VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 12 February, 2011: Abbas and Netanyahu keep their mouths shut after Mubarak ousted

12 February, 2011 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Two workers wounded by Israeli gunfire in Gaza
IMEMC – Sunday February 13, 2011 – 06:11, On Saturday, Israeli soldiers stationed at the Gaza-Israeli border fired live rounds at two workers who were collecting rubble to use as building material, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Egypt’s Army To Allow Smooth Power Transition, To Respect Regional Agreements
IMEMC – Saturday February 12, 2011 – 19:53, The Higher Council of the Armed Forces in Egypt, currently in power after the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, vowed to ensure a smooth transition of power towards what it called “civil authority that would build a free and democratic country”, and also vowed to respect regional agreements, referring to the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaties.

Army Invades Several Areas In The West Bank, Kidnaps Two In Nablus
IMEMC – Saturday February 12, 2011 – 18:10, Israeli soldiers invaded on Saturday at dawn several areas in the West Bank, broke into and searched several homes and kidnapped two residents in Madama village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Presidential, Legislative Elections to Be Held By September, Hamas Rejects Call
IMEMC – Saturday February 12, 2011 – 17:51, The Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, PLO, announced Saturday that it is starting preparations for presidential and legislative elections in the Palestinian territories, and stated that the elections will be held by of before this coming September. Hamas movement rejected the announcement.

Palestinian Chief Negotiator Dr. Saeb Ereikat Resigned His Post
IMEMC – Saturday February 12, 2011 – 17:10, Dr. Saeb Ereikat, chief negotiator of the Palestinian Authority has resigned from his post Saturday afternoon, Palestinian official sources reported.

Israeli Youths Kill a Palestinian Man in Jerusalem; Soldiers Arrests Three in Separate Incident
IMEMC – Saturday February 12, 2011 – 11:31, A Palestinian man was stabbed to death by a group of Israeli youths on Friday afternoon near Jerusalem’s Old City.

Arab League Secretary-General To Resign
IMEMC – Saturday February 12, 2011 – 11:20, A few hours after the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, resigned from his post after nearly three weeks of massive protests against his regime, Arab League Secretary-General, Amro Mousa, stated that he will resign from his post in a few weeks.

Turkish Inquiry Finds Israel Violated International Law In Attack On Aid Ships
IMEMC – Saturday February 12, 2011 – 09:07, On Friday, the Turkish government released a summary of its investigation into the Israeli assault on an international humanitarian aid flotilla in international waters on May 31st, 2010 — an assault which left nine aid workers dead. The Turkish investigation found that Israeli troops used excessive, indiscriminate and disproportionate force when attacking the aid ships.

Ma’an News

Saeb Erekat resigns as chief PLO negotiator
2/12/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The chief PLO negotiator has presented his resignation to the Palestinian president and PLO leadership, officials in Ramallah announced Saturday. Saeb Erekat resigned because of his responsibility for a series of disclosures, PLO secretary-general Yasser Abed Rabbo said. Erekat, who has been at the center of negotiations since 1991, told AFP….

Israeli forces shoot at Gaza workers
2/13/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and injured two Palestinian workers Saturday in the northern Gaza Strip, medics said. Marhan Tanboura, 24, and Ashour Shukheidim, 29, were shot in the leg, Gaza medics said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers fired at two Palestinians who approached the border and did not heed orders….

Top US commander to visit Israel, Jordan
2/12/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The top US military commander will visit Israel and Jordan Sunday and Monday to reaffirm US support following the collapse of the presidency of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen will begin his trip in Amman where he will meet with King Abdullah II and….

Nativity Church deportees appeal to UN commissioner
2/12/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinians deported from Bethlehem to the Gaza Strip in 2002 after Israeli forces besieged the Nativity Church appealed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. A spokesman for the group Fahmi Kan’an said the local committee of national and Islamist forces handed Navi Pillay a letter….

Editorial: Egypt, please open the Rafah crossing
2/12/2011 – Palestinians suffer from an incurable love of our homeland, and we are today students and partners of the great Egyptian people. The people of Egypt built the pyramids and contributed to the creation of human civilization 7,000 years ago. The Egyptian people dug the Suez Canal and then nationalized it. We, too, thirst for freedom….

Israeli forces detain 2 near Nablus
2/12/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Saturday stormed the northern West Bank village of Madama near Nablus and detained two Palestinians, locals said. Residents identified the detainees as Mahmoud Amir Nassar, 16, and Abdul-Karim Ghassan Ziada, 22. Locals added that soldiers used police dogs to search Ziada’s home. An Israeli military spokeswoman….

Al-Habbash calls for national unity at Friday prayers
2/12/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority Religious Affairs Minister Mahmoud Al-Habbash called for national unity during Friday prayers at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah. Al-Habbash called on Hamas to hold elections in the Gaza Strip at prayers attended by President Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas has called elections for July 9, but the vote will be confined….

PA announces elections by September
2/12/2011 – RAMALLAH (AFP) – The Palestinian Authority announced in an official statement on Saturday that presidential and parliamentary elections would be held before September….

Hamas rejects PA elections plan
2/12/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The PLO leadership in Ramallah on Saturday announced plans to hold elections by September, running into immediate opposition from its Hamas rivals. The Palestinian Authority will “start preparations for presidential and parliamentary elections in the coming months. . . no later than September,” PLO chief Yasser Abed Rabbo said. In a statement, he….

