VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 30 June 2014

30 June 2014 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Attacks by Soldiers and Settlers in Jenin, Hebron
IMEMC – Israeli forces raided the towns of Araba and Yabod, to the southwest of Jenin, provoking clashes with residents on Monday, according to local and security sources. …
Jerusalem: Israel to Invest US$90M to Improve Control
IMEMC – The Israeli cabinet, on Sunday, approved a $90 million dollar socio-economic development project for occupied East Jerusalem. The project calls for the monies to be disbursed over a period of five years, with the aim of obstructing any future calls for dividing the city as part of a peace agreement. …

Further Clashes at Al-Aqsa
IMEMC – As the holy festival of Ramadan begins for the world’s Muslim community, Israeli settlers raided al-Aqsa mosque compound http://www.imemc.org/article/68270, this morning, under the protection of Israeli police. … 

Cornerstone Laid for Ramallah Settlements
IMEMC – Clashes following stabbing incidents Knesset chairman Yuli Edelstein, Sunday evening, laid the cornerstone for a settlement neighborhood in “Kochav Jacob”, near Ramallah. At dawn, demolition orders for three Palestinian houses north of Tulkarem were served to residents. … 

Bodies of Missing Settlers Found
IMEMC – Army prepares to demolish homes of suspects According to various news agencies, the Israeli army has found the bodies of the three missing settlers near Halhoul, north of Hebron. The information is confirmed and the families of the three settlers have been notified by the Israeli authorities. … 

Army Carries Out An Extensive Invasion Into Hebron
IMEMC – On Monday at dawn, dozens of Israeli military vehicles continued the extensive military operations, and home invasions, into the southern West Bank district of Hebron, broke into and violently searched dozens of homes, kidnapping one Palestinian. Another Palestinian was kidnapped near Ramallah. …

Ma’an News

14 rockets fired at Israel, Palestinian killed in airstrike
6/30/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fourteen rockets were fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip overnight after an Israeli airstrike killed one Palestinian and injured at least three others late Sunday. At least 14 rockets were fired at southern Israel, with one causing damage to a residential property in the Sdot Negev regional council, Israel’s army said. The Iron Dome intercepted two rockets….

Israel journalists say missing teenagers found dead
6/30/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli journalists said Monday that security officials had discovered the bodies of three teenagers who went missing in the occupied West Bank on June 12. A reporter from Israel’s Haaretz newspaper wrote on Twitter that the teens’ bodies were discovered. One of them said a news blackout had been imposed until an official announcement.”There are indications that…. Related: Israel finds bodies of 3 missing teens and Israeli forces ‘prepare to demolish homes of kidnapping suspects’

Israeli forces ‘prepare to demolish homes of kidnapping suspects’
6/30/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces late Monday surrounded the homes of two men suspected of kidnapping and killing three Israeli teens, and prepared to demolish the houses, locals said. Witnesses told Ma’an Israeli soldiers had forced the residents out of the houses of Ammar Abu Eisha and Marwan al-Qawasmeh, and were preparing for demolition. Approximately an hour earlier, Israeli media reported that…. Related: Report: Israel demolishes home of abduction suspectand Israel finds bodies of 3 missing teens

Gaza power plant no longer able to provide electricity for 8 hours
6/30/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Officials at the Gaza Strip power plant announced Monday that they are no longer able to provide electricity for eight hours per day. The company said in a statement that it was “doing its utmost” to provide power for water wells, sewage plants, hospitals and medical centers to prevent any humanitarian or environmental disaster. The statement called upon all concerned parties….

Official: Israel treats prisoners as if strike didn’t end
6/30/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities’ ban on visits to Gaza prisoners in Israeli jails for the third week in a row “is as if their hunger strike has not ended,” an official said Monday. An International Committee of the Red Cross spokesman said that “the Israeli side informed us that visits are banned until further notice.” Nasser al-Najjar told Ma’an….

Israeli officers clash with worshipers in al-Aqsa
6/30/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Israeli officers assaulted five Palestinian women in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound while Israeli rightists were allowed to go inside. Witnesses told Ma’an that more than 30 Israelis entered the compound via the Moroccan gate at around 8 a. m. and toured the compound for more than an hour. Another Israeli group entered the compound before the first group left….

Palestinian detainee ends 122-day hunger strike
6/30/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoner Ayman Tbeish has suspended his hunger strike after refusing food for 122 days, a lawyer said Monday. Jawad Bulous, a lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society, said in a statement that Tbeish had announced the end of his strike after reaching an agreement with the Israeli Prison Service to limit his detention without a trial. Doctors had….

Hundreds of African immigrants in Israel on mass hunger strike
6/30/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Hundreds of undocumented African migrants began a hunger strike on Monday after Israeli police forcibly broke up a sit-in they were staging along the Egyptian border. Around 1,000 Africans, mostly from Eritrea and Sudan, had marched Friday to the border and set up a makeshift camp to protest against their “inhuman and unlimited” detention at Holot facility. Israel opened Holot detention camp in….

Youths, PA forces clash in Ramallah following stab death
6/30/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Two Palestinian youths were stabbed to death early Monday in Ramallah and Jericho, Palestinian police said, with clashes breaking out in Ramallah between protesters and Palestinian security forces. Muhammad Youssef Khamis al-Hajj, 22, was stabbed to death in al-Amari refugee camp in Ramallah during a fight with another youth, police said. Police arrested a suspect at the scene. Protests later broke….

Israel finds bodies of 3 missing teens
6/30/2014 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli forces scouring the occupied West Bank for signs of three missing Israeli teenagers discovered their bodies Monday afternoon, its army reported. They were found in a field in the Hebron area, not far from where they went missing, according to reports.”Following extensive searches in order to retrieve the three abducted teens; Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali…. Related: Israel journalists say missing teenagers found dead and Israeli forces ‘prepare to demolish homes of kidnapping suspects’

Report: Israel demolishes home of abduction suspect
6/30/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces late Monday demolished the house of Marwan Kawasme, one of two suspects in the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers who were found dead hours earlier, reports said. The Times of Israel said the home was demolished Monday night, hours after the bodies of Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Gil-ad Saar were found…. Related: Israeli forces ‘prepare to demolish homes of kidnapping suspects’

Netanyahu warns Hamas as Israel-Gaza tensions soar
6/30/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel on Monday issued a brusque warning to Hamas, demanding it prevent rocket fire from Gaza as fears grow of a new confrontation around the coastal Palestinian enclave. Militants fired 14 rockets at southern Israel during the morning, sending tension soaring and drawing a warning from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that unless the Islamist movement cracked down on those behind the attacks…. Related: Any Israeli attack will open ‘the gates of hell,’ warns Hamas and B’Tselem: Israel must refrain from ‘acts of vengeance’

Any Israeli attack will open ‘the gates of hell,’ warns Hamas

6/30/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Any Israeli action to punish Hamas for the alleged murder of three teenagers whose bodies were found on Monday would open “the gates of hell,” the Islamist movement warned.” If the occupiers carry out an escalation or a war, they will open the gates of hell on themselves,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP. The warning came shortly after Israel confirmed…. Related: Netanyahu warns Hamas as Israel-Gaza tensions soar

Fatah demands release of detainees in Hamas prisons
6/30/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Fatah detainees in Gaza started a hunger strike on Monday demanding their release, according to a Fatah statement.”The so-called Hamas prisons services suppressed Fatah political detainees and sent them to cells as a punishment for their strike,” Fatah said in a statement noting some had been in jail for five years. Fatah demanded the immediate release of its political….

