VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 25 February, 2011: Murdered Jerusalem man subjected to racism even in death

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Palestinian Student Killed By Mercenaries In Libya
IMEMC – Saturday February 26, 2011 – 01:20, A Palestinian student studying in Libya was shot and killed on Thursday by a group of armed mercenaries in Misrata city, east of Tripoli in Libya, the Maan News Agency reported.

Open Shuhada Street Protest takes place in Hebron
IMEMC – Friday February 25, 2011 – 19:50, Around 500 Palestinians along with international and Israeli supporters protested, on Friday, in the Old City in Hebron demanding the opening of Shuhada Street. The Israeli military has barred Palestinians from entering the street for over 10 years and only allows Israeli settlers access to it.

Lebanon Grants Palestinian Refugees More Work Permissions
IMEMC – Friday February 25, 2011 – 19:04, The Lebanese government started to implement the new labor and social security law which allows Palestinian refugees in Lebanon to occupy more jobs.

Clashes Continue in Silwan
IMEMC – Friday February 25, 2011 – 17:22, Confrontations erupted on Thursday evening between Israeli forces and Palestinian residents of the East Jerusalem village of Silwan,

Al Masara Protest Met with Israeli Repression
IMEMC – Friday February 25, 2011 – 14:57, In the weekly non-violent anti-wall protest in al-Ma’sara village, protestors faced violence from Israeli soldiers, on Friday.

Settlers Conduct Several Attacks In Nablus
IMEMC – Friday February 25, 2011 – 13:30, Fundamentalist Israeli settlers conducted, on Friday at dawn, several attacks against property and lands that belong to several residents of a number of villages near Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank.

PCHR Weekly Report: 1 fighter, 3 civilians killed; 17 wounded by Israeli forces this week
IMEMC – Friday February 25, 2011 – 11:05, In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 17 — 23 February 2011, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that 3 Palestinian civilians were killed by Israeli forces in the northern Gaza Strip this week. A Palestinian resistance activist was killed and 6 others and 3 civilian bystanders, including two children, were wounded by Israeli artillery shelling in Gaza City.

Four Wounded In An Israeli Air Strike Targeting Rafah
IMEMC – Friday February 25, 2011 – 10:13, Palestinian medical sources reported on Thursday evening after the Israeli Air Force fired missiles at a Palestinian vehicle driving in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Ma’an News

PA: Settlers vandalize Nablus villages
2/25/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Settlers on Friday escalated attacks against Palestinians in villages south of the West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian officials said. Palestinian Authority settlement official Ghassan Doughlas said residents of the illegal Yitzhar settlement set fire to a bulldozer belonging to Ibrahim Ishteiyah in Burin. Meanwhile in Jit, settlers sprayed racist graffiti….

Clashes as hundreds protest settlements in Hebron
2/25/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces fired rubber-coated bullets at protesters in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday afternoon, where clashes left at least nine people injured, Palestinian medics and the Israeli army said. Four international activists and two Palestinians were detained, organizers said. The military said that only one person was arrested….

Hamas may join unity govt – but not Fayyad’s
2/25/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas is willing to join a Palestinian unity government, just not one headed by Salam Fayyad, an official said Friday. Yousif Rezqa, an advisor to Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza, told Ma’an that Hamas was no opposed to joining a government but has reservations about who would….

Clashes in East Jerusalem
2/25/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces fired rubber-coated bullets and tear gas at Palestinians in East Jerusalem on Friday. The confrontations was mainly in Silwan, but clashes also erupted in the Bustan neighborhood, a Ma’an correspondent said. Forces fired tear gas at demonstrators outside a protest tent after Friday prayers, the reporter said….

Palestinians celebrate engagement in Israeli jail
2/25/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian detainee celebrated his engagement to a fellow prisoner’s daughter in Israel’s Ramon prison on Saturday, a prisoners’ society said. Maram Al-Natsha met her groom Abed Al-Khatib when she visited her father in prison, Ahrar prisoners’ center said. Al-Khatib, from Qaffin north of Tulkarem….

Detainees’ minister visits prisoners’ parents
2/25/2011 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) – Palestinian Authority Detainees’ Minister Issa Qaraqe on Friday visited the families of two Palestinian women detained by Israel. Qaraqe visited the family of 31-year-old Du’a Al-Jayousi, sentenced to life imprisonment, and Nisreen Abu Zeineh, 24, serving a three-year sentence. The minister praised the resolve of Palestinian women….

