VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 23 September 2014

23 September 2014 VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian Embassy to Open in La Paz, Bolivia
IMEMC – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, in New York on Tuesday. … 

Abbas To Submit Resolution To UN Security Council Friday
IMEMC – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated that he intends to submit, Friday, a resolution calling for a three-year timetable for the Israeli withdrawal from the occupied West Bank, after his scheduled speech at the UN General Assembly. …

Hamas Official: Indirect Talks with Israel to Continue in the Last week of October
IMEMC – Eizat Al Rishq, a member of Hamas political bureau, announced on Tuesday that the indirect talks with Israeli mediated by Egypt will resume in the last week of October. … 

Israeli Troops Invade West Bank Communities; Clash with Local Youth and Kidnap Civilians
IMEMC – The Israeli army conducted, on Tuesday morning, invasions targeting a number of West Bank communities, searched and ransacked homes then kidnapped eight men. … 

Hebron: Two Palestinians Extra-Judicially Assassinated by Israeli Troops
IMEMC – Two Palestinian men were killed by invading Israeli soldiers, Tuesday at dawn, at the center of Hebron city, in southern West Bank. … 

Ma’an News

Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinian suspects in teens murder
9/23/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli troops killed two Palestinians early Tuesday it had named as suspects in the June murder of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army said.”Overnight, Amer Abu Aisha and Marwan Qawasmeh, murderers of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali — were killed in exchange of fire with IDF forces,” Israeli army spokesman Peter Lerner said on his Twitter account. The June…. Related: Thousands attend funeral of killed Palestiniansand Islamic Jihad: Killing of Qawasmeh, Abu Aisha means war still on

Israel orders closure of migrant detention camp
9/23/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s supreme court on Monday ordered the closure within three months of a desert detention camp for 2,400 illegal immigrants from Eritrea and Sudan, judicial sources said. The country’s highest court annulled an amendment of a vote passed last December that allowed the opening of the Holot camp in the southern Negev desert. It ordered Holot closed within 90….

Gaza teams deactivate 3 tons of unexploded Israeli ordnance
9/23/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Police teams in southern Gaza have deactivated three tons of unexploded ordnance from Israel’s recent military offensive on the besieged enclave, a statement said Monday. The Khan Younis engineering unit, part of the local police force, said they have deactivated over three tons of Israeli bombs and missile which landed in the southern Gaza Strip but did not….

Army radio: Israel downs Syria warplane on Golan Heights
9/23/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet over the Golan Heights on Tuesday, the army said, indicating that it had crossed the ceasefire line into the Israeli-occupied sector. It was the most serious incident to take place on the strategic plateau since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011.”A warplane that penetrated Israeli territory was successfully shot down a short….

US official: Obama to host Netanyahu at White House
9/23/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Barack Obama will welcome Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House on Oct. 1, as a US drive for a nuclear deal with Iran reaches a crucial point. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden on Monday announced the meeting, likely to highlight US-Israeli divisions over the Iranian negotiations, in a statement. Netanyahu issued his latest public commentary on the….

US jury finds Arab Bank liable for backing terrorism
9/23/2014 – NEW YORK (AFP) — In a landmark decision, a New York jury on Monday found the Jordan-based multinational Arab Bank liable on 24 counts of supporting terrorism by transferring funds to Hamas. The jury deliberated for nearly two full days after a month-long trial at the eastern district court in Brooklyn that followed a federal law suit filed in 2004.”This is an enormous milestone,” said….

Cairo delegation could withdraw from talks after Israel killings
9/23/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — The Palestinian delegation in Cairo is considering withdrawing from indirect ceasefire talks after Israeli forces killed two Palestinians suspected of kidnapping three Israeli youths in June. Senior Hamas negotiator Izzat al-Rishaq told AFP the Palestinian team had been headed to the headquarters of the Egyptian intelligence service which mediates the talks when they learned of the Hebron incident and had turned…. Related: Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinian suspects in teens murder and Islamic Jihad: Killing of Qawasmeh, Abu Aisha means war still on

Israel takes delivery of new hi-tech German sub
9/23/2014 – HAIFA (AFP) — The Israeli military announced on Tuesday it has taken delivery from Germany of a new submarine, the most sophisticated in its fleet. A third of the cost of the new Dolphin 2 class sub was borne by Germany as part of its military aid to Israel.”INS Tanin is the first Israeli Navy submarine that possesses air-independent propulsion, and is the fourth submarine….

Israeli troops detain 5 Palestinians in Bethlehem, Ramallah
9/23/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israeli forces detained four young Palestinian men from Bethlehem district and one from Birzeit near Ramallah overnight Monday, a human rights group said. The Bethlehem office of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said in a statement that Israeli troops raided the village of Tuqu east of Bethlehem and ransacked several homes before detaining Khalid Sabbah, 19, Zakariyya Muhammad Sabbah, 19….

Israel imposes restrictions around al-Aqsa ahead of Jewish holidays
9/23/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Israeli police on Tuesday morning deployed heavily at all gates of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound imposing restrictions on the entry of Muslim worshipers ahead of the Jewish New Year. A Ma’an reporter in the holy city said Israeli police denied Palestinian men aged under 45 and all women entry to the mosque. Women and men under 45 had to….

Thousands attend funeral of killed Palestinians
9/23/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Thousands of mourners attended the funeral for two Palestinian men killed by Israeli forces overnight during an ambush in the Hebron area. The funeral for Amer Abu Aisha and Marwan al-Qawasmeh, suspects in the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in June, set off from the al-Hussein Bin Ali mosque in central Hebron. Abu Aisha’s mother took part…. Related: Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinian suspects in teens murder

Kerry announces $71 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza
9/23/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Secretary of State John Kerry announced Tuesday that the US would be providing $71 million for humanitarian assistance in the Gaza Strip in the wake of the recent Israel offensive. The US State Department said in a statement that $59 million of this amount would be devoted to projects of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, while $12 million would go….

Abbas to US students: Don’t let Israel ‘drive drunk’
9/23/2014 – NEW YORK (AFP) — Drawing parallels with the US fight for civil rights, President Mahmoud Abbas vowed to present a new timetable for peace talks with Israel when he addresses world leaders this week.” I say today to Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu: end the occupation, make peace,” Abbas told an audience in New York on Monday. In a passionate address to students in the Cooper Union….

Islamic Jihad: Killing of Qawasmeh, Abu Aisha means war still on
9/23/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Islamic Jihad movement said Tuesday that the overnight killing of suspects in the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teens is a message that “Israel’s war on Palestinians” is ongoing. The faction said in a statement that Palestinians should “cooperate against Israel to thwart its goals and policies.”It also demanded the Palestinian Authority “end its policy…. Related: Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinian suspects in teens murder and Official: Cairo ceasefire talks still on

Official: Cairo ceasefire talks still on
9/23/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) – Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahhar said Tuesday that the Palestinian delegation decided to go ahead with indirect ceasefire talks in Cairo despite deadly violence overnight.”After consultations between the delegation and Hamas officials both in Gaza and abroad, a decision was taken to go ahead with Cairo talks,” Zahhar told Reuters. His remarks followed reports that the Palestinian delegation in Cairo…. Related: Cairo delegation could withdraw from talks after Israel killings

Ceasefire talks to continue in late October
9/23/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Indirect talks between Palestinian and Israeli officials will continue in the last week of October, a senior Hamas official said Tuesday. Izzat al-Rishaq said that talks ended Tuesday and both sides presented their demands to be discussed in the next round of negotiations. The Palestinian delegation demanded a permanent truce and ceasefire, the rebuilding of an airport and seaport, and the….

Activists: US, Arab allies strike 20 IS targets in Syria
9/23/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States and its Arab allies early Tuesday launched bombing raids against Islamic State militants in Syria, opening up a new front in the battle against the group after more than a month of US airstrikes in Iraq. US media reported five Arab states took part in the air raids as part of a new international coalition formed to attack the Islamic….

