VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 11 August 2014: The Palestinian Holocaust in Gaza

11 August 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

UN Panel Appointed to Investigate Gaza Assault
IMEMC – The UN Human Rights Council has appointed a three-member panel to investigate possible humanitarian law violations during Israel’s Gaza assault, according to Ma’an. …

Teen Killed By An Explosive Dropped By The Army Near Tubas
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported, Monday, that a Palestinian teen has been killed, and his brother was wounded, by an explosive charge dropped by the army near the central West Bank city of Tubas. …

Wounded Man Dies At An Egyptian Hospital
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources have reported that a wounded Palestinian man died at an Egyptian hospital of serious injuries suffered several days ago when the army bombarded Rafah. Remains of two Palestinians located under rubble in Central Gaza. …

Month of Attacks on Palestinians in Jerusalem Increases Tension; Exposes Racist Policies
IMEMC – As the Israeli Central Court of Jerusalem http://www.imemc.org/article/68774 accused in the recent homicide of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, another young Palestinian is found stabbed to death in Silwan, while a 13-year-old child is arrested under the pretext of carrying a knife. …

At Least Four Kidnapped In The West Bank
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded a number of Palestinian communities in the occupied West bank, broke into and violently searched several homes, and kidnapped at least four Palestinians. …

Delgation Update: Next 3 Days Last Chance for Truce
IMEMC – According to Ma’an News Agency, the Palestinian delegation in Cairo has told Egyptian mediators that the next three days will be the last chance for reaching a comprehensive truce agreement with Israel. … 

Palestinian Killed By Army Shell Near Nablus
IMEMC – Infant dies of earlier wound in Gaza Palestinian medical sources reported that a young Palestinian man was killed on Monday, at dawn, by an Israeli “Energa” shell fired on a home in Qabalan village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Several Palestinians have been injured. …

Erekat Supports Egyptian Initiative, Arab League to Convene Emergency Meeting
IMEMC – Palestinian demands based on International Law An urgent meeting amongst the Arab League Foreign Ministerial Council, to be chaired by Morocco, is to take place on Monday, in follow up on a July 14th decision regarding an initiative to end the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip. …

Two More Palestinians Killed, Many Injured
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported, Sunday, that two more Palestinians were killed and many injured, some seriously, in the Israeli bombardment of different parts of the Gaza Strip. Temporary 72-hours ceasefire started at midnight Sunday. …

Ma’an News

4 Palestinians killed in Gaza airstrikes
8/11/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Four Palestinians were killed and four others injured in a strike on a group of people in the Beer al-Naaja area in the northwestern Gaza Strip on Sunday. The bodies and injured were taken to Kamal Adwan Hospital. Another Israeli airstrike targeted the al-Mazeen family home in Khan Younis. Four Palestinians were injured in an airstrike targetting the home of….

Israeli forces kill Fatah activist in Nablus raid
8/11/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces killed a 24-year-old Palestinian man in Nablus overnight Sunday during a raid in the village of Qabalan, local officials and witnesses said. Qabalan mayor Hisham al-Azaar told Ma’an that Israeli forces killed Zakariyya Mousa Dawood al-Aqra, 24, after laying siege to a building in the village. Al-Aqra’s brother is reported to live in one….

Cairo delegation says next 3 days last chance for Gaza truce
8/11/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian delegation in Cairo has told Egyptian mediators that the next three days will be the last chance for reaching a comprehensive truce agreement with Israel, an official said Sunday. Qays Abu Layla, deputy secretary-general of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, told Ma’an from Cairo that as of Thursday all Israeli responses to ceasefire initiatives…. Related: Israeli delegation arrives in Cairo for truce talks

PCHR condemns killing of Gaza human rights worker
8/11/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A rights group Monday condemned an Israeli drone attack on Gaza that killed a Palestinian worker for a human rights organization the day before, a statement said. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said that an Israeli drone attack killed 43-year-old Anwar al-Zaanin, a staff member of al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, at 1:20 p. m. on Sunday in….

141 public schools damaged in Gaza
8/11/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Some 141 public schools were damaged by the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, according to the Gaza Ministry of Education on Monday. The undersecretary of the Ministry of Education said that 22 schools were completely destroyed by the offensive and cannot be used for the upcoming school year. Anwar al-Baraawi added that 119 schools were partially destroyed, and 25….

Fate of Gaza detainees in Israel uncertain as 26 named
8/11/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The number and whereabouts of Palestinians detained in Gaza during Israel’s ground operation remain uncertain, as a rights group compiled an initial list of prisoners thought to be held by Israel. The Al-Mezan Center For Human Rights and their lawyer Muhammad Jabarin said Monday that 26 Palestinians are being held in Ashkelon jail. Jabarin told Ma’an that….

Baby dies from wounds sustained in Gaza shelling
8/11/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A baby girl died on Monday from injuries sustained several days ago in Israeli shelling on the Gaza Strip, medics said. Maydaa Muhammad Aslan, who was six-weeks-old, died of her injuries, medical sources said. A ceasefire went into effect at midnight Sunday, as over four weeks of bloody fighting have killed more than 1,917 Palestinians and 67 people on the….

Sewage challenge for Gaza fishermen after Israel offensive
8/11/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — After two hours waist-deep in the sea, Sameer al-Hissi says his paltry haul of tiny fish is not the only consequence he and Gaza’s fishermen are suffering from Israel’s offensive. Ashore, he lifts up his t-shirt to show red-brown blotches across his chest and stomach, the result, he says, of spending his mornings in a sea heavily tainted….

Report: Israel defense minister says Hamas has soldier’s body
8/11/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Sunday that the body of missing soldier Oron Shaul is “obviously” in the hands of Hamas, Israeli media reported.” It’s obvious to us that Oron’s body is in the hands of Hamas, and we’re making every effort to retrieve it,” Yaalon said, according to the Israeli news site Ynet….

Amal Alamuddin named to UN Gaza inquiry team
8/11/2014 – GENEVA (AFP) — Hollywood star George Clooney’s fiancee Amal Alamuddin is to join fellow human rights experts probing Israel’s Gaza offensive, the United Nations said Monday. The Lebanese-born British lawyer was one of three top experts appointed to a commission of inquiry by the UN Human Rights Council, which ordered the investigation last month. The other members of the inquiry team are…. Related: UN rights council appoints panel to investigate Gaza assault

Signs of life in Gaza as 72-hour ceasefire goes into effect
8/11/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Shops opened and traffic returned to the streets on Monday as Gazans took advantage of a 72-hour ceasefire arrangement. Banks in the besieged territory have scheduled to open from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m. as signs of normal life returned. Thousands of Gazans who were displaced from border areas such as Shujaiyya, Beit Lahiya, Beit Hanoun and….

Palestinian succumbs to wounds sustained in Israeli attack on Rafah
8/11/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man on Monday succumbed to wounds sustained in an Israeli attack on Rafah days before, a Ma’an reporter said. Muhammad al-Rumi died in el-Arish hospital in the northern Sinai Peninsula. [END]

Rafah remains open for foreign passport holders, patients
8/11/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Egyptian-controlled Rafah crossing remained open on Monday for foreign passport holders and humanitarian cases, a Palestinian official said. Maher Abu Sabha, the head of the Gaza crossings authority, told Ma’an that there are no new changes for the “traveling system.”[END]

Israeli delegation arrives in Cairo for truce talks
8/11/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo on Monday for indirect negotiations with Palestinians on a durable truce in Gaza, officials at the airport and the Israeli defense ministry said. The Palestinian delegation meanwhile was already locked in talks with Egyptian intelligence mediators, who will relay their demands to the Israeli negotiators, a Palestinian official said…. Related: Cairo delegation says next 3 days last chance for Gaza truce

UN rights council appoints panel to investigate Gaza assault
8/11/2014 – NEW YORK (Ma’an) — The UN Human Rights Council has appointed a three-member panel to investigate allegations of humanitarian law violations during Israel’s Gaza assault, reports said Monday. The commission of inquiry will be headed by Canada’s William Schabas, an international law professor at Middlesex University in London, the UN council said in a statement quoted by Bloomberg news. The…. Related: Amal Alamuddin named to UN Gaza inquiry team

Emergency supplies sent to 143 Gaza families
8/11/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Emergency supplies of rice and wheat will be distributed on 143 Gaza families by the Palestinian Ministry of Social Affairs and UNRWA, officials said Monday. Packs consisting of 10 kilograms of rice and 30 kilograms of wheat will be distributed on Gazans across the Gaza Strip. The director of the Social Security Department said that families living in the Gaza Strip….

