VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 18 September 2014: Gaza massacre map

18 September 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Many Injured In Two Jenin Villages; Three kidnapped in Jenin And Hebron
IMEMC – One Palestinian kidnapped at a nearby roadblock, two near Hebron Medical sources reported, on Thursday evening, that several Palestinians received treatment for the effects of tear gas inhalation, after dozens of soldiers invaded two villages, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin. …

Qassam Fighter Killed In Gaza Tunnel
IMEMC – The al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, has reported that one of its fighters was killed while working in a tunnel, in Gaza City. …

Elderly Gaza Fisherman Injured by Live Israeli Fire
IMEMC – Israeli naval forces opened fire off the coast of northern Gaza, late Wednesday, injuring a Palestinian fisherman, according to local reports. …

Israeli Forces Photograph Palestinian Homes While Settlers Perform Rituals near Hebron
IMEMC – Israeli forces serve demolition orders to 3 Hebron families Israeli forces raided and took photos of Palestinian homes in the villages of Ma’in and Al Karmel, located respectively to the east and southeast of Yatta, south of Hebron, while settlers performed religious rituals, said a local activist. …

New Details Emerge on Palestinian Prisoner Who Was Beaten to Death by Israeli Guards
IMEMC – The cellmate of 37-year-old Raed Abdul-Salaam al-Ja bari, who died on September 9th while in Israeli custody, has spoken out about Raed’s death, telling a lawyer that Israeli prison guards took his cellmate by force and, within 15 minutes, came back and told him that Raed was dead. …

Gaza Immigrants to Greece: The Fate of Our Companions is Unknown
IMEMC – Three Gazans who made the journey to Greece, following extremely risky sea trips, say that the fate of many of their on-board companions is still unknown. …

Demolitions Begin in Bedouin Village Near Jerusalem
IMEMC – A number of Bedouin communities east of Jerusalem were raided by Israeli forces,on Thursday, just days after residents were served demolition and evacuation orders. …

Abumarzook: Indirect Ceasefire Talks To Resume Before Sep. 24
IMEMC – Dr. Mousa Abumarzook, a political leader of the Hamas movement, stated that indirect post ceasefire talks between Israel and the resistance in Gaza would resume, under Egyptian mediation in Cairo, before September 24. …†

Israeli High Court Upholds Law Permitting Jewish Housing Developments to Exclude Arabs
IMEMC – The High Court of Israel, on Wednesday, decided to continue to allow Israeli Jewish communities to discriminate against Arabs and forbid them from living there. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces shoot, injure elderly Gaza fisherman
9/18/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli naval forces opened fire off the coast of northern Gaza late Wednesday, injuring a Palestinian fisherman on a beach, locals said. Yousef Zayif, 70, was hit by live fire while waiting for his sons on the shore near al-Sudaniya. Medics said he was moderately wounded. On Sunday, an Israeli warship opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of….

Campaign to release re-arrested Shalit prisoners to launch Friday
9/18/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An international campaign to demand the release of 73 individuals re-arrested after being previously freed in the 2011 Shalit deal with Israel will begin on Friday, the head of the Prisoners Affairs Department said on Thursday. Issa Qaraqe said that an international campaign to demand their release will begin on Friday in Geneva during a meeting of the UN’s….

Israeli forces begin demolitions in Bedouin village near Jerusalem
9/18/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided a number of Bedouin communities east of Jerusalem on Thursday days after handing them demolition and evacuation orders, a local activist said. Popular committee spokesman Hani Halabiya told Ma’an that dozens of Israeli soldiers entered the Bedouin communities escorted by a bulldozer while an Israeli military plane circled above. He added that the bulldozer demolished the….

Israeli forces detain human rights lawyer near Ramallah
9/18/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained the legal coordinator of ad-Dameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association in an overnight raid on his village west of Ramallah early Thursday. Ayman Ahmad Nasser, 44, was detained during a surprise military raid on his home around 1:30 a. m. in Safa village, according to his wife.”At 1:30 in the morning we heard hard….

Hamas fighter dies in Gaza tunnel accident
9/18/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas’ military wing said that one of their members died on Thursday evening in an “accident” in a tunnel below the Gaza Strip. Al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement Thursday that Ahmad Riyadh al-Haddad, 21, from Tel al-Islam in Gaza City, died in a “resistance tunnel,” without giving any further information. One of Israel’s stated aims in….

Palestinian prisoner released after 20 years in Israeli jails
9/18/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian prisoner was released from an Israeli jail on Thursday after serving a 20-year sentence, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said. Said Khatatba, from Beit Furik in Nablus, was detained on July 19, 1994. Dozens of local organizations and political factions welcomed Khatatba upon his release. [END]

Quartet: Delay in Gaza rebuilding could threaten truce
9/18/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The Middle East Quartet of peacemakers on Wednesday joined calls for a quick start to the rebuilding of war-ravaged Gaza before the current truce with Israel ends in renewed violence.”The precarious situation in Gaza and southern Israel, the danger that violence could flare up again at any point, are precisely the reason to move as quickly as possible on the short-term and….

Group: Israeli forces detain 3 from Jenin
9/18/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from Jenin after raiding their houses late Wednesday, a rights group said. The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said Saber Muhammad Abdullah Salah, 22, and Ahmad Abd al-Jabbar Ahd Salah, 24, were detained from their homes in Kafr Dan village in Jenin. Ali Muhammad Suleiman Khalil, 21, was detained from Anin village, it said. [END]

2,500 Gaza pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia via Rafah crossing
9/18/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Over 2,500 Hajj pilgrims from Gaza will enter Egypt on Thursday via the Rafah crossing, a Palestinian official said. Director of Gaza’s crossings authority, Maher Abu Sabha, told Ma’an that the pilgrims will transit through Egypt en route to Saudi Arabia. The Rafah crossing is the principal connection between Gaza’s 1. 7 million people….

Egypt denies Palestinian family entry at Rafah crossing
9/18/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities on Thursday denied a Palestinian family from Gaza entry into Egypt because the family had allegedly used smuggling tunnels to enter the besieged enclave several years ago. Egyptian officials told Ma’an that a Palestinian woman and her children were stopped by border officials at Rafah while trying to enter Egypt. The family, who have German citizenship, did….

Gaza ministry postpones surgeries due to strike
9/18/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s Ministry of Health has postponed up to 180 surgeries in the besieged coastal enclave due to strike action by cleaning staff. Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said patients will bear the consequences if cleaning staff across Gaza continue to strike. Some 750 cleaning workers are participating in strike action in protest at not receiving their salaries for….

PM admits no plans were set for implementing reconciliation
9/18/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Thursday said that no mechanisms had been put in place to ensure the implementation of the reconciliation agreement signed by Hamas, Fatah, and other parties in April. All political parties who signed the agreement are fully responsible for finding solutions to the currently unresolved problems, he added, urging factions to hold an emergency meeting to….

