VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 8 July 2014

8 July 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Death Toll now 17 as Israel Targets Gaza
IMEMC – 5 killed seaside, sirens sound in Jerusalem Israeli airstrikes in northern Gaza have killed six Palestinians, this evening, now bringing the total deaths to 17, throughout Israel’s latest string of assaults on the Strip. Sirens have been reported to sound in Jerusalem, following 3 explosions. … 

Britain’s Largest Trade Union: Israel is an Apartheid State
IMEMC – EU Contributes €15.5 million payment of June salaries and pensions Britain’s largest trade union, “Unite”, has condemned Israeli crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories and stepped up to join the international campaign forhttp://www.imemc.org/newswire?search_text=boycott&button=Search+%3E%3E (BDS) against Israel. The EU has contributed €15.5 million to the Palestinian Authority for the payment of June salaries and pensions. …

BNC: Israeli Violations Must Lead to Real Consequences
IMEMC – 17 European governments recently published online guidance warning their citizens and businesses about risks involved in trade and other economic links with http://www.imemc.org/newswire?topic=israelisettlement. Measures are welcome but Israel’s persistent human rights violations must be met with more impacting consequences. …

Gaza Strike Against Ongoing Salary Neglect
IMEMC – 50,000 government employees in the Gaza Strip held a strike, today, in protest against salaries not yet received. … 

Israel Claims Four Fighters Killed Near Israeli Military Base
IMEMC – Palestinian fighters attempted to infiltrate into a military base, across the border with Gaza, and exchanged fire with Israeli soldiers who, according to Israeli sources, killed four. … 

40,000 Reserve Soldiers “Okayed” by Israel
IMEMC – Israeli authorities, today, declared its military ready to deploy 40,000 reserve soldiers for a possible assault on Gaza. …

Father, His Child, Killed In Israeli Strike
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources have reported that a father and his child have been killed in new Israeli air airstrikes targeting Gaza City. Sixteen Palestinians killed by Israeli missiles Tuesday. …

Fourteen Palestinians Killed In Gaza, Tuesday
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources have reported that the number of Palestinians, killed by Israeli missiles in Gaza since morning hours, Tuesday, has arrived to 14, including children, while around a 100 Palestinians have been injured. … 

Adnan Khader, Longtime Hunger Striker, Kidnapped Again In Jenin
IMEMC – Two Kidnapped Near Bethlehem, Several Injured Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday evening, former hunger-striking detainee, Adnan Khader, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, his family stated. … 

Seven Palestinians Killed After Army Bombards Home In Khan Younis
IMEMC – Initial Reports Indicate Another Palestinian Has Been Killed In Gaza, Four Injured 5:36 PM Palestinian medical sources have reported that seven Palestinian civilians have been killed, and at least 25 have been injured, after the Israeli Air Force fired a missile into a Palestinian home, in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Army missiles have killed eleven Palestinians, Tuesday. …

Ma’an News

Death toll reaches 17 as Israel targets northern Gaza
7/9/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli airstrikes on the northern Gaza Strip killed six Palestinians on Tuesday evening, bringing the total death toll in Israel’s latest assault on the besieged enclave to 17. A child was killed and two others wounded in an airstrike on the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City in the early evening. Suleiman Salman Abu al-Sawaween, 30, was killed and…. Related: 7 Palestinians killed, 25 injured in airstrike on southern Gaza and Jihad leader, 5 relatives killed as Israel attacks family home

Jihad leader, 5 relatives killed as Israel attacks family home
7/9/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes bombed the home of a senior Islamic Jihad militant early Tuesday, killing him and five members of his family in an attack on the family’s home, medics said. A Gaza health ministry spokesman said the attack killed Hafiz Hamad and five members of his family. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Ministry of Health, confirmed the deaths…. Related: Death toll reaches 17 as Israel targets northern Gaza

7 Palestinians killed, 25 injured in airstrike on southern Gaza
7/8/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Seven Palestinians were killed and 25 were severely injured in an Israeli airstrike targeting a house in the southern Gaza Strip, bringing the death toll from Tuesday’s airstrikes to 11, a health ministry spokesman said. Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an seven Palestinians, among them two children under five years of age, were killed in an airstrike on…. Related: 3 killed in Israeli airstrike on car in Gaza City and Death toll reaches 17 as Israel targets northern Gaza

3 killed in Israeli airstrike on car in Gaza City
7/8/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike on a vehicle in Gaza City killed three Palestinians on Tuesday, bringing the total death toll in Israel’s latest assault on the besieged enclave to four, medics said. Three people were killed in a Israeli strike on a civilian car in the Daraj neighborhood in the center of Gaza City, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told…. Related: 7 Palestinians killed, 25 injured in airstrike on southern Gaza and Death toll reaches 17 as Israel targets northern Gaza

Israel ‘readies Gaza options, including ground assault’
7/8/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The Israeli army is preparing all options for action in Gaza, including a ground assault, a senior official said on Tuesday.” The army is preparing for all possible scenarios, including an invasion or a ground operation,” the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. Another official had earlier confirmed the army had received instructions “to prepare different military alternatives in order to…. Related: Hamas says fired rockets at 2 Israeli army bases and Israel ‘okays call up of 40,000 reservists for Gaza’

Israel kills 5 Gaza fighters entering by sea
7/8/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli forces on Tuesday killed a number of armed militants who came from Gaza by sea, an Israeli security source told AFP.”A number of terrorists came out of the ocean and attacked the base with Kalashnikov rifles and hand grenades,” spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said. Soldiers at the base, near the Zikim kibbutz, responded. Ground troops killed two of the attackers….

Israel ‘okays call up of 40,000 reservists for Gaza’
7/9/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli leaders authorized the military Tuesday to call up 40,000 reservists for a possible assault on the Gaza Strip, the army said.” Following a directive of the chief of staff the general staff. . . and the approval of the government, the Israel Defense Forces increased the draft of reserve forces,” the military tweeted in English.” The approval is currently limited to 40,000.” The move…. Related: Israel ‘readies Gaza options, including ground assault’

Hamas says fired rockets at 2 Israeli army bases
7/8/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Hamas said it fired a rocket barrage at two Israeli army bases on Tuesday, shortly after its militants also attempted to infiltrate Israel by sea. A statement by Hamas’s armed wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, said it fired “10 Katyusha rockets” at the bases, one of which it said was at Zikim, on Israel’s southern coast where the infiltration…. Related: Hamas armed wing sets conditions for ceasefire

Hamas claims rocket fire on Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa
7/8/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — The armed wing of Hamas claimed that it fired several rockets at Jerusalem and Israeli cities Tel Aviv and Haifa Tuesday.”For the first time, the Qassam Brigades strike Haifa with an R160 rocket, and strike occupied Jerusalem with four M75 rockets and Tel Aviv with four M75 rockets,” a statement said. It was the first time since a major 2012 conflict…. Related: Loud explosions rock Jerusalem after sirens sound

Hamas armed wing sets conditions for ceasefire
7/8/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The military wing of Hamas, the al-Qassam Brigades, has presented five conditions in order to return to a ceasefire with Israel. Spokesman Abu Obeida said Tuesday Israel must stop its offensive on Gaza Strip, cease all airstrikes and commit to the ceasefire agreement signed in 2012. He added in a news conference that his group demanded the release of all….

Palestinians throw firebombs at military camp near Ramallah
7/8/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian youths hurled Molotov cocktails at an Israeli military camp north of Ramallah late Monday, briefly setting it ablaze, a Ma’an reporter said. Youths from the village of Umm al-Safa in the northern Ramallah district also hurled rocks at the camp, leading to clashes with Israeli forces. Soldiers responded with rubber-coated bullets and live fire, causing injuries. An Israeli….

Israeli settler ‘shoots at Palestinians’ in East Jerusalem
7/9/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli settler opened fire at a group of Palestinians in East Jerusalem late Monday, witnesses said. Witnesses told Ma’an that a settler from Nof Zion settlement near the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood shot
at a group of Palestinian youths while they were standing in front of a grocery store. While shooting, the settler shouted at the Palestinians to “leave….

