VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 30 March, 2010: British Lawmakers To Call For Reevaluating Arms Deals With Israel


International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian Wounded By Settlers In Hebron
IMEMC – Wednesday March 31, 2010 – 02:21, Palestinian medical sources reported on Tuesday evening that a resident suffered concussions and bruises after being violently attacked by extremist Jewish settlers in Hebron city, in the southern part of the West Bank.

Thousands Mark Land Day in Sakhneen
IMEMC – Wednesday March 31, 2010 – 00:59, Thousands of Arabs residents, peace activists, held protests on Tuesday commemorating the 34th anniversary of Land Day in Sakhneen and several Arab villages and towns, north of the country.

DCI – Palestine completes first year of EU-funded project
IMEMC – Wednesday March 31, 2010 – 00:23, “Promoting and protecting the rights of Palestinian children affected by armed conflict and occupation”

Troops open fire at Land Day Protest in central West Bank, civilians injured including a journalist
IMEMC – Tuesday March 30, 2010 – 18:06, A number of civilians were injured, among them one journalist, on Tuesday as Israeli troops opened fire at a Land Day protest in Budrus village, central West Bank.

One Killed, 16 Injured One Critically During Land Day Protests In The Gaza Strip
IMEMC – Tuesday March 30, 2010 – 17:43, One Palestinian child was killed, 16 others injured, one critically when Israeli troops opened fire at Land Day protests at deferent locations in the Gaza Strip.

Hundreds Mark Land Day In Beit Sahour Town, Southern West Bank
IMEMC – Tuesday March 30, 2010 – 15:38, On Tuesday, hundreds of women with their children, nearly 300 high school students, many university students, and teachers joined farmers and activists at the town of Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem, Southern West Bank, to mark Land Day.

British Lawmakers To Call For Reevaluating Arms Deals With Israel
IMEMC – Tuesday March 30, 2010 – 12:54, The Guardian reported that several Lawmakers in the Britain will be asking the government to halts its weapons deals with Israel after a report published recently stated British weapons were almost certainly used by Israel during its Operation Cast Lead offensive on the Gaza Strip in December 2008.

Child Killed By Army Fire In Rafah
IMEMC – Tuesday March 30, 2010 – 12:25, Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported Tuesday morning that a child was shot and killed by Israeli military fire in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Swedish Retirement Fund Boycotts Elbit Israeli Military Systems Company
IMEMC – Tuesday March 30, 2010 – 11:27, The Israeli Army electronics company Elbit systems has been barred by the Frsta AP-Fonden pension fund, the biggest pensions fund in Sweden. The pensions fund decided to boycott Elbit on Ethical grounds.

Erdogan: Double Standards In Dealing With Iran and Israel Should Be Stopped
IMEMC – Tuesday March 30, 2010 – 07:52, Turkish Prime Minister, Receb Tayyip Erdogan, slammed what he called the double standards policy in dealing with the Iranian Nuclear Program, and Israels Nuclear Agenda.

Ma’an News

Report: 55% of Israeli settlers in Jerusalem
3/30/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics issued a statement Tuesday to mark Land Day, estimating that more than 85% of Palestinian land remains under Israeli control, with 55% of settlers in the West Bank centered in the Jerusalem governorate. According to 2008 data, the number of outposts, settlements and military bases in the West Bank totaled 440 with the highest number of settlers in Jerusalem, the PCBS wrote. The number of Israelis living on illegal settlements in the Jerusalem governorate, such as the Gilo settlement near Bethlehem, reached 261,885 of which 198,458 live in occupied East Jerusalem settlements.”In demographic terms, the percentage of settlers in the Palestinian Territory according to 2008 equaled 17. 2% of the total persons living in the West Bank,” the statement read. Jerusalem demolitions and fines against Palestinian home owners – The PCBS said that approximately 50 million US dollars in fines have been handed down to Palestinian residents between 2004 and 2008,

Land Day tree planters tear gassed by Israeli forces
3/30/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – An event marking Palestinian Land Day in Budrus village was suppressed by Israeli forces on Tuesday, with reports of several injured by tear gas and rubber bullets. Na’im Marar,charged with monitoring the progress of Israel’s separation wall in the west-of-Ramallah area, said locals and activists gathered in the village after the noon prayer and walked toward lands on the far side of the separation wall. Participants were set to plant trees in the area, Marar said. Among those injured was Tawfiq At-Tirawi, member of the Fatah Central Committee, who attended the event alongside his Central Committee colleague Jamal Muheisin, former Nablus governor. According to Marar, At-Tirawi was hit with a rubber-coated bullet, adding that Palestine TV reporter Harun Amayra sustained injuries to his leg from the fire.

Zaki asked to agree on restricted movement
3/30/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, detained with 10 other Palestinians in the Ofer detention center, was asked to sign a deal restricting his movement by Israeli authorities. Zaki was detained during a Palm Sunday rally, protesting Israeli restrictions placed upon Palestinian access to Jerusalem over Easter and general access to religious sites in the occupied city. Fellow Central Committee Nabil Sha’ath said Zaki refused to sign the deal put forward to him by Israeli authorities, which include a fine, compliance with requests made by the Israeli intelligence services, and restriction on travel and movement throughout the occupied Palestinian territories. Factional representatives at the detention center greeted Zaki, who was originally transferred to the Russian interrogation center in Jerusalem, and wished him a short stay in the prison.

Land Day in Gaza: Six marches, dozens injured
3/30/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Men and women from Gaza marched toward the Israeli-imposed buffer-zone on Monday, marking Land Day and the effective confiscation of 20% of arable land in Gaza. Locals said dozens of Palestinians sustained injuries when Israeli forces opened fire on marches across Gaza, as Palestinians continued to challenge the restricted access to agricultural land. Marches beginning as early as December increased in frequency over the last month, culminating in a wide-scale event marking the 34th anniversary of Land Day in which six Palestinians with Israeli citizenship were killed by Israeli forces during demonstrations protesting land confiscation. During the commemoration, where Palestinians again protested land confiscations, witnesses said Israeli troops opened fire directly at protesters east of Khan Younis and the Al-Maghazi refugee camp in southern Gaza.

Gaza: Child killed by disputed fire
3/30/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – A child was shot and killed east of the Yasser Arafat International Airport in Rafah on Tuesday, medics said. Muawiya Hassanein, director of ambulance and emergency services in Gaza, said Muhammad Zen Ismail Al-Farmawi, 15, was shot dead near the southeasterly border by Israeli forces, while local sources who wished to remain anonymous said the death may have been an internal matter. Hassanein said ambulances had been unable to retrieve the body because of ongoing clashes in the area, while an Israeli military spokesman said he had no knowledge of the incident. The airport and surrounding area was the target of several Israeli airstrikes over recent weeks. The airport was destroyed in 2002 by Israeli strikes and has remained nonoperational. The death came amidst six separate Land Day rallies across the Gaza Strip, with residents and internationals marching toward the Israeli-imposed. . .

Fatah council condemns Zaki detention
3/30/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – Fatah’s Revolutionary Council held a consultative meeting on Monday evening in Ramallah to discuss the latest escalations in the occupied Palestinian territories. Members condemned the detention of Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, who was detained on Palm Sunday by Israeli forces for participating in a rally denouncing Israeli policy preventing Palestinian access to holy sites in Jerusalem over Easter. The detention of a high-ranking Palestinian official during peace time by Israel is the first of its kind, following the ratification of the Oslo Accords in 1993. The Fatah officials said Israeli “aggression” against the movement did not deter the backbone of Fatah and their commitment to non-violent resistance, and the establishment of a Palestinian state on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Fatah calls for escalation of non-violent resistance
3/30/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – Fatah’s Central Committee stressed the necessity for an escalation of non-violent resistance against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, officials said following a meeting on Tuesday. United Palestinians should continue to protest the crimes committed against them by Israel, the Central Committee said, and recruit the help of international solidarity activists, officials said, noting their willingness to put forward a concerted effort toward Palestinian unity. Fatah commissioner for international relations Nabil Sha’ath spoke to reporters following the Central Committee meeting, telling them that the best answer to the Israeli occupation was non-violent resistance. As such, he added, efforts to resist the occupation will be supported by Fatah. During the news conference Sha’ath was flanked by fellow Fatah Central Committee members Muhammad Dahlan, Jibril Rajoub. . . .

Israeli forces remove An-Nabi Samuel village banner
3/30/2010 – Jerusalem – Ma’an – Israeli forces removed a banner at the entrance of the An-Nabi Samuel village in Jerusalem, which defined the area as a Palestinian village of Jerusalem. The banner was erected by the Palestinian Youth Union under a project seeking to place similar signposts around Palestinian villages in and around Jerusalem. Mahram Al-Barghouti, general director of the Palestinian Youth Union, said that the removal of the sign was an attempt to “wipe out Palestinian heritage and history of Palestinian villages, especially in An-Nabi Samuel, which is under fierce attacks including racism, restrictions, and the banning of construction.” Al-Barghouti added that residents are not allowed to enter the village without showing their ID card to Israeli forces. The Palestinian Youth Union has erected 72 banners at the entrances and exits of all the towns and villages in Jerusalem, with the support. . .

