VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 13 July 2014: List of the 183 Palestinians, Including Whole Families, Killed Since Tuesday

13 July 2014 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Eleven Legislators, Many Residents, Kidnapped In West Bank
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, different Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, and kidnapped 11 legislators, and several other Palestinians. …
Two Injured By Army Fire In Hebron
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, has reported that two Palestinians have been shot and injured by Israeli military fire, at the main entrance of Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron. …

Brief Pause in Constant Bombing of Gaza During World Cup Final; Bombs Average 1 Every 3 Minutes
IMEMC – Palestinians in Gaza have noted a brief pause in the constant barrage of bombs, Sunday night, while the World Cup final game was in progress. F16 fighters continued to circle overhead, and drones continued to buzz along above the rooftops, but very few bombs were dropped during the hour and a half that the game was being played. …

List of the 183 Palestinians, Including Whole Families, Killed Since Tuesday
IMEMC – The following is a list of the 183 Palestinians killed by Israeli air bombardment since Tuesday, July 8th. This list is being updated regularly. Approximately 1260 have been injured, dozens in very serious conditions. …

Thousands of Palestinians Seek Refuge at UNRWA Schools
IMEMC – Soldiers set fire to olive trees in Jenin Thousands of Palestinians sought refuge at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian schools, Sunday, after Israeli forces ordered them to evacuate their homes in northern Gaza, in preparation for bombing the area. Clashes continued in the West Bank area, today, as soldiers set fire to olive trees near Jenin and deny worshippers entry to Al Aqsa mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem. …

Gaza Municipality: Targeting Public Facilities a Willful Crime
IMEMC – Gaza hospitals in crisis The Municipality of Gaza says that the Israel’s targeting of its facilities and staff is a willful crime. Gaza hospitals are straining under the pressure inflicted by Israel’s current string of assaults on the Strip, and are in dire need of assistance and supplies. …

Israeli Forces Make First Ground Incursion into Gaza
IMEMC – Israeli troops initiated their first ground assault on Gaza, early Sunday, in further escalation of the current offensive, now 7 days in progress, and just hours after the UN Security Council unanimously called for a ceasefire. …

Israeli Airstrikes Bomb Major Water Line, Sewage Station and Water Wells in Gaza
IMEMC – Israeli airstrikes bombed a major water line and sewage plant, west of Gaza City, which provides water to tens of thousands of citizens and is regarded as the main water line for al-Shati refugee camp west of the city. …

Ma’an News

Gaza death toll at 167 as deadly Israeli strikes continue
7/14/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel’s military assault on Gaza continued for a sixth day on Sunday with the Gaza Ministry of Health saying over 166 Palestinians have been killed and at least 1,000 injured. The latest airstrike killed Samir Hamdan shortly after midday in an airstrike in Beit Hanoun, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said, while Hussein Muhesin, 19, died of….

Israeli commandos make first ground incursion in Gaza
7/13/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli marines mounted a first ground assault on Gaza early Sunday, further escalating a deadly six-day offensive hours after the UN Security Council unanimously called for a ceasefire. As world powers prepared to meet in Vienna over the escalating conflict, the Palestinian death toll from Israel’s punishing air campaign hit 165 following the bloodiest day yet, which left 56 people dead….

Thousands flee northern Gaza in fear of Israeli attack
7/14/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Thousands of Palestinians fled the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday and sought refuge in UNRWA facilities after Israeli forces instructed them to leave their homes. Israeli forces dropped leaflets warning residents to leave their homes before midday on Sunday “for their own safety.” Residents said they also received phone calls from Israel’s military instructing them to evacuate their….

Gazans face psychological toll as fear of death looms
7/14/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s ongoing military assault in the Gaza Strip is exacerbating a mental health crisis in the besieged enclave as Gazans struggle to sustain coping mechanisms under the constant fear of death. Aside from the huge physical death toll — over 160 have been killed and at least 1,000 injured since the assault began — 1. 8 million Gazans live in a….

Mother, 2 children survive ‘stabbing attempt’ in Jerusalem
7/13/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Two Israeli extremistsattempted to stab a Palestinian woman and her two children as they passed through a Jewish neighborhood in the Old City of Jerusalem late Saturday. A Ma’an reporter said that the two Israelis attempted to stab Umm Ziyad Abu Hadwan, her daughter Fidaa, 10, and her son Ahmad, 8. Her husband said that the Israelis verbally abused….

Israel fires on Syria after projectile lands in Golan
7/14/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli army fired on Syria on Sunday evening after a projectile landed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, military representatives said. The army said hits were identified, and added that “Initial reports suggest that the rocket was not errant.”There were no reports of injury in the response. [END]

Israeli boats fire shells at police station in Rafah
7/13/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli boats fired shells at a police station in Rafah late Sunday. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage. [END]

Media: 2 rockets explode in Hof Ashkelon regional council
7/13/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in the Hof Ashkelon regional council in southern Israel on Sunday, Israeli authorities said. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage. [END]

Palestinian military groups continue to fire missiles toward Israel
7/13/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Palestinian resistance groups continued to lob missiles and homemade projectiles towards Israeli cities southward and northward. Some groups released statements claiming responsibility for rocket attacks, while others didn’t. The military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, the al-Nasser Salah Addin Brigades, said in a statement that its fighters fired six projectiles at the Israeli settlement of Zekeim. The….

Army: 2 rockets intercepted over Tel Aviv metro area
7/13/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s Iron Dome protection system intercepted two rockets over the Tel Aviv metropolitan area on Sunday, the Israeli military said. 1 ) Tobias / USA 14/07/2014 01:02 Israel’s Iron Dome protection system is keeping more civilians alive in Gaza than in Israel, since if Gaza’s war crimes were taking lives, then Israel would be….

Report: Hamas military wing threatens to fire 2,000 rockets
7/14/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – As Israeli warplanes continue to bombard Gaza and Palestinian resistance fighters in return fire missiles at Israeli cities, both sides are supported by a psychological war through online propaganda and hacking attempts. As part of the cyber propaganda, hackers penetrated a Facebook page of Domino’s Pizza and published a warning to Israelis in English, Arabic and Hebrew.”Today we….

Death toll passes 100 as Israel continues Gaza assault
7/12/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Eighteen Palestinians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes since midnight Friday, Gaza’s Ministry of Health said, bringing the death toll in Israel’s military assault to over 100. The latest airstrikes and shelling killed two Palestinians and injured 16 others in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, bringing the number of dead Friday to 18. Medical….

5 rockets fired toward Nahariya in farthest attack from Gaza
7/13/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Five rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Nahariya in northern Israel on Sunday, in the farthest-reaching attack since the week’s conflict began. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage. [END]

Israeli airstrike on Deir al-Balah
7/13/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike targeted Deir al-Balah in the Gaza Strip late Sunday. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage. [END]

3 killed in new Gaza airstrikes
7/14/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli airstrikes late Sunday killed three Palestinians in southern Gaza, medics said. Maher Abu Mor, 24, Saddam Muammar, 23, and Moussa Muammar, 60, died in the attacks on eastern Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, the medics said. The assault brought the death toll since Tuesday to at least 170, according to Ministry of Health records. Earlier, airstrikes killed….

Alleged collaborator ‘executed’ in Gaza City
7/13/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An alleged collaborator with Israel was executed by Palestinian fighters in Gaza City on Sunday, local sources said. Witnesses in the southern city of Rafah reported seeing gunmen killing a man in the middle of the street in what appeared to be the execution of someone suspected of collaborating with Israel. There was no immediate claim of responsibility from any….

