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International Middle East Media Center

Ahrar: “197 Palestinians Kidnapped In The West Bank”
IMEMC – [Tuesday, June 17, 2014] Israeli soldiers have kidnapped 197 Palestinians, and invaded more than 791 homes, in different parts of the West Bank, since three settlers went missing last Thursday at night, the Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights has reported. …

Nowarah Autopsy: Use of Live Ammo Confirmed
IMEMC – Forensic pathologists, following a recent autopsy and exhumation, have determined that a live bullet was the cause of death for Nadim Nawarah, aged 17, one of two Palestinian teenagers who were killed by Israeli forces, last May, during Nakba Day solidarity protests in the West Bank. …

Family of Six Homeless by Israeli Demolition
IMEMC – Early today, Israeli bulldozers demolished a two-story Palestinian home in the Khirbet al-Ras neighborhood of Idhna, in Hebron, according to Mayor Hashim Tmeizi. The 200-square-meter structure belonged to one Muhammad Hussein Farajallah, and housed a family of six. …

Israeli Militants Storm Al-Aqsa
IMEMC – Israeli settlers have again stormed the courtyards of al-Aqsa mosque, on Tuesday, escorted by dozens of Israeli soldiers. …

Bennett: “Our Search Continues For Missing Israelis”
IMEMC – Police Commander: “Missing Israelis Could Have Been Taken By Car Thieves” Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett stated that, as the search and investigation into the disappearance of the three settlers continue, Israel must end its policies of what he called “allowing prisoner-swap agreements”. …

Eight Kidnapped In Jenin, Soldiers Confiscate UNRWA Vehicle
IMEMC – [Tuesday, June 17, 2014] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and the Jenin refugee camp, violently broke into and searched dozens of homes, kidnapped eight Palestinians and confiscated a vehicle belonging to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). …

Army Kidnaps Dozens Of Palestinians In West Bank
IMEMC – [Tuesday, June 17, 2014] Israeli soldiers continued their large-scale military invasion into different Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, broke into dozens of homes and searched them, and kidnapped dozens of Palestinians. …

US Consulate bans officials from Hebron area, warns US citizens to avoid travel to West Bank
IMEMC – As the Israeli military continues its massive crackdown on Palestinians throughout the West Bank, the US Consulate issued a statement to U.S. citizens registered with the consulate as living, working or visiting Israel or Palestine, telling them to avoid travel to the West Bank and warning them to stay away from any protests. …

Ma’an News

Israel warplanes attack southern Gaza
6/17/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes launched an air raid on the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip early Tuesday, residents said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The attack followed the launch of a rocket from Gaza toward Ashkelon in southern Israel, with no immediate reports of injury or damage…. Related: Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza overnight

Israel detains 40 Palestinians as search for teens continues
6/17/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Some 40 Palestinians were arrested by Israeli forces overnight, bringing the total number of detentions past the 200 mark on the fifth day of a search for missing teenagers, the army said. Over 25 Israeli military vehicles entered Balata refugee camp in Nablus and soldiers raided 30 homes, a Palestinian official said. Fatah-affiliated lawmaker Jamal Tirawi told Ma’an Israeli…. Related: Group: 57 Palestinians detained Tuesday

Group: 57 Palestinians detained Tuesday
6/17/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The number of Palestinians detained by Israeli soldiers on Tuesday increased to 57, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said. Among the latest detainees are journalist Yahiya Habayib from Hebron, Musab Quzah from Tulkarem, and Mohammad Thiyab Sa’d from Jenin. [END]

Palestinian family of 6 made homeless by Israeli demolition
6/17/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers early Tuesday demolished a Palestinian home in the Hebron town of Idhna, a local official said. Idhna mayor Hashim Tmeizi told Ma’an that bulldozers escorted by Israeli forces arrived in the Khirbet al-Ras neighborhood of the village and demolished a two-story house. The residence, which belonged to Muhammad Hussein Farajallah, measured 200 square meters and housed a….

Israel aims to break Hamas in hunt for missing youths
6/17/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel stepped up efforts to clampdown on Hamas in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday as the hunt for three Israeli teenagers believed to be kidnapped entered its fifth day. Thousands of Israel troops engaged in the search for the youths turned their attention during the night to Nablus and surrounding area, arresting 41 Palestinians, the army said. So far, Israel has arrested….

Israel using ‘collective punishment’ in search for teens
6/17/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s massive arrest campaign, closure of large parts of West Bank cities, and the recent killing of a Palestinian youth in al-Jalazun refugee camp constitute collective punishment, Palestinian rights groups said Tuesday. The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council, a collection of human rights groups, issued a statement calling on Israel to respect the “right to life” and ensure that….

Palestinian delegate in Egypt to discuss Rafah crossing
6/17/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The minister of public works and housing said Tuesday that a Palestinian delegate was in Egypt to discuss several issues, namely the Rafah land crossing that connects the Gaza Strip with Egypt. Mufeed al-Hasayneh told Ma’an that the cabinet discussed the “worries and concerns of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the wages problem.”Al-Hasayneh said that the….

Israel re-opens Gaza crossing
6/17/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel has informed the Palestinian Authority that it will re-open the Kerem Shalom crossing Wednesday, the head of the PA’s department of crossings said. Nathmi Mhanna told Ma’an that Israel allowed the entrance of all goods including fuel that is used by individuals and for generating electricity. The crossing will be fully opened after it was….

DFLP members protest in Gaza against Israel’s West Bank campaign
6/17/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine organized a sit-in Tuesday to protest against Israel’s ongoing military action in the West Bank. Members of the DFLP gathered in front of the UN refugee agency’s Gaza offices in solidarity with Palestinians in the West Bank.” The Israeli escalation in Hebron and other Palestinian cities in the….

Report: Israel to provide secure transport for settlers
6/17/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli settlements in the West Bank have considered temporary solutions to prevent more kidnapping incidents, Israel’s Maariv newspaper reported Tuesday. They have asked settlers not to hitchhike on main roads, and to stay inside the settlements waiting for a ride in case there was is public transportation available. Many settlers still hitchhike on main roads in the West Bank….

Locals say baby girl killed by wild dog near Ramallah
6/17/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A four-month-old baby girl is believed to have been killed by wild dogs in Bedouin dwellings on the western outskirts of Ramallah, Palestinian police said Tuesday. Police were called to the scene after a local woman reported that she had found body parts near the family’s tent. Detectives reportedly found the head of the infant, with locals suspecting that….

Militants battle for control of strategic Iraqi town
6/17/2014 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Militants battled Iraqi security forces for control of a strategic northern town on Monday, prompting half the area’s population to flee, as Washington weighed drone strikes against Wahhabi fighters. The United States and Iran briefly discussed the week-long crisis on the sidelines of nuclear talks in Vienna as the arch-foes mulled their “shared interest” in preventing Sunni insurgents from gaining a….

Egypt cabinet sworn in, with most ministers retained
6/17/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian cabinet led by Ibrahim Mahlab was sworn in Tuesday, with most positions from the previous military-installed government retained but the foreign minister replaced and an investment minister appointed. The ministers took the oath of office before newly installed President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in an early morning ceremony broadcast live on state television. Sisi, who led last year’s ouster by….

