VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 18 March 2013: Israel’s new war cabinet

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ISR Police Kidnaps Two Children In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Monday March 18, 2013, Two children identified as Deena Morad Jweiles, 14, and her brother Mohammad, 12, have been kidnapped by the Israeli Police after being attacked and harassed by an Israeli settler in Wadi Hilweh, in Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center reported. …

Sharawna Released, Exiled To Gaza
IMEMC – Palestinian media sources reported that detainee Ayman Sharawna, who started his open-ended hunger strike after his arrest by the army, on July 1, 2102, was released by Israel but was not allowed back home in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Israeli soldiers kidnapped his brother. …

EU Grants PA €20.8 Millions To Pay Salaries, Pensions
IMEMC – The European Union (EU) has granted the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank approximately €2.8 millions to pay pensions and salaries to nearly 82,000 retired people and government employees, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. …

Ma’an News

Medics: Sharawna in stable condition
3/18/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Ayman Sharawna has multiple health problems but is in a stable condition, after over eight months on hunger strike, the health ministry in Gaza said Monday. Sharawna is suffering abdominal pain, gastroesophageal reflux and severe vomiting, digestive problems and a stomach ulcer, as well as severe constipation, kidney problems and…. Related: Israeli troops detain Sharawna’s brother and PCHR: Sharawna deportation violates Geneva Conventions

ICRC: Israel suspends Gaza prisoner visits for 3 weeks
3/18/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel has suspended family visits to prisoners from Gaza for three weeks for Jewish holidays, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday. Israeli authorities informed the ICRC that residents of Gaza would not be allowed to visit their relatives jailed in Israel for three weeks, ICRC spokeswoman Arwa….

Settlers damage tractors near Nablus
3/18/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Monday damaged four tractors belonging to Palestinian farmers south of Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said. Dozens of residents of Yizhar settlement stopped farmers in Burin from reaching their land and threw hundreds of nails in front of their tractors, said Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in….

PPS: Israel neglecting prisoner with cancer
3/18/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities are neglecting a prisoner who suffers from cancer, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said Monday. A PPS lawyer visited Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh in Eshel prison and had to wait for an hour as Abu Hamdiyeh was too sick to attend the meeting. When he arrived, the prisoner “seemed unable to….

Settler injured by gunfire near Qalqiliya
3/18/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli settler was injured by gunfire on Monday near Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank, the Israeli army said. The Israeli was hit near the entrance to Qedumim settlement, an army spokesman said, adding that soldiers were searching the area for suspects. A military source told Ma’an that….

New Israel housing minister pledges more settlements
3/18/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s new housing minister said on Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s incoming cabinet would keep expanding Jewish settlements to the same extent as his previous government. The remarks came two days ahead of a visit by US President Barack Obama who has urged Israel to halt settlement on….

Israeli troops detain Sharawna’s brother
3/18/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israel detained Jihad Sharawna at dawn Monday, hours after his brother was deported to Gaza following an 8-month hunger strike. Israeli forces raided the home of 24-year-old Jihad Sharawna in Deir Samit, southwest of Hebron, and detained him, a Ma’an reporter said. An Israeli military spokesman told…. Related: Medics: Sharawna in stable condition and PCHR: Sharawna deportation violates Geneva Conventions

Detainee enters 11th year in Israeli prison
3/18/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 34-year-old detainee entered his 11th year in Israeli jail on Monday. Ibrahim Aram, from Khan Younis in southern Gaza, was detained on March 14, 2003, and accused of trying to blow himself up at a checkpoint in the central Gaza Strip. He was sentenced to 24 years. [END]

Al-Zaq condemns deportation of detainees
3/18/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Popular resistance leader Mahmoud al-Zaq on Monday condemned Israel’s deportation of Ayman Sharawna to the Gaza Strip.” We shouldn’t legalize deportation even if detainees are freed from Israeli detention centers,” al-Zaq said in a statement.”We are one nation whether we are in Gaza or in…. Related: Medics: Sharawna in stable condition and PCHR: Sharawna deportation violates Geneva Conventions

Gaza women face problems after leaving Israeli jails
3/18/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Despite the warm reception and celebrations female prisoners receive in Gaza after being released from Israeli jails, many face social and familial difficulties upon returning to normal life. In many cases, ex-female prisoners either get divorced or remain single into old age if unmarried. Wafaa al-Bis, an ex-prisoner from Gaza….

2 injured in explosion near Gaza City
3/18/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two men were injured Sunday in an explosion near Gaza City, medics said. Medics at Shifa Hospital told Ma’an that one man sustained moderate injuries and another lost his hand in the blast. It was not immediately clear what caused the blast, but witnesses reported hearing a large explosion west of Gaza City. [END]

Haniyeh: Egypt-Hamas relations strong
3/18/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday that efforts to sabotage relations between Hamas and Cairo would fail.”Hamas will remain a protecting shield of Egypt and all attempts to drive a wedge between Palestine and Egypt will fail,” Haniyeh said. Speaking at a conference on the Arab Spring, organized….

US helicopters fly across West Bank
3/18/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — US helicopters flew across the West Bank on Monday ahead of President Barack Obama‘s visit later this week. Three batches of helicopters arrived at the presidential heliport in Ramallah and the Abu Ammar heliport in Bethlehem, before heading toward Jordan. Palestinian security sources told Ma’an the helicopters…. Related: PA security forces prepared for Obama visit

Egypt detains 3 Palestinians for illegal entry
3/18/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities on Monday detained three Palestinians who entered the country illegally from Gaza, a security source said. The Palestinians were arrested after crossing into Egypt through tunnels in Rafah, the Egyptian security official told Ma’an. [END]

Bethlehem activists tear down Obama billboard
3/18/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian activists in Bethlehem tore down a billboard of US President Barack Obama on Monday. The billboard was set up in Bethlehem’s Manger Square as part of a campaign to highlight that Palestinians have been deprived of the right to have 3G telecommunication technology because they compete with Israeli…. Related: Prisoners group to protest outside US consulate in Jerusalem

Prisoners group to protest outside US consulate in Jerusalem
3/18/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian prisoners group will organize a sit-in protest on Tuesday in front of the US consulate in Jerusalem, a day before President Obama visits the region. Director of the Jerusalem office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, Nasser Qaws, told Ma’an that the protest would be an act of…. Related: Bethlehem activists tear down Obama billboard

Qatari committee announces first phase of Gaza building projects
3/18/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Qatari committee announced Monday that a local construction company has been contracted to begin the first phase of reconstruction projects in the Gaza Strip. Head of the Qatari committee Muhammad al-Amadi said that the project to rebuild Salah Addin street, running from Rafah to Khan Younis, will cost over….