Noam Shalit urges UN to demand son’s release
2/25/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — The father of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has called on the UN Human Rights Council to demand that Hamas release his son in accordance with the conclusions of its Gaza investigation. The Israeli news site Ynet reported Friday that Noam Shalit, who once testified before the UN fact-finding….

PA: Health Ministry official detained in Gaza
2/25/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry on Friday accused Hamas security forces of detaining the head of a department in the Gaza Strip. In a statement, the Ramallah-based ministry said Gaza government forces summoned the health official, who was not named, and detained him for several hours. The official heads the department….

Hamas: PA detained 7 members
2/25/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces detained seven Hamas members across the West Bank on Thursday, the Islamist movement said. In a statement, Hamas said its affiliates were arrested in Jenin, Hebron and Nablus….

New tourism magazine launches in Palestine
2/25/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an)— Palestinian travel agents celebrated the launch of the first Palestinian tourism magazine on Friday.” The Travel Magazine” will be published every three months, said Rami Khalifeh, head of travel agencies in Palestine. The first issue provides 70 pages of information about events, tours, holy sites, restaurants and hotels, Khalifeh said….

‘7 killed’ in Iraqi ‘Day of Rage’
2/25/2011 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Protesters took to the streets across Iraq on Friday to mark a “Day of Rage”, with thousands flooding Baghdad’s Tahrir Square as seven protesters died in clashes with police in two northern cities. Protesters in the capital were forced to walk to the rally site as security forces imposed a vehicle….

Sarkozy says Gadhafi ‘must go’
2/25/2011 – ANKARA (AFP) — French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in Ankara on Friday that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi “must go” and warned of “investigations and sanctions” over bloody crackdowns on protesters….

Medics: Protester killed by Yemen police in Aden
2/25/2011 – ADEN, Yemen (AFP) — Yemeni police shot dead a protester in Yemen’s main southern city of Aden, where at least 20 other people were injured in Friday demonstrations, medics told AFP….

US warns banks on Libya cash transfers
2/25/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The Treasury Department on Friday warned US banks to increase scrutiny of cash transfers related to Libya that may be linked to the country’s political leadership….

EU agrees in principle on Libya arms embargo, assets freeze
2/25/2011 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — European Union nations on Friday agreed to slap an arms embargo, assets freezes and travel bans on Libya, an EU diplomat said….

Tunisia to hold elections by mid-July
2/25/2011 – TUNIS (AFP) — Tunisia’s transitional government on Friday said it would hold elections by mid-July at the latest, the official TAP news agency said, quoting a cabinet statement….

Witness: Tunisian protester injured by warning shot
2/25/2011 – TUNIS (AFP) — A young Tunisian was on Friday injured when police fired warning shots near the Interior Ministry which demonstrators had tried to enter, a witness told AFP….

UN diplomat: ‘Thousands’ dead in Libya unrest
2/25/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Thousands of people have been killed in the unrest in Libya as strongman Moamer Kadhafi cracks down on opponents, Libya’s deputy UN ambassador said Friday….

Statement: Libyan ambassador to Lisbon defects
2/25/2011 – LISBON (AFP) — Libya’s ambassador to Lisbon defected on Friday, denouncing Moamer Kadhafi’s regime as “fascist, tyrannical and unjust” and calling on him to quit, according to a statement received by AFP….

Family: Palestinian student killed in Libya
2/25/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Foreign mercenaries in Libya killed a young Palestinian man on Friday, his relatives in Libya and Gaza said. Hassan Hatem Abu Mustafa, 20, from Khan Younis, was a second-year engineering student at Libya’s Misurata University. Abu Mustafa was in front of his house east of Tripoli when a….

White House: US embassy in Libya suspends operations
2/25/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States is withdrawing embassy personnel from the Libyan capital and suspending all embassy operations for security reasons, the White House said Friday….

US to impose sanctions on Libya
2/25/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States said on Friday it was moving ahead with imposing unilateral and multilateral sanctions on Libya, in a bid to halt and punish Moamer Kadhafi’s crackdown on protests….

US spy agencies monitoring for Libya ‘atrocities’
2/25/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The White House warned Friday it was using US intelligence assets to monitor for evidence of “violence” or “atrocities” by the government of Moamer Kadhafi against the people of Libya….

