year-old Palestinian in Hebron
5/22/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Khalil team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Yesterday during the early evening, several Palestinian youths were riding bikes near checkpoint 56 in the Tel Rumeida area of Al-Khalil (Hebron). At around 7pm, one youth, 17-year-old Izz Adel Bedo, from the Jabal Al-Takruri area of Hebron was knocked off his bike and run over by a settler driving a bus on the way to the illegal Tel Rumeida….

Relief Web

World: Polio this week as of 21 May 2014
Relief Web 22 May 2014 – Source: Global Polio Eradication Initiative Country: Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic, World The 67th World Health Assembly, the…

occupied Palestinian territory: Food aid for Gaza from Jordanian organizations
Relief Web 22 May 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory Amman The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is grateful to Tkiyet Um Ali organization (TUA) and the Jordan Hashemite…

The National

Syrian National Council decries Russia, China UN veto as disgraceful
The National 22 May 2014 – It was the fourth time Russia and China have used their veto power as permanent council members to deflect action against the government of Bashar Al Assad.

Assad forces break Aleppo prison siege, find weary soldiers, prisoners
The National 22 May 2014 – The military gain comes 12 days before a presidential election widely expected to deliver a landslide victory, and seven more years in power, for Bashar Al Assad.

Pakistan launches army s toughest offensive against Taliban in years
The National 22 May 2014 – Residents said helicopter gunships flattened houses and compounds in Matchis Camp while ground forces surrounded the area.

Jordan bustles with life ahead of Pope Francis visit
The National 22 May 2014 – The pontiff will start his three-day tour of the Holy Land in Jordan where he will be meeting King Abdullah II and Queen Rania before celebrating mass at Amman s international stadium.

Thai military declares coup, imposes curfew
The National 22 May 2014 – Gen Prayuth, who declared martial law two days ago, announced in a televised national broadcast that the army had to seize power in order for the country to return to normal quickly”.

Israel s Arab Christians seek Pope s help to return home
The National 22 May 2014 – In a letter to the pontiff, the people of Iqrit and those of the neighbouring village of Kufr Bir im, all of them Catholics, beg him to intensify efforts to pressure Israel to end the injustice inflicted upon their community.

Pope Francis to visit declining cradle of Christianity
The National 22 May 2014 – The exodus has reached critical levels in recent years, with Christians in the Holy Land dwindling from over 10 per cent of the population in 1948 to between 2 and 3 per cent today.

Xinjiang bombing in western China kills 31
The National 22 May 2014 – Two vehicles crashed through barriers and drove right into the crowds, setting off explosives on the busy market street – it was not clear who was responsible for the blasts.

No new president for Lebanon as deadline looms
The National 22 May 2014 – As in previous sessions over the past month, the vote could not be held as lawmakers allied with the Shiite militant group Hizbollah boycotted the voting.

A new history of Baghdad looks at the culture as well as as the blood
The National 22 May 2014 – It was once the most learned place in the world, the pinnacle of the Golden Age of Islam. Justin Marozzi, author of a new history of the city, reflects on its grandeur.

Pakistan says to decide whether to accept Modi s inauguration invitation
The National 22 May 2014 – If Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attends the swearing-in ceremony, it would be the first in the history of the nuclear-armed rivals who have fought three wars since independence in 1947.

US kidnap, sex abuse victim found alive after 10 years
The National 22 May 2014 – The woman, now 25, told detectives she was kidnapped in August 2004 by a man who lived with the family at the time and held captive by him ever since.

Thailand s army chief announces military coup
The National 22 May 2014 – Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha made the announcement Thursday in a statement broadcast on national television.

Behind the scenes in Ukraine, the country s oligarchs are jockeying for position
The National 22 May 2014 – The Ukrainian crisis has to be understood as more than just a standoff between an authoritarian Russia and an expansionist EU – the country’s own top dogs have their own agendas.

Six Iranians arrested for Happy video in Tehran released on bail
The National 22 May 2014 – Six Iranians arrested for appearing in a video singing along to an American pop song were released on Wednesday, one day after being detained for what police called their ‘obscene’ behaviour, one of them said in an online posting.


Circumcision study: If you re gonna snip, do it early
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Makeup mogul gives up stake in news website for free
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Profligate Lapid needs to become the king of mean
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

State wants up to 5 years for MK who met with terrorist
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Forget the Jews, is it good for Netanyahu?
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Holes in their backs
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Get for woman with comatose husband raises rabbis’ fury
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Eilat port looks to become gateway for imports from Arab world
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Two largest Israeli banks turn in higher quarterly profit
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Despite public fears, police say murder rate is at record low
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

IDF keeps arrested Palestinian teens from psychologists
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Moldova, Putin’s next target?
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

American Jews and the Israeli right: the end of a beautiful friendship?
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Jay Leno takes aim at Obama in Jerusalem awards ceremony
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Poll: Marwan Barghouti would win Palestinian presidential election
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Amsterdam to compensate Jews for WWII taxes, fines
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Israel Police arrests three youths over hate crimes in Arab town
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

New CNN footage of Nakba Day killings fuels debate over deaths
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

The Israeli right-wing s witch-hunt comes to New York
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

The Israeli right-wing s witch-hunt comes to New York
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

U.S. military personnel deployed to find missing Nigerian schoolgirls
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Boston Marathon suspect admitted to role in attack, prosecutors claim
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Netanyahu threatened to fire Livni over meeting with Abbas
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Diaspora Jews and Israel – Impotence, distance and despair
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Despite promises, Thai army chief says military coup complete
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Report: EU won’t import poultry from settlements
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Russia hits back at Prince Charles for comparing Putin to Hitler
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Israel cannot afford another lost decade
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Belarus: Putin mustn’t take more ex-Soviet territory after Crimea annex
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Security sources claim overnight clashes kill eight Ukrainians
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

UCLA rules students’ free Israel trips don’t undermine vote on divestment
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Knesset committee approves regulations to deal with sexual harassment in academia
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

‘Spawn of Israel : Erdogan’s anti-Semitic obsessions
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Illegal Palestinian resident charged with attempting to kidnap Israeli civilian
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Jewish state law will only harm Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Israel’s Supreme Court to state: Asylum seekers also deserve due process
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

BDS supporter dumped, then reinvited to Melbourne debate
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Winning and the Israeli mentality
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

B. Yair is developer suspected of ties to crime syndicate
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

Have Israel’s universities become schools for collaborators?
Ha’aretz – 21 May 2014

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

Jerusalem Post

The papal visit
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – An especially warm, expressive and sensitive pope is on the way to the Holy Land to embrace Israel.

