APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday June 02, 2013
Quote of the day:
"And if indeed...the boy really did die, was he shot
Or did he come down with colon cancer
Or some bug, for children don't die
Just like that and especially not
In the holy land."
--From Israel Prize laureate poet Natan Zach's poem, 'In memory of the Boy Mohammed al-Dura.'
Front Page News:
- Struggle to save Istanbul park turned into mass protest against Erdogan
- Between Taksim and Tahrir // Zvi Bar'el
- Opportunity to strengthen the moderate voice // Barak Ravid
- Second time in two weeks - Kerry protested to Netanyahu against construction over Green Line
- High Court to discuss today jailing of African migrants
- Pressure on Dankner rising: IDB Research accountants attached a warning that it is a going concern
- VAT increased by 1% last night
- The small print in the Dead Sea scrolls
- Turkish Spring - Riots against Erdogan: 1000 arrested, hundreds injured
- We have had enough // Tulin Dalugolu with the Turkish demonstrators
- From today we will all pay more: 18% VAT
- Expensive guest: Half a million dollars to Clinton
- Not everything is pink - Pupils in education system still suffering harassment because of their sexual tendencies
- Last try - Dankner offering bondholders: 640 million shekels in cash
- Hundreds wounded in demonstrations across Turkey against Erdogan's rule (Hebrew)
- Enjoying the tension - We need a more open democracy// Mustafa Akyol - Hurriet newspaper (Hebrew)
- Sunday Times: "Popular resistance units" of Assad loyalists began training for battle with Israel in Golan (Hebrew)
- Last night at midnight: VAT rose by 1% - An additional 130 shekels in costs to average family; Tonight at midnight, gasoline prices rise by 26 agorot a liter; Hundreds of demonstrators across country against austerity measures
- Dankner's last effort to save his control in IDB: Offering bondholders 640 million shekels in cash
- This is how the struggle of the Women of the Wall turned into a deep crisis between US Jewry and the religious establishment in Israel
- Jerusalem: Rabbis ordered boycott of Ramot shopping mall because of female mannequins in display windows
- National Library report ahead of Book Week: 8, 176 titles published in last year - 1000 more than previous year
- Erdogan's troubles - And now, the Turkish Spring? Masses clashed with police in Istanbul
- VAT 18%: From today we will all pay more
- In another two weeks: Formula 1 in Jerusalem
- So who is paying half a million dollars to Clinton to lecture in President Peres' presence? - Embarrassment over central event at Peres Academic Center
- Dankner offers: A new offer for bondholders
- After Syria, Teheran also requesting from Syria to carry out transaction for S-300s
The rioting in Turkey, S-300s for Syria and Iran, the increase in VAT in Israel, and an expensive lecture by Bill Clinton - whose bill was footed by an Israeli governmental agency - were top stories in today's Hebrew papers. Meanwhile, Haaretz reported that US Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to protest the latest plans to build more homes across the Green Line.
While the debate over Russian plans to ship S-300 advanced weapon missile systems to Syria continues, Iran is now suing the Russians for not fulfilling their transaction. US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that Russia's plans to send to Syria put Israel at risk and now Russia is also selling at least 10 MiG fighters to Syria.
There is some embarassment right now over a gala dinner to take place on June 17th with President Shimon Peres and former US president Bill Clinton. It turns out that Clinton's lecture is costing $500,000, which will be paid by the Jewish National Fund, a quasi-governmental organization founded to buy lands in the Holyland for the Jews and the Jewish state. "The JNF sought to generate positive PR for itself abroad − where pro-Palestinian activists have been attacking the agency − by inviting Clinton to speak on sustainability at its annual conference, while at the same time introducing some of its biggest donors to Clinton," wrote Haaretz's Shuki Sadeh. Moreover, the cost to attend was set at 3000 shekels a person. The Israeli president balked and the admission fee was cancelled.
