VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 23 March 2012: Israel’s Nuclear Triggers

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Army Detains A Child At Roadblock Near Jenin
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers detained, on Thursday evening, a 12-year-old Palestinian child at a roadblock close to an illegal Israeli settlement, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin. …

Ma’an News

Mayor: Israeli forces raid Jenin village
3/23/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided Zubuiba village west of Jenin and fired tear gas, the head of the local village council told Ma’an Thursday. Imad Jaradat said five military jeeps entered the village and stayed at the center. The official said the soldiers sparked clashes by firing tear gas canisters toward….

Prisoners announce hunger strike action
3/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Detainees in Israeli jails are set to escalate hunger strike action on Saturday, prisoners told Ma’an. Detainees at Nafta, Rimon, Ashkelon and Beersheva jails will go on hunger strike to demand an end to solitary confinement, improvements living conditions, and to demand family visits for Gazan prisoners. The action….

5 injured in West Bank demonstrations
3/23/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Five people were injured on Friday in weekly West Bank demonstrations, a local group said. Three women sustained bruises after Israeli soldiers assaulted them in a weekly demonstration in al-Masara village, Bethlehem, the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements said. The demonstration began at a cultural center in the village….

Report: No arrests after racist mall riot
3/23/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli police have made no arrests after hundreds of football supporters attacked Palestinian workers at a shopping mall in Jerusalem, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Friday. The assault in Malha mall on Monday was “a mass lynching attempt,” cleaner Mohammed Yusuf told Haaretz. An Israeli police spokesman did not….

9 Palestinians seized in West Bank raids
3/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s military arrested nine Palestinians overnight, an army spokeswoman said. Three people were seized in Hebron, two in Arrub, one in Beit Ummar, one in al-Mazraa al-Qibliya near Ramallah, another in Shuyukh al-Arrub south of Bethlehem and one in Abu Dis in the Jerusalem area, she said. The nine….

PA official: Child injured in Nablus explosion
3/23/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A child was injured on Friday after a suspicious object exploded near the Nablus village of Qaryut, a PA official said. Noman Azzam, 8, was moderately injured in the incident, Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an. It is too early to determine….

Hamas armed wing: Fighter dies in training
3/23/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 24-year-old fighter with the al-Qassam Brigades was killed on Thursday during training in the central Gaza Strip, the group said. Ahmad al-Qatrawi was killed during a training exercise in Nuseirat refugee camp, the armed wing of Hamas said in a statement. He will be buried in al-Zawaydah cemetery….

Germany funds 2 new schools in Gaza
3/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Germany on Thursday pledged to fund two new schools in the Gaza Strip, the UN agency for refugeessaid. Germany will contribute €3 million ($3. 96 million) to UNRWA to enhance the agency’s free schooling program, UNRWA said in a statement. At a signing ceremony in Jerusalem, UNRWA official…. Related: Germany sells sub to Israel but warns on attacking Iran

Fuel to restart power plant arrives in Gaza
3/23/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel has opened a key crossing point to allow a large shipment of industrial fuel into the Gaza Strip, Palestinian and Israeli officials said Friday. The move was intended to alleviate an energy crisis brought about by a dispute between Hamas and Egypt, an Israeli official said. Nathmi Mhanna, a….

Erekat: UN settlement vote victory for international law
3/23/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — PLO official Saeb Erekat on Friday praised a decision by the UN Human Rights Council to launch an international investigation into Israeli settlements. Erekat said the decision was a victory for international law and called on the Israeli government to stop all settlement activity in order to give the peace process….

US lawmaker releases hold on aid
3/23/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — An influential US Republican lawmaker, Rep. Kay Granger, said Friday she was releasing $147 million in US development aid for the Palestinians that she had blocked since last August. But it was unclear whether the money could be spent, because another senior Republican, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, has also had a “hold” on the funds….

Hamas official: PA ‘ally of the enemy’
3/23/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A senior leader of Hamas criticized the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority for being an ally of Israel during a rally in northern Gaza City on Friday. Musheer al-Masri told the crowd that the PA is an ally of the occupation as it makes agreements with Israel and arranges security coordination with….

Afghan Taliban: No faith in trial of US massacre suspect
3/23/2012 – KABUL (Reuters) — Afghanistan’s Taliban vowed on Friday to take revenge on NATO forces for the killing of 17 civilians, for which a US soldier is due to face charges, saying they had no faith in any court proceeding. The massacre in the southern province of Kandahar as well as the burning of Korans….

Blast kills Muslim cleric in Russia’s Dagestan
3/23/2012 – MOSCOW (Reuters) — An explosion killed a Muslim cleric and his police bodyguard in the southern Russian region of Dagestan early on Friday, Russian news agencies said. Police had assigned an officer to protect the imam, Gitinamohhamed Abdul Gapurov, after he received anonymous threats. Both men were killed in the blast in the town of Buinaksk….