Poll: Convicted terrorist Barghouti would be favorite candidate for Palestinian Authority president
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Palestinian Center for Public Opinion poll finds 33% of Palestinians would vote for Barghouti, who is serving 5 life terms in Israel, as opposed to 29% for Abbas; poll shows that Barghouti also more poplar than Hamas PM Haniyeh.

Two Israeli nationals arrested in Jordan
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Channel 2 reports that Foreign Ministry aware of arrests and Israeli embassy in Jordan is handling situation; circumstances of arrest unclear.

All peoples of faith must unite in condemnation of anti-religious violence
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Now is the time for the moderate majorities of all three Abrahamic religions to confront the extremists in our respective faiths.

Cheating on your spouse in Israel just got easier
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – AshleyMadison.com helps married men and women have discreet affairs; early data show Israeli demand is higher than average.

Savir’s Corner: For the young, by the young
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – For peacemaking to lead to democratic outcomes of equality, it must be conducted in a democratic fashion with the civil societies partaking in the process, most of all the young.

Parshat Bamidbar: Nuptial love
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – This week, we begin reading the Book of Numbers (Bamidbar), and return to the story of Am Yisrael after its exodus from Egypt on its way to the Land of Israel.

Merah affair: Terrorist s sister might have joined jihadist forces in Syria
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Investigators search for sister of French-Algerian Islamist terrorist who killed 7 people in Toulouse in 2012.

Know Comment: Welcoming Pope Francis
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – This entire newspaper would not suffice to recap the anti-Jewish doctrines promulgated by Church Fathers which guided Catholic theology and practice down to the middle of the last century.

As I See It: Israel s new Christian friends
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – The pope s imminent visit to Israel will rightly attract much attention; but 2 largely untold stories about global Christianity have the capacity to shake the world order.

Obama calls Jordan s King, discuss Syria, region
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Jordan prepares for visit by Pope: We hope the visit will push for achieving stability in the region, including the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Health Ministry warns public against imposter posing as physician
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Ministry seeking more information on unlicensed medical practitioner in Israel, Adiel Tel-Oren.

Police: Yitzhar teens arrested for price tag against Israeli Arabs, to face indictment
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Authorities find evidence linking teens to tire-slashing, racist graffiti; search of homes turns up weapons, tools to carry out nationalist crimes.

‘Jengo’ unchained at Ramat Gan Safari
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Zoological center welcomes giraffe from Frankfurt as newest member of the pack.

Haredi soldiers in Beit Shemesh to travel sans uniform
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Soldiers in uniform are often subject to harassment and verbal abuse by anti-Zionist extremists in some ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods.

Bloomberg honored with first Genesis Prize in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Billionaire philanthropist to use $1 million prize to fund global competition to award “next generation of social entrepreneurs.”

Turkish group opposes dropping lawsuit against Israelis over ‘Mavi Marmara’
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Flotilla organizer IHH is urging Turkey to reject Israel’s condition to drop court case against IDF commandos in exchange for paid compensation.

Bayit and switch- A story about the importance of showing up
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – At what point do we stop being victims and start being perpetrators in the story of our demise?

Russia scolds Prince Charles for comparing Putin to Hitler
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – During a trip to Canada, the prince reportedly told a Jewish woman “Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler.”

Russia mulling deal to build up to 8 nuclear reactors for Iran
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Moscow and Tehran may sign intergovernmental deal this year for construction of 4-8 new reactors, including two more at the Bushehr power plant where Russia formerly built the Islamic Republic’s only operating nuclear reactor.

President Peres and staff prepare for Pope’s visit
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Peres and the Pope will pray together for peace in the presence of 600 children representing the religious and ethnic mosaic of Israel s population.

Cooking with JPost: Cook the perfect steak
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Chef Yochanan Lambiase shows you how to use the special “Finger Test” to know exactly how long to cook your steak.

Iran: Any aggression will be met with ‘crushing and lethal response’
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – An Iranian military official touts the Islamic republic’s “full preparedness” in face of foreign aggression, echoing Israel’s warning earlier this week of “a storm on the horizon.”

Thai army seizes control of the government
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – The military is imposing a nightly curfew and only allowing army content on radio and television.

‘Makor Rishon’ editor Elitzur dies at 68
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – The Sokolov Prize-winning journalist Uri Elitzur eulogized as “full of love for the Land of Israel” by Bayit Yehudi.

WATCH: Gazan child recites violent Nakba poem
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – As part of a Gazan children’s show for Nakba Day, a very young girl recites a violent poem called “The Bullet.”

Five arrested for illegally repairing cars in West Bank without owners’ knowledge
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – The suspects are also being charged with forging car parts and committing tax offenses.

Jerusalem Ambassadors
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Jerusalem Ambassadors tell their personal Israel journeys through social media to show the country s positive side.

