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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
PLO Report: “Six Palestinians Killed in July, 230 Kidnapped, 32 Structures Demolished”
IMEMC - Thursday August 04, 2011 - 03:16, The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) reported that, in July, Israeli soldiers killed six Palestinians, kidnapped 230 others, and demolished 32 homes and structures in the occupied territories. Israel is also planning a new settlement in occupied East Jerusalem.

Knesset Committee: “Palestinian UN Bid Would Harm Israel Internationally”
IMEMC - Thursday August 04, 2011 - 02:07, The Foreign Affairs and Security Committee of the Israeli Knesset stated that the Palestinian UN bid to seek international recognition of an independent state this coming September, will worsen Israel’s stance in the international arena, and could lead to “ongoing escalation”.

Woman from Jenin Now Longest Serving Female Prisoner in Israeli Detention
IMEMC - Wednesday August 03, 2011 - 14:00, The Palestinian Center for Detainees stated Tuesday that Hana Al-Shalabi has now been in Israeli administrative detention for longer than any other female prisoner, according to sources at Ma’an News Agency.

Prisoners Denied Increased Provisions For Ramadan
IMEMC - Wednesday August 03, 2011 - 13:46, Palestinian prisoners were refused increased provisions of food for the holy month of Ramadan, Ma'an News reports. Ramadan began on August 1st.

UN Official: Link between Israeli Settlement Expansion and Palestinian Displacement
IMEMC - Wednesday August 03, 2011 - 13:00, The UN Works and Relief Agency claimed Tuesday that there is a clear link between illegal Israeli settlement expansion and the displacement of Palestinians through home demolitions. The agency released data indicating that the number of demolitions has dramatically risen so far this year.

BDS Organization Writes Total Produce To Not Buy Agrexco
IMEMC - Wednesday August 03, 2011 - 12:53, The Palestinian Boycott Divest Sanction organization has written a letter to the Irish company, Total Produce, to not purchase the Israeli produce company, Agrexco. The letter charged that Agrexco has been involved with “Israeli war crimes.”

Witnesses: Airstrike targets Gaza City
8/4/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli aircraft fired on Gaza City early Thursday after two rockets landed in southern Israel, witnesses and army officials said. There were no immediate reports of injury on either side....

PA: Israel refused extra food in jails for Ramadan
8/3/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israel's prison administration refused to allocate Palestinian prisoners extra provisions for the holy month of Ramadan, Palestinian Authority detainees' minister Issa Qaraqe said Wednesday. The Ramallah-based ministry requested upping the food allocation from 300 shekels ($86) to 400 shekels ($115) per prisoner to purchase special foods consumed by....

West Bank murder smashed the lie of 'honor killings'
8/3/2011 - HEBRON (AFP) -- Aya's remains were found bound, decomposed at the bottom of a well more than a year after she vanished without a trace, leaving her family beside themselves with worry. The university student's disappearance in April 2010 left her relatives increasingly ostracized in their southern West Bank village, an area.... Related: Ma'an: West Bank murder smashed the lie of 'honor killings'

Army: Projectile report 'false alarm'
8/3/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army said reports that a projectile had landed in southern Israel on Wednesday morning were a "false alarm." The Israeli news site Ynet reported Wednesday that a rocket fired from Gaza landed in the southern Ashkelon district causing no damage or injuries but an Israeli military spokeswoman later said....

Hamas media: Shalit 'fasting' during holy month
8/4/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Hamas-affiliated Ar-Risala website reported Wednesday that captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has decided to fast during Ramadan. The report comes as talks have stalled between Hamas and Israel over the possible exchange of hundreds of prisoners for Shalit, who was captured in a 2006 raid. The report seemed to be....

Gaza ministry: Rafah crossing open for July applicants after delays
8/3/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Ministry of Interior in Gaza said Wednesday that passengers who had registered to travel to Egypt via the Rafah crossing on July 24 and 25 could now undertake their journey after lengthy delays. The ministry instructed passengers to proceed to Abu Yousef An-Najjar hall in the southern city of....

74 Palestinian detainees to be released
8/3/2011 - The detainees were due for release at an earlier date - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Head of the Prisoners Society in Hebron Amjad An-Najjar told Ma'an that 74 detainees are to be released from Israeli jail on Thursday morning. The Negev prison administration in southern Israel informed the prisoners of their decision on....

Public sector doctors to resume protests
8/4/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - The union of public sector doctors in the West Bank announced Wednesday they would go on open strike starting Sunday after the government failed to meet their demands, namely improvement of salaries."Responding to President Abbas' request, a strike was suspended on June 19 to start negotiations with the government....

Nablus detainee marks 8 years in Israeli prison
8/3/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian detainee Wajdi Azmi Judeh entered his eighth year in Israeli prison on Wednesday, a detainees' center reported. Judeh, from Nablus, is serving a 25-year sentence in Israel's Shatta prison. He was accused of being affiliated with the National Resistance Brigades, the armed wing of the Democratic....

Beilin: Abbas is a man of peace
8/4/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - President Mahmoud Abbas is a man who believes in peace but Israel disappointed him by leaving him without a peace partner, said Yossi Beilin, former Israeli minister of justice and co-architect of the Geneva Initiative. In an interview on Ma'an TV, Beilin urged both the Palestinians and the Israelis....

Israel 'uprising' activists enraged by housing bill
8/4/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Activists from Israel's social protest movement reacted furiously on Wednesday after parliament passed a housing bill that they say will favor the rich and endanger the environment. Israeli news site Ynet said that hundreds of demonstrators blocked intersections in cities across the country, ranging from the southern desert city of Beersheba....

UK minister expresses concern over Qalandiya killings
8/3/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The UK Foreign Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt expressed concern on Tuesday over the killing of two Palestinians by Israeli forces in Qalandiya refugee camp." The circumstances leading to these two deaths needs to be fully investigated," Burt said." I urge both sides to exercise restraint and avoid inflammatory....