30 injured in Aqsa, East Jerusalem clashes
7/13/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound on Sunday and fired rubber-coated steel bullets at worshipers, witnesses told Ma’an. Clashes broke out earlier in the morning when Israeli officers closed the area to Palestinian worshipers and opened the Moroccan Gate for a group of right-wing Israelis. Dr. Ziad Srour, who was on duty at a clinic inside the compound….

Airstrike hits al-Jundiya family home in Shujaiyya area
7/13/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike targeted the al-Jundiya family home in the Shujaiyya area of eastern Gaza City on Sunday, residents said. There were no immediate reports or injury. [END]

Israeli airstrike targets house in Maghazi refugee camp
7/13/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes targeted a house in al-Maghazi refugee camp in the Gaza Strip late Sunday, residents said. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage. [END]

In Gaza, war clouds teen’s dream of peace
7/13/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — In 2012, Mohamed Abu Aisha took part in a US peace camp with Israelis, but now he wonders if some of them are flying the warplanes overhead in Gaza. Standing in the Tuffah neighborhood in eastern Gaza City, the 17-year-old stares at the devastation left by an Israeli strike in which 18 people were killed on Saturday night. The target appears….

Israel: Rockets fired from Lebanon toward western Galilee
7/14/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s army said early Monday that several rockets fired from Lebanon landed in the western Galilee. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage. [END]

Rocket sirens in Tel Aviv
7/13/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Rocket sirens were overheard in Tel Aviv on Sunday afternoon. There were no reports of injury or damage. [END]

Rocket alerts heard in Haifa, central Israel
7/13/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Rocket sirens were heard in Haifa as well as cities in central Israel on Sunday afternoon. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage. [END]

Hamas armed wing says fired 15 rockets at Ashdod
7/13/2014 – Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades militant group said it fired 15 rockets toward Ashdod late Sunday. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage. [END]

Quds brigades says launched missiles toward Netanya, Tel Aviv
7/13/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Islamic Jihad-affiliated al-Quds Brigades said its fighters launches at least two missiles at Netanya and Tel Aviv late Sunday. Earlier, Israel said it intercepted two projectiles over the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. [END]

Rocket from Syria hits Israel-held Golan, no injuries
7/13/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) – A rocket fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on Sunday, falling on open ground and causing no casualties, an army spokeswoman told AFP.”The assumption is that it was not a stray,” she said, although there was no immediate report of Israeli retaliation. [END]

Thousands rally in London against Gaza assault
7/13/2014 – LONDON (Ma’an) — Thousands of people gathered outside the Israeli embassy in London on Friday to protest Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip. A crowd protested outside of the embassy, located in the borough of Kensington, as a main road was blocked for several hours and helicopters kept an eye on protesters. Politicians including George Galloway and Labor MP Jeremy Corbyn spoke….

Kerry tells Netanyahu US still ready to broker Gaza truce
7/13/2014 – VIENNA (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to renew a US offer to help mediate a truce as Israel stepped up its military campaign against the Gaza Strip. Kerry “highlighted the US concern about escalating tensions on the ground,” a senior State Department official said, and told the Israeli leader that he was engaged with regional leaders….

Abbas to UN: Put Palestine under international protection
7/13/2014 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — President Mahmoud Abbas is to ask the United Nations to put the state of Palestine under “international protection” due to the worsening violence in Gaza, the PLO said Sunday. Abbas would present a letter to this effect to the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, it said in a statement. Abbas….

Egyptian army seizes rockets, launchers in Rafah
7/13/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian military sources in Cairo told Ma’an that the army raided a rocket launching center south of Rafah near the Israeli border and seized two grad missiles and two rocket launchers. The area was searched thoroughly for other weapons. [END]

Pro-Palestinian rallies in Asia as Gaza death toll climbs
7/13/2014 – SYDNEY (AFP) — Thousands of protesters from Australia to India rallied to voice their support for Palestinians on Sunday, as Israel mounted a ground assault in Gaza and the death toll from airstrikes climbed. In Sydney an estimated 3,000 people demonstrated outside the city’s Town Hall to condemn the military offensive, shouting “Free, free Palestine; free, free Gaza” and holding signs declaring “Shame Israel….

Palestinian killed, others injured in Gaza airstrike
7/14/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — One Palestinian died and other sustained injuries late Sunday after an airstrike in southern Gaza, residents said. [END]

Israeli forces detain 7 in the West Bank
7/13/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Israeli forces detained seven Palestinian men in several West Bank districts overnight Saturday, Palestinian sources told Ma’an. In Jenin in the northern West Bank, Israeli forces detained Muhammad Jamil Abu al-Kamil and Muhammad Jamal. Israeli forces also detained a Palestinian man Muhammad Abu Turky from Hebron in the southern West Bank. The total number of West Bank detainees in….

Israel fires on Lebanon after rocket strikes Galilee
7/14/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s army fired on southern Lebanon after rockets fired from the country landed in the western Galilee, the Israeli military said early Monday. It said the military responded with artillery fire toward the source of the fire.”UNIFIL has been notified of the severity of the incident,” it said. [END]

Gaza rocket fire torpedoes Neil Young Tel Aviv gig
7/13/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Safety fears have forced the cancellation of Canadian rocker Neil Yong’s impending concert in Tel Aviv, the target of repeated rocket fire from Gaza in the past week, organizers said Sunday. Concert promoter Shuki Weiss announced “with great sorrow” the cancellation of a show scheduled for Tel Aviv’s riverside Yarkon Park next Thursday.”This is due to the rocket….

For Hamas, conflict with Israel holds promise of gains
7/14/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Mired in economic crisis and sidelined by former allies, Hamas has little to lose and much to gain in its latest conflict with Israel, analysts say. The flare-up in violence has exacted a heavy human toll in Gaza, with more than 1,300 Israeli strikes having killed 166 people as the operation entered its sixth day on Sunday. Hamas has seen its leaders….

Hague says ‘no decisive breakthrough’ in Iran talks
7/13/2014 – VIENNA (AFP) — British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Sunday that there had been no “decisive breakthrough” in nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna involving foreign ministers.” We haven’t made the decisive breakthrough. . . There are very significant gaps, particularly on that issue (uranium enrichment). There is a huge gap (on that issue),” Hague told reporters. [END]

AlJazeera

Israeli raids on Gaza enter seventh day
AlJazeera 13 Jul 2014 – Israel keeps up deadly air strikes and artillery fire as Gazans flee the north and diplomatic impetus grows. 

Palestinians fear ‘no place is safe’ in Gaza
AlJazeera 13 Jul 2014 – Palestinians have condemned the bombing of residential homes, which Israel claims can be lawful military targets.

Gaza offensive: What’s different this time?
AlJazeera 13 Jul 2014 – Israeli-Palestinian conflict is set against a changing regional and international backdrop. 

International Solidarity Movement

Israel airstrike bombs major water line, sewage station and water wells in Gaza
7/13/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Ramallah team, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Israeli airstrikes bombed a major water line and sewage plant west of Gaza City, last Wednesday afternoon, which provides water to tens of thousands of citizens and is regarded as the main water line for al-Shati refugee camp west of the city. The director of the Water Department in the Municipality of Gaza, Saad Eddin Al-Atbash stated, “Israeli aircraft targeted a sewage plant west of the….

Jews Against Genocide hold memorial for Palestinian children at Yad Vashem
7/13/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Jews Against Genocide, Occupied Palestine – Yesterday, Saturday, 12th July, Jews Against Genocide (JAG) held a memorial service for Palestinian children killed by Israel in its current attack on Gaza. JAG set aflame to a pile of dolls covered in red paint at Yad Vashem, Israel’s holocaust memorial museum. JAG is a movement of Jews from all over the world, including Israelis, who are protesting….

