VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 28 May 2014

28 May 2014 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Israeli Forces Violently Disperse Protest in Jerusalem
IMEMC – Inequality on the rise for Jerusalem’s Palestinians since 1967 Nine Palestinians were abducted and three injured by Israeli forces after they violently dispersed a public protest, by Palestinians, in Jerusalem’s Old City. …

VIDEO: 4 Young Girls Detained in South Hebron Hills
IMEMC – Israeli forces, on Tuesday, detained four Palestinian girls in the south Hebron hills after being accused by a settler of stealing cherries, according to human rights group B’Tselem. … 

Israeli Military Vehicle Runs Over Teen Near Hebron
IMEMC – A Palestinian youth was severely injured after being over by an Israeli military vehicle in the village of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, according to a local activist. …

Abbas to Announce New Palestinian Government
IMEMC – Hamas and Fatah movements are nearing an agreement over the members of the government to be announced by President Mahmoud Abbas, on Thursday, in Ramallah. Nevertheless, senior Fatah officials claim negotiations over the names of the 15 personalities to make up the new government have not concluded yet. …

Three Fishermen Kidnapped From Rafah Coast
IMEMC – OIC: Life in Gaza has become unbearable Israeli navy forces abducted, early this morning, three fishermen working off the Rafah coast, in the southern Gaza Strip. Additionally, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has released a report stating that life in the Gaza Strip has become unbearable due to the imposed siege and the closure of crossings. … 

Israeli Soldiers Raid al-Ayam Newspaper Offices
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers raided the offices of al-Ayam Palestinian newspaper in Ramallah, managers said, where they rummaged through the contents of the building and ordered them to stop printing three Hamas publications. …

Hundreds Of Detainees Continue Their Strike, Many Hospitalized
IMEMC – Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, stated that the number of hunger striking Palestinian detainees held by Israel reached over 350 detainees in different Israeli prisons, and that dozens of detainees were hospitalized but are still ongoing with their strike. …

Five Palestinians Injured In Clashes After Israeli Fanatics Invade Al-Aqsa Mosque
IMEMC – [Occupied Jerusalem, May 28, 2014] At least Five Palestinians were injured when more than 200 Israeli militants invaded the yards of the al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem. The Palestinians managed to push the invading radicals away. …

At Least 22 Palestinians Kidnapped In West Bank, Occupied Jerusalem
IMEMC – [Wednesday, May 28, 2014] Israeli soldiers invaded different parts of the occupied West Bank, and occupied East Jerusalem, kidnapping at least 22 Palestinians. Local sources in Jerusalem stated that the soldiers invaded the al-Ezariyya town, east of occupied Jerusalem, and kidnapped twelve Palestinians, including one woman. …

Ma’an News

Clashes in Aqsa compound ahead of Jerusalem Day marches
5/28/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound early Wednesday between Palestinians and police, as thousands of right-wing Israelis prepared to march through the Old City to mark Jerusalem Day. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli police officers fired stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets at Palestinians, and attacked some with pepper spray. Four Palestinians were injured after being…. Related: Settlers enter Rajabi building to mark Jerusalem Day and 9 detained as Israeli forces disperse rally near Damascus Gate

40 hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners hospitalized
5/28/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Forty Palestinian prisoners who have been refusing food for over a month in protest against their imprisonment without charge or trial were hospitalized on Wednesday, Israel’s Prisons Services said. The news comes as hundreds launched a one-day solidarity hunger strike in two Israeli prisons as prisoner rights’ advocates claim dozens of strike leaders have been moved to solitary….

Gaza fisherman shot by Egyptian boats
5/28/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian fisherman was shot by Egyptian boats in the sea near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Spokesman for the Gaza ministry of health Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an that a fisherman was shot in the face by Egyptian boats off the coast of Rafah. Al-Qidra said that the victim was 16 years old but did not identify….

Main southern West Bank road closed as settlers rally
5/28/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces closed the main road connecting Hebron, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem to traffic on Wednesday in order to empty the road for Jewish settlers engaged in a “bike rally” to mark Jerusalem Day, witnesses said. Witnesses told Ma’an that hundreds of settlers rallied on bikes from Kiryat Arba settlement east of Hebron to Bethlehem en route to Jerusalem. The….

Settlers damage Palestinian wheat fields near Jalud
5/28/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers released sheep into a field belonging to a Palestinian family on Tuesday morning near Nablus, damaging a large area of the farmers’ wheat fields, a Palestinian official saidGhassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that settlers from the illegal outpost of Esh Kodesh released hundreds of….

Capturing settlers: Palestinians on guard against Israeli extremism
5/28/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Despite mentions in a recent US report on terrorism, Israeli extremist attacks against Palestinians and their property continue unabated, especially in the West Bank. With little to no protection from the Israeli army that occupies their territory, Palestinians have on several occasions in 2014 taken matters into their own hands, taking a kind of neighborhood-watch approach to prevent injuries and damage….

Activists close Red Cross office on 35th day of hunger strike
5/28/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian activists on Wednesday closed the Red Cross’ al-Bireh office in protest against the organization’s “silence” regarding an ongoing prisoners’ hunger strike, the organizers said.”Today we are shutting down the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross because it has failed to play the role it should to protect Palestinian prisoners, especially hunger strikers….

Settlers enter Rajabi building to mark Jerusalem Day
5/28/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Hundreds of settlers celebrated Wednesday morning by entering the Rajabi building in Hebron’s Old City next to the Ibrahimi mosque. Bassam al-Jaabari, a resident who lives near the building, said that hundreds of settlers started entering it. He said they played loud music and shouted anti-Palestinian slogans. In 2008 an Israeli court removed settlers from the home, leading to…. Related: Clashes in Aqsa compound ahead of Jerusalem Day marches and Jerusalem divided, unequal as Israel marks 1967 capture

Israel prevents Gaza academics from attending Ramallah conference
5/28/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities prevented 59 Gaza-based Palestinian academics from traveling to Ramallah for a science conference, a statement said Wednesday. The academics said in a statement that the rejection of their applications for permits to travel to the West Bank demonstrated Israel’s intention to divide Palestinians. Israel rarely grants permits for Palestinians from Gaza to visit the West Bank….

Israeli soldiers raid Palestinian newspaper offices
5/28/2014 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Israeli soldiers Wednesday raided the offices of a Palestinian newspaper in Ramallah, managers said, ordering them to stop printing publications by the Islamist movement Hamas.”Officers informed us that Israel would not allow the printing and distribution of Falastin, Al-Resala, and Al-Istiqlal,” three Hamas newspapers, Al-Ayyam’s managers said in a statement. Al-Ayyam has been printing the three papers since April, when….

Watch: Israeli forces detain 4 teenage girls in south Hebron hills
5/28/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday detained four Palestinian girls in the south Hebron hills after a settler accused them of stealing cherries, human rights group B’Tselem said. The girls, aged 11 to 15, were on their way home from school with an Israeli army escort when Israeli police arrested them. They were taken to an Israeli police station in Hebron….