Iraqi Kurd PM issues warning over ISIL offensive
6/17/2014 – LONDON (AFP) — It will be “almost impossible” for Iraq to return to how it was before recent sweeping gains by Wahhabi fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the prime minister of the Kurdistan region warned on Tuesday. Nec
hirvan Barzani told the BBC it would be difficult to find a resolution with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in power and recommended an….

Turkey evacuates consulate in Iraq’s Basra
6/17/2014 – ANKARA (AFP) – Turkey said it evacuated its consulate in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Tuesday for security reasons, a week after Islamist militants attacked its mission in Mosul and kidnapped several dozen Turks.” In the context of the situation in Iraq, and because of the heightened security risk in the Basra region, our consulate general was evacuated today Tuesday,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu….

AlJazeera

Israel to rush through force-feeding law
AlJazeera 17 Jun 2014 – Parliament to speed up bill on force-feeding, as 80 Palestinians on hunger strike for 55 days are taken to hospital.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PHROC Condemns Collective Punishment of Palestinians in Response to the Disappearance of Three Israeli Settlers
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Al Mezan Monthly Report: Continuous Israeli Violations against Palestinians in May with Nine People Injured
Relief Web 17 Jun 2014 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory 33/2014 From the field As recorded in Al Mezan’s monthly report on Israeli violations of human rights and international humanitarian law (IHL) in the Gaza Strip, 9 people were…

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 12-17 June 2014
Relief Web 17 Jun 2014 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mali,…

occupied Palestinian territory: Autopsy Confirms Gunshot Killed Boy
Relief Web 17 Jun 2014 – Source: Human Rights Watch Country: occupied Palestinian territory Official Efforts to Discredit Evidence Raise Need for Justice A Palestinian autopsy has confirmed that a Palestinian boy killed by Israeli forces during a protest in the West Bank on May 15,…

World: UNDP and JICA Workshop in Addis Ababa to Support Local Government/Local Governance in Conflict-affected States
Relief Web 16 Jun 2014 – Source: UN Development Programme Country: Burundi, occupied Palestinian territory, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, World, Yemen seeking new solutions for local governance in post-conflict situations Addis Ababa, 16 June 2014 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the…

The National

Palestinians punished in hunt for Israeli teenagers
The National 17 Jun 2014 – Rights groups protest as latest arrests and house searches in Balata refugee camp take number of Palestinians detained since last week to more than 200.

Nineveh governor blames Maliki for fall of Mosul
The National 17 Jun 2014 – Atheel Nujeifi says Iraqi prime minister ignored warnings about heightened tensions in the provincial capital ahead of ISIL attack.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister vows turn around for India’s ‘failed state’
The National 17 Jun 2014 – The heat is on Akhilesh Yadav, the leader of the Uttar Pradesh government, as a string of rapes and killings puts his administration in the media spotlight.

Iran World Cup ban can’t keep football-mad fans away
The National 17 Jun 2014 – The match, against Nigeria, ended in a goalless draw leading to small celebrations in Iran’s streets, where some fans handed out sweets and others honked their car horns.

Fleeing of Iraqi forces points to deeper problems
The National 17 Jun 2014 – Though more than half-a-million strong, Iraq’s security forces had struggled to combat a surge in militant violence in the past year, even before the swift assault this month – analysts examine why.

US moves armed forces into Iraq to defend assets
The National 17 Jun 2014 – The White House ruled out the possibility that Washington and Tehran might coordinate military operations in Iraq.

Philippines clamps down on illegal fishing
The National 17 Jun 2014 – The Philippines is struggling to counter the growing problem of foreign fishing incursions.

Egypt’s new cabinet sworn in
The National 17 Jun 2014 – The new 34-member cabinet, led by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, took the oath of office in an early morning ceremony broadcast live on state television.

In pictures: Iran’s World Cup fans gather despite ban
The National 17 Jun 2014 – Tehran has banned all cafes and restaurants from screening the World Cup games live, but that didn’t stop Iranians from gathering to watch the country’s first match against Nigeria on Monday.

In pictures: Uttar Pradesh gains reputation as India’s ‘failed state’
The National 17 Jun 2014 – Akhilesh Yadav, the leader of the Uttar Pradesh government, insists he would not be bowed by his critics and is determined to restore the good name of the state. 

UK to re-open Iran embassy in sign of diplomatic thaw
The National 17 Jun 2014 – British Foreign Minister WIlliam Hague announced in a statement that ‘the circumstances are right to open our embassy in Tehran’.

Turkey hostage crisis highlights Ankara’s dangerous liaisons
The National 17 Jun 2014 – The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long denied maintaining tacit ties with extremists via his spy agency in a bid to confront the common enemy of Syrian president Bashar Al Assad.

Ha’aretz

Blogger arrested for revealing official’s finances
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Meitzav standardized tests to make comeback
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

La Traviata at Masada: Paris shall not fall again
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Boko Haram bomb World Cup viewing venue in Nigeria
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

American Jews take up cause of kidnapped Israeli teens
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Israeli adaptation of Britney Spears video goes viral
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Jon Stewart’s Who’s Who in the Middle East
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Jon Stewart’s Who’s Who in the Middle East
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Asylum seekers sent to detention entitled to severance pay
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Ministers blast MK Zoabi for ‘supporting terrorists’
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

The sacred right to hitchhike in the Land of Israel
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Looking only backwards: Nothing new in the Middle East
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

With El Nino predicted to hit in 2014, could the world face starvation?
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Prisoner force-feeding bill ready for final vote after getting fast track
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Israel’s own known unknowns
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Israel’s own known unknowns
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Kidnapped: When Psalms are not enough
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Exposing Israelis to radical feminism
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Security wins another bloated victory
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

NY Met cancels plan to broadcast Klinghoffer opera
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Gov’t plans to act against Hamas leaders and prisoners may backfire
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Spread of MERS slowing but Ramadan and hajj pose dangers
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Court overturns barring of left-wing activist from Haifa street
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Sinead O’Connor changes mind about performing in Israel
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Kurdish independence: A dream fraught with danger
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

U.S. captures suspected leader of 2012 Benghazi attack
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Wounded Ukrainian stands tall after treatment in Israel
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Cabinet moves to worsen Hamas prisoners’ conditions
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Police to probe hotline’s mishandling of kidnapped teen’s call
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Desmond Tutu: U.S. Christians must recognize Israel as apartheid state
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway closes due to large fire
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

China executes 13 people for ‘terrorist’ attacks in Xinjiang region
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Norway cancels Palestinian Authority donor conference in wake of kidnapping
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

After Israel complains, EU’s Ashton slams teens’ kidnapping
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Nigerian army arrests 486 alleged Boko Haram members
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Six Israeli Arabs released without charge in
probe of woman’s murder

Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Israeli hang glider crashes to death in Portugal
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2014

Netanyahu has put on his war paint
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

Underhanded opportunism in the search for kidnapped Israeli teens
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

The dust is settling on Netanyahu’s peace fraud
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2014

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

Jerusalem Post

Terra incognita: Can Israel learn from pre-Zionism?
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – One of the problems with contemporary Zionism is that it is burdened by the past. 

Israel, not Gaza, is under siege
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – The most recent peace endeavors began with American pressure, Israeli concessions and ended, as always, with Palestinian violence. 

