VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 3 July 2014: On Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbor’s Beat up Car

3 July 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli Troops Placed Near Gaza Border
IMEMC – A number of Israeli reinforcements have been near the border with Gaza, following last night’s round of airstrikes and rocket fire. …

Clashes Renew In Shu’fat
IMEMC – Occupied Jerusalem – More clashes took place as Israeli soldiers invaded Shu’fat neighborhood, once again, on Thursday evening, and clashed with dozens of local youth. …

At Least Ten Injured In Israeli Strikes On Gaza
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources have reported that at least ten Palestinians have been injured, on Thursday at dawn, in a series of Israeli air strikes targeting different parts of the besieged Gaza Strip. …

PCHR Statement On Abduction And Murder Of Palestinian Child
IMEMC – In Heinous Crime by Israeli Settlers, Palestinian Child Kidnapped, Tortured and Killed and His Body Mutilated in Occupied Jerusalem. …

Soldiers Kidnap Five In Nablus, One In Jenin
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Thursday at dawn, five Palestinians in the Nablus district, and one Palestinian in Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank. …

Ma’an News

11 injured in multiple Israeli airstrikes on Gaza
7/3/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Eleven Palestinians were injured overnight Wednesday as Israel attacked 15 targets in the Gaza Strip, medics said. Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said 11 Palestinians were hospitalized following multiple airstrikes, including a 17-year-old boy who sustained shrapnel wounds near Gaza City. Another airstrike targeted a Hamas training base west of Gaza City, with an elderly woman and teenage…. Related: Israel moves troops toward Gaza border after rocket fire and Army: 3 rockets fired from Gaza strike southern Israel

Palestinian man shot, critically injured near Jerusalem
7/3/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Four Palestinians were injured early Thursday, including one critically, in clashes with Israeli forces in the Jerusalem town of Anata, medics said. Medical sources told Ma’an that a young man was in a critical condition in hospital after being shot in the head by Israeli forces during clashes in the town overnight. Three other men suffered minor injuries. An….

Israel detains 13 in West Bank, 2 charities shut down
7/3/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 13 Palestinians and closed down two charities in the West Bank overnight Wednesday as part of a manhunt to find two men accused of kidnapping and killing three Israeli youths. In Beit Kahlil, Israeli forces used explosives to blow open the main door of an Islamic charity and emptied all of the contents onto a military truck. Palestinian….

Israeli forces detain Hamas members in Nablus, Jenin
7/3/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – In an ongoing arrest campaign across the West Bank, Israeli forces stormed several neighborhoods districts in the northern West Bank and detained eight Hamas activists Thursday. Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Israeli troops stormed the village of Tel west of Nablus and detained 48-year-old Imad Mousa Rihan from his home. Israeli forces also raided the village of….

Israeli authorities to confiscate 16 dunams near Nablus
7/3/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities issued confiscation orders for 16 dunams of Palestinian land west of Nablus, a Palestinian official said Thursday. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity, said the Israel’s civil administration informed residents that 16 dunams of land near Deir Sharif will be confiscated for military purposes. [END]

Ministry: 640 Palestinians detained during arrest campaign
7/3/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Over 640 Palestinians have been detained during an arrest campaign launched by Israel following the disappearance of three Israeli youths on June 12, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said this week. The figures include 59 prisoners released in the 2011 exchange deal for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, and 11 members of the Palestinian parliament. Over 170 of those detained….

Clashes resume in Jerusalem’s Shufat area
7/3/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Clashes re-eruptedbetween Israeli soldiers and Palestinians Thursday in Shufat in east Jerusalem. Israeli soldiers shot rubber-coated bullets, tear-gas canisters and stun grenades at youths, while the youths threw rocks and empty bottles and shut nearby streets with garbage containers. A complete strike was observed all dayin Shufat. Medic Iyad Abu Sneineh said 13 people were injured during the renewed clashes. Medical….

Israel moves troops toward Gaza border after rocket fire
7/3/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s army said Thursday it has moved a small number of reinforcements toward the border with Gaza, following an uptick in rocket fire and airstrikes overnight. The deployment also comes amid rising tension after a Palestinian boy was kidnapped and killed, apparently in revenge for the murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank.”We are moving and we have…. Related: Army: 3 rockets fired from Gaza strike southern Israel and 11 injured in multiple Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

Army: 3 rockets fired from Gaza strike southern Israel
7/3/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Three rockets fired from the Gaza Strip struck the Sderot area late Thursday, an Israeli army spokesman said. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage. [END]

Hamas calls on Palestinians to join ‘Shufat revolution’
7/4/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas called Thursday upon all Palestinians to engage in “the revolution of Shufat” with every possible tool in their power to aid the resistance. Hamas said in a statement that “our people in occupied Jerusalem started a huge revolution against the Israeli occupation and settlers.” Fawzi Barhoum said that “the revolution of Shufat” and its intifada show that all the….

Thousands of Israelis join online hate campaign
7/3/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Thousands of Israeli soldiers and civilians have joined social media campaigns calling for the murder of Palestinians since the discovery of three missing Israeli youths on Monday. Hundreds of photos have been posted on Facebook accounts and Twitter calling for revenge following the killing of three Israeli teens who went missing on June 12. A Facebook page entitled “The People of….

Israelis deny Palestinian minister entry to northern Jordan Valley
7/3/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – Israeli forces on Thursday denied Palestinian minister of agriculture Shawqi al-Ayasa entry to the northern Jordan Valley where he was scheduled to meet with farmers in the village of Furush Beit Dajan. Head of the local council of Beit Dajan Nasr Abu Jeish told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers stationed at Hamra checkpoint denied al-Ayasa entry through the checkpoint. The….

Palestinian coroner to attend autopsy of Shufat teenager
7/3/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian coroner from Al-Quds University will attend the autopsy for 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir on Thursday, relatives of the murdered teen told Ma’an. Abu Khdeir, 16, was kidnapped and killed early Wednesday in a suspected act of revenge for the killing of three Israeli youths. The family demanded that a Palestinian coroner be present during the autopsy….

Debate, dissent, and divisive politics: Boycott as academic freedom
7/3/2014 – Heike Schotten is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she teaches political theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. She has been active in the Palestine solidarity movement since 2006. – It started out like every other university’s response. Or, at least, that’s how it seemed at the time. As you may recall, last December, the American….

1 killed, 2 injured in Gaza family feud
7/3/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was killed and two others injured on Thursday in a family feud in the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, medics said. A man was taken to hospital with multiple stab wounds and later pronounced dead, medics said, with two others treated for injuries. Palestinian police are investigating the incident. [END]

US: Iraq forces likely need help to regain territory
7/3/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The US military’s top officer said Thursday that Iraqi forces had strengthened their defenses around Baghdad but would need outside help to eventually regain territory lost to Sunni militants. Asked if Iraqi troops could take back lost ground, General Martin Dempsey, told a news conference: “Probably not by themselves.”[END]

Iraq Kurd chief asks MPs to organize independence vote
7/3/2014 – ARBIL, Iraq (AFP) — Massud Barzani, the president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, on Thursday asked its parliament to start organising a referendum on independence. Parliament should make “preparations to begin to organize a referendum on the right of self-determination,” Barzani said, according to a recording obtained by AFP of his remarks made in the closed session. [END]


Israel sends troops to border with Gaza
AlJazeera 3 Jul 2014 – Tanks and artillery movement raises possibility of expanded military operation in Palestinian territory.