Analysis: Israel declares war on Palestinian banks
5/28/2014 – Sam Bahour is a Palestinian-American business consultant in Ramallah and serves as a board member and executive committee member at a leading Palestinian bank. – Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip use the Israeli currency, the New Israeli Shekel, for their daily business. However, as the peace negotiation efforts of Secretary John Kerry stumbled (many would say….

Sources: Announcement of unity govt postponed
5/28/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – The expected Palestinian unity government will not be announced Thursday as scheduled, sources privy to the ongoing unity talks between Fatah and Hamas have told Ma’an. The announcement of the government is likely to be postponed for one week, according to the sources close to the talks who spoke to Ma’an on Wednesday. But Hamas officials…. Related: Hamas, Fatah say unity gov’t could be finalized in days

Jerusalem divided, unequal as Israel marks 1967 capture
5/28/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — As thousands of Israelis march through East Jerusalem on Wednesday to celebrate its capture in 1967, the Palestinian community continues its struggle to survive in a city marked by systematic political, economic, and social divides. Every year, thousands of right-wing Israelis march through East Jerusalem neighborhoods and the Old City in a national holiday described by Israel’s Ministry of…. Related: Clashes in Aqsa compound ahead of Jerusalem Day marches and Settlers enter Rajabi building to mark Jerusalem Day

Union: Israel navy detains 3 fishermen off Gaza coast
5/28/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel’s navy detained three fishermen off the coast of southern Gaza late Tuesday, a local union said. Nizar Ayyash, spokesperson for the Gaza fisherman’s union, said Israeli naval forces detained Ibrahim Khamis Murad, Khamis Ibrahim Murad and Ahmad al-Jizawi while they were fishing off the coast. An Israeli army spokesman did not immediately return calls seeking comment. [END]

9 detained as Israeli forces disperse rally near Damascus Gate
5/28/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained nine Palestinians and injured three on Wednesday after violently dispersing a rally in protest against “Jerusalem Day” in Jerusalem’s Old City. Dozens of Palestinians protested near Damascus Gate and raised Palestinian flags as thousands of Israeli Jews converged on the area to celebrate Israel’s capture and ensuing occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967. Israeli…. Related: Clashes in Aqsa compound ahead of Jerusalem Day marchesand Jerusalem divided, unequal as Israel marks 1967 capture

Israel presidential candidates step forward
5/28/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Six candidates put themselves forward on Tuesday for Israel’s presidential election in two weeks, kicking off the race to succeed 90-year-old incumbent Shimon Peres. MPs will elect the new head of state by secret ballot on June 10.”Reuven Rivlin, Benyamin Ben Eliezer, Dalia Dorner, Meir Sheetrit, Dalia Itzik, and Dan Shechtman presented Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein with the 10….

Palestinian woman killed in Jordan Valley car accident
5/28/2014 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — A Palestinian woman was killed in a traffic accident in the northern Jordan Valley on Wednesday, police said. Alia Muhammad Ribhi al-Razim, 34, was killed when the driver of a vehicle she was traveling in lost control, causing the car to flip over. Two other men were injured in the accident. [END]

Egypt extends presidential vote after low turnout reports
5/28/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s presidential election extended into a third day Wednesday, reportedly due to low turnout in the first election since Islamist Mohamed Morsi was overthrown last year Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the retired field marshall who toppled Morsi, is expected to easily win, but his campaign had hoped for a large turnout as a decisive show of support. After reports of a meager….

Libya PM’s home attacked, US urges Americans to leave
5/28/2014 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Gunmen attacked the home of Libya’s new prime minister, as the growing security concerns prompted Washington to recommend Americans leave the country “immediately.” Meanwhile, militant group Ansar al-Sharia, targeted by an ex-general who says the country has become a “terrorist hub,” has called on Libyans to repudiate him. Businessman Ahmed Miitig, 42, was elected prime minister this month in a chaotic….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: EU announces new support for the Palestinian people
Relief Web 28 May 2014 – Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 May 2014 The European Union has made available €200 million to ensure support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine…

occupied Palestinian territory: EUPOL COPPS and Palestinian judicial institutions pave the way to strengthen the right to Fair Trial
Relief Web 28 May 2014 – Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory EUPOL COPPS organised the first ever conference in Ramallah on the principles of fair trial with the participation of senior members of all the key Palestinian justice institutions. The purpose of the conference…

Syrian Arab Republic: Syria Update
Relief Web 28 May 2014 – Source: Islamic Relief Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey Over 3 years of unrest have created the worst humanitarian crisis in the modern history of the Middle East region. Over 9 million Syrians are…

The National

Obama pledges to increase support for Syrian rebels
The National 28 May 2014 – “We will step up our efforts to support Syria’s neighbours — Jordan and Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq — as they host refugees, and confront terrorists working across Syrian borders,” said the US president.

Tens of thousands of Syrian voters descend on their Lebanon embassy
The National 28 May 2014 – President Bashar Al Assad has maintained significant support among large sections of the population, particularly among Christians, Alawites and other religious minorities.

Key Mehsud tribe breaks away from the Pakistani Taliban
The National 28 May 2014 – Peace talks between the government and the Taliban that began earlier this year have stalled, with the military last week resorting to air strikes on militant hideouts killing at least 75 people.

China sentences 55 in mass trial at Xinjiang stadium
The National 28 May 2014 – The event was intended to demonstrate China’s “resolute determination [to] crack down on the ‘three forces’ of violent terrorism”, said one Chinese official.

Modi’s landslide win in Uttar Pradesh state astounds analysts
The National 28 May 2014 – The state has the highest population of Muslims, who appeared to cast aside their worries about the BJP’s Hindu nationalism and Mr Modi’s checkered history with the Muslim community while he was chief minister of Gujarat, giving his party a solid win of 71 out of the 80 parliamentary seats.

Afghanistan: Obama outlines American troop withdrawal
The National 28 May 2014 – President confirms that the 32,000-strong deployment in Afghanistan will be scaled back to around 9,800 by the beginning of 2015.

On Kabul’s doorstep, Taliban emboldened by US withdrawal
The National 28 May 2014 – As US president Barack Obama outlines America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents are reportedly growing in confidence.

We demand justice, says Pakistani whose pregnant wife died in ‘honour killing’
The National 28 May 2014 – Farzana Iqbal, who was three-months pregnant, was attacked outside Lahore’s grand high court building by more than two dozen brick-wielding assailants including her brother and father

Google’s quirky self-driving car won’t have a steering wheel
The National 28 May 2014 – The two-seater won’t be sold publicly, but Google says it hopes by this time next year, 100 prototypes will be on public roads. Though not driving very quickly — the top speed would be 40 kph.

US to withdraw nearly all troops from Afghanistan by 2016
The National 28 May 2014 – “We have to recognise that Afghanistan will not be a perfect place, and it is not America’s responsibility to make it one,” Barack Obama said.

Mystery man drops cash across San Francisco sending social media followers on #epic treasure hunt
The National 28 May 2014 – An anonymous man with the Twitter handle @HiddenCash has been hiding money throughout the city since Friday, leading scores on a treasure hunt.