PA security forces prepared for Obama visit
3/18/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces are fully prepared for the visit of US President Barack Obama this week, a PA security forces spokesman said. Adnan Dmeiri told Ma’an that security services have completed security and logistical preparations for Obama‘s visit. Military intelligence services, national security forces, police and…. Related: US helicopters fly across West Bank and Prisoners group to protest outside US consulate in Jerusalem

Fayyad to head delegation to Brussels donor meeting
3/18/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A delegation headed by Palestinian Authority Premier Salam Fayyad will attend the annual spring meeting of a donor group for Palestine, scheduled to take place in Brussels on Tuesday. The delegation will submit a report entitled “Palestine: A state under occupation” to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, which will be hosted….

Backers of Israeli settlers stake claim in Netanyahu cabinet
3/18/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new governing coalition prepared to take office after a parliamentary vote on Monday with powerful roles reserved for supporters of settlers in occupied territory. While the new line-up includes more moderates than in the outgoing government, the predominance of legislators who are either settlers or among….

Israel to build desert mega-bases, freeing up land in Tel Aviv
3/18/2013 – TEL AVIV (Reuters) — Israel’s military plans to vacate land worth $14 billion and move most of its headquarters from the heart of Tel Aviv in a $7 billion project intended to alleviate an acute national shortage of room for housing. The Bank of Israel, concerned by surging housing prices, has called on the….

12 Palestinians injured in Jordan bus crash arrive in Jericho
3/18/2013 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Twelve Palestinian pilgrims injured in a bus crash in Jordan arrived in Jericho on Monday after receiving medical treatment in Jordan, Palestinian police said. Governor of Jericho Majid al-Fityani organized an official welcoming reception on the Palestinian side of the Allenby Bridge crossing terminal. Palestinian officials, including crossings director Nathmi Muhanna….

PCHR: Sharawna deportation violates Geneva Conventions
3/18/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The deportation to Gaza of hunger-striking prisoner Ayman Sharawna is a violation of the Geneva Conventions, a Palestinian rights group said Monday. Sharawna arrived in the Gaza Strip on Sunday evening after signing a deportation deal to end an 8-month long hunger strike in Israeli jail. Forcible deportation is a…. Related: Medics: Sharawna in stable condition and Israeli troops detain Sharawna’s brother

Child dies after Qalqiliya car accident
3/18/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — A 4-year-old boy died on Monday of wounds sustained in a car accident near Qalqiliya a day earlier, police said. Adham Mkhyamer was traveling to Qalqiliya with his mother and brothers when the car overturned at high speed. The passengers were all seriously wounded and transferred to hospital in Israel….

US confirms Syrian aircraft fired rockets into Lebanon
3/18/2013 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The US State Department confirmed on Monday that Syrian government aircraft fired rockets into northern Lebanon and it described the incident as “a significant escalation.” “We can confirm what you are seeing in the press, that regime jets and helicopters did fire rockets into northern Lebanon,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters….

Aljazeera

Israel’s new government sworn in
AlJazeera 18 Mar 2013 – Line-up includes more moderates than the outgoing government, but powerful roles reserved for supporters of settlers.

Palestine News Network

60 Israeli Female Soldiers, Jewish Settlers Raid Al-Aqsa Mosque
Palestine News Network

South Hebron Hills Activists Defy Israeli Forces, Rebuild Tent
Palestine News Network

Settlers Raid Palestinian Land, Damage Tractors near Nablus
Palestine News Network

Operation Dove: Israeli Police Arrest 3 Palestinian Teenagers
Palestine News Network

Why Obama Should Place A Wreath at Arafat’s Grave
Palestine News Network

UN: Don’t Waste Historic Chance for a Lifesaving Arms Trade Treaty
Palestine News Network

UFree Network Participates at the UN 22nd Regular Session of the Human Rights Council
Palestine News Network

Israeli Authorities Arrest Sharawneh’s Brother
Palestine News Network

AIC Weekly Events Program
Palestine News Network

TPFF Co-Presents Canadian Premiere of THEY WERE PROMISED THE SEA
Palestine News Network

PCBS Reviews Current Status of Cultural Institutions in Palestine
Palestine News Network

The Ghettoization of Beit Safafa
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Condemns Ayman al-Sharawna’s Deportation to Gaza by Israeli Forces
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

Jordan: UNRWA works to conserve water in Jordan, a country with one of the world’s largest water deficits
Relief Web 18 Mar 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan, occupied Palestinian territory Amman, Jordan Each year on 22 March, World Water Day draws attention to the importance of water, and advocates for the sustainable…

occupied Palestinian territory: Psychosocial care for Gaza’s children
Relief Web 18 Mar 2013 – Source: Islamic Relief Country: occupied Palestinian territory Four months since the conflict in Gaza, Islamic Relief is providing psychosocial care to children who were traumatized by the bombings they witnessed. Over the last two months, Islamic Relief has organized activity…