Shocked Palestinian family waits to bury son
AlJazeera 3 Jul 2014 – Family of a Palestinian teen murdered this week blames Israeli government for suspected revenge attack.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

In Heinous Crime by Israeli Settlers, Palestinian Child Kidnapped, Tortured and Killed and His Body Mutilated in Occupie…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Complaint submitted to the United Nations concerning the military detention of Palestinian human rights defender under Israel’s repressive protest law
7/3/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Kufr Qaddum, Occupied Palestine – Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR) and Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Addameer) submitted a joint complaint today to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders (UNSR) concerning the arrest and continued pre-trial Israeli military detention of the Palestinian human rights defender, Mr Murad Shtaiwi (also spelt Eshtewi….

Israel must be held accountable for its collective punishment of Palestinians
7/3/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Palestinian BDS National Committee, Ramallah, Occupied Palestine – Palestinian organisations condemn Israeli operations in West Bank and Gaza as collective punishment – Palestinians call for military embargo and boycott action – Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists have are urging governments and international civil society to take action to hold Israel to account for its continued collective punishment of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza following….

Israeli forces attack mosque in village near Salfit, detaining and beating a child
7/3/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Nablus Team, Qarawat Bani Hassan, Occupied Palestine – At 9 o’clock in the evening of July 2nd, Israeli forces invaded the small Palestinian village of Qarawat Bani Hassan, approximately 10 km northwest of Salfit in the northern half of the West Bank. They approached the mosque in the center of town and fired tear gas and stun grenades inside. One witness described the scene as follows:”There were….

Relief Web

World: Irish Aid Annual Report 2013: Delivering real changes in the lives of some of the poorest people and communities in the world
Relief Web 3 Jul 2014 – Source: Irish Aid Country: Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Ireland, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, occupied Palestinian territory, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Syrian Arab Republic, Timor-Leste, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe Minister Costello highlights results at…

occupied Palestinian territory: UNICEF Statement on violence against children in Jerusalem and the West Bank
Relief Web 3 Jul 2014 – Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: occupied Palestinian territory NEW YORK, 2 July 2014 – “The justified outrage at the killing of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem today, and that seen at the funerals yesterday of three young Israelis murdered in…

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestin11 hurt in Gaza raids, rockets strike Israeli houses
Relief Web 2 Jul 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 07/03/2014 08:20 GMT JERUSALEM, July 3, 2014 (AFP) – Eleven Palestinians were wounded Thursday when Israel pounded targets in Gaza as militants kept up a volley of cross-border fire, with rockets hitting two…

The National

Brazil police suspect Fifa figure in illegal ticket sales
The National 3 Jul 2014 – Investigators seek help from football governing body to identify source of tickets sold at inflated rates.

Iran nuclear talks enter final push as deadline looms
The National 3 Jul 2014 – The cost of failure could be high. If diplomacy falls short, the risk of Israeli air strikes on Iranian nuclear sites could rise, and with it the threat of a wider Middle East war.

Curfew imposed in Myanmar’s second city after Buddhist-Muslim unrest
The National 3 Jul 2014 – Two men, one Buddhist and one Muslim, were killed in violence that continued for a second day.

All eyes on Al Qaeda master bombmaker as airport security concerns grow
The National 3 Jul 2014 – Experts say that if anyone could be behind the threat it’s Al Asiri, a 32-year-old Saudi believed to be hiding out with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen

Terror alert: US, UK airports ramp up security amid ‘stealth’ bomb fears
The National 3 Jul 2014 – This comes amid fears that Islamist groups are developing a new generation of hard-to-detect “stealth” bombs that could evade existing scans and slip onto planes undetected.

Israel boosts Gaza forces amid clashes after teen killings
The National 3 Jul 2014 – In east Jerusalem’s Shuafat neighbourhood, masked Palestinians hurled stones and fireworks at Israeli police and sent burning car tyres rolling along streets in a second day of protest over the kidnap and murder of a 17-year-old Palestinian teenager.

Man denies trying to murder three Emirati sisters in horror London attack
The National 3 Jul 2014 – Philip Spence, 32, is charged with attacking them with a hammer in their room at the Cumberland Hotel, central London, on April 6.

Saudi deploys 30,000 troops to border with Iraq: Al Arabiya TV
The National 3 Jul 2014 – The Dubai-based Al Arabiya said on its website that Saudi troops fanned into the border region after Iraqi government forces abandoned positions, leaving the Saudi and Syrian frontiers unprotected.

Sunni militants free 32 Turkish truck drivers in Iraq
The National 3 Jul 2014 – Militants from the extremist group now calling itself the Islamic State seized the truck drivers on June 9 in Mosul.

Global Talk: Will the caliphate lead to Iraq’s partition?
The National 3 Jul 2014 – Iraqi-British analyst Aymenn Jawad Al Tamimi speaks to Global Talk about the declaration of a caliphate by the Islamic State and what it means for Iraq.

Turin is a city that’s undergone an Italian Renaissance
The National 3 Jul 2014 – My kind of place: From Egyptian history to chocolate culinary delights, the revitalised city has unlikely charms, writes Miret Padovani.

Kuwait police break up opposition rally with teargas
The National 3 Jul 2014 – Thousands protested over the detention of former MP Musallam Al Barrak, who was held for insulting the judiciary.

Philippines urges its Muslims to postpone Haj amid Mers fears
The National 3 Jul 2014 – About 6,500 Filipinos who are set to join the annual Haj pilgrimage in October have been urged to go next year instead.

My life in Mogadishu: the view from inside the Villa Somalia
The National 3 Jul 2014 – After decades of civil war, Somalia was in a state of virtual anarchy. Justin Marozzi, in Mogadishu for 14 months as a government adviser, saw its tentative steps to a new future.

US seeks more security at some foreign airports
The National 3 Jul 2014 – officials in the past have raised concerns about non-metallic explosives being surgically implanted inside a traveler’s body, designed to be undetectable in pat-downs or metal detectors.

Palestinian family mourns their ‘baby’ amid revenge attack claims
The National 2 Jul 2014 – A body believed to be that of Mohammed Abu Kdheir’s was found in a forest on Wednesday, sparking street battles with Israeli forces and raised fears of a new cycle of Israeli-Palestinian violence after the bodies of three Israeli youths were discovered on Monday. 


