VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 23 May 2014: In Photos: Life between the Gazan waves

23 May 2014 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Bennett Suggests “Stability Plan” Over Peace Talks
IMEMC – Israeli minister of economy and the leader of Jewish home party, Naftali Bennett, has suggested a new plan for peace in Palestine, calling for dismantling the security barrier in the West Bank and letting Palestinians govern themselves. …

Gaza Rocket Hits Israel after Youth Shot on Border
IMEMC – Southern Israel was hit by a rocket fired across the Gaza border, after Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian residents east of Deir al-Balah, shooting one youth, on Friday afternoon. …

Netanyahu: Abbas Is Not Partner In Peace, Israel Weighing Unilateral Moves
IMEMC – Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, attacked Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, accusing him of obstructing direct peace talks , and said Israel is weighing unilateral moves that would include limited withdrawals from some West Bank areas. …

Contaminated Water Lands Striking Detainees In Hospital
IMEMC – The Palestine Detainees Study Center quoted lawyer Rami al-Alamy stating that the Prison Administration at the Be er As-Sabe (Beersheba) Israeli Prison had to move all hunger striking Palestinian detainees to the Soroka Medical Center due to contaminated water. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces injure six in raid on Issawiya bakery
5/23/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Six Palestinians from Jerusalem were lightly injured after Israeli forces raided a bakery in the village of Issawiya in East Jerusalem on Friday. Issawiya monitoring committee member Mohammad Abu al-Homs said Israeli special forces raided a bakery in the village on Friday afternoon and “assaulted” owner Mohammad Mousa Dari, 48, his wife, son, daughter and two other locals who were at….

Beersheba church defaced in new anti-Christian ‘price-tag’ attack
5/23/2014 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — A church in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba was defaced with anti-Christian graffiti attacking Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary on Friday in the latest in a string of attacks by suspected Jewish extremists targeting Palestinian Christian sites. According to the Jerusalem Post, the graffiti on the church in the old city of Beersheba read: “Jesus = Son of a whore….

Rocket hits Israel after Palestinian shot on Gaza border
5/23/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A rocket struck southern Israel on Friday afternoon after Israeli forces opened fire and shot a Palestinian youth near the border in the Gaza Strip. Israeli soldiers shot and injured a Palestinian youth along the border fence east of Deir al-Balah. The army, however, said that they only shot after fire was opened towards Israeli forces in the area. Witnesses….

Anti-enlistment performance art turns Israeli cities into battlefields
5/23/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — On Sunday, Israeli soldiers invaded the streets of Haifa’s upmarket German Colony neighborhood, beating Palestinian protesters with batons and lining them up blindfolded along the now blood-splattered sidewalks. An Orthodox priest came forward intermittently to direct the soldiers’ violence, and a number of youths were even interrogated on the street itself as hundreds of passerby watched in horror….

Israel must hold ‘independent’ probe into West Bank killings
5/23/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s military must open an independent, transparent investigation into the “unlawful” killing of two unarmed teenagers in the occupied West Bank last week, Amnesty International said Friday. On May 15, unarmed teenagers Nadeem Nawara, 17, and Mohammad Abu Daher, 16, were shot dead by Israeli soldiers outside Ofer military base. Video footage of the incident collected by Defense of….

Holy Land prepares for papal visit
5/23/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Two days before Pope Francis arrives in the Holy Land, Israelis and Palestinians were putting the finishing touches Thursday on a flurry of festive preparations for the visit. Municipal workers in the West Bank city of Bethlehem were busy hanging huge banners in Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity, where Francis will celebrate mass on Sunday. Giant posters of the pontiff….

Watch: Gaza residents tell pope: ‘Don’t forget Palestine’
5/23/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Presidential higher Committee on Church Affairs has released a series of videos this week to coincide with the visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land. The three-day visit kicks off Saturday when Pope Francis flies to Jordan. He will travel on to Bethlehem early Sunday, then to Israel, where he will spend the rest of the day and Monday….

Analysis: Pope Francis and the lessons of Rabin
5/23/2014 – Dorgham Abusalim is a master’s candidate in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He writes frequently on Palestinian and Israeli affairs in Arabic and English. – The mid-1990s were a time of hope and optimism for many Israelis and Palestinians. At the time, it seemed that the Oslo Accords might actually be going somewhere. Much of….

Security forces kill Egypt militant leader
5/23/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Security forces in the Sinai peninsula killed the leader of Egypt’s deadliest militant group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, along with three senior members overnight, officials said early Friday. Several high-ranking security officials confirmed the death of Shadi el-Menei, considered to be the head of the Sinai-based Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem), but it was not immediately possible to obtain confirmation from….

Syria army breaks year-old Aleppo prison siege
5/23/2014 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria’s army broke a siege of Aleppo prison Thursday, cutting off a major rebel supply route, as Damascus allies China and Russia vetoed a bid to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court. The Western-proposed UN Security Council resolution, which would have covered war crimes committed by all sides in the civil war, comes less than a fortnight before President Bashar….

Gulf regimes aid Egypt’s Sisi to ensure own security
5/23/2014 – DUBAI (AFP) — Leading Gulf monarchies are staunchly backing Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Egypt’s presidential frontrunner, in the hope that their generous financial help will bolster his campaign to crush the Muslim Brotherhood and indirectly secure their own regimes.” An absence of stability in Egypt means instability in the Gulf,” says Emirati political science professor Abdulkhaleq Abdulla. Sisi “represents Egypt’s only national institution….

