VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 9 June 2014

9 June 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Shin Bet to Netanyahu: No Negotiations With Hunger Strikers
IMEMC – Israeli Shin Bet security service is encouraging Prime Minister Netanyahu not to negotiate with hunger-striking Palestinian administrative detainees, according to Israeli media. … 

Israeli Police Raids the Village of Iqrit
IMEMC – Yesterday morning on the 8th June, Israeli police forces raided the village of Iqrit (located on the northern tip of Israel, within eyesight of Lebanon). …

UN Envoy Meets Palestinian Ministers in Gaza
IMEMC – Robert Serry, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, met Sunday in Gaza with four ministers of the new Palestinian consensus government. “I assured them full support of the United Nations,” Serry said in a statement. It also called for lifting the blockade on Gaza. …

200 Illegal Settlements in West Bank Since 1967
IMEMC – According to B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, over 300,000 Israelis live in more than 200 settlements and settlement outposts throughout the West Bank — all established in contravention of international law, some even in contravention of Israeli law. … 

Rocket Fired from Gaza to Ashkalon
IMEMC – Bennet: Negotiations failed because of Gaza rockets According to Israeli media, a Palestinian rocket was fired from Gaza at midnight, this morning, into open area in Ashkelon. In related news, Israeli Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett has stated that the failure of peace in the region is due to Gaza rocket fire. …

Army Demolishes A Home Near Tulkarem
IMEMC – [Tuesday Morning, June 9, 2014] Several Israeli military jeeps and a number of armored bulldozers invaded Far’oun town, south of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, and demolished one home. …

Ma’an News

Israeli officers attack, detain Palestinian woman at Aqsa gate
6/9/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Israeli police officers detained a Palestinian woman from Jerusalem on Monday afternoon when she attempted to enter the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, witnesses said. Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that after Israeli officers denied Ayda Saydawi entry to the al-Aqsa compound, an officer attacked her brutally “and tore her clothes.”Heated arguments broke out between Israeli officers and Palestinian residents before Saydawi….

Israeli forces open fire east of Gaza City
6/9/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces opened fire on the central Gaza Strip on Monday, witnesses said. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces deployed near the now defunct Karni Crossing and opened fire in the direction of Gaza City. No injuries were reported. An army spokeswoman said she knew of two incidents involving Palestinians approaching the border with Israel on Monday. In….

Israeli forces seize 8 tractors from Jenin field
6/9/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday afternoon seized eight tractors belonging to Palestinian farmers in the al-Yamun and Kafr Than areas in Marj Ibn Amer in Jenin in the northern West Bank. Witnesses from the al-Labdi family told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the field and seized two tractors belonging to them and six tractors belonging to the al-Samoudi, Abu Hasan….

Report: Shin Bet tells PM not to negotiate with hunger strikers
6/9/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s Shin Bet security service is encouraging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to negotiate with hunger-striking Palestinian administrative detainees, Israeli media reported Monday. Haaretz said that Netanyahu’s decision not to negotiate with prisoners refusing meals, in addition to his recent push for a bill allowing the Israeli Prison Service to force-feed those on hunger strike, is based….

Israeli forces reinforce Beit Ummar military post
6/9/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli forces worked on expanding the areas surrounding a military tower at the entrance of Beit Ummar town in Hebron on Monday, activists said. Spokesperson of the local popular committee Muhammad Ayyad said that Israeli forces were tightening the town’s entrance by putting cement blocks at the entrance to expand the area around their military tower by 15 meters….

Global media group ‘outraged’ by Israel raid on Palestine TV
6/9/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — International media rights group Reporters Without Borders on Sunday said it was “outraged” by an Israeli police raid on the offices of a Palestinian media agency last week. On Friday, Israeli police raided the East Jerusalem studio of Palestine TV and detained Nader Beibars, the producer of Good Morning Jerusalem, and Palmedia cameraman Ashraf al-Showeiki. Both were detained, interrogated, and later….

Israel forces detain 7 Palestinians in overnight West Bank raids
6/9/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained seven Palestinians overnight, locals and security sources said Monday. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided al-Arroub refugee camp in northern Hebron and detained six Palestinians. Those detained were identified as 25-year-old Salah Inad al-Kidnawi, 19-year-old Zakariya Nabil al-Qiq, 17-year-old Malek Abu Haikal, 17-year-old Muhammad Ziad al-Maizan, and 17-year-old Khaled Jibril….

HRW: Killing of Palestinian teens could amount to ‘war crime’
6/9/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Human Rights Watch said Monday that the killing of two unarmed Palestinian teenagers by Israeli forces on May 15 could amount to war crimes.” The willful killing of civilians by Israeli security forces as part of the occupation is a war crime,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director.”Israel has a responsibility to prosecute the forces who….

Gaza salary crisis unresolved as banks remain closed
6/9/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Banks in the Gaza Strip remained closed on Monday as a crisis which began last week over salaries continues to challenge the newly formed unity government. The crisis began on Wednesday as thousands of civil servants rushed to ATM machines to receive their salaries. Hamas employees of the newly formed government were angered to find out they had not been…. Related: Spokesman: PA committed to unity govt and Brawl erupts during prisoner support event in Hebron

Brawl erupts during prisoner support event in Hebron
6/9/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A brawl erupted on Monday evening between participants in an event in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Hebron. The dispute started after the head of the Palestinian prisoners’ society in Hebron, Amjad al-Najjar, mentioned names of prisoners who are not on a hunger strike. When he mentioned the name of prisoners Abbas al-Sayed, Hamas leader Aziz Dweik responded by…. Related: Gaza salary crisis unresolved as banks remain closed

2 Israelis charged over racist, anti-Palestinian vandalism
6/10/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli prosecutors have charged two young Israelis with a racially-inspired attack in 2013 on dozens of Palestinian-owned vehicles in a village just outside Jerusalem, the justice ministry said on Monday. During the incident in June last year, the tires of 34 cars were punctured and racist slogans were scrawled on a wall in Abu Ghosh, a village west of Jerusalem. A statement from….

Israeli court determines release date for administrative prisoner
6/9/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Chief attorney for the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society told Ma’an that the Ofer Israeli court confirmed the administrative detention for prisoner Adnan Shanayta. Jawad Boulos said that the Israeli court of Ofer determined Feb. 3, 2015 would be the release date for Shanayta after 51 days of strike that ended on May 14 in an agreement with Israel to….

Europe’s Barroso: Palestinian unity should be ‘supported’
6/9/2014 – HERZLIYA, Israel (AFP) — A Palestinian unity deal with the Hamas movement must be supported, European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso told an Israeli security conference on Sunday. His remarks came just days after a Palestinian unity government, comprised of political independents but backed by Hamas, was sworn in — a move welcomed by the international community but rejected by Israel as a major stumbling block to….

PA Ministry of Agriculture dumps settlement products
6/9/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture on Monday dumped over 500 kilograms of dates produced in illegal Israeli settlements. Director of the Jerusalem office of the ministry, Ahmad Lafi, told Ma’an that the produce was seized by officers and discarded in the al-Ram area. A total of around 100 cartons were destroyed. The Palestinian Authority announced its boycott of settlement….

