VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 31 May 2014: Lots to Loathe about Zionists

31 May 2014 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Palestine Qualifies for 1st Asian Cup
IMEMC – Palestine’s soccer team has qualified for their maiden Asian Cup appearance, with a 1-0 win over the Philippines, in the final of the AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives, on Friday. …

EU Announces Renewed Support for Palestinians
IMEMC – The European Union has made funds available to the figure of €200 million, in ensuring support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The funds aim to provide vital basic services to the Palestinian people (such as education, health relief and social services). …

Further Israeli Raids Across West Bank and Gaza
IMEMC – Israeli forces stormed several villages in regions near Hebron, Jenin, Tulkarem and Khan Younes, on Saturday, causing damage to property and suffering to residents, due to tear gas inhalation. …

Hamas Launches Rally in Solidarity with Hunger Strikers
IMEMC – Abbas wants to dissolve Prisoners’ Ministry as 1,500 more join strike A march was organized in the West Bank by Hamas, on Friday, in solidarity with Palestinian administrative detainees in the Israeli jails. Furthermore, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has taken a position to dissolve the Prisoners’ Ministry. …

Three Injured in Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Non-violent Anti-Wall Protests
IMEMC – This week, three protesters were injured when Israeli soldiers attacked nonviolent protests organized in several West Bank villages. …

Three Palestinians Kidnapped, Beaten, In Hebron
IMEMC – Eyewitnesses have reported that Israeli soldiers attacked, on Thursday evening (May 29, 2014], three young Palestinian men on Ash-Shuhada Street, in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. …

Ma’an News

Israeli troops open fire at Gaza farmers harvesting wheat
5/31/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces early Saturday opened fire at Palestinian farmers in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses told Ma’an. Locals said Israeli troops stationed in watchtowers near the village of Khuzaa east of Khan Younis shot at Palestinian farmers as they were harvesting wheat. No injuries were reported. Israeli forces regularly shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza….

Official: 1,500 prisoners to join hunger strike
5/31/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian minister of prisoners’ affairs said on Saturday that 1,500 Palestinian prisoners would join a mass hunger strike on Sunday, as he warned of the deteriorating health conditions of more than 100 who have been on strike for over a month. Issa Qaraqe feared that “there might be martyrs” if the strike continues, as more than 100 Palestinian prisoners….

Israeli forces raid Palestinian prisoner ward in Ashkelon prison
5/31/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli prison forces stormed a ward in Ashkelon prison and subjected Palestinian prisoners to “humiliating” searches and treatment early on Friday morning, a lawyer said. Karim Ajweh, who works for the Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs, was quoted in a statement by the ministry as saying that the prisoners being held in room 13 of ward three in Ashkelon were….

Israeli forces attack Arrub protest in solidarity with hunger strikers
5/31/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces violently dispersed a protest in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners near al-Arrub refugee camp on Friday, firing tear gas and stun grenades at dozens of demonstrators, activists said. Palestinian and international activists participated in the protest organized by the Committee for the Defense of Hebron and political parties in the refugee camp, which is on the main road between Hebron….

Abbas: Israel has told us if we form a govt they will boycott PA
5/31/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday said that Israel had threatened to cut ties with the Palestinian Authority if the PLO and Hamas formed a government of national unity as they intend to, but that he was prepared to respond to the threats. Abbas made the statements during a visit of French solidarity activists in Ramallah, after days of intense negotiations…. Related:Haniyeh: No pulling back from decision to end Palestinian division

Haniyeh: No pulling back from decision to end Palestinian division
5/31/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said on Saturday that “there is no pulling back from the Palestinian decision to end the division,” stressing that both Hamas and Fatah remained committed to the national unity agreement signed last month. The Hamas leader’s statement came after days of impasse in the formation of the national unity government, with both sides…. Related:Abbas: Israel has told us if we form a govt they will boycott PA

German FM says Iran nuclear talks ‘encouraging’
5/31/2014 – ABU DHABI (AFP) — German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Saturday that ongoing negotiations between world powers and Iran over its disputed nuclear program have been “encouraging.” His remarks in Abu Dhabi come ahead of a new round of talks in mid-June between Iran and the P5+1 powers of Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany.” Regardless of the general situation which….

Palestine qualifies for 1st Asian Cup
5/31/2014 – MALE, Maldives (AFP) — Palestine’s soccer team qualified for their maiden Asian Cup appearance with a 1-0 win over injury-hit Philippines in the final of the AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives on Friday. Ashraf Alfawaghra scored the winner with a free kick in the 59th minute to help Palestine, ranked 34th in Asia, enjoy a memorable night at the National stadium in Male….

Thieves on bicycles rob Nablus gas station
5/31/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Armed men broke into a gas station in the northern West Bank early Saturday and stole a large amount of cash, police said. Nablus police chief Muayyad Abbas told Ma’an that masked men armed with a handgun broke into a Nablus gas station at 3:00 a. m. and handcuffed the attendant. The thieves then proceeded to steal some….

US confirms American carried out Syria suicide bombing
5/31/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — An American fighting for a hardline Islamist group carried out a deadly suicide bombing in Syria, US officials said Friday, in the first such case in the war. The confirmation came amid growing fears over the flood of foreigners into Syria, with no end in sight in the three-year war that has already left 162,000 people dead. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki identified….

