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47 Residents Wounded In Hebron
IMEMC – Saturday March 20, 2010 – 10:33, Palestinian medical sources in the southern West Bank city of Hebron reported Friday evening that 47 residents were wounded during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the city and the nearby Beit Ummar town.

12 Injured In Israeli Airstrikes In Gaza
IMEMC – Saturday March 20, 2010 – 09:24, Palestinian medical sources in reported Saturday at dawn that 12 Palestinians were wounded when the Israeli Air Force bombarded a number of tunnels, and the Gaza International Airport east of Rafah, in southern Gaza.

Five Injured, Eight Detained At Anti Wall Protest In Budrus Village Central West Bank
IMEMC – Friday March 19, 2010 – 17:01, Five Palestinians were injured, eight others detained when Israeli troops attacked an anti wall protest at the village of Budrus, near Ramallah city, central West Bank.

Bil’in Protest The Wall, Israeli And International Supports Join Braking Army Orders
IMEMC – Friday March 19, 2010 – 16:48, The villagers of Bil’in, central West Bank, along with international and Israeli supporters protest the Israeli-built wall on villager’s lands.

Villagers Protest Israel’s Wall Near Bethlehem
IMEMC – Friday March 19, 2010 – 16:27, Villagers of al-Ma’sara, near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, protested, the Israeli built wall on villagers’ lands, on Friday.

In Defiance of Military Orders, Scores Protest At The Village Of Nil ‘in, Central West Bank
IMEMC – Friday March 19, 2010 – 15:53, Villagers, along with international and Israeli supporters, protested on Friday at the village of Nil ‘in, central West Bank, the Israeli built wall on farmers lands.

Fatah and Hamas Trade Accusations Over Jerusalem Clashes
IMEMC – Friday March 19, 2010 – 07:15, The rival Fatah and Hamas movements have returned to trading accusations, this time over the Israeli violations in Jerusalem and its holy sites.

Two Wounded As Army Bombards Gaza
IMEMC – Friday March 19, 2010 – 06:42, The Israeli Air Force carried out a series of air strikes targeting several areas in the Gaza Strip, wounding two residents and causing excessive damage.

Resistance Clashes With Army East Of Gaza City
IMEMC – Friday March 19, 2010 – 03:22, Local sources in the Gaza Strip reported, Thursday evening, that clashes took place between Palestinian Resistance Fighters and Israeli soldiers east of Gaza City, and near the al-Shuhada Graveyard.

PCHR Weekly Report: 31 Palestinians wounded by Israeli forces
IMEMC – Friday March 19, 2010 – 02:47, In its Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) reported that during the week of 11-17 March 2010, Israeli forces used excessive force against Palestinian peaceful demonstrations in the West Bank. 31 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and 5 women, were wounded by Israeli gunfire. Israeli forces inaugurated a Jewish synagogue 300 meters away from the al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem, in addition to conducting 13 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and a limited incursion into the Gaza Strip.

Ma’an News

Israeli fire kills Palestinian boy
3/20/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israeli forces killed a Palestinian teenager in the northern West Bank on Saturday afternoon, medics said. Medics said Muhammad Qadus, 16, was struck in the chest by a live bullet fired by Israeli forces amid violent clashes in Iraq Burin, a Palestinian village south of Nablus. Qadus was transported to a local hospital by private car after Israeli forces held up a Red Crescent ambulance called to the scene, medics told Ma’an. The teenager was pronounced dead shortly after arriving, they added. Another 16-year-old Palestinian boy, identified as Useid Abed An-Nasser Qadus, was seriously injured. Medics said he sustained a live bullet to the stomach and was transferred to a hospital for emergency surgery. An Israeli military spokesman said “during a violent and illegal riot, dozens of Palestinians from Iraq Burin arrived in the area, inciting a provocation. “

Israel wants 1,500 shekels for 15-year-old boy
3/20/2010 – Hebron – Ma’an – Israeli authorities have asked the family of a detained 15-year-old boy to pay 1,500 Israeli shekels (about 400 US dollars) to release the minor, a prisoners solidarity group reported on Saturday. The boy, Ratib Abu Meizar, was detained on Friday evening in the Zahid neighborhood of central of Hebron in the southern West Bank. He was taken to a detention center housed in the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba. Amjad Najjar, director of the Palestinian Prisoners Society in Hebron, told Ma’an that Abu Meizar’s detention “is a continuation of Israel’s policy of blackmailing the families of detained Palestinian children, a policy which has become official. “ Najjar urged international children’s rights groups to exert pressure on the government of Switzerland and other signatories to the Fourth Geneva Convention to encourage Israel to abide by its responsibilities.

Gaza gov’t: 250 detained during Al-Aqsa protests
3/20/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Israeli forces detained over 250 Palestinians during last week’s clashes in East Jerusalem, the de facto Ministry of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs reported Saturday. The ministry said more than 30 minors under the age of 14 were detained, as well as a number of journalists who were covering the protests, which came after Israel finished renovating the Hurva synagogue in the Old City’s Jewish quarter. The move was seen as provocative because Palestinians do not have similar rights over their own holy sites. In a statement, the Hamas-run ministry reported that most of the Palestinian detainees were from the Al-Isawiya, Wadi Al-Joz, and As-Suwwana neighborhoods of Jerusalem. These areas witnessed fierce confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinian youths. Detainees were taken to the Russian Compound detention center in Jerusalem, the ministry said.

Israeli forces besiege Jordan Valley village
3/20/2010 – Tubas – Ma’an – Israeli forces shut down all entrances to the West Bank village of Bardala early Saturday morning, onlookers said. Agricultural roads between the northern Jordan Valley village and its lands were sealed off, and farmers were denied access to their lands. Local residents said forces issued a “closed military zone” order and collected ID cards of residents attempting to enter or leave the village. Israeli forces have carried out similar closures in the past, usually on the pretext that village residents threaten security in nearby settlements. An Israeli military spokesman said he was not aware of an official closure anywhere in the Jordan Valley. [end]

Extremists burn cars in Jerusalem
3/20/2010 – Jerusalem – Ma’an – Jewish extremists set fire to Palestinian vehicles in several neighborhoods of East Jerusalem on Saturday morning. Ma’an’s Jerusalem correspondent said cars were set ablaze in Ras Al-Amoud, Wadi Al-Joz, Salah Ad-Din Street, and Sultan Suleiman Street. An Israeli police spokesman did not immediately return calls seeking comment. Last week, ultra-Orthodox Jewish groups distributed a flyer threatening to assault residents of Jerusalem if they continued to protest the rededication of the Hurva synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem. They also plan to organize a “provocative rally” in the Silwan neighborhood on Sunday, the reporter said. Israeli police have offered contradictory statements on whether or not the rally was approved. Police sources said earlier that it had received approval, while other sources later claimed it was still being considered.

Berkeley student senate passes divestment bill
3/20/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – For the first time in the University of California history, the UC Berkeley student senate has approved a bill to divest from two US companies in response to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and its siege and bombardment of the Gaza Strip. The Senate bill directs both the UC Regents and the Student Government to divest from General Electric and United Technologies. General Electric manufactures Apache helicopter engines; United Technologies manufactures Sikorsky helicopters and F16 aircraft engines. In addition, the bill creates a task force to look into furthering a socially responsible investment policy for the UC system. Student Senator Rahul Patel supported the bill, declaring that “in the 1980s the Student Government was a central actor in demanding that the university divest from South African apartheid. “

Gaza residents continue testing no-go zone
3/20/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Palestinians on Saturday entered 50 meters into the Israeli army’s buffer zone east of As-Salqa in central Gaza, near the Israeli military post at Kisufim. Mahmoud Az-Zeq, one of the activists, described the rally to Ma’an as “clear, popular, daring, and a real breakthrough,” adding that Israeli forces did not open fire at protesters, despite being carried out “directly next to Kisufim. “ Protesters waved Palestinian flags, with young men reaching the barbed wire which separates Gaza from Israel by only 50 meters. “The goal of this peace action is to re-guide the compass of the popular struggle toward the Israeli occupation, in addition to get Palestinians out of the state of despair and frustration in Gaza,” Az-Zeq added. On Thursday, Israeli forces opened fire on Popular Committee Against the Buffer Zone march as the group continued to test the military’s policing of the no-go area.

Child detained in Jerusalem refugee camp amid clashes
3/20/2010 – Jerusalem – Ma’an – A child was detained by Israeli forces during ongoing clashes on Saturday in the Shu’fat refugee camp, northern occupied East Jerusalem. Ma’an’s Jerusalem correspondent said undercover forces detained the child, as violence erupted between Israeli forces and young Palestinians inside the refugee camp. Earlier on Saturday, Israeli forces detained a Palestinian woman at the entrance of the Shu’fat refugee camp, after preventing her from passing through a military checkpoint. Locals said an argument ensued between Ibtesam Mustafa Khalil Abu Deiyah, 42, and Israeli forces who blocked her from entering. Abu Deiyah was reportedly assaulted before being detained by Israeli forces manning the checkpoint, which serves as an entrance. A spokesman for the Jerusalem police did not immediately return a call seeking comment. . . . .

