VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 11 June 2014

11 June 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Half of Gaza Beaches Unfit for Swimming
IMEMC – One half of all beaches along the Gaza Strip have been polluted to the point of being rendered unfit for swimming, according to the Palestinian environmental authority. …

Hunger Strike: Knesset Member Proposes No-Confidence Vote Against Israeli Government
IMEMC – Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, Masoud Ghanim, has proposed a no-confidence motion against the Israeli government. … 

PCHR Demands Immediate Opening of Gaza Banks
IMEMC – The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is deeply concerned over the continued closure of the banks in the Gaza Strip for 6 days as the former Gaza government employees prevented the Palestinian Authority (PA) employees from receiving their salaries in protest against the non-payment of their salaries by the new national consensus government resulted from the Palestinian reconciliation. …

Amnesty: Israel Must Overturn Travel Ban on Vanunu
IMEMC – The Israeli government’s refusal to allow whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, who leaked details of the country’s nuclear arsenal to the international media in 1986, to leave the country for even three days to attend events in the UK next week is entirely unjustified, said Amnesty International. … 

Young Nablus Student Killed ‘En Route to Israel’
IMEMC – A young Palestinian, from the northern West Bank village of Yasid, is believed by friends and family to have been shot dead by Israeli forces six days ago, as he tried to cross the border, into Israel, without permission. … 

Bids Opened for 400 New Housing Units in Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israel’s Lands Administration has invited tenders for the construction of 400 new housing units in the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo, in occupied Jerusalem. …

3 Kidnapped from West Bank, Lands Razed in Jerusalem
IMEMC – Tractors seized in Jenin Israeli forces kidnapped three Palestinians from West Bank cities of Jenin and Hebron, today, in addition to razing Palestinian-owned lands in Jerusalem. … 

Soldiers Attack Palestinians Trying To Enter Al-Aqsa Mosque
IMEMC – [Tuesday, June 10, 2014] Israeli soldiers, heavily deployed in occupied East Jerusalem, especially near the al-Aqsa Mosque, attacked dozens of Palestinians, including children, near Bab al-Majlis Gate (The Council Gate), and prevented them from entering the mosque. …

Israeli officer who ordered killing of Palestinian promoted to head of ‘Depth Corps’
IMEMC – Israeli Brigadier General Roni Numa was promoted to head the Israeli military’s ‘Depth Corps’ this week, despite having ordered the ‘neutralization’ of a Palestinian civilian in 2001. … 

Israeli Medical Association Refuses Force-Feeding Hunger Striking Detainees
IMEMC – Chairperson of the Israeli Medical Association (IMA), Dr. Leonid Eidelman, stated that the association refuses the force-feeding of hunger striking Palestinian political prisoners, adding that Israeli physicians respect the wishes of the detainees. … 

Ma’an News

Current hunger strike ‘longest in Palestinian history’
6/10/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Jailed Palestinians who have been refusing meals since April 24 are taking part in the longest collective hunger strike in Palestinian history, a prisoner rights group said Monday.” This is the longest mass hunger strike among prisoners in Palestinian history since a 45-day strike in 1976,” Addameer said in a report on its website as the current strike neared its….

Nablus man killed ‘en route to Israel’
6/10/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A young Palestinian man from a northern West Bank village is believed to have been shot dead by Israeli forces six days ago when he was trying to enter Israel without permission. Muhammad Mufeed Yousif Mustafa Thahir, a 20-year-old engineering student from the Nablus-area village of Yasid, was found dead last Friday, two days after he tried to enter Israel….

Official: Settlers plant olive trees on private Palestinian land
6/10/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A group of over a dozen settlers planted olive trees on private Palestinian land in the Nablus village of Jalud on Tuesday, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that settlers from Esh Kodesh settlement planted dozens of olive tree saplings on land belonging to Rashid Muhammad….

Hamas: Gaza banks to re-open Wednesday
6/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Banks in the Gaza Strip will re-open Wednesday, Hamas political bureau member Moussa Abu Marzouq said Tuesday. He added that the salary crisis in Gaza would be resolved by the end of the month. Abu Marzouq said in a statement after a meeting in northern Gaza that banks would re-open for Palestinian Authority employees on Wednesday…. Related: Rights group ‘deeply concerned’ over closure of Gaza banks

Radical Jews protest at holy Jerusalem site
6/10/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Several dozen radical Jews gathered Monday at the Jerusalem site known as the Cenacle to protest against Christian pilgrims praying there for Pentecost, a police spokeswoman said.”Around 30 Jewish faithful gathered to pray in the presence of (rightwing Likud) MP Moshe Feiglin,” Luba Samri told AFP. The Cenacle, or Upper Room, on Mount Zion is in a two-story building considered holy to…. Related: Worshipers demonstrate at al-Aqsa compound

Half of Gaza beaches unfit for swimming due to contamination
6/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Half of the beaches in Gaza have dangerous levels of contamination and are unfit for swimming, the Palestinian environmental authority said Tuesday. The Ministry of Health, together with the environmental authority, takes samples along the coast every month to test levels of pollution and contamination. Khalid Abu Ghali, a spokesman for the environmental authority, told Ma’an that over….

Clashes at al-Aqsa compound gate
6/10/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces Tuesday at one of the al-Aqsa mosque gates after Israeli forces prevented worshipers from entering. The imam of the mosque told Ma’an that Israeli forces prevented worshipers and summer camp children from entering the compound, keeping them at the gates and obligating them to hand in their ID cards in order to…. Related: Worshipers demonstrate at al-Aqsa compound

Worshipers demonstrate at al-Aqsa compound
6/10/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Dozens of worshipers demonstrated Tuesday at the Moroccans Gate inside the al-Aqsa mosque compound against Israeli restrictions on entering the area. A Ma’an reporter in Jerusalem said dozens of worshipers demonstrated at the Moroccan Gate after noon prayer. They were protesting the confiscation of ID cards and other abuses. Participants in the demonstration demanded that Israeli police give them…. Related: Clashes at al-Aqsa compound gateand Radical Jews protest at holy Jerusalem site

Hamas: PA forces assault protesters in Ramallah
6/10/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces “assaulted” Hamas-affiliated protesters in Ramallah Monday evening, the Islamist movement said. Hamas said it had organized a protest in support of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners and that PA forces who were trying to prevent the rally assaulted Hamas leader Hassan Yousef, among other protesters. Additionally, three Palestinian journalists who were covering the rally were also targeted by PA….

Workers’ union holds sit-in to support hunger strikers
6/10/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The Palestinian workers’ union official said that an urgent meeting was held Tuesday to discuss ways of supporting hunger-striking prisoners after they entered a dangerous stage. Bassam Zakarneh said that the council of the union was calling upon the world, the UN, Arab communities and civil institutions to intervene to save the prisoners from “certain death.” The council called upon….

Likud’s Rivlin elected as Israel’s 10th president
6/10/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Reuven Rivlin, a far-right member of Israel’s ruling Likud, was on Tuesday elected by parliament to be the nation’s 10th president when Shimon Peres steps down in July, the speaker said. Announcing the results of a run-off vote, parliamentary speaker Yuli Edelstein said Rivlin had defeated his centrist challenger Meir Sheetrit by 63 votes to 53 in a secret….

