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International Middle East Media Center

160 Settlers Storm al-Aqsa Mosque
IMEMC – This morning, 160 settlers under the protection of Israeli police marched through the courtyards of al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate. …

PCHR Gives Testimony Before UN Regarding Rights of Arabs in oPt
IMEMC – On Monday, 01 June 2014, Hamdi Shaqqura, Deputy Director for the Programs Affairs of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), gave his testimony before the UN Special Committee to Investigate the Israeli Practices Affecting the Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs in the 1967 Occupied Territories. Shaqqura gave his testimony via Skype as a result of preventing the Committee members from enter the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), in addition to the Israeli closure imposed on the Gaza Strip. The Israeli authorities refuse to officially receive the Committee and deny it access to the oPt. Therefore, the committee has worked over the past year in Cairo, Amman and Damascus. …

196 Palestinian Children Imprisoned by Israeli Military
IMEMC – A total of 196 Palestinian children were imprisoned and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system at the end of April, according to rights group Defence of Children International-Palestine (DCI-Palestine). This represents a decrease of 3 percent from March. …

Israel Begins Arrest Campaign Against Popular Resistance Activists
IMEMC – Yesterday, at 4:30 am, Popular Resistance activist Mahmoud Zwahre was again arrested by the Israeli army, at his house in Al Ma’asara, just southwest of Bethlehem. …

EU Donates ¨ 15.5 M. For May Salaries
IMEMC – [Thursday, June 5, 2014] The European Union granted the Palestinian Authority ¨ 15.5 Million for salaries and pensions for the months of May, to be transferred to more than 70.000 government employees, and pensioners, and for other basic expenses. …

Israel Approves 1500 Units In Illegal Settlements
IMEMC – The Israeli Housing Ministry is advancing plans meant for the construction of 1500 new units in illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, in a move described as a punishment to the Palestinian leadership for forming a unity government that includes Hamas . …

Ma’an News

Reports: Israel to build 1,500 more homes in settlements
6/5/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel has invited bids for 1,500 new homes in Jewish settlements in retaliation for a new Palestinian government which includes Hamas, reports said on Thursday. Of the new homes, 400 will be in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem with the rest elsewhere in the occupied West Bank, the online edition of Haaretz newspaper reported.”I congratulate the decision to give a…. Related:PLO to appeal to UN over Israel settlements

70 prisoners from Nafha sent to different jails
6/5/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Some 70 hunger-striking prisoners from Nafha prison were sent to several different jails recently in what they say is an attempt to isolate them from each other and the rest of the prisoners, the Prisoner’s Society told Ma’an. A lawyer with the advocacy group who visited the Nafha prison in Mitzpe Ramon in southern Israel on Thursday….

Israeli soldiers disperse Naksa protests across West Bank
6/5/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces injured at least four protesters as they dispersed hundreds of Palestinians taking part in rallies across the West Bank on Thursday to mark the 1967 war that led to the occupation of the region by Israel. Protests marking Naksa Day, meaning “setback” in Arabic, took place at the Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah as well as in the southern West….

Abbas seeks Egypt role in supervising reconciliation
6/5/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will seek to secure an Egyptian role in supervising reconciliation with Hamas in an upcoming trip to Cairo to attend President Abdul Fatah al-Sisi’s inauguration.”We need to discuss with the Egyptians the future role of Egypt in sponsoring the implementation of the reconciliation agreement,” Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad told Ma’an late Wednesday. Egypt….

PLO to appeal to UN over Israel settlements
6/5/2014 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — The PLO is to appeal to the UN Security Council over Israel’s settlement construction, after it invited tenders for another 1,500 settler homes, a senior official said Thursday.”The executive committee of the PLO views this latest escalation with the utmost of seriousness,” Hanan Ashrawi said in an English-language statement. The executive committee “will counter it by addressing both the United…. Related:Reports: Israel to build 1,500 more homes in settlementsandEU slams new Israeli settlement push

Clashes in Gaza as PA employees try to withdraw wages
6/5/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out in Gaza on Wednesday as PA civil servants attempted to withdraw their salaries from ATM machines in the coastal territory, officials said. PA security forces spokesman Adnan Dmeiri accused Hamas officers in Gaza of preventing PA civil servants from withdrawing their salaries.”Thugs and gangsters of Hamas are preventing civil servants from withdrawing their salaries. They are firing…. Related:Banking chaos in Gaza amid unity govt employee confusion

Banking chaos in Gaza amid unity govt employee confusion
6/5/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The union of public sector employees in Gaza on Thursday blamed the newly formed Palestinian unity government for banking chaos which started Wednesday and continued into Thursday in the coastal enclave. When Palestinian Authority government employees went to withdraw their monthly wages from banks on Wednesday, they were joined by government workers from the previous Hamas-affiliated government seeking their pay…. Related:Clashes in Gaza as PA employees try to withdraw wages

Israel army: 4 Palestinians detained overnight
6/5/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – Israeli forces raided Palestinian villages across the occupied West Bank early Thursday, carrying out at four arrests, a military official said. In Asira al-Shamaliyya village, north of Nablus, they detained a youth after raiding his house. Palestinian security forces told Ma’an that the Israeli forces raided the village and detained Hussein Muhammed Abu Daoud, 25, after they forcefully entered….

Red Cross visits hunger-strikers’ families
6/5/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The International Committee of the Red Cross has visited the families of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners to carry messages from their relatives, an official said Thursday. Abdul Fattah Khalil of the Bethlehem branch of the Prisoners Society said the Red Cross visited a number of hunger-striking prisoners’ families to comfort them and carry messages from the prisoners. Doctors and representatives of….

Analysis: Palestinian unity and Israeli arrogance
6/5/2014 – By Daoud Kuttab – Politicians the world over weigh their decision and statements on numerous levels: What will be their effect on the position, will they work and how will they affect the politicians’ long-term career. Israeli leaders, especially Premier Benjamin Netanyahu, do not appear to care about the consequences of their position, nor if it will work. Take his position on Iran, for example….

Portugal backs unity government
6/5/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The government of Portugal on Thursday signaled its support for the newly-formed Palestinian government of national unity, the latest government to do so as Israel struggles to convince other states to oppose the first unified administration in seven years.”Palestinian reconciliation is an important step towards the two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians,” the government said in a statement, highlighting that….

Jerusalem chosen as 2016 Islamic tourism capital
6/5/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has chosen Jerusalem as the capital of Islamic tourism for 2016, Palestinian officials said Thursday. Mahmoud Habbash, PA minister of religious affairs, said the decision is a step towards breaking Israel’s siege of the city’s Islamic and Christian holy sites. The fact that Israel tries to hide the Arab and Islamic identity….

Australia to stop referring to East Jerusalem as ‘occupied’
6/5/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO official Hanan Ashrawi on Thursday strongly criticized an announcement by the Australian government that it is to stop referring to East Jerusalem as occupied territory. Attorney-General George Brandis announced Thursday that describing East Jerusalem as occupied “is a term freighted with pejorative implications which is neither appropriate nor useful.” “It should not and will not be the practice of the….

Qatar stresses financial commitment to unity govt
6/5/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Thursday called Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in order the possibility of an upcoming visit to Qatar after the Qatari emir told him the country was committed to financially helping Palestine earlier in the day. Haniyeh spoke with Qatari Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani earlier on Thursday, and the leader said that the small Persian….