EU slaps sanctions on Assad’s wife; mortars hit Homs
3/23/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — The European Union slapped sanctions on the wife and mother of Syrian President Bashar Assad on Friday, increasing pressure on his government to halt a bloody crackdown against an armed uprising. The two were among 12 Syrians added to a number of figures already facing EU restrictions, diplomats said. Amongst the measures approved….

UN rights forum extends mandate of investigators on Syria
3/23/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — The UN Human Rights Council on Friday condemned what it called “sharply escalating” and widespread violations committed by Syrian forces and extended the mandate of its investigators documenting crimes against humanity including executions and torture. The 47-member Geneva forum adopted a resolution presented by Denmark on behalf of the European Union which….

Ambushed and outgunned, Syrian rebels plead for arms
3/23/2012 – YAYLADAGI, Turkey (Reuters) — Puffing hard on a cigarette, the Syrian rebel relived the moment earlier this week when his band of fighters was caught in Syrian army crossfire as they tried to smuggle a wounded comrade over the hilly border to Turkey.” They fired from all directions, from above and from below. Then more soldiers….

Violence gets closer to UN peacekeepers in Syria
3/23/2012 – GOLAN HEIGHTS (Reuters) — Blue-helmeted United Nations peacekeeping troops patrolling a slice of Syrian territory to maintain a ceasefire with Israel face new risks as violence between Syrian government loyalists and rebels gets closer. In this tiny corner of Syria where the United Nations has a little-noticed foothold, peacekeepers stayed in their bunkers listening this month….

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Palestinian Center for Human Rights 

International Solidarity Movement

This Occupation is brought to you by Corporate America
3/23/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Paige, 23 March 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – During a recent demonstration in Hebron (Al Khalil) demanding the opening of Shuhada street, protesters were subjected to something that could only have been thought up in the United States – a weapon which comes with its own commercial.  Amid the sound of concussion grenades exploding….

Video: Illegal settlers in Al Khalil attack Palestinian student
3/19/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Satu, 19 March 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – On Sunday 18th of March, an 18-year old Palestinian student, Mustafa Abu Salime, got attacked by settlers between Checkpoints 56 and Gilbert. Mustafa passed the Gilbert checkpoint on his way to visit his friends. He saw three settlers talking to a soldier. Few meters down….

Relief Web

Lack of electricity and fuel making life for Gazans ‘even more difficult’ – UN
Relief Web 22 Mar 2012 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory 22 March 2012 – A United Nations official today expressed deep concern about the worsening effects of electricity and fuel shortages in Gaza, which are affecting citizens on a daily basis. “These…

UN rights body launches probe into Israeli settlements
Relief Web 22 Mar 2012 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet Country: occupied Palestinian territory 22 Mar 2012 20:20 U.S. is only member to vote against resolution Netanyahu dismisses Council as “hypocritical” U.S. envoy says Washington can’t back one-sided probe By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, March 22 (Reuters)…

Palestinian refugee schoolgirls study hard for an uncertain future
Relief Web 22 Mar 2012 – Source: Guardian Country: Jordan , occupied Palestinian territory At Irbid refugee camp, the schools run on double shifts and nurture one key aspiration: a Palestinian homeland Read the full post by Liz Ford in the Guardian’s Poverty Matters Blog .

Special feature: The crisis in the Horn of Africa – Humanitarian Exchange Magazine Issue 53
Relief Web 22 Mar 2012 – Source: ODI – Humanitarian Practice Network Country: World , Ethiopia , Haiti , Iraq , Kenya , Nepal , occupied Palestinian territory , Somalia Editorial The special feature of this issue of Humanitarian Exchange, co-edited with HPG Research Fellow Simon Levine, focuses on the crisis in the…

Two new schools in Gaza thanks to German donation
Relief Web 22 Mar 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Germany The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) signed an agreement today with the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), German…

“Without water – there is no life”
Relief Web 22 Mar 2012 – Source: Association for Civil Rights in Israel Country: occupied Palestinian territory World Water Day is held annually on 22 March, as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and on the right to water. The right to…

Al Mezan Calls on International Community to Intervene and Prevent a Catastrophe Due to the Power Situation in Gaza
Relief Web 22 Mar 2012 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory The shortage in electricity and fuel has reached a crisis point in the Gaza Strip. Shortages started to occur in the end of 2011, but have reached a crisis…

The National

EU imposes sanctions on Asma Al Assad
The National 23 Mar 2012 – Syrian president’s wife and mother among those hit with travel ban and asset freeze; fighting continues in the country’s north.

Detained Palestinian starves for justice
The National 23 Mar 2012 – Hana Shalabi is near death, having not eaten in 38 days in protest against the Israeli practice of administrative detention.

