VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 2 April, 2011: ‘Perpetual Hell’ Of The Palestinian Refugee Camps

2 April, 2011 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Non-violent marches attacked in at least 4 Palestinian towns
IMEMC – Saturday April 02, 2011 – 14:49, Weekly non-violent anti-Wall protests in a number of towns across the West Bank on Friday, including Bil’in, Nil’in, al Ma’sara and Nabi Saleh, were attacked by Israeli forces wielding tear gas and other ‘less-than-lethal’ weapons. Three protesters were injured when they were hit by high velocity tear gas canisters fired at close range by Israeli soldiers.

Ma’an News

Palestinian youth attacked while planting olive trees
4/2/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A group of Palestinian youth said they were attacked by Israeli soldiers while planting olive trees on Wednesday. Around 30 young men and women from a group “Ihna Gheir” (We are different) planted around 100 olive trees in A’bud village north west of Ramallah to commemorate Land Day. One…. Related: ‘We Are Different’ brings joy to Palestinian children and “ehna gheir” Palestinian Voluntry Group

Activists: Settlers vandalize crops in Hebron
4/2/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers guarded by the army vandalized lands and crops of residents east of Yatta in the West Bank district of Hebron on Saturday, activists said. Rateb Al-Jbur, coordinator of the local committee against the wall and settlements in eastern Hebron, said settlers clashed with residents whenthey guided away sheep belonging….

Gaza ceasefire ‘over’ after airstrike kills 3
4/2/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The National Resistance Brigades announced Saturday morning that the ceasefire was over in the Gaza Strip, following an overnight Israeli airstrike which killed three leaders of Hamas’ armed wing. The brigades, the military wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said in a statement it would….

Activists: Hunger-striker hospitalized in Ramallah
4/3/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A hunger-striker protesting for Palestinian reconciliation in central Ramallah, Alaa Qdimat, 21, fainted late Saturday and was taken to the Red Crescent hospital, activists said. Protesters said Palestinian Authority police went to the hospital and took Qdimat to an investigation room to question him, despite his deteriorating health. Qdimat said police….

Teenager detained while pasturing sheep in Jordan Valley
4/2/2011 – TUBAS (Ma’an) – Israeli forces detained on Saturday a teenager from Tubas in the northern West Bank while he was pasturing his sheep near an Israeli settlement in the northern Jordan Valley. Palestinian security sources said 19-year-old Ghazi Bisharat was pasturing his sheep near the Palestinian village Al-Hadidiya in the northern Jordan Valley….

Israeli forces erect more army checkpoints in Nablus
4/2/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Saturday erected several military checkpoints on the road to Wadi Qana south of Nablus in the northern West Bank, denying local farmers access to their fields in the area. Meanwhile, 13 busloads of Israeli settlers from the nearby Alfe Menashe and Qarne Shomron settlements were escorted to the….

Goldstone: Hamas failed to investigate allegations
4/2/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas has not conducted any investigations into rocket and mortar attacks detailed in a UN inquiry into Israel’s 2008-2009 assault on the Gaza Strip, South African jurist Richard Goldstone says. In an op-ed Saturday in The Washington Post, Goldstone noted that while Israel has investigated his report’….

Palestinian liaison office at Erez vandalized
4/2/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Palestinian coordination office near the Erez crossing was robbed and vandalized Saturday, workers said. The office was vandalized and some of its contents were stolen, workers transferring patients from Israel told Ma’an….

Hamas: German mediator failed to make Shalit deal
4/3/2011 – LONDON (Ma’an) – German mediator Gerhard Conrad failed to secure an agreement between Israel and the captors of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Gaza, deputy Hamas politburo chief Mousa Abu Marzouq told the London-based Al-Hayat daily newspaper on Saturday.”The German mediator has failed and there is no way back. He has not succeeded….

Fayyad meets German interior minister
4/3/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Resigned caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad received in his office Saturday the German Interior Minister Hans Peter Fredrech and an accompanying delegation. The two discussed efforts by the Palestinian Authority to build infrastructure in a way that would guarantee achieving national readiness to establish an independent state. Fayyad briefed the official….

Abbas: No peace without national unity
4/2/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that there can be no real peace with Israel without national unity. Abbas said he was determined to go to Gaza to form a national unity government, the official Palestinian Authority news agency reported. His remarks came at a meeting with the families of prisoners who….

Israel warns tourists in Sinai of kidnap threat
4/2/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s anti-terrorism unit on Saturday urged the country’s tourists holidaying in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula to leave immediately, citing fears of kidnap attempts.” Terrorist elements are currently in the Sinai and preparing to abduct Israelis with the aid of people in local Bedouin tribes,” said a statement from….

Abu Obeida: Abbas must release detainees for unity
4/2/2011 – GAZA (Ma’an) — Hamas’ armed wing said Friday that President Mahmoud Abbas must release the party’s affiliates detained in the West Bank to achieve national unity. Al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Obeida issued a statement in response to Abbas’ initiative to visit Gaza for unity talks. Abbas’ initiative aims to….

