VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 11 April, 2010: Report: Israel shuts off water to Jordan Valley farms

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International Middle East Media Center

Qatar, Algeria Donate More Than $36 Million To The P.A
IMEMC – Monday April 12, 2010 – 04:07, Arab League assistant secretary-general for Financial and Administrative Affairs, Yousef Al Yazal, stated that the Arab League received $36 Million from Algeria and Qatar to be transferred to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank as part of the implementation of the decisions of the Arab Summit that took place in Libya in March.

Al Quds Brigades: “Hamas Arrested Some Of Our Fighters”
IMEMC – Monday April 12, 2010 – 03:38, The Al Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, stated that the security forces of Hamas in the Gaza Strip arrested some of its members while preparing to attack under-cover Israeli forces invading the area.

Israeli Order To Expel Dozens of Thousands of Palestinians and Internationals From the West Bank
IMEMC – Monday April 12, 2010 – 00:01, The Israeli government is set to start the implementation of a new order that would lead to the expulsion of dozens of thousands of Palestinians, and even internationals living in the West Bank. Gazans living the in West Bank will be considered illegal and would be expelled.

Al Ma’ssara Village Near Bethlehem Protest The Israeli-built Wall
IMEMC – Friday April 09, 2010 – 16:32, Residents of Al Ma’ssara village near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem protest on Friday midday the Israeli-built wall on their lands.

Ma’an News

Hebron: Israeli forces detain 5 protest organizers
4/11/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israeli forces detained five members of a Palestinian popular committee during its weekly march north of Hebron on Saturday, as well as five international activists, a statement read. Those detained include Moussa Abu Maria, external relations officer for the local committee against the wall and settlements in Khirbet Safa, who was briefly detained by Palestinian Authority forces less than one week earlier. Mohammad Ayad Awad, the committee’s spokesman, Younis Arrar, committee coordinator, and Sakhr Abu Maria and members of the popular committee Atef Abu Diya, were also detained. An Israeli military spokesman said a total 13 individuals were taken and transferred for security questioning.”A number of knives were discovered on them,” he added. The organizers and activists were detained during a protest against land confiscation that begun on Saturday afternoon from Beit. . .

Report: Israel shuts off water to Jordan Valley farms
4/11/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Four days after an Israeli minister threatened to restrict the West Bank’s water supply, Israeli authorities closed off the main water source used for agriculture in a Jordan Valley village on Sunday, committee members and lawyers said. The Bardalah village’s farmers could stand to lose not only profit, but the land’s viability, and have protested the decision. Fathi Ikdeirat, campaign coordinator for Save the Jordan Valley said “the decision threatens to destroy tens of thousands of agricultural farmlands, greenhouses, citrus and palm trees, particularly as its the season for vegetable harvesting and when fruits bloom.” The main water source is located in the residential part of the village and supplies the northern Jordan Valley and surrounding illegal Israeli settlements with water, he added. Ikhdeirait said the Israeli water company Mokorot built three aquifers since. . .

Military order targets thousands for deportation
4/11/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Two signed military orders awaiting implementation give military officials broad and almost total control over the deportation of Palestinians whose residency status in the West Bank is called into question. Specifically, the Hamoked Center for the Defense of the Individual alleged that the order will be used to deport residents of Gaza from the West Bank, and will likely also target foreign passport holders and non-Palestinian spouses of West Bank residents. The center said tens of thousands of Palestinians and West Bank residents could be caught in the net of the orders, which Israeli journalist Amira Hass said in a Sunday report were “expected to clamp down on protests in the West Bank.” The new orders, by substantively changing the definition of an “infiltrator,” HaMoked said in a statement “effectively apply [the term] to anyone who is present in the West Bank without an Israeli permit. . .”

Shu’fat fears checkpoint ‘repairs’ to limit J’lem access
4/11/2010 – Jerusalem – Ma’an – Residents in the no-man’s land east of the Shu’fat refugee camp checkpoint have grown increasingly concerned that “structural improvements” to the military terminal will serve to further limit Palestinian access to the city. With an announced Israeli military shutdown of the Shu’fat checkpoint between 11pm and 5am over the next 18 days, set to start Sunday night, one resident described the planned roadwork as a “rehearsal,” for when the checkpoint is shutdown completely and the lives of camp residents are “turned into hell.” A military statement released last week said the checkpoint would be closed for construction that would connect the road from the terminal to the main road of the camp. Jamil Sanduqa, head of Ras Khamis local committee, said the closures would have an immediate impact, largely preventing Palestinians from attending the dawn prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City.

Israel closes Bethlehem checkpoint
4/11/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Israeli border police closed the 300 checkpoint at Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem Sunday morning, stranding West Bank permit holders and foreign nationals attempting to enter and exit the West Bank. Representatives said the closure was in anticipation of a demonstration at the military terminal, similar to one held on Palm Sunday where Christians and supporters demanded rights to access the holy city of Jerusalem for religious rites during Easter. Groups in charge of the Palm Sunday event said there was no action planned at the 300 checkpoint, but noted Bethlehem-area residents intended to gather near the site of the most recent separation wall construction to protest the confiscation of private and monastery lands. Witnesses said they saw groups gathering near the wall, and several military jeeps stationed near the area.