5 months of air raids on Syria’s Aleppo kill almost 2,000
5/31/2014 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Nearly 2,000 civilians, more than a quarter of them children, have been killed in a massive Syrian air offensive on rebel-held areas of Aleppo province this year, a monitor said Friday. The staggering toll from barrel bombings and other air attacks comes just ahead of Tuesday’s presidential election, which is expected to return Bashar Assad to power for a third, seven-year….

Iraq FA holds poll amid FIFA suspension threat
5/31/2014 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Iraq’s football association is due to finally hold long-postponed elections for its board Saturday, following threats from the sport’s global governing body that postponing them any further risks indefinite suspension. IFA board elections have long been plagued by chaos and allegations of political meddling, with polls originally held in July 2011 marred by claims of malpractice, while efforts in….

Iran Guards commander ‘killed in Syria’
5/31/2014 – TEHRAN (AFP) — A commander from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has been killed in Syria, media said Saturday, a disclosure that runs counter to Tehran’s insistence it is not fighting alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces. Reports that Abdollah Eskandari died while “defending” a Shiite shrine emerged earlier this week but neither the elite military unit nor Iran’s foreign ministry….

Half of Yemenis threatened by food crisis
5/31/2014 – GENEVA (AFP) — Nearly half of Yemen’s population is going hungry, the UN’s food agency warned Friday, saying it was scaling up its aid to the impoverished country. More than 10 million of Yemen’s some 25 million inhabitants are either severely food insecure — meaning they require food assistance because they cannot find enough food for themselves — or teetering on the….

International Solidarity Movement

A Palestinian story of resistance: The Abu Haikal family
5/31/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Christian Peacemakers Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – With only a sliver of their land left to protect, having their entire lot of land encircled by Israeli settlements, Faryel and Arwa Abu Haikal climbed over a pile of rubble and boulders and stopped the Israeli bulldozer from shearing further into their property, dumping their dignity into the back of a dump truck, and hauling away their rights….

Photo story: Palestinians march in Tulkarem to defend their right of return
5/31/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Nablus team, Tulkarem, Occupied Palestine – On the morning of the 31st of May, several buses filled with Palestinian and international activists from across the West Bank gathered in Tulkarem to march towards the Natanya checkpoint, used only by the Israeli military forces. Political groups, Palestinian civil society and Popular Resistance Committees named this action as the “March of Return”. Their aim was to defend their….

VIDEO: Raping the land they do not own: Kufr ad-Dik resists
5/31/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Nablus, International Women’s Peace Service, Kufr ad-Dik, Occupied Palestine – It was so different this time around. It had gotten much worse. There was not one occupation bulldozer but four; the whole hilltop to the East of the Palestinian village ofKufr ad-Dik (Salfit governorate) had been flattened, huge rocks stacked to the side to make way for a new illegal Israeli colony intended to….

The National

Turkish police use tear gas and water cannons against protesters
The National 31 May 2014 – Hundreds of Turks defy prime minister’s warning and gather on the anniversary of last year’s nationwide anti-government demonstrations.

US soldier freed in Afghanistan prisoner swap
The National 31 May 2014 – The Taliban agreed to turn over Sgt Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Palestinian unity government to be announced
The National 31 May 2014 – Rival factions Hamas and Fatah will form administration comprised of technocrats backed by both sides and will prepare for general elections in 2015.

The unexpected twist in Egypt s presidential election
The National 31 May 2014 – Abdel Fattah El Sisi won a landslide victory but the voter turnout was not to his liking and punitive measures adopted by the poll panel to increase the voter percentage have raised eyebrows.

Anti-Islam ad sparks US free speech debate
The National 31 May 2014 – The group behind the ad, which will run on 20 Washington DC buses through mid-June, was identified as a hate group. Taimur Khan reports

That was not the boy that I knew
The National 31 May 2014 – Soul searching and grief in the West Bank after the killings of two Palestinian boys in Nakba day demonstrations. Orlando Crowcroft reports from Ramallah

India can grow if it treats women better
The National 31 May 2014 – India’s ultimate success will depend on its ability to combat sexual violence against women.

India: Police refuse to rescue lower-caste girls who were raped and hanged
The National 31 May 2014 – The bodies of the cousins, aged 14 and 12, were found swinging from a mango tree in the Budaun district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday after going missing the previous night.