Large fire in Bethlehem
2/13/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A large fire erupted in a warehouse in Bethlehem late Saturday, causing damage to nearby buildings. There were no immediate reports of injury. Firefighters rushed to the scene in a bid to save the structure, which residents said looked to be on the verge of collapse. Above the building are several….

Palestinians in Israel celebrate Egypt victory
2/12/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Young Palestinian men and women hit the streets of Jaffa in central Israel on Saturday waving Palestinian and Egyptian flags in a scene unprecedented in Israel’s 60-year history, participants said. Palestinians celebrated the Egyptian people’s victory in ousting autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak, as the….

Women celebrate Egypt’s victory on Gaza streets
2/12/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Women hit the streets in Gaza City on Saturday to celebrate the toppling of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak stepped down Friday night following 18 days of mass protests across Egypt against his regime. Women rallied in Gaza to celebrate what they called the “victory of Egyptian youth.” “Today marks….

Field Marshal Tantawi, Egypt’s new strongman?
2/12/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — The sudden collapse of Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule in Egypt had all the trappings of a revolution, but the military strongman at the heart of the new regime is anything but a fresh face. Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, is a….

Arab League chief to quit ‘in coming weeks’
2/12/2011 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Arab League chief Amr Mussa announced he would resign in coming weeks, hours after Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak quit his presidency, the Cairo-based Middle East News Agency reported. Mussa told Egyptian State TV he would quit without elaborating on his future plans, the report said. Following Mubarak’s ouster, Mussa….

Army: Egypt to remain committed to all treaties
2/12/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt will remain committed to all its regional and international treaties, its ruling military council said on Saturday, implicitly confirming the nation’s peace deal with Israel would remain intact.” The Arab republic of Egypt will remain committed to all its regional and international treaties,” the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces….

Egypt looks ahead after Mubarak’s fall
2/13/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) —Egyptians on Saturday celebrated their first day of victory after an uprising drove veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak from power, expressing hope that their new military rulers will chart a path to democracy. The streets and squares of downtown Cairo were in the hands of the mostly young demonstrators whose determined 18-day revolt….

Police ring Algiers ahead of opposition rally
2/12/2011 – ALGIERS, Algeria (AFP) — Large numbers of police were deployed in central Algiers Friday ahead of a pro-democracy march planned by opposition groups in defiance of a government ban. The head of the opposition Rally for Culture and Democracy, Said Sadi, said the authorities had ringed the capital in a bid to prevent people joining Saturday….

Western leaders hail Mubarak resignation
2/12/2011 – PARIS (AFP) — Western leaders hailed the toppling of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak as a historic victory for people power and democracy while China and Russia called for stability on Saturday. Messages of congratulation to the Egyptian people flooded in as Mubarak handed over power to senior army officers after 18 days of mounting protests against….

Egypt stock exchange to reopen Wednesday
2/12/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s stock exchange is to reopen on Wednesday, state television said, more than two weeks after it was shut down following a precipitous plunge amid anti-regime protests. Saturday’s announcement came a day after Egypt’s long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak handed control of the country to a military council….

Protesters force police cordon in Algiers demo
2/12/2011 – ALGIERS, Algeria (AFP) — Up to 2,000 Algerian demonstrators briefly forced a police cordon Saturday as they tried to begin a banned march calling for regime change a day after the fall of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak. Protesters, put at 800 by police but estimated at 2,000 by journalists at the scene, found themselves blocked again….

Egypt army vows elected civil government
2/12/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s military vowed on Saturday that it would oversee a peaceful transition towards an elected civilian government, a day after ousted president Hosni Mubarak handed control of the nation to the army….

Thousands rally to demand Algerian leader quits
2/12/2011 – ALGIERS (AFP) — Up to 2,000 demonstrators evaded massed police Saturday to rally in a central Algiers square demanding that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika step down like the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia. Ringed by hundreds of anti-riot forces, some carrying automatic weapons in addition to clubs and shields, they waved a large banner reading “Regime, out….

Egypt military vows democracy after Mubarak’s fall
2/12/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Cairo’s new military leadership on Saturday vowed to pave the way for democracy and abide by its peace treaty with Israel as Egyptians basked in their victory a day after Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said the current government would remain in place for….

Merkel: Arab rulers must get used to rights demands
2/12/2011 – BERLIN (AFP) — Governments across the Arab world must now get used to demands for basic human rights to be respected in the wake of the revolts in Egypt and Tunisia, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In her weekly podcast, released Saturday but recorded before Friday’s ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Merkel….

Egypt stock exchange to reopen Wednesday
2/12/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s stock exchange is to reopen on Wednesday, state television said, more than two weeks after it was shut down following a precipitous plunge amid anti-regime protests. Saturday’s announcement came a day after Egypt’s long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak handed control of the country to a military council….

State TV: Egypt slaps travel ban on ex-PM
2/12/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s chief prosecutor on Saturday banned former prime minister Ahmad Nazif and other top ex-officials from leaving the country, a day after the overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak, state TV said….

