VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 16 June 2014

16 June 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Hebron: Families Kicked Out Of Their Homes
IMEMC – Invasions Continue In West Bank [Monday, June 16, 2014] The Israeli military continued its massive invasion and arrests in different parts of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, and so far kicked out three Palestinian families from their homes, to use them as military posts, and even to sleep there. …

Several Structures Demolished In Jerusalem
IMEMC – [Monday Evening, June 16 2014] Israeli army bulldozers demolished several Palestinian structures, including residential, in the al-‘Ezariyya town, in occupied East Jerusalem. …

Analyst: High Level Plan Behind Missing Settlers
IMEMC – Military correspondent and defense analyst for Israeli paper Haaretz, Amos Harel, claims that the case of the missing three Israeli settlers is an abduction performed at a high level of planning and strict compartmentalization: …

Hunger Strike: Demonstration Against Prisoner Force-Feeding Bill
IMEMC – New bill aims to deprive 1948-territory Palestinians of insurance Dozens of international, Israeli and Palestinian activists and doctors held a demonstration outside the Knesset building, in west Jerusalem, on Monday, in protest of the new bill which promotes force-feeding of hunger-striking Palestinian detainees. …

PLC Head, Two Legislators, Kidnapped In Hebron
IMEMC – [Monday, June 16, 2014] Israeli soldiers continued their massive arrest campaign, and military invasions, and kidnapped Dr. Aziz Dweik, head of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), along with Legislators Bassem az-Za’arir and Azzam Salhab. …

Two Children Injured In Hebron After Army Detonates Door Of Their Home
IMEMC – [Sunday at night, June 15, 2014] Palestinian medical sources have reported that two children were wounded when Israeli soldiers detonated the main door of their home, in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. …

Army Invades Ramallah
IMEMC – On Sunday evening [June 15, 2014] Dozens of Israeli military vehicles invaded the central West Bank city of Ramallah, the nearby towns of al-Biereh and Betunia, and clashed with dozens of Palestinian youth. …

Ma’an News

Palestinian critically injured in clashes near Ramallah
6/16/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Six Palestinians were injured including one critically in clashes with Israeli forces near Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah. Israeli forces fired live and rubber-coated steel bullets at protesters who threw rocks at Israeli forces deployed near the checkpoint, injuring six of them. Yazan Yacoub, 17, was shot in the chest and abdomen with a live bullet. He underwent an operation and is…. Related: Israeli forces kill Palestinian during Ramallah arrest raid

Israel detains over 40 Hamas members across West Bank
6/16/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces continued a wide-ranging detention campaign in the West Bank overnight Sunday, detaining over 40 Hamas members, including several lawmakers. Israeli forces raided Hebron and detained speaker of the Palestinian parliament, Aziz Dweik, along with five other parliamentarians. Soldiers also detained lawmakers Basim Zaarir, Samir al-Qadi, Azzam Salhab, Muhammad al-Tal and Nayif Rajoub. Jawad Bahr Natsha, Muhammad Shafiq Qawasmi, Firas…. Related: Hamas warns of ‘consequences’ if Israel expels leaders to Gaza

Israeli forces ransack offices, confiscate computers in Jenin
6/16/2014 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces early Monday raided the offices of two Palestinian organizations in the northern West Bank, security sources said. Palestinian security forces told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers broke into the office of the Palestinian National Initiative political party and a Hamas-affiliated charitable organization, the Muslim Girl Society. Soldiers ransacked the offices, spending hours searching the premises, before confiscating a….

3 injured by rubber-coated bullets in Beit Ummar clashes
6/17/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Three Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated bullets during clashed with Israeli forces in the Hebron district on Monday, a local popular committee spokesman said. Muhammed Ayyad Awad told Ma’an that seven Israeli military vehicles entered Beit Ummar north of Hebron, and that Palestinian youths hurled rocks at the vehicles. Clashes broke out between the youths and Israeli forces, and….

Hebron on strike as Israel tightens closure around city
6/16/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A commercial strike was announced by shopkeepers in Hebron on Monday as Israel tightened its closure of the city in search for three missing youths. A Ma’an reporter said all shops and stores remain closed in Hebron with streets virtually empty as the city shows solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. The city was subject to widespread overnight….

Israeli authorities close Gaza crossings
6/16/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities closed the Kerem Shalom crossing with the Gaza Strip on Monday, having briefly reopened it earlier in the day. Palestinian crossings official Nathmi Muhanna told Ma’an that Israel prevented trucks from entering Gaza and declared the crossing closed. Israel closed the both the Erez and Kerem Shalom crossing last Thursday, after three Israeli youths were reported….

Hunger-strikers call on Palestinians to intervene
6/16/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — On their 54th day of strike, hunger-striking prisoners called on the Palestinian leadership and Palestinians to intervene and save their lives in their battle against administrative detention. The prisoners pointed out that they will not “excuse” anyone who does not support them and that they are grateful for everyone who does. The hunger strikers told a Prisoners’ Society lawyer, who….

Israeli bulldozers demolish 2 Palestinian structures east of Jerusalem
6/16/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers on Monday destroyed two structures in al-Eizariya village east of Jerusalem, the owner of the buildings said. Sami Abu Ghaliya told Ma’an that bulldozers accompanied by Israeli forces entered al-Eizariya and demolished his produce market and his car wash, located at the entrance of the village across from the Maale Adumim settlement. The car wash was a….

Settlers open fire at Palestinian car near Ramallah
6/16/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Monday opened fire at a Palestinian car near Beit Rima village north of Ramallah, without causing any injuries. Witnesses told Ma’an that settlers from the nearby Hallamish settlement opened fire at a car on the road leading to Beit Rima, but he managed to flee unscathed. [END]

Israel PM calls Abbas, says expects help finding teens
6/17/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday telephoned President Mahmoud Abbas and said he expected him to help ensure the safe return of three kidnapped teenagers, a statement said. Abbas’ office also issued a statement condemning both the kidnapping of the three youths and the results of a massive Israeli crackdown to find the perpetrators.”I expect you to help in the….

Hamas warns of ‘consequences’ if Israel expels leaders to Gaza
6/17/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Hamas official on Monday warned of “consequences” if Israel expelled West Bank-based leaders of the Islamist movement to the Gaza Strip, as Israeli forces continued an extensive search for three missing youths.” The scenario of expulsion has always failed in breaking the will and determination of Palestinians,” Mushir al-Musri, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, told Ma’…. Related: Spokesman: Hamas does not fear Israel andIsrael detains over 40 Hamas members across West Bank

Egypt demands Israel stop Hebron campaign
6/16/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egypt on Monday demanded that Israel to stop its raids that started after the apparent kidnapping of three teenagers in Hebron, a Ma’an reporter said. The spokesman of Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, Bader Abdel Aati, said in a statement that Egypt demanded that Israel “have control over itself” so the tension between the two sides would not increase…. Related: Sources: Israel asked Egypt to help find kidnapped teens

Hamdallah meets German official in Ramallah
6/16/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah met with German politician Gregor Gysi on Monday in Ramallah. Hamdallah update
d Gysi, a member of the left-wing Die Linke party, on the recent killing of a Palestinian man in al-Jalazun refugee camp and the arrest campaign currently taking place in the southern West Bank. Hamdallah called on Europe to intervene to stop Israeli attacks on….

