VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 7 August 2014: Israel cracks down on dissent

7 August 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israel Orders Halt on Palestinian Home Construction near Bethlehem
IMEMC – Settlers uproot more trees, near Ramallah Israeli forces have ordered several Palestinians working on their houses in the village of al-Khader, to the south of Bethlehem, to stop construction, under the pretext of “building without a permit”, according to local mayor, Tawfiq Salah. …

Israel Acts to Head Off War Crime Claims
IMEMC – Fearful of the growing international demand that Israeli officers be tried for war crimes committed during this last offensive against the Gaza Strip, the military has ordered a comprehensive internal probe of the army’s actions during Operation Protective Edge. …

Hamas: No Reply from Israel on Ceasefire
IMEMC – [Thursday Evening 8/7/14]: Hamas has stated that Israel has not yet replied to its ceasefire offer, warning of an “escalation” in hostilities should Israel failed to do so — this just hours before the three-day ceasefire is set to expire at 8am on Friday. …

Updated: Jordanian Family: Israel Tortured Our Son To Death
IMEMC – A Jordanian family is accusing Israel of arresting and torturing their son to death, after detaining him during a protest, in Tel Aviv, in solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza. …

Palestinian Dies Of Earlier Wounds suffered In Gaza
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources at the al-Maqassed Hospital in occupied Jerusalem have reported that a Palestinian man from Gaza died of wounds suffered a week ago, in an Israeli bombardment of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Child Seriously Injured After Being Struck By Settler s Car In Hebron
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources have reported that a child was seriously injured after being rammed by an Israeli settler s vehicle, in the Old City of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. …

Indirect Ceasefire Talks Continue To Hit Obstacles
IMEMC – Egyptian-mediated Palestinian-Israeli ceasefire talks are ongoing but hitting various obstacles which could turn the current calm into a new round of confrontation. Palestinian official says reports of an additional ceasefire extension are baseless. …

Reporters Without Borders: Journalist Death Toll in Gaza Reaches 13
IMEMC – As Israel announces the withdrawal of its troops from the Gaza Strip, Reporters Without Borders (RWB) reports that 12 Palestinian journalists and one media worker have been killed since the start of Operation Protective Edge on 8 July, said the international organization, according to WAFA. …

Israeli Forces Kidnap 11 Palestinians in West Bank
IMEMC – Israeli forces have kidnapped 11 Palestinians and summoned several for interrogation, in addition to shooting and injuring a number of others with live fire during raids across the West Bank, according to reports by local and security sources. …

Ma’an News

Number of Palestinians held in administrative detention doubles
8/7/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Eleven Palestinians have been transferred to administrative detention by Israeli courts, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said on Thursday, bringing the total number of Palestinians being held in administrative detention to around 450. 268 of those being held were detained during a massive Israeli military campaign across the West Bank that began after three Israeli teenagers went missing in mid-June….

Egypt officials say Israel demands Gaza demilitarization
8/7/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Officials close to ceasefire talks in Egypt said Thursday that Israel is demanding that the Gaza Strip be demilitarized as uncertainty remains over whether a 72-hour truce will be extended. The officials said that the Israeli delegation has expressed reservations about building a seaport and airport, but showed greater flexibility in discussing lifting the blockade, freeing Palestinian detainees, and extending….

Israel, Hamas at odds over truce extension
8/7/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Israel and Hamas appeared at odds on Thursday over prolonging a 72-hour Gaza ceasefire, with Israel indicating it will back an unconditional extension but Hamas denying any agreement. Fighting has ceased since 8 a. m. Tuesday, bringing relief to the Gaza Strip after the deaths of over 1,800 Palestinians and 67 Israelis. Egyptian mediators have accelerated efforts to extend the truce….

Israeli settler runs over 8-year-old in Hebron
8/7/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — An Israeli settler ran over an 8-year-old Palestinian girl in southern Hebron city early Thursday, medics said. Medical sources at Hebron Public Hospital told Ma’an that 8-year-old Rosy Talab Jaber was injured when an Israeli settler ran her over with his car. Rosy’s injuries were reported as moderate. [END]

Ministry: $200 million damage in Gaza agricultural sector
8/7/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip caused $200 million worth of damage in the agricultural sector, a ministry official said Thursday. A Gaza Ministry of Agriculture representative said that the Israeli attacks targeting agricultural land caused “evident damages” throughout the sector in Gaza. Fayiz al-Sheikh Khalil told Ma’an that the vegetation and soil sectors’ losses…. Related:Israeli assault caused $150 million damage to Gaza food industry

Man injured in Gaza assault dies in Jerusalem hospital
8/7/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man injured during Israel’s assault on Gaza died on Thursday in a Jerusalem hospital. Muhammad Jumaa al-Najjar, 32, arrived to al-Maqasid Hospital in Jerusalem on Wednesday with “critical injuries,” a hospital official said. Dr. Anwar Barud told Ma’an that al-Najjar arrived with fractures in his lower limbs and chest bones and was only partially conscious….

120 Palestinians detained in 1st week of August
8/7/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Some 120 Palestinians were detained from Hebron, Jerusalem, Ramallah and al-Bireh, Jenin and Bethlehem during the first week of August, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said Monday. The PPS said in a statement that 30 Palestinians were detained from Hebron, 23 from Jerusalem, 20 from Ramallah and al-Bireh, 14 from Bethlehem, 14 from Jenin, eight from Salfit, five from Nablus….

Israeli assault caused $150 million damage to Gaza food industry
8/7/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Israeli offensive on Gaza has caused “huge losses” for the already-struggling food industry in the coastal enclave, a local industry association said Thursday. A delegation of the Palestinian Food Industries Union that visited factories that sustained damage in the month-long military assault estimated that around $150 million worth of damage had been caused, with many factories completely or partially…. Related:Ministry: $200 million damage in Gaza agricultural sector

Gaza war victims treated in East Jerusalem hospitals
8/7/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Doctors and aid agencies are trying to capitalize on a truce in Gaza to evacuate more wounded Palestinians for life-saving medical treatment in East Jerusalem, Israel, and Jordan. More than 9,500 Palestinians were wounded during four weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas, according to Gaza health officials. Ninety of some of the most serious cases have been evacuated through the Erez border….

4 Palestinian fighters killed in accidental explosion east of Jabaliya
8/7/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Four Palestinian fighters were reported killed in an accidental explosion east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip late Thursday. Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said that the four bodies had been taken to Kamal Adwan Hospital in the Gaza Strip following the explosion, which took place on land. No information was immediately available regarding the political or military….

Rafah crossing open for wounded, foreign passport holders
8/7/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing for those injured during the Israeli offensive and for foreign passport holders on Thursday, officials said. . The head of the Gaza crossings authority told Ma’an that the Rafah crossing works according to the Egyptian system that determines the number of travelers. Maher Abu Sabha pointed out that residents are crowded at…. Related:7 injured Palestinians arrive in Egypt

US envoy arrives in Cairo for Gaza truce talks
8/7/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Acting US special envoy for Palestinian-Israeli negotiations Frank Lowenstein landed Thursday in Cairo where he is scheduled to meet with the Egyptian foreign minister and other officials to discuss extending Gaza’s ceasefire. The ceasefire is scheduled to end at 8 a. m. Friday unless a deal is reached to extend it. Lowenstein said Egypt was working hard to try….

7 injured Palestinians arrive in Egypt
8/7/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Seven Palestinians who were injured during the Israeli offensive arrived at the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing on Thursday, security sources said. Security sources at the Rafah crossing told Ma’an that seven Palestinians crossed into Egypt and were taken to Egyptian hospitals in ambulances on Thursday. The Egyptian authorities also allowed 40 tons of Emirati aid supplies, including…. Related:Rafah crossing open for wounded, foreign passport holders

Hamas: Israel has refused to respond to ceasefire offer
14 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas on Thursday evening said that Israel had still not replied to its ceasefire offer and threatened that there would be an “escalation” in hostilities if Israel failed to do so, just over twelve hours before a three-day ceasefire was set to expire at 8 a. m. on Friday. The statements came after US President Barack Obama appeared to support….