French PM: ‘History speeding up’ with Mubarak fall
2/12/2011 – RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said in Saudi Arabia on Saturday that president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster has opened “a new page” in Egypt that no pundits could have predicted. Fillon told reporters he discussed the dramatic events in Egypt, where Saudi Arabia’s ally Mubarak was toppled on….

Students hold Yemen protest, demand president quit
2/12/2011 – SANAA, Yemen (AFP) — Several thousand young Yemenis gathered in central Sanaa on Saturday, calling for President Ali Abdallah Saleh to step down and follow the example of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, an AFP correspondent said.” After Mubarak, it’s Ali’s turn,” chanted some of the estimated 4,000 protesters, mostly young students. The….

Palestine Note

Mubarak’s failed bait and switch
Palestine Note 12 Feb 2011 – On February 10, indications were he’d step down. He didn’t, but now it’s official, vice president Suleiman saying he resigned, handing power to Egypt’s military. A New York Times alert said “a historic popular uprising transformed…

Time to bring the Jewish Occupation to an end, now.
Palestine Note 12 Feb 2011 – Poor Mahmoud Abbas and his Ramallah entourage, they must be feeling down on their luck. Ramallah leadership lost friends and allies left and right. It lost Ehud Olmert and Tizpi Livni who waged war on Gaza…

Aljazeera

Egypt’s army vows smooth transition
AlJazeera 12 Feb 2011 – Military rulers pledge peaceful transfer of power to elected civilian rule a day after uprising ousts Hosni Mubarak.

Thousands rally in Yemen’s capital
AlJazeera 12 Feb 2011 – Anti-government protesters inspired by Egypt’s revolution call on Saleh to step down as president.

Erekat quits over Palestine Papers
AlJazeera 12 Feb 2011 – Chief Palestinian negotiator resigns, saying source of Al Jazeera’s revelations was in his own office.

Iran’s opposition planning protests
AlJazeera 12 Feb 2011 – Seemingly emboldened by events in Tunisia and Egypt, opposition leaders call for anti- government rallies on Monday.

Middle East rulers make concessions
AlJazeera 12 Feb 2011 – Moves seen as bid to appease people after mass protests in Tunisia and Egypt toppled long-serving presidents.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (03 – 09 February 2011)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jerusalem Post

Arab stabbed to death; police arrest 2 Jews
Jeruslalem Post 12 Feb 2011 – 24-year-old was killed in a fight between Jews and Arabs in a popular hangout area in downtown Jerusalem.

US to give Egypt $1.3b in military aid in ’11
Jeruslalem Post 12 Feb 2011 – Israel slated for $3b; Egypt will also receive economic aid “with the understanding that the gov’t will undertake democratic reforms.”

Obama welcomes commitments from Egypt’s army
Jeruslalem Post 12 Feb 2011 – Obama discusses situation with British, Turkish, Jordanian leaders; tells them US will provide any support requested by Egyptian people.

Head of Egypt military discusses constitutional legitimacy
Jeruslalem Post 12 Feb 2011 – Mohamed Hussein Tantawi meets with Egyptian PM, interior minister to discuss “immediate return of life to normality”.

PM welcomes Egyptian army’s pledge to honor peace treaty
Jeruslalem Post 12 Feb 2011 – Barak speaks with Defense Minister Tantawi; PM to discuss changing strategic environment in J’lem with Mullen.

Israeli-Arabs rejoice in solidarity with Egyptian people
Jeruslalem Post 12 Feb 2011 – Over a thousand people march in Nazareth waving Egyptian, Tunisian, and Palestinian flags during rally organized by Balad party.

Obama stresses importance of fully democratic Egypt
Jeruslalem Post 12 Feb 2011 – US president says anti-Mubarak protests “inspired us”; Gibbs compares situation in Iran with Egypt, stresses that threats show fear.

Erekat resigns as PA announces September elections
Jeruslalem Post 12 Feb 2011 – Chief peace negotiator steps down in response to Al-Jazeera leaks; Hamas says it will refuse to take part in elections in Gaza.

Egypt military promises to abide by Israel peace deal
Jeruslalem Post 12 Feb 2011 – Egyptian military asks current current gov’t to rule until new one elected; protesters still gathered in Tahrir Square as curfew is eased; US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman to sit with PM, Peres in TA.

China warns Egypt events could alter peace process
Jeruslalem Post 12 Feb 2011 – Chinese national news agency warns of Egypt “chaos” after uprising; urges military, gov’t, citizens to maintain stability.

‘Israel in worst shape for water resources in Mideast’
Jeruslalem Post 12 Feb 2011 – Indian thinktank report claims countries can make “blue peace” with water management, solve deadlocks between Israel, PA, Syria.

Pillay: UNHRC doesn’t single out Israel
Jeruslalem Post 11 Feb 2011 – ‘Settlements are illegal under international law,’ says high commissioner.

International Solidarity Movement

Drug store set on fire and classes suspended in school heavily damaged by Israeli bombing
2/12/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 09 February, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the targeting of civilian establishments in the Gaza Strip by aircraft of the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) early this morning. Ten Palestinians, including two women and a child, were wounded as a result of the bombing. In addition, a…. Related: PCHR

More demolitions in Khirbet Tana
2/12/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 10 February, ISM – The village of Khirbet Tana, near Beit Furik, Nablus region, once again faced Israeli bulldozers yesterday. Several structures, including homes and animal shelters were demolished when the army arrived with six jeeps and two bulldozers. No notice was given of the destruction. The villagers have been through this many times, the last….