Palestine Note

Arab Uprising; nothing to do with Arab Nationalism or Islamic State!
Palestine Note 25 Feb 2011 – Like many millions around the world, especially the Arab world, I have been following the “Arab Uprising” spreading from Tunis to Egypt to Yemen and now Libya. I also have been following the news, reports and…

The Arab Turmoil and Palestinians: An Interview with Rashid Khalidi
Palestine Note 25 Feb 2011 – Council on Foreign Relations – The turmoil in the Arab world, particularly the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, has “excited” most Palestinians, says Rashid Khalidi , co-director of Columbia’s Center for Palestine Studies. But the…

Golan residents recall their Tahrir
Palestine Note 25 Feb 2011 – Al Jazeera – Siham Monder was 14 when Syrian residents of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights took to the streets for a strike and protests that spanned six months of 1982. “Now I’m 43,” Monder says. “And…

Will Egypt’s Next Revolution Be Economic?
Palestine Note 25 Feb 2011 – Mark Roe, The Atlantic – Inside and outside Egypt, many are wondering whether the country will build an open, democratic political system or relapse into some form — new or old — of autocracy. But an…

Clashes as hundreds protest in Hebron
Palestine Note 25 Feb 2011 – Ma’an – Israeli forces fired rubber-coated bullets at protesters in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday afternoon, where clashes left at least nine people injured, Palestinian medics and the Israeli army said. Four international…

Jordan sees biggest reform rally
Palestine Note 25 Feb 2011 – BBC News – Some 6,000 Jordanians have taken to the streets of Amman, in the biggest pro-democracy rally in eight weeks of protest. Fearing a repeat of last Friday’s violent clashes, more than 3,000 police were…

Arab media sees Kadafi regime nearing its end, hails predicted ousting of Libyan leader
Palestine Note 25 Feb 2011 – Los Angeles Times – Arab media commentators from left and right are praising what they predict is the nearing end of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi’s rule. However, they fear that Kadafi will continue to try to…

Young Seek to End West Bank and Gaza Schism
Palestine Note 25 Feb 2011 – New York Times – Young Palestinians watching the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere in the region have no shortage of their own protest-worthy causes. There is the 43-year Israeli occupation; frustration with the entrenched and…

U.N. Human Rights Council condemns violence, votes to suspend Libya
Palestine Note 25 Feb 2011 – Los Angeles Times – World diplomats gathered in Geneva for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the violence unleashed by Libyan strongman Moammar Kadafi against anti-government unrest and voted to suspend Libya…

Friday protests grip Middle East
Palestine Note 25 Feb 2011 – Across region and in West Bank, thousands rally for change New York Times – Hundreds of thousands of protesters turned out in cities across the Middle East on Friday to protest the unaccountability of their leaders…

Rahm Emanuel becomes Chicago’s first Jewish Mayor — American Arabs left in the cold
Palestine Note 25 Feb 2011 – Rahm Emanuel won the Chicago mayoral election Tuesday (Feb. 22) by a wide margin, making him Chicago’s first Jewish Mayor. Chicago has seen many firsts. The first woman mayor, (1979) Jane M. Byrne. The first African…

Aljazeera

Egypt’s protest dispersed by force
AlJazeera 25 Feb 2011 – Army uses force to disperse activists gathered at Tahrir Square to demand purging of Mubarak loyalists from government.

Egypt ex-VP survived ‘car shooting’
AlJazeera 24 Feb 2011 – Egypt’s foreign minister says Omar Suleiman escaped an assassination attempt in Cairo during country’s recent uprising.

Egypt ex-ministers held over fraud
AlJazeera 24 Feb 2011 – Former information minister and state broadcasting chief arrested, while others face charges of misuse of public funds.

Palestine News Network

Soldiers Arrest 11 People as they Attack Anti-Wall Protests
PNN – Hebron — PNN – This Friday Anti wall protests were organized this Friday in the village of al-Ma’ssara and Hebron old city, southern West Bank as well as Bil’in, Nil’in and Nabi…

HRW on Libya: Africa?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Rights Body Should Act Now
PNN – London- HRW/PNN – The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights should impose immediate measures on the Libyan government to end the massive human rights abuses occurring throughout the country, the Egyptian…

Aim for Peace without Negotiations, says Palestinian Ambassador Afif Safieh
PNN – Bethlehem — PNN – I believe in peace without negotiations, the ambassador told an international gathering Thursday night in Bethlehem. Approximately 200 participants from 15 different countries came to Bethlehem this week…

PCHR: Israeli Attacks Leaves Four Palestinians Dead and 18 Injured this Week
PNN – Gaza – PNN/PCHR —Israeli attacks targeting the Gaza Strip and West Bank communities left four Palestinians dead and 18 others injured, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights said in its weekly report….