Ha’aretz

U.S. approves 1.3 billion dollars in military aid to Egypt
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2012

U.S. lawmaker releases hold on aid to Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2012

French intelligence chief: Toulouse shooter arrested by Israel Police in 2010 for possession of a knife
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2012

Israel to allow 450,000 liters of fuel into Gaza to ease energy crisis
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2012

Jerusalem Post

US approves Egypt military aid despite rights fears
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2012 – Clinton waives conditions, citing need for military ties; US officials say aid halt could lead to $2 billion in costs. 

‘French teacher asked minute’s silence for Merah’
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2012 – French education minister calls for English teacher’s suspension after she called Toulouse killer a “victim.” 

Man hiking in Judean Desert plummets 80 meters
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2012 – Ein Gedi rescue teams dispatched to Salvadoura Valley, where fallen hiker is in serious condition, his three friends are stranded. 

Man falls from Judean Desert waterfall, dies
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2012 – Ein Gedi rescue teams dispatched to Salvadoura Valley, where fallen hiker is in serious condition, his three friends are stranded. 

UN rights forum extends Syria investigators’ mandate
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2012 – Security Council adopts EU resolution on widespread crimes by Syrian forces, says perpetrators must be brought to justice; China and Russia vote against text; mediator Annan going to Moscow and Beijing this weekend. 

Polls paint two different pictures of Kadima race
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2012 – A Dahaf Institute poll shows Livni would win another term as Kadima leader, while poll on Kadima voters’ site put Mofaz in the lead. 

Play tells tale of Jewish refugees in WW2 Shanghai
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2012 – Chinese version of ‘Schindler’s List’ premieres in Shanghai before heading to New York. 

Complaint over MK attending Assad rally rejected
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2012 – The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel submits complaint to Ethics c’tee over Balad MK Nafa attendance at Haifa demonstration in support of Assad. 

EU sanctions Assad’s wife; mortars hit Homs
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2012 – Sanctions target Assad’s family, two Syrian entities; envoy Kofi Annan to fly to Moscow and Beijing for talks. 

Fuel crosses from Israel to ease Gaza fuel crisis
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2012 – Delivery of 450,000 liters of diesel is 1st to Gaza’s power station coming via Israel in almost a year, due to Hamas resistance. 

‘French police couldn’t detain Merah before attack’
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2012 – France’s PM says police had no evidence that would have allowed arrest of gunman before Toulouse murders, AFP reports. 

FM considers withdrawing envoy from UNHRC
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2012 – 36 to 1 vote to create fact-finding mission investigating effects of settlements on Palestinian human rights. 

Egyptians lift siege on peacekeeper base at Israeli border
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2012 – Brotherhood leaders praise late Coptic pope for refusing to let pilgrims visit “occupied Jerusalem.” 

‘Reinforcing hospital windows will save millions’
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2012 – Improvement meant to protect hospitals against damage from reverberation caused by nearby explosions or falling of rockets. 

Man charged with attempted murder after Nahariya stabbing
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2012 – Anwar Masalaha from Abu Sinan in the Galilee bought pen knife and stabbed 65-year-old Esther Porat 13 times, according to indictment. 

Hebrew U students march for neighborhood safety
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – Rash of vandalism, sexual assaults in French Hill sparks outcry. 

IEC may add fuel-oil at Reading amid shortages
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – Polluting fossil fuel may be introduced at Tel Aviv power station due to lack of natural gas. 

Jewish World: In defiant shock
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – French Jews are reeling from the Toulouse attacks, but leaders say they feel safe and aliya is not the solution. 

Predicting Gaza: Rabin, Sharon, the Knesset and… well, me
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – The nation’s leaders have proved bereft of foresight – or hindsight for that matter. Can a dangerous ‘trust deficit’ be avoided? 

Security and Defense: Gaining standing
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – In the past, when an officer was appointed head of the Home Front Command, it usually meant that he was on his way out of the IDF. But with 200,000 missiles pointed at Israel, that is no longer the case. 

Diplomacy: Blocking banks before bombing
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – Mark Wallace, head of United Against Nuclear Iran, praises this week’s SWIFT action but says it did not go far enough. 

Column One: Mohamed Merah – Man of the West
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – In addition to denying, justifying and inciting jihadist violence, Western elites and authorities also engage in facilitating it. 

Another Tack: Learning to love the bomb
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – Those in our midst who have learned to stop worrying and love the Iranian bomb are acclaimed as prudence personified. 

Be a clown
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – Dramatic actor Sasson Gabai takes on a rare comedic role in Moliere’s ‘The Imaginary Invalid.’ 

Tradition Today: Remembering Chief Rabbi Hertz
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – The position of chief rabbi in England is certainly one of the most prestigious rabbinical positions in the Jewish world. 

Ask the Rabbi: May Israel conduct a census?
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – Jewish leaders continue to obsess over demographics in Israel and abroad. 