The Guardian

Footage of Palestinian boys being shot is genuine, says Israeli rights group
The Guardian 22 May 2014 – B’Tselem contradicts Israeli military claims that CCTV footage showing deaths is either forged or was edited misleadingly The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has concluded that footage capturing the moment two Palestinian teenagers were shot dead…

For the first time, the Holy Land will witness a fearless pope | Paul Vallely
The Guardian 22 May 2014 – Unlike his predecessors, Pope Francis won’t hide his sympathies for the Palestinians on his Middle East visit this weekend Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, had better brace himself: Pope Francis arrives in the Middle East…

‘Israeli soldier shot me through my back’ – video
The Guardian 22 May 2014 – Fifteen-year-old Mohamed al-Azi recalls how he was shot in the back by Israeli troops in Beitunia, West Bank. A human rights agency says video of two other boys, Nadeem Nawara and Mohammad Salameh, being shot and…


Military Resistance 12E8 WTF
Uruknet 22 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 – As Turkey mourns the most lethal mining disaster in the country s history, videos showing government officials reaction to the tragedy have inflamed national anger and deepened a sense of political polarization. Images captured by news…

Iraq s election tangle
Uruknet 22 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 – …Since the US-led invasion that initiated the ethno-sectarian power struggle, violence seems to have become part of Iraq s DNA. A prolonged election tangle will most certainly worsen the instability. On Tuesday, a series of attacks…

A collective memory: Lifta (DA*’ )
Uruknet 22 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 – “They[1] came to Lifta. They burned the Mukhtar s house[2]. Two days later they burned twenty houses. Everyone wanted to leave, but the Zionist gangs forced the Jews to stay and the Arabs to leave. The…

Iraqi resistance – Weekly report from Iraq (May 10-16 2014 )
Uruknet 22 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 – In total disregard for Iraqi civilian lives AlMaliki is hitting rebelling cities with explosive barrels some made in Iran and using AlMuthana airport to launch his hateful campaign. Meanwhile on May 10th in AlNoaymeyeh south of…

Israel-U.S. Intelligence Relationship a One-Way Street, U.S. Denies Visas to Top Israeli Security Officials
Uruknet 22 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 -Glenn Greenwald published an important document as part of the promotion for his new book. It s a Snowden-NSA leak that complains about the one-way nature of the intelligence relationship with Israel: we give, they take. This…

Israeli Security Services Dominated by Orthodox Jews, Settler Sympathizers
Uruknet 22 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 – There is much talk in the media about the heinous acts of hate and violence against Palestinians by Israeli settlers. They call them price tag attacks, but that doesn t do them justice. They re acts…

Breakthrough on Guant·namo: Judge Orders US Government to Stop Force-Feeding Syrian Prisoner and to Preserve Video Evidence
Uruknet 22 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 -In a hugely important ruling in the US District Court in Washington D.C., relating to the treatment of prisoners at Guant·namo Bay, Judge Gladys Kessler has ordered the government to suspend the force-feeding of a hunger-striking prisoner,…

Letter to Ghassan Kanafani on the 66th Anniversary of the Nakba
Uruknet 22 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 – Dear Ghassan, On our birthday this year I turned 31 and you turned 78. Even the dead grow old without a homeland.Do you know that we live and die in diaspora now? Do you know that…

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti: Palestinian Reconciliation, Netanyahu s Rejectionism, and American Drift
Uruknet 22 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 – The recent Hamas-PLO agreement is long overdue and either terribly misunderstood or willfully misrepresented by Israeli and American politicians. The PLO-Hamas deal is about bringing back democracy for Palestinians. That is a goal Americans and Israelis…

Malala: Puppet for US Imperialism
Uruknet 22 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 – An advertisement agency is in trouble for using a gory image of Malala Yousafzai in an advertisement. It depicts Yousafzai being shot, recovering, and then “bouncing back” to international prominence and receiving an award. People are…

Negotiations continue as international law is suspended
Uruknet 22 May 2014 – May 17, 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…

Militarized Humanitarianism in Africa
Uruknet 22 May 2014 – May 17, 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…

Obama administration resists efforts to preserve videos of Guantanamo force-feeding
Uruknet 22 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 -Lawyers for the Obama administration have described as “frivolous” attempts to ensure that videos of force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay are not destroyed, in response to a case brought by a detainee over his mistreatment. Legal charity Reprieve,…

Daily Updates from Anbar
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 – …. The humanitarian situation in Anbar, especially regarding the people who have been displaced from Ramadi and Fallujah, is still forcing the migrants to shelter in unsuitable conditions, with most families having taken refuge in school buildings…

Gifted Gaza child artist finds inspiration despite hardship
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 – Seven years ago, in the old Shujaiyya neighborhood in eastern Gaza City, the artistic talent of Mohammad Qureiqai, 12, was discovered as he was making pencil sketches in his notebook. His journey of being acknowledged as…

Israeli Forces Kill Two Palestinian Children and Wounded 8 Civilians, including a Child, in the West of Ramallah
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 – In excessive use of force, on Thursday, 15 May 2014, Israeli forces killed two Palestinian children and wounded 8 civilians, including a child who was in a serious condition, near ” Ofer” Prison, west of Ramallah. The…

The Plight of Israel s Bedouin Citizens Unrecognized in the Negev
Uruknet 21 May 2014 – May 17, 2014 – At the break of dawn on 27th July 2010, the unrecognized village of Al Araqib was surrounded by 1,500 police officers clad in riot gear. Helicopters circled overhead as bulldozers razed homes and animal pens to…

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

Daily Star

Libya to go to polls June 25: parliament
Daily Star 22 May 2014 Libya is to hold legislative elections on June 25, the unrest-strewn country’s interim parliament announced on Thursday.

UN says ready to get aid into Syria despite gov’t
Daily Star 22 May 2014 The United Nations secretary-general said the world body is poised to help get long-awaited humanitarian aid across borders into Syria even at crossings outside government control, in defiance of Damascus’ insistence that all aid go through…

Palestinian PM to head unity government
Daily Star 22 May 2014 Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah is to head the consensus government to be formed under a deal with Hamas to end seven years of rival administrations in the West Bank and Gaza, an official said Thursday.

Hezbollah strong enough to confront both fundamentalists and Israel: Qassem
Daily Star 22 May 2014 Hezbollah s war against fundamentalist groups in Syria is not distracting it from fighting its eternal enemy Israel, according to the party s deputy general-secretary.

West says rifts remain over Iran nuke pact
Daily Star 22 May 2014 Western diplomats cast doubt Thursday on an optimistic assessment by Iran’s president, who said his country will likely meet a July target date for a nuclear deal with six world powers.

Libya government calls on militias to leave capital
Daily Star 22 May 2014 The Libyan government Thursday urged all militias to withdraw from Tripoli and stay out of politics, after the parliament speaker had called for ex-rebels from Misrata to “protect the capital.”

