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Friday, August 19, 2011
Gaza; 15 Palestinians Killed Due To Israeli Bombardment In 24 Hours
IMEMC - Saturday August 20, 2011 - 03:20, As Israel continued the bombardment of the Gaza Strip since Thursday, Palestinian medical sources in Gaza reported that the number of slain residents arrived to 15, while more than 40 others, were wounded in the last 24 hours of military escalation.

Egypt protests Israeli escalation in Gaza
IMEMC - Saturday August 20, 2011 - 01:43, The Egyptian government and population have challenged the Israeli response to a Palestinian attack on Thursday, which has involved bombardment of different areas of the Gaza Strip and a full lockdown of the borders.

Ongoing Escalation Against Gaza, 7 Killed, Dozens Injured
IMEMC - Friday August 19, 2011 - 10:28, As the Israeli army continued its offensive against several parts of the Gaza Strip, the number of casualties arrived to seven, including two children, while dozens of civilians were injured. The army targeted several homes, security and training centers, and border tunnels. Palestinian Fighters Fired missiles and shells into Israeli areas in the Negev, several injuries were reported.

Israel Knew Attack was Coming, Expected Kidnapping Attempt
IMEMC - Friday August 19, 2011 - 07:46, An initial investigation carried out by the Israeli army on the armed attack that targeting a bus loaded with Israeli soldiers, close to the border with Egypt, in the Israeli coastal city of Eilat, revealed that information regarding an attack was available before it took place, but pointed out a possible kidnapping attempt, not a shooting. Seven Palestinians, including children, and seven Egyptian officers were killed by Israeli bombardment.

Eight Israelis killed in two attacks in southern Israel
IMEMC - Thursday August 18, 2011 - 18:21, Although initial reports claimed that as many as 14 people were killed in two shooting attacks on Thursday afternoon, Israeli sources report that the official count in the attacks is 8 killed and 30 injured.

Israel renews deadly airstrikes in Gaza
8/20/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes and shelling killed four people in the Gaza Strip on Friday, medics said, bringing the death toll in the coastal enclave to 11 in the 24 hours since a deadly series of attacks in southern Israel. Two Palestinians were killed late Friday in air raids near the Bureij....

Medics: Drone strike kills 3 in Gaza City
8/20/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warplanes killed three Palestinians in an airstrike in central Gaza City late Friday, medics said, raising the death toll to 14 in the coastal enclave since a deadly attack in southern Israel on Thursday. The latest strike hit a civilian car killing three people from the same family including....

Israeli troops fire tear gas at childrens' rally
8/19/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces fired tear gas at a childrens' demonstration on Friday near Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank, a Ma'an correspondent reported. The weekly rally is held to protest Israel's closure of the eastern entrance to Kafr Qaddum, a village near Israel's separation wall....

Hamas armed wing abandons ceasefire with Israel
8/20/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The military wing of Hamas, the Al-Qassam Brigades, has called off a ceasefire with Israel and will allow factions in Gaza to respond to Israeli attacks, Al-Aqsa Radio reported late Friday." There can be no truce with the Israeli occupation while it commits massacres against the Palestinian people without justification....

Medics: 2 killed near Bureij refugee camp
8/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were killed late Friday in new Israeli raids near Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, a medical official said, bringing the day's death toll in Gaza to four....

Report: Egyptian policeman killed in gunfight near Israel
8/19/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- An Egyptian policemen was killed in a gunfight near the border with Israel on Friday, security officials and medics said, adding that another policeman was in coma after he was shot in the head. It was not immediately clear who was behind the shootings which came as Israeli and Egyptian forces swept the.... Related: Egypt army chief heads to Sinai to investigate deaths and Egypt protests to Israel over police deaths

Egypt protests to Israel over police deaths
8/20/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Egypt protested to Israel on Friday and demanded a probe into the deaths of its policemen a day earlier on the Israeli border as Israeli troops pursued militants behind deadly attacks, the official MENA news agency reported." Egypt filed an official complaint with Israel following yesterday's deaths at the border between.... Related: Report: Egyptian policeman killed in gunfight near Israel

Netanyahu says Eilat response 'only beginning'
8/19/2011 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- The Israeli prime minister said Friday that his army's operations in Gaza were "only beginning," the Israeli daily Haaretz reported." We have a policy of extracting a very high price from anyone who causes us harm, and this policy is acted upon," Benjamin Netanyahu said, according to....

Medics: Airstrike kills Palestinian in north Gaza
8/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Israeli airstrike killed a Palestinian man on a motorcycle in northern Gaza on Friday evening, medical officials said. He was identified as Samed Abdul Mu'ty Abed....

Gaza's PRC militants deny involvement in Eilat attacks
8/20/2011 - RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AFP) -- Gaza militants blamed for shooting attacks near the Egyptian border that killed eight Israelis, denied Friday that they were involved, as the hunt for the killers moved to Egypt." We salute [the operation] and we are proud of it, but we do not claim it," Popular Resistance Committees Abu Mujahid spokesman.... Related: PRC, others claim Israel rocket attacks

Gaza rockets hit Israel after night of airstrikes
8/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Gaza militants on Friday fired 12 rockets into Israel, seriously injuring one person after a night of Israeli air strikes which killed a teenager and hurt 17 other people. Most of them caused no injuries or damage but two struck the southern coastal town of Ashdod on Friday morning, damaging a school....

PRC, others claim Israel rocket attacks
8/19/2011 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Several armed groups in the Gaza Strip announced Friday that they targeted Israeli sites with rockets in response to the killing of several militants in Rafah a day earlier. The military wing of the PRC said it fired a rocket at the "Karmia settlement" in response to the killing.... Related: Gaza's PRC militants deny involvement in Eilat attacks

UNRWA assisting Palestinian refugees in Syria
8/19/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The UN Relief and Works Agency has located around 6,000 Palestinian refugees displaced by unrest in Syria, a spokesman said Friday. Chris Gunness told Ma'an that UNRWA has established a temporary office outside Ramel refugee camp in Latakia and is assisting thousands of refugees with cash grants for food....

Car torched in Ramallah village
8/19/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Dura Al-Qara residents on Friday accused settlers of setting fire to a car in the village overnight. Locals said anti-Arab slogans were written in Hebrew near the burnt out vehicle, adding that residents of Beit Eil settlement often clashed with Palestinians in the village east of Ramallah. The owner of the....

Abbas: We refuse observer status at the UN
8/19/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) - President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian leadership rejected upgrading Palestine to observer status at the UN and would demand full membership, the official news agency Wafa reported. Palestine refuses to be like the Vatican, which is not a member of the world body but has observer status, Abbas said. Speaking in....

Egypt army chief heads to Sinai to investigate deaths
8/19/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Egypt's military chief of staff Sami Enan headed to Sinai on Friday to probe the deaths of two policemen killed by Israeli gunfire the previous day, a military source said." Enan will head a committee that will investigate the deaths of soldiers by Israeli gunfire," as they tracked down militants behind.... Related: Report: Egyptian policeman killed in gunfight near Israel and Egypt protests to Israel over police deaths

Al-Qassam: Israel 'crimes' cannot be ignored
8/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The military wing of Hamas said Friday that Israel's "crimes" against leaders of the Popular Resistance Committees and the Palestinian people in general could not be ignored. The Al-Qassam Brigades warned the Israeli leadership against further aggression, saying in a statement that the brigades "would remain on the....

