VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 4 June 2014

4 June 2014 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

EU Rep Welcomes Palestinian Unity Government
IMEMC – High Representative of the European Union Catherine Ashton has officially welcomed the formation of a Palestinian unity government. Meanwhile, Israeli officials have announced a boycott against the new government. …

Protest Escalates and Violence Along With It
IMEMC – Palestinian security detains and summons Hamas members In the city of Jenin, stores and shops closed on Wednesday, in a response to an announcement by Palestinian national and Islamic bodies of a mass march and commercial strike in solidarity withhttp://imemc.org/newswire?search_text=hunger+strike&button=Search+%3E%3E. …

Israel Continues With West Bank Invasions, Land Theft
IMEMC – Abbas condemns assaults on Al Aqsa Israeli forces continued their violations against the Palestinian people and their property, Wednesday, with raids near Hebron, Bethlehem, Nablus and in occupied East Jerusalem. …

U.S: Interim Government Does Not Have Hamas Ministers
IMEMC – The United States stated it would deal with the new Palestinian unity government, a caretaker government before elections are held, adding that the government will be judged by its actions, and by its commitment to the Quartet Conditions. …

Body Of Slain Palestinian Handed To His Family
IMEMC – [Tuesday Evening, June 3, 2014] The body of the slain Palestinian, who was killed by the Israeli soldiers on Monday, was handed to his family at the Awarta military roadblock, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

60 Hunger Strikers In Beersheba Prison Held In Solitary Confinement
IMEMC – The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society has issued a statement confirming that 60 people being held in Beersheba Prison, in Eshel, are currently engaged in continuous hunger strike, and that each of them are being held in solitary confinement. …

Ma’an News

Israel begins construction on settlement units atop al-Khader lands
6/4/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Wednesday began work on a number of settlement units in Elazar settlement in the southern West Bank after razing nearby Palestinian lands, activists said. Ahmad Salah, coordinator of the popular committee against the wall and settlements in the village of al-Khader near Bethlehem, said that Israeli settlers had begun work on four settlement units on lands belonging to….

Israeli restrictions ‘preventing Gaza unity govt meeting’
6/4/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Ministers of the new Palestinian unity government are planning a cabinet meeting in the Gaza Strip, but Israel continues to deny them permits to travel, a government spokesman said Tuesday. Ehab Bseiso told Ma’an that the ministers want to meet in Gaza to discuss the situation in the blockaded enclave, but that Israel has revoked the VIP status of….

PCHR calls for probe into Nablus checkpoint killing
6/4/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Center for Human Rights on Tuesday called for an impartial investigation into the killing of a Palestinian man by Israeli soldiers in Nablus this week. On Monday, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Alaa Muhammad Awad Audah, 30, at the Zaatara checkpoint in Nablus. Israeli forces claim that the victim opened fire at them, injuring one of the soldiers. PCHR…. Related:Palestinian murdered by Israeli forces in Huwarra

Palestinians protest at UN office in support of hunger strikers
6/4/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinian activists protested on Wednesday in front of the Ramallah office of the UN agency for Palestine refugees in support of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody, locals said. Locals told Ma’an that protesters prevented employees from accessing the UNRWA building, urging the international body to take “serious steps” to support hunger strikers. Meanwhile, a lawyer….

Israel orders Yatta villagers to evacuate lands for settlement
6/4/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces told residents of Um al-Kher village in the southern Hebron hills to evacuate parts of their property on Wednesday, in a move activists say is intended to pave the way for the expansion of a Jewish-only settlement nearby. Rateb al-Jubur, a coordinator of the National Committee Against Settlements and the Wall, said that Israeli forces handed the Hathaleen family….

Gaza crossings with Egypt, Israel closed
6/4/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah crossing with Gaza on Wednesday after it had been open for three days to allow pilgrims from Saudi Arabia to return. Over 1,000 pilgrims returned to Gaza on Tuesday. Gaza’s sole commercial crossing, Kerem Shalom, has also been shut for since Tuesday due to the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. 1 ) Gaza Resident / Palestine….

Arabs mostly give Obama negative 2014 report card
6/4/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Arabs believe the Obama administration has little commitment to a Palestinian state, should not intervene militarily in Syria, and mostly failed to support Egypt’s interim leaders, a new poll released Tuesday showed. Five years after President Barack Obama’s landmark speech in Cairo aimed at re-setting ties with the Arab world, the poll revealed that while support for Obama, which….

Middle East Quartet welcomes unity government
6/4/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Middle East Quartet’s special envoy, Tony Blair, on Wednesday called Palestinian premier Rami Hamdallah to congratulate him on the formation of a new unity government. The PA said in a statement that Blair encouraged the new government to commit to previous international agreements. Hamdallah thanked the Quartet for its support and said that the new cabinet is working….

Abbas to attend Sisi swearing-in ceremony in Cairo
6/4/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will head to Cairo over the next few days to attend the swearing-in ceremony for Egyptian president Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, a Palestinian diplomat said Wednesday. Palestinian ambassador to Jordan Atallah Khairi told Ma’an that Abbas will be part of at least 35 leaders to attend the ceremony. He will also hold a meeting with al-Sisi, Khairi….

New govt ‘unites Palestinians against Israeli occupation’
6/4/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — As world powers ignored Israel’s calls to reject the Palestinian government formed Monday, Palestinian leaders hailed the West Bank-Gaza reconciliation pact as a way for citizens of both territories to unite against occupation.” Palestinians can now speak with one voice,” says Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti.”We are now unified to end occupation.” The Israelis “were using the division as….

New minister pledges govt support for hunger strikers
6/4/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The new Palestinian minister of prisoner affairs said Wednesday that the plight of detainees in Israeli custody was a top priority for the unity government. Shawqi al-Ayasa said that the Palestinian leadership was exerting intensive efforts to save the lives of prisoners on hunger strike for 42 days.”They won’t be left prey to the occupation’s savagery….

Weakened Hamas cedes power to save face
6/4/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Isolated in the region and facing a major economic crisis in Gaza, Hamas ceded power to gain breathing space and recuperate, and will remain in the background politically, analysts said. The Islamist movement will instead work at the grass roots level to build up military, financial and social strength while, under the guise of a Palestinian unity deal, it takes refuge under….

Hamdallah: Elections must be held in East Jerusalem
6/4/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian premier Rami Hamdallah on Wednesday urged the international community to pressure Israel to allow elections to take place in East Jerusalem. On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a Knesset meeting that he would not allow the PLO to hold parliamentary or presidential ballots in East Jerusalem. During a meeting with foreign representatives, Hamdallah said that “elections cannot be….

Palestinian elections to be held in 6 months
6/4/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter to the head of the Palestinian central elections committee Hanna Nasser on Wednesday requesting that the committee begin work to prepare for elections to be held on December 4. Abbas said in the letter that the committee should immediately start procedures in preparation for both presidential and legislative polls six months from the….