YNet News

Vatican demands prayer rights on Mt. Zion
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – Custodian of the Holy Land says Christian Church wants State of Israel to significantly expand Christians’ right to pray at traditional site of Last Supper. Foreign Ministry: No intention of handing any part of Mount Zion over to Vatican. ….

Why is EU meddling in Israel’s internal affairs?
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – Op-ed: Imagine what would happen if Israeli ambassadors instructed Scottish or Catalan people how to vote. ….

Increasing Russian, Iranian involvement helps Assad make great strides in Syria war
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – Analysis: For the first time since the 80s, Russian consultants arrive in Syria to advise Assad’s generals, while Tehran sends Iranian Guard soldiers to aide the Syrian president. ….

UN urges Security Council to consider steps on Syria aid access
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – ….

Thirty-two killed in three attacks on Shi’ite pilgrims in Baghdad
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West says rifts over Iran nuke pact
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Britain’s Hague calls on Thailand to restore democracy
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Open letter to Pope Francis
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – Op-ed: Ahead of pontiff’s visit to Israel, Rafael Castro asks him to openly acknowledged Jews’ desire to reside in peace in Holy Land. ….

US steps up scrutiny of Americans fighting in Syrian civil war
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US Nazi suspect case moves ahead
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – Ruling from Germany’s highest criminal court determines country has legal right to prosecute US-based former SS commander Michael Karkoc, citing service during World War II as what makes him ‘holder of a German office’. ….

Jewish cultural icons make plea for Syria refugees
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – Neil Gaiman and Harvey Weinstein visit refugee camp in Jordan as part of project to support Syrians driven from their homes by bloody three-year conflict. ….

Presidential election farce: Netanyahu’s wife won again
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – Op-ed: In prime minister’s residence, Sara Netanyahu’s desires override what is in Israel’s best interest. ….

IDF ombudsman report reveals abuse of power among commanders
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – Among the 7,158 complaints lodged – a commander forcing recruits to drink water till they got sick and an NCO pouring bleach over soldier’s head. ….

IAF grounds reserve pilots as part of budget battle
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – After cancelling training for ground forces reservists, the army makes additional cuts that could hurt Air Force readiness. ….

Cannibis crops booming in Lebanon as Syrian civil war rages
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – Government efforts to destroy cannabis industry have been mostly abandoned as officials struggle to handle effects of Syria’s civil war. ….

Israel restricts right-wing Jewish activists for Pope’s visit
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – Restraining orders issued against several Jewish extremists, barring them from Jerusalem’s Old City where Francis will visit. ….

David’s Sling missile shield unlikely to be ready in 2015
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – Government freezes funding to missile defense system’s manufacturer Rafael as part of measures taken to reduce the defense budget. ….

IAEA, Iran agree on new transparency measures
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – Tehran to answer questions on large-scale high-explosives experimentation and research on modelling a nuclear warhead from uranium metal. ….

Family of slain US activist appeals Israel verdict
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – Rachel Corrie was crushed to death while attempt to block an IDF bulldozer she believed was razing a home in Gaza. ….

Palestinian court gives jail term to exiled Fatah official Dahlan
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – Abbas’s rival sentenced for ‘insulting state institutions’; Dahlan: Decision is politically motivated, seeks to pursue personal vendetta. ….

US releases uranium salesman who tried to sell to Iran
YNet News, 21 May 2014 – Campbell acquitted after smuggling uranium ore into states in attempt to sell material to US agent acting as Iran broker. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Tragedy of Palestinian refugees stranded in Tunisia resolved
PIC – Palestinian refugees stranded at Tunisia‚¨ “!s Carthage Airport for a week were finally granted access into Tunisia on Thursday for one month.

Trial of Shaibani couple adjourned
PIC – Salam military court has postponed the trial of the female detainee Fida Shaibani and her husband Ahmed Shaibani for eight days, pending further investigation.

45 Palestinian hunger strikers transferred to unknown destination
PIC – Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has transferred Thursday dozens of Palestinian hunger strikers including administrative detainees from Negev prison to an unknown destination.

Fatwa Council warns of Israeli scheme to divide al-Aqsa
PIC – Palestinian Higher Fatwa Council has warned of Israeli Knesset Interior Committee’s intention to submit a bill allowing Jews to perform prayers in al-Aqsa Mosque.

Deterioration in Palestinian hunger strikers‚¨ “! health condition
PIC – Health condition of the disabled hunger striker, Jomaa Abu Jabal, 48, has significantly deteriorated after 28 consecutive days without food, Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies revealed.

Palestinian refugees stuck in Carthage Airport declare hunger strike
PIC – Palestinian refugees fleeing from Syria, stuck in Carthage International Airport in Tunisia, declared hunger strike after being threatened to be deported to Lebanon.

Arbitrary arrests, severe injuries following IOF raids
PIC – Several Palestinian citizens were left severely wounded while others have been targeted with arbitrary arrest campaigns following Israeli raids in different Nablus and Jenin areas at dawn Thursday.

5200 Palestinian prisoners on a solidarity hunger strike
PIC – A mass warning hunger strike has been staged by a total of 5200 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails on Thursday in solidarity with the administrative striking inmates.

IOF arrests a number of Palestinians in al-Khalil and Jerusalem
PIC – IOF arrested on Wednesday a minor, from Dura southern al-Khalil, and searched several houses in the town, while three Jerusalemites were arrested in two towns near occupied Jerusalem.


Ashrawi Meets with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick
WAFA – 22 May 2014

Minister: Papal Visit will Have Positive Impact on Tourism Sector
WAFA – 22 May 2014

Israel Digs Grid of Tunnels Underneath Al-Aqsa Gate
WAFA – 22 May 2014

Hamdallah Discusses Establishing Jerusalem Waqf with OIC Secretary-General
WAFA – 22 May 2014

50 Prisoners to Join Administrative Detainees Open-Ended Hunger Strike on Sunday
WAFA – 22 May 2014

500 Surveillance Cameras to be Installed in Occupied East Jerusalem
WAFA – 22 May 2014

Exports, Imports Up, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 22 May 2014

Israeli Settlers Set Fire to Crops near Hebron
WAFA – 22 May 2014

Newspaper Review: Leaks on Israeli Military Training in West Bank Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 22 May 2014


China and Russia Block Referral of Syria to Court
New York Times 22 May 2014 – Beheadings, torture, aerial bombardments of schools and hospitals: The war in Syria represents the very excesses of war that the International Criminal Court was designed to take on. But it won t, after China and Russia vetoed such a move.

