VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 8 October 2014

8 October 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Archbishop Hanna: Attack On Al-Aqsa Targets Palestinian History And Identity
IMEMC – Archbishop Attallah Hanna, of thehttp://imemc.org/newswire?search_text=greek+orthodox&button=Search+%3E%3EChurch in occupied Palestine and Jerusalem, strongly denounced the Israeli military and fanatic Israeli groups who attacked and invaded the al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem. …

Israel Gives Eviction Notices to 19 Palestinian Families
IMEMC – Israeli authorities distributed, on Wednesday, eviction notices to 19 Palestinian families in the area of the northern Jordan Valley, as a prelude to using the lands for military purposes. …

EU to Facilitate Gaza Reconstruction
IMEMC – High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security, Federica Mogherni, says that the European Union will have an important role in Gaza’s reconstruction process. …

Settlers Burn Orchards Near Bethlehem
IMEMC – Settlers, last night, torched 30 olive trees dating from Roman times, in the village of Nahhalin, to the southwest of Bethlehem, according to a local activist….

Israeli Forces Prevent Muslims From Entering Ibrahimi Mosque
IMEMC – Israeli authorities announced the closing of Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque for Muslim worshippers, this past Sunday and Monday, under the pretext of facilitating Jewish celebrations. …

Several Injuries Reported After Soldiers Invaded Nablus To Kidnap Legislator
IMEMC – Several armored Israeli military jeeps invaded on Wednesday, at dawn, the northern West Bank city of Nablus, in an attempt to kidnap an elderly Palestinian legislator, clashing with dozens of local youth and causing scores of injuries. …

Israel Hands Orders Against Nine Homes In Bethlehem
IMEMC – Several Israeli military jeeps invaded, on Tuesday evening, the Wadi an-Nees area, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, upon which soldiers handed nine families military orders to demolish their under-construction homes, under the pretext of being built without construction permits. …

Clashes Reported In Occupied Jerusalem
IMEMC – Eyewitnesses have reported, Tuesday, that clashes took place between dozens of local youth and Israeli soldiers and police officers, after the army imposed further restrictions on the entry of Muslims into the al-Aqsa mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, on the last day of the Muslim al-Adha holiday. …

Ma’an News

Dozens hurt in Aqsa clashes as Israeli police ‘force Muslims out’
10/8/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out early Wednesday at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli police officers, leaving dozens hurt, sources said. Security guards at the mosque told Ma’an that Israeli forces stormed the compound at 7:30 a. m. ahead of expected visits by right-wing Israelis on the occasion of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, or the Feast…. Related:Israel to close Ibrahimi mosque to Muslims for Jewish holidayandAbbas: Israel transforming political conflict into religious war

Israeli official warns Bedouins not to build amid wave of demolitions
10/8/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A top commander in the Israel Land Authority on Wednesday warned Bedouins from building in unrecognized villages, after a spate of demolitions that have prompted renewed concerns among the tens of thousands whose homes are stuck in a legal limbo. Commander for the southern region of the Israel Land Authority’s department in charge of protecting “state land” Ilan Yeshurun….

Israel PM orders new legislation against undocumented migrants
10/8/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered ministers on Tuesday to draft new legislation to tackle undocumented migrants after the High Court overturned a law allowing their extended detention without trial. The order came at a meeting with the ministers of justice, the interior and public security a day after a heated parliamentary debate which saw hardline MPs attacking the court ruling.”At the….

Abbas: Israel transforming political conflict into religious war
10/8/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas warned Israel on Wednesday against turning the Palestinian-Israeli conflict into a religious war, stressing that recent attacks on Muslim worshipers in the Al-Aqsa mosque threatened to nature of the national struggle. Abbas said in a televised statement from his presidential headquarters in Ramallah that Palestinians and “the world know the dangers of using religion in political conflicts; we…. Related:Dozens hurt in Aqsa clashes as Israeli police ‘force Muslims out’

After 5 attempts, Israeli forces fail to detain Hamas MP
10/8/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — For the fifth time, Israeli forces failed to detain a Hamas-affiliated member of the Palestinian parliament from Nablus area after raiding his home in Ein Beit al-Mai refugee camp south of Nablus on Wednesday morning. Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that several Israeli military vehicles stormed the camp and ransacked the home of Sheikh Ahmad al-Hajj Ali, 79, but….

Minister: Reconstruction material to enter Gaza next week
10/8/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians will be able to begin importing reconstruction material into the Gaza Strip through Israeli-controlled crossings starting next week, Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh said on Wednesday. Al-Sheikh told Ma’an that Palestinian Authority crews will begin taking positions at Kerem Shalom and Beit Hanoun crossings as of next week in order to facilitate the transfer of goods…. Related:30 ministers to participate in Cairo conference to rebuild Gaza

Egypt reopens Rafah to Gaza students following Eid
10/8/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza early Wednesday after closing it for five days over Eid al-Adha. Mahir Abu Sabha, the head of Gaza’s border crossing department, said students who study abroad will be able to leave Gaza on Thursday and Friday. The Rafah crossing is the principal connection between Gaza’s 1….

Erekat in South Africa to receive freedom award
10/8/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The PLO’s chief negotiator arrived Tuesday in Johannesburg where he will receive the 2014 Global Champion for the People’s Freedom Award from the Mkiva Humanitarian Foundation in Butterworth. Speaking at a news conference organized by the Mkiva foundation and the embassy of Palestine in South Africa, Erekat accused Israel of “committing crimes against humanity.”He warned that….

30 ministers to participate in Cairo conference to rebuild Gaza
10/8/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday that some 30 foreign ministers and more than 50 delegations will participate in the Cairo conference focused on rebuilding Gaza on Sunday. The ministry said in a statement that representatives of 20 regional and international organizations will take part in the conference, in addition to the Palestinian president and the Norwegian government…. Related:Minister: Reconstruction material to enter Gaza next week

Presidential guards to secure Hamdallah visit to Gaza
10/8/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Over 50 members of the presidential guard will accompany Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on his visit to Gaza on Thursday, officials told Ma’an. The security personnel will work in coordination with Gaza security forces, official said. The first cabinet meeting of the Palestinian unity government will take place in Gaza on Thursday after Israel issued permits to allow….