Syrian Arab Republic: Damascus districts shelled, students arrested: NGO
Relief Web 18 Mar 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 03/18/2013 21:02 GMT BEIRUT, March 18, 2013 (AFP) – Syrian regime forces resumed shelling parts of Damascus on Monday as security forces carried out arrests of students in housing attached…

occupied Palestinian territory: Briefing: Beyond the E-1 Israeli settlement
Relief Web 18 Mar 2013 – Source: IRIN Country: occupied Palestinian territory JERUSALEM, 18 March 2013 (IRIN) – Last month, an international fact-finding mission on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council found [http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/RegularSession/Session... ] that settlements constituted a…

Mali: Finland grants EUR 39.8 million in humanitarian assistance for the world’s crises
Relief Web 18 Mar 2013 – Source: Government of Finland Country: Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Finland, Mali, Myanmar, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, South Sudan (Republic of) By decision taken by Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala on 15…

occupied Palestinian territory: UN experts demand immediate end to Israeli settlements
Relief Web 18 Mar 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 03/18/2013 14:46 GMT by Nina LARSON GENEVA, March 18, 2013 (AFP) – Israel must immediately begin withdrawing its settlers from the Palestinian territories, UN experts told diplomats Monday, even as the new Israeli…

The National

UAE sedition trial hears first evidence for prosecution
The National 18 Mar 2013 – Investigators giving evidence at the State Security Court said they had listened in as a group of Emiratis plotted to undermine and overthrow the country’s leadership.

No room for complacency, say UAE piracy experts
The National 18 Mar 2013 – Despite a drop in attacks by Somali pirates, experts warn continued vigilance is required on merchant vessels.

Pakistan’s former oil and gas chief could be extradited from UAE in weeks
The National 18 Mar 2013 – Tauqir Sadiq is wanted in his home country on allegations of an US$850 million (Dh3.1 billion) embezzlement.

UK agrees on press regulation
The National 18 Mar 2013 – The agreement will result in a new press regulator with the power to investigate complaints, impose fines of up to £1 million (Dh5.55m) and oblige newspapers to print prominent apologies. Omar Karmi reports from London 

Emirati wins US$100,000 grand prize at UAE photography awards
The National 18 Mar 2013 – Photographer Osama Al Zubeidi won the grand prize at last night’s Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed International Photography Awards.

Public support for nuclear energy in UAE rises
The National 18 Mar 2013 – The survey finds a 16% increase in public support compared to last year, with 89% of locals wanting a reactor in their emirate.

Syrian planes bomb Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley
The National 18 Mar 2013 – Syrian air force jets fire rockets at a remote section of the border, four days after warning they may strike at Syrian rebels taking refuge across the frontier.

Construction of Ajman’s twin bridges underway
The National 18 Mar 2013 – The Dh135m project is scheduled to be completed in 12 months.

Ha’aretz

Target of previous watchdog’s criticism becomes senior aide to the current one
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

Palestinian sues West Bank settler in theft of his goats
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

Jeffrey Goldberg to Haaretz: ‘Obama is the most Jewish U.S. president ever’
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

On Persian new year, Obama tells Iranians: Citizens pay high pice for nuclear defiance
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

U.S. shuns UN debate on Israeli settlers ahead of Obama visit
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

Tel Aviv municipality cancels full marathon due to forecasted hot weather
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

What to expect from Israel’s new government: news and analysis by Haaretz writers
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

New coalition agreement is landmark for Israeli education
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

IDF soldier convicted of negligent homicide for killing of Palestinian man
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

Scientists, activists seek to block construction at former Israel Military Industries site
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

Racist incitement by Israeli public figures doubled in 2012, study shows
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

ABC poll: Most Americans want U.S. to stay out of Israeli-Palestinian talks
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

Supreme Court orders reconsideration of Israeli girl’s 2008 murder
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

Lieberman vows to block settlement freeze efforts in Israel’s next government
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

The winners and the losers of Israel’s next coalition
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

Legal wheels grind on Shabbat so cops can nab fugitive judge upon his wee-hours arrival
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

Israel’s new, less experienced security cabinet seems more hawkish on Iran
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

West Bank settlement leaders seizing control of Israel’s housing policy
Ha’aretz – 18 Mar 2013

Jerusalem Post

J’lem Protest: ‘Eatery shut because not kosher’
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – According to NGO, Restobar given an ultimatum by property’s owner to either make menu kosher or vacate. 

High Court: No overtime for home nursing
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – Case involved a nurse from the Philippines who was providing healthcare services to an elderly woman. 

Obama, FDR and Zionism
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – Today it is more clear than ever why Niles doubted FDR genuinely supported Zionism. 

On My Mind: Syria’s children
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – The international community has been sorely divided and incapable of assisting the people of Syria in an organized, helpful way. 

Ya’alon’s defense
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – Judging from Barak’s stint in the Defense Ministry, Ya’alon will be second only to Netanyahu in his influence over a wide array of diplomatic matters. 

Fundamentally Freund: A bit of hasbara heresy
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – Why, oh why, can’t Jews do as good a job at selling the Jewish state? 

No Hold Barred: An American tragedy in Steubenville
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – We males combine within our person the carnal desires of the animal as well as the spiritual transcendence of the uniquely human. 

Peace maker or peace breaker?
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – Doves on both sides acknowledge it would take nothing short of a miracle to get down to the business of building a real peace. 

President Obama: Take the road not taken
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – President Obama can choose the well-trodden path, and bring no benefit to the area. 

New gov’t holds first meeting, selects security cabinet
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – Netanyahu presides for first time over his third gov’t, approves a trimmed-down seven-man security cabinet; says “we are starting a new gov’t today, also clearing the table, placing all the divisions to the side. ” 

Obama: Now is time for Iran to settle nuke dispute
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – Shortly before leaving for Israel, US president says the Islamic Republic must take “immediate and meaningful step.” 

Haredim vent anger in Knesset over their exclusion
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – In a fit of pique, all 7 UTJ MKs leave plenum when Netanyahu reads out Bennett’s name as Minister for Economy and Trade. 