Fighting flares in Libya as Gadhafi spurns truce
4/2/2011 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Fighting flared around the rebel-held city of Misrata and air strikes were reported elsewhere in Libya late Friday, after Moammar Gadhafi’s regime rejected a rebel offer of a ceasefire. The US military was poised to withdraw its combat jets and Tomahawk cruise missiles from the air campaign against Libya’s….

Official: UAE population surges to 8.26 million
4/2/2011 – ABU DHABI (AFP) – The population of the United Arab Emirates surged exponentially to about 8. 26 million by 2010, up 65 percent in four years due to an influx of foreign workers, official statistics said. As a result, the percentage of nationals has dropped to 11. 47 percent. The oil-rich Gulf state has seen its….

Libya rebels pen oil deal with Qatar
4/2/2011 – BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) — Libyan rebels have penned a deal with Qatar to market their crude oil abroad in exchange for food, medicine and — it hopes — weapons, a top official in the transitional government said on Friday.” The Qatar government agreed, the agreement is signed, that they will market crude oil for us,” Ali al-Tarhoni, a….

Yemen opposition tells Saleh to hand over to deputy
4/2/2011 – SANAA (AFP) — Yemen’s opposition on Saturday told embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh to hand over power to his deputy with whom a deal on a transitional period could be negotiated, a statement said….

UAE forces free ship hijacked by pirates
4/2/2011 – ABU DHABI (AFP) — United Arab Emirates special forces on Saturday freed an Abu Dhabi-owned ship seized by pirates east of Oman in the Arabian Sea, WAM state news agency said, quoting a military official….

Palestine Note

Goldstone Op-Ed Shows Need For Deeper Look At Gaza And International Law
Palestine Note 2 Apr 2011 – Quite frankly, the Goldstone Report on the Israeli devastation of the Gaza Strip and Hamas rocket firing during what was called Operation Cast Lead has been a fiasco of politicization from day one. Back in November of 2009, I wrote…

Aljazeera

UN: Afghan attacks will not deter our mission
AlJazeera 2 Apr 2011 – World body says it will maintain its presence in the country, despite the deadly attack on its offices.

Israel calls on UN to bury Gaza crimes report
AlJazeera 2 Apr 2011 – Israel calls for shelving Goldstone Report that said it had committed war crimes during its 2008-2009 Gaza offensive.

Spain’s PM will not run for re-election
AlJazeera 2 Apr 2011 – Zapatero’s announcement followed months of speculation that the 50-year-old leader might not seek re-election.

Libyan rebels ‘receive foreign training’
AlJazeera 2 Apr 2011 – Rebel source tells Al Jazeera about training offered by US and Egyptian special forces in eastern Libya.

Battle for Abidjan rages
AlJazeera 2 Apr 2011 – Reports of carnage emerged with the Red Cross saying at least 800 people were killed in Duekoue town.

Yemen protesters clash with police
AlJazeera 2 Apr 2011 – Police fire on protesters as opposition says president has failed to respond to their proposal.

Oman protests resume
AlJazeera 2 Apr 2011 – Dozens stage sit-in to demand probes into alleged abuses after clashes with security forces left at least one dead.

Palestine News Network

NATO’s Hypocritical Role in World Affairs
PNN – By Mitri I. Musleh- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), also called the North Atlantic Alliance , is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty in which was signed on…

Three Fighters Assassinated In Gaza
PNN – By Saed Bannoura – The Israeli Air Force assassinated, after midnight on Friday night, three fighters of the Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, north of Khan Younis,…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (24-30 March 2011)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestine Telegraph

Israel intensifies its checkpoints in Hebron
2 Apr 2011 – West bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces raided Saturday morning several neighborhoods in Hebron and erected military checkpoints at the main entrances.

Israeli army attacks nonviolent protest in Bilin
2 Apr 2011 – West Bank, (pal Telegraph)-Three Palestinians were injured and dozens treated from gas inhalation as Israeli army dispersed the peaceful anti-wall rally held following Friday prayer in the village of Balin central Ramallah.

Israeli air strike in Gaza kills 3 Palesinians
2 Apr 2011 – Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)-Three Palestinian Palesinians were killed and one seriously injured Friday overnight as Israeli warplanes targeted a car driving in Al-Qarara area in Khan younis city.

The National

Turkey’s PM steps in over Syria
The National 2 Apr 2011 – Turkey’s prime minister considered to be one of the world leaders closest to Syria’s leader and says he will try to urge reforms be put in place.

Demands to free Omani activists
The National 2 Apr 2011 – Protests continued in Oman with more than 150 demonstrators rallying outside government offices in Muscat to call for jobs, political reform and economic development.

Hamas vows revenge after Israeli air strike
The National 2 Apr 2011 – Hamas denies Israel’s claim that men killed in attack were planning Passover assault and warns the strike was a “serious escalation”.