Loud explosions rock Jerusalem after sirens sound
7/9/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Three loud explosions rocked Jerusalem shortly after air raid sirens wailed across the city Tuesday night, AFP correspondents said. The sirens sounded at around 10 p. m. , with at least four bright flashes lighting the sky southwest of the city, a correspondent said. The Israeli army had no immediate comment on the attack which took place as Israel began a military campaign in…. Related: Hamas claims rocket fire on Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa

Former Palestinian hunger-striker re-arrested
7/8/2014 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Former Palestinian hunger-striker Khader Adnan was re-arrested by Israeli forces on Monday evening, his family said. Adnan, from Arraba village near Jenin, was detained as he was returning from Nablus. Adnan was one of the first Palestinians to hold a long hunger strike in an Israeli jail. [END]

Clashes break out in Ramallah-area village
7/8/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Several Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces who raided Safa village west of Ramallah on Tuesday. Young men from the village threw stones at a military camp near the village, and Israeli forces responded by shooting at them and firing tear gas before chasing them into the village. They attacked the camp in response to the Israeli offensive on Gaza. [END]

Teen murder forces Israel to face its extremist demons
7/8/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The involvement of Jewish extremists in the brutal murder of a Palestinian teenager has forced Israel to confront the growing danger of violently anti-Palestinian narrative peddled by the far-right fringe.”The diabolical murder of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir is the Shin Bet’s nightmare scenario,” wrote Yossi Melman in Maariv newspaper, referring to Israel’s internal security agency.”It….

Abbas demands Israel halt Gaza raids ‘immediately’
7/8/2014 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday demanded Israel immediately halt its latest offensive against Gaza following a night of airstrikes and militant rocket fire on the Israeli south.”Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas demanded Israel immediately stop its escalation and the raids on Gaza,” said a statement from his office published shortly after midnight by the official WAFA news agency. He also asked the international…. Related: Presidency: Palestinians have right to defend themselves

Presidency: Palestinians have right to defend themselves
7/8/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Presidential spokesman on Tuesday condemned Israel’s escalation of airstrikes on Gaza, saying Palestinians have the right to defend themselves. Israel’s new operation is a “declaration of war on Palestinians and the Israeli authority alone will bear the consequences,” Nabil Abu Rudeineh said in a statement.”Palestinians have the right to defend themselves by all legitimate means…. Related: Abbas demands Israel halt Gaza raids ‘immediately’

Arab League seeks urgent UN Security Council meet on Gaza
7/8/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — The Arab League called Tuesday for the UN Security Council to hold an urgent meeting to discuss the deadly Israeli air campaign against Gaza, Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said. At least fourteen people were killed Tuesday and dozens wounded in a number of attacks in the most serious flare-up in and around the Palestinian territory since November 2012. An official from the pan-Arab….

Israeli forces detain 3 near Ramallah
7/8/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained three Palestinians the Ramallah-area village of Aboud early Tuesday. Clashes erupted in the village after Israeli military forces detained Usama al-Barghouthi, Muhammad Sabti and Ali Hussein Abdulmajid. Youths from the village threw rocks at Israeli soldiers who shot rubber-coated steel bullets, tear-gas bombs and stun grenades. [END]

Official: Yemen Shiite rebels seize city near capital
7/8/2014 – SANAA, Yemen (AFP) — Yemeni Shiite rebels seized control Tuesday of the northern city of Amran, near the capital Saana, after three days of fierce fighting, an official said.”Amran is now under the control of the Huthi” rebels, who are also known as Ansarullah, said the official, whose remarks were confirmed by military sources and witnesses questioned by AFP. Amran, 30 miles north of Sanaa….


Israel steps up deadly Gaza offensive
AlJazeera 8 Jul 2014 – At least 25 dead and more than 100 wounded in air strikes on Gaza Strip, as Israel promises lengthy operation.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Serious Israeli Escalation: Israeli Warplanes Launch Dozens of Airstrikes on Targets in the Gaza Strip, Including Houses…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

World: Coping with Crisis: Violence, Mental Health Gap
Relief Web 8 Jul 2014 – Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Liberia, occupied Palestinian territory, Philippines, World The latest issue of our magazine deals with issues of violence, focusing on psychosocial support for those affected…

occupied Palestinian territory: Tens of casualties and attacks on houses and mosques as IOF escalate the attacks on Gaza; Al Mezan calls for urgent international intervention
Relief Web 8 Jul 2014 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) escalated its attacks on the Gaza Strip since the afternoon of yesterday, Monday 7 July 2014,, launching at least 104 airstrikes by midday today….

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel/Gaza: All sides must protect civilians as conflict escalates
Relief Web 8 Jul 2014 – Source: Amnesty Country: occupied Palestinian territory Amnesty International is calling on the Israeli authorities and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza, including the military wing of Hamas, to ensure that civilian lives are protected as the conflict between the two sides…

Egypt: 2014 Syria Regional Response Plan: Egypt – Mid-Year Update
Relief Web 8 Jul 2014 – Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Egypt, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Increasing numbers of Syrian refugees began fleeing to Egypt in early 2013 due to the lower cost of living and a favorable protection environment, including access…

Lebanon: 2014 Syria Regional Response Plan: Lebanon – Mid-Year Update
Relief Web 8 Jul 2014 – Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Lebanon now hosts about 1.1 million refugees from Syria, as well as some 53,000 Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS). This figure represents 38 per cent of…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israeli army deliberately targeting news professionals
Relief Web 8 Jul 2014 – Source: Reporters sans Frontières Country: occupied Palestinian territory Continuing confrontations in the Palestinian Territories and many cities in Israel are marked by Israeli authorities’ flouting of basic rights, including freedom of information Since three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped on 12…

The National

Islamist rebels launch attack on Somalia’s presidential palace
The National 8 Jul 2014 – Al Shebab gunmen set off car bomb and penetrate high-security complex before blowing themselves up.

Ramadan in Old Delhi: India’s oldest mosque bursts into life as the sun sets
The National 8 Jul 2014 – Hundreds gather to break their fast in the large courtyards of Jama Masjid during Ramadan to break fast together.

Hamas claims rocket fire on Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa
The National 8 Jul 2014 – A Twitter statement from the Israeli army said the offensive, dubbed “Operation Protective Edge,” is intended to “stop the terror Israel’s citizens face on a daily basis.”

Already wounded, Hamas ill prepared to resist Israeli onslaught
The National 8 Jul 2014 – Facing numerous setbacks over the past year, Hamas appears reluctant as well as far less capable to fight their mortal enemy this time around, says one analyst.

Saudi citizens responsible for border assault
The National 8 Jul 2014 – Interior ministry spokesman Maj Gen Mansour Al Turki said an investigation revealed that six Saudi men who were on a wanted list took part in Friday’s attack on a Saudi border post.

Afghan election: Abdullah claims victory, defying results of run-off vote
The National 8 Jul 2014 – Washington has warned that any power grab would cost the country international aid. US Secretary of State John Kerry is due to visit Kabul on Friday.

Prominent Filipino Muslim preachers to discuss Islam at Dubai World Trade Centre
The National 8 Jul 2014 – Omar Penalber, 59, and Nuh Caparino, 48, both from Cavite City, were invited by Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing to speak at the 13th Ramadan Forum.

Diplomat ordered to leave Bahrain said move aimed at undermining reconcilation
The National 8 Jul 2014 – Bahrain’s foreign ministry on Monday said Mr Malinowski is not welcome because he intervened in the country’s domestic affairs

Iraq parliament to meet in July, reversing earlier decision
The National 8 Jul 2014 – It was unclear what prompted the about-turn after lawmakers initially said they would postpone a crucial parliament session until August 12.

Saudi reports mortar attack on border with Iraq
The National 8 Jul 2014 – Officials launch investigation after three shells land near residential complex in the Arar area, but no injuries reported.

Israel authorises call up of 40,000 reservists for Gaza: media
The National 8 Jul 2014 – The move comes as Palestinian militants rained rockets onto southern Israel and Israel hit back with deadly air strikes.

