VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 24 May 2014

24 May 2014 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

660 Gaza Christians Allowed into West Bank to See Pope
IMEMC – Calls to bring Francis’ attention to Palestinian prisoners Israeli authorities have allowed 660 Christians from Gaza to see Pope Francis, on Sunday, in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem. …

Activists Prevent Israeli Company From Painting Over Apartheid Wall for Papal Visit
IMEMC – Palestinian Christians make cross from wall as gift to Pope Francis Workers from an Israeli construction company were stopped by protesters, on Friday, as they were painting a section of the massive so-called “separation barrier” which is to extend approximately 430 miles througout the West Bank region upon completion. …

Pope Francis Begins Mideast Pilgrimage
IMEMC – 15 Israelis under “house arrest” Pope Francis embarked upon a three-day pilgrimage to the Middle East, Saturday, with a plea for peace in war-torn Syria, calling for people to uphold religious freedom “in a region ravaged by war and bloodshed, and where a dwindling Christian population faces daily persecution”, according to Ma’an News Agency. …

More Detainees To Join Hunger Strike
IMEMC – Fifty Palestinian detainees held at the Nafha Israeli Prison, in addition to 15 In Ramon Prison and 15 in Asqalan Prison, said they will be joining the ongoing hunger strike on Palestinian Administrative Detainees, starting Sunday May 25, 2014. …

Two Palestinians Killed In Khan Younis Explosion
IMEMC – [Saturday, May 24 2014] Palestinian medical sources have reported that two Palestinians were killed, and two others were seriously injured, in an explosion in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Israelis Write Anti-Christian Graffiti On Church Wall In Be er as-Sabe
IMEMC – [Saturday, May 24, 2014] As the Pope is launching his visit to the region, a number of Israeli vandals wrote racist graffiti, against Christianity and Jesus Christ, on a wall of a church near the entrance of the Old Town of Beersheba (Be er as-Sabe ). …

Turkish Man Dies Of Wounds Sustained During Israel s Attack On Solidarity Ship
IMEMC – After more than four years in a coma, a Turkish man has died of serious injuries he suffered after Israel s navy attacked, in international waters, the MV Marmara solidarity ship, part of the Freedom Flotilla, killing nine activists and wounding dozens more. …

Protests Dispersed by Israeli Forces Across West Bank
IMEMC – Corries join Bilin protest Israeli forces dispersed Friday demonstrations in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners and in protest against the illegal Israeli occupation and its apartheid wall in three West Bank cities on Friday, including in Bilin, al-Masara and Nabi Saleh. Dozens were injured after soldiers opened fire on protesters with rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters. …

Ma’an News

Crops destroyed in night attack near outpost-adjacent village
5/24/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian farmers in the South Hebron Hills awoke on Thursday to find wheat they had recently harvested lit on fire, in what they suspect may have been an attack by extremist Jewish settlers from a nearby outpost, a local peace group reported. Farmers in the village of Qawawis reached their fields around 4:30 a. m. on Thursday morning to discover….

50 more Palestinian prisoners to join open hunger strike
5/24/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — More than 50 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel’s Nafha prison have announced that they will begin an open hunger strike in support of around 100 administrative detainees who have been refusing meals for more than a month, according to a letter from prison. The group of 50 prisoners urged the Palestinian people to support hunger striking prisoners so…. Related: Hunger strike in 5th week as activists call for pressure on Israel

Explosion kills 2 militants, injures 2 in southern Gaza
5/24/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two Palestinian militants were killed and two others were injured Saturday in an explosion at a military training site in the southern Gaza Strip, an official said. Ashraf al-Qidra, Gaza’s health ministry spokesman, said two “unidentified citizens” were killed and two sustained serious injuries in an explosion in Khan Younis, without providing details about the cause of the….

Israel police ban 15 Jewish extremists ahead of pope visit
5/24/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Fearing disruption by Jewish extremists when Pope Francis visits Jerusalem this weekend, police said on Friday they would issue restraining orders against 10 more activists, bringing the total to 15. And just two days before the pope’s arrival, police said that offensive “anti-Christian graffiti” was discovered on the outer wall of a church in the southern desert city of Beersheba, spokesman…. Related: Bethlehem walls transformed in the presence of the Holy See

66-year Nakba: I saw Yaffa, land of oranges
5/24/2014 – By Ramzy Baroud – In Jaffa: Land of Oranges, Ghassan Kanafani described his exile from the Palestinian coastal city of Yaffa. 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….

Hunger strike in 5th week as activists call for pressure on Israel
5/24/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — As hunger striking prisoners in Israeli jails began a fifth week of refusing meals, activist organizations on Saturday called on Israel to respect prisoners’ rights and end its policy of administrative detention. Some 125 Palestinian prisoners are currently on hunger strike, many of whom are administrative detainees held without charge or trial. Most of the prisoners began their strike on…. Related: 50 more Palestinian prisoners to join open hunger strike

Pope begins Middle East ‘pilgrimage’ in Jordan
5/24/2014 – AMMAN (AFP) — Pope Francis arrives in Jordan Saturday at the start of a Middle East tour aiming to boost ties with Muslims and Jews as well as easing an age-old rift within Christianity itself. The Vatican has billed Francis’ first visit to a region roiled by religious and political differences as a “pilgrimage of prayer,” saying the pope will shun bulletproof vehicles in favor…. Related: Flags and flowers as Jordan Christians await pope and Israel police ban 15 Jewish extremists ahead of pope visit

Erekat: Renewal of peace talks possible under conditions
5/24/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The PLO will agree to resume peace talks on the condition that Israel frees pre-Oslo prisoners and freezes settlement construction, a senior official said Saturday. Speaking to Ma’an on the sidelines of a conference organized by the Fatah movement, Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said that it was still not clear when peace negotiations would be relaunched. Addressing the….