Ramallah to be among world’s most ‘resilient’ cities
9/18/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Thursday said he was proud that the central West Bank city of Ramallah was selected by the Rockefeller Foundation for its 100 Resilient Cities project over the last year.” This great achievement contributes to broaden Ramallah’s readiness to face challenges and fosters the city’s capacity to perform effectively and regularly so….

Iran FM: IS militants can’t be defeated by air strikes
9/18/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit out against the Islamic State group Wednesday as a “dangerous phenomenon,” but warned it could not be defeated by air strikes. Accusing other nations of having created “a Frankenstein that has come to haunt its creators,” Zarif said at a Washington think-tank that the Islamic militants cannot be “eradicated through aerial bombardments,” nor can they

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: UNDP to help Gaza families find homes
Relief Web 18 Sep 2014 – Source: UN Development Programme Country: occupied Palestinian territory UNDP is to help assess the damage caused by the recent conflict and assist families displaced by the fighting to find temporary shelter. As the process of recovery begins following the recent…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel rights group calls for international Gaza probe
Relief Web 18 Sep 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 09/18/2014 15:26 GMT JERUSALEM, September 18, 2014 (AFP) – An Israeli Arab rights group on Thursday called for an international investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes during the latest Gaza conflict, a week…

occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza war spurs more Palestinians to risk dangerous migration to Europe
Relief Web 18 Sep 2014 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet Country: Egypt, occupied Palestinian territory Source: Reuters – Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:56 GMT Author: Reuters Four hundred Palestinian migrants missing, families say Gazans flee war, high employment in blockaded enclave Smuggled to Egypt, Gaza migrants…

occupied Palestinian territory: Saudi Arabia promises $500 million for Gaza rebuilding
Relief Web 18 Sep 2014 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Saudi Arabia Source: Reuters – Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:02 GMT Author: Reuters By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has pledged $500 million to help rebuild Gaza, Palestinian…

occupied Palestinian territory: Gazans dead in shipwreck driven out by poverty, war
Relief Web 18 Sep 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Egypt, Italy, occupied Palestinian territory 09/18/2014 13:05 GMT by Sakher Abu El Oun GAZA CITY, September 18, 2014 (AFP) – Unemployed and shattered by 50 days of war in Gaza, Yasser decided to seek a better…

occupied Palestinian territory: U.N. Launches Ambitious Humanitarian Plan for Gaza
Relief Web 18 Sep 2014 – Source: Inter Press Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Mel Frykberg RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sep 17 2014 (IPS) – The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has launched an ambitious recovery plan for Gaza following the 50-day devastating war between Hamas…

The National

Iraq s Kurdish fighters get arms made by ally from the enemy
The National 18 Sep 2014 – Desperate for modern equipment, peshmerga sieze US-made vehicles and weapons from ISIL that the extremist militants had taken from the Iraqi army.

Despite UN deal, hurdles remain for Gaza reconstruction
The National 18 Sep 2014 – Israel plans to continue limiting flow of construction materials into Gaza, and making it conditional on a continuing ceasefire and UN monitoring of imports.

Survivors tell of harrowing escape from Europe s deadliest migrant shipwreck
The National 18 Sep 2014 – ‘My goal was to save the children, that is why I stayed alive,’ said one of the survivors Doaa Al Zamel who kept alive for the sake of two children entrusted into her care by desperate parents who perished.

Scots decide whether to declare independence
The National 18 Sep 2014 – As polls opened, queues formed outside polling stations with the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaigns still vying to the last minute to win over voters in a blizzard of flags, posters and badges.

In pictures: Kurds recapture Iraqi weapons lost to ISIL
The National 18 Sep 2014 – Kurdish forces in Makhmur have just added Humvees, armoured vehicles and Kalashnikovs to their arsenal. According to Maj Gen Zrian Wassan, the new weapons were captured from ISIL in battles over the last month in western Kurdistan.

Australia foils alleged ISIL demonstration killings plot
The National 18 Sep 2014 – Prosecutors say the terrorist act was designed to ‘shock, horrify and terrify’ the community, and involved the gruesome execution of random members of the public.

Homeless Gazans in endless wait to rebuild
The National 18 Sep 2014 – Until now Israel s eight-year blockade of Gaza meant that few building materials flowed into the Palestinian territory, making reconstruction nearly impossible.

Sharjah s exhibition of South Asian prints reveals the birth of an art
The National 18 Sep 2014 – An exhibition in Sharjah of prints from the subcontinent examines themes of personal devastation and political tension.

The old medicine: Henry Kissinger s prescription for global stability
The National 18 Sep 2014 – Kissinger s latest work proposes a return to the balance-of-power system that produced relative peace in Europe in the 19th century an idea that will doubtless be welcomed by those seeking clarity in a complex and changing world.

Architects of hope: rebuilding Gaza and imagining a Palestinian state
The National 18 Sep 2014 – An urgent deal brokered by the United Nations this week to allow the import of construction materials into Gaza reflects the humanitarian crisis there. Last week, the Palestinian Authority estimated that reconstruction in the enclave would cost US$7.8 billion. But what would a Palestinian state look like?

Liberal Islamic professor gunned down in Pakistan
The National 18 Sep 2014 – The dean of Islamic Studies at the University of Karachi was killed in his car while on his way to an Iranian cultural centre where he was invited as a guest of honour.

Artificial sweeteners may promote diabetes, new study shows
The National 18 Sep 2014 – The researchers and outside experts said more study is needed, while industry groups called the research limited

Video: Polls open in Scotland
The National 18 Sep 2014 – Polls open in Scotland on day of historic referendum vote for independence.

Video: Why should I resign? – Pakistan PM
The National 18 Sep 2014 – Pakistan’s Prime Minister, weakened by weeks of demonstrations calling for his resignation, threatens to clear a protest camp.

Video: Australian officials carry out sweeping counter-terrorism raids
The National 18 Sep 2014 – Australian security officials conduct massive counter-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane.

Video: Ukraine pays high price for beliefs-Poroshenko
The National 18 Sep 2014 – Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko tells Canada’s Parliament that his country is paying ‘a very high price for defending what we believe in.’

Video: In Kashmir flood aftermath, India s migrants want to go home
The National 18 Sep 2014 – Migrants in India’s Kashmir region want to go home after devastating floods leave tens of thousands of people homeless.

In pictures: Scotland votes in historic referendum
The National 18 Sep 2014 – More than 2,600 polling centres opened across Scotland on Thursday. The question on the ballot paper simply states: Should Scotland be an independent country?

ISIL goes underground in Syria as US waits to strike
The National 18 Sep 2014 – Since US president Barack Obama authorised airstrikes on the militant group, fighters have disappeared from the streets of Raqqa city and redeployed arms and fighters.