Egypt bars HRW head ahead of Rabaa killings report
8/11/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt has barred the head of Human Rights Watch from entering the country ahead of the release of a report on a mass killing of protesters, HRW officials said Monday. Kenneth Roth, executive director of the New York-based NGO, and HRW Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson were held overnight in Cairo airport before being denied entry, Whitson wrote on Twitter.”It’….

Iraq PM to sue president, security forces deploy across Baghdad
8/11/2014 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Iraq’s prime minister said he would sue the president Monday in a desperate bid to cling to his job, deploying security forces across Baghdad even as violence raged in the north. A defiant Nuri al-Maliki made his shock announcement after three days of US strikes against Islamic State militants in the north of Iraq and in spite of mounting calls for….

Arab League denounces IS ‘crimes against humanity’ against Yazidis
8/11/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi denounced on Monday “crimes against humanity” committed by Wahhabi militants in Iraq against the minority Yazidi sect, demanding the perpetrators be brought to justice. Iraqi politicians have warned of the dire plight of Yazidis stranded high up a mountain after Islamic State militants overran their lands. IS’s advances in northern Iraq have also prompted an exodus….

France calls on new Iraq PM to form ‘national unity government’
8/11/2014 – PARIS (AFP) — French President Francois Hollande on Monday called on the newly nominated Iraqi prime minister to form a government of national unity quickly in the face of the jihadist threat in Iraq. Hollande’s office said in a statement that during a phone call with Turkish president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the two leaders “expressed the wish that the prime minister-designate Haidar Al-Abadi quickly….

Saudi king, Egypt’s Sisi discuss regional crises
8/11/2014 – JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia discussed developments in Syria, Iraq, Gaza and Libya with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, during Sisi’s first visit to his regime’s powerful ally since winning May elections. Sisi flew to the Red Sea city of Jeddah late on Sunday and held talks with King Abdullah before carrying out the lesser umra pilgrimage….


Israelis at Cairo talks as Gaza truce holds
AlJazeera 11 Aug 2014 – Second round of talks aimed at ending conflict begin in Egypt as calm holds in battered Palestinian enclave.

UN names Gaza war crimes probe panel
AlJazeera 11 Aug 2014 – Israel dismisses the investigation into possible human rights violations during Gaza war as a ‘kangaroo court’.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Strongly Condemns Killing of Anwar al-Za’anin, Staff Member of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and Calls for Inves…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: As part of efforts to allay psychosocial pain, PRCS’ Psychosocial Support Team Offers Support to 9492 People in the Gaza Strip
Relief Web 11 Aug 2014 – Source: Palestine Red Crescent Society Country: occupied Palestinian territory (Al-Bireh, 11/8/ 2014): The PRCS’ Primary Psychosocial Support Team, which provides psychosocial support in times of war, offered support to more than 9492 beneficiaries during Israel’s latest attack on the Gaza…

occupied Palestinian territory: All quiet in Gaza as 72-hour truce holds
Relief Web 11 Aug 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 08/11/2014 19:58 GMT by Adel Zaanoun GAZA CITY, August 11, 2014 (AFP) – A semblance of normal life returned to Gaza on Monday as a 72-hour truce took hold and negotiators sat down…

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestine Conflict: One Month On
Relief Web 11 Aug 2014 – Source: Islamic Relief Country: occupied Palestinian territory Since conflict broke out in July, more than 1,900 Palestinians – including women and children – have lost their lives and hundreds of thousands have fled their homes. Islamic Relief’s latest publication, ‘Palestine…

occupied Palestinian territory: A man-made homelessness crisis unfolds in Gaza
Relief Web 11 Aug 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory As of 10 August, the cumulative number of housing units destroyed or severely damaged in Gaza as a result of the ongoing Israeli…

occupied Palestinian territory: Psychosocial interventions for children in UNRWA shelters
Relief Web 11 Aug 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory The fighting that has been going on in Gaza for more than a month now has left many of the tiny territory’s children…

occupied Palestinian territory: WFP And UNRWA Plan To Reach All Conflict-Affected Families In Gaza With Launch Of Special Emergency Food Assistance
Relief Web 11 Aug 2014 – Source: World Food Programme Country: occupied Palestinian territory GAZA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners today launched a special food distribution in Gaza for 730,000 people who are not receiving food under other programmes –…

The National

Double snub ends Maliki’s reign as Iraqi leader
The National 11 Aug 2014 – Beleaguered prime minister’s own Shiite bloc reject him, then president names successor to lead country against Islamic State militants.

Erdogan vows start of a new era
The National 11 Aug 2014 – He plans to assume greater executive powers as president.

Russia says sending non-military aid convoy to Ukraine
The National 11 Aug 2014 – Western countries suspect Moscow might use the aid mission to send in troops.

Justice for victims of alleged Israeli crimes remains elusive
The National 11 Aug 2014 – Palestinians have little legal recourse with Israel, reports Hugh Naylor.

Better read than dead
The National 11 Aug 2014 – Is Google News good or bad for traditional media outlets? Newspaper chiefs in Europe say the internet giant should pay for links to their content, but some analysts point out that Google is sending them readers. Jonathan Gornall reports

10 Kuwaitis have citizenship revoked
The National 11 Aug 2014 – The decision was based on a provision in the nationality law that allows citizenship to be revoked of those who threaten Kuwait’s security, social order or economy.

US to provide Iraqi Kurds with weapons
The National 11 Aug 2014 – Officials won’t say what agency is providing the arms, but the CIA has historically been involved in such actvitiy.

Saudi executed for killing wife with axe
The National 11 Aug 2014 – He killed her in the presence of their young daughter.

Engine went out before Iran plane crash, says survivor
The National 11 Aug 2014 – “Iranian people deserve more than this,” says Mohammed Abdzadeh, the sole survivor of the crash that killed 30 people.

Wounded Palestinians arrive in Turkey
The National 11 Aug 2014 – The injured men and women were met in Ankara by Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Oman Air to avoid Iraq airspace
The National 11 Aug 2014 – The move follows measures by other airlines to avoid Iraqi airspace.

India accuses Pakistan of border fire on eve of Modi Kashmir visit
The National 11 Aug 2014 – Police said overnight firing lasting several hours in the RS Pura sector on the recognised border injured two Indian border guards and two civilians.

Inmates flee as shells hit east Ukraine jail
The National 11 Aug 2014 – The escaped prisoners could try to get arms.

Nigeria health minister confirms 10 cases of Ebola virus in Lagos
The National 11 Aug 2014 – Nigeria’s Lagos has 10 confirmed cases of Ebola, up from seven at the last count, although only two so far have died, including the Liberian who brought the virus in, the health minister said on Monday.

French workmen ‘stole $1.2 million treasure trove from house’
The National 11 Aug 2014 – Three French workers are to appear before a court on charges of theft after they stole a treasure trove of gold bars and coins from a house they were working on, a local newspaper reported on Monday.

Australian boy, 7, holds up severed head for Twitter photo
The National 11 Aug 2014 – A shocking image of what is believed to be the young son of an Australian man holding a decapitated head in Syria showed how barbaric the Islamic State (IS) ‘terrorist army’ is, prime minister Tony Abbott said Monday.


