VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 3 March 2013: Report: Israel to operate ‘Palestinian-only’ bus routes

3 March 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli officer shakes hand with settler who attacked Palestinians
IMEMC – On Saturday, masked Israeli settlers were caught on camera shaking hands with Israeli border guards stationed in the village of Umm al-Amad, south of Hebron, then proceeded to harass a group of Palestinian cattle herders while the border guards stood by and watched without intervening. …

Ma’an News

Report: Israel to operate ‘Palestinian-only’ bus routes
3/3/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — An Israeli bus company on Monday will begin operating Palestinian-only lines from the West Bank to Israel as a result of complaints from settlers, Israeli media reported Sunday. The new bus routes will be operated by Israel’s Afikim company and take Palestinian workers from the Eyal crossing….

Israel bans sheikh from Al-Aqsa mosque for 7th time
3/3/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Sunday extended a ban forbidding Sheikh Najeh Bkerat from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque for the seventh time, the sheikh said. Bkerat, the manager of the mosque, said Israel banned him from Al-Aqsa Mosque for six months. His previous six-month ban expired on Sunday.”The Israeli authorities allow extremist….

Issawi: Hunger strike is my last remaining stone
3/3/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — After 214 days on hunger strike, Samer Issawi says his death will be a victory for refusal to surrender to Israel’s occupation.” Do not worry if my heart stops. I am still alive now and even after death, because Jerusalem runs through my veins. If I die, it is….

FM: Palestine must sign Rome Statute to access ICC
3/3/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestine cannot file complaints at the International Criminal Court until it signs the Rome Statute, the Palestinian Authority foreign minister said Sunday. The ICC was established by the Rome Statute and Palestine must sign the treaty to access the court, Riyad al-Maliki told Ma’an. The Palestinian leadership is prepared….

Israel extends detention of Hamas MP without trial
3/3/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court on Monday extended the administrative detention of Issa al-Jabari by one month, the prisoners rights group Addameer said Sunday. Israeli forces arrested al-Jabari in May 2011. He is being held without charge or trial. Al-Jabari had previously been released in March 2010 after 14 months in….

Fatah youth organizes rally to protest Israeli marathon
3/3/2013 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Fatah’s Youth Movement organized a bike rally in the West Bank on Saturday to protest the Jerusalem marathon a day earlier, which passes through occupied East Jerusalem. Over one hundred people took part in the rally, which began in the East Jerusalem town of al-Eizariya and headed towards Jericho….

Israeli forces detain 2 people at Nablus checkpoint, witnesses say
3/3/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested two people at Huwwara checkpoint in Nablus on Sunday, locals said. Two unidentified men were detained after being stopped at the checkpoint, with Israeli forces closing the area for several minutes. An Israeli army spokeswoman said four people were arrested overnight, two in el-Arrub camp, one in Nablus and one in Ramallah. [END]

Israel frees man jailed for 40 months without trial
3/3/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israel on Sunday released a 41-year-old Palestinian after detaining him since October 2009 without charge or trial, a prisoners group said. Mazin al-Natsheh, from Hebron was held in administrative detention since Oct. 7, 2009, the Ahrar center said in a statement. Israel has detained al-Natsheh eight times. He was arrested….

In photos: Priests lead protest along separation wall
3/3/2013 – MaanImages / Charlie Hoyle – Over 80 protesters walked from Cremisan monastery in Beit Jala to Israel’s separation wall near Gilo checkpoint on Friday. The march was organized as an extension of weekly protests at Cremisan to stop Israel completing the final section of its wall in the Bethlehem area, which would annex part of….

Report: King Abdullah, Netanyahu meet in Jordan
3/3/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jordan last week to discuss the Middle East peace process, AFP reported Saturday. A diplomatic source said that Netanyahu traveled to Jordan to meet the King, with both officials discussing the peace process. The last Israeli-Palestinian peace….

Haniyeh urges Palestinians to join ‘prisoners’ intifada’
3/3/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday urged Palestinians at home and in the diaspora to continue the “prisoners’ intifada” to support detainees in Israeli jails.”We will fight in all arenas, take responsibility and pay the toll for the sake of their freedom,” Haniyeh said at a photo….

Fatah official says no ill feeling after public spat with Hamas rival
3/3/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Fatah’s speaker in the Palestinian Legislative Council, Azzam al-Ahmad, told Ma’an Saturday that he has no ill feeling towards PLC council speaker Aziz Dweik, after the two officials had a public spat last month.” I have no dispute with Aziz Dweik and the media amplified the issue….

Upstart parties frustrate Netanyahu’s coalition-building
3/3/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — A surprise alliance between far-right and centrist Israeli political stars who reject privileges for ultra-orthodox Jews is frustrating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s efforts to form a new government. More than a month after Israel’s election, Netanyahu is still without a new coalition, his hopes of enlisting traditionally loyal ultra-Orthodox….

PA finance minister quit over budget dispute
3/3/2013 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) –Palestinian Authority Finance Minister Nabil Qassis confirmed his resignation on Sunday, saying the government had failed to address a gaping budget deficit.” No decision has been taken to lower the deficit substantially, and on the contrary it is growing ahead of ratifying the (2013) budget,” Qassis said in comments to al-Ayyam newspaper explaining….