Ha’aretz

Hamas: Despite Goldstone retreat, war crimes were still committed in Gaza
Ha’aretz – In wake of Richard Goldstone’s op-ed in which he said Hamas ‘has done nothing’ to investigate itself over Gaza war actions, Hamas says they cooperated fully with Goldstone’s fact finding mission.

Aluf Benn / Goldstone retraction shows changed attitude toward Israel in light of Arab world turmoil
Ha’aretz – Lesson to be drawn is it’s better to fight Israel’s cause during investigation rather than counter subsequent conclusions by the UN that have already been officially adopted.

Report: Hamas, Hezbollah operatives in Brazil are planning attacks abroad
Ha’aretz – Leading Brazilian news magazine, Veja, reports that at least 20 people affiliated with al Qaida, Hezbollah and Hamas are hiding out in Brazil, raising money and recruiting followers.

‘Syria protests must not compromise country’s stand against Israel’
Ha’aretz – Hamas releases statement expressing support for Syria’s ruling hierarchy in group’s first public reaction to Syrians’ anti-government protests.

Students on trip to IDF base simulated shooting targets with Arab headdress
Ha’aretz – Incident took place during at a military base where students were being escorted as part of an ‘IDF preparation’ project, sanctioned by the Education Ministry.

In newly released tape, Eichmann heard boasting about his role in Holocaust
Ha’aretz – Adolf Eichmann, who masterminded expulsion and transfer of millions of Jews from their homes to death camps, expresses regret on the tape for not being able to complete his task.

Gadhafi forces kill at least one in Libya rebel stronghold Misrata
Ha’aretz – Misrata resident says shelling hit building previously used to treat wounded; Al Jazeera broadcaster reports that the U.S. and Egypt are providing military training to Libyan rebels.

Amira Hass / Many Palestinians think Fatah-Hamas unity efforts distract from the occupation
Ha’aretz – While young protesters in Ramallah are calling for an end to the split between Gaza and the West Bank, others argue that those words have lost their meaning.

Israel issues urgent travel warning to Sinai fearing terror attacks
Ha’aretz – Counter Terrorism Bureau says terror agents planning to kidnap Israelis pose a real threat to those vacationing in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

Netanyahu to UN: Retract Gaza war report in wake of Goldstone’s comments
Ha’aretz – Following Richard Goldstone’s op-ed in which he expressed regret regarding his report on alleged Israeli war crimes in the Gaza war, PM says ‘everything we said proved to be true’ and urges the UN to scrap the report.

Lieberman lauds new Goldstone conclusions about Gaza war
Ha’aretz – FM says ‘we had no doubt the truth would eventually come out’ after Richard Goldstone writes in op-ed that his allegations of Israeli war crimes would have been different if he knew then what he knows know.

Hamas official says German mediator failed in Shalit negotiations
Ha’aretz – The official says Gerhard Conrad will not return to negotiations after he failed to fulfill his role in advancing the talks, preferring to side with Netanyahu than convince him of details of the deal already agreed upon during Olmert’s time as prime minister.

Goldstone: Claims of Israel’s Gaza war crimes should be reconsidered
Ha’aretz – Writing in a Washington Post column, former head of the Gaza war fact-finding commission slams anti-Israel UN bias, says Jerusalem went to ‘significant’ lengths to investigate itself.

Hamas: Israel will suffer ‘consequences’ of IDF Gaza strike
Ha’aretz – Army says late-night strike south of the Gaza town of Khan Younis hit a terror cell planning to kidnap Israelis over the upcoming Jewish holiday of Passover.

IDF strikes Gaza Hamas militants ‘planning to kidnap Israelis’
Ha’aretz – IDF Spokesperson says 3 killed intended to launch an assault on Israelis during the upcoming Passover holidays.

Jerusalem Post

The Druse Catskills
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – Carmel mountain village offers kosher experience to give visitors a glimpse of the community’s way of life.

Jordan demands that Israel return ‘stolen artifacts’
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – Experts divided on whether “ancient Christian” codices are authentic or fake; Jordanians say artifacts rival importance of Dead Sea Scrolls.

Tamar Golan, diplomat and Africa expert, to be buried today
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – With her fiery red hair and white clothes, Tamar was always an immediately recognizable and striking figure, with a charismatic and forceful presence.

Livni: Cast Lead was justified with or without Goldstone
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – Eli Yishai, who served as deputy PM during Gaza op, calls on South African jurist to ‘write the report that he should have.’

Police staves violence as Jordanian protests continue
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – Rally radically different than elsewhere in the Arab world, emphasizing reform and unity under the ruling monarch.

Syrians arrest dozens after at least 3 protesters killed
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – Golan Druse rally in support of Assad; thousands march against government throughout Syria; estimated death toll at 64.

Jewish nationalism is top priority for Israeli youth
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – New book shows democracy not the most important objective for youth, reveals radically opposing views among Israeli Arabs and Jews.

Making peace through bird migration
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – Representatives from European zoo organization gather in Jerusalem for annual meeting.

US condemns Assad’s use of violence against protesters
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – Obama calls on Syrian leader “to be responsive to the legitimate aspirations of the people.”

