VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 26 March 2012: Hospital ‘may consider force-feeding’ Shalabi

26 March 2012 – VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Ashrawi Condemns Israeli Threats of Cutting Tax Revenue
IMEMC – On Monday Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the PLO executive committee, slammed the Israeli government threats to cut tax revenue as part of Israeli response to the last week UN council for Human Rights decision to investigate West Bank settlements. …

Settlers Attacks Leave One Injured; Troops Arrest Nine Civilians in Dawn Invasions
IMEMC – A Palestinian farmer was injured when Israeli armed settlers attacked a group of farmers near the northern West Bank city of Nablus on Monday. … 

Settlers Attack A Resident In Hebron
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported, Sunday, that one resident was injured after being attacked by a group of fundamentalist Israeli settlers near Yatta, in the southern Bank city of Hebron. Settlers also uprooted dozens of olive saplings near Bethlehem. …

Ma’an News

Israeli court rules against bail for Beit Ummar teens
3/26/2012HEBRON (Ma’an) — An Israeli court ruled to keep seven children from Beit Ummar behind bars until the end of their trial, a lawyer and community spokesman said. The court agreed one other child from the Hebron-district town, Ahamd Mahmoud Isalibi, 16, could be released on bail with the guarantee of a Jerusalem citizen…. Related: Eight children from Beit Ummar facing suspension from their village of residence

Report: Israel demolishes tents in Jordan Valley
3/26/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday demolished tents in al-Himma in the northern West Bank, the official PA news agency reported. Head of Wadi al-Maleh village council Aref Daraghmeh said the structures were used by local farmers and shepherds, Wafa reported. Daraghmeh said Israel demolished dwellings in the Jordan Valley as part of….

Hospital ‘may consider force-feeding’ Shalabi
3/26/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The ethics committee of Meir Hospital may consider force-feeding hunger-striking detainee Hana Shalabi, human rights organizations said Monday. The committee will meet Tuesday to discuss Shalabi’s case and could discuss force-feeding her, Addameer prisoner rights group and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel said in a joint statement. Amnesty International warned….

Prisoners ‘refuse Israeli courts over isolation policy’
3/26/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Prisoners in Israel’s Ramon jail say they will refuse to deal with Israeli courts that extend their solitary confinement based on secret evidence, their lawyers said Sunday. Detainee Abu Ghalma said the courts adopt the view of Israeli intelligence services without giving them a chance to respond to secret….

Helping ex-detainee children cope with trauma
3/26/2012 – RAMALLAH (IRIN) — A year after his arrest and detention by the Israeli military in Bethlehem, Hamza, a 17-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank, is seeing a social worker to try and overcome the trauma he suffered in a small cell with 10 other people.” They blindfolded me, tied my arms together and took me….

Police: Israeli soldier attacked in Jerusalem
3/26/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli soldier was attacked by two men in Jerusalem in the early hours of Monday morning, police said. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an the soldier was in uniform when he was attacked and suffered light injuries to his upper body. The victim and witnesses told police….

Israeli forces raid Yabad village overnight
3/26/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided several homes in Yabad in the northern West Bank before dawn Monday, witnesses said. Jamal Abu Bakr said Israeli soldiers and an intelligence officer ransacked his home and the homes of Nizar Abu Bakr and Abdul Abu Bakr at around 2 a. m. He told Ma’an….

Farmer injured in Nablus settler attack
3/26/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A farmer was injured on Monday after being attacked by settlers in the northern West Bank, a PA official said. Ayman Loay, 24, was moderately injured near Yizhar settlement when a settler threw rocks at him, Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, said. Settlers attacked the….

Gaza baby ‘died early March’ from power crisis
3/27/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The death of a young baby after his medical equipment failed amid Gaza’s electricity crisis took place in early March, officials said, after a Hamas-affiliated channel reported his death on Saturday. Al-Aqsa TV said Muhammad al-Helou died overnight when a power cut caused his breathing apparatus to switch off….

Gaza rally official says march to Jerusalem will be peaceful
3/26/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The March to Jerusalem rally on Friday will be peaceful, a Gaza spokesman for the event reiterated on Sunday. Majid al-Zibdah said that the rally has been organized to protest against “ongoing Israeli assaults and efforts to judaize the city of Jerusalem, as well as the escalating threats against Palestinian….

Rights group says Gaza killer ‘claims honor defense’
3/26/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A man who shot dead a female relative in a Gaza hospital is claiming the murder was to preserve “family honor” to reduce his punishment, a rights group said Monday. Gaza-based Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights says the suspected killer employed the so-called honor motivation to “escape judicial punishment.” While President….

Groups urge Arab summit to address right of return
3/26/2012 – BEIRUT (Ma’an) — Organizations supporting Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are calling on the Arab League to include refugee rights in the agenda of Thursday’s Arab League summit. The petition to Secretary-General of the Arab League Nabil al-Arabi and other heads of state warns “the area will not have peace and quiet unless….

Israel army: Explosive device found near Gaza border
3/26/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces safely detonated an explosive device planted near the Gaza border, the Israeli army said. The device was placednear the border of the central Gaza Strip last week “under the cover of fog,” the military said in a statement….

Jailed Fatah leader calls to end ties with Israel
3/27/2012 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) — From his cell in an Israeli prison, one of the most revered figures in Palestinian politics called on Monday for a new wave of civil resistance in the decades-long quest for statehood, and for severing all ties with Israel. Marwan Barghouti is a leading figure in the Fatah movement. His leadership and charisma….

Report: 2 Jordanian officials denied West Bank entry by Israel
3/26/2012 – AMMAN (Ma’an) — Jordan’s parliament on Sunday slammed an Israeli decision to deny two parliamentarians entry to the West Bank as part of an official tour, Qatar News Agency reported. Khalil Hussein Atiyeh and Muhammad Dhahrawi were traveling with a Jordanian delegation invited by President Mahmoud Abbas. The Jordanian parliament expressed “rejection….

Israel ends contact with UN council over settlement probe
3/26/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel said on Monday it has severed contacts with the UN Human Rights Council after its launch last week of an international investigation into settlements in the occupied West Bank. The decision, announced by a Foreign Ministry spokesman, meant that the fact-finding team the council planned to send to the West Bank will…. Related: Hamas urges UN council to send investigators

US top court allows Israel passport case to proceed
3/26/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American parents of a boy born in Jerusalem can go to court to argue that their son’s US passport can list Israel as his birthplace, the US Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a setback for the US government. Since the founding of Israel in 1948, successive American governments have declined….