Center field: Israel must be mad enough to induce fear – yet crazy enough to seek peace
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – Making peace with your enemies is one thing, but dealing with sadists is impossible. 

Rally for kidnapped teens held at World Cup
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – The rally is symbolic because of fears that the plight of the kidnapped teens would be overshadowed by the soccer games in Brazil. 

Ya’alon: We won’t cease or rest until we find the abducted teens
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – “Everything linked to Hamas is being targeted,” says source; soldiers enter Balata and Awarta areas of Nablus; IDF says in protracted campaign to weaken Hamas. 

The ICRC and ‘the law’
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – The ICRC has turned the international community against Israel – unfortunately, without a significant response from the prime minister. 

Our World: Ignoring the elephant
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – The boys deserve whatever they get, according to the media, because they are Jews. 

Hamas and ISIS
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – The two terrorist organizations share many of the same objectives, such as the establishment of a Muslim caliphate. 

Doubling of property taxes on capital’s ‘ghost apartments’ expected to be ratified
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – Over 10,000 owned but uninhabited residences have drained city’s economy, created cost-prohibitive market for young residents, says deputy mayor. 

Israel Festival Review: Malandain Ballet Biarritz, ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – Malandain presented an abstract rendition of the Shakespearian drama “Romeo and Juliet,” starting at the end of the story – with death.

Clandestine raid puts central suspect in Benghazi attack in US custody
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – Khatallah is charged with conspiring with terrorists, with murder during an attack on a federal US facility, and with use of a firearm in the crime. 

Dead Daisies feature Israel in new video, single
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – ‘Face I Love’ video was shot in Tel Aviv and will feature interactive app. 

Bronfman: Limmud FSU deserves government support
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – NGO for Russian-speaking Jewry lobbies for funding, invites Peres to September conference in his hometown. 

Jordanian ambassador named UN human rights chief
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – Jordan’s FM said letters were sent to the UN Security Council members, the UN secretary-general, and the EU regarding Israeli actions on the Temple Mount. 

US Jews write to parents of kidnapped yeshiva students
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – The move, a JFNA spokesman explained, came “in response to communities throughout North America seeking a way to express their feelings towards last week’s kidnappings.” 

No responsibility claimed at Hamas, Fatah press conference in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – 10 Palestinian groups held a press conference in Gaza and said that they were prepared to confront any Israeli “aggression.” 

Two children murdered by father on Moshav Yishrash to be buried in Ohio Wednesday
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – The children were killed hours after arriving in Israel to visit their father, who had a history of domestic violence. 

Yesh Atid MK: ‘Michelle Obama, Bring Back Our Boys’
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – MK Lavie asks FLOTUS to advocate for the return of kidnapped yeshiva boys. 

Cleric critical of Israel slated to take over Jerusalem’s St. Andrews church
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – Reverend Páraic Réamonn, a member of the Church of Scotland, will take over the Jerusalem congregation in September. 

Senior haredi rabbis protest ruling freeing woman from marriage whose husband is in seven-year coma
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – Using innovative interpretation of halacha, rabbis concluded they could issue a “get zikui,” a bill of divorce on behalf of the husband. 

Pediatric psychiatrist: Watch for signs of children’s emotional distress from kidnapping news
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – Youngsters exposed to events such as terror attacks, violence, death and abductions, even just on the news, may be deeply affected. 

Water Authority to invest NIS 100m. to revamp water infrastructure in Arava
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – For the first time Arava and Kikar Sdom residents will have a quality water supply equivalent to the rest of the country. 

Netanyahu to Tony Blair: World must distance itself from those who kidnap children
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – Prime minister meets with Quartet envoy Tony Blair, reminds him that kidnapping reveals Hamas’s “true face.” 

Security official: Hamas ‘sustaining a series of blows’
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – “Everything linked to Hamas is being targeted,” security source says, as weapons, cash and weapons-producing machines have been seized or shut down. 

Make a bet: Lemur at Ramat Gan Safari makes World Cup predictions
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – Max, a red neck lemur, who has lived at the Safari for 12 years, is an animal of many talents. 

Health Ministry to food industry: Israelis must cut down on salt
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – Ministry is concerned that if Israelis cut salt, they will replace it with unhealthy salt substitutes. 

In response to kidnappings, Israel to stiffen conditions of Hamas prisoners
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – Israel is also engaged in intensive diplomatic efforts to delegitimize Hamas-Fatah unity pact, says official. 

Palestinian social media lauds ‘Three Schalits’ kidnapping
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2014 – Online Palestinian initiatives celebrate kidnapping of Israelis, encourage prospect of prisoner swaps. 

The Guardian

Israeli military detains 40 Hamas members
The Guardian 17 Jun 2014 – West Bank crackdown is being conducted in tandem with a search for three missing teenagers Israeli forces have detained more than 40 Hamas members , the military said, in a West Bank crackdown on the Islamist group…

Israeli leader meets families of missing teenagers as search continues
The Guardian 17 Jun 2014 – Binyamin Netanyahu highlights ‘massive operational and intelligence effort’ in hunt for three boys missing in West Bank The families of three Israeli teenagers missing in the West Bank met the Israeli prime minister and each other…

Uruknet

Children in the Palestinian Authority juvenile justice system
Uruknet 17 Jun 2014 – June 10, 2014 – Ahmad was 15 when he was arrested during a 3 am raid by Palestinian security forces at El Far a refugee camp in September 2013. He was accused of throwing stones, burning tires and insulting members…

The CIA s cute first tweet can t cover its bloody tracks
Uruknet 17 Jun 2014 – June 10, 2014- In the latest CIA coup, America s leading spooks have sent the Twittersphere into a frenzy with their chucklesome debut on social media: “We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.” How droll!…

The Weight of Occupation The IDF s Policy of Intimidation 
Uruknet 17 Jun 2014 – June 10, 2014 – During the Nabka Day protests last May 15, two Palestinian youths, Muhammad Abu Thahr, 15, and Nadim Nuwara, 17, were shot in the chest in the town of Beitunia near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank….

Why is Obama s DOJ prosecuting a torture victim?
Uruknet 17 Jun 2014 – June 10, 2014 – Rasmea Odeh was brutally tortured into confessing a crime she did not commit. After 10 years of imprisonment, Odeh was exiled from her homeland, eventually immigrating to the United States from Jordan in 1994 as a…

Breaking the Silence commemorates 10 years
Uruknet 17 Jun 2014 – June 10, 2014 – They all served in the Israeli military, but none of them agree with the things they witnessed while serving. Those are the two traits that all speakers had in common at the 10-year anniversary of Breaking…

A Record of Unparalleled Failure
Uruknet 17 Jun 2014 – June 10, 2014 -The United States has been at war — major boots-on-the-ground conflicts and minor interventions, firefights, air strikes, drone assassination campaigns, occupations, special ops raids, proxy conflicts, and covert actions — nearly nonstop since the Vietnam War began….