Sources: Israel asked Egypt to help find kidnapped teens
6/16/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) – High-profile Egyptian sources in Cairo said that President Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi gave directives to the Egyptian national security to carry out negotiations with all the concerned sides in order to try to end the crisis of three teenage settlers believed to have been detained by Palestinians in the southern West Bank. The sources told Ma’an that Israel officially asked for…. Related: Egypt demands Israel stop Hebron campaign

Spokesman: Hamas does not fear Israel
6/16/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that the movement is unfazed by Israeli threats.”The occupation’s threats do not scare us, and (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu must realize the consequences of his crimes before proceeding with them,” Abu Zuhri said in a short statement. [END]

West evacuates Iraq staff as US-Iran talks broached
6/16/2014 – BAGHDAD (AFP) – Western embassies began evacuating staff from Baghdad Monday despite Iraq’s claim it was repelling militants who have captured vast amounts of territory in a lightning offensive that has shaken regional stability. The possibility of direct talks between the US and Iran, foes for decades, has even been broached in a bid to resolve the crisis that has seen key cities overrun….

Arab foreign ministers to huddle on ‘critical’ Iraq
6/16/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Arab foreign ministers are set to meet this week in Saudi Arabia to discuss what the Arab League on Monday called the “critical situation” in Iraq. The talks on Wednesday and Thursday come as Baghdad battles a lightning offensive by Islamic militants advancing on Baghdad after seizing parts of the north, including Iraq’s second-largest city Mosul. Iraqi security forces on Saturday….

Saudi calls for national consensus government in Iraq
6/16/2014 – RIYADH (AFP) — Saudi Arabia called Monday for the quick formation of a national consensus government in Iraq, blaming Baghdad’s “sectarian” policies against Sunni Arabs for the unrest now sweeping the country. The Sunni-dominated kingdom, whose relations with the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki have been strained, also warned against foreign meddling in Iraq after Wahhabi-led Sunni militants took control of vast….

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Israeli Forces Arrest Dozens of Hamas Members and Supporters in the West Bank, Launch Air Strikes on the Gaza Strip and …
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Palestinian kidnapped by Israeli forces in Awarta
6/16/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Nablus team | Awarta, Occupied Palestine – At approximately 2:00 AM on the 15th June, Israeli soldiers conducted a night raid in the village of Awarta near Nablus, which was one of a series of raids and closures carried out by Israeli forces, following the disappearance of three Israeli settler youth close to al-Khalil (Hebron). Palestinian witnesses state that over 50 Israeli solders surrounded the village. During the operation around 20 Israeli military personnel forced entry to….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: EU Council conclusions on EU financial support to the Palestinian Authority
Relief Web 16 Jun 2014 – Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory, World Summary: 16 June 2014, Luxembourg – Council of the European Union AGRICULTURE and FISHERIES Council meeting conclusions on EU financial support to the Palestinian Authority, 16 and 17 June 2014 The Council…

occupied Palestinian territory: Bill to force-feed hunger strikers unlawful and immoral
Relief Web 16 Jun 2014 – Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Country: occupied Palestinian territory Instead of taking drastic punitive measures against people protesting their unlawful detention, the government should change its administrative detention policy which defies international law On…

Syrian Arab Republic: UNRWA Launches Ramadan Appeal for Palestine Refugees in Syria
Relief Web 16 Jun 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Amman The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has launched a Ramadan Appeal for US$ 27…

occupied Palestinian territory: 10-year-old boy fifth child killed by Israeli forces since January
Relief Web 16 Jun 2014 – Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ramallah, June 16, 2014 —After three days in the intensive care unit, Ali al-Awour, 10, died at 3:30 pm on Saturday, of wounds he sustained from an Israeli airstrike. He…

The National

Iraq struggles to retake northern territories from ISIL militants
The National 16 Jun 2014 – Fighting continued throughout the day, with conflicting reports on whether the militants or forces loyal to the Iraqi government controlled more of the town.

Saudi Arabia warns against foreign intervention in Iraq
The National 16 Jun 2014 – Riyadh is not happy about the prospect of the US and Iran cooperating on the crisis in Iraq.

Nearly 50 killed in Kenya as suspected militants target civilians
The National 16 Jun 2014 – Witnesses said they first attacked a police station, before starting to randomly shoot at civilians, some of whom had been watching the World Cup in local bars and hotels.

Russia cuts gas supply to Ukraine amid rising tensions
The National 16 Jun 2014 – Ukraine has enough reserves to last until December, according to the chief of state gas company Naftogaz, but the move could disrupt Europe’s long-term energy supplies if the issue is not resolved.

Iran and six powers resume nuclear talks in Vienna
The National 16 Jun 2014 – The six powers want Tehran to scale back its nuclear activities, while Iran wants all UN and Western sanctions to be lifted.

Palestinian killed as Israel intensifies hunt for kidnappers
The National 16 Jun 2014 – With senior Israeli officials now calling for a crackdown on Hamas and perhaps even the Western-backed Palestinian Authority led by Mr Abbas, there is growing concern of a major Israeli operation.

Spain raids militant cell ‘led by ex-Guantanamo inmate’
The National 16 Jun 2014 – Police have so far launched 12 raids in the Spanish capital, detaining eight people, and investigations remain open.

ISIL targets Saudi Arabia in recruitment drive
The National 16 Jun 2014 – Already at war with the governments of Iraq and Syria, ISIL also poses a potential threat to the Al Saud family’s rule over the world’s biggest oil exporter.

Tunisia eyes elections in October, November
The National 16 Jun 2014 – Tunisia has been led by a caretaker government since the 2011 uprising that toppled then president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Another alleged gang-rape in India’s troubled state
The National 16 Jun 2014 – Three men allegedly lured the 38-year-old woman to an under-construction house and attacked her on Friday.

Pakistan jets pound North Waziristan targets
The National 16 Jun 2014 – The air strikes are part of the long-awaited operation against foreign and local militants in the tribal region near the Afghan border that is used as a base by the insurgents to attack the rest of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

30 sites including Inca trails, ancient French cave vie for World Heritage status
The National 16 Jun 2014 – The World Heritage Committee gathers in Doha to decide which natural and cultural sites should get their names included on its 981-strong list.

In pictures: World Heritage sites being considered by Unesco
The National 16 Jun 2014 – At least 30 natural and cultural sites are vying to get the United Nations cultural body’s prestigious distinction and add their names to an already 981-strong list.

Attacks on Sri Lankan Muslims kill three
The National 16 Jun 2014 – Clashes erupted in two Muslim-majority towns on the Sinhalese-dominated southern coast, during a protest march led by the hardline Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena.


Israeli activists launch campaign for migrant victims of Sinai torture
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Bill would strip Israeli Arab terrorists of National Insurance benefits
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Botched handling of kidnap call reflects systemic police hotline failure
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

State asks Supreme Court to reopen corruption case against Olmert
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Must read: The doctor’s guide to force-feeding
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Netanyahu: Israel operating against Hamas to bring home kidnapped teens
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Force-feeding bill to get fast track through Knesset
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Arab nations may boycott Australian goods over East Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

WATCH: Israel’s Moran Atias goes solo for abductees in Times Square
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

From pork paradise to ultra-Orthodox retreat
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Report: Israel has 80 of the world’s 16,300 nuclear warheads
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

WRAP-UP: Four days on, search continues for teens kidnapped in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

New York lawmaker promises voting rights to illegal immigrants
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

NYC man arrested over threats against Muslim civil rights advocate
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

‘Two states in one land’: A Nobel Prize chemist’s search for peace
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Russia’s Gazprom reduces gas to Ukraine after deadline passes
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Radical Islamist group targeted non-Muslims in recent Kenya attacks
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Israeli court decides dead man’s sperm can be used after all
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Ukraine’s new president eyes peace plan, truce with rebels
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Queen Elizabeth congratulates Rivlin on election as president
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Abbas condemns kidnapping of Israeli teens, death of Palestinian youth
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Artificial beach creates political sandstorm in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Series of anti-Semitic assaults plagues Paris over weekend
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Egypt cooperating with Israeli search efforts for kidnapped teens, while Hamas faces catch-22
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Hamas kidnapping reminiscent of Hezbollah
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