Ban report slams Syria aid access for third time
5/23/2014 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that humanitarian access in Syria was worsening, blaming the government in particular but also armed rebels in a third report on the matter. Ban said Damascus was still stopping aid convoys from crossing into Syria from Iraq, Jordan and Turkey in violation of Security Council Resolution 2139 adopted in February. Cross-border access would deliver aid to….

China, Russia veto UN attempt to refer Syria to ICC
5/23/2014 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — China and Russia vetoed Thursday a draft UN Security Council resolution to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court for crimes committed by both sides in the three-year civil war. Western powers pressed for the resolution in the face of mounting atrocities in Syria, including chemical attacks, systematic torture, barrel bombings and blocked aid access. It was the fourth time China and….

Syria displaced revive coastal economy
5/23/2014 – LATAKIA, Syria (AFP) — A massive influx of displaced families, mainly from Aleppo, to Syria’s coast has boosted Latakia, a city whose economy heavily relied
on its port and summertime tourism before the war.”People here on the coast are more relaxed,” said Haytham Ahmad, who heads Latakia governorate’s media office.”We like to get up late, sip our coffee and smoke….

21 killed as Syria rebels shell Assad election rally
5/23/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syrian Islamist rebels bombarded a campaign rally in support of President Bashar Assad’s re-election in a controversial June 3 poll, killing at least 21 people, a monitoring group said. The mortar fire hit a tent where Assad supporters had gathered in the southern city of Daraa late on Thursday and also wounded at least 30 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human….

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli army arrests a further two people from Kafr Qaddum
5/23/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – NablusTeam, Occupied Palestine – During the night of the 23rd of May, approximately at02:00AM, the Israeli army raided several houses in the town of Kafr Qaddum and arrested two people. Ryad Mohamad Eshtewi (40) and Fadi Baseem Jomah (27), both of whom are Palestinian police officers. Another two villagers were threatened during the same night raid. The Israeli army, numbering up to 50 soldiers, stormed….

Palestinian hunger strike: ‘Either I go home – or I go in a plastic bag’
5/23/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – InternationalWomen’s Peace Service, Occupied Palestine – “What do you want from me? “, a 70-year-old lawyer and professor of economics asked the Israeli military when they arrested him last year.”You are very dangerous,” was the explanation. Recalling his reply, the man laughs, his kind face lighting up: “Iam dangerous to one of the most powerful armies in the world? !Iam a danger to….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: A US$40 Million World Bank Grant to Support the Palestinian Authority s Reform Priorities
Relief Web 22 May 2014 – Source: World Bank Country: occupied Palestinian territory WASHINGTON, May 20, 2014 A sustainable fiscal position and strong public financial management systems are key elements for building the institutions of a future Palestinian state. The World Bank Board of Executive…

The National

Afghan militants attack Indian Consulate in Herat
The National 23 May 2014 – Building catches fire but diplomats escape unharmed as local security forces engage attackers.

Thai military summons and questions top politicians
The National 23 May 2014 – Soldiers disperse anti-coup protests as sacked prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and dozens of other top leaders present themselves at army compound.

Leader of Egypt s deadliest militant group killed in Sinai
The National 23 May 2014 – Shadi El Menei was shot dead in an ambush, officials say, but accounts vary over who was responsible.

Southern rebels strike as Syrian regime issues warning
The National 23 May 2014 – Rebels brace for intensified regime offensive but one commander reports attempt to reach a Homs-style deal ahead of June 3 presidential election.

Amr Moussa explains why El Sisi is Egypt s hope
The National 23 May 2014 – Former army chief will attract foreign aid and investment while providing the country with firm guidance, veteran Arab diplomat tells The National.

Ha’aretz

DePaul students vote in favor of Israel divestment
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

When hi-tech trumps high school
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

Pope’s visit: Great expectations, great disappointment?
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

Dozens killed, hundreds wounded in Syria election event
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

‘By unilateral steps, Netanyahu didn’t mean evacuating settlements’
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

‘By unilateral steps, Netanyahu didn’t mean evacuating settlements’
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

FIFA President to visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

Sign equates NY Times’ treatment of Jill Abramson to its coverage of Israel
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

IAEA reports Iran has sharply reduced its nuclear stockpile
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

Papal visit may lead Vatican to open Holocaust-era files
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

There s nothing to fear from the pope
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

O presidential candidate, where art thou?
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

Anti-Christian graffiti spray-painted on Be’er Sheva church
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

Putin says Russia will respect results of Ukraine presidential election
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

Bennett supports Netanyahu on unilateral action
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

Lavrov: Ukraine crisis triggered by West’s ‘megalomania’
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

Hummus products recalled in U.S. due to contamination scare
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

Netanyahu: We are considering unilateral moves in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

In Israel, a different fate for detained Palestinian youths
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

Israel’s Supreme Court overturns rape conviction in swingers case
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

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

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

Soccer, not Francis, inspires religious fervor in Galilee’s Catholic villages
Ha’aretz – 22 May 2014

Jerusalem Post

Egypt’s Brotherhood struggles to regroup in exile
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – In Qatar, Turkey, Britain and elsewhere, hundreds of activists have set about trying to isolate Egypt’s army-backed government diplomatically.

Livni: Bennett’s plan for annexation of Area C won’t be realized as long as I’m around
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – In response to the Bayit Yehudi leader’s Facebook status saying he would “push with all his might” for unilateral action, Livni says his pledge to act “will amount to nothing more than a Facebook status.”