Government Demands Whistleblower Organization s Encrypted Files
Uruknet 17 Jun 2014 – June 10, 2014 – For those people who still do not believe we have crossed a terrible line into a Post-Constitutional state, here s another chance to repent before we all go to hell. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)…

Syria: Can the United States and Iran Reach an Understanding?
Uruknet 17 Jun 2014 – June 10, 2014 – Two days of very frank and worthwhile “track two” discussions between senior Iranian and US non-officials recently took place in Europe. Syria was, as it had been in the previous December round of talks, a major…

Mayor of Tel Aviv: Government keeps houses prices high to push people in to settlements
Uruknet 17 Jun 2014 – June 10, 2014 -The Israeli government may be keeping house prices within the Green Line high in order to push young people to live in settlements in the West Bank, the mayor of Tel Aviv Ron Huldai implied yesterday. During…

Promotion of Israeli officer who approved the killing of Palestinian civilian
Uruknet 17 Jun 2014 – June 10, 2014 -The Israeli security services Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz appointed Brigadier Ronnie Noma as chief of the Command and Staff College, head of the Depth Corps and promoted him to the rank of Major General, despite the…

Iraq snapshot – June 10, 2014 
Uruknet 17 Jun 2014 – June 10, 2014 – Chaos and violence continue, Mosul is seized by rebels, other areas also get seized today, Nouri s failures garner some press attention, his War Crimes continue, and much more…Mitchell Prothero and Hannah Allam (McClatchy Newspapers) quote…

Palestinian reconciliation is in danger
Uruknet 17 Jun 2014 – June 10, 2014 -I was optimistic when it was announced by Fatah and Hamas that there would be a unity government, and that it would formed via consensus on the technocrats who would fill the roles. It was pleasing to…

Nouri al-Maliki s failures multiply as third city falls to rebels 
Uruknet 17 Jun 2014 – June 10, 2014 – Headline of the day on Iraq? “Gunmen control several districts in Mosul, The governor sneaks out of the city.”…. All Iraq News reports that Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi declared at a press conference today, “The…

Hamas / Fatah Reconciliation Unity on Israel s Terms Won t Help
Uruknet 17 Jun 2014 – June 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…

Why is Obama administration prosecuting sexual torture victim Rasmea Odeh?
Uruknet 17 Jun 2014 – June 10, 2014- Human rights campaigners in the United States are calling on the Obama administration to drop charges against Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian-American community organizer in Chicago who is accused of lying on a citizenship application two decades ago….

Israeli hospital doctors say they will force-feed shackled Palestinian hunger strikers
Uruknet 17 Jun 2014 – June 10, 2014 – Doctors at Kaplan Hospital, one of nine Israeli civilian hospitals where approximately 80 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike have been transferred, have “threatened to force-feed the administrative detainees on hunger strike in case of loss of…

The Israeli soldiers breaking their silence on the occupation
Uruknet 17 Jun 2014 – June 10, 2014 – Zehava Galon, Chair of Israel s Meretz Party, stood on a podium in Tel Aviv s Habima Square and read out the testimony of an Israeli soldier. She was one of many readers taking part in…

Five US Troops Killed in US Air Strike in South Afghanistan
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 10, 2014 -An early morning skirmish with militants turned out to be more than a US Special Operations Forces unit bargained for, when they called in air support and the US B-1 bomber accidentally attacked them. In what the…

Syria News – June 9 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9 , 2014 – By the end of Monday the Coordination Committees were able to document 64 martyrs in Syria including : 4 Women, 12 Children and 5 martyrs under torture : 26 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 11…

Israeli forces demolish Palestinian house near Tulkarem
Uruknet 16 Jun 2014 – June 9, 2014 — Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian house near the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem on Monday, Palestinian security officials said. Bulldozers escorted by Israeli military vehicles raided the village of Farun at 5:30 a.m. and destroyed…

Daily Star

U.S. says open to further talks with Iran about Iraq
Daily Star 17 Jun 2014 The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that it is open to further talks with Iran about the instability in Iraq but that any such discussions are likely to take place at a lower level.

Iraqi PM fires four top security officers for fall of Mosul: statement
Daily Star 17 Jun 2014 Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki fired four of his top security officers on Tuesday for abandoning their “professional and military duty” a week after the fall of the northwest city of Mosul to Sunni militants, the…

Iraq PM dismisses senior security commanders
Daily Star 17 Jun 2014 Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki dismissed several senior security force commanders on Tuesday in the face of a week-old militant offensive that has overrun swathes of the country.

Syrian woman victim of gruesome murder, suspect arrested
Daily Star 17 Jun 2014 Police arrest a suspect in the death of the Syrian woman whose body was found half-naked in a bag at her apartment near Beirut.

Chlorine gas-like chemicals likely used in Syrian conflict: watchdog
Daily Star 17 Jun 2014 Chemical weapons inspectors who came under attack while investigating claims of chlorine gas attacks in Syria last month found information suggesting that similar chemicals had indeed been used, the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Tuesday.

Car bomb in Iraq’s capital kills 10, wounds 25
Daily Star 17 Jun 2014 Police and hospital official say a car bomb in Baghdad’s Shiite Sadr City district has killed 10 people and wounded 25.

18 Iraq security personnel found dead: police
Daily Star 17 Jun 2014 Iraqi police discovered the bodies of 18 security forces members near a city north of Baghdad on Tuesday, police and a doctor said.

Obama: Benghazi suspect to face full US justice
Daily Star 17 Jun 2014 President Barack Obama says the captured Libyan militant suspected of killing Americans in Benghazi will face the full weight of the American justice system.

Iraq Shiite volunteers in Syria head home to fight rebels: NGO
Daily Star 17 Jun 2014 Iraqi Shiite volunteers, who had been fighting in neighbouring Syria, have been heading home to battle an offensive that has brought militants to near Baghdad, a monitoring group said Tuesday.

YNet News

West Bank operation delivers a strategic blow to Hamas
YNet News, 17 Jun 2014 – Analysis: While the Islamic organization scores points on the Palestinian street for kidnapping the three Israeli teens, but Israel’s operation weakens Hamas’ presence in the West Bank, thwarting its goal of taking over the territories. ….

Late archbishop of New York had Jewish mother
YNet News, 17 Jun 2014 – Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor, who died in 2000, apparently never knew that his maternal grandfather was a rabbi. ….

Let’s face it, our neighbors are not like us
YNet News, 17 Jun 2014 – Op-ed: Other countries would have turned Abbas’ wife into a bargaining chip until kidnapped citizens’ return. ….

Obama to meet with congressional leaders on Iraq
YNet News, 17 Jun 2014 – ….

US says open to further talks with Iran about Iraq
YNet News, 17 Jun 2014 – ….

Activists say car bomb in eastern Syria kills 7
YNet News, 17 Jun 2014 – ….

Watchdog: Chlorine gas-like chemicals likely used in Syrian conflict
YNet News, 17 Jun 2014 – ….

Turkey evacuates staff from consulate in Iraqi city
YNet News, 17 Jun 2014 – ….

Another failure for Mahmoud Abbas
YNet News, 17 Jun 2014 – Analysis: Abduction affair is seen as Palestinian unity government’s first test. If Hamas and its affiliates are responsible, Palestinian president has been kicked in the most painful area. ….

Israel wary of growing Islamic extremism in West Bank
YNet News, 16 Jun 2014 – Analysis: As the IDF scours the West Bank for missing teens, Jerusalem worries that extremism has found a partner in Palestinian unity. ….

Palestinian Information Center

250 arrests reported in West Bank
PIC – The IOF arrested since the declaration of three settlers’ disappearance on Thursday more than 250 Palestinians, most of them were MPs, Hamas leaders and activists in addition to liberated prisoners.

