VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 14 February, 2011: Egyptian Paper: “Mubarak In A Coma”

14 February, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israel closes northern West Bank road; deny report that checkpoints will be dismantled
IMEMC – Tuesday February 15, 2011 – 05:47, Over the weekend, Israeli troops erected new earth mounds blocking the Nablus-Beit Iba road, a road which had been closed by Israeli authorities until international intervention by the Quartet for Mideast Peace, protests and lawsuits led to its opening in 2010. Also this weekend, Israeli military officials told the Tel Aviv-based news site Ynet that there were no plans to dismantle the West Bank’s two largest internal checkpoints, Huwwara and Beit Furik.

Egyptian Paper: “Mubarak In A Coma”
IMEMC – Tuesday February 15, 2011 – 01:52, Dr. Ahmad Shafiq, the acting head of the temporary Egyptian Government, stated that former Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, is currently in a coma in his residence in Sharm Al Sheikh Egyptian report, and that a decision to move him to a local or international hospital was not made yet.

Worker Injured By Army Fire In Gaza
IMEMC – Monday February 14, 2011 – 23:23, Palestinian medical sources reported Monday that a worker was mildly wounded by Israeli army fire near the northern border of the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian Quarry Ordered to Close Due to Settler Action
IMEMC – Monday February 14, 2011 – 18:18, A Palestinian quarry in Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem, is to close due to “enforcement activities” by the Israeli authorities.

Gaza Rally Attendees Urge Egypt to Open Rafah Border
IMEMC – Monday February 14, 2011 – 16:51, Two days after Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak was toppled by a torrent of peaceful protests, a rally headed by Gazan youth gathered in Gaza City calling on Egypt to open its border with Gaza.

Armed Israeli Settlers Storm Palestinian Village Near Hebron
IMEMC – Monday February 14, 2011 – 04:19, A group of heavily-armed Israeli settlers stormed the village of Beit Ummar, in the southern part of the West Bank, on Sunday night. They harassed villagers but caused no injuries, according to local eyewitnesses.

Ma’an News

Israel to build more East Jerusalem homes
2/14/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Jerusalem’s municipal council on Monday approved the construction of 120 new homes in the Jewish settlement neighborhood of Ramot in annexed East Jerusalem, a councilor told AFP.” It’s not good news,” Pepe Alalu of the opposition Meretz party said.”They approved 120 housing units in Ramot. . . there were two….

Israeli police refuse murder victim Jerusalem burial
2/14/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities are still refusing to return the body of a Palestinian murdered in Jerusalem on Friday, relatives of the victim said. Husam Rweidi, 24, was stabbed to death early Friday morning by a mob of Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem’s city center. The victim’s cousin Firas Baydoun…. Related: Israeli commander refuses to allow murder victim funeral

Municipal hunger strikers hospitalized
2/14/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Four employees of the Jenin municipality were hospitalized Monday after going on hunger strike to demand better conditions, a workers’ committee spokesman said. The hunger strike began Sunday, and would continue until all demands were met, Estety said. He added that 22 employees have been holding a sit-in at the….

Gaza scholars ask Egypt to end siege
2/14/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A group of well respected religious scholars in Gaza City congratulated the Egyptian people on “ending the tyranny and injustice” of the nation’s former president, and called on the new leadership to continue the trend by opening the Rafah crossing. Calling themselves the Palestinian Scholars Association, the group….

Protests in Gaza ask Egypt to open Rafah
2/14/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two days after Egypt’s leader Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign, a youth movement in Gaza gathered in the capital city’s Square of the Unknown Soldier calling for Egypt to open its border with the coastal enclave. The General Union of Youth Organizations gathered more than….

Hamas-Fatah rivalry behind Gaza medical shortages
2/14/2011 – RAMALLAH (IRIN) — The main reason for the worsening shortages of essential drugs and medical supplies in the Gaza Strip is that the Palestinian Authority ministry of health in the West Bank has not delivered enough drugs and medical supplies to Gaza, according to the World Health Organization, international aid organizations and Gaza health ministry officials….

Outgoing UNRWA director plants saplings near Nablus
2/14/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – The outgoing director of UNRWA operations Barbara Shenstone on Monday planted olive tree saplings on land slated for confiscation in the northern West Bank. Shenstone joined Palestinian beneficiaries of the UN Money for Work program to plant 360 saplings in an attempt to save over 30,000 square meters of land in….

Up to 150 Palestinians stranded in Egypt
2/14/2011 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — A Palestinian stranded in the Egyptian city of El-Arish said Monday that up to 150 Gaza residents were waiting for the Rafah crossing to open to return to the Gaza Strip. Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah border crossing when mass anti-government protests erupted across Egypt in late January. The demonstrations….

Army: Gaza projectile lands in southern Israel
2/14/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Gaza militants on Monday fired a projectile into southern Israel, an Israeli military spokesman said. The projectile landed in the Eshkol Regional Council in the western Negev and caused no damage or injuries, the army official said. No faction has yet claimed the launch….

US military chief reassures Israel after Egypt revolt
2/14/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The top US military commander reassured Israeli leaders on Monday that military ties between the allies remain as strong as ever in the face of the changes sweeping the Middle East. US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Admiral Mike Mullen was dispatched to Israel and Jordan to reassure them the fall of veteran….

Abbas asks Fayyad to form new government
2/14/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) —Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad tendered his government’s resignation Monday, just months before expected local and legislative elections. The move, announced during an early morning cabinet meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, had been discussed since June 2010, with the latest delay due to the popular….

Israel opens 2 Gaza crossings for imports
2/14/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities informed Palestinian liaison officers in Gaza City that two crossing terminals would be opened for limited goods transport on Monday, with an expected total of 320 truckloads of goods to enter. At the southernmost crossing, Kerem Shalom, Palestinian liaison officer Raed Fattouh said some 200 truckloads of goods….

4 Hebron residents sentenced to lifetime hard labor
2/14/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Palestinian Authority court on Monday sentenced four Hebron residents convicted of treason to a lifetime of hard labor, sources in the court told Ma’an. The sentence was based on Article 110 of the 1960 Palestinian penal code and may be appealed, court officials said. Local sources identified the….

Abbas bans targeting Qatar over leaked papers
2/14/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree on Sunday, banning local media and officials from abuse and slander of the emir of Qatar and the emirate’s government. The announcement came a day after the resignation of PLO negotiations chief Saeb Erekat, who had made several accusations against the both targets….

Arab summit in Baghdad on March 29
2/14/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Arab heads of state will hold their annual summit in Baghdad on March 29, Iraq’s ambassador to the Arab League told reporters on Monday.” The Arab League summit will be held in Baghdad on March 29,” Qais Al-Azzawi told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the league’s….

West Bank- Jordan crossing to close Wednesday
2/14/2011 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Border Police Administration announced Monday that the Allenby Bridge Crossing and the Al-Karama crossing between the West Bank and Jordan would be closed on Wednesday morning. The closure will affect travelers going in both directions between 7 a. m. and 1 p. m on 16 February for what officials….

Netanyahu: Israeli army ready for anything
2/14/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The Israeli military is “ready for all eventualities” as the Arab and Muslim world undergoes “an earthquake,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday just days after Egypt’s regime collapsed.” An earthquake is shaking the whole Arab world and a large part of the Muslim world and we….

ICRC: Israel, Syria agree Golan apple transfer
2/14/2011 – GENEVA (AFP) — A record 12,000 tons of apples will be sent from Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to Syria after the rival governments approved the rare crossing, the international Red Cross said Monday.” We are expecting to transfer to Syria proper 12,000 tonnes of apples grown by Syrian farmers living in the occupied Golan,” said Marianne Gasser….

Hamas: PA detained 4 supporters
2/14/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas leaders in the West Bank accused the Palestinian Authority security services Monday of detaining for supporters for political reasons, and called for their release. The four were detained from Hebron overnight, a statement from the Islamist party said….