Rights group urges inquiry after deadly Gaza clash
8/3/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian human rights group expressed concern Wednesday following the shooting death of a police officer in the Gaza Strip while enforcing a court ruling. Majed Karam, 23, a policeman from Gaza City, died Sunday after gunmen opened fire on a police unit that was enforcing a court ruling in the.... Related: Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Al-Malki: UN recognition bid is right path
8/4/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki said Thursday that Palestine's bid for membership in the United Nations was the right path to take even if the leadership was presented with a reformulated framework for negotiations. In an interview, Al-Malki warned of the consequences of not going to....

Police arrest 2 children for stealing money from their father
8/3/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Police have arrested two children suspected of stealing money from their father in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, a police report said Wednesday. Police said a man reported that his children, aged 10 and 13, had stolen 17,000 shekels [$4,900] from him. Police arrested the children and found them....

Mubarak, sons plead not guilty to murder and graft
8/4/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Egypt's ailing Hosni Mubarak denied murder and graft charges after being wheeled into a cage on a stretcher Wednesday, the first time a former ruler faced his people in court since the Arab Spring erupted. The ex-president, looking pale and dressed in white as he lay on the stretcher, pleaded not....

UN divided as tanks besiege Syrian cities
8/4/2011 - DAMASCUS (AFP) -- Hundreds of tanks and troop carriers were deployed on Wednesday near the Syrian protest hubs of Deir Ezzor and Hama, activists said, as the UN Security Council was to meet for a third day on the Syria crisis. The 15-member Security Council has been struggling since Monday over how to respond to....

UN condemns Syrian crackdown
8/4/2011 - UNITED NATIONS (AFP) -- The United Nations condemned on Wednesday the Syrian government's deadly crackdown on protests and called for those responsible to be held "accountable," as tanks stormed the protest hub of Hama. A Security Council statement agreed after weeks of often-acrimonious talks said the body "condemns the widespread violations of human rights....

UN tribunal probing material received from Hezbollah
8/3/2011 - THE HAGUE (AFP) -- The prosecutor of the UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri is probing material provided by Hezbollah, his office said Wednesday." The office of the prosecutor is currently examining material hand-delivered by Hezbollah officials to the prosecutor-general of Lebanon on 13 July 2011," the Special Tribunal....

Guards commander is Iran's new oil minister
8/3/2011 - TEHRAN (AFP) -- Iran's conservative dominated parliament on Wednesday endorsed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's pick, a Revolutionary Guards commander targeted by international sanctions, to head the key oil ministry. Brigadier General Rostam Qasemi ran the sanctions-hit industrial wing of the elite Guards, Khatam al-Anbiya, which is highly active in the country's....

Police: 7 killed in twin west Iraq blasts
8/3/2011 - BAGHDAD (AFP) -- Twin bomb attacks in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi killed seven people and wounded 13 others on Wednesday evening, part of nationwide violence that left 10 dead, security officials said. A roadside bomb exploded at around 5:30 p. m. in the south of Ramadi, 100 kilometres west of Baghdad, wounding five....

Libyan rebels face schism as Zliten attack is repelled
8/3/2011 - BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) -- The unity of Libya's revolutionaries became the latest casualty on Wednesday of the shock assassination of a top general, as a key rebel group demanded senior ministers and military brass be fired. The head of the February 17 Coalition -- whose members kick-started the revolt against Moammar Gadhafi -- told AFP the....

Saudi prince awarded libel damages against British daily
8/3/2011 - LONDON (AFP) -- A Saudi prince accused by a British newspaper of ordering police to gun down unarmed demonstrators during this year's Arab uprisings won "substantial" libel damages Wednesday over the allegations. Independent Print Ltd, publishers of The Independent newspaper, and its Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk expressed "sincere apologies" at London's....

Fallen Egyptian Dictator Hosni Mubarak Stands Trial
Palestine Note 3 Aug 2011 - Blake Hounshell: Are other members of the Mubarak regime next? New York Times - An ailing Hosni Mubarak , who served longer than any ruler of modern Egypt until he was overthrown in a revolution in February, was rolled into a...

Palestinian Americans Know Their Heritage
PNN - Bethlehem - PNN/Exclusive - Yesterday morning a group of young Palestinian Americans returned home to the United States after taking part in the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation's 'Know Your Heritage' program....

Israeli MKs Urge West Bank Settlement Expansion to Solve Housing Crisis
PNN - Tel Aviv - PNN - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under pressure by cabinet ministers and MKs to expand building projects in the West Bank and Jerusalem to bring down housing...

UN Reports ‘Alarming’ Increase in West Bank Home Demolitions in the First Half of 2011.
PNN - Jerusalem – PNN - The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported on Tuesday that Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes has risen “alarmingly” in...

Largest West Bank Outpost Ordered Dismantled by Israel's Supreme Court
PNN - In an unprecedented ruling, the Israeli Supreme Court called on Tuesday for the state to dismantle by April 2012 the largest West Bank settlement that is illegal by Israeli law, the outpost...

Israeli MK as Mubarak Trial Begins: 'Israel Offered Asylum to Egyptian Ex-President'
PNN - Tel Aviv - PNN - An Israeli parliament member said on Israeli Army Radio today that Israel offered political asylum to former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak several months ago. The statement by...

Palestinian Citizens of Israel Convicted More Often than Jewish Citizens
PNN - Tel Aviv – PNN – A recent study has revealed that Palestinian citizens of Israel are far more likely to receive custodial sentences than Jewish citizens of Israel. Israeli daily Haaretz reported...

PCHR Is Concerned over Death of Police Officer and Injuries of Two Others by Gunmen While Enforcing Court Ruling
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Wednesday, 03 August 2011

Ramadan in the Buffer Zone
8/3/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 2 August 2011 | International Solidarity Movement, Gaza - The buffer zone is a place of death.   300 meters of destroyed land, land that used to be alive, that used to be filled with orchards, houses, and fields, now, all dead.   To enter the buffer zone is to risk your life, even to come close to it....

Israel court orders West Bank outpost demolished
Relief Web 2 Aug 2011 - Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel JERUSALEM — The Israeli Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the eviction of settlers from a 10-year-old West Bank outpost but gave authorities until the end of March 2012 to carry out the...