Iran at crossroads 25 years after Khomeini
6/4/2014 – TEHRAN (AFP) — A quarter of a century after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s death, Iran remains at a crossroads in navigating its way out of economic and diplomatic troubles, against a backdrop of political infighting. Wednesday marks 25 years of Iran’s Islamic republic without its founder, the charismatic spiritual and political leader who remains ever-present on bank notes, portraits in public offices, and….

Revolutionary spirit gone as Syria’s Homs votes
6/4/2014 – HOMS, Syria (AFP) — It was in Baba Amr, in Syria’s Homs, that the armed uprising against Bashar Assad erupted, but with people turning out to vote Tuesday as the president sought re-election, the spirit of revolution seemed to have vanished. A loudspeaker outside the Hassan al-Sabet school, the district’s sole polling station, blared out the words of a patriotic song: “We….

White House: US looks forward to working with Egypt’s Sisi
6/4/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States said Wednesday it looks forward to working with the government of Egyptian president-elect Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, while urging him to carry out human rights reforms. President Barack Obama will speak with the former army chief in the coming days, the White House said in a statement. Washington looked forward to working with Sisi “to advance our strategic partnership and the….

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Calls for Investigating the Circumstances; Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian in Nablus
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Palestinian murdered by Israeli forces in Huwarra
6/4/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Nablusteam, Huwwara, Occupied Palestine – In the late hours of Monday evening, Israeli forces executed 30-year-old, father of two, Alaa’ Mohammed Awadh, at Za’tara checkpoint, in southern Nablus. The Israeli army claimedthat a Palestinian gunman was shot dead after he injured an Israeli police officer in the leg. The villagers of Huwwara stated their amazement at the version released by the…. Related:PCHR calls for probe into Nablus checkpoint killing

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Food Insecurity in Palestine Remains High
Relief Web 4 Jun 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, Palestinian National Authority, World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization Country: occupied Palestinian territory JOINT PRESS RELEASE BY THE PALESTINIAN CENTRAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS (PCBS), THE FOOD…

occupied Palestinian territory: MCC helps prepare young Gazan leaders
Relief Web 4 Jun 2014 – Source: Mennonite Central Committee Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Sheldon C. Good June 4, 2014 KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip Twelve-year-old Siraa Moghrabi crouches beside student after student, helping the 6- and 7-year-olds and their mothers arrange flowers on their…

occupied Palestinian territory: European Union Reaffirms Its Support for Palestine Refugees
Relief Web 4 Jun 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, European Union Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European…

The National

US secretary of state John Kerry makes surprise visit to Lebanon
The National 4 Jun 2014 – Announcing a new aid package for Syrian refugees, America’s top diplomat calls for an end to the “deeply troubling” political stalemate afflicting the country.

Al Assad declared winner of denounced Syrian vote
The National 4 Jun 2014 – Parliament speaker says president captured 88.7 per cent of the vote and his two challengers garnered 4.3 per cent and 3.2 per cent respectively.

Hamas hands control of two ministries to Palestinian unity government
The National 4 Jun 2014 – Islamist faction’s move is a further sign of reconciliation with Fatah after the collapse of peace talks with Israel.

Egypt s energy crunch is next big test for El Sisi
The National 4 Jun 2014 – ‘The impact of the electricity cuts ought to be something that concerns somebody in power because it could easily turn into something nasty,’ warns HA Hellyer, a Middle East expert.

Video: Taliban release footage of US soldier handover
The National 4 Jun 2014 – ‘Don t return to Afghanistan again. Next time, nobody will release you,’ one of the insurgents was heard telling Sgt Bergdahl in the 17-minute video released by the Taliban.

China beefs up security on 25th anniversary of Tiananmen crackdown
The National 4 Jun 2014 – China allows no public discussion of the events that took place on June 3 and 4, 1989, where hundreds of peaceful protesters – and more than 1,000 by some estimates – were killed during the crackdown.

Obama slams Russian bullying and dark tactics as Ukraine crisis deepens
The National 4 Jun 2014 – US president Barack Obama met Ukraine s president-elect Petro Poroshenko in Warsaw and promised years of US support, then blasted Russia, vowing to protect ex-Soviet states in Nato.

What Altaf Hussain s arrest means for Pakistan s MQM
The National 4 Jun 2014 – The 60-year-old is revered by his fiercely loyal supporters mainly ethnic Mohajirs who migrated from India at the time of partition, but critics accuse him of running his party as a violent mafia-like organisation.

We re not a crazy satanic cult : website posts disclaimer after Slenderman stabbing
The National 4 Jun 2014 – A look at the character called Slenderman, a fictional online character, whom two 12-year-old Winconsin girls say was the reason they stabbed their friend in the woods.

Fear grips Cameroon students caught in Boko Haram crossfire
The National 4 Jun 2014 – ‘Boko Haram has threatened to burn down the school, customs and government buildings. We are so scared of being targeted,’ said one student at the Fotokol high school.

Neighbours struggle to reconcile Slenderman stabbings by Winconsin girls
The National 4 Jun 2014 – Most residents in the neighbourhood did not want to speak to reporters, but those who did said the girls came from good families and that the parents were responsible guardians who doted on their children.

Football: a lifeline for children in Honduras
The National 4 Jun 2014 – Wheelchair-bound Lui Lopez is teaching boys and girls in Honduras to play football, knowing that the real game is to stay alive.

Video: Bergdahl release stirs resentment, soldiers want truth
The National 4 Jun 2014 – As Bergdahl emerges from five years of Taliban captivity, former comrades accuse him of walking away from his unit and prompting a manhunt they say cost the lives of at least six fellow soldiers.

Iran steps up war on drugs as neighbouring Afghanistan s opium trade booms
The National 4 Jun 2014 – In the past 30 years, 3,734 Iranian border guards have been killed and more than 12,000 wounded in clashes with smugglers.

Misogyny around the world: attacks women face, day by day
The National 4 Jun 2014 – Horrific as they are, the recent stoning to death of a Pakistani wife and rape and murder of two teenage girls in northern India are just the most extreme examples of violence against women.