Ha’aretz Defense page

Obama welcomes Egypt’s pledge to maintain international treaties
Ha’aretz – Comment by U.S. president comes as Egypt’s ruling military indicated it would respect the country’s international obligations, which include its peace treaty with Israel.

Jordan PM: Israel’s obstinacy to peace may further destabilize Mideast
Ha’aretz – Speaking after meeting with U.S. State Department official, Jordan PM Bakhit says Israel should give up its ‘fortress mentality’ in favor of justice and dignity.

Netanyahu: Egypt-Israel peace is cornerstone of Mideast stability
Ha’aretz – Prime minister welcomes Egyptian military’s pledge to maintain all international treaties, including its peace treaty with Israel, in wake of President Mubarak’s ouster.

Jordan Muslim Brotherhood: Israel, U.S. main losers in Mubarak ouster
Ha’aretz – Group advises U.S. to change policies towards region, says political changes should send clear message to Israel regarding peace treaty.

Palestinians announce September elections as top negotiator resigns
Ha’aretz – In statement, Abbas aide says elections could resolve feud with rival faction Hamas; Erekat resigns in wake of Palestine papers leak, thought to have originated from his office.

Egypt will maintain its peace treaty with Israel, military says
Ha’aretz – In new statement, Egypt’s army underlines country’s commitment Egypt’s int’l treaties in the wake of a revolution that resulted in the ouster of long-time President Hosni Mubarak.

U.S. dispatches military chief to reassure Israel, Jordan after Mubarak’s ouster
Ha’aretz – Admiral Mike Mullen will meet Netanyahu, Ashkenazi and Gantz, as well as Jordan’s King Abdullah.

Egypt’s army must now continue down Mubarak’s path
Ha’aretz – As long the state of emergency in Egypt prevails, the military can manage affairs of state unfettered by any legal problem, dissolve parliament, call new elections and form a government far from being a civilian democracy.

Palestine Telegraph

Israeli Maniacs stabbed Palestinian to death
12 Feb 2011 – Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) – A Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem died Friday of his wounds after being stabbed by a group of Israelis in West Jerusalem earlier in the day, according to Israeli hospital and police reports.

UNHRC: Israeli Occupation Causes Many Hardships
12 Feb 2011 – Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay Friday said the Israeli occupation and conflict have caused many hardships. She urged parties in the region to respect international law and rights of the people under their rule.

Israeli Forces Arrest 7 People in West Bank
12 Feb 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli forces arrested three Palestinians and four foreigners active in solidarity groups during the weekly Friday anti-settlement and apartheid wall march in the village of Nabi Saleh, west of Ramallah, according to local sources.

Two Palestinians Injured by Israeli Gunfire in Gaza
12 Feb 2011 – Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) – Two Palestinians were injured Saturday when Israeli soldiers stationed near the borders with Gaza opened fire at them north of the Gaza Strip, according to medical sources.

Clashes erupted after Friday prayer in Silwan
12 Feb 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph) -Dozens of Palestinians were injured yesterday following Friday prayer after inhaling poisonous gas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes erupted in Al-Bustan protest tent in Silwan, southern occupied Jerusalem.

Gaza rejoices as Mubarak steps down
12 Feb 2011 – Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph) – Thousands of Palestinians welcomed the news of Hosni Mubarak removal as they roamed Gaza strip streets spontaneously and massively celebrating the release of the Egyptian regime and its president as well as Paying greetings to the Palestinian people in Egypt and praising their efforts . Palestinian participated in rallies carrying Egyptian and Palestinian flags and…

Uruknet

Palestinians Cheer Egypt
Uruknet February 11, 2011 – Mabrook Egypt. Congratulations Egypt. Palestinians and Citizens worldwide cheer and celebrate this great day in history. The fall of President Mubarak’s 30 year rule is refreshing, invigorating, and is a sign of a new beginning for the Middle East. Approximately 500 Palestinians celebrated at the Manra Circle cheering, singing and praising Egyptians on their historic…

ElBaradei: Soros’s Man in Cairo
Uruknet February 11, 2011 – In a February 3 Washington Post op-ed piece titled “Why Obama has to get Egypt right,” George Soros wrote that the U.S. president had “much to gain by moving out in front and siding with the public demand for dignity and democracy.” Notwithstanding the reasonableness of his advice, past experience suggests that the Hungarian-born hedge…

Iran: In the footsteps of Tunisia and Egypt
Uruknet February 11, 2011 – History is indeed being written with the fall of Mubarak and as the whole of the Middle East and North Africa erupts in one revolutionary upheaval after another. This is also now having an impact in Iran as the lines are once again being drawn for a new round of battles since the eruptions that…

Egypt’s joy as Mubarak quitsWith Hosni Mubarak’s departure, the age of political reason is returning to Egypt and the wider Arab world
Uruknet February 11, 2011 – …The show of popular strength was enough to get rid of the current dictator. He’d only go if the US decided to take him away. After much wobbling, they did. They had no other serious option left. The victory, however, belongs to the Egyptian people whose unending courage and sacrifices made all this possible. And…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (03 – 09 February 2011)
Uruknet February 11, 2011 – Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (03 – 09 February 2011): Shooting: During the reporting period, 6 Palestinian civilians, including two children, were wounded by IOF in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Additionally, 11 Palestinian civilians were lightly injured by glass fragments or…

The National

Protesters and soldiers dance in the streets
The National 12 Feb 2011 – Even members of Egypt’s military could not resist joining the protesters to celebrate the end of Hosni Mubarak’s nearly 30 years in power.

