VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 18 June 2014: In photos: Israeli bulldozers raze Bedouin community

18 June 2014 VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

172 Housing Units Approved in Jerusalem Settlement
IMEMC – On Wednesday, the construction of 172 new housing units in the illegal settlement of Jabal Abu Ghneim (HarHoma), east occupied Jerusalem, was approved by the Israeli planning and construction commission. … 

Demolitions in West Bank Leave Families Homeless
IMEMC – Soldiers fire on car in Bethlehem Israeli military bulldozers demolished, yesterday, two Palestinian-owned houses. The foundations of a house under construction and water well in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Khader#History, a town to the south of Bethlehem, as well, under the pretext of being built without a permit, according to media and activist sources. Also in the Bethlehem area, Israeli forces shot at a vehicle after it allegedly attempted to run over soldiers. …

Addameer Condemns ICRC Neutrality
IMEMC – http://alray.ps/en/index.php?act=post&id=4797#.U6IM2vldXfE in front the International Committee of the Red Cross office, in Gaza, in demand of the release of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. Since the http://www.imemc.org/newswire?search_text=hunger+strike&button=Search+%3E%3E began, thehttp://www.icrc.org/ has been called to publicly condemn Israel’s use of administrative detention, highlight the Palestinian hunger strikers. The ICRC remains silent, yet issued a statement about the disappeared teenage settlers. An update on the strikers, and ICRC recommendations: … 

Army Threatens Man Who Recorded Nakba Day Killings
IMEMC – The Israeli army has threatened a Palestinian citizen in Beitunia, east of Ramallah, for his part in documenting the killing of two teens during the Nakba Day protest, last May. …

Israel “Weighing Options” To Transfer Hamas Leaders To Gaza
IMEMC – The Israeli Defense Ministry is studying all “legal options” to forcibly remove dozens of senior leaders of the Hamas movement, in the West Bank, and illegally expel them to the Gaza Strip, the Arabs48 news website has reported. …

At Least 64 Palestinians Kidnapped In The West Bank, Jerusalem
IMEMC – [Wednesday, June 18, 2014] As the army continued its invasions and arrests in different parts of the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, at least 64 Palestinians were kidnapped on Wednesday, at dawn, including 51 former prisoners who were previously released under the Shalit Prisoner Swap Deal. …

Tbeish Continues His Strike For 110 Day
IMEMC – As Palestinian detainees, held under illegal Administrative Detention orders in Israeli prisons, continued their hunger strike for the 55th consecutive day, demanding an end to their illegitimate detention, detainee Ayman Tbeish is ongoing his strike for the 110th day. …

Israel To “Worsen” Living Conditions Of Hamas Detainees
IMEMC – Israeli online daily, Haaretz, has reported that Israeli ministers held an urgent meeting, and decided to worsen the conditions of imprisoned Hamas members held in various Israeli prisons and detention camps, and that the government is examining the possibility removing Hamas leaders from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip. … 

Ma’an News

Israeli home demolitions leave 7 families homeless
6/18/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished seven houses across the southern West Bank on Wednesday, leaving seven families homeless. Bulldozers demolished three houses and a well in the Bethlehem town of al-Khader on Wednesday, witnesses said. Locals told Ma’an that two Israeli bulldozers, escorted by Israeli police, raided the town and demolished three properties belonging to Ali Salim Moussa and Ismail Mahmoud….

Israeli army arrests over 50 Palestinians released in Shalit deal
6/18/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested some 65 Palestinians across the West Bank overnight, over 50 of which were released as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange between Hamas and Israel in 2011, sources said Wednesday. As soldiers entered their sixth day of searching for three missing Israelis, forces raided the Nablus district and arrested a number of Palestinians, security sources told Ma…. Related: Israeli forces detain freed prisoner in Balata camp

Israeli prisons ‘punish’ Palestinians for Hebron youth disappearance
6/18/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Prison Services have begun “punishing” Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in response to the disappearance of three Israeli teens in Hebron last week, Israeli media reported on Wednesday. The punishments, which were said to have been ordered by Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovich, highlight how wide-reaching the consequences of the disappearance — which Israeli authorities blame on Hamas — have been….

Israeli forces detained 300, raided over 750 homes in last week
6/18/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have raided hundreds of homes and detained 300 Palestinian individuals since three Israeli teenagers went missing from a Jewish settlement near Bethlehem last week, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said in a statement Wednesday. Israeli forces have launched arrest raids across the West Bank since Thursday in retribution for the disappearance, which they say was the result of….

Abbas: Kidnappers of Israelis aim to ‘destroy’ Palestinians
6/18/2014 – JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — President Mahmud Abbas on Wednesday accused those behind the alleged kidnapping in the West Bank of three Israeli teenagers last week of wanting to “destroy” the Palestinians.” Those who kidnapped the three teenagers want to destroy us. We will hold them accountable,” Abbas told an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation meeting in Jeddah…. Related: Israel tightens West Bank grip as Abbas blasts kidnappers

Israeli forces open fire on vehicle in Bethlehem, hit confirmed
6/18/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces opened fire on a vehicle in Bethlehem on Thursday night after it attempted to “run over” soldiers, the military said in a statement.”A Palestinian vehicle attempted to run over soldiers near a military post in the area of Bethlehem,” the military said in a statement. The soldiers “responded by opening fire,” the statement continued, “identifying a hit.”Bethlehem….

Israel tightens West Bank grip as Abbas blasts kidnappers
6/18/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel tightened its grip on the West Bank on Wednesday, arresting another 65 people, as President Mahmoud Abbas lashed out at those behind the disappearance of three Israeli teenagers. As the hunt for the youths entered its sixth day, there was no let-up in Israel’s drive to deal a crushing blow to the West Bank infrastructure of Hamas, which it has…. Related: Abbas: Kidnappers of Israelis aim to ‘destroy’ Palestinians

Israel shuts major checkpoints south of Nablus
6/18/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shut down two major checkpoints in the northern West Bank on Wednesday, cutting traffic on a major north-south artery between Nablus and Ramallah while the army continues to deploy heavily across the West Bank. Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces shut Zaatara (Tappuah) and Huwwara checkpoints south of Nablus on Route 60, and that hundreds of vehicles….

Israeli forces detain freed prisoner in Balata camp
6/18/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli special forces dressed as Arabs on Wednesday detained a Palestinian who was previously freed in a prisoner exchange deal during a raid on Balata refugee camp east of Nablus. Local security sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the camp in a Mitsubishi car and detained Mahdi Shukri al-Assi, 34, in an alley in the camp. Israeli forces…. Related: Israeli army arrests over 50 Palestinians released in Shalit deal

Analysis: Presbyterian church shows Israel tough love
6/18/2014 – Sam Bahour is a Palestinian-American business consultant in Ramallah and blogs at epalestine. com. – 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….

Hamas slams Abbas support for Israel security coordination
6/18/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Hamas slammed President Mahmoud Abbas’ support for security coordination with Israel on Wednesday, as Israel pursued a manhunt for three teens believed to have been kidnapped last Thursday.”President Abbas’ statements on security coordination with Israel are unjustified, harmful to Palestinian reconciliation. . . and a psychological blow to the thousands of Palestinian prisoners suffering a slow death in the occupation’….

Explosive device found by Israeli military on Gaza border
6/18/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli military forces on Wednesday uncovered an explosive device on the border with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the Israeli military said. The military unit was engaged in “routine activity” near the barbed wire on the fence demarcating the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip when the device was found. Forces subsequently “detonated the device in a controlled manner,” the….