Scotland decides: independence day or part of the union?
The National 18 Sep 2014 – Scotland s pro-independence and pro-union campai
gners both claim to be the true custodians of the national identity. Today, as millions go to the polls, only one side can win


Israel baseball surges up international rankings
Ha’aretz – 19 Sep 2014

Poll: Netanyahu still Israelis’ top pick for premier, but Sa ar-Kahlon team strikes chord
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

U.S. Senate approves arming, training moderate Syrian rebels
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Workplace accidents growing in Israel, but state spending less to prevent them
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Israeli jails fill with Palestinian juveniles after summer riots
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Scotland awaits results of independence referendum
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Jerusalem holds 13th annual Gay Pride Parade
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Israel due to again approve controversial section of West Bank barrier
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

In Scotland, as in Ukraine, the smell of nationalism jolts Jews
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Politico names Susan Glasser editor
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Congressmen urge aid to religious minorities in Iran
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

U.K. journalist appears in another Islamic State video
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Yacimovich asks state comptroller to probe Lieberman s secret trip to Vienna
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Israeli official: Syria hid chemical weapons after giving up raw materials
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

The watchdog of the IDF
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Pope Francis tells Jewish delegation: Christians are now suffering, like you did in past
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

U.K. Muslims call on Islamic State to free charity worker Henning
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Israel imports Israeli sand cat from Sweden
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Hamas says indirect truce talks with Israel to resume within week
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Scotland s ‘Yes campaign revels in bigotry and isolationism
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Lone soldiers’ parents being brought to Israel for High Holy Days
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Israel’s discriminatory housing message: This is a Jewish state; Arabs out
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

That 15% cut in electricity rates? Don t count on it
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Palestinian bagpipers back Scottish independence
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Australia raids uncover Islamic State plan to publicly behead a random person
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

When Orthodox Jews boycott Israeli produce
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Report: NSA shared unedited data on Arab Americans’ calls with IDF intel unit
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

The myth that sanctions felled apartheid
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

The enrichment program for Iranian sports
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Autism much rarer among Israel’s Arab, ultra-Orthodox societies
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

British tennis star Andy Murray endorses Scottish independence
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Gideon Sa ar and Geula Even: Preparing for the day after Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Lieberman’s hidden Vienna trip: Further details revealed, reasons for secrecy still unclear
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Sirens heard in southern Israel, IDF says false alarms
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Independence Day – for a pro-Palestinian Scotland?
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Lieberman to Kerry: Israel ready to help U.S.-led fight against Islamic State
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Israel cuts Thai interpreters from Health Ministry translation services
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Scotland independence referendum – what’s at stake
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Revealed: Former minister questioned over bribery is Stas Misezhnikov
Ha’aretz – 18 Sep 2014

Israei rightist group stopped from building permanent campsite in East Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 17 Sep 2014

Israel passing intel on Islamic State to U.S., says senior IDF officer
Ha’aretz – 17 Sep 2014

Attorney general losing fight against corruption
Ha’aretz – 17 Sep 2014

Gaza widow offers rare insight into Israel-Hamas espionage wars
Ha’aretz – 17 Sep 2014

Assembly-line Jewish conversion
Ha’aretz – 17 Sep 2014

War? What war? Gaza gets forgotten in a hurry
Ha’aretz – 17 Sep 2014

Jerusalem is burning
Ha’aretz – 17 Sep 2014

Jerusalem Post

Scores of lone soldiers reunited with family flown in for holidays
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – More than 200 relatives of 77 lone soldiers get free round trips.†

Sa ar s exit prompts efforts to limit Likud leader s term
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – Gila Gamliel expected to be appointed minister soon.†

After Mahmoud Abbas, who will lead the Palestinian Authority?
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – With Abbas now 79, attention turns to his successor with possible candidates ranging from PA intelligence chief to Barghouti.†

Moroccan journalist accuses senior Islamic Jihad official of sexual assault
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – Female editor of Cyprus-based magazine claims PIJ deputy leader Ziad al-Nakhaleh assaulted her in hotel room in Beirut last week.†

Jerusalem holds annual Gay Pride Parade after multiple delays
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – Following postponements due to war in Gaza, under 2,000 march in capital without incident.

British MPs to vote on calls for Palestinian state
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – Group of parliamentarians to propose motion that reads “this House believes that the government should recognize the state of Palestine alongside the State of Israel.”†

West warns Iran it must address nuclear bomb fears
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – Stalled probe may complicate big power diplomacy.†

Catch her if you can
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – Local fans of Channel 2 s The Voice aren t the only ones watching to see how standout contestant Jessica Katz fares so is her uncle in Hollywood, Steven Spielberg.†

Farmers, Defense Ministry spar over food supplies for soldiers during shmita
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – Members of Israel Farmers Federation slam Defense Ministry, IDF for plans to import produce during upcoming schmita year.†

PACE to send fact-finding committee to Gaza
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to “examine the situation in the region,” with an emphasis on Gaza at end of November.†

World s oldest Jewish prayer book displayed at Jerusalem museum
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – 1,200-year-old siddur penned in Hebrew is unveiled for first time at Jerusalem s Bible Lands Museum.†

Frontlines Podcast: Why the weather could push through an Iran deal
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – This week, Knesset Reporter Lahav Harkov talks to us about the coalition crisis, and Iran expert Meir Javedanfar weighs in on the latest round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the West.†

Happily Eva After: Roundup: Rosh Hashana reflections
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – Eva ruminates on dating in the 21st century†

Lapid doesn’t want election as long as taxes aren’t raised
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – The Finance Minister’s comments came a day after his ministry rejected a tax, reportedly proposed by Netanyahu’s office, on those who own multiple homes.†

Just a Thought: On teshuva
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – Mistranslated as repentance, teshuva really means return a return to God and, more importantly, a return to the person we are meant to be.†

Jailed Fatah leader Barghouti: Gaza war was victory for Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – Barghouti, 55, remains a leading figure in the secular Fatah movement.†

Hamas warns of renewed ‘explosion’ in South due to delay in Gaza reconstruction
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – Moussa Abu Marzuk says negotiators for both sides will meet with Egyptian mediators in Cairo for further discussions.†

We want to give them the best
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – Despite the war with Hamas, the South is expanding services, with plans for new rehabilitation facilities to enliven the neglected region.†

The Dutch war on Islam
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – Geert Wilders founded his own political faction Freedom Party (PVV). The party s main platform is the struggle against the Islamization of Holland.†

Iran sentences six youths dancing in ‘Happy’ video to six months in jail, 91 lashes
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – News of their arrest sparked international outrage on social media, with Williams himself pleading for their release via his Twitter account.†

IDF says string of red alert sirens in South were all false alarms
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – Three sirens sounded in Ashkelon Regional Council and two in Sha’ar Hanegev, but army says it believes no rockets were fired from Gaza.†

Despite war, Breslov Hassidim plan on making Ukraine pilgrimage
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – For the thousands that descend
on the tomb of Rebbe Nahman of Breslov, the week sojourn is a time of repentance and freedom.†

Fatah blames Hamas for phenomenon of Palestinians trying to flee Gaza
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – Dozens of would-be Palestinian immigrants have been killed or have gone missing after the boats carrying them capsized off the shores of Egypt and Libya.†