Civil servants on strike to protest trial of union leader
6/30/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Civil servants in the West Bank went on strike on Monday in protest against court proceedings brought against union leader Bassam Zakarneh by a former PA labor minister, a union leader said. Members of the civil servants’ union staged a sit-in protest in front of a Ramallah court during a hearing against Zakarneh. Former minister of labor Ahmad Majdalan filed….

Islamic bloc demands release of students detained by PA
6/30/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Islamic bloc of West Bank universities demanded Monday that the Palestinian Authority security services release affiliated students who were detained for their “political affiliation.””The PA’s policies prevented many families from the chance to celebrate Ramadan with their kids who are in their jails, especially students from al-Najah and al-Quds universities,” the bloc said in a statement. Several….

B’Tselem: Israel must refrain from ‘acts of vengeance’
6/30/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli human rights group B’Tselem on Monday called on the Israeli government to refrain from acts of vengeance after the bodies of three missing Israeli teens were found near Hebron.” B’Tselem cautions the security forces to avoid harming the innocent Palestinian population, or abusing the public atmospherein Israel with the discovery of the bodies, to impose collective…. Related: Netanyahu warns Hamas as Israel-Gaza tensions soar

Security coordination must be based on respect, not Israeli whims
6/30/2014 – Mahmoud Jabari is a public speaker on youth engagement originally from Hebron and he is currently a senior Communication student at Champlain College. – In 2002, I awoke one morning to find that the Palestinian Authority’s headquarters near my home in Hebron was under siege by Israeli tanks. The scene was not particularly strange since I had seen tanks and experienced curfews before, but….

Religous courts suspend work to show solidarity with Habbash
6/30/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The Palestinian High Judicial Council decided to suspend work in all religious courts in Palestine on Monday, the court said in a statement. It highlighted that decision came in protest against an attack on the Palestinian supreme judge and former minister of endowment Mahmoud Habbash last week inside the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Habbash and his escorts were attacked in the mosque….

Netanyahu calls for Jordan support, Kurdish independence
6/30/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked the international community on Sunday to support Jordan in the fight against “Islamic extremism” and to back the independence of Iraq’s Kurds.”We need to support efforts by the international community to strengthen Jordan and support the aspirations of the Kurds for independence,” Netanyahu said in a speech to the Institute of National Security Studies….

Analysis: Mideast peace impossible without international action
6/30/2014 – Saeb Erekat is chief Palestinian negotiator for the PLO. – The predicted “death” of the two-state solution, which has been repeated consistently for many years now, has led to a sense of complacency and a lack of urgency regarding the current situation. In the government of Israel, this does not provoke major concern, because the present coalition’s political platform is focused on consolidating colonization….

Gaza employees protest outside WHO building
6/30/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Health syndicates in Gaza organized a sit-in Monday in front of the World Health Organization in protest of not receiving their salaries. Participants in the sit-in said they have not been paid for three months in a row, and they called for the national unity government to include the Gaza government’s employees with the PA employees and “not….

State TV: Rebel fire kills 14 in Syria’s Idlib
6/30/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Rebel mortar shells pounded Syria’s northwestern city of Idlib on Monday, killing 14 people, state television said, a day after 27 people died in regime air raids on a nearby opposition-held area.” Fourteen people were killed and more than 50 others wounded by mortars launched by the terrorists (rebels) on several areas of Idlib city,” said the state channel. The Syrian….

AlJazeera

Bodies of missing settlers found in West Bank
AlJazeera 30 Jun 2014 – Israeli PM blames Hamas for death of three teens who disappeared two weeks ago in the occupied Palestinian territory. 

Relief Web

Lebanon: Families ripped apart as Palestinian refugees from Syria denied entry to Lebanon
Relief Web 30 Jun 2014 – Source: Amnesty Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Palestinian refugees from Syria – including pregnant women, children and women with infants – have been denied entry into Lebanon due to tightened border restrictions, said Amnesty International in a…

Syrian Arab Republic: Palestinians in Syria’s Yarmouk camp now without aid for one month – UN
Relief Web 30 Jun 2014 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 30 June 2014 – The United Nations agency charged with ensuring the well-being of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East has warned today that, despite reports of a truce…

The National

Bodies of 3 missing Israeli teens found in West Bank
The National 30 Jun 2014 – The grisly discovery culminated a feverish search that led to Israel’s largest ground operation in the Palestinian territory in nearly a decade.

Islamists’ ‘caliphate’ derided in Arab world
The National 30 Jun 2014 – The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Sunday announced it was establishing a ‘caliphate’ extending from Aleppo in northern Syria to Diyala in Iraq, the regions where ISIL has fought against the regimes in power.

African asylum-seekers go on hunger strike after Israeli crackdown
The National 30 Jun 2014 – Around 1,000 people, mostly from Eritrea and Sudan, say they are being subjected to “inhuman and unlimited” detention at camp on the Egyptian border.

Football in Gaza: reprieve or resistance?
The National 30 Jun 2014 – Soccer is a big deal in Gaza – home to 56 football clubs and five stadiums. The National’s foreign correspondent Orlando Crowcroft finds out why.

Iraqi refugees scramble for food to end first day of Ramadan fast
The National 30 Jun 2014 – The chaotic scene underscored the fearful insecurity of displaced Iraqis as they begin Ramadan.

Blasts near Egypt palace kill 2 senior policemen
The National 30 Jun 2014 – It was not immediately clear whether President Abdel Fattah El Sis was in the Ittihadiya palace at the time.

Egypt cuts fuel subsidies in new budget
The National 30 Jun 2014 – The deep cuts will save some 40 billion Egyptian pounds – or Dh20.53 billion – in the 2014/15 fiscal year.

ISIL’s declaration of ‘caliphate’ needs unprecedented response
The National 30 Jun 2014 – It may be time for more coordinated action against ISIL before the conflict eventually touches the borders of the Gulf states

Global Talk: How is football part of the Palestinian resistance? 
The National 30 Jun 2014 – In 60 seconds with Global Talk from The National Orlando Crowcroft describes the role football plays in the Palestinian resistance. Produced by Justin Vela

Russian journalist killed in eastern Ukraine
The National 30 Jun 2014 – The 68-year-old cameraman was the fifth journalist to be killed since the fighting began in April between Ukrainian government troops and armed pro-Russia separatists.

Italy finds 30 migrants who ‘suffocated’ inside fishing boat
The National 30 Jun 2014 – Critics slam Italy’s government, warning that plucking asylum seekers from their rickety boats only encourages more immigrants to set across the Mediterranean for Europe.

In pictures: Gaza’s love for soccer
The National 30 Jun 2014 – In Gaza, football is a big deal, and in World Cup season conversations eventually tend to move on to who supports whom. The National’s foreign correspondent Orlando Crowcroft finds out why.