Ha’aretz

IDF court: Palestinian minors needn t be jailed
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Israel’s racist glitch shows up on airport x-ray
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Stop right-wing indoctrination in IDF officers’ training
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Rivlin as president is a recipe for disaster
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

White House: Israel s ‘hard line public position’ on new PA cabinet belies its own actions
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

White House: Israel s ‘hard line public position’ on new PA cabinet belies its own actions
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Boy suspected of placing bomb in Bat Yam park
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Police arrest grandma for kidnapping grandchildren
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Iron Dome fired for first time on Syrian border
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Rolling Stones rain satisfaction on Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

1.3 billion people in the world live without electricity
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Israel s isolation on Abbas-Hamas cabinet reflects lack of trust and goodwill with U.S.
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Landslide win for Assad in Syria’s presidential elections
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Prominent scholars’ group MLA fails to pass resolution critical of Israel
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Are Jew Ready for Hillary?
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Kerry: U.S. will monitor new Palestinian government
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

As Hong Kong recalls Tiananmen crackdown, China muffles dissent
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Intermarriage and the Jews: What would the early Israelites say?
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Brussels shooting suspect refuses extradition to Belgium
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Germany launches investigation into NSA phone tap of Merkel’s phone
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Obama condemns Russian ‘dark tactics’ against Ukraine
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Taliban release video of soldier exchange
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Cracking the date rape drug code
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Opposition head blasts Netanyahu’s handling of Palestinian unity government
Ha’aretz – 3 Jun 2014

Jerusalem Post

Jewish solar entrepreneur wins coveted $100K Bronfman Prize
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – Sam Goldman feted for bringing light to developing nations, work introducing affordable solar light to remote communities in Africa and Asia.

Former US point man on Syria calls Obama policy behind the curve
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – Now Assad is using chlorine a less potent, but still deadly chemical weapon, in contravention with the convention he signed mere months ago.

British foreign secretary joins European Union in praising Fatah-Hamas unity accord
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – William Hague calls unification of West Bank and Gaza, A necessary condition for resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Israel’s response to PA unity gov’t: Building 3,000 new units beyond Green Line
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – Announcement originally intended to accompany 4th prisoner release but delayed with the collapse of peace talks.

The covenant code and the Gate of Tishpak
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – Many of the commandments handed down at Sinai have parallels in Mesopotamian law, and this applies particularly to those in the Order of Mishpatim, whose regulations are referred to by scholars as the Covenant Code.

MEDIA COMMENT: The media and Jerusalem day
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – Jerusalem has presented our media outlets with a special problem over the years.

Assad declared landslide victor in civil war election
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – The Syrian president secured 88.7 percent of the votes cast in an election restricted to the parts of Syria under the control of his forces.

Hypocrisy and self-righteousness?
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – When Chief Rabbi Lau proudly spoke about the freedom granted to all religions, he must have forgotten that he is forcefully opposing any recognition of non-Orthodox Jewish streams.

Arab women want to work so let them!
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – Israeli governments should adopt the strategic thinking of the employment of Arabs in general, and Arab women in particular.

Exclusive: New TASE CEO Yossi Beinart wants to cut back exits
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – Beinart believes that he can make it easier and more attractive to go public in Israel instead of running off to the NASDAQ instead.

The Rolling Stones take Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – The legendary rock band takes the stage at Park Hayarkon in front of a crowd of over 40,000 fans.

Religious intolerance
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – Mahmoud Abbas cannot have it both ways either he champions religious freedom or he does not.

ISRAEL FESTIVAL REVIEW: Hofesh Shechter Political Mother Jerusalem Theater, May 29
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – In contrast to earlier performances in Europe, Jerusalem Theater spectators didn t get ear plugs as the performers entered.

Bill to ban rabbis charging money for weddings passes first reading
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – Haredi MK Eichler opposes bill, receives sharp rebuke from MK Lipman who says Eichler views rabbinate as a “source of power, control, and money.”

Kerry says US will evaluate new PA gov’t daily, and ‘calibrate’ policy ‘accordingly’
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – Netanyahu ‘deeply troubled’ by US position; Dermer distinguishes between administration and Congress’ approach on issue.

South African Jewish group urges synagogue goers to ‘walk in groups’ over Shavuot holiday
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – Community Security Organization also suggests that women be escorted by a male and that Jews not wear visible Jewelry or other signs of wealth.

Herzog: Int’l recognition of Palestinian gov’t proves Netanyahu diplomatic failure
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – “Netanyahu brought Hamas into the West Bank,” opposition leader says; Herzog calls for prime minister to develop clear diplomatic plan to prevent binational state.

Israelis face scorching weather on Shavuot holiday
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – The hot and dry weather known in Hebrew as “Sharav” was caused by a warm depression that moved to the region from Northwest Africa.

Mystery surrounds drowning death of two 10 year old girls in Savyon house pool
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – Speculation centers on whether or not the two girls were electrocuted in the pool or were killed by some sort of poison in the water.

Hamas official: Formation of unity gov’t is ‘surrender on part of Hamas’
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – Although the Fatah-Hamas unity government was sworn in earlier this week, a Hamas official says still major rift between two groups.

13-year-old boy sent to carry out a hit, stashes bomb in Bat Yam park
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – Police said the boy’s brother, serving a life sentence for murder, sent him to place the shrapnel-packed bomb at a kiosk owned by a rival.

Report: International Olympic Committee pledges funds for ‘Munich massacre’ memorial
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – Munich based Suddeutsche Zeitung says the IOC plans to contribute $250,000 to memorial for the 1972 terror attack.

Suspect in Jewish museum shooting refuses extradition to Belgium
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, has been in police custody since his arrest on Friday in the southern city of Marseille.

European Jewish Congress president: ‘Public’ anti-Semitism is part of normal life in Europe
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – Moshe Kantor says Jewish leaders should fight anti-Semitism like an ice breaker making a narrow path through ice; says when a leader says something anti-Semitic, people choose not to react, making things worse.

WATCH: Taliban release video of handover of US sergeant
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – The video shows Bergdahl, clean shaven, dressed in a white salwar kameez and with a shaved head, waiting in a white pick-up truck.

Five years after Cairo speech, Arabs warm to Obama – if ever so slightly
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – There are many in region who remain dissatisfied with Obama’s handling of key issues, chief among them the Israeli-Palestinian question, according to a new Zogby poll.

ON THIS DAY: US Navy analyst Jonathan Pollard pleads guilty to spying for Israel
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – On June 4, 1986, Pollard pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to deliver classified, defense-related information to Israel.

WATCH: Arabs welcome Sisi presidency in Egypt with hit song that goes viral
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2014 – The election of Abdel Fateh al-Sisi as president of Egypt has been greeted with hope and promise across the Arab world.

