• Palestinian family forced to demolish own house in Jerusalem | Maan News Agency

    JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian family has begun to demolish part of a building it owns in East Jerusalem to avoid paying fines after the Israeli municipality issued a demolition order, the owner said Tuesday.
    Walid al-Ubeidi told Ma’an that due to the size of his family, he expanded the building from three to four floors in 2002, and to five floors in 2004-2005.

    He tried to obtain building permits from the municipality for both expansions, but to no avail, al-Ubeidi said.

    An Israeli court recently ordered the family to demolish the fifth floor and seal the fourth floor by Sept. 25, or else face paying huge fees for the municipality to bulldoze it.

    Some 18 people from his extended family will be displaced as a result of the demolition, he added.

    Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, although 550,000 Jewish settlers are frequently given building permits and allowed to expand their homes and properties.

  • Israel steps up pace of Bedouin home demolitions
    The targeted area, east of Jerusalem, is slated for an expansion of the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim.
    By Amira Hass | Sep. 24, 2014 | Haaretz

    The Civil Administration in the West Bank has stepped up demolitions of Bedouin buildings in the E-1 area east of Jerusalem since April. The area is slated for an expansion of the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim.

    The number of such demolitions in the first eight months of 2014 was higher than in any comparable period in the last five years, as was the number of people who lost their homes as a result, according to an analysis by the Association of International Development Agencies of data compiled by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Although demolitions were carried out in only four of these eight months (March, April, May and August), more buildings were razed in the E-1 area in those months (35) than in all of 2013 (21). The number of people who lost their homes as a result rose to 156, from 57.

    The disproportionate increase in the number of people who were made homeless as a result of the demolitions in the first eight months of 2014 relative to the number of buildings that were razed indicates that a larger proportion of the structures that were destroyed this year were residential. That, as opposed to being used for livestock or other purposes.

    In Area C as a whole — portions of the West Bank under exclusive Israeli control, according to the Oslo Accords – the Civil Administration razed 346 buildings in the eight-month period, leaving 668 Palestinians homeless. In 2013 as a whole, 565 demolitions left 805 Palestinians homeless.

    The only demolitions so far this month occurred on September 8, when the Civil Administration razed three homes and a sheep pen in Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin encampment near Ma’aleh Adumim. A family of 14, including eight children, lived in the three homes.

    It was the fourth time in three years that the family’s homes were destroyed, on the grounds that they were within an Israel Defense Forces firing zone. The family, like most Bedouin in the same situation, would rather risk repeated demolitions than leave the area where they live, supporting themselves by raising sheep and goats and doing odd jobs in nearby communities.

  • Mapping the Antipodes: Australia in early maps - Australian Geographic

    Mapping the Antipodes: Australia in early maps

    BY Alasdair McGregor |
    August 15, 2014

    A series of maps trace the unveiling of Australia, from the fantasies of second-century Egypt to Flinders’ last work.

    FROM ANCIENT imaginings of the medieval world – where Jerusalem lay at the centre of creation – to sumptuous wall charts proclaiming the might of European empires, a series of maps on display at the National Library of Australia (NLA) takes us through centuries of geographical speculation about the Southern Hemisphere.

    #cartographie #australie

  • Comment Israël « forme » des journalistes étrangers,0675

    Du 30 août au 4 septembre s’est déroulée à Tel-Aviv une formation tous frais payés par le gouvernement israélien pour « apprendre à parler d’un conflit de manière neutre et professionnelle ». Au programme, des conférences sur le terrorisme et les sujets militaires et politiques, un « tour stratégique » de Jérusalem et des zones de conflit, et des rencontres et échanges avec des leaders politiques, des universitaires et des journalistes israéliens. Trente journalistes du monde entier, triés sur le volet, y ont participé. Source : Orient XXI

  • Cisjordanie : 7500 nouveaux colons israéliens en six mois | Moyen-Orient
    Publié le 16 septembre 2014

    Le nombre de colons israéliens en Cisjordanie occupée a atteint en juin 382 031 personnes, soit plus de 7500 colons de plus que six mois plus tôt, a annoncé mardi le principal mouvement de colons.

    En janvier, ils étaient 374 469, a indiqué le Conseil Yesha des colonies, soit une augmentation de 2 % en six mois, quasiment le double de la croissance démographique dans le territoire israélien qui atteint 1,9 % par an.

    Selon Yesha, la plus grande colonie est Beitar Illit, au sud-ouest de Jérusalem, qui compte 63 087 habitants.

    Aux colons en Cisjordanie s’ajoutent les quelque 200 000 Israéliens installés à Jérusalem-Est, occupée et annexée par Israël depuis 1967.