Syria rebels claim to fire mortars at Assad’s palace
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – A statement posted on an opposition Facebook page says rebel groups had fired “a number of 120mm heavy caliber mortars.” 

Why is your matza different from all other matza?
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – Jewish group holding contest to determine who can come up with the most creative use of matza. 

High court calls to reexamine murder of Tair Rada
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – Three years after man convicted for murder of eighth-grader, High Court of Justice urges Nazareth Court to re-examine evidence. 

Ready to rumble: Opposition set to start fighting
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – The Yacimovich-led opposition is more united and angrier than the last, and it prepared a filibuster for its very first day. 

J’lem slams award to ‘anti-Semitic’ Hungary reporter
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – Ambassador says journalist’s views on Israel unacceptable, European rights commissioner also voices concern. 

Bethlehem rioters set fire to pictures of Obama
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – In preparation for US president’s Mideast visit, protestors say he is not welcome in their city, throw shoes at US diplomatic vehicle. 

Volunteer families to host survivors for Passover
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – Families will be hosting Holocaust survivors for their Passover seders, a part of the “A house full of light” project. 

Syrian jets strike Lebanon border
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – Remote section of border hit four days after Damascus warned it may strike at Syrian rebels taking refuge across the frontier. 

TA cancels marathon, recommended by Health Min.
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – After 29-year-old died from heat stroke in half-marathon, Friday’s full marathon officially cancelled due to hot weather. 

Pesach and Israel: A tale of two realities?
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – Pesach reminds us of God’s activism not merely as the antidote to our helplessness but as a paradigm to be emulated. 

Liberman: Peace won’t progress in next 4 years
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2013 – Former FM says Israel would “emphatically oppose” any attempt to impose a settlement freeze in the West Bank. 

Hunger striking prisoner arrives in Gaza, ends strike
Jerusalem Post 17 Mar 2013 – Shin Bet let Palestinian prisoner relocate to Gaza; will be allowed to return to W. Bank after 10 years if abstains from terror. 

‘Canada firm shouldn’t merge with Israel Chemicals’
Jerusalem Post 17 Mar 2013 – Outgoing Environmental Protection MK expresses opposition to PM regarding potential merger, cites “real endangerment of interests.” 

Ex-Justice Min. warns of African migrant conversion
Jerusalem Post 17 Mar 2013 – At Israel Democracy Institute conference, experts quiz Friedmann on his ‘conversion concern,’ as he concedes it may be unlikely. 

Comet to soar over Israel
Jerusalem Post 17 Mar 2013 – Israelis will have an opportunity during sunset, sunrise to see a comet, called Panstarrs C/2011 L4, pass through the skies. 

‘Turkey approves law to cooperate with Sudan’
Jerusalem Post 17 Mar 2013 – President Abdullah Gül announces approval of law opening way for military pact with Sudan, according to ‘Today’s Zaman.’ 

UN report reveals Iranian violence against Bahais
Jerusalem Post 17 Mar 2013 – Research discloses extreme state-sponsored discrimination against minority community, says Bahais “systematically deprived.”

‘Obama, don’t bring your smartphone to Ramallah’
Jerusalem Post 17 Mar 2013 – Activists call to remove posters protesting absence of mobile Internet in West Bank, say Palestinian cause “bigger than 3G.” 

The Guardian

Israel PM warns of ‘enormous threats’ in region on eve of Obama visit
The Guardian 18 Mar 2013 – Binyamin Netanyahu vows to guarantee future of Jewish people as Israel, prepares for Barack Obama‘s first visit as president The new Israeli government will use Barack Obama‘s visit to Jerusalem this week as an opportunity “to…

Israel prepares for President Barack Obama’s first visit
The Guardian 18 Mar 2013 – Security is tight for the US president as he travels to sites in Israel and the Palestinian territories There will be no toast for breakfast, nor club sandwiches from room service. Muesli, pasta and traditional cakes…

Palestinians buy land to protect future state and generations
The Guardian 18 Mar 2013 – A son of refugees has battled with the Palestinian Authority to create hundreds of plots with title deeds for Palestinians to own Ali and Sana Dabbagh were amazed at how easy it was to buy a…

Syrian opposition meets to choose new PM – live coverage
The Guardian 18 Mar 2013 – • Compound falls to Yarmouk brigade after five-day siege • ’53 killed’ across country today • Asma al-Assad makes appearance in Damascus • Netanyahu ‘ready for compromise with Palestinians’ • Read a summary of today’s key events Paul…

Uruknet

Israel controls most water in West Bank
Uruknet

Iraqi prisons leave women doubly vulnerable
Uruknet

Iraq: War’s legacy of cancer
Uruknet

Israel’s New Government of Figureheads and Settlers
Uruknet

Hundreds of Afghans protest against US troops in Kabul city
Uruknet

Israeli army demolish tent; leave Palestinian schoolchildren at risk of settler attack
Uruknet

Iraq: Investigate Fatal Police Shootings in Mosul Contradictory Official Statements About Killing of Protester
Uruknet

My Lai 45 Years Later—And the Unknown Atrocities of Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan
Uruknet

Settlers Burn A Chicken Coop Near Nablus
Uruknet

Pakistan Pushes Global Ban on Unilateral Drone Strikes
Uruknet

Daily Star

Egypt justice minister dismayed by lynchings
Daily Star 18 Mar 2013 Egypt‘s justice minister warned Monday that the lynching of criminals in the streets by angry citizens is a sign of the “death of the state.”

India seeks stronger ties as Egypt president visits
Daily Star 18 Mar 2013 India said it was looking forward to strengthening economic ties with Egypt as President Mohamed Morsi headed to New Delhi for talks starting on Tuesday.

Pro-settler government takes power in Israel
Daily Star 18 Mar 2013 A new Israeli governing coalition with a strong showing of pro-settlement hardliners formally took office late on Monday after confirmation by parliament days before a landmark US presidential visit.