Peres leaves for US to consult with Obama on ME turmoil
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – Two leaders to discuss US-Israel security cooperation, prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Comment: Goldstone the belated penitent
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – By alleging, unfoundedly, that we were an immoral enemy, the sanctimonious judge put all of our lives at greater risk.

Netanyahu: Throw Goldstone Report into dustbin of history
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – Goldstone says report would be different if Israel had cooperated in probe, slams Hamas for intentionally targeting Israeli citizens; IDF says Goldstone should go ‘country to country’ to correct the damage.

Counter-Terror Bureau warns of terror threat in Sinai
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – Intel agencies have “concrete information” on plans by terrorists to kidnap Israeli nationals during Pessah holiday.

Abbas to visit Cairo for first time in post-Mubarak era
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – PA president to meet Egypt’s Tantawi to talk peace process, Hamas-Fatah unity; PA considers “international trusteeship” over Palestinian state.

Erdogan says he will press Syria’s Assad to reform
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – Turkish PM promises to confront embattled Syrian president on removing emergency rule, releasing political prisoners.

Thirteen Libyan rebels killed in coalition air strike
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – Rebels call for continued allied attacks against rapidly advancing Gaddafi forces following “unfortunate mistake.”

Rights group: Syria arrests more than 20 over unrest
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – Protesters dissatisfied by Assad’s limited reform gesture; US, United Nations condemn violence; Reuters photographer still missing.

Hamas says German mediator failed in Schalit talks
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – Konrad “adopted Netanyahu’s positions instead of challenging them,” Abu Marzouk tells ‘Al-Hayat’; Hamas refuses to start talks from scratch.

Hamas warns of ‘consequences’ after Gaza air strike
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – Senior Izzadin Kassam member among 3 killed in air strike, Ma’an reports; IDF: Attack targeted cell planning to kidnap Israelis.

Libyan government rejects rebels’ ceasefire conditions
Jeruslalem Post 2 Apr 2011 – Western coalition forces bombard civilian, military areas in Khoms, Arrujban; insurgents marshal defenses in eastern heartland.

Out and About: Top 10 things to do
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 – Dancer/choreographer and composer/pianist Gil Shohat have teamed up to produce a salute to both dance and Frederic Chopin, often called the greatest piano composer of musical history.

Epic proportions
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 – Spanish sculptor Manel Alvarez exhibits his series of biblical stories.

Uruknet

UK campaigners issue joint statement on use of depleted uranium in Libya
Uruknet April 2, 2011 – Campaigners from the UK Uranium Weapons Network and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament today expressed their growing alarm at the possibility that highly toxic and radioactive depleted uranium (DU) weapons have been used in Libya. The inhalation of DU particles, spread when the weapons hit their target, is thought to be linked to the sharp…

Vatican: Libya: Sirte, eight civilians killed during airstrikes. Apostolic vicar: “Pray for Libya”
Uruknet April 2, 2011 – The NATO airstrikes in Libya have left eight more civilian casualties in Sirte, especially women and children, and over 40 deaths among the ranks of the Gaddafi military. This is confirmed by Mgr. Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, Vicar Apostolic of Tripoli. “The effects of war are being felt — says the archbishop – water, food and…

Major London Retailer For Ahava Dead Sea Salts Forced To Close; Boycott Campaign Claims Credit
Uruknet April 2, 2011 – After a 2-year long campaign that involved bi-weekly protests, consumer education and petitions challenging the Ahava company’s illegal theft of Palestinian land and resources, British activists are now claiming credit for the decision by Ahava’s flagship store in London to shut its doors. The Dead Sea Salts and other cosmetics sold by the Ahava company…

Civilians among 13 killed in Libya coalition bombing
Uruknet April 2, 2011 – Four civilians and nine rebels were killed after NATO-led aircraft bombed the area between the cities of Ajdabiya and Brega in eastern Libya, rebel fighters said Saturday. Three of the four civilians were medical students. All of them were buried at the spot where they died, a witness said. Seven people were wounded. The circumstances…

Global actions mark Palestine’s Land Day
Uruknet April 2, 2011 – Direct actions, rallies and protests took place across Palestine and in numerous cities across the world on 30 March to commemorate the 35th annual Land Day, an important day of remembrance for six Palestinians with Israeli citizenship gunned down by Israeli forces in 1976 during a general strike in protest of expanded land confiscation inside…

Eternal Punishment: Obama Leads Third Century of Imperial Revenge on Haiti
Uruknet April 2, 2011 – The blood and thunder (or is it thud and blunder?) of the American-led intervention in Libya has obscured one of the more revealing episodes of our times — especially for those many millions who still cling to the idea that Barack Obama is somehow an improvement, however slight, over the ruthless, lawless, corroded souls who…

Leftists, Activists and all that Bloody Jazz…
Uruknet April 2, 2011 – I really should stop reading other people’s tweets and I should quit Twitter altogether…alternatively I should just talk to myself and pay zero attention to what others are talking about, because 9 times out of 10 they are talking from their asses. The latest in line of pure bullshit coming from so-called liberals, lefties and…