Reporter: Airstrike near Khan Younis
8/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces launched an airstrike near the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis late Friday, a Ma'an correspondent reported. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage....

Reporter: No injuries after airstrike in Gaza City
8/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli aircraft fired a missile toward a base belonging to Hamas' military wing in the Zeitoun area of Gaza City late Friday, a Ma'an correspondent said. No injuries were reported....

Fatah 'ready to discuss' delaying October elections
8/20/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Fatah will consider delaying elections in the West Bank to allow Hamas to prepare for a vote in Gaza, party official Mohammed Al-Madani said Friday. Al-Madani, Fatah's election commissioner, said electoral preparations were complete for municipal elections in the West Bank in October. But Fatah is ready to discuss....

Hamas: Government employees to receive wages on Sunday
8/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Gaza government will pay civil servants' salaries for July on Sunday, Hamas Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Ahmad Al-Kurd said Friday. Hamas finance ministry official Ismail Mahfouz said on August 7 that Gaza government employees' salaries for July would not be paid until the end of....

UN rights body urges halt to settlements
8/19/2011 - NEW YORK (Ma'an) -- A United Nations committee on Palestinian rights Friday called on the international community to take "credible and decisive action" to compel Israel to halt its settlement activity, the UN said." Recent Israeli settlement announcements undermine international efforts aimed at bringing the parties back to negotiations," the Bureau of the Committee....

Rafah crossing to open Saturday
8/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) --The Rafah border between Gaza and Egypt will reopen on Saturday, Hamas officials at the terminal said Friday. Egyptian authorities had closed the crossing on Thursday amid a sharp rise in violence as Israel launched airstrikes on Rafah in response to a deadly attack in southern Israel. Ayyoub Abu Shaar....

Thousands attend funeral for PRC members, child
8/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Thousands joined funeral services for the seven people who were killed Thursday in airstrikes targeting the leaders of the Popular Resistance Committees in Gaza. In Rafah, attendees of the funeral for six Palestinians, including the head of the PRC, started from An-Najjar hospital and marched to the victims' homes....

Amnesty: Israelis, Palestinians must refrain from harming civilians
8/19/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups must refrain from indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks harming civilians, Amnesty International said Friday." The civilian deaths and injuries over the last two days in Israel and Gaza are deeply alarming and the escalating attacks underline the need for both sides to the conflict to take....

Barghouthi: Veto on UN bid tantamount to 'terror'
8/19/2011 - RAMALLAH (AFP) -- Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti has warned that a US veto of a Palestinian bid to join the UN would be tantamount to "terrorism" and would wreck ties with Washington. In an interview conducted through several of his lawyers, Barghouti, an influential leader with widespread support among the Palestinian public, told AFP he....

In photos: Barak tours Negev after deadly attacks
8/19/2011 - MaanImages / Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak tours the site where three attacks killed eight Israeli citizens and injured dozens near Eilat, on Thursday, August 18, 2011. Israeli forces launched a series of strikes on targets across the Gaza Strip, killing six people in Rafah in the south and a 13-year-old boy in Gaza City....

Turkey bombs northern Iraq for 3rd day
8/19/2011 - ANKARA (AFP) -- Turkey kept pressure on Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatists in northern Iraq on Friday, with a rebel spokesman saying Turkish jets were carrying out air strikes for a third straight day." The attacks started again this morning [Friday] against Qandil only," Dozdar Hammo said, referring to an area of north Iraq close....

19 killed as Syria presses crackdown on protest
8/19/2011 - DAMASCUS (AFP) -- Syrian forces killed at least 19 protesters as tens of thousands swarmed the streets after Friday prayers, activists said, a day after President Bashar Al-Assad pledged that military assaults on civilians had been halted. Russia and Turkey meanwhile dismissed growing calls led by US President Barack Obama for Assad to quit, offering the....

3 other Lebanon attacks linked to Hariri murder
8/19/2011 - THE HAGUE (AFP) -- Three other attacks on Lebanese politicians are being linked to the 2005 murder of the country's former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, the UN-backed tribunal investigating his death said Friday." Judge [Daniel] Fransen ruled confidentially on 5 August that the prosecutor had presented prima facie evidence that each of these cases....

Syria disqualified by FIFA over ineligible player
8/19/2011 - DAMASCUS (AFP) -- Syria's football federation announced on Friday that their national team have been banned from the 2014 World Cup qualifiers by FIFA for fielding an ineligible player. Syria reached the qualification group phase by beating Tajikistan over two legs -- 2-1 in the away leg, 4-0 at home -- in a preliminary....

Abdullah opens work on Mecca mosque extension
8/19/2011 - JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) -- King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia will officially launch a $10. 6-billion extension project Friday for the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam's holiest city, media reports said. The project is intended to allow the complex to accommodate some two million worshippers at a time, the daily Asharq al-Awsat said....

German scientists trace cause of death ... 3,500 years later
8/19/2011 - BERLIN (AFP) -- An Egyptian queen who died 3,500 years ago might have poisoned herself accidentally by using a carcinogenic balm to treat a skin complaint, German university researchers said Friday. This follows research on the dried up contents of a small flask belonging to queen Hatshepsut, who ruled Upper Egypt in the 15th century BC....

PM's aide: No deal yet on US troops staying in Iraq
8/19/2011 - BAGHDAD (AFP) -- The United States and Iraq have not yet agreed to a post-2011 American military training mission, an aide to the Iraqi premier said Friday, after the US defence chief said Baghdad had given the okay." We have not yet agreed on the issue of keeping training forces," Ali Mussawi, media advisor to....

Libya rebels claim capture of two strategic towns
8/19/2011 - ZAWIYAH, Libya (AFP) -- Libyan rebels claimed on Friday to have taken two more key objectives in their advance on Tripoli, including the refinery of Zawiyah, which could leave the capital without fuel supplies." Zawiyah is free," said rebels as they took up positions in its hospital hours after pounding the centre of the town, which....

Barghouthi: Veto on UN bid tantamount to 'terror'
Palestine Note 19 Aug 2011 - Ma'an- Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti has warned that a US veto of a Palestinian bid to join the UN would be tantamount to "terrorism" and would wreck ties with Washington. In an interview conducted through several of his lawyers,...

Abbas: We refuse observer status at the UN
Palestine Note 19 Aug 2011 - Ma'an- President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian leadership rejected upgrading Palestine to observer status at the UN and would demand full membership, the official news agency Wafa reported. Palestine refuses to be like the Vatican, which is not a member...

Netanyahu: Killing of PRC heads 'only beginning' of Israel retaliation
Palestine Note 19 Aug 2011 - Haaretz- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday that the targeted killing of the Popular Resistance Committee heads was only the beginning of Israel's response to the attacks in South Israel Thursday that left eight Israelis dead and over twenty...

