VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 8 April, 2011: Goldstone has paved the path for a second Gaza war

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International Middle East Media Center

Ten Palestinians Killed In Gaza Since Thursday
IMEMC – Friday April 08, 2011 – 14:38, Medical Sources in Gaza stated that the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli shells since Thursday arrived to ten. A woman and her daughter were the latest casualty until the time of this report.

Israel Fears West Bank Escalation
IMEMC – Friday April 08, 2011 – 10:41, Israeli military leaders expressed fears that the current state of calm in the West Bank, induced by the tight security cooperation with the Palestinian Security Forces, could collapse at any given moment.

Despite Ceasefire Declared by Palestinian Factions, Army Bombards More Areas In Gaza
IMEMC – Friday April 08, 2011 – 09:29, Despite the fact that the Palestinian factions, including the Hamas movement, in Gaza declared a ceasefire with Israel starting Thursday midnight, the Israeli army bombarded several areas, and carried out a number of aerial attacks in Gaza.

Ma’an News

14 killed in Gaza, dozens injured in series of strikes
4/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli air strikes and artillery fire have hit Gaza nine times Friday, killing nine, and bringing the total number of dead since Thursday afternoon to fourteen, including civilians. A mother and daughter, and elderly man were killed in two separate strikes near Khan Younis, a fourth – identified as an Al-Qassam….

Israeli forces level shepherd dwellings
4/8/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — The homes of two shepherds were demolished on Thursday morning, in the herding hamlet of Khirbet Samra in the northern Jordan Valley. Shortly before the demolitions, shepherds were handed orders saying the lands were zoned for military use, and that they did not have a license to be present. The residents….

Popular protests continue in West Bank
4/8/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Popular protests against land confiscation for settlements and Israel’s separation wall continued on Friday, with eight said detained in An-Nabi Saleh, and tear-gas deployed against demonstrators in Bil’in, and Ni’lin. Activists in An-Nabi Saleh said one of those detained was a journalist, and said two….

BDS: Jerusalem tram construction company out of London bid
4/8/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Reports that a company who built Jerusalem’s tramline will not be considered for a 1 billion pound (US$1. 63) contract in London, were welcomed by Palestinian activists Friday. Veolia, a French multinational involved in construction and operations of a tramway that activists claim strengthen Israel’s hold….

Shattah detainees to strike for sick prisoner
4/8/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) —Seven Palestinian detainees in Israeli jail will go on hunger strike on Wednesday in support of imprisoned cancer sufferer Akram Mansour, a detainee center said Friday. The Palestinian detainees’ center in Ramallah said prisoners in Israel’s Shattah jail, between Tel Aviv and Haifa, will strike to make a….

Journalist injury slammed by syndicate
4/8/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian journalists syndicate condemned Thursday attacks on journalists in the latest Gaza airstrikes. Mohammed Khalil Al-Madhoun, 35,suffered head injuries in Thursday’s attack on north Gaza, a statement said. Al-Madhoun is a correspondent for Al-Bayader Magazine. The syndicate called on international press organizations to urgently condemn and call….

Netanyahu: Israel will use all necessary force in Gaza
4/8/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel will use “all necessary force” to stop Gaza fire and harm to Israeli civilians, the country’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Voice of Israel radio station Thursday evening. His words should not be doubted, Netanyahu was reported saying at a press conference in Prague, as thousands of rockets….

In photos: Israel hands out confiscation orders
4/8/2011 – MaanImages / Khaleel Reash – Israeli soldiers hand out confiscation orders, notifying owners that their lands will be taken for construction of the separation wall in the West Bank village of Izbat At-Tabib, east of Qalqiliya, April 7, 2011. The new wall would connect illegal Israeli settlements Alfe Menashe, Ma’ale Shomeron and Qarne Shomron….

In photos: Dozens injured Friday in Israeli strikes
4/8/2011 – MaanImages / Images of the civilian wounded from a series of ten Israeli air and artillery strikes which killed eight in the Gaza Strip on Friday….

DFLP militants claim fire on Israel
4/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The armed wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, National Resistance Brigades, issued a statement on Friday afternoon saying its fighters launched two projectiles towards Israeli towns. The statement said the projectiles were launched from northern Gaza, and called them a “response to Israel’s lack….

Factions resume projectile fire at Israel
4/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian resistance factions resumed projectile fire toward Israeli targets Friday, less than a day after Hamas officials declared a ceasefire, seeking to avoid further casualties. The leading Gaza party said it had secured pledges from most resistance factions in the coastal enclave, to stop fire if Israel would agree to….

Family denies assassination of key Hamas figure in Sudan
4/8/2011 – GAZA (Ma’an) — The family of a senior Hamas figure reported killed in an alleged Israeli strike in Sudan, said on Friday that the man had not in fact been killed. Palestinian security officials said Monday that Abdul Latif Al-Ashqar was the target of a strike which hit a car on Sudan’s….

Ceasefire status unclear
4/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees said Friday they could not commit to a ceasefire deal with Israel, some 12 hours after Hamas officials announced that one had been put together. Friday afternoon the National Resistance Brigades, the armed wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of….

Wikileaks: Lieberman on Abbas, Rashid
4/8/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) —Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in 2006 suggested an adviser to the late Palestinian President to fill the post, slamming current President Abbas, US government cables detailed by Israeli daily Haaretz Friday revealed. Lieberman described current President Mahmoud Abbas as “weak and corrupted, and no longer relevant,” and suggested….

Gaza gov’t files complaint to UN over strikes
4/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) —Spokesman of the Gaza government Taher An-Nunu said Friday that he had sent an official letter of complaint to the UN “and other involved parties” following the death of five civilians in Gaza during the day. Israeli air and artillery fire hit the coastal enclave ten times during the day….

UNRWA announces first ever Gaza Marathon
4/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s first marathon, a fundraising initiative from the UN’s refugee agency, was announced on Friday, as Israeli warplanes pummeled the Gaza Strip with air and artillery fire. The race, set for 5 May, will run the entire 42-kilometer length of the Gaza Strip and will….

Thursday’s Gaza dead laid to rest
4/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Thousands marched in Rafah, Khan Younis and Gaza City after Friday prayers, carrying the bodies of seven men killed by Israeli fire the day before. Six of the dead were Al-Qassam fighters, and a seventh a 50-year-old civilian. In Rafah, Al-Qassam members Saleh At-Tarabeen, 38, Mus’ab As-Sufi….

Al-Qassam claims shelling near Rafah
4/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades said fighters launched six projectiles and three mortars toward an Israeli military post east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday afternoon. In the statement, the brigades said the actions came as part of a “continued response to Israeli crimes on Gaza….

Morgantini: Reports of Goldstone ‘retraction’ misleading
4/8/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The former vice president of the European Parliament said Thursday portrayals of Goldstone’s recent op-ed as a retraction of his UN report into the war on Gaza were misleading and regrettable. Luisa Morgantini, who is also spokesperson of the Italian Peace Association, said in a statement: “On the contrary….

Merkel calls for MidEast progress by September
4/8/2011 – BERLIN (AFP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Thursday on Israel to make progress in the peace process by September but said that Germany would not unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state.”We feel that there should, and there could, be progress made by the autumn, by September 2011,” Merkel said after talks in Berlin with Israeli….

Ban calls for ‘immediate end’ to fire
4/8/2011 – NEW YORK (Ma’an) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “condemned the recent rocket fire from Palestinian militants, which hit a school bus and injured two Israeli civilians,” his spokesperson said in a Thursday statement.” He calls for an immediate end to rocket fire,” the spokesman said, adding that Ban was also concerned “at reports of….

Hamas to find new ‘formula’ to stop Israel attacks
4/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza government said it would work to “find a formula” that would stop the recent waves of Israeli air strikes that have pummeled Gaza over the past day after a truce offer when unacknowledged.”Israel has insisted on resuming its crimes against the Palestinians, it is a bid to….

