VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 17 April 2013: Israel is the only country in the world that has devised military courts for children

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Army Opens Fire At Palestinian Ambulance In Bethlehem
IMEMC – Wednesday evening, April 17, 2013, Israeli soldiers opened fire at a Palestinian Red Crescent Ambulance while trying to provide medical care to family members, including an infant, injured by gas bombs fired by the army at their home, in Al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem. …

Palestinian Injured By Arm Fire In Hebron
IMEMC – Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Palestinian medical sources reported that a Palestinian youth was shot by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the head during clashes with the army in Beit Ummar town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron. …

Ma’an News

‘Dozens injured’ in clashes near Bethlehem
4/18/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians were injured in clashes that broke out in al-Khader village south of Bethlehem, medics said. A Red Crescent official told Ma’an that Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at young men. One was injured with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head, and….

7 injured in clashes near Hebron
4/17/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Seven Palestinians were injured in clashes in Beit Ummar north of Hebron on Wednesday, a local official said. A popular struggle coordination committee spokesman said that Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas. Six Palestinians were injured by the shooting, while another was hurt while trying to escape the….

Farmers attacked daily by settlers near Bethlehem
4/17/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Settlers from Bat Ayin, located in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, regularly assault Palestinian farmers in an attempt to force them to abandon their fields. Hajj Hammad Sleibi, 78, is well aware of this phenomenon. He says he is attacked nearly everyday.” This land is mine. This land is mine not….

Official: Israel separates Jerusalem prisoners from other Palestinians
4/17/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s prison service enforces separation between Palestinians with Jerusalem residency and prisoners from the rest of Palestine, an official said Wednesday as Palestinians marked Prisoners Day. Amjad Abu Asab, who heads the Jerusalem committee for prisoners’ families, said Israel tried to deal with Palestinians holding Israeli IDs as….

Gaza fishing ban imposed for ‘security reasons’
4/17/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas security forces in Gaza have banned fishermen from working since Monday, a human rights center said Wednesday. Naval security forces in the coastal territory imposed a ban on fishing at 5 a. m. on Monday for “security reasons,” according to Al-Mezan center for human rights. Mahfouz al-Kabariti, chairman of….

Activists cut security fence surrounding Ofer jail
4/17/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian activists cut through part of a security fence surrounding Israel’s Ofer detention center near Ramallah on Wednesday. Activists told Ma’an that they wanted to send a message to Israel that the Palestinian people “never agree to have Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.” The action was part….

Issawi calls for ‘rage and solidarity’ on Prisoners Day
4/17/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Long-term hunger striker Samer Issawi on Wednesday called for “rage and solidarity” to mark Palestinian Prisoners Day.”Greetings to all without exception. I urge all the noble people of our Arab and Muslim nation as well as the free people of the world to turn April 17, 2013 into a day…. Related: Erekat to EU: Palestinians are watching Issawi’s fate

3,000 detainees refuse food to mark Prisoners’ Day
4/17/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Some 3,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails on Wednesday refused breakfast as part of a one-day hunger strike to mark Prisoners’ Day, an Israeli prison official said. Palestinians are attending marches and rallies as a show of solidarity with prisoners from the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza held in Israeli jails, whose….

2 rockets fired at south Israel from Sinai
4/17/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two rockets were fired at the southern Israeli city of Eilat on Wednesday, Israel’s army said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said the rockets were fired from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, with no injuries or damage reported. A Ma’an reporter said one of the rockets landed near…. Related: Egypt military says investigating Eilat rockets and Jihadists claim Sinai rocket fire on Israel’s Eilat resort

Hamas dismisses Israeli threats as propaganda
4/17/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas on Wednesday dismissed Israeli threats to resume war on the Gaza Strip as psychological propaganda. Israeli army chief Benny Gantz told Israel Radio on Tuesday that if the “relative quiet” along the Gaza border did not hold, “there will be no quiet in the Gaza Strip and it will….

Pentagon requests more funding for ‘Iron Dome’
4/17/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The Pentagon has requested $220. 3 million in 2014 to bolster Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system despite broader cuts to US military spending, according to budget documents. The US Missile Defense Agency also is asking for an additional $175. 9 million in fiscal year 2015 for Israel’s homegrown….

Sharawna: Exile was my only option
4/18/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Former hunger striker Ayman Sharawna said Wednesday that he would have died on hunger strike if he had not accepted a deal from Israel to be exiled. A father of nine, Sharawna told the Palestinian Center for Human Rights that the decision to accept a deal from Israeli authorities was extremely….

Israel detaining 236 Palestinian children
4/17/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel is detaining at least 236 children as young as 12, among nearly 5,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails, the Palestinian Authority said ahead of Prisoners Day on Wednesday. Israel is the only country in the world that has devised military courts for children, and it has detained over 8,000 children….

Erekat to EU: Palestinians are watching Issawi’s fate
4/18/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat on Tuesday warned that any harm to Samer Issawi will lead to an eruption of violence that will hinder political progress. In a letter to EU chief Catherine Ashton, Erekat wrote that Issawi’s life “hangs in the balance” after nearly nine months on hunger strike…. Related: Issawi calls for ‘rage and solidarity’ on Prisoners Day

Egypt court jails Israeli who entered country illegally
4/17/2013 – SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Ma’an) — An Egyptian court in south Sinai on Tuesday sentenced an Israeli man to two years in jail for entering Egypt illegally, a security source said. Gabriel Shlomi was caught on March 14 crossing the Egyptian border near Taba, security sources told Ma’an. He told interrogators he was….

Tunisia group shows solidarity with Palestinian prisoners
4/17/2013 – TUNIS (Ma’an) — An organization in Tunisia has initiated activities in the north African country to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, a statement said Tuesday. The group, Supporters of Palestine, said it had erected a solidarity tent which will be open for three days. Ten Palestinians living in Tunisia have announced hunger strike action….