The Guardian

Desmond Tutu tells G4S to stop supplying to Israel prisons
The Guardian 4 Jun 2014 – Retired archbishop and directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, philosopher Noam Chomsky and barrister Michael Mansfield QC, write open letter to management Desmond Tutu will lead protesters on Thursday campaigning against British security firm G4S’s role…

Uruknet

An Assault From Obama s Escalating War on Journalism
Uruknet 4 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – In a memoir published this year, the CIA s former top legal officer John Rizzo says that on the last day of 2005 a panicky White House tried to figure out how to prevent the distribution…

Women Journalists Seize Initiative in Gaza
Uruknet 4 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – “We let the men participate in the workshop discussions, but the training sessions are only for women journalists,” says Mona Khadir, who coordinates the activities of the Filastiniyat Women Journalists Club in Gaza. The meeting hall…

Waiting for progress on Guantanamo
Uruknet 4 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – May 23 marked a year since US President Barack Obama s promise in a major speech on national security issues, to resume releasing prisoners from Guantanamo. The day was marked by dozens of protests across the…

Gates Foundation sells down its shares in G4S
Uruknet 4 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – In the face of worldwide pressure, the Gates Foundation has sold down its shares in the world s largest Private Military and Security Company, G4S. Over 100 Palestinian and international organisations, including War on Want, launched…

Iraq: Daily Updates from Anbar , May 29, 2014
Uruknet 4 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – Fallujah is still surrounded on all sides by Iraqi army forces. Fierce clashes have taken place on the city s perimeter and in the partially constructed area of buildings belonging to Fallujah University. Many of the…

Syria News – May 28 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 4 Jun 2014 – May 28, 2014 – With the end of Wednesday Coordination Committees were able to document 82 martyrs in Syria, including 4 women, 15 children, and 5 martyrs under torture: 44 martyrs in Aleppo, 16 martyrs in Damascus and its countryside,10…

A Warlord, a Drug Smuggler, and a Killer: Meet Afghanistan s Once and Future Kings
Uruknet 4 Jun 2014 – May 28, 2014 – A warlord, an illiterate drug smuggler, and a CIA-funded killer walk into a war. That s not the setup to a joke – it s the punchline to America s failed intervention in Afghanistan. President Barack…

SCOOP: Israeli WMD Budget Revealed
Uruknet 4 Jun 2014 – 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…

In the absence of absence: A Palestinian family endures, and resists, the Israeli occupation
Uruknet 3 Jun 2014 – May 28, 2014 – “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…

Daily Star

Drone strike kills three suspected militants in Yemen: sources
Daily Star 4 Jun 2014 A drone strike killed at least three suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen on Wednesday night, tribal sources said.

Father kills 18-year-old daughter in north Lebanon
Daily Star 4 Jun 2014 A father opened fire Wednesday on his 18-year-old daughter in Lebanon s northern region of Akkar, killing her immediately, a source close to the family said.

Celebratory gunfire ‘kills 3’ in Damascus as Assad win announced
Daily Star 4 Jun 2014 Celebratory shots fired by supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed at least three people in Damascus as his election victory was announced late on Wednesday, a monitoring group said.

Assad wins Syria election with 88.7 pct of votes: speaker
Daily Star 4 Jun 2014 Bashar al-Assad won 88.7 percent of the vote in Syria’s presidential election, securing a third term in office despite a raging civil war which grew out of protests against his rule.

Israel doctors won’t force-feed Palestinians
Daily Star 4 Jun 2014 Proposed legislation to permit the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike is pitting Israel’s government against the country’s main doctors’ association and other rights groups, which contend the practice amounts to torture.

Syria says turnout in presidential vote 73 percent
Daily Star 4 Jun 2014 The head of Syria’s Supreme Constitutional Court said Wednesday that turnout in the country’s presidential election this week was 73.42 percent.

Return to Kuwait sought for Guantanamo prisoner
Daily Star 4 Jun 2014 A lawyer for one of the last prisoners from Kuwait held at Guantanamo Bay has told a government review panel that his client will be closely monitored if returned to his homeland.

Kerry says US to work with, monitor new Palestinian government
Daily Star 4 Jun 2014 Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday the United States would work with the new Palestinian unity government “as we need to” but would be monitoring its commitment to continued cooperation with Israel.

G7 to focus on Syria foreign fighters after Brussels attack: diplomats
Daily Star 4 Jun 2014 Leaders of the Group of Seven powers are hoping to draw up plans Wednesday on how to guard against the threat of attacks by European jihadists returning home from the Syrian front, diplomats said.

Hollande to raise possible “disproportionate” BNP fine with Obama
Daily Star 4 Jun 2014 French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday he will raise concerns about a possible $10 billion-plus U.S. fine on BNP Paribas that he considers “disproportionate” with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama.

West prods Iran to speed up cooperation with IAEA inquiry
Daily Star 4 Jun 2014 Iran faced Western pressure on Wednesday to speed up its promised cooperation with a long-stalled U.N. nuclear watchdog investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Tehran, something the Islamic state denies.

Sisi to be sworn in as Egypt president Sunday
Daily Star 4 Jun 2014 Ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ousted Egypt’s first freely-elected leader, will be sworn in as president on Sunday after he overwhelmingly won last week’s election, state media reported.

Official: 1,800 US troops for Afghan counterterror
Daily Star 4 Jun 2014 The U.S. military said Wednesday that about 1,800 of the nearly 10,000 U.S. troops the U.S. plans to leave in Afghanistan at the end of the year would be conducting counterterror operations, providing that specific breakout…

YNet News

Netanyahu hosts Bible study circle for Shavuot
YNet News, 4 Jun 2014 – During meeting focusing on Book of Ruth, prime minister says he has always believed ‘the Bible is the foundation of our existence here.’ ….

Europe living in denial
YNet News, 4 Jun 2014 – Despite warning signs about Islamist invasion on one hand and radical rightist reaction on other, European establishment still refuses to accept reality. ….

Modern Language Associated rejects Israel boycott
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Two Syrian mortar shells land in Israeli Golan
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Egypt’s Brotherhood says vote is ‘null and void’
YNet News, 4 Jun 2014 – ….

Inspectors press Syria on chemical arms ‘discrepancies’
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Assad wins presidential elections with 88.7% of vote
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Historic Torah scroll returned to UK Jews
YNet News, 4 Jun 2014 – One of four scrolls kept in Royal Cornwall Museum for over 120 years given back to Jewish community. ….

A win for the moderates
YNet News, 4 Jun 2014 – Analysis: Israel’s relatively moderate response to the Palestinian unity government is the final note in the last round of peace talks, in which not only did Israel begin a sad bout of the blame game, it also lost at its own game; meanwhile, Lieberman suggests making peace with Saudis instead of Palestinians. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Administrative detainees’ strike enters its 42nd day
PIC – Palestinian administrative detainees continued their hunger strike declared 42 days ago in Israeli jails in protest against their continued illegal detention without charge or trial.

Hamdallah calls for international intervention to allow holding election in OJ
PIC – Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah called on the international community to intervene and exert pressures on the Israeli occupation authorities to allow holding elections in East Jerusalem.

Appeals to expose Israeli violations against Sebastia’s monuments
PIC – A number of Palestinian institutions and national forces in Sebastia town called for putting an end to Israeli attempts to falsify historical facts of Palestinian archaeological sites in the area.

Abu Marzouk extends his stay in Gaza
PIC – An official source told the PIC reporter on Wednesday that Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk, member of Hamas’s political bureau and head of its reconciliation delegation, will extend his stay in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli raids leave Palestinian civilians wounded
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces launched a series of arbitrary raids into different areas of al-Aroub refugee camp, north of al-Khalil, and in Jenin at dawn Wednesday and on Tuesday night.