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

‘Syria evades IAEA request for access to nuclear site’
Jeruslalem Post 25 Feb 2011 – UN atomic agency rebuffed by Syrian FM, who promised cooperation in vague terms, but failed to offer access to site, diplomats say.

5 Border Patrol officers injured in Hebron protest
Jeruslalem Post 25 Feb 2011 – 1,650 left-wing and Palestinian demonstrators call for road to be opened to Palestinian traffic on anniversary of Goldstein shooting.

IDF to kindergartens in towns by Gaza: Keep kids inside
Jeruslalem Post 25 Feb 2011 – Order comes from fear of more firing from Gaza after two Grad rockets land in Beersheba; IDF tells residents to be alert over weekend.

Quartet attempts to revive peace talks
Jeruslalem Post 25 Feb 2011 – “I hope very soon the Quartet envoys will be meeting separately” with Israeli, Palestinian representatives says Robert Serry.

Gaddafi’s forces strike back as opponents move to Tripoli
Jeruslalem Post 25 Feb 2011 – Libyan strongman blames bin Laden for revolt; US says all options open, including military intervention; Livni urges Libyans to embrace democracy

Ha’aretz Defense page

Palestine Telegraph

IOF 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

Boycott roundup: Palestinians protest Canada’s ties with JNF
Uruknet February 25, 2011 – Palestinians held a vigil outside the Canadian representative offices in Ramallah on Monday, 21 February, protesting Canada’s ongoing relationship with the Jewish National Fund (JNF). The protesters urged the Canadian government to break ties with the Israeli land institution, which has been a driving force behind the continued expulsion of Palestinians from their lands since…

Protesters say Egypt military uses force on them
Uruknet February 26, 2011 – – Egyptian soldiers fired in the air and used batons in the early hours of Saturday to disperse activists demanding the cabinet appointed by Hosni Mubarak be purged by the country’s new military leaders, protesters said. Thousands had gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to celebrate two weeks since Mubarak’s removal and remind the country’s new…

Murdered Jerusalem man subjected to racism even in death
Uruknet February 25, 2011 – All Hussain Hassan Rwidy wanted was to bury his son. “They took me to see the investigator who worked on the case. He called me inside [his office], alone, and asked me, ‘Are you strong?'” I said to him, ‘I want my son,'” Rwidy told The Electronic Intifada. “He said directly to me, ‘Your son…

USA: Wisconsin Unions Preparing a General Strike
Uruknet February 24, 2011 – After more than a week, demonstrations by public sector workers defending their pay, benefits and their right to union representation continue to grow. The struggle in Wisconsin is rapidly becoming a nation-wide struggle, a kind of American “Tahrir Square,” a point of reference for workers under attack around the country. February, union rally in the…

Talking to “socialists” about Palestine
Uruknet February 24, 2011 – …Levity aside, this type of “organizing” or “principles,” if they can even be called that, is worse than impotent. The assumption that petty bourgeois radicals in Ithaca, New York should be lecturing Palestinians living in camps in Rafah and Khan Younis on their failure to build an internationalist working-class political party as a member of…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (17 — 23 February 2011)
Uruknet February 24, 2011 – Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (17 — 23 February 2011): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed 3 Palestinian civilians and a resistance activist and wounded 10 others (two children, two workers and 6 resistance activists) in the Gaza Strip. They also wounded 8…

Till September: The PA’s Meaningless Deadlines
Uruknet February 24, 2011 – 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…

Syria clamps down on dissent with beatings and arrests
Uruknet February 24, 2011 – Tensions are mounting in the Syrian capital, Damascus, after the third peaceful demonstration in three weeks was violently dispersed on Wednesday. There are increasing reports of intimidation and blocking of communications by secret services in the wake of violent unrest in neighbouring Arab countries. Fourteen people were arrested and several people beaten by uniformed and…

The National

Settlers: US veto was right decision for wrong reason
The National 25 Feb 2011 – Right-wing politicians and pro-settler activists did not hold raucous ceremonies, as they did to mark the Israeli government¬øs refusal last September to extend a moratorium on settlement construction.