Ha’aretz

Cowards one and all
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Police: Evidence links port union boss to private company
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Study: Global obesity on the rise
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Tunnel bomb in Aleppo kills 40 Syrian soldiers
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Cabinet set to vote on terrorist pardons
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Tel Aviv lifeguards abandon posts due to labor dispute
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Reform conversions back before the High Court
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

AG must defer police request for expanded DNA collection
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Palestinians: Israel threatens to cut ties with new unity government
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Police make two Syria-related arrests at Heathrow Airport
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

The attorney general s legacy and shadow
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Facing 25,000 police officers, Turkey activists mark protest anniversary
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Researchers say found possible cure for MERS
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

International kowtowing to Israel must end now
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

U.S. soldier free after almost five years captivity in Afghanistan
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Steinitz: Defense Ministry using ‘undemocratic tricks’ to protect budget
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Israeli-Palestinian art show cancelled; BDS, Jewish lobby blamed
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Israeli military hiding targeted killing investigative panel
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Thai junta delays vote for a year; protesters clamor for democracy
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Boycott Israel posters featured at L.A. exhibit vandalized
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

U.S. to manufacture over half of Iron Dome components
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

U.S. to China: Stop destabilizing region
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Ukraine vows to press ahead with military offensive against separatists
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Hackers threaten attack on World Cup sponsors
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Bill Gates sells shares in U.K. firm linked to Israeli security services
Ha’aretz – 31 May 2014

Lawyers make case for giving Iraqi Jews Holocaust benefits
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2014

Investigation into Ashkenazi reveals an ugly mix of army and politics
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2014

Renowned Israeli actress Hanna Maron dies aged 90
Ha’aretz – 30 May 2014

Jerusalem Post

Sustainable strategy
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2014 – The IDF s top echelon recoils from confronting the problem of billions misspent each year on benefits for disabled veterans who were injured other than in the line of duty.

Reflections on IDF service as a college-educated oleh
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2014 – During my service, I experienced periods of elation and joy, countered by streaks of disappointment and despair.

US rejects Palestinians claims it invited unity government PM to Washington
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2014 – State Department says no US did not issue invitation to PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who is expected to head unity government with Hamas.

A pioneering chemist
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2014 – This year s Wolf Prize was awarded to Chi-Huey Wong, a carbohydrate chemist who has pioneered research into the synthesis of complex carbohydrates.

Movement of the people
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2014 – Hundreds of partners from across the world are helping to coordinate one of the most ambitious Jewish identity initiatives ever undertaken, The International Shabbos Project, taking place in October.

Yisrael Campbell s final cut
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2014 – Jerusalem s funniest hassid brings an updated version of autobiographical show Circumcise Me to a hometown audience before heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Abbas: Palestinian unity government to be announced Monday, despite Israeli threats
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2014 – Palestinian Authority president says Israel has threatened to boycott PA over reconciliation government with Hamas; warns against Israeli punitive measures in response to formation of Fatah-Hamas government.

Turkish police fire teargas at activists marking Taksim protests
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2014 – Erdogan tells security forces to do “whatever necessary” to keep square clear on anniversary of biggest anti-government protests in decades.

New NBC series ‘Dig’ to begin filming in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2014 – Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Minister Bennett says “a series in Israel is worth more than a thousand publicity tours of the country.”

Syrian rebels: Tunnel bomb in Aleppo kills 40 Syrian soldiers
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2014 – Umbrella rebel organization, the Islamic Front claims initial responsibility for bombing.

Steinitz blasts defense establishment for tactics to increase budget
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2014 – Strategic affairs minister says measures taken to downsize establishment should not be publicized so as not to inform Israel’s enemies.

Roshfeld at the Ritz
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2014 – Celebrity chef Yonatan Roshfeld presides over The Herbert Samuelin Herzliya, the Ritz Carlton s first kosher restaurant.

Saudi cleric: Interactions between men, women on social media is anti-Islamic
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2014 – Men and women should be forbidden from interacting with one another on social networks since these conversations could lead to sin.

ON THIS DAY: Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann executed by Israel
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2014 – SS officer who organized logistical aspects of the liquidation of Europe’s Jews was hanged on May 31, 1962 in Ramle prison.

US Jews not threatened by anti-Semitism, former Reform chief says
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2014 – “Anti-Semitism is not a threat to the security and well-being of the Jews of America,” Rabbi Eric Yoffie wrote in Time.

Report: Albright blamed Barak for stalemate in Israel-Syria peace talks
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2014 – Political scientist and author Ahron Bregman makes the allegation in a book which claims that Israel spied on Clinton.

Dutch city calls Jerusalem, Nazareth cities in Palestine
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2014 – Likkud Netherlands, a local association, accuses municipality of wiping Israel off the map.

Behind the Lines: A most discreet Israeli intervention in Syria
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2014 – Evidence is emerging of an increasing, though still modest, Israeli involvement in events beyond the separation of forces line with Syria on the Golan Heights.

Egypt’s Sabahi contests presidential elections results, says rules were broken
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2014 – Defeated candidate in Egypt’s presidential election appeals results that gave former army chief al-Sisi victory; leftist politician Sabahi won 3% of votes against over 93% of votes cast for Sisi, according to judicial sources.

Palestinians win first international soccer match, gain Asia Cup spot
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2014 – Thousands watch match on Gaza beach, celebrating victory against the Philippines with fireworks and beating drums.

Uruknet

Judge Reluctantly Allows US to Resume Force-Feeding Guant·namo Hunger Striker
Uruknet 31 May 2014 – May 25, 2014 – As I explained last week, the Guant·namo prisoners secured a massive court victory on May 16, when a federal court judge ordered the government to halt the force-feeding of Abu Wa el Dhiab, a Syrian prisoner….