US won’t stop others from arming Syria rebels
Daily Star 18 Mar 2013 Ending Syria‘s civil war through negotiations became an even more remote prospect, as the main opposition group prepared to set up a rival government to President Assad’s regime and the U.S. said it won’t stop others…

‘Bible’ producers dismiss Obama-Satan connection
Daily Star 18 Mar 2013 The producers of the cable TV miniseries on the Bible say Internet chatter that their Satan character resembles President Barack Obama is “utter nonsense.

Yemen parties debate new political system
Daily Star 18 Mar 2013 Yemen’s politicians, youth, women and intellectuals opened a landmark national dialogue Monday on the future of the transition to democracy, and high on the agenda is debate over a dramatic redrawing of the country’s political map…

Israeli jets drop flare bombs over s. Lebanon coast
Daily Star 18 Mar 2013 Israeli jets drop flare bombs along the coast of the southern city of Tyre, security sources told The Daily Star.

Obama nominates Tom Perez as U.S. secretary of labor
Daily Star 18 Mar 2013 Obama nominated Tom Perez, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, as labor secretary – a job that would give him a key role in the administration’s efforts to raise the minimum wage and reform…

Syria rebels say fire mortars at president’s palace
Daily Star 18 Mar 2013 Syrian rebels said they had fired mortar bombs at the presidential palace, the Damascus International Airport and security buildings to mark the second anniversary of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

Lawyer: Paternity suit against Jordan withdrawn
Daily Star 18 Mar 2013 A lawyer for a woman who says Michael Jordan fathered her teenage son has withdrawn her paternity suit, but left open the possibility that it could be refiled.

YNet News

Pope Francis lauded for interfaith dialogue
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France says Syrian air raid ‘seriously violated’ Lebanon’s sovereignty 
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Israel asks Hungary to withdraw journalism award
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Syrian opposition elects temporary PM
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013 State budget to be approved in 135 days
YNet News, 18 Mar 2013 – ….

Israelis indifferent to Obama visit
YNet News, 18 Mar 2013 – Op-ed: Lack of public interest particularly intriguing as US president repeatedly urged to come to Israel ….

Palestine Information Center

Israel launches mock raids on Gaza
PIC – Israeli warplanes launched a series of mock raids off the coast of the Gaza Strip on Monday morning.

AOHR warns of true dangers threatening al-Aqsa
PIC – AOHR in UK called on Secretaries-General of the United Nations, the Arab League, and the Islamic Cooperation to act immediately for the protection of the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Israeli violations.

IOF closes Jeet barrier in Nablus, storms Fawar camp
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) closed Jeet barrier that links between the cities of Nablus and Qalqilya in the northern West Bank, after an armed attack against an Israeli settler in that area.

Israeli court delays trial of Abu Arafah and Totah 
PIC – The so-called District Court in occupied Jerusalem on Sunday adjourned the trial of former Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Khalid Abu Arafa and MP for Jerusalem Mohammed Totah to April 10.

Abu Marzouk denounces the Egyptian media campaign against Hamas
PIC – Deputy head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Moussa Abu Marzouk, strongly condemned the continued campaign of lies waged by some Egyptian newspapers and media against Hamas movement.

IOF soldiers detain 41 Palestinian children in March
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up 41 Palestinian children in the first half of March while eight minors were injured in the same period at the hands of IOF soldiers.

Hamas condemns IOF storming, arrest of leader Eshtiye
PIC – Hamas movement condemned the Israeli arrest on Sunday of its leader Jamil Eshtiye after savagely storming into his home and terrorizing his family.

Israel cancels visits to Gaza prisoners for three weeks
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) informed the Red Cross office in Gaza that visits to Gaza prisoners in IOA jails would be suspended for three weeks.

WAFA

Prisoner to Continue Strike till Israel Ends His Detention
WAFA – 18 Mar 2013

South Hebron Hills Activists Defy Army, Rebuild Tent
WAFA – 18 Mar 2013

Newspapers Review: Prisoner to Gaza, Jenin Funerals Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 18 Mar 2013

Settlers Raid Palestinian Land, Damage Tractors near Nablus
WAFA – 18 Mar 2013

Misc

Flood of Syria refugees tries patience of the Lebanese
LA Times 18 Mar 2013 – Many in Lebanon who oppose Bashar Assad at first welcomed the influx, but now say the newcomers are taking their jobs and driving up prices. TRIPOLI, Lebanon — Khaled Naaman doesn’t hide his disdain for the Syrian government, a widely shared sentiment in this northern…

Syria Warplanes Hit Lebanon for First Time
New York Times 18 Mar 2013 – Syrian forces had clashed with anti-Assad fighters across the Lebanon border, but had never before used warplanes to strike at suspected rebel hideouts inside Lebanese territory. 

Baghdad Journal: Many Iraqis Prefer to Ignore 10th Anniversary of War
New York Times 18 Mar 2013 – Ten years after the invasion of Baghdad, which led to Saddam Hussein’s downfall, Iraqis are dealing with bombings, protests and political strife. 

King Abdullah of Jordan Has Criticism for All Concerned
New York Times 18 Mar 2013 – In an interview to be published this week, King Abdullah criticized other Arab leaders and officials in Jordan while insisting that only he can lead the country’s transition to democracy. 

At War: Former Pentagon Lawyer Offers Pros and Cons of Drone Court
New York Times 18 Mar 2013 – The speech by Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department’s former general counsel, offered a window into the thinking of someone who participated in the inner circles of Obama administration national security decision-making until recently. 

At War Blog: How One Soldier Learned the Iraq War Was On
New York Times 18 Mar 2013 – Don Gomez had imagined being informed through some official authority, not a random soldier. 

Q. and A.: U.A.E. Makes Huge Investment in Education and Technology
New York Times 17 Mar 2013 – Sheik Nahayan bin Mubarak al-Nahayan, the minister of higher education, speaks about the U.A.E.’s enormous allocation for education, which totals more than one-fifth of the national budget. 