Fatah 'ready to discuss' delaying October elections
Palestine Note 19 Aug 2011 - Ma'an- Fatah will consider delaying elections in the West Bank to allow Hamas to prepare for a vote in Gaza, party official Mohammed Al-Madani said Friday. Al-Madani, Fatah's election commissioner, said electoral preparations were complete for municipal elections in the...

Who is behind the Eilat terror attack?
Palestine Note 19 Aug 2011 - +972- The horrific terror attacks in Oslo some weeks ago provided a valuable lesson for journalists. Almost as soon as the attacks took place, journalists throughout the world rushed to place blame on Al Qaeda. Jennifer Rubin, a conservative blogger...

Gaming Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations
Palestine Note 19 Aug 2011 - There are hundreds of thousands of apps available for smartphones and tablets, but none let me play lead peace negotiator for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. None let me play with border configurations, settler and refugee moves, housing, water distribution rights or...

Israel Strikes Back at Gaza Militants for Deadly Attack
Palestine Note 19 Aug 2011 - Civilian casualties estimate at least 2 killed, 17 wounded Wall Street Journal - Militants killed at least seven Israelis in a rapid chain of bold attacks on civilian buses and cars on a highway next to the border with Egypt,...

UN report slams Syria's use of force
AlJazeera 19 Aug 2011 - Syrian witnesses tell human rights investigators of summary executions and mass torture.

Hamas armed wing ends truce with Israel
AlJazeera 19 Aug 2011 - Announcement comes as Israel pounds Gaza for two days with retaliatory air strikes, killing at least 14 Palestinians., Cairo to request compensation for deaths of security officers from Israel.

Civilians 'shot dead' at Syria protests
AlJazeera 19 Aug 2011 -

IOF Escalate Attacks against the Gaza Strip;Secretary General and 4 Leaders of PRC and a Child Extra-Judicially Executed and Several Civilian Targets Bombarded
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Friday, 19 August 2011

Israeli forces continue to bomb Gaza: 13 year old boy dead and 18 injured
8/19/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 19 August 2011 | International Solidarity Movement, Gaza - Israel's price tag campaign is not waged only by the settlers in the West Bank; it is also waged against the people of Gaza.   It isn't exactly clear what the Gaza Strip is paying the price for. In contrast to Israeli propaganda, people are.... Related: “Price tag” campaign a pattern more than a phenomenon

Gaza strikes: Destroying just to destroy
8/19/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 20 August 2011 | International Solidarity Movement, Gaza - Israeli attacks on Gaza are not limited to trying to kill people.   Sometimes, they bomb things just to destroy them, pointless destruction.   On the morning of August 19th, 2011 Israeli warplanes bombed Kateeba.   Kateeba is a large unfinished building near Al Azhar University.   It has a giant green....

Kufr Qaddoum cutting the wire on illegal settlements
8/19/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 19 August 2011 | International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - A joyful demonstration occurred in Kufr Qaddoum today, when more than 100 demonstrators successfully cut open and tore down a razor wire fence on a road leading to Nablus just outside the city. The demonstration began at around 12:30 p. m. , when about 100 Palestinians and....

Israel-Gaza attacks stoke tension with Cairo
Relief Web 19 Aug 2011 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet Country: occupied Palestinian territory 19 Aug 2011 22:43 Gaza violence follows killing of 8 Israelis near Egypt Egyptians protest to Israel over deaths of its men Hamas threatens retaliation for Israeli strikes that kill 15 (Adds...

IOF Escalate Attacks against the Gaza Strip; Secretary General and 4 Leaders of PRC and a Child Extra-Judicially Executed and Several Civilian Targets Bombarded
Relief Web 19 Aug 2011 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ref: 86/2011 In the past 24 hours, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have launched a series of air strikes against civilian-populated areas in the Gaza Strip. These attacks began with...

Statement by Bureau of Committee on Exercise of Inalienable Rights of Palestinian People on upsurge in Israeli settlement activity
Relief Web 19 Aug 2011 - Source: UN General Assembly Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel GA/PAL/1209 The Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People adopted the following statement today, 19 August: The Bureau of the Committee on the...

Civilians at risk amid new attacks in Israel and Gaza
Relief Web 19 Aug 2011 - Source: Amnesty Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel 19 August 2011 Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups must refrain from indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks harming civilians, Amnesty International said today, following several attacks in southern Israel and a series of Israeli...

Israel-Gaza violence escalates after deadly attack on Israelis
Relief Web 19 Aug 2011 - Source: Voice of America Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel Militants in the Gaza Strip have fired rockets into Israel after Israeli warplanes pounded the Palestinian territory in retaliation for a series of attacks in southern Israel that killed eight. Israeli...

Regional Response Plan for Iraqi Refugees 2011 Mid-Year Review
Relief Web 19 Aug 2011 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Iraq , Bahrain , Egypt , Iran (Islamic Republic of) , Jordan , Kuwait , Lebanon , occupied Palestinian territory , Oman , Qatar , Saudi Arabia , Syrian Arab Republic (the) , United Arab Emirates (the) EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The 2011 Regional...

Gunmen kill 7 in Israel; Israel targets Gaza militants
Relief Web 18 Aug 2011 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel 18 Aug 2011 17:59 Israel says Egypt losing grip on Sinai Gunfire resumes in southern Israel at nightfall Israel kills leader of group it says behind attacks (Adds comments by Netanyahu,...

Secretary-General deplores terrorist attacks in southern Israel
Relief Web 18 Aug 2011 - Source: UN News Service Country: Israel , occupied Palestinian territory Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today’s series of coordinated terrorist attacks in southern Israel that have killed at least six people and injured many more. Media reports say gunmen fired...

Israeli army attacks Palestinian worshipers Jerusalem
19 Aug 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - Several Palestinians have been injured after Israeli forces attacked a group of Palestinian youth as they tried to cross Israeli-controlled checkpoints into East al-Quds (Jerusalem.)

Israel uses military terror against Gaza Civilians, 8 killed, 40 wounded
19 Aug 2011 - Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) - Since midnight, Israeli occupation forces launched a series of airstrikes all over the Gaza Strip targeting civilian and sites in pretext of chasing resistance fighters. People of Gaza spent a night of fear and panic.

30 rockets strike Israel day after coordinated terror attacks kill 8
Ha'aretz -

Lebanon thwarts UN Security Council presidential statement denouncing terror attack in southern Israel
Ha'aretz - Security Council unable to reach unanimous agreement on condemnation of terror attack after Lebanon conditions its support on the inclusion of critique of Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Israel Air Force bombs Gaza following deadly terror attack, killing four PRC activists
Ha'aretz - Palestinian attacks on Israel continue, firing 30 Grad and Qassam rockets into south Israel over the course of Friday; IAF bombs three targets on Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu: Killing of PRC heads 'only beginning' of Israel retaliation
Ha'aretz - Netanyahu visits soldiers wounded in south Israel attacks that left eight dead, over 20 wounded, says Israel has 'policy of extracting 'very high price from anyone who causes us harm'.