IDF: No known tunnels under northern border from Lebanon
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

New campaign aims to bring back the tourists
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Israeli researchers develop novel method of delivering cancer drugs
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Israel, Hamas reportedly close to cease-fire deal
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Court clears way to demolish homes of teen trio’s killers
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Political wins for Oz Jews as anti-Semitism goes viral
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Actor and comedian Robin Williams dead at 63
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Pics of flattened Gaza suburb given to soldiers as memento
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Arms sales set to rocket after showcase during Gaza conflict
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

LIVE UPDATES: Cease-fire close as Israel relaxes positions
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

The bling ring: my adventures with P. Diddy
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Shopping spree won’t fix the IDF’s deficits
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Shopping spree won’t fix the IDF’s deficits
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

UN names Gaza probe panel, headed by harsh Israel critic
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Why wasn’t Israeli singer Sarit Hadad invited to entertain the IDF troops?
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Israel-Gaza fighting keeps India’s rocket motors in South Korea
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Israeli Arab MK Zoabi questioned by police in incitement inquiry
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Turkish aid group head: Lieberman and Israeli cabinet are Hitler
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

U.S. lifts some travel restrictions for officials at Tel Aviv embassy
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Hillary Clinton says anti-Semitism could be behind criticism of Gaza op
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Liberal Jews who love Israel, get on a plane
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Three in Israel struck with West Nile fever in July
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

IDF to test tunnel detection system on Gaza border
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Catch-14, or Yossarian in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Israel trapped itself into negotiating with Hamas
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

10 Israeli Jews charged with attempted lynch of Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Israeli army admits error in letting civilians return to south
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

The stage that comes after force
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

When hostility to Israel hijacks science
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Gaza war breathes life into drive to boycott Israel
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Holon chief rabbi facing indictment over kashrut fraud
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

West Bank gunman shot dead in standoff with Israeli border police
Ha’aretz – 11 Aug 2014

Why the West intervenes in Iraq- but not Syria
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Be’er Sheva man held for threats against Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Israel’s fighting opposition is fighting well for Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Israel’s right wing has failed
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Can Netanyahu create a new reality?
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Don’t leave unfinished business in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

A European green light to kill, destroy and pulverize Gaza
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

How Israel can help the Yazidis of Iraq
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

A swollen army that must learn budgetary constraints
Ha’aretz – 10 Aug 2014

Jerusalem Post

The global pogrom
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – This is not just a Jewish issue. A global pogrom is a global issue. It forces us to ask if the world is capable of doing justice to one of its smallest minorities. 

Borderline views: Britain, anti-Semitism and the Gaza war
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – There can be a serious debate about issues over which we disagree, even among ourselves.

Coming of age with Hamas, at the White House
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – I hadn’t expected to end my official childhood getting assaulted by terror supporters outside the White House. 

Blockbuster trial starts against Jordan’s Arab Bank
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – The Jordanian bank is accused of massive fund transfers to Hamas leaders, institutions, and families of Hamas members and suicide bombers. 

The play must go on
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – Despite the difficult times, Theater in the Rough brings its annual summer Shakespeare production to a Jerusalem park. 

Dance review: Dafi Dance Group Warehouse 2, Jaffa Port
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – Most of the time the dancers maintained physical contact as they wove their way through fluid, complex compositions. 

Israel, US, and the world community face upcoming diplomatic clash
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – Next, America will pressure Israel to open trade and sea routes in the name of humanitarianism and insist the PA be present at the crossings. 

It’s anti-Semitism, stupid
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – In Lord Byron’s memorable words: “The wild dove hath her nest, the fox his cove, mankind their country – Israel but the grave.” 

End Iraq terror
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – The deafening silence from the West is similar to that which greeted previous genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda and Sudan, where crimes that could have been prevented. 

Hamas: We’ll let the PA monitor Rafah crossing
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – Announcement follows unconfirmed reports that the Egyptians would agree to the deployment of some 1,000 PA policemen along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. 

Hamas official: Erdogan victory is win for Palestinians, setback for Israel, US
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – “This is a victory for Jerusalem, Gaza and Ramallah. All Palestine welcomes this victory,” Izzat al-Risheq says. 

IHH threatening again to send flotilla to Gaza
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – The same organization that launched the ‘Mavi Marmara’ in 2010 says it will make second attempt to break Israeli blockade on the Strip. 

Known Israel critic to lead UNHRC Gaza probe
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – The Prime Minister’s Office says the commission is akin to a ‘kangaroo court’; Foreign Ministry says Israel does not plan to cooperate with the investigation. 

Promising trend of prosecution for environmental crimes, officials say
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – One such success includes the sentencing of Alfonso Hasson to imprisonment for operating a pirate waste transfer station in a Bnei Brak. 

Initial measures for dismantling of IBA approved by Jerusalem District Court
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – Judge appointed attorneys Dror Vigdor and Amnon Lorch from the law firm of Yigal Arnon to deal with legal issues related to the dismantling. 

Knesset panel prepares to investigate Operation Protective Edge
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – Last week, Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) said Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee should probe operation. 

July tourism down 26% from 2013, deficit up
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, 218,000 visitor entered Israel in July, a 26% drop from the previous year. 

Yazidi boy recovering from surgery in Israel, father worried about family in Iraq
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – Save a Child’s Heart organization operated on the 17-month-old boy at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon. 

10 Jewish suspects indicted in brutal Jerusalem mob beating of Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – Seven adults and three minors allegedly beat three Arab victims unconscious with pipes and bats in alleged hate crime. 

Foreign Press Association blasts Hamas for threatening journalists
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – Hamas has threatened to punish journalists who record Hamas firing rockets. 

IDF successfully tests system designed to detect terror tunnels
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – Senior army officer says system passed lab tests, currently undergoing field testing; could be deployed around Gaza within 1 year; system will cost at least NIS 1.5 billion. 

Three Israelis killed in Switzerland crash
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – The van carrying eight Israeli tourists drove over railroad tracks at the exact moment the train was passing through. 

Israeli teens return with five medals from International Physics Olympiad in Kazakhstan
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – Team trainer Dr. Eli Raz said that the aim of the olympiad is not an end but a means to encourage original thinking. 

The Fifteenth of Av
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – This is not love – According to Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel, “There were no better days for the people of Israel than the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur. 

Israel’s Alexander Brewery to pour at Ottawa beer festival
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – National Capital Craft Beer Festival will feature dozens of beers including the micro-brew from the Hefer Valley. 

Protesters curse Zoabi as ‘traitor’ and ‘terrorist’ as she arrives for police questioning
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – Balad MK questioned for 5 hours for allegedly inciting against police last month; Danon: ‘Hamas representative in Knesset’ will end up behind bars. 

Over 3000 gather at Israel rally in Melbourne
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – The steps of Melbourne’s Parliament House becomes a sea of blue and white as thousands gather to show solidarity with Israel. 

ISIS was too brutal for Osama bin Laden, letter reveals
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – ‘Daily Mail’ reports that letter discovered in bin Laden’s Pakistan compound said associating with extremely brutal ISIS could harm al-Qaida’s reputation. 

JPost debate: Is Hamas winning the war?
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 – ‘Jerusalem Post’ reporter Sam Sokol, along with editors Tovah Lazaroff and Seth Frantzman, address Gaza op in this episode of JPost Debate. 

The Guardian

Amal Alamuddin refuses UN offer to investigate possible war crimes in Gaza
The Guardian 11 Aug 2014 – Through agent of her fiance, George Clooney, the British-Lebanese human rights lawyer denies reports that she will serve on inquiry commission Amal Alamuddin, the British-Lebanese human rights lawyer who is engaged to George Clooney , has turned…

Interpreting the Hamas charter | @guardianletters
The Guardian 11 Aug 2014 – Owen Joness article ( Anti-Jewish hatred is rising , 11 August) is a helpful and articulate addition to an important debate. Antisemitism and anti-Zionism are not the same, but neither are they mutually exclusive. He highlights instances when…

Gaza’s children: ‘Israel is creating a new generation of enemies’
The Guardian 11 Aug 2014 – Najia Warshagha, age nine, is a veteran of three conflicts in Gaza. She cannot sleep properly and is always terrified She seemed to represent the collective suffering of Gaza’s children : a little girl, eyes cast down,…

Why British people are protesting about Gaza, not Iraq | Lindsey German
The Guardian 11 Aug 2014 – We have a deep movement in solidarity with Palestinians and our government is complicit in Israels oppression of them The hundreds of thousands who have taken to the streets of Britain over the past month in…

Gaza residents return to their homes and businesses as ceasefire holds – video
The Guardian 11 Aug 2014 – Shops reopen in Gaza as residents return to their homes as a new 72-hour truce brokered by Egypt holds. Shops were abandoned and forced to close during the Israeli attacks. The ceasefire began at 10am GMT…