Al-Qassam: We gave political leadership opportunity to negotiate
8/7/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Abu Ubaida, the spokesman of the Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades, said in a televised address Thursday night that the military wing had given the political leadership “the opportunity to negotiate to stop Israel from hurting our people.”He insisted that there would be no ceasefire unless Israel agreed to end the siege, however. [END]

Gaza electricity company fixed 6 main lines, working to repair more
8/7/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza Electricity Distribution Company has repaired six main lines supplying electricity across the Gaza Strip and is poised to fix several others, the company said on Thursday. The announcement comes as electricity availability in the besieged coastal enclave has hit two hours a day following the Israeli bombing of the region’s sole power plant as well as….

Palestinians may struggle to pursue Israeli abuse claims
8/7/2014 – JERUSALEM (IRIN) — Speaking on August 5 after a meeting at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki was unequivocal.”Everything that has happened in the last 28 days is clear evidence of war crimes committed by Israel, amounting to crimes against humanity,” he said, referring to the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza.”There is no difficulty for us to show….

On heroes and preachers: A new Gaza resistance paradigm
8/7/2014 – By Ramzy Baroud – “Where is the Palestinian Gandhi? In Israeli prison, of course!” was the title of an article by Jo Ehrlich published in Mondoweiss. net. Ehrlich was not in the least being belittling by raising the question about the “‹Palestinian Gandhi’ but responding to the patronization of others. Right from the onset, he remarked: “Not that I’m in any way playing….

Israel stripped of Davis Cup tournament due to conflict
8/7/2014 – LONDON (AFP) — Israel will not be allowed to stage the Davis Cup World Group tie against Argentina in Tel Aviv in September because of the conflict between Israel and Hamas, tournament chiefs said Thursday. The tie, set for September 12-14 at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv, will either be switched to a neutral venue or be played in Argentina.”The Davis Cup Committee….

Former Hamas spokesman dies in Gaza
8/7/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Sources in Gaza told Ma’an that the body of former Hamas spokesperson Ayman Taha arrived at al-Shifa hospital on Thursday. Taha was arrested by the Hamas government months ago after being charged with embezzlement and financial fraud, and was in prison until he died. The circumstances of his death were not immediately clear. [END]

Truce in Lebanon’s Arsal after army battles IS, Nusra Front
8/7/2014 – LABWEH, Lebanon (AFP) — Hundreds of Syrian refugees headed home from Lebanon’s border town of Arsal and dozens of wounded were evacuated Thursday during a truce in fighting between Wahhabi fighters and Lebanese soldiers. The truce, announced Wednesday night by Sunni clerics serving as mediators, has raised hopes of an end to the worst violence in the area since the conflict in neighboring Syria….


Obama questions blockade as Gaza talks go on
AlJazeera 7 Aug 2014 – US president puts pressure on Cairo talks to extend truce, saying Gaza could not remain cut off from the world forever.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

During Humanitarian Truce, Bodies of Victims Recovered from Invaded Areas amidst Unprecedented Destruction
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, stand for law and justice or resign!
8/7/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Badil, Occupied Palestine – For humanity and the little remained credibility of international law: Un Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, stand for law and justice or resign! Mr. Secretary-General BanKi-moon: We, the under signed Palestinian human rights and community-based organizations are extremely disappointed by your performance, notably by your biased statements, your failure to act, and the inappropriate justification of Israel’s violations ofIHL, which amount to….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: UK aid agencies help hundreds of thousands in Gaza
Relief Web 7 Aug 2014 – Source: Disasters Emergency Committee Country: occupied Palestinian territory The UK s major aid agencies are ramping-up a huge humanitarian relief effort in Gaza, taking advantage of the current ceasefire to help hundreds of thousands of desperate people. Agencies are supplying clean…

occupied Palestinian territory: Statement of the Commissioner-General to the UN General Assembly on the situation in the Gaza Strip
Relief Web 7 Aug 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, Allow me first to thank the Secretary-General for his important…

occupied Palestinian territory: Reality of Gaza destruction haunts families and children amid ceasefire
Relief Web 7 Aug 2014 – Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: occupied Palestinian territory JERUSALEM, 7 August 2014 As the three-day ceasefire in Gaza draws to a close, families are struggling to cope with the aftermath of 28 days of violence and destruction that has…

The National

Kuwait vows to fight terror after US sanctions over funding
The National 7 Aug 2014 – Washington targeted two Kuwaitis for funding Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Al Nusra and another for supporting Islamic state.

Letter from Delhi: Remembering India s Walt Disney
The National 7 Aug 2014 – Pran Kumar Sharma’s simply drawn comic books and stories captured an India of a simpler, more insular era.

Urgent UN meeting after Iraqi Christians flee Islamic State
The National 7 Aug 2014 – Security Council convenes to discuss threat to Iraq’s minorities after Islamic State gains put the Islamist militants within striking distance of Kurdish territory.

Russia threatens to block airspace in response to sanctions
The National 7 Aug 2014 – Moscow’s threat follows ban on food imports from the United States and European Union in response to sanctions aimed at changing its policy on Ukraine.

Despite truce, Gaza bomb squad lay their lives on the line
The National 7 Aug 2014 – Hazem Abu Murad and his team lack proper protection and equipment but race through the territory to clear hundreds of unexploded devices from Israeli bombardment.

Left out: Israel s liberals find themselves isolated and lacking influence and power
The National 7 Aug 2014 – Opinions in Israel are becoming increasingly nationalistic, reflected in the growing prominence of those who won t countenance a two-state solution at all. So what might the future be for the Israeli left?

Video: Bush 43 returns to Washington
The National 7 Aug 2014 – Former President George W Bush returns to Washington to address the African Summit, recalling progress on women’s health and his ‘forgettable’ dancing.

Video: Family of slain Palestinian teen confronts suspects
The National 7 Aug 2014 – The family of slain Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khudair unleash their anger towards the suspected killers in a Jerusalem court, seeing them for the first time.

Video: Maliki warns that new Iraq government could open gates of hell.
The National 7 Aug 2014 – Any unconstitutional attempt to form a new government would open ‘the gates of hell’, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says in weekly address to the nation.

Video: Rosetta spacecraft successfully enters orbit of comet
The National 7 Aug 2014 – Scientists at the European Space Agency are celebrating a landmark event, with the successful entry of the Rosetta spacecraft into the orbit of a comet after a ten-year journey.

Video: Two Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of crimes against humanity
The National 7 Aug 2014 – Court finds two surviving Khmer Rouge members guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced them to life in jail.

Video: Passengers free man from train platform
The National 7 Aug 2014 – Man freed by passengers after falling in the gap between train and platform.

Interactive map: Gaza s 45km Desolation Road
The National 7 Aug 2014 – The National travelled the road on Wednesday to document the devastation wrought by four weeks of relentless Israeli bombardment.

Cambodia tribunal convicts top Khmer Rouge leaders for crimes against humanity
The National 7 Aug 2014 – Historic verdicts against Khieu Samphan, the regime s 83-year-old former head of state, and Nuon Chea, its 88-year-old chief ideologue the only two surviving leaders of the regime left to stand trial.

Sachin Tendulkar under fire for failing to attend parliament this year
The National 7 Aug 2014 – As a cricketer, he enjoyed the status of a god in India. But just months after hanging up his boots, Sachin Tendulkar has come in for rare criticism for failing to get off a duck in parliamentary appearances this year.

The birth of the new: Picasso and Matisse in Montmartre
The National 7 Aug 2014 – In the early years of the 20th century, the bohemian district of Montmartre in Paris was the site of a new form of art, a place where Matisse and Picasso revolutionised art and helped bring the modern world into being.

Grim catch as New Zealand fishing trawler hauls plane and body of pilot
The National 7 Aug 2014 – The trawler San Kawhai was fishing near Great Barrier Island, off the coast of the North Island, when the crew made the gruesome discovery.

A false dawn: Ronald Reagan wasn t a new start but more the continuation of Richard Nixon
The National 7 Aug 2014 – When Reagan was elected six years after Nixon s ignominious fall from grace, he tapped into a growing American attitude that preferred to ignore the nation s faults and his predecessor s crimes.

Man feared snatched by crocodile in Australia
The National 7 Aug 2014 – Police said local community leaders shot the crocodile dead on Wednesday in their hunt for the man, and biological material was found inside.