Bethlehem walls transformed in the presence of the Holy See
5/24/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — In advance of Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land on Sunday, Bethlehem residents and officials have been busy covering the city in posters to celebrate his first official visit. Large banners depicting His Holiness beside President Mahmoud Abbas cover major intersections, while more humble posters hang from shops and homes welcoming him on behalf of individual Bethlehem families. In…. Related: Israel police ban 15 Jewish extremists ahead of pope visit

Flags and flowers as Jordan Christians await pope
5/24/2014 – AMMAN (AFP) — Cheering Christians piled onto buses from churches across Jordan on Saturday, heading for an Amman stadium where Pope Francis will celebrate the first mass of a Middle East tour. Vatican and Jordanian flags flew from masts along the roads to the airport, where the pope was to land at 1:00 p. m. and be welcomed by 200 children. One of them was…. Related: Pope begins Middle East ‘pilgrimage’ in Jordan

Pope urges Syria peace at start of Mideast pilgrimage in Amman
5/24/2014 – AMMAN (AFP) — Pope Francis made an urgent plea Saturday for peace in war-torn Syria as he kicked off a three-day pilgrimage to the Middle East. And he called for religious freedom to be upheld throughout a region ravaged by war and bloodshed, where a dwindling Christian population faces daily persecution. As he walked off the plane onto a red carpet at Amman airport, his white….

Syria activists say army uses chlorine gas against rebel towns
5/24/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Activists and a medic in war-torn Syria on Friday claimed President Bashar Assad’s regime used chlorine gas a day earlier to attack opposition-held towns in Hama and Idlib provinces. The reports could not be confirmed by independent sources, including the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group.”Kafr Zita in Hama province was hit on Thursday with barrel bombs….

Egypt’s revolutionary
youth fear repression under Sisi

5/24/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — After having spearheaded a 2011 uprising that toppled Egypt’s strongman and former air force chief Hosni Mubarak, many young revolutionaries are now in jail and an ex-army chief is about to become president. Their dramatic reversal in fortunes could well presage a return to the repression of the Mubarak era, activists fear. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew elected Islamist president Mohamed….

Security: 15 dead in Qaeda assault on Yemen city
5/24/2014 – ADEN (AFP) — Dozens of suspected al-Qaeda militants launched a night-time assault on one of southeastern Yemen’s main cities sparking fierce fighting that killed at least 15 people, security sources said on Saturday. They attacked army bases and public buildings in Seiyun, second city of Hadramawt province, with car bombs, rocket-launchers and heavy machine guns, the sources said. The regional military headquarters, the special….

Report: Protester-kicking Erdogan aide fired
5/24/2014 – ANKARA (AFP) — A top aide to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who sparked global outrage after being photographed kicking an anti-government protester has been fired, a report said on Saturday. Yusuf Yerkel unleashed an international outcry when photos went viral of him, dressed in a suit and tie, kicking a demonstrator as he was held down by two security officers during protests over the….

Egypt jails 19 Morsi supporters for 5 years
5/24/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian court jailed 19 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi for five years on Saturday for storming the offices of the head of the prestigious al-Azhar Islamic institution, judicial sources said. The army-installed government has rounded up thousands of Morsi’s supporters and tried them in mass hearings since his ouster in July last year. The defendants were accused of….

AlJazeera

Pope Francis begins Middle East tour
AlJazeera 23 May 2014 – Roman Catholic leader begins tour of Jordan, Israel and Palestine to boost ties with Muslims, Jews and other Christians.

International Solidarity Movement

‘What Happened to your Hand?’
5/24/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Nablus Team, Awarta, Occupied Palestine – On March 22nd 2013, Mohamad Walleed Qwareeq was near the local school in the northern district of the town of Awarta, located approximately 8 kilometers southeast of Nablus. Mohamad, 22 at the time, was with a friend eating almonds, in a grassy field, when he came across a foreign object that would alter his life forever. Mohamad opened what appeared to….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Press briefing notes on Israel/OPT, Syria/Aleppo Central Prison and Dominican Republic/new citizenship law
Relief Web 23 May 2014 – Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: Dominican Republic, Haiti, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: CÈcile Pouilly Location: Geneva Date: 23 May 2014 Subject: 1) Israel/OPT 2) Syria/Aleppo Central Prison 3)…

The National

Pope s Middle East visit highlights his views on Palestine
The National 24 May 2014 – Eight facts about Pope Francis’s tour of the Middle East.

Can Modi reset India s ties with Pakistan?
The National 24 May 2014 – India and Pakistan are looking for a fresh start in relations, with Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif agreeing to attend the innaguration of Indian PM-elect Narendra Modi.

Voices on Afghanistan: Focus should be on building long-term relationships
The National 24 May 2014 – Fostering economic development is as important as maintaining security in achieving stability in Afghanistan, says Kabul-based consultant Gianni Koskinas.

3 dead in attack on Brussels Jewish Museum
The National 24 May 2014 – The head of the country s anti-Semitic League said the act was the result of a climate of hate.

Iranian actress Leila Hatami apologises for Cannes kiss
The National 24 May 2014 – Peck on the cheek from film festival’s director caused outrage in Iran and condemnation from minister.

Egypt s election is only the first challenge for El Sisi
The National 24 May 2014 – Abdel Fattah El Sisi may be poised to become the president of Egypt, but he faces a range of challenges, including uncertainity about voter turnout.

Despite Assad s assertions, civil war is not over
The National 24 May 2014 – Regardless of what the Assad regime says, the revolution in Syria is far from finished. That isn’t necessarily a positive outcome.