Iran can only keep ‘fraction’ of centrifuges in deal
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

LIVE UPDATES: Friday prayers loom in riot-torn Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, father of Jewish Renewal, dies at 89
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

Israel offers Hamas one last out before hitting hard
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

Israeli trade with Turkey on track to reach record
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

IDF soldiers jailed over Facebook calls for revenge against Arabs
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

IDF planning to demolish homes of dozens of Palestinian militants in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

Bulldoze the Jewish terrorists’ homes
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

IDF’s Twitter account hacked: ‘Rockets hit Dimona nuclear facility’
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

Tel Aviv protesters blast calls for revenge against Arabs
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

LIVE UPDATES: Rocket barrage hits southern Israel
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

12 more EU countries warn against trade with Israeli settlements
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

The dark side of the shnitzel: A look at Israel’s many markets
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

BDS bursts SodaStream’s U.K. bubble
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

In the wake of tragedy, tweeting as prayer
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

Rand Paul cites murder of three Israeli boys in push to cut off aid to PA
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

Indyk: Peace talks failed due to ‘deep loathing’ between Abbas, Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

Israeli universities to reprimand Arab students over ‘pro-kidnapping’ posts
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

Newborn triplets in New York named after murdered Israeli boys
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

IDF mobilizes troops to Gaza front, but calls for quiet with Hamas
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

UN human right chief condemns Gaza rockets, Israeli strikes
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

Israel boycott could harm Palestinian cause, says Noam Chomsky
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

Twenty years ago, the Messiah didn’t come
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

Russia exercises UNSC veto – against House of Cards
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

The old Mideast peace paradigm is dead; this is the new one
Ha’aretz – 3 Jul 2014

China bans state-employees, students from observing Ramadan in Muslim Northwest
Ha’aretz – 2 Jul 2014

U.S. and Israel agree to share tax information
Ha’aretz – 2 Jul 2014

60 homes evacuated in second Jerusalem fire in a week
Ha’aretz – 2 Jul 2014

Jerusalem Post

The national unity myth
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – Unless dramatic changes are made in the political and diplomatic conduct, more kidnappings and murders are bound to take place. 

Know Comment: Five minutes
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – Global double standards, callousness and hypocrisy regarding Israel were on full display this week. 

Savir’s corner: Thank you, America!
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – The United States is most probably the greatest success story of modern history. A country as close to it as Israel can profit by learning from its achievements. 

The POSTman Knocks Twice: A time to keep silent
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – It is the worst time to make decisions. Anger bubbles up. Anger takes over. Now is not the time to make fateful decisions. 

As I See It: Crocodile tears over the cult of death
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – Western leaders give a free pass to the Palestinians – who know that, as far as the West is concerned, they can kidnap and murder Israeli children with impunity. 

Barrage of rocket and mortar fire from Gaza hits South, IDF soldier injured by shrapnel
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – More than ten rockets, mortar shells hit Israel in less than one hour; Hamas warns Israel against launching wide scale operation in Gaza, threatens to hit unexpected targets in Israel. 

Shabbat compromise
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – Shabbat is a reflection of the Jewish people’s unique culture and should be given substance consensually by secular and religious Israelis. 

‘Murder of Arab teen reminiscent of Jewish custom of baking matzas with blood’
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – MEMRI report quotes editor of Hamas newspaper explaining that the Jews have adopted the ideology of the Nazis. 

Arabs clash with police in Jerusalem as autopsy completed on slain youth
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – Rioters in east Jerusalem lightly injure police officer; autopsy on Muhammad Abu Khdeir carried out by Israelis, Palestinians. 

IDF imprisons soldiers for taking part in online calls for ‘revenge’
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – Army says that the soldiers involved were put in army prison for acting “in violation of military orders.” 

Jewish group cuts funding for Kiev office over criticism of Putin
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – Office head Zissels was outspoken against Russia’s actions in Ukraine and co-signed a letter accusing Putin of abusing anti-Semitism concerns. 

This Week in History: Last British soldier sails, marking end of Mandatory Palestine
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – Premium special: A glimpse into historical moments in Israeli news from this week in ‘The Jerusalem Post’ front covers. 

‘Next 24 hours will show if Hamas gets the message,’ senior security source says
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – IDF increases preparedness in case Hamas fails to heed Israel’s call for quiet. 

Israeli date expert boosting productivity at Coachella Valley orchard in California
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – American farm still largely relied on obsolete methods for date growth until Moshe Kirat came on the scene. 

Conversion bill scheduled to come to vote in committee Monday, coalition tensions likely
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – Bill seeks to increase access to conversion courts for candidates, allow municipal chief rabbis to establish conversion courts. 

Poll: Bayit Yehudi gains at Likud’s expense
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – 62% of those surveyed favor of air strikes against Hamas, 23% want ground invasion, six percent call for complete restraint. 

Sderot high school students take matriculation exams amid falling rockets
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – “The matriculation exam was stressful – both because of the material and also because of the Kassams,” said one student. 

Study finds Elkin, Struck most effective MKs for Right
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – Haredi MKs singled out for poor showing; Likudniks with poorest grades were Ophir Akunis, Gila Gamliel, Haim Katz, President-elect Reuven Rivlin. 

GI Joe and Barbie, meet Menachem Begin and Golda Meir
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – Asaf Harari, an Israeli graphic designer from Yavne, has introduced a new line of historical action figures from Zionist lore. 

IDF initiates limited deployment of forces toward Gaza amid increased rocket fire
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – Total of 18 rockets hit Israel since midnight; building hit in Sderot used as a nursery for infants; IDF source: Quiet will be answered with quiet. 

Chomsky says BDS tactics won’t work, may be harmful to Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – MIT linguist accused Israel of committing crimes that are “far worse” than those perpetrated by apartheid South Africa. 

Detecting cancer with a mobile phone
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – ‘We made a commitment that we were going to build a company that saves as many lives as quickly as possible…’ – CEO Ariel Beery 

White dinner in the White City
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – The world’s classiest pop-up dinner club, originally from Paris, comes to Israel for the first time. 

Majority must speak out against racism, Rivlin says
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – Bennett: I won’t be silenced by complaints about extremism, no intention of apologizing. 

Away from his ‘Homeland’
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – Gideon Raff’s new series ‘Tyrant,’lacks complexity. 

Willpower and a supportive family
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – Day is one of 3 Israeli professional racing drivers and was the one who made the initial breakthrough and has become a full-fledged racer. 

Bnei Akiva secretary general calls for ‘blood of enemy,’ subsequently apologizes
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – Chief Rabbi David Lau speaks out against calls for revenge, says it goes against Judaism in terms of morality, values, and Jewish law. 

Jewish family escapes from Syria, arrives safely in Israel
Jerusalem Post 3 Jul 2014 – The rescue was organized by an Israeli-American humanitarian activist with the help of Syrian opposition leaders, the Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Absorption. 

The Guardian

Murdered Palestinian teenager’s family says new footage shows his abduction
The Guardian 3 Jul 2014 – Claims that Mohamed Abu Khdeir was targeted by Israeli extremists in revenge attack appear to be bolstered by video New video footage has emerged which the family of a Palestinian teenager abducted and murdered earlier this…

Palestinian teenager Mohamed Abu Khdeir’s abduction ‘caught on CCTV’ video 
The Guardian 3 Jul 2014 – CCTV footage appears to show the kidnapping of Palestinian teenager Mohamed Abu Khdeir in East Jerusalem, before his brutal murder. The 17-year-old’s badly burned body was found in a forest on the western side of the…

Israeli-Palestinian tensions escalate after teenager’s death – video
The Guardian 3 Jul 2014 – The aftermath of Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip overnight on Thursday. Clashes continued late into the night in East Jerusalem after the discovery on Wednesday of the body of a 17-year-old Palestinian boy, Mohammed…


The First Iraq War Was Also Sold to the Public Based on a Pack of Lies
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – Polls suggest that Americans tend to differentiate between our “good war” in June 27, 2014 – Iraq – “Operation Desert Storm,” launched by George HW Bush in 1990 – and the “mistake” his son made in 2003.Across the ideological spectrum,…

