VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 24 February 2013

24 February 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Ma’an News

Over 4,000 prisoners launch hunger strike in Israeli jails
2/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Some 4,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails launched hunger-strike action on Sunday to protest the death of Arafat Jaradat, who died in Israel’s Megido jail a day earlier. A spokeswoman for Israel’s Prison Authority told Ma’an that around 4,500 prisoners in Israeli jails are refusing….

Minister: Autopsy shows torture killed Jaradat
2/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An autopsy has revealed that Arafat Jaradat died of extreme torture in Israeli custody and did not have a cardiac arrest, the PA Minister of Detainee Affairs said Sunday. At a news conference in Ramallah, Issa Qaraqe said an autopsy conducted in Israel in the presence of Palestinian officials revealed that…. Related: Lawyer: Israeli officers tortured Jaradat

Hundreds rally in Gaza, West Bank over Israeli jail death
2/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hundreds of people rallied in the Gaza Strip and West Bank on Sunday to condemn the death of a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli custody. In the West Bank, Israeli forces and protestors clashed in Hebron, Beit Ummar, al-Arrub refugee camp, and Tulkarem, with soldiers firing tear gas and sound grenades at…. Related: Dozens injured in West Bank clashes over prisoner death and Minister: Autopsy shows torture killed Jaradat

Settlers destroy 50 olive trees near Hebron, locals say
2/24/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — Settlers uprooted over 50 olive trees in the Hebron village of Beit Awwa on Sunday, locals said. Khalid Muhammad al-Suiati told Ma’an that his father found at least 50 olive trees uprooted and a number of grapevines damaged after arriving to work on his land early Sunday. The trees….

Lawyer: Israeli officers tortured Jaradat
2/24/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli officers tortured Arafat Jaradat, a 30-year-old who died Saturday in Israeli custody, his lawyer and the Ministry of Detainee Affairs said Sunday. Kameel Sabbagh, a lawyer at the ministry, said he was present at Jaradat’s last hearing on Thursday. The Israeli judge postponed the hearing for 12…. Related: Fierce clashes in Hebron rage after death of Arafat Jaradat in Israeli detention and Palestinian lawyers to boycott Israeli courts

Dozens injured in West Bank clashes over prisoner death
2/24/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians were injured Sunday including two shot with live bullets at demonstrations across the West Bank to protest the death of a Palestinian in Israeli custody. At least 26 protesters sustained wounds from rubber and live bullets during clashes near Ofer prison, west of Ramallah, medics said. The 13…. Related: Fierce clashes in Hebron rage after death of Arafat Jaradat in Israeli detention and Lawyer: Israeli officers tortured Jaradat

Report: Jewish youths beat Palestinian cleaner in Tel Aviv
2/24/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Jewish youths on Sunday attacked a 40-year-old Palestinian cleaner in Tel Aviv, Israeli media reported. Hassan Ausruf was filling the water tank of his street cleaning vehicle when around 15 youths attacked him, his wife told the Israeli daily Haaretz.”He asked them why they were attacking him….

Center: Long-term prisoner starts hunger strike
2/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian prisoner from a town in Israel has launched an open hunger strike after being jailed for over 30 years, a prisoners center said Sunday. Maher Abdul Latif Younis, 54, is on hunger strike to send a message to the Palestinian leadership and draw attention to long-serving prisoners who have….

Egypt seizes 20,000 liters of fuel en-route to Gaza
2/24/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian forces in Rafah seized 20,000 liters of fuel ready to be smuggled into Gaza on Sunday, security officials said. Egyptian border guards discovered the fuel shipment while monitoring a tunnel smuggling area on the Egyptian side of Rafah, sources said. In late January, Qatari-donated fuel to Gaza was suspended….

Israel returns Jaradat’s body to Hebron
2/24/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israel on Sunday returned the body of 30-year-old Arafat Jaradat who died in Megiddo prison a day earlier. Jaradat’s body was transferred to the Palestinian Red Crescent at the Tarqumiya crossing west of Hebron, and taken to the Al-Ahli Hospital. He will be buried on Monday in his…. Related: Lawyer: Israeli officers tortured Jaradat and Fierce clashes in Hebron rage after death of Arafat Jaradat in Israeli detention

Kerry makes first foreign trip as top US diplomat
2/24/2013 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — John Kerry views his first trip as US secretary of state as a listening tour, but the leaders he meets will want to hear whether he has any new ideas on Syria, Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kerry leaves on Sunday for London, the first stop on a nine-nation, 11-day trip that….

Gaza government to build new prison, official says
2/24/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas authorities in Gaza are planning to build a new prison in the coastal territory, an official said Sunday. Gaza government lawyer Ismail Jaber told Ma’an that rehabilitation centers in Gaza are overcrowded and the new prison will help improve conditions. [END]

Hamas security forces prevent Fatah official from leaving Gaza
2/24/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Fatah official was prevented from leaving the Gaza Strip on Sunday to attend a meeting in Ramallah. Amal Hamad, a member of Fatah’s central committee, told Ma’an that Hamas security forces prevented her from traveling after keeping her at the border crossing for an hour….

