VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 13 March 2013: Women ‘carry all’ of Palestine’s suffering

13 March 2013 – VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Abu Marzouq Slams Egyptian Reports Regarding Claimed Arrest Of Seven Palestinians
IMEMC – Mousa Abu Marzouq, member of the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement, slammed some Egyptian media outlets for what he called “attempting to involve the Palestinians in internal Egyptian conflicts”. His statements came after Egyptian reports claimed Egypt arrested seven Palestinians coming from Syria. …

Army Detains A Child In Bethlehem
IMEMC – Wednesday March 13, 2013, Israeli soldiers detained a Palestinian child, 14, after claiming that she hurled stones at their jeep west of Bethlehem city. The child was released later on. …

Ma’an News

Young Palestinian shot dead by Israeli troops near Hebron
3/13/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – A young Palestinian man was shot dead Tuesday evening by Israeli forces during clashes in al-Fawwar refugee camp near Hebron. Medical sources at Abu al-Hasan al-Qasim Hospital in Yatta confirmed that 25-year-old Mahmoud Adel Faris al-Teiti was brought to hospital with a head injury. They said he was shot by…. Related: 4 injured at protests over al-Teiti killing and Thousands attend funeral of man killed by Israeli army

4 injured at protests over al-Teiti killing
3/13/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Four Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets on Wednesday in clashes with Israeli forces in Hebron, witnesses said. Palestinians protested the killing of 25-year-old Mahmoud al-Teiti by Israeli forces a day earlier in al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron. Protesters threw rocks at Israeli soldiers, who fired tear gas…. Related: Young Palestinian shot dead by Israeli troops near Hebron and Thousands attend funeral of man killed by Israeli army

Limited Israeli incursion east of Khan Younis
3/13/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli military vehicles crossed east of Khan Younis on Wednesday in a new breach of the Gaza ceasefire, a Ma’an reporter said. Eight military bulldozers crossed meters into the territory adjacent to the border, mainly in the Farrahin area near agricultural areas in Abasan, east of Khan Younis. [END]

PPS: Prisoner’s health at risk
3/13/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Prisoners Society warned on Wednesday that the healthof prisoner Mohammad al-Taj 41 from Tubas was becoming critical. A lawyer with the PPS, Yousef Matia, visited the prisoner at Ramle clinic, and said that he needs an urgent lung transplant as his lungs are damaged. Al-Taj breathes using an oxygen….

Thousands attend funeral of man killed by Israeli army
3/13/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out between Israeli forces and mourners on Wednesday at the funeral of Mahmoud al-Teiti, who was shot dead by an Israeli soldier in a refugee camp near Hebron a day earlier. Al-Teiti, a 25-year-old journalism student, died in Abu al-Hasan al-Qasim Hospital in Yatta on Tuesday. Medics said…. Related: Young Palestinian shot dead by Israeli troops near Hebron and 4 injured at protests over al-Teiti killing

Hamas denies Shin Bet claims over West Bank operations
3/13/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas on Wednesday denied claims by Israel‘s Shin Bet security agency that it is planning operations against Israel in the West Bank. Shin Bet said Wednesday that Gaza’s Interior Minister Fathi Hammad was behind efforts to launch attacks from the West Bank, The Jerusalem Post reported….

Obama may scrap visit to Ramallah
3/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — US President Barack Obama could skip Ramallah during his upcoming visit to the region, a Palestinian Authority source said Wednesday. Obama will meet President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem and will spend only four hours in the West Bank during the trip, which will include a visit to the Nativity Church, said….

PA says secured release of girl from Israeli custody
3/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian military liaison office in Bethlehem intervened to release a 14-year-old girl from Bethlehem on Tuesday after the Israeli army detained her for stone-throwing, an official said. Amin Abu Wa’er, the director of the Palestinian liaison office in Bethlehem, told Ma’an that the office was….

Fatah official: Remove Hamas from terrorist list
3/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fatah supports removing Hamas from global terrorist lists, but insists the PLO must remain the only representative of the Palestinian people, a central committee member said Wednesday. Amal Hamad said Fatah supports national unity on the Palestinian street, but is concerned that Hamas will announce a “state of Gaza”.”Gaza is….

Palestinians seized at Cairo airport ‘in possession of military maps’
3/13/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) – Sources at Cairo International Airport said Wednesday that seven Palestinians were in custody after being found with maps of military buildings in Cairo. An Egyptian investigative source told Ma’an that the men were on their way back home after visiting Syria and Iran. The suspects have not been identified….

Lithuania upgrades Palestine’s diplomatic status
3/13/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The foreign minister of Lithuania on Wednesday decided to upgrade Palestine’s diplomatic status from a commission to a mission. A statement by the ministry of foreign affairs in Ramallah quoted Linas Antanas Limkevicius as saying he notified the Palestinian ambassador to Finland Nabil al-Wazir of the decision in an….

Activists send message to Obama: We want 3G
3/13/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Visitors to Ramallah will be surprised by newly installed billboards on the main road, mainly in the section near Qalandia refugee camp after the checkpoint. These billboards are not ads for large companies as usual, but rather messages to the US president, who will be visiting the region in less than….

World Bank transfers $60.5 million to PA
3/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The World Bank on Wednesday transferred $60. 5 million to the Palestinian Authority. The funds, provided by the UK and Norway, will support the PA‘s urgent budget needs and provide vital social services, the World Bank said in a statement. [END]

Economists: Extra taxes on foreign imports hasty decision
3/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Palestinian government’s decision to apply extra taxes to goods imported from China will strengthen national products and increase government revenues, says the minister of national economy Jawad Naji. But economic experts believe the decision is likely to increase indirect imports through Israeli middlemen, and that will eventually support….

