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Monday, August 1, 2011
Israeli Municipalities Go on Strike as Israel Continues to Face Widespread Housing Protests
IMEMC - Monday August 01, 2011 - 14:10, Most municipal authorities in Israel carried out a one day strike on Monday, as an act of solidarity with the popular protests which have arisen all throughout the country in the past weeks over housing prices.

450 Palestinians Blocked at Rafah Border Crossing
IMEMC - Monday August 01, 2011 - 12:49, Egyptian Authorities prevented 450 people from entering Egypt through the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Sunday, despite the recent opening of the crossing. Meanwhile, Gaza authorities have decided to allow vehicles to be brought in from Egypt for commercial sale.

Fire Exchanged on Israel-Lebanon Border
IMEMC - Monday August 01, 2011 - 11:50, Lebanese and Israeli soldiers traded fire on the border early Monday morning. According to Israeli reports, one Lebanese soldier was killed but there were no other injuries.

Two Palestinians Killed By Army Fire Near Ramallah
IMEMC - Monday August 01, 2011 - 08:27, Palestinian medical sources reported that Israeli troops shot and killed on Monday at dawn two Palestinian youths in Qalandia refugee camp, south of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and seriously wounded a third.

Situation Of Palestinian Refugees In Iraq, The Worst
IMEMC - Monday August 01, 2011 - 07:39, The Palestinian ambassador in Iraq, Daleel Al Qassous, stated that the situation of the Palestinian refugees in Iraq is the worst compared to any other place on earth, adding that the number of Palestinians in Iraq dropped from 35.000 before the US-led war to 22.000, and continued to decline to 7.000.

Miles Of Smiles 4 Arrives In Gaza
IMEMC - Monday August 01, 2011 - 07:07, The Miles of Smiles humanitarian convoy arrived into the Gaza Strip on Sunday evening via the Rafah Border Terminal linking Gaza with Egypt.

Soldiers kill 2 in raid on refugee camp
8/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) - Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians during an arrest raid near Ramallah in the central West Bank early Monday, onlookers and medical officials said. Witnesses told Ma'an that soldiers stormed Qalandiya refugee camp at dawn and as they ransacked homes, confrontations erupted between the army and local residents. The.... Related: UN urges restraint after Israeli soldiers kill 2 Palestinians and President condemns deadly Israel army raid

Israel, Lebanon armies exchange fire at border
8/1/2011 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- The Israeli and Lebanese armies exchanged gunfire early Monday across their shared border, security officials and media reports said. Israel's Haaretz newspaper said soldiers traded fire in the Mount Dov region on the border. Initial reports said a Lebanese soldier died following the exchange but neither side....

Army: Israeli woman injured by Gaza projectile
8/1/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli woman was moderately injured by a projectile fired from Gaza into southern Israel, the army said. The projectile landed in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that a 50-year-old woman sustained shrapnel wounds to her legs. No Palestinian faction has claimed responsibility for the....

Settlers torch Nablus village fields
8/1/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers torched acres of land near Nablus on Sunday, a Palestinian official said. Palestinian Authority settlements official Ghassan Doughlas said settlers set fire to 150 dunums of fields belonging to Palestinian villagers south of the northern West Bank city, destroying dozens of olive trees....

Palestinian hurt in hit-and-run near Qalqiliya
8/1/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man sustained injuries in a hit-and-run near Qalqiliya on Sunday, medics said. Rauf Abu Hajla, 37, was walking on the side of a road when a car driven by an Israeli national struck him and sped off. A Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance took Abu Hajla to the Darwish Nazzal....

PA: 'Alarming' rise in Israel's attacks on Palestinian children
8/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority on Sunday warned that Israel's attacks on Palestinian children were escalating at "an alarming rate" and urged the UN to step in. Israeli soldiers and settlers have killed nine children so far in 2011, and almost 200 children have been injured by settler violence and the....

'Know Your Heritage' delegation tours Nablus
8/1/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) "” A group of Palestinian Americans toured West Bank cities Monday on a "Know Your Heritage" tour organized by the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation. The delegation visited An-Najah University in the West Bank city of Nablus. Touring the campus, the visitors interacted with students and viewed a short film on education....

Opportunity gulf between Bedouin in the Negev
8/1/2011 - TEL AVIV, Israel (IRIN) -- More than 180,000 Bedouin live in Israel's Negev desert, but there is a big gap in terms of life opportunities between those Bedouin who live in 35 unrecognized villages, and those luckier ones for whom Israel has created seven towns or who live in seven officially recognized villages, say....

Hamas FM: Unity government must be formed urgently
8/1/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A united Palestinian government must be formed urgently ahead of Palestine's bid for membership of the United Nations in September, Foreign Minister in Gaza Muhammad Awad said Monday. Awad, who is also planning minister in the Gaza-based authority, said a united government was important for a strong Palestine....

Israeli soldiers detain Bethlehem teenager
8/1/2011 - BETHLEHEM(Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a teenager from Bethlehem on Monday, witnesses said. Salih Zoul, 17, was taken during a raid on his family's home in Husan west of Bethlehem. An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers detained six Palestinians overnight....

Center: Detainee dying in Israeli prison
8/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian detainee Imad Al-Masri is dying in a prison hospital in Israel, a prisoners' center said Monday. Imad Al-Masri has a blood-borne virus and a lung infection, the center's lawyer said, adding that the detainee was being held in an isolation cell in Ar-Ramla prison hospitalThe center said....

President condemns deadly Israel army raid
8/1/2011 - RAMALLAH(Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned an Israeli army raid that left two Palestinians dead early Monday in the Qalandiya refugee camp near Ramallah, a spokesman said. Nabil Abu Rudeina told government media that the raid amounted to "an Israeli attempt to escalate things ahead of September," when the PLO plans to.... Related: Soldiers kill 2 in raid on refugee camp and UN urges restraint after Israeli soldiers kill 2 Palestinians

Workers cancel strike after govt salary pledge
8/1/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The union of civil servants in the West Bank on Monday called off a workers strike set for Tuesday, after the Palestinian Authority pledged to pay salaries despite an ongoing financial crisis.... Related: PA: Employees will receive salaries Monday

PA: Employees will receive salaries Monday
8/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority's public accountant Yousef Al-Zomer said government employees' salaries would be paid Monday. On Sunday, the union of civil servants threatened strike action over the late payment of wages, but called off the strike after PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad pledged to pay salaries on Tuesday.... Related: Workers cancel strike after govt salary pledge

Erekat: UN bid does not contradict peace process
8/1/2011 - JERICHO (Ma'an) -- PLO official Saeb Erekat said Monday that Palestine's bid for membership of the United Nations did not contradict the peace process with Israel. Erekat, who resigned as chief Palestinian negotiator in February, said the UN campaign was a "real step" toward peace and the principle of the two-state solution....

UN urges restraint after Israeli soldiers kill 2 Palestinians
8/1/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- UN envoy Robert Serry on Monday urged Israeli authorities to exercise restraint after soldiers killed two Palestinians in a dawn raid on a refugee camp near Ramallah. The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East said he was "deeply concerned" by the killings and urged Israeli authorities "to exercise maximum restraint....