Palestinian Ends Fast After Plea Deal
New York Times 17 Mar 2013 – Ayman Sharawneh was freed after he ended his hunger strike in an Israeli jail and agreed to a plea bargain that will confine him to Gaza for 10 years. 

Gulliver gives up on Judean Desert uranium
Globes Energy & Water – The company says extraction of uranium in the permit area is not worthwhile.

Workers launch sanctions against Potash deal
Globes Main News – The Dead Sea Works workers committee is accusing management of a lack of transparency over merger talks with Canada’s Potash Corp.

Ministers cut, but not ministries
Globes Main News – Some ministers will hold two or even three portfolios, each with a director general, staffs, offices, and budgets.

Golan Telecom offers NIS 200 if you sign up a friend
Globes Main News – A customer can bring an unlimited number of new subscribers.

Mon: NICE, EZchip lift market
Globes Main News – NICE Systems and EZchip recorded the biggest gains on the Tel Aviv 25 Index, but Mellanox fell again.

Habas asks bondholders for debt settlement
Globes Main News – Real estate developer Habas HZ Investments CEO Hertzel Habas: An atom bomb fell on us. I have nothing to finance this.

Israel’s New Government of Figureheads and Settlers
Tikun Olam – Danon and Palin stir up holy war in Kotel Tunnel Today brings the astonishing news that Likud MK Danny Danon as been appointed deputy defense minister.  This is something akin to appointing Sarah Palin assistant secretary of defense.  Not only do neither have any military experience (…

Put Olive on Seder Plate for Palestinians and All Oppressed Peoples
Jewish Voice for Peace – The olive tree is a universal and ancient symbol of hope and peace. And sadly, the destruction of Palestinian olive trees by Israeli settlers and the Israeli army is just one example of the way that Israeli policies systematically deny Palestinians of even their most basic…

How do you say, ‘Let them eat cake’ in Arabic?
Mondoweiss – Michele Obama sans checkpoint From the US  Consulate in Jerusalem’s facebook page . The item appears with the above photograph: U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem تقود ميشيل اوباما حملة لتشجيع الشباب الأمريكي على ترك الكسل مثل الجلوس على الكنبة لمشاهدة التلفاز واستعمال الحاسوب ولعب ألعاب الفيديو طوال الوقت،…

Israel denies visas to 5 artists seeking to perform with Freedom Theatre
Mondoweiss – Palestinian society’s call for a cultural boycott is ever more pressing. Palestinians struggle every day simply for the right to cultural expression and survival, a battle that is frequently overlooked by international artists and certainly ignored by most Israeli performers. Just this week, Israel denied visas…

Obama visit fails to impress Palestinians in Ramallah
Mondoweiss – Palestinians in Ramallah make light of President Obama‘s short stop in the West Bank during his trip to Israel this week. (Photo: Shabab al-Awda/Facebook) Despite some fanfare over President Barack Obama‘s upcoming three-hour visit to Ramallah during his three-day long trip to Israel, Palestinians in the…

‘Forward’ slams Ehrenreich for questioning Zionism and Palestinian villagers for throwing stones at soldiers
Mondoweiss – Yesterday’s cover story in the New York Times Magazine on resistance in occupied Nabi Saleh, by Ben Ehrenreich, is already having a huge effect. Rashid Khalidi praised the piece on WNYC this morning . While the liberal Zionist editor of the Jewish Forward, Jane Eisner, is pushing…

Hopeful reading: Obama will go over Israeli leaders’ heads to youth and say regime must change
Mondoweiss – The White House is promoting the Obama trip to Israel with the video, above, which Adam calls “Ben Rhodes with Edward R Murrow microphone.” Rhodes, 35, the deputy national security adviser, would seem to be the guiding spirit of the trip. After he briefed the press…

Hungary Slammed for Prize to Anti-Semitic Television Anchorman 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Mar 2013 – Israel and a European human rights official criticised Hungary on Monday for presenting an award to a television journalist they accuse of anti-Semitism. Click here for the rest of the article…

Venezuela Jews Dedicate New Sephardic Synagogue 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Mar 2013 – The Jewish community of Caracas officially dedicated the Venezuelan city’s new main Sephardic synagogue, Tiferet Israel Este. Click here for the rest of the article…

Scant Hope of Breakthrough as Barack Obama’s Mideast Trip Looms 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Mar 2013 – President Barack Obama is due to make his first official visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories this week, looking to improve ties after sometimes rocky relations with both sides during his first term in office. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Military Plans $7B Desert Campus 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Mar 2013 – Israel’s military plans to vacate land worth $14 billion and move most of its headquarters from the heart of Tel Aviv in a $7 billion project intended to alleviate an acute national shortage of room for housing. Click here for the rest of the article…

Haredi Rebels Use Posters To Push for Israeli Draft of Ultra-Orthodox 
The Forward New 18 Mar 2013 – Ultra-Orthodox rebels in Israel are pressing their community to drop its opposition to drafting yeshiva students. They are using the Haredi medium of posters — under cover of darkness. Click here for the rest of the article…

After hard-fought battle, students celebrate divestment vote victory at UC San Diego 
Global BDS 18 Mar 2013 – After a hard fought battle, Students for Justice in Palestine at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) claimed a major victory last night when the Associated Student Council passed a resolution calling for divestment from companies profiting from Israeli occupation. The result – 20 in favor,…

Syria opposition discusses rival PM 
BBC 18 Mar 2013Syria‘s main opposition coalition meets in Istanbul to discuss nominating a prime minister to oversee rebel-held parts of the country.

Israel’s new government sworn in 
BBC 18 Mar 2013 – Israel’s new coalition government, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, is sworn in after nearly two months of negotiations.

Obama: Iran must ‘reduce tensions’ 
BBC 18 Mar 2013 – President Obama offers Iran a “practical solution” if it seeks peaceful nuclear capability rather than weapons, in a video marking Persian new year.