Hamas: PA arrests 2 members from Hebron
3/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Hamas said Wednesday that Palestinian security forces arrested two of its members in the occupied West Bank. The Islamist movement said in a statement that PA forces arrested the Hamas affiliates in Hebron. The statement included the names of the two detainees. [END]

Ministry freezes activity in office accused of fraud
3/13/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority ministry of higher education froze work in some offices and stopped carrying out services on Wednesday after accusations of fraud. The ministry said in a statement that fraud accusations had been raised in the office of student services, and that a case was transferred to the general prosecutor….

Medics: 2 killed, 3 hurt in Gaza house fire
3/13/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two children were killed and three others were wounded in a house fire in Absan village east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza on Tuesday, medics said. Medical sources told Ma’an that Wisaam Natheir Abu Tir, 11, and his brother Qassim, 5, died of serious burns. Three other….

1,000 pilgrims depart West Bank for Mecca
3/13/2013 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — A thousand pilgrims from all over the West Bank arrived at the border in Jericho on Wednesday to travel to Jordan and then onward to Mecca. Police said 20 buses arrived at the border Wednesday to cross toward Amman. [END]

Gaza fishermen catch large shark
3/13/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza fishermen on Wednesday morning snared a three-meter shark, prompting locals to crowd the shore taking pictures. The shark was brought onto land and sent to the Khan Younis fish market to be sold for 20 shekels ($5. 41) a kilo. The head of the Palestinian fishing union Mahfouth al-Kabariti….

Syrian troops, rebels open new battlefront near Damascus
3/13/2013 – AMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) — Heavy fighting erupted in an area between Damascus and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday in what could be a new battlefront between Syrian troops and rebels, opposition sources said. Rebel fighters attacked an army barracks manned by elite Republican Guards and the Fourth Mechanised Division, headed by President Bashar Assad’….

Russia says arming of Syrian opposition would be illegal
3/13/2013 – LONDON (Reuters) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that supplying the Syrian opposition with weapons was illegal under international law, a day after Britain floated the possibility it might bypass an EU arms embargo to do just that.” I think that international law provides for the fact it’s not possible and….

Argentina’s Bergoglio elected as new pope
3/13/2013 – VATICAN CITY (Reuters) — Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected in a surprise choice to be the new leader of the troubled Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, and said he would take the name Francis I. Pope Francis, 76, appeared on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica just over an hour after….


Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank
AlJazeera 12 Mar 2013 – Youth activist killed and eight others wounded in Hebron after Israeli troops use live fire on protesters.

Palestine News Network

Lithuania Upgrades Palestine’s Diplomatic Status to Mission
Palestine News Network

Israel Attempts to Revoke Palestinian Refugees’ Right to Return’
Palestine News Network

Israeli Bulldozers Raid South of Gaza Strip
Palestine News Network

Al-Aqsa Foundation Publish TV Report on Abuses in “Ma’man Allah” Cemetery
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Killed, Others Injured in Clashes with IOF Forces in Hebron
Palestine News Network

Statistics Show a Boom in Cultural Centers in Palestine in 2012
Palestine News Network

International Marathon in Palestine
Palestine News Network

Nahshon Forces Attack Two Disabled Prisoners
Palestine News Network

Shaath Urges EU to Take Action against Israeli Violations
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

This court case was my only hope
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Israeli forces kill a Palestinian civilian and wound 5 others in al-Fawar Refugee Camp near Hebron
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

South African educationist denied entry into Palestine
3/13/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 12 March 2013| Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Occupied Palestine – Well-known South African educationist and human rights activist, Dr Salim Vally, was today detained, interrogated and denied entry into Palestine by Israeli security forces when he attempted to enter the country from Jordan. Dr Vally, director of the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation at the University….

This court case was my only hope: Arafat Hassan Abdel Dayem
3/13/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 13 March 2013, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Occupied Palestine – At approximately 07:30 am on 5 January 2009, during “˜Operation Cast Lead’, Israeli forces fired a tank shell at the house of Hany Abdel Dayem. At the time of the attack, members of the Dayem family were mourning the death of a family…. Related: 4 January 2009: The Abdel Dayem Family

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: World must stand by aid pledges to Syrians: agencies
Relief Web 13 Mar 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 03/13/2013 16:17 GMT by Joanna Biddle WASHINGTON, March 13, 2013 (AFP) – Humanitarian agencies Wednesday pleaded with governments to make good on pledges of aid for Syrian refugees,…

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Relief Web 13 Mar 2013 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Yemen HIGHLIGHTS • Humanitarian actors are balancing their response efforts with promoting emergency preparedness in the MENA region. • Consolidated…

occupied Palestinian territory: UNFPA Empowers Palestinian Youth with a Generous Support by the Government of Japan
Relief Web 13 Mar 2013 – Source: Government of Japan, UN Population Fund Country: Japan, occupied Palestinian territory Ramallah. 6 March 2013. “Together We Stand”… a project to empower youth in Palestine will be launched in March 2013 with generous financial support of US$ 707,000 by…

The National

Francis I, the world’s first pope from the Americas
The National 14 Mar 2013 – Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has become the Roman Catholic Church’s first non-European pontiff in more than a thousand years. Colin Randall reports 

Sheikha Lubna to give all in new portfolio
The National 13 Mar 2013 – In her new role as Minister of Development and International Co-operation, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi will have the task of boosting ‘the UAE as a major donor and a key player in global human development’.

