VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 28 June 2014: Israel’s Existential Threat

28 June 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Muslims Urged to Boycott Israeli Dates
IMEMC – During Ramadhan, Israel exports tonnes of dates into Europe and North America. Israelis profit to the tune of hundreds of millions from dates alone, and most of the date farms are located in occupied Palestinian land in the Jordan Valley. …

Forces Invade Awarta, Ransack Teacher’s Home
IMEMC – During the early morning hours of June 26, the Israeli army invaded the village of Awarta, 8 km south of Nablus in the northern part of the West Bank. According to witnesses, between 150 and 200 soldiers entered Awarta just after midnight and raided approximately 300 houses before leaving several hours later. …

Indyk Resigns Following Failure of “Peace Talks”
IMEMC – Kerry: US committed to peace U.S. envoy to the Middle East, Martin Indyk has resigned following the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. However, the State Department says that he will remain involved in the peace effort. …

Spain Warns Against Investing in Settlements
IMEMC – The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned against domestic investments with illegal Israeli settlements, following suit with Germany, the UK, France and Italy. …

Child Injured, Four Kidnapped In Bethlehem
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources have reported, that a child was injured in the Deheishe refugee camp, in Bethlehem, on Saturday at dawn, and four Palestinians were kidnapped in the district, as dozens of soldiers invaded the camp, and other parts of Bethlehem. …

Ma’an News

Israel warplanes target Gaza after rocket, mortar attacks
6/28/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s army launched airstrikes on southern and central Gaza early Saturday after projectiles fired from the coastal enclave landed in the Negev desert, Palestinians and security officials said. Witnesses told Ma’an that a missile hit a military base south of Gaza City and another in the evacuated Israeli settlement Netzarim southwest of Gaza City. Warplanes fired a…. Related: Gaza rocket hits factory in southern Israel, causing fire

Gaza rocket hits factory in southern Israel, causing fire
6/28/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Four rockets fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel Saturday evening, one of them hitting a factory and causing a fire, Israeli media and the Israeli army said.”At least 2 rockets hit the city of Sderot in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional council. The rockets hit an industrial factory causing a fire,” the army said in a statement.”Rescue…. Related: Israel warplanes target Gaza after rocket, mortar attacks

Palestinian workers hospitalized after ‘assault’ at Israel checkpoint
6/28/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Three Palestinian workers were hospitalized Saturday morning after being assaulted by Israeli soldiers at Zaatara checkpoint south of Nablus in the northern West Bank. One of the victims, Tariq Abdah, 26, told Ma’an that he and 20-year-old Thaer Abu Salih and 21-year-old Salih Abu Salih were travelling from Ramallah to Nablus when Israeli troops stopped them at….

Palestinian prisoner enters 5th month of hunger strike
6/29/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoner Ayman Itbeish on Saturday entered his fifth month of hunger strike in protest against being held in Israeli jails without charge or trial, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies said. The Center warned that the Itbeish’s health condition was worsening — he has low blood pressure, kidney problems, and is unable to stand. Rafat Hamdunah, the director….

Israeli forces detain 18, injure Bethlehem teen
6/28/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – A teenage Palestinian boy was injured during clashes south of Bethlehem late Friday between local young men and Israeli troops who raided a refugee camp and detained two men. Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that a 15-year-old boy in in Duheisha refugee camp was injured by shrapnel and evacuated to the public hospital in Beit Jala. The sources….

Palestinian judges denounce attack on Habbash
6/28/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – The Palestinian High Judicial Council on Saturday strongly denounced an attack against Supreme Judge of Palestine Sheikh Mahmoud al-Habbash and his escorts inside the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Friday. In a statement, the High Judicial Council described the assailants as “a tyrannical group who don’t show any respect to the sacredness of religion, clerics or even holy places….

PA applauds European states over settlement warnings
6/28/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday welcomed a series of recent statements from major European countries warning their citizens from doing business in Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. The ministry said that the warnings — which were issued by the governments of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, and the Netherlands earlier on — reflected a commitment to….

African immigrants in Israel protest near Egypt border
6/28/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Nearly 1,000 illegal African immigrants in Israel on Friday staged a march towards the southern border with Egypt to protest against living conditions in their internment camp, public radio reported. Israeli soldiers stopped the demonstrators, most from Eritrea and Sudan, nearly 300 meters from the border, it added. The protesters, who are allowed out during the day, said in a statement that their….

Millions of Palestinians welcome the beginning of Ramadan
6/29/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians of the Muslim faith welcomed the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan on Saturday evening, as millions prepared for 30 days of fasting beginning Sunday morning. Cities and villages across historic Palestine festooned homes and roads with bright lights and lanterns, with the Jerusalem District Electricity Company saying that despite Israeli threats of a West Bank blackout, the provider….

In photos: Ma’an talent show winners announced
6/28/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Ma’anNetwork late Friday aired live the final episode of its reality talent competition show “Best Talent.” MiralAyyad, a 12-year-old girl from Abu Dis in East Jerusalem, won the title for competitors under 16 years old, while Rabee Wakim, a young Palestinian from al-Rama village in Israel won the title for competitors over 16. Ten finalists including Miral and….