CPT report corroborates family account of child arrest
3/30/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – A report from Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron confirmed reports of the detention of a 13-year-old girl by Israeli forces last week. At the time, an Israeli military spokesman said he had no knowledge of the incident, which was left uncorroborated until a CPT report was released on Thursday. According to the report, “At about 5:45pm , CPTers followed four soldiers as they entered the girl’s home and ordered the entire family to the roof. Once on the roof, a fifth soldier from a permanent post on a neighboring Israeli settler home ordered the family’s three teenage daughters to one side of the roof.” The soldier singled out the 13-year-old and accused her of throwing a stone. The girl’s mother protested saying that minutes before she had notified this soldier of settlers throwing stones at her as she hung her laundry and that he had seen settlers throwing stones. . . . the soldier’s response was to call another unit of soldiers to detain her daughter.

Restaurant bars Israeli soldier in Haifa
3/30/2010 – Jonathan Cook – Ma’an – Haifa – A Palestinian-owned restaurant in the Israeli city of Haifa has was caught in a whirlwind of legal action and threats of violence after staff refused to serve a soldier in uniform, an incident that rapidly smudged the city’s reputation as a model of good Jewish-Palestinian relations. The soldier, Raviv Roth, launched a damages claim for 16,000 US dolalrs over his treatment at Azad, a restaurant located in a bohemian neighborhood of the northern port city. Roth’s lawyer alleged that the restaurant broke anti-discrimination laws and humiliated the soldier, while Azad’s owner says he only wanted to ensure a relaxed and non-partisan atmosphere for all his customers. Since the incident occurred lin late February, soldiers and right-wing students staged a large demonstration outside Azad demanding a boycott of the restaurant, and Azad’s staff have received dozens of calls threatening to kill them or burn the premises down.

Bethlehem journalists strike over PA use of force at rally
3/30/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Palestinian journalists in Bethlehem will strike Tuesday, in response to Palestinian Authority security forces’ decision to prevent press from covering protests in the city a day earlier. A statement released by participating journalists said the protest wouldbegin in front of the Bethlehem government headquarters at 10am, which would be followed by a meeting with the governor, Abdul Fattah Hamayil, who was present at Monday’s rally. At the meeting, reporters will officially hand over a letter to the PA demanding that those security officers suspected of assaulting journalists be reprimanded. If the PA fails to respond to the letter, journalists say they will boycott all Palestinian official visits in Bethlehem during Easter, particularly that of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Abdul Nasser An-Najjar, head of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, told Ma’an that he and the body’s secretary-general fully support the protest.

Nablus merchant kidnapped, attacked by gunmen
3/30/2010 – Nablus – Ma’an – Unidentified gunmen kidnapped a merchant from his home in Nablus shortly after midnight on Tuesday and later released him, his family said. Mu’taz Arafat, 35, was tied and stripped to his underwear by four masked gunmen who raided his home, the victim’s brother, Muhammad, told Ma’an. The victim’s brother further said assailants attacked Arafat’s wife, adding that he believes the attackers to have been members of the Palestinian Authority security forces. Arafat was detained for over an hour, and, upon being released by his kidnappers, walked to the PA security forces headquarters where he received treatment, his brother said. Major Ashraf Mutlaq, Nablus police spokesman, said an investigation was launched into the incident in order to identify and arrest the assailants. Mutlaq denied PA security force involvement in the incident, saying that forces do not operate at night.

Egyptian forces detain 12 Gaza children
3/30/2010 – Al-Arish – Ma’an – Egyptian authorities detained 12 Palestinian children attempting to enter Egypt on Monday, through Gaza’s subterranean tunnel complex. Egyptian police said they seized the boys, aged between 10 and 17, after ambushing them to reveal the location of the tunnels in use. The boys told Egyptian forces that they were attempting to flee the dire economic situation in the Gaza Strip, police said. Meanwhile, Egyptian forces raided a warehouse used to store goods for smuggling into Gaza in the Al-Barahma neighborhood near the Egyptian-Gaza border to the south. [end]

ECHO program helps rehabilitate former child prisoners
3/30/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Since its launch almost one year ago, an EU commission child rehabilitation program has offered its intervention services to almost 500 ex-detainee children under the age of 18, and 291 parents. Save the Children Sweden with funding from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) and in partnership with YMCA have held an event at the premises of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Ramallah marking the completion of phase I of the Post-trauma Rehabilitation of Palestinian Ex-detainee Children program, a statement read. The program was launched almost one year ago in eleven districts of the West Bank; the second phase is due to commence in early April 2010.” It’s been quite a full year for the Post-trauma Rehabilitation Program!” said Eyad Al-Araj, country director of Save the Children Sweden.

In Photos: Land Day across Palestine
3/30/2010 – 1-5. At an Israeli military checkpoint at the edge of Qalqiliya, town residents gather to plant trees, holding a banner denouncing the continued confscation of Palestinian lands. MaanImages / Khaleel Reash — 6-7. In Gaza, injured teenagers receive medical treatment in Khan Younis a hospital after the rally they were participating in was fired on by Israeli forces. MaanImages / Hatem Omar — 8-9. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad plants a tree and gives a speech in the West Bank village of Azzun Atma in the Qalqiliya district. MaanImages / Mustafa Abu Dayeh, Pool — 10-11. Gaza City women paint murals to commemorate the day when six Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces protesting land confiscation in 1976. MaanImages / Wissam Nassar.

Deal signed for Bethlehem Industrial Park
3/30/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – A concessions agreement was signed Monday specifying the terms of the Bethlehem Industrial Park’s development. The deal, signed by Palestinian Authority Minister of Economy Hassan Abu Libdeh, who also heads the PIEFZA board (Palestinian Industrial Estate and Free Zone Authority) and Samir Hazbon, chairman on the board of the French-Palestinian Bethlehem Multi Purpose Industrial Park (BMIP).” The signing of this concession agreement marks a significant milestone in the implementation of the project of the Industrial Park in Bethlehem,” a statement read, which was agreed upon by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Mahmoud Abbas in June 2008. The project aims to create concrete foundations for the sustainable growth of the Palestinian econonmy, the statement said, adding that France, through the French Development Agency (AFD), granted 10 million Euros for the. . .

Report: British MPs call for review of arms export to Israel
3/30/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – A group of British lawmakers will callon Tuesday for a review of the way arms deals to Israel are approved, after the government admitted British equipment was “almost certainly” used during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, British media reported. The British daily The Guardian quoted a House of Commons report on strategic exports controls, which stated, “it is regrettable that arms exports to Israel were almost certainly used in Operation Cast Lead [the attack on Gaza].” This is in direct contravention to the UK government’s policy that UK arms exports to Israel should not be used in the occupied territories,” the report read. Those MPs making the call for a review said they welcomed the British government’s decision to revoke five export licenses for equipment “destined to the Israeli navy,” the daily wrote, with lawmakers adding that “broader lessons” must be learned. . .

Fayyad joins protest to mark Land Day
3/30/2010 – Salfit – Ma’an – Prime Minister Salam Fayyad joined over 200 Israeli, Palestinian and internationals marking Land Day on Tuesday in the village of Qarawat Bani Hassan, in the West Bank governorate of Salfit. The march began at around 10am and lasted until 12:30pm, Israeli peace activist Jonathan Pollack said, beginning near theEin Entweteg Spring in the village. Qarawat Bani Hassan, located thirty kilometers southwest of Nablus, is home to roughly 4,000 people, most of them refugees from Kufr Bara. Approximately 89% of the village’s land, including the Ein Enwetef spring, is in Area C, under complete Israeli control, and “is in constant threat of annexation and settlement expansion,” Pollack said. Israeli settlers have been building the Havat Yaair settlement outpost on a hilltop above the the Ein Enwetef spring since 2003 on land belonging to Palestinians from the village of Qarawat Bani Hassan.

