VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 23 February 2013

23 February 2013 – VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Four Injured, Two Seriously, In Aboud Village
IMEMC – Saturday February 23, 2013; Four Palestinians have been injured, two serious, by Israeli soldiers’ fire invaded the village of Aboud, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, the Palestine News Network (PNN) has reported. …

Lawyer: “Prior To His Death, Detainee Complained Of Pain Due To Ongoing Interrogation”
IMEMC – Attorney Kamil Sabbagh, who represented detainee Arafat Jaradat, who died Saturday at an Israeli interrogation facility, stated that Jaradat complained to him of sharp pain due to ongoing and extensive interrogation. …

Palestinian Detainee Dies In Israeli Prison
IMEMC – Saturday February 23, 2013; Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, stated that a Palestinian detainee held under interrogation at an Israeli detention and interrogation facility, died Saturday after being tortured and subjected to harsh conditions. … 

Including 2 Children, Army Kidnaps 5 Palestinians In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Friday evening – February 22 2013; Israeli soldiers and undercover units invaded Al-Eesawiyya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, and kidnapped five Palestinians before taking them to an unknown destination. Cashes have been reported between the invading soldiers and local youths. …

Ma’an News

Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail, PA official says
2/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian prisoner held in Israel‘s Megido Prison died on Saturday, a Palestinian Authority official said. PA Minister of Detainees Issa Qaraqe identified the victim as Arafat Jaradat, 30, from the Hebron village of Sair. Israeli media had earlier reported that Jaradat suffered a cardiac arrest and prison staff…. Related: RIP Arafat Jaradat: Israeli prisons’ latest casualty and Prisoners announce hunger strike to protest jail death

Farmers kicked off land in Hebron area
2/23/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — Settlers and Israeli forces attacked a number of farmers while working in their lands in Susiya area of southern Hebron on Saturday, landowners said. Fuad al-Shamsi said that they were surprised when they headed to their lands as they do every Saturday when a group of settlers were shepherding sheep in….

Thousands join Friday prisoners march in Nablus
2/23/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Thousands of people from Nablus participated in Friday prayers which they called “prisoners’ Friday” in solidarity with prisoners in Israeli jails, specifically hunger strikers. This event was organized by the national committee to support prisoners in Nablus. After prayers, people participated ina protest which walked around Nablus shouting in condemnation….

2 Palestinians injured by settlers in Nablus
2/23/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers shot and injured two Palestinians in the village of Qusra south of Nablus on Saturday in the northern West Bank, a Ma’an correspondent said. Hilmi Abdul Azizi from Qusra was injured in the stomach, and Khalid Nafed was injured in the foot, after settlers attacked people’….

Gaza teen dies in Rafah smuggling tunnel
2/23/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A teenager died on Saturday while working in a smuggling tunnel under the Gaza-Egypt border, medics said. Muhammad Khalil Irbayi, 18, was electrocuted in a tunnel in Rafah, south Gaza, medics said. Six Palestinians died in January in tunnel implosions, raising the death toll amongst workers to 233 since 2007….

Ex-hunger striker from Jenin freed from Israel jail
2/23/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) – Israeli authorities on Thursday released detainee Yousef Shaban from Anin village in Jenin, after he went on hunger strike for 63 days and stopped when his health deteriorated. Yousef told Ma’an that he was released after 90 days of administrative detention. The ex-prisoner said in an interview with Ma….

Official: Gunmen open fire at PA security officer’s car
2/23/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Gunmen in Jenin opened fire at a vehicle belonging to a member of the Preventative Security services on Saturday, the governor of the district said. Talal Dweikat told Ma’an that gunmen fired 15 times at the vehicle, which was parked in front of the officer’s home. No….

Woman stabbed to death in Hebron
2/23/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — A woman was stabbed to death and another seriously injured after being attacked in Hebron city center on Saturday, police said. An unidentified man attacked the two sisters with a knife in the Ein Sarah neighborhood of the city, with both women evacuated to hospital. One of the women died shortly….

Haniyeh hosts delegation of Egyptian clerics
2/23/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh hosted a group of Egyptian clerics Saturday at his Gaza home, a statement from the Islamist movement said.” Egypt is no longer a strategic ally of the Israeli enemy, but rather an ally to the Arab nation’s resistance and steadfastness,” Haniyeh said during….

Hamas: PA detains 8 party members
2/23/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Hamas accused the Palestinian Authority security services Saturday of detaining eight of the party’s members and said a ninth was summoned for interrogation. In a statement, Hamas said security services continued to detain two of Hamas’ members in their prisons from Hebron and Tulkarem and transferred another to….

Fatah, Hamas officials trade accusations in heated debate
2/23/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Aziz Dweik and Fatah’s speaker in the PLC, Azzam al-Ahmad, traded accusations Saturday during a symposium organized by the PLO. The meeting was organized by the PLO’s Culture and Media department and included Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi as a panelist….

West Bank teachers to go on open strike
2/23/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The union of West Bank teachers decided Saturday to escalate protests against the Palestinian Authority in light of the ongoing financial crisis rendering the government unable to pay civil servants’ salaries. Bassam Naim, a spokesman of the union, told Ma’an it decided to start an open strike Wednesday….

