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Monday, June 6, 2011
Israel Prepares To Approve 4100 New Units For Israeli Settlers In East Jerusalem
IMEMC - Tuesday June 07, 2011 - 03:03, The Israeli Interior Ministry, and the so-called Construction and Planning Committee, are preparing to officially approve 4100 units for Jewish settlers in occupied East Jerusalem.

Explosive Remnants Located in Villages Near Nablus
IMEMC - Tuesday June 07, 2011 - 02:32, Palestinian Sources reported Monday that remnant of explosives dropped by the Israeli forces in previous invasions were located in Surra and Bazaria villages, west of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

PA Seeks WTO Membership
IMEMC - Tuesday June 07, 2011 - 02:16, The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank in conducting preparations to ask for official membership at the World Trade Organization (WTO), or at least an observer status in the current stage.

Palestinian Girl, 13, Detained During Visit To Her Detained Father
IMEMC - Monday June 06, 2011 - 16:27, A 13 year old Palestinian girl has been detained during a visit to her father in a Israeli prison in the Negev Israeli detention camp.

Palestinian Killed In Tunnel Accident
IMEMC - Monday June 06, 2011 - 13:10, A Palestinian worker was killed on Monday at dawn when a siege-busting tunnel collapsed on him at the Gaza-Egypt border, in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, the Arabs48 news website reported.

Tension Remains High on Syrian Border
IMEMC - Monday June 06, 2011 - 11:33, The Israeli Army deployed dozens of additional units at the border with Syria following Sunday clashes in which the army short and killed 23 protesters marking the Naksa Day, and injured more than 350.

Israel Army Attacks Naksa Demonstration In Qalandia
IMEMC - Monday June 06, 2011 - 11:31, A fresh round of violence erupted during Naksa Day in the Golan and the West Bank as Palestinians marched for the right of return to their homes in what is now Israel.

24 Killed By Israeli Fire In the Golan, 350 Injured
IMEMC - Monday June 06, 2011 - 11:08, Syrian media sources confirmed that Israeli soldiers shot and killed on Sunday 24 protesters who gathered on the Syrian side of the border of the Israeli occupied Golan Heights marking the Naksa Day, while at least 350 were injured.

5,000 Israelis march in Tel Aviv calling for Palestinian statehood
IMEMC - Sunday June 05, 2011 - 20:02, At a march organized by a number of Israeli center-left groups, around 5,000 protesters marched through the streets of downtown Tel Aviv Saturday night calling for a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.

Protest organizer on trial in Israeli military court
6/6/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Non-violence activist Bassem Tamimi appeared in Israel's Ofer military court Sunday charged with incitement and organizing protests in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Israeli forces detained Tamimi, 44, from his home on March 24. The popular committee coordinator is accused of organizing and participating in "unauthorized processions.... Related: West Bank protest organizer, Bassem Tamimi, to Judge: "Your military laws are non-legit. Our peaceful protest is just" and Non-violence activist addresses Israeli military court

PA: Israel detained prisoner's daughter during visit
6/6/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Guards at an Israeli prison detained a 13-year-old girl visiting her father, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Prisoners Affairs said Monday. Prison guards detained Samah Majdi Musallam while she was visiting her father, who is serving a 13-year sentence in an Israeli prison in the Negev desert, the ministry....

Olive trees burned in fire sparked by tear-gas
6/6/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces stationed along the separation wall near the Jerusalem-area village of Qatanna fired tear-gas canisters at a group of young farmers on Monday, the heat from which caused a brush fire damaging 40 trees. The leader of the village council told Ma'an that the brush around the olive....

Report: 14 Palestinians killed in Syria camp
6/6/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Fourteen Palestinian refugees were reported killed and another 43 injured on Monday, a report from the Palestinian government's WAFA news said. The victims were part of a massive group in Al-Yarmok, an unofficial Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital of Damascus, mourning the death of between 10-23....

Gaza border remains closed
6/6/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian officials in Gaza closed the Rafah crossing into Egypt for the third consecutive day, citing a lack of coordination with Egyptian authorties. Rafah crossing director Ayyoub Abu Sha'ar said the terminal was closed to passengers trying to leave the Gaza Strip because there was no clear mechanism.... Related: Gaza govt asks Egypt to re-open Rafah

Gaza govt asks Egypt to re-open Rafah
6/6/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza's government asked Egypt on Monday to follow through on its April promise to open the Rafah crossing, and put an end to confusion which lead to its three-day closure this week. Government spokesman Hasan Abu Hashish told reporters in Gaza City on Monday that an official request.... Related: Gaza border remains closed

Parents of captured Israeli soldier file suit
6/6/2011 - PARIS (AFP) -- The parents of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, captured by Palestinian militants in Gaza in 2006, filed suit on Monday in a Paris court against his kidnapping and illegal imprisonment. The complaint by the parents of Shalit, who also has French citizenship, states that the kidnap was accompanied by aggravating circumstances and that he....

Israel says Golan death toll lower than claimed
6/6/2011 - MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights (AFP) -- The Israeli army said on Monday that 10 people had been killed during Sunday's Naksa Day protests along the Syrian ceasefire line, describing Damascus's toll of 23 as "exaggerated." Israeli leaders accused Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad of encouraging the unrest to divert attention from his crackdown....

Report: Fatah vows retaliation for Naksa Day deaths
6/6/2011 - BEIRUT, Lebanon (Ma'an) -- Fatah's armed group will determine the "right time and place" to retaliate inside Palestine for the deaths of Palestinian refugees by Israeli fire along the Syria-Israel ceasefire line, an official was reported saying in southern Lebanon on Monday"Palestine will be liberated through resistance because negotiations are useless....

Worker dies in Rafah smuggling tunnel collapse
6/6/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A 22-year-old worker was killed Monday when a smuggling tunnel under the Gaza-Egypt border collapsed, medics said. Sami Ahmad An-Nadi, from Khan Younis, was trapped in the tunnel in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said An-Nadi's body was taken....

Israel allows limited aid into Gaza
6/6/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities decided on Monday to open the Kerem Shalom crossing to allow limited quantities of aid into Gaza. Palestinian liaison official, Raed Fattouh, said Israel agreed to allow around 300 truckloads of goods into the coastal enclave. The delivery will include 12 truckloads of cement for UNRWA projects, six....

Israel raids Tulkarem refugee camp overnight
6/6/2011 - TULKAREM (Ma'an) --Israeli forces detained three Palestinians in a raid of Nour Ash-Shams refugee camp near Tulkarem overnight Sunday, Palestinian security sources said. Security officials identified those detained as Imad Abu Saryeh, 20, Faysal Mahmud Khaleefeh, 28, and Mahmud Abu Aisha. An Israeli military spokesman said two Palestinians were detained from the Tulkarem....

Non-violence activist addresses Israeli military court
6/6/2011 - Non-violence activist Bassem Tamimi's address to Israel's Ofer military court during his trial for organizing protests in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. A military judge refused to allow Tamimi to read his full statement in court. Your Honor,I hold this speech out of belief in peace, justice, freedom....

Gaza factions condemn Naksa day deaths
6/6/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) - Islamic factions in the Gaza Strip issued a statement Monday demanding the "right of Palestinians to live on their lands and to have liberty and freedom." The statement came in response to the death of what Syrian television said was 23 Palestinians and their supporters along the country's....

Ban calls for restraint after Golan shooting
6/6/2011 - UNITED NATIONS (AFP) -- UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Monday on all parties to exercise "maximum restraint" and expressed "deep concern" about Sunday's shooting on the Golan Heights." The secretary-general regrets the loss of life, and extends his condolences to the families of the victims," said a statement by Ban's spokesman." He....

Israel's Barak says Syrian president 'will fall'
6/6/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad may be encouraging unrest on the Israel-Syria frontier in a futile effort to save his regime." We have no choice, we have to defend our border and Assad, in my opinion will fall in the end," said Barak a day....