Egyptian villagers lynch two men 
BBC 18 Mar 2013 – Hundreds of villagers in Egypt lynch two men for allegedly kidnapping two children and other violent crimes.

March 14 and its Youth 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 18 Mar 2013 – The spectacle would have been more tolerable, awful as it was, if Fares Soueid had let March 14’s spokespersons turn over the platform to others, if only for an hour. But the retired doctor was determined to remind the audience – attendees and TV viewers alike…

An Official Tour of Western Sahara 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Mar 2013 – People take a part in a protest called by Association of the Sahrawi community in France on 27 February 2013 in Paris. (Photo: AFP – Kenzo Tribouillard) People take a part in a protest called by Association of the Sahrawi community in France on 27 February…

Syrian warplane strikes Lebanese border 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Mar 2013 – Syrian air force jets fired four rockets at a remote section of the border with Lebanon on Monday, security sources said, four days after Damascus warned it may strike at Syrian rebels taking refuge across the frontier. “Syrian planes bombed the border between Lebanon and Syria

Book Review: Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Mar 2013 – A woman looks at books inside an exhibition hall during the 29th annual meeting of French Muslims organized by The Union of Islamic Organizations of France at Le Bourget, near Paris 7 April 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Gonzalo Fuentes) A woman looks at books inside an…

Friend or Foe? Egypt Sizes Up Hamas 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Mar 2013Egypt‘s president Mohamed Mursi (R) shakes hands with Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh after their meeting at the presidential palace in Cairo, 26 July 2012. (Photo: Reuters – (HO) Mohamed Al Ostaz) Egypt‘s president Mohamed Mursi (R) shakes hands with Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh after…

Political class calls for calm after attack on Lebanese sheikhs 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Mar 2013 – Four Sunni scholars were beaten up in two separate attacks in Beirut on Sunday night, sparking strong condemnations from all sides of Lebanon’s political spectrum. Mazen Hariri and Ahmed Fekhran, both scholars at Lebanon’s highest Sunni seat of learning, Dar al-Fatwa, were attacked by a group…

Yemen police shoot dead pro-secession protester 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Mar 2013 – Police shot dead a protester in the southeastern Yemeni city of Tarim during a demonstration Monday against a national dialogue that opened in the capital, activists and local media said. The protester was killed “by police gunfire during clashes with demonstrators protesting against the dialogue,” Southern…

Venezuelan Post-Chavez Roadmap to the Middle East 
Al-Akhbar Politics 17 Mar 2013 – A woman shows her tattoo of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez during his funeral parade in Caracas 15 March 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Carlos Garcia Rawlins) A woman shows her tattoo of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez during his funeral parade in Caracas 15 March 2013. (…

Syria opposition discusses rival PM 
BBC 18 Mar 2013Syria‘s main opposition coalition meets in Istanbul to discuss nominating a prime minister to oversee rebel-held parts of the country.

Israel’s new government sworn in 
BBC 18 Mar 2013 – Israel’s new coalition government, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, is sworn in after nearly two months of negotiations.

Obama: Iran must ‘reduce tensions’ 
BBC 18 Mar 2013 – President Obama offers Iran a “practical solution” if it seeks peaceful nuclear capability rather than weapons, in a video marking Persian new year.

Egyptian villagers lynch two men 
BBC 18 Mar 2013 – Hundreds of villagers in Egypt lynch two men for allegedly kidnapping two children and other violent crimes.

Yemen national dialogue talks begin 
BBC 18 Mar 2013UN-backed reconciliation talks begin in Yemen aimed at drafting a new constitution and preparing for full democratic elections in February 2014.

Convictions for Bahrain police bombing 
BBC 18 Mar 2013 – Seventeen Bahrainis are sentenced to 15 years in jail for the attempted murder of four police officers.

Articles


Pro-settlement, neo-liberal government on Israel’s horizon 
Sergio Yahni, Alternative Information Center 3/14/2013
      Head of the Jewish Home and Yesh Atid, the senior partners in Israel’s probable new government, are ardent neo-liberals who target Palestinian and ultra-orthodox citizens as being the root of all problems. The indifference of Yesh Atid toward questions related to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory, combined with the Jewish Home’s settler militancy, makes the future coalition the most pro-settlement and economically right-wing government in Israeli history. Sergio Yahni introduces us to this new reality. 
     The newly formed Yesh Atid party showed a surprising performance in the January 22 elections to Israel’s 19th Knesset when it managed to win 19 of the 120 seats in Israel’s parliament.
     Far from being democratic, Yesh Atid is headed by a former actor and news anchor, Yair Lapid, who alone determines the candidates on the party’s Knesset list and takes final decisions on political issues. Moreover, according to the party rules which he formulated, Lapid was appointed as party chairman for the terms of the next two Knesset terms.
     Israeli analysts claim that the success of Yesh Atid is anchored in its public campaign which focused on Lapid’s well known personality and the party call for a change in Israeli civic priorities, including the promotion of a secular society and military draft for all. Yesh Atid’s civil agenda managed to capitalize on popular Israeli discontent, defeating Labour party hopes that it could return to the centre of Israel’s political stage by waving the banner of social democracy. 
     Despite his political inexperience, Lapid managed to understand three fundamental features of Israeli public consciousness: (1) the Israeli-Palestinian-Arab conflict is not anymore a political question within Israeli society; (2) the Jewish ultra-orthodox parties capitalize on the politics of Jewish poverty; and (3) the middle classes blame ultra-orthodox and Palestinian citizens of Israel for their socio-economic problems. — See also: Settler leader calls new Israeli government ‘a wet dream’ and Israel’s new war cabinet more.. e-mail

