VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 16 February, 2011: Israel troops may ‘have to re-enter’ Lebanon

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Army Breaks Into Home Of Jerusalem Palestinian MP
IMEMC – Wednesday February 16, 2011 – 19:35, Undercover forces of the Israeli army broke on Wednesday into the home of Jerusalem Legislator, Ahmad Attoun, and detained his brother, Jihad, and his cousin., Attoun, as well other elected legislators and officials, is threatened with deportation from Jerusalem.

Two Workers Wounded In Gaza
IMEMC – Wednesday February 16, 2011 – 19:06, Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Wednesday evening that two day-laborers were wounded after an explosive dropped by the Israeli army in a previous invasion detonated near them.

Israeli Court Slams Police for Sheikh Jarrah Activist Arrests
IMEMC – Wednesday February 16, 2011 – 17:08, On Wednesday, the Jerusalem District Court rejected an appeal by police disputing the court’s decision to release Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Protesters without conditions.

Village Of Al-Arakib Demolished Yet Again
IMEMC – Wednesday February 16, 2011 – 17:04, Israel has once again demolished the Bedouin village of al-Arakib in the Negev desert.

Ma’an News

Israel demolishes Bedouin village
2/16/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israel demolished a Bedouin village on Wednesday, as protesters defied orders declaring it a closed zone. Demonstrators and residents refused to leave a cemetery even as Israeli forces moved in to enforce the closed-zone order. The village of Al-Arakib, in Israel’s Negev desert, has been declared unrecognized and demolished….

Israel troops may ‘have to re-enter’ Lebanon
2/16/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s army may enter Lebanon again to ensure Hezbollah remembers the lessons of the 2006 war, Defense Minister Ehud Barak was quoted as saying in an Israeli newspaper Wednesday.” Even though it’s quiet and deterrence exists — Hezbollah remembers the heavy beating they suffered from us in 2006 — but it…. Related: Hezbollah warns Israel against new war

Four released as Palestinians say prison conditions grim
2/16/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Detainees Center in Nablus celebrated Tuesday the release of four men from the northern West Bank, while centers in Ramallah continued to report mistreatment of some of the 7,000 Palestinians who remain incarcerated in Israel. Released, lawyer Ahmad Tubasi announced, were:- Jalal Nakhleh, 40, from Ramallah, detained in 2009. – Oday….

Rights org says Israel failing to control settler violence
2/16/2011 – TEL AVIV (Ma’an) — Israeli rights group Yesh Din released a report Wednesday, accusing Israel of “chronic failure” to enforce the law on Israeli citizens who commit offenses against Palestinians in the West BankNine out of 10 investigations of Israeli attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank are closed with no indictment served, the…. Related: Yesh Din: 9 out of 10 investigations of Israeli attacks against Palestinians are closed with no indictment served

Hezbollah warns Israel against new war
2/16/2011 – BEIRUT (Ma’an) — Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah made waves Wednesday, when he threatened to “liberate the Galilee region” if Israel initiated a new war with Lebanon, and warned that military leaders would be targeted. Nasrallah’s speech, delivered on the party’s Martyrs Day, prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to tell…. Related: Israel troops may ‘have to re-enter’ Lebanon

2 injured in explosion near Gaza City
2/16/2011 – Medics blame leftover Israeli ordnance – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Two Palestinians were injured Wednesday in an explosion in the eastern Gaza Strip, officials said. The two, aged 21 and 14, were taken to Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City for treatment of light injuries, medics said. Both were identified as employees of a local cement…. Related: Medics: 2 injured in Gaza explosion

Sand storms hit tent prison
2/16/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) —High winds raised sand storms in the Negev desert near the Nafha prison camp, where thousands of Palestinians are detained in tent compounds, the Prisoners Society in Gaza City reported Wednesday. The sand was toppling tents and causing respiratory problems among some of the inmates, the society said it learned….

Jerusalem official warns eyes on Egypt put city at risk
2/16/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — With global political attention on Egypt, a Fatah spokesman warned Wednesday, “Israel has been increasing settlement activity in East Jerusalem,” and putting the future of the city at risk. Recent decisions by Israeli forces, including the announcement of three new settlement construction projects and plans to move the police training college….

Hamas: PA arrests 8 party members
2/16/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian security forces arrested eight Hamas affiliates in the West Bank. Hamas said Palestinian Authority security forces arrested the party members in Nablus and Hebron….

Hamas: Free and fair elections need unity
2/16/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) —Deputized Parliament speaker and Hamas leader Ahmad Bahar said Wednesday that honest elections could not take place without a unity agreement that “restores the national rights of Palestinians.”The official reiterated the Hamas position in a conference address in Gaza City, calling elections the right of the Palestinians guaranteed under….

Worker dead, 2 injured as sand dune collapses
2/16/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian worker died and two others were injured as a sand dune collapsed on them near Wadi Gaza, south of Gaza city, on Wednesday morning. Medics said Rami Abu Hajeer, 28, died and two others were hurt while they were collecting stones. They were transferred to Shuhada Al-Aqsa hospital….

Gaza crossings re-open
2/16/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an)— Two import terminals into Gaza were opened by Israeli crossings authorities for the transfer of 210 truckloads of goods into the Strip on Wednesday, Palestinian liaison officers were informed. Following a one-day total closure of the terminals, for what Israeli officials said were repair activities, Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh….

Gaza journalist summoned for questioning
2/16/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Authorities in the Gaza Strip summoned a journalist for questioning Tuesday, a media group said. Sameh Ramadan says he was summoned to the internal security department in Khan Younis but told to return Thursday. The journalist works for Sawt Ash-Sha’ab (“The People’s Voice”) radio in Khan….

Medics: 2 injured in Gaza explosion
2/16/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An explosion east of Gaza City injured two Palestinians, medical officials said Wednesday afternoon, adding that the blast was caused by leftover Israeli ordnance…. Related: 2 injured in explosion near Gaza City

Gaza: Weapons injure 7 in family clash
2/16/2011 – RAFAH, Gaza Strip (Ma’an) — Seven were injured in a family brawl Wednesday evening, as relatives used explosives to gain the upper hand in a fight in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, police said. Police said the arrived on the scene amid explosions, and called in reinforcements, eventually surrounding the compound and….

Gaza’s Mubarak hospital renamed
2/16/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A hospital in Gaza named after Egypt’s deposed president has been renamed, officials said Wednesday. The Hosni Mubarak Children’s Hospital in Khan Younis will now be known as Tahrir Hospital, the health minister in Gaza said. Yousef Al-Mudalal said that “the change was delivered to all….

Fatah leader: Abbas should head unity talks
2/16/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas should call together all parliamentary blocs for a sponsored dialogue session that will resolve internal Palestinian division and pave the way to fair elections, Fatah lawmaker Majed Abu Shamaleh said Wednesday. Given the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly the Egyptian revolution, “regional changes must push….

Rivals clash in Yemen palace protest march
2/16/2011 – SANAA, Yemen (AFP) — Pro-regime supporters armed with batons and stones waded Tuesday into a crowd of anti-government protesters trying to march on Yemen’s presidential palace, sparking clashes dispersed by police. At least three people were injured as the rivals pelted each other with stones, said an AFP correspondent, in the fourth straight day….

Egypt junta names panel to reform constitution
2/16/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s military rulers warned that a wave of strikes sweeping the country was “disastrous,” as it gave a panel of civilian experts 10 days to revise the constitution. Against a backdrop of persistent nationwide walkouts and street protests, the junta promised to rapidly restore constitutional rule following the overthrow of Hosni….