Guardian publisher defends decision to publish anti-Hamas advertisement
The Guardian 11 Aug 2014 – Full-page letter by Nobel peace laureate called on British people and political leaders to ‘stand firmly with the people of Israel’ The publisher of the Guardian has defended its decision to run a newspaper advertisement about…

The Guardian and publication of This Worlds anti-Hamas advertisement | @guardianletters
The Guardian 11 Aug 2014 – We write to condemn the Guardians decision to print a wildly inaccurate and inflammatory advert from supporters of the state of Israel branding the Palestinian resistance as child killers. This is especially sickening when Israels latest…

John Simpson on ‘tough women’ at the ‘grotesquely managed’ BBC
The Guardian 11 Aug 2014 – The BBC’s world affairs editor, John Simpson, has criticised the “tough women” running the corporation, also claiming that it is now a “ghastly outfit” and “grotesquely managed.” Comparing life at the BBC today with 60 years…

Israel patrols Gaza border as new ceasefire begins – video
The Guardian 11 Aug 2014 – Israeli soldiers relax by the Gaza border on Monday morning as a new 72-hour ceasefire gets underway. The truce, proposed by Egypt, began on Sunday evening and has appeared to hold so far. However there are…

Anti-Jewish hatred is rising we must see it for what it is | Owen Jones 
The Guardian 11 Aug 2014 – Confronting and defeating all forms of antisemitism involves being able to defend its meaning from abuse Hadley Freeman: Dont tell me what I should think about Israel Antisemitism is a menace. Hatred of the Jewish people…

Inter Press Service

Aleppo Struggles to Provide for Basic Needs as Regime Closes In
IPS Syrian boy carries bread back from underground bakery in severely damaged opposition-held area of Aleppo (August 2014). Credit: Shelly Kittleson/IPS By Shelly Kittleson ALEPPO, Syria, Aug 11 2014 (IPS) The single, heavily damaged supply road remaining into the rebel-held, eastern area of the city is acutely exposed to enemy fire….


Democrats Unapologetic Support for Israel Enables Daily War Crimes Against Palestinians 
Uruknet 11 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 – Politicians from the Democratic Party in the United States have expressed fervent support for Israel s assault on Gaza, even going so far as to sponsor multiple resolutions which demonstrate unwavering solidarity and appropriate more funds…

SAIA York Statement on Gaza
Uruknet 11 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 – …We call on the York University Board of Governors to divest from companies involved in Israeli war crimes and military occupation. We demand that the York University Advisory Committee on Responsible Investment press for divestment from…

On the 23rd Day of the Israeli Offensive: Indiscriminate Artillery Shelling; Complete Families Annihilated; UNRWA Shelter Shelled and 15 Civilians Killed; More Corpses Recovered from Debris of Houses
Uruknet 11 Aug 2014 – July 30, 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,…

A Year Since Military Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Was Convicted
Uruknet 11 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 – United States military whistleblower Chelsea Manning was convicted of offenses related to her disclosures to WikiLeaks one year ago. In this time, Manning s case has become a clear example to future whistleblowers of what the…

Watchlist Rulebook Reveals “Global Stop and Frisk Program”
Uruknet 11 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 – The Obama administration has expanded the national terrorist watchlist system by approving broad guidelines over who can be targeted. A leaked copy of the secret government guidebook reveals that to be deemed a “terrorist” target, “irrefutable…

Will there be justice for the crimes committed in Gaza?
Uruknet 11 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 – On July 25, Palestinian officials filed a criminal complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. The complaint accuses Israel of war crimes as a result of its ongoing campaign in Gaza, which has…

Gaza “plunged into darkness” on Eid
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 – The children were all dressed in new clothes. They were gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Yet their faces did not look cheerful.Thirteen-year-old Muayad al-Sahqar was not venturing further than the footstep of a house in central…

Video: Israelis in Tel Aviv chanting, “There s no school tomorrow, there s no children left in Gaza! Oleh!”
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 – Israelis in Tel Aviv, on 26.7.2014, the 19th day of Israel s massacres in Gaza, cheer the genocide on: “There s no school tomorrow, there s no children left there [in Gaza]! Oleh!” Every evening, in…

Collective Punishment in Gaza
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 – Three days after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched the current war in Gaza, he held a press conference in Tel Aviv during which he said, in Hebrew, according to the Times of Israel, “I…

Labor must stand for Gaza
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – JUly 30, 2014 – As Israel s war on Gaza continues, with more than 1,000 Palestinian killed already, most of them civilians, Labor for Palestine is urging labor activists and unions in the U.S. to speak out. In the statement…

Back to Black and Back to the Stone Age
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014- You know how sometimes a cop will turn off his dash cam (often “mistakenly,” or it “malfunctions”) right before he brutalizes or executes a victim? That s what Israel did yesterday, when it knocked out Gaza s…

Hell on Earth: Gaza in Ruin
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 – Gaza has been transmuted from a concentration camp into an inferno. A photo taken by the European Pressphoto Agency, taken July 29 2014, shows the hell that has become of the Tuffah neighborhood. More than 1,100…

Obama Continues to Defend Israel s Massacre of Palestinians Genocide and US Hypocrisy
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 – President Barack Obama continues, incredibly, to defend the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. In a news report from July 29, he proclaims that Israeli Prime Murderer Benjamin Netanyahu ” consistently said he would embrace…

Don t Look Behind the Curtain Israel s Pretexts for War in Gaza
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 – …I ve seen a lot of Zionists and Israel apologists on social media wringing their hands about Israel s desire for peace, and the warlike nature of Islam. All I can say is, if they don…

Why Has Obama Rejected a More Humane Response to the Hunger Strike at Gitmo?
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 – On July 15, the Miami Herald reported that a Navy medical officer recently refused to continue to participate in the force-feeding of Guantanamo Bay prisoners who are on hunger strike. According to Cori Crider of Reprieve,…

The West Bank rises up against war in Gaza
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 -…PROTESTS IN the West Bank have significantly escalated, but this isn t coming out of nowhere. They ve been building since Operation Brother s Keeper. There aren t enough journalists to cover all of the night raids…

Slaughter is not self-defense: The assault on Gaza and the corruption of language
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 – We are witnessing the unspeakable, again. Are there any words left adequate to the abomination of Israel s ongoing onslaught on Gaza, an assault that is proceeding with dismal predictability, and that is, in fact, a…

Children killed in their sleep : Israeli artillery fire hits UN school, killing at least 20 
Uruknet 10 Aug 2014 – July 30, 2014 – Israeli military fire hit a United Nations-run school in Gaza today, killing at least 20 people and injuring an estimated 90 people. The school under attack, called the Abu Hussein girls elementary school, is located in…

Daily Star

Obama urges new Iraq PM Abadi to form inclusive government
Daily Star 11 Aug 2014 US President Barack Obama said he and Vice President Joseph Biden spoke to new Prime Minister Designate Haidar al-Abadi and urged him to form inclusive government

Hezbollah-Future must reach out to each other:Qassem
Daily Star 11 Aug 2014 A senior Hezbollah official called Monday on the Future Movement to take positive steps in order to improve relations between the two sides, strained mainly by deep differences over the war in Syria.

U.S. begins direct arms shipments to Kurdish forces: sources
Daily Star 11 Aug 2014 The U.S. government is directly supplying weapons to Peshmerga fighters from Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish region to help them fight Sunni militants, in a deepening of America’s military involvement in Iraq, U.S. government sources said on Monday.

U.S. strikes have slowed Iraq militants but not weakened them: Pentagon
Daily Star 11 Aug 2014 A series of U.S. airstrikes since last week has slowed the operational tempo of the Islamic State, the militant group that has seized large parts of northern Iraq, but is unlikely to substantially weaken the group,…

US: No plans to expand Iraq strikes
Daily Star 11 Aug 2014 The United States has no plans to expand its air campaign in Iraq beyond protecting American personnel in the city of Arbil and besieged Yazidi refugees, the Pentagon said Monday.

