VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 11 March, 2010: Army Admits Using A Child As Human Shield During Gaza War

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Resident Wounded In Israeli Air Strike In Khan Younis
IMEMC – Friday March 12, 2010 – 05:27, Palestinian medical sources reported on Thursday at night that a resident was wounded when the Israeli Air Force fired missiles at a factory in Al Qarara, north of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

A Thousand Candles For Gaza
IMEMC – Friday March 12, 2010 – 03:44, The Popular Committee Against The Siege on Gaza launched a series of event to mark 1000 days of Israeli siege and blockade on the coastal region. On Thursday the committee started lighting 1000 candles and held a peaceful protest near the Erez (Beit Hanoun) Crossing.

Army Admits Using A Child As Human Shield During Gaza War
IMEMC – Friday March 12, 2010 – 02:25, The Israeli Radio reported Thursday evening that the Israeli Military Prosecution revealed that one of the ‚”elite” military forces used a Palestinian child as a human shield and forced him to open suspicious objects during the war on Gaza.

Soldiers Kidnap a 9-year-old Child And His Brother
IMEMC – Friday March 12, 2010 – 00:02, Local sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, reported Thursday evening that Israeli soldiers kidnapped a 9-year-old child and his 20-year-old brother.

Settler Woman Mildly Wounded Near Ramallah
IMEMC – Thursday March 11, 2010 – 23:48, Israeli military sources reported that a settler woman was mildly wounded on Thursday evening after Palestinian youths hurled stones at her vehicle in an area north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Teachers Not Allowed Into School Isolated Behind The Wall
IMEMC – Thursday March 11, 2010 – 23:12, For the second day, Israeli soldiers prevented on Thursday teachers of the Al Dab’a School, totally isolated behind the Annexation Wall in Qalqilia district, from reaching the school, and demanded them to be searched by special X-Ray equipment.

Work Day Rebuilt Bulldozed Playground In Beit Jalla Town, Southern West Bank
IMEMC – Thursday March 11, 2010 – 19:49, Palestinians along with international and Israeli supporters replanted trees on Thursday at the town of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem city southern West Bank.

The Israeli Military Detains A Palestinian Activist From Jerusalem
IMEMC – Thursday March 11, 2010 – 17:18, Israeli troops detained on Thursday a Palestinian community organizer from his home in East Jerusalem.

E.U. Parliament Calls For Implementing The Goldstone Report
IMEMC – Thursday March 11, 2010 – 11:48, The European Parliament adopted during its Wednesday session a decision calling for implementing the recommendations of the Goldstone report on Gaza war, in preparation to present the resolution to the 13th session of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council which will be held in Geneva by the end of March.

Hammad: ‚”Fateh Is Leading Smear Campaign Against Hamas”
IMEMC – Thursday March 11, 2010 – 11:06, Fathi Hammad, Interior Minister of the Hamas-led government in Gaza, accused the rival Fateh movement, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, of carrying a smear campaign, supported by Israel and the United States, against the Hamas movement.

Ma’an News

Israeli warplanes fire on southern Gaza
3/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israeli warplanes opened fire on the southern Gaza Strip early Friday, striking two targets near the Egyptian border. There were no immediate reports of injury in the attack, which an Israeli military spokesman said targeted sites in Rafah and Khan Younis. The official told Ma’an that two airstrikes targeted a tunnel used for smuggling weapons in Rafah and a bomb-making lab in Khan Younis. The attacks came after a projectile was fired from Gaza into southern Israel, causing damage, he said. “We will not accept the firing of rockets at Israel and will response harshly to any attempts to disrupt the calm,” the spokesman added. [end]

Israel restricts Gaza imports to 23% of pre-siege levels
3/12/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Israeli authorities will partially open the Kerem Shalom crossing to allow aid into the besieged Gaza Strip, Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said. Approximately 116 to 126 truckloads of aid for both the commercial and agricultural sectors including two trucks for the electricity company will be allowed via the Kerem Shalom crossing, Fattouh reported. The trucks will likely be the last of the week, with crossings closed Fridays and Saturdays, bringing the total number of truckloads for the week to 653-693 including 236 truckloads of animal feed and wheat. The average number of trucks per week in February was 741, while the average number of trucks entering Gaza before the Israeli siege, was 2,807 per week, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Limited quantities of domestic gas and industrial diesel will enter Gaza through the single open crossing.

Teachers refuse searches at Qalqiliya checkpoint
3/12/2010 – Qalqiliya – Ma’an – For the second day in a row, Israeli forces prevented teachers from accessing the Ad-Dab’a village school, south of Qalqiliya behind the separation wall. On Wednesday, new machinery was installed at the Ras Atiya checkpoint, where teachers enter the walled-off area, and soldiers demanded the men and women submit to a search, as well as pass through body scanners, the school’s manager Muhammad Awda said. The school in Ad-Daba has 250 students and serves three villages, all located south of the Alfe Menashe settlement, and north of a swath of the separation wall cutting east into the West Bank south of Qalqiliya. According to Awda, for the past seven years, teachers were granted permits from the Israeli Civil Administration and could pass through the checkpoint relatively quickly to get to class. Awda said none had ever been subjected to a search.

Corrie parents to Ma’an: We want accountability
3/12/2010 – Hanover, NH – Ma’an – Seven years after their daughter, Rachel, was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza, Craig and Cindy Corrie arrived in Israel’s Haifa District Court on Wednesday seeking answers. The court heard witness testimony in the opening day of a civil trial seeking compensation for the death, which came as Rachel tried to protect the house of a Palestinian pharmacist, Samir Nasrallah, from demolition. In the first day of the trial, the court heard testimony from Richard Purssell, a British activist with the International Solidarity Movement who described how an Israeli Caterpillar D9 armored bulldozer drove over approximately four meters over Corrie, before reversing back over her. Another British ISM member, Tom Dale, also testified. Three officials from the US Embassy in Tel Aviv attended the hearing, among them Consul General Andrew Parker.

Political macaroni
3/10/2010 – Rome – Italian media sentiment toward Israel and Palestine took a decided shift after the publication of the Goldstone report. According to media workers and government officials, the report exposed exaggerated Israeli action in response to what is increasingly perceived as less and less of a real “threat. ” “Before the war we felt that Islamic extremism was increasing, [that it was] forming a grave danger to other civilizations,” an Italian, who recently joined a group raising awareness about Palestine in the country, commented. After the publication of the Goldstone report, he said, “we realized the Israeli response was exaggerated. ” The Italian case is a bit of a bifurcation, with the population supporting rightist Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who in turn supported Israel’s Operation Cast Lead. According to local media monitors, the war on Gaza did not register a very large impact in terms of front-page news.

Dad: Israeli forces abduct 2 sons
3/12/2010 – Hebron – Ma’an – Israeli forces detained two brothers from their home in the southern West Bank city of Hebron late Thursday, relatives said. Among them was a nine-year-old boy, identified as Ghandy by his father, Nidal Al-Oweiwy, who said Said, 20, was also detained. The brothers were accused of throwing stones at the illegal Abraham Avino settlement, near their home in Hebron’s Old City, the father said. Approached by Ma’an, an Israeli military spokesman had no immediate comment. [end]

PA, de facto gov’t press violations condemned
3/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) issued a condemnation of raids by unidentified men on the homes of two journalists, one in the West Bank and a second in Gaza. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) investigated the 9 March incident, where Qalqiliya resident and journalist Mustafa Sabri was prevented from conducting an interview by Palestinian Authority security services. According to the PCHR report, a press team from Palemdia Group went to interview Sabri following his release from detention in the northern West Bank. Shortly after the news team entered the home and began preparations for the interview, “Palestinian security forces besieged the area,” the PCHR report said. It continued:”A security man knocked the door and Sabri opened it. Immediately, 3 security men, one of whom was wearing civilian clothes and introduced himself as the officer of the unit, entered the house. “

British journalist released from Gaza jail
3/12/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – A British journalist who was accused of threatening state security in the Gaza Strip was released without charge and deported to Israel on Thursday, after nearly a month in a Palestinian jail. “I’ve been through a lot in the past few days and weeks,” documentary filmmaker Paul Martin said upon arriving at the Erez crossing with Israel, speaking at a news conference during which he termed his release “a great victory for freedom of the media. “Martin was detained on 14 February and interrogated by Hamas-allied intelligence officers over interviews he was conducting with Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel. No formal charges were ever announced. A military court extended his detention by 15 days on 1 March, at which time the de facto Ministry of Interior insisted the journalist was being treated in accordance with international law.

