VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 10 August 2014: ’Era of Oslo is over’

10 August 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israel & Palestinians agree on 72-hour ceasefire
IMEMC – A 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip is set to begin at midnight Monday morning, after Palestinian factions and Israeli authorities agreed to hold fire while negotiators work on terms for a longer truce. …

Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors of Nazi genocide condemn Gaza massacre
IMEMC – A group of Holocaust survivors and their descendants from the U.S. and Europe have signed onto a letter challenging a letter published in the New York Times by fellow Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, who they contend promoted “blatant falsehoods to justify the unjustifiable”. They argue that their experience of surviving the Nazi genocide has led them to believe that “Never Again” should apply to everyone, including Palestinians. …

Including Two Children, Four Palestinians Killed in Gaza
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources have reported that four Palestinians, including two children, have been killed and dozens injured, after the army fired missiles into several areas in the Gaza Strip. … 

Child Killed By Army Fire In Hebron
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported that a child was shot and killed, by Israeli army fire, in the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. …

Israel Deliberately Attacking Medical Workers in Gaza, Amnesty Says
IMEMC – Since the military offensive in Gaza began a month ago, Israeli fire has killed at least six ambulance workers and 13 aid workers while they were attempting to rescue injured people or retrieve the dead, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. … 

Al-Ahmad: “Palestinian Demands Clear, Non-negotiable”
IMEMC – Member of Fatah’s Central Committee and head of the Palestinian delegation for truce talks in Cairo,http://imemc.org/newswire?search_text=azzam+al-ahmad&button=Search+%3E%3E, says that Palestinians do not wish to resume attacks, but that it is their legitimate prerogative to demand and fight for their rights. …

Ma’an News

72-hour Gaza ceasefire takes effect
8/11/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A 72-hour ceasefire brokered by Egypt went into effect at midnight Monday, hours after Israeli bombings killed four Palestinians and armed groups fired rockets toward Israel. Palestinian factions agreed on the new 72-hour halt to hostilities in Cairo. Officials said that during the three-day ceasefire, there will be extensive negotiations to reach a more lasting truce. A Palestinian source…. Related: Hamas: Palestinians examining new 72-hour truce proposal and Israeli official: Israel accepts Egypt ceasefire proposal

4 killed in Israeli strikes ahead of Gaza ceasefire
8/11/2014 – GAZA (Ma’an) — Four Palestinians were killed and several others were injured Sunday in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip hours ahead of a new 72-hour ceasefire expected to come into effect at midnight. Hassan Kawaree, Omar Jarbou, and a third unidentified man were killed in an airstrike that targeted a motorbike in Khan Younis. Earlier Saqir Rayhan, 45, was killed and four….

Israeli forces shoot, kill 12-year-old Palestinian boy near Hebron
8/11/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A 12-year old Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli soldiers while playing in front of his home in al-Fawwar refugee camp south of Hebron in the southern West Bank early Sunday, medics told Ma’an. Palestinian medical sources at Hebron’s al-Ahli Hospital told Ma’an that Khalil Muhammad Ahmad al-Anati arrived at the hospital after….

Israeli official: Israel accepts Egypt ceasefire proposal
8/10/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel on Sunday accepted an Egyptian proposal for a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza, government officials said.”Israel has accepted the Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire,” an official told AFP shortly after a Palestinian source confirmed accepting the initiative which would see both sides halt fire from midnight. [END]

Gazans struggle with rising prices as bombs fall
8/11/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Israeli bombardment has left large swathes of Gaza in ruins, and the enclave’s already shattered economy is also feeling the pinch as prices for staple foods have started to climb. The market in Gaza City’s al-Shati refugee camp was bustling Saturday, but many of the camp’s hard-up residents are buying less. Israel’s offensive on….

Airstrikes on Gaza kill 4 as Israel refuses to negotiate
8/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel continued its bombardment of the Gaza Strip early Sunday, killing three Palestinians across the besieged coastal enclave as Cairo ceasefire negotiations stalled amid the Israeli withdrawal of its delegation. Overnight airstrikes primarily targeted the southern cities of Rafah and Khan Younis, killing three — including a thirteen-year old girl and a fourteen-year old boy — and injuring dozens as the toll…. Related: Netanyahu: Israel ‘will not negotiate under fire’ and Israeli official: Israel accepts Egypt ceasefire proposal

14-year-old killed in Israeli airstrike on Deir al-Balah
8/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — 14-year-old Ahmad al-Masri was killed in an airstrike on Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on Sunday morning. [END]

Israel to indict 6 Palestinians captured in Gaza
8/10/2014 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — The Israeli Chief Military Prosecutor plans to indict six Palestinians who were captured by Israeli forces during the ongoing military offensive in the Gaza Strip. Israeli sources told Ma’an that the six detainees to be indicted by the prosecutor’s southern command are affiliated to the Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The individuals were detained during the….

Israeli airstrike hits vehicle in Khan Younis, 4 injured
8/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike hit a three-wheeled tuk-tuk vehicle in Khan Younis on Sunday, injuring four Palestinians, a Ma’an reporter said. [END]

17-year-old Palestinian succumbs to wounds in Gaza City
8/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teenager on Sunday succumbed to wounds sustained in an earlier Israeli attack, a health ministry spokesman said. Ashraf al-Qidra said 17-year-old Anwar Mustafa al-Zaanin died at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City. [END]

Netanyahu: Israel ‘will not negotiate under fire’
8/11/2014 – TEL AVIV (AFP) — Israel will not return to talks to end the conflict in Gaza while Palestinian militants continue cross-border rocket attacks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.” Israel will not engage in negotiations under fire, and will continue to act in every way to change the current reality and to bring quiet to all of its citizens,” he told a cabinet meeting at the…. Related: Israeli official: Israel accepts Egypt ceasefire proposal and Hamas: Palestinians examining new 72-hour truce proposal

New 3-day Gaza ceasefire to start at midnight
8/11/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian factions have agreed on a new 72-hour halt to hostilities in Gaza starting at midnight, sources close to the Cairo ceasefire talks told Ma’an Sunday. The Israeli delegation was to return to Cairo later in the evening, the sources said. They said that during the three-day ceasefire, there will be extensive negotiations to reach a more lasting…. Related: Hamas: Palestinians examining new 72-hour truce proposal and Israeli official: Israel accepts Egypt ceasefire proposal

Hamas chief: Durable truce must lead to lifting Gaza blockade
8/11/2014 – DOHA, Qatar (AFP) — A lasting truce must lead to the lifting by Israel of its blockade of the Gaza Strip, Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal said in an interview in Doha on Sunday. The 72-hour ceasefire Hamas reached with Israel on Sunday “is one of the ways or tactics to ensure successful negotiations or to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza,” said Meshaal….

Palestinians want ICJ probe on Gaza
8/10/2014 – BOGOTA (AFP) — Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki on Saturday said his government would soon try to haul Israelis before the International Criminal Court for war crimes.”We will go to the ICJ, and put our signature on it. Very soon we will be a (sovereign) state. That is enough for the court to start an investigation,” Malki, on a visit to Bogota, told AFP. Israeli….