Kerry: Syrian rebels could aid fight against Iraq militants
6/28/2014 – JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — Syrian rebels can help weaken “jihadists” fighting in Iraq, US Secretary of State John Kerry said as Washington unveiled plans to boost Syria’s opposition with $500 million in arms and training. The top US diplomat flew to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for talks with the Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba before meeting for more than three hours with Saudi King….

Unprecedented Kurdish peshmerga deployment in Iraq
6/28/2014 – ARBIL, Iraq (AFP) — The onslaught by Sunni Arab militants in northern Iraq has prompted the country’s Kurds to deploy the famed peshmerga security forces in defense of their autonomous region. The move affects both young and old, with regional President Massud Barzani even calling on retired fighters to volunteer to take up arms again. At a peshmerga base outside Arbil, the capital of….

1 dead as 2 bombs strike Cairo telecom center
6/28/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Two bombs exploded Saturday in a Cairo suburb killing a teenager and wounding a woman, officials said, the latest in a string of blasts to hit the Egyptian capital this week. Militants have stepped up attacks in Egypt after the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 and a deadly crackdown by authorities on his supporters. The makeshift bombs were planted in….

Clashes near Tikrit as Iraq troops launch fightback
6/28/2014 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Iraqi forces pressed a campaign Saturday to retake militant-held Tikrit, clashing with Sunni militants nearby and pounding positions inside the city with air strikes in their biggest counter-offensive so far. A senior officer said security forces was coordinating with the United States, which has deployed military advisers to help the government push back the militants, who have overrun large parts of five provinces….

Egypt to try nearly 100 Morsi backers over bombing, murders
6/28/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s prosecution service on Saturday referred nearly 100 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to trial for alleged murders, a bombing and torching a university building, in two separate cases. Morsi’s Islamist supporters have faced a brutal police crackdown since his ouster by the army last July that has left more than 1,400 people dead and over 15,000 in….

Saudi king sacks deputy defense minister
6/28/2014 – RIYADH (AFP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on Saturday sacked the deputy defense minister, Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, just a month and a half after appointing him. A royal decree cited by the official SPA news agency said the decision was taken at the request of Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, who also holds the defense portfolio. The reasons for….

International Solidarity Movement

Death in Shati
6/28/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Charlie Andreasson, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Yesterday, shortly after three o’clock local time, two men were killed in their car. Two missiles struck it only about 100 meters from former prime minister Ismail Haniyeh’s residence in Shati (“Beach”) refugee camp. Ambulances soon arrived and took the two men to al-Shifa hospital, where both were immediately pronounced dead. They were Muhammad al-Fasih and….

Israeli forces invade Awarta, ransacking teacher’s home
6/28/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Nablus Team, Awarta, Occupied Palestine – During the early morning hours of June 26, the Israeli army invaded the village of Awarta, 8 km south of Nablus in the northern part of the West Bank. According to witnesses, between 150 and 200 soldiers entered Awarta just after midnight and raided approximately 300 houses before leaving several hours later. Some residents mentioned that the soldiers knocked on their doors….

The National

Asian girls from poor families betrayed and sold in China
The National 28 Jun 2014 – A preference for boys and the one-child policy in China has created a market for marriageable women that is being met by the trafficking of young girls from poor families in neighbouring countries.

Voices on Afghanistan: Social media grows as Afghans come online
The National 28 Jun 2014 – Urbanisation and more plentiful are 3G networks are bringing Afghans online and giving them a voice through social media, says Ahmad Shuja

As Nato pullout nears, violence mounts in Paktia province
The National 28 Jun 2014 – Shootings in broad daylight becoming commonplace, but locals say not only Taliban is to blame.

In Jordan, ISIL inspires new generation of Islamist militants
The National 28 Jun 2014 – The success of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is making the group popular in Jordan, especially among youth.

Elections alone will not help Libyans
The National 28 Jun 2014 – Political instability will encourage Libya’s militias to believe that they, rather than politicians, will shape the destiny of this conflict-ravaged country


Israel strikes Gaza, as five rockets hit south Israel
Ha’aretz – 28 Jun 2014

Gaza rocket sparks fire in factory in southern Israel
Ha’aretz – 28 Jun 2014

Suspect in Jewish Museum attack appeals extradition ruling
Ha’aretz – 28 Jun 2014

Ex-U.S. envoy Indyk feels ‘battered’ after nine months of peace talks
Ha’aretz – 28 Jun 2014

Egypt’s army: ‘AIDS detector’ needs six months more tests
Ha’aretz – 28 Jun 2014

Protesting asylum seekers camp near Egypt border
Ha’aretz – 28 Jun 2014

Education minister says gay couples ‘not a family,’ raises calls for his resignation
Ha’aretz – 28 Jun 2014

Despite UN finding, Israeli defense official insists seized arms ship was Gaza-bound
Ha’aretz – 28 Jun 2014

Iraqi government makes push to retake Tikrit from Islamists
Ha’aretz – 28 Jun 2014

Jewish hopes for Republican in Congress rest with Lee Zeldin
Ha’aretz – 28 Jun 2014

Who’s benefiting from a never-ending Mideast peace ‘process?’
Ha’aretz – 28 Jun 2014