George Clooney wants to run for California governor
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

U.S. relatives of kidnapped Israeli teen throw support to family
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

West Bank kidnapping is turning Israelis against each other
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Hillary Clinton: U.S. needs female leader, like Germany has Merkel
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

For Iraq, as for Vietnam, what does it mean to be an American ally?
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Spain nabs eight suspected of recruiting ISIS fighters
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Greenpeace loses $5.2 million over employee currency trade blunder
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Israel, Germany sign deal to cooperate on Nazi-looted art
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Ohio Jewish community rallying around mother of children slain in Israel
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Israel mulling expulsion of senior Hamas officials to Gaza
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Panel to vote on seven new Jewish communities in Negev
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Israel looks for new scapegoat in kidnapping case
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Tackling the housing shortage
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Lieberman changes tack, party to oppose release of prisoners
Ha’aretz – 15 Jun 2014

The government is on their side
Ha’aretz – 15 Jun 2014

Too close for comfort
Ha’aretz – 15 Jun 2014

There’s no excuse for kidnapping teenagers
Ha’aretz – 15 Jun 2014

Support for West Bank settlements dropping among Israeli public, poll indicates
Ha’aretz – 15 Jun 2014

Israeli security forces ramp up hunt for Hamas cell in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 15 Jun 2014

Asylum seekers at Israeli detention facility to launch new protest
Ha’aretz – 15 Jun 2014

Education Minister bans soldiers from bearing arms in preschools
Ha’aretz – 15 Jun 2014

‘So long, Israel, and thanks for nothing’
Ha’aretz – 15 Jun 2014

Jerusalem Post

How we Americans saved the passengers on the ‘SS St. Louis’
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – May 27, 2014, is the 75th anniversary of the arrival in Havana harbor of the star-crossed ship, the S.S. St. Louis, which sailed from Hamburg, Germany in May 1939, carrying over 900 Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. 

Peace between equals?
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – A growing cacophony of voices blame religion for all the world’s woes, especially for its growing, raging river of violent bloodshed. 

Force-feeding hunger-striking prisoners – another view
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – I believe that it is permissible, and perhaps mandatory, for each country to act according to its unique culture…The death of any individual adversely affects us all. 

Palestinians and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – This tragic situation should serve as a wake-up call to us to stop burying our heads in the sand. 

The peace process hoax
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – Israel has two choices: Either abandon the peace process or continue the slow death of trying to appease the very people holding the knife to its throat. 

A Palestinian Jordan: Opportunities vs. threats
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – Our Palestinian brothers should become Jordanian citizens residing in Israel, not citizens of a Jewish Israel. 

Festering terrorism
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – Once again terrorism, inspired by an extremist Islamist theology, has struck Israel in the form of kidnapping. 

Israel developing new emergency app to help tackle kidnapping
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – In light of current situation, phone technology reportedly being created to enable special distress button to notify authorities, without victim needing to place call. 

MKs: US should take responsibility for kidnapping
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – Lawmakers says Kerry should acknowledge his role in encouraging Israel to release Palestinian prisoners ahead of abduction of three Israeli teens; Danon urges Congress to cut funds to Palestinian Authority. 

Steinitz: Israel concerned about any US-Iran cooperation over Iraq
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – Strategic affairs minister warns against the prospect of Washington engaging in talks with Iran to stave off sectarian strife in Iraq. 

Opera Review
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ Masada, June 12 

The wizards of Oz
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – Camels, murder, wine and women are the focus at the 10th Australian Film Festival. 

Hamas condemns Israel for ‘cowardly’ West Bank security crackdown
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – Islamist group renews appeal to PA to halt security coordination with Israel; Hamas official warns of consequences for arresting members during searches for abducted teens. 

WATCH: Right-wing Israeli protestors demonstrate in West Bank
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – “You protect the Arabs instead of us,” right-wing activist shouts at police during demonstration. 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day marked in Israel
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – Yad Riva gives help at Yad Sarah branches for seniors exploited by family and caregivers. 

Parley on force-feeding prisoners becomes shouting match
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – Left-wing MKs call bill torture; legislature cutting NII benefits to freed terrorists heads to final vote. 

Liberman trip highlights Africa’s business potential
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – Israel’s Athlone investments buys 75% stake in Mozambique-based telecom during foreign minister’s Africa tour. 

Religious Services ministry demands local rabbinates approve pre-nups
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – Interministerial committee to draw up a universally accepted prenuptial document to deal with spouses refusing give or accept a bill of divorce. 

Rivlin: We don’t need to be afraid in our own country
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – “We are in a war with our enemies who do not want us here,” Rivlin tells high-school students in Kfar Etzion. 

Netanyahu: Operation to return kidnapped teens could ‘take time’
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – PM threatens to target anyone who attempts to harm Israeli citizens; premier says “Those who oppose terror must do it everywhere”. 

Knesset unites in prayer for captives
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – MKs from right, left, religious and secular hold special prayer service; opposition cancels no-confidence motions. 

WATCH: IDF forces arrest Hamas members during sweeps of Jenin
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – Security forces expand searches in Palestinian towns for three kidnapped teens during crackdown on Islamist group accused of abducting them. 

MKs demand defense panel be called to discuss kidnapping
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – Committee chairman Elkin: Confidential subcommittees are constantly updated. 

Interministerial c’tee to advise gov’t on beach building legi

Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – If passed, bill would require all yet-to-be built construction plans approved more than eight years ago undergo an additional review. 

Protecting women’s rights
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – Ironically , most of the liberal governments have by and large chosen to look the other way as the Wahhabist regimes have proceeded with their ever-backward socio-economic agenda. 

International community responds to kidnapping of Israeli youths
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – Forty French politicians visited the Fraenkel family; Germany warns kidnapping of three youths could escalate tensions in the region. 

Jerusalem miffed at EU silence over kidnapping
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – While the international community had condemned the kidnapping of Israeli youths by Sunday, Catherine Ashton’s office has yet to issue a statement. 

Kerry: US considering air strikes in Iraq
Jerusalem Post 16 Jun 2014 – Weighing air assault on Iraq, US to first consult with Iran; ISIS conducting mass executions, battling Iraqi forces for small northern towns. 

The Guardian

Israel considering expelling Hamas leaders from West Bank to Gaza
The Guardian 16 Jun 2014 – Response to kidnapping of three teenagers near Hebron, blamed on Islamist group, follows arrest of 150 Palestinians Israel is considering expelling Hamas leaders from the West Bank to Gaza as part of its response to the…

Palestinian parliamentary speaker arrested in search for kidnapped teens
The Guardian 16 Jun 2014 – Israeli army says Aziz Dweik among 40 arrested in West Bank, including ‘Hamas leadership and operatives’, bringing total to at least 150 Israeli troops have arrested the speaker of the Palestinian parliament and Hamas member Aziz…

Inter Press Service

Turkey’s Kurdish Problem Likely to Worsen After ISIS Gains in Iraq
IPS Kurds in Diyarbakir: a generation lost in conflict. Credit: Brian Dell/Wikipedia By Jacques N. Couvas ANKARA, Jun 16 2014 (IPS) Eighteen months after a ceasefire between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Turkey’s security forces took effect, clouds of trouble are gathering in the country’s south-east. In early June,…

Mosul Refugees Victims of “Victory of the Revolution”
IPS Mosul refugees just arrived at the newly set up camp in Khazar. Credit: Jewan Abdi/IPS By Jewan Abdi KHAZAR, Iraq, Jun 15 2014 (IPS) “ People with long beards and dressed like Afghans broke into our neighbourhood after they had bombed it. We were lucky to escape from that nightmare,”…


Let Palestine Sing: Interview with Basel Zayed
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 – 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…