UNESCO’s terrible mistake
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – Humanitarian organization’s decision to admit Palestine as member cost it crucial US funding. 

From Munich to Israel
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – The well-traveled Lawsons have been back and forth but finally settled here for good. 

The Jewish environment
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – Act now and insure our world is preserved and made greener for those who come after us. 

The Human Spirit: The nameless war
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – What do you call the latest battle with the Palestinians in Gaza? A mini-war, a flare-up, an escalation? 

Consider This: Iran- talking cure for psychopath
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – Can we talk Iran out of wanting to kill every man, woman and child in Israel? 

Interesting Times: That shrinking feeling
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – The middle class is the object of neither envy nor pity. It’s just there. Or, as it turns out, it’s a little less there each year. 

Eisenbud’s Odyssey: The audacity of chutzpah
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – It must be nice to dictate foreign policy – thousands of kilometers out of harm’s way – to one’s sole ally in the most hostile region in the world. However, if the equation was inverted, it would be unthinkable. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s what we Jews call ‘chutzpah.’ 

A Dose of Nuance: Peter Beinart’s peace-making
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – We must be able to articulate that there are things worth fighting for – and yes, killing and dying for. 

Pre–Passover pizza
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – This is probably not the week to prepare elaborate pizzas, so keep it simple. 

RX For Readers: Itching and scratching
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – The skin condition known as atopic dermatitis can be frustrating, but luckily there are remedies for relief. 

A View from Israel: Dismantle the UNHRC
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – The UN, particularly the Human Rights Council, is notorious today for its anti-Israel bias. 

Looking for salvation in the East
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 – Strategy towards US, Europe on two-state solution could backfire on Israel. 

The Guardian

The Toulouse shootings have united France in grief | Eve Gani
The Guardian 23 Mar 2012 – French Jews and Muslims have come together to mourn, breaking easy links between their people and Israeli policies or jihadism We were in a state of shock that Monday, early in the morning, when we discovered…

Israeli football fans in racist attack against shoppers in Jerusalem
The Guardian 23 Mar 2012 – Police criticised over failure to arrest any Beitar Jerusalem fans after racist mob storms mall The failure of Jerusalem police to arrest any one of several hundred football fans who reportedly launched racially motivated attacks in…

Nuclear weapons conference could bring Iran and Israel together
The Guardian 23 Mar 2012 – Ban on weapons of mass destruction in Middle East would be discussed at meeting planned for December A historic conference bringing Iran and Israel together with Arab states to discuss a ban on nuclear, chemical and…

Inter Press Service

Rights Groups Slam Renewed U.S. Military Aid to Egypt
IPS The U.S. State Department announced on Friday that military aid to Egypt will resume, citing a national security waiver that was included in the most resent appropriations legislation on foreign assistance.

U.S. Urged to Leverage Security Cooperation with Bahrain
IPS As government crackdowns continue, Bahrain is attracting more international visitors than just those coming in preparation for next month’s Forumla One Grand Prix.

French Muslims Fear Stigmatisation After Killings
IPS “The murderer is gone, and now it’s us who will have to live with the consequences.” That’s how a Muslim shopkeeper summed up for IPS the death and legacy of the man suspected of murdering seven people in three separate attacks in France.

Uruknet

Four young Israelis refuse army draft in new refusenik wave
Uruknet March 23, 2012 – In the coming weeks, three young Israelis are expected to go to prison for their refusal to enlist in the Israeli army, and a forth conscientious objector received an exemption from service yesterday. Together they form the first group of refuseniks in Israel in the past three years. These are their stories….

This Occupation is brought to you by Corporate America
Uruknet March 23, 2012 – During a recent demonstration in Hebron (Al Khalil) demanding the opening of Shuhada street, protesters were subjected to something that could only have been thought up in the United States – a weapon which comes with its own commercial. Amid the sound of concussion grenades exploding, an automated voice announces: “This is…

Video – Fallujah : A Lost Generation?
Uruknet March 22, 2012 – Fallujah: A Lost Generation? by Iraqi filmmaker Furat Alani investigates the dramatic increase in cancers, birth defects, and infant mortality since the second siege of Fallujah, Iraq,in 2004 and its human rights implications. Mr. Alani interviews Fallujah residents, doctors, veterans, and weapons experts to shed light on the cause of this health…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet March 22, 2012 – The number of martyrs in Syria today has risen to 90 so far including 12 children, 4 women, 3 defected recruit and 2 under torture. 25 martyrs in Idlib,15 martyrs in Hama,35 in Homs, 7 in Daraa, 2 in each of Lattakia,Aleppo and Damascus suburbs in addition to one martyr in each…

Palestinian hunger striker at risk of death’ highlights injustice of administrative detention
Uruknet March 23, 2012 – The Israeli authorities should immediately release a Palestinian detainee or charge her with a recognizable criminal offence and promptly try her, Amnesty International said amid fears that the woman could die in detention after 37 days on hunger strike. Hana Shalabi, 30, from the village of Burqin in the northern West Bank,…