Iran, US hold direct talks in Geneva for nuclear deal
6/9/2014 – GENEVA (AFP) — Representatives from Iran and the United States meet in Geneva Monday for their first full-scale official talks in decades aimed at bridging the gaps in negotiations for a deal on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program. Neither the location nor the program of the two-day meeting have been announced. The main issue however is expected to be finding a route toward an eventual…. Related: Reports: Iran, US open direct talks in Geneva on nuclear deal and US: Iran-US talks needed as progress had lagged

Reports: Iran, US open direct talks in Geneva on nuclear deal
6/9/2014 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran and the United States on Monday began direct talks in Geneva aimed at ending Tehran’s stand-off with world powers over its disputed nuclear program, Iranian media reported. The negotiations, which are expected to last two days, come ahead of a July 20 deadline for an accord to be reached between Iran and the so-called P5+1 group under an interim…. Related: Iran, US hold direct talks in Geneva for nuclear deal and US: Iran-US talks needed as progress had lagged

US: Iran-US talks needed as progress had lagged
6/9/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Direct US-Iranian nuclear talks underway Monday in Geneva were needed because not enough progress had been made in broader multilateral talks, a State Department spokeswoman said. The United States wanted to see “some realism put on the table,” State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said. [END]

Spokesman: PA committed to unity govt
6/9/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Spokesman for the Palestinian unity government Ehab Bseiso said Monday that the government was continuing its efforts to end the negative impact of Palestinian division. Bseiso said in a statement that the government was committed to the terms of the reconciliation and the resolutions of the Cairo agreement. He added that it set initiatives to end the negative impact of the…. Related: Gaza salary crisis unresolved as banks remain closed

Hebron toddler drowns to death in water barrel
6/9/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A toddler was found dead in the Hebron town of Dura on Sunday, police said. Ahmad Anwar Muhammad Sharawna, 3, fell into a water barrel near a construction site and drowned to death, a local official said. The body was examined by a coroner before being handed to the family for burial. [END]

Media: Egypt govt to quit, Sisi to make cabinet changes
6/9/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s military-installed government was due to resign Monday, with new President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expected to make changes to the cabinet on his first day in office, media reported. The ex-army chief was sworn in on Sunday, nearly a year after ousting elected president Mohamed Morsi after millions protested against the Islamist’s divisive one year rule.”The cabinet ended….

Egypt arrests 7 over sex assaults as video goes viral
6/9/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian police have arrested seven men accused of sexually assaulting women at celebrations marking President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s inauguration, officials said Monday, as a graphic video of one such attack triggered outrage. The footage shows a crowd of men surrounding the young woman, who was stripped of her clothes and badly bruised, as police escorted her to an ambulance following Sunday….

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli police raids the village of Iqrit
6/9/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Khalil team, Iqrit, Occupied Palestine – Yesterday morning on the 8th June, Israeli police forces raided the village of Iqrit (located on the northern tip of Israel, within eyesight of Lebanon). The police uprooted trees, destroyed and confiscated all the personal belongings of Palestinian activists present in the village. Furthermore they beat and violently arrested 3 Palestinian men who were present in the village at the….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel’s security needs: Poor people’s latrines?
Relief Web 9 Jun 2014 – Source: DanChurchAid Country: occupied Palestinian territory On Thursday, June 5th, 2014 Israeli Civil Administration officials arrived in the desert east of Bethlehem together with police and Israeli soldiers during the humanitarian distribution to poor Bedouin families in the village Al…

occupied Palestinian territory: Killing of Children Apparent War Crime
Relief Web 9 Jun 2014 – Source: Human Rights Watch Country: occupied Palestinian territory Based on Witnesses, Video, Boys Posed No Threat to Soldiers (Jerusalem, June 9, 2014) – Video footage, photographs, witness statements, and medical records indicate that two 17-year-old boys whom Israeli forces shot…

The National

Karachi airport attackers arrived prepared to die
The National 9 Jun 2014 – The militants who attacked Pakistan’s Jinnah International Airport were disguised as security forces and carried food and medicine for a long fight

Karachi: Attack demonstrates capabilities of Pakistani Taliban
The National 9 Jun 2014 – The breaching of key international airport’s defences highlights Islamabad’s inability to protect high-profile sites in a city in which insurgents are gaining momentum.

Pakistan military declares end to Taliban siege of Karachi airport
The National 9 Jun 2014 – The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the hours-long attack that killed at least 28 people including security personnel, Pakistani airline workers and militants.

Britain: Call for spot checks after allegations of ‘hardline’ Islamist infiltration of schools
The National 9 Jun 2014 – Government inspectors find that six Birmingham institutions do not do enough to protect pupils from radical influences and allow a “culture of fear and intimidation” to take hold.

Emirates passengers were guided to safety by military during airport siege
The National 9 Jun 2014 – Flights between the UAE and Karachi were grounded on Sunday night after the airport in Pakistan was closed in the aftermath of an attack by gunmen.

Couple used chilli spray on elderly Saudi man, then stole money and his Rolex, Dubai court hears
The National 9 Jun 2014 – A Lebanese man confessed to using chilli spray to steal money and a Rolex watch from an elderly Saudi man, a court has heard.

Killers of renowned Russian journalist sentenced to life in prison
The National 9 Jun 2014 – Anna Politkovskaya was noted for her criticism of Kremlin policies in Chechnya and of human rights violations there.

Fake encounter: 17 Indian policemen get life sentences for 2009 killing
The National 9 Jun 2014 – The men were convicted for the kidnap and torture of 22-year-old Ranbir Singh who died of gunshot wounds while in police custody in 2009.

Four die in India as sudden dam release sweeps students away
The National 9 Jun 2014 – “We saw a wall of water hit those who were on the banks. They fell flat and disappeared under the waves,” said one student at the scene.

Pakistan must remain open to Taliban talks 
The National 9 Jun 2014 – The Taliban’s attack on Karachi airport shows its ability to strike terror throughout Pakistan, but the only way ahead will be through negotiations rather than more bloodshed.

New law will serve the UAE well 
The National 9 Jun 2014 – The national service legislation will help both the UAE and the individuals involved.

‘Zero tolerance’ for attacks against women, vows India’s new government
The National 9 Jun 2014 – The government’s pledge to strengthen the criminal justice system comes amid outrage over a wave of sexual attacks against women.

Iran and Turkey set aside differences to tackle extremism
The National 9 Jun 2014 – Iranian president Hassan Rouhani arrived in Ankara on Monday to meet his Turkish counterpart – a first by an Iranian president since 2008.

In pictures: Karachi airport siege
The National 9 Jun 2014 – Pakistan’s military on Monday declared an end to a Taliban siege of Karachi airport that left 24 people dead, including 10 militants.

In pictures: inauguration of Egypt’s President El Sisi
The National 8 Jun 2014 – Egypt’s former army chief Abdel Fattah El Sisi was sworn in on Sunday as president for a four-year term, after crushing his only opponent, Hamdeen Sabbahi, in the May 26 to 28 election.