Israeli teacher who almost lost job for leftist views gets fired
Uruknet 31 May 2014 – May 25, 2014 – Adam Verete, the Israeli high school teacher who almost lost his job in January due to complaints by a student that he expressed “left-wing” views in the classroom, was fired by the school on Sunday. According…

Walking Palestine, expanding a shrinking country
Uruknet 31 May 2014 – May 25, 2014- Walking in Palestine is a dangerous habit. But I walk because my country is small and getting smaller. I walk to make it big again.I walk because my country is small – getting smaller, shrinking and vanishing….

Syria News – May 24 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 31 May 2014 – May 24 , 2014 – By the end of Saturday, the Local Coordination Committees were able to document 44 martyrs in Syria, among them a woman, 3 children, and 12 martyrs under torture: 15 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 11 martyrs…

Military Resistance 12E10 Chosen Memories Day
Uruknet 30 May 2014 – May 24, 2014 -Day after day, Ukraine plunges deeper into civil war. The Ukrainian far-right militias and the pro-Russian militias have between the two of them taken the population hostage, made worse by the Ukrainian army s operations. Where is…

Daily Star

Lebanon asks refugees to refrain from entering Syria
Daily Star 31 May 2014 Lebanon s Interior Ministry Saturday asks Syrian refugees to refrain from entering Syria starting June 1 or risk losing their refugee status.

U.S. denies making deal to end presidential void
Daily Star 31 May 2014 The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon denies that ambassador David Hale tried to strike a deal with MP Michel Aoun to end the presidential stalemate, saying it was up for the Lebanese to choose their head of…

Thieves of refugee medical center’s money detained
Daily Star 31 May 2014 The Internal Security Forces Friday detained two Lebanese nationals suspected of stealing $120,000 from a medical center for Syrian refugees in north Lebanon.

German FM says Iran nuclear talks ‘encouraging’
Daily Star 31 May 2014 German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says Saturday that ongoing negotiations between world powers and Iran over its disputed nuclear programme have been “encouraging”.

Hezbollah to Rai: No to ‘Israeli agents’ among us
Daily Star 31 May 2014 Hezbollah MP Ali Meqdad Saturday indirectly criticized Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai s visit to Israel and his meeting with Lebanese who fled to the Jewish State in 2000 by saying we do not want agents among us.

Egypt criminalizes dishonoring anthem, flag
Daily Star 31 May 2014 Egypt’s outgoing interim president has issued a decree making dishonoring the Egyptian flag or not standing for the national anthem a criminal offense, punishable by sentences of up to one year in prison and a fine…

Hezbollah: Swift election free of foreign meddling
Daily Star 31 May 2014 Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad said Saturday his party sought a swift presidential election free of foreign meddling, rejecting what he said were attempts to impose anti-resistance policies on the country.

Gazans mark Mavi Marmara attack anniversary
Daily Star 31 May 2014 Scores of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip Saturday participate in an event marking the 4th anniversary of a 2010 Israeli attack on the Turkish aid flotilla Mavi Marmara off the coast of the besieged Palestinian enclave.

Syrian envoy defends Lebanon election turnount
Daily Star 31 May 2014 The Syrian ambassador defends the embassy against a backlash created by the overwhelming number of voters who turned out to cast ballots in the presidential poll, saying the turnout should instead reassure the Lebanese

YNet News

The failure of the Jewish intelligentsia
YNet News, 31 May 2014 – Op-ed: Why are Noam Chomsky and Peter Beinart so critical of Israel, while their less academically-gifted brethren tend to sympathize with Jewish state? ….

Lebanon warns Syrians not to go home ahead of vote
YNet News, 31 May 2014 – ….

IDF rejects requests of 3 future Palestinian ministers to enter West Bank
YNet News, 31 May 2014 – ….

Erdogan to seek Turkish presidency, reign till 2023, aide says
YNet News, 31 May 2014 – ….

Rebels: Tunnel bomb in Aleppo kills 40 Syrian soldiers
YNet News, 31 May 2014 – ….

Palestinian unity government to be formed Monday
YNet News, 31 May 2014 – ….

Turkish police fire teargas against protesters on anniversary of mass demos
YNet News, 31 May 2014 – Hundreds of activists mobilize for demonstrations in Istanbul, other cities, to mark anniversary of nationwide anti-government protests at Taksim Square. ….

US Congressmen vow to work to keep Jerusalem undivided
YNet News, 31 May 2014 – ‘Just as the United States has assisted the Jewish people in restoring their ancient state, we should lead the way in recognizing Jerusalem for what it is: the undivided eternal capital of Israel,’ Congressman Trent Franks says. ….

Steinitz denies report Israel wiretapped Clinton
YNet News, 31 May 2014 – Strategic affairs minister also slams defense apparatus, accusing it of PR schemes to prevent budget cuts. ….

Iranian commander killed in Syria; Tehran denies military presence in civil war
YNet News, 31 May 2014 – Revolutionary Guard commander reportedly killed in fighting near Shiite shrine; funeral to be held Sunday. ….

New book claims Iranian general defected to US
YNet News, 31 May 2014 – Asgari reportedly gave Bush critical information on Iran nuke program and now lives in US under government protection. ….

1,500 kids to attend Jewish Agency summer camps in Ukraine
YNet News, 31 May 2014 – Organization expanding its summer activities in Ukraine this year in bid to provide children with a meaningful experience and break from events taking place in country. ….