Israel army indicts 2 for using Gaza boy as ‘human shield’
3/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – An Israeli military prosecutor has indicted two soldiers on charges they made use of a Palestinian boy as a human shield during the winter 2008 assault on the Gaza Strip, the army said Thursday. In a statement, the military alleged that the accused, both unidentified, engaged in unauthorized conduct when they allegedly instructed a Gaza boy to open several bags suspected to be booby-trapped with explosives. “They exceeded their authority in ways that endangered lives and health,” according to an Israeli security source familiar with the charges. The source added that the two were reservists at least until Thursday, but of the rank of staff sergeant during the war. The two soldiers would face prison terms of up to three years if convicted, the same security source told Ma’an on the condition of anonymity.

Salfit men mark 25 years in Israeli prison
3/11/2010 – Salfit – Ma’an – Two Palestinians marked a 25th anniversary in Israeli prison this year, the Palestinian Detainees Center reported Wednesday. The two men, both from Salfit, were identified as Tawfiq Ibrahim Abdullah and Mustapha Qar’oush. Tawfiq was detained on 3 October 1986, and charged in connection with the death of an Israeli soldier. His wife was detained at the same time and sentenced to 11 years of prison time. Tawfiq was sentenced to life. Mustapha was detained on 10 March, and also stood accused of killing an Israeli soldier. He was sentenced to a life term and is currently in the Ar-Ramleh prison. According to the prisoners center, Mustapha has a deteriorating health condition. . . . .

In photos: The women of Islamic Jihad
3/11/2010 – MaanImages / Hatem Omar – Female supporters of the Islamic Jihad movement shout anti-Israeli slogans during a protest in Gaza on 10 March 2010. Several of the Palestinian women displayed weapons at the event, which was also attended by party leader Muhammad Al-Hindy. [end]Related:Islamic Jihad women march in Gaza for Jerusalem

Refugee sentenced to 5 years in Israeli jail
3/11/2010 – Nablus – Ma’an – An Israeli military court on Thursday sentenced a Palestinian to five years and eight months in jail. Muhammad Jamil Hweity, 23, of the Balata refugee camp in the northern West Bank, spent two years in prison before sentencing. The Israeli military court in Salem, near Nablus, also ordered the prisoner to pay a 4,000-shekel fine. Hweity was accused of involvement of involvement in military operations against the occupation. [end]

Two Palestinian detainees freed
3/11/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Two Palestinians were released Thursday after a combined five years in Israeli custody, a prisoners group announced. The two were identified by the Gaza-based Wa’ed Group for the Detained and Released as Tareq Abu Sabt and Farid Farineh. Abu Sabt, from Khan Younis, was held for two years, while Farineh, from northern Gaza, served three years, the group said. In a statement, the prisoners group called for more of the estimated 10,000 Palestinian detainees held by Israel to be released. [end]

Tuku road closed for hours after army Hummer flips
3/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Three Israeli soldiers were lightly injured when a military Hummer flipped near Tuqu, south of Bethlehem, after which the road was closed while soldiers received medical treatment. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the closure was the result of an accident, where soldiers hit the garden wall of a Palestinian home along the roadside, causing the jeep to overturn. Witnesses said the wall was damaged, and several military vehicles remained on the scene until at least 10:30am. The spokeswoman said the soldiers were receiving medical treatment at the scene, after which they were evacuated to Hadassa Medical Center in Jerusalem. The damaged home was in the Khirbet Al-Deir area, belonging to Salman Hamdan. No Palestinian injuries were reported. The army spokeswoman said the road was completely open by noon. . . . .

Erekat says settlement move cancelled talks
3/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Indirect talks with Israel will cease to go forward unless Israeli plans to construct 1,600 homes in East Jerusalem are axed, chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said Thursday. The statement followed one by Arab League chief Amr Moussa, who announced Wednesday that “The Palestinian president decided he will not enter into those negotiations now. . . the Palestinian side is not ready to negotiate under the present circumstances. ” Moussa later told reporters that “The talks have already stopped. ” Erekat gave conditions for the resumption of talks, saying “We want to hear from [United States envoy George] Mitchell that Israel has canceled the decision to build housing units before we start the negotiations. ” The announcements followed a wave of criticism, from Palestinians and then from visiting US Vice President Joe Biden, who warned that the announcement poisoned the atmosphere necessary for peace talks to continue.

Haniyeh: Freeze negotiations with Israel
3/12/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – De facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh urged Arab states and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to cut off all direct and indirect negotiations with Israel on Thursday. The Hamas leader was making reference to President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision, with Arab backing, to enter US-brokered indirect peace negotiations with Israel. Negotiations came to a halt when Israel launched an attack on Gaza in 2008 that left some 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead. Haniyeh, speaking at a conference organized by a government-affiliated workers’ council, said Palestinians “totally reject” the negotiations. ” We are facing three kinds of warfare: economic, political, and military,” he told the workers in besieged Gaza. He said his government has overcome several challenges since he was elected in 2006. He also welcomed the European Parliament’s decision on Wednesday to endorse. . .

Japan to improve Palestinian access to water
3/11/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Japan is to improve access to water supplies in rural communities in the West Bank, following the donation of 193,960 US dollars for two projects on Tuesday. Through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), Japan will provide funding for a cisterns project in Hebron and the rehabilitation of the main Al-Badhan pipeline in Nablus, a statement read. The grant will also provide for the rehabilitation of the Al-Badhan main pipeline and the installation of a pump, upgrading the reservoir room to ensure the access of around 3,000 people living in Al-Badhan area to running tap water. The contracts were signed by Naofumi Hashimoto, representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, the representatives of Palestinian Hydrology Group, and Al-Badhan Village Council. The two projects have been approved in the framework of the Cool Earth Partnership initiated. . .

Dahlan: Settlements will derail talks, US must act
3/11/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – Fatah Central committee member Muhammad Dahlan called US condemnation of Israeli settlement plans insufficient, and urged “real action, on the ground,” at a Wednesday news conference in Ramallah. On Tuesday, in the middle of US Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to the region, Israel announced the construction of 1,600 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem, a move Biden condemned. ” We welcome Joseph Biden’s condemnation. . . but what is needed is real action to stop Israeli construction and apply the two-state solution,” he said. Dahlan called the Israeli move “reckless” and a strike against international law and sentiment, as well as “against all that is human. “Warning that the move would likely derail the peace talks, Dahlan questioned the role of the Quartet on the issue, and asked what the body was doing to encourage Israel to commit to the peace process.

In photos: Mr and Mrs Biden in the West Bank
3/11/2010 – 1-8: US Vice President Joe Biden, joined by caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Nassar Nassar, the head of the Nassar Group for Stone and Marble, tour a factory in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on 10 March 2010. MaanImages / Luay Sababa. 9-20: Jill Biden, wife of the American vice president, is seen during a visit to the Al-Kamandjati Institute in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 10 March 2010. Biden was in Ramallah for talks with the Palestinian Authority. MaanImages / Haytham Othman [end]

Abbas: Arabs must intervene in peace debacle
3/11/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – President Mahmoud Abbas called on Arab representative bodies “to act swiftly, and to take steps. . . commensurate with this deadly work,” referring to Israel’s announced plans to build 1,600 new settlement homes in Jerusalem. Abbas’ remarks were in a Palestinian Authority Information Ministry statement released Wednesday, slamming Israel’s announcement, calling the move is part of Israel’s “entrenched system of extremism. ” The president requested that the secretary-general of the Arab League contact the Arab follow-up committee, and plan an immediate intervention with clear steps to counter the Israeli action. The Arab League had okayed talks with Israel within a four-month window last week, while the Arab Peace Initiative follow-up committee condemned the proposed negotiations in a statement the next day.