Man who stabbed brother in drunken fight in Abu Dhabi jailed for year
The National 13 Mar 2013 – A man who stabbed his younger brother in a drunken rage was yesterday sentenced to a year in prison and fined Dh2,000.

Tunisia approves new government as vendor who self immolated dies
The National 13 Mar 2013 – Confirmation of new government is accompanied by death of a salesman, whose self-immolation highlights economic desperation nation is experiencing.

Abdullah Ghobash moves from banking to the Cabinet
The National 13 Mar 2013 – Abdullah Ghobash said farewell to more than three decades in banking on Tuesday when he was appointed to the Cabinet as a Minister of State.

Syria troops, rebels clash in northern Damascus
The National 13 Mar 2013 – Syrian government troops fight fierce battles with rebels for control of key neighbourhoods in the north of Damascus.

Suhail Al Mazroui well placed for energy minister role
The National 13 Mar 2013 – Suhail Al Mazrouei, the new Minister of Energy replacing Mohammed Al Hamli, was well placed to be given his role, as deputy chief executive of Mubadala Oil and Gas.

PKK rebels free eight Turkish hostages held in Iraq
The National 13 Mar 2013 – Jailed PKK leader Ocalan orders freedom for captives as timetable continues towards ceasefire and rebel withdrawal from Turkey.


Cyber attack against Israeli targets being planned for April
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2013

The settlers will rise in power in Israel’s new government
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2013

Palestinian Authority officials lower expectations of Obama visit
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2013

Obama may have to cut Israel trip short due to pope installation
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2013

WATCH: Israel planting trees along Gaza border to defend against rockets
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2013

Palestinians ask High Court to block Israel’s claim of West Bank land
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2013

Netanyahu delays formation of new Israeli cabinet as final sticking points remain
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2013

African migrant breaks into south Tel Aviv home, assaults daughter and mother
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2013

Raising threshold for Israeli cabinet proposes challenge to Arab parties
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Two female MKs balk at supporting labor rights bill for settler women
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Israel’s AG still avoiding taking stance on reserving Foreign Ministry for Lieberman
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Palestinians to High Court: Israel’s West Bank land claim will cut Bethlehem off from south
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Palestinians ask High Court to block Israel’s claim to West Bank land swath
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Jerusalem Post

Iran, Vatican threaten to derail UN women’s rights
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – “Unholy alliance” object to language on sexual, reproductive, gay rights in UN declaration urging to end violence against women. 

Jewish leaders have hope in election of new Pope
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – ADL “reassured” by nomination of Pope Francis I, citing Jewish connections; WJC: Bergoglio to strengthen Israel-Vatican ties. 

The 33rd cabinet: A comprehensive look
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – The new government is expected to have 22 ministers, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Here are the agreed-upon portfolios/ 

Encountering Peace: No more unilateralism
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – The Geneva agreement proved that it was possible to reach agreement with the Palestinians on all of the issues in conflict. 

Israeli film and Zionism
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – The Gatekeepers seek to teach us seven main lessons: Israel has no strategy, only tactics; Israel has no morality. 

Media Comment: A media descent
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – The media’s responsibility to defend the public’s right to know is not upheld. 

Austria’s legacy
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Perhaps most disturbing was the finding that 61% of Austrian adults want to see their government headed by a “strong man.” 

New hotline for Beduin women
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Since Arab women are part of Israel’s Palestinian minority, they have not had much success in exercising their rights, even the most basic ones. 

Candidly Speaking: Mulling over our new government
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – As anticipated, in this government, Netanyahu will be in a weaker position and far more dependent on his coalition partners than was the case in the past. 

Washington Watch: Meridor: Israel needs a settlement freeze
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Once one of the rising princes of the Likud, Meridor has long been among Israel’s most respected political leaders. 

After days of haggling, Netanyahu strikes coalition deal
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Likud Beytenu, Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid expected to sign final agreement Thursday morning; new government will have 22 ministers with Bennett as Economy and Trade Minister, Piron as Education Minister. 

E1 building projects delayed ahead of Obama visit
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – 50 homes in Har Homa neighborhood, waste infrastructure for E1 dropped from agenda to avoid repeat of 2010 “Biden fiasco.” 

Pilots laid to rest after tragic helicopter crash
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – “I always hoped that if I die, at least it would be for an important purpose,” Liet-Col. Ron wrote in letter to family. 

Pope Francis asks world for prayers in 1st blessing
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is elected to succeed Benedict XVI as new pope. 

HRW: Israel pressures asylum seekers to leave
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Report comes as definition of “refugee,” constitutional rights in play before High Court. 

Fischer: Peace is vital for Israel’s economic health
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Bank of Israel governor says defense budget cannot continue to grow at the same rate as it has in previous years. 

Jerusalem hotel to house massive Obama press corps
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Behind the Obama visit: The Inbal Hotel is selected by the White House to host the largest ever press corps in Israel‘s history. 

Shin Bet: Hamas increasing suicide bomb efforts
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Fathi Hammad, Gaza’s interior minister, instructed terror cell to kidnap and murder a soldier. 

Tel Aviv building collapses, likely due to old age
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Resident of three-story building says he felt shock wave as structure crumbled; police don’t believe anyone trapped inside. 

Alternatively Speaking: Slowly but surely
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Alternative medicine expert Natalie Marx answers your questions: Can acupuncture help with the treatment of Parkinson’s disease? 