Ministry to punish teachers for wildcat strike
3/3/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority education ministry will punish teachers who went on strike without the approval of their union, the ministry undersecretary said Sunday. Muhammad Abu Zeid said around 4,000 teachers who ignored their union’s decision to end the strike would not be paid for the days they were absent….

Al-Quds University staff to strike Monday
3/3/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Staff of Al-Quds University in Abu Dis will strike on Monday in protest over the university’s failure to pay outstanding wages, the union said Sunday. Head of the union Abdullah Najajira said the university still owed staff 30 percent of January salaries and had reneged on an agreement to….

1,200 register to be ‘youth president’
3/3/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Around 1,200 Palestinians have registered to compete in a new TV talent show to find the youth president.” The President,” which will air on Ma’an TV from March 14, aims to promote the concept of citizenship, to raise awareness about democracy and human rights, and to enhance the spirit….

Ministry warns Cairo locusts may hit Gaza
3/3/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s agriculture ministry is concerned that swarms of locusts that have descended on Cairo will migrate to the Gaza Strip, an official said Sunday. Saleh Bakhet, head of plant protection in the Gaza ministry, said environmental factors would determine the locusts’ movement, such as wind speed and….

Man found hanged near Hebron
3/3/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — A 27-year-old man was found hanged on Sunday in his apartment in Sinjer, a small village in the southern West Bank, the district attorney for Dura said. Alla Tamimi said the death was being treated as a suicide but that an autopsy would be performed to confirm the cause of….

Group: Over 1,000 Palestinians killed in Syria conflict
3/3/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in Syria‘s ongoing internal conflict, a Palestinian group said Sunday. The Action Group for Palestinians of Syria said in a statement that around 1,038 Palestinians have been killed in the 22-month Syrian conflict, which has claimed the lives of around 70,000….

Police seize rotten strawberries in Ramallah
3/3/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Police seized dozens of crates of rotten strawberries on Sunday in a Ramallah market, Al-Bireh municipality said in a statement. The produce was seized in a raid and had been sold next to fresh strawberries to conceal the fact it had expired. [END]

Syria and Iran condemn US plan to aid anti-Assad rebels
3/3/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syria and Iran joined forces on Saturday to condemn moves by Western powers to aid rebels fighting against President Bashar Assad, with the Syrian leader singling out Britain as a “shallow and immature” power. In an television interview with The Sunday Times newspaper shown in London late on Saturday, Assad said Britain’….

News agency: Egypt sets Mubarak retrial for April 13
3/3/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt‘s Appeals Court has set April 13 as the date for a retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak, his interior minister and aides on charges of ordering the killing of protesters, MENA state news agency reported on Sunday. Mubarak is in a military hospital. In January a Cairo court granted him….

International Solidarity Movement

‘Our prisoners are dying.’ Students mobilise in Gaza
3/3/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 3rd March 2013, International Action for Palestine, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – “Our prisoners are dying.”said Gaza student Khaled Shehab from the Islamic University.”We won’t wait till the death of another prisoner to move in solidarity with all the detainees.”Khaled was joining the thousands attending the growing number of demonstrations in the….

The National

Nominations open for $4 million Zayed Future Energy award
The National 4 Mar 2013 – Submissions can be made from tomorrow and the closing date is August 5, 2013.

Ajman Crown Prince donates grandfather’s biography to global libraries
The National 3 Mar 2013 – Ajman crown prince donates biography of his grandfather, Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid, to librarires around the world.

Bomb blast in Karachi kills at least 45 people
The National 3 Mar 2013 – A bomb explodes outside a Shiite mosque as people leave evening prayers, killing men, women and children.

US names Philip H Gordon as new adviser for Mena region
The National 3 Mar 2013 – Mr Gordon is a longtime fixture of the Washington foreign policy community and a critic of US support for Israel in the 2006 Lebanon war, which he called ‘a disaster’. Elizabeth Dickinson reports 

Speeding crash kills underaged driver in Al Ain
The National 3 Mar 2013 – A 17-year-old driver rammed his parent’s four-wheel drive into a water tanker in Al Ain, blowing up his vehicle.

Know your rights, UAE shoppers urged amid awareness drive
The National 3 Mar 2013 – A dedicated call centre is part of the month-long consumer campaign to help shoppers know their rights and obligations.

Expectant parents die in Brooklyn crash, but baby survives
The National 3 Mar 2013 – The couple were being driven to hospital for the birth of their first child when the crash occurred.

Queen Elizabeth in hospital for first time in 10 years
The National 3 Mar 2013 – The 86-year-old British monarch has symptoms of gastroenteritis and is being examined at London’s King Edward VII Hospital.