Saudi Prisoner Muhammad Al-Zahrani Seeks Release from Guantánamo via Periodic Review Board
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 27, 2014- Last week, largely unnoticed in the mainstream media, a Periodic Review Board (PRB) took place – at a military location in Virginia – for Muhammad Murdi lssa al-Zahrani, one of the last Saudi nationals held in the…

Palestinian schoolchildren terrorized by settler vigilantes, soldiers
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 27, 2014 – Perched on a hill in Israeli-controlled Hebron, across from the Beit Hadassah settlement, Qurtaba School is where 157 Palestinian boys and girls, ages 7 to 16, study. Its windows are covered with metal netting to protect…

I was a Zionist till I was 64. I want to hit myself (Video) 
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 27, 2014 – 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…

Iran warns Iraqi Kurds on independence
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 27, 2014 – Iran warned the Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani for calling for the division of Iraq in a 25 June statement released by Iran s foreign ministry spokeswoman. The statement is a message from Iran that…

Greenwald: NSA is attack on our dissent
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 27, 2014 – “Good people don t hide; bad people have to hide because they are planning evil things like trying to bomb this auditorium,” said Glenn Greenwald during a presentation at Carnegie Hall in New York City earlier…

Iraq: What is happening now is a general uprising with broad support of the population. 
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 27, 2014 – Based on independent social media and the testimony of Iraqis living inside and outside Iraq, the Iraq Tribunal reports the following information: 1. The military success of the insurrection and the collapse of the armed forces…

The bigoted rants of Shmuley Boteach, America s rabbi 
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 27, 2014 – If any gentile in America wrote about Jews the way he just wrote about Presbyterians – for any reason – he or she would be ostracized from public life for good. So many pro-Israel Jews are…

Gaza mothers face another Ramadan without their imprisoned sons
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 27, 2014 – Najat al-Agha, known as Um Diya, is in her sixties and shows up every week outside the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza City. Every Monday, mothers, fathers, wives and children…

Israeli court extends Samer Issawi s detention
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 27, 2014 – Najat al-Agha, known as Um Diya, is in her sixties and shows up every week outside the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza City. Every Monday, mothers, fathers, wives and children…

Shin Bet conceals scale of Palestinian detainees prevented from seeing lawyers
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 27, 2014 – The case of six Arab minors being prevented from meeting their lawyers after being arrested on suspicion of involvement in the killing of a young Israeli has revealed how easily the Israeli police and General Security…

The Elements of Iranian Intervention to Support Nuri Al-Maliki
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 27, 2014 – The announcement by the Iraqi government of a military team of American advisors to start providing assistance to the Iraqi army forces through a joint operations room happened in parallel with the announcement of a similar…

Striking Gaza health workers throw down the gauntlet to Abbas
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 27, 2014 -In a heated press conference outside Gaza s Shifa Hospital on Thursday, striking Gaza health sector workers rejected any and all attempts by the so-called Palestinian Unity government to categorize the workforce into political factions in order…

American intervention is a duty in Iraq but forbidden in Syria 
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 27, 2014-The possibility of international intervention to end the massacres of the Syrian people led to a lot of anguished hand-wringing. Those who were against intervention have fallen silent over the issue of America stepping in to save Iraq…

Syria News – June 26 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 26, 2014 – By the end of Thursday the Coordination Committees were able to document 49 martyrs in Syria including : 8 Women,13 Children and 4 martyrs under torture : 18 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 14 in…

Military Resistance 12F13 This Side of Suicide
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 26, 2014 – An Iraqi army airstrike in the country s north killed at least seven civilians and wounded 12 more, residents said Sunday, further inflaming antigovernment sentiment among the country s Sunnis that insurgents are thriving on as…

Iraq snapshot – June 26, 2014 
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 26, 2014 – Chaos and violence continue, Barack s lack of plan gets noted, even John Kerry can t define the plan, allegations have been made that Iraq Body Count cut this month s total by half today because…

Bullet that killed Palestinian teen in use by Israel, says ballistics expert
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 26, 2014 – The bullet that killed a Palestinian teen is one that Israel commonly uses, according to a ballistics expert. The Electronic Intifada obtained photographs and measurements of the bullet that killed 17-year-old Nadim Nuwara during a protest…

Murdered by order of Barack Obama: eight innocent drone victims in Yemen
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – “A drone was hovering overhead all morning. There were one or two of them. One of the missiles hit the car. The car was totally burned. Four other cars were also struck. When we stopped, we heard the drone fire….

Iraq s prime minister welcomes Syrian airstrikes, ISIS fighters reportedly an hour from Baghdad
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 26, 2014 – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told the British Broadcasting Corporation on Thursday that he welcomed Syrian airstrikes against radical Sunni militants on the border between Syria and Iraq.”There was no coordination involved, but we welcome this…

Strategic games in Iraq
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 26, 2014 – …In an exclusive interview with the Weekly, Ibrahim Nawwar, Senior Political Advisor to the UN Mission in Baghdad, said, “Shia leaders with whom I met in Iraq told me, “Rid us of the Kurds. They want…

Barrel Bombs: A tool to force displacement in Eastern Aleppo
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 26, 2014 – Barrel bombs have most famously been used in Aleppo. Indeed, it is by far the most frequent location in which they are used, and by far the location in which they cause the greatest casualties. Since…

The Gulf and Iraq
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 26, 2014 – Hatem Al-Suleiman, head of the Tribes Revolutionary Council in Iraq, a local group, has lent his weight to the charge levelled by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki that the Gulf countries and Saudi Arabia in particular…

Qatar s annus horribilis
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 26, 2014 – What a difference a year makes in the Middle East. One year ago this week, Qatar s emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, handed over power to his son Sheikh Tamim, joining a short but…

Washington Post conflates anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism 
Uruknet 3 Jul 2014 – June 26, 2014 – The Washington Post has run an interesting (and perhaps important) piece on the alleged rise of anti-Semitism in France: “A new anti-Semitism rising in France.” Perhaps some of what is reported is very real (I assume…

Daily Star

Bomb blast in Egypt train wounds five: security officials
Daily Star 3 Jul 2014 A bomb blast in a train in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Thursday wounded five people, security officials said, as police crushed protests marking the anniversary of the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.

Egypt army says 17 jihadists killed in Sinai
Daily Star 3 Jul 2014 Egypt’s military said troops killed 17 jihadists in shoot-outs in the restive Sinai Peninsula Thursday, the anniversary of the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.

More people, less water mean rising food imports for Egypt
Daily Star 3 Jul 2014 In the northwest corner of the Nile Delta, Ibrahim Sharaf Al-Dein fires up his diesel-powered pump next to a murky canal only to watch it spew out a yellowish froth.

Israel warns Hamas against more violence as tension spikes
Daily Star 3 Jul 2014 Israel warned Hamas Thursday against any escalation in violence, reinforcing its border with Gaza amid continued Palestinian rocket fire and heightened tensions following the murder of three Israeli youths and a Palestinian teenager.

Merkel, Obama urge Moscow to ‘act on separatists’: Berlin
Daily Star 3 Jul 2014 Merkel, Obama urge Moscow to ‘act on separatists’: Berlin

US wants sharp reduction of Iran’s enrichment capacity: official
Daily Star 3 Jul 2014 Iran must drastically reduce its capacity to enrich uranium if it wants to reach a nuclear deal with six world powers that would lead to a gradual lifting of the crippling international sanctions on Tehran, a…

STL hears testimony from expert witness about Abu Adass
Daily Star 3 Jul 2014 The Special Tribunal for Lebanon heard testimony from Issam Mansour Thursday, an expert witness for the prosecution and a specialist in forensic science.