Palestine wins bronze at Asian bodybuilding finals
8/1/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - Palestine won a bronze medal in the 45th Asian bodybuilding championship in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Mahmoud Adam clinched the bronze for the under-100 kg category. The championship came as the Palestinian Bodybuilding Federation started preparations for the Arab championship to be held in Qatar in December. Palestine's delegation....

Palestinian swimmers set records in Shanghai
8/1/2011 - SHANGHAI, China (Ma'an) -- Palestinian swimming competitors returned home Monday after breaking national records in the World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai. Ahmad Jibril clocked the 400-meter freestyle at 4:18 and the 200-meter freestyle in 2:02. Majd At-Tawil competed in the 50-meter freestyle, scoring a time of 26. 65 seconds....

Hope springs eternal for veteran Israeli peacenik
8/1/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- For Uri Avnery, seen by some as the backbone of Israel's dwindling peace movement, hope for peace with the Palestinians springs eternal, despite stalled talks and the rising power of the Israeli right wing. At 87, he can recount decades of experience pushing his fellow Israelis towards a lasting peace deal.... Related: The tent protest: neither social justice, nor revolution

Egyptians await Mubarak trial with mixed feelings
8/1/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Hosni Mubarak's murder and corruption trial, which opens on Wednesday, is generating a mixture of excitement and regret among the Egyptians who overthrew the veteran president. Mubarak, 83, is charged with murder in connection to the deaths of more than 800 anti-regime protesters and corruption during his widely reviled three decades....

Libya rebels round up pro-Gadhafi cell
8/1/2011 - BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) -- Libyan rebels have rounded up at least 63 people suspected of murdering their military chief and having links to Moammar Gadhafi, after an hours-long battle in their eastern stronghold of Benghazi. Security forces patrolled the streets overnight in a bid to track down more members of the pro-Kadhafi group, a rebel spokesman....

Clashes as Egypt army dismantles Tahrir tents
8/1/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Egyptian armed forces and riot police moved into Cairo's Tahrir Square on Monday to disperse several dozen protesters who refused to leave the area after most groups had suspended a sit-in. Military police shot into the air to disperse the protesters, and proceeded to beat them with batons when they refused....

Defiant Assad praises troops after deadly Syria crackdown
8/1/2011 - DAMASCUS (AFP) -- Syria's defiant president praised his troops on Monday as the army pressed on with a deadly crackdown on anti-regime dissent, even as international condemnation swelled ahead of a UN meeting on the crisis. The Security Council was to hold closed consultations from 2100 GMT, a spokesman for the council presidency said....

Libya rebels round up Gadhafi militia, lose village
8/1/2011 - BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) -- Rebels said they arrested dozens of militiamen loyal to Moammar Gadhafi in their eastern bastion but suffered a blow Monday in Libya's west, losing a village at the foot of a key mountain range. At least 63 people were rounded up in an ongoing bid to tighten security in the....

Witness: Syria tanks shell Hama residential area
8/1/2011 - NICOSIA (AFP) -- Syrian tanks "indiscriminately" shelled a residential area on the outskirts of Hama late on Monday, an activist in the flashpoint protest city told AFP by telephone. The attack came as the UN Security Council was poised to hold an emergency debate on the Syrian government's bloody crackdown on dissent, a day....

A War-Hardened Filmmaker Delves Into Islam
Palestine Note 1 Aug 2011 - The New York Times- On his way home from covering the Persian Gulf war, the filmmaker Greg Barker stayed overnight in a small Egyptian village. Early the next morning, an undulating sound awakened him. For someone raised in Southern California,...

Opportunity gulf between Bedouin in the Negev
Palestine Note 1 Aug 2011 - IRIN- More than 180,000 Bedouin live in Israel's Negev desert, but there is a big gap in terms of life opportunities between those Bedouin who live in 35 unrecognized villages, and those luckier ones for whom Israel has created seven...

Syria's 'Ramadan Massacre' Claims Scores
Palestine Note 1 Aug 2011 - Syrian tanks kill civilians in Hama on what could be crackdown's deadliest day The Atlantic - On Sunday, the day before the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, the Syrian military, under the control of President Bashar al-Assad ,...

Israeli and Lebanese troops trade fire
AlJazeera 1 Aug 2011 - UN official refuses to confirm if Israeli soldiers crossed Blue Line and prompted warning shots from the Lebanese side.

Deadly Syrian crackdown continues
AlJazeera 1 Aug 2011 - Fresh attacks reported in Deir ez-Zor, a day after 142 people reported killed in Hama and elsewhere in the country.

Deal reached to avoid US debt default
AlJazeera 1 Aug 2011 - President Obama and congressional leaders agree to lift the ceiling on US borrowing, just two days before a deadline.

"Peace is Good Business." Author and Historian Gershom Gorenberg Sits Down with PNN
PNN - Jerusalem – Ellis Weintraub / PNN Exclusive – With a thick grey beard and a wild bushy head of hair, pinned to which rests a Yarmulke slightly skewed, Gershom Gorenberg looks like he...

President's Office Condemns Israeli Killing of Civilians Between Jerusalem and Ramallah
PNN - Jerusalem – PNN – A spokesperson for the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, issued a statement today condemning the killing of two Palestinian civilians by Israeli troops in Qalandiya refugee camp, between the...

Miles for Smiles Arrives in Gaza with Aid
PNN - Gaza-PNN- Humanitarian aid convoy arrived in the Gaza Strip on Sunday evening through the Rafah Border Terminal. The group called, Miles for Smiles, consisted of eight trucks containing medical supplies, medications, milk...

General Strike Boosts Israel Protests
PNN - Bethlehem - PNN - Israel's growing protest movement received a boost today after most municipalities declared a general strike in sympathy with their aims, according to Ha'aretz. A spokesman for Israel's Union...

Worsening Situation in Iraq for Palestinian Refugees
PNN - Baghdad - PNN - The situation of the 7000 Palestinian Refugees living in Iraq is worse than any other concentration of Palestinian refugees in the world, according to the Palestinian ambassador in...

Lebanese and Israeli Soldiers Trade Fire on Border
PNN - Lebanon-Israel Border - PNN - Israeli and Lebanese troops traded fire along the border on Monday morning. The Israeli army's spokesperson said on twitter that Israeli troops had come under fire on...

In a Judicial Precedent, PCHR Succeeds in Ensuring Reparation for the Family of Two Victims of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Monday, 01 August 2011

Music guides peaceful resistance in Kufr Qaddoum
8/1/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - On Friday July 29, 2011 the Popular Committee of Kufr Qaddoum included musical guests from the Netherlands, Fanfare, to play for Kufr Qaddoum's weekly demonstration against a roadblock that closes off the main road to the village. The demonstration began  around 1:30pm after Friday morning prayer. Dressed in an array of....

Opportunities for kids in Gaza to learn and play
Relief Web 1 Aug 2011 - Source: Australian Agency for International Development , Government of Australia Country: occupied Palestinian territory Half the population of Gaza is under the age of 18. For these children, life has been characterised by conflict, poverty and despair. Throughout the year, children...

Summer camp in West Bank village more than just fun and games
Relief Web 1 Aug 2011 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory 31 July 2011 West Bank Residents of the Bedouin village of Wadi Abu Hindi gathered on Wednesday outside the school to watch performances...