AIPAC head: isolationism ‘extremely dangerous’ for Israel
Ha’aretz – 3 Mar 2013

Jewish teen detained over assault of Palestinian woman in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 3 Mar 2013

Sources: Netanyahu may be forced to form coalition with Lapid and Bennett
Ha’aretz – 3 Mar 2013

IDF takes steps against cyber attacks
Ha’aretz – 3 Mar 2013

Tel Aviv named world’s second ‘most innovative city’ in Wall Street Journal poll
Ha’aretz – 3 Mar 2013

Shas official tells Haaretz: We’re ready to evacuate settlements, back Mideast talks
Ha’aretz – 3 Mar 2013

Israeli security forces stand by while settlers harass Palestinian shepherds, witnesses say
Ha’aretz – 3 Mar 2013

Oren opens AIPAC: Netanyahu has taken risks for peace, Palestinians must too
Ha’aretz – 3 Mar 2013

Netanyahu to Bennett and Lapid: We must unite in the face of Iranian threat
Ha’aretz – 3 Mar 2013

Israeli Druze to resume apple exports to Syria
Ha’aretz – 3 Mar 2013

Israel looking to wean elderly workers into retirement
Ha’aretz – 3 Mar 2013

Israel introduces ‘Palestinian only’ bus lines, following complaints from Jewish settlers
Ha’aretz – 3 Mar 2013

Assad threatens retaliations against Israel over reported air strike
Ha’aretz – 3 Mar 2013

New Israeli coalition will have to freeze construction outside settlement blocs, Netanyahu’s aides say
Ha’aretz – 3 Mar 2013

Jerusalem Post

Expert: Obama ‘uninterested’ in Syria intervention
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – Prof. Itamar Rabinovich tells Tel Aviv University conference that recent Western support for Syrian rebels reflect US values. 

Member of Egypt’s security force killed in clashes
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – Military officer shot in leg, one killed during riots between police, protestors in the Suez city of Port Said. 

Haniyeh urges continuation of ‘prisoners’ intifada’
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – Hamas PM in Gaza calls on Palestinians to show support for prisoners in Israeli jails: “We will fight in all arenas.” 

Netanyahu begins talks for haredi-free government
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – Shas: Bennett-Lapid bond of hating haredim too strong for Netanyahu to break; Religious-Zionist rabbis come out in support of Bayit Yehudi-Yesh Atid alliance; Bayit Yehudi proposes budget cuts. 

The Book of Esther: A political analysis
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – The Region: The Book of Esther, which is read on Purim and to which that holiday is dedicated, has been interpreted many ways. 

Erdogan’s outrage
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – Turkish PM’s outrageous comments equating Zionism with “crimes against humanity” have largely been left unchallenged by leading global leaders. 

Yesh Atid backs Rabbi Stav for chief rabbi
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – Tzohar chairman gets important political endorsement after Yisrael Beytenu announced support for his candidacy last week. 

Hail Armageddon!
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – “The worst-case scenario for us,” a leading anti-budget-cuts lobbyist told The Washington Post, “is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens.” 

The Red-Dead canal, or back to nature?
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – Think about it: Utilizing the differences in altitude between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean and Red Seas has captivated imaginations of many. 

Saving Facebook
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – ‘Rabbi Fuchs to Have Open Heart Surgery,” read a late-June 1996 headline on the first page of the local news section of The Nashville Banner. 

US aid to Palestinian forces may assist Hamas
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa held a subcommittee hearing on the subject of threatening peace prospects. 

Kerry: US to give Egypt budget aid after assurances
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013US secretary of state meets with Morsi, agrees to pay first $190m. of pledged $450m in aid after Egypt agrees to implement IMF reforms. 

Can Obama make a substantive contribution to peace?
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – There are countless traps laid out like a mine field awaiting the return of Barack Obama to substantive engagement in the peace process. 

Livnat: We cannot forfeit rights of women in Israel
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – Minister demands A-G give long-delayed report on discrimination; Yesh Atid, Bayit Yehudi team up on feminist legislation. 

Gaza crossing to open after rocket prompts closure
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – Hadash MK calls on defense minister to refrain from implementing acts of collective punishment in response to fire from Gaza. 

Fayyad accepts PA finance minister’s resignation
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – Nabil Qassis has resigned from his position as Palestinian Authority finance minister as the PA continues to face a severe financial crisis. 

Police struggle to arrest price tag vandals
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – Price tags attacks have increased dramatically in the past few years, from 28 incidents in 2011 to 56 incidents in 2012. 

PM to Shas: Lapid, Bennett keeping you out of gov’t
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013Netanyahu meets with Shas leaders, says he will fight “until the last minute” to include them in gov’t; PM also meets Bennett. 

German Jews: Compensate WWII ghetto survivors
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – Council of Jews in Germany says political leaders mustn’t waste time, give wrong impression they’re waiting for survivors to die. 

‘Palestinian posed as a religious Jew to steal cars’
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – A Palestinian car thief wore a white knit kippa while thieving cars, in an attempt to pass as a religious Jew, police say. 

‘Iran is building 3,000 advanced centrifuges’
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – Iranian media for the first time gives a specific figure of the number of new-generation centrifuges set to be installed. 

UK does not rule out future arms to Syria rebels
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – British foreign secretary says while new aid package only consists of non-lethal aid, he won’t rule anything out for future. 

S.D.’s daughter at funeral: They drank your blood
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – Daughter of state’s main witness in Holyland trial lashes out at defendants, defense attorneys. 