Military Resistance 12F5 Disappeared Day
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 – Israeli forces destroyed an estimated 1,500 fruit trees belonging to the Tent of Nations farm outside Nahalin village, in the Bethlehem region of the occupied West Bank yesterday morning. Owned by the Nassar family, the farm…

Why True Palestinian Unity Remains Elusive
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 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…

Ali Ahmida on the Situation in Libya
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 -… Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are supporting Haftar s movement, as are Egypt and Algeria. The Saudis and Emiratis consider Haftar the Libyan arm of their regional campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood, while Egypt…

Return to Aleppo: We are in hell 
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 — The smell of burnt plastic leaps out at you. Acrid in the throat, omnipresent, extinguishing from the air all the other smells of city life — because really there is none. The scenes of destruction –…

Report: 200 Palestinians tortured to death in Syria
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 – Some 200 Palestinian prisoners have died as a result of torture while being held in the Syrian regime s jails since the start of the uprising, the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria said.The group said…

Statement No. (993) over al-Maliki crimes in Mosul and Samarra
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 -Praise be to Allah, peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, companions and allies.The current government forces has attacked by mortar shells residential neighborhoods of the district of (Zahra a) east of Mosul,…

Rouhani: Washington would like our cooperation to fight terrorism, on Syria and Iraq.
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 – Source Close to Iranian President Hasan Rouhani said:1. “The ongoing Tehran-Washington negotiation through diplomatic channels led to more overt meetings to create bridges but not trust. These contacts and meetings took place with the full blessing…

Don t let Israeli army brainwash you, warns powerful short film – watch
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 – A new dark, psychological short film by Nadim Hamed produced by Eyad Barghouti in cooperation with the Palestinian civil society groups 7amleh and Baladna makes a bold statement against Israel s latest attempts to enlist Palestinian…

Inventing Terrorists Study Offers Critical Examination of Government s Use of Preemptive Prosecutions 
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 – Nearly ninety-five percent of individuals on a Justice Department list of “terrorism and terrorism-related convictions” from 2001-2010 included some elements of preemptive prosecution, according to a study by attorneys which they say is the first to “…

Israeli military cracks down on freedom of press
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 -The Palestine TV studios were raided by the Israeli military in East Jerusalem on Friday morning. Three staff members were detained and interrogated for half an hour before being released. The raid highlights the attempts made by…

Hunger Strikers Face Continuous Threats of Force-Feedings on 47th Day of Mass Hunger Strike
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 – Hunger-striking detainees in Ayalon Prison and Kaplan and Wolfson Medical Centers have reported to Addameer lawyers of their worsening conditions as their hunger strike enters its 47th day. This is the longest mass hunger strike among…

“I felt something hot inside”: Palestinian teen describes Nakba Day shooting by Israeli soldiers
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 – On 15 May, two Palestinian teens – Muhammad Abu al-Thahir and Nadim Nuwara – were fatally shot in cold blood by one or more Israeli snipers, during a Nakba Day demonstration in the village of Beitunia,…

Nouri Al-Maliki, the proud mother who birthed the violence
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 – Violence slams Iraq again today. There was actually a time when I didn t write that. The influx of US troops and US money (buying the Sahwa) had allowed the violence to drop. Then came the…

No Revolution is Perfect Palestinian Youth Perspectives on Syria, Palestine and a Liberated Arab Region 
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – March 9, 2014- In December of 2010, Palestinian youth of the world watched anxiously, and participated in, the monumental dawn of the Arab revolutions. Many Palestinian young people, despite our inclination to be suspect of any emerging forces and rapid…

Israel to limit PA officials movement in Area C 
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 -The Israeli ar
my approved a decision aimed at reducing the Palestinian officials movement in area C in the West Bank and to freeze 19 structural plans approved by former Defence Minister Ehud Barak for Palestinian villages in…

Israel approves bill banning amnesty for Palestinian prisoners
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 – Following a heated discussion Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s cabinet has approved a bill that prohibits the granting of amnesty to Palestinian prisoners, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on its website. The newspaper said that ministers from…

Politicians, media mostly ignore Palestinian hunger strike
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 – A courageous Palestinian hunger strike is nearing its 50th day, yet it has barely made a dent on the local, regional or international scene. Palestinian administrative detainees – those being held without charge or trial -…

Hamas says government violated reconciliation terms
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 -A member of the politburo of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has accused the recently-formed Palestinian unity government of violating the terms of an April reconciliation agreement between his group and rival faction Fatah. “The government acted in…

Israeli police raids the village of Iqrit
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 – 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…

Syria News – June 8 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 8, 2014 – By the end of Satrday the Coordination Committees were able to document 67 martyrs in Syria including : 3 Women, 9 Children and 22 martyrs under torture most of them from Nabek and Raas Maara, Damascus Suburbs :…

Leaving the USS Liberty Crew Behind
Uruknet 15 Jun 2014 – June 8, 2014 – On June 8, 1967, Israeli leaders learned they could deliberately attack a U.S. Navy ship and try to send it, together with its entire crew, to the bottom of the Mediterranean – with impunity. Israeli aircraft…

47 years of occupation: Every photo tells a story
Uruknet 15 Jun 2014 – June 8, 2014 – Going every week to the protests in West Bank village of Bil in, I knew most of the people who were attending the demonstrations. One of them was Bassem Abu Rahme, also known as “Fill.” At…

Gazan Fisherman Shot by Israeli Navy Dies of His Wounds
Uruknet 15 Jun 2014 – June 8, 2014 – A Palestinian fisherman, who was shot and critically injured by Israeli navy off the coast of the northern west part of Gaza, almost two weeks ago, died of his wounds on Sunday, according to media sources….

As prison protest escalates, troubling testimony from inside
Uruknet 15 Jun 2014 – June 8, 2014 – For families, activists and observers in Palestine, the passing of time has come to be loaded with a grave significance. Each 24 hours represents another day of hunger for hundreds of prisoners protesting administrative detention in…

Review Board Approves “Forever Prisoner” Ghaleb Al-Bihani for Release from Guantánamo, But Also Approves Ongoing Detention of Salem Bin Kanad
Uruknet 15 Jun 2014 – April 8, 2014 – Six weeks ago, I reported on the Periodic Review Boards for two “forever prisoners” at Guantánamo – Ghaleb al-Bihani and Salem bin Kanad – who are both Yemenis, and were regarded by the Guantánamo Review Task…

The Modern COINTELPRO and How To Fight It Crowdsourcing Repression 
Uruknet 15 Jun 2014 – June 8, 2014 – Despite the seeming popularity of environmental and social justice work in the modern world, we re not winning. We re losing. In fact, we re losing really badly.Why is that? One reason is because few popular…

Lawyer: Prisoners in danger after 46 days of hunger strike
Uruknet 15 Jun 2014 – June 8, 2014 — A number of the Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike in Israeli jails for 46 days are in serious danger, a lawyer said Sunday. Jawad Bolous, chief attorney for the Palestinian Prisoners Society, told…

Daily Star

Iran hold Nigeria to 0-0 draw in World Cup
Daily Star 16 Jun 2014 Nigeria and Iran played out the first draw of the 2014 World Cup in a drab 0-0 affair in Curitiba on Monday.

No flights for two hours in Beirut airport Thursday
Daily Star 16 Jun 2014 Air traffic controllers at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport announce that they will go on a two-hour strike Thursday morning.

Jordan’s Prince Zeid to be next UN rights chief
Daily Star 16 Jun 2014 The U.N. General Assembly has unanimously approved Jordan’s Ambassador Prince Zeid al Hussein as the next U.N. human rights chief.