In pictures: Israeli army launches aerial offensive on Gaza Strip
The National 8 Jul 2014 – The Israeli army said it launched an offensive operation early Tuesday against the Gaza Strip to quell rocket attacks, and a Palestinian official said Israeli airstrikes injured at least nine Palestinians. The Israeli airstrikes come after Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets at southern Israel on Monday, setting off air raid sirens and forcing hundreds of thousands of Israelis to stay indoors.

Feathered feat: fossils of ancient bird with largest wingspan ever unearthed
The National 8 Jul 2014 – Scientists have just discovered the fossils of the Pelagornis sandersi, unearthed in South Carolina, that lived 25 to 28 million years ago and boasted the largest-known avian wingspan in history

In pictures: celebrating Ramadan in India’s largest mosque
The National 8 Jul 2014 – The Jama Masjid springs to life at sunset during Ramadan as hundreds gather to break fast and have their iftar meal together. 

Typhoon Neoguri lashes Japan’s Okinawa islands
The National 8 Jul 2014 – The typhoon packed gusts of up to 216 kilometres per hour with torrential downpours, killing at least one person and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

Video: Israel air strikes kill seven in Gaza 
The National 8 Jul 2014 – Hamas says seven gunmen killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza which Israel launched in retaliation for rocket attacks.

Video: Aftermath of air strikes in Aleppo – amvid 
The National 8 Jul 2014 – Civilians and medics work to rescue people trapped inside a collapsed building in Aleppo, moments after the government carried out air strikes on the city.

Video: Jessica Simpson marries, Lopez in Paris 
The National 8 Jul 2014 – The day’s top showbiz news and headlines including Jessica Simpson marries Eric Johnson, Jennifer Lopez shines in Paris, and ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ tops the box office again.

Video: Protesters make push to stop deportation of children 
The National 8 Jul 2014 – Protesters march to the White House where they hope to send a message to the administration that deportations of children must end.


LIVE UPDATES: Heavy barrage strikes Israel; Iron Dome downs rockets over cities
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

Missing: A responsible power to broker Israel-Hamas cease-fire
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

Hamas is looking for a way out
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

In Sderot, a painful feeling of deja vu
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

On hope and despair in the Middle East
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

Iranian journalist sentenced to 50 lashes and jail time
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

Olympic committee issues warning after Israeli flag barred
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

Zambian president back home after hospital stay in Israel
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

High-tech sector concerned by gov’t plans to scale-down R&D office
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

U.K. woman tried to smuggle cash to jihadists in her underwear
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

Israel wants a war film, not war
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

Peace in the Mideast in our own good time
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

When Justin Bieber met Tom Hanks at a Jewish wedding
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

Word of the Day / Tivonoot: Hebrew’s word for veganism before the trend even existed
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

Report: Gaza supporters using false images on Twitter
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

Bennett’s wife takes a Facebook swipe at Lapid
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

Bennett’s wife takes a Facebook swipe at Lapid
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

Mad as hell: When the Arab news anchor couldn’t take it anymore
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

Mad as hell: When the Arab news anchor couldn’t take it anymore
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

Israel must apply rule of law to Jewish revenge vigilantes
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

Cabinet: Attacks on Gaza will escalate but no ground operation, for now
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

WATCH: Exclusive interview with Mahmoud Abbas
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

WATCH: Highlights from Ari Shavit’s interview with President Shimon Peres
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

WATCH LIVE: Haaretz’s Israel Conference on Peace
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

How the Israeli-Palestinian conflict looks from Mars
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

Abbas’ cooperation with Israel sinking him at home
Ha’aretz – 8 Jul 2014

Justice first, peace later
Ha’aretz – 7 Jul 2014

Talk of peace is futile without regime change
Ha’aretz – 7 Jul 2014

Lieberman signals support for 2015 budget, even after split with Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 7 Jul 2014

Shin Bet tells Peres not to visit family of murdered Palestinian teen
Ha’aretz – 7 Jul 2014

Jerusalem Post

Disavowing Kurdish independence, Turkey prepares for Kurdish energy future
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – Turkey seems to have officially disavowed any support for the independence of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq. 

Our World: Fighting enemies from within and without
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – Israel faces a difficult, violent period ahead. But there are certain imperatives of freedom that we cannot shirk. 

Protective Edge
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – The government has a moral obligation to provide its citizens with basic security; indiscriminate rocket fire on civilians must not be tolerated. 

LIVE BLOG: Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – Follow all the latest updates on Israel’s efforts to extinguish rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. 

Iron Dome intercepts rockets over cities across Israel in largest salvo of rockets yet
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – For second time on Tuesday evening, Gaza terrorists launch rocket at central Israel; air raid sirens sounds in Jerusalem, central Israel; Tel Aviv opens public bomb shelters; no injuries reported. 

Jews blast inclusion of Neo-Nazi on EU Civil Liberties c’tee
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – Jews worldwide express indignation at appointment of German Neo-Nazi Udo Voigt to panel. 

Tel Aviv Municipality opens bomb shelters across city
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – Home Front Command instructs country’s largest city to inspect and prepare public bomb shelters in event situation in the South escalates. 

Netanyahu: IDF operation against Hamas in Gaza ‘may take time’
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – IDF chief Gantz: Israel will take all time needed to reach victory over Gaza terrorists; prime minister instructs IDF to broaden military campaign; says all other efforts to restore quiet were ignored. 

Airports Authority says Gaza operation may disrupt commercial flights
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – No flights canceled at Ben-Gurion, takeoffs and landings diverted as Israel narrows civilian air corridor amid Operation Protective Edge. 

WATCH: IDF kills 5 Hamas terrorists attempting to infiltrate from the sea
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – Hamas terrorists commandos attempt a landing on Zikim beach across from an IDF army base near Gaza and exchanged fire with IDF forces. 

Hamas: All Israelis now targets for missile attacks
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – Terror group vows to continue firing rockets at Israel after air strike reportedly kills 7 in Gaza house; PA condemns Israel’s “aggression” against Palestinians in Strip, West Bank. 

IDF actively begins calling up 40,000 reserves for Operation Protective Edge
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – Gantz requests call-up in order to replace conscripted forces in the West Bank, and enable their deployment to the Gaza border. 

Bennett physically attacked at Ha’aretz Peace Conference
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – Economy minister tells ‘Post’: “I represent a stance shared by millions of people and no one will silence me.” 

Jerusalem Municipality opens bomb shelters across city
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – Residents in capital instructed to take cover for 10 minutes if sirens sound; municipality events to continue as planned. 

IAF targets Hamas naval commander; Palestinians say 11 have been killed
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – In Operation Protective Edge, IAF strikes homes belonging to Hamas members that have been used as command and control centers. 

Israeli university heads establish forum to counter academic boycotts
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – Boycotts have surfaced mainly in the humanities but there is concern that the phenomenon will spread to encompass the sciences. 

Ashdod Port closes over rockets, union chief suspended by unilateral decision
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – The port company said that halting activity would cost it 3-5 million shekels a day. 

Lapid cool with Bennett’s wife’s Facebook jibes
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – Gilat Bennett criticizes Lapid for having “extra left-wing views” and for taking credit for the successes of her husband; Lapid doesn’t take the bait. 

Poll finds Likud Beytenu breakup has little impact
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – Number of Knesset seats not expected to change drastically; other polls indicate the two parties would gain in support running separately. 

Country unites to provide children in South enjoyable summer
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – Under the threat of heavy rocket fire Water Park Nashonit, announces new initiative to host children every day for the coming week. 

WATCH: IDF action videos show glimpses of Operation Protective Edge
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – IDF video clips show aerial and naval attacks on terror sites and Hamas training sites throughout Gaza. 

Netanyahu decides to expand Gaza operation, orders preparations for ground offensive
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – Prime minister says “Hamas chose to escalate the situation and it will pay a heavy price for doing so”; preparations underway for further call up of reservists. 

Amid rocket fire, SPCA Israel inviting southern residents to bring pets to Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – “The distress is severe, and it is possible to find assistance in our shelter’s services for free,” says organization’s chairwoman. 