UNRWA responds to Gaza protests
Relief Web 1 Aug 2011 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory 24 July 2011 Ma’an News Agency The UN agency for Palestinian refugees was forced to close its offices in Gaza City last week...

Saudi Committee dispatches large in-kind food donation to Gaza
Relief Web 1 Aug 2011 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Saudi Arabia 31 July 2011 Amman On 31 July, a convoy of trucks carrying food to feed 56,000 families departed from the warehouses...

Iraq donates $2 million for Palestine refugees
Relief Web 1 Aug 2011 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Iraq 29 July 2011 Amman UNRWA has received a contribution of US$ 2 million from the Government of Iraq towards the Agency’s core...

Top UN envoy urges restraint after two Palestinians killed in Israeli operation
Relief Web 1 Aug 2011 - Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel 1 August 2011 – A senior United Nations envoy today called on Israeli authorities to exercise maximum restraint after two Palestinians were killed during a military operation in a West Bank...

Al Mezan Concludes Five Training Courses for Teachers on “1612 MRM for Violations of Child Rights in Armed Conflict”
Relief Web 1 Aug 2011 - Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory On Thursday 28 July 2011, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights concluded the fifth training course on “The 1612 Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism for Violations of Child Rights...

Displacement and Insecurity in Area C of the West Bank
Relief Web 1 Aug 2011 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory TODAY, 1 August 2011, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) launched a new report Displacement and Insecurity in Area C of the West...

Israeli troops kill two Palestinians in West Bank
Relief Web 1 Aug 2011 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet Country: occupied Palestinian territory 01 Aug 2011 07:27 RAMALLAH, West Bank, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinians in the occupied West Bank on Monday after entering a refugee camp to make...

Palestinian presidency condemns Qalandia attack
1 Aug 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Palestinian presidency condemned the heinous crime committed by Israeli soldiers against Palestinians living in Qalandia refugee camp, near Ramallah, that led to the death of two citizens and the injury of one other.

Israeli forces raid Palestinian homes in Issawiya
1 Aug 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli forces raided Monday Issawiya town in central Jerusalem and broke into several Palestinian houses under the pretext of searching for wanted people.

Miles of Smiles 4 enters Gaza Strip
1 Aug 2011 - Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)-The humanitarian convoy "Miles of Smiles 4" entered Gaza Strip yesterday via Rafah crossing after coordinating with the Egyptian territories to allow its cargo of essential aids and medical supplies into the besieged residents.

2 Palestinians killed, 1 injured by Israeli gunfire in Ramallah
1 Aug 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Two Palestinians were killed and one injured Monday morning by Israeli gunfire during a violent raid on Kalandia refugee camp in Ramallah.

Saudi lingerie stores drag feet on deadline to hire only women assistants
The National 1 Aug 2011 - The labour ministry threatened on July 11 to close any lingerie shops that failed to replace all male staff within six months, but lingerie stores say replacing male store clerks will cost them a great deal of money.

High food prices cast pall over Ramadan for many
The National 1 Aug 2011 - Food prices, part of the economic hardships that catalysed the overthrow of the Egyptian and Tunisian leaders, are still climbing in many Arab countries, and protesters have shown little patience for conciliatory gestures by governments after decades of empty promises.

Syrian uprisings inspire exiled anti-Assad opposition to come together
The National 1 Aug 2011 - A series of gatherings has been taking place in Western capitals aimed at forging links between the street leaders in Syria and exiled dissidents abroad.

Troops and riot police end three-week Tahrir Square sit-in
The National 1 Aug 2011 - Activists had promised to stay until ex-president Hosni Mubarak appears in court but were swiftly dispersed in operation which involved more than a dozen armoured vehicles and hundreds of soldiers and riot police.

US argues over foreign aid policy along with its debt problem
The National 1 Aug 2011 - Despite change in the Middle East, the US is slashing its aid plans and placing strings on air to the Palestinian Authority, Lebanon and Yemen – but no cuts are proposed to the $3bn aid package to Israel.

Assad's troops and tanks keep up assault on city of Hama
The National 1 Aug 2011 - Homs and Hama face renewed assaults as Assad praises army¿s ¿efforts and sacrifices¿, while Obama slams the ¿horrifying¿ violence and EU widens sanctions.

MPs attack 'offensive' Kuwaiti TV show High School Girls
The National 1 Aug 2011 - Television series following the lives of five Kuwaiti schoolgirls and the challenges they face growing up 'present an offensive portrayal of Kuwaiti society', say Islamist MPs.

Iraq to order 36 F-16 fighter jets from the US to boost air force
The National 31 Jul 2011 - Iraqi PM affirms need for American trainers to help Iraqi forces operate and maintain F-16s but avoided saying whether they would be active-duty troops or contractors, sidestepping question of American military personnel staying past the end of 2011.

Acid-attack victim spares man she spurned from retribution blinding
The National 31 Jul 2011 - Last-minute pardon by woman who was left blind in both eyes and still has serious injuries to her face and body spares suitor who attacked her with acid for rejecting him from being blinded himself.

US museum to return 19 treasures from King Tutankhamun's tomb to Egypt
The National 31 Jul 2011 - Pieces were sent to New York in 1948 when the Metropolitan Museum closed its expedition house in Egypt, but should never have left that country, says museum director.

Huge demonstrations force Israeli PM to create cost-of-living taskforce
The National 31 Jul 2011 - As the director general of the Israeli finance ministry resigned, blaming a 'fundamental difference of opinion' with his superiors, at least 100,000 people demonstrated on Saturday over the high cost of living and income disparity.

120 dead as tanks sweep into Hama in Syrian uprising's worst day of violence
The National 31 Jul 2011 - Chilling echo of the repression ordered by the current Syrian president's father in the 1980s that saw thousands massacred is condemned by top politicians in Europe and America.

Leaders of Israeli social protest to present Netanyahu with list of demands
Ha'aretz - Document calls for renewal of public housing construction , rent control legislation, and an amendment to force contractors to build 'affordable housing.'

Amos Oz / Israel's tent city protests are a delightful revival of mutual fraternity
Ha'aretz - It is profoundly moving to see the protest veterans of all generations, who for years were a voice calling in the wilderness, spending time in the tents of the youngsters, who are wisely leading the new protest.

Israeli Arabs more likely to be convicted for crimes than their Jewish counterparts, study shows
Ha'aretz - Arabs more likely to be convicted and sentenced to prison, and stay in prison, than Jewish counterparts.

IDF prevents Israeli activists from escorting Palestinians to their lands in West Bank
Ha'aretz - Yesh Din activist’s presence in settlement deemed ‘provocation,’ by military.

Woman lightly wounded by Gaza rocket in southern Israel
Ha'aretz - 50-year-old woman sustains shrapnel wounds to her legs as rocket explodes in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

Palestinians plan mass demonstrations against Israel on eve of UN vote
Ha'aretz - Palestinian Authority officials say mass marches planned on September 20 to protest Israel's occupation, day before UN vote to recognize Palestinian state.

WATCH: IDF reveals classified missiles used in Lebanon and Gaza wars
Ha'aretz - Video shows Tamuz missile striking window of a building during Second Lebanon War.