Hamas, Fatah officials say talks could continue
2/14/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas leader Ismail Radwan told rival Fatah leader Nabil Shaath that if intentions were genuine, unity talks between the parties could resume. The breakthrough comment came on a national radio broadcast on Ma’an network, when Shaath told Radwan that the parties shared the concerns put forward by the Islamist….

In photos: Demolished village inspected
2/14/2011 – MaanImages / Mustafa Abu Dayeh – On 9 February, Israeli forces demolished six residential structures and 21 animal pens in the community of Khirbet Tana in the Nablus governorate. According to numbers provided by the UN, the demolitions displaced six families (52 people) and affected a total of 106 people. The demolition was the third time since….

DFLP welcomes elections
2/14/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine official Saleh Zeidan on Monday welcomed the PLO decision to hold presidential and legislative elections.” We look forward to the necessity of the success of the elections which the PLO has called for in September,” Zeidan told Ma’an. Elections were the….

Hamas: PA cabinet shuffle ‘superficial’
2/14/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority cabinet shuffle is a “superficial change with no hint of reform,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said Monday. PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad handed his cabinet’s resignation letter to President Mahmoud Abbas following an early morning cabinet meeting Monday. Barhoum said the move was a weak….

Abbas: Elections in interest of unity
2/14/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday that he called for presidential and legislative elections in the interest of national unity. Hamas has refused to participate in the elections, saying Abbas lacked the legitimacy to declare a vote.” Elections should be held in accordance with Palestinian national consensus, the result of a reconciliation….

New Israel armed forces chief sworn in
2/14/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Lieutenant General Benny Gantz was sworn in on Monday as Israel’s 20th armed forces chief of staff, taking charge as the country confronts turmoil sweeping the Arab world. Gantz received his new rank at a ceremony at the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who vowed the Israeli military is “ready….

PCBS: Consumer price index rises .12 %
2/14/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — In its January report on the consumer price index in the Palestinian territories, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics found an increase in 0. 12 percent over December 2010, and 2. 88 percent over January 2010. Prices rose in the following sectors, the report said: “¬¢ Transportation + 2. 87%”¬¢ Housing + 1. 03%….

Food, demography are invisible drivers in Egypt uprising
2/14/2011 – PARIS (AFP) — Huge population growth and food insecurity count among the factors that fueled the revolution in Egypt and serve as a caution for other countries facing human and environmental overload, say analysts. Egypt — and Tunisia, Algeria and Yemen to a lesser extent — found itself in a perfect storm in which massive youth unemployment conjoined….

Egypt activists and army discuss reforms
2/14/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) —The Internet activists who triggered Egypt’s popular uprising said Monday they have discussed reforms with the country’s new military rulers, a day after the generals dissolved Hosni Mubarak’s regime. As the elderly generals and the youthful online campaigners sought to map out the country’s future….

Rights group: Syrian blogger gets five years’ jail
2/14/2011 – NICOSIA, Cyprus (AFP) – Syrian woman blogger Tal al-Mallouhi has been sentenced to five years in prison by a state security court, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement on Monday.” The state security court in Damascus today condemned blogger Tal al-Mallouhi to five years in prison after finding her guilty of….

Military urges halt to strikes gripping Egypt
2/14/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s military government on Monday urged a halt to widespread strikes inspired by a popular uprising that threatened to paralyze the country following Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow. The orders came after the elderly generals now ruling the country met some of the young Internet activists who triggered the revolt against….

Palestine Note

Protests Expand Across Arab Nations
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – Wall Street Journal – Protesters and security forces clashed in cities around the Middle East and North Africa over the weekend and Iran geared up for the first significant antigovernment demonstrations there in a year, as…

Muslims are grappling with models of statehood
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – Inayat Bunglawala, Guardian – When empires fall they tend not to rise up again. Harvard professor Noah Feldman observes that the same is true of government systems. The institution of the monarchy has been in general…

Postcolonial Time Disorder
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – James D. Le Sueur, Foreign Affairs – Gamal Abdel Nasser pledged to thrust Egypt into the postcolonial time zone in 1952, when he wrested control of the government from the Egyptian monarch and the British Empire….

Misrepresenting Egypt — the Mubarak myth of “secular” vs “Islamic”
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Reuters – The term ‘secular’ and its conceptual affiliates are doing a lot of work in misrepresenting the uprising in Egypt. ‘Secular’ politics has been taken to mean ‘good’ politics (limited democratization, stability,…

Looking East: Media outlets offering tweets, services in Arabic
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – As the world watches the unprecedented developments in Egypt, which was dubbed ” Revolution 2.0 ,” a number of media outlets and social media sites have also taken their own unprecedented steps by offering their services…

Hamas, Fatah officials say talks could continue
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – Ma’an – Hamas leader Ismail Radwan told rival Fatah leader Nabil Shaath that if intentions were genuine, unity talks between the parties could resume. The breakthrough comment came on a national radio broadcast on Ma’an network,…

Egypt-US Relations: The Uncomfortable Hypothetical
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – When big shifts occur in the world, like the successful revolution (thus far) in Egypt, Americans like to race toward ideological frames that fit the moment and which should be applied to every nation in a…

Abbas bans targeting Qatar over leaked papers
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – Ma’an – President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree on Sunday, banning local media and officials from abuse and slander of the emir of Qatar and the emirate’s government. The announcement came a day after the resignation…

Israel-Egypt ties not at risk in wake of Mubarak’s departure
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – Haaretz – Egypt’s ties with Israel are not at risk in the wake of a revolution that overturned the country’s long-time authoritarian regime, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Sunday, adding that he felt the Muslim…

Do not be realistic
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – Events in Egypt‚-like reunification of Germany and the ending of South African Apartheid‚-tell us that great things can happen. Rabbi Michael Lerner phrases it this way , “This joyous moment reminds us once again of Tikkun’s main…

Arab League to hold emergency meeting on Egypt
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – Al Masry Al Youm – The Arab League announced on Sunday that its council will hold an emergency meeting at the level of its permanent delegates on Monday to examine the developments in the region with…

Opposition vows to march again despite ban
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – Al Arabiya – The 19-year-old state of emergency in Algeria will end within days, Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said on Monday, as opposition leaders said they would launch a new march on Friday. A state of…

Arab protests show hunger threat to world-economist
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – Alert Net – Uprisings across the Arab world are just a foretaste of the instability facing other poor states unless a global food crisis is tackled, leading development economist Jeffrey Sachs said on Saturday. Popular anger…

Optimism for Further Lift in Global Markets
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – New York Times – Investors remain nervous about the longer-term picture in the Middle East, but the easing of tensions in Egypt removes one major worry for global markets and could encourage further gains in the…

As Egypt Calms Down, So Do Israeli Nerves
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – New York Times – As Israelis began to adjust to the departure of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, their staunchest and longest-standing regional ally, the alarm and anxiety that Israel has been projecting seemed to give…

Amr Moussa asked to continue as Arab League chief
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – Al Masry Al Youm – Permanent members of the Arab League urged Amr Moussa, current secretary-general of the league, to remain in his position during a time of unrest in the Arab world. In a consultation…

Egypt’s Ruling Generals Meet With Opposition
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – New York Times – The military leaders now governing Egypt have told a coalition of young opposition leaders that they plan to convene a panel of distinguished jurists to submit a package of constitutional amendments within…

A Tunisian-Egyptian Link That Shook Arab History
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – New York Times – As protesters in Tahrir Square faced off against pro-government forces, they drew a lesson from their counterparts in Tunisia: “Advice to the youth of Egypt: Put vinegar or onion under your scarf…

PA undergoes major changes
Palestine Note 14 Feb 2011 – Erakat resigns, negotiators sacked, and new elections on the way Alert Net- The Palestinian cabinet resigned on Monday, in an apparent attempt by President Mahmoud Abbas to demonstrate political reform in the wake of the popular…


Tear gas used on Iran protesters
AlJazeera 14 Feb 2011 – Clashes between pro-reformists and security forces in Tehran leave several people injured, amid reports of one death.