Palestinian unity government brings rare hope for refugees
The National 8 Jun 2014 – A worry for the older generation is that the jobless young, devoid of prospects and opportunities in the West Bank, will turn to violence.

Pope hosts Vatican prayer session for Middle East peace
The National 8 Jun 2014 – Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli president Shimon Peres meet with the spiritual leader of the world’s Roman Catholics.

El Sisi sworn in as Egypt’s new president
The National 8 Jun 2014 – Mr El Sisi’s main challenges will be to restore stability and revive the economy after three years of turmoil.

Rouhani to mend Iran-Turkey ties
The National 8 Jun 2014 – There are plans for six new agreements to be signed during Mr Rouhani’s visit to Ankara where he will meet his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul, and prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Hizbollah intervention in Syria was moral ‘mistake’: Jumblatt
The National 8 Jun 2014 – The leader of Lebanon’s minority Druse sect, Walid Jumblatt, reflects his increasing pessimism about the bloody conflict next door.


Officer promoted despite role in killing
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Teen Israeli cancer patient forced into chemo against his and family’s will
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Throwing non-Orthodox rabbis under the bus?
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

What Lapid needs to do if he really wants to be prime minister
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

As U.S. influence wanes, its only choice is Mideast compromise
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Police question cabinet secretary under caution in Harpaz case
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Don’t force-feed Palestinian hunger strikers
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Eilat, once hot spot for European tourists, fighting to draw fun-seekers
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Israel’s ambassador to U.S.: Don’t expect inspectors to stop Iran nukes
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Clinton rebrands self with new book, testing waters for presidency run
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Ignoring pleas of local Jews, Greece swears in anti-Semitic minister
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Tensions rise on Ukraine border, as guards prepare for separatist attacks
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Israel leaving U.S. Jews bitterly divided
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Defeating BDS by bringing pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian students together
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

The presidency and the Diaspora: Haaretz asks the candidates
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Gaza terrorists have hundreds of rockets aimed at Tel Aviv, MI expert warns
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

The Nazis were vegans, too
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

On eve of World Cup: Sao Paulo in turmoil as subway strike enters fifth day
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Dramatic rise of French Birthright participants expected this summer
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Obama issues executive action easing student loan payments
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

China’s People’s Daily newspaper says Western-style democracy leads to chaos
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Director of bankrupt Hadassah Medical Center resigns
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Israeli TV format wins L.A. award
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Democrats convening in Brooklyn? Get set for the bonfire of Jewish vanities
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Paris bridge buckles under the weight of love
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Rabbinate, Health Ministry in kashrut food fight at central Israeli hospital
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Greek PM set to name well-known anti-Semite as minister
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Steinitz: Iran could build nukes in under a year
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Ultra-Orthodox venue in Jerusalem offers gender-divided elevator
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Police investigating if neo-Nazi motives were behind Las Vegas shooting
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Ben-Eliezer failed to declare half a million dollars, police suspect
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Israel seeks return of PA forces to Gaza, dismantling of Hamas military arm
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Human Rights Watch: Death of Palestinians in protest may constitute war crime
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

WATCH: Summary of the Pope’s peace prayer summit
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

The curse of the Israeli presidency
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

IDF chief: Hezbollah knows fighting Israel would set it back decades
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Kidnapped girls return safely from Thailand to Israel
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Where the Palestinian hunger strike and pardoning terrorists align
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

At least 27 killed in Pakistani Taliban attack on Karachi airport
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Three of five Israeli presidential hopefuls reveal financial assets
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Officials knew woman was having sex with teenagers
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Israel, EU sign Horizon 2020 scientific cooperation agreement
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2014

The nuclear threat to Israel’s economy
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2014

A hangman’s noose for public broadcasting
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2014

Alleged crime boss gets plea bargain for election fraud
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2014

Otherwise occupied / A song for the World Cup
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2014

Shin Bet and Mossad budget approaches $2 billion
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2014

Shin Bet behind refusal to negotiate with Palestinian hunger strikers
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2014

Either Rivlin or Dorner for president
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2014

Jerusalem Post

Two Jews attacked with tear gas near Paris
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – Victims were wearing kippot during the incident in Sarcelles, a northern suburb of the French capital. 

Israel autistic society awarded status as advisory NGO to United Nations
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – NGO plans exhibit at UN in New York of drawings and paintings created by Israeli artists with autism. 

Reporter’s notebook: Hate and hope on the Temple Mount
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – The Post’s reporter for Jerusalem tours holy site with Rabbi Chaim Richman, international director of the Temple Institute. 

US Senator Menendez vows response from Congress to Palestinian unity government
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – “We will not provide assistance to a Palestinian government in which Hamas has a role and exercises ‘undue influence,'” Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman says. 

‘Technology should serve as a tool for better education, not replace the human interaction’
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – Dr. Ludig Spaenle, the Bavarian education minister, spoke at the Herzliya Conference at the Interdisciplinary Center. 

Bill allowing force-feeding of hunger striking prisoners passes first reading in Knesset
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – MKs on the Left bash bill as inhumane and politically motivated, with Massoud Ganaim (United Arab List) calling it “anti-democratic.” 

Meeting privately with US, Iran suggests more time for nuclear talks
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – Islamic Republic says negotiations over its disputed nuclear program may need to be extended by six months if July 20 deadline is not met. 

Symbol of peace
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – The last significant event attended by Peres in his 7-year stint as president was a ceremony celebrating peace. 

Candidly Speaking: Further ugly vibes from the Obama administration
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – The process began in March when President Barack Obama publicly lambasted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in a brutal and offensive manner. 

For Zion’s Sake: A president for Israel, not the European Union
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – Rivlin will represent Israel’s true nature as a Jewish state intimately connected to the Jewish homeland, with freedom and civil rights for all citizens, including its non-Jewish ones. 

World’s oldest man dies at age 111
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – Polish-born Alexander Imich, who fled Nazi rule during World War II, held title of world’s oldest man for two months before his death. 

Nita Lowey’s leadership moment on Israel and the peace process
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – All eyes now fall on Lowey. For her, this is a leadership moment. Will she break with her party and the administration? 

Who will be the next president of Israel?
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – In the election for president, personal contact with each of the 120 members of Knesset is what makes or breaks an election. 

Safe owned by Ben-Eliezer contained NIS 2 million in cash
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – Location and contents of the safe were voluntarily handed over by former presidential candidate to police before bank search. 

Ex-Jerusalem mayor Lupolianski hospitalized, but court says still healthy enough for jail
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – The Holyland judge postponed Lupolianski’s sentencing until June 19 pending his recovery from his hospitalization. 

Israel signs agreement to participate in EU Horizon 2020 research program
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – The agreement, once ratified by Israel, will allow eligible Israeli researchers to actively participate in all of the new program’s activities. 

Kiryat Malachi area residents demand completion of train station
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – Government approved plans to construct the Kiryat Malachi train station as part of a overall plan to double the rail tracks to Beersheba. 