French gunman visited West Bank in 2010
3/26/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — The French gunman who went on a killing spree in a Jewish school in Francelast week traveled from Jordanto the Israel-occupied West Bank in 2010, an Israeli security official said. The official did not say why Mohamed Merah had made the trip or whether he had also visited Israel, which is next to….

Hamas urges UN council to send investigators
3/26/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas on Monday urged the UN Human Rights Council to send a fact-finding mission to Palestinian territories after Israel said it would block the visit. Israel on Monday said it had severed contact with the UN council after its launch last week of an international investigation into illegal Jewish settlements…. Related: Israel ends contact with UN council over settlement probe

PA Health Ministry ‘facing medical shortages’
3/27/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The PA Ministry of Health is facing a fiscal crisis which its threatens medical, structural and administrative advances, a spokesman said Monday. Omar al-Nasr said the ministry’s warehouses in Ramallah and Nablus had run out of 90 drugs and 60 types of medical supplies. He urged regional and international….

Car belonging to PA security officer set on fire
3/26/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A car belonging to a member of the PA‘s preventative security services was set on fire on Sunday evening in Nablus, a statement said. The vehicle belonged to Salam Abdul Raheem Dwekat, 44. The Fatah movement in Nablus strongly condemned the attack.” We are looking to such a cowardly….

US adds $10 million to UNRWA contributions
3/26/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The United States added a further $10 million to its contributions to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, a press statement from the agency said. Ronan Farrow, Special Adviser on Global Youth to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, announced the additional contribution during UNRWA’s youth conference in Belgium….

PA donates 40 wheelchairs to Hebron district
3/26/2012HEBRON (Ma’an) — The humanitarian aid department of President Mahmoud Abbas’ office delivered 40 wheelchairs to disabled people in the Hebron district last Thursday, a statement said. Twenty wheelchairs were distributed to a local charity in Beit Awwa village southwest of Hebron and twenty others were distributed in al-Arrub refugee camp north of….

Egypt seizes Sinai ‘master-criminal’
3/27/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities have seized a man described as Sinai’s most dangerous criminal, security officials said on Monday. The man, named as Hamouda and going by the nickname ‘Line of Sinai’, was injured in a gun battle over differences with associates on Sunday night in the northern….

Traffickers throw dead body of migrant from car
3/26/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Human traffickers in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Monday threw the dead body of an African migrant from a car, Ma’an’s correspondent said. Egyptian security officials witnessed the event, which took place in El-Arish, Ma’an’s reporter said. The body was taken….

Turkey closes Syria embassy, Homs shelled again
3/26/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Turkey closed its embassy in Syria on Monday, further isolating President Bashar Assad, whose forces again bombarded the battered city of Homs with mortars in an effort to quell unrest. Video showed towering flames and thick black smoke billowing from at least two locations in Homs, Syria‘s third largest city, which….

UN gets reports of child soldiers with Syria rebels
3/26/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Assad have been accused of using children as fighters in violation of international conventions banning the recruitment of child soldiers, a senior UN official said on Monday. The UN concern about the possibility that Syria‘s opposition may be using child soldiers follows last….

Aljazeera

Israel cuts ties with UN human rights body
AlJazeera 26 Mar 2012 – Co-operation with UN Human Rights Council suspended as punitive measure for probe of illegal West Bank settlements.



International Solidarity Movement

Eight children from Beit Ummar facing suspension from their village of residence
3/26/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Satu, 26 March 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Eight children between the ages of 14 to 17 years old were arrested in Beit Ummar during night raids from 6th to 11th of March conducted by the Israeli occupation forces following a nonviolent solidarity demonstration for the hungerstriker Khader Adnan on the 21st of…. Related: Israeli court rules against bail for Beit Ummar teens

Israel’s dogs will not keep Kufr Qaddoum from reaching justice
3/26/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Amal, 26 March 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Neither the attack dog or the dogs of the Israeli court system could keep Ahmed’s spirits down. He held his head up high as he walked into the court room, even while shackled by his feet and hands.  His court hearing was rescheduled for a….

Relief Web

Political clash leaves Gaza without electricity
Relief Web 26 Mar 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories, March 26, 2012 (AFP) – A political fight between Egypt, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority is to blame for fuel shortages that have led to a major electricity crisis…

United States pledges additional USD 10 million to support UNRWA
Relief Web 26 Mar 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory , United States of America (the) 26 March 2012, Brussels, Belgium – Ronan Farrow, Special Advisor on Global Youth to US Secretary of State…

Helping ex-detainee children cope with trauma
Relief Web 26 Mar 2012 – Source: Integrated Regional Information Networks Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel RAMALLAH, 26 March 2012 (IRIN) – A year after his arrest and detention by the Israeli military in Bethlehem, Hamza, a 17-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank, is seeing a…

Al Mezan Welcomes UN Human Rights Council Resolution Appointing Investigations Committee on Settlements in oPt
Relief Web 26 Mar 2012 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has recently adopted several resolutions relating to human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). The most important of these was no….

Donors Damaging Palestinian Economy
Relief Web 25 Mar 2012 – Source: Inter Press Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory Analysis by Pierre Klochendler JERUSALEM, Mar 25, 2012 (IPS) – The latest Work Bank report on the Palestinian economy fuels the row on institutional viability precisely as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas…

Israel and the PA agreed and coordinated the transfer of fuel to Gaza through the Kerem Shalom Crossing
Relief Web 25 Mar 2012 – Source: Government of Israel Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot, approved the transfer of fuel from Israel into Gaza by the “Dor” Energy company through the Kerem Shalom crossing. Author:…

Civil Administration threatens alternative energy projects in southern Hebron Hills
Relief Web 25 Mar 2012 – Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Country: occupied Palestinian territory In January and February, the Civil Administration issued demolition orders against alternative energy structures – 95 solar panels and six wind turbines – in six…

Le Conseil des droits de l’homme a clos les travaux de sa dix-neuvième session
Relief Web 25 Mar 2012 – Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: Syrian Arab Republic (the) , Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the) , Democratic Republic of the Congo (the) , Guinea , Haiti , Israel , Libya , Myanmar , occupied Palestinian territory , Somalia , Sri Lanka , Yemen Conseil des droits de l’homme COMMUNIQUÉ…

The National

Annan seeks China’s support on Syria
The National 26 Mar 2012 – Backing from Russia puts pressure on Chinese to follow suit. 