Video: Men and children injured in rocket attack on Syrian city 
The National 28 May 2014 – Amateur video shows casualties after a rocket attack said to be carried out by forces loyal to President Bashar Al Assad on the anti-government city of Deraa.

In pictures: The World’s hottest retail markets
The National 28 May 2014 – Find out which city tops the rankings as world’s hottest retail market for international brands according to the latest edition of How Global is the Business of Retail? by global property advisor CBRE. And where do Abu Dhabi and Dubai place? 

Six elderly Chinese commit suicide to dodge coffin burial ban
The National 28 May 2014 – Six elderly people in China are said to have committed suicide to ensure they died before new regulations banning coffin burials come into force.

Sanctions bite into Iran’s football World Cup dreams
The National 27 May 2014 – “Team Melli” is a source of great national pride, having been among Asia’s top sides since the late 1960s, but many fans fear that weak planning by a government distracted by nuclear talks will mean a lacklustre performance.

Ha’aretz

Netanyahu to settlers: I’m fighting for you, but there are international constraints
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Netanyahu to settlers: I’m fighting for you, but there are international constraints
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Wanted: Rocket to take the Torah to the moon
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

A midnight stroll with Bennett to celebrate Jerusalem Day
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Justin Timberlake restores Israeli fans’ faith in pop concerts
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Don’t make a deal with Pinto
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

6 Jewish Memories of Maya Angelou
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

The new-old Europe and us
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

A lawyer for every laborer
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Emperor Netanyahu goes East
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Sissi sweeps 91.6 percent of votes in Egypt election provisional count
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Missing from Obama’s foreign policy speech: the peace process and the fire in his belly
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Missing from Obama’s foreign policy speech: the peace process and the fire in his belly
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

IDF prevents publication of Hamas papers in West Bank, Palestinians report
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Netanyahu’s endorsement of Rivlin: Forced by the hand of Likud
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Fearing Kiev’s jets, Ukraine’s rebels hold their ground
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Fearing Kiev’s jets, Ukraine’s rebels hold their ground
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Netanyahu wanted Elie Wiesel for president, reports say
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Ben-Gurion Airport opens new runway, reducing traffic over Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Galilee man indicted for hate crimes against Arabs
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Nigerian oil activists: Israel pushing for showdown with Boko Haram
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Haaretz reveals: Non-combat IDF soldier opened fire at deadly Nakba Day protest
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Stanley Fischer sworn in as member of U.S. Federal Reserve’s board
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Chechen leader denies sending troops to Ukraine
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

American Jews are running out of patience with Israel
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Israel’s Education Ministry vs. Chana, a Holocaust survivor
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

South Africa’s De Klerk: Without peace, Israel heading toward apartheid
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Obama calls for $5 billion counter-terrorism fund
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

U.S. government straddles the fence in terrorism funding case
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Author and poet Maya Angelou dies, aged 86
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Netanyahu endorses Reuven Rivlin for president
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Everyone in Washington talks peace, but the pope talks justice
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

California students mourn victims of rampage, as state mulls gun violence laws
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Livni threatens to pull out of coalition if Israel were to annex West Bank
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Minors suspected of torching judge’s car in dare
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Left and right play tug-of-war over Jerusalem Day
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Animal abusers safe from penalty in Israel
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Israeli police clash with Palestinian protesters at Temple Mount
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Minister: Jerusalem will never again be divided
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Jerusalem lost 8,750 residents last year, a 20-year record
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Poll: Rivlin is people’s choice for Israel’s president
Ha’aretz – 28 May 2014

Europe’s silent, angry youth
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2014

Rivlin smiles for the extreme right
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2014

An end to corruption at the port
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2014

Ya’alon: Signing UN arms-control treaty puts Israel at risk
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2014

IDF budget reveals Netanyahu’s defense priorities
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2014

Israel welcomes results of Ukrainian presidential election
Ha’aretz – 27 May 2014

Aides of ex-IDF chief Ashkenazi suspected of leaking top-secret info to journalists
Ha’aretz – 26 May 2014

Jerusalem Post

Higher education and the future of Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – As the only institution of higher learning in downtown Jerusalem, Hadassah Academic College has a special responsibility to the city. 

Encountering Peace: Annexation’s trappings
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – The conflict is not going away, nor is the State of Israel, nor is Palestine. 

IDF soldier present at Nakba Day clash suspended for illegally firing rubber bullets
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – Army source says incident wholly unrelated to the deaths of two Palestinian rioters during the clashes. 

The World From Here: After Brussels: Assaulting the anti-Semitism-terror nexus
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – BDS invective against Israel and the anti-Semitic incitement it exploits lays the infrastructure for the next “Brussels” terror attack. 

Wonder women
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – A new exhibition in Haifa examines the female figures in photographs taken in both Germany and Palestine in the 1930s-1950s. 

Celebrating Jerusalem: Why Hallel is not enough
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – How much longer can we wait to begin incorporating the watershed political and religious events of our time into our calendar? 

As Lebanese church head visits Israel, assassination plot against him revealed
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – Lebanon’s security forces arrested a suspect who confessed to working with regional intelligence agencies in plot to assassinate Maronite Church Patriarch Beshara Rai; church leader touring Israel in defiance of Hezbollah. 

Sinking corruption
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – Taxpayer cash has been lavished on Israel’s ports. It is time union kingpins understand that this is not their money but ours. 

Thousands celebrate Jerusalem Day in streets of capital
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – A sea of people revel in the streets of Jerusalem to mark the 47th anniversary of the reunification of their city. 

Candidly Speaking: Jerusalem Day
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – Jerusalem must return to its old destiny as “ir shalem,” meaning both “the city of peace” and “the city of completion.” 

Ethiopian Jewry commemorates the fallen of mass exodus to Israel
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – Ceremony held to commemorate estimated 4,000 Ethiopian Jews who died on their journey to Israel from Ethiopia through Sudan in the 1980s and 1990s. 

Health funds get more money despite accusations of ‘intentionally eroding’ allocations
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – The four defecit-ridden public health funds will get between NIS 520m. and 550m. to cover increase in medication prices. 

Boston vies to displace Silicon Valley as tech destination
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – California may have Stanford, but Massachusetts has Harvard and MIT; Could the City on the Hill become the Silicony Hill? 

Israel, Massachusetts celebrate Ra’anana water treatment plant
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – Desalitech, a Massachusetts-based Israeli firm, will be constructing the reverse osmosis system in Ra’anana. 

White House: Israeli-Palestinian peace still priority
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – Obama leaves peace process out of important foreign policy speech, but senior administration official tells ‘Post’ that door is open if parties willing. 

Cancer association director calls for more vigorous enforcement of no-smoking laws
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – Health minister maintains smoking rate is ‘lowest ever’ but official poll’s age limit was raised, affecting result. 

IN PICTURES: Israelis parade for Jerusalem Day, Palestinian protest turns violent
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – Israelis march with flags near Damascus Gate in the Old City; Police contain small Palestinian protest with horses, stun grenades. 

Rabbinical association says permissible in Jewish law for women to serve in IDF
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – Rabbi Shlomo Aviner says group lacks legitimacy and authority to make such a ruling. 