Egyptian protesters call for Mubarak trial
4/8/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Tens of thousands of Egyptians massed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday two months after president Hosni Mubarak was ousted to demand the trial of former regime elements, slamming the military rulers for stalling on reforms. Waving flags and holding banners in a protest dubbed the “Day of Trial and Cleansing….

Palestine Note

Warning by Israeli on U.N. Nod to Palestinians
Palestine Note 8 Apr 2011 – New York Times- President Shimon Peres of Israel warned Thursday against potential attempts by the United Nations to impose a Palestinian state on Israel and said that the recent recanting of the harshest conclusions by the author of a United…

Wikileaks: Lieberman on Abbas, Rashid
Palestine Note 8 Apr 2011 – Ma’an- Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in 2006 suggested an adviser to the late Palestinian President to fill the post, slamming current President Abbas, US government cables detailed by Israeli daily Haaretz Friday revealed. Lieberman described current President Mahmoud Abbas…

Latest WikiLeaks cables reveal Israel’s fears and alliances
Palestine Note 8 Apr 2011 – Guardian – Mohammed Tantawi, the head of Egypt’s ruling generals, was an obstacle to Israeli efforts to stop arms smuggling within the Gaza strip, according to Israeli security forces. The assessment was privately delivered to US diplomats, alongside praise for…

Merkel will not recognize unilaterally-declared Palestinian state
Palestine Note 8 Apr 2011 – Deutsche Welle- Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany would never recognize any Palestinian state if it were declared without Israel’s acceptance. After talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Berlin on Thursday, Merkel said she supported a two-state solution, with…

Report: Marmara to return to Gaza in May
Palestine Note 8 Apr 2011 – Ma’an – The Mavi Marmara ship which was carrying nine Turkish activists killed in an Israeli raid last May is scheduled to return as part of the “Freedom Flotilla 2” next month, reports said Thursday. Head of the IHH B?ºlent…

Moussa to mediate between Palestinian factions
Palestine Note 8 Apr 2011 – Al Arabiya- Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa announced Wednesday his willingness to accompany Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the Gaza Strip in order to facilitate the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas. Palestinian President Abbas has officially asked Moussa to…

Israeli strikes kill six as Gaza seethes
Palestine Note 8 Apr 2011 – New protests flare in Egypt, Syria, and Yemen Reuters – Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip killed three militants from the Islamist group Hamas and three Palestinian civilians on Friday, in a second day of a fresh upsurge in…

Aljazeera

Gbagbo’s troops regain ground in Abidjan
AlJazeera 8 Apr 2011 – UN peacekeeping chief says Ivorian presidential loser used negotiations as a “trick” in fight to hold power.

Three Gazans killed in new Israeli air raids
AlJazeera 8 Apr 2011 – Fresh casualties in the Gaza Strip amid surge in cross-border violence, a day after Hamas offered a ceasefire.

Blame game over US budget stalemate
AlJazeera 8 Apr 2011 – Negotiators face Friday midnight deadline as Democrats and Republicans fail to iron out disagreements.

Deadly blast hits Nigeria on election eve
AlJazeera 8 Apr 2011 – Explosion in northwestern edge of the federal capital, Abuja, goes off after a separate fatal shooting in Borno state.

Egypt protesters demand Mubarak trial
AlJazeera 8 Apr 2011 – Thousands gather in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, calling for prosecution of the ousted president and his regime.

Security forces fire on Yemen protesters
AlJazeera 8 Apr 2011 – At least two killed and many injured in shooting during protests against Saleh’s rule in southern city of Taiz.

Iraq forces raid Iranian dissidents’ camp
AlJazeera 8 Apr 2011 – At least 25 killed and scores wounded at Camp Ashraf, prompting calls for restraint from visiting US defence secretary.

Protesters killed in Syrian town
AlJazeera 8 Apr 2011 – At least 27 deaths reported in Daraa as fresh demonstrations against Bashar al-Assad’s rule rocks the country.

Deadly shooting aboard UK submarine
AlJazeera 8 Apr 2011 – One person killed and another critically injured after incident on nuclear submarine docked at an English port.

Jordanian man sets himself on fire
AlJazeera 8 Apr 2011 – Man is in critical condition with third-degree burns after burning himself outside prime minister’s office in Amman.

Palestine News Network

MADA Announces the First Specialized Media Affairs Journal
PNN – Ramallah — PNN – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) have signed a cooperation agreement for publishing a specialized…

Beit Omer: Israeli Soldiers Stop Farmers From Reaching Their Lands
PNN – Hebron — PNN — Israeli troops stopped on Friday a group of farmers from the village of Beit Omer near the southern West Bank city of Hebron to reach their land. A…

Netanyahu: Israeli Will not Shy Away From Attacking Gaza
PNN – Jerusalem-PNN- as Israeli continued attacks on Gaza left 10 Palestinians killed since Thursday the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hamas that the last attack on a school bus surpasses the line. In…

Israeli Troops Suppress Anti-Wall Protests in the West Bank; Two Injured, Six Arrested
PNN – Ramallah — PNN — The Israeli army used tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets on Friday to suppress the weekly anti wall protests in a number of West Bank villages. Two were…

Five Killed in Gaza; Death Toll Reaches Ten
PNN – Gaza — PNN — five Palestinians were reported killed among them a mother and her daughter as Israeli bombardment continues in the Gaza Strip bringing death toll since Thursday to ten. Among…

International Solidarity Movement

Five Palestinians killed, 40 injured by Israeli missiles in Gaza
4/8/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Palestine News Network – Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Thursday that five Palestinians were killed and at least 40 residents, including children, were wounded in several Israeli air strikes and a ground attacks that were initiated on Thursday at noon. A fighter of the Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas…. Related: Five Palestinians Killed, 40 Injured By Israeli Missiles In Gaza

Ireland PSC: Goldstone’s ‘reconsideration’ does not invalidate UN report on Israeli crimes in Gaza
4/8/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 06 April, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign – Israeli diplomats and pro-Israel lobbyists in the West have seized eagerly upon an article published in the Washington Post on April 1st by Richard Goldstone, the South African judge who chaired the UN Fact-Finding Mission that investigated the Israeli military offensive in Gaza two years ago, codenamed “ÀúOperation Cast…. Related: Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign

More demolitions in the Jordan Valley
4/8/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 07 April, Jordan Valley Solidarity – On April 7th at 6 am the village of Al Aqaba woke up to find the Israeli Army destroying thier road and two homes. Two Caterpillar bulldozers were with the military jeeps. They demolished two concrete houses leaving two families homeless, one with 11 children, and the other with 7…. Related: Jordan Valley Solidarity and Homes and roads destroyed in Aqaba

Relief Web

Secretary-General and Israeli leader discuss impasse in Middle East peace process
Relief Web 8 Apr 2011 – Source: UN News Service

UNDP Provides Legal Assistance for Vulnerable Groups in Gaza
Relief Web 8 Apr 2011 – Source: UN Development Programme

Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the violence in and out of Gaza
Relief Web 8 Apr 2011 – Source: European Union

Setting up an independent European commission of inquiry into serious allegations of grave human rights violations
Relief Web 8 Apr 2011 – Source: Council of Europe

Palestine Telegraph

11 Palestinians Killed, 60 Injured as Israel attacks Gaza Strip
8 Apr 2011 – Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) – According to medical sources in the Gaza Strip, Shifa Hospital, a number of Palestinians were either killed or wounded. The recent Israeli escalation claimed the lives of 11 Palestinians in 24 hours while more than 60 people were injured in the direct fresh Israeli attacks.

The National

Yemen’s Saleh again rejects move to replace him
The National 8 Apr 2011 – Protesters continued as a GCC-brokered exit plan was rejected by Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh who has denounced the deal as outside interference.