Schoolgirl blogger jailed in Syria
AlJazeera 14 Feb 2011 – Teenage blogger accused of spying for a foreign country sentenced to five years in jail after a closed-door hearing.

Palestinian cabinet resigns
AlJazeera 14 Feb 2011 – President Mahmoud Abbas re-assigns Salam Fayyad, who also resigned, to form new government.

Palestine News Network

Palestinian NGO?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Form Coalition to Defend Freedom of Expression
PNN – Ramallah — PNN — on Sunday 17 Palestinian human rights, women, media and youth organizations announced the formation of a coalition focused on defending freedom of expression in the Palestinian territories, with…

The Arab Nonviolence Revolutions and the Final Word
PNN – Fadi Abu Sa’da — PNN Editor in Chief — After the surprise we got in Tunisia and the success of the youth revolution in overthrowing and expelling the Egyptian president, we could…

Palestinian Government Dissolves, Fayyad Given Six Weeks to Form New Cabinet
PNN – Ramallah — PNN – After an emergency meeting on Monday afternoon, the Palestinian government of Prime Minister Dr. Salaam Fayyad officially submitted a notice of dissolution to President Mahmoud Abbas, apparently to…

Government Shake-up May End with Fayyad Resignation
PNN – Ramallah — PNN – Knowledgeable sources say that today’s emergency meeting of Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad’s government this will be the last to take place with the existing membership. Reports also…

Despite Police, Palestinians Celebrate Egypt’s Revolution in Bethlehem
PNN – Bethlehem — PNN — Palestinians from different backgrounds and age groups gathered on Sunday morning at the Nativity Church in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem to celebrate the Egyptian Revolution….

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

New Hebrew U students who fled Cairo see ‘other side’
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – Some say they’ll return to Egypt someday and are “jealous of their friends who got to stay.”

Amidst changes, Mullen reaffirms US-Israeli strategic ties
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – Mullen says “alliance is something we both depend on”; Lieberman warns about “Iranization of region.”

Abbas asks Fayyad to form new government.
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – Fatah officials claim move is unrelated to the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt.

Jordan minister: Release soldier who shot Israelis
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – Justice minister who served as defense lawyer of army corporal who shot dead 7 school girls in 1997 says “I’m committed to be here with you.”

Clinton: Iranians deserve same rights as we saw in Egypt
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – Clinton expresses support for tens of thousands of opposition protesters who fill Tehran’s streets.

Clinton: Iranians deserve same rights as seen in Egypt
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – Clinton expresses support for tens of thousands of opposition protesters who fill Tehran’s streets.

Dozens of Iranian opposition supporters arrested in Tehran
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – Opposition website says security forces arrest protesters as eyewitnesses say tear gas used to to disperse pro-Egypt demonstration; protesters chant “death to the dictator.”

UK: Europe to discuss freezing Egyptian assets
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – Hague says Egypt’s new rulers request freeze for members of Mubarak’s ousted regime; all 27 EU member states will have to approve move.

Analysis: PA cabinet changes show Abbas is freaking out
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – The PA president is worried that the tsunami that swept the Tunisian and Egyptian presidents from office could hit Ramallah.

Analysis: A sign of desperation
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – The PA president is worried that the tsunami that swept the Tunisian and Egyptian presidents from office could hit Ramallah.

Security forces, opposition protesters clash in Tehran
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – Eyewitnesses say tear gas used to to disperse pro-Egypt demonstration; protesters chant “death to the dictator”; security forces cut phone lines, blockade opposition leader’s home.

‘Israel seeking firewall on negative forces outside Egypt’
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – Danny Ayalon applauds Egyptians’ strive for democracy but cautions on outside influences, warns “we should not forget Iranian threat.”

Plan for 56 housing units in Ramot gets final approval
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – Permit for east Jerusalem neighborhood will be the first Jewish construction project over Green Line to receive final approval in 2011.

Iran clamps down ahead of planned pro-Egypt rally
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – Thousands gather in central Tehran, chant “death to the dictator”; 2 opposition leaders under house arrest; police out in heavy numbers to prevent rallies; SMS service reportedly cut.

Benny Gantz becomes IDF’s 20th chief of General Staff
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – Ashkenazi leaves IDF after 40 years says tried to renew people’s pride in army; Barak: “You profoundly influenced confidence in the IDF.”

Hamas leader in Gaza calls on Egypt to open blockade
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – Zahar says Egypt should renegotiate peace treaty with Israel; calls int’l armed presence in Sinai an “injustice.”

Fayyad dissolves Palestinian Authority cabinet
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – Hamas accuses Abbas of trying to fool people into thinking that genuine reform is underway: “This is silly theater.”

Egypt to opt for “demo-Islam”
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – As well as building a democracy, Egypt also needs to restore popularity in the region. Its future government may model itself on one or the other of the Middle East’s key players, Iran or Turkey.

Police: Soccer federation’s steps against fans not enough
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – Israel police angry over “inadequate” sanction of Hapoel Tel Aviv fans who chanted slogans celebrating death of Haifa police chief Lt.-Cmdr. Ahuva Tomer.

Jerusalem offers free audio tours of Old City
Jeruslalem Post 14 Feb 2011 – Website with 10 ‘audio paths’ can be downloaded onto any mp3 device.

JPost reporters in Cairo: Violence as we’ve never seen it
Jeruslalem Post 13 Feb 2011 – The Jerusalem Post’s Ben Hartman and Melanie Lidman describe the Egyptian uprising, painting a harrowing picture of lynchings, beatings and fear for their lives.

Ha’aretz Defense page

Ashkenazi: Israel must be careful with its assessments of the Arab world
Ha’aretz – Speaking just after he stepped down as IDF chief, Ashkenazi says he is worried by the weakening status of moderate leaders in the region.

Egypt’s military eyes constitutional referendum within two months
Ha’aretz – Pro-democracy leaders say Egyptians will demonstrate again if their demands for radical change are not met; they plan a big ‘Victory March’ on Friday to celebrate the revolution.

Foreign Ministry ‘shocked’ by Jordan minister’s call to release man who killed Israeli students
Ha’aretz – In an unprecedented move, Jordan’s new justice minister demands the early release of Ahmed Daqamseh who killed seven Israeli school girls in 1997.

Abbas disbands PA negotiation committee over Palestine papers leak
Ha’aretz – Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat resigned Sunday, taking blame for leaks to Al Jazeera known as the Palestine papers that allegedly came from within his committee.

Jordan minister calls for release of soldier who killed seven Israeli school girls
Ha’aretz – Jordan’s new justice minister, the former lawyer of the soldier who shot dead seven Israeli school girls near the border with Israel, joins protesters demanding his early release.

Egypt presidential hopeful: Peace treaty with Israel is over
Ha’aretz – Dr. Ayman Nur, a secular and liberal member of the opposition, tells Egypt radio that it would behoove the new government to renegotiate the terms of the Camp David accord.

Palestinian cabinet quits in bid to stave off unrest gripping Arab world
Ha’aretz – The Palestinian Authority has taken steps to ensure domestic stability, and President Mahmoud Abbas has announced long overdue elections by next September.

Benny Gantz takes over as IDF chief: I am ready to face the challenges
Ha’aretz – Outgoing army chief warns successor: Nothing can prepare you for the responsibility ahead; Netanyahu to Ganz: You must find your own path to maintain stability.

Ha’aretz National page

Lieberman: I, not Netanyahu, choose Israel’s ambassadors
Ha’aretz – Foreign Minister rejects reports that Uzi Arad was planning to leave position of national security adviser to replace Ron Prosor as envoy to London.

Olmert denies failing to repay ‘scandalous’ 18-year-loan
Ha’aretz – Former premier hits back at State Prosecutor’s claim that he never repaid personal loan to friend and businessman, Joe Almaliah.

Israeli lecturers urge state to probe university’s alleged anti-leftist policies
Ha’aretz – Bar-Ilan University faculty members urge Council For Higher Education to examine claims by lecturers that they were denied promotion because of leftist political activities and opinions.