Egypt military says investigating Eilat rockets
4/17/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s military said on Wednesday it was still investigating whether two rockets that exploded in the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat had come from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.” We are still investigating to see if they were delivered from Egyptian territories but nothing is confirmed yet,” a senior military…. Related: 2 rockets fired at south Israel from Sinai

Abbas to visit Turkey on Saturday
4/17/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — President Mahmoud Abbas is to visit Turkey at the weekend for talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Palestinian official said Wednesday. Abbas will also meet Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during the Saturday-Sunday trip, the official said on condition of anonymity. Erdogan on Sunday announced his intention….

Only 2 years left for Mideast deal, Kerry warns
4/17/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry again warned Wednesday that time was slipping away to reach a Middle East peace deal, but for the first time said there may only be a year or two left. Appearing before US lawmakers for the first time since becoming America’s top diplomat in February….

Caretaker PM Fayyad calls for Palestinian elections
4/18/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Caretaker prime minister Salam Fayyad, in his first public comments since he resigned, called on Wednesday for a general election to rebuild the political system. The Palestinians “need. . . a general election, as the only way to rebuild our political system and achieve our national goals,” he said in his weekly radio address as….

Jihadists claim Sinai rocket fire on Israel’s Eilat resort
4/18/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — At least two Grad rockets fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula exploded in the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat on Wednesday, causing no casualties, in an attack claimed by a Salafi jihadist group. It was the first rocket attack on the southern resort city in eight months, with the Israeli army…. Related: 2 rockets fired at south Israel from Sinai and Egypt military says investigating Eilat rockets

Syria’s Assad to speak in rare TV interview
4/17/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria’s President Bashar Assad is to lay out his vision of the conflict that has ravaged the country for more than two years in a rare television interview to be broadcast on Wednesday evening. The interview will air on state television channel Al-Ikhbariya as the country marks Independence Day, celebrating the…. Related: Assad: Defeat would spell end for Syria

Assad: Defeat would spell end for Syria
4/17/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that defeat in the conflict opposing his regime to rebels determined to oust him from power would spell the end for Syria.” There is no option but victory, otherwise it will be the end of Syria and I don’t think that the Syrian people will accept…. Related: Syria’s Assad to speak in rare TV interview

EU mulls help to Syria opposition by easing oil embargo
4/17/2013 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — The European Union is considering a case-by-case easing of its oil embargo against Syria in order to help the opposition, diplomatic sources said Wednesday. If formally agreed by EU foreign ministers at talks Monday in Luxembourg, the decision would enable EU companies to import oil on a case-by-case basis from areas under opposition….

Aljazeera

Palestinians mark Prisoners Day
AlJazeera 17 Apr 2013 – Activists and families of prisoners gather in Ramallah and Gaza calling for release of detainees from Israeli jails.

Palestine News Network

US to Give Additional $220 Million for Israel’s Iron Dome
Palestine News Network

Barghouti: Palestinians in Israeli Jails Due to PA Negligence
Palestine News Network

Study: Israel’s Secret Prisons: Terrorism at Large
Palestine News Network

IOF Soldiers Arrest Former Prisoner from Hebron
Palestine News Network

Cabinet Condemns Continued Israeli Violations, Calls for Urgent Intervention to Save Lives of Striking Prisoners
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Raid House in Jenin
Palestine News Network

Poll Conducted by AWRAD Focusing on Important Issues of the Palestinian Society
Palestine News Network

On the Occasion of Palestinian Prisoners Day, Grave Concern about the Plight of Prisoners in Israeli Jails
Palestine News Network

Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike in Solidarity with Issawi
Palestine News Network

Report on Torture in Israeli Jails Based on Interviews with Former Prisoners, Detainees
Palestine News Network

Study: Discriminatory Access and ‘Water-Apartheid’ in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
Palestine News Network

IOF Forces Arrest Three Palestinians in Hebron
Palestine News Network

Dozens of Settlers Storm Solomon’s Pools in Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

Consul General: U.S. is Committed to Support Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

“Exile was my only option”
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR is concerned by ISS ban on travel by 2 civilians via Rafah International Crossing Point
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

This Palestinian Prisoners Day we remember Bassem Abu Rahma who was murdered four years ago today
4/17/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 17th April 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Occupied Palestine, By Team Khalil – Today is Palestinian Prisoners Day which also marks the 4th anniversary of the death of Bassam Abu Rahma and the 270th day of Samer Issawi’s hunger strike. These two events perfectly illustrate the ongoing perseverance of the Palestinian peoples relentless struggle for….

Video: Soldiers continue to intimidate and provoke school children in Hebron
4/17/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 17th April 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Hebron, Occupied Palestine, By Team Khalil – This morning an Israeli jeep drove around an area of Hebron that is home to 5 schools as children made their way to class. To get to school, the pupils of these schools already need to pass through a metal detector at checkpoint….

The National

FBI denies Boston Marathon bombings arrest as probe continues
The National 17 Apr 2013 – News agencies and other media reported the arrest of a man identified on video footage carrying a black bag at the second bomb site, however US federal investigators deny this.

Pay disputes behind 75% of UAE labour strikes
The National 17 Apr 2013 – Of labourers involved in strikes, 49 per cent were protesting about not receiving end-of-service payments and 24 per cent over late wages, according to Dubai Police.

US Muslims fear hate crimes if Islamist link to Boston Marathon bombings is found
The National 17 Apr 2013 – Arabs and Muslims in the US fear that if an Islamist link to the bombings is discovered, there will be a return to the months and years after the September 11 attacks when hate crimes spiked. Taimur Khan and Effie-Michelle Metallidis report from Boston 

Right up to the very end, Thatcher divides a nation
The National 17 Apr 2013 – Debates over her record in office continue as taxpayers foot bulk of £10 million funeral bill. Omar Karmi reports from London 

Postcard from Boston: Reaction to tragedy showed me the warmth of humanity
The National 17 Apr 2013 – The Emirati international student Ruba Yousef Al Hassan says the city that has found a place in her heart will not just endure this horrific outrage, but will rise above it.