Brotherhood party legal in Egypt for first time
6/6/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- The Muslim Brotherhood's political party, set up to run in polls, was declared legal in Egypt on Monday, state news agency MENA said, for the first time since the movement was founded eight decades ago." The commission on party affairs has given its approval for the formation of the Freedom and....

Israel's plan to forcibly remove 30,000 Bedouin slammed as cruel
Palestine Note 6 Jun 2011 - The National - Human rights groups have condemned an Israeli government plan to forcibly remove 30,000 Bedouin Arabs from their homes in southern Israel, calling it "cruel and discriminatory". Government ministers are expected to approve a programme that will cost...

Report: Fatah vows retaliation for Naksa Day deaths
Palestine Note 6 Jun 2011 - Ma'an - Fatah's armed group will determine the "right time and place" to retaliate inside Palestine for the deaths of Palestinian refugees by Israeli fire along the Syria-Israel ceasefire line, an official was reported saying in southern Lebanon on Monday...

Olive trees burned in fire sparked by tear-gas
Palestine Note 6 Jun 2011 - Ma'an - Israeli forces stationed along the separation wall near the Jerusalem-area village of Qatanna fired tear-gas canisters at a group of young farmers on Monday, the heat from which caused a brush fire damaging 40 trees. The leader of...

Turkey foreign minister urges organizers to reconsider Gaza flotilla
Palestine Note 6 Jun 2011 - Haaretz - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday advised the organizers of a Gaza aid flotilla planning to set sail later this month, to "wait" and reconsider their plan in light of the changes in the Gaza Strip. This...

Report: 14 Palestinians killed in Syria camp
Palestine Note 6 Jun 2011 - Ma'an - Fourteen Palestinian refugees were reported killed and another 43 injured on Monday, a report from the Palestinian government's WAFA news said. The victims were part of a massive group in Al-Yarmok, an unofficial Palestinian refugee camp in the...

Rafah crossing shut in protest
Palestine Note 6 Jun 2011 - Al Jazeera - Hamas has closed the Gaza Strip's Rafah border crossing with Egypt and accused Egyptian authorities of failing to live up to its promises. The Palestinian group, which governs Gaza Strip, stopped travellers from crossing into Egypt on...

The downside of Rafah’s reopening
Palestine Note 6 Jun 2011 - IRIN - Tarik Abu Kheir, a construction worker in his mid-thirties, moved two years ago from the Egyptian Nile Delta governorate of Beheira to the Egyptian side of Rafah, a town straddling the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip,...

Deadly Clashes in Golan Heights for Naksa Protests
Palestine Note 6 Jun 2011 - Palestinians storm Rafah crossing on Saturday after closure Washington Post - Palestinians in Syria canceled plans to march to the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday’s anniversary of the 1967 war in which Israel captured the territory. Palestinians...

Syrian TV: Security officers killed in ambush
AlJazeera 6 Jun 2011 - Government threatens to retaliate after blaming "armed groups" for the deaths of 120 officers in country's north.

Apple launches iCloud storage service
AlJazeera 6 Jun 2011 - CEO Steve Jobs unveils the anticipated music streaming and internet data-storage service.

Ban Ki-moon seeks second term as UN head
AlJazeera 6 Jun 2011 - The South Korean is in strong position with assurances of support from US and other key members of UN Security Council.

US calls for 'immediate transition' in Yemen
AlJazeera 6 Jun 2011 - Clinton says transition is in best interests of Yemeni people amid reports that Saleh may return "within days".

Rafah crossing shut in protest
AlJazeera 6 Jun 2011 - Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, closes the border, accusing Egypt of putting restrictions.

German farm E.coli 'tests negative'
AlJazeera 6 Jun 2011 - Initial tests on bean sprouts from organic farm suggest it may not be source of deadly bacteria outbreak.

Five US troops killed in Iraq attack
AlJazeera 6 Jun 2011 - Rocket attacks and bombings across Iraq kill 21 people, including five US and nine Iraqi soldiers.

Israel fires on 'Naksa' protesters
AlJazeera 6 Jun 2011 - At least 23 reportedly killed in the Golan Heights during pro-Palestinian rally marking "Day of Defeat" in 1967 war.

Bahrain police 'target Shia processions'
AlJazeera 6 Jun 2011 - Tear gas and rubber bullets reportedly used to break up religious gatherings in villages across the country.

Young, Hip, and Progressive: Online Magazine +972 Celebrates its First Anniversary
PNN - Tel Aviv – PNN – At an evening party on Sunday atop the roof of a small art gallery overlooking Tel Aviv’s white beaches, the progressive Israeli left was alive and kicking....

Parents of Gilad Shalit File Suit in Paris For His Release
PNN - Paris - PNN - Noam Shalit, father of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit, has today filed a suit against his abduction to magistrates in Paris, according to Ynet News. Gilad Shalit, a French...

Israeli Military Arrests a Palestinian Child as she was visiting her Father in a Detention Facility
PNN - Nablus-PNN- Israeli troops arrested Samah Mousalan, 13, from the northern part of Nablus as she was visiting her father who has been held by Israelis in the Negev detention facility. The Palestinian...

Palestinian worker dies as tunnel collapses at Gaza-Egypt borders
PNN - Gaza - PNN - A Palestinian worker was reported dead on Monday as the tunnel in which he works between the southern part of the Gaza Strip and Egypt collapsed. Political sources...

Al-Zahar Admits Internal Dispute
PNN - Gaza- PNN- Mahmoud Al Zahar the top Hamas leader in the Gaza strip admitted that there is internal dispute between him and the head of the polit-bureau in Damascus, Khalid Machan. Al-Zahar...

22 dead and 360 injured in 5th June Naksa protests
6/6/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement - According to the most recent reports 22 civilians were killed and 360 injured yesterday when Israeli soldiers opened fire at protesters marking Naksa day across the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and the Syrian border. The 5th June this year marked the 44th anniversary of the Naksa, or "setback"– Israel's....

Four killed, 30 injured as Israeli troops attack Naksa protests in Ramallah and Golan Heights
6/6/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 05 June 2011 - Palestine News Network - On Sunday four civilians were killed and 30 injured when Israeli soldiers opened fire at protesters marking Naksa across the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and the Syrian border. Forty-four years ago, Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights during the six-day war, which later became.... Related: Palestine News Network

West Bank protest organizer, Bassem Tamimi, to Judge: 'Your military laws are non-legit. Our peaceful protest is just'
6/6/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - Tamimi, who has been held in custody for over two months, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and held a defiant speech explaining his motivation for organizing civil resistance to the Occupation. See his full statement below. - After more than two months in custody, the trial of Bassem Tamimi.... Related: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee and Protest organizer on trial in Israeli military court

Egypt Closes Rafah Crossing to Vehicles, Hundreds of Furious Travellers Storm Terminal
Alternative Information Center - On Saturday 4 June, Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah terminal suddenly and with no prior coordination with the Palestinian Authority.

Commemorating Naksa: Report on Weekend Anti-Occupation Protests
Alternative Information Center - This past weekend’s demonstrations (3-4 June) against the Israeli occupation, settlements and apartheid walls were conducted in the West Bank villages of Bil’in, Na’alin, Nabi Saleh, al Masara and Beit Ummar. In Budrus a demonstration was...

Refugees cannot be ignored: UNRWA
Relief Web 6 Jun 2011 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon , occupied Palestinian territory 4 June 2011 Daily Star, Lebanon Patrick Galey Displaced Palestinians will become a destabilising force in the region if their demands continue...

The downside of Rafah's reopening
Relief Web 6 Jun 2011 - Source: Integrated Regional Information Networks Country: Egypt , occupied Palestinian territory RAFAH, 6 June 2011 (IRIN) - Tarik Abu Kheir, a construction worker in his mid-thirties, moved two years ago from the Egyptian Nile Delta governorate of Beheira to the Egyptian...

Rafah border crossing still shut: Palestinians
Relief Web 4 Jun 2011 - Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Egypt , occupied Palestinian territory GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Palestinian officials said Sunday they had halted operations at the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt a day after Egypt closed the border, apparently without warning. In...