Top Israeli intellectuals to state: Probe rabbi’s alleged link to Rabin assassination
Ha’aretz – Authors, Israel Prize laureates urge the investigation of rabbi Dov Lior, wanted by police for questioning for his support of a book justifying the killing of non Jews.

Palestine Telegraph

Israel detains two Palestinians during a raid in Hebron
14 Feb 2011 – West bank, (Pal Telgraph)-Israeli forces detained Monday two Palestinian youths from Hebron in the south of The West Bank.

Israeli settlers storm Bait Ummer town in Hebron
14 Feb 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-A number of Israeli settlers raided Sunday evening Bait Ummer town in the north of Hebron in the west Bank and closed all entrances of the town.


From An Israeli Prison to Tahrir SquareOne Palestinian’s Odyssey in a Middle East Ablaze
Uruknet February 14, 2011 – As pro-democracy demonstrations sweep across the Middle East, ousting dictators in Tunisia and Egypt, many in the West have expressed surprise that such a strong, sophisticated vision of a democratic future is being articulated by ordinary citizens and grassroots movements in the Arab world. I have not been surprised. Sophisticated organizing for democratic reform and…

Leave or we’ll arrest you, army warns protestersMilitary’s threat follows scuffles in Tahrir square
Uruknet February 14, 2011 – Egypt’s military delivered an ultimatum to dozens of committed protesters in Tahrir Square, the nerve centre of the movement that toppled Hosni Mubarak: to leave and let life return to normal or face arrest. Soldiers had scuffled with demonstrators the day before as they reopened the central Cairo square to traffic. Some protesters insisted on…

Egypt at Dawn’s Early Light
Uruknet February 14, 2011 – What’s unfolding looks different than what protesters demand. World headlines partly reflect it, mostly outside America, especially on US television reporting an illusion of change, when, in fact, coup d’etat rule is in charge, headed by authoritarian generals used to giving, not taking orders. On February 13, Al Jazeera’s said, “Egypt army tries to clear…

Hasbara spam alertWith Israel’s foreign ministry organising volunteers to flood news websites with pro-Israeli comments, Propaganda 2.0 is here
Uruknet February 14, 2011 – The hasbara brigade strikes again! You always hear about Israeli attempts at media manipulation. Everyone knows it’s going on but usually the process happens through cyber insurgents like those involved with Giyus (and its media monitoring software, Megaphone). Now, we know that the Israeli foreign ministry itself is orchestrating propaganda efforts designed to flood news…

Is the army tightening its grip on Egypt?
Uruknet February 14, 2011 – Two days after millions of Egyptians won their revolution against the regime of Hosni Mubarak, the country’s army — led by Mubarak’s lifelong friend, General Mohamed el-Tantawi — further consolidated its power over Egypt yesterday, dissolving parliament and suspending the constitution. As they did so, the prime minister appointed by Mubarak, ex-General Ahmed Shafiq, told…

Comrade Mizher: Elections require national unity and must encompass all Palestinians
Uruknet February 14, 2011 – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said in a statement on February 13, 2011 that it is critical to engage in a full review of the entire approach and policy of the Oslo accords and negotiations that followed. It called for elections for a new Palestinian National Council in Palestine and in diaspora…

Bahrain activists in ‘Day of Rage’
Uruknet February 14, 2011 – Anti-government protests in Shia villages around Manama, the Bahraini capital, have left several people injured and one person reported dead. Demonstrators had called for Monday’s ‘Day of Rage’ after apparently being inspired by the recent uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Helicopters circled over Manama on Monday where demonstrators had been due to gather but which

One killed in Iran demonstrations
Uruknet February 14, 2011 – Clashes between Iranian police and tens of thousands of protesters have wracked central Tehran, killing one person, as opposition supporters tried to evoke the spirit of Egypt’s popular uprising. The opposition called for a demonstration in solidarity with Egypt’s revolt that forced President Hosni Mubarak to resign after nearly 30 years in office. The rally…

Egypt’s revolution and Israel: “Bad for the Jews”
Uruknet February 14, 2011 – … The gist of the Israeli narrative is simple: this is an Iranian-like revolution helped by Al Jazeera and stupidly allowed by US President Barack Obama, who is a new Jimmy Carter, and a stupefied world. Spearheading the Israeli interpretation are the former Israeli ambassadors to Egypt. All their frustration from being locked in an apartment…

Clashes reported in Iran protests
Uruknet February 14, 2011 – There are reports in social media sites and non-state Iranian news sites of clashes between protesters and security forces in Tehran, the Iranian capital. Thousands of demonstrators were marching on Monday on Enghelab and Azadi streets [which connect and create a straight path through the city centre], with a heavy presence in Enghelab Square and…

Netanyahu: Israeli army ready for anything
Uruknet February 14, 2011 — The Israeli military is “ready for all eventualities” as the Arab and Muslim world undergoes “an earthquake,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday just days after Egypt’s regime collapsed. “An earthquake is shaking the whole Arab world and a large part of the Muslim world and we don’t yet know how these things…

The Egyptian Revolution enters a new stage
Uruknet February 14, 2011 – The forced resignation of Hosni Mubarak, the dictator of Egypt who ruled the country for more than three decades, was a significant victory for workers and youth who have participated in their millions in demonstrations and strikes during the past several weeks. Subsequent events have shown, however, that this revolution is only in its initial…

Military urges halt to strikes gripping Egypt
Uruknet February 14, 2011 – Egypt’s military government on Monday urged a halt to widespread strikes inspired by a popular uprising that threatened to paralyse the country following Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow. The orders came after the elderly generals now ruling the country met some of the young Internet activists who triggered the revolt against Mubarak, reportedly promising a referendum on…

Egyptian activist Mona Seif: It’s a revolution, and it’s not over
Uruknet February 14, 2011- 11 February 2011 will forever be an historic day for Egypt. It was then that weeks of protests around the country finally forced Hosni Mubarak, the US-backed president of the country for the past 30 years, to leave office. The protests first began on 25 January when activists in Cairo took to the streets and first…

Abbas asks Fayyad to form new government
Uruknet February 14, 2011 – Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad tendered his government’s resignation Monday, just months before local and legislative elections are expected to be held. The move, which was announced during an early-morning cabinet meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, had been discussed since June, with officials saying the latest delay was due to the…

Responding to Egypt’s Revolution, President Bouteflika Violently Suppresses Protest in Algeria
Uruknet February 13, 2011 – Hopes by those seeking sweeping changes in the Middle East that, after decades of oppressive rule, the power of the people’s revolution in Egypt, which toppled Hosni Mubarak after 30 years of dictatorship on Friday, would spread next to Algeria received a setback at the first hurdle in Algiers on Saturday, when, as Karima Bennoune,…

Military Resistance 9B11: The Clock Is Running
Uruknet February 13, 2011 – The Egyptian February revolution has brought down the dictator. The Egyptian people, long oppressed, have won a world-amazing political victory, and opened the way to wonderful possibilities. But as yet there are only possibilities. The material reality of the lives of the overwhelming majority of Egyptians who daily struggle to get enough to eat has…

Standing against Israel’s propaganda
Uruknet February 13, 2011 – VETERANS OF the Israel Defense Force (IDF) have opened a new front for psychological warfare operations (what Zionists call hasbara) in the U.S., speaking on college campuses in an effort to “humanize” the IDF and deflect attention from its institutional responsibility for war crimes against the Palestinian people. Last fall, Sgt. Kenny Sachs spoke at…

Thefts in Egypt Museum Much Worse Than First Reported
Uruknet February 13, 2011 – Early in the days of the protests in Cairo, thieves broke into the famed Egyptian Museum: On January 28, nine men broke into the museum and destroyed two mummies and damaged a number of ancient and invaluable artifacts, including two statues of Tutankhamun. But, as reported in the February 12 New York Times, the thefts…

Egypt: It’s Not Over Yet!
Uruknet February 13, 2011 – The removal of Hosni Mubarak from the Egyptian throne was not only the people’s demand, but also the desire of the Egyptian military and their employers in Washington in order to diffuse the uprising. The Obama administration and their corporate overlords do not really care who runs Egypt, as long as Egypt runs! Particularly, the…

The National

Security forces fire teargas at Iranian protest marchers
The National 15 Feb 2011 – Large numbers of police and security forces wearing riot gear said to be stationed around main squares of Tehran as thousands join march despite house arrests of opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi.