PCBS: Israeli restrictions to result in poor 2010
4/11/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – A Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics report prepared two possible forecasts for Palestinian economic development over 2010, with continued siege in Gaza and the blockade of construction materials acting as the determining factor as to whether economic gains or losses will be seen. The report, released last week, detailed 2009 economic conditions and forecast for 2010 based on two scenarios that both assumed a continued occupation and siege, projecting from the report’s finding of improved in the West Bank during 2009, for which PCBS cited stability and a series of reformation policies put in place by the Palestinian Authority. 2010 forecast – Bas
ed on its research, and assuming steady economic conditions including the continued occupation of the West Bank and siege on Gaza, PCBS said it expected real GDP to increase by 4. 2% in 2010. Gross national income, and national disposable income are also expected to rise to 3. 9% and 5. 1% respectively.

ANERA funds new engineering faculty in West Bank
4/11/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) announce Wednesday its agreement with Al Quds University to establish a new engineering facility for undergraduate degrees. ANERA will give Al-Quds University 3 million US dollars to construct and equip the new school building, a statement read. ANERA Board member Fawzi Kawash organized a group of donors to fund construction of the school, which will be built over the next two years and located on 4,000 square meters of land on Al Quds University’s Abu Dis campus. The school will bear the name of its major donor Najjad Zeenni, a successful businessman and engineer who grew up in the Palestinian camps of Lebanon after fleeing Palestine in 1948.” We thank Najjad Zeenni for his generous donation to Al-Quds University to support the education of young Palestinians. This is a very memorable act which earns the respect of all Palestinians,” said Sari Nusseibeh, president of Al-Quds University.

Limited fuel enters Gaza as 1 crossing partially open
4/11/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Limited amounts of food and fuel will enter Gaza on Sunday through the southernmost terminal, Kerem Shalom, Palestinian liaison officer Raed Fattouh said. After two days of total blackouts for at least two-thirds of the Gaza Strip when fuel supplies ran out, the limited supply of industrial diesel and domestic-use gas was expected to permit limited functioning of the Gaza Power Plant. However, rolling blackouts will continue 8-12 hours a day, as they had over the past months, according to reports from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The power plant shutdown is the second in 2010, with plant officials shutting down two of the four generators at the start of February, going black by the 13th. As the blackouts began, an emergency delivery was made on a Friday to ensure the power plant did not go dark over the Jewish holiday when crossings remain sealed.

Israeli cabinet to discuss US expectations
4/11/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to announce his nation’s policy in response to official requests by the US, during the seventh ministerial forum on Sunday. The US has asked that Israel halt the construction of settlements, including those in East Jerusalem, and to extend the freeze for a period that is acceptable to the Palestinian leadership so that peace talks can resume. According to the Israeli Hebrew language daily newspaper Ma’ariv, cabinet members will discuss a final stance on the American requests. Also on the ministerial agenda, Ma’ariv said, was the deployment of Israeli troops outside areas A and B as determined under the Oslo peace process, similar to the protocol of the Second Intifada. The paper noted the suggestion came in response to an increase in popular protests in the West Bank.

Islamic Jihad, Fatah, PLO condemn new military orders
4/11/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Israel’s latest military orders facilitating the illegal expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland are simply the latest in a string of Zionist attempts to ethnically cleanse the Palestinians, Islamic Jihad officials stated Sunday. The statement was issued only hours after Israeli media and human rights organization HaMoked made public two Israeli military orders amending a 1969 act – itself amended in 1980 – allowing the detention and deportation of those described as “infiltrators.”At the same time, chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat and Fatah Central Committee leader Nabil Sha’ath issued their own condemnations of the orders, with Erekat calling them “an assault on ordinary Palestinians, and an affront to the most fundamental principles of human rights,” and the tools of an “apartheid state.”For his part, Sha’ath accused Israel of throwing out the Oslo agreements and. . .

Hamas: PA detains 2 supporters, sentences third
4/11/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Palestinian Authority security services detained two Hamas supporters in the northern West Bank, while a third was sentenced to one year in jail, a statement said Sunday. The detentions targeted Hamas affiliates in Qabalan, south of Nablus, and an Al-Quds Open University student from the Anin village in the northern Jenin governorate, a statement said. The statement also cataloged other allegations of PA abuses targeting Hamas and its supporters, noting that three days earlier a student at An-Najah National University was detained, while a PA court sentenced party supporter Qasim Hawwash, who had already spent several months in detention, to one year in jail. [end]

Universities on strike Monday to Wednesday
4/11/2010 – Hebron – Ma’an – Palestinian university employees will commence a three-day general strike on Monday in all university across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the union’s council announced Sunday. A statement issued by the council said the general strike is in response to the “indifference” of both the Council of Higher Education and university administrations toward employees’ demands.”Both showed no sign of seriousness to address these demands,” the statement read. University employees have requested a salary raise in accordance with the increase in living costs, similar to Palestinian Authority civil servants, who were afforded the increase in January 2010. Moreover, staff have called on the PA to include them on the government’s pension scheme.