Israeli demolition and arrest campaigns in al-Khalil
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces demolished on Tuesday Palestinian stores and facilities in al-Khalil and a home in Idna town as part of Israeli military operation progressing along the past six days.

3 Palestinians, including woman, left severely wounded during IOF raid
PIC – Three Palestinian citizens from the Far’a refugee camp, southwest of Tubas, were left wounded following an Israeli incursion targeting the camp at dawn Tuesday.

Hamas: Israel persecution of our offspring will never thwart our resistance path
PIC – “Israeli mass-abduction campaigns will neither succeed in thwarting our resistance path nor to get in the way of our commitments towards the Palestinian cause and people,” Hamas in al-Khalil said.

Israeli raid-“hysteria” bursts out in al-Khalil in search of missing soldiers
PIC – Violent clashes broke out at dawn Tuesday between Palestinian civilians and the heavily-armed Israeli patrols in different areas of al-Khalil following a wave of Israeli break-ins into the city.

Alarm bells raised over Palestinian hunger strikers
PIC – The Ministry of Detainees and ex-Detainees has voiced concern over the exacerbated health status of Palestinian hunger-striking detainee Muayed Sharab, among many other hunger strikers. 

Hamas warns of Israeli “abduction story”
PIC – Hamas has warned of the serious repercussions to be inevitably generated by the ongoing Israeli allegations that the Movement might be responsible for the disappearance of the three Israeli soldiers. 

WAFA

Petition against Shackling Prisoners to their Beds before Israeli Supreme Court
WAFA – 17 Jun 2014

Israeli Forces Seal off Town near Jenin
WAFA – 17 Jun 2014

Several Suffocation Cases, Injuries among Palestinians at Bethlehem Checkpoint
WAFA – 17 Jun 2014

Newspaper Review: Israeli Escalation in West Bank Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 17 Jun 2014

Government Calls for Protecting Palestinians against Israeli Violations
WAFA – 17 Jun 2014

Israeli Warplanes Strike Gaza and Khan Younes
WAFA – 17 Jun 2014

Misc

Tehran Journal: With War at Doorstep, Iran Sees Its Revolutionary Guards in a Kinder Light
New York Times 17 Jun 2014 – The well-documented mass killings by Sunni militants in Iraq have caused ordinary Iranians to rethink their views of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. 

Forbidden Afghan Couple Are Reunited After Arrests
New York Times 17 Jun 2014 – The government freed Zakia and Mohammad Ali, who married for love despite death threats from their families and criminal charges by the authorities. 

U.S. Captures Top Suspect in Benghazi Siege, Pentagon Says
New York Times 17 Jun 2014 – In a secret operation, American Special Operations forces captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspected leader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, and took him out of that country. 

As Sunnis Die in Iraq, a Cycle Is Restarting
New York Times 17 Jun 2014 – Many Iraqis said they feared a resumption of the sectarian violence that occurred during the height of the war. 

Op-Ed Contributor: Don’t Fight in Iraq and Ignore Syria
New York Times 17 Jun 2014 – Obama’s thinking on ISIS is confused and will lead to more problems. 

At War Blog: Torn Between Competing Perspectives on Iraq
New York Times 17 Jun 2014 – The collapse of Iraq reveals some ugly truths about the real emotional stakes the United States had in the wars there and in Afghanistan. 

Apprehension of Ahmed Abu Khattala May Begin to Answer Questions on Assault
New York Times 17 Jun 2014 – The apprehension of Ahmed Abu Khattala may finally begin to address some of the persistent questions about who carried out the Libya attack and why. 

Ask a Question About the Crisis in Iraq
New York Times 17 Jun 2014 – New York Times correspondents in Iraq will respond this week to questions about the insurgency and the region’s geopolitics. 

Extremist Groups in Iraq Threaten Regional War, U.N. Panel Warns
New York Times 17 Jun 2014 – The onslaught of Sunni militants in Iraq will have violent repercussions in Syria and could bring wider war in the Middle East, the panel said. 

U.S. Is Exploring Talks With Iran on Crisis in Iraq
New York Times 16 Jun 2014 – The United States sees potential meetings with Iran as an opportunity to discuss the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Sunni extremist group. 

World Briefing: Syria: Military Bombards Aleppo
New York Times 16 Jun 2014 – Syrian military helicopters dropped barrel bombs on a rebel-held neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo on Monday, shearing off the fronts of apartment buildings and killing at least 24 people, activists said. 

Abduction of Young Israeli Hitchhikers Spurs Debate on Conduct
New York Times 16 Jun 2014 – Some said they were angry over what they called the youths’ seemingly cavalier behavior in the West Bank, but others said the infrequent bus service left people no option but to hitch a ride. 

Tensions Mount as Troops Scour Hebron in Search for Missing Youths
New York Times 16 Jun 2014 – Israel arrested 150 people, most of them leaders of the militant Islamic movement Hamas, and Aziz Dweik, a Hebron resident who is speaker of the Palestinian Parliament. 

Israeli army enacts curfew near Nablus and raids eight major West Bank cities
Mondoweiss – Israeli soldiers conducting arrests raids in Hebron, 18 June 2014. (Photo: Quds News Network) In a major escalation of force not seen since the Second Intifada, tonight Israeli military vehicles are inside cities across the West Bank, and the army has enacted a curfew in a…

No one told me
Mondoweiss – The Terraces of Battir, May 2013 (Photo: Skip Schiel ) No one told me she was beautiful. No one spoke of her sky blues her cedar greens her spiky purple thistle that shouted,                             “Look at me!” No one told me. No one told me she was…

Presbyterian Middle East Committee Votes Strongly in Favor of Divestment
Jewish Voice for Peace – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jesse Yurow, jesseyurow @ jvp.org www.JewishVoiceforPeace.org Jewish Voice for Peace Applauds Middle East Committee Recommendation [June 17, 2014. Detroit] Jewish Voice for Peace applauds today’s vote of the Middle East Committee at the 221st Presbyterian General Assembly to bring the question of divestment from…

Presbyterian General Assembly To Vote on Divestment Jewish Voice for Peace Applauds Middle East Committee Recommendation
Jewish Voice for Peace – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jesse Yurow, jesseyurow @ jvp.org , 410-456-7824 www.JewishVoiceforPeace.org Presbyterian General Assembly To Vote on Divestment Jewish Voice for Peace Applauds Middle East Committee Recommendation [June 5, 2014. Detroit] Jewish Voice for Peace applauds today’s vote of the Middle East Committee at the 221st Presbyterian General…

Mainstream piece lays settler teen abduction at feet of ‘illegal’ and ‘indefensible’ occupation
Mondoweiss – Max Fisher Max Fisher , formerly of the Washington Post and the Atlantic, doesn’t use the word apartheid  in this piece  about the West Bank for his new shop, Vox, a startup led by Ezra Klein;  but he doesn’t use the words “two-state solution” either. He says…

Human rights activists are ‘out front’ of others and ‘thank goodness they are’ –Hillary Clinton
Mondoweiss – Hillary Clinton A lot of people are talking about Terry Gross’s interview of Hillary Clinton  last week in which Gross sought to pin Clinton down on the question of whether she changed her mind about gay marriage or just came out in favor when it was…

