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Israeli Extremists On Facebook Celebrate Death of Palestinian Children Killed In Traffic Accident
IMEMC – Earlier on Thursday morning, 9 Palestinian children and one adult were killed, and 42 were wounded in a tragic traffic accident between a school bus and a truck, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin. The accident that bereaved dozens of families was a subject of celebration to several Israeli extremists on Facebook, who expressed their joy, while one of them said he hopes “it’s a bus a day” issue. …

Report: “Israeli Army Killed 114, including 15 Children, In 2011”
IMEMC – A report released and published by the Mezan Center for Human Rights stated that Israeli troops killed 114 Palestinians, including 15 children and two women, and injured 467 residents, including 120 children and 25 women in dozens of attacks, airstrikes and bombardments carried out against the Gaza Strip in 2011. …

Former Prisoner’s Wife Miscarried as IOF Stormed Her House in Salem Village near Nablus
IMEMC – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns crimes of harassment and intimidation committed by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) during nightly house raids in the West Bank, during which allegedly wanted Palestinians are arrested or summoned for interrogation by the Israeli General Security Service (Shabak). …

NY Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief replaced
IMEMC – Ethan Bronner, who has served as the Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the New York Times newspaper for four years, has announced that he is being transferred back to the US. He has received criticism for the last two years for a perceived conflict of interest after his son began a term of service in the Israeli army. …

Israeli Settlers Invade Joseph’s Tomb In Nablus
IMEMC – Israeli settlers invaded Wednesday night the Joseph’s Tomb site in the West Bank city of Nablus. …

Israeli Troops Break Into Homes, Offices of Three Palestinian MPs
IMEMC – An Israeli military force invaded the offices and homes of three Palestinian members of Parliament and confiscated their computers and cell phones in the early hours of Thursday morning, Palestinian media sources reported. …

Six Wounded In Two Israeli Air Strikes In The Gaza Strip
IMEMC – Six Palestinian civilians have been wounded in two air strikes by the Israeli air force that targeted the besieged Gaza Strip in the early hours of Thursday morning. …

Despite Domestic Cuts, U.S. Aid To Israel Up By $25 Million In Proposed Budget
IMEMC – An examination of the proposed U.S. budget submitted by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Congress this week shows that although billions of dollars will be cut from domestic programs and the U.S. military, annual aid to Israel remains intact, and includes an increase of $25 million from last year. …

Ma’an News

Israeli airstrikes injure 6 in the Gaza Strip
2/16/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel launched airstrikes on the northern and central Gaza Strip overnight Wednesday, injuring six people. Witnesses told Ma’an that six people were injured in the al-Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City as warplanes targeted an al-Qassam Brigades site. In a second attack, airstrikes targeted a site used by the….

Israel ‘raids homes’ of Palestinian lawmakers
2/17/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the houses and offices of three Palestinian lawmakers from Jenin on Thursday and confiscated their computers and mobile phones, security sources said. The lawmakers were investigated by an Israeli intelligence officer. Security sources said that from 12-2 a. m. , agents raided the houses of Ibrahim Dahbour from….

Health minister: 6 dead, 39 hurt in accident
2/16/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fathi Abu Moghli, the Palestinian Authority health minister, says the death toll of Thursday’s bus crash near Ramallah was six, and 39 were injured. The police initially said 10 people were killed. At a news conference in Ramallah, Abu Moghli said of the injured one was transferred to Rafidia…. Related: Abbas: Jaba accident ‘a national catastrophe’

Nablus village at the center of settler violence
2/17/2012 – By Charlie Hoyle – ASIRA AL-QIBLIYA (Ma’an) — A drive along the northern section of route 60 paints a telling picture of the physical geography of settlements and settler violence in the West Bank. Winding through picturesque Nablus countryside, the main north-south highway acts as a boundary between Israeli settlements on one side and Palestinian….

Gaza protesters ‘write Adnan’s name in blood’
2/17/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A group of Palestinians who are supporting Khader Adnan wrote his name with blood on a white sheet in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross’ headquarters in Gaza City on Thursday. One of Adnan’s supporters said the event was intended to support the steadfastness….

Local official: Israel arrests 3 teenagers in Bilin
2/16/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained three young men from the village of Bilin on Wednesday evening, local officials said. The popular committee against the separation wall said soldiers detained Humoud Ala Samarah, 16, Samih Khatib, 16, and Basel Raed, 17, while they were walking near the separation wall in the village. They were….

PA: Settlers burn Palestinian car near Qalqiliya
2/16/2012 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers set a Palestinian car on fire Thursday while it was parked in Nabi Elias village east of Qalqiliya and wrote “price tag” on a nearby home, officials said. Brig. -Gen. Rabih al-Khandakjy, Qalqiliya’s governor, said that what the settlers did was part of their continuous aggression against….

Wife says health of Khader Adnan worsening
2/16/2012 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) — The health of a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike for 61 days to protest against his detention, has significantly worsened, his wife said Thursday after visiting her husband in an Israeli hospital. Khader Adnan, 33, a member of Islamic Jihad, has been refusing to eat since mid-December, shortly after his arrest in the….

500 settlers visit Joseph’s Tomb
2/16/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Over 500 settlers visited Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus on Wednesday evening accompanied by Israeli soldiers. Locals told Ma’an that a number of military vehicles arrived in the area at 11 p. m. and set up positions to allow the settlers to enter the tomb to perform religious….

The BDS movement: Power of the people at work
2/17/2012 – By Ramzy Baroud – The issue is not about hummus, chocolate bars or Dead Sea vacations. It is about civil society taking full responsibility for its own actions (or lack of). The issue is not exactly about Israeli products either, but rather about how even a seemingly innocent decision like buying Israeli dates may enable the….

France sees sign of Iran ‘opening up’ in letter
2/16/2012 – VIENNA (Reuters) — An Iranian letter on resuming nuclear talks with world powers is ambiguous but signals “the start of opening up” from the Islamic Republic, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Thursday. Iran handed over the letter to European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who handles contacts with Tehran on behalf of the….