From vote of protest to racism
YNet News, 31 May 2014 – Op-ed: While some in Israel say European far right is pro-Israel and anti-Muslim, surveys from past decade show that anti-Muslim racism goes hand in hand with anti-Semitism. ….

Nazi Enigma encryption machine may have been used by Britain to spy on Israel
YNet News, 31 May 2014 – British intelligence gave the young IDF some 30 Nazi Enigma encryption machines, possibly in the hopes of spying on the newly established IDF. ….

US officials confirm: Syria suicide bomber was American citizen
YNet News, 31 May 2014 – Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha was raised in Florida before commiting terrorist act for al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. ….

Obama, Kerry say they haven’t given up on peace process
YNet News, 30 May 2014 – US Secretary of State says both the US and Israel are waiting to see what kind of unity government the Palestinians form before moving forward with the peace process. ….

Israel solves water woes with desalination
YNet News, 30 May 2014 – Agressive desalination program has transformed perennially parched land into perhaps the most well-hydrated country in the region. ….

Source claims Russian troops leaving Ukraine border
YNet News, 30 May 2014 – Defense officials claims Russia has pulled its forces away from border region with Ukraine, Hagel calls move promising. ….

Palestinian Information Center

West should reject falsification of Egyptians’ will
PIC – By now, it should be sufficiently clear that the coup gang in Egypt, led by Gen. Abdul Fattah Sissi, has embarked on a scandalous falsification of the Egyptian people’s will.

Dozens of Europe-based groups petition against Israel’s violations in J’lem
PIC – Dozens of pro-Palestinian organizations in Europe have signed a petition demanding the European Union and the UN to take action curbing Israel’s violations against the holy city of Jerusalem.

OCHA documents 40 demolition processes, 100 arrests in WB during last week
PIC – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has warned, in its protection of civilians weekly report, of Israeli demolition policy against Palestinian houses.

Haneyya: The national unity gov’t will be declared despite all obstacles
PIC – Premier Ismail Haneyya said the contentious issues between the Palestinian parties regarding the formation of the interim unity government would be resolved soon despite all Zio-American pressures.

Violent clashes in al-Khalil
PIC – Violent clashes broke out in al-Khalil province at dawn Saturday when Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed different villages south of the city.

Hunger strikers risk death in Israeli jails
PIC – Palestinian detainee Abdel Moez Jaabi, who has been in Israeli jails for nine years, has suffered a stroke and was transferred to hospital with unstable emergency medical condition.

Global march to Jerusalem launches its int’l events in Turkey and Algeria
PIC – The global march to Jerusalem campaign announced on Friday the launch of its international events with two festivals held in the Turkish city Istanbul and the Algerian city Tlemcen.

Administrative detainees’ hunger strike going on for 38 days
PIC – Despite their serious deteriorating health conditions, Palestinian administrative detainees continued their hunger strike for 38 days running with strong determination amid escalating popular support.

IOF quells peaceful marches against settlement expansion in W. Bank villages
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces on Friday suppressed peaceful marches staged in the villages of Masarah and Bil’in in protest at Israel’s settlement activities and its violations against the prisoners.

Haneyya congratulates Palestinian National Team after AFC Challenge Cup win
PIC – Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya has congratulated Palestinian national football team for winning the AFC Challenge Cup and qualifying for the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia.

WAFA

Abbas Congratulates al-Sisi for his Victory in Presidential Elections
WAFA – 31 May 2014

Khalet al-Nahli Tent-Village Built near Bethlehem
WAFA – 31 May 2014

Dozens of Palestinians Suffocate during Clashes near Tulkarem
WAFA – 31 May 2014

Two Journalists Assaulted, Dozens Injured, and Minor Arrested during Protest near Hebron
WAFA – 31 May 2014

Israeli Court Sentences Member of Jenin Town Municipality to 8 Month Imprisonment
WAFA – 31 May 2014

Israeli Forces Hand Notice to Palestinian, Storm Villages in Hebron and Jenin
WAFA – 31 May 2014

Newspaper Review: Weekly Protests in Solidarity with Hunger-striking Prisoners Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 31 May 2014

Misc

Before Syrian Suicide Blast, a Quiet Life in the Suburbs
New York Times 31 May 2014 – An American man who a militant group said detonated 16 tons of explosives was remembered in the Florida subdivision where he grew up for his love of basketball.

Iran Hackers Dangle a Familiar Name to Fish for Data
New York Times 30 May 2014 – Hackers seeking information about Washington s elite posed as John R. Bolton, a former American ambassador to the United Nations, to friend online users through social media.

Suicide Bomber Is Identified as a Florida Man
New York Times 30 May 2014 – An American who blew himself up in a suicide attack in Syria was identified by officials as Moner Mohammad Abusalha, who has lived in Fort Pierce and Vero Beach.

Historic football victory provides another global stage for Palestine
Mondoweiss – Congratulations Palestine Palestinians erupted in spontaneous jubilation yesterday as their state s national football team scored a huge victory winning the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup final in the Maldives, qualifying them for Asia Cup 2015, Asia s biggest football tournament, to be hosted next year in Australia….