Hamas: Palestinians examining new 72-hour truce proposal
8/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — The Palestinians are examining a proposal for a new 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza, a Hamas spokesman told AFP on Sunday.”There is a proposal for another 72-hour truce (to allow) for the continuation of negotiations,” Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP in Gaza, without saying when it would begin.”This proposal is being studied,” he said, indicating the Palestinian response would…. Related: Israeli official: Israel accepts Egypt ceasefire proposal and New 3-day Gaza ceasefire to start at midnight

Settlers raid Salfit-area village in apparent price tag attack
8/10/2014 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — A group of Israeli settlers on Sunday torched a Palestinian vehicle in the central West Bank village of Yasuf east of Salfit in the northern West Bank. Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that the attackers infiltrated the village from the nearby illegal settlement of Tappuah. The sources added that they poured fuel on a minibus belonging to Atalah Yasin….

Israeli forces ransack Palestinian ward of Negev prison
8/10/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli prison forces carried out raids in the Palestinian ward of an Israeli prison in the Negev Desert on Sunday, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said in a statement. Some 200 Israeli special force officers on Sunday morning ransacked section 24 of Israel’s Ktziot prison — widely known simply as the Negev prison for its location in the southern….

Israeli airstrike injures Palestinian in Beit Hanoun
8/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike on a water tanker truck in Beit Hanoun severely injured a Palestinian on Friday, medical sources said. Sources originally told Ma’an the Palestinian had been killed, but health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said he was still alive, but severely injured. [END]

4 injured in Israeli airstrike on home in Beit Lahia
8/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Four Palestinians were injured in an Israeli airstrike on a home in Beit Lahia on Sunday, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said. [END]

3 injured in airstrike on Khan Younis
8/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Three Palestinians were injured in an Israeli airstrike on Khan Younis on Sunday, a Ma’an reporter said. [END]

Hamas MP: Keeping military arsenal only ‘guarantee’ to break siege
8/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Hamas member of the Palestinian parliament on Saturday insisted that the group was determined to maintain its military arsenal in the face of Israeli calls for it to disarm, calling the group’s weapons the “only guarantee” for Gaza’s future.” The weapons of the resistance are the only guarantee for Palestinians to break Gaza’s….

Memorial for Gaza victims at embassy of Palestine in Moscow
8/10/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – A giant memorial with names of Palestinians killed in the Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip was posted Sunday on the outer walls of the embassy of Palestine in Moscow. A statement from the embassy explained that full names of victims were listed in Russian along with age and place of residence. The idea behind the memorial is to enable….

At least 20,000 Iraqis escape Mt. Sinjar
8/10/2014 – ERBIL, Iraq (AFP) — At least 20,000 civilians who had been besieged by Islamic State militants on a mountain in northern Iraq have safely escaped to Syria and been escorted by Kurdish forces back into Iraq, officials said Sunday. The breakthrough coincided with US air raids on IS fighters in the Sinjar area of northwestern Iraq on Saturday. Shawkat Barbahari, an official from the autonomous Kurdish….

Syrian children ‘torn apart’ as 16 killed in Aleppo violence
8/10/2014 – ALEPPO, Syria (AFP) — At least 16 civilians were killed in violence in Syria’s second city of Aleppo on Saturday, residents and a monitoring group said. Residents found children “torn apart” after a regime helicopter dumped a barrel bomb on a rebel-held area, a local man said. At least 13 people were killed and 17 wounded in the raid on Maadi in northeastern Aleppo….

Kurdish troops retake first towns since US strikes
8/10/2014 – ARBIL, Iraq (AFP) — Kurdish peshmerga troops on Sunday wrested back control of two towns from the Islamic State militants for the first time since US jets started bombing jihadist targets, officials said.”The peshmerga have liberated Makhmur and Gwer,” peshmerga spokesman Halgord Hekmat told AFP, adding that “US aerial support helped.”A regional official confirmed the Kurdish troops had reclaimed the towns after deadly battles. [END]


New Gaza truce comes into effect
AlJazeera 10 Aug 2014 – Israel agrees to 72-hour ceasefire negotiated by Palestinians in Cairo following mediation by Egypt.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Following End of Humanitarian Truce, Israeli Offensive on Gaza Resumed: 10 Palestinians, 6 of Whom Are Civilians, Includ…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

The world heeds the call of Palestinians in Gaza for pressure on Israel
8/10/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Occupied Palestine – Update: Please help us spread the word in Arabic, Italian, French, Hebrew and Spanish via your networks. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have taken to the streets in response to a call from Palestinian civil society in the occupied and besieged Gaza strip, and the BDS National Committee (BNC), for a day of rage. The mobilisations come as grassroots pressure mounts on western governments….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestine: External Situation Report #21 10/August/2014
Relief Web 10 Aug 2014 – Source: World Food Programme Country: occupied Palestinian territory Highlights After more than 30 days of hostilities, the humanitarian situation in Gaza is dire and many people are in need of food assistance. To provide relief, WFP together with UNRWA and…

occupied Palestinian territory: UN chief cheers latest Gaza truce, urges long-term deal
Relief Web 10 Aug 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 08/10/2014 22:15 GMT UNITED NATIONS, August 10, 2014 (AFP) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sunday welcomed the news of a fresh 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, urging the two sides to work…

occupied Palestinian territory: Maldives to donate US$1.4million for Gaza war victims
Relief Web 10 Aug 2014 – Source: Minivan News Country: Maldives, occupied Palestinian territory By Zaheena Rasheed | August 10th, 2014 The Help Gaza telethon, organized by Maldives media, has raised a record MVR 21.5 million (US$1.4 million) in aid for victims of the war in Gaza….

The National

Palestinian refugee flees Assad’s bombs only to be killed in Gaza
The National 10 Aug 2014 – Abdullah Abu Shabab, a 21-year-old student, died helping others under the very bombs he escaped in Syria.

Israel accepts Egypt ceasefire proposal: govt official
The National 10 Aug 2014 – Hamas has said it wants assurances by Israel that it is willing to lift the blockade on Gaza before observing another ceasefire.

4 jailed in Saudi Arabia for seeking to fight in Syria
The National 10 Aug 2014 – RIYADH // Saudi Arabia has jailed four of its citizens for up to nearly three years after convicting them of joining or trying to join the conflict in Syria, media reported on Sunday. Two of the men, who were not identified by name, had travelled to Yemen and then Turkey using falsified passports with the intention of joining rebel groups, news website Sabq.org reported. It did not clarify whether the pair had surrendered to authorities, a possibility that would explain the lenient jail terms of four months for the first and two years and 10 months for the second, handed down by a special court in Riyadh. 

500 Yazidis killed by Islamic State : Iraq MP
The National 10 Aug 2014 – A Yazidi lawmaker said Sunday at least 20,000 had managed to flee the siege with the help of Kurdish troops and cross into Kurdistan via Syria.

Elected president, Erdogan to rule Turkey as 21st century sultan
The National 10 Aug 2014 – Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won Turkey’s presidential election, setting the stage for the controversial leader to retain power for years.

At least 39 killed in plane crash at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport
The National 10 Aug 2014 – Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported that an engine shutdown caused the crash.

In pictures: UAE-funded compound in Gaza destroyed by Israeli airstrikes
The National 10 Aug 2014 – The UAE-funded $66m Sheikh Zayed City residential compound in the northern village of Beit Lahia has been damaged during the Israeli offensive that began on July 8. Residents said the fourth-floor of a building in the complex was wiped out by three Israeli strikes last month.