Abbas: Jaba accident ‘a national catastrophe’
2/16/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas visited some of the dozens of injured children at a hospital in Ramallah on Thursday, following the crash he described as a “national catastrophe.”Five children and a teacher were killed Thursday in a crash south of Ramallah during a field trip, medics said. Another 39 have been…. Related: Health minister: 6 dead, 39 hurt in accident and Fayyad, Haniyeh react to Jaba accident

EU hands over equipment to tourist police
2/16/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — European Union police trainers handed over specialised equipment to the Palestinian Tourist Police in the West Bank city of Ramallah to enhance their capabilities, officials said Thursday. The 11 kits, which contain necessary items for the Tourist Police such as rubber boots,bags, ropes, gloves, dust masks, helmets and head torches….

Fayyad, Haniyeh react to Jaba accident
2/16/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian leaders in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip expressed sorrow Thursday after a bus accident killed at least six children south of Ramallah. In Ramallah, Salam Fayyad called the fiery crash “a national disaster,” and said the tragedy was felt by every Palestinian.”We express our sorrow and extend….

Condolences pour in after deadly crash
2/17/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Condolences poured in from near and far Thursday, as Palestinians mourned the deaths of at least five children in a fiery accident south of Ramallah. At least 39 others were injured in addition to the five children and their teacher who perished when a school bus and truck collided on a…. Related: Health minister: 6 dead, 39 hurt in accident

In photos: Aftermath of bus `catastrophe’
2/16/2012 – Five children and a teacher died Thursday in a fiery bus crash south of Ramallah. Another 39 were injured, several seriously, in what President Abbas called “a national catastrophe….

Children killed, dozens hurt in West Bank accident
2/17/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — At least five Palestinian schoolchildren and a teacher were killed Thursday when their bus overturned and caught fire after a collision with a truck on a rain-slicked road in the occupied West Bank. The children, most of them kindergarden-age pupils at Nour al-Huda primary school, were on a field trip from…. Related: Health minister: 6 dead, 39 hurt in accident

15-year-old boy killed by truck in Bethlehem village
2/16/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A 15-year-old boy was knocked down and killed on Thursday in the Bethlehem village of al-Ubeidiya, medics said. Head of the Red Crescent ambulance service Abdul Halim Jaafreh told Ma’an that Khalil Hasasneh was knocked down by a truck at 7 a. m. He was on the way….

Syrian forces kill at least 14 in town near Hama
2/17/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — At least 14 people were killed by Syrian forces in the town of Kfar Nubouzeh near Hama on Thursday, activists said. Footage on YouTube showed at least eight bodies, most without legs, lying on the floor of what looked like a hospital. President Bashar Assad’s forces launched an attack on the….

Syrian troops bombard cities, day after referendum offer
2/16/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Syrian troops attacked Deraa on Thursday to try to stamp out rebels in the border city where the uprising against President Bashar Assad’s rule began last March, residents and opposition activists said. The attack, a day after Assad said he would hold a referendum and elections, followed a push against rebels….

UN head sees possible crimes against humanity in Syria
2/16/2012 – VIENNA (Reuters) — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Syrian authorities to stop killing civilians and said potential crimes against humanity were taking place in the country.” We see neighborhoods shelled indiscriminately, hospitals used as torture centers, children as young as 10 years old killed and abused. We see almost a certain crimes against humanity….

Aljazeera

Egypt’s Brotherhood warns US over aid cut-off
AlJazeera 16 Feb 2012 – Muslim Brotherhood says it may review its 1979 peace deal with Israel if US cuts aid to Egypt over recent NGO dispute.

Palestinian children killed in road accident
AlJazeera 16 Feb 2012 – Eight dead after school bus collides with lorry and bursts into flames in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

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International Solidarity Movement

61 year old released from hospital after Yitzhar settler attack
2/16/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Fransisco Reeves, 15 February 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Following her horrific ordeal of having her family’s vehicle attacked by Zionist settlers in early February, Maysar Abd Al Majeed Ghanem is finally healthy enough to return to home.  The attack resulted in Ghanem spending 36 hours in the Intensive Care Unit….

Idhna: Tent replaces home as local resists illegal Israeli land confiscations
2/16/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Sylvia, 16 February 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Idhna has suffered considerably since the Israeli occupation, particularly due to the construction of the segregation wall and some 3,000  dunums of land which has been stolen since the second Intifada. Idhna is surrounded by the Israeli settlements of Adora and Telem to the northeast….

Jordan Valley: Demolitions and arrests of two Palestinians
2/16/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Satu and John, 15 February 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – On February 14, 2012, in the small village of Twael of the Aqraba district, southeast of Nablus in the Jordan Valley, the home of the Bunni Jaber family was destroyed by an Israeli backhoe protected by 20 soldiers in four military vehicles. Two….

South Hebron Hills: IDF demolition in Saadet Tha’lah and Ar Rakeez
2/16/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 16 February 2012, Operation Dove – At-Tuwani – On February 15th 2012, the Israeli Army demolished five buildings in the Palestinian village of Saadet Tha’lah and destroyed a water tank and tore down 50 trees in the Palestinian village of Ar Rakeez. At around 12 a. m. two bulldozers and three vehicles of DCO (Disctrict…. Related: Operation Dove and Photos: Operation Dove

Alternative Information Center

24 Hours: A Diary of Israeli Repression
Alternative Information Center – Israeli settler and military attacks on the civil population is a routine part of the lives of Palestinians living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The past 24 hours have witnessed Israeli settlers…

Relief Web

Fatah-Hamas Agreement May Heal Palestinian Rifts
Relief Web 16 Feb 2012 – Source: Voice of America Country: occupied Palestinian territory André de Nesnera Two rival Palestinian organizations, Hamas and Fatah, agreed on a power-sharing accord earlier this month. Experts say the new agreement is another step forward in healing the rift between…

Continuous violations by Israeli occupation forces against PRCS teams (October to December 2011)
Relief Web 15 Feb 2012 – Source: Palestine Red Crescent Society Country: occupied Palestinian territory Israeli occupation forces pursued their attacks against PRCS teams in the period covered by this report. A total of 311 incidents were reported including 299 incidents where Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)…