Sela sent packing in first round of Queens
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – The 29-year-old Israeli seemed to be cruising to his first tour win since February after taking the first set in just 20 minutes. 

Avigdor Kaplan resigns immediately as Hadassah Medical Organization chief
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – Oncologist Prof. Tamar Peretz temporarily replaces third lost director-general in four years. 

Analysis: Is it a stretch to be questioning PM’s secretary Mandelblit in Harpaz Affair?
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – It is unclear why allegations that Avichai Mandelblit had knowledge of or at some point possessed the “Harpaz Document” would lead to a criminal investigation. 

Israel off the field, but behind the scenes at Brazil World Cup
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – Tel Aviv-based Ceragon, for example, has been helping Brazil update its wireless infrastructure for both the World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. 

Profile: MS and a mission
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – Clear objectives that include fund-raising and developing new medication are top priorities for Prof. Anat Achiron. 

Rouhani: Iran will make tackling extremism, terrorism a chief objective
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – On visit to Turkey, Iranian president vows to work with Turkey “to establish stability in the region.” 

Premier raps ‘inexperienced’ Lapid over ‘reckless peace plan’
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – Netanyahu quotes speech Lapid made during election campaign which seemingly contradicts his newfound diplomatic moderation. 

Interview: More than a medium
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – Dorit Ben-Dor is a medium who combines professional training and experience in the business world. 

Netanyahu’s cabinet secretary Mandelblit questioned in Harpaz Affair
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – Mandelblit served as IDF’s Military Advocate-General in 2011 when affair broke; decided at time there was no evidence implicating officers. 

Liberman: ‘Annexation is inapplicable,’ government needs to initiate a plan
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – Foreign minister says the government factions are at odds over how to move forward, warns a common policy must be adopted or one will be forced on Israel regardless of its best interests. 

The Guardian

Israel presses ahead with law allowing force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners
The Guardian 9 Jun 2014 – Hunger strikers demand end to ‘administrative detention’ without charge or trial of Palestinian prisoners deemed to be security risk The Israeli cabinet is being pushed to fast-track a new law that would compel doctors to force-feed…


New Report: NCIS Hid Medical Evidence About Guantanamo Suicides
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014- The Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at Guantanamo who attended at least two of three high-profile “suicides” at Guantanamo nearly eight years ago concluded at the time that, contrary to the conclusions of a later government investigation, the…

Student killed by a sniper of the Iraqi Army in exam hall during final exams
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014 – A student – who preferred not to mention his name – told a correspondent of Qoraish News Agency that Sama Laith Mouayad was shot by a sniper of the Iraqi Army while she was sitting on…

American Exceptionalism & the Words of Two Young Men
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014 – As he gave vague outlines of developing US military strategy while speaking at the West Point commencement last week, President Obama affirmed that he believes “in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.” The previous…

Iraq snapshot – June 3 , 2014 
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014. Chaos and violence continue, Nouri al-Maliki continues targeting civilians, Nouri continues bombing hospitals, the VA scandal has many components, and much more…. Iraq never needed Nouri al-Maliki. The man fled the country in the 80s and only…

Palestinian unity deal pits Netanyahu & Congress against White House
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014- No big surprise. Congress is supporting the Israeli inflexibility about the Palestinian unity deal even as the White House is being cautious, and Israeli P.M. Netanyahu is flipping out…. But the White House is taking a wait-and-see…

The elections of humiliation
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014 – ….Assad s reelection has become yet another opportunity to humiliate and intimidate the Syrian people, show the intensity of the security forces deployment in the Syrian villages and cities subject to his authority, and demonstrate the…

Discrimination is legal, there are no Israelis: Reading the Supreme Court s decisions on Israeli nationality
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014- With two lengthy reasoned, precedential verdicts issued in recent months, the Israeli Judicial branch has joined the Executive and Legislative branches, offering its own full backing and blessing to a widely known practice, confirming that in Israel…

PCHR Calls for Investigating the Circumstances; Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian in Nablus
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014 – The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) calls for conducting a neutral and impartial investigation into the death of Alaa Mohammed Awadh, 30, from Hawara village south of Nablus, as he was shot dead by Israeli…

Syria : How Syrian, Iranian, and US Media Covered Up a Major Rebels Victory 
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014 -Last weekend, insurgents won significant victories in Idlib Province in northwest Syria, attacking on a front from Khan Shaykhoun to Ariha. The opposition took the regime s Khazanat base, the remaining Syrian checkpoints near Khan Shaykhoun in…

Don t cry for Aafia
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014 – For years I ve struggled to find a reason why Dr Aafia Siddiqui is still languishing in a prison in Texas. Set aside my views that she is innocent and a victim of a gross miscarriage…

Mothers & Wives of Palestinian Hunger Strikers make Urgent Appeal to US Congress
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014 -We, the mothers and wives of Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli prisons, would like to express our deep concern for the lives of our sons and husbands, who launched open-ended hunger strike since 24 April 2014 in…

Force-feeding videos sought by second Guantánamo hunger-striker thought to show gratuitous brutality 
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014- Lawyers for Mohammad Ahmad Ghulam Rabbani, a Pakistani father of three held for over a decade without charge in Guantánamo Bay, have today sought a court order compelling the Obama administration to release videotapes of his treatment….

May 2014 Update: US covert actions in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014 – A US drone killed at least four people in a vehicle in the Wadi Abeeda area of Mareb province. Witnesses named two of the dead as alleged al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) members Naif…

Public reading of soldier testimonies to be held in Tel Aviv on anniversary of occupation
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 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…

Protest marking 47 years of occupation in Tel Aviv will disrupt routine, police says 
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014 – This week marks 47 years since the start of Israel s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights, the product of the Six-Day War that took place June 5-10, 1967. That is almost…

Why are US lawmakers more enraged over Hamas-Abbas deal than AIPAC?
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014 – Prominent US lawmakers are demanding that the US immediately “halt” aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) after the formation yesterday of a “government of national consensus” endorsed by Hamas.Republican senators Mark Kirk (Illinois) and Marco Rubio (…

Israel furious over US and EU response to new Palestinian unity government
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014 – Israel is “deeply disappointed” with the Obama administration s announcement that it would work with the Palestinian unity government sworn in by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday, Israeli media reported. Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted…

Senior PLO official: Israeli measures against prisoners violate international law
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014 -Senior member of the PLO executive committee Dr Hanan Ashrawi said yesterday that the Palestinian hunger strikers are practicing their legitimate right to gain their freedom. Ashrawi said that the hunger strike is a peaceful tool to…

What Excuse Remains for Obama s Failure to Close GITMO?
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014- The excuse-making on behalf of President Obama has always found its most extreme form when it came time to explain why he failed to fulfill his oft-stated 2008 election promise to close Guantanamo. As I ve documented…

Palestinian families torn between the territories
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014 -Eight years ago, Mostafa Easariaj set off on a summer vacation to visit his father. His father, Hachem, still lives in the tiny, impoverished Gaza Strip, where Mostafa was born and resided in until he was 16…

