VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 24 February, 2011: Israel investing $1.6 million in “new media warriors”

24 February, 2011 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Agricultural Land Decimated by Israeli Authorities
IMEMC – Thursday February 24, 2011 – 17:51, Ma’an News Agency has reported, on Thursday, that the State of Israel has bulldozed cultivated lands north of Salfit.

Israeli Military Abducts Two Children in Hebron
IMEMC – Thursday February 24, 2011 – 12:44, On Thursday morning, the Israeli soldiers abducted two Palestinian children from the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, and searched several houses.

Child Killed, Three Residents Wounded, In An Explosion In Khan Younis
IMEMC – Thursday February 24, 2011 – 07:40, Palestinian medical sources reported on Wednesday evening that a Palestinian child was killed, and three residents were wounded, in an explosion that took place in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

On Humanitarian Basis, 350 Libyan-Palestinians To Be Allowed Into The West Bank
IMEMC – Thursday February 24, 2011 – 07:18, Israeli sources reported on Wednesday at night that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, approved the return of nearly 350 Palestinian refugees living in Libya into the West Bank.

Ma’an News

Israeli strikes hit Gaza overnight
2/24/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes on multiple locations in the Gaza Strip overnight, injuring two in the first round of bombings near Gaza City shortly after 11 p. m. Injuries were reported in the first strike, which hit the Az-Zaytoun neighborhood east of Gaza City, while the Abu Jarad neighborhood to….

Israel destroys agricultural lands near Salfit
2/24/2011 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers tore up recently cultivated agricultural lands north of Salfit on Thursday morning, mayor of the nearby Deir Istiya village told Ma’an. Starting a few hours after sunrise, Mayor Nathmi Suleiman said, the bulldozers entered the village, accompanied by Israeli forces, and began destroying a stone fence separating….

Jerusalem officials announce US boycott over veto
2/24/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Officials from 28 civil society groups and local councils in the Jerusalem governorate announced Wednesday they would no longer accept projects with American organizations, following the country’s veto of a draft resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction. The boycott includes funds from USAID, and meetings with US officials, boycott organizers…. Related: In photos: 2,000 rally against US in Bethlehem and Thousands in Nablus rally against US veto

Palestinians injured in Gaza airstrike
2/24/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike targeted southern Gaza late Thursday, moderately injuring two Palestinians in an attack on a vehicle in the city of Rafah. The injured were taken by ambulance to the Abu Najjar hospital, said Adham Abu Salmiya, a spokesman for the Gaza medical services. At least one of the….

Thousands rally for change in West Bank
2/25/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinians rallied Thursday in the center of Ramallah protesting against both the state of internal political disunity and the Oslo Accords with Israel, leading to brief skirmishes between the sides. About 1,500 protesters took to the main streets of the city carrying flags and banners and calling for unity and liberation….

Thousands in Nablus rally against US veto
2/25/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated Thursday in Nablus, in the second West Bank protest in as many days against a US veto of a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements. Protesters backed President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to censure the US after it blocked a resolution at the Security Council despite the support….

Children among 13 detained overnight
2/24/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Overnight raids by the Israeli military saw 13 males detained from their homes and villages and taken for questioning to unknown locations, including a child and a minor. Local sources in Jenin refugee camp said troops entered the camp amid gunfire, breaking into several homes during the raid on the area….

Demolitions, drought and displacement in West Bank
2/24/2011 – RAMALLAH (IRIN) — Demolition of livelihood structures and drought are hitting already impoverished Palestinian communities living in Area C of the West Bank hard this year, according to UN agencies and international aid organizations working in the occupied Palestinian territory. Demolition of livelihood structures – including commercial structures, educational facilities, wells, water cisterns, water storage tanks, farmland….

Prisoner society’s chief in Jerusalem detained
2/24/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police and border guards entered the home of the Palestinian Prisoners Society’s Jerusalem director on Thursday morning, detaining him and moving the community leader to an unknown location. Nasser Qaws was detained from his home in the African Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, his brother Mousa….

In photos: 2,000 rally against US in Bethlehem
2/24/2011 – MaanImages / Luay Sababa – An estimated 2,000 Palestinians block traffic at an intersection in Bethlehem during a protest condemning the US veto of a draft UN resolution on settlement construction in the occupied territories, on Feb. 23, 2011. Palestinians had hoped the resolution would push Israel to halt settlements and pave the way to peace talks…. Related: Jerusalem officials announce US boycott over veto and Thousands in Nablus rally against US veto

Don’t test Israel, Netanyahu warns Gaza fighters
2/24/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel on Thursday warned militants in the Gaza Strip not to “test” his state, as fighter jets pounded targets across the coastal enclave after a Palestinian rocket attack. Slamming into a house, it was the first rocket to strike Israel’s city of Beersheva since the devastating 2008-2009 Gaza war, significantly….

Hebron preps for rallies to open iconic street
2/24/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Palestinians will soon demand access to a street closed to them since 1994 in Hebron in the occupied West Bank. Marking the 17fh year since the so-called Ibrahimi Mosque massacre at the hands of an Israeli settler, the Palestinians will carry out a series of protests calling for the opening of….

Medical open house in Hebron
2/24/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — The Hebron Women Charity organized a medical open house Thursday in partnership with the Hafeth Abd Al-Nabi Center for ongoing education in Al-Ahly hospital and Saint John Hospital. Events included patient’s receptions, diabetes tests, blood pressure and dental examinations, and blood sugar tests. More events for people of different….

Islamic Jihad fighter buried in Gaza
2/25/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinians on Thursday mourned Adel Jundiyah, a member of the Islamic Jihad movement, who died of wounds sustained in Israeli artillery shelling of eastern Gaza on Wednesday. The procession went from Ash-Shifa hospital to the family home before burial. The Al-Quds Brigades announced the death of Jundiyah due to wounds….

Hamas: Post-Mubarak, Israel up for Shalit deal
2/24/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas officials have decided to hold confidential discussions with Israel, reviving negotiations for a prisoner swap, Hamas spokesman Usama Al-Maziani said Wednesday. In the wake of the ouster of now former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, the official said, Hamas leaders in Gaza believe Israel has become “more responsive” to a….

Egypt: Smugglers kill soldier, enter Israel
2/24/2011 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — An Egyptian soldier was killed and another injured Wednesday night, by what security sources said were Egyptian smugglers operating on the Israel-Egypt border. The slain officer was identified as Tareq Sha’ban, 22, reported to have been attempting to halt the smugglers en route to the border area where….