IAEA chief optimistic about making Middle East nuclear-free zone
Ha'aretz - Yukiya Aman aims to convene talks between Israel and Arab countries later this year.

Egypt lodges formal complaint over Israel killing three Egyptian security forces
Ha'aretz - An Egyptian army officer, two other security men die when Israeli forces launch operation to pursue militants who launched attacks on south Israel border.

Israeli students start their own revolution in Lod
Ha'aretz - A short drive from protest tents on Rothschild Boulevard, a student village is being built to revitalize the struggling city of Lod.

Two sisters and their husbands among victims of terror attacks in south Israel
Ha'aretz - The four were on their way to a vacation in Eilat when the terrorists attacked their car; wife of another victim describes how she played dead and saved her own life.

Suicide bomber blows himself up near Egyptian soldiers on Israel border
Ha'aretz - Israeli security sources estimate bomber was part of terrorist group that carried out the attack Thursday, in which eight Israelis were killed.

Who is the Palestinian group blamed for the attacks?
Ha'aretz - The Popular Resistance Committee is an umbrella group made up of militants from different armed factions.

'This is an historic day'
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 - Minor delays as 40,000 people ride Israel's first light rail; NIS 4 billion Jerusalem tram took more than a decade to complete.

'Lebanon blocks UN terror statement on attacks'
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - US criticizes Lebanese refusal to sign statement; Lebanon allegedly rejected statement wording because 1 bus contained soldiers, AFP says.

Hamas calls off truce as rocket fire continues from Gaza
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - "There is no longer any truce with the enemy," Hamas announced on radio; Iron Dome intercepts rocket fired at Ashkelon from Gaza; seven injured by Grad rocket that explodes in Ashdod yeshiva.

Turkey strikes Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - Airstrikes have hit 88 rebel targets in Iraq; Kurdish PKK militants say no casualties; operations set to continue, Iraq critical.

Syrian forces kill 20 despite Assad pledge
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - Assad says crackdown against protesters is over as activists march across the country, chant: "Bye-bye Bashar; See you in the Hague."

IAF strikes tunnels used to infiltrate into Israel
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - Palestinian sources say PRC leader was killed on motorcycle in the northern Strip; IAF strikes 3 rocket launching cells in northern Gaza.

'How can you be strong when the one you love is gone'
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - Pascal Avrahami, 49, is laid to rest at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, had twice stopped terror attacks in the past.

PM: Killing PRC leadership only first response to attacks
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - Netanyahu visits wounded soldiers in hospital, says "we have a policy of making anyone who attacks us pay dearly for it."

Egypt protests border killings, demands Israeli probe
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - Egypt says security men killed in IDF operation chasing terrorists following deadly Eilat attack; protest held outside Israeli embassy.

'I heard an enormous explosion, and thought of my kids'
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - Mother of two in Ashdod tells 'Post' of terrifying experience during Grad rocket attack that damaged a synagogue, left seven wounded

Lebanon tribunal orders probe of 3 more attacks
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - UN-backed tribunal says murder of Rafik Hariri, for which Hezbollah members were indicted, connected to attacks on other politicians.

Activists: Syrian forces fire at anti-Assad protesters
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - Demonstrations against Assad break out across country; regime forces reportedly fire on protesters after Friday prayers in Deir al-Zor, Deraa.

This Week in History: Gaza Disengagement begins
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - Move raised questions about possible dangers, consequences of any future mass evacuation in W. Bank should peace deal be reached.

Four family members killed in Eilat attacks named
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - 2 sisters and their husbands - Moshe and Flora Gez, as well as Dov and Shula Karlinski fired on by terrorists on way to Sinai vacation.

Al-Qaida-linked group praises Eilat terror attacks
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - Tawheed and Jihad group says attack sends message that Egypt has joined struggle against "the enemies of God."

J'lem: Soldier killed during Eilat attacks laid to rest
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - Thousands gather at Mount Herzl for funeral of St.-Sgt. Moshe Naftali; "I just want to kiss him," his grandfather tells friends.

‘Eilat-Eilot to be 20% solar in 6 months’
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - Permits issued to 40,000 square meters of roof space for photovoltaic operations in private, public, commercial, residential areas.

Organization helps orphaned Ethiopian families
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - Group provides services for more than 40 Ethiopian families in which parents died and children cared for by one another, others.

NIS 151m. allocated for greenhouse gas reduction
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan: This project is a huge leap forward in relation to the state of the environment.

Yosef Afuta must compensate family of Anat Elimelech
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 - Brother of actress’s killer ordered to pay for tampering with crime scene; man cleaned gun of fingerprints, put it in woman's hand.

Letters: Attack on Israel
The Guardian 19 Aug 2011 - Once again Israel is made to pay a heavy price for her very existence. The killing of seven people and injury of 26 in an attack on a civilian bus ( Report , 19 August) is another tragic...

Sinai: border country | Editorial
The Guardian 19 Aug 2011 - Egyptian power and authority in the peninsula has diminished, with tribal groups at one another's throats In the absence of true peace in the Middle East, the world is used to being grateful for the mere...

Israel and Gaza trade missiles and rockets in wake of bloodshed
The Guardian 19 Aug 2011 - Israel launches more air strikes on Gaza and Palestinians fire rockets into Israel following Thursday's attacks near Eilat Palestinian militants and Israeli forces traded rockets and missiles on Friday in a cycle of attack and counter-attack,...

Video: Israeli police scuffle with Palestinians in Jerusalem
The Guardian 19 Aug 2011 - Water cannon used to disperse Palestinian youths trying to break through barrier to al-Aqsa mosque ahead of Ramadan prayers

Aftermath of the attacks on Israel - in pictures
The Guardian 19 Aug 2011 - The funerals of some of those killed in Thursday's attacks near Eilat take place, while Palestinians clear up and bury their dead following Israel's retaliatory air strikes

Binyamin Netanyahu: Attacks on Israel 'demand a very heavy price' - video
The Guardian 19 Aug 2011 - Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has addressed the nation after a day of shootings and counter-airstrikes

Israel hit by Gaza rocket attack
The Guardian 19 Aug 2011 - Rockets fired into Israeli city following overnight Israeli air strikes on targets in Gaza More than 10 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel following a series of overnight Israeli air strikes on targets in...

SYRIA: Driving Into a Divided Land
IPS Scores of buses carrying Syrians out of the country are waiting in uneven lines on the Lebanese-Syrian border for their paperwork to be processed. There are no Arab or Western tourists eager to cross to the other side, usually seen in hordes this time of year.

MIDEAST: Palestinians Strike to Seek Historic Agreement
IPS Nestled between rolling hills just outside of Jerusalem, a dozen Palestinian workers have escaped the scorching summer heat in the shade of a makeshift tent, where they anxiously wait to sign what would be the first collective bargaining agreement between Palestinian workers and an Israeli employer.

[uruknet.info] Blame the Gazans- Punish them
Uruknet August 19, 2011 - According to the Palestine Papers, Saeb Erekat, the so-called chief Palestinian negotiator, once stated, ""If someone sneezes in Tel Aviv, I get the flu in Jericho." That was probably the only thing that makes sense Erekat ever said regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Except it wasn't actually true, unless we think of Erekat, at the...