Ha’aretz

Lesbians more likely to avoid doctors and life-saving tests, study finds
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Jerusalem college files for protection from creditors
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Lapid rebuffs army demand for more funding
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Brussels museum shooter likely followed Toulouse pattern
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Fearing hate crime, Arab villagers attack three Haredi men
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Israel outscores 59 advanced nations in business innovation
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Netanyahu: Brussels attack result of incitement against Jews and their state
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Military Police dragging their feet on probing 18 Palestinians killed by soldiers
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Hamas, Iran meet for first time in three years as unity deal nears
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Brussels Jewish museum shooting: A rare, yet foreboding incident
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Jordan releases two Israelis arrested for carrying large sums of cash
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Ukraine fires warning shots at Russian helicopters
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Nine bombs in south Thailand kill two, wound many
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Putin accuses Prince Charles of unroyal behavior following Hitler comparisons
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

At least seven killed in mass shooting outside California college
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Pakistan PM to attend India PM’s inauguration for first time
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Election under threat in eastern Ukraine
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Man shot and killed in northern Israel
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Magnitude 4.1 earthquake shakes Israel
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Sister of Toulouse gunman joins Syria fight, French authorities suspect
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

Turk injured in Gaza flotilla dies after four-year coma
Ha’aretz – 24 May 2014

The military battle to keep the peace in Thailand
Ha’aretz – 23 May 2014

Jerusalem Post

For the ultimate humanitarian tourist an alternative agenda for the pontiff s Holy Land visit
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – Pope Francis is not a pontiff-by-the-numbers leader he does his own thing.

Welcome to Israel, Pope Francis! Bienvenido!
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – This afternoon, Pope Francis, the spiritual leader and highest authority in the Catholic world, will land in Israel. The eyes of the entire Christian world will be focused on Jerusalem.

Front and center: Staying in touch in the IDF
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – Southern Command C4i officer tells Post that his soldiers job is to turn 50 km. into 50 m.

Ukraine votes as fear, war stalk Russia border zone
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – Ukrainians vote in first-round presidential poll on Sunday; Putin says to “respect” new leader likely to favor West.

Iran s war on women
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – Converging crackdowns on Iranian women last week brought the Islamic Republic s misogynistic policies into focus.

UK chief rabbi: Scottish Church s stance on Israel harmful, hurtful
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – At Edinburgh conference, Mirvis calls for productive dialogue.

Baltic states bring number of Israel ally caucuses to 30
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – The Knesset Christian Allies Caucus was established in 2004 by MK Yuri Shtern.

Israeli couple reportedly among Brussels Jewish museum shooting victims
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – Belgian media claims two of the victims from shooting were Israeli; third fatality was a female volunteer at the museum.

Clinton friend: She s ready on foreign policy
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – American Jewish Congress president Jack Rosen said in a weekend interview that if Hillary Clinton were to be elected she would be

Palestinians hope papal visit will bring them support
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – Pope Francis will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, lunch with Palestinian families and visit the Dehaishe refugee camp.

Efforts at Netanyahu-Rivlin presidential sulha surge
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – Netanyahu set to hold a meeting with supporters of presidential candidate Reuven Rivlin before the deadline for candidates to enter the June 10 election.

A turning point for Israel s minority relations?
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – On May 24, Maronite Bishop Bishara al-Rahi will become the first Lebanese Christian patriarch to set foot in Israel since its establishment.

*Ancient African cattle first domesticated in Middle East*
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – Researchers who recently published their findings in PLoS Genetics have completed the genetic history of 134 cattle breeds from around the world.

*Get off the couch and start moving*
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – Physical fitness is the major factor in being healthy, says Prof. Steven Blair. One of the leading exercise scientists in the world, he calls himself short, fat and bald but still quite fit.

Palestinian journalists criticize Abbas for condemning assault on Israeli reporter
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – Last week, Abbas received Avi Issacharoff in his office and condemned the recent assault on him by Palestinians near Ramallah.

Four dead in shooting at Jewish museum in Brussels
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – The attack is being approached as racially motivated by Belgian authorities, who posited that it was motivated by anti-Semitism.

Is New Jersey’s governor sufficiently pro-Israel? Hawkish US Jews don’t think so
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – Chris Christie raised eyebrows by failing to mention Israel once during a speech at a gala attended by Sheldon Adelson last weekend.

Jordan releases 2 Israelis arrested on suspicion of money laundering
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – Authorities free from custody Israeli nationals arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of trade fraud of foreign currencies.

Iranian actress apologizes for kissing Cannes festival president
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – Leila Hatami says she’s “sorry for hurting the feelings of some people,” after she was filmed on the red carpet planting a kiss on the cheek of Gilles Jacob.

WATCH: In Jordan, Pope Francis appeals for urgent steps to end Syria violence
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – With tight security arrangements lined up, pontiff lands in Amman to kick off first visit to region as head of the Roman Catholic Church; pope to arrive in Israel on Sunday.

Magnitude 4.1 earthquake shakes southern Israel
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – Residents report feeling light tremors in areas spanning from Ashdod to Eilat; no injuries reported.

Comatose Turk wounded on ‘Marmara’ dies
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – 51-year-old Uur S¸leyman Sˆylemez dies Friday after being in coma for four years since 2010 Gaza flotilla incident.

Arab World: Leading Egypt to a better future?
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – Sisi will likely win Egypt s presidential election in the coming week; but can he keep the Brotherhood in check, will he be able to put the country s economy back
on track, what kind of ties will he have with Israel, the West?

US urges Israel, Palestinians to refrain from unilateral steps
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2014 – Following PM’s remarks on annexing parts of West Bank, State Department says sides should not take “steps that undermine trust,” as US wants talks to resume.