Diplomat: Iran warships dock in Syria
2/24/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Two Iranian warships have docked at the Syrian port of Latakia after transiting the Suez Canal in a move Israel has said is a “provocation,” an Iranian source told AFP on Thursday….

US students trade unruly Cairo for uneasy Jerusalem
2/24/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Jerusalem wasn’t on the agenda for a group of American students in Cairo to study in a Muslim, Arabic-speaking environment but the upheaval in Egypt, and their US schools, decided otherwise. The group of 12 young men and women, some of whom had freshly arrived at the American University of Cairo….

Hamas: Fayyad lacks legitimacy to form govt
2/24/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Salam Fayyad is not authorized to form a government and does not represent any political faction because he is appointed by Fatah, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhari said Thursday. In a statement, Abu Zuhari said the key to resolving the problem in the Palestinian arena is a comprehensive, national dialogue….

Gaza male hairdressers barred from women’s salons
2/24/2011 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Male hairdressers in the Gaza Strip say they have been ordered by the enclave’s Hamas rulers to stop working in women’s salons or face prosecution and a large fine.” We received an official notice from the government to go and sign a declaration according to which we agree….

Facebook: Get married for a pound in Egypt
2/24/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – After the unprecedented role Facebook contributed to the success of the Egyptian revolution which ended in the country’s leader stepping down, youths believe the social network can find a magic solution for daily life, namely marriage expenses. A group of young people created a group on Facebook they named….

‘Libya to allow some foreign press into country’
2/24/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Some members of CNN, BBC Arabic and Al-Arabiya will be allowed into Libya to report on the uprising, State Dept. officials said Thursday, but others are considered “Al-Qaeda collaborators.”The State Dept. , quoting officials in the Tripoli-based regime, said the government was not responsible for the safety of these journalists, “who….

Ministry: Germany sending three warships to Libya
2/24/2011 – BERLIN (AFP) — Germany has sent three warships to Libya to evacuate its stranded citizens, a defence ministry spokesman told AFP, as witnesses spoke of hellish conditions in the violence-hit country….

Gadhafi accuses rebels of Bin Laden links
2/24/2011 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Libyan leader Moamer Gadhafi addressed on Thursday the people of Az-Zawiyah, a town west of the capital, where there was fierce fighting between his forces and rebels, accusing them of being linked to Osama bin Laden….

Egypt economy to take a hit from Libya turmoil
2/24/2011 – SALLOUM, Egypt (IRIN) — The return home of thousands of Egyptian workers from Libya following mass protests against the Gaddafi regime, will mean the loss of millions of dollars in remittances and possible unemployment for the returnees, a leading economist warns.”Losing these remittances will of course make the situation worse here,” Rashad Abdu, a professor….

US calls for Libya’s expulsion from UN rights council
2/24/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States called Thursday for Libya to be expelled from the UN Human Rights Council because the embattled regime was subjugating the rights of its people….

Security source: 20,000 flee Libya to Tunisia in past days
2/24/2011 – RAS JEDIR, Tunisia (AFP) — Nearly 20,000 people have fled turmoil-hit Libya by road to Tunisia over the past four days, a Tunisian security official said Thursday….

US man gets 25 years for South Park threats
2/24/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — A US man was Thursday sentenced to 25 years in prison on terror charges, including threatening the creators of the animated series “South Park,” for portraying the Prophet Mohammed in a bear suit….

US: World has ‘capacity’ to deal with Libya oil disruption
2/24/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The White House said Thursday the United States and the world community had the “capacity to act” in case of a major disruption to oil supplies following events in Libya….

Obama, Sarkozy demand immediate end to use of force in Libya
2/24/2011 – PARIS (AFP) — US President Barack Obama and his French countepart Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday demanded an end to the use of force in Libya, the French presidency said. France will demand a new emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in Libya, Sarkozy’s office added in a statement….

Gadhafi says Al-Qaeda behind insurrection
2/24/2011 – BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) — Moamer Gadhafi blamed Al-Qaeda on Thursday for an insurrection wracking Libya as he addressed his divided nation for the second time this week to galvanise support for his crumbling regime. Speaking on state television, the embattled Gadhafi insisted the uprising against his 41-year rule was not a people’s revolt….

Activist: Syrian blogger freed after six days
2/24/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — A Syrian blogger arrested six days ago was released on Thursday without charge, a human rights activist said.” Ahmad Hadifa was released today and no charges were brought against him,” said Abdel Karim Rehaoui, president of the Syrian Human Rights League. Hadifa, a 28-year-old journalism student who writes under the name Ahmad….

Egypt ex-officials to face criminal trial
2/24/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s public prosecutor on Thursday orderd that two former cabinet ministers and a top member of the ex-ruling party face criminal trial for corruption. Former trade minister Rashid Mohamed Rashid, former housing minister Ahmed al-Maghrabi and steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz — a member of the National Democratic Party — face charges of profiteering….

US arrests alleged Saudi bomb plotter
2/24/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — A Saudi man has been arrested for allegedly buying chemicals and equipment to make a bomb, possibly targeting the Dallas home of former president George W. Bush, officials said Thursday. Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a Saudi national who came to Texas on a student visa in 2008, was arrested late Wednesday and faces….

Diplomatic source: Iran warships dock in Syria
2/24/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Two Iranian warships, the first to enter the Mediterranean from the Suez Canal since 1979, docked at the Syrian port of Latakia on Thursday, an Iranian diplomatic source told AFP in Damascus. Israel has put its navy on high alert, denounced the ships’ arrival in the region as an Iranian power play….

Group: Gadhafi forces slay injured protestors in hospitals
2/24/2011 – ROME (AFP) — Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Gadhafi stormed hospitals in Tripoli and summarily executed injured anti-regime protestors who were being treated, a report said Thursday. Members of the Libyan Revolutionary Committee, the backbone of Gadhafi’s regime, “burst in hospitals and killed wounded people who had protested against the regime,” said Slimane….