Obama outlines doctrine of multilateralism in foreign policy speech
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – American strength is now derived from reinforcing international institutions and global order, US president says in major foreign policy address. 

Zionists to receive Moskowitz Prize in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – ‘Jerusalem Post’ columnist Freund, founder of organization that reaches out to “lost” Jews around the world, among recipients. 

Peretz to submit bill banning free plastic bags
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – If law passes, plastic bag would cost 60 agorot each; customers would receive free reusable baskets. 

PA defiant on Israel’s Jerusalem Day, says no peace without Jerusalem as Palestinian capital
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – On anniversary of city’s reunification, PA rejects Netanyahu comments that Jerusalem will forever remain undivided capital of Israel. 

Author Maya Angelou dies at age 86
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – The author and poet rose to fame on the wings of her 1970 book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” 

PM made late-night bid for Elie Wiesel to be president
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – In the last hours to submit candidacy, Netanyahu tried to find someone other than Rivlin to support. 

PM Netanyahu endorses Likud MK Rivlin for president
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – Endorsement comes after Bennett announces backing for Rivlin; Yisrael Beytenu not bound by Netanyahu endorsement of Rivlin, source says. 

Excluding J Street
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – American Jewry needs a powerful and rational voice speaking out about the dangerous direction the far-right in Israeli politics is taking the country. 

Herzog: The government is turning Jerusalem into a settlement
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – Herzog: Jerusalem could have a Palestinian mayor if the nearly 300,000 Arab residents of the city’s eastern neighborhoods would exercise right to vote. 

Understanding terrorism at deeper human levels
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2014 – Terrorists terrorize because they take an authentically great delight in meting out executions to “others.” 

The Guardian

Hamas prepares for unity government with last cabinet meeting in Gaza City
The Guardian 28 May 2014 – Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to announce make-up of Hamas-Fatah unity government after seven-year feud Hamas has said it has held its last cabinet meeting in Gaza City, ahead of an expected announcement of Palestine’s long-awaited unity…

Syrian refugees inside their new homes in Lebanon – in pictures
The Guardian 28 May 2014 – More than one million Syrians have been forced to seek refuge in the neighbouring country. Many families live in abandoned buildings such as shops or storerooms. They depend on the generosity of relatives and neighbours to…

Uruknet

Opinion: Assad in the Footsteps of the French
Uruknet 28 May 2014 – May 23, 2014 -Has the faction led by President Bashar Al-Assad already won the three-year long civil war in Syria? The tendency in the Western commentariat is to answer the question with a qualified yes. A similar tune is whistled…

Most US drone strikes in Pakistan attack houses
Uruknet 28 May 2014 – May 23, 2014 – Domestic buildings have been hit by drone strikes more than any other type of target in the CIA s 10-year campaign in the tribal regions of northern Pakistan, new research reveals. By way of contrast, since…

Mission Accomplished, Indeed Iraq: the Biggest Petroleum Heist in History? 
Uruknet 28 May 2014 – May 23, 2014 – ….Iraq was the Cradle of Civilization. Now it s the cradle of shit. The US decimated Iraq; blew it to bits, bombed its industries, its bridges, its schools, its hospitals, leveled its cities, polluted its water,…

Alternatives to negotiations with Israel
Uruknet 28 May 2014 – May 23, 2014 -Some of the officials in the Palestinian Authority believe that there is no alternative to negotiations with Israel because it chose that approach as the sole method of dealing with Israel in order to achieve the dreams…

Israelis demolish Negev mosque as ethnic cleansing continues
Uruknet 28 May 2014 – May 23, 2014 – Israeli bulldozers guarded by a large force of police started to demolish the mosque in Wadi Al-Niam in the Negev on Thursday amid residents fears that authorities could also demolish homes in the village. A demolition…

Israeli Army Kidnaps A Disabled Palestinian, Throw His Wheelchair
Uruknet 28 May 2014 – May 23, 2014 – Israeli soldiers violently attacked and kidnapped a disabled Palestinian man, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after forcing him into their jeep, and threw his wheelchair away. Amjad Najjar, head of the Hebron branch…

Majority of Palestinians support Marwan Barghouthi for president
Uruknet 28 May 2014 – May 23, 2014 — A majority of Palestinians in the occupied territories favor jailed activist Marwan Barghouthi as a candidate in upcoming presidential elections, a public opinion survey released on Thursday said.The poll also revealed that 80 percent of Palestinians…

Palestinian Hunger Strike: “Either I Go Home – Or I Go in a Plastic Bag”
Uruknet 28 May 2014 – May 23, 2014 – “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,…

Israel tries to blame killings on Palestinians as int l outrage builds
Uruknet 28 May 2014 – May 23, 2014 – 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 story…

WATCH: Israeli Supreme Court hears Rachel Corrie appeal
Uruknet 28 May 2014 – May 23, 2014 -The Israeli Supreme Court this week heard an appeal on behalf of the family of Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an IDF bulldozer in 2003 outside Rafah, Gaza. At the time, she was non-violently…

Syria News – May 22 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 28 May 2014 – May 22, 2014 – By the end of day, Thursday, the Coordinating Committees were able to document 69 martyrs, including 5 women, 7 children and 3 martyrs under torture: 23 martyred in Deir Al-zour, 16 martyrs inDamascus and countryside, 8…

Israeli State Terror
Uruknet 28 May 2014 – May 22, 2014- Every day is Kristallnacht in Palestine. Israeli security forces attack, brutalize, murder or injure nonviolent Palestinians with impunity. They re ruthless. They re lawless. It s standard practice. Crimes too grave to ignore occur multiple times daily….

NY Times Publishes Steve Emerson Full-Page Islamophobic Ads
Uruknet 28 May 2014 – May 22, 2014 – 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…

Daily Star

S.Africa’s de Klerk: Israel must avoid apartheid
Daily Star 28 May 2014 South Africa’s last president under white rule has suggested that Israel risks heading toward apartheid if it does not reach a peace deal with Palestine.

Suicide car bombs kill another 21 in Iraq: officials
Daily Star 28 May 2014 Suicide car bombs kill another 21 in Iraq: officials

Acting Libyan PM refuses to yield power, calls for Congress ruling
Daily Star 28 May 2014 Libya’s acting prime minister, Abdullah Al-Thinni, on Wednesday refused to hand over power to newly elected premier Ahmed Maiteeq, and called on lawmakers to hold a session to resolve the political conflict.

Polls close in Egypt presidential election
Daily Star 28 May 2014 Polls closed Wednesday in an Egyptian presidential election seen as a plebiscite on the ex-army chief frontrunner, after voting was extended when turnout fell below that won by the Islamist leader he deposed.

Iran’s Zarif reports progress in EU nuclear talks
Daily Star 28 May 2014 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday progress has been made in his talks with EU diplomatic chief Catherine Ashton over his country’s disputed nuclear programme.