The PRCS condemns the Israeli attack against its Emergency Medical Teams in Issaweya
Relief Web 15 Feb 2012 – Source: Palestine Red Crescent Society Country: occupied Palestinian territory (Jerusalem- 15/2/2012): The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) condemns the Israeli Occupation forces’ (IOF) attacks against its medical teams, preventing them from providing their humanitarian duty. This afternoon, one ambulance was…

UN rights expert appeals for international help for a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike
Relief Web 15 Feb 2012 – Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: occupied Palestinian territory CAIRO / GENEVA (15 February 2012) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk, expressed his urgent and extreme…

Gaza Is on the Brink of Health and Environmental Catastrophe Due to Power Outages and Lack of Fuel
Relief Web 15 Feb 2012 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ref: 19/2012 Date: 15 February 2012 Time: 13:00 GMT The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is gravely concerned over the current power crisis in the Gaza Strip. The Gaza…

Promises of exports fall short for Gaza’s manufacturers
Relief Web 15 Feb 2012 – Source: Integrated Regional Information Networks Country: occupied Palestinian territory GAZA CITY, 15 February 2012 (IRIN) – Mu’min Najar drags open the massive door to the goods depot of his father’s furniture factory, the Modern Industrial Group (MIG), in Rafah in…

PCHR Inaugurates First International Criminal Law Moot Court Competition Project in the Gaza Strip
Relief Web 15 Feb 2012 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory On Tuesday, 14 February, the first International Criminal Law Moot Court Competition Project in the Gaza Strip was inaugurated. The Moot Court Competition is a joint project of the University…

The EU and Sweden contribute €24.7 million to the Palestinian Authority’s payment of January salaries and pensions
Relief Web 15 Feb 2012 – Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Sweden The European Union is making today a contribution of €24.7 million to the payment of the January salaries and pensions of around 84,300 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank…

Gaza Power plant Forced to Shut Down
Relief Web 14 Feb 2012 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory PCHR Concerned by Deterioration of Humanitarian Conditions of Approximately 1.6 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip The operation of Gaza Energy Plant was stopped this morning because the fuel required…

Bahrain donates USD 50,000 to UNRWA for education, health, and relief
Relief Web 14 Feb 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Bahrain 13 February 2012 Amman, Jordan The Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain has contributed USD 50,000 to the United Nations Relief and…

The National

Israel finds a new friend in Cyprus
The National 16 Feb 2012 – Turkey opposes gas exploration by the Greek Cypriots and Israelis as the leaders of the two nations met to discuss further cooperation.

Thai police confirm Israeli diplomats were target of Bangkok attacks
The National 16 Feb 2012 – The Iranians arrested after accidentally setting off an explosives cache in Bangkok were planning to attack Israeli diplomats, according to Thailand’s police chief.

Government forces target Deraa, birthplace of Syria uprising
The National 16 Feb 2012 – In strongest criticism so far, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says it is ‘almost certain’ Syrian regime is committing crimes against humanity.

Syrian rebel refugees in Jordan nurse wounds and plan a fightback
The National 16 Feb 2012 – “We do not want food or clothes. We want arms,” says one Syrian rebel fighter in Ramtha, a hub for anti-regime activists crossing the border with the help of relatives and friends.

A turnaround in the Iraq-Syria gun smuggling trade
The National 16 Feb 2012 – Kalashnikov rifles once smuggled for the Iraq war are returning to Syria for the rebels who seek the overthrow of President Bashar Al Assad.

Ha’aretz

UN General Assembly condemns Bashar Assad
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

In Cyprus, Netanyahu stresses cooperation in natural gas
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

U.S. intelligence chief: Iran not close to dropping nuclear plan
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

Nazis attack earth from moon in Berlin Film Festival
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

U.S. intelligence officials: Iran not about to abandon nuclear program, but unlikely to provoke conflict
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

Hezbollah denies responsibility for attempted terror attacks against Israeli targets
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

After entering Israeli politics, Yair Lapid lays out political agenda
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

Iran: Our satellite photographed Israel’s Dimona reactor, IDF bases
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

Netanyahu: International sanctions against Iran not working
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

Malaysia to extradite Iranian who fled Thailand after Bangkok attack
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

Rock legends Guns N’ Roses to perform in Israel, sources say
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

Elie Wiesel criticizes Romney for keeping mum on Mormon posthumous baptism of Jews
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

Israeli Arab musician wins Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

Report: Mossad chief visited New Delhi days before attack on Israeli officials
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

10 killed as Palestinian children’s bus, truck collide near Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

Livni: Kadima will collapse if Mofaz leads party
Ha’aretz – 15 Feb 2012

Israeli physician acquitted of libel against Mohammed al-Dura’s father
Ha’aretz – 15 Feb 2012

Israeli Arab journalist switches airline after ‘humiliating’ El Al security check
Ha’aretz – 15 Feb 2012

Natasha Mozgovaya / Israeli activists answer the apartheid charge
Ha’aretz – 15 Feb 2012

New Israeli website caters to Jerusalem’s annual ‘snowmania’
Ha’aretz – 15 Feb 2012

Israel to let Golan Druze cross into Syria
Ha’aretz – 15 Feb 2012

New York Times to get new Jerusalem bureau chief
Ha’aretz – 15 Feb 2012

Southern Sudanese refugees fear deportation from Israel
Ha’aretz – 15 Feb 2012

Israeli Ultra-Orthodox politician walks out on girls’ choir at child safety conference
Ha’aretz – 15 Feb 2012

Jerusalem Post

‘Man extorted teens to strip on webcam’
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – 25-year-old Kfar Saba man charged with extorting teenage girls to film themselves performing sex acts via their webcams.

Australian groups accused of aiding PFLP group
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Israel Law Center accuses World Vision Australia and AusAID of funding terrorism.

New Strip club to inject (night)life to blighted Square
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – The former Coliseum club in Tel Aviv that will reopen with the Coliseum Show, an ‘Israeli take on traditional burlesque.’

15 Lod men charged for weapons, violence, extortion
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Charges include acquiring and selling rifles, handguns, grenades, bullets and cartridges, extortion and plotting to harm a Jaffa man.