2 Christians kidnapped Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula
Daily Star 16 Jun 2014 Masked armed men, suspected to be Islamic militants, kidnapped two Coptic Christians in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in two separate incidents, and clashes between Egyptian security forces and Islamist supporters of deposed president in the capital left…

Two arrested for murder attempt in Lebanon
Daily Star 16 Jun 2014 North Lebanon’s Police department arrest two men over shootings and attempts to kill

Obama to review some Iraq options on Monday
Daily Star 16 Jun 2014 President Barack Obama will review his national security team’s suggestions for how to deal with the crisis in Iraq, including possible actions, when he returns to Washington later on Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

White House says it does not want military coordination with Iran
Daily Star 16 Jun 2014 A White House official said on Monday that there could be talks with Iran on the sidelines of meetings on Tehran’s nuclear program about the mounting crisis in Iraq, but the United States is not interested…

US urges Iran to play ‘non-sectarian’ role in Iraq
Daily Star 16 Jun 2014 The United States on Monday urged Washington’s traditional foe Iran to act “in a non-sectarian way” as it engages in the security crisis in neighboring Iraq.

Egypt prosecutor orders hunger-striking Jazeera journalist freed
Daily Star 16 Jun 2014 Egypt’s prosecutor general on Monday ordered the release of Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy, who has been on hunger strike for nearly five months, the official MENA news agency reported.

Pakistan: 37 militants killed in offensive
Daily Star 16 Jun 2014 Pakistani jets pounded targets in the country’s northwest on Monday as the military waged an offensive against militant safe havens that killed 37 fighters, while insurgents fought back with a roadside bomb that killed six soldiers,…

UN moves dozens of staff out of Baghdad: spokesman
Daily Star 16 Jun 2014 The United Nations said Monday it was moving dozens of employees out of Baghdad as a precaution due to the deteriorating security situation in Iraq.

Pentagon: U.S. could discuss Iraq with Iran, but won’t coordinate military action
Daily Star 16 Jun 2014 U.S. officials may hold discussions with Iran about Iraq’s security crisis on the sidelines of nuclear talks this week, but Washington will not coordinate potential military action in Iraq with its longtime adversary Tehran, the Pentagon…

Media watchdog urges Jordan king to reform anti-terror law
Daily Star 16 Jun 2014 Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Monday urged Jordan’s King Abdullah II to reform the country’s “repressive” anti-terrorism law, saying recent amendments to the legislation are “disturbing.”

UN appeals for aid for Syria’s Palestinians
Daily Star 16 Jun 2014 The United Nations appealed on Monday for $27 million (20 million euros) to help hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees trapped in Syria buy food during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

YNet News

Iran’s general in Iraq, militants seize key city
YNet News, 16 Jun 2014 – ….

Sources say US, Iran discuss Iraq on sidelines of nuclear talks
YNet News, 16 Jun 2014 – ….

In missing teens’ case, prisoner release debate likely irrelevant
YNet News, 16 Jun 2014 – Analysis: If abducted teens are located in West Bank, government will probably decide in favor of military operation to release them. ….

Rocket from Gaza strikes open field; no injuries or damage
YNet News, 16 Jun 2014 – ….

Israel concerned about any US-Iran cooperation in Iraq
YNet News, 16 Jun 2014 – ….

Egypt to release journalist after 100 days of hunger strike
YNet News, 16 Jun 2014 – ….

Pope defends predecessor against Holocaust charges
YNet News, 16 Jun 2014 – Francis says Pius XII was seen as ‘a great defender of Jews’ during World War II. Opening of Vatican archives will shed light on controversy, he adds. ….

PM showed terror groups the road to success
YNet News, 16 Jun 2014 – Op-ed: Instead of blaming Abbas and Kerry, Netanyahu must take full responsibility for his part in collapse of security perception he has been leading in past few years. ….

Terror apologists blame Israel for abduction
YNet News, 16 Jun 2014 – Op-ed: According to experts on Middle Eastern affairs, Israeli teens’ kidnappers are actually activists for peace and watchdogs of human rights. ….

Rabbi Lau: Israeli nation will never break
YNet News, 15 Jun 2014 – Western Wall plaza fills with 25,000 in prayer for the safe return of kidnapped teens; Tel Aviv prayer: ‘Solidarity is what makes us a nation.’ ….

Palestinian Information Center

Unbearable oppression forces Palestinians to kidnap Israelis
PIC – The ostensible kidnapping of three Israeli settlers, presumably at the hands of Palestinian militants, seems to have driven the Israeli political-security establishment over the edge.

Families slam Red Cross for ignoring suffering of their prisoners held by Israel
PIC – Palestinian families deplored the Red Cross for voicing its concern over the safety of missing Jewish settlers and ignoring the suffering of thousands of Palestinians detained in Israeli jails.

Abbas condemns the settlers’ abduction, Netanyahu asks for his help
PIC – PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas condemned the abduction of the three Israeli settlers, assuring his forces’ keenness to maintain stability and security in the area.

PLC deputy speaker: Kidnapping Palestinian MPs is a crime
PIC – PLC Deputy Speaker Ahmed Bahar held the IOA fully responsible for the kidnapping of Palestinian MPs topped by Dr. Aziz Dweik, the PLC speaker, considering their arrest a crime par excellence.

Violent clashes erupt in Bab al-Zawiya, raids reported in Beita, Beit Ummar
PIC – Violent clashes erupted Monday when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Bab al-Zawiya area in al-Khalil and fired tear gas bombs and rubber bullets towards Palestinians.

Hamas: Israel’s mass arrest of MPs and national figures is a cowardly act
PIC – The Hamas Movement strongly denounced Israel for detaining dozens of its national figures and lawmakers in the West Bank, and described its mass arrest of citizens as a cowardly act.

Israeli settlers carry out brutal attacks against Palestinians 
PIC – Groups of Israeli settlers attacked and stoned Palestinian vehicles passing by the main roads in Nablus and in occupied Jerusalem on Sunday night. 

Large-scale arrest campaign in the WB
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) launched at dawn Monday a large-scale arrest campaign throughout the West Bank towns and villages.

Four civilians wounded in new Israeli air raids on Gaza at dawn
PIC – Four Palestinian civilians suffered injuries in Israeli aerial attacks at dawn Monday on different areas of the Gaza Strip.

UFree slams Israeli “hysterical” abduction campaigns in WB
PIC – UFree has slammed, in a Sunday statement, the unprecedented upsurge in the wave of Israeli raids and mass-arrests conducted in such a random and “hysterical” manner in the West Bank.


European Council Conclusions on EU Financial Support to the PA
WAFA – 16 Jun 2014

Israeli Health Ministry Shrinks from its Responsibility to Prevent shackling of hospitalized Hunger-Striking Prisoners
WAFA – 16 Jun 2014

Hamdallah Meets Outgoing Representative of Austria
WAFA – 16 Jun 2014

Demonstration Held in front of Knesset against Prisoner Force-Feeding Bill
WAFA – 16 Jun 2014

Settlers Beat Up, Injure Palestinian near Bethlehem
WAFA – 16 Jun 2014

Knesset Approves Bill to Deprive 1948 Prisoners from Insurance Benefits
WAFA – 16 Jun 2014

Hamdallah Seeks International Intervention against Israeli Escalation
WAFA – 16 Jun 2014

Arab League Protests Australian Minister’s Remarks on Jerusalem
WAFA – 16 Jun 2014

Palestinians on Hunger Strike Transferred to Intensive Care
WAFA – 16 Jun 2014

Israeli Forces Escalate Aggression against Palestinian Territories, Arrest Many
WAFA – 16 Jun 2014

Israel Launches Several Airstrikes on Gaza, Injures Palestinians
WAFA – 16 Jun 2014

Palestinian Shot and Injured, Dozens Suffocate during Clashes in Jenin
WAFA – 16 Jun 2014

Presidency Condemns Ongoing Escalations
WAFA – 16 Jun 2014

Newspaper Review: Wide-Ranging Israeli Campaign of Arrests across West Bank Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 16 Jun 2014

Government Condemns Israeli Army Shooting, Killing of Palestinian near Ramallah
WAFA – 16 Jun 2014

Israeli Army Seals off Hebron
WAFA – 16 Jun 2014


Op-Ed Contributor: ISIS Will Fail in Iraq, and Iran Will Be the Victor
New York Times 16 Jun 2014 – The insurgency will burn out, to the benefit of its sworn Shiite enemies. 