Israeli archaeologists said to have uncovered monastery in dig near Beit Shemesh
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – Archaeologists said that the compound is divided into an industrial area and a residential area, leading them to believe that it may have been a monastery.†

Slichot and the city
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – David Gal-Or s slihot tours are geared toward secular Jews who want to get a glimpse of what goes on during the run-up period to Rosh Hashana.†

Israel police arrest Palestinian carrying an axe near Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2014 – According to authorities, the arrest took place near the Palestinian village of Beit Jala.†

Here we stand, and here we stay
Jerusalem Post 17 Sep 2014 – While most refugees from Donetsk might have moved on, the Mariupol Jewish community will stick it out.†

Galloway warned of death threats
Jerusalem Post 17 Sep 2014 – Media reports suggest alleged death threat was mailed to MP s office.†

Inter Press Service

OPINION: Fighting ISIS and the Morning After
IPS Protesters in Ahrar Square in the Iraqi city of Mosul, January 2013. Credit: Beriwan Welat/IPS By Emile Nakhleh WASHINGTON, Sep 18 2014 (IPS) As the wobbly anti-ISIS coalition is being formed with American prodding, the Obama administration should take a strategic look at the future of the Arab world beyond…

U.N. Launches Ambitious Humanitarian Plan for Gaza
IPS Palestinian families take shelter at an UNRWA school in Gaza City, after evacuating their homes in the northern Gaza Strip, July 2014. UNRWA has now launched a humanitarian reconstruction programme. Credit: Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA Archives By Mel Frykberg RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sep 17 2014 (IPS) The UN agency for Palestinian refugees…


Never again ?: The US and the Palestinian/Israeli issue†
Uruknet 18 Sep 2014 – August 27, 2014 – Many Americans may think this foreign policy issue doesn t concern them. If they think about this issue at all, many say that it s not our business and we should just let them fight it…

Israel s information iron dome
Uruknet 18 Sep 2014 – August 27, 2014 – It is widely assumed that a free press should report accurate and relevant information to the population, and act as watchdog of power in the name of public interest. The reporting of secret government surveillance programs…

How UN s Ban Ki-moon and Oxfam undermine Palestinian right to resist
Uruknet 17 Sep 2014 – August 27, 2014 – Earlier this month, as Israeli massacres claimed dozens of lives every day and night in Gaza, 129 Palestinian and international organizations sent an open letter condemning UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon s role as a partner in…

Israel s extermination of whole families in Gaza reflects genocidal impulse
Uruknet 17 Sep 2014 – August 27, 2014 – Eighty-nine families that existed seven weeks ago in Gaza have been exterminated by Israel. On Sunday 24 August an Israeli missile tore through the home of Issam Jouda in Gaza s Tal al-Zatar neighborhood east of…

“A clumsy army beating Palestinians into submission”: TIME correspondent s Nablus diary from 1990
Uruknet 17 Sep 2014 – August 27, 2014 – An excerpt from the unpublished memoirs of the former TIME journalist Murray J. Gart describing the occupied West Bank city of Nablus at the height of the first intifada, or uprising, could have been written today….

Daily Star

Yemen clashes kill nearly 40 as UN envoy presses rebel talks
Daily Star 18 Sep 2014 Fighting between Shiite rebels and Sunni Islamists backed by troops killed nearly 40 people outside Sanaa Thursday, as the UN envoy huddled in the rebel stronghold to try to end Yemen’s political crisis.

Obama says U.S. pressing for diplomatic solution in Ukraine
Daily Star 18 Sep 2014 U.S. President Barack Obama, in a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the White House on Thursday, said the United States would continue to mobilize the international community to reach a diplomatic solution to the…

Obama condemns Russian ‘aggression’ as he meets Poroshenko
Daily Star 18 Sep 2014 US President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned what he called Russian “aggression” in Ukraine as he welcomed President Petro Poroshenko to the White House.

Qassem: Hezbollah inspired by Wilayat al-Faqih
Daily Star 18 Sep 2014 Hezbollah s war with Israel and its intervention in Syria stem from a moral view inspired by the controversial Wilayat al-Faqih doctrine, the party’s deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem argued Thursday.

Electric jokes and body politics at the BAF
Daily Star 18 Sep 2014 The Beirut Art Fair is celebrating half a decade this year. The fifth edition of the fair launched in 2010 as the MENASART Fair held its VIP opening at BIEL Thursday night, featuring its now standard…

YNet News

After Abbas, who will lead the Palestinians?
YNet News, 18 Sep 2014 – ‘He doesn’t have a protege, he hasn’t facilitated a system in which people feel they can rise to the top,’ experts say, so who will inherent Palestinian leadership? ….

Vote counting begins in Scotland on independence
YNet News, 18 Sep 2014 – ….

Gideon Sa’ar will be back†
YNet News, 18 Sep 2014 – Analysis: Like Moshe Kahlon before him, interior minister realized that as long as Netanyahu is prime minister, no one has a chance to rise in the Likud party. ….

Gaza Op’s lone soldiers reunited with family
YNet News, 18 Sep 2014 – 125 parents of lone soldiers flown to Israel for Rosh HaShanah holiday by El Al, hotel companies. ….

Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds
YNet News, 18 Sep 2014 – ….

West tells Iran it must address nuclear bomb fears
YNet News, 18 Sep 2014 – Iran says claims it has failed to cooperate with an investigation into its nuclear program are ‘mere allegation without any substance.’ ….

Meet Steve Gar – Israel’s Jack Bauer
YNet News, 18 Sep 2014 – Counter terrorism expert Steve Gar has committed his life to protecting Jews worldwide, while also working to become a rabbi. ….

A moment of hope to begin the new year
YNet News, 18 Sep 2014 – Rosh Hashanah is a time to remember those struggling daily for the basic needs required for a sweet new year. ….

Obama says US pressing for diplomatic solution in Ukraine
YNet News, 18 Sep 2014 – ….

Three car bombs, mortars kill 23 in Shi’ite Baghdad districts
YNet News, 18 Sep 2014 – ….

Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola
YNet News, 18 Sep 2014 – ….

Palestinian Information Center

Mother of prisoner Saadi appeals for saving life of her epileptic son
PIC – The mother of prisoner Majd Al-Saadi appealed to human rights groups to urgently intervene to save the life of her son who suffers from epilepsy and lumbago.

Zahhar: Gaza is difficult to conquer
PIC – Member of Hamas‚¨ “!s political bureau Mahmoud Zahhar said that the Palestinian resistance managed to shake the Israeli national security, adding that Israel would think twice before invading Gaza again.

Three homes notified with demolition in Idna town
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Authorities have served demolition notices to three Palestinian homes in Idna town in the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil under the pretext of being built without permit.

Hamas condemns UNRWA‚¨ “!s decision to stop aid for Palestinian refugees
PIC – The Department of Refugees in the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has strongly condemned UNRWA decision to stop food and rental assistance to Palestinian refugees fleeing from Syria to Lebanon.