‘NYT’ J’lem bureau chief pick sparks uproar
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Rudoren’s Twitter outreach to anti-Israel activists leaves critics questioning her impartiality.

Jodi Rudoren: Not counting ‘todahs,’ ‘shukrans’
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – ‘NYT’ new bureau chief rejects accusations of bias against Israel.

Jerusalem braces for winter wonderland weekend
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Emergency storm equipment, including salt trucks and snow plows, stand ready in case a blizzard hits the city this weekend.

UN assembly adopts resolution condemning Syria
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – General Assembly votes 137 to 12 for non-binding resolution calling on Bashar Assad to step down; Russia and China oppose Arab League-backed resolution.

‘I know she is in heaven’
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – The mother of Lamis Hamdan, a four-year-old killed in a Jerusalem bus crash, mourns.

The Cyprus connection
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – It is important that Israel continue to develop strong ties with both Cyprus and Greece

Social Justice or a market economy?
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Choice is between: an efficient, growth-inducing market economy or a welfare state meaning a huge government that actually harms the poor, inhibits prosperity.

US: Iran ‘not close’ to abandoning nuclear program
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Leading US intelligence official says Iran has capabilities to eventually produce nuclear weapons, but is unlikely to initiate or intentionally provoke conflict.

A Different Perspective: Assad is legitimizing mass murder
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Regimes such as Syria can “get away” with mass murder without any intervention by the international community.

Savir’s Corner: Angela Merkel’s leadership
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Merkel walks in the footsteps of Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle, who made the peace and unity of Europe possible.

Iran ‘shadow war’ intensifies, crosses borders
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Iran believed to be behind Thailand, India, Georgia attacks; seen as retaliation by Tehran for nuclear assassinations.

Wife: Palestinian hunger striker’s health worsening
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Adnan Khader is protesting against Israeli detention; On 61st day of hunger strike, NGO says he risks death.

‘Link found to Thailand-India-Georgia bombs’
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Thai security authorities say they have discovered a “direct connection” between the attacks in New Delhi, Tbilisi, Bangkok.

Prosor to UNSC: Condemn attacks on diplomats
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – In “letter of complaint” to the UNSC, ambassador to UN calls for clear message to Iran over bombings in India, Georgia, Thailand.

State won’t open criminal case against Kastsav crony
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Uri Yoeli criticized by Tel Aviv District Court for silencing complainants.

Lapid vows to ‘change Israel’s operating system’
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Former journalist warns: “Israeliness is under attack, but we can still stand up and say we are demanding it back.”

Saving the start-up nation
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Israel’s capital-strapped tech companies find homes in technology nurseries.

In praise of warm and fuzzy snow
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Wouldn’t it be reassuring for the soul to wake up on Shabbat morning and go out and play in the snow?

France: Compromise with Russia on Syria possible
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – After meeting with Russia’s Lavrov, Juppe says France won’t accept status quo long term, ready to work on new resolution.

Traders say Venezuela shipping fuel to Syria
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Diesel fuel is expected to arrive in Banias this week as Syria faces shortages; no blanket embargo exists on Syria.

Off The Beaten Track: The ancient synagogue of Baram
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Remains of synagogues throughout the Galilee tell the history of the continuous Jewish presence in Israel.

PM, Cyprus president pledge energy cooperation
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Announcement comes as Turkey threatens to block Cyprus from conducting natural gas drilling off its coast.

The Weekly Schmooze: The beard is back!
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – JPost column on hottest Jewish news: Mayim Bialik crowned queen of quirk; South Park meets Marc Jacobs.

Ban sees possible crimes against humanity in Syria
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012UN chief says lack of UN action doesn’t give Syrian gov’t license to continue assault; Barak predicts Assad’s fall “within weeks.”

Jerusalemites prepare for snow, dream of summer
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – JPost special feature: A Library of Congress photograph collection that documents pre-state Israel.

Heavy snow hits Mt. Hermon, rain throughout country
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Cold weather and rain expected to continue throughout weekend; Jerusalem prepares for snow.

Syrians attack Deraa following referendum offer
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Troops strike city on Jordanian border, renew offensives in Hama, Homs; move comes 1 day after president offers referendum.

Eight killed, 36 injured in school bus accident
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Most of dead are children; truck, Palestinian bus collide at Kikar Adam; wet road conditions believed to be cause.

Car, residence vandalized in ‘price tag’ attack
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Police arrest 1 on suspicion of being involved with attack in West Bank village of Nabi Elias near Kalkilya.

MKs demand School Health Service reinstated
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2012 – Nurses working for Nataly company hold one-day warning strike as Knesset holds emergency session.

Heavily subsidized CFL bulbs now available
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2012 – With an investment of roughly NIS 25.4m., the ministry now partially subsidizing 1.5m. 20-watt fluorescent bulbs.

Ex-cop who shot car thief dead will get early release
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2012 – Parole board’s decision means Mizrahi will be set free 10 months earlier than sentence.

Energy minister warns of summer blackouts
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2012 – Landau encourages population to take part in energy-saving efforts such as newly subsidized fluorescent light bulbs.

The Guardian

West Bank school bus crash leaves at least six dead – video
The Guardian 16 Feb 2012 – At least five children and a teacher died when a bus collided with a truck and caught fire on wet roads north of Jerusalem

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish wedding
The Guardian 16 Feb 2012 – Ultra-Orthodox Jewish wedding in Petah Tikva, Israel

Eyewitness: Wedding in Petah Tikva, Israel
The Guardian 16 Feb 2012 – Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series

Israel denies reports of thwarted attack on Ehud Barak in Singapore
The Guardian 16 Feb 2012 – Kuwaiti newspaper story that Mossad tipped off local agents over threat to defence minister, ‘completely wrong’ says Israel Israeli officials have firmly denied claims that a plot to assassinate Israel’s defence minister, Ehud Barak, in Singapore…

Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan ‘near death’ in Israeli detention
The Guardian 16 Feb 2012 – Medical report warns Israeli court Khader Adnan is in immediate danger after 61 days of protest at his ‘administrative detention’ A Palestinian prisoner on his 61st day of hunger strike while shackled to a bed in…