Mixed emotions as displaced Pakistanis face Ramadan in camps
The National 30 Jun 2014 – Facing temperatures that are approaching 50°C and frequent riots over the lack of food supplies, Pakistanis who fled the airstrikes on North Waziristan will be spending Ramadan under dire circumstance at the Bannu camp.

In pictures: Muslims around the world celebrating first day of Ramadan
The National 30 Jun 2014 – Across a wide belt that stretches halfway around the globe, the world’s estimated 1.6 billion Muslims marked the beginning of Ramadan.

Brother jailed in shocking Taiwan ‘pickled head’ murder case
The National 30 Jun 2014 – A court in southern Taiwan Monday handed a life sentence to a man who murdered his sister and pickled her head in a gruesome crime that shocked the island.

Ha’aretz

LIVE UPDATES: Israeli forces find bodies of three kidnapped teens
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Hobby Lobby decision: U.S. opens up to religious Christians, Muslim and Jews
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Obama condemns three teens’ murders ‘in strongest possible terms’
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Hamas denies blame for teens’ murders, Gaza braces for Israeli strike
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

U.S. Jews react to murders with fury, calls for peace
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Israeli father creates safe ‘Facebook’ for kids
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Netanyahu on murders of three Israeli teens: Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay.
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

After Israeli teens’ bodies found, calls for tough responses
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Lawyer faces disciplinary action after complaining about rape case judges
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Rolf Harris, aged British and Aussie entertainer, convicted for 20 years of pedophilic assaults
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

‘Price tag’ vandals hit settlers’ home being built by Palestinian laborers
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Shas letter unlikely to keep women out of education
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Rockets show backlash of Israel’s West Bank op has reached Gaza
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Imprisoned African asylum-seekers go on hunger strike, following mass arrest
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

U.S. employers can decline to provide birth control with healthcare, Supreme Court rules
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Knesset discussion on limiting pardons for terrorists stalls
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Police officers dismissed in wake of botched kidnapping call
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Owner of factory destroyed by Gaza rockets determined to reopen
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Zambian president ‘not in critical condition,’ say Israeli sources
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Netanyahu: If Hamas won’t stop Gaza rockets, Israel will
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

The U.S. must inject life into a moribund peace process
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Pope Francis: Communists are closet Christians
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

North Korea to try two American tourists for ‘hostile acts’
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Ukrainians launch crowdfunding campaign to purchase drone
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Russia concerned about cease-fire after reporter is shot dead in Ukraine
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

The two-state solution is not an option for Israel and the Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Ministers reject calls for public transportation on Saturdays
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Peace: Israel’s best economic program
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

15 Gaza rockets fired on Israel’s south
Ha’aretz – 30 Jun 2014

Education Ministry backpedals; will foot bill for summer camps
Ha’aretz – 29 Jun 2014

TA restaurateurs caught smuggling 100 kg goose liver, seafood
Ha’aretz – 29 Jun 2014

Leviathan partners sign preliminary deal to export gas to Egypt
Ha’aretz – 29 Jun 2014

Jerusalem Post

Obama condemns ‘senseless act of terror against innocent’ Israeli youths
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – State Department urges restraint on both sides; House Foreign Relations C’tee chair says US should be under no illusion that unity gov’t wants peace. 

LIVE BLOG: Search for Israeli teens ends in tragedy
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – Follow all the latest updates on the aftermath of the discovery of the bodies of yeshiva students Gil-Ad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah and Naftali Fraenkel here. 

Does a mezuza offer protection?
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – The mezuza indeed offers protection from damaging spiritual forces, from sin and from other dangers as well as many beautiful rewards. 

Open letter to my brothers and sisters at the Presbyterian General Assembly 2014
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – For those of you who are a part of the Presbyterian Church USA and who do not agree with what happened at the Presbyterian General Assembly, have your voice be heard. 

Netanyahu: Hamas will pay for the murders of the three youths
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – PM convenes emergency cabinet meeting to determine how to respond to deaths of kidnapped teens, who premier says were murdered in cold blood; Netanyahu says all of Israel is weeping with bereaved families. 

Candidly Speaking: The ‘Klinghoffer’ opera and the American Jewish establishment
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – This opera is an abomination and an offense not only to Jews but to all Americans and all decent people who oppose terrorism and racism. 

The Iraqi factor
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – What has happened in Iraq has vindicated Israel’s opposition at the time to Kerry’s proposal. 

Comment: The worst-case scenario
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – Three Israeli teenagers, trying to make their way home at the end of a long week, met their gruesome fate simply because they were Israelis. 

Bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens found in West Bank
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – Security forces find bodies outside Hebron in Beit Kahil region on 18th day of search; Shin Bet believes boys were killed shortly after abduction. 

World Jewry mourns deaths of kidnapped teens
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – Diaspora Jewish groups respond to tragic news about yeshiva students; World Jewish Congress calls for defunding of PA. 

Politicians on right and left call for IDF response
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – Israeli politicians across the spectrum respond with sadness, rage after bodies of kidnapped teenagers found. 

Hamas: Attack on Gaza will ‘open gates of hell’ on Israel
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – The warning was issued hours before the bodies of the three kidnapped Israeli youths were found near Hebron. 

Head of search team that found bodies: This is a sad day
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – A team of civilian volunteers found one body before alerting security forces, who then uncovered the other two. 

UK investors seeking Arab markets look to Arab Israeli start-ups
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – Penguin Group, Orange UK, Pearson PLC, NHS Content Division and the BBC all met with delegation of 6 start-ups from Israel’s Arab sector. 

Australians to investigate rabbis over abuse cover-up allegations
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – Testimony showws that senior rabbinic figures in Chabad hassidic community knew of allegations of sexual abuse against children and did not report them. 

Turkey rejects independent Kurdish state, wants Iraq unity government
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – Turkey has in the past been cool to efforts for greater autonomy for Iraqi Kurdistan for fear of stirring up separatist feelings among its own Kurds. 

As school year ends, ‘Sardine Protest’ aims to reduce overcrowding in classrooms
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – Parents disrupted learning in elementary schools around the country for one hour and demonstrated with their children outside their schools Sunday. 

South African Jews demand answers in African Union summit flap
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein says AU’s commitment to tolerance “on trial.” 

Environment Ministry allocating NIS 2m. for cleaning beaches
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – Funds to help with maintaining purity of undeclared beaches and open spaces along the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea shores. 

Herzog calls on Sa’ar to permit grocery stores to open on Shabbat
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – MK Stern: If we don’t fill the void in religion and state issues, Supreme Court will fill it for us. 

American-Israeli scientist recognized for excellence in biochar research
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – Charcoal from biomass could reduce greenhouse gases, improve plant health. 

TAU nano-sensor could identify explosives 3,000 times more accurately than a dog’s nose
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – The sensor is arousing much interest among the security forces, as it could be used in operations to locate and identify explosives at the airports. 

US Supreme Court refuses to save Arab Bank from sanctions
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – Case involving allegations that bank facilitated transfer of funds to Hamas leaders, institutions via 3rd parties to go to trial on August 11. 

In face of ISIS threat, Liberman terms Jordan’s stability a vital Israeli national interest
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – In meeting with German FM, Liberman makes strongest public statement b
y a senior official so far of Israel’s commitment to Jordan’s security in light of the advances made by ISIS. 