For the second time in two weeks, Kerry has called Netanyahu to complain about new settlements plans, which he called 'counterproductive' ahead of a major address on the Israeli-Palestinian issue in front of the American Jewish Committee Global Forum tonight. European diplomats told Haaretz's Barak Ravid that Kerry is expected to present his own plan on June 15 or 16 and that he hopes to allocate a few months for Israeli-Palestinian talks over borders and security arrangements.
- Israel issues poster threatening to arrest children - Israeli forces posted flyers in a Qalqiliya village overnight Friday threatening children with arrest. (MaanPHOTO)
- Knesset summons owners of amusement park that segregates Jewish, Arab youth - Reports of segregated days for Jewish and Arab students at Superland amusement park draw widespread condemnation. MK Amram Mitzna: "We will not let this pass quietly. Superland: Our policy was a response to requests from Jewish and Arab schools. (Israel Hayom)
- IDF commander visits Palestinian village that came under price tag attack - IDF Jordan Valley Brigade deputy commander visits Palestinian village of (Zubeidat), where homes were vandalized last week by suspected right-wing extremists. (Israel Hayom)
- Dozens hurt Friday in clashes across West Bank - Dozens of Palestinian, international activists and journalists sustained light injuries from rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas in clashes that broke out across the West Bank on Friday. (Maan)
- Settlers 'close entrance' to Beit Ummar - Dozens of Israeli settlers, accompanied by Israeli soldiers, on Friday closed an entrance to the southern West Bank town of Beit Ummar, a local official said. (Maan)
- 11 injured in clashes at Beit Ummar, near Hebron - Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas canisters during clashes that broke out, injuring 11 people, including a five-month-old infant, who suffered tear-gas inhalation. (Maan)
- Israeli forces arrest 65-year-old man - Ali Al-Duuda, 65, was taken from his home by Israeli forces Friday. The spokesman for the local popular committee said that the arrest is an attempt to force Al-Duuda off of his land to make way for a new road for the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba. (Maan)
- Dozens of fires break out across West Bank - Some 90 fires broke out on farmland across the West Bank on Friday, a civil defense report said. Dozens of kilometers of land and trees caught fire. (Maan)
- Arson suspected as fire rages in Golan Heights, nature reserves damaged - Though the fire has already burned thousands of dunams and has yet to be controlled, the blaze has not endangered the nearby communities of Gshur, Givat Yoav or Bnei Yehuda. (Haaretz)
- Suspicion: Lone arsonist behind several Jerusalem fires - Nine separate blazes reported in Armon Hanatziv neighborhood; another in HaShalom Forest; no injuries reported. (Ynet)
- Plan to legalize West Bank settlement of Eli paves way for its expansion - The approval of the urban plan for Eli, submitted thirty years after the settlement was founded, will legalize hundreds of illegal houses. Legalization of further outposts will soon follow. (Haaretz)
- One-third of Israeli settlements' sewage facilities not up to code - 2.2. million cubic meters a year of sewage flow directly into waterways or cesspits in Israel's West Bank communities. (Haaretz)
- Mass graves from 1948 uncovered in Jaffa - Six graves hold remains of over 200 Arabs killed in Israel's 1948 War of Independence; exposed by builders doing renovation work on site. (Ynet and Daily Mail)
- Lebanon: 2 men convicted of cooperating with Israel - Lebanon's military court sentenced two citizens to 15 and 20 year prison terms, respectively, after the two were convicted of cooperating with Israel, Lebanese media reported Saturday. (Ynet)
- Habayit Hayehudi MK: I don't want Arabs in IDF uniform - Yoni Chetboun of Naftali Bennett's party says he opposes Arabs being conscripted to Israeli military, and that if he were ultra-Orthodox he would be 'embarrassed to be compared to an Arab.' (Haaretz)
- Alicia Keys to go forward with Israel concert, despite pressure from BDS movement - Keys rejects calls from activists, among them author Alice Walker, to boycott Israel and tells New York Times: 'I look forward to my first visit to Israel.' (Haaretz)
- Israeli wrestler attacked by Egyptian rival - Ilana Kartysh, who won gold medal in Golden Grand Prix tournament in Italy, tells Ynet about violent incident she experienced in semi-final when her opponent broke her fingers, bit her. 'I can't remember such dirty behavior in sports,' she says. (Ynet)