Palestine Note

Tipsy Livni on “democratic values” and Elie Wiesel on “remaining silent”.
Palestine Note 24 Feb 2011 – Tangier, Morocco. Between business meetings I have to rush to the house to follow up on what is happening in Libya. Of course, I always thought Muamar Qaddafi was a mentally deranged man, but watching him…

Political Parties Rise From Egypt’s Revolution
Palestine Note 24 Feb 2011 – The Wall Street Journal – As hopes rise for Egypt’s first elections, political parties are sprouting like weeds. Activists, businessmen and community leaders are all forming new parties they hope will widen Egypt’s limited menu of…

Young Palestinians call for protests on 15 March
Palestine Note 24 Feb 2011 – The Guardian – Their movement has no name and no leaders. Just a goal, and a tool. The goal is to force an end to the political divisions among Palestinians by stirring the youth of Gaza…

Egypt has returned from the cultural backwaters
Palestine Note 24 Feb 2011 – Nesrine Malik, Guardian – I grew up in the post-Sadat Arab world. The 80s was a time when Egyptian drama, music and film monopolised Arabic media; we imbibed the Egyptian accent and colloquialisms as well as…

Arms deals still made amid Middle East crackdowns
Palestine Note 24 Feb 2011 – Janine Zacharia, The Washington Post – As Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi ordered attacks on his own people this week, thousands of arms sellers from the United States and other countries hawked their aircraft, riot gear and rifles…

Hamas: Fayyad lacks legitimacy to form govt
Palestine Note 24 Feb 2011 – Ma’an – Salam Fayyad is not authorized to form a government and does not represent any political faction because he is appointed by Fatah, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhari said Thursday. In a statement, Abu Zuhari…

No more negotiations: Back to 1967 borders now
Palestine Note 24 Feb 2011 – Yossi Rapoport, +972 – For a revolution to be successful, it needs both a common enemy and a shared alternative. In Egypt, the revolution was united in demanding the ‘isqat al-nizam’ the downfall of the regime,…

Iran warships dock in Syria, Israeli fears dismissed
Palestine Note 24 Feb 2011 – Reuters – Two Iran ian warships have docked in Syria, a military commander said on Thursday, dismissing Israeli condemnations of the maneuver as a “provocation.” Coinciding with political turmoil in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab…

Transformation in the Middle East
Palestine Note 24 Feb 2011 – Robert H Pelletreau, Foreign Affairs – The Middle East is boiling. Unprecedented popular uprisings have rocked a number of countries, especially the three where I served as U.S. ambassador — Tunisia, Egypt, and Bahrain. Demonstrators, taking…

Tunisia “needs separation of mosque and state”
Palestine Note 24 Feb 2011 – Reuters – Tunisia’s revolution is unlikely to trigger Islamic militancy in the traditionally secular state, but Muslim leaders should avoid mixing religion with politics, the government’s minister of religious affairs said. North Africa’s most developed country…

Ashrawi supports Libyan demands for freedom
Palestine Note 24 Feb 2011 – Ma’an – PLO Executive Committee member and member of the PLC Hanan Ashrawi expressed her support Wednesday for the Libyan people in their demands for freedom. “Throughout the Arab world, ordinary people are confronting outdated and…

Thousands in Nablus rally against US veto
Palestine Note 24 Feb 2011 – Ma’an – Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated Thursday in Nablus, in the second West Bank protest in as many days against a US veto of a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements. Protesters backed President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision…

Egypt’s prosecutor refers more former officials to criminal court
Palestine Note 24 Feb 2011 – Al Masry Al Youm – Egypt’s General Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud has referred several officials and businessmen to a criminal court on charges of profiteering, intentionally damaging, and facilitating the acquisition of public funds. The accused…

Sizing Up Revolutions in Waiting
Palestine Note 24 Feb 2011 – New York Times – One casualty of the uprisings in the Middle East has been the professionals who didn’t see them coming. The International Monetary Fund has taken a hit for its April 2010 report on…

Israeli jets hit Gaza after Palestinian rocket attacks
Palestine Note 24 Feb 2011 – BBC News – Israel has bombed four Hamas training sites in Gaza, a day after Palestinian militants fired rockets into Israel. The overnight air raids came hours after a Palestinian militant was killed and 10 others…

Rocket from Gaza lands in Israel
Palestine Note 24 Feb 2011 – Al Jazeera – A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip has landed in a residential street in the Israeli city of Beersheba and Israel responded with air strikes in the Gaza Strip, officials on both sides…

Palestine News Network

Evangelist Church Bishop Face Deportation Out of Jerusalem
PNN – Maysa Abu Ghazala — PNN Exclusive- the Israeli ministry of Interior still refuses to renew the Jerusalem residency permission of Evangelist Church Bishop, Suhail Doany. The story began last year when the…

Israeli Bulldozers Plow 15 Dunums of Olive Trees Near Salfit
PNN – Salfit — PNN – On Thursday morning, Israeli bulldozers plowed 15 dunums of land cultivated with olive trees (a dunum is about a quarter of an acre) in Deir Istiya, a village…

Israeli Troops Arrest 13 Palestinians During West Bank Invasions
PNN – Hebron — PNN — Israeli troops arrested on Thursday 13 Palestinian men during morning invasions targeting a number of West Bank communities. Palestinian sources reported invasions in the cities of Bethlehem and…

Army Bulldozers Uproot Olive Trees in Northern West Bank
PNN – Salfit — PNN — Israeli army bulldozers uprooted on Thursday olive trees and destroyed farm land owned by a local farmer from the village of Dier Istiya near the northern West Bank…

Israeli Fighter Jets Attack Targets In Gaza
PNN – Gaza — PNN — Israeli fighter jets attacked a number of targets in different parts of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The attack comes shortly after army shelling…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (17 — 23 February 2011)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jerusalem Post

Chilean miners give thanks for their survival in J’lem
Jeruslalem Post 24 Feb 2011 – Twenty-three of the 33 miners, along with their families, are visiting Israel, country’s holy sites as guests of the Tourism Ministry.

Comment: Let the donor beware
Jeruslalem Post 24 Feb 2011 – “No more than 20% of the money ostensibly collected for terror victims actually ends up in their hands,” a reputable organization says.

PA, Hamas fear Gaddafi will attack Palestinians in Libya
Jeruslalem Post 24 Feb 2011 – Concerns come in response to charges made by Libyan leader to the effect that Arabs living in Libya were involved in fighting against gov’t.

Fayyad says he’s determined to end Fatah-Hamas split
Jeruslalem Post 24 Feb 2011 – Hamas says PA prime minister doesn’t represent any party, has no authority to form gov’t; Fayyad: Reconciliation necessary for statehood.