Britain rules out military intervention in Syria
Ha'aretz - Foreign Secretary Hague's response comes on the heels of Sunday’s military assault that left scores dead in several cities across Syria.

A Libyan rebel faction is unmasked as Gadhafi men
Ha'aretz - Rebels try to rid their ranks of enemies after last week's assassination of military chief Abdel-Fattah Younis, which leadership insists was the work of Gadhafi's regime, while witnesses say he was killed by fellow rebels.

Assad: Syria target of foreign conspiracy
Ha'aretz - SANA quotes Syrian President Bashar Assad as saying Syria will remain free to achieve peace, including the 'Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Arab lands up to the June 4th, 1967 line.'

Arab League likely to turn to UN Security Council for Palestinian statehood
Ha'aretz - UN sources say Arab League due to approve proposal to simultaneously appeal to UN General Assembly and Security Council for recognition of Palestinian state.

2 Palestinians killed, 5 IDF soldiers wounded in West Bank raid
Ha'aretz - Israeli military spokeswoman says rioting broke out in Qalandiyah, a refugee camp near Ramallah, during 'routine operation to arrest Palestinian suspects.'

Lebanese president blames Israel for 'renewing aggression' on border
Ha'aretz - President Suleiman praises Lebanese Armed Forces for resisting Israeli 'attacks and provocations' after Monday's clash between Lebanese, IDF soldiers.

Netanyahu on social protests: Israel must encourage free market competition
Ha'aretz - During special Knesset session commemorating Jabotinsky, PM says the right-wing leader believed in free market and that the Israeli government must encourage competition.

Peres to leaders of Israeli social protest: It's time for discussions, not negotiations
Ha'aretz - Daphni Leef and Stav Shafir, who initiated the protests for affordable housing, meet the president to discuss their demands.

For first time in Israel, Supreme Court judge to be questioned under caution
Ha'aretz - Supreme Court Justice Yoram Danziger will be questioned over his links to former Bat Yam Mayor Shlomi Lahiani, who is currently being investigated on suspicion of bribery.

Treasury chief Haim Shani quits over short shrift from Steinitz
Ha'aretz - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly rejects Shani's suggested methods for comprehensively addressing the issues raised by the growing protest movements.

Supermarkets suffer as consumers change habits
Ha'aretz - Social unrest raises consumer awareness.

Israel's capital market: A swamp of concentration
Ha'aretz - Teach the people about finance while changing the rules of the game, urges a panel of experts.

Israeli sources: Arab Spring let Palestinians ramp up Gaza arms smuggling
Ha'aretz - In the past months, Hamas has acquired improved rockets, ready-made explosive devices, anti-tank missiles and possibly anti-aircraft missiles, say Israeli defense officials.

Professor expelled from Hebrew University
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 - Ben-Ari accused of string of sex offenses; decision overturned his previous sentence of a two-year suspension.

Broadcasting Authority reforms put on hold
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 - Implementation of the reforms would cost a tremendous amount of money that is unlikely to be available anytime soon.

General strike launched on Facebook doesn’t impress
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Despite media hype it was business as usual - streets were clogged with traffic and cafes and restaurants were jammed with tourists and locals.

UN Security Council meets on Syria
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Relaunch of draft UN resolution condemning Syria; Security Council was briefed on the latest events in the country; Western diplomats hope critics have shifted position in light of recent Hama violence.

Education minister quotes scripture to justify protests
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Gideon Sa’ar says tent protests "show the existence of a social conscience"; messages of social justice are interwoven in the words of the prophets.

Protesters, students settle dispute over cameras
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Statement by leaders of social protest calls off their demand for cameras to be present during any negotiations with Netanyahu.

Ramadan in Israel
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - It is important that Israeli leaders and society see Ramadan as a way to engage with the Muslim community.

Kassam rocket explodes near Ashkelon, 1 injured
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Woman in her 50's moderately injured by shrapnel after Kassam hits Ashkelon Coast Regional Council; MDA transfers her to hospital.

Middle Eastern Christians and anti-Semitism
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Statements by Arab clerics reveal that blood libels are still very much alive.

No Holds Barred: To wed a daughter, to sell a kidney
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - The strange thing about a child getting married is that as soon as it’s announced, you have very little time to enjoy it.

Hama suffers heaviest barrage of shelling in 2-day assault
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Syrian tanks bombard areas of city in crackdown on anti-Assad protesters; shelling begins after Ramadan prayers.

Our World: The media revolutionaries
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Protesters are effectively demanding destruction of free market, reversion to state-controlled economy that doomed Israel its first 45 years.

Encountering Peace: I should be a millionaire!
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - One aspect missing from protests is inescapable conclusion that Israel's economic health is based on peace with our Arab neighbors.

Borderline Views: Translating protest into power
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - To transform protest into real power, political organization, creation of a political party can turn demonstrators into voters.

The problem with numbers: Buyer beware!
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Whom can we trust when it comes to gauging the extent of support for the recent social-justice protests?

'Likud outraged at Kadima pushing protesters'
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - After Channel 2 reports Kadima gave protesters signs critical of PM, Likud accuses party of "cynically using" protests for political gain.

African migrants meet with housing activists
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - South Sudanese refugee expresses common fear that if African migrants appear at protests, they'll be branded as economic migrants.

'Attack on LAF shows arrogant nature of Zionist entity'
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Report: Hezbollah statement calls gunfire exchange on Lebanon's border "surprising and provocative," equates it to attacking all of Lebanon.

PM: Let’s stop poverty, ensure free market
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Speaking at Knesset session in memory of Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Netanyahu says "social justice does not oppose a free market, it depends on it."

PA slams killing of 2 during IDF operation at Kalandiya
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Says Kalandiya killings were Israeli attempt to stir up region; Netanyahu denies he scuttled talks between Peres and Erekat.

Netanyahu should go to Ramallah to bring peace
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Op-ed: For MidEast, Israel is hope that there can be national homeland and free society; Jewish state must remain on moral high ground.

Arabs angry over Syria crackdown but gov'ts silent
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Assad's Arab peers have watched developments nervously, apparently fearing power of protest movements that have spread throughout region.

Barak: Assad's 'fate has been sealed'
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Hama siege goes on; EU extends sanctions on Syria, warns of more; Syrian leader: Golan will return to Damascus' control.

Egypt contracts Sinai Beduin to protect gas pipeline
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Firms transporting natural gas to Israel contract Beduin tribes to guard facilities after gas line to Israel was attacked five times this year.

IDF unveils special guided missile used in Lebanon, Gaza
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Tamuz missile based on Spike Long-Range Missile developed by Rafael, operated by elite Meitar unit in IDF Artillery Corps.

Peres to housing protesters: Your cause is legitimate
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Activists say they will continue to live in tents until there is concrete action.

EU extends sanctions on Syria, warns of more
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Syrian tanks shell Hama for second day, killing 4; Ashton warns sanctions will continue "should [Assad government] persist in current path"; UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting.

Supreme Court Justice Danziger to be questioned by police
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Danziger will be grilled over links to Bat Yam Mayor Shlomo Lahiani - currently under investigation for alleged corruption and bribery.