Palestinian PM reaches out to constituency via Facebook
The National 25 Feb 2011 – While the social networking service is key to fomenting revolutions across North Africa and in the Arab World, the Palestinian prime minister, Salam Fayyad, is using it to see input on his new government.

Daily Star

Butcher of Tripoli ‘must go’
Daily Star 25 Feb 2011 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: German Chancellor Angela Merkel berated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for failing to advance peace talks during a “tense” phone call, Israeli daily Haaretz reported Friday. Citing German sources, Haaretz said Merkel responded furiously…

Merkel berates Netanyahu in tense call: report
Daily Star 25 Feb 2011 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: German Chancellor Angela Merkel berated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for failing to advance peace talks during a “tense” phone call, Israeli daily Haaretz reported Friday. Citing German sources, Haaretz said Merkel responded furiously…

IAEA cites new info on Iran military work
Daily Star 25 Feb 2011 VIENNA: The U.N. atomic watchdog has received new information regarding allegations that Iran may be seeking to develop a nuclear-armed missile, the Vienna-based agency said in a report. The confidential document, obtained by Reuters Friday, made…

Egyptians rally in several cities to keep up pressure on military leaders
Daily Star 25 Feb 2011 Tens of thousands rallied in Egypt Friday, trying to keep up pressure on Egypt’s military rulers to carry out reforms and calling for the dismissal of holdovers from the regime of ousted President Hosni Mubarak. On…

Ten die in Iraq as protests sweep across region
Daily Star 25 Feb 2011 At least 10 Iraqi protesters were killed in clashes with security forces after thousands protested Friday against corruption and poor basic services in nationwide rallies that coincided with mass demonstrations across the rest of the Arab…

One killed in anti-government demonstrations in Yemen
Daily Star 25 Feb 2011 SANAA: One person was killed in the southern Yemeni city of Aden Friday when more than 10,000 people took to the streets demanding the impoverished country’s veteran ruler to step down. Protesters outside Sanaa University, repeating…

The Guardian

Merkel rebukes Israeli PM Netanyahu for failing to advance peace
The Guardian 25 Feb 2011 – Israeli paper reports that PM was told in fractious phone call: ‘You haven’t made a single step’ The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has sternly rebuked the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, in an unusually fractious telephone…

Relief Web

The Arab Turmoil and Palestinians
Relief Web 25 Feb 2011 – Source: Council on Foreign Relations

TSF deployed on the Libyan Border
Relief Web 25 Feb 2011 – Source: T?©l?©coms Sans Fronti?®res

TSF d?©ploy?© ?† la fronti?®re Libyenne
Relief Web 25 Feb 2011 – Source: T?©l?©coms Sans Fronti?®res

OPT: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report, 16-22 February
Relief Web 25 Feb 2011 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

YNet News

Diplomats: Syria rejects nuke probe
YNet News – Damascus tells IAEA it will not allow new inspections of suspected nuclear site….

Palestinians rally in Hebron; 5 officers hurt
YNet News – Palestinians mark 17 years since Baruch Goldstein killed 29 in Cave of the….

Lebanon arrests dentist for ‘spying for Israel’
YNet News – Security forces accuse 55-year-old Farouk Shukheir of spying for Israel, claim….

Gaza vicinity kids ordered to stay indoors
YNet News – Following grad rocket attack Home Front Command advises kindergarten teachers to….

Quartet tries new Israeli-Palestinian peace bid
YNet News – Envoys from the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia are hoping to hold separate meetings with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to try to …….

Palestinian Information Center

New European plan to hit Hamas and strengthen Fatah’s militia
PIC 25 Feb 2011 – A French site said that there are discussions taking place between different European security parties to start a new European security plan which aims to strengthen the Fatah authority.

Five demonstrators injured in al-Khalil
PIC 25 Feb 2011 – Five Palestinian demonstrators were injured by rubber-coated bullets and four foreign activists were arrested on Friday afternoon when IOF troops tried to quell a peaceful demonstration.

Abbas’s militia kidnap 7 Hamas supporters, IOF kidnap two university students
PIC 25 Feb 2011 – Abbas’s militia kidnapped seven Hamas supporters in various parts of the West Bank, while the same militia continue to hold and torture two men from al-Khalil, according to local sources on Friday.

Israeli occupation bulldoze lands in Salfit, settlers attack Nablus villages
PIC 25 Feb 2011 – Israeli bulldozers continued to plough lands in various villages in the Salfit district in the central West Bank, while fanatic Jewish settlers attacked villages in Nablus district.