EU slams new Israeli settlement push
6/5/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The European Union expressed its “deep disappointment” on Thursday about Israel’s announcement of a new move to build around 1,500 homes in Jewish-only settlements across the occupied West Bank.”We call on the Israeli authorities to reverse this decision and to direct all their efforts towards an early resumption of the peace talks,” the EU said in a statement…. Related:Reports: Israel to build 1,500 more homes in settlements

Palestine national soccer team achieves highest-ever FIFA ranking
6/5/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian National Football team has jumped ahead 71 places in the FIFA World Rankings following a historic win and their first-ever qualification to the Asian Cup, reaching their highest-ever international ranking. Palestine jumped to the 94th place in the international rankings after moving up 270 points during their drive to reach clinch the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup, which pits….

2 children injured after falling from Beersheba building
6/5/2014 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — Two Israeli children were severely injured after falling from the third floor of a building in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba. Israeli medical sources told Ma’an that medical services received a call around 4. 15 p. m. on Thursday reporting the accident. Both children were said to be 5 years old, and suffered injuries in their heads. Local police are currently investigating the incident. [END]

Swiss Red Cross staffer slain in Libya
6/5/2014 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Gunmen killed a senior Swiss staffer of the Red Cross in Libya on Wednesday, hours after a rogue ex-general who has taken on the country’s jihadists was lightly wounded in a suicide bombing. The violence, which underscores the almost total lack of security in the North African state, followed an overnight rocket attack on the government’s offices in the….

Egypt prosecutors demand ‘maximum’ jail term for Jazeera reporters
6/5/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian prosecutors on Thursday demanded the “maximum” penalty, ranging from 15 to 25 years in jail, for all 20 defendants in the trial of Al-Jazeera journalists accused of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood. Australian journalist Peter Greste and two other detained reporters with Qatar-based Al-Jazeera English are among the accused, in a trial that has triggered international outrage amid growing fears of media….

AlJazeera

New Israeli settlement expansion condemned
AlJazeera 5 Jun 2014 – US ambassador to Israel opposed the move of constructing thousands of new homes in the occupied territories.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Condemns the Killing of Palestinian Woman on Ground of so-called Family Honor in Ramallah
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

No Jews allowed
6/5/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Hebron, Occupied Palestine – My plan for the morning was pretty simple, I wanted to enter the souq (market) and buy some bread for breakfast, and then walk home. That was it. As I made my way towards the souq entrance I was stopped by two Israeli border police officers and asked for my religion. This is not an unusual experience in this city, the military….

VIDEO: One month for schoolchildren in Hebron: stun grenades, tear gas, and detentions
6/5/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – KhalilTeam, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – For children in al-Khalil (Hebron), the journey to school can be filled withfear, fear of Israeli soldiers, of military weapons, detentions, and arrests. The violenceis all too real in this city, and it is unfortunately not an uncommon experience for children, some as young as four-years-old. International activists try to monitor the checkpoints the children are forced to pass through on….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: The Crises in Yarmouk Camp, 4 June 2014
Relief Web 5 Jun 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Our spokesperson Chris Gunness has the following to say on the situation in Yarmouk Camp “There was no UNRWA distribution…

occupied Palestinian territory: UN Special Committee concerned over deteriorating health of Palestinian detainees on mass hunger strike
Relief Web 5 Jun 2014 – Source: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory GENEVA / CAIRO (5 June 2014) The UN Special Committee* to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel in the West Bank: A 47-year-long temporary occupation
Relief Web 5 Jun 2014 – Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Country: occupied Palestinian territory At times the occupation seems to be a thing of the past. Women in labor detained at checkpoints for so long that they end up…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel unblocks plans for 1,800 settler homes: source
Relief Web 5 Jun 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 06/05/2014 13:28 GMT JERUSALEM, June 5, 2014 (AFP) – The Israeli government on Thursday ordered officials to move forward with plans for another 1,800 settler homes, just hours after issuing tenders for 1,500…

The National

Palestinians seek UN intervention as Israel s plans for 3,300 new settler homes
The National 5 Jun 2014 – ‘It is time to hold Israel accountable in front of international organisations,’ the Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat said.

Notion of choice is a fiction in Syria election
The National 5 Jun 2014 – ‘There is only one way to vote and that is for Assad, even a vote for the other men would be a vote for Assad,” said one resident as President Bashar Al Assad grabs nearly 90 per cent of the votes in Wednesday’s election, winning him another seven years in office.

Boko Haram s latest massacre leaves hundreds dead
The National 5 Jun 2014 – MAIDUGURI, Nigeria // Boko Haram militants dressed as soldiers slaughtered hundreds in three villages in northeastern Nigeria and the military failed to intervene even though it was warned that an attack was imminent. Some community leaders put the death toll in the attacks as high as 400 to 500, although there was no independent verification of the claim because of poor communications and difficulties by the emergency services in accessing the area.

India s monsoon season to arrive in 24 hours
The National 5 Jun 2014 – In a typical year, the monsoon begins on or around June 1 but government forecasters had forecast a five-day delay and below-average rainfall in this year s wet season.

Saudi Arabia to test camels for Mers
The National 5 Jun 2014 – There have been 691 confirmed cases of Mers, including 284 deaths, in Saudi Arabia since it was identified two years ago, and many scientists have said for months that camels are the most likely source of transmission from animals to humans.

Moncton on lockdown as police scour for shooter
The National 5 Jun 2014 – ‘Stay home, stay safe. If you cannot get home, seek out a friend or family and remain there until you are advised otherwise,’ said Moncton’s mayor.

ISIL chief poised to become world s most influential militant?
The National 5 Jun 2014 – Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi looks set to overtake Al Qaeda chief Ayman Al Zawahiri as he expands his influence in Syria, becoming arguably the most capable force fighting President Bashar Al Assad.

Video: TV airs Vietnam boat sinking drama
The National 5 Jun 2014 – Vietnam tv airs footage of a Vietnamese fishing boat sinking after it was hit by what it says was a Chinese vessel near disputed islands.

Bahrain jails Shiites for life over 2012 bombing
The National 5 Jun 2014 – Scores of Shiites were rounded up following a crackdown on protesters against the ruling Sunni dynasty in March 2011. Many have since been tried and jailed.

Israel reportedly unblocks plans for another 1,800 settler homes
The National 5 Jun 2014 – This brings to total 3,300 new settler homes that will be built.

Video: Queen Elizabeth delivers speech at state opening of parliament
The National 5 Jun 2014 – Queen Elizabeth II outlines the policy goals of Britain’s coalition government for its last year in power as she presides over the state opening of parliament for the 63rd time.

Video: D-Day veterans are honoured for their service
The National 5 Jun 2014 – In remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, veterans in France and the U.S. are honored for their brave service.

Video: Bieber makes more racial slurs, Rolling Stones in Jerusalem
The National 5 Jun 2014 – The day’s top showbiz news and headlines including another old video shows Justin Bieber making racial slurs, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts visit Jerusalem’s Western Wall, and Naomi Watts signs on to ‘Insurgent.’

Video: Assad declared landslide victor in Syrian election
The National 5 Jun 2014 – President Bashar al-Assad secures a landslide victory in a wartime election that is condemned as a sham by his opponents.

Video: Hundreds of children buried in mass grave
The National 5 Jun 2014 – Campaign underway for hundreds of children discovered in a mass grave in Ireland to be commemorated.

Pakistan high court orders police to charge ex-CIA station chief
The National 5 Jun 2014 – Kareem Khan, whose brother and teenage son were killed in a US drone strike, is pressing charges against the ex-CIA station chief.

India s Modi set to meet Obama in Washington in September: papers
The National 5 Jun 2014 – According to the Times of India and the Hindustan Times, Mr Modi has accepted an invitation from Mr Obama for two-way talks in Washington.

Canada manhunt as three police officers killed in rare shooting spree
The National 5 Jun 2014 – Three police officers were shot dead and two others injured in a rare case of gun violence in the east coast Canadian province of New Brunswick.