Foreign delegation briefed on Israel’s violations against schools in Al-Khalil
PIC – A delegation from donor countries on Wednesday visited the schools of Cordoba and Al-Khalil in Al-Khalil city and was briefed on Israel’s violations against their students and teachers.

Jewish Rabbi: Palestinians have the right to resist occupation
PIC – Rabbi Yisrael David Weiss, spokesman of the New York-based Jewish Neturei Karta movement, described the Israeli recent aggression on Gaza as a new ‚¨ Scatastrophe and Nakba.‚¨ ù

700 refugees, mostly Palestinians, drowned off Italian coast
PIC – An estimated 100,000 illegal immigrants have landed in Italy since the start of 2014, trying to cross the Mediterranean to get to Italy via the so-called ‚¨ Sdeath vessels.‚¨ ù

Israeli statistics: Over 382, 000 settlers living in W. Bank and east J’lem
PIC – Statistics released by the Yesha council of settlements have showed that the number of Jewish settlers living in the occupied West Bank, including east Jerusalem, has reached over 382,000 individuals.

180 surgeries postponed in Gaza hospitals due to cleaners‚¨ “! strike
PIC – At least 180 surgeries have been put off in Gaza hospitals after the unpaid cleaning staff declared a strike on Wednesday to demand overdue salaries, amid threats of an impending health crisis.

Five Palestinians kidnapped during dawn campaigns in W. Bank
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Thursday kidnapped five Palestinian citizens during raids on West Bank villages.


Ashrawi Condemns Extrajudicial Executions Carried Out in Gaza
WAFA – 18 Sep 2014

Israeli Naval Boats Shoot, Injure Palestinian Gaza Fishermen
WAFA – 18 Sep 2014

Prime Minister Expresses Deep Appreciation to International Organizations for Supporting Gaza
WAFA – 18 Sep 2014

Premier Meets with EU Director for North Africa and the Middle East, EU Representative to Palestine
WAFA – 18 Sep 2014

Five Palestinian Prosecutors Conclude Study Trip to Sweden
WAFA – 18 Sep 2014

Israeli Forces Take Photos of Palestinian Homes, Settlers Perform Rituals in Two Hebron Villages
WAFA – 18 Sep 2014

Newspaper Review: President s Affirmation UN Bid Aims to End Conflict Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 18 Sep 2014

PEX Report: Index Down Again
WAFA – 17 Sep 2014


Iraq s Fight Against ISIS May Fall to Provinces
New York Times 18 Sep 2014 – Separate plans promoted by the Iraqi government and a provincial leader stem from the same conviction: that insurgents are best fought with homegrown troops.†

Senate Approves ISIS Bill, Avoiding Bigger War Debate
New York Times 18 Sep 2014 – After approving aid for Syrian rebels, senators left for the fall campaign, leaving a broader debate on the extent of American military action for another day.†

Leader Vows French Role in Airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq
New York Times 18 Sep 2014 – President FranÁois Hollande indicated that France s role in fighting the Islamic State would be limited to air support in Iraq, with no French airstrikes in Syria.†

ISIS Vote Weighs Heavily on Senators With 2016 Ambitions
New York Times 18 Sep 2014 – The Senate vote Thursday on arming Syrian rebels will be a display of how hard-learned lessons from past presidential campaigns are at work.†

ISIS Uses British Hostage, John Cantlie, to Spread Militant Group s Message
New York Times 18 Sep 2014 – The Islamic State released a new message with a British hostage, John Cantlie, warning the West against another war.†

Obama Promises Again Not to Send Ground Troops to Fight Militants
New York Times 17 Sep 2014 – The White House sought to dispel growing confusion over exactly what role American soldiers are going to play on the battlefield in the unfolding operation.†

News Analysis: A Host of Possible Objections to Expanded Airstrikes in Syria
New York Times 17 Sep 2014 – Airstrikes on Iraq were a fairly easy sell, but airstrikes on the group in Syria present a dilemma: how to support such military action while obeying international law.†

Unrest by Palestinians Surges in a Jerusalem Neighborhood
New York Times 17 Sep 2014 – The authorities and activists alike cite the strongest and most sustained uprising by the city s Palestinian residents in a decade.†

Obama Faulted in Terror Fight, New Poll Finds
New York Times 17 Sep 2014 – With Americans fears about a terrorist attack on the rise, a New York Times/CBS News poll finds the public is questioning President Obama s strategy for combating the militant organization calling itself the Islamic State.†

Bad Vaccine Kills Dozens of Children Inside Syria
New York Times 17 Sep 2014 – Volunteer medical organizations said the vaccine afflicted dozens of children in insurgent-held areas of Idlib Province.†

Syrian Forces Are Seen Stepping Up Attacks on Rebels as U.S. Sets Sights on ISIS
New York Times 17 Sep 2014 – Fighters who oppose the government of President Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State are being pummeled by a new wave of attacks and assassination attempts.†

Israeli Supreme Court upholds law allowing housing discrimination against Palestinians
Mondoweiss – Yesterday, Israel s Supreme Court dismissed a petition by† Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel †effectually facilitating the Judaization†of more Palestinian owned land inside Israel.†According to Adalah, the court s decision holding up Israel s Admissions Committees Law, entrenches racial segregation ; 434 small

Our oppression is linked; so too is our struggle’: Statement of solidarity between University of Toledo s Student African American Brotherhood and Students for Justice in Palestine
Mondoweiss – Statement of Solidarity:†UTSAAB and†UTSJP† On August 9, 2014, a Ferguson police officer gunned down 18-year-old Michael Brown, shooting him at least six times. In the wake of his murder the city of Ferguson, Missouri erupted into a mass uprising against police violence sustained for over two…

TimesWarp tries to keep the Times honest
Mondoweiss – I ve always told my kids to read the New York Times (NYT) but after I resolved to study the Israel Palestine conflict this summer I ve had major misgivings. The best resource on the NYT is a website produced by Barbara Erickson called TimesWarp , What the New…

Senator Warren s progressive supporters demand accountability for her rightwing pro-Israel positioning
Mondoweiss – When Elizabeth Warren came to Tufts University in Medford on Monday she was met by anti-war and Palestinian rights activists who asked why the popular senator and national Democratic Party celebrity seemed to echo Israeli talking points about the recent Israel attack on Gaza. Warren had…

This is our land!’: West Bank village Wadi Fukin fights largest Israeli land grab in decades
Mondoweiss – Wadi Fukin may be the smallest of the five villages threatened by Israel s recent mass land grab, but these days it s certainly not the quietest. Leaders in the village of approximately 1,250 have galvanized locals into organizing Friday demonstrations against Israeli occupation for the first time…

The Shipman disgrace did NY Police commish Bill Bratton just say the same thing?
Mondoweiss – The Rev. Bruce Shipman case at Yale is not going away. The Religion News Service is now covering the case ; and t he Episcopal Peace Fellowship s Palestine Israel Network †steering committee has deplored Shipman s treatment as a disgrace. The Yale chaplain was forced to resign his…

Gideon Saar, Senior Likud Minister Quits, Haaretz Sexpose Looms
Tikun Olam – Gideon Saar and second wife, Geula Even. Is Haaretz preparing to publish investigative report exposing further sex scandals Gideon Saar, senior cabinet minister and a rising star in the Likud firmament, announced he would resign†his ministerial portfolio and Knesset seat after the High Holidays. It was…

Obama hails Congress vote on Syria†
BBC 18 Sep 2014 – President Obama says Congress’s backing for his $500m plan to aid moderate Syrian rebels shows the world the US is united against Islamic State.