Ya’alon: Israel prepared for Gaza campaign which will not end within days
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2014 – “The
re is a need for patience,” Defense Minister Ya’alon says of Operation Protective Edge. 

Anything but ideology?
Jerusalem Post 7 Jul 2014 – The Likud Beytenu bond that Liberman hoped could help him become prime minister had become a political burden. 

Deportation to Gaza could lead Israel to ICC
Jerusalem Post 7 Jul 2014 – In an op-ed in the Post on July 6, ex-Shin Bet chief Dichter articulated all of the potential security benefits of deportation, which many have been vocalizing. 

HU team disprove da Vinci, show friction, fracture interrelated
Jerusalem Post 7 Jul 2014 – The way things break, or fracture, and the way things slide, or friction, are intimately intertwined, according to Hebrew University researchers. 

Israel needs a nuanced approach to Hamas in the West Bank
Jerusalem Post 7 Jul 2014 – Israel must allow the PA and Mahmoud Abbas the opportunity to rise to the occasion and demonstrate Palestinian leadership is in Ramallah, not Gaza. 

The Guardian

Israel steps up Gaza offensive and prepares for possible ground invasion
The Guardian 8 Jul 2014 – Army source says ‘we are entering a long operation’ as country responds to sustained rocket attacks and teenagers’ murder Live updates – Israel steps up offensive Israel has launched what it described as an open-ended and…

Israel releases video of militants being shot down after emerging from sea live
The Guardian 8 Jul 2014 – At least 23 Palestinians killed in strikes on Gaza, officials sa y Rockets from Gaza reach Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel says Israeli cabinet approves calling up 40,000 reservists White House ‘strongly condemns continuing rocket fire’…

Brutality of the Israeli crackdown | @guardianletters
The Guardian 8 Jul 2014 – Until Tuesday, little had been reported about the Israeli army’s brutal crackdown against Palestinians in the wake of the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers and of rockets fired into Southern Israel. We echo the…

Israel pounds Gaza with air and naval strikes in move against Hamas
The Guardian 8 Jul 2014 – Twenty-two killed and 90 injured as Netanyahu sends tanks to Gaza border, while Hamas fires 140 rockets far into Israel Israeli jets and naval gun fire pounded the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing at least 22…

Israel intensifies military operation against Gaza video 
The Guardian 8 Jul 2014 – Black smoke is seen rising over the northern Gaza Strip following Israeli air strikes. Israel, which is intensifying its military operation against the Hamas-ruled strip and gathering tanks at the border, says the strikes are in…

Photo highlights of the day
The Guardian 8 Jul 2014 – The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world including Paris fashion week, bull running in Pamplona, and Lotus blossom in South Korea. Continue reading…

Three Israelis ‘confess to killing Palestinian teenager’
The Guardian 7 Jul 2014 – Reported admissions of guilt come after days of clashes across Israel, following death of Mohammed Abu Khdeir Three Israelis accused of kidnapping and burning to death a Palestinian teenager have reportedly confessed and re-enacted the murder…

Inter Press Service

Liberated Homs Residents Challenge Notion of “Revolution”
IPS Volunteers have planted a garden in the courtyard of the burned St. Mary’s Church in Homs. Credit: Eva Bartlett/IPS By Eva Bartlett HOMS, Syria, Jul 8 2014 (IPS) Al-Waer, Homs’s most populated area and the city’s last insurgent holdout, might soon achieve the truce that Hom’s Old City saw in…

Bahrain’s Expulsion of U.S. Official Sets Back Ties, Reform Hopes
IPS By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Jul 8 2014 (IPS) Monday’s expulsion order by Bahrain against a visiting senior U.S. official has set back tentative hopes for internal reforms that could reconcile the kingdom’s Sunni-led government with its majority Shia community and drawn a sharp protest from Washington. The surprise declaration that…


Syria News – July 2, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – July 2, 2014 – By the end of Wednesday, LCC has documented 35 martyrs in Syria including 2 women, 7 children and 4 martyrs under torture. 11 martyrs have been reported in Daraa, 9 in Damascus and its suburbs, 5…

VIDEO: Israeli soldiers and settlers attack Palestinians and ISM volunteers in Hebron
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – June 2, 2014 – For the past two days in al-Khalil (Hebron) Israeli soldiers have stopped and searched many Palestinians in Tel Rumeida. At approximately 22:00 two nights ago, a colonial settler began aggressively photographing Palestinian children who were playing…

Poll: Obama worst president since WWII
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – July 2, 2014 – A plurality of voters think Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, a new poll says.According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, 33 percent of voters think the current president is the…

A pretext for the next stage in Israel s war
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – July 2, 2014 – IN THE early hours of July 1, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) dropped bombs on dozens of sites across Gaza, hours after three missing Israeli settler teenagers were discovered dead. With all of Israel focused on the…

On US TV, Israel is Striking Back 
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – July 2, 2014 – When Israel attacked Palestinian targets following the discovery that three kidnapped Israeli teenagers had been murdered, the way TV outlets characterized the Israel actions on their July 1 newscasts was instructive.ABC World News and NBC Nightly…

Gaza fuel crisis prevents half of ambulances from working
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – July 2, 2014 -The Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip announced that around 50 per cent of its ambulances have stopped working while the ministry initiates a programme to cope with the acute shortage of fuel in the…

An accessible look at Darwish s life and work, at long last
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – June 2, 2014 – It is hard to talk about modern Palestinian culture without mentioning Mahmoud Darwish. The late Palestinian “poet laureate,” one of the greatest poets writing in Arabic in the twentieth century, Darwish s brilliance looms large, six…

Mustafa Barghouti: Israel enacting and allowing a punitive campaign of collective punishment on Palestinians
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – July 2, 2014 – The past 24-hours has brought about an unprecedented explosion of settler aggression against Palestinians throughout the West Bank and Jerusalem, said Mustafa Barghouti in an exclusive interview with the Palestine Monitor, adding that we are currently…

After finding settler boys bodies, Israel demolishes houses, kills one Palestinian and calls for new settlement construction 
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – June 2, 2014 – The Israeli teens that went missing in the West Bank more than two weeks ago were found dead near the village Halhoul late Monday evening. Eyal Yifrah, 19, Naftali Fraenkel, 16, and Gilad Shaar, 16, disappeared…

Omar Khadr Shouldn t Have Been Charged With War Crimes, Secret U.S. Memo Suggests
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – July 2, 2014 – A previously secret memo on CIA involvement in drone killings is casting new doubt on whether the American government had any legal basis to prosecute Canada s Omar Khadr for war crimes.In fact, Khadr s lawyers…

The US, Iran, Russia-Syria and the geopolitical shift: Anything for the region s oppressed?
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – July 2, 2014 – But ultimately even for Israel, as for the US, restabilisation is necessary. And this can only occur with the core of the current Syrian regime in one way or another maintaining power. And the irony of…

For Ramadan, Please Write to the Prisoners in Guantánamo, Forgotten Again –
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – July 2, 2014 – Every six months, I ask people to write to the prisoners in Guantánamo, to let them – and the US authorities – know that they have not been forgotten.The letter-writing campaign was started four years ago…

One of More Chilling Post-9/11 Political Prosecutions, Case of Sami Al-Arian, Appears to Have Ended
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – July 2, 2014 -A political prosecution against a Palestinian-American activist and University of South Florida professor, which began in February 2003, appeared to come to an end on June 27 as the United States government announced it was dropping all…

Report: Israel has detained 3,000 Palestinian children since 2010
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – July 2, 2014 – Israeli forces arrested nearly 3,000 Palestinian children from the beginning of 2010 to mid-2014, the majority of them between the ages of 12 and 15 years old, Addustour newspaper published a new report saying yesterday.The Euro-Mid…

Yet another step toward a police state FaceBook Experiments with Manipulating Your Mind 
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – July 2, 2014 -How does the news on the Internet make you feel?What sounds like a frivolous question, the kind you might be asked in a bar after a few drinks, is actually a profound and powerful one. If the…