The Lede: Family of Detained Egyptian Journalist Say Leaked Images of Him Were Staged
New York Times 22 May 2014 – The family of an Egyptian journalist detained for nine months without charge expressed outrage that images of him were leaked to a Facebook page run by Interior Ministry sympathizers.

Bloomberg, in Israel, Wins a $1 Million Prize, and Then Gives It Back
New York Times 22 May 2014 – The question was never whether he would keep the Genesis Prize money, but to whom he would give it.

Russia and China Block Security Council Move to Prosecute Syria War Crimes
New York Times 22 May 2014 – It was the fourth time that Russia and China, permanent members of the council, had used their veto power to block coercive action in the conflict.

Youths in Happy Video Find Iran s Grip on Internet Is Still Tight
New York Times 21 May 2014 – Six young people were arrested and then released on bail over their dance video, an episode that appears to reflect a broader clash between religious conservatives and the faction represented by Iran s president.

U.N. Will Weigh Asking Court to Investigate War Crimes in Syria
New York Times 21 May 2014 – The Security Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on a resolution, certain to be vetoed by Russia, that would ask the International Criminal Court to step in.

Vigilance Urged for N.Y.U. After Abuses in Abu Dhabi
New York Times 21 May 2014 – Labor experts say that preventing further labor abuses on New York University s new campus will be no small matter, given the laws currently in place.

The Lede: Iranians Detained for Happy Video Are Released on Bail
New York Times 21 May 2014 – One of the stars of Happy in Tehran, an exuberant music video that offended the sensibilities of Iran s conservative judiciary, reported on Instagram Wednesday that she was free.

Egyptian, 17, Seeks Asylum After Traveling to Intel Science Fair
New York Times 21 May 2014 – Abdullah Assem, a science prodigy arrested in April on charges of participating in illegal protests against Egypt s military-backed government, is now in hiding in the United States.

Arrests After Dance Video in Tehran May Hint at Cultural War
New York Times 21 May 2014 – The episode involving youths held and released on bail over their Happy video may reflect a broader clash between religious conservatives and the faction represented by Iran s president, who has vowed to ease some social restraints.

Seeking Balance on Mideast Visit, Pope Pleases Few
New York Times 21 May 2014 – Pope Francis plans a strong show of support for a Palestinian state this weekend, when he becomes the first pontiff to travel directly to the occupied West Bank without passing through Israel.

22 Afghan Police Officers Are Killed in Attacks by Taliban
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.

Mubarak Gets 3 Years for Embezzlement, and His Sons Get 4
New York Times 21 May 2014 – Former President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and his two sons were convicted of diverting millions in public money in a case that may implicate the prime minister and spy chief.

Renowned Israeli Economist Predicts Economic Catastrophe for Israel
Tikun Olam – They say that economics is the dismal science. Frankly, I never excelled in math or science in school. That was my brother s field and he ended up a university chemist. But over the past decades, economics has become a crucial element in understanding societies, wealth and…

John Legend derides portrayal of Palestinians as demographic challenge in speech at Penn
Mondoweiss – On Monday singer John Legend, who s number one on Billboard with All of Me, returned to his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, to deliver a commencement speech. Here is an excerpt of that speech, featuring his linking of racist attitudes toward Palestinians with racist attitudes towards…

Anthony Bourdain laments twisted and shallow depiction of Palestinians in US media
Mondoweiss – This is inspiring. Last Sunday the Muslim Public Affairs Council gave a voices of courage and conscience in media award to CNN s traveling chef Anthony Bourdain for the great show he did on food in Palestine last year for his series, Parts Unknown. The Institute for…

CNN airs evidence Israelis used live bullets on Palestinian protesters
Mondoweiss – Update : CNN s Ivan Watson has done a terrific account of the shootings of the two teenagers in Beitunia last week, casting serious doubt on Israeli claims that Israelis fired rubber bullets. Watson airs CNN footage of an Israeli soldier firing a rifle when one youth went…

Interview with Haidar Eid: Resisting 66 years of Israeli Apartheid
Mondoweiss – In 2010, this interview was conducted with Dr. Haidar Eid as an activity by the Gaza BDS group and the One Democratic State Group (ODSG), but it has never been published before due to technical reasons. It was edited recently because this interview needs to be publicised since it tackles some of the…

UK s Jewish leadership sacrifices all relevance with Jewish manifesto for EU elections
Mondoweiss – EU flag, before European flags Britain s oldest Jewish leadership institution, the Board of Deputies , has long been in denial about the reality on the ground for Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories. But in the lead-up to this week s European Parliamentary Elections (today in the UK…

Repentant Enablers: German Christians, the Holocaust and the resurgence of German power
Mondoweiss – One of the Israeli Navy s German-made submarines. This is part of Marc H. Ellis s Exile and the Prophetic feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page . As I write, I am crisscrossing Germany and lecturing at universities at Bochum, Marburg, Heidelberg, Erlangen…

Yossi Melman: Shin Bet Assassinated Hamas Commander by Poisoning Around Time Arafat Died
Tikun Olam – Passage from Spies Against Armageddon Yossi Melman and Dan Raviv have published an updated edition of their Israeli spookery book, Spies Against Armageddon . I wrote an unflattering post about the original edition. But there are some important and interesting additions to the new version. Among them, Melman…

UCLA Student Court Says No Conflict in Israel Trips
The Foward Breaking News 22 May 2014 – A student-run judicial body at UCLA found that two former student government representatives did not violate conflict-of-interest rules in accepting sponsored trips to Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Goes Mad for Hoops Champions But Few Israelis Make Cut
The Forward New 22 May 2014 – Israel can t stop cheering since Maccabi Tel Aviv won Europe s basketball title. The win sent the country on a thrill ride despite the fact the stars are mostly foreigners, including black Americans. Click here for the rest of the article…

Growth-Hungry China Pours Cash Into Israel Firms
The Foward Breaking News 22 May 2014 – China s purchase of a controlling stake in Israel s largest food maker reflects a broader surge in Chinese investment in an economy largely tethered to Western markets. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Claims Video of Palestinian Teens Slain on Nakba Day Was Doctored
The Foward Breaking News 22 May 2014 – A senior Israeli military official said a video showing Israeli soldiers shooting at two unthreatening Palestinian teens is likely a fake. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syria war crimes move blocked at UN
BBC 22 May 2014 – Russia and China veto a UN Security Council resolution that would have referred the conflict in Syria to the International Criminal Court.