Syria opposition welcomes Obama plan to ramp up support
Daily Star 28 May 2014 Syria’s opposition National Coalition welcomed a pledge from US President Barack Obama on Wednesday to ramp up support for rebels fighting the Damascus regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Iraq attacks kill 38 as 2014 death toll tops 4,000
Daily Star 28 May 2014 Attacks across Iraq killed 38 people Wednesday, the latest in a monthslong surge in violence that has left more than 4,000 people dead this year.

Israel raids Palestinian publisher, warns against printing Hamas dailies
Daily Star 28 May 2014 A Palestinian publishing house said Israeli forces raided its headquarters in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday morning and warned it not to publish papers close to the militant group Hamas.

Syria’s economy heads into ruin: U.N. sponsored report
Daily Star 28 May 2014 Syria’s economy, rocked by four years of civil war, is shrinking fast as industrial and agricultural output falls, leaving almost two thirds of the population in extreme poverty, according to a U.N. sponsored report released on…

YNet News

Modesty is a tool for seductiveness
YNet News, 28 May 2014 – Women are educated to be terrified of the word ‘reckless’ and restrain themselves in order to allow their men to flourish. The more a person is preoccupied with matters of modesty, he ultimately arouses himself more. ….

Between criticism and incitement 
YNet News, 28 May 2014 – Op-ed: When Israel is repeatedly accused of committing genocide against Palestinians, it’s not criticism but a blood libel. ….

UN: Syria chemical arms destruction deadline won’t be met
YNet News, 28 May 2014 – ….

Sisi gains 93.4% of votes cast in 2,000 polling stations
YNet News, 28 May 2014 – ….

Turnout in Egyptian presidential elections at 44.4%
YNet News, 28 May 2014 – ….

Egypt’s Sisi has 80 percent of votes cast in initial count
YNet News, 28 May 2014 – ….

Iran’s Zarif reports progress in EU nuclear talks
YNet News, 28 May 2014 – ….

2014 Katz Award goes to 4 prominent rabbis 
YNet News, 28 May 2014 – Award honoring those working to apply Jewish law in modern life honored given to Rabbis Jonathan Sacks, Zvi Schachter, Zalman Goldberg, Yohoshua Neuwirth. ….

Syria’s oldest synagogue destroyed in deadly siege
YNet News, 28 May 2014 – After standing for more than 400 years, Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue and the Jewish relics within lay in ruins after Syrian army bombardment. ….

Netanyahu is Palestinian Authority’s savior 
YNet News, 28 May 2014 – Analysis: Israeli PM speaks about PA’s crimes day and night while bolstering it at the same time. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Two-year-old child injured in his chest with IOF bullet
PIC – A two-year-old Palestinian child was hit with an Israeli army rubber bullet in his chest in Beit Ummar village, north of al-Khalil, at noon Wednesday.

Abu Marzouk: Haneyya to deliver address on Thursday before gov’t declaration
PIC – Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk, a political bureau member of Hamas, has said that Gaza premier Ismail Haneyya is to deliver a speech on Thursday to be followed by the new government declaration in Ramallah.

Palestinian cancer patient threatens to go on hunger strike
PIC – All of the pictures posted on Prisoner Mourad Mailaq’s, 35, house-walls bear witness to the agony he has been made to endure behind Israeli bars.

IOA bans Gaza-based newspaper in West Bank
PIC – Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) prevented on Wednesday printing or distribution of Gaza-based Palestine newspaper in the West Bank.

Israeli navy kidnaps 3 Palestinian fishermen
PIC – Israeli navy gunboats fired at Palestinian fishermen and kidnapped three of them on Tuesday night.

25 Palestinians arrested in occupied OJ and WB
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have launched at dawn Wednesday an arrest campaign targeting 25 Palestinians throughout occupied West Bank and Jerusalem including two women.

Three Palestinian refugees, all from same family, killed in Syria
PIC – Three Palestinian refugees from the same family were killed on Tuesday evening following a bombardment targeting Yalda town, adjacent to the Yarmouk refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus.

Israeli policemen raid al-Aqsa amidst mass-arrest campaigns in OJ
PIC – Large numbers of Israeli security forces broke into holy-Al Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday at a time when a horde of Israeli extremists laid the foundation stone for the so-called Jewel of Israel synagogue.

Atabish continues hunger strike for 90th day, 40 others admitted to hospital
PIC – Administrative detainee Ayman Atabish continued his hunger strike for the 90th consecutive day in Israeli jails amid fears of his sudden death especially that he suffers heart muscle weakness.

WAFA

Israeli Military Vehicle Runs over, Injures Child near Hebron
WAFA – 28 May 2014

Hamdallah Meets with French Ambassador for Economic Development and Representative of Hungary
WAFA – 28 May 2014

EUPOL COPPS and Palestinian Judicial Institutions Pave the Way to Strengthen Right to Fair Trial
WAFA – 28 May 2014

EU Announces New Support for Palestinian People
WAFA – 28 May 2014

Hamdallah Briefs Norwegian Foreign Minister on Latest Developments
WAFA – 28 May 2014

Journalists Union Condemns Israeli Raid on ‘al-Ayyam’ Press Headquarters
WAFA – 28 May 2014

Clashes Erupt in Aqsa Compound, Four Worshipers Injured
WAFA – 28 May 2014

Presidency Condemns Netanyahu’s Statements on Jerusalem
WAFA – 28 May 2014

Newspaper Review: Imminent Formation of National Consensus Government Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 28 May 2014

Increase in Issuance of Building Licenses, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 28 May 2014

Misc

The Extremist Organizations ‘on the Front Lines’
New York Times 28 May 2014 – Islamic extremism has decentralized over the past decade. Some groups have links to Al Qaeda, but most of them focus more on waging local battles than on attacking the West. 

Chemical Weapons Investigators in Syria Were Attacked Twice
New York Times 28 May 2014 – The group that helped organize the investigation into chlorine bomb use said its convoy was first hit by a roadside bomb and then ambushed by gunmen. 

Gunmen in Western Tunisia Attack Top Official’s Home
New York Times 28 May 2014 – Four guards at the residence of the interior minister were killed in the assault, one of the most brazen by Tunisia extremists in months. 

Dozens of Palestinian Detainees on Hunger Strike Are Hospitalized
New York Times 28 May 2014 – The Palestinians are participating in a mass hunger strike to protest Israel’s practice of administrative detention, under which people can be held without charge or trial. 

U.S. Asks Court to Censor More Parts of Targeted-Killing Memo
New York Times 28 May 2014 – The administration said the passages in the memo, which cleared the way for a drone strike in Yemen that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, discussed classified facts. 

Egyptian Presidential Challenger Withdraws Monitors
New York Times 28 May 2014 – The decision, on the hastily added third day of voting, removed the last check on ballot stuffing to bolster the lead candidate’s low turnout numbers. 

Obama to Defend Foreign Policy in West Point Speech
New York Times 28 May 2014 – In the wake of criticism that he has been too lax in the face of war and terrorism, the president is to address his vision in a commencement address Wednesday. 

Syrians Abroad Vote in Advance of National Ballot
New York Times 28 May 2014 – Thousands of Syrians who have fled to Lebanon were among expatriates participating in an election expected to return President Bashar al-Assad to power. 