Court implies it won’t block demolition of alleged Passover-eve terrorist’s home
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – State commits not to demolish house belonging to suspected murdered of policeman Baruch Mizrahi until at least 12 hours after final court order. 

4 police officers removed from posts following probe into distress call from kidnapped teens
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – Police chief Danino calls handling of emergency call from kidnapped teen “a failure of the utmost severity.” 

Watch: ISIS fighter says group will ‘break all borders to reach Jerusalem’
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – Social media clip shows man, who claims to be standing on the Iraq border with Syria, reaffirm the declaration of an Islamic “caliphate.” 

Netanyahu hints at further Gaza action: Either Hamas reins in rocket fire or we will
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – PM warns Hamas that it must stop violations of Operation Pillar of Defense de facto ceasefire or Israel will be forced to act. 

Bayit Yehudi MK Shaked: Whoever slits an infant’s throat should not be pardoned
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2014 – Legislation would allow judges to sentence murderers and terrorists to life in prison without the option of a pardon from the president. 

The Guardian

Bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers found in West Bank
The Guardian 30 Jun 2014 – Naftali Frankel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach were kidnapped while hitchhiking back from their religious schools The bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers who disappeared almost three weeks ago have been found buried in a shallow…

Gaza rockets strike southern Israel
The Guardian 30 Jun 2014 – At least 14 rockets reported to have been fired, with no injuries reported, as tensions in the region escalate Militant groups in the Gaza Strip have struck southern Israel with a barrage of rockets in a…

Inter Press Service

Syrian Kurds Have Their Own TV Against All Odds
IPS Rudi Mohamed Amid gets set before going live at Ronahi, Syrian Kurds´ TV channel. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS By Karlos Zurutuza QAMISHLI, Syria, Jun 30 2014 (IPS) Rudi Mohamed Amid gives his script one quick, last glance before he goes live. “Roj bas, Kurdistan (Good morning, Kurdistan),” he greets his audience,…

Uruknet

Pakistan military air strikes kill hundreds, including civilians, over past six months
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014 – A wave of air strikes by the Pakistani military in the country s tribal northwest has killed at least 291 people, including a minimum 16 civilians, over the past six months, a Bureau investigation has found.The…

Here s When It s Legal To Kill An American Citizen With A Drone
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014 – The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has released a secret Obama administration memorandum detailing the legal justification for a 2011 drone strike in Yemen that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaida leader born…

Israeli parliament on its way to permitting the force-feeding of Palestinian hunger strikers
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014 -The final vote on a law explicitly permitting the force-feeding of prisoners was delayed by the Knesset today, according to local news agencies. The bill passed a first reading in the Israel s parliament last week despite…

Iraq : Execution of 69 Prisoners by the Sectarian Militias 
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014 – In a brutal genocide, which is nowadays noticeable in the attitude of the government forces, a convoy of vehicles which transports the prisoners was monitored, in a shared checkpoint for Al-Maliki and his militias on the…

When Israeli soldiers provoke and react, Palestinians die 
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014-Despite Netanyahu s claims of self-defense, testimony by Israeli soldiers suggests that mounting Palestinian casualties are the result of intentionally provocative tactics. In response to the mounting numbers of Palestinian deaths, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered the excuse…

Lawyers move to question callous Guantánamo prison chief under oath 
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014 – A federal judge has been asked to compel sworn testimony from the military prison boss who confiscated the wheelchair of a disabled hunger-striker at Guantánamo Bay.Lawyers representing Syrian prisoner Abu Wa el Dhiab filed a motion…

Turkey s control of the Euphrates might lead to disaster
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014 – Criticism of the Turkish government has been voiced by civil society activists in Northern Syria concerning Turkey s control of the River Euphrates. In recent weeks, the Turks have stopped the flow of water into Syria…

Understanding the roots of the angry Muslim 
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014 -…. But it was the US-led Western invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq that drew the battle lines like never before. When Baghdad fell in April 2003, and as American soldiers so conceitedly drowned the former capital of…

Summary of events of the Iraqi popular revolution Bulletin no. 225 Sunday – June 22, 2014
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014 – Baghdad: Dr. Osama Al-Rawi, a physics professor working for Mustansiriya University , found in Biya a after 24 hours of kidnapping by Maliki forces with two of his sons in Jame a hay in Baghdad . Anbar: The…

Photos: Vigil for Julian Assange outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, on the 2nd Anniversary of his Asylum Request, June 19, 2014
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014 – On Thursday June 19, 2014, supporters of Julian Assange held a vigil outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in Knightsbridge in London (just behind Harrods), which I attended and photographed. Supporters of the WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief have…

Red Cross warns Israeli doctors against force-feeding prisoners
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014 — The International Committee of the Red Cross on Monday warned doctors in Israel against force-feeding hunger-striking prisoners, saying they could face international prosecution. Dr. Raid Abu Rabbi, an official of the Red Cross, said that “any…

Israel doubles administrative detainees during arrest campaign 
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014 — Israel s military has fast-tracked over 100 administrative detention orders during a mass arrest campaign launched 10 days ago, a Palestinian prisoners group said Monday, nearly doubling the number of Palestinians held without charge. As of…

Salt and Water: A message on hot tin
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014- Administrative detention, an offence against humanity. For more than 60 consecutive days, Palestinian administrative detainees have been on hunger strike. We recently received news from the jails that the prisoners are now refusing water, the essential ingredient…

Palestine seeks UN Security Council meeting to stop Israeli aggression 
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014 – The Palestinian leadership has been communicating frantically with several parties to convene an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council and put an end to the “ongoing Israeli oppressive aggression” and protect the Palestinian people. The…

Coalition calls for Al-Maliki to resign
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014 -The secular National Coalition led by former premier Iyad Allawi has demanded the resignation of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, who has completed his term of office. Allawi said that a government of national salvation should be…

Palestinians protest against Israeli-Palestinian cooperation
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014 -Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets in Ramallah to condemn the continuous Israeli aggression in the West Bank, as well as the Palestinian Authority s security cooperation with Israel.Large numbers of Palestinians also took part in…

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades: Abbas represents the occupation not us
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014 -Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Palestinian Balata refugee camp in Nablus denounced its association with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, according to a statement issued by the group. The group said in an undated statement that carried the…

The joint Israeli-PA crackdown on the West Bank
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 23, 2014 – In the hours le
ading up to dawn on Sunday, Israeli occupation forces invaded Ramallah, took over the Palestinian Authority police headquarters near the Manara Square, and fired at the hundreds of Palestinian youth spread out on…

Syria News – June 22 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 22 , 2014 – By the end of Sunday, the coordination committees were able to document 42 martyrs, among them 4 children, 3 women, and 2 martyrs under torture: 15 martyrs were reported in Aleppo: 14 in Damascus and its…

Military Resistance 12F12 Missing Inaction
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 22, 2014 – … We have suffered a lot under Maliki s unfair government. It is a sectarian Iranian government. Detention, killing and displacement against the people of Mosul has not stopped for 10 years. We ve had enough injustice…

Iraqi military facing psychological collapse after losses, desertions 
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 22, 2014 The 300 U.S. advisers authorized to assist the Iraqi security forces will find an army in crisis mode, so lacking in equipment and shaken by desertions that it may not be able to win back significant chunks…