The agents of Washington and Britain within Libya’s opposition leadership
Uruknet April 2, 2011 – The Interim Transitional National Council (TNC) was not officially able to participate in the conference held on Libya at London’s Lancaster House on Tuesday due to differences within the war coalition over support for the anti-Gaddafi leadership. However, Washington and London made clear their backing for what is being groomed as Libya’s government-in-waiting‚Äîonce, that is,…

13 rebels killed in coalition bombing of Libya
Uruknet

Video: Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s Address to Congress on the War in Libya
Uruknet April 1, 2011 – In two years we have moved from President Bush’s doctrine of preventive war to President Obama’s assertion of the right to go to war without even the pretext of a threat to our nation. This Administration is now asserting the right to go to war because a nation may threaten force against those who have…

Acknowledging Bankruptcy of Iranian Regime’s Official Ideology
Uruknet April 1, 2011 – This is an important analysis. From its inception, the Islamic Republic has been in a constant process of purging its own fellow travelers. The initial coalition that formed the first elected revolutionary government was soon (within months) purged of its most liberal layers. The subsequent, long and persistent process of eliminating various factions, and the…

Abusisi’s First Public Words at Hearing: ‘I am a Simple, Innocent Man’
Uruknet April 1, 2011 – Dirar Abusisi has made his first public statement since his kidnapping in Ukraine and extraordinary rendition to Israel. Before beginning a hearing that is underway as I write this, he made his first comments to the media during the court proceedings, saying: The interrogated me about Gilad Shalit but I have no connection or information…

Palestinian Refugee Camps: ‘Perpetual Hell’
Uruknet April 1, 2011 – A delegation of parliamentarians has returned from a tour of the refugee camps in Lebanon and made its report. It was led by former British government minister Sir Gerald Kaufman MP and included four members of the European Parliament and three of the British Parliament. The delegation’s purpose was to assess the humanitarian situation faced…

Iraq snapshot – April 1, 2011
Uruknet April 1, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, Diane Rehm continues to ignore Iraq for the tenth straight week, protests continue in Iraq with at least 50 injured in the KRG, a woman attempts to set herself on fire in Baghdad, and much more. The Great Iraq Revolution reports Iraqi security forces attempted to disperse protesters. As usual and, as…

The Grass is Not Always Greener on the Other Side
Uruknet April 1, 2011 – The other day I was checking through the morning headlines and came across a particular story that both saddened and disturbed me. A young girl of 12 had been walking through the sun, on her way to pray with her friends. As had become routine for the people in her village, she and her friends…

Dean of Baghdad University’s Medical College killed
Uruknet April 1, 2011 – The dean of Baghdad University’s Medical College was silenced by an explosive device attached to his car. Medical Professor Mohammed Al-Alwan was a top Iraqi surgeon and his murder sends a signal that Iraqi intellectuals are still in danger of either being assassinated or kidnapped. Killings of senior officials, and particularly army and security officers…

Pro-Democracy Youth Activist in Iraq Tortured and Threatened
Uruknet April 1, 2011 – Last week, a youth activist organizing pro-democracy protests in Iraq was kidnapped, detained and tortured. MADRE learned of the attack on Alaa Nabil from our partner organization, the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI). Alaa Nabil and OWFI believe the men who carried out the attacks to be Iraqi security agents. Today, MADRE and…

On the Counter-Revolutionary Front in Libya
Uruknet April 1, 2011 – U.S. analysts who instinctively oppose U.S. imperialism often are entrapped by the demonization stage and then at best argue that U.S. intervention is ‘wrong’ not because it wouldn’t be great to oust the target government, but simply because our leaders are being hypocritical or inconsistent. The “why aren’t we also invading Bahrain and Yemen?” pseudo-oppositional…

U.S. agents were in Libya before secret Obama order
Uruknet April 1, 2011- U.S. intelligence operatives were on the ground in Libya before President Barack Obama signed a secret order authorizing covert support for anti-Gaddafi rebels, U.S. government sources told Reuters. The CIA personnel were sent in to contact opponents of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and assess their capabilities, two U.S. officials said. “They’re trying to sort out who…

Palestinian ….. I was born
Uruknet April 1, 2011 – Palestinian I was born, a stone was found carved in my hand because we were born to resist even if it meant to face a tank with only a stone, or a whole army with courage, or occupation with existence. If you are Palestinian then you exist to resist. If you are Palestinian you were…

Video: Protesters return to Egypt’s Tahrir square
Uruknet April 1, 2011 – Thousands of people have gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir [Liberation] Square. Pro-reform activists say they fear the country’s revolution is under threat. They are calling for the country’s military government to punish the remaining members of former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime….