Obama to Poroshenko: Any Russian intervention ‘unacceptable’
Daily Star 11 Aug 2014 U.S. President Barack Obama told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that any Russian intervention in Ukraine without Kiev’s consent would be “unacceptable” and a violation of international law, the White House said on Monday.

Fatah militant killed in West Bank shootout: witnesses
Daily Star 11 Aug 2014 A Palestinian militant was shot dead early Monday in an exchange of fire with Israeli troops in the northern West Bank, witnesses and a Palestinian security source said.

Kosovo police arrest 40 alleged Islamic radicals
Daily Star 11 Aug 2014 Kosovo police on Monday arrested at least 40 people in a major operation targeting Islamic radicals suspected of fighting alongside extremists in Iraq and Syria.

Lebanese authorities raid Syrian refugee gatherings
Daily Star 11 Aug 2014 Security forces, along with Municipality Police, launched raids on Syrian refugee gatherings in the Beirut suburb of Dekwaneh, arresting many, a security source told The Daily Star.

Alamuddin named to UN Gaza inquiry team
Daily Star 11 Aug 2014 Hollywood star George Clooney’s fiancee Amal Alamuddin is to join fellow human rights experts probing Israel’s Gaza offensive, the United Nations says Monday.

UN chief welcomes moves toward creating new Iraq government
Daily Star 11 Aug 2014 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed what he described as “the forward movement toward government formation in Iraq” and praised the Iraqi president’s decision to ask Haidar al-Abadi to form a new cabinet, the United…

Turkish journalist killed in Iraq during clashes
Daily Star 11 Aug 2014 A journalists’ rights group says a Turkish journalist has been killed in Iraq during clashes between Islamic militants and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and has demanded an investigation into the circumstances of her death.

U.N. names panel to investigate war crimes in Gaza
Daily Star 11 Aug 2014 The United Nations on Monday named three experts to an international commission of inquiry into possible human rights violations and war crimes committed by both sides during Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

YNet News

What if John Kerry was right?
YNet News, 11 Aug 2014 – Op-ed: US secretary of state’s ceasefire outline was not driven by hostility towards Israel, but rather by concern. He realized that Hamas would drag Israel into an entanglement with unimaginable results. ….

Kurdish forces and others aiding escape from Iraqi mountain
YNet News, 11 Aug 2014 – ….

US sends disaster relief teams to Iraq
YNet News, 11 Aug 2014 – ….

Foreign Ministry on UN probe: Report already written
YNet News, 11 Aug 2014 – ….

US: No intention attacking other areas in Iraq
YNet News, 11 Aug 2014 – ….

Three Israelis killed in Swiss road accident named
YNet News, 11 Aug 2014 – ….

338 new immigrants head to Israel from North America 
YNet News, 11 Aug 2014 – Full-to-capacity jumbo flight expected to land at Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday with 108 young men and women from US and Canada who are planning to serve in IDF. ….

Report: Flyers calling for boycott of Jewish businesses plastered around Rome
YNet News, 11 Aug 2014 – Pamphlets reportedly say ‘boycotting any type of Jewish product or business is fundamental to stop the massacre in Palestine.’ ….

Fight Hamas to curb Islamic tsunami 
YNet News, 11 Aug 2014 – Op-ed: Israel must convince US that if it fails to combat murderous Islam, missiles exploding at Eshkol region today will explode in Boston’s farmers market in coming years. ….

Ya’alon tells family: Oron Shaul’s body is in Hamas’ hands
YNet News, 11 Aug 2014 – Defense minister visits family of fallen soldier, saying Israel making efforts to retrieve Shaul’s body, along with that of Sec.-Lt- Hadar Goldin, on the diplomatic level. ….

Kurdish capitol continues as normal despite growing IS threat
YNet News, 11 Aug 2014 – Ynet exclusive: Erbil resident says work, nightlife continues but border region faces threat from well-armed enemy trying to kill civilians. ….

Aharonovich: Israel needs ‘a magician’ to stop rockets through talks
YNet News, 11 Aug 2014 – Internal Security Minister Aharonovich says in Ynet exclusive that ‘There is little chance of reach an agreement’; ‘we could see severe events’ in West Bank. ….

Erdogan wins Turkey’s first direct presidential vote
YNet News, 11 Aug 2014 – After more than a decade in the prime minister’s office, Erdogan wins presidency with 51.9 percent of the vote. ….

GOC Commander: ‘We made mistakes in some of our announcements’
YNet News, 11 Aug 2014 – Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman tells Nahal Oz residents that announcement to return home was a mistake, stresses success of Operation Protective Edge. ….

Israeli delegation returns to Cairo after ceasefire maintained
YNet News, 11 Aug 2014 – Hamas threatens: ‘If we don’t reach an agreement within 72 hours, it is likely we’ll quit the negotiations and there won’t be another ceasefire.’ ….

Hamas responsible for civilian casualties, says Hillary Clinton
YNet News, 10 Aug 2014 – Unlike Obama’s administration which rebuked Israel for civilian casualties in Gaza, former secretary of state supports Israel right to defend itself: ‘Hamas embed rockets, command and control facilities and tunnels in civilian areas’ ….

Palestinian Information Center

The world must reject with utter contempt Jewish Nazism 
PIC – Judeo-Nazi leaders in the evil entity, known as Israel, are trying to portray international indignation over the ongoing virtual holocaust in Gaza as a product of “hateful Palestinian propaganda.”

IOF kidnaps six Palestinians in the West Bank
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Monday six Palestinians from Nablus, Bethlehem, Jenin and Tulkarem in the West Bank.

Israeli fundraising campaign to build the alleged Temple
PIC – Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said that Israeli organizations have stepped up their Judaization activities to mark the so-called “the destruction of the alleged Temple”. 

Health crisis looms in Gaza
PIC – Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Awad warned on Monday of a serious deterioration in the health and environmental situation in Gaza due to the Israeli aggression and destruction of medical centers.

Glick leads new break-in into the Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Rabbi Yehuda Glick led a group of 15 fanatic Jewish settlers into the Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards on Monday morning under protection of special Israeli police forces.

Rowley calls for lifting the siege on Gaza
PIC – The Humanitarian Coordinator of the UN in the Occupied Palestinian Territories has warned of the outbreak of a new confrontation in Gaza in case the Israeli siege on the enclave was not lifted.

Mishaal: We insist on all of the Palestinian demands
PIC – Khaled Mishaal insisted that his movement’s demands, particularly the lifting of the Gaza blockade, had to be met before a durable truce with Israel could be achieved.

Gaza death toll hits 1,940 minutes before ceasefire
PIC – Israeli airstrikes continued Sunday to target civilian homes and agricultural facilities throughout Gaza Strip few hours before the new 72-hour ceasefire went into effect.

Justice and Charity: Israeli aggression on Gaza failed to achieve its goals
PIC – Morocco’s Justice and Charity Movement said that “Palestinian resistance showed legendary steadfastness and gave a lesson to the regional and international community.”

Temporary ceasefire goes into effect
PIC – A 72-hour ceasefire between Palestinian resistance and Israel went into effect in Gaza Strip at 0100 am (local time) Monday at the request of Cairo.


UPDATE (1): Death Toll in Gaza Hits 1943, 9886 Wounded
WAFA – 11 Aug 2014

Arab League Council Calls on Egypt to Continue Efforts to Consolidate Ceasefire
WAFA – 11 Aug 2014

Erekat Calls for Relieving Gaza
WAFA – 11 Aug 2014

Rallies in Condemnation of Israeli Aggression on Gaza Staged in Several US Cities
WAFA – 11 Aug 2014

Over 485,000 People Displaced in Gaza, says PLO’s Gaza Under Fire Report
WAFA – 11 Aug 2014

Al-Arabi Discusses latest Developments in Gaza with Serry and Erekat in Cairo
WAFA – 11 Aug 2014

Bulgarian Trade Unions Condemn, Call for Halting Israel’s Aggression on Gaza
WAFA – 11 Aug 2014

Ki-moon Welcomes Ceasefire between Gaza and Israel
WAFA – 11 Aug 2014

Israeli Forces Target House, Kill Palestinian Youth near Nablus
WAFA – 11 Aug 2014


Open Source: Iraqi Relief Flights Rescue Dozens, but Leave Thousands Behind
New York Times 11 Aug 2014 – Images posted online Monday showed groups of Yazidis displaced from their homes in Iraq scrambling aboard military helicopters in the Sinjar mountains. 