163 projects founded by the international community approved for implementation in the Gaza strip
Relief Web 1 Aug 2011 - Source: Government of Israel Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel Implementation of policy towards the Gaza Strip - Update July 2011 Israel is working with the international community and the Palestinian Authority to advance and to streamline the approval processes for...

Israeli forces raid Nablus, Hebron
3 Aug 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces invaded Wednesday morning several neighborhoods in the east of Nablus and Hebron.

Serry calls to investigate Israeli attack in Qalandia
3 Aug 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph)- The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, on Tuesday expressed concern to the murder of two Palestinian citizens by Israeli army in Qalandia refugee camp, northern occupied Jerusalem.

Knesset votes to expand settlements in WB to solve housing crisis
2 Aug 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-42 ministers and members of Israeli Knesset on Tuesday has submitted a petition to Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urging him to find a solution to the housing problem in Israel by expanding their settlements construction in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem.

UN chief says Assad has 'lost all humanity' as killings continue in Syria
The National 2 Aug 2011 - Ban Ki-Moon says Assad’s refusal to acknowledge international criticism is 'a totally unacceptable situation' and Assad 'must be aware that under international humanitarian law, this is accountable. I believe that he lost all sense of humanity.'

Mubarak to share cage in courtroom with his sons as trial begins
The National 2 Aug 2011 - The ex-president of Egypt's trial will signal a significant triumph for the protesters, who have been demanding since their uprising began in January that he, along with the stalwarts of his regime, be put on a public trial.

Gulf Indian students, far from adopted home, find life tough in mother country
The National 2 Aug 2011 - As universities begin the academic year, non-resident Indians reveal the culture shock of settling in a country many barely know, even though their families hail from the sub-continent.

UN Security Council condemns Syria for crackdown on civilians
Ha'aretz - In a rare but not unprecedented move, Syria's neighbor Lebanon, where Damascus' influence is strong, disassociated itself from a formal statement agreed upon by the other 14 members of the council.

Dozens of hilltop youth set up camp in Israel's biggest tent city
Ha'aretz - The activists, who belong to the extreme right, claim solution to housing crisis is construction in the West Bank; plan to set up dozens of more tents in coming days.

'I'm not guilty,' says bed-ridden and caged Mubarak at Cairo trial
Ha'aretz - Dozens hurt as Mubarak supporters and opponents demonstrate outside courthouse where the ailing former president is on trial for killing protesters.

Netanyahu aide denies Israel offered Egypt's Mubarak asylum
Ha'aretz - Roni Sofer responds to claim by Labor MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer that he and the PM made the offer to Mubarak while he was still president.

New U.S. ambassador to Israel: Palestinians know UN vote won't change reality
Ha'aretz - Dan Shapiro says ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made an important contribution to peace but now the Egyptian people will determine his fate, and the U.S. will not intervene.

Israeli doctors, Finance Ministry reach breakthrough; head of doctors' union ends hunger strike
Ha'aretz - Sides agree on adding 1,000 staff positions and grants for doctors to work in the periphery; remaining demands still under negotiation.

Syria army shells Hama, seizes central Assi square
Ha'aretz - Death toll reaches about 100 since Sunday; activists, residents say armored vehicles, snipers and at least 3 tanks seized central Assi square.

Haaretz.com special feature: What would you like to ask Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales?
Ha'aretz - Haaretz.com will be talking to the internet guru during the annual Wikimania conference, opening Thursday in Israel's northern city of Haifa.

Dairy farmers, right-wing activists join Israel housing protest
Ha'aretz - Thousands of farmers march in Tel Aviv protesting reform in dairy industry; right-wing activists visit tent city, call on government to solve housing crisis.

Netanyahu: Housing protests are 'populist wave'; activists plan third mass protest in Tel Aviv
Ha'aretz - Following passage of controversial housing bill in Knesset, activists vow to escalate demonstrations; protesters block roads in several cities across Israel.

What would you like to ask Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales?
Ha'aretz - Haaretz.com will be talking to the internet guru during the annual Wikimania conference, opening Thursday in Israel's northern city of Haifa.

Israelis respond to new housing law: Protests and more protests
Ha'aretz - Leaders of protest movement criticize passage of controversial housing law; demonstrations planned for Thursday and Saturday.

Three members of ultra-Orthodox cult indicted on charges of abusing women and children
Ha'aretz - Investigation was uncovered in the beginning of July following police raid carried out on the residences of cult members in Jerusalem and Tiberias.

Knesset approves controversial housing bill over protest leaders' objections
Ha'aretz - Hundreds block roads in major cities to protest bill which will set up national committees to approve housing projects.

Israeli report says Palestinian violence in September unlikely
Ha'aretz - Official: Report, based on intelligence assessments, says Palestinians believe violence would be counterproductive and will stage peaceful demonstrations instead.

Peres tells new U.S. envoy: No doubt Obama is friend of Israel
Ha'aretz - President Shimon Peres accepts credentials of Dan Shapiro, the new U.S. Ambassador to Israel and former Obama adviser.

MK Ben-Eliezer: Israel offered political asylum to Mubarak
Ha'aretz - Labor MK tells Army Radio that he met with Mubarak in Sharm el-Sheikh; says Mubarak declined offer because he was a 'patriot'.

Policeman dies after stabbing 4 years ago
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Shlomi Asulin, aged 31 and a father of two, had been hospitalized at Sheba Hospital, where his condition deteriorated in 2010.

HU and TAU law faculties ranked among world’s top 100
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Rankings formulated by QS World University Rankings according to set criteria; Hebrew University’s Law Faculty rates as best in Israel.

Steinitz orders importation of yellow cheese
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Move to open dairy market results in Dairy Board protesters saying finance minister is "making a shameful grab."

US looks at intensifying sanctions against Syria
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Clinton: We have nothing invested in the continuation of a regime that must kill, imprison and torture its own citizens to maintain power.

From king to cage: Hosni Mubarak's trial begins
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Wheeled into Cairo courtroom on gurney, 83-year-old ex-president "completely rejects" all charges of corruption, causing protesters' deaths.