Egypt’s Brotherhood mulls presidential candidate
The National 26 Mar 2012 – Move could divide the country’s most powerful group.

Ha’aretz

Shin Bet: Toulouse terrorist briefly visited Israel in 2010
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Russian PM Vladimir Putin to visit Israel in June
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Israel cuts contact with UN rights council to protest probe
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Law to legalize Migron considered unlikely
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Tzipi Livni and Shaul Mofaz face off in Kadima leadership primary
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Israel’s largest faction causes a minor distraction
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Gaza hairdressers cut off from West Bank beauty fair
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Migron’s Palestinian neighbors waiting to see if they get land back
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Israel Railways workers prepare to strike amid last-minute negotiations
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Five children, one adult killed in Rehovot house fire
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

U.S. Supreme Court: Federal judges to rule on ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ passport case
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Obama administration to J Street: Peace is ‘long-term interest’ of Israel, Palestinians and world
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Israel reprimands Austria, Belgium over vote on UN human rights council
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Shin Bet security service confirms Toulouse gunman spent time in Israel
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

TIMELINE / A history of the West Bank outpost of Migron
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Migron settlers: Netanyahu’s government must repeal unjust outpost demolition
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Israel cuts contact with UN rights council, to protest settlements probe
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

IDF to test deploy Iron Dome batteries across Tel Aviv area
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Israel Railways workers prepare to halt all train traffic in Tuesday strike
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Israel’s green groups clash over where to build up Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 25 Mar 2012

Latest strip of West Bank security fence to hinder Palestinian access to agricultural land
Ha’aretz – 25 Mar 2012

Migron case only reveals tip of Israel’s occupation iceberg
Ha’aretz – 25 Mar 2012

Will Eilat soon be the mecca of Titanic tourists?
Ha’aretz – 25 Mar 2012

Israel’s daylight saving set to start, with bill still pending on duration
Ha’aretz – 25 Mar 2012

Sudanese asylum seeker wants redress for NIS 0 pay slip from Israeli company
Ha’aretz – 25 Mar 2012

Israeli TV network to reimburse supporters of ‘The Voice’ contestant who quit
Ha’aretz – 25 Mar 2012

Flocks of swifts stop by Israel to nest and lay their eggs
Ha’aretz – 25 Mar 2012

Jerusalem Post

‘Nanotechnology becoming part of daily life’
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – “The great secrets hidden in small pieces of material” amaze President Peres. 

Tel Aviv DA indicts 4 mobsters for Bat Yam hit
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – In addition to the murder charge, the 4 are charged with illegal possession of a gun and conspiracy to commit a crime. 

US firm finds new ‘Stuxnet-related’ worm
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Researchers at Symantec say they possess part of the worm which causes it to load on a computer after it restarts. 

‘Loud rhetoric on Iran is counter-productive’
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012US vice president security adviser says Iran comments up price of oil, conferring more profits to Tehran. 

Analysis: Kadima’s civil war
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – The hatred and resentment between Livni, Mofaz have only grown since they last faced off in the 2008 Kadima primary. 

Jailed Palestinian leader Barghouti calls for new revolt
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – “The launch of large-scale popular resistance at this stage serves the cause of our people,” says Fatah leader Marwan Margouti, calling for a new wave of civil resistance on 10th year of his imprisonment. 

Let them vote!
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Israelis living abroad for no longer than four years and who intend to return home should be given the right to vote. 

Celebrate life!
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – An open letter to Eva Sandler who lost her husband and two sons in the Toulouse terrorist attack. 

6 die in Rehovot fire, 5 of them children
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Emergency services say victims were 5 children, 1 man trapped in home; police launch investigation into cause of the blaze. 

Are we nearer to an unconventional terrorism attack?
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – An international effort to monitor, control and foil CBRN terrorist attacks is vital for the security of the international community. 

Social justice and electricity
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Consumption of electricity can be considered a vital product, but only up to a point. 

Lights out at the Israel Electric Corporation
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – The public is once again called upon to bail out an unproductive, inefficient and badly managed public behemoth. 

‘French gunman sent footage to Al Jazeera TV’
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – French police source says TV network received computer memory drive containing a montage of footage. 

Israel’s error: Mass deportation of a friendly nation
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Many of us saw the South Sudanese as “the Jews or our time”; we should continue to treat them as the very special people they are. 

The power of experiential learning
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Ohalo College has an experiential approach to learning that upends tired, disproven traditions elsewhere. 

Eini meets Railways CEO in bid to avert strike
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Failure to reach deal would mean train strike starting Tuesday, potentially followed by other transport carriers. 

Encountering Peace: J Street is my street
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – This amazing outpouring of support for a Jewish, democratic and peaceful Israel is a remarkable boost for the soul. 

Pier pressure
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – In ‘The Pier,’ Gerard Hurley takes a poetic yet unsentimental look at the relationship between a father and son 

Annan says Syria crisis cannot drag on indefinitely
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Assad cannot resist “winds of transformation,” Annan says; Syrian government responds to envoy’s peace plan. 

‘Israel leaving UNHRC would be regrettable’
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – President of UN Human Rights Council says no official confirmation of Israel’s decision to cut ties with it. 

Petition to Peres: Push for Pollard ahead of medal
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Thousands sign petition that president should use presidential medal of freedom to press Obama over jailed Israeli agent. 

Emirates act on window deaths
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – After spate of children plunging, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah issue new safety rules. 

Diplomat leaves Morocco due to mass protest
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Israeli envoy David Saranga cuts short working visit after tens of thousand protest his presence at meetings in parliament. 

Reporter’s Notebook: J Street evolution
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – The “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobbying group is setting aside its differences with other groups at this year’s conference. 

Negev man charged with baby’s manslaughter
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – 15-month-old baby dies from ruptured liver after father allegedly punched her in the stomach. 

PA detains journalist critical of mission to France
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Palestinian taken for questioning over a controversial article he wrote on the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Paris. 

Top 5: Juice places in Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Food enthusiasts at Taste TLV give their verdict on the best that the Tel Aviv dining scene has to offer. 

Sights and Insights: Hopes on the slope to J’lem
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Passover and Easter bring to mind pictures of the Messiah; both for Jews and for Christians. 

Egged driver convicted of indecent assault of girl
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Driver also convicted of falsely imprisoning 17-year-old girl on bus. 

Eini to meet with train management as strike looms
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Histadrut chief demands that Israel Railways reverse recent firings and suspensions as a precondition to negotiations. 

What France got right in the Toulouse attacks
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Juppe’s presence at funerals in Jerusalem sent powerful message against anti-Semitic violence. 