Netanyahu expresses regret over timing of settlement move
3/11/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned his interior minister on Wednesday, over the announcement of 1,600 new settlement units during the visit of US Vice President Joseph Biden. Biden, who left late Wednesday, told Netanyahu that Israel had “captured my heart,” shortly before he issued a public condemnation of the decision to continue building settlements. According to an Israeli government statement, Netanyahu summoned Interior Minister Eli Yishai and “expressed his displeasure at the timing of the announcement of another stage in the planning process of a Jerusalem building project. “The statement continued: “In light of the ongoing disagreement between Israel and the US on building in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Netanyahu said there was no need to advance the planning process this week and instructed Interior Minister Yishai to adopt procedures to prevent such an incident from recurring. “

In photos: Detained UK journalist departs Gaza
3/11/2010 – MaanImages / Wissam Nassar – British journalist Paul Martin arrives at the Erez crossing in northern Gaza after his release by the de facto government on 11 March 2010. He was detained in February after arriving to testify for a Palestinian on trial for collaboration with Israel. [end]

Fatah leader: Arab economies can pressure Israel
3/11/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Dimitri Diliani, a member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, stated Thursday that Arab economic power must be employed more effectively in the international arena to pressure Israel to halt settlements. In a statement, he called “Israel’s continuation of building illegal colonial settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories,” particularly in occupied East Jerusalem, destructive to the peace process. Diliani stressed that the global economy cannot afford disruption in efforts to revitalize it, which makes Arab countries’ economic power an influential tool to encourage the world, especially the US and EU, to take serious measures beyond the usual condemnations and verbal support for UN resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and put an end to the “illegal, inhumane Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. “

Student senates: Universities on strike
3/12/2010 – Nablus – Ma’an – The student senate union in the West Bank announced a strike affecting all universities in the area on Thursday, in ongoing action against the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education. A statement from the union said ministry officials had yet to meet the demands of the senates, involving the cancellation of a policy to convert grants into loans. University students were asked by the senate to observe the strike, including missing examinations. The Ministry of Education announced at the start of the year a program that would see several million dollars of the government budget allocated to students converted from grants into loans. Some of the money converted into loans was done retroactively, sparking complaints from students who did not intend to go into debt. . . . .

Ha’aretz Defense page

IAF strikes two targets in southern Gaza Strip
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – IDF Spokesperson: Airstrikes launched in response to Qassam rocket attack that hit western Negev kibbutz.

Police to let far-rightists march in East Jerusalem
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Activists led by Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir to protest against illegal Palestinian construction.

Two IDF soldiers charged with using 9-year-old ‘human shield’ in Gaza war
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – IDF court free soldier convicted of beating Palestinian, rejects demand to return officer to the ranks.

State: IDF not to blame for activist Rachel Corrie’s death
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – State Prosecution asks court to dismiss civil suit filed by U.S. activist’s family against Israel.

UN bomb disposal unit to enter Gaza to neutralize ordnance
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – IDF authorizes UN sapper unit’s entry into Gaza to deal with unexploded arms from Operation Cast Lead.

IDF Chief of Staff: All options on Iran should remain open
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Ashkenazi spoke at Friends of IDF dinner; Protestors outside held signs condemning ‘Israeli war crimes.’

Iran maneuvering Israel in a show of nuclear strength
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Iran concluded that the danger of an Israeli strike of nuclear sites has been neutralized.

IDF arrests Palestinian tractor driver who fled West Bank crash
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Three Israelis injured after tractor slammed into their car; IDF believes incident not terror-related.

U.S. urges caution as Israel okays 112 new West Bank homes
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – State Department says move does not violate freeze; Palestinians: Israel trying to sabotage talks.

PA moves to ban Palestinians from working in settlements
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Economics Min. drafting law he hopes will pass this month; PA already moving against settlement-made goods.

Palestinian boy freed from IDF jail without paying bail
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Hebron teenager had been held for nine days for alleged stone-throwing, after family unable to pay NIS 2,000.

Six Palestinians killed in accident with IDF jeep
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Car swerves off course head-on into IDF armed jeep near Ofra settlement in West Bank.

Report: Hamas admits losing control in Gaza
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Gaza in anarchy as extremist groups challenge Hamas regime, military chief tells Damascus leader.

IDF to release new findings defending Gaza war strike
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Army uses reports by Hamas and Islamic Jihad to justify mosque attack during Operation Cast Lead.

Israel treading carefully to avoid war with Syria
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – IDF cancels part of massive combat training exercise to calm tensions along northern border.

Shin Bet’s Hamas spy hires bodyguards after Haaretz story
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – I love my father, but his movement is arrogant and evil, says Hamas leader’s son who spied for Israel.

Respected Danish journalist admits ‘I was a Mossad agent’
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – It’s not uncommon for secret agents to take up a career in journalism as a cover for clandestine work.

IDF calls off West Bank raid due to Facebook leak
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Soldier updated his status with details of the time and place of the West Bank operation.

Jordan jails 6 for plotting to fight Israel during Gaza war
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Five suspects arrested in April, May 2009, with the other, still at large, tried in absentia.

Is Israel really a target for chemical warfare?
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – In their latest blog, Harel and Issacharoff ponder Israel’s decision to distribute gas masks to all citizens.

Uruknet

Dad: Israeli forces abduct 2 sons
Uruknet March 11, 2010 — Israeli forces detained two brothers from their home in the southern West Bank city of Hebron late Thursday, relatives said. Among them was a nine-year-old boy, identified as Ghandy by his father, Nidal Al-Oweiwy, who said Said, 20, was also detained. The brothers were accused of throwing stones at the illegal Abraham Avino settlement, near their…

‘I saw Israeli bulldozer kill Rachel Corrie’
Uruknet March 11, 2010 – The final moments of Rachel Corrie, the American peace activist crushed to death beneath a pile of earth and rubble in the path of an advancing Israeli army bulldozer, were described to an Israeli court by an eyewitness yesterday. The parents of the 23-year-old, who was killed by the bulldozer in March 2003, were present to…

Is the PA capitulating to Israel?
Uruknet March 11, 2010 – No sooner had the Obama administration announced the resumption of “indirect” talks between Israel and the PA regime than Israel announced new plans to expand Jewish settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and other parts of the West Bank . On Tuesday, as visiting US Vice president Joe Biden was showering Israel with the usually excessive praise, the…

Brutalizing Palestinian Children
Uruknet March 12, 2010 – Yet, in violation of international law, Israel willfully and repeatedly arrests children randomly, at checkpoints, on streets, at play, and in the middle of the night at home, then subjects them to threats, cursing, beatings, detention, and imprisonment, often without informing their parents. In facilities like Megiddo military prison, Hasharon (Telmond) prison, and others, children are…

Haifa — planned death of a cityPALESTINE’S PAST REMEMBERED
Uruknet March 10, 2010 – The editors of David Ben Gurion’s diaries expressed their bewilderment at his lack of interest in the military campaigns in April 1948. Israel’s first prime minister was preoccupied with internal political matters, such as the new state’s relationship with Zionist bodies abroad, as if the fate of the state depended on them. His diaries do not…

Leaked Zionist strategy Paper to counter BDS — MUST READ!
Uruknet March 11, 2010 – Here is a leaked copy of the Zionist plan to attack the Boycott and Divestment Campaign Against Israel’s Occupation and to strategy to shut down the debate on the Palestinian issue and to shift it discussion of anti-Semitism and not Israel’s illegal Occuption and illegal settlements and human rights violations. (thanks to the various people who…

Videos: “Sleepless in Gaza…and Jerusalem”
Uruknet March 10, 2010 – “Sleepless in Gaza…and Jerusalem” is a video diary about four young Palestinian women, Muslim and Christian, two living in Gaza and two in Arab Jerusalem/West Bank. PINA TV Production camera crews are covering Ashira Ramadan, a broadcast journalist based in Jerusalem; Ashiras friend in Gaza, the documentary film maker Nagham Mohanna; Dona Maria Mattas, a 17…