IAEA: Iran cooperating, cutting nuclear stockpile
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – The IAEA report made clear that Iran so far is undertaking the agreed steps to curb its nuclear program.

Palestinian women will again play decisive role in election
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – Female vote carried Hamas to victory in 2006; a Palestinian activist says while women are more politically aware, they are not yet where they wish to be.

Lapid: ‘Mud-slinging’ between Defense and Finance Ministries must end
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – Finance minister says current tone of dialogue is distracting Israel from focusing on remaining strong and secure.

Multiplicity of water tragedies induces MDA to issue warning
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – The swimming season began only on May 1, but there have already been deaths.

2 arrested for anti-Pope posters in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – The posters called on Pope Francis to leave Israel and to return holy relics looted by the Romans from Beit Hamikdash (Second Temple).

Iranian court bans Instagram
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – Iran has already banned use of social media web platforms such as Facebook and YouTube.

Rabbi Avraham Skorka to accompany Pope Francis
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – Skorka says the pope has devoted time to analyzing the relationship between Judaism and Christianity.

Holy fashion: Through a creative lens
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – Fashion Photographer Ella Manor explains how her photos get their “vintage-y” feel and explores the world of unique camera lenses.

Netanyahu emphatically denies reports that Israel spied on US
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – In Bloomberg interview, PM says: “Israel has not conducted any espionage operations in the United States, period. Full stop,

Netanyahu could be open to exploring annexation plans if peace process fails
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – The idea of taking unilateral steps is gaining ground, from the center-left to the center-right, Netanyahu says in Bloomberg interview.

3 arrested in Tuba Zangariyye attack on haredim who lost their way
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – 3 residents of Hatzor were attacked after treatment at a dentist in Tuba Zangariyye, the group abandoned their vehicle which was later torched.

Israel’s capital prepares for papal visit
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – The visit of Pope Francis next week, like any top level visit, will cause inconvenience for Jerusalem residents.

Leader of Sinai jihadist group which fired rockets on Eilat killed in Egypt
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – Ansar Beit Al Maqdis (Defenders of Jerusalem) has also claimed responsibility in the past for Sinai bus bombing and downing Egyptian military helicopter.

ADL slams Turkish press, politician for suggesting Jews responsible for mining disaster
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – US Jewish group cites headline in pro-government Turkish daily that criticized the owner of the Soma Coal Mine Company for having a Jewish son-in-law.

Netanyahu open to exploring alternatives if direct talks prove impossible
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Israel remains committed to talks with the Palestinians, but it refuses to negotiate with Fatah as long as it honors its unity deal with Hamas.

Israeli politicians protest China s Bright Foods purchase of Tnuva
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Bright Foods to pay nearly $1b. in cash to British private equity firm Apax Partners for its 56-percent stake in Tnuva, which it bought in 2006.

Golan Druse demand to vote for Syria s president
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – The residents demanded that the UN permit us to exercise our legal right to take part in the upcoming presidential elections in Syria.

Itzik could surprise in presidential contest
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Itzik has received endorsements from legislators across the political map, including from Yesh Atid and Shas.

Into the Fray: Earth to Bennett; Earth to Bennett&
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – It is difficult to know what is more disturbing: Whether Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett really believes the delusional drivel he wrote in his op-ed this week, or whether he doesn t, but wrote it anyway.

My Word: Yellow and blue; blue and white
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Whenever the basketball team wins, we are all Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Another Tack: Where fools have been before
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – All too many Israeli politicians brazenly seek to star in compulsive remakes of Shimon Peres s original London and Oslo escapades.

The ADL anti-Semitism survey: Strengths and drawbacks
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – The ADL should be praised for having undertaken such a major endeavor; the report provides much useful information.

Picture from the Parsha: Bamidbar
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2014 – Desert, divine word, and divine habitation

The Guardian

Pope Francis faces political and religious minefield in Holy Land
The Guardian 23 May 2014 – Vatican says purpose of visit is mainly religious, but political spectres hang over three-day tour of Jordan, Palestine and Israel In a refugee camp near Bethlehem, final preparations are being made for Pope Francis’s first official…

Uruknet

Terrorizing Palestinian Children
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – It s longstanding Israeli practice. They re treated like adults. Each year, about 700 are lawlessly arrested.They re detained. They re brutally interrogated. They re prosecuted in military courts. They have no legitimacy whatever. They give kangaroos a bad name….

Israel Takes Still More Land From Bedouin Village of Ramya for Ever-Expanding City
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 -Once the tiny Bedouin village of Ramya enjoyed uninterrupted views of the grassy uplands of the central Galilee. Today the huddle of shacks and tents is surrounded on all sides by luxury apartments-a new neighborhood of the…

On Gaza s embattled margins, farmers wage a quiet struggle to reclaim the land
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 – Nestled into the northeastern corner of the Gaza Strip, where the separation barrier Israel built around the Palestinian enclave in 1994 curves from the east to the south, Wael Wahdaan s three fields illustrate the options…

Confronted With Criticism, Israel s Response Is Always the Same: “Anti-Semitism”
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 -Criticism of Israel s continued occupation of the West Bank and its denial of equal citizenship to non-Jews, along with the peace initiative by Secretary of State John Kerry, the growth of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (…

On Erdogan s Ordinary Things : The Soma Massacre, the Spine Tower, and the Corporate-State s Fitrat in Turkey
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 -On 14 May, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan reached Soma, the site of the coal mine explosion that has so far killed 321 people-an already horrific number feared to surpass 350. In his first public appearance,…