From Lands End to Occupied Palestinian Territories
6 Jun 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - As you enter Bethlehem the poverty is apparent. The daily struggle for survival that the people face is obvious. Being one of the driest areas of the world there are chronic water shortages; often the only available water is not fit for consumption, polluted with bacteria and viruses. Medical conditions that arise from consuming contaminated water...

Armed settlers assault Palestinians in Hebron
6 Jun 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Several settlers stormed Monday Khirbet Umm el-Khair in the south of Hebron harassing shepherds and forcing them to stay inside their homes.

Israel detains Palestinians in WB following Naksa clashes
6 Jun 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)- Israeli occupation forces detained Monday a Palestinian youth after raiding his home in Deirsamt town in the south-west of Hebron.

Palestinian killed due to tunnel collapse
6 Jun 2011 - Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)-A Palestinian youth was killed Monday in a tunnel collapse beneath Rafah-Egypt borders.

Syrian state TV reports 120 security forces 'killed in massacre'
The National 6 Jun 2011 - Activists dispute report and speak of mutiny in security service after policemen who refused to open fire on demonstrators were executed.

Assad's launch of 'radical reform agenda' falls far short of demands, say Syrian protesters
The National 6 Jun 2011 - Military crackdown on escalating anti-government demonstrators continues, as officials say President Bashar al Assad is leading a 'comprehensive' programme of political liberalisation.

Syrian police stop Palestinian protesters from returning to Golan border
The National 6 Jun 2011 - Israel says Syria's report of 23 dead in Sunday's demonstrations is 'exaggerated' and blames at least 10 of the deaths on the inadvertent triggering of landmines in the area by demonstrators throwing Molotov cocktails.

Turkish election race sees rivals accuse each other of being pro-Israeli
The National 6 Jun 2011 - Stinging election campaign comments come amid reports that the Turkish government is trying to keep ties with Israel from fraying further in the advent of a new aid flotilla set to sail for Gaza from Turkey this month.

Family of Israeli soldier captured by Hamas in 2006 go to court in Paris
The National 6 Jun 2011 - Father of Sergeant Gilad Schalit files lawsuit in Paris in hope that this will lead to arrest warrants for members of the Palestinian militant group who kidnapped his son.

Diplomats, opposition and Yemen's acting leader debate post-Saleh rule
The National 6 Jun 2011 - Western diplomats were conducting intensive talks with the government and opposition leaders in Yemen to discuss how to transfer power and end months of violence, and with Ali Abdullah Saleh continuing to indicate that he intends to return to the country after treatment in Saudi Arabia for his injuries.

Israel's plan to forcibly remove 30,000 Bedouin slammed as cruel
The National 6 Jun 2011 - Jewish settlement housing as many as 10,000 Israelis in 2,400 units is planned to be constructed in one of the evacuated Bedouin villages in the Negev, according to the newspaper Haaretz.

Lingerie shop workers must be Saudi women only, says King Abdullah
The National 6 Jun 2011 - In a bid to reduce high female unemployment in the kingdom, Saudi Arabia's ruler has banned men from employment in lingerie shops.

20 shot dead as Israeli snipers fire on Palestinians crossing border
The National 5 Jun 2011 - Bloodshed as protesters try to enter the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights was a repeat of deadly clashes last month when hundreds of Syria's Palestinian residents poured across the disputed border.

White House trying to restart Mideast peace talks based on Obama guidelines
Ha'aretz - Push by U.S. President comes amid reports of indirect peace talks taking place in Washington, as part of an American effort to restart direct negotiations.

MESS Report / Israel border calm after Syria prevents protesters from reaching fence
Ha'aretz - While it remains unclear whether Assad's regime organized protests, it was proven that it can prevent them from taking place.

Defense Ministry to monitor NGOs that provide services during wartime
Ha'aretz - State aims to to prevent groups, philanthropists from taking over its responsibilities, as did businessman Arcadi Gaydamak during the Second Lebanon War.

Amira Hass / West Bank travel restrictions take their toll on international aid budgets
Ha'aretz - European, American taxpayers supporting aid groups paying at least $4.5 million additional expenses a year to overcome Israeli restrictions.

Israeli towns' new line of defense from Gaza rockets: Trees
Ha'aretz - Defense Ministry director general says Israel has already spent NIS 1.6 billion in the last 5 years on defensive projects along the Gaza border.

It's only logical: 'Mr. Spock' supports two-state solution for Mideast peace
Ha'aretz - In open letter published by left-wing NGO, Jewish-American actor and Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy voices his support of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Hitler letter to be revealed, containing first written anti-Semitic comments
Ha'aretz - In 1919 letter obtained by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Nazi leader claims a strong German government could bring about 'removal of the Jewish threat.'

U.S. and France: Mideast peace conference useless if sides unwilling to negotiate
Ha'aretz - Clinton, Juppe agree that return to talks is crucial ahead of UN vote in September, but there is no agreement among Israelis and Palestinians about the terms of negotiations.

Palestinians in Washington deny indirect talks with Israel
Ha'aretz - Saeb Erekat says after meeting with State Department officials that he did not know Israel had sent delegates to U.S. until after his arrival.

Israelis, Palestinians holding separate covert talks with Washington
Ha'aretz - In response to U.S. initiative to discuss possible return to Mideast peace talks, Israel sends Yitzhak Molcho and Palestinians send negotiator Saeb Erekat and Abbas' spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeinah to White House.

U.S.: Syria 'clearly' inciting Israel border protests
Ha'aretz - U.S. State Department blames Syria for the deaths of reported 23 protesters, but Jordan blasts Israel for the killings on Golan Heights Sunday.

Israel delays plans to shorten summer vacation until next school year
Ha'aretz - Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar succumbs to teachers and parents and retracts decision to put forth plan this year.

Olmert at graft trial: My frequent flights were 'important' in representing Israel
Ha'aretz - The former prime minister says his hundreds of flights abroad were 'networking' opportunities to connect with colleagues and donors.

Israel to get a longer summer
Ha'aretz - The current daylight-saving time was introduced to accommodate the religious community in Israel who sought to end the Yom Kippur fast earlier in the day.

U.S. lawmaker admits to sending lewd photos via Twitter
Ha'aretz - Following numerous denials, Rep. Anthony Weiner finally owns up to sending photo of his underwear-clad crotch to a young woman, and then lying repeatedly to protect himself.

Ex-IMF leader pleads not guilty to sex assault
Ha'aretz - Dominique Strauss-Kahn makes his first court appearance since posting $6 million bail last month.

Ban Ki-moon asks UN for second term as Secretary General
Ha'aretz - UN chief's first term ends December 31 and is unopposed in the running for the position thus far.

Ichilov, Sheba make breast cancer patients pay for medical supplies
Ha'aretz - Hundreds of Israeli women undergo mastectomies and breast reconstruction every year, including those suffering from breast cancer and those who undertake the surgery as preventative measure because they have family history of breast cancer.

Married for life, to your contractor
Ha'aretz - Errant construction on your new home can make life miserable, but the Knesset and the courts are cracking down.

Cabinet approves higher taxes on housing as an investment
Ha'aretz - The Finance Ministry's proposal includes granting exemption on capital gains taxes for selling residences now used for offices and businesses, if they are converted back to housing.

Turkey foreign minister urges organizers to reconsider Gaza flotilla
Ha'aretz - Ahmet Davutoglu says he has advised the IHH to wait and see how the Rafah border crossing has affected Gaza, but cannot stop the group if they disregard his request.

Noam Shalit files suit in Paris to probe his son's kidnapping
Ha'aretz - Gilad Shalit is a dual Israeli-French citizen; French courts are allowed to investigate felonies against French citizens overseas.

Netanyahu: Syria provoking Israel to divert attention from internal bloodshed
Ha'aretz - Netanyahu says Assad's regime 'did not use its weight' and allowed protesters to gather along border to challenge Israel's sovereignty.

Ukraine professors defend Palestinian engineer alleged to have conspired with Hamas
Ha'aretz - Dirar Abu Sisi vanished from a train in Ukraine in February and resurfaced days later in an Israeli prison were he awaits trial; the indictment states his professors arranged for him to attend class at a soviet military academy.