Clinton cautioned Israelis on giving up Golan because Syrians might try to poison Sea of Galilee
Mondoweiss – Madeleine Albright, from Samantha Power s twitter feed The United States has famously acted as Israel s lawyer during the peace process, and here is further evidence. In the Camp David negotiations, the U.S. agreed to run all proposals by Israel before making any offer to Palestinians, lest…

Israel to NSA: Rebrand
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Modern Language Association resolution criticizing Israel sparks raging debate
Mondoweiss – In January, a resolution criticizing Israel s border policies towards academics passed during the Modern Language Association s (MLA) convention in Chicago . But that was only the beginning of what has turned into an intense, often vitriolic, debate over Israel, Palestine and the role of the MLA in…

For Past 20 Years, Israel Spied on U.S. Communications During Syria, Palestinian Peace Talks
Tikun Olam – Jeff Stein reveals another Israeli spying bombshell, reporting on an upcoming book by Anglo-Israel political scientist, Ahron Bregman , who has transcripts and copies of Israel-intercepted communications between Syria s leaders and Pres. Bill Clinton. At the time, the U.S. was brokering talks that would have led to…

SCOOP: IDF Refuses to Release Its Video of Nakba Day Killings, Army Videographer Shot at Victims
Tikun Olam – UPDATE : Just to clarify what I know and don t know. When I first published this post I believed that the soldier shown firing his weapon on this CNN video was the killer of the two boys. That remains a very distinct possibility. That shooter is a…

Israel s First US Espionage and Smuggling Network
Sabbah report 31 May 2014 – Newly declassified Naval Intelligence files revealing previously unknown details about how the Jewish Agency illegally smuggled war surplus from the United States to Jewish fighters in Palestine in the 1940’s. Continue reading í! The post: Israel s First US Espionage and Smuggling Network appeared first on Sabbah…

Nobody to negotiate with in Israel and why
Sabbah report 31 May 2014 – There is nobody in Ramallah for Netanyahu to negotiate with but that’s because Israel’s “minimal set of conditions” require the Palestinians to abandon their struggle for justice and accept crumbs from Zionism’s table. Continue reading í! The post: Nobody to negotiate with in Israel and why…

Area C
Sabbah report 31 May 2014 – Israel exercises total control over Area C, which forms 61 percent of the land of the West Bank. This film looks at why that’s the case. Continue reading í! The post: Area C appeared first on Sabbah Report ß Sign up for our FREE newsletter ß…

Dutch Street Signs Say Israeli Cities and Towns in ‘Palestine’
The Foward Breaking News 31 May 2014 – A Dutch municipality is facing criticism for describing Jerusalem, Nazareth and Tiberias as cities in Palestine. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Troops Arrest Palestinian Man Wearing Explosive Vest in West Bank
The Foward Breaking News 30 May 2014 – Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank caught a Palestinian man wearing an explosive belt on Friday, police and the military said, preventing what could have been the first suicide attack in the area for years. Click here for the rest of the article…

American Dovish Groups Facing Grim New Reality After Peace Talks Collapse
The Forward New 30 May 2014 – As the malaise sinks in following another failed Israeli-Palestinian peace effort, liberal Zionist groups are left with the difficult task of rethinking their stated mission and reshaping their message to American Jews. Board members and supporters of groups such as J Street, Americans for Peace Now…

Qatar World Cup: $5m corruption claim
BBC 31 May 2014 – Fifa is facing fresh allegations of corruption over its controversial decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Lebanon to strip Syrians of refugee status if they visit home
Al-Akhbar News 31 May 2014 – Syrian refugees in Lebanon will lose their status as such if they return home for a visit, the interior ministry said Saturday. At the same time, there are calls among political and media figures associated with the Western and Saudi-backed Marched 14 political alliance for deporting…

Diaspora Energy Conference: We are all crazy about Lebanon
Al-Akhbar Opinion 31 May 2014 – Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil speaks during a press conference following talks with his German counterpart at the foreign ministry in Berlin May 6, 2014. (Photo: AFP- John MacDougall) Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil speaks during a press conference following talks with his German counterpart at…

Obama ramps up on Syria
Al-Monitor 31 May 2014 – The US president is giving new priority to the threat from terrorists in Syria, while calling for increased military support for opposition forces.

Rouhani mocks his critics, reactionary clerics
Al-Monitor 31 May 2014 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani mocked critics who have publicly reprimanded him for saying that heaven cannot be forced onto people, comparing other clerics to the reactionary clerics who were once opposed to private showers and daylight savings on the grounds that it would harm religion.