Foreign ministers urge immediate Libya ceasefire
9/23/2014 – NEW YORK (AFP) — Foreign ministers from 13 countries plus the EU and UN Monday called for an immediate truce in Libya and backed moves to try to end a bitter power struggle between rival governments.”There is no military solution to this conflict,” the ministers said in a joint communique after meeting at a New York hotel, adding, “we call on all parties to accept….

Obama to meet new Iraq PM, Egyptian president in New York
9/23/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will hold his first official meetings with new Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week. Obama will meet Abadi on Wednesday and Sisi on Thursday in New York, where the United Nations General Assembly is taking place, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said. Obama will….

Syria Kurds battle Islamic State advance as thousands flee
9/23/2014 – MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AFP) — Kurdish militia fought to defend a key border town in northern Syria on Monday after 130,000 terrified residents fled to Turkey to escape an advance by the Islamic State group. Amid calls for a US-led coalition to support the Kurds with warplanes, militants threatened to execute a Frenchman kidnapped Sunday in Algeria unless France halts it airstrikes. News of his capture, which….

British PM to hold first direct talks with Iran’s president since 1979
9/23/2014 – LONDON (AFP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron will hold face-to-face talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the premier’s office said on Tuesday, in what would be the first such high-level meeting between the two countries since 1979. During the meeting at the sidelines of the United Nations summit in New York, Cameron will urge Rouhani to join an international campaign against Islamic State….

US official: Obama to speak on Syria attacks within hours
9/23/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Barack Obama will give his first public remarks on US strikes against Syria, from the White House within hours, a US official said Tuesday. The official said Obama would speak before leaving for a UN General Assembly in New York. The United States, supported by several Arab allies, launched strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria on Tuesday, opening a new front….

Yemen leader vows to restore authority, warns of civil war
9/23/2014 – SANAA (AFP) — Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi vowed to restore state authority and warned of “civil war” in the Sunni-majority country as Shiite rebels were seen in near-total control of the capital on Tuesday.”Sanaa is facing a conspiracy that will lead towards civil war,” Hadi said in a speech at the presidential palace, two days after the rebels took control of all other key….

Turkey stays quiet on hostage deal reports
9/23/2014 – ANKARA (AFP) — Turkey declined on Tuesday to either confirm or deny reports that dozens of Turkish hostages abducted by Islamic State insurgents in Iraq were set free in exchange for the release of IS militants held by Syrian rebels. Citing security sources, the Hurriyet daily said that Syrian rebels released 50 members of IS, including the family of a key radical leader, in exchange for….

Baghdad car bomb kills at least 14
9/23/2014 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — A car bomb exploded near a market in the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people, Iraqi police and medical sources said.”The car was parked near a market, there are at least 14 killed,” a police colonel told AFP. A medical source in the capital confirmed the death toll said at least 37 were also….

US-backed rebel group criticizes Syria strikes
9/23/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — A Syrian rebel group that has reportedly received weapons from the United States criticized air strikes Tuesday by a US-led coalition against the Islamic State in the war-torn country. The Hazm Movement, in a statement posted on their Twitter account, said the strikes would undermine the armed opposition and benefit President Bashar Assad’s regime. They described the strikes as “an attack….


Israel shoots down Syrian warplane over Golan
AlJazeera 23 Sep 2014 – Syrian military official accuses Israel of siding with rebels after one of its aircraft is downed over Golan Heights.

International Solidarity Movement

Two young Palestinians arrested and abused
9/24/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Khalil team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Monday afternoon in Hebron, two young Palestinian men were arrested and abused north of Qeitun after being falsely accused of stone throwing. 21-year-old Muhammad Ghaleb Abu Sbeih was walking home from work when soldiers from the Israeli military force arrested him. Six boys had been throwing stones in the area and Muhammad was accused of taking part even though the….

Action alert: Arrested on the way to school in Bil’in
9/23/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Bil’in, Occupied Palestine – On September 14th at 11:00 in the morning, 15 year-old Ibrahim Abu-Rahma was walking to school with his little brother, 13-year-old Ahmed, in their village of Bil’in. An Israeli army jeep had infiltrated the village and stopped near the boys. The two ran in the opposite direction, only to run into another of the army’s infiltrating units….

Israeli settlers sabotage the olive harvest in Awarta
9/23/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Awarta, Occupied Palestine – On the 28th of August, around 7:00 a. m. , Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Itamar cut down and burnt more than 30 olive trees belonging to Awarta village before the harvest. For the farmers living southeast of Nablus City, the olive trees are a basic, continual part of life. The large, illegal settlement of Itamar is built on the lands….

Two Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces lead to clashes with over 30 injured
9/23/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Khalil team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Violence broke out on the streets of Hebron’s university district (al-Khalil) this morning when Israeli soldiers opened fire on unarmed demonstrators who had been protesting the murders of two Palestinians earlier that day. Protestors took to the streets after Marwan Kawasme, 29, and Amar Abu Aisha, 32, were killed and burned by Israeli soldiers in the very early….

VIDEO: Israeli forces arrest two children and fire 29 rounds of tear gas at schoolchildren
9/23/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Khalil team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Today at Salaymeh checkpoint in Hebron, Israeli forces fired 29 rounds of tear gas and 5 stun grenades at children going to school. The morning started off peaceful as children passed through the checkpoint but as word spread that two Palestinians had been murdered by the Israeli army the night before, tensions began to rise quickly. Israeli forces had a….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Humanitarian funding analysis: Gaza – 19 September 2014
Relief Web 23 Sep 2014 – Source: Development Initiatives Country: occupied Palestinian territory Summary of key facts Approximately US$285 million has been committed/contributed since July 2014 to support the humanitarian response in Gaza , for projects within and outside of appeals launched by the United Nations ( UN )….

World: Global emergency overview Snapshot 17–23 September
Relief Web 23 Sep 2014 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras,…

occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza: Tdh responds to children’s thirst
Relief Web 23 Sep 2014 – Source: Terre des hommes Foundation Child Relief Country: occupied Palestinian territory After a summer that was marked by more than 50 days of violent conflict along the Gaza Strip, life is slowly starting to return to normal. Many children are…

occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza truce negotiators set new talks for end of October
Relief Web 23 Sep 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 09/23/2014 14:46 GMT CAIRO, September 23, 2014 (AFP) – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo on Tuesday agreed to schedule new talks on a durable Gaza ceasefire for the last week of October,…

The National

UAE joins airstrikes on ISIL bases in Syria
The National 23 Sep 2014 – The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar participated in the attacks against ISIL in Syria.

Dithering US made Syria blitz appear inevitable
The National 23 Sep 2014 – Airstrikes on militant targets in Syria may temporarily weaken ISIL on the ground, but questions will be raised about why it took so long for the US to use air power to protect civilians on the ground. 

Yemen leader warns of civil war, rebels cry ‘victory’
The National 23 Sep 2014 – It comes just two days after the Ansarullah rebels took all other key state institutions in the capital, overshadowing a UN-brokered peace deal.

Graphic: Airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria
The National 23 Sep 2014 – The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan, joined US effeorts in launching airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria.

Gaza truce negotiators set new talks for end of October
The National 23 Sep 2014 – The talks were almost derailed earlier on Tuesday as Palestinian negotiators threatened to pull out after Israeli soldiers killed two suspects in the June murder of three Jewish teenagers in the West Bank.

Israel military downs Syrian aircraft over Golan
The National 23 Sep 2014 – The Syrian aircraft reportedly entered into Israeli airspace and was intercepted by Israel’s military.

Bin Laden’s son-in-law sentenced to life in US prison
The National 23 Sep 2014 – Suleiman Abu Ghaith convicted in New York Court of conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to provide material support for terrorists and providing such support.

Israel kills 2 Palestinian murder suspects
The National 23 Sep 2014 – The two men, whom Israel have accused of carrying out the kidnappings and murders of three Israeli teens, were killed ‘in an exchange of fire’ in Hebron.

French premier vows ‘no negotiation’ with Algeria hostage-takers
The National 23 Sep 2014 – Algerian military planes and elite anti-terrorist troops search mountainous region for French hiker kidnapped by militants who say they will kill him if their demands are not met.