Israel, Hamas at odds over truce extension
The National 7 Aug 2014 – A spokeswoman for the Israeli army said 27,000 reservists called up for the conflict had been sent home, leaving a force of 55,000 still on active duty, in another sign of growing hopes for long-term quiet.


Russian retailer puts $30 million into Israeli startup Vidmind
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Israeli company may help Argentina to escape huge hedge fund debts
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Stop political persecution in Israel’s film industry
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Israel won the Gaza war in a big way
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Israel should get God out of the army
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Gaza is driving Israel crazy
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Gaza war gives Netanyahu a great opportunity
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Hamas is drawing the maps
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Gaza war gives massive boost to boycott Israel apps
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

U.S.- jihadist clash in Iraq could change perceptions of Israel s Gaza campaign
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

U.S. approves humanitarian air drops to Iraq, denies bombing jihadists
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Israel to declare Gaza ‘enemy territory’ to avoid payouts to inhabitants
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Israel to declare Gaza ‘enemy territory’ to avoid payouts to inhabitants
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

The war is over, like it or not. We won, right?
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Gaza truce talks stalled, Palestinian official says
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Australian Jewish leaders condemn ‘hate bus attack on Jewish students in Sydney
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

U.K. MP Galloway probed for declaring Bradford an ‘Israel-free zone’
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Hacking attempts on Israeli targets increased five-fold during Gaza war
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

My home/Not my home: Not giving up on Israel
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Netanyahu asks for Red Cross help in locating missing IDF bodies
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Gaza reeling from humanitarian crisis brought on by war
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Lapid: Israel’s budget can handle high cost of Gaza op
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

A settler against the occupation
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

U.K. broadcasters to air Gaza fund-raising appeal on Friday
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Netanyahu asks U.S. lawmakers to help fend off war crimes charges
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Russia grants whistleblower Snowden residency for three more years
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

‘Free Gaza graffiti found in cargo bay of Lufthansa flight to Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

IDF soldiers tasked with tunnel destruction not trained for primary mission
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

WATCH: Video shows Hamas militants in supposedly undiscovered tunnel
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Russia bans U.S. and EU food imports for a year
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

U.S. and Iran to meet in Geneva over nuclear program
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

IDF orders West Bank village land seized for settler road
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

The Gaza effect: In shaky economy, Arab businesses hit hardest
Ha’aretz – 7 Aug 2014

Time to resume negotiations with Abbas
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Israel s fake victory
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Open the Erez border crossing, immediately
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Israeli homes hit by Gaza rockets pose new threat: asbestos
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Beaches and malls fill up as Israel s south cautiously returns to normal
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

u: Hamas, like ISIS, must be ostracized by world

Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

The life and death of Nahman Farkash, Israel s jailbreak king
Ha’aretz – 6 Aug 2014

Jerusalem Post

The POSTman Knocks Twice: Land of milk and honey…and rockets
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Peace is usually achieved first through a mutual balance of fear, or through understanding that mass bloodletting in every generation is inhuman, stupid and degrading.

KNOW COMMENT: The attempt to resurrect Abbas
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – The Left is threatening to wring diplomatic defeat from Israel s win in Gaza by insisting on a process of further Israeli withdrawals.

SINAI TODAY: Let us draw strength
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – There is a growing sense of alienation and anxiety among Jewish communities a sense of disbelief that so many forces have united against Israel.

Hamas: Ready for long war unless Israel accepts truce demands
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Terror group calls for Palestinian negotiators to leave Cairo talks, not agree to cease-fire extension if terms not met; Egypt pressing Hamas, Islamic Jihad to extend cease-fire that ends Friday morning.

SAVIR S CORNER: The aftermath of Operation Protective Edge
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Our aim must be to weaken Hamas, and therefore we must build bridges of interests with its foes in Ramallah, Cairo, Riyadh and Amman.

Hamas says executed Palestinians suspected of spying for Israel
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Separate reports surface that Hamas executed former spokesman on suspicion of spying for Arab country, financial corruption.

Haredi daily calls for ‘walls to sealed’ against haredim recruitment
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – ‘Yated Neeman’ editorial speaks out fiercely against sense of closeness, solidarity felt by large sections of haredi society toward IDF during Gaza operation.

Why my brother really died
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Texas-born soldier Sean Carmeli s sister reflects on his life; “I feel Sean s spirit inside of all of us,” she says.

US mulls action as ISIS surrounds mountaintop refuge for minorities
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – White House warns situation “nearing humanitarian catastrophe,” as President Obama weighs military action to protect religious minorities in Iraq.

Israel’s Davis Cup tie against Argentina moved abroad
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – ITF committee rules playoff will not be held in Tel Aviv, due to “concerns arising from military conflict between Israel, Hamas.”

Red Cross chief: Humanitarian law may have been violated in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Netanyahu asks ICRC to help locate body parts of soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin.

Frontlines Podcast: Israel, the ICC and the meaning of victory
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Legal affairs correspondent Yonah Jeremy Bob and Editorial Page Editor Mati Wagner discuss what s next in the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge.

Australian teens arrested after threatening to kill Jewish children
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Teenaged perpetrators reported to be drunk during verbal assault on students aboard bus.

University of Cape Town forum calls for adoption of BDS resolution
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – University of Cape Town Palestine Solidarity Forum rallies on campus, calling on management, Student Representative Council to adopt resolution to support movement against Israel.

Hamas warns residents of South: ‘Don’t return home, unless Israel meets our demands’
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Thousands of Palestinians participate in pro-Hamas rallies across Gaza, call on groups to launch rocket attacks.

Health Ministry instructs public hospitals to return to routine
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Ministry director-general: Health system functioned excellently during Gaza conflict, now can return to normal.

New guidelines allow parents to bury stillborns, young infants
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Until now, the rights of parents in these circumstances have been unclear and many burial societies have prevented parents from being able to participate in any way in burials.

Cooking with JPost: Baladi eggplant tower
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Chef Yochanan Lambiase goes to one of Jerusalem’s best restaurants, Gabriel, to find out all their kosher cooking secrets.

Hamas West Bank head arrested, indicted for planning wave of terror attacks
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Riad Natzer is accused of funding and arming cells to carry out kidnappings, suicide bombings and attacks on settlements.

*Rx for Readers: Is alarmist ad campaign s vaccine as necessary as its sponsors say?*
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Is it safe to take the shingles vaccine?

Israel won’t tolerate Erdogan’s tirades after Turkey election, Liberman says
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Erdogan, who has a record of making virulent anti-Israel and anti-Semitic statements, has pounded on Israel during the current crisis.

Foreign press gives mixed accounts of Hamas intimidation in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Some journalists denied being threatened while reporting from Gaza, though other accounts from recent days paint a different picture.

Lapid: Cost of operation won t spill into 2015
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Finance minister says budget had been over-performing, running a deficit of only 2.6% while the target for the year was 3% of GDP.

Can this really be happening in the modern world?
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – The religious cleansing of Iraq s Christians.

Amid roiling tensio
ns in the Middle East, the Muslim-Jewish conference gears up for its fifth year

Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – 140 young community leaders from 35 countries will meet in Vienna for elevating inter-religious dialogue, without an agenda.

Ya’alon to Red Cross: Fighting in Gaza complex due to Hamas’s use of ‘human shields’
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – In meeting with president of the Red Cross, defense minister shares evidence that Hamas used civilians extensively as human shields in Gaza.

‘Help Israel avoid war crimes charges,’ Netanyahu urges US lawmakers
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Netanyahu urged visiting Congressmen to summon their powers in assisting Israeli officials who wish to avoid trial by ICC, according to ‘New York Post.’

Who is killing Palestinian children?
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – None other than Hamas, the rulers of Gaza, are responsible for the general humanitarian crisis there.

Golden girl
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2014 – Singer/songwriter Maya Isacowitz returns home for a one-off performance.