Hezbollah chief: Naksa Day protesters sent clear message to Israel
Ha'aretz - Hezbollah chief slams Israel's violent response to Syrian protesters trying to breach the Israeli Golan Heights border, says U.S. only committed to Israel's security.

IDF vows to use 'all defensive means' to protect Israel's borders
Ha'aretz - IDF chief says army must 'remain alert and prepared' in wake of violent Naksa Day clashes along Syria border.

IDF: Only a few live bullets fired during Naksa Day protest on Syria border
Ha'aretz - IDF investigation into Sunday's violent clashes reveal that the IDF used extremely limited fire against the protesters; Syria reports that 23 protesters were killed by IDF fire.

Barak: Dagan's comments on Iran hurt Israel's ability of deterrence
Ha'aretz - The defense minister criticized former Mossad cheif Meir Dagan for saying that a military strike on Iran would be a 'stupid thing.'

IAEA: New information points to possible Iran nuclear weapon program
Ha'aretz - UN nuclear watchdog said certain activities carried recently out by the Islamic Republic may mean it is working to develop a nuclear-armed missile.

Israel to complain to UN over Syria incitement of border violence
Ha'aretz - Foreign Ministry spokesman says complaint will focus on Syria's 'manipulation of its own citizens' to foment Sunday's violent border clashes, in which Syria says 23 protesters were killed.

Water bill would require public institutions to recycle
Jeruslalem Post 7 Jun 2011 - Knesset c'tee approves bill on regulation of water separation systems, collection, reuse of drain water to optimize usage.

Knesset c'tee worried by disbandment of Sa'ar police unit
Jeruslalem Post 7 Jun 2011 - Members of panel against trafficking women say decision to shut the Sa'ar branch of the national 433 Unit harms efforts against human trafficking.

Ometz demands explanation for $20m. in Seimens bribes
Jeruslalem Post 7 Jun 2011 - Anti-corruption watchdog group asks High Court to probe alleged bribes paid to chief officials at the Israel Electric Corporation.

Yishai decides to extend daylight saving time by 11 days
Jeruslalem Post 7 Jun 2011 - Interior Minister to elongate DST period to approximately 193 days, by determining its end as the first weekend after October 1.

Olmert denies direct involvement in Rishon Tours affair
Jeruslalem Post 7 Jun 2011 - Former PM on the witness stand: "I thought the agency gave me efficient travel-related service. That is where it started and ended."

'Amman will purchase 10 m. cubic meters of Israeli water'
Jeruslalem Post 7 Jun 2011 - Jordanian newspaper reports water shortages in Jordan Valley prompt expected purchase this summer.

New corporate agreement likely to raise water prices
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - Water Authority warns that the proposed corporate water agreement will lead to lower prices for public companies at a heavy cost.

Defending the border
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - THE IDF’S response to Sunday's "Naksa" border protests could not have been much more seriously planned or more cool-headedly implemented.

Recounting ‘Farhud’ that ended 2,400 years of Iraqi Jewry
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - Every year before Shavuot, thousands of Jews of Baghdadi origin commemorate 1941 Nazi-led pogrom during which 700 Jews were murdered.

David Cameron and the JNF
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - The British PM’s decision to resign his patronage of the JNF speaks to the next stage of Israel delegitimization, war on Zionism in Diaspora.

Borderline Views: Religious pluralism on Shavuot
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - No longer the exclusive domain of the Orthodox, Shavuot night has become a night-long learn-in for the religious and secular.

'Cybernetics arms race is underway,' new study says
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - INSS report says unique attributes of cybernetics battle arena include ability to strike enemies far away without endangering any personnel.

A good wife
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - Must would-be Jewesses cover up with long skirts and sleeves and wear hats? And if they won’t, is that reason enough not to convert them?

IDF conversions and the Book of Ruth
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - The Moabite widow once married to a Jew who had abandoned his land and people, serves as the basis for what constitutes halachic conversion.

Encountering Peace: September mania
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - The best thing that could happen is to return to negotiations; but if not, it's imperative to prevent a return to a violent intifada.

A movement of change
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - The ground is certainly shifting beneath the feet of Reform Movement, of Jewish world in general; a new leader is exactly what’s in order

Wanted: A pro-Israel leader
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - The nomination of Rabbi Richard Jacobs as president of Reform Movement will hurt those Reform congregants who care most about the Jewish state.

Molcho, Erekat in DC for separate talks with US
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - PM's envoy to US and Palestinian negotiator hold secret talks in Washington in what may be last-ditch effort to renew peace process; PM doesn't meet congressional group brought to Israel by J Street.

Analysis: Success in Golan is not success in W. Bank
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - IDF will need to remember that body count the world is willing to swallow in Syria, Lebanon is not the same it will accept in W. Bank, Gaza.

Poll: 77% of Israelis oppose going back to pre-'67 lines
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - Large majorities recognize importance of keeping J'lem under Israeli sovereignty, oppose transferring Temple Mount to Palestinian control.

Palestinians predict next Intifada will be non-violent
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - Poll shows majority believes Intifada will erupt if deadlock with Israel continues, but some say this time uprising will be more peaceful.

Sa'ar backtracks; school year to start on September 1
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - Education Minister says took decision not to cut short summer vacation after issues dealing with teacher vacations were brought to his attention.

Syrian TV: 'Armed gangs' kill 120 security officers
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - Assault in Muslim Brotherhood stronghold is deadliest attack in 11-week uprising; Syrian interior ministry: We will respond "firmly" to attacks.

Syrian TV: 'Militia' kills 120 security men in north
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - Assault in Muslim Brotherhood stronghold is deadliest attack in 11-week uprising; Syrian interior ministry: We will respond "firmly" to attacks.

PM: Naksa Day events meant to heat up Syrian border
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - Netanyahu pledges Israel will "act to protect border"; US says there's a clear attempt at incitement by Syria, ISrael has right to defend itself.

'Turkish FM to flotilla organizers: Reconsider Gaza plans'
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - Ahmet Davutoğlu advises delaying of flotilla departure to see how situation in Gaza changes with opening of Rafah, 'Hurriyet' reports.

IAEA chides Israel for allegedly bombing Syria reactor
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - Nuclear watchdog chief says the case should have been reported to his agency; agency is expected to rebuke Syria within days.

Syrian state TV: Gov't forces death toll rises to 40
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - TV report says armed groups used weapons, grenades on Assad's forces in Jisr al-Shughour; report comes after snipers fire at funerals.

Rivlin shows support for gays despite haredi outrage
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - Knesset event attended by record number of MKs discusses rights for same-sex couples, education for tolerance toward Gay Pride Month.

Olmert denies direct involvement in double billing affair
Jeruslalem Post 6 Jun 2011 - Former PM testifies in Rishontours corruption trial: I thought the agency gave me efficient travel service. That is where it started and ended.

We must help Vanunu live in peace | Duncan Campbell
The Guardian 6 Jun 2011 - Nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu wants to obey Israeli law and lose his citizenship. The UK has an obligation to him Twenty-five years ago Mordechai Vanunu, a young Israeli nuclear technician, came to London to pass on...

Yemen, Syria and Middle East unrest - Monday 6 June 2011
The Guardian 6 Jun 2011 - • Sana'a celebrates, but has Saleh fled Yemen for good? • Israeli troops kill Syrian protesters in the Golan Heights • Syrian state TV says 120 security personnel dead in clashes 8.22am: Welcome to Middle East...

Governments and Powers-That-Be Fear the Internet
IPS The global reach of the internet, and its ability to transmit information in real time and mobilise populations, creates fear among governments and the powerful, says Frank La Rue, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

The Struggle for Succession in Yemen
IPS Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's departure for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia leaves something of a power vacuum in the country, which has been ruled by one man for decades.

Morocco's Uprisings and All The King's Men
IPS Thousands poured into the streets of Rabat on Sunday Jun. 5 to condemn the death of a protester and to demand an end to the country-wide government crackdown on peaceful demonstrations.