Tiger kills man in Indian zoo who climbed into moat
The National 23 Sep 2014 – The victim reportedly jumped into the enclosure despite repeated warnings.

China jails Uighur scholar for life for ‘separatism’
The National 23 Sep 2014 – Analysts say the prosecution of Ilham Tohti risks silencing moderate Uighur voices and cutting off the possibility of dialogue.

Video: Houthis tighten grip on Yemen’s capital
The National 23 Sep 2014 – Yemen’s Shi’ite Houthi fighters tighten grip on the capital Monday after seizing much of the city in a lightning advance.

Video: Israeli troops kill Hamas men blamed for slaying teens
The National 23 Sep 2014 – Israeli army says it killed two Palestinians suspected of abducting and killing three Israeli teenagers in June.

Video: WHO: Ebola cases may top 20,000 in weeks
The National 23 Sep 2014 – WHO says Ebola cases could top 20,000 by November.

Video: Ukraine’s FM calls for ‘political will’ for peace
The National 23 Sep 2014 – Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pavlo Klimkin, calls on Russia to show ‘political will’ for a sustainable peace with Ukraine.

Video: Yazidi shrine becomes sanctuary
The National 23 Sep 2014 – An ancient Yazidi shrine in northern Iraq becomes a sanctuary for thousands of faithful who fled ISIL.

US and Arab warplanes strike ISIL in Syria
The National 23 Sep 2014 – US and Arab warplanes hammered ISIL militants in eastern Syria early Tuesday, opening a new front in the fight against the group. 


Israel’s fourth Dolphin-class submarine docks in Haifa
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Abbas to ask Security Council to end occupation in three years
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Abbas to submit UNSC resolution seeking Israeli troops pullout
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Non-Muslim Middle Easterners facing a ‘Holocaust,’ says France’s chief rabbi
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Parents of slain Israeli teens: Army’s killing of presumed murderers brings some relief
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

5774, the year of blaming the Jews
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

British parliamentary candidate suspended for anti-Israel tweets
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Rightist MKs pledge to restrict High Court after asylum seeker law overturned
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Rightist MKs pledge to restrict High Court after Infiltration Law overturning
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Mac TA convert’s dilemma: Fast on Yom Kippur, or face Lebron at full strength?
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

How the Knesset ignored the High Court on asylum seekers
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

The Palestinians are also to blame
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Abbas’ tune at N.Y.’s Cooper Union: Abraham, Martin, John and Mahmoud
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Rabbis must go beyond cheerleading on Israel
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Israeli Arab convicted of fighting with Islamic State in Syria
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

U.S. briefed Israel of intention to attack jihadi targets in Syria
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

French jihadis linked to 2012 Toulouse killer arrested at Paris airport
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Rubik’s Cube inventor spills a secret in Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Israel turns defense capabilities into cyber security tech gold
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Asylum seekers ruling is a black mark against outgoing minister Sa’ar
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

The cracked myth of Israel’s intel control in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

India on course to become the first successful nation in Mars mission
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Ukraine: Cease-fire upheld by government troops, pro-Russian separatists
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Can American Jewish leaders publicly question Israel’s policies – and survive?
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Eric Cantor subpoenaed in Bank of China terror financing case
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

‘Enemies within’: Journalists on the frontline in Erdogan’s ‘New’ Turkey
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Israel by numbers, in 5774: Getting older, staying single, heading for the hills
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Israel-Palestinian talks on Gaza cease-fire set to start in Cairo
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

IDF shoots down Syrian fighter plane infiltrating Israeli territory
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Majority of Israelis unhappy with Ultra-Orthodox influence on society
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Suspects in kidnap of West Bank teens killed in IDF firefight
Ha’aretz – 23 Sep 2014

Restrictions on Gaza turn reconstruction plans into science fiction
Ha’aretz – 22 Sep 2014

African asylum seeker speaks: ‘We’re not to blame for south Tel Aviv woes’
Ha’aretz – 22 Sep 2014

Abbas: Prime Minister Netanyahu, end the occupation, make peace
Ha’aretz – 22 Sep 2014

Shame Israel wasn’t invited to the Islamic State party
Ha’aretz – 22 Sep 2014

Opponents of African asylum seekers gather in south Tel Aviv to express anger – and racism
Ha’aretz – 22 Sep 2014

Israel’s list of popular names reveals institutionalized racism
Ha’aretz – 22 Sep 2014

WATCH: Life after Israeli presidency: Shimon Peres joins the job market
Ha’aretz – 22 Sep 2014

Jerusalem Post

Q&A with B’Tselem: Does the human rights group recognize Hamas as terrorist?
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – Spokesperson of Israeli human rights organization responds to criticism leveled at the group on the heels of Operation Protective Edge. 

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah opposes US-led action in Syria
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – “We are against American military intervention and an international coalition in Syria, whether that (action) is against the regime or IS,” Nasrallah said in a speech. 

Syria: Israel refuses to yield to int’l law, making use of support offered by some states
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – 

Jordan unlikely to retaliate against US over Arab Bank case
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – Former US terrorism finance analyst to “Post”: America will have Jordan’s back regarding this case. 

NIS 45 m. allocated for asbestos treatment, waste rehabilitation in the South
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz instructed his staff members to prepare a plan for replacing such roofs in the line of fire. 

Israel, Hamas to resume cease-fire talks in Egypt next month
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – The head of the Palestinian delegation, Azzam al-Ahmed, said that the talks would resume after the upcoming Jewish holidays. 

Music review: Chilling out in the Galilee Earth Dance Festival Kadita, September 19-21
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – There were hypnotic vibes amid the pastoral beauty of the Galilean hills. 

A salute fit for a king
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – Former creative collaborators and modern day stars to pay musical tribute to Arik Einstein, the godfather of Israeli music. 

Peretz to call upon Ban Ki-Moon to form multinational Mid East climate team
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – Leonardo DiCaprio charges world leaders to act decisively to save global ecosystems. 

Natural gas on its way to Jerusalem via new distribution network
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – “This is significant news, will influence the lives of residents and contribute to savings in energy and savings in expenses,” said National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom. 

WATCH: Dramatic footage of Israeli SWAT team hunting Palestinian murderers of three Jewish teens
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – The special police counter-terrorist unit raided a building in the West Bank town of Hebron before dawn on Tuesday. 

Arab forces join US air assault on Syria
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – Washington: Attacks ‘only the beginning.’ 

Obama to Jews around the world: From my family to yours Shana Tova
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – US president reaffirmed the “friendships and bonds that keep us strong, including our unshakeable alliance with the State of Israel.” 

Out There: The shofar blowin’ blues
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – The shofar blower can’t blame the reader of the notes, or even the rabbi. He can blame the shofar, but who’s going to believe that? 

Poll finds Israelis satisfied going into new year
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – 40%: Islamic State endangers Israel’s existence; Arabs found to be significantly more satisfied than Jews. 

Netanyahu welcomes new submarine: This sends a clear message to our enemies
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – Israel’s fourth submarine, the INS Tanin docked at the Haifa Naval Base after leaving the German shipyard where it was built earlier this month. 

‘Don’t Let Go’ this Rosh Hashana
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – The Fountainheads of Ein Prat Academy have released yet another video, this time celebrating the Jewish New Year. 

Israeli Arab convicted in Haifa court after training with Islamic State in Syria
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – Umm al-Fahm resident Ahmed Shurbaji, 23, went to Syria through Turkey, receiving weapons training among the ranks of the Islamic State. 

WATCH: Thousands attend funeral for two suspects in murder of Israeli teens
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – March in honor of the two lead suspects in the murder-kidnapping of three Israeli teens, killed by IDF in gun battle. 

From a former submariner: Mazel tov to the Israeli navy!
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – The I.N.S Tannin (named after the biblical sea monster) is sleek and mysterious, even more so than her older sisters; she is also much more technologically advanced than her older sisters. 