Rights group ‘deeply concerned’ over closure of Gaza banks
6/10/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Center for Human rights said Tuesday that it is “deeply concerned” over the continued closure of banks in the Gaza Strip, urging all parties to find a solution. Banks have been closed for six days by Gaza security forces in protest against the non-payment of salaries to employees of the former Hamas-run government by the new unity government. Employees…. Related: Hamas: Gaza banks to re-open Wednesday

US warns of ‘tough choices’ in Iran nuclear talks
6/10/2014 – GENEVA (AFP) — Iran and the US go into a second day of talks on Tuesday on Tehran’s contested nuclear program, with Washington warning of “tough choices” ahead of a July deadline for
a deal. The closed-door two-day meeting in Geneva, which began Monday, marks a new effort to find common ground between Tehran and Washington, amid concerns that tensions between the two could….

Israel parliament elects president to succeed Peres
6/10/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s parliament will elect the country’s 10th head of state on Tuesday, choosing between five candidates hoping to replace Shimon Peres whose presidential term in office ends in July. Members of Israel’s 120-seat Knesset, or parliament, will gather at 11:00 am for a special session of the plenum at which they will begin voting to…. Related: Likud’s Rivlin elected as Israel’s 10th president

Bethlehem-area high school student dies suddenly
6/10/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A young woman died at a high school near Bethlehem early Tuesday, an official said. Nisreen Amr, director of the ministry of education’s Bethlehem office, told Ma’an that student Fatima Ali al-Urouj died in the schoolyard of Tuqu Secondary Girls’ School east of Bethlehem. Al-Urouj suffered a sudden episode of a neurological dysfunction and was taken….

Militants seize Iraq’s Nineveh province
6/10/2014 – MOSUL, Iraq (AFP) — Militants Tuesday seized Iraq’s entire northern province of Nineveh and its capital Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, in a major blow to authorities, who appear incapable of stopping militant advances.” All of Nineveh province fell into the hands of militants,” parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi told a news conference, adding that the militants were heading towards neighboring Salaheddin province….

S.Sudan’s warring leaders meet, agree deadline for transitional govt
6/10/2014 – ADDIS ADABA (AFP) — South Sudan’s president and rebel chief met Tuesday in a bid to end six-months of civil war, agreeing to forge a transitional government within a 60-day deadline, Ethiopia’s prime minster said.” They agreed to complete the dialogue process within the coming 60 days on what how, when and who. . . (for) the formation of the transitional government,” Ethiopia….

Jihadists take areas in Iraq’s Salaheddin province
6/10/2014 – TIKRIT, Iraq (AFP) — Jihadists seized two areas of Iraq’s Salaheddin province on Tuesday, officials said, after taking control of all of one province and parts of another earlier in the day. The militants moved into Siniyah and Sulaiman Bek, both located north of Baghdad, after security forces withdrew, an army brigadier general and a local official said. [END]


Israel selects Rivlin as next president
AlJazeera 10 Jun 2014 – Reuven Rivlin, a staunchly right-wing member of Likud, to take over from Shimon Peres as 10th head of state.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

In Light of Continued Salaries Crisis in the Gaza Strip, PCHR Demands Opening Gaza Banks Immediately and Calls upon the …
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: No proper medical care for Gaza patients not at death’s door
Relief Web 10 Jun 2014 – Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Country: Egypt, Jordan, occupied Palestinian territory Gaza’s health care system is riddled with deficiencies and is unable to fully meet the needs of the population. Israel allows most patients…

Lebanon: Humanitarian Bulletin Lebanon Issue 2 | 16 April – 31 May 2014
Relief Web 10 Jun 2014 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Highlights • PRS facing problems entering Lebanon • Worse than normal water scarcity in Lebanon • Successful Polio vaccination campaign • Affected Lebanese…

occupied Palestinian territory: Silencing the Press Sixteenth Report – Documentation of Israeli Attacks against Media Personnel in the oPt
Relief Web 10 Jun 2014 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory 01 January 2013 – 31 March 2014 Introduction Israeli force have continued to systematically attack local and international media workers, who are interested in covering the area despite the protection…

occupied Palestinian territory: State of the Gaza Strip’s border crossings (30 April 2014)
Relief Web 10 Jun 2014 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory This report documents the impact of the ongoing Israel-imposed siege on Palestinian civilians, which affects their economic and social conditions. This report also reveals the deterioration of the humanitarian situation…

The National

Karachi attack: passenger tells of fear aboard Emirates jet
The National 10 Jun 2014 – There was “extreme panic” when a huge explosion and automatic gunfire forced the pilot to turn the Dubai-bound plane around as it was taxiing down the runway, recounts a businessman who was on board.

ISIL militants seize control of Mosul
The National 10 Jun 2014 – Iraqi police and army forces abandoned their posts in the northern city of Mosul after militants overran the provincial government headquarters and other key buildings.

Pakistani forces repel another attack near Karachi airport
The National 10 Jun 2014 – Unsuccessful Taliban assault on security training facility followed fresh airstrikes on militant hideouts in the north-west.

Palestinian security forces loyal to Abbas break up Hamas protest
The National 10 Jun 2014 – Confrontation is the latest sign that the recent reconciliation deal with Fatah may be in trouble.

Gunmen kill Kenyan imam amid power struggle with radicals
The National 10 Jun 2014 – Mohamed Idris, 64, chairman of a key Mombasa mosque who opposed extremism, said he feared for his life.

El Sisi gets tough on sexual harrassment following Tahrir Square assaults
The National 10 Jun 2014 – The new Egyptian president has ordered the rapid implemenation of a new law that could see those found guilty of sexual harrassment sentenced to jail terms between six months and five years, according to a spokesman.

Angelina Jolie, William Hague open summit to stop sexual violence in war
The National 10 Jun 2014 – The London summit hopes to identify ways to better investigate and prosecute cases of sexual violence and provide support for women and girls.

Israel elects Reuven Rivlin as new president
The National 10 Jun 2014 – Considered to be among the Likud’s most hawkish members, Mr Rivlin has never hidden his opposition to the creation of a Palestinian state and is a staunch backer of Jewish settlements.

Thai beauty queen gives up crown after ‘execution’ comments draw ire
The National 10 Jun 2014 – Weluree Ditsayabut said she was giving up the chance to represent her country at the Miss Universe beauty pageant after her Facebook comments spark a barrage of online criticism.

Hostility marks start of trial for South Korean ferry crew
The National 10 Jun 2014 – Mourning family members packed the courtroom in Gwangju, the closest city to the scene of the disaster, as the 15 crew members were led in and seated.

In pictures: aftermath of Karachi airport siege
The National 10 Jun 2014 – A brazen attack on Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport by the Pakistani Taliban killed at least 36 people, including the 10 the militant gunmen, on June 9, 2014.

Protests in Nigeria as former central banker sworn in as Emir of Kano
The National 10 Jun 2014 – The post of Emir of Kano — the second-most senior Islamic leader in Nigeria — holds major influence across the country’s Muslim-majority north and has traditionally been above politics.

From their hospital beds, airport security forces describe Taliban firefight
The National 9 Jun 2014 – Officers describe confusion as Taliban attackers disguised as airport security forces fired on them from both sides.

Karachi attack shows Pakistani Taliban fighting to reassert itself
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.