Over 8,000 police officers to be stationed in Jerusalem during pontiff s visit
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – According to police, regular patrol units, special patrol units, undercover units and helicopter units will canvass all areas pope is scheduled to visit.

Out of this world: Group plans to send Sefer Torah to the moon
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – ‘Torah on the Moon’ hopes to send scroll to preserve Jewish faith after Apocalypse; to be housed in capsule to protect it from extreme temperatures.

Bennett: I’ll push as hard as I can for unilateral move in Judea and Samaria
Jerusalem Post 23 May 2014 – Bayit Yehudi chairman declares his support for annexation of parts of West Bank, “doing what’s good for Israel.”

The Guardian

Ramallah father: I want to believe that the boy soldier who shot dead my son seeks forgiveness
The Guardian 24 May 2014 – CCTV footage of Nadeem Suwara, shot dead by Israeli forces, spread around the world. Here his father talks of a teenager of the new Ramallah, a world of smartphones, western music and prosperity but one in…

Uruknet

Emek Shaveh: Archaeological narratives and control of Jerusalem
Uruknet 24 May 2014 – May 19, 2014- It was a find, literally, of biblical proportions. Last week, Israeli archaeologist Eli Shukron boldly claimed that he d discovered the legendary citadel captured by King David in his conquest of 3,000 years ago – a site…

Shin Bet warns Israeli blogger about his reporting on interrogations
Uruknet 24 May 2014 – May 19, 2014 – Israeli blogger Noam R. was summoned on Monday to a “warning meeting” by the Israel Security Agency (the Shin Bet). Noam was questioned on research he is conducting, and was warned about various aspects of his…

Iraq snapshot -May 19, 2014
Uruknet 24 May 2014 – May 19, 2014. Chaos and violence continue, Nouri s plans for a majority government fall by the wayside due to the inability of his State of Law to win enough seats in Parliament, allegations of fraud arise as the IHEC…

It was murder, not an accident
Uruknet 24 May 2014 – May 19, 2014 – An explosion and underground fire at a coal mine in Soma, Turkey, in the western province of Manisa, killed more than 300 people, the worst mine disaster in the country s history and one of the…

C.I.A. Said to Steer Arms away from Syrian Opposition
Uruknet 24 May 2014 – May 19, 2014 – The New York Times headline C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition has been cited literally hundreds of times since it was first published on 21 June 2012 by non-interventionists and Assad supporters…

More Gitmo prisoners call for disclosure of force-feeding tapes
Uruknet 24 May 2014 – May 19, 2014 – Two more hunger-striking prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have today gone to court to preserve tapes of their force-feedings, after a US judge intervened on Friday to ensure the preservation of similar footage in the case of…

Iraq : A woman displaced by the crisis in Anbar: seeking safety, protection and assistance
Uruknet 24 May 2014 – May 19, 2014 – Neda is showing a picture of her disabled younger sister and her eyes are filling with tears. Neda takes full care of her two younger sisters, including disabled Ritaje and Yasmin, who was abandoned by her…

Increased number of civilian victims in Fallujah attacks
Uruknet 24 May 2014 – May 19, 2014 – PAX has called upon the Dutch government to work within a European framework on a structural solution in the form of a national dialogue and reconciliation process, in follow-up to a resolution from the European Parliament…

Boko Haram Kidnappings An Excuse For The U.S. To Further Entrench Itself In Africa
Uruknet 24 May 2014 – May 19, 2014 – … You know, there s always a political and psychological component to military activity, and we know that there have been–there was significant opposition in Nigeria, including in most parts of Africa, to further U.S. involvement in…

Israel punishing Oxfam for break up with Scarlett Johansson, say aid workers
Uruknet 24 May 2014 – May 19, 2014 – Israeli occupation authorities have been delaying permits to enter Gaza for staff from Oxfam in what may be retaliation for the international charity s criticism of Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson. Earlier this year, Johansson, who was…

Former ICC Chief Prosecutor Tells Israel Not to Worry About War Crimes
Uruknet 24 May 2014 – May 19, 2014 – Haaretz s Anshel Pfeffer writes a typical “happy-talk” article, Israel Has Little to Fear from International Criminal Court, about a visit to Israel by former ICC chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo. In the interview, Pfeffer displays a…

Video shows unprovoked, cold-blooded killing of Palestinian boys by Israeli forces
Uruknet 24 May 2014 – May 19, 2014 – This shocking video shows the unprovoked, cold-blooded killings of two Palestinian teenagers, 17-year-old Nadim Siam Nuwara, and 16-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu al-Thahir on 15 May near Ofer military prison in the occupied West Bank city…

Uruguay s President Mujica Confirms Offer of New Home for Six Guant·namo Prisoners
Uruknet 24 May 2014 – May 19, 2014 – Back in March, President Jose Mujica of Uruguay announced that he had been approached by the Obama administration regarding the resettlement of Guant·namo prisoners, cleared for release from the prison in 2009 by President Obama s…

A distorted portrait of Palestinian anti-Semitism
Uruknet 24 May 2014 – May 19, 2014 – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) – a Jewish-American organization whose goal is to combat anti-Semitism – and in practice, to promote Israeli hasbara – published a worldwide survey on anti-Sem
itism last week. The survey is unprecedented in…

Israel approves confiscation of 700 dunams in East Jerusalem
Uruknet 24 May 2014 – May 19, 2013 – The Israeli District Planning and Building Committee approved on Sunday a plan to annex more than 700 dunams to build the National Gardens on lands belonging to Palestinians living in Issawiya and Al-Tur neighbourhoods in occupied…

While the global BDS movement grows, in the West Bank, BDS is virtually impossible
Uruknet 24 May 2014 – May 19, 2014 – The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has steadily gained international momentum since its inception in 2005. Veolia, a French multinational transport and municipalities company that conducts business within illegal Israeli settlements has been one of…

Syria News – May 18 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 24 May 2014 – May 18 , 2014 – By the end of the day Sunday the Coordinating Committees were able to document 50 martyrs, including 4 women, 10 children, 4 martyrs under torture: 22 martyrs in Aleppo, 11 in Damascus and its countryside, 9…

Daily Star

AUB Outdoors takes visitors to New York
Daily Star 24 May 2014 AUB gathers all the famous New York landmarks in its Beirut campus as part of its annual Outdoors festival held on Saturday and Sunday.