- Large US equity fund allowed to ignore call to divest from Israel - U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says College Retirement Equities Fund can dismiss controversial customer proposal urging it to divest from companies doing business with Israel. (Israel Hayom)
- Joining Israel's exclusive club of diplomatic passport holders - Foreign Ministry releases list of Israel's diplomatic passport holders, who enjoy additional rights and benefits not extended to regular passport holders, after request was submitted by Movement for Freedom of Information. (Haaretz)
- State attorney says request to publish Prisoner X case details nothing but 'voyeurism' - State attorney says Zygier case no longer in the public interest, but, in wake of Haaretz request, judge permits release of additional documents regarding the investigation. (Haaretz)
- (Industrialist) Wertheimer: Industry is best bet for peace - This is what peace between Israelis, Arabs will look like, according to Israeli billionaire: Manufacturing-, skills-driven wealth creation that makes ethnic differences seem less and less important.. (Agencies, Ynet)
- National Library report: Everyday 22 titles are published in Israel - According to report, there was a rise in self-publishing and a drop in number of books dealing with Israel-Palestinian conflict. (Maariv, p. 21)
- Ultra-Orthodox: 'We won't enlist anyway, so why (bother to) do well at tests?' - Stories told by screening officers reveal grim reality of contempt, lack of cooperation, passive aggression from haredi youths reluctantly entering induction centers. (Ynet)
- Israeli exports to Turkey up 44% - Exports of goods from Jerusalem to Ankara reach new high in first quarter of 2013, totaling $560 million. 'Economic relations with Turkey were maintained during the conflict because business is good for both sides,' says Export Institute chairman. (Yedioth/Ynet)
- (Turkish) Yilmazlar construction to bring 1,500 workers to Israel - With approximately 800 employees already in Israel, the company announced it will hire another 1,500 engineers and skilled workers who will arrive in Israel at the end of 2013, In the past the company built the Yoo Towers and the square tower of Azrieli in Israel. (Ynet)
- Russia blocks UNSC declaration on Syria's Qusair - Moscow's delegates oppose draft voicing concern over civilian impact, urge diplomatic solution, but experts say Russian arms tip scales in Assad's favor. (Ynet)
- Rebels against Hezbollah: Rockets hit Baalbek region - Projectiles fired by rebels trying to overthrow Assad target Lebanon area controlled by Shiite group. Sunni Muslim cleric al-Qaradawi says Alawite sect 'more infidel than Christians and Jews,' Hezbollah 'party of the devil.' (Agencies, Ynet)
- Kerry says US will not accept nukes in Iran's hands - US State Secretary has no expectations Iranian presidential elections will change its nuke program, warns patience waning; 'Every month that goes by gets more dangerous,' he cautions. (Agencies, Ynet)
- U.S. imposes sanctions on Iran's petrochemical industry - This marks first time Washington sanctions business considered largest source of foreign earnings for Iran's nuclear program after oil sales. (Agencies, Haaretz)
- Iran's presidential elections: A guide - Who is eligible to vote? Is the process democratic? Can the result change nuclear program? Iran's 14 June elections explained. (Associated Press, Ynet)
A battered house, a shattered Palestinian family
Four months after their son was killed by the IDF, the Awad family awoke this week to find their home being stormed by soldiers and another son being dragged away. (Gideon Levy's Twilight Zone with photo by Alex Levac, Haaretz)
Grandson of Americans is Israeli army's longest serving conscientious objector
Even after ten consecutive terms at Military Prison 6 - for refusal to serve in an army whose government he believes continues to occupy another people - Natan Blanc is standing firm. (Haaretz)
**Natan Zach / In memory of the Boy Mohammed al-Dura
Zach, one of Israel's leading poets and Israel Prize laureate, wrote a poem in memory of the 12-year-old Palestinian boy killed on September 30, 2000. (Haaretz)
Jews must remember: We were refugees too (Sami Michael, Haaretz) When I first heard that people among us who have lost their homes and their homelands are being sent to jail, I remembered the tales of our mothers and fathers as refugees, when they were viewed as hostile, suspicious and dangerous - and also deprived of their human rights.