Swiss confirm 23 million for PA in 2010
3/30/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – Swiss officials affirmed their support for Palestinian development during meetings in Ramallah on Tuesday, Palestinian leaders said. Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and CooperationMartin Dahinden sat with PA Minister of Planning Ali Al-Herbawi in his office, where he confirmed the nation’s pledge for 23 million US dollars in support for the PA in 2010. Dahinden said the support would continue to focus on the development sectors of education, human rights, social development, environmental assistance as well as humanitarian aid. Political assistance, he added, would also be forthcoming. [end]

PLO: Israel wont force our hand
3/30/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – A PLO official told families of slain Palestinians that the leadership would continue to seek international suits and sanctions for Israel, and maintain its stance on negotiations. Speaking on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas, Tayseer Khalid of the PLO Executive Committee addressed the National Coalition of Families of Martyrs at the Red Crescent Headquarters in Al-Bireh on Tuesday.”Israel’s policy will not force us back to negotiations” Khalid said, calling Israel rhetoric a “futile” attempt to force the Palestinian hand. Palestinians will not negotiate as long as settlements are being constructed, he reiterated. Addressing Israel, he said, “Your state is being isolated internationally, and we will intensify our efforts not only seeking more isolation, but seeking legal procedures against your leaders in international circles on charges of war crimes against the Palestinian people.

Hamas: Emerging gap between Israel and Europe
3/30/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Palestinian and Arab diplomats must take advantage of the emerging divide between Israel and Europe, and encourage EU nations to halt support to Israel and its continued occupation, Hamas officials said Tuesday. Senior Hamas leader Salah Bardawil released a statement following an announcement that the UK would review its arms deals with Israel, which came on the heels of the UK’s expulsion of an Israeli ambassador who the country said was involved in passport fraud used in the assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai earlier this year. The European Union announced in early March that settlement goods exported by Israel would not be party to the trade agreements between the union and Israel, but a recent meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers decided to approve a deal on more integrated trade on several industrial products.

French FM calls for release of Palm Sunday detainees
3/30/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – A French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs representative called for the release of Palm Sunday detainee Abbas Zaki and his compatriots detained by Israeli forces during a peaceful protest. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday a representative said “Abbas Zaki, member of Fatah Central Committee, was arrested Sunday with a dozen other people during a peaceful march from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to the Checkpoint of the ‘Tomb of Rachel.” The march was organized by a Christian NGO, to protest against the restrictions of access to Jerusalem imposed on Palestinian Christians during the Palm Sunday. We call for the release of Abbas Zaki and people arrested during a peaceful demonstration in support of freedom of access to the Holy City for a major Christian religious holiday.” Christians denied entry into Jerusalem because of a West Bank closure on the occasion. . .

Gaza banks on strike after de facto raid on branch
3/30/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – All banks across the Gaza Strip announced a general strike on Tuesday, protesting an attack against a local branch on Monday by de facto police. Banks announced action after the Monetary Authority called on branches to respond to the attack against a Palestine Bank in the Ar-Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City, in which 1 million shekels was seized by de facto security forces who were executing a court order demanding the branch return the amount to the Patients’ Friends Society. Despite the order, the Monetary Authority reportedly froze the funds following a dispute with the board of directors. A statement from the society in Gaza said the money in question was for charitable medical work, and failing to return the sum “would put the lives of patients at risk.”The society added that in July 2009, the Monetary Authority decided to freeze the transfer of funds “based on political decisions that have no relation with the society itself.”

De facto govt: Dahlan solicited intel on Khan Younis fighters
3/30/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan attempted to collect information about Palestinian fighters involved in the Friday slaying of two Israeli soldiers, Hamas officials said Tuesday. A statement from the de facto government’s Ministry of the Interior said the Gaza native phoned a former intelligence officer asking for details of men the Fatah official had earlier accused Hamas police of detaining. The accusation is the latest in a string of events following from a deadly day of clashes in Gaza on Friday, where Al-Qassam fighters with Hamas said they participated in an attack on Israeli soldiers entering the Strip for reasons that remain unclear. The attack lead to the death of two soldiers and two Palestinian fighters, as well as the injury of several civilians in the fighting that took place following the initial attack. Related:Dahlan: Hamas jails fighter involved in Friday clashes

Largest Palestinian scarf still being weaved
3/30/2010 – Nablus – Ma’an – The world’s largest traditional Palestinian scarf, the keffiyeh, is still being weaved, the Friends of Palestine Society said Tuesday. The society had originally intended to unveil the record-breaking scarf on Land Day and put it before the Guinness Book of World Record’s acceptance committee. However, the society said, the keffiyeh is in its final stages and will announce its official unveiling at a launch ceremony near the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s tomb in Ramallah, then at a folk festival in Qalqiliya. The 500 by 5 meter checkered scarf was undertaken by the society in coordination with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Culture. The project was launched on 31 January but its initial reveal date was postponed due to difficulties in contacting Guinness book of records officials.

First conjoined twins born in Palestine
3/30/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – A Palestinian woman from the Gaza Strip gave birth to twins joined at the abdomen on Saturday, the first incident of conjoined twins in Gaza, medics said. Medics said the woman, admitted to the Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, was in stable condition, as were her two daughters. They said tests were being run on the infants to determine if separation is possible. [end]

Ha’aretz Defense page

IDF denies killing Palestinian teen on Gaza border
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Army rebuffs Palestinian media claims that it killed 15-year-old as he tried to enter Israel.

IAF conducts first missile-defense system test
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Just how well will the air force’s multi-layered technology protect Israel from rocket attacks?

Barak: Hamas will pay for shaking equilibrium on Gaza border
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Defense minister visits IDF troops who fought in Friday’s Gaza gunbattle in which two soldiers were killed.

Netanyahu: Israel will respond to any attack
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – PM says Hamas will be made to be held accountable for the attack that killed 2 IDF soldiers in Gaza.

Thousands mourn IDF officer and soldier killed in Gaza
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Major Eliraz Peretz’s best friend: We will avenge your death against those who hurt you.

Hamas is reminding the world it exists
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Hamas is satisfied with media coverage of the recent Gaza clashes, but it still isn’t interested in inciting war.

Amos Harel / Israel’s border with Egypt is like the Wild West
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – PM wants to build a fence along the Egyptian border, as tensions rise over the refugee question.

Mother of soldier killed in Gaza: He paid the price of war
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Major Eliraz Peretz and Staff Sergeant Ilan Sviatkovsky die in Gaza clash; another soldier in serious condition.

Egypt police shoots dead two African migrants at Israel border
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Security forces injure five and detain three African migrants who tried infiltrating the Egyptian border into Israel.

Is Gaza now Netanyahu’s biggest problem?
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – While PM focuses on U.S. pressure, four Israeli fatalities in last week near Gaza may prove more urgent.

NATO chief calls for new missile defenses to counter Iran
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – West must cooperate with Russia against ‘growing WMD threat’, Anders Fogh Rasmussen tells allies.

Barak under fire for ministry’s costly Independence Day party
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – State Comptroller report says Barak brought cost of Defense Ministry fete to more than NIS 1.5 million.

Exclusive / Despite row, U.S. and Israel sign massive arms deal
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Israel will purchase three new Hercules C-130J airplanes at cost of nearly a quarter billion dollars.

After delay, Turkey receives first delivery of Israeli-made drones
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Six Heron drones delivered; Diplomatic row between countries delayed execution of $185 million deal.

‘I was stabbed in the back,’ says soldier who used human shield in Gaza
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Trial begins for two IDF soldiers suspected of using children to open bags of explosives in Gaza war.

Israel defends right to arrest foreigners in West Bank
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – State argues legal right to detain non-Israelis, even in areas under Palestinian control.

Court ruling lets settlers shoot in air to repel Palestinians
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Settler found not guilty of mishandling a weapon after firing over the heads of Palestinian shepherds.

Military prosecutor to IDF: Probe shooting death of two Palestinians
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Prosecutor urges internal police, Judea and Samaria division already planning to look into incident.

IDF soldier laid to rest after killed by friendly fire
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – IDF St.-Sgt. Gabriel Cepic was killed by friendly fire near Kissufim during pursuit of infiltrators.

IDF official to Hamas: Don’t repeat mistakes of Gaza war
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – IDF chief of staff: Iran threat rising, Hamas accountable for Qassams, Hezbollah deploying north of Litani.