Opera for art’s sake
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – The Israeli Opera presents a special program at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art 

WATCH: Rebels release purported footage of Syrian warplane shot down by IAF missile
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – Jet was 800 meters into Israeli air space when the IAF took the decision to shoot it down, a senior air force official says. 

Five notable new developments in Jerusalem over the past year
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – From a world-class arena to the largest cineplex in the capital, the holy city had a productive 12 months. 

Pride in the streets
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – Jerusalem’s gay pride parade was postponed this year and was more subdued than usual, but organizers still managed to pull it off. 

The top 10 stories of 5774
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – The past year saw former PM Olmert convicted, the murder of a Jerusalem teen that sparked unrest in Jerusalem and the snowstorm of the century. 

Netanyahu: Israel fulfilled pledge to find murderers of three Israeli teens
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – PM says at cabinet meeting that he spoke to the parents of the slain Israeli teens, telling them that nothing could balm their pain, but that there was justice. 

Wading Through Widowhood: Magic in a microphone
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – Whatever the reasons, in the run-up to the holiest days of our year, I found myself in the revamped and glorious Mann Auditorium humming along to some of humankind’s greatest hits. 

A season up in the air
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – Between losing the pre-season Winner Cup to Hapoel Jerusalem and undergoing a summer of changes, Maccabi Tel Aviv will have to net some gains to get ahead. 

IAF shoots down Syrian fighter jet over Golan Heights
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2014 – Ya’alon says jet “approached Israeli territory in the Golan Heights in a threatening manner, and even crossed the border”; Syria describes the incident as an Israeli “act of aggression.” 

The Guardian

Israeli forces kill two Palestinians suspected of murdering teenagers
The Guardian 23 Sep 2014 – Thousands mourn at funerals of Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisha, accused over kidnapping that led to war in Gaza Thousands of mourners have attended the funerals of two Palestinian men suspected of the kidnap and…

Israeli soldiers seen in West Bank after attack on Palestinian murder suspects video 
The Guardian 23 Sep 2014 – Israeli soldiers are seen in the West Bank city of Hebron after an attack on Tuesday in which it says its forces killed two Palestinians suspected of murdering three Israeli teenagers in June. One body can…

One month after the ceasefire, how is Gaza being rebuilt?
The Guardian 23 Sep 2014 – After the aid, its time for tools, training and investment. NGOs share their experiences of supporting Palestines recovery The recent war in Gaza has cost the agricultural and fisheries sectors more than $100m (£61m) , according to…

Israel shoots dead two Palestinians suspected of killing abducted teenagers
The Guardian 23 Sep 2014 – The abduction of three Israeli teenagers in June by Hamas militants sparked the summer onslaught on Gaza An Israeli army spokesman says two Palestinians suspected in the fatal abduction of three Israeli teenagers in June have…

Inter Press Service

ISIS Complicates Iran’s Nuclear Focus at UNGA
IPS Iranian FM Javad Zarif smiles during a bilateral meeting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sept. 21, 2014 in New York. Photo courtesy of ISNA By Jasmin Ramsey WASHINGTON, Sep 22 2014 (IPS) Iran’s foreign minister arrived in New York last week with his sights set on a final…


After The Ceasefire: Searching for Accountability
Uruknet 23 Sep 2014 – August 30, 2014 – On 26 August 2014, Israel and Palestinian resistance groups entered into a long-term ceasefire agreement. The agreement looks almost exactly like the November 2012 ceasefire, including a lack of implementation mechanisms. The vague terms leave to…

Stop Hiding Images of American Torture
Uruknet 23 Sep 2014 – August 30, 2014 – A hooded man standing on a box, electrodes wired to his fingers. A naked prisoner lying on a cement floor, a leash around his neck held casually by an American soldier. The bloody bodies of dead…

UK Government urged to act on fresh evidence of BT drones link
Uruknet 23 Sep 2014 – August 30, 2014- The British government is being asked to reopen an investigation into BT, after new evidence appeared to link the company to illegal US drone strikes and the mass government surveillance used to select their targets. Legal charity…

Gaza, the Goy! How many more wars and devastation will it take to end Israeli apartheid? 
Uruknet 22 Sep 2014 – August 30, 2014 – sraelis have many things to say about Palestinians, none of them humanising or related to reality. They continue to create their false narrative making Orwellian words their allies. From 1948 to today, words have been a…

One Century after World War I and the Balfour Declaration: Palestine and Palestine Studies
Uruknet 22 Sep 2014 – August 30, 2014 – We meet today to celebrate the second anniversary of the establishment of the SOAS Centre for Palestine Studies. I am honoured to have been asked to deliver this first Annual Lecture. It is deeply gratifying to…

Being Palestinian got me barred from visiting Palestine
Uruknet 22 Sep 2014 – August 30, 2014 – ….This is my first time at the Israeli-controlled border between Palestine and Jordan. I am traveling with 15 young Arab-Americans, mostly Palestinian, to do community service work and connect with our heritage and homeland. We have…

Guantánamo Violence: Prisoners Report Shaker Aamer “Beaten,” Another Man Assaulted “For Nearly Two Hours”
Uruknet 22 Sep 2014 – August 30, 2014 – In a recent letter to the British foreign secretary Philip Hammond, Clive Stafford Smith, the founder and director of the legal action charity Reprieve, described how he has “just received a series of unclassified letters from…

The US government can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post. We can t let them make up the rules
Uruknet 22 Sep 2014 – August 30, 2014 – The US government s web of surveillance is vast and interconnected. Now we know just how opaque, inefficient and discriminatory it can be.As we were reminded again just this week, you can be pulled into the…

Blackwater trial reaches emotional and legal climax as prosecution rests
Uruknet 22 Sep 2014 – August 30, 2014 – …Seven years after the bloody shooting in Baghdad s Nisour Square that left a total of 17 Iraqis dead and more than 20 seriously wounded, jurors were told of the “shocking amount of death, injury and…

Egypt evicts Rafah residents to create buffer zone
Uruknet 22 Sep 2014 – August 30, 2014 – Concern has spread among residents of the border areas in the northern Sinai Peninsula following the Egyptian army s planned establishment of a buffer zone on the Egyptian side of Rafah along the border with the…

From Containment to Counterinsurgency in the Gaza Strip
Uruknet 22 Sep 2014 – August 30, 2014 – Israel s recently terminated “Operation Protective Edge” against the Gaza Strip was beyond destructive. Little is left standing in Shuja iya, Khoza a, Beit Hanoun, and Rafah s east, where photos reveal a tableau of grey…

See for yourself: Aerial and panoramic views show devastation in Gaza
Uruknet 22 Sep 2014 – August 30, 2014 – The video above, published by the Gaza-based video production company MediaTown, shows an aerial view of the devastated Shujaiya neighborhood of Gaza City. On 20 July, the area was subjected to indiscriminate artillery bombardment by Israel…

Daily Star

U.S. told Iran of intent to strike IS militants in Syria: source
Daily Star 23 Sep 2014 The United States informed Iran in advance of its intention to strike Islamic State militants in Syria and told Tehran that it would not target the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a senior Iranian official…

Egypt forces kill four jihadists in Sinai
Daily Star 23 Sep 2014 Egyptian security forces on Tuesday killed four fighters from the country’s deadliest militant group on the Sinai Peninsula, where troops regularly battle jihadists, officials said.

Iraq PM Abadi retires two top generals after Islamic State conquests
Daily Star 23 Sep 2014 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi retired two senior generals on Tuesday as part of an overhaul of the country’s armed forces, which collapsed this summer in the face of Islamic State insurgents who seized wide areas…

Nuclear deal with Iran would boost cooperation on terrorism: U.N.
Daily Star 23 Sep 2014 If Iran and world powers will reach a long-term nuclear deal that ends sanctions against Tehran, it will open the door to deeper cooperation on regional peace and stability and the fight against terrorism, Iran’s president…

Hezbollah opposes Lebanon’s membership in U.S.-led anti-terror coalition: Nasrallah
Daily Star 23 Sep 2014 Hezbollah opposes Lebanon’s participation in the U.S-led international coalition fighting terrorism, the group’s leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Tuesday during a televised speech.