Lebanon on the way to functional judiciary: Rifi
Daily Star 24 May 2014 Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi says that he will exert all efforts to place the country on the path to a functional and impartial judicial system.

Two dead after missiles strike homes in Libya’s Benghazi
Daily Star 24 May 2014 At least two people dead after missiles fired at a Libyan special forces army base miss their target and strike family homes in Benghazi.

Sisi says Egypt will not allow threats to security from Libya turmoil
Daily Star 24 May 2014 Egypt will not allow armed turmoil in Libya to threaten its national security, presidential front-runner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says.

Airstrikes hit near Damascus during aid distribution: NGO
Daily Star 24 May 2014 Syria’s air force strikes a besieged rebel-held town Saturday as U.N. and Red Crescent workers distribute aid.

Egypt jails 19 Morsi supporters for five years
Daily Star 24 May 2014 An Egyptian court jails 19 supporters of ousted President Mohammad Morsi for five years for storming the offices of the head of the prestigious Al-Azhar Islamic institution.

Syria rebels, army agree on truce near Homs
Daily Star 24 May 2014 Syrian rebels and government forces have agreed to a truce in an opposition-held area near the central city of Homs.

YNet News

After 70 years, Holocaust survivors return to Elie Wiesel’s home town
YNet News, 24 May 2014 – Day after reading from Torah at the Sephardic Synagogue in Sighet, Romania, the first train to Auschwitz arrived and took 3,000 Jews to their death – now, 70 years later, survivors return. ….

Netanyahu slams Brussels shooting as result of hateful incitement against Israel
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Pope’s Mideast trip a delicate dance around politics
YNet News, 24 May 2014 – Pope has to walk fine line during Holyland visit, juggling faith, politics and local issues in his bid to promote inter-religious dialogue as a vehicle for peace. ….

Rabbis: Medical marijuana is kosher on shmita year
YNet News, 24 May 2014 – Religious Zionism leaders say patients can continue consuming cannabis during year in which land in Israel must lie fallow. ….

Lieberman: Brussels attack is the result of pro-Palestinian activity
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France slams Brussels shooting
YNet News, 24 May 2014 – ….

One arrested in connection to Brussels Jewish Museum shooting
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US pulls out from military exercises in Thailand
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I want to teach Jews I’m not their enemy
YNet News, 24 May 2014 – Op-ed: Arab woman studying in Sderot says racism and discrimination have strengthened her determination to make a change. ….

NATO conference hears IDF views on women in the military
YNet News, 23 May 2014 – Western nations seeking to integrate more women into militaries learn from IDF’s success during NATO conference. ….

US to Netanyahu: ‘We oppose unilateral steps’
YNet News, 23 May 2014 – State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf responds to Netanyahu’s comments in Bloomberg interview on consideration of unilateral steps: ‘No one should take any steps that undermine trust, including unilateral’. ….

Lapid: ‘Mud-slinging between Finance, Defense Ministry needs to end’
YNet News, 23 May 2014 – Minister Yair Lapid tries to calm waters stirred by budget battle between defense establishment, Finance Ministry; ‘We have nothing against the fighters – money is needed for education and health as well’. ….

IAEA: Iran sharply cutting nuclear stockpile
YNet News, 23 May 2014 – UN agency report shows Iran acted to reduce its stockpile of uranium gas by more than 80 percent; findings likely to be welcomed by the six powers trying to negotiate a long-term deal with Iran. ….

Netanyahu mulls unilateral disengagement from West Bank
YNet News, 23 May 2014 – Prime minister tells Bloomberg unilateral steps are being considered in light of failed peace talks; ‘Idea of unilateral steps is gaining ground’. ….

Israelis caught amidst Thailand coup ‘vacationing like any other day’
YNet News, 23 May 2014 – Despite a military coup in Thailand, Israeli tourists say that life continues as normal with no security concerns. ….

Sinai terrorist leader killed in drive-by shooting
YNet News, 23 May 2014 – Ansar Beit al-Maqdis leader reported dead in Sinai after shooting attack dealing difficult blow to organization responsible for terror in Israel. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Administrative detainees in second month of hunger strike
PIC – Administrative detainees in Israeli occupation jails entered on Saturday their second month of hunger strike protesting their incarceration without any charge or trial.

IOF kidnaps young man in Al-Khalil, attacks citizens in Dura
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped on Saturday morning a young man in Fahs area, south of Al-Khalil, and clashed with others during a campaign in Dura town to the south.

2 Palestinians killed, 2 seriously injured in an explosion southern Gaza
PIC – Two Palestinians were killed and two others were seriously wounded in an explosion at a resistance training site south of Gaza Strip on Saturday.

OCHA demands Israel to protect Palestinian civilians in W. Bank
PIC – The office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) called on Israel to end its military escalation in the West Bank and protect Palestinian civilians, warning of relapsing into violence.