Car theft puts Israeli Jerusalem police on high alert
3/20/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israeli police installed checkpoints and deployed helicopters in Jerusalem after receiving a false kidnapping report, Israeli media reported. An Israeli resident claimed his car had been stolen with his two children inside the vehicle, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz. However, the resident admitted that his children were in fact at home and that he lied to police “to encourage them and Israeli forces into finding his car,” the daily wrote. Police later found the vehicle in Abu Dis, East Jerusalem. [end]

In photos: Airstrike aftermath in Gaza
3/20/2010 – 1-5: Palestinians inspect a metal workshop damaged in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, 19 March 2010. There were no reports of injury in the attack, which the Israeli military said was in response to a projectile fired by militants that killed a Thai worker. MaanImages / Wissam Nassar. 6-11: Injured Palestinians arrive at the Abu Yousef An-Najjar Hospital in the city of Rafah after Israeli airstrikes hit southern Gaza on 20 March 2010. Israel said the strikes came after the fifth projectile in less than a week struck Israel’s western Negev desert. MaanImages / Hatem Omar. 12-19: Palestinians inspect the aftermath of an Israeli airstrike in Rafah on 20 March 2010. A dozen Palestinians were wounded as Israeli warplanes struck near the ruins of the Yasser Arafat International Airport in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday night. MaanImages / Hatem Omar. . . .

Israeli police postpone far-right Jerusalem rally
3/20/2010 – Jerusalem – Ma’an – Israeli police in Jerusalem announced Saturday that a right-wing rally held by religious Israelis in occupied East Jerusalem will be postponed. The demonstration, originally set for Sunday, will take place on 25 April, in the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem, according to Israel Radio. Organizers said they agreed to postpone the extremist-led rally due to ongoing tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank, the report said. [end]

Mitchell heads to Paris ahead of Mideast visit
3/20/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – US Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell is scheduled to visit Paris on Saturday for talks with French officials before heading to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. On Sunday, Mitchell is expected to arrive in Israel to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ramallah to meet President Mahmoud Abbas. Mitchell will discuss with Netanyahu and Abbas ideas exchanged during the International Quartet’s meeting in Moscow. The Quartet released a statement on Friday that called on Israel to end all settlement building in Palestinian territory and for Palestinians to fight extremism. Abbas described the statement as important, stressing that Israel should comply with its terms. . . . .

Full text: International Quartet statement
3/20/2010 – The Quartet — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, United States Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell, and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union Catherine Ashton — met in Moscow on 19 March 2010. They were joined by Quartet Representative Tony Blair. Reaffirming the fundamental principles laid down in its statement in Trieste on 26 June 2009, the Quartet welcomes the readiness to launch proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The Quartet emphasizes that the circumstances which made it possible to agree to launch the proximity talks be respected. The proximity talks are an important step towards the resumption, without preconditions, of direct bilateral negotiations that resolve all final status issues as previously agreed by the parties.

Arab League summit to address Jerusalem fears
3/20/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The upcoming Arab League summit in Libya will discuss the formation of a united Arab plan to protect Jerusalem from Israel’s settlement enterprise, according to the summit agenda released Friday. The Abu-Dhabi-based Emirates News Agency reported that the summit, scheduled for 27 and 28 March, will address several issues related to the Arab-Israeli conflict, including the Arab Peace Initiative and developments on the question of Palestine. Delegates are also expected to outline strategies for supporting the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority budget, as well as the Syrian Golan Heights, and to show solidarity and support for Lebanon. “International terrorism” and the means to fight it will also be addressed, following a suggestion by the United Arab Emirates, which also hopes to address three UAE islands occupied by Iran.

In Ramallah, Ban backs state-building
3/20/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asserted Saturday that the International Quartet would continue to support Palestinian efforts toward statehood. “The Quartet has sent a clear and strong message saying that we strongly support your efforts to establish an independent, viable Palestinian state,” Ban told Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah. The UN leader arrived in Israel on Friday evening following the Quartet’s call for Israel to freeze all settlement activity and Palestinians to fight extremism. He is scheduled to meet Israeli President Shimon Peres on Saturday evening. Ban’s remarks came during a tour with Fayyad in the Al-Masyoun neighborhood of Ramallah, which is surrounded by Israel’s separation wall, and the Ofer detention center southwest of Ramallah. “I saw with my very eyes the hardships the Palestinians face as a result of Israeli settlement activities and land confiscation. “

Fayyad takes Ban on settlement tour
3/20/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asserted Saturday that the International Quartet would continue to support Palestinian efforts towards statehood. “The Quartet has sent a clear and strong message saying that we strongly support your efforts to establish an independent, viable Palestinian state,” Ban told Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah. The UN leader arrived in Israel on Friday evening following the Quartet’s call for Israel to freeze all settlement activity and Palestinians to fight extremism. He is scheduled to meet Israeli President Shimon Peres on Saturday evening. Ban’s remarks came during a tour with Fayyad in the Al-Masyoun neighborhood of Ramallah, which is surrounded by Israel’s separation wall, and the Ofer detention center southwest of Ramallah. “I saw with my very eyes the hardships the Palestinians face as a result of Israeli settlement activities and land confiscation. “

Rise in Allenby transit, 14 fugitives arrested
3/20/2010 – Jericho – Ma’an – Palestinian security forces at the Allenby Bridge crossing into Jordan arrested 14 fugitives attempting to flee over the past week, a police report said Saturday. Those arrested were wanted for various criminal charges, including fraud, the report said. The report further said the Allenby Bridge witnessed a noticeable rise in the number of travelers, with the transit of 14,594 individuals in both directions. Entering Jericho were 6,537 individuals, including 106 foreign nationals and 30 Israeli ID-card holders. Meanwhile, 7,742 people entered Jordan through the Allenby crossing, including57 international passport holders, 51 with Israeli ID cards, and eight patients transiting for treatment in Palestinian ambulances. The report added that 49 Palestinians were barred by Israeli authorities from traveling for “security reasons. “

4 alleged Mossad cells exposed in Lebanon
3/20/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Lebanon has detained four heads of Israeli Mossad cells operating in Lebanon, news reports said Saturday. The alleged Israeli agents are said to have admitted under interrogation that they were recruited by Mossad in European countries, and were on a military base surveillance mission in the northern and southern areas of Lebanon, as well as Beirut, Lebanese media reported. The suspects further told interrogators they possessed sophisticated equipment, including LCD TVs able to transmit information by satellite, according to the reports. The arrests were reportedly being treated as confidential to prevent other Israeli cells from leaving Lebanon following the discovery. . . . .

Jordan returns Israeli soldier who crossed border
3/20/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – An Israeli soldier crossed into Jordan on Saturday and was returned shortly thereafter, the army said. “The circumstances of the event are being investigated,” an Israeli military spokesman said. He said the individual, a reserve soldier, crossed into Jordan in the area of the Sheikh Hussein Bridge, to the north of Israel, and was returned to Israel about an hour later, following coordination with Jordan by the regional brigade and liaison officers. [end]

DFLP: Quartet must force Israel to halt settlements
3/20/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Saturday it welcomed the Quartet’s demand that Israel halt settlement construction, calling for a recent decision to build in East Jerusalem to be revoked. “The maneuvers of the right-wing government and the expanding extremist right has paralyzed and obstructed the decisions taken by the Quartet, which provided a similar report to that of the international committee in 2001, presided over by George Mitchell, which called for a total settlement halt,” the DFLP statement read. The DFLP urged the Quartet “to bring a new resolution before the UN Security Council to stop all forms of settlements and the demolition of Palestinians homes in Jerusalem and the West Bank under the Seventh Article of the UN convention. “The movement further called on the Palestinian Authority to reject both direct and indirect talks with Israel until all kinds of settlement construction is brought to an end.

Hamas denies US mediator involved in unity talks
3/20/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Hamas denied the involvement of a US mediator in Egyptian-sponsored unity talks on Saturday, asserting that the movement is able to convey their messages directly to Egypt, a statement read. Hamas rebuffed media reports that a US congressman delivered a message to Egyptian officials detailing the movement’s concessions in reconciliation talks and agreeing to a unity government. “We never rejected a unity government. On the contrary, we are the ones who are calling for it, based on a national program. “ The statement added that the above had been agreed upon in Mecca , with its goals based on the Egyptian document but “it failed because of US objection. “The Islamist movement further accused Fatah of obstructing an agreement and forming a national unity government “by basing it on recognizing Israel, thus disintegrating the national agreement and the conditions of unity. “

Hebron rappers release debut album
3/20/2010 – Hebron – Ma’an – The Black Revolution, a Hebron rap group, released its debut album on Saturday entitled Revolution, with songs describing the situation in the southern West Bank city in particular, and conditions across the occupied Palestinian territories. Written by band members and recorded at the studios of the Palestinian Center for Information, Research and Development, the album includes nine songs. Two of the songs, Soldier and BR, have accompanying music videos, directed by Shadi Ash-Sharif and Mousa Al-Qawasmi in Gaza, with footage of Israel’s 2008-2009 assault on the coastal enclave taken from the archives of the Palestinian Broadcasting Cooperation. The album’s cover sleeve includes the lyrics in both Arabic and English. Members of The Black Revolution told journalists that their debut album conveyed the voice of Palestinians to the international and local community.

Ha’aretz Defense page

Palestinians can use route 443, but Israel will seize Palestinian land to ‘secure’ it
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Route 443, connecting Modi’in to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, supposed to open to Palestinians in 10 weeks.

Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian boy in West Bank
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Sixteen-year-old killed by IDF rifle fire during violent protest outside Nablus, medics say.

IDF soldier released by Jordanian army after crossing border
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Israel retaliates after pro-al-Qaida militants fire five Qassam rockets in 24 hours, killing a Thai worker.

At least 14 wounded in IAF missile strike on Gaza
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Israel retaliates after pro-al-Qaida militants fire five Qassam rockets in 24 hours, killing a Thai worker.

Gaza rocket strikes south Israel for fifth time in 24 hours
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – IAF aircraft attack at least six locations in Gaza, including smuggling tunnels, in response to deadly rocket.

’Israel will defend itself from Gaza rockets, regardless of Goldstone’
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – IAF strikes six targets in Gaza in response to Qassam rocket attack that killed a man Thursday.

Hezbollah official: Israel strike on Iran could ignite Mideast
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Group’s deputy chief says anyone who attacked Iran would pay the price, whether Israel or the U.S.

IDF troops assaulted after wandering into Hebron’s Arab area
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – 3 soldiers wounded after losing their way in Hebron during physical training exercise.

Lebanon arrests Saudi national for alleged Mossad links
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Man was reportedly communicating with an IDF patrol when he was arrested Lebanon security forces.

IDF vs. democracy and freedom of speech
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – The decision to declare two Palestinian villages a closed military zone on is anti-democratic.

The IDF’s spending list: Useless planes and broken English
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Israel is buying new planes capable of bombing Iran – to be delivered three years too late.

Jordan’s Abdullah: Israel trying to rid Jerusalem of Arabs
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Comment comes as Israel opens Temple Mount after a day of fierce clashes with rioting Palestinians.

Shalit’s father to address UN council on son’s release
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Noam Shalit to demand the execution of the Goldstone Gaza report which calls for his son’s release.

Report: U.S. positioning ‘bunker-busters’ for possible Iran strike
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Sunday Herald: 387 ‘Blu’ bombs are being shipped to U.S. military base on Diego Garcia in Indian Ocean.

Egypt may try Israeli journalist for sneaking across border
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Yotam Feldman, who also reports for Haaretz, was working on piece for Ch. 10 about illegal immigration.

Misc

Award Winning Journalist Mohammed Omer Barred From Entry To Us
3/19/2010 – Desert Peace – Award-winning Journalist Mohammed Omer Kept from Entering U. S. for Speaking Tour on Conditions in Palestine – Demanding Omer Be Heard, Chicagoans Protest‚Äîand Proceed with Event: 7:00 pm, Monday, April 5th at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, MOHAMMED OMER (via live satellite or skype) and ALI ABUNIMAH, author, One Country, and founder, Electronic Intifada. net – CHICAGO, IL‚Äî Effectively canceling a planned speaking tour, the U. S. consulate in the Netherlands has put an extended hold on the visa application of award-winning Palestinian journalist and photographer Mohammed Omer, scheduled to speak on conditions in Palestine, on April 5th in Chicago. In 2008, Omer became the youngest recipient of the prestigious Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism, for his firsthand reportage of life in the besieged Gaza strip. As his prize citation explained, “Everyday, he reports from a war zone, where he is also a prisoner.

Obama blocks delivery of bunker-busters to Israel
3/18/2010 – World Tribune – WASHINGTON ‚Äî The United States has diverted a shipment of bunker-busters designated for Israel. Officials said the U. S. military was ordered to divert a shipment of smart bunker-buster bombs from Israel to a military base in Diego Garcia. They said the shipment of 387 smart munitions had been slated to join pre-positioned U. S. military equipment in Israel Air Force bases. “This was a political decision,” an official said. In 2008, the United States approved an Israeli request for bunker-busters capable of destroying underground facilities, including Iranian nuclear weapons sites. Officials said delivery of the weapons was held up by the administration of President Barack Obama. Since taking office, Obama has refused to approve any major Israeli requests for U. S. weapons platforms or advanced systems. Officials said this included proposed Israeli procurement of AH-64D Apache attack helicopters,. . . .

Haaretz: IDF vs. democracy and freedom of speech
3/20/2010 – Israeli Occupation Archive – Haaretz Editorial — 18 March 2010 — The Israel Defense Forces decision to declare the Palestinian villages Bil’in and Na’alin closed military zones on Fridays for the next six months is a serious anti-democratic move. The order issued by the GOC Central Command implementing this restriction is an act against the freedom to demonstrate. The fact that the army issued such a sweeping order, and that it is supposed to be in effect for such a long period, requires an immediate petition to the High Court of Justice asking it to block this dangerous and damaging move, which lacks any justification. The freedom to demonstrate is a basic right and an extension of freedom of expression. In recent years, the two villages have come to symbolize the struggle against the separation fence that separates the villagers from their lands. Related:Source

Berkeley Slammed for ‘Bigoted, Illegal’ Vote on Divestment
3/19/2010 – Arutz Sheva – (IsraelNN. com) Student politicians from the University of California at Berkeley voted Thursday to divest from Israel. The Student Senate voted 16-4 to call on the university to divest its funds from General Electric and from United Technologies, because both companies produce weapons purchased by the Israeli army. The bill calling for divestment was co-sponsored by students Emiliano Huet-Vaughn and Tom Pessah, the latter an anti-Zionist Israeli citizen. The bill noted the “complexity” of the Israel-Arab conflict, but went on to accuse Israel of violating international law with a “prolonged siege” on Gaza and “attacks on Palestinian and Lebanese civilians,” accusations based on statements from radical left NGO’s critical of Israel such as Physicians for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch. The vote was met with glee from anti-Israel activists.

Tell Congress: No to FY2011 Budget Request for Military Aid to Israel
3/20/2010 – Salsa – On February 1, President Obama requested $3 billion in military aid for Israel in his FY2011 budget request as part of a ten-year $30 billion Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Israel. Congress now has to approve the President’s budget request. Write a letter to your Senators and Representative below telling them that you oppose $3 billion in military aid to Israel this year because of its human rights abuses of Palestinians and that you would rather see that money spent on domestic priorities in your state and Congressional district. [end]

Synagogue Bomb Suspects: The Feds Put Us Up to It!
3/20/2010 – NBC New York – Defense attorneys say an alleged plot to bomb New York synagogues was hatched and directed by a federal informant. Lawyers for four men from Newburgh have filed a motion to dismiss the terror indictment against them. They said the informant badgered the defendants until they got involved in the plot. They said the informant chose the targets, supplied fake bombs for the synagogues and a fake missile to shoot down planes. The motion said he also offered to pay the defendants, who attorneys alleged weren’t inclined toward any crime until the informant began recruiting them. “ The government well knew that their case had been a government-inspired creation from day one and that the defendants had not been independently seeking weapons or targets,” the motion said. Ffederal court spokesman Herb Hadad said the government would file its response next month.

Uruknet

Why violence against Palestinian women is widespread
Uruknet March 20, 2010 – …”The levels of violence against women in the Gaza Strip are higher than they were in previous years, and compared to other countries the rates are certainly higher,” Huda Hamouda, director of PWIC, said. “Women are exposed to hardships in every sphere, be it financial, social, political or lack of security.” She said widespread unemployment was…

NATO: AFRICOM’s Partner In Military Penetration Of Africa
Uruknet March 20, 2010 – …NATO’s largest, most powerful and dominant member is of course the United States. On October 1, 2007 the Pentagon established United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) under the temporary wing of United States European Command, which at the time included in its area of responsibility all of Africa except for four island nations in the Indian Ocean…

THE GAZA MUSIC SCHOOL
Uruknet March 20, 2010 – On Tuesday 23 December 2008, in the theater of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Tal El-Hawa, in Gaza City, was given a concert to mark the first three months of teaching at the Gaza Music School. We listened to an orchestra, solo performances of mature musicians, as well as little girls and boys who tried…

Harper Government Obstructs Visit of Respected Palestinian Leader
Uruknet March 20, 2010 – The Harper government has obstructed the issuance of a visa to Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, resulting in the cancellation of Dr. Barghouti’s upcoming speaking tour in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. Dr. Barghouti applied for a visa on March 5th, for entry into Canada on March 19th, yet despite the urgency of the issue being brought directly to…

Latest Iran Video and Transcript: Obama’s Nowruz Message (20 March)
Uruknet March 20, 2010 – President Obama reiterated his offer of dialogue with Tehran in a message on Saturday to mark the beginning of the Iranian new year…Obama said though Iran has “chosen to isolate itself, “ he is open to dialogue. “That is why, even as we continue to have differences with the Iranian government, we will sustain our commitment to…

Synagogue Bomb Suspects: The Feds Put Us Up to It!
Uruknet March 20, 2010 – Defense attorneys say an alleged plot to bomb New York synagogues was hatched and directed by a federal informant. Lawyers for four men from Newburgh have filed a motion to dismiss the terror indictment against them. They said the informant badgered the defendants until they got involved in the plot. They said the informant chose the…

Is third intifada a stone’s throw away?
Uruknet March 20, 2010 – There’s a little ritual that has played out at a junction in Bir Nabala, a village just north of Jerusalem, on most recent Fridays after the noon prayers. It starts with burning tyres, three this Friday, placed in the middle of a junction where the main road through the village branches into two and another road…