Video: Saddam Hussein sets the record straight from beyond the grave on the Assads anti-zionism
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 – Saddam Hussein, who knew the Assads duplicity all too well (with Bashar s regime also supporting his overthrow and assisting with the torture of War on Terror suspects) recollected a very different version of events from…

Class Struggle in Palestine – Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 – ….The reality is, what you saw in Ramallah is the fruit of a very small elite that has gotten very wealthy. And these are people who benefit from, you know, sort of the revolving door of…

Trafficking and Torturing Eritrean Refugees
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 – ….The fortunate people who are released pass over the Egyptian border into Israel, where, traumatized and in need of support, they are unwelcome. Prime Minister Netanyahu described refugees and asylum-seekers as “infiltrators” who “threaten the Jewish…

Podcast: Who Would Be Responsible if an Autonomous Killer Robot Committed War Crimes?
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 – One of the biggest issues with killer robots is when a human is no longer in the loop. Who or what would have command and control over it? Would it be a sergeant, a manufacturer or…

They Can t Outlaw the Revolution
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 – …McMillan s case is emblematic of the nationwide judicial persecution of activists, a persecution familiar to poor people of color. Her case stands in contrast with the blanket impunity given to the criminals of Wall Street….

Syria: Regime Ensures Almost All UN Aid Goes to Its Areas
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 – The United Nations has further confirmed that Syria s authorities ensure all humanitarian aid goes to regime-held areas. UN officials said that more than 85% of food aid and more than 70% of medicines went to…

Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian laborer in Gaza
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 — Israeli forces on Sunday shot and injured a Palestinian laborer near the border in the northern Gaza Strip, an official said.Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health, told Ma an that a “21-year-old gravel…

Hunger strike by human rights defender Ms Shireen Essawi as trial postponed by one year
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 -On 8 May 2014 human rights defender and lawyer Ms Shireen Essawi began a hunger strike after learning of the postponement of her trial for nine months and a day. She is charged with cooperating with actors…

Eyewitness debunks Israeli journalist s claim Palestinians nearly “lynched” him
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 – An Israeli eyewitness has contradicted the dramatic account of an Israeli reporter that he and a colleague were “seconds away from being beaten to death by a mob of Palestinian masked men” near the Ofer military…

Israeli home demolition in Negev leaves 6 homeless
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 – — Israeli bulldozers on Sunday demolished a house in a Bedouin village in the Negev desert, witnesses said. Locals told Ma an that Israeli bulldozers demolished the house in the unrecognized village of Wadi al-Niam under…

17 olive trees uprooted by Israeli settlers in Jenin
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 -JENIN, (PIC)– More than 17 olives trees were completely knocked down on Saturday by a horde of Israeli extremist settlers in Palestinians native lands in Um al-Rayhan village south-west of Jenin.Sheikh Nafaa Zaid Al-Kilani, a targeted landowner…


Shalom Modi: India and Israel look to deepen ties following victory of the Hindu right

Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 -The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – the party of the Hindu Right – has won the Indian election with a decisive mandate. The victory itself has everything to do with domestic policy, notably the growth-led strategy by…

Lag Ba omer in Hebron: Settlers light bonfire in Palestinian orchard
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 – Settlers in Hebron celebrated Lag Ba Omer Saturday night by lighting a bonfire in an olive grove in the heart of the Palestinian neighborhood Tel Rumeida. The grove, which belongs to the al-Knibi family, is located…

Lieberman: Israel looking for an alternative to Abbas
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 – Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman slammed the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas saying “he is no longer a partner for peace” and that Israel is currently looking for alternatives from within Abbas s circle….

Living inside an invisible cage: Welcome to Nabi Samuel
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 – There are only 10 homes left in the small Palestinian village of Nabi Samuel, just northwest of Jerusalem. The remaining families are fighting an uphill battle to continue living in their homes.As its name indicates, Nabi…

Analysis: Administrative detention must end
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 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…

How we lost Palestine
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 18, 2014 -With the creation of Israel on 14 May 1948, a new layer of frustration and suffering was brought into this troubled region. The British government s Balfour Declaration of 1917, promising a “national home” for the Jews…

Syria News – May 17 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 23 May 2014 – May 17 , 2014 – By the end of Saturday, the Coordination committees were able to document 68 martyrs, including 5 women, 9 children, 6 martyrs under torture: 31 martyrs in Daraa, 13 martyrs in Damascus and its suburbs,11 martyrs in…

Daily Star

2 soldiers killed on Tunisian militant mountain
Daily Star 23 May 2014 Tunisia’s Ministry of Defense says two soldiers were killed and four others wounded by a blast on a mountain near the border with Algeria.

Protest at White House demands Guantanamo closure
Daily Star 23 May 2014 Demonstrators converged on the White House on Friday to demand that US President Barack Obama make good on his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Tripoli and Zgharta meet in northern derby final
Daily Star 23 May 2014 Tripoli and Salam Zgharta will be looking to add a maiden trophy to their respective cabinets when both sides meet in Saturday s 42nd edition of the Lebanese Cup at Cite Sportive, Beirut.

YNet News

UK sees Holocaust remembrance as a sacred task
YNet News, 23 May 2014 – Op-ed: British ambassador to Israel says his country has put itself at forefront of teaching children about Holocaust in post-survivor age. ….

Two soldiers killed on Tunisian militant mountain
YNet News, 23 May 2014 – ….