Gaza Electricity Company transfers $3 million to PA
4/11/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – The Gaza Electricity Company transferred 3 million US dollars to the Palestinian Authority treasury in Ramallah on Sunday, after Palestinian factions met to discuss the means to bring an end to blackouts experienced across the Gaza Strip. Yasser Al-Wadiyah, independent politician representative, announced the transfer, saying it “was agreed on [during the meeting] to transfer the appropriate fees, collected from [Gaza] residents to the PA in Ramallah.” The official told Ma’an the meeting included all Palestinian factions and independent figures, as well as various heads, board members, directors and representatives of the private sector in Gaza and NGOs.”The meeting was held to discuss the means of getting the [electricity] situation back to normal and provide the power plant with the needed industrial fuel to avoid similar crises that would harm the health and education sectors,” Al-Wadiyah said.

Patient finds rehabilitation through art
4/11/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – ArtistIbtisam Yasser Ammar attended her own vernissage on Saturday, at the Abu Rayya rehabilitation center where she has been treated since a car crash which paralyzed the right side of her body. Quickly becoming a symbol for the beauty of determination in hardship, the 34-year-old painter’s debut show was attended by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and dozens of notable artists and litterateurs. Internationally lauded Palestinian artist Jawad Ibrahim said he was impressed with the number of works Ibtisam was able to complete before the opening,
showcasing several themes from still life to landscape to vibrant impressions of Palestinian life. The works, 40 in total, impressed the prime minister, who noted such a dedicated artist deserved considerable support from her community. It has been, in fact, support from those around Ibtisam that lent support to her personal quest for a way to express herself as she endured life-changing paralysis.

Ha’aretz Defense page

IDF chief vows to fight razing of slain officer’s West Bank home
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – Maj. Eliraz Peretz, resident of Hayovel outpost, was killed last month near Gaza border.

Anat Kam waives immunity, urges Uri Blau to return to Israel
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – Former IDF solider has called on Haaretz reporter to bring back documents wanted by Shin Bet.

Rights group: Israel and Hamas have failed in Gaza war probes
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – Human Rights Watch urges world community to pressure both sides to launch independent investigations of Gaza war.

IDF: Uri Blau’s allegations of army misconduct ‘outrageous’
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – Haaretz article suggesting IDF conducted illegal assassinations was allegedly informed by documents stolen by ex-soldier Anat Kam.

Netanyahu: World is gradually accepting Iran’s extermination calls
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – PM speaks at state ceremony marking Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Day at Yad Vashem memorial.

U.S. Defense Secretary: A nuclear Iran is not inevitable
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – Iran: Obama threatened to launch a nuclear attack against us; Tehran begins production of a new missile.

Gaza’s power crisis sees a glimpse of light
11 Apr 2010 – Gaza, April 12, (Pal telegraph) Dr. Yasser Wadi `a, the representative of independent personalities confirmed last night, the transfer of 3 million dollars from the electricity distribution company in the Gaza Strip to the treasury of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, saying that it was agreed to transfer the money that is collected from the citizens and send it to…

Dr. Shaath: “Israeli Apartheid policies must be stopped”
11 Apr 2010 – West Bank , April 11, (Pal Telegraph) Member of the Fatah Central Committee and head of its International Relations Commission condemned Israeli policies aiming to deport thousands of Palestinians and foreigners from the occupied Palestinian territory. “What Israel is doing is marginalizing and challenging the existence of the Palestinian Authority and dismissing the Oslo Agreements. The Government of Mr. Netanyahu and…

MADA: IOF shoots demonstrators and journalists
11 Apr 2010 – Gaza, April 11, (Pal Telegraph) Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedom (MADA), strongly condemns the arrest of the correspondent and cameraman of France-press agency Hazem Bader, yesterday, by the Israeli occupation forces in the village of Safa (Hebron). MADA also condemns the Israeli occupation army’s actions when they opened fire on journalists and demonstrators during a peaceful demonstration in…

A Belgian delegation to arrive to Jerusalem tomorrow
11 Apr 2010 – Jerusalem, April 11, (Pal Telegraph) A Belgian delegation of solidarity, composed of civil society institutions representatives in Belgium, and a number of Belgian parliamentarians, will arrive tomorrow to visit the people of the “Sheikh Jarrah” neighborhood, to achieve their goal by standing in solidarity with those people of the neighborhood and supporting their right to stay in their homes and…

Israel to close a vital check-point in Jerusalem
11 Apr 2010 – Jerusalem, April 11, (Pal Telegraph) The Israeli authorities will close, this evening and for two weeks ahead, the military checkpoint at the entrance of Shu’fat – north of occupied Jerusalem — using the pretext of doing maintenance work on the crossing in preparation to turn it into a key crossing point for the 30 thousand inhabitants of the camp the…

Israel raids Hebron and sets up checkpoints
11 Apr 2010 – Hebron, April 11, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli occupation forces raided today number of houses in Al-Fawar camp in south Hebron. Israeli patrols travelled in the city neighborhoods and set up military checkpoints in different areas. The Israeli occupation forces stormed the house of Yousef Al-Titi from Al-Fawar camp and searched it.They also raided number of houses and no detentions…

Israel detains 2 Palestinians in Bethlehem
11 Apr 2010 – Bethlehem, April 11, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained today two Palestinians from Al-Dehish and Ayda refugee camps in Bethlehem. Israeli occupation forces raided the citizens’ houses and searched them then detained Walid Zoraq, 19, WAFA news agency reported. They also submitted a notification to Mohammed Al-Jeadi to notify his son Saleh to visit the Israeli intelligence…

The National

Israel fails to see funny side of
The National 11 Apr 2010 – Film about a Muslim who discovers he was born a Jew will be shown in UAE and Saudi Arabia but Israelis turn it down

Iran invites UN and atomic watchdog to its own nuclear disarmament conference
The National 11 Apr 2010 – The UN secretary general and the chief of the IAEA have been invited to a nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation conference in Tehran.