Palestinian university student killed in Egypt
6/18/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — A Palestinian university student was found dead in his apartment in the Egyptian city of Giza on Tuesday. The victim, Ahmad Yousif Rabee, was handcuffed
and stabbed twice using a kitchen knife, Egyptian security officials said. Rabee is originally from Gaza, where his body will be buried on Wednesday. However, since the 2013 military take over that overthrew democratically-elected president Morsi….

Bet Lahem Live festival brings Star Street back to life
6/18/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Star Street was once the bustling heart of Bethlehem’s Old City, a vital link on the 1,500-year-oldpilgrimage route from Jerusalem to the Nativity Church. Since 2000, however, the street has fallen into disrepair, its gentle facades torn apart by the Israeli incursions of the Second Intifada and the erection of checkpoints throughout the Old City’s narrow….

Mother, 3 children injured in house fire
6/18/2014 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — A mother and her three children were left unconscious when their house caught on fire in the center of Tulkarem city early Wednesday. The civil defense forces controlled the fire and prevented it from spreading to the rest of the house, according to a report by the public relations office of the civil defense. The report said that the civil defense….

Two killed in Jerusalem family feud
6/18/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Two people were killed Wednesday evening during a family feud in the Salam area of Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem. Medical sources at Hadassah Medical Center’s Mount Scopus campus told Ma’an that Hassan Nuh Abu Asab, 33, and Mohammad Yasir Abu Asab, 18, were shot dead during the fighting. They were taken to the hospital, where they were pronounced dead. [END]

US commandos capture Benghazi attack ‘ringleader’
6/18/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US commandos have captured the suspected ringleader of a deadly 2012 attack on an American compound in the Libyan city of Benghazi, in a raid hailed by the White House as a triumph for justice. Special forces, working with FBI agents, carried out Sunday’s stealth operation in Libya under cover of darkness and withdrew without losses, though Washington was giving away….

Iraq sacks top officers as UN warns of break-up
6/18/2014 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Iraq’s premier fired several top security commanders in a major shake-up as fighting approached Baghdad in a militant onslaught that the UN warned risked breaking up the country. Washington deployed some 275 military personnel to protect its embassy in Baghdad, the first time it has publicly bolstered the mission’s security. And it was also mulling air strikes against the….

Syria air raid kills 9 children in displaced camp, NGO says
6/18/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syrian army helicopter fire killed nine children in a camp for displaced civilians near the Jordanian border on Wednesday, a monitoring group said. They were among 12 civilians killed in the air raid on the camp near the village of Shajara, south of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The youngest of those killed was a girl aged just four, the….


Israel teens search aims to ‘break’ Hamas
AlJazeera 18 Jun 2014 – The search for the missing Israeli teens has turned into a military and diplomatic campaign against Hamas.

International Solidarity Movement

VIDEO: Israeli soldiers invade more Palestinian homes in Hebron
6/18/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Yesterday the Israeli army invaded a family house in the H1 area, supposedly under full Palestinian Authority civil and security control, of al-Khalil (Hebron). The father of the family is very ill with heart disease; the family was forced in to one room and was not allowed to leave. The eight Israeli soldiers used the house as an unofficial army post….

Relief Web

Lebanon: “Syria Refugee Crisis pushing Lebanon to take concerning steps, aid agencies warn”
Relief Web 18 Jun 2014 – Source: Lebanon Humanitarian INGO Forum Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic The Syria refugee crisis is pushing Lebanon to take concerning steps, more than 20 humanitarian agencies warned today. Since 3 May 2014 there have been increasing reports…

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestinian families bear brunt as Israel hunts teens
Relief Web 18 Jun 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 06/18/2014 14:52 GMT TAFFUH, June 18, 2014 (AFP) – It was the sound of the front door being kicked in that woke the Izrayqat family early Wednesday as Israeli troops barged into their…

occupied Palestinian territory: Civilians are not a legitimate target
Relief Web 18 Jun 2014 – Source: Gisha Country: occupied Palestinian territory June 17, 2014. Gisha strongly condemns any action which deliberately targets civilians, whether the firing of rockets towards civilian population centers or the kidnapping of civilians, particularly minors. Civilians are not a legitimate target…

occupied Palestinian territory: Military operations in the West Bank and Gaza: ICRC steps up its activities
Relief Web 18 Jun 2014 – Source: International Committee of the Red Cross Country: occupied Palestinian territory Tel Aviv/Jerusalem/Geneva (ICRC) – As tensions mount and an extensive military operation takes place to rescue three abducted people in the West Bank, the International Committee of the Red…

The National

UAE recalls ambassador over Baghdad’s sectarian policies
The National 18 Jun 2014 – Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns that Shiite-led government’s policies will only escalate crisis as troops and Sunni extremist militants battle for control of key refinery.

Brotherhood charity work in UK under investigation
The National 18 Jun 2014 – British government asks regulator for details as part of review of the group’s activities amid claims it fomenting extremism.

India confirms 40 workers abducted in northern Iraq
The National 18 Jun 2014 – India sends former Iraq envoy to Baghdad to assist kidnapped construction workers, whose whereabouts are not known after they went missing while being evacuated from Mosul last week by Iraqi authorities.

‘Paper boy of Abu Dhabi’ picks up another top award for efforts to help protect the environment
The National 18 Jun 2014 – The ‘paper boy of Abu Dhabi’ has now received the International Diana Award – one of the UK’s most prestigious prizes and signed by the British prime minister, David Cameron – for outstanding contribution to the community and environment.

Nine dead, 27 missing after boat sinks off Malaysia
The National 18 Jun 2014 – Thirty-seven people remained missing on Wednesday after an apparently overloaded boat carrying Indonesian illegal migrants heading home for Ramadan sank overnight in rough seas off western Malaysia.

Iraqi soldiers express shame for abandoning posts
The National 18 Jun 2014 – Iraq’s military has been deeply shaken by their collapse in the face of ISIL fighters who overran Mosul last week.

Libya demands US hand over suspect in Benghazi consulate attack
The National 18 Jun 2014 – Abu Khattala has been alleged by the US as a “key leader” in the 2012 attack on the Benghazi consulate that killed four Americans including ambassador Chris Stevens. 

Residents who fled North Waziristan fear for those left behind
The National 18 Jun 2014 – Some 62,000 people are believed to have fled North Waziristan ahead of the operation, according to government figures, though many consider the true figure to be far higher.

Twitter reverses decision to block ‘blasphemous’ content in Pakistan
The National 18 Jun 2014 – The internet company said it will restore the previously withheld content after the government failed to provide sufficient clarification.

US carries out first executions since botched lethal injection
The National 18 Jun 2014 – The executions proceeded shortly after the US Supreme Court denied multiple applications from the inmates seeking 11th-hour reprieves. A third inmate in Florida is due to be executed on Wednesday.

Iran vows to defend Iraq Shiite sites as insurgents battle for refinery
The National 18 Jun 2014 – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani made the clearest declaration yet that Tehran was prepared to mobilise, as Sunni militants continue their advance towards Baghdad.

Egypt frees Al Jazeera reporter on hunger strike
The National 18 Jun 2014 – Abdullah Elshamy, once a chubby young man, looked gaunt and frail, and sported a bushy beard as he left the police station.

‘Racist’ maid ad in Hong Kong draws ire
The National 18 Jun 2014 – The ad – aimed at employers of Hong Kong’s 300,000 maids – shows a Chinese actor wearing dark orange make-up and a curly wig as he plays clumsy maid “Maria”.

