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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
26 March, 2009


International Middle East Media Center

Ha'aretz Defense page

Ma'an News



  • OPT: Tough times for university students in Gaza 
    GAZA CITY Thursday, March 26, 2009 (IRIN) - Many university students who lost relatives or whose homes were destroyed during the recent 23-day Israeli offensive are finding it difficult to cope, according to university officials and students.
  • OPT: UN tracks rising violence against women in Gaza 
    GAZA CITY Tuesday, March 24, 2009 (IRIN) - The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in Gaza, local Palestinian NGOs and mental health professionals are reporting increased incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault against women in Gaza since the beginning of 2009.

Stop The Wall

  • Friday protests continue against the Wall
    March 24th, 2009 --, This past Friday, people in Ni?lin, Ma?sara, Jayyous and Bi?lin held their weekly demonstrations. Hundreds turned out; some on the occasion of Mother?s Day and others in support of the American activist wounded the week prior in Ni?lin. Demonstrations in Wadi Rasha have halted for the time being, as Occupation forces have temporarily halted uprooting trees. [
  • 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. [

PCHR Latest

PCHR Weekly Report

  • (19- 25 March  2008)
    During the reporting period, IOF wounded 10 Palestinian civilians, including one child and two journalists, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

  • Obama: Egypt-Israel accord shows peace is always possible
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 20:13:08 GMT+02:00
    U.S President Barack Obama said Thursday that the 30th anniversary of the peace accord between Egypt and Israel was proof that peace is always possible. ...
  • Can Homer Simpson solve the Mideast conflict?
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 19:40:52 GMT+02:00
    The Simpsons have been to Australia, Britain, France and Japan, but now they could be taking on their greatest challenge - bringing peace to Israel and the Palestinians. ...
  • Netanyahu says expects no U.S. pressure over peace process
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 19:32:20 GMT+02:00
    Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he did not expect to come under pressure from the United States over the Middle East peace strategy of his right-leaning government. ...
  • ANALYSIS / In bombing Sudan, Israel sends message to Iran
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 19:14:54 GMT+02:00
    As the final curtain comes down on the Olmert government, CBS reported a sensational air force bombing of an Iranian weapons convoy in Sudan. If Olmert's critics claim that his main legacy is two wars - one failed (Lebanon) and the other problematic (Gaza) - and the failure to return Gilad Shalit, here is a rebuttal. ...
  • Germany rules animal rights group's Holocaust ad offensive
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 17:30:29 GMT+02:00
    Germany's highest court has ruled that a PETA ad campaign comparing animal slaughterhouses to the Holocaust is an offense against human dignity. ...

The Guardian

Ha'aretz National page

  • Ten judges under police protection due to death threats 
    Fri, 27 Mar 2009 01:52:34 GMT+02:00
    Ten judges are currently receiving police protection due to threats on their lives by criminal elements, sources involved in this protection said Thursday. ...
  • Israel challenges Palestinian claim on Gaza war dead
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 22:15:04 GMT+02:00
    The Israel Defense Forces on Thursday disputed Palestinian claims that most of the people killed in the recent Gaza Strip war were civilians, claiming the vast majority of the dead were Hamas militants. ...
  • Watchdog petitions High Court against Lieberman FM pick
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 21:31:56 GMT+02:00
    The Movement for Quality Government petitioned the High Court of Justice Thursday against the appointment of Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman as deputy prime minister and foreign minister. ...
  • Labor 'rebels' spurn invite to Barak reconciliation meet
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 19:44:08 GMT+02:00
    The majority of the Labor lawmakers who opposed their party's entry into Israel's next government spurned an invitation to a reconciliation meeting with Labor chairman Ehud Barak on Thursday. ...
  • Police: Not enough evidence to charge Olmert in real estate case
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 19:16:16 GMT+02:00
    The Israel Police National Fraud Unit on Thursday said they do not have sufficient evidence to charge Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the corruption investigation against him known as the Cremieux Street affair. ...