Kerry to testify in June before US House panel on Benghazi
YNet News, 23 May 2014 – ….

Syrian rebels strike pro-Assad campaign event
YNet News, 23 May 2014 – ….

Eichmann’s Israeli interrogator reburied in Berlin
YNet News, 23 May 2014 – Son of Avner Less, Eichmann’s personal interrogator who questioned him for a total of 275 hours, fulfills father’s pledge to bury parents together in native Germany. ….

UN: Iran cuts uranium closest to nuke-arms grade
YNet News, 23 May 2014 – ….

Anti-Semitism taboo under threat in Hungary
YNet News, 23 May 2014 – Surveys show that number of anti-Semites in Hungary rised from 10 to 28 percent since far-right Jobbik party won seat in 2009; faction expected to perform strongly in next European Parliament elections. ….

Rocket explodes in open area in Negev; no injuries
YNet News, 23 May 2014 – ….

Expelled Israeli envoy inaugurates synagogue in Turkey
YNet News, 23 May 2014 – After Turkey severed relations with Israel following Mavi Marmara crisis, expelled Israeli ambassador to Ankara returns to country to attend inauguration ceremony of synagogue renovated under Erdogan’s government. ….

Post-Peres politics lack unifying leaders
YNet News, 23 May 2014 – As foreign threats against Israel decrease, politicians in the Jewish State will need to focus on social issues to avoid nationwide divide. ….

Bloomberg receives first ever Genesis Prize
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – Billionaire businessman will use $1 million prize to hold a global competition to ‘advance idea of Tikkun Olam.’ ….

Westen diplomats cool Iran’s optimism on nuclear deal
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – While Rouhani says deal is ‘very likely’ to be finalized by July deadline, Western diplomats say sides are not much closer than they were in February. ….

Two Israelis, British national arrested in Jordan
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – Father of arrested Israeli claims Palestinian police officer originally from Jenin tried to take revenge for administrative arrests in Israel by falsely accusing three of posing as a security threat. ….

Obama wishes an Israeli a ‘happy birthday’
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – While taking a stroll through a Washington park, the American president met an Israeli on his special day. ….

Golan Heights Druze want to vote for Assad: ‘We’re Syrians’
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – Israeli Druze send letter to UN asking to set up polling stations for Syrian presidential election in June. ‘It’s our right. Assad is the suitable leader’, local resident says. ….

Prince Charles provokes diplomatic row with Russia by comparing Putin to Hitler
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – Holocaust refugee says Prince Charles compared Russia’s annexation of Crimea with Hitler’s invasion of Poland; Russian diplomats seeking official explanation over remarks. ….

German party accused of neo-Nazi traits set for EU parliament
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – The radical right-wing National Democratic Party, described as ‘racist and anti-Semitic’ by German intelligence, likely to enter European Parliament; core of campaign platform includes stopping mass immigration. ….

Russia vows to veto UN resolution deferring Syria to ICC
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – French-drafted Security Council resolution would allow indictments of Syrian war crimes at ICC; Russia, China likely to veto. ….

Scientists fear MERS virus exacerbated by isolationist Saudi policies
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – Officials frustrated at slow progress in MERS investigations, call for greater international collaboration between health experts as disease spreads to US. ….

Thai army chief announces military takeover of government
YNet News, 22 May 2014 – After months of protests and deadlock, hundreds of troops rushed to capital as Thai army chief announces military coup to restore order. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Take Action: A Petition to stop Israeli administrative detention policy
PIC – UFree has launched a signature campaign to stop Israeli administrative detention policy against Palestinian political prisoners and detainees

Red Cross warns of Atabish’s serious health condition
PIC – The Red Cross on Thursday informed the family of Palestinian detainee Ayman Atabish, on hunger strike for more than 83 days, about his serious health condition, warning that he could die any moment.

Khan Younis cultivated lands aflame following Israeli gunfire
PIC – Tracts of agricultural crops caught fire east of Khan Younis south of the Gaza Strip on Thursday evening following intensive gunfire by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in the area.

Yarmouk refugees call for another aid distribution mechanism
PIC – Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk camp have called for adopting new ways for the distribution of food aid supplies, pointing to their daily suffering during their receipt of food parcels.

IOF kidnap Birzeit university lecturer
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped on Thursday evening Birzeit university lecturer Majdi Mafarja, 32, after a violent raid on his home in Birzeit town, north of Ramallah city.

Ibrahim Hamid enters his eighth year in Israeli jails
PIC – Palestinian prisoner Ibrahim Hamid, 49, has entered his eighth year consecutively in Israeli jails, Ahrar center for human rights said.

Mashaal meets assistant of Iranian foreign minister
PIC – Head of Hamas’ political bureau Khaled Mashaal met assistant of Iranian foreign minister Hussein Abdollahian in the Qatari capital Doha on Thursday.

Lieberman refuses to probe cold-blooded killing of two Palestinian minors
PIC – Israel’s prime minister Avigdor Lieberman has refused the US administration’s request to investigate into the videotaped cold-blooded killing of two Palestinian minors by Israeli soldiers on May 15.

Israel intends to monitor Palestinians in east Jerusalem with 500 watch cameras
PIC – The Israeli ministry of internal security decided to install 500 surveillance cameras in different areas of occupied east Jerusalem.

Misc

Iran Is Providing Information on Its Detonators, Atomic Agency Says
New York Times 23 May 2014 – The disclosure that a substantive discussion on nuclear detonators had begun with the agency suggested a significant change in tactics in Tehran.