MK slams Obama for excluding Ariel U. from speech
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Bayit Yehudi’s Chetboun says Obama‘s exclusion of W. Bank students is “puzzling”; Ariel student council chairman is “shocked.” 

Syrian rebels: New battlefront near Golan Heights
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Rebel commander says force of some 1,000 insurgents have moved into Khan Sheih, near Damascus, 25 km from the Golan. 

Police make arrests for Hadera mayor car firebomb
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Five, including 17-year-old, are arrested in relation to February firebombing incident involving the the mayor of Hadera’s car. 

Official from EU delegation killed in Syria
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Policy officer at EU delegation in Syria was killed by rocket attack on a Damascus suburb while giving humanitarian aid. 

US envoy: Obama trip is key symbol of close ties
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013US Ambassador Dan Shapiro, speaking at annual Herzliya Conference, stresses close cooperation between US and Israel

TA: Burglar stabs woman before beaten by husband
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Police say they are checking if the burglar, a 22-year-old native of Sudan, also linked to other crimes in district. 

Saudi executes 7 convicts charged as youths
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Execution was by firing squad; men executed despite UN appeal claiming fabrication of charges and unfair trials. 

Miss Israel ‘very excited’ to meet Obama
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Yityish Aynaw, first Ethiopian-born to win pageant invited to dine at Peres’s house; cites as hero Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

‘Iran, al-Qaida ties strained over Syrian civil war’
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – ‘Washington Post’ quotes US officials as saying expulsion of bin Laden relative from Iran signals shift in relationship. 

Hospital bed rates down for size of population
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2013 – Only 249 of 1,000 hospital beds promised several years ago have been added, Health Ministry report says. 

The Guardian

Barack Obama invites first black Miss Israel to dinner
The Guardian 13 Mar 2013 – Yityish Aynaw, the first Ethiopian-born pageant winner, said the US president had been a ‘notable influence in her life’ It will be one of the hottest tickets in town. When the US president, Barack Obama, arrives…

Hamas promises amnesty to Palestinian collaborators spying for Israel
The Guardian 13 Mar 2013 – Islamist group says any informers who hand themselves in to authorities by 11 April will not be interrogated or imprisoned Hamas has launched a campaign to convince Palestinians who collaborate with Israel to turn themselves in,…


Funding and Denouncing Israeli Occupation: Hypocritical EU Must Make a Stand

Farmers attacked by Israeli army and settlers, preventing them from planting olive trees in memory of Rachel Corrie

Libyan journalist detained on defamation charges for publication on corruption


The War Against Bradley Manning—A War Against All Who Speak Out Against Injustice

Fighting for freedom: eight Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike right now

Leaked Audio: US Citizens Can Now Hear Bradley Manning Give His Statement

Palestinian Run Over and Killed by Settler in Salfit

Hundreds of West Bank job losses were due to “security” reasons

World Bank: Israel restrictions impede Palestinian economy

Daily Star

Libya’s militarized youth feed into economic woes
Daily Star 13 Mar 2013 More than 18 months since the end of Libya’s civil war, the most attractive job for many of the young is still to join a militia. In fact, just under a tenth of Libya’s labor force…

Egypt’s Brotherhood blasts UN women’s document
Daily Star 13 Mar 2013 Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood sharply criticized an anticipated U.N. document on combatting violence against women, saying on Wednesday that it was “deceitful,” clashed with Islamic principles and undermined family values.

Egyptian Christian who died in Libya prison buried
Daily Star 13 Mar 2013 An Egyptian Christian who died in prison in Libya after he was detained on suspicion of proselytizing there was buried Wednesday in a subdued ceremony in his hometown in southern Egypt.

Saudi Arabia executes 7 men after appeals rejected
Daily Star 13 Mar 2013 Seven Saudi men convicted of theft, looting and armed robbery were executed on Wednesday, according to the country’s official news agency.

New Tunisian government wins assembly approval
Daily Star 13 Mar 2013 Tunisia’s new Islamist-led government won a confidence vote on Wednesday, as the death of an unemployed man who had set himself on fire in despair underscored the scale of its task.

Arabs accuse Iran of aiding ‘terror’ in Bahrain, Yemen
Daily Star 13 Mar 2013 Arab interior ministers gathered for a security meeting in Riyadh on Wednesday accused Iran of supplying “logistic help to terrorist operations” in Bahrain and Yemen.

MSF quits Morocco, protesting anti-migrant attacks
Daily Star 13 Mar 2013 Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday it was closing its projects in Morocco in protest at the plight of African migrants allegedly abused by Spanish and Moroccan police as they try to reach European…

Mortar shells in Damascus kill 3, wound 50
Daily Star 13 Mar 2013 Mortar shells struck a residential area in central Syria Wednesday, killing three people and wounding more than 50, including a number of women and children, state-run news agency said.

6 months post-Benghazi, Obama taps new Libya envoy
Daily Star 13 Mar 2013 Obama nominated a new ambassador to Libya on Wednesday, filling a post that has been vacant since Chris Stevens was killed in the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack.

US House chairman for more troops in Afghanistan
Daily Star 13 Mar 2013 U.S. military leaders and the American ambassador favor a residual force of 13,600 in Afghanistan after combat troops leave at the end of 2014.

YNet News

Ban: ‘UN, Holy See share goals of peace, justice and eradication of poverty’
YNet News, 13 Mar 2013 – ….

UN cuts Golan patrols as Syria war dangers mount
YNet News, 13 Mar 2013 – ….

Fire breaks out in Beersheba town-hall
YNet News, 13 Mar 2013 – ….

France’s FM says Europe must drop Syria arms ban
YNet News, 13 Mar 2013 – ….