No hero s welcome for Bergdahl as hometown cancels welcome party
The National 5 Jun 2014 – Hailey Chamber of Commerce president Jane Drussel said the organisation had received hate mail and calls from people lambasting the town and branding Sgt Bergdahl un-American and a traitor.

Scotland s Muslim community, like the rest of the country, is divided over independence referendum
The National 5 Jun 2014 – As Scotland heads towards its landmark constitutional referendum, Scottish Muslims seem to be as divided as the rest of the nation on which way to vote.

Ha’aretz

The secret Jewish history of The Rolling Stones
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

The U.S. embrace of the Palestinian unity government
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

14-year-old boy charged with burying bomb in Bat Yam park
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

BDS case splits Australia’s pro-Israel lobby
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

IDF chief of staff reshuffling army brass
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

A Jerusalem haven for visitors from afar
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

UN panel urges Israel to stop jailing Palestinians without trial
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Israeli officials to EU: focus on Syria, not settlements
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Kiryat Gat woman in teen sex scandal fit to stand trial
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Blowing off world outrage, Netanyahu seeks new sanctions against Palestinian gov’t
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Bally buys Israel s Dragonplay for $100m
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

IN PICTURES: Normandy now and then
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

The geopolitics of getting an invite to al-Sissi inauguration
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

EU levels veiled threat of new sanctions over latest settlement expansion
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Obama, Cameron give Putin a month to meet Ukraine conditions, or face further sanctions
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

U.K. to host international meeting to tackle Boko Haram
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Obama says he make no apologies for Bergdahl prisoner swap
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Poll: Most Israeli Jews oppose unilateral actions in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Two siblings in critical condition after falling from 3rd floor window
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Grandmom arrested for kidnapping 2 grandchildren
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Tzipi Livni officiates at gay wedding, expresses regret that it’s only symbolic in Israel
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Israel advancing plans for 1,800 new settlement units – on top of tenders for 1,500 units
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Islamic Boko Haram militants slaughter hundreds in Nigeria
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

In policy shift, Australia declares East Jerusalem is not occupied
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Freed soldier’s hometown cancels rally amid anger over swap
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Fighting rages in eastern Ukraine town, residents flee
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Be grateful Obama is dialling down the hubris in U.S. foreign policy
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Israeli response to Palestinian unity cabinet: 1,500 new housing units in the settlements
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Preparing for a Hezbollah invasion, in shadow of Syria war
Ha’aretz – 5 Jun 2014

Netanyahu’s diplomatic meltdown on Palestinian unity
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

IDF court: Palestinian minors have right to see social worker before remand
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Israeli apartheid exposed at the airport
Ha’aretz – 4 Jun 2014

Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu to back law that would deny president power to commute sentences for terrorists
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – The law is aimed at preventing the large scale release of convicted Palestinian terrorists in the future.

EU calls for ‘reverse’ to settlement building plans
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – The European Union condemns building plans, calls for return to the negotiating table; Israel published tenders for 1,500 housing units in the West Bank, advancing plans for an additional 1,800 units Thursday.

iEngage: National law and Israel s Jewishness
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – Defining Israel as a Jewish state would be indeed be a defeat for the minority of leftists in Israel who wish to shed their Jewish and Israeli identity and base it on civil equality.

As I see it: Europe s more complicated problem
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – The way to nip the European neo-fascist movement in the bud is for Europe to become once again an alliance of self-governing nation-states.

Wanted: A woman president
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – Dalia Itzik symbolizes the spirit we need in the President s Residence. She is a champion of equality, concern and caring for all people of all strata and all sectors of society.

Greek minister: ‘Nazi’ Golden Dawn party should be banned
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – Most Golden Dawn supporters, however, are not Nazis [and] not anti-Semitic but are “frustrated” with current government, he says.

Z Street and the IRS
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – The Z Street case may be what forces the IRS to pull aside its carefully constructed curtain and reveal how it made decisions regarding organizations deemed out of step with the current US administration.

Parshat Beha alotcha: Who deserves a second chance?
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – The passion, the sincere desire, the positive attitude these are what merited the halacha of Pesach Sheni.

We never forgot Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – Whenever Jews remembered Jerusalem something good came of it. Whenever they forgot Jerusalem, bad things happen.

Indictment: Teenage boy plotted to blow up a man who hurt his older brother
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – Contrary to reports claiming the brother put the teen up to the crime, the indictment confirms that the boy himself initiated the attempted murder.

Candidates prepare for final stretch in presidential campaign
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – Rivlin, Ben-Eliezer and Itzik enlist second-round votes; Shas, Degel HaTorah undecided while Agudat Yisrael backs Rivlin.

Meretz MK: Int’l community thinks Netanyahu has lost his mind
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – Netanyahu’s actions are a provocation that goes against the United States than the Palestinians, says MK Meir Margalit.

Regional rabbinical court candidates disqualified due to family ties
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – The brother-in-law of Chief Rabbi David Lau and the son of Supreme Rabbinical Court judge Rabbi Tzion Boaron barred from court positions.

Sisi to be sworn in Sunday; ex-president Morsi calls on supporters to defy ‘coup’
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – UN’s Ban congratulates Sisi after election win and invites him to attend the UN General Assembly meeting in September.

American-Israeli entrepreneur teaches Israel, the world about DIY electric bikes
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – Micha Toll has created a colorful manual of more than 100 pages, to enable bikers to assemble the bikes at a low cost.

Israel: Iran’s cooperation with UN watchdog ‘unacceptably slow’
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – Iran hiding true nature of activities, says Israeli envoy; Israel accuses Iran of providing “false explanations” to UN nuclear probe.

New gay pride route in Tel Aviv irks excluded businesses
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – The Tel Aviv municipality expects 130,000 people to attend the week s events, including some 30,000 tourists.

Loved ones bid farewell to two 10 year old girls ‘taken in the prime of their lives’
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – Koral Sheri and Or Koren were found dead in a pool at a Savyon house on Tuesday.

NGO: Israel’s public transport failing to meet passenger needs
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – The organization 15 Minutes finds an unacceptable gap in Israel in favor of traveling by private car.

Tips on how to stay safe in the pool following deadly swimming accidents
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – The past month has been among the most deadly for swimming pool accidents, with the latest incident taking the lives of two 10-year-olds.

Australia will no longer refer to Jerusalem as ‘occupied’
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – “‘Occupied East Jerusalem’ is a term freighted with pejorative implications, which is neither appropriate nor useful,” says Australian FM.

Poll: Israelis oppose unilateral withdrawal from West Bank, split on annexation
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – TAU/IDI poll finds 49% of Israeli Jews and 72% of Israeli Arabs disagree with idea that Israel should annex areas important to it for settlement and security in the West Bank.

Study links circumcision, lower rates of prostate cancer
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – New Canadian study finds men who had been circumcised had lower rates of prostate cancer than those who had not.

Gaza civil servants scuffle in unity government salary dispute
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – Employees hired by Hamas did not receive their wages due to Fatah-Hamas deal; officials say they need to be vetted by a committee first.

Brussels Jewish museum suspect denies murder charges
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – Mehdi Nemmouche’s lawyer says his client should not be extradited to Belgium because nothing connects him to murders.

World Cup to be broadcast as planned despite IBA work dispute
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – Despite ructions between employees of the Israel Broadcasting Authority and Communications Ministry, matches to be relayed without disruption.

Tales and artifacts from the deep
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – The Titanic Exhibition comes to Tel Aviv.

Take a front seat
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – YouTube-friendly English folk-pop troubadour Passenger sells out Tel Aviv show.

Livni: Settlement building ‘diplomatic mistake,’ endangers Israel’s battle against Hamas
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2014 – Justice minister places blame on Bayit Yehudi for pressuring the government to publish tenders for thousands of new settler homes; says move “punishes the citizens of Israel, not Hamas.”