Arab Bank Never Financed Terrorism, Lawyer Says†
The Foward Breaking News 18 Sep 2014 – A lawyer for Arab Bank, which is accused of providing financial services to Hamas, told a Brooklyn federal court that the bank never helped finance terrorism. Click here for the rest of the article…

1,200-Year-Old Jewish Prayerbook on Display in Jerusalem†
The Foward Breaking News 18 Sep 2014 – A Jewish prayer book believed to be the world s oldest will be exhibited in Jerusalem for one month. Click here for the rest of the article…

New Israel Fund Shifts Cash in Push for Progressive Politics†
The Forward New 18 Sep 2014 – The New Israel Fund, the largest funder of liberal causes in Israel, has announced that it will shift one-fifth of its annual grants it provides mostly to overtly political groups. Click here for the rest of the article…

Hate Crimes Soar in New York Against Muslims and Jews†
The Foward Breaking News 18 Sep 2014 – Suspected hate crimes against Jews and Muslims soared in New York City amid the Gaza conflict. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Frets Over Syria Chemical Weapons Capacity†
The Foward Breaking News 18 Sep 2014 – Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Cote d’Ivoire: Orange Fab Start-Up Accelerator Programme Expands to Ivory Coast and Israel†
allAfrica.com†18 Sep 2014 – [CIO]Orange has announced the launch of its Orange Fab programme in Ivory Coast – Orange Fab Ivory Coast – and in Israel – Fab Israel, a development that now expands the network of the start-up accelerator initiative to four continents.

Syria infant deaths ‘due to mix-up’†
BBC 18 Sep 2014 – Medics in rebel-held Syria accidentally gave a muscle relaxant to up to 75 children instead of a measles vaccine, killing 15, the opposition says.

Somalia: Family of Somali-American Fighter in Syria Speaks Out†
allAfrica.com†18 Sep 2014 – [VOA]Weeks after photos surfaced of two Somali-Americans allegedly killed fighting with Islamist militants in Syria, the father of one man is still waiting for official confirmation that his son is dead.

VIDEO: Egypt’s last Jews: ‘We are dying’†
BBC 18 Sep 2014 – The Jewish community in Egypt is on the verge of disappearing – up until the 1950s, as many as 100,000 Jews called the country home – now, just 12 remain.

Iran nuclear talks set to resume†
BBC 18 Sep 2014 – World powers are set to resume talks in New York with Iran, but diplomats say a breakthrough on its disputed nuclear programme is unlikely.

MoshÈ Machover: Israel s quest for legitimacy†
Israeli Occupation Archive 18 Sep 2014 – The strategy of Israel s leadership towards the peace process is patently designed to prevent the supposed outcome of that process: a two-state solution , with a sovereign Palestinian Arab… The Israeli Occupation Archive (IOA) covers Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian lands, now in its fifth decade. Go…

Video o
f British hostage released†

BBC 18 Sep 2014 – A new video is released showing a British man, identified as journalist John Cantlie, believed to be held hostage by Islamic State militants.

Baghdad blasts hit Shia district†
BBC 18 Sep 2014 – A suicide bombing and mortar fire have killed at least 15 people in a Shia district of Baghdad, Iraqi officials say.

Islamic State threat prompts effort to boost Middle East arms deliveries†
Al-Monitor 18 Sep 2014 – Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., wants to step up military aid to Jordan.

Adalah demands investigation into Israeli war crimes in Gaza†
Al-Akhbar News 18 Sep 2014 – An Israeli Arab rights group on Thursday called for an international investigation into Israeli war crimes during the latest Israeli assault on Gaza. The army announced on September 10 it launched five criminal investigations into incidents involving its forces during the 50-day assault that killed more…

Australia in ‘beheading plot’ raids†
BBC 18 Sep 2014 – Police stage anti-terror raids in Sydney after intelligence that an Islamic State member instructed extremists to commit random killings in Australia.

US politicians criticize Obama s anti-ISIS campaign†
Al-Akhbar News 18 Sep 2014 – A protestors from the group CodePink holds up a sign as US Secretary of State John Kerry testifies about US policy towards Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by the ISIS during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September…

France’s lower house approves anti-jihad bill†
Al-Akhbar News 18 Sep 2014 – France’s lower house National Assembly Thursday approved an “anti-terrorism” bill which will usher in a travel ban on anyone suspected of planning to wage jihad, despite concerns it could curtail freedoms. The bill comes as authorities are increasingly wary about the number of French citizens travelling…

Political solution fails in Bahrain as monarch tightens his grip on power†
Al-Akhbar News 18 Sep 2014 – A young female protestor in Bahrain writes “No to dictatorship” across her hands. (Photo: AFP) A young female protestor in Bahrain writes “No to dictatorship” across her hands. (Photo: AFP) Reports from Bahrain suggest that attempts to find a political solution or establish a meaningful political…

ISIS releases video of captive British photojournalist†
Al-Akhbar News 18 Sep 2014 – The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group released a video Thursday of a British freelance photojournalist, John Cantlie, in which he says he is being held captive. In the video posted on YouTube, Cantlie, wearing an orange jumpsuit, speaks to the camera in the…

PKK calls on Turkish Kurds to join fight against ISIS in Syria†
Al-Akhbar News 18 Sep 2014 – The PKK, which has spent three decades fighting for autonomy for Turkey’s Kurds, called on Thursday for the youth of the country’s mostly Kurdish southeast to join the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in northern Syria. “The youth of northern…

Victims of deadly shipwreck driven out of Gaza by war, unemployment†
Al-Akhbar News 18 Sep 2014 – Unemployed and shattered by the 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza, Yasser decided to seek a better life elsewhere, boarding a boat to Europe that sank off Malta last week. In one of the deadliest migrant shipwrecks on record, the boat, with 500 people on board, was…

VIDEO: Syrian army ‘at war with IS extremists’†
BBC 18 Sep 2014 – The BBC’s Jeremy Bowen has travelled with the Syrian army to the front line where forces are fighting what they call religious extremists.