PA officials call for inquiry into Israeli jail death
2/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority officials on Saturday demanded an international investigation into the death of a detainee who died in an Israeli jail hours earlier, with family members saying he was in good health before his arrest. A spokeswoman for Israel‘s Prison Authority said that the detainee, 30-year-old Arafat Jaradat…. Related: RIP Arafat Jaradat: Israeli prisons’ latest casualty and Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail, PA official says

Women, girls increasingly victims in Afghan war, UN says
2/23/2013 – KABUL (Reuters) — Afghan women and girls are increasingly victims of violence with a 20 percent increase last year in the number killed or injured even though the number of civilian casualties fell for the first time in years, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Reinforcing fears about a rise in insecurity as foreign combat troops….

Tunisian secularists protest against new Islamist PM
2/23/2013 – TUNIS (Reuters) — Thousands of Tunisians protested on Saturday against the new prime minister-designate Ali Larayedh, a hardliner from the main Islamist Ennahda party. President Moncef Marzouki asked Larayedh to form a government on Friday, in the aftermath of the Feb. 6 assassination of secular opposition politician Chokri Belaid. Outgoing prime minister Hamadi Jebali resigned on….

Egypt parliament election start moved to April 22
2/23/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt’s parliamentary elections, previously scheduled to begin on April 27, have been brought forward to start on April 22, the presidential spokesman said on his Facebook page on Saturday. Members of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority had criticized the planned timing of the elections because some voting would take place during their Easter holiday. [END]

Aljazeera

Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli custody
AlJazeera 23 Feb 2013Israel says prisoner died of natural causes, while Palestinians allege he died under questioning.

Palestine News Network

Palestinians Demand Inquiry into Jaradat’s Death in an Israeli Jail
Palestine News Network

Video: Thousands Demonstrate to Open Shuhada Street in Hebron
Palestine News Network

Group says US Border Authority should Apologize to Filmmaker
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Prisoner Dies in Israeli Jail
Palestine News Network

Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Solidarity with Strikers
Palestine News Network

Israeli Settlers Shoot and Injure Palestinians in Qusra
Palestine News Network

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International Solidarity Movement

Bedouin communities near Qalqiliya isolated by Israel and facing school demolition
2/23/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 22 February 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus, Occupied Palestine – By ISM Nablus – The small Bedouin communities of ‘Arab Ramadin al-Janubi and ‘Arab Ab Farda lie south of Qalqilya between the apartheid wall and the green line,close to the illegal settlement Alfe Menashe. They are separated from the rest of West Bank from all….

Israeli settlers and army raid Yasouf: One person arrested, several cars vandalized
2/23/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 20 February 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Yasouf, Occupied Palestine, ISM Nablus – At approximately 3:00 AM in the morning on Tuesday, the 19th of February 2013, 3 armed settlers from the illegal settlement of Kfar Tappuah raided the Palestinian village of Yasouf. Not only did the settlers vandalize several cars by slashing the tires, they….

RIP Arafat Jaradat: Israeli prisons’ latest casualty
2/23/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 23 February 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Megiddo Prison, Apartheid Israel – Arafat Jaradat, was martyred in the Occupation’s jail today: Arafat was born on 14/1/1983, he had just turned 30 years old. He is from Sa’eer, a village near Hebron. He is married and has two young children, a three…. Related: Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail, PA official says and PA officials call for inquiry into Israeli jail death

Young man fighting for his life following settler attack into Qusra
2/23/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 23 February 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Qusra, Occupied Palestine – Following a violent incursion by Israeli fundamentalist settlers into Qusra, two people have been hospitalized with serious injuries. Around 15 settlers from Esh Kodesh (Holy Fire) and Shilo entered Qusra, the clashes that ensued left many people injured, including a sixteen year old boy who is….

The National

Dubai student crowned UAE’s King of Drift
The National 23 Feb 2013 – Thousands turn up at the Red Bull Car Park Drift in Al Ain to witness Lebanese student Jihad Hassan beat off the best drivers in the country.

UAE ups efforts to gain visa-free travel for Emiratis in Schengen area
The National 23 Feb 2013 – The UAE intensifies diplomatic efforts with the European Union to exempt its citizens from visa requirements in the Schengen area.

Islamist rebels recruited child soldiers from Mali schools
The National 23 Feb 2013 – Nearly a month after the Al Qaeda-linked militants were driven out of Gao and into the surrounding villages, students are now returning to the city’s Quranic schools.

Syrian rebels attack world inaction during Cairo protest
The National 23 Feb 2013 – In Aleppo, the battle for Syria‘s second-largest airport intensifies as regime troops try to reverse recent strategic gains the rebels have made in the north-east.

ElBaradei calls for boycott, slams Egypt election as a ‘deception’
The National 23 Feb 2013 – The Muslim Brotherhood immediately ridicule the National Salvation Front leader for dodging democratic test. Bradley Hope reports from Cairo 

Dubai’s oldest British school turns 50
The National 23 Feb 2013 – Dubai English Speaking School will celebrate its golden jubilee this week, and a former teacher from 1964 will return for the special occassion.