Hezbollah against U.S. intervention in Syria: Nasrallah
Daily Star 23 Sep 2014 Hezbollah is against the intervention of the United States in Syria, the party’s leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said in a televised speech on Tuesday.

Obama urges global action on ‘growing’ climate threat
Daily Star 23 Sep 2014 US President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged all nations including emerging economies to act against climate change, warning that time was running out to prevent further damage.

3,000 European jihadis now in Syria, Iraq: EU official
Daily Star 23 Sep 2014 The number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has surged to about 3,000 from 2,000 only months ago, the EU counter-terrorism chief said Tuesday.

UN chief welcomes airstrikes in Syria
Daily Star 23 Sep 2014 The United Nations secretary-general has welcomed airstrikes against militants in Syria which he says pose “an immediate threat to international peace and security.”

Saudis confirm taking part in Syria air strikes
Daily Star 23 Sep 2014 Saudi Arabia confirmed it took part along with Arab allies in US-led air strikes against jihadists from the Islamic State group in Syria on Tuesday.

German raids target seven alleged IS supporters
Daily Star 23 Sep 2014 German police on Tuesday raided the homes of seven people on suspicion they supported the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) fighting in Syria and Iraq, authorities said.

Turkey welcomes anti-IS strikes in Syria, could give support
Daily Star 23 Sep 2014 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday welcomed US-led air strikes against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria and said Ankara could provide military or logistical support for the campaign.

Ukraine conflict death toll soars past 3,000: UN
Daily Star 23 Sep 2014 The death toll in Ukraine’s conflict has soared past 3,000, likely by a significant margin, top UN human rights official Ivan Simonovic said Tuesday.

YNet News

Saudi Arabia confirms role in strikes against Islamic State in Syria
YNet News, 23 Sep 2014 – ….

Palestinians seek $3.8B in aid for Gaza
YNet News, 23 Sep 2014 – ….

Holot ruling marks return of judicial activism
YNet News, 23 Sep 2014 – Op-ed: High Court’s decision to close detention facility for African infiltrators was determined by composition of panel of judges. ….

Rocket-hit communities excluded from economic development plan
YNet News, 23 Sep 2014 – Gaza border towns that came under fire during military op omitted from multi-year government plan for development of south, while cities 25 miles away from Gaza set to receive compensation. ….

Holot ruling proves democracy’s strength
YNet News, 23 Sep 2014 – Op-ed: Despite Israel’s sensitive situation, Supreme Court is insisting on leading state in a liberal and humane way. Government will simply have to work harder to find ways to solve problem of infiltrators. ….

US told Iran of intent to strike IS militants in Syria 
YNet News, 23 Sep 2014 – ….

Syrian jet made a mistake Israel cannot afford to tolerate 
YNet News, 23 Sep 2014 – IAF tracked the Syrian jet from Damascus and towards the Golan; as it came ever closer to the ceasefire line, a Patriot battery was put on alert and the missile fired the moment the plane breached Israeli airspace. ….

Obama emphasizes spirit of renewal in Rosh Hashana greeting
YNet News, 23 Sep 2014 – WATCH: US president releases video wishing a happy New Year to global Jewry and reaffirming his commitment to Israel. ….

Wife of hostage held in Syria receives life plea
YNet News, 23 Sep 2014 – ….

Combating ISIS within our own faith 
YNet News, 23 Sep 2014 – If we want to overcome brutal jihadist organization, we need to also effectively address all forms of religious and political bigotry. ….

US: Syria failed to confront Islamic State havens
YNet News, 23 Sep 2014 – ….

US must opt for different strategy against Islamic State
YNet News, 23 Sep 2014 – Analysis: To prevent jihadist organization from spreading and redeveloping during and after offensive stage, US can connect region’s stable countries and groups in a way which will seal ‘infected’ area. ….

Inside the raid on teens’ killers 
YNet News, 23 Sep 2014 – Full details: It took months of work, but Israel finally tracked down the two terrorists who abducted and murdered the three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in June. ….

Majority of new olim come from France
YNet News, 23 Sep 2014 – Some 24,800 immigrants arrived in Israel this year, breaking a five-year record. Increase linked to growing anti-Semitism, Ukraine crisis. ….

US Senate candidate runs anti-Semitic campaign
YNet News, 22 Sep 2014 – With slogans such as ‘With Jews We Lose’ and demands to end American aid to Israel, Kentucky man Robert Ransdell is trying to run for US Senate. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Scores of settlers and rabbis defile Aqsa Mosque
PIC – About 50 Jewish settlers led by rabbis desecrated the Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday morning under tight police protection.

Hamas condemns the assassination of two Palestinians in al-Khalil
PIC – Member of Hamas’s political bureau Ezzat al-Resheq strongly condemned the Israeli assassination of the two Palestinian youths Amer Abu Eisha and Marwan al-Qawasmi.

Sheikh Bkeirat warns of continued Israeli digging under Old City
PIC – Sheikh Najah Bkeirat, head of the Aqsa Academy for Science, warned of the serious implications of the continued Israeli digging under occupied Jerusalem’s Old City.

Injuries, arrests reported during clashes throughout West Bank
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed at dawn Tuesday West Bank cities of Nablus, Jenin, Bethlehem, and al-Khalil which led to the outbreak of violent clashes.

15 sick prisoners suffer poor detention conditions
PIC – 15 Palestinian sick prisoners suffer very poor detention conditions and deliberate health negligence in Ramle prison hospital.

Israeli settlers call on Netanyahu to lift the siege on Gaza
PIC – Hamas Movement said that lifting the siege on Gaza is the only way to achieve peace for settlements surrounding the Strip.

Palestinian delegation to Cairo deplores Israel’s crime in Al-Khalil
PIC – The Palestinian delegation to Cairo’s truce talks strongly denounced Israel for assassinating two Palestinian citizens in Al-Khalil city on Tuesday, and accused it of acting in bad faith.

Israeli army: We attacked Rafah heavily to prevent Goldin’s capture
PIC – The Israeli army admitted that it had used overwhelming gunfire and shelling in Rafah area to the south of Gaza on the first of August to stop the capture of Israeli officer Hadar Goldin.

Erdogan: Criticizing Israel’s crimes and violations is not anti-Semitism
PIC – Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that criticizing Israel’s massacres and crimes against the Palestinians can never be anti-Semitism.

Israeli gov’t approves plan to build skyscrapers in O. Jerusalem
PIC – The Israeli government on Monday allocated 886 dunums of Palestinian land in the western part of occupied Jerusalem for the building of several large commercial towers.


Deficit in Current Account Amounts to $614.6M, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 23 Sep 2014

Norwegian Foreign Minister: Palestine is in a Critical Phase
WAFA – 23 Sep 2014

Indirect Palestinian-Israeli Ceasefire Negotiations Resume in Cairo
WAFA – 23 Sep 2014

Hamdallah, Canadian Minister Discuss Means to Allow Construction Materials into Gaza
WAFA – 23 Sep 2014

Washington Announces Provision of over $71 Million in Humanitarian Assistance to Gaza
WAFA – 23 Sep 2014

Three Palestinians Injured, Dozens Suffocate during Clashes in Hebron
WAFA – 23 Sep 2014

Abbas to Cooper Union Students: Rethink Palestine, Help Us Stop Illegal Stealing of Our Land
WAFA – 23 Sep 2014

Israeli Forces Kill Two Palestinians Allegedly Accused of 3 Settlers’ Murder, Demolish Structures in Hebron
WAFA – 23 Sep 2014

Hamdallah at AHLC Meeting: Israeli Occupation Policies Diminish Two-State Solution
WAFA – 23 Sep 2014


U.S. Invokes Defense of Iraq in Saying Strikes in Syria Are Legal
New York Times 23 Sep 2014 – The airstrikes were carried out without the permission of the Syrian government or the United Nations Security Council. 