Who’s benefiting from a never-ending Mideast peace ‘process?’
Ha’aretz – 28 Jun 2014

Sufis charge Cavalli for ‘exploiting’ sacred symbol
Ha’aretz – 28 Jun 2014

U.S. grounds new stealth fighter after fire
Ha’aretz – 28 Jun 2014

Report: Israel tells U.S. it would act to save Jordan from Islamists
Ha’aretz – 28 Jun 2014

Israeli delegate returned to UN women’s committee
Ha’aretz – 28 Jun 2014

How Israel can resolve its multi-dimensional conflict
Ha’aretz – 28 Jun 2014

IDF strikes four targets in Gaza following rocket fire
Ha’aretz – 27 Jun 2014

Jerusalem Post

Haredi pragmatism
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – Haredim are aware that many of the dictates of their rabbinic leadership are not only indefensible according to any rational criteria, they are ultimately dysfunctional.

It’s time to expand the US-Israel commercial relationship
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s visit to Israel last week flew largely below the radar.

ISIS: Beyond the regional instability
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – Since the fall of Mosul to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria organization, the media has been disseminating an apocalyptic portrayal of the situation.

Israel’s present and future security challenges in the field of counter-terrorism
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – Israel’s decision makers must internalize the fact that the ongoing battle against terrorism is a complicated and sensitive one, intimately tied to Israel’s political, diplomatic, legal and PR conduct.

Suspect in Brussels Jewish Museum shooting appeals extradition ruling
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – “He was not satisfied with the decision,” says lawyer of Mehdi Nemmouche; appeal likely to delay rather than block transfer to Belgium.

IAF strikes Gaza after rocket attacks on southern Israel
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – For the second time in nearly 24 hours, Israel Air Force carries out retaliatory strike on three terror sites in Gaza; strike follows rocket attacks on South, including one direct hit on Sderot factory.

EU issues 2nd condemnation of kidnapping, but urges Israeli restraint
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – After hesitant initial condemnation, EU says: “Such acts can only undermine int’l efforts to encourage a resumption of peace negotiations.”

MK Mitzna: Hatnua should leave coalition
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – Herzog says Netanyahu’s policies are endangering Israel, calls on Livni and Lapid to back him as prime minister.

IDF forces arrest 18 Palestinians in ongoing West Bank operation
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – Security forces continue searches for Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel as Ramadan sets in; UN agency calls for restraint.

Asylum seekers refuse return to Holot on 2nd day of protests near Egypt border
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – UN representatives meet with African migrants camping out in protest of detention in Israel.

VIDEO: Security cameras allegedly record IAF strike on Gaza terrorists
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – Footage in unverified YouTube video reportedly shows Friday strike targeting two Popular Resistance Committees members.

This week on TV: Reality check
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – Reality TV can be incredibly grating, as most producers seem to take it for granted that what we most want to see is aggressive people bickering with each other.

‘Zero Motivation’ is 100 percent fun
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – A subversive comedy about women in the IDF.

Light-years ahead
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – Turrell’s Light Spaces exhibition at the Israel Museum is breathtaking.

Report: Israel, US prepared to help Jordan fight ISIS
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – US officials cited as saying Jordan could ask Israel, the US for help if Islamist insurgents pursue full-on assault of Hashemite Kingdom.

Egypt arrests 15 ISIS militants in Sinai
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – Egyptian special forces track militant cell crossing from Gaza through tunnels at Rafah, Hamas denies incident.

Obama seeks $500 million from congress to train ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels to fight ISIS.
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – US President makes request to congress for funds in bid to stabilize opposition held territory and counter growing assault by ISIS in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

Security and Defense: Switching gears in West Bank operation
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2014 – In Operation Brother’s Keeper, the Shin Bet is facing an enemy that knows the security agency’s methods and how to cover its tracks as likely culprits of kidnapping know how to avoid electronic communication.

ADL slams European countries for anti-settlements directives
Jerusalem Post 27 Jun 2014 – Spain and Italy joined EU countries warning citizens against investment in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

UN experts confirm: Arms shipment seized by Israel in March came from Iran
Jerusalem Post 27 Jun 2014 – Experts say weapons were Sudan-bound, despite Israel’s public statements that seized arms were destined for Gaza.

IAF strikes four terror targets in Gaza in response to earlier rocket fire
Jerusalem Post 27 Jun 2014 – Earlier, the Iron Dome intercepts rockets over Ashkelon, hours after IAF kills 2 terrorists in Gaza.

After divesting from Israel, Presbyterians affirm ‘commitment’ to working with Jews
Jerusalem Post 27 Jun 2014 – A number of Jewish groups said the divestment vote last week was informed by the broader BDS movement and would precipitate a split with the Presbyterians.

Over 1,000 Africans march towards Egypt border, defy orders to return to Holot facility
Jerusalem Post 27 Jun 2014 – The protesters were stopped about 300 meters from the border – a closed military zone – by IDF soldiers.

Liberman: Israeli Arabs who demonstrated against IDF are terrorists
Jerusalem Post 27 Jun 2014 – Hundreds of Israeli Arabs angry over Israel’s military operations in the West Bank and Gaza burned tires and staged a demonstration near Umm al-Fahm junction on Route 65.