Police and opposition protesters clash in Tehran
The National 15 Feb 2011 – Demonstration called in support of Egyptians us supported by thousands in Iran’s capital. despite ban by government and house arrest of opposition leaders

Palestinian cabinet resigns to prepare for elections
The National 15 Feb 2011 – Leadership of Palestinian Authority in Ramallah needs political reform to head off protests inspired by events in Tunisia and Egypt, analysts say,

Alternative Information Center

Palestinian Government Dissolved, New Cabinet in Coming Weeks
Alternative Information Center – Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad announced Monday (14/2) that he is dissolving his cabinet and will be forming a new one in the coming weeks.

Daily Star

Egypt’s military eyes referendum to swiftly amend constitution
Daily Star 15 Feb 2011 TEHRAN: An Iranian was shot dead and dozens of opposition supporters were arrested Monday while taking part in a banned rally in Tehran to support popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, media reports said. The semi-official…

Iranian killed, dozens more arrested at banned Tehran rally
Daily Star 15 Feb 2011 TEHRAN: An Iranian was shot dead and dozens of opposition supporters were arrested Monday while taking part in a banned rally in Tehran to support popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, media reports said. The semi-official…

Bahraini demonstrator slain in ‘Day of Rage’
Daily Star 15 Feb 2011 MANAMA: Police in Bahrain fired tear gas and rubber bullets to break up pro-reform demonstrations Monday and one protester was killed, witnesses said, in a “Day of Rage” stimulated by popular upheaval in Egypt and Tunisia.

Syria jails schoolgirl blogger for five years
Daily Star 15 Feb 2011 DAMASCUS: A special Syrian security court sentenced a teenage blogger Monday to five years in jail on charges of revealing information to a foreign country, rights defenders said. The long jail term for high school student…

Algeria’s state of emergency to end within days: foreign minister
Daily Star 15 Feb 2011 PARIS: The 19-year-old state of emergency in Algeria will end within days, Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said Monday, brushing off concerns that recent protests in the country could escalate as in Tunisia and Egypt. A state…

Palestinian Cabinet quits in reform move by Abbas as Israel approves settlements
Daily Star 15 Feb 2011 The Palestinian Cabinet resigned Monday, in an apparent attempt by President Mahmoud Abbas to show his willingness for change in the wake of a popular uprising in Egypt. The new Cabinet will be charged with preparing…

Egypt’s shamed state media squirms in new era amid calls for shakeup
Daily Star 15 Feb 2011 CAIRO: Journalists from Egypt’s state media, until last week the staid propaganda arm of a the regime, are battling to overcome conservative management and win back the trust of their public. As the nation’s youth, mobilized…

Labor unrest grows as workers demand better pay
Daily Star 15 Feb 2011 CAIRO: Thousands of state employees, from ambulance drivers to police and transport workers, demonstrated to demand better pay in a growing wave of labor unrest unleashed by the democracy uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak’s regime. Amid…

The Guardian

Palestinian Authority cabinet resigns – video
The Guardian 14 Feb 2011 – PM Salam Fayyad is expected to form a new team of ministers within a few weeks. But Hamas has criticised the move

Palestinian Authority cabinet resigns
The Guardian 14 Feb 2011 – Move seen by some as reaction to pro-democracy calls across Middle East and follows announcement of overdue elections The Palestinian Authority cabinet has resigned in a move seen by some as a response to calls for…

Reading Hebron — review
The Guardian 14 Feb 2011 – Orange Tree, Richmond No one could accuse this theatre of ducking the Arab-Israeli conflict. A year ago it staged an absorbing play, Ben Brown’s The Promise, about the Balfour Declaration of 1917 supporting the principle of…

Relief Web

Palestinians to wind up peace talks unit after leaks
Relief Web 14 Feb 2011 – Source: Agence France-Presse

Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey rolls out in Kazakhstan, Gaza and beyond
Relief Web 14 Feb 2011 – Source: UN Children’s Fund

European Union supports third payment under the Palestinian Authority’s “Private Sector Reconstruction in Gaza” programme
Relief Web 14 Feb 2011 – Source: European Union

Occupied Golan: ICRC to transfer record quantity of apples to Syria proper
Relief Web 14 Feb 2011 – Source: ICRC

Stop The Wall

Biweekly Repression Update
Stop The Wall – This update contains exerts from testimony gathered by PCHR about the killing of Odai Qadous in Iraq Burin. Over this period, two youth were killed by settlers in Beit Ummar and Iraq Burin. Arrests in protesting villages continued to rise this week, with 9 arrested in Beit Ummar, 3 in al Nabi Saleh and 3 in Bil’in, as Occupation forces target village youth in an attempt to weaken the weekly protests.

YNet News

Report: Iran police fire teargas at protest marchers
YNet News – (Video) Police, security forces disperse demonstrators supporting popular….

Jordan minister rallies for killer of Israelis
YNet News – Hussein Mjali joins protesters in Jordan calling to release soldier who shot….

PM, FM at odds over UK envoy post
YNet News – Lieberman slams Netanyahu’s decision to appoint National Security Advisor Uzi….

12-year-old raped in Jerusalem caf?©
YNet News – Girl with Down’s syndrome allegedly attacked by city resident in Aroma bathroom;….

Gantz takes over as IDF chief of staff
YNet News – New chief of staff receives rank of lieutenant-general from PM, defense minister….

Qassam hits western Negev; none injured
YNet News – Palestinian gunmen fire rocket from Gaza shortly after Benny Gantz sworn in as….

Mullen: Ties with Egypt haven’t changed
YNet News – Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff bids farewell to outgoing IDF Chief Gabi….

Egypt army orders protestors out of square
YNet News – Military delivers ultimatum to dozens of committed demonstrators in Cairo to….

Friedman: White House disgusted with Israel
YNet News – Senior New York Times columnist describes Israeli cabinet as ‘out-of-touch,….

IDF colleges in east Jerusalem? ‘Dangerous move’
YNet News – Ynet has learned of a Defense Ministry plan to relocate IDF colleges from Glilot to an eight-acre complex in Jerusalem, on land that is partially located beyond the Green …….

Iranian protestors, police clash; US backs ‘people in the streets’
YNet News – VIDEO – Dozens of Iranian opposition supporters were arrested on Monday while taking part in a banned rally in Tehran to support popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, …….

‘Queen Rania is a corrupt thief’
YNet News – Will Jordanian Queen Rania Al-Abdullah and her husband be next in line to flee their homeland, as was the case with the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt? In a letter …….

Construction of 124 flats beyond Green Line approved
YNet News – The Jerusalem Municipality’s planning and construction committee approved on Monday three construction plans beyond the Green Line, including 120 housing units in the …….

Sources say Syria stonewalls IAEA
YNet News – Syria has not granted a UN nuclear watchdog request for prompt access to a desert site, effectively rebuffing an appeal for urgent cooperation with a probe into suspected …….

Palestinian Information Center

AFEH warns of Jewish storming of Aqsa exploiting regional conditions
PIC 14 Feb 2011 – The Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage (AFEH) has warned of Jewish exploitation of the world’s preoccupation with events in Tunisia and Egypt.

PA tried to hamper attempted murder case in Eishel
PIC 14 Feb 2011 – The prisoner affairs ministry in Gaza said its counterpart in Ramallah has exerted strong pressure to close the case of an attempted hit on Aqsa Martyrs Brigades commander Haitham Ezzat Salihiyya.

IOA planning establishment of 19 synagogues in OJ
PIC 14 Feb 2011 – The Israeli-controlled municipality of occupied Jerusalem is planning to build 19 Jewish synagogues in Jabal Abu Ghuneim south of the holy city, Hebrew press reports said on Monday.