J'lem protests Honduran support for PA statehood bid
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Foreign Ministry’s deputy director-general for Latin America express Israel’s “surprise," “disappointment” at support by Honduras.

Arab League finalizing PA statehood application for UN
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - PA source: We’re under heavy pressure to drop plan, but it’s too late now; meeting in Doha being attended by Arab legal experts.

The protesters’ demands
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - The protesters’ demands fit snugly into the populist empowerment-polemics rubric.

Media Comment: The new director-general of the IBA
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - The recent appointment of Yoni Ben-Menachem has awakened a few demons from their slumber.

The Alawites and Israel
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - The current regime in Syria, terrified of a Sunni takeover, might appeal to the Jewish state for help.

Sandor Kepiro and the question of Hungarian justice
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Ever democracy claims its judiciary is independent, but there is no doubt that the courts also reflect local political opinions and prejudices.

Renewing the social contract
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Some ideas expressed by the demonstrators are naïve and even childish, but they have brought a breath of fresh air into this hot summer.

Rattling the Cage: While Israel slept
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Until this government comes to grips with their grievances, those grievances will still be there. And so will the social justice movement.

Fundamentally Freund: Israel’s misguided revolution
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Rather than relying on rational decisions, protesters instead prefer to put power in the hands of nameless, faceless, coffee-slurping bureaucrats.

Washington Watch: Cantoring through Washington
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Boehner’s greatest fear is that his deputy will try to do to him what he and others in the GOP House leadership tried to do to Gingrich in 1997.

HRW’s ‘Arab spring’
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - As Syrian citizens are murdered by Assad forces, HRW has no infrastructure in place to aid them in leading the “human-rights” revolution.

Claims Conference: A Failure of leadership
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Candidly Speaking: Questions arise over the exercise of the directors' fiduciary, moral obligations as custodians for the welfare of survivors.

Breakthrough in Treasury-IMA talks halts Eidelman strike
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - IMA chief ends 10-day hunger strike after sides agree on some demands; concessions to be followed by intensive talks to end labor dispute.

Ex-US official: Executing Mubarak would be 'mistake'
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Abrams: Many calling for blood hoping to clear their names, US should assure Alawite generals they don't await dire fate post-Assad.

UN council statement condemns use of force by Syria
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Statement censures "violations of human rights, use of force on civilians," calls for "immediate end to all violence"; Lebanon, presumably because of close ties with Damascus, disassociates itself from resolution.

Security Council breaks deadlock, censures Syria
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - UN condemns human rights violations, "use of force on civilians," calls for "immediate end to violence"; Lebanon disassociates from statement.

Right-wing activists march at Tel Aviv tent city
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Marchers throw support behind social-movement, chanting "there is no left, there is no right, everyone wants affordable living."

Gazan defies handicap to live life to fullest
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - In steely defiance of his handicap, Abu Lubda mastered host of hand-centric skills: ping pong, learning to paint, making handicrafts.

In summer, Jewish studies flowers in Eastern Europe
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Programs reflect remarkable resurgence of Jewish informal learning, academic studies that has occurred in Europe since fall of communism.

Three suspects in Jerusalem cult indicted
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Head of cult indicted for litany of charges including slavery, sexual abuse, rape, unlawful imprisonment, among others.

MK Ben-Eliezer to 'Post': Mubarak deserved better
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - As ex-Egyptian president's trial begins, MK says, "It really pained me to see him there today," reveals he told Mubarak to come to Eilat.

Esther Pollard: Jonathan 'conscious, aware' after surgery
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Jailed agent's wife says she is relieved he passed operation "but this is just a temporary fix"; Congressman asks to speak to House about Pollard.

'Solution keeps market free, responds to social crisis'
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - After National Housing C'tees Bill passes in Knesset, Netanyahu says reforms meant to solve high cost of living by slashing prices.

Poll: American Jews and Muslims share common values
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Muslim Americans exceed Jewish belief in religious pluralism, in the fairness of elections, and also in support of a two-state solution

Trial of fallen Mubarak grips Egyptians, Arabs
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2011 - Region, world watch as former president lies on a hospital bed connected to a drip, on trial for the killing of protesters who ousted him.

Hosni Mubarak trial: Reaction in Middle East - video
The Guardian 3 Aug 2011 - People in Egypt and across the Middle East give their reaction as former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak goes on trial

MOROCCO: Arab Spring Haunts Flexible King
IPS In spite of an amendment to the constitution, early general elections planned next October, and numerous social and economic reforms, the Moroccan monarchy may not survive the Arab Spring, activists say.

[uruknet.info] Libya: Nato 'carried out raid on Gaddafi oil tanker'
Uruknet August 3, 2011 - A Libya flagged vessel steered by the rebels and assisted by contingent of naval special forces boarded the Cartagena just outside Maltese territorial waters on Wednesday morning. The Cartagena is owned by the Libyan government's shipping arm, the General National Maritime Transport Company, which is believed to be controlled by Col Muammar Gaddafi's son...

[uruknet.info] Video - Libya Report Back, Riverside Church: Cynthia McKinney & Others
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[uruknet.info] UN Reports Alarming' Increase in West Bank Home Demolitions in the First Half of 2011.
Uruknet August 3, 2011 - The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported on Tuesday that Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes has risen "alarmingly" in the first half of 2011, threatening entire communities in the West Bank. Demolitions in the occupied West Bank "have escalated alarmingly", said the agency, which estimates...

[uruknet.info] Hard Right Extremism in America and Europe
Uruknet August 3, 2011 - Anders Breivik's July 22 Oslo rampage highlighted a problem far greater than him, a topic three previous articles discussed, stopping short of what this article addresses. More on how Europe is affected below. In America, hardline anti-government groups like the Sovereign Citizen movement highlight how far right America's shifted since the 1980s. Their adherents (...

[uruknet.info] Gazan Thalassemic Children Plead For Life
Uruknet August 03, 2011 -- Palestinian children infected with Thalassemia have called on the international community and human rights organisations to exert pressure on Israel to end its blockade imposed on Gaza since 2007. The Gaza-based ministry of health reported that 75 children are facing a death risk due to shortage of 25 items of drugs needed for Thalassemic...