IOF erects checkpoints throughout al-Khalil
PIC – Several Palestinians were injured on Saturday when Israeli occupation forces suppressed a solidarity march on the 66th anniversary of Nakba (catastrophe) near Fawar refugee camp in al-Khalil.

Price Tag attack targets church in Beer Sheba
PIC – Israeli Price Tag group has carried out a racist attack against a church in Beer Sheba. The church’s walls were spray-painted with offensive slogans against prophet Jesus.

Palestinian embassy in Tunis places Palestinian refugees under house arrest
PIC – The Palestinian embassy in Tunis have placed the Palestinian asylum seekers, who were detained at Carthage airport, under residential confinement and impounded their passports.

Human rights center: Administrative detainees risk death
PIC – A Palestinian human rights center has warned of the health deterioration of hunger strikers in Israeli jails.

Haneyya to address general assembly of IRTU in Tehran via video conferencing
PIC – The office of Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya said he would participate via video conferencing in the seventh meeting of the general assembly of the Islamic radio and television union (IRTU).

Dozens of injuries reported during clashes in Silwad and Bilin
PIC – More than 25 Palestinian protesters were injured on Friday as violent clashes broke out in Silwad town east of Ramallah.

WAFA

Patriarch Bartholomew Arrives at Bethlehem
WAFA – 24 May 2014

Netanyahu Protests Material Published at Palestinian National Security Forces Official Website
WAFA – 24 May 2014

Pope s Arrvial at Jordan Marks Start of Pilgrimage Trip
WAFA – 24 May 2014

Weather Forecast: Pleasant Spring Weather
WAFA – 24 May 2014

Misc

Pope Calls for Solutions to Conflicts in Mideast Visit
New York Times 24 May 2014 – At the start of a three-day trip through the Holy Land, Pope Francis called for a peaceful solution to the war in Syria and a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Egypt s New Autocrat, Sisi Knows Best
New York Times 24 May 2014 – Abdel Fattah el-Sisi s cunning path to power and his paternalistic conviction that the people must be prepared to suffer are illuminated in interviews and leaked recordings.

Lebanon s Political Standoff Leaves Leadership Vacancy
New York Times 24 May 2014 – Reaching agreements among the country s myriad political parties and religious sects has become more difficult in recent years, as the country s politicians have lined up on opposite sides of the civil war in neighboring Syria.

Iran Billionaire Hanged for Fraud
New York Times 24 May 2014 – Mahafarid Amir Khosravi had been convicted of playing a major role in a $2.6 billion corruption case, the biggest in Iran since the 1979 revolution.

Soldiers and Militants Clash in Yemen City
New York Times 24 May 2014 – Fifteen militants and at least 10 soldiers are reported killed in an attack on army, security and government buildings in the southern city Sayoun.

World Briefing: 2 Killed in Political Violence in Egypt
New York Times 24 May 2014 – Two protesters were killed in clashes in Egypt between Islamist demonstrators and their opponents after midday prayers on Friday, the final day of campaigning ahead of next week s presidential election, the authorities said.

Happy in Tehran Video Spurs Harsher Censorship
New York Times 23 May 2014 – The judicial authorities in Iran moved to block Instagram and imprisoned the director who made the now-famous Iranian version of the Pharrell Williams Happy video.

Syrian Rebels Claim Attack on Assad Supporters
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.

Fearing divestment from Israel, Jewish orgs oppose divestment to halt global warming
Mondoweiss – Richard Foltin This is priceless, and reads like parody. Jewish Groups Push Back in Fight for Divestment From Fossil Fuel Companies; Fear Tactic Could Be Used in Israel Debate. Great reporting by Hody Nemes and Nathan Guttman at the Forward . Global warming? Chopped liver. Iran s more of…

National Interest readers mutiny over Israeli exceptionalist argument
Mondoweiss – Avner Golov, former Israeli Air Force officer File under Israel s changing image: The National Interest ran an article saying Israel can t live with a nuclear Iran, even when the U.S. could live with a nuclear Soviet Union, co-authored by an Israeli Air Force veteran and a protege…

DePaul University student body votes to divest from Israeli occupation in campus-wide referendum
Mondoweiss – The following press release was sent out by DePaul Divest, a coalition of students, student organizations, staff, faculty and alumni that call on the DePaul University administration to pull its investments from corporations that profit off of the illegal occupation of Palestine and the human…

500 surveillance cameras to be mounted in occupied East Jerusalem
Mondoweiss – Violence / Raids / Attacks / Illegal arrests 500 surveillance cameras to be installed in occupied East Jerusalem TEL AVIV (WAFA) 22 May Office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Internal Security Ministry decided Thursday to install 500 surveillance cameras in Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem….

Skinny jeans, cockroaches and a kangaroo court Mariam Barghouti s diary of a Palestinian in an Israeli prison
Mondoweiss – Mariam Barghouti being released from Ofer Military Court. (Photo: Free Mariam Barghouti/Facebook) On April 11th, I was arrested in the village of Nabi Saleh and wrongfully charged with stone throwing as well as assaulting a soldier. The testimony of a 20 or so year old soldier…

Why doesn t NYT pay more attention to B Tselem, the leading Israeli human rights org?
Mondoweiss – B Tselem field research Salma a-Deb i coaching Nadra Qadus, on use of video equipment to document human rights abuses. From B Tselem B Tselem , the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
, made an unusual appearance in Jodi Rudoren s New York Times article the other day about…

There is no veritable religious freedom here : Postcard from the Christian community in East Jerusalem
Mondoweiss – Pope Francis (R) talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) and his wife Sara (L) during their meeting at the Vatican, December 2, 2013. (Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Flash90) As Pope Francis controversial visit to Israel and the West Bank nears he arrives via helicopter in Bethlehem…

Genesis Prize: Insularity of the Jewish Elites
Tikun Olam – A group of Russian oligarchs has pumped buckets of their ill-gotten cash into creating an award, the Genesis Prize , that flatters their egos and those of their fellow fat cats who will receive it. Jay Leno flatters egos and senses of humor of Russian and American…

VIDEO: Pope Frances urges Syria resolution
BBC 24 May 2014 – Pope Francis has called for an “urgent” solution to the Syrian conflict at the start of a three-day visit to the Middle East.