The Guardian

Annemarie Jacir: an auteur in exile
The Guardian 5 Jun 2014 – Palestinian film-maker Annemarie Jacir lives in Jordan and can see her homeland but cannot go there. Like the protagonist of her film, When I Saw You, she is an outsider with a clear view Annemarie Jacir…

Are these the first blooms of a ‘Palestinian summer’? | Ahmad Samih Khalidi
The Guardian 5 Jun 2014 – Hamas and Fatah, at the UN and in their unity government, are at last taking the initiative to determine their own destiny The new Palestinian “reconciliation” government is first and foremost a response to an overwhelming…

Israel to build 1,500 more homes in settlements
The Guardian 5 Jun 2014 – Housing minister says plan for units in West Bank and east Jerusalem is in response to new Palestinian unity government Israel’s housing ministry has announced new plans for almost 1,500 new settlement housing units in the…

Uruknet

Nouri al-Maliki bombs Falluja General Hospital
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 30, 2014 – Since January, Nouri al-Maliki has been committing War Crimes. He claims that terrorists are among those people in Falluja. Falluja is a populated city with many civilians. Nouri has been bombing it which is collective punishment…

“Bush s Fourth Term Continues”: Guantanamo, Torture, Secret Renditions; Indefinite Detention
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 30, 2014 – New drama rocks the Guantanamo military commissions. The potential release of the Senate Intelligence Committee s report on the CIA torture program could influence the commissions future and will bring previously unknown details about the torture…

Mahmoud Abbas: collaboration with Israeli army, secret police is “sacred”
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 30, 2014 – Mahmoud Abbas, the de facto leader of the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank, has told Israeli journalists and business people that his collaboration with Israeli occupation forces is “sacred” and would continue even if…

“We are the turning point”: UC Santa Cruz passes divestment
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – The student government at the University of California at Santa Cruz passed a divestment resolution early Wednesday morning. In a 22-14 vote, UC Santa Cruz has become the fifth University of California undergraduate campus out of…

Hunger strike is the only choice left for Palestinian prisoners
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 30, 2014 – Ahmed Rimawi was arrested at the age of 17. He has been in an Israeli prison for 1 year and 7 months- kept behind bars without charge and without trial. He is now the youngest of…

Syria News – May 29, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – By the end of Thursday the Coordination Committees were able to document 62 martyrs in Syria including : 6 Women, 4 Children and 5 martyrs under torture : 34 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 19 martyrs in Damascus…

Military Resistance 12E14 Lament
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – Miners of the Donetsk region stopped work yesterday, starting an all-out strike in protest against the Ukrainian army s continuing offensive and demanding an end to the “anti-terrorist operation” (ATO) in the region; several pits in…

Fortnight of bloodshed leaves two children dead, one paralyzed and others injured
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014-The fatal shootings of Nadeem Nawara, 17, and Mohammad Abu Daher, 16, that prompted widespread criticism of the Israeli military were followed by a fortnight of violence resulting in injuries to at least seven other children. Defense for…

New York Times and Obama s Afghanistan Draw Down: Selling the Never-Ending War on Terror
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – Mark Landler s “US Troops to Leave Afghanistan by End of 2016” was the lead story in the New York Times on Wednesday, May 28. Landler reports President Obama s decision to reduce troop levels from…

Lia Tarachansky s On the Side of the Road – Review
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 -On the Other Side of the Road, is a documentary with a cathartic difference about the Palestinian Nakba; the 1948 catastrophe of Israel s ethnic cleansing of over 500 Palestine villages and cities and the forced expulsion…

“We are the turning point”: UC Santa Cruz passes divestment
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 –

“My village was attacked and burned down”: a Nakba survivor speaks
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – Earlier this month The New York Times referred to the “destruction of Arab villages in battles that led to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.”The testimony of Ahmad al-Haj, however, exposes that paper…

Some important details: Ben Ehrenreich on the Nakba Day shootings
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – Last week I published a piece in the Los Angeles Review of Books about the killings of Nadim Nuwara and Mohammad Abu Thaher in Beitunia on May 15. In the aftermath of the boys deaths, Israeli…

Email Released by US Intelligence to Undermine Snowden s Claims About Going Through Channels-But Does It?
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – The Office of Director for National Intelligence has published an email between National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and the NSA s Office of General Counsel. The email exchange was reported by NBC News last night…

NBC News Confirms Attempt by Edward Snowden to Go Through Channels at NSA
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 -One major argument from critics of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been that he did not go through “proper channels” in government before taking documents on top secret surveillance programs and providing them to journalists. But, during…

Majority of Israelis support halting peace talks with Palestinians
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – Most Israelis support their government s decision to stop “peace talks” with the Palestinian Authority following Fatah s rapprochement with Hamas, a recent Peace Index poll conducted by the Israel Democratic Institute shows.68 per cent of…

Up to 80,000 Palestinians in Jerusalem without running water for three months
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – Israeli water utility company Hagihon has stopped the regular supply of running water to a number of Palestinian neighbourhoods in occupied East Jerusalem, according to a statement issued by Israeli human rights organisation B Tselem. The…

The rights dreams and possibilities in Palestine
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 -In the wake of the restoration of the concept of a Palestinian reconciliation including the combination of Hamas and Fatah fighters and the start of the formation of true unity over mutual goals, a frightening truth emerged…

Four Palestinian 12-14 years old girls detained after settlers accused them of stealing cherries (Video)
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – n May 27th, four Palestinian 12-14 years old girls from the South Hebron hills villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed were arrested by the Israeli police on the charge of theft of cherries in a…

Iraqis epidemic of mental illness
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – According to statistics from Doctors Without Borders and the World Health Organization, Iraq has become home to psychological illnesses that are getting worse due to the escalation of unresolved security and political issues. However, there are…

Chilcot inquiry accused of whitewash over letters between Blair and Bush
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 -The Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war has been accused of allowing a whitewash after it struck a deal with ministers to publish the gist of letters between Tony Blair and George Bush but not the full…

Assad Expels Aid Groups as Syria Starves
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 -As the humanitarian situation inside Syria grows ever more desperate, a prominent NGO reveals that the government has banned it from Damascus in retaliation for giving food and water to rebel-controlled areas.The aid situation in Syria-which has…

Immigrants Face Indefinite Detention in Greece
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – The evolution of immigration and border control policy in Greece and its interdependence with European funding suggests an agenda which has been decided above national legislatures with strong coordination between European political actors and economic interests,…

The Iranian connection
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014 – The consensus among various opposition groups in Syria is that Syria s real strongman is no longer the country s president, Bashar Al-Assad, but Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Al-Quds Force, an offshoot of the Islamic…

Afghanistan: Permanent US Occupation Planned
Uruknet 5 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014-America came to stay. Obama saying “(w)e will bring America s longest war to a responsible end” is false. It s his latest Big Lie.His Monday statement included many others. “The United States did not seek this fight,”…

Obama Seeks to More Heavily Censor Drone Killing Memo Justice Dept Ditches Previous Promise to Comply With Court Order
Uruknet 4 Jun 2014 – May 29, 2014- During last week s confirmation votes on David Barron, the Justice Department was promising to comply with a court order to release a partially redacted version of the Barron Memo, which offers the administration s legal justification…

Daily Star

Libyan coastguard detains 114 African migrants in packed boat
Daily Star 5 Jun 2014 Libya’s coastguard detained 114 African migrants in a packed boat headed for Europe on Thursday, officials said.

Libya’s intel chief resigns over power struggle
Daily Star 5 Jun 2014 A Libyan lawmaker says the country’s intelligence chief has resigned amid an intensifying power struggle between the Islamist-dominated parliament and a rival, interim government.