Haftar: Qatar wants a weak Libya 
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 22, 2014 – A former Libyan General, during the Gadhafi regime, has accused Qatar of wanting to weaken the state. General Khalifa Haftar s allegations came at time when he claims to control more than 75% of Benghazi. The…

Israelis close their ears to reasons for kidnap
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 22, 2014 -The apparent abduction of three teenagers – blamed by Israel on the Palestinian Islamic group Hamas – has provoked a wave of revulsion in Israel but almost no readiness to examine the causes of the incident or…

Iran enters the Iraq quagmire
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 22, 2014 – While people are rightly pointing out the folly of further Western military intervention in Iraq, there is a deafening silence about Iranian military intervention. Tehran has reportedly sent 2,000 advance troops to its neighbour, as well…

Stealing Palestine: A Study of Historical and Cultural Theft
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 22, 2014 – Stealing and appropriating the culture and history of indigenous peoples is a typical characteristic of all modern colonial-settler states, but usually accomplished once the indigenous people in question has been eliminated, dispossessed, or otherwise seemingly defeated…

Palestine s future: What are the options?
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 22, 2014 – For years, influential thought about Palestine has almost exclusively considered variations on the theme of a two-state solution. US Secretary of State John Kerry stampeded the Palestinian Authority and Israel into negotiations that “failed” before they…

O Donnell s good question and Obama s bad answer
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 22, 2014 – … Obama is just wrong when he implies that the Syrian opposition had to battle both the Assad regime and the hard-line Islamic jihadists from the beginning and he is wrong when he says his administration did…

The Ghoulish Face of Empire
Uruknet 30 Jun 2014 – June 22, 2014 – …We destroyed Iraq as a unified country. It will never be put back together. We are reduced-in what must be an act of divine justice decreed by the gods, whom we have discovered to our dismay…

Daily Star

Obama to deploy 200 extra troops to Iraq
Daily Star 30 Jun 2014 US President Barack Obama said Monday he would send up to 200 extra troops to protect the US Embassy in Baghdad, following an initial deployment of 275 soldiers earlier this month.

Syria rebels says IS caliphate ‘null and void’
Daily Star 30 Jun 2014 Syrian rebels, including the main Islamist factions, said Monday the creation of a caliphate by the Islamic State (IS) was “null and void”.

Obama condemns ‘senseless’ murder of Israeli teens
Daily Star 30 Jun 2014 US President Barack Obama on Monday condemned the “senseless” murder of three Israeli teenagers and warned against actions that could further “destabilize” the situation, amid threats of retaliation against Hamas.

Iraq says death toll in June highest since May 2007
Daily Star 30 Jun 2014 Nearly 2,000 people were killed in Iraq this month, the highest figure since May 2007, according to government figures released on Monday.

Iran’s Khamenei ‘warns off bid to free opposition chiefs’
Daily Star 30 Jun 2014 Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei has warned against any bid to end the house arrest of two top opposition leaders, a champion of their release told Iranian media Monday.

Hamas to pay for killing teens ‘in cold blood’: Netanyahu
Daily Star 30 Jun 2014 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday blamed Hamas “animals” for killing three Israeli teenagers and vowed that they would answer for it.

Abbas convenes Palestinian leadership over Israel teen deaths
Daily Star 30 Jun 2014 Abbas convenes Palestinian leadership over Israel teen deaths

13-year sentence for man who tried to aid al-Qaida
Daily Star 30 Jun 2014 A man who used Facebook and other Internet communications to connect with al-Qaida and planned to train its fighters in Pakistan was sentenced Monday to 13 years in federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised…

Any Israeli attack will open ‘the gates of hell’ Hamas
Daily Star 30 Jun 2014 Any Israeli action to punish Hamas for the alleged murder of three teenagers whose bodies were found on Monday would open “the gates of hell,” the Islamist movement warned.

Militants’ declaration of ‘caliphate’ in Iraq, Syria has ‘no meaning’: US
Daily Star 30 Jun 2014 The United States said Monday the declaration by Sunni militants of an “Islamic caliphate” on territory they have seized in Iraq and Syria has “no meaning.”

Blasts kill 2 senior policemen near Egypt palace
Daily Star 30 Jun 2014 Three homemade bombs went off near Egypt’s presidential palace on Monday, killing two senior police officers and injuring 10 other people on the anniversary of mass protests that led to the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed…

Jihadists lock down Syria’s Raqa, send in arms: activists
Daily Star 30 Jun 2014 Activists in Raqa, a stronghold of the Islamic State (IS), said Monday the jihadists have locked down the Syrian city and are shipping in new weapons, including missiles from Iraq.

Syria inks Russian deal for Tigris irrigation project
Daily Star 30 Jun 2014 The Syrian government signed a deal with a Russian firm Monday for the first phase of an irrigation project for the drought-hit northeast of the war-torn country, state media said.

Press Syndicate launches new website
Daily Star 30 Jun 2014 Lebanon’s Press Syndicate launched its official website Monday, allowing visitors to follow the syndicates affairs online

YNet News

Israel must crush Hamas, but do it wisely 
YNet News, 30 Jun 2014 – While destroying the organization’s infratructure in the West Bank, Israel needs to be careful that it does not shatter the status quo in Gaza. ….

Gaza terrorists fire rocket at Eshkol region 
YNet News, 30 Jun 2014 – ….

Prosor: Condemn the murder of the youth
YNet News, 30 Jun 2014 – ….

Obama condemns killing of 3 Israeli teens
YNet News, 30 Jun 2014 – ….

Vatican calls Israeli teenagers deaths hideous, threat to peace
YNet News, 30 Jun 2014 – ….

Will Ramadan stop arrival of new intifada? 
YNet News, 30 Jun 2014 – Analysis: Israel must pray that once abduction affair is solved, it will not create bloody conflicts and push situation out of control. ….

High Court overturns rabbinical court’s forced circumcision ruling
YNet News, 30 Jun 2014 – Supreme Court judges rule that Rabbinical Court was unauthorized to order woman to circumcise her son as part of divorce trial. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Reinstitution of “caliphate” is sine-qua-non for Muslim salvation
PIC – Muslims must never think that the caliphate can only see the light of the day by western permission. The Islamic Khilafa can only be realized despite the west and against its wishes.

Israeli officials lay foundation stone for illegal outpost near Ramallah
PIC – Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein laid on Sunday evening the foundation stone for an Israeli illegal settlement outpost in Kochav Ya’akov near Ramallah city.

Knesset to cast final vote on force-feeding bill
PIC – The Knesset interior committee is expected to discuss on Monday morning a bill that would allow Israeli jailers to force-feed Palestinian hunger striking prisoners, the Israeli public radio said.

Abu Marzouk warns of forcing Hamas to re-control Gaza
PIC – Deputy head of Hamas’s political bureau Moussa Abu Marzouk warned that Hamas could find itself forced to regain control of the besieged Strip.

IOF clashes with young men in Dura, carries out search campaign in Halhoul
PIC – Violent clashes broke out at dawn Monday between Israeli occupation patrols and unarmed Palestinian youths at an abrupt military checkpoint set at the western entrance to Dura.