Hamas: Resignation of Palestinian cabinet was only a formality
PIC 14 Feb 2011 – Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the reshuffle Abbas made Sunday to the Palestinian government was only a formality and had no connection with claimed reforms.

Palestinian youth injured in IOF shooting
PIC 14 Feb 2011 – A 20-year-old Palestinian youth was wounded on Monday when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stationed to the north of the Gaza Strip fired at a group of workers, medical sources reported.

Mizan center calls for holding no elections without national agreement
PIC 14 Feb 2011 – Mizan center for human rights called for not holding any elections in the occupied Palestinian territories without a national consensus.

IOA extends detention of kidnapped MP
PIC 14 Feb 2011 – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) extended the detention of Hamas MP Dr. Omar Abdelrazek until Wednesday to prepare an indictment list against him.

Abu Zuhri: Forming a new government in W. Bank unconstitutional
PIC 14 Feb 2011 – The Hamas Movement said that Mahmoud Abbas’s decision to mandate Salam Fayyad to form a new government is unacceptable and unconstitutional.

Report: Israel revoked residence of 191 Jerusalemites in 2010
PIC 14 Feb 2011 – A report released Sunday reveals the Israeli Interior Ministry revoked the residence of 191 Palestinians in Jerusalem in 2010.

Health of two detainees worsen due to torture by PA interrogators
PIC 14 Feb 2011 – The health of detainee Samer Jaber, 30, has deteriorated badly as a result of his exposure to excruciating torture at the hands of interrogators from the PA intelligence apparatus.

Los Angeles Times

In Iran, Bahrain and Yemen, protesters take to streets
LA Times 14 Feb 2011 – In the Persian Gulf region, protesters inspired by the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia take part in street marches. Thousands of demonstrators in Iran are met by riot police. Smaller groups rally in Bahrain and Yemen. Three more Middle Eastern governments came under assault from thousands of street demonstrators, a sign of widening reverberations from the pro-democracy movement that upended repressive governments in Egypt and Tunisia.

New breed of Islamists emerges in Egypt
LA Times 14 Feb 2011 – They are deeply pious but want to work with secularists, and they may or may not be members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Mohammed Sharaf Eldin and Ahmed Usama joined the Muslim Brotherhood as young men in the belief that the organization’s vision of political Islam was the way forward for Egypt.

Palestinian officials to dissolve Cabinet
LA Times 14 Feb 2011 – A new Cabinet will be named within three weeks, a move intended to address growing unrest and demands for democratic reform. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will retain his posts. In a second shakeup in three days, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Monday that he would disband his Cabinet and form a new one within three weeks.

U.S. tries to line up aid to help stabilize Egypt
LA Times 14 Feb 2011 – Eager to show they are helping a key ally and amid fears that continued economic hardship could stoke further unrest, U.S. officials are working with allies to cobble together an aid package, possibly in the hundreds of millions. As anti-government protests threaten additional change across the Middle East, the Obama administration and its allies have been quietly collaborating on plans to shore up Egypt’s fragile transition government with a transfusion of economic aid.

Middle East nations scramble to contain unrest
LA Times 14 Feb 2011 – Governments step up political concessions, dole out benefits or prepare the riot police in attempts to keep order after the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, which showed people that strongmen may not be needed to protect against sectarian violence or Islamic extremism. To track the growing political movements gaining strength from the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia across North Africa and the Middle East, one would be well advised to get a planner.

New York Times

Iran Uses Force Against Protests as Region Erupts
New York Times 14 Feb 2011 – Hundreds of riot police officers deployed in key locations to thwart a march in solidarity with Egypt.

Egypt Army Sets 6-Month Blueprint, but Future Role Is Unclear
New York Times 14 Feb 2011 – The Egyptian military moved to clear the last protesters from Tahrir Square on Monday, news reports said, as the armed forces consolidated their control over what it has called a democratic transition.

Palestinian Leader Dissolves Cabinet
New York Times 14 Feb 2011 – A Palestinian government official said a reshuffle had been planned for months, and that the timing was linked to considerations not related to regional changes.


Cairo’s first dividend
Mondoweiss – Did you wonder why Jeffrey Goldberg was beating the Iran nukes bongos again this morning? Because the nightclub might be shutting its doors. Aluf Benn in Haaretz (thanks to Scott McConnell): On the contrary: [Mubarak’s successor] will listen to Arab public opinion, which opposes a preemptive…

Arab democratization and the future of ‘the only democracy’
Mondoweiss – Such a pall of darkness had overtaken the Arab lands for so long that one thought Arabs existed in a permanent malaise, a condition of corruption and authoritarianism, their regimes maintaining a lock down on their subject populations and their mutual borders. It’s as if people…

But we don’t live in an ideal world
Mondoweiss – I’d like to continue a recent discussion at this site on the Jewish state and a possible settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and do so by addressing the very interesting and subtle comment by Shmuel . (And why don’t you, the excellent Shmuel, identify yourself?) Shmuel…

‘Newsweek”s ‘new columnist’ slings caliphate tripe
Mondoweiss – This is hilariously stupid, from Niall Ferguson, Newsweek’s “new columnist .” I hear he’s going out with Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Last week, while other commentators ran around Cairo’s Tahrir Square, hyperventilating about what they saw as an Arab 1989, I flew to Tel Aviv for the annual…

They hate us because of our freedom?
Mondoweiss – King County, WA, is being sued by the Seattle Mid East Awareness Campaign because it would not let Israeli War Crimes ads go on the sides of buses. From the Post-Intelligencer account , it sure sounds like the county was manipulated, or that it allowed itself to…

Film director, Ken Loach, Joins the Call for BDS and more news on BDS
Palestine Monitor – Ken Loach has never shied away from using his platform as a film director to advance social and political causes in which he believes. Now Loach is making his voice heard by backing the ever-mounting Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. This week, Loach screened his film,…

Border Police Officers arrest 11-yr-old boy
Palestine Monitor – Inside the Military Repression of Nabi Saleh: Arrest of Children from Joseph Dana on Vimeo . This video was shot by a woman in the village of Nabi Saleh in the Occupied West Bank, where the military’s targeting of children has become routine and a chief tactic…

Ashkenazi Video Admits IDF Bombed Syrian Nuclear Reactor and Created Stuxnet
Tikun Olam – Anshel Pfeffer’s Haaretz report Haaretz has just published a story that will certainly disappear due to gag order. In it, Anshel Pfeffer writes that Gabi Ashkenazi prepared a video celebrating his achievements as chief of staff, which was screened at a party marking his final day…

Haaretz Discovers al-Araqib Nakba (Finally), GOD-TV Says It’s Not Responsible
Tikun Olam – (GOD TV’s and all other trademarks are the property of their respective holders. The video above contains limited excerpts from GOD TV’s broadcast.) Haaretz sometimes is a little slow on the uptake in reporting news. In the case of GOD-TV’s involvement with the dispossession of the…

Ashkenazi Criminal Investigation: IDF Chief Sold Advanced Weapons System to Iran Ally, Son Pocketed Commission
Tikun Olam – Isn’t it instructive to note that Egypt has just thrown off the yoke of a corrupt military dictator while Israel seems enmeshed in a web of military corruption reaching to the very highest echelons. Today, chief of staff Gaby Ashkenazi is to step down from his…

Thousands protest, clash with police in Yemen and Algeria
WSWS – Major protests took place in Yemen and Algeria over the weekend, as thousands took to the streets in rallies against government corruption, poverty and unemployment.

Misc 2

Egyptian protests erupt over pay
BBC 14 Feb 2011 – Fresh protests and strikes erupt in Egypt as demonstrators demand better pay and conditions from the country’s new military rulers.

Protesters in Tehran tear-gassed
BBC 14 Feb 2011 – Iranian police fire tear gas at thousands of opposition protesters attending a banned rally in central Tehran, and detain dozens.