French Jews, Irked by Poor Economy and Anti-Semitism, Give Israel New Look
The Foward Breaking News 22 May 2014 – When Daniel, a Jewish small business-owner, first raised the idea of leaving France eight years ago, parents and friends talked him out of taking the leap. Now, he says, even some of them are considering the move themselves. Click here for the rest of the article……

Syria ‘breaks Aleppo prison siege’
BBC 22 May 2014 – Syrian forces have broken a year-long rebel siege of a prison in the northern city of Aleppo, reports say.

Jewish Groups Push Back in Fight for Divestment From Fossil Fuel Companies
The Forward New 22 May 2014 – Young environmentalists are pushing for divestment from fossil fuel companies. They are getting fierce pushback from Jewish groups, which fear the use of the tactic against Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Hillary Clinton Seeks To Stake Out Subtle Distance From White House on Israel
The Forward New 22 May 2014 – Hillary Clinton is laying the groundwork for a possible White House run by backing President Obama while gingerly suggesting she would be a more reliably pro-Israel president. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Egypt votes for president – 60 secs
BBC 22 May 2014 – What you need to know about Egypt’s presidential election – in 60 seconds.

Nigeria: 100 Niger Delta Youths Leave for Israel to Study Agriculture
allAfrica.com 22 May 2014 – [Independent]100 youths selected from the Niger Delta Area in Nigeria are to depart for Israel on training in agriculture. The programme is part of series of skill acquisition programmes being organised by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

Pope Francis to tread careful path on Mid-East visit
BBC 22 May 2014 – Why Pope Francis will be treading carefully on his Middle East visit

Stephen R. Shalom: One State or Two States prospects, possibilities, and politics
Israeli Occupation Archive 22 May 2014 – The issue of one state or two states has been very divisive among leftist supporters of justice for Palestinians. It will of course be up to Palestinians themselves to decide the terms on which they… The Israeli Occupation Archive (IOA) covers Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian…

Bombers target Shia pilgrims in Iraq
BBC 22 May 2014 – At least 24 Shia Muslim pilgrims have been killed and dozens wounded in three bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials say.

A witness to Israeli terror savors liberation
Al-Akhbar Blogs 22 May 2014 – The following is the testimony of my mother, who I interviewed for Liberation Day, commemorated every May 25 marking the end of Israel s occupation of south Lebanon. This is her personal story of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the horrors she witnessed. read more…

Morocco jails 11 over anti-government protest
Al-Akhbar News 22 May 2014 – A court in the Moroccan city of Casablanca on Thursday sentenced 11 opposition activists to jail terms of up to one year for violence against police during an unauthorized protest in April. Five of those convicted from the “February 20” movement were handed one-year terms, four…

Russia, China veto French-drafted Syria war crimes resolution
Al-Akhbar News 22 May 2014 – Syrians take part in the funeral of a soldier, who died during the Syrian conflict, at the Martyr’s cemetery of the city of Tartus northwest of Damascus on May 18, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) Syrians take part in the funeral of a soldier, who…

House bill calls for US firms to share in Israel’s Iron Dome
Al-Monitor 22 May 2014 – The committee report for the Defense Authorization bill ties funding to American participation and data sharing.

Gaza’s Christians travel to West Bank for Pope visit
Al-Akhbar News 22 May 2014 – Several hundred Christians from the Gaza Strip have been allowed to leave the besieged Palestinian territory to travel to the West Bank for Pope Francis’s upcoming visit, officials said Thursday. “Israel allowed around 650 Christians in Gaza to travel to the West Bank during the pope’s…

Syria: The comforting narratives of the conflict
Al-Akhbar Opinion 22 May 2014 – Syrians take part in the funeral of a soldier, who died during the Syrian conflict, at the Martyr’s cemetery of the city of Tartus northwest of Damascus on May 18, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Joseph Eid) Syrians take part in the funeral of a soldier, who died during…

Lebanon bans Syrian political meets
Al-Akhbar News 22 May 2014 – Lebanon on Thursday banned all political gatherings by Syrians on its territory, citing a wish to preserve security two weeks ahead of a controversial Syrian presidential election. Damascus has called on all Syrian refugees — except those who fled illegally — to cast their votes at…

NGOs denounce curfew for Syrians in Lebanon’s Bourj Hammoud
Al-Akhbar News 22 May 2014 – A Syrian man, with his wife and children, poses on a motorcycle nearby a refugee camp in the city of Ersal in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley on March 28, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) Authorities recently imposed an 8:00 pm curfew on Syrians in the eastern…

Kuwaiti activist begins two-year jail term for tweet
Al-Akhbar News 22 May 2014 – Kuwait’s appeals court ordered an opposition activist to jail on Thursday to start serving a two-year sentence handed down last year for tweets deemed offensive to the Gulf state’s ruler. The court upheld the lower court’s verdict against Ayyad al-Harbi, a journalist with a local online…

PFLP loses funding after lambasting Abbas
Al-Akhbar News 22 May 2014 – A handout picture released by the Palestinian president’s Press Office shows Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas attending a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 22, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Thaer Ghanaim/PPO) A handout picture released by the Palestinian president’s Press Office shows Palestinian president…

Misreading Syria
Al-Monitor 22 May 2014 – The United States misjudged the ability of the Syrian army to evolve and adapt, with assistance from Hezbollah and Iran, leading to faulty predictions that Bashar al-Assad s days were numbered.