Palestinian Land Day: The Non-Violent Struggle Continues
Uruknet March 30, 2010 -In the occasion of the Palestinian Land day several non-violent demonstrations will be held during the week: March 30, 2010: Land Day: Qarawet Bani Zeid Friday March 2, 2010: Bilin, Nilin, Masara, Nebi Saleh, Sheikh Jarrah The non-violent struggle in West Bank: Since the construction of the separation and Apartheid Wall began on June 16th 2002, Palestinian…

Answering an email about Iran
Uruknet March 30, 2010 – Yesterday I received an email that has the merit at least of encapsulating all of the arguments from the “anti-imperialist” supporters of President Ahmadinejad, including Yoshie Furuhashi, Edward Herman/David Peterson, Sam Marcys followers of one stripe or another, James Petras and others not important enough to mention. The letter appears below. My reply is interspersed in…

Palestinian Land Day
Uruknet March 30, 2010 – On 30th March each year, the Palestinian people commemorate the anniversary of Land Day, the day in March 1976 on which the Zionist occupation government confiscated thousands of dunums* of Palestinian land in the Galilee, leading to the displacement of the Palestinian people living inside the 1948 occupied territories (so-called Israel). A general strike and peaceful…

Palestine’s “turbulent priest” delivers a blistering Easter message
Uruknet March 30, 2010 – Fr Manuel Musallam recently retired at the age of 71 after serving as the parish priest of the Holy Family Church in Gaza for 14 years. For most of that time the Israelis would not allow him to visit his family and friends in the West Bank. So, in spite of failing health, he soldiered on…

Expected Obama Administration Backing for Indonesian State Terror
Uruknet March 30, 2010 – Indonesias National Armed Forces (TNI), especially its thuggish Kopassus Special Forces Command, has a long, sordid human rights record, including political killings and massacres of hundreds of thousands of civilians in East Timor, Aceh, Papua, and elsewhere in the country. In response to the November 12, 1991 Santa Cruz cemetery massacre of over 270 demonstrators in…

Palestinian captive loses eyesight as prisoners agree on strike next month
Uruknet March 30, 2010 — A Palestinian captive went blind in Israeli occupation jails due to the medical neglect of his case on the part of the Israeli prisons authority (IPA), a released prisoner told the Palestinian center for the defense of prisoners. The center in a statement on Monday said that the captive was primarily diagnosed with spring conjunctivitis but…

No, They Can’t: Palestinians Can’t Live and Build in West Jerusalem
Uruknet March 30, 2010 – One argument for Jewish settlement of East Jerusalem that is heard quite often is based on a principle of civil rights: Jews should be able to build their homes in East Jerusalem because Palestinians are able to build theirs in West Jerusalem. “There can’t be a situation where only Jews are prohibited from building in Jerusalem,…

Video: Gazans’ pay with lives for work
Uruknet March 30, 2010 – Gaza has one of the poorest economies in the world and last year’s Israeli offensive on the territory has made matters worse. According to the United Nations, the offensive destroyed or damaged hundreds of factories, besides ruining Gaza’s agriculture. The UN puts the region’s jobless rate at 45 per cent. As a result, thousands of Gazans…

Egyptian forces detain 12 Gaza children
Uruknet March 30, 2010 Egyptian authorities detained 12 Palestinian children attempting to enter Egypt on Monday, through Gaza’s subterranean tunnel complex. Egyptian police said they seized the boys, aged between 10 and 17, after ambushing them to reveal the location of the tunnels in use. The boys told Egyptian forces that they were attempting to flee the dire economic situation…

What is it that Palestinians commemorate on Land Day?
Uruknet 30 March 2010 – On 30 March 1976, thousands of people belonging to the Palestinian minority in Israel gathered to protest Israeli government plans to expropriate 60,000 dunams of Arab-owned land in the Galilee. In the resulting confrontations with Israeli police, six Palestinians were killed, hundreds wounded, and hundreds jailed. In the intervening years, those events have become consecrated in…

Sadrists hint at a merger with State of Law
Uruknet March 30, 2010 – Iyad Allawi’s Iraqiyya coalition may have won the most seats in this month’s Iraqi election — but increasingly it looks like prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law coalition will form the next government, even if Maliki himself loses his job…Sources close to the Tehran talks say the Sadrist movement is willing to integrate with State…

Lieberman: US demand to halt settlements is unacceptable and “unreasonable”
Uruknet March 30, 2010 – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman expressed his absolute rejection of the US demand to halt settlement construction in East Jerusalem, describing the US demand as “unreasonable.” Israeli radio quoted Lieberman as saying that he is confident about the success of the efforts to persuade Washington to withdraw this demand, pointing at the same time to the…

Gazans plant trees on land day
Gaza, March 30, (Pal Telegraph) Gazan children along side with security men and government officials planted olive trees on the ruins of an emptied Israeli military position in the Martyrs Square south of Gaza City, in commemoration of the thirty-fourth Land day anniversary. The event was organized by the (resigned) Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza, the participants held olive branches,…

More than half of settlers reside in Jerusalem
Jerusalem, March 30 (Pal Telegraph) The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics issued a press statement on the fourth anniversary of the thirty third Land Day today, it showed that more than 85% of historic Palestinian land is under Israeli control, and 55% of settlers in the West Bank live in the province of Jerusalem. The Israeli occupation held a buffer…

5 injured while Gaza marks Land day
Gaza, March 30, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation forces opened fire today at the Gazans who marked the Palestinian Land Day as they organized many demonstrations in all the Gaza Strip cities. The Israeli solders opened fire toward the peaceful demonstrations and injured five protesters. One was injured in east of Al-Maghazi camp and other eight in Khan Youins,…

Exhibtion fights the siege in Gaza
Gaza, March 30, (Pal Telegraph) The exhibition “Innovation under siege illustrated the magnitude of the challenge that the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip show in light of the continued Israeli siege of four years ago, where a group of Palestinian companies managed to display products based on manufactured remnants of buildings and local raw materials, in a way that shows…

IOF kills boy in Rafah
Rafah, March 30, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation soldiers shot today a Palestinian boy in Rafah, in south Gaza Strip. Mohammed Al-Farmwi, 15, was killed by the Israeli occupation soldiers as they opened fire at him while he was at the area of Rafah International Airport. Dr. Moawiah Hasanen, chief of emergency services in the Gaza Health Ministry,…

The National

Water poverty a vital issue for Egypt
The National 30 Mar 2010 – Environmental issues dominate forum of delegates meeting in Alexandria to address issues including rising sea levels and dwindling water supplies.

Islamists and leftists meet to urge political change in Egypt
The National 30 Mar 2010 – The secular leftist El Tagammu Party is to sit down with the Muslim Brotherhood as popular calls for challenge to the ruling party mount.

Arab countries miss opportunity to cash in on strained Israeli-US relations
The National 29 Mar 2010 – Analysts say Arab nations have lost the chance to gain political advantage from the souring of the US/Israel partnership.

Palestine Note

Gaza notebook: One candle is not enough
Palestine Note 30 Mar 2010 – Spring revives hopes for relief from our suffering in Gaza . It has been harder ever since Israeli bombings destroyed so many of our homes and lives. The warmth of spring warms my spirits but not yet…

Israel unveils ‘green’ strategy to defeat enemies
Palestine Note 30 Mar 2010 – Plan to make oil redundant in a decade Under cover of a sudden interest in developing new green technologies, the Israeli government hopes to weaken the Gulf states by making their oil redundant and thereby defeating…

Dahlan: Hamas leader Meshaal derailing Shalit talks
Palestine Note 30 Mar 2010 – Fatah leader Mohammad Dahlan said negotiations to secure the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit have hit a wall because of disagreement among Hamas leadership, Haaretz reports via Israel Radio. Gilad Shalit Khaled Mashaal, leader of…

Palestine Note 30 Mar 2010 – A US STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL DENIED REPORTS THAT THE US WILL ABSTAIN IF THE UN VOTES ON EAST JERUSALEM A State Department official denied reports that the US will consider abstaining if the UN votes on…

Swedish pension fund bans investment in Israeli defense company
Palestine Note 30 Mar 2010 – Frsta AP-Fonden, Sweden’s largest pension fund, has banned investment in Elbit Systems, an Israeli defense electronics company, on ethical grounds, Haaretz reports. Israeli “security barrier,” Bethlehem The pension fund said it barred the company from its…

Palestine Note 30 Mar 2010 – PASSOVER REMINDS US WE MUST FIGHT OPPRESSION EVERYWHERE, SAYS PRESIDENT OBAMA IN PASSOVER STATEMENT In his Passover statement, President Barack Obama said the great flight from slavery in Egypt that Passover commemorates remind us “wherever we…

The Media Line

Netanyahu Confers with Cabinet Over Response to Obama
The Media Line 27 Mar 2010 – Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continues to discuss his proposed response to President Obama in meetings with his inner cabinet on Sunday. The deliberations began when Netanyahu returned to Israel on Thursday from what many Israeli…

Arab Summit Offers Support for Palestinian Position
The Media Line 27 Mar 2010 – The Israeli-Palestinian conflict tops the agenda of the Arab summit meeting in Libya. Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud ‘Abbas told the 2-day conference that no agreement will be acceptable unless it includes an “end to Israeli occupation…


Israel restricts Jerusalem access
AlJazeera 29 Mar 2010 – Heavy security in Jerusalem and West Bank as Jews observe Passover holiday.

G8 urges ‘strong steps’ over Iran
AlJazeera 30 Mar 2010 – Foreign ministers urge action to stop Iran’s nuclear enrichment programme.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian boy
AlJazeera 30 Mar 2010 – Fifteen-year-old boy shot dead near Gaza’s border with Israel, witnesses say.