Histadrut protest disrupts Public Security Ministry
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – Public Security Ministry employees hold one day strike and protest outside ministry over conditions. 

‘Egypt sets Mubarak retrial for April 13′
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – State news agency announces date for retrial of former Egyptian president on charges of ordering the killing of protestors. 

Netanyahu plays ‘Iran card’ in coalition building efforts
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – At weekly cabinet meeting Netanyahu uses Iranian nuclear threat to call for parties to join him in effort to form a broad government; “this is not what is happening,” he says in reference to coalition negotiations. 

Assad hints at retaliation for Israeli ‘attack’ in Syria
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – In rare TV interview with ‘The Sunday Times’ Syrian president refers to reported bombing of research center, says his country has always reacted to Israeli actions; criticizes UK involvement in Syrian affairs. 

Assad hints at retaliation for Israeli ‘attack’
Jerusalem Post 3 Mar 2013 – In rare TV interview with ‘The Sunday Times’, Syrian president says his country has always reacted to Israeli actions. 

Ukraine: Town to stop paving with Jewish graves
Jerusalem Post 2 Mar 2013 – Hundreds of the old Jewish tombstones are still used as materials for construction projects in Lviv, Ukraine. 

The Guardian

Israel to launch ‘Palestinians-only’ bus service
The Guardian 3 Mar 2013 – Service will ferry workers from the Palestinian town of Qalqiliya across the border of the West Bank towards Tel Aviv The Israeli government will on Monday begin operating a “Palestinians-only” bus service to ferry Palestinian workers…

Palestinian hunger striker demands UK impose sanctions on Israel
The Guardian 3 Mar 2013 – Samer Issawi, whose imprisonment has sparked West Bank protests, argues Britain must take responsibility for oppression A hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner whose detention without charge in Israel has sparked violent protests across the West Bank has called…

Injured eagle learns to fly again – video
The Guardian 3 Mar 2013 – A female eagle who nearly lost her wing is being taught how to fly again by trainers at an Israeli wildlife park

We are fighting for all Palestinians | Samer Issawi
The Guardian 3 Mar 2013 – In jail, my fellow hunger strikers and I are doing battle against the Israeli occupation that humiliates our people My story is no different from that of many other Palestinian young people who were born and…


IDF busy classifying different types of bullets while children are being shot

Israel arrests Palestinian activists “to finish colonization project”

013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)

Investigate the Death of Arafat Jaradat

Supreme Court Authorizes Lawless Wiretapping

IOF Arrests 382 Palestinians in February

International activist faces deportation after Kufr Qaddoum demonstration

Iraq finance minister resigns at anti-government demo

013 : A Video Roundup

Bradley Manning’s Statement, the Press and Whistleblowing

Daily Star

Upstart parties frustrate Netanyahu’s coalition-building
Daily Star 3 Mar 2013 A surprise alliance between far-right and centrist Israeli political stars who reject privileges for ultra-orthodox Jews is frustrating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s efforts to form a new government.

Egypt expects IMF deal before polls start in April-minister
Daily Star 3 Mar 2013 Egypt expects to seal a long-delayed $4.8 billion loan deal before parliamentary elections start next month, the finance minister said on Sunday.

Iraq intervening in Syria: opposition
Daily Star 3 Mar 2013 A key Syrian opposition group on Sunday accused the government in Baghdad of intervening in the country and “attacking the Syrian people,” a day after clashes were reported near the border.

Clashes in Egypt Port Said as police move prisoners
Daily Star 3 Mar 2013 Protesters clashed with police Sunday in the Egyptian city of Port Said as the interior ministry decided to move 39 prisoners awaiting a verdict over alleged involvement in a deadly football riot, a security official said.

Bomb at Shi’ite mosque kills 45 in Pakistan
Daily Star 3 Mar 2013 A suspected suicide bomber attacked Shi’ite Muslims as they were leaving a mosque in Pakistan’s commercial capital on Sunday, killing at least 45 people, in another signal Sunni militants are escalating sectarian attacks.

Political impasse sparks alarm on Tunisian economy
Daily Star 3 Mar 2013 Tunisia’s political crisis is taking its toll on the economy of a country that is also facing growing social unrest, with credit ratings downgrades and talks with the IMF on a $1.78-billion loan still in limbo.

Palestinians suspected of aiding Syria regime ‘hanged’
Daily Star 3 Mar 2013 Syrian rebels on Saturday hanged two Palestinians at a refugee camp in Damascus on suspicion of aiding the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, a rights watchdog said.

Libya stops gas exports to Italy after militia fight
Daily Star 3 Mar 2013 Libya has stopped gas exports to Italy from its Mellitah complex after fighting on Saturday between militias, Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) and Italy’s Eni said on Sunday.

Egypt’s Mubarak to face new trial next month
Daily Star 3 Mar 2013 Egypt‘s ousted President Hosni Mubarak will face a new trial beginning April 13 on charges related to the killings of protesters during the revolution that forced him from power, a court ruled Sunday.