Gaza: art for art’s sake
Uruknet March 20, 2010 – …On Monday, March 15, a group of artists opened their exhibition “Gaza’rt”, saying it comes “at a time when we suffer from political and security deterioration and fading of future horizons,” writes Mohamed al Hawajri, one of the founding artists. The artists, Eltiqa group, was founded 2002, their goal “art for art’s sake”. Their main headquarters…

Ugent. Update 5 : Hiba Al-Shamaree, Iraqi Female Blogger
Uruknet March 20, 2010 – Following my update no.4 of 27th February on Hiba Al-Shamaree, aka Dr.Hanan Al-Mashdani, I mentioned that she was to be presented to the Iraqi courts on terrorism charges because of an anti-dual US/Iran occupation blog ! I just learned now that Hiba Al-Shamaree, this 33 year old Doctor has been sentenced to 3 years of imprisonment by…

ISM volunteer shot, hospitalized; ISM co-founder arrested
Uruknet March 20, 2010 – Friday’s demonstration in An Nabi Saleh saw an increase in violence and collective punishment from the Israeli military, as twenty-five demonstrators were injured, windows of cars and homes were intentionally shattered, and three were arrested. ISM volunteer Ellen Stark was shot at point blank range (4 meters) with a rubber bullet as she stood with medics,…

Protests Engulf The West Bank And East Jerusalem: Intifada Close?
Uruknet March 20, 2010 – A week of violent clashes reached a crescendo yesterday with one of the largest popular uprisings since the second Intifada. Around Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Nablus a wave of protests snowballed into a unified condemnation of the latest threats to Palestinian liberty and dignity…

IOF kidnap more than 250 Palestinians during current Aqsa Intifada
Uruknet March 20, 2010 – The Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs stated Saturday that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped more than 250 Palestinians including 30 children under age 14 during the current Intifada (uprising) which broke out in defense of the Aqsa Mosque. The ministry’s information office said that most of detainees were from the areas of Issawiya, Wadi Joz…

Palestine Telegraph

Ban Ki-moon: Israeli settlements must be stopped
Ramallah, March 20, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli settlement building anywhere on occupied land is illegal and must be stopped, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said Saturday, after getting a closer look at some of the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. During a high-profile West Bank visit, Ban was accompanied to an observation point by Palestinian Prime Minister of…

Jewish extremists burn Palestinian cars
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Jerusalem, March 20, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Jewish extremists set a number of Palestinian cars on fire in Jerusalem today. Palestinian witnesses said that Israeli police forces arrived on the scene, but made no effort to stop the extremists, who targeted vehicles belonging to the authorities supervising Al-Aqsa Mosque. Jewish extremists…

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon heads to Gaza
4 Gaza, March 20, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – The UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon heads on Sunday to the Gaza Strip after participating in a meeting with the Quartet in Moscow. UNRWA spokesman, Adnan Abu Hasna, told SAFA news agency that Ban Ki-moon will arrive Gaza Strip via Beit Hanoun crossing tomorrow…

15 wounded in Israeli airstrikes
Gaza,March 20, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – About 15 Palestinians were injured Friday night when Israeli warplanes hit an abandoned airport in southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah and nearby smuggling tunnels on Gaza-Egypt borders, hospital officials said. The Israeli F-16 jets dropped several bombs at Rafah international airport, wounding over 15 people who were collecting gravel from the destroyed runways,…

EU foreign policy chief visits Gaza
Gaza, March 18, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton arrived Gaza City today for an hours-long visit to the Gaza Strip. Ashton’s first stop was a UN-run girls school in the Jabalya refugee camp, in north Gaza city. The English baroness was also due to hold talks with UN officials during her brief visit to the…

The National

Is third intifada a stone’s throw away?
The National 20 Mar 2010 – Clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces are growing more numerous, fuelling fears that diplomacy could be abandoned.

UN chief Ban reiterates support for viable Palestinian state
The National 20 Mar 2010 – UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon began a visit to the Palestinian territories and Israel on Saturday, saying the Middle East Quartet “strongly supports” Palestinian efforts to create their own state.

Haifa divides over restaurant’s ban on Israeli soldier
The National 20 Mar 2010 – Israelis threaten staff after an Arab-owned restaurant refuses to serve an IDF soldier wearing his uniform.

Palestine Note

More on AIPAC message – New talking points memo, text of senate sign-on letter
Palestine Note 20 Mar 2010 – CLARIFICATION : Nothing in this post reflects secret, leaked, or internal AIPAC documents. The Senate letter was circulating widely by email among Senate staff as of late Friday afternoon. All the other documents referenced here are available…

SHOW ME THE STRATEGY
Palestine Note 20 Mar 2010 – According to the Washington Post ‘s Glen Kessler, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a surprising comment to the BBC this week. She said that the recent US-Israel confrontation was “paying off”. This would imply that…

A Palestinian view of the role of Jerusalem in negotiations
Palestine Note 20 Mar 2010 – This is not how the peace process was supposed to work. Architects of negotiations have forever talked about leaving difficult issues until last, and in the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, nothing fits the bill of “difficult” as much…

Poll: Labor will lose big in next Israeli election
Palestine Note 20 Mar 2010 – Yedioth Ahronoth reports on a new political poll this morning and concludes that the Likud party in Israel is losing support. But the poll numbers don’t quite support that conclusion. The survey asked voters who they…

–to secure justice and fair treatment to all
Palestine Note 20 Mar 2010 – At the top of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) website is the motto, “To Stop the defamation of the Jewish people… to secure justice and fair treatment for all.” This is a motto and an organization to…

A Muslim store owner changes another man`s life by the grace of god
Palestine Note 20 Mar 2010 – An example of little things we can do to change the ugly stereotypes of Muslims in the West. Imagine if more stories were shown across US media outlets. Imagine if we had more voices of moderate…

The Media Line

Iran Launches Anti-Sanctions Car Engine
The Media Line 18 Mar 2010 – Tehran responds to United States’ push for tougher fuel sanctions with launch of new kerosene car engine. Iran has revealed a new dual fuel car engine that will run both on gas and kerosene, a move…

Aljazeera

Israel hits Gaza after rocket death
AlJazeera 19 Mar 2010 – Aircraft launch strikes on Gaza after rocket attack kills worker on Israeli farm.

Egypt appoints senior Sunni figure
AlJazeera 19 Mar 2010 – Sheikh Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed al-Tayeb named as head of Al-Azhar Islamic institution.

Gazans wounded in Israeli strike
AlJazeera 19 Mar 2010 – At least 11 people wounded during second night of Israeli strikes on Gaza Strip.

Obama sends Iran internet message
AlJazeera 20 Mar 2010 – US president accuses Tehran of ignoring his overtures and vows to ensure online freedom.

Alternative Information Center

Why Protest Building a Synagogue?
Alternative Information Center – Thursday, 18 March 2010, The Hurva synagogue was destroyed in the 1948 war by the Jordanian army. Before 1948, synagogues were used by Zionist underground forces for illicit activities including hording weapons.* But why is there…

Upcoming AIC Publication: Social Chaos: A Critical Perspective on the Israeli Educational System
Alternative Information Center – Wednesday, 17 March 2010, In April the Alternative Information Center (AIC) will release a new publication entitled Social Chaos: A Critical Perspective on the Israeli Educational System. Social Chaos is a compilation of articles written by…

It is Time to Hear the Palestinian People
Alternative Information Center – Tuesday, 16 March 2010, Israel’s dangerous and arrogant escalation in settlement building, house demolitions and evictions of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem indicates that the government of Netanyahu-Lieberman’s is pushing for overt clash and conflict— and…

Palestine News Network

Some Palestinian Jordanians Lose Citizenship
PNN – Saturday, 20 March 2010

US Citizen Shot and Injured Near Ramallah
PNN – Saturday, 20 March 2010

12 Injured In Israeli Airstrikes In Gaza
PNN – Saturday, 20 March 2010

UNHCR in Syria Closes Al-Tanf Refugee Camp
PNN – Saturday, 20 March 2010

Jerusalem Post

A bitter taste in Egypt
Jeruslalem Post 21 Mar 2010 – The rededication of the Rambam Synagogue in Cairo falls victim to cold peace.

Weekend riots flare up in e. J’lem
Jeruslalem Post 20 Mar 2010 – Cars burned elicit Palestinian claims of ‘price-tag’ reprisals by right-wingers.

Arab youth dies in Nablus riots
Jeruslalem Post 20 Mar 2010 – IAF attacks in Gaza Strip over weekend leave 12 Palestinians wounded.

Pillay rebukes Israel, Palestinians
Jeruslalem Post 20 Mar 2010 – UNHRC chief: Both sides failed to investigate selves as per Goldstone report.

United States, Israel tone down spat
Jeruslalem Post 20 Mar 2010 – Clinton calls conversation with Netanyahu “useful and productive.”

Resolve Israel spat quietly, Obama urged
Jeruslalem Post 20 Mar 2010 – Ahead of AIPAC meeting, US Congress leaders express “deep concern” over flap.

MI chief briefs Ban about ME situation
Jeruslalem Post 20 Mar 2010 – UN head hears of Iran smuggling routes, Hizbullah rearmament; meets Peres.