Venezuela’s Maduro says US ‘far-right’ wants to kill Capriles 
YNet News, 13 Mar 2013 – ….

Why the Left isn’t right
YNet News, 13 Mar 2013 – Op-ed: How can State of Israel reach an agreement with people who believe it should not exist? ….

I’m an Arab too
YNet News, 13 Mar 2013 – Op-ed: Israeli society must express not only its rejection of racist criminals, but also solidarity with victims ….

Palestine Information Center

Thousands of Palestinians mourn martyr Teeti
PIC – Tens of thousands of people from al-Khalil participated on Wednesday afternoon in the funeral of martyr Mahmoud Adel Teeti, 24, from Fawwar refugee camp south of al-Khalil.

Detained journalist in need of urgent lung transplantation
PIC – Detained journalist Mohamed Al-Taj, 41, is in urgent need of lung transplant operation, the Palestinian prisoner’s society said on Wednesday.

Occupation arrests 3 citizens, including ex-prisoner
PIC – Israeli forces arrested at dawn Wednesday three citizens from al-Khalil and Nablus, including liberated prisoner Mahmoud Hamdi Shabana, the Director of the Office of Hamas deputies.

Occupation sentences MP Attoun to six months administrative detention
PIC – An Israeli Court in the occupied city of Jerusalem has refused on Tuesday the appeal submitted by the lawyer for the Jerusalemite MP Ahmed Attoun, detained in the occupation jails.

Abu Marzouk: US warned PA against reconciling with Hamas
PIC – Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk, the deputy political bureau chairman of Hamas, has said that his movement asked for postponing a meeting with Fatah out of fear that differences might foil the meeting.

Israel razes Araqib village for the 48th time
PIC – Israeli bulldozers razed the homes and tents of Araqib village inhabitants in the Negev, occupied in 1948, on Wednesday for the 48th time.

IOF soldiers bulldoze land south of Gaza
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) advanced around 150 meters into eastern Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday morning.

Scores of Jewish settlers storm Aqsa mosque
PIC – Scores of Jewish settlers stormed the holy Aqsa mosque on Wednesday morning under heavy police escort at a time Palestinian female students are still denied entry.

Qaradawi in Gaza next May
PIC – Renowned Egyptian religious scholar and propagator Dr. Yousef Al-Qaradawi has promised to visit the Gaza Strip in the first week of May.

Activist Teeti killed in Fawar refugee camp confrontations
PIC – Mahmoud Adel Al-Teeti, a Palestinian prisoners’ activist, was killed at the hands of the IOF in Fawar refugee camp in Al-Khalil on Tuesday night while eight other citizens were wounded.


UK Provides $18 Million to Support PA
WAFA – 13 Mar 2013

World Bank Transfers $60.5M in Budget Support to PA
WAFA – 13 Mar 2013

European Lawmakers Urge Suspension of Agreement with Israel
WAFA – 13 Mar 2013

Lithuania Upgrades Diplomatic Status to Mission
WAFA – 13 Mar 2013

Statistics Show a Boom in Cultural Centers in Palestine in 2012
WAFA – 13 Mar 2013

Confrontations at Fawwar Camp After Israeli Killing of Resident
WAFA – 13 Mar 2013


The Lede Blog: Latest Updates
New York Times 13 Mar 2013 – President Obama calls Francis a “champion of the poor”; Cardinal Timothy Dolan says he is a “figure of unity.” 

The Lede: Video Shows Syrian Suicide Bomber’s Last Day
New York Times 13 Mar 2013 – A rebel group accused of ties to Al Qaeda posted a video online that documents the last day of a man who killed himself in an attack on a government checkpoint. 

New govt seen adopting Tzemach report
Globes Energy & Water – It is believed that the government’s policy outlines will include the committee’s recommendations on natural gas exports.

Israel in secret talks with BG on Palestinian gas 
Globes Energy & Water – The talks concern development of the Gaza Marine license for the Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza.

Potash Corp soothes fears on Israel Chemicals merger
Globes Main News – Potash Corp sources say that, without a merger, Israel Chemicals is liable to end up with little competitive capacity against global giants BHP and Rio Tinto.

Wed: Elbit Systems fails to lift flat market
Globes Main News – Elbit Systems rose strongly after publishing its financials, while Delek was the biggest loser on the Tel Aviv 25.

Competitor bids to buy Spuntech
Globes Main News – The non-woven fabrics company’s share price has risen by 50% this year.

Elbit Systems reports record backlog
Globes Main News – The defense electronics company reported slightly higher full-year revenue but flat net profit at $206.3 million.

Reduced potash sales hit Israel Chemicals results
Globes Main News – The company expects improved potash sales in 2013, although this will be partly offset by lower sales for industrial and performance products.

Fischer: World rates will start rising in 2015 
Globes Macro Economics – Governor of the Bank of Israel Stanley Fischer told the Herzliya Conference that low interest rates would continue.

Purchasing Managers’ Index swings to expansion 
Globes Macro Economics – The index rose by 4.3 points in February 2013 to 53.6 points, the first time it’s above the 50-point dividing line since May 2012.