The Israeli crackdown on the West Bank as seen from the Qalandiya checkpoint
Mondoweiss – The Qalandia checkpoint. (Photo: Scott/Flickr) Office workers, labourers, students and the elderly often pass through Qalandiya checkpoint near East Jerusalem on a daily basis.  They are often placed far away from the violence of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Yet that distance has become notoriously smaller as they…

Why a false understanding of the ‘Six Day War’ still matters
Mondoweiss – Yitzhak Rabin A review of  The Six Day War and Israeli Self-Defense:  Questioning the Legal Basis for Preventive War , by  John Quigley. Cambridge University Press (2013) 284 pages; $14.89 Kindle ed. Thomas Hobbes published Leviathan  in 1651 at the end of the English Civil War.  In…

Human rights orgs condemn collective punishment of Palestinians in response to disappearance of three Israeli settlers
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) The following statement was released by the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) a coalition comprised of the Addameer Prisoners’ Support…

Growing Jewish support for boycott and the changing landscape of the BDS debate
Mondoweiss – Union Square, New York City. March 8, 2014. (Photo: All-Nite Images/cc/flickr) A couple of weeks ago Jerusalem-based think-tank, the Jewish People Policy Institute, released the findings from its  study  “Jewish & Democratic: Perspectives from World Jewry”. The key findings demonstrate a growing trend towards a concern…

Seattle Times Refuses to Publish BDS Op-Ed
Tikun Olam – Seattle Times, claiming opposition to boycotts, boycotts BDS I’ve tried to interest local media outlets in covering the BDS event I’m organizing this Friday night.  So far I’ve failed.  Repeated efforts to reach KUOW’s public affairs programming staff and Dave Ross of KIRO Radio have fallen…

Casey Kasem, Arab-American Child of American Dream
Tikun Olam – I met Casey Kasem in 1984.  I was then working in my first job, as a fundraiser and regional director for New Jewish Agenda in Los Angeles.  One of my main goals was to host a gala fundraiser for the grassroots group, which was always living…

Iran wins points from Brazil to State Dep’t (even as Bill Kristol calls for another Iraq war)
Mondoweiss – Bill Kristol, at Rightweb Today in Brazil, Iran scored a point by drawing Nigeria in the World Cup, and the Iranian president is proud. Proud of our boys who secured our first point–hopefully the first of many more to come. #WorldCup2014 #TeamMelli pic.twitter.com/9pzyT1Dr3f — Hassan Rouhani (@…

US seizes Benghazi raid ‘ringleader’ 
BBC 17 Jun 2014 – The suspected ringleader in the 2012 raid on a US diplomatic post in Libya that left four Americans dead has been captured, the Pentagon says.

American Jews United in Support for Missing Israeli Teenagers 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Jun 2014 – The disappearance of three Israeli teens in the West Bank last week is being taken as a call to action uniting many disparate elements of the American Jewish community. Click here for the rest of the article…

Canada Public Split on Middle East Conflict 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Jun 2014 – Canadians were evenly split in their support for Isr
ael and the Palestinians, according to a new poll. Click here for the rest of the article…

Sinead O’Connor Hopes To Pull Out of Israel Gig 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Jun 2014 – Sinead O’Connor said she will try to back out of a scheduled performance in Israel because she was unaware that she had been asked to boycott by pro-Palestinian groups. Click here for the rest of the article…

In solidarity with Palestinian mass hunger strike, BDS pressure forces G4S to distance itself from Israel’s prison system 
Global BDS 17 Jun 2014 – More than 50 people joined a demonstration outside the G4S shareholders meeting at which the company announced plans to end its role in Israel’s prison system, but only by 2017 – G4S announces future pull out of prisons, but campaign pressure must continue until it does…

Arab Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi Says Kidnappers ‘Not Terrorists’ 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Jun 2014 – An Arab-Israeli Knesset member said in an interview that the kidnappers of three Israeli teens are not terrorists. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ethiopia: Israeli FM Liberman On a Visit in Ethiopia 
allAfrica.com 17 Jun 2014 – [ERTA]Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman arrived in Addis Ababa Monday night on an official visit. The Minister came to Ethiopia as part of his 10-day “strategic visit” to five African countries, the rest being Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Kenya.

Israel steps up search for teenagers 
BBC 17 Jun 2014 – Israel’s military arrests 41 more Palestinians as it expands the search for three Israeli teenagers believed kidnapped in the West Bank.

UK to re-open embassy in Iran 
BBC 17 Jun 2014 – William Hague says the “circumstances are right” for the UK to re-open its embassy in Iran’s capital, Tehran, which has been shut since 2011.

Tunisia: NCA Calls for Liberating Palestinian MPs 
allAfrica.com 17 Jun 2014 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis, -President of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Mustapha Ben Jaafar denounced the continuous violations of Palestinians’ rights.

Africa: Iran, Nigeria Deliver First Draw and First Goalless Game of World Cup 
allAfrica.com 16 Jun 2014 – [Deutsche Welle]Iran and Nigeria have played to a scoreless draw at their opening World Cup match in Brazil. Carlos Queiroz’s underdogs looked to park the bus from the start, and poor finishing let the Nigerians down.

The women ‘sexually harassing’ men 
BBC 16 Jun 2014 – The tongue-in-cheek hashtag started by a woman in Egypt

Nigeria: Fans Jeer Super Eagles at World Cup 
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.

Iraq officers fired over rebel gains 
BBC 17 Jun 2014 – Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki dismisses senior officers for failing to halt an advance on key cities by Sunni Islamist rebels, a government statement says.

Iran, world powers may start drafting nuclear accord 
Al-Monitor 17 Jun 2014 – The US and Iran participated in both bilateral and trilateral meetings during the nuclear talks in Vienna.

Congressional Democrats question US air strikes in Iraq 
Al-Monitor 17 Jun 2014 – President Obama intends to meet House and Senate leaders of both parties on Wednesday to discuss options.

Iraqi government suffers mortal blow 
BBC 17 Jun 2014 – Iraq’s central government suffers mortal blow

World Cup: The company that made the Lebanese state kneel 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Jun 2014 – Lebanese shopping for flags during the 2014 World Cup in Lebanon on June 6, 2014. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Lebanese shopping for flags during the 2014 World Cup in Lebanon on June 6, 2014. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The recent deal with the company Sama, allowing the Lebanese…

Britain to reopen embassy in Tehran 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Jun 2014 – Britain plans to reopen its embassy in Iran, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced Tuesday. The British embassy in Tehran closed nearly three years ago after it was stormed by a mob angry at sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear program. “The circumstances are right to reopen our…

Erdogan gets surprise presidential rival 
Al-Monitor 17 Jun 2014 – Academic Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the opposition’s joint candidate for Turkey’s presidential elections, has the potential to change the game.

ISIS prefers allegiance, not allies, in Iraq 
Al-Monitor 17 Jun 2014 – As the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) continues to spread its control in Iraq, the group has adopted a strict policy of not accepting partners that could undermine its influence.