At least 9 killed as thousands defy Syria’s Assad
Uruknet April 1, 2011 — Syrian security forces opened fire on protesters on Friday north of Damascus and in the south of the country, killing at least nine people, a witness and a human rights activist told AFP.The shootings came as thousands of Syrians staged demonstrations after Friday prayers. At least eight protesters died in Douma, 15 kilometres (nine miles)…

More Civilians, Including Children, Slain in NATO’s Libya Strikes
Uruknet April 1, 2011 – NATO announced on Friday that the first 24 hours of their command over the Libyan War has resulted in 178 sorties and 74 air strikes. NATO warships also stopped two ships in the Mediterranean Sea near Libya, but did not board them. At least some of the strikes hit a small village called Zawia el…

Corrie trial resumes in Haifa court with testimony of bulldozer unit commander
Uruknet April 1, 2011 – After a five month recess, the Haifa District Court will resume hearings Sunday, April 3, in the civil lawsuit filed by Rachel Corrie’s family against the State of Israel for her unlawful killing in Rafah, Gaza on March 16, 2003. Rachel was an American student activist and human rights defender who was crushed by a…

Rebels offer Muammar Gaddafi a ceasefire
Uruknet April 01, 2011 – LIBYAN rebels last night offered a ceasefire if Muammar Gaddafi – his regime crumbling with the defection of key aides – pulled his military forces out of cities and allowed peaceful protests against his regime. The ceasefire offer from Interim Governing Council chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil came as US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said the…

The Guardian

Israeli authors join campaign to keep Arab bookseller in the country
The Guardian 2 Apr 2011 – For years Munther Fahmi has been living in the city of his birth on a series of tourist visas after his permanent residency lapsed. Now the authorities have warned they may not issue any more On…

Stop The Wall

New Stop the Wall report: Brazil’s Military Relations with Israel (Portuguese version)
Stop The Wall – Mar 30, 2011— On the occasion of the 3rd global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Action Day on March 30 (Palestinian Land Day), we release Stop the Wall’s disconcerting and potentially explosive report on growing and strategic military relations between Brazil and Israel. (Portuguese version) [

YNet News

IDF arrests leftist protesters
YNet News, 2 Apr 2011 – Demonstrators protest blocking of entrance to Beit Ommar following….

Facebook sued over Intifada page
YNet News, 2 Apr 2011 – ‘American citizen of Jewish origin’ sues Zuckerberg for $1 billion for not….

Thousands of Druze rally for Assad
YNet News, 2 Apr 2011 – Amid anti-regime protests across Syria, thousands of Golan Heights residents….

Goldstone rethinks controversial report
YNet News, 2 Apr 2011 – Head of UN probe into alleged war crimes carried out by Israel, Hamas during….

‘Israel must prepare for Palestinian fury’
YNet News, 2 Apr 2011 – Popular Resistance Committees, Democratic Front for Liberation of Palestine’s….

Hamas official: German mediator failed
YNet News, 2 Apr 2011 – Islamic organization’s deputy politburo chief says Gerhard Konrad failed to….

Red Cross: 800 killed in Ivory Coast town
YNet News, 2 Apr 2011 – Hundreds reported dead during battles in western town of Duekoue. Fighters loyal….

PM: UN must retract Goldstone report
YNet News, 2 Apr 2011 – Israeli officials expressed satisfaction Saturday with Judge Richard Goldstone’s regret for his report on Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. Prime Minister Benjamin … ….

Video shows troops hitting, cursing leftists
YNet News, 2 Apr 2011 – A video clip obtained by Ynet Saturday shows IDF soldiers cursing, beating and degrading leftist protesters they were sent to arrest in Beit Ommar. One of the … ….

Syrian authorities arrest protestors
YNet News, 2 Apr 2011 – Syrian security agents have arrested dozens of people and increased security after thousands took to the streets across the country in pro-democracy marches, activists … ….

Israel to promote itself on Facebook
YNet News, 2 Apr 2011 – WASHINGTON — The government intends to turn the social network Facebook into the main platform for Israeli online public relations, investing a lot of resources on … ….

7 Arabs injured in clash with Jewish soccer fans
YNet News, 2 Apr 2011 – Seven soccer players aged 15-16 were lightly injured Saturday when a fight broke out at the end of a game played between the Qalansuwa and Or Akiva teams. The Arab … ….

Land Day protesters call PM ‘traitor’
YNet News, 2 Apr 2011 – More than 1,500 people protested in Jaffa Saturday against the razing of homes in the largely Arab neighborhood of Ajami, carrying Palestinian flags and calling out … ….

Urgent travel warning issued on Sinai
YNet News, 2 Apr 2011 – The Counter Terrorism Bureau issued a travel warning Saturday on the Sinai Peninsula following the killing of three terrorists in Gaza, urging all Israelis to leave the … ….