    La communauté internationale ne reconnaît pas l’annexion de Jérusalem-Est et considère les colonies en territoire occupé comme illégales au regard du droit international.

    La poursuite de la colonisation dans les territoires occupés ou annexés est considérée comme une entrave majeure aux efforts déployés depuis des décennies pour résoudre le conflit israélo-palestinien.

    Pourtant, fin août, Israël a décidé de s’approprier 400 hectares proches de la colonie de Gva’ot, dans les environs de Bethléem en Cisjordanie occupée, en réaction au meurtre de trois Israéliens en juin, la plus grande saisie de terres en territoires palestiniens occupés depuis 30 ans.


  • Egypt Begins #Surveillance Of Facebook, Twitter, And Skype On Unprecedented Scale

    JERUSALEM and CAIRO — Egyptians’ online communications are now being monitored by the sister company of an American cybersecurity firm, giving the Egyptian government an unprecedented ability to comb through data from Skype, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, among others.
    #See_Egypt, the sister company of the U.S.-based #Blue_Coat, won the contract over the summer, beating out the British Gamma System, and the Israeli-founded Narus System. See Egypt has begun monitoring Egyptians’ online #communications, according to several Egyptian government officials who spoke to BuzzFeed News.

    “See Egypt has already worked with the government and has strong ties to the State Security Services,” said one official. He asked to remain anonymous, to protect his position within the government. “They were a natural choice and their system is already winning praise.”

    While Egypt has tracked online communication in the past using surveillance systems that allowed officials to loosely monitor local networks, See Egypt is the first time the government will be widely using the Deep Packet Inspection technology that enables geolocation, tracking, and extensive monitoring of #internet traffic.


  • Israeli government plans to forcibly relocate 12,500 Bedouin - Plans to expel communities from land east of Jerusalem and move them to new town in Jordan Valley were drafted without consulting tribes.
    By Amira Hass | Sep. 16, 2014 Haaretz

    Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank is advancing a plan to expel thousands of Bedouin from lands east of Jerusalem and forcibly relocate them to a new town in the Jordan Valley.

    Between late August and last week, the administration published nine plans that together comprise the master plan for the proposed new town north of Jericho. The plans were drafted without consulting the Bedouin slated to live there, in violation of the Supreme Court’s recommendation.

    In explanatory notes to the plans, to which the public now has 60 days to submit objections, the administration said its proposal suits the “dynamic changes” Bedouin society is undergoing as it moves from an agricultural society to “a modern society that earns its living by commerce, services, technical trades and more.”

    The town is slated for about 12,500 Bedouin from the Jahalin, Kaabneh and Rashaida tribes. It is the third and largest of the towns the administration has designated for Bedouin in the West Bank.

  • After the Ceasefire « LRB blog

    On 26 August a ceasefire between #Israel and Hamas was agreed, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers). Since then Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done anything to break the terms of the ceasefire. Israel has done the following:
    1. Annexed another 1500 acres of West Bank land
    2. Seized $56 million of PA tax revenue
    3. Not lifted the illegal blockade (as required by the ceasefire)
    4. Broken the ceasefire by firing at fishermen on four separate occasions
    6. Killed a 22-year-old, Issa al Qatari, a week before his wedding
    7. Killed 16-year-old Mohammed Sinokrot with a rubber bullet to the head
    8. Tortured a prisoner to the point of hospitalisation
    9. Refused 13 members of the European Parliament entry into Gaza
    10. Detained at least 127 people across the West Bank, including a seven-year-old boy in Hebron and two children, aged seven and eight, taken from the courtyard of their house in Silwad – and tear-gassed their mother
    11. Continued to hold 33 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council in prison
    12. Continued to hold 500 prisoners in administrative detention without charge or trial
    13. Destroyed Bedouin homes in Khan al Ahmar, near Jerusalem, leaving 14 people homeless, and unveiled a plan to forcibly move thousands of Bedouin away from Jerusalem into two purpose-built townships
    14. Destroyed a dairy factory in Hebron whose profits supported an orphanage
    15. Destroyed a family home in Silwan, making five children homeless
    16. Destroyed a house in Jerusalem where aid supplies en route to Gaza were being stored
    17. Destroyed a well near Hebron
    18. Set fire to an olive grove near Hebron
    19. Raided a health centre and a nursery school in Nablus, causing extensive damage
    20. Destroyed a swathe of farmland in Rafah by driving tanks over it
    21. Ordered the dismantling of a small monument in Jerusalem to Mohamed Abu Khdeir, murdered in July by an Israeli lynch mob
    22. Continued building a vast tunnel network under Jerusalem
    23. Stormed the al Aqsa mosque compound with a group of far right settlers
    24. Assisted hundreds of settlers in storming Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus
    25. Prevented students from entering al Quds University, firing stun grenades and rubber bullets at those who tried to go in
    26. Earned unknown millions on reconstruction materials for Gaza, where 100,000 people need their destroyed homes rebuilt. The total bill is estimated at $7.8 billion

  • Palestinian teen killed by bullet to head, despite Israeli police denial
    Israeli pathologists who performed autopsy said to agree; death of Mohammed Sunuqrut, 16, has sparked violent protests in capital’s eastside.
    By Nir Hasson | Sep. 12, 2014Haaretz

    The Palestinian teenager who died Sunday of injuries incurred during a demonstration in East Jerusalem could only have been killed by a plastic or sponge-tipped bullet, not by a fall as police have claimed, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.