Urgent call from Gaza civil society: act now!
7/13/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Gaza Civil Society, originally published, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – We, Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip, call on conscientious people all over the world, to act, protest, and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel until it ends this murderous attack on our people and is held to account. With the world turning their backs on us once again, for the last four….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Thursday – Saturday update: Death toll of children rises as Israel pummels Gaza
Relief Web 14 Jul 2014 – Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section Country: occupied Palestinian territory SATURDAY UPDATE: Death toll of children rises as Israel pummels Gaza Ramallah, July 12, 2014—Two more children brought the verified death toll to 23 this week, after DCI-Palestine confirmed the…

occupied Palestinian territory: IOF Airstrike on a Disabled NGO Kills 2, Injures 4, 128 Killed, over 780 Injured and 635 Houses Destroyed as IOF Military Attacks Continue
Relief Web 13 Jul 2014 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) military attacks on the Gaza Strip continued into the sixth day of Israel’s ‘Operation Protective Edge’. IOF’s airstrikes continued to target houses and other…

occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza toll hits 172 as Israel campaign enters 7th day
Relief Web 13 Jul 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 07/13/2014 23:34 GMT GAZA CITY, July 13, 2014 (AFP) – Israeli strikes on Gaza claimed the lives of a man and a woman early on Monday, medics said, raising the overall death toll…

occupied Palestinian territory: Saudi King orders provision of 200 mln riyasl to Palestinians in Gaza
Relief Web 13 Jul 2014 – Source: Kuwait News Agency Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Saudi Arabia JEDDAH, July 13 (KUNA) — Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Saturday instructed provision of 200 million riyals (USD 53 million) for the Palestinian Red Crescent in Gaza Strip, the Finance…

occupied Palestinian territory: UN chief demands end to Israeli-Palestinian fighting
Relief Web 13 Jul 2014 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory 13 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday voiced alarm that, despite the Security Council’s clear demand for a ceasefire, the situation in and around the Gaza Strip appears to be…

The National

Iraq’s parliament postpones second session following deadlock
The National 13 Jul 2014 – Hopes had been raised that lawmakers might at least vote on a speaker of parliament on Sunday after Sunni blocs announced that they had agreed on a candidate for the post.

Palestinians flee northern Gaza as Israel threatens ground attack
The National 13 Jul 2014 – Attacks on northern Gaza intensified on Sunday and thousands fled to UN facilities in Gaza City, reports Hugh Naylor

Global Talk: Hugh Naylor reports from Gaza City
The National 13 Jul 2014 – The National’s Hugh Naylor describes what he is seeing and hearing in Gaza City as Israel continues its offensive on the sixth day of Operation Protection Edge.

Egyptians digest ‘bitter pill’ as fuel prices soar
The National 13 Jul 2014 – Mr El Sisi defended the move as a ‘bitter pill’ to revive the country’s ailing economy and said he had put the interests of the nation ahead of whatever popularity he may lose by hiking fuel prices.

Saddam’s deputy purportedly praises Islamic State
The National 13 Jul 2014 – The voice in the recording, which could not be confirmed to be that of Izzat Ibrahim Al Douri, praised militants of the Islamic States as ‘heroes and knights’.

Jordan probes murder of Syrian rebel chief
The National 13 Jul 2014 – The opposition Syrian National Coalition condemned the killing and said it holds the Assad government ‘responsible for this crime’.

Taliban survivor Malala in Nigeria, pledges to help free girls
The National 13 Jul 2014 – Malala met parents of more than 200 girls who were kidnapped by militant group Boko Haram from a school in the northeastern village of Chibok and pledged to ‘speak up for them until they are released’.

Exodus threatens traditions of the Pacific island of Niue
The National 13 Jul 2014 – The stories, songs and language that developed into the Niuean culture over more than 1,000 years are at risk of vanishing.

In pictures: the dwindling population of the Pacific’s Niue island
The National 13 Jul 2014 – While much of the world worries about how it will accommodate rapidly growing populations, some islands in the Pacific face the opposite dilemma: how to stop everybody from leaving.

Islamist militia attacks rivals at main Libya airport
The National 13 Jul 2014 – An airport official said ‘rockets struck inside the airport perimeter around 6am’ and was followed by heavy clashes between the Zintan militia which controls the airport and rival gunmen.

In pictures: Gaza’s ambulance crews dodge airstrikes to save lives
The National 13 Jul 2014 – Daily they risk their lives amid the horror of airstrikes to help those they can… and bring back the bodies of those they cannot. Hugh Naylor, Foreign Correspondent, spent an afternoon with Gaza’s emergency responders

Exhausted and under fire, Gaza’s paramedics risk lives to save others
The National 12 Jul 2014 – At great personal risk, ambulance drivers in the Gaza Strip are racing to the scene of the latest Israeli attacks to try and save lives, Hugh Naylor reports.

Ha’aretz

LIVE UPDATES: IDF shells Lebanon after cross-border rocket attack
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Israel shows restraint in Gaza? You must be kidding
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Livni quits bid to have details of key panel’s discussions revealed
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

13 killed in Gaza as hundreds of families flee after Israeli warning
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Abbas entreats UN to stop Israeli operation in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Mediterranean fish stocks in steady decline, report says
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Leviathan partners: Size of Israeli gas field 16% bigger than estimates
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Gaza fighting stumps what would be best year in Israeli tourism
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Cabinet to vote on ‘weekday kashrut’ for restaurants that open on Shabbat
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Cabinet to vote on ‘weekday kashrut’ for restaurants that open on Shabbat
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Israel must remain on the path of restraint
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

The shame of an Israel dripping with venom
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Dear world, let Gaza be!
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

When dealing with terrorists, deterrence is a useless tool
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

In Gaza, Israel sits uncomfortably between S&M and soft power
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Eight killed in mortar attack in Egypt’s Sinai, near Israel border
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

In Israeli court, suspects in Mohammed Abu Khdeir killing to plead insanity
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Germany wins World Cup with narrow 1-0 over Argentina
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Kerry asks Netanyahu to avoid further escalation in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Loess plains most degraded ecosystem in Israel
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

WATCH: Indyk: Israeli ‘bluff’ of mobilizing tanks hasn’t worked
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

As Jews, we can’t be neutral in this conflict
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Gaza cease-fire on the agenda as Kerry, EU ministers meet
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Pope urges Israel and Palestinians to heed calls for peace
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

WATCH: Naftali Bennett’s prop on Fox News: Grad rocket shrapnel
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Who needs a peace deal when Israel has Iron Dome?
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Americans living in Gaza evacuated to safety
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

New York-bound flight returns to Israel with emergency technical problem
Ha’aretz – 13 Jul 2014

Gaza crisis will exact price from Israel in spirit, if not in blood
Ha’aretz – 12 Jul 2014

Right-wingers attack leftists in Tel Aviv demonstration
Ha’aretz – 12 Jul 2014

Jerusalem Post

Public diplomacy a central front of ongoing military operation
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – Experts say efforts to spread Israel’s message around the world have markedly improved since previous skirmishes in Gaza. 

MDA emergency dispatchers are on the front lines of conflict
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – Ashdod, Ashkelon and Sderot fighting to balance calls about rockets with regular load of medical emergencies. 

When the firepower grows does the law fall by the wayside?
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – IDF says its calls for evacuations from Gaza are not meant to free it from laws of armed conflict. 

It is too easy to always blame ‘hasbara’
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – The world has given Jerusalem a week to pound Hamas. That is by no means a given, and that – too – is a product of hasbara. 

Israeli residents near Gaza can go to any health fund clinic
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – As some community clinics in the area closed due to under-staffing and other reasons, it was decided that residents can go to the clinic near to their home. 

MK demands protective shelters for farmers in South
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – MK Zvulun Kalfa: Abandoning agricultural lands will cause produce shortages. 