A Legitimate Rebellion Against a Brutal Dictator Keep Calm and Trust Iraqis With Iraq
Uruknet 28 Jun 2014 – June 20, 2014 -Many Iraqis believed the sectarian death squads were created in order to divide Iraq along sectarian lines[12]-a foreign concept for the population which has been religiously and ethnically mixed for hundreds of years. Sectarian strife was introduced…

Iraqi Hydrocarbon Prize of U.S. Invasion in Danger
Uruknet 28 Jun 2014 – June 20, 2014 -Excluding “boots on the ground” and leaving combat missions to local and regional “partners,” President Barak Obama and his administration say the United States keeps “all options on the table” to respond militarily to the terrorists threat…

Israeli forces kill two West Bank youths in ongoing attack
Uruknet 28 Jun 2014 – June 20, 2014 -Israeli forces killed two Palestinian youths, including a child, during an ongoing military assault in the occupied West Bank today. Fifteen-year-old Mohammed Dudeen “was killed by a single live bullet after dozens of Israeli soldiers descended on…

Kuwaiti Prisoners Fawzi Al-Odah and Fayiz Al-Kandari Ask Periodic Review Board to Free Them from Guantánamo
Uruknet 28 Jun 2014 – June 20, 2014 – Over the last few weeks, Periodic Review Boards have been held at Guantánamo for the last two Kuwaiti prisoners, Fawzi al-Odah and Fayiz al-Kandari, who have been held for the last 12 years. The PRBs, consisting…

Moon of Alabama is a tool
Uruknet 28 Jun 2014 – June 20, 2014 – ICH has been pimping Moon of Alabama as a genius. He s an idiot. And his latest paranoid rant only underscores that. In Crazy Land, the mean White House is trying to force out My Little…

Obama: Iran Could Play Constructive Role in Iraq
Uruknet 28 Jun 2014 – June 20, 2014 -President Barack Obama says Iran can play a constructive role in Iraq if it sends a message that Iraq s government must be inclusive and respect the interests of Sunnis and Kurds. He says that s the…

Israel orders dismantling of camera that captured murder of Palestinian boys
Uruknet 28 Jun 2014 – June 20, 2014 – On 15 May, Israeli security forces fatally shot Nadim Nuwara, 17, and Muhammad Abu al-Thahir, 16, at a demonstration near the Ofer military prison in the occupied West Bank village of Beitunia. Four days after the…

Back To Iraq and US Suicide Foreign Policy
Uruknet 28 Jun 2014 – June 20, 2014 -…The blogger Legalienate goes further: “The destruction of Iraq, which began under the conservatively emotional Bush regime, continues under the liberally placid Obama administration. There are differences in style when an intelligent landscaper replaces a slack jawed…

More Than ISIS, Iraq s Sunni Insurgency
Uruknet 28 Jun 2014 – June 20, 2014 – …Maliki gave a speech in which he portrayed his planned military campaign in Anbar as an ancient war between “the followers of Hussein and the followers of Yazid,” a reference to a 7th century defining Shia…

Iraq Spring Media Centre Bulletin for the Public Revolution-The Latest 24 Hours Bulletin No.: 222 Thursday, June, 19th, 2014
Uruknet 28 Jun 2014 – June 20, 2014 – Baghdad: – There were 4 corpses for young men shot to death in Abu-Deshair south of Baghdad. – The sectarian militias, supported by Al-Maliki forces kidnapped the Imam of Jannat Al-Mawa Mosque, Shaikh Refaat Muhammed Al-Janabi,in…

This is what a military operation in Hebron looks like
Uruknet 28 Jun 2014 – June 20, 2014-In its invasion of the city, the army has not shied away from using live fire, blowing up the doors of homes and shops and maintaining a closure on thousands of people. The goal? Demonstrating its invincible power….

Is Israel trying to force a third intifada?
Uruknet 28 Jun 2014 – June 20, 2014 – Israeli incursions in the West Bank are the largest since the Second Intifada, while airstrikes over Gaza continue for a fifth consecutive night. “The party tonight is lasting longer than usual,” says my friend from Gaza….

Occupation destroys Saleh Al-Aruri s house in Ramallah
Uruknet 28 Jun 2014 – June 20, 2014 -Israeli occupation bulldozers this morning demolished the house of a member of the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement Saleh Al-Aruri, in Arura, north of Ramallah in the West Bank.Al-Aruri s family were informed of the decision…

OIC and ISESCO condemn Israel s election to UN decolonisation committee
Uruknet 28 Jun 2014 – June 20, 2014 -Two major Islamic organisations have condemned the election of Israel to the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation.The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) and the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation said in separate statements that…

Today s unity sends strong message to Israel, say Palestinian factions
Uruknet 28 Jun 2014 – June 20, 2014 -In a solid show of unity, Palestinian factions joined Palestinian Unity Government ministers and members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in Gaza on Thursday to denounce the violent military operations against civilians in the West Bank,…

Syria News – June 19 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 28 Jun 2014 – June 19 , 2014 – By the end of Thursday the Coordination Committees were able to document 47 martyrs in Syria including : 5 Women, 4 Children and 4 martyrs under torture : 17 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 12…

Daily Star

Beirut electrician keeps camp dwellers on the grid
Daily Star 28 Jun 2014 He oversees his electrical empire from a dusty, white-washed building that serves as one of four substations that connects the camp to the Lebanese state grid. The station borders the largest open area in the crowded…

Berri: Libya hesitant to uncover former regime crimes
Daily Star 28 Jun 2014 Berri says Libyan authorities are hesitant to disclose secrets of the former regime’s crimes, insisting Lebanon has made some, minor, progress uncovering the truth behind the disappearance of Musa Sadr.