Aljazeera

Iran to take US to UN over ‘threat’
AlJazeera 11 Apr 2010 – Iran says implicit threat of nuclear attack against it is a “threat to global peace”.

Israeli order raises eviction risk
AlJazeera 11 Apr 2010 – Military expands definition of “infiltrator” to include Palestinians from the West Bank.

Settler Violence Report, January-February 2010
Alternative Information Center – Thursday, 01 April 2010, Hebron and South of West Bank – On 9 January, approximately 30 settlers—some of them armed— coming from the Bat Ayin settlement, north-west of Bait Ommar, attacked a group of farmers from…

Israel’s Admission to the OECD
Alternative Information Center – Friday, 09 April 2010, Israel’s Admission to the OECD Next month, Israel is expected to join the prestigious organization of developed economies, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Although the OECD claims to be…

Denied Easter of Christian Palestinians
Alternative Information Center – Sunday, 11 April 2010, It is Easter every day and all year round in Israel and the West Bank, as thousands of people cross or pass over places of holy significance. Easter week in particular, thousands…

Seminar Invitation – Moment of Truth: Between the Theological and Political Reading of the Palestine Kairos Document
Alternative Information Center – Sunday, 11 April 2010, Dar Annadwa in cooperation with the Palestinian Christian Initiative- Kairos Palestine cordially invite you to a seminar entitled A Moment of Truth: Between the Theological and Political Reading. On Thursday April…

Jerusalem Post

Journalist accuses: Olmert received bribes
Jeruslalem Post 12 Apr 2010 – Approved projects in return for purchase of wife’s paintings at exaggerated prices.

Messer ‘mysteriously’ remanded
Jeruslalem Post 12 Apr 2010 – Olmert former confidant held in Holyland scandal investigation.

UK Trade Union Congress calls for settlement produce boycott
Jeruslalem Post 12 Apr 2010 – ‘Israel confiscates land and encourages conflict’ labor union charges, joining with anti-Israel group.

Gates: Nuclear Iran not inevitable
Jeruslalem Post 11 Apr 2010 – In Moscow, Russia assures MKs it won’t send S-300s to Iran for now.

PM slams world silence on Iran
Jeruslalem Post 11 Apr 2010 – Netanyahu warns Iran’s genocidal intentions reminiscent of holocaust.

Iran threatens, the world silent
Jeruslalem Post 11 Apr 2010 – Netanyahu warns acceptance of Iran’s genocidal intentions reminiscent of holocaust.

Ashkenazy: Holocaust lesson learned
Jeruslalem Post 11 Apr 2010 – Netanyahu & Peres called for world reaction to Iran’s genocidal intentions.

Uri Messer’s remand extended
Jeruslalem Post 11 Apr 2010 – Olmert confidant accused of involvement in real estate bribery scam.

‘World turns blind eye to Israeli nukes’
Jeruslalem Post 11 Apr 2010 – Ahead of trip to Washington summit, Erdogan opposes scrutiny of Iran.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Dr. Erakat Condemns New Military Orders to Expel Palestinians from WB
WAFA 12 Apr 2010 – RAMALLAH, April 11, 2010 (WAFA)- Head of PLO Negotiation Affairs Department, Dr Saeb Erakat today condemned new military orders to be introduced by Israel, as reported in the media today, that make

Gaza War Victims Shortchanged on Justice, HRW Says
WAFA 12 Apr 2010 – JERUSALEM, April 11, 2010 (WAFA)- Israel’s investigations into serious laws-of-war violations by its

Joe Courtney: Obama Committed to Two-state Solution
WAFA 12 Apr 2010 – RAMALLAH, April 11, 2010 (WAFA)- US Congressman Joe Courtney told WAFA that President Obama committed to a two- state solution where you have a normal scene in which legal and currency systems

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Director, Raji Sourani, re-elected as FIDH Vice President for the Forth Consecutive Time
PCHR 10 Apr 2010 – Ref: 40/2010 At the conclusion of the International Federation for Human Rights’ (FIDH) 37 th Congress that took place in Yerevan, Armenia, from 6 to 10 April 2010, lawyer Raji Sourani, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights’ (PCHR) director, was re-elected as FIDH vice president…..

International Solidarity Movement

IDF order will enable mass deportation from West Bank
4/11/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Amira Hass, Ha’aretz – A new military order aimed at preventing infiltration will come into force this week, enabling the deportation of tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank, or their indictment on charges carrying prison terms of up to seven years. When the order comes into effect, tens of thousands of Palestinians will automatically become criminal offenders liable to be severely punished. Given the security authorities’ actions over the past decade, the first Palestinians likely to be targeted under the new rules will be those whose ID cards bear home addresses in the Gaza Strip — people born in Gaza and their West Bank-born children — or those born in the West Bank or abroad who for various reasons lost their residency status. Also likely to be targeted are foreign-born spouses of Palestinians.