Israeli Forces Kill 2 Suspects in Murder of Jewish Teenagers
New York Times 23 Sep 2014 – A military spokesman said that the suspects Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisha were found in Hebron, in the West Bank, and refused to surrender. 

Strikes Against ISIS in Syria Draw Mixed Reactions in Middle East
New York Times 23 Sep 2014 – Looming over the new campaign are memories of recent American-led interventions in Libya and Iraq, which ultimately led to new waves of instability. 

Obama, After Airstrikes in Syria, Says U.S. Will ‘Take the Fight’ to ISIS
New York Times 23 Sep 2014 – President Obama hailed the American-led coalition that conducted airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria. 

Israel Says It Shot Down Syrian Fighter Jet
New York Times 23 Sep 2014 – The Israeli military said the Russian-made warplane had “infiltrated into Israeli airspace” and had been struck by a Patriot missile. 

Airstrikes by U.S. and Allies Hit ISIS Targets in Syria
New York Times 22 Sep 2014 – Airstrikes, conducted with several Arab allies, unleashed a torrent of cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs on the militants’ de facto capital, Raqqa, Syria. 

New Video in ISIS ‘Lecture Series’ by John Cantlie
New York Times 22 Sep 2014 – The terrorist group issued a new installment in its propaganda “lecture series” delivered by the British hostage. 

U.S. Strikes Follow Plea by Syrian Opposition Leader on Behalf of Kurds
New York Times 22 Sep 2014 – The leader of the moderate Syrian opposition appealed for American airstrikes to halt the fierce attacks by militants from the Islamic State against Kurdish communities in northern Syria. 

U.S. Asks U.N. to Add Names to Sanctions List
New York Times 22 Sep 2014 – The United States and France have asked the Security Council to impose sanctions on as many as 15 people suspected of ties to terrorism, including the Islamic State. 

Op-Ed Contributor: The Price of Abandoning Yemen
New York Times 22 Sep 2014 – Pro-Iran rebels have taken charge. The victim is democracy. 

Israel: Court Condemns Policy of Detaining Migrants
New York Times 22 Sep 2014 – An Israeli court on Monday condemned the government’s policy of detaining illegal African migrants captured in the Negev Desert, ordering that a detention center be closed within three months and banning new detentions for a year. 

U.N. Food Program Warns of Cuts to Its Relief Efforts
New York Times 22 Sep 2014 – The World Food Program says that because of reduced resources, rations for refugees from Syria and elsewhere will be reduced. 

Rabbis want to criticize Israel but fear donors (and ‘NYT’ buries the news)
Mondoweiss – Today’s New York Times has a big and important piece on the divide inside the Jewish community over Gaza and Israel. The article is actually a puzzle: the real news about what’s happening inside the Jewish community is strewn in among anecdotes. You have to piece…

Jodi Rudoren effectively annexes Golan Heights to Israel
Mondoweiss – Jodi Rudoren To no surprise New York Times reporter Jodi Rudoren has done it again, this time in her article about Israeli jets shooting down a Syrian fighter jet that had strayed across the border between Syria and the Golan Heights. I expected that she would…

What Max Blumenthal saw in Gaza
Mondoweiss – The other night I saw Max Blumentha l for the first time since his reporting trip to Gaza . We were eating at a noisy restaurant with friends and watching football, but he said three things that echo: 1. Everywhere he went people would invite him into…

Israel carries out extrajudicial killing of two Palestinians suspected in Israeli youths kidnapping
Mondoweiss – Overnight Tuesday Israeli special forces killed two Palestinian men who were suspected of kidnapping and slaying three Israeli youths abducted in June while hitchhiking in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc of the West Bank. Amer Abu Aisha, 32, and Marwan Qawasmeh, 29, had evaded Israeli forces…

Jewish students, faculty and staff at the University of Illinois continue to stand in solidarity with Steven Salaita
Mondoweiss – Following the firing of Steven Salaita from his position at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), a group of Jewish faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community members from UIUC issued a letter to Chancellor Phyllis Wise and the Board of Trustees. This letter, like many other…

Call to Mayor de Blasio from Jewish New Yorkers: NYC needs strong condemnation of Islamophobia
Mondoweiss – Dear Mayor de Blasio: As you know, hateful, bigoted signs that denigrate Muslims will be posted this week in NYC subway stations and on public buses. The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), the sponsor of this ad, is one of three groups co-founded by Pamela Geller that the…

Russell Tribunal on Palestine: Delegitmisation of Israeli apartheid has to happen in the courtroom too
Mondoweiss – 

Israeli refuseniks expose Occupation’s dark underbelly
Mondoweiss – A letter signed by 43 veterans of an elite Israeli military intelligence unit declaring their refusal to continue serving the occupation has sent shockwaves through Israeli society. But not in the way the soldiers may have hoped. Unusually, this small group of reservists has gone beyond…

Shin Bet Murders Palestinians Who Killed Three Israeli Youths
Tikun Olam – Marwan Qawasmeh’s family memorializes him. (Maan) Another chapter has closed on the horrible cycle of killings and revenge murders that plagued the West Bank in the weeks before Israel launched Operation Protective Edge. A joint team of IDF, Shin Bet and Border Police cornered the two…

IS ‘not America’s fight alone’ 
BBC 23 Sep 2014 – President Obama hails the support of Arab nations in air strikes which reportedly killed dozens of Islamic State and jihadist militants in Syria.

The Lancet Won’t Retract Anti-Israel Letter on Gaza Despite Authors’ Radical Ties 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Sep 2014 – The Lancet will not retract a letter slamming Israeli policy in Gaza in light of evidence tying two of the authors to support for white supremacist David Duke. Click here for the rest of the article…

Just 12 Jews Remain in Egypt 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Sep 2014 – Only 12 Jews remain in Egypt, the remnant of a community of some 100,000 that lived there until the 1950s, the community’s leader said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Lithuania Parliament Votes in Favor of Kosher Slaughter 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Sep 2014 – The parliament in Lithuania passed a law permitting ritual slaughter in the country, spurring a protest by animal rights activists. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli-Palestinian Ceasefire Talks Begin in Cairo 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Sep 2014 – Indirect cease-fire negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians resumed in Cairo despite Palestinian threats to suspend them over Israel’s killing of two Palestinians accused in the murder of three Israeli teens. Click here for the rest of the article…

Libya: State Dept. Official On Kerry’s Meetings With Saudi FM, On Libya 
allAfrica.com 23 Sep 2014 – [State Department]New York -MODERATOR: Good evening, everybody.

North Africa: Multilateral Communiqué On Libya 
allAfrica.com 23 Sep 2014 – [State Department]Washington, DC -The following is the Joint Communiqué on Libya by the governments of Algeria, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union and United Nations.

Egypt: Egypt Calls for Comprehensive Vision for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 
allAfrica.com 23 Sep 2014 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri took part in a meeting of the committee coordinating international assistance to the Palestinians.

The battle to block social media in Iran 
BBC 23 Sep 2014 – Iran ordered to block ‘immoral’ mobile messaging sites

Turkey hints at Iraq hostage swap 
BBC 23 Sep 2014 – Turkey’s President Erdogan does not deny reports that 49 hostages, mostly Turks, were freed by Islamic State (IS) as part of a prisoner swap.

Israel murder suspects shot dead 
BBC 23 Sep 2014 – Two Palestinians suspected of the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June have been killed by Israeli forces, Israel’s military says.

Hostage family receives plea for life 
BBC 23 Sep 2014 – The family of British hostage Alan Henning receives an audio file of him pleading for his life.