U.N. Chief Urges Aid Delivery Without Syria s Consent
New York Times 23 May 2014 – The request by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, in a report to the Security Council, is his strongest push to bypass Syria s government to deliver aid.

Syrian Government Supporters Killed in Mortar Attack
New York Times 23 May 2014 – An Islamist rebel group took responsibility for attacking a tent erected as part of the coming presidential election. More than 20 people died.

World Briefing: Iraq: Bombings Kill at Least 35 Pilgrims
New York Times 22 May 2014 – Suicide bombers and car bombs killed at least 35 Shiite pilgrims and wounded dozens more in attacks in Baghdad on Thursday, security officials said.

Poll Finds Only Narrow Majority Supports Egypt s Expected Big Winner
New York Times 22 May 2014 – The Pew poll found that 54 percent of Egyptians had a favorable image of the expected winner, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and that 45 percent viewed him negatively.

Assad s Forces Break Yearlong Rebel Siege of Prison
New York Times 22 May 2014 – Government forces broke through a protracted rebel siege of one of Syria s largest prisons on Thursday, revealing emaciated prisoners and dealing yet another blow to opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.

European Union ruling: Ban poultry imports from settlements
Mondoweiss – European Union Flag European officials have informed Israel that theEU has issued a ruling banning th
e import of poultry and eggs from Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem . Even though EU guidelines restricting business and trade with territories occupied by Israel…

Ebony article explores Why Black People Must Stand With Palestine
Mondoweiss – Kristian Davis Bailey Ebony has published an excellent article by Kristian Davis Bailey, Why Black People Must Stand With Palestine . Bailey, a journalist an editor for Stanford s The Daily , has written numerous articles about Palestine in the past. But this article encapsulates much of his past…

Israel tries to blame killings on Palestinians as int l outrage builds
Mondoweiss – Michael Oren on Wolf Blitzer s CNN show yesterday, from Gus s twitter feed Here s a wrapup of the coverage of the killings last Thursday of two Palestinian youths during a Nakba Day demonstration in Beitunia in the West Bank. The Israeli government is trying to spin the…

9/11 museum is the Fifth Misuse of the tragedy
Mondoweiss – Jews Against Islamophobia, photo at CAIR s Facebook page Two days ago the 9/11 Memorial and Museum opened to the public, and the Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition held a protest of the museum s exhibits. Michael Smith, co- author of Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA , was there….

I felt this sting activist describes being hit by rubber bullet fired by Israelis
Mondoweiss – This is a video I made at a demonstration in Nabi Saleh in 2012. Vivienne Porzsolt, a longtime activist for Palestinian human rights from Australia, describes being hit by a rubber bullet in Nabi Saleh. She then pulls out the rubber bullet. Her description is in…

Don t let Pamela Geller speak for American Jews
Mondoweiss – DC bus ad (Photo: Karen Bleier, AFP/Getty Images) It is high time to uproot Islamophobia from Jewish communities #muslimjewishunity When I heard that Pamela Geller had decided to adorn our DC metro area buses with Islam-bashing ads featuring images of Hitler shaking the hand of Hajj…

Pope watch: Incendiary flyer passed out in Jerusalem says Francis s visit is against Jewish law
Mondoweiss – Screenshot: Jewish youths hand out anti-Christian flyers in Jerusalem (photo: George Maklouf) Last week we mentioned the religious t ensions mounting ahead of Pope Francis s visit to Jerusalem. Haaretz reported the Israeli military andShin Bet had issued restraining orders against Jewish youths to prevent them…

Welcome to Bethlehem, Pope Francis now shut down the checkpoint for 3 days
Mondoweiss – Three images by Tom Suarez from Bethlehem show the fanfare and effect of the Pope s visit this weekend: Banners Below is a notice that the main Bethlehem checkpoint, called Rachel s Crossing, will be closed. I asked Suarez about the laughable spelling. He said, It is authentic….

Israelis and Americans are ho-hum about Palestinian children s deaths
Mondoweiss – Bloomberg with Danny Danon at Israel Day Parade a year ago Two years ago Jodi Rudoren of the New York Times got in trouble when she observed that Palestinians in Gaza were ho-hum abouttheirchildren s deaths. Well it turns out she was warm: Israelis and Americans are…

NY Times Publishes Steve Emerson Full-Page Islamophobic Ads
Tikun Olam – Steve Emerson NY Times ad The NY Times has published full-page Islamophobic ads paid for by Steve Emerson s Investigative Project on Terrorism, which blame Muslims and Islam for the 9/11 terror attacks. The graphic displays a fog-enshrouded image of the 2 World Trade Center towers along…

Pope to begin Middle East visit
BBC 23 May 2014 – Pope Francis will arrive in Jordan at the start of a three-day visit to the Middle East which will also take him to Israel and the West Bank.

Egypt in numbers
BBC 23 May 2014 – Life expectancy and other key figures in graphics

Europe Bans Eggs and Chicken From Settlements
The Foward Breaking News 23 May 2014 – The European Union does not allow the import of poultry produced in West Bank settlements, E.U. officials told Israel s ministry of agriculture. Click here for the rest of the article…

Pharrell ‘happy’ at release of Iranians
BBC 23 May 2014 – Pharrell Williams on his big hit – and controversy in Iran

VIDEO: Jordan prepares for Papal visit
BBC 23 May 2014 – As Jordan prepares for the arrival of Pope Francis as part of a historic trip to the Middle East, BBC Arabic’s Rafid Jaboori looks ahead to the pontiff’s visit.

