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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
21 March, 2009
International Middle East Media Center

The 'Jerusalem the Capital of Arab culture 2009' starts at the Bethlehem
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 18:14:32 +0200
Adnan Al Husseini, the Palestinian Authority (PA) appointed governor of Jerusalem, addressed the audience first. He thanked all those who came to Bethlehem to take part in the the festival, saying that Jerusalem is an important city for all Arabs and Muslims. ...

The Palestinian President welcomes Arab delegations in Bethlehem
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 17:15:40 +0200
As the first day of ?Jerusalem the Capital of Arab culture 2009? began, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed on Saturday midday a number of Arab delegations in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem. ...

Palestinian-Israeli Parliament member harassed by Israeli police
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 12:10:56 +0200
Mohammed Barakeh, an outspoken member of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) was harassed by Israeli police on Thursday for participating in a non-violent protest march last year. ...

ARIJ study: "Settlements increased by 173% in 20 years"
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 05:32:43 +0200
A field study conducted by the Applied Research Institute (ARIJ) reported that the Israeli state had significantly increased the illegal construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank with a percentage that reached 173%. ...

Swiss paper:"Israeli commandoes infiltrated a Syrian nuke site"
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 02:31:33 +0200
The Swiss daily newspaper, Neue Zuercher Zeitung, published a report on Thursday that in August of 2007 Israeli commandos were dropped by two helicopters onto an alleged nuclear reactor in Syria before the site was later on bombarded and destroyed by the Israeli air force. ...

Six injured, one critically at Nil'in weekly protest
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 16:06:09 +0200
Scores of villagers from Nil'in, located near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, held their weekly protest on Friday midday against the illegal Israeli wall being built on village land. ...

Ha'aretz Defense page

Testimonies on misconduct in Gaza keep rolling in
Testimonies follow Haaretz expose on army units adopting lax rules of engagement during Operation Cast Lead.

IDF has long ceased being 'most moral army in the world'
The IDF knew very well what its soldiers did in Gaza and will not seriously investigate anything.

Report: India bought advanced spy satellite from Israel
RISAT 2, which can see through clouds and in any weather, purchased in wake of 2008 Mumbai attacks.

UN envoy: Gaza op seems to be war crime of greatest magnitude
Palestinian Center for Human Rights says 926 civilians killed during Operation Cast Lead.

ANALYSIS / Can Israel dismiss its own troops' stories from Gaza?
Testimonies of IDF soldiers show that Israel's view of the enemy is becoming more extreme.

Report: Iran's first satellite completes its mission in space
State TV reports completion of mission seven weeks after Iran sent satellite into orbit.

Ma'an News

Aljazeera

Iran's leader dismisses Obama offer
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 20:32:05 GMT
Khamenei says no change in relations possible without "real changes" in US foreign policy.

Israel stops Jerusalem celebrations
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 18:36:52 GMT
Police break up events marking city's designation as "capital of Arab culture".

UN: Gaza assault was 'inhumane'
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 04:34:27 GMT
UN envoy says Israel's 22-day offensive "would seem to constitute a war crime".

US navy vessels collide off Iran
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 16:27:15 GMT
Nuclear-powered submarine collides with amphibious ship, injuring about 15 sailors.

Israel extends Netanyahu deadline
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 14:04:50 GMT
Prime minister-elect granted two more weeks to form broad-based coalition government.

IRIN

OPT: From Guangzhou to Gaza - underground
GAZA CITY Thursday, March 19, 2009 (IRIN) - The main kitchenware supplier in Gaza, Al-Dahshan Company, last received a shipment from Israel over two years ago through the Karni crossing.

In Brief: Good and bad news for world's forests
DAKAR Monday, March 16, 2009 (IRIN) - In its biennial State of the World?s Forests 2009 report, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) notes that climate change and economic recession present both challenges and opportunities for the world?s nearly four billion hectares of forest. While a protracted economic slump may increase illegal logging in cash-strapped areas and reduce governments? commitment to green goals, declining demand worldwide for wood products and commercial forest-cultivated food may also save some forests ? in the short term.

Palestine News Network

Three injured, including Americans, at Bil'in's weekly nonviolent demonstration marking Al ...
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 12:28:33 +0100
Bil'in / Iyad Burnat - The residents of Bil'in marched towards the wall today after the Friday prayer. The protest was joined by Israeli and international activists. Protesters carried a huge banner remarking the 41st anniversary of Al-Karama.Banners condemning Israeli’s ongoing racist policies and violence against civilians, especially in Jerusalem where Palestinians are facing ethnic cleansing were also carried. The protest bega...