Egypt Sawiris tycoons banned from travel
Daily Star 3 Mar 2013 Egypt‘s state news agency says two of the country’s biggest tycoons have been banned from traveling abroad after the country’s finance minister requested a criminal case be expedited against them for alleged tax evasion.

Assad refuses to quit as foes advance in north Syria
Daily Star 3 Mar 2013 President Bashar al-Assad insisted he will not step down and blasted Britain’s support for his armed foes, as monitors said hundreds of fighters were killed in a battle for a police academy in northern Syria.

Kerry in Riyadh for Gulf talks on Iran, Syria
Daily Star 3 Mar 2013 US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Saudi capital on Sunday for talks with the Gulf monarchies on Iran and the deadly conflict roiling Syria.

Iran says building 3,000 advanced centrifuges
Daily Star 3 Mar 2013 Iran is building about 3,000 advanced uranium-enrichment centrifuges, Iranian media reported on Sunday, in a development likely to add to Western concerns about the Islamic state’s disputed nuclear programme.

YNet News

Israel on ‘locust alert’ following Egyptian plague 
YNet News, 3 Mar 2013 – ….

Libya stops gas exports to Italy after militia fight 
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US baby’s HIV infection cured through very early treatment 
YNet News, 3 Mar 2013 – ….

Kerry says US releasing millions in aid to Egypt
YNet News, 3 Mar 2013 – ….

Russia: 6 teens trapped in avalanche in Siberia
YNet News, 3 Mar 2013 – ….

It’s all personal 
YNet News, 3 Mar 2013 – Op-ed: PM Erdogan’s venomous verbal attacks on Israel do not reflect Turkish people’s opinion of Israel ….

Historic opportunity to change the system 
YNet News, 3 Mar 2013 – Op-ed: Election results offer opportunity to change system of government, restore trust in politicians ….

Palestine Information Center

Issawi still on hunger strike despite serious condition
PIC – Samer Al-Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for more than six months, was transferred from Ramle prison hospital to Kaplan hospital after his health worsened.

Workgroup: 1038 Palestinians killed in Syria since eruption of revolution
PIC – The workgroup for Palestinians in Syria has said that 1038 Palestinians were killed in Syria since eruption of the popular revolution in that country almost two years ago.

IOA blocks family visit to MP Tal
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) blocked a family visit to detained MP Mohammed Al-Tal in Ofer prison to the west of Ramallah on Sunday.

Rishq: kicking the Qur’an by Israeli officer reflects “moral decay”
PIC – Izzat Rishq has strongly condemned the desecration of a copy of the Holy Quran and the brutal attack on Palestinian female students by an Israeli officer, inside Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Haniyeh calls for continuation of popular activities in support of prisoners
PIC – Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, has called on the Palestinian people to “declare a third intifada against Israeli occupation until the release of prisoners from Israeli jails.”

Occupation prevents restoration of water wells in northern Jordan Valley
PIC – Israeli occupation forces prevented residents of two hamlets in northern Jordan Valley from repairing and restoring five wells that form their main source of water.

IOF launches summonses campaign in Jenin
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) carried out at dawn Sunday a summonses campaign in the village of Sanur, south of the city of Jenin, and raided Burkin and Kafr Koud to the west of the city.

Report: 2 martyrs and 350 detainees during last February
PIC – Tadhamon Foundation for Human Rights said that the Israeli occupation forces have continued during February its oppressive policies against Palestinian citizens in the Palestinian territories.

IOA releases dean of the administrative detainees Mazen Natsheh
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Authority (IOA) released the dean of the administrative detainees Mazen Natsheh, 41, from the city of al-Khalil, who is considered the oldest administrative detainee..

Report: more than 18 attacks on journalists over the past month
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces carried out several attacks on a number of Palestinian journalists during February, including arrests, repression and beatings, shootings and firing tear gas.


Israeli Court Rejects Appeal against Extending Detention of Journalist
WAFA – 3 Mar 2013

Israeli settlers Set up Settlement Outpost near Nablus
WAFA – 3 Mar 2013

Budget Draft Law Completed Before End of March, says Cabinet
WAFA – 3 Mar 2013

Israeli Police Desecrates Quran, Attacks Women inside Al-Aqssa Mosque
WAFA – 3 Mar 2013

Mass Rally in Solidarity with Prisoners in Hebron
WAFA – 3 Mar 2013

Israel Prevents Ibrahimi Mosque from Calling to Prayer 44 Times in Month
WAFA – 3 Mar 2013

Soldiers Beat Two Palestinians Severely in Hebron
WAFA – 3 Mar 2013

Weather Forecast: Fairly Hot and Dusty Weather
WAFA – 3 Mar 2013


Syria, Iran criticize U.S. for aiding anti-Assad rebels
LA Times 2 Mar 2013 – In Iran, Syria‘s foreign minister criticizes the U.S. for pledging support for a political solution to the Syrian conflict while aiding opposition forces. BEIRUT — Syria and close ally Iran lashed out at the United States on Saturday for providing aid to Syrian rebels, the…

Assad and British Official Trade Verbal Blows Over Syrian Conflict
New York Times 3 Mar 2013 – President Bashar al-Assad criticized British aid for rebels in Syria, but Britain’s foreign secretary, William Hague, called Mr. Assad’s view of the conflict “delusional.” 