Terrorism and refugees main obstacles facing Lebanon: Bassil
Daily Star 5 Jun 2014 Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil said Thursday that the main obstacles hindering Lebanon s progress were terrorism and the Syrian refugee crises

EU urges Israel to ‘reverse’ plans for new settlements
Daily Star 5 Jun 2014 The European Union said Thursday it was “deeply disappointed” after Israel unveiled plans to build another 3,200 settler homes, and called for the decision to be reversed.

Obama makes ‘no apologies’ for Taliban hostage deal
Daily Star 5 Jun 2014 President Barack Obama vehemently refused to apologise Thursday for doing a prisoner trade with the Taliban to free a US soldier, despite a fierce political storm over the deal in Washington.

Israel huge new settlement push raises Palestinian ire
Daily Star 5 Jun 2014 Israel unveiled plans for 3,200 settler homes Thursday in retaliation for the formation of a Palestinian unity government backed by Hamas and the international community, raising the Palestinians’ ire.

G7 tightens defenses against Syria’s foreign fighters
Daily Star 5 Jun 2014 Leaders of the Group of Seven industrialised nations decided Thursday to tighten defenses against the risk of terror attacks by European jihadists returning from the Syrian front.

STL confirms June 18 resumption of trial
Daily Star 5 Jun 2014 The Special Tribunal for Lebanon s appeals chamber confirms June 18 as the date for the resumption of the trial of five Hezbollah suspects accused of involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Austria: Imam alleged to recruit Islamic fighters
Daily Star 5 Jun 2014 An Islamic preacher has been arrested on suspicion of recruiting young Chechens living in Austria to fight for Islam in Syria.

YNet News

FIFA confident ahead of World Cup despite problems
YNet News, 5 Jun 2014 – ….

June 5, 1967 is still with us
YNet News, 5 Jun 2014 – Op-ed: Six-Day War created a problem which has not been solved for 47 years and will likely not be solved any time soon. ….

Gush Katif evacuees still struggle to create new home
YNet News, 5 Jun 2014 – Almost nine years after Ariel Sharon led Israel’s ‘disengagement’ from the Gaza Strip, the former settlers are still working to find their sense of home and overcome red tape. ….

New UAV gives ground troops reconnaissance capabilities
YNet News, 5 Jun 2014 – The ‘Club’ from Rafael provides pictures of enemy positions while navigating through complex arenas of battle. ….

IN PICTURES: D-Day revisited
YNet News, 5 Jun 2014 – In honor of 70th anniversary for D-Day, Getty Images created mesmerizing then-and-now pictures of historic beach, layering old pictures of the battlefield on top of their tranquil location today. ….

On victories and defeats: Tales from Israel’s naval commando chiefs
YNet News, 5 Jun 2014 – Six former Shayetet 13 commanders talk about everything from the Gaza flotilla operation to stopping Arafat’s boat, and even the disaster that befell the unit in Lebanon in 1997. ….

EU urges Israel to backtrack decision to build additional settlements
YNet News, 5 Jun 2014 – ….

Libya’s intel chief resigns over power struggle
YNet News, 5 Jun 2014 – ….

EU urges Israel to backtrack on decision to build additional settlements
YNet News, 5 Jun 2014 – PLO vows to petition UN Security Council on Israel’s announcement of close to 1,500 additional settlement units, as EU express ‘disappointment.’ ….

Obama, Cameron set new Russia sanctions deadline
YNet News, 5 Jun 2014 – ….

Three arrested in Jerusalem at Naksa Day protest
YNet News, 5 Jun 2014 – ….

Neo-Nazi arrested after gun-fight with SWAT in Florida
YNet News, 5 Jun 2014 – Suspect capitulates in fight at home where police find stockpile of weapons and neo-Nazi paraphernalia. ….

Australia: East Jerusalem not ‘occupied’ by Israel
YNet News, 5 Jun 2014 – ‘The description of East Jerusalem as ‘occupied’ is a term freighted with pejorative implications which is neither appropriate nor useful,’ says Australia’s attorney general. ….

The courage to tell, the need to listen
YNet News, 5 Jun 2014 – Op-ed: Soldiers sharing their testimonies about what goes on in Judea and Samaria aim to fix Israeli society’s flaws. ….

Gay haredim lead double life, survey shows
YNet News, 5 Jun 2014 – Two-thirds of ultra-Orthodox homosexuals have chosen to marry women despite their sexual inclination, figures released by HOD organization reveal. Nearly half of them admit they cheat on their wives with other men at least once a month. ….

Suspect in Jewish museum shooting refuses extradition to Belgium
YNet News, 4 Jun 2014 – Repeat-offender Mehdi Nemmouche held under anti-terror laws tells court he prefers facing trial in France. ….

Jewish Democrats begin Clinton Campaign
YNet News, 4 Jun 2014 – Former Secretary of State has yet to announce campaign for presidency, but ‘American Jews Ready for Hillary’ already begin fundraising. ….

Erdogan’s tightening grip on Turkey
YNet News, 4 Jun 2014 – Turkish officials: prime minister expected to win 2015 presidential elections and expand powers. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Unity government may not be perfect, but it is good news for Palestine
PIC – Very few Palestinians expect the new unity government in Ramallah, composed of technocrats unaffiliated with any political faction, to liberate Palestine from the shackles of Zionism.

Global March to Jerusalem to kick off in Tunisia tomorrow
PIC – The global alliance for the support of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Palestine in Tunisia has finalized its preparations for the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) to kick off on Friday.

Abu Sabha: No information yet about the opening of Rafah crossing regularly
PIC – The authority of crossings and borders in Gaza said it has no official information about the opening of the Rafah border crossing on a regular basis so far.

Upsurge in IOF attacks on Palestinian protesters, arbitrary arrest campaigns
PIC – Sweeping raid-campaigns were launched by the Israeli Occupation Forces in Jenin and al-Khalil at dawn Thursday. Around 7 Palestinian civilians, including two children, were arrested.

Hamas calls for preparing for the liberation battle of Palestine
PIC – Hamas called on the Arab and Islamic nation to prepare for the liberation battle of Palestine, stressing that the nation’s defeat in June 1967 does not mean a total surrender before the occupation.

Government employees from Hamas close banks in protest at discrimination
PIC – The unity government’s decision to pay only the salaries of Gazan civil servants who worked for the former government in Ramallah raised the ire of those hired by the previous government in Gaza.

Jordan, Abbas slam Israeli desecration schemes, military deployment in al-Aqsa
PIC – The Jordanian authorities and the PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas have slammed the heavy deployment of the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and police inside of holy al-Aqsa yards.

Scores of Jewish settlers defile Aqsa Mosque under police protection
PIC – More than 160 Jewish settlers, including university students, on Thursday morning desecrated the Aqsa Mosque under tight police guard and toured its main courtyard.

Atabish on 98th day of hunger strike
PIC – Palestinian detainee Ayman Atabish has been without food for 98 consecutive days demanding his immediate release.

WAFA

EU Deeply Disappointed by Tenders for New Housing Units in Israeli Settlements
WAFA – 5 Jun 2014

Elders Urge International Support for Interim Palestinian Government
WAFA – 5 Jun 2014

Erdogan Congratulates Abbas on Formation of New Government
WAFA – 5 Jun 2014

Overall Quantity of Industrial Production Index Down in April
WAFA – 5 Jun 2014

Erekat: ‘Israel Approves Thousands of New Settlement Units Because International Community has not Moved Forcefully Enou…
WAFA – 5 Jun 2014

Israel Announces Tenders to Construct 1,500 Settlement Units, Presidency Strongly Condemns
WAFA – 5 Jun 2014

Israel Supreme Court must Overturn Absurd Travel Ban on Nuclear Whistle-blower
WAFA – 5 Jun 2014

International Conference to be Held in Budapest in Support of Palestinian Prisoners
WAFA – 5 Jun 2014

EU contributes ¨ 15.5 million to PA’s May’s Salaries’ and Pensions’ Payments
WAFA – 5 Jun 2014

Misc

In Brazen Strike, Sunni Militants Storm Central Iraqi City
New York Times 5 Jun 2014 – The offensive provided the latest evidence of the militants strength in Iraq, six months after hard-line Islamist fighters seized the western city of Falluja.