Report on UAE labour biased, says official
The National 17 Apr 2013 – An International Labour Organisation report last week says the UAE’s kafala system caused exploitation and that laws and governance were lacking.

UAE promises new law to fight human trafficking
The National 17 Apr 2013 – The UAE is making every effort to prevent trafficking, introducing a new regulation aimed at protecting domestic workers from exploitation.

Dealing with baby blues in the UAE
The National 17 Apr 2013 – The arrival of a baby is expected to bring joy, but those expectations can bring post-partum depression and lead to tragic consequences for first-time mothers who struggle to cope with caring for a newborn.

Ha’aretz

Former Israeli Chief Rabbi Yisrael Lau poised to run for second term
Ha’aretz – 17 Apr 2013

Israel appeals goose farmer’s acquittal on animal cruelty charges
Ha’aretz – 17 Apr 2013

Israeli immigration cop charged with beating, extorting immigrants
Ha’aretz – 17 Apr 2013

Palestinian prisoner released in Shalit deal allegedly plotted terror attack in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 17 Apr 2013

Hagel to arrive in Israel on Saturday, to discuss Iran and Syria
Ha’aretz – 17 Apr 2013

Kerry: Israelis and Palestinians have two years to make peace
Ha’aretz – 17 Apr 2013

IDF received unspecific intelligence warnings ahead of Eilat rocket attack
Ha’aretz – 17 Apr 2013

Israeli military court sentences Palestinian-American teen for throwing stones
Ha’aretz – 17 Apr 2013

Outgoing Palestinian prime minister calls for general elections
Ha’aretz – 17 Apr 2013

MK Miri Regev to tour Jerusalem’s Temple Mount to examine resumption of Jewish prayer
Ha’aretz – 17 Apr 2013

Transportation minister lashes out at Lapid over railway funding freeze
Ha’aretz – 17 Apr 2013

Israel Navy’s first unmanned surface vehicle keeps an eye on the sea
Ha’aretz – 17 Apr 2013

Israel’s High Court calls for tips to be taxed, but takes no action
Ha’aretz – 17 Apr 2013

U.S. Senate committee passes resolution to back Israel in conflict with Iran
Ha’aretz – 17 Apr 2013

Islamists in Sinai claim responsibility for Eilat rocket attack
Ha’aretz – 17 Apr 2013

Payment for some IDF reservists is slashed by one third
Ha’aretz – 17 Apr 2013

Goose farmer’s acquittal on animal cruelty charges appealed to Israel’s Supreme Court
Ha’aretz – 17 Apr 2013

Jerusalem Post

Analysis: IBA struggling to change
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Months after signing agreement with Finance Ministry, IBA has yet to implement reform. 

Israel blocks Gaza runners from W. Bank marathon
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – J’lem says 22 Palestinian runners don’t stand up to criteria for passage between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. 

Assad: West will pay for backing al-Qaida in Syria
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Syrian president says al-Qaida militants will turn against their backers and strike “in the heart of Europe, the US”; warns of spillover into Jordan, slams Amman for allowing fighters to cross border to join Syria war. 

Jewish history museum opens in former Warsaw ghetto
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Opening ceremony coincides with 70th anniversary of uprising • Facility to offer educational activities. 

Rabbis at Boston Marathon shifted to pastoring mode
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – With their headquarters a few blocks from the Boston Marathon bombing site, one Chabad Rabbi found himself in the middle of things. 

Encountering Peace: Our memories, their memories
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – A veritable roller-coaster of emotions, filled with soul-searching, introspection and thoughts about the future. 

Washington Match: Abbas dumps PA’s MVP
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas just dispensed with the closest thing the PA has to an indispensable man, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. 

US authorities deny arrest in Boston bombing probe
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Authorities deny CNN report that arrests have been made in the Boston Marathon bombings; investigators believe they have identified a suspect from a security video US law enforcement source says. 

MEDIA COMMENT: The sleepy ombudsman
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – More often than not, the ombudsman chooses the easy way out, giving broadcasters too much freedom. 

Music for babies? What’s all the fuss?
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Babies begin hearing as early 22 days after gestation. 

The Obama budget and the appearance of reform
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Washington has rediscovered the beauty of the boring. 

Tattooing the Holocaust
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – The post that caught my eye was a New York Times piece entitled, “A Tattoo to Remember.” 

Sound of sirens
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – It’s not a joke – even if the two rockets launched against Eilat yesterday did for the initial disorienting moments produce scenes that seemingly came straight out of comic skits. 

Aliya – the revolution has just begun
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – It is certainly no coincidence that among the first laws promulgated by the newly reestablished Jewish state was the “Law of Return” mandating that every Jew has a right to return to their ancestral homeland. 

Who is responsible for the Boston terrorist attack?
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – In organized terrorism, a terrorist organization is involved in one, some, or all of the stages of a terrorist attack. 

PM: Thatcher was a special woman who I admired
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Following funeral of former British prime minister, Netanyahu tells reporters the two leaders shared a very warm relationship. 

FBI: Test on letter to Obama indicates ricin
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Preliminary tests on letter addressed to US president shows it contained deadly poison, the FBI says. 

Forbes ranking: The world’s richest Jews
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Which names are at the top of the list, and just how low has Mark Zuckerberg fallen?

Livni’s party angered by E1 building plans
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Hatnua outraged over construction and housing minister’s announcement that he intends to build in controversial E1 area. 

Iran speeding up nuke program despite sanctions
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Diplomats says Tehran is increasing number of advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges installed at its Natanz underground plant. 

Healthy Eating: Top 5 bbq do’s and don’ts
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Barbecue season has officially begun! But before you throw your favorite foods on the grill, check out what’s hot for your health and what’s not. 