Amid Split on Bank Case, U.S. Seeks a Middle Path
New York Times 27 May 2014 – Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. recently asked the Supreme Court not to intervene in a lawsuit in which American victims of terrorist attacks in Israel are accusing Jordan’s Arab Bank of providing services to terrorists. 

World Briefing: Iran: Supreme Leader Pushes Fertility Campaign
New York Times 27 May 2014 – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for a population increase, an edict likely to restrict access to contraception. 

In Bloomberg internal news memos, ‘there is no such country’ as Palestine
Mondoweiss – Last week Michael Bloomberg, the former NY mayor who owns a media empire, visited Israel to accept a prize, and met with an old friend, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu later described Bloomberg’s devotion to Israel, funding medical facilities in memory of his parents, though…

Brandeis damaged itself by suspending relationship with Nusseibeh, Ratner says in resigning from board
Mondoweiss – Sari Nusseibeh The Forward today published this open letter from Michael Ratner to Brandeis president Fred Lawrence, resigning from Brandeis’s international advisory board, under the headline, “Brandeis Shouldn’t Cut Ties to Palestinian University.” Ratner’s decision was prompted by Brandeis suspending its relationship with Al Quds University and…

Video: Maya Angelou reads email from Rachel Corrie
Mondoweiss – Famed American author, historian and civil rights activist Maya Angelou passed away today at age 86 . Angelou is best known for her 1969 memoir of growing up in the Jim Crow south, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The above video was recorded in 2006, on…

The day I shook hands with the Pope (and the day others could not)
Mondoweiss – Christian woman thrown to the ground in Jerusalem when trying to meet Pope This image appears to precede the one above, of the Christian woman thrown to ground This one precedes the other two. The woman appears to be in foreground. Samia Khoury wrote the article…

Soldiers detain four Palestinian schoolgirls– aged 11 to 15 — for picking settlers’ cherries
Mondoweiss – [Video from B’tselem via Ma’an] Another in the long-running Israeli series, You can’t make this stuff up: “Palestinian girls detained for picking settlers’ cherries.” Four schoolgirls, aged 11 to 15. Haaretz’s Chaim Levinson reports : Because Palestinian schoolchildren in the area have been repeatedly harassed by local…

But what can a poor boy do, except to boycott Israel
Mondoweiss – Rolling Stones are playing Tel Aviv on June 4th. Say it ain’t so Keith. Ronnie Wood says Bob Dylan told them to go. Check out this great video by Dave Lippman , with graphics by DeeDee Halleck. Build pressure on the Stones.

In the absence of absence: A Palestinian family endures, and resists, the Israeli occupation
Mondoweiss – A photo of Abdul-Razeq Farraj taken days before his current arrest. “Some stories are better left untold,” many would say. I couldn’t agree more. Especially when pain, suffering and loss are invoked with the very act of remembering these “untold” stories. In Palestine, remembrance is not…

1 Fact about Buzzfeed That May Not Surprise You: It is Shmatteh Journalism
Tikun Olam – Buzzfeed is known for its Daily Mail-like reputation for publishing mind-numbing lists of things you never knew or wanted to know about virtually any subject: the trashier the better. But some Buzzfeed readers make the mistake of thinking there’s professional journalism going on there. After all,…

SCOOP: Israeli Defense Ministry WMD Budget Revealed
Tikun Olam – Haaretz is covering the war of words (or hand-to-hand combat) between the Israeli defense and treasury ministries over its budget. There is a constant battle in which the defense ministry attempts to guilt and intimidate the political class into increasing the budget. They do so with…

Egypt’s Sisi heads for crushing win 
BBC 28 May 2014 – Egypt’s former military chief is heading for an overwhelming victory in a presidential election marred by a low turnout, early vote counts show.

South African Leader F.W. De Klerk Warns Israel on ‘Apartheid’ Danger 
The Foward Breaking News 28 May 2014 – Israel could become an apartheid state without the creation of a Palestinian state, former South African leader F.W. de Klerk said on Israeli television. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syria refugees vote in election 
BBC 28 May 2014 – Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan are being given the chance to vote on Wednesday in the presidential election due to be held on 3 June.

Right-Wing Lawmakers Push for Israel To Annex Parts of Occupied Palestinian Land 
The Foward Breaking News 28 May 2014 – Right-wing Israeli lawmakers are calling on the government to annex about 90 Jewish settlements built on occupied West Bank land, with one of them saying it was retaliation for the collapse of peace talks with the Palestinians a month ago. Click here for the rest of…

Storybook Boston Suburb of Sharon Shaken by Rabbi Barry Starr Hush Money Sex Scandal 
The Forward New 28 May 2014 – Even the Hebrew school students know the lurid details of the scandal that has engulfed Rabbi Barry Starr and his Temple Israel, a Conservative pillar in the Boston suburb of Sharon. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Pushes Palestinian Villagers Out as Settlement Expands in Occupied Land 
The Foward Breaking News 28 May 2014 – Palestinians in the village of Kufr al-Deek in the northern occupied West Bank awoke on Sunday to see Israeli earth-movers busily flattening the top of a nearby hill. Click here for the rest of the article…

Rogue Libya general bombs Islamists 
BBC 28 May 2014 – Libyan forces loyal to renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar bomb an Islamist militia base in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Israel Minister Calls for One-State Solution on Jerusalem Day 
The Foward Breaking News 28 May 2014 – An Israeli minister marked Jerusalem Day by calling for a one-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians — as the Temple Mount was closed following clashes between Muslim worshippers and police. Click here for the rest of the article…

Orthodox Rabbi Stuns Agudath Gala With ‘Heresy’ Attack on Open Orthodoxy 
The Forward New 28 May 2014 – A top Orthodox rabbi condemned other streams of Judaism and called the religiously progressive Open Orthodox movement heretical at the Agudath Israel gala. Click here for the rest of the article…

Angola/Morocco: Djalma Campos Out of Friendly With Morocco and Iran 
allAfrica.com 28 May 2014 – [ANGOP]Algarve -The Angolan football player Djalma Campos will be the remarkable absence from the national team in the friendly games against Morocco and Iran on May 28 and 30, respectively.

US tells its citizens to leave Libya 
BBC 28 May 2014 – State department warns American citizens to leave the country after saying the security situation “remains unpredictable and unstable”.

VIDEO: Was a spy the key to Mid-East peace? 
BBC 28 May 2014 – How a US spy almost brokered peace in the Middle East

Obama asks Congress to ‘ramp up’ support for Syrian opposition 
Al-Monitor 28 May 2014 – The White House is asking Congress to authorize the US military to train vetted Syrian rebel forces.

Syria’s economic losses: 144 billion dollars 
Al-Akhbar News 28 May 2014 – A rebel fighter keeps watch over the Karm al-Jabal neighbourhood of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on May 25, 2014. (AFP-Zein al-Rifai) A rebel fighter keeps watch over the Karm al-Jabal neighbourhood of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on May 25, 2014. (AFP-Zein al-Rifai) As the…

Saudi activists sentenced to death 
BBC 28 May 2014 – Two Shia activists have been sentenced to death in a week in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of attacking security forces in the country’s east.