    Mohammed Sunuqrut, 16, was seriously injured during a demonstration in the Wadi Joz neighborhood on August 31. His family claimed he was shot in the head at close range with a rubber-coated bullet. But police insisted he had been shot in the leg, causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement.

    After he died, his family commissioned a Palestinian pathologist, Dr. Saber al-Aloul, to attend the autopsy, which was performed at Israel’s Institute of Forensic Medicine in Abu Kabir. According to Aloul, Sunuqrut died of a fractured skull and cerebral hemorrhage from the projectile fired from less than 10 meters away, said sources close to the Palestinian pathologist who performed the autopsy.

    The Israeli pathologist who conducted the autopsy has not yet published his report. But Israeli sources agreed the boy’s fatal injury was caused by a nonmetal bullet rather than a fall, based on both the size of the wound and the nature of the fracture. The autopsy report has not yet been released.

  • Le maire ultra-religieux de Beit Shemesh installe un #mur entre élèves laïcs et ultra-orthodoxes

    L’année scolaire a débuté par un tollé dans la ville de Beit Shemesh (30 kilomètres à l’ouest de Jérusalem) lundi, dont les parents d’élèves et les enseignants d’une école publique laïque ont lancé une grève partielle pour protester contre la décision de la ville d’attribuer la moitié du bâtiment à une école de filles ultra-orthodoxe.

    Pour assurer la séparation entre les élèves laïques et ultra-religieux , la municipalité dirigée par le maire ultra-orthodoxe Moshé Aboutboul a décidé de construire un mur en plein milieu de la cour de l’école avec des gardes.

    #Israel #Israël

  • L’UEFA punit des supporters de football pour leur solidarité avec la Palestine | Agence Media Palestine

    (...) La campagne Carton rouge au racisme israélien a fait pression pour qu’Israël soit écarté du processus d’appel d’offres, rappelant à l’UEFA que c’est illégalement qu’Israël revendique Jérusalem comme sa « capitale » ainsi que son agression massive récente contre la bande de Gaza. L’UEFA prendra sa décision le 19 septembre.

    La fédération israélienne affirme qu’elle ne mêle pas le sport avec la politique. Mais si l’UEFA accepte l’offre de Jérusalem, ce sera une décision politique. Il est sûr qu’Israël exploitera cette occasion pour promouvoir une image de Jérusalem comme si les Palestiniens n’existaient pas.

    Symbole politique ?

    En réalité, l’UEFA mélange sport et politique.

    La semaine dernière, il a été signalé qu’elle avait imposé des amendes à des clubs de football écossais et irlandais parce que des supporters avaient brandi le drapeau palestinien et scandé des slogans en faveur de la Palestine pendant des matches européens. L’UEFA considère apparemment que le drapeau de la Palestine est un symbole politique parce que le conflit avec les forces israéliennes dans la région est toujours d’actualité, selon Scotland Now.

    Un porte-parole de l’UEFA a déclaré sur le site d’information que ces clubs avaient violé les règles disciplinaires de l’UEFA qui stipulent que les clubs sont responsables du comportement inapproprié de leurs supporters, tels que « l’usage de gestes, mots, objets ou de tout autre moyen transmettant tout message impropre à un évènement sportif, particulièrement les messages à caractère politique, idéologique, religieux ou provocateur. »

    Christian Visser, avocat néerlandais spécialisé dans le football, a critiqué la punition de l’UEFA sur Twitter. Les supporters de l’Ajax Amsterdam sont connus pour s’identifier à Israël et agiter régulièrement un drapeau israélien lors des matches.

    Visser m’a écrit me disant qu’il considère les amendes pour St Johnstone, Celtic et Dundalk, comme injustifiées : « Il est surprenant que l’UEFA impose une amende pour le déploiement du drapeau d’un pays qui est membre de la FIFA et de la Confédération asiatique de football. L’argument selon lequel la Palestine est entraînée dans un conflit avec Israël est faible. Si on suit l’argumentation de l’UEFA, le fait de présenter des drapeaux de pays comme la Russie et Israël devrait aussi entraîner une amende. »

    Aucune pénalité ne devrait être imposée à des clubs dans aucun de ces cas, a-t-il ajouté. (...)