Obama’s bank comments not a signal of new rules: White House
Daily Star 3 Jul 2014 President Barack Obama’s recent comments on the need for more bank regulation were intended to underscore the need to keep close watch over market risks rather than to signal a new policy initiative, a White House…

Kurdish leader calls for independence referendum
Daily Star 3 Jul 2014 The leader of Iraq’s Kurdish north called on lawmakers in the self-rule region’s parliament to take the necessary steps toward holding a referendum on independence, a move that would likely spell the end of a unified…

AUB hospital wins international accreditation
Daily Star 3 Jul 2014 AUB medical center receives institutional accreditation from a leading US medical organization , becoming the first in Lebanon and fourth worldwide to obtain such recognition.

YNet News

Founder of Jewish Renewal movement dies at 89
YNet News, 3 Jul 2014 – ….

Hamas in Gaza preferable to ISIS in Gaza
YNet News, 3 Jul 2014 – Op-ed: This is probably the worst timing to talk about interests shared by Israel and Hamas. The heart says ‘never,’ but what does the mind say? ….

IDF: Number of haredi recruits down 50%
YNet News, 3 Jul 2014 – Within less than a year, number of ultra-Orthodox men joining military service has dropped by half. Groups promoting equal share of burden blame recently enacted draft law. ….

Jewish Jihad developing within us 
YNet News, 3 Jul 2014 – Op-ed: Jewish majority hopes Arab teen was not murdered by Jews, but there is a fear that racist rightist individuals have created a murderous cell with the help of certain rabbis’ evil spirit. ….

Netanyahu warns: If rockets continue, our troops will act forcefully
YNet News, 3 Jul 2014 – Hamas threatens to expand range of rockets; southern Israel was hit with over a dozen rockets; one soldier lightly wounded from shrapnel. ….

Al-Baghdadi: The man behind ISIS
YNet News, 3 Jul 2014 – ISIS leader trained under command of Musab al-Zarqawi, spent 4 years in US prison in Iraq; photos of mysterious leader remain scarce. ….

US wants sharp reduction of Iran’s enrichment capacity
YNet News, 3 Jul 2014 – ….

UN condemns Israeli, Palestinian attacks
YNet News, 3 Jul 2014 – ‘ utterly condemn these rocket attacks and more especially I condemn Israel’s excessive acts of retaliation,’ UN Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says…..

Netanyahu condemns murder of Palestinian teen
YNet News, 3 Jul 2014 – Prime minister promises to bring to justice those responsible for murder; ‘vigilantes have no place in our democracy.’ ….

Peres: ‘People engaged in incitement are not always aware where it can lead’
YNet News, 3 Jul 2014 – ….

IDF soldiers jailed for online images urging PM to let them ‘annihilate terrorists’
YNet News, 3 Jul 2014 – Soldiers from Netzah Yehuda Battalion were violating military discipline; other soldiers posted photos which read “the battalion demends revenge.” ….

Five dead in Cairo on anniversary of Morsi ouster
YNet News, 3 Jul 2014 – ….

Clashes resume in East Jerusalem: Protesters hurl stones at police
YNet News, 3 Jul 2014 – After a relatively quiet morning, protests over the dead of Arab teen resume in Shuafat; Yasam police wounded, treated on the scene. ….

Jewish family secretly smuggled into Israel from Syria
YNet News, 3 Jul 2014 – Nine members of a Syrian-Jewish family brought into Israel secretly in undercover mission. ‘They have no home but Israel,’ official involved mission tells Ynet. ….

Escalation scenario starting to fulfill itself
YNet News, 3 Jul 2014 – Analysis: With murderous terror attack in Judea and Samaria, rocket fire from Gaza and Jews seeking revenge, reality of past few weeks resembles scenario IDF has been preparing for. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas holds Netanyahu responsible for Abu Khudeir’s murder
PIC – Hamas Movement has accused Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu of issuing orders to the settlers for the kidnapping and killing of the Jerusalemite child Mohamed Abu Khudeir.

Palestinian civilians, Hamas affiliates rounded up, injured in IOF raid campaign
PIC – A wave of random mass abduction campaigns has been carried out by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) overnight Wednesday and early Thursday morning in different areas of the northern West Bank.

5 injuries reported during clashes in Surif town
PIC – At least 5 Palestinians were injured with live and rubber bullets during clashes that broke out at dawn Thursday in Surif town northwest of al-Khalil.

Hamas: Israel will pay heavy price if it dares launch aggression on Gaza
PIC – Hamas said that Palestinian resistance has its own strategy to respond to Israeli aggressions at any time it sets, saying that Israel’s threats would cost it a heavy price if they were implemented.

3 Palestinian refugees killed in war-torn Syria
PIC – Three Palestinian refugees were killed on Wednesday in different refugee camps in war-torn Syria, the Action group for the Palestinians of Syria documented.

10 Palestinian civilians wounded in Israeli air strikes on Gaza
PIC – Scores of Palestinian civilians sustained wounds at dawn Thursday following a wave of brutal airstrikes launched by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on different targets in the Gaza Strip.

Gaza ambulances out of service as fuel reserves hit zero
PIC – The Palestinian Health Ministry on Wednesday said most of Gaza ambulances have gone out of service as fuel reserves have almost hit zero.

Injuries reported as clashes erupt in OJ
PIC – Dozens were injured during clashes that erupted in occupied Jerusalem on Wednesday night and continued till dawn Thursday following the torturing and killing of Palestinian boy by Israeli settlers.


Israeli Forces Arrest 20, including Minors, in West Bank and Jerusalem
WAFA – 3 Jul 2014

Jewish Extremists Students Attack Arab Students at Safed College
WAFA – 3 Jul 2014

Over 640 Palestinians Arrested Since Beginning of Israeli Aggression
WAFA – 3 Jul 2014

Settler Shoots, Injures Palestinian
WAFA – 3 Jul 2014

Foreign Ministry Rejects Israeli Police Investigation into Killing of Abu-Khdeir
WAFA – 3 Jul 2014

Israelis Attempt to Kidnap Palestinian in Jerusalem
WAFA – 3 Jul 2014

Norwegian Foreign Ministry Condemns Killing of Teen, Demands Accountability of Perpetrators
WAFA – 3 Jul 2014

Spain Condemns Killing of Palestinian Teen by Settlers
WAFA – 3 Jul 2014

Israel to Build New Settlement near Hebron
WAFA – 3 Jul 2014

EU Condemns Settlers’ Killing of Palestinian Teen in Jerusalem
WAFA – 3 Jul 2014

Foreign Ministry Calls for Protecting Palestinians Following Cold-Blooded Murder of Teen
WAFA – 3 Jul 2014

Hague Condemns Murder of Palestinian Teen by Settlers
WAFA – 3 Jul 2014

UNICEF Condemns Killing of Palestinian Teen and 3 Israeli Settlers
WAFA – 3 Jul 2014

Israel Demolishes 20 Residential Sheds near Tubas
WAFA – 3 Jul 2014

ICRC Condemns Killing of Palestinian Teen by Settlers in Jerusalem
WAFA – 3 Jul 2014

Israel’s Bombardment on Gaza Leaves 10 Injured
WAFA – 3 Jul 2014

PEX Report: Index Slightly Up
WAFA – 2 Jul 2014


Scores of Sunni Militants Reported Killed by Iraqi Army
New York Times 3 Jul 2014 – The toughest fighting was in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, where residents said an intense bombing campaign by the Iraqi Army was underway in an effort to retake the city center. 