Palestinian government ‘resigns’
BBC 14 Feb 2011 – Palestinian ministers have resigned as part of a cabinet reshuffle, officials say, with elections planned for September.

Syrian blogger ‘guilty of spying’
BBC 14 Feb 2011 – A state security court in Syria has sentenced a teenaged blogger to five years in prison for spying, human rights groups say.

It’s Always About Israel
Antiwar.com 14 Feb 2011 – While most of the rest of the world, minus Glenn Beck, was celebrating the overthrow of one of the world’s most repressive dictatorships, over in Israel — which bills itself as the only real democracy in the region — they were sour-faced and ready to rumble….

Jimmy Carter’s Gift of ‘Apartheid’
Antiwar.com 14 Feb 2011 – Eclipsed by the events in Egypt, news from its little neighbor has not gleaned much notice save for media angst that Egyptian democracy might not be as genial as was the Mubarak dictatorship to the relentless, long-term ethnic cleansing of an indigenous people, the Palestinians. But…

(en) Another Anarchist Report from Egypt
A-infos 14 Feb 2011 – Last night an anarchist from Lebanon gave a report on the situation in Egypt at our social center, and I wanted to pass this information on to English-speaking comrades. This is a series of notes extracted from the talk, highlighting questions anarchists who have read mainstream…


Rawabi: A national project that defeats its purpose
Uri Davis, Ma’an News Agency2/14/2011
The motive that has led me to write and publish this article in my capacity as Convenor of the FATH Revolutionary Council Committee on Resistance to the Settlements, the Apartheid Wall and the Ethnic Cleansing is to minimize the damage that the construction of the new Palestinian City of Rawabi, led by Mr Bashar Masri, Chairman of the board of the Bayti Real Estate Investment Company, a project deemed to be one of our flagship Palestinian national project has already caused.
Rawabi is located 9 km north of Ramallah. The town of Birzeit, home to Birzeit University, one of Palestine’s reputable universities, is less than 4 km to the south of Rawabi. Rawabi is 20 km to the north of Jerusalem and 25 km south of Nablus. From the hilltops of Rawabi, one has a panoramic view of the Mediterranean’s eastern coastal line, located 40 kilometers to the west. The Jordanian capital, Amman, is 70 kilometers to the east of Rawabi.
The current boundary of the city of Rawabi, as shown on the maps below, was approved by the Palestinian Authority Higher Planning Council in October 2008. The development of Rawabi will be phased in relation to infrastructure provision and market demand.
The center of the city extends to a land tract of 850,000 square meters. It includes the commercial center and a range of public facilities and has the potential to accommodate a population of up to 20,000.
Subsequent development phases will be planned in accordance with future master plans under the oversight of the Palestinian Authority. The eventual municipal boundaries of Rawabi will extend over 6,300,000 square meters and its population is expected to reach 40,000. — See also: Rawabi implicates PA in Zionist project and Rawabi developer to replace trees donated by JNF more.. e-mail

Abbas must take down his regime
Nasser Lahham, Ma’an News Agency2/13/2011
Egyptians did not feel the insult until the late Anwar Sadat had visited the Israeli Knesset. Then their Arab brothers began to curse him, to accuse the Egyptian people of treason.
The headquarters of the Arab League was moved from Cairo, the country was subject to boycotts by Arab states, and Egyptians were struck by how the tide had turned since the days of Pan-Arabism under Gamal Abd Al-Nasser and the waves of congratulations in the wake of the 1973 war and the taking back of the Sinai from Israel.
Palestinians began their own liberations, launching the First and then the Second Intifadas. They lasted seven years, not seven days like in Tunis, and the second 11 years, not 18 days like in Egypt.
And without success, we are now paying the price of a deterioration. Instead of being glorified by our Arab brothers and being received with hugs in the airports if Middle Eastern capitals, we are cursed on every satellite channel.
For us the 1970s were a time of crisis. Egypt got back the Sinai, but we remained under occupation. Despite our crisis, we fought with Syria in Tel Az-Za’ter in 1977 and we were expelled from Lebanon in 1982. We were embraced by the Arab world as the symbol of a cause until the 1990s, when political support for Saddam Hussein in his first Gulf War from the PLO saw 60,000 Palestinians deported from Kuwait.
Up until the Oslo Accords the Arab esteem for the Palestinians was all but gone. We began to hear insults whispered in our ears on the streets of Damascus, Tehran, Tripoli. Palestinians who had fled the Gulf to Iraq faced a second expulsion at the end of the rule of Saddam. They had their homes and properties seized and looted. more.. e-mail

Red-White-and-Black Valentine
From the Editors, Middle East Report Online2/14/2011
For the full text of the Egyptian human rights organizations’ Road Map to a Nation of Rights and the Rule of Law, click here. There are moments in world affairs that call for the suspension of disbelief. At these junctures, caution ought to be suppressed and cynicism forgotten to let joy and wonderment resound. Across the globe, everyone, at least everyone with a heart, knows that the Egyptian revolution of 2011 is such a time.
Before January 25, date of the mass protests that kicked off the revolutionary fortnight in Cairo and other cities, Egypt was another populous, impoverished country laboring under an autocratic regime whose police worked assiduously to keep dissent at the margins of civic life. It was a place where the establishment, political, economic and religious, spread the ancient nostrums of tyranny updated for a globalized age: The “wise men” are meant to lead and the rest to be led. The hopes of a lucky few can see fruition through the appointed channels, but the rest are fated to die. Resistance is futile, and the smart money says one should not bother to dream. As the Egyptians chidingly say, and the Egyptians have a saying for everything, “Ishtiri dimaghak” —literally, buy back your brain.
Today, however, millions, if not billions, of minds are on the open market, for the teeming crowds in Tahrir Square are pulsating proof of human possibility. No dictator is too strong for people power to unseat, no matter how vicious his gendarmerie or how committed his external patron to continuity. Perhaps this hope did not need to be brought back to life, but the throngs of Egyptians demanding democracy have released it from its cage. And that, not the forced resignation of Husni Mubarak from the presidency on February 11, is their revolutionary act. more.. e-mail

Egypt’s revolution and Israel: “Bad for the Jews”
Electronic Intifada: 14 Feb 2011 – The view from Israel is that if they indeed succeed, the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions are very bad. They make the Israeli occupation and apartheid policies in Palestine look like the acts of a typical “Arab” regime. Ilan Pappe examines how the Israeli establishment sees regional events and argues that the Arab uprisings offer hope for reconciliation built on the Palestinian right of return and universal principles.more

Arab women lead the charge for political change
Electronic Intifada: 14 Feb 2011 – “The Arab world is in revolt against dictatorships,” and from Tunisia to Egypt to Yemen, women have been leading the charge for political freedoms and reforms as Emad Mekay reports.more

Egyptian activist Mona Seif: It’s a revolution, and it’s not over
Electronic Intifada: 14 Feb 2011 – 11 February 2011 will forever be an historic day for Egypt. It was then that weeks of protests around the country finally forced Hosni Mubarak, the US-backed president of the country for the past 30 years, to leave office. On 12 February, EI’s Matthew Cassel spoke with blogger and activist Mona Seif about the revolution, how it began, and what it means for Egypt’s future.more

Film director, Ken Loach, Joins the Call for BDS and more news on BDS
Palestine Monitor: 14 Feb 2011 – Ken Loach has never shied away from using his platform as a film director to advance social and political causes in which he believes. Now Loach is making his voice heard by backing the ever-mounting Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. This week, Loach screened his film, The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), to help raise funds to support the Palestinian human rights organization, Camden Abu Dis. The organization, Camden Abu Dis, focuses on raising awareness of the hardships the Palestinian town of Abu Dis faces. Abu Dis was originally part of the Jerusalem Governorate. However, Israel’s construction of the Separation Wall in 2004 cut the town off from Jerusalem and 6,000 dunums of its arable land. Speaking at the screening, Loach stated, “The politicians won’t do anything about it. It’s now for civil society to take action by boycotting Israeli goods and academics.” In other BDS news, Tower Hamlets,…more