Obama pushes speedy Iran sanctions
AlJazeera 30 Mar 2010 – US president hopes to see new restrictions “in weeks” as France pledges support.

Alternative Information Center

Biliin as an Allegory: The Party is Over, Declares Netanyahu
Alternative Information Center – Sunday, 28 March 2010, The decision to declare Biliin and Naalin as closed military zones for a period of six months (so far) has meaning that goes far beyond the weekly demonstrations held there for the…

Land Day Commemorations in France in Support of BDS
Alternative Information Center – Sunday, 28 March 2010, On March 30, Palestinian Land Day, there will be a large rally of all the people who refuse the repression and threats from our government against the people who join the Boycott,…

Letter from French MP Patrick Braouezec to PM Francois Fillon Concerning BDS
Alternative Information Center – Sunday, 28 March 2010, Dear Mr. Prime Minister, During the recent celebratory dinner of the Coordination of the Jewish Organizations in France (CRIF) to which you were invited, you stated that the Boycott Divestment Sanctions(BDS) Campaign,…

Palestine News Network

West Bankers Marwan Fararjeh and Ahmad Al-Azeh still in custody following Palm Sunday protest
PNN – Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Israel Arrests A Palestine Network Founder in a Non-Violent Protest
PNN – Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Israel restricts Jerusalem access
PNN – Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Israel Denies Christian Pilgrims From Visiting Bethlehem
PNN – Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Jerusalem Post

Givat Hayovel outpost status to be reviewed
Jeruslalem Post 30 Mar 2010 – Defense Ministry looking to prevent demolition of family homes of slain IDF majors.

US officials say they are not pushing east J’lem resolution
Jeruslalem Post 30 Mar 2010 – White House plays down reports that Obama punished Netanyahu by keeping their talks private; Sen. John Kerry heads to region to look into restarting Israel-Syria diplomatic process.

‘Review arms sales to Israel’
Jeruslalem Post 30 Mar 2010 – British parliamentary c’tee: Use of UK equipment during Cast Lead regrettable.

Palestinian journalists condemned as collaborators
Jeruslalem Post 30 Mar 2010 – Reporters who met with Israeli counterparts face expulsion from the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Journalists Syndicate.

IDF denies youth killed in Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 30 Mar 2010 – Palestinian sources report 1 killed, 16 wounded in Land Day demonstrations.

Egypt plagued with street children
Jeruslalem Post 30 Mar 2010 – Cairo is struggling with an alarming number of homeless children.

Hamas police raid bank for $270,000
Jeruslalem Post 30 Mar 2010 – Regime’s court orders seizure of hospital funds frozen by PA.

‘IDF kills boy on Gaza border’
Jeruslalem Post 30 Mar 2010 – Palestinian media says many wounded after troops open fire; army checking reports.

Ashkenazi: The freedom of Israel has a high price
Jeruslalem Post 29 Mar 2010 – Calls the latest incident in Gaza, that claimed the lives of two soldiers, a saddening reminder of the ongoing fighting. At the moment things are calm, we are closely monitoring events.”

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

France Calls for Releasing Abbas Zaki
WAFA 30 Mar 2010 – PARIS, March 30, 2010 (WAFA)- France called Tuesday on Israel to release Member of Fatah Central Committee arrested Sunday with a dozen other people during a peaceful march from the Church of the

Greece Helps PA Cover Arrears to Private Sector for Vehicles
WAFA 30 Mar 2010 – JERUSALEM, March 30, 2010 (WAFA)- The Government of Greece said it is contributing 150,000 to help the Palestinian Authority (PA) settle bills due to the private sector in the field of security and

Fishing Resumes in the Gaza Strip, ACTED Says
WAFA 30 Mar 2010 – GAZA, March 30, 2010 (WAFA)- Fishing is a vital industry in the Gaza Strip, and one that dates back to the ages in the ancient port of Gaza City. However the sector has suffered greatly since…

B’Tselem Investigation on Killling of 2 Palestinians Contradicts Announcement of Army
WAFA 30 Mar 2010 – TEL AVIV, March 30, 2010 (WAFA) Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem said that its investigation on the killing on March 20, of two Palestinians in the West Bank village of Iraq Burin near

Ethical Grounds by Swedish Pension Fund Bans Investment in Israel
WAFA 30 Mar 2010 – TEL AVIV, March 30, 2010 (WAFA)-The biggest Swedish pension fund has barred Israeli defense Electronics Company Elbit Systems from its investment portfolios on ethical grounds, daily Haaretz

UNRWA Adopts School in Gaza
WAFA 30 Mar 2010 – GAZA, March 30, 2010(WAFA) – United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said, a new scheme gives donors the chance to make a direct contribution to

Post-trauma Rehabilitation of Palestinian Ex-detainee Children Programme
WAFA 30 Mar 2010 – JERUSALEM, March 29, 2010 (WAFA)- Since its launch almost one year ago, the Post-trauma Rehabilitation of Palestinian Ex-detainee Children Programme has offered its intervention services to

Spindelegger on Austrias contribution to EU Aid for Palestinian People
WAFA 30 Mar 2010 – VIENNA, March 29, 2010 (WAFA)- ‘The continued blockade of the Gaza Strip and massive limitations in the freedom of movement in the West Bank are having a huge negative impact on people’s everyday…

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: Religion Sways Policy, Now in Israel
IPS JERUSALEM, Mar 26 (IPS) – There was a time when Israel was held in contempt by its neighbours for its over-liberal ways. They felt it did not “belong” in the Middle East.

EGYPT: Civil Society Sidelined Ahead of Elections
IPS CAIRO, Mar 26 (IPS) – Egypt’s ruling party is taking measures to restrict the work of non-governmental organisations ahead of crucial parliamentary elections.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (18-24 march 2010)
PCHR 24 Mar 2010 – A Palestinian is carried into al-Aqsa Martys Hospital in the central Gaza Strip town of Deir al-Balah, as he was wounded by Israeli troops, 22 March 2010….

PCHR Concludes a Human Rights Training Course in Rafah
PCHR 24 Mar 2010 – Ref: 35/2010….

PCHR Receives Professor Tateyama from the Department of International Relations at the Japan National Defense Academy
PCHR 24 Mar 2010 – Ref: 36/2009….

International Solidarity Movement

Military investigator testifies that head of IDF Southern Command instructed bulldozer operator not to cooperate with investigation
3/30/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Rachel Corrie Foundation, 29 March 2010 — Monday, March 22 and Wednesday March 24, 2010 the Haifa District Court saw the fifth and sixth days of testimony in the 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. An Israeli military police investigator, who was part of the team that investigated Rachel’s killing, completed his testimony on March 22.

Ha’aretz Diplomacy page

Israeli student lightly hurt in Moscow bombing
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – 28-year-old Israeli university student was lightly injured in Monday morning’s double-suicide bombing.

Obama wants sanctions on Iran ‘in weeks’
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Under Russian pressure, G8 issues watered-down statement on Tehran’s enrichment program.

Obama: Netanyahu understands he must take some bold steps
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – President says U.S.-Israel bond strong; White House spokesman: Jerusalem to be discussed in final-status talks.

Obama in Passover message: Fight oppression everywhere
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – President hosts a White House Passover seder, his third in a row, and second as president.

Fatah strongman: Internal Hamas row derailing Shalit talks
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Mohammed Dahlan says top Hamas official Khaled Meshal has lost faith in prospects of striking a deal.

Report: Algeria arrests Mossad agent with fake Spanish passport
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – FBI Deputy Director John Pistole visited Algeria to negotiate alleged spy’s release, Ennahar El Djadid reports.

IAEA chief: Iran failing to clarify nuclear intentions
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – New Security Council sanctions will make life more difficult for UN inspectors, Yukiya Amano warns.

Jordan and South Korea ink 130-million-dollar reactor deal
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Research reactor set to be upgraded to full scale nuclear power protect by 2017.

‘British MPs seek review of arms exports to Israel’
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – British export control committee says U.K. weapons were ‘almost certainly’ used in Operation Cast Lead.

Russia: Moscow attack may be linked to Afghanistan militias
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Netanyahu extends condolences to Russia saying Israel stands ‘united with enlightened nations in battle against terror.’

Swedish pension fund bans investment in Israeli company on ethical grounds
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Fund shuns Elbit Systems because it provides surveillance equipment for West Bank separation barrier.

Israel allows clothes, shoes into blockaded Gaza for first time
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Palestinian officials say 10 truckloads will be arriving Thurs.; Gaza merchants: Amount of goods insufficient.

Likud minister: U.S. pressure bolsters Palestinian hardliners
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Minister Begin describes Washington’s scrutiny on Jerusalem as departing from past U.S. administrations.

Is a serious Israel-EU crisis in the works?
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Israel’s envoys in Europe: EU will go even further in condemning Israel if U.S. pressure continues.