Israeli Foreign Ministry implementing plans to legitimise occupation of the WB
PIC 25 Feb 2011 – The deputy Israeli Foreign Minister, Dani Ayalon, said that every Israeli ambassador appointed by the Foreign Ministry must visit the Ibrahimi Mosque and other “Jewish heritage sites” in WB.

Four Palestinians wounded in an Israeli occupation airstrike
PIC 25 Feb 2011 – Four Palestinians on Thursday evening were wounded as a result of an Israeli occupation airstrike that targeted a car in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah.

A day of rage on Friday in al-Khalil
PIC 25 Feb 2011 – Youth Against Settlement in al-Khalil called for mass demonstrations on Friday towards Martyrs Street which is under occupation forces control and closed to local residents.

Los Angeles Times

Obama seeks a new approach on Mideast
LA Times 25 Feb 2011 – President Obama has asked his aides to formulate a Mideast foreign policy that emphasizes democratic reforms without alienating longtime allies. President Obama is challenging his administration to formulate a new Middle East policy that emphasizes political and economic reforms to bolster U.S. allies now threatened…

Iran increases uranium stockpile
LA Times 25 Feb 2011 – Despite international pressure and claims that a computer virus has slowed its program, the country continues to produce low-enriched material, the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency reports. Iran increased its stockpile of low-enriched uranium in recent months despite intense international pressure and claims that a computer…

New York Times

Thousands Rally for Reform in Jordan
New York Times 25 Feb 2011 – Thousands of people demonstrated peacefully for political reform in the capital and other towns, with opposition forces drawing the largest crowds since protests began eight weeks ago.

Setback Is Reported at an Iranian Nuclear Plant
New York Times 25 Feb 2011 – Iran told atomic inspectors that it had run into a serious problem at a newly completed nuclear reactor.

About New York: Mubarak, Terrorism and Their Tie
New York Times 25 Feb 2011 – The oppression under Hosni Mubarak during his years as president of Egypt can be linked to the violent extremism behind the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Misc

What is the left’s answer to military intervention in Libya?
Mondoweiss – Is it the Sarajevo debate of the 90s all over again? The rightwing and liberal interventionists know what they think should be done in Libya: the United States should bring gunboats to the coastline and fighter jets to the Libyan skies. But also: “Make a clear…

Rosen: A state created and maintained by ethnic cleansing, only seeing Arabs as shadows, cannot survive
Mondoweiss – Why do we stand by Nir Rosen? Because he’s so smart, that’s why, and he lays it on the line, and sees stuff clearly. This is amazing, it reminds me of the woods of Dunsinane speech from Macbeth, when he’s told himself he can never be…

Shuhada Street Chaos
Palestine Monitor – Closed exactly 16 years ago when American-born Israeli Baruch Goldstein killed 29 worshipers and wounded 125 with a IMI Galil assault rifle in the burial place of Abraham, this effective clotting of the heart of The Old City of Hebron has devastated the local market economy…

Israel resumes extrajudicial assassinations
Mondoweiss – and other news from Today in Palestine: Land, property, resources theft and destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlers Haaretz ad recommends ‘return’-ing Palestinians to Jordan 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…

‘Libya is not Egypt’
Mondoweiss – Like virtually every other sentient creature in the galaxy, I’ve been following the Arab revolutions closely. But unlike the “serious people who know better,” it hasn’t occurred to me that “Libya isn’t Egypt.” At the outset of the revolutionary wave, several writers – most notably Stephen…

More reports of brutal attacks against protesters as Qadhafi loses control of the country
Mondoweiss – CNN.com Video – Watch more Videos at Vodpod. Qadhdhafi cornered Aljazeera is citing a report from a Libyan journalist that Al-Qadhdhafi now only controls the area around his compound in Bab Al-`Aiziziyyah. That makes sense: because Libyan regime TV showed a pro-Qadhdhafi “demonstration” and it was…

Haaretz Profiles Shabak Director-Designate
Tikun Olam – Several months ago, I posted here news from an Israeli source of the designation of Yitzhak Ilan, 54, to be the next Shabak chief. Israel’s media cannot report his name as it is under gag (the rules state that no one under the rank of agency…

Iraqi officials fear national “day of rage” protest
WSWS – As anti-government protests spread throughout Iraq, leading Iraqi politicians tried to limit preparations for today’s “day of rage” protests in US-occupied Iraq.