Sheikh Jarrah patriarch illegally arrested and released without charge
4/11/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Nabil Al-Kurd, head of the Al-Kurd family was arrested last night at midnight. He went with police to file a report against a settler who threatened his life and was violating previous release agreements by coming to the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and was arrested. Two settlers are also being held. At the police station both settlers and international and Israeli activists came to give statements. Settlers were allowed to enter the police station and give statements. International and Israeli activists waited for three hours with video foota
ge but were not allowed to speak to police. Police arrive to arrest Nabil as settlers destroy Al-Kurd propertySettlers began gathering around sundown at the entrance to the Al-Kurd home. The door to the home was malfunctioning, angering and embarrassing the group of 15 young men.

7th Anniversary of the shooting of Thomas Hurndall
4/11/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – The 11th April marks the seventh anniversary of the ultimately fatal shooting of British ISM activist, Thomas Hurndall. Tom was shot in the head by an Israeli sniper in Rafah, Gaza, whilst attempting to move two young girls out of the line of fire. He went in to a coma, and died in hospital 9 months later, on the 13th January 2004. Tom was 21 years old when he was shot. A photography student, he had left the UK to volunteer as a “Àúhuman shield’ in Iraq. Here he heard about the ISM, one of whose volunteers, Rachel Corrie, had just been killed by abulldozer whilst protesting house demolitions in Rafah. He headed there himself, arriving on the 6th April. On the day of his shooting, Tom was with other ISM activists walking through Rafah when Israeli sniper fire started. Almost everyone ran for safety, but Tom noticed that three children, aged between four and seven, had remained motionless, paralysed with fear.”

Ha’aretz Diplomacy page

On eve of nuclear summit, U.S. calls Al-Qaida world’s ‘biggest threat’
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – President Obama says he expects ‘enormous progress’ from upcoming 47-state nuclear summit.

Obama: Anti-Semitism must never be tolerated
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – In statement on eve of Holocaust day U.S. president says world must unite against prejudice of any kind.

U.S tensions put Jerusalem construction on hold
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – Planning Committee instructed to halt work, chairman has not yet signed off on already approved plans.

The Holocaust can happen again, warns top anti-Semitism scholar
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – Robert Wistrich, a British-Israeli historian, believes current era poses genocidal threat to Jews.

Israel mourns death of Polish president Lech Kaczynski
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – Kaczynski, who died in plane crash in Russia Saturday, had developed strong ties with Israel.

Turkey: World is turning a blind eye to Israel’s nuclear weapons
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – However, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Israel has much to contribute to thwarting nuclear terror.

Study: Anti-Semitism in Europe hit new high in 2009
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – Tel Aviv University study: U.K. and France top the list for number of anti-Semitic incidents.

Australia FM: We need more time on Dubai passport probe
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – Australia’s probe into fake passports used in hit on Hamas official delayed for further discussions.

The Guardian

Israeli groups fight orders allowing army to jail West Bank residents
The Guardian 11 Apr 2010 – Israeli human rights campaigners claim Palestinians or foreigners could be labelled infiltrators Israel’s leading human rights groups are trying to stop two new Israeli military orders which will make any resident of the occupied West Bank…

Ha’aretz National page

Privacy concerns stall program to cut Holocaust survivors’ drug costs
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – Less than a week after the Social Affairs Ministry announced it would be …

Former Olmert aide remanded as corruption evidence mounts
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – Uri Messer, the aide to former prime minister Ehud Olmert at the center of an alleged bribery scandal, was remanded into custody on Sunday for five more days. …

Netanyahu to decide over Ashkelon hospital ER relocation
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was authorized Sunday to be the final decision maker over the relocation of the emergency room at Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center, after several weeks of debate regarding the controversial affair. …

Suspect in murder of family of 6 changes plea to not guilty
Ha’aretz 11 Apr 2010 – Damian Karlik, who has been charged with the murder of six members of the Osherenko family in Rishon Letzion, pleaded not guilty on Sunday, just three months after confessing to the crime. …

Relief Web

LIFELink 2009 NEWSLETTER
Relief Web 11 Apr 2010 – Source: Life and Peace Institute

Increased humanitarian aid to Gaza after IDF operation 3 April 2010
Relief Web 11 Apr 2010 – Source: Government of Israel

Al Mezan monthly report: Continuous Israeli violations against Palestinians in March; Four people killed in buffer zone and 30 injured
Relief Web 11 Apr 2010 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights

YNet News

Bookstore chain removes leftist book from shelves
YNet News 11 Apr 2010 – Tzomet Sfarim stops distribution of The National Left after right-wing sources put pressure on management. Book contains harsh criticism of settlers, settlement enterprise. Shulamit Aloni: Settlers do whatever they want

Holocaust remembrance barbeque
YNet News 11 Apr 2010 – While remembrance ceremony took place in Yad Vashem, others played soccer, had picnic in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park. One young player: How much can we sit at home watching same movies?