New report documents systematic abuse of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention
Uruknet March 22, 2012 – A new, important yet disturbing report published on Tuesday by Defence for Children International – Palestine section has found that Israel’s routine arrests, detentions, interrogations, abuses and torture of Palestinian children are in breach of various UN and international laws, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention against…

Power Crisis Posing Serious Health Risks In Gaza
Uruknet March 22, 2012 – The Hamas led Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip is now trying hard to control the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip, following the serious shortages of electricity and fuel supplies which have put a hold on nearly 85% of public services, according to reports from the Arabs48 news website. The government…

War Crimes and the Mythology of ‘Bad Apples’
Uruknet March 22, 2012 – … Stories of American troops’ horrific treatment of Iraqis and Afghans are endless. Most of the time, such treatment was well within the context of orders. Contempt for the people we were “liberating” permeated the chain of command. In 2003, the Washington Post reported that a Defense Department computer program for calculating collateral…

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Uruknet March 22, 2012 – Chaos and violence continue, Baghdad denies that Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi’s bodyguard was tortured to death, Baghdad states he was sent to a hospital, as the day progresses, they change that to “hospitals” (pretend not to notice, the press did), Iraqiya’s prepared to bring up the ongoing political crisis at the Arab…

Up, Up And Away: How Money Power Works Down Under
Uruknet March 22, 2012 – One of my first jobs as a junior reporter was to meet flights bringing famous people to Australia. Growing up in a country far from everywhere (except, as my father would say, “where you come from”), I was led to believe that Australia’s honour was at risk unless a well-known person from…

012 : A Video Roundup
Uruknet 

Capitalism: A Ghost Story
Uruknet March 22, 2012 – …. The proletariat, as Marx saw it, has been under continuous assault. Factories have shut down, jobs have disappeared, trade unions have been disbanded. The proletariat has, over the years, been pitted against each other in every possible way. In India, it has been Hindu against Muslim, Hindu against Christian, Dalit against Adivasi,…

REMOTE DRONE WARFARE: Robots Kill, But The Blood Is on Our Hands
Uruknet March 22, 2012 – Many Americans first heard about “unmanned aerial vehicles” as weapons when Colin Powell told the United Nations in 2003 that Iraq might use them to attack the United States. This turned out to be a projection as well as a lie. It was, of course, the United States that used drones, among…

A Letter to Mother Palestine and her Daughters
Uruknet March 22, 2012 – Dear Mother Palestine, On Mother’s day, as the Hannoun wakes up, and as the almond tree blossoms and you wear your green and red dress, we celebrate you. On this day, we celebrate the land, our heritage and our home, we celebrate you mother Palestine, the mother of us all. We celebrate…

Baghdad turns into a ‘virtual prison’ ahead of Arab League summit
Uruknet March 22, 2012 – Traffic jams are growing longer and tempers shorter as Baghdad goes into near-lockdown ahead of next week’s Arab League summit. Tens of thousands of soldiers and police reinforcements have been brought into the city for the summit and the extra patrols and checkpoints are disrupting normal life. Bitter arguments are breaking out…

Freedom or Death
Uruknet March 22, 2012 – On March 22, Hana Shalabi’s 36th hunger strike day began. After examining her, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) said she’s in imminent danger of death. Israel wants her to die. She requires immediate hospitalization. At PHR-I’s request, she was sent to Meir Hospital on March 19 but not admitted. The same night,…

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Uruknet March 22, 2012 – Summary : Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (15 – 21 March 2012): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF wounded 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. During the reporting period, IOF used excessive force to…

Israel banishes eight Palestinian children from their home town
Uruknet March 22, 2012 – An Israeli court has banished eight Palestinian minors from their home town of Beit A’mer, north of Hebron in the occupied West Bank). The eight are currently being detained by Israel. Yousef Abu Maria, the Coordinator of the People’s Committee in the town, said that the court’s decision prohibits the children, the…

A year later, Libya is still a mess
Uruknet March 22, 2012 – …Libya is now effectively ruled by the militias that ousted Gadhafi, and some militias run parts of the country as their own fiefdoms independent of any national authority. The most powerful militias in the western cities of Zintan and Misrata have refused the government’s calls to disarm. These militias believe that remaining…

012: Israel’s national water carrier violates Palestinians right to water
Uruknet March 22, 2012 – For years, the United Nations Human Rights Committee and other UN bodies have found Israel to be in violation of Palestinians human right to water and sanitation as part of normal reviews of Israel’s compliance with human rights treaties ratified by Israel. In 2010 the UN General Assembly and the UN Human…

Two Stray Bullets in Gaza
Uruknet March 22, 2012 – …In Gaza, reminders of war and violence are everywhere. It is normal to hear the sound of drones and F-16′s crossing the sky. The sound of machine gun fire from Israeli gunboats often punctuates a day at the beach or disrupts ones sleep. Building facades made of plaster and cinder block are…

YNet News

Iran helping Assad put down protests – officials
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Experts: Iran’s oil exports drop by 14% this month
YNet News, 23 Mar 2012 – ….