Video: Pro Palestinian protests around the world 
The National 10 Aug 2014 – Pro-Palestinian protesters in France, Germany and Yemen demonstrated against the Israeli offenisve in Gaza and called for the end of the violence.

Video: Scores of Iraqi minorities seek shelter from Islamic State’s advance 
The National 10 Aug 2014 – Tens of thousands of ethnic Yaszidis are surrounded by Islamic State fighters on a desert mountaintop, as thousands of Christians take refuge in a provincial church.

Video: Nigerians use jokes to diffuse Ebola tension 
The National 10 Aug 2014 – Ebola jokes appear on Nigerian social media outlets to ease the tension of the recent outbreak, despite the very real threat.

Video: ‘A strong Turkey is rising again from the ashes’ – Turkey’s Erdogan 
The National 10 Aug 2014 – Poll suggest Tayyib Erdogan looks set to win the upcoming presidential elections with 55 percent of the vote.

Video: Western food ban in Russia leaves bad aftertaste 
The National 10 Aug 2014 – The owner of a popular Moscow restaurant worries about food prices and shortages following a Russian ban on Western food imports.

Video: Gazan child is sole survivor of Israeli strike that kills family of 13 
The National 10 Aug 2014 – Nine-year-old Saja from Gaza talks of her experience after her house was blasted during Israel air strikes, leaving her the sole survivor of her family.

Video: Islamic State fighters take Mosul Dam 
The National 10 Aug 2014 – Amateur video purports to show Islamic State fighters raising their flag over several prominent locations in northern Iraq, including the Mosul dam.

18 suspects ‘surrender’ over attack in China’s Xinjiang: report
The National 10 Aug 2014 – State-run news agency Xinhua said the 18 suspects “have surrendered to police”, citing the regional government.

What the world builds, Israel bombs
The National 9 Aug 2014 – Constant conflict in Gaza makes the Palestinians’ international backers fear that their investments in reconstruction will soon become another victim of the war with Israel.


Shi’ite militias step up Baghdad patrols after Iraqi PM’s surprise speech
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Islamic State draws heat from Israel – but not for long
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

LIVE UPDATES: Three-day Israel-Hamas cease-fire takes effect
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Aided by U.S. strikes, Kurdish forces retake 2 towns from Islamic State
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

AG dismissed claims President Rivlin received illicit funds
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

At least 500 Yazidis killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Erdogan wins Turkey’s presidential election
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Swedish demonstration against anti-Semitism cancelled amid security concerns
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Koreans eyeing Iron Dome after seeing wartime success
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Israel identifies Gaza man who allegedly funded kidnap of three teens
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

British MEP: Youth should emulate Hitler’s speaking style
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Was Herod short-changed by his builders?
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Garnier threatened with boycott over donated products to female IDF soldiers
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Gaza diary: The worst of times for Gaza and it may not be over
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Palestinian negotiators say willing to accept 72-hour truce
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Defense Ministry seeks $3.2b extra funding to boost security after Gaza op
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

The Guardian to run anti-Hamas ad rejected by The Times
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Go to Gaza, see for yourself
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Confusion reigns in Cairo as sides remain far apart
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

A question for Israel’s army to answer
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Residents close to Gaza border uneasy after returning to more rocket fire
Ha’aretz – 9 Aug 2014

Jerusalem Post

UK MEP advises potential candidates to copy Hitler
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – Bill Etheridge calls Nazi dictator a “magnetic and forceful public speaker.” 

Sweet while it lasted
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – When almost everyone across the ideological spectrum began to defend the government, it felt as though we were witnessing a miracle. 

THINK ABOUT IT: It ain’t over till it’s over
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – I have no idea on what basis IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz announced last Thursday that all is quiet on the southern front. 

Ministry urges taking preventive measures against West Nile virus
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – Disease arrived with summer, but all cases have been mild so far. 

Restoring order to the neighborhood
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – A new order is needed in Gaza, which would at the very minimum put an end to violence and provide security to both sides. 

Tu Be’av: Boy meets girl… in ancient Israel
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – In Judges 21:19 it is called the Feast of the Lord, which makes it all the more possible that it was an earlier custom that was taken over by the Israelites in a slightly different form. 

Police unlikely to investigate Rivlin
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – Police sources said that the allegations had already been checked in the past and that they had decided not to open an investigation. 

Rockets continue raining on Israel and IAF hits targets in Gaza ahead of proclaimed truce
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – Despite talks of cease-fire, Israel continued retaliatory strikes as sirens continued to sound in the country’s South. 

Broader vision for Gaza
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – Hamas has not and will not change its own long-term strategic vision, that of “resistance” to the State of Israel. 

Candidly speaking: To rely on Abbas to defang Hamas would be delusional
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – Incitement against Israel saturates the PA-controlled media, culture of death in which martyrdom is sanctified as greatest spiritual objective. 

Blockbuster terror finance trial to start against Jordan’s Arab Bank
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – First such case against such massive bank to go to trial in US history. 

Tel Aviv municipality approves new by-law for grocery stores to open on Shabbat
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – In Tel Aviv, grocery stores have been open for many years despite the ban and have simply paid the small fines levied on them by the municipality for doing so. 

Portions of the Western Wall may be facing problematic erosion
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – Geologists have found that cracks in the wall may be indicative of erosion and structural instability. 

Cabinet approves assistance measures for South, IDF reservists
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – Finance Minister Yair Lapid said it was the nation’s duty to help reservists to give back to them for their “wonderful mobilization.” 

Israel accepts midnight cease-fire proposal despite continued rocket attacks
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – Egypt claims truce has been accepted by both sides, no confirmation from Hamas; rockets continue to be launched at Israel, officials vow no negotiations to take place “under fire”. 

Religious Zionists, ultra-Orthodox men free to pursue nursing degree
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – As many men in the haredi sector do not want to be treated by women, it will make them less hesitant to seek nursing care. 

Netanya School of Arts named after late founder of Israeli film, Menahem Golan
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – Golan, who had produced some 200 films throughout his career, passed away in Jaffa this past Friday night at the age of 85. 

Rafael CEO says laser solution to mortars coming in next year or two
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – Yedidya Yaari also said that there is work in process on finding an answer to the infiltration tunnels deployed by Hamas. 

‘Guardian’ slams rise in anti-Semitism as Europe anger over Gaza operation grows
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – Criticism of Israel’s policies is legitimate, but attacking synagogues and Jewish institutions is “vile, contemptible racism.” 

Islamic State forces kill hundreds of Yazidi minority in Iraq threaten Kurdish capital
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – The newly declared caliphate buries some alive in mass graves and takes Yazidi women as slaves, US continues to bomb Islamic State positions near Kurdish capital. 

WATCH: Livni says has no regrets about Gaza disengagement
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – Last weekend, justice minister proposed initiative for a cease-fire that would eventually lead to a resumption of peace talks with the PA. 

Hold on, I’m coming home.
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – My friend tells me that Sweden ever so quickly has gone from so-called anti-Zionism to open anti-Semitism, and that no one seems to care. 