Fire breaks out at Gaza’s French Cultural Center
10/8/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A large fire broke out around midnight at the French Cultural Center in Gaza City, an official said Wednesday. Iyad al-Buzm, spokesman of Gaza’s interior ministry, said two blasts rocked Gaza City that were caused by the explosion of fuel tanks at the center. Fire fighters arrived and contained the fire. No injuries were reported. [END]

Israeli unions warn of strike against state companies
10/8/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s Histadrut trade union federation warned Tuesday of potential strike action against state-owned companies in response to government plans to privatize some of them. The action could affect defense manufacturers, airports, the railway, and the national electricity corporation, among others. Histadrut “announced industrial disputes with 11 government companies,” saying the action was in response to a Monday announcement on privatization. Declaring….

Man shot dead in Khan Younis market
10/8/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man was shot dead Wednesday in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, an official told Ma’an. An official at the Ministry of Interior said that the man was shot several times in the head at a local market in a murder related to a family feud. Police have arrested the killer, the official told Ma’an. [END]

Biden calls Saudi Arabia after diplomatic gaffe
10/8/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Vice President Joe Biden called Saudi Arabia’s foreign affairs minister and “clarified” his diplomatic gaffe in which he suggested Saudi Arabia and other key allies had financed the Islamic State group, the White House said. Biden had already apologized to the leaders of the two other countries, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, which, like Saudi Arabia are key members….


Clashes erupt at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque
AlJazeera 8 Oct 2014 – Clashes occur between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police, as right-wing Jewish group celebrate religious holiday.

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: The National Early Recovery and Reconstruction Plan for Gaza
Relief Web 8 Oct 2014 – Source: Government of the State of Palestine Country: occupied Palestinian territory EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In July 2014, the Israeli military launched a sustained assault on Gaza. For seven weeks, Gaza was invaded and bombarded from land, sea, and air. The human…

World: Polio this week as of 1 October 2014
Relief Web 8 Oct 2014 – Source: Global Polio Eradication Initiative Country: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic, World All cases of wild poliovirus type 1 reported this week were from Pakistan….

occupied Palestinian territory: The United Nations calls for resolute action on Gaza
Relief Web 8 Oct 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Germany, occupied Palestinian territory UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Kr‰henb¸hl makes first official visit to Germany The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has called for political…

occupied Palestinian territory: Clashes at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa ahead of Jewish holiday
Relief Web 8 Oct 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 10/8/2014 – 11:16 GMT Clashes broke out at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound Wednesday as dozens of Palestinian youths protested against Jews visiting the flashpoint holy site ahead of a religious feast, Israeli police…

The National

UAE and US airstrikes push ISIL to the edge of besieged Syrian town
The National 8 Oct 2014 – The attacks aimed at assisting Kurdish fighters defending the border town of Kobani were part of nine over the last two days conducted by the coalition partners, using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft.

Israel targets teens, children in protester crackdown
The National 8 Oct 2014 – An increasing number of younger people, some as young as 10 years old, are being held and tortured by security forces.

Army imposes curfew after 18 killed in Turkey pro-Kurdish protests
The National 8 Oct 2014 – The disturbances were the worst outbreak of such violence in years and risked derailing Ankara’s fragile peace process with the ethnic minority.

Yemen sinks into new crisis after rebels rejects new PM
The National 8 Oct 2014 – With confusion reigning in rebel-controlled Sanaa, suspected Al Qaeda militants, who have vowed to battle the rebels, killed 10 policemen..

Blood moon stuns sky watchers – in pictures
The National 8 Oct 2014 – Stargazers in the Americas and Asia were treated to a lunar eclipse Wednesday, a celestial show that bathed the moon in a reddish tint to create a blood moon . NASA provided live footage via telescope of the eclipse.

Uncertainties loom as India s Maharashtra voters head to the polls
The National 8 Oct 2014 – The Indian state of Maharashtra will elect a new government next week, amid broken political alliance and

Muslims clash with police at Jerusalem s Al Aqsa Mosque
The National 8 Oct 2014 – Fighting erupted after Jewish visitors ascended to the compound on the eve of the week-long holiday Sukkot, Israeli police said.

Cost of Ebola to Africa could reach $32.6 bln: World Bank
The National 8 Oct 2014 – The World Bank s assessment said the economic impact of Ebola is already serious in the three countries and could be catastrophic if it becomes a more regional health crisis.

South Korean ferry captain apologises for deserting passengers
The National 8 Oct 2014 – ‘I committed a grave sin. I m sorry,’ Captain Lee Joon-seok said during the trial.

Afghanistan hangs five men over gang-rape despite concerns of rights groups
The National 8 Oct 2014 – The court process raised major concerns, with the trial lasting only a few hours, allegations of the suspects confessing under torture, and then-president Harmid Karzai calling for the men to be hanged even before the case was heard.

Protests in Turkey turn deadly – in pictures
The National 8 Oct 2014 – Thousands of pro-Kurdish demonstrators incensed by Turkey s inaction in the fight against ISIL militants on the Syrian border clashed with police across the country on Tuesday, killing at least 14 and wounding many others.

Hairgate: iPhone 6 hits new social media snag
The National 8 Oct 2014 – Twitter users have made #hairgate a rising social media trend as users complain that their hair or beards get caught in the phone when they make calls.

More bodies found on Japan s Mount Ontake – video
The National 8 Oct 2014 – Japanese searchers find more bodies on Mount Ontake after last week’s eruption.

Spain Ebola victim s dog faces death – video
The National 8 Oct 2014 – The husband of a Spanish nurse diagnosed with Ebola appeals for the couple’s dog to be spared as authorities say it should be put down.

FBI calls for public help in identifying militants heading overseas – video
The National 8 Oct 2014 – FBI looks for help from the public to identify combatants in wars overseas.

Kurds clash with Turkish police – video
The National 8 Oct 2014 – At least nine people are killed as Kurds protest across Turkey, clashing with the police.

Search for Vietnamese oil tanker continues amid hijack fears
The National 8 Oct 2014 – The ship, which vanished from radar 40 minutes after leaving Singapore on October 2.