Egyptian sources: the final decision on prisoner exchange remains unsettled
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 11:57:29 +0100
Cairo / PNN - Egyptian sources told the press Friday that the final decision with respect to the exchange of some of the 11,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons for the captured Israeli soldiers has yet to be resolved. Sources in Tel Aviv say that the crucial decision regarding the deal for the captured soldier Gilad Shalit deal will be taken by the current Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the remaining days of his mandate. The sources described Olme...

Turkish TV soon to launch in Arabic
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 10:58:29 +0100
Ankara / PNN - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that preparations are underway for an impending launch of the Arabic version of Turkish state-owned television.Erdogan became a national hero when he told the Israeli President at the World Economic Forum, You know very well how to kill. Erdogan said in a statement to the news channel RTL TGV that preparations to launch the TV channel in question had reached the final stage...

From Jenin 2002 to Gaza 2008/9 - A commander ordered troops to kill an elderly woman
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 02:08:18 +0100
Kristen Ess - I have to say on an editorial note that these stories from Gaza of racist writings on the walls of homes, the property destruction, in addition to the rapid and rampant killings and beatings of Palestinians, the use of human shields (tying children to tanks) and the admittance of atrocities by Israeli soldiers in Gaza are terrifyingly reminiscent of what I witnessed, and then later read in accounts by soldiers, of the massacre in Je...

PNN reveals the secrets of computer piracy and hacking, and how to prevent becoming a victim
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 00:59:38 +0100
PNN exclusive / Hiba Lama - It seems that the world has stopped being as big as our ancestors once believed it to be. In fact it has become a small village and you and I enter through its golden gates referred to as www dot which let you in on an endless world of information, news, images, books and entertainment. We don't even look at clocks for the time anymore. A quick glance at one's computer is all it takes. As the saying goes, &ld...

Bethlehem's Al Kul TV begins series on human rights in the PA
Thu, 19 Mar 2009 09:33:34 +0100
Bethlehem / PNN - Al Kul (means together in English) Television, a partner of PNN and Holy Land Trust, is implementing a ground-breaking project. From their televisions and radios Palestinians will now see and hear on a weekly basis discussions and solutions on the situation of human rights concerning, not the Israeli occupation this time, but rather the Palestinian Authority. Generous support is coming from the European Union.The project will c...

Palestinian member of Israeli Knesset being charged with participation in nonviolent demonstrations
Thu, 19 Mar 2009 07:57:30 +0100
PNN exclusive / Fadi Yacoub – Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, Mohammad Barakeh, remains under threat.On Thursday the Israeli police conducted an investigation against Barakeh, Chairman of the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality in the Knesset for allegedly “disrupting the work of the police a year and a half ago,†he told PNN. He was participating in a nonviolent demonstration with the family victims of the Israel...

Stop The Wall

Occupation targets media and youth in Jayyous village
March 21st, 2009 --, On Friday, the youth of Jayyous lead another demonstration against the Wall that is isolating their village from its land. The Israeli military attacked the village attempting to destroy one home and injuring three. [

Wadi Rasha protest halts uprooting for several hours
March 15th, 2009 --, Villagers from Wadi Rasha, Ras Tira, and Daba?a held a protest against the destruction of their olive droves and managed to block Occupation machinery for much of the morning. Every day, Occupation forces uproot as many as 40 mature olives trees in their efforts to clear a path for the Wall on village land. [

PCHR Latest

PCHR Weekly Report

(12- 18 March  2008)
During the reporting period, IOF injured 19 Palestinian civilians, including nine children, and an American human rights defender in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Razing of East Jerusalem homes sparks tension between U.S. and Israel
Sun, 22 Mar 2009 03:38:44 GMT+02:00
The dispute between the United States and Israel over the razing of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem is intensifying and will likely become the first clash between the Obama administration and the government of Benjamin Netanyahu. ...

How IDF troops 'infiltrated alleged Syria nuke site'
Sun, 22 Mar 2009 02:42:58 GMT+02:00
An Israeli commando unit carried out a reconnaissance mission at an alleged Syrian nuclear reactor that was later destroyed by the Israel Air Force, the Swiss daily Neue Zuercher Zeitung reported Thursday. ...