Steinitz, Ya’alon spar over acting PM title
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Following rocket fire on Eilat both ministers release statements using title of acting PM, but Steiniz later proves role is his. 

Erekat appeals to EU to free Palestinian prisoner
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Samer Issawi, re-arrested after being released as part of the Schalit deal, is in critical condition due to nine month hunger strike. 

‘Terrorist freed for Schalit plotted W. Bank attack’
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Shin Bet says terrorist released in Schalit prisoner swap allegedly recruited Palestinian man to carry out attack on Israelis. 

IDF cuts grants for reservists following Gaza op.
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Following a budget-breaking call-up of combat reserve soldiers during Operation Pillar of Defense, IDF decreases yearly grants. 

Israel trumpets fair treatment in prisons
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Under the spotlight, Israel seeks to rebuff Palestinian charges of inadequate medical care. 

Leaders send letters to Peres for Independence Day
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – US President Obama, Russian President Putin and Pope Francis I are among those who mark Israel’s 65th birthday with messages of congratulations. 

Vandalism, fasting mark Palestinian ‘Prisoner Day’
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Palestinian activists cut through fence of Ofer Prison in the West Bank; 3000 prisoners return their breakfast. 

Alternatively Speaking: One for my baby
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Alternative medicine expert Natalie Marx answers your questions: Are there any herbs that can help me and my partner boost our fertility? 

Turkey Deputy PM sees full normalization with Israel
Jerusalem Post 17 Apr 2013 – Deputy PM Bulent Arinc tells “Ma’ariv” that Turkey sees relations with Israel returning to how they were before 2010 flotilla incident. 

The Guardian

Thatcher funeral: serving foreign leaders thin on the ground at St Paul’s
The Guardian 17 Apr 2013 – Binyamin Netanyahu of Israel and Donald Tusk of Poland attend service but Obama adminstration opts for low-key presence The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and Donald Tusk of Poland led a comparatively short list of serving…

EU urged to secure Palestinian prisoner’s release from Israeli jail
The Guardian 17 Apr 2013 – Death of Samer Issawi could result in violence and damage efforts to revive peace process, foreign policy chief warned The European Union must take “immediate and concrete steps” to secure the release of a Palestinian prisoner…

Inter Press Service

Hunger Strikes Put Guantanamo Back in the Spotlight
IPS Public debate here over the military prison at Guantanamo Bay heated up again following Monday’s surprise publication of a highly charged article by an inmate at the prison, one of dozens currently engaged in a months-long hunger strike over detainees’ “indefinite detention”. The op-ed follows just days after the head…

Uruknet

The Boston bombing produces familiar and revealing reactions
Uruknet

Israel extends ban on visits for Gaza prisoners
Uruknet

Violence at Guantanamo? Detainees Desperately Fight for their Humanity
Uruknet

Report: Freedom of Nearly 5000 Palestinian Prisoners Stolen
Uruknet

Manning’s Co-Defendant is the Internet Itself Bradley Manning Update: How to Commit Espionage Without Trying!
Uruknet

The hunger of Samer Issawi– and Bobby Sands
Uruknet

Iraq overwhelmed by a war never ended
Uruknet

Lawyer: Israel pressuring Issawi to end hunger strike
Uruknet

“People Are Dying Here,” Shaker Aamer Reports from Guantánamo, As Petition Calling for His Release Secures 100,000 Signatures
Uruknet

Risking their lives to save lives: Gaza’s first responders
Uruknet

US working to free Americans held in Cuba, Iran
Daily Star 17 Apr 2013 Washington is seeking to free two US citizens held in Cuba and Iran, but has rejected a deal with Havana to swap a jailed American for five Cuban spies, top diplomat John Kerry said Wednesday.

Daily Star

One dead, 20 injured in NW Pakistan clash: hospital
Daily Star 17 Apr 2013 At least one person was killed and 20 others wounded on Wednesday when the Pakistani army and Taliban militants exchanged fire near the Afghan border, an official said.

Syria’s Assad says West will pay for ‘supporting’ Qaeda
Daily Star 17 Apr 2013 President Bashar al-Assad warned on Wednesday the West that it will pay a heavy price for its alleged support of Al-Qaeda in Syria and said his regime’s defeat is not an option.

Iraq bombings kill four ahead of polls
Daily Star 17 Apr 2013 Bombings in Iraq, including one against an MP’s convoy, killed four people and wounded 18 on Wednesday, just days ahead of the country’s first elections since US troops departed, officials said.

Egypt court sets May 11 for Mubarak retrial
Daily Star 17 Apr 2013 The Cairo appellate court on Wednesday set May 11 for the resumption of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s retrial in the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the uprising that deposed him.

Connelly: No elections sends negative signals
Daily Star 17 Apr 2013 Lebanon would send a signal to the international community that it is caught up in the Syrian crisis if elections were not held, U.S. Ambassador Maura Connelly said.

Yemen: US drone strike kills 4 al-Qaida suspects
Daily Star 17 Apr 2013 A Yemeni security official and witnesses say a U.S. drone strike killed at least four suspected al-Qaida militants in mountainous area south of the capital, Sanaa.

‘No one lied’ about Benghazi attack, Kerry vows
Daily Star 17 Apr 2013 US Secretary of State John Kerry pledged Wednesday that nobody had lied about last year’s attack on a US mission in Libya that killed four Americans, and urged US lawmakers to move on.

Israel army court sentences US-Palestinian teen
Daily Star 17 Apr 2013 An Israeli military court sentenced a Palestinian-American teenager on Wednesday to two weeks in prison for throwing rocks at Israeli forces, the military said, in a case that has drawn attention to Israel’s system of military…

Thousands of Pakistanis homeless after quake
Daily Star 17 Apr 2013 Thousands of people are homeless and desperate for aid in southwestern Pakistan following a deadly earthquake centered in neighboring Iran that toppled scores of mud brick homes and killed at least 36 people.