MIDEAST: Palestinian Spring Brings Nothing New
IPS It is a scene replayed weekly in Palestine. In Gaza, groups of chanting demonstrators walk towards the border with Israel, singing, chanting, dancing. Ayat el Masari, 20, walks with the masses. An English major at Gaza's Aqsa University, the young woman is among many women who regularly attend Palestinian protests....

[uruknet.info] Naksa Day Commemorates Decades of Israeli State Terror
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - Supported, funded and armed by Washington, Israelis terrorize Palestinians daily. From late May to early June alone, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Palestine News Network, and others reported: -- an Iraq Bourin village child wounded; -- in Bil'in village, one resident wounded, another 15 arrested, including eight international human rights activists against...

[uruknet.info] Tripoli: State radio and TV targeted by Nato
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - A building located inside the headquarters of the radio and state television in Tripoli was targeted by Nato raids early Monday morning, told the press an official. Furthermore, an official building of the General People's Congress (Parliament) was also destroyed by NATO on Monday morning, said a journalist from AFP. The building had already...

[uruknet.info] Egypt's Orderly Transition'? International Aid and the Rush to Structural Adjustment
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - Although press coverage of events in Egypt may have dropped off the front pages, discussion of the post-Mubarak period continues to dominate the financial news. Over the past few weeks, the economic direction of the interim Egyptian government has been the object of intense debate in the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and...

[uruknet.info] Palestinian Girl, 13, Detained During Visit To Her Detained Father
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - A 13 year old Palestinian girl has been detained during a visit to her father in a Israeli prison in the Negev Israeli detention camp. The girl, Samah Majdi Musallam, was visiting her father who is serving a 13 year statement. Israeli guards at the prison accused her of trying to pass contraband to...

[uruknet.info] Video: Inside Job - Full Movie
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - Inside Job' provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. The film traces the rise of a rogue...

[uruknet.info] Bishop decries bombing of church, warns against partition of Libya
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - The apostolic vicar of Tripoli is warning that the partition of Libya would "create breeding ground for terrorist acts." Following extensive damage to a Coptic Orthodox church during a NATO bombing raid, Bishop Giovanni Martinelli said that "we are united to deplore the incident, but especially to pray, so violence calms down. We all...

[uruknet.info] What Comes Next for Yemen?
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - Ali Abdullah Saleh is resting on a bed in Riyadh Military Hospital, and Yemenis are celebrating his departure from the country, but what comes next for Yemen? Amidst the celebrations there is the very real fear that this is far from over. The situation is constantly changing, and different claims are constantly being released....

[uruknet.info] Syria: After the Brutal Torture and Murder of 13-Year Old Hamza Al-Khateeb, The Revolution Will Not Be Silenced
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - When the revolutionary impulses sweeping the Middle East first manifested themselves in Syria in March, no one foresaw how the movement would grow - or how violently it would be suppressed, although that was always a distinct possibility, given the manner in which the Ba'athist regime has maintained power in Syria for the last...

[uruknet.info] Our demonstrations are in protest of injustice' West Bank protest leader tells an Israeli military court
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - Bassem Tamimi, the popular committee leader of Nabi Saleh, was arrested more than one month ago for his role in organizing unarmed demonstrations against Israeli occupation. His arrest was largely based on evidence illegally obtained from a number of Nabi Saleh youth including 14-year-old Islam Tamimi. Yesterday, Tamimi's trial began at the Ofer military...

[uruknet.info] Report: 14 Palestinians killed in Syria camp
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - Fourteen Palestinian refugees were reported killed and another 43 injured on Monday, a report from the Palestinian government's WAFA news said. The victims were part of a massive group in Al-Yarmok, an unofficial Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital of Damascus, mourning the death of between 10-23 Palestinians by Israeli fire on the...

[uruknet.info] Helicopter attacks mark further escalation of US-NATO war in Libya
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - British and French assault helicopters began operations over key Libyan cities on Saturday, marking a significant escalation of NATO's war of aggression in the North African state. Four British Apache helicopters based on the aircraft carrier HMS Ocean, docked in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, launched multiple attacks on targets in the...

[uruknet.info] Former Political Prisoner Geronimo Pratt Dies
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - Reporting his death, AP said: "Former Black Panther Party leader Elmer 'Geronimo' Pratt" died at age 63 in a small (Tanzania village) "where he had lived for at least half a decade, a friend of Pratt's in Arusha, former Black Panther Pete O'Neal, said." He lived a peaceful life in Tanzania, O'Neal explained, adding: "...

[uruknet.info] Eyewitness interview: Israel's "blood harvest" in occupied Golan
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - ...The Israelis occupied the Golan in 1967. They forced people to leave their homes. The Syrians from the Golan number 500,000 refugees now. The Israelis [imposed on] them with 18,000 settlers who monopolize the resources of the Golan - the minerals of the Golan, the landscape of the Golan, the atmosphere of the Golan...

[uruknet.info] Syria says 120 police killed, activists see mutiny
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - One hundred and twenty policemen were killed by "armed gangs" in northwest Syria, state television said on Monday, as the authorities warned of a firm response. Activists who spoke to AFP in Cyprus disputed the official account, speaking instead of a mutiny in the town of Jisrash Shugur, where security forces had been carrying...

[uruknet.info] Long Before the "Arab Spring", Palestinians Protest Non-Violently
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - It is a scene replayed weekly in Palestine. In Gaza, groups of chanting demonstrators walk towards the border with Israel, singing, chanting, dancing. Ayat el Masari, 20, walks with the masses. An English major at Gaza's Aqsa University, the young woman is among many women who regularly attend Palestinian protests. "I joined this demonstration...

[uruknet.info] Syrian regime has raised 'ghosts' that will not go away
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - Have you ever seen a ghost? For Syrians, a black Mercedes SL500 speeding down the street means you may indeed have seen the Shabbiha, the militias that have taken their name from the Arabic word for ghost. Stolen Mercedes have become a symbol for the notorious Alawite gangs, which are increasingly becoming known as...

[uruknet.info] The Impossible Distance: A Choice to Kill
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - I watched them marching toward the border. Row upon row of them in the hot, bright sun. They marched without guns, without tanks and missiles -- although some, like the shepherd boy David, did pick up a few rocks to hurl into the impossible distance. I watched them stream down the green hill toward...

[uruknet.info] Syria claims 120 police killed in ambush
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - Syria's government claimed 120 policemen were killed in an ambush and gunbattle with armed men in a tense northern town where the army has carried out deadly operations against protesters. An activist denied the uprising had turned violent. Syria's military has been attacking the town of Jisr al-Shughour as part of a nationwide crackdown...

[uruknet.info] 5 US soldiers killed in Baghdad rocket attack
Uruknet June 6, 2011 - Five American troops serving as advisers to Iraqi security police in eastern Baghdad were killed Monday when rockets slammed into the compound where they lived. The deaths were the largest single-day loss of life for American forces in two years. The U.S. military announced the deaths in a brief statement, excluding details. Two Iraqi...

[uruknet.info] Workers and Women Fight for Their Share of Egypt's Revolution
Uruknet June 5, 2011 - As Dr. Mohammad Shafik stands in the chaotic emergency room of the Cairo hospital where he works, his biggest worry as patients are wheeled in is not about issues of medical care. What concerns him is the lack of police protection against the fights and even murders that occur all too often in the...

[uruknet.info] Israel Responds to Flotilla Pressure by "Allowing More Crumbs" into Gaza Aid Does Not Equal Freedom
Uruknet June 5, 2011 - Israel's announcement today that it is "allowing between 210 and 220" trucks into Gaza with humanitarian aid is a direct response to the pressure that the upcoming Freedom Flotilla II is creating. Since July 2007, Israel has kept the number of allowed trucks at 25% of what the pre-blockade numbers were and of what...

[uruknet.info] Cynthia McKinney visits a hospital in Libya
Uruknet June 5, 2011 - Cynthia McKinney and the Dignity delegation visit victims of US/NATO bombings at a hospital in Tripoli, Libya, June 4, 2011...