GLOBAL ACTIONS MARK PALESTINE’S LAND DAY
Intifada-Palestine: 2 Apr 2011 – Report, The Electronic Intifada Direct actions, rallies and protests took place across Palestine and in numerous cities across the world on 30 March to commemorate the 35th annual Land Day, an important day of remembrance for six Palestinians with Israeli citizenship… more

FOXspiracy: FOX’s 3P Mission: Polarization, Propaganda, and Prejudice
Intifada-Palestine: 2 Apr 2011 – Mohamed Khodr ” This is the soft war that seeks to isolate Israel by delegitimizing it‚Ķthe battle ground is everywhere — the media, multinational organizations, NGOs. In this war, the aim is to make ISRAEL a pariah. ” – -Rupert Murdoch, …. more

Los Angeles Times

NATO airstrike reportedly kills 13 Libya rebels
LA Times 2 Apr 2011 – Western warplanes targeting the positions of forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi accidentally hit rebels on the edges of Port Brega, the fighters say, but draw little anger from the opposition, which is relying on NATO air power. Thirteen rebel fighters were killed in a NATO…

Kadafi government rebuffs Libya rebel cease-fire offer
LA Times 2 Apr 2011 – After rebels refused for weeks to negotiate with Moammar Kadafi’s regime, a rebel leader offers a cease-fire if Kadafi agrees to withdraw his forces from besieged cities and permit peaceful protests. Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi’s regime brusquely swatted down a truce offered by rebels Friday…

4 shot dead as thousands join protests across Syria
LA Times 1 Apr 2011 – Police fire on a crowd in a suburb of Damascus, killing four people, as activists organize a ‘Day of Martyrs’ to honor the more than 70 people killed in recent unrest. Thousands of Syrians flooded the streets of several major cities Friday for a new…

Libya rebel leader offers cease-fire
LA Times 1 Apr 2011 – After a meeting with a U.N. envoy to Libya, opposition national council leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil offers a cease-fire if Moammar Kadafi withdraws his forces from besieged cities and permits peaceful protests. After refusing for weeks to negotiate with Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi, the top representative…

New York Times

NATO Airstrike Reportedly Kills Rebels in Libya
New York Times 2 Apr 2011 – The deaths underscored the challenge that Western allies and rebels face in relying on airstrikes as the sides mix in the battle zone.

Head of U.N. Panel Regrets Saying Israel Intentionally Killed Gazans
New York Times 2 Apr 2011 – Richard Goldstone retracted the central finding of a report examining Israel’s invasion of Gaza in 2008-9.

Diplomatic Memo: In Israel, Time for Peace Offer May Run Out
New York Times 2 Apr 2011 – The United Nations may vote in September to welcome a Palestinian state that includes the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

Strike Kills Gaza Fighters, Spurring Hamas Warning
New York Times 2 Apr 2011 – Calm held in Gaza after an attack, and Hamas seemed wary of fueling a new round of hostilities.

World Briefing | MIDDLE EAST: Israel: U.N. Asked to Prevent Activists From Sailing to Gaza Next Month
New York Times 2 Apr 2011 – Israel asked the United Nations to help prevent activists from sailing to Gaza on the anniversary of the Israeli raid on a Turkish ship that tried to breach the blockade of the territory last May.

Religious Radicals’ Turn to Democracy Alarms Egypt
New York Times 2 Apr 2011 – Islamic fundamentalists are embracing democracy, alarming those who believe that they are seeking to put in place strict Islamic law through ballots.

Misc

SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Israeli military demolishes village of Amniyr for second time in five weeks
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine –

Misc 2

Is the settlement boycott is misdirected?
Joseph Dana 2 Apr 2011 – The Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) of Israel continues to be one of the most controversial issues regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a remarkably short time, the call has achieved numerous successes including the divestment of major European companies such Veolia in Israeli…

Gaza truck drivers strike to protest Karni Closure
Gisha 2 Apr 2011 – Bread prices expected to rise, [2011-03-06]

Gisha response to closing of Karni Crossing: Gaza’s Crossings Squeezed Shut
Gisha 2 Apr 2011 – , [2011-03-03]

UN Gaza report ‘should be buried’
BBC 2 Apr 2011 – Israel calls on the UN to cancel a report that said it possibly committed war crimes during its 2008-2009 military offensive in Gaza.

Gaza air strike kills militants
BBC 1 Apr 2011 – The Palestinian Islamist group, Hamas, warns Israel of “consequences” after an air strike in Gaza killed three members of its military wing.

Articles


‘Perpetual Hell’ Of The Palestinian Refugee Camps
Stuart Littlewood, Intifada-Palestine3/31/2011
It was led by former British government minister Sir Gerald Kaufman MP and included four members of the European Parliament and three of the British Parliament. The delegation’s purpose was to assess the humanitarian situation faced by Palestinians living in Lebanon’s refugee camps, and it was able to raise issues at the highest level with the Lebanese in a series of meetings.
The UN Refugee Agency describes the plight of Palestinian refugees as “by far the most protracted and largest of all refugee problems in the world today”.
Three-quarters of the 11 million Palestinians are refugees. Their plight is at the core of the 63-year struggle against Israel. All other issues, political and humanitarian, arose as a consequence of Israel’s denial of the right of refugees to return to their land.
The report reminds us that a whole host of international treaties and conventions recognise the right to return including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination and the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights. The Right of Return for refugees is guaranteed under Humanitarian and Human Rights Law and countless UN resolutions.
And the UN has affirmed the right of return through its Resolution 194 on no less than 122 occasions.
But to the international community none of this is worth the screeds of paper it is written on. Law and principle are utterly meaningless to the great, civilised powers, who just fidget and whisper sweet nothings in Israel’s ear. — See also: UK Parliamentary Delegation to Lebanon: Report more.. e-mail