Yemen president rejects exit plan as protests continue
The National 8 Apr 2011 – Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh has rejected an exit plan announced by Qatar, but his office said he remains open to negotiations even as his security forces battled protesters.

Bahrain’s crown prince promises reforms but “no leniency”
The National 8 Apr 2011 – Bahrain’s crown prince says that his kingdom is committed to reforms but that there would be no leniency for those determined to split the nation.

Oman move to stop protests in mosque area
The National 8 Apr 2011 – The center of the north-eastern city of Sohar is blocked off by security troops and armored vehicles to prevent a repeat of the violence that left one dead after last week’s Friday prayers.

Pressure builds to charge Hosni Mubarak over violence and corruption
The National 8 Apr 2011 – Some fear bringing the former president to court could alienate a broad section of Egyptians already concerned about the extent of the revolution.

Witnesses report 13 protesters killed in Syria
The National 8 Apr 2011 – Protests are reported in several other cities across the country including Damascus, Homs, Hama, Banyas, and Aleppo.

Death toll in Deraa rises after fresh protests
The National 8 Apr 2011 – Anti-government demonstrations intensify across Syria with a dangerous escalation in Deraa that leaves as many as 27 protesters dead, according to activists. Syrian authorities claim 19 policemen killed by gunmen.

Britain can never atone for its colonial past
The National 8 Apr 2011 – Britain can refrain from continued support of unrepresentative, corrupt and vicious regimes. Its duty is to allow formerly colonised people to mobilise to govern themselves without foreign meddling.

Ha’aretz

Haaretz WikiLeaks exclusive / Netanyahu’s ‘friend’ Sarkozy tried to dodge the PM
Ha’aretz – In their report of a June 2009 meeting between the French president and the Israeli premier ‚àí who claim to be friends ‚àí French officials said Sarkozy tried to avoid a tete-a-tete with his guest.

Palestinians: Hamas commander, 2 bodyguards killed in IDF Gaza strike
Ha’aretz – Gaza sources say Palestinian death toll rises to 17 in retaliatory strikes since a rocket fired from the Hamas-ruled territory struck an Israeli school bus on Thursday.

UN chief to Peres: I will not retract the Goldstone Report
Ha’aretz – UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon refuses to retract the contested report, despite its authors renouncement of its allegations; President Shimon Peres tells Ban ‘UN cannot remain neutral in light of the rockets fired from Gaza to Israel.’

Iron Dome intercepts three Grad rockets as attacks on southern Israel continue
Ha’aretz – Defense Minister Ehud Barak praises IDF officials for their successful interception of the rockets launched at Ashkelon, saying he hopes this will be an important step toward a more effective missile defense system.

Saudis ask U.S. for price quotes for warships with air and missile defenses
Ha’aretz – Last month a Saudi Web site reported that a popular cleric has issued a fatwa urging Muslims to target Israeli interests everywhere, to avenge the attacks on the Gaza Strip.

22 killed in Syria protests as third week of unrest comes to a close
Ha’aretz – Syria security forces kill 17 in the south city of Daraa, two in Homs and three in Harsata; Syria state TV reports that 19 policemen were killed after attacked by armed groups of demonstrators

Thousands sport sneakers for Tel Aviv marathon
Ha’aretz – 18,254 runners turn out for Tel Aviv’s annual marathon; two people hospitalized in serious condition due to dehydration.

Palestinians: 9 killed in IDF air strikes on Gaza
Ha’aretz – Israel attacks reportedly kill four Hamas militants and five Palestinian civilians as cross-border violence continues for second day despite Hamas announcement of unilateral cease-fire on part of all militant factions.

Netanyahu warns Hamas: You will bear responsibility for attack on school bus
Ha’aretz – PM says anti-tank missile attack on school bus crosses the line, warns that whoever attacks children ‘his blood will be on his own head.’

IDF strikes Gaza on day after school bus attack
Ha’aretz – Palestinians report 3 were wounded in Israeli air attacks on northern and southern Gaza.

Haaretz WikiLeaks exclusive / Union chief was key power broker in Netanyahu government
Ha’aretz – In spring of 2009, Ofer Eini said if government does not deal with him seriously, he would ‘pull the plug’ and Labor would leave coalition.

Jerusalem Post

Hamas commander, 2 body guards killed in IDF strike on Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 8 Apr 2011 – Haniyeh says Israeli aggression will not break Palestinians, calls for cessation of IDF attacks in Gaza; IDF retaliatory attacks come after over 50 missiles fired into south.

Iron Dome destroys Grad rocket headed for Beersheba
Jeruslalem Post 8 Apr 2011 – Earlier, counter-rocket defense system shoots down 4 rockets launched at Ashkelon; Barak: Successful interception is “extraordinary achievement.”

Peres to Ban: UN can’t remain neutral on Gaza situation
Jeruslalem Post 8 Apr 2011 – “Gaza would have remained open were it not for missiles,” President says in NY; “only 3 of 400 accusations in Goldstone Report have merit.”

Protesters in Cairo square pile pressure on army
Jeruslalem Post 8 Apr 2011 – Thousands of Egyptian demonstrators frustrated with pace of corruption crackdown pack Tahrir Square demanding Mubarak prosecution.

Nuclear fuel being reloaded at Iran power plant
Jeruslalem Post 8 Apr 2011 – Russian company says fuel being loaded again after it finished examining, cleansing pipes and fuel assemblies at Bushehr.

Yemen’s Saleh again rejects move to replace him
Jeruslalem Post 8 Apr 2011 – 2 protesters reportedly shot dead, 25 wounded by gunfire during protests in southern city of Taiz; 200 hurt by tear gas inhalation.

Syrian forces reportedly kill 22 as protests flare
Jeruslalem Post 8 Apr 2011 – Forces open fire in Deraa on protesters demanding end to emergency rule, 75 injured; thousands of ethnic Kurds in east demonstrate for reform.

South African charge of Israeli apartheid rings hollow
Jeruslalem Post 8 Apr 2011 – South Africa joins Norway as among the nations most intolerant of pro Israel views, but at least the former has a vibrant Jewish community that is willing to fight back against those who would censor pro Israel views.

Israel to US: Turkey helps Iran avoid sanctions
Jeruslalem Post 8 Apr 2011 – WikiLeaks: Israel says it can do nothing to improve Turkish ties; Turkey ignoring weapons smuggling into Syria.

Ashton calls for a ‘cessation of violence’ in Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 8 Apr 2011 – UK’s Hague says Israel has “right to protect its people”; White House states that those “responsible should be held accountable.”

PM: IDF will act determinedly against bus attack culprits
Jeruslalem Post 8 Apr 2011 – As violence along Gaza border intensifies Netanyahu says bombing “crossed line,” attackers have “blood on their hands.”

This Week in History: New York’s first synagogue
Jeruslalem Post 8 Apr 2011 – The first Jewish community to arrive in America consecrates their first synagogue 46 years before the revolutionary war.

Israelis, Palestinians, particularly youth, grow apathetic
Jeruslalem Post 8 Apr 2011 – Recent poll shows youth tend to be more intolerant than their elders, if not holding downright undemocratic views.

State’s 5th president, Yitzhak Navon, turns 90
Jeruslalem Post 8 Apr 2011 – A multi-generational native son of Jerusalem who has given expression to his Sephardi roots in his writings and in his work.

Gov’t sued over failure to build 6 child-protection centers
Jeruslalem Post 8 Apr 2011 – The National Council for the Child petitions the High Court demanding explanation; says failure causes severe harm to victim minors.

Diplomacy: The significance of September
Jeruslalem Post 7 Apr 2011 – A looming Quartet meeting and possible UN vote on Palestinian state recognition have gotten many worried about a new doomsday deadline.

Arab World: Tiny island, powerful friends
Jeruslalem Post 7 Apr 2011 – With Egypt out of the picture, Saudi Arabia must fill its role as a key bulwark against Iranian and Islamist regional ambitions.