  • Foreign Powers Buy Influence at #Think_Tanks

    Je ne savais pas que la famille #Hariri était une « puissance étrangère » (là où même de véritables puissances étrangères n’ont aucune chance d’acheter la moindre #influence)

    The arrangements involve Washington’s most influential think tanks, including the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Atlantic Council. Each is a major recipient of overseas funds, producing policy papers, hosting forums and organizing private briefings for senior United States government officials that typically align with the foreign governments’ agendas.


    Michele Dunne served for nearly two decades as a specialist in Middle Eastern affairs at the State Department, including stints in Cairo and Jerusalem, and on the White House National Security Council. In 2011, she was a natural choice to become the founding director of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, named after the former prime minister of Lebanon, who was assassinated in 2005.

    The center was created with a generous donation from Bahaa Hariri , his eldest son, and with the support of the rest of the Hariri family, which has remained active in politics and business in the Middle East. Another son of the former prime minister served as Lebanon’s prime minister from 2009 to 2011.

    But by the summer of 2013, when Egypt’s military forcibly removed the country’s democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, Ms. Dunne soon realized there were limits to her independence. After she signed a petition and testified before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee urging the United States to suspend military aid to Egypt, calling Mr. Morsi’s ouster a “military coup,” Bahaa Hariri called the Atlantic Council to complain, executives with direct knowledge of the events said.

    Ms. Dunne declined to comment on the matter. But four months after the call, Ms. Dunne left the Atlantic Council.


    Ms. Dunne was replaced by Francis J. Ricciardone Jr., who served as United States ambassador to Egypt during the rule of Hosni Mubarak, the longtime Egyptian military and political leader forced out of power at the beginning of the Arab Spring. Mr. Ricciardone, a career foreign service officer, had earlier been criticized by conservatives and human rights activists for being too deferential to the Mubarak government.

    Scholars at other Washington think tanks, who were granted anonymity to detail confidential internal discussions, described similar experiences that had a chilling effect on their research and ability to make public statements that might offend current or future foreign sponsors. At Brookings, for example, a donor with apparent ties to the Turkish government suspended its support after a scholar there made critical statements about the country, sending a message, one scholar there said.

    “It is the self-censorship that really affects us over time,” the scholar said. “But the fund-raising environment is very difficult at the moment, and Brookings keeps growing and it has to support itself.”

    The sensitivities are especially important when it comes to the Qatari government — the single biggest foreign donor to Brookings.

    Brookings executives cited strict internal policies that they said ensure their scholars’ work is “not influenced by the views of our funders,” in Qatar or in Washington. They also pointed to several reports published at the Brookings Doha Center in recent years that, for example, questioned the Qatari government’s efforts to revamp its education system or criticized the role it has played in supporting militants in Syria.

    But in 2012, when a revised agreement was signed between Brookings and the Qatari government, the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs itself praised the agreement on its website, announcing that “the center will assume its role in reflecting the bright image of Qatar in the international media, especially the American ones.” Brookings officials also acknowledged that they have regular meetings with Qatari government officials about the center’s activities and budget, and that the former Qatar prime minister sits on the center’s advisory board.

    Mr. Ali, who served as one of the first visiting fellows at the Brookings Doha Center after it opened in 2009, said such a policy, though unwritten, was clear.

    “There was a no-go zone when it came to criticizing the Qatari government,” said Mr. Ali, who is now a professor at the University of Queensland in Australia. “It was unsettling for the academics there. But it was the price we had to pay.”

    #corruption #Etats-Unis

  • Un adolescent de Jérusalem visé à la tête par un soldat israélien lundi dernier est mort de ses blessures ce matin.
    Jerusalem teen shot by Israeli soldier a week ago dies of wounds | Maan News Agency

    JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teenager from Jerusalem who was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier with a rubber-coated steel bullet a week ago succumbed to his wounds Sunday morning, his father said.

    Abd al-Majid Sunuqrut told Ma’an that his son Muhammad Abd Al-Majid Sunuqrut , 16, “died as a martyr this morning and his body is expected to be taken to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute for an autopsy to be undertaken by a Palestinian doctor and a lawyer.”

    Muhammad was shot on Monday by Israeli forces in the head as he was talking on the phone in Wadi al-Joz in what his father at the time told Ma’an was an “unprovoked attack.”

    The youth suffered a fractured skull as a result of the attack and at the time underwent surgery at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem in order to stop bleeding and remove fragments caused by the impact of the bullet.

    His father said the youth was preparing for the new school year when he was shot.