Jewish, Roma youth meet in Hungary
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - Youth are gathering to discuss how to build partnerships, plan joint initiatives, and exchange experiences about minority identity.

'Syrian assault on Hama enters 2nd day, 4 killed'
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2011 - After tanks storm central city, killing 80, residents say regime forces renew attacks; Assad claims conspiracy plotted to fragment Syria.

Israel and Lebanon border troops exchange fire - video
The Guardian 1 Aug 2011 - Tensions rise between Israel and Lebanon, as shots are fired between troops at the border between the two countries

Israel and Lebanon exchange shots on border
The Guardian 1 Aug 2011 - Israeli source says soldiers returned fire after a Lebanese soldier shot at them while they were working Israeli troops have opened fire across the border at a Lebanese soldier who shot at them, an Israeli military...

Ramadan begins: Muslims mark start of holy month - video
The Guardian 1 Aug 2011 - Millions of Muslims around the world are marking the start of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dusk to dawn

Deadly Syrian Crackdown Continues
IPS Syrian activists say at least eight people have been killed after government forces launched fresh attacks in several cities.

MIDEAST: Boats Run Short of Sea to Sail On
IPS "My father was a boat-builder and I learned from him, worked on boats all my life. Now there's no work at all." Abu Fayez Bakr, 64, is one of two boat-builders in the Gaza Strip, the last of a dying trade, despite Palestinians' penchant for the sea and its bounty....

[uruknet.info] Settlers Torch Farmlands Near Nablus
Uruknet August 1, 2011 - A group of fundamentalist Israeli settlers set ablaze, on Sunday evening, 150 Dunams of farmlands that belong to residents of Ein Jaloud village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Ghassan Douglas, in charge of the settlements file in the northern part of the West Bank, stated that the armed settlers torched the...

[uruknet.info] New Israeli weapon used in Al-Walaja
Uruknet August 1, 2011 - Al-Walaja popular committee reports that a demonstration against the wall happened yesterday 31 July 2011 at 9 AM with participation by dozens of locals, internationals, and Israelis. The occupation forces fired tear gas, stun grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition. Injuries were reported. Most disturbing was that the Israeli soldiers used a new...

[uruknet.info] Israel cuts electricity to the Negev desert prison as temperatures soar
Uruknet August 1, 2011 - The Ahrar Centre for Prisoners' Studies and Human Rights has stated that the Israeli Prisons Service has cut power to the tents and cement rooms of the Negev desert prison. The Centre considered the Israeli measure a new 'crime' aimed at making things more difficult for the prisoners and killing them. It noted that...

[uruknet.info] "Bombing His Own People." Really?
Uruknet August 1, 2011 - There has been virtually no Libyan Air Force presence over Libya's own territory since the March imposition of a no-fly zone and swift enforcement of it by NATO. Just how much aerial bombardment there was, and of what kind, prior to that is the matter of some deabte. The pre-no-fly period can be further...

[uruknet.info] VIDEOS - Egypt - police crack down on Tahrir sit-in
Uruknet August 1, 2011 - On the first day of Ramadan, the army and police are now cracking down on the Tahrir sit-in, randomly arresting activists and members of families of the martyrs, tearing down the tents, firing live ammunition into the air....

[uruknet.info] Gaza: so rich in trees
Uruknet August 1, 2011 - Gaza, a city so rich in trees as to be like a cloth of brocade spread out on the sand. The other night I was flipping through Mahfouz's Palestine: A Guide, by Mariam Shahin. In my browsing, I came across two different references to Gaza's former fertility, so lavish that I had to note...

[uruknet.info] Videos - Syrian troops resume assault on Hama, Dair Alzour and Bukamal as Ramadan begins, at least 8 killed
Uruknet August 1, 2011 - The Syrian army launched new attacks on the cities of Hama, Dair Alzour and Bukamal in southern Dara province on Monday, the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. Government troops and tanks opened fire on civilians, killing at least 6 people in Hama: one of them was killed while sleeping by a...

[uruknet.info] Libya: What America's Media Won't Report
Uruknet August 1, 2011 - America's media staunchly back all US imperial wars, regurgitating officials lies as truths. Moreover, they never explain their illegality or daily crimes of war and against humanity against civilians, as well as non-military related infrastructure and other sites. Nor do they report how NATO bombing prevents targeted nations (including Libya) from providing essential public...

[uruknet.info] Israeli soldiers kill 2 in raid on refugee camp
Uruknet August 1, 2011 - - Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians during an arrest raid near Ramallah in the central West Bank early Monday, onlookers and medical officials said. Witnesses told Ma'an that soldiers stormed Qalandiya refugee camp at dawn and as they ransacked homes, confrontations erupted between the army and local residents. The soldiers began to shoot...

[uruknet.info] A letter to our Syrian Army in its National day
Uruknet August 1, 2011 - On this anniversary of the establishment of the Army, it is tinged with the blood of hundreds of martyrs and the suffering of tens of thousands of detainees over the past four months. A single day of storming all of Hama and Deir Ezzor, as well as a number of areas in the Damascus...

[uruknet.info] Situation Of Palestinian Refugees In Iraq, The Worst
Uruknet August 1, 2011 - The Palestinian ambassador in Iraq, Daleel Al Qassous, stated that the situation of the Palestinian refugees in Iraq is the worst compared to any other place on earth, adding that the number of Palestinians in Iraq dropped from 35.000 before the US-led war to 22.000, and continued to decline to 7.000. Al Qassous stated...

[uruknet.info] IRAQ: THE BEGINNING OF THE END
Uruknet July 31, 2011 - We are in the midst of the 20th anniversary of the buildup to and the entrance of Iraqi troops into Kuwait. The world only heard of "naked aggression" on the part of the Iraqis, led by "another Hitler." These simplistic statements did not reflect the truth or the depth of the actions of Iraq....

[uruknet.info] Maliki: US Trainers' Don't Require Parliament Vote
Uruknet July 31, 2011 - Speaking at a news conference over the weekend, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki addressed the growing political battle over the possible continuation of the US occupation through the December deadline. The new comments are likely to anger parliament, as he insists that keeping US military "trainers" in the nation doesn't require any approval from...

[uruknet.info] Libyan rebels can't win, Fox admits, so we need a traitor in Gaddafi's circle
Uruknet July 31, 2011 - Liam Fox conceded yesterday that Libyan rebels were unlikely to muster the forces to topple Muammar Gaddafi, and the Defence Secretary admitted that the best chance of ousting him was a palace coup. Mr Fox's striking change of emphasis came more than four months after Britain, France and the US began bombing raids on...

[uruknet.info] Syria Protests in solidarity with Hama and Deir Ezzor - July 31, 2011 : A Video Roundup
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[uruknet.info] If the Republic Had Not Died A Long Time Ago, This Would Indeed Be the Death of the Republic (Reprise)
Uruknet July 31, 2011 - Looking at the "deal" being formed to solve the "debt ceiling crisis," I thought it was appropriate to break out the old headline I used a few years ago. The current reference, of course, is to the extraordinary "special committee" or "Super Congress" which the deal intends to establish. This is an unaccountable politburo...