Indoor smoking ban has Istanbul’s shisha smokers in a fit
The National 23 Feb 2013 – Die-hard smokers in Turkey’s cultural capital decry the law that will keep them out in the cold, but legislators say the health risks are too great to ignore. Thomas Seibert reports from Istanbul 

Other countries grapple with same issue
The National 23 Feb 2013 – Scholars have recommended a computer-friendly system, based on standard Arabic rather than colloquial pronunciation.

Ha’aretz

Netanyahu rejected Barak’s offer to take brunt of criticism for Gaza flotilla raid
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2013

Expansion plans for Haifa Port approved as greens call for further research
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2013

Former Israeli President calls for field hospital on Syrian border
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2013

John Kerry ‘determined’ with getting Palestinian Authority, Israel to reach peace agreement
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2013

Public gets chance to vote on Obama wardrobe for Netanyahu’s wife
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2013

With recent escalation in West Bank, Israelis and Palestinians edge closer to boiling point
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2013

Palestinians report nine people wounded in clashes with Jewish settlers in West Bank village
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2013

Grounding of world’s two most advanced aircraft could spell trouble for Israeli aviation
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2013

Nine Palestinians wounded in West Bank clashes with Jewish settlers, reports say
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2013

Report: Israel immediately informed Australia of Zygier’s arrest
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2013

Jerusalem Post

Analysis: The Egyptian army is making a comeback
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – As the clash between the regime and the opposition shows no signs of abating, can the military remain indifferent to the country’s slow degradation? 

Rabbi Lau warns Obama not to let Pollard die
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – Likud MK Feiglin says he will boycott Obama visit if the US president does not release Pollard, calls other MKs to join him. 

The Sa’ar saga
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – Only candidates with extra-thick skins dare venture into the merciless political arena. The dermatologically challenged stand to be defeated by the unbearable dread of stigma. 

P5+1 and Iran’s ‘peaceful intentions’
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – The next round of negotiations with the P5+1 will not only be a litmus test for the arms control aspect of contemporary security doctrine, but also test for the viability of diplomatic option itself. 

Rabbis or bartenders – synagogues or pubs?
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – Perhaps this Purim certain rabbis should wear their costumes and refrain from drinking, lest they reveal their internal character, which may prove to be rather unsightly for them and their congregations. 

A coalition to solve the agunah problem
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – It would behoove each MK to make a public statement regarding the need, and measures they suggest, to ensure that the status of the Jewish woman in Israel is secured. 

Everything you’ve wanted to know about sex, in yeast
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – New study shows bacterium, that causes yeast infection and thought to be asexual, is capable of sexual reproduction. 

Out of Zion, better health
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – Dozens of alumni of Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine say it has changed their lives. 

What’s in an Oscar host?
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – The academy has repeatedly tried to inject new life into the award show through its hosts, with lackluster results. 

Will Oscar be blue and white this year?
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – The anticipation is high as to whether one of the two documentaries by Israeli directors will take home the gold tonight. 

UTJ rejects Kandel plan on haredi enlistment
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – United Torah Judaism tells Likud negotiating team it opposes any change to status of yeshiva students. 

Egypt parliament election start moved to April 22
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – ElBaradei calls for Egyptian election boycott, saying process under Islamist President Morsi would be “an act of deception.” 

Palestinians demand probe of death in Israeli jail
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – Officials demand inquiry into death of detainee who suffered cardiac arrest, claim death may have resulted from torture. 

Abbas: Israel won’t change policy towards peace process
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013PA president says he hopes US would play larger role in peace talks, adds Washington can’t ignore UN upgrade of PA status to non-member state; claims Netanyahu had refused to discuss final-status issues with the Palestinians. 

Abbas and Mashaal agree on peaceful intifada
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013PA president says he hopes US would play larger role in peace talks, adds Washington can’t ignore UN upgrade of PA status. 

Turkish Patriots send ‘clear warning’ to Damascus
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – NATO sends Patriot missiles to Turkey and expresses support in case of an attack from neighboring from Syria

‘Israel monitors weapons transfers to Syrian rebels’
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – Rebel weapons could pose security threat if they end up in the wrong hands, Israeli intelligence officials tell US news agency. 

Settlers, Palestinians clash in W. Bank village
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – Security forces attempt to contain clashes at Kusra; Palestinians: Settlers fire live ammo, rubber bullets, gas, hurting 9. 

Iran announces new uranium deposits discovery
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – Tehran announces plans to expand nuclear program, saying it has designated 16 sites for new nuclear plants. 

Purim: the Megila of hiddenness, heroism and hope
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – The Purim story represents more than you make think, including Jewish independence and identification with Israel

Think Again; Pragmatism vs principle
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – If A fuller integration of haredim into the IDF and economic spheres is to take place, it is necessary that the pragmatists prevail. 

A Dose of Nuance; From Limmud to Lapid
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – Jewish learning for everyone, not just haredim, part of Lapid’s ‘wind of change’. 