[uruknet.info] One man's stand against an Israeli settlement
Uruknet August 19, 2011 - Said Ayid was born under the British Mandate, grew up in Jordan, raised his eight children under Israeli occupation and now lives on the edge of a sprawling new Israeli neighbourhood under the token protection of the Palestinian Authority. But throughout those 73 years he has not moved an inch. Two weeks ago, the...

[uruknet.info] Gaza underfire: "Israel is responsible for the escalation that is happening today."
Uruknet August 19, 2011 - Last night, 18 August, Israel launched a series of air attacks on the Gaza Strip, killing seven Palestinians, including a two-year-old and a 13-year-old, and wounding dozens. This afternoon, 19 August, Israeli warplanes bombarded An-Nuseirat refugee camp. At the time of publishing, Israel had injured one and caused a power outage in the area....

[uruknet.info] Moqtada al-Sadr calls Assad a "brother" who stood in opposition to the United States.
Uruknet August 19, 2011 - Moqtada al-Sadr on Friday rejected Western calls for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to quit, calling the embattled leader a "brother" who stood in opposition to the United States. For the first time Thursday, US President Barack Obama and Western leaders said that Assad must step down. "We reject Obama's interference in Syrian affairs," Sadr...

[uruknet.info] Libyan troops fight back in key western city
Uruknet August 19, 2011 - Moammar Gadhafi's forces launched a fierce counterattack in a strategic western city on Friday, firing rockets, mortar shells and anti-aircraft guns in a bid to keep the rebels from gaining complete control and advancing toward the nearby capital. NATO's bombing campaign has made it difficult for the regime to send massive reinforcements to Zawiya,...

[uruknet.info] 22 killed as Syria presses crackdown on protest
Uruknet August 19, 2011 - Syrian forces killed at least 22 protesters as tens of thousands swarmed the streets after Friday prayers, activists said, a day after President Bashar al-Assad pledged that assaults on civilians had ended. Meanwhile, Russia and Turkey dismissed growing calls led by U.S. President Barack Obama for Assad to quit, offering the embattled Syrian leader...

[uruknet.info] Gaza's PRC militants deny involvement in Eilat attacks
Uruknet August 19, 2011 - Gaza militants blamed for shooting attacks near the Egyptian border that killed eight Israelis, denied Friday that they were involved, as the hunt for the killers moved to Egypt. "We salute [the operation] and we are proud of it, but we do not claim it," Popular Resistance Committees Abu Mujahid spokesman told AFP in...

[uruknet.info] US child poverty rate soars to 20 percent
Uruknet August 19, 2011 - One in five US children lives in poverty, according to a new report. As families suffer under the weight of joblessness, low wages and the housing crisis, it is the youngest members of American society who are most affected. The latest "Kids Count" report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that child poverty...

[uruknet.info] Libya Diary: Condolences to the Martyrs of the North Atlantic Terrorist Organisation's attack on Zawiya
Uruknet August 19, 2011 - Today we received the terrible news, that is likely to be disgracefully spun by the international media as "legitimate" targeting of the assassination of government spokesman, Dr Moussa Ibrahim's, younger brother Hassan and three of his friends. They were assassinated by a British Apache gunship in Zawiya. The media is going to claim that...

[uruknet.info] Renewed attacks kills 2 near Gaza City
Uruknet August 19, 2011 -- Israeli shelling killed two people in the eastern and northern Gaza Strip on Friday afternoon, medics said, bringing the death toll in the coastal enclave to nine in the 24 hours since a deadly attack in Israel. Samed Abdul Mu'ty Abed was riding a motorcycle in northern Gaza when he came under fire, medical...

[uruknet.info] Islam and Europe: An Equal and Opposite Reaction
Uruknet August 18, 2011 - ...Rather than the "clash of civilisations" advocated by Islamophobes, those who seek social and economic justice can find inspiration in the eternal truths of Islam, looking to Europe's own Islamo-Christian heritage - past and present - to discover an alliance of civilisations that rejects war, theft, moral degeneration and racism. This is the lesson...

[uruknet.info] NATO bombs UNESCO heritage site in Libya
Uruknet August 18, 2011 - NATO aircraft have bombed the unique ancient city of Leptis Magna in Libya, the Libyan official news agency reports. Sprawling along the Mediterranean coast, Leptis Magna is a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its antique Roman architecture. The city was founded around 1100 B.C. and is often dubbed Rome in Africa. Five huge...

[uruknet.info] Libyan Deaths, Media Silence
Uruknet August 18, 2011 - Allegations of Libyan civilian deaths as a result of NATO bombing have often been covered in the corporate media as an opportunity to scoff at the Gadhafi regime's unconvincing propaganda (FAIR Blog, 6/9/11). But dramatic new allegations that dozens of civilians were killed in Majer after NATO airstrikes on August 8 have been met...

[uruknet.info] Syria News - August 18, 2011
Uruknet August 18, 2011 - Hama: Martyrdom of Mohammad O'qdeh after a demo in Al-Hamidiyeh neighborhood where he was taken by security to the square against Al-Khansaa school and then shot to death. Security has also threatend the family of arresting the the father in case they'll have their martyre a feneral or publishing a video about him. Damascus...

[uruknet.info] Crime and Punishment -- and Destruction and Death
Uruknet August 18, 2011 -.... Consider the opposing forces. On one side, a massively powerful surveillance State, which brutalizes, imprisons, destroys and kills by myriad methods those segments of populations, both foreign and domestic, that it designates as noncompliant, or threatening, or disfavored for whatever reason, or for no reason at all. The State imprisons, destroys and kills in...

[uruknet.info] Dismantling Iraq from within
Uruknet August 18, 2011 - Iraq had never seen in its long history an impotent ruling clique like this one. More than 300 families were affected by the bloody events of one single day of Ramadan. The loss of life and the devastation the bombings have brought on the country means nothing in terms of the balance of political...

[uruknet.info] Syrian security forces adopt shoot-on-sight policy
Uruknet August 18, 2011 - They describe a heavy build-up of troops and tanks slowing the flood of refugees to a trickle. Human rights campaigners say they are investigating dozens of reports that civilians have been shot dead as they try to cross. Their stories illustrate how President Bashar al-Assad shows no sign of easing his grip on power...

[uruknet.info] Iraq snapshot - August 18, 2011
Uruknet August 18, 2011 - Chaos and violence continue, Iraqi children continue suffer, autism is on the rise in Iraq, Turkey's prime minister appears to be declaring war on northern Iraq, and more....Children continue to be prime kidnapping targets in Iraq wih at least 31 kidnapped in 2010 (those numbers only cover ten of Iraq's eighteen provinces). Iraqi children...

[uruknet.info] Maxim Shevchenko: "I will advocate for the Palestinian cause until I die."
Uruknet August 18, 2011 - ...The Israel lobby is very powerful in Russia. It consists of hundreds of politicians, journalists and secret service officers, businessmen and financial circles that transfer money outside Russia through offshore banks. They have corrupted a lot of people in positions of authority. The Russian Jewish Congress is only the top of the iceberg. The...