Mustafa Barghouthi: the Arabs gave Netanyahu timeout four months; he gave four hours
Uruknet March 10, 2010 – The Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative has called for the reversal of the decision to reopen negotiations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose government has announced the construction of 112 housing units in an illegal settlement on the occupied West Bank. Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi said that the Palestinians were giving Netanyahu a “timeout”…

Sheikh Jarrah Mass Rally
Uruknet March 10, 2010 – Thousands of Israeli and Palestinian activists joined the rally last Saturday in Est Jerusalem to protest the eviction of Arab families from Sheikh Jarrah, where Jewish settlers continue to occupy Palestinian homes. The photos were taken by Brady Ng, FLV, Julian…

Uphill battle to supply prosthetics to Gaza war injured
Uruknet March 10, 2010 – A half-finished two-story building in central Gaza City is one of the few places providing support to amputees, most of them civilian victims of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, as they try and come to terms with their injuries. Ten patients were waiting to see Dr Hazem al-Shawwa, the director of the Artificial Limb and Polio Centre, when…

In Gaza, UN teams destroy unexploded ordnance with white phosphorus
Uruknet March 10, 2010 – Special United Nations bomb disposal units today successfully destroyed two unexploded ordnance (UXO) containing white phosphorus in the Gaza Strip, the first of a series of planned activities to be conducted in the region over the coming months. The UXO are the remains of Operation Cast Lead, the three-week military operation started at the end of…

Zionism Unmasked: The Dark Face Of Jewish Nationalism
Uruknet March 10, 2010 – Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu once remarked to a Likud gathering that “Israel is not like other countries.” Oddly enough for him, that time he was telling the truth, and nowhere is that more evident than with Jewish nationalism, whether or not one pins the “Zionist” label on it. Nationalism in most countries and cultures can…

Palestine Telegraph

Activist tells Israeli court how bulldozer crushed Rachel Corrie to death
Haifa, March 11, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – The final moments of Rachel Corrie, the American peace activist crushed to death beneath a pile of earth and rubble in the path of an advancing Israeli army bulldozer, were described to an Israeli court by an eyewitness yesterday. The parents of the 23-year-old, who was killed by the bulldozer in March 2003,…

Hamas to release British journalist in Gaza
Gaza, March 11, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – A British journalist arrested by Hamas in the Gaza Strip last month and held for nearly four weeks on suspicion of spying for Israel, was being released on Thursday, his lawyer and Palestinian officials said. Paul Martin was detained on February 14 while on a visit to Hamas-run Gaza to give evidence in…

Gaza marks 1,000 days of Israeli siege
Gaza, March 11, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – The Palestinians in the Gaza Strip marke 1,000 days of the tight Israeli siege imposed on the narrow enclave, where 1.5 million Gazans are facing a “slow death.” The Popular Committee to challenge the Israeli siege told a news conference in Gaza that the population of the Gaza Strip is facing a “slow…

Israel invades neighborhoods and kidnaps Palestinians in Jerusalem
Jerusalem, March 11, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces invaded Wednesday night into Al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan, Al-Thawri and Bab Hata neighborhoods, near Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem city. The IOF stormed the neighborhood, beat two members of the Defense Committee of Al Bustan neighborhood and detained a number of boys, local sources said to SAFA news agency. The committee…

Abbas will not renew peace talks
Ramallah, March 11, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected yesterday any peace negotiations after Israel’s announcement to build 1,600 new apartments in east Jerusalem. “Abbas has told Arab League Secretary General ,Amr Mussa, that he informed U.S. Vice President Joe Biden yesterday that he could not restart negotiations without the cancellation of the building of 1,600…

The National

Budrus, the West Bank film that succeeds by not pleasing anyone fully
The National 11 Mar 2010 – As the wrangling continues over stalled Middle East peace talks, a documentary about non-violent resistance made by a New York-based director may have the best take on the situation.

Gulf leaders urged to increase aid to refugee camps
The National 11 Mar 2010 – Palestinian refugees agency boss will call on Gulf leaders at Dubai’s annual aid conference to increase funding to those living in poverty-wracked camps.

Talks are off if homes go ahead, Palestinians tell Israel
The National 11 Mar 2010 – Palestinian leaders in West Bank insist there will be no negotiations if plans remain for 1,600 illegal homes in East Jerusalem.

The Media Line

Netanyahu Offers Fischer Second Term
The Media Line 9 Mar 2010 – Israeli prime minister invites Bank of Israel governor to stay for second term. The governor of Israel’s central bank has been offered a second five-year term by Israel’s prime minister.Following months of uncertainty and political infighting,…

Top Sunni Muslim Cleric Dies
The Media Line 9 Mar 2010 – Lately departed Sheikh Tantawi was slammed for toeing the Egyptian government line. Controversial 81-year-old Egyptian Sheikh Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi died Wednesday morning from a sudden heart attack while visiting Saudi Arabia.Head of Egypt’s renowned Al-Azhar University…

‘Abbas Pulls Out of Talks
The Media Line 10 Mar 2010 – Following a Wednesday night emergency session of the Arab League, Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud ‘Abbas pulled out of the new round of peace talks with Israel that were expected to begin this week. The talks were…

European Union Rebuffs Jewish Efforts to Sidetrack Goldstone Endorsement
The Media Line 10 Mar 2010 – Word that European Jewish leaders had persuaded the European Union to defer endorsing the findings of the Goldstone Commission proved to be premature. On Wednesday, the European Parliament ratified a resolution endorsing the Goldstone findings, including…

Gaza Receives United Nations Bomb Disposal Unit
The Media Line 10 Mar 2010 – Munitions experts from the United Nations have arrived in the Gaza Strip on a mission to defuse unexploded bombs left over from last January’s fighting between Israel and Hamas. It’s estimated that the job will take…

Aljazeera

US family seeks Israeli damages
AlJazeera 10 Mar 2010 – Case concerns Rachel Corrie’s death during protest against Palestinian home demolitions.

Israel indicts soldiers over Gaza
AlJazeera 11 Mar 2010 – Two soldiers face three years in jail over conduct during Gaza war.

US urges ‘prompt’ Middle East talks
AlJazeera 11 Mar 2010 – Palestinians have not pulled out of talks with Israel despite settlement row, US says.

Alternative Information Center

Border Police Critically Injures 14 Year Old in Nabi Saleh Demonstration
Alternative Information Center – Saturday, 06 March 2010, The 14 year old boy was critically injured during a demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh against creeping land grab by the adjacent Jewish-only settlement of Halamish.

News from Within Videocast: The Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem
Alternative Information Center – Friday, 05 March 2010, The US-based Center for Constitutional Rights is petitioning various United Nations offices, of Palestinian families whose ancestors are buried in the Mamila Cemetery. The cemetery better known as Mamilla, has been a…

Conclusions of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine
Alternative Information Center – Friday, 05 March 2010, These are the conclusions of the Jury pertaining to the Barcelona session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. However, the contents are subject to the normal processes of editing and corrections before…

Palestine News Network

Bible college to host ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ conference
PNN – Thursday, 11 March 2010

Peace talks ‘difficult’ for Abbas amid settlement row
PNN – Thursday, 11 March 2010

Rachel Corrie civil action to open in Israel
PNN – Wednesday, 10 March 2010

US condemns Israeli expansion
PNN – Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Jerusalem Post

Biden wants direct talks by summer
Jeruslalem Post 11 Mar 2010 – Despite R. Shlomo tension, J’lem confident ‚Äòproximity’ talks to go as planned.

Israel relieved after Biden speech
Jeruslalem Post 11 Mar 2010 – J’lem appreciates comments about ties to land, sobriety about peace process.

Biden wants direct peace talks by summer
Jeruslalem Post 11 Mar 2010 – Despite R. Shlomo tension, J’lem confident ‚Äòproximity’ talks will move as planned.

The West Bank, Mr. VP? Actually, you were at Yad Vashem
Jeruslalem Post 11 Mar 2010 –

Israelrelieved after Biden speech
Jeruslalem Post 11 Mar 2010 – J’lem appreciates comments about Jewish ties to land, sobriety about peace process.