Maliki ignored ISIL warnings before Mosul’s fall, says city’s governor
The National 17 Jun 2014 – Mosul’s governor Atheel Nujeifi, who escaped the tenth assassination attempt on his life just two days before the city was captured, says the prime minister ‘never listened’ to repeated warnings about the deteriorating security situation.

Boy finds mummified body of man hanging in wardrobe of abandoned house
The National 18 Jun 2014 – An adolescent boy found the mummified body of a man hanging in a wardrobe while exploring what appeared to be an abandoned house in southwestern Ohio.

Sri Lanka religious riots: police arrest 49
The National 18 Jun 2014 – Sri Lanka’s police arrested 49 people overnight over deadly anti-Muslim riots in a tourist region where Buddhist hardliners have set shops and homes ablaze


Realpolitik: How the crisis in Iraq will affect your pocketbook
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Believe it or not, now is the time for peace
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Hamas has long record of kidnapping to free Palestinian prisoners
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Haneen Zoabi, the perfect scapegoat
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

The right to see a lawyer
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

West Bank violence: Seven good years
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

McDonald’s employees protest lack of labor agreement
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Israel’s double standard
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Who needs meat? Shy and Adam’s fruitful union
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Jews around the world mobilize in support of kidnapped boys
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Philadelphia man arrested on Nazi death camp charges
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Iran, six world powers begin drafting nuclear pact, says Zarif
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

MK Ben-Eliezer paid $350,000 cash for villa
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Kiryat Arba chief rabbi: ‘Anti-Jewish’ legislation was a cause for kidnappings
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Senior IEC officials arrested for taking $16 million bribes from Siemens
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Pray for the safety of the kidnapped boys as well as the sanity of Israeli society
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

MK Zoabi gets Knesset bodyguard amid wave of threats against her
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

The U.S. shouldn’t beg Iran to act on Iraq and Syria
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

The U.S. shouldn’t beg Iran to act on Iraq and Syria
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Two Gaza rockets explode in southern Israel
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Netanyahu’s office dismisses Abbas’ condemnation of kidnappers
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Pope to call for reconciliation in Korea trip
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Literary power couple Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss split
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Netanyahu cancels Australia visit over ‘recent developments’
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Islamic movement leader prohibited from leaving Israel
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

NGOs urge global defense of doctors pressured to force-feed hunger-strikers
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Supreme Court urges negotiation on procedure for extra gov’t spending
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

The not-so hidden agendas behind the kidnapping crisis
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Palestinians in the West should speak out against Hamas’ human rights abuses
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Israel permits doctors to sedate Palestinian prisoners for force-feeding
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Hamas leader hinted at plans to kidnap Israelis three weeks ago
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Pro-Russian separatists reject Ukraine president’s cease-fire offer
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Hundreds of top police officers toured Poland – day after West Bank kidnap
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Abbas calls for return of abducted teens: Kidnappers seeking to destroy PA
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Ukraine’s president proposes unilateral cease-fire
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Minister Cohen’s declawed commission
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

The Palestinians: A kidnapped society
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

Miriam Faust to become Bar-Ilan University’s first female provost
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

U.S.: Arrest of Benghazi suspect was necessary to prevent more attacks
Ha’aretz – 18 Jun 2014

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

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

Jerusalem Post

Physician-assisted suicide and the struggle for the soul of the State of Israel
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – According to Jewish Law, euthanasia is not compassion – it is murder. 

Washington watch: Cantor’s revealing defeat
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – Cantor was proud of his Jewish faith and was on track to be the first Jewish Speaker of the House in history. 

Encountering Peace: Who did it?
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – My reason for doubting Hamas’s involvement is that the single most important thing to Hamas right now is to assure its continued ability to rule Gaza. 

MEDIA COMMENT: The ‘frame’
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – We call upon the media to stop framing this kidnapping story, and to just present the facts as they are. 

Two rockets from Gaza strike southern Israel
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – One rocket reportedly falls in southern community; no injuries reported; building sustains damage. 

Chikan blues
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – James ‘Super Chikan’ Johnson got his name for his predilection for talking to the chickens on the family farm. Now Chikan lets the guitars do the clucking. 

The Kurdish moment in the Middle East
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – The upheavals in Iraq have increased significantly the chances of the Kurds declaring independence from Iraq. 

Silence comes as no shock
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – Five days after three Israeli teenagers were abducted by Islamic terrorists, there was still silence from EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. 

Candidly speaking: Our Islamic fundamentalist adversaries are inhuman barbarians
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – If these barbarians have the capacity to behave so cruelly toward their own kinsmen, one can only shudder at what they would do to Jews if they had the opportunity. 

Zoabi’s sins
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – The Arab MK explicitly applauds exploiting “the power inherent in democracy to undermine the moral and political legitimacy of Israel.” 

Germany seeks Philadelphia man accused of being Nazi guard
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – War-era records show he was at Auschwitz earlier than he has acknowledged and that he also served as a guard in Birkenau. 

Police appoint team to examine mishandling of distress call from missing teens
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – Team of seven officers is set up to review the two minute long call which was ignored for five hours on the night of the abduction last Thursday night; police play tape of call to families of kidnapped teens. 

Arab youth receives death threats for supporting return of kidnapped teens
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – The 17-year-old posted a photograph of himself on Facebook holding an Israeli flag and a sign reading “Bring Back Our Boys.” 

US, Israel discuss advancing economic ties
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – US Secretary Jack Lew in joint appearance with Finance Minister Lapid lauds Israeli economy as one of most innovative in world. 

Water tariffs in Israel to be reduced in July for second time this year
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – “The trend of lowering the water rate continues,” said Water Authority director and chairman, Alexander Kushnir. 

Blatt interviewed by Cavaliers, set to make decision on NBA destination
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – Blatt said last week that he is not leaving Maccabi Tel Aviv for a bigger contract or better place, but “to follow my dream.” 

Abduction of teens a spiritual challenge for Jewish unity says Chief Rabbi Lau
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – God is testing the Jewish people in recent days, Ashkenazi chief rabbi says; encourages people to pray for the teens. 

Livni praises Abbas for condemnation of kidnappings
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – Justice minister says Abbas’s words “reflect the true reality”; Palestinian leader vows to help Israel find boys. 

Shafir to High Court: State opaque on budget as if it were a nuclear secret
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – Labor MK petitions court accusing Knesset Finance Committee of not being transparent. 

This Palestinian façade
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – Egypt’s Sisi knows Hamas for what it is – an extremist Islamist organization, closely tied to the Muslim Brotherhood. 

Prisoners may be anesthetized before force-feeding
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – Changes added to bill to make it safer for prisoners, but doctors still refuse to uphold it. 

NASA just designed the Baal Shem Tov’s wagon
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – Jewish mysticism teaches that the desired outcome is that the miraculous should become included within the physical. 

Speech by Hamas chief Mashaal might have been signal for kidnapping, say security sources
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – Senior source believes kidnappers did not receive official “operational order”, but rather heard Mashaal say Kassam Brigades would solve prisoners’ hardships. 

Package of punitive measures against sec
urity prisoners follows kidnapping

Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – IPS spokeswoman: “They have less access to TV than they did before, but the measures are not a violation of their human rights or rights as prisoners.” 

Knesset gives Zoabi bodyguard after threats to her life
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – Police to investigate whether Balad MK incited; Zoabi remains unapologetic, repeats that kidnapping is not terror. 