Bangkok bombers planned to attack Israeli diplomats, say Thai police
The Guardian 16 Feb 2012 – Iranians who accidentally set off ‘sticky’ bombs intended to target individuals, according to investigators Thai police have said three Iranians, arrested after accidentally setting off homemade explosives at their rented home in Bangkok, were plotting to…

Uruknet

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Uruknet February 16, 2012 – Israeli violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (09 – 15 February 2012): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed an old Palestinian man and wounded his son in the Gaza Strip. In the West Bank, IOF wounded 17 Palestinians, including 7 media…

In Iraq, occupation by another name
Uruknet February 16, 2012 – Two recent reports appearing on the same day last week in The New York Times and The Washington Post illustrate U.S. intentions in Iraq. What they reveal is that despite the heralded “end” of U.S. participation in the war there, U.S. policy continues to depend on our security apparatus to influence Iraq,…

Report: “Israeli Army Killed 114, including 15 Children, In 2011″
Uruknet February 16, 2012 – A report released and published by the Mezan Center for Human Rights stated that Israeli troops killed 114 Palestinians, including 15 children and two women, and injured 467 residents, including 120 children and 25 women in dozens of attacks, airstrikes and bombardments carried out against the Gaza Strip in 2011. In its…

B’Tselem reports sharp increase in the numbers of Palestinian being held in administrative detention
Uruknet February 16, 2012 – An Israeli human rights organization has stated that during 2011, the number of Palestinian administrative detainees held by the Israel authorities increased sharply. B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, noted that according to figures received from the Israel Prison Service, the number of Palestinian administrative detainees…

Jeremy Scahill: U.S. Has Ignited Islamist Uprising in Impoverished, Divided Yemen
Uruknet February 16, 2012 – Has U.S. counterterrorism policy in Yemen strengthened the very threat it sought to eliminate? We speak with journalist Jeremy Scahill, who reports in a new cover story for The Nation magazine that U.S. drone strikes, civilian drone casualties and deepening poverty in Yemen have all contributed to the rise of an Islamist…

Greece: The spark of the European revolution
Uruknet February 16, 2012 – Conditions in Greece are becoming desperate as unemployment continues to rise, wages and pensions are slashed, many small businesses close and the country slides towards a likely disorderly default. The pressure on ordinary working people is relentless. Greece: The spark of the European revolutionWhile all this goes on the EU, the European…

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Uruknet February 15, 2012 – The number of today’s martyrs in Syria has risen to 32, among them three children,one woman and one defected soldier. 12 martyrs fell in Idlib, 5 in Damscus Suburbs “Bloudan,Douma,Harsta” 4 fell in Homs,3 martyrs in Daraa, 3 martyrs in Hama,2 in Hasakeh and 1 in each of Lattakia ,Damascus and Aleppo……

Some Israelis react with joy to deaths of Palestinian kids in bus crash, others revolted by racism
Uruknet February 16, 2012 – Today there was horrifying news that at least 8 Palestinian children were killed when the bus that was carrying them crashed into a truck. The popular Israeli news website Walla posted the news on its Facebook page. Within moments, Israelis started posting comments expressing joy at the news. Hours later, many of…

Standing in solidarity with Khader Adnan
Uruknet February 16, 2012 – On Wednesday, 8 February, a group of us coordinated across three cities – Washington, DC, New York and Chicago – to hold three simultaneous protests in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan. The protests varied in size, and our protest in Washington, DC was fairly small – we coordinated the day…

Children killed, dozens hurt in West Bank accident
Uruknet February 16, 2012 – At least five Palestinian schoolchildren and a teacher were killed Thursday when their bus overturned and caught fire after a collision with a truck on a rain-slicked road in the occupied West Bank. The children, most of them kindergarden-age pupils at Nour al-Huda primary school, were on a field trip from Shufat…

10 Years in Guantánamo: British Resident Shaker Aamer, Cleared for Release But Still Held
Uruknet February 16, 2012 – Ten years ago, on February 14, 2002, Shaker Aamer, a British resident, and originally one of 16 British prisoners in Guantánamo, arrived in Camp X-Ray, the rudimentary prison in the grounds of the US naval base in Cuba’s easternmost bay, which was used to hold prisoners until the first blocks of a…

Bahraini unrest part of ‘a coup plot ‘ supported by the US and a “Gulf country”, defence chief says
Uruknet February 15, 2012 – The incidents that have hit Bahrain are a coup attempt supported by foreign forces, the Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF), Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, said on the anniversary of anti-government protests that swept the country last year. In an interview with local Arabic daily Al Ayam,…

  IDPs in Kabul fearful they won’t survive brutal winter (Photos) The IDPs claim the government and NGOs have done nothing to help them
Uruknet February 15, 2012 – During the cruel cold of Kabul, more than 20 children have died in an IDP camp in the outskirts of Kabul. More will surely die, the inhabitants fear. Half-naked children are seen everywhere in the blistering cold. Hundreds live in terrible conditions which constantly threat their life, especially in winters. Water streams…

Military Resistance 10B11: RIF
Uruknet February 15, 2012 – The worst fears of the ruling classes of Greece and Europe are becoming true: an uncontrollable social explosion is under way in Greece. When these lines are written, late in the night on February 12-13, 2012, the violent clashes and street fights between demonstrators and the riot police, in the center of…

Urgent Call for Action to UN: Khader Adnan at Risk of Death on 60th Day of Hunger Strike
Uruknet February 15, 2012 – As Palestinian organizations dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), we reiterate our most grave concern about the critical health condition of Khader Adnan. Khader is now entering his 60th day of hunger strike in protest at his continuing administrative detention and ill-treatment at…

012 : A Video Roundup
Uruknet

Greece: Your Money or Your Life
Uruknet February 15, 2012 – Greece’s plight proves the Lords of Capital have no more use for democratic facades. The Greeks will be forced to surrender to “the free movement of capital” and take no actions that would “influence the management or control of companies.” For the people’s purposes, the Greek state has ceased to exist. “The…

Khader Adnan: 60 Days of Legendary Steadfastness
Uruknet February 15, 2012 – Dear brother, dear comrade, As you continue to defy oppression and as you continue to struggle for freedom, in your name and in the name of every Palestinian and in the name of every conscientious human, listen to the voices around you. Listen to the voices of the walls of the dungeon…