Operation Trojan Horse sparks controversy in the UK
The National 9 Jun 2014 – Fears of Islamic radicalism in UK schools prompt calls for spot checks and a meeting of the ‘extremism task force’.


Tel Aviv pond water deadly, say dog owners
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Not all is well that ends well
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

President Shimon Peres’ legacy
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Who is Reuven Rivlin?
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

U.S., Europe Jews buying homes in Israel to escape their taxman
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Israeli medieval-style jousters take top honors in tourney
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Knesset to discuss IDF’s use of live-fire zones to relocate Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Knesset to discuss IDF’s use of live-fire zones to relocate Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses primary to Tea Party challenger
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Rivlin owes nothing but his victory to the ultra-Orthodox
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Berlin: The ‘new Zion’ for LGBTQ Israelis?
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Independent doctors blocked from seeing Palestinian hunger-strikers
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Sweat and tears: How Rivlin won- despite his own party
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

The noble history of the Rivlin clan
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Rivlin’s crucial mission: the preservation of Israeli democracy
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Boycotting Holocaust ‘whitewashing’ funds, Hungary’s Jews forge new path
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Obama congratulates Israel’s president-elect Rivlin
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Obama congratulates Israel’s president-elect Rivlin
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Student and suspected gunman dead in Oregon school shooting
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Alan Dershowitz: BDS a strategic threat to Israel in the long term
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

U.S., Israel vow ‘no surprises’ policy on Iran nuke talks
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Reuven Rivlin is elected Israel’s 10th president
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

And the Guinness World Record for largest Shabbat dinner in the world goes to…
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Rivlin’s election is not a right-wing victory
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Israeli hiker dies while trekking in Peru
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Suspected Boko Haram militants abduct up to 30 women in Nigeria
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Clinton criticized for saying Palestinians live ‘under occupation’
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Why Israel needs the wall
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Australian Jews can teach American Jews about Jewish education and continuity
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Rivlin faces Sheetrit in runoff vote for Israeli presidency
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Karachi airport attacked again
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

As Israel cuts defense budget, U.S. senators question aid
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Australian Jews preoccupied with their state’s new stance on East Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

IDF officer promoted despite role in Palestinian’s death
Ha’aretz – 10 Jun 2014

Palestinian detainees vow to keep up hunger strike: ‘Death over compromise’
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Public funding for public health care
Ha’aretz – 9 Jun 2014

Jerusalem Post

In my own write: Fall of the mighty
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Their ethical failures spread out through society like ripples in a pond when a stone is thrown in. 

US President Obama congratulates president-elect Rivlin on his victory
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Obama also praises outgoing President Shimon Peres saying he looks forward welcoming him in the US next month to receive Congressional Gold Medal. 

Charting a new course
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Under any circumstances, the unity government must maintain its security cooperation with Israel, build on it, and maintain its credibility and commitment on matters of security. 

The Hamas-Fatah consensus on Israel
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ engagement with Kerry during the past nine months of diplomatic talks cost the Palestinian leader points with the Palestinian public. 

No life without borders
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – The status quo only allows for two possibilities, both of them bad: a binational state, and being accused of apartheid. Borders would alter the situation entirely. 

OUR WORLD: Pragmatism, Obama and the Bergdahl swap
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – For nearly six years, Obama and his supporters have managed to fend off allegations that his foreign policy is even more ideological – and far more radical – than Bush’s by channeling the public’s aversion to pie-in-the-sky rhetoric and obfuscating facts. 

US encourages Iran nuclear talks remain ‘behind the scenes’ as France airs concerns
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – US Congressmen call for indefinite deal with unfettered access to Iran’s nuclear sites; French foreign minister says talks are “hitting a wall.” 

Aussie clarity
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – As the rest of the world seemed to be losing its moral compass, the Aussies were keeping themselves on course, pointing out the unique nature of the territorial conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. 

Israel festival review: Choirs from Germany and Jerusalem YMCA, June 7
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Franz Liszt Music Academy Choir, Jerusalem Academy Choir perform in Israel together. 

Making music at Masada
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Romanian-born soprano Elana Mosuc is looking forward to playing her favorite role in the Israeli Opera’s production of Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ 

President-elect Rivlin loves Jerusalem and Jabotinsky, opposes Palestinian state
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – 74-year-old Reuven “Rubi” Rivlin often talks about being a son of the Herut organization, with classic liberal values of democracy and freedom, together with a commitment to strong defense and the Land of Israel. 

National Council approves plan for mixed land, sea gas treatment
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Environmentalists congratulate decision to establish facilities for gas supplies, at sea 

Nat’l Council restores environmental NGO rep to key post but axes other public delegates
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Environmental organizations were glad to see their return to representation, but fail ure to reinstate all their delegates. 

Next president Rivlin declares: Long live Israel
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – The tension in the air in the Knesset was palpable as the result of the election remained unclear all day, but Rivlin, the “man of Jerusalem,” was victorious. 

Poll: Palestinians prefer suing Israel at the ICC rather than starting third intifada
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Palestinian Center for Policy and Research also finds that majority of Palestinians believe Fatah-Hamas unity does not close door on talks. 

Rabbinical court puts up obstacles for religious mother seeking to convert her adopted son
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Court tells mother that it would not convert her adopted son from Russia if he did not attend Shas religious kindergarten. 

Education Ministry and Wikipedia collaborate to write content for the internet site
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Wikimedia Foundation chair hopes joint venture with Israel will serve as example for other education systems around the world. 

Peres happy to help Rivlin make transition from Knesset to presidential mansion
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Peres counseled Rivlin: “Your role is not to rule but to serve. There is nothing more rewarding than serving the nation”. 

European Commission official uses expletives to get off ‘Zionist’ newsletter
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Mattia Zilli, an official with the EC’s Research Executive Agency asks to be taken off newsletter of Zionist NGO using less than diplomatic language. 

Knesset’s approves NIS 1 billion plan to aid Holocaust survivors
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Finance minister Lapid says real test will be in plan’s implementation: ‘survivors do not have time to wait.’ 

Likud’s Rivlin defeats Sheetrit, will be tenth president of Israel
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Rivlin beats Hatnua MK in second round runoff, winning 63 of 119 votes from MKs; Likud MK will replace Peres when he steps down after seven-year term in July. 

Al-Qaida offshoot in fierce offensive, carves out territory across Syria and Iraq
m Post 10 Jun 2014 – Fighting government forces and rebels in Iraq and Syria, ISIL kills hundreds in Syria in battles across Syria, Iraq, captures city, military aircraft in Iraq. 

Tourism to Israel at record levels, 1.5 million visit between January-May
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Minister Uzi Landau: “The recent visit of Pope Francis caused a significant spike in incoming tourism.” 

ADL: Las Vegas shooting by right-wing extremists part of growing trend
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Extreme ideologies provoke right-wing, anti-gov’t radicals into attacking police officers; white supremacists believe police tools of “Jewish-controlled” gov’t. 

Health Ministry filing complaint against dealing in illegal hair straighteners
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Health Ministry: “The contents of these products are not known, and some of them contain formaldehyde, which is dangerous to public health.” 

Arts in brief: June 10, 2014
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Reid Genauer in TA for one-off show; Turning an alternative leaf; ‘Tis the season of culture in Jerusalem; Silver screenings from Down Under. 