Tunisia extends state of emergency, ends curfew
2/16/2011 – TUNIS (AFP) — Tunisia’s interim government prolonged Tuesday a state of emergency imposed just before president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was toppled a month ago as it struggled to restore stability. The interior ministry also ended an overnight curfew imposed ahead of Ben Ali’s January 14 toppling in a wave of….

Paper: 14 injured in Libya clashes
2/16/2011 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Fourteen people were injured in clashes between security forces and demonstrators in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday, a Libyan newspaper reported on Wednesday….

’14 injured’ in Libya clashes
2/16/2011 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Fourteen people were injured in clashes between security forces and demonstrators in the eastern city of Benghazi overnight, a Libyan newspaper reported on Wednesday. The paper, Quryna, said the unrest late on Tuesday was the work of “saboteurs” among a group of protesters. Three demonstrators and 10 members of the security forces were….

Obama warns Arab world: Get ahead of reform curve
2/16/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday warned autocratic US allies they cannot crush the Middle East’s youthful “hunger” for change and offered “moral support” to Iranian protesters defying a crackdown. Obama walked a fine line between offering American support for political uprisings after the Egypt revolt and openly offending states that use….

Official: EU’s Ashton to Egypt next Tuesday
2/16/2011 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — Chief European Union diplomat Catherine Ashton will visit Egypt next Tuesday, 24 hours after foreign ministers consider an asset freeze against henchmen from the outgoing regime, an official told AFP….

EU urges Libya to let free expression, listen to protests
2/16/2011 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — The European Union on Wednesday urged the Libyan authorities to allow “free expression” in the North African nation and listen to protestors following clashes in the city of Benghazi….

Hospital: 38 injured in Libya clashes
2/16/2011 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Thirty-eight people were injured in clashes between Libyan security forces and demonstrators in Benghazi overnight, the director of Al-Jala hospital in the eastern city told AFP on Wednesday….

Jordan Muslim clerics want nightclubs closed
2/16/2011 – AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) — More than 100 Jordanian Muslim clerics demanded the government shut down all nightclubs in the country and combat prostitution, in a statement issued Wednesday.” We demand the government close all nightclubs, which work under the pretext of promoting tourism,” 109 clerics, among them a former cabinet minister, MPs, Islamist leaders, university professors….

Palestine Note

Hamas: Free and fair elections need unity
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – Ma’an – Deputized Parliament speaker and Hamas leader Ahmad Bahar said Wednesday that honest elections could not take place without a unity agreement that “restores the national rights of Palestinians.” The official reiterated the Hamas position…

Non-violence, key for change in Egypt
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – The astonishing breakthrough in Egypt, when President Hosni Mubarak stepped down after weeks of protests, has rightly galvanised attention around the world. Yet as usual, there has been little commentary from the non-violence standpoint. While US…

Clinton calls for ‘serious conversation’ about Internet freedom
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – The Washington Post – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Tuesday for “a serious conversation” about rules to ensure an open Internet, noting it had helped power the pro-democracy uprising in Egypt but also served…

Palestinian Erekat says he resigned to set example, not because of contents of leak
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – The Washington Post – Saeb Erekat, the longtime chief Palestinian negotiator who resigned Saturday after a massive leak of documents from his office, said Tuesday that he did not leave because of the substance of the…

Syria Lifts Facebook and Youtube Ban: Reflections on the “Egypt Effect” in Syria
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – In reaction to the recent developments in Egypt, Syria lifted the ban on Facebook and Youtube last week. Until now, Syrians have circumvented the ban by using Internet proxies, but that is not necessary anymore. The…

Military moves quickly to bring elections to Egypt
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – The Washington Post – Egypt geared up Tuesday for a breakneck rush to democracy as its military rulers vowed to hand authority to an elected civilian government in six months and ordered legal experts to draft…

Cairo in Ramallah: A disaster scenario?
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – Michael Omer-Man, +972 – With popular uprisings pushing for democracy and an end to oppression sweeping their way through the Middle East, many Israelis are pondering if the democratic fever will reach Palestine. The general fear…

First novel on Egypt revolution released
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – Arabiya – Egyptian journalist Saeid Habib has released the first novel on the revolution unleashed in his country on January 25. The book chronicles the different stages of the protests but also aims to change the…

‘Brothers’ in Egypt Present Two Faces
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – Wall Street Journal – Moaz Abdel Karim, an affable 29-year-old who was among a handful of young activists who plotted the recent protests here, is the newest face of the Muslim Brotherhood. His political views on…

Weakened political parties face challenge of rebuilding
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – Al Masry Al Youm – President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation has brought new freedoms but also new challenges for opposition parties, who have long attributed their absence on the political scene to repression, say some opposition leaders….

For Egypt, a Fresh Start, With Cities
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – New York Times – It would be easy to look at the images coming out of Cairo over the last few weeks and think of Egypt as a highly urbanized society. It would also be wrong….

Palestinians seek global recognition through South America
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – Washington Post – Before a slew of South American countries recently recognized an independent Palestinian state in quick succession, a seasoned Palestinian diplomat had quietly begun lobbying the government of one critical country on the continent,…

PLO to press on with settlement vote at UN
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – Ma’an – Palestinian representatives at the UN will push forward with a draft resolution calling on the Security Council to condemn settlement construction, PLO Executive Committee member Saleh Raafat said Tuesday. A vote will be held…

Hamas: Elections are response to regional crisis
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – Ma’an – The Palestinian Authority’s cabinet reshuffle and the call for elections are attempts to show the international community that regional uprisings have not affected the PA, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Tuesday. The call…

EU’s Ashton to visit Egypt for talks next week
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – Alert Net – EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton will fly to Egypt for talks next week, becoming the most senior foreign diplomat to visit since Hosni Mubarak’s resignation. “She will be in Cairo for talks…

Israel to build more East Jerusalem homes
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – Ma’an – 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…

Bahrain unrest may have regional, financial impact
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – Alert Net – Bahrain may be tiny, and fairly insignificant as an oil producer, but nearly $10 billion parked in mutual funds in the kingdom mean plenty is at stake if protests inspired by Egypt and…

Mideast protests gain pace
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – Egypt-inspired demos erupt in Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and Iran Alert Net – Anti-government protests inspired by popular revolts that toppled rulers in Tunisia and Egypt are gaining pace around the Middle East and North Africa despite…

Iraqis attack government offices
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – Al Jazeera – At least one person has been killed and dozens wounded in clashes between security forces and protesters in a southern Iraqi province, after around 2,000 people attacked government offices in protest over poor…

Arab uprisings overturn cliches on democracy
Palestine Note 16 Feb 2011 – Andrew Hammond , Alert Net – Arab uprisings against unpopular Western-backed rulers have undercut the arguments of some Western intellectuals about passive populations who are not prepared to fight for democracy. During the 2003 U.S. invasion of…

The New York Times Shows Its Poor Journalistic Standards
Palestine Note 15 Feb 2011 – This piece originally appeared on The Third Way Even when the New York Times gets it right, they get it wrong. Democracy in the bed under the about-to-be-extinguished light of journalism On February 3, the Times…

Aljazeera

Iran funeral triggers new clashes
AlJazeera 16 Feb 2011 – Government supporters and opposition activists clash at funeral procession for student killed in Tehran.

Iran warships to ‘transit Suez’
AlJazeera 16 Feb 2011 – Israel’s foreign minister says Tehran is about to send two warships through the Suez Canal for the first time in years.

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

Plan for school trips to Hebron garners praise, ire
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – “Kids should know more of King David than ‘Big Brother,'” Education minister says as he defends plan.