Pope praises Jordan as tour begins
BBC 24 May 2014 – Pope Francis praises Jordan for its “generous welcome” to Syrian refugees at the start of a three-day visit to the Middle East.

Iran hangs man for huge bank fraud
BBC 24 May 2014 – A businessman involved in Iran’s biggest bank fraud case has been executed, state media say.

The dissident who’s too old for fear
BBC 24 May 2014 – An Egyptian dissident who has seen it all before

Thorny issues await Pope in Holy Land
BBC 24 May 2014 – What Palestinians and Israelis want from Pope Francis

Bahraini rights activist released
BBC 24 May 2014 – Prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab is freed after nearly two years in prison for taking part in illegal protests.

Nabeel Rajab, Bahrain’s top rights activist, is free
Al-Akhbar News 24 May 2014 – Bahrain released one of the Arab world’s best-known activists on Saturday after he served a two-year jail sentence for his role in pro-democracy protests in the US-allied kingdom, his son said and his lawyer said. Nabeel Rajab, co-founder and president of the Bahrain Center for Human…

Attention dear Lebanese: Al-Raouche no longer belongs to you
Al-Akhbar News 24 May 2014 – Two women walk by the al-Daliyeh port which is now fenced off and surrounded with barbed wire. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Two women walk by the al-Daliyeh port which is now fenced off and surrounded with barbed wire. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Like a game of dominoes, Beirut s seafront in…

Outgoing Lebanese president presses parliamemt to pick successor
Al-Akhbar News 24 May 2014 – Lebanese President Michel Sleiman on Saturday called on parliamentarians to elect a successor without delay, as his mandate comes to a end amid huge divide between the country’s two main camps. Sleiman’s mandate expires on Sunday, and the government headed by Prime Minister Tammam Salam is…

Egypt jails 19 Mursi supporters for five years
Al-Akhbar News 24 May 2014 – An Egyptian court jailed 19 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Mursi for five years on Saturday for storming the offices of the head of the prestigious Al-Azhar Islamic institution, judicial sources said. The army-installed government has rounded up thousands of Mursi’s supporters and tried them…

The ABCs of the grades and salaries scale
Al-Akhbar News 24 May 2014 – A woman holds a placard saying “The people pay the price for corruption” during a protest for the grade and salaries scale to be passed by the Lebanese parliament. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) A woman holds a placard saying “The people pay the price for corruption” during…

Erdogan aide caught kicking protester fired
Al-Akhbar News 24 May 2014 – Photo taken on May 14, 2014 shows a person identified by Turkish media as Yusuf Yerkel, adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, kicking a protester already held by special forces police members during Erdogan’s visit to Soma. (Photo: AFP / Depo) Photo taken on May…

Fourteen years after the Israeli withdrawal: That was then, this is now
Al-Akhbar Opinion 24 May 2014 – Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Hezbollah, with the people freed from Khiam prison after the Israeli withdrawal in 2000. (Photo: Archive) Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Hezbollah, with the people freed from Khiam prison after the Israeli withdrawal in 2000. (Photo: Archive) How did…

Overnight al-Qaeda ambush kills 30 in Yemen
Al-Akhbar News 24 May 2014 – A Yemeni soldier stands at a checkpoint in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, on May 18, 2014, as security measures are strengthened days after the Yemeni president vowed to clear al-Qaeda from all its remaining bastions. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Huwais) A Yemeni soldier stands at a…

Iran hangs businessman convicted over $2.6 billion scam
Al-Akhbar News 24 May 2014 – An Iranian businessman convicted of masterminding a $2.6 billion banking scam, the biggest fraud case in the country’s history, was hanged on Saturday, state media reported. Mahafarid Amir Khosravi was sent to the gallows in Tehran’s Evin prison, the official IRNA news agency reported. He was…

Pope begins Mideast tour
Al-Akhbar News 24 May 2014 – Pope Francis headed for Jordan Satur
day at the start of a Middle East tour aimed at boosting ties with Muslims and Jews as well as easing an age-old rift within Christianity. The Vatican has billed Francis’ first visit to a region roiled by religious and political…

Liberation of the south: Remembering Khiam prison
Al-Akhbar Politics 24 May 2014 – Khiam prison after being liberated in 2000 after the Israeli withdrawal. (Photo: Archive) Khiam prison after being liberated in 2000 after the Israeli withdrawal. (Photo: Archive) Lebanese are celebrating Liberation Day on Sunday to commemorate the 14 anniversary of the withdrawal of the Israeli army from…

Post-revolution Yemen: back to the golden age of radio
Al-Akhbar Politics 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,…