    • L’adolescent de Jérusalem blessé par un soldat israélien la semaine dernière est mort de ses blessures
      Par Maan News/ISM France

      08.09.2014 - Muhammad Abd Al-Majid Sunuqrut, 16 ans, avait été blessé à la tête par une balle caoutchouc-acier tirée par un soldat israélien il y a une semaine ; il est mort de ses blessures dimanche matin 7 septembre. Son père, Abd al-Majid Sunuqrut a déclaré à Ma’an que Muhammad « est mort en martyr ce matin et son corps doit être transporté à l’Institut médico-légal Abu Kabir pour y être autopsié par un médecin palestinien et un avocat. »

      Lundi 1er septembre, les forces israéliennes ont tiré sur Muhammad et l’ont blessé d’une balle en pleine tête alors qu’il se dirigeait vers la mosquée de Wadi Al-Joz pour la prière du soir, tout en discutant sur son portable.

      Victime d’une fracture du crâne, il avait été transporté au Centre médical Hadassah, à Jérusalem pour stopper l’hémorragie et retirer les fragments causés par l’impact de la balle.

      Son père a dit que le jeune se préparait pour la rentrée scolaire lorsque la balle l’a frappé.

    • Muhammad Sinokrot, 15 ans, assassiné par les troupes d’occupation

      Budour Youssef Hassan - 12 septembre 2014 - The Electronic Intifada -
      Traduction : - Naguib

      Pendant ce temps, le père de Muhammad insiste sur le fait qu’il faudra demander des comptes.

      « Nous ne croyons pas que les bourreaux vont nous donner toute la justice, mais nous irons devant les tribunaux israéliens et internationaux et nous demanderons à tous les parents de réclamer justice pour leurs proches tués. Nous ne pouvons pas laisser les assassins de nos enfants vivre dans l’impunité », dit-il.

      Ceux qui ont parlé à The Electronic Intifada ont souligné que Muhammad Sinokrot a été tué tout simplement parce qu’il était palestinien.

      « Son crime était d’être palestinien et de vivre Jérusalem, sous une domination qui ne nous voit pas comme des êtres humains », a déclaré l’un des voisins de la famille.

      « Hier, c’était Muhammad Sinokrot, et demain, ce pourrait être le tour de mon fils, » a-t-il ajouté. « Tous les Palestiniens sont visés et ils doivent tous ensemble se soulever contre cet État raciste. »

  • Shimon Peres demande au pape de prendre la tête d’une « ONU des #RELIGIONS »

    Le plan est en marche ! Le faux prophète va bientôt pouvoir siéger à Jérusalem afin d’introniser l’Antéchrist. Reçu ce jeudi 4 septembre en audience privée par le Saint-Père, l’ancien président israélien a suggéré au pontife de prendre la tête d’une « Organisation des religions unies », « meilleure manière de s’opposer aux terroristes qui tuent au nom de la foi ». Et si le pape François était le premier Secrétaire de l’"ONU des religions" ? C’est en tout cas l’idée que défend Shimon Peres. Idée qu’il a expliquée lors d’une interview accordée à l’hebdomadaire italien catholique Famiglia Cristiana. « Aujourd’hui, les guerres éclatent essentiellement avec comme prétexte la religion », a souligné l’ex-président israélien, "nous sommes (...)

  • Un de ces articles infiniment fumistes dont le #New_York_Times a le secret dés qu’il s ’agit d’#Israël et de ses #crimes : un titre (le Hamas est coupable du crime des 3 ados israéliens) qui contredit un contenu (le Hamas ne l’est probablement pas) qui s’évertue par ailleurs à disculper le #criminel #Netanyahu.

    New Light on Hamas Role in Killings of Teenagers That Fueled Gaza War

    JERUSALEM — The abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank in June, which helped fuel the biggest escalation in Palestinian-Israeli tensions in years, was set in motion by Hamas operatives from a local Palestinian clan and was financed with about $60,000, mostly obtained through a relative who worked for a Hamas association in Gaza, according to official Israeli documents released on Thursday.

    But the documents, related to an investigation and indictment of the man suspected of leading the kidnappers, provide no evidence that the top leaders of Hamas directed or had prior knowledge of the plot to abduct the three Israeli youths.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and his subordinates asserted as fact that the kidnapping and killing of the three youths was orchestrated by Hamas, which Israel regards as a terrorist group committed to its destruction. He responded by ordering a severe crackdown on Hamas suspects and institutions in the West Bank.

    Though the documents released on Thursday do not necessarily undercut the Israeli government’s assertions, they present a more nuanced picture.

    How to Decode the New York Times

    How does that final sentence logically follow from the previous two? If the documents do not support Netanyahu’s claims, then they would most certainly undercut his assertions.