The Guardian

Hamas says Israel must lift blockade to stop Gaza war restarting as talks flag
The Guardian 7 Aug 2014 – Reopening Rafah crossing most likely area for agreement in Cairo talks as Hamas rejects Israeli demand to disarm Hamas officials in Gaza have threatened to restart hostilities “the minute” after the 72-hour ceasefire agreed with Israel…

Antisemitism on rise across Europe ‘in worst times since the Nazis’
The Guardian 7 Aug 2014 – Experts say attacks go beyond Israel-Palestinian conflict as hate crimes strike fear into Jewish communities In the space of just one week last month, according to Crif, the umbrella group for France’s Jewish organisations, eight synagogues…

George Galloway investigated by police for saying Bradford an ‘Israel-free zone’
The Guardian 7 Aug 2014 – Respect MP said in speech that Israeli goods, services, tourists an academics were not welcome as a result of Gaza offensive Police are investigating comments made by George Galloway during a speech in which he said…

Bravery and bluster in backing Gaza | @guardianletters
The Guardian 7 Aug 2014 – Giles Fraser raises an eyebrow at the concept of protesting against a war when it is over ( Movement that dare not speak its name in Israe l, 7 August). When a nation is under attack from…

In praise of Haaretz | Editorial
The Guardian 7 Aug 2014 – By holding its country to the highest ideals, Israels left-leaning daily newspaper displays the greatest form of patriotism Editors at Haaretz , Israels left-leaning daily, were recently scanning the online readership figures when they came across something…

MPs ask Foreign Office to detail UK arms exports used by Israel in Gaza
The Guardian 7 Aug 2014 – Pressure builds on government to restrict arms sales to Israel as select committees push Hammond on exports’ use in Gaza war The chair of the parliamentary select committees that oversee British arms exports has written to…

Palestinians returning home find Israeli troops left faeces and venomous graffiti
The Guardian 7 Aug 2014 – Ahmed Owedat also found soldiers had thrown his TVs, fridge, and computers from upstairs windows and slashed furniture When Ahmed Owedat returned to his home 18 days after Israeli soldiers took it over in the middle…

Two Scottish councils plan to fly Palestinian flag do you agree?
The Guardian 7 Aug 2014 – Glasgow and Fife councils are planning to raise the Palestinian flag to show solidarity with people affected by the conflict in Gaza. Do you agree with their plans? Vote here Continue reading…

Shop workers in Manchester say they are ‘intimidated’ by pro-Palestinian protesters
The Guardian 7 Aug 2014 – Anti-Israeli demonstrations are wrongly targeting innocent shop workers, say Manchester councillors, as they join retail staff in a counter protest. Dominic Smith reports A group of Manchester shop workers were joined by local councillors and business…

Justice for Gaza war crimes? Only if Palestine signs up to ICC jurisdiction
The Guardian 7 Aug 2014 – Bar Human Rights Committee is at best naive, and at worst misleading, for suggesting legal situation is beyond doubt What are the prospects that those responsible for war crimes in Gaza will be brought to justice?…

No evidence Briton killed in Gaza despite Facebook posts
The Guardian 7 Aug 2014 – Rumours on social media that a British man had died prompted Foreign Office to begin an investigation in Gaza and back in UK The Foreign Office has not found any evidence that a British citizen was…

Ban Ki-moon calls for end to Gaza nightmare, as charities launch appeal
The Guardian 7 Aug 2014 – UN secretary general says conflict has shamed the world, while Disasters Emergency Committee urges public support A coalition of British charities is launching an appeal to help the people of Gaza recover from what the UN…

Inter Press Service

OPINION: Israeli Peace Activists Grapple with Dilemma
IPS Strong together, we love Israel and trust the army banner in Jerusalem. Credit: Pierre Klochendler/IPS By Pierre Klochendler JERUSALEM, Aug 7 2014 (IPS) Strong together, we love Israel and trust the army while a tentative truce takes root, banners adorned with the national colours still dominate cities and highways…


Bloody Sunday in Iraq: 374 Killed, 78 Wounded
Uruknet 7 Aug 2014 – July 27, 2014 – …Underscoring what it is to be Sunni under Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki s government, the chairman of Baghdad s provincial council was kidnapped yesterday, along with four bodyguards. The bodyguards said they were beaten by Shi…

Opinion: Israel s Media War
Uruknet 7 Aug 2014 – July 27, 2014 – The tragic situation unfolding in Gaza, and Israel s criminal aggression against Palestinians there, is nothing new. This is just another painful chapter in the sad, repetitive and protracted story of Israeli aggression against Palestine. However,…

Gaza- and Guernica
Uruknet 7 Aug 2014 – July 27, 2014 – Allison Deger has been in Gaza for the last few days. She will be reporting in days to come, but in the meantime we have taken photographs and captions from her twitter feed that have already…

To the family of the one thousandth victim of Israel s genocidal slaughter in Gaza
Uruknet 7 Aug 2014 – July 27, 2014 – I do not know yet who your loved one was. She might have been a baby a few months old, or a young boy, a grandfather or one of your children or parents. I heard about…

Watch: Al Jazeera s “Massacre at Dawn” gives glimpse of horror in Shujaiya
Uruknet 7 Aug 2014 – July 27, 2014 – My body shakes as tears fall out of control after watching the first minute of Al Jazeera s 22-minute documentary on the Shujaiya massacre which Israel committed in the eastern Gaza City neighborhood a week ago…

(Ismael Mohamad / United Press International) Merciless Israeli mobs are hunting Palestinians
Uruknet 7 Aug 2014 – July 27, 2014 – All eyes are on Gaza, where the death toll from Israel s merciless bombing campaign has topped 1,000. But back in Jerusalem, where sixteen-year-old Muhammad Abu Khudair was burned alive by Jewish vigilantes in a “revenge…

Is the West Bank ripe for an intifada?
Uruknet 7 Aug 2014 – July 27, 2014- Media and politicians have been quick to claim that Palestinian protests against Operation Protective Edge mark the beginning of a third intifada. But in Beit Sahour, the town that was the heart of the First Intifada, some…

Killing Palestine – When will enough be enough?
Uruknet 7 Aug 2014 – July 27, 2014 -In yet another gruesome display of violence and bloodshed, Israel has declared war on the Gaza strip, its prime minister having announced that an example would have to be made out of Hamas for peace to ever…

Syria News – July 26 , 2014
Uruknet 7 Aug 2014 – July 26 , 2014 – By the end of Saturday, the coordination committees were able to document 59 martyrs including 4 women, 6 children and 2 martyrs under torture: 17 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 15 in Idlib; 9 in Daraa;…

US Media Outlets Cite Israeli Military Propaganda, Cast Doubt on Whether Israel Bombed UN-Run School
Uruknet 7 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 – After shelling a Gaza school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), where Palestinian refugees were being sheltered, Israel immediately sought to blame Hamas for an attack that resulted in 16 people being…

Sunni Politican Mysteriously Detained; 312 Killed Across Iraq
Uruknet 7 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 – At least 312 people were killed today, mostly militants. However, morgue officials in Baghdad suggest the casualty figures are much higher. Also, a senior Sunni politician may have been arrested today. At least 56 were wounded….

On the 19th Day of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza: Before Declaration of Humanitarian Truce, Israeli Forces Escalated Attacks against Palestinian Civilian;20 Members of One Family, Including 11 Children and 5 Women, Killed
Uruknet 7 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 – Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 19th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law,…

Which Side Are You On: the Bombers or the Bombed?
Uruknet 7 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 -Ever since Israel started bombing Gaza on July 7, Israeli propaganda mills, with support from the Western media, are working overtime to justify the attack. The justifications are not new, though. They repeat the Hamas-as-terrorist narrative and…

The Seductions of Manhood Drone Morality
Uruknet 6 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 -In the fall of 2006 a local anti-war activist spoke to the students in my social inequality class. He criticized U.S. military intervention in the affairs of other countries and the profit-driven “global war on terror.” He…

Top Sunni official held in Baghdad
Uruknet 6 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 -Armed men in military uniform raided the home of a senior Baghdad Sunni politician overnight and whisked him and several of his guards away, police said Saturday.”Armed men came last night and detained the head of Baghdad…

“The Saddest Photo Yet” Gaza Gaslights
Uruknet 6 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 – They call it gaslighting, named of course after a 1944 movie in which the villain tries to drive his wife insane by calling into question her most basic observations, that of noticing a gaslight flickering on…

The People Putting Innocents in Danger are the Israelis Gaza, Israel and Human Shields
Uruknet 6 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 -What does it mean to use human shields? Employed by the Germans and Japanese in the Second World War, the tactic is premised on an underlying trust in your enemy s humanity. It appeals to the compassion…

Video : The children of Gaza – Jon Snow s experience in the Middle East
Uruknet 6 Aug 2014 – July 26, 2014 – Jon Snow recounts the scene in Gaza s al-Shifa hospital, where doctors struggle to treat adults and children wounded by Israeli attacks….