Shiite rebels clash with pro-army tribesmen near Yemen capital
Daily Star 28 Jun 2014 Fierce clashes break out between pro-government tribesmen and Shiite Huthi rebels near the Yemeni capital, as the president vowed that authorities will not tolerate any violence.

Saudi king tells Kerry he will press Sunnis to join Iraq government
Daily Star 28 Jun 2014 Saudi King Abdullah pledges in talks with John Kerry to use his influence to encourage Sunni Muslims to join a new, more inclusive Iraqi government.

Dozens of casualties in Syria car bombing: activists
Daily Star 28 Jun 2014 Dozens of people were wounded when a car bomb exploded in the Syrian town of Douma, northeast of Damascus, local activists say.

Rebels hit back at ISIS in Syria border town: activists
Daily Star 28 Jun 2014 Syrian rebels and Al-Qaeda launched a counter-offensive to expel the Islamist State of Iraq and Greater Syria from Albu Kamal town on the Iraq border, an activist group says.

Army uncovers bomb-making cave in n. Lebanon
Daily Star 28 Jun 2014 The Lebanese Army discover a cave in north Lebanon used by militants to make explosives and confiscate books that include lessons on how to make bombs, the military says.

YNet News

Israel needs massive fence on eastern border
YNet News, 28 Jun 2014 – Op-ed: As ISIS fighters approach Jordan, breached border poses an imminent threat to Israel. ….

Code Red siren sounded in Sderot, Sha’ar HaNegev
YNet News, 28 Jun 2014 – ….

French Jewish Museum shooter appeals extradition to Belgium
YNet News, 28 Jun 2014 – ….

Two Gaza rockets hit open areas in Sdot Negev
YNet News, 28 Jun 2014 – ….

Code Red siren sounded in Sha’ar HaNegev and Sdot Negev
YNet News, 28 Jun 2014 – ….

Czech synagogues rise again after gift from Brussels
YNet News, 28 Jun 2014 – Jewish community poised to reopen 15 Jewish sites, mostly synagogues and schools, in 10 towns across Czech Republic thanks to EU co-funded project. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Ministry of interior denies Egyptian claims about Da’ish in Sinai
PIC – The ministry of interior in Gaza categorically denied Egyptian security claims that terrorists of the Islamic state in Iraq and al-Sham known as Da’ish infiltrated into Sinai through Gaza tunnels.

IOF raids homes in Jenin areas
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces stormed at dawn Saturday different towns west of Jenin and raided homes as part of an arbitrary campaign aimed at looking for three missing settlers.

Hamas: Martyrs’ blood will not go in vain
PIC – The Hamas movement said that Israel’s latest attacks on the Gaza Strip, which led to the death of two Palestinian resistance fighters are political follies that reflect Israel’s confusion.

OCHA warns of impacts of Israel’s military operation in West Bank
PIC – The OCHA and UNHCHR called on Israel to ensure respect for international law, through avoiding punishing individuals for offences they have not personally committed.

Israeli airstrike kills two resistance fighters, injures another in Gaza
PIC – Two resistance fighters from the Popular Resistance Committees were assassinated and another one was critically wounded on Friday when an Israeli warplane bombed the car they were traveling in.


Israeli Settlers Graze His Cattle on Palestinians’ Crops near Hebron
WAFA – 28 Jun 2014

Head of Environmental Quality Authority Participates in Nairobi Environment Assembly
WAFA – 28 Jun 2014

Spanish Foreign Ministry Warns against Investing in Israeli Settlements
WAFA – 28 Jun 2014

Israeli Forces Arrest 5 Palestinians from Bethlehem and Jerusalem
WAFA – 28 Jun 2014

Palestinian Teenager Injured, Several Suffocate during Clashes near Bethlehem
WAFA – 28 Jun 2014

Israeli Forces Raid Hebron Town, Seize Surveillance Cameras
WAFA – 28 Jun 2014

Newspaper Review: Israeli Airstrikes in Gaza, Raids in West Bank Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 28 Jun 2014

Weather Forecast: Hot, Dry ‘Khamasini’ Weather Prevails
WAFA – 28 Jun 2014


New Fight on an Old Battleground
New York Times 28 Jun 2014 – A region of Iraq that the American military called the Triangle of Death is now being fought over by Iraqi forces and militant ISIS fighters.

A Reignited War Drives Iraqis Out in Huge Numbers
New York Times 28 Jun 2014 – Iraqis have fled their homes in recent weeks, filled with fear and uncertainty — and a painful sense of familiarity. More than a million Iraqis have been displaced this year, and for many it was not the first time.