Israel’s satellite television provider to drop BBC World
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

Meet Amsterdam’s 71-year-old Jewish twin prostitutes (retired)
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

New home for Vienna Philharmonic archives that show Nazi ties
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

Australia joins bombing of Islamic State targets in Iraq
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

Sa’ar defers decision on opening of Tel Aviv businesses on Saturday to his replacement
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

One-state Israel, 2035: A morning in the land of boiling frogs
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

How to eat in the sukkah, in style / Tel Aviv Table Podcast
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

Satellite images show explosion took place within the Parchin military complex
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

U.S. military says air strikes may not save Kobani from Islamic State
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

Islamic State fighters push into Kobani
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

Police, rioters clash on Temple Mount
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

French city freezes twin cities agreement with Safed to pressure Israel
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

Israelis’ mass exodus can’t be blamed on the price of pudding
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

Car bombing kills crime suspect in city of Netanya
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

First person diagnosed with Ebola in U.S. dies in hospital
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

New Palestinian unity government to hold first session Thursday
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

Chemistry Nobel laureate William Moerner once scooped Israel’s Wolf Prize
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

Ancient road into Jerusalem lies buried under construction debris
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

IDF rearrests acquitted Palestinian on same charge
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

Hezbollah deputy leader: Border attack was message to Israel
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

IDF dismisses commander for failing to staff lookout during Gaza op
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

Is Israel s government a stranger to Jewish values?
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

Group calling itself ‘Islamic State in Gaza’ says it blew up French cultural center
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

German, two Americans win 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

Second person tests negative for Ebola in Madrid, authorities say
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

North Korea publicly acknowledges use of labor camps for first time
Ha’aretz – 8 Oct 2014

Ex-IDF colonel to hold indirect talks with Hamas to return soldiers’ bodies
Ha’aretz – 7 Oct 2014

This, too, is genocide
Ha’aretz – 7 Oct 2014

Israel’s government is to blame ( for high cost of living
Ha’aretz – 7 Oct 2014

The Swedes aren t against Israel
Ha’aretz – 7 Oct 2014

FBI seeks public’s help in identifying Americans joining Islamic State
Ha’aretz – 7 Oct 2014

Netanyahu orders crackdown on East Jerusalem riots
Ha’aretz – 7 Oct 2014

Measured escalation shows Israel can’t afford to ignore Hezbollah
Ha’aretz – 7 Oct 2014

Three of Rabbi Pinto s four defense attorneys ask to resign
Ha’aretz – 7 Oct 2014

Netanyahu backs plan to keep asylum seekers’ detention facility open
Ha’aretz – 7 Oct 2014

Jerusalem Post

Satellite images show ‘damage consistent with an attack’ at Parchin, report says
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2014 – After blast, Israel Defense website publishes photographs of Iranian military site reportedly used for trials on nuclear missile fuses.

Netanyahu leaning toward moving up Likud race
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2014 – PM moved up last two races in order to catch his potential competitors off guard.

Islamic State fighters push into Syrian border town of Kobani
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2014 – Kerry says idea of buffer zone between Turkey and Syria must be examined.

Look: Israel welcomes a rainy Succot
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2014 – Stormy weather made sitting in the succa during the first night of the holiday an unexpected challenge.

Police thwart attack on Jewish site in Buenos Aires
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2014 – The suspect, 57, was arrested Tuesday at an Internet cafe in Buenos Aires by the Anti-Terrorist Division of the Federal Police.

‘US approach over last 20 years to Israeli-Palestinian conflict has produced no results’
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2014 – The PLO ambassador to the US Maen Rashid Areikat, calls for the involvement of the UN and the international community, in order to arrive at a formula that would be supported by the entire world.

US government restores Pollard online release date
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2014 – The ‘Post’ reported that the US Federal Bureau of Prisons had changed Pollard’s release date from 2015, to life.

Frontlines Podcast: Hezbollah at the door
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2014 – Analyst Yossi Melman explains the thinking behind Hezbollah’s border attack on Israel; Globes correspondent Amiram Barkat explains why the budget matters.

In message to Israel after border attack Hezbollah says: We are ready to confront you
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2014 – Deputy leader Sheik Naim Qassem says his group still has the ability to face Israel even though it is busy in Lebanon and Syria.

Implications for Israel: First sitting head of state appears before ICC
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2014 – Kenyan president’s appearance before ICC removes numerous obstacles which could block Palestinians from successfully getting court to take up cases against Israelis.

Rioters on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount lightly injure three police officers
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2014 – Dozens of rioters barricade themselves inside the al-Asqa mosque; police say they manage to remove barricade at entrance to Muslim holy site.

Hezbollah sends message to Israel: No more carte blanche for the IDF in Lebanon
Jerusalem Post 8 Oct 2014 – The Lebanese organization understands that Israel is taking advantage of the so-called Arab Spring to act like the neighborhood bully.

Cabinet approves budget despite misgivings from Bank of Israel
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2014 – After a marathon meeting, ministers overwhelmingly vote to approve budget; Peretz was only minister to oppose.

Following High Court ruling, PM vows to continue to act against illegal infiltration
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2014 – The prime minister convened the top police and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) brass to discuss the recent sharp increase of violent incidents in the capital.

IDF strikes Lebanon after Hezbollah bomb wounds two soldiers
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2014 – Two bombs were planted and detonated on Israeli side of the border.

Jpost TV: It’s etrog hunting time!
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2014 – JPost TV takes a weekly look at Israel’s unique culture with input from experts.

Photo essay: Israeli celebrations of Succot from the 1940s through today
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2014 – A peek into how Israelis observed the holiday from our archives.

The woman s place in the synagogue
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2014 – I truly wonder whether the fact that there is a women s section as an integral part of the synagogue is actually designed to welcome women in rather than to ostracize them.

Pizza in the hut
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2014 – Succot is the perfect opportunity to invite over family and friends for innovative riffs on an Italian classic.

Meaning in measurements
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2014 – Are the walls of the succa meant to evoke feelings of precariousness or of security?

Wiping the slate clean
Jerusalem Post 7 Oct 2014 – MK Ruth Calderon on the launch of her new program, The Shmita Project, helping 5,000 families regain their financial independence.