[uruknet.info] Iraq foots the bill for its own destruction
Uruknet August 18, 2011 - When considering the premise of reparation being paid for the Iraq War it would be natural to assume that the party to whom such payments would be made would be the Iraqi civilian population, the ordinary people who suffered the brunt of the devastation from the fighting. Fought on the false pretence of capturing...

[uruknet.info] Palestinian prisoner Zakariya Isa in critical condition
Uruknet August 18, 2011 - The 43 year old prisoner, Zakaria Daoud Hassan Isa, from the town of al-Khader in Bethlehem who is currently serving a fifteen and a half year sentence went into a coma a few days ago after which he was rushed from the Negev Desert Prison to the Soroka Hospital in Be'ere Sheva. Over the...

[uruknet.info] The American "Sacrifice" for Iraq
Uruknet August 18, 2011 - The U.S. announced that it was prepared to extend the presence of its forces in Iraq beyond 2011, sparking debate in Iraqi political circles concerning the advantages of such a move, particularly in light of the American withdrawal that both nations had agreed upon. The terrible explosions that Iraq witnessed a few days ago...

[uruknet.info] "The biggest obstacle to completing reconciliation is external interference," Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi urges internal unity
Uruknet August 18, 2011 - Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, who played a central role in bringing Fatah and Hamas to the negotiating tables in Cairo earlier this year, believes that Palestinians must now focus on fighting Israeli occupation. Barghouthi puts the blame on external interference and manipulation of the Palestine's five-year internecine conflict as the chief obstacle to true reconciliation....According...

Israel and Gaza trade missiles as tensions with Egypt mount
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Israel struck militants in Gaza and Palestinians fired rockets back Friday following deadly gun attacks along the desert border with Egypt that have raised tensions between Israel and the new rulers in Cairo.

Tripoli residents scramble to flee as rebels draw closer
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Libyan rebels claimed Friday to have taken two more key objectives in their advance on Tripoli, including the refinery town of Zawiyah...

Russia, Turkey stand by Assad
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Syrian forces killed at least 23 protesters after tens of thousands of people flooded the streets after Friday prayers, activists said...

STL probes 3 cases possibly linked to Hariri attack
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 The U.N.-backed tribunal probing the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri said Friday it was investigating three similar bomb attacks...

Palestinians unsure of next steps in case of U.S. veto
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Palestinian officials and Arab states have yet to decide what steps to take if the United States vetoes the Palestinian Authority’s bid for statehood at the U.N., according to Lebanon’s ambassador to the United Nations.

Meeting on prison conditions yields promise of quick solutions
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 A meeting to address the pressing needs of prisoners in Lebanon was held Friday, with government and security officials promising a swift solution to ameliorate the living conditions of prison inmates.

Lebanese auto-parts dealer shot dead in Nigeria
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Authorities say a Lebanese auto-parts dealer has been shot dead in a major northern city in Africa’s most populous nation.

Gun-firing mob greets police at Lassa barricade
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Residents of the Jbeil village of Lassa blocked the main road and fired guns in the air Friday to prevent a police patrol from removing illegal construction in the village.

Men arrested in Sidon for attempted store robbery
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Sidon police thwarted a robbery attempt targeting a mobile phone shop on the city’s Eastern Boulevard and arrested two men allegedly attempting to rob the store.

Snake killed in Tyre public garden
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Municipal workers in Tyre killed a snake – measuring three meters in length – that wandered into a public garden and frightened locals, according to the National News Agency.

Army and Civil Defense douse fires across country
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Members of the Civil Defense and Lebanese Army battled a number of fires that broke out across the country, the army said in a statement Friday.

Motorcycle-mounted thievescommit 3 thefts
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Jewelry and purses were the targets of three thefts committed by motorcycle-mounted thieves Friday in the southern Beirut suburbs of Shiyah and Kafaat, according to the National News Agency.

Beirut’s Bishop Matar visits Aley
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Maronite Archbishop of Beirut Boulos Matar visited the village of Btater in Aley Friday as part of his pastoral tours to promote national coexistence between Christians and Druze.

High voltage projects require caution: expert
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 The Lebanese government should abide by international standard precautions in development projects that generate electromagnetic fields, Dr. Peter Noun, who specializes in pediatric hematology, told The Daily Star.

Beirut mayor: Hippodrome horse disease contained
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 The mayor of Beirut insisted Friday that the horse disease that led to the recent culling of 21 animals at the capital’s Hippodrome has been contained and that a final report will soon be issued by...

High tension over power project
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 It seemed like democracy in action. In 2005, parliamentary representatives acting on behalf of their Metn constituents faced off with the government over a controversial plan to install high voltage electrical lines in their towns.

Envoy: Ankara supports Syria’s stability, reform
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Turkey’s ambassador to Lebanon said Friday that his country would not be part of any foreign conspiracy aimed at removing Syrian President Bashar Assad, following a meeting with a delegation from pro-Syrian Lebanese parties.

Charbel: Lebanon will stay out of Syria’s affairs
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said Friday Lebanon would refrain from interfering in Syria’s internal affairs irrespective of developments on the ground.

Hezbollah hails operation in Israel as heroic
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Hezbollah Friday hailed as heroic a military operation that killed eight people in southern Israel the day before.

Few diaspora Lebanese interested in voting
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 A very small minority of Lebanese expatriates has registered at embassies worldwide to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, as doubts grow that members of the diaspora will cast their votes in 2013.

Christian parties leaning toward proportional representation
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 The Free Patriotic Movement, the Lebanese Forces, the Kataeb party and the Marada Movement announced their inclination to endorse an electoral system based on proportional representation after a meeting sponsored by Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai Friday.

Harb: Decision on STL needs to be made
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Batroun MP Butros Harb warned Hezbollah Friday that if the party does not come forward with the members indicted by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon...

One of 4 accused Hezbollah men speaks to Time magazine
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Editor’s note: During a recent conversation with a Hezbollah source...

Erdogan vows to open embassy in famine-ravaged Somalia
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, keen to strengthen Ankara’s ties with the African continent, said Friday he would set up an embassy in Somalia and promised major infrastructure projects in Mogadishu.

Turkish waiter arrested over murder of 2 Irish women
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 A 17-year-old Turkish waiter has been arrested after two women from Northern Ireland were found dead with their throats slashed in a wooded area on the outskirts of Izmir city in western Turkey, local media reported...

Turkey escalates PKK strikes, angering both Iraqis and Kurds
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Turkish warplanes and artillery pounded Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq for a second night, hours after the rebels mounted attacks on security forces in southeastern Turkey.

EU plans more Syria sanctions, including oil
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 The European Union is planning to slap sweeping new economic sanctions against Syria, including an embargo on oil imports, a senior official said Friday.

Egypt files protest over slain security officers
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Egypt lodged a formal protest with Israel Friday over the killings of three members of its security forces during an Israeli raid to hunt down attackers who had killed eight Israelis.

Israeli security forces failed to heed intelligence warnings of attacks
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Accounts of the attacks that killed eight Israelis near the border with Egypt Thursday paint a picture of an operation carefully planned and executed.