Obama Pledges Support for a New Iraqi Leader
New York Times 11 Aug 2014 – President Obama said Monday that Iraq had taken a “promising step forward” with the choice of Haider al-Abadi to become prime minister. 

Listening Post: Attacking Obama Policy, Hillary Clinton Exposes Different Worldviews
New York Times 11 Aug 2014 – In a blunt interview with The Atlantic, Mrs. Clinton shattered an image of unity with the president, criticizing his “don’t do stupid stuff” approach. 

Amid Iraq’s Chaos, a New Polio Vaccination Campaign
New York Times 11 Aug 2014 – Unicef and the World Health Organization said they would seek to vaccinate four million children, but it was unclear whether Islamist militants would agree. 

Kerry Issues Warning to Iraqi Leader
New York Times 11 Aug 2014 – Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki that a power grab would result in reduced international support to Iraq. 

At War Blog: From Hero to Hateful: Recalling an Afghan Soldier’s Descent
New York Times 11 Aug 2014 – A former CIA paramilitary operations officer in Afghanistan wonders what caused the spiraling downward of his friend, Castro, an Afghan soldier. The P.T.S.D.? Or anti-American radicalization? 

Palestinians Revive Dream of a Gaza Seaport
New York Times 11 Aug 2014 – The long-delayed plans for the port, a potential economic engine, could be a crucial element in ending the monthlong battle between Israel and Palestinian militants. 

Tense Standoff With Maliki as Iraq Nominates New Leader
New York Times 11 Aug 2014 – The Iraqi president nominated the Shiite leader Haider al-Abadi to replace Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, who has demanded to remain in power. 

Capitalizing on U.S. Bombing, Kurds Retake Iraqi Towns
New York Times 11 Aug 2014 – As Kurdish officials said they were making advances against Sunni militants, Iraq’s political crisis deepened, with a deadline expiring for the president to choose a nominee for prime minister. 

Egypt Bars Entry for 2 Staff Members of Human Rights Watch
New York Times 11 Aug 2014 – The advocacy group’s members were denied entry after landing in Cairo, where they were to report on an inquiry into the mass killing of protesters last year. 

Baghdadi of ISIS Pushes an Islamist Crusade
New York Times 10 Aug 2014 – Most of the political changes that fueled the fight of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-appointed caliph of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, were born directly from some American action. 

In Gaza, Grief, Anger — and No Small Measure of Pride
New York Times 10 Aug 2014 – In interviews across Gaza, many Palestinians insisted they could withstand much more to achieve their goals of opening borders and removing Israeli restrictions on imports and exports. 

Cuomo Will Visit Israel With Legislative Leaders
New York Times 10 Aug 2014 – The show of support will be the first international trip for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who routinely declines to leave New York, even when on vacation. 

Scrambling Down an Iraqi Mountain, Yazidi Families Search for Missing
New York Times 10 Aug 2014 – Many Yazidis who had fled the advance of ISIS militants have become separated from their families, some in their flight to the mountains, and some when they made the decision to come down. 

Daily News publisher, Gov. Cuomo, Yankees president, and NE Patriots’ owner are latest to rush to Israel’s side
Mondoweiss – Andrew Cuomo I can’t shut up about the Israel lobby because it’s such a huge factor in our public and political life. Hillary Clinton was falling over for Israel this weekend. Today’s news includes several other prominent figures embracing the Jewish state. And you wonder why…

Is the firing of Steven Salaita the beginning of a new Blacklist?
Mondoweiss – Steven Salaita Steven Salaita, an Arab-American Professor of American Indian Studies, was just fired from his job for tweeting criticisms of the Israeli massacre in Gaza. The University of Illinois, which fired Salaita, will try to tell you his job was ‘rescinded.’ But he was fired….

Three dissident Jewish orgs to hold silent vigil during 50 Jewish orgs’ memorial to Israeli dead
Mondoweiss – Jews Say No demo, from the last Israeli massacre in Gaza, 2009 Just got this in the inbox. The vigil is tomorrow August 12, from 6-7 PM, at the Jewish Community Center building at 75th and Amsterdam. A SILENT VIGIL IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE…

Palestine mural is unveiled in Oakland, and activists gear up to ‘Block the Boat’
Mondoweiss – Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural unveiled Aug. 10, 2014 (photo: Henry Norr) A huge, brightly colored mural expressing solidarity with the people of Palestine was dedicated Sunday in Oakland with a ceremony that included poetry, music, traditional Palestinian and native-American dance, and the opening of an art…

Serving Israel’s aim of lowering civilian deaths, ‘New York Times’ Gaza tally says 15- to 17-year-old’s aren’t children
Mondoweiss – New York Times headquarters. (Photo: Wikipedia) On August 5, The New York Times published a highly problematic article “ Civilian or Not? New Fight in Tallying the Dead from Gaza Conflict ”, that presented information supporting dubious Israeli government claims that 900 Palestinians killed by Israel…

H-P tech conference in Boston draws campaign showing its role in Gaza massacre
Mondoweiss – Hewlett-Packard logo Hewlett-Packard is having a big conference in Boston and activists are mobilizing a thunderclap campaign to dramatize the company’s complicity in occupation and massacre in Palestine. They are urging folks to tweet at the hashtag #HPBigData2014. “Did you know? Hewlett-Packard enables Israel’s massacre of…

Israeli forces shoot and kill 12-year-old boy playing in front of his house in Hebron
Mondoweiss – West Bank / Jerusalem / Historic Palestine Israeli forces shoot, kill 12-year-old Palestinian boy near Hebron HEBRON (Ma‘an) 10 Aug — 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…

Goldstone sequel to be co-authored by Amal Alamuddin, Clooney’s fiancee
Mondoweiss – Doudou Diene Here we go again. AP has the news . The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva has named three to its commission to look into human rights violations in the Gaza slaughter. William Schabas, Doudou Diene, and Amal Alamuddin. The news broke in a tweet from…

The academic/political context of the Salaita affair
Mondoweiss – University of Illinois chancellor Phyllis Wise (photo at U of Washington) This article serves to provide some first-hand background, context, and references regarding the case of Steven Salaita and his aborted employment by the University of Illinois. The Urbana-Champaign campus is certainly no hotbed for the…

Boycott Israel?
Mondoweiss – United Nations logo This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. It could be any street in Israel, Jerusalem, Haifa or Tel Aviv. Israeli soldiers guarding the public. Israeli soldiers even…

Israeli “Left” Cancels Peace Rally at Police Behest, Meretz Aide Accuses Peace Protesters of “Promoting Violence”
Tikun Olam – Israeli left cancels anti-war rally at behest of police Yesterday, a united Israeli left was supposed to hold a major anti-war rally under the banner of “Changing the Direction Toward Peace: No to the Way of War, a Political Solution is Necessary.” Among the participants were…

Lebanon rapt by IS conspiracy theory 
BBC 11 Aug 2014 – Heard the conspiracy theory about the US and Islamic State?

Israel Seeks High-Tech Answer to Gaza Tunnels 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Aug 2014 – Israel is preparing to build a network of sensors to try to detect tunnel building into its territory from the Gaza Strip, but it could take months to prove the technology works, a senior army officer said on Monday. Click here for the rest of the…

GSK faces bribery claims in Syria 
BBC 11 Aug 2014 – The international pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline faces new claims that it bribed Syrian distributors to increase sales in the country,

Israel Seeks To Get Soldier’s Body for Burial 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Aug 2014 – The Israeli government is making every effort to retrieve the body of Sgt. Oron Shaul for burial, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon told the slain soldier’s family. Click here for the rest of the article…

3 Israeli Tourists Killed at Swiss Train Crossing 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Aug 2014 – Three Israelis were killed and five others seriously injured when their minibus collided with a train at a railroad crossing in a village in central Switzerland, Swiss police said on Monday. Click here for the rest of the article…

New York Yankees Host Future Israel Soldiers 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Aug 2014 – The president of the New York Yankees hosted some 40 young men and women who are making aliyah and plan to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Click here for the rest of the article…

South Africa: South Africa’s Biggest March Ever – in Solidarity With Palestine 
allAfrica.com 11 Aug 2014 – [COSATU]They came from all corners of South Africa to show their solidarity with Occupied Palestine. Over 100 000 people took to the streets of Cape Town on South Africa’s Women’s Day on Saturday morning 9 August 2014 and brought the city to a complete standstill. All…

Egypt: Israel to Cut Off Cairo Truce Talks Under Fire – Netanyahu 
allAfrica.com 11 Aug 2014 – [Aswat Masriya]Cairo -Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that his country would not return to Egyptian-mediated truce talks with Palestine if militants from Gaza continued to fire rockets, Reuters reported.