[uruknet.info] Lebanon likely to pass 'racist' decision on Palestinian refugee camps
Uruknet July 31, 2011 -- Lebanon is leaning towards passing new ''racist'' decisions affecting the Palestinian refugee camps in the country, Palestinian and Lebanese sources have revealed. A proposal has been made for an item on the government's agenda to be held next Wednesday against the interests of the Palestinian refugees, Lebanese sources told the Palestinian refugees news network...

[uruknet.info] Palestinians in Lebanon voice growing support for Syrian protesters
Uruknet July 31, 2011 - When Suleiman Ghanem went home to Daraa to get married last March, his friends in Sabra joked that he was going there to die, so they snapped a picture of him. That same picture now hangs over the main street of the Sabra market, a tribute to a young martyr of the Syrian uprising....

Hama under heavy barrage
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Syrian tanks continued pounding residential neighborhoods across the city of Hama Monday, in the heaviest barrage of a two-day assault to crush street demonstrations against President Bashar Assad.

Sleiman calls on rival parties to soften their sharp rhetoric
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 President Michel Sleiman called on rival Lebanese leaders Monday to reduce their soaring political rhetoric...

Army exchanges fire with Israeli patrol at Blue Line
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Hezbollah condemned the exchange of fire between the Lebanese and Israeli armies along the Blue Line Monday morning as an aggression against Lebanon...

Cabinet to address territorial waters, Metn power grid
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 The appointment of a new general director for the Energy Ministry tops Tuesday’s agenda for the Cabinet, which is set to discuss 167 articles as well as a draft law to demarcate Lebanon’s disputed maritime border...

Syrian ambassador says Ramadan will unite Syrians against foreign plots
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Syrian ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel Karim Ali said Monday that the holy month of Ramadan would unite the Syrian people against foreign conspiracies in the country.

Hezbollah offered billions to disarm: Qassem
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Hezbollah’s deputy secretary-general, Sheikh Naim Qassem, said Monday his party has rejected an offer worth billions of dollars in exchange for surrendering its weapons and halting its resistance against Israel.

Kabbara urges Lebanese to support Syrian opposition
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Tripoli MP Mohammad Kabbara urged the Lebanese to support the Syrian people against President Bashar Assad’s regime and to call on Arab leaders for action and not just talk.

Jumblatt skips Al-Anbaa weekly statement
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt did not release his weekly statement to Al-Anbaa newspaper Monday, saying that it was a time to focus on solidarity with oppressed nations.

Hariri sends Morocco king condolences over crash
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri sent a telegram Monday to Morocco’s King Mohammad VI, expressing his condolences for the victims of the Royal Armed Forces plane crash near the city of Guelmim, in southern Morocco, last...

Maronite patriarch says weapons in the hands of non-state actors cause concern
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Monday that weapons in the hands of non-state actors cause concern among the Lebanese, voicing hope that arms would be restricted to security institutions and the state.

Dar al-Fatwa welcomes its ‘son’ Mikati to mark start of Ramadan
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Mufti of the Republic Mohammad Rashid Qabbani praised Prime Minister Najib Mikati, calling him the son of Dar al-Fatwa, while the political leader extended his greetings on the advent of Ramadan.

Committee OKs draft law on maritime border
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 An initial draft of a proposed law delineating Lebanon’s maritime areas was approved by Parliament’s Public Works, Transport, Energy and Water Committee...

People, army and resistance can protect oil: Karami
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Youth and Sports Minister Faisal Karami said Monday that the people, army and the resistance are alone capable of deterring an attack on the country’s offshore oil and gas resources.

Qabalan calls for opening new page of understanding
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Sheikh Abdel-Amir Qabalan, vice president of the Higher Shiite Council, called Monday for opening a new page of understanding through dialogue in his Ramadan message.

Israel reveals guided missile used in 2006 summer war
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 A special guided missile system used during conflicts in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip was revealed by the Israeli Army, the Jerusalem Post reported Monday.

Australia probes Lebanese diplomats over illegal wages
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Police in Australia are investigating allegations that employees at the Lebanese consul-general’s office in Sydney have been collecting illegal wages and benefits, reported Melbourne-based Sun-Herald.

Faithful prepared to fast regardless of heat
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Although Ramadan has come at the height of summer this year, those observing the holy month say that with the help of God, they’ll be fine.

Robert Watkins: ‘Hybrid’ U.N. representative
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Only 10 countries in the world require a hybrid United Nations representative, due to their unique mix of humanitarian, socioeconomic and political requirements.

Sidon’s vegetable sellers clash with police over illegal stands
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Vegetable sellers set fire to tires and a vegetable cart, closing the main street of the city’s commercial market Monday...

Lebanese belly dancer in France under fire for sympathizing with Israel
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 A Lebanese activist group has called for the country’s authorities to take action against a Lebanese belly dancer who performed on stage in France with an Israeli band.

Ozel named acting chief of staff after Turkish military brass resignations
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 When the head of Turkey’s military quit in protest along with the commanders of the army, navy and air force, it left one man standing in Turkey’s high command – General Necdet Ozel.

Israel shoots, kills 2 Palestinians in West Bank camp
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Two Palestinians were shot dead Sunday night by Israeli soldiers in the Qalandiya refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian medics and security officials said Monday.

Army storms Cairo’s Tahrir Square
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Troops backed by armored vehicles and hundreds of riot police fired shots in the air and used clubs Monday to clear activists who had been camped in Cairo’s Tahrir Square...

Israeli protest movement gains momentum as prices soar
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Israeli workers took part in a one-day strike Monday, throwing their weight behind an economic protest movement that has spread across the country and rattled the government.

No suspension of Libyan hostilities for Ramadan
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Libyans entered the Muslim holy month of Ramadan Monday with no let-up in the five-month conflict as Moammar Gadhafi sought to foment divisions within a rebellion threatening him on several fronts.

Arab leaders angry but remain silent on crisis unfolding in Syria
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Arabs reacted strongly Monday to the deaths of dozens of Syrians in Hama at the hands of the Syrian army but most Arab governments kept silent...

Filipino maid testifies against Emirati ‘master’ in U.S.
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 A Filipina former domestic worker who says she worked without pay in the U.S. home of a United Arab Emirates naval officer testified Monday that she felt like she was in prison while working for her...

Yemeni airstrikes kill 13 in troubled south
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Yemeni war planes bombed a village in south Yemen Monday, killing at least 13 people who a local official said were Islamist militants challenging army control in the flashpoint province of Abyan.

Iran forces say ‘terrorists’ behind pipeline blast killed, arrested
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Iranian security forces killed three people Monday and arrested four others they suspected of being behind a pipeline blast which halted gas exports to Turkey last week, Iran’s student news agency ISNA reported.

Al-Qaeda confirms death of Belhadj in Algeria
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb has posted a video eulogy of a prominent extremist, Abdelkahar Belhadj, who was reported killed in Algeria last week, the SITE monitoring service said Monday.

In starving Somalia there’s no food to break the fast
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Muslims around the world mark sundown during the holy month of Ramadan with extravagant dinners to break their daily fasts.

Saudi court opens trial for ‘Al-Qaeda Lady’
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 A Saudi court opened the trial of the Al-Qaeda Lady, the first woman in the kingdom accused of involvement in terrorist activities, local media reported Monday.