Iranian warships arrive in Syria, witness says
Jeruslalem Post 24 Feb 2011 – After traveling through Suez Canal, vessels dock in Latakia seaport; Iranians reject Israeli criticism, say ships pose no threat.

PM on Beersheba attack: ‘No one should test our resolve’
Jeruslalem Post 24 Feb 2011 – Polish PM tells Netanyahu in joint meeting: We will not let anyone deny Israel’s existence, says Israel “has a real friend in Europe.”

Why Obama was right to veto the UNSC resolution
Jeruslalem Post 24 Feb 2011 – In demanding that Israel “cease all settlement activities,” and demanding nothing from the Palestinians, the resolution ultimately rejects US policy that negotiations take place without preconditions.

‘Fatah-Hamas unity gov’t will be led by Salam Fayyad’
Jeruslalem Post 24 Feb 2011 – Palestinian sources tell ‘Al-Hayat’ that unity plan already accepted by Abbas, several Hamas leaders, say Mahmoud a-Zahar open to the idea.

Ofer Mizrahi’s friends say he ‘definitely’ died in NZ quake
Jeruslalem Post 24 Feb 2011 – Israeli backpacker’s friends return to Israel after surviving quake, say Mizrahi no longer alive after boulder smashed into car he was in.

City Bites: The culinary heart of J’lem
Jeruslalem Post 24 Feb 2011 – A breathtaking view, an impressive wine selection and a standout menu that serves a sophisticated, contemporary mix of flavors, Scala is not just a restaurant, it’s an experience.

Satellite images reveal ‘uranium plant’ in Syria
Jeruslalem Post 24 Feb 2011 – Uranium facility discovered near Marj as Sultan, close to Damascus, reports ‘Sueddeutsche Zeitung’.

Hamas outposts hit by IAF after grad fired on Negev
Jeruslalem Post 24 Feb 2011 – Attacks come after rocket falls on Beersheba causing damage with residents treated for shock; no casualties reported.

Mother worries even though son escaped quake unhurt
Jeruslalem Post 23 Feb 2011 – Orna Barashi from J’lem fears the worst on hearing that earthquake had hit the city of Christchurch and that its Chabad House had been destroyed.

International Solidarity Movement

Three killed in Gaza buffer zone
2/24/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 22 February, ISM Gaza – Ashraf Abdellatif Iqtifan was born in GazaCity in 1980. He grew up surrounded by five brothers, two sisters, and everyday violence. When Ashraf was eleven years old, his 14-year-old brother Rami, who on his slightly yellowed photo smiles cheekily and brightly into the camera, threw a stone at an Israeli….

Palestinian refugees supporters protest Canada Park
2/24/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 21 Februar, The Alternative Information Center – Palestinian, Israeli and international activists gathered in front of the Representative Office of Canada to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and the Embassy of Canada to Israel in Tel Aviv for protest vigils on Monday (21/2) organized by the Committee for the Defense of the Rights of the….

Settlers set two cars on fire in Burin
2/24/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Settlers came down from the illegal Israeli settlements of Bracha and Yitzar thuesday night and harassed families in the villageof Burin. Around 7 o’clock in the evening settlers attacked a family that live near the Yitzar settlement, throwing red paint on their house. At about the same time settlers entered the village throwing….

April 20-23: The 6th Annual Bil’in Conference on the Palestinian Popular Struggle
2/24/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – As nonviolent resistance for freedom sweeps across the Arab world, join us in harnessing the winds of change at the 6th annual Bil’in Conference. What: 6th Annual Bil’in Conference on the Palestinian Popular Struggle. When: 20-23 April 2011. Where: The Village of Bil’in, Occupied West Bank. From Gaza….

‘I only have you to count on.’
2/24/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Vera Macht, ISM Gaza – “I only have you to count on. From now on, my children depend on you.”This was the desperate call of a man who sees no way out for himself and his children, and we ISM members who came to his phone call, received it in helpless silence. It is not….

Ha’aretz Defense page

IDF targets Hamas in Gaza after rocket strike on Be’er Sheva
Ha’aretz – Air strike reportedly targeted car belonging to Hamas in Rafah; strike comes after long-range Grad missile hit Be’er Sheva on Wednesday.

Barak visits Be’er Sheva in wake of Grad rocket attack
Ha’aretz – The defense minister says he won’t allow Be’er Sheva to enter the radius of the Qassam rockets that are continuously fired at Israel.

Report: Iran warships dock in Syria after crossing Suez
Ha’aretz – Iran navy commander says ‘Zionist regime’ is exaggerating the crossing to create regional tension, when in reality, the Iranian ships are ‘carrying a message of peace to nations of the world.’

Netanyahu: Israel will not suffer the bombardment of its citizens
Ha’aretz – Referring to the IDF reprisal of the first long-range missile attack against the southern city of Be’er Sheva since the Gaza war, Prime Minister warns Hamas-ruled Gaza against testing Israel’s ‘determination.’

Barak: Mideast unrest mustn’t culminate in revolutionary regimes
Ha’aretz – Speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Defense Minister says ouster Egyptian President Mubarak still enjoys respect of many Egyptians, adding that his dignity should be preserved.

Iran navy: Syria-bound warships carry a message of peace
Ha’aretz – Comment quoted by Israel Radio comes as Iran Iranian Admiral Habibollah Sayyari arrives in Syria head of joint naval drill between the two allies.

Report: Satellite images expose covert Syria nuclear facility
Ha’aretz – Institute for Science and International Security says new intel proves site suspected as a nuclear facility serves as a uranium conversion plant, adds photos prove Syrian attempts to hide its nuclear attempts.

IDF strikes Gaza as long-range Grad rockets hit Be’er Sheva
Ha’aretz – Numerous strikes come after Gaza militants fire 2 Grad rockets at Be’er Sheva, marking the first time city was hit since the Gaza war in 2009.

Gaza militants fire missile at Be’er Sheva for first time since Gaza war
Ha’aretz – One Grad missile hit building in residential area, causing damage; no casualties reported; Palestinians report Israeli air strike retaliation, wounding two Islamic Jihad militants.

Ha’aretz National page

Fisherman from Gaza shot to death at Jaffa Port
Ha’aretz – Man shot by motorcyclist outside The Fisherman’s Restaurant; Murderer flees crime scene.