Daily Star

Pentagon: No U.S. air strikes have taken place in Iraq
Daily Star 7 Aug 2014 Media reports that the United States has struck targets in Iraq are not accurate, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, as Islamist militants advanced across northern Iraq.

Ex-Hamas spokesman found dead in shelled Gaza neighbourhood
Daily Star 7 Aug 2014 A former spokesman for Hamas was found dead Thursday in a neighbourhood of the city that was heavily bombed by Israel, the movement said.

Rebels kill two paramilitary soldiers in SW Pakistan
Daily Star 7 Aug 2014 Separatists on Thursday attacked a convoy of security forces in Pakistan’s restive southwest, killing two soldiers, a statement said.

Arsal refugees refused entry into Syria
Daily Star 7 Aug 2014 BEIRUT: Trucks carrying Syrian refugees from the border town of Arsal to Syria were refused entry back into their country late Thursday, leaving them stuck inside Lebanon.

U.S., Iran had ‘constructive discussion’ on nuclear issue: State Dept
Daily Star 7 Aug 2014 U.S. and Iranian officials had a “constructive discussion” about Iran’s nuclear program in Geneva on Thursday, the U.S. State Department said without providing details.

Hamas says war with Israel not over until demands met
Daily Star 7 Aug 2014 Hamas held Thursday its first public rally since a cease-fire with Israel, vowing to never give up its arms and to continue to fight for the lifting of the blockade of Gaza.

Hamas says it’s executed Palestinians as Israeli spies in Gaza war
Daily Star 7 Aug 2014 Hamas said on Thursday it had executed several Palestinians on suspicion of helping Israeli forces during the month-long Gaza war.

Kerry in Kabul to try to break deadlock over Afghan presidency
Daily Star 7 Aug 2014 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Afghanistan on Thursday for his second visit in under a month to push a deal between the country’s two presidential candidates on how to share power after an…

Gaza war cost Israeli economy $1.4 bln: central bank
Daily Star 7 Aug 2014 The month-long Gaza war cost Israel’s economy some $1.44 billion, its central bank governor Karnit Flug said on Thursday, citing interim assessments.

Syrian envoy calls for Syrian-Lebanese coordination
Daily Star 7 Aug 2014 Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel-Karim Ali called for coordination between the Lebanese and Syrian armies Thursday, urging the implementation of agreements organizing the relationship between the two states.

Iraq situation near ‘humanitarian catastrophe’: US
Daily Star 7 Aug 2014 The United States denounced a jihadist offensive in northern Iraq on Thursday, warning the situation for civilians driven from their homes threatens to become a “humanitarian catastrophe.”

White House won’t comment on possible air strikes in Iraq
Daily Star 7 Aug 2014 The U.S. government and military are supporting Iraqi government and Kurdish efforts to protect people trapped on a mountain by Islamic State forces, a White House spokesman said on Thursday.

Palestinians say Israel “stalling” truce talks before deadline
Daily Star 7 Aug 2014 Palestinian officials accused Israel on Thursday of stalling truce talks as a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza neared its end, saying they have not decided whether to extend it or resume fighting.

Kurdish fighters rescue some Yazidis stranded on Iraq mountain
Daily Star 7 Aug 2014 Several Yazidi families who had been hiding from jihadists on a northern Iraqi mountain have used a safe passage provided by Turkish Kurdish fighters to reach Syria, a spokesman said.

France says ready to offer technical support to Iraqi Kurdish forces
Daily Star 7 Aug 2014 France said on Thursday it was ready to support the forces of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq to block the advance of Islamic State militants, although a diplomatic source added no military assistance was…

YNet News

Welcome to the UN’s festival of hypocrisy
YNet News, 7 Aug 2014 – Op-ed: In his accusations against Israel, Ban Ki-moon fired the opening shot in an international diplomatic war of attrition. ….

Report: US said to bomb ISIS targets in Iraq
YNet News, 7 Aug 2014 – ….

Four Hamas activists killed in explosion in northern Gaza Strip
YNet News, 7 Aug 2014 – ….

Hamas: Ceasefire extension contingent of seaport establishment
YNet News, 7 Aug 2014 – ….

US’s Burns to stay involved in Iran talks after he retires
YNet News, 7 Aug 2014 – ….

Palestinian officials: Hamas member Ayman Taha executed, accused of spying for Egypt
YNet News, 7 Aug 2014 – ….

Jewish children threatened on Sydney school bus
YNet News, 7 Aug 2014 – Eight teenagers threaten children aged 5-12, saying Palestine ‘must kill the Jews’ and screaming ‘Free Palestine’; five suspects arrested and later released to custody of their parents. ….

Palestinian Information Center

A whole town ‚¨ SKhuzaa‚¨ ù destroyed by the IOF
PIC – A 10 days attack on the Gaza southern town of Khuzaa by the IOF left whole streets flattened, once-grand mosque domes reduced to rubble while slain bodies and the stench of decay spread everywhere.

Large marches in Gaza in support of Palestinian resistance
PIC – Thousands of Gazans marched on Thursday in support of Palestinian resistance‚¨ “!s demands and the Palestinian negotiating team in Cairo.

Israeli undercover unit kidnaps Palestinian activist
PIC – An Israeli undercover unit stormed on Wednesday night Tulkarem city and kidnapped a Palestinian activist affiliated with the Hamas Movement.

Jewish fanatic settlers break into Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Extremist rabbi Yehuda Glick led a group of fanatic settlers into the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem via Maghareba gate on Thursday under strict police protection.

Tensions in a number of Israeli prisons
PIC – Palestinian prisoners held in Negev prison have refused to receive family visits in solidarity with their mates who were earlier prevented from family visits, PPS revealed on Thursday.

Raids and arrests in WB, OJ
PIC – Violent clashes erupted at dawn Thursday between Israeli occupation forces and Palestinian youths in different parts of the West Bank and Jerusalem. Arrests were also reported during the clashes.

British relief groups launch urgent aid appeal for Gaza population
PIC – British relief agencies have launched an emergency appeal for the Palestinian people affected by Israel’s recent devastating war on the impoverished and besieged Gaza Strip.

Jerusalemites bury Mohammed Djaabis at dawn
PIC – Large numbers of Jerusalemite mourners participated at dawn Thursday in the funeral of Mohamed Djaabis, 21, who was killed Monday during the digger accident in occupied Jerusalem.

OIC to convene emergency meeting over Gaza
PIC – The executive committee of the organization of Islamic cooperation (OIC) will convene next Tuesday to discuss the tragic humanitarian situation in Gaza and the avenues to confront Israel’s crimes.

IOF raids Barta’a village, destroys two workshops
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Wednesday morning demolished two industrial facilities in Barta’a village, southwest of Jenin city, after storming and declaring it a closed military zone.


Amnesty: Mounting Evidence of Deliberate Attacks on Gaza Health Workers by Israeli Army
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014

Abbas Extends Condolences to Victims of Landslide in India
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014

Hamdallah Urges U.S. to Intensify its Efforts to Provide Urgent Relief to Reconstruct and Rehabilitate Gaza
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014

Israel Orders Several Palestinians to Stop Construction Work on their Homes near Bethlehem
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014

Ashrawi: Europe Must Adopt a Political Initiative to End Occupation, Mot Just Undo its Danger
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014

Hamdallah Praises France s ¨ 11 million Aid for Gaza and State s Treasury
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014

Arab League Calls Arab Foreign Ministers to Provide Prompt Aids to Gaza
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014

Abbas Receives Letter on Palestine s Request for a Meeting by Geneva High Contracting Parties
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014

South Africa s Representative: Justice Will Eventually Win and Palestinians will Gain their Freedom
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014

Vietnam Condemns Israel s Targeting of UN-Run Schools in Gaza
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014

Israeli Army Arrests 3 Palestinians, Summons One in West Bank
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014

PLO: Gaza Death Toll is Likely to Increase
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014

WHO: Gaza Death Toll Exceeds Number of Previous Two Wars Combined
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014

UNDP Calls for Lifting Gaza Siege to Resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014

Ecuadorian President Cancels Visit to Israel, Latin American countries Stand against Aggression on Gaza
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014

Socialists &Democrats Calls for Permanent Ceasefire and Immediate Humanitarian Aid to Gaza
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014

Settler Deliberately Runs over Child in Hebron
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014

Fateh Official Denies Claims of Ceasefire Extension
WAFA – 7 Aug 2014


Islamist Fighters Rout Kurds in Northern Iraq and Seize Dam
New York Times 7 Aug 2014 – The dam supplies electricity for a large region of northern Iraq, including the city of Mosul. Its capture has alarmed residents, already fleeing their homes from advancing Sunni extremists.