ElBaradei calls for Egyptian elections boycott
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – Egyptian speaker says Morsi will change dates of April election to avoid Coptic Christians having to vote during Easter. 

Drones, cyber-defense feature in Iran Guards drill
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2013 – Iranian Revolutionary Guards launch 3-day military exercise in country’s southeast aimed at improving combat preparedness. 

The Guardian

Oxford in uproar over union motion to boycott Israel
The Guardian 23 Feb 2013 – Threatening emails, accusations of racism and walkout by George Galloway follow motion at students’ union Students at Oxford University will this week vote on a controversial motion to boycott Israel, after a tumultuous week that has…

Eyewitness: Havat Gilad, West Bank
The Guardian 23 Feb 2013 – Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series

Inter Press Service

Five Hungry Men Feed Palestinian Resolve
IPS A few stoic lines from Palestinian political prisoner Samer Issawi, 33, transmitted to his sister Shireen have given new strength to Palestinian resolve to fight Israeli occupation and its prison policies. As has the hunger strike of four others in Israeli prisons along with Issawi. “The battle waged by me…

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Afghanistan, Garden of Empire
Uruknet

Prisoner hunger strike unites Palestinian activists
Uruknet

Israeli Soldiers Attack Nabi Saleh Weekly Protest, Detain Wounded Child
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George Bush, Tony Blair and the century’s greatest crime
Uruknet

DOJ Gives Blackwater a Whitewash On Felony Charges
Uruknet

Obama to Give Information on Benghazi to Republicans to Avoid Sharing Drone Memos with Senators
Uruknet

With Little More Than a Note, Obama Deploys US Troops To Niger
Uruknet

Obama officials refuse to say if assassination power extends to US soil
Uruknet

An Israeli Dairy Farm in Iraqi Kurdistan?
Uruknet

Daily Star

Egypt brings forward election start to defuse Christian row
Daily Star 23 Feb 2013 Egypt brings forward the start of parliamentary elections to April 22 to defuse a row with the Christian minority, who said the original schedule would conflict with their Easter celebrations.

Syria border gunfire kills nephew of ex-MP: report
Daily Star 23 Feb 2013 Gunfire from the Syrian side of the border with Lebanon claim the life of Hussein Ismail, the nephew of a former lawmaker, the national news agency reports.

Four arrested in Egypt for ‘Harlem Shake’
Daily Star 23 Feb 2013 Egyptian police say they have arrested four students who filmed themselves publicly dancing in their underwear, as more people around the world emulate a viral dance craze called the “Harlem Shake.”

Palestinians hurt in West Bank clashes with settlers
Daily Star 23 Feb 2013 Three Palestinians are wounded in clashes with Jewish settlers from a wildcat settlement near a village in the northern West Bank, various sources say.

Syria Kurd women set up battalion: activists
Daily Star 23 Feb 2013 Around 150 Kurdish women in the war-wracked northern Syrian province of Aleppo have set up a fighting battalion, a monitoring group says.

Rights group urges Yemen to investigate violations
Daily Star 23 Feb 2013 An international human rights group urges Yemen’s government to crack down on human rights violations it says have taken place since the country’s 2011 uprising.

Tunisia new PM starts work on forming government
Daily Star 23 Feb 2013 Tunisia’s prime minister-designate, Ali Larayedh, is to start work on forming a new government after his predecessor and fellow Islamist Hamadi Jebali stepped down in the face of a political deadlock.

Opponents vote to send Egypt’s Mursi into space
Daily Star 23 Feb 2013 Opponents of President Moursi are voting to send him where no Islamist leader has gone before: outer space.

YNet News

Ahmadinejad: 2012 was tough year for Iranian economy
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – ….

Between protest and intifada: Tensions run high in West Bank 
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – Some 3,000 Palestinian prisoners to launch one-day hunger strike in protest of prisoner’s death in Megiddo Prison. PA official warns of escalation in West Bank which could deteriorate into intifada ….

Forced to wed at 15: ‘I saw death’
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – Many Arab women forced to marry at very early age, entering life replete with violence, threats in the shadow of much older husbands. ‘It is like a jail, but no one hears you’ ….

Iran says it has captured a foreign ‘enemy drone’
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – ….

Lapid, Bennett to push joint draft plan 
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – Habayit Hayehudi, Yesh Atid working on joint equal share of burden proposal to be presented to Netanyahu ….

Jerusalem: Patrol car in Silwan explodes; no injuries 
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – ….

Security prisoners to launch 1-day hunger strike 
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – ….

Bnei Brak: Youths attack police officers
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – ….

West Bank: Palestinians hurt by live fire
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – At least one Palestinian hurt by live fire during clashes in village of Kusra, hospitalized in serious condition. Palestinians say settlers fired live rounds; IDF denies soldiers used weapons ….

4 arrested in Egypt for ‘Harlem Shake’
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – Four pharmaceutical students invoke wrath of Egyptian authorities for lude Harlem Shake version; officials: ‘Scandalous act’ ….

Palestinian detainee dies in Megiddo Prison 
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – Circumstances behind death of Arafat Jaradath, who wasn’t among hunger strikers, still unclear. Special police unit tasked with investigating case ….