Efrat synagogue foundations destroyed
Jeruslalem Post 11 Mar 2010 – Settlers laid the foundation for the synagogue after the moratorium went into effect.

Footage of ‘Gibril Deal’ soldiers aired
Jeruslalem Post 11 Mar 2010 – In special broadcast, Al-Jazeera shows Israelis in PLF captivity in Syria.

Construction plans over Green Line unclear, but numerous
Jeruslalem Post 11 Mar 2010 – Jerusalem Municipality releases statement slamming reports that some 50,000 housing units were in various stages of planning.

2 soldiers indicted for Gaza actions
Jeruslalem Post 11 Mar 2010 – Staff sergeants allegedly forced kids to open possibly booby-trapped bags.

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: Iran, Israel Spoiling for a Fight?
IPS RAMALLAH, Mar 10 (IPS) – Iran and Israel appear to be spoiling for a fight, going by recent belligerent statements emanating from several regional capitals.

RIGHTS: Middle East Women Ahead But Not Home
IPS UNITED NATIONS, Mar 9 (IPS) РMale leaders fail to break the Mideast impasse. Enter women from Israel and the Palestinian territories working together. And… it would have been nice to say they succeeded where the men failed.

MIDEAST: Israeli Left Emerges From Coma Amid Atrocities
IPS SHEIKH JARRAH, Occupied East Jerusalem, Mar 9 (IPS) – Amid the wave of violence that swept through the occupied Palestinian West Bank, including East Jerusalem, over the last few days, there are signs that the Israeli left may be emerging from its collective coma.

Q&A: ‘Israeli Siege Causing De-development of Gaza’
IPS BRUSSELS, Mar 8 (IPS) – For the first time since September 2006, Mahmoud Abu Rahma, a leading figure in the Palestinian human rights group Al Mezan, has been granted permission to travel outside Gaza.

PCHR Weekly Report

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (04 — 10 March 2010)
PCHR 10 Mar 2010 – A worker builds a new house in the “Beitar Illit” settlement near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

PCHR Receives International Delegations and Partner
PCHR 9 Mar 2010 – Ref: 30 / 2010 On Tuesday morning, 10 March 2010, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) received Dr. Franziska Hagedorn, First Secretary of the Representative Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, in its head office in Gaza City.

PCHR Organizes Two Panel Discussions on the Right to Peaceful Assembly in al-Maghazi and al-Qarara
PCHR 9 Mar 2010 – Ref: 29 / 2010 The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights’ (PCHR) Democratic Development Unit (DDU) organized two panel discussions in cooperation with local civil society organizations on the right to peaceful assembly. These two panel discussions are part of PCHR’s activities aimed at promoting democracy in the Palestinian society.

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli Court Begins Hearing Testimonies in the Unlawful Killing of 23 year old American Activist Rachel Corrie
3/11/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Rachel Corrie Foundation, 10 March – The Haifa District Court began hearing eyewitness testimonies today, March 10, 2010, in a civil lawsuit filed by Rachel Corrie’s family against the State of Israel for her unlawful killing in Rafah, Gaza. Rachel Corrie, an American human rights defender from Olympia, Washington, was crushed to death on March 16, 2003 by a Caterpillar D9R bulldozer. She had been nonviolently demonstrating against Palestinian home demolitions with fellow members of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land using nonviolent, direct action methods and principles. The court heard the testimonies of two ISM witnesses, British citizens Richard Purssell and Tom Dale. Their testimonies were frequently interrupted due to poor court-provided translation, which the presiding judge, Oded Gershon, acknowledged to be flawed. A new court translator was requested by the judge for the coming hearings.

Legal proceedings to evict Sheikh Jarrah family postponed
3/11/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Today in the West Jerusalem Shalom court, activists gathered from around the world to support two Sheikh Jarrah families in their eviction trial only to learn that the trial will be postponed. Jewish settlers have occupied the front half of the family’s house since December 1st and today a hearing was scheduled regarding the remaining part of the house. No date for the next legal hearing was announced. The lawyer bringing the eviction charges against the Palestinian families requested that the court cases for all houses in the neighborhood be heard by the same judge. Palestinians in the neighborhood stated that the settler’s lawyer hopes to find a judge more sympathetic to their cause to hear all cases. According to the municipality the family was evicted from the front of the house because it was an addition built without a permit.

Work day to rebuilt bulldozed playground in Beit Jalla, Bethlehem successful
3/11/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals met in Beit Jallah today to rebuild a playground that bulldozers destroyed last week while clearing the path to complete the wall near Bethlehem. 12 people armed only with pick axes and hoes, flattened out the bulldozer tracks and deep holes left from uprooted trees, reset two swing sets, and brought in sand by the bucket for the new playground. Young olive trees were replanted in place of the mature trees that were destroyed during the first days of uprooting last week. The playground is used by many of the neighborhood children, and the family who owns the land welcomes people to enjoy the shade next to their home in the heat of the summer. As people worked in the sun today, army jeeps made rounds on the road above the home, and stood watch from the road on the opposing side of the highway. One jeep came down to the playground, but people continued their work as soldiers took pictures and asked for the Palestinian participants identification cards.

Ha’aretz Diplomacy page

Egypt stepping up pressure against Hamas
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Cairo wants Hamas to unconditionally sign an Egyptian-drafted reconciliation agreement with Fatah.

PA fears East Jerusalem building will make it look weak
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Abbas: No talks with Israel unless construction in settlements, including East Jerusalem, frozen.

Interior Minister Yishai: Israel’s relations with U.S. is above all else
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Crisis with U.S. over East Jerusalem construction caused by unfortunate coincidence, says Shas chair.

U.S. gave Israel green light for East Jerusalem construction
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Biden lauded Netanyahu’s assertion that construction in Ramat Shlomo would begin in several years.

Israel believes East Jerusalem row won’t stop Mideast talks
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Senior U.S. officials: Though crisis is over publicly, it will take time to restore trust between the two sides.

Al-Jazeera airs unseen 1983 footage of abducted IDF soldiers
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Clip shows soldiers seized during first Lebanon War, who were then released in controversial prison swap.

‘Barbie’s here!’ Bedouin children welcome visiting Second Lady
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Jill Biden visits Lakiya, touring women’s compound with project sponsored by New Israel Fund.

Biden to Israelis: Mideast status quo unsustainable
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Vice President says that Palestinians, Israelis must decide for themselves if they want peace.

Pro-Palestinian urge boycott of Europe’s H&M after Israel branch opens
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Pro-Palestinian group: H&M invests in Israel while UN Goldstone commission reports about Israel’s crimes.

European Parliament calls for immediate release of abducted IDF soldier
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Unprecedented move comes after soldier’s father met parliament chief; Israel slams stance on Goldstone.

Deputy FM tells U.S.: Israel won’t make any more concessions
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Ayalon: U.S. anger over East Jerusalem building due to timing; PA: Peace talks off until plan shelved.

U.S. sees Gulf support in Western push for Iran sanctions
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – On visit to Abu Dhabi, Gates says he believes Russia already on board and is lobbying now for China.

State: IDF not to blame for activist Rachel Corrie’s death
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – State Prosecution asks court to dismiss civil suit filed by U.S. activist’s family against Israel.

Sweden to extradite suspect in Auschwitz sign theft
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Swedish man who allegedly orchestrated theft of ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ sign to be tried in Poland.

Hamas releases British journalist detained in Gaza
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Documentary-maker Paul Martin to be freed after four weeks in jail on suspicion of spying for Israel.