Teaching American kids about Arab culture and Israel
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Words have consequences. History teaches that lesson to us time and again, most recently in Toulouse. 

Court charges man who stabbed IDF soldier
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Remand extended for Mohammed Shuman, suspected of stabbing, seriously injuring Yehudit Aharon on J’lem light rail. 

Tales of horror from Syrian refugees
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Reaching Jordan, they can finally tell world about torture, abuse by regime. 

‘Us and them’ mentality haunts French suburbs after attack
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Tensions between Muslims and Jews grow following alleged targeting of Jews by Muslim gunman in Toulouse. 

Court favors right-wing group on City of David park
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Ruling ends three-year legal battle from left-wing organization to stop agreement between Elad and National Parks Authority. 

Workers threaten Israel Railways strike
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Histadrut chairman angry after Israel Railways suspends chairman of employee board; wider strike threatened in 2 weeks. 

J Street calls for action in face of challenges
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Participants, activists urge Congress members to sign letter supporting two-state solution in Washington conference. 

Health Ministry educates public about hypnotists
Jerusalem Post 25 Mar 2012 – Only physicians, psychologists and dentists are entitled to study and perform hypnosis, Health Ministry says. 

Rabbinical Court gets temporary appointments
Jerusalem Post 25 Mar 2012 – First national-religious judge, Rabbi Eliezer Igra, to sit on Supreme Rabbinical Court in 10 years. 

Hate speech to blame for massacre in France
Jerusalem Post 25 Mar 2012 – Israel and Western allies must campaign to charge writers, leaders who incite violence 

The Guardian

Israeli court rules against illegal settlement
The Guardian 26 Mar 2012 – Government must remove West Bank outpost of Migron by 1 August The Israeli supreme court has rejected the state’s request to postpone dismantling a large, unsanctioned West Bank settler enclave until late 2015. The decision is…

Inter Press Service

Turkey’s Ex-Army Chief on Trial for Coup Plot
IPS Ilker Basbug, Turkey’s former army chief, has gone on trial on charges of leading a terrorist group accused of plotting to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Could the Druze Minority Tip the Scales of Syria’s Revolution?
IPS The Druze stronghold of Sweida, Syria, witnessed several pro-democracy protests last week. While the movement remains marginal, it is charged with symbolism: the Druze have long been considered the “spiritual cousins” of the Alawites, the religious group to which the Assad family belongs.

Arab Spring Brings Some Sour Fruits
IPS Recent shifts in the Middle East and North Africa have presented several economic challenges such as high unemployment, an exodus of migrants from Libya and a reduction of tourism revenues. Given that economic discontent played a vital role in the Arab uprisings, economic growth has become vital to sustain the…

Freeing Childhood From Prisons
IPS Hamza has memories no 17-year-old should. “I was desperate. I didn’t talk to anyone. I didn’t want to go outside the house. I was very nervous. I’d be irritated with the simplest matters.”

Uruknet

Military Resistance 10C12: Bottom Feeders in Command
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – The Department of Defense has illegally discharged veterans in the past decade by not following their own protocols when making a diagnosis of personality disorder, which denies them certain medical benefits and carries a stigma that hurts re-entry to civilian life. That conclusion is based on data collected from the Department of…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – Sunday has ended with 70 martyrs including 3 children. 17 martyrs in Homs, 17 in Hama (11 were murdered in Morek Massacre),11 in Idlib,10 martyrs in Damascus suburbs (of which 5 elements from FSA), 9 in Daraa (4 of them in Nawa town) ,5 martyrs in Aleppo and a martyr in Hasakeh.Daraa:…

Imperfect revolution: Palestine’s 15 March movement one year on
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – On 17 February 2011, a group of young activists gathered in one of Ramallah’s nondescript cafe’s to plan for a revolution. Some already knew each other, others didn’t. They Skyped with four activists from Gaza in a meeting that initially focused on translating efforts on social media to action the ground, with…

NATO’s Secrecy Stance
Uruknet March 24, 2012 – SOMETIME late last Aug. 8, NATO warplanes flying from Europe arrived over the Libyan farming village of Majer, where forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi were withdrawing and anti-Qaddafi forces were claiming ground… Shortly before midnight, those as yet unidentified aviators released several laser-guided 500-pound bombs. The first bombs destroyed a house…

On the Death of Shaima Alawadi Murdered by a decade of militarist demagoguery
Uruknet March 26, 2012 – It sickens me to write this, to report on the latest manifestation of the hate that has enveloped my country and spread out across the world like a giant oil spill, but the death of Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old Iraqi woman and mother of five, is a moral obscenity – a crime…

Are Police Building a Massive DNA Database?
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – On March 19, New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill expanding the ability of the police to collect DNA samples from citizens of the state. The state has been able to collect samples from those convicted of certain violent felonies since 1996. The new law, however, permits the the…

U.S. Congress supports additional funding for Israel’s Iron Dome systems
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – The Iron Dome missile defense system has proven its effectiveness, as it successfully intercepted nearly 60 rockets fired from within the Gaza Strip last week. U.S. Congressmen were also impressed by the performance, and Rep. Howard L. Berman, (D-Valley Village) – the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee – introduced…

012 : A Video Roundup
Uruknet 

New Report Shows Extent of Global Arms Complex
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – There are few things as infuriating as the annual report by one of my favorite research organizations. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute released on March 19 its yearly global arms report, with data showing that arms transfers for the past four years have increased by a quarter over the 2002-2006 period….

A family’s nightmare: Beaten and kidnapped by illegal settlers near Qadumim as Israeli military facilitates the crime
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – A family of four was kidnapped by settlers on Thursday afternoon while having a picnic close by an outpost near Qadumim. When soldiers arrived at the scene they chased away the relatives of the kidnapped family with tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets alongside settlers throwing stones. It was around 4.30…

Israel’s Exploitation Highlighted on Water Day
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – In the wake of World Water Day, both local and international organisations have issued reports and organised demonstrations to raise attention to the exploitation and demolition of water resources by Israeli settlers to the detriment of Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). 22 March is a day meant to engage…

Crying Wolf is Israel’s Best Defense
Uruknet March 26, 2012 Listening to the rabid statements coming out of Israel’s leaders over this past week has pointed to something border lining on the comical. Israel is paranoid and comes across sometimes as a little bit pathetic. Of course, in the international arena, Israel’s tirades are taken as defensive’ and the fact that the United…