What Don’t You Understand About the Crisis in Iraq?
New York Times 16 Jun 2014 – Ask a question about the insurgency in Iraq, the impact on the ground or the region’s geopolitics, and our correspondents will respond this week. 

Afghan Candidate Alleges Voting Fraud by Karzai and Aides
New York Times 16 Jun 2014 – Less than 48 hours after a runoff election, signs of a political crisis emerged with the campaign of Abdullah Abdullah claiming there had been widespread ballot stuffing. 

Syrian Government Making Aid Delivery More Difficult, U.N. Official Says
New York Times 16 Jun 2014 – The United Nations chief aid coordinator said the delivery of aid had become harder since President Bashar al-Assad claimed re-election on June 3. 

Abdullah Campaign Alleges Widespread Election Fraud and Points at Karzai
New York Times 16 Jun 2014 – Claims that the Afghan president wants to install his own candidate or find an excuse to extend his own term in office. 

U.S. and Iran Signaling New Joint Effort in Iraq Crisis
New York Times 16 Jun 2014 – It would be the first such collaboration since the United States and Iran shared intelligence on the Taliban in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. 

Sunni Rebels in Iraq Kill Shiite Volunteers and Seize New City
New York Times 16 Jun 2014 – Iraqi extremists took over the small city of Tal Afar, in northwestern Iraq, on Monday, and American and Iranian officials signaled a new willingness to work together on the crisis. 

Op-Ed Contributor: The Fetish of Staring at Iran’s Women
New York Times 16 Jun 2014 – Western critics and Persian clerics alike have made women, and the way they dress, a false measure of Iranian society. 

Israel Demands Palestinian Leader’s Help After Abductions
New York Times 16 Jun 2014 – The Israeli prime minister told President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority that he expected his assistance in finding three kidnapped teenagers. 
Obama Pushes Iraqis to Mend Sectarian Rifts
New York Times 15 Jun 2014 – The United States has asked Iraq’s prime minister to work with the Kurds to persuade the Sunni minority that the next government will be an “ally not an adversary,” an administration official said. 

U.S. Plans to Evacuate Many Embassy Workers
New York Times 15 Jun 2014 – The American Embassy in Baghdad plans to evacuate a substantial number of its personnel this week in the face of a militant advance toward the capital. 

Massacre Claim Shakes Iraq
New York Times 15 Jun 2014 – Insurgents from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria posted photos on the web to support the claim that they had executed 1,700 people. If true, it would be the region’s worst mass atrocity in recent years. 

Netanyahu Says Three Were Taken by Hamas
New York Times 15 Jun 2014 – The remarks Sunday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel followed the arrests overnight of 80 people, most of them Hamas activists, and the closing of parts of the West Bank. 

Egyptian Police Confiscate Newsletter, Arrest Sign Holders and Close Grocery Stores
New York Times 15 Jun 2014 – A weekend of activity serves as an indication that a crackdown continues under the new president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. 

‘Presbyterians please divest!’ Palestinian artists urge in paintings on wall
Mondoweiss – “Freedom is a Human Right! Presbyterian Church Please DIVEST! Love, Bethlehem Ghetto” This week the 221st Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly will vote on divestment from key US corporations complicit in the Israeli military occupation of Palestine. What do Palestinians, the “living stones” in the biblical land…

Neoconservatism is ‘vindicated’ in fawning ‘NYT’ piece on power couple of Kagan and Kristol
Mondoweiss – Robert Kagan, from the Hertog Program I just don’t get it. Today when we should be hearing from Juan Cole and John Mearsheimer, leading intellectuals who were right about the Iraq war to begin with, the New York Times has chosen to run a fawning profile…

Bedouin village of al-Araqib demolished for the 70th time despite court proceedings
Mondoweiss – The demolition al-Araqib on 6/12/2014 (Photo: Ratb Abo Krenat) The Bedouin village of al-Araqib located in the Naqab desert in southern Israel was destroyed again last Thursday, the 12th of June. It was 70th time the village had been demolished since 2010. Around 350 policemen surrounded the village…

Mondoweiss – This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page . The hunt continues for the missing Israeli teenagers. The roundup of Palestinians also continues. More than 150 Palestinians have already been taken by…

PA condemns Israeli ‘collective punishment’ following disappearance of Israeli teens
Mondoweiss – Israeli soldier searches a Palestinian vehicle at a checkpoint near Hebron on Sunday, three days after the teenagers disappeared from the West Bank. (Photo: Reuters) PA: Israeli imposing ‘collective punishment’ on Palestinian people RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 15 June — The Palestinian Authority on Sunday condemned the Israeli…

Israeli army seals Hebron, saying Hamas is responsible for abducted teens
Mondoweiss – Israeli teens abducted in the West Bank Thursday evening from an intersection in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. The manhunt for three Israeli teens abducted from a West Bank intersection in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc three days ago continued over the weekend with the Israeli…

Documents open window into how Israel lobby courts student government members
Mondoweiss – UCLA student government member Sunny Singh, at left, sitting on an Israeli tank during an ADL trip. (Photo: Anti-Defamation League) The student leaders visit the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. They meet Israeli military officials. And for good measure, they spend a few hours in the West…

Evolution of the Bibi-Barack relationship
Mondoweiss – 

U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem Issues West Bank Travel Advisory 
The Foward Breaking News 16 Jun 2014 – American citizens should take precautions and avoid demonstrations during travel in the West Bank, the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem warned. Click here for the rest of the article…

Iran 0-0 Nigeria 
BBC 16 Jun 2014 – Iran and Nigeria play out the first draw of the 2014 World Cup as their Group F opener ends goalless in Curitiba.

Nigeria: Disappointing Nigeria Held By Iran 
allAfrica.com 16 Jun 2014 – [allAfrica]Nigeria’s World Cup campaign got off to a timid start after they were held to a goalless draw by Group F minnows Iran at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba on Monday.

Egypt to release Al-Jazeera reporter 
BBC 16 Jun 2014 – Egypt is to release on medical grounds al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy, who has been on hunger strike in protest at his detention without charge.

Israel Nervous About Possible U.S. Cooperation With Iran 
The Foward Breaking News 16 Jun 2014 – Israel voiced concern on Monday at the prospect of its closest ally, Washington, cooperating with its what it considers its deadliest foe, Iran, to stave off a sectarian break-up of Iraq. Click here for the rest of the article…

Benjamin Netanyahu Warns of Drawn-Out Crisis Over Kidnapped Teens 
The Foward Breaking News 16 Jun 2014 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared Israel for a long drawn-out operation to find three missing teenagers as troops expanded the search into a crackdown on the Islamist group accused of abducting them and arrested dozens of its officials. Click here for the rest of the article……

Prayers for Kidnapped Teens Unite a Divided Israel 
The Forward New 16 Jun 2014 – (JTA) — On the rolling green fields of a suburban Tel Aviv park, hundreds gathered to pray for the imminent rescue of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers. Rabbis delivered speeches, singer Yonatan Razel performed two pieces based on liturgical invocations of God’s mercy, and a prayer was…

VIDEO: On road where Israeli teens vanished 
BBC 16 Jun 2014 – The BBC’s Yolande Knell drives down the road where it is believed three young Israelis were kidnapped on Thursday.