Can’t we all just get along – separately?
Ha’aretz – The three MKs co-sponsoring the controversial ‘community acceptance committees’ bill discuss its merits and deflect its critics.

We saw him die, friends of Israeli missing after New Zealand quake say
Ha’aretz – Ofer Mizrachi has not yet been officially confirmed dead in wake of the forceful Christchurch earthquake, the second quake to hit the city in 5 months.

Four teens suspected of stabbing Arab youth to death in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – Police suspect crime had nationalistic motives; of the four suspects, two are from Jerusalem and two are from settlements in the West Bank.

Palestine Telegraph

Israeli bulldozers raze farmlands central WB
24 Feb 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli bulldozers started Thursday razing operations to 15 dunums planted with olive trees in the west of Dair Esta town near Salfit.

One killed as Israeli troops invade Gaza
24 Feb 2011 – Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)-One Palestinian died Wednesday evening due to serious injuries inflicted his body during Israeli invasion to the east of Al-Zeitun neighborhood in the east of Gaza Strip . Adham Abu Silmya, medical emergency spokesman, said that the victim known as Adel Jendia, 27, was evacuated to Al-Shifaa hospital after artillery shell fired by Israeli tanks at a group…

IDF lunches several airstrikes across Gaza Strip
24 Feb 2011 – Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli warplanes carried out Thursday at dawn several airstrikes targeting different parts of Gaza Strip following two separate attacks on late Wednesday.

Uruknet

Father of Furkan Dogan, slain on flotilla, seeks justice
Uruknet February 24, 2011 – As Dr. Ahmet Doƒüan drove from his home town of Kayseri to the Istanbul airport on 3 June 2010 — three days after Israel attacked the Mavi Marmara and killed nine unarmed activists taking humanitarian aid to the occupied Gaza Strip — he was still firmly confident his son Furkan was returning home to him….

Israeli internal security officers accused of “attempted rape” of a child prisoner
Uruknet February 24, 2011 – Lawyers from the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs, have claimed that Israeli internal security officers from Shin Bet tried to rape a child prisoner at Etzion Prison, south of Bethlehem. The prisoner involved, a boy, gave his testimony to this effect, under oath, to the lawyers. The Shin Bet officers are accused of…

The Case Against Raymond DavisThe CIA’s Killing Spree in Lahore
Uruknet February 24, 2011 – When CIA-agent Raymond Davis gunned down two Pakistani civilians in broad daylight on a crowded street in Lahore, he probably never imagined that the entire Washington establishment would spring to his defense. But that’s precisely what happened. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mike Mullen, John Kerry, Leon Panetta and a number of other US bigwigs have…

Thousands rally for change in West Bank
Uruknet February 24, 2011 – Palestinians rallied Thursday in the center of Ramallah protesting against both the state of internal political disunity and the Oslo Accords with Israel, leading to brief skirmishes between the sides. About 1,500 protesters took to the main streets of the city carrying flags and banners and calling for unity and liberation. Protesters represented every faction,…

Israel investing $1.6 million in “new media warriors”
Uruknet February 24, 2011 – The Israeli military establishment is once again on the offensive, but instead of high-tech weaponry and missiles, it is using computer screens, keyboards and rapid wireless connections to fight what Israeli military representatives are dubbing a “new media war.” In early February, military spokesperson Avi Benayahu announced that approximately $1.6 million would be invested to…

Libya and the Dogmatism of the “left” abandons the people again.
Uruknet February 24, 2011 – …It seems that the “Hugo Chavez International Foundation for Peace, Friendship and Solidarity” is supporting Muammar Gheddafi and accusing the uprising in Libya as being the work of foreign services. Like classic dogmatic leftist propaganda, their press release attempts to equate the person of Gheddafi with the nation of Libya. Like all pieces of dogmatic…

Vanishing East Jerusalem: EU Must Use Association Council to Ensure Israel Respects International Law
Uruknet February 24, 2011 – In view of the upcoming EU-Israel Association Council scheduled for 21 February 2011 we, the undersigned Palestinian human rights organisations committed to the promotion and protection of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), would like to express our grave concerns about the continuous deterioration of the human rights situation. In particular, we are…

Young Palestinians call for protests on 15 March
Uruknet February 23, 2011 – Their movement has no name and no leaders. Just a goal, and a tool. The goal is to force an end to the political divisions among Palestinians by stirring the youth of Gaza and the West Bank to emulate their brothers and sisters in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. Their tool — as elsewhere — is…

Israeli strikes hit Gaza overnight
Uruknet February 24, 2011 – Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes on multiple locations in the Gaza Strip overnight, injuring two in the first round of bombings near Gaza City shortly after 11 p.m. Injuries were reported in the first strike, which hit the Az-Zaytoun neighborhood east of Gaza City, while the Abu Jarad neighborhood to the south was pummeled with four…

Did Israeli media sideline racist motives in killing of Arab youth?
Uruknet February 23, 2011 – Amid the revolutionary cheer that was emanating from Egypt last week, a group of Israeli Jews attacked and killed a Palestinian in the heart of West Jerusalem. 24-year-old Palestinian Hussam Rwidy was killed by a group of nationalist Jewish youth screaming “death to Arabs” as he was walking home from work. The Israeli government quickly…

Obama’s folly: the human cost of the West Bank settlements
Uruknet February 23, 2011 – A few days ago the US finally had the courage to let us all in on the truth: it supports the continued annexation of the West Bank by Israeli settlers. All of its protestations to the contrary have been erased by a simple veto‚Äîa monumentally cowardly act. When we read about the settlements, and too…

Breaking the siege of Gaza is high priority for Egypt’s young revolutionaries
Uruknet February 23, 2011 – Young participants in the 25th January Egyptian revolution have told the Palestine Information Centre that Egypt has been freed from a tyrannical regime and breaking the siege of Gaza is high on their list of priorities. Ousting Hosni Mubarak was difficult, they said, but it was just the beginning of the revolution, not the end….

The National

Israeli jets pound Gaza Strip after rocket attack on Beersheva
The National 25 Feb 2011 – Prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu warns: ‘We are determined to defend our citizens and will not accept anyone bombing our people and our civilians.’