Palestinian Prisoners on a General Hunger Strike in Israeli Dungeons
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – Today, 24.03.2012, Palestinian prisoners in Israeli dungeons joined in a general one-day hunger strike against the policies of isolation, medical negligence, the prohibition of family visits and against the arbitrary so-called administrative detention. The strike, which is part of a wide-scale struggle programme is also in solidarity with Palestinian detainee Hana’ Ash-Shalabi…

Anti-AIPAC signs in Tel Aviv rally against Iran war
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – I missed the demonstration against the strike on Iran yesterday, but one thing that caught my eye this morning were a couple of pictures of signs denouncing AIPAC that friends shared on Facebook. It seems that more Israelis are becoming aware that AIPAC is not simply a “pro-Israel” lobby, but a rightwing…

Iraq’s top Sunni official says his bodyguard was tortured, killed during terror investigation
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – Iraq’s fugitive vice president demanded Sunday that global human rights groups investigate whether one of his bodyguards was tortured to death. Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi accused Iraq’s government of covering up the imprisonment and slaying of bodyguard Amir Sarbut Zaidan al-Batawi. Al-Hashemi himself is facing terrorism charges brought by the Baghdad government…

Lawyer: Court rejects appeal for Hana Shalabi
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – Jawad Bulus told Ma’an that a secretary from the Israeli military court informed him the judge rejected his appeal against Shalabi’s detention without trial. The judge, after reviewing Shalabi’s case, said that there are grounds to continue holding her as she is a threat to Israel’s security. Bulus said that he will…

Lockerbie exclusive: we publish the report that could have cleared Megrahi
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – The Sunday Herald today publishes the full 800-page report detailing why the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing could have walked free. The controversial report from the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) has remained secret for five years because, until now, no-one had permission to publish it. The Sunday Herald and…

Libyan militiamen storm luxury Tripoli hotel, detain owner over unpaid bill
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – Armed militiamen stormed a Turkish-owned hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli, firing shots and detaining its Turkish manager in a dispute over an unpaid bill, an employee said, highlighting the continuing volatility in the North African country. The employee, who declined to be named, said no one was hurt in the incident…

We exist in a lesser category
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – When I was young, I used to ask my mother why foreigners leave their countries to a “very boring” place like Gaza. “Work,” my mother used to say, unable to resist a frown that quickly turned into a half-smile; “they have work to accomplish, plus Gaza is a very beautiful place to…

Gaza ambulances stop responding to calls as fuel reserves hit zero
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – “Sir, I just received a notification from the central area prison that there is prison inmate with kidney pain. What shall I do, should I head for the place?” “No, please hold on until I make sure myself that the case is urgent.” And so Sami Abu Shaira, in charge of the…

Shaima Alawadi, Iraqi mother beaten savagely in San Diego, dies
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – An Iraqi mother of five living in San Diego, found severely beaten next to a threatening note saying “go back to your country,” died on Saturday. Alawadi, 32, had been on life support since Wednesday when her teenage daughter found her unconscious in the living room of their home in El Cajon…

Gaza power plant shuts as fuel delivery spent
Uruknet March 25, 2012 — Gaza’s sole power station shut down on Sunday morning after two days of electricity production, as Palestinian officials in Cairo sought to end a fuel shortage in the coastal strip. Director of Gaza’s power company Walid Saad Sayil said the Palestinian Authority and Egypt were close to reaching a deal for six…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet March 24, 2012 -The number of martyrs has risen to 52, among them 3 women,4 children and 3 that were martyred under torture;24 in Homs,19 in Idlib, including 10 in Saraqeb,2 in Damascus Suburbs,2 in Aleppo ,2 martyrs in Daraa and 1 martyr in Hasakah , 1 Hama and 1 in Raqqa…. Homs: Qosair: Four martyrs were…

Debating assassinations on “Real Time” (Video)
Uruknet March 24, 2012 – I was on Real Time with Bill Maher last night and the most contentious debate occurred over the claimed power of the Obama administration to target American citizens for assassination without due process, as it did with Anwar Awlaki. Below is the clip of that discussion. One irony is that it was…

Faith under occupation
Uruknet March 24, 2012 – We just had the book launch of “Faith Under Occupation: The Plight of Indiginous Christians in the Holy Land” in Beit Sahour “Palestinian Christians are one of the most misrepresented and poorly understood groups in the Middle East. In this study by Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), they tell…

Daily Star

Somali pirates hijack Iran cargo ship in Maldives
Daily Star 26 Mar 2012 Somali pirates seized an Iranian-owned cargo ship and its 23-strong crew in the first hijacking within Maldivian territory, a security official said.

Arab leaders won’t tell Syrian president to quit
Daily Star 26 Mar 2012 Iraq’s top diplomat said Monday that Arab leaders meeting in Baghdad this week will not demand the resignation of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

YNet News

Police to form special taskforce to probe Rehovot fire
YNet News, 26 Mar 2012 – ….

Tale of 2 murderers
YNet News, 26 Mar 2012 – Op-ed: Unlike Norway’s Breivik, Toulouse killer Merah represents far wider phenomenon ….

Ex-IMF head Strauss-Kahn put under formal probe in France
YNet News, 26 Mar 2012 – ….

Shapiro: Israel’s decision to cut HRC ties ‘understandable’
YNet News, 26 Mar 2012US ambassador to Israel says Human Rights Council obsessively focuses on Israel instead of other critical issues in Syria, Iran ….

Father, 5 children perish in Rehovot fire
YNet News, 26 Mar 2012 – Adult, children ages 2-11 killed in residential fire; two people lightly hurt. Police investigating ….

Sudan, South Sudan armies clash in border region
YNet News, 26 Mar 2012 – ….

IDF foils terror attack on Gaza border
YNet News, 26 Mar 2012 – IDF troops detect, defuse powerful bomb placed on border fence. Army says device was meant to be used as roadside bomb against military forces patrolling sector ….

5 children, 1 adult killed in Rehovot fire
YNet News, 26 Mar 2012 – ….

Gazans blame Hamas for energy crisis
YNet News, 26 Mar 2012 – Online campaign launched by Strip residents call on Palestinian public to go on general strike in protest of growing electricity, fuel shortage ….

‘Israel should aid Jewish communities’ protection’
YNet News, 26 Mar 2012 – Memorial service in Jerusalem marks one week for murderous attack on Jewish school in Toulouse ….

Lieberman orders to sever ties with HRC
YNet News, 26 Mar 2012 – Senior state official says Israel will no longer appear before Human Rights Council, following its decision to probe settlements. HRC says decision ‘regrettable’; Hamas blasts it as ‘Zionist attempt to blackmail’ international institutions ….