Israel eyes ‘strategic ally’ Egypt warily in post-revolution world
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Whatever threats Israel felt it faced in recent decades from Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian territories, it could always feel confident that Egypt was covering its back in the far south.

Iraq agrees to extend US military role: Panetta
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Iraq has agreed to keep American troops in Iraq beyond a year-end deadline for their withdrawal, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday.

Syria poised to grant access to detainees-ICRC
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Syria is on the verge of granting access for the first time to its prisons -- where thousands of activists and other civilians arrested in pro-democracy protests are believed to be held -- the International Committee...

Expat voting unlikely in 2013 due to low registration: MP
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Change and Reform bloc MP Neamatallah Abi Nasr says that expatriate elections unlikely to be held as too few numbers had registered.

Egypt protest to Israel over police deaths, wants probe
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Egypt protested to Israel on Friday and demanded a probe into the deaths of its policemen a day earlier on the Israeli border as Israeli troops pursued militants behind deadly attacks, the official MENA news agency...

Lassa residents prevent security forces from bringing down illegal construction
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Residents in the Jbeil village of Lassa prevent security forces from bringing down an illegal construction early Friday morning by closing roads and shooting in the air.

Once-safe Egyptian border becomes threat for Israel
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Whatever threats Israel faced in recent decades from Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian territories, it could always feel confident that Egypt was covering its back in the far south.

Air strike kills 5 Islamists in southern Yemen town
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 A Yemeni jet bombed the southern coastal town of Shaqra shortly after Islamist militants took control of the area, killing at least five of them, a local government official said.

STL to investigate other attacks in connection with Hariri assassination
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 The Special Tribunal for Lebanon has established jurisdiction over three attacks relating to Marwan Hamadeh, George Hawi and Elias Murr.

Thousands trying to leave Tripoli: IOM
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 Thousands of migrants are seeking to leave Tripoli, the scene of intense violence in recent days as rebels push into the capital, the International Organization for Migration said Friday.

Syrian coalition against Assad formed: statement
Daily Star 19 Aug 2011 More than 40 Syrian "revolution blocs" have forged a coalition to unite their efforts against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, according to a statement received Friday by AFP.

Lebanon prevents UN condemnation of terror attack
YNet News, 19 Aug 2011 - WASHINGTON – Murder of Israelis permitted? Lebanon, which is currently a member of the United Nations Security Council, prevented early Saturday a condemnation of the ... ....

Hamas’ military wing: Gaza lull over
YNet News, 19 Aug 2011 - Tensions high in Gaza region: Hamas’ military wing, Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced early Saturday that it is no longer committed to the Gaza region lull with ... ....

Iron Dome intercepts Grad over Ashkelon
YNet News, 19 Aug 2011 - The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a Grad rocket fired from Gaza at Ashkelon Friday evening, at around 10 pm, after two Qassam rockets exploded in Eshkol ... ....

Report: IDF kills PRC commander
YNet News, 19 Aug 2011 - Palestinian sources in Gaza reported Friday that IDF aircraft fired a missile at a senior commander of the Popular Resistance Committees' military wing as he was riding ... ....

PM vows additional retaliation
YNet News, 19 Aug 2011 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Friday that Israel would retaliate with force to Thursday's terror attacks. "This was just an initial response," he told soldiers ... ....

5 additional rockets fired at Israel
YNet News, 19 Aug 2011 - Fire from Gaza was renewed Friday afternoon when terrorists fired five rockets at various locations in southern Israel, hitting Be'er Tuvia, Eshkol, and Sdot Negev ... ....

Cairo: Israeli flags torched before embassy
YNet News, 19 Aug 2011 - Hundreds of protesters gathered before the Israeli embassy in Cairo Friday following prayer services, torched Israeli flags and called on Hamas to attack the Jewish ... ....

'I watched my brother die, helpless'
YNet News, 19 Aug 2011 - Danny Gez tells of terrible loss of two couples traveling to Eilat, who died in....

Slain police sniper laid to rest
YNet News, 19 Aug 2011 - Hundreds pay their final respects to legendary sharpshooter Pascal Avrahami,....

Shaath: Israel's madness will not deter us
YNet News, 19 Aug 2011 - Expressing sharp criticism of IDF response to Thursday's terror attacks, senior....

Terror victim SSgt. Moshe Naftali laid to rest
YNet News, 19 Aug 2011 - Golani staff sergeant who was killed while engaging terrorists involved in....

Miracle in synagogue: Grad fails to explode
YNet News, 19 Aug 2011 - Yeshiva students praying at Ashdod shul say prayer had saved their lives after....

Rocket hits Ashdod yeshiva; 10 hurt
YNet News, 19 Aug 2011 - Two people seriously injured after rocket explodes near Ashdod yeshiva.....

Egyptian soldiers killed as bomb explodes near border
YNet News, 19 Aug 2011 - Suicide bomber detonates explosives near Philadelphi route, estimated to be....

Palestinian child killed, 18 wounded in renewed Israeli aggression
PIC - A Palestinian child was killed and 18 people were wounded as a result of a series of Israeli airstrikes on different targets in the Gaza Strip.

Qassam fighter succumbs to wounds he sustained earlier
PIC - A Qassam fighter succumbed to serious wounds he sustained a few days ago in an Israeli airstrike that targeted the Zaitoun neighbourhood in east Gaza city.

UNRWA denies rumours that it asked its employees to leave Gaza
PIC - UNRWA denied Israeli media reports that it had ordered its foreign employees to leave the Gaza Strip fearing an Israeli attack on Gaza following the Elat attacks.

Israeli air raids damage government buildings in Gaza
PIC - Israeli air raids on Friday morning resulted in widespread destruction and damage to many government buildings in Gaza City.

Thousands participate in funeral of leaders of the Popular Resistance Committees
PIC - Tens of thousands of people on Friday participated in the funerals, in Rafah, of the leaders of the Popular Resistance Committees who were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Thursday.

IOF hand eight home owners demolition notices
PIC - The IOF handed eight home owners, from the village of Sair to the north of southern West Bank city of al-Khalil, demolition notices at the pretext of lack of permits.

Ten Zionists injured in rocket attack
PIC - The IOF has announced on Friday morning that ten Israelis were injured as a result of a rocket which fell on the city of Asdod in 1948-occupied Palestine.

Occupation prevented worshipers from Jerusalem from reaching the Aqsa Mosque
PIC - The Israeli occupation authorities barred thousands of worshipers from Jerusalem from reaching the Aqsa Mosque on the third Friday of Ramadan.

15 Palestinians killed and 40 wounded in 24 hours
PIC - The number of victims in the Gaza Strip in the latest Israeli occupation aggression rose to 15 martyrs and 40 wounded over the past 24 hours..

Criminal Zionism will bring about lasting disaster unto Jews
PIC - Israeli leaders have nearly lost their composure, reacting to a rare resistance attack originating from the Sinai Peninsula near the southernmost town of Um al Rushrash..