EU bans poultry exports from illegal Israeli settlements
Global BDS 23 May 2014 – Farmers in Gaza call for a boycott of Israeli agricultural exports Palestinian civil society has today welcomed reports that the EU will no longer allow poultry and eggs from illegal Israeli settlements to enter the EU, in what amounts to the first EU ban on any…

Nigeria: Israel Delegation Explores Investment Opportunities
allAfrica.com23 May 2014 – [CAJ News]Abuja -A GROUP of investors from Israel has indicated interest to partner with the Nigerian Government to complete some of the ongoing projects in the country.

Syrian refugees find renewed dignity
BBC 23 May 2014 – How new camp is restoring a sense of pride to Syrian refugees

Iraqi Kurdistan makes first oil sale
BBC 23 May 2014 – The government in the Iraqi autonomous region of Kurdistan says it has made its first sale of crude oil despite strong opposition from Baghdad.

VIDEO: Egyptians down on country’s direction
BBC 23 May 2014 – Are Egyptians even less content than before 2011 revolution?

Egypt bars journalist critical of Sisi from traveling
Al-Akhbar News 23 May 2014 – Prominent columnist Fahmy Howeidy, who strongly criticized the army’s ouster of Egypt’s elected Islamist president, was barred from leaving the country on Friday, officials at Cairo airport said. Howeidy’s name was on a stop list at Cairo airport, preventing him from boarding a flight to Spain,…

Sinai militant group leader killed
BBC 23 May 2014 – Shadi al-Menei, the purported head of Sinai Islamist militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, has been killed, Egyptian security officials say.

Erez crossing witnesses the plight of the Palestinians
Al-Akhbar News 23 May 2014 – A Palestinian Christian family leaves the Gaza Strip via the Erez crossing in Beit Hanun in the north of the enclave on May 23, 2014, as they make their way across Israel for Pope Francis’ visit to Jerusalem and the Palestinian West Bank. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Abed)…

Tunisian soldier dead, five injured in mine blast near Algeria border
Al-Akhbar News 23 May 2014 – A Tunisian soldier was killed and five others wounded Friday by a mine in the Mount Chaambi region near the Algerian border, the defense ministry said. Since late 2012, security forces have been battling jihadi militants accused of having links to Al-Qaeda who are hiding out…

Week in Photos (May 17-May 23)
Al-Akhbar News 23 May 2014 – Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian protester during a gathering by Palestinian, Israeli and foreign demonstrators in support of Palestinian prisoners on Road 60, which links Jerusalem and Hebron and is used by both Palestinians and Jewish settlers, on May 17, 2014. (Photo: Hazem Bader-AFP) Israeli soldiers…

Nine killed in Baghdad ahead of religious pilgrimage
Al-Akhbar News 23 May 2014 – Violence in Baghdad and north Iraq killed nine people on Friday as throngs of pilgrims converged on the Iraqi capital for annual commemoration rituals. The unrest came amid tight security measures in Baghdad, as Iraq grapples with a protracted surge in bloodshed that has left more…

Post-revolution Yemen: back to the golden age of radio
Al-Akhbar News 23 May 2014 – A Yemeni graffiti artist paints on a wall in the capital Sanaa to campaign against corruption in Yemen on May 15, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Huwais) A Yemeni graffiti artist paints on a wall in the capital Sanaa to campaign against corruption in Yemen on May 15,…

Lebanon: Economic conditions pit oppressed minorities against each other
Al-Akhbar News 23 May 2014 – The eastern Beirut suburb of Bourj Hammoud. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The eastern Beirut suburb of Bourj Hammoud. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Bourj Hammoud is not the first locality to witness the eruption of racism and violence against foreigners and it won’t be the last. However, what makes…

Rocket slams into Benghazi home, 20 injured
Al-Akhbar News 23 May 2014 – Twenty members of a single family were wounded when a rocket slammed into their home near an army base in Libya’s second city Benghazi overnight, medical and security sources said Friday. The family’s home lies close to the headquarters of the army’s special forces unit in…

‘Mortar attack’ on pro-Assad rally
BBC 23 May 2014 – Mortar fire has hit a pro-Assad rally in the southern Syrian city of Deraa, killing at least 20 people, state media and activists say.

PFLP loses funding after lambasting Abbas
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Articles


I Saw Yafa, Land of Oranges
Ramsey Baroud, CounterPunch5/23/2014
66 Year Nakba
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 allowed to cross into Israel in those days, mostly as exploited cheap labor. My family was driven out of Palestine during the Nakba, the Great Catastrophe that saw the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes. My family was comprised of simple peasants from the village of Beit Daras. The residents of my village were known for their love of couscous, and for their legendary stubbornness, courage and pride. Beit Daras residents saw in Yafa a center of many aspects of their lives. A commercially vibrant port city, known around the world for its oranges, Yafa was home to some of the largest markets in southern Palestine.
Yafa was a center for Arab culture, and a model of co-existence between religions. But British colonization of Palestine starting in 1917 then morphed into a mandate government in 1922, interrupting the natural historic flow that positioned Yafa as the beating heart of Palestine.more..e-mail