Diplomats: Iran ups nuke technology
Daily Star 17 Apr 2013 Technicians upgrading Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility have tripled their installations of high-tech machines that could be used in a nuclear weapons program to more than 600 in the last three months.

YNet News

Obama: ‘shameful’ politics to blame for defeat of gun measure
YNet News, 17 Apr 2013 – ….

US Senate rejects gun background check 
YNet News, 17 Apr 2013 – ….

WHO: 17th death of H7N9 bird flu virus
YNet News, 17 Apr 2013 – ….

Assad: Conflict could spread to Jordan
YNet News, 17 Apr 2013 – ….

Security officers order staff, media to clear Boston courthouse 
YNet News, 17 Apr 2013 – ….

Fayyad resignation bad for us
YNet News, 17 Apr 2013 – Op-ed: Israeli stance that ‘there is no one to talk to’ may turn into self-fulfilling prophecy ….

The voice of change
YNet News, 17 Apr 2013 – Op-ed: Arab Israeli’s success in TV singing contest won’t end racism, but it does indicate positive change in Israeli society ….

Palestine Information Center

The Bostonian tragedy 
PIC – There is no doubt that that the bombing at the Boston Marathon was a decidedly criminal act which ought to be condemned in the strongest terms. 

Massive march in solidarity with prisoners
PIC – Hundreds of Palestinians marched in Nablus city at noon Wednesday in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails.

Activists cut through barbed wire near Ofer jail
PIC – Dozens of popular resistance activists cut through a barbed wire surrounding the Israeli Ofer jail to the west of Ramallah on Wednesday morning.

Fanatic Jewish settlers call for Israeli sovereignty over Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Extremist Jewish settlers rallied on Tuesday night in the old city of occupied Jerusalem to demand their government to fully control the Aqsa Mosque.

IOF brutally attack citizens of Khader town
PIC – Violent clashes broke out Tuesday afternoon between young men and Israeli soldiers in Al-Khader town south of Bethlehem, especially in Jabal Umm Al-Rukba neighborhood.

Mass hunger strike in all occupation jails to mark Prisoners’ Day
PIC – Some 5,000 Palestinian captives in Israeli jails went on a one-day hunger strike on Wednesday to mark the Prisoners’ Day.

OCHA investigates the killing of sheep by settlers in Jordan Valley
PIC – A delegation from the Office of Humanitarian Affairs in UN (OCHA) launched on Wednesday an investigation into the death of sheep and cows belonging to Bedouin citizens in Jordan Valley..

Violent clashes in Aroub on the Prisoner’s Day anniversary
PIC – Violent clashes broke out on Wednesday near the Aroub refugee camp north of al-Khalil following a raid by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF).

Abu Marzouk: Gaza siege does not contribute to ending the division file
PIC – Moussa Abu Marzouk criticized the attitude of Fatah movement which considered that the scheduled visit of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Gaza promotes Palestinian division.

Haniyeh: All options are open for the liberation of prisoners
PIC – Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said that all options are open to the resistance and the people for the liberation of the prisoners from the occupation jails.

WAFA

Erekat Calls on Ashton to Save Life of Issawi
WAFA – 17 Apr 2013

Israel Re-opens Karam Abu Salem Crossing in Gaza
WAFA – 17 Apr 2013

Prisoner Club Report: 4900 Palestinians detained in Israeli jails
WAFA – 17 Apr 2013

Israeli Forces Arrest two Students in Hebron
WAFA – 17 Apr 2013

Israel Re-arrests Released Prisoner in Hebron
WAFA – 17 Apr 2013

Israeli Soldiers Raid Village in Jenin
WAFA – 17 Apr 2013

Misc

John Kerry says need for action in Israel-Palestinian conflict is urgent
LA Times 17 Apr 2013 – The secretary of State tells Congress that the U.S. has about two years to achieve a two-state solution before the opportunity is lost. WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John F. Kerry told Congress on Wednesday that any chance of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by creating…

IHT Special : Lebanon Pins Economic Hopes on Oil and Gas
New York Times 17 Apr 2013 – Potential revenue from oil and gas deposits off Lebanon’s coast is being offered as a salve for the country’s many problems. 

IHT Special : Restoring Iraq’s Garden of Eden
New York Times 17 Apr 2013 – Azzam Alwash, who this week received the Goldman Environmental Prize, is focused on reviving the massive oasis in the desert that biblical scholars say may have been the Garden of Eden. 

IHT Special : Jordanian Activists Struggle On
New York Times 17 Apr 2013 – Members of Jordanian opposition movements say they are increasingly disillusioned by economic hardship and by regional violence across the border, especially in neighboring Syria. 

The Lede: Blogger Who Traced Flow of Arms to Syria Through YouTube Seeks Crowdfunding
New York Times 17 Apr 2013 – The British blogger Eliot Higgins, who writes on the war in Syria under the pen name Brown Moses, began an appeal for financial support from readers this week. 

Window for Palestinian State Is Closing, Kerry Tells Congress
New York Times 17 Apr 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress that there may be two years or less left to reach a two-state solution for the Israelis and the Palestinians. 

Rockets Fired From Egyptian Sinai Land in Israel
New York Times 17 Apr 2013 – The rockets caused no damage or injuries, the Israeli military said. A shadowy Islamic extremist group took responsibility for the strike. 

Neta, Roy licenses granted to Ratio, Israel Opportunity, Edison 
Globes Energy & Water – The Neta and Roy licenses have a geologic structure similar to Leviathan.

Leumi bows to public pressure over Ganden debt write-down
Globes Main News – Bank Leumi is suspending the debt arrangement for Nochi Dankner’s Ganden until the Bank of Israel has examined the matter.

Treasury official opposes Israel Chemicals sale
Globes Main News – Accountant General Michal Abadi-Boiangiu is overseeing a possible deal due to Treasury chief Yael Andoran’s conflict of interests issues.