The Palestinian cause is priority, not Hamas or Fatah
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 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 (…

Syria News – June 2, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 2, 2014 – By the end of Monday, the coordination committees were able to document 52 martyrs, among them 2 women, 5 children, and 3 martyrs under torture: 23 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 23 martyrs…

Military Resistance 12F2 What a Surprise
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 2, 2014 – Serving members of Britain s Armed Forces have secretly joined a pacifist organisation directly opposed to war and the carrying of weapons, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. In a remarkable breach of military law, members…

A New Siege: the manufacture of drought in Yarmouk
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 2, 2014 – Three Palestinian lives have been claimed due to abrupt shelling of the Yarmouk camp by the Syrian regime. Alaa Nassar, Firas Fantaziyeh and Khaled Ammoura all passed away during the regime s sudden attack on the…

As Snowden Leak Anniversary Approaches, Intelligence Community Prepares to Declare Victory
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 2, 2014 – As June 5 approaches – and with it the one year anniversary of the first reporting on Edward Snowden s leaks – the privacy community is calling supporters to redouble efforts to improve the NSA “reform…

Pope s mission impossible in the Holy Land
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 2, 2014 – Pope Francis s “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 good and evil, divinity…

After Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case, New York Times Reporter Could Go to Jail
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 2, 2014 – The United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from New York Times reporter James Risen, who has fought to protect his confidential sources as President Barack Obama s administration insists on forcing him to…

334 people tortured to death in Syria in May
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 2, 2014 – 344 people were tortured to death in Syria, according to a report by London-based watchdog, Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR). 334 people, including a 17-year old girl Nimet al-Kaidiri were killed in Syria in regime-controlled…

Daily Star

France, Iran to hold direct nuclear talks: Fabius
Daily Star 9 Jun 2014 Direct talks between France and Iran on the Islamic republic’s controversial nuclear drive will be held this week, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday.

Iran, Turkey pledge cooperation despite split over Syria
Daily Star 9 Jun 2014 In a landmark visit to Turkey by Iran’s president, the two countries pledged to work together to stop extremism and bloodshed in the Middle East despite deep differences over Syria’s civil war.

Saudi condemns two to death over Shiite unrest
Daily Star 9 Jun 2014 A Saudi court on Monday sentenced two people to death and jailed a third for 25 years after they were convicted of violence during Shiite protests, state media reported.

Iran-US nuclear talks in Geneva ‘constructive’: Tehran
Daily Star 9 Jun 2014 A first day of direct talks with the United States in Geneva Monday on Iran’s nuclear programme was “constructive”, one of Tehran’s main negotiators Abbas Araqchi was quoted as saying.

Saudi prince loses court claim with King Fahd ‘wife’
Daily Star 9 Jun 2014 A Saudi prince lost an early round of a multi-million pound British court battle on Monday against a woman who claims she was married to his late father King Fahd.

Iran says 6-month extension of nuclear talks may be necessary
Daily Star 9 Jun 2014 Iran’s talks with six global powers on a long-term deal to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for an end to sanctions could be extended for another six months if no deal is reached by a…

Egypt to destroy illegal buildings along Nile to help farmers
Daily Star 9 Jun 2014 Egypt will destroy all buildings along the Nile River and its tributaries that were erected illegally, the water and irrigation minister said on Monday, seeking to protect canals needed to help grow food.

Bombs against Kurds, other attacks in Iraq kill 33
Daily Star 9 Jun 2014 A double bombing tore through Kurdish political party offices in northern Iraq in the deadliest of a series of attacks nationwide that killed at least 33 people, officials said. It was the second such assault in…

YNet News

Jordan summons Australia diplomat over Jerusalem
YNet News, 9 Jun 2014 – ….

US: Iran-US talks needed as progress had lagged
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Subway strikers, police clash in Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Bill against freeing murderers won’t tie PM’s hands
YNet News, 9 Jun 2014 – Analysis: Future Israeli prime ministers will still find a way to make decisions related to the release of kidnapped soldiers – with or without a law. ….

US, Iran hold direct nuclear talks in Geneva
YNet News, 9 Jun 2014 – ….

Ukraine sees ‘understanding’ with Russia on peace moves
YNet News, 9 Jun 2014 – ….

Wealth should not be a badge of shame
YNet News, 9 Jun 2014 – Op-ed: Fortune could be a sign of corruption, but it could also be a sign of talent. Not every person who becomes rich is a crook. ….

Berlin prayer house unites Jews, Christians and Muslims
YNet News, 9 Jun 2014 – Groundbreaking project by pastor, rabbi and imam in German capital will be unlike any other religious venue in the world, its initiators say. ….

Israel a divisive cause for US Jewry
YNet News, 9 Jun 2014 – For decades, support of nascent country united American Jews across political and religious spectrum; now its occupation of Palestinians is a sore subject for second-largest Jewish community. ….

Can the presidential race get any uglier? 
YNet News, 9 Jun 2014 – Op-ed: Israeli public, which wakes up to a new scandal every morning, feels frustrated, ridiculed and even insulted by its elected representatives. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinians must reject renewed Israeli control over Rafah border crossing
PIC – I really cannot understand why Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas seems so eager to reinstate Israeli control over the Rafah Border Crossing.

Hamas slams reluctance of Abbas and Hamdallah vis-à-vis Gazans’ salaries
PIC – Member of Hamas political bureau, Khalil al-Haya, has called on the PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to press ahead with orders ruling for the immediate disbursement of Gazans’ salaries.

400 new Israeli settlement units to be built in Occupied Jerusalem
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities announced on Monday bids to build new settlement units in Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, in Occupied Jerusalem, paying no heed to international disapprovals.

Israeli int’l campaign to press Abbas to disarm Hamas, deploy his forces in Gaza
PIC – The Israeli government launched an international diplomatic campaign aimed at pressuring Mahmoud Abbas and his unity government to deploy his security forces in Gaza and disarm the resistance.

Chomsky slams international silence on Israel’s blockade of Gaza
PIC – Noted American thinker Noam Chomsky condemned the international community’s deafening silence on Israel’s inhumane blockade on the population in the Gaza Strip and described its attitude as shameful.

Action group: One young man dies under torture in Syrian jail
PIC – A Palestinian young man was proclaimed dead on Sunday as a result of his exposure to brutal torture in a Syrian jail, while many families in Al-Yarmouk refugee camp refused to take food aid.

Administrative detainees: Israeli hospitals turned to barracks
PIC – Palestinian administrative detainees have sent a letter to Palestinian people and the free world stressing their determination to continue the hunger strike till achieving victory or martyrdom.


Israeli Journalists Condemn Israeli Disruption on Palestinian TV Broadcasting
WAFA – 9 Jun 2014

Abbas Awarded Honorary Citizen Certificate by Mayor of Assisi
WAFA – 9 Jun 2014

Israeli Forces Arrest Ten Palestinians in West Bank
WAFA – 9 Jun 2014

Hamdallah Prasies UNRWA’s Support to Gaza, Refugee Camps
WAFA – 9 Jun 2014

Newspaper Review: One-Day Strike in Support of Prisoners, Israeli Bill Blocking Prisoners’ Release Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 9 Jun 2014


Insurgents in Iraq Overrun Mosul Provincial Government Headquarters
New York Times 9 Jun 2014 – A double bombing targeted the offices of a Kurdish political party in the northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmato, local officials and medical workers said. 