Special source: Seven Egyptian officers killed by Israeli airstrike near Rafah
PIC - 19/08/2011 - 11:39 AM

Ninth Palestinian Fatality from Israeli Air Strikes on Gaza
WAFA

Thousands Hold Friday Prayer in Jerusalem Streets
WAFA

Israeli Missile Kills Palestinian in Gaza
WAFA

Israeli Air Strikes Continue on Gaza
WAFA

Jerusalem Residents Clash with Israeli Police
WAFA

Israel Restricts Entry of Muslims Wishing to Pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque
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Carnage in Norway – Refreshing the Narrative
Intifada-Palestine: 19 Aug 2011 - by Jeff Gates / Intifada Palestine War-making storylines tend to lose their steam. Sustained warfare requires more than just a plausible Evil Doer. A credible narrative is also essential. To remind us who to hate, who better than a murderous Nordic Muslim-hater?... more

Turkey Plans Diplomatic Assault On Israel After Its Refusal To Apologize For Gaza Flotilla Raid
Intifada-Palestine: 19 Aug 2011 - Senior official in Jerusalem says decision not to apologize at this point was primarily to allow a UN report on the raid to be released. By Barak Ravid / Haaretz Turkey plans to launch a diplomatic and legal assault on Israel after... more

From Arab Spring To Jobless Summers
Intifada-Palestine: 19 Aug 2011 - By Paul Balles JIM Hoagland, writing in the Washington Post , says: “We have seen how information technology can provide a spark that sets afire the kindling of economic and social distress.” That was Hoagland’s way of concluding an opening salvo that... more

As NATO scales back in Libya, pressure mounts to end war soon
LA Times 19 Aug 2011 - While Libyan rebels make strides against Moammar Kadafi's government, NATO members facing budget cuts are scrounging to keep their air campaign alive long enough to finish the job. The French and Italians have sent their aircraft carriers home. The British have withdrawn their spy plane....

Egypt decries Israeli attack that killed 3 of its soldiers
LA Times 19 Aug 2011 - The deaths apparently occurred as Israeli helicopters were pursuing Palestinian militants across the Egyptian border. Israelis say Egypt must bring a 'no-man's land' in the Sinai under control. As Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants continued to clash Friday, Egypt expressed anger over the deaths of...

Attacks Near Israeli Resort Heighten Tensions With Egypt and Gaza
New York Times 19 Aug 2011 - Attacks near the Red Sea resort of Eilat prompted a fierce Israeli bombing raid on Gaza and threatened to escalate tensions there.

If 1.5 million Jews were locked up in Gaza, where would ‘Commentary’ be on violent resistance?
Mondoweiss - Steve Walt at Foreign Policy , "Get ready for more stupid Mideast violence." Some great points, beginning with the idea that when leaders kick the can down the road on a difficult problem, it becomes intractable/terrifying. Think, American slavery, 1830-1861... Or, a Palestinian state, promised in 1947,...

Here’s hoping that rightwing crazies’ support for Israel– Rick Perry!– will make liberal Jews do a reality check
Mondoweiss - I feel as if Rick Perry is the best thing that ever happened to the American Jewish relationship since the salad days of Paul Newman and Herman Wouk. The guy is so scary, who wants to be on his team? Ben Smith at Politico is jaundiced: ...

Glenn Beck’s pal and the ‘synagogue of Satan’
Mondoweiss - Eli Clifton reports on David Barton, the man funding much of the travel to Glenn Beck's hoedown in Jerusalem, with tax-deductible donations (At the link, you can see a photo of Beck wearing a yarmulke.): The travel will be paid for by WallBuilders, an organization founded...

White male pity pot
Mondoweiss - Gov. Haley Barbour, on Gov Rick Perry, at the Hill : "I think Rick Perry has to get prepared for the fact that he's gonna be nitpicked by the liberal media elite for everything he says and that he has to be very careful because everything that...

Another Congressman uses attacks to say US must block Palestinian statehood
Mondoweiss - Robert Dold is a Republican congressman in suburban Chicago, in Senator Mark Kirk's former seat. Here's a report on his statement on the Eilat killings . There seems to be one sentence about the two-state solution. But not a word about Palestinian freedom or occupation. And what...

Palestinian Attack on Eilat, 8 Israeli and 6 Gazan Dead
Tikun Olam - Charred remains of bus attacked by Gaza terrorists (Ariel Harmoni/Defense Ministry) For anyone who hasn’t read Huck Finn, you must.  Tonight calls to mind the harrowing section of that novel about the feud till death of the Hatfield and McCoys.  In American parlance, since the publication...

Israel assault escalates in Gaza
Middle East Monitor 19 Aug 2011 - EXCLUSIVE PICTURES As Israel continues to bombard Gaza today, here are some of the pictures of relatives mourning their loved ones. Images include funerals of the Palestinian children killed in the north of the Gaza Strip and also six other Palestinians killed near Rafah. At the...

Arab League warns of Israeli plan to expel prominent Palestinians from Jerusalem
Middle East Monitor 19 Aug 2011 - The Arab League has warned of a "dangerous" Israeli plan to expel prominent Palestinians from Jerusalem in the context of escalating Israeli activities in the Occupied Territories. In a press release, the League cited well-informed sources in the occupied city in claiming that the Israelis intend...

EU calls on Israel to reopen Orient House in Jerusalem
Middle East Monitor 19 Aug 2011 - The European Union has called on the Israeli authorities to let Palestinians reopen the Orient House and the Arab Chamber of Commerce in Occupied East Jerusalem. In a joint statement, the European missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah said that they "regret the recent Israeli decision extending...

Palestinians protest against Barak visit
Middle East Monitor 19 Aug 2011 - Palestinians in Umm Al Fahm (in the north of the 1948-occupied territories) have held a protest against a visit by the Israeli Defence Minister to their city. Sources in Israel said that once news of Ehud Barak's visit spread, dozens of residents took to the streets...

New Syrian protests 'turn deadly'
BBC 19 Aug 2011 - At least 20 people in Syria are reported killed in anti-government protests, the day after the US led calls for the Syrian president to step down.

Israel hits back for Gaza rockets
BBC 19 Aug 2011 - At least four Palestinians are killed in the latest Israeli air strikes on Gaza amid an escalation in violence after a deadly attack on Israeli buses.

VIDEO: Global leaders urge Assad to go
BBC 18 Aug 2011 - US President Obama has openly called for the resignation of Syria's Bashar al-Assad, after weeks of condemning the Syrian leader's crackdown on protesters.

'Slave maid' in Lebanon
BBC 19 Aug 2011 - Madagascar woman finds freedom after 15 years hard labour

Carnage in Norway – Refreshing the Zionist Narrative
Sabbah report 19 Aug 2011 - To sustain hate requires a sustained stream of plausible reasons to hate. Plus careful maintenance of a 'generally accepted truth' that keeps attention focused on a credible threat.

Eretz Yisrael: Lawless, Corrupt and Dysfunctional
Sabbah report 19 Aug 2011 - Eretz Yisrael - Israel: Lawless, corrupt and dysfunctional barely describe what some call a blight on humanity, threatening it by its presence with its Washington paymaster/partner.

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