Iran opposition leader ‘ready to pay any price’ for change
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – Karroubi statement follows lawmakers’ calls for his execution; Bahrain marchers hold their ground.

PM on Egypt: Israel must ‘prepare for worst’
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – Netanyahu says leaders and policy-makers around the world must be alerted of possible dangers that may lie ahead.

Anti-government protests spread to Gaddafi’s Libya
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – Egypt’s opposition calls to end gas sales to Israel and to keep Mubarak from leaving country.

Navy on alert as 2 Iranian warships transit Suez Canal
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – Lieberman: This is a provocation that proves the Iranians’ overconfidence is growing from day to day.

US seeks to tighten sanctions against Iran
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – IAEA reveals Tehran quickly revived its nuclear program after Stuxnet attack; co-sponsor of new sanctions says “Obama administration appears to be much more realistic about growing threat.”

Abbas says Armenian Quarter belongs to Palestinians
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – PA considers the Old City quarter to be an integral party of east Jerusalem, despite “Palestine Papers” showing otherwise.

Israel agrees to more troops in demilitarized Sinai
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – Second deployment of Egyptian military forces will crack down on Bedouin violence and protect natural gas pipeline to Israel.

Reality strikes: MKs take on the Big Brother
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – Kadima MK submits complaint against reality TV-show participant for “incitement to terror” as legislators hope to curb irresponsible messages.

Clinton: Mideast civic leaders must seize moment
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – Secretary of State says activists, educators and students should organize, present demands for democratic change.

Lebanese PM to respect resolutions with Israel
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – Report: Mikati reassures Ashton that his government will obey UN resolution 1701, as well as all other int’l resolutions.

Jordanian minister calls Israel ‘enemy and terrorist state’
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – Hussein Mjali claims he expected Israel’s ‘counter-position’ and slams Jewish state for arrests, destruction.

‘Palestinian elections proceed without Hamas’
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – Abed Rabbo saysparliamentary and presidential votes may only take place in West Bank, as Hamas declares elections illegitimate.

Fayyad: PA to Wean Itself Off Foreign Aid by 2013
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – Palestinian PM says he plans to declare statehood by summer, following a construction boom and higher stock prices.

Abbas bans Palestinians from criticizing Qatar emir
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – Decision comes after PA officials blamed the emir for publishing the Palestine Papers on Qatari-based Al-Jazeera.

‘Hezbollah will conquer Galilee if there is war’
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – Nasrallah calls Gantz weak, says Israel has lost its confidence due to Mideast turmoil; Hezbollah leader says he will avenge Mugniyeh’s death.

Palestinians use Facebook to push PA, Hamas to end rift
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – PA forces arrest journalist Sami-al Assi days after release from Israeli jails; organizers plan protests against internal PA-Hamas conflict.

Fayyad: World can’t recognize S. Sudan and not Palestine
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – Palestinian Authority PM says world will face serious moral dilemma if it does not recognize Palestinian state.

‘Kids should know more of King David than ‘Big Brother”
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – Education minister defends plan to bring school children to Hebron; former MKs Amnon Rubenstein and Uri Avnery slam decision.

Peres: Ahmadinejad a shame upon Iranian history
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – President tells Conference of Presidents that call to kill opposition was “ugly”; only the Iranian people can stop the regime in Tehran.

Egyptian youth group: Halt gas shipments to Israel
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – April 6 youth movement says if military doesn’t meet our demands, “we’ll be on the street again”; says army still loyal to Mubarak.

A bold move by three leaders
Jeruslalem Post 16 Feb 2011 – The crisis in Egypt should motivate Obama, Netanyahu and Abbas to tackle 3 fronts: kick start the Israel-Palestine peace process; strengthen support for the peace treaty with Egypt; and support the PA against Hamas.

Ha’aretz Defense page

U.S. monitoring Iran ships which Israel says will cross Suez Canal
Ha’aretz – The Egyptian company which controls the canal has denied the claim; Ahmed el-Manakhli, head of the canal operations room, said warships must get permission 48 hours before crossing, and so far, “we have not been notified.”

U.S. pushing Palestinians to drop UN resolution on settlement construction
Ha’aretz – Washington has made it clear that it will veto the Security Council resolution should it come to a vote.

Brent oil hits 2-1/2 year high due to Israel-Iran tension in Suez
Ha’aretz – Oil prices hit high mark as Israel says Iran warships are set to cross Egypt’s Suez Canal en route to Syria, which could spell the closest-ever encounter between the countries.

Jordan: Killer of Israeli schoolchildren will serve his life sentence
Ha’aretz – Jordan reassures Israel that convicted terrorist will serve sentence, after Israel was angered by new Jordanian minister for expressing support for terrorist’s release.

Netanyahu: Israel must prepare for the worst in Egypt
Ha’aretz – Speaking to American Jewish leaders in Jerusalem, the prime minister reiterated hope that Egypt would stick by the 1979 peace treaty with Israel, as the new military leaders in Cairo had promised.

‘Hezbollah will never take control of Galilee’
Ha’aretz – Prime Minister Netanyahu responds to Hezbollah leader Nasrallah, who had called on ‘Islamic resistance fighters’ to ‘be ready for the day when war is forced on Lebanon.’

U.S.: Egypt Islamists’ impact on peace with Israel unclear
Ha’aretz – Top U.S. intelligence official tells Senate he assesses Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is not in favor of peace treaty with Israel and they were being watched closely.

Lieberman: Iran warships destined for Syria to sail through Suez
Ha’aretz – The foreign minister criticizes the international community for not dealing with ‘recurring Iranian provocations’; Iran has been accused of supplying weapons to Syria and Hezbollah.

Hezbollah chief tells IDF: Watch your heads
Ha’aretz – Hassan Narallah calls on ‘Islamic resistance fighters’ to ‘be ready for the day when war is forced on Lebanon’; Hezbollah leader who escaped Egyptian prison appears at rally where Nasrallah spoke.

Jordan justice minister: Israel is a terrorist state
Ha’aretz – Newly appointed Jordanian minister Hussein Mjali infuriated Israel with his call to free Ahmed Deqamseh, who killed seven Israeli schoolchildren in a terrorist attack in Naharayim in 1997.

‘Lebanon will respect international resolutions, including on Israel ‘
Ha’aretz – PM designate Nagib Mikati assures EU foreign policy chief that future government will respect UN Resolution 1701, which ended 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon.

Peres: Iranian people will be the ones to change the Iranian regime
Ha’aretz – The president lashes out at Iranian parliamentarians for calling for execution of opposition leaders, in the name of ‘democracy.’

Turkey: Israel must apologize for flotilla raid regardless of UN findings
Ha’aretz – Turkish official says Ankara believes UN report will be unbiased, but remains firm in its demand that Israel make amends for raid that killed nine pro-Palestinian activists.

Ha’aretz National page

The ties between the Im Tirtzu head and a company that sells to Iran
Ha’aretz – Right-leaning group Im Tirtzu backs probing funding sources for left-wing NGOs in Israel; Bloggers report the right-wing organization was funded by a company selling technology to Iran.

Ceiling collapses on Hadera home
Ha’aretz – A woman in her 70s dies after an explosion, thought to be caused by a gas tank, brought down the entire roof in one piece.

Knesset committee approves bill allowing Israel boycotters to be fined
Ha’aretz – Bill calls for heavy fines to be imposed on Israeli citizens who initiate or incite boycotts against Israeli individuals, companies, factories, and organizations.