Top Dutch Aerospace Firm Settles Sanctions Violations
New York Times 5 Jun 2014 – Fokker Technologies had been accused of more than 1,150 violations of American sanctions on Iran and Sudan through the illicit sale of aircraft parts.

Open Source: Al Jazeera Journalists Speak From Behind Bars in Cairo
New York Times 5 Jun 2014 – An Australian correspondent and an Egyptian producer for the Qatari network called the charges against them an indictment of routine journalism.

Concern for Health of Bowe Bergdahl Drove Prisoner Exchange
New York Times 5 Jun 2014 – An Obama administration divided over a prisoner swap that would free five Taliban commanders swept those issues aside in the rush to secure Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

New Israeli Settlement Plans Draw Swift Condemnation
New York Times 5 Jun 2014 – Israel said the proposal for about 1,500 units was a response to the creation of a unity Palestinian government.

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Don t Annex the West Bank
New York Times 5 Jun 2014 – A fringe idea is becoming politically kosher in Israel, and it could be disastrous for the country s future.

Listening Post: Hamas Looms Over Latest Israel-U.S. Dispute
New York Times 4 Jun 2014 – The dispute was over the announcement this week that the United States would work with a new Palestinian government that emerged from reconciliation talks with Hamas.

U.N. Official Urges Syria to Finish Chemical Arms Disposal
New York Times 4 Jun 2014 – Sigrid Kaag, the official overseeing the destruction of the weapons, said it was very, very critical to remove the final 7.2 percent of the arsenal.

Behind P.O.W. s Release: Urgency and Opportunity
New York Times 4 Jun 2014 – An Obama administration divided over a prisoner swap that would free five Taliban commanders swept those issues aside in the rush to secure Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Scholars Bid to Criticize Israel s Actions Is Rejected
New York Times 4 Jun 2014 – Most members of the Modern Language Association declined to vote on a measure asking the State Department to pressure Israel not to erect obstacles to Americans teaching at Palestinian universities.

Mossad Warns Hezbollah It Knows Who Killed Israeli Agents in Brussels
Tikun Olam – Mossad s social media counter-terror psyops This is so cloak and dagger it might as well come from a Hollywood thriller. The Mossad has established a Twitter account and website devoted to exposing Hezbollah personnel and units engaged in acts of terror and drug-dealing. The site purports…

Video: CBS This Morning runs hard hitting spot on boycott of Israel
Mondoweiss – CBS This Morning ran a short but relatively informative segment on the boycott against Israel today.

No Jews allowed
Mondoweiss – Shuhada Street in Hebron/al-Khalil (Photo:gettingoffthearmchair.wordpress.com) My plan for the morning was pretty simple, I wanted to enter the souq (market) and buy some bread for breakfast, and then walk home. That was it. As I made my way towards the souq entrance I was stopped…

Head of Canada s Israel lobby claims Israeli Apartheid Week renamed Islam Awareness Week
Mondoweiss – Shimon Fogel, the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) the primary Israel lobby group that falsely claims to represent Canada s diverse Jewish communities recently claimed in an article in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin that Israeli Apartheid Week has been respectfully…

New testimonies from Palestinian children tortured by Israeli authorities
Mondoweiss – Yesterday, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel (Adalah), released a press release titled Adalah to Attorney General: Shocking testimonies from Palestinian children who were tortured during arrest and interrogation. The byline of the release serves as a chilling introduction to a recent investigation s…

Librarians and Archivists with Palestine launches solidarity effort
Mondoweiss – Librarians and Archivists to Palestine has relaunched itself under the name Librarians and Archivists WITH Palestine (LAP). No longer a visiting delegation, the group is committed to solidarity in support of Palestinian libraries and archives.

Another pro-Israel student leader offers himself as advocate for the Palestinian people (shirtless)
Mondoweiss – Raphael Fils, on his twitter feed The Israel lobby is surely entering its decadent phase. The rightwing lobby has been losing young Jews to liberal causes, and its latest effort to revive its nationalist efforts is a campus group with a happy name, JUMP, Justice and…

Human Rights Groups Accuse NBC of Deceit About DIG Filming Locations in Occupied East Jerusalem
Jewish Voice for Peace – As Palestinians mark 47 years of Israel s military occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, human rights groups are accusing NBC of complicity in Israel s violations of international law and human rights by filming its new series DIG in occupied East…

Human rights groups accuse NBC of deceit about DIG filming locations in occupied East Jerusalem
Mondoweiss – Press Release : NBC Logo Washington, DC – As Palestinians mark 47 years of Israel s military occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, human rights groups are accusing NBC of complicity in Israel s violations of international law and human rights by filming…

Israel announces major escalation in settlement expansion (Update)
Mondoweiss – Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Photo: Reuters) Israel is using the pretense of Palestine s new unity government to do what it always does, steal more Palestinian land and expand the Jewish only settlements. Predictably, they re framing this next expansion project as part of the reaction…

Let s Get Cooking: The summer Mondoweiss fundraising drive
Mondoweiss – We depend on readers for support, and again and again you have come through. Well, now it s timefor our summer fundraiser. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to keep the site going, and to keep changing the American view of the conflict. Please help us…

BDS and the Future of Israel-Palestine Panel Discussion
Tikun Olam – Last week, the organized Jewish community hosted a very unfunny roast of BDS entitled, Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Campaign Against Israel: Bad for Jews in Seattle and Beyond . It was a full house as Ari Shavit and a Detroit African-American pastor who d been hosted on multiple…

Congressional Briefing: Examining Israel’s discrimination against U.S. Citizens
US Campaign to End the Occupation 5 Jun 2014 – O n May 21, 2014, the US Campaign and a diverse group of organizations held a congressional briefing to raise awareness about Israel’s discriminatio n against U.S. citizens. Below are the testimonies from the briefing. Yousef Munayyer – Part 1 Sandra Tamari – Part 2 Donna…

BDS lays the basis for a true peace process
Sabbah report 5 Jun 2014 – No peace without the presence of justice. BDS, embodies this self-evident principle. Continue reading í! The post: BDS lays the basis for a true peace process appeared first on Sabbah Report ß Sign up for our FREE newsletter ß

ISIS ‘kills 7 children’ in Syria
BBC 5 Jun 2014 – Seven children were among 15 civilians summarily killed by jihadist rebels in a feud with Kurds in the north, Amnesty International says.

Gaza civil servants clash over pay
BBC 5 Jun 2014 – Scuffles have broken out between Palestinian civil servants in the Gaza Strip after those linked to Hamas found out they had not been paid.

Egypt brings in new sex assault laws
BBC 5 Jun 2014 – Egypt introduces tough new punishments for sexual harassment in a effort to crack down on the worsening problem.