Hamas asks to postpone reconciliation meeting
2/24/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas has asked to postpone its next meeting with Hamas to ensure the talks will be positive, the party’s deputy politburo chief said Sunday. Mousa Abu Marzouq said in a statement that Hamas requested to delay the meeting scheduled to be held in Cairo on Wednesday. Fatah spokesman….

Sinai groups to launch protest action over govt neglect
2/24/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptians in the northern Sinai peninsula will launch a campaign of civil disobedience next week to protest the government’s neglect of the region, a Ma’an correspondent said. Political and civil society groups will start a series of sit-in protests and civil disobedience tactics on Tuesday in….

Minister: Algerian gas plant resumes some production after attack
2/24/2013 – ALGIERS (Reuters) — Algeria’s Tiguentourine gas plant resumed some production on Sunday, more than a month after 37 foreign workers were killed in an Islamist attack on the plant, Energy Minister Mohamed Zerguine told state radio.” It is a partial resuming of production. . . we will get 3 billion cubic meters per year,” Zerguine was….

Pope, in last Sunday address, says following God’s wishes
2/24/2013 – VATICAN CITY (Reuters) — Pope Benedict, speaking in his last Sunday address before his resignation, said he was following God’s wishes and that he was not abandoning the Roman Catholic Church. The pope, addressing tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, also said he would continue to serve and love….

US condemns Scud attack in Syria, invites opposition for talks
2/24/2013 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States condemned a Syrian army Scud missile attack that killed dozens of people on Friday in the city of Aleppo, and invited the Syrian opposition for talks on finding a negotiated settlement to the conflict. A State Department statement said the attack on a district of Aleppo and other assaults such….

Syrian rebels say capture nuclear reactor site bombed by Israel
2/24/2013 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Syrian rebels have captured the site of a suspected nuclear reactor near the Euphrates river which Israeli warplanes destroyed six years ago, opposition sources in eastern Syria said on Sunday. Al-Kubar site, around 60 km west of the city of Deir al-Zor, became a focus of international attention when Israel raided it in….

US urges Syrian opposition to attend Rome talks
2/24/2013 – LONDON (Reuters) — A senior US official on Sunday urged the Syrian opposition to attend a planned international meeting in Rome this week, saying it was a chance for rebels to make their case for more support. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was dissension among the opposition about the utility of such….


Palestinians say Israel ‘tortured’ detainee 
AlJazeera 24 Feb 2013 – Minister dismisses Israeli claim that Palestinian prisoner died of heart attack, as thousands protest over his death.

Palestine News Network

Israel Court Extends Detention, Interrogation of Activist Hassan Karajah
Palestine News Network

Palestine Liberation Organization Legal Brief in Support of Recognition of the State of Palestine
Palestine News Network

UFree Network: Israel Tortures a Palestinian Detainee to Death
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Israeli forces and settlers escalate attacks against Qasra village, southeast of Nablus
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Fierce clashes in Hebron rage after death of Arafat Jaradat in Israeli detention
2/24/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 24 February 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Palestinians protesting last nights death of Arafat Jaradat while in Israeli administrative detention clashed with Israeli Occupation Forces throughout today in Hebron. Israeli officials claim that Jaradat died in an interrogation centre of a heart attack despite having no health conditions prior to his detention. In…. Related: Lawyer: Israeli officers tortured Jaradat and Minister: Autopsy shows torture killed Jaradat

Night raids in Haris sees 3 innocent youngsters arrested
2/24/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 24 February 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Haris, Occupied Palestine – At approximately 1:00 AM on Sunday morning, the 17th February 2013 as part of a wider raid on the village of Haris, near the Palestinian town of Salfit and the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel, 3 Palestinian youth Nur Atar Fareed Sultan, aged 13, Rabia….

UPDATE: Young man fighting for his life following settler attack on Qusra
2/24/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 23 February 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Qusra, Occupied Palestine – UPDATE : Today’s confrontations at Huwarra in memory of Jaradat Arafat, took a half an hour pause to let Helmi’s ambulance pass through the checkpoint. Both Israeli soldiers and Palestinian demonstrators stopped, to let the ambulance get to a helicopter which was preparing…. Related: Fierce clashes in Hebron rage after death of Arafat Jaradat in Israeli detention and Hundreds rally in Gaza, West Bank over Israeli jail death

Alternative Information Center

Basque party submits BDS motion against Maccabi
Alternative Information Center – The Basque political party Bildu has submitted a motion to the city council of Gasteiz calling on the city not to provide municipal services to the 28 February basketball game between Baskonia and the Israeli team…

The National

Palestinian prisoner’s autopsy reveals ‘extensive signs of beatings’
The National 24 Feb 2013 – Palestinian Authority demands an investigation into Arafat Jaradat‘s death, which occurred while he was in custody. Hugh Naylor reports from Ramallah 

UAE hopes Expo 2020 will leave behind a strong legacy
The National 24 Feb 2013 – If Dubai secures the international fair, a 438-hectare parcel of land in Jebel Ali will be redeveloped as a university, museum and conference facility.