Biden May Take On Expanded Role in Foreign Policy
New York Times 3 Mar 2013 – Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has used personal relationships to amass influence in the Obama administration, which some officials say may mean an increased say in foreign policy. 

Kerry Announces $250 Million in U.S. Aid for Egypt
New York Times 3 Mar 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would provide $250 million in aid after Egypt’s president promised to move ahead with talks over economic reforms. 

Caesarea Foundation profits from tax exemption
Globes Main News – The State Comptroller has criticized the tax exemption enjoyed by the business operations of the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation.

William Hill buys out Playtech for £424m
Globes Main News – Playtech has more than tripled its investment in the William Hill Online joint venture, which was set up four years ago.

Treasury plans company car tax hikes
Globes Main News – The Tax Authority strongly opposes any change in the use value structure, which was agreed upon with employers in 2008.

Sun: Israel Chemicals depresses market
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals fell 2% on the day’s biggest turnover, and parent company Israel Corp. recorded an even sharper loss.

Amdocs, SingTel found joint Israeli development center
Globes Main News – This is the first collaboration of its kind by an Asian telecommunications provider in Israel.

Shipping Authority trains Russian Jews to man Israel’s ships 
Globes Macro Economics – The Shipping and Ports Authority plans to shortly open a second certification course to train 12 Russian Jews in a range skills needed by the merchant marine.

Across-the-board cuts avoid prioritizing
Globes Macro Economics – Across-the-board budget cuts avoid the need to discuss priorities and are considered undesirable everywhere else.

Steinitz: I hope US sequester won’t hurt us 
Globes Macro Economics – The finance minister told the cabinet today, “The international environment is very difficult, which is why we must act with responsibility and daring.”

Massive Ad Campaign Challenges AIPAC During Annual Conference
Jewish Voice for Peace – “AIPAC Does Not Speak for Me” say 100 billboard ads in DC Metro, highlighting gap between AIPAC’s peace­killing policy positions and most Jewish Americans. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, March 1, 2013 This weekend, Jewish Voice for Peace and Avaaz are unveiling 100 billboard ads in major…

Shared Values Watch: US honors Rosa Parks, Israel announces segregated buses
Mondoweiss – The new statue of Rose Parks. (Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) This week President Obama dedicated a statue of Rosa Parks in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington DC. From the New York Times : More than half a century after Rosa Parks helped kindle the civil rights movement…

Netanyahu’s deadlock
Mondoweiss – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  March 3, 2013. (photo:Gali Tibbon/Reuters) Israeli President Shimon Peres met with Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday and offered him a 14-day extension to form a government after Netanyahu failed to do so during the month following the January election. Netanyahu ascribed his failure…

It’s delicious to see very uncool people fall for ‘Rolling Stones’ anti-BDS hoax
Mondoweiss – Far-right commentators and Israel supporters rejoiced last week when it was announced that the Rolling Stones would play two concerts in Israel—the first to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day, and the second to spite the BDS movement. Except it wasn’t true. On February 24, for the Purim…

The AIPAC ask– US must support Israel if it decides to trigger war with Iran
Mondoweiss – The AIPAC policy conference begins today in Washington, and hundreds of our legislators will be feted, and pressed to endorse legislation saying that the U.S. will support Israel if it decides to attack Iran. Alex Kane reported on the AIPAC ask earlier this week, including this…

Why prisoners’ sacrifice strikes such a chord in Palestinian life
Mondoweiss – Mohammed Al Adiny, hunger striking in solidarity after 9 yrs in Israeli prisons “Our prisoners are dying.” said Gaza student Khaled Shehab from the Islamic University. “We won’t wait till the death of another prisoner to move in solidarity with all the detainees.” Khaled was joining…

Anti-Arab Israeli Soccer Fans Walk Out on Muslim Player’s Goal 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Mar 2013 – A Sunday soccer game between Beitar Jerusalem and Maccabi Netanya ended in a 1-1 draw, but the event was again overshadowed by a blunt show of racism by hundreds of Beitar fans. Click here for the rest of the article…

Amid Jewish Settler Complaints, Israel Sets Separate Busses for West Bank Palestinians 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Mar 2013 – An Israeli bus company will offer special bus lines to transport Palestinian passengers from the West Bank into central Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Benjamin Netanyahu In Tight Spot Over Orthodox Draft Exemption 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Mar 2013 – A surprise alliance between far-right and centrist Israeli political stars who reject privileges for ultra-orthodox Jews is frustrating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to form a new government. Click here for the rest of the article…

Netanyahu Gets 14 More Days To Form New Israeli Government 
The Foward Breaking News 2 Mar 2013 – Israeli President Shimon Peres on Saturday gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an additional 14 days to try to form a new government after he was unable to complete the task during an initial 28-day period. Click here for the rest of the article…

AIPAC Points To Diversity as Conference Open 
The Forward New 3 Mar 2013 – The many challenges facing Israel and its relations with the United States were not lost on participants of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual gathering in Washington. Click here for the rest of the article…

Rebels ‘control most of Syria base’ 
BBC 3 Mar 2013 – Rebels seize large parts of a Syrian police academy near Aleppo, after a fierce battle resulting in heavy loss of life, activists say.