July on record as 2nd most deadly month in Iraq this year
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Deadly violence in Iraq declined slightly in July from the previous month but still marked the second-highest death toll for the year, data published Monday showed.

Baghdad takes a breather as heat wave ushers in Ramadan
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 A public holiday was declared Monday for Baghdad and southern Iraq as the mercury hit 50 degrees Celsius at the start of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Israel reveals advanced missile used in 2006 war: report
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 A special guided missile system used during conflicts in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip was revealed by the Israeli Army, the Jerusalem Post reported Monday.

Group slams Lebanon dancer for sharing stage with Israeli band
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 A Lebanese pressure group has called for the country’s authorities to take action against a Lebanese belly-dancer who performed on stage in France with an Israeli band.

Tanks shell Syria’s Hama for second day, 4 killed
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Syrian tanks shelled the city of Hama, the scene of a 1982 massacre, for a second day on Monday, killing at least four civilians, residents said, in an assault to try to crush protests against President...

Jumblatt: No comment, just solidarity with oppressed
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Progressive Socialist Party leader declines to release weekly statement to Al Anbaa newspaper, saying it is a time to focus on solidarity with oppressed nations.

Australia investigating Lebanese diplomats for fraud
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Police in Australia are investigating allegations that employees at the Lebanese consul-general's office in Sydney have been collecting illegal wages and benefits, reported Melbourne-based Sun-Herald.

Libya rebels round up pro-Gadhafi cell
Daily Star 1 Aug 2011 Libyan rebels rounded up at least 63 people suspected of murdering their military chief and having links to Moammar Gadhafi, after an hours-long battle in their eastern stronghold of Benghazi.

Qassam hits Hof Ashkelon; 1 wounded
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - A woman aged 55 sustained light to moderate wounds Monday after a Qasssam rocket exploded in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. The woman, a shepherd, was hit by ... ....

Israel's housing protest reaches Berlin
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - Some 30 Israelis currently residing in Berlin have set up camp outside the Israeli embassy in the German capital on Monday, in a show of solidarity with housing ... ....

Der Spiegel: Mossad behind Iran hit
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - BERLIN – The assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran last week was the first major operation of Mossad director Tamir Pardo, the Der Spiegel website ... ....

Teachers protest for better education
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - More than 100 people demonstrated in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Monday calling for better public education. Dozens of teachers and social activists in Jerusalem called for a ... ....

Knesset mulls no-confidence vote
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - The Knesset discussed a series of no-confidence proposals directed against Benjamin Netanyahu's government Monday in the backdrop of mounting social protests. MK ... ....

IDF introduces new anti-tank missile
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - After years of operational successes, the IDF revealed the "Tammuz" anti-tank missile for the first time on Monday. The advanced weapon was developed and designed by ... ....

President meets housing protest leaders
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - President Shimon met with representatives of the housing protest on Monday, after meeting with leaders of the doctors' protest on Sunday. "I've been following what's ... ....

Supreme Court judge to be questioned under caution
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - Attorney general decides further clarifications required from Justice Yoram....

PM warns against defense budget cuts
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - Netanyahu stresses need for fiscal responsibility, defends defense budget.....

Ben-Eliezer: Israel headed for disaster
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - Former minister warns Palestnian UN bid will clash with housing crisis to create....

Peres to mediate housing crisis
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - President meets with 'tent city' organizers in bid to end wave of national....

UNIFIL: IDF troops didn't cross border
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - UN force sides with IDF, says Lebanese army's fire on troops patrolling border....

Security guard indicted over racist shooting incident
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - Orly Abutbul, who shot at Bat-Yam resident after he threw water over her for....

Iranians stage 'water fight' in Tehran
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - Police quick to condemn revelers for behavior negating 'Islamic values',....

Palestinians: IDF kills 2 in Kalandia
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - Sources in West Bank village claim soldiers fired at will, IDF says five troops....

Report: PM prevented Peres-Abbas meeting
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - Source says president failed to meet with PA leader because Netanyahu gave him....

Der Spiegel probes link between Israel, Norway killer
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - German paper warns Europe's right-wing Islamophobes have found willing allies in....

Thousands to strike for social change
YNet News, 1 Aug 2011 - Over 23,500 citizens RSVP to Facebook event calling for general strike; local....

Hamas extends congratulations on the occasion of Ramadan
PIC - Hamas extended congratulations to the Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic countries on the occasion of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Miles of Smiles enter Gaza with badly needed medicines
PIC - The Miles of Smiles 4 aid convoy entered the Gaza Strip via the Rafah border terminal on Sunday night bringing with it urgently needed medicines and special formula baby milk.

OCHA: More Palestinians displaced this year than 2009, 2010
PIC - OCHA has issued a report documenting that home demolitions in Area C of the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem this year had nearly doubled when compared to the equivalent period of last year.

IOF troops kill two Palestinians on first day of Ramadan
PIC - Two Palestinian civilians were killed in Qalandia refugee camp near Ramallah on the first day of holy Ramadan during an Israeli occupation forces’ raid on the camp before dawn Monday.

Bahar: World still punishing us over Hamas-won elections
PIC - Deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council has said that the world continues to punish the Gaza Strip and all Palestinians because of democratic election results that put Hamas in power.

Report: 6 Palestinians killed, 250 others arrested in July
PIC - The Solidarity Foundation has issued a report detailing the murders, arrests, and raids that Israeli occupation forces carried out in the occupied Palestinian territories in July 2011.

Jewish settlers burn 150 dunums of Palestinian land
PIC - Jewish settlers set alight tens of dunums in the Palestinian village of Jallud in the Nablus province completely damaging 150 dunums of land lots.

Lebanese soldier injured in gunfire clash with Israeli soldiers
PIC - A Lebanese soldier was wounded on Monday in an exchange of gunfire between the Israeli and Lebanese armed forces.

Many arrested in West Bank sweep
PIC - Israeli occupation forces arrested Monday morning brothers Badr, 25, and Khalid, 21, Abu Namous, from the Ein Beit al-Maa refugee camp in western Nablus, in an arrest sweep in the occupied West Bank.

Hamas condemns Kalandia killings
PIC - Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri has condemned the Israeli occupation force raid in Kalandia near Ramallah that killed two young Palestinian men.

PPC: Palestinian Prisoner Suffers from Critical Health Condition
WAFA

Abu Rudeineh Condemns Israeli killings of Palestinians in Qalandia
WAFA

Fayyad Condemns Israeli Crime in Qalandia
WAFA

Netanyahu: Abbas Made Strategic Decision by Going to UN
WAFA

PCBS: Domestic Tourism in Gaza Higher than in West Bank
WAFA

Erekat: International Community’s Approval of Palestinian UN Membership Supports Two-State Solution
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Israeli Soldiers Kill Two Palestinians in Qalandia
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New Moves to Curb Criticism of Israel In US and Canada
Intifada-Palestine: 1 Aug 2011 - by Debbie Menon Campus activism “New legislation in the US threatens to conflate campus criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism” reports Kristin Szremski Great ! This shows the immense power that “the Organization”, the major pro-Israel organizations such as the Zionist Organization of... more

Syria forces escalate attacks on protesters
LA Times 31 Jul 2011 - Syria uses tanks in Hama and other cities, and 70 people are reported killed. Most of the deaths are in Hama, where witnesses say Sunni mosque minarets are also targeted, just before the start of Ramadan. The months-long standoff between Syria's embattled government and a...