Class struggle emerges in Saudi Arabia
WSWS – Over 600 construction workers employed by a major company on a project expanding the northern courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, are on strike.

NY’s famed LGBT Center folds under pressure – bans “Party to End Apartheid!,” Israeli Apartheid Week event and groups
Muzzlewatch – Taking Pinkwashing to a whole new level, one of Israel’s very very good friends— gay male pornographer Michael Lucas — is boasting that he single-handedly got NY’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans Community Center to not only cancel a “Party to End Apartheid” fundraiser to cover…

Misc 2

‘New data’ on Iran’s nuclear plan
BBC 25 Feb 2011 – The UN’s nuclear watchdog says it has new information on “possible military dimensions” to Iran nuclear development programme.

Jordan sees biggest reform rally
BBC 25 Feb 2011 – Some 6,000 Jordanians have taken to the streets of Amman, in the largest of eight weekly pro-democracy protests.

A False Friend in the White House
Sabbah report 25 Feb 2011 – By Stephen M. Walt* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Illustration by Yaser Ahmad Last Friday the United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council Resolution condemning Israel’s continued expansion of settlements in the occupied territory of the West Bank. The resolution didn’t question Israel’s legitimacy, didn’t declare that “Zionism…

The Spectre of a Black Europe
Sabbah report 25 Feb 2011 – Cartoon by Sergei Elkin Why Europe Fears the North African Uprisings By Behzad Yahmaian * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz While millions in the worl are celebrating the popular uprisings in North Africa, Europe is watching with skepticism and fear. The fall of the African dictators will deprive Europe…

Articles


The PA’s meaningless deadlines
Ramzy Baroud, Ma’an News Agency2/25/2011
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 Erekat 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, which Aljazeera and The Guardian termed the ‘Palestine Papers.’
Erekat was hardly representing himself, as he readily gave away much territory, including most of Jerusalem. He also agreed to a symbolic return of Palestinian refugees to their land, now part of today’s Israel. By keeping his post, the entire PA ‘peace process’ apparatus would have remained ineffective at best, and at worst entirely self-seeking, showing no regard whatsoever for Palestinian rights.
With Erekat’s exit, the PA hopes to retain a margin of credibility among Palestinians…. more.. e-mail

 

The Arab Turmoil and Palestinians: An Interview with Rashid Khalidi
Bernard Gwertzman, Council on Foreign Relations2/25/2011
Interviewee: Rashid I. Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University
The turmoil in the Arab world, particularly the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, has “excited” most Palestinians, says Rashid Khalidi, co-director of Columbia’s Center for Palestine Studies. But the U.S.-led negotiations for a two-state solution between Palestinians and Israel has foundered, which was underscored by the U.S. veto in the Security Council against a resolution to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank. He says the veto—the only one among Council members—will “intensify a sense in the Arab world generally and among Palestinians as well that a resolution to this conflict does not lie through this bankrupt, failed negotiation process.” He says a rethink of U.S. policy in the region is necessary. “[Obama] has to make a decision on whether he wants to act on the basis of what most people would agree are American interests: a rapid resolution of this conflict and removing the impression that most people in the world have of the United States being on the wrong side of this.”
Much of the attention in the Middle East in recent years has been over Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, which have proceeded without achieving any breakthrough. And now, suddenly there is turmoil in the Arab world that has diverted attention away from the Israeli-Palestinian issues. How do you see this, as a Palestinian?
I think most Palestinians are very excited about what’s happening because they felt that the old Arab order helped to keep them down [and] was complicit with the United States and Israel. Palestinians were thrilled with what happened in Tunisia and ecstatic about what happened in Egypt. Most Palestinians will be very happy to see [Muammar] Qaddafi bite the dust. The so-called “peace process” has not been something that most Palestinians believed in since late in the 1990’s. Most Palestinians believed that this was not a process that had anything to do with peace or conflict resolution. It had to do with conflict management and expansion of occupied Israeli settlements…. more.. e-mail