Israeli forces arrest freed Palestinian activist in the occupied West Bank
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – July 2, 2014 – Israeli occupation forces arrested on Wednesday 21-year-old Palestinian activist Bushra Taweel after raiding her home in Al-Bireh city in central occupied West Bank, Saffa news agency reported. Taweel is a former prisoner who was freed as…

The Aftermath: H
ome demolitions and dead Palestinian teen follow Netanyahu call for revenge

Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – July 2, 2014 – “There are not many Arabs driving with yellow plates,” said Mier Sh aribi, 18, detailing his methods for flagging Israeli cars at the Gush Etzion intersection where three youths were abducted 19 days prior. Sh aribi,…

The death by drone memo: a throwback to U.S. terrorism in Nicaragua
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – July 2, 2014- On September 30, 2011, Anwar al-Aulaki, a radical Islamist cleric and an American citizen, was killed in a targeted drone strike in Yemen. Among the many legal questions raised by such an act, a most important and…

How the public was manipulated into believing the teens were alive
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – July 2, 2014 -Details under gag order could have suggested early on that the abducted teens were murdered. The government-led campaign calling for their release helped the legitimacy of Israel s military operation in the West Bank. Local and even…

Suspected revenge killing of Palestinian teen comes after intense incitement
Uruknet 8 Jul 2014 – June 2, 2014 – While on his way to early morning prayers today in eastern occupied Jerusalem, Muhammad Abu Khudair, 16, was kidnapped, his family reported. His badly burned body was later found by police in a wooded area and…

Media whitewash Israeli lynch mobs that preceded murder of Palestinian teen
Uruknet 7 Jul 2014 – July 2, 2014 – The charred body of Muhammad Abu Khudair – a 16-year-old from the Palestinian neighborhood of Shuafat in occupied East Jerusalem – was found early this morning shortly after his family reported that he was kidnapped. Since…

Daily Star

Egypt’s Sisi pledges to seek Gaza ceasefire
Daily Star 8 Jul 2014 Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has pledged during a phone call with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to seek a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

Israel kills top Gaza militant, five others in air strike: Gaza officials
Daily Star 8 Jul 2014 Israel assassinated a top local leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group in the northern Gaza Strip early on Wednesday, neighbours and hospital officials said, and five others including family members were also killed.

Bahrain summons top opposition leader for questioning: Wefaq
Daily Star 8 Jul 2014 Bahrain’s main Shi’ite Muslim opposition group said on Tuesday the interior ministry had summoned its leader for interrogation after he met a visiting U.S. official who was subsequently ordered to leave the kingdom.

Iran, powers to meet on nuclear issue this week: diplomat
Daily Star 8 Jul 2014 Iran will hold talks with world powers in Vienna this week aimed at resolving the Islamic republic’s disputed nuclear programme, an Iranian diplomat was quoted as saying Tuesday.

Hamas claims rocket fire on Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa
Daily Star 8 Jul 2014 The armed wing of Hamas claimed that it fired several rockets at Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa Tuesday.

Loud explosions rock Jerusalem after air raid sirens sound
Daily Star 8 Jul 2014 Three loud explosions rocked Jerusalem shortly after air raid sirens wailed across the city on Tuesday night, AFP correspondents said.

Lebanon-inspired World Cup flags cheer for change
Daily Star 8 Jul 2014 Beirut based graphic designer recreates World Cup flags, reminding Lebanese to rally behind the lack of Electricity, water, money and medication with a passion similar to the frantic cheering for World Cup teams

Yemen Shiite rebels seize city near capital: official
Daily Star 8 Jul 2014 Yemeni Shiite rebels seized control Tuesday of the northern city of Amran, near the capital Saana, after three days of fierce fighting, an official said.

Iraq tells UN “terrorist groups” seized former chemical weapons depot
Daily Star 8 Jul 2014 Iraq’s government has lost control of a former chemical weapons facility to “armed terrorist groups” and is unable to fulfill its international obligations to destroy toxins kept there, the country’s U.N. envoy told the United Nations.

Syria troops converge as rebels ready for Aleppo showdown
Daily Star 8 Jul 2014 Elite government forces backed by Hezbollah converged Tuesday on the north Syrian city of Aleppo as rebels bolstered their own fighters in readiness for a major showdown, a monitor said.

YNet News

3 rockets landed in open areas of Be’er Sheva; no injuries 
YNet News, 8 Jul 2014 – ….

Al-Sisi to Abbas: Egypt would exert efforts to reach an immediate ceasefire
YNet News, 8 Jul 2014 – ….

Iron Dome intercepts at least 2 rockets over Be’er Sheva
YNet News, 8 Jul 2014 – ….

Day 1 of ‘Operation Protective Edge’: 117 hits, 29 intercepted
YNet News, 8 Jul 2014 – ….

Palestinian report: Islamic Jihad Commander killed in IDF attack Hafez Hamed
YNet News, 8 Jul 2014 – ….

Escalation at Hamas’ request 
YNet News, 8 Jul 2014 – Analysis: Out of despair, Islamic organization is doing a lot to draw Israel into Gaza, seeing it as the only choice it has left. ….

Rabbis condemn Abu Khdeir killing
YNet News, 8 Jul 2014 – After killers confess to killing Palestinians teen, revealed to be ultra-Orthodox men, Haredi rabbis slam killers: ‘How can a person who believes in Torah kill an innocent person?’ ….

Palestinian Information Center

16 Palestinians killed, dozens wounded in ongoing Israeli air raids on Gaza
PIC – 16 Palestinians, including children and women, were killed and one hundred others were wounded in the persistent Israeli air raids on the beleaguered Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

Gaza mosques destroyed, civilians injured in Israeli air strikes
PIC – Israeli warplanes blasted two mosques in Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, on Tuesday afternoon at a time when the peaceful Muslim congregation rallied for afternoon prayers.

Hamas MP Ashqar: No calm until aggression is halted, siege lifted
PIC – Hamas MP Ismail al-Ashqar has affirmed that resistance will not grant calm to Israeli occupation until it halts its aggression and lifts the siege on Gaza.

Israeli police assault Muslim women, deny them entry into al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Israeli policemen denied Muslim women, particularly students, access into holy al-Aqsa Mosque since early Tuesday morning, Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage reported.

Mini-cabinet source: Israel’s attacks on Gaza include assassinations
PIC – An Israeli official source from the security mini-cabinet said that Israel’s response to rocket fire from Gaza would include a return to the policy of assassinations.

896 Palestinians arrested since start of Israeli arrest campaign
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces detained 896 Palestinians from different parts of the West Bank since the Israeli arrest campaign started in mid-June, the Palestinian Prisoner Society revealed on Tuesday.

Settlers annex Palestinian-owned land under military protection in Arrabah town
PIC – A large number of Jewish settlers under military protection on Tuesday seized a vast tract of Palestinian-owned land in Arrabah town, south of Jenin, and embarked on bulldozing its olive trees.

AOHR calls on international community to stop Israeli aggression
PIC – The Arab Organization for Human Rights in UK (AOHR UK) said that Israel’s crimes in occupied Palestine require an urgent intervention and firm positions to stop its continued aggression.

Two Palestinian kids survive kidnap attempts by Jewish settlers
PIC – Armed Jewish settlers on Monday and Tuesday tried to kidnap two Palestinian kids in Bethlehem and Al-Khalil, according to local sources.

Qassam Brigades threaten to expand range of firing
PIC – Hamas’s armed wing the Qassam Brigades said that Israel had crossed all the red lines by targeting civilian homes, and threatened to expand range of firing in retaliation.