    So what, then, is the “more nuanced picture”? #Kershner writes that the legal documents “depict the plot as more of a family affair, a local initiative organized and carried out by members of a clan in Hebron.” That was what many analysts had been saying all along, offering a very different interpretation than the one being put forth by Israel–though it was the Israeli line, not the one offered by independent analysts, that made its way into US media (FAIR Blog, 7/2/14, 7/28/14). Kershner speaks to one Israeli source who, she reports, still thinks it “was fair to blame Hamas, as an organization, for the kidnappings.” The source added that “it is still possible that we will find evidence of a direct connection.”

    The Times headline writer is correct that these documents shed “new light” on this tragedy. But it’s hard to see how light is shed on a “Hamas role,” since it’s still not clear there is any such role at all. These new revelations do not provide any support for the Israeli government’s claims about Hamas’ responsibility, instead depicting it “as more of a family affair.” The implication is that the horrific bloodshed of the Israeli assault on Gaza followed from a groundless charge. But Kershner’s article works hard to de-emphasize that conclusion.

  • Un Gazaoui succombe à ses blessures de l’offensive israélienne – Le nombre total de morts s’élève à 2.152

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Un Palestinien est décédé mercredi de ses blessures subies lors de l’agression israélienne contre la bande de Gaza ces deux derniers mois.

    Des sources médicales ont déclaré que Nasir Abu Marahil, 40 ans, était décédé dans un hôpital de Jérusalem suite aux blessures qu’il avait subies au camp de réfugiés d’al-Nusairat le 25 juillet.

    Les autorités médicales de Gaza disent que le nombre de morts à Gaza, suite à l’offensive israélienne, s’élève désormais à 2.152.

    L’offensive a duré plus de 50 jours et a également laissé plus de 11.000 blessés, ainsi que plus de 100.000 Gazaouis désormais sans logis.

    Malgré le nombre élevé de morts à Gaza, bien des Palestiniens ont salué comme une victoire importante pour eux le cessez-le-feu qui a mis un terme à l’offensive.

    Israël a promis un allègement du siège de huit ans contre l’enclave côtière, bien que les Palestiniens n’aient proposé aucune concession en échange.

    Depuis lors, les observateurs disent que les autorités israéliennes n’ont pas tenu leurs promesses, bien qu’une nouvelle série de négociations soit censée avoir lieu en septembre.

    Publié le 3 septembre 2014 sur Ma’an News Agency. Traduction pour ce site : JM Flémal.


    Killed Thu, Sep 04.
    1.‘Etaf Mohammad ‘Ajrour (Elderly), Gaza City.

    Killed Wed, Sep 03.
    1.Nasser Abu Maraheel, 42, Nusseirat – Gaza (Died of Earlier Wounds)

    Killed Tue, Sep 02
    1.Bassem ‘Ajjour, 55, Gaza – Died of Earlier Wounds.
    2.Ziad ar-Reefy, 9, Gaza – Died of Earlier Wounds.

    Killed Friday, August 29
    1.Mohammad al-Ma’sawani, 22, Gaza (Died Of Earlier Wounds)
    2.Widad Abu Zeid, Rafah (Gaza (Died Of Earlier Wounds)

  • Israël projette de s’approprier 400 hectares de terres en Cisjordanie

    Jérusalem - Israël a l’intention de s’approprier 400 hectares de terres situées en Cisjordanie occupée, dans le secteur de Bethléem, a indiqué dimanche l’armée.

    Il s’agit d’une décision sans précédent par son ampleur depuis les années 1980, s’est alarmée l’organisation anticolonisation La Paix maintenant.

    Les autorités ont annoncé le lancement de la procédure déclarant propriété de l’Etat israélien ces 400 hectares proches de la colonie de Gva’ot, a dit l’armée.

    Elle n’a pas fourni de justification à la décision prise par les instances politiques et précisé que les parties concernées avaient 45 jours pour faire appel.

    La Paix maintenant considère cette déclaration comme la preuve que le Premier ministre (Benjamin) Netanyahu (...) continue à dresser les obstacles devant la vision de deux Etats (israélien et palestinien) et de promouvoir une solution avec un seul Etat.

    (©AFP / 31 août 2014 11h42)

  • Israeli forces declare Nablus village ’closed military zone’ | Maan News Agency

    NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday declared the Nablus village of Madama a closed military zone, citing security reasons, witnesses said.

    Israeli troops set up checkpoints at all exits to the village and prohibited residents from leaving or entering, locals told Ma’an.

    An ambulance was allowed to enter the village only after a lengthy inspection by Israeli soldiers.

    The village is located adjacent to Burin, which was raided by Israeli soldiers on Wednesday.