We’re ready, says UAE’s Expo bid chief
The National 24 Feb 2013 – An international team of nine officials is in Dubai to judge the city’s ability to host the world fair.

Captured tanks boost Syrian rebels in fight for Aleppo
The National 24 Feb 2013 – Rebels also hit the heart of Damascus with occasional mortar shells or bombings, posing a stiff challenge to Bashar Al Assad¿s regime in its seat of power.

In Saudi Arabia, uneasy lies the head that wears the crown
The National 24 Feb 2013 – An interview with one of his sons that reveals rare insights into King Abdullah’s daily life, the king is said to be greatly affected by the suffering of the Syrian people and problems faced by his citizens. Elizabeth Dickinson reports 

Erdogan attacks ‘the silent Satan’ Assad at UAE meeting
The National 24 Feb 2013 – Turkish prime minister speaks up against Bashar Al Assad, calling him ‘the silent Satan of Syria‘, at the second Government Communication Forum held in Sharjah.

What will be the UAE’s Eiffel Tower?
The National 24 Feb 2013 – Every five years for six months, a country welcomes the World Expo to an display of cultural heritage, architectural legacy and technological innovation.

Indian PM urges calm during visit to Hyderabad bombing site
The National 24 Feb 2013 – Opposition party says Manmohan Singh’s visit to city and bomb victims is a ‘non-event’ and blames attacks on systemic security failings.


After Palestinian prisoner’s death in Shin Bet custody, time to question the interrogators
Ha’aretz – 24 Feb 2013

LIVE BLOG: IDF, Palestinians clash in West Bank after detainee dies
Ha’aretz – 24 Feb 2013

Autopsy shows Palestinian prisoner died from torture, says PA chief pathologist
Ha’aretz – 24 Feb 2013

Mitzna says Livni ‘violated his trust’ in deciding to deny him ministerial position
Ha’aretz – 24 Feb 2013

Tiberias man, 27, suspected of stabbing mother to death
Ha’aretz – 24 Feb 2013

Jewish youths allegedly attack Arab man in Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – 24 Feb 2013

West Bank demonstrations are not a third intifada – yet
Ha’aretz – 24 Feb 2013

Israeli state’s witness insists he tried to bribe Olmert in Holyland case
Ha’aretz – 24 Feb 2013

In victory for citizens, Israel’s Supreme Court throws water on plans for Rehovot mikveh
Ha’aretz – 24 Feb 2013

The Israeli-Palestinian talks that never took place begin on the street
Ha’aretz – 24 Feb 2013

Israelis get chance to vote on Obama wardrobe for Netanyahu’s wife
Ha’aretz – 24 Feb 2013

Yacimovich nixes Israel coalition rumors, reiterates plan to lead opposition
Ha’aretz – 24 Feb 2013

Estates of the realm: Bill seeks to require MKs to disclose finances
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2013

Jerusalem Post

Will Iran, Hezbollah go all out to boost Assad?
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – In wake of last week’s suicide bombing in Damascus, Lebanese group seems to increase its support as Syrian president’s position weakens. 

Palestinians sources say detainee tortured to death
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Family of Arafat Jaradat claim traces of blood found on the body, while Israel says autopsy did not reveal cause of death. 

Analysis: Abbas caught between hammer and anvil
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Some Palestinians believe that the PA leadership is interested in escalating tensions with Israel for various reasons. 

Mitzna: Livni ‘breached our trust’
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – No. 2 on the Tzipi Livni Party’s list blasts leader over her reported intention to hand Peretz environmental protection portfolio. 

Wrong Cause
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Palestinians have ignored the fates of journalists arrested, beaten, censored and arrested by their own political leadership. 

Elect Rabbi Stav to revamp Rabbinate
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Bennett should re-assert the primacy of religious-secular unity a hallmark of his political campaign, and endorse Stav. 

Think about it: Ageism
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Addressing the issue of ageism; are jobs only open to the younger generation? 

Israeli-Palestinian cooperation aids Kusra victim
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – In rare move, joint operation sees wounded Palestinian helicoptered to Hadassah hospital; IDF investigating live fire claim. 

‘Shall Jonathan die?’ A letter to President Obama
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – A letter urging President Obama to commute Pollard’s sentence and allow him to live out the remainder of his life in Israel. 

J Street is a dead end
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – In the final analysis, only Israelis bear the responsibility for determining their future. 

To snitch or not to snitch?
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Why is the criminal offense of tax evasion so widely accepted? Should we spill the beans on our neighbors who are working under the table? 

The Region: Hand over your property!
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – The world is constantly held up by terrorists and nowadays it tends to give in to the narrative being imposed on it. 

Analysis: West Bank disturbances not an intifada, yet
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Security sources familiar with violent disorder sparked by the issue of Palestinian prisoners say the term “third intifada” to describe upsurge in clashes is misused, but the IDF must avoid causing Palestinian casualties. 