Fiscal deficit will miss target this year
Globes Main News – Top Finance Ministry officials say that the 2013 budget deficit will be almost 4% of GDP, or NIS 40 billion, not the 3% target.

Wed: Israel Chemicals corrects upwards
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals and Israel Corp. failed to lift the market as the banks fell sharply.

High gas pressure halts Yam 3 drilling
Globes Main News – Shemen Oil: The change in the drilling plan will increase the drilling budget by an amount that cannot yet be estimated.

“Forbes Israel”: Larry Ellison world’s richest Jew 
Globes Macro Economics – Idan Ofer, the wealthiest Israeli, is only 29th on the global list.

US to invest extra $400m in Iron Dome – report
Globes Aerospace & Defense – “AFP” reports that the US will spend $220 million on the short-range missile defense system in 2014, and $176 million in 2015.

Israeli Army Radio Manager Posts Racist Joke on Social Media
Tikun Olam – Racist Facebook post by Galey Tzahal station manager The evening of Israel’s Memorial Day, when Israelis commemorate the sacrifices made by its soldiers to protect the homeland (and generally ignore the pain suffered by Palestinians), the manager of the military base that houses Israel’s Galey Tzahal (…

In photos: Palestinian Prisoners’ Day in Gaza
Mondoweiss – GAZA, PALESTINE, April 17 – An exhibit of detainees’ art on the site of the bombed Saraya complex, followed by a march and rally of thousands outside the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquarters, marked Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day. (Photo: Joe Catron) Thousands…

Extremists & traitors
Mondoweiss – Noah Millman has an odd, and disturbing, post up on the American Conservative website titled ” Extremists in the Family ” which deals with the intra-Jewish conversation on Israel/Palestine. It begins: The subject came up at lunch recently, apropos of a writer for Mondoweiss  who is apparently the…

UNICEF stifles its own report on Palestinian children in Israeli detention
Mondoweiss – Cover of the UNICEF report “Children in Israeli Military Detention, Observations and Recommendations”  In February the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued a damning report on the “widespread, systematic and institutionalized” abuse of Palestinian children held in Israeli custody. The report, titled Children in Israeli Military…

Boston, Baghdad & Birmingham
Mondoweiss – Instead of feasting their feat, innocent men and women of all ages were limping and crying. In a matter of seconds, Boston became Baghdad on the tax day. Bodies, blood and broken limbs were on the streets of Boston and on the television screens of the…

A plastic stomach fights the battle of empty stomach
Mondoweiss – Hunger strike in Israeli jail by Mohammad Saba’aneh His body is fraught with countless bullets, his heart beats to sound an alarm for his exceptionally grave health condition, and his plastic stomach starves for the sake of Palestine’s dignity. Sitting in his wheelchair and desiring life,…

Jews Warn Against Rush to Judgment on Boston Marathon Terror Bombings 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Apr 2013 – Jewish groups and officials who track terrorism warned against jumping to conclusions about who might be behind the bombings at the Boston Marathon, a caution that derives from years of wrongful speculation that on occasion has ruined innocent lives. Click here for the rest of the…

Rockets Strike Israel Resort Town of Eilat 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Apr 2013 – Two rockets fired from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula struck Israel’s Red Sea resort of Eilat on Wednesday, causing no casualties or damage, the Israeli military said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Carmen Weinstein, Proud Jew and Dogged Defender of Egypt’s Dwindling Community 
The Forward New 17 Apr 2013 – Carmen Weinstein passed away on April 13 at 82. She was a very strong-willed and determined woman, a tenacious defender of the integrity and independence of Cairo’s Jewish community. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egalitarian Kotel Prayer Plan Just Start of Religious Pluralism Debate in Israel 
The Forward New 17 Apr 2013 – The plan to allow non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall may be historic. But bigger Israeli fights are looming on marriage, conversion, and public transport on shabbat. Click here for the rest of the article…

Organizations in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine call for G4S boycott 
Global BDS 17 Apr 2013 – On Palestinian Prisoners Day Boycott G4S due to its complicity in Israel’s repression of the Palestinian people and its prisoners Statement issued on 16 April 2013 ( original in Arabic ) We, civic and human rights organizations of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, in mobilization for Palestinian Prisoners’…

Assad: West to ‘pay price’ for Syria 
BBC 17 Apr 2013 – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the West will pay a high price for what he describes as its support for al-Qaeda in his country’s conflict.

Rockets hit Israeli city of Eilat 
BBC 17 Apr 2013 – Two rockets fired from the Egyptian Sinai have landed in the southern Israeli city of Eilat without causing damage or injury, police say.

Protest call ahead of Bahrain F1 
BBC 17 Apr 2013 – The main opposition society in Bahrain calls for a major demonstration ahead of Sunday’s Formula One Grand Prix race in the Gulf kingdom.

Faith-Concealed ID Campaign Takes on Sectarianism 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 17 Apr 2013 – Cairo – Throughout the 2000s, several citizens challenged the Egyptian state with a court bid to issue national IDs. Back then, the new computerized IDs would only accept three answers to the religion question: Muslim, Christian, or Jewish. The plaintiffs were Bahai. Related Articles: Don’t Shy…

Scenarios for a Post-Crisis Syria 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 17 Apr 2013 – A Syrian boy sells bread on the street in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on 15 April 2013. (Photo: AFP – Dimitar Dilkoff) A Syrian boy sells bread on the street in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on 15 April 2013. (Photo: AFP -…

Emirati prisoners defy judge over “travesty of justice” 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Apr 2013 – The aerobatic team of the United Arab Emirates forces perform during a military show in Kuwait City on 25 February 2013. The Gulf country has accused 94 of its citizens of attempting to overthrow the government. (Photo: AFP – Yasser al-Zayyat) Emirati prisoners accused of trying…