    Israeli troops fired tear gas and sound grenades in an elementary school in Burin after a youth in the area allegedly threw rocks at a settler vehicle.

    • Israël approuve la construction d’une yeshiva juive au cœur de Jérusalem Est
      Ma’an News Agency du 28 août 2014

      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — La municipalité de Jérusalem en Israël a approuvé des plans pour construire une école religieuse juive au cœur de Jérusalem Est occupé, disent des militants palestiniens et des médias israéliens.

      La yeshiva Ohr Somayach occupera un bâtiment de neuf étages au milieu du quartier de Sheikh Jarrah, rapporte Haaretz.

      Le plan a été approuvé il y a six mois par le planning municipal et le comité de construction de Jérusalem (Jerusalem’s Municipal Planning and Building Committee ) et le feu vert a été donné mercredi.

      Un reporter de Ma’an a dit que le bâtiment occupera 1 900 mètres carrés et aura trois étages souterrains.

      L’école religieuse sera située entre le centre médical al-Hayat et la station-service Nasif.

      Le militant et résident de Sheikh Jarrah Salih Diab a dit à Ma’an que la construction d’une école religieuse juive et l’implémentation d’ordres d’évacuation à l’encontre de résidents palestiniens fera de Sheikh Jarrah un « quartier juif ».

      Le terrain avait été confisqué dans les années 1980 grâce à la loi israélienne de 1950 relative aux biens des absents (Absentee Property Law), qui a été utilisée comme outil pour annexer les terres palestiniennes.

  • La surévaluation du shekel bride la croissance de l’économie d’Israël

    Israel’s economy: Shekeled and bound | The Economist

    The strong shekel is hurting Israel’s economy more than the conflict in Gaza

    Aug 30th 2014 | Jerusalem | From the print edition

    More guns, less butter

    JUDGING by the actions of the Bank of Israel, Israel’s central bank, the economy is in worrying shape. The bank’s Monetary Committee, at its monthly meeting on August 25th, cut its main interest rate from 0.5% to 0.25%—the lowest on record.

    Few had seen the cut coming. Bond prices prior to the move had implied that there would be no change in rates for the next three months. The bank had only just cut rates by a quarter of a percentage point the month before, matching the previous record low. Furthermore, the statement accompanying July’s cut had a hawkish tone, implying that the cycle of interest-rate cuts that had begun in September 2011 was at, or near, its end.

    The main change since the July meeting has been the Israeli army’s latest incursion into Gaza, in response to rocket attacks on southern Israel. The hostilities have dented consumption, especially in the southern part of the country, near Gaza. Tourism, which accounts for 7 % of Israel’s GDP, has slumped throughout the country, ruining this year’s peak summer season. But the Bank of Israel suggests that the fighting, and the drag on the economy it has produced, were not the main reason for the committee’s decision. Instead the bank noted that inflation is well below its 1-3 % target and the economy has been slowing across the board. The most recent GDP figures - growth of 1.2 % in the second quarter compared with a year before - were anaemic by Israel’s recent standards.

    These unhappy trends may have been aggravated by the hostilities in Gaza, but they long preceded them. Israel’s economy had once seemed indomitable, shrugging off the financial crisis and a series of conflicts with Islamic militants in Gaza and southern Lebanon, among other trials. But growth has been slowly decelerating since 2011. It remained perky enough to allow unemployment to continue to decline until the end of last year, to a low of 5.7 %. The budget deficit has also been falling, to 2.4 % of GDP for the year ending in May - the lowest level since 2007.

    However, these positive trends have either already reversed, or seem set to do so. The finance minister, for instance, recently admitted that the deficit in next year’s budget will rise to at least 3%. Meanwhile, industrial production has shrunk and—most worryingly of all—so have industrial exports. (Israel’s exports—many of them software and IT equipment—account for about 40% of GDP.)

    In part, the slowdown stems from the weakness of the global economy. But another factor behind both the worryingly low rate of inflation and the decline in exports has been the strength of the shekel. The currency has appreciated by 15 % since the height of the euro crisis in 2012, as measured by the Bank of Israel’s trade-weighted index.

    That strength is tied in large part to buoyant foreign investment, much of it in the form of expensive takeovers of Israeli tech firms. Israel’s nascent production of natural gas, which has cut fuel imports and thus boosted the current-account surplus, has also contributed. The Bank of Israel has built up $84 billion in foreign reserves resisting the shekel’s rise. But its preferred weapon against the currency’s appreciation has been a long series of interest-rate cuts, initiated under the previous governor, Stanley Fischer (now deputy chairman of the Federal Reserve), and continued under his successor, Karnit Flug.