J-Street critique of Diaspora Jewry highlights rift in views of Israel
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – “Ultimately there is no military solution to the underlying conflict,” the group states. 

IAF intensifies strikes as rocket barrage continues
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – Thousands comply with IDF request to flee northern Gaza; Military source: Operation’s goal is to restore quiet, not topple Hamas; IDF works to ensure calm in the West Bank and Lebanon. 

Israel would score failing mark if efforts to stop Hamas rockets graded economically
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – Israel needs to weaken Hamas so that we escape the equation of “quiet will be met with quiet” that allows Hamas to dictate when the next round takes place. 

Abbas turns to UN for protection
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – Abbas asks the UN to “place the lands of the ‘State of Palestine’ under international protection.” 

World powers unlikely to reach nuclear deal with Iran before deadline
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – US: Tehran remains ‘far’ from assuring world its nuclear program is peaceful; Talks may be extended by up to six months. 

Gaza victory could lead to leadership race in Likud
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – If Netanyahu emerges from Operation Protective Edge with what could be characterized as a victory, he could take advantage of his post-war popularity. 

Germany crowned World Cup champion
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – After scoreless 90 minutes, Goetze tally in 113th downs Messi and Argentina to cap pulsating final in Rio. 

Anti-Israel protesters attack Paris synagogue
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – At least three Jews were taken to hospital as a result of the clashes the erupted; synagogue briefly besieged. 

Netanyahu giving no indication when Gaza operation will end
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – Germany’s FM to arrive on Tuesday as ceasefire calls continue; Kerry speaks with Netanyahu by phone saying US is “concerned about escalating tensions on the ground” in Gaza. 

Talk of peace leads to war
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – The real reason for what the world is calling a “cycle of violence” is the phony peace process that US Secretary of State John Kerry spent months trying to broker. 

Terra Incognita: Tired of Gaza- Hamas’s nightmare comes true
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – Blair in Cairo does not an international response make, and it would appear that Hamas has badly overplayed its hand. 

WATCH: Missiles are no match for Schnitzel the Cat
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – In security footage, cat escapes unscathed after missile shrapnel falls directly in his tree. 

Think about it: A torrent of private members’ bills
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – The problem with legislation in Israel is not lack of transparency, but rather lack of coherency. 

No holds barred: Israel must not make the same mistake twice
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – Peace came to Europe and the Far East only after the greatest generation totally destroyed Germany and Japan’s capacity to make war. 

In praise of Iron Dome
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – If not for Iron Dome’s tremendous success, Israel might have found itself dragged into an even more violent confrontation, 

2014 Emmy nominations: Out with the old and in with the new
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – Orange is the New Black, which garnered eight nominations on Thursday, is perhaps the epitome of modern-day television. 

In the Arab world, does World Cup soccer trump the Gaza war?
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – The situation in Iraq, the Islamic State (IS), the war in Syria, and the World Cup in Brazil are grabbing the attention, expert says. 

Southern Israel hit by rocket barrage, Iron Dome intercepts 5 over Ashdod
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – As Southern communities get hit by rockets, Iron dome successfully shoots down some of them while others land in open areas. 

Father of Ashkelon teen who is in ICU after rocket attack talks to ‘Post’
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – “We have to live with the Palestinians,” Avinoam Levy says; “I hope that in the next generation, our children will live together in peace.” 

Kishon River cleaning works recommence
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – Cleaning was stalled due to the Water Authority commissioner’s refusal to allow the discharge of purified Kishon water back into the river. 

Leviathan gas estimates rise 16%
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – Leviathan, located about 130 kilometers west of Haifa, expected to come online in 2017; reservoir’s stakeholders reviewing export options. 

Rockets intercepted above Tel Aviv; IDF says Nahariya siren a false alarm
Jerusalem Post 13 Jul 2014 – Two rockets intercepted above Tel Aviv; sirens sound in Hadera, Binyamina, Zichron Yaakov; shrapnel falls on street in Rishon Lezion. 

The Guardian

Israeli commandos raid Gaza beach as deadly air assault continues
The Guardian 13 Jul 2014 – Raid is first time Israeli forces have set foot in Gaza during current conflict, and leaflets warn of large-scale bombing Israeli naval commandos have launched an early morning raid on a beach in the north of…

Rockets and artillery fire exchanged across Lebanese-Israeli border
The Guardian 13 Jul 2014 – No immediate claim of responsibility or reports of casualties following third rocket attack from Lebanon since Friday Rockets were fired at Israel from southern Lebanon early on Monday, drawing retaliatory artillery fire from Israeli forces, Lebanese…

The readers’ editor on language in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
The Guardian 13 Jul 2014 – Words and images are at the heart of the latest complaints about the Guardian’s coverage of this intractable situation It is inevitable that one of the persistent themes in the work of the Guardian readers’ editor’s…

The slaughter in Gaza will not defeat Hamas | Azzam Tamimi
The Guardian 13 Jul 2014 – The longer this offensive lasts, the more it looks like another disastrous Israeli miscalculation The Guardian view on the conflict in Gaza At 9pm on Saturday, Palestinians in Hebron and other West Bank towns took to…

The Guardian view on the conflict in Gaza | Editorial
The Guardian 13 Jul 2014 – Eventually, as in the past, there will be a ceasefire. So why wait? All sides should contribute to halting the cycle of violence The human reaction to the daily bloodshed in Gaza fills anyone who glimpses…

Thousands flee Gaza homes after Israeli warning of large-scale bombing
The Guardian 13 Jul 2014 – Israel to hit Beit Lahia area, home to at least 100,000 people, targeting what it says are rocket-launching sites Read more: Stephen Hawking’s boycott hits Israel where it hurts Thousands of Gazans fled their homes in…

Hamas/Israel conflict continues in pictures
The Guardian 13 Jul 2014 – Israel has launched more than 1,300 air strikes since its offensive began, and Palestinian militants have launched more than 800 rockets at Israel, the Israeli military has said. Gaza’s health ministry said 166 Palestinians had been…

Gaza City rocked by explosions overnight – video
The Guardian 13 Jul 2014 – Gaza City was rocked by a series of large blasts in the early hours of Sunday morning. The explosions came as violence escalated between Israel and Hamas with more exchanges of rocket fire from Gaza and…

Israel calls on residents to leave northern Gaza as death toll continues to spiral
The Guardian 13 Jul 2014 – Commandos sent in to destroy rocket site, says army, while Palestinians count more than 150 dead and UN seeks ceasefire Israel has called on residents of the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes, suggesting a…

Inter Press Service

New Palestinian World Heritage Site Under Threat of Defacement
IPS View of the terraces in the Palestinian village of Battir, now a World Heritage site. Credit: Courtesy of Wikipedia By Ido Liven BATTIR, West Bank, Jul 13 2014 (IPS) The Palestinian village of Battir, just six kilometres southwest of Jerusalem and a similar distance from Bethlehem, is the latest to…

Uruknet

Anbar Tribal Leader: Maliki Is More Dangerous Than ISIS 
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 7, 2014 – Sheikh Hatem al-Suleiman, 43, is one of Anbar province s most influential tribal sheikhs and is chief of the powerful Dulaim tribe in Ramadi. Suleiman is founding member of the Anbar Salvation Council, a key group…

Death toll in Fallujah rises
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 7. 2014 -Iraqi government troops positioned on the eastern outskirts of the city of Fallujah in Anbar province in western Iraq bombed the city yesterday with artillery, air strikes and armoured vehicles, bringing the death toll in the city…

Arafat case may prove another huge judicial blow for Israel
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 7, 2014 -As Israel tries to cope with the fallout from the sadistic murder of a young Palestinian, there is an allegedly unlawful killing threatening to cause it even greater problems. France has effectively re-opened the investigation into the…