Lebanon Cabinet: Hezbollah and Suleiman Change the Equation 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Apr 2013 – Those close to Hezbollah say the party is far more at ease these days given the new developments taking place in Syria. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Those close to Hezbollah say the party is far more at ease these days given the new developments taking place in…

Syrian Christians Seek Refuge Beyond Lebanon 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Apr 2013 – A picture released by Save the Children on 27 March 2013 shows Ambassador to Save the Children, Samantha Cameron, meeting Syrian children, during her visit to a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. (Photo: AFP / Save The Children – Jonathan Hyams) A picture released by…

Battle for Damascus: Regime Fights on Four Fronts 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Apr 2013 – A young Syrian boy holds a bag as he collects plastic and metal items in a garbage dump in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on 17 April 2013. (Photo: AFP -Dimitar Dolkoff) A young Syrian boy holds a bag as he collects plastic and metal…

Protests, hunger strikes mark Palestinian Prisoner’s Day 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Apr 2013 – Palestinians gather to commemorate Prisoners’ Day in Nablus on April 17, 2013. Palestinians across the territories are attending marches and rallies as a show of solidarity with prisoners from the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza held in Israeli facilities, whose numbers according to Israeli rights…

Opposition activists hack Kuwait government website 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Apr 2013 – Kuwait opposition leader and former MP Musallam al-Barrak, center, waves to supporters as thousands demonstrate in Kuwait City on 15 April 2013, after the lower court sentenced him to five years in prison for insulting the emir.(Photo: AFP – Yasser al-Zayyat) Cyber activists hacked into Kuwait’s…

Assad: West to ‘pay price’ for Syria 
BBC 17 Apr 2013 – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the West will pay a high price for what he describes as its support for al-Qaeda in his country’s conflict.

Rockets hit Israeli city of Eilat 
BBC 17 Apr 2013 – Two rockets fired from the Egyptian Sinai have landed in the southern Israeli city of Eilat without causing damage or injury, police say.

Protest call ahead of Bahrain F1 
BBC 17 Apr 2013 – The main opposition society in Bahrain calls for a major demonstration ahead of Sunday’s Formula One Grand Prix race in the Gulf kingdom.

Abu Qatada: Home Office seeks appeal 
BBC 17 Apr 2013 – The UK Home Office asks for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court against a ruling barring the deportation of radical Jordanian cleric Abu Qatada.

Pakistan troops help quake rescue 
BBC 17 Apr 2013 – Pakistan sends troops to help its citizens affected by a deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck just over the border in Iran.

Articles


A Hundred Deir Yassin and Counting: Beit Daras and the Buried History of Massacres 
Ramzy Baroud, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 4/16/2013
      Few with any sense of intellectual or historical integrity would still question the bloody massacre that took place in the village of Deir Yassin 65 years ago, claiming the lives of over 100 innocent Palestinians. Attempts at covering up the massacre have been dwarfed by grim details by well-respected historians, including some of Israel’s own. Even narratives offered by historians such as Benny Morris – an honest researcher who remained committed to Zionism despite the ghastly history he had himself uncovered – presented a harrowing version of the events that unfolded on that day: “Whole families were riddled with bullets… men, women, and children were mowed down as they emerged from houses; individuals were taken aside and shot. Haganah intelligence reported ‘there were piles of dead. Some of the prisoners moved to places of incarceration, including women and children, were murdered viciously by their captors…” It was the Irgun Zionist militias of Menachem Begin and the Stern Gang (Lehi) lead by Yitzhak Shamir that took credit for the infamy of that day; and both were rewarded generously for their ‘heroism’. The once wanted criminals rose to prominence to become Israeli Prime Ministers in later years. The importance of the Deir Yassin massacre to historians often obscures important facts. One amongst them is that Deir Yassin was one of many massacres perpetrated by Zionist troops, including Haganah units. Another is that these militias had jointly formed the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) following the official Israeli Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948 despite their supposed differences during the conquest of Palestine. David Ben-Gurion had made his decision on May 26 and hesitated little to include both the Irgun and Lehi, alongside the Haganah. Not only did the leaders of the terrorist militias command respect and enjoy prestige within Israeli society, armed forces and the political elite, but the very murderers who butchered innocent men, women and children were empowered with bigger guns and continued to ‘serve’ and terrorize for many more years. Another often overlooked fact is that what started at Deir Yassin never truly finished. Sabra and Shatila, Jenin, Gaza and many more are only recreations of the same event. more.. e-mail

A punchy and provocative ‘guide book’ to Gaza 
David Cronin, Electronic Intifada 4/15/2013
      Dervla Murphy’s latest book A Month By the Sea: Encounters in Gaza has an ironic and provocative title. At first, it conjures up images of a sun-dazzled vacation. Then you realize that the sea in question is heavily polluted with human excrement because Israel has bombed Gaza’s sewage treatment facilities; that fishermen who depend on this sea are regularly attacked by the Israeli navy.
     Now in her eighties, Murphy is described as “Ireland’s pre-eminent travel writer” by her publishers, Eland. But calling her a “travel writer” appears too reductive. Murphy shuns the “what to eat, where to stay” formula typical of Lonely Planet or Time Out guides, focusing more on political analysis than on Gaza’s admittedly scarce tourist attractions.
     Her stay in Gaza — during the summer of 2011 — came after she spent five months in the West Bank (renting a room in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus), as well as three months inside present-day Israel. She is planning a separate book about those experiences but there is no doubt that everything she witnessed in Palestine reinforced her long-held disdain for the Zionist project. Israel, she writes, is an “artificial creation, founded on self-deceit and bolstered by the success of world-deceiving propaganda.”
     Operation Cast Lead — Israel’s all-out offensive against Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009 — offered a master-class in that type of propaganda. In a grotesque distortion of reality, Israel presented its bombardment of an already besieged population as an act of self-defense. “Strident” criminality
     Murphy seems repelled by the frequently superficial and testosterone-fuelled nature of war reporting. When a local chaperone takes her to meet surviving members of the Samouni family — who lost 21 members in a January 2009 massacre — she is “vaguely uncomfortable” about how visiting the scene of the crime has become a “must” for foreigners in Gaza. Her unease disappears, however, when she senses that the Samounis appreciate gestures of solidarity. more.. e-mail