Palestinian Waiter Brutally Assaulted at Tel Aviv Restaurant
Tikun Olam – A Palestinian waiter was brutally assaulted by Jewish customers at a Tel Aviv fast food restaurant within the past week. The video shows the waiter retrieving a mayonnaise packet from the table and almost immediately someone from the table rises and confronts him. He looks like…

Muslim community under siege: Groundbreaking report documents how NYPD surveillance chills free speech and activism
Mondoweiss – New York City residents demonstrate against the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims (Photo: Stephen Nessen/WNYC) The NYPD’s blanket surveillance of Muslim communities has chilled the exercise of constitutional rights and has strained community ties, placing an entire religious community under siege by the police, according to a…

Khalidi, Walt and Blumenthal on Obama and the two-state delusion
Mondoweiss – In this Op-Ed in the New York Times about Obama‘s trip to Israel and Palestine, Rashid Khalidi goes nowhere near the nostrum of two states for two peoples living side by side. No, author of a new book on the deceit of the US role in…

At protest concert, ‘NYT’ music critic singles out Palestinian’s message as ‘divisive’
Mondoweiss – NYT rock-dude Jon Pareles reviewed a night of rappers from the Arab Spring at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last week. And isn’t it great to see the Arab Spring as a source for liberation energy around the world–yes? And Pareles is open to this, god…

Illegal outpost ‘security officer’ caught on tape beating Palestinian tending herd as Israeli soldiers stand around
Mondoweiss – Incidents caught on tape of settlers and soldiers working in synchronization have been stacking up. This incident occurred last Saturday near the illegal expanding outpost ‘Avigail’ in the South Hebron Hills near the Palestinian village of Susya.  Ynet picked it up,   On tape: Settler attacks…

Students at settler university are not invited to Obama’s inspirational address
Mondoweiss – Big news in Ynet : The US gov’t is taking a “unilateral stance,” in not inviting students from a settler university to Obama‘s speech next week. Important signal, thanks to Max Blumenthal: The American Embassy invited student representatives from all universities to the president’s speech at Jerusalem’s…

Pope Francis I’s Jewish Connection 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Mar 2013 – Pope Francis I is said to have a good relationship with Argentinian Jews. He has attended Jewish High Holy day services showed solidarity after a 1994 terror bombing. Click here for the rest of the article…

Film on Egyptian Jews Banned by Government 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Mar 2013 – Egyptian authorities refuse to allow a screening of ‘The Jews of Egypt,’ a documentary about the changing place of the minority after Israel’s founding. Click here for the rest of the article…

Jacques Torczyner, Zionist Leader, Dies at 98 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Mar 2013 – Jacques Torczyner, a leader in the Zionist movement in the United States and around the world, has died. Click here for the rest of the article…

Looming Sequestration Cuts Cause Split Among Israel Aid Advocates 
The Forward New 13 Mar 2013 – A cornerstone of pro-Israel advocacy has been to push for aid to the Jewish state as part of the entire foreign aid package. The sequester cuts have changed that, at least for AIPAC. Click here for the rest of the article…

Farmers attacked by Israeli army and settlers, preventing them from planting olive trees in memory of Rachel Corrie 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 13 Mar 2013 – This article was originally posted by the International Solidarity Movement on March 12, 2013. Link to full article . Farmers attacked by Israeli army and settlers, preventing them from planting olive trees in memory of Rachel Corrie By Lisa Marchant Farmers peacefully planting olive trees in the land of…

Women’s Demonstration in Hebron 
Palestine Solidarity Project 13 Mar 2013 – On March 11, Palestinian women gathered in Hebron city to demonstrate women’s rights under occupation in honour of International Women’s Day. Women have been part of all aspects of the struggle for the liberation of Palestine. Around 15,000 Palestinian women have been in the prison since…

British organisation ends relationship with charity supporting Israeli settlements 
Global BDS 13 Mar 2013 – In 2011 Corporate Watch reported that Christian Friends of Israeli Communities (CFOIC) Heartlands was receiving money from UK donors via World Action Ministries (WAM), a UK based charity. CFOIC Heartland is an ideologically motivated Christian Zionist charity with offices in the Netherlands, US and Israel. It…

New cross-Canada student coalition looks to build on BDS victories 
Global BDS 13 Mar 2013 – As Canada’s Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, Jason Kenney, castigated Palestine solidarity activists for organizing  Israeli Apartheid Weeks  across the country, and as its Minister of Foreign Affairs,  John Baird , threatened “consequences” for Palestinians if they pursue Israel in the International Criminal Court as he spoke…

23 MEP’s call for suspention of EU-Israel Association Agreement 
Global BDS 13 Mar 2013 – In a letter sent to the chief of EU foreign policy Catherine Ashton, 23 members of European Parliament called for the suspention of EU-Israel Association Agreement. It is very unique that such a significant, cross-party initiative has been taken by MEP`s to call outright for suspention…

EU staff member killed in Syria 
BBC 13 Mar 2013 – A member of the European Union’s delegation in Syria was killed in a rocket attack in the Damascus suburb of Darayya on Tuesday, the EU announces.

Russia warns on arming Syria rebels 
BBC 13 Mar 2013 – Any attempt by the UK to arm Syrian rebels would be a breach of international law, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warns.

Netherlands raises threat level 
BBC 13 Mar 2013 – The Netherlands raises the terror threat level to second highest over fears of growing radicalisation.