Uncertainty about Mubarak accountability stirs Egyptians
Jeruslalem Post 7 Apr 2011 – Opposition groups in Egypt call for “Day of Purification,” demanding former president be swiftly tried.

Lukewarm Bieber fever
Jeruslalem Post 7 Apr 2011 – The teen idol may be the hottest ticket in town, but the ticket sales are not so hot.

Star Catcher: Astrology for the week of April 8
Jeruslalem Post 7 Apr 2011 РTIP FOR THE WEEK: Impulsive, impetuous, impatient…these are some of the words to describe how you feel this week.

Ask the Rabbi: Chenopod conundrum
Jeruslalem Post 7 Apr 2011 – A certain amount of ambiguity and dispute relates to defining exactly which foods are included in the kitniyot category at Pessah.

Parashat Metzora: When the truth hurts
Jeruslalem Post 7 Apr 2011 – Israeli society owes a vote of thanks to its media, one of whose tasks must be to safeguard morality in the most sacrosanct corridors of power.

Uruknet

The shocking news from Iraq
Uruknet April 7, 2011 – Jennifer Epstein (POLITICO) reports, “Some U.S. troops may stay in Iraq past their planned pullout at the end of the year if the Iraqi government wants them, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday in Baghdad, as he also detailed what a government shutdown might mean for members of the armed forces.” Robert Burns (AP) quotes…

Mercenaries could help Libya’s rag-tag rebels: UK generals
Uruknet April 7, 2011 – Mercenaries could be drafted into Libya to help rebel forces because British military chiefs believe the war against Colonel Gaddafi cannot be won with air strikes alone. According to the Daily Mail, senior commanders have told David Cameron that the rebels lack the numbers and the organisation to oust the dictator without fresh arms supplies…

Police training programs twin US-Israeli racism
Uruknet April 7, 2011 – The racism of the American “war on drugs,” especially in the south, is notorious. So is the racism faced daily by Palestinians. In Atlanta, a university program allows these two manifestations of racism to feed off each other and community activists are organizing to shut the program down. On the evening of 21 November 2006,…

War on Palestinian Memory: Israel Resolves Its Democracy Dilemma
Uruknet April 7, 2011 – Palestinian citizens of Israel must have been proud of the fact that their collective tenacity always proved stronger than any Israeli attempt at dislocating them from their rightful historical narrative. Now, they are being told to cease and desist from commemorating al-Nakba, the Catastrophe of 1948, which saw the brutal seizure and depopulation of most…

The Messenger and the Message..
Uruknet April 7, 2011 – Some say, the messenger is not important, just hear, listen to the message. I disagree with that statement. The messenger determines the veracity of the message he conveys. How so ? It can’t be but so. Otherwise anything one hears, reads is taken as Truth. But if you look at the messenger, who he is, where…

Pity the VillageMass Arrests in Awarta
Uruknet April 7, 2011 – In the third Israeli lockdown of Awarta since the murder of five in Itamar, villagers report that 200 were arrested in what are becoming routine invasions by the IOF. Amjad Suliman Qawariq, the Chief of the Service Department of Awarta, reported that 200 villagers were arrested last night, 6 April, after the Israeli Occupation Forces…

War in Cities: NATO Slams Libya Forces for Being Inconvenient to Bomb
Uruknet April 7, 2011 – …The complaints however, center around Gadhafi’s tanks in Misrata being “dispersed” across the city and inside the city, where the fighting is and where the population is. Though the allegation of human shields sounds dramatic, all it really means is that NATO is mad the tanks aren’t all clustered together in the desert, making them…

France intervenes in Ivory Coast’s civil war
Uruknet April 7, 2011 – In the last 24 hours, France has directly intervened in the fighting in Ivory Coast as it seeks to reassert its control over its former colony. French helicopters bombarded forces loyal to President Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday afternoon, ground forces loyal to rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara were unleashed in an assault…

Libyan rebels on the run
Uruknet April 7, 2011 – LIBYAN insurgents and civilians stampeded out of Ajdabiya overnight on rumours that loyalist forces were outside the eastern town, hours after an air strike tore into the rebels’ defences. The panicked flight came as a top American general said it was unlikely the rebel forces could launch an assault on Tripoli and oust Muammar Gaddafi,…

5 Palestinians killed in Gaza attack
Uruknet April 7, 2011 – Israeli fire killed five Palestinians and injured dozens more after a projectile fired from the Gaza Strip hit a school bus in southern Israel, injuring two people, medical and security officials said. Witnesses said artillery fire injured four relatives of Mahmoud Al-Manasra, 50, who was killed when shells landed near his home in the Shejaiya…

General: U.S. may consider troops in Libya
Uruknet April 7, 2011 – The United States may consider sending troops into Libya with a possible international ground force that could aid the rebels, according to the general who led the military mission until NATO took over. Army Gen. Carter Ham also told lawmakers Thursday that added American participation would not be ideal, and ground troops could erode the…

Libyan rebels near Ajdabiya ‘killed in Nato air strike’
Uruknet April 7, 2011 – Rebels in eastern Libya say their forces have been mistakenly hit in a Nato air raid. Doctors in Ajdabiya told the BBC at least 13 rebel fighters had been killed by the strike on a rebel tank position. The BBC’s Wyre Davies reports chaotic scenes on the outskirts of Ajdabiya, with rebel forces in retreat…

Military Commissions Will Try 9/11 Suspects
Uruknet April 7, 2011 – On April 4, New York Times writer Charlie Savage headlined, “In a Reversal, Military Trials for 9/11 Cases,” saying: After months of indecision, the Obama administration “will prosecute Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (KSM) and four other (suspects) accused of plotting the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks before a military commission and not a civilian court, as it…

Israel arrests 100 women in Awarta
Uruknet April 7, 2011 — Israeli troops stormed the village of Awarta on Thursday morning, arresting more than 100 women in what local officials said was part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of five settlers in March. Hundreds of troops entered Awarta – the village adjacent to Itamar, and illegal settlement where the murders took place – shortly…

Libya: Arms, Duplicity and Front Line Foetuses.
Uruknet April 6, 2011 – On 29th March, freshly back from a good will tour of the Middle East, with a bunch of arms salesmen in tow, as bombs rained down on Libya, Prime Minister David Cameron, welcomed Foreign Ministers from more than forty countries to a London Conference: “To help the Libyan people in their hour of need.” Since…

Iraq snapshot – April 6, 2011
Uruknet April 6, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, Ban Ki-moon addresses some serious issues related to Iraq, Tom Brokaw covers Iraq for NBC, Robert Gates visits Iraq, there is no progress to be found there, the VA stalls a Congressional committee, and more. Dar Addustour reports that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted yesterday that the last two months have…

Freedom Flotilla 2 set to break the siege of Gaza
Uruknet April 6, 2011 – The first anniversary of Israel’s horrific assault on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla is fast approaching. As most people will remember, nine peace activists were killed by Israeli commandos when the soldiers boarded the Mavi Marmara in international waters. The ship was carrying hundreds of international humanitarians and peace activists en route to break Israel’s siege…

Britain moves Libya jets to ground attack role
Uruknet April 6, 2011 – Britain said on Wednesday it was moving four Typhoon jets from policing the Libya no-fly zone to ground attack roles after criticism from rebels that NATO forces were failing to protect Misrata. “In agreement with NATO, the UK has today agreed to move four RAF Typhoons from an air defence role, policing the no-fly zone,…

Lynch Law and Summary Executions in Rebel-Held Libya
Uruknet April 6, 2011 – “The world’s most imperial-dependent, ill-disciplined and whining ‘liberation movement’ is still blaming black ‘mercenaries’ and soldiers from Chad for its failures in the field.” Chad, meanwhile, has officially asked the “international coalition” to protect its civilians from the rebels, who have executed “dozens” of Chadian migrant workers. In rebel-held Libya, black Africans and Gaddafi supporters…