Key Cleric in Egypt Rejects Executions
New York Times 7 Aug 2014 – In a rare rebuke, Egypt s highest Muslim religious authority refused to approve court-ordered death sentences on leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, court officials said.

At War Blog: Dean Baquet, Times Executive Editor, on the Word Torture
New York Times 7 Aug 2014 – Times editors and reporters revisit the use of the word torture in connection to C.I.A. interrogations.

Obama Said to Back Airdrops for Iraqis
New York Times 7 Aug 2014 – President Obama approved airdrops of food and medicine to address a crisis among as many as 40,000 religious minorities, according to administration officials. While Kurds and Iraqis said the U.S. had bombed two towns seized by militants, the Pentagon denied American involvement.

Open Source: Israel s Supporters Try to Come to Terms With the Killing of Children in Gaza
New York Times 7 Aug 2014 – Outrage over the killing of hundreds of children has been expressed by partisans on both sides of the conflict.

Militants in Iraq Hit by Strikes, Kurds Say
New York Times 7 Aug 2014 – Kurdish officials said U.S. forces had bombed two towns seized by members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The Pentagon, however, denied that bombing had begun.

Sunni Extremists Appear to Capture Iraq s Largest Dam
New York Times 7 Aug 2014 – Advances by ISIS in the country s north created an onslaught of refugees and set off fearful rumors in Erbil, the Kurdish regional capital.

Jason Rezaian of Washington Post and Wife Still Held
New York Times 7 Aug 2014 – The arrest of Jason Rezaian of The Washington Post has alarmed the foreign press corps and highlights the split between Iran s president and the state institutions that hold the real power.

Conflict Leaves Industry in Ashes and Gaza Reeling From Economic Toll
New York Times 6 Aug 2014 – In addition to the estimated 1,800 Palestinians killed, business leaders say some
175 industrial plants took devastating blows.

Israeli Premier Voices Regret for Civilian Casualties, but Blames Hamas
New York Times 6 Aug 2014 – Every civilian casualty is a tragedy, a tragedy of Hamas s own making, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Sunni Extremists Repel Kurdish Forces in Iraq
New York Times 6 Aug 2014 – The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria appeared to be making a push along the Kurdish border to take ground, control oil fields and water and expel minority groups.

Islamic Militants in Iraq Are Widely Loathed, Yet Action to Curb Them Is Elusive
New York Times 6 Aug 2014 – Any action against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is seen as having unintended and potentially harmful consequences.

Steven Salaita case recalls blacklisting of Pete Seeger and Paul Robeson CODZ
Mondoweiss – Steven Salaita Steven Salaita was reported to have lost an academic appointment at the University of Illinois yesterday over his outspoken criticism of Israel for its onslaught on Gaza. This letter below from the Committee for the Open Discussion of Zionism has been posted here . The…

Welcome to the status quo a tour of the occupation
Mondoweiss – I recently traveled in Palestine-Israel with a delegation from Interfaith Peace-Builders, returning to the U.S. just as news about the settler kidnapping and the escalation of repression in the West Bank emerged. The intense escalation of violence in Palestine-Israel over the last several weeks has been…

After Gaza
Mondoweiss – Hajar Muharram, 5-year-old Palestinian refugee in Beit Lahya, and subject of YWCA appeal Yet another ceasefire is in place. If it doesn t hold, more carnage will occur until another ceasefire is agreed to. Israel s invasion can only go so far. With 1.8 million Gazans with nowhere…

Jodi Rudoren and Abe Foxman mull over the Arabs owning New York hotel
Mondoweiss – Let me offer a ridiculous fantasy. The NY Times hires an Arab-American as its Jerusalem Bureau Chief. The reporter s spouse produces and publicly posts a video in which the reporter is seen having a personal, non-professional meal with a high official of a prominent Arab-American organization,…

Video: Israeli soldiers share an ecstatic moment as they destroy homes in Gaza
Mondoweiss – Listen to the sheer ecstatic joy erupting from these soldiers as they watch their deadly handiwork unfold. As government officials, observers andpundits express their deep regret over the tragic toll on civilians in Gaza,the soldiers carrying out these particular operations don t appear to share their…

Even Wieseltier is upset by indifference in Jewish world to Gaza slaughter and wholehearted Israeli support for it
Mondoweiss – Leon Wieseltier Here are more signs that the Gaza onslaught has reshaped the American discussion of Israel and Palestine, in three arguments from intellectuals. 1, Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch said on Democracy Now yesterday that Palestinians should end the charade and go to the…

On being accused of anti-semitism by well meaning liberals
Mondoweiss – The recent crimetastrophe in Gaza has meant a month of being glued to the news, dry-mouthed, nauseated, furious and sad. It has meant posting endlessly on Facebook, feeling helpless and useless but noticing more support than I ve ever had before, and making many more friends and…

My friends say I m being too nice to Hamas
Mondoweiss – The following dialogue is woven from email and Facebook communications I have had with friends in response to my last blogpost about Gaza . The setting is fictional, and the conversation is a construct, but entirely composed from the actual record of my friends responses. I have…

The Lies: a poem
Mondoweiss – The 165th course of Israel Air Force Flight Academy graduates at Hatzerim Air Force Base, December, 2012. (Photo: Israeli Defense Forces) The lies rise early To shower and shave And don their heroic flight suits (The lies are nothing If not clean-cut And smartly turned-out) At…

NYT is furiously rewriting history of Gaza conflict
Mondoweiss –

A Nightmare Called Hannibal
Tikun Olam – Despite the pall of military censorship, the Israel and foreign media are beginning, tentatively to air the problematic moral issues about the Hannibal Directive and how it was implemented during the Gaza war. To be clear, there has been a lot of smoke and hokum written…

State Department Refuses Comment on Report Russia and Israel Spy on Kerry s Calls
Tikun Olam – Yesterday, I called the State Department press office to ask for comment on my report that not only Israel, but Russia as well are intercepting John Kerry s in flight telephone calls in order to learn the internal positions of the U.S. government on matters of concern…

IDF-Embedded Reporter Says It Fired Guided Missile at UNWRA School, Killing 15 Civilians
Tikun Olam – Zino s report confirming the IDF fired a guided missile at an UNWRA school which killed civilians. An Israeli reporter for Maariv, Aviram Zino, has been embedded with an IDF unit during the current invasion. Noam R writes in his Israeli political blog about Zino s fawning enthusiastic…

Caution needed with Gaza casualty figures
BBC 7 Aug 2014 – Why caution is needed with Gaza statistics

In Numbers: Israeli Assault on #GazaUnderAttack in 30 Days
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UN Gaza Emergency Situation Report as of 6 August 2014
Sabbah report 7 Aug 2014 – Oc
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Palestine & Israel Magazine (Updated)
Sabbah report 7 Aug 2014 – UNCENSORED breaking news, world news and multimedia on the Occupied Palestine and Israel. The post: Palestine & Israel Magazine (Updated) appeared first on Sabbah Report ß Sign up for our FREE newsletter ß

Israeli lives lived along the Gaza Border
BBC 7 Aug 2014 – Lyse Doucet on Israelis living close to the border with Gaza

Hamas Admits to Executing Palestinians As Israeli Spies During Gaza War
The Foward Breaking News 7 Aug 2014 – Hamas said on Thursday it had executed several Palestinians on suspicion of helping Israeli forces during the month-long Gaza war. Click here for the rest of the article…

South Africa May Charge Jews Who Serve in Israeli Army
The Foward Breaking News 7 Aug 2014 – South African authorities said they will prosecute citizens who serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Gaza awaits truce talks verdict
BBC 7 Aug 2014 – Palestinian and Israeli officials are continuing indirect talks in Cairo on a long-term truce in Gaza, as the three-day ceasefire enters its last 24 hours.