Egypt prevents Algerian solidarity activists’ access to Gaza
PIC – Five Algerian solidarity activists have staged a sit-in at the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing, after Egyptian authorities prevented their access to Gaza to accompany Algeria-Gaza 2 convoy.

Hamas calls for mass support of Palestinian hunger striking detainees
PIC – Hamas called on the Palestinian masses to step up pressure on the Israeli occupation authorities by participating in solidarity moves on Thursday on the occasion of the 47th Naksa anniversary.

Arbitrary demolition procedures, threats in al-Khalil
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces on Tuesday afternoon smashed up the properties of a Palestinian family and targeted other lands with demolition threats following a large-scale raid into al-Khalil city.

EU vows to deal with new unity government on certain conditions
PIC – The EU Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton, on Tuesday reiterated her support for the Palestinian consensus government, declaring the European Union will work with it under a set of provisos.

Palestinian refugee killed at Yarmouk camp, others setting off distress signals
PIC – Palestinian refugee, Zakaria al-Masri, was shot dead by a sniper while he was bunching up firewood in al-Tadhamon area, at the Yarmouk refugee camp, the Action Group documented.

WAFA

Premier Stresses Vital Partnership with UK
WAFA – 4 Jun 2014

World Bank Group President Praises Lebanon and Jordan for Hosting Syrian Refugees, Calls on Global Community to Do More
WAFA – 4 Jun 2014

Quartet Affirms its Support to New Palestinian Government
WAFA – 4 Jun 2014

Abbas Calls to Take Necessary Requirements for Elections
WAFA – 4 Jun 2014

Hamdallah Calls on International Community to Exert Pressure on Israel to Hold Elections in East Jerusalem
WAFA – 4 Jun 2014

Abbas Condemns Settlers Assaults on al-Aqsa
WAFA – 4 Jun 2014

Abbas Orders Election Committee to Prepare for Elections
WAFA – 4 Jun 2014

Italian Foreign Ministry Affirms Italy s Support to New Palestinian Consensus Government
WAFA – 4 Jun 2014

Statistics Bureau: Rise in Construction Activities in Palestine
WAFA – 4 Jun 2014

Israeli Forces Hand Notices to Remove Barbed Wire Fences south of Hebron
WAFA – 4 Jun 2014

European Union Reaffirms Support for Palestine Refugees
WAFA – 4 Jun 2014

Newspaper Review: Recognition of Palestinian National Consensus Government Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 4 Jun 2014

PLO: East Jerusalem Bedouins Vital for Contiguous Palestinian State
WAFA – 4 Jun 2014

Israel Expands Settlement near Bethlehem
WAFA – 4 Jun 2014

Settlers Beat up Palestinian in Jerusalem
WAFA – 4 Jun 2014

Weather Forecast: Dusty, Warm, Dry Weather
WAFA – 4 Jun 2014

Misc

Victory in Syrian Election Is Show of Assad s Control
New York Times 4 Jun 2014 – The election, which was deeply disputed, was a display of the loyalty of President Bashar al-Assad s supporters and the failures of his opposition and its backers.

Open Source: Assad s Soft-Focus Vision for Syria, as Seen on YouTube
New York Times 4 Jun 2014 – The Syrian president s opponents mocked his campaign slogan, Together, featured in a series of upbeat advertisements posted on his YouTube channel.

Memo From London: In Elections Across the World, Democracy Is a Matter of Definition
New York Times 4 Jun 2014 – Presidential votes in Egypt and Syria have represented a triumph of process and imagery over democracy s supposed essence.

Iran s Leader Says Obama Has Removed Military Option
New York Times 4 Jun 2014 – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei s remarks were his first response to President Obama s speech last week asserting that military force is not always the answer.

Kerry Makes Unannounced Trip to Lebanon
New York Times 4 Jun 2014 – Secretary of State John Kerry called for an end to the political stalemate in Lebanon, saying it is deeply troubling at a time of instability in the region.

Assad s Win Is Assured, but Limits Are Exposed
New York Times 4 Jun 2014 – The election is certain to confirm Bashar al-Assad s hold on power amid a civil war that has killed an estimated 160,000 Syrians.

World Briefing: Yemen: Deadly Fighting Flares
New York Times 4 Jun 2014 – The most recent flare-up in the long-running fight between the Yemeni Army and Shiite insurgents in the country s north has killed hundreds of people in the past three weeks, local officials said Tuesday.

World Briefing: Egypt: Sisi Wins With 97 Percent
New York Times 4 Jun 2014 – Egypt s elections commission on Tuesday formally declared the former defense chief, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the winner of last week s pro forma presidential election with nearly 97 percent of the vote.

Can Bowe Bergdahl Be Tied to 6 Lost Lives? Facts Are Murky
New York Times 3 Jun 2014 – Since Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed after years in captivity, a number of the men who served with him have called him a deserter. Some have gone further, blaming him for the deaths of six to eight soldiers.

Relatives of Victims of Drone Strikes Drop Appeal
New York Times 3 Jun 2014 – The family members of three United States citizens killed in American drone strikes without trial will not appeal a judge s dismissal of a lawsuit they filed against administration officials.

Deal to Free Bowe Bergdahl Puts Obama on Defensive
New York Times 3 Jun 2014 – The White House argued that the unique circumstances presented by the opportunity to return Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl gave President Obama the authority to lawfully bypass a federal statute.

Critics Are Questioning American Military Credo of Leaving No One Behind
New York Times 3 Jun 2014 – Military and civilian officials rallied to defend the years of effort spent to rescue Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Modern Language Association members condemn Israeli border policies, but vote is not ratified
Mondoweiss – A sign at Israel s border with Jordan. (Photo:BolMinistry.org) After months of debate which at times turned vitriolic, Modern Language Association (MLA) members voted to condemn Israel s discriminatory border policies. But the 1,560-1,063 vote on the resolution was not ratified because 10 percent of MLA members…

BDS lays the basis for a true peace process
Mondoweiss – The recent collapse of the Kerry Plan to revive the two-state solution has once again exposed the peace process as acynical travesty devoid of justice. Recycledin various permutations for over two decades, the U.S. sponsored two-state solution has had a consistent purpose: force Palestinians…

Check out the new Rolling Stones logo
Mondoweiss – The @RollingStones roll out their new logo ahead of Apartheid Israel gig. #BDS (graphic: @stephinrome ) The Rolling Stones arrived in apartheid Israel yesterday.The music is about to begin. (Graphic: Stephanie Westbrook @stephinrome) Hasbarists are branding the visit historic . Yeah, I d agree with that. Historically disastrous….