Will Egypt intervene in Libya crisis?
Al-Monitor 22 May 2014 – There are reports that the Egyptian military could ally with Gen. Khalifa Hifter to eliminate Islamists in Libya.

Algeria closes most of its land borders
Al-Monitor 22 May 2014 – In a move to address growing terrorist threats, Algeria has militarized border regions and closed many border crossings.

Knesset member withdraws Temple Mount bill amid warnings
Al-Monitor 22 May 2014 – Labor Party Knesset member Hilik Bar, champion of the two-state solution, retracted his bill designed to organize prayer time slots for both Jews and Muslims on Temple Mount, after harsh reactions from both the Jordanian monarchy and the Shin Bet.

Egypt threatened by ‘ungoverned space’ on Libyan border
Al-Monitor 22 May 2014 – The breakdown of order in Libya and the rise of militancy in the Sinai have led to new terror threats and a new normal for Egyptians concerned about security.

Will Sisi consider military rule over Egypt’s bureaucracy?
Al-Monitor 22 May 2014 – Egypt s bloated and inefficient government agencies would clash with military oversight should Abdel Fattah al-Sisi be elected president.

Israel’s defense budget means costs elsewhere
Al-Monitor 22 May 2014 – Unlike late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will likely once again give in to the terrifying annual intimidation campaign of the defense establishment eager to secure its budget.

Lebanon: Private education soars, public education sinks
Al-Monitor 22 May 2014 – Despite a student-teacher ratio of 7-1, public education in Lebanon ranks poorly worldwide and reform is urgently needed.

War divides Syrian society into ‘separate worlds’
Al-Monitor 22 May 2014 – The ongoing war in Syria has divided society more than ever, splitting citizens in various regime and opposition-affiliated camps.

Istanbul protester critically wounded in clash with police
Al-Akhbar News 22 May 2014 – Turkish police fired tear gas to disperse protesters throwing petrol bombs and stones in the Istanbul district of Okmeydani on Thursday and one person was seriously wounded, the private Dogan news agency and other media reported. A photo showing a man with a large pool of…

Harakat Hazm: America s new favorite jihadist group
Al-Akhbar Politics 22 May 2014 – A rebel fighter rests in a safe house in the Bustan al-Basha district of Aleppo on May 19, 2014. (Photo: AFP-AMC/Zein al-Rifai) A rebel fighter rests in a safe house in the Bustan al-Basha district of Aleppo on May 19, 2014. (Photo: AFP-AMC/Zein al-Rifai) Harakat Hazm […

The disappointing discourse of Sisi and Sabahi
Al-Monitor 22 May 2014 – A comparison of the discourses of the two Egyptian candidates for the presidential elections, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabahi, shows that Sisi insists on the stability and security of the country, while Sabahi focuses on the demands of the January 25 Revolution.

Tunisian officials divided over Libya crisis
Al-Monitor 22 May 2014 – Observers have criticized the divergent stances adopted by Tunisian officials toward the Libyan crisis, as Tunisia remains cautious regarding possible repercussions which developments in its eastern neighbor could have at home.

Tunisia in the Libyan tempest
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Politics 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…


Beitunia killings and the media s incredibly high bar for Palestinian stories
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 5/22/2014
Faced with the most striking evidence, the Israeli media continues to treat the Palestinian version of the killings as a fabrication, demanding more and more evidence of wrongdoing; that is how the public is taught, day by day, that the reality of occupation isn t worthy of its attention.
The mother of Nadim Siam Abu Nuwara mourns over her son who was shot and killed by Israeli army during a Nakba Day protest near Ofer military prison the previous day, May 16, 2014. Mohammed Awad Salemeh Abu Thaher, 22, was also shot and killed at the same demonstration.
Ever since I left working on the sports pages and began dealing with current affairs, I remember myself trying to initiate stories on the Palestinian issue. Writing about the West Bank and Gaza seemed to me the most crucial contribution an Israeli paper can make. Besides, there were always great stories, of all kinds, in the occupied territories.
Israelis walk around feeling they know everything about the occupation and the conflict, but my impression has always been that this more of a defense mechanism than a fact of life. I often meet internationals who have traveled on the ground and know their way around better than most of the Jewish public. The more I deal with the occupation, the more I understand how much more I have to learn.
But the real problem in the media organizations I worked for was never a shortage of knowledge or good stories, but rather, self-censorship. In the most grotesque moments, the orders came straight from the top. I specifically remember an op-ed by our publisher at Maariv, Ofer Nimrodi, published during Cast Lead. In it Nimrodi apologized to his readers and to the army s soldiers and generals, for a text by one of our regular columnists that criticized the IDF s conduct. more..e-mail

Truth, tapes and two dead Palestinians
Dahlia Scheindlin, +972 Magazine 5/22/2014
The raging debate about the death of the Beitunia teens will become eternally self-referential as each side pumps up its own greater narratives. Herein lies perhaps the greatest victory for the stronger side.
Two Palestinian teens were killed last Thursday, Nakba Day. Until yesterday, it was also true that the Palestinian teens were shot with live ammunition by Israeli forces. There is excessive documentation eyewitnesses, news outlets, still photos and 12 hours of video from the security cameras monitoring the shack-like structures where they were shot, owned by a private Palestinian.
A week later, the IDF embraced different facts. It is conducting an investigation and here are the theories that have come out so far, according to news reports: the IDF used only rubber bullets, not live ammunition. It is not clear that Israeli forces did it; the youth might have been shot by Palestinian fire. The youth who were brought to the hospital and died might not be the same youth who were shot. The 12 hours of video that shows them being hit, says an unnamed senior security figure to Haaretz, is very likely fabricated.
These competing theories are like the opening shots (so to speak) in a race of narratives and obsession with angles. What was the direction of the shot? What could the soldiers see from their angle? Is a hospital report saying they were killed by live bullets credible? Should the graves be opened and a body exhumed, as the father of one of the dead has offered, to prove the truth?
There is something deeply disturbing about seeing these lines reappear almost verbatim as they have been spoken about previous incidents…. — See also: WATCH: Footage shows Israeli army s killing of two Palestinian teensmore..e-mail