Court sets Mubarak retrial date 
BBC 3 Mar 2013 – Former President Hosni Mubarak will face retrial on 13 April over the deaths of protesters, Egypt‘s appeals court has decided, state media say.

Confessions of a Kuwaiti Hash Dealer 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Mar 2013 – Military jet fighter take part in a military exercise at Udaira military range, 140 km North of Kuwait City, on 26 February 2013 (Photo: AFP – Yasser Al-Zayyat) Military jet fighter take part in a military exercise at Udaira military range, 140 km North of Kuwait…

Israel segregates West Bank bus line 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Mar 2013 – Israel on Monday will begin segregating certain buses in the occupied West Bank to appease Jewish settlers who say they are afraid of sharing a ride with Palestinians, Israeli media reported. Buses operated by the Afikim bus company that transport passengers from the Eyal checkpoint into…

Syrian rebels hang two ‘collaborators’ 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Mar 2013 – Two Palestinians were hanged in Syria’s Yarmouk Saturday for alleged collaboration with the Syrian government, raising the specter of heightened violence in the embattled refugee camp. Rebels captured the two men and executed them in a square where government missiles had struck last month, according to…

Assad to West: stop backing terrorists 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Mar 2013 – Members of the Free Syrian Army inspect the wreckage of an army helicopter, near Menagh military airport, in Aleppo on 2 March 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Mahmoud Hassano) Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad railed against Western “hypocrisy” in its approach to the Syrian crisis and called on…

Activists protest delays in Georges Abdallah release 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Mar 2013 – Lebanese-Palestinian artist Kassem Istanbouli participated in a demonstration on 03 March 2013 to denounce Georges Ibrahim Abdallah’s continued imprisonment. (Photo: Chloé Benoist) Dozens of activists demonstrated near the French embassy in Beirut Sunday to denounce the latest delays in the case of imprisoned Lebanese leftist Georges…

At least four killed in Baghdad blasts 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Mar 2013 – Iraqi residents gather at the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad’s Shuala district on 1 March 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Thaier al-Sudani) Three separate attacks on Sunday in central Iraq have killed at least four people and wounded 14, officials said. The deadliest was in…

Egypt: Rumors of a SCAF Comeback 
Al-Akhbar Politics 2 Mar 2013 – An Egyptian Army soldier tries to protect members of riot police seen behind in the Security Directorate of Port Said, as Egyptian Army soldiers try to stop protesters opposing Egyptian President Mursi from attacking them, during a protest in Port Said 1 February 2013. (Photo: Reuters…

On the Frontline of the Battle for Syria’s Lebanese Villages 
Al-Akhbar Politics 2 Mar 2013 – Hussein is a typical member of the Popular Committees. He and 18-year-old Amjad (borrowed name) are tasked with nighttime guard duty. (Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi) Hussein is a typical member of the Popular Committees. He and 18-year-old Amjad (borrowed name) are tasked with nighttime guard duty. (Photo:…

Rebels ‘control most of Syria base’ 
BBC 3 Mar 2013 – Rebels seize large parts of a Syrian police academy near Aleppo, after a fierce battle resulting in heavy loss of life, activists say.

Court sets Mubarak retrial date 
BBC 3 Mar 2013 – Former President Hosni Mubarak will face retrial on 13 April over the deaths of protesters, Egypt‘s appeals court has decided, state media say.

US pledges $450m in Egypt assistance 
BBC 3 Mar 2013US Secretary of State John Kerry pledges $450m (£300m) for Egypt‘s faltering economy, as a policeman dies in Port Said in violence over a football riot trial.

VIDEO: Jewellery designer’s success story 
BBC 3 Mar 2013 – Azzah Fahmy, one of Egypt‘s best-known jewellery designers, has gained international acclaim with her products inspired by Middle Eastern history and culture.

AUDIO: ‘Love letter to my lost boyfriend’ 
BBC 3 Mar 2013 – A year after the French photographer Remi Ochlik was killed in Syria, his partner Emilie Blachere has written a love letter to him.


Did a Gaza family burn to death because of an unpaid bill? 
Rami Almeghari, Gaza Strip, Electronic Intifada 2/28/2013
      With their electricity cut off, the Dheir family had no choice other than to rely on candles for lighting. Their desperation had deadly consequences. On 30 January, six members of the family were burnt to death from a fire caused by the candles.
     Qamar Dheir was only three-months-old. The baby perished along with three other children — Mahmoud (11), Nabil (6) and Farah (3) — and their parents Hazem (30) and Samar (27).
     That morning, people in the Gaza neighborhood of al-Shajaiyeh woke up to learn they had a depressing task to perform: to help bury a young family.
     Ibrahim Zaina, an uncle of Hazem Dheir, was woken by his wife at 3am that morning and told that his nephew’s house was ablaze. He rushed to the house and called the fire brigade.
     “It turned that the fire engines that reached us didn’t have long enough hoses and they had no special lights,” Zaina said. “They asked us to get a man to pump water for them. Shortly after 4 o’clock, the fire was put out and the first corpse was taken to hospital at 4:15.”
     According to Zaina, a crew from the Gaza Electric Company had arrived at the Dheirs’ house the previous morning and cut off its power supply. Zaina is struggling to understand why this measure was taken. Hazem’s salary, he said, was paid by the Palestinian Authority and around $60 was deducted from it each month to pay for electricity bills.
     “For almost one month before the fire, Hazem’s power-saving unit — on which he depended during the blackouts that are so widespread here in Gaza — broke down,” he said. more.. e-mail