High Court rejects Palestinian village’s petition against security fence
YNet News 11 Apr 2010 – Justices say rerouting segment of West Bank barrier that separates village of Masha from Israeli communities will jeopardize security of local Jews

Clinton downplays Netanyahu no-show at
summit

YNet News 11 Apr 2010 – Ahead of Obama’s nuclear security summit, US secretary of state tells NBC Israelis ‘share our deep concern about nuclear terrorism’

‘Iran threatens, world remains silent’
YNet News 11 Apr 2010 – Prime minister at ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day speaks of lessons of Shoah, Iranian threat. President notes memory of six million burns in our hearts. Survivors light remembrance torches

Holyland affair: Messer to remain in police custody
YNet News 11 Apr 2010 – Judge says conduct of Olmert’s confidante, suspected of serving as intermediary in bribery scheme, ‘speaks for itself’

Olmert’s attorney: Will he be interrogated?
YNet News 11 Apr 2010 – Former PM’s attorney tells Jerusalem district prosecutor his client will be available for questioning upon his expected return to Israel this weekend. Court extends Attorney Messer’s remand in light of new evidence in ‘Holyland’ affair

Turkey criticizes Israel’s nuclear program
YNet News 11 Apr 2010 – Ahead of Washington nuclear summit, Turkish PM slams Israel, says its ‘free to so what it wants’ because it has not signed nonproliferation treaty

Daily Star

Israeli rights groups slam army rules for West Bank expulsion
Daily Star 12 Apr 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: The Israeli military is introducing orders that human rights activists said on Sunday could make almost any Palestinian liable for expulsion from the occupied West Bank. In a statement, the army played down any notion of mass deportation, saying the orders simply amended existing Israeli regulations to assure military

Iran lifts ban on prominent pro-reform newspaper
Daily Star 12 Apr 2010 TEHRAN: A prominent pro-reform newspaper reappeared on Iranian newsstands on Sunday following a three-year ban that reformists saw as an attempt by hardline rulers to silence critics of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Sharq was closed by the Press Supervisory Board, run by the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry, in 2007

Iran’s supreme leader slams Obama for threatening ‘nuclear attack’
Daily Star 12 Apr 2010 TEHRAN: Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei slammed US President Barack Obama on Sunday for threatening a “nuclear attack” even as Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he did not believe Iran had an atomic bomb. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Iran would officially complain to the UN regarding Obama’s “threats

HRW urges Kuwait to stop deporting ElBaradei supporters
Daily Star 12 Apr 2010 CAIRO: Human Rights Watch called on Kuwaiti authorities on Sunday to stop arresting and deporting supporters of former UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei, now a leading champion of reform in Egypt.”Kuwait’s state security forces should stop arresting and deporting expatriate supporters” of ElBaradei, the New York-based human rights watchdog said in a statement.

Thai ‘red shirts’ defiant after 21 die in clashes
Daily Star 12 Apr 2010 BANGKOK: Thai “red shirt” protesters ruled out negotiations with the government on Sunday and said they would not give up their fight for early elections after clashes with security forces the previous day killed 21 people. “The time for negotiation is up. We don’t negotiate with murderers,” Weng Tojirakarn, a red shirt leader, told Reuters. “We have to keep fighting

Palestinian Information Center

Israeli military deportation order met with Palestinian outrage
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – The IOA has issued a new military order that would go into effect this week allowing it to deport thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank, a Hebrew daily reported on Sunday.

Khater: IOA building more synagogues in OJ
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – Dr. Hasan Khater, the secretary general of the Islamic Christian commission, said that the IOA had built 218 synagogues in occupied Jerusalem including 70 in the Old City.

Sources: Egyptian steel wall in final stages
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – The steel wall built by Egypt under its borders with the Gaza Strip is entering its final stages and would soon close up all tunnels used for smuggling goods into the besieged Strip, sources said.

PCHR concerned over electricity crisis in Gaza
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – The Palestinian center for human rights (PCHR) has expressed concern over the deterioration in humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip due to the electricity crisis.

IOF troops raid Bethlehem, clash with youths
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired rubber bullets and sonic and gas bombs at residential quarters in Doheisha refugee camp in Bethlehem in a pre-dawn raid on Sunday.

IOA turns West Bank villages into toxic waste dump
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – Israeli companies are dumping their chemical waste in the West Bank instead of moving them to the Negev where a special location was allocated for chemical refuse because of its high cost.

IOF troops round up 14 citizens including foreigners, journalists
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up 14 civilians in Beit Ummar, north of Al-Khalil, on Saturday night including foreign activists and journalists.

Palestinians in 1948 occupied Palestine demonstrate for release of prisoners
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – Palestinian citizens in 1948 occupied Palestine on Saturday demonstrated in front of the Israeli jail of Shatta demanding release of their prisoners.

Quds center: IOA violations against Jerusalemites soared in March
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – The Quds center for social and economic rights said in a report on Saturday that the Israeli violations in occupied Jerusalem had soared in the past month of March.

Lieberman: Settlement in Jerusalem will continue
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – Avigdor Lieberman has asserted that settlement activity in occupied Jerusalem would not stop but rather settlement activity in it and the West Bank would intensify by next October.