Imperialism and False Consciousness
Uruknet April 6, 2011 – In an earlier entry I suggested that the failure to express a truly anti-imperialist politics amongst progressives——amongst even those who profess “anti-imperialism”——is often due to a failure to understand and theorize “imperialism.” The refusal amongst certain sectors of the mainstream left to recognize the intervention in Libya, for example, as an instance of imperialism follows…

LIBYA: Prisoners on Both Sides at Risk
Uruknet April 6, 2011 – — After a month and a half of conflict in Libya, the situation of political prisoners and prisoners of war on both sides is uncertain, and their fundamental rights are at risk. More than 400 people in eastern Libya have gone missing since the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi began on Feb. 15, according to Human…

Increasing Fukushima Radiation Dangers
Uruknet April 6, 2011 – Daily reports on efforts to contain Fukushima’s disaster remain worrisome. On April 5, New York Times writers Andrew Pollack and Kevin Drew headlined, “Plant Operator Measures Higher Radiation in Sea,” saying: “(C)ompany officials said that seawater collected near the facility contained radiation several million times the legal limit.” According to Tokyo Electric (TEPCO), radioactive iodine-131…

HRW: No News is Good NewsAbuses against Journalists by Palestinian Security Forces
Uruknet April 6, 2011 – This report documents cases in which security forces tortured, beat, and arbitrarily detained journalists, confiscated their equipment, and barred them from leaving the West Bank and Gaza. Security forces of the Palestinian Authority (PA) have arbitrarily detained scores of West Bank journalists since 2009, and in some cases abused them during interrogation in a manner…

Libya says NATO air strike hits major oil field
Uruknet April 6, 2011 – Libya said a U.N.-mandated British air strike had hit its major Sarir oilfield killing three guards and damaging a pipeline connecting the field to a Mediterranean port. “British warplanes have attacked, have carried out an air strike against the Sarir oilfield which killed three oilfield guards and other employees at the field were also injured,”…

U.S. Can’t Resist Meddling in the Middle East
Uruknet April 6, 2011 – The struggle is under way to re-establish American control over the successors to those despots whom popular uprisings have ousted from Tunisia and Egypt, threatening the careers of still other abusive absolute monarchs and presidents-for-life (and their offspring). The report that Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh is to be thrown to the crocodile crowds by…

Text of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s letter to President Barack Obama
Uruknet April 6, 2011 – We have been hurt more morally that physically because of what had happened against us in both deeds and words by you. Despite all this you will always remain our son whatever happened. We still pray that you continue to be president of the U.S.A. We Endeavour and hope that you will gain victory in…

Prisoners on hunger strike for sick detainee
Uruknet April 6, 2011 – Palestinians detained in Israeli jails announced Wednesday a hunger strike to be held on Thursday in solidarity with imprisoned cancer sufferer Akram Mansour. The one day hunger strike protests the continued detention of Mansour, who suffers from a brain tumor and lacks appropriate treatment, and has two years remaining of his 33-year sentence, according to…

Ignoring its imperial history licences the west to repeat it
Uruknet April 6, 2011 – The reporters who heard David Cameron tell Pakistani students this week that Britain was responsible for “many of the world’s problems … in the first place” seemed to think he was joking. But it’s a measure of how far Britain is from facing up to its own imperial legacy that his remarks were greeted with bewildered…

Gulf states to usher transition in Yemen
Uruknet April 6, 2011 – A coalition of Gulf allies has begun efforts to convince Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, to step down in response to anti-government protests that have swept the country in recent weeks. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations will convene a meeting among themselves and Yemeni representatives in Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital, in coming…

Libyan rebels should receive training funded by Arab countries, says Britain
Uruknet April 6, 2011 – Britain is to urge Arab countries to train the disorganised Libyan rebels, and so strengthen their position on the battlefield before negotiations on a ceasefire, senior British defence sources have indicated. The sources said they were also looking at hiring private security companies, some of which draw on former SAS members, to aid the rebels….

Daily Star

Beirut Order of Engineers braces for close race
Daily Star 8 Apr 2011 BEIRUT: Rival camps are mobilizing their supporters in the run-up to Sunday’s elections of the Beirut Order of Engineers, as the competing tickets attempt to secure the backing of independent engineers. The contest will pit a…

Sidon residents dump garbage on streets
Daily Star 8 Apr 2011 SIDON: Angry residents of areas around Sidon left their garbage in the streets after the town’s municipality shut down its dump, which reached full capacity two months ago, in the absence of alternative dumping locations. With…

10th annual reading initiative begins
Daily Star 8 Apr 2011 BEIRUT: “It is the job of every school, family, and cultural group in Lebanon to raise the Lebanese national reading average,” according to Omar Halablab, the director general of the Culture Ministry. Halablab made the comment…

24 detained in crackdown on illegal construction
Daily Star 8 Apr 2011 SIDON: Twenty-four people were detained Friday on charges of illegal construction works on public property on the coast from Sidon to Tyre, security sources told The Daily Star. The sources said 12 pieces of heavy construction…

New guidelines aim to help NGOs deal with domestic violence cases
Daily Star 8 Apr 2011 BEIRUT: A set of guidelines detailing operating procedures for NGOs and social workers dealing with cases of domestic abuse were released Friday. The “Code of conduct for organizations supporting women victims of gender-based violence” will now…

Safa set to face Ahed in Lebanese Cup final
Daily Star 8 Apr 2011 BEIRUT: Ahed moved one step closer to achieving a league and cup double Friday after a 2-1 win over Shabab al-Sahel at Sidon’s Rafik Hariri Stadium in the Lebanese Cup semifinals. Crowned league champions last week,…

A comic journey
Daily Star 8 Apr 2011 So I’m writing this and it is kind of surreal because I know you will be reading this a day into the EPIC shows at Casino du Liban. April 8, 9, 10, 11 sold out. We…

Syria face-off grows deadlier
Daily Star 8 Apr 2011 BEIRUT: A mass protest calling for sweeping changes in Syria’s regime turned bloody Friday, with the government and protesters both claiming to have sustained heavy casualties as the country’s three-week uprising entered a dangerous new phase….

At least 10 Iranian exiles killed in clashes with Iraqi forces
Daily Star 8 Apr 2011 BAGHDAD: At least 10 Iranian exiles were killed in Iraq Friday, a hospital source said, after security forces clashed with residents of an Iranian dissident camp north of Baghdad overnight. An Iraqi government spokesman said five…

Egyptian demonstrators stage mock Mubarak trial
Daily Star 8 Apr 2011 CAIRO: Protesters held a mock trial of Hosni Mubarak, his family and his top aides in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square where tens of thousands of Egyptians massed demanding the ruling military prosecute them for alleged corruption. “…

Libyan rebels struggle to keep control over key city of Misrata
Daily Star 8 Apr 2011 TRIPOLI: Anti-government fighters battled forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi in fierce clashes Friday in the only major rebel-held city in western Libya as prospects faded the Libyan leader would be ousted by the armed revolt. NATO…

Israeli rocket attacks on Gaza kill nine people
Daily Star 8 Apr 2011 GAZA: Israeli air strikes and shelling killed nine Palestinians, including three civilians, in Gaza Friday, with no end in sight to an Israeli operation against Hamas after a rocket attack on an Israeli school bus. Israel…

U.S. highlights pre-uprising rights abuses in Middle East
Daily Star 8 Apr 2011 WASHINGTON: The United States charged Friday that human rights abuses were “especially serious” last year in Bahrain, Libya and Syria, now hit by mass uprisings that it says raise hope for a brighter future. The report…

Saleh rejects GCC plan as protests continue
Daily Star 8 Apr 2011 SANAA: Dozens of anti-government protesters in Yemen were shot and wounded in fresh clashes with police Friday as President Ali Abdullah Saleh rejected a new deal to secure an end to his 32 years in power….