Open Source: Outrage at ‘Epidemic’ of Sexual Assault in Egypt
New York Times 9 Jun 2014 – Video of a sexual assault in Cairo prompted anguish on social networks at how routine the harassment and assault of women remains in Egypt. 

Corruption Claims Cast Cloud on Qatar’s World Cup Bid
New York Times 9 Jun 2014 – Complaints of bribery and slave labor have plagued Qatar’s successful 2022 World Cup bid, which is under scrutiny by soccer’s governing body. 

Video of Mass Sexual Assault Taints Egypt Inauguration
New York Times 9 Jun 2014 – A grainy video of a crowd of men assaulting a woman that circulated on the Internet presented the new Egyptian president with an immediate test on assault and harassment of women. 

Syrian Leader Declares ‘General Amnesty’ for Prisoners
New York Times 9 Jun 2014 – Human rights advocates have been disappointed by President Bashar al-Assad’s previous amnesties, but the timing of the move offered some hope. 

At Swearing-In, Ex-General Vows ‘Inclusive’ Egypt
New York Times 9 Jun 2014 – Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who led the military takeover that ousted President Mohamed Morsi, formalized his grip on power but must now overcome economic dysfunction and political polarization. 

Op-Ed Contributor: Peaceful Nonreconciliation Now
New York Times 8 Jun 2014 – Palestinians need not live in abject poverty. They deserve drastic and immediate improvements in their everyday lives. 

At Vatican, Day of Prayer With Focus on Uniting
New York Times 8 Jun 2014 – The Israeli and Palestinian presidents went to the Vatican on Sunday at the invitation of Pope Francis, and Jews, Christians and Muslims offered invocations for peace. 

‘Israel is bitterly dividing American Jewish community’ — AP
Mondoweiss – Two weeks ago the Washington Post ran an excellent piece on the divide inside the Washington Jewish community over Israel. Marc Fisher’s reporting included anti-Zionists and non-Zionists who were getting the bum’s rush from establishment Jewish organizations: Fisher reported on the disinvitation of the Shondes band…

Palestinian prisoner Ayman Itbeish completes 100th day of hunger strike to protest his indefinite detention
Mondoweiss – Palestinian prisoner on 100th day of hunger strike Ayman Itbeish, 34, on Saturday finished his 100th day of a hunger strike against his indefinite detention. (Photo: Ma’an) RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 7 June — Ayman Itbeish, 34, on Saturday finished his 100th day of a hunger strike against…

The Banality of Religion: ‘Prayer summit’ at the Vatican fails to inspire
Mondoweiss – Shimon Peres, Pope Francis and Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican gardens on Sunday for a “prayer summit.” (Photo: Associated Press) This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page . Taking a title…

Israeli Research Institute Misstates Fraudulent Iran Poll Results, Reveals Secret Identity of Who Prepared It
Tikun Olam – Yediot notes identity of “expert” who prepared poll is “hidden” In reports in the NY Times and Yediot about the Iran poll compiled by the Israeli Interdisciplinary Center, the IDC said an “Iran expert” whom it refused to name prepared the poll. In most cases in…

Tell FIFA to dump Israel now, urges international campaign
Mondoweiss – The congress of FIFA, the International Football Federation, is meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Sao Paulo, and the international campaign to have Israel kicked out of the organization for longtime human rights abuses and violations of international law is swinging into full gear right now. Kick…

Soldiers’ violent confessions from ‘Breaking the Silence’ make the ‘Guardian’
Mondoweiss – Breaking the Silence co founder Yehuda Shaul (photo: agencemediapalestine.fr) On Friday, the Israeli veterans’ group Breaking the Silence marked its own tenth anniversary, and the 47th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land in 1967 (the Naksa), by reading 10 hours of soldiers’ testimony to an…

Human Rights Watch Brands Videotaped Israeli Killings ‘Apparent War Crime’ 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Jun 2014 – Human Rights Watch labeled the shooting deaths of two Palestinian teenagers by Israeli soldiers during a West Bank protest an Israeli war crime. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Spy Boss Praises Iran for Nuclear Progress 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Jun 2014 – Iran is negotiating seriously on a deal to curb its disputed nuclear program, a senior Israeli intelligence officer said on Monday in a shift of tone from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s skepticism. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: The influence of Egypt’s army 
BBC 9 Jun 2014 – President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the former Army chief, is the fifth Egyptian leader drawn from the armed forces.

Right To Die Law Approved by Israel Knesset Panel 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Jun 2014 – A Knesset committee approved a physician-assisted suicide bill. Click here for the rest of the article…

Seven held over Egypt sex assaults 
BBC 9 Jun 2014 – Seven men have been arrested in Egypt on suspicion of sexually assaulting women at Sunday’s celebrations for the inauguration of President Sisi.

Israel and Australia: New best mates? 
BBC 9 Jun 2014 – Australia changes position on Jerusalem, earning Israel’s praise

North Africa: Syria Fallout Looms for Maghreb 
allAfrica.com 9 Jun 2014 – [Magharebia]Oual in Casablanca -Hatem Ben Salem, a former Tunisian education minister and ambassador, is a much-sought speaker at security conferences in the region.

Egypt: Dispatches – In Kuwait, Deported for an Opinion 
allAfrica.com 9 Jun 2014 – [HRW]Last week, Kuwaiti authorities announced that they will deport an Egyptian imam for criticizing the recent Egyptian elections.

VIDEO: Pope hosts Middle East leaders 
BBC 8 Jun 2014 – Pope Francis has welcomed Israeli and Palestinian leaders for a joint prayer session at the Vatican, after issuing an invitation on his recent trip to the Holy Land.

Direct US-Iran talks begin in Geneva 
BBC 9 Jun 2014 – Senior US and Iranian officials begin two days of direct talks in Geneva as they seek a comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.

Qatar claims are racist – Blatter 
BBC 9 Jun 2014 – Fifa president Sepp Blatter says allegations of corruption surrounding the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid are motivated by racism.

Kuwait court shuts two newspapers for second time 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Jun 2014 – A judge in Kuwait on Monday ordered two newspapers to close for the second time in two months for defying a ban on an alleged coup plot, the dailies said. The independent Al-Watan and Alam Al-Youm were ordered to close for five days following an information…

Deadly Iraq blasts ‘target Kurds’ 
BBC 9 Jun 2014 – At least 21 people have been killed in a double bombing targeting the offices of two Kurdish political parties in northern Iraq, officials say.