[uruknet.info] Libya: Opposition Arbitrarily Detaining Suspected Gaddafi Loyalists
Uruknet June 5, 2011 - Libyan opposition authorities are arbitrarily detaining dozens of civilians suspected of activities in support of Muammar Gaddafi, Human Rights Watch said today. The opposition authorities, which exercise control in eastern Libya and parts of the west, should provide the detainees with full due process rights or release them, Human Rights Watch said. The authorities...

Syrian police block new protest at Golan border
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Syrian police blocked dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters from approaching the Israeli frontier Monday, preventing a repeat of deadly clashes with Israeli forces that killed as many as 23 people who tried to rush the border Sunday.

U.S. pushes for power transfer as Saleh vows to return
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 With the wounded president out of Yemen, the United States and Saudi Arabia scrambled Monday to arrange a power transfer ensuring an end to his decades-long rule.

Syria faces armed rebellion
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Syrian security forces fought gunmen in battles that left over 120 members of the security forces dead, state television said, in the first such report of large-scale armed fighting in the country’s revolt.

Beirut fuel tank explosion leaves up to 7 dead
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Up to seven people were killed and 14 injured when a fuel tank explosion ripped through a Beirut gas station Monday evening.

Mikati vetoes Nahhas in Aoun’s Cabinet list
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Last-minute hitches dealt a setback to Cabinet formation efforts Monday, dashing hopes for the prompt birth of a new government, a senior March 8 source said.

Militant group denies attack on UNIFIL, blames Hezbollah
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 The Brigades of Abdullah Azzam, a militant group affiliated with Al-Qaeda, Monday denied responsibility for an attack against U.N. peacekeeping forces in south Lebanon.

Agriculture Ministry to hold surprise food store inspections
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Agriculture Ministry employees will carry out unannounced inspections of stores that carry produce and agriculture-related products to guarantee food safety and protect the environment, the caretaker agriculture minister announced Monday.

Nasrallah: U.S. keen to hijack Arab revolts
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah accused the United States Monday of seeking to hijack the wave of pro-democracy popular uprisings sweeping the Arab world.

Kataeb warns against continuedpolitical void
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 The Kataeb (Phalange) Party politburo warned Monday against the continued government void that has weakened Lebanese state institutions amid pressing economic developments, which require the immediate attention of state officials.

Strikes continue in wake of Golan Naksa killings
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Palestinian refugees staged a strike Monday to denounce the killing of protesters along Israel’s border with Syria Sunday, a day after they held a strike to mark the anniversary of the 1967 war.

Jumblatt urges Syrian regime to swiftly implement reforms
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt urged the Syrian regime Monday to swiftly implement promised reforms and refrain from resorting to force against opposition groups, for the sake of the country’s unity and stability.

Danish envoy urges UNIFIL to safeguard peacekeepers
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Serious measures to safeguard troops should be taken by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in the wake of the roadside bomb that injured six Italian peacekeepers in south Lebanon.

Najjar highlights importance of draft law on domestic violence
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 The caretaker Justice Minister emphasized the importance of the draft law on domestic violence Monday, after surveying religious leaders on their views of the proposal.

U.S.-backed program trains young leaders of Arab Spring protests
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 The launch of a program for young leaders from the Middle East and North Africa Monday brought together activists from countries affected in differing ways by the ongoing Arab Spring.

USAID workshop bolsters inter-municipal cooperation
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 The U.S. Agency for International Development held a workshop over the weekend on inter-municipal cooperation and partnerships between the public and private sector.

Sidon’s 4 slain judges remembered
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 As they prepare to mark 12 years since the loss of their loved ones, the families of the four judges slain in Sidon still know little about the crime, while government officials admit that the investigations...

Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council calls for women to get local vote
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Saudi Arabia’s advisory Shura Council said Monday women should be allowed to vote and run as candidates in future municipal polls.

Egypt honors man whose death sparked revolt
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Crowds of people dressed in black marched through Egyptian cities Monday to honor a young businessman from Alexandria beaten to death a year ago in a savage attack blamed on police that helped inspire the uprising...

Bahraini doctors who treated protesters go on trial
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Dozens of doctors and nurses who treated injured anti-government protesters during the months of unrest in Bahrain went on trial in a security court Monday on allegations they participated in efforts to overthrow the Gulf country’s...

Clinton reserved about French plan for Mideast peace talks
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a cool welcome Monday to a French plan to host a Middle East peace conference, saying it must be linked to a willingness to resume talks.

Libyan rebels capture mountain town
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Libyan rebels seized all of the mountain town of Yafran Monday, driving out Moammar Gadhafi’s forces in a sign NATO airstrikes may be paying off.

U.N. nuclear agency seeks results from Syria, Iran
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 The U.N. nuclear agency’s chief Monday demanded Syria show concrete results on its pledge to cooperate with inspectors seeking information on its nuclear program amid ongoing concerns that it hid attempts to build a nuclear reactor.

Turkish leaders decry Economist article backing opposition
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Turkish leaders have lined up to condemn the Economist magazine for an editorial that urged voters to back the opposition in Sunday’s election, calling it part of an anti-democratic, pro-Israeli campaign to weaken Turkey.

Tunisia’s ousted Ben Ali slams trial as masquerade: lawyer
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Deposed and exiled Tunisian autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali broke his silence Monday to denounce his imminent trial on corruption charges as a masquerade, according to his French lawyer.

Saleh’s medical exit lessens risk of civil war in Yemen
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s departure to have his wounds treated in Saudi Arabia offers Yemen a precious opportunity to halt a slide into civil war and achieve a peaceful transition of power.

Baghdad rocket attack kills 5 U.S. soldiers
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Five American troops serving as advisers to Iraqi security police in eastern Baghdad were killed Monday when rockets slammed into the compound where they lived.

Abducted air crew released in Sudan’s Darfur
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Three Bulgarian air crew members who were abducted in Sudan’s western Darfur region in January have been released, the World Food Program (WFP) said in a statement Monday.

Kuwait orders probe into Iran torture claims
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Kuwait’s court of appeals Monday ordered that torture claims by members of an alleged Iranian spy ring be investigated by a three-member committee of forensic experts.

Up to seven killed, 14 wounded in fuel tank blast near Beirut
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 BEIRUT: Up to seven people were killed and 14 wounded when a fuel tank blew up at a gas station near Beirut Monday evening.

Syria says 120 forces dead in tense northern town
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Communications were cut to the area around Jisr al-Shughour and the details of the attack were impossible to verify, but there have been unconfirmed reports in the past by residents and activists of Syrians fighting back...

Saleh recovering, to return in days: VP
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh will return from medical treatment in Saudi Arabia in days, the acting leader said Monday as thousands celebrated what they hope will be a new era without him.

Head of legal body files complaint against Nahhas
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Head of the Lebanese center for law enforcement Tarek Shandab asks general prosecutor to investigate allegations of criminal action by Nahhas over telecoms dispute.

Jumblatt praises Druze support for Palestinians
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 PSP leader praises those in the Druze community in Syria who supported the Palestinians in their march to the Israel-Syria border along the Golan Heights.

Egypt to lift curfew on June 15: military
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Egypt will on June 15 completely lift a curfew which was slapped on Cairo and two major cities in late January at the height of a popular revolt against former president Hosni Mubarak.

Libyan rebels seize mountain town
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Libyan rebels entered the mountain town of Yafran on Monday, driving out Muammar Gaddafi's forces in a sign NATO air strikes in the area may be paying off.

Najjar to investigate extent of Syria amnesty
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Caretaker justice minister instructs attorney general's office to look into whether Lebanese prisoners will be included in the general amnesty issued last week by the Syrian president.

Syria blocks new border protest; death toll rises to 23
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Syrian police blocked dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters from approaching the Israeli frontier Monday, a day after 20 demonstrators reportedly were killed trying to break through into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Bahrain maintains travel ban on Lebanon
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 The undersecretary for civil aviation told a Bahraini newspaper that the ban on flights has not been lifted in order to ensure the safety of [Bahraini] citizens.