In Photos: Life between the Gazan waves
Photos & text by Basel Yazouri, Activestills.or, +972 Magazine5/23/2014
Throughout history, the sea has always been considered the primary outlet for Gaza. Today, even with Israel s acts of aggression and occupation, the sea is still considered vital for Gazan life. This small coastal enclave has acquired many of its habits and traditions from the sea and developed itself through this maritime resource. Photographer Basel Yazouri, born and raised in the Strip, takes us along for a photographic stroll along Gaza City s shoreline.
The fishing trade has always been an important aspect of the economy in Gaza. However, there was a dramatic decrease in production due to Israeli-imposed restrictions as part of the siege. According to United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the number of fishermen has declined from about 10,000 in the year 2000 to only 3,500 in 2013 about 95 percent of whom receive international aid. Israel unilaterally enforces a three-nautical-mile fishing zone, preventing Palestinians from accessing 85 percent of the maritime area they are entitled to according to the 1994 Gaza-Jericho Agreement. Fishermen are routinely shot at, arrested and have their boats confiscated when they the edge of the maritime zone. Besides fishing, the sea provides other jobs, such as making hooks and nets, building boats, and making ice for fish that has been caught to keep it fresh.
During the summer, the city is empty because of the unbearable heat; people flock to the shore, which becomes a reprieve in their daily lives. It even becomes difficult to even walk around on the beaches because of the crowds. Here in Gaza, the sea brings all people together. If you visit the beach in Gaza City any day in the summer, you will find all kinds of people there swimming, relaxing, barbecuing, kids riding bicycles, motorbikes racing on the street near the beach, people selling snacks and other businesses.
In winter, fishermen launch their boats and must face the cold weather in addition to Israeli warships. Despite the cold, many people still visit the shore, watching the strong waves collide against the rocky shoreline.more..e-mail

The art of legitimizing occupation
Yossi Gurvitz for Yesh Din, +972 Magazine5/23/2014
Resting on documents older than the state itself, the Bibi-commissioned Levy Report claimed that there is no occupation in the West Bank. The problem? Levy’s findings are still being quoted in other reports.
As some may remember, two years ago the Netanyahu government commissioned the Levy Committee Report in a desperate attempt to find a modicum of legal justification for the ongoing presence of the illegal outposts in the West Bank. The head of the committee, the late Justice Edmond Levy, who passed away recently, is perhaps best remembered as the only justice in Israel’s Supreme Court who took the position that Israel’s Disengagement Plan was unlawful.
Yesh Din on Monday
published a new report entitled Unprecedented, discussing or rather dissecting one of the strangest documents that has been published in Israel in recent years: the Levy Committee Report. The Yesh Din report was written by attorneys Anu Deuel-Lusky and Keren Michaeli and prepared jointly by Yesh Din and the Emile Zola Chair for Human Rights at Tel Aviv University.

Netanyahu was quick to declare his full confidence in Justice Levy, but the government never adopted his report.
Why not? Because the Levy Report is a bit like the reports commissioned by the major tobacco companies in the 1960s and 1970s that claimed smoking was not dangerous, or at least that no risks had been proven. It later emerged that these reports were thrifty with the truth at best, and completely fabricated at worst. As Lusky and Michaeli show, the Levy Report is so negligent in legal terms that had the Netanyahu government adopted it, it would have run the risk of becoming a laughing stock.
What is the Levy report s basic argument? Firstly, it claims that there is no occupation….more..e-mail

Pope Francis and the lessons of Rabin
Dorgham Abusalim, Ma an News Agency5/23/2014
Dorgham Abusalim is a master’s candidate in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He writes frequently on Palestinian and Israeli affairs in Arabic and English.
The mid-1990s were a time of hope and optimism for many Israelis and Palestinians. At the time, it seemed that the Oslo Accords might actually be going somewhere.
Much of that excitement can be attributed to two leaders who came together then: PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Their unforgettable 1993 handshake continues to shine some light on the immense darkness that followed.
And by 1994, the gradual restoration of Palestinian rights and sovereign governance and the slowly untangling of the security needs of both sides, shaped the most concrete deal since the early 20th century.
Of course, the agreements were the outcome of tough compromises, not least because of their heavy legal and technical character; and because they undoubtedly were brought to life as part of a five-year interim plan that would lead to the successful settlement of final status issues. Not much was settled, and while the prospect of the ensuing five years seemed tumultuous then, Arafat and Rabin remained committed to the principal goal: peace.
Much has been said about the genuine commitment of the two leaders. Fingers were pointed quickly at violations of the accords. All the while, blame games, a staple of Israeli-Palestinian politics, overshadowed the prospective potential of what would have been.
Then came November 4, 1995….more..e-mail

Collaborating with Mahmoud Darwish without his consent
Electronic Intifada: 23 May 2014 – A new book of poetry makes demands of the celebrated late Palestinian poet.more..

Bethlehem Uni gets a New State-of-the-art Library
Dissident Voice: 23 May 2014 – Bethlehem University is a very special place which I have been fortunate to visit several times. Described by its Vice-Chancellor as an oasis of peace and a beacon of hope , I found it a warmly-welcoming, vibrant melting-pot of Christian and Muslim giving off endlessly good vibes. The University s latest newsletter arrived today with this important announcement: Bethlehem University is on the cusp of some major developments. The library renovation is the first important step in a comprehensive facility master plan that will shape the University over the next 40 years and beyond. The renovation will transform one of the oldest buildings on campus into the heart of our intellectual and community life. The state-of-the-art green features and modern design will foster collaboration among students, faculty, and the region while easing the stress of living under military occupation. The University has been a target for senseless destruction by the Israeli military…more


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