Relief Web

YNet News

  • Labor defections follow vote to join coalition
    The decision by the Labor party to join a Likud-led coalition enraged many of its members. In recent days, dozens of constituents have asked to cancel party membership, in protest of a union with a right-wing ...
  • PM's Office: Reports of progress on Shalit deal Palestinian spin
    Senior officials in the Prime Minister's Office vehemently denied reports of a breakthrough in the prisoner exchange negotiations between Hamas and Israel, calling them a "Palestinian spin". Following ...
  • Hamas: Bombed Sudan convoy didn't carry Gaza-bound weapons
    VIDEO: A senior Hamas official denied reports that a convoy of trucks allegedly attacked by Israeli planes in January was bearing weapons for Gaza. Salah al-Bardawil told the Quds Faras news agency that these were ...
  • Obama: Israel-Egypt treaty inspires us to expand circle of peace
    WASHINGTON - The 30th anniversary of the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel proves that peace is always possible, US President Barack Obama said Thursday. "As we commemorate this historic event, we ...
  • Settlers suspected of trying to run over police officers
    Six Jewish settlers were detained Thursday on suspicion of throwing stones at a Palestinian vehicle travelling near the "Gilad Farm" outpost in the West Bank and trying to run over police officers in response to ...
  • 'Iron Dome' trial successful
    VIDEO - In recent days, a number of successful trials were conducted for the Iron Dome missile defense system, Defense Ministry officials reported Thursday. Pursuant to the trials, the timeline for deploying it has ...
  • Amos Gilad: Egypt our ally against Iran, Hamas
    Egypt-Israel relations are "a cornerstone in Israel's national security," said Amos Gilad, head of the Defense Ministry's Security-Diplomatic Bureau, at a ceremony marking 30 years to Israel's peace agreement with ...


  • Sharp rise in beating of Palestinians by security forces
    The 3 months since Operation ?Cast Lead? have seen a sharp rise in reports of violence by security forces toward Palestinians in the West Bank. B'Tselem has documented 24 cases in which Palestinians reported that police and soldiers had beaten them.
  • HR groups to Attorney General: "Stop whitewashing suspected crimes in Gaza"
    Israeli human rights organizations repeated their demand that the Attorney General hold an independent investigation of the army's conduct during operation "Cast Lead". The call followed chilling testimonies of soldiers concerning the killing of Palestini

Daily Star

  • Sixty years on, landmark Tokyo trial shapes efforts to try war criminals 
    Friday, March 27, 2009
    Although it concluded more than 60 years ago, the Tokyo War Crimes Trial is still a live issue today - in Japan as in the world at large. The deliberations that took place in Tokyo after World War II, which led to 25 guilty verdicts and the execution of seven Japanese, helped shape the international law around war crimes.
  • Iran, NATO hold first direct talks since Islamic Revolution 
    Friday, March 27, 2009
    Iran and NATO have held their first talks since the Iranian revolution 30 years ago, officials at the military alliance said Thursday, in a new sign of a thaw in Tehran's ties with the West. At allied headquarters in Brussels last week, an Iranian diplomat and a senior NATO official had an "informal contact" focused on Iran's neighbor Afghanistan.
  • Hamas forces arrest member of Islamic Jihad 
    Friday, March 27, 2009
    Hamas forces on Thursday arrested a member of the Islamic Jihad movement after a gunbattle with Israeli forces along the border of the Islamist-ruled Gaza Strip, an official said. Hamas security forces nabbed the member of Islamic Jihad after he "took part in a combat mission" near the southern Gaza town of Khan Yunis, the senior Islamic Jihad official said.
  • Pirates hijack two European chemical tankers within 24 hours 
    Friday, March 27, 2009
    Pirates hijacked two chemical tankers off the Somali coastline within 24 hours, the European Union said Thursday. A 9,000-ton Greek-owned vessel Nipayia with 19 crew members was attacked about 720 kilometers off Somalia on Wednesday afternoon, and a 23,000-ton Norwegian-owned vessel was seized 400 kilometers off the coast on Thursday morning.
  • Bashir visits Libya, thanks Gadhafi for rejecting warrant 
    Friday, March 27, 2009
    Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, accused of war crimes in Darfur, thanked Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi Thursday for supporting him after the International Criminal Court (ICC) ordered his arrest. Bashir, meeting Gadhafi in his hometown of Sirte on his third foreign trip this week, saluted Libya's "immediate announcement ...
  • Israeli Army claims most of Gaza's dead were militants 
    Friday, March 27, 2009
    The Israeli military insisted Thursday that the vast majority of those killed in its Gaza offensive were "terror operatives," contradicting the much-higher civilian death toll given by Palestinian sources and various international organizations. Of 1,166 names of Palestinians killed in the offensive, it said.
  • Baghdad car bombing kills at least 20 people 
    Friday, March 27, 2009
    A car bomb ripped through a crowd in Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 20 people, including women and children, a day after the US military said violence in Iraq was at its lowest in six years. The blast occurred near a market in the capital's Shaab neighborhood, defense and interior ministry officials said, with a further 38 people wounded.
  • A third of married Japanese wives abused by their husbands - poll 
    Friday, March 27, 2009
    One in three married Japanese women have been physically or mentally abused by their husbands, according to a government survey on domestic violence that was released Tuesday. Of the victims over a third said they were injured or suffered mental harm, while more than 13 percent said they feared for their lives.