Nasrallah: “America is the mother of terrorism” 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Sep 2014 – Nasrallah speaks on July 25, 2014, in the southern suburbs of Beirut. (Photo: Al-Akhbar – Haitham Moussawi) Nasrallah speaks on July 25, 2014, in the southern suburbs of Beirut. (Photo: Al-Akhbar – Haitham Moussawi) Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday said his group could never be…

Turkey to take part in anti-ISIS coalition: Kerry 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Sep 2014 – US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that Turkey, who has been accused repeatedly by Syria of encouraging the formation of ISIS, had pledged to take part in the US-led coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after release of 49 Turkish…

Saudi influence diminished in Yemen as Houthis gain power 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 23 Sep 2014 – Armed Yemenis loyal to the Houthi movement gesture during a tribal gathering at an anti-government protest camp on the northern outskirts of Sanaa on September 4, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Huwais) Armed Yemenis loyal to the Houthi movement gesture during a tribal gathering at an anti-government protest…

Iran dismisses accusations over nuclear research as “fabricated ambiguities” 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Sep 2014 – Iran dismissed on Tuesday as “fabricated ambiguities” suspicions that it has carried out nuclear arms research, a day after it came under renewed Western pressure to help clear up UN watchdog concerns about its atomic energy program. Addressing an annual meeting of the 162-nation International Atomic…

Iraq PM retires two senior generals after massive losses to ISIS 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Sep 2014 – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi retired two senior generals on Tuesday as part of an overhaul of armed forces that collapsed this summer in the face of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) insurgents who seized wide areas of northern and western Iraq. Militants…

Bin Laden son-in-law jailed for life 
BBC 23 Sep 2014 – Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law, who was an al-Qaeda spokesman, is sentenced to life in prison for terrorism-related charges in New York.

Gaza hospital cleaners to strike over unpaid wages 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Sep 2014 – Hospital cleaners across the Gaza Strip will stage a three-day strike on Wednesday to demand overdue salaries from the Palestinian Health Ministry. “Around 700 hospital cleaners will begin a three-day strike on Wednesday,” the union of cleaning companies said in a Tuesday statement. The union accused…

What if ‘Loulou’ could kill ‘Daesh?’ 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 23 Sep 2014 – While having lunch with the family a couple of days ago, ‘Daesh’ came up. It always comes up. There seems to be nothing more pressing or shocking these days. There definitely is, but within our finite vision of what is catastrophic, a terrorist group claiming to…

Jihadi leader Zureiqat threatens to occupy Beirut 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Sep 2014 – A Lebanese army patrol on the outskirts of Ersal. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) A Lebanese army patrol on the outskirts of Ersal. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) There appears to be no hope on the horizon: The kidnapped soldiers are being treated as martyrs by the government. This is…

Nusra: Lebanese army rocket hits hostage location 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Sep 2014 – Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate al-Nusra Front on Tuesday said a Lebanese army rocket struck a location where the jihadi group is holding 17 Lebanese soldiers and police captive. Nusra did not mention the fate of the hostages in two tweets using the same Twitter account with which…

Separation barrier: A grey sky above Mahdi’s dreams 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 23 Sep 2014 – Children running on the Lebanese side of the border with occupied Palestine near the Israeli-built wall. August 18, 2014. (Photo: Al-Akhbar English /Fatima Hanan Elreda) Children running on the Lebanese side of the border with occupied Palestine near the Israeli-built wall. August 18, 2014. (Photo: Al-Akhbar…

Beirut government hospital extorts the Lebanese University 
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Sep 2014 – Rafic Hariri University Hospital. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Rafic Hariri University Hospital. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Lebanese University resident physicians at the Beirut government hospital organized a sit-in today inside the hospital to protest the fact that they have not been paid their salaries since last July. Their…

How Israel spies on the Sinai 
Al-Monitor 23 Sep 2014 – Israel recruits Egyptian smugglers in the Sinai to perform various missions for Israeli intelligence.

Yemen crisis: Who are the Houthis? 
BBC 23 Sep 2014 – What has brought the rebel group to prominence in Yemen

Second video of UK hostage released 
BBC 23 Sep 2014 – A second video is released showing British journalist John Cantlie, who is being held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants.

After nuclear negotiations, what’s next for Iran’s economy? 
Al-Monitor 23 Sep 2014 – A nuclear deal with the West would mean a huge boost to sanctions-hobbled Iran, especially its petrochemical sector.

Rouhani expresses optimism over nuclear deal at UNGA 
Al-Monitor 23 Sep 2014 – In his first public appearance at this year’s UN General Assembly, the Iranian president suggested that a nuclear deal would transform US-Iran relations but said that failure to reach agreement by the deadline did not mean that the two countries would automatically revert to the hostility…

US expands global ‘war on terror’ by striking ISIS targets in Syria 
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Sep 2014 – A file picture taken on May 25, 2009, an Emirati soldier walks past a Rafale French jet fighter at a military base near Abu Dhabi. (Photo: AFP-Eric Feferburg) A file picture taken on May 25, 2009, an Emirati soldier walks past a Rafale French jet fighter…

VIDEO: Many Islamabad state schools closed 
BBC 23 Sep 2014 – Weeks after the start of term, many state schools in the capital, Islamabad, are still closed, after being taken over by police drafted in to deal with ongoing political protests.

Peshmerga look to restore image after defeats 
Al-Monitor 23 Sep 2014 – Peshmerga forces are slowly but steadily regaining lost territory to the Islamic State, after initial defeats this summer sent shock waves through Iraqi Kurdistan.

Is there a moderate Syrian opposition? 
Al-Monitor 23 Sep 2014 – By labeling certain groups within the opposition as “moderates” versus “extremists,” the United States is making these groups more vulnerable to attacks from the regime and from the Islamic State, and more susceptible to extremism.

What will Turkey do if Russia turns off gas? 
Al-Monitor 23 Sep 2014 – The risk of Russia cutting gas supplies to Europe amid the Ukraine crisis has exposed Turkey’s energy vulnerability, with Istanbul, its most populous city and main industrial hub, dependent on Russian gas.

Turkey’s IS predicament with US, Kurds 
Al-Monitor 23 Sep 2014 – While Turkey dithered about joining the anti-Islamic State coalition, PKK military chief Murat Karayilan said the Kurdish peace process was over, derailed by Ankara’s dealings with IS.

Cameron to hold talks with Iran 
BBC 23 Sep 2014 – UK PM David Cameron is to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to try to build more support for international action against Islamic State militants.

Kurds not giving up on education in mother tongue 
Al-Monitor 23 Sep 2014 – The Kurdish political movement opened three private schools in Turkey to teach in Kurdish, and has no intention of closing them.

Who’s afraid of a handshake? 
Al-Monitor 23 Sep 2014 – With President Hassan Rouhani in New York for UN General Assembly, the issue of a possible handshake between Rouhani and the US president is a prime concern in Iranian media.

IS makes plans to fend off attacks on Mosul 
Al-Monitor 23 Sep 2014 – IS focuses on preparations to fight off expected attacks to Mosul by identifying secondary locations for headquarters, storing weapons in mosques and planting booby-traps.

Will Abbas walk the walk on his threats to Israel? 
Al-Monitor 23 Sep 2014 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will present his plan to end the Israeli occupation at the UN General Assembly, with PA officials warning they will launch a political campaign against Israel should the plan be rebuffed.

VIDEO: US launches air strikes on Syria 
BBC 23 Sep 2014 – The US and allied nations have launched a campaign of air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, the Pentagon says.

Islamic State crisis: What force does international law allow? 
BBC 23 Sep 2014 – What force can legally be used against IS?

Lebanon concerned about spillover from US-led airstrikes on IS 
Al-Monitor 23 Sep 2014 – During the Paris Conference, the Lebanese delegation expressed its concerns that the US-led airstrikes on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria will have repercussions for Lebanon — concerns that foreign ministers tried to alleviate.