Former Libyan air force chief shot dead†
Al-Akhbar News 18 Sep 2014 – A former Libyan air force chief was shot dead overnight in the country’s violence-ridden second city of Benghazi, medical and army sources said on Thursday. “Unidentified gunmen killed former air force chief of staff general Ahmed Habib al-Mesmari in the Al-Hadaek district” in the city centre,…

Hezbollah, Iran, Syria, and Russia vs. the US-led anti-ISIS alliance: Cooperation or confrontation?†
Al-Akhbar Opinion 18 Sep 2014 – US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Ankara International Airport on September 12, 2014. Kerry is in the region to speak with leaders about strategies to address the threat from ISIS. (Photo: AFP-Brendan Smialowski) US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Ankara International Airport…

Barghouti: Palestinians must make the price of the occupation dear on Israel†
Al-Akhbar News 18 Sep 2014 – And undated photograph of Marwan Barghouti at a trial. (Photo: Reuters – Havakuk Levison) The war on Gaza was a victory for Palestinians, and the focus must now shift to a boycott that makes Israel’s occupation of the West Bank too costly to bear, says Marwan…

European court warns Turkey to respect parents convictions†
Al-Monitor 18 Sep 2014 – The European Court of Human Rights decided Turkey must reform religious education in schools to ensure respect for parents convictions.

Erdogan s war against New York†
Al-Monitor 18 Sep 2014 – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declares war on credit-rating agencies and The New York Times.

The gentrification of Tel Aviv†
r 18 Sep 2014 – In 1948, several hundred families were sent to settle a piece of land on the northern outskirts of Tel Aviv, but today the land is valued at billions of shekels and the residents battle a real-estate tycoon over eviction.

PKK leader accuses Turkey of supporting IS, Jabhat al-Nusra†
Al-Monitor 18 Sep 2014 – The head of the Kurdistan Worker s Party Leadership Committee Jamal Bayek accuses Turkey of helping the Islamic State, and criticizes talks about putting the PKK and terrorism in the same basket.

Smugglers threw asylum seekers into Mediterranean†
Al-Monitor 18 Sep 2014 – One of the few survivors of the ship that was deliberately sunk off Malta by smugglers, drowning up to 500 people, recounts her story.

Muslim call for release of hostage†
BBC 18 Sep 2014 – British Muslim leaders call for the immediate release of Alan Henning, the UK hostage threatened with death by Islamic State extremists in Syria.

Lebanon’s Islamic Group faces harsh criticism†
Al-Monitor 18 Sep 2014 – The Islamic Group in Lebanon is facing criticism from internal and external figures, who contend that it is not adopting a clear political position toward the events in the region.

Hamas denies Qatar is pushing it to leave†
Al-Monitor 18 Sep 2014 – Hamas officials have strenuously denied news reports that Qatar might extend its decision to expel Muslim Brotherhood leaders to include Hamas leaders residing in Doha.

Gaza struggles to deal with 2.5 million tons of rubble after the war†
Al-Akhbar Politics 18 Sep 2014 – Palestinian boys walk past buildings which were destroyed by Israeli strikes on their way to school in the Shujayeh neighbourhood of Gaza City on September 14, 2014 on the first day of the new school year. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Hams) Palestinian boys walk past buildings which were…

Iran cleric: They used to say loudspeakers were forbidden†
Al-Monitor 18 Sep 2014 – Two prominent clerics have taken opposing views on the issue of high-speed Internet, which is currently being debated in the Iranian media.

Goodbye, great teacher: a eulogy for Nadim Beitar†
Al-Akhbar Opinion 18 Sep 2014 – A young child takes part in a protest in solidarity with Gaza in Beirut. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) A young child takes part in a protest in solidarity with Gaza in Beirut. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Oh great teacher, oh great struggler! Nadim al-Beitar is dead! What a…

Israel must help Gazans, regardless of Hamas†
Al-Monitor 18 Sep 2014 – Israel must consider unilaterally lifting the Gaza blockade because desperate Palestinians there have nothing to lose, a situation far more dangerous for Israel than Hamas rearming.

Gaza farmers want guarantees Israel won t destroy their lands†
Al-Monitor 18 Sep 2014 – Farmers in Gaza are fed up with replanting their battered lands only for Israel to destroy them, and want negotiators in Egypt to guarantee their security.

Wary of Salafists, Egypt expands control over mosques†
Al-Monitor 18 Sep 2014 – The Egyptian state is expanding its control over the dialogue in mosques, and is now preventing Salafists from giving sermons without a permit.

Eight Palestinians survive migrant shipwreck†
New Jewish Resistance 18 Sep 2014 – The director of the Euro-Mid Observer For Human Rights said that eight Palestinian migrants from Gaza survived a devastating ship-wreck near Malta, with dozens feared dead. read more

Restricting academic freedom: a time-honored Israeli tradition†
Al-Akhbar Blogs 18 Sep 2014 – Establishing itself as the mainstay of academic freedom in the region, Israel has used this categorization interminably in reference to its larger position as the only democracy in the Middle East. Yet, the nature of academic freedom in Israel, and in the United States regarding those…

Iran nuclear negotiations go into extra time†
BBC 18 Sep 2014 – Can final leg of talks clinch deal over Iran’s nuclear programme?

US House approves Obama Syria plan†
BBC 17 Sep 2014 – The US House of Representatives approves President Barack Obama’s plan to train and arm the moderate Syrian opposition taking on Islamic State.

Damascus countryside refugees: we will return, even to tents †
Al-Akhbar Politics 17 Sep 2014 – A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on September 5, 2014, shows the wreckage of an armoured vehicle sitting on a street after the Syrian army reportedly took control of the entrance of the town of Hteitit al-Jaresh in Eastern Ghouta…

Christians in Lebanon s northern Bekaa and Hezbollah: we share the same fate†
Al-Akhbar Politics 17 Sep 2014 – Al-Qaa’s town center. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Al-Qaa’s town center. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) It s a few minutes before midday. Al-Qaa, east of the city of Hermel in the northernmost area of the Bekaa Valley, seems like a ghost town. The residents are hiding in their homes from…


Aggression on Gaza and the reconciliation agreement†
Nadia Saad Al-Din, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)†9/17/2014
††††† No sooner was the Israeli occupation’s battle against the Gaza Strip over in a disappointing result for the Israeli “goal bank”- despite the crimes it committed against the Palestinian people – did the division between Fatah and Hamas arise once again, violating the agreement recently signed, conjuring scenes of dispute and conflict that reflect the weakness of the foundation of the reconciliation agreement in establishing national unity and building a base against the occupation’s attempts to seize both the Palestinian land and history.
†††† The sharp media attention went back and forth between the two parties since the “kidnapping” incident of the three settlers on July 12 and the subsequent Israeli aggression in the West Bank and then in the Gaza Strip, addressing the responsibility for the kidnapping and the first Egyptian initiative, followed by the ceasefire agreement, and both parties’ violations against each other and the legitimacy of the unity government’s work in Gaza before leading to the salary issue. However, no final solutions were reached in an effort to end the divisions.
†††† Due to the fact that the main points of the dispute are hiding a sharply contrasting variable, which floated to the surface when Hamas rejected Egypt’s first initiative because it did not meet the resistance’s conditions of stopping the aggression, lifting the siege and reconstructing Gaza and which, according to Hamas, only included a ceasefire with disregard for the other issues postponing them to later negotiations, without actually naming them.
†††† This is contrary to the subsequent agreement that was reached, through Egyptian mediation, and which came about through a unified Palestinian position and reflected the position of the resistance on the ground against the occupation. However, Fatah considered the two agreements to be similar and criticised Hamas’ position of rejecting the first and accepting the second after causing the Palestinian people to lose approximately 2,140 martyrs, causing 10,000 people to be i†more..e-mail