    Low interest rates, however, are fuelling a giddy rise in house prices, as in so many other countries. In that respect, the run of disappointing economic news may come as something of a relief to the Bank of Israel. It appears to have diminished the shekel’s value somewhat - setting the stage, with luck, for a recovery in exports.❞

  • Les cartes d’UNOCHA pour avoir une (bonne) idée de la situation en Ukraine.

    Ne jamais oublier que UNOCHA et leur fantastique équipe de cartographes font un travail remarquable, inouï, partout dans le monde, autant à New York qu’à Jérusalem ou en Afrique de l’Est, pour nous offrir des images très précises et à jour des situations de guerre, des situations humanitaires des principaux conflits.

    Pour l’Ukraine :

    Les cartes sont très régulièrement remises à jour. L’essentiel est là Il n’y a pas tout mais c’est déjà très riche. On peut trouver les autres liens ici

    Pour la Palestine occupée, c’est là

    #cartographie #nations_unies #onu #ukraine #réfugiés #asile #migrations

  • Israeli home demolitions leave 51 homeless near Jerusalem | Maan News Agency

    JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Thursday demolished six homes near Jerusalem, leaving 51 Palestinians homeless and bringing the year’s total displaced in the West Bank and East Jerusalem up to 752.

    A Ma’an reporter said that Israeli civil administration workers raided the Sheikh Anbar neighborhood in Zuayyim village without prior notice and demolished a number of structures belonging to the al-Saidi, al-Jahalin, and Abu al-Hawa families that authorities claimed were built without a permit.

    The structures included five homes and three cattle sheds.

    Khader al-Saidi, one of the newly-displaced residents, said that authorities demolished the homes with bulldozers without allowing the families to remove their possession.

    This led to an exchange of insults and hand scuffles between residents and Israeli forces, he added.(...)

  • Un artiste revisite la #cartographie des plus grandes villes du monde pour en faire des oeuvres d’#art

    #Jazzberry est un artiste qui réalise un incroyable travail consistant à mélanger cartographie et art. Ainsi, il réalise une jolie série de cartes colorées et abstraites des plus grandes villes du monde, de Paris à New York en passant par Jérusalem. Découvrez ses oeuvres sans plus attendre !

  • Poultry products originating from Israeli settlements no longer sent to Europe amid EU sanctions -

    Officials at the foreign and agriculture ministries say that so far no serious economic damage has been done, with diversion to the local market solving the problem.
    By Barak Ravid | Aug. 17, 2014 |Haaretz

    The Agriculture Ministry decided two months ago to divert settlements’ poultry products to markets outside the European Union after the EU imposed sanctions have made it very difficult to send such products to Europe.

    Officials at the foreign and agriculture ministries say that so far no serious economic damage has been done, with diversion to the local market solving the problem.

    On February 17, the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, enacted procedures under which the EU would no longer recognize the authority of Israeli veterinary services for livestock in the West Bank, East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights.

    Without veterinary approval, importing to EU countries becomes virtually impossible.

    According to a senior Israeli official, an investigation showed that hens are supplied by some farms in the Jordan Valley to the Off Tov (Good Chicken) poultry plant, which prepares products exported to Europe.

    The new procedures raised concerns that all the company’s exports to Europe would be blocked, given the difficulty in establishing the source of each product.

    At the end of June, Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir, a member of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, tried to resolve the issue. The ministry ordered the diversion of settlements products to plants that supply local markets, or to countries outside the European Union.

    Hens from the settlements were put on different production lines to distinguish them from other poultry. A delegation of experts from the European Union arrived here in late July to confirm this separation so that exports to Europe could continue.

    The new procedures have affected other items exported to Europe. According to the daily Maariv this weekend, dairy exporters were also told to separate items coming from settlements from those originating within Israel’s 1967 borders.

    Fish products are expected to be next in line for such treatment. A plant at the Atarot industrial area north of Jerusalem raises fish for export to Europe. Other farmers export decorative fish to Europe. Without veterinary approval these companies will have to find another destinations.

    Senior officials at the foreign and agriculture ministries say diversion to the local market will work for fish as well. Wine is also expected to be included in the new arrangement, but this will cause serious damage because many wineries are located across the 1967 borders.

  • Israel to pay students to defend it online

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is looking to hire university students to post pro-Israel messages on social media networks — without needing to identify themselves as government-linked, officials said Wednesday.

    The Israeli prime minister’s office said in a statement that students on Israeli university campuses would receive full or partial scholarships to combat anti-Semitism and calls to boycott Israel online. It said students’ messages would parallel statements by government officials.

    “This is a groundbreaking project aimed at strengthening Israeli national diplomacy and adapting it to changes in information consumption,” the statement said.

    An Israeli official said Wednesday that scholarship recipients would be free to decide whether or not to identify themselves as part of the program, which would begin within months.