Salam Fayyad: the rise and fall… and rise again? 
Yassir al Zaatara, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/16/2013
      “The tale of Fayyad and the trio is the story of a cause that was derailed; going from resistance to the occupation to committing the Palestinian Authority to serve the occupation…”
     “The tale of Fayyad and the trio is the story of a cause that was derailed; going from resistance to the occupation to committing the Palestinian Authority to serve the occupation…” Yasser Arafat’s attempt to support the Aqsa Intifada in order to rebel against the terms of the Oslo Accords backfired. Far from ending the Palestinian Authority’s role as a lackey of the Israeli occupation, it strengthened it, not least because Salam Fayyad was parachuted in from the halls of the World Bank to manage the PA’s budget “wisely”.
     This was the public justification for imposing Fayyad as Minister of Finance. Behind the scenes there was more; his appointment was not the only condition for Arafat’s rehabilitation as a “negotiating partner” after getting involved with violence, bloodshed and passing funds to those defying Oslo-defined laws which favoured the occupier over the occupied. There were other conditions: Mahmoud Abbas had to be appointed as Prime Minister and given full authority; Mohammed Dahlan was to be Security Advisor. Both appointments stripped Arafat of his power sources of money and security, and even some of the politics. The result was an end to meaningful resistance and the return of the PA to its original role of acting as a police force protecting the Israelis and a municipality bearing the brunt of the cost of the occupation.
     This was the trio charged with re-establishing Oslo, which had suffered as a result of the intifada. The same three had to arrange Arafat’s absence in order to take over the Authority and put it back on the “right track” as a servant of the occupation. In the first instance that meant security, supervised by US General Keith Dayton backed by Dahlan; secondly, the economic track supervised by Tony Blair was executed by Fayyad. The “right” track had, and still has, no other objective other than to distract people with salaries, pensions and business deals, diverting their attention from anything related to resistance to Israel’s brutal military occupation. more.. e-mail

Dissolve the Palestinian Authority to be debt-free 
Fayez Abu Shamaleh, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/16/2013
      “…each Palestinian in the West Bank and Gaza Strip now owes local and international banks $1,000 per head”
     If Ismail Pasha brought foreign occupation onto Egypt after drowning it in debt, then what will Salam Fayyad and Mahmoud Abbas bring onto the Palestinians who are already under direct occupation, after they have drowned them with a $4 billion debt? Ismail Pasha was sure he could count on Egypt’s resources and its production capabilities to pay off the debt, but what were Fayyad and Abbas counting on when they accumulated such a debt? They know that the Palestinians do not have sufficient land, water, airspace or natural resources to carry such a burden.
     Some may take the Palestinian Authority’s $4 billion debt lightly, but Palestinians will go crazy if they learn that the annual interest alone collected by the banks on Abbas and Fayyad’s debt is $200 million, which amounts to two months’ worth of PA employee salaries.
     Debts amounting to $4 billion confirm that whoever insisted on dissolving the Palestinian Legislative Council was not stupid, and whoever made sure that no one monitored the work of the government was aware of the result. Moreover, we can now understand the reason behind some individuals’ refusal to press ahead with reconciliation; that would end the lies, fraud, debts and selling off the land in chunks in order to provide salaries and miscellaneous items for the favoured few.
     If we do a simple calculation of the population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, around 4 million people, each Palestinian in the West Bank and Gaza Strip now owes local and international banks $1,000 per head. My family alone owes about $20,000. Hence, every head of every Palestinian family must calculate the debt put on their shoulders by Abbas and Fayyad; after that, we should search for ways to prosecute these two men and hold them accountable for how they spent this money. It is sufficient for us to know that the annual budget for Mahmoud Abbas’s office is almost $73 million; that’s $200,000 every single day. Where does it all go. more.. e-mail

Was Israel’s flotilla apology really a triumph for Turkey?
Electronic Intifada: 17 Apr 2013 – Voices critical of the rapprochement have been silenced by the Turkish media.more

A Hundred Deir Yassin and Counting: Beit Daras and the Buried History of Massacres
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Apr 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud Few with any sense of intellectual or historical integrity would still question the bloody massacre that took place in the village of Deir Yassin 65 years ago, claiming the lives of over 100 innocent Palestinians. Attempts at covering up the massacre have been dwarfed by grim details by well-respected historians, including some of Israel’s own. Even narratives offered by historians such as Benny Morris – an honest researcher who remained committed to Zionism despite the ghastly history he had himself uncovered – presented a harrowing version of the events that unfolded on that day: “Whole families were riddled with bullets… men, women, and children were mowed down as they emerged from houses; individuals were taken aside and shot. Haganah intelligence reported ‘there were piles of dead. Some of the prisoners moved to places of incarceration, including women and children, were murdered viciously by their captors…” It was…more

Open Letter to Roger Waters: Don’t Drop Your Boycott Call
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Apr 2013 – By Tariq Shadid Dear Roger, I feel fortunate that I don’t need to explain to you what the devastating effects of Israel’s expansionist policies have been, and continue to be. You are very well informed, and quite aware of the extensive misery that has befallen our people since the ethnic cleansing of our land in 1948 by Zionist terror organizations, the occupation of 1967, the separation wall, the repressive Apartheid system of the Israeli state, the blockade and repeated bombardment of Gaza, and the continuing persecution of the Palestinians that has been going on for well over 65 years. I also feel fortunate that at least one of the iconic rock stars of our age has had the courage to speak out like you did, against a course of history that has proven to be destructive to human rights in all possible aspects of life. You are one of the…more


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