UK anti-Islamist group to form ‘Freedom Party’
YNet News, 23 Mar 2012 – ….

Suspicious object prompts evacuation of Toulouse square
YNet News, 23 Mar 2012 – ….

Toulouse killer’s weapons worth at least 10,000 euros
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Man bites police dog
YNet News, 23 Mar 2012 – Dog requires medical treatment after being sent in to subdue unruly suspect at police station ….

West Bank of what?
YNet News, 23 Mar 2012 – Op-ed: Term ‘West Bank’ only came about as result of Jordan’s imperialist effort to expand ….

Poll: Kadima with Livni – 15 mandates, 12 with Mofaz
YNet News, 23 Mar 2012 – Yedioth Ahronoth poll shows Likud will win 29 mandates regardless of Kadima chairperson. Yair Lapid will receive 13 mandates against Livni, 14 against Mofaz. Yisrael Beitenu will win 12 mandates against Livni, 14 against Mofaz ….

Palestinian Information Center

Three women injured by IOF during a demonstration in solidarity with Shalabi
PIC – Three Palestinian women suffered bruising when IOF troops assaulted participants in the Ma’sara protest in solidarity with Hana’ al-Shalabi who is on hunger strike in occupation jails.

200 thousand Palestinians demonstrate to protest fuel shortage
PIC – More than 200 thousand Palestinians participated in the protests called for by Hamas in the “Friday to light up Gaza and expose the conspiracyâ€. People demonstrated all over the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian child provokes Zionist judge into leaving court room
PIC – Palestinian child Ahmad al-Salibi provoked the judge of Ofer military court when he said that he does not recognise the court or the Zionist entity and described them as a gang.

Demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in London next Friday
PIC – The Palestinian Forum in Britain called for a demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in London next Friday to mark Land Day and as part of the activities of the Global March to Jerusalem.

Emergency services deny receiving fuel, says working at 40% capacity
PIC – The emergency services in the Gaza Strip denied press reports that they have received any fuel supplies saying that they have cut their services by 60%. 

Gaza supplied with 450 litres of industrial diesel to run the power station
PIC – Ahmad Abu al-Amrain said that they have received confirmation of the start of delivery of 450 thousand litres of industrial diesel through the Karm Abu Salem crossing.

Protest in al-Khalil to demand release of political prisoners
PIC – A demonstration was organised on Thursday afternoon at Ibn Rushd Square, in the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil to protest political detention by the PA in Ramallah.

IOF arrest 19 Quds University students in two months
PIC – IOF troops on Friday at dawn raided the home of Palestinian captive Muhammad Halaika who is serving a 22-year prison sentence in Ramon prison and arrested his 22-year-old son Munjed.

Health of Palestinian captive Bilal Diab deteriorates
PIC – Palestinian captive, Bilal Diab,continues with his hunger strike for the 23rd consecutive day. He is protesting the occupation’s policy of administrative detention without charge or trial.

Israel refuses to cooperate with UN probe into Jewish settlements
PIC – Israel announced that it refuses to cooperate with a UN probe to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of Palestinians. 

WAFA

EAPPI FACT SHEET: Violence Without Sanctions
WAFA – 13:52-In recent years, violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians has risen sharply. The Israeli authorities do little to prevent or punish it. This EAPPI fact sheet shows how…

Misc

In post-Kadafi Libya, Berber minority faces identity crisis
LA Times 22 Mar 2012 – Moammar Kadafi forced Libya’s Berbers, or Amazigh, to see themselves as Arabs. But in a new Libya, some seek greater autonomy and question Islamic strictures.  

Clans and Villages Flee Syria, Investigators Say
New York Times 23 Mar 2012 – A United Nations inquiry commission on rights abuses in the Syria conflict described the uprooting of extended clans and villages by armed forces bent on crushing armed resistance. 

U.S. Restores Aid to Egypt in Move Favoring American Industry
New York Times 23 Mar 2012 – The Obama administration said on Friday that national security interests favored the release of $1.3 billion in military assistance. 

Israeli Officials Denounce Move by U.N. Rights Council
New York Times 23 Mar 2012 – Israel said Friday that it would not cooperate with an inquiry, called for by the United Nations Human Rights Council, into how Israeli settlements affect the rights of Palestinians. 