012
Uruknet February 15, 2012 – February 15, 2012. Chaos and violence continue, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talks Camp Ashraf, another prep meet-up for a national conference takes place, Iraq continues to struggle to pass a 2012 budget, the US House Veterans Affairs Committee hears from the VA about their budget requests and more… Violence continued in Iraq…

Palestinian Teen from Qattana: Israeli Soldiers Break His Legs, Force Him to Walk
Uruknet February 15, 2012 – Defense for Children International has documented the arrest by Israeli soldiers of 16 year-old Mahmoud Omar Faqeh from Qattana village northwest of Jerusalem. Defense for Children International revealed that the Israelis were in direct violation of many international standards for the treatment of children during arrests. As the teen explained to Defense…

Daily Star

UN General Assembly condemns Syria crackdown
Daily Star 16 Feb 2012 The UN General Assembly voted 137 to 12 on Thursday to approve a resolution calling for an immediate halt to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s violent crackdown on dissent.

Venezuela ships fuel to war-torn Syria -traders
Daily Star 16 Feb 2012 The government of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez is emerging as a rare supplier of diesel to Syria.

Hezbollah denies role in India, Thailand, Georgia attacks
Daily Star 16 Feb 2012 Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah denied Thursday his group was involved in several recent security incidents in India, Georgia and Thailand against Israeli diplomats.

YNet

32 killed in head-on bus crash in Nigeria
YNet News, 16 Feb 2012 – ….

Israel is not alone
YNet News, 16 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: Iran crisis proves that we are not alone and that we possibly cannot make it alone ….

US state’s assembly passes gay marriage bill
YNet News, 16 Feb 2012 – ….

UN General Assembly condemns Syria
YNet News, 16 Feb 2012 – ….

J’lem: 80-year-old woman murdered; homeless man arrested
YNet News, 16 Feb 2012 – Officers enter Gilo apartment through window, find body; relatives say suspect a former mental patient ….

Jerusalem: Homeless man suspected of killing 80-year-old woman
YNet News, 16 Feb 2012 – ….

White House: Reviewing Iranian letter on nuclear talks
YNet News, 16 Feb 2012 – ….

‘Health of Palestinian hunger striker worsening’
YNet News, 16 Feb 2012 – Wife of imprisoned Islamic Jihad operative says his health ‘drastically deteriorated’ and she ‘expects the worst.’ Israeli right group: His death imminent ….

Yair Lapid: Shas has country ‘wrapped around its finger’
YNet News, 16 Feb 2012 – In first public speech since he entered politics, former journalist says ‘damaged’ system of government has turned politics into ‘corrupt game’; claims Israel belongs to ‘people who finally began asking where is the money?’ Shas: He’s ‘blinding’ public ….

Israel a haven for Arabs
YNet News, 16 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: Under Israel, Arabs enjoy life that many in neighboring countries can only dream of ….

Report: Attempt on Barak’s life foiled in Singapore
YNet News, 16 Feb 2012 – Kuwait’s Al-Jarida newspaper claims Israel was able to prevent assassination attempt on defense minister during his recent visit to Singapore; Israel denied report ….

Netanyahu embarks on historic visit to Cyprus
YNet News, 16 Feb 2012 – Prime minister becomes first ever Israeli leader to visit Nicosia; will discuss boosting diplomatic, trade ties ….

Truck, bus collide in Jerusalem; 8 dead
YNet News, 16 Feb 2012 – Collision between bus transporting Palestinian children, truck in north Jerusalem leaves eight dead, over 40 injured, some in critical condition. MDA declares mass causality event ….

Abbas is no moderate
YNet News, 16 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: Instead of promoting peace with Israel, Palestinian leader killing the peace process ….

Palestinian Information Center

Detained Hamas commander goes on hunger strike
PIC – Hassan Salame, a commander in the armed wing of Hamas, has decided to go on an open-ended hunger strike starting on Thursday.

Abu Zuhri: Haneyya-Mishaal meeting refutes reports of differences
PIC – The meeting between Khaled Mishaal, political bureau chairman of Hamas, and Ismail Haneyya, Gaza premier, on Wednesday endorsed the Doha declaration, Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said.

Jewish settlers storm Nabi Yusuf tomb
PIC – Hundreds of Jewish settlers stormed the Nabi Yusuf tomb east of Nablus city at dawn Thursday under heavy Israeli army protection and performed Talmudic rituals.

Ten children killed in appalling traffic accident
PIC – Ten Palestinian children were killed and twenty others were wounded, the condition of eight of them very serious, in an appalling traffic accident near Ramallah on Thursday.

Freedom and justice threatens to reconsider peace treaty with Israel
PIC – Egypt’s freedom and justice party warned Washington that its threat to halt its financial aid to Cairo would terminate the Camp David agreement.

Six civilians injured in Israeli deadly attack on Gaza city
PIC – Six Palestinian civilians sustained different injuries during Israeli air raids at dawn Thursday on a resistance post near Addura hospital in Gaza city.

Falk appeals to Israel to let go of hunger striker Adnan
PIC – Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights, appealed on Thursday to Israel to release Palestinian prisoner Khader Adanan, who has been on hunger strike for two months.

WAFA

Abbas Receives Cable of Condolences from Russian President on Accident Victims
WAFA – 16 Feb 2012

Abbas Receives Israeli Counterpart’s Condolences on Bus Accident Victims
WAFA – 16 Feb 2012

Some Israeli Reactions towards Calamitous School Bus Accident “Heartless”
WAFA – 16 Feb 2012

German Minister Condemns Israeli Demolition of Center in Silwan
WAFA – 16 Feb 2012

EUPOL COPPS Hand Over Equipment to Palestinian Tourist Police
WAFA – 16 Feb 2012

Misc

Syrian opposition struggles to gain traction in Aleppo
LA Times 15 Feb 2012 – Foes of President Bashar Assad have yet to win over much of the population, which includes an affluent business community that puts a high value on stability. As the sun sets, Osama waits in his idling car near a bustling intersection, blowing cigarette smoke out…

Anthony Shadid, a New York Times Reporter, Dies in Syria
New York Times 16 Feb 2012 – Anthony Shadid, a prize-winning journalist, was reporting inside Syria when he suffered a fatal asthma attack.