The Guardian

Israel plans more East Jerusalem homes as talks collapse
The Guardian 11 Mar 2010 – NGO list shows how plans stand after latest settlement announcement brought Palestinian peace talks to halt Israeli authorities are considering plans for at least another 8,000 homes in settlements in East Jerusalem, it emerged today, despite…

British journalist freed by Hamas leaves Gaza
The Guardian 11 Mar 2010 – Paul Martin enters Israel following his release from captivity four weeks after arrest in spying case A British journalist held by Hamas for nearly four weeks on suspicion of spying for Israel has left Gaza after…

Israel’s unfair ‘law of return’ | Abe Hayeem
The Guardian 11 Mar 2010 – While British Jews are offered property in the West Bank, Palestinian refugees are still denied the right to return The yearly drive to encourage British Jews to emigrate to Israel culminated last weekend in the Israel…

Joe Biden attempts to salvage Middle East peace talks
The Guardian 11 Mar 2010 – US vice-president appeals to Israel after Palestinians walk out over decision to build new homes in Jewish settlement The US vice-president, Joe Biden, today attempted to salvage the Middle East peace talks after the Palestinians announced…

Why do Egyptians love Avatar? | Joseph Mayton
The Guardian 11 Mar 2010 – Parallels between the Na’vi and oppressed people in the Arab world are flawed — and imply the need for a foreign saviour The gigantic blue Na’vi of Pandora have captured Egyptian and Arab minds over the…

Palestinians snub peace talks because of Israeli homes expansion
The Guardian 10 Mar 2010 – Mahmoud Abbas ‘not ready to negotiate’ after Israel announces 1,600 new homes for East Jerusalem The Palestinians pulled out of a new round of indirect peace talks last night, even before they had begun, as a…

David Kimche obituary
The Guardian 10 Mar 2010 – Israeli spymaster with a key role in Africa and the Middle East Known as “the man with the suitcase” and a master of disguise, the British-born Israeli spy-master and diplomat David Kimche, who has died aged…

Bibi’s snub to Biden may backfire | Simon Tisdall
The Guardian 11 Mar 2010 – Intentional or not, the announcement of new settlements in East Jerusalem may push the US into a tougher stance towards Israel It’s not the first time that Israel has stiffed Barack Obama over his attempts to…

The Hebronisation of Jerusalem | Mick Dumper
The Guardian 11 Mar 2010 – Growing Israeli and settler control has set Jerusalem on the same path as the West Bank’s most divided city The recent escalation of tensions in Jerusalem with clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli police in and…

Biden calls for ‘viable’ Palestinian state
The Guardian 10 Mar 2010 – Visiting vice-president seeks to keep peace process on rails after Israel says it will expand East Jerusalem settlement The US vice-president, Joe Biden, has said the Palestinians deserve a “viable” independent state with contiguous territory, hoping…

Ha’aretz National page

Don’t call the Israeli Left anti-Zionist
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – They estimate that the number of participants in the demonstrations in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah was 3,000; and they stress that for a long time, no one has seen such a large protest here. Yallah! We have a fight. …

MESS Report / Thank you for using the Qalandiyah checkpoint
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Anyone who has crossed the Qalandiyah Checkpoint north of Jerusalem in recent days would have noticed what seemed to be a Palestinian traffic policeman. Wearing army boots, a blue uniform, a yellow vest and sporting a whistle in his mouth, he yelled at drivers and tried to unsnarl the endless traffic jams at the crossing. …

Pro-Palestinian urge boycott of Europe’s H&M after Israel branch opens
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – More than 24 European and Middle Eastern pro-Palestinian organizations on Thursday condemned the opening of H&M’s flagship store in Israel and called to boycott the clothing chain’s stores in Europe in response. …

Police to let far-rightists march in East Jerusalem
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – Jerusalem Police on Thursday agreed to let dozens of far-rightists march through an Arab village in East Jerusalem. The activists, led by Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir, had requested to demonstrate in Silwan to protest illegal Palestinian construction in the area. …

Jews displaced from Arab lands finally recognized
Ha’aretz 11 Mar 2010 – For the first time since they came to Israel, all 10 Jewish communities displaced from Arab countries have agreed on a course of action to address their grievances – and triumphed in the political arena. …

Relief Web

Briefing on the Release of the 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
Relief Web 11 Mar 2010 – Source: US Department of State

Lebanon: Twelfth report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1701 (2006) – S/2010/105
Relief Web 11 Mar 2010 – Source: UN Security Council

CONF?âRENCE DE PRESSE DE JOHN HOLMES, SECR?âTAIRE G?âN?âRAL ADJOINT AUX AFFAIRES HUMANITAIRES ET COORDONNATEUR DES SECOURS D’URGENCE
Relief Web 11 Mar 2010 – Source: UN Department of Public Information

OPT: Hamas – Journalist’s Detention Violated Due Process
Relief Web 11 Mar 2010 – Source: Human Rights Watch

OPT: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report, 3 – 9 March 2010
Relief Web 11 Mar 2010 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Follow on appeal — Gaza and West Bank – PSE101
Relief Web 11 Mar 2010 – Source: Action by Churches Together International

YNet News

Israeli officials: Indirect talks with PA to begin on schedule
YNet News 11 Mar 2010 – Despite ’embarrassing’ announcement on east Jerusalem construction during Biden’s visit, Israeli officials say indirect talks with Palestinians under US mediation to start next week

US report accuses Israel of neglecting mosques, churches
YNet News 11 Mar 2010 – Annual State Department human rights survey blames Israel of protecting Jewish holy sites only, leaving Christian, Muslim houses of worship under threat; slams Goldstone Report

Rare footage shows IDF troops in captivity
YNet News 11 Mar 2010 – (Video) Al-Jazeera airs never-before-seen footage from documentary on Israeli prisoner swap deals showing three IDF soldiers in Syrian captivity before their release as part of Jibril deal in 1985, which set free 1,150 terrorists

US human rights report hits China, Iran
YNet News 11 Mar 2010 – State Department says regime in Tehran disrupted electronic communications, blocking access to social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter; China also accused of broadening efforts to suppress information on the Internet

Rightists to march in Silwan
YNet News 11 Mar 2010 – Police set for riots in east Jerusalem due to approval of housing units, march led by extremists

Iranian Jew suspected of smuggling opium into Israel
YNet News 11 Mar 2010 – Man caught with 32 pounds of opium, says drugs meant for his personal use; his wife, son released from custody

Parents of combat soldiers enraged over Peres’ exemption remarks
YNet News 11 Mar 2010 – President sparks uproar following statements made in Bnei Brak endorsing exemption of haredi community from IDF service. Peres’ communication director says he supports full army service

EU to Hamas: Release Shalit immediately
YNet News 11 Mar 2010 – Resolution passed by European Parliament says kidnapped Israeli soldier being held in Gaza without basic human rights; calls on Israel to free Palestinian prisoners

Palestinian Information Center

IOF soldiers detain Aqsa guard
PIC 11 Mar 2010 – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained one of the Aqsa guards after offering his Fajr (dawn) prayers in his village to the southeast of occupied Jerusalem.

Under Israeli pressure, Abbas cancels ceremony commemorating martyr Mughrabi
PIC 11 Mar 2010 – The Israeli media said that Mahmoud Abbas cancelled a ceremony, scheduled to take place on Thursday, intended for naming a square in Ramallah after female martyr Dalal Al-Mughrabi.

IOA isolates sick female prisoner for not standing for count
PIC 11 Mar 2010 – The higher national committee has disclosed that the IOA had punished prisoner Abeer Ode from Tulkarem with one week of solitary confinement for not standing for the daily count.

Israeli historian: Israel could find itself forced to wipe out Europe
PIC 11 Mar 2010 – Israeli military historian Martin Karfeld stated that Israel could find itself one day forced to exterminate the European continent using all kinds of weapons if it felt its demise neared.

Israel hands out invitations to attend opening of synagogue inside Aqsa Mosque
PIC 11 Mar 2010 – Palestinian sources in Jerusalem said that the Israeli occupation authorities started to distribute official invitations for the opening of a synagogue at the heart of the Aqsa Mosque on March 16.

Bahar: Ramallah budget not legal
PIC 11 Mar 2010 – Dr. Ahmed Bahar stated Wednesday that the approval of any budget for the PA away from the PLC’s endorsement is constitutionally null and void and violates the basic law.

Erdogan: No result for Abbas’s negotiations without Hamas
PIC 11 Mar 2010 – Turkish premier Recep Erdogan has affirmed that (former) PA chief Mahmoud Abbas’s negotiations with Israel would not succeed as long as Hamas was not included in the process.