Maronite Patriarch Rai vows to help displaced Palestinian Christians 
Al-Akhbar News 28 May 2014 – Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, center, speaks to Maronite Palestinian citizens of Israel at a church in the ruins of the Palestinian village of Kfur Bir’im on May 28, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Menahem Kahana) The Lebanese patriarch of the Maronite church, Beshara al-Rai, vowed Wednesday…

On ‘Jerusalem Day,’ Netanyahu vows never to divide the city 
Al-Akhbar News 28 May 2014 – Police closed off the Al-Aqsa compound to visitors on Wednesday as Israelis marked Jerusalem Day, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledging to never allow the city to be divided. The annual celebration, which began at sundown on Tuesday, recalls the moment when Israeli forces took over…

Sisi’s camouflage campaign unravels in election’s final hours 
Al-Monitor 28 May 2014 – Despite his imminent victory, the mirage campaign of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his supporters was shown to be a failure by the embarrassingly low voter turnout.

Israeli forces raid offices of pro-Hamas newspapers in West Bank 
Al-Akhbar News 28 May 2014 – Israeli soldiers Wednesday raided the offices of a Palestinian newspaper in the West Bank city of Ramallah, managers said, ordering them to stop printing publications by the Islamist movement Hamas. “Officers informed us that Israel would not allow the printing and distribution of Falastin , Al-Resala , and…

Arab world waits for Egypt 
Al-Monitor 28 May 2014 – The Arab world cannot rise again without Egypt recovering its irreplaceable role, and that may take awhile.

Saudi sentences second Qatif protester to death in two days 
Al-Akhbar News 28 May 2014 – A Saudi court has sentenced to death a dissident convicted of sedition, rioting, protesting and robbery in the eastern district of Qatif which has been rocked by anti-government protests for decades. The sentence, issued on Tuesday and reported by state media early on Wednesday, is the…

Forty hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners hospitalized 
Al-Akhbar News 28 May 2014 – Israel’s Prisons Service has hospitalized 40 Palestinian inmates who have been refusing food for over a month in protest against the terms of their imprisonment, spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said Wednesday. Describing their condition as “reasonable” Weizman told AFP they had been taken to hospital at different…

International patronage to protect Lebanon and its political system 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 28 May 2014 – A picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam greeting a military official as Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud watches on during their meeting on Jeddah during the former’s visit to the kingdom in May 20, 2014. (Photo:…

Mediterranean gas not yet the answer for Turkey’s ties with Israel, Cyprus 
Al-Monitor 28 May 2014 – Michael Leigh of the German Marshall Fund argues the newly discovered hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean are not agents of peace, but if a political settlement were achieved, both with Cyprus and Israel, these reserves could reinforce the peace with Turkey.

Rival Kurdish parties battle for power in Syria 
Al-Monitor 28 May 2014 – A series of tit-for-tat incidents has worsened relations between the Kurdistan Workers Party of Abdullah Ocalan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Massoud Barzani.

Is Gulen movement behind arrest warrants for Israeli generals? 
Al-Monitor 28 May 2014 – A Turkish court’s decision to issue arrest warrants for Israeli military officers in the Mavi Marmara incident of 2010 has led to some contending that the Gulen movement was behind the action.

Al-Akhbar concerned with security conditions, requirements for fair trial 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 28 May 2014 – Prosecutor Norman Farrell of Canada takes notes on the first day of the delayed trial into the murder of former Lebanese Lebanese premier Rafiq Haririo at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague on January 16, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Toussaint Kluiters) Prosecutor Norman Farrell of Canada…

Syrian expats head to the polls in presidential vote 
Al-Akhbar News 28 May 2014 – Syrian refugees ride on a truck with pictures of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Zahrani near the southern city of Saida on May 28, 2014, on the way to the Syrian embassy to cast their ballots in the Syrian presidential elections. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Zayyat)…

Iraq seeks to invest in associated gas 
Al-Monitor 28 May 2014 – In an effort to increase production and revenues, Iraq has announced steps to invest in associated petroleum gas.

Secular young Israelis want religious weddings 
Al-Monitor 28 May 2014 – Living in a state which offers no civil marriage, most young Israelis opt for the religious ceremony, mainly because families cherish tradition more than the rabbis who officiate.

Hundreds of African migrants cross Morocco-Spain border fence 
Al-Akhbar News 28 May 2014 – About 400 migrants stormed across a towering, triple-layer border fence from Morocco into the tiny Spanish territory of Melilla on Wednesday, one of the biggest crossings in nearly a decade, an official said. More than 1,000 sub-Saharan immigrants joined in the dawn assault on Melilla, a…

Russia seeks to improve economic relations with Morocco 
Al-Monitor 28 May 2014 – In an interview with TelQuel, Russian ambassador to Morocco, Valery Vorobiev, tackles thorny issues such as the Western Sahara conflict and the war in Syria, while stressing the need to develop economic relations between Russia and Morocco.

Glenn Greenwald: NSA documents on Middle East to be disclosed 
Al-Akhbar Politics 28 May 2014 – Glenn Greenwald speaks at the Sixth & I Synagogue May 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. Greenwald spoke about his new book “No Place to Hide” and about working with his subject Edward Snowden who leaked documents about United States surveillance and intelligence programs. (Photo: AFP-Brendan Smialowski)…

Sunni, Shiite scholars attempt to ease Iraqi political conflicts 
Al-Monitor 28 May 2014 – As Iraq’s sectarian conflicts have always exacerbated political strife, communication networks between Shiite and Sunni clerics are sorely needed.

Iran prosecutor denies summoning Facebook founder 
Al-Monitor 28 May 2014 – The news, now denied, that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was summoned by an Iranian court in response to privacy complaints originated from a Basij official and an Iranian court.

New Syrian jihadist body formed to fight ISIS 
Al-Monitor 28 May 2014 – Twelve Syrian jihadist factions have announced the formation of a Unified Shura Council, following disputes among factions over the “revolutionary honor code.”

Policemen killed in Tunisian attack 
BBC 27 May 2014 – Attack on the home of a government minister by suspected Islamist militants leaves four policemen dead, officials say.

What language did Jesus speak? 
BBC 27 May 2014 – Which language would Jesus have spoken?