Israeli military shoots 14-year-old protester in face with rubber bullet
Mondoweiss – Izz Tamimi in Nabi Saleh, Friday March 23, 2012. (Photo: JC/ActiveStills) Today during the weekly Friday demonstrations in Nabi Saleh, family members of political prisoner Bassam Tamimi were wounded with rubber bullets by the Israeli military . 14-year-old Izz al-Abdul Hazfith Tamimi was shot in the face…

NYPD surveillance document reveals spying on Palestine solidarity movement
Mondoweiss – (Photo: Getty Images/Newsday) The Associated Press reveals today that New York Police Department (NYPD) intelligence agents traveled around the country and spied on a number of social justice groups and individuals, including those in the Palestine solidarity movement. The revelation, based on a 2008 police document…

‘I didn’t say I liked Beinart’s book’ — J Street head sells his star guest out to his antagonist, Goldberg
Mondoweiss – Jeremy Ben-Ami I don’t understand this. This weekend J Street, the supposed alternative to the rightwing Israel lobby, is having its annual conference in Washington and Peter Beinart is going to be the star attraction. Beinart the author of the forthcoming, Crisis of Zionism. And all…

‘Safe European home’?
Mondoweiss – Cover of Liberation mourning victims According to French police , the now-deceased prime suspect in planning and carrying out the murders of four French Jews (as well as three French soldiers) this month was either linked to Pakistani and Afghan militants, or a member of the disbanded “Knights…

Holocaust consciousness-raising = harming Palestinians
Mondoweiss – Netanyahu at AIPAC, with letters debating attack on Auschwitz, 1944 Akiva Eldar has written a very important piece– on Netanyahu’s use of the Auschwitz letters at the AIPAC conference earlier this month –not so much because it highlights Netanyahu’s manipulation of the Holocaust (which is old…

Israeli Universities Cave to Pressure from Far-Right NGOs, Sponsor ‘Academic’ Hasbara Training Programs
Tikun Olam – Tweet Tel Aviv University President Joseph Klafter caves to pressure from ideological extremists (Aaron Lynett/National Post) Over the past several years, the Israeli far-right think tank, the Institute for Zionist Strategies , has accused Tel Aviv University (TAU) and other academic institutions of being hotbeds of anti-Zionism.  Here is…

Former IDF Pilot Arrested Smuggling $2.5-Million in Zimbabwe Diamonds, Story Under Israeli Gag
Tikun Olam – Tweet This promises to be an interesting story.  The Telegraph reports that former IDF pilot, Shmuel Kainan Klein was arrested in Harare’s international airport while trying to smuggle $2.5-million worth of local diamonds out of the country in his luggage: Shmuel Kainan Klein, 55, was detained…

Leading Settler Rabbi Tells Barak, Bibi: ‘No to Iran War’
Tikun Olam – Tweet Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, leading settler rabbi, opposes Iran strike (Nisim Lev) It’s not every day you read an article like this  (Hebrew) in the Israeli press.  Leading settler Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, one of the most senior of the religious Zionist rabbis, attacks the idea of an…

Palestinians Erect Memorial in Honor of School Bus Crash Victims
Palestine Solidarity Project 23 Mar 2012 – On Thursday, March 22, 2012, PSP activists joined the families and supporters of the children who were killed in a school bus accident last month, on February 16, 2012, outside of Ramallah. Leila Ghannam, the governor of Ramallah, was also in attendance to show her support….

Iz al-deen and Trayvon
The Only Democracy? JVP 23 Mar 2012 – Two young men, a few weeks apart, attacked by adult men. Both names exotic to white American ears.  Iz al-deen Tamemi was not killed, “only” shot in the face. His attackers wore uniforms, while Trayvon Martin’s murderer was vigilante acting alone, though his behavior was sanctioned…

EU slaps sanctions on Assad wife
BBC 23 Mar 2012 – The EU imposes a travel ban and an asset freeze on Asma al-Assad, the British-born wife of Syrian leader Bashar, and other family members.

Egypt’s football club suspended
BBC 23 Mar 2012 – One of Egypt’s leading football clubs, al-Masry, is suspended over the match violence that left at least 74 people dead in February.

Egypt helps ease Gaza oil crisis
BBC 23 Mar 2012 – Egypt starts supplying fuel to the Gaza Strip today to help ease the territory’s worst fuel crisis in years.

No laughing matter: The cutting of UNESCO funding
US Campaign to End the Occupation 23 Mar 2012 – Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a member of the US Campaign Steering Commitee, a senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies and the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum. In classic fashion cable television’s The Daily Show recently reminded those of us who have conveniently forgotten…