Haneyya gov’t welcomes EU parliament’s adoption of Goldstone report
PIC 11 Mar 2010 – The Palestinian government hailed the European parliament for adopting the recommendations of judge Richard Goldstone mentioned in his report on Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

Rachel Corrie’s family sue Israel
PIC 11 Mar 2010 – The family of Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the Israeli government demanding compensation.

Dubai police: Mossad agents present in Gulf countries
PIC 11 Mar 2010 – The Dubai police warned that agents of the Israeli foreign intelligence known as the Mossad were present in a number of Gulf countries.

Los Angeles Times

Biden seeks to nurture Mideast talks
LA Times 11 Mar 2010 – His troubled Mideast trip approaches its end with a Palestinian threat to pull out of planned peace negotiations. Vice President Joe Biden, winding up a disconcerting trip to the Middle East, struggled Thursday to keep hopes alive for new peace talks amid Palestinian anger over Israeli plans for new housing construction in a disputed Jerusalem neighborhood.

Biden tells Palestinians U.S. won’t be deterred
LA Times 11 Mar 2010 – Despite the row with Israel over its housing plan, brokering peace talks is still a key priority, he declares. Vice President Joe Biden told Palestinians on Wednesday that the United States intends to push ahead with its Mideast peacemaking effort, despite a diplomatic blow-up this week over Israel’s plans to build 1,600 housing units in disputed East Jerusalem.

Clash of the media titans in Israel
LA Times 10 Mar 2010 – Israel’s three big newspaper barons are in a cutthroat feud. No matter who wins, some say, readers lose. Media Titan to Rivals: Drop Dead! That’s tabloid shorthand for the Darwinian clash unfolding between Israel’s three biggest newspaper barons.

New York Times

Gates Meets With Ruler of Emirates on Iran
New York Times 11 Mar 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met the Emirati leader over military defenses and growing fears in the Persian Gulf over possible missile attacks by Iran.

Biden Appeals to Restart Peace Talks
New York Times 11 Mar 2010 – Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. called for no delay in resuming peace talks, after Palestinians said Israel must cancel a settlement project before negotiations can begin.

Israeli Ad Riffs on Dubai Assassination
New York Times 11 Mar 2010 – To illustrate the slogan “We offer killer prices,” an Israeli supermarket chain’s new commercial will feature surveillance camera footage of actors dressed like the suspects accused of assassinating a Hamas official in Dubai in January.

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity On Display
New York Times 11 Mar 2010 – For the first time, the complete, original manuscript of the theory of relativity, profoundly human and surprisingly moving to examine, has been put on display in Jerusalem.

Hamas Releases British Journalist After 25 Days
New York Times 11 Mar 2010 – British officials took Paul Martin, a freelance filmmaker, to Israel after Hamas officials ended his 25-day detention.

World Briefing | Middle East: Israel: Bomb Unit Allowed Into Gaza
New York Times 10 Mar 2010 – Israel has allowed a United Nations bomb disposal unit into the Gaza Strip to defuse unexploded munitions left over from last year’s fighting.

Misc

Lord almighty, MSM covers dissing of Biden
Mondoweiss – 10 Mar 2010 – Notice how the mainstream press (Time Magazine) dissed the Israeli government and Bibi. This is new. Change that we can believe in (We hope): Guardian: It doesn’t seem to realise it, but Israel cannot afford to keep on behaving in this disobliging manner towards its friends….

‚ÄòSandbox’ neocon persists in epic battle against Palestinian womb
Mondoweiss – 10 Mar 2010 – What was God doing when Martin Kramer decided to name his blog “Sandbox”? Was He laughing or weeping, or just out of town? Kramer doubles down, amplifying and extending his criticism of Palestinians for having too many children so as to push the Jews into the…

‚ÄòLife changed’ by Gaza, Congressman Baird seeks to testify in Corrie lawsuit in Israel
Mondoweiss – 10 Mar 2010 – Astonishing interview of the Corrie family, mom Cindy, dad Craig, and sister Sarah Corrie Simpson, by Amy Goodman , just before they left for the civil suit trial that’s taking place in Israel this week. Baird portion is halfway down. Also Craig’s meeting with Obama in Iowa….

BDS is tied to… 9/11!
Mondoweiss – 10 Mar 2010 – People are talking excitedly about a big new paper on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, coming out of the “Global Forum on Anti-Semitism,” a conference organized by the Israeli government . The paper is evidently authored by Israel lobbyists Mitchell Bard and Gil Troy, here it…

‚ÄòClean and tidy’ campaign targets non-Jewish foreigners in Israel
Mondoweiss – 10 Mar 2010 – Pesach is right around the corner. And while Israel will go through the motions of the holiday, it won’t reach the spirit of Passover. Why? Israel has lost its moral compass. I’m not talking about Gaza, the Occupation, or 1948, although the expulsion of the Palestinians…

Italian Professors Denounce Complicity of Israeli Academic Institutions in the Occupation
Alternative Information Center – 10 Mar 2010 – Thursday, 04 March 2010, A group of Italian professors recently published a letter denouncing ‚”university and cultural discrimination of Palestinians.” The document—called ‚”Right to study and academic freedom in Palestine”—expressly quotes the AIC bulletin Academic Boycott of Israel and the…

Conclusions of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine
Alternative Information Center – 10 Mar 2010 – Friday, 05 March 2010, These are the conclusions of the Jury pertaining to the Barcelona session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. However, the contents are subject to the normal processes of editing and corrections before a definitive edition is made public.

Protest Against Swedish Clothing Store Chain H&M, Which Plans to Open Outlets in Israel
Alternative Information Center – 10 Mar 2010 – Thursday, 04 March 2010, On 11 March, the Swedish clothes and fashion chain, H&M, will be opening the first of six planned stores in Israel. The familiar red H&M sign will be viewed in the Malcha shopping center in Jeruslaem, a municipality which has to continuously…

News from Within Videocast: The Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem
Alternative Information Center – 10 Mar 2010 – Friday, 05 March 2010, The US-based Center for Constitutional Rights is petitioning various United Nations offices, of Palestinian families whose ancestors are buried in the Mamila Cemetery. The cemetery better known as Mamilla, has been a Muslim burial ground since the 7th century, when companions of…

Border Police Critically Injures 14 Year Old in Nabi Saleh Demonstration
Alternative Information Center – 10 Mar 2010 – Saturday, 06 March 2010, The 14 year old boy was critically injured during a demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh against creeping land grab by the adjacent Jewish-only settlement of Halamish.