Listening Post: Martin Indyk Cites Israeli-Palestinian Distrust
New York Times 3 Jul 2014 – Martin S. Indyk, who resigned last week as special envoy for Israel-Palestinian negotiations, says skepticism is the reason peacemaking efforts have failed for decades. 

Iraqi Militants Release 32 Turkish Truck Drivers
New York Times 3 Jul 2014 – The drivers, who had been held for nearly a month, were handed over to security forces at the United Nations’ Mahmur camp in the Kurdish region of Iraq, Turkish officials said. 

Israel Mobilizing Forces Around Gaza
New York Times 3 Jul 2014 – Troops were sent after Palestinian militants were said to have fired about 30 rockets over 24 hours, amid tit-for-tat clashes and increasing tensions in Jerusalem. 

Flights to U.S. Face Scrutiny After Threats Are Reported
New York Times 2 Jul 2014 – The Department of Homeland Security said it would increase screening of passengers and cargo on United States-bound flights in response to threats from Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen. 

U.S. Vessel to Tote Poison Gas From Syria to Sea
New York Times 2 Jul 2014 – The cargo is part of a 1,300-ton stockpile of toxins removed from Syria under an international deal brokered last year and brought to Italy. 

After repeated calls for vengeance, Netanyahu urges Israelis to be ‘cool-headed’ and seek ‘justice’
Mondoweiss – As Allison Deger noted yesterday , Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statements on the day of the funeral for the three killed Israeli teens included vengeful language. That rhetoric is generating controversy in light of considerable Israeli violence directed at Palestinians. Even the Jewish Forward, a liberal Zionist newspaper in…

Pro-Israel Muslim-basher Adam Milstein at center of storm over funding of California student elections
Mondoweiss – Pro-Israel philanthropist Adam Milstein (far right) with Sheldon and Miriam Adelson and Milstein’s wife, Gila. (Photo: Facebook/Adam Milstein) In the run-up to student government elections at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2013, Avi Oved, a pro-Israel advocate on campus, sent off an e-mail…

SodaStream launches ‘mixologist’ competition as brand sags
Mondoweiss – SodaStream Yesterday SodaStream launched the Ultimate Mixologist Contest , challenging customers to create a “custom cocktail or mocktail recipe” along with a demo video. SodaStream of course produces seltzer-makers in an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank; and I’m thinking of variations on a Bloody Mary– since …

Liberal Zionists’ denial of Israeli racism heightens danger to ‘everyone living in this land’ — Blumenthal
Mondoweiss – In the last few days, as events in Israel and Palestine have turned so grim and full of suffering, the ideological battle between liberal Zionists and anti-Zionists has sharpened. For instance, MJ Rosenberg tweeted that this website is just rich Jews who don’t face any threat to…

A Selfie of the Potential Murderer as a Young Man
Mondoweiss – “To hate Arabs isn’t racism, it’s having values. #IsraelDemandsRevenge.” Posted to an Israeli Facebook page in the last 24 hours. Since the beginning of colonialism, it has been a cruel, cynical practice to push the native into a desperate position in which he creates brutal acts of…

Doubts raised about report Algeria will donate World Cup prize money to Gaza (Updated)
Mondoweiss – The Algerian national soccer team returns to a hero’s welcome in Algiers after being ousted from the World Cup by Germany. (Photo: Getty Images) Original Post under headline “Algeria to donate World Cup prize money to Gaza: ‘They need it more than us’”: It’s no secret…

Israeli Police Falsely Report Murdered Palestinian Boy Was Gay, Flooding Social Media with Disinformation
Tikun Olam – Father and mother of Mohamed Abu Khdeir mourn their son Yesterday night, I noticed several Israeli Facebook users infecting my feed with false claims that Mohamed Abu Khdeir , the 16 year-old who was murdered by suspected Jewish terrorists, was killed in an honor crime because he…

Israel moves forces near Gaza border 
BBC 3 Jul 2014 – Israel bolsters its military forces on its border with the Gaza Strip, amid heightened tensions with Palestinians over recent murders.

Israel must be held accountable for its collective punishment of Palestinians 
Global BDS 3 Jul 2014 – – Palestinian organisations condemn Israeli operations in West Bank and Gaza as collective punishment – Palestinians call for military embargo and boycott action Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists have are urging governments and international civil society to take action to hold Israel to account…

Elite Israel Army Unit Puts on $438K Show for New York Donor’s Bar Mitzvah Boy Son 
The Forward New 3 Jul 2014 – Members of the Israel Defense Forces’ elite counterterrorism units performed drills at a party for a wealthy New York donor whose son is celebrating his bar mitzvah. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt ‘failing’ on rights record 
BBC 3 Jul 2014 – Amnesty International warns Egypt is suffering a catastrophic decline in terms of human rights, a year after the military ousted President Morsi.

VIDEO: Anger flares after teenager’s murder 
BBC 3 Jul 2014 – There have been more clashes between the Israeli security forces and Palestinians, following the kidnap and murder of a Palestinian teenager in a suspected revenge attack, for the killings of three young Israelis.

Israel Launches Gaza Strikes as Rockets Rain 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Jul 2014 – Israeli air strikes wounded 15 people in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, local residents said, and militants kept up rocket fire on Israel, damaging two homes, in rising border tensions following the death of a Palestinian youth. Click here for the rest of the article…

World B’nei Akiva Chief Slammed for Bloody ‘300 Foreskins’ Revenge Call 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Jul 2014 – The secretary general of the World B’nei Akiva movement is under pressure to resign after he called for the murder of three Israeli teens to be avenged with blood. Click here for the rest of the article…

U.N. Rights Chief Suggests Israel To Blame for Revenge Killing of Palestinian 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Jul 2014 – The U.N. human rights chief condemned both Palestinians and Israelis for a flare up of violence across the Israel-Gaza border following the deaths of three abducted Jewish teens. Click here for the rest of the article…

Final round of Iran nuclear talks 
BBC 3 Jul 2014 – The final round of nuclear talks between Iran and six major powers begins in Vienna ahead of a deadline for a deal later this month.

Three Jews and a Palestinian — All Just Boys 
The Forward Editorial 3 Jul 2014 – EDITORIAL : The three murdered Israelis and one Palestinian apparent revenge attack victim were just boys. Turning them into icons will just lead to more violence and hatred. Click here for the rest of the article…

Isis rebels ‘hunting down opponents’ 
BBC 3 Jul 2014 – Isis rebels in Iraq have been methodically hunting down non-Sunnis and those opposed to the militants, refugees from rebel-held towns tell the BBC.

UK planned to train Syrian rebels 
BBC 3 Jul 2014 – The UK drew up plans to train and equip a 100,000-strong Syrian rebel army to defeat President Bashar al-Assad, BBC Newsnight has learned.

Congress will weigh in on murder of Israeli youths 
Al-Monitor 3 Jul 2014 – A look at the Middle East issues Congress will be addressing the week of July 7.