Home videos exposes Jewish life in pre-Holocaust Poland
Sun, 22 Mar 2009 24:12:36 GMT+02:00
Poland's Jews were nearly wiped out in the Nazi Holocaust, then the communists who ruled the country for decades after World War II waged anti-Semitic campaigns and made Jewish history a taboo topic. ...

Noam Shalit: We won't stop our fight, we'll just change tactics
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 23:06:13 GMT+02:00
Noam Shalit, father of kidnapped Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, on Saturday said that his family was not stopping its fight for Gilad's release but was prepared to change tactics as the term of President Ehud Olmert was nearing its end. ...

Abbas: No Mideast peace without Jerusalem as Palestinian capital
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 22:15:50 GMT+02:00
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday called Jerusalem "the key for peace" and said justice and peace would not come to the Middle East without "an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital." ...

The Guardian

David Hare on the West Bank: the playwright turns journalist
20 Mar 2009:, Andrew Dickson: This solo performance at the Royal Court explored the Palestinian territories in a manner that an ensemble ? or a newspaper article ? couldn't

Trouble brewing in Jerusalem
20 Mar 2009:, Seth Freedman: If Israeli authorities demolish homes in Silwan and evict families in Sheikh Jarrah they risk a violent uprising by local residents,

Arab world fears Barack Obama's stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is just more of the same
, 20 Mar 2009:, Arabs were ecstatic when the Bush era ended but commentators are already expressing disappointment with the new president's Middle East policy

Israeli troops describe shooting Gaza civilians
20 Mar 2009:, Troops believed Palestinian lives were 'very, very, less important than the lives of our soldiers'

Israeli troops shot 'unarmed Palestinian civilians under orders' during Gaza war
19 Mar 2009:, Published soldiers' testimonies contradict official version of events and reinforce Palestinian accounts of disproportionate force

The Middle East media frontline
19 Mar 2009:, Khaled Diab: Although we all know that violence makes headlines, coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should not fixate on negatives

Discard the mythology of 'the Israel Lobby', the reality is bad enough
18 Mar 2009:, Jonathan Freedland: They are not all-powerful, but Israel's advocates in the US do play hardball - often hurting the cause they are meant to serve

Ha'aretz National page

Police foil terror attack at Haifa shopping center
Sun, 22 Mar 2009 03:17:57 GMT+02:00
Police sappers disarmed a bomb in a car outside Haifa's Lev Hamifratz shopping mall Saturday evening, thwarting a potential terror attack in the northern coastal city. ...

Umm al-Fahm announces general strike over far-right march set for Tuesday
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 23:45:33 GMT+02:00
The Umm al-Fahm council announced Saturday it would hold a general strike on Tuesday in protest at a far-rightist march scheduled to take place in the city on the same day. ...

Unlicensed teen motorcycle rider runs over, kills 3-year-old girl
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 19:32:47 GMT+02:00
A three-year old girl was killed Saturday afternoon after being run over by an unlicensed 16-year-old motorcycle rider in Bosmat Tivon in the western Galilee. ...

Israeli killed in sand skiing accident in southern Peru
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 19:22:46 GMT+02:00
A 21-year-old Israeli man was killed Friday in a sand skiing accident near Ica, Peru. ...

Police disperse 'Palestinian Culture Festival' events
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 17:50:04 GMT+02:00
Jerusalem Police on Saturday dispersed a number of small events staged as part of the Palestinian Culture Festival, meant to declare the city "the capital of Arabic culture for 2009." ...

Relief Web

Palestinians say Lebanon army soiled Iran food aid
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 14:58:07 GMT
Source: Agence France-Presse

Water and war
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 06:20:29 GMT
Source: ICRC

OPT: Logistics Cluster Gaza crisis consolidated situation report, 14 - 20 Mar 2009
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 20:18:18 GMT
Source: Logistics Cluster

OPT: Israeli human rights organizations call on the Attorney General - “Stop whitewashing suspected crimes in Gaza"
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 19:09:10 GMT
Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

YNet News

Police dismantle bomb planted near shopping mall
A private vehicle wired with explosives and parked outside the Lev HaMifratz shopping mall in Haifa was neutralized by security forces on Saturday evening, preventing a potentially deadly attack. The bombs were ...

Israel, Egypt at odds over FM designate
The designated head of the National Security Council, Uzi Arad, and Deputy Foreign Minister-designate Danny Ayalon are currently holding talks with Egypt in the hopes of preventing a possible diplomatic crisis in ...