Elkin: Danger of return to Israeli prison should cast shadow over all freed terrorists
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – MKs on the right acclaim arrest of prisoners released in Schalit deal, while Gal-On warns it is political, has nothing to do with captive teens. 

US Treasury Secretary Lew: Iran’s nuclear program will remain peaceful
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – On first official visit to Israel, Lew vows US will not “rush into a bad deal” with Iran, says sanctions remain in place. 

Aharonovitch: Hamas must know kidnapping doesn’t pay
Jerusalem Post 18 Jun 2014 – Public security minister says reports of police failure to respond to a call from one of the teens should be investigated. 

The Guardian

Palestinians freed in 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner-swap back in custody
The Guardian 18 Jun 2014 – Israel says re-arrest of more than 50 former prisoners during search for missing teens sent ‘important message’ to Hamas More than 50 Palestinians released in 2011 as part a high-profile deal to free Israeli soldier Gilad…

Death of Klinghoffer opera chiefs cancel cinema broadcasts across world
The Guardian 18 Jun 2014 – Met Opera and ENO simulcast pulled amid fears opera about 1985 Achille Lauro cruise ship murder will ‘foment antisemitism’ The Death of Klinghoffer an opera based on the 1985 hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro…


Military Resistance 12F6 Israeli Nazis
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 – Bassem remembers his Grandfather telling him that when he was just a boy throwing rocks at the Israeli Soldiers, that they beat him so bad that they broke both of his legs and both of his…

Bill to force-feed hunger strikers unlawful and immoral
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 – 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 9 June 2014, a bill that would allow force feeding prisoners…

Palestinian Prisoners Refuse Settlement as Hunger Strike Sets Record
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 -Palestinian prisoners participating in the longest mass hunger strike in Palestinian history have rejected a settlement proposed by the Israeli prison and intelligence services, incarcerated members of a Palestinian party tell MEE.An estimated 300 prisoners are participating…

In Effect, Appeals Court Rules Torture & Abuse Is All Foreseeable Part of Job at Guantanamo Bay 
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 – The DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other employees of the Defense Department and effectively determined that torture or abuse, which Guantanamo Bay prisoners cleared for…

Iraq snapshot – June 11, 2014 
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 – Chaos and violence continue, Tikrit falls to rebels, Nouri tries to shift the blame on the issue of security forces deserting their posts in Mosul, Kenneth Pollack has some (bad) suggestions, and much more….Do foreigners come…

New Evidence Casts Doubt on US Claims that Three Guantánamo Deaths in 2006 Were Suicides
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 -Eight years ago, on June 10, 2006, the world awoke to the news that three men – Yasser Al-Zahrani, Ali Al-Salami and Mani Al-Utaybi – had died at the Bush administration s “war on terror” prison at…

Israeli Health Ministry Prevents Independent Examination of Prisoners
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 – The Israeli Health Ministry prevents independent doctors from examining hunger-striking prisoners, reported Wednesday the Israeli daily of Haaretz. According to Haaretz, the Israeli ministry places strict restrictions on visit to hunger-striking prisoners by private doctors in…

Taliban Statement Final warning of the Islamic Emirate regarding the second term of Elections 
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 – Our countrymen know that on 14th June 2014, the conspiracy against Islam and our beloved homeland in the disguise of election is repeated. The Islamic Emirate deems it necessary to alert the people and warn them…

Israel takes a page from the Guantanamo playbook
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014- Netanyahu is pushing a new bill to allow the force-feeding of Palestinian hunger strikers. The prime minister is in good company. American practices at the prison at Guantanamo Bay are giving Benjamin Netanyahu ideas. Earlier this week,…

Autopsy concludes Nakba Day victim killed by Israeli bullets
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 — An autopsy ordered on the body of a Palestinian teenager killed during Nakba Day demonstrations last month concluded that his death was caused by an Israeli bullet, a source close to the matter told Ma an.The…

The Forever War U.S. Nearly Used Nukes During Viet Nam War
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 – We came dangerously close to nuclear war when the United States was fighting in Viet Nam, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg told a reunion of the Stanford Anti-Viet Nam War Movement in May 2014. He said…

Mosul s fall was inevitable
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 -Mosul s fall was inevitable Yesterday, Mosul fell to rebels. It s resulted in media coverage. And gas baggery.I find it not just appalling but also disgusting that the fall of Mosul garners the feigned shock it…

CA Supermax Prisoners Win Right To Sue As A Class Over Torture, Decades-Long Solitary
Uruknet 18
Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 – Prisoners held for ten years and more in solitary confinement at California s infamous Pelican Bay supermax have won the right to challenge – as a class – the constitutionality of their treatment. A federal judge…

PCHR Condemns Use of Force to Disperse Peaceful Demonstrations in Solidarity with the Administrative Detainees on Hunger Strike and Attacks on PLC Members and Journalists
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 -The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the use of force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in Nablus and al-Bireh in solidarity with the Palestinian administrative detainees by the Palestinian security services, the accompanying attacks on…

The Bergdahl Swap and Beyond The Fundamental Lie of the Afghan War 
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 – As a general rule, U.S. wars are based on lies. Some of these are soon exposed; the lies about Saddam Hussein s weapons of mass destruction and al-Qaeda links used to justify the invasion and occupation…

G4S hires pro-Israel professor to whitewash war crimes
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 – In an attempt to justify its work servicing Israeli prisons and checkpoints, G4S has released what it calls an “independent review,” absolving the company of complicity in war crimes committed by Israel.G4S s desperation to shore…

Yemeni Government fails to produce imprisoned US citizen disappeared for over 100 days
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 -The Yemeni government has failed to produce an imprisoned US citizen, who has not been seen for more than 100 days, at a key hearing concerning his case. At the hearing held today, June 11th, lawyers for…

Following 13 Years of Legal Pursuit, PCHR Succeeds in Ensuring Remedy for the Family of Civilian Willfully Killed by Israeli Forces
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) has succeeded in ensuring remedy for the family of Ahed al-Telbani, from al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, who was killed by the Israeli forces 13 years…

Israel demolishes activist camp, evicts Palestinian returnees from their village
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 – Israeli land authorities on Wednesday demolished several tents and other structures while evicting residents from Kufr Birim, a destroyed Palestinian village where approximately a dozen youth activists – all of them descendants of refugees from that…

Assad Praises “Rational” US as He Celebrates Victory
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 – In an interview with the Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar, President Assad has praised the US for its balance over the conflict. “The Americans have proven they are more rational than the French, despite everyone s involvement in…

U.S. State Dept. Document Confirms Regime Change Agenda in Middle East
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 11, 2014 -The Obama Administration has been pursuing a policy of covert support for the Muslim Brotherhood and other insurgent movements in the Middle East since 2010. MEB has obtained a just-released U.S. State Department document through a Freedom…

Syria News – June 10 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 18 Jun 2014 – June 10 , 2014 – By the end of Tuesday, LCC has documented 55 martyrs including 8 women, 15 children and 2 martyrs under torture. 28 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs, 13 in Aleppo, 6 in Idlib, 6…

Daily Star

Yemen says authorities arrest an al-Qaida leader
Daily Star 18 Jun 2014 Yemen’s Interior Ministry says security forces have arrested a leading al-Qaida leader involved in orchestrating abductions of foreigners and looting banks.

Iraq sending 59 officers to court for abandoning Mosul
Daily Star 18 Jun 2014 Iraq Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a statement on Wednesday that 59 officers will be brought before court for fleeing their posts last week as Sunni insurgents seized Mosul, northern Iraq’s biggest city.