013: The Rebuild Is On! 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 13 Mar 2013 – From our member group International Committee Against House Demolitions-USA . ICAHD invites you to participate in its 2013 summer rebuilding camp–a unique opportunity to rebuild a Palestinian home demolished by Israel as an act of political resistance and see the tangible results of your advocacy efforts. You…

Three Unconventional Documentaries from Gaza 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Mar 2013 – Palestinian militants of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine prepare themselves before a military graduation ceremony in front of the media in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip 13 March 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Suhaib Salem) Palestinian militants of the Popular Front for…

A Lebanese Future Without Gulf Money 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Mar 2013 – A banner depicting Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz as the King of Spades holding a blood-stained sword hangs on a bridge north of the Lebanese capital Beirut on 19 February 2013. (Photo: AFP – Chady Souaid) A banner depicting Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin…

Sheikh Assir’s Antics Rattle Lebanon’s Security 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Mar 2013 – Ahmad al-Assir speaks on a talkie walkie during a sit-in in Sidon, southern Lebanon, 28 June 2012. (Photo: Ali Hashisho) Ahmad al-Assir speaks on a talkie walkie during a sit-in in Sidon, southern Lebanon, 28 June 2012. (Photo: Ali Hashisho) Salafi Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir tested his…

New Tunisian government wins confidence vote 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Mar 2013 – Tunisian protestors shout slogans during a demonstration against their government following the death of an impoverished vendor who torched himself in a street, on 13 Marc 2013, in Tunis. (Photo: AFP – Fethi Belaid) Tunisia’s new government won a confidence vote on Wednesday, as the death…

Drawing a New Map of North Lebanon, Syrian Fighters Included 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Mar 2013 – A sniper of the Free Syrian Army, watches government positions during ongoing clashes with regime forces in the frontline neighborhood of Al Mtarall Adem on 28 February 2013 (Photo: AFP – Zac Baillie) A sniper of the Free Syrian Army, watches government positions during ongoing clashes…

Bahrain arrests Twitter users, Arab leaders warn of social media “extremism” 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Mar 2013 – Arab Interior ministers pose for a group photo as they attend the 30th conference of the Arab Interior Minister’s Council in Riyadh on March 13, 2013. (PHOTO: AFP – Fayez Nureldine) Arab Interior ministers pose for a group photo as they attend the 30th conference of…

Lebanon: Tripoli’s Armed Commanders Mutiny Against Future 
Al-Akhbar Politics 12 Mar 2013 – For years now they have been mobilized, armed, and funded to snipe at the adjacent Alawi neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen by either politicians belonging to the Future Party or local Salafi sheikhs. (Photo: Adel Karroum) For years now they have been mobilized, armed, and funded to…

Syrian Kurds Bank on Big Oil Reserves 
Al-Akhbar Politics 12 Mar 2013 – Iraqi Kurds transport food by boat to Syria across the river Tigris at the Syrian-Iraqi border near the Dohuk province, 2 February 2013. (Photo: Azad Lashkari) Iraqi Kurds transport food by boat to Syria across the river Tigris at the Syrian-Iraqi border near the Dohuk province,…

EU staff member killed in Syria 
BBC 13 Mar 2013 – A member of the European Union’s delegation in Syria was killed in a rocket attack in the Damascus suburb of Darayya on Tuesday, the EU announces.

Saudi men executed for robbery 
BBC 13 Mar 2013 – Seven men convicted of armed robbery have been executed in southern Saudi Arabia, the interior ministry says, despite appeals by human rights groups.

Bahrain police guilty of jail death 
BBC 13 Mar 2013 – A court in Bahrain sentences two police officers to 10 years in prison after convicting them of causing the death in custody of a Shia activist.

Tunisian dies after self-immolation 
BBC 13 Mar 2013 – A Tunisian cigarette vendor dies after setting himself on fire in an act reminiscent of the event which triggered the “Arab Spring”.

PKK releases eight Turkish hostages 
BBC 13 Mar 2013 – The Kurdish militant PKK releases eight Turkish hostages held in northern Iraq, in a move welcomed by the Turkish government.


Funding and Denouncing Israeli Occupation 
Ramzy Baroud, CounterPunch 3/13/2013
      Hypocritical EU Must Make a Stand
     More bad news emerged from Israel in recent weeks. Indeed, good news is seldom associated with Israel and its military occupation and institutionalized discrimination and mistreatment of Palestinians.
     But now even those international organizations that are often supportive of Israel’s militancy seem to be joining the consensus that Tel Aviv is on an irrevocably perilous course.
     Few international law experts would defend Israel’s fervent settlement-building on occupied Palestinian land.
     Yet the Western powers, led by the United States, have brought little pressure to bear on Israel to cease its illegal activities.
     In fact, without US and European funding it would have been nearly impossible for Israel to build settlements and transfer over half a million Israelis over the years to live on stolen Palestinian land, in violation of numerous international laws including the Fourth Geneva Convention.
     Worse still, trade with European and other countries sustained these illegal settlements, allowing them to flourish at the expense of Palestinians who have suffered massive ethnic cleansing campaigns since 1967.
     But at last EU diplomats in east Jerusalem and the West Bank are speaking out in unequivocal terms.
     In a report released at the end of last month, the diplomats declared that “settlement construction remains the biggest single threat to the two-state solution. It is systematic, deliberate and provocative.” more.. e-mail