’Palestinian killed in clash with IDF’
Jeruslalem Post 20 Mar 2010 – Another teen reportedly seriously hurt as soldiers disperse crowd in West Bank village.

Lebanon: Four charged as Israeli spies
Jeruslalem Post 20 Mar 2010 – Mossad agents recruited us in Europe, suspects reportedly tell investigators.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

PCAWS Calls on Ki-moon to Support Use of Non-violent Methods
WAFA 21 Mar 2010 – RAMALLAH, March 20, 2010 (WAFA)- The Popular Committees against the Wall and Settlements (PCAWS) Occupied Palestinian Territory called on UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, to adopt a clear stance

Ban in Ramallah: Settlements Illegal
WAFA 21 Mar 2010 – RAMALLAH, March 20, 2010 (WAFA)- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday Israeli settlement building anywhere on occupied land is illegal and must be stopped. Ban, who me Prime Minster Salam

UN Committee Concerned by Israel’s Ongoing Policy of Occupation, Settlement Expansion in East Jerusalem
WAFA 21 Mar 2010 – NEW YORK, March 20, 2010 (WAFA)-The Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, said Friday in a statement, it is gravely concerned about Israel’s

IOF Kills Teenager in Nablus
WAFA 21 Mar 2010 – NABLUS, March 20, 2010 (WAFA)- A teenager was killed and another gravely wounded as Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened Saturday afternoon fire at them in the West Bank village of Iraq Burin south

Diliani: Adhering to Non-violence Reveals Violent Nature of Israel
WAFA 21 Mar 2010 – JERUSALEM, March 20, 2010 (WAFA)- Fateh’s Revolutionary Council Member Dimitri Diliani, said today that the Palestinian people will adhere to non-violent resistance to further reveal the

Israeli Court Rules: Arrest of 2 ISM Activists Illegal
WAFA 21 Mar 2010 – TEL AVIV, March 19, 2010 (WAFA) The Israeli Supreme Court handed down its verdict last week regarding the arrest of International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activists Bridget Chappell and Ariadna Jove

Violent Clashes Result in more than 200 Palestinian Injuries, OCHA Reported
WAFA 21 Mar 2010 – JERUSALEM, March 19, 2010 (WAFA)- In one of the most violent weeks recorded in the West Bank in the past few years, 221 Palestinians and 17 members of the Israeli security forces were wounded in

Haaretz poll: Most Israelis See Obama as Fair, Friendly
WAFA 21 Mar 2010 – TEL AVIV, March 19, 2010 (WAFA)- U.S. President Barack Obama’s popularity is sweeping among Israelis who think his treatment of Israel is friendly and fair, according to a Haaretz-Dialog poll

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: ‘Day of Rage’ Engulfs Palestine
IPS QALANDIA, West Bank, Mar 17 (IPS) – On Tuesday tens of hundreds of Palestinians of all political persuasions took to the streets, alleys and sidewalks as widespread rioting and protests spread across East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and into Israel proper.

WORLD CUP: But South Africa Will Win
IPS JERUSALEM, Mar 17 (IPS) – Less than a hundred days to go, and the world looks on, often more with scepticism than anticipation.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Concludes Training Course in Khan Yunis
PCHR 18 Mar 2010 – Ref: 32/2010 Today, Thursday, 18 March 2010, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) concluded a training course in human rights and gender issues in Khan Yunis. The 20-hour course was held in PCHR’s sub-office in Khan Yunis in the period 14-18 March 2010. The number of participants in the course was 27 persons, representing 12 community-based organizations in Khan….

International Solidarity Movement

ISM volunteer shot, hospitalized; ISM co-founder arrested
3/20/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – 19 March – Friday’s demonstration in An Nabi Saleh saw an increase in violence and collective punishment from the Israeli military, as twenty-five demonstrators were injured, windows of cars and homes were intentionally shattered, and three were arrested. ISM volunteer Ellen Stark was shot at point blank range (4 meters) with a rubber bullet as she stood with medics, Popular Committee members and other internationals. ISM co-founder Huwaida Arraf was arrested while negotiating with the IOF to allow Ellen through the military line to get to the hospital. According to Ellen, “we were standing on Palestinian land, in support of the village who’s land has been confiscated but we weren’t even demonstrating yet. We were standing with medics who were also shot with tear gas. “Ellen’s had to undergo surgery to remove the bullet, which was lodged between her ulna and radius of her right arm.

Israeli Army Kills 16 Year Old Demonstrator Near Nablus
3/20/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Popular Struggle Coordination Committee – Mohammed Ibrahim Qaddous, 16, was shot dead with live ammunition when a Border Police force raided his village of Iraq Burin near Nablus to quash a demonstration this afternoon. Another 16 year old was shot in the head and critically injured. Qaddous was shot at 3pm this afternoon in the aftermath of a demonstration in the village of Iraq Burin protesting restrictions on access to their lands beneath the Jewish-only settlement of Har Brakha. He was shot in the back, indicating he could not have been posing any threat to the soldiers who shot him. At the same time, Ussayed Jamal Abd elNasser, 16, was shot in the head with live ammunition and critically injured. They were both evacuated to a hospital in Nablus where Ussayed is currently being operated on. The demonstrators set out towards the village’s lands after midday prayer,. . .

Ha’aretz Diplomacy page

Netanyahu bows to U.S. demands ahead of Washington visit
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – PM agrees to suspend building in east Jerusalem as aides scramble to arrange Obama meeting.

Netnayahu, utilize the second chance the U.S. gave you
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Obama’s support is vital to preventing Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons; PM must appease the U.S.

Israel’s U.S. envoy: ‘No one can force us to make peace’
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Any outside attempt to impose a deal would be like ‘forcing somebody to fall in love’, says ambassador.

Unilateral moves are a recipe for an explosion
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Even if PA declares independence, Israel still controls basic infrastructure; negotiations are necessary.

Netanyahu did one thing right in the Jerusalem settlements debacle
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Unwittingly, the prime minister revealed the lies about Jerusalem and presented things truthfully.

PM sparks Germany’s anger in latest East Jerusalem construction spat
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Merkel says Netanyahu ‘used’ her, undermined her trust after leaking phone call details to media.

Netanyahu bows to U.S. demands ahead of Washington trip
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – PM agrees to suspend building in east Jerusalem as aides scramble to arrange Obama meeting.

UN chief Ban in Ramallah: Settlements undermining peace
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Ban ki-Moon toured West Bank with Palestinian Prime Minister; Plans to travel to Gaza on Sunday.

Obama to Iran: Offer of dialogue still stands
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Tehran has chosen to isolate itself rather than build a better future, says president in video message.

PA: Place supervisors in settlements to ensure freeze
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Saeb Erekat: We don’t believe Netanyahu’s call for building freeze; construction continues secretly.

Arab channels to broadcast show depicting IDF soldiers as murderers
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Turkish produced show caused diplomatic uproar with image of soldier shooting smiling little girl.

Germany to honor one of last Nazi resistance leaders
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Freya von Moltke, who died at age 98 in the U.S. earlier this year, with her husband formed the Kreisau Circle resistance group.

James Baker’s advice for Obama on forging Middle East peace
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Former U.S. secretary of state: Israeli-Palestinian conflict affects United States’ national security interests.

Obama, Netanyahu to meet in U.S. on Tuesday
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Israel confirms the leaders scheduled last minute meeting amid growing tension, Fox News reports.

Clinton: Decision to escalate row with Israel ‘is paying off’
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – U.S. Secretary of State says pressure over East Jerusalem construction could restart negotiations.

The Guardian

Binyamin Netanyahu holds out olive branch to Palestinians ahead of US trip
The Guardian 20 Mar 2010 – Israeli prime minister bows to US demands and suspends construction of settler homes in east Jerusalem The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has bowed to American demands to suspend the construction of settlement homes in east…

JNews: a potential voice for peace | Keith Kahn-Harris
The Guardian 20 Mar 2010 – To win moral authority in the Jewish community, the new website must apply its critical perspective evenly on Israel-Palestine One might think there were already too many writing outlets on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the newly…

East Jerusalem: One bit of land, two opposing communities
The Guardian 19 Mar 2010 – In the neighbourhood of Ramat Shlomo, ultra-orthodox Jewish residents remain indifferent to the diplomatic storm On a quiet hillside, where streets are named after rabbis and lined with synagogues and yeshivas, the residents are indifferent to…

Israeli-Palestinian peace hopes rise as US envoy prepares to get talks moving
The Guardian 20 Mar 2010 – ‚Ä¢ Mitchell’s trip to region back on after concession ‚Ä¢ Blair expects resumption of indirect negotiations The US special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, is due to fly to the region on Sunday to…

Middle East quartet’s cut-and-paste diplomacy
The Guardian 19 Mar 2010 – Statement is strong on the face of it, but mostly restates the ground rules for peace between Israel and the Palestinians Full text of the Middle East quartet statement The US and Israel may have defused…

Middle East quartet statement: full text
The Guardian 19 Mar 2010 – Document condemns Israeli settlement building in East Jerusalem and calls for Palestinian state within 24 months Middle East Quartet Statement Israel Palestinian territories Middle East guardian.co.uk ¬© Guardian News & Media Limited 2010 | Use of this…

Quartet blasts Israel over East Jerusalem settlements
The Guardian 19 Mar 2010 – Strongly worded statement from Middle East peace envoys calls for pullout from Palestinian territories within 24 months The Middle East quartet has strongly denounced Israeli moves to build 1,600 new homes in East Jerusalem and urged…

Holding back a settlement | Stephen Pollard
The Guardian 19 Mar 2010 – Palestinian demands to halt construction in East Jerusalem are a ruse to end negotiations, and delegitimise Israel It’s easy to look at the past week’s events in Israel and paint Binyamin Netanyahu as the guilty party….

Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu in climbdown over US demands for peace
The Guardian 19 Mar 2010 – ‚Ä¢ Prime minister agrees to postpone building plans ‚Ä¢ Some concessions made in private, say diplomats The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, last night caved into US demands over the Middle East peace process, opening the…

Eyewitness: Flashpoint in East Jerusalem
The Guardian 19 Mar 2010 – Photographs from the Guardian’s Eyewitness series

Ha’aretz National page

Young Haredi woman dies mysteriously in abandoned Jerusalem house
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – The Magen David Adom ambulance crew that was sent to an abandoned house in Jerusalem on a freezing, rainy night – after a report that a young woman had died there – assumed that the deceased was a junkie who had overdosed. But they found the body of a 25-year-old woman who was clean and well dressed. “There were no needle marks or other marks that you find on addicts,” paramedic Shalom Galil said. So what was the cause of her death? …

Joint Jewish Arab initiatives revitalize neighbor relations in Wadi Ara
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – The plaque in Arabic above the door to the Kafr Kara home of the Athamneh family relates that the house was built in 1882, at the end of the Ottoman period. It is a beautiful stone building, and inside are walls painted blue and high ceilings supported by arches. But like many buildings of its kind in the area, the house has been standing empty for years and was supposed to have been demolished to make way for a new, more modern building. …

The immigrant loan fund is empty, but the state still advertises it
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – An Immigrant Absorption Ministry fund that is supposed to provide loans to new immigrants and Israelis returning from abroad has not been allocated money to operate, TheMarker has learned. …

Who’s responsible when kids bring guns, knives and tasers to school?
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Parents of pupils at a Tel Aviv elementary school are divided over a letter from the principal demanding that they take responsibility for their children’s actions. The principal threatened to suspend any child found with dangerous toys or weapons and to file a police complaint against his parents. …

Hundreds protest deportation of foreign workers` children
Ha’aretz 20 Mar 2010 – Hundreds gathered in Levinsky Park in southern Tel Aviv Saturday evening to protest against the possible deportation of 1,200 children of foreign workers at the end of the current school year. …

Relief Web

13 Human Rights Organizations Petition the Supreme Court: Israel Should Not Determine Which Parent a Palestinian Child Lives with
Relief Web 20 Mar 2010 – Source: Gisha

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in W.Bank-medics
Relief Web 20 Mar 2010 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet

In Middle East, Ban pledges to help settle all key issues within 24 months
Relief Web 20 Mar 2010 – Source: UN News Service

OPT: Week in Review – Jerusalem Protests Met with an Iron Israeli Fist
Relief Web 20 Mar 2010 – Source: MIFTAH

YNet News

Netanyahu caves in to US
YNet News 20 Mar 2010 – In bid to end crisis, Netanyahu and Clinton agree to include core issues in proximity talks with Palestinians; in addition, prime minister to approve prisoner release, Israel to ease Gaza Strip blockade

Light earthquake hits Israel
YNet News 20 Mar 2010 – Quake measuring 3.6 on Richter Scale felt in northern Israel; no injuries reported

Was teen killed by live fire?
YNet News 20 Mar 2010 – Army to probe death of 16-year-old Palestinian in clash with troops; IDF says forces were facing life-threatening situation but did not use live ammunition, doctor at Nablus hospital says X-rays disprove military’s claims

Hundreds rally for foreign workers’ kids in Tel Aviv
YNet News 20 Mar 2010 – Protest against deportation held in Tel Aviv ahead of final decision on future of foreign workers’ children in Israel

Netanyahu-Clinton meeting in works
YNet News 20 Mar 2010 – Officials in Jerusalem working to schedule meetings between PM, senior US officials

Under fire: More rockets hit south
YNet News 20 Mar 2010 – Rocket fire from Gaza continues throughout Saturday, prompting residents in south to take cover in secure rooms; no injuries or damages reported in strikes. Meanwhile, visiting UN chief calls for end to rocket attacks, Gaza siege

IDF kills Palestinian teen
YNet News 20 Mar 2010 – IDF forces clash with Palestinians at village near Nablus; 16-year-old boy dies after being shot in stomach, another teen in critical condition; Army says it used crowd dispersal means to quell rioters heading to settlement

Arabs riot in Jerusalem following ‘price tag’ claims
YNet News 20 Mar 2010 – Palestinians hurl stones, set tires on fire near Shuafat refugee camp. Arabs, left-wing activists say vehicles torched overnight after settlers’ call for revenge. ‘Any sensible person knows that we don’t set fire on Shabbat,’ rightist says in response

Stop The Wall

16-year old boy shot dead by Israeli snipers
Stop The Wall – This afternoon the Israeli military killed 16-year old Mohammad Qadus from Iraq Burin, a village south of Nablus, with a live round on his heart. A second youth, Asaud Qadus, 19 years old, was critically injured after being shot in the head. Mohammad was trying to carry Asaud to safety when he was hit. [

Bethlehem district: al Ma’sara and al Walaja defend their lands and homes
Stop The Wall – While in al Walaja Palestinians and internationals gathered to defend two homes under demolition order, the protest in al Ma’sara was dedicated to the memory of Rachel Corrie, who had tried to prevent a home demolition in Gaza when a bulldozer of the Israeli military ran over her body seven years ago. [

Daily Star

Palestinian demonstrators, Israeli forces clash in West Bank, occupied Jerusalem
Daily Star 20 Mar 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Palestinian demonstrators clashed with Israeli security forces in the West Bank and East Jerusalem during anti-settlement protests after the Muslim Friday prayers, as simultaneous protests took place across the region. In Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, troubles broke out in the Shuafat Palestinian refugee camp, where AFP

Mousavi vows ‘year of perseverance’ in Iran fight
Daily Star 20 Mar 2010 TEHRAN: Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi vowed a “year of perseverance” in his fight against the government, in an internet message on Friday marking the Persian new year. Mousavi, who remains steadfast in rejecting the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June last year, said a “retreat would be treason to Islam

Quartet tells Israel to halt settlement activity, reach peace by 2012
Daily Star 20 Mar 2010 MOSCOW: The Middle East Quartet on Friday urged Israel to stop building settlements and set a bold target for a final deal with the Palestinians by 2012 as it tried to kickstart the stalled peace process.But Israel’s foreign minister – whose country angered the international community by announcing last week the construction of 1,600 new settler homes

EU agrees to act to stop Iran jamming broadcasts, internet
Daily Star 20 Mar 2010 BRUSSELS: EU nations are determined to take action to end Iran’s “unacceptable” jamming of satellite broadcasts and internet censorship, according to a text agreed by European ambassadors in Brussels. “The EU calls on the Iranian authorities to stop the jamming of satellite broadcasting and Internet censorship and to put an end to this electronic interference

Russia says Tehran wasting opportunity for dialogue
Daily Star 20 Mar 2010 MOSCOW: Russia warned Iran Friday it was missing out on a chance to start a broad dialogue, as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton again sought to win the Kremlin’s assent for a tougher stance on Tehran.Iran’s defiance over its nuclear program means the nation is wasting a chance for talks to find a solution, Russian Foreign Minister

Egypt TV shows footage of Mubarak talking, working
Daily Star 20 Mar 2010 CAIRO: Egyptian television on Friday aired new footage of President Hosni Mubarak, who has been recovering in Germany after surgery, showing the 81-year-old making phone calls from hospital. Footage showed Mubarak, wearing a grey cardigan, sitting at a table and going over paperwork with his chief of staff Zakaria Azmi at the Heidelberg

Lebanon, Jordan ink 16 bilateral deals during Premier Rifai’s visit to Beirut
Daily Star 20 Mar 2010 BEIRUT: Lebanese and Jordanian officials signed 16 bilateral agreements and memorandums of understanding on Friday, during a visit by Jordanian Prime Minister Samir Rifai. Prime Minister Saad Hariri received his Jordanian counterpart and a ministerial delegation at Rafik Hariri International Airport, following their arrival for a two-day visit.

Lebanon mulls long-term renewable energy projects
Daily Star 20 Mar 2010 BEIRUT: Water and Energy Minister Jibran Bassil criticized on Friday the chaotic electricity network available in Lebanon and said that technical and legislative changes need to take place in order to introduce renewable energy in the country. “We are not ready on the technical and legislative levels but we are committed to deal with these issues and

MP raps failure to prosecute gender crimes
Daily Star 20 Mar 2010 BEIRUT: Lebanon has “no justification” for not signing the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) or establishing mechanisms to prosecute gender crimes, MP Ghassan Mukhaiber said Friday. Lebanon and the Arab countries “don’t take law seriously,” said Mukhaiber, who is also the rapporteur of Parliament’s Human Rights Committee.