Time to tell our story
YNet News, 26 Mar 2012 – Op-ed: Israeli public relations effort should focus on one simple message: We are home ….

Livni, Mofaz urge high voter turnout
YNet News, 26 Mar 2012 – Kadima chairmanship hopefuls make last-ditch efforts to convince party supporters to vote in primaries ….

No chance for peace
YNet News, 26 Mar 2012 – Op-ed: Too many generations of young Arabs have already been lost through daily brainwashing ….

Palestinian Information Center

Ministry of prisoners hails Amnesty’s call for release of Shalabi
PIC – Palestinian ministry for prisoners affairs hailed Amnesty International for condemning Israel’s administrative detention of female hunger striker Hana Shalabi and demanding her immediate release.

Tadamun: Israel jailers force Palestinian prisoners to take DNA tests
PIC – The international Tadamun society for human rights said the Israeli prisoner authority known as Shabas started lately to carry out a collective DNA test campaign among Palestinian prisoners.

Gaza doctors urge Cairo to solve power crisis
PIC – Dozens of doctors, paramedics, and ambulance drivers working in Gaza hospitals asked Cairo to pump fuel into the Strip to end its power and fuel crisis that threatens a big humanitarian tragedy.

Megiddo prison administration blocks visits to hunger strikers
PIC – The administration of the Israeli Megiddo prison has blocked visits by lawyers to their clients in the jail as a punishment for going on hunger strike.

Tadamon for Human Rights : Khaled al-Hajj transferred to Ramlah Hospital
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Prison Service transferred ,on Sunday, Khaled al-Hajj, a Hamas leader, from Shatta prison to Ramlah hospital to have an eye operation, according to ITFHR.

IOF soldiers launch demolition campaign in Jordan Valley
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) launched a large-scale demolition campaign of buildings and installations in the northern Jordan Valley areas on Monday.

Israeli forces storm Aissawiye, arrest 12-year-old child
PIC – Undercover Israeli forces arrested 12-year-old Mousa Darwish in Aissawiye suburb in occupied Jerusalem on Monday, local sources said.

Bardawil: Hamas delegation in Cairo to discuss Gaza power crisis
PIC – A delegation of the Hamas movement led by its political bureau member Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahhar is currently in Cairo to discuss means of solving the Gaza power crisis with Egyptian officials.

WAFA

Summer Time to Start Mid-Night Thursday
WAFA – 19:25-RAMALLAH, March 26, 2012 (WAFA) – Summer saving time will start in the Palestinian Territory at midnight Thursday, a cabinet statement said Monday. Moving the clock ahead by…

Exports Decrease, Imports Increase in January
WAFA – 13:40-RAMALLAH, March 26, 2012 (WAFA) – Palestinian exports decreased in January by 7.8% compared to December, while imports to the Palestinian Territory increased by 6.3% in the same…

Syndicate Concerned Over Courts Use of Film to Convict Activists
WAFA – 13:09-RAMALLAH, March 26, 2012 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) Monday expressed deep concern over use by Israeli courts of pictures and videos taken by Palestinian photojournalists…

Israelis Demolish Shacks in Jordan Valley
WAFA – 12:04- TOUBAS, March 26, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities Monday demolished a number of Palestinian shacks in al-Himma area in the southern parts of the occupied Jordan Valley,…

Rights Group Launch Prisoners’ Support Campaign
WAFA – 11:18-GENEVA, March 26, 2012 (WAFA) – The Euromid Observer for Human Rights (Euro-Mid) launched a wide campaign urging international human rights organizations to take action to support striking…

Settlers Attack Farmers, Injure One
WAFA – 11:01-NABLUS, March 26, 2012 (WAFA) –Jewish settlers Monday attacked Palestinian farmers on the outskirts of Iraq Burin, a village southwest of the nothern West Bank city of Nablus,…

Misc

Syria refugee recalls family’s harrowing escape to Jordan
LA Times 26 Mar 2012 – A woman who fled with her four children this month is among a growing number of Syrians who brave snipers to reach Jordan. About 80,000 Syrians have fled there. Um Eddine shudders as she describes the icy night she and her four children reached the…

Syria’s capital is calm despite revolt, but life has changed
LA Times 25 Mar 2012 – Fear of the government persists in Damascus, Syria, but people are not afraid to talk openly about the yearlong revolt anymore. The cigarette smoke hovers dense inside the neighborhood cafe. Young patrons knock back beers at greasy wooden tables. A heated debate rages about Syria‘s…

Turkey and Norway Shut Embassies in Syria
New York Times 26 Mar 2012 – Opposition groups will receive assistance such as communications equipment and medical supplies, an American official said. Separately, Turkey said it would remove its diplomats from Damascus. 

U.S. Justices Send Jerusalem Status Case Back to Lower Court
New York Times 26 Mar 2012 – The court postponed a ruling on the executive branch’s contention that Congress does not have the power to allow Americans born in Jerusalem to claim Israel as their birthplace on passports. 

With Meeting of Arab Leaders, Iraq Seeks to Shift its Image
New York Times 26 Mar 2012 – For Iraqi diplomats and officials, a three-day meeting of the Arab League is a banner moment for a country emerging from decades of war, occupation and diplomatic isolation. 

Israeli Supreme Court Orders Settlers Off Palestinian Land
New York Times 26 Mar 2012 – Israel’s Supreme Court rejected a compromise to allow the 50 families at the Migron outpost, near Ramallah, to stay for three more years. 

Egypt Ruling Council Says Brotherhood Is Trying to Undermine It
New York Times 26 Mar 2012 – Egypt’s ruling military council lashed out at the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, accusing the group of trying to undermine the government and of questioning the motives of the military rulers. 

U.S. and Turkey to Step Up Nonlethal Aid to Syrian Rebels
New York Times 26 Mar 2012 – Opposition groups inside Syria will receive communications equipment and medical supplies from Turkey and the United States, despite the diplomatic tension it could create with Russia. 

The Toulouse killings and the false specter of European anti-Semitism
Mondoweiss – Thousands took to the streets of Paris Sunday in a silent march against racism, anti-Semitism and terrorism. (Photo: Leela Jacinto/ France24 ) The anti-Semitic killings in Toulouse, France last week predictably led a slew of Israelis to raise the specter of European anti-Semitism. This scary prospect was…

Israeli diplomat chased out of Morocco after mass protest
Mondoweiss – Yesterday, Israeli diplomat David Saranga was chased out of Morocco after a mass demonstration for Palestinian rights spread across the capital. Saranga told the Jerusalem Post that he did not feel in danger, but he chose to leave Morocco at the behest of a security officer….