Al-Arabi Calls on UN Security Council to Convene Immediately to Stop Israeli Aggression on Gaza
WAFA – 8 Jul 2014

Six Killed, Including 2 Children, in Israeli Airstrike on Gaza
WAFA – 8 Jul 2014

Britain’s Largest Trade Union Slams Israel as Apartheid State
WAFA – 8 Jul 2014

Israel to Demolish Residential Sheds, Youth Center near Jericho
WAFA – 8 Jul 2014

5 Killed, Over 22 Injured in Israeli Unabated Attacks on Gaza
WAFA – 8 Jul 2014

Settlers Attack Palestinian Youth near Hebron
WAFA – 8 Jul 2014

Israel Launches Series of Raids on Gaza, Injuring Almost 16 Palestinians
WAFA – 8 Jul 2014

Israeli Bulldozers Raze Large Areas of Land South of Jenin
WAFA – 8 Jul 2014

Newspaper Review: Tit-for-tat Air Raids on Gaza and Rocket Barrage on Israel Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 8 Jul 2014

Dozens of Injuries and Suffocation Cases near Jericho
WAFA – 8 Jul 2014

76 Palestinians Arrested 1984 Areas and Jerusalem, One in Bethlehem
WAFA – 8 Jul 2014


Open Source: Iranian Arts Reporter Faces 2 Years in Prison and 50 Lashes
New York Times 8 Jul 2014 – Marzieh Rasouli was taken into custody to begin serving a two-year sentence at Evin Prison in Tehran for her work. 

Israel Steps Up Offensive With Deadly Gaza Bombings
New York Times 8 Jul 2014 – Hamas’s military wing said the bombing of about 50 targets was “a serious escalation” that “will oblige us to enlarge our attacks deeper into Israel.” 

By Phone and Leaflet, Israeli Attackers Warn Gazans
New York Times 8 Jul 2014 – The policy, Israel says, is aimed at minimizing civilian casualties in airstrikes. Rights groups say it does not absolve Israel from responsibility. 

Lawmakers in Iraq Will Meet Again to Try to Form a Government
New York Times 8 Jul 2014 – The Parliament will convene on Sunday to try to put together a government from Iraq’s often hostile factions, two weeks after a similar effort failed. 

U.S. Official Ordered Out of Bahrain After Meeting
New York Times 7 Jul 2014 – Bahrain told the senior United States official on human rights to end his visit early after he met with the nation’s main Shiite opposition group. 

Maan Journal: Jihadis Tug at Edges of a Staunch American Ally
New York Times 7 Jul 2014 – Poverty, unemployment and anti-government sentiment in the Jordanian town of Maan have created modest but growing support for Islamic militancy among residents. 

‘Operation Protective Edge’ begins: Gaza rocked by Israeli airstrikes as Palestinian militants shoot at Jerusalem
Mondoweiss – After days of slow but steady escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army launched “Operation Protective Edge” last night, with Israeli airplanes heavily bombing the coastal enclave. So far, the strikes have killed at least 22 Palestinians , including seven people who were at…

‘Jewish’ or ‘Israeli’ — NYT, BBC, and CNN make different word choice
Mondoweiss – Mark Regev on CTV news in Canada The New York Times story on the arrest of six Israeli Jews for the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, was slightly squeamish about the fact that they are Jewish. It did not identify them as Jews in the…

Please help us continue to cover breaking news from Israel/Palestine, and as a thank you get Ali Abunimah’s new book
Mondoweiss – Israeli soldiers used knives from the kitchen to destroy furniture throughout the Qawasmeh home. (Photo: Kelly Lynn) Over the last couple weeks there’s been a whirlwind of news from Israel/Palestine and we’ve done our best to bring it to you as quickly and reliably as possible. In…

A Call from Gaza: Support our right to life!
Mondoweiss – Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike hits the Gaza Strip. 7 July 2014 Besieged Gaza – Occupied Palestine : Since June 12, 2014, Israel has launched a heinous attack against both Gaza and the West Bank. It has so far conducted more than 100 airstrikes against…

Beating Palestinian boys ‘to a pulp’ is a tradition among Israeli forces 
Mondoweiss – Tarek Abu Khdeir following his injuries. (Photo provided and published with consent from the Abu Khdeir family) The western press has been shocked by the images of 15-year-old Tarek Abu Khdeir, of Tampa, FL, following his beating by Israeli forces last Thursday in Shuafat, East Jerusalem….

State Dep’t says it ‘remains shocked’ by Abu Khdeir beating
Mondoweiss – More news on the Tarek Abu Khdeir beating and aftermath. NBC News reporter Ayman Mohyeldin posted the photo above to Instagram with the following explanation: July 7, 2014 | Shufat Cemetery, Occupied East Jerusalem. Tariq Khdeir kneels at the grave of his murdered cousin Mohammed Abu Khdeir….

Solid Rock, Gaza Invasion, Begins

Tikun Olam – Gaza is Burning (via Mariam Arafat Twitter feed) Bibi Netanyahu, desperate to distract the public from the serial ineptitude of his police force in preventing two appalling kidnap-murders, one of Israeli youths and another of a Palestinian, has begun Operation Solid Rock ( Tzuk Eytan– could…

Rocket From Gaza Hits Jerusalem, Code Red Sirens Sound in Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Jul 2014 – At least one rocket fired from Gaza struck Jerusalem as Code Red warning sirens sounded in the city and throughout Israel’s center and south. Click here for the rest of the article…

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Israel under renewed Hamas attack 
BBC 8 Jul 2014 – Palestinian militants fire more rockets at Israeli cities after the start of a major air and sea offensive by Israel in the Gaza Strip.

UK sold sarin ingredients to Syria 
BBC 8 Jul 2014 – UK companies were the sole supplier to Syria of three important ingredients in the production of deadly nerve agent sarin, BBC Newsnight learns.

US warns Europe over Syrian fighters 
BBC 8 Jul 2014 – The US attorney general has called on European governments to be more aggressive preventing its own citizens from joining the fighting in Syria.

The Latest Gaza Op: Groundhog’s Day? Or Frozen? 
The Magnes Zionist 8 Jul 2014 – The nightmare returns. It starts with Israelis killing Palestinians, Palestinians killing Israelis, whomever. Israel decides that it “has to” kill Hamas militants. Or it “has to” round up the usual suspects. Eventually, Hamas “has” to retaliate by sending rockets that traumatize the heck out of people…

Israel Shoots Down Rocket Aimed at Tel Aviv 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Jul 2014 – Israel shot down a rocket fired at its commercial capital Tel Aviv on Tuesday, a military source said, the deepest such attack from the Gaza Strip during a two-week-old escalation of fighting in the Palestinian territory. Click here for the rest of the article…

Lost Tefillin Owner Identified as Israeli Man Whose Bags Were Misplaced 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Jul 2014 – The owner of the last of seven pairs of tefillin discovered by a Florida rabbi at a store that sells the contents of unclaimed airline baggage has been located. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Flights May Be Affected by Gaza Fighting 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Jul 2014 – Israel narrowed its civilian air corridor on Tuesday and said takeoffs and landings at Ben-Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv may be delayed by its Gaza air offensive. Click here for the rest of the article…

Iran seeks more enrichment capacity 
BBC 8 Jul 2014 – Iran’s supreme leader says it will need more enrichment capacity for its nuclear programme, above limits reportedly sought by world powers.

South Africa: Omar Barghouti – the Full Interview 
allAfrica.com 8 Jul 2014 – [The Daily Vox]Omar Barghouti is a co-founder of the Palestinian Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. His views and the BDS platform have provoked controversy and criticism. In his first visit to South Africa, RA’EESA PATHER sat down with the Palestinian-born activist from Ramallah, and discussed…

Africa: Latest Boat Tragedy Off Libya Adds to Rising Death Toll in Mediterranean 
allAfrica.com 8 Jul 2014 – [UNHCR]This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 8 July 2014, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

South Africa: Five Questions for BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouti 
allAfrica.com 8 Jul 2014 – [The Daily Vox]Omar Barghouti is a co-founder of the Palestinian Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Since 2005, the Palestinian movement has called for an end to what it deems Israeli apartheid. Barghouti has continued to draw parallels between apartheid South Africa and Israel’s regime, citing…

Expelled US diplomat condemns Bahrain 
BBC 8 Jul 2014 – A US diplomat ordered to leave Bahrain on Monday after meeting members of a leading Shia opposition group speaks out against the move on Twitter.

Iraqi MPs to meet after criticism 
BBC 8 Jul 2014 – Iraq’s new parliament says it will hold its next session on 13 July, nearly a month earlier than previously agreed, in bid to elect new leadership.