Articles


The Obama Administration Asked for the East Jerusalem Fiasco
Yossi Sarid, CounterPunch 3/11/2010
Don’t believe Benjamin Netanyahu for one moment when he says he “never knew.” The Jerusalem planning committee is only too aware of what the bosses want, and the government has decided to step up construction in greater Jerusalem. Dispossession and taking possession, kicking out and moving in – that’s what it’s all about.
Over the years, a streamlined and generously lubricated machine has evolved, one that makes it possible to take solace in the building of Jerusalem (in the phrase used to console mourners) and to take pride – but also to take cover – behind a facade of disingenuousness and disowning. Yesterday, it was convenient to disown.
No pretext is more dismal than “bad timing.” Ehud Barak immediately put out a press release about the “harmful timing of the publication.” As if there were a proper time for provocations. If the announcement of the 1,600 planned housing units had come before Joe Biden’s trip, they would have said it was aimed at sabotaging the visit, and if it happened after he left, they would have said Biden himself was in on the secret.
But with Barak, that willing slave-minister of Netanyahu’s, everything’s cool, but if only they had kept that call for bids confidential, if only they built apartments in some dark secluded hideaway, like the Western Wall tunnel.
Don’t believe for a moment that they never knew: The chaos works like clockwork……
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Border Control / Biden and the bulldozer
Akiva Eldar, Ha’aretz, International Solidarity Movement 3/10/2010
March 9, 2010
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who arrived in Israel yesterday, didn’t look for camels among the cars on the road from Ben-Gurion International Airport to Jerusalem. In a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing held two years ago for the United States Ambassador to Israel, James Cunningham, Biden heard that the Israelis even know how to ride bulldozers.
Then a senator from Delaware, who chaired the committee, Biden asked for a detailed report on the affair of American peace activist Rachel Corrie, who was run over and killed by the treads of an Israeli bulldozer.
If Biden schedules a meeting with Corrie’s parents here, the Israeli Information and Diaspora Ministry will have to work overtime. The parents, who arrived in advance of the scheduled deliberations on their suit against the state of Israel, will tell him that his hosts are continuing to deny any responsibility for their daughter’s death.
Rachel was a 23-year-old student run over by a 64-ton bulldozer in March, 2003, when she and others from the International Solidarity Movement tried to use their bodies to stop the demolition of a house in Rafah.
At the Senate hearing, Cunningham spoke about the Israel authorities’ refusal to open a thorough investigation into the affair and not rest content with an internal report.
Cunningham detailed numerous written and oral requests to top people in the Israeli government by senior people in the American administration and his predecessor at the embassy. In reply to Biden’s question, Cunningham undertook to stand by the Corrie family in the demand for a credible investigation of the tragic event…. — See also:Source
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Revolutionary roses
Al-Ahram Weekly 3/11/2010
Sukant Chandan interviews Leila Khaled and Shireen Said for International Women’s Day 2010.
The Palestinian people’s oppression continues primarily due to the financial, diplomatic and military support that Israel receives from the US, and secondly the acquiescence of pro-Western states in the region. After the fall of the Zionists state’s long lost brother — the apartheid state of South Africa — the Palestinian struggle remains perhaps the leading and most potent anti-imperialist struggle in the world. Unsurprisingly therefore Palestinian women are a central example of what role women can play in the struggle to free themselves, their families, communities and their nation from imperialism and Zionism.
Leila Khaled brought the Palestinian struggle to the world’s attention by means of two dramatic plane hijackings in 1969 and 1970 in which only one of her own comrades was killed, the American-Nicaraguan Patrick Arguello. Khaled retells her account of this hijacking in her autobiography My People Shall Live (1973) in which she writes: ‚”Patrick Arguello, age 27, father of three children, a Nicaraguan citizen of the world, born in San Francisco, was pronounced dead. What had prompted someone half-way across the world from Palestine to undertake this dangerous mission? Patrick was a revolutionary Communist. His gallant action was a gesture of international solidarity. A flame of life was extinguished; it lit the world for a moment; it blazed a trail on the road back to Palestine. Arguello lives, so do my people, so does the revolution!”
Khaled remains one of the most inspirational and influential leftist anti-imperialist women in the post-WWII period. She remains active today in the leadership of the Palestinian revolution, as she is one of the central committee members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) as well as a representative of the Palestinian National Council.
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Second annual Ann Arbor Palestine film fest opens with “Pomegranates and Myrrh”
Electronic Intifada: 11 Mar 2010 – The second annual Ann Arbor Palestine Film Festival opened on 10 March 2010 at the Michigan Theater with hundreds of attendees for Najwa Najjar’s Pomegranates and Myrrh . The film festival showcases films about Palestine and by Palestinian directors. Educating through the screen arts, the film festival amplifies the voice of the Palestinian people as a nation and diaspora by bringing films to the fore that would not otherwise be seen.

PLO paper reveals leadership bereft of strategy, legitimacy
Electronic Intifada: 11 Mar 2010 – As US-brokered “indirect” peace talks are set to resume, a paper authored by PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat reveals a Palestinian leadership ready to re-enter negotiations with Israel having already conceded fundamental Palestinian rights and demands. EI’s Ali Abunimah analyzes a document he says provides insight into the thought processes of a leadership bereft of strategy and legitimacy.

Homes and livelihoods gone in an instant
Electronic Intifada: 11 Mar 2010 – Radia Abu Sbaih, 47, lives with her sister and one niece on family land roughly 700 meters from the “green line” boundary between Israel and Gaza. Until 18 February 2010, they had nearly 600 olive, fruit, date and nut trees, an agricultural cistern, a water well, various vegetables and a house. Theirs was one of three homes demolished by Israeli military bulldozers that day in al-Mossadar, eastern Gaza. Eva Bartlett reports for The Electronic Intifada.

Rachel Corrie’s family takes Israel to court
Electronic Intifada: 10 Mar 2010 – Seven years after Rachel Corrie, a US peace activist, was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza, her family was to put the Israeli government in the dock today. A judge in the northern Israeli city of Haifa was due to be presented with evidence that 23-year-old Corrie was killed unlawfully as she stood in the path of the bulldozer, trying to prevent it from demolishing Palestinian homes in Rafah. Jonathan Cook reports.

Homes and livelihoods gone in an instant
In Gaza: 11 Mar 2010 – Israeli bulldozers destroyed three homes and 17 dunams of agricultural land in eastern Khan Younis on 18 February. Electronic Intifada Radia Abu Sbaih, 47, lives with her sister and one niece on family land roughly 700 meters from the ‚”green line” boundary between Israel and Gaza. Until 18 February 2010, they had nearly 600 olive, fruit, date and nut trees, an agricultural cistern, a water well, various vegetables and a house. Theirs was one of three homes demolished by Israeli military bulldozers that day in al-Mossadar, eastern Gaza. Around 8am that morning, approximately five Israeli military bulldozers and upwards of 10 Israeli tanks, accompanied by more than 50 foot soldiers, invaded the farming region, according to locals. ‚”We were in our home when we heard the Israeli tanks and bulldozers approaching. We ran off immediately,” says Sbaih. She walks over felled trees, past the bulldozed cistern, and to the ruins…

Alternative Reading of the Al-Mabhouh Murder
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Mar 2010 – By Ramzy Baroud The killing of Palestinian activist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh on January 19, 2010 was clearly a well-planned, violent and sadistic act, committed by Israeli assassins in the supposed safety of a sovereign country. Yes, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was a Palestinian activist. We have no reason to believe otherwise. He spent years of his life in Israeli prison — and one year in an Egyptian jail — for his political activism. This, however, gives no credibility to Israel’s accusation that al-Mabhouh was a killer of Israelis. This assertion becomes even more problematic when considering that al-Mabhouh’s assassination was, according to British media, ordered by accused Israeli war criminals and rightwing politicians. According to the Sunday Times, Meir Dagan, the current director of Mossad briefed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the assassination plan during a meeting in early January. “The people of Israel trust you. Good luck,” Netanyahu reportedly said at…more

Rachel Corrie Family Finally Puts Israel in Dock
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Mar 2010 – By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth Seven years after Rachel Corrie, a US peace activist, was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza, her family was to put the Israeli government in the dock today. A judge in the northern Israeli city of Haifa was due to be presented with evidence that 23-year-old Corrie was killed unlawfully as she stood in the path of the bulldozer, trying to prevent it from demolishing Palestinian homes in Rafah. Corrie’s parents, Craig and Cindy, who arrived in Israel on Saturday, said they hoped their civil action would shed new light on their daughter’s killing and finally lead to Israel’s being held responsible for her death. They are also seeking damages that could amount to millions of dollars if the court finds in their favour. An internal army investigation was closed shortly after Corrie’s death, exonerating both the bulldozer driver and the commanders who…more

Is PA Guilty of Undermining BDS Campaign?
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Mar 2010 – By Samah Sabawi In 2008 Netanyahu announced during his election campaign that he plans to ‘weave an economic peace alongside the political process which will give a stake in peace for the moderate elements in the Palestinian society’. (1) Since its election, the Netanyahu government has made ‚”economic peace” central to its policies in the West Bank. This is not a coincidence. At a time when Palestinian civil society and grass roots solidarity groups are calling for an economic war on Israel, the Apartheid State has waged economic peace in order to undermine its efforts by seeking normalization with Palestinian and Arab businesses as well as Palestinian and Arab leaders. In order to understand what Israel is offering and the kind of trapping that has been laid out for Arab and Palestinian investors, we must first take a look at Israel’s history of economic manipulation. Contrary to all the hype…more

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