Israel fears Obama heading for imposed Mideast settlement
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Israeli officials say Obama’s demands are the beginning of a dramatic change in U.S. policy toward Israel.

The Guardian

Israel’s pull, or your push? | Marc Goldberg
The Guardian 30 Mar 2010 – The reason diaspora Jews such as me are migrating to Israel is not for ‘tax breaks’, but to escape an insidious hostility More and more British Jews are moving to Israel, this fact is reported on…

Obama’s other difficult partners | Petra Marquardt-Bigman
The Guardian 29 Mar 2010 – Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu is presently seen as the chief obstacle to Middle East peace, but what of the Arab League? It is hardly surprising that Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech at this week’s Aipac policy conference didn’t…

Ha’aretz National page

IDF denies killing Palestinian teen on Gaza border
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Israel Defense Forces soldiers on Tuesday denied Palestinian media reports that it shot and killed a 15-year-old Palestinian boy trying to cross from Gaza into Israel. …

Two dead in shootout as Bedouin clans battle over land
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Two people were killed and Tuesday in the southern desert town of Rahat in a shootout apparently sparked by a dispute between rival Bedouin clans over land, Army Radio reported. …

Will the real Moses please stand up?
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – One day, King Amenophis of Egypt decided that he wanted to see the gods with his own eyes. He called on one of the kingdom’s sages and asked him how he could make his wish come true. The wise man replied that the king could do so if he were to cleanse Egypt of lepers and other impure people. …

Passover is our original Independence Day
Ha’aretz 30 Mar 2010 – Each generation has a different appreciation of its holidays. Their customs and significance change with time, and it is difficult to pinpoint what exactly preserves the memory of one festival while another date on the calendar is sent into oblivion. …

Passover rush begins, 550,000 travelers expected through Ben Gurion
Ha’aretz 29 Mar 2010 – The holiday travel rush began in earnest Sunday with some 47,000 passengers going through Ben-Gurion International Airport on about 300 flights. …

Relief Web

Liban : Premire Urgence informe les internautes sur ses programmes en faveur des rfugis palestiniens.
Relief Web 30 Mar 2010 – Source: Premire Urgence

DCI – Palestine completes first year of EU-funded project – “Promoting and protecting the rights of Palestinian children affected by armed conflict and occupation”
Relief Web 30 Mar 2010 – Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section

Palestine: Flash Floods DREF operation no. MDRPS004 – Update No.1
Relief Web 30 Mar 2010 – Source: IFRC

Greece helps Palestinian Authority cover arrears to private sector for vehicles
Relief Web 30 Mar 2010 – Source: European Commission, Government of Greece

YNet News

Obama hopes for new Iran sanctions ‘this spring’
YNet News 30 Mar 2010 – During White House press conference, French leader says Israeli construction in east Jerusalem ‘contributes nothing’. Obama tells reporters he would like to see new UN sanctions imposed on Iran ‘in weeks’

Obama: US-Israel ties ‘solid as rock’
YNet News 30 Mar 2010 – US president says Netanyahu realizes he has to take some ‘bold steps’ towards peace. White House spokesman reiterates US commitment to Israel’s security, urgency of return to negotiations

Fatah says will intensify ‘popular struggle’
YNet News 30 Mar 2010 – Two days after Fatah member arrested in Bethlehem, senior PA officials threaten to intensify activity against settlements, West Bank barrier and ‘Judaization’ of Jerusalem

US official to Ynet: No Security Council initiative on Jerusalem
YNet News 30 Mar 2010 – In contrast to BBC report, Obama Administration official says UN resolution against construction in east Jerusalem not in works; adds White House will continue to press Israel, PA to prevent any unilateral measures

Palestinian PM ploughs ahead with future state
YNet News 30 Mar 2010 – During ‘Land Day’ rally in West Bank, Fayyad gets behind horse-drawn plough and says, ‘We want to create our version of facts on the ground, consistent with our people’s right to self determination on their own land’

Jordan, S. Korea sign $130 million nuclear deal
YNet News 30 Mar 2010 – Hashemite Kingdom’s first nuclear research reactor to be operational within five years

G8 ministers to call for stronger Iran measures
YNet News 30 Mar 2010 – Foreign ministers from leading industrial nations to urge international community to take ‘appropriate and strong steps’ against Iran over its nuclear program. Canadian PM Harper: If nuclear proliferation leads to use of nuclear weapons, catastrophe will be felt around the world

Thousands attend ‘Land Day’ ceremony
YNet News 30 Mar 2010 – Arab protestors attend special ceremony in Sakhnin, cry out: ‘Barak, how many children have you killed today?’ MKs present complain of Israel’s ‘racist policies’, say they won’t stop fighting for ‘stolen land’

Stop The Wall

Stop the Wall Land Day and Global BDS Day Activities
Stop The Wall – Click here to see the full program – including 20 activities all over the West Bank -, which Stop the Wall and the popular committees against the Wall and the settlements are organizing to commemorate Land Day and join in the Global BDS Action Day. [

Stop The Wall – Israeli occupation forces arrested 11 Palestinians, including journalists and detained 5 Israelis and internationals. They were part of a protest-procession which moved today from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem towards Jerusalem under the banner of the call for freedom of religion and freedom of worship. [

Daily Star

G8 ministers step up pressure on Iran over nuclear work
Daily Star 30 Mar 2010 GATINEAU, Canada: Group of Eight foreign ministers stepped up pressure on Iran Tuesday to abandon its suspect nuclear enrichment program or face new sanctions as they held key talks here. “We urge a heightened focus and a stronger coordinated action including sanctions if necessary on the Iranian regime,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Palestinian teen killed as Israelis fire on protesters
Daily Star 30 Mar 2010 GAZA CITY: A Palestinian teenager was killed and several others were wounded Tuesday as Israeli troops fired on protestors near the Gaza border while Israeli Arabs and Palestinians marked “Land Day.” The violence along the tense Gaza border came as events were held across Israel and the occupied territories in an annual commemoration of

Yemen court jails southern activists for ‘harming unity’
Daily Star 30 Mar 2010 SANAA: A court sentenced two activists from Yemen’s south, where many still hold separatist sentiment, for up to five years in prison on Tuesday for harming national unity.A judge in the special security court handed the longest term to Fady Hassan Baoum, a leading activist of the Southern Movement, for “inciting violence and hatred with the aim of undermining

Making the death penalty history
Daily Star 30 Mar 2010 It’s clear now that the movement against the death penalty is gaining momentum. Last year there wasn’t a single execution in Europe, and the number of countries that have completely abolished capital punishment reached 95. As recently as 1977, only 16 countries had banned executions.The nations that still execute people – with China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi

ElBaradei takes reform campaign to the streets
Daily Star 30 Mar 2010 CAIRO: Egypt’s most high-profile dissident, former UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei, has taken his reformist campaign to the street with a whirlwind of encounters with Muslim worshippers, Christian activists and film stars. The 67-year-old former diplomat attended Friday prayers at Cairo’s historic Al-Hussein Mosque after going for a walkabout in a nearby working-class

Baroud calls on voters to participate in elections
Daily Star 30 Mar 2010 BEIRUT: Interior Minister Ziyad Baroud officially called on voters Tuesday to participate in the first round of municipal elections in Mount Lebanon scheduled to take place on May 2, 2010, under the current law. Following talks with Speaker Nabih Berri, Baroud told reporters that he was compelled in accordance with the Constitution to call

EIU forecasts 5.8 percent Lebanon GDP growth in 2010
Daily Star 30 Mar 2010 BEIRUT: The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) forecast economic growth of 5.8 percent in 2010 and 5.5 percent in 2011, as a slight pick-up in regional growth boosts investment and demand for Lebanon’s exports, especially tourism. EIU report was published by Bank Audi Weekly Monitor. It added that although the growth rate forecasted for 2010 is

Does ElBaradei have a coherent plan?
Daily Star 30 Mar 2010 Mohamed ElBaradei has embarked in recent days on a campaign to press the flesh in Egypt, trying to transpose the amorphous goodwill toward his esteemed person into active political support for his nascent foray into the public sphere. The manner of the Nobel laureate’s campaign – melding Friday prayers with powwows with Coptic leaders and

Are Lebanon’s disappeared unequal?
Daily Star 30 Mar 2010 Lebanon was right to flex its (limited) diplomatic muscle last week to express displeasure with Libya over the disappearance of Imam Musa al-Sadr, the leading Lebanese Shiite cleric who was last seen on a trip to Libya in 1978. In a rare move, Lebanon’s famously divided Cabinet unanimously agreed not to send any of its top leaders to attend the

Tribunal preparing for trial within a year
Daily Star 30 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 30 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

Byblos Bank hosts lavish lunch to mark International Women’s Day
Daily Star 30 Mar 2010 BEIRUT: The management of Bank Byblos hosted a lavish luncheon in honor of International Women’s Day on March 11. It is said that nearly 500 people were in attendance. Among them were Nadine Akawi, Nada Anouty, Yasmine Ariss, Semaan Bassil and Randa Zeineddine. A swell time was had by all that were wined and dined.