Report: Rebels lay siege to Scud launching site
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – Battles between Assad’s forces, rebels continue to claim victims from both sides with civilians caught in the crossfire; dozens killed on Saturday ….

Embrace moderate Muslim leaders
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – Op-ed: Prominent rabbi says increased willingness of European Muslim leaders to denounce attacks on Jews mustn’t be overlooked ….

Iran selects 16 sites for new nuclear plants
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – Tehran claims future nuclear power plants mean to meet its desire to generate 20,000mw electricity over next 15 years ….

Brahimi: Damascus bombing a war crime
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria denounces attack that left 100 people dead; says blast was ‘savage act.’ Syria seeks UNSC condemnation of attack ….

NK warns US commander in SK over drills
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – Pyongyang’s aggressive rhetoric continues as it warns Washington participation in routine joint drills with Seoul will spell its ‘miserable destruction’ ….

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard begins military exercise
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – IRGC launches three-day ground troops exercise in Islamic Republic’s southeastern region; says ‘Great Prophet 8′ meant to upgrade combat readiness ….

Divided Egypt opposition attacks Morsi on election call 
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – Opposition considers boycotting vote meant to pacify growing unrest; Islamists insist elections are only way out of crisis ….

US troops in Niger to set up drone base
YNet News, 23 Feb 2013 – Pentagon steps up counterterrorism efforts in Africa; aims to set up new surveillance operation base in western African nation ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian youth in coma after IOF bullet hit him in the head
PIC – A Palestinian university student was hit with an Israeli bullet in the head north of Ramallah on Saturday night and went in a coma.

UN report monitors escalation of Israeli attacks on Palestinians
PIC – A UN report recorded a significant increase in violent clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli forces during the last week.

Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail
PIC – Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat was proclaimed dead in the Israeli Megiddo jail on Saturday, sources in the Palestinian prisoner’s society announced.

Israeli police forces tear down Sheikh Jarrah solidarity tent
PIC – Israeli police forces tore down a tent in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem on Friday night that was pitched in support of Shamasne family.

IOF soldiers detain lawyer Issawi for few hours
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained lawyer Shireen Al-Issawi for a few hours on Saturday morning near Beit Hanina, north of occupied Jerusalem.

Haneyya: Gaza will never interfere in Egypt’s internal affairs
PIC – Gaza’s Prime Minister, Ismail Haneyya, said that Gaza will always support stability and security of Egypt.

Tawil goes on hunger strike to protest his administrative detention
PIC – Hazem Al-Tawil has gone on an open-ended hunger strike four days ago to protest the Israeli occupation’s decision to hold him in administrative detention, without trial or charge.

Palestinians to state their position on Obama’s planned visit to Aqsa
PIC – Noted Palestinian figures declared their intention to hold a news conference to state their positions towards the upcoming visit of US president Barack Obama to the Aqsa Mosque.

FAJ calls for international intervention to stop Israeli attacks on journalists
PIC – FAJ called on all the international organizations involved in the defense of freedom of opinion to intervene to halt Israeli flagrant and persistent abuses against Palestinian journalists.

1024 Palestinians killed in Syria since the start of revolution
PIC – Working group for Palestinians in Syria said that a Palestinian youth from the residents of the Yarmouk refugee camp was killed several days ago in shelling by the Syrian regular army.

WAFA

Israeli Settlers Shoot and Injure Palestinians in Qusra
WAFA – 23 Feb 2013

Group says US Border Authority should Apologize to Filmmaker
WAFA – 23 Feb 2013

Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Solidarity with Strikers
WAFA – 23 Feb 2013

Soldiers Prevent Yatta Residents from Reaching their Land
WAFA – 23 Feb 2013

Newspapers Review: Pro-Prisoners’ Protests Dominate Headlines
WAFA – 23 Feb 2013

EU Supports Gaza Mental Health Services with €600,000
WAFA – 23 Feb 2013

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 20 Feb 2013

Misc

Syrian Flood Into Lebanon Stirs Fear of Looming Disaster
New York Times 23 Feb 2013 – An influx of Syrians is heightening sectarian tensions in a nation haunted by refugee crises and loath to act. 

Iran Says It Has Found New Uranium Deposits
New York Times 23 Feb 2013 – The timing of the announcement suggested that Iran may hope to strengthen its negotiating hand at coming nuclear talks with the United States and other nations. 

Iraq President’s Health Is Improving, Doctor Says
New York Times 23 Feb 2013 – President Jalal Talabani is now able to talk, his doctor said, adding he was hopeful the statesman would soon be fit to return to Iraq from Germany. 