The Guardian

Rewind TV: The Promise; Mad Dogs; Outcasts – review
The Guardian 12 Feb 2011 – A gap year in Israel provides a political and emotional awakening for 18-year-old Erin in Peter Kosminsky’s powerful new drama The Promise (C4) 4oD Mad Dogs (Sky 1) skyplayer Outcasts (BBC1) iPlayer In Britz , his last…

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: How Israel Misses Mubarak
IPS As Israel’s public television aired live pictures of crowds of elated Egyptians celebrating the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak, the anchor suddenly had a telling twist of tongue.

EGYPT: Joy Erupts, Now for Change
IPS The reaction across Egypt was explosive. The anger that had been simmering for decades and boiled over during 18 consecutive days of protests, was transformed by a single uttered sentence into pure jubilation.

Stop The Wall

Commemorate Land Day 2011 by Joining the Global BDS Day of Action 30 March
Stop The Wall – The BDS National Committee (BNC) is calling on you to unite in your different capacities and struggles to join the Global BDS Day of Action on Land Day, 30 March 2011, in solidarity with the Palestinian people’s right to self determination on their ancestral land. [

Bil’in commemorates Jawaher Abu Rahmah
Stop The Wall – On Thursday, February 10, the people of Bil’in commemorated the passing of Jawaher Abu Rahmah. Hundreds of people from Bil’in were joined by residents from neighboring villages, representatives of Palestinian political parties and unions, and popular committee representatives from across the West Bank. [

YNet News

Turkey calls for constitutional democracy in Egypt
YNet News – PM Erdogan urges Egyptian army to ‘hand over its duty to new government….

Security officials: Israel faces period of instability
YNet News – On heels of Mubarak’s resignation, security establishment concerned Egypt may….

Egypt military ‘committed to treaties’
YNet News – Egypt’s ruling military reassured its international allies Saturday that there would be no break in its peace deal with Israel following the ouster of President Hosni …….

MK Zoabi: Like Egypt, we will overthrow occupation
YNet News – Hundreds of people attended a rally Saturday organized by the Balad Party in support of the popular protests in Egypt, which succeeded in ousting President Hosni Mubarak. …….

Fatah: We need strong Egypt by our side
YNet News – Nabil Shaath, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee, congratulated the Egyptian people and said that a younger, democratic Egypt would offer more support for the …….

Reports in Egypt: Mubarak fled to Sharm by helicopter
YNet News – Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has not been seen since his nationally televised address on Thursday. Egyptian newspaper Al-Youm Al-Sabe’a reported Saturday that …….

Palestinian Information Center

Abbas and Netanyahu keep their mouths shut after Mubarak ousted
PIC 12 Feb 2011 – De facto president Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu are still quiet and refuse to issue any statements about the departure of their Arab ally Hosni Mubarak from power.

Erikat resigns after scandal of leaked secret papers
PIC 12 Feb 2011 – The so-called senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erikat has resigned his post in the PLO’s negotiations department, which he had been heading since 2003.

Megiddo prison administration assaults prisoners after protesting decision
PIC 12 Feb 2011 – The Palestinian prisoner society said the Israeli administration of Megiddo jail maltreated the Palestinian detainees after they protested an unfair decision taken against them.

Hamas rejects PLO decision to hold elections
PIC 12 Feb 2011 – Hamas announced rejection of a decision passed by the PLO to hold presidential and legislative elections, saying the move will “consolidate division” and is not in the interest of the Palestinians.

Egyptians must reject US interference in their internal affairs
PIC 12 Feb 2011 – The United States is trying hard to steer the Egyptian revolution in a different direction, one which would guarantee America’s imperialistic goals and Israel’s criminal interests.

Ex-ambassador to Egypt: Israel in strategic crisis after Mubarak’s downfall
PIC 12 Feb 2011 – Former ambassador to Egypt Zvi Mazel said that Israel now after the downfall of Hosni Mubarak’s regime is facing a wide strategic crisis and a hostile situation.

Palestinian scholars call on new Egyptian rulers to end Gaza siege
PIC 12 Feb 2011 – The PSA, which tackles national issues from a religious perspective, congratulated the Egyptians on their removal of “the tyranny and injustice of the former Egyptian regime”.

IOF soldiers kidnap two Palestinians in Nablus village
PIC 12 Feb 2011 – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the village of Madma, south of Nablus, at dawn Saturday and kidnapped two young men, local sources said.

Two Palestinian workers wounded in IOF shooting
PIC 12 Feb 2011 – Two Palestinian workers were wounded on Saturday afternoon when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired at them east of Beit Lahia town to the north of the Gaza Strip.

J’lem officials: The Egyptian uprising one of the finest revolutions in history
PIC 12 Feb 2011 – Two lawmakers and one former minister, who are facing exile from their occupied native city of Jerusalem, hailed the Egyptian people’s uprising as one of the most exalted revolutions known to mankind.