Egypt: Egypt Urges 72-Hour Truce 
allAfrica.com 11 Aug 2014 – [Egypt Online]Egypt had called on the Israeli and Palestinian sides to abide by a new 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza, starting from Monday 11/8/2014 at 00:01 am.

Egypt: Shoukry Contacts Abbas, Norway FM Over Phone 
allAfrica.com 11 Aug 2014 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry had talks over the phone on Sunday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas within the context of Egyptian efforts to protect the Palestinian blood and lift the Gaza Strip blockade.

‘Islamists’ held in Kosovo raids 
BBC 11 Aug 2014 – Forty men suspected of fighting in Iraq and Syria are arrested by police in Kosovo, in an operation targeting Islamist extremists.

Fresh Gaza talks begin in Egypt 
BBC 11 Aug 2014 – Indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians get under way in Cairo, Egyptian media say, as a ceasefire continues to hold in Gaza.

Obama lauds Iraq’s ‘promising step’ 
BBC 11 Aug 2014 – US President Barack Obama says the nomination of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq’s prime minister-designate is a “promising step forward”.

Israel sends Gaza’s economy ‘back to zero’ 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Aug 2014 – A Palestinian man covers his face to protect him from the smoke billowing from a milk factory hit by an Israeli military strike, north of Gaza City on July 31, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Marco Longari) A Palestinian man covers his face to protect him from the smoke…

ISIS: the US saves Iraq, yet again? 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 11 Aug 2014 – The tweets of US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power deserve to be added to the speeches of George W. Bush as examples of rhetoric-in-the-service-of-an-empire. Her statements give the impression that the US is a charitable organization desperately looking for colored people to save around the…

Turkish activists to send another aid flotilla to besieged Gaza 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Aug 2014 – A Turkish aid group said on Monday it would send ships again to challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza, four years after Israeli gunmen stormed its flotilla bound for the Palestinian territory and killed 10 people in international waters. The incident wrecked diplomatic ties between Turkey…

Aleppo’s forgotten Christians 
Al-Monitor 11 Aug 2014 – The ethnic cleansing of Christians in Mosul has alarmed Aleppo’s large Christian community, which criticizes the West for failing to protect the Middle East’s Christians.

Turkish opposition remains in denial of its failed strategies 
Al-Monitor 11 Aug 2014 – The Turkish opposition is unable to admit its failures and blames those who did not turn out to vote for the outcome.

Hamas warns Gazans have ‘nothing to lose’ 
Al-Monitor 11 Aug 2014 – The deadlock remains in Cairo, as Israel refuses to budge on Hamas’ demand to lift the siege and the Palestinian group, warning it will return to the battlefield if no progress is made.

Saudi Arabia beheads man for killing wife with axe 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Aug 2014 – Saudi authorities beheaded a national on Monday after he was convicted of killing his wife with an axe in front of their daughter, the interior ministry announced. Mahdi al-Ghabari battered his wife Shaqraa al-Bahri several times on her neck with an axe, killing her “in the…

VIDEO: Meet the UK doctors heading to Gaza 
BBC 11 Aug 2014 – Britain is sending a team of doctors to Gaza, to help people wounded in the violence.

Lebanese electricity workers protest limited promotions 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Aug 2014 – Workers burned tires outside Electricite du Liban’s (EDL) headquarters Monday morning to protest the state-owned electricity company’s decision to limit the number of contract workers promoted to full-time employment. Protesters closed the entrances to all EDL branches in Lebanon and prevented employees from entering, in keeping…

Under calm exterior, horror reigns in IS-controlled Raqqa 
Al-Monitor 11 Aug 2014 – The situation in the city of Raqqa has drastically changed since it fell under the control of the Islamic State.

Syria: Nation-wide clashes continue between regime and rebels 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Aug 2014 – Rebel fighters from the Islamic Front, Syria’s largest rebel coalition, hold a position on July 13, 2014 during clashes with militants of the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), for the control a village on the outskirts…

Human rights chief barred from Egypt 
BBC 11 Aug 2014 – Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, and another senior staff member are denied entry to Egypt for “security reasons”.

Who pilots Israel’s drones? 
Al-Monitor 11 Aug 2014 – A glimpse behind the scenes of the Israeli military unit that operates the IDF’s ”Sky Rider” drones.

Month-old Palestinian girl dies of wounds from Israeli attack 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Aug 2014 – Protesters demonstrating against Israel’s assault on Gaza rally outside of the Holocaust Museum on August 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo: AFP – Mandel Ngan) Protesters demonstrating against Israel’s assault on Gaza rally outside of the Holocaust Museum on August 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo:…

Rouhani attacks hardline factions within Iran’s parliament 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Aug 2014 – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani delivered a broadside Monday at critics of his efforts to engage with the West and seek a nuclear deal, accusing them of political cowardice and mischief. In a speech broadcast live, Rouhani attacked the hardline factions within Iran’s parliament who have consistently…

ISIS captures town northeast of Baghdad 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Aug 2014 – Updated 4:00 pm (GMT +3) The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants captured the town of Jalawla northeast of Baghdad at dawn on Monday after weeks of clashes with Kurdish fighters, police said, extending dramatic gains that have alarmed Iraq’s Western allies. The seizure…

Hariri’s return: A settlement or an aggravation of the situation? 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 11 Aug 2014 – Former prime ministers Fouad Siniora (L) and Saad Hariri (R) meet at the Grand Serail after Hariri’s return to Lebanon. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Former prime ministers Fouad Siniora (L) and Saad Hariri (R) meet at the Grand Serail after Hariri’s return to Lebanon. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)…

Pro-Erdogan LBGT individuals get organized in Turkey 
Al-Monitor 11 Aug 2014 – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s presidential campaign got support from unlikely quarters when Islamic-leaning LGBT individuals raised the rainbow flag at a rally in Istanbul.

Rouhani says ‘to hell’ with nuclear critics 
Al-Monitor 11 Aug 2014 – President Hassan Rouhani has lashed out at critics of the nuclear negotiations, calling them “timid and cowardly.”

The rise of the Islamic State 
BBC 11 Aug 2014 – Visual guide to the growth of the jihadist group

Meet the female peshmerga forces fighting IS 
Al-Monitor 11 Aug 2014 – Kurdish female peshmerga fighters are joining the battle against the Islamic State to thwart any possible attack against Kurdish areas.

From Ataturk’s republic to Erdogan’s ‘new Turkey’ 
Al-Monitor 11 Aug 2014 – Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory at the presidential polls herald the inaguration of a “new Turkey.”

Livni and Lapid should back Palestinian unity government 
Al-Monitor 11 Aug 2014 – Against the backdrop of the Gaza war, Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni must propose that Cabinet accept the Palestinian unity government and grant it responsibility for Gaza crossing points.

Jordan takes wait-and-see approach on Islamic State 
Al-Monitor 11 Aug 2014 – Public pressure is mounting on the Jordanian government to act decisively against jihadists, fearing the kingdom could become the next target of the Islamic State.

Arsal: The battle that begins a long war 
Al-Monitor 11 Aug 2014 – The Arsal agreement reached between the Lebanese military and government parties and the militants indicates that the two parties are betting on different factors.

Australia boy ‘holds severed head’ 
BBC 11 Aug 2014 – Australia’s PM condemns an image showing a boy, reportedly the son of an Australian ex-terror convict, holding the severed head of a Syrian.