Obama’s Israel Trip: It’s Iran, Stupid!
Tikun Olam – Yediot headline: “Obama will reaffirm on his trip to Israel, ‘Don’t attack Iran.’” Much of the U.S. media that’s written about Pres. Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel (next month) has focused on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.  This narrative says Obama is coming to jump-start negotiations or…

Watch Video Too Dangerous for Israeli Media to Air: Saar May Be Forced to Resign Due to Sex Scandal
Tikun Olam – UPDATE : Israel Social TV fears a possible lawsuit by Gideon Saar and its attorney has advised it to remove this video. I’ve just uploaded it to my own YouTube channel so it is accessible to you. Since my avenue to promote this story in Israel is…

Palestinians demand international inquiry following suspicious death of detainee in Israeli prison
Mondoweiss –   Arafat Jaradat died today in Majido prison under interrogation Palestinian officials are demanding an international investigation over the untimely death of Arafat Jaradat, a 30 year old  Palestinian from a village near Hebron who died today in an Israeli prison. Jaradat leaves behind a pregnant…

Blocked from central commercial street in Hebron for 13 years– Palestinians protest peacefully
Mondoweiss –   Shuhada Street demonstration` Shuhada Street demonstration A press release from Badia Dwaik of Youth Against Settlements in Hebron : On the 19th Commemoration of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre, hundreds demonstrate to Open Shuhada Street in Hebron Hundreds demonstrated today, Friday, in Hebron as part of the…

In fresh defiance of Obama, Israeli gov’t approves oil-drilling in occupied Golan
Mondoweiss – Jim Lobe reports at InterPress on another provocation from Israel, in league with American rightwingers. One of the investors in this drilling project, Michael Steinhardt, has denied that there is an occupation, denied there is a Palestinian people. And the company is headed by Effi Eitam,…

Elliott and Rachel Abrams try to sound like… liberal Zionists
Mondoweiss – The neocons are scurrying left, because they realize that their little platform on the right is dissolving. Last week Chuck Schumer condemned the neocons — his former buddies on Iraq, he threw them under the bus. So is it any surprise that Elliott Abrams is praising…

Palestinians Demand Probe Into Detainee’s Death 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Feb 2013 – Palestinian officials on Saturday demanded an international investigation into the death of a Palestinian detainee who died in an Israeli jail hours earlier. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: UAE- Charge or Release Detained Egyptians – No Family Visits, Legal Assistance Denied Though Held for Weeks 
allAfrica.com 23 Feb 2013 – [HRW]Beirut -United Arab Emirates authorities should charge or release 13 Egyptians with alleged ties to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and grant them immediate access to lawyers, Human Rights Watch said today. UAE security services detained the Egyptians between November 21, 2012 and January 7, 2013. While…

Nigeria: Iran Denies Links With Spy Cell in Nigeria 
allAfrica.com 23 Feb 2013 – [Premium Times]The Islamic Republic of Iran has denied that it trained militants in Nigeria to carry out assassination and attacks on Israeli, American and Nigerian officials.

Demonstration to Open Shuhada Street 
Palestine Solidarity Project 23 Feb 2013 – Today in Hebron city there was a protest at Shuhada Street to be reopened for Palestinians. The street has been seized by Israeli Occupation Forces and is considered a closed military zone for more than eight-teen years, restricting the passage of Palestinian citizen. Despite the fact…

Protest in Hebron for the Administrative Detention of Prisoners 
Palestine Solidarity Project 23 Feb 2013 – On February 18th, Palestinian and international activists gathered from all over the West Bank in Hebron city to protest the administrative detention of young men and even children imprisoned without trial. The protest was in solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike and particularly to recognize…

Syria opposition boycotts talks 
BBC 23 Feb 2013Syria‘s main opposition coalition pulls out of talks in Rome, Washington and Moscow in protest at what it says is the “shameful” failure to stop the violence.

Morsi changes Egypt elections date 
BBC 23 Feb 2013 – Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi brings forward the start of the country’s parliamentary elections, just days after announcing it.

Iran announces nuclear expansion 
BBC 23 Feb 2013Iran has found new uranium deposits and is planning more nuclear power plants, it says, just days before more talks on its nuclear programme.

Child Dead on Hospital Doorstep in Akkar 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Feb 2013 – He wonders why the boy’s father, who serves in the municipal police, does not get the health benefits provided to members of other security forces and the military. (Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi) He wonders why the boy’s father, who serves in the municipal police, does not get…

Yemen: The Wounded of the Revolution Neglected 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Feb 2013 – A protester shouts slogans denouncing violence in the country’s south during a demonstration in Sanaa on 23 February 2013. (Photo: REUTERS – Mohamed al-Sayaghi) A protester shouts slogans denouncing violence in the country’s south during a demonstration in Sanaa on 23 February 2013. (Photo: REUTERS -…

Egypt ordered $2.55m in US-made teargas: memo 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Feb 2013 – A protester jumps on a police vehicle as it passes by an anti-government protest in Cairo February 22, 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Mohamed Abd El Ghany) A protester jumps on a police vehicle as it passes by an anti-government protest in Cairo February 22, 2013. (Photo:…

Yemen witnesses spate of deadly protests 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Feb 2013 – A female supporter of Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi attends a rally marking the first anniversary of his election in the southern port city of Aden on 21 February 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Khaled Abdullah) Yemeni troops shot dead at least two southern separatist in clashes…