Lebanon Palestinians protest Golan deaths
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Palestinian refugees in south Lebanon protest Israel’s weekend shooting on the Golan Heights by blocking roads at the entrances to camps with burning tires.

Nasrallah: U.S. wants to hijack Arab revolutions
Daily Star 6 Jun 2011 Hezbollah chief praises Palestinians who protested Sunday on the Golan Heights and accuses Washington of seeking to hijack the Arab revolutions.

Ex-IMF leader pleads not guilty to sex assault
YNet News, 6 Jun 2011 - Some 50 hotel workers gather outside courthouse, shout 'shame on you' as....

UN atom chief: New data suggests Iran military link
YNet News, 6 Jun 2011 - Yukiya Amano says IAEA has information indicating military dimensions to recent....

Olmert shrugs off double-billing charges
YNet News, 6 Jun 2011 - Former PM testifies about 'Rishontours' affair, denies asking for surplus....

Watch: Syrian troops make jokes over corpses
YNet News, 6 Jun 2011 - Online clip shows soldiers making snide comments about bodies of civilians....

IDF: Protesters caused their own deaths
YNet News, 6 Jun 2011 - Probe of 'Naksa Day' events reveals Syrian protesters ignited minefields, threw....

J Street: PM refuses to meet delegation
YNet News, 6 Jun 2011 - Despite warm reception in US, Netanyahu won't hold meetings with visiting....

Yishai extends daylight savings time
YNet News, 6 Jun 2011 - Interior minister ends debate between religious, secular groups over whether to....

Palestinian groups threaten Italian 'Israel Week'
YNet News, 6 Jun 2011 - Police refuse to secure Israeli exhibit at central Milan square due to online....

Shalits file claim in Paris for son's release
YNet News, 6 Jun 2011 - Father asks French court to use international warrants to arrest Hamas leaders....

Researcher: Iran can produce nuke within 2 months
YNet News, 6 Jun 2011 - Airstrikes can no longer stop nuclear program, US can do nothing short of....

Syrian opposition: Anti-Israel rioters paid $1,000
YNet News, 5 Jun 2011 - Protestors at northern border promised $1,000 reward by Assad's regime, Reform....

Marching for Israel in NY
YNet News, 5 Jun 2011 - American friends: Some 30,000 people take over Fifth Avenue in show of support....

Haneyya: Government proceeding in change and reform
PIC - Gaza premier Ismail Haneyya said that the Palestinians as well as the Muslims have entered a new stage, and that the Gaza government is progressing towards liberation, reconstruction, and change.

Rights group: Israel holding boy nearly blinded by IOF
PIC - A human rights group has revealed that the Israel Prison Service is detaining an unhealthy Palestinian boy left nearly blind by Israeli occupation force soldiers.

Gaza government declares mourning day for Naksa Day victims
PIC - Flags have been lowered half mast in the Gaza Strip as the government has declared an official day of mourning for those killed by Israeli soldiers during peaceful Naksa Day protests.

Jihad: Israel waging war of Judaization on Jerusalem
PIC - Islamic Jihad movement has charged Israel of waging a systematic war of judaization on occupied Jerusalem during which it is trying to gain more time to implement its mischievous scheme.

Abducted Abu Sissi calls for release from isolation
PIC - Dirar Abu Sissi, 49, the Gaza power plant director who was abducted by Israeli Mossad agents in the Ukraine earlier this year, has demanded his release from solitary confinement and medical attention.

Factions: Golan massacre war crime
PIC - Palestinian national and Islamic forces in Gaza condemned on Monday the Israeli massacre in the Golan Heights against a peaceful march, describing it as a war crime.

Al-Aqsa Foundation warns against Jewish raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC - The Al-Aqsa Islamic heritage foundation has warned against calls by Jewish groups to infiltrate Al-Aqsa Mosque this Tuesday and Thursday to mark the Jewish Shavuot.

Jewish settlers burn 250 Palestinian trees in Nablus village
PIC - Jewish settlers started a huge fire in Palestinian farmland in Deir Al-Hatab village east of Nablus on Monday burning 250 olive and almond trees, local sources reported.

Israel to approve 4,100 settlement units in Jerusalem
PIC - An expert planning researcher has revealed that an official board in Israel is on the verge of approving the construction of 4,100 houses in Jewish settlements in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu urges Hamas to free Shalit, ignores fate of 6000 Palestinian captives
PIC - Israel continues to steal more Arab land, build colonies for fanatical Jews who are offering non-Jews the choice between physical extermination, enslavement or collective deportation.

IOF commits massacre against peaceful protesters near the Golan, kills 23
PIC - 06/06/2011 - 09:03 AM

Abu Marzouk confers with independent Palestinian figures on reconciliation
PIC - 06/06/2011 - 09:06 AM

Israeli violent quelling injures 120 Palestinians in OJ
PIC - 06/06/2011 - 09:32 AM

Rafah crossing closed for third day running
PIC - 06/06/2011 - 09:35 AM

Israeli prison guards arrest Palestinian girl
PIC - 06/06/2011 - 09:44 AM

Israeli municipality discusses new permit for “Tolerance” museum
PIC - 06/06/2011 - 04:14 PM

Top EU Official Calls for Restraint on Syrian Borders
WAFA

Ramallah Remembers Golan Heights Dead
WAFA

Japan Supports Agricultural Sector with $4.4m
WAFA

Ban Condemns Actions on Golan ‘Intended to Provoke Violence’
WAFA

Palestine Seeks Observer Status in the WTO
WAFA

Lesotho Recognizes Palestinian State within 1967 Borders‏
WAFA

Government to Prosecute Bakers Who Used Chemical in Dough
WAFA

Palestinians Find Israeli Explosive Remnants in West Bank Villages
WAFA

Israel Regularly Violates Palestinian Environment, says Official
WAFA

Jewish Settlers Assault Palestinian Shepherds in Hebron
WAFA

Libya rebels want U.S. recognition to help pay bills
LA Times 5 Jun 2011 - The rebel ambassador seeks diplomatic recognition for the Transitional National Council to bolster its standing and possibly allow it to use frozen Libyan assets. Until then, the council is broke. As fellow rebels back in Libya plot fresh attacks against embattled leader Moammar Kadafi, the...

Libya officials put a spin on conflict
LA Times 6 Jun 2011 - Moammar Kadafi's government alleges a mounting civilian toll and massive damage amid a punishing NATO-led bombing campaign. Foreign journalists learn that what officials say happened may not necessarily be the case. Amid intensified NATO-led bombing of Libya's capital, the government is alleging mounting civilian casualties...

Syria reports 'massacre' of security forces
LA Times 6 Jun 2011 - State TV says armed groups used human shields and killed 120 members of the nation's security forces, but no sources are cited and no footage shown. Syrian state television claimed Monday that 120 members of the nation's security forces were killed by armed groups in...

Israel fires on pro-Palestinian protesters; 20 reported killed
LA Times 5 Jun 2011 - Hundreds of demonstrators marking the anniversary of Israel's seizure of the Golan Heights in 1967 rush over Syria's border. Scores remain camped out in the mine-laden buffer zone, refusing to leave. Israeli security forces opened fire Sunday on throngs of pro-Palestinian protesters who were attempting...

Syria, Claiming Heavy Toll in Town, Hints at Retaliation
New York Times 6 Jun 2011 - Syria’s state news agency said that residents were “pleading” for the army to intervene after the attacks, which could not be verified.

Efforts Rise to Secure New Leadership in Yemen
New York Times 6 Jun 2011 - Maneuvering intensified to push President Ali Abdullah Saleh to accept a peaceful transition from power while he is in a Saudi hospital from an attack on his palace.

Israel Disputes Toll of Border Clashes, Saying Syria Has an Ulterior Motive
New York Times 6 Jun 2011 - Israeli military officials disputed Monday the casualty figures announced by Syria a day earlier, after Israeli forces fired on protesters who had tried to breach the Syrian frontier.