Daily Star

Fatah member seriously wounded in Ain al-Hilweh
Daily Star 8 Oct 2014 Teaser

France backs creation of Syria-Turkey safe zone
Daily Star 8 Oct 2014 France said Wednesday it backed a proposal by Ankara to create a safe zone along its border with Syria to ensure Turkey’s security and host refugees fleeing Islamic State militants.

White House denies weighing Syria-Turkey buffer zone
Daily Star 8 Oct 2014 The White House denied Wednesday it was considering creating a safe haven along Turkey’s border with Syria, after the US and British top diplomats said the idea was worth examining.

Future: Hezbollah giving Israel excuses to attack
Daily Star 8 Oct 2014 Hezbollah is giving Israel reasons to attack Lebanon, the Future movement said in a statement published after its weekly meeting Wednesday.

Obama, military assess Islamic State strategy
Daily Star 8 Oct 2014 President Barack Obama is huddling with top U.S. military leaders to assess their campaign against the Islamic State group, two months after the U.S. started airstrikes that have yet to cripple the extremist group.

Pentagon says not weighing Turkey’s buffer zone proposal now
Daily Star 8 Oct 2014 The Pentagon said on Wednesday that a Turkish proposed buffer zone was not one of the military options under consideration as a U.S.-led coalition pursues airstrikes in Syria, but acknowledged it was a subject of discussions…

At least 29 dead in attacks, clashes in Yemen
Daily Star 8 Oct 2014 Suspected al-Qaida militants carried out simultaneous attacks Wednesday on a half-dozen Yemeni security and government offices in a province south of the capital Sanaa, setting off clashes that left at least 29 people dead, security officials…

US, UK ready to ‘examine’ idea of Syria buffer zone
Daily Star 8 Oct 2014 The United States and Britain are willing to “examine” the idea of creating a safe haven along Turkey’s border with Syria, their top diplomats said Wednesday.

Stop The Wall

A message to business Do not plan our expulsion!
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign UNOCHA map Bedouin The Israeli policies to ethnically cleanse the Palestinian Bedouin communities from the Jordan Valley and the area east of Jerusalem include the construction of three apartheid-style townships. Once expelled, these communities should be relocated there. However, in the last weeks Palestinian campaigners…

Olive Harvest 2014: Settlers torch trees in Nahalin
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign olive fierd On Wednesday the 8 of October settlers torched 30 olive trees in the village of Nahalin, west off Bethlehem. Residents from the village say that it was a group of settlers from Beitar Illit. The residents say that this is not the first…

Olive Harvest 2014: Settlers cut olive trees in village between Salfit and Nablus.
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Olive 2014 Monday 6.10: Israeli settlers cut down around 100 olive trees nearby the village of Yassouf, which is located about 7 km north of the town of Salfit. Farmers from this area have reported that settlers from Tuffah were behind. It has also been…

Land Defense Coalition releases Olive Harvest Program
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign olive harvest The Land Defense Coalition, a coordinating body of grassroots movements and organizations, announces the program of collective efforts to safeguard the annual olive harvest and are calling on volunteers to stand in solidarity with Palestinian communities and join in the harvest on October…

YNet News

Netanyahu’s biggest sin is inaction
YNet News, 8 Oct 2014 – Op-ed: While he has plans of action for the entire world, Israel’s prime minister personally prefers to wait and see what will happen. ….

Home is where the IDF is
YNet News, 8 Oct 2014 – While some of Israel s lone soldiers have a network of familial support in Israel, there are those from far-flung lands, such as Panama and New Zealand, to whom the army is their family. ….

Pressure rising in Kerry’s nuclear talks with Iran
YNet News, 8 Oct 2014 – With Iran, world powers set to renew nuclear talks next week, pressure rises in Washington for Kerry to reach deal that ensures Islamic republic cannot go nuclear. ….

Israeli library’s manuscripts tell unique stories
YNet News, 8 Oct 2014 – Israel’s National Library is unique: It seeks manuscripts from every country in the world where Jews have ever lived, therefore Kafka’s Hebrew notebook, Newton’s theological theories and S.Y. Agnon drafts are just few of the treasures found in It. ….

Riots in Turkey as Islamic State renew assault on Kurdish town
YNet News, 8 Oct 2014 – Renewed attack on Syrian-Kurdish town of Kobani, after US-led strikes pushed Islamic State back for short time; 21 dead in Turkey as Kurds rise. ….

Islamic State group downs another Iraqi helicopter
YNet News, 8 Oct 2014 – ….

Islamic State fighters advance into Syrian border town of Kobani
YNet News, 8 Oct 2014 – ….

US, UK diplomats consider buffer zone for Turkey
YNet News, 8 Oct 2014 – ….

1st Ebola patient diagnosed in the US has died
YNet News, 8 Oct 2014 – ….

Kerry: World must ‘step up’ anti-Ebola effort
YNet News, 8 Oct 2014 – ….

Palestinian Information Center

Settler attacks increase as Palestinian olive harvest starts
PIC – Thousands of olive trees have been uprooted, burned or cut down by extremist Israeli settlers since the annual harvest got under way in the West Bank this month.

IOF fails anew to arrest MP Ahmad Haj
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) failed at dawn Wednesday to arrest the Palestinian MP Sheikh Ahmad Haj, 75, for the fifth time in a row in three months.

Palestinian academic‚¨ “!s administrative detention extended
PIC – An Israeli military court extended the arrest of the Palestinian lecturer at al-Najah University Dr. Ghassan Thuqan for three months.

Israeli military drills pretext to forcibly deport Palestinian Bedouins
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Wednesday morning stormed Bedouin hamlets in Wadi Maleh in the northern Jordan Valley and handed dozens of Palestinian natives deportation threats.

Five youths arrested in Bethlehem, Jenin
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested five citizens including three brothers from Bethlehem and Jenin, Palestinian Prisoners Society said.

Israeli police violently attack Palestinians at Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Violent clashes broke out on Wednesday morning at the Aqsa Mosque after special police forces stormed the holy place and embarked on attacking Palestinian worshipers.

Netanyahu appoints new coordinator on prisoner swap deals
PIC – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Lior Lotan, a retired IOF Colonel, as the new coordinator of negotiations over captured Israeli soldiers and projected prisoner swap deals.