Palestine Telegraph

Israeli army detains 12 Palestinians in WB
16 Feb 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces detained Wednesday seven Palestinians in Israeli raid operations for several villages of Ramallah in the south of the occupied West Bank.

Uruknet

Eyes on the prize: A Palestinian analysis of the Egyptian revolution
Uruknet February 16, 2011 – February 16, 2011 – …If the revolution in Egypt triumphs, it will change the course of history. It’s true that this is only the second Arab country out of another 22 dictatorships. But if Egypt is free it means that one quarter of the Arabs are free. This creates new rules for the Arab-Zionist conflict….

Winds of change in the Middle EastThe revolution in Egypt is a game-changer, and not just for Egyptians.
Uruknet February 16, 2011 – THE INTERNATIONAL Socialist tradition has long argued that the solution to the Palestinian problem cannot be solved within the boundaries of Palestine itself. We have argued, firstly, that there is a close connection between the Palestinian national struggle and the rest of the Arab world—that there is great sympathy among Arab peoples for Palestinian self-determination…

Egypt: Death toll put at 365 as strikes continue
Uruknet February 16, 2011 — At least 365 people died in the 18 days of anti-government protests that pushed out longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, the Health Ministry said Wednesday in the first official accounting of the death toll. Minister Ahmed Sameh Farid said it was only a preliminary count of civilians killed and did not include police or prisoners….

URGENT APPEAL – Children of SilwanAn appeal to end the use of violence by the Israeli army and police during the arrest of children from Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem.
Uruknet February 16, 2011 – Please send Urgent Appeals in relation to the arrest and detention of children in Silwan, occupied East Jerusalem, urging the following: 1. The immediate end to the use of violence by the Israeli army and police during the arrest of children;2. No child should be interrogated in the absence of their parents; 3. All credible…

The negotiators made no effort to defend and uphold the right of return
Uruknet February 16, 2011 – At a meeting with the chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, on 18 February 2008, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner commended the Palestinian approach on the refugee issue, describing it as “wise”. This plaudit was only given after the Palestinian negotiators had confirmed their distinction between recognition of the right of return in principle and its…

Iran protester’s death ‘hijacked by regime’
Uruknet February 16, 2011 – The Iranian regime has been accused of hijacking the death of a young pro-democracy protester killed during rallies in Tehran on Monday. A family member of Saane Zhaleh, a 26-year-old theatre student at Tehran University of Arts, told the Guardian that the Iranian authorities had launched a campaign to depict the pro-opposition protester as a…

A House Surrounded on all Sides
Uruknet February 16, 2011 – Omar Hajaj is a 45-year-old day laborer in Israel, living with his wife, three sons (ages one, five, and ten-years old) and his father’s wife in Al Walajah. Al Walajaha is a village of approximately 2000 inhabitants and lies just North of Bethlehem. Nowadays, this family is facing one of the most unique cases: the…

Egypt: Mahalla textile workers go on strike and oil workers win victory
Uruknet February 16, 2011 – Despite appeals by the Army Council that strikes should stop, Egyptian workers, emboldened by the revolution, have continued to take mass action to solve their long held grievances. We publish here two reports we have received about the growing movement of the Egyptian working class. One is about the workers at the largest factory in…

Bedouins Barricaded in Cemetery as Israel Demolishes Village for 17th Time, Injuring Children
Uruknet February 16, 2011 – The residents of the Bedouin village Al Araqib were forced from their land for the 17th time Wednesday (16/2) and barricaded inside the village cemetery, as Israel continues its ethnic cleansing efforts in the Negev. Residents of El Araqib during the previous demolition of their village (photo courtesy of Negev Coexistence Forum). Israeli forces arrived…

Assorted Horrors of the Day
Uruknet February 16, 2011 – ….The combination of the attack on Logan and a response like Rosen’s cause me to feel for a while that I deeply loathe a whole lot of people. “It would have been funny…” Those who would defend Rosen can offer whatever excuses and justifications they wish; I reject all of it. As I noted, Rosen…

Iran funeral triggers new clashes
Uruknet February 16, 2011 – Clashes have broken out between supporters of the Iranian government and apparent members of the opposition at the funeral for a student killed in recent protests, state television has reported. “Students and people participating in the funeral of martyr Sane’e Zhale in Tehran Fine Arts University are clashing with a few apparently from the sedition…

Egypt: Is the revolution being co-opted?
Uruknet February 15, 2011 – It’s too early to tell whether the military junta now in power will really deliver on this new local remix of the Washington mantra – “orderly transition” – or will run rings around the street and perpetuate itself in power by wearing better suits, dividing the opposition and receiving lavish “gifts” from the usual suspects,…

A Plan for Peace that Never Was
Uruknet February 15, 2011 – On his site, ‘Bernard Avishai Dot Com,’ an outraged Avishai had this to say about the Palestine Papers: “…the Guardian’s spin on the talks, based on documents leaked by Al Jazeera, is outrageous. “The Guardian has seemed bent on making Palestinian concessions seem like a betrayal. But they have reported only one hand clapping. Palestinian…

Hypocritical opportunism
Uruknet February 15, 2011 – If US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has the interests of the Iranian people at heart, she should stop claiming the brave campaigners on the streets of Tehran, Isfahan and other cities as her allies. Her opportunism is used by Iran’s Supreme Leader regime to f alsely paint the demonstrators as US stooges…As in north…

Egypt and the global economic order
Uruknet February 15, 2011 – The strikers were responding to the fast-track imposition of neo-liberal economic policies by a cabinet led by Ahmed Nazif, the then prime minister who relentlessly implemented the demands of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF). These measures included the privatisation of public factories, the liberalisation of markets, decreasing tariffs and import taxes and…

Egypt’s Military Declares Martial Law
Uruknet February 15, 2011 – World headlines are worrisome. On February 13, London’s Guardian headlined Egypt’s military rejects swift transfer of power and suspends constitution,” saying: Ruling generals rejected protester demands, saying they intend “to rule by martial law until elections are held.” The announcement followed suspension of constitutional rule, retention of Mubarak’s cabinet, and military police head, Mohamed Ibrahim…

Haaretz probe: IDF base to be built in East Jerusalem
Uruknet February 15, 2011 – The Jerusalem municipality plans to construct an Israel Defense Forces army base that will house military colleges on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem, reportedly beyond the pre-1967 war green line. Both the municipality as well as the Ministry of Defense dispute this claim, stating that the base will be built within the green line, however, Haaretz…

The Imperialistic Israeli Economy
Uruknet February 15, 2011 – In a 1980 article, Rami G. Khouri described the underpinning economic benefits that incentivized Israel to continue occupying the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The occupation transformed Israel into a state with an imperial economy, relying for its well-being (and in some cases, such as water, for its very survival) on the captive economic…

Four Myths About Iran’s Clerical RegimeIs Ahmadinejad an anti-imperialist, or really a deceptive populist?
Uruknet February 15, 2011 – …Some call Ahmadinejad “the anti-imperialist president.” The basis of their claim is nothing but Ahmadinejad’s anti-American, anti-Israeli, and pro-Palestinian rhetoric. Anti-imperialism is a progressive attribute and does not apply to a reactionary regime that itself has dreams of expanding its influence beyond its borders. Ahmadinejad shrewdly uses his anti-American, anti-Israeli, pro-Palestinian rhetoric to attract attention…

Egypt : Revolution or Coup?
Uruknet Februaey 15, 2011 – Four days after the stunning departure of Hosni Mubarak from the presidential palace in Cairo, analysts here are still trying to determine whether his ouster represents a revolution heralding the advent of democratic governance or a coup d’etat staged by the already-dominant military. Despite the media euphoria, scepticism among Egypt specialists about the military’s intentions…

The National

Syria rejects atomic watchdog’s inspection request
The National 17 Feb 2011 – Bid by International Atomic Energy Agency for random checks at suspected Deir Ezzor reactor site destroyed in bombing raids by the Israeli air force refused by President Bashar al Assad

Lebanon Tribunal spells out law for Hariri indictment
The National 17 Feb 2011 – Judges cleared the way to allow the pretrial judge to decide whether to confirm a draft indictment lodged by prosecutors last month at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Hunt is on for Mubarak’s alleged billions, from LA to Dubai
The National 17 Feb 2011 – Rumours abound that the former Egyptian president has gold, cash and property amounting to many millions or more embracing Egypt, Dubai, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London and elsewhere.