Youth group snubs Moroccan king’s reform invite
Daily Star 8 Apr 2011 RABAT: A youth-led protest movement in Morocco said Friday it would boycott an invitation to present a constitutional review panel with its ideas for political reform, branding the exercise a sham. The February 20 Movement said…

No leniency on threats: Bahrain crown prince
Daily Star 8 Apr 2011 DUBAI: Bahrain’s crown prince said he was committed to reform but warned there would be “no leniency” for those who tried to divide the kingdom. Meanwhile in Saudi Arabia, hundreds of the country’s Shiites protested in…

The Guardian

Latest WikiLeaks cables reveal Israel’s fears and alliances
The Guardian 8 Apr 2011 – Julian Assange hands over tranche of secret files to newspapers in Israel on its co-operation with US and view of neighbours Mohammed Tantawi, the head of Egypt’s ruling generals, was an obstacle to Israeli efforts to…

Inter Press Service

LIBYA: U.N. Experts Probe Human Rights Abuses
IPS The international commission of inquiry established by the U.N. Human Rights Council to investigate alleged violations of human rights in Libya will start its mission next week, and report on all crimes, committed by anyone, including foreign powers.

Israel Hits Roadblock over Dismissal of War Crimes Charges
IPS The Israeli government and South African jurist Richard Goldstone may be heading for a political confrontation over war crimes charges against Tel Aviv and a subsequent selective retraction of some of those charges.

Privatisation Aided Egypt Revolt, Army Says
IPS Anger at Egypt’s privatisation programme, involving the transfer of billions of dollars worth of public assets to private hands, aided the Egyptian revolution that elbowed the Western-backed Hosni Mubarak out of office in February, a top army general said.

Bahrain’s Hospital of Ghosts
IPS Salmaniya Medical Complex, once one of the most renowned medical facilities in the Gulf and a jewel in the crown of Bahrain’s public healthcare system, has been transformed into a virtual ghost town.

Migrant Workers Caught in Whirlwind of ‘Arab Spring’
IPS Migrant workers caught in the crossfire of the ongoing upheavals in Bahrain and Libya highlight the need to develop international migration policies based on migrants’ rights rather than the economic interest of labour sending and receiving countries, knowledgeable sources say.

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

MK Ben-Eliezer to be released from hospital
YNet News, 8 Apr 2011 – Doctors say condition of MK treated for severe lung infection improving, to be….

Witnesses: 13 killed in Syria
YNet News, 8 Apr 2011 – Thousands protests Baath Party’s rule in several Kurdish regions. Security….

Arab MKs furious at Shin Bet chief
YNet News, 8 Apr 2011 – ‘We are part of Palestinian nation, but not at expense of Israeli citizenship,’….

IAF targets terror cells in Gaza
YNet News, 8 Apr 2011 – Situation in south escalates as rocket salvo hits Eshkol Regional Council. Air….

Shin Bet chief: Arab MKs flirting with enemy
YNet News, 8 Apr 2011 – New Wikileaks documents shine unkind light on security officials assessments,….

Gaza groups declare truce; IAF shells Strip
YNet News, 8 Apr 2011 – Fearing IDF retaliation following day of missile attacks on Israeli communities,….

Bahrain’s secret Mossad ties revealed?
YNet News, 8 Apr 2011 – New Wikileaks cables expose classified documents that include evidence of….

South under heavy assault; IDF hits back
YNet News, 9 Apr 2011 – Major escalation overnight, southern Israel under heavy fire: The Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted several Grad rockets fired at Beersheba, southern Israel’s … ….

Israelis evacuated from Ivory Coast
YNet News, 8 Apr 2011 – Israeli diplomats in the Ivory Coast were successfully evacuated from the country Friday, Ynet has learned. UN soldiers transferred the diplomats to Ghana. Eighteen … ….

Egyptians march on Israeli embassy
YNet News, 8 Apr 2011 – Egypt’s protesters stepped up their challenge to the country’s ruling military Friday, as tens of thousands massed demanding it prosecute ousted president Hosni Mubarak … ….

Haniyeh: Stop Israeli aggression
YNet News, 8 Apr 2011 – Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh demanded Friday “an end to Israeli aggression” in Gaza after terror groups in the Strip bombarded the Negev with more than 30 mortar … ….

Peres asks Ban to retract Goldstone report
YNet News, 8 Apr 2011 – WASHINGTON — President Shimon Peres met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday and asked him to publically retract the Goldstone report, which accuses Israel of … ….

Hamas: Commander killed in Gaza
YNet News, 8 Apr 2011 – The IDF continued Friday evening to bomb targets in the Gaza Strip in response to unceasing projectile fire by terror groups. Air Force craft attacked a … ….

Iron Dome intercepts rockets fired at Ashkelon
YNet News, 8 Apr 2011 – Four additional rockets were fired at Ashkelon Friday and three were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, the IDF announced, adding that it had bombed the terror … ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF troops destroy Palestinian village in Jordan Valley
PIC – Dozens of IOF troops supported by armored military vehicles and bulldozers stormed Thursday the Palestinian village of Samra in the northern part of the valley and demolished homes.

IOF strikes on Gaza Strip kill five Palestinian citizens, injure dozens
PIC – The PA interior ministry in Gaza Strip has confirmed Thursday the martyrdom of five Palestinian citizens, including a teacher, in a series of Israeli raids on the densely populated Gaza strip.

Two Qassam fighters killed in Israeli occupation airstrike
PIC – Two Qassam fighters were killed Friday morning in an Israeli occupation airstrike that targeted them to the east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip. Five others were killed on Thursday.

14 Martyrs in Gaza since Thursday
PIC – The Israeli occupation aggression on the Gaza Strip continued on Friday evening resulting in the death of a child and a fighter and the wounding of ten others including six children and a paramedic.

The IOF used white phosphorus bombs in its latest aggression
PIC – The Interior Ministry in Gaza said that the IOF troops fired on Thursday 3 white phosphorous bombs at the Gaza Strip.

Qassam Brigades target military posts east of Rafah
PIC – The Qassam Brigades declared responsibility for targeting IOF military positions to the east of the southern Gaza Strip district of Rafah in retaliation to the ongoing Zionist aggression.

Masses participate in the funeral of the victims of latest Israeli aggression
PIC – Tens of thousands of people participated on Friday afternoon in the funerals of a number of martyrs in the Rafah and Khan Younis districts in the southern Gaza Strip.

IOF troops target a petrol tanker injuring one person
PIC – The Interior Ministry in Gaza said that IOF troops targeted on Friday a petrol tanker to the west of Salahuddin Gate in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah setting it on fire.

Radwan condemns political detention in W. Bank
PIC – Dr. Ismael Radwan, one of the prominent political figure of Hamas Movement in Gaza Strip, has deprecated the PA security forces and Fatah leadership for continuing political kidnapping.

Palestinian youths reject policy of security screening in the W. Bank
PIC – A group of Palestinian youths in the West Bank launched Thursday a new page on the facebook calling on Palestinian youths to reject the PA security forces policy of ?¢‚Ǩ?ìsecurity screening?¢‚Ǩ¬ù.