Libya condemns U.S. arrest of Benghazi suspect
Daily Star 18 Jun 2014 Libya condemned the United States on Wednesday for snatching a man suspected of masterminding the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, describing the arrest as a violation of Libyan sovereignty.

US-Iran discussions about Iraq on hold for now, White House says
Daily Star 18 Jun 2014 More talks with Iran about cooperation in dealing with the crisis in Iraq, which have taken places on the sidelines of meetings on Iran’s nuclear program, are unlikely for the time being, White House spokesman Jay…

Tehran, world powers begin drafting nuclear deal: Iran FM
Daily Star 18 Jun 2014 Iran and world powers started drafting Wednesday a comprehensive nuclear agreement but still face many sticking points, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

White House says sees no major disruption in oil supplies in Iraq
Daily Star 18 Jun 2014 Advances by militants in Iraq have not substantially impeded oil supplies in that country, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Wednesday.

Morocco advises against hajj due to MERS threat
Daily Star 18 Jun 2014 Morocco’s health minister has advised the country’s Muslim faithful against making pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia this year, with the deadly MERS virus having killed nearly 300 people there so far.

Turkey warns citizens to leave all but Iraq’s Kurdish north
Daily Star 18 Jun 2014 Turkey extended a warning to its citizens in Iraq to leave all but the Kurdish-run north on Wednesday, citing a potential battle for Baghdad and saying “negative propaganda” was being spread against it in the Shi’ite-dominated…

Bahrain activist urges sanctions against his country
Daily Star 18 Jun 2014 Prominent Bahraini activist Nabil Rajab appealed on Wednesday for the world to impose sanctions on his country, which he said had slipped into “dictatorship”.

UAE recalls envoy to Iraq, slams ‘sectarian’ policies
Daily Star 18 Jun 2014 The United Arab Emirates said Wednesday it had recalled its ambassador to Iraq for consultations over the growing unrest and slammed the Shiite-led government’s “sectarian” policies.

12 sentenced to death for killing Egypt officer
Daily Star 18 Jun 2014 An Egyptian judge convicted 12 Islamists Wednesday of murdering one of the most senior police officers to be killed in the country in recent months, sentencing them to death.

YNet News

IAF respond to rocket fire with Gaza attack 
YNet News, 18 Jun 2014 – ….

Amsterdam to rethink Holocaust memorial after receiving complaints
YNet News, 18 Jun 2014 – Residents say five-million-euro monument to in honor of Holocaust victims will take up too much space in popular Wertheim Park. ….

On grasshoppers, ageing and sexual desire
YNet News, 18 Jun 2014 – We are used to thinking that when there is old age there is no sex, while the sages of the Talmud seek to teach us that when there is no sex there is death. ….

Israel must take calculated action against Hamas
YNet News, 18 Jun 2014 – Analysis: We must take into account that destroying Islamic organization will bring al-Qaeda in its place. ….

A justified NIS 1 billion addition for IDF 
YNet News, 18 Jun 2014 – Analysis: In light of geopolitical situation in our region, we must not let short periods of relative calm make us lose focus and allocate insufficient defense budget. ….

Tehran, world powers begin drafting nuclear deal
YNet News, 18 Jun 2014 – ….

US praise Abbas for comments, urges restraint
YNet News, 18 Jun 2014 – ….

IPS to implement crackdown on Hamas prisoners
YNet News, 18 Jun 2014 – ….

Rocket slams into southern Israel community; damage reported
YNet News, 18 Jun 2014 – ….

It’s time to ask Shin Bet some questions
YNet News, 18 Jun 2014 – Analysis: Why was there no warning against kidnapping? What happened to Israel’s intelligence supremacy in West Bank? ….

‘Shrapnel in Israel’s backside’ is bleeding
YNet News, 18 Jun 2014 – Op-ed: Teens’ abduction was expected, as loss of hope on Palestinian side and Israeli unwillingness to compromise are blowing up in our faces. ….

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

Palestinian Information Center

IOA endorses the construction of 172 new housing units in OJ
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities have endorsed the construction of 172 new housing units in occupied Jerusalem.

Minister dubs Gaza siege most notorious Israeli violation of human rights
PIC – The Palestinian Justice Minister Salim Sakka on Wednesday slammed the Israeli siege, cordoning off over 1 million and 800,000 Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Israel preparing for construction of two compounds in OJ
PIC – The Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage revealed Israeli plans to build two Judaization buildings near holy al-Aqsa Mosque.

Resistance factions: We will not stand idle before Israeli escalation
PIC – Palestinian resistance factions’ armed wings have confirmed that Israeli continued escalation and threats to the Palestinian people would only boost their determination and steadfastness.

Gaza ministers, Turkish envoy meet over Palestinians’ sufferings
PIC – The Gaza-based ministers of the unity government have received the Turkish Ambassador in Palestine, Mustafa Sarnic, at the prime ministers’ headquarters in Gaza on Wednesday.

Administrative detainees on 56th day of hunger strike
PIC – Palestinian administrative detainees continued their hunger strike on Wednesday for the 56th day protesting their illegal detention without trial or charge.

Israeli mass abduction campaigns continue unabated in the WB
PIC – A series of frenzied raids and mass-kidnaps, targeting Wafa al-Ahrar ex-detainees, was launched by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) in different areas of the West Bank at dawn Wednesday.

Analyst: Launching war on Gaza linked to fate of missing soldiers
PIC – The Palestinian political analyst Ibrahim Madhoun said that prospects for an Israeli aggression on Gaza are linked to the fate of the three Israeli missing soldiers.

Palestinian Justice Minister: Int’l contacts ongoing to stop Israeli escalation
PIC – Palestinian Justice Minister Salim Sakka revealed that intensive contacts were made with international and Arab parties to pressure Israel to halt its escalation against the Palestinian people.


Israel Demolishes 2 Houses, foundations of a House and Water Well near Bethlehem
WAFA – 18 Jun 2014

Israeli Minister: Israel will Continue with its Administrative Detention Policy
WAFA – 18 Jun 2014

Abbas: Netanyahu Uses Settlers’ Disappearance to Brutalize Us and Destroy Everything
WAFA – 18 Jun 2014

Prisoner Club Urges International Community to Take Strong Stance against Administrative Detention
WAFA – 18 Jun 2014

Israeli Army Closes Main Checkpoint South of Nablus
WAFA – 18 Jun 2014

Physicians can Anaesthetize Hunger-Striking Prisoners to Force-Feed them, says Israeli Official
WAFA – 18 Jun 2014

ICRC Steps up its Activities as Extensive Israeli Military Operation Takes Place in West Bank and Gaza
WAFA – 18 Jun 2014

Abbas Calls OIC to Protect Jerusalem
WAFA – 18 Jun 2014

Presidency Condemns Israel’s Decision to Build 172 New Settlement Units
WAFA – 18 Jun 2014

Israeli Forces Raid Tulkarem Zakat Committee Premises
WAFA – 18 Jun 2014

Palestine’s Permanent Observer to UN Sends Identical Letters on Situation in Occupied Palestinian Territory
WAFA – 18 Jun 2014

Several Palestinians Injured, Bruised during Israeli Raid in Nablus
WAFA – 18 Jun 2014

Israeli Army Continues Massive Aggression and Arrest Campaign in West Bank
WAFA – 18 Jun 2014

EU Declares no Evidence of Corruption, Mismanagement or Diversion of funds by the PA
WAFA – 18 Jun 2014


Uneasy Alliance Gives Insurgents an Edge in Iraq
New York Times 18 Jun 2014 – Former loyalists of Saddam Hussein have been crucial in helping ISIS capture vast amounts of territory so quickly. 