Syria News – July 6 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 6, 2014- By the end of Sunday the Local Coordinating Committees were able to document 36 deaths, including 2 women, 3 children and 7 martyrs under torture: 12 martyrs in Aleppo, 10 martyrs in Damascus and its suburbs, 8…

Israel s dominant media narrative
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 6, 2014 – What about pointing out that, for Palestinians, the detention of their children, running into thousands, is experienced as kidnapping at an Israeli-state level? Or how about, for a start, just describing people properly – unlike the…

Lebanon s Closed Doors for Palestinian Refugees
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 6, 2014 – Tens of thousands of Palestinians living in Syria have been uprooted since the violent government crackdown on the uprising and the ensuing battles that ensnared their communities. For around 50,000 of them, Lebanon was their only…

Video: Jewish mob chanting Death to Arabs! stops cars in Jerusalem to check drivers ethnicity 
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 6, 2014 – The video above was shot last night by Ronnie Barkan in Jerusalem. He tells me the locations are as follows: PM residence, Hatulot square (downtown), en route to East Jerusalem (they didn t enter East Jerusalem…

Iraq: Militants treated us well, say rescued Indian nurses from Kerala
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 6, 2014 -Kochi: After about a month-long ordeal in the strife torn Iraq, 46 Indian nurses returned home today with most of them vowing not to go back risking their lives.”We will not go back. There is no question…

Israel s impunity culture: War crimes, intimidation and oppression
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 6, 2014 – …The war crimes that Israel stands accused of will not end as long as the Israeli government perpetuates a violent military occupation that allows inequality and injustice to flourish. Israel s recent actions, including attempts to…

Israel and the Palestinians It s about Mind over Matter 
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 6, 2014-Ever since the three Israeli teenagers went missing, police and army units have besieged Palestinian towns and villages in the area; their houses and shops have been ransacked and atrocities have been committed; Gaza has been bombed, and…

Number of suspected “revenge attacks” continues to rise as 22-year-old abducted and left to bleed on remote hillside near Nablus
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 6, 2014 – After the bodies of the three settler teens were discovered early last week, calls for revenge have echoed across Israel and fears of individual reprisals against the Palestinian population are growing. These fears were realized early…

The Rule of Law Oral History Project: How the Guantánamo Prisoners Have Been Failed by All Three Branches of the US Government
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 6, 2014 – …. There are about sixty-five prisoners who had been cleared for release, approved for transfer, when Obama took over. Most of those people are still there.The problem is related to the problem of rounding people up who…

Israel s War on Palestinian Journalists
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 6 , 2014 -For years now, the government of Israel has pursued increasingly belligerent policies towards Palestinian journalists who cover the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the expansion of the illegal settlements program.On the 2nd July, the International Federation of…

There is no war of images, only occupation
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 6, 2014-The right-wing Israel crowd is on a mission to delegitimize every Palestinian activity that goes beyond silent submission to permanent foreign military rule.Post-modern madness has Israelis very excited, for years now, about the notion that if Israel just “…

Reprisals Escalate in the oPt; Settlers and Special Israeli Military Units Continue to Attack Palestinian Civilians in the West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem, and the Israeli Warplanes Continue to Launch Airstrikes on Targets in the Gaza Strip
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 6, 2014 – Following kidnapping, torturing to death and brutally burning the body of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian Child from Shu fat neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, by Israeli settlers, the settlers continued to commit more crimes against…

Abu Khdeir, Murdered Palestinian Boy Was Forced to Drink Gasoline, Then Burned to Death
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 6, 2014 – With each day that goes by the murder of Mohamed Abu Khdeir becomes ever more bestial. Haaretz reports (Hebrew print edition only so far) that before he was burned to death he was doused with gasoline…

The political implications of ISIS s Caliphate
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 6, 2014 -….In addition to this, there are some exceptional, geopolitical elements that are currently casting their shadows on the Middle East as a whole. Tehran s ambitions in the Arab Gulf are longstanding; however, the way in which…

Summary of events of the Iraqi popular revolution Bulletin no. 238 Saturday, July 5 2014
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 6, 2014 – Baghdad: A force of division 17 -Maliki s army- randomly shot over prayers of Istiqama mosque in Latifiyah south of Baghdad as they were finishing Migrib prayer. Anbar: The revolutionaries accuretly shelled with two rockets -C5K-…

Shelling of Residential Areas by Maliki s Forces are Increasing Civilian Casualties
Uruknet 13 Jul 2014 – July 6, 2014 – In accordance with the reports of UN agencies, during June, more than 5000 Iraqis died as a result of the armed engagement between tribal revolutionaries and Maliki s armed forces and militias. As it is known,…

Daily Star

3 killed in mortar attack in Egypt’s Sinai
Daily Star 13 Jul 2014 Officials in Egypt say militants fired mortar rounds at a military post in the northern Sinai capital of el-Arish, killing three civilians in a nearby residential complex.

Israel orders residents of northern Gaza to leave
Daily Star 13 Jul 2014 The Israeli military says it is ordering Palestinians living in the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate the area “for their own safety.”

Clashes in Paris as thousands march against Israel offensive
Daily Star 13 Jul 2014 Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip, where a six-day conflict has left 168 Palestinians dead.

Egyptians protest against Israel’s Gaza offensive
Daily Star 13 Jul 2014 Around 100 Egyptians held a protest in central Cairo on Sunday against Israel’s deadly offensive in the Gaza Strip and criticised their government’s efforts to halt the violence.

Yemeni leader demands Shiite group give up captured city
Daily Star 13 Jul 2014 Yemen’s president on Sunday demanded the withdrawal of Shi’ite Muslim tribesmen from a captured provincial city, in a stand-off that threatens to intensify turmoil in the Arab country.

Rocket from Syria falls in Israeli-held Golan, no injuries: army
Daily Star 13 Jul 2014 A rocket fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on Sunday, falling on open ground and causing no casualties, an army spokeswoman told AFP.

Kurds clash with extremists in northern Syria
Daily Star 13 Jul 2014 Heavy fighting broke out Sunday between an extremist group and Kurdish gunmen in northern Syria, activists said, adding that jihadis have captured a dozen fighters.

Link-up between Yemen and Syria Islamists of ‘extreme concern’: US
Daily Star 13 Jul 2014 US Attorney General Eric Holder said on Sunday that intelligence suggesting Islamist bombmakers from Yemen have teamed up in Syria is “more frightening than anything” he had seen before.

Iran must be ‘more realistic’ in nuclear talks: Britain’s Hague
Daily Star 13 Jul 2014 British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday it was crucial for Iran “to be more realistic about what is necessary” to reach a nuclear deal with six major powers that would end sanctions against Tehran…

Egypt jails 101 Morsi backers for 3 years
Daily Star 13 Jul 2014 An Egyptian court Sunday sentenced 101 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to three years in jail for acts of violence in the Nile Delta city of Damietta, state media reported.

Wildfire erupts in n. Lebanon
Daily Star 13 Jul 2014 An enormous wildfire erupts in the forests near the northern village of Chekka after several other blazes broke out around the country.

YNet News

It’s time for a ceasefire 
YNet News, 13 Jul 2014 – Op-ed: If Israel’s strategic purpose was to create deterrence, it seems to have achieved it at a minimal cost and should settle for that. The longer the battle, the bigger the chance for difficult, unexpected incidents. ….

Israel’s message to Hamas: We control the escalation
YNet News, 13 Jul 2014 – Analysis: Decision to bomb entire areas in northern Gaza after warning residents indicates is aimed at signaling to Hamas that Israel is climbing one more step up the ladder. ….

Egypt: 7 civilians killed in rocket explosion in North Sinai
YNet News, 13 Jul 2014 – ….