Anti-Siege committee: IOA still blocking entry of Gaza reconstruction material
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities have lifted none of the bans imposed on the access of the Gaza reconstruction materials into the blockaded Strip via the Karem Abu Salem border-crossing.

Alarms raised over Israeli bid to dig railway tunnel leading to al-Aqsa
PIC – The Aqsa Foundation warned of Israel‚¨ “!s exploitation of the transportation network in Occupied Jerusalem to boost up its Judaization schemes and to expand illegal settlement building.

PLC urges Arab, Muslim leaders to stand by Gaza
PIC – The PLC appealed to the Arab and Muslim leaders to stick up for the Gaza Strip and help assuage the aftermaths of the notorious Israeli offensive among the inhabitants of the besieged enclave.


Foreign Ministry Demands International Community Take More Decisive Action to Address Devastating Israeli Policies
WAFA – 8 Oct 2014

Abbas Warns against Transforming Conflict into Religious, rather than Political
WAFA – 8 Oct 2014

Israeli Forces Serve Eviction Orders to Palestinians near Nablus
WAFA – 8 Oct 2014

Police Raids al-Aqsa, Injures Worshipers, Arrest others, as Jews celebrate Yom Kippur
WAFA – 8 Oct 2014

Settlers Torch Olive Trees near Bethlehem
WAFA – 8 Oct 2014

Weather Forecast: Hot Weather
WAFA – 8 Oct 2014


Hezbollah Attack Along Border With Lebanon Wounds Two Israeli Soldiers
New York Times 8 Oct 2014 – Israel responded to the attack with artillery fire toward two Hezbollah positions in southern Lebanon, according to the Israeli military.

ISIS Shoots Down Iraqi Military Helicopter, Killing 2
New York Times 8 Oct 2014 – The attack was the second time in less than a week that militants of the extremist group the Islamic State have shot down an Iraqi military helicopter.

Jordan Turning Away Syrian Refugees, Aid Agencies Say
New York Times 8 Oct 2014 – Fear of militants may have led to restrictions, analysts said, as the United Nations said it had not recorded any Syrian refugees entering Jordan in the past week.

ISIS Advances in Syrian Border Town of Kobani Despite Airstrikes
New York Times 8 Oct 2014 – Officials in Kobani, a Kurdish town near the Turkish border, said Islamic State militants had set off a car bomb and were moving into new areas.

Turkish Inaction on ISIS Advance Dismays the U.S.
New York Times 7 Oct 2014 – As fighters with ISIS bore down Tuesday on the Turkish border, President Obama s plan to fight the militant group without being drawn deeper into the Syrian civil war was coming under acute strain.

Memo From Cairo: As Egyptians Grasp for Stability, Sisi Fortifies His Presidency
New York Times 7 Oct 2014 – A speech to the United Nations General Assembly burnished President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi s image at home, where the former general builds power on Egyptians desire to avoid the chaos nearby.

Rebels in Yemen Reject New Premier
New York Times 7 Oct 2014 – The Shiite rebels of the Houthi group spurned the choice of Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, putting a September peace deal in jeopardy.

Investigators in Syria Seek Paper Trails That Could Prove War Crimes
New York Times 7 Oct 2014 – Several Western governments are financing two teams of investigators searching for papers to establish criminal liability in any future war crimes trials.

Op-Ed Contributors: Will Syria Be Obama s Vietnam?
New York Times 7 Oct 2014 – The president says he won t send troops. But war has its own logic.

David Brooks s son joining Israel army is an extreme case NYT public editor
Mondoweiss – As you surely know, the acorn doesn t fall far from the tree, and the son of New York Times columnist David Brooks has joined the Israeli army ;Brooks disclosed the service in an interview in Israel in which he spoke of himself as an Israeli parent….

It looks like Obama is checking out on Israel
Mondoweiss – Is Obama walking away from Israel? Is he sick of the neverending narrative of occupation/brutality/and security concerns that the Israelis dump in his lap and just going through the motions till his administration ends, or the midterms are over? A few recent items suggest this may…

American airstrikes and the universal language of force
Mondoweiss – In his speech before the meeting of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, U.S. President Barack Obama resurrected yet another turn of phrase used most often by those wishing to make the case for dropping bombs on people and things ….

U.S. life insurance company underwrites Israeli colonel s talk on his army s moral high ground in Gaza
Mondoweiss – The Meltzer Group is a Washington area insurance company . Many of the nation s most successful real estate, construction and development firms rely on us to help meet their insurance and financial management needs, its site reads. And it has endorsements from industry leaders and trade journals….

Israeli Arms Exports Declined by $1-Billion (15%) in 2013, Iron Dome Finds No Takers
Tikun Olam – Haaretz reported that Israeli military weapons exports declined by 13% in the past year. They were $6.5-billion in 2013, down from $7.5-billion in 2012. The overall reduction was worth $1-billion and reflected the second-lowest level since 2008. Weapons exports are one of Israel s most valuable contributions…

Mainstreaming BDS & Connecting Struggles
US Campaign to End the Occupation 8 Oct 2014 – The US Campaign held its 13th Annual National Organizers’ Conference, The Mainstreaming of BDS & Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights, September 19-21 in San Diego. Below is the recording for the Mainstreaming BDS & Connecting Struggles panel. Earlier this year, the Israeli company Elbit Systems won…

Carrying Out Effective BDS Actions
US Campaign to End the Occupation 8 Oct 2014 – The US Campaign held its 13th Annual National Organizers’ Conference, The Mainstreaming of BDS & Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights, September 19-21 in San Diego. Below is the recording for the Carrying Out Effective BDS Actions workshop. Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaigns are not just about…

Exposing the 1% & State of Israel s Agenda to Silence Criticism of Israel & Promote Anti-Muslim and Anti-Arab Racism
US Campaign to End the Occupation 8 Oct 2014 – The US Campaign held its 13th Annual National Organizers’ Conference, The Mainstreaming of BDS & Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights, September 19-21 in San Diego. Below is the recording for the workshop Exposing the 1% & State of Israel s Agenda to Silence Criticism of Israel &…

The Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights
US Campaign to End the Occupation 8 Oct 2014 – The US Campaign held its 13th Annual National Organizers’ Conference, The Mainstreaming of BDS & Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights, September 19-21 in San Diego. Below is the recording of our closing panel The Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights . Panelists shared their thoughts about moving forward…

Tad Taube Sued Over Koret Foundation ‘Piggy Bank’
The Foward Breaking News 8 Oct 2014 – The longtime president of the Koret Foundation, Tad Taube, is being sued by the widow of foundation founder Joe Koret for treating the institution as his personal piggy bank. Susan Koret alleges in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court that Taube used the…

Jewish Leader Attacked at Brooklyn Nets Game by Pro-Palestinian Demonstrators
The Foward Breaking News 8 Oct 2014 – The Jewish leader of a Brooklyn community center says he was beaten by pro-Palestinian demonstrators in front of his children after a Brooklyn Nets game against Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv at the Barclay s Center. Leonard Petlakh, 42, director of the Kings Bay Y, said protestors…

VIDEO: Islam ‘helped’ US hostage Peter Kassig
BBC 8 Oct 2014 – US aid worker Peter Kassig, who was paraded by IS at the end of a video showing the murder of British hostage Alan Henning. went to Syria because he wanted to help people.

British Youth Soccer Team Quits in Face of Abuse
The Foward Breaking News 8 Oct 2014 – The coach of a Jewish youth soccer team in England took his players off the field after claiming they had been bombarded with anti-Semitic abuse. Members of the Manchester Maccabi team said they had endured anti-Jewish taunts and jibes about Palestine in a game with the…

Orthodox School Evicted in Flashpoint Beit Shemesh
The Foward Breaking News 8 Oct 2014 – A haredi Orthodox girls school that began operating on one floor of secular school in Beit Shemesh must vacate the building. Under an agreement struck with the Jerusalem District Court, the Mishekenot Da at school will move out of the second floor of the of the secular…

Atlanta Rabbi Shalom Lewis Calls for ‘Holy Crusade’ Against Radical Islam
The Forward New 8 Oct 2014 – This was likely the first time a Rosh Hashanah sermon was covered by Iran s national TV. An American rabbi has called for the genocide of all Muslims, said the announcer on PressTV , Iran s English language government-run network. And while this report grossly misrepresented the words of…

Africa: ‘Islamic State’ Threat Has Arrived
allAfrica.com8 Oct 2014 – [ISS]The spectre of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria casts a long shadow. It’s clearly not just the Middle East that is in trouble; both Britain and the United States have been worried enough to dispatch fighter jets to try and contain the Islamist rebels…

Rabbi Who Uses Martial Arts in Cancer Fight Wins CNN Hero Nod
The Forward New 8 Oct 2014 – Some people break down in the face of personal tragedy. Others become heroes to someone else. Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg, aka Rabbi G., chose the latter path. After his first daughter, Sara, lost a battle with leukemia just after her second birthday in 1981, Goldberg could ve shut…

Syria declares new chemical sites
BBC 8 Oct 2014 – The UN Security Council says Syria has revealed for the first time the existence of four more chemical weapons research and production facilities.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict: How ‘lawfare’ has become a weapon
BBC 8 Oct 2014 – How Israel and the Palestinians eye victories in court

Hunting for the Perfect Etrog in Brooklyn’s Back Streets
The Forward New 7 Oct 2014 – (JTA) Naftali Berger s quest for perfection ends in victory when the 24-year-old kollel student enters Tsvi Dahan s trailer on Wallabout Street in the haredi Orthodox Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Find something wrong with it find it! a glowing Berger exclaims Monday as he holds…

Renewed IS push amid US warning
BBC 8 Oct 2014 – Islamic State fighters renew their advance in the Syria-Turkey border town of Kobane, as the US warns that air strikes alone cannot save it.

Turkey’s fear of a reignited Kurdish flame
BBC 8 Oct 2014 – Border town crisis raises Turkish fears of renewed Kurdish conflict

Eleven family members believed to have left France for Syria jihad
Al-Akhbar News 8 Oct 2014 – Eleven members of the same family from the French city of Nice are believed to have left for Syria, of whom some are suspected of planning to fight alongside jihadists, a judicial source said Wednesday. The anti-terrorist section of the Paris public prosecutor’s office has opened…

Libya, Egypt to coordinate on countering terrorism
Al-Akhbar News 8 Oct 2014 – Libya and Egypt are coordinating on border security and training army and police with a view to countering terrorism, Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said Wednesday. Addressing a joint press conference with Egyptian counterpart Ibrahim Mahlab, al-Thinni said the two states were cooperating to enhance the…

Construction materials to be allowed into Gaza
Al-Akhbar News 8 Oct 2014 – A final agreement has been reached between the Palestinians, Israel and the UN to allow the entry of construction materials into the blockaded Gaza Strip, a Palestinian government source said Wednesday. “The agreement covers the mechanism by which construction materials will be allowed into Gaza, the…

Morocco activist says death row prisoners kept in “inhumane conditions”
Al-Akhbar News 8 Oct 2014 – Rights activists accused Moroccan authorities on Wednesday of keeping more than 100 prisoners awaiting execution in “inhumane and unacceptable conditions,” despite a 20-year moratorium on the death penalty. Citing a recent study, Abderrahim Jamai, coordinator of the Moroccan Coalition Against the Death Penalty (CMCPM), said dozens…

FBI in plea to identify IS militant
BBC 8 Oct 2014 – Federal police in the US are asking for the public to help identify a masked man who appears in an Islamic State (IS) video and appears to have an American accent.

Al-Qaeda attacks town in south Yemen
BBC 8 Oct 2014 – At least nine people have been killed in an attack by al-Qaeda militants on security and government buildings in the south of Yemen, officials say.

Al-Quds Brigades spokesperson: tunnels played crucial role in confrontation with Israel
Al-Akhbar News 8 Oct 2014 – Abu Hamza, spokesperson for al-Quds Brigades. (Photo: al-Quds Brigades Facebook) Abu Hamza, spokesperson for al-Quds Brigades. (Photo: al-Quds Brigades Facebook) Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, says that keeping its distance from regional intrigue has helped it make the right decisions, and…

Turkish curfews attempt to manage rising street violence
Al-Monitor 8 Oct 2014 – Turkey s Kurds pour their anger into the streets and the government declares a curfew in five predominantly Kurdish cities.