Iran says it brought down a ‘hypothetical’ spy drone
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Fars news agency corrects IRNA report on military exercise aimed at bringing down mock foreign surveillance drone. 

Knesset to ask PM to respond on West Bank violence
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Temporary Knesset Speaker Binyamin Ben-Eliezer plans to request Netanyahu report on escalating violence after Meretz MK called on PM to stop wallowing in coalition talks, explain to public how he will prevent third intifada. 

Steinitz sets stage for Defense budget cuts
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – The Finance Ministry now has direct computer connections to the Defense Ministry; before it had “no clue how money was spent,” Minister says. 

Police investigate ‘racist’ attack on Jaffa man
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Hanan Usruf said to be suffering head wounds in reported racist attack by group of drunk youths; no arrests made. 

McCain: Hagel ‘not qualified’ as defense secretary
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Republican senator says Senate likely to vote on nomination rather than hold it up with procedural hurdles. 

French photographer dies of shrapnel wounds in Syria
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Olivier Voisin was following the operations of an armed opposition group near Idlib, in northwestern Syria

Purim’s carnival atmosphere spreads across Israel
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – ‘Harlem Shake’ comes to Tel Aviv for Purim; Women of the Wall to hold megila reading in Jerusalem. 

Environmentalists to protest housing plans in Sharon
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – The ongoing planning is pressing forward without regard for ecological concerns, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel stressed. 

‘Syrian rebels capture reported nuke site bombed by Israel’
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Opposition sources in eastern Syria claim to have seized North Korean-designed complex of nuclear reactor site Israeli warplanes destroyed six years ago; rebels say they only found Scud missiles on site. 

J’lem mayor spices up city ahead of Obama visit
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Nir Barkat hopes to win over foreign journalists with culinary, historical and archeological tours of the city. 

Europe’s Hezbollah problem
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – On Feb. 8, Daniel Benjamin, Karen Betts and Matthew Levitt addressed a policy forum at The Washington Institute. Benjamin is the US State Department’s former ambassador-at-large and coordinator for counter-terrorism. Betts is a political counselor and representative for the Joint Intelligence Committee at the UK Embassy in Washington. The following is a rapporteur’s summary of their remarks 

Israel, Turkey look towards reconciliation
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – While relations between Israel and Turkey are likely to remain tense, analysts say better ties would benefit both sides. 

Report: Missiles on Sderot increase miscarriages
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – 1,341 pregnancies of women who resided in Sderot with 2,143 pregnancies of women who lived in Kiryat Gat. 

Tiberias man confesses to stabbing mom to death
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Man wanted for murder of 59-year-old mother leads police on chase which ends with his arrest in the middle of Lake Kinneret. 

Potential breakthrough for Olmert in Holyland case
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Olmert’s attorneys question state witness on page of diary missing former PM’s name. 

Suspected Islamists deface Egyptian cultural icons
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Vandals place Islamic veil on statue of famous Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum, decapitate statue of writer Taha Husayn. 

JPost Purim recipe contest: Mother knows best
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2013 – Winner of JPost hamentaschen recipe hunt Elizabeth Book shares the secrets behind her mother’s famous Purim cookies. 

The Guardian

Prisoner was tortured before dying in Israeli jail, says Palestinian Authority
The Guardian 24 Feb 2013 – Death of 30-year-old man sparks violent clashes in Hebron that leave three Palestinians and one Israeli soldier injured A Palestinian prisoner whose death in Israeli custody fanned violent clashes across the West Bank over the weekend…

Inter Press Service

Democracy Tastes Bitter as Poverty Bites
IPS On a recent Friday, coppersmith Alaa Moussa parked himself in the same spot where two years earlier he had stood defiantly with a handwritten banner addressed to then president Hosni Mubarak. His petition that cold February morning in 2011 had listed the key demands of Egypt’s 18-day uprising: “bread, freedom,…


Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli interrogation center

Palestinian Political Prisoners Starve for Justice

Israeli Licence to Cheney-Linked Energy Firm on Golan Heights Raises Eyebrows

US deploys troops, drones to Niger

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Guilt by Accusation

Palestinian students “surrounded by guns” at Israeli universities

The arrest of Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Saba‘aneh

Bradley Manning’s One Thousand Days of Imprisonment Without Trial

“We are not terrorists, we are only resisting the occupation”

Daily Star

Jordan policeman, two children hurt as Syrian refugees riot
Daily Star 24 Feb 2013 A Jordanian policeman and two Syrian children were injured on Sunday when refugees rioted at the Zaatari camp in northern Jordan, prompting police to use tear gas to disperse them, a government official said.

Syria jihadists claim bus bombing on Hama factory
Daily Star 24 Feb 2013 The jihadist Al-Nusra Front on Sunday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack earlier this month on an army factory in the central province of Hama that reportedly killed at least 60 people.

Egypt seeks tourism boost after Ahmadinejad visit
Daily Star 24 Feb 2013 Egypt‘s tourism minister is heading to Tehran, the government says, as Cairo tries to halt sliding visitor numbers and thaws relations with Iran after a 30-year freeze.