Hamas Armed Wing Urges No Truce Extension
The Foward Breaking News 7 Aug 2014 – The armed wing of Hamas called on Palestinian negotiators in Cairo not to extend a 72-hour truce unless their demands, in particular for the opening of Gaza s port, were met and warned it was ready to engage in a long war. Click here for the rest…

Israel Wants Bodies of Slain Soldiers Back From Gaza
The Foward Breaking News 7 Aug 2014 – Israel asked the Red Cross on Thursday to help recover the remains of two soldiers killed in Gaza, Israeli officials said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syrian rebels ‘leave Lebanese town’
BBC 7 Aug 2014 – Islamist rebels from Syria reportedly withdraw from the Lebanese border town of Arsal after days of fighting with the Lebanese army ended in a truce.

North Africa: Amb. Dicarlo At UN Meeting On Situation in Gaza
allAfrica.com7 Aug 2014 – [State Department]New York -Remarks by Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a General Assembly Informal Meeting on Gaza, August 6, 2014

South Africa: Ilan PappÈ – the Full Interview
allAfrica.com7 Aug 2014 – [The Daily Vox]Israeli historian Ilan PappÈ has become a pariah in his own country. PappÈ is one of Israel’s New Historians – a group of scholars who have started to rethink Israeli history after studying documents declassified by the Israeli government in the 1980s. For PappÈ…

South Africa: Blade – Batting for Palestine
allAfrica.com7 Aug 2014 – [Daily Maverick]While there’s a brief reprieve in the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Palestine, the issue continues to heat up in South Africa. On Wednesday, Palestinian supporters met at the University of Johannesburg to discuss boycotting Israel.

Who are the Yazidis?
BBC 7 Aug 2014 – Who are the mysterious Yazidis of the Middle East?

UN condemns Iraq jihadists’ attacks
BBC 7 Aug 2014 – The United Nations Security Council condemns attacks by Iraqi jihadists, after the largest Christian town was seized by militants.

Mediators seek to extend Gaza truce
BBC 7 Aug 2014 – Palestinian and Israeli officials continue indirect talks in Cairo on a long-term truce in Gaza as the three-day ceasefire enters its last 24 hours.

Burns, Sullivan to stay on to work on Iran deal
Al-Monitor 7 Aug 2014 – Set to retire, Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and Biden advisor Jake Sullivan will stay on as special government employees to work on reaching an Iran nuclear deal after they leave their posts, the State Department said.

Syrian refugees leave Lebanon’s Ersal for Syria
Al-Akhbar News 7 Aug 2014 – At least 1,700 Syrian refugees have left the eastern Bekaa town of Ersal, where troops have been battling jihadists for days, to go back to Syria, a nun helping them return said Thursday. The departure appeared to be the first time a group of refugees has…

Libyan presidential candidate makes campaign stop in DC
Al-Monitor 7 Aug 2014 – Officials meeting on the sidelines of an Africa summit in Washington discuss the deteriorating security situation in Libya, while a Libyan businessman networks to run for president back home.

Genocide becomes mainstream in Israeli discourse
Al-Akhbar News 7 Aug 2014 – A Palestinian youth carries items salvaged from the rubble past destroyed buildings in part of Gaza City’s al-Tufah neighbourhood as the fragile ceasefire in the Gaza Strip entered a second day on August 6, 2014 while Israeli and Palestinian delegations prepared for crunch talks in Cairo…

What else happened in Middle East as Gaza burned?
BBC 7 Aug 2014 – What else happened in the Middle East as Gaza burned?

Palestinians from Syria ‘unwelcome’
BBC 7 Aug 2014 – Jordan is turning away Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch says in a new report.

Bahrain court strips 9 citizens of nationality
Al-Akhbar News 7 Aug 2014 – A Bahraini court has stripped nine of their citizenship, for the first time implementing a 2013 law which revokes the nationality of terrorism convicts, a judicial source said Thursday. The nine
men were found guilty Wednesday of “forming a terrorist organisation aimed at smuggling weapons to…

Australian journalist resigns after controversial reaction to Gaza column
Al-Akhbar News 7 Aug 2014 – An Australian journalist resigned on Tuesday after one of his columns on Gaza caused widespread controversy and his responses to some readers led editors to ask for his suspension. In a July 26 column entitled Israel’s rank and rotten fruit is being called fascism, Mike Carlton…

HRW accuses Jordan of rebuffing Palestinian refugees from Syria
Al-Akhbar News 7 Aug 2014 – Advocacy group Human Rights Watch accused Jordan Thursday of refusing entry to, or forcibly deporting, Palestinian refugees escaping Syria in what it called a defiance of the country’s international obligations. In a report released in Amman, the New York-based group said Jordan has officially banned their…

Saudi Arabia beheads Yemeni man convicted of rape, murder
Al-Akhbar News 7 Aug 2014 – Saudi authorities beheaded a Yemeni Thursday for raping and murdering two women, the interior ministry said. Awadha Ahmed Salem was convicted of raping and killing the unidentified women and burning the corpse of one of them with acid, the ministry said in a statement carried by…

Lebanon: Islamist militants threaten to reinvade Ersal unless conditions are met
Al-Akhbar News 7 Aug 2014 – Lebanese army soldiers drive armoured personnel carriers in the northern Lebanese town of Arsal on the border with Syria on August 6, 2014, as fighting with Islamist jihadists continue. (Photo: AFP-STR) Lebanese army soldiers drive armoured personnel carriers in the northern Lebanese town of Arsal on…

Iran, US hold nuclear talks in Geneva
Al-Akhbar News 7 Aug 2014 – Iranian and US officials met in Geneva on Thursday for the first time since the Islamic state and six world powers agreed to extend talks to resolve a decade-long dispute over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. When they last met on July 19, Iran, the United States, Britain,…

West Bank uprisings dampened by PA
Al-Monitor 7 Aug 2014 – The Palestinian Authority has maintained its stiff opposition to mass movements and protests, ensuring quiet on the West Bank front despite the war in Gaza.

‘They want to slaughter us’ – Yazidi eyewitness
BBC 7 Aug 2014 – Eyewitness describes plight of Iraq’s trapped Yazidi refugees

Arsal’s residents to militias: get out
Al-Monitor 7 Aug 2014 – Residents of Arsal, Lebanon want militants to leave town and the surrounding rugged mountains.

Israel prepares for an international legal assault
Al-Monitor 7 Aug 2014 – Israel prepares to face the UN Commission and the private complaints that might be submitted against it in the aftermath of the Gaza incursion, compiling a “defense dossier” with the footage it gathered through the operation days and even testimonies of foreign journalists who covered Gaza.

Israeli settler runs over 8-year old Palestinian girl with his car
Al-Akhbar News 7 Aug 2014 – An Israeli settler ran over an 8-year old Palestinian girl with their car in the West Bank early Thursday, medics told Ma an news agency. Sources at the Hebron Public Hospital in the southern West Bank said that Rosy Talab Jaber was moderately injured when a settler…

Egypt and Gaza: The tale of two Rafahs
Al-Akhbar News 7 Aug 2014 – A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike, on July 11, 2014 in Rafah, in the southern of Gaza Strip. Israeli warplanes kept up deadly raids on Gaza but failed to stop Palestinian militants firing rockets across the border, as the United States…

Hamas’ claims of victory ring hollow
Al-Monitor 7 Aug 2014 – Residents of the Gaza Strip cannot ignore the resounding defeat of Hamas, which destroyed their lives without gaining any military achievement.

First Turkish film to show Armenian genocide wins harsh reception
Al-Monitor 7 Aug 2014 – A film by German-Turkish director Fatih Akin on the Armenian genocide is under attack in Turkey even before its release.

Erdogan plays to base by slighting Armenians
Al-Monitor 7 Aug 2014 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s history of anti-Semitic remarks and a recent insult directed at Armenians are a tactic to draw votes.