Palestinian Information Center

Los Angeles Times

  • Iran to join talks on stabilizing Afghanistan
    Fri, 27 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
    Tehran's interests overlap with Washington's, prompting it to join two conferences on Afghanistan. The chaos there has crossed into Iran in the form of drug dealing, human trafficking and violence. It was an eye-popping bust: 4.5 tons of opium, hashish and other drugs seized from nine alleged smugglers in two cities near the Iranian capital Sunday.
  • Iraqi general's presence in Kirkuk stirs dark memories
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
    Maj. Gen. Abdul Amir Zaidi laughs about rumors, but Kurds say they have reason to be nervous about the Arab-led division sent to their region in northern Iraq to oust Kurdish fighters. The general with the easy smile has been here before. A little over a decade ago, Saddam Hussein dispatched him to this province where the oil wells belch orange flames day and night.
  • 'We want a change,' Iran reformist says
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
    Reza Norouzadeh is a top official in the presidential campaign of reformist former parliament speaker Mehdi Karroubi. He says the government of conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has created a mess. Amoderate held Iran's presidency for eight years before the 2005 election of conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and reformist ideas -- among them a belief in liberty, rule of law and government accountability -- remain lodged deep in the psyche of many Iranians.

New York Times

  • Holon Journal: Palestinians Serenade Survivors in Israel
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 06:05:57 GMT
    Afrah Saade, 17, a violinist with the Jenin youth orchestra, played for Holocaust survivors on Wednesday in Holon, Israel.A group of Palestinian musicians 12 to 17 years old from the Jenin refugee camp performed at a Tel Aviv club for elderly Holocaust survivors.
  • Iran?s Parliament Speaker Disparages Obama?s Video Overture
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 06:24:54 GMT
    Ali Larijani characterized President Obama?s videotaped message as inadequate to address the issues between the two countries.
  • Netanyahu Promises Peace Effort
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 03:45:26 GMT
    Israel?s prime minister-designate, Benjamin Netanyahu, said that the coalition would be a ?partner for peace.?


Electronic Intifada
  • Australian academics call for boycott of Israel
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 16:06:47 PST
    As educators and scholars of conscience in Australia, we fully support this call. We urge our colleagues, nationally, regionally, and internationally, to stand up against Israel's ongoing attacks on the rights of Palestinians to education, land, and human dignity, and to support the nonviolent call for academic boycott, disinvestment, and sanctions.
  • Demand Israel release child held without charge or trial
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 15:47:55 PST
    Hamdi al-Ta'mari was arrested for the first time from the family home in Bethlehem at 4:00am, on 25 July 2008. He was woken by the sound of Israeli soldiers banging on the front door. Hamdi's hands and feet were immediately tied and he was ordered to lie on the floor, as soldiers pointed their assault rifles and flashlights at him. While on the ground, a number of soldiers slapped, kicked and beat him with their assault rifles. His hands were tied so tightly that they began to swell. After 15 minutes, Hamdi was blindfolded and placed on the floor of a military vehicle.

Tales To Tell

  • March 26: Dancing in the Ruins
    Dubke dancing in the ruins of the Red Crescent theatre, Telal Howa, The building in the shelled Telal Howa Red Crescent complex (which includes Al Quds Hospital, burned with phosphorous) that was worst hit during the attacks was the Red Crescent Theatre, which I believe also had a music school in it. It pretty much burnt down, and its ruins will be demolished. But this afternoon the Palestinian Brotherhood of Tunisia sponsored cultural groups, in...
  • March 23: ?Fire also upon rescue??
    ?it said in the ?how to run an Israeli incursion? notes a commander appears to have left behind (doh) near Jabalia, according to Haaretz. Just in case the Palestine medics thought it was accidental. I shouldn?t read the comments that follow articles like this that try to speak out within Israel, but inevitably I do?and it?s kind of funny how half of them appear to be from such ignorant and rascist people that all by themselves they totally provid...

Palestine Chronicle

  • Not About Justice: Ocampo, Al-Bashir and the ICC
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 18:05:42 -0400
    By Mohamed El Mokhtar Sidi HaibaThe rationale put forward by the prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo for rushing with his indictment against the sitting head of state of a sovereign nation was allegedly the imprescriptible crime of ongoing genocide. The judges of the International Criminal Court, or ICC, found though, in their majority opinion, that there was no tangible proof for such a serious claim in spite of all the allegations that were leveled a...
  • Egypt versus Viva Palestina
    Thu, 26 Mar 2009 18:00:25 -0400
    By Lauren BoothThe British ambulances clashed with the sandy setting of the inner city centre car park. Bearing UK license plates and British drivers, the vehicles stood amongst half built buildings, guarded by Hamas security detail. This was the culmination of a six-week odyssey by George Galloway’s aid movement, Viva Palestina. Having traveled more than 7,000 kilometers, under the leadership of the maverick Scottish; British Muslims of th...