ACT! Protect lawyers fighting for Palestinian prisoners
Free Shireen Issawi Campaign, Alternative Information Center 5/19/2014
Sign a petition demanding that the Israeli bar of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Human Rights Institute work to protect Palestinian lawyers from imprisonment and abuse. Failure to do so should result in their boycott by the IBA’s Human Rights Institute!
Palestinian lawyers, Shireen and Shadi Issawi and Amjad Al Safadi were arrested on 6 March 2014, Omar As Skafi, Mahmoud Abou Asnina and Nadim Al Gharib were also arrested around this time. Shireen’s brother, Medhat Issawi, the office manager for the legal firm where all the lawyers work, was arrested six days later on March 12th. Shadi was swiftly released on bail but Shireen and Medhat remain imprisoned. Their court hea
ring has been postponed for a year. The other human rights lawyers were released on bail after 50 days detention.

Tragically, Al Safadi was found hung in his home five days after his release from Moskobiyeh, Jerusalem s notorious underground detention centre. Al Safadi was a psychiatric patient who was denied his regular medication while imprisoned. Medical neglect is an ongoing problem in Israeli prisons and a root cause of many protests. It is believed Safadi took his own life due to intense interrogation (including electric shocks) over a 42 day period, sleep deprivation and denial of medical care. Like 40% of all Palestinian men, Shireen s brothers have all been imprisoned. Dedicated to the prisoner issue Shireen writes that she will work until all the prisoners are freed.
Being a lawyer, I have the right to defend prisoners. I have only provided legal services and have not acted unlawfully. The goal of my detention is to deter other lawyers from doing their duty to serve and defend prisoners . more..e-mail

Europe should atone for its sins
John V. Whitbeck, Ma an News Agency 5/22/2014
John V. Whitbeck is an international lawyer who has advised the Palestinian negotiating team in negotiations with Israel.
Now that the American-monopolized “peace process” has expired, Europe should seize the initiative and try to do something useful for Israelis, Palestinians and peace.
If European states still believe that a decent “two-state solution” is conceivable, several useful initiatives are immediately available. They could support and reinforce the current two-state legality by joining the 134 states which have already extended diplomatic recognition to the State of Palestine. They could also require Israelis seeking visas to visit their countries to produce documentary evidence that they are not resident in occupied Palestine.
Most constructively, they could impose economic sanctions on Israel and intensify them until Israel complies with international law and relevant UN resolutions and ends the 47-year-long occupation.
If European states are unwilling to take such initiatives or if they have concluded, not unreasonably, that a decent “two-state solution” is no longer conceivable and that the only issue now is whether the current one-state reality will continue to be an apartheid reality or can be transformed into a democratic one, they should reflect upon their own histories and responsibilities in order to identify the most useful way forward.
The harsh reality is that Zionism is, and has always been, an anti-Semite’s dream come true, offering the hope that one’s own country’s Jews can be induced to leave and move elsewhere. more..e-mail

Court stops Israeli university suspension of Palestinians for commemorating Nakba
Electronic Intifada: 22 May 2014 – Right-wing extremists get a free pass to intimidate Palestinian students. more..

Samih al-Qasim and the Language of Revolution
Palestine Chronicle: 22 May 2014 – By Liam Brown I ve gone to meet renowned Palestinian Arab Druze poet Samih al-Qasim in his home in the Galilee village of Rama. Perched on a hillside, his home overlooks the valley below, which is known by locals as the sea of olives . When I walk into his room, Qasim, dressed in a dressing gown and familiar red scarf, stands and greets me. Ahlan wa Sahlan, ( You are welcome ) he says to me in Arabic. My previous meeting with the poet was cancelled; he was diagnosed with cancer some time ago and often needs time to recover after rounds of treatment. Today Qasim is feeling in improved health and I m in luck; I have been accompanied to the poet s home by Dr Nazih Kassis, a translator and lexicographer, and long-time friend of Qasim. Qasim grins mischievously as he brandishes a copy of one of his books newly translated from Arabic…more

Sixty-Six Year Nakba
Dissident Voice: 22 May 2014 – In Jaffa: Land of Oranges , Ghassan Kanafani described his exile from the Palestinian coastal city of Yafa. As a 12-year-old boy, he struggled to understand, but on that night, though, certain threads of that story became clearer .. a big truck was standing in front of our door. Light things, mainly sleeping items, were being chucked into the truck swiftly and hysterically. A few decades after Kanafai wrote about his exile, I, an 8-year-old boy from a Gaza refugee camp, pondered on my own. When I stood at the borders of Yafa, the line of what was real
and imagined suddenly became blurred. Once Palestine s largest city, Yafa turned out not to be a figment of my grandfather s imagination, or Kanafani s, but a tangible space of sand, air and sea. The Palestinian-Arab identity of Yafa was evident everywhere. I was a third grader on my first school trip. Gazans were still…

The Palestinian Nakba as Seen Through the Lens of Lia Tarachansky
Dissident Voice: 21 May 2014 – On the Side of the Road is a documentary with a cathartic difference about the Palestinian Nakba; the 1948 catastrophe of Israel s ethnic cleansing of over 500 Palestine villages and cities and the forced expulsion of 750,000 indigenous residents and its ongoing dispossession through illegal settlement expansion. The difference factor is metanoia, meaning a profound moral and intellectual change of mind. A conversion. Lia Tarachansky offers a simple weapon to slay Israel s enemy within; not Palestinian Israelis nor Palestinians in general, but, the real enemy within is the hasbaric (propaganda) cruel brainwashing of Israelis from the moment of birth into the psychotic groupthink of superior racism/victimhood. And the weapon is? Truth and accountability. Tarachansky presents the Nakba from the unusual viewpoint of its perpetrators and the inheritors of its stolen booty the land of Palestine. The protagonists are Tarachansky, who, herself, is an ex-settler from Israel s largest illegal…more

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