Obama and Lawmakers Meet to Discuss Iraq Action
New York Times 18 Jun 2014 – White House officials said the president did not rule out the possibility of coming to Congress for a vote to support his actions, depending on what he decides to do. 

Once a Humble Refueling Stop, Dubai Is Crossroad to the Globe
New York Times 18 Jun 2014 – Dubai’s rise as a modern crossroads connecting East and West is a tale of globalization, ambition, and an audacious bet on the future of air travel that proved prescient. 

Pressure Grows in Hunt for Kidnapped Israelis
New York Times 18 Jun 2014 – President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority vowed to help catch whoever kidnapped three Israeli teenagers as mounting pressure threatened his reconciliation pact with Hamas. 

Drones Kill 5 as Pakistani and U.S. Forces Target Tribal Belt
New York Times 18 Jun 2014 – Those killed were in North Waziristan on Wednesday as the Pakistani military continued to fight terrorists there. It is unclear how much, if any, cooperation exists between American and Pakistani officials there. 

Leader’s Words About Women Jolt Morocco
New York Times 18 Jun 2014 – Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane of Morocco told Parliament this week that women would be better off at home than in the workplace. 

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria? Or Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant?
New York Times 18 Jun 2014 – There is no consensus on how to define the region denoted by the classical Arabic term “al-Sham,” which is part of the name of the group called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria by many news outlets. 

Sunni Extremists Are Said to Take Control of Iraq’s Biggest Oil Refinery
New York Times 18 Jun 2014 – Witnesses said the refinery in Baiji had fallen to attackers from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria after helicopter gunships had failed to hold them back. 

Britain’s Thaw With Iran, Coming at a Crucial Juncture, Could Be Useful to Allies
New York Times 18 Jun 2014 – London has been gradually moving to restore full diplomatic relations with Iran, whose role in the region is crucial amid the violence in Iraq and Syria. 
A Glimpse of Syrian Lives Ravaged by War in Homs
New York Times 18 Jun 2014 – The New York Time bureau chief in Beirut, Anne Barnard, shared some of her experiences during a recent visit to Homs, Syria, via Twitter. 

Palestinian Leader Pledges to Hold Abductors of Israeli Teenagers to Account
New York Times 18 Jun 2014 – Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, said he was working with the Israelis to find the youths and punish their captors. 

Op-Ed Contributor: Saudi Arabia’s Duplicitous Legalism
New York Times 18 Jun 2014 – A new antiterrorism law has less to do with fear of Al Qaeda than fear of the Arab Spring. 

Iranian Leader Vows to Protect Holy Sites in Iraq
New York Times 18 Jun 2014 – President Hassan Rouhani called the Sunni militants attacking Iraq “terrorists” but stopped short of saying Iran would send troops to battle them, news agencies reported. 

U.S. Defends Prosecuting Benghazi Suspect in Civilian Rather Than Military Court
New York Times 17 Jun 2014 – The White House pushed back against criticism from conservative lawmakers who said the suspected leader of the 2012 Benghazi attack should be tried by the military. 

How Israel is exploiting the reported kidnapping to weaken Palestinian reconciliation
Mondoweiss – Israeli soldiers patrolling Hebron during its operation to find three missing Israelis. (Photo: Israel Defense Forces/Flickr) When Hamas and Fatah struck a deal last month that resulted in an agreement for elections and a government run by “technocrats,” Israeli officials went apoplectic–at least in rhetoric.  But…

Media postings twist 3-fingered sign of support for Mohammed Assaf into celebration of reported teen kidnapping (Updated)
Mondoweiss – Palestinian mountain climber Mohammed AlQadi reaches the top of the Alps , April 2014 A viral campaign seems to be gaining traction. Just yesterday Sheera Frenkel of Buzzfeed lectured Palestinians  for allegedly forcing their children to celebrate the reported kidnaping of three Israeli teens: Palestinians shouldn’t be…

After ADL says opera is ‘biased’ toward Palestinians, Met cancels broadcast, citing rising anti-Semitism
Mondoweiss – Foxman and the vice president at ADL centennial gala last week Amazing. The Metropolitan Opera has cancelled the simulcast of its performances of the opera The Death of Klinghoffer after protests from the Anti-Defamation League on behalf of the “Jewish community” alleging that an opera that exhibits…

The Disneyfication of the Old City
Mondoweiss – June 12 light show at Damascus Gate, photo by Abir Sultan/EPA at NBC News The  sherut  drops me in front of the dusty Jerusalem Hotel, a former Arab mansion, where I stop for a bottle of water and a deep breath. A breeze wafts through the…

‘The explosion of Jewish dissent is a struggle against the assimilation of Jews to power’ — Ellis
Mondoweiss – Marc Ellis Marc Ellis has lately published an important new book, Future of the Prophetic : Israel’s Ancient Wisdom Re-presented. Some of the book appeared in our pages first. Micah’s Paradigm Shift lately ran a review of the book and an interview with the author by Robert…

Six Palestinians injured by shots as hundreds march on Qalandiya in protest
Mondoweiss – Violence / Raids / Attacks / Illegal arrests (see also articles under Analysis/Opinion at the end of this compilation) Palestinian critically injured in clashes near Ramallah RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 16 June — Six Palestinians were injured including one critically in clashes with Israeli forces near Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah. Israeli…

Please consider helping Ayman Nijim to go back to Gaza with a master’s degree
Mondoweiss – Ayman Nijim Last week we ran an appeal to help Ayman Nijim complete his Master’s in Vermont. This is a follow-up appeal. Ayman Nijim has worked in Gaza developing programs to help the children of Gaza heal. He’s also managed classes for Gaza women to help…

Israeli Media Deliberately Mangles Israeli Palestinian MK’s Interview on Kidnapping, Lieberman Calls for Death Sentence Against Her
Tikun Olam – Israeli Palestinian MK Haneen Zoabi told Tel Avi Radio today that she understood the motivation of those who kidnapped three Israeli teenagers.  What she didn’t say is anything like what is being claimed across Israel and in the U.S. Jewish media.  First, her full statement as…

Presbyterian Church takes step towards divesting from Israeli military-linked companies
Mondoweiss – Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council members Lynn Gottlieb (left) and Brant Rosen (right) at the Presbyterian Church assembly. (Photo: Jewish Voice for Peace/Twitter) The Middle East Issues Committee at the Presbyterian Church’s general assembly in Detroit voted 45-20 today to recommend divesting from three companies…

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Israeli App Would Raise Alarm in Emergency 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Jun 2014 – In response to the kidnapping of three boys last week, some Israelis have prayed. Some have voiced support on social media. And some have done what they do best: they made an app. Click here for the rest of the article…

89-Year-Old Philadelphia Man Faces German Trial as Nazi Camp Guard 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Jun 2014 – Germany is seeking extradition of an 89-year-old Pennsylvania man in connection with the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Jewish men, women and children at the Auschwitz and Buchenwald Nazi concentration camps, a U.S. judge said on Wednesday. Click here for the rest of the article……

Kidnapping of Teens Puts Strain on Palestinian Unity 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Jun 2014 – The disappearance of three Jewish youths in the occupied West Bank has rocked reconciliation between Palestinian political factions and risks sinking a new unity government, analysts and officials have said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Kenya: Israel Keen to Invest in Kenya, Says Deputy Premier 
allAfrica.com 18 Jun 2014 – [Capital FM]Nairobi -Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Liberman has said his country has confidence with Kenya as a key investment hub in the region.