Noam Chomsky: The nightmare in Gaza 
Israeli Occupation Archive 10 Aug 2014 – Amid all the horrors unfolding in the latest Israeli offensive in Gaza, Israel’s goal is simple: quiet-for-quiet, a return to the norm. For the West Bank, the norm is that Israel continues its… The Israeli Occupation Archive (IOA) covers Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian lands, now…

Noam Chomsky Democracy-Now interview on the Gaza attack 2014 (video) 
Israeli Occupation Archive 10 Aug 2014 – Noam Chomsky: Israel’s Actions in Palestine are “Much Worse Than Apartheid” in South Africa. Noam Chomsky’s interview on Democracy-Now (7 Aug 2014). A detailed discussion covering Israel’s attack… The Israeli Occupation Archive (IOA) covers Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian lands, now in its fifth decade. Go…


The battle over numbers: Gaza conflict is about quality not quantity 
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 8/11/2014
While it may be tempting for those of us who are against Operation Protective Edge to stress the lopsided casualty statistics as a way to promote our criticism, this war should not focus on the numbers.
One of the most painfully obvious aspects of the current warfare between Israel and Gaza (and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on a whole) is the stark disparity in the number of casualties: 1,928 Palestinians killed compared with 67 Israelis, based on the latest figures recorded by each side. Both the Hamas-run Ministry of Health in Gaza and the UN claim the majority are civilians, whereas Israel claims that around half are militants and thus legitimate targets. Regardless of what numbers one subscribes to, no one can deny Palestinians are the winners (read: losers) when it comes to numbers. Yet they nonetheless remain the subject of intense debate.
Recent articles in both the BBC and the New York Times call attention to the accuracy the death toll. Both articles question the credibility of the numbers provided by Hamas and human rights groups on the ground, which many (myself included) often quote, as they are the only official numbers publicized. No official Israeli government body has provided final numbers on the outcome of its strikes in real time, and there is no other body doing so. The BBC report specifically cites over-representation of adult male civilian casualties as evidence that challenges the notion that Israeli strikes in Gaza have been indiscriminate.
The growing death toll and its composition (civilian vs. militant, child vs. adult, male vs. female) are a prominent feature of the media coverage, seemingly to provide the bare facts about the war. Twitter has been full of photos of dead Palestinian children and regular updates on the alarming number of casualties in Gaza, alongside those who tweet the number of rockets launched in a given day into Israel, or the number of Israeli citizens under sirens and forced into bomb shelters. more.. e-mail

The Palestinian Holocaust in Gaza 
Fidel Castro, CounterPunch 8/11/2014
A Repugnant New Form of Fascism
I think that a new, repugnant form of fascism is emerging with notable strength, at this time in human history when more that seven billion inhabitants are struggling for their survival.
None of these circumstances have anything to do with the creation of the Roman Empire, around 2,400 years ago, or with the U.S. empire which, in this region only 200 years ago, was described by Simón Bolívar who exclaimed, “…the United States appears to be destined by providence to plague America with misery in the name of liberty.” England was the first true colonial power to use its dominion over a large part of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, North America, and many Caribbean islands, in the first half of the 20th century.
On this occasion I will not talk about the wars and crimes committed by the United States empire over more than 100 years, but will only state what it wanted to do to Cuba, what it has done to many other countries in the world, and only served to prove that “A just idea in the depth of a cave is stronger than an army.”
History is much more complicated than everything I have said, but that is the was it is, in broad strokes, as the inhabitants of Palestine know, and it is likewise logical that the modern communications media reflect the news which arrives daily, as has occurred with the shameful, criminal war in the Gaza Strip, a piece of land where the population lives in what remains of what was independent Palestine only 50 years ago.
The French agency AFP reported August 2, “The war between the Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas and Israel has caused the deaths of close to 1,800 Palestinians,… more.. e-mail

The world is letting Israel get away with it again 
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 8/11/2014
The assault on Gaza has hurt this country’s image, and it doesn’t care.
There’s no doubt that this past month of heavily televised overkill in Gaza – well, heavily televised everywhere but here – has hurt Israel’s standing in the world. The IDF has killed too many civilians, wiped out too many families, bombed too many UN shelters. Even Washington has used words like “indefensible” and “disgraceful” to describe some of Israel’s acts. And while the world’s powers-that-be don’t like Hamas, they do like the Palestinian Authority and its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, and they know very well that the Netanyahu government has continuously trashed any chance of making peace with him.
So in terms of high politics, of Israel’s international relations, and considering Israel’s image in international public opinion, Operation Protective Edge has been a great failure. If before the war Israel’s liberal friends had warned that its policies were driving people away and leaving the country increasingly “isolated,” Israel’s behavior over the last month has aggravated that condition badly.
To which Israel says: who cares? If I may mangle Ben-Gurion’s famous dictum, it doesn’t matter what the goyim say, it matters what the goyim do, and the goyim are doing nothing. Even now, after this month-long horror show in Gaza, which isn’t over.
And since the goyim – along with the liberal Jews who are appalled by Israel’s actions – are doing nothing, meaning they’re not punishing or penalizing Israel in any manner, not holding it in any way accountable for what it has done to Gaza and its people, then Israel indeed has no reason to care what the goyim or liberal Jews say.
The world is shocked by the death and devastation in Gaza, it understands that the “root cause” is Israel’s half-century denial of freedom to the Palestinians…. more.. e-mail

Dispatch from Gaza: massacres continue as world watches 
Martin Lejeune in Gaza City, Alternative Information Center 8/5/2014
Death is our constant companion whenever we are heading by car towards bombed out residential houses, public institution or the refugee camps. At any time and at any place bombs can suddenly rain from the sky without any warning.
Another school was bombarded today. This time in Rafah. The death toll is unknown, as many dead are still buried under the rubble. Rafah is being continuously attacked for the past three days, turning the city into a death zone. When I suggested to Maher, my Palestinian host, to drive there, he said: “I still need you alive in the coming few days, because I am sure there will be further Israeli attacks, more destruction and refugees”.
Maher has already taken in 62 people who fled toward the center of the Gaza Strip from the north and south. During normal times their house has 10 inhabitants, now they are 72. Maher and the employees of the charity “Islamic Relief” have set four priorities to support some of the 200.000 refugees. Priority is to supply internally displaced Palestinians with food and water, and to improve their health and hygienic conditions. Maher drives around in his car all day to supply the refugees with the absolute minimum. The displaced are simple people who do not possess sufficient savings to live in a hotel or do not have any relatives in Gaza City with whom they could stay.
Since the heavy bombardment of our area in the night between the 28th and 29th of July (see my text “Days and nights of horror in Gaza”) we are cut off from electricity, water, internet and phone. The bombs destroyed power poles and cut telephone cables. Ever since July 29, Maher is trying to find someone to repair the telephone line, but he cannot find a single employee of the telephone company. As laymen one can improvise a lot, but repairing a broken telecommunication network is beyond us. To resupply the house with electricity, Maher is looked for a generator. However, that is not an easy undertaking as none of Gaza’s 1.8 million inhabitants have electricity. Eventually he somehow managed to get generator and some petrol filled in water bottles and cans…. more.. e-mail

Syrians living under Israeli occupation resist civil service recruitment drive
Electronic Intifada: 11 Aug 2014 – Zionist group has been less than candid when attempting to enlist Druze. more..

“Not in Our Name” action
In Gaza: 11 Aug 2014 – For Canadians. This website gives an easy way to find your MP and a send a letter to them, CCing the bigwigs. Here’s my modified version. My MP is a decent man, so while my utter dismay at Harper, Mulcair, Trudeau and May’s stances remains, I toned down the form letter as I want to allow Mr. Chong a chance to consider and make a public statement on Gaza first. The modified letter (original is HERE ): Dear Michael Chong, As you may know, I have lived a collective 3 of the past 6 years in the Gaza Strip, including during two major Israeli assaults (2008/9 and Nov 2012). I’ve also experienced the daily assault of Israel’s strangulating siege on Gaza, which at its height banned not only construction materials (still banned), fertilizers (likewise), but also fishing equipment, food products, baby diapers, spices, A4 paper, toys, shoes…As a father, I am…more

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