Force-feeding used in Guantanamo to discourage hunger strike: witness
Al-Akhbar News 8 Oct 2014 – Officials at Guantanamo Bay prison are using force feedings of a Syrian detainee to discourage other inmates from joining a hunger strike, a witness at a federal trial over his treatment said on Tuesday. The prisoner, Abu Wael Dhiab, 43, has been held at the prison…

Sacred citrons mean big business for Israeli farmers
Al-Monitor 8 Oct 2014 – The mystical citron fruit, used by Jews during the Feast of the Tabernacles, continues to captivate the imaginations of those who cultivate it and of Jews around the world seeking “the most beautiful citron.”

Why is Saudi Arabia flooding the oil market?
Al-Akhbar News 8 Oct 2014 – An Iraqi oil worker works at Al-Doura oil refinery. (Photo: Getty Images-Oleg Nikishin) An Iraqi oil worker works at Al-Doura oil refinery. (Photo: Getty Images-Oleg Nikishin) Oil prices declined sharply in the past few weeks, with Brent crude dropping to a two-year low as Saudi Arabia…

UN secret probe documents Lebanon s use of systematic torture
Al-Akhbar News 8 Oct 2014 – Lebanon’s infamous Adlieh Detention Center, where detainees have been reportedly tortured and held in inhumane conditions. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Lebanon’s infamous Adlieh Detention Center, where detainees have been reportedly tortured and held in inhumane conditions. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) tried…

Anti-ISIS, pro-Kurd demonstrators rally across Europe
Al-Akhbar News 8 Oct 2014 – Supporters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have protested in several European countries against Turkey s lack of support for Kobane. In Germany, street clashes between hundreds of Kurds and radical Muslims in the northern port city of Hamburg left 14 people wounded overnight, police said Wednesday….

Kerry, Ashton, Zarif to meet as Iran deadline looms
Al-Monitor 8 Oct 2014 – European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran’s FM Zarif to meet in Vienna Oct. 14-15 amid increasing concerns the Nov. 24 deadline for an Iran nuclear deal won’t be met.

Nusra attacks on Lebanon attempt to ‘change rules of game’
Al-Monitor 8 Oct 2014 – Attacks by Jabhat al-Nusra on Hezbollah-controlled positions inside Lebanon represent a troubling development for the Lebanese and possibly the regime in Damascus as well.

Israel to close Hebron Mosque to Palestinians for two days
Al-Akhbar News 8 Oct 2014 – The Israeli authorities will close the Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron to Palestinian worshipers next Sunday and Monday for the Jewish Sukkot holiday, Hebron’s Muslim endowments authority has said. “The Israeli army has notified the chairman [of the endowments authority] that it…

Sinai militants rise again
Al-Monitor 8 Oct 2014 – The jihadist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis is adapting to its war with the Egyptian army and is regaining strength in the Sinai.

Iraq s Shiite authority flexes its political muscle
Al-Monitor 8 Oct 2014 – The Shiite authority in Iraq, led by Ali al-Sistani, has set out guidelines for social powers and responsibilities, ensuring it remains connected to Shiite communities.

How US airstrikes are affecting Moscow’s Syria policy
Al-Monitor 8 Oct 2014 – A central goal of Russia’s Syria policy is to relegitimize the Syrian regime in the eyes of the United States and its allies in the region and oblige them to recognize it as an ally in the fight against extremism.

Iran op-ed asks Soleimani to defend Kobani
Al-Monitor 8 Oct 2014 – A conservative Iranian news site has published an op-ed asking Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani to defend the Kurds of Kobani as Iranians in various cities protest to show support.

How Turkey repeated US mistakes in Afghanistan
Al-Monitor 8 Oct 2014 – Turkey s Syrian adventure, and its unintended midwifery to the Islamic State, hold major lessons for Turkish foreign policy.

Syrian price spikes: Aleppo gas prices increase by 150%
Al-Monitor 8 Oct 2014 – Strikes by the US-led coalition on the Islamic State have targeted oil wells and refineries, causing prices of basic commodities in Syria to skyrocket.

Kurdish activist violence brings Kobani conflict to Turkish streets
Al-Monitor 8 Oct 2014 – By promoting violent activism, the Kurdistan Workers Party is pressuring the Turkish government, while restricting the state to responding with narratives instead of military measures.

Kobani is becoming Turkey’s war
Al-Monitor 8 Oct 2014 – Turks are fighting on both sides of the Islamic State-YPG battle for Kobani, but increasing numbers of Kurdish fighters, including women, are coming from Turkey to join the battle.

VIDEO: Sunni-Shia tensions rise in Iraq
BBC 8 Oct 2014 – The BBC speaks to Sunni villagers who fear retribution from Shia militias, who accuse them of supporting Islamic State

Canada approves anti-IS air strikes
BBC 7 Oct 2014 – Canada’s parliament votes to allow the country’s military to join the US-led campaign of air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Jail a ‘nightmare’, says freed Briton
BBC 7 Oct 2014 – A 69-year-old British man freed after spending 20 days in a Moroccan jail for “homosexual acts” says his experience “was a total nightmare”.


Sweden, Palestine and the United States
Robert Fantina, CounterPunch10/7/2014
The Consequences of American Hypocrisy
Sweden s new Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, has announced that that nation will be the first of the European Union to grant official recognition to Palestine. To date, 134 of the 193 member states of the United Nations recognize Palestine. This is a reasonable step that will, hopefully, set the example for other European nations to do the same.
The United States, Israel s best friend in all the world, and that bottomless pit of financial assistance for Israel, is, not surprisingly, seriously displeased. A spokeswoman for President Barack Obama said this: We believe international recognition of a Palestinian state is premature. We certainly support Palestinian statehood, but it can only come through a negotiated outcome, a resolution of final status issues and mutual recognitions by both parties.
Here we go with the negotiated outcome nonsense again, nonsense that much of the world dismisses, but that the U.S. clings to, knowing that there can be no negotiated outcome, but toeing the Israeli party line.
When Israel carpet-bombs Palestine, a nation it occupies, U.S. spokespersons say that Israel has a right to defend itself . They don t see what most of the rest of the world does: that it is illogical for an occupying force to defend itself against the people it occupies.
But this is the model that worked for a while for the U.S. public-relations machine, when terrorist U.S. soldiers were occupying Iraq. Iraqi freedom fighters, resisting the cruel oppression of the U.S., were labelled insurgents . For the U.S., anyone opposing occupation by it or its allies is an insurgent ….more..e-mail