Iraqi parties warn against ground invasion by anti-ISIS coalition 
Al-Akhbar Politics 22 Sep 2014 – Iraqi soldiers take part in a military training exercise in the mainly Shiite southern city of Basra on September 14, 2014, before being deployed to the north of the city. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Ali) Iraqi soldiers take part in a military training exercise in the mainly Shiite…

Yemen: Saudi Arabia recognizes new balance of power in Sanaa as Houthis topple Muslim Brothers 
Al-Akhbar Politics 22 Sep 2014 – Yemeni security forces supporting Shiite Huthi anti-government protesters gesture during an anti-government protest in Sanaa on September 12, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Huwais) Yemeni security forces supporting Shiite Huthi anti-government protesters gesture during an anti-government protest in Sanaa on September 12, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Huwais) The world…

Lebanese government releases information about the disappeared 
Al-Akhbar Politics 22 Sep 2014 – Families of those who disappeared during the Lebanese civil war protest in Downtown Beirut over the right to know what happened to their loved ones. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Families of those who disappeared during the Lebanese civil war protest in Downtown Beirut over the right to…


Israeli occupation’s dark underbelly exposed 
Jonathan Cook in Nazareth, CounterPunch 9/23/2014
The Revelations of the Israeli Refuseniks
A letter signed by 43 veterans of an elite Israeli military intelligence unit declaring their refusal to continue serving the occupation has sent shockwaves through Israeli society. But not in the way the soldiers may have hoped.
Unusually, this small group of reservists has gone beyond justifying their act of refusal in terms of general opposition to the occupation.
Because of their place at the heart of the system of control over Palestinians, they have set out in detail, in the letter and subsequent interviews, what their work entails and why they find it morally repugnant.
No order is unlawful
Veterans of the secretive Unit 8200, Israel’s NSA, say it is drummed into new intelligence recruits that no order is unlawful. They must, for example, guide air strikes even if civilians will be harmed.
The 43, all barred by Israeli law from identifying themselves publicly, say they avoided serving during Israel’s latest attack on Gaza, fearing what would be permitted. But their concerns relate to more than the legality of military attacks.
In a telling admission, one reservist said he first questioned his role after watching The Lives of Others, a film depicting life under the Stasi, East Germany’s much-feared secret police. The Stasi are estimated to have collected files on five million East Germans before the Berlin Wall fell. more.. e-mail

A slightly ‘less crazy’ Israel 
Michael Schaeffer Omer-man, +972 Magazine 9/23/2014
A few thoughts on the decision to shut down Israel’s detention facility for African asylum seekers, what the High Court ruling says about the gratuitous and political arrests of Palestinian protesters in Israel, and the assassination that only took place if you read Hebrew.
1. A slightly ‘less crazy’ Israel
Following the Israeli High Court decision on Monday to shut down Holot and cancel the piece of legislation that permitted the indefinite detention of African asylum seekers (the way the law was written, non-African asylum seekers were never in danger of indefinite detention), Darfuri refugee Mutasim Ali wrote in +972: “I am not celebrating this, because this is normal — what should happen.”
I believe what Ali means is that it would have been absolutely crazy if the High Court of Justice, the body to which one turns when seeking justice in this land, had said: “Actually, it’s okay to lock up black people indefinitely and without charge. No problem.” (Let’s forget for a second the fact that the High Court has upheld administrative on numerous occasions.)
Mutasim Ali’s sentiment reminded me of an interview with Chris Rock, in which the comedian says he refuses to describe the current state of race relations in the United States as “progress.”
“When you say it’s progress you’re acting like what happened before wasn’t crazy … We’ve made a lot of progress and we got rid of segregation … but segregation is crazy!” The people who were denying black people their rights, Rock explains, have simply become less crazy.
Of course, it is also crazy that for 47 years millions of people have been living with no civil rights under military occupation with separate and unequal legal systems…. more.. e-mail

Another Israeli act of military madness in Syria 
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 9/23/2014
On Tuesday morning the Air Force shot down a Syrian fighter jet for no good reason on earth.
For the first time in 30 years, a Syrian fighter jet on Tuesday morning strayed over the border with Israel – or rather, over the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, which rightfully belongs to Syria. Israeli military officials reportedly think it was an accident. They also think the Syrian jet was on its way to bomb Al-Nusra jihadists on the Syrian side of the border.
The incursion of the Syrian plane lasted two seconds. It got about 800 meters onto the Israeli-occupied side of the border. Then the pilots turned the jet back toward Syria.
So what did Israel do then? What else? It blew the Syrian jet out of the sky. The crippled plane landed on the Syrian side of the border. Thankfully, the Syrian pilots ejected safely.
All the details of the incident point to an Israeli act of incredible recklessness and stupidity.
Yedioth Ahronoth reports that “the IDF thinks the jet crossed into Israel by accident en route to attacking rebel positions on the Golan.” Same story: “According to a military source, the jet entered Israel for a couple of seconds, penetrating a few hundred meters before turning back (bold italics added), at which point it was hit by the Patriot missile.”
But then a few paragraphs later, an IDF officer tells Yedioth: “We identified the Syrian jet at a height of 10-14,000 feet. That’s a height considered comfortable for an attack run. A fighter jet can reach the Sea of Galilee in less than a minute and everywhere else in five.” more.. e-mail

The war on Gaza: Where did the resistance go wrong? 
Saleh Al-Naami, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 9/23/2014
It is neither worthwhile nor sufficient for the Palestinian resistance to celebrate its great show of resistance during the war on Gaza and its success in preventing the success of Zionist schemes and Israeli aggressions on Gaza. On the contrary, it must consider the value of its military operations and consider its shortcomings as well as the path of the war and its consequences. The most important factor to remember is that the Palestinian resistance was dragged into a war during the most unfavourable regional and internal conditions to occur in the history of the Palestinian cause.
One may argue that this war was imposed on the Palestinian resistance because it forced it to respond to Israel’s targeted assassinations of Palestinian political figures; however, this is a shallow explanation that does not reflect what is required to wage the best form of resistance while preventing losses. This analysis does not refer to the discussion of this subject prior to this article because calling on Israel to respond to Palestinian resistance with political assassinations would lead to a full-scale war in an environment with a rather impossible situation.
Forces of the resistance exhibited a heroic fight by demonstrating a willingness to use unconventional and heroic tactics on the battlefield. The absence of these tactics would have led to a Zionist victory. More importantly, regional leaders who had placed their bets on a Zionist victory failed to achieve their goals due to the steadfastness of Palestinian resistance forces that refuse to remove themselves from the equation of the battle with the Zionist enemy. And yet, regional conditions did not work in the resistance’s favour.
There is no doubt that regional conditions proved to be a challenge for the resistance and its forces, as no other Arab party was prepared to support Palestinian factions and this prolonged the conflict. In fact, it is due to the region’s political atmosphere that the Palestinians were unable to have their demands met…. more.. e-mail

“Democracy Now” [aka “Imperialism Now”] and the “Progressive” Alternative Media: Valued Cheerleaders For Imperialism and War
In Gaza: 23 Sep 2014 – -Finian Cuningham, Global Research , Jul 13, 2012 **excerpts** “This is where a segment of the so-called alternative media can play a valuable propaganda function for Western powers. Because such media are supposed to be independent, critical, non-corporate, the public tends to consider their reports as objective and unbiased. One such “alternative” news service is “Democracy Now” hosted by Amy Goodman. Goodman is seen as something of a campaigning critical journalist shedding the light of truth on the depredations of the US government, corporations and the Pentagon. But a closer look at what Goodman’s “Democracy Now” is reporting on Syria shows that the purported critical broadcaster has become a purveyor of Western government propaganda. While the mainstream media’s propaganda function is obvious to the informed public, Goodman’s “Democracy Now” plays a more subtle role. Camouflaged with the trappings of critical, independent journalism, “Democracy Now” serves to sow powerful seeds of misinformation…more

Did Israel Help US by Downing Syrian Jet?
Dissident Voice: 23 Sep 2014 – Today the US – backed by “moderate” Arab states like Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Jordan – started bombing territory in another sovereign state, Syria, without a UN Security Council resolution or a plausible argument that it is acting in self-defence. That makes it a crime of aggression,
defined at Nuremberg as “the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.” In a sign that Obama’s war on ISIS in Syria could quickly be extended into a war against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Israel downed a Syrian jet inside Syria this morning with a US-funded Patriot missile. According to Israel, the Syrian plane had passed 800 metres into its territory before heading back into Syria, during what the Israeli media say was a sortie against “rebels” operating close to the Israeli border (that’s right – the people Obama is currently…

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