[uruknet.info] UN Security Council "condemns" use of force by Syria
Uruknet August 3, 2011 - A UN Security Council statement on Wednesday "condemned" the Syrian government's deadly crackdown on protests and called for those responsible for violence to be held "accountable." after weeks of hard bargaining...Lebanon disavowed the statement, however, saying that it would "not help" end the Syrian crisis....The statement dropped references to a human rights inquiry that...

[uruknet.info] Syrian army shells Hama, seizes central square (Videos )
Uruknet August 3, 2011 - - Syrian tanks stormed Hama under heavy shelling Wednesday, taking over a main square at the heart of the restive city and cutting off electricity, water and phone lines on the fourth day of an offensive....At least three tanks took up positions in Hama's central Assi square, which in recent weeks had been the...

[uruknet.info] Mubarak denies murder charges
Uruknet August 3, 2011 -- Egypt's one-time strongman Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday denied murder and graft charges after he was wheeled into the dock, marking the first time a regional ruler faced his people in court since the Arab Spring erupted in December. The former president, looking pale and dressed in white, pleaded not guilty as he lay on...

[uruknet.info] Military Resistance 9H1: Syrian Soldiers Join the FIght
Uruknet August 2, 2011 - Many people are justifiably upset at the Obama administration's compromises, retreats and outright sellouts, and blame the president for being too weak in the face of the Republicans' corporate-funded, Fox News-scripted backlash against even the most modest liberal measures. But the reality is that Obama's policies are perfectly consistent with the Democrats' long tradition...

[uruknet.info] Occupation Law and the One-State Reality
Uruknet August 2, 2011 - For decades, the international law of occupation - a branch of the laws of war (or "international humanitarian law") - has played a major role in structuring debates around Israel/Palestine. As applied to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the law of occupation has provided a useful and globally shared set of criteria for...

[uruknet.info] Bipartisan Debt Deal Betrayal
Uruknet August 2, 2011 - ...An August 1 Wall Street Journal editorial called Sunday's agreement "A Tea Party Triumph....a rare victory for the forces of smaller government." Of course, beneficiaries of big government only want socially responsible policies downsized, then eliminated entirely, so bigness they benefit from gets bigger, what Journal writers never say. Bipartisan perfidy assures the worst...

[uruknet.info] NATO too stupid to face reality
Uruknet August 2, 2011 - With the controversial death of Abdel Fatah Younis, it has become glaringly apparent that the NTC is a fractured, disorganized mess of incompetence that cannot even keep its own people under control, much less run a country. But try telling that to the foot in the mouth government of the United Kingdom, or that...

[uruknet.info] Iraq snapshot - August 2, 2011
Uruknet August 2, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, a church in Kirkuk is targeted, officials continue to be targeted, the political blocs meet and give the go-ahead to start negotiating with the US for US troops on the ground in Iraq beyond 2011, and more... Dar Addustour notes US Adm Mike Mullen, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,...

[uruknet.info] Nightly Britain bombs Tripoli. Bar death, what do we achieve?
Uruknet August 2, 2011 - ....The Libyan rebels, portrayed by Whitehall propagandists as plucky little democrats, are hardly more sympathetic than Gaddafi's supporters, with those in the east at odds both with each other and with those in the west. While Britain claims to be "protecting" the population, the latest, admittedly unreliable, estimates put the civilian toll from bombing...

[uruknet.info] Egyptian military junta attacks sit-in on Tahrir Square
Uruknet August 2, 2011 - On August 1 the Egyptian military and the notorious Amn al-Markazi (Central Security Forces) brutally attacked peaceful protesters on Tahrir Square in Cairo, clearing the Square and bringing the protests to a halt. At around 2 p.m., armored trucks moved to the entrances of the square and the military began to fire warning shots...

[uruknet.info] Museum of Tolerance: Israel's Blindness
Uruknet August 2, 2011 - ...Yes it is me again, Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany shouting to the world, never again, not in my name." Every day I am bombarded with news of some other atrocity in the name of protecting the "democratic state of Israel." I want to awaken from this nightmare. I no longer can tolerate to...

[uruknet.info] Syria: The Last Chapter of the "Conspiracy"
Uruknet August 2, 2011 - ...At the beginning, they said that the reason for the delay of the former reforms, and the factor that hindered the good "Damascus Spring" consisted of the "conspiracies" that Syria was subjected to and the threats that it received, including the second Palestinian intifada, the invasion of Iraq and the crisis faced in Lebanon...

[uruknet.info] Bloodshed in Bab Qebli: portrait from Syria's violent crackdown on Hama
Uruknet August 2, 2011 - Shortly after breakfast, Khaled al-Hamedh left his home to buy medicine for his four-year-old brother, who had a fever. He never came home. Several hours later, family members laid him to rest in the garden of nearby al-Serjawi mosque, a bullet wound in his back and his body crushed by a tank. As the...

[uruknet.info] Israeli minister calls for major Gaza assault
Uruknet August 02, 2011 - An Israeli Cabinet minister reportedly called for a major military push into Gaza Tuesday.The call came after Israeli warplanes raided the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, one day after Palestinian militants fired a rocket into Israel, wounding a woman. Israeli public radio and state-run Channel One TV reported Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aaronovitch, of the...

[uruknet.info] Libyan masses' resistance to U.S./NATO war intensifies
Uruknet August 2, 2011 - As the U.S./NATO war on Libya enters its fifth month, resistance to the intervention has intensified. The thousands of bombs dropped by Western governments on Libya have proved to be no deterrent to massive street demonstrations defending the Libyan government. As of July 14, NATO air strikes have killed 1,110 civilians and wounded 4,500....

[uruknet.info] US Drones Kill 15 in Yemen's Abyan Province
Uruknet August 2, 2011 - Two US drone attacks in Zinjibar, Abyan, killed 15 suspected al-Qaeda fighters on Monday, a senior military official in Abyan confirmed. The official said that the drones acted after coordinating with the Yemeni government. The official added that more than a dozen people were injured in the attack... At least 35 US drone attacks...