Egypt’s Baradei calls for election boycott 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Feb 2013 – A protester shouts in front of the sign for the court of cassation during an anti-government protest in Cairo February 22, 2013. President Mohamed Mursi on Thursday called parliamentary elections that will begin on April 27 and finish in late June, a four-stage vote that the…

Syrian coalition to boycott international meetings 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Feb 2013 – Walid Al Bunni, spokesman for the National Coalition of Syrian revolution and opposition forces, gives a press conference on February 22, 2013 in Cairo. The opposition National Coalition said Friday it will form a government to run “liberated areas” of Syria. (Photo: AFP – Gianluigi Guercia)…

Hyping Hezbollah’s Role in Syria 
Al-Akhbar Politics 22 Feb 2013 – Tanks of the Lebanese airborne division drive in the east Lebanon village of Arsal, near the Syrian border on 4 February 2013. (Photo: AFP – STR) Tanks of the Lebanese airborne division drive in the east Lebanon village of Arsal, near the Syrian border on 4…

An Israeli Dairy Farm in Iraqi Kurdistan? 
Al-Akhbar Politics 22 Feb 2013 – Orthodox Jews walk along al-Shuhada street, past shuttered Palestinian owned shops daubed with the Jewish Star of David on 21 February 2013 as this road is only used by Israeli settlers. (Photo: AFP – Hazem Bader) Orthodox Jews walk along al-Shuhada street, past shuttered Palestinian owned…

Lebanese Forces: Democracy Without Change 
Al-Akhbar Politics 22 Feb 2013 – The LF has no intention of seeking Muslim members as it remains a Christian party with a deeply sectarian orientation. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar) The LF has no intention of seeking Muslim members as it remains a Christian party with a deeply sectarian orientation. (Photo: Marwan…

Syria opposition boycotts talks 
BBC 23 Feb 2013Syria‘s main opposition coalition pulls out of talks in Rome, Washington and Moscow in protest at what it says is the “shameful” failure to stop the violence.

Morsi changes Egypt elections date 
BBC 23 Feb 2013 – Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi brings forward the start of the country’s parliamentary elections, just days after announcing it.

Iran announces nuclear expansion 
BBC 23 Feb 2013Iran has found new uranium deposits and is planning more nuclear power plants, it says, just days before more talks on its nuclear programme.

British man dies in Egyptian resort 
BBC 23 Feb 2013 – A British man has died in the Egyptian coastal resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the Foreign Office confirms.

Articles


What a ’period of calm’ looks like in the Occupied Territories 
Ben White, Al Jazeera.com 2/22/2013
      Three months after the last major Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip, the “period of calm” is only “calm” for Israel.
     Three months have passed since the ceasefire that brought an end to Israel‘s eight-day attack on the Gaza Strip known as Operation “Pillar of Defence”. This infographic depicts the number of attacks on the Gaza Strip by the Israeli military during this three-month period, as well as the number of Palestinian attacks emanating from Gaza. Since late November, Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip have averaged over one a day, everyday. These include shootings by troops positioned along the border fence, attacks on fishermen working off the Gaza coast, and incursions by the Israeli army.
     This data is important for three reasons. First, it is a response to the Western media’s failure to cover the vast majority of Israeli attacks. This fits with a familiar and disturbing pattern, where a regional “period of calm” is exclusively defined in terms of attacks on Israelis. “Calm” from this perspective means security for Israelis – but more dead and injured Palestinians.
     Second, data of this nature lay bare the daily reality for Palestinians and the power imbalance between the occupier and an occupied, colonised people fighting for their basic rights. It is instructive that the Israeli army refers to the entry of its forces into the Gaza Strip as “routine activity”. Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers continue to snatch Palestinians from their homes in the West Bank, enforce segregation, and protect settler land theft. We have included numbers for Palestinians killed and wounded in the West Bank over this same period because developments there and in Gaza ought not to be viewed as isolated from one another.
     Third, if or when there is another assault by Israel on the Gaza Strip, the Israeli government and many in the West will seek to emphasise the “rockets” narrative once again. So remember this data, and note what the Israeli army has been doing when – in the words of Israel‘s own consul general in Los Angeles – “for the last three months, there hasn’t been a rocket fired from Gaza.” more..e-mail

Palestinian students ‘surrounded by guns’ at Israeli universities 
Sawsan Khalife, Electronic Intifada 2/22/2013
      The world tends to forget that there are Palestinians living in Israel. They are the natives of this land and since their villages, towns and cities are located within the “legal” borders of Israel, they are citizens. Citizens on paper, yes, but far be they from equality.
     Palestinian municipalities in Israel receive substantially less funding than Jewish Israeli municipalities, putting Palestinians at the bottom of the socio-economic scale (see the Arab Association for Human Rights’ ”Fact sheet: Discrimination in Israeli law”).
     Palestinians in Israel are discriminated against systematically — and this is especially true in Israeli academia.
     The hard fact is that only 11 percent of undergraduate students in Israeli academic institutions are Palestinian. The proportion is even lower for postgraduate studies, according to data from the Internal Council for Higher Education. Palestinians comprise 7 percent of masters degree students, 3 percent of doctoral students and 2 percent of the academic faculty.
     Moreover, a mere 22 percent of young Palestinians in Israel meet the minimum requirement for university acceptance (compared to 44 percent of Israeli Jews). And even those Palestinians who do make the requirements are less likely to be accepted to university (32 percent of Palestinians are refused, compared to 19 percent of Jews) (“Israel to launch campaign to attract more Arab students to universities,” Haaretz, 21 October 2012). more.. e-mail