Syrian FM: Still at war with Israel
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said in an interview with al-Jazeera Saturday that "Syria is a state of conflicts still at war with Israel and the occupied territories." Moallem added, "It's natural that ...

Rabbi Eliyahu negates prisoner swap
A prominent Religious-Zionist rabbi has added his voice to those objecting to a prisoner swap deal with Hamas in exchange for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit. In an article distributed over the weekend ...

Canada bars British MP over Hamas support
George Galloway has been blocked from visiting Canada because of his support of Hamas, which is banned here, the Canadian immigration minister's office said. "I'm sure Galloway has a large Rolodex of friends ...

Israeli traveler killed sand-boarding in Peru
An Israeli traveler died Saturday of wounds he sustained while sand-boarding near the Peruvian city of Ica. Aviv Bokovza, 21 of Beersheba, had been traveling through South America and was scheduled to return to ...

Racist attacks against Arabs increase tenfold - report
The year 2008 saw a sharp rise in racist incidents against Arabs in Israel, the Mossawa Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens in Israel reported Saturday, estimating the increase at tenfold those recorded in 2007. ...

Noam Shalit promises Gilad fight isn't over yet
Hundreds somberly mark soldier's 1,000th days in captivity as family, (21:27 , 03.21.09 )

Report: India buys Israeli spy satellite
Following Mumbai attacks, Indian news report says country has bought day-night, (19:52 , 03.21.09 )

Abbas: Occupation will be removed from Jerusalem
Palestinian president delivers opening address at ceremony declaring Jerusalem, (19:42 , 03.21.09 )

Police arrest 20 at Palestinian 'culture event'
On orders of internal security minister, police shut down events to mark, (17:46 , 03.21.09 )

Abu Marzouk: Willing to expedite prisoner swap
Hamas deputy politburo chief tells Arab-language newspaper organization is, (14:48 , 03.21.09 )

Khamenei: No change in US policy
Iran's Supreme Leader seems unreceptive to dovish videotaped message by US, (11:49 , 03.21.09 )

Source: Israel toughening negotiation stance
Anonymous Egyptian official claims Israel changing position because of, (11:24 , 03.21.09 )

Day 1,000 of Shalit captivity
Family members, friends hold ceremony in Jerusalem protest tent; Aviva and Noam, (09:11 , 03.21.09 )

US Jewish school threatened over Gaza
Native Jordanian in US charged with threatening to bomb Jewish academy in, (07:43 , 03.21.09 )

Israel bans Palestinian cultural events
Internal security minister instructs police to suppress any attempt to hold, (21:28 , 03.20.09 )

Shalit activists hope extension given to Netanyahu will help cause
Head of campaign for captive soldier's release says two-week extension given to, (20:08 , 03.20.09 )

Deported former Nazi guard a free man in Austria
Austrian justice ministry says can't prosecute 83-year-old Josias Kumpf who, (17:12 , 03.20.09 )

B'tselem

Hamas must release Gilad Shalit immediately and unconditionally
2009-03-19
On Saturday, 21.3.09, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will have been held hostage for 1000 days. Hamas must release him unconditionally.

Human rights groups to Attorney General: "Stop whitewashing suspected crimes in Gaza"
2009-03-19
Israeli human rights organizations repeated their demand that the Attorney General hold an independent investigation of the army's conduct during operation "Cast Led". The call followed chilling testimonies of soldiers concerning the killing of Palestinia

Daily Star

Anger and struggles six years after US invasion of Iraq 
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thousands of followers of anti-American Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for an end to US occupation of Iraq on Friday, but the government ignored the sixth anniversary of the invasion. Death tolls have tumbled since Iraq's deadliest days in late 2007, and in just three months time American forces are to withdraw from major cities.

Jordan, Syria patch up ties ahead of Arab summit 
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Jordan's King Abdullah II and Syrian President Bashar Assad called in a meeting on Friday for Arab leaders to patch up their differences ahead of their summit later this month in Qatar. "The two leaders stressed the need for a purification of the Arab climate," the palace said after talks between the king and Assad, making a brief visit to Amman, his first in five years.

US vessels collide in Strait of Hormuz 
Saturday, March 21, 2009
A nuclear-powered US submarine and an amphibious vessel collided in the Strait of Hormuz Friday, slightly injuring 15 sailors and causing a fuel spill, the US Navy said. "The collision between USS Hartford (SSN 768) and USS New Orleans (LPD 18) occurred at approximately 1:00 a.m. local time (2030 GMT on Thursday)," the Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said.