Articles


Hamas, Fatah say unity gov’t could be finalized in days 
Haggai Matar, +972 Magazine 5/28/2014
The makeup and formation of a technocratic unity government could be announced within days, or as soon as Egypt’s elections are finalized, Palestinian officials tell +972.
Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas agreed on the formation of a unity government in accordance with the reconciliation deal reached last month, a number of Palestinian officials told +972 Magazine on Wednesday. An official announcement about the formation of the government is expected in the coming days or as soon as Thursday.
The announcement is being delayed until the results of Egypt’s presidential elections are published, along with a few final disagreements about appointments to government positions. Both sides estimated that the remaining disagreements are not insurmountable.
The new Palestinian government is expected to be composed of technocrats and will be headed by current caretaker Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. It will be designated as temporary government until general elections can be held in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The last Palestinian elections took place in 2006, when Hamas won.
According to Nasser Laham, editor-in-chief of Palestinian news agency Ma’an, no major changes are expected in day-to-day life in either the Strip or the West Bank following the announcement of a new government. The separate security forces of Hamas and Fatah are expected to continue ruling their respective territories.
In what it said was its last-ever meeting, the Hamas cabinet in Gaza said on Tuesday that it, “is ready to hand over its full responsibilities to the unity government,” the Associated Press reported. — See also: Sources: Announcement of unity govt postponed more.. e-mail

Why boycotting Israel is important and necessary 
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 5/26/2014
“DePaul students don’t want their tuition dollars invested in weapons manufacturers who supply the Israeli government, army and prison services”
Nothing, it seems, is too ridiculous for Nick Clegg, UK Deputy Prime Minister, to contemplate. See him in this painful video, “Nick Clegg welcomes the Jewish Manifesto”, aimed at European Union election candidates and voters.
Fortunately, Clegg received a bloody nose in the EU elections of 25 May. His infatuation with the EU and all its rotten works caused his party (the Liberal Democrats) to be almost wiped out at the polls. His days as leader are probably numbered.
If you’re wondering what the Jewish community’s EU manifesto says, you can read it here. This propaganda effort is a prime example of the hasbara scribbler’s art. It tries to shrug off Israel’s sickening human rights abuses and unending dispossession and oppression of its Palestinian neighbours and urges Members of the European Parliament to side with the apartheid regime, saying:
We urge MEPs and prospective MEPs to resist calls for boycotts of Israel. By their very nature, such measures attribute blame to only one side of the conflict, and through this stigmatization they perpetuate a one-sided narrative. This in turn prompts intransigence from both sides.
It also whinges about the European Commission’s guidelines that exclude Israeli settlements from EU funding programmes, accusing the EU of trying to dictate Israel’s borders. As most people know by now, Israel refuses to declare its borders because it hasn’t finished expanding them…. — See also: Video – Nick Clegg welcomes the Jewish Manifesto more.. e-mail

At Hebrew University, Arabic textbooks reflect a Zionist reality 
Fadi Asleh, Haokets, +972 Magazine 5/24/2014
At Hebrew University, the narratives in Arabic and Hebrew language textbooks glorify Zionism and blur out any sign of the occupation. The next step? Using force against Palestinian students who dare to
protest that very narrative.

Israeli Independence Day is also Palestinian Nakba Day. This is one of those days that is charged with memories, pain, political views, identities, etc. The very choice of name for this day reveals one’s culture, identity and distinct political standing. And language is a front no less important (or violent) than other fronts.
According to the late French-Algerian scholar Mohammed Arkoun, it is the interaction between language, history and thought which constructs the world around us. The interaction between thought and history creates language, language and thought are at the core of history, and history and language create thought. Language is important also because it is a tool of enforcement, control and repression in the Foucauldian sense of the word. The study of language is therefore an important tool at the hands of states and their institutions, to enhance their involvement and control. It allows for the instillment of certain contents and narratives, which gradually acquire a “normal” and “neutral” image in one’s consciousness. As time goes by, this consciousness brings about actions to which language serves as key and motive. It is therefore important to examine the way in which language is taught. A critical comparative reading of textbooks for the teaching of Hebrew and Arabic at the Hebrew University would grant us a deeper understanding of what goes on within the academic consciousness in Israel.
A short glimpse of the Hebrew language textbooks suffices for an understanding of their position within the Zionist discourse, as well as the university’s perception – a perception which is an inseparable part of the ideological conflict and the Zionist colonial discourse. Through the contents of the books, the university serves as a Zionist missionary for students of the Hebrew language – and at the Hebrew University these are primarily Arabs from East Jerusalem who did not learn Hebrew in school…. more.. e-mail

At home and abroad, Christian Palestinians under attack by Israel and its apologists 
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 5/24/2014
As the Pope visits the ‘Holy Land’, much media coverage has focused on the current problems facing Christian Palestinians, and in particular, the so-called ‘price tag’ attacks being perpetrated by right-wing Jewish extremists. Ahead of the Papal visit, Israeli police even issued restraining orders against known activists.
As Jessica Purkiss has written here for Middle East Monitor, “growing concerns over the rising anti-Christian attacks are darkening the occasion [of Pope Francis’ visit] for Israel’s Christian community”.
Non Jewish sites such as mosques, churches, Christian and Muslim graveyards, as well as Palestinian property and land in both in the occupied territories and Israel are routinely targeted, damaged and defaced.
These attacks and threats come on top of long-standing grievances over land confiscation, restrictions on freedom of access and worship, and visa problems for foreign clergy. But there is a bigger picture to take into account, beyond the latest disturbing developments.
In recent years there has been a marked increase in political organising and activism amongst Christian Palestinians, either as part of broader movements and campaigns, or, explicitly ‘as Christians’. These activities have taken place inside both Israel and the Occupied Territories, and can be viewed alongside the wider trend of Palestinians confronting territorial and organisational fragmentation, especially amongst youth.
Christian Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, for example, have been going back to the sites of villages ethnically cleansed by Israel in the Nakba, like Kafr Bir’im. At these sites, Palestinians have been holding religious ceremonies and attempting a ‘return’, such as the case of al-Bassa, where expelled villagers conducted a baptism (and were attacked by the Jewish residents of Shlomi, a community built on village land). more.. e-mail

A New City of the Dead in Egypt
Palestine Chronicle: 28 May 2014 – By Johnny Barber Whitewashed like other politically significant sites around Cairo, Tahrir Square today shows no memory of the youths who died there for Egypt’s future The City of the Dead in Cairo is an ancient graveyard that for decades has been home not only to the dearly departed interred there, but for their relatives as well. The mausoleums not only house the dead, but one million family members who are some of the most marginalized people in Cairo. It is not unusual for generations of family members to be undocumented- without birth certificates or identity papers. Many never attend a school. To the government, these people are not only dead – they never existed in the first place. In the run up to the first election since the military coup overthrew the Morsi government, former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
has made no electoral promises and guaranteed only one…
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Haftar Leads A Coup: A General’s Odd War on the Muslim Brotherhood
Palestine Chronicle: 28 May 2014 – By Ramzy Baroud On 16 May, Libya’s rogue general Khalifa Haftar staged several bloody attacks against other Libyan militias in the name of eradicating terrorism by leading a paramilitary force evasively named the Libyan National Army. His well-equipped brigades were rapidly joined by officers from national army bases in the eastern parts of the country. Units from the air force also joined in, along with tribal gunmen and other militias, particularly the strong and notorious Zintan militia. The well-coordinated attacks, named Operation Karama, or Dignity, resulted in heavy casualties. When Karama is Not Dignity Then, with unprecedented audacity, on Thursday he struck the parliament, sending Libyan lawmakers from the General National Council (GNC) fleeing for their lives. Among his demands: the dismissal of the parliament and the judiciary to take control of the country’s affairs until the next elections scheduled for 25 June. The man is supposedly a proponent for…more


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