Dershowitz disqualifies an entire continent from supporting BDS, citing history of Jew hatred
Mondoweiss – Stupendous Dershowitz stretchers. He calls Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas “collaborators” with the Gestapo and says of the Israel boycott movement: “Why are so many of the grandchildren of Nazis and Nazi collaborators who brought us the Holocaust once again declaring war on the Jews?”

Chris Matthews channels his inner Bill Kristol
Mondoweiss – One unfortunateoutcome of the controversy over the release of Bowe Bergdahl, the US army sergeant held by the Taliban for nearly five years, is the exposure of Chris Matthews s neoconservative streak. On Hardball for the last two nights, Matthews has championed the war in Afghanistan as…

Super-PAC supporting Hillary Clinton launches outreach for one religious group (Jews)
Mondoweiss – Ready for Hillary, a super-PAC supporting Clinton for President, seeks the support of “Faith Groups for Hillary,” but has a separate effort aimed at Jewish Americans and led by the former finance director of an Israel lobby group.

Thousands of Bedouins to be removed from West Bank lands slated for Jewish apartments, farms
Mondoweiss – Amira Hass reports in Haaretz on the latest Draconian plan for resettlement of 15-20,000 Bedouins in the West Bank to make way for Jewish settlements

Wake up, Ruth Westheimer
Mondoweiss – Last week Ruth Westheimer, the sex therapist, urged people to attend the Israel Day celebration in New York and support the country or she might shoot them. I was in the Haganah, I was sharpshooter. Watch out! Whoever is not going to give us support,…

Iranian Mossad Agent Recruited Iranians to Assassinate Nuclear Scientists
Tikun Olam – Tonight, another one of those stranger-than-fiction spy yarns that seem all too common for Israeli intelligence. It begins with the last days of the Shah, when he appointed as prime minister, Shapur Bakhtiar. After the 1979 Revolution, Bakhtiar went into exile and ended up in France….

The Prawer plan, special West Bank edition
Sabbah report 4 Jun 2014 – The Prawer plan: Quietly, without demonstrations or consulting the stakeholders, the Israeli Civil Administration is cooking up a plan to relocate West Bank Bedouin into crowded new townships. Continue reading í! The post: The Prawer plan, special West Bank edition appeared first on Sabbah Report ß…

Blast targets rogue Libya general
BBC 4 Jun 2014 – A suicide bomb attack at the home of a rogue Libyan general – who has been fighting Islamist militia – kills four people.

Syria’s Bashar al-Assad re-elected
BBC 4 Jun 2014 – President Bashar al-Assad has won a third term in office after securing 88.7% of votes cast in Syria’s election, the parliamentary speaker says.

Egypt: Kuwaiti Authorities Help Egyptian Regime in Muzzling Voices of Dissent Through Deporting a Mosque Preacher Criticized Egypt’s Presidential Elections
allAfrica.com4 Jun 2014 – [HRInfo]Cairo: -The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) today deprecated the arbitrary procedure taken by Kuwaiti Religious Endowments Ministry (Awqaf) against an Egyptian mosque preacher. The ministry deported the preacher from Kuwait against the backdrop of criticizing the Egyptian presidential elections.

John Kerry Says ‘We Need’ Ties to Palestinian Unity Government
The Foward Breaking News 4 Jun 2014 – Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday the United States would work with the new Palestinian unity government as we need to but would be monitoring its commitment to continued cooperation with Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Hillary Clinton Says ‘Moved On’ From Monica Lewinsky Scandal
The Foward Breaking News 4 Jun 2014 – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a likely Democratic presidential contender, said she has moved on from the scandal surrounding her husband President Bill Clinton s affair with Monica Lewinsky. Click here for the rest of the article…

US defends Palestinian co-operation
BBC 4 Jun 2014 – US Secretary of State John Kerry rejects criticism of his recognition of the new Palestinian unity government, but says it will be watched “closely”.

Big-Money Israel Plan To Engage Diaspora Is Approved Details Still Fuzzy
The Forward New 4 Jun 2014 – When it comes to the details of the Joint Initiative of the Government of Israel and World Jewry, key questions have yet to be answered including what it will do and who will fund it. Click here for the rest of the article…

Presbyterians Meet To Debate Israel Divestment
The Foward Breaking News 4 Jun 2014 – Presbyterians are considering Israel divestment measures at a key meeting. If they support the move, it could damage ties with Jews. Click here for the rest of the article…

Morocco: On the Occasion of Formation of Palestinian National Unity Government, HM the King Holds Phone Conversation With Mahmoud Abbas
allAfrica.com4 Jun 2014 – [MAP]Rabat -On the occasion of the formation of the Palestinian national unity government, HM King Mohammed VI, chairman of the Al Quds Committee, held, on Tuesday from his residence in Tunis, a phone conversation with his Excellency Mahmoud Abbas, president of the State of Palestine, said…

Stanley Fischer Born in Africa, Served in Israel Named to Federal Reserve
The Forward New 4 Jun 2014 – Stanley Fischer was raised in southern Africa and once led Israel s central bank. Now he is joining Janet Yellen at the Federal Reserve. Click here for the rest of the article…

Africa: A Silver Lining Around the Dark Cloud That Is the War in Syria
allAfrica.com4 Jun 2014 – [ISS]When it comes to genocide and crimes against humanity, Rwandans know what they are talking about. ‘Our grandchildren will one day ask us what we did to stop the Syrian tragedy.

Why Egypt’s Sisi might struggle to deliver
BBC 3 Jun 2014 – Why Egypt’s new president might find himself struggling to deliver

U.S. Warms to Palestinian Unity as Israel Fumes
The Forward New 3 Jun 2014 – The new Palestinian unity government brought together rivals Hamas and Fatah, but it has opened a divide between allies Israel and the United States. Click here for the rest of the article…

Camel infection ‘led to Mers death’
BBC 4 Jun 2014 – Doctors believe they have found the first evidence that a new deadly virus in the Middle East has been transmitted from a camel to people.

Assad wins presidential election with 88.7% of the vote
Al-Akhbar News 4 Jun 2014 – Bashar al-Assad won 88.7 percent of the vote in Syria’s presidential election, parliament speaker Mohammad al-Laham said on Wednesday. “I declare the victory of Dr. Bashar Hafez al-Assad as president of the Syrian Arab Republic with an absolute majority of the votes cast in the election,”…

Congress to press administration on Iran nuclear deal
Al-Monitor 4 Jun 2014 – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez D-N.J. tells Al-Monitor that he wants to look at “all the facts” as the House and Senate schedule hearings this month on Iran’s compliance with its nuclear obligations.