Ya’alon: Land for peace paradigm has brought only terror and rockets
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2014 – Defense minister says “0% chance” of Hamas recognizing Israel, warns Palestinian unity deal will lead to Hamas control of West Bank. 

Ukrainian Chief Rabbi skeptical of government aliyah plan
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2014 – The government will reportedly vote on establishing a new initiative to coax European Jews to come here in light of rising anti-Semitism on the continent. 

The Guardian

Australia won’t describe east Jerusalem as ‘occupied’  and is wrong to do so | Ben Saul
The Guardian 10 Jun 2014 – Australias new view is starkly at odds with the true status of east Jerusalem under international law and to dismiss ‘historical events’ as unhelpful is astonishingly foolish The attorney general and foreign minister have declared that…

Ari Shavit: ‘both occupation and intimidation are unacceptable’
The Guardian 10 Jun 2014 – His book My Promised Land has been hugely influential but does Ari Shavit really have anything new to say about the Arab/Israeli conflict? During an event at the Sydney writers festival last month, Israeli writer and…


BDS lays the basis for a true peace process
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – JUNE 4, 2014 – The recent collapse of the “Kerry Plan” to revive the two-state solution has once again exposed the peace process as a cynical travesty devoid of justice. Recycled in various permutations for over two decades, the U.S….

Hunger strike in Yarmouk camp in protest at the kidnapping of women Palestinian refugee from Yarmouk dies under torture 
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 – A Palestinian refugee was proclaimed dead on Sunday as a result of his exposure to severe torture in a Syrian jail, while many residents in Al-Yarmouk refugee camp started a hunger strike and refused to take…

Palestinian prisoners lives in danger after weeks of hunger strike – NGOs call for international support 
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 – Over 75 of the 125 Palestinian prisoners under administrative detention in Israel have been hospitalized after five weeks of continuous hunger strike, most of them in a life-threating state. The hunger strikers are demanding Israel either…

Netanyahu: Force-feed hunger-striking prisoners
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called during Mondays meeting of the security cabinet to move forward the discussion on a law to force-feed hunger-striking prisoners. The proposed law was voted in the first instance by the Israeli…

60 hunger strikers in Eshel prison in solitary confinement 
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 — Sixty hunger striking Palestinians in Israel s Eshel prison are being held in solitary confinement, a prisoner rights group said Tuesday.The Palestinian Prisoners Society said in a statement that the number of prisoners hunger striking in…

The US military is a terrorist organization A Nation of Cowards Fears Freeing Taliban POWs 
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 -Back during World War II — a bitterly fought, bloody conflict that lasted seven years (four years for the US) — many German prisoners of war were held in camps in the US. Others held by US…

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Just Told Us How to Close Gitmo (But Obama Won t Do It)
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014- Every media person knows to ensure maximum coverage for a story you put it out at the beginning of the week, a Monday. That gives pundits five days on the job to comment and amplify it. Conversely,…

Palestinians in Palestine still overwhelmingly against Assad
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014-As Assad opts for a modest 88.7% win for his third term, the latest Pew Global Attitudes Survey reaffirms that the self-designated liberator of Palestine continues to be flatly rejected by Palestinian in Palestine. The survey found that…

Israel in Political Isolation Over New Palestinian Government
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 – The United States decision to “work with” the new Palestinian government has virtually isolated Israel: the only country so far to have publicly rejected the political alliance between Fatah and Hamas. “Not a single nation has…

Palestinian murdered by Israeli forces in Huwarra
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 – In the late hours of Monday evening, Israeli forces executed 30-year-old, father of two, Alaa Mohammed Awadh, at Za tara checkpoint, in southern Nablus.The Israeli army claimed that a Palestinian gunman was shot dead after he…

What We Should Really Be Talking About With the Bowe Bergdahl Controversy
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 – After many months in the media doldrums, Guantánamo Bay is back in the ne
ws, but not for good reasons. President Obama is facing criticism for a prisoner swap, in which five Taliban prisoners in Guantánamo were…

The Power is His Obama Really Can Close Gitmo 
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 – Over the weekend the government of Qatar brokered a dramatic deal between the US and the Taliban to swap five Guantánamo prisoners for Bowe Bergdahl, a US soldier held as a prisoner of war for almost…

Pseudoleftism and the Self-Destruction of George Galloway
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 – … Amazingly, Galloway s voracious appetite for destroying his own credibility and damaging his favored causes was not sated by these dubious achievements. He revealed his true value for the lives and well-being of Muslims by relentlessly…

The Train of Palestinian Reconciliation Reaches One More Station
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – Jun 4 2014 – The formation of a new Palestinian government between Fatah and Hamas announced on Monday is an important station on the path to reconciliation, “but there still many stations to be reached before achieving real unity based…

Iraq snapshot – June 4 , 2014 
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 – Nouri al-Maliki s War Crimes continue as he continues bombing residential neighborhood. National Iraqi News Agency reports 2 civilians were killed and eleven more injured in the latest series of bombings. These War Crimes have been…

Large majority votes for MLA resolution condemning Israeli restrictions on academics
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 – An overwhelming majority of members of the Modern Language Association (MLA) voted in favor of a resolution condemning Israel s restrictions on the movements and entry of Palestinian academics. But due to the academic association s…

(Wissam Nassar / Maan Images) Large majority votes for MLA resolution condemning Israeli restrictions on academics
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 – An overwhelming majority of members of the Modern Language Association (MLA) voted in favor of a resolution condemning Israel s restrictions on the movements and entry of Palestinian academics. But due to the academic association s…

Israel wants us to be dependent on aid : Gaza s economy under siege 
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 – Last week the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics published its most recent unemployment data in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The unemployment rate in Gaza jumped last quarter and now stands at 40.8 percent….

Human rights groups reveal cruel treatment of Palestinian children by Israel
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014- Defence for Children International, Palestine (DCI) and the Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel (Adalah) have said that the Israeli occupation is mistreating Palestinian children. Jordan s Al-Ghad daily newspaper reported that DCI lawyers collected…

Israeli academic conferences hit by boycott as speakers withdraw
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 – Two conferences taking place in Israeli universities this month have lost keynote and plenary speakers, following the Palestinian boycott call. The Oral History Conference set to take place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on 7-9…

New survey: Food insecurity affects 1 in 3 Palestinian households
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 -A third of Palestinian households in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, around 1.6 million people, are food insecure, according to an annual survey by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) and UN agencies. The disparity…

Remember the USS Liberty? The US and Israel wish you didn t
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 -It is often assumed that Israel was on the defensive in the Six-Day War of June 1967. That is testimony to the success of its propaganda, because the reality was very different. “From the very beginning,” wrote…

The unholy security coordination
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 -The formation of a new Palestinian government means nothing, even if it is a “national reconciliation government”, if a national programme based on equity (and not the division of “incomplete authority” between Fatah and Hamas) is not…

A Message From Edward Snowden, One Year Later
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 4, 2014 – It s been one year. Technology has been a liberating force in our lives. It allows us to create and share the experiences that make us human, effortlessly. But in secret, our very own government –…

Syria News – June 3, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014– By the end of Tuesday, the coordination committees were able to document 107 martyrs, among them 10 women, 17 children, and 3 martyrs under torture: 44 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 35 martyrs in Damascus and its…

UK referred to International Criminal Court for war crimes in Iraq
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014- International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has accepted the complaint lodged in January alleging that UK military personnel committed war crimes against Iraqis in their custody between 2003 and 2008. She has ordered a preliminary investigation….