Lessons learned from Blanc (Haaretz Editorial) The military club can, and should, be sure enough of itself to refuse to accept someone who does not want to be a member.
On Israeli identity, Jewish democracy and oxymorons - A response to Carlo Strenger (Shlomo Sand, Haaretz) Israel clings to a dangerous oxymoron when it claims to be committed to democracy while belonging to 'world Jewry;' the consequences of this fallacy are severe.
Racist land (Lucy Aharish, Israel Hayom) Segregation between Arab, Jewish kids not surprising in country which has racism flowing through its veins.
Racism rears its ugly head (Dan Margalit, Israel Hayom) An amusement park in the Jewish state adopts a segregationist policy.
Superland government (Ram Cohen, Ynet) Amusement park's Arab-Jewish segregation policy stems from racist Israeli laws.
The cherry on top of the IDF (Gideon Levy, Haaretz) There isn't a single Israeli who can imagine what it must be like to wake up in the middle of the night to see dozens of armed, violent soldiers as well as dogs and grenades in his home.
Fundamentalists, not terrorists (Yoaz Hendel, Yedioth/Ynet) Most 'price tag' activists, Jewish racists should be defined as nationalistically-motivated criminals.
Israel should take Assad at his word (Amir Oren, Haaretz) In the choice between restraint in the face of the transfer of missiles to Hezbollah and the clear risk of a Syrian response, Israel can choose a third option: cautious, subversive action against the transfer of weapons, not eye-popping responses.
The bad guys are winning (Boaz Bismuth, Israel Hayom) The West once again broadcasts a muddled message, while the "axis of evil" knows how to speak clearly.
Israel's Jewish identity card (Israel Harel, Haaretz) The words of Netanyahu's draft bill are the heart and soul of Zionism. They embody the sentiments found in Israel's declaration of independence. But what the prime minster demanded of the Palestinians, he refuses to do himself.
Liberate Judaism (Amnon Lord, Maariv/ NRG Hebrew) The State of Israel is on its way to becoming a place which is uncomfortable to live in as a Jew. Only legislating the basic law 'The Jewish National State" can prevent that.
The return of unilateralism? (David M. Weinberg, Israel Hayom) Netanyahu should make it clear that Israel is not headed toward another imprudent "disengagement" from the territories.
Peace in the Middle East, wink wink (Yossi Klein, Haaretz) 'I don't believe what I'm seeing,' whispered the balding guy at Netanyahu and Kerry's press conference. 'Are they really winking at one another?'
Under the radar, peace process is no longer frozen (Shlomo Cesna, Israel Hayom) Kerry, Livni and Molcho have held a long string of meetings in Rome, Amman, Jerusalem and Washington. But will Abbas take the necessary steps to achieve the much-desired agreement? Don't hold your breath.
Overturn the Infiltration Law (Haaretz Editorial) The 2012 law allows asylum seekers to be jailed for an unlimited period of time. It violates not only Israeli and international law, but also the principles of justice and morality.
Enhanced US support of Israel is deeply rooted (Yoram Ettinger, Israel Hayom) The bond between U.S. and Israel was forged by shared Judeo-Christian values and has been shaped by the American public more than by the American government.
Will the real post-Zionists stand up? (Uri Misgav, Haaretz) In the future, those who are spearheading and perpetuating the occupation and the settlement enterprise will be seen as responsible for the destruction of Zionism. The religious Zionist settlers have taken this mission upon themselves.
The Syrian missile crisis (Yoav Limor, Israel Hayom) If Russia supplies Assad with the S-300 and Israel harms the shipment, conflict could erupt between Jerusalem and Moscow.
Israel doubts Assad possesses S-300 system, but has good reason to worry (Amos Harel, Haaretz) Though no one would say the northern border is stable, the balance of deterrence has held there since 2006. But the S-300 could change that, and restrict the IAF's freedom of action.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.