Remembering the past: Bangladeshi fighters for Palestine of the 1980s 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jul 2014 – Volunteers from Bangladesh fighting with Palestinians in Beirut, Lebanon 1982. (Photo: Magnum Photos-Chris Steele Perkins) Volunteers from Bangladesh fighting with Palestinians in Beirut, Lebanon 1982. (Photo: Magnum Photos-Chris Steele Perkins) A photograph and a grave. These are two relics of a time, now mostly forgotten, of…

Suspected salafis target Tripoli bakery, cafe in Ramadan attacks 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jul 2014 – Suspected salafi extremists hurled grenades at two more establishments in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli Thursday that serve food during Ramadan fasting hours, one day after four people were wounded in a similar attack. A security source told Al-Akhbar that a hand grenade was tossed at…

Lebanon: How safe are Beirut’s hotels? 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jul 2014 – Tourists leave the Golden Tulip Hotel in the Hamra neighborhood of Beirut. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Tourists leave the Golden Tulip Hotel in the Hamra neighborhood of Beirut. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) After the recent wave of security incidents in hotels in Beirut, it has become apparent that…

Palestinian boy’s funeral delayed 
BBC 3 Jul 2014 – The funeral of a Palestinian teenager abducted and killed in Jerusalem is delayed as the authorities carry out a post-mortem examination.

Iraq’s Kurdish leader calls for independence vote 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jul 2014 – The president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish north asked the region’s parliament on Thursday to prepare the way for a referendum on independence, according to lawmakers who attended the closed session. Iraq’s five million Kurds, who have ruled themselves within Iraq in relative peace since the 1990s,…

Iraqi soldiers beat Bangladeshi workers for “sympathizing” with jihadis 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jul 2014 – Hundreds of Bangladeshi construction workers have been beaten and humiliated by soldiers in Iraq after becoming dragged into their host country’s sectarian conflict, two of their colleagues said Thursday. Some had their beards shaved off by the troops after being accused of sympathizing with Sunni insurgents…

Cairo blast kills two on Mursi ouster anniversary 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jul 2014 – Two men were killed in a bomb blast in Cairo on Thursday, security sources said, one of several explosions on the anniversary of the army’s removal of Egypt’s elected Islamist president Mohammed Mursi. The explosion occurred in a flat in Kerdasa, a western district of the…

Iraqi Kurdistan profile – Overview 
BBC 3 Jul 2014 – Provides an overview of Iraqi Kurdistan, including key events and facts about this autonomous region

Jordan rejects bid to reduce age of criminal responsibility to seven years old 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jul 2014 – The Jordanian parliament. (Photo: AFP) The Jordanian parliament. (Photo: AFP) Some Jordanian MPs somehow decided that childhood ends at the age of seven, introducing a bill to lower the age of criminal responsibility for juveniles to almost the same age school attendance begins to be compulsory,…

Russia banks on Syrian unity 
Al-Monitor 3 Jul 2014 – As Moscow grapples with the changes in the region, it continues to support an inclusive peace process in Syria.

Iraq militants release 32 Turkish truck drivers 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jul 2014 – A group of Turkish truck drivers, who were seized in Iraq by Islamist militants last month have been released and are now with Turkish officials in northern Iraq, an official in Ankara told Reuters on Thursday. The drivers had been abducted last month after Islamic State…

The resurgence of the United States’ favorite ‘native informant’ in Iraq 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 3 Jul 2014 – There exists a treasured class which flourishes in this world of raging empires – It is allowed to straddle its foreignness so long as it is in order to reaffirm Orientalist attitudes, and its members are often found crossing back and forth into and outside of…

VIDEO: Iraq refugees: Life during Ramadan 
BBC 3 Jul 2014 – With more than 20,000 Iraqis fleeing the conflict in Mosul, many refugees end up in camps in neighbouring Erbil.

Baghdadi vows revenge in announcing ‘Islamic State’ 
Al-Monitor 3 Jul 2014 – The newly-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, issued an audio recording in which he called on Muslims from around the world to immigrate to the caliphate.

Was Israeli public misled on abductions? 
Al-Monitor 3 Jul 2014 – A full recording of one of the murdered youth’s emergency call to Israeli police has led to speculation that Israeli government leaders believed the students were murdered soon after their kidnapping.

Bedouin take part in land raffle in Israeli town Yeruham 
Al-Monitor 3 Jul 2014 – The organizers of the land-plot raffle for the new Yeruham neighborhood did not expect to receive applications from central residents hoping to relocate to the south nor from neighboring Bedouins.

Al-Azhar graduates reject ISIS ‘caliphate’ 
Al-Monitor 3 Jul 2014 – In an interview with As-Safir, a professor from Al-Azhar University, Ahmad Karima, said the caliphate announced by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) does not follow the historic model of the caliphate.

Israel demolishes eight West Bank homes 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Jul 2014 – Israeli bulldozers destroyed eight houses early Thursday in a northeastern West Bank village, Palestinian media reported. News agency WAFA quoted mayor Sami Sadeq as saying that 20 bulldozers demolished the homes in the town of al-Aqabah. The homes were built using tin and burlap some 20…

Global jihadists recognize Islamic State 
Al-Monitor 3 Jul 2014 – After the announcement of the establishment of a caliphate, many world jihadist groups pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham — now known as the Islamic State — raising questions as to how much this will help the group expand.

Turkey assesses losses from Iraqi market 
Al-Monitor 3 Jul 2014 – Turkish officials, politicians and traders are trying to calculate Turkey’s losses in the Iraqi market after the ISIS takeover of Mosul and other Iraqi cities.

Raqqa province: Welcome to ISIS’ capital 
Al-Akhbar Politics 3 Jul 2014 – An image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Raqqa on June 30, 2014, allegedly shows a member of the IS (Islamic state) militant group parading in a street in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqqa. (Photo: AFP-Welayat Raqqa) An image made available by Jihadist…

Israeli social media becomes venue for incitement 
Al-Monitor 3 Jul 2014 – The murder of the three Israeli youths has led extremist groups to call for revenge over social media.

Iran remembers US downing of passenger plane 
Al-Monitor 3 Jul 2014 – On the anniversary of the downing of Iran’s Flight 655 by the United States, Iran still mourns the act of violence that played a major role in US-Iran hostility.

Egypt: How much has changed in a year? 
BBC 3 Jul 2014 – Egyptians’ views on how country has changed since fall of Morsi

Hamas denies link to murders of Israeli students 
Al-Monitor 3 Jul 2014 – A senior Palestinian officer working on the case of the murdered Israeli teen settlers said it was likely that they were killed shortly after being kidnapped.

Hard-line Fatah leader in running to succeed Mahmoud Abbas 
Al-Monitor 3 Jul 2014 – Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub has taken a harsher stance toward Israel throughout the tensions surrounding the murder of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers.