Syrian opposition says captures former nuclear site
Daily Star 24 Feb 2013 Syrian rebels have captured the site of a suspected nuclear reactor near the Euphrates river which Israeli warplanes destroyed six years ago, opposition sources in eastern Syria say.

Rival Lebanese groups fighting in Syria: Jumblatt
Daily Star 24 Feb 2013 Rival Lebanese groups are fighting in Syria – some in support of President Bashar Assad and others against the embattled leader – PSP chief Jumblatt says.

YNet News

Afghan president to expel US troops from key area
YNet News, 24 Feb 2013 – ….

Raul Castro re-elected as Cuba’s president
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10 Chadians die fighting Islamists in Mali
YNet News, 24 Feb 2013 – ….

Fighting in Sudan’s Darfur kills 51
YNet News, 24 Feb 2013 – ….

Syria rebels fight for police academy near Aleppo
YNet News, 24 Feb 2013 – ….

Gatekeepers in love
YNet News, 24 Feb 2013 – Op-ed: Israel’s existential war caused Shin Bet chiefs to gradually identify with Palestinian version of justice ….

Preparing for the fall of Jordan
YNet News, 24 Feb 2013 – Op-ed: Instead of trying to impose two-state solution, world should help establish stable Palestinian state east of Jordan River ….

Palestinian Information Center

Only a modus vivindi is possible between Fatah and Hamas now 
PIC – As widely expected, all reconciliation efforts made recently to end the 6-year rift between Hamas and Fatah have failed to make a real breakthrough

Palestinian prisoner goes on hunger strike to protest 30 years in captivity
PIC – Palestinian prisoner Maher Yunis went on hunger strike on Sunday to protest his 30 years of captivity in Israeli occupation jails, the Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights said.

IOF soldiers clash with protestors in Jenin, storm village
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired rubber bullets and teargas at Palestinian young men who marched outside Jenin city on Sunday in protest at the death of a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli custody.

Jaradat family confirms the presence of bruises and blood on Arafat’s body
PIC – Sources from the family of the martyr Arafat Jaradat confirmed the presence of bruises and blood on various parts of Arafat’s body, which confirms that he was killed under torture.

Israel announces confiscating lands in Jerusalem
PIC – Civic Coalition for Defending the Palestinians’ Rights in Jerusalem warned of the occupation authorities’ intention to confiscate lands and expand settlements..

Prisoner al-Saidi demands the release of hunger striker Sharawna
PIC – Palestinian captive Awad al-Saidi, 35, held in solitary confinement at Ela jail in Beersheba confirmed that the health condition of Ayman Sharawna has seriously deteriorated..

Hamas holds occupation fully responsible for killing Jaradat
PIC – Hamas movement held Israeli occupation fully responsible for the death of the Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat , 30, in light of torture and deliberate medical neglect..

Palestinian revolt throughout the West Bank and Gaza
PIC – Violent clashes broke out on Sunday between hundreds of citizens occupation forces in different parts of al-Khalil in the West Bank following the martyrdom of the prisoner Arafat Jaradat.


Farmer Injured by Israeli Bullets near Gaza Border
WAFA – 24 Feb 2013

Abbas Pays Condolences to Family of Deceased Palestinian Prisoner
WAFA – 24 Feb 2013

Unemployment Rate in Fourth Quarter of 2012 Decreases to 26.7%
WAFA – 24 Feb 2013

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


At age 115 (some say), an Iraqi man looks back
LA Times 23 Feb 2013 – No one knows for sure how old villager Ali Ouda is, but he shares memories of a long life lived in one place. And he never ventures anymore into nearby Ramadi, for fear of today’s violence. RAMADI, Iraq — Ali Ouda doesn’t leave his birthplace…

Syria peace talks effort stalls
LA Times 23 Feb 2013 – The major exile opposition group says it will not visit Russia or the U.S. for planned gatherings on the Syrian conflict. BEIRUT — Fledgling efforts to promote peace talks in the Syrian conflict appear to have stalled, even as the death toll rises daily and…

Palestinians Dispute Israeli Finding on Prisoner’s Death
New York Times 24 Feb 2013 – Israeli authorities said the 30-year-old prisoner died of a heart attack, but Palestinian officials said he was tortured during his interrogation in an Israeli jail. 

2 Palestinians Shot in Clashes With Israeli Settlers
New York Times 23 Feb 2013 – Jewish settlers confronted Palestinian demonstrators in a West Bank village, according to villagers and an Israeli official. 

Iranians Claim to Capture Drone
New York Times 23 Feb 2013 – The Revolutionary Guards said Saturday that they had captured a foreign unmanned aircraft during a military exercise. 

Battery Ventures raises $900m in new funds
Globes Main News – Israel will be a focus of the US funds after $830 million in exits from previous funds in 2012 when Apple bought Anobit and EMC bought XtremIO.