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This Occupation is brought to you by Corporate America
Paige, International Solidarity Movement 3/23/2012
During a recent demonstration in Hebron (Al Khalil) demanding the opening of Shuhada street, protesters were subjected to something that could only have been thought up in the United States – a weapon which comes with its own commercial. Amid the sound of concussion grenades exploding, an automated voice announces: ”This is a test of the long range acoustic device, LRAD, from American Technologies Corporation.” The strange automated message serves as a reminder that the Israeli occupation is not just a local or regional issue but one with important international dimensions.
The fate of Palestine has, for most of its history, been subject to the geopolitical and economic interests of powerful states. During the wane of Ottoman power, Palestinians, along with other Arabs, revolted against Ottoman rule in alliance with the British in exchange for a promise that Britain would recognize the independence of Arab states. At the same time Britain made a deal with France, known as the Sykes-Picot Agreement, to divide the Ottoman ruled territories among themselves.
That is exactly what happened when the League of Nations implemented the mandate system following the end of the second world war and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. France was given domain over what is now Lebanon and Syria, and Britain over Palestine, Jordan and Iraq. The Ottoman empire defeated, with the help of Arabs promised self-determination in return, France and Britain were free to divvy up the Middle East and realize their colonial ambitions.
With the birth of the Zionist movement there was yet another European colonial project with its sights on the land of Palestine. Zionism was inspired by European colonial concepts like “terra nullius”, racial superiority over the native population, and expulsion of this population through what was euphemistically referred to as “transfer.” more.. e-mail

Awaiting further escalation
Saleh Al-Naami, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/22/2012
While the latest confrontation between the Gaza Strip and Israel dissipated quickly, few expect the current calm to last.
Fatma El-Belimi, 58, was overjoyed to see her eldest son Sami, 28, crossing the road towards his family home in the rural region east of Deir Al-Balah in central Gaza Strip. Sami had spent one week at his sister Iman’s house in the town of Deir Al-Balah because of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. His parents and wife insisted he do so. Sami eventually was able to leave the house in an area known as the “contact zone” close to the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, where Israeli special units were active during escalation operations. The zone is often targeted by Israeli tanks stationed on the eastern side of the border.
Sami returned after the situation calmed down and locals felt the onslaught had subsided. They now go about their normal routines but anticipate more confrontation soon. Conditions have calmed down in the Gaza Strip contrary to most expectations and despite the flare-up that followed the truce mediated by Egypt, namely firing rockets from the Gaza Strip targeting Jewish settlements and met with a restrained response by Israel.
Israeli leaders decided not to carry out their threats against the Gaza Strip in response to rockets fired after the truce. Some commentators in Israel explained this lack of action as a retreat in Israel’s deterrence ability. Ahikam David, the military correspondent of Maariv newspaper, challenged political and military leaders to honestly inform settlers living close to the border with the Gaza Strip that Tel Aviv no longer has the ability to prevent rockets being launched from the Gaza Strip. In an article published Sunday, David agreed with several pundits who believe that spokesmen of the Israeli government are misleading Israeli public opinion with hollow rhetoric to cover up the truth, namely that they are unable to keep settlements safe. more.. e-mail

Israel’s Nuclear Triggers
Grant Smith, Antiwar.com 3/22/2012
Secret files reveal brazen espionage and dangerous immunity.
FBI files detailing Israel’s stealth acquisition of U.S. nuclear triggers were declassified and released on Dec. 28, 2011. The FBI’s secret Portland and Los Angeles inter-office communications were originally scheduled for release in the year 2036. Their availability today reveals how Israel’s elite spy networks acquire U.S. nuclear technologies while evading criminal and diplomatic consequences.
A kryton is a gas-filled tube used as a high-speed switch. U.S. State Department munitions licenses are needed to export krytons because they can be used as triggers for nuclear weapons. California-based MILCO International Inc. shipped 15 orders totaling 800 krytons through an intermediary to the Israeli Ministry of Defense between 1979 and 1983. MILCO obtained the krytons from EG&G Inc. After the U.S. government rejected several requests for kryton export licenses to Israel, Arnon Milchan’s Heli Trading Company brokered the transactions with MILCO. Milchan is an Israeli movie producer who became successful in Hollywood for such movies as Brazil, JFK, and Pretty Woman.
The FBI file reveals that after the illicit kryton exports were discovered, a U.S. attorney tried to flip MILCO President Richard Kelly Smyth to implicate Milchan during intense plea bargaining. The gambit failed, and in May 1984 Smyth was indicted on 30 counts of smuggling and making false statements. Smyth and his wife promptly fled to Israel and remained at large until captured in Malaga, Spain, in July 2001 after Richard Smyth applied for Social Security benefits. INTERPOL arrested Smyth and extradited him to the United States, where he pleaded guilty to violating the U.S. Arms Export Control Act. In November 2001, Smyth was sentenced to 40 years in prison and fined $20,000, though he was freed within four years because of his advancing age. more.. e-mail

Imperfect revolution: Palestine’s 15 March movement one year on
Electronic Intifada: 23 Mar 2012 – Linah Alsaafin Ramallah 23 March 2012 One year after the 15 March movement’s call for national unity, what has the youth-led mobilization achieved?more

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Posted 24th March 2012 by InI in category VTJP Palestine/Israel

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