Alternative Information Center

Israel Launches New PR Campaign on North American Campuses: Faces of Israel
Alternative Information Center – A delegation of young Israelis will embark next week on a singular public relations campaign on North American campuses. Entitled Faces of Israel , the delegation includes Arabs and Jews, representatives of the LGBT community and Ethiopian…

Tell Egypt: Open the Rafah Crossing Now!
Alternative Information Center – The situation for the hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children in Egypt who have been trapped at the airport since 25 January 2011, the beginning of the Egyptian Revolution, is dreadful and getting worse each…

Israel to Relocate its Military Colleges to East Jerusalem
Alternative Information Center – The Israeli Defense Force and the Defense Ministry are planning to relocate the country’s military colleges from the current location in Glilot, north of Tel Aviv, to occupied East Jerusalem in the Palestinian neighborhood of Wadi…

“Captain Israel” Comic Series Acts to Combat BDS, Win Support for Israel
Alternative Information Center – The new comic series Captain Israel is being distributed in Europe and the United States, on street corners and in newspapers, with the aim of winning fans for Israel.

Daily Star

Israel: Iran warships to cross Suez
Daily Star 16 Feb 2011 A panel of legal experts appointed by Egypt’s military met Wednesday to discuss changes to the Constitution, while some organizers of the 18-day protests said they had formed a “Council of Trustees” to negotiate the transition…

Panel of Egyptian experts tackles new constitution
Daily Star 16 Feb 2011 A panel of legal experts appointed by Egypt’s military met Wednesday to discuss changes to the Constitution, while some organizers of the 18-day protests said they had formed a “Council of Trustees” to negotiate the transition…

Egypt-inspired protests gain pace across region
Daily Star 16 Feb 2011 Anti-government protests inspired by popular revolts that toppled rulers in Tunisia and Egypt are gaining pace around the Middle East and North Africa despite political and economic concessions by nervous governments.

Defense chiefs warn Congress against deep military budget cuts
Daily Star 16 Feb 2011 The Pentagon’s senior civilian and military leaders implored Congress Wednesday not to cut too deeply into military spending, with the top U.S. military officer warning against making “foolhardy” cuts to military aid or assistance to countries…

Israeli Army video hints at Syria, Iran attacks: report
Daily Star 16 Feb 2011 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: A video of the accomplishments of Israel’s recently retired military chief hints at Israel’s unacknowledged role in attacks on the Iranian and Syrian nuclear programs, according to an Israeli daily. The video, shown Monday…

Star female U.S. reporter sexually assaulted in Cairo
Daily Star 16 Feb 2011 NEW YORK: Top CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan suffered a sexual assault at the hands of a mob in Egypt while covering the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak, the network said Tuesday. Logan was in…

Strikes in Egypt continue despite warning by country’s military
Daily Star 16 Feb 2011 CAIRO: Egyptian workers tested Wednesday the limits of the freedom they won in the revolt against Hosni Mubarak, staging pay strikes despite calls from the new military regime for them to return to work. Workers in…

The Guardian

TV review: True Stories: War Child | Nuns Aloud
The Guardian 16 Feb 2011 – Blown up, blinded and taught to hate — no wonder the children of Gaza play at war The Palestinian kids in True Stories: War Child (More4) lost a lot in Israeli missile attacks on Gaza. Brother…

Relief Web

Determined to succeed: students grab second chance in Gaza
Relief Web 16 Feb 2011 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

OPT: Urgent Appeal- Children of Silwan
Relief Web 16 Feb 2011 – Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section

Palestine: New national education campaign
Relief Web 16 Feb 2011 – Source: CBM

Festival highlights human side of life in Gaza
Relief Web 16 Feb 2011 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Inter Press Service

Dead Peace Process Could be “National Suicide” for Israel
IPS The U.N. Security Council is poised to vote this week on a new resolution condemning Israeli expansion into the Occupied Palestinian Territories and calling for an immediate freeze on settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, but the United States has already declared its intention to again deploy its…

Palestinian Revolution by Default
IPS The Egyptian revolution, and the threat to autocratic Arab regimes all over the region, have forced rapid changes on the Palestinian political scene – with major players Hamas and Fatah scrambling to catch up.

YNet News

Jordanian minister calls Israel ‘enemy’
YNet News – Justice minister who defended killer of seven Israeli girls says people must….

Nasrallah threatens to take over Galilee
YNet News – Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah delivers belligerent speech in Beirut ceremony….

Report: Settler violence not probed
YNet News – Rights group report shows 91% of Palestinian complaints end without indictments…..

Students, teachers debate Hebron trips
YNet News – ‘I want to enjoy myself, not feel like I’m in a war,’ student says of school….

Nigeria to pay Iran for canceled soccer match
YNet News – Month before friendly match in Tehran, Nigerian authorities seize Iranian….

Peres: Iran will be stopped by the people
YNet News – President addresses anti-government protests in Tehran, slams calls for….

Jerusalem: Man buried in wrong grave
YNet News – Two men die in Bikur Holim Hospital. Haredi man’s family hold funeral on same….

Iran: Clashes during protestor’s funeral
YNet News – Government supporters back lawmakers’ call to execute opposition leaders. Mehdi….

‘Iran recovered quickly from cyber attack’
YNet News – Washington Post quotes European diplomats as saying Natanz plant’s managers….

US clueless about Egypt?
YNet News – WASHINTON — A senate hearing Wednesday revealed that top US intelligence agencies are largely ignorant about the current situation in Egypt and unfamiliar with the agenda …….

Jordan: Girls’ killer will serve life sentence
YNet News – Seeking to allay Israeli anger, Jordan reassured its neighbor Wednesday that a soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997 will serve out his life sentence. …….

Hamas: Beware Israeli text messages
YNet News – Hamas warned Gaza residents not to reply to text messages from Israel aimed at helping the Jewish state uncover abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit’s location. Hamas’ …….

Bibi to Nasrallah: Stay in your bunker
YNet News – Israeli response to Hezbollah: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used his speech Wednesday evening at the Conference of Presidents in Jerusalem to send a personal message …….

Jordan: Muslims demand ban on nightclubs
YNet News – Dozens of Muslim scholars are demanding the closure of nightclubs and discotheques in Jordan, saying such entertainment erodes the nation’s morals. Jordan’s largest …….

In Silwan, like in Tel Aviv, Youth Law not enforced
B’tselem 15 Feb 2011 – On 4 February 2011, Ha’aretz published an article on the police’s handling of central-region youth suspected of drug use. The article indicates that, like the conduct of the police when interrogating minors from Silwan, the parents in central —region Isragram FilesQuickTimeQTSystem

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas official: Israel preparing for ‘fierce attack in Jerusalem’
PIC 16 Feb 2011 – Leading Hamas figure Ismail Radwan said Israel is preparing for a “fierce Judaization attack in occupied Jerusalem.”