Saudi grand mufti: Selling expired food tantamount to murder 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Jun 2014 – Saudi grand mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Asheikh says disease on earth caused by those who insult the companions of the prophet Mohammad. (Photo: AFP) Saudi grand mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Asheikh says disease on earth caused by those who insult the companions of the prophet Mohammad. (Photo: AFP)…

Egypt police arrest men suspected of sexual assault at Sisi rally 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Jun 2014 – Egyptian police have arrested seven men accused of sexually assaulting women at celebrations marking President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s inauguration, officials said Monday, as a graphic video of one such attack triggered outrage. The footage shows a crowd of men surrounding the young woman, who was stripped…

A corrective interpretation of an inadequate law: The first implementation of the domestic violence law 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Jun 2014 – Members of Kafa sit-in at Samir Kassir square in Downtown Beirut on January 30, 2013 to protest against violence against women. Top poster: “Even if you forget, the people won’t forget.” Bottom poster: “Women’s lives are more important than your chairs.” (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Members of…

Libyan PM quits after court ruling 
BBC 9 Jun 2014 – The disputed Libyan Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteg has said that he will abide by a court ruling which said his election was unconstitutional.

Ratifying the grades and salaries scale is Berri’s and Aoun responsibility 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 9 Jun 2014 – Public workers protest in front of the Parliament on April 9, 2014. Left poster: Left poster: “[They] only come together when it has to do with gaining from us.” Right poster: “Are you a representative of the people or are you pretending?” (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Public…

Turkey hopes trade with Iran will double by 2015 
Al-Monitor 9 Jun 2014 – In an official visit to Turkey, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani discusses expanded trade ties while continuing to differ on Syria.

Morocco seizes 30 tons of hashish 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Jun 2014 – Moroccan police have seized nearly 30 tons of hashish in Casablanca, one of the largest busts in the major cannabis exporting country in years, local media reported on Monday. Two separate busts took place, with police raiding a warehouse in the port city on Saturday and…

Palestinians destroy 500 kilos of settlement-grown dates 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Jun 2014 – The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture on Monday destroyed around 100 cartons of dates seized from illegal Israeli settlements, Ma’an News Agency reported . The more than 500 kilograms of dates were seized and dumped in the area of al-Ram, near Jerusalem, Director of the Jerusalem office of…

Sisi draws regional leaders for inauguration 
Al-Monitor 9 Jun 2014 – Representation from Arab countries was strong.

Assad offers “general amnesty” for all crimes: state TV 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Jun 2014 – President Bashar al-Assad issued Monday Legislative Decree no. 22 granting a general amnesty for crimes committed before June 9, 2014, state media said. Syrian state TV cited Justice Minister Najem al-Ahmad as saying the decree was issued in the context of “social forgiveness, national cohesion calls…

Putin brings China into Middle East strategy 
Al-Monitor 9 Jun 2014 – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China highlights the convergence of interests of Moscow and Beijing in the Middle East.

Lapid slams Netanyahu for ‘crisis’ in US-Israel ties 
Al-Monitor 9 Jun 2014 – In a landmark speech, Finance Minister Yair Lapid broke ties with right-wing coalition members and laid claim to Israel’s center-left.

Jihadist factions’ infighting muddles Syrian battlefield 
Al-Monitor 9 Jun 2014 – The months-long infighting among jihadist factions in Syria is tipping the balance in favor of the Syrian army.

Roadside bomb, suicide driver kill 28 at northern Iraq checkpoint 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Jun 2014 – Governor of Kirkuk Najm al-Din Omar Karim (C-R) checks up on an injured Iraqi, at a hospital in the northern city of Kirkuk on June 9, 2014, after a roadside bomb followed by a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged truck at a police checkpoint in northern…

Top Libyan court says election of PM unconstitutional 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Jun 2014 – Libya’s Supreme Court ruled on Monday that parliament’s election of Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq a month ago was “unconstitutional,” state television said. Maiteeq’s appointment as head of Libya’s interim government followed a chaotic vote and was disputed by some lawmakers and judicial experts. Outgoing Prime Minister…

Rouhani, critics debate ‘path to heaven’ 
Al-Monitor 9 Jun 2014 – President Hassan Rouhani’s public battle with hard-line clerics over Iranians’ route to heaven is symptomatic of the broader war he faces over his reform efforts.

Egypt Salafist Party leader defends decision to back Sisi 
Al-Monitor 9 Jun 2014 – In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Nader Bakkar, the deputy chairman for media affairs of Egypt’s Salafist Nour Party, takes stock after the election of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as president.

The Arab Predicament: the series 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 9 Jun 2014 – ‘The Arab Predicament’ by Fouad Ajami triggered a phenomenon: he freed himself (and subsequently others) from the constraints of academic paradigms and even jargon to spew observations, generalizations, and reductions about the Arab world. His was the first, and it was written in a flowery language…

China Mideast envoy: Beijing-Moscow cooperation won’t affect Arab ties 
Al-Monitor 9 Jun 2014 – In an interview with An-Nahar, Wu Sike, the Chinese special envoy to the Middle East, addressed economic relations between China and Arab countries, while stressing the need to bring an end to the violence in Syria.

Is the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation already on shaky grounds? 
Al-Akhbar Politics 9 Jun 2014 – A handout picture released by the Palestinian president’s office shows Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (R) meeting with Palestinian premier Rami Hamdallah in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 23, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Thaer Ghanaim) A handout picture released by the Palestinian president’s office shows Palestinian…

Israeli left’s baffling support for Rivlin 
Al-Monitor 9 Jun 2014 – If former Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin is elected president with support from the Meretz and Labor parties, it will reveal the bankruptcy of Israel’s left.

ISIS ‘hit and run’ tactics reveal Iraqi security weaknesses 
Al-Monitor 9 Jun 2014 – The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is briefly occupying Sunni neighborhoods then immediately withdrawing, to weaken confidence in Iraqi forces and display its power.

Six keys to economic reform in Iran 
Al-Monitor 9 Jun 2014 – Iran meeting its target of 8% economic growth depends on how it handles six challenges that so far have hindered Iran’s economic development.

Protests by Hamas government workers force banks to close 
Al-Monitor 9 Jun 2014 – Just days after the new Palestinian reconciliation government was announced, a crisis has broken out because employees of the former Hamas government in Gaza have not received salaries, unlike their PA counterparts in the West Bank.

Student ‘tortured’ into confession 
BBC 9 Jun 2014 – A British student jailed for drugs charges in the United Arab Emirates exclusively tells Newsbeat he was tortured into making a confession.