Israeli PM demands Abbas search help 
BBC 16 Jun 2014 – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu tells the Palestinian president he expects his help in finding three Israelis believed kidnapped in the West Bank.

Nigeria: Akwuegbu Charges Super Eagles to Attack Iran 
allAfrica.com 16 Jun 2014 – [Daily Trust]Former Super Eagles striker, Bendict Akwuegbu has charged the Eagles to make sure they attack Iran for the whole duration of the match, if they are to kick off their 2014 World Cup campaign on a winning note.

U.S. May Talk to Iran as Sectarian Onslaught Continues in Iraq 
The Foward Breaking News 16 Jun 2014 – The United States is contemplating talks with its arch enemy Iran to support the Iraqi government in its battle with Sunni Islamist insurgents who routed Baghdad’s army and seized the north of the country in the past week. Click here for the rest of the article……

Egypt: Fahmy Meets Egypt Ambassador in Iraq 
allAfrica.com 16 Jun 2014 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy received Sunday Egypt’s Ambassador to Iraq Ahmed Darwish.

Egypt: Sisi Meets UK, Kuwaiti Parliamentary Delegations 
allAfrica.com 16 Jun 2014 – [Egypt Online]President Abdel Fattah El Sisi receives on Saturday a visiting UK parliamentary delegation, including lawmaker Robert Walter.

Holocaust Museum Urges Ukraine To Examine Its History of Anti-Semitism 
The Forward New 16 Jun 2014 – As Ukraine grapples with political upheaval and threats to its territorial integrity, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is confronting the country’s post-revolution government with another, no less difficult challenge: contending with its past treatment of Jews. The museum has urged the new government in Kiev…

Benjamin Netanyahu Blames Terrorists for Kidnapping 3 West Bank Teens 
The Forward New 14 Jun 2014 – (Reuters) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed terrorists for kidnapping three Israeli teenagers on the West Bank Saturday — and called the crime the result of the recent Palestinian unity agreement. “Our boys were kidnapped by a terrorist organization,” Netanyahu said in a terse televised…

Mounting proof of Iraq ‘war crimes’ 
BBC 16 Jun 2014 – Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq have carried out summary executions of captured soldiers, the UN says, as fighting for key town continues.

VIDEO: ISIS ‘release more execution footage’ 
BBC 16 Jun 2014 – Northern Iraq is in turmoil with the Islamist militant group ISIS capturing another city on Monday.

Syria conscripts 118 freed Homs prisoners 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jun 2014 – Some 100 men from the Syrian city of Homs, who turned themselves in after escaping an army siege, have been sent to perform their military service, the governor said Monday. Homs governor Talal al-Barazi told AFP that the 118 men, who had been held at the…

Arab start-ups connect with Silicon Valley 
Al-Monitor 16 Jun 2014 – Some of the Middle East’s fastest growing companies visited the US in search of advice and inspiration.

Kerry: US open to cooperation with Iran over Iraq 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jun 2014 – US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday he would be open to cooperating with Washington’s longtime opponent Iran on Iraq, and warned drone strikes were an option to halt a militant assault. “I wouldn’t rule out anything that would be constructive,” Kerry told Yahoo! News…

Iraq: Signs of disagreement emerge between ISIS and the Baath 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jun 2014 – An image uploaded on June 14, 2014 on the jihadist website Welayat Salahuddin allegedly shows militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) driving on a street at unknown location in the Salaheddin province. (Photo: AFP-Welayat Salaheddin) An image uploaded on June 14,…

Saudi Arabia “against” foreign meddling in Iraq 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jun 2014 – Saudi Arabia called Monday for “consensus government” in Iraq, blaming Baghdad’s “sectarian” policies against Sunnis for the unrest now sweeping the country. The Wahhabi kingdom, whose relations with the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki have been strained, also said it was against foreign meddling in…

Coverage of ISIS in Iraq plagued by rumors and misreporting 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jun 2014 – An image uploaded on June 14, 2014 on the jihadist website Welayat Salahuddin allegedly shows militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) riding in a captured vehicle left behind by Iraqi security forces at an unknown location in the Salaheddin province. (Photo: AFP /…

Egypt jails teacher for “insulting” the Muslim proph

Al-Akhbar News 16 Jun 2014 – An Egyptian appeals court jailed a Christian teacher for six months after parents of her students accused her of evangelizing and insulting Islam, her lawyer said on Monday. The primary school teacher had appealed after a court in the southern city of Luxor fined her 100,000…

The suffering civilians of west Aleppo 
BBC 16 Jun 2014 – Orphans and filthy water – the plight of western Aleppo

VIDEO: Orphan, and head of family, aged 10 
BBC 16 Jun 2014 – The BBC’s Jeremy Bowen is the first western journalist to enter the government-held part of Aleppo by road from Damascus. He meets those left behind.

Algeria rules out military intervention in Mali 
Al-Monitor 16 Jun 2014 – The Algerian Foreign Ministry said that efforts at clarifying the viewpoints in Mali have succeeded.

Israel’s old-guard party bosses in decline 
Al-Monitor 16 Jun 2014 – Israeli politics is undergoing a cleanup process, in which veteran Likud and Labor seniors find themselves out of the game, while new players, such as former minister Moshe Kahlon and ministers Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett form the new political map.

Netanyahu wrong to blame Abbas for kidnapping 
Al-Monitor 16 Jun 2014 – Israel should rethink its Palestinian prisoner detention policy.

Fatah leader on kidnappings: ‘Everyone is in big trouble now’ 
Al-Monitor 16 Jun 2014 – In an interview with Al-Monitor, senior Fatah official Fares Qadura warns of escalation, saying that everyone knows that Israel will not negotiate a prisoners exchange for the three kidnapped youths.

East Jerusalem’s cheap housing in ‘no man’s land’ 
Al-Monitor 16 Jun 2014 – A new apartment in the Ras Khamis neighborhood of East Jerusalem costs just under $29,000, but a brief tour of the neighborhood indicates that lack of services is at the root of the low prices.

Turkey now says no hostage crisis in Mosul 
Al-Monitor 16 Jun 2014 – The statement by Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Naci Koru that Turkey’s Mosul consulate workers are not hostages of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has confused observers.

Iranian women protest being barred from stadiums 
Al-Monitor 16 Jun 2014 – The international men’s volleyball league match between Brazil and Iran brought Iranians out to protest the ban on women spectating in stadiums.

Syrian army foils chemical attack on Damascus 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jun 2014 – Al-Nusra acquired 16 canisters of Sarin gas with a spread radius of 500 meters. Photo taken on October 30, 2014. (Photo: AFP) Al-Nusra acquired 16 canisters of Sarin gas with a spread radius of 500 meters. Photo taken on October 30, 2014. (Photo: AFP) On Saturday,…

Palestinians deported to “no man’s land” between Syria and Lebanon 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jun 2014 – Three Palestinians stranded at the Lebanese-Syrian border on June 9, 2014. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Three Palestinians stranded at the Lebanese-Syrian border on June 9, 2014. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) The film ‘The Border’ starring Syrian actor Duraid Lahham, which tells the story of a man who gets stranded at…

Hamas denies role in kidnapping 
Al-Monitor 16 Jun 2014 – The group’s leaders, however, anticipate a severe confrontation with Israel.

Sistani stresses need for unity over sectarianism in battle for Iraq 
Al-Monitor 16 Jun 2014 – Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani stresses the need for Iraqis to support the army and avoid sectarianism in battling the current Sunni rebellion sweeping the country.