Alternative Information Center

Israel Exploiting Chilean Miners to Increase Tourism Revenues, Generate Positive PR
Alternative Information Center – Israel is currently exploiting the plight of the Chilean miners who survived a record 69 days underground following an August 2010 cave-in at the San Jose copper-gold mine in order to increase its tourist revenues and…

Vanishing East Jerusalem: EU Must Use Association Council to Ensure Israel Respects International Law
Alternative Information Center – In view of the upcoming EU-Israel Association Council scheduled for 21 February 2011 we, the undersigned Palestinian human rights organisations committed to the promotion and protection of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT),

Daily Star

Netanyahu warns fighters not to test Israel after exchange of fire
Daily Star 24 Feb 2011 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel Thursday warned fighters in the Gaza Strip not to “test” the Jewish state, as fighter jets pounded targets across the coastal enclave after a Palestinian rocket attack. Slamming into a house, it was…

Egypt military says it will not allow counterrevolution
Daily Star 24 Feb 2011 Egypt’s new military rulers assured the nation Thursday they would guard against what protesters have called a counterrevolution by associates of Hosni Mubarak. Meanwhile, the public prosecutor referred two former ministers and several prominent businessmen to…

U.S. keeping all options open on Libya
Daily Star 24 Feb 2011 The United States Thursday kept all options open for actions on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, including sanctions and military action, as Washington sought broad consensus on measures against the regime. Meanwhile, Britain urged the world to…

Yemen’s Saleh orders security forces to protect demonstrators
Daily Star 24 Feb 2011 Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has ordered his security forces to protect demonstrators trying to end his 32-year rule, said a statement relayed by Yemen’s press attache in Washington Thursday. It said Saleh had “demanded security…

The Guardian

Letter: McEwan’s criticism appears hypocritical
The Guardian 24 Feb 2011 – After rejecting the Palestinian call to boycott the state-sponsored Jerusalem Prize , Ian McEwan has massaged his conscience by demonstrating against home demolitions in East Jerusalem, criticising Israel in his acceptance speech, and donating his prize money…

Young Palestinians call for protests on 15 March
The Guardian 24 Feb 2011 – Movement organised on Facebook aims to end the bitter divisions between Hamas and Fatah Their movement has no name and no leaders. Just a goal, and a tool. The goal is to force an end to…

Relief Web

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (17 — 23 February 2011)
Relief Web 24 Feb 2011 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

OPT: If not now,when?
Relief Web 24 Feb 2011 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights

Agriculture in the West Bank and Gaza
Relief Web 24 Feb 2011 – Source: American Near East Refugee Aid

Briefing Security Council, Special Coordinator Paints Stark Contrast between Deadlocked Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, Dramatic Changes in Region
Relief Web 24 Feb 2011 – Source: UN Security Council

Inter Press Service

Never Tip the Army in Egypt
IPS Abu Mustafa Al Matriah and Abu Ahmed Abu Amrah, both Bedouins in Northern Sinai are thankful to the army that they can complete their daily deliveries without having “to pay so much baksheesh” (gratuity).

EGYPT: Net Tightens Around Mubarak Cronies
IPS Toppled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s cronies and political allies could not be touched for years, but his departure has stripped them of protection. Now they are under investigation for corruption and graft — and many Egyptians expect to finally see justice.

YNet News

Hamas to exchange terror for unity?
YNet News – Sources tell al-Hayat new plan for Palestinian unity government may end….

Ya’alon: Assad shouldn’t challenge us
YNet News – In response to ISIS report saying Damascus built four nuclear facilities aside….

Egypt’s FM: Suleiman survived assassination bid
YNet News – Aboul Gheit says witnessed shooting attack on former VP’s vehicle; claims gunmen….

Beersheba resident: Where’s the Arrow?
YNet News – Woman whose home was hit in Wednesday’s Grad attack says, ‘Israel would have….

Friends of traveler missing in NZ land in Israel; 2 more feared dead
YNet News – Foreign Ministry says ‘leaving no stone unturned’ in search for Israelis who….

4 nuclear sites found in Syria
YNet News – Satellite images show Damascus established four facilities to accompany reactor….

Barak: I hope Gaddafi will fall
YNet News – Defense minister tells CNN developments in Tunisia and Libya ‘very important’;….

Grad rocket hits Beersheba; IDF retaliates
YNet News – Gaza Strip terror reaches Negev capital for first time since Operation Cast….

Terrorists hurt in Gaza strike
YNet News – Israeli response to terror: Four Hamas men were wounded Thursday evening after the Air Force targeted terrorists in Rafah, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported. …….

Report: Iran hunts for uranium
YNet News – Iran is expanding its covert global search for the uranium it needs for its nuclear activities and a key focus is Zimbabwe, says a new intelligence report acquired …….

Turkish TV crew snubbed by PM’s Office
YNet News – No entrance to Turks? A Turkish television crew hired by the Polish media in order to cover Poland’s prime minister’s visit to Israel was not allowed to enter the Prime …….

Southern residents: Rockets to reach Tel Aviv
YNet News – Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited Beersheba Thursday — a day after a Grad rocket directly hit the southern city. Barak visited the houses that sustained damage and …….

Palestinian Information Center

Woman accuses Mossad after husband went missing in Ukraine
PIC 24 Feb 2011 – A Ukrainian woman has pointed the finger at the Israeli Mossad after the suspicious disappearance of her husband on February 18.

Israel allows return of 300 Palestinians from Libya to WB from a total of 70,000
PIC 24 Feb 2011 – The Israeli occupation authority refused to allow the return of Palestinians residing in Libya and only allowed 300 of them back to the West Bank out of a total of 70,000.

Dozens treated for breathing problems in Shufat night clashes
PIC 24 Feb 2011 – Dozens of Palestinian young men were treated for breathing difficulty in Shufat refugee camp, occupied Jerusalem, on Wednesday night after Israeli forces used teargas in abundance against them.

Conference at UN headquarters to shift world attention to Palestinian POWs
PIC 24 Feb 2011 – Fouad Al-Khafsh, director of the Ahrar human rights center in Gaza, anticipated that the conference on prisoner rights to be held in Geneva is sure to shift the world’s attention to Palestinian POW’s.

Israeli court extends isolation of prisoner Assayed
PIC 24 Feb 2011 – Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights said that an Israeli court extended the solitary confinement of Palestinian prisoner Abbas Assayed for six additional months.