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas: Palestine is our country from the Mediterranean to River Jordan
PIC 30 Mar 2010 – Hamas said that all of historical Palestine from the Mediterranean Sea to River Jordan was and “will remain our country and Jerusalem will remain ours”.

IOA plans more expropriation of Palestinian land in OJ
PIC 30 Mar 2010 – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have barred farmers in Aisawiya town in occupied Jerusalem from reaching their farmlands in a bid to expropriate them later.

Mansour: Resistance is the best bet to liberate the land
PIC 30 Mar 2010 – MP Mona Mansour said on the occasion of the 34th anniversary of land day on Tuesday that resistance was the only road possible to restore usurped lands.

Palestinians abort Jewish attempt to slaughter sacrifices in Aqsa
PIC 30 Mar 2010 – Palestinian citizens and guards of the Aqsa Mosque repelled a group of fanatic Jews who tried to storm the holy site and slaughter cattle as a sacrifice on the occasion of the Jewish Passover.

Bardawil: European awareness of Israel’s threat growing
PIC 30 Mar 2010 – The British MPs intent to ask their government not to sell weapons to Israel reflects a growing European awareness of the threat Israel is posing on world peace and stability, Salah Al-Bardawil said.

Ten Palestinians wounded east of Khan Younis
PIC 30 Mar 2010 – IOF troops opened fire on Tuesday afternoon at a peaceful demonstration, by Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip commemorating land day, wounding ten demonstrators..

Ramallah official: Dismissals in WB in implementation of roadmap
PIC 30 Mar 2010 – An official in the Ramallah authority of Mahmoud Abbas has admitted that the dismissal of teachers and preachers in the West Bank was in implementation of the roadmap plan.

IOF soldiers kill Palestinian child in cold blood in Gaza, beat another in OJ
PIC 30 Mar 2010 – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed a 15-year-old Palestinian boy in cold blood on Tuesday near the Gaza international airport in Rafah city, south of the Gaza Strip.

Pakistanis cry for besieged Palestinians
PIC 30 Mar 2010 – Political and religious leaders representing all shades of Pakistani population issued an urgent warning to the world against the continued genocide of Palestinian Muslims by Israeli Zionists

Palestinian captive loses eyesight as prisoners agree on strike next month
PIC 30 Mar 2010 – A Palestinian captive went blind in Israeli occupation jails due to the medical neglect of his case on the part of the Israeli prisons authority (IPA), a released prisoner said.

Los Angeles Times

Rachel Corrie’s family takes case to court in Israel
LA Times 30 Mar 2010 – Corrie was killed by an Israeli bulldozer while trying to protect Palestinian homes. Her family has been met with hostility while pursuing a civil suit after calling the investigation a ‘whitewash.’ The American parents sit stoically in a sky-lit courtroom, listening to testimony about how an Israeli military bulldozer crushed their daughter to death seven years ago.

One buried, more jailed after Kurd celebration in Syria
LA Times 30 Mar 2010 – News of the killing by security forces surfaces, underscoring worsening conditions for the minority. Mohammad Haider’s family buried him quietly, without a funeral, as they had been instructed by Syrian authorities.

East Jerusalem house is a home divided
LA Times 29 Mar 2010 – An Israeli court has let Jewish settlers live in the front of a house Palestinians have lived in for half a century. The close quarters make for constant tensions and frequent police intervention. A tiny brick house. A disputed neighborhood. And a Solomon-style court ruling that has placed two sets of strangers — with nothing in common but hatred — under the same flat roof.

New York Times

Several Wounded in Gaza by Israeli Gunfire
New York Times 30 Mar 2010 – Several Palestinians were wounded by Israeli army fire in Gaza as they demonstrated close to the border with Israel, according to Palestinian and Israeli officials.

Ministers Reaffirm Jerusalem Stance
New York Times 29 Mar 2010 – Senior Israeli ministers have publicly rejected American demands for curbs on Jewish building in East Jerusalem.

News Analysis: Housing Rift Exposes Other Differences in Israel and U.S.
New York Times 29 Mar 2010 – The U.S. and Israel differ substantially on the international importance of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, and on the Palestinians readiness for statehood.


Palestine Monitor – 17 Dec 2010 – The right to freedom of movement provides that people are entitled to move freely within the borders of the state, to leave any country and to return to their country. Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 12 of the International Covenant…

2010 Land Day Against Apartheid and Settlement Expansion
Palestine Monitor – 30 Mar 2010 – 34 years have passed since Israeli military killed 6 Palestinians in 1976 during peaceful protests over the confiscation of 5500 acres of Palestinian land, a confiscation carried out to facilitate the Judaization of the Galilee region.” “The Israeli actions that are carried out represent a process…

Palestinian Land Day: The Non-Violent Struggle Continues
Palestine Monitor – 30 Mar 2010 – In the occasion of the Palestinian Land day several non-violent demonstrations will be held during the week: March 30, 2010: Land Day: Qarawet Bani Zeid Friday March 2, 2010: Bilin, Nilin, Ma’sara, Nebi Saleh, Sheikh Jarrah The non-violent struggle in West Bank: Since the construction of…

Israel’s Declaration Of War On INGOs
Palestine Monitor – 29 Mar 2010 – Israel is increasingly prohibiting international workers from crossing its borders. In 2009 it cancelled the B1 Visa, a work permit that allows holders to work legally in areas controlled by Israel, both in the Occupied Territories and in Israel, reducing the status of aid workers to…

In the Jewish democracy, Arab parties arent ever considered for the governing coalition
Mondoweiss – 30 Mar 2010 – Roger Cohen has a piece in the Times today urging Obama not to allow the Iran nuke issue to become a Palestine-postponing pawn. I think thats his phrase. Good. Cohen thereby insists on linkage, that American fortunes in the Middle East are linked to political progress…

Land Day Commemorations in France in Support of BDS
Alternative Information Center – 30 Mar 2010 – Sunday, 28 March 2010, On March 30, Palestinian Land Day, there will be a large rally of all the people who refuse the repression and threats from our government against the people who join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign. In less than three weeks,…

Letter from French MP Patrick Braouezec to PM Francois Fillon Concerning BDS
Alternative Information Center – 30 Mar 2010 – Sunday, 28 March 2010, Dear Mr. Prime Minister, During the recent celebratory dinner of the Coordination of the Jewish Organizations in France (CRIF) to which you were invited, you stated that the Boycott Divestment Sanctions(BDS) Campaign, endorsed by many local and international organizations, a campaign that…

News from Within Videocast: U.S-Israel Crisis
Alternative Information Center – 30 Mar 2010 – Friday, 26 March 2010, The Israeli press reports that the strife between Israel and the United States concerns something far bigger than the proximity talks with the Palestinians. As far as President Barack Obama and his senior advisers are concerned, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to…

Advice Givers from the Zionist Left
Alternative Information Center – 30 Mar 2010 – Sunday, 28 March 2010, In the Palestinian daily newspaper Al Quds, an article by the Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information) Gershon Baskin, was published in the opinion section on 3 March 2010. The article has nothing new and this is…

Biliin as an Allegory: The Party is Over, Declares Netanyahu
Alternative Information Center – 30 Mar 2010 – Sunday, 28 March 2010, The decision to declare Biliin and Naalin as closed military zones for a period of six months (so far) has meaning that goes far beyond the weekly demonstrations held there for the past five years already. The party is over that…


Happy Passover from Gaza
Sam Bahour, ePalestine, Israeli Occupation Archive 3/28/2010
In 2010, Jews in Israel and around the world will celebrate Passover beginning on March 30th. Passover is the seven-day holiday of the Feast of Unleavened Bread commemorating the ancient Hebrews escape from enslavement in Egypt. (In Israel, March 30th is also Land Day: the day when Palestinians commemorate and protest the confiscation of their lands by the Israeli government; but thats another story.)
As Im learning, the Passover holiday begins with the Seder, a traditional ceremonial meal. Its centerpiece is a special Seder plate containing six symbolic foods. Each has its own significance in the retelling of the story of the Hebrews exodus from Egypt. The stack of three matzos, or unleavened bread, a kind of cracker made of plain white flour and water, has its own separate plate on the Seder table.
For each of the six traditional items on the Seder plate (as per Wikipedia and the Chabad website) listed here by its Hebrew nameI note its traditional symbolic role and offer an additional, alternative interpretation. I hope my alternative can help Jews around the world, and especially in Israel, connect with a broader perspective on the meaning of Passover right here, right now, in the land that became the eventual endpoint of that ancient exodus.
Maror and Chazeret Bitter herbs, symbolizing the bitterness and harshness of the slavery which the Jews endured in Egypt. Slavery: severe curtailment of ones freedom. Today, one and a half million Palestinians in Gaza are tasting the bitterness of unfreedom, hermetically sealed in their encircled enclave with no end in sight. Sixty percent are under the age of 16. The Jewish citizens of Israel have hardened their hearts to this reality and they have expected the rest of the worlds Jews to do likewise. For how long will you wait for Palestinians to vanish? — See also:ePalestinemore..e-mail