In Iraqi Village, a Raid Sows Distrust of Americans
New York Times 1 Aug 2011 - An operation led by Iraqi security forces left three dead and sparked anger against the United States military.

Syrian Forces Renew Strike on Restive City of Hama
New York Times 1 Aug 2011 - Security forces assaulted the city for a second day as the government continued its campaign to crush a popular uprising.

Egyptian Forces Roust Tahrir Square Sit-In
New York Times 1 Aug 2011 - Hundreds of Egyptian troops and security police officers forcibly cleared a three-week-old sit-in in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square on Monday.

Memo From Jerusalem: Israelis Feel Tug of Protests, Reviving the Left’s Spirits
New York Times 1 Aug 2011 - The populist, grass-roots challenge to the government over the cost of living could open new political terrain in Israel.

Judge Says TV Will Show Mubarak on Trial
New York Times 1 Aug 2011 - The trial of former President Hosni Mubarak will be held in a large hall and will be broadcast on state television.

Yemen Airstrikes Kill 15, Officials Say
New York Times 1 Aug 2011 - Government airstrikes in southern Yemen on Monday killed at least 15 people suspected of having ties to Al Qaeda, military officials said.

U.S. Military Claims Success Curbing Attacks in Iraq With Iranian Weapons
New York Times 1 Aug 2011 - Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said attacks by insurgents using Iranian weapons had fallen significantly in the last few weeks.

Israel Kills Two Palestinians as Raid in West Bank Refugee Camp Goes Awry
New York Times 1 Aug 2011 - Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in the Kalandia refugee camp early Monday after raiding several houses and being set upon by stone-throwing Palestinians.

Jewish, Arab workers and youth protest against social conditions in Israel
WSWS - An estimated 150,000 mostly young people in Israel, both Jewish and Arab, protested Saturday over spiralling living costs and the economic and social policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Pseudo-left parties end Cairo sit-in after Islamist protest
WSWS - After Islamist groups dominated the July 29 protest in Cairo, official “opposition” parties announced they would suspend their sit-in in Tahrir Square.

AT-TUWANI: Settlers harass Palestinian shepherds and assault international observers.
Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine - The shepherds were out with their flocks on Palestinian land near Meshaha hill when the four masked settlers attacked them.  They were able to getaway, but the settlers then hit a CPTer in the head with an iron bar and destroyed his camera.  He went to...

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Mekerot Water Company disrupts flow of water to Palestinian crops again
Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine - The Mekerot Water Company continues to disrupt the flow of water to Palestinian farms in the Beqa’a Valley.  CPTers received a call on 20 July to document further damage to crops when the water company ripped out plastic irrigation pipes, saying that the Palestinians were stealing...

Netanyahu seeks to preempt Palestinian statehood initiative w/ plan that entails settlements and ‘Jewish state’ preconditions
Mondoweiss - Israeli television is reporting that Netanyahu is going out with a peace plan that refers to the '67 borders, apparently in an effort to stem the Palestinian bid for statehood at the U.N. I'm told that the plan is much like a US plan given to...

Of you, everything around reminds me
Mondoweiss - כל דבר מסביבי מזכיר לי אותך In Limbo, I loved to live and carry on. In love, I fell with him. He was everything to me, a brother, a friend, a man, a shaman. All efforts and time I have exerted, by doing my best to...

At Daily Kos, ‘cyclonbabe’ says the Israel/Palestine issue has split the progressive movement
Mondoweiss - We've run a few posts responding to the banning of Mondoweiss from the popular website Daily Kos. Weiss response. And mine. Well yesterday I lifted another comment straight out of the 'diary' where the announcement of the banning occurred. I urge everyone to open the link...

A representation of Israeli soldiers
Mondoweiss - If this is what happens to photographers who “misrepresent Israeli soldiers,” here is my rebuttal: In the last eight or nine months, Nabi Saleh has become more and more the epicenter of military violence against non-violent protesters in the West Bank. In a situation where protesting...

Is Yerushalmi’s motive for anti-Shariah campaign his contempt for Palestinians, ‘a murderous non-People’? ‘NYT’ can’t touch it
Mondoweiss - Over the weekend, there was a long, somewhat-helpful piece in the Times about David Yerushalmi, the Hasidic Jew who is leading the campaign against supposed "Shariah law" in the U.S., a campaign that demonizes Muslims. But the article left me wondering: how much of Yerushalmi's campaign...

Maariv Political Correspondent Warns of ‘Military Adventure’ to Distract from Tent Protest Movement
Tikun Olam - In the past week, Israel has witnessed the largest mass social protest movement in decades. 150,000 demonstrated a few nights ago in cities and towns throughout Israel against the rising cost of living and deterioration in virtually every aspect of Israeli quality of life including massive...

Daniel Levy on “America’s attempted Quartet sophistry”
Arab American Institute 1 Aug 2011 - Daniel Levy, director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation, wrote a great piece in Foreign Policy magazine last week in which he concluded that "American policy on Israel-Palestine is now being driven almost exclusively by a desire to prevent any possible...

Israel cuts electricity to the Negev desert prison as temperatures soar
Middle East Monitor 1 Aug 2011 - The Ahrar Centre for Prisoners' Studies and Human Rights has stated that the Israeli Prisons Service has cut power to the tents and cement rooms of the Negev desert prison.   The Centre considered the Israeli measure a new 'crime' aimed at making things more difficult...

Week 19: Siddqui Suliman Ahmed Al Maqt Palestinian political prisoner
Middle East Monitor 1 Aug 2011 - Prisoner Siddqui Suliman Ahmed Al Maqt, 44, from Majdal Shams, a village in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights has been detained since 23rd August 1985. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison, when a large force, exceeding 300 armed Israeli soldiers, barged into his house...

Likud warns of Netanyahu's demise amidst escalating protests across Israel
Middle East Monitor 1 Aug 2011 - On Saturday night, tens of thousands of Israelis took part in demonstrations across more than nine cities in the territories occupied in 1948. These protests demonstrate an escalating wave of public protest in Israel against rising prices and high housing rents.   In a number of...

Three lives in the West Bank
Middle East Monitor 1 Aug 2011 - 1. Samer, Jerusalem If you live in Ramallah and work in Jerusalem, the time your journey will take to the office is an unknown quantity. It could be an hour, it could be three. Najwa, a social worker who runs a community centre in the Arab...

Fresh Syria violence mars Ramadan
BBC 1 Aug 2011 - Tanks and troops open fire in the Syrian city of Hama as people leave prayers on the first day of Ramadan, say reports.

India resolves Iran oil bill spat
BBC 1 Aug 2011 - Iran and India resolve the payment dispute that threatened the Islamic state's crude exports to India.

VIDEO: Condemnation grows over Syria violence
BBC 1 Aug 2011 - There is growing international condemnation over the worsening violence in Syria, as human rights groups say around 140 people were killed on one of the bloodiest days since an anti-government uprising began more than four months ago.

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