Los Angeles Times

Egypt’s post-revolution celebration continues, political planning begins
LA Times 12 Feb 2011 – People rejoice over the fall of Hosni Mubarak for a second day as the Egyptian army takes steps to reassure the world of an orderly transition. The military says Egypt remains committed to its peace treaty with Israel. Pro-democracy activists express faith in the army and debate the path to democracy. Egyptians carried their party into a second day as they sang, danced and cheered in ecstasy over the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak.

A reborn Egypt gets back to business
LA Times 12 Feb 2011 – After 18 days of protests, workers return to a world now without Hosni Mubarak, and, tingling with freedom, look ahead. The metalworkers beneath the overpass hammered tin and cut steel, smiling and making a big noise. Ladies hurried to market where sheep waited for slaughter. Boys, sensing something new in the air, ran through alleys, trailing flags.

Palestinian officials pledge to hold elections by fall
LA Times 12 Feb 2011 – The PLO’s promise is seen as an attempt to defuse rising frustrations in the West Bank, further stoked by the upheavals in Egypt and Tunisia. Hamas says it won’t allow a vote in Gaza. A day after watching Egypt’s regime collapse, Palestinian officials promised Saturday they would elect new leadership in presidential and legislative elections by September, and said that their chief peace negotiator had tendered his resignation.

A family nurtured in rebellion
LA Times 12 Feb 2011 – For the Seif family – long active in leftist politics in Cairo – the Egyptian uprising was a long time coming. And when it did, they were prepared, though this time it was the children who would take the lead. Friends coming to call at the Seif family’s comfortable apartment in Mohandiseen over the last two weeks were likely to be disappointed, but not surprised. The Seifs, longtime activists who have been familiar fixtures at most demonstrations in Cairo over the years, have been waiting for Egypt’s revolution since the 1970s. When it called, they moved like sailors to battle stations.

Mohamed ElBaradei’s star dims in Egypt
LA Times 12 Feb 2011 – By the time Egyptians forced President Mubarak to quit, the enthusiasm for former U.N. nuclear regulator Mohamed ElBaradei had dwindled. He is viewed as a reluctant revolutionary who inspired but didn’t lead. He arrived uncorrupted and full of promise.

Beijing looks warily at Egypt uprising
LA Times 12 Feb 2011 – The Chinese government, nervous about comparisons between Tahrir and Tiananmen, is downplaying Egyptian protesters’ joy and emphasizing the need for stability in Cairo. Wary of the parallels between Tahrir and Tiananmen, Beijing is hardly celebrating the popular uprising in Egypt that brought down an authoritarian regime.

Elation and impatience in Alexandria, Egypt
LA Times 12 Feb 2011 – As crowds fill the mosque and streets, some residents want to look back at what Hosni Mubarak’s rule cost them, some want to bask in the moment, and some just want to get to work. When Egypt’s anti-government protests began, Mohamad Ramadan Ibrahim headed south to Cairo.

New York Times

Military Offers Assurances to Egypt and Neighbors
New York Times 12 Feb 2011 – As people began to absorb the end of Hosni Mubarak’s rule, new leaders sought to project control and assuage fears about military rule.

In U.S. Signals to Egypt, Obama Straddled a Rift
New York Times 12 Feb 2011 – President Obama had to navigate between the counsel of foreign policy traditionalists and a younger White House.

News Analysis: Uncharted Ground After End of Egypt’s Regime
New York Times 12 Feb 2011 – Egypt will face the meaning of its revolution, posing challenges as myriad as President Mubarak’s departure was singular.

Misc

How the Egyptian mind influenced the west
Mondoweiss – Editor’s note: We saw this analysis of the twittering of the revolution , in Arabic and English, and asked Kovas Boguta if we could pick it up. He said OK. Go to his site to enlarge the graphic. Experts say Egypt is the crystal ball in which…

Alwan in NY to feature all-star lineup on human rights in Gaza (and Egypt too)
Mondoweiss – Head’s up, I know this is late notice, but on Tuesday night at 7 at Alwan for the Arts in New York, the Nation Institute and the editors of this book on the Goldstone Report are staging a panel on Gaza, Goldstone, human rights, and Egypt…

17 minors live under house arrest in Silwan
Mondoweiss – and other news from Today in Palestine: Land, property, resources theft and destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlers Israel army shuts down Hebron rally HEBRON (Ma’an) 11 Feb — Israeli forces on Friday shut down a rally against a marathon held by settlers in the center of the…

Here it is–
Mondoweiss – RJ Matson in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. H/t Eldad.