Golan residents recall their Tahrir
Mya Guarnieri, Al Jazeera2/25/2011
Residents of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights celebrate their Arab identity as a form of resistance.
Siham Monder was 14 when Syrian residents of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights took to the streets for a strike and protests that spanned six months of 1982.
“Now I’m 43,” Monder says. “And I remember that every day in that period there was a conflict with the [Israeli army]. There were more soldiers here than residents.”
While the Israeli military occupation of the Golan began after the 1967 war, the strike and protests started on February 14, 1982, two months after the Israeli knesset passed the Golan Heights Law, legislation that effectively annexed the territory.
The Israeli move was condemned by both the US and the United Nations – the latter has issued multiple resolutions against the annexation – and it remains unrecognised by the international community.
Here, in the Golan, the annexation was embodied by the army’s effort to distribute blue Israeli identity cards. In 1982, some 15,000 soldiers came to deliver the IDs to Syrian residents, a group that numbered less than 10,000 at the time.
“The people refused them. They were against it. They threw them in the [soldiers’] faces,” Monder says, adding that the army often responded violently to the unarmed protesters.
An elderly man recalls standing on his balcony and flinging the identity card into the street below, which was full of Israeli soldiers. Another resident adds that the roads were “blue” with all the refused IDs. more.. e-mail

Boycott roundup: Palestinians protest Canada’s ties with JNF
Electronic Intifada: 25 Feb 2011 – This week, a campaign was expanded in Europe against grocery items made in Israeli settlements; the Israel Philharmonic’s tour in the US is dogged by protests; and Palestinian queer activists are imploring international queer artists and academics to take a stand in solidarity.more

Defending civil society in Israel and abroad
Electronic Intifada: 25 Feb 2011 – If it has not become clear by now then we should make no mistake: Israeli civil society organizations working in the fields of human rights, peace and solidarity are in an increasingly hostile and precarious position in the Israeli public sphere. Ishai Menuchin comments for The Electronic Intifada.more

Murdered Jerusalem man subjected to racism even in death
Electronic Intifada: 25 Feb 2011 – Twenty-four-year-old Hussam Rwidy was killed in the early morning hours of Friday, 11 February, on Hillel Street in West Jerusalem as he and a friend, Murad Khader Joulani, were walking to their car to drive home from work.more

Shuhada Street Chaos
Palestine Monitor: 25 Feb 2011 – Closed exactly 16 years ago when American-born Israeli Baruch Goldstein killed 29 worshipers and wounded 125 with a IMI Galil assault rifle in the burial place of Abraham, this effective clotting of the heart of The Old City of Hebron has devastated the local market economy in tandem with rapacious settler colonization. “The people want an end to the occupation,” bellowed the protesters. ” The people want Shuhada Street .” After the Friday prayer, the mixed crowd of foreigners, Israeli activists and Palestinians marched down into the border line of H1 and H2 , respectively Palestinian Authority and Israeli military zones of control. At H1, riot-geared green military and blue police forces covered the ground and dotted buildings. An initial cordon of six blue policemen could not hold the tide, and the protesters broke through. All began to run and made their way east towards Bab Al Baladia, or the entrance…more

Greek P.M.: Zionism and the IMF’s Last Best Friend
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Feb 2011 – By James Petras In the midst of the Arab uprisings throughout the Middle East, at a time when even the European (EU) has publically condemned Israel’s blockade of Gaza and its illegal land seizures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou promised a visiting delegation of American Jewish leaders, that he would do everything possible to undermine EU opposition and promote Israeli economic, diplomatic and political interests in Europe. US Zionists, recently returned from a visit to Athens described Papandreou as by far the most amenable (‘servile’) European leader they have met in recent memory. Papandreou’s slavish submission to Israeli interests includes his promise, to a delegation of U.S. Zionist notables, to use his influence to pressure the new Egyptian military junta to continue to uphold the Mubarak agreements with Israel (European Jewish Press 2/11/11). These include the continued blockade of Gaza and support of…more

Till September: The PA’s Meaningless Deadlines
Dissident Voice: 25 Feb 2011 – 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, which Al Jazeera…more

US Intervention in Libya
Dissident Voice: 25 Feb 2011 – Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi stands between the United States and their campaign of destabilization and regime change across the oil laden region. Not only does this stall the Anglo-American agenda, it also sets a precedence of defiance other sovereign nations may duplicate under similar US-backed instability. There is no doubt that the unrest in Tunisia, Egypt, and now Libya is US-backed. Libyan opposition leader Ibrahim Sahad of the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL) is literally sitting in front of the White House in Washington D.C. giving interviews , repeating verbatim the talking points covered by propaganda outfits like BBC, CNN, Fox News, and Al Jazeera. Meanwhile, a myriad of US organizations are working in tandem with Sahad’s calls for UN, EU, US, and NATO intervention. What form might intervention take and is there a possibility that US military support is already underway? According to Brookings Institute’s report “Which…more

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