Border Police Officers arrest 11-yr-old boy
Palestine Monitor: 14 Feb 2011 – Inside the Military Repression of Nabi Saleh: Arrest of Children from Joseph Dana on Vimeo . This video was shot by a woman in the village of Nabi Saleh in the Occupied West Bank, where the military’s targeting of children has become routine and a chief tactic of military repression. The video was originally shared by Joseph Dana on +972 blog ; you can read Dana’s story here. . For more background on Nabi Saleh and the targeting of children | Also read how children are being targeted in Silwan, East Jerusalemmore

Dangerous Victims: Egyptian Revolution in Israeli Eyes
Palestine Chronicle: 14 Feb 2011 – By Seraj Assi The Arab World is suffering and in its suffering it threatens Israel. ‘Israeli citizens are frightened,’ said Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni in a moment of deep confession. In fact, what Livni was saying, to paraphrase Franz Fanon, is this: “Mama America, see the Arab! I’m frightened! Frightened! Frightened!” This is a typical colonial scene where the “frightening victims” are captured in a game that involves dehumanization and empowering and rendered silent and dangerous subjects at the same time. Never can they escape this colonial capacity to invite and contain contradictions and opposites. Yet in the Israeli case the irony is far more acute. For not only does Israel see its victim as dangerous and potentially evil, but has itself become the victim. It is within this irony that the ritual of victimization came to dominate the master narrative of Israel’s colonial discourse and foreign policy. Not…more

Wherever Egypt Goes Most Arab Nations Go
Palestine Chronicle: 14 Feb 2011 – By Hasan Afif El-Hasan We are lucky to be alive to witness how the people of Egypt toppled the regime of a ruthless and corrupt tyrant who ruled them and squandered their country’s resources for decades. By reclaiming their country, the Egyptian youth made history. The Egyptians’ popular uprising that lasted eighteen days proved wrong the myth that the Egyptians tolerate their tyrant rulers as long as they provide protection and security. Because of its location, Egypt was invaded all too frequently and ruled by many foreign forces through the centuries but its society retained its strength. The first nation-state in history adorned with a sophisticated civilization appeared in the Nile Valley and the Egyptians have protected the borders of their country since the Early Bronze Age. During its recorded history that covers five millenniums, Egypt’s inhabitants have produced a way of life, so powerful and enduring that it lasted…more

US, Al-Qaida and the Arab Revolt
Palestine Chronicle: 14 Feb 2011 – By M. Shahid Alam On December 24 2004, I wrote an essay, ‘America and Islam: Seeking Parallels,’ for which I received much heat from Zionist and right-wing bloggers in the United States. The article made the point that the leaders of al-Qaida believe that they have to carry their war to the home ground of the ‘far enemy’ — the United States, Israel and Western powers — in order to free the Muslim world from foreign domination. This anyone can verify from the numerous communiqués of al-Qaida. To say this is not to endorse the terrorist methods that al-Qaida employs. This was my moral position then: and it is my moral position now. At the same time, we should not shrink from recognizing that the total wars waged by many states, including the United States, since WWII differ from the methods of al-Qaida only in the infinitely greater scale of…more

Obama Misses Chance in the Middle East
Palestine Chronicle: 14 Feb 2011 – By James Gundun — Washington, D.C. This should have been his defining moment. The world’s stage, in fact, couldn’t have been scripted better. While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton advised U.S.-supported dictators of a perfect storm, President Barack Obama was sailing straight into one of his own. The Middle East’s clouds had naturally parted for the transformative democracy that George Bush attempted to impose by force. Tahrir Square offered the chance to empower global change from the bottom up – and reconnect the West to the Muslim world in the process. “There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place,” Obama began his address shortly after Hosni Mubarak’s resignation. “This is one of those moments. This is one of those times. The people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same.” Good thing…more

Lessons Learned in the Streets of Cairo
Palestine Chronicle: 14 Feb 2011 – By William A. Cook ‘Simple description of observable reality does nothing more than capture the ‘accidents’ that identify the particularity of something, not convey the greater universal truths, the ideal form, that lies hidden beneath the accidental appearance.” For fifteen days and counting, the people of the world have been watching in wonder and witnessing in fascination the Egyptian people flow through the streets of Cairo. As they streamed in and out of Tahrir Square we sensed the ebb and flow of the Egyptian people pulsing before us‚-vibrant, brilliant, eloquent‚-a symbolic force echoing the dreams and desires of humanity around the world. From our vantage points, witnessing this rare and powerful movement of human will on television screens in every land, we interpret the events to give meaning and purpose to their bravery, their commitment, their endurance, in the face of absolute force that has imprisoned them for thirty years…more

The Nature of American-Egyptian Military Relations
Palestine Chronicle: 14 Feb 2011 – By Ali Younes It should come as no surprise that the ruling Egyptian Supreme Military Council announced its intent to honor all of Egypt’s regional and international treaties after it took over the reins of power from president Hosni Mubarak last week. This announcement was made to primarily assure the United States and Israel that the new post Mubarak political order in Cairo will remain formally committed to its peace treaty with Israel. More than any other government branch; the Egyptian military owes its modern weapons, training, logistics, and equipment to U.S, military aid which came as a direct dividend of the peace treaty it signed with Israel in 1979. In other words, the U.S is paying both Israel and Egypt for peace it sponsored between the two countries in 1979. The U.S payment to Egypt comes in the form of $ 1.3 billion military aid package and only about $250…more

Expanding Democracy and Public Education in Puerto Rico
Dissident Voice: 14 Feb 2011 – The epicenter of the struggle for the public university in Latin America is Puerto Rico. — Jos?© Carlos Luque Braz?°n, professor and researcher of political science and urban planning at the Autonomous University, Mexico City. 1 The social conflict taking place at the University of Puerto Rico is polarizing this island to such an extent, that this United States’ possession, which used to be heralded as the “Showcase of Democracy” during the cold war ideological struggles, is now sliding into a system of widespread civil and human rights violations. The University of Puerto Rico, for the first time in decades, is occupied by police, political demonstrations are banned, summary expulsions of student leaders are common, and hundreds of students have been arrested, beaten and at times sexually assaulted or tortured. On February 9, after the riot squad violently intervened with students painting murals, 28 students were arrested, many were hurt…more

De-heroizing the Chilean Miners
Dissident Voice: 14 Feb 2011 – For the past four months — since their dramatic and well-televised rescue on October 12, to be precise — the 33 miners from the San Jos?© copper-gold mine have been treated like darlings of the media. Miner Edison Pe?±a ran the New York City marathon and did his best Elvis impression on “The Late Show” with David Letterman (and at a Memphis Grizzlies basketball game). “World Exclusive” interviews appeared in newspapers across the globe with miners Mario Sepulveda, Luis Urz??a, and others. The miners, just like the Green Bay Packers, were honored at Disney World. And we even heard that heartthrob Brad Pitt was reportedly negotiating for rights to tell the trapped miners’ stories. Though we heard the whispers of rumors of the miners’ all-too-human humanity even during the rescue operations, particularly in the extra-marital affairs of miner Yonni Barrios, media outlets were all too eager to place the trapped (…more

Bring the Tyrants Down!
Dissident Voice: 14 Feb 2011 – Old Hosni is gone. Good riddance! My heart is with the hundreds of thousands of Egyptians who are now celebrating in Tahrir Square. But wait! We can’t just let this guy skip off with all the billions he’s bilked from Egypt’s coffers from thirty years of shady dealings. I was so happy to see that the Swiss Bank was freezing his assets. He asserts that he will not leave Egypt. He proclaims that he will die on the soil of his Motherland. Well, then, when his stolen wealth is returned to Egypt’s treasury, a little Old Age Fund should be set up for him. Say, twenty-five thousand dollars annually, plus subsidized housing and access to the local food bank. It’s fair. It’s just. It’s humane for a scoundrel. And while we’re observing these historic events in Egypt we might take a lesson in justice. We might come to…more

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