U.S. Braces for Withdrawal Along Iraqi Road
New York Times 6 Jun 2011 - American commanders say troops could be easy targets for insurgents as they depart along a 160-mile stretch.

After 90 Years, a Dictionary of an Ancient World
New York Times 6 Jun 2011 - Scholars at the University of Chicago have completed a project that includes 28,000 words from ancient Mesopotamia, covering a period from 2500 B.C. to A.D. 100.

Israeli Soldiers Shoot at Protesters on Syrian Border
New York Times 6 Jun 2011 - Israeli forces fired at protesters on the Syrian frontier after protesters tried to breach the border for the second time in three weeks. A Syrian news agency reported 22 killed.

Helicopter attacks mark further escalation of US-NATO war in Libya
WSWS - British and French assault helicopters began operations over key Libyan cities on Saturday, marking a significant escalation of NATO’s war of aggression in the North African state.

Israeli troops murder Palestinian and Syrian protesters
WSWS - Israeli troops killed 13 protesters after opening fire on a peaceful and unarmed demonstration at the ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights.

President of Yemen flees to Saudi Arabia
WSWS - Mystery still surrounds the Friday morning explosion at the presidential compound that killed 11 bodyguards and seriously wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh and a dozen other top government officials.

JVP condemns violent response to unarmed protests
Jewish Voice for Peace -

Ukrainian Professors Deflate Israeli Charges Against Abusisi
Tikun Olam - Today, brings news that Dirar Abusisi’s academic advisors in Ukraine have further dented the Israeli charges against him which claim that he led an undercover life as Hamas’ chief rocket designer in Gaza. The two professors who supervised his actual research on electrical power plants have...

HEBRON/AL-KHALIL REFLECTION: Hebron comes to Newberg, Oregon, USA
Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine - On Saturday, 21 May, a shopkeeper called us CPTers to the souq (market) in Hebron’s Old Cit because a sound bomb had hit a man in the head.  As I was approaching the shop, another sound bomb fell near where I was walking, momentarily deafening me. ...

Bahrain Grand Prix staff are held and abused, still Grand Prix says race must go on
Mondoweiss - and other news from the Arab uprisings: Bahrain Bahraini doctors and nurses charged Medical staff who treated protesters accused of plotting to overthrow kingdom's monarchy amid reports of more violence. http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/06/20116674812696776.html Bahrain medics accused of treason Dozens of doctors and nurses who treated injured anti-government protesters...

Epic of a patient. A patient traveler. A Palestinian patient traveler.
Mondoweiss - pa • tient noun 1. a person who is receiving medical treatment, especially in a hospital cancer patients 2. a person who receives treatment from a particular doctor, dentist, etc He’s one of Dr Shaw’s patients. © Oxford University Press, 2010 pa • tient adjective ~ (with...

Bassem Tamimi to judge: ‘Land theft and tree burning are not just. Your military laws are not legitimate. Our peaceful protest is just’
Mondoweiss - From the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee [and all readers are urged to read Tamimi's statement below, as eloquent a statement of resistance as you will ever read]: After more than two months in custody, the trial of Bassem Tamimi, a 44 year-old protest organizer from the...

A sophisticated movement arrives on Israel’s doorstep– Arab spring– and Israel has only one plan
Mondoweiss - Fabulous post by Max Blumenthal today on the strategy behind the refugees' protests at the border of the occupation, and Israel's violent response. Go to Blumenthal's post to read Rami Zurayk (whose book has just been published by JWB ). But here is the Israeli stuff: Yesterday,...

Israel spins the Naksa killings
Mondoweiss - The Israeli government is in spin mode over yesterday’s events in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, where hundreds of protesters calling for the right of return marched and were met with Israeli gunfire. If the repression inflicted on unarmed protesters three weeks ago during the Nakba protests...

Dagan, Ashkenazi, Diskin, Peres Likely Foiled 2010 Netanyahu-Barak Attack on Iran
Tikun Olam - Meir Dagan's nightmare vision Amir Oren is one of Haaretz’s most artful journalists when he addresses sensitive security-related matters.  In his current story (Hebrew, English here ), if you read between the lines and put 2+2 together, you’ll understand that Oren is telling us with a wink...

U.S. Blacklisted Ofer Brothers After Israel Warned Not to Deal With Iranian Shipping Company
Tikun Olam - A newly released Wikileaks cable (original here) indicates that the U.S. warned Israel as far back as 2008 not to do business with the very shipping company to which Ofer Brothers sold the Raffles Park, because the shipping line was an Iranian front.  The cable warned...

Israeli Naksa Day War Crimes at Majdal Shams
Tikun Olam - Naksa Day wounded protester dragged to safety (Nir Elias/Reuters) Today and Nakba Day may go down in the recent history of the Israeli-Arab conflict as two days in which Israel massacred unarmed Arab civilians in cold blood thus meriting a war crime investigation.  Approximately 600 Palestinian...

Has J Street Abandoned the Two-State Solution?
The Magnes Zionist 6 Jun 2011 - Last Saturday night there was a protest in Tel-Aviv, ostensibly in favor of Palestinian "statehood". For most Israelis, a two state solution means one real Jewish state, and a second, quasi, Palestinian state. Heck, that's true not just for most Israelis for successive American administrations. But...

Bassem Tamimi speaks out in Israeli Court at the beginning of his trial
The Only Democracy? JVP2 6 Jun 2011 - from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee Bassem Tamimi, the subject of an action alert by Jewish Voice for Peace, speaks up for freedom on the 44th anniversary of Israel’s Occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza, June 5th, 2011. Tamimi’s full statement: Your Honor,...

Illegal Jewish settlers demand reduction in volume of call to prayer
Middle East Monitor 6 Jun 2011 - Illegal Israeli settlers in the East Jerusalem settlement of Maale Adumim have submitted a demand to the occupation authorities calling for Palestinians in the adjacent village of Al-Eizareya to turn down the loudspeakers making the call to prayer from the village's mosques. According to Israeli newspaper...

Palestinians commemorate the June 1967 War
Middle East Monitor 6 Jun 2011 - EXCLUSIVE PICTURES On Sunday, Palestinians commemorated the 44th anniversary of the June 1967 War which resulted in the Israeli occupation of vast swathes of Palestinian and Arab territory including Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank, the Syrian Golan Heights and the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. The historic...

Week 11: Salim Kayal - Palestinian political prisoner
Middle East Monitor 6 Jun 2011 - In Israeli prisons there are men and women who have not only been deprived of their freedom but also the most basic human rights. Some maintain their hope of freedom despite being behind bars for a quarter of a century or longer. Prisoner Salim Kayal is...

When the people become the problem
Middle East Monitor 6 Jun 2011 - I have two observations on the current campaign against the result of the constitutional referendum led by loud voices among the political class; one on its form and the other on the subject. In terms of form, as I understand it, when 77% of the voters...

Foundation Myths
Joseph Dana 6 Jun 2011 - Stifling debate on the Nakba—the Arabic word for catastrophe and how Palestinians refer to Israel’s founding—prevents a free and open discussion of the historical record Published on Tablet Magazine on 1 June 2011 On May 15, five days after Israel’s Independence Day, Palestinians rallied around the...

Syria vows to deal with attackers
BBC 6 Jun 2011 - Syria's government vows to deal "decisively" with the gunmen it blames for the deaths of 120 security personnel in the northern town of Jisr al-Shughour.

Nuclear agency to focus on Syria
BBC 6 Jun 2011 - The International Atomic Energy Agency board meets amid pressure from some nations to rebuke Syria over alleged illicit nuclear activity.

(en) Canada, Common Cause join the call for an Anarchist Presence at the June 10th rally and march against the Conservatives in Ottawa
A-infos 6 Jun 2011 - calling all anarchists, anti-authoritarians and anti-capitalists ---- our reasons for opposing the Conservative party of Canada are many! as anarchists we oppose capitalists systems that keep millions living in poverty. we fight against political parties that continue to uphold patriarchy and sexism. we struggle against the...

Where, Exactly, Are Israel's Borders?
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