Women ‘carry all’ of Palestine’s suffering 
Eva Bartlett, Gaza Strip, Electronic Intifada 3/8/2013
      GAZA CITY (IPS) – “In Gaza we don’t lead normal lives, we just cope, and adapt to our abnormal lives under siege and occupation,” said Dr. Mona El-Farra, a physician and a long-time women’s rights activist in the Gaza Strip. On International Women’s Day, when many of the world’s women are fighting for workplace equality and an end to domestic violence, Farra and the majority of Gaza’s women fight for the most basic of rights.
     “It is difficult to live in this small piece of land, where basic needs like clean water, regular electricity, proper sanitation and means of recreation are not met. Women in Gaza are particularly traumatized by the continuous Israeli military attacks,” said Farra.
     A 2009 Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) report highlighted the suffering of Palestinian women under the illegal Israeli-led siege imposed on Gaza, and under the 23 days of Israeli attacks in 2008-2009 which killed over 1,400 Palestinians, including 112 women.
     The report noted Gazan women’s continued struggle “as they attempt to come to terms with their grief and their injuries; with the loss of their children, their husbands, their relatives, their homes and their livelihoods” (“Through women’s eyes,” 28 September 2009).
     For Hiba an-Nabaheen, 24, a media studies graduate from Gaza’s Palestine University, the biggest issues facing women in Gaza are the poverty and unemployment that result from the siege.
     “How can a woman whose husband has died or been imprisoned continue to take care of her children? The deadly Israeli wars we endure don’t compare to the growing poverty we face. I’m a university graduate and can’t find work, and many graduates like me face the same problem, including those with exceptionally high marks.” more..e-mail

Don’t blame settlers for violence against Palestinians 
By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 3/13/2013
      Israeli soldiers are the ones who make the prolonged dispossession of the Palestinians possible. If the army wasn’t there, violent settler attacks could not take place.
     One morning in late February of this year, J., a resident of a village in the Nablus district, went to work in his field along with his two cousins, M. and A. (We are not using the complainants’s full names for the same reason members of the Shin Bet are only known by a single name: the fear, perfectly justified in this case, that by exposing complainants’ names we will be putting them at risk). The three reached the field with a horse, a donkey, a chainsaw and various other tools. They worked for several hours, and at about noon were alarmed to see an armed mob approaching them, reportedly composed of Israeli citizens, coming from the direction of the settlement of Yitzhar.
     The mob was composed of twenty to thirty settlers with their faces covered, accompanied by three or four soldiers. One of the soldiers pointed his gun at M. and demanded his ID card; J. and A. started to leave with their tools when they noticed the settlers beginning to break branches of the olive trees, their source of livelihood. J. started crying “thieves, thieves,” and begged the soldiers to do something to stop the damage.
     Just 100 meters separated the settlers from the soldiers, and yet, according to the testimony, the soldiers stood idly by guarding the hoodlums and doing nothing to prevent the property damage. J. watched helplessly as the settlers stole his horse, his chainsaw, and his coat, which contained a very precious possession, his ID. “Look at these thieves,” said J to the soldier in desperation, “they are taking my things.” “Relax,” replied the soldier; “we’ll talk to the police.” M followed the settlers, who returned to the settlement. He noticed a settlement security vehicle, as well as a military jeep in close proximity. No one intervened. more.. e-mail

Wanted: Arab Tom Friedmans 
Belen Fernandez, Al Jazeera.com 3/13/2013
      The columnist appears to want nothing more than to remake the Arab/Muslim world to fit his neoliberal ideas.
     The more recent brutal regime crackdown on protesters suggests Friedman was perhaps premature in his assessment of Bahrain as “the Arab country doing the most innovative experiments with democracy” [EPA]
     Among the salient functions of Orientalist pseudo-scholarship is the presentation of the Arab/Muslim world as a barbarian backwater in need of civilisation imported from the West. 
     Integral to this function is the co-optation – whether consensual or not – of certain cohorts within the backwater that are deemed to be sufficiently “like us” so as to justify the civilising effort and endow it with a democratic tinge. 
     Consider the methods of New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman, who throughout the course of his career has been forced to endure one Arab/Muslim world-induced headache after another. Whether it’s the Palestinians being “gripped by a collective madness”, the nation of Afghanistan behaving like a “special needs baby”, or the Arab Street insisting on “making potato chips” in an era “when others are making microchips”, the region has proved resistant to progress despite Friedman’s helpful lectures on the revolutionarily democratic nature of the US devastation of Iraq. 
     Mercifully, Friedman encounters occasional pockets of relief such as “emphatically pro-Western Saudis, who have studied in America, visit regularly, and still root for their favourite American football teams”. These cohorts highlight the relative backwardness of their regional co-inhabitants and reassure American audiences that, with the proper training, Arabs and Muslims can be purged of anti-US sentiment. more.. e-mail

Bogus anti-Semitism smears against Muslim students at Harvard during Israeli Apartheid Week
Electronic Intifada: 13 Mar 2013 – Alex Shams 13 March 2013 “Eviction notices” posted on dormitories intended to raise awareness of demolitions faced by Palestinians, not to target Jews.more

Israel coerces Africans to sign “voluntary repatriation” forms
Electronic Intifada: 13 Mar 2013 – Tel Aviv 13 March 2013 The UN’s refugee agency warns that Eritreans could be ill-treated if sent back home.more

excerpts from life in Gaza
In Gaza: 13 Mar 2013 – Driving to Gaza one morning, the shared taxi enters a traffic jam outside the UN school. The street is jammed with children, cars trying to butt ahead, a motorcycle sitting in the middle of the mess, clogging everything. “The police are there when you don’t need them, not there when you need them,” grumbles the driver. Roadside vegetable vendors: spinach, cauliflower, romaine lettuce, oranges imported from Egypt because the vast majority of Gaza’s trees have long since been bulldozed by the Zionists. A young man jogs along the sand, past beached fishing boats. Those boats that have ventured the few kilometres out, risking Zionist navy attacks , are not visible through the heavy fog descending. Hassaka fishers 1/2 km out, valiantly fighting choppy water and cold for whatever meagre catch can haul in. A refugee camp rider gallops his horse along the water’s edge. Boys play soccer in 1/4 field sized…more

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