Relatives: None of Palestinian detainees in Egypt released
PIC 24 Feb 2011 – The Cairo authorities did not release any of the Palestinian detainees in Egypt, relatives of those prisoners in the Gaza Strip said in a statement on Wednesday.

Hundreds of Gazans stranded at many int’l airports due to Egyptian restrictions
PIC 24 Feb 2011 – Hundreds of Palestinian passengers are stranded outside Egypt and their suffering is exacerbating because of the Egyptian authorities’ refusal to allow them to fly back to Cairo airport.

Palestinian resistance fighter killed during Israeli attack on east Gaza city
PIC 24 Feb 2011 – A Palestinian resistance fighter affiliated Islamic Jihad was proclaimed dead on Wednesday evening after he sustained serious injuries from an Israeli military attack on east of Gaza city.

Thursday of rage in Negev to protest Israeli demolitions
PIC 24 Feb 2011 – The Arab higher follow up committee has called on the Palestinian masses in 1948 occupied Palestine to participate in the day of rage against the Israeli demolition of Arab villages on Thursday.

Israeli warplanes blast Gaza targets
PIC 24 Feb 2011 – Israeli warplanes blasted a number of targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Wednesday only hours after artillery shelling that killed a citizen and wounded 16 others.

Los Angeles Times

In Jordan, King Abdullah II getting earful from tribal leaders
LA Times 24 Feb 2011 – At the heart of the discontent is Jordan’s growing Palestinian population, which threatens to erode the tribes’ hold on money and power. The king also faces pressure to end corruption and his grip on political power. Faris Fayez grew up hearing about the day in 1970 when his father and other Jordanian tribal leaders summoned the late King Hussein to complain about entrenched Palestinian fighters who were virtually occupying the country.

New York Times

Chilean Miners, in Israel, Count Blessings Amid Media Glare
New York Times 24 Feb 2011 – As turmoil shakes the region, 25 of the rescued Chileans are being hosted by Israel this week.

World Briefing | Middle East: Syria: Iranian Warships Arrive With ‘Message of Peace’
New York Times 24 Feb 2011 – Two Iranian warships have docked in Syria, arriving Wednesday after passing through the Suez Canal, the first Iranian Navy vessels to do so since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Misc

Haaretz ad recommends ‘return’-ing Palestinians to Jordan
Mondoweiss – A friend writes: I found this via Gaza mom Laila El-Haddad, her twitter feed: ” Retweeted by gazamom and 100+ others anyone else see the vile ad on haaretz that calls for the expulsion of Palestinians to Jordan?? about 23 hours ago via web” I went to…

Working around America: a new strategy on Israel/Palestine
Mondoweiss – Last Friday’s vote in the UN in which the US refused to follow the other 14 members of the Security Council in condemning Israel’s ongoing settlement project — including, it should be noted, such traditionally pro-Israel stalwarts as Britain, France and even Germany and India (for…

Netanyahu seems as delusional as Qadhafi
Mondoweiss – If he wasn’t he would be analyzing the events in the region and scrambling desperately to make peace with surrounding Arab countries. Instead, since the fall of Ben Ali and Mubarak and now the impending fall of Qadhafi the world is witnessing increased brutality and…

Ahmet Dogan: ‘US failure to support my son comes from the same policy that has led to support for Middle East autocrats & Israeli governments that have long oppressed Palestinians’
Mondoweiss – Ahmet Dogan, Furkan Dogan ‘s father, writes about his son today in the Albany Times Union. It’s really worth reading the whole article ” A father speaks for his son .”Dogan is currently on a speaking tour in the US. Furkan’s particular sensitivity was always for the…

NY’s LGBT center cancels pro-Palestinian event after donor/porn-merchant says it’s ‘anti-Semitic’
Mondoweiss – This is awful. New York’s LGBT Center was to host a “Party to End Apartheid” on March 5 during Israeli Apartheid Week. The event has been cancelled, under explicit financial pressure from a large donor. (Forward did the story yesterday.) Here, under the title “Don’t let…

Bibi Rewrites History—and Reality
Tikun Olam – Bibi Netanyahu, in a Knesset speech covered by Haaretz , announced some sweeping revisions to history and Israeli-Arab reality. For example, did you know that a Palestinian state already exists? Sure does, according to the Beeb, who said with regard to the Arab uprisings toppling dictators right…

Mass protests continue in Bahrain
WSWS – Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators took to the streets of Bahrain’s capital, Manama, this week. Defying government demands to end protests, amid vicious police attacks on crowds last week that left an estimated eight people dead and hundreds more wounded, crowds called for the fall…

April 20-23: The 6th Annual Bil’in Conference on the Palestinian Popular Struggle
Popular Struggle Coordination Committee – As nonviolent resistance for freedom sweeps across the Arab world, join us in harnessing the winds of change at the 6

Misc 2

How the NGO Transparency Bill Covers Up Its Supporters’ True Intentions
The Magnes Zionist 24 Feb 2011 – Now that the bill mandating Israeli NGOs to publicize donations received from foreign governmental entities has passed, it is time to look at the motives and the intentions of those who supported it — and these are anything but transparent. The “transparency” campaign has been waged…

Umberto Eco does not understand the cultural boycott
Joseph Dana 24 Feb 2011 – Everywhere you look the boycott debate is in the news. Last week, acclaimed British writer Ian McEwan captured headlines for refusing Palestinian calls to boycott the 2011 Jerusalem Book Festival . Instead, McEwan accepted this year’s award with a sharp speech denouncing Israeli behavior towards the Palestinians…

Did Israeli media sideline racist motives in killing of Arab youth in Jerusalem?
Joseph Dana 23 Feb 2011 – Amid the revolutionary cheer that was emanating from Egypt last week, a group of Israeli Jews attacked and killed a Palestinian in the heart of West Jerusalem. 24-year-old Palestinian Hussam Rwidy was killed by a group of nationalist Jewish youth screaming “death to Arabs” as he…

Egypt detains minister, TV boss
BBC 24 Feb 2011 – Egyptian police detained the former information minister and state broadcasting chief as part of an anti-corruption probe following the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak.

Saudi held on Texas terror charge
BBC 24 Feb 2011 – US authorities say a Saudi student sought to make a bomb and prepared a list of targets including former President George W Bush’s house.

Israel bombs Hamas sites in Gaza
BBC 24 Feb 2011 – Israel bombs Hamas sites in Gaza, a day after Palestinian militants fired rockets into Israel and one man was killed by Israeli tank fire.