Will Argentina Recall Jewish Center Bombing Victims at World Cup Match With Iran?
The Foward Breaking News 5 Jun 2014 – The World Jewish Congress called on the FIFA world soccer association to hold a tribute to the victims of the AMIA Jewish center terrorist attack before a match between Argentina and Iran at the World Cup in Brazil. Click here for the rest of the article……

U.S. Sticks to Alan Gross Prisoner Swap Ban Despite Bowe Bergdahl Release
The Foward Breaking News 5 Jun 2014 – The United States has not changed its stance on trading Cuban prisoners for Jewish U.S. aid worker Alan Gross, despite a recent prisoner swap. Click here for the rest of the article…

Santa Cruz Students Back Israel ‘Occupation’ Divestment by 22-14 Vote
The Foward Breaking News 5 Jun 2014 – The University of California, Santa Cruz student government passed a resolution calling for divestment from companies involved in alleged human rights abuses against Palestinians in the West Bank. Click here for the rest of the article…

Modern Language Association Anti-Israel Measure Falls Short
The Foward Breaking News 5 Jun 2014 – Members of the Modern Language Association failed to pass a resolution critical of Israel for denying academics entry to the West Bank. Click here for the rest of the article…

Telling the Accidental and Sensational Story of How Israel Spies on America
The Forward New 5 Jun 2014 – A bombshell book details Israeli spying on America, including shocking wiretaps of President Clinton. Even more amazing? Author Ahron Bregman was chasing a whole different story. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Qatar ‘will deliver’ World Cup
BBC 5 Jun 2014 – Qatar officials have told the BBC they will do everything in their power to keep the 2022 Football World Cup.

Iraq troops ‘repel Samarra attack’
BBC 5 Jun 2014 – Iraqi security forces have repelled a large-scale attack on the central city of Samarra, killing dozens of militants, officials say.

Defense bill sparks concerns about US counterterrorism strategy
Al-Monitor 5 Jun 2014 – New Senate legislation, coupled with the Obama administration’s push for more Middle East partnerships, have activists worried about US support to controversial allies.

Kuwait confirms five year jail term for activist who criticized emir on Twitter
Al-Akhbar News 5 Jun 2014 – Kuwait’s appeals court Thursday confirmed a five-year jail term for an online rights activist convicted of criticizing the emirate’s ruler on Twitter. The court also confirmed a deportation order against Abdullah Fairouz Abdullah Abd al-Kareem, 30, despite the fact that he is entitled to Kuwaiti nationality….

Egyptian prosecutors demand “maximum” penalty against Jazeera journalists
Al-Akhbar News 5 Jun 2014 – Egyptian prosecutors on Thursday demanded the “maximum” penalty, ranging from 15 to 25 years in jail, for all 20 defendants in the trial of Al Jazeera journalists accused of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood. Australian journalist Peter Greste and two other detained reporters with Qatar-based Al…

Jihadists shoot dead Syrian boy in eastern Lebanon
Al-Akhbar News 5 Jun 2014 – Syrian jihadists executed a 14-year-old Syrian boy in a Lebanese border town, state media and reports said. The National News Agency said that members of Al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s official proxy in Syria, killed Khaled Mustafa in the eastern town of Wadi Hamid, near Ersal. Private news…

The fight against fundamentalist recruitment of Palestinian youth in Ain al-Hilweh
Al-Akhbar News 5 Jun 2014 – Children playing in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp near the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Children playing in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp near the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Vulnerable, impoverished, socially excluded, politically marginalized, and without hope for…

AUB president resigns: sources
Al-Akhbar News 5 Jun 2014 – The controversial president of one of the Middle East s most prestigious universities has resigned, sources told Al-Akhbar Thursday. Peter Dorman, president of the American University of Beirut (AUB), submitted his resignation to the Board of Trustees earlier this week. The board accepted the resignation, one source…

Obama administration takes the heat for alleged Hamas channel
Al-Monitor 5 Jun 2014 – The Obama administration is denying a BuzzFeed report of a back channel to Hamas while also resisting pressure from Congress to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority after the unity agreement.

Settlement expansion threatens to distract from Palestinian unity
Al-Monitor 5 Jun 2014 – Israel s reaction to the Palestinian reconciliation, threatening to expand the settlements, is an attempt to disrupt the new unity government s plan to establish itself as a unified state under occupation.

Hamas asks PA to pay Gaza government salaries
Al-Akhbar News 5 Jun 2014 – Hamas demanded Thursday that the Palestinian Authority take employees of the disbanded Gaza government onto its payroll, after scuffles broke out at banks in the Palestinian territory overnight. The dispute was the first hitch for a unity government sworn in on Monday under a reconciliation deal…

New details shed light on the Aleppo Prison siege
Al-Akhbar News 5 Jun 2014 – A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on May 22, 2014 shows the entrance to the Aleppo prison after Syria’s army broke a siege of the prison, cutting off a major rebel supply route in the main northern city of Aleppo. (…

Israeli doctors denounce bill to force feed Palestinian prisoners
Al-Akhbar News 5 Jun 2014 – A Palestinian man lies under a tent in front of the Red Crescent offices in Gaza City on June 2, 2014 after he stopped eating in solidarity with 125 prisoners on long-term hunger strike in Israeli jails. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Abed) A Palestinian man lies…

Separation
Al-Akhbar Blogs 5 Jun 2014 – I. We ve spent our entire lives clutching passports and saving ticket stubs so that when we wake up and we find ourselves far from your embrace we have enough evidence to hush the howling wounds that try with all of their might to convince us that…

STL to appoint defense counsel to Al-Akhbar despite chief’s objections
Al-Akhbar News 5 Jun 2014 – An international court that has charged Al-Akhbar and its editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Amin with contempt and obstruction of justice over the publication of a secret witness list will appoint a counsel to defend the accused against Amin’s wishes. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), ostensibly set up…

Exclusive: Abu Zaida talks on his removal from Fatah
Al-Monitor 5 Jun 2014 – In an interview with Al-Monitor, Sufian Abu Zaida, expelled from Fatah, defines Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as a “dictator,” while criticizing Israel’s objection to the unity government, saying it offers Israel both security cooperation and recognition.

The tears of Lady Macbeth
Al-Akhbar Opinion 5 Jun 2014 – Statue of Lady Macbeth in Stratford-upon-Avon taken on February 24, 2014. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons-Franziska) Statue of Lady Macbeth in Stratford-upon-Avon taken on February 24, 2014. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons-Franziska) The official position we have been hearing from Western governments regarding the presidential elections in Syria…

Attack on Yemen checkpoint kills 14
BBC 5 Jun 2014 – Fourteen soldiers and tribesmen have been killed in an attack by suspected al-Qaeda militants on an army checkpoint in southern Yemen, officials say.

Gaza unemployment pushes some to sneak into Israel
Al-Akhbar Politics 5 Jun 2014 – Baker works by hand in Gaza on November 13, 2013 (Photo: Anadolu Ajansi-Bilal Khalid) Baker works by hand in Gaza on November 13, 2013 (Photo: Anadolu Ajansi-Bilal Khalid) Despair pushes young people from Gaza to the border with the occupied territories (Israel) in search for work….

Hamas sees Russia visit as means to end regional isolation
Al-Monitor 5 Jun 2014 – Hamas political bureau leader Khaled Meshaal will visit Moscow in the coming weeks, where he is expected to ask Russia to help restore Hamas’ ties with Iran and to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to soften his opposition to the Islamist movement.

Allegations of racism surface in Israel s ultra-Orthodox schools
Al-Monitor 5 Jun 2014 – Despite rulings by the Supreme Court and ministerial guidelines, the Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox establishment keeps rejecting Sephardic female students, wishing to maintain their separate education system, neighborhoods and marriages.

Turkey s intra-Islamic witch hunt
Al-Monitor 5 Jun 2014 – The deeper lesson from the Erdogan-Gulen war is that even “good Muslims” do not fare well when dominating an authoritarian state.

Obama administration gets it wrong on Hamas
Al-Monitor 5 Jun 2014 – The recent call by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to protect al-Aqsa Mosque might inflame an already volatile situation around the unity government, which the United States should refuse to recognize.