Displaced in Iraq
New York Times 28 Jun 2014 – The situation is reaching a critical point as refugees flee the violence.

Listening Post: With Surge of Chaos in Iraq, a Familiar Problem Knocks on Biden’s Door
New York Times 28 Jun 2014 – Recent events in Iraq could vindicate an idea advanced by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in 2006: to split the country into three largely autonomous regions.

Once a Militant Stronghold in Iraq, Now a Battleground Again
New York Times 28 Jun 2014 – The village of al-Daira lies in an area the American military once called the Triangle of Death. Militants are now pressuring Baghdad by trying to sever Iraq’s principal highway.

Op-Ed Columnist: Who Is Setting the Sectarian Fires in the Middle East?
New York Times 28 Jun 2014 – Some argue that it is not inevitable that the Middle East erupt in sectarian conflagration.

News Analysis: Life in Iraq Grinds On, Whoever Is in Charge
New York Times 28 Jun 2014 – Whether Shiites or ISIS is in charge, residents just want to live their lives.

Iraq’s Sunni Militants Take to Social Media to Advance Their Cause and Intimidate
New York Times 28 Jun 2014 – The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has demonstrated modern sophistication in its adoption of social media, particularly Twitter, where its hashtags have gained jihadist followers.

Iraqi Army, in New Show of Force, Drives Back Insurgents in Major City
New York Times 28 Jun 2014 – Iraqi forces drove militants from the center of Tikrit, partly reversing the advance of insurgents who had come within 50 miles of Baghdad.

Saudi King Promises Help in Delicate Effort to Unite Factions in Iraq
New York Times 27 Jun 2014 – Secretary of State John Kerry enlisted the support of the monarch, as well as a Syrian opposition leader, for a multi-sect government.

Syria: Dispute Unsettles Rebel Coalition
New York Times 27 Jun 2014 – The interim government said that it would fire the head of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army and refer its members to a commission investigating corruption.

Tensions Continue to Simmer as Attacks in Gaza Escalate
New York Times 27 Jun 2014 – Two Palestinian men suspected of being militants were killed in an Israeli missile strike in Gaza on Friday, according to the military and witnesses.

What’s your politically-correct World Cup bracket?
Mondoweiss – Marouane Fellaini We’ve got World Cup fever here at Mondo, and we’re soliciting Politically Correct Brackets. Got one? Please post it in the Comments. Adam sent me his yesterday: Chile over Brazil Colombia over Uruguay Chile over Colombia France over Nigeria Algeria over Germany ALGERIA OVER…

Can a neocon change his spots (and come back as a liberal interventionist for Hillary Clinton)?
Mondoweiss – Robert Kagan, from the Hertog Program I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the neoconservatives are on the run. The latest upheaval in Iraq has further discredited them for destabilizing the country in the first place; and they are being called out in the mainstream media….

Two elderly Palestinian women die of occupation– one at a checkpoint, the other during a raid
Mondoweiss – Two women die in West Bank: 78-year-old woman dies of heart attack during Israeli raid HEBRON (Ma‘an) 26 June — An elderly Palestinian woman died early Thursday after suffering a heart attack during a raid by Israeli soldiers in al-‘Arrub refugee camp north of Hebron. Fatima…

‘Haaretz’ conference trumpets tired word ‘Peace’ (when the only solution is ‘equality’)
Mondoweiss – Image for Haaretz’s conference The answer — the only answer — to Israel/Palestine is equality. But Haaretz, stuck in the old, now-meaningless paradigm of so-called ‘peace,’ is promoting an Israel Conference on Peace in Jerusalem on July 8. The biases are striking. Nowhere in the conference program…

‘Shall I tell you? I was a Zionist till I was 64. Can you believe it?’
Mondoweiss – Flyer for June 26 demonstration Yesterday there was a demonstration in Union Square, New York, to protest the Israeli “rampage” in the West Bank. Several demonstrators held up the names of Palestinians killed or critically injured by Israeli soldiers during the raids. One of the organizers…

Rocket From Gaza Strikes Factory in Southern Israel
The Foward Breaking News 28 Jun 2014 – A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a factory in southern Israel on Saturday, setting it on fire, but Israeli officials said there were no serious injuries. Click here for the rest of the article…

Presbyterians: ‘Committed More Than Ever’ To Relationship With Jews
The Foward Breaking News 28 Jun 2014 – The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) said it is “committed more than ever” to working with the Jewish community after its vote to divest from three companies doing business with Israeli security forces in the West Bank. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Cairo woman plans female taxi school
BBC 27 Jun 2014 – Nour Gaber from Cairo tells the BBC about her plans to open a school to teach other Egyptian women to drive a taxi like her.

Iraq army ‘routs rebels in Tikrit’
BBC 28 Jun 2014 – Iraq’s army routs Sunni militants during a major offensive on the northern city of Tikrit, state media say, but the insurgents deny the claim.

US army manual details plan to co-opt NGOs
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jun 2014 – An Afghan civilian looks on as a US soldier patrols the streets in Ghazni, on May 19, 2013/. (Photo: AFP) An Afghan civilian looks on as a US soldier patrols the streets in Ghazni, on May 19, 2013/. (Photo: AFP) In the never-ending era of the…

VIDEO: ‘Mortars started crashing around us’
BBC 28 Jun 2014 – The BBC’s Jim Muir reports from Irbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, where Christian villagers have been fleeing mortar attacks from Isis-led Sunni militants.