Jihadists battle for northern Iraq Turkmen town 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jun 2014 – Turkmen families leave the village of Taza Khormato, south of the oil hub city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, fearing any escalation in fighting reaching their village, on June 16, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Marwan Ibrahim) Turkmen families leave the village of Taza Khormato, south of…

A dream come true: Beirut boy meets Spider-Man 
Al-Monitor 16 Jun 2014 – The nonprofit organization Tamanna makes wishes come true for severely ill children in Lebanon, offering them and their families something to smile about and a respite from illness.

Israeli soldiers shoot dead Palestinian youth in search for missing settlers 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jun 2014 – The body of Palestinian Ahmad Sabbarin lies in the morgue of a Ramallah hospital on June 16, 2014, after he shot dead by Israeli soldiers at the Jalazoun refugee camp north of Ramallah. (Photo: AFP – Abbas Momani) The body of Palestinian Ahmad Sabbarin lies in…

Three reasons Lebanon fears ISIS advance 
Al-Monitor 16 Jun 2014 – The Lebanese are concerned that their country may be the next target of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.

VIDEO: Kurds ‘swept through unchallenged’ 
BBC 16 Jun 2014 – An offensive by Islamist militants in northern Iraq has cleared the way for another group historically hostile to Baghdad to extend their reach.


Presbyterian Church’s Tough Love of Israel 
Sam Bahour, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 6/14/2014
 The two million-member Presbyterian Church (USA) is about to make history in the Middle East, yet again. In the coming days, local delegates from the Church will travel to Detroit to attend the 221st Presbyterian General Assembly to consider a set of eight overtures that ask church leaders to review support of two states for Palestine and Israel in light of unfolding facts on the ground. Other issues to be considered are backing of equal rights and unblocked economic development for all inhabitants of Israel, and divesting from the likes of Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions. The Church is clearly stepping up to the plate and realigning its policies with its values.
Political America and Corporate America should be taking note.
Reminiscent of the struggle against Apartheid South Africa, the Church is poised to step in where successive US administrations have failed to hold Israel accountable to international and humanitarian law, not to mention sheer common sense.
The US has paid never-ending lip service to the need to end Israel’s 47-year military occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. During the past two decades, the US has coupled lip service with the monopolizing of a peace process that has led the international community to a dead end; not to mention leaving Muslim and Christian Palestinians on the ground, in the occupied territory as well as in Israel, standing naked in front of a state bent on militarily controlling another people and discriminating against over 20 percent of their own non-Jewish population. Presbyterians have had enough and are taking the lead to change the equation and stop the damage being perpetrated by Israel.
Political America should not take lightly the new reality that mainstream churches and civil society have reached a point where they can no longer blindly repeat calls for a resolution based on “two states”…. more.. e-mail

Palestinian prisoners hunger for freedom 
Daoud Kuttab, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 6/12/2014
 Since April 24, 120 out of the 189 Palestinians held without charge or trial have refused taking any food. Hundreds, and on some days thousands, of fellow prisoners also joined them.
The usefulness of the protest was made clear by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’scall on Israel to either charge or release the Palestinian detainees.
Among the Palestinians held without charge or trial are doctors, legislators, university professors and teenagers.
Israel adopted the 1945 British emergency regulation and extended it to apply to anyone it wants in jail but is unable to prove anything against.
The sheer injustice of being held without charge and for an indefinite period takes on an even wider dimension when knowing that it is practiced by, allegedly, the only democracy in the Middle East, which for an unbelievable 48 years has been holding an entire population under a military occupation that is also supporting and protecting the colonial Jewish-only settlement campaign.
The number of those on hunger strike that are hospitalised tends to grow with each additional day. The past week witnessed an unprecedented transfer of 13 Palestinian hunger striking prisoners to various Israeli hospitals, bringing the total of Palestinians hospitalised to 80.
These are the ones whose lives, Israel’s prison authority feel, are at risk. Many others are kept in jail despite their deteriorating condition. more.. e-mail

Addressing Israel’s addiction to settlements 
Seth Morrison, +972 Magazine 6/16/2014
      A former J Street leader explains why he became a supporter of BDS.
Many of us have friends or family who suffer from addiction, and all too often it is only when we cut them off and stop enabling their negative behavior that things can actually change. It is that model of tough love that led me to become a BDS supporter.
Unfortunately the Middle East peace talks started with the best of intentions by President Obama and Secretary Kerry are dead – a victim of Israel’s unfettered development of illegal settlements and Netanyahu’s decision to go back on his promise to free Palestinian
prisoners. There is no longer any doubt that Israel has become addicted to settlements, occupation of Palestinian territory and to treating the 23 percent of Israelis who are not Jewish as second-class citizens.

I am a Reconstructionist Jew from Long Island, now living outside Washington DC and for most of my life I was active in Jewish and Zionist activities – as a member, leader and regional director for Young Judaea and over the years as an activist and leader in the American Zionist Federation, local Jewish Federations, JNF, the New Israel Fund, J Street and the Friends of the Arava Institute. For the majority of my life the Zionist perspective on Israel and Palestine was how I understood the situation and targeted my activism.
As I became more involved my eyes were opened by a combinations of factors, involvement in the New Israel Fund, work with well know Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin – a member of Young Judaea when I was a leader – and work on environmental issues and co-existence with the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies since it was founded in 1996.
As the chair of the Washington DC Metro Chapter of J Street I attended many meetings where we were told that we must oppose any form of BDS because it was anti-Semitic and would only make things worse…. more.. e-mail

Reward activism and diplomacy, not violence 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 6/16/2014
      Far too many times Israel has mocked peace initiatives and adored violence. Altogether, it seems that the government is about to score major points in the propaganda war, only that each such victory is another step on the path to defeat.
As Israeli news outlets moved to live coverage mode over the weekend, I had a chance to speak with a friend who is involved in the politics of the mainstream Israeli left. He was enraged by the Palestinians, “who are again missing an opportunity.” At a time when Netanyahu is finally cornered, blamed for the failure of the peace talks, when we are moments away from public European intervention – so claims my friend – and when the coalition’s fractures are clearly visible — at such a moment, comes this terror attack that turns everyone against the Palestinians, takes the pressure of the government, and unites the public behind the prime minister. Next it will be discovered that Hamas is connected to the kidnapping and the West will reconsider its recognition of the Palestinian unity government.
I have heard these rants from other people as well, and many others on the Left simply preferred to stay silent over the past few days. The Israeli Left is clearly embarrassed by the more violent moments of the Palestinian struggle. Sometimes that embarrassment turns into anger about “the lack of a partner” on the other side, as if the Left is a PR person who discovers his client is a psychopath.
At times like this it is worth remembering that the Palestinians don’t work for the Israeli Left — or for the American peace camp, for that matter — and their national goal is not to score political points against Bibi or to improve the approval ratings of Meretz, Tzipi Livni or J Street. The sooner the Left stops analyzing the world through the lens of its own political interests, the better (this is also true for all those complaining that the Palestinians refuse to recognize Israel as a “Jewish State,” thus making it more difficult to sell the negotiations to a reluctant Israeli mainstream. more.. e-mail

Missing Settlers Become Weapons in a War on Unity
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Jun 2014 – By Ramzy Baroud When three teenage Israeli settlers from the illegal Jewish settlement of Gush Etzion went missing on 12 June, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saw an opportunity to discredit the fledgling Palestinian unity government. His statements and the actions of the Israeli army since have centered on indicting the Palestinian movement Hamas, while also holding the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas responsible for the safety of the settlers. But is there a link between the newly formed Palestinian unity government and the safety of illegal settlers in the West Bank? According to Netanyahu there is. Scores of Palestinians have been rounded up by the Israeli army since the disappearances in what could be considered a mass arrest campaign, mostly in the Hebron region. Many of those arrested were Hamas members, including senior figures in the movement. “Those who carried out the kidnapping of our youngsters are Hamas people,”…more

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