Facebook Page Discusses Palestinian Women Problems
WAFA

Jenin’s Freedom Theater Founder Shot Dead
WAFA

Israeli Settlers Seize Palestinian Land
WAFA

On Palestinian Children Day, Half the Population are Under 18, says PCBS
WAFA

Los Angeles Times

Syrian leader seeks to calm Kurdish unrest
LA Times 7 Apr 2011 – As minority Kurds join the pro-democracy movement, President Bashar Assad announces that the long suppressed community in the northeast will be given citizenship rights. Syrian President Bashar Assad made new concessions Thursday to the country’s minority Kurdish population after some members joined pro-democracy demonstrators, threatening…

Clashes continue between Israel and Gaza militants; 9 Palestinians killed
LA Times 8 Apr 2011 – Israel’s military launches air attacks against targets throughout Gaza, saying it’s retaliating for continuing rocket and mortar strikes against southern Israeli cities over the preceding 48 hours. Clashes between Israel’s military and Gaza Strip militants continued for a second day Friday, killing nine Palestinians ‚Äî…

Palestinian killed in Israeli strikes in Gaza
LA Times 7 Apr 2011 – Israeli forces hit nine targets after militants fire an antitank missile that hit an Israeli school bus, injuring a 16-year-old and the driver. At least one Palestinian was killed and two Israelis were injured Thursday amid escalating violence between Israel’s military and militants in the…

New York Times

Hero of Egypt’s Revolution, Military Now Faces Critics
New York Times 8 Apr 2011 – Since Hosni Mubarak was forced from power, the military has seen its standing as defender of the revolution questioned after actions that reflect the tactics of the past.

Syrian Protests Are Said to Be Largest and Bloodiest to Date
New York Times 8 Apr 2011 – The size of the protests and their level of coordination suggest that Syria’s opposition movement is reaching new levels of coherence and organization.

Tens of Thousands Protest in Yemen
New York Times 8 Apr 2011 – More than 100,000 people gathered for dueling demonstrations over the fate of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who faces a rising tide of international pressure to step down.

Rights Abuses Extend Across Middle East, Even Among U.S. Security Allies, Report Says
New York Times 8 Apr 2011 – An annual State Department report offered a blistering portrayal of government repression across the Middle East and beyond.

The Saturday Profile: Editor Silenced, With the Help of Unreliable Sources
New York Times 8 Apr 2011 – After acting as a voice of moderation between Sunnis and Shiites in the past two months of upheaval, the editor of a progressive Bahraini newspaper was forced out of his job.

9 Palestinians Die as Israel Hits Gaza in Retaliation for Hamas Attack on Bus
New York Times 8 Apr 2011 РIsraeli air force and artillery struck Gaza repeatedly on Friday — a day after a Hamas missile hit an Israeli school bus — killing four militants and five civilians.

Gates Says Some Troops May Remain in Iraq for Years
New York Times 8 Apr 2011 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said that the United States and Iraq would have to negotiate the terms of any American presence in the country beyond this year.

Students in Iran Demonstrate in Support of Bahrain’s Shiites
New York Times 8 Apr 2011 – Non-Iranian religious students from the city of Qom demonstrated Friday morning in support of Shiite protesters in Bahrain.

Misc

In visit to Iraq, Gates indicates US troops to stay
WSWS – By Tom Eley, April 8, 2011, In a visit to Iraq Thursday, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates indicated that combat soldiers would stay in the country past 2011.

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

‘The Palestine Cables’: Head of Egypt’s military council was seen as ‘obstacle’ to Israeli blockade of Gaza
Mondoweiss – WikiLeaks has partnered up with the Israeli newspapers Haaretz and Yedioth Ahronoth and the Lebanese outlet Al Akhbar to release over 6,000 State Department cables on Israel. A series of posts on the new cables will be published in Mondoweiss in the coming days as part…

Meretz’s boycott of settlement wines doesn’t include Golan Heights
Mondoweiss – As you may know, Meretz-USA has interestingly taken the position of encouraging people not to buy “settlement wines” for Passover. It urges American Jews to boycott this group of six West Bank wineries. Meretz’s definition of settlements seems to exclude wines from the Golan Heights. But…

Rumors that Israel has fallen out of favor in the EU are exaggerated
Mondoweiss – Is Benjamin Netanyahu really as tough as he would like us to believe? The prime minister’s European tour this week was restricted to Germany and the Czech Republic, two countries where he is guaranteed softball treatment from the political elite and the media. Yet it would…

Mondoweiss on Jews opposed to Islamophobia
Jewish Voice for Peace – A coalition of progressive Jewish organizations on both coasts yesterday slammed the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s honoring of the civil rights-era Freedom Riders while “engaging in anti-Muslim bigotry that is no less destructive than that against which the Freedom Riders protested,” as Alan Levine, a New York…

Reason Magazine on LA protest against Islamophobia
Jewish Voice for Peace – I was surprised, however, to find that the demonstrators’ claim about the Ground Zero Mosque and School of Dance was accurate. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which funds the Museum of Tolerance, did oppose the Park51 development back when that issue was still in the headlines. I’d…

Jerusalem Post on adding olives to your seder plate
Jewish Voice for Peace – In an overview of changing Passover traditions, the Jerusalem Post mentions the new tradition of

Brandeis student paper on Right to an Education tour
Jewish Voice for Peace – Last Thursday in Pearlman Hall, the Jewish Voice for Peace hosted

Colorlines Magazine visits AZ protest wall
Jewish Voice for Peace –

The struggle to keep Safed Jewish
Mondoweiss – and other news from Today in Palestine: Land, property, resources theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Nighttime demolitions in Al Duyuk JVS — At 7pm on 7th April army jeeps drove into the Al Duyuk community, north-west of Jericho, and demolished four animal shelters. They came under…

Honoring the late Matthew Phillips
Mondoweiss – The editors of this site are griefstricken today. We learned last night that our friend Matthew Phillips, a hugely-gifted young writer who contributed to us often, died Monday April 4 in New York. Our hearts go out to Matt’s parents and family and friends. As readers…

Witness to Deceit
Palestine Monitor – “Thorough, credible and transparent” means “collusion, sabotage and deceit” in Israel. The Palestine Monitor has witnessed nearly half of the Rachel Corrie family’s civil suit against Israel. Since last March, we, along with Al Jazeera , Electronic Intifada , Haaretz , Ynet and many others, have brought the world…

Misc 2

Roger Cohen’s Distortions of the Goldstone Op-Ed
The Magnes Zionist 8 Apr 2011 – The amount of rubbish circulating on the internet from the left and the right about the Goldstone Washington Post op-ed is staggering. The right’s distortions, though more egregious, is understandable; after all, the rightwingers never read the Goldstone Report so why should they read the op-ed….

Palestinian reconciliation: is there light at the end of the tunnel?
Middle East Monitor 8 Apr 2011 – In a speech to the Jewish National Fund convention in Jerusalem late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a startling ultimatum to the Palestinian Authority: “Choose between the two, you can’t have both. Choose peace with Israel, abandon Hamas.” The statement was made following…

Israeli occupation forces start to demolish Palestinian village
Middle East Monitor 8 Apr 2011 – Reports from the occupied West Bank confirm that Israeli occupation forces have started to demolish a large part of the village of Al-Akba. According to Sami Sadeq, the president of the village council, “A significant number of troops surrounded the village and closed the entrances. They…

Worldwide Jewish communities plan TV news network to support Israel and compete against Al Jazeera
Middle East Monitor 8 Apr 2011 – Jewish community groups have announced a plan to launch a global TV news network to support Israel and compete against international satellite channels which they believe are “hostile” to the Zionist state, especially Qatar-based Al Jazeera. Alexander Machkevitch, President of the Annual Conference for Jewish Community…

Gaza truck drivers strike to protest Karni Closure
Gisha 8 Apr 2011 – Bread prices expected to rise, [2011-03-06]

Gisha response to closing of Karni Crossing: Gaza’s Crossings Squeezed Shut
Gisha 8 Apr 2011 – , [2011-03-03]

Israel strikes ‘kill 12 Gazans’
BBC 8 Apr 2011 – At least 12 Palestinians are killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza, doctors say, amid fresh cross-border exchanges.

Iron Dome
BBC 8 Apr 2011 – Israel’s missile defence system may be a game changer

Occupation End Notes: Saving Gaza
US Campaign to End the Occupation 8 Apr 2011 – April 8, 2011, Israel is again inflicting death and destruction using U.S.-supplied weapons against Palestinians in the besieged and occupied Gaza Strip, demonstrating the dramatic imbalance of power in this conflict.