ZAKA asks to go into Gaza for soldiers’ bodies; United Hatzalah treats volunteers for trauma
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – Organization asks UN for proper protection to retrieve bodies of St-Sgt. Oron Shaul and Second Lt. Hadar Goldin, who went MIA in Gaza. 

Operation Protective Edge: Israel Won – So Far
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – The decision by Hamas to resume rocket attacks on Israel is short-sighted, since it will only bring additional destruction on an already-devastated population. 

Hamas and the IRA
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – Why will Israel not enter into discussion with the political leaders of Hamas, just as the British government instituted with the IRA, and finally achieved a settlement? 

IDF fire kills Palestinian youth during West Bank clashes
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – Relative who reportedly witnessed incident says youth did not participated in violent protest against Israeli army in Hebron. 

Jordan’s Abdullah: Israel must be held accountable for what is happening in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – King says in interview to Jordanian paper that loss of civilian lives unacceptable and Israeli operation not justified. 

Hillary Clinton: Hamas responsible for civilian deaths in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2014 – Likely 2016 presidential candidate tells ‘Atlantic’ that Israel has right to respond to rockets; says anti-Semitism a factor in world scrutiny of Israel. 

The Guardian

Hamas agrees to new Gaza ceasefire but Israel-Palestinian talks falter
The Guardian 10 Aug 2014 – Egyptian reports claim fresh 72-hour truce despite both teams in Cairo negotiations blaming the other for lack of progress Palestinian factions have agreed to a new 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza, Egyptian state TV has reported as…

Israel and Hamas agree Egyptian proposal for 72-hour Gaza ceasefire
The Guardian 10 Aug 2014 – Ceasefire to due to begin at midnight welcomed by people in Gaza, but experts fear long war ahead with sporadic truces Israel and Hamas agreed to an Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour ceasefire on Sunday…

Truth and propaganda: the other two foes in Gaza’s war | Paul Mason
The Guardian 10 Aug 2014 – Social media connects people in the warzone to the outside world. But we will always need truly independent journalism Most nights in Gaza my hotel’s power went off but the Wi-Fi didn’t. It was hooked up…

Cultural boycotts and the rise of antisemitism | @guardianletters
The Guardian 10 Aug 2014 – I hope that no reader would disagree with your editorial (9 August) that attacks in western Europe on Jewish schools, shops and synagogues indicate vile and contemptible racism which cannot be excused by reference to Israeli…

Relations are strained over Gaza but US support for Israel remains strong
The Guardian 10 Aug 2014 – It’s thought airing of frustrations by Barack Obama and John Kerry will not change how Washington deals with Israel Even before the smoke clears in Gaza, the damage assessment has begun. On the face of it,…

Sayeeda Warsi: Tories won’t win 2015 majority if they ignore ethnic minorities
The Guardian 10 Aug 2014 – Lady Warsi says David Cameron’s Conservative party is ignoring ‘electoral reality’ by focusing on white voters David Cameron will fail to win a majority at the next election because he has not done enough to woo…

Gaza talks: Hamas says Israel not serious about Cairo summit
The Guardian 10 Aug 2014 – Negotiations mediated by Egypt in chaos as Israelis say they ‘will not negotiate under fire’ and Palestinians threaten to leave Attempts at talks between Palestinians and Israelis aimed at ending the Gaza conflict look in danger…

Inter Press Service

Egypt’s Poor Easy Victims of Quack Medicine
IPS Many pharmacies and herbalists in Egypt prescribe their own ‘wasfa’ (secret drug or herbal elixir). Credit: Cam McGrath/IPS By Cam McGrath CAIRO, Aug 10 2014 (IPS) Magda Ibrahim first learnt that she had endometrial cancer when she went to a clinic to diagnose recurring bladder pain and an abnormal menstrual…

Qualified Backing for Obama’s Iraq Intervention
IPS President Barack Obama meets with his national security advisors in the Situation Room of the White House, Aug. 7, 2014. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Aug 9 2014 (IPS) U.S. President Barack Obama’s authorisation of limited military action in northern Iraq, announced in…


“We have no power and no water,” warns Gaza physician Dr. Mona El-Farra
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 – “We don t have power at the moment. We don t have water,” physician Dr. Mona El-Farra told The Electronic Intifada from Gaza today. Dr. El-Farra works with the Palestine Red Crescent Society and is the…

Israel killing, intimidating journalists amid Gaza communication blackout
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 – Israel is targeting journalists in the Gaza Strip like it did during its last two major attacks on the 1.8 million Palestinians there.Since the current assault began on 7 July, Israel has killed at least seven…

Action Beyond Condemnation
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 -For those who lament the Palestinians use of violence and sigh, “But where is the Palestinian Gandhi?” –here is the answer: Israel delegitimizes all tools of resistance, including non-violence. In 2011, for example, the Israeli parliament passed…

Syria News – July 29 , 2014 
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 29 , 2014 — With the end of the Tuesday , Coordination Committees were able to document 32 people including 4 women and 5 children, 2 under torture: 12 martyrs in Idlib, 10 martyrs in Aleppo, 6 martyrs in Damascus and…

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar´s Eid-ul-fitr Message 
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 – …We assure the world and the neighbors as we assured them in the past that our struggles are aimed only at forming an independent Islamic regime and obtaining independence of our country. We are not intending…

Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 – As I ve written many times before, “terrorism” is, and from the start was designed to be, almost entirely devoid of discernible meaning. It s a fear-mongering slogan, lacking any consistent application, intended to end rational…

Most Violent Daye Since the Beginning of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza, On the 22nd Day of the Israeli Offensive: Extremely Violent Attacks on Palestinian Civilians; Complete Families Annihilated; Mosques, Media Offices and Gaza Power Plant Destroyed
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 -Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 23rd consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which…

Pakistani man held for 10 years says he was tortured by British troops in Iraq
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014-A Pakistani man kept in British and then American custody for a decade is suing the UK Government over allegations that he was subjected to torture, including waterboarding, by British troops.Yunus Rahmatullah claims he was subjected to brutal…

Hello? Is this Israel calling? If Israel calls to tell me they will bomb my house, what should I take with me as I run for my life? 
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 – They say that a person s life passes in front of his eyes when he is about to die. It was different for me. My whole life passed in front of my eyes while I was…

What Do Gazans Endure? A Palestinian Student Who Lost Two Brothers, Four Cousins Tells His Story
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 – Five years ago Palestinian student Amer Shurrab lost his two brothers in Israel s Operation Cast Lead. Last week, Shurrab learned four of his cousins in Gaza had been killed in Israel s latest offensive. In…

There is no evidence that the al-Tahera Church (of the Immaculate/Virgin Mary) in Mosul has been destroyed (yet)
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 – Simone Muehl has continued to collate sources on Endangered Heritage Sites in Iraq for fact-checking and analysis. There have been reports that the Islamic State(1) has demolished the Chaldean al-Tahera Church of the Immaculate in the…

US Foreign Policy -Wrong Side of History, Wrong Side of World Opinion
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 -A very interesting and powerful vote took place at the UN on Wednesday July 23. The UN Human Rights Council voted 29 to 1 to launch a commission of inquiry into alleged Israeli war crimes in Israel…