Special Israeli forces storm home of Jerusalemite MP Atton
PIC 16 Feb 2011 – Special Israeli forces broke into the home of Jerusalemite MP Ahmed Atton, who is threatened with deportation from the holy city, on Wednesday and took away his brother Jihad and his cousin.

Besieged Gaza celebrates International Childhood Cancer Day
PIC 16 Feb 2011 – Children in the developed world have a high chance of beating cancer, but on International Childhood Cancer Day on February 15, Gazan children are reminded of an inhumane medical crisis in the strip.

Two Palestinians wounded in blast of IOF army ordnance
PIC 16 Feb 2011 – Two Palestinians, including a 14-year-old boy, were wounded on Wednesday when Israeli army ordnance blasted near them east of Gaza city, medical sources said.

IOA adjourns trial of MP for fourth time
PIC 16 Feb 2011 – The Israeli Salem military court adjourned the case of detained MP Dr. Omar Abdelrazek for the fourth consecutive time on Wednesday.

Jerusalemite sick detainee appeals for medical treatment
PIC 16 Feb 2011 – Jerusalemite prisoner Esam Jandal has complained of heart and eye problems and was still suffering despite undergoing three eye surgeries, the Palestinian prisoner’s association said in a report.

Israeli Education Minister plans provocative school trip to Ibrahimi Mosque
PIC 16 Feb 2011 – Israel’s Minister of Education Gideon Saar has plans for Jewish students to take controversial trips to the Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil.

Israel threatens new war on Lebanon
PIC 16 Feb 2011 – Israeli war minister Ehud Barak threatened during a tour of the northern 1948 occupied Palestine borders on Tuesday with the new chief of staff Benny Gantz to launch a new war on Lebanon.

Villagers injured in 19th Araqib razing
PIC 16 Feb 2011 – Residents of the Negev village of Araqib sustained injuries trying to protect their homes as Israeli forces leveled their village for the 19th time on Wednesday.

Quarrel heats up again between Fatah and PLO leaders over TV corruption
PIC 16 Feb 2011 – The conflict has flared up once again in public between Fatah revolutionary council and Yasser Abdrabo, but this time over administrative corruption in the radio and TV bureau which the latter heads.

DIANA BUTTU ON THE PALESTINE PAPERS [VIDEO]
Intifada-Palestine: 26 Jan 2011 – In this special segment of Palestine Studies TV, Diana Buttu, a former member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Negotiations Support Unit, spoke about the recent leak of thousands of internal Palestinian documents concerning the ongoing negotiations with Israel. They were published and covered extensively by Al Jazeera and The Guardian. She spoke about their significance, the political fallout and what they say about Israel’s basic position on negotiations and the prospects for a two-state solution. Palestine Studies TV is a special project of the Institute for Palestine Studies. www.palestine-studies.orgmore

JEFF GATES: ISRAEL STRIKES BACK
Intifada-Palestine: 26 Jan 2011 – Jeff Gates Timing is everything when waging war “by way of deception,” the motto that has long guided Israeli war-planners. Whenever Israel’s geopolitical goals are threatened, chaos is assured. In national security terminology, the January 24 th bombing at Moscow’s busiest airport was “out of theater repositioning.” Moscow airport First among Tel Aviv’s priorities is their need to maintain traction for the latest geopolitical narrative: a “global war on terrorism” against “Islamo-fascism.” The fact that America’s two latest wars serve Israeli goals remains largely unmentioned in Western media. Six days prior to the Moscow bombing, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev traveled to the West Bank to endorse a Palestinian state with its capital East Jerusalem. He pointedly noted “this was the first visit of a Russian president to Palestine not united with a visit to another country” (Israel). Then he joined a fast-lengthening list of nations confirming that, to date, 109…more

THE STUTTGART DECLARATION FOR A ONE STATE SOLUTION IN PALESTINE — AN ANALYSIS BY DR. LAWRENC DAVIDSON
Intifada-Palestine: 26 Jan 2011 – Dr. Lawrence Davidson Part I — Historical Context When Yasir Arafat took over the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1969 he changed it from a tool of the Egyptian government to a dynamic united front seeking national liberation for the Palestinian people. What sort of national liberation? Arafat’s initial hope was to transform Palestine/Israel from an exclusive religious-ethnic state designed for Jews to an inclusive democratic secular state with equality for all its citizens. One could hardly imagine a more progressive political goal. However, because of a series of distorting factors such as guilt felt over the Holocaust, Zionist lobby pressure operating within many governments, and the racism still operating against Arabs and Muslims, neither Palestinians nor their healthy political goal of a secular democracy got fair hearings in the West. That being the case, history unfolded in its now familiar fashion. The West turned a blind eye while Israel…more

PALESTINE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A LOST CAUSE
Intifada-Palestine: 26 Jan 2011 – Alan Hart The most sickening (I mean truly vomit inducing) thing about the Al Jazeera revelations, the so-called Palestine Papers, is not what they confirm about the quisling status of the impotent and corrupt Palestine Authority. Nor is it what they confirm about the Israeli leadership’s complete lack of interest in peace on terms other than those which require the Palestinians to surrender — to abandon their struggle for even an acceptable minimum amount of justice. What then is the most sickening thing? By offering or at least indicating that it was prepared to offer such huge concessions, the PA leadership encouraged Israel’s political and military leaders in their belief that if only they are intransigent, repressive and brutal enough for long enough, they can break the will of the Palestinians to continue their struggle and force them to accept a handful of crumbs from Zionism’s table . That’s the really…more

Los Angeles Times

U.S. worries Egypt military not doing enough
LA Times 16 Feb 2011 – Officials are privately pressing the new military rulers to follow through on post-Mubarak democracy. The Obama administration is concerned that the Egyptian military’s plans to reshape the country’s government may fall short of producing its promised democratic overhaul, and are privately urging the new leaders to live up to pledges they made as the Mubarak regime fell.

Diplomat seen as a solid leader, but too old to be Egypt’s president
LA Times 16 Feb 2011 – At 74, Amr Moussa has experience and independence, but observers say the youth movement is unlikely to embrace him. He is a longtime diplomat known for being outspoken, once even the hero of a popular ballad. He is a former member of ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, but is disliked by the military officers who run the country. And he is an old man trying to appeal to the young.

U.S. intelligence taxed by Middle East unrest
LA Times 16 Feb 2011 – Despite numerous reports from the Mideast and North Africa, U.S. intelligence struggled to keep up with events and maintain counter-terrorism contacts in the region, top spy officials tell a Senate panel. The quick pace of protests and two regime changes in the Middle East over the last month has stretched the U.S. intelligence community as it scrambles to keep up with events and maintain crucial counter-terrorism contacts, top intelligence officials said Wednesday.

New York Times

Students in Iran Clash at Funeral
New York Times 16 Feb 2011 – Members of Parliament want two prominent opposition leaders to be sentenced to death for stirring unrest. New clashes at a funeral were being reported on Wednesday.