Articles


Palestinian reconciliation: is there light at the end of the tunnel?
Zulaikha Abdullah, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)4/8/2011
In a speech to the Jewish National Fund convention in Jerusalem late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a startling ultimatum to the Palestinian Authority: “Choose between the two, you can’t have both. Choose peace with Israel, abandon Hamas.” The statement was made following PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s announcement of his intention to visit the Gaza Strip to end the national division that has blighted the Palestinian cause since 2007. In almost the same breath, Netanyahu accused Abbas of affecting an external fa?ßade of a desire for peace while continuing to “incite against Israel”.
Despite Israeli opposition, efforts by Fatah and Hamas to achieve national reconciliation are in line with the demands of the people. In March thousands took to the streets across the occupied territories demanding that the historic opportunity provided by the Arab Spring be exploited to restore Palestinian unity and strength. Moreover, reconciliation talks, which commenced in Gaza on Sunday, have the full backing and support Egypt and the Arab League. Could this be the long-awaited light at the end of the tunnel?
Background to reconciliation efforts
Since the Fatah-Hamas split in 2007, the mediation of reconciliation talks have been monopolised by Egypt under the former Egyptian Minister of Intelligence, Omar Suleiman. Due to his connections with Israel, purported security concerns and the ideological connections between Hamas and Egypt’s then outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas was marginalised; the talks always floundered. Egypt refused to discuss Hamas objections to the reconciliation paper proposed by Cairo in 2009; instead, it insisted that Hamas sign the paper with a pledge to take any objections into consideration during the implementation stage…. more.. e-mail

 

Goldstone has paved the path for a second Gaza war
Gideon Levy, Haaretz, Israeli Occupation Archive4/7/2011
Anyone who honored the first Goldstone has to ask him: What exactly do you know today that you didn’t know then? Do you know today that criticizing Israel leads to a pressure-and-slander campaign that you can’t withstand, you ‘self-hating Jew’?
All at once the last doubts have disappeared and the question marks have become exclamation points. Dr. Ezzeldeen Abu Al-Aish wrote a short book in which he invented the killing of his three daughters. The 29 dead from the Al-Simoni family are now vacationing in the Caribbean. The white phosphorus was only the pyrotechnics of a war film. The white-flag wavers who were shot were a mirage in the desert, as were the reports about the killing of hundreds of civilians, including women and children. “Cast lead” has returned to being a phrase in a Hanukkah children’s song.
A surprising and unexplained article in The Washington Post by Richard Goldstone caused rejoicing here, a Goldstone party, the likes of which we haven’t seen for a long time. In fact, Israeli PR reaped a victory, and for that congratulations are in order. But the questions remain as oppressive as ever, and Goldstone’s article didn’t answer them — if only it had erased all the fears and suspicions.
Anyone who honored the first Goldstone has to honor him now as well, but still has to ask him: What happened? What exactly do you know today that you didn’t know then? Do you know today that criticizing Israel leads to a pressure-and-slander campaign that you can’t withstand, you “self-hating Jew”? This you could have known before. — See also: Source more.. e-mail

Corrie lawsuit challenging Israeli impunity
Electronic Intifada: 8 Apr 2011 – Several Israeli soldiers testified at the witness stand in the Haifa district court earlier this week, as trial hearings continued in the case of Corrie vs. the State of Israel. As the trial drags on, years after Rachel Corrie’s killing, Israel’s impunity is being challenged and carefully cross-examined.more

Village remains under siege weeks after settlement murders
Electronic Intifada: 8 Apr 2011 – Under the guise of an investigation into the murders of the Fogel family in a nearby settlement, Israel laid siege to Awarta village though the identity of the perpetrator of the attack is unknown.more

Witness to Deceit
Palestine Monitor: 8 Apr 2011 – “Thorough, credible and transparent” means “collusion, sabotage and deceit” in Israel. The Palestine Monitor has witnessed nearly half of the Rachel Corrie family’s civil suit against Israel. Since last March, we, along with Al Jazeera , Electronic Intifada, Haaretz, Ynet and many others, have brought the world shameful stories from Israel’s halls of justice in Haifa: witness contradictions, investigative negligence, tampered evidence, amnesiac witnesses, judicial prejudice and continual perjury. Through public, political and now judicial pressure, our hope was that Israel would finally explain how Rachel Corrie died. We know they can – they have the video and audio tapes and nearly a dozen eyewitnesses. But now we know they won’t, ever. The last court session, we heard two witnesses – men present when Rachel fell beneath a nine-ton steel blade. Both gave testimony after the event, sworn statements in affidavits, and (one would assume) felt some guilt some eight years…more

The Goldstone Saga
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Apr 2011 – By Iqbal Jassat — Pretoria It’s certainly turning out to be a farce. And one wonders whether a highly experienced jurist such as Judge Richard Goldstone underestimated the potential of his Washington Post op-ed turning into an embarrassing saga, not only for himself, but also for his beloved Israel? Since the publication of his controversial op-ed wherein he expressed misgivings about the central finding of the UN Human Rights Council probe on the Gaza massacre of 2008-9 named after him as “The Goldstone Report”, media has been awash with new — and not so new — accounts of Operation Cast Lead. And as the saga unfolds there is a rush to claim credit for Goldstone’s apparent about turn. From South Africa groups that operate as pro-Israeli fronts have staked their claim too. Avrom Krengel of the SA Zionist Federation is quoted as saying that the “Jewish lobby” in South Africa…more

Judge Goldstone’s Wobble Sends Wrong Signal
Dissident Voice: 8 Apr 2011 – “If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document,” says Judge Goldstone in a bombshell article in the Washington Post that set Zionist champagne corks a-poppin’. But what exactly is it Goldstone now knows that suddenly weakens his devastating findings and recommendations? Not that his report tells us more than we already knew from the multitude of accounts by eye-witnesses and other reliable sources. It’s devastating because the evidence is so damning. Its real value, though, is in the legalistic tone and immaculate packaging, which impressed the United Nations and prodded follow-up action. The Mission’s mandate from the United Nations was: to investigate all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law that might have been committed at any time in the context of the military operations that were conducted in Gaza during the period from 27 December 2008…more

War on Palestinian Memory: Israel Resolves Its Democracy Dilemma
Dissident Voice: 8 Apr 2011 – Palestinian citizens of Israel must have been proud of the fact that their collective tenacity always proved stronger than any Israeli attempt at dislocating them from their rightful historical narrative. Now, they are being told to cease and desist from commemorating al-Nakba, the Catastrophe of 1948, which saw the brutal seizure and depopulation of most of Palestine in order to construct the Israeli ‘miracle’. Currently estimated at a fifth of the population of today’s Israel, Palestinians with Israeli citizenship have endured appalling treatment for decades. As Muslims and Christians, they have been regarded as an anomaly in what was meant to be a perfect Jewish utopia governed by the laws of democracy. This is the quandary that Israel has never mastered, as the non-Jewish citizens of Israel have represented a major obstacle to that vision. The question of what to do with Palestinian citizens of Israel has long haunted Israeli…more

Egyptians are Back in Tahrir Square to Block a Counter Revolution
Dissident Voice: 7 Apr 2011 – The world still recalls those thousands of Egyptians protesting in Tahrir square at the heart of Cairo in one of the most inspiring scenes of the human quest for freedom and democracy in modern times. It was wonderful to watch those magical moments where power of the people powerfully came into effect, but for some it was equally worrying as they contemplated on what would come next. The West has expressed serious concerns about the probability of Islamists rising to power. Those were legitimate concerns, since the threat and fear of Islamists has been the phobia haunting the west since 9/11 — the greatest false flag operations of all time. And as the thousands of enthusiastic and secular youths were chanting “freedom, democracy and social justice” all over Egypt, other scenarios were being plotted behind closed doors as a counterblow to this uprising. For decades the Arab countries have been…more

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