Anthony Shadid, Reporter in the Middle East, Dies at 43
New York Times 16 Feb 2012 – Mr. Shadid, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, spent most of his professional life covering the Middle East and was esteemed throughout his career for being an insightful analyst.

Muslim Brotherhood Threatens to Review Peace Treaty With Israel
New York Times 16 Feb 2012 – The Muslim Brotherhood said it would review the 1979 peace treaty with Israel if the United States cuts off Egypt’s aid over a crackdown on nonprofit groups.

United Nations Assembly Votes to Condemn Syria
New York Times 16 Feb 2012 – The United Nations General Assembly voted to call for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. The action has no power of enforcement.

Iraqi Vice President Faces New Accusations of Violence
New York Times 16 Feb 2012 – A judicial panel says death squads commanded by Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi carried out 150 attacks over six years against religious pilgrims, security officers and political foes.

Aggressive Acts by Iran Signal Pressure on Its Leadership
New York Times 16 Feb 2012 – A flurry of actions and statements by Iran this week suggest its leaders are responding frantically, and more unpredictably, to the tightening of sanctions by the West.

In Libya, a Trial’s Delays Reflect Judicial Disarray
New York Times 16 Feb 2012 – A hearing for people accused of links to the Qaddafi government was postponed because the militia that was detaining them refused to bring them to court.

JVP and Ta’anit Tzedek call for one day solidarity fast with Khader Adnan on Friday February 17th
Jewish Voice for Peace -

Wael Ghonim at Harvard: a key figure of the Egyptian revolution speaks truth to U.S. power
Mondoweiss – (Photo:  Khaled Desouki/AFP) Hailed as a hero of the Egyptian revolution, Wael Ghonim is the Google manager who went missing during eleven days, early in the revolution, as a result of creating a Facebook page that fueled mass mobilization against Mubarak’s regime. One year ago, the…

Israel gives ‘price tag’ youth a new West Bank hilltop
Mondoweiss – Migron. (Photo: Los Angeles Times) This week, a new outpost in the occupied Palestinian territories was offered as part of an exchange deal with settlers from the “price tag” hilltop youth in Migron. The Israeli press has called the approved plot of land the first new…

Book Review: ‘A Child’s View from Gaza: Palestinian Children’s Art and the Fight Against Censorship’
Mondoweiss – The Middle East Children’s Alliance ( MECA ) book A Child’s View from Gaza: Palestinian Children’s Art and the Fight Against Censorship offers a behind the scenes window into a continued struggle to give voice to a people whose cultural identity has been assaulted, ignored, hidden, repressed, attacked…

If Khader Adnan was anything but Palestinian
Mondoweiss – Poster in solidarity with Khader Adnan (Photo: Activestills) If Khader Adnan was anything but Palestinian, the goals of his hunger strike would be granted to him by his 3rd day of hunger strike because if he was anything but Palestinian, he wouldn’t have to be on…

Khader Adnan, 61 days on a hunger strike, near death
Mondoweiss – link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.guardian.co.uk link to www.maannews.net link to pulsemedia.org link to www.bbc.co.uk link to electronicintifada.net link to english.al-akhbar.com link to mondoweiss.net link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.sundaytimes.lk link to www.stopthewall.org link to www.imemc.org link to www.maannews.net link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.alresalah.ps link…

Pro-Israel Media Mafia Attempts to Force Twitter Code of Silence on NYT’s Rudoren
Tikun Olam – Three little Jewish Twitter monkeys (See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil) are very unhappy that Jodi Rudoren, the NY Times’ incoming Israel bureau chief, is sharing tweets with Israel critics like Ali Abunimah and Phil Weiss.  The monkeys are Marc Tracy of the…

Free “Syrian” Army stronghold equipped with Milan missiles
Voltaire Network 16 Feb 2012 – The Battle of Homs was particularly deadly for the belligerents on both sides, as well as for civilians. During the first three days, the Syrian Arab Army was warded off by the rebels that blocked all entry points to their neighborhood. They destroyed all approaching armored…

Foreign instructors leave, Al Qaeda arrives
Voltaire Network 15 Feb 2012 – The new Western discourse coincides with the withdrawal of many foreign instructors, as witnessed in the field, and with the statements of Ayman al-Zawahari (the Egyptian leader of Al-Qaeda since the official demise of Osama bin Laden) announcing the arrival of his fighters. In fact, Al-Qaeda…

Egypt: Nation Condemns Escalations in Syria
allAfrica.com 16 Feb 2012 – [Egypt Online] Egypt expressed its condemnation of the unacceptable escalations being witnessed in Homs and other Syrian cities.

Kenya: Board Seeks More Openings for Tea Exports in Iran
allAfrica.com 16 Feb 2012 – [Business Daily] Kenya is working on more openings for its tea exports in the Iranian market despite trade financing challenges facing the Asian country in the wake of biting Western sanctions.

Activists Organize Global March to Jerusalem
Arab American Institute 15 Feb 2012 – Though the world was inspired by the democratic uprisings that swelled through the Arab world throughout 2011, it bears remembering that many of the goals, tactics, and frustrations of these disparate movements have also been taking place in Palestine for decades.

UN assembly adopts Syria motion
BBC 16 Feb 2012 – A resolution condemning human rights violations in Syria and calling for President Assad to stand down is passed by the UN General Assembly.

Palestinian children die in crash
BBC 16 Feb 2012 – At least eight Palestinian children and a teacher are killed in a collision involving their school bus and a lorry north of Jerusalem.

Bangkok plot ‘targeted Israelis’
BBC 16 Feb 2012 – A group of Iranians detained after prematurely exploding bombs in Bangkok on Tuesday planned to target two Israeli diplomats, Thai police believe.

Prince defends Jordan over Qatada
BBC 16 Feb 2012 – Prince Hassan refuses to give assurances on whether Abu Qatada would get a fair trial if he were extradited to Jordan.