In Egypt, a Panel of Jurists Is Given the Task of Revising the Country’s Constitution
New York Times 16 Feb 2011 – The eight-member body, which is made up of jurists, includes a Coptic Christian and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Misc

Welcome to Palestine…now let’s reset the relationship
Mondoweiss – Welcome to Palestine, even if it’s a century later. Now let’s reset the relationship. You came from faraway lands claiming an already inhabited one. Oppressed, massacred, and socially separated in Christendom/Europe, you felt as outsiders subject to anti-Semitic threats. Eventually, with the colonial age, a group…

While the rest of the Arab world is waking to protests, in Al Arakib Palestinians are awakening to the sound of bulldozers (destroying their village for the 17th time)
Mondoweiss – And other news from Today in Palestine: Land, property, resources theft and destruction/Ethnic cleansing/Settlers Al Arakib update: Four consecutive days of demolitions From the Negev Coexistence Forum (NCF). Last week brought four consecutive days of demolitions in Al Arakib. For the first time on February 9…

Palestinian queer activists challenge the ‘pinkwashing’ of the Israeli occupation
Mondoweiss – On February 16th, 2011 I attended a public forum entitled ” Palestinian Queer Activists Talk Politics ” in San Francisco’s Mission District. More than 20 groups including the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Jewish Voice for Peace and the Middle East Children’s Alliance sponsored the forum,…

We need to give more money to Israel
Mondoweiss – From Bruce Wolman: Your American tax dollars at work. While Americans lose their homes, jobs, unemployment benefits, winter heating subsidies, college grants, etc., aid to Israel is substantially increased. This is how Israel spends its money : According to the document, “Tiberias is an ancient city more…

How Israel lost its soul during Gaza, and how Egypt has restored a vital principle of resistance
Mondoweiss – It’s a crazed day for me. Running. Chomsky, Bayoumi and Blumenthal are speaking in the city tonight , and last night I went to an event for our Goldstone Report book at Alwa n for the Arts and didn’t get home till 1. I need to register…

Rally for a National Fund for Higher Education
Palestine Monitor – Al Mubadara, the Palestinian National Initiative, calls on the Palestinian people to march from Rukab St to the Prime Minister’s Office in the Al-Maysoun neighborhood tomorrow to push the Palestinian Authority to start a fund to help students. Al Mubadara’s Student Group: Do you suffer from…

Anti-BDS Bill passes first reading in the Knesset
Palestine Monitor – On Tuesday, 15 February, the Knesset voted to approve a bill in its first reading that would criminalize actions that support boycotts against Israel. The bill was originally introduced in June 2010 by a 25 MK’s from the Likud and Kadima party. According to a report…

A House Surrounded on all Sides
Palestine Monitor – After the Israeli Courts ruled against the demolition of Omar Hajaj’s home in Al Walajah, the Ministry of Defense ordered to surround his home with an electronic fence. If the plans are implemented, Omar and his family will be virtually entirely cut off from his village…

Jobs Destroys Jackling House, California Architectural Landmark
Tikun Olam – Steve Jobs has earned another distinction in his long career of technological innovation: destroyer of architectural history. He tore down Jackling House , one of the finest examples of Spanish revival home architecture in northern California and he did it in a mere two weeks. The home…

Jewish National Fund Bulldozers Destroying Al Araqib Village Cemetery
Tikun Olam – Alarming, devastating news that the battle of the Al Araqib Bedouin to remain on their village lands has taken an ominous turn. This from Israeli peace activist, Michael Warshavsky: Shooting and heavy violence in Al-Arakib: The people of Al-Arakib encircled in the cemetery The 17th violent…

The Wages of Stuxnet Are Havoc
Tikun Olam – While the wages of sin are reputed to be death, the wages of Stuxnet will be unforeseen havoc for years to come. Several interesting reports out about the cyberweapon, which outgoing Israeli chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi took credit for in his farewell party yesterday. Those…

Iran and the Egyptian revolution
WSWS – The government of Iran, the right-wing Green Movement opposition and the Obama administration in Washington have all sought to invoke the developments in Egypt to further interests that have nothing to do with this revolutionary upsurge.

Egyptian military repeats demands for end to strike wave
WSWS – The army’s repeated statements since the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak reflect the acute fear with which the generals and the entire Egyptian ruling elite regard the developing movement of the working class.

Histadrut calls off Israeli general strike
WSWS – Within days of calling for a general strike, Histadrut, Israel’s federation of trade unions, has called it off in return for some minor concessions from the Netanyahu government.

Protests continue in Bahrain and Yemen
WSWS – Anti-government protests are ongoing in Bahrain and Yemen, despite violence from riot police and regime supporters.

Misc 2

7 hours ago in Al Arakib
The Only Democracy? JVP2 16 Feb 2011 – By Yeela Raanan It seemed that there were “red lines” even for the police brutality against the Bedouins of the Israeli Negev — while destroying homes that had no possibility foracquiringbuilding permits, arresting people on their village lands in order to make room for JNF trees,…

Israel anger at Iran warship move
BBC 16 Feb 2011 – Israel condemns a move by Iran’s navy to sail two of its ships through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea.

Clashes at Iran protester funeral
BBC 16 Feb 2011 – Fresh clashes erupt in Tehran during the funeral of a student killed in anti-government protests on Monday, Iranian state television says.

CBS reporter in Egypt mob assault
BBC 15 Feb 2011 – Correspondent Lara Logan is recovering after she was beaten and sexually attacked while reporting on Egypt’s protests, US network CBS says.

Egypt: Revolution or Coup?
Antiwar.com 16 Feb 2011 – Four days after the stunning departure of Hosni Mubarak from the presidential palace in Cairo, analysts are still trying to determine whether his ouster represents a revolution heralding the advent of democratic governance or a coup d’etat staged by the already dominant military. Despite the media…

The US Versus the Egyptian People
Antiwar.com 16 Feb 2011 – The last thing the U.S. policy elite wants is real democracy in Egypt. That country has been a linchpin of American foreign policy for more than 30 years precisely because its government has been able to defy the will of the Egyptian people. If that should…

Articles


The US as Israel’s Enabler in the Middle East
Kathleen Christison, CounterPunch2/16/2011
Who’s Serving Who?
About ten days ago I had a particularly interesting discussion about Israel and its relationship to U.S. policy in the Middle East and to the events swirling there now, in Egypt and throughout the Arab world. My interlocutor is one of the most astute commentators, particularly on U.S. policy, in the alternative media, but he made it clear that, to his mind, Israel does not play a role of any notable relevance to what the United States is doing in the region.
I would say that he has a bit of a blind spot about Israel — a not uncommon phenomenon among progressive thinkers. But perhaps the current turmoil in the region will ultimately open his eyes and those of others who minimize Israel’s centrality to U.S. policy. Recent events unfolding in Egypt and surrounding Wikileaks-released State Department cables and al-Jazeera-released Palestinian papers dealing with Palestinian-Israeli talks are demonstrating graphically, as no other series of events probably ever has, that the United States does what it does in the Middle East in great measure because of Israel — to protect and safeguard Israel from Arab neighbors who object to its treatment of its Palestinian subjects, from Muslims with similar grievances, from criticism of Israel’s military exploits against neighboring states, from the ire of other states still threatened by Israel, from governments in the region that challenge Israel’s nuclear monopoly or attempt to develop their own arsenals to defend against Israel.
It is instructive to remember that Egypt is important to the United States almost entirely because it signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979 and helps guarantee Israel’s security, guarding its western border, helping its military assaults on other Arab countries, closing the tunnels into Gaza through which Hamas smuggles some weapons and the Gazan population obtains food and other essentials, undermining Hamas’s rule in Gaza…. more.. e-mail