What is barbaric, Mr. Obama?
Al-Akhbar Opinion 7 Aug 2014 – Protest held in Austin, Texas on August 2, 2014 in solidarity with the people of Gaza. (Photo: Twitter) Protest held in Austin, Texas on August 2, 2014 in solidarity with the people of Gaza. (Photo: Twitter) Below is the text of a talk given by Rania…

Najaf takes in Christians displaced by Islamic State
Al-Monitor 7 Aug 2014 – The religious authorities in Najaf and Karbala showed their support to displaced minorities, notably Christians from Mosul, and expressed their readiness to offer their help.

After taking Sinjar, IS draws Iraqi Kurds into full-scale war
Al-Monitor 7 Aug 2014 – The rout of peshmerga forces in Sinjar has drawn accusations of abandonment from Yazidis and forced Iraqi Kurdistan to engage the Islamic State just miles from Erbil.

Rouhani announces new guild for Iran journalists
Al-Monitor 7 Aug 2014 – Iran’s president has announced plans to open a new guild for journalists, sidestepping the issue of the closure of the previous professional association.

Gaza residents now face battle against infectious diseases
Al-Akhbar Po
litics 7 Aug 2014 – A Palestinian boy, wounded following an Israeli military strike, is treated upon his arrival at the hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 3, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Hams) A Palestinian boy, wounded following an Israeli military strike, is treated upon his arrival at…

Why did Turkish expats ignore Erdogan’s call to vote?
Al-Monitor 7 Aug 2014 – Even with intense campaigning in Europe, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan failed to rally Turkish expats to vote in the presidential elections.

VIDEO: How to stay alive in Libya
BBC 6 Aug 2014 – How to stay alive in Libya as civil unrest increases


Israel cracks down on dissent
Mya Guarnieri, +972 Magazine8/7/2014
More than 1,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel were arrested by Israeli police during Operation Protective Edge, according to a lawyer representing a number of the detainees. While some were arrested for protesting the Israeli military incursion into Gaza, dozens were held without charge.
Maisa Arshid, an attorney for dozens of the detainees, says that 20 to 30 Palestinians were picked up by Israeli police every week in the Nazareth area alone. All of them are accused of participating in illegal demonstrations, she says. But, she adds, Part of these demos were permitted by the police themselves.
In many cases, there is no evidence that the accused has participated in a protest other than a policeman s word.
Arshid adds that police frequently held people for short periods without registering the detention, likely putting the number of those who were picked up by the police even higher than 1,000.
When the wave of arrests began earlier in July, Palestinian citizens were detained and quickly released. Some were put on house arrest, some were ordered to do community service. But as the month and Israel s assault on Gaza has worn on, Palestinian citizens were subject to longer and longer detainments. Last week, Arshid visited a group of detainees who had been held without charge for nine days. Each day the court is delaying their hearing, she says, adding that hearings initially scheduled for last Sunday were pushed back to Tuesday.
It s a way of prolonging their detentions and it has a chilling effect on demonstrations against Operation Protective Edge, Arshid argues. If people in the street know that people have been arrested for nine days, it will prevent protest. She says that the detentions are a way to terrorize the population into silence.more..e-mail

Gaza dispatch: Why the destruction in Beit Hanoun is different
Samer Badawi, +972 Magazine8/7/2014
Local residents tell me that previous Israeli attacks on Beit Hanoun had targeted homes much closer to the border. This time, the military took aim at the center of town. Why?
As negotiations over a long-term Gaza truce draw to a close in Cairo, their success may hinge on a key Hamas demand facilitating civilian access to the West Bank. The demand, say observers here, is about more than humanitarian needs. Linking the two territories would strengthen a Palestinian reconciliation deal forged in April a deal Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to recognize.
On the ground in Gaza there is little evidence that Netanyahu intends to accede to the Hamas pre-condition. Nowhere is that more plain than in Beit Hanoun, the Palestinian town at Gaza s northeastern edge that is home to the only civilian passage out of the territory. The lone administrative building on the Palestinian side of the Erez crossing has been destroyed by an Israeli airstrike, and during a site visit there on August 6, the only incoming passenger was a foreign journalist.
Nearby residents say the desolation is nothing new. Permission to exit through Erez falls to the Israeli Security Agency, and permits are limited to humanitarian cases, with an emphasis on urgent medical ones, according to the Israeli human rights organization Gisha.
What s different after Israel s latest military campaign here is that the areas surrounding Erez have themselves become no-go zones, pummeled by shelling and airstrikes that have displaced thousands and destroyed homes deep into the heart of Beit Hanoun.
A stone s throw from the centrally located UN-run school shelled by Israel on July 24, killing at least 15 people seeking shelter there, 10-year-old Ahmad Kafarneh is camped out with his father, younger sister and cousin….more..e-mail

Kaddish for Gaza
Prof. Dr. Rolf Verleger, Alternative Information Center8/6/2014
Does the Holocaust presently entitle the state of Israel to starve and massacre Gaza’s population?
This is from a talk given at the manifestation organized by the German-Arabic Society in front of Bellevue castle (office of the German president) in Berlin, July 30, 2014
My father survived Auschwitz, and my mother survived concentration camps in Estonia. When rearing me they made it clear that there is the choice between good and bad and that people are responsible for what they have done; They educated me within the ethics of the Jewish religion.
Today, alternative ethics apply to many Jews. One of these ethics, the one that is most compatible to Germany, reads: We Jews are above all: victims. Today, the state of Israel is victim of eruptions of incomprehensible hate from Arabs and anti-Semites.
I would like to ask the following questions to all those people who say things like that.
The fact that none of my grandparents survived the Third Reich did this entitle the Jewish partisans and the Israeli army in 1947/48 to expel hundreds of thousands of Arabs from Israel?
The “Aryanization” of my great-grandfather’s parcel of land in Berlin did this entitle the state of Israel to confiscate land and property of the Arab expatriates in the early 1950s?
The killing of my father’s brothers and sisters by the SS – does this entitle the state of Israel to exert the dictate of an occupational regime for 47 years?more..e-mail

Gaza war: It s about keeping the Palestinians under control
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine8/7/2014
Israel has been waging a single war since the mid-70s. Its goal is to avoid sharing power or assets with the other people living on this land. The Gaza war wasn t about creating a new order, but about maintaining the old one.
At the time of this writing, Operation Protective Edge has come to an end and the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel is delicately holding. Though indirect talks are taking place in Cairo, reports from the negotiations indicate an Israeli refusal to lift the siege on Gaza. Hamas has vouched to fight on if the ceasefire doesn t hold, but the humanitarian crisis in the Strip is likely to make that difficult.
As things now stand, it s clear that declarations by Israeli ministers and generals on a new reality in the south disguise a different, opposite goal for this war: Protective Edge was carried out in order to restore things to way they were before June 2014. In other words, to maintain the status quo.
This has been the goal of Israeli policy for many years now. Since the end of the 1973 war, Israel has been waging a single war against a single adversary the Palestinians. The first Lebanon War, the Int
ifadas, Cast Lead, Protective Edge and most of the military operations in between were all part of a military solution to the Palestinian problem. Even the notable exception the 2006 war in Lebanon was leftover from the the 1982 invasion, which was conducted against the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Despite all the threats that came and went over the years the Syrians, Iran s nuclear program, the axis of evil, international jihad at the end of the day, it all comes down to the Palestinian issue. The reason why all those threats are constantly debated and inflated in Israel is to hide this fact.more..e-mail

Canadian Jewish Politics: From Anti-fascism to Zionism
Dissident Voice: 7 Aug 2014 – On July 30, Dissident Voice published an article by Yves Engler remarking on increasingly strident support for Israel among sections of the Toronto Jewish community. He describes aggressive Jewish support for the child-murderers of the Israeli Defense Forces, including attacks on protesters like himself, then contrasts this with what Jews were like before world war two: The idea that Toronto s Jewish community in 2014 would be front-and-centre in backing racist militarism is profoundly depressing and quite the historic reversal. Seven decades ago righteous Jewish youth fought back against fascist thugs terrorizing non-Anglo-Saxons in the 1933 Christie Pits Riot. But perhaps the reason Jews defended other minorities against fascist thugs is because it was in their interests to do so. Perhaps that s why many of them support racist militarism today so long as it s Jewish racist militarism. A consistent sense of Jewish ethnic identity would lead to strong opposition to…more

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