Security Council condemns Syria crackdown
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 The U.N. Security Council condemned Wednesday Syrian President Bashar Assad’s deadly crackdown on protests and called for those responsible for violence to be held accountable.

Iron rule to iron bars
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, accused of corruption and involvement in killing protesters, went on trial Wednesday, delighting those who overthrew him and ringing an alarm bell for other autocrats around the Arab world.

Beirut files complaint with U.N.
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Lebanon filed a complaint Wednesday at the United Nations against Israel over a border incident in south Lebanon, the National News Agency reported Wednesday.

Ethiopian plane crash report still pending
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 An official report on the Ethiopian Airlines crash off Beirut that claimed 90 lives is due to appear later this year, nearly 22 months after the disaster took place.

March 14 condemns Syria crackdown, Beirut attack
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 The March 14 alliance and civil society groups condemned the Syrian regime’s violent crackdown against opposition groups Wednesday, warning against similar moves in Lebanon to target supporters of the popular uprising in Syria.

Maronite Bishops ask for action on appointments
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 The Council of Maronite Bishops called on the new government Wednesday to appoint qualified civil servants to fill vacancies in state administrative positions, while fairly representing all factions in Lebanon.

STL to examine submitted Hezbollah evidence
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 The prosecutor of the U.N.-backed court probing the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri announced Wednesday the tribunal is examining material provided by Hezbollah...

Parliament back to business, oil on Thursday’s agenda
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Lebanon’s Parliament will discuss Thursday an urgent draft law demarcating maritime borders with Israel, while the first day of the two-day legislative session saw the endorsement of 25 laws.

Libyan rebels say Zlitan attacks repelled
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Libyan rebels said Wednesday they had fought off an attack on positions around Zlitan, contradicting government claims of victory in a town insurgents hope will pave the way for an advance on the capital.

MSF: Bahrain police stormed offices, arrested worker
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said Wednesday Bahrain police stormed its offices last week, detaining one staff member and seizing equipment, and accused the Gulf state of violating the right to receive medical care.

Israeli protesters scoff at housing price-curb law
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Israel’s parliament passed a law Wednesday aimed at cutting housing prices, but protesters seeking wider economic reforms pledged to step up their campaign against rising living costs.

South Yemen tribes to rejoin army offensive
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Yemeni tribesmen who had withdrawn from a joint army offensive against Islamist militants in the south said Wednesday they had rejoined the fight, despite losing at least 15 people in friendly fire from warplanes last week.

Turkey charges more Kurdish politicians with separatism
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Turkey said Wednesday it would put 106 more Kurdish politicians on trial for alleged terrorist propaganda, choosing to go ahead with prosecutions despite lingering tensions over the trial of dozens of others accused of fanning separatist...

Iraq to open talks with U.S. on military training mission
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Iraq will open talks with Washington over a military training mission to last beyond a 2011 pullout deadline, Baghdad’s foreign minister said Wednesday, after months of U.S. appeals for a decision.

Trial of fallen Mubarak grips Egypt, Arab world
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Egyptians and their fellow Arabs were enthralled Wednesday by the unprecedented sight of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, a leader of the region for three decades and the Arab Spring’s biggest scalp, being wheeled into court to...

The rise and fall of a long-time Egyptian strongman
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, whose trial for murder and corruption in Cairo began Wednesday with his two sons, enjoyed near absolute power for three decades as president before being toppled in February.

Once-powerful dictator’s scions now face jail terms
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Once the scion of an autocratic ruler who looked to inherit Egypt’s presidency, Gamal Mubarak now shares a cage with his brother as their trial began Wednesday along with that of his father, former President Hosni...

Military rulers win brief respite with trial but reprieve may not last
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Egypt’s generals may have gained a brief respite from protests by putting their former commander in the dock but it will have whetted the appetites of some activists to seek more concessions and may have opened...

UN council statement condemns use of force by Syria
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Syria's neighbor Lebanon, where Damascus' influence is strong, disassociated itself from the statement agreed by the other 14 members of the council.

Hezbollah denies handing evidence to Special Tribunal
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Hezbollah categorically denied Wednesday that one of its officials had handed materials to the U.N.-backed court probing the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Hariri UN tribunal probing material received from Hezbollah
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 The prosecutor of the UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri is probing material provided by Hezbollah, his office said Wednesday.

Gemayel stays on as Kataeb leader
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Former President Amin Gemayel on Wednesday maintained his position as leader of the Kataeb (Phalange) Party.

Libyan rebels say counter-attack at Zlitan repelled
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Tuesday's assault by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi led to fierce street battles that killed at least seven rebels, exposing the fragility of gains by rebels who are fighting on several fronts but are frequently out-gunned...

Turkish Deputy PM says Syria committing atrocity in Hama
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Arinc Bulent said Wednesday that an attack by Syrian forces on their own citizens in the city of Hama was an atrocity and a government that sanctioned such brutality could not be...

Lebanon files complaint against Israel over border incident
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Lebanon filed Wednesday a complaint at the United Nations against Israel over a recent border incident in south Lebanon, the National News Agency reported Wednesday.

Syrian tanks occupy main Hama square, shell city-residents
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Syrian tanks occupied the main Orontes Square in central Hama after heavy shelling of the city on Wednesday, residents said.

Jumblatt warns against turning Beirut into security zones
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt warned Wednesday against turning Beirut streets into what he called security zones.

UN divided as tanks besiege Syrian cities
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Hundreds of tanks and troop carriers were deployed Wednesday near the Syrian protest hubs of Deir Ezzor and Hama as UN Security Council was to meet for a 3rd day on the Syria crisis.

Lebanon parliamentary meeting kicks off
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Parliament convened Wednesday in a legislative session to discuss 67 draft laws ranging from public servant salaries to prison overcrowding and smoking.

2 people shot and killed in Beirut refugee camp
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 A Palestinian and a Sudanese were shot and killed in the Shatila Palestinian refugee camp overnight, a security source said Wednesday.

Hezbollah, Amal fight turns violent in south
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Five people were injured overnight when supporters of Hezbollah and the Amal Movement fought with daggers and sticks in the southern town of Adaisseh, a security source said Wednesday.