New York Times

Iran Wants Sunnis in Iraqi Politics
New York Times 11 Apr 2010 – Iran, a major power broker in Iraqi politics, called for leaders to include Sunnis in the new government.

Misc

Checkpoints
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…

Grossman: occupation is carnivorous plant ‘slowly consuming every good part’ of Israel
Mondoweiss – 11 Apr 2010 – Tumultuous day at Sheikh Jarrah on Friday. Here is Didi Remez again, quoting a speech by novelist David Grossman: I think that we are all beginning to grasp — even those who maybe don’t really want to — how 43 years ago, by turning a blind…

A night-flower by any other name would smell as obnoxious
Mondoweiss – 11 Apr 2010 – MJ Rosenberg joins the battle between Steve Walt and Rob’t Satloff over the true aims of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and says the thinktank is just a “cutout” for the Israel lobby. I was working at AIPAC and it was Steve Rosen who…

Packer-Ramadan in OT
Mondoweiss – 11 Apr 2010 – George Packer reflects on his debate with Tariq Ramadan . He was asked ahead of time if “I thought he evaded hard questions about the conflicts between the open society and fundamentalism.” I said I wasn’t sure and hoped to find out. By the end of the…

Emulating the perpetrators of terror
Mondoweiss – 11 Apr 2010 – The latest candidate for the Chutzpah of the Month award: Fern Oppenheim, in the Jerusalem Post , obviously an American Jew living in the States, cannot see the ironies when she writes: “When innocent Palestinian children watch their beloved Sesame Street-like TV characters brutally murdered by IDF…

Settler Violence Report, January-February 2010
Alternative Information Center – 12 Apr 2010 – Thursday, 01 April 2010, Hebron and South of West Bank – On 9 January, approximately 30 settlers—some of them armed— coming from the Bat Ayin settlement, north-west of Bait Ommar, attacked a group of farmers from the village working the land in the area of Wadi…

Denied Easter of Christian Palestinians
Alternative Information Center – 12 Apr 2010 – Sunday, 11 April 2010, It is Easter every day and all year round in Israel and the West Bank, as thousands of people cross or pass over places of holy significance. Easter week in particular, thousands of Christian faithful, from all over the world, visited the…

Israel’s Admission to the OECD
Alternative Information Center – 12 Apr 2010 – Friday, 09 April 2010, Israel’s Admission to the OECD Next month, Israel is expected to join the prestigious organization of developed economies, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Although the OECD claims to be an organization of democratic countries, in the past year it…

Seminar Invitation – Moment of Truth: Between the Theological and Political Reading of the Palestine Kairos Document
Alternative Information Center – 12 Apr 2010 – Sunday, 11 April 2010, Dar Annadwa in cooperation with the Palestinian Christian Initiative- Kairos Palestine cordially invite you to a seminar entitled A Moment of Truth: Between the Theological and Political Reading. On Thursday April 15th 2010 from 17:00 hrs -19:00hrs at Ad- Dar Hall /…

Articles


Fayyad’s big gamble
Uri Avnery, Ma’an News Agency4/11/2010
I met Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian prime minister, two weeks ago, and was again impressed by the calm and modesty he radiates.
Generally, I meet him at demonstrations, such as those at the Bi’lin fence. This time, too, there was no opportunity for more than a perfunctory handshake and a few polite words.
We appeared together at the Land Day event in a small village near Qalqiliya, whose name is known only to a few: Izbat Al-Tabib. The village was established in 1920, and the occupation authorities do not recognize its existence. They want to demolish it and transfer its extensive lands to the nearby Alfei Menashe settlement.
We were surrounded by a large group of respectable personalities — the heads of neighboring villages and officials of the parties that belong to the PLO — as well as the inhabitants of the village. I could speak to him only from the rostrum. I entreated him to strengthen the cooperation between the Palestinian leadership and the Israeli peace camp, a cooperation that has weakened since the assassinations of Yasser Arafat and Faisal Husseini.
It is impossible not to like Fayyad. He radiates decency, seriousness
and a sense of responsibility. He invites trust. None of the filth of corruption has stuck to him. He is no party functionary. Only after much hesitation did he join a small party (the Third Way). In the confrontation between Fatah and Hamas, he does not belong to either of the two rival blocs. He looks like a bank manager — and that is what he indeed was: a senior official of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
The 58-year old Fayyad is the very opposite of Arafat, who first appointed him as finance minister. The Ra’is (Arabic for head or chief) radiated authority, the prime minister radiates diffidence. Arafat was an extrovert, Fayyad is an introvert. Arafat was a man of dramatic gestures, Fayyad does not know what a gesture is.more..e-mail