LA City Council members denounce student activists over ethics pledge critiquing Israel lobby trips
Uruknet 10 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014 – It was a simple idea. Activists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) recruited student leaders to sign onto a pledge stating they would not go on free trips sponsored by organizations that promote discrimination….

NSA collects facial images of hundreds of millions of people
Uruknet 9 Jun 2014 – June 3, 2014- In the latest exposure of the US National Security Agency based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the New York Times reported Sunday that the agency collects images of hundreds of millions of people…

Daily Star

Police arrest alleged suburb rapist
Daily Star 10 Jun 2014 Police arrested a serial rapist in the Beirut suburb of Aramoun, the Internal Security Forces said in a statement Tuesday night.

Obama congratulates Egypt’s new president
Daily Star 10 Jun 2014 President Barack Obama has called Egypt’s new president to congratulate him on his inauguration and convey his commitment to working together.

Assad tops list of Syria war crimes suspects handed to ICC: former prosecutor
Daily Star 10 Jun 2014 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad tops a list of 20 sample war crimes indictments of government officials and rebels drafted by experts for prosecution someday, a former international war crimes prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Right-wing Rivlin elected Israel’s president
Daily Star 10 Jun 2014 Reuven Rivlin, a right-wing legislator opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state, was elected Israel’s president Tuesday to replace the dovish Shimon Peres in the largely ceremonial post.

Jihadists take areas in Iraq’s Salaheddin province
Daily Star 10 Jun 2014 Jihadists seized two areas of Iraq’s Salaheddin province on Tuesday, officials said, after taking control of all of one province and parts of another earlier in the day.

Bahrain hands heavy jail terms to Shiite protesters
Daily Star 10 Jun 2014 A Bahraini court handed down jail sentences of up to 13 years Tuesday against 13 defendants convicted of attacking police during an anti-government demonstration in 2012, a judicial official said.

Iraqi militants threaten entire region: US
Daily Star 10 Jun 2014 Jihadists who have seized Iraq’s second city of Mosul pose a threat to the entire region, the United States warned Tuesday, voicing deep concern about the “extremely serious” situation.

Putin met Saudi minister to discuss Syria: Kremlin
Daily Star 10 Jun 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin met recently with Saudi Arabian foreign minister Saud al-Faisal, a Kremlin spokesman said on Tuesday, as both countries appeared to step up dialogue over the war in Syria.

Iran will ‘do its best’ to secure nuclear deal: Rouhani
Daily Star 10 Jun 2014 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday his country would “do its best” to secure a nuclear deal as Tehran and Washington held crunch talks on the long-running dispute.

Egypt’s Sisi tells Interior Minister to fight sexual harassment
Daily Star 10 Jun 2014 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ordered the interior minister to fight sexual harassment following the arrest of seven men for attacking women near Cairo’s Tahrir Square during his inauguration celebrations, his office said on Tuesday.

UN chief ‘gravely concerned’ by Iraq city takeover
Daily Star 10 Jun 2014 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed grave concern Tuesday about the jihadist takeover of Iraq’s second city of Mosul, calling on political leaders to unite in the face of threats.

YNet News

“Arab Idol” to FIFA Congress: Viva Palestine
YNet News, 10 Jun 2014 – ….

The useful idiots of the BDS campaign
YNet News, 10 Jun 2014 – Op-ed: Breaking the Silence activists have become part of ‘Durban strategy,’ which aims to destroy the State of Israel. ….

Iran questions nuclear deal deadline as talks ‘hit wall’
YNet News, 10 Jun 2014 – ….

Israel rejects Africans’ request to convert to Judaism
YNet News, 10 Jun 2014 – Dozens of Eritrean and Sudanese infiltrators have asked to become part of Jewish people in past year bid to receive residence permit and perhaps even Israeli citizenship, Ynet learns. ….

Baroness de Rothschild: Israel must wean itself off ‘grant dependency’ 
YNet News, 10 Jun 2014 – The Jewish state must shift toward a new era of ‘venture philanthropy’ in which social investments yield real results; Baroness Rothschild tells Ynetnews about a move towards sustainable philanthropy. ….

Obama congratulates al-Sisi on electoral victory
YNet News, 10 Jun 2014 – ….

Afghan poppy crop threatening reconstruction
YNet News, 10 Jun 2014 – ….

US condemns siege in Iraq’s 2nd largest city
YNet News, 10 Jun 2014 – ….

Obama backs the wrong horse, again
YNet News, 10 Jun 2014 – Op-ed: No one should be surprised that US is willing to work with Palestinian unity government. ….

The sad story of Israel’s presidential race
YNet News, 10 Jun 2014 – Op-ed: New president will be measured by number of houses he has; experience, wisdom and discretion are apparently no longer important. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Israeli Knesset approves force-feeding bill
PIC – The Israeli Knesset approved Monday a bill to force-feed hunger strikers in the first reading where 29 MKs voted in favor of the bill while 19 MKs opposed.

Int’l team to investigate Palestinian teenager’s death on Nakba day
PIC – An international team of doctors is expected to investigate the death of the Palestinian teenager who was shot dead during Nakba Day near Beitunia town by an Israeli soldier few meters away.

Bahar, Hamas slam PA attacks on Palestinian MPs, women
PIC – Hamas leadership slammed the attacks launched by the security apparatuses of the Palestinian Authority (PA) on women and MPs, including Hassan Youssef and Fathi Kar’awi.

Palestinian homes invaded, civilians rounded up following IOF raids
PIC – A series of raid-campaigns was launched by the Israeli Occupation Forces at dawn Tuesday in different areas of the West Bank, where scores of Palestinian civilians and homes were attacked throughout.

Detainee Ayman Atabish on hunger striker for 103 uninterrupted days
PIC – Palestinian detainee Ayman Atabish, sentenced administratively to 6 months with neither charge nor trial, has been without food for 103 days and vowed to keep going until all of his demands are met.

Israel bans Sheikh Ra’ed Salah from travelling
PIC – The Israeli minister of interior on Monday decided to ban Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in the 1948 occupied lands, from leaving the occupied territories until July 9, 2014.

Citizens treated for gas inhalation in IOF assault on Jenin village
PIC – A number of Palestinian citizens in Yabad town, south of Jenin, were treated for breathing difficulty after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided their town with a barrage of teargas canisters.


Open Source: Glimpses of Mosul in Islamist Hands on YouTube
New York Times 10 Jun 2014 – Video uploaded to YouTube appeared to offer images of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, under the control of Islamist militants. 

Sunni Militants Drive Iraqi Army Out of Mosul
New York Times 10 Jun 2014 – Soldiers abandoned Iraq’s second-largest city as fighters raided military bases and the governor’s building in one of the most audacious assaults on the government since the U.S. military withdrawal. 

Egyptian Government Criticized Anew Over Response to Sexual Assaults
New York Times 10 Jun 2014 – A video showing a mass assault on a woman during a Tahrir Square celebration has stirred new outrage among rape victims and women’s rights advocates. 

To Aid the Blind, an Assist From Cameras
New York Times 10 Jun 2014 – Two devices developed in Israel — a smart contact lens and an iPhone app that turns sights into sounds — aim to give users a kind of sight. 