Thousands flee north Yemen fighting 
BBC 8 Jul 2014 – Ten thousand families have fled the north Yemeni city of Amran to escape a battle between Zaidi Shia rebels and the military, the Red Crescent says.

US urges Europe to prevent citizens from fighting in Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jul 2014 – US Attorney General Eric Holder urged countries in Europe and elsewhere on Tuesday to do more to keep their own citizens from traveling to Syria to fight, saying the world cannot allow Syria to become a training ground for violent extremists. In a speech in Norway,…

Arab League calls for urgent UN Council meeting on Gaza 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jul 2014 – The Arab League called Tuesday for the UN Security Council to hold an urgent meeting to discuss the deadly Israeli air campaign against Gaza, Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said. At least 13 were killed Tuesday and 85 wounded in a number of attacks in the most…

Defying the art of being passive enough for murder to sound normal 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 8 Jul 2014 – A man threw a bomb at four people having their morning coffee in Tripoli last week because he thought God might like it. In the name of the subjective glee of the almighty, four people are injured and a cit
y continues to die while its authorities…

Obama’s ‘peaceful’ path to security 
Al-Monitor 8 Jul 2014 – Although US President Barack Obama’s Haaretz article sought to reassure the world of the United States’ support for a two-state solution, the Palestinians would appreciate a more tangible demonstration.

Tens of thousands flee North Yemen fighting 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jul 2014 – Some 10,000 families have fled the northern city of Amran in three days to escape an intensified battle between the army and Shia rebels, the Yemeni Red Crescent said Tuesday. Launching a “call for help”, the organization said 5,000 more families were trapped by fighting inside…

Small shareholders in Solidere mulling lawsuit against board on mismanagement grounds 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jul 2014 – Beirut’s central district which is owned by real estate giant Solidere. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Beirut’s central district which is owned by real estate giant Solidere. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Solidere board members are making side profits from being part of companies that do business with Solidere, such…

Bahrain orders US diplomat out for meeting with the opposition 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jul 2014 – Bahrain on Monday ordered a visiting senior US official to leave the kingdom immediately because he had “intervened flagrantly” in the country’s internal affairs, the state news agency BNA said. BNA said the foreign ministry had declared US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights…

Sistani signals opposition to renewing Maliki’s term 
Al-Monitor 8 Jul 2014 – Iraqi Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani has drawn red lines about the candidates for the premiership and demanded that a government quickly be formed, before the scheduled date next month.

Lebanon workers union to strike Wednesday over wage scale 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jul 2014 – Lebanon’s most powerful workers union announced a general strike for Wednesday for all public sector workers over Parliament’s failure to approve a wage hike bill. The Union Coordination Committee (UCC), a coalition of government workers and teachers, also encouraged on Tuesday its supporters to rally outside…

AUDIO: Muslims and Jews share Ramadan meal 
BBC 8 Jul 2014 – Muslims in North West London have been invited to break their Ramadan fast at a Jewish synagogue.

VIDEO: Are #GazaUnderAttack images accurate? 
BBC 8 Jul 2014 – How accurate are the images being shared online?

GCC oil fields and military bases threatened by the Islamic State 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 8 Jul 2014 – An image made available on the jihadist website Welayat Salahuddin on June 11, 2014 shows a militant of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) posing with the trademark Islamist flag after they allegedly seized an Iraqi army checkpoint in the northern Iraqi province…

Iraq bombings kill eight, wound nine 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jul 2014 – Bombings north of Baghdad killed eight people on Tuesday, police and a doctor said, as Iraq struggles to regain ground overrun in a major jihadi-led offensive. In the deadliest attack, a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a checkpoint south of Samarra, killing five people,…

Iraq shelling strikes northern Saudi Arabia 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jul 2014 – Three mortar bombs landed inside Saudi Arabia on Monday close to its northern border with Iraq, where Islamist militants have grabbed land in a lightning advance, officials said. The mortars caused no casualties but will stoke security fears in Saudi Arabia, which is also facing militants…

Israeli-Palestinian MKs cower to Netanyahu’s calls to end the protests 
Al-Akhbar Politics 8 Jul 2014 – A protestor holds a portrait of Mohammed Abu Khudeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian from east Jerusalem who was kidnapped and killed in a suspected revenge attack, during a protest in the northern Israeli Arab city of Acre on July 7, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Ahmed Gharabli) A protestor holds…

Trade and security concerns bring Turkey and Israel closer 
Al-Monitor 8 Jul 2014 – Turkish-Israeli relations are still far from normalized, but developments in the region are converging the two countries’ security and economic interests.

Shahrestani: Southern oil exports not impacted by crisis 
Al-Monitor 8 Jul 2014 – In an interview with Al-Monitor, Hussein Shahrestani, Iraq’s deputy prime minister for energy affairs, says that solving the Iraqi political crisis is hindered by a lack of a unified Sunni leadership, combating the terrorist threat is a priority and Iraqi oil fields and international exports are…

Netanyahu under pressure for a large military operation 
Al-Monitor 8 Jul 2014 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces demands by his coalition partners for a strong reaction to the Gaza rocket fire, while the international community will surely refrain from backing him on a large-scale military operation.

Iranian lawmakers want to restrict Khatami from public 
Al-Monitor 8 Jul 2014 – Former President Mohammad Khatami is under the spotlight once again, with some conservative parliamentarians asserting he is banned from public engagements, while others deny their claim.

Gas consumption to exceed Mideast production by 2019 
Al-Monitor 8 Jul 2014 – According to a study by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the demand for natural gas will exceed its production in the Middle East by 2019.

Jordan admits to barring entry of Palestinian refugees from Syria 
Al-Monitor 8 Jul 2014 – Jo
rdan, with half its population already estimated to be Palestinian, is concerned that admitting more Palestinians from Syria will alter its internal demographics and change the balance of power.

Palestinians doubt Israeli narrative of murdered teens 
Al-Monitor 8 Jul 2014 – Some Palestinians believe Israel orchestrated the kidnapping and murder of the three settlers to facilitate an assault on the Palestinians.

UK doctor death not suicide – inmates 
BBC 8 Jul 2014 – A UK doctor who was found dead in prison in Syria did not not kill himself as Syrian officials claim, two of his former inmates say.

Egypt cautiously optimistic on coming Renaissance Dam talks 
Al-Monitor 8 Jul 2014 – With tripartite talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan concerning the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam scheduled for later in July, Cairo is hopeful that some of the dam’s technical specifications will be modified.

Video technology exposing Israeli violations in the West Bank 
Al-Monitor 8 Jul 2014 – The widespread use of audio and video devices is making it harder for Israel to justify its human rights violations in the occupied West Bank.

Friendship, Obama-style 
Al-Monitor 7 Jul 2014 – On the occasion of the 2014 Israel Conference on Peace, US President Barack Obama calls on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to compromise, but does the United States not bear any responsibility for the negotiation crisis?