IDF responds with artillery fire at area in Lebanon from which rockets fired at Israel
YNet News, 13 Jul 2014 – ….

Lebanese report: Two rockets launched at Israel from southern Lebanon
YNet News, 13 Jul 2014 – ….

Two men say attacked by Arabs in Jerusalem, sustain minor injuries
YNet News, 13 Jul 2014 – ….

At least one rocket falls in open area in Western Galilee
YNet News, 13 Jul 2014 – ….

Germany’s 7-1 World Cup win sparks Nazi references 
YNet News, 13 Jul 2014 – Anti-Defamation League says tweets flooding social media are ‘insulting to the German team and demeaning to Holocaust survivors and victims.’ ….

Why do wars break out? 
YNet News, 13 Jul 2014 – Op-ed: Complexity of bloody conflict between two national-religious-ideological movements cannot be simplified down to economic considerations. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Gaza death toll hits 166 as Israeli airstrikes continue to massacre civilians
PIC – Two Palestinian citizens died Sunday of wounds they sustained in earlier Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, bringing the total number of Palestinian casualties to 166 so far.

10 mosques bombed during Israeli airstrikes on Gaza
PIC – Israeli warplanes bombed Farouq mosque in Nuseirat camp in Gaza Strip before dawn prayers on Saturday, which led to its complete destruction in addition to significant damage to the neighboring homes.

Health ministry: Israel uses internationally-banned weapons against Gazans
PIC – The Palestinian health ministry said the Israeli army uses internationally-banned weapons in its military aggression against the population in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Rehabilitation center demands prosecution of Israeli war criminals
PIC – Al-Salam rehabilitation center for disabled people has called for an investigation into the Israeli bombing of the headquarter of al-Mabra association, which killed two disabled persons.

Mass protests all over the world against Gaza aggression
PIC – Mass protests have been organized in different Arab and European countries condemning the continued international silence towards the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip. 

Overnight aerial attack targets Islamic national bank in Gaza City
PIC – An Israeli drone at dawn Sunday targeted the branch of the Islamic national bank in Al-Rimal neighborhood in Gaza City.

Tension in the Aqsa Mosque after settlers storm its courtyards
PIC – Tension is running high inside and outside the Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning after Jewish settlers led by the fanatic rabbi Ehuda Glick broke into its courtyards.

Violent clashes between young men and Israeli troops in Al-Khalil
PIC – Violent clashes broke out at dawn Sunday between Palestinian young men and Israeli troops in different towns of Al-Khalil.

Al-Qassam Brigades ambushes Israeli naval forces, foils infiltration attempt
PIC – Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, said its resistance fighters at dawn Sunday frustrated an infiltration attempt by Israeli naval troops on the beach of Al-Sudaniya area, north of Gaza.

Hamas appeals to the world to lift the oppression befalling the Palestinians
PIC – Hamas Movement appealed to the world community to lift the oppression befalling the Palestinian people and not just call for a ceasefire.

WAFA

Abbas to Take Concrete Steps to Deal with Horrific Situation in Gaza, says Ashrawi
WAFA – 13 Jul 2014

Israeli Police Deny Palestinians Entry to al-Aqsa Mosque, Allow Settlers’ Entry, Provoke Clashes
WAFA – 13 Jul 2014

Minister Calls for Protecting Palestinians, Holy Sites, against Israel’s Violations
WAFA – 13 Jul 2014

Thousands of Palestinians Seek Refuge at ‘UNRWA’ Schools to Escape Israeli Bombardment on Northern Gaza
WAFA – 13 Jul 2014

At Least 165 Palestinians Killed in Israeli Aggression on Gaza, says OCHA Report
WAFA – 13 Jul 2014

Israeli Forces to Bomb Northern Gaza, Order Palestinians to Evacuate Homes
WAFA – 13 Jul 2014

Israel Notifies to Demolish re-arrested Palestinian’s Home
WAFA – 13 Jul 2014

Israeli Soldiers Set Fire to Olive Trees, Provoke Clashes, Many Suffocate near Jenin
WAFA – 13 Jul 2014

Death Toll Hits 166, with 1096 Injured, as Israel’s Offensive on Gaza Escalates
WAFA – 13 Jul 2014

Misc

Militants Fire on Military Post in Egypt, Killing Soldier and Nearby Civilians
New York Times 13 Jul 2014 – The fighters in Egypt have also fired rockets at Israel in a show of support of Palestinian groups. 

News Analysis: Bid to Deliver Aid to Syria May Set Stage for a U.N. Clash
New York Times 13 Jul 2014 – A draft resolution would authorize the United Nations to send aid convoys across four specific border crossings, even without Syrian government consent, but only after United Nations monitors inspect what was loaded onto the trucks. 

Rival Factions in Libyan Capital Battle for Control of Main Airport
New York Times 13 Jul 2014 – The United Nations mission in Libya, which began to withdraw staff members last week because of security concerns, accelerated that withdrawal on Sunday. 

In Divided Jerusalem, Rail Line for Arabs and Jews Is Among the Fractures
New York Times 13 Jul 2014 – Rioters in a Palestinian neighborhood in Jerusalem destroyed two light-rail stations, breaking what some saw as an artery of coexistence in a city that is otherwise split. 

U.S. Sees Risks in Assisting a Compromised Iraqi Force
New York Times 13 Jul 2014 – A classified report says that many units are deeply infiltrated by either Sunni extremist informants or Shiite personnel backed by Iran, according to U.S. officials. 

Grief and Evacuation in Gaza
New York Times 13 Jul 2014 – As 18 victims of an airstrike in Gaza City were buried, Palestinians fled the north after Israel warned of major attacks. 

Deadlock Blocks Iraqi Leadership Vote as ISIS Makes Gains Toward Baghdad
New York Times 13 Jul 2014 – A sandstorm was blamed for the delay, but a possible defection in an alliance aiming to reinstate Prime Minister Maliki may have played a greater role. 

Op-Ed Contributor: Iraq’s Urgent Need for Unity
New York Times 13 Jul 2014 – Shiite politicians must make serious concessions to Sunnis and Kurds if the country is to succeed. 

Palestinians Flee Northern Gaza as a Cease-Fire Appears Elusive
New York Times 13 Jul 2014 – Israel’s aerial bombardment of Gaza continued Sunday, as did rocket fire into Israel, as Israeli leaders and Palestinian militants both appeared ready to continue and escalate the conflict. 

Holder Voices ‘Extreme Concern’ About Terrorist Bomb Makers
New York Times 13 Jul 2014 – Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. addressed reports that Yemeni explosives experts were working on devices small enough to fit into cellphones or laptop computers, and helping militants in Syria. 

News Analysis: Americans and Iranians See Constraints at Home in Nuclear Negotiations
New York Times 13 Jul 2014 – As Secretary of State John Kerry tries to rescue stalled talks with Iran’s foreign minister, he is struggling to accommodate members of Congress, top military officials and Iran’s supreme leader. 