Articles


After Kerry, only BDS may save the two-state solution
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 5/19/2014
Not even Ben-Gurion would be able to rally the political support necessary to displace masses of settlers as long as there is no price to be paid for the occupation. So how much longer can liberal Zionists sit and watch the status quo remain static? If instead of trying to persuade Israel to change, two-state supporters started holding it responsible for refusing to change, it could have a jarring psychological impact on the country and its leaders.
Now that the Kerry peace talks have failed and everyone has given up hoping that Netanyahu will change, what s the new plan for ending the occupation one day? For liberal Zionists people who want Israel to become a Jewish state that respects Arabs it would seem to focus on Isaac Herzog, head of the Labor Party. Unlike fellow centrist party leaders Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid, Herzog hasn t been in a position of leadership long enough yet to fail or sell out, so he s the one. The hope is that he can get elected in the coming years to head a coalition government of the center, left, maybe an ultra-Orthodox party, maybe even an Arab party for once, and do what prime ministers going back to Yitzhak Rabin 20 years ago tried but were unable to do reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.
Putting their hopes on Herzog is a natural progression for liberal Zionists. After all, they can t just throw in the towel and resign themselves to the occupation being permanent; it s unthinkable, psychologically insupportable. Besides, who can tell the future? Herzog seems solid; he s very smart, competent, likable, the son of a beloved army general and president a consensus-type figure. And now that the Kerry initiative has failed, and even the timid Obama administration is blaming the Netanyahu government for it while exonerating the Palestinians (off the record), clearly the thing to do is replace the Netanyahu government. Then there will be a fighting chance for peace again (unless of course the Republicans get elected).
Here is my heartfelt, urgent advice: forget it. It s a waste of time. Electoral politics in either Israel or America, as far as it concerns the peace process, is a waste of time…. more..e-mail

Who will protect Palestinian journalists?
Aziz Abu Sarah, +972 Magazine 5/24/2014
Between shootings, beatings and arrests, Palestinian journalists are subject to violence and restrictions that their Israeli counterparts generally avoid.
Last week at a protest in the West Bank city of Beitunia, a group of Palestinian protestors attacked Israeli journalist Avi Issacharoff and photographer Daniel Book. According to Issacharoff, he was told to leave the protest by Palestinian journalists, and when he refused he was surrounded by a group of angry Palestinian protesters, who he says wanted to lynch him. Eventually, he was escorted out of the area with the help of two Palestinian officers. Such incidents are depressing, especially for journalists who are simply trying to report the news.
This incident, however, raises several issues regarding access and cooperation among Israeli and Palestinian journalists.
After years of conflict and a failed peace process, trust has been shaken between Palestinian protestors and Israeli journalists. Many Palestinian protestors worry that they cannot trust Israelis with photographs that could lead to their arrest. In addition, the knowledge that Israeli journalists could, at any time, be called up for their annual reserve service in the IDF further complicates their relationship with Palestinian society.
On a personal note: when I was filming National Geographic s Conflict Zone, the biggest hurdle I had to overcome was the issue of trust. This was true for the settlers, the IDF and the Palestinian protestors in Nabi Saleh alike. For example, it was understood from the onset that we wouldn t film the faces of stone throwers, since our footage could potentially lead to their arrest. And while on their base, the Israeli army asked us on several occasions not to film certain things or people for security reasons. more..e-mail

Why BDS won’t work, and what can
Roi Maor, +972 Magazine 5/24/2014
Those who care about ending the occupation, in Israel and outside it, are faced with real, difficult choices. I believe these choices matter. That is why I oppose BDS.
Larry Derfner s recent article in support of BDS is well-written, passionately argued and compelling. Nonetheless, I find myself in strong disagreement with its key assertions and conclusions.
As I see it, the article rests on the following argument: first, the evacuation of settlements necessary to end the occupation would be very difficult for Israel. Second, Israelis do not currently incur any significant cost for the continuation of the occupation. Third, the only way to make Israelis pay that c
ost is by supporting some version of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), at least on the settlements themselves.

The settlers are paper tigers
Larry rightly points out that it is impossible to envisage an end to the occupation without extensive settlement evacuation. But I believe he errs when stating that the specter of the sort of cataclysm that would be triggered [if there is major settlement evacuation] is enough to stop any government from touching it. Why would there be such a cataclysm? Because the ideological core of the settlers are fearsome, they (and the right) would engage in rebellion which could lead to bloodshed and turn the country upside down.
Will resistance be so fierce and costly? Larry points to past experience with evacuations, in the Sinai and Gaza Strip (he doesn t mention that a handful of small settlements in the West Bank were also removed as part of the Gaza disengagement plan). These evacuations affected a relatively moderate branch of the settlement movement….. — See also: Derfner: After Kerry, only BDS may save the two-state solutionmore..e-mail

DePaul University students vote to divest from apartheid Israel
Editorial, Redress 5/24/2014
Hats off to the students of DePaul University in Chicago, USA.
According to the university students newspaper, Depaulia, a majority of students approved in a referendum a resolution calling for divestment from Israel.
Students voted in favour of an SGA [Student Government Association] referendum calling on DePaul to withdraw its investments in companies that do business with Israel s military and corporations that work in the West Bank and Gaza, easily passing by 54.2 per cent. A total of 2,908 votes were cast, with 45.8 per cent against the referendum.
The vote, dubbed DePaul Divest , followed weeks of campaigning by the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and counter demonstrations by several campus Jewish groups opposed to the measure.
According to the Electronic Intifada news website,
The question approved by students calls on the university to divest its funds from corporations that manufacture weapons and provide surveillance technology to the Israeli government, army and prison services, including Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Caterpillar.
These companies, the question states, profit from Israel s violation of the human rights of Palestinians and minorities within Israel and help violate people s rights to life, movement, healthcare, education and freedom.
It is clear that Palestinian human rights, the rights of minorities within Israel and ethical investment are issues that concern the DePaul student body, DePaul Divest, the student coalition supporting the initiative, state in a press release sent to The Electronic Intifada. — See also: Depaulia: DePaul Divest referendum on SGA ballot passes 1,575-1,333 and EI: DePaul students vote for divestment despite Israeli government interferencemore..e-mail


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