Mubarak denies all charges against him
Daily Star 3 Aug 2011 Ousted President Hosni Mubarak denied Wednesday all charges of corruption and complicity in killing protesters during Egypt's uprising after a court detailed the allegations against him at the opening session of his trial.

Activists demand further prison reforms
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Human rights activists have said that a draft law reducing jail sentences is a step in the right direction, but further action is needed to truly reform the country’s prison system.

Pro-Syria group attacks protest in Hamra
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Dozens of Lebanese pro-Syrian regime supporters attacked with sticks Tuesday a group of 30 protesters demonstrating outside the Syrian Embassy in the Beirut district of Hamra.

Road accidents leave 2 dead, several injured
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Two men, including a teen, died after a Tuesday morning motorcycle accident in Beirut, a security source told The Daily Star.

Doctor found dead in Beirut hospital restroom
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 An anesthesiologist was found dead Tuesday in a hospital toilet in Beirut, a security source told The Daily Star. Dr. Mohammad Salim Qassem, 39, was found dead in a restroom of Sahel hospital, south of Beirut.

2 rockets fired from Gaza
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - Two Grad rockets were fired from Gaza late Wednesday evening after a period of relative calm in the south. The first exploded at around 10:30 pm in open spaces ... ....

Mubarak trial evokes mixed feelings in Arab world
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - The live TV images of a caged and bedridden Hosni Mubarak being held to account for alleged crimes against his own people – by his own people – captivated viewers across ... ....

Security Council condemns Syria
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - The UN Security Council condemned Syrian authorities Wednesday for committing widespread human rights violations. Meanwhile, the opposition-affiliated website All 4 ... ....

Breakthrough in talks between doctors, Treasury
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - Exactly 121 days after the longest medical crisis in Israel's history, it would seem that there has finally been a breakthrough in negotiations between the Treasury and ... ....

Officer who threatened settler to stand trial
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - A Border Guard officer who pulled his weapon on the spokesman for the settlement of Yitzhar is to stand disciplinary trial, the Justice Ministry decided Wednesday after ... ....

Intel officials don't foresee Sept. violence
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - An internal Israeli parliamentary report shows Israel doesn't anticipate violence around a symbolic UN endorsement of Palestinian independence expected next month, but it ... ....

Protesters blast marching rightists
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - Hundreds of right-wing activists are scheduled to join the housing protest Wednesday evening, to the great dismay of many protesters camped out in tents across Tel Aviv, ... ....

Pollard emerges from successful surgery
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - Wife says Pollard conscious but in pain: This is just temporary fix. He needs to....

PM: Populism sweeping through Israel
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - Netanyahu tries to defend government's handling of housing crisis as Knesset....

Prosecutor meets with rabbis
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - Shai Nitzan assembles leading Religious-Zionist rabbis to discuss personal....

Abusive cult suspects indicted
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - Three men involved in Jerusalem-based religious cult face charges of....

Hosni Mubarak goes on trial
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - Deposed Egyptian president to face charges of abuse of power, conspiracy and....

India: Body of Israeli tourist located
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - Israeli search team recovers body of Einat Tabori who fell off a cliff in India.....

Knesset okays housing committees' bill
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - Controversial bill sails through final legislative readings after Opposition....

Report: Israel facing widening gaps
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - Taub Center's annual State of the Nation report warns of growing gaps in income,....

Knesset mulls 'Jewish state' bill
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - MKs Dichter, Elkin present House with bill which aims to cement Israel's Jewish....

B'Tselem backs right-wing activists
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - Human rights organization issues statement denouncing administrative restraining....

Protesters: We'll besiege Knesset
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - Affordable housing protest activists say they will physically try to stop House....

Report: 37% of cops' complaints legitimate
YNet News, 3 Aug 2011 - Annual Police and IPS Ombudsman report shows most complaints concern wages,....

Fatah confirms reports about meeting between Abbas and Peres
PIC - 03/08/2011 - 10:49 AM

Baher meets with Miles of Smiles activists
PIC - 03/08/2011 - 11:01 AM

UN envoy calls for investigating the killing of two Palestinians in Qalandia
PIC - 03/08/2011 - 11:36 AM

PPS: Bethlehem saw 13 arrests in July
PIC - The PPS in Bethlehem has said that the Israeli occupation forces apprehended 13 Palestinians in the governorate in July, with most of the arrests taking place in refugee camps.

Miles of Smiles 5 to land in Strip marking Eid al-Fitr
PIC - A humanitarian aid convoy, dubbed Miles of Smiles 5, is set to land in the Gaza Strip on Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.

Egyptian authorities blast tunnel on borders with Gaza
PIC - Egyptian authorities blasted a tunnel on the borders with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday that was used to smuggle food and other goods into the besieged Strip.

Gaza: Funds raised to aid famine-stricken Somalians
PIC - The Arab Medical Union in Gaza has been campaigning to raise funds to aid famine-stricken Somalians as the country sees the worst drought in sixty years.

Israeli minister calls for launching large-scale war on Gaza
PIC - Israeli minister of public security Yitzhak Aharonvic has called for a large-scale war on the Gaza Strip in response to the continued firing of rockets from the Strip on Israeli targets.

Knesset approves new restrictions on Palestinian prisoners
PIC - The Israeli Knesset has approved in its first reading a law empowering all prison administrations with the right to prevent Palestinian prisoners from meeting with their lawyers for three days.

Hamas: The higher follow-up committee lacks national consensus
PIC - The Hamas Movement said that the committee of national and Islamic forces did not receive a national consensus, and called for not dealing with it.

Caged Mubarak pleads ‘not guilty’ in first Cairo hearing
PIC - From the inside of a black cage, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has denied charges of involvement in the killing of many protesters who demanded his ouster.

Six Palestinians wounded in IOF incursion
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided the village of Beit Ummar, north of Al-Khalil, wounding six citizens in the process including five of one family and arresting a youth.

Negev prison infested with snakes, wild cats
PIC - Prisoners say they live in fear as the Negev prison has become infested with snakes and wild cats.