The story behind the Egyptian revolution
Mondoweiss – Watch this incredible episode of Al Jazeera’s series People & Power for one take on the organizing behind the protests in Egypt. It gives an inside look at the “April 6” organizers and follows their role in the events of the last few weeks:

Palestine Supports Egypt
Palestine Monitor – After the announcement that Hosni Mubarak would be stepping down, Dr. Moustafa Barghouti, the Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative congratulated the Egyptian people for achieving a political victory that will be remembered in history as a testament to the power of popular resistance. Over…

Marty “Party” Peretz Severs Ties to TNR, Closes Blog
Tikun Olam – ‘Marty Party’ in Israeli exile (Amit Shaal) Recently, the NY Times actually sent a reporter all the way to Israel to document the weirdness of Marty Peretz’s life ( Martin Peretz: Not Sorry About Anything ). Among other things, the profile revealed that senior editors at The New…

Turkey Flotilla Inquiry: Activists Killed ‘Execution Style’
Tikun Olam – Furkan Dogan, 19 year old Turkish-American, killed execution style by IDF after being wounded (All Voices) Turkey’s investigation of the Mavi Marmara massacre contains troubling findings that two victims were killed before any IDF soldiers boarded the ship, in fire from helicopters, that the youngest victim,…

Popular anger boils over in Iraq
WSWS – The eruption of the Egyptian revolution, in the wake of the Tunisian events, is inspiring populations across the Middle East and North Africa.

Waves of Arrests During Nabi Saleh Demonstration
Popular Struggle Coordination Committee – Demonstrators were able to hold their complete march for the first time in months only to be attacked with live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and tears. Six Palestinians, Israelis and international supporters were detain or arrested during the military invasion into the village.

Weekly Demonstration in al Ma’asara Remains Strong in Face of Military Repression
Popular Struggle Coordination Committee – Roughly fifty demonstrators were able to walk roughly one kilometer from al Ma’asara towards the illegal settlement of Efrat. Soldiers and police eventually stop the progress of the demonstration and force protesters back to the village.

Misc 2

Life Under Occupation in a Photo
Joseph Dana 12 Feb 2011 – Yesterday, Palestinians which organize around Youth Against Settlements and Open Shuhada Street held an impromptu demonstration against a ‘settler marathon’ which was run in their occupied city. The demonstration was short but passionate. Calls of solidarity with the Egyptian people cut through the pouring…

PTT salutes the Revolution!! (and migrates to a collective blog)
Palestine Think Tank 12 Feb 2011 – Palestine Think Tank salutes with joy the Egyptian Revolution and the Tunisian Revolution and now looks forward to the complete change in the “Middle East” with the liberation of Palestine and all the Arab people from all oppressors. Never for one moment did a doubt set…

Egypt army vows civilian handover
BBC 12 Feb 2011 – Egypt’s military vows to oversee a transition to civilian rule, as crowds continue to celebrate President Mubarak’s resignation.

Yemen, Algeria protests dispersed
BBC 12 Feb 2011 – Anti-government rallies in Algeria and Yemen, inspired by the toppling of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, are broken up by police and government supporters.

Palestinian figure Erekat resigns
BBC 12 Feb 2011 – Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, who led several rounds of peace talks with Israel, has told the BBC he has handed in his resignation.

The Brotherhood Bogeyman
Antiwar.com 12 Feb 2011 – While the many and far-reaching implications of Friday’s transfer of power to what is apparently a military junta in Egypt have yet to be absorbed in Washington, the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in any transition to a more democratic regime is certain to figure high…

People Power Pushes Mubarak Out
Antiwar.com 12 Feb 2011 – CAIRO – Several hundred thousand protesters massed in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square exploded into joy Friday, after Vice-President Omar Suleiman made the announcement that Hosni Mubarak had resigned as president of Egypt after three decades in office. Finally heeding to 18 days of calls from protesters,…

Mubarak’s Failed Bait and Switch
Sabbah report 12 Feb 2011 – For the moment, however, huge Tahrir Square crowds erupted in celebratory euphoria, perhaps forgetting their liberating struggle just began. It didn’t end with Mubarak’s resignation. That was a baby step, removing an aging dinosaur Washington and Egypt’s military wanted out. Now he’s gone. Focus must follow…

Freedom dawns in Egypt
Sabbah report 12 Feb 2011 – Christopher King salutes the people of Egypt on this historic day which has seen them depose the despot Hosni Mubarak, and yearns for the peoples of Europe and the USA to learn something from the Egyptians.

Articles


Help the campaign to save Lifta
Abe Hayeem, Israeli Occupation Archive2/11/2011
To: Yitzhak Lipovetsky, President, Israeli Association of United Architects
Dear Yitzhak Lipovetsky,
Please help the campaign to save Lifta.
You may be aware that there has been on ongoing campaign to save Lifta, which has become known within Israel and internationally as a quintessential Palestinian village, one of the few of the 500 villages that had not been completely destroyed by Israeli forces in the war of 1948. Lifta is celebrated as part of a beautiful landscape of ruins, loved by walkers and nature enthusiasts, but remembered primarily by its original inhabitants many of whom live nearby but have never been allowed to return.
Numerous organisations, especially BIMKOM, Zochrot and FAST have lobbied for the village to be listed by UNESCO as a heritage site, as a symbol of reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis, and for alternative plans they have formulated with the Land and Housing Research Centre. Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine in 2005 placed an advertisement in the Times, signed by over 350 architects and planners worldwide, many of them eminent figures including academics, to help save Lifta for its original Palestinian inhabitants. Esther Zandberg in Haaretz has again written a moving plea for the village to be symbolically returned to those who were forcibly removed from there, instead of building 212 luxury apartments that will be bought only by Jewish people, in the proposed decade-long project (plan number 6036) that the Israel Land Administration wishes now to commence. This is all on expropriated Palestinian land. — See also: The Lifta that never will be and SavIng Lifta – A Case Against Architectural Erasure more.. e-mail