Iraq: Clashes in Karbala leave behind many questions 
Al-Akhbar Politics 3 Jul 2014 – Members of Iraqi security detain supporters of Sheikh Mahmud al-Hassani al-Sarkhi, following clashes in the shrine city of Karbala on July 2, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Sawaf) Members of Iraqi security detain supporters of Sheikh Mahmud al-Hassani al-Sarkhi, following clashes in the shrine city of Karbala on…

Lebanon heightens security measures as terrorist groups threaten more attacks 
Al-Akhbar Politics 2 Jul 2014 – An ISF officer stands outside the Ministry of Interior in Beirut. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) An ISF officer stands outside the Ministry of Interior in Beirut. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) As the Abdullah Azzam Brigades has threatened to carry out more terrorist attacks , and with the ongoing targeting…


On Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbor’s Beat up Car 
Ramzy Baroud, CounterPunch 7/2/2014
The Freedoms We Deserve
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 equality was not an abstract notion. But since Gaza had little in terms of ‘means of production’, our socialism was tailored to accommodate every lacking aspect of our lives. Freedom, justice and ending the occupation was our ‘revolutionary socialism’ around which we teenagers in the camp secretly organized and declared strikes on the walls of the camp in red graffiti, and quoted (or misquoted) Marx as we pleased, often times out of context.
And when it was time for prayer, we all went to the mosque. We simply didn’t see a contradiction, nor did we subscribe to (or cared to understand) the inherent conflict between socialist movements and institutionalized religion in the West. True, we declared solidarity with factory workers in Chicago and followed the news of union victories in Britain, but our socialism was mostly south-oriented. It was the revolutionary struggles of Guatemala, South Africa and Algeria that inspired our various socialist movements in Gaza and the rest of Palestine. Socialism was a call for freedom first, before it was a call for equitable salaries and improved work conditions.
There was little by way of western-styled ‘atheism’ in our refugee camp. Most of us prayed five times a day, communists and all. more.. e-mail

Debate, dissent, and divisive politics: Boycott as academic freedom 
Heike Schotten, Ma’an News Agency 7/3/2014
Heike Schotten is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she teaches political theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. She has been active in the Palestine solidarity movement since 2006.
It started out like every other university’s response. Or, at least, that’s how it seemed at the time. 
As you may recall, last December, the American Studies Association voted to uphold the academic boycott of Israeli universities. Although the ASA was not the first professional academic association to do so, their much-lauded (and, admittedly, much-castigated) decision has been widely viewed as a tipping point in the United States, both for the BDS movement as well as the larger public discourse surrounding Palestine/Israel. (I have discussed this momentous event in this column previously; see here for an excellent roundtable on the ASA boycott decision and its aftermath.)
In the wake of the ASA decision, however, college presidents and university administrators across the United States publicly, officially, and completely on the record, went totally berserk. 
First, there was the severing of institutional ties to the ASA, prominently led by Brandeis among other universities. 
Then came the seemingly endless condemnations of the ASA boycott resolution by college and university presidents. (Conservative legal blogger William A. Jacobson was keeping track of all of them for a minute there.)
The icing on the cake was the attempt by local legislators in New York, Maryland, and Illinois to pass bills that would suspend taxpayer funds for public universities if their faculty or departments endorsed the ASA boycott vote. All of the bills ultimately failed. — See also: SelectedWorks of C. Heike Schotten more.. e-mail

Israel and Iraqi Kurds: Gambling with ’moderate allies’ 
Victoria Fontan and Ahmad Moussa, Al Jazeera 7/3/2014
Israel’s recognition of Kurdish claims to independence is an act that perpetuates the denial of Palestinian rights.
For years, there has been speculation on the nature and scope of relations between Israel and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. But on June 29, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally set the record straight, saying his country would support the creation of a Kurdish state. This statement came on the heels of last week’s delivery to Israel of crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan, in defiance of the position of both the Iraqi central government and the United States.
The history of Kurdish and Israeli relations dates back to the 1960s and Israel’s apparent realisation that an independent Kurdish state could become what Netanyahu recently called a “moderate ally” in the region. 
“The Kurds have always thought that they were friends with Israel,” explains Khaider Domle, a peace-building expert at the University of Duhok, in Iraqi Kurdistan, “because there are lots of Kurdish Jews in Israel, and also many Jews in Kurdistan. We share a common history of being oppressed.”
Scores of individual initiatives celebrating these commonalities have sprung up on social media in the past few years. Since the fall of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 2003, there have been concrete collaborations, mostly in the security and development sectors.
In 2004, US journalist Seymour Hersh wrote that Israel, which had originally supported the US-led invasion of Iraq, had realised that the US could not win this war of occupation. Its Plan B was therefore to provide training to the Kurds, not only to help its US ally against a growing insurgency but also to continue forging a strong non-Arab alliance in the region. It was understood that this would clearly undermine Israel’s relationship with Turkey…. more.. e-mail

Is there a new map in the Middle East? 
Salim Nazzal, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 6/29/2014
The Blitzkrieg launched by “Daesh” and its allies was the biggest surprise perhaps in the inter events that beset the Middle East. There is a growing belief in the re
gion that these wars will lead to radical changes in the region. In the past hundred years two major developments changed the face of the Middle East. The first was in 1916, when the region was divided, and deprived of the right to self-determination promised by the allies to the Arabs, who stood with them in the war against the Ottoman Empire. The second is in 1948 when the state Israel was planted in the region against the will of the native Palestinians. However history has demonstrated the affinity between the 1916 division of the region, and the establishment of the state of Israel. 
What seems to be happening in the current events is a kind of a map to be drawn, not directly by the west but by the people of the region with their own blood.
And the fact that most of these conflicts take sectarian dimension makes it even more difficult. So even if there is a kind of a new map, it means that this new mines will be laid in the region could explode in later times.
The question is what is the role of Israel and America in these developments? It is a known fact that the U.S. strategy for the last half century was based on supporting Israel to remain the most powerful in the region, and to protect the oil for its interests. It has intervened in Iran and Iraq, and supported the oppressor regimes for that matter.
And in the recent history it is obvious that America since the invasion of Iraq has encouraged these conflicts to say the least. Every body in the Middle East remembers Gondolas’ rise words about the (creative chaos!). more.. e-mail

ramping up the sadism
In Gaza: 3 Jul 2014 – *June 29 photo from Gaza. photo: Fadi Badwan Unsurprisingly, one hears little to no news of Gaza these days, and utterly distorted news on Palestine in general. The ongoing manufactured crises that the 1.8 million Palestinians of Gaza have been suffering since at least 2006 is old news, their misery only now and then newsworthy. There are murmurs from the usual suspects in the Zionist state’s administration about those damn rockets from Gaza, with the vitriol of Lieberman flowing, calling to re-occupy Gaza. The thing is, while they did pull their roughly 8,000 colonists out in 2005, the Israelis never stopped occupying Gaza and, contrary to their obligations as an occupier, the various genocidal policies Israel has implemented over the years have served to further the ethnic cleansing of Palestine they have shown such talent for. The corporate media has ignored, under-reported, or distorted the following important news items on…more

Report: Investigation into Arafat’s Death to be Revived
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Jul 2014 – By Mamoon Alabbasi A French investigation looking into the death of former Palestinian president Yasser Arafat is reportedly being revived, after the emergence of new information suggesting Arafat may indeed have been poisoned. In December 2012, a French enquiry concluded that the Palestinian leader had not died of poisoning from polonium-210, as was suggested by an earlier Swiss finding. The French conclusion was given credence by the results of a separate Russian enquiry announced in the same month, which also denied foul play in the death of Arafat. However, doubts were cast on the objectivity of the Russian enquiry, which was alleged to be determined politically and not based on scientific evidence. The Palestinian president died in a hospital in France in November 2004, after being transferred from the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Palestinian officials accuse Israel of masterminding what they say was an assassination of…more

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