‘Be on our side’: Bay Area ad campaign features Palestinian and Israeli women calling for U.S. sanctions against Israel
Mondoweiss – Northern California Friends of Sabeel ad in Downtown Berkeley BART Station.                       (Photo: Barbara Erickson) Two Israeli women, one Palestinian and the other Jewish, are the latest activists to appear on San Francisco Bay Area transit posters calling for an end to U. S. military aid to…

We who believe in freedom
Mondoweiss – In response to the recent debate regarding the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, we offer a view from a Jewish anti-Zionist perspective. We welcome debate as a part of the growth and success of an international movement deploying BDS against Israeli occupation, apartheid and colonization. A  claim   has   been   made  by…

The ‘clash of civilizations’ and the death of an Iraqi mother in San Diego
Mondoweiss – Students don hijabs and hoodies in solidarity with slaying victims Shaima Alawadi and Trayvon Martin (Photo: eastcountymagazine.org ) For more see Facebook here . The Los Angeles Times reports : Reporting from San Diego— El Cajon police are asking for the public’s help in its investigation into the fatal…

1,000 Israelis March in Tel Aviv Against Iran War
Tikun Olam – Tweet Israeli protester holds sign denouncing Aipac for advocating strike against Iran Yesterday night, 1,000 Israelis marched to protest the prospect of an Israeli military attack on Iran.  The rally was an offshoot of the Israel Loves Iran social network phenomenon which has been sweeping Facebook…

Southern Poverty Law Center ‘Follows the Networks’ of Anti-Muslim Hate
Tikun Olam – Tweet I posted some time ago when the Southern Poverty Law Center designated Pam Geller’s Atlas Shrugs as an Islamophobic hate blog along with her Stop the Islamization of America group, which invented the “Ground Zero Mosque” and ensuring Muslim-bashing controversy.  Recently, I discovered that SPLC…

Petition Campaign Against Iran War
Tikun Olam – Tweet Image by Iranian graphic artist Mana Neyestani A local activist friend has created a new petition campaign against an Israeli attack on Iran.  He asks signers to commit to divesting from Israel in their personal and political lives if it launches a pre-emptive assault on…

The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa
Voltaire Network 26 Mar 2012 – The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa is one of two “commands” of AFRICOM, the new Unified Combatant Command of U.S. forces in Africa. Originally conceived by the Israeli-American Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies, AFRICOM is the central command for the new ambitions of…

012-03-25, Syrian Crisis Updated
Voltaire Network 25 Mar 2012 – Homs smokes are rising from many areas of Al-Khaldia, Al-Hamedia and Bab Houd neighborhoods; anti-government activists say that “these neighborhoods are being bombed” and pro-government activists say that “oppositions are burning tires in these neighborhood to give the delusion that they are being bombed”. 3 shells…

012-03-24, Syrian Crisis Updated
Voltaire Network 24 Mar 2012 – Homs Smoke billows from many areas of Al-Khaldia neighborhood and anti-government activists say “these areas were bombed” while pro-government activists say that “the smoke was caused by anti-government activists who burned tires to delude that the neighborhood is being bombed”. Clashes between the Syrian Army and…

South Africa: No Decision Yet On Iran Crude Oil Imports
allAfrica.com 26 Mar 2012 – [BuaNews] Pretoria – Government has not taken a decision on whether to reduce crude oil imports from Iran with a response expected in May, the Department of Energy has said.

Namibia: Mining Boss Arrested Over Poland Charges
allAfrica.com 26 Mar 2012 – [Namibian] AN ISRAELI mining company boss with business interests in Namibia, Boris Bannai, spent the past weekend in Police custody after being arrested as a result of a request for his extradition to Poland.

Egypt: Govt, Palestine Hold Talks On Power Supply
allAfrica.com 26 Mar 2012 – [Egypt Online] Egyptian Electricity Minister Hassan Younis and head of the Palestinian power authority Omar Katana held talks in Cairo on 25/3/2012 to tackle means to provide the Gaza Strip with power.

Egypt: Eissa – Turkish Investments in Nation to Exceed One Billion Dollars
allAfrica.com 26 Mar 2012 – [Egypt Online] Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade Mahmoud Eissa stressed the Egyptian government’s interest in attracting Arab and foreign investments in the light of the gradual return of stability to the Egyptian economy.

Memorial of Rachel Corrie in Rafah
Rachel Corrie Foundation 26 Mar 2012 – Rachel Corrie Memorial in Rafah, Gaza. Photo by Jeff Bright. On Sunday 19th March, We travelled to Rafah area of Gaza to remember Rachel , whose 9th Anniversary fell on March 16th. Rachel was a 23-year-old American peace activist from Olympia, Washington, who was crushed to death…

New young Israeli Refusers
The Only Democracy? JVP2 26 Mar 2012 – For decades hundreds of Israeli youth have declared at different times and for different reasons that they will refuse to serve in the Israeli military as they see its actions as immoral. Many times, these conscientious objectors (COs) are imprisoned for refusing to serve in the…

Syria’s opposition seeks to unite
BBC 26 Mar 2012Syria‘s divided opposition groups meet in Turkey to draw up a “national pact” to back efforts to unseat President Assad’s government.

Israel escalates UN rights spat
BBC 26 Mar 2012 – Israel has cut working relations with the UN Human Rights Council, officials say, after it decided to investigate settlements in the West Bank.

Civil Administration threatens wind turbines, solar power in southern Hebron Hills
B’tselem 24 Mar 2012 – The Civil Administration issued demolition orders recently against alternative energy structures in six villages in the Masafer Yatta area of the southern Hebron Hills, which have no other source of power. The 500 residents live in Area C of the West Bank under full Israeli control….