A New Middle East War?
Conn Hallinan, CounterPunch 3/30/2010
Israel Threatens Lebanon … Again
When Israeli Minister without Portfolio Yossi Peled said recently that a war with Lebanons Hezbollah was just a matter of time and that such a conflict would include Syria, most observers dismissed the comment as little more than posturing by a right-wing former general. But Peleds threat has been backed by Israeli military maneuvers near the Lebanese border, violations of Lebanese airspace, and the deployment of an anti-missile system on Israels northern border.
The Lebanese are certainly not treating it as Likud bombast.
We hear a lot of Israeli threats day in and day out, and not only threats, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri told the BBC. We see what is happening on the ground and in our airspaceduring the past two monthsevery day we have Israeli airplanes entering Lebanese airspace. Hariri added that he considered the situation really dangerous.
The increasing tension was behind the recent visit to Beirut by Senator Philippe Marini, French President Nicholas Sarkozys special envoy to Lebanon. After Marini met with Hariri, Christian Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, and Hezbollah leaders, the envoy said that he feared a Hezbollah-Israel rematch could easily become a regional war.
Rhetoric all over the region is heating up.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman first said that Israel would never return the Golan Heights to Syria, prompting Syrias Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem to comment that Israel should not test Syrias determination….more..e-mail

Treason by Members of the United States Congress
Anthony Lawson, Dissident Voice 3/27/2010
Includes video
It must have been realised that the letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, signed by nearly 300 members of the U.S. Congress, affirming their commitment to Israel, would be widely publicised and fall into the hands of that illegal Apartheid State, so the writing and signing of that letter should be considered an act of treason.1
The letter has totally undermined the power of the President of the United States by virtually telling Israel: It does not matter what you do to the Palestinians, how many illegal structures you build on the territory you stole from them; how you behave towards the Lebanese, or what you have in mind for Iran, we, the signatories on this letter are with you, all the way.
I am not a citizen of the United States, I am a citizen of a world that is being ruined by Zionism and its practitioners thirst for power and greed for land that does not rightly belong to them. Having goaded the United States to attack Iraq, it is now attempting to draw it into a pre-emptive attack on Iran, while continuing to lie about the reason. The Iranian president did not threaten to Wipe Israel off the map. Juan Cole, a professor of Middle Eastern studies at University of Michigan who reads Persian, has explained that President Ahmadinejad actually stated (quoting the late Ayatollah Khomeini): The Imam said that this regime occupying Jerusalem (een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods) must [vanish from] from the page of time (bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad).
What Israel and the perverse mainstream media has turned this into can be compared to a Farsi speaker saying: Nothing lasts forever. And having this turned into, by the likes of the BBC and CNN and the press: Im going to kill you. — See also:Nearly 300 Congress members declare commitment to ‘unbreakable’ U.S.-Israel bondmore..e-mail

Israel greenwashing the “war on terror”
Electronic Intifada: 30 Mar 2010 – Under cover of a sudden interest in developing new green technologies, the Israeli government hopes to weaken the Gulf states by making their oil redundant and thereby defeating “Islamic terror.” Uzi Landau, the national infrastructures minister, outlined a vision of a world without oil this week to Israel’s most loyal supporters in Washington as he searched for wealthy American-Jewish investors and White House support for the strategy. Jonathan Cook analyzes.

Mayada’s mime gives expression to Gaza youth
Electronic Intifada: 30 Mar 2010 – In the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, an ordinary family has raised a talented daughter. Her talent is not something widespread in Gaza or even elsewhere in the world. Mayada al-Hallaj, 25, currently studying sociology at university, has also been a mime artist and teacher for the last few years. The Electronic Intifada correspondent Rami Almeghari reports from the occupied Gaza Strip.

Israel’s blood diamonds
Electronic Intifada: 29 Mar 2010 – Every year, consumers the world over unwittingly spend billions of dollars on diamonds crafted in Israel, thereby helping to fund one of the world’s most protracted and contentious conflicts. Most people are unaware that Israel is one of the world’s leading producers of cut and polished diamonds. As diamonds are normally not hallmarked, consumers cannot distinguish an Israeli diamond from one crafted in India, Belgium, South Africa or elsewhere. The global diamond industry and aligned governments, including the EU, have hoodwinked consumers into believing the diamond trade has been cleansed of diamonds that fund human rights abuses, but the facts are startlingly different. Sen Clinton analyzes for The Electronic Intifada.

“We are defending our culture”: an interview with Samir Joubran
Electronic Intifada: 29 Mar 2010 – Earlier this month the Palestinian group Le Trio Joubran gave a concert in Geneva to support the work of the Association Meyrin-Palestine, which is planning to build a cultural center in Gaza. Le Trio Joubran is comprised of three brothers, Samir, Wissam and Adnan Joubran, who play the oud , a pear-shaped instrument from the Middle East related to the lute. The Electronic Intifada contributor Adri Nieuwhof spoke with Samir Joubran about the trio’s music.

IOF assaults on Land Day demos: 4 youths shot at close range
In Gaza: 30 Mar 2010 – Four non-violent demonstrators were shot at close range with live ammunition by Israeli soldiers during six simultaneous protests throughout the Gaza Strip commemorating Land Day. Three of those injured come from Khozaa, a village east of Khan Younis in Gazas south. The fourth, from Deir al Balah, was participating in a peaceful demonstration east of Meghazi, central Gaza. The Khozaa demonstration neared the border shortly after 12 noon. Israeli jeeps stopped along the Green Line border, their number increasing quickly. Israeli soldiers exited their jeeps and assumed sniper positions on a raised dirt mound and along the border fence. Jemah Najjar, 22, was the first to fasten a Palestinian flag to the border fence in todays demonstration. He was also the first injured in the Khozaa region, roughly 10 minutes after he had placed the flag on the fence, he estimates. Israeli soldiers repeatedly opened fire on the very visibly…

My Father was a Freedom Fighter Released in the U.S.
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Mar 2010 – Tuesday, March 30, 2010. For Immediate Release – Please Circulate Widely LONDON/NEW YORK My Father was a Freedom Fighter: Gazas Untold Story , the latest book by Palestinian-American author Ramzy Baroud, was released in the United States, on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, the author and the publisher of the book announced today. Released in January 2010 in the U.K. and in many countries around the world, the book has already garnered the praise of many authors and intellectuals. It was described by Aljazeera as a book that finally placed Gaza back into the heart of the Palestinian struggle. I wanted to write a peoples history of Gaza, said Baroud. Elitist versions of history are very selective, and barely tell part of the story. I was born and raised in Gaza. My family paid, and still pays, a heavy price for the Palestinian tragedy since 1948. I just wanted to tell…more

Jerusalem: Words, Lies and No Action
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Mar 2010 – By Sonja Karkar ‘There isn’t one I haven’t heard’ or so goes one of the lines in a well-known American musical. Yet, this time the world is imbuing the words with new meaning when it comes to US/Israel relations. The hope is that at long last the US is going to discipline Israel. Alas, in the flurry of words, the music has not changed. America seems as much bedazzled by Israel as a parent who is blind to the antics of an over-indulged, demanding child. No amount of insults seems to shatter their illusion that the precious being is in fact a monster. In their attempts to convince the rest of us not so enamoured, they fail to see that they have allowed their symbiotic relationships to become abusive. Just as the parent can no longer control a childs obnoxious behaviour, so too America finds itself hamstrung by Israels illegal…more

My Beautiful Palestine
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Mar 2010 – By Samah Sabawi This is to all of the Palestinian parents in exile and the long trail of olive trees they’ve planted around the globe. A few days ago, my father emailed me a photo of my mom and him standing proudly next to my newest sibling; a young olive tree they’ve planted in their garden in Queensland Australia. I was moved beyond belief looking at that photo and thinking of my beautiful Palestine. To many Palestinians my generation, raised in the Diaspora, Palestine is more than the landscape, old stones and holy places that so many have written about yet most of us on the outside have never seen. As hard as we try to imagine the magnificence of our ancestors’ orange groves, or the enchantment of the scent of jasmine flowers as it lingers at night, we know that we are severed from that world. We know that…more

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