ISIS poses a threat to Iraq’s economy
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jun 2014 – This photo taken on February 3, 2009, shows an engineer walking past chimneys at the Barjisiya oil fields in Zubair One south west of the city of Basra, 550 kms from Baghdad. (Photo: AFP-Essam al-Sudani) This photo taken on February 3, 2009, shows an engineer walking…

Teenager killed in Cairo suburb blast
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jun 2014 – Two bombs exploded Saturday in a Cairo suburb killing a teenager and wounding a woman, officials said, the latest in a string of blasts to hit the Egyptian capital this week. The makeshift bombs were planted in a telecommunications building still under construction in the October…

Car bomb injures dozens northeast of Damascus
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jun 2014 – Dozens of people were wounded on Saturday when a car bomb exploded in the Syrian town of Douma, northeast of the capital Damascus. Video uploaded on the Internet showed the flaming wreckage of an overturned vehicle in front of the blackened pillars of a nearby building,…

Lebanon: Dreaming of a railway between Beirut and Tabarja
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jun 2014 – A photo from the “Waiting for the Train” exhibit at the Mar Mikhael train station in Beirut on October 11, 2013. The exhibit aimed to raise awareness of Lebanon’s defunct railways. (Photo: Lara Bitar) A photo from the “Waiting for the Train” exhibit at the Mar…

Iraqi party leaders may oust Maliki
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jun 2014 – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki waits for the arrival of US Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of their meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Baghdad on June 23, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Brendan Smialowski) Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki waits for the arrival of…

11 years too late, US media rebukes Dick Cheney
Al-Akhbar Opinion 28 Jun 2014 – Former US Vice President Dick Cheney. (Photo: AFP) Former US Vice President Dick Cheney. (Photo: AFP) “If only ISIS had Dick Cheney to give them advice, it would help the United States (confront it),” “Dick wants to forget history and write his own version,” “Has he…

Iraqi forces launch offensive against jihadi-held Tikrit
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jun 2014 – Iraqi troops advanced towards Tikrit on Saturday pounding insurgent positions in the city with air strikes in their biggest counter-offensive so far against jihadi militants. Thousands of soldiers were advancing on Tikrit, which was overrun by insurgents led by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (…

ISIS declares war on Lebanon
Al-Akhbar Politics 27 Jun 2014 – Security forces cordon off the area surrounding the Duroy hotel in Beirut’s Raouche neighborhood after a suicide bomber blew himself up on the third floor. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Security forces cordon off the area surrounding the Duroy hotel in Beirut’s Raouche neighborhood after a suicide bomber…


Bernie Sanders Cannot Save US
Ron Jacobs, CounterPunch 6/27/2014
Voter Beware
He continued authorizing grants and laons to Israel, even after Israel bombed Gaza, attacked the Mavi Marmara and supported illegal settlements in the West Bank.
In the spring of 1997, a drive to form a union amongst the housekeeping, bookstore, landscaping and trades workers at the University of Vermont (UVM) was well underway. The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers union (UE) had been enlisted to help those of us in the UVM work force working on the union drive get organized. Their abilities had helped us move quickly and gain numerous signatures on cards. On March 8, 1997 International Women’s Day, we held a union rally. It was very well attended. The speakers built a crescendo of assent. I was on the list and gave a brief talk about the importance of the date for the US union movement and its relevance to our campaign. Then the lead organizer Kimberley Lawson took the stage. An excellent organizer and an inspiring individual, she introduced the last speaker. It was Bernie Sanders, then Vermont’s Congressman. The applause was stupendous. Chants of Bernie! Bernie! filled the room. After about five minutes of applause, Bernie began to speak. It was a good, if standard, stump speech about the rights of workers and the need for the university administration and Board of trustees to do the right thing and recognize the union.
Two years later, spring of 1999. Bill Clinton was under fire in Congress for his misguided and manipulative dalliances with Monica Lewinsky. The Dayton Accords concerning the growing civil war in Yugoslavia had created the intended scenario, leading Belgrade to insist on its historical right to keep Kosovo under its governance. In response, Washington and other NATO governments began an intensive bombing campaign. Bill Clinton and his war cabinet began an around-the-clock assault on the Serbian people. Liberals and progressives drank the kool-aid and offered their whole hearted support. Bernie Sanders made it clear he was completely on board with the action…. more.. e-mail