Israeli Parliament Elects Rivlin as New President
New York Times 10 Jun 2014 – The selection of Reuven Rivlin, a veteran Likud Party politician, ends what was seen as an unseemly race for a largely ceremonial post. 

Arms Windfall for Insurgents as Iraq City Falls
New York Times 10 Jun 2014 – Weapons provided by the Unites States to help Iraqi forces battle militants are now in the hands of the militants. 

Op-Ed Contributor: Arm Syria’s Opposition
New York Times 10 Jun 2014 – American interests demand that we support the moderate fighters against both Assad and the jihadists. 

Op-Ed Contributor: Clerical Rule, Luxury Lifestyle
New York Times 10 Jun 2014 – Much of Iran’s wealth is in the hands of government officials and their cronies. 

Peres, at 90, Is Ready to Leave the Israeli Presidency, but Not to Retire
New York Times 9 Jun 2014 – The sole survivor of Israel’s founding generation in public office, Shimon Peres stretched the bounds of a largely c
eremonial office. 

World Briefing: Libya: Court Rejects Disputed Vote to Replace Interim Prime Minister
New York Times 9 Jun 2014 – Libya’s top court rejected the Islamist-led Parliament’s appointment of a new prime minister in a contested vote. 

World Briefing: Israel: General Has Hopeful View About the Nuclear Talks With Iran
New York Times 9 Jun 2014 – As Iran and the United States began talks in Geneva to advance negotiations over Iran’s disputed nuclear activities, a top Israeli intelligence official said he believed that Iran was serious about ensuring the success of the negotiations. 

‘Will FIFA free our sons?’: International football associations discuss the Israeli occupation ahead of the World Cup
Mondoweiss – Johar Halabiye (left), 19 years old, was shot last January in Abu Dis, along with his cousin Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 18 years old, also a football player. They are both in administrative detention. (Photo via xssportpal.blogspot.co.uk) Today, June 10, representatives from football associations around the world will…

Local activists welcome Gates Foundation divestment of all shares from G4S
Mondoweiss – “So..turns out these folks were right. G4S is a really bad investment” (Graphic: Stephanie Westbrook) After worldwide protests, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has liquidated their entire stock in British security company G4S .  Local and international campaigns had raised concerns about the role that G4S…

Palestinians ‘under occupation… denied dignity and self-determination’ — Clinton
Mondoweiss – Hillary Clinton Two months ago Chris Christie made the mistake of referring to the “occupied territories.” Now Hillary Clinton is getting flak from a conservative for referring to the “occupation.” Clinton’s new memoir,  Hard Choices , mentions a 1981 trip to the West Bank ( per Haaretz ): “When we…

Please help Gaza leader Ayman Nijim pursue his trauma studies in Vermont
Mondoweiss – Ayman Nijim This post is an appeal on behalf of a young Gaza intellectual leader who seeks support for his studies at the School for International Training in Vermont. Three authors are asking you to help Nijim: Lora Lucero, an Albuquerque lawyer; the co-editor of this site, Phil…

Settler leader Dani Dayan given yet another platform in the NY Times
Mondoweiss – Photo of Dani Dayan, from Jodi Rudoren’s New York Times article “A Settler Leader, Worldly and Pragmatic” Yesterday, the New York Times gave Dani Dayan, one of the leaders of the settlement movement, an opportunity to publicize his prescription for Israeli/Palestinian co-existence in an op-ed . I…

Hamas-Fatah reconciliation: Palestinian unity on Israel’s terms won’t help
Mondoweiss – Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, center, poses for a photograph with the members of the new Palestinian unity government in the West Bank city of Ramallah today. (photo: Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images ) In the celebratory atmosphere last week as the Palestinian unity government was sworn in,…

Israeli police arrest three Palestinian youth who returned to the village of Iqrit
Mondoweiss – Jeries Khiatt, Nidal Khoury, and Walaa Sbeit in court this morning. (Photo: Iqrit) Sunday morning police and authorities with the Israeli Lands Administration arrested three youth in the village of Iqrit near the border with Lebanon, uprooting trees and confiscating tents and furniture. The youths—Walaa Sbeit, Nidal…

Chris Matthews and David Corn defend Israel against ‘slander’ of apartheid
Mondoweiss – I just saw this on Hardball. Bill Kristol’s group the Emergency Committee for Israel has a new attack ad out against Hillary Clinton. It’s to air on the ABC network tonight during an interview with the former secretary of State.  The ad scores Hillary Clinton for…

French Participation in Birthright Expected to Increase Tenfold This Year 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Jun 2014 – The number of French participants in Taglit-Birthright Israel is slated to increase to 1,000 this year from approximately 100 a year ago. Click here for the rest of the article…

U.N. ‘Jews in Israel’ Show To Open in Paris Over Arab Objections 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Jun 2014 – An exhibition on the Jewish presence in the land of Israel that had been canceled due to pressure from Arab states will open at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel MPs elect Rivlin as president 
BBC 10 Jun 2014 – The Israeli parliament elects veteran Likud lawmaker Reuven Rivlin as the country’s next president.

Emergency Committee for Israel Slams Hillary Clinton in Video Ad 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Jun 2014 – In a new video ad, the Emergency Committee for Israel takes on Hillary Clinton, trying to drive home the notion that she is no great friend of the Jewish state. Click here for the rest of the article…

Sisi vows to end Egypt sex assaults 
BBC 10 Jun 2014 – Egypt’s President Sisi orders a crackdown on sexual assaults amid public anger after women were attacked in Cairo during his inauguration.

Right Winger Reuven Rivlin Elected President of Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Jun 2014 – Reuven Rivlin, a right-wing legislator opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state, was elected Israel’s president on Tuesday and will replace the dovish Shimon Peres in the largely ceremonial post. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Graphic ‘sexual assault’ shocks Egypt 
BBC 10 Jun 2014 – Shock and anger in Egypt at video of Tahrir attack

DIO: Syria ‘could lose generation’ in war 

BBC 10 Jun 2014 – A UN official warns that young people in Syria will need support in the future to deal with their experience of living in a conflict zone.

Tens of thousands flee Iraq’s Mosul 
BBC 10 Jun 2014 – More than 150,000 people are forced to flee Iraq’s second city Mosul after Islamist militants effectively take control of it and several other towns.

US to Iran: No sanctions relief without nuclear transparency 
Al-Monitor 10 Jun 2014 – US lawmakers are beginning to lay out their demands for a tough inspection regime in exchange for any sanctions relief.

VIDEO: Residents flee Iraq’s second city 
BBC 10 Jun 2014 – Iraq’s prime minister has called on parliament to declare a state of emergency after militants take control of the city of Mosul.

The diversion strategy: Lebanese racism, classism, and the refugees 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jun 2014 – Participants of a sit-in organized by the Socialist Forum in support of Syrian refugees against racism, classism, and xenophobia at the steps of the Lebanese National Museum on June 9, 2014. (Photo: Al-Akhbar – Lara Bitar) Participants of a sit-in organized by the Socialist Forum in…

Suspected Syrian jihadists kidnap eight workers in eastern Lebanon 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jun 2014 – Suspected Syrian rebels kidnapped eight workers from eastern Lebanon Tuesday, state media reported. Lebanon’s National News Agency said the gunmen, suspected of belonging to the jihadist al-Nusra Front, broke into a quarry on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek where they captured the workers, along with two…

Why Rivlin’s win is a defeat for Netanyahu 
Al-Monitor 10 Jun 2014 – The Israeli prime minister tried and failed to prevent his right-wing rival from becoming president.