Iran plays down message from Obama 
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The United States has a set of next steps planned to encourage dialogue with Tehran after the release of President Barack Obama's video message to Iran's leaders and people, the White House said Friday. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked whether it was hoped that the message released earlier would be the start of.

Netanyahu gets more time to form broad coalition
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Israel's prime minister-designate, Benjamin Netanyahu, was granted an extra two weeks on Friday to form a government he hopes would be as broad as possible, the presidency said. The hawkish Likud leader wants to avoid giving too much clout to far-right and religious parties and will use the extra time to try to convince the center-left.

Obama offers Iran 'new beginning'
Saturday, March 21, 2009
US President Barack Obama's landmark call for a "new beginning" with arch-foe Iran drew international praise on Friday, with world leaders hoping Tehran will react positively to Washington's olive branch. Obama's statement marking Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, marked a clear break with the policies of the previous administration of president George W. Bush.

Full text of Obama's address to Iranian people and leaders
Saturday, March 21, 2009
US President Barack Obama spoke "directly" to Iran's people and leaders in a videotaped message released Friday to coincide with the Nowruz new year holiday, the White House said. Here is the full text of the message: "Today I want to extend my very best wishes to all who are celebrating Nowruz around the world.

Opposition keeps up pressure on Sarkozy to boost wages
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Opposition leaders piled pressure on French President Nicolas Sarkozy Friday to boost low wages and cap executive bonuses after more than a million striking workers marched in anger at the government. Factory and white-collar workers from across the private sector joined a million civil servants Thursday in France's second nationwide strike in two months.

Palestinian Information Center

Our ambassador to Poland
21/03/2009 - 04:59 PM
The PLO, which claims to be the ?sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people?, should take a swift decision to sack and punish the Palestinian ambassador to Poland.

Ministry of prisoners: Israel put insane inmates with Palestinian prisoners
21/03/2009 - 04:56 PM
The ministry of prisoners' affairs lashed out at the IOA for taking revenge measures against the Palestinian prisoners through bringing mentally ill detainees to stay with prisoners in solitary cells.

Zahhar: Preserving Egypt's national security a Hamas basic concern
21/03/2009 - 04:18 PM
MP Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahhar has asserted that preserving Egypt's national security was a basic concern for Hamas and that any damage to that security would harm the Palestine cause.

Sheikh Salah: IOA plans to displace 17,000 Palestinians in O. Jerusalem
21/03/2009 - 03:55 PM
Sheikh Ra'ed Salah reiterated that the IOA plans to demolish 1,700 Palestinian homes in Jerusalem during this year, which means the displacement of about 17,000 Jerusalemites.

Canada brands MP Galloway as persona non grata for supporting Hamas
21/03/2009 - 02:53 PM
The Canadian immigration ministry declared MP George Galloway persona non grata because of his support for Hamas Movement among other reasons, media outlets reported.

IOF troops wound two US activists and one Palestinian in weekly Bil'in protest
21/03/2009 - 10:24 AM
Three protesters including two US activists were wounded and many others suffered suffocation as a result of inhaling tear gas during the weekly anti-wall Bil'in demonstration.

Nakhala: Qurei asked for "crystal-clear" recognition of Israel
21/03/2009 - 09:00 AM
Ahmed Qurei, the leader of the Fatah faction's delegation to the Cairo dialog, has demanded the formation of a PA government with a political program carrying a "crystal-clear recognition of Israel".

Sheikh Sabri: 78,700 settlement units are under construction in WB and J'lem
21/03/2009 - 08:36 AM
Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, the head of the higher Islamic authority, stated Friday that 5,700 housing units are under construction in occupied Jerusalem and 73,000 in the West Bank.

Netanyahu granted two more weeks to form coalition government
21/03/2009 - 07:30 AM
Israeli president Shimon Peres on Friday granted Likud Leader Benjamin Netanyahu two more weeks to try and form a new coalition government, the Hebrew radio reported.

Hebrew paper: Israel should bow to Hamas's conditions on Shalit
20/03/2009 - 05:22 PM
The Hebrew Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper has asserted Thursday that all events indicate that Hamas Movement emerged victorious in the latest war in Gaza Strip.