Mishaal briefs DavutoÄŸlu on Palestinian developments
PIC – Political bureau chairman of Hamas Khaled Mishaal discussed Palestinian developments with Turkish foreign minister Ahmet DavutoÄŸlu over the phone.

16 Gaza rockets hit Eshkol
PIC – About 16 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip rocked the Eshkol regional council in Western Negev on Monday, the Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper claimed.

WAFA

Israeli Army Storm Two Towns in Jenin, clashes Erupt
WAFA – 30 Jun 2014

Israel Places 24 Palestinians Under Administrative Detention
WAFA – 30 Jun 2014

Premier Calls Britain to Pressurize Israel to Stop Violations against Palestinian People
WAFA – 30 Jun 2014

Coca-Cola Palestine Wins Sustainability and Community Empowerment Awards
WAFA – 30 Jun 2014

Mideast Peace Impossible Without International Action
WAFA – 30 Jun 2014

Israeli Shelling on Gaza Kills Palestinian, Critically Injures Another
WAFA – 30 Jun 2014

Weather Forecast: Hot Weather
WAFA – 30 Jun 2014

Misc

Three Bodies Found Believed to Be Missing Israelis
New York Times 30 Jun 2014 – A senior Israeli official said the Army had found three bodies in a field near Hebron and believed them to be the missing teenagers. 

Blast Kills 2 Police Officers Near Presidential Palace in Cairo
New York Times 30 Jun 2014 – The officers were trying to defuse explosive devices planted outside the palace. 

After West Bank Kidnapping, 2 Mothers Embody a Divide
New York Times 29 Jun 2014 – Israel’s security crackdown has raised questions about the asymmetry of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the value of lives on both sides. 

Flawed Saudi Response Is Cited in Outbreak of the Middle East Virus MERS
New York Times 29 Jun 2014 – Cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome have more than tripled since the end of 2013, leading health experts to cite grave flaws in the way Saudi health officials have handled the crisis. 

Three Israeli Boys Found Murdered in North Hebron
Tikun Olam – Three Israeli youths shot dead by Palestinian kidnappers Today, Israeli volunteers found the bodies of the three Israeli boys who’d been murdered after being kidnapped in north Hebron over two weeks ago. Their bodies had been buried under rocks in a field. They’d been shot shortly…

Missing Israeli teens found dead near Hebron; Netanyahu: ‘Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay’
Mondoweiss – Israeli military in Halhul on Monday. (Photo: Jim Hollander/European Pressphoto Agency) The bodies of three missing Israeli teens – Gil-Ad Shaer,16, Naftali Fraenkel, 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19 – were found today in a West Bank field near the village of Halhul, not far from where they…

JVP mourns the deaths of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach.
Jewish Voice for Peace – We are opposed to any violence against civilians, which is a violation of international law and an affront to our values. We hope that the punishment of Palestinian society as a whole – itself a violation of international law – will not intensify in place of…

Hewlett-Packard’s complicity in occupation makes headlines
Mondoweiss – (Graphic: SF Chronicle) The lead article in Sunday’s business section of the San Francisco Chronicle warns HP’s role in Israel could lead to political pressure . Although never mentioning the Boycott Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement directly, the Chronicle informs its readers Hewlett-Packard, a local Bay Area company,…

The case for a BDS coalition
Mondoweiss – There is a rule in movement politics: Your greatest rival is the one closest to you ideologically. Supporters of the global BDS movement, the movement that arose as a response to the three calls of the Palestinian civil society organizations, are at best wary, and more…

Dream and Reality in Israel/Palestine: Excerpt from Marc Ellis’ ‘Future of the Prophetic’
Mondoweiss – The following is an excerpt from Marc H. Ellis’s new book Future of the Prophetic: Israel’s Ancient Wisdom Re-presented . You can read more about the book here . In the seventh decade of the Israeli–Palestinian crisis, is there anything left to say, think, or do? Although…

In ‘NYT’ tale of two mothers, the occupation is a human-relations problem
Mondoweiss – Rudoren meets with American Jewish Committee group Jodi Rudoren moved out of her comfort zone today. The New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief, who tends to focus on the Jewish and Israeli understanding of the conflict, has a front-page piece titled , “After West Bank Kidnapping, 2 Mothers Embody…

A settler grazes his cattle on Palestinian crops, as Israeli soldiers look on
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Judaization / Restrictions on movement Settler grazes cattle on Palestinian crops IMEMC 29 June by Chris Carlson — An Israeli settler, today, decided to graze his cattle on Palestinian-owned crops at Wadi Al-Rakhim in Yatta , to the south of Hebron, according…

Israeli Hip Hop Celebrity Says Palestinian MK “Fucks Us in the Ass”
Tikun Olam – Whenever there is a terror attack in Israel it brings out the worst, most atavistic reactions. It’s much like the U.S. after 9/11, with the difference being Israel has no robust democratic traditions or constitution, so there are very few protections of free speech or minority…

President Obama Expresses Condolences Over Death of Israeli Teens 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jun 2014 – President Barack Obama expressed condolences on Monday over the killing of three Israeli teenagers whose bodies were found in the West Ba
nk on Monday, and urged all parties to refrain from actions that could escalate tensions in the region. Click here for the rest of the…

Israeli Police Officers Demoted Over Mishandling of Kidnapping Phone Call 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jun 2014 – Several senior police officers were demoted for “severe failure of conduct” in their handling of the phone call from one of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers. Click here for the rest of the article…

Abducted Israeli teens found dead 
BBC 30 Jun 2014 – Three Israeli teenagers abducted this month in the West Bank have been found dead near Hebron, the Israeli military says.

Netanyahu: Islamic Extremism Makes Israeli Presence in West Bank Necessary 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jun 2014 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said turmoil in neighboring Arab countries counted out the removal of Israeli forces from the West Bank for “a very long time.” Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel’s Kidnapped Boys Found Dead in Field 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jun 2014 – Israeli forces have identified the bodies of the three missing Israeli teens — Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel — buried in a field near Hebron. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt bomb blasts kill two policemen 
BBC 30 Jun 2014 – Two Egyptian policemen are killed while trying to defuse bombs that exploded near the presidential palace in Cairo, interior ministry officials say.

VIDEO: Isis bulldozes into ‘Islamic state’ 
BBC 30 Jun 2014 – Jihadist militant group Isis has said it is establishing a caliphate, or Islamic state, on the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria.

Isis rebels declare ‘Islamic state’ 
BBC 30 Jun 2014 – Jihadist militant group Isis declares the establishment of a caliphate, or Islamic state, on the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria.

North Africa: Mena Youth Network Reactivated 
allAfrica.com 30 Jun 2014 – [IFRC]Youth representatives from eleven National Societies from the Middle East and North Africa, including Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen, met in Beirut on 25 and 26 June 2014. The meeting deliberated on the following key objectives:

Fresh fighting around Iraq’s Tikrit 
BBC 30 Jun 2014 – Fresh clashes erupt around the Iraqi city of Tikrit, a day after the jihadist militant group Isis declared the creation of a “caliphate”.

VIDEO: Will Iraq turmoil lead to break up? 
BBC 30 Jun 2014 – As fresh clashes erupt in Tikrit and Isis declares a “caliphate”, the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen considers whether the Iraqi government can prevent the break up of the country.