Articles


Helping ex-detainee children cope with trauma
IRIN – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 3/26/2012
RAMALLAH, 26 March 2012 (IRIN) – A year after his arrest and detention by the Israeli military in Bethlehem, Hamza, a 17-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank, is seeing a social worker to try and overcome the trauma he suffered in a small cell with 10 other people.
“They blindfolded me, tied my arms together and took me away to prison in an army jeep. We were 10 people in a small cell, and they kept asking me why I threw stones a few times every day,” he told IRIN, as he waited for the social worker at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) office in Beit Sahour.
When Hamza was detained about a year ago, he was 16. “There were settlers outside our school and then clashes broke out. I threw stones and got caught,” he said. “During four and a half months in detention, I was not allowed to see my family once. When I got out of prison, I just didn’t know where to begin,” he added.
For many child ex-detainees, the months-long imprisonment away from friends and family is a rather traumatic experience, according to the YMCA, which has been running a post-trauma rehabilitation programme for ex-detainee children, since May 2009, supported by Save the Children Sweden and the European Commission’s humanitarian aid department (ECHO).
Each year 500-700 Palestinian children from the West Bank aged 12-17 are detained and prosecuted in Israeli military courts, mostly on charges related to throwing stones. “These children go through a very painful time. They are often deprived of sleep, humiliated and forced to confess that they did something wrong,” Nader Abu Amsha, director of the rehabilitation programme in Beit Sahour, told IRIN. more.. e-mail

Palestinian hunger striker in danger
Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/22/2012
Battling against administrative detention, Hana Al-Shalabi has refused food for over a month, her health rapidly deteriorating.
Hana Al-Shalabi, 24, was released from Israeli jails several months ago as part of the so-called Shalit deal. However, the young Palestinian woman was rearrested two months ago “on secret charges” and sent for administrative detention without charge or trial, ostensibly in order to make her suffer.
This, says Eissa Qaraki, the Palestinian Authority (PA) official in charge of the prisoner portfolio, is a deliberate Israeli policy aimed at hounding and harassing the released prisoners and destabilising their lives.
But Hana Al-Shalabi wouldn’t succumb to the unjust detention order. She resorted to the only means available to her and other inmates to voice their grievances: hunger strike.
On 18 February, she began an open-ended hunger strike to protest against this “illegal, illegitimate and immoral” open-ended incarceration, using her lawyer’s words.
On Sunday, she entered her 32nd day of fasting amid fears for her life as her health deteriorated rapidly.
Her family and human rights organisations in the occupied territories appealed to the UN and Red Cross to intervene and press the Israeli authorities to free her and also put an end to the blatant practice of detaining people for prolonged periods reaching up to 12 years and without trial or charges. more.. e-mail

Veteran activist tells the story of Sheikh Jarrah protests
Daniel Dukarevitch-Argo, +972 Magazine 3/23/2012
Israeli Solidarity activist Daniel Dukarevitch-Argo, who first got to know Sheikh Jarrah almost a decade ago, tells the story of the protest movement from the ground up. 
A new film by Just Vision about the struggle in Sheikh Jarrah will soon be released around the world. Simultaneously, opinion articles and summation pieces have begun to appear, adding to a months’ long debate about the Solidarity movement’s decision to stop the weekly demonstrations in the East Jerusalem neighborhood last September.
Before one specific myth becomes cemented in general public opinion, I promised myself to try to describe what events looked like then and now from the point of view of an activist. This is merely an attempt, because at the end of the day those who make history on the ground are rarely the ones who write it, Israelis and Palestinians alike.
I do not remember when the very first time was that I slept in the house of a Palestinian family in Sheikh Jarrah. It was sometime back in 2003, along with about 20 other Israeli activists. In those days, or rather nights, I wandered between various houses in east Jerusalem. The routine was known, tediously familiar, so much so that the dates and locations have become blurred over time. House after house, family after family, only the activists remained the same. You arrive, make a stronghold in the house, sleep there for a few nights, until the police and the settlers take advantage of a moment of lack of alertness – break into the house, arrest some, beat others, and within hours the house is another settlement. And we would continue on to the next house. more.. e-mail

8,000 West Bank children arrested since 2000, says new report
Electronic Intifada: 26 Mar 2012 – Jillian Kestler-D’Amours Beit Sahour 26 March 2012 A new report examines the impact of Israeli arrests and detention on Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation.more

South Africans recall their own history during Israeli Apartheid Week
Electronic Intifada: 26 Mar 2012 – Adri Nieuwhof Geneva 26 March 2012 Israeli Apartheid Week in South Africa aimed to reach a wide audience and strengthen the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.more

Insight into Post Arab Spring
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Mar 2012 – By Jamal Kanj The results of a 2011 polling study conducted by the Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies in Doha offer a great insight into post Arab Spring. Covering 12 Arab countries, the Center interviewed 16,173 citizens, with margin of error plus or minus 3.5 %. The broad survey stretched from Western Asia (Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Iraq,) to al Sham area (Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan) traversing to most of the North African Arab countries. The polled citizens demonstrated profound understanding of the underlining cause leading to the Arab Spring. It further revealed that democratic values were not alien notion to mainstream Arab citizens as 81% clearly articulated the requisites for successful democracy. A majority of the surveyed emphasized on the political aspect defining democracy as civil freedom, pluralism, egalitarianism and rotational elected government. Even with its potential pitfalls, more than two thirds of the respondents deemed democracy to…more

100 Years of the ANC: Palestinians Resisting Israeli Apartheid
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Mar 2012 – By Ahmed Kathrada (Message from Ahmed Kathrada on the Occasion on the occasion of the 8th International Israeli Apartheid Week, held recently at the University of Johannesburg — Kathrada, spent 18 years as a political prisoner on Robben Island during which time received the ANC’s highest possible accolade, the Isitwalandwe Award. Kathrada also served as the political advisor to President Nelson Mandela and is currently the chairperson of the Robben Island Museum Council.) As a South African who has lived and suffered under Apartheid and spent nearly thirty years of my adult life in its jails for resisting it, I can and do humbly claim to know something about the meaning of Apartheid. You do not get to journey as far and as long as I have with the African National Congress (ANC) and leaders such as Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela and not recognize Apartheid when you…more

Rebellious Spring, Murderous Winter
Dissident Voice: 26 Mar 2012 – The last twenty or so months have certainly been months of insurrection. This is perhaps no truer anywhere on earth than in the Middle East and northern Africa. Indeed, there is even a phrase describing this fact. That phrase is “the Arab Spring.” Exactly what the phrase “Arab Spring” means is still open for discussion. Indeed, it can be argued that the real meaning of the phrase and the events it names has yet to be determined. After the protests, the sit-ins and encampments, the armed assaults and the killings, the only thing certain is that three dictatorial autocrats are no longer in power in the countries they formerly ruled. Ben Ali, Mubarak, and Qaddafi. The unholy trinity of the ancient regimes. What will stand in their stead is still being debated, although the interim regimes that replaced them are doing their best to become permanent. When the Egyptian people…more

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