Fatah Calls for United Action in Support of September Plan
WAFA

PCBS: Over 500,000 Settlers in West Bank in 2010
WAFA

Israel Prevents Calls for Prayer 52 Times in Hebron in July
WAFA

Newspaper Review: Mass Popular Movement Supporting Palestine in September
WAFA

EU Urges Israel to Inquire into Killing of Two Palestinians in Qalandia
WAFA

Weather Forecast: Normal Summer Temperature Today, Tomorrow
WAFA

The Norway Manifesto: A New Bin Laden Is Born
Intifada-Palestine: 3 Aug 2011 -   Dr . Ashraf Ezzat Oslo Bombing and old shadows of 9/11 Is it a coincidence that the Norway attacks came after almost ten years have passed since the similarly horrific attacks on the towers of the world trade center in new... more

Egypt mesmerized by President Hosni Mubarak appearance in court
LA Times 3 Aug 2011 - The strange spectacle of toppled Egypt President Hosni Mubarak, the epitome of the Arab autocrat, appearing in a Cairo courtroom to stand trial on charges of killing protesters has Egyptians riveted. Flat on his back and flanked by two sons dressed in prison whites, Hosni...

Iraq, U.S. to discuss extended stay for troops
LA Times 2 Aug 2011 - Baghdad's decision comes on the same day Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, visits Iraq and warns that the U.S. needs to know whether a training mission will proceed. The Iraqi government agreed late Tuesday to start negotiations with U.S. officials on whether...

In an Arab First, Mubarak Stands Trial
New York Times 3 Aug 2011 - The ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was brought into a barred cage on a gurney, in a seminal moment in Egypt and an Arab world roiled by revolt.

U.S. Seeks Pressure on Syria, but Options Are Few
New York Times 3 Aug 2011 - The Obama administration planned to expand sanctions, but the legal process has lagged.

Heat and Fasting Add to Woes of Iraqis
New York Times 3 Aug 2011 - Beleaguered Iraqis are struggling with the convergence of Ramadan and a heat wave.

Greeting the Unthinkable: Mubarak on Trial
New York Times 3 Aug 2011 - As Cairo prepares for Wednesday’s public trial of former President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, the moment has marked a shift in Arab history that many still cannot believe has happened.

Israeli protest movement sparks mass strikes
WSWS - Over 100,000 Israeli municipal workers took strike action on Monday in a show of solidarity with the nationwide tent city protests against the exorbitant cost of housing.

Dershowitz uncut: Dersh fears circumcision on the chopping block in the wake of BDS success
Mondoweiss - The New York Observer Should a boycott come to pass, who knows what disasters could beset the humble borough. The next thing they’ll be doing is calling for an end to circumcision. And the first thing you have to do is have all these guys who...

Video shows undercover Israeli police abducting a Palestinian minor while playing soccer
Mondoweiss - I will never get used to this. I hear about these arrests but this is the first time I can recall watching an abduction of a minor with all the hallmarks of a hostile kidnapping. B'tselem According to Jaber's testimony to B'Tselem, the undercover policemen forced...

Knesset members recommend solving Israel’s housing crisis by expanding settlements
Mondoweiss - Dozens of MKs to Netanyahu: Solve Israel crisis by building in West Bank Haaretz 2 Aug -- MKs, cabinet ministers call on Netanyahu to consider all possible options to solve housing crisis, including settling of 'tens of thousands of citizens in Judea and Samaria, as well...

US Muslims more opposed than other groups to violence against civilians
Mondoweiss - You gotta wonder why, right? Maybe because they have a richer database? The poll also indicates that 4/5 of Muslims and Jews support two-state solution. Huh. Jim Lobe reports at antiwar.com . Muslims in the United States express greater tolerance for members of other faiths than any...

‘New Yorker’ says ‘two-state solution’ was not the answer (during U.S. Civil War)
Mondoweiss - From a friend : This line in Rick Hertzberg's review in The New Yorker of a book about British perspectives on the American Civil War (Aug 1 issue, page 64), really struck me because he actually used the term "two-state solution": Anyway, from the point of view...

Settlers Attempt to Seize More Land in Saffa
Palestine Solidarity Project 3 Aug 2011 - Settlers from Bat Ayin settlement have attempted to seize more land belonging to the village of Saffa. This week, it was discovered that settlers had begun construction of a building foundation on the land of local farmer Thelgy Addy. Stones have been piled on top of...

TSA Needs Help, But not From the Israelis
Arab American Institute 3 Aug 2011 - It�s more of the same for the TSA � they just can�t seem to get it right. Yesterday the Boston TSA, never far from scandal, began training on an Israeli-style screening process which, the Boston Herald reports, �requires screeners to make quick reads of whether passengers...

Jerusalemite youths abort settler attempt at Ramadan storming of Al Aqsa
Middle East Monitor 3 Aug 2011 - On Monday night, a group of young Jerusalemites managed to abort an attempt by extremist Jewish settlers to storm into Al Aqsa Mosque as worshipers prayed on the eve of the first day of Ramadan.   One of the Al Aqsa Mosque's guards said that late...

The gas that could ignite war
Middle East Monitor 3 Aug 2011 - Following the discovery of off-shore gas fields, a crisis of maritime demarcation has suddenly erupted between Lebanon and Israel. Israel is acting freely in determining its own space, while Lebanon believes that what Israel has set out for itself encroaches on an area that belongs to...

UN condemns Syria army crackdown
BBC 3 Aug 2011 - The UN Security Council adopts its first clear condemnation of Syria for its continuing crackdown on protests, as the army continues its advance into Hama.

Egypt's Mubarak pleads not guilty
BBC 3 Aug 2011 - Egypt's deposed President Hosni Mubarak denies all the charges against him as he lies on a hospital bed in a courtroom cage on the opening day of his trial.

Man guilty of Fogel family murders
BBC 3 Aug 2011 - An Israeli military court has found an 18-year-old Palestinian man guilty of the murder of a settler family in the West Bank, an army spokesman says.

Guards chief is Iran oil minister
BBC 3 Aug 2011 - Iran's parliament confirms a Revolutionary Guards commander, who is under international sanctions, as the country's new oil minister.

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