Force-feeding within the wider spectrum of torture and complicity in Israeli jails 
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 6/7/2014
In a typically aggressive response to Palestinian prisoners expressing resistance through hunger strikes against administrative detention, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to implement a bill that would allow the force-feeding of prisoners whose lives are deemed to be in danger.
According to Netanyahu’s spokesman Mark Regev as quoted in the Times of Israel, hunger strikes should be perceived in direct relation to possibility of damage to the state, hence the notion of force-feeding as a viable option. “People go on a hunger strike for political reasons … and the consequence could be political damage to the state. The state also has the right to stop the strike.”
Echoing Regev, legal adviser Yoel Hadar insisted that “A judge must not only consider the prisoner’s wishes, but also possible damage to the state.” Expressing apprehension with regard to the possible scenario of hunger striking prisoners dying in Israel jails, Hadar insisted that judges should anticipate the possibilities of Palestinian “riots” and seek to prevent hypothetical damage to Israel by embarking upon pre-emptive measures.
The bill has ignited a visible conflict, with the Israeli Medical Association urging physicians not to participate upon the principle that force-feeding is a form of torture. In accordance with the association, the Israel National Bioethics Council has also declared its opposition to the bill, declaring that “every effort must be made to stop this law.”
Haaretz reported that, in response to the expressed opposition, Netanyahu stated he would “make sure to find physicians who would consent to act according to the new law and force-feed prisoners.” As justification for the abhorrent practice, Netanyahu deemed it suitable to evoke the flagrant human rights abuses committed by the US in the imperialist military-occupied Guantánamo, Cuba. more.. e-mail

Gates Divests!!! Presbyterians Next? 
Anna Baltzer, National Organizer, U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation 6/8/2014
HUGE NEWS! Bloomberg News has confirmed that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation divested all $184 million of its holdings in G4S following an international, Palestinian-led campaign urging the foundation to end investments in the British private security company that helps run Israeli prisons that hold and torture Palestinian prisoners. In the U.S., G4S also operates privatized juvenile detention facilities and works with Homeland Security to detain and deport people across the U.S./Mexico border and transport immigrants to detention facilities nationwide.
G4S – Securing Injustice
On the heels of Gates’ divestment, public pressure from well-known leaders, and activists’ disruption of the company’s annual shareholder meeting, G4S announced that it intends to pull out of Israeli prisons completely. Until it does, the campaigns targeting G4S will and must continue, but this welcome announcement shows the incredible power of divestment and international pressure.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the campaign, including the thousands of you who signed this petition and US Campaign member groups in Seattle and Washington, D.C. who delivered it to the Gates Foundation! Your voices were heard.
Now, will you be part of another huge divestment moment?
In less than a week, I will be on the ground in Detroit, Michigan where the Presbyterian Church (USA) is considering multiple resolutions in support of Palestinian human rights, including a resolution to divest from three U.S. companies involved in the Israeli occupation. — See also: Bloomberg: Gates Foundation Sells Stake in U.K. Prison Operator G4S and EI: G4S “to end” Israel prison contracts as pressure mounts over torture complicity more.. e-mail

Prayers and politics for Israelis and Palestinians 
Harry Hag
opian, Al Jazeera 6/8/2014

Might ‘heartfelt prayer’ at the Vatican soften hardened hearts over the festering Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
During his whistle-stop tour of Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem last month, Pope Francis invited presidents Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas to join him at the Vatican.
“I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer,” he stated, and the key question that has been on the minds of many ecumenical commentators is whether there is more to this impromptu invitation than mere prayer between a Christian host and his Jewish and Muslim guests.
I believe that Pope Francis is indeed inviting both leaders for “a heartfelt prayer” on June 8 in the hope that it might well help soften some of the hardened hearts or tackle the mounting cynicism that surrounds any renewed discussion over the festering Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After all, I would quite reasonably posit that it did not take this pope too long – whether from what he saw with his own eyes or heard with his own ears – to realise that Palestinians are an occupied people thirsting for freedom, dignity and space in order to found a state that they too could proudly call their home.
It is quite true that the pope’s visit both to Bethlehem and Jerusalem was a masterly exercise in symmetry. The position of the Holy See has always been consistent on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but this pope who thrives on personal contacts did not want either party to criticise him for being partisan. Yet, his roots as a Latin American church leader who is familiar with the whole movement of liberation theology would normally help him empathise with the underdog and the vulnerable in any society.
No wonder he stopped unexpectedly in front of the ugly Separation Wall in Bethlehem. No wonder too that he matched this gesture with an equal one in Jerusalem ostensibly at the behest of the Israeli Prime Minister…. more.. e-mail

What is the future of the Palestinian national movement? 
Al Jazeera 6/6/2014
Ghada Karmi, Ilan Pappe, Ali Abunimah and other experts discuss the unity deal and failure of negotiations with Israel. Click images to read essays.
Ali Abunimah: Whatever the future of the Palestinian national movement, it will not be decided by Hamas and Fatah and their “unity” deal. What’s notably missing from this deal is any proclamation of a programme that can unite Palestinians behind a strategy for liberation from Israel’s tightening colonial grip. Already, since the deal, both Hamas and Fatah figures have made contradictory statements….
Ghada Karmi: A Palestinian National Movement that represents the interests of all Palestinians no longer exists. It was finally defeated in the Oslo Accords of 1993 and what remains is just a skeleton of the past, whose bones bear the names of the old structures but without their significance….
Haneen Zoabi: We need to make a shift away from the paradigm of occupation as the lens through which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is viewed. The argument that the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians is one of a conflict with a racist colonialist project that was founded on notions of ethnic purity is understood implicitly by all Palestinians. Oslo has produced its own antithesis….
Max Blumenthal: There is little indication that the Fatah-Hamas unity accord will alter the reality on the ground for occupied Palestinians in any meaningful fashion. The recent wave of arrests by Palestinian Authority forces of Hamas cadres in the West Bank foreshadow the complications that lie ahead for Hamas, a resistance organisation lassoed into a regime mandated to coordinate its security operations with the Israeli army…. more.. e-mail

Why True Palestinian Unity Remains Elusive
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Jun 2014 – By Ramzy Baroud Palestinians are yet to achieve national unity despite the elation over the ‘national unity government’ now in operation in Ramallah. One has to be clear in the distinction between a Hamas-Fatah political arrangement necessitated by regional and international circumstances , and Palestinian unity. What has been agreed upon in the Shati’ (Beach) refugee camp in April, which lead to the formation of a transitional government in the West Bank in June, has little to do with Palestinian unity. The latter is a much more comprehensive and indispensable notion. Without it, the Palestinian people risk losing more than a unified political platform, but their ability to identify with a common set of national aspirations wherever they are in the world. Thus, a hurried agreement in Gaza that left many points of contention to be discussed and settled by various sub-committees with uncertain chances of succeeding is hardly the prerequisite…more

Let Palestine Sing: Interview with Basel Zayed
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Jun 2014 – Interviewed by Louis Brehony Basel Zayed is a Palestinian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in occupied Jerusalem. An accomplished virtuoso oud player and vocalist skilled in highly developed Arab musical traditions, Basel is also a trained pianist with a unique outlook on musical arrangement. Since 2004 he has led the band Turab and has more recently focused on developing a style based on Palestinian music ‘with a jazz flavour.’ He has also collaborated with Palestinian music researchers at NAWA (the Palestinian Association for Cultural Development) to recreate the compositions of ‘lost’ composers from pre-1948 times, based on music records painstakingly found in dusty archives in Jordan and Syria. Israel controls locked up records of this music and other items of Palestinian culture, stolen from history. Basel Zayed is outspoken about what he sees as the political manipulation of the Palestinian cause by figures in the ‘official’ leadership. At the 2012 New…more

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