Iraq says Saudi Arabia “siding with terrorism” 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Jun 2014 – Saudi Arabia should be “held responsible” for militant financing and crimes committed by insurgent groups in Iraq, the Iraqi government charged on Tuesday. Comments from Riyadh this week “indicate siding with terrorism,” the cabinet said in a statement issued by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office. “We…

Kidnappings put Netanyahu back on offense 
Al-Monitor 17 Jun 2014 – The abduction of teenagers in the Hebron region puts an end
to Netanyahu’s political hard times, and, without a dominant defense minister such as Ehud Barak at his side, he is seen, even by the left, as a balanced authority on matters of security and leadership.

Defiance inside Damascus rebel suburb 
BBC 17 Jun 2014 – Finding defiance on both sides of the fight in Damascus

The need for ‘positive neutrality’ in Syria 
Al-Monitor 17 Jun 2014 – Complex regional interests have exacerbated and complicated the Syrian crisis.

UAE takes action against “anti-Islamic” drinking glasses 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Jun 2014 – Authorities in the United Arab Emirates confiscated 20 drinking glasses from a store after an Emirati woman complained they were “offensive to Islam,” English-language newspaper Gulf News reported Monday. The glasses reportedly had slogans which referenced alcohol. read more

The risks of rent-seeking: What kind of future do we want for our industry and energy? 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 17 Jun 2014 – Protesters against the rise of rent prices in Lebanon on April 8, 2014. Large poster reads :”Free us from the new rent laws.” (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Protesters against the rise of rent prices in Lebanon on April 8, 2014. Large poster reads :”Free us from the…

Nasrallah: ISIS would be in Beirut if not for Hezbollah intervention 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Jun 2014 – Jihadist forces marching towards Baghdad would today be in Beirut had Hezbollah not intervened in the war in Syria, party chief Hassan Nasrallah was quoted as saying by As-Safir newspaper Tuesday. “If [Hezbollah] hadn’t intervened in Syria the right way and at the right time, ISIS…

The road not taken: Beirut-Ramallah 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 17 Jun 2014 – I ate an Israeli yesterday. It tasted good, and came in a box with five others that I kept for later. I will eat the rest of them in the coming week. Then I will eat more until there are no Israelis left on the face…

Kuwait corruption claims divide ruling family 
Al-Monitor 17 Jun 2014 – The disputes in Kuwait about allegations of embezzlement might take a harsh turn and affect the political scene.

Obama: US sending 275 soldiers to Baghdad 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Jun 2014 – US President Barack Obama announced that about 275 soldiers were being deployed to Iraq to help protect the embassy in Baghdad. The force, which began deploying on Sunday, has been sent “for the purpose of protecting US citizens and property, if necessary, and is equipped for…

All the cards are in Bashar al-Assad’s hands 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 17 Jun 2014 – A woman holds a picture of re-elected Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as she celebrates in Damascus after he was announced as the winner of the country’s presidential elections on June 4, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Joseph Eid) A woman holds a picture of re-elected Syrian President Bashar al-Assad…

The US and the Iraq question: Let the blame fall on one man, provided he is not an American 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 17 Jun 2014 – It is rather stunning to watch pundits in the US analyze the situation in Iraq. Imperial hubris prevails in all the discourse by Democrats and Republicans alike. The answer to the problems of Iraq has been simple: Nouri al-Maliki is the villain, and once he is…

African Union set to restore Egypt’s membership 
Al-Monitor 17 Jun 2014 – President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is about to score his first foreign policy victory with the expected restoration of Egypt’s African Union membership at this month’s African summit in Malabo.

Turkey’s finance minister avoids politics, sticks to economy 
Al-Monitor 17 Jun 2014 – The visit of Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek to Lebanon aimed at building economic ties and avoiding more controversial foreign policy matters.

VIDEO: ‘World’s duty to support Iraq’ 
BBC 17 Jun 2014 – A spokesman for the Iraq prime minister has said that it is “the duty of the world” to support Iraq’s government against Sunni militants who have captured several key cities in the country in recent days.

We can read your emails, says Iran’s intelligence minister 
Al-Monitor 17 Jun 2014 – Iran’s intelligence minister has said that in the effort to fight terror, his ministry has access to the electronic communications of individuals suspected of links to terrorists.

Turkey rethinking sectarian approach to region 
Al-Monitor 17 Jun 2014 – ISIS advances in Iraq have finally forced a Turkish reassessment of its regional policies.

Egypt not heading to ‘suicidal abyss’ 
Al-Monitor 17 Jun 2014 – But Syria is, according to Egyptian intellectual Youssef Zeidan.

VIDEO: Iraqi Kurd PM predicts Iraq split 
BBC 17 Jun 2014 – The prime minister of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region has told the BBC’s Jim Muir he does not believe the country will stay together, as Sunni extremist militants continue to make territorial gains.

Shipwreck families sue Australia 
BBC 16 Jun 2014 – The families of dozens of Iraqi and Iranian asylum seekers killed in a shipwreck off Christmas Island in 2010 are suing the Australian government.

VIDEO: US veterans react to turmoil in Iraq 
BBC 16 Jun 2014 – US veterans of Iraq reflect on chaos there now

VIDEO:
Iraqi forces hit back with air strikes 

BBC 16 Jun 2014 – The Islamist militant group ISIS have seized the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar but the Iraqi forces have hit back with air strikes near the town.

Iraq: Signs of disagreement emerge between ISIS and the Baath 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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,…

Syrian army foils chemical attack on Damascus 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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,…

Articles


Gaza – a hellhole created by Israel 
Rana Alshami, Redress 6/17/2014
      Israel has launched yet another campaign against the Palestinian people. This time its excuse is the kidnapping of three teenage “boys”. Israel is using this incident to once again collectively punish my people. According to international law, collective punishment is a crime.
     Israel worries about these children of illegal colonizers who threw my people off of our land, but what about the thousands of Palestinians, including young children, who have been abducted by Israeli soldiers and thrown into Israeli jails without charge? What are our children guilty of to be imprisoned and trapped in cages? Did they fire rockets into Israel in reaction to the many times more rockets Israel fires at our homes and lands?
     Lest we forget
     You must not forget these crimes, nor should you forget Israel’s bloody massacres of my people.
     My people suffer behind walls and the rest of the world remains ignorant and silent. Thousands of Palestinian children have been tortured in Israeli prisons. No one knows the pain we live with. What proof is there that we really kidnapped the “boys”? And if Palestinians did kidnap these Jewish boys, they would have done so as a result of the atrocities they and their families have been subjected to throughout their entire lives.
     Beginning over 45 years ago, Israel began building settlements in order to prove its claim to all of our land, which it stole by virtue of its greater strength and cunning. It build new settlements and continues to expand existing ones. Chedi Klibi, former Secretary-General of the Arab League, outlines three basic objectives of Israel’s expansionism…. more.. e-mail