Nothing Unintentional
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 – ….When Israel attacks hospitals in Gaza, when it wipes out extended families, when it mows down children running on a beach, it is engaged in a premeditated act. The war is an extension of the collective…

Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 – As I ve written many times before, “terrorism” is, and from the start was designed to be, almost entirely devoid of discernible meaning. It s a fear-mongering slogan, lacking any consistent application, intended to end rational…

The Ugly Aftermath of America s Intervention in Libya
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 – Remember when NATO s intervention in Libya was supposed to be an example of a war that worked? Three years after the U.S. helped overthrow the regime of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, The New York Times reports,…

More Dead Kids Than Hamas Fighters In Gaza, Children Are Pawns of War 
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 -In one of its latest attacks, the Israel Defense Forces killed ten people in a Gaza park, nine of them children. As the number of Palestinian dead soars over one thousand, most of them civilians -of which…

Isolating Gaza
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 – The restriction of Palestinian movement in Gaza and elsewhere has long been a central tactic of the Israeli occupation.During the latest Israeli assault on Gaza considerable media coverage has been given to the Israeli tactic of…

Assad regime kills deserted soldiers in Syria
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 29,2014 -Twenty-three soldiers who deserted the Syrian army were killed on Thursday by Shabiha – an armed militia group from President Bashar al-Assad s regime – in Syria s Homs.According to the Syrian Revolution General Commission (SRGC), Shabihas killed…

Video: In memory of Salem Shammaly
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014 -In honour of the memory of Salem Khalil Salem Shammaly, the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) has published all the raw footage, taken by Mohammed Abedullah, of Salem s murder. Yesterday during the ceasefire, Salem s body was…

Released rendition victim reveals torture by UK troops
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 29, 2014- A man released in May after ten years in secret detention in Afghanistan has for the first time revealed details of his arrest and torture by UK, then US, troops.Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani citizen, was held at…

Connecting the Dots: Palestine, Israel, the United States and Apartheid
Uruknet 9 Aug 2014 – July 29,2014 – This July 2014 the world was reminded just how brutal, oppressive and barbaric the state of Israel is towards Palestinians. Under the guise of “Operation Protective Edge” the state of Israel launched a vicious military campaign that,…

Daily Star

Iraq’s Maliki remains defiant on third term as insurgency rages
Daily Star 10 Aug 2014 Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki indicated that he will not drop his bid for a third term and accused the president of violating the constitution in a tough televised speech likely to deepen political tensions as…

Turkey to evacuate wounded Palestinians for treatment: Erdogan
Daily Star 10 Aug 2014 The Turkish government will begin transferring wounded Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to Turkey for medical treatment, Prime Minister and president-elect Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

Suicide bomber kills 10 Kurdish fighters in Iraq
Daily Star 10 Aug 2014 A suicide bomber killed 10 Kurdish fighters and wounded 80 people in a town northeast of Baghdad on Sunday, medical sources said.

Egypt’s Sisi in Saudi ahead of Russia trip
Daily Star 10 Aug 2014 Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was in Saudi Arabia Sunday and will visit Russia Tuesday, in his first trips to both countries since winning a landslide election victory in May.

U.S. presses Iraq strikes and removes staff as Republicans criticize ‘ineffective’ Obama
Daily Star 10 Aug 2014 The United States conducted a new round of air strikes against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq on Sunday and moved some U.S. diplomats out of its consulate in Arbil as Republicans slammed President Barack Obama’s…

Clinton blames Islamic militants rise on Obama policies
Daily Star 10 Aug 2014 Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton blamed the rise of Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria on failures of US policy under President Barack Obama, in an interview published Sunday.

U.S. removes some staff from consulate in northern Iraq
Daily Star 10 Aug 2014 The United States has removed some staff from its consulate in Arbil, the capital of Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish region that is under threat from Islamist militants, the State Department said on Sunday.

Pope expresses outrage at violence in Iraq
Daily Star 10 Aug 2014 Pope Francis on Sunday expressed outrage at violence aimed at religious minorities in Iraq, where fleeing children have died of thirst, and called on the world “to stop these crimes.”

Israel, Palestinians agree new Gaza truce
Daily Star 10 Aug 2014 Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Sunday to an Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza starting at midnight 2100 GMT, officials from the warring sides say.

Iraq parliament adjourns for 9 days amid deadlock
Daily Star 10 Aug 2014 Iraq’s parliament on Sunday adjourned until August 19 with lawmakers unable to agree on a nominee for the post of prime minister despite ever-growing international pressure, several MPs said.

Egypt calls for new Gaza truce from 21:01 GMT Sunday
Daily Star 10 Aug 2014 Egypt, which is mediating a new Gaza truce between Israel and the Palestinians, called on the warring parties to begin observing a 72-hour ceasefire effective from 21:01 GMT Sunday.

YNet News

IDF killed militant in Hamas tunnel in north Gaza before ceasefire
YNet News, 10 Aug 2014 – ….

What Israel needs right now is patience 
YNet News, 10 Aug 2014 – Analysis: Israel must make it clear to Hamas that it will not benefit from ongoing rocket fire, while IDF builds new sophisticated offensive plan against terror organizations and their leaders. ….

The IDF has lost its creativity 
YNet News, 10 Aug 2014 – Op-ed: Instead of targeting Hamas leaders, Israeli army is destroying their homes. It’s no wonder Hamas thinks it won Gaza war. ….

Five rockets exploded near Eshkol community few minutes before ceasefire
YNet News, 10 Aug 2014 – ….

Hamas military wing: ‘We fired M75 rocket at Tel Aviv 
YNet News, 10 Aug 2014 – ….

Iron Dome intercepts two rockets over Kiryat Malachi
YNet News, 10 Aug 2014 – ….

New procedure allows parents to bury stillborn babies
YNet News, 10 Aug 2014 – According to series of regulations drafted by Health, Justice and Religious Services ministries, parents of stillborn babies or fetuses that died towards end of pregnancy will now be permitted to participate in funeral or receive information about grave’s location. ….

Rockets on Ashdod, two hours before ceasefire
YNet News, 10 Aug 2014 – Iron Dome intercepts two rockets launched from Gaza, after Israeli and Palestinian officials confirm temporary truce starting at midnight…..

ISIS protesters call ‘Death to Jews’ in The Hague
YNet News, 10 Aug 2014 – Hundreds of Islamic State supporters call to murder and fight against the West, the Jews and the United States in a Holland rally. ….

Attorney General approves Rivlin probe
YNet News, 10 Aug 2014 – Police launch preliminary investigation into relationship between new president and businessman David Appel. ….

Gantz’s anemones speech
YNet News, 10 Aug 2014 – Op-ed: It is unclear what made the IDF chief of staff deliver such an optimistic message to the residents of the south, when the fragile ceasefire’s continuation was already in doubt. ….

‘Give Hamas an escape route, so it won’t start war of attrition’
YNet News, 10 Aug 2014 – Hamas, pushed into a corner, would feel like it had no other alternative but to return to the method of the sprinkling of rockets, says Maj.-Gen. (res.) Israel Ziv…..

Israel accepts Egyptian-brokered temporary truce
YNet News, 10 Aug 2014 – Officials say delegation will arrive in Cairo if ceasefire holds in Gaza, after Netanyahu said the operation would continue until rocket fire stops. ….