Teva CEO: No new acquisitions planned
Globes Main News – Teva CEO Dr. Jeremy Levin told “Yediot Ahronot”: Future expansion will be based on internal growth engines – organic growth.

Steinitz claims victory over Barak, IDF black hole
Globes Main News – Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told “Defense News” that cuts and transparency measures will save Israel billions of shekels.

Leumi: Global good mood supports shekel
Globes Main News – However, Bank Leumi is also concerned that higher local geopolitical risk could temporarily weaken the shekel.

S&P Maalot downgrades Bezeq, Pelephone
Globes Main News – S&P Maalot: Bezeq’s financial profile is harmed by limited financial flexibility caused by the aggressive dividends policy.

Trajtenberg C’ttee whitewashed gov’t actions 
Globes Macro Economics – Minutes of the Committee on Socioeconomic Change chaired by Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg were leaked to the media today.

Autopsy reveals Arafat Jaradat died of extreme torture in Israeli custody
Mondoweiss – Father of Arafat Jaradat, after identifying his son’s tortured body, Abu Kabir Forensic Institute, Feb. 24,2013 (Photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org) Ma’an News reports Arafat Jaradat died of extreme torture. Minister: Autopsy shows torture killed Jaradat : BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An autopsy has revealed that Arafat Jaradat died of…

Wait, why would a liberal Democrat line up with Dick Cheney?
Mondoweiss – William C. Thompson Jr. is a progressive black Democrat running for mayor of New York, and he’s courting Jewish voters, according to this profile by David Chen in the Times . Thompson went to AIPAC, the Israel lobby, and evidently agreed with Dick Cheney there. Mr. Thompson’s…

The Israel Project– and Chris Matthews– say you can’t make deals with Palestinians
Mondoweiss – The Israel Project, a hardline Israel lobby group, responds to the new wave of Palestinian protests of occupation and imprisonment by stating that Palestinians are incapable of participating in a peace process– so why is Obama wasting his time. TIP’s press release is below. I would…

In pictures: Thousands in Gaza protest the prison death of Arafat Jaradat
Mondoweiss – Thousands marched and rallied in Gaza this morning to protest the death of Arafat Jaradat , a Palestinian detainee in Israel’s Megiddo prison, yesterday. GAZA, PALESTINE, February 24 – Thousands protested the death of Arafat Jaradat, a Palestinian detainee in Israel’s Megiddo prison, yesterday. (Photo: Joe Catron) “…

Palestinians Say Detainee Was Tortured to Death 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Feb 2013 – Palestinian officials said on Sunday a Palestinian detainee who died in an Israeli prison was tortured before his death, but Israel said autopsy findings were preliminary and inconclusive. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Demands Palestinians End Widespread Protests 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Feb 2013 – Israel on Sunday demanded the Palestinian Authority stem a surge of anti-Israeli protests ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to the region next month. Click here for the rest of the article…

John Kerry Pushes Mideast Peace on First Trip 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Feb 2013 – John Kerry views his first trip as U.S. secretary of state as a listening tour, but the leaders he meets will want to hear whether he has any new ideas on Syria, Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Click here for the rest of the article…

Nigeria: Iran Accuses U.S., Israel of Sponsoring ‘Iranophobia’ in Nigeria Terrorism Allegations 
allAfrica.com 24 Feb 2013 – [Premium Times]The Iranian government has dismissed allegations it was behind an emergent terrorist cell in Nigeria, targeting American and Israeli interests, saying the claim was sponsored by Israel and the US, its ark enemies, to incite anger against Iran.

Palestinian Prisoner Arafat Jaradat 
Palestine Solidarity Project 24 Feb 2013 – February 24th 2013 Palestinian Prisoner Arafat Jaradat from the town of Seir, in Hebron in the southern West Bank died Saturday evening in Megiddo prison. The prisoner Jaradat suffered a severe heart attack which led to his death. Jaradat died after 6 days of his arrest….

Palestinian inmates in huge protest 
BBC 24 Feb 2013 – Thousands of Palestinian prisoners stage a one-day hunger strike in protest at the death of a prisoner in an Israeli jail on Saturday.

ElBaradei warns of Egypt poll chaos 
BBC 24 Feb 2013 – Key Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei urges President Morsi not to go ahead with April elections, warning of chaos and instability.

In Eyes of the World, Palestinians are “subhuman” 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 24 Feb 2013 – Palestinians aid a wounded proterstor following clashes with Israeli settlers in the West Bank village of Qusra near Nablus on 23 February 2013. (Photo: AFP – Jaafar Ashtiyeh) Palestinians aid a wounded proterstor following clashes with Israeli settlers in the West Bank village of Qusra near…

What a Waste: Egypt Floods Gaza’s Tunnels 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Feb 2013 – A Palestinian works inside a smuggling tunnel flooded by Egyptian forces, beneath the Egyptian-Gaza border in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip 19 February 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Ibraheem Abu Mustafa) A Palestinian works inside a smuggling tunnel flooded by Egyptian forces, beneath the Egyptian-Gaza border…