Dispatch from Gaza: You can never be emotionally ready 
Abeer Ayoub, +972 Magazine 7/8/2014
I have witnessed two wars and even more escalations, and yet I have never been ready for the trauma. 
GAZA – It’s 2 a.m. and the electricity is off for the night. I can’t sleep because of the extremely hot weather and my two sisters are lying next to me checking the news on their cellphones. My sisters and I were discussing whether there will be another Israeli offensive again after the recent attacks between the two sides. We tried to dismiss the idea but everything taking place around us indicates it’s possible. We decided to sleep for an hour until the Sohoor meal (the meal Muslims have before dawn during Ramadan to prepare for a long day of fasting). We didn’t even make it through the hour; the many explosions were enough to wake us up.
“Switch on the radio,” I yelled at my sister as she tuned it to a local station.
It’s official now. Israel has launched a new military operation against Gaza called “Protective Edge.”
The atmosphere of these nights is not new to me. I have witnessed two wars and even more escalations, and yet I have never been ready for the trauma. That this escalation coincides with the holy month of Ramadan and a very complicated electricity crisis is very bad. Fasting for more than 14 hours a day, hearing bombings every single hour is the last thing the 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza want.
I woke up and began the regular routine for every escalation: set the radio to channels that report on every single bombing, then go on Twitter and Facebook to see what your friends are up to and call them when you know there was a bombardment close to their house. That was when I was supposed to have my Sohoor meal. I missed it this time. more..e-mail

Why Netanyahu will lose this Gaza war, too 
Samer Badawi, +972 Magazine 7/8/2014
Israel’s military assaults consistently fail to shift the balance of moral power in its war on the Palestinians.
On the heels of a military campaign that failed at its only stated objective — to rescue three kidnapped Jewish teens — and instead yielded near-unanimous international condemnation and government-fueled racial attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has gone all-in on a bet that more violence will somehow reclaim his losses. As others have pointed out, Netanyahu’s gamble has come at the expense of the truth, but it is also costing the lives of more innocents, all of them so far Palestinian.
Let’s set aside for a moment how we got here and instead consider the effectiveness of Israel’s tactics to date. In Gaza, last night’s bombing began just after 1 a.m local time, and by daybreak, Israel had “targeted” 50 sites in 65 airstrikes. By 11 a.m., with rockets still flying defiantly from the coastal strip, the Israeli prime minister had instructed his air force to “take the gloves off,” and within three hours, the number of airstrikes had reportedly risen to 90 — or nearly one every five minutes.
Unlike the “homemade or smuggled rockets” at Palestinian fighters’ disposal, Israel’s payload includes GPS-guided weaponry designed to single out “pixel-sized targets.” Among these, for example, was the 67-year-old founder of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, who was assassinated by air (in his wheelchair) on March 22, 2004. But if the latest Israeli campaign was aimed at Hamas and other armed groups in Gaza, you wouldn’t know it from eyewitness accounts on the ground there.
As with the Israeli military’s rampage throughout the West Bank these past weeks, which Human Rights Watch and others have labeled collective punishment, the attacks on Gaza have not focused on “military targets.” As of this writing, Gaza’s Tweeps have reported repeated airstrikes against mosques, homes, and refugee camps…. more.. e-mail

Proposed legislation and the repercussions of PA security coordination 
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 7/8/2014
The deaths of three teenage settlers provided Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a scenario through which the continuous escalation of violence against Palestinians can be manipulated as a necessary tactic. Last month, an unnamed senior IDF official quoted on Israel National News affirmed that Operation Brother’s Keeper, the codename for the search operation when the boys went missing, would not be characterised by a definite timescale. “Part of our strength is our ability to hold this campaign for a prolonged time period,” the official claimed
Such prolongation has been essential to the consolidation of settler-colonialism in Palestine. Overnight as I write, Israel’s bombardment of Gaza has resulted in another nine victims. According to ALRAY, the Palestine Media Agency, seven of those killed were members of the Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing. Settlers are also escalating their routine violence against Palestinian civilians and children; the brutal torture and murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, for example, has elicited widespread horror. On Facebook, Team Palestina compiled a list of atrocities committed by settlers in the past few days, including the attempted kidnappings of Palestinian children, an attempt in Nablus to amputate a man’s leg using an axe and the killing of two Palestinians in Tulkarem, run over by a settler in a car.
However, the combination of state and settler violence is predictably removed from the wider framework in order to provide space for the dynamics of prolongation and complicity. Following discussions in which the IDF stated that it was seeking the means to re-incarcerate formerly released Palestinian political prisoners, Israel National News reported yesterday that Likud MK Ze’ev Elkin has contributed towards this reality. Yesterday, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill drafted by Elkin which, if implemented, will legalise the re-arrest and imprisonment of former Palestinian political prisoners.
According to reports, Elkin voiced his approval of the committee’s endorsement: “This law allows returning released terrorists to prison as soon as they go back to their corrupt ways or try to kidnap Israelis….” more.. e-mail

On journalistic responsibility: Media and
Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera 7/8/2014
Tensions between Western liberalism and imperialism have deformed mainstream journalism’s outlook.
Palestinians can be a drag sometimes – even paranoid. They reckon all Westerners are out to get them. And judging from their reaction in recent days, it’s clear they never met a media channel they liked. Their criticism of CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera America is a testimony of their paranoia.
It’s not like all their homeland is occupied! Or most of their people dispossessed! 
Oops. Okay, actually, it is. Yes, they are. 
Indeed, Palestine is under siege, and Palestinians are revolting once again.
But so what? Should being victims of five decades of military occupation and seven decades of dispossession put them above questioning or criticism?
It’s not like Western media is out to get them. 
Or is it? At least those Palestinians in the West seem to think so.
Complaints, complaints
The unabashed bias has led some, including Jerusalem Fund Director Yousef Munayyer, to question if “CNN has officially become Israeli state TV”. Munayyer cites CNN’s June 30 coverage of the death of three Israeli settlers, featuring three outspoken Israeli guests: Israel’s former US ambassador (who became a CNN analyst); the present Israel ambassador to the US, and Mark Regev, official spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. more.. e-mail

Battle to preserve Palestine’s history rages in new novel
Electronic Intifada: 8 Jul 2014 – Radwa Ashour’s The Woman From Tantoura addresses the themes of remembering and forgetting. more..

Netanyahu government knew teens were dead as it whipped up racist frenzy
Electronic Intifada: 7 Jul 2014 – Government lied to victims’ families and the world after three Israeli teens went missing in the occupied West Bank. more..

Liberated Homs Residents Challenge Notion of “Revolution”
In Gaza: 8 Jul 2014 – Volunteers have planted a garden in the courtyard of the burned St. Mary’s Church in Homs. Credit: Eva Bartlett/IPS Jul 8, First Published at Inter Press Services **blog version longer by Eva Bartlett Al-Waer, Homs’s most populated area and the city’s last insurgent holdout, might soon achieve the truce that Hom’s Old City saw in May this year when, in an exchange deal, the insurgents left their strongholds. Today, Al-Waer’s population stands at more than 200,000, many of them internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled their homes in other parts of Syria, only to find themselves caught in the middle of the efforts of the Syrian army to eradicate the armed militants. Homs, Syria’s third largest city and dubbed in the media as the “capital of the revolution”, suffered nearly three years of the insurgents’ presence and the Syrian army’s fight to oust them and restore calm. By May…more

Ziofascism, Lynching and the Prospects of a Third Intifada
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Jul 2014 – By Jamil Khader The savage and irrational lynching of Mohammad Abu Khdeir marks a new troubling trend in the radicalization of Israeli Jewish society. The seventeen year old Palestinian teenager was abducted on his way to the dawn prayers, brutally beaten up, forced to drink gasoline, and was incinerated alive by members of La Familia , a terrorist Jewish mafia affiliated with the racist and extremist Jewish soccer club, Bietar Jerusalem. As the cracks in the edifice of the apartheid Israeli state become more visible under the pressure of international condemnation, state power seems to be shifting into the hands of Jewish terrorist groups,vigilantes, and mobs. Up till now, the apartheid Israeli state repressive apparatus has provided the security and protection these Ziofascist terrorists needed to continue their campaign of terror against the Palestinians. For these Ziofascist terrorist groups, the hegemonic structures of apartheid control, occupation, colonization, and warehousing that have…more

‘Prince of Darkness’ Disowns Iraq’s Tragedy
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Jul 2014 – By Ramzy Broud As Iraq stands on the verge of a complete breakdown into mini sectarian states, former leading neoconservative and Iraq war advocate Richard Perle has chimed in on the situation on Newsmax TV. His statements in an interview given on Saturday were yet another testimony to the intellectual degeneration of a group that had once promised a ‘new Middle East’, only to destabilize the region with violent consequences that continue to reverberate until this day. The Islamic State (IS), which didn’t exist at the time of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, has seized large swathes of Syria and, along helped by a brewing Sunni rebellion, stands in control of large chunks of western, northern and central Iraq. At the time of the 2003 invasion, Perle was one of the leading so-called intellectuals who was known for his strong support of right-wing Israeli parties, and for his particular closeness…more

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