Why did you tell us to return home, ask Kfar Aza residents
YNet News, 10 Aug 2014 – Locals meeting internal security minister harshly criticize government promises urging them to come back to south…..

Despite ongoing rocket fire, Israel was right to leave Gaza 
YNet News, 10 Aug 2014 – Op-ed: Southern residents’ disappointment is understandable, but it’s too early to point an accusing finger at Netanyahu, Ya’alon and Gantz. ….

Under Fire: Israelis recount the rockets and the rush for shelters
YNet News, 10 Aug 2014 – From Ashdod and Ashkelon to Tel Aviv and Modi’in, Israelis share their tales of life under rocket fire from Gaza. ….

Obama: Handling Iraq’s militant crisis ‘is going to take some time’
YNet News, 9 Aug 2014 – Obama says US strikes destroyed militant weapons and equipment; Islamic State looks to repair seized dam as they advance on Kurdish capitol. ….

Masses protests in London, Paris, Cape Town over Israeli attacks in Gaza
YNet News, 9 Aug 2014 – Some 150,000 demonstrators march through London demanding Britain take a tougher line against Israel over its Gaza operation. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian child killed in confrontations in al-Khalil
PIC – An 11-year-old boy was killed at the hands of Israeli occupation forces (IOF) during confrontations in Fawar refugee camp in al-Khalil on Sunday.

IOA continues to close all entrances to Aqsa Mosque before Palestinians
PIC – The IOA on Sunday morning continued to close all entrances to the Aqsa Mosque before Palestinian worshipers and prevented all women and young men from praying at the Islamic holy place.

Posters calling for boycotting Israeli products on Rome streets 
PIC – Residents of the Italian capital Rome were surprised Saturday morning to see posters calling for boycotting Israeli products and merchants pinned to the fronts of Jewish-owned shops.

Lapid: No rest until we assassinate Al-Deif and his comrades
PIC – Israeli finance minister, Yair Lapid, threatened to assassinate Mohammed Al-Deif , the general commander of al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas. 

Sweeping worldwide pro-Gaza rallies
PIC – Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in various world capitals and cities on Saturday chanting anti-Israeli slogans and calling for an end to the Israeli carnages in Gaza.

IOA closes Karm Abu Salem crossing
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) closed the Karm Abu Salem crossing, to the south of the Gaza Strip, on Sunday before fuel and other basic materials.

Turkey to provide Gaza with mobile homes for displaced families
PIC – Turkey has pledged to send prefabricated homes to shelter displaced families whose houses were bombed by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli rocket attack causes 9-year-old Dina an ankyloblepharon
PIC – 9-year-old Palestinian girl Dina Khalifa is no longer able to open her eyes after she was injured during an Israeli bombing on the area surrounding her house.

Jewish film festival kicked out of Tricycle Theatre over Israeli patronage
PIC – The Tricycle Theatre in London, north of Britain, has called off the UK Jewish Film Festival (UKJFF), scheduled for next November, over sponsorships by the Israeli government.

16 Palestinian citizens rounded up by IOF in WB
PIC – At least 16 Palestinian civilians were rounded up by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Sunday following a round of raids into different areas in the West Bank under the security pretext.


UPDATE (2): Death Toll Up to 1921 as Israel’s Aggression Continues
WAFA – 10 Aug 2014

Palestine Delegation Discusses 72-Hour Truce
WAFA – 10 Aug 2014

Erekat: Palestinian Demands are Based on International Law
WAFA – 10 Aug 2014

Ramallah Art Gallery Stresses Support to Gaza
WAFA – 10 Aug 2014

Hamdallah Praises Italy’s €17 Million Aid to Gaza
WAFA – 10 Aug 2014

Arab League Council to Convene Emergency Meeting on Israeli Aggression on Gaza
WAFA – 10 Aug 2014

Gaza Under Fire Report: Lack of Accountability Will Continue to Fuel Israeli Atrocities and Crimes
WAFA – 10 Aug 2014

Chief Religious Justice Calls for Boycotting Israeli Products
WAFA – 10 Aug 2014

Israeli Soldiers Shoot, Kill Minor near Hebron
WAFA – 10 Aug 2014

Israel Denies Muslims Entry into al-Aqsa to Allow Settlers’ Visits
WAFA – 10 Aug 2014

Thousands Rally in Santiago in Support of Gaza
WAFA – 10 Aug 2014

Israeli Soldiers Suppress Rally in Support of Gaza, Many Palestinians Suffocate
WAFA – 10 Aug 2014

Official says Palestinian Delegation Won’t Accept Israeli Preconditioned-Ceasefire
WAFA – 10 Aug 2014

Presidential Advisor Denies Nullifying Complaint to ICC
WAFA – 9 Aug 2014

President, Norway’s Envoy Discuss Latest Gaza Developments
WAFA – 9 Aug 2014

UNRWA Report: Over 220,000 Internally-Displaced Persons in 89 UNRWA Shelters
WAFA – 9 Aug 2014

UNRWA Accepts $4.5 Million Contribution from Government of Japan
WAFA – 9 Aug 2014


Kurdish Forces Begin Counterattacks Against ISIS Fighters
New York Times 10 Aug 2014 – Officials said they had retaken the town of Gwer and were on the verge of seizing Mahkmour from Sunni militants after U.S. airstrikes seemed to restore confidence in the Kurdish capital. 

Amid Gaza Cease-Fire Talks, Israel and Palestinians Trade Blows
New York Times 10 Aug 2014 – Palestinian negotiators were said to have accepted an Egyptian proposal for a new cease-fire, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel “would not negotiate under fire.” 

The Greenhouse propaganda—How Gazan history is being rewritten to dehumanize Palestinians
Mondoweiss – Gazan workers harvest carnations in one of the enclave’s huge greenhouses. (Photo viapalstreet.blogspot.com ) Erase memory and you wash away the blood from the perpetrator’s hands, you undo the done deed, make it disappear from history. Erase memories of atrocities and you tempt future perpetrators with…

The West Bank insurrection
Mondoweiss – Inside a refugee camp on the West Bank, a Palestinian child passes a bullet to a member of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades following a gun salute to a youth slain by Israel, Mohammed al-Qadary. (Photo: Allison Deger) The funeral of Mohammed al-Qadary, 19, in al-Amaari refugee camp near…

Hollywood’s latest blacklist shadows Bardem, Cruz, Almodovar
Mondoweiss – Bardem This is just horrifying, the kind of story I wish I could ignore, like a kid covering his eyes to make the monsters go away, so as not to give forces of darkness power over my friends in the film industry who care about Palestinians, but…

Professor Salaita was fired for disagreeing too vehemently with Professor Nelson
Mondoweiss – Cary Nelson Steven Salaita, the scholar of indigenous peoples who lately relocated to Illinois from Virginia only to have the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana rescind his appointment to teach because of his tweets against Zionism, has gotten strong support from Robert Farley and now Scott Lemieux, …

‘One nation, one state, one leader’ — frightening slogan at Tel Aviv protest
Mondoweiss – Ofer Neiman sent this along, from Facebook . fascistic slogan at rally, “one nation, one state, one leader” From that facebook page: Ultra-Zionists counter-protesting today against Rabin Square antiwar demo, sign reads: “one nation, one state, one leader”. Yes, the Reich is back in white and blue….