A Palestinian Odyssey in a Middle East Ablaze
Jen Marlowe, CounterPunch2/15/2011
From an Israeli Prison to Tahrir Square
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 justice has a rich legacy in the region. In fact, watching anti-Mubarak demonstrators taking to the streets en masse to demand true democracy, freedom from repression, and the right to be stakeholders in their own political and civil systems caused me to reflect on my friend Sami Al Jundi, a Palestinian from the Old City of Jerusalem who has spent the last two decades working for peace and a nonviolent end to Israeli occupation. He is, in many ways, a product of that legacy.
Sami’s political awakening came in 1980, when he was inducted into a highly organized, democratic community and, at the age of 18, began a program of serious study, reading hundreds of books including:
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Social Contract
Makarenko’s Pedagogical Poem
The writings of Ho Chi Minh, Basil Liddell Hart, and Angela Davis
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell…. more.. e-mail

Carter Harassed with $5 Million Suit by Israeli Lawyers
John V. Walsh, CounterPunch2/15/2011
He Shouldn’t Have Used the A Word
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 news there was as Israeli “human rights” lawyers went public with a libel suit against Jimmy Carter for his precise little book, “Palestine, Peace Not Apartheid.” The stunner to the Israelis lies in one word in Carter’s title, “Apartheid” *
Names, names, names. What constitutes an accurate description of Israel? There are many appellations, none of them appealing. The partisans of Israel like to call it “the Jewish state.” But that name carries a disconcerting note. We do not like “Islamic states,” and “Christian state” calls forth images of fascism, bigotry and Crusades. Does “Jewish state” sound any more tolerant?
Then there is the very old fashioned label, “a people without a land and a land without a people.” Not even the European colonialists of the Americas had the chutzpah to deny the very existence of the indigenous peoples as they were exterminated or put into reservations, the Gazas of the New World. Though that racist little phrase continued to Golda Meir who denied the very existence of the Palestinians, at least by the time of the terrorist Yitzhak Shamir, the Palestinians had transmogrified into “insects” or “cockroaches.” At least Shamir allowed for their pesky, subhuman existence.
Then there is “colonial, settler state,” an accurate name well understood by the developing world as it continues its struggle to throw off the hidden shackles of European domination….. more.. e-mail

Rally for a National Fund for Higher Education
Palestine Monitor: 16 Feb 2011 – Al Mubadara, the Palestinian National Initiative, calls on the Palestinian people to march from Rukab St to the Prime Minister’s Office in the Al-Maysoun neighborhood tomorrow to push the Palestinian Authority to start a fund to help students. Al Mubadara’s Student Group: Do you suffer from problems paying for university? Support the campaign to enact the National Fund for Higher Education. “Many students have to drop out of school because they don’t have money to pay tuition,” said PNI’s Student Movement in Al Quds University. Despite, PNI’s National Fund For Higher Education approval in 2006 by the Palestinian Legislative Council, it has not been adopted into law – a direct casualty of the fratricide between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. After Hamas won elections in and then drove the PA out of Gaza, the bill to create the student fund was sidelined. Students and Al Mubadara’s activists have waged a…more

Anti-BDS Bill passes first reading in the Knesset
Palestine Monitor: 16 Feb 2011 – On Tuesday, 15 February, the Knesset voted to approve a bill in its first reading that would criminalize actions that support boycotts against Israel. The bill was originally introduced in June 2010 by a 25 MK’s from the Likud and Kadima party. According to a report by the Alternative Information Center, the bill will prohibit citizens from initiating or encouraging participation in a boycott against Israel. If the bill is passed, citizens of Israel supporting BDS could face fines up to 30,000 NIS, roughly 8,200 USD. According to AIC, non-citizens taking part in BDS activities in Israel are subject to being denied entry into Israel for at least 10 years. According to YNET, the bill caused a heated debate in the Knesset. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel reported that before the vote was made, MK Dov Khenin of the left-wing Hadash party suggested the bill be renamed to…more

A House Surrounded on all Sides
Palestine Monitor: 16 Feb 2011 – After the Israeli Courts ruled against the demolition of Omar Hajaj’s home in Al Walajah, the Ministry of Defense ordered to surround his home with an electronic fence. If the plans are implemented, Omar and his family will be virtually entirely cut off from his village and surrounding land. Omar Hajaj is a 45-year-old day laborer in Israel, living with his wife, three sons (ages one, five, and ten-years old) and his father’s wife in Al Walajah. Al Walajaha is a village of approximately 2000 inhabitants and lies just North of Bethlehem. Nowadays, this family is facing one of the most unique cases: the Israeli army wants to surround his home with an electronic fence, that if touched will send a signal to Israeli military authorities. The Israeli Ministry of Defense considers this house to be built on the wrong side of the road, which separates the Jerusalem District from…more

Palestinian September 2011 Deadline Doomed
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Feb 2011 – By Nicola Nasser The international Quartet of the US, EU, UN and Russia on Middle East peace and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) seem set on an agenda that perceives September 2011 as an historical political watershed deadline. Among the partners to the Quartet — sponsored Palestinian — Israeli “peace process,” practically deadlocked since the collapse of the US, Palestinian and Israeli trilateral summit in Camp David in 2000, only the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu seems adamant to set a completely different agenda that renders any endeavor by the Quartet to revive the process a non — starter, thus dooming the September deadline beforehand as another missed opportunity for peace making. Denying they are containment measures aimed at political survival to avert potential Palestinian simulation in the aftermath of the regime changes in Egypt and Tunisia, the PLO is bracing for what it declares as indeed “the”…more

The Road to Democracy
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Feb 2011 – By George S. Hishmeh — Washington, D.C. There were many memorable episodes in the glorious Egyptian Revolution, recorded in photos or on the Internet, that are bound to remain in memory of most people for many years and may foretell the future of the shaky Middle East. But the ripple effect triggered by both the Tunisian “Jasmine Revolution”and later the Egyptian “Day of Rage” is bound to re-ignite the revival of Arab Nationalism across the Arab World — a movement that saw its heyday during the leadership of Gamal Abdel Nasser who was instrumental in the overthrow of the Egyptian monarchy in 1952. What has been noticeable so far has been the diehard commitment of the new Egyptian generation, men and women of all walks of life who assembled day and night for more than two weeks in Cairo’s Tahrir (Liberation) Square during their successful shakedown of the Mubarak…more

Gaza in Crisis — Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Feb 2011 – By Jim Miles (Gaza in Crisis – Reflections on Israel’s War Against the Palestinians. Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe. Haymarket Books, Chicago, 2010.) When two of the most informed academics in the world collaborate on a project, the reader expects to have clear information and insights into the topic at hand. Chomsky and Pappe provide just that with their new short work “Gaza in Crisis.” Focused on Gaza, the discussion necessitates a background discussion on events that have brought about the current situation in Gaza. The book starts with an earlier Chomsky interview highlighting possible outcomes of the Palestine situation, the use of boycott and divestment, and, as always, the important role that the U.S. plays in supporting Israel. The “crushing of the Palestinian and other violent crimes are possible only because the Untied States provides [Israel] with unprecedented economic, military, diplomatic and ideological support.” That leads into a brief…more

How to End US Reliance on Dictators
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Feb 2011 – By Steve Breyman The Arab uprisings present US foreign policymakers with their greatest opportunity for a decisive shift in direction since 1989. Will they seize it? Unfortunately for the peoples of the former Soviet Union and East Bloc, the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations and their own new governments bungled the transitions to freedom and democracy. Former apparatchiks cast off their red stars for shiny new lapel pins, communists became fiery and sometimes murderous nationalists, and for fire sale prices, the men we call oligarchs took over giant state industries. It took the GHW Bush administration several years to even realize the Cold War was over. Jeffrey Sachs’ brutal and myopic “shock therapy” was the best economic advice the US could muster during the nineties. We live with the consequences of these historic failures—entrenched autocracies, world-class corruption, decaying economies, renewed international tensions—to this very day. The stakes are as…more

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