Is Football Federation chief al-Rajoub a Qatari-backed successor to Abbas? 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jun 2014 – FIFA President Sepp Blatter (C-L) and the head of the Palestinian Federation of Football Jibril Rajoub (C-R) watch a training session at a football academy named after Blatter, in Al-Bireh, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 27, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Abbas Momani) FIFA President…

Twin blasts kill 20 mourners near Iraq funeral 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jun 2014 – Two bombs exploded near a funeral procession in the Iraqi city of Baquba on Tuesday, killing 20 people, police and a doctor said. The blasts in the capital of Diyala province, 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of Baghdad, also wounded 28 people, the sources said. Mourners…

Israel chooses extreme right Likud candidate for presidency 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jun 2014 – Reuven Rivlin, a far-right member of Israel’s ruling Likud, was elected Tuesday by Parliament to be its 10th president when Shimon Peres steps down in July, parliamentary speaker Yuri Edelstein said. Announcing the results of a run-off vote, Edelstein said Rivlin had defeated his challenger Meir…

Iraq to arm civilian volunteers in war against ISIS rebels 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jun 2014 – The Iraqi government will provide weapons and equipment to citizens who volunteer to fight against jihadist fighters, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on Tuesday. Maliki, in a statement broadcast on state TV, said the cabinet has “created a special crisis cell to follow up on the…

Syria begins releasing prisoners under amnesty deal 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jun 2014 – Syria has begun releasing prisoners from government jails under a general amnesty announced by President Bashar al-Assad, human rights lawyers told AFP on Tuesday. Rights lawyers also said prominent prisoners of conscience, including journalist Mazen Darwish, were expected to be freed under the amnesty. “Dozens of…

Will Homs truce be repeated in Aleppo? 
Al-Monitor 10 Jun 2014 – Hezbollah sources indicate that efforts are underway, including interventions by Iranian and Turkish authorities, to repeat the truce reached in Homs last month in Aleppo.

UK wishes to expand partnership with Tunisia 
Al-Monitor 10 Jun 2014 – The British Ambassador to Tunisia Hamish Cowell said that he wishes to expand British-Tunisian ties to help address the latter’s pressing issues.

Rebel attack on power lines causes total blackout in Yemen 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jun 2014 – Yemen suffered a total blackout on Tuesday after gunmen in the eastern province of Marib sabotaged key power lines, the Electricity and Energy Ministry announced. “The act of sabotage at Kilometer 78 (48 miles east of Sanaa) suspended the entire national power and energy grid, including…

Turkey’s Kurds key to Erdogan’s presidency bid 
Al-Monitor 10 Jun 2014 – The Kurdish movement, uneasy with the stalling of the peace process, may have a card to play in the August presidential election.

Israeli parliament passes bill to allow force feeding Palestinian prisoners 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jun 2014 – Israel’s parliament gave initial approval to a law to enable the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners on a hunger strike, drawing defiance from activists who said on Tuesday it would not deter the inmates. Some 120 Palestinians held by Israel began refusing food on April 24 in…

Final showdown over salaries scale and official exams 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Jun 2014 – Students are searched as they enter one of the testing centers in Northern Bekaa before they take their official
exams on June 23, 2013. (Photo: Rameh Hamiye) Students are searched as they enter one of the testing centers in Northern Bekaa before they take their official…

Why Turkey finally labeled Jabhat al-Nusra a terrorist group 
Al-Monitor 10 Jun 2014 – The Turkish government may be waking up to its failed Syria policies.

Information indicates Father Paolo Dall’Oglio is alive and in ISIS captivity 
Al-Akhbar Politics 10 Jun 2014 – Member of the Islamist Syrian opposition group Ahrar al-Sham fires against a position of the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG), during clashes in the countryside of the northern Syrian Raqqa province on August 25, 2013. (Photo: AFP-Alice Martins) Member of the Islamist…

Sisi offers opportunity for renewed Egyptian centrality 
Al-Monitor 10 Jun 2014 – Under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt has a chance to resume the central role in the Arab world that it lost after the Camp David Accords.

Fahmy: US will not be the ‘only option’ in Egypt’s foreign policy 
Al-Monitor 10 Jun 2014 – In an interview with An-Nahar, Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy expressed his hope that the positive changes in the country continue for the advantage of Egypt, as well as the rest of the Arab states.

Syrian Kurds continue to blame Turkey for backing ISIS militants 
Al-Monitor 10 Jun 2014 – In a report from northeast Syria, Syrian Kurds, locked in a bloody battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, also fear a potential clash with Syrian government forces.

Khamenei rep: Revolutionary Guard media needs to be accurate 
Al-Monitor 10 Jun 2014 – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representative to the Revolutionary Guard has said that some media outlets with ties to the armed forces should tread more cautiously in their coverage.

Curiosity [not Culture] is a basic need 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 10 Jun 2014 – A few days ago, I attended a press conference organized by AFAC, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, held at the abandoned Holiday Inn building right above the Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut. They were announcing ten new grantees in their Arab Documentary Photography Program in…

Do Israeli women deserve their own awards? 
Al-Monitor 10 Jun 2014 – An initiative to establish a special prize for Israeli women artists provokes a public debate on whether affirmative action helps in advancing women or damages the battle for gender equality.

Ex-Islamic Jihad leader launches new armed group in Gaza 
Al-Monitor 10 Jun 2014 – A former Islamic Jihad leader has announced the creation of a new “resistance faction” in the Gaza Strip, which has been accused of promoting sectarianism.

A corrective interpretation of an inadequate law: The first implementation of the domestic violence law 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…


Palestinian unity on Israel’s terms won’t help 
Jonathan Cook In Nazareth, Redress 6/10/2014
      In the celebratory atmosphere last week as the Palestinian unity government was sworn in, ending a seven-year feud between Fatah and Hamas, it was easy to overlook who was absent.
     Hamas had agreed to remain in the shadows to placate Washington, which is legally obliged to refuse aid to a government that includes a designated terrorist group. The new Palestinian cabinet looked little different from its predecessor; Hamas’s input was limited to three independents, all in low-level ministerial positions.
     And because this transitional government is still operating within the confines of Israeli occupation, the three ministers from Gaza were refused permits to travel to the West Bank for the swearing-in ceremony on 2 June.
     The appointment of a temporary government of technocrats is likely to be the easiest phase of the reconciliation agreed in late April. The deal has endured so far – unlike earlier agreements – because Hamas, in even more desperate straits than its rival, Fatah, has capitulated.
     For that reason, the United States and most of the world hurried to offer their blessing. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, on the other hand, made dire warnings about the “strengthening of terror” and gave the go ahead for 3,300 settler homes to punish the Palestinians.
     A far trickier stage is still to come: the Palestinian cabinet under President Mahmoud Abbas needs to oversee a bitterly contested national election between Fatah and Hamas expected early next year. more.. e-mail