Video: SUV rams into Bahraini protester 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Feb 2013 – Bahraini protesters shout anti-regime slogans during a demonstration against the killing of 20-year old Mahmoud al-Jaziri, in the village of Daih, West of Manama, on 22 February 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed al-Shaikh) Activists in Bahrain on Saturday released footage of a speeding driver charging their…

Saudi Arabia beheads Jordanian over drug trafficking 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Feb 2013 – Saudi Arabia on Sunday beheaded a Jordanian man convicted of drug trafficking, the interior ministry said. Faris Salam Salama al-Maghrebi was arrested while attempting to “smuggle a large amount of amphetamine” stimulant capsules into the kingdom, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state…

Palestinian prisoner’s death triggers mass hunger strike 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Feb 2013 – Palestinian women take part in a protest against the death of a Palestinian detainee in an Israeli jail, in Gaza City 24 February 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Suhaib Salem) Updated 3:00pm: At least 3,000 Palestinians imprisoned in Israel began a one-day hunger strike on Sunday as…

Yemen’s president visits south amid clashes 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Feb 2013 – People run for cover as security forces open fire in the air during clashes with members of the separatist Southern Movement in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on 21 February 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Khaled Abdullah) Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi paid a surprise…

Yemen: The Wounded of the Revolution Neglected 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 -…

Palestinian inmates in huge protest 
BBC 24 Feb 2013 – Thousands of Palestinian prisoners stage a one-day hunger strike in protest at the death of a prisoner in an Israeli jail on Saturday.

ElBaradei warns of Egypt poll chaos 
BBC 24 Feb 2013 – Key Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei urges President Morsi not to go ahead with April elections, warning of chaos and instability.

VIDEO: PayPal to expand presence in the Gulf 
BBC 24 Feb 2013 – PayPal is expanding its presence in the Gulf. Jonathan Frewin investigates whether this move will be a turning point for online retailers in the region


Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli interrogation center 
By Mya Guarnieri, +972 Magazine 2/23/2013
      A Palestinian man died in Israeli custody, reportedly during or after being interrogated by Israel on Saturday. The death comes amid spreading West Bank protests in solidarity with hunger striking prisoners. Near Nablus, settlers reportedly shoot a Palestinian man in the stomach.
     A 30-year-old Palestinian man, Arafat Jaradat, died while in Israeli custody today. According to Palestinian human rights organization Al Haq, Jaradat is believed to have died either during or shortly after he was interrogated in Meggido Prison.
     Speaking to the Agence France Presse, a spokeswoman for the Israel Prisons Service confirmed the death. She claimed, “It was probably a cardiac arrest.”
     But Al Haq reports that Jaradat, who was arrested on February 18, had no known health conditions. Jaradat was from the West Bank village of Sa’ir, which is north of Hebron. He is survived by two children and his wife is reportedly pregnant with their third child.
     Palestinian prisoners will go on hunger strike in protest of Jaradat’s death, the Palestinian news agency Maan reports.
     According to B’Tselem, more than 4,500 Palestinians are being held in Israeli prisons; 178 of the detainees are being held without trial in administrative detention. The UN reports that approximately 700,000 Palestinians have been held in Israeli prisons since the occupation began in 1967. Many of these prisoners have been held without charge on administrative detention orders. Children have also been jailed. In 2012, 143 children between 16 and 18 were held in Israeli jails, including 21 minors under the age of 15. — See also: Lawyer: Israeli officers tortured Jaradat and Minister: Autopsy shows torture killed Jaradat more.. e-mail

5 Broken Cameras’ director: There is no room for guilt – only taking responsibility 
Lisa Goldman, +972 Magazine 2/24/2013
      NEW YORK — Before Guy Davidi co-directed and produced 5 Broken Cameras, he was involved in Indymedia and an experienced filmmaker. He was also associated with Anarchists Against the Wall, Israeli anti-occupation activists. This is how he came to know the West Bank village of Bil’in, home of the film’s co-director, Emad Burnat.
     “I lived in the village for two months in 2005,” he recalled, during a conversation that took place at a coffee shop in New York, where he was promoting the film ahead of the Oscars. “That was an intense time, with the [Palestinian Legislative Council] election. That was also the time of the night raids and arrests. The struggle was just beginning. I used to go out and film the soldiers, or try to stop them. And that was when I started to get to know Emad, because he used to go out and film when I did.”
     Over the next five years, Burnat shot 700 hours of footage. Every Friday afternoon, week after week, through the present day, the villagers have been holding demonstrations against Israel’s wall, which severed them from their agricultural land. Burnat filmed the tear gas, the bullets, the arrests, the beatings — and the death of his cousin, Bassem Abu-Rahmeh (“Phil”), who died when an Israeli soldier shot a tear gas canister directly at his chest.
     With another 300 hours of footage from other sources, Davidi and Burnat scripted and edited the film so that the narrative focuses on the 2005 birth of Burnat’s son Gibreel, who grew up against the background of the village’s struggle and all the attendant violence; and on the eponymous five cameras, broken successively by tear gas canisters, rubber bullets and similar violent incidents. The result is a deeply moving, thought-provoking documentary that won critical acclaim and a major award at the Sundance Festival. Then came the Oscar nomination, in the category of best feature documentary. more.. e-mail