Israel’s new war cabinet 
Saleh Al-Naami in Gaza, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/16/2013
      A mix of settler fanatics and military hawks will make up the core of Netanyahu’s new cabinet — an ominous sign of times to come.
     Luxurious villas with red tile roofs dot the countryside surrounded by plush greenery and breath-taking natural beauty while traffic moves calmly in the morning as if all is well and normal. It is not. This romantic scene is from the settlement of Har Adar Jewish settlers built on land in the West Bank occupied by Israel in 1967.
     The vast majority of the settlement’s residents were thrilled by Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid Party, who will become finance minister in the new cabinet. Some 60 per cent of residents there voted for his party in the last elections and hope Lapid will use his new post to channel more aid to the settlement so they can expand its infrastructure and bring in more settlers.
     While settlers are counting on Lapid, who claims to represent the centre, they are relying even more on settlement leaders who will join the new government. Settlement leaders are so influential in the new government some commentators have even called it a “settler government”.
     Habayit Hayehudi (the Jewish Home) Party, representing settlers, will have control of four key ministries, including the ministries of housing and industry and trade. Uri Ariel, a radical settlement leader, is the new minister of housing — the ministry primarily in charge of settlement and Judaisation projects in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem. Ariel reassured settlers he is committed to forging ahead with settlement plans, since this “represents the will of the Israeli masses”. — See also: Settler leader calls new Israeli government ‘a wet dream’ and Pro-settlement, neo-liberal government on Israel’s horizon more..e-mail

America and the Middle East – I 
Rami G. Khouri, Agence Global 3/16/2013
      A policy like attacking Iraq or threatening Iran that mainly focuses on American and Israeli interests — these two often mesh into a single dynamic in Washington, D.C. — will not prove sustainable in the long run.
     BOSTON — Much of the discussion in the United States about President Barack Obama’s trip to the Middle East next week centers around whether he will initiate any new diplomatic moves on Arab-Israeli peace-making, and what he might say about Iran and the continuing Arab uprisings. It is also worth viewing the visit from the perspective of the Middle East itself, where perceptions of the United States and its actions in the region are very mixed, and largely negative.
     The latest Gallup polling study released a few days ago shows that in 30 foreign countries the median approval rating of U.S. policies dropped to 41% in 2012, from 49% in 2009. In Europe it dropped from 42% to 36%. The highest disapproval rates were in the Middle East and South Asia, reaching over 75% in Pakistan and Palestine. The highest approval rating in the region was 54%, in Libya.
     Conclusion: people judge the United States by its policies, not its rhetoric or values. Also, disapproval of U.S. policies is not a peculiarly Arab or Middle Eastern problem, but a worldwide phenomenon. So we should not ask what Obama’s country can do for us, but rather how we and the world view the United States and the consequences of its foreign policies.
     I would make four basic points in this regard. This is a historic moment of change in our region, when most Arabs are trying to transform dictatorships into democracies, and the United States is also reformulating some of its policies (like retreating from Iraq and Afghanistan). Change, danger and opportunity are in the air in U.S.-Mideast relations, and we must grasp the strands of each of these three elements in order to use the ongoing change to exploit positive opportunities and reduce dangers. more.. e-mail

Monolingualism and Education in Mandate Palestine 
Suzanne Schneider, Jerusalem Quarterly File 3/17/2013
      Winter Issue
     Scholars have frequently noted the characterization of Ottoman and Mandate era Palestine as a place divided. Jerusalem in particular was depicted as teeming with different ethnic groups and religious factions speaking a cacophony of languages, a contemporary Babel in which the endless variety rendered the city’s people “one of the principal attractions.”1 This narrative of disorder and discord of course served the goals of political Zionism and its supporters, who argued that this hodgepodge of residents did not represent a nation in the proper sense and thus had no corresponding set of rights to counter Jewish claims on the land. Recent historical work has produced more charitable readings that stress not the tensions fueled by marks of difference, but rather suggest a type of late Ottoman cosmopolitanism characterized by simultaneous, overlapping discussions in multiple languages about the nature of citizenship and civic responsibility.2
     Whether one chooses to conceptualize Palestine’s diversity as an asset or liability, there is no doubt that it presented a unique set of challenges to administrators charged with expanding the system of public education during the Mandate period. This article examines the role of monolingualism within the government’s education policy, and particularly administrators’ claims that the educational separation of communities along linguistic lines was a pedagogic necessity. I suggest that while the Department of Education’s preference for monolingual education was warmly received by both Palestinian and Zionist nationalist camps, such a policy inevitably contributed to the fragmentation of the public space into Jewish and Arab sectors, each with its own “native” language. 3 Unlike Ottoman Palestine, Mandate Palestine was a multi-lingual country not on account of its cosmopolitanism but because each community was only supposed to know a single tongue. more.. e-mail

Rachel Corrie’s legacy highlights continuing role of bulldozers that crush Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 18 Mar 2013 – Joe Catron Rafah 18 March 2013 The American activist is remembered fondly by many Palestinians ten years after her death.more

Israeli police arrest Jerusalem students in crackdown on Palestinian campus movement
Electronic Intifada: 18 Mar 2013 – Yara Sa’di Haifa 18 March 2013 Four Hebrew University students arrested in less than two weeks.more

Boycotting Israel is the “way to go,” says Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters
Electronic Intifada: 18 Mar 2013 – David Cronin Brussels 18 March 2013 Roger Waters is calling on musicians everywhere not to play Tel Aviv.more

Thought-provoking art exhibition imagines earthquake in Palestine
Electronic Intifada: 18 Mar 2013 – Daryl Meador 18 March 2013 Colorful jeeps and Sufi poetry feature in exhibition exploring Jericho.more

UK Media Morality
Dissident Voice: 18 Mar 2013 – The editorial page of last Saturday’s Times led with the following headline: “Arm the Rebels”. Editorials seldom have the name of the writer attached to them, which is possibly very useful in the case of this particular article. The piece refers to the suggestion that the British government is poised to begin (officially) supplying military hardware to the militants who are at war with the Syrian government. The article insists that the government get on with doing so… and that, my friends, is incitement to break international law. Chapter one of the UN Charter (an international law), article two, paragraph 4 reads : “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.” No resolution demanding the overthrow of President Assad has been…more

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