VIDEO: Livni: Middle East is at a ‘crossroads’
BBC 24 Feb 2011 – Israeli Kadima party leader Tzipi Livni says the the Middle East is at a crossroads following recent uprisings in the region.

The Push of Conscience and Secretary Clinton
Antiwar.com 24 Feb 2011 – Ray McGovern on his assault at a Clinton speech

Articles


Toward Palestine’s ‘Mubarak moment’
Ali Abunimah, Al Jazeera2/24/2011
The Palestinian Authority should dissolve itself, as it is acting in Israel’s interest
The slow collapse of Palestinian collective leadership institutions in recent years has reached a crisis amid the ongoing Arab revolutions, the revelations in the Palestine Papers, and the absence of any credible peace process. The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) controlled by Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah faction has attempted to respond to this crisis by calling elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and the PA presidency.
Abbas hopes that elections could restore legitimacy to his leadership. Hamas has rejected such elections in the absence of a reconciliation agreement ending the division that resulted from Fatah’s refusal (along with Israel and the PA’s western sponsors, especially the United States) to accept the result of the last election in 2006, which Hamas decisively won. But even if such an election were held in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, it does not resolve the crisis of collective leadership faced by the entire Palestinian people, some ten million distributed between those living in the occupied Gaza Strip and West Bank, inside Israel, and the worldwide diaspora.
A house divided There are numerous reasons to oppose new PA elections, even if Hamas and Fatah were to sort out their differences. The experience since 2006 demonstrates that democracy, governance and normal politics are impossible under Israel’s brutal military occupation. more.. e-mail

 

‘I only have you to count on.’
Vera Macht, ISM Gaza, International Solidarity Movement2/24/2011
“I only have you to count on. From now on, my children depend on you.”
This was the desperate call of a man who sees no way out for himself and his children, and we ISM members who came to his phone call, received it in helpless silence. It is not the first time that we have visited this family, and every time we go home more horrified.
The last time we were there was on the 14th July 2010, a day after his wife died; was murdered, there is no other way to say it. Nasser Jabr Abu Said lives in Johr al-Dik, 350 meters away from the border with Israel. On the evening of the 13th July, Nasser’s wife was in the garden with two other women from the family when they were fired at with artillery shells from a nearby tank. They used flechette shells, which explode in the air so that five- to eight-thousand nails shoot out of them, piercing everyone and everything in a cone of 300 by 100 meters. They are also illegal under international law.
Nasser’s wife was not injured, but the Nasser’s sister was wounded in the shoulder, and a third woman, Sanaa Ahmed Abu Said, 26, was wounded in the leg. The family took shelter in the house and called an ambulance, which was unable to approach because it was stopped by machine gun fire from the nearby Israeli soldiers. At this point, the 33 year old wife of Nasser, Nema Abu Said, realized that the youngest of her children, Jaber, was asleep in the garden. As Nema ran outside to bring him to safety, she and her brother-in-law were pierced by the nails of another flechette shell. It took four endless hours before the ambulance finally got the permission to help the family, but by then Nema had died.
When we first visited the family, no one had yet had the heart to explain to Jaber that his mother had died. He kept asking for her while we were there, but how do you explain something like that to a three year old child? more.. e-mail

Demolitions, drought and displacement in West Bank Area C
Ramallah, IRIN – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs2/18/2011
Demolition of livelihood structures and drought are hitting already impoverished Palestinian communities living in Area C of the West Bank hard this year, according to UN agencies and international aid organizations working in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
Demolition of livelihood structures – including commercial structures, educational facilities, wells, water cisterns, water storage tanks, farmland and animal pens – by Israeli authorities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem increased by about 85 percent in 2010 and so far in 2011, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told IRIN.
“Over 12,500 Palestinians were affected by the demolition of livelihood structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2010,” Ramesh Rajasingham, head of OCHA in Jerusalem, told IRIN, and “the majority of people effected, were impacted by the demolition of water cisterns in Area C.”
During 2010, 21 cisterns were demolished by the Israeli army, of which 9 were built thanks to funding from international donors. Of those demolished, 20 were in Hebron and one in Bethlehem, and two were built before 1948, OCHA says.
Cisterns – used to collect rainwater – are the only water source for livestock in these herding communities and the demolitions create economic hardship for thousands of people. During summer cisterns are also a domestic water source.
Forced to buy costly fodder, water
The West Bank is facing a rainfall shortage this season (September-March), which decreases grazing pastures and water levels in cisterns, forcing herders to purchase costly fodder and water from private tanks to sustain their animals, said the Palestinian Authority (PA) agricultural ministry. more.. e-mail

Israel investing $1.6 million in “new media warriors”
Electronic Intifada: 24 Feb 2011 – In early February, Israeli military spokesperson Avi Benayahu announced that more than a hundred Israeli “media warriors” are to be trained to use social media tools to disseminate Israeli propaganda to audiences around the world.more

Father of Furkan Dogan, slain on flotilla, seeks justice
Electronic Intifada: 24 Feb 2011 РWhat had started out on 3 June 2010 as a confident journey portending reunion had turned unexpectedly into mindless tragedy. In an interview with The Electronic Intifada contributor Kristin Szremski, Dr. Ahmet Doğan describes his quest for justice for his son slain on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.more

Palestinian fashion designer’s uncompromising debut
Electronic Intifada: 24 Feb 2011 – With style gurus and editors reveling in another pageant of new creations flaunted at London Fashion Week, a talented young Palestinian is bucking the trend with his own captivatingly unconventional designs.more

Till September: The PA’s Meaningless Deadlines
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Feb 2011 – By Ramzy Baroud Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his supporters in the Fatah party want us to believe that dramatic changes are underway in the occupied Palestinian territories. This is part of a strategy intended to offset any public dissatisfaction with the self-designated Palestinian leadership in the West Bank. The PA hopes the ‘news’ will create enough distraction to help it survive the current climate of major public-regime showdowns engulfing the Middle East. Anticipating a potential popular uprising in the occupied territories – which could result in a major revamping of the current power, to the disadvantage of Abbas – the PA is now taking preventive measures. First, there was the resignation of the chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Ereka on February 12. Erekat was clearly implicated in negotiating, if not squandering, Palestinian rights in successive meetings with Israeli and American officials. This was revealed through nearly 1,600 leaked documents,…more


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