Hamas hands over two ministries to unity government in Gaza
Al-Akhbar News 4 Jun 2014 – Hamas handed control of two government ministries in Gaza to members of the new Palestinian unity government on Wednesday, a further sign of reconciliation between the rival factions after the collapse of peace talks with Israel. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas swore in the cabinet on…

Libya gunmen kill Swiss Red Cross worker
Al-Akhbar News 4 Jun 2014 – Gunmen killed a Swiss national working in Libya for the International Committee for the Red Cross when they intercepted his car in the city of Sirte on Wednesday, the Red Crescent said. “The ICRC’s head of mission in Misrata was killed today as he was carrying…

Suicide attacks, booby trapped corpse kill 20 in Iraq
Al-Akhbar News 4 Jun 2014 – A wave of attacks across Iraq, including twin car bombs, killed 20 people Wednesday as a year-long surge of violence showed no signs of let-up. Nearly 50 people were also wounded in the violence, which struck in and around Baghdad, as well as in Salaheddin and…

Iranian official says US, all countries have ‘duty’ to confront terror in Syria
Al-Monitor 4 Jun 2014 – In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Iran is “happy” with the Palestinian unity agreement and that, with regard to the next prime minister of Iraq, “whoever the Iraqis agree on will enjoy the full…

The ‘freedom gate’: Between Gaza and Egypt’s hospitals
Al-Akhbar News 4 Jun 2014 – A Palestinian man waits with his stuff near the gate of the Rafah border crossing on February 23, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Said Khatib) A Palestinian man waits with his stuff near the gate of the Rafah border crossing on February 23, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Said Khatib) Twenty-year-old Essam…

Libyan rebels fire rocket at Tripoli government headquarters
Al-Akhbar News 4 Jun 2014 – A rocket hit the Libyan government’s head offices, where new Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq was to hold a cabinet meeting, causing damage but no casualties, an official said Wednesday. The projectile struck the third floor of the building near central Tripoli overnight, and an aide told…

US State Secretary Kerry in Lebanon for lightning visit
Al-Akhbar News 4 Jun 2014 – US Secretary of State John Kerry gestures upon his arrival at Beirut International airport on June 4, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Mohamed Azakir) Updated at 6:35 pm: John Kerry arrived in Beirut on Wednesday, beginning a visit announced on short notice, the first by a US…

Lebanese University lecturers renew calls for contracts
Al-Akhbar News 4 Jun 2014 – Holding up banners that condemned politicians disregard and neglect, striking Lebanese University (LU) faculty and their student supporters gathered Wednesday morning outside the Dean s office near the capital to demand full-time contracts. In a statement carried by the National News Agency, a committee of faculty members…

Libya s political and security crises worsen
Al-Monitor 4 Jun 2014 – As disputes persist regarding the legitimacy of the Libyan parliament, the so-called Operation Dignity battles continue, aimed at eliminating Islamist groups in the country.

Syria-linked Brussels shooter raises fears of ‘lone wolf’ jihadists
Al-Monitor 4 Jun 2014 – As the danger of returnees from Syrian jihad to their countries of origin threatens Europe, lone wolves started to emerge and are executing attacks across countries, making it hard for security agencies to track them down.

Leaked video may signal cracks in Iranian leadership
Al-Monitor 4 Jun 2014 – Whether leaked by enemies of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) or the IRGC itself, the video revealing statements by the IRGC commander about preventing the election of Reformists in 2009 may reveal cracks in the regime s leadership.

Hifter supports role for Egyptian army in Libyan conflict
Al-Monitor 4 Jun 2014 – In an interview with Al-Masry Al-Youm, Khalifa Hifter said he would support the Egyptian army carrying out strikes against al-Qaeda-affiliated groups along the Egyptian-Libyan border, even if these strikes were in Libyan territory.

Fifa set to probe Qatar officials
BBC 4 Jun 2014 – Fifa are set to question Qatar officials after claims about the legality of the bidding process for the 2022 World Cup.

Turkey’s political divide worsens
Al-Monitor 4 Jun 2014 – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish opposition leaders trade accusations at their respective party meetings on June 3.

Guantanamo hunger striker files court petition for “civilized” force-feeding
Al-Akhbar News 4 Jun 2014 – This photo made during an escorted visit and reviewed by the US military shows an unidentified detainee walking at the exercise yard at “Camp 6” detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on April 08, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Mladen Antonov) A…

‘A prosperous isolation in Gaza’
Al-Akhbar News 4 Jun 2014 – Life in the Gaza Strip has been challenging over the past years especially for the ambitious young generation. Some of the Palestinian youth were able to cope with the siege imposed by the Israeli occupiers while others rejected it. Photographer Nidaa Badwan (1987) chose to protest…

Lebanese Government to push for privatization of public utilities with World Bank cover
Al-Akhbar Politics 4 Jun 2014 – World Bank President Jim Yong Kim at a meeting in Movenpick Hotel on June 3, 2014 in Lebanon. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) World Bank President Jim Yong Kim at a meeting in Movenpick Hotel on June 3, 2014 in Lebanon. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) On Tuesday, World Bank…

Assad s re-election may change regional equation
Al-Monitor 4 Jun 2014 – Many countries may accept Assad staying in power because their priority has moved to confronting the terrorist threat.

Kerry s Lebanon visit aimed at ensuring stability
Al-Akhbar Opinion 4 Jun 2014 – US Secretary of State John Kerry listens to Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh during a meeting in London on May 15, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Jacquelyn Martin) US Secretary of State John Kerry listens to Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh during a meeting in London on May 15,…

Is Ahmadinejad plotting a comeback?
Al-Monitor 4 Jun 2014 – The arrest of two of the former president’s advisers might be a warning that he should steer clear of a return to politics.

Turkey to close down police academies
Al-Monitor 4 Jun 2014 – The Erdogan government has decided to close down Turkey s police academies, which, it believes, have become the main stronghold of Gulenists.

Maliki s call for unity conference in Anbar may be too late
Al-Monitor 4 Jun 2014 – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki recently called for a conference to solve the Anbar crisis, which might be futile if the tribal and political differences are not settled first.

Iran’s supreme leader says US has given up on military attack
Al-Monitor 4 Jun 2014 – Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that the United States will not take military action against Iran and expressed hope for the eventual success of the Arab Spring.