Enough US ambiguity on a Palestine deal
Daily Star 20 Mar 2010 Diplomats love ambiguity. It allows them to fuzz up the hard parts of a negotiation – the “final status” issues, as they’re often called – and save them for later, when the parties are more amenable to pressure. This devotion to “constructive ambiguity” has been a hallmark of peacemaking by the United States on the Palestinian-Israeli issue

Tribunal preparing for trial within a year
Daily Star 20 Mar 2010 Editor’s note: The following are excerpts of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s annual report, which was released Saturday. The Daily Star is publishing excerpts of the report until Wednesday.PART II – MAIN ACTIVITIES OF THE TRIBUNAL BETWEEN MARCH 2009 AND FEBRUARY 2010 A. Chambers 1. Introduction 95. The Tribunal’s Chambers are

The law has teeth: building on judicial decisions
Daily Star 20 Mar 2010 Amid the continuing turmoil over the settlements, a little judicial victory for West Bankers was registered at the European Court of Justice on February 25. The case is excerpted on this page, together with a comment by Christopher Lund. Considering the bulldozing-like style of Israeli occupation, both really and figuratively, the little achieved by European judges

Palestinian Information Center

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Los Angeles Times

Israeli military kills Palestinian after fight over West Bank well
LA Times 21 Mar 2010 – A feud over a water well in a village near Nablus spurs an ‘illegal riot,’ Israeli officials say. One boy is killed; another is critically wounded when shot in the head. Israeli forces killed a Palestinian teenager and critically injured another Saturday after a clash between Jewish settlers and Palestinians over a West Bank water well, officials said.

U.S. may end up boosting Israeli premier
LA Times 20 Mar 2010 – Building in Jerusalem has wide support, a benefit for Netanyahu. By drawing a line against expansion of Israeli housing units in Jerusalem, the Obama administration is confronting a policy that enjoys a strong consensus among Israelis: the effort to ensure that the city remains united and under their control.

Clinton upbeat on Israel ties
LA Times 19 Mar 2010 – She and others at a Moscow meeting of the ‘quartet’ push for revived Mideast talks. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hailed “useful and productive” signs from Israel on Friday as the so-called quartet of Middle East peacemakers called on Israelis and Palestinians to resume stalled negotiations.

Hillary Clinton, Russians clash publicly over Iran reactor
LA Times 19 Mar 2010 – With Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at her side, the secretary of State reproaches Moscow for building and fueling the plant without assurances on weaponry. Lavrov stands his ground. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had barely arrived in Moscow for nuclear arms and Mideast talks when tensions over Iran flared up publicly Thursday.

Gaza rocket kills Thai worker in southern Israel
LA Times 19 Mar 2010 – The latest in a recent spate of attacks causes the first such fatality in the area in more than a year. A group taking responsibility cites the ‘Judaization of holy sites’ in Jerusalem. A rocket launched Thursday from the Gaza Strip killed a Thai farmworker in southern Israel, the first such fatality in the area in more than a year.

New York Times

News Analysis: Both Sides Claim Success as Diplomatic Row Wanes
New York Times 20 Mar 2010 – After 10 days of public quarreling over Jewish building in East Jerusalem, the U.S. and Israel move to ensure they aren’t surprised again.

Obama Renews Offer for Dialogue in New Year’s Message to Iran
New York Times 20 Mar 2010 – President Obama delivered his second message to the Iranian people for the festival of Nowruz, but he tempered his offer for diplomatic dialogue with a threat of international sanctions.

U.N. Chief Urges Israel to End Settlement Building
New York Times 20 Mar 2010 – Visiting the West Bank, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon plans to send a message of support for a Palestinian state and a return to negotiations.

Misc 2

Protests Engulf The West Bank And East Jerusalem: Intifada Close?
Palestine Monitor – 20 Mar 2010 – A week of violent clashes reached a crescendo yesterday with one of the largest popular uprisings since the second Intifada. Around Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Nablus a wave of protests snowballed into a unified condemnation of the latest threats to Palestinian liberty and dignity. Photo…

One Dead, One Critical In Iraq Burin
Palestine Monitor – 20 Mar 2010 – One youth was killed and another critically injured today by Israeli fire during a demonstration in Iraq Burin, south of Nablus. Mohammed Qadus, 16 was fatally shot in the heart, Asaud Qadus, 20, is receiving emergency treatment after being shot in the head. In both cases…

Bilin Laughs Off Military Threats
Palestine Monitor – 20 Mar 2010 – Bi’lin, home of the popular resistance movement, has endured many challenges to the weekly demonstrations for which it is famed. During more than five years of protest against the apartheid wall, injury, imprisonment and death have become regular hazards for the residents and activists who support…

Capital Punishment
Palestine Monitor – 20 Mar 2010 – Once again on Friday, Israeli authorities limited the entrance of male Palestinians to Al-Aqsa Mosque, in the old city of Jerusalem. Men under the age of 50 were prevented from visiting the site and several Palestinians from the West Bank were turned away at checkpoints en…

Times watch
Mondoweiss – 19 Mar 2010 – There’s a disappointing story in the New York Times today about that fatal rocket attack on Israel yesterday. It plays pretty big, on page three. In the first paragraph we are informed that the rocket was fired from “Hamas-controlled” territory. It isn’t till we reach the…

World Education Forum in Palestine Launched
Alternative Information Center – 20 Mar 2010 – Tuesday, 16 March 2010, The Palestinian National Committee in charge of the preparations of the World Social Forum on Education hosted a delegation of the International Advisory Committee of the World Social Forum in Ramallah from March 11 -13. Together they launched the organizing process that…

AIC Participates in Moroccan Social Forum for Another World
Alternative Information Center – 20 Mar 2010 – Tuesday, 16 March 2010, Seven hundred people attended the 5th Moroccan Social Forum, held in Bouznika, near Casablanca, from 5-7 March 2010. The Alternative Information Center (AIC) and the Teachers’ Creativity Centre from Palestine joined the meeting; the friendly and helpful atmosphere among the participants,…

It is Time to Hear the Palestinian People
Alternative Information Center – 20 Mar 2010 – Tuesday, 16 March 2010, Israel’s dangerous and arrogant escalation in settlement building, house demolitions and evictions of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem indicates that the government of Netanyahu-Lieberman’s is pushing for overt clash and conflict— and demonstrates that it has absolutely no real…

Why Protest Building a Synagogue?
Alternative Information Center – 20 Mar 2010 – Thursday, 18 March 2010, The Hurva synagogue was destroyed in the 1948 war by the Jordanian army. Before 1948, synagogues were used by Zionist underground forces for illicit activities including hording weapons.* But why is there a furor over building it again? First we must recognize…

Upcoming AIC Publication: Social Chaos: A Critical Perspective on the Israeli Educational System
Alternative Information Center – 20 Mar 2010 – Wednesday, 17 March 2010, In April the Alternative Information Center (AIC) will release a new publication entitled Social Chaos: A Critical Perspective on the Israeli Educational System. Social Chaos is a compilation of articles written by AIC co-founder and board member Marcello Weksler, Director of Educational…

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Notes on Israel’s Triumph to Disaster
Bashir Abu-manneh, ZNet 3/18/2010
Who will stop Israel in its relentless expropriation of Palestine and from triumphing to disaster? Isaac Deutscher, from whom I borrow my title, believed that the occupation of 1967 would have catastrophic consequences for Israel. It wouldn’t end well, he feared.[1] Israel’s expansion and colonial contempt would only produce more enemies, and its triumph would become its condition of defeat. Looking at Israel’s daily aggressions in the West Bank and Gaza (and inside Israel itself, for that matter), Deutscher’s warning can no longer be ignored today. If Israel has banked on its victory and has convinced itself that its position today is irreversible, then there’s no guaranteeing that the Arabs it holds in so much contempt will always remain defeated and disorganized. No state can predict the future or preempt all human capacities and possibilities. The only thing that Israel can be sure of is that the more it brutalizes and kills and oppresses and strangulates Palestinians, the more Palestinians and other Arabs will be convinced that its future is bleak. Deutscher’s warning should be on every Israeli and peace-loving minds today. What Israel does every day will simply not pass.
The left is not in the business of advocating catastrophes. Deutscher’s intention was the complete opposite in fact: he was trying to stop an impending disaster from happening. Like Walter Benjamin, he wanted ‘to activate the emergency brake’ on the human race’s moving train rather than watch it plunge into the abyss.[2] So Deutscher’s warning should really be a question: who will stop Israel from triumphing to disaster? Who can end the insult, injury, and humiliations that Israel daily inflicts on Palestinians and Arabs through its occupation and bring freedom and justice closer? There are many false messiahs these days, and only one redemptive force. Let’s begin with the false ones.
The US won’t stop Israel, clearly. Not when Israel continues to play such a significant role in guaranteeing its regional interests (by crushing radicals and nationalists). And not when Israel continues to be the US’s most reliable and stable ally in this volatile region (the Israeli public actually wants closer US/Israel ties, unlike Turkey’s or Saudi’s or Egypt’s or Jordan’s publics)…..more..e-mail