Winners and losers
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency2/12/2011
While it is not clear when and how the popular revolt in Egypt will end, it the winners and losers can be identified.
It might be a cliché to state that tyrants are the biggest losers and peoples are the winners, but it does reflect what is the case in much of the Arab world.
Rulers who were able to govern with little resistance for years are suddenly discovering that the seats they have been clinging to are becoming unbearably hot.
Even without being provoked by their own people, some Arab rulers are already announcing that they don’t intend to run for office again. Heads of state who have been harboring ideas of bequeathing their power to their children are declaring such ideas void even though their children are still running the army or such important senior posts.
Ruling parties are also quickly feeling that the ground under their feet is shifting. As people power increases in scope and courage, these parties that have ruled for years without a serious challenge are also facing the music, unable to stand up to the scrutiny of their peoples.
The newly found bravery of Arab youths has spread from one country to another. The right to demonstrate and expression, which has been restricted for years in Arab countries, has now been extracted as a result of the sacrifices in the streets. Once the barriers of fear were broken, it became clear that the right to assembly, a basic right enshrined in the universal declaration of human rights, has been won over. more.. e-mail

Gaza celebrates fall of Mubarak
Electronic Intifada: 12 Feb 2011 – “Masr, Masr, Masr, Masr” — the Arabic word for Egypt was the call from huge crowds on the streets of Gaza City on Friday night as Palestinians reflected on what the overthrow of Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak would mean for Palestine and the people of Egypt. Rami Almeghari reports.more

The revolution continues after Mubarak’s fall
Electronic Intifada: 12 Feb 2011 – “The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have reawakened a sense of a common destiny for the Arab world many thought had been lost, that seemed naive when our mothers and fathers told us about it from their youth, and that Arab leaders had certainly tried to kill,” writes EI Ali Abunimah after the fall of Mubarak.more

Palestine Supports Egypt
Palestine Monitor: 12 Feb 2011 – After the announcement that Hosni Mubarak would be stepping down, Dr. Moustafa Barghouti, the Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative congratulated the Egyptian people for achieving a political victory that will be remembered in history as a testament to the power of popular resistance. Over the past few weeks, Dr. Barghouthi has emphasized the historic connection between the Palestinian and Egyptian people , noting the unparalleled support Egyptians have given to Palestinians in pursuit of their own independence. Dr. Barghouti hopes Egypt’s next phase will see a strengthening of their relationship and commitment to democratic ideals. Egypt’s January 25th and Tunisia’s Jasmine revolutions have inspired the entire world. The hundreds of thousands of people who swarmed all over Egypt and in Tahrir Square proved the power of concerted action even when facing violent and repressive authoritarianism. After eighteen days of popular resistance, the Egyptian people did what many thought was…more

Is ElBaradei Soros’s Man in Cairo?
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Feb 2011 – By Maidhc ?ì Cathail In a February 3 Washington Post op-ed piece titled ‘Why Obama has to get Egypt right,’ George Soros wrote that the U.S. president had ‘much to gain by moving out in front and siding with the public demand for dignity and democracy.’ Notwithstanding the reasonableness of his advice, past experience suggests that the Hungarian-born hedge fund manager has something to gain himself from regime change in Cairo. In his public memo to the president he helped elect, Soros noted that it was a “hopeful sign” that the Muslim Brotherhood was cooperating with Mohamed ElBaradei, whom he disinterestedly described as “the Nobel laureate who is seeking to run for president.” He neglected to mention, however, that up to ElBaradei’s January 27 return to crisis-torn Egypt, the former IAEA chief had been a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, which Soros, the thirty-fifth…more

Tsunami in Egypt: Mistake Will Be Repeated
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Feb 2011 – By Uri Avnery – Israel Until the very last moment, the Israeli leadership tried to keep Hosni Mubarak in power. It was hopeless. Even the mighty United States was impotent when faced with this tsunami of popular outrage. In the end it settled for second best: a pro-Western military dictatorship. But will this really be the outcome? When confronted with a new situation, Obama’s first response is generally admirable. Then, it seems, second thoughts set in. And third. And fourth. The end result is a 180 degree turn. When the masses started to gather in Tahrir Square, he reacted exactly like most decent people in the US and, indeed, throughout the world. There was unbounded admiration for those brave young men and women who faced the dreaded Mukhabarat secret police, demanding democracy and human rights. How could one not admire them? They were non-violent, their demands were reasonable, their actions…more

No Turning Back in Egypt
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Feb 2011 – By Lillian Rosengarten I feel a wild thrill to observe this most incredibly momentous political uprising by the people of Egypt from all walks of life, a movement that began with the young protesting for reform with a clear demand that Mubarak and his henchmen must go. The people can no longer tolerate the censorship and deceit after decades of dictatorship that has kept its grip tightly on the Egyptian people while the ruling class suffocated freedom. This thoroughly egomaniacal, corrupt puppet of the US and Israel’s anti democratic and self serving military agenda, will no longer be tolerated. What took place in Egypt is a true revolution of the people. No revolution has survived with the exception of Castro who overthrew the corrupt US supported Batista in 1959. The US to this day has placed a harsh embargo on Cuba and has never supported or forgiven this socialist revolution….more

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