Economy should be a priority for Sisi
Al-Monitor 5 Jun 2014 – Egypt’s economy has been deteriorating for years, which is why the new government must find adequate solutions to improve the situation as soon as possible.

Rouhani accused of trying to separate religion, administration
Al-Monitor 5 Jun 2014 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani continues to be criticized for saying that the administration should leave religious direction in the hands of experts and the clergy.

Could Moldova’s Gagauzia repeat Crimea scenario?
Al-Monitor 5 Jun 2014 – Amid talk of secession, the president of the autonomous Gagauzia region in Moldova, Mihail Formuzal, said that his people prefer to maintain their current status, but if Chisinau signs agreements with the EU and NATO, they may be forced to secede for economic reasons.

Hifter campaign reveals power of Libyan Islamist militias
Al-Monitor 5 Jun 2014 – Khalifa Hifter’s war against Islamist militias in Libya has revealed to the world how powerful these Islamist militias really are.

Should Facebook keep money from pro-Assad ads?
BBC 4 Jun 2014 – Should Facebook keep money from pro-Assad ads?

The ‘freedom gate’: Between Gaza and Egypt’s hospitals
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Articles


Public reading of soldier testimonies to be held in Tel Aviv on anniversary of occupation
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine6/5/2014
Avner Gvaryahu, spokesperson for the anti-occupation group Breaking the Silence: We want as many public figures as possible to assume responsibility, in broad daylight, for the kind of stories every soldier knows to tell.
Breaking the Silence, an organization made up of ex-IDF soldiers that seeks to expose the reality of the occupation, is organizing a public reading of soldier testimonies from the West Bank and Gaza in central Tel Aviv s Habima Square. The event will mark the 10 year anniversary of the organization, which has taken a leading role in documenting Israel s control over the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
The Israeli public and the media are not willing to hear about what is taking place in the occupied territories, says Avner Gvaryahu, an ex-IDF paratrooper who has been with BTS since 2007. The story surrounding [the killing of two Palestinian teens in] Beitunia proved that. If this wasn t caught on tape, the story wouldn t have made headlines. The public s reflex is to remove any responsibility from us. Nobody denies that two teens were killed, and yet this fact is not debated, and nobody needs to account for it.
There is a better chance that we will hear about Britain s Royal Family or what Obama wore today [in the media] than about a whole people whose future, present and past are linked to us. Our testimonies reflect a reality that is missing from the public debate. It s not about a right-wing or left-wing media people simply don t want to discuss the occupation.
The public reading will take place on Friday, June 6th and will last for ten hours, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Among the dozens confirmed to participate are prominent academics, journalists, authors, actors, NGO workers, activists, ex-soldiers and politicians. Some of the more well-known participants are author Amos Oz and head of the leftist Meretz party, Zehava Gal-On. Journalist Amira Hass of Haarez will also read, as will +972 s Yossi Gurvitz….more..e-mail

Netanyahu is Running Out of Excuses
Cesar Chelala, CounterPunch6/4/2014
Narrow-Minded and Outdated
The formation of a new unity government between Fatah and Hamas, although strongly resisted by the Israeli government leadership, may offer some hope for eventually leading to renewed peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel s government. For Mr. Netanyahu to resist this union is a futile exercise that may contribute to Israel s international isolation.
Netanyahu couldn t hide his displeasure at the agreement between Fatah and Hamas. Today, Abu Mazen [as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is called] said yes to terrorism and no to peace, said Netanyahu. Israel s Economy Minister Naftali Bennett was even more aggressive saying, The government of terrorists in suits established by Fatah and Hamas, the very same organization that in its charter has horrific sentences such as calling for killing the Jews who are hiding behind trees and stones, is an illegitimate government.
Although this statement is certainly indefensible, so are similar statements made by leading Israeli officials regarding the Palestinians. They are no reason, in themselves, to refuse to recognize the new Palestinian government or to maintain contact with it. Urging Israel to go from defense to offense Bennett urged the annexation of settlement blocs in the West Bank.
The actions proposed by Bennett have been strongly condemned by important Israeli figures. In the meantime, the number of settlements in the West Bank grew threefold and fourfold, and the brutality of the occupation increased to the point where soldiers now shoot demonstrators out of nothing but boredom, wrote Gideon Levy, a leading Israeli journalist.more..e-mail

Palestinian unity and Israeli arrogance
Daoud Kuttab, Ma an News Agency6/5/2014
Politicians the world over weigh their decision and statements on numerous levels: What will be their effect on the position, will they work and how will they affect the politicians’ long-term career.
Israeli leaders, especially Premier Benjamin Netanyahu, do not appear to care about the consequences of their position, nor if it will work.
Netanyahu’s only preoccupation appears to be pandering to his right-wing constituency in the hope that this will carry him to an unprecedented fourth term.
Take his position on Iran, f
or example. He went against the world, confronted Israel’s strongest ally and failed miserably.

Analysts would say that Netanyahu’s overreach was calculated. He exaggerated the Israeli fears of Iran even though his intelligence sources informed him that Iran was moderating its position after the victory of Hassan Rouhani.
Israel’s exaggerated position regarding the new Ramallah government also fails to follow normal political calculations.
Netanyahu knew very well that the new government did not have any Hamas members, that it would not be supported by a vote by Hamas legislature and that it will abide by the three conditions set by the International Quartet (under Israeli pressure) in 2007.
Any basic survey of the expected reaction of the world community, including of the Obama administration, would have easily revealed that Washington and Brussels support the new Palestinian government.more..e-mail

Reporting the Middle East
Ramzy Baroud, CounterPunch6/5/2014
Please Go Back to the Streets
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 victimizing 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 of stability based on the same old paradigm of powerful elites and a majority fighting for crumbs to survive on vs. instability within a relatively democratic system.
Although one must insist on appreciating the uniqueness of every collective Arab experience, one can hardly deny the parallels that began to emerge over the course of months and years.
Part of the similarity between the various Arab experiences is inherit in the common historical, religious, cultural and linguistic rapports that continue to unite millions of Arabs, even if at an emotional level. The other part is concerned with the comparable strategies applied by Arab governments to control their peoples the psychological manipulation, the fear mongering, the intense degrees of violence and oppression, the readiness to go to any length to ensure total control, and so on….more..e-mail

Reconciliation confronts both Hamas and Abbas with opportunities and dangers
Electronic Intifada: 5 Jun 2014 – It remains to be seen whether both camps will take a genuinely joint approach towards managing Palestinians internal affairs.more..

Articles and interviews on Syria 2014 elections
In Gaza: 5 Jun 2014 – photo from Jasmine Saadat Al Assad FB page A round-up of articles and interviews on Syria s 2014 elections: 2014 Presidential Elections also, photos I collected from various on-line sources here: Syrians out to vote, the photos speak forthemselves Filed under: Syriamore

The Glue that Holds Us All Together
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Jun 2014 – By Vacy Vlazna Solidarity is not a matter of altruism. Solidarity comes from the inability to tolerate the affront to our own integrity of passive or active collaboration in the oppression of others, and from the deep recognition of our most expansive self-interest. From the recognition that, like it or not, our liberation is bound up with that of every other being on the planet, and that politically, spiritually, in our heart of hearts we know anything else is unaffordable. Aurora Levins Morales Abandoned for 66 years by the international community to Israeli war crimes, Palestine needs friends. Palestine, don t despair. You are not alone, you have friends around the world: people, strangers, you may never meet, but who, like you have families, jobs, and who share the Palestinian dream of freedom and justice to which they are quietly and actively dedicated. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions: Portrait of an…more

Pope’s Unbalanced Neutrality in Holy Land
Dissident Voice: 5 Jun 2014 – 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 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 the current realpolitik of…more


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