VIDEO: US-Iran relations: A brief guide 
BBC 18 Jun 2014 – The BBC News looks at more than 60 years of tricky relations between Iran and the US

Libya condemns secret US raid 
BBC 18 Jun 2014 – Libya condemns a secret US military operation to capture the suspected leader of the deadly raid on a US diplomatic post in Benghazi in 2012.

Ex-Palestinian prisoners re-arrested 
BBC 18 Jun 2014 – Israeli troops arrest a further 65 Palestinians, including 51 freed in 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner swap, as they search for three missing teenagers.

Chemical use in Syria ‘systematic’ 
BBC 18 Jun 2014 – A team from the world’s chemical weapons watchdog believes toxic chemicals such as chlorine are being used in a “systematic manner” in Syria.

#BringBackOurBoys Joins Rally for Nigerian Girls 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Jun 2014 – Several participants in a rally at the Israeli consulate in New York on behalf of the three kidnapped Israeli teens later joined a second rally nearby focused on the kidnapping of 200 Nigerian girls. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Egypt’s Foreign Minister to Visit Saudi Arabia 
allAfrica.com 18 Jun 2014 – [Aswat Masriya]Cairo -Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs will head to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to participate in the 41st session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation meeting for Foreign Ministers.

Egypt: MP Dalha Reports On Arab Parliament Summit in Cairo 
allAfrica.com 18 Jun 2014 – [Shabelle]Reporting over the phone to Shabelle whilst in Cairo, Mohamed Omar Dalha the deputy chairman of parliamentary foreign affairs committee elaborated on Arab Parliament summit going on in the Egyptian capital.

VIDEO: Iraqi cleric warns of ‘threat to peace’ 
BBC 18 Jun 2014 – The BBC’s John Simpson has spoken exclusively to Sheikh Abdul Mahdi Karbalai, a representative of Iraq’s most senior Shia religious leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani,

Iraq formally seeks US air strikes 
BBC 18 Jun 2014 – Iraq formally asks the US to launch air strikes against jihadist militants who have recently seized key cities.

Iraq: Twitter Q&A with John Simpson 
BBC 18 Jun 2014 – Ask John Simpson about Iraq’s future

Iraqi Kurds forms new government 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Jun 2014 – Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region formed a new government Wednesday after months of wrangling, with premier Nechirvan Barzani using the occasion to call for defending disputed northern territory. “Today we announce the formation of the government in complicated circumstances,” said Barzani, the nephew of the region’s president….

KuwaitGate: Alleged coup attempts at home, billions of dollars abroad, and struggles for succession 
Al-Akhbar Politics 18 Jun 2014 – Kuwaities gather at Iradah Square opposite of the National Assembly building in Kuwait City, on June 10, 2014. The Opposition called for the rally where they vowed to expose major corruption scams. (Photo: AFP-Yasser al-Zayyat) Kuwaities gather at Iradah Square opposite of the National Assembly building…

KuwaitGate: Alleged coup, billions of dollars abroad, and struggles for succession 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Jun 2014 – Kuwaities gather at Iradah Square opposite of the National Assembly building in Kuwait City, on June 10, 2014. The Opposition called for the rally where they vowed to expose major corruption scams. (Photo: AFP-Yasser al-Zayyat) Kuwaities gather at Iradah Square opposite of the National Assembly building…

VIDEO: ‘Vote-counting should be stopped’ 
BBC 18 Jun 2014 – One of the candidates in the Afghan presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, has demanded an immediate halt to the counting of votes, following allegations of fraud in a run-off poll last Saturday.

Egyptian court seeks death sentence for 12 accused in policeman death 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Jun 2014 – An Egyptian court signaled on Wednesday it wanted death sentences for 12 defendants charged with killing a police officer and belonging to a terrorist group, when it referred the case to the country’s highest religious authority. The state news agency said only seven of the defendants…

Life in Sabra 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Jun 2014 – Here is Sabra, where both Lebanese and Palestinians live. Here is where the brutal massacre of Palestinians by Lebanese militias took place in 1982, a stain on Lebanese history. But life here continues and the days
go by slowly. Through his photos, Marwan Bou Haidar captures…

Lebanese union chief says no to tax hike 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Jun 2014 – The leader of Lebanon’s most powerful workers union denounced on Wednesday tax hike proposals as a way to fund a bill that would raise salaries for teachers and public sector workers. Hanna Gharib, head of the Union Coordination Committee (UCC), told reporters that legislators must finance…

State Security: One man’s den of corruption 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Jun 2014 – A State Security officer escorts an official to the Lebanese parliament. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) A State Security officer escorts an official to the Lebanese parliament. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) State Security is just a fancy name for what is in fact a den of incompetence and corruption….

Building collapse kills one, injures three in Beirut 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Jun 2014 – At least one person was killed and three others injured in Beirut on Wednesday when part of an old building collapsed, the Lebanese Internal Security Forces said. The victims, who were allegedly all Syrians, were retrieved from the rubble after a wall of a building collapsed…

Turkish court gives life sentences to generals behind 1980 coup 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Jun 2014 – A Turkish court on Wednesday handed life sentences to two aging generals behind a 1980 military takeover, the bloodiest in Turkey’s coup-ridden history. Kenan Evren, 96, and Tahsin Sahinkaya, 89, were found guilty of setting the stage for a military intervention, ousting the civilian government by…

Infant corpse discovered in east Lebanon landfill 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Jun 2014 – The body of an infant was discovered inside a landfill in Lebanon’s eastern city of Zahleh Wednesday, state media reported. Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA) said that authorities secured the landfill’s parameters and awaited the arrival of the state coroner to inspect the body. The discovery…

Foiled terrorist attack on hospitals in Dahiyeh 
Al-Akhbar Politics 18 Jun 2014 – Members of the Internal Security Forces stop a car passing through Beirut’s southern suburbs. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Members of the Internal Security Forces stop a car passing through Beirut’s southern suburbs. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The Resistance and the security forces on Monday foiled a terrorist attack…

VIDEO: In 90 seconds: Who are ISIS? 
BBC 18 Jun 2014 – As militant group ISIS take control of Iraq’s biggest oil refinery, the BBC explains who the group are and what they represent.

VIDEO: How does Iraq crisis affect oil price? 
BBC 18 Jun 2014 – The struggle in Iraq could have an impact on the world’s oil markets as financial institutions closely monitor the situation there.