Viewpoint: Isis caliphate a dangerous development 
BBC 30 Jun 2014 – Why Isis caliphate is bad news for the Muslim and non-Muslim world

Israel threatens to “eradicate” Hamas after missing settlers found dead 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jun 2014 – Israel on Monday confirmed finding the bodies of three settlers who disappeared in the occupied southern West Bank on June 12, blaming Hamas for their kidnapping and murder despite showing any evidence that the Islamist movement was behind it. “During the search for Eyal Ifrach, Gilad…

Two dead in Beirut clashes near Palestinian camp 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jun 2014 – Clashes erupted between rival groups near a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut Monday, leaving at least two people dead, according to several local media reports. Media said the clashes were between supporters of Shaker al-Berjawi, head of the Arab Movement Party, and allied gunmen from the…

Brother kills sister over “shameful” text message in South Lebanon 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jun 2014 – A Lebanese man shot his sister dead after discovering a text message on her phone that “indicated she had done something shameful,” police said Monday. The crime took place on Saturday in the southern town of Zifta, near Nabatieh, according to a statement posted to the…

15 suicide bombers recently arrived to Lebanon: Western intelligence 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jun 2014 – Lebanese security forces secure the area around the DuRoy Hotel after a suicide bomber blew himself up on the third floor. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Lebanese security forces secure the area around the DuRoy Hotel after a suicide bomber blew himself up on the third floor. (Photo:…

Netanyahu considers challenges on left and right 
Al-Monitor 30 Jun 2014 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might decide to advance Likud Party primaries, to assure his position when facing a possible disintegration of the coalition whose partners challenge him from left and right.

Syria says rebel shelling kills 14 in Idlib 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jun 2014 – Rebel mortar shells pounded Syria’s northwestern city of Idlib on Monday, killing 14 people, state television said. “Fourteen people were killed and more than 50 others wounded by mortars launched by the terrorists (rebels) on several areas of Idlib city,” said the state channel. Most of…

ISIS raises flag at Turkish border 
Al-Monitor 30 Jun 2014 – After declaring it had formed the caliphate of all Muslims and changing its name, ISIS raised its flag in the Syrian town of Tel Abyad just across the Turkish border.

What does ISIS’ declaration of a caliphate mean? 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jun 2014 – Two photos put out by Washington and Baghdad of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Photo: AFP) Two photos put out by Washington and Baghdad of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Photo: AFP) The Islamic State
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has now officially become a global…

American spies and the contemporary Middle East: Bob Ames and Abu Hassan Salameh 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 30 Jun 2014 – There seems to be an increase in the number of books by and about former (or current) US spies. The phenomenon raises questions about the motives and purpose of all those books and articles that all share a glorification of US spy agencies and their men (…

Hundreds of African refugees launch hunger strike in Israeli prison 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jun 2014 – Israeli policemen and immigration officers raid a protest camp set up by African asylum seekers near a border crossing with Egypt in the Negev Desert on June 29, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Oren Ziv) Israeli policemen and immigration officers raid a protest camp set up by…

Poor election turnout sign of Libya’s despair 
Al-Monitor 30 Jun 2014 – The low voter turnout in the June 25 elections shows just how disillusioned Libyans have become with their nation’s politics.

UN envoy: ‘Iraq is not Syria’ 
Al-Monitor 30 Jun 2014 – UN Special Representative for Iraq Nikolay Mladenov talks to As-Safir about the need to find political and security solutions to the crisis in Iraq, while insisting that the situation there differs from that in Syria.

Israel litters West Bank with anti-Hamas lollipops 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jun 2014 – Israeli soldiers scattered hundreds of anti-Hamas lollipops in Nablus and Ramallah on Sunday, in the midst of a violent crackdown across the West Bank that has left seven Palestinian civilians dead and injured over 130, local media reported. Palestinian Ma’an News Agency cited witnesses who saw…

Egypt’s ‘kofta’ scandal sign of missing checks, balances 
Al-Monitor 30 Jun 2014 – Egypt needs an effective opposition and parliament to balance executive power.

Iraq: ISIS declaration a “threat to all countries” 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jun 2014 – Militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s declaration of a caliphate in lands seized this month across Iraq and Syria is a message that the group has become a threat to all countries, Iraqi army spokesman Qassim Atta told Reuters on Monday. “This declaration is…

Kurds unlikely to announce independent state soon 
Al-Monitor 30 Jun 2014 – Although the advance of ISIS in Iraq has allowed Kurdish forces to enter Kirkuk and weakened Baghdad’s role in some disputed areas, it appears that the Kurds will not announce an independent state very soon.

ISIS announces Islamic caliphate, changes name 
Al-Monitor 30 Jun 2014 – The Shura Council of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham has announced the establishment of the Islamic caliphate on the first day of the month of Ramadan.

EU warnings to Israel remain unheard 
Al-Monitor 30 Jun 2014 – Israel’s ties to the European Union still are complicated by settlement policies.

Female prisoners in Egypt suffer rampant abuse 
Al-Monitor 30 Jun 2014 – Human rights groups have accused the Egyptian state of allowing violence against female detainees in prison despite its pledge to tackle the issue of sexual violence against women.

Motahari says Supreme Leader called house arrests a ‘favor’ 
Al-Monitor 30 Jun 2014 – Parliament member Ali Motahari has said that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei considers the continued house arrest of the Green Movement leaders a lighter punishment than the alternative: imprisonment.

Egypt’s June 30 ‘revolution,’ one year later 
Al-Monitor 30 Jun 2014 – Egyptians who supported the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in early July 2013 are still waiting for the promised reforms.

AKP Kurdish bill threatens Turkish opposition 
Al-Monitor 30 Jun 2014 – The draft bill that Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) recently introduced to parliament will give the AKP then upper hand while harming the opposition.

Articles


The agonies of being an Arab democrat in the Knesset 
Awad Abdelfattah, +972 Magazine 6/29/2014
When establishing the Knesset’s Palestinian democratic party, the founders of Balad had to shift their discourse and terminology: from the liberation of Palestine and the establishment of one inclusive democratic state, to the reinvention of Israel as a democratic state, the party’s secretary general writes. But has such a shift paid off?
On the eve of the 2009 Knesset elections, as I stepped off a platform following a political debate, an Israeli journalist approached me. “Is it true that you don’t vote,” she asked, “even though you are secretary general of a party that takes part in elections?”
I smiled. She was wrong – or rather her information was out of date. But at least she alluded to something that few Israeli Jews are aware of. For a Palestinian democrat and nationalist, participating in the Israeli Knesset is an agonizing compromise with one’s principles. I have never envied the Arab Knesset members from my own party, Balad, who are trying to promote a democratic and humanist vision for those who live in Palestine/Israel.
All of this has been underscored to me in recent days by the vilification of one of our legislators, Haneen Zoabi, since three Israeli teenagers went missing on June 12. She has been misquoted, her comments misrepresented and her real arguments ignored. As a result, she faces death threats and widespread incitement from Jewish legislators and the Israeli media.
Abandoning Communism, seeking a new paradigm
Before we established our party in the mid-1990s, most of the founders of Balad – or the National Democratic Assembly, as it is known in English – had to undergo a long and traumatic intellectual journey. more.. e-mail