IDF Col. Ofer Winter’s Holy War Against Latter-Day Philistines
Tikun Olam – Samson and Ofer Winter toppling the “gates of Gaza.” I’ve recounted in several posts here, the exploits of IDF Col. Ofer Winter , commander of the Givati Brigade. In army lore, he should go down as “Samson, slayer of Philistines,” because he wrote publicly and acted militarily…

The Last and First Temptation of Israel 
Sabbah report 10 Aug 2014 – The grotesque death toll from Gaza is a distillation of this mindset – revealing at best a chilling contempt for Arab life and at worst, with the shelling of schools and shelters, a policy of indiscriminate hatred and revenge. The post: The Last and First Temptation…

The Psychological Trauma of Catastrophe: Gaza’s Children 
Sabbah report 10 Aug 2014 – Gazan children will most likely suffer from mood disorders, anxiety, depression, problems with attachment and develop antisocial personality traits. Children of Gaza who are nine years old have spent whole lives experiencing the terror of ruthless violence. The post: The Psychological Trauma of Catastrophe: Gaza’s Children…

Hillary Clinton Backs Israel’s Handling of Gaza 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Aug 2014 – Hillary Rodham Clinton defended Israel’s handling of the Gaza conflict and said anti-Semitism was possibly behind some of the criticism of Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Three-day ceasefire begins in Gaza 
BBC 10 Aug 2014 – A three-day truce comes into effect between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, after a day of intense diplomacy in Egypt.

Sprawling Anti-Israel Rallies Hit London and Cape Town 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Aug 2014 – Tens of thousands of people protested Israel’s operation against Gaza in both London and Cape Town. Click here for the rest of the article…

Starbucks Insists It Doesn’t Back Israel — Pushes Back on Rumors 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Aug 2014 – Starbucks issued a statement saying the company and its CEO do not provide any financial support to Israel or its army, in the wake of such rumors. Click here for the rest of the article…

Garnier Cosmetics Backs Off Pro-Israel Giveaway 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Aug 2014 – The Garnier cosmetics and toiletries firm is facing a boycott threat over a donation of personal care products to female Israeli soldiers serving in the current Gaza operation. Click here for the rest of the article…

Survivors in Iranian plane crash 
BBC 10 Aug 2014 – A plane has crashed near Iran’s capital, Tehran, killing most of the 48 people on board, though others survived, state media reports.

Tributes paid to film producer Golan 
BBC 10 Aug 2014 – Action stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris pay tribute to the Israeli producer Menahem Golan following his death at the age of 85.

Iraqi Kurds ask for arms to fight IS 
BBC 10 Aug 2014 – The leader of Iraq’s Kurds, Massoud Barzani, appeals for weapons to help fight IS militants, who are threatening Kurdish areas in northern Iraq.

Erdogan’s victory unlikely to bring stability for Turkey 
Al-Monitor 10 Aug 2014 – Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s presidential election victory is unlikely to bring a period of political calm and stability to Turkey in the foreseeable future.

Iran says won’t accept weak uranium enrichment program 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Aug 2014 – Iran will not accept a weak uranium enrichment program which world powers might be willing to grant the Islamic republic like a “toy” in nuclear negotiations, a top official said Sunday. The size and scale of the Islamic republic’s enrichment activities remain the biggest stumbling block…

Lebanese journalists clash with security forces in Dar al-Fatwa 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Aug 2014 – Updated at 2:55 pm (GMT +4) Prime Minister Tammam Salam’s press office issued on Sunday a statement explaining that during the election of a new Grand Mufti in Dar al Fatwa today, some pushing and shoving occurred between a few journalists and members of the Grand…

At least 20,000 Iraqis have safely fled Mount Sinjar to Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Aug 2014 – Displaced Iraqis from the northern town of Sinjar head towards the autonomous Kurdistan region on August 4, 2014. (Photo: AFP) Displaced Iraqis from the northern town of Sinjar head towards the autonomous Kurdistan region on August 4, 2014. (Photo: AFP) Updated at 1:55 pm (GMT +3)…

Turkey’s exports decrease amid regional tension 
Al-Monitor 10 Aug 2014 – Turkey has suffered unexpected declines in its exports to Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Ukraine and Russia, though Turkish exports to Russia may have more potential following its recent foodstuff import boycott of the United States and European Union.

Israeli forces kill 11-year-old Palestinian boy in the West Bank 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Aug 2014 – Relatives mourn over the body of Khalil Mohammed al-Anati, a 11-year-old Palestinian who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in al-Fawwar refugee camp on August 10, 2014 at al-Ahli hospital in the city of Hebron in the southern West Bank. (Photo: AFP – Hazem Bader) Updated…

Palestinian delegation stays in Cairo for Arab League meeting on Gaza 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Aug 2014 – Palestinian boys help salvage religious books from a mosque that was targeted by Israeli air strikes in Nusseirat in Gaza City, early on August 10, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Roberto Schmidt) Updated at 3:00 pm (GMT+3): Palestinian negotiators will remain in Cairo for an urgent meeting…

Turks begin voting in presidential election, Erdogan expected to win 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Aug 2014 – Updated at 2:30 pm (GMT +3): Turks began voting on Sunday in the country’s first presidential election, with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan aiming to become head of state after dominating Turkish politics for more than a decade. Erdogan has ruled Turkey as premier since 2003, a…

Passenger plane crashes in Iran, 38 dead 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Aug 2014 – Updated at 1:03 pm An Iranian passenger plane crashed Sunday moments after takeoff from Tehran, killing at least 38 on board and narrowly avoiding many more deaths when it plummeted near a busy market. The plane was headed to the eastern city of Tabas, the IRNA…

Kurds prepare for counteroffensive as US strikes IS 
Al-Monitor 10 Aug 2014 – US airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) have boosted the morale of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces that are getting ready for a counteroffensive to regain lost territory.

Both Israel and Hamas claim victory 
Al-Monitor 10 Aug 2014 – Both sides, Israel and Hamas, will have to compromise as the Gaza campaign will be declared a draw.

Is Lebanon next target of Islamic State? 
Al-Monitor 9 Aug 2014 – Lebanon battles extremist armed groups; Egypt’s political isolation in Gaza; Iran’s shift on Hamas; family of Al-Monitor columnist killed by Israeli airstrike; lobbying series continues.

Tunisia becomes victim of Libya’s chaos 
Al-Monitor 9 Aug 2014 – Renewed violence in Libya may lead to Tunisia closing its borders.

How to survive Damascus 
Al-Monitor 9 Aug 2014 – The author describes her terror-filled daily commute to work in Damascus.

Mosul’s Christians speak of exodus 
Al-Monitor 8 Aug 2014 – Maria Yaacoub, an Iraqi Christian, describes her difficult journey from Mosul, after having been ordered out by the Islamic State (IS).