 

The Year Of Living Dangerously: Palestinians On The Brink
Mikail Jubran, Intifada-Palestine3/31/2011
During the past couple of weeks we have witnessed a somewhat stall of the Arab spring. An ongoing civil conflict that is raging in Libya pits the ‘ancien regime’ against a rag-tag rabble of self-proclaimed freedom fighters who thought that international intervention would guarantee their success. It appears they may have miscalculated terribly the tenacity of their well-entrenched opponent. Now, even Syria is showing signs of popular revolt. While this new Arab Order may appear to be in some disarray, among the Palestinians a simmering anger percolates. This fury could be about to spill over into popular rage.
One stark fact confronts the Palestinian leadership and that is they never faced a more seminal moment in time. While there is always hope for the future, the Palestinian people need to search for it and seek it in the right places. They should no longer allow themselves to be blinded by their own ideological hallucinations and obsessions. The Palestinian Authority is fearful of their own population, who has been closely watching the explosive events in their backyard.
The stirs of echoes for a new Palestinian political strategy reverberate within the power circles of Ramallah, with ideas and notions in abundance. However, can and will the Palestinian leadership show the boldness to grasp a new direction before its ongoing dilemma deepens further? To escape this ever-widening stalemate, and act to progress forward, the PA must grasp true political reform in which the past must not become prologue. In other words, any basis for reform and elections in the Palestinian territories — formulas embodied in the Oslo accords — are defunct. The Palestinian leadership must shed the burdens of its past failures. They need to enumerate an entirely new basis for their political legitimacy. This can only be created by the ultimate and sole source of authority — the Palestinian people; for it is only their leadership that can articulate and implement authentic programs of structural, legal and procedural reform; fundamental change that is proactive and not reactive, and is fully guided by the Palestinian people themselves, and for their specific benefit. more.. e-mail

Learning all the wrong lessons in Jordan
Lamis Andoni, Al Jazeera3/30/2011
King Abdullah’s regime is cracking down on protesters who want reforms and, perhaps, a constitutional monarchy.
The Jordanian government, which is a close ally of the US, has learned the wrong lessons from the revolutions sweeping across the Arab world. Instead of opening up, the government has cracked down on an emerging movement of peaceful youth demanding reforms and democratic freedoms.
Jordanian youth emulated their peers, particularly those in Tunisia and Egypt, by calling for an open ended sit-in to put forward their demands and aspirations. It took just 24 hours for the government to unleash its thugs, armed with stones, and riot police to break up the gathering. More than 100 people were injured and one killed as the government announced a ban on sit-ins it said “could disrupt life” in the capital.
In doing so, the Jordanian government has made the same mistake as other regimes that have faced social upheaval: It responded with violence and threats, thus alienating wider segments of society and fueling more anger and frustration.
This reaction is not only a mistake but marks a major misreading of the situation. Unlike in other countries, in Jordan there has been a consensus in support of the continuity of the Hashemite monarchy; for while Jordanians are determinedly demanding change, it is not regime change but rather changes in the regime that they seek.
Conflicting interests
Even the young people who started the March 24th movement, as they call themselves, made it clear that they supported King Abdullah but rejected the security services’ domination of the country’s media and political sphere. more.. e-mail

Global actions mark Palestine’s Land Day
Electronic Intifada: 2 Apr 2011 – Direct actions, rallies and protests took place across Palestine and in numerous cities across the world on 30 March to commemorate the 35th annual Land Day, an important day of remembrance for six Palestinians with Israeli citizenship gunned down by Israeli forces in 1976 during a general strike in protest of expanded land confiscation inside the state.more

Libya and Obama’s Defense of the Rebel Uprising
Dissident Voice: 2 Apr 2011 – Over the past two weeks Libya has been subjected to the most brutal imperial air, sea and land assault in its modern history. Thousands of bombs and missiles, launched from American and European submarines, warships and fighter planes, are destroying Libyan military bases, airports, roads, ports, oil depots, artillery emplacements, tanks, armored carriers, planes and troop concentrations. Dozens of CIA and SAS special forces have been training, advising and mapping targets for the so-called Libyan ‘rebels’ engaged in a civil war against the Gaddafi government, its armed forces, popular militias and civilian supporters ( NY Times , 3/30/11). Despite this massive military support and their imperial ‘allies’ total control of Libya’s sky and coastline, the ‘rebels’ have proven incapable of mobilizing village or town support and are in retreat after being confronted by the Libyan government’s highly motivated troops and village militias (Al Jazeera, 3/30/11). One of the most flimsy excuses for…more

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