Israel murdered Jaradat 
Khaled Amayreh in Hebron, Al-Ahram Weekly 2/27/2013
      Palestinians are convinced that Arafat Jaradat was tortured to death, whatever Israel claims.
     Tension continues to flare all over the occupied Palestinian territories following the untimely death in an Israeli jail of Arafat Jaradat earlier this week.
     Jaradat, 30, died ostensibly as a result of intensive physical torture and was laid to rest in his native town of Saeer east of Hebron amid angry and impassioned scenes as the Palestinian Authority (PA) sought to prevent the tension over from evolving into an all-out uprising.
     Meanwhile, the death could abort efforts by the Obama administration to restart stalled talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
     Palestinian officials and forensic experts said there were sure — one hundred per cent — that Jaradat was tortured to death at the hands of Israeli Shin Bet interrogators.
     “We know, and the Israelis know, that he was tortured to death. This matter can’t and will not pass quietly. We are talking about a healthy young man who was taken away from his family and children and then returned within a few days a dead corpse,” said Issa Qaraqaa, minister of prisoners’ affairs in the PA government.
     Qaraqaa described Israeli claims that Jaradat, a father of two children, died a natural death as “a blatant lie”.
     “The six broken limbs, the severe muscle tearing, the many lacerations and internal bleeding show beyond doubt that the martyr was tortured to death at the hands of these animals.” more.. e-mail

New protest tent challenging evictions in East Jerusalem 
Andrew Beale, Jerusalem, Electronic Intifada 2/26/2013
      On 8 February, a tent was set up in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem to protest against the evictions being undertaken by Israel.
     Erecting such tents is a currently popular tactic in the Palestinians’ struggle against occupation and apartheid. In the last six weeks, at least five “tent cities” have gone up in the West Bank, including Bab al-Shams, erected in opposition to plans to develop Israeli settlements in the “E-1” area between East Jerusalem and the settlement of Maale Adumim.
     Although organizers of the demonstration in Sheikh Jarrah downplayed the connection to Bab al-Shams, it’s easy to see similarities: the Sheikh Jarrah tent, too, is a statement of protest against Israeli settlements.
     Another similarity is the response by Israeli authorities. Although the tent is directly in front of a private home and clearly poses no danger to anyone or anything, police in Jerusalem have twice dismantled the tent. Sheikh Jarrah residents say they will continue to erect the tent during demonstrations held every Friday until the campaign of evictions stops.
     The protest tent in Sheikh Jarrah stands in front of the home of the Shamasne family, who have been ordered to leave their home by 1 March, although Israel’s high court is currently considering a petition to overturn the eviction order. The eviction of the Shamasne family is the latest in a long line of evictions in Sheikh Jarrah aimed at removing Palestinians from the area and replacing them with Jewish Israeli settlers.
     “This is an Israeli campaign against us and we will stay here and stand fast,” said Mohammad Shamasne, one of the organizers of the demonstration. Shamasne lives in the house facing eviction along with his parents, his wife and their six children. more.. e-mail

Putting the Iran ‘Threat’ in Perspective 
Dr. Cesar Chelala, CounterPunch 2/26/2013
      Diplomacy Needed
     “Both the U.S. and Israel have repeatedly threatened military action against Tehran in flagrant violation of the UN Charter….”
     In early February, new U.S. Sanctions against Iran went into effect despite the growing sentiment that Washington is discreetly moving towards a more nuanced policy with respect to Iran. To wit, the nomination of Chuck Hagel for the post of Secretary of Defense, whose views on the Middle East in general and Iran in particular are characterized as moderate in American terms. In addition to which, a report just released by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), the Washington think tank whose purpose is to develop U.S. security policy is unambiguous: fears that an Iranian nuclear weapon would trigger a arms race in the Middle East are grossly exaggerated.
     The three countries in the region eventually interested in developing their own nuclear devices are said to be Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey. However, as the authors of the report indicate, Saudi Arabia is a signatory of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and “…would more likely pursue a more aggressive version of its current conventional defense and civilian nuclear hedging strategy while seeking out an external nuclear security guarantee.”
     With regard to Egypt, not only does that country not see Iran’s nuclear ambitions as an existential threat but is besieged by internal political and economic problems rendering it unlikely to embark on such an adventure. In addition, because Egypt’s economy and its military forces being heavily dependent on U.S. largesse, it would probably hesitate antagonizing Washington by developing a nuclear weapon. Finally, Turkey already possesses a nuclear deterrent through its NATO security guarantees.more.. e-mail

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Posted 4th March 2013 by InI in category VTJP Palestine/Israel

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