Why Israel Always Prevails
Jeffrey Blankfort, CounterPunch 3/20/2010
A Crisis in U.S. / Israeli Relations? Sure. But …
If the State Department had issued travel advisory warnings to US government officials about to travel to Israel, Vice President Joe Biden would have no doubt ignored them. A better friend to Israel could not have been found in the 36 years that Biden represented Delaware in the US Senate and there was speculation that his popularity among Jewish voters and major Jewish donors was the primary reason he was added to the Democratic ticket. According to all reports, Biden’s trip was to mend fences with the Israeli officials and with the Israeli Jewish public which had become disenchanted with the Obama administration where the president’s popularity is measured in the low single digits.
Indeed, even a day after having been blind-sided by the announcement that Israel would build 1600 new and exclusively Jewish housing units in East Jerusalem, Biden was still trying. In a prepared speech, he once again bragged, this time to a Tel Aviv university audience, that he was a Zionist and that, “Throughout my career, Israel has not only remained close to my heart but it has been the center of my work as a United States Senator and now as Vice President of the United States,” a statement that should raise questions about dual loyalties and which, curiously, was omitted from all reports on his speech in the US press.
In addition, Biden repeated what he said on his arrival in Jerusalem, that, “There is no space — this is what they [the world] must know, every time progress is made, it’s made when the rest of the world knows there is absolutely no space between the United States and Israel when it comes to security, none. No space. That’s the only time when progress has been made.” Biden did not offer any examples of such progress and would have had a hard time doing so.more..e-mail

Activism is change
Ramzy Baroud, Ma’an News Agency 3/20/2010
An activist is a person who feels strongly about a cause and who is also willing to dedicate time and energy towards advancing and realizing this cause. This might, however, be my own limited interpretation of what activism means.
I was born and raised in a Gaza refugee camp where the daily struggles of the community included challenging the military occupation while attempting to survive under the harshest of circumstances. Activism then involved civil disobedience, general strikes, confronting armed Israeli soldiers with stones and slingshots. But it also involved much more than that.
Activists in my refugee camp, whether they’re identified as Islamist, secularist, socialist or any other name, ensured the community remained unified in the face of adversity. They did not always succeed, but efforts were abound. Activists provided sustainable community support to families with sons and daughters that were killed in clashes or incarcerated in Israeli prisons. They rebuilt people’s homes after they were demolished by Israeli dynamites or bulldozers. Some activists even offered free haircuts to those who couldn’t afford them.
Activism, as I understood it, was largely a unifying, pro-active force that kept the struggle and resistance alive. It was the ingredient that allowed the Palestinian people to maintain their relevance to the conflict, despite the brutality of their enemy and the self-serving nature of their elites.
The elitism in Palestinian society led to a breakdown in unity, culminating in the bloody consequences of the Fatah-Hamas clash. Still, despite all the attempts to undermine it, Gaza remains standing. This cannot be attributed to any factional decision or political diktat, but only to the spirit of its people, a spirit predicated on internal cohesion and a clearly defined purpose.more..e-mail

Protest the US’ silencing of Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer
Electronic Intifada: 19 Mar 2010 – Effectively canceling a planned speaking tour, the US consulate in the Netherlands has put an extended hold on the visa application of award-winning Palestinian journalist and photographer Mohammed Omer, scheduled to speak on conditions in Palestine, on 5 April in Chicago.

Time to bury dead ideas about Palestine
Electronic Intifada: 19 Mar 2010 – There is a growing recognition that the Israeli settlement enterprise in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is, in practical terms, irreversible. The two-state solution, which for decades has been characterized as the preferred solution of an amorphous “international consensus” has generally been understood to involve a return to the pre-1967 occupation boundaries (referred to as the green line) with minor territorial adjustments by the parties. By now, even optimists refer to this solution as “unlikely” and “virtually impossible,” while realists recognize that the concept has outlived its usefulness as a political aspiration. Martha Reese comments for The Electronic Intifada.

Book review: Higher education under occupation
Electronic Intifada: 19 Mar 2010 – Gabi Baramki’s Peaceful Resistance: Building a Palestinian University under Occupation (Pluto Press, 2009) is a memoir of Palestine’s flagship university, Birzeit, by its former acting president. The memoir is an indispensable tool for teaching Westerners about the ways in which Palestinian education exists and flourishes under a constant state of siege and the barriers to academic freedom that Palestinians experience on a daily basis. Marcy Newman reviews for The Electronic Intifada.

UC Berkeley student senate votes in favor of divestment
Electronic Intifada: 19 Mar 2010 – Early yesterday morning, the University of California Berkeley Student Senate (ASUC) passed a bill to divest from companies that provide military support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Debate began the night before at 9:00pm and ended and six hours later when the vote was held at 3:00am.

art for art’s sake
In Gaza: 20 Mar 2010 – “Mirror” —Salem Awad “The colors of sunset are wonderful but the sun is the most wonderful. When the black clouds with their golden warm colors play on the sound of a bird that dialogues with the leaves of trees that were eaten by the wind and dance with a beautiful golden dress coloured by the sunset appearing in the far horizon behind the clouds I try to touch the sun before it closes its eyes to mix my brush with its colour and my white painting is the mirror.” ‘Random’ is a word a friend uses to describe Gaza. For all the truths we know and see in Gaza, after years of full-closure siege, after the 23 day Israeli massacre of Gaza and the Israeli invasions and military aggressions before and after the massacre–there are certain norms one expects to see, and does: destroyed homes, businesses, factories, cars; devastated families…

Protests Engulf The West Bank And East Jerusalem: Intifada Close?
Palestine Monitor: 20 Mar 2010 – A week of violent clashes reached a crescendo yesterday with one of the largest popular uprisings since the second Intifada. Around Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Nablus a wave of protests snowballed into a unified condemnation of the latest threats to Palestinian liberty and dignity. Photo by FLV From Shu’fat Since Israeli authorities blocked checkpoints connecting Jerusalem with the West Bank, coinciding with the announcement of 1,600 new illegal settlement constructions and plans to renovate Hurva synagogue, chaos has disfigured the holy city. In the Old City, Eisawiya, Shu’fat Camp, Wadi Al Joz and Qalandiya young Palestinians have been and still are loudly defying the latest attempts to eradicate them from their capital. Despite a record number of soldiers, policemen and secret operatives working around the clock to crush protests, the streets remain crowded with young men and women whose determination to resist humiliation and racism outweighs their fear of…

One Dead, One Critical In Iraq Burin
Palestine Monitor: 20 Mar 2010 – One youth was killed and another critically injured today by Israeli fire during a demonstration in Iraq Burin, south of Nablus. Mohammed Qadus, 16 was fatally shot in the heart, Asaud Qadus, 20, is receiving emergency treatment after being shot in the head. In both cases medical staff reported the injuries were caused by live ammunition. The youths had been among a crowd of 60-70 protesting against the loss of their land to the Bracha settlement, which overlooks the village. The illegal settlement has annexed around 100,000 square metres of farmland. Photo by FLV Jeeps and an ambulance enter the village after the shootings. Medics scramble to clear rocks from their path. Action commenced around 12.30. Clashes began soon after, with young Palestinians throwing rocks at soldiers positioned on the hill, as well as setting fire to tires in the road. Soldiers initially responded with tear gas and rubber bullets….

Bilin Laughs Off Military Threats
Palestine Monitor: 20 Mar 2010 – Bi’lin, home of the popular resistance movement, has endured many challenges to the weekly demonstrations for which it is famed. During more than five years of protest against the apartheid wall, injury, imprisonment and death have become regular hazards for the residents and activists who support the campaign. Photo by Hamde Abu Rahmah The army stayed in the background Yet their struggles have not been without reward. Last month, more than two years a supreme court decision ordering the army to re-route the wall, work finally began which will see around a third of the village’s stolen land returned. Mohammed Khatib of the popular committee described it as a “small step”. This week the army tried a new tack, posting flyers all over the village declaring Bi’lin a closed military zone between 8am and 8pm on Friday, stating any unauthorised entrants could be arrested. The move represented an effort to…

Gazan Fisherman Struggle to Stay Afloat
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Mar 2010 – By Rada Daniell and Bianca Zammit – Gaza Gazan 45 kilometers long, beautiful Mediterranean coast is fished by 3,500 professional fisherman. Many more people earn their daily bread doing jobs related to this trade, such as producing and repairing nets, transporting fish and selling it at the markets, running restaurateurs etc. We met Mr Mahfouz Kabariti the President of Palestine Sailing Federation and Palestinian Association for Fishing and Maritime Sports and a group of fishermen at the end of January for a long evening chat to find out more about what it means to be a fisherman in Gaza. A few days ago Mr Kabariti took us to the the Mina (Port) of Gaza to meet another group of fishermen who we chatted with while they were preparing for their next fishing trip. The majority of them wanted to remain anonymous out of fear of being targeted by Israelis for…more

President Obama’s Personal Crisis
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Mar 2010 – By James Gundun – Washington D.C. The display shouldn’t be so shocking. President Barack Obama was a professor before a politician, and that scholarly charm and cool helped get him elected. As if explaining a basic science problem – what goes up must come down, and vice versa – Obama calmly dismissed the suggestion that US-Israeli relations have reached a crisis. “We and the Israeli people have a special bond that’s not going to go away, but friends are going to disagree sometimes. There is a disagreement in terms of how we can move this peace process forward.” Say what they wish, but Israel and America are in a crisis. A crisis isn’t world ending, it’s a time of trial when an important decision must be made. The present qualifies, but let’s issue Obama a temporary pass since he has larger problems at hand. Suppose US-Israeli relations aren’t in a…more

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