Christians refuse to leave Bethlehem farm 
BBC 17 Jun 2014 – A Christian family struggles to hold on to its Bethlehem hill farm

VIDEO: West Bank’s prosthetic limbs factory 
BBC 17 Jun 2014 – The Kolaykelah factory is the only one which produces artificial limbs in the West Bank. It was set up about 10 years ago to help Palestinian patients, but now the Kolaykelah factory says it needs to be subsidised by the Palestinian government if it is to…

World Cup: The company that made the Lebanese state kneel 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…


The raging Israeli bull fears no constraints or punishments 
Oraib Rantawi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 6/18/2014
      Like a raging bull, the Israeli authorities are throwing their weight around the occupied Palestinian territories, launching air strikes on the Gaza Strip; besieging Hebron and carrying out raids and search operations; mass arrests; taking the children and women of wanted and hounded Palestinians as hostages; and placing barriers across the West Bank. In addition to this, Israel’s undercover operatives are infiltrating the Palestinian community deeply. The authorities are on alert 24/7, and all we hear are accusations that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas are responsible for the disappearance of three illegal settlers.
     Israel’s barbaric behaviour does not suggest any fear on its part regarding the reactions of the Palestinians, Arabs or the international community towards its raiding of cities, villages, towns and refugee camps. Instead, is seems that Israel feels reassured that it is able to abuse the Palestinians and punish them collectively without fear of being held accountable. We cannot blame Israel alone for this; we must also blame the Palestinians themselves whose leadership has so far failed to sign-up to international conventions and treaties concerning war criminals and crimes against humanity.
     According to Israel, the three settlers were kidnapped from the heart of the “security square” in the West Bank, an area where no PA security or administrative feet ever step. If there was a security failure, then the Israeli security services are responsible for it, based solely on the fact that the PA is powerless and only “sweeps” and “guards” a very tight strip of Palestinian territory. So what is the purpose of this attack on the PA and Hamas, and what is the hidden political agenda.
     It is quite clear that the Netanyahu government was furious when it realised that its campaign to “demonise” the PA and its president and hold them accountable for the failure of Kerry’s mission had flopped; Washington and the international community did not believe the Israeli version of events. Israel has been promoting its propaganda for a long time, weaving lies and falsehoods regarding the PA and Mahmoud Abbas, but once the unity government was formed, Netanyahu’s government saw an opportunity to renew its campaign and say that Abbas chose Hamas over peace…. more.. e-mail

‘Thirteen reasons why I am afraid of Israel’ 
Marianne Aziz, Redress 6/18/2014
      Since I wrote my book, uncovering the hidden abuse perpetrated by family laws in Israel, I have had somewhat of an identity crisis.
     I didn’t want to enter the political arena, especially as my life has been broken enough by this wretched country. It’s taken me a few months to realize that any criticism of Israel’s systems brings the expected accusations of anti-Semitism.
     Not one for conflict, I’ve tried to sit on the fence and merely relate my own tragic personal story, but as it is tempting to confront Israel, then it’s automatically political, so I’m told.
     1. It scares me because Israel has changed me irrevocably. I have learned to be rude and arrogant on my visits. I’ve picked up the Israeli skill and value of win/lose, don’t negotiate and beat the opposing view into submission and play their ace card every time.
     2. I’ve learned denial and silence is a great weapon and normal human emotions of those caught up in either family law destruction or strong political views (of which this must be the majority) are absent. I remember I live in a calm country, England, and cannot use those tactics here.
     3. I’m afraid to express my views in full; having received anonymous death threats, who knows what could happen to me or my family.
     4. My family fear, not only for me but themselves too for my daring to take on the mighty Israel and challenge its system.
     5. I’m afraid, because perhaps naively I commented a few times on Israel’s natural inhumanity to its own Jewish citizens…. more.. e-mail

The Israeli media’s hit job on MK Haneen Zoabi 
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 6/18/2014
      In a now-infamous radio interview, the nation’s Public Enemy No. 1 made it clear she disagreed with the kidnapping of the three Israeli boys. But that part has been edited out of the story by every major news medium except ‘Haaretz.’
     Once again, Knesset member Haneen Zoabi, a Palestinian from Nazareth, is Public Enemy No. 1 in Israel. The Knesset just gave her a bodyguard because of all the death threats she’s been getting, and she’s being investigated for incitement. Everyone is convinced she endorsed the kidnappings of the three Israeli teenagers.
     I was convinced, too, after I heard the news reports on Tuesday about her radio interview. It was only this morning, Wednesday, when I saw a translation of the interview and read the story in Haaretz about the whole uproar that I saw Zoabi had made it clear she disagreed with the kidnappings.
     “Even if I do not agree with them …” is the phrase she used – and that phrase has been edited out of the reporting of this latest “Zoabi affair” by Israel’s most popular TV news show, Channel 2; its second-most popular one, Channel 10; its most popular newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth; its most widely-distributed newspaper, the freebie Israel Hayom; by the once-influential Ma’ariv newspaper; and by two of the three leading English-language news sites, the Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel (the latter did, however, report that “Zoabi later clarified in an interview on Israel Radio that she does ‘not support the kidnappers, but [kidnapping] is the result of frustration.’”)
     Only in Haaretz did anyone read that Zoabi said from the beginning that she disagreed with the kidnappers and their deed. (Full disclosure: I work on the desk at Haaretz in English, but I was off Tuesday.)
     Here’s the key passage from Zoabi’s remarks Tuesday morning on Radio Tel Aviv…. more.. e-mail

The ISIS Fiasco: It’s Really an Attack on Iran 
Mike Whitney, CounterPunch 6/18/2014
      For Once, Not a CIA Plot?
     There’s something that doesn’t ring-true about the coverage of crisis in Iraq. Maybe it’s the way the media reiterates the same, tedious storyline over and over again with only the slightest changes in the narrative. For example, I was reading an article in the Financial Times by Council on Foreign Relations president, Richard Haass, where he says that Maliki’s military forces in Mosul “melted away”. Interestingly, the Haass op-ed was followed by a piece by David Gardener who used almost the very same language. He said the “army melts away.” So, I decided to thumb through the news a bit and see how many other journalists were stung by the “melted away” bug. And, as it happens, there were quite a few, including Politico, NBC News, News Sentinel, Global Post, the National Interest, ABC News etc. Now, the only way an unusual expression like that would pop up with such frequency would be if the authors were getting their talking points from a central authority. (which they probably do.) But the effect, of course, is the exact opposite than what the authors intend, that is, these cookie cutter stories leave readers scratching their heads and feeling like something fishy is going on.
     And something fishy IS going on. The whole fable about 1,500 jihadis scaring the pants off 30,000 Iraqi security guards to the point where they threw away their rifles, changed their clothes and headed for the hills, is just not believable. I don’t know what happened in Mosul, but, I’ll tell you one thing, it wasn’t that. That story just doesn’t pass the smell test.
     And what happened in Mosul matters too, because nearly every journalist and pundit in the MSM is using the story to discredit Maliki and suggest that maybe Iraq would be better off without him. Haass says that it shows that the army’s “allegiance to the government is paper thin”. Gardener says its a sign of “a fast failing state.” Other op-ed writers like Nicolas Kristof attack Maliki for other reasons, like being too sectarian. Here’s Kristof…. more.. e-mail

In photos: Israeli bulldozers raze Bedouin community
Electronic Intifada: 18 Jun 2014 – Israeli forces have razed al-Araqib village dozens of times, but Bedouin residents vow to remain. more..

Presbyterian divestment: tough love for Israel?
Electronic Intifada: 18 Jun 2014 – General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church to consider both divestment and revisiting the two-state solution. more..

Antagonizing Palestinians
Dissident Voice: 18 Jun 2014 – Reacting to antagonized Palestinian snowballing protests to her government’s decision on June 5 to reverse a 47-year old bipartisan consensus on describing eastern Jerusalem as “occupied,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on June 13 denied any “change in the Australian government’s position.” On June 5, Australian Attorney-General George Brandis in a statement said: The description of East Jerusalem as ‘Occupied East Jerusalem’ is a term freighted with pejorative implications, which is neither appropriate nor useful. The new Australian terminology provoked Jordan, the third largest importer of Australian sheep in the Middle East, to summon Australia’s charge d’affaires, John Feakes, to convey its “concern” because “The Australian government’s decision violates international law and resolutions that consider east Jerusalem as an integral part of all Palestinian territories occupied in 1967.” Similarly, the Australian Representative in Ramallah, Tom Wilson, was summoned by the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to convey “deep concern” because Brandis’…more

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