Don’t cry for me: A letter from a little girl in Gaza 
Sam Bahour, +972 Magazine 8/9/2014
With Palestinian children in Gaza bearing the brunt of Israel’s offensive on the Strip, this is what one little girl may have written to us – had she the chance.
As the latest horrific obscenity of Israel’s aggression against the Gaza Strip continues, the death toll mounts. Palestinian children are paying the highest price, both those who are killed and wounded, and, maybe even more so, those who survive.
Since I have written for decades about how Israel’s prolonged military occupation and endless violations of international law – let alone its blatant disregard for its very own self-interests – would get us to this very point, fresh analysis and fresh vantage points are difficult to find. The only words I can muster now, while the images of the carnage are freshly etched into my mind, are the words that may have come from one of the child victims whose life was cut short by a U.S.-supplied Israeli F-16 fighter jet missile.
Below is the imagined letter from the victim:
Dear Humankind, Hi. My name is Eman; it means ‘faith’ in Arabic. I doubt you will have seen or remember me; only particular photos make it to your TV screen, those are the ones you will remember. I’m a Palestinian child from Gaza. I like my dolls, playing with my sister and swimming. I was told that many of you are crying for me, but please don’t cry for me. I just arrived to this place and wanted to write to let you know that I’m OK. Really, I’m fine. I just miss Mommy. 
There are a lot of people here, just like back home in Gaza. Lots of Palestinian kids too, some have been here for a very long time. Why would you want to cry for only me? more.. e-mail

Gaza: The bomb-rebuild cycle must stop 
Rachel Shabi, Al Jazeera 8/10/2014
Pounded by three wars in the past six years, what’s to stop a reconstructed Gaza being bombed again in the future?
The terrible scale of destruction in Gaza isn’t even the start of it. As a three-day truce last week made clear, Israel’s 29-day military offensive has levelled the Palestinian strip: entire neighbourhoods reduced to rubble; thousands of homes destroyed, leaving at least 65,000 people homeless.
Schools, hospitals, mosques, a university, a sewage plant, the strip’s only power plant and dozens of factories were hit. Stark images depicting the damage have accompanied stunned words from humanitarian workers. Trond Husby, who heads the UN’s development programme in Gaza, told the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper: “I was in Somalia for two years, Sierra Leone for five, and also South Sudan and Uganda, and this beats them all for the level of destruction.”
If the material ruin defies comprehension, the human toll is all but unspeakable: To date, 1,911 deaths, with UN figures indicating that three-quarters of those killed were civilian, including 429 children. Close to 10,000 injured people – some of them disabled for life – including 2,000 children. And we haven’t yet got to the deeper shattering, the traumatised minds that professionals will try to piece back together – some 400,000 children in Gaza are in need of psycho-social support, according to the UN children’s fund, UNICEF.
But what adds another layer of tragedy to this shocking level of injury is that Gaza has been here before. Several times. We are witnessing the latest, most punishing round of a catastrophic cycle in Gaza, whereby pounded homes and lives are rebuilt with the help of international aid, only to be torn apart again a few years later. Small wonder, then, that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, speaking at a special meeting of the General Assembly on Wednesday, said: “We will build again but this must be the last time to rebuild. This must stop now.” more.. e-mail

This is what life in Gaza sounds like 
Samer Badawi, +972 Magazine 8/10/2014
I have heard the sounds of war before. In Iraq, I was jolted from sleep by the sound of incoming rockets, massive truck bombs, and exploding IEDs. In Afghanistan, I temporarily lost my hearing when an explosives-packed SUV detonated meters from my office. I have heard windows shatter and bystanders scream. And I have seen the aftermath: sinewy flesh, bone shards, jaw fragments.
But I have never heard the discord of sounds, the cacophony of violence, that Gaza’s Palestinians – all of them – know so well. Here, the ever-present drone of machines overhead mingles with the scream of jet sorties, tank shelling, and bursts of heavy guns from naval battleships. Here, modern warfare’s full range of fronts is audible everywhere and all at once.
I share a flat with two Palestinian journalists in the heart of Gaza City. Each night, we sit on the balcony floor in the dark and listen to the drones. Sometimes they seem to hover just over us, stationary and menacing. Once, my colleague snapped a photo, and the flash went off. We crawled inside in a hurry, wondering whether the drone operator, somewhere far away, would think the snap something else and decide to “liquidate” us.
The sound of Israeli drones is ever-present in Gaza’s skies (via Lara Aburamadan):
Mostly, though, there’s no time for such calculations. When we hear an F-16 begin to descend, we have no idea where the missile will fall. The one exception is when a drone “knocks” on the target beforehand. When that happens, we grab our cameras and wait for the strike. It usually comes within a few minutes. In other cases, all we hear is the gathering thunder of jet engines, a pause as the “payload” is released, and then a massive boom followed by the reverb of debris crashing to the ground. Sometimes, our building shakes. more.. e-mail

’Era of Oslo is over’ 
Amira Howeidy, Al-Ahram Weekly 8/7/2014
A diverse Palestinian delegation withstood irreconcilable differences to push for a ceasefire in Gaza as new internal dynamics came into play.
The abrupt arrival of a Palestinian delegation in Cairo a day after the collapse of a UN brokered ceasefire agreement this weekend (August 2-3) appeared to be an odd development in the apocalyptic scenes emerging out of the complicated Gaza crisis. After announcing the end of the short lived truce, Israel said it was boycotting negotiations mediated by Egypt and was mulling the idea of a unilateral ceasefire as it began redeploying its ground forces in Gaza.
With seemingly noth
ing to negotiate about in Cairo in light of Israel’s position and absence, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas announced that a delegation would fly to Egypt anyway, regardless of developments on the ground. As Palestinian delegates landed in Cairo Saturday and Sunday the question posed itself: What are they going to negotiate about when the door has been shut by Tel Aviv?
Scepticism reigned supreme. The Palestinian delegation appointed by Abbas is already heterogeneous with the two main Islamic resistance movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad (whose raison d’etre is fighting Israeli occupation with arms and categorically oppose the conditions of the peace talks) )on the one side and on the other, Azzam Al-Ahmad, Central Committee member of the rival Fatah movement (which leads the PA and now frozen peace talks with Israel), in addition to the Abbas appointed intelligence chief Majed Faraj, who is accused by resistance groups of arresting their fighters in the West Bank, as per the PA’s security commitments with Israel. Delegates from the left-leaning Popular and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP, DLFP) and the Abbas-allied small socialist Al-Shaab Party, with little influence on the ground, were included to convey an image of a unified all-encompassing Palestinian accord. more.. e-mail

Gaza news, analysis, anti-Zionist condemnation of the genocide and Wiesel’s propaganda
In Gaza: 10 Aug 2014 – Israel Resumes Indiscriminate Killings in Gaza : “Israeli missiles and artillery shells began striking Gaza again Friday, after a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas, the Islamist ruling party in Gaza, ended at 8 a.m. local time. Hamas fired a barrage of about 40 rockets into southern Israel after the ceasefire deadline passed. One rocket injured two men and another damaged a house, but most fell harmlessly in open areas. Six were shot down by the “Iron Dome” missile defense system, Israeli officials claim. The Israeli attacks over the next 12 hours were far more deliberate and lethal, and seemed calculated to demonstrate the complete indifference to world public opinion of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his war cabinet. Israeli planes, naval warships and artillery fired on at least 47 targets in Gaza, killing at least five people and wounding 22. An Israeli drone fired on ten-year-old Ibrahim Dawawsa as he was playing…more

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