JVP and Ta’anit Tzedek Call for One Day Fast in Solidarity with Khader Adnan
US Campaign to End the Occupation 16 Feb 2012 – Jewish Voice for Peace and Ta’anit Tzedek: Jewish Fast for Gaza are calling for a one day fast (from sunrise to sunset) on Friday, February 17, 2012 in solidarity with Khader Adnan, who today is in his 61st day of a hunger strike. Khader began his…

The Quartet’s Continued Path to Irrelevance
US Campaign to End the Occupation 16 Feb 2012 – Shawan Jabarin, the General Director of the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq, writes a devastating critique of the absurdity and irrelevancy of the Quartet and the role the United States plays within it in today’s Foreign Policy . The Obama Administration would do itself a huge favor…

Articles


The BDS movement: Power of the people at work
Ramzy Baroud, Ma’an News Agency 2/17/2012
      The issue is not about hummus, chocolate bars or Dead Sea vacations. It is about civil society taking full responsibility for its own actions (or lack of). The issue is not exactly about Israeli products either, but rather about how even a seemingly innocent decision like buying Israeli dates may enable the continued subjugation of the Palestinian people.
     Because the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement highlights this, the reaction it often generates is charged and vehement.
     Many also react to the BDS because it actually works. Israeli supporters have every right to be concerned that their carefully customized discourse on Israel’s infallibility (juxtaposed with Palestinian depravity) – which has been promoted for decades in various media and political outlets in the US and Western countries – is now simply falling apart.
     The recent University of Pennsylvania BDS conference, organized by student group, PennBDS, was the latest example to illustrate both the effectiveness of the global movement and also the real worry felt by supporters of Israel in the United States. Knowing fully that facing BDS allegations head on would most likely be unsuccessful, they organized around misinformation, name-calling and intimidation. However, the tired strategy is no longer bearing fruit.
     Israel’s Zionist supporters made every attempt to galvanize the Jewish community in Philadelphia into targeting the conference that called for Israel to be held accountable for its military occupation, racial discrimination and flagrant violations of international law.
     One of those angered by the conference is Ruben Gur, a professor of psychiatry at the university. In an article published in the Daily Pennsylvanian, he likened the conference organizers to ‘Nazis’. more.. e-mail

Nablus village at the center of settler violence
Charlie Hoyle, Ma’an News Agency 2/17/2012
      ASIRA AL-QIBLIYA (Ma’an) — A drive along the northern section of route 60 paints a telling picture of the physical geography of settlements and settler violence in the West Bank.
     Winding through picturesque Nablus countryside, the main north-south highway acts as a boundary between Israeli settlements on one side and Palestinian villages on the other.
     Overlooked by these illegal hilltop residences, local Palestinians are all too familiar with the disadvantages of the neighborly proximity, especially given that the Nablus district experienced the majority of settler violence in 2011.
     “Generally speaking, no week passes without an attack,” the mayor of Nablus village Asira al-Qibliya says.
     Located just off route 60, this village of around 3,000 residents is left to fend for itself in a political power vacuum so common in the West Bank.
     “The Palestinian Authority can’t do anything for us as they need security clearance,” Mayor Ahmed Abdel Hadi says. Such clearance, if approved, could take over 5 hours, he adds.
     Asira al-Qibliya lies in Area B, designated in the Oslo Accords as being under Israeli security control and PA administrative rule. The nearest settlement to Asira al-Qibliya is Yitzhar, which, like most others, is located in Area C, under full Israeli administrative and security control. more.. e-mail

No Arab Spring for Egypt’s Bedouin
Harrison Akins, Al Jazeera.com 2/15/2012
      Bedouin tribesman are increasingly marginalised by Egypt’s central government and the growing tourism industry in Sinai.
     In early February, two American women in their 60s, admiring the rugged beauty of South Sinai around St Catherine’s Monastery – probably squinting under the bright Egyptian sun – were suddenly set upon by armed Bedouin tribesmen in a pick-up truck. The women were robbed of their money and valuables and then, along with their Egyptian tour guide, taken hostage. This kidnapping came in the wake of the abduction of 25 Chinese workers in North Sinai last month by the Bedouin.
     The news spread like wildfire. Commentators immediately pointed to a possible al-Qaeda link. There were already reports in the media of the nefarious doings of groups like the Boko Haram in Nigeria and the TTP of Pakistan and their links with al-Qaeda.
     What is happening with the Sinai Bedouin?
     The Bedouin responsible for these recent kidnappings provide us a clue to the motivation of their actions. In both incidents, they were seeking to put pressure on the government to release their fellow tribesmen detained by the Egyptian authorities, and released their hostages in a matter of hours.
     It is a little-known but sad story that the Sinai Bedouin have been suffering decades of neglect and prejudice by the central government. Under President Mubarak’s government, the Bedouin tribes with their nomadic traditions were subject to hostile policies, harassment and economic exclusion; threatened on one side by the growing infringement and exclusion from the tourism industry, and, on the other side, by the security mindset with which the central government views the Bedouin – turning Sinai into a security state…. more.. e-mail

Standing in solidarity with Khader Adnan
Electronic Intifada: 15 Feb 2012 – Nehad Khader Washington, DC 16 February 2012 Protests in solidarity with hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan made his plight impossible to ignore.more

Republican Primaries: Fooling Some of the People
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Feb 2012 – By Eric Walberg – Cairo Salafist (excuse me, ‘deeply Catholic’) Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum appears back in the race for chief elephant after trouncing Mitt Romney in Minnesota and Colorado. But beware: Minnesotans are an unpredictable lot, with the only black Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison, their own Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, and of course 9/11 Truther and wrestler-governor Jesse Ventura (1999-2003). But Santorum also won in Colorado (Romney won in 2008) and Missouri, riding a wave of distrust of Mitt’s conservative credentials and showing Romney’s one-percenter Achilles heel. Romney’s win in Maine last week was Pyrrhic, as there were no delegates, and he just edged out maverick Ron Paul. Romney and Santorum have each won four states, while Newt Gingrich has won only a measly South Carolina. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator and favourite of evangelicals despite his papism, has hammered the former Massachusetts governor as being too moderate to satisfy…more

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