Do we know enough? 
Stephen R. Shalom, MERIP, Israeli Occupation Archive 2/22/2013
      Norman Finkelstein, Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel Is Coming to an End (New York: OR Books, 2012).
     In January 2007, amid the furor over Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, former President Jimmy Carter made his first major public appearance about the book at Brandeis University, which defines itself as “the only non-sectarian Jewish-sponsored college or university” in the United States. He received a standing ovation, going on to say that he had chosen the word “apartheid” for his book’s title “knowing that it would be provocative” and to deliver a speech describing the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands as “cruel oppression.” Carter then departed, and Alan Dershowitz, author of The Case for Israel, rose to offer a response. Half the audience walked out. A year later, the Brandeis student senate voted not to congratulate Israel on its sixtieth anniversary.
     In Knowing Too Much, Norman Finkelstein offers these incidents in support of his argument that both American Jews and the American public more generally are moving away from uncritical support for Israel. This shift, he suggests, holds out the possibility that the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be settled at last. Other analysts concur that there is growing disillusionment with Israel among American Jews, a phenomenon they attribute either to higher rates of intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews (and thus lesser ethnic ties to the Jewish state) or to the increasingly reactionary policies pursued by Israel itself. Finkelstein instead emphasizes another factor: Knowledge of Israel’s crimes has become so widespread that it is no longer possible for US Jews to reconcile support for Israeli policies with the liberal values that most of them embrace.
     Attachment vs. Agreement
     The claim that Israel has lost support from American Jews is much debated…. — See also: Source: MERIP more.. e-mail

Point to raise during Obama’s visit 
Daoud Kuttab, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 2/21/2013
      Why can’t Palestinians travel between West Bank and Gaza? The question should be asked now as everyone is preparing for US President Barack Obama’s visit to the region. During a visit to Gaza, I was surprised by the number of Palestinians I met, who were in their 20s and 30s, who have never been to the West Bank, including to Jerusalem. Nearly three million Palestinians in the West Bank are prevented from travelling to Gaza (except through Jordan, Egypt and then try crossing at Rafah) and 1.5 million Gazan Palestinians are not able to travel to the West Bank using any border. This is not a travel ban against certain people who are a security threat. This is not a temporary order that follows or precedes a particular escalation of violence. This is a blanket decision that has no logic, a violation of international law regarding the rights of a population under a belligerent military occupation. It is also a clear violation of one of the main clauses in the 1993 memorandum of understanding between Israel and the PLO, often called Oslo Accords, whereby Israel committed (as per Article IX) to allow safe passage for people and vehicles between the two Palestinian areas. An attempt to follow up on that agreement happened five years later. The protocol concerning safe passage between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip was signed in Jerusalem on October 5, 1999. Israel’s failure to honour that protocol led US officials and peace envoys to work on and reintroduce it, to no avail. more.. e-mail

Palestinian Political Prisoners Starve for Justice
In Gaza: 23 Feb 2013 – * Palestinians demonstrating outside the UN office in Gaza calling for freedom for political prisoners. First Published at IPS – By Eva Bartlett ** blog version longer than published A few stoic lines from Palestinian political prisoner Samer Issawi, 33, transmitted to his sister Shireen have given new strength to Palestinian resolve to fight Israeli occupation and its prison policies. As has the hunger strike of four others in Israeli prisons along with Issawi. “The battle waged by me and by my heroic colleagues, Tariq, Ayman and Ja’affar, is everyone’s battle, the battle of the Palestinian people against the occupation and its prisons,” he told his sister last week. He added that his health has deteriorated dramatically and “I’m hung between life and death.” The day he sent that message, Feb. 16, was the 208th day of Issawi’s hunger strike. Held under administrative detention in an Israeli prison, Issawi is one…more

Palestinians Disqualify U.S. as Peace Broker
Dissident Voice: 23 Feb 2013 – The “unbreakable alliance,” which will be confirmed by the upcoming visit of President Barak Obama to Israel, will disqualify the United States as an honest broker of peace in the Arab – Israeli conflict in Palestine, a Palestinian veteran peace negotiator says. This “unbreakable alliance” will doom whatever hopes remain during Obama’s visit for the revival of the U.S.-sponsored deadlocked “peace process,” on the resumption of which depends the very survival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ leadership, and explains as well the Palestinian frustration, low expectations, unenthusiastic welcome and the absence of celebrations for their most cherished among world celebrities, in a stark contrast to the euphoria that is sweeping Israel in waiting for what the U.S. and Israeli officials are describing as an “historic” visit. On February 19, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office released the official blue, red, and white logo that will be on all documents and signs…more

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Posted 25th February 2013 by InI in category VTJP Palestine/Israel

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