Incarcerating the force of liberation
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 6/28/2014
Samir Al-Assawi, the Palestinian with the longest record of hunger striking, was recently re-arrested by Israeli authorities
The announcement that the Palestinian hunger strikers have ended their peaceful protest following an agreement with the Israeli prison authorities has been hailed by local media as a success for the government. So far, the reasons behind the ending of the hunger strike have not been divulged, although speculation with regard to the force-feeding bill remains plausible. As the settler-colonial state consolidates its efforts to wreak further havoc in the West Bank by re-arresting former political prisoners as part of its ongoing retaliation, this time under the guise of finding three missing settlers, the question of Palestinian political prisoners becomes more relevant in relation to unified resistance.
Rethinking the struggle of Palestinian political prisoners necessitates a thorough analysis of the integral phenomenon that has rendered incarceration, notably administrative detention, into a routine procedure. There is a parallel that is necessary to bring to the fore, namely the correlation between indefinite detention of Palestinians and the indefinite prolonging, with the focus shifting towards permanence of Israel’s colonisation of the whole of Palestine. This parallel may also be constructed within a global context, taking into consideration both the pre-emptive and allegedly preventive aspects, the international condoning of the arbitrary practice, and the world community’s continuous support for the atrocities carried out by the settler-colonial state.
Besides the fact that administrative detention has been inflicted upon Palestinians since the British Mandate, according to Articles 42 and 78 of the Fourth Geneva Convention it is permitted if “the security of the detaining power makes it absolutely necessary” or “for imperative reasons of security”. Additional protocols to the convention specified the rights to resistance in cases of “armed conflicts in which peoples are fighting against colonial domination and alien occupation and against racist regimes in the exercise of their right to self-determination. more.. e-mail

Israel’s Existential Threat
Andrew Levine, CounterPunch 6/27/2014
The Politics of Panic Mongering in the Middle East
Israel thrives on what it calls “existential threats,” fabricated perils that are just plausible enough to be believed.
As social divisions mount, they help hold Israeli society together. They also keep “diaspora” Jews on board.
And they keep Western, especially American, diplomatic, military and economic support coming.
This is crucial now that Western publics are beginning to realize that untrammeled support for a European colonial project, an ethnocratic settler state, in the heart of the Middle East is problematic – not only for moral reasons, but for reasons of national interest as well.
Serviceable existential threats are hard to find. So far, however, Israel has made due.
But times change. Before long, it may actually face a real one, an existential threat worthy of the name. The irony is palpable.
If and when this happens, it will be an object lesson: be careful what you wish for.
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It was easier when the entire Arab world was nominally – though never really – at war with Israel. This hasn’t been the case for decades.
After the 1973 Yom Kippur War, leaders throughout the region began to concoct a more secure modus vivendi than had previously existed. With American help, they made decisive progress. more.. e-mail

Israeli, US terror victims could ‘own’ Iran’s Internet
David Shamah, The Times of Israel 6/25/2014
A decision by an American court would allow for the Islamic Republic to be kicked off the web altogether.
A United States court on Tuesday effectively awarded a group of American and Israeli victims of Iranian terror the rights to the .ir domain, the suffix used to identify Iranian websites, along with all of Iran’s IP addresses.
As a result, said the group’s attorney, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of the Shurat Hadin Law Center, Iran could find itself kicked off the Internet by ICANN, a Los Angeles-based organization that manages the web.
The United State District Court decided that the .ir domain name, along with Iran’s IP addresses — without which Iranian websites cannot be included in the World Wide Web — were assets that could be seized to satisfy judgments against the Islamic state of more than a billion dollars, owed by Iran to Israeli and US victims of terror perpetrated by the Hamas and Hezbollah organizations, among others.
As a result, Shurat Hadin, representing those victims, could collect the fees Iran pays to keep its Internet going — or force an auction of Iran’s Internet assets to satisfy the judgment.
The court decision comes as part of Shurat Hadin’s efforts to collect judgments against Iran awarded over the past 10 years by various US courts. Darshan-Leitner’s team has successfully proved in American courts that Iran funded terror groups that killed and injured Israeli and US citizens — and that, as the responsible party, it was obligated to compensate victims and their families for losses. more.. e-mail

Elbit: Exporting Oppression from Palestine to Latin America
Dissident Voice: 27 Jun 2014 – Surveillance. It’s in the headlines and on the tips of tongues. As technology offers new possibilities for connection, it also offers new means to keep tabs on people. Surveillance has become seemingly ubiquitous, from the NSA reading emails to drones in the skies. As a nation that has for 66 years been ruling over an indigenous population by force, one of the main countries practicing surveillance is Israel. And it is the Israeli defense industry that has been reaping the profits off of the oppression and surveillance of the Palestinian people. One of the top occupation profiteers in Israel is the defense firm Elbit Systems. The largest non-governmental defense company in the country, its revenue stood at $2.83 billion in 2010. Using knowledge and expertise gained from assisting in the occupation of Palestine, Elbit has made millions exporting surveillance and defense materiel worldwide – and increasingly so to Latin America….more

An Armed Ghetto
Dissident Voice: 27 Jun 2014 – One side’s terrorists are the other side’s freedom fighters. That is not simply a matter of terminology. It is a difference of perception, which has far-reaching practical consequences. Take prisoners, for example. For the freedom fighter, achieving the release of imprisoned comrades is a sacred duty, for which he is ready to sacrifice his life. One of the most daring exploits of the Irgun underground (of which I was for a time a very junior member) was to attack in force the British prison in the Crusader’s castle in Acre and release hundreds of prisoners. For our colonial masters, this was considered a dastardly terrorist act. This should be clear to our present government, based on the Likud party, which was originally founded by former Irgun fighters. However, these are long gone, and present Rightist politicians and military officers are just a bad copy of our former British colonial rulers….more

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