Is Open-Ended Chaos the Desired US-Israeli Aim in the Middle East? 
Thomas S. Harrington, CounterPunch 6/17/2014
      The Brutal Logic of a Self-Seeking Empire
     During the last week we have seen Sunni militias take control of ever-greater swathes of eastern Syria and western Iraq. In the mainstream media, the analysis of this emerging reality has been predictably idiotic, basically centering on whether:
     a) Obama is to blame for this for having removed US troops in compliance with the 2008 Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) negotiated and signed by Bush.
     b) Obama is “man enough” to putatively resolve the problem by going back into the country and killing more people and destroying whatever remains of the country’s infrastructure.
     This cynically manufactured discussion has generated a number of intelligent rejoinders on the margins of the mainstream media system. These essays, written by people such as Juan Cole, Robert Parry, Robert Fisk and Gary Leupp, do a fine job of explaining the US decisions that led to the present crisis, while simultaneously reminding us how everything occurring today was readily foreseeable as far back as 2002.
     What none of them do, however, is consider whether the chaos now enveloping the region might, in fact, be the desired aim of policy planners in Washington and Tel Aviv.
     Rather, each of these analysts presumes that the events unfolding in Syria and Iraq are undesired outcomes engendered by short-sighted decision-making at the highest levels of the US government over the last 12 years.
     Looking at the Bush and Obama foreign policy teams—no doubt the most shallow and intellectually lazy members of that guild to occupy White House in the years since World War II—it is easy to see how they might arrive at this conclusion. more.. e-mail

The Western-Imposed Partition of the Middle East Is Dead 
Robert Fisk, Common Dreams 6/17/2014
      “Sykes-Picot is dead,” Walid Jumblatt roared at me last night – and he may well be right.
     The Lebanese Druze leader – who fought in a 15-year civil war that redrew the map of Lebanon – believes that the
new battles for Sunni Muslim jihadi control of northern and eastern Syria and western Iraq have finally destroyed the post-World War Anglo-French conspiracy, hatched by Mark Sykes and François Picot, which divided up the old Ottoman Middle East into Arab statelets controlled by the West.

     The Islamic Caliphate of Iraq and Syria has been fought into existence – however temporarily – by al-Qa’ida-affiliated Sunni fighters who pay no attention to the artificial borders of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon or Jordan, or even mandate Palestine, created by the British and French. Their capture of the city of Mosul only emphasises the collapse of the secret partition plan which the Allies drew up in the First World War – for Mosul was sought after for its oil wealth by both Britain and France.
     The entire Middle East has been haunted by the Sykes-Picot agreement, which also allowed Britain to implement Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour’s 1917 promise to give British support to the creation of a Jewish “homeland” in Palestine. Perhaps only today’s Arabs (and Israelis) fully understand the profound historical changes – and deep political significance – that the extraordinary battles of this past week have wrought on the old colonial map of the Middle East.
     The collapsing Ottoman Empire of 1918 was to be split into two on a north-east, south-west axis which would run roughly from near Kirkuk – today under Kurdish control – across from Mosul in northern Iraq and the Syrian desert and through what is now the West Bank to Gaza. Mosul was initially given to the French – its oil surrendered by the British in return for what would become a French buffer zone between Britain and the Russian Caucasus, Baghdad and Basra being safe in British hands below the French lines…. more.. e-mail

Washington withstands Netanyahu’s ire 
Ahmed Al-Sayed in Gaza, Al-Ahram Weekly 6/11/2014
      To Israel’s chagrin, the US administration is still talking to the Palestinian national unity government. But this alone does not signal a vital breakthrough.
     Despite Israel’s protestations, American officials and an array of Western nations have promised to keep talking to the Palestinian reconciliation government, a technocratic government that has the stamp of approval of both the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Hamas.
     A rift is consequently widening between the Netanyahu government, which slammed sanctions on the new government to signal its opposition to Hamas — which the Israelis and Americans consider to be a terrorist group — taking part in mainstream Palestinian politics.
     Not only are the Americans not convinced of Israeli’s demand that the entire Palestinian government be ostracised, many world powers — including the European Union — say that they are relieved to be able to speak to a government that represents all Palestinians.
     One reason for the failure of Israel to push its point of view is that the new government is made up of technocrats and that it follows the policies of the “moderate” President Mahmoud Abbas.
     None of this stopped the Netanyahu government from voicing its indignation or calling American communication with the new government an act of “betrayal”.
     Gaza-based political science professor Mokheimar Abu Saada is not surprised by the Israeli reaction…. more.. e-mail

“I still have relatives there, in Aleppo. They never know when they’ll have water and electricity.”
In Gaza: 17 Jun 2014 – Stopped into a Beirut cafe I’ve frequented in the recent past while waiting for paperwork to go to Syria. And while I usually sat reading and sharing Syria news off my laptop, only today did I learn that the attractive waitress is herself Syrian. In the past, we only exchanged pleasantries, but today we began with her “welcome back, how’d things go” type of comments, and later my pleas for her help in translating blurbs of voice recordings. In general, I get some/much of what is said, depending on by whom and what the subject is. But, for articles, I prefer to err to the side of caution, being sure of the translation. She helps me wade through the Syrian dialect I’m still coming to terms with. “My family is from Aleppo, but I grew up here. I still have relatives there, in Aleppo. They never know when they’ll have…more

ISIL and Iraq’s Pandora’s Box
Palestine
Chronicle: 17 Jun 2014 – By Ramzy Baroud “ Labeiki ya Zaynab ,” chanted Iraqi Shiite fighters as they swayed, dancing with their rifles before news cameras in Baghdad on 13 June. They were apparently getting ready for a difficult fight ahead. For them, it seemed that a suitable war chant would be answering the call of Zaynab, the daughter of Imam Ali, the great Muslim Caliph who lived in Medina 14 centuries ago. That was the period through which the Shiite sect slowly emerged, based on a political dispute whose consequences are still felt until this day. Dark Forces of Sectarianism That chant alone is enough to demonstrate the ugly sectarian nature of the war in Iraq, which has reached an unprecedented highpoint in recent days. Fewer than 1,000 fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) advanced against Iraq’s largest city of Mosul on 10 June, sending two Iraqi army…
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‘Political Suicide’: Palestinian Ambassador Denies ‘Recognizing’ Jewish State
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Jun 2014 – By Stuart Littlewood Israel’s elaborate hasbara (propaganda) machine has done a sterling job over the years of distorting the truth and re-framing the Holy Land narrative to make the regime in Tel Aviv appear blameless and its war criminals sweetly innocent. Not only that, but also painting the unarmed, impoverished and captive Palestinians as aggressors who have no right to self-determination or self-defence. And, of course, assisting the army of pro-Israel stooges in Western capitals to defend the indefensible. It was no surprise, therefore, to come across an article, ‘The Two-State Solution: The Way Forward’ , published a few days ago in Fathom , promoting the idea that all would be well in occupied Palestine if only Palestinians were to recognise the state of Israel as “the Jewish state of Israel” in return for Israel recognising the Palestinian state. The piece is supposed to have been written jointly by the Palestinian ambassador…more

Syria is Not Waiting to Rebuild
Dissident Voice: 17 Jun 2014 – For three years, most residents of the old city in the center of Homs had not seen their homes, shops, churches and mosque. Homs was one of the first cities where armed fighters decided to take on the Syrian army, and those fighters named it “the capital of the revolution”. That revolution ended in May, 2014 for the fighters in Homs, when they negotiated a retreat from the old city. Starving and running low on ammunition, they accepted the government offer to remove themselves to a different front, taking only their light arms. Some of the fighters gave up entirely, putting their trust in the government amnesty. Homs old city after some of the debris has been cleared This allowed weary Homsi citizens to assess the damage and think about recovery of their beloved and historic central district. They didn’t waste any time. By good fortune and good contacts I…more


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