After victorious hunger strike, Palestinian football star returns to Gaza for life of activism 
Rami Almeghari, Rafah, Electronic Intifada 2/21/2013
      Mahmoud Sarsak is a footballer and former prisoner who was released to Gaza on 10 July 2012 after refusing food for 90 days.
     The Electronic Intifada met with 25-year-old Sarsak in Rafah, where he now lives with his family. 
     Trying to lead a normal life, Mahmoud now divides his time between home, friends and the sports ground of Rafah Services Club. He began playing his favorite sports there, until he was nominated in 2009 to train with the Palestinian national football team in the West Bank.
     That Israeli occupation forces arrested him while he was en route to the West Bank that year.
     This month Sarsak participated in a football match between two local teams. “I performed very well. It was such a great experience for me following years of absence from the playgrounds of Gaza,” he said. Remarkable change
     Sarsak announced his hunger strike at the Israeli prison in the Naqab desert on 15 March 2012.
     This move came after almost three years in jail with no charges under Israel’s “unlawful combatant” law; Sarsak’s lawyer told The Electronic Intifada last year that Sarsak was believed to be the only Palestinian detained under the law.
     Sarsak says the hunger strike has changed his life. “Since I had been arrested by Israel on the Erez checkpoint in northern Gaza, Israeli authorities had no specific charges against me,” he said, and his detention orders were repeatedly extended.
     “Meanwhile, my determination to attain my freedom grew more and more, especially after I had realized that my dignity as a human being had been hijacked by the Israelis. Quite simply, the question for me was: To be or not to be,” Sarsak said. more.. e-mail

A history of violence in Qusra: Not ’clashes,’ but ’pogroms’ 
Yesh Din, Written By Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 2/24/2013
      The attack against Palestinians in Qusra yesterday was not a ‘clash,’ it was a pogrom – and, as usual, it took place under the aegis of the IDF.
     A group of settlers coming from the direction of one of the most notorious outposts, Esh Kodesh, raided the Palestinian village of Qusra yesterday (Saturday). Some six Palestinians were wounded. The Israeli media reported a “clash” in the village. There wasn’t one.
     A clash is what happens when two sides of more or less equal strength face off with one another. What took place in Qusra is much more similar to the Czarist period and to the American South before the passage of the civil rights laws: a group of bullies attacking a persecuted minority, and then received the protection of law enforcement forces.
     Settlers attack Palestinians in Qusra as IDF soldiers stand by (photo Sa’ad Al-Wadi)
     Look at the pictures, taken yesterday: settlers and soldiers firing together at the residents of Qusra, while the latter stand on their lands. The regular Israel, whose media makes an effort not to report what goes on in the West Bank – more on this below – will automatically excuse it by saying the army has to put down “disturbances of order.” Okay. So what were the settlers doing there?
     Qusra is a target of particularly wild attacks from settlers to the point where Yesh Din sent an urgent letter to the commander of the Judea and Samaria Division and the commander of the Police District of Samaria and Judea (‘SHAI’) two months ago, demanding they protect the residents from the settlers. We have dozens of complaints by Qusra residents about attacks by settlers. At this point, as far as we know, not a single raider was indicted. more.. e-mail

Palestinians in Gaza protest the death of Arafat Jaradat in Zionist occupation prison
In Gaza: 24 Feb 2013 – * Hana Shalabi , a former prisoner held illegally under administrative detention, won her freedom through a sustained hunger strike. Filed under: international solidarity , women in Gazamore

For Samer Issawi: Tribute to a Jerusalem Son – A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Feb 2013 – By Susan Abulhawa Apartheid’s outlaw Has crooked white teeth An Adam’s Apple and an angled jaw A beautiful face With a knowing smile, gentle eyes And masculine grace O’ Native son, my brother Your eyes have sunk in darkness’ pain Sleepless nights crawl on your skin And daylight climbs the links of your rusty prison chain Religion made a mistake So your body shrinks And shadows trample your ribs While a thousand senators quake In your hallowed belly, Jerusalem screams Chokes on your mother’s tears And shakes these tired dreams From your body’s excavation of death The ruin of nations is carved in your palm And a sorrowful flag holds its breath O’ Native son, my brother You carry your broken frame Through the decay of health And death hangs its head in shame You are the prince Where the Jasmine sings The bougainvillea prance And the tyrants wince Palestine…more

Hunger Strike – A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Feb 2013 – By Zahra Zamorano If I could feed one ounce of Earth into empty stomachs of stubborn roots would this bide enough time to see wings of hope fly home again? If I could write one song to free souls from dusty dungeons, this poem might work miracles and I could rescue myself from this noose of selfish despair. Alas, there are no solutions and life can be cruel and cold as I. – Zahra Zamorano contributed this poem to PalestineChronicle.com.more

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

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