Union Coordination Committee announces week-long escalated mobilization
Al-Akhbar News 31 May 2014 – Public sector employees protest in downtown Beirut for higher wages. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Public sector employees protest in downtown Beirut for higher wages. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The Union Coordination Committee (UCC) has announced a program of escalatory steps it will take, including boycotting official exams and…

Roadside bomb kills 14 wedding goers in Afghanistan
Al-Akhbar News 31 May 2014 – A roadside bomb killed 14 civilians in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, the latest violence in the country as most US-led troops prepare to leave after 13 years of war. The victims were traveling in the Giro district of Ghazni province after a wedding ceremony…

Al-Sabirin: a new resistance movement in Gaza
Al-Akhbar News 31 May 2014 – Palestinian protesters chant slogans to speed up the implementation of the national reconciliation and the announcement of the formation of a national unity government, during a rally in Gaza City on May 27, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Abed) Palestinian protesters chant slogans to speed up the implementation…

Blaze rips through Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon
Al-Akhbar News 31 May 2014 – A fire ripped through a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa Valley at dawn Saturday, burning down a number of tents but injuring no one, state media reported. It was unclear if the fire at the Jdita refugee camp, a few kilometers southeast of Zahle,…

Erdogan urges youths not to answer “terrorist” calls to protest
Al-Akhbar News 31 May 2014 – A protester with a miner helmet, his face painted in black, stands in front a line of Turkish riot police and a water cannon truck near Taksim Square during a demonstration for the victims of the Soma mine accident on May 15, 2014, in Istanbul. (Photo:…

Aoun: Beware of repeating the presidential sin of 2008
Al-Akhbar Politics 30 May 2014 – MP Michel Aoun (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) MP Michel Aoun (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) In the absence of any serious external intervention to end the stalemate concerning the presidential elections with the major powers limiting their efforts thus far to issuing a UN Security Council statement calling…

Government losing control over veiling, says Khamenei adviser
Al-Monitor 30 May 2014 – Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, also a member of the Iranian Parliament, believes that the government needs a united front to address the issue of veiling and recommended subsidies for factories that produce veils.

Michel Kilo: Elections will not grant Assad legitimacy
Al-Monitor 30 May 2014 – Veteran Syrian opposition figure Michel Kilo says the opposition still seeks a political solution based on the Geneva process, and that members of the present government can be part of that solution.

Obama on slippery Syrian slope
Al-Monitor 30 May 2014 – US President Barack Obama’s ramping up of military support for the Syrian opposition is the exception to the foreign policy vision he described at West Point.

Libya government divided between Thani and Maiteeq
Al-Monitor 30 May 2014 – The government in Libya is double-headed today, after outgoing Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani refused to hand the power to Ahmad Maiteeq, further complicating the country s ongoing crisis.

Will Netanyahu recognize new Palestinian government?
Al-Monitor 30 May 2014 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s government will be challenged if the new Palestinian unity government accepts the Quartet s conditions and receives international backing.

Israel launches all-out war against corruption
Al-Monitor 30 May 2014 – This week, Israeli police finally raided the Ashdod Port, targeting the members of the trade union, perceived by many as a symbol of corruption and nepotism.

Hamas warns West Bank arrests could derail reconciliation
Al-Monitor 30 May 2014 – The West Bank has seen a spike in arrests of Hamas members, despite the reconciliation deal.

Lapid housing plan targets Israel’s ‘next generation’
Al-Monitor 30 May 2014 – The plan to reduce housing prices for young couples should earn back Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s reputation as an ardent social activist, defending the rights of those who served in the army.

Gulf countries face obstacles to economic reform
Al-Monitor 30 May 2014 – Economic reform seems necessary in Gulf countries in light of their heavy reliance on oil revenues, yet there are a number of obstacles making such reform difficult.

KRG risks isolation in Iraq by exporting oil through Turkey
Al-Monitor 30 May 2014 – Erbil s decision to export oil without consulting the Baghdad government could also increase Turkish leverage on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

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Italians say ‘No’ to Israeli water thief Mekorot
Editorial, Redress5/31/2014
All over the world, people of conscience are saying No to cooperation with the racist Zionist regime in Israel.
The latest to speak out are the people of Rome, who have submitted a 25-metre-long petition to the city council against cooperation with Israeli water company Mekorot.
Mekorot is responsible for serious violations of international law. It steals water from Palestinian water sources and supplies it to Jewish squatter colonies, which are built illegally on occupied Palestinian territory.
Here s a report we received from the Italian committees that have been organizing the protest against cooperation with the water thieves.
On Thursday 29 May, with 25 metres of signatures, the resounding No to Italian cooperation with Israeli water company Mekorot was taken to Rome City Hall.
The 7,114 signatures on the petition against the agreement signed between Rome s water utility ACEA and Mekorot snaked their way through the public square, where a delegation of the Committee Against ACEA-Mekorot Cooperation and the Rome Coordination for Public Water delivered a copy to the office of mayor Ignazio Marino. The petition calls on the city of Rome, the majority shareholder in ACEA thus far silent on the issue to take the necessary steps to block the agreement signed by the two companies.
Mekorot, Israel s national water company, is responsible for serious violations of international law. The company extracts water illegally from Palestinian water sources, in turn providing the stolen water to Israeli settlements….more..e-mail