Indoctrinating Israeli Youths to Be Warriors | Dissident Voice
Stephen Lendman, Dissident Voice4/8/2010
The modern roots go back to Zionism’s founding at the First Zionist Congress in Basle, Switzerland in 1897, its program being:
“Establishing for the Jewish people a publicly and legally assured home in Eretz Yisrael.”
Five decades later, it was accomplished by dispossessing indigenous Palestinians, denying them the right to their land, creating a new Jewish identity, legitimizing Jews as rightful owners, and using superior military force to assure it against defenseless civilians, no match against their powerful adversary.
Leading up to and after its War of Independence, Israel stayed politically and militarily hard line, negotiating from strength, choosing confrontation over diplomacy, naked aggression as a form of self-defense, and occupation to seize as much of historic Palestine as possible to secure an ethnically pure Jewish state — policies called “Israelification (and) De-Arabization” to preserve a “Jewish character.”
In his book, “The Making of Israeli Militarism, Uri Ben-Eliezer says writing about Israeli militarism involves “ventur(ing) into an intellectual minefield,” given Jewish history under the Nazis and the perception of Israel as a safe haven. Yet decades of Arab-Israeli conflict produced seven full-scale wars, two Intifadas, and many hundreds of violent incidents.
Ben-Eliezer believes that, beginning in the 1930s, militarism “was gradually legitimized within the Yishuv, the Jewish community in Palestine, then within the new state (was) crystallized into a value, a formula, and an ideology.” Over time, it acquired a dynamic of its own, then during the 1948 war, it “acquired full legitimacy” and became decisive in setting policy.
Politics and militarism were wedded to create a militaristic view of reality. Thereafter, it was institutionalized to where “the idea of implementing a military solution to (political problems) was not only enshrined as a value in its own right but was also considered legitimate, desirable, and indeed the best option.”more..e-mail

affecting and affected
In Gaza: 11 Apr 2010 – Abu Basel (right) is one of the long-termers, having served over 20 years as a medic in Gaza. “Who will take care of people if not us? Someone has to do this work. Without medics, who will care for the injured? Everyone has something to contribute,” he replied to the question: why do you do such dangerous work. Dangerous work. Being a medic hardly seems dangerous…anywhere else. But in a place like Palestine, medics have to contend with more than tending to the injured or bringing in the dead. They have to be aware of Israeli soldiers’ shooting, shelling from Apaches, F-16s, tanks, the sea… Having spoken with Abu Basel many times during and after the Israeli massacre of Gaza last year, I thought I’d heard most of his horror stories. He is a calm man, when not driving the ambulance, and relates all his stories in the same laid-back…

Checkpoints
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 on Civil and Political Rights. December 10th, 1948 Movement Restrictions: The Facts By September 2008 there were 699 closure obstacles in the West Bank— approximately 130 of these have been added after the Annapolis Conference began in November 2007. 630 of the obstacles have been identified: trenches (3%), partial checkpoints (3%), earth walls (7%), road-blocks (11%), road barriers (12%), checkpoints (12%), road gates (16%) and earth mounds (36%). 74 % of the main routes in the West Bank are controlled by checkpoints or blocked entirely. In the period from April to September 2008 the weekly average of flying (or random) checkpoints was 89. Due to…

Indispensable IslamOnline Must Not Fail
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Apr 2010 – By Ramzy Baroud A widely popular Islamic website has been, until very recently, an undisputed success story. IslamOnline arrived at a time that millions of Muslims needed a common platform and a unifying outlet. Here was a website that neither shunned nor alienated. Its influence was upbeat and positive, rather than destructive or divisive. While it wasn’t an apologetic outlet, it reached out to patiently and progressively present Islam and Muslim issues to the world. These were understood and communicated by hundreds of scholars and qualified journalists, who toiled day and night from their Cairo offices. Then something happened to abruptly bring the noble mission to an end. The success story suddenly became a terrible nightmare for hundreds of IslamOnline’s principled employees. The website (IslamOnline.net) remained online, but it was barely updated. Instead, videos were circulated on youtube, showing tired-looking IslamOnline staff chanting in the lobby of their building in…more

Was Israel Ever Legitimate?
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Apr 2010 – By Jeff Gates The history of Israel as a geopolitical fraud will fill entire libraries as those defrauded marvel at how so few deceived so many for so long. Those duped include many Jews who—even now—identify their interests with this extremist enclave. Israeli leaders are wrong to worry about “de-legitimization.” They are right to fear that a long-deceived public is fast realizing that Israel’s founding was key to an ongoing deception. The Invention of the Jewish People did not begin with Shlomo Sand’s 2009 bestseller by that title. There was no Exile says this Jewish scholar. Nor was there an Exodus. So how could there be a Return, the core premise of Israeli statehood? If this patch of Palestinian land never rightly belonged to a mythical Jewish People, what then for the legitimacy of the “Jewish homeland.” And for that depiction by British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour in his Novemb
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Israel Shapes Its New Message
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Apr 2010 – By James Gundun – Washington D.C. The US-Israeli spat has reached a temporary conclusion. Israel has no intention of halting construction of settlements in East Jerusalem, as both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat recently revealed. The White House correspondingly went silent for Passover and the peace process remains frozen until further notice. Whether US officials have truly pressured Israel to the limit or we’re watching an elaborate show remains uncertain, though many indications lean towards stagecraft over statecraft. A new ?crisis? looms in the near future, whenever Jerusalem comes to a head again, or Gaza, or something completely new. But whatever the case, America and Israel have transitioned from defending themselves to damage control. Having won its battle, Israel is already deep into a re-branding campaign. One example was a recent Haaretz report by Zvi Bar’el explaining how a third intifada plays into Israel’s hands…more

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