From Hamas royalty to Israel s spy†
Mitchell Plitnick, Asia Times†9/16/2014
††††† WASHINGTON – The son of one of the founders of the biggest Palestinian militant group decides to work with Israel. He spends a decade working undercover with the Israeli security service, the Shin Bet, thwarting dozens of Palestinian attacks and contributing significantly to the arrest or elimination of dozens of leading Palestinian militants.†
†††† This sounds like the makings of a Hollywood big budget spy thriller. In fact, it is the plot of a documentary, The Green Prince, based on the autobiography of Mosab Hassan Yousef.†
†††† Yousef and his handler in the Shin Bet, Gonen Ben Yitzhak, narrate the film, which somewhat frenetically throws together surveillance footage and live interviews. Although the film tries to focus on the growing bond between Ben Yitzhak, “The Handler”, and Yousef, “The Asset,” there is an underlying tension in the film that is only partially due to the sense of overwhelming danger that Yousef faced on a daily basis.†
†††† The most obvious question that is raised by the film is “how does the son of Hassan Yousef, who helped found Hamas and is one of its most prominent leaders to this day, become a spy for Israel?”†
†††† The film itself offers only a very succinct answer to this question. As a youth, Mosab was arrested by Israel and was tortured in his interrogation, which was also when he was identified as a potential mole.†
†††† He was then sent to prison, where he witnessed far worse torture by Hamas activists, including murder, against fellow Palestinians they suspected might be Israeli agents. This, he said, convinced him to take up the Shin Bet’s offer to work for them.†more..e-mail

Who are the terrorists the world needs to fight?
Ma an News Agency†9/17/2014
††††† BEIRUT (AFP) — From Washington and Paris to Tehran and Damascus, it seems everyone agrees on the growing need to fight “terrorism.” What exactly the word means is another matter entirely.
†††† For the United States and its partners, there is no doubt the Islamic State militants who have seized swathes of Iraq and Syria count as terrorists.
†††† For Syria’s President Bashar Assad, the “terrorists” are all the opponents of h
is government — armed and unarmed. They in turn have branded his regime a “terrorist state.”

†††† Secessionists in eastern Ukraine, separatists in China’s restive Xinjiang region, student protesters in Venezuela — the terrorist label has been applied to them all.
†††† Two centuries after the term first appeared and more than a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks, however, a clear definition of a “terrorist” remains elusive.
†††† “The term ‘terrorist’ has expanded to the point that it just means ‘my enemy,'” said Marc Sageman, an ex-CIA agent, psychiatrist and author.
†††† “So we see things from our own perspective — if one of us: freedom fighter, if one of them: terrorist.”
†††† The build-up to the expanded US campaign against IS has seen the word in heavy use.
†††† US Secretary of State John Kerry last week spoke of a “major counter-terrorism operation” and French President Francois Hollande on Monday said “the fight of the Iraqis against terrorism is our fight as well.”†more..e-mail

ISIS and Israel allies against a Palestinian state†
Jonathan Cook in Nazareth, Redress†9/10/2014
††††† An image speaks a thousand words and that is presumably what Israel s supporters hoped for with their latest advertisement in the New York Times.
†††† Two photographs are presented side by side. One, titled ISIS, is the now-iconic image of a kneeling James Foley, guarded by a black-hooded executioner, awaiting his terrible fate. The other, titled Hamas, is a scene from Gaza, where a similarly masked killer stands over two victims, who cower in fear.
†††† A headline stating This is the face of radical Islam tries, like the images, to equate the two organisations.
†††† We have heard this line repeatedly from Israel s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, who tweeted Hamas is ISIS after the video of Foley s beheading aired. Last week, in a speech addressed to the family of Steven Sotloff, ISIS s latest victim, he called Hamas and ISIS tentacles of a violent Islamist terrorism .
†††† Travesty of the truth
†††† Netanyahu s depiction of Hamas and ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which now calls itself Islamic State) as branches of the same poisonous tree is a travesty of the truth.
†††† The two have entirely different in fact, opposed political projects. ISIS wants to return to a supposed era of pure Islamic rule, the caliphate, when all Muslims were subject to God s laws (shari ah). Given that Muslims are now to be found in every corner of the globe, the implication is that ISIS ultimately seeks world domination.
†††† Hamas s goals are decidedly more modest. It was born and continues as a national liberation movement, seeking to create a Palestinian state. Its members may disagree on that state s territorial limits….†more..e-mail

Palestinians fleeing Syria charged $400 per month to rent garages in Beirut
Electronic Intifada: 18 Sep 2014 – Children of many Palestinian refugees face being denied education over the coming school year.†more..

Mothers of the disappeared in Latin America feel Gaza’s pain
Electronic Intifada: 18 Sep 2014 – Unlike The New York Times , Latin America s media can be trenchant in criticizing Israeli aggression.†more..

Gaza massacre map
In Gaza: 18 Sep 2014 – Click HERE to visit the site, with panoramic views of the destruction and devastation meted out by the bully of the region, the world s most moral(ly-impaired) army (and society). Filed under: Zionists wars on Gazamore

Convenient Genocide: Another Failed War to Re-Arrange the Middle East
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Sep 2014 – By Ramzy Baroud A few months ago, not many Americans, in fact Europeans as well, knew that a Yazidi sect in fact existed in northwest Iraq. Even in the Middle East itself, the Yazidis and their way of life have been an enigma, shrouded by mystery and mostly grasped through stereotypes and fictitious evidence. Yet in no time, the fate of the Yazidis became a rally cry for another US-led Iraq military campaign. It was not a surprise that the small Iraqi minority found itself a target for fanatical Islamic State (IS) militants, who had reportedly carried out unspeakable crimes against Yazidis, driving them to Dohuk, Irbil and other northern Iraqi regions. According to UN and other groups, 40,000 Yazidi had been stranded on Mount Sinjar , awaiting imminent genocide if the US and other powers didn t take action to save them. The rest of the story was spun from that…more

U.S. Treasury s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence
Dissident Voice: 17 Sep 2014 – The Justice department would like to the see the UANI lawsuit go away as it is aware that what is being described as law enforcement documents would include both privileged and classified Treasury Department work product relating to individuals and companies that it has investigated for sanctions busting. Passing either intelligence related or law enforcement documents to a private organization is illegal but the Justice Department s only apparent concern is that the activity might be exposed. There is no indication that it would go after UANI for having acquired the information and it perhaps should be presumed that the source of the leak is the Treasury Department itself. Phil Giraldi Enforcing those AIPAC-endorsed sanctions has been the happy task of the U.S. Treasury s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. Created in early 2004 after intensive lobbying by AIPAC and its associated think tank, the Washington Institute for Near East…more

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