A professor s freedom to tweet: The Steven Salaita affair
Shachar Pinsker, +972 Magazine10/7/2014
A Palestinian American professor s withering tweets against Israel s offensive in Gaza cost him his job. If his freedom of speech isn t protected, it could be me or you next.
In 2013, the American-Indian Studies Program at The University of Illinois decided to hire Steven Salaita, who then held a tenured position at Virginia Tech University. The university s administration approved the appointment via a standard procedure that seemed to go smoothly. So in 2014, Salaita resigned from Virginia Tech, sold his house and moved with his family to Urbana-Champagne. But then, something very unlikely happened.
On August 1, Salaita received an email from Phyllis Wise, the U of I chancellor, informing him that his job offer had been rescinded. Wise wrote that the position was subject to approval by the university s Board of Trustees, but in his case, the appointment would not even be submitted to the Board. We believe that an affirmative Board vote approving your appointment is unlikely, Wise wrote. We therefore will not be in a position to appoint you to the faculty.
This was a very unusual decision, because Board approval is typically no more than a formality. However, that changed when Salaita, an American citizen of Palestinian decent, expressed his rage against Israel in a series of tweets about the war in Gaza in July, which he posted on his Twitter account. (The New York Times published a report with a selection of those tweets so you get an idea). Until the summer of 2014, nobody at U of I questioned Salaita s scholarship on Native American and Palestinian issues (his scholarship and publications are strongly tied to his political activism).
However, after an exposÈ on Salaita in The Daily Caller, an extreme right-wing electronic newspaper, as well as a charge of anti-Semitism from The Simon Wiesenthal Center Campus Outreach program, there was major concern about his tweets and political positions….more..e-mail

Archaeological dig damages property in Hebron
Ahmad Jaradat, Alternative Information Center10/7/2014
The Israeli Antiquities Authority is digging so that Palestnian-owned property will be destroyed or seriously damaged in its rescue digs in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.
The Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) approached the Khatib family, who live in Hebron’s Tel Rumeida area, and asked permission to destroy their retaining wall and dig 3 metres onto their property. The Save Tel Rumeida Project reports that the family refused. The wall is under threat, however, as all the earth is being removed from behind it so that it will probably fall down in the coming days.
While financed by Israel’s Ministry of Culture and Sport, this dig was undertaken at the initiative of Israeli settlers
in Hebron. The dig, the fourth in Tel Rumeida, is carried out by the IAA and the University of Ariel, located in the West Bank settlement of Ariel.

While David Wilder, spokesperson for Hebron’s settlers, claims all decisions related to the excavations are made by the IAA, the settlers already plan to establish an archaeological park on the site upon conclusion of the dig.
The Civil Administration told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz in January that The Antiquities Authority has been carrying out rescue excavations in Tel Hebron, following the Hebron settlers initiative to develop an archaeological park open to the public. The administration is endeavoring as a matter of routine to protect, develop and carry out rescue digs regardless of the future of these sites and the arrangement to be carried out in the future .
While Israel presents these as “rescue digs”, already in the late 1990s the IAA was involved in an excavation of Tel Rumeida, on top of which permanent housing for the Ramat Yishai outpost was constructed from 2001.more..e-mail

Jerusalem mayor: give us tools to end unrest
Sergio Yahni, Alternative Information Center10/6/2014
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has criticised the government for not providing local police with tools necessary to quell unrest in occupied East Jerusalem. Barkat: security forces must respond in a harsh and uncompromising manner, and courts must not release ‘rioters’ quickly and without severe punishment.
In a letter issued to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat accused the government of failing to provide Jerusalem security forces with the means necessary to bring an end to the social and political unrest that has erupted sporadically in East Jerusalem over the past months.
Barkat s comments come in the wake of accusations by CEO of the Jerusalem light rail, Yaron Ravid, that police requested his company not report rock-throwing attacks against the light rail because it harms police and encourages offenders.
Unrest in Jerusalem has surged following the kidnapping and murder of Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir on July 2.Unrest in Jerusalem has surged following the kidnapping and murder of Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir on July 2.
Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old from the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat, was abducted on his way to pray in a neighborhood mosque. His body was found several hours later in the Jerusalem Forest. The autopsy determined that he was beaten and burnt whilst still alive.
Family members and Palestinian residents of Jerusalem at large complained about the disrespectful treatment of the Jerusalem municipality and police in this case. Such disrespect included hinting that Abu Khdeir was killed by his own father, the subsequent detention of his father for questioning as well as an initial refusal to return the body to the family unless the father recognizes Muhammad Abu Khdeir was killed for reasons of ‘family honour’.more..e-mail

Why is The Advocate afraid to talk about Palestine?
Electronic Intifada: 8 Oct 2014 – The LGBTQ magazine is more than willing to provide a platform for bigoted diatribes peddled in the service of pinkwashing Israeli apartheid.more..

Nothing about us without Us: The Token Palestinian and Authentic Narrative
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Oct 2014 – By Ramzy Baroud I recall, with particular awkwardness, my first talk to a socialist student gathering at the University of Washington in Seattle nearly two decades ago. When I tried to offer an authentic view of the situation in Palestine from the viewpoint of a refugee, my hosts were distinctly unimpressed. However, the bespectacled head of the student group, unshaven, his shirt untucked , wearing old jeans and a large unfashionable belt that pushed way above his diaphragm, knew how to move and shake the crowd. He spoke of Palestinian and Israeli proletariat classes, which, according to him were ultimately fighting against the same enemy, the neoliberal capitalist elites shamelessly subduing the working classes in both Palestine and Israel. But what the audience loved the most were his sweeping statements about the working classes of Algeria, Congo and South America that were somehow all magically tied to Palestine. Whenever the gathering…more

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