Florida Congresswoman sides with Israeli police over her own brutalized teenage constituent
Mondoweiss – Democratic Representative Kathy Castor On July 10, Democratic Representative Kathy Castor of Florida’s Tampa Bay area issued an impassioned plea for the protection of endangered manatee whales. At the same time, she remained conspicuously silent about the brutal beating and ongoing detention of one of her…

Jewish activists light children’s dolls on fire at Yad Vashem to protest Gaza attack
Mondoweiss – Jews Against Genocide protest at Yad Vashem. Saturday, 12th July, a group called Jews Against Genocide (JAG) held a memorial service for Palestinian children killed by Israel in its current attack on Gaza. JAG set aflame to a pile of dolls covered in red paint at Yad…

In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update)
Mondoweiss – Metz, France San Francisco, USA Greece Stockholm, Sweden Chicago,USA Paris, France Glasgow, Scotland Lebanon (photo:AP) Tokyo, ,Japan Norway Edinburgh, Scotland Columbus, Ohio Milan, Italy Seattle Seattle Seattle Buenos Aires, Argentina Sydney, Australia Spain San Francisco Bogata, Columbia Chicago, USA Germany Frankfurt, Germany France Houston, Texas

Urgent call from Gaza civil society: Act now!
Mondoweiss – Palestinians search in the rubble of a destroyed house where eight members of the Al Haj family were killed in a strike early morning in Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, July 10, 2014. (Photo: AP/Khalil Hamra) URGENT CALL FROM GAZA CIVIL SOCIETY:…

Gaza war spreads as rockets are launched into Israel from southern Lebanon
Mondoweiss – Nahariya, Israel. Overnight three rockets struck Israel from southern Lebanon, marking the second instance of crossfire between the Mediterranean states since the beginning of the military offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip. The rockets landed in Nahariya, a beachside community ten kilometers from the Lebanese border….

Video: While the world watches Gaza, protests rage across the West Bank
Mondoweiss – Palestinian youth gathered again for the ninth consecutive night near Rachel’s Tomb on Bethlehem’s Jerusalem-Hebron Road on Friday, June 11th. Clashes began on July 3rd in response to the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir and have continued with the Israeli government’s current operation in Gaza. At…

Israel viciously bombs Gaza, that’s the only truth
Mondoweiss – Gaza (Photo: AP via BBC) To those of you who don’t know, we in Lebanon have lived three major wars with Israel, in 1993, 1996 and 2006 not to mention the daily brutalities that Israeli soldiers committed at check points and villages as they conquered various…

In First Gaza Ground Battle, Israeli Commandos Repelled
Tikun Olam – In what was the first ground engagement between the IDF and Hamas forces during Operation Protective Edge earlier today, Shayetet 13 naval commandos landed on a northern Gaza beach, where their target was a rocket launcher firing long-range missiles toward Israel. The Israelis were ambushed and…

In solidarity with #GazaUnderAttack from around the world 
Sabbah report 14 Jul 2014 – Protests around the world in solidarity with Gaza The post: In solidarity with #GazaUnderAttack from around the world appeared first on Sabbah Report § Sign up for our FREE newsletter §

VIDEO: Israel continues Gaza campaign 
BBC 13 Jul 2014 – Thousands of Palestinians flee northern Gaza after Israel warns it is targeting the area, on the sixth day of air strikes aimed at stopping rocket attacks.

Israel Holds Off on Gaza Invasion as Truce Push Mounts — Toll at 166 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Jul 2014 – Israel appeared to hold off on a threatened escalation of its week-old Gaza Strip barrage on Monday despite balking at Western calls for a ceasefire with an equally defiant Hamas. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Death toll mounts amid Gaza strikes 
BBC 13 Jul 2014 – A deadly night of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza is said to have killed 17 members of the same family, in the latest stage of an offensive that began last Tuesday.

Thousands flee northern Gaza 
BBC 13 Jul 2014 – Thousands of Palestinians flee northern Gaza after Israeli warnings, on the sixth day of air strikes aimed at stopping rocket attacks.

Anti-Israel Paris Crowd Besieges Synagogue 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Jul 2014 – Dozens of young men protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza briefly besieged a Paris synagogue and clashed with security. Click here for the rest of the article…

Morocco Rabbi Beaten in Gaza Payback 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Jul 2014 – The rabbi of the Jewish community in Casablanca, Morocco, was beaten allegedly because of Israel’s Gaza operation. Click here for the rest of the article…

Benjamin Netanyahu Hits U.S. Television To Plead Israel’s Case 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Jul 2014 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebuffed international calls for a ceasefire while defending his country’s offensive in Gaza during appearances on U.S. television on Sunday. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Israel warns of north Gaza strikes 
BBC 13 Jul 2014 – Israel has warned Palestinians in the north of Gaza to evacuate their homes ahead of more airstrikes that could begin after midday local time.

VIDEO: Wheelbarrow monopoly in Sudan 
BBC 13 Jul 2014 – In Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, about 20,000 people use wheelbarrows to transport goods. But they’re not allowed to own their own; wheelbarrows are controlled by local government contractors, who charge high rental fees.

Defector speaks of life inside Isis 
BBC 13 Jul 2014 – Defector tells of his life inside extremist group Isis

‘Big gaps’ in Iran nuclear talks 
BBC 13 Jul 2014 – Key players in the talks on Iran’s nuclear programme warn of deep differences between Iran and world powers, with only a week left to strike a deal.

Rival rebels clash at Libya airport 
BBC 13 Jul 2014 – At least seven people die in fierce clashes between rival militias at the international airport in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

US message on enrichment helped open Iran channel 
Al-Monitor 13 Jul 2014 – Secret US-Iran diplomatic contacts got underway after President Obama conveyed message that the United States would be prepared to accept limited Iran enrichment program in a serious nuclear agreement.

VIDEO: Afghan candidates agree vote audit 
BBC 13 Jul 2014 – Afghanistan’s two presidential election candidates have agreed to an audit in an attempt to resolve a dispute over the result of last month’s vote.

Negotiating parties remain cautious as Iran nuclear talks deadline looms closer 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Jul 2014 – A file photo taken on March 19, 2014 shows Catherine Ashton (center left), High Representative of the Union of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union, her Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs Helga Schmidt (left), Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (center right),…

Roadside bomb kills seven security forces members in Algeria 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Jul 2014 – A roadside bomb has killed three Algerian soldiers and four auxiliaries in the west of the North African country, the defense ministry said on Sunday. Saturday’s blast struck in the Sidi Bel-Abbes region 440 kilometers (275 miles) west of the capital, the ministry said. The auxiliaries…

Jordan starts investigation into murder of Syrian rebel commander 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Jul 2014 – Jordan is probing the murder of a Syrian rebel commander in the capital Amman, a security official said Sunday, as the opposition blamed the Damascus regime for his killing. Maher Rahhal, who headed the Liwa al-Mujahideen, one of the groups fighting the forces of Syrian President…

Iraqi MPs postpone formation of new government as fighting continues 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Jul 2014 – Iraq’s parliament postponed until Tuesday a meeting aimed at agreeing on the formation of a new government because of a lack of consensus, parliamentary officials and a lawmaker said on Sunday. Parliament was due to meet under heavy pressure to make progress on forming a new…

Israel considers costs of escalation in Gaza 
Al-Monitor 13 Jul 2014 – Gaza residents bear the costs of war; Israel weighs its option with Hamas; Al-Monitor interviews Iraqi political leaders; the forgotten war in Syria.

British Parliament committee endorses limited uranium enrichment for Iran 
Al-Monitor 13 Jul 2014 – A British report could help the Barack Obama administration sell an Iranian nuclear accord — or extension of the interim agreement — to a skeptical Congress.

Israeli forces launch first ground assault in deadly war on Gaza 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Jul 2014 – Palestinians travel to a shelter at a UN school after evacuating their homes near the border in Gaza City on July 13, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Abed) Updated at 2:10 pm: Israeli naval commandos clashed with Hamas militants in a raid on the coast of…

Hamas’ attack on Israel destroys Gaza 
Al-Monitor 13 Jul 2014 – Hamas rose to power through those in Gaza who wished to better their dire situation, but the movement chose to invest its resources in attacking Israel, ignoring the devastating consequences of its choice on the population.

Israel and Hamas’ lose-lose situation 
Al-Monitor 13 Jul 2014 – The current escalation in Gaza could have been avoided had Israel truly agreed to the two-state solution, thus nullifying the political force of Hamas and its desire to hurt Israel at any cost.