Law of the Jewish nation state encourages price tag
Eli Aminov, Committee For A Secular Democratic State, Alternative Information Center5/30/2014
Amos Oz’s definition of the members of the terror gangs dubbed “price tag” as Jewish neo-Nazis is most accurate, although perhaps we should return to the no less accurate definition of Yeshayahu Leibowitz for this phenomenon: “Judeo-Nazism” short and to the point. These are neither bad apples nor a passing phenomenon. It is possible to see them as the storm units of the Israeli colonial system which creates a system of racist laws, treating people not according to their actions but according to their origin. As we will see below, the ongoing legislation serves not only the system of plunder and dispossession of the indigenous population, but is further intended to ensure a continued supply of a loyal and obedient settler population through empowerment of the most important ally of Zionism: international anti-Semitism.
The anti-Arab terror acts dubbed price tag have been conducted without interference for some seven years. Up until today several hundreds of acts by these wild gangs have been conducted against Palestinians, both residents of the West Bank and citizens of Israel. However, prior to this were tens of years of anti-Arab terror. Some of these attacks were carried out by “decent” settlers who “only” damaged orchards, invaded homes, prevented Palestinians from farming their land and destroyed their produce. From here the road is not long to the “Jewish underground” which set out to murder Palestinian leaders and planned mass attacks on Arab buses. As keepers of tradition, these wild gangs even received acceptance and encouragement for their crimes from rabbis. The Israeli political structure, including the judicial system, treated them with understanding, and no rabbi was charged with being an accessory to the crimes, although their identity was known to all and of course also to the General Security Services (GSS). This is how Dr. Baruch Goldstein, the mass murderer of Hebron’s Ibrahimi mosque, was transformed into a saint and venerated hero in the book Baruch the Hero by Rabbi Ginsburgh. Rabbi Ginsburgh continues to publicly call for protest or the removal of all Arabs from their land.
Young people who grew up on the legacy of Jewish mastery, on defining Palestinians as “Amalek” who must be destroyed, and on the support of rabbis for their criminal acts, adopted for themselves the custom of signing some of their terror acts with the name “price tag”….more..e-mail

Draft bill: NGOs receiving foreign funds – foreign agents
Alternative Information Center5/31/2014
A new draft bill initiated by the Jewish Home and Likud Beitenu members of the Knesset aims to define non-governmental organizations or Israeli individuals who receive funding from foreign countries as “foreign agents”.
Under the bill, contributions from foreign countries to these organizations will be taxed and the N
GOs will be required to submit regular reports to Israeli authorities. In addition, they will be required to publicize that they serve as “foreign agents” alongside their logos on official documents.

This is but one of several such draft laws submitted in the past three years by right-wing Israeli parties.
The bill was initiated by MKs Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home), Robert Ilatov (Likud Beitenu) and Yariv Levin (Likud Beitenu). If adopted it will practically eliminate the tax exemption enjoyed today by human rights and social justice associations and impair their ability to be financed.
According to the right wing MKs, there are dozens of organizations active in Israel “that receive funding from foreign governments in exchange for the organization’s promise to promote their interests”.
“As of today, these organizations have no obligation of proper disclosure, in which they have to present themselves as clearly representing foreign interests that do not accord with Israeli interests,” the MKs write in the preamble to the bill.
The right wing organization, NGO Monitor, takes credit for Israeli legislation aimed at restricting democratic rights.
NGO Monitor’s “cut and paste” reports aim to terrorize foreign donors….more..e-mail

Nobody to negotiate with in Israel and why
Alan Hart, Redress5/31/2014
The headline over an interview Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave to Bloomberg s Jeffrey Goldberg was Netanyahu: There is nobody to negotiate with in Ramallah.
If he was still in the land of the living I feel sure that Joseph Goebbels, Hitler s minister for propaganda, would express grudging but nonetheless real admiration for Netanyahu. I can even imagine Goebbels thinking to himself something like: I was a master at selling lies as truth but Bibi makes me look and sound like an amateur.
Palestinians will not accept crumbs from Zionism s table
In his interview with Goldberg, Netanyahu laid the blame for the failure of US Secretary of State John Kerry s mission squarely and completely on the shoulders of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. And he, Netanyahu, said:
Negotiations are always preferable. But six prime ministers since Oslo have failed in their pursuit of a negotiated settlement. They ve always thought we were on the verge of success, and then Arafat backed off, Abbas backed off, because they can t conclude these negotiations. We don t have a Palestinian leadership that is willing to do that. The minimal set of conditions that any Israeli government would need cannot be met by the Palestinians.
In a sense Netanyahu is correct. There is nobody in Ramallah for him to negotiate with but that s because Israel s minimal set of conditions require the Palestinians to abandon their struggle for justice and accept crumbs (a few Bantustans here and there on the occupied West Bank) from Zionism s table.
It really does seem to me that Netanyahu learned much from the Nazis….more..e-mail

Lots to Loathe about Zionists
Dissident Voice: 31 May 2014 – I have just finished Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel by Max Blumenthal. It s written well enough to read in just a short week of a few sittings but this took me several weeks. For those unfamiliar with it, Blumenthal wrote about the day-to-day humiliations faced by Palestinians in Occupied Palestine and Jewish activists in Greater Israel. What makes this so difficult to read is that it paints Israel as a Jewish state doing horrible things, not just in the name of Judaism, but by an entire population who does it just because they are Jewish. The insane fanaticism of the religious elite that rules every aspect of Israeli life (including towards those who are simply Jewish) provides an argument for anti-Semitism, as awful as that is. For the longest time I have believed that what s going on in Palestine is the work of Israelis and Zionists, Jewish and…more


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