US online courses open up to Iran
BBC 3 Jun 2014 – Online US universities can reach Iranian students

Al-Qaeda(s) in Syria: From foundation to fracture
Al-Akhbar Politics 3 Jun 2014 – A rebel fighter loads a rocket onto a home-made launcher in the eastern Syrian town of Deir Ezzor on February 16, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Ahmad Aboud) A rebel fighter loads a rocket onto a home-made launcher in the eastern Syrian town of Deir Ezzor on February 16,…

Articles


Israel and US: Common strategies to control political prisoners
Pam Bailey, Al Jazeera6/2/2014
Israeli and US treatment of political prisoners increasingly bear the same trademarks.
The Israeli and US governments are swapping playbooks in their determination to suppress resistance among those who already are among the most powerless.
The US military has been holding more than 100 men in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, without charge or trial since 2002 – a practice which has long been a hallmark of Israeli oppression of Palestinians. And now Israel appears poised to re-institute the practice of force-feeding – labelled torture by both the World Medical Association and the UN Human Rights Commission – which has been employed by the Americans running the Guantanamo facility since it first opened.
In both cases, the goal is to render these individuals invisible, by prohibiting one of the oldest tactics of nonviolent resistance – the hunger strike.
“Hunger strikes are very much about power,” says Fran Buntman, a professor of sociology at George Washington University and author of a book about Nelson Mandela and his imprisonment on Robben Island. “It’s the attempt of powerless people to exert some power over their circumstances, and governments don’t like people contesting their power. Part of the point of imprisoning people is to have control over their bodies, and the last thing the administration wants is for the detainees to take that power back.”
The American ‘gulag’: Guantanamo….more..e-mail

The Palestinian cause is priority, not Hamas or Fatah
Yassir Al Zaatara, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)6/3/2014
If we are to think with the same logic as Fatah, the Palestinian Authority or Hamas, then maybe we would be happy to celebrate the announcement of the new unity government. The president and minister of defence (who remain unchanged) are reportedly going to announce the rest of the ministers today. Yet, we are trying to think outside of the box, the status quo and the narratives that explain all the disastrous events that have occurred in the history of our national division. We cannot pretend everything was alright before mid-2007!
Personally, my main concern is the Palestinian cause, and there are many who share this view. The cause is far more important than Fatah, Hamas or the Palestinian Authority, all of which experience the occupation. The Palestinian Authority merely functions as an extension of the occupation as it caters to it by breathing from the same set of lungs. It has long been known that the Palestinian Authority cooperates with Israel on matters of security.
The Palestinian Authority and the occupation are inextricably linked in virtually every issue. Moreover, these officials get “VIP passes” to move around freely within all territories. What would grant someone such as Azzam Al-Ahmad permission to enter Gaza through the Beit Hanoun crossing if the Zionists were not okay with this? Fatah may have begun as a liberation movement but it is now nothing more than a political party that functions in the occupation’s shadow and Hamas lost its way after it entered the Oslo agreement. They are now forced to bear the burden of Gaza’s entire population after the military takeover, which seems to have been a trap. They were offered a sector in the West Bank as payback for this but they have managed to turn their political base into a means of resistance and have fought battles accordingly.
Bringing an end to the chaos affecting the occupation will not end by forming a reconciliatory government. To be clear, we also do not believe the propagandist lies that Benjamin Netanyahu is against the reconciliation because if he were truly against it then the United States would have also been against it and they would not have invited its head (Hamdallah) to go to the US for a meeting.more..e-mail

When lies sound truthful and murder is respectable
Ibrahim Hewitt, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)5/30/2014
The language used by politicians and the media colours and determines the way that we see things; it forms opinions. Thus, Western governments have refrained from calling the military takeover in Egypt a coup, from which we can deduce that “interests” are taking precedence over justice. Israel’s massive brute of a concrete wall is described routinely as a “barrier” and a “fence”, giving the impression that it is something innocuous, the likes of which we see around our own homes. And the biggest red-herring of them all, “terrorist”, is used to describe anyone opposing Western hegemony which itself employs terror tactics to enforce its “values” around the world.
The late Nelson Mandela was, of course, a “terrorist” in Western eyes until very late in the day; he was only taken off the US “terror watch” list in 2008, sixteen years after the fall of the apartheid regime in South Africa. Apartheid is a word that is prominent once again, being applied to Israel’s internal oppressive polices and brutal military occupation of Palestine. Pro-Israel lobbyists protest, of course, but use of the word is gaining ground, especially with veteran anti-apartheid campaigners weighing in on the side of justice for the Palestinians.
In Britain, the appointment of an ex-counterterrorism officer to investigate the so-called “Trojan Horse plot” to take over Birmingham schools is an attempt to use the “anti-extremism” narrative so beloved of politicians these days to take down Muslims who have been too successful in driving up educational standards. Even independent Muslim faith schools have been ensnared by Michael Gove’s ever-widening net as he seeks to settle old scores, using an Office of State to pursue an openly ideological agenda against “Islamism”, “extremism” and, tellingly, anti-Zionism.
Extremism has never been defined, of course, because it is one of those words which are all things to all people; it all depends on your starting point. The coalition government in Britain is usually described as being right of centre by those who claim the centre ground….more..e-mail

shoe shiners of Beirut
In Gaza: 4 Jun 2014 – Syrian youths in Beirut, displaced from Daraa, shine shoes to support their family I distorted the above photo because the boys were afraid Lebanese police would see it and arrest them for shoe-shining, which they said is prohibited here. Today I seem destined to write about the poverty of many Syrian refugees here in Lebanon. I ve of course been noticing it from the start, but today all my encounters were with refugees trying to earn a living or simply begging for aid. I realize that there are others on the streets who are like swindlers everywhere, feigning illness or pretending poverty. But Lebanon does have over 1 million documented refugees, and hundreds of thousands of undocumented, if not more. Walking down Hamra s main street you see the thin women with one or more kids on her lap, begging. Sometimes I see people stop and give money, most of the time…more

The Lost Voices of the Arab Revolutions
Palestine Chronicle: 4 Jun 2014 – By Ramzy Baroud The Arab uprisings were sparked and fuelled by the justified demands of impoverished, oppressed peoples. The world s media almost entirely missed this narrative Irrespective of how one feels about the direction taken by various Arab revolutions in the last three years, a few facts remain incontestable. Arab revolts began in the streets of poor, despairing Arab cities, and Arabs had every right to rebel considering the dismal state of affairs in which they live. Few disagree with these two notions. However, the quarrel, in part, is concerned with the cost-benefit analysis of some of these revolutions, Syria being the prime example. Is it worth destroying a country, several times over and victimising millions to achieve an uncertain democratic future? The cost for Egypt was high as well, although not as high in comparison to Syria. The conundrum that Egyptians have been forced to contend with is that…more

Pope s Unbalanced Neutrality in Holy Land
Palestine Chronicle: 4 Jun 2014 – By Nicola Nasser Pope Francis pilgrimage to the Holy Land last week proved to be an unbalanced impossible mission. The pontiff failed to strike a balance of neutrality between contradictory and irreconcilable binaries like divinity and earth, religion and politics, justice and injustice and military occupation and peace. Such neutrality is viewed by the laity of Christian believers, let alone Muslim ones, in the Holy Land as religiously, morally and politically unacceptable. The 77-year old head of the world s 1.2 billion Catholics is stepping into a religious and political minefield, Naim Ateek, the Anglican priest who founded the Palestinian liberation theology movement and runs the Sabeel Ecumenical Center in Jerusalem and Nazareth, was quoted as saying by Time on last May 24, the first day of the pope s pilgrimage. Ironically, the symbolic moral and spiritual power of the Holy See was down to earth in Pope Francis subservient adaptation to…more


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