The sirens of Tel Aviv 
Al-Monitor 13 Jul 2014 – The people of Tel Aviv insist on maintaining normalcy by going to the beach and watching the World Cup, despite the rockets flying overhead, yet, something in the city has cracked this time around.

Federalism necessary to avoid partition, says Yemeni politician 
Al-Monitor 12 Jul 2014 – Veteran politician Abdul Malik al-Mekhlafi claims Yemeni political and social forces are working to reach a consensus that will save the country from spiraling into chaos.

Morocco PM’s speech shows he does not see women as equals 
Al-Monitor 12 Jul 2014 – The recent comments by Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane raise questions about the fate of women in Morocco.

Tunisian police shut down restaurants during Ramadan 
Al-Monitor 12 Jul 2014 – Relying on old cancelled decrees, some municipalities are closing cafes and restaurants seen to be breaking Ramadan’s fast.

Libya will exhaust monetary reserves in 5 years 
Al-Monitor 12 Jul 2014 – More than three years after the outbreak of the Libyan revolution, instability remains, leading to a severe drain on monetary reserves.

Articles


Gaza-Israel conflict: The terrible price Palestinian children are paying for Israel’s war with Hamas 
Kim Sengupta, The Independent 7/11/2014
70 per cent of the 700 injured are women or children, say Palestinian medical authorities
“She was the centre of our life, she was the most precious thing in the world to us, we had waited so long for her. Now we don’t know whether she will wake up again; we don’t know what has happened to her.” Alla al-Masri buried his head in his hands – no longer could he bear to watch his nine-year-old daughter lying on the hospital bed, suffering.
He and his wife, Hanan, had craved a baby and Mariam came after years of IVF treatment. An only child, she was the apple of her grandparents’ eyes and they had been constantly cautioning her that she should not stray far from home in these dangerous times.
“Our little girl was playing in our garden when it happened. The Israelis bombed a house across the street: the blast came straight through our house – then I saw my daughter lying in blood,” said Mr Masri. “She was injured badly in the head, so we fear very much.”
Mariam is one among the extraordinarily large number of children who have been victims since Benjamin Netanyahu’s government launched Operation Protective Edge: 22 are among the 103 dead, and no less than 70 per cent of the 700 injured comprise boys and girls, or women, according to Palestinian medical authorities.
Ashraf al-Qadri, information director at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City warned of a “catastrophic effect” on young lives if the spiral of violence continues. There is no obvious explanation for this trend in child casualties.
Many residents, however, maintain that missiles and bombs aimed at the homes of militants considered legitimate targets by the Israelis have also hit neighbouring family homes…. more.. e-mail

In Gaza, war clouds teen’s dream of peace 
AFP, Ma’an News Agency 7/13/2014
GAZA CITY (AFP) — In 2012, Mohamed Abu Aisha took part in a US peace camp with Israelis, but now he wonders if some of them are flying the warplanes overhead in Gaza. 
Standing in the Tuffah neighborhood in eastern Gaza City, the 17-year-old stares at the devastation left by an Israeli strike in which 18 people were killed on Saturday night.
The target appears to have been a Hamas police chief, but the missile killed a significant number of his extended family, with two rockets slamming into the home of a cousin he was visiting shortly after Ramadan prayers.
“It is a disaster,” says Abu Aisha, who lives two streets away.
“The blast was so big that our house shook. All the dust and debris came in through our windows — we can’t close them because otherwise they shatter when there are air strikes.”
Abu Aisha just graduated from Gaza’s American International School and is eager to show off his fluent English.
He honed his language skills during two months in the United States in 2012, when he took part in a peacemaker’s program with Israelis and others living in conflict zones, called Seeds of Peace.
“It’s a program that brings people living in conflict together and allows them to talk to each other,” he says.
It was the first time he had talked at length to Israelis, and he formed cautious acquaintances with some, as he tried to explain things from the Palestinian point of view. more.. e-mail

Given US/UK/Israel wars and lust for more, what do two ‘supreme Law’ treaties say about lawful and unlawful war? 
Carl Herman, Washington’s Blog 7/13/2014
The short answer is war is lawful only in self-defense from armed attack by another nation’s government, and lawful response is to arrest US/UK/Israel leaderships for unlawful Wars of Aggression.
Background history: It’s easy to document the US as a neocolonial empire; offspring of Europe’s lust for material wealth that spawned two world wars in the century within which all current adults were born.
All of our families sacrificed through those wars. Please take a moment to feel what they went through. Please take a moment to experience the cumulative costs inflicted by “developed” nations’ imperialism and wars, including Israel’s escalating unlawful War of Aggression on Palestine that make Gaza the world’s largest concentration camp.
The two world wars begat two treaties to end nations’ armed attacks. They are crystal-clear in content and context: the Kellogg-Briand Pact (General treaty for renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy as official title), and the United Nations Charter.
Article Six of the US Constitution defines a treaty as US “supreme Law of the Land;” meaning that US policy may only complement an active treaty, and never violate it.
This is important because all of us with Oaths to the US Constitution are sworn to honorably refuse all unlawful war orders; military officers are also sworn to arrest those who issue them. Indeed, we suffer criminal dishonor if we obey orders for armed attack when they are not “self-defense” as clearly limited by treaty from dear experience of our families’ engagement in world war…. more.. e-mail

Reflections at Qalandiya 
Tamar Fleishman, Al-Ahram Weekly 7/10/2014
The brutal indifference of the Israeli checkpoints on the West Bank is an image of the wider occupation. 
Twenty people who had been released from hospitals all around the West Bank gathered at the Qalandiya checkpoint recently in order to receive permits to head home to the Gaza Strip. Since the morning hours they had been standing and waiting, sitting and waiting, pacing and waiting, but not getting their passage permits.
They were 20 exhausted people who were in need of rest and recuperation: an elderly woman afte
r heart surgery, a baby being carried by her mother, a five-year-old child that kept crying and pulling the plastic cover that protected its eye that had undergone surgery, a woman who still had blood on her arm from an intravenous drip, a woman that was blind in both her eyes, as well as many others. They were all waiting.
The people had arrived on their own or in pairs, and they teamed up as the hours passed. They sat next to each other, the bundles of one person getting mixed up with the ones placed just beside them, and on the filthy concrete floor were suitcases that had known better days and had taken on the eternal dust of the wretched place.
It looked like a refugee transit camp, and it was a refugee transit camp. But the refugees were not allowed to transit.After seven hours of nerve-wrecking waiting it was time for excuses to be made.
At first the computers were blamed, but since no one found this convincing the people at Gaza were the next to take the blame. It was as if the ones over there, the soldiers at the Gaza checkpoint, were from the foreign legion or were mercenaries, and not soldiers in the same army and the same unit as the soldiers who manned the Qalandiya checkpoint, whose duty it is to act as a coordination unit and respond to the needs of the occupied population. more.. e-mail

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Another dad, his only daughter was critically injured and he was crying ‘take my blood and give it to her and bring her back to life’
In Gaza: 13 Jul 2014 – Press TV interview : “…They killed a doctor, they injured a paramedic, and also targeted an ambulance… There were also casualties reported in hospitals, such as the European Hospital, the al Wafa Hospital… and Red Crescent societies… The real tragedy here is about the children. We’ve been seeing a lot of videos and pictures, dead bodies in hospitals, of children, innocent children. A person cannot just stand silent in front of those pictures. They bring anyone to tears, except Mahmoud Abbas, Ban Ki-Moon, the Israeli community and those who support the Israeli aggression on Gaza. Two days ago, there was a father crying over his 4 year old child’s dead body, who lost half his head, and asking him to wake up, he had got him toys. Another dad, his only daughter was critically injured and he was crying ‘take my blood and give it to her and bring her back…more

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