Los Angeles Times

Israel soldier calls order during Gaza assault 'murder'
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
Newspapers publish fuller recollections of what happened during the 22-day offensive, including the killings of an elderly woman and a mother and her two children. Israelis on Friday got a fuller dose of rank-and-file angst over their army's winter assault on the Gaza Strip, as newspapers elaborated on allegations that commanders created a permissive attitude toward the killing of civilians.

Iran is suspicious of Obama's overture
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
Tehran officials believe he may be putting a friendly face on Bush's old, hostile policies, with the goal of isolating the country on the world stage. Iran reacted with cautious praise Friday to President Obama's Persian New Year overture for a new beginning in relations, coolly resorting to its default rhetoric whenever an American leader tries to make nice: Thanks, but change your policies, then we'll talk.

L.A.'s Iranians welcome Persian New Year -- and Obama's overture to their homeland
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
The president's attempt to improve relations with Iran draws praise in 'Tehrangeles' on the first day of Nowruz, a 12-day celebration marking the start of spring. Along Westwood Boulevard south of Wilshire Boulevard -- a.k.a. "Tehrangeles" -- Iranian merchants on Friday had reason beyond the Persian New Year's holiday to shout out cheerful greetings to friends and customers.

New York Times

Saudis Retool to Root Out Terrorist Risk
Sun, 22 Mar 2009 00:58:11 GMT
The Saudi government?s broad crackdown against extremists is showing clear signs of progress.

Iraqi Offer of Scholarships Draws Crowds to U.S. College Recruiters
Sun, 22 Mar 2009 01:10:49 GMT
Iraq will sponsor 500 students who want to study in the United States this year on the condition that they return home to put their knowledge to work.

Iran?s Supreme Leader Rebuffs Obama Message
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 23:58:40 GMT
The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the Obama administration should put an end to hostility toward Iran and bring ?real changes? in foreign policy.

Articles


Electronic Intifada

From Guangzhou to Gaza -- underground
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 16:09:16 PST
GAZA CITY (IRIN) - The main kitchenware supplier in Gaza, al-Dahshan Company, last received a shipment from Israel over two years ago through the Karni crossing. Karni, the only commercial crossing with the facilities to allow large numbers of trucks to enter Gaza, has been closed since June 2007 except for the conveyor belt that operates for grain deliveries.

Israeli soldiers expose atrocities in Gaza
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 12:38:52 PST
JERUSALEM (IPS) - Based on testimony from Israeli soldiers who took part in the recent war in Gaza, Israel is being confronted directly with the serious charge that permissive rules of engagement allowed for the killing of Palestinian civilians and widespread destruction of Palestinian property.

Tales To Tell

March 19: Speaking truth to power
January 09 art from children at the Al Amal Centre, Khan Younis, We were back at Faraheen this morning accompanying farmers again, eyeing the jeeps driving along the Israeli border while our farmers removed the irrigation pipes from one of the fields we have visited regularly. Since Mohammed was shot in the leg, the farmer here has decided to give up on this field, its convenient well, and its half-grown parsley crop - 200,000 shekels worth - in ...

March 16: Worth no more, worth no less
Today's mural for the over 1,400 dead reads 'Gaza in my heart'., Our Rafah ISM colleagues (both of whom worked with Rachel) invited us south for a commemoration kite-flying today; 1 kite to comemorate ISMer Rachel Corrie who was killed by Israel on this day in 2003, and 14 kites to commemorate the over 1,400 Palestinians killed by Israel in Dec 08/Jan 09. They also invited local artists to paint a section of the Israeli wall near where Rachel was...

Palestine Chronicle

Intifada: A Third Chapter 
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 13:30:42 -0400
By Ramzy Baroud Though the dust has settled in Gaza, the rubble from the untold number of demolished buildings, homes and mosques is far from being cleared away. Graves continue to receive victims, young and old alike, from Israel's most recent offensive. And in the midst of this, with the hopes of some respite and recovery on the horizon, rumors of a third Intifada swell among politicians, scholars and everyday people alike. While the first and ...

The Israeli Terror: My Friend Tristan
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 13:19:13 -0400
By David RovicsI was in Olympia, Washington driving towards Evergreen State College when I got a phone call from someone in the occupied West Bank of Palestine. An Evergreen graduate named Rachel Corrie had been killed a few days before by an Israeli soldier in an armored bulldozer, and someone with an Australian accent on my cell phone named Tom was wondering whether it was OK for the International Solidarity Movement to use the lyrics to a song..