The children of Hebron and their president 
Michel Warschawski, Alternative Information Center 6/29/2014
Friends from Hebron are reporting that during Israel’s current military round up and arrest of hundreds of alleged Hamas activists and supporters, the most interesting feature was not the behavior of the occupation army, but the reaction of the local youth.
Friends from Hebron are reporting that during Israel’s current brutal military round up in the area and the arrest of hundreds of alleged Hamas activists and supporters, the most interesting feature was not the behavior of the occupation army but the reaction of the local youth. One would have expected that such a massive military presence would terrorize the young men and women of Hebron, but, in fact, it was the exact opposite. Young Hebronites made fun of the soldiers and cursed them, calling them men without balls, cowards and provocatively raising in front of their faces the new three-fingers sign (for the three kidnapped Israelis).
It seems that fear is over for the new Palestinian generation, certainly in Hebron, but in other places too. In Ramallah, for example, Palestinian youth stoned an official PA building, in protest against the collaboration of the Palestinian police with the Israeli army in the arrests of Hamas activists.
In sharp contrast: At the same moment police of Mahmud Abbas were taking part in an Israeli round up against alleged Hamas activists, all throughout the West Bank. Let’s remember that in the last general as well as local elections, that Hamas received more votes than the party of President Abbas. President? Mahmud Abbas’ mandate has been over for several years.
Unlike the great Palestinian intellectual Edward said, I never labeled Palestinian leadership as collaborators…. more.. e-mail

No such thing as ’half-and-half’: On mixed Mizrahi-Ashkenazi identity 
Itamar Toby (Taharlev), translated from Hebrew by Maayan Goldman, +972 Magazine 6/28/2014
The melting pot’s favorite category, ‘mixed,’ doesn’t pass the test of reality: in Israel, banal characteristics like one’s last name, appearance and place of residence, continue to dictate one’s opportunities in life and create an ethnic identity, concerning both class and culture. On Talia Sagiv’s book.
“I don’t like definitions. When people assume I’m Ashkenazi I’ll say I’m not. I don’t hide my Mizrahiness. I’m not relieved when people think I’m Ashkenazi. But I also won’t try to highlight the fact that I have a Mizrahi side.” (p. 130)
On the Fault Line: Israelis of Mixed Ethnicity, a new book by Dr. Talia Sagiv of the Hebrew University (Hakibbutz Hameuchad publishing), deals with the offspring of what are called “mixed 
marriages.” To this day, the myth of mixed marriage has been used as the ultimate weapon of proactive Ashkenazim in the ethnicity debate: the joker card, drawn to silence the oppression of 
Mizrahim. And here, a doctoral student who was originally trying to prove that there’s no such thing and that “everybody’s marrying everybody nowadays,” manages to deconstruct – from deep within – 
one of the most successful arguments that historically assisted in nurturing that oppression, mainly against whoever is not white, male and secular.
“My brothers changed their names, they turned Toubul to Tal, and I hate it.” (p. 116)
No doubt – the book’s publication isn’t going to be easy for missionaries of the “everybody’s marrying everybody today and there’s no such thing anymore, so be quiet” argument…. more.. e-mail

Federal Court Dismisses All Charges Against Dr. Sami Al-arian 
Jonathan Turley, Jonathan Turley’s blog 6/27/2014
It is with a great sense of relief and thankfulness that I can now report that all charges have been dropped against my client Dr. Sami Al-Arian. Minutes ago, United States District Judge Anthony J. Trenga signed the order dismissing the indictment against Dr. Al-Arian. The case was before Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, but it was Judge Trenga who signed the order on Friday afternoon.
I have represented Dr. Al-Arian for roughly eight years as we fought for his deportation and the dismissal of these charges. We have litigated the case from the 11th Circuit to the 4th Circuit to the Supreme Court and back again. It has been a long and difficult road for the Al-Ari
an family.
In September 2004, Dr. Sami Amin Al-Arian was charged, along with various co-defendants, in a 53-count Superseding Indictment. Following a highly publicized six-month trial in 2005, Dr. Al-Arian was acquitted on eight counts and the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the remaining nine counts. There were only two jurors who voted against acquitting Dr. Al-Arian of all of the remaining counts.
As the government considered whether to bring charges against Dr. Al-Arian on the remaining counts, the parties began to negotiate a plea agreement. As a result of these negotiations, Dr. Al- Arian executed a written plea agreement on February 28, 2006. Pursuant to this agreement, Dr. Al-Arian committed to pleading guilty to Court 4 of the Superseding Indictment. The narrative of this count largely dealt with a statement that Dr. Al- Arian made to a reporter and his support with an immigration matter for a person “associated” with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). The count notably did not admit to any of the core terrorism charges levied against him regarding alleged leadership in PIJ and the other terrorism acts. Dr. Al-Arian was sentenced to a 57-month term of imprisonment on May 1, 2006. more.. e-mail

Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbour’s Beat-up Car
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Jun 2014 – For those who spent childhoods in Gaza, the spiritual month of abstinence provokes reflection on how it enabled Palestinians to uncover the collective strength of their beleaguered community When I was a child, I obsessed with socialism. It was not only because my father was a self-proclaimed socialist who read every book that a good socialist should read, but also because we lived in a refugee camp in Gaza under the harshest of conditions. Tanks roamed the dusty streets and every aspect of our lives was governed by a most intricate Israeli “civil administration” system – a less distressing phrase for describing military occupation. Socialism was then an escape to a utopian world where people were treated fairly; where children were not shot and killed on a daily basis; where cheap laborers were no longer despairing men fighting for meager daily wages at some Israeli factory or farm; and where…more

So, You Think you Know Iraq?
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Jun 2014 – By Hussein Al-alak After a near decade long occupation of Iraq, you would have thought that some people, within British political circles, would have learned something about the country, which they sent troops in to occupy back in 2003. You could also be mistaken to think, that Britain played no part in a decade long No Fly Zone, which was established over Iraq after the First Gulf War, or that Britain had no role in either imposing or maintaining the UN Sanctions, which devastated Iraq after the invasion of Kuwait. Such is the absence of quality in the current debate on Iraq, that absent is the presence of British observers in the first elections, to nominate a Government for the Kurdish Autonomous Region, after the 1991 failed US/UK backed uprising to remove Saddam Hussain from power. The clear absence of such minor details, which any self respecting sociologist or politician…more

US Presbyterians under Pressure for Doing Their Christian Duty
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Jun 2014 – By Stuart Littlewood I’ve been reprimanded for being too critical of the Presbyterian Church (USA) which has taken 10 years and 5 general assemblies to deal with its objectionable investments, and then only by the narrowest of voting margins. An email arrived this morning urging me to “show some love to Presbyterians coming under attack for divesting”. Of course I warmly congratulate the 310 delegates who voted for divestment, but the 303 who apparently still think it’s OK for the Church to invest its money in companies that profit from Israel’s illegal occupation of the Holy Land get no hugs and kisses from me. I expect better from a major Christian church with nearly 2 million members. I expect it to be able to tell right from wrong and not drag their feet while defenseless Christian communities suffer horribly in the land where Christianity was born. Winning the vote relied…more

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