Houston stadium security detains soccer fan for waving Palestinian flag as ‘racial slur’ 
Annie Robbins, Mondoweiss 6/6/2014
      Last Sunday, Palestinian-American Buthayna Hammad attended a soccer match at BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston’s downtown 22,000-seat soccer-specific stadium, home to the Houston Dynamo. About 15 minutes after the game started Hammad was approached by the head of Compass Stadium’s security Nathan Buchanan. Soon she encountered a total of eight security officials, four from stadium security and the other four, Houston police officers.
     Why? because she was waving a Palestinian flag. Stadium security informed her that her Palestinian flag implied a “racial slur” and therefore was in violation of BBVA Compass Stadium rules.
     Hammad, a native of Houston, is an avid soccer fan. She attended the match with her “alt family from Honduras” including her Honduran boyfriend. The match was between Israel and Honduras.
     The implications of this story are mind-numbing, and we’ll discuss that later. First, in Buthayna Hammad’s own words, cited in Free Press Houston (FPR): “Mere Existence of Palestine Deemed a ‘Threatening Racial Slur’ by the Houston Dynamo Organization.”
     “I wore a Honduras jersey and was eager to cheer on this team, dressed to represent Honduras. To represent my own heritage as a Palestinian-American, I also brought my Palestinian flag. I made sure my flag was allowed (based on the size, etc.) and I was all ready to go. For the first 15 minutes of the match I stood up and cheered and stomped my feet with the rest of the crowd chanting “HON-DU-RAS” and waving my Palestinian flag, my colors vibrant and loud against a sea of blue and white…and apparently also racist….” more.. e-mail

Lame duck, not nuclear duck: Netanyahu’s staggering defeat 
Dimi Reider, +972 Magazine 6/10/2014
      The slow crumbling of Netanyahu’s political prestige reached its nadir on Tuesday, when his own heir apparent Gideon Sa’ar turned against him to elevate arch-rival Reuven Rivlin to presidency. 
     Reuven Rivlin’s victory in the presidential elections on Tuesday was a resounding one, but nowhere near as resonant as Benjamin Netanyahu’s defeat – a domestic political defeat to match his 2013 failure to stop Iran-U.S. rapprochement, which yanked the rug out from under his foreign policy.
     Rivlin and Netanyahu weren’t running against each other. Quite the contrary, Rivlin was the candidate of Netanyahu’s own party, Likud, adored by the party’s rank-and-file and Israelis in the street alike. With a bit of self-discipline and an exercise of that most elusive quality of leadership – humility – Netanyahu could have transformed today’s event into a sweeping victory for his party, for the nationalist camp and for himself personally. Worst come to worst, he could have even written it off as a pointless formality, playing on the public’s weariness of the largely ceremonial presidential role. Instead, Netanyahu made it into a personal crusade, raising the stakes of the presidential race immensely and amplifying his defeat to match. He is perceived as having ignored, deceived and ultimately betrayed his own party – and all to lose the race. This doesn’t mean Netanyahu will be going anywhere tomorrow, but it does mean that the historical fourth term he covets is becoming increasingly unlikely, and that like many a Prime Minister to have served three terms, the final blow might well come from his own home party.
     The Netanyahu-Rivlin rift goes back to 2009, when the freshly victorious Netanyahu had Rivlin elected once again as Speaker of the Knesset. Rivlin, a tradionalist if there ever was one, soon proved to be much more loyal to parliament and to the letter of the law than to his own party…. more.. e-mail

Palfest: Who represents whom in literature? 
Jamil Khade, Al Jazeera 6/9/2014
      This year’s Palfest raises important questions of the politics of literary representation.
     On the opening night of the seventh Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest) in Ramallah, an impassioned controversy broke out over the political correctness of literary and cultural representations of Palestinians in world literature. The renowned Danish writer Hanne-Vibeke Holst read an excerpt from her 2011 novel, Undskyldningen (The Apology), which injects a Palestinian turned suicide bomber, Khalil, into a rocky relationship between a liberal mother, Helena Tholstrup, and her daughter Sophie. Holst had not finished reading when some members of audience audibly made it clear that such images are offensive and outrageous.
     International literary and cultural event like PalFest are no strangers to controversy, but they also can offer excellent and productive opportunities to reflect on the ways in which literary and cultural production can help transcend stereotypical Orientalist images. They can also open up a space for cultural dialogue, soul searching, and mutual translation.
     Power and culture
     This annual literary and cultural festival brings together dozens of international literary figures, artists and musical bands. They come to Palestine to reaffirm the world’s solidarity with the Palestinians in their struggle for liberty and human dignity against the inhumane and immoral Israeli apartheid state and Zionist settler-colonialism. Indeed, these luminaries are even more than willing to endure hours of humiliation, interrogation and detainment at the Israeli military border checkpoints just to attend the event.
     These writers come to Palestine in order to celebrate, as the organisers state using a quote from the late Palestinian academic and public intellectual Edward Said, “the power of culture over the culture of power”…. more.. e-mail

Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation: Unity on Israel’s Terms Won’t Help
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Jun 2014 – By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth In the celebratory atmosphere last week as the Palestinian unity government was sworn in, ending a seven-year feud between Fatah and Hamas, it was easy to overlook who was absent. Hamas had agreed to remain in the shadows to placate Washington, which is legally obligated to refuse aid to a government that includes a designated terrorist group. The new Palestinian cabinet looked little different from its predecessor; Hamas’ input was limited to three independents, all in low-level ministerial positions. And because this transitional government is still operating within the confines of Israeli occupation, the three ministers from Gaza were refused permits to travel to the West Bank for the swearing-in ceremony on June 2. The appointment of a temporary government of technocrats is likely to be the easiest phase of the reconciliation agreed in late April. The deal has endured so far – unlike earlier…more

Failure of Secularism, Rise of Islam
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Jun 2014 – By Hasan Afif El-Hasan Through world history, religions have provided the concepts and the language by which human beings
have pursued their immediate interests and defined their ultimate values. The religious outlook is a continuous dialogue that addresses the human concern and the changing circumstances of its followers. In Europe and in the Americas, as in Muslim countries, questions of justice and civil rights, public obligations, class privileges, and even revolutions and civil wars have been inseparable from religious issues. It is misleading to suggest that the rise of secular culture today banished Christian considerations. Islam today is an ideology that has evolved through centuries of shared cultural tradition. Its followers are competing with seculars on authority and politics. Western writers frequently portray the renewed commitment to Islam as a return to some irrelevant and regressive past, while Christian and Jewish renewal in the West tends to receive more tactful…

Why Do Syrians Overwhelmingly Support Their Government?
Dissident Voice: 10 Jun 2014 – Ironically, one of the factors that made the Syrian presidential election a success is the six million displaced Syrians that chose to seek refuge within Syria rather than flee to neighboring countries.  These are persons that escaped from “rebel” zones to government areas, thus depopulating the former but swelling the government constituency. A result is that the vast majority of Syrians was able to participate in the election. This is the surprising picture revealed by the voting statistics of the presidential election.  The extraordinary turnout shows that nearly all the non-voters are persons outside the country, either expatriate citizens or refugees, leaving only a tiny fraction of the former civilian population amongst the opposition fighters.  In fact, at a rate of more than two to one, displaced Syrians prefer to remain in their country – in government areas – rather than flee abroad. Although conditions are undeniably crowded and often…more

What Palestinian Unity Is All About
Dissident Voice: 10 Jun 2014 – 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 to true and…more

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