VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 9 April, 2011: Israel and the Arab revolutions

9 April, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Eighteen Palestinians Killed By Israeli Shells Since Thursday
IMEMC – Saturday April 09, 2011 – 23:04, The Israeli Air Force bombarded on Saturday evening the Al Zeitoun neighborhood, south of Gaza City, killing one member of the Salah Ed Deen Brigades. Eighteen Palestinians were killed and nearly 70 were injured by Israeli fire and shells since Thursday.

Palestinian factions resume firing homemade shells into Israel, causing no injuries
IMEMC – Saturday April 09, 2011 – 22:50, After Palestinian factions declared a ceasefire Thursday, saying they would stop firing homemade shells if Israeli forces ceased its airstrikes, Israeli forces killed ten Palestinians in airstrikes, including a young child. The Palestinian resistance groups declared Saturday that since Israeli forces refused the ceasefire, they would begin firing shells toward Israel again.

Ma’an News

Early morning strikes kill 3 Hamas militants
4/9/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces resumed air strikes on the Gaza Strip overnight and again in the early morning hours of Saturday, killing three and injuring several others. The deadliest strike hit the car of Hamas leaders overnight, killing Al-Qassam Brigades leader Taysir Abu Sneima and his assistant Muhammad Awaja and injuring critically….

Death toll rises in deadly Gaza strikes
4/9/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli airstrikes on Gaza renewed late Saturday killing a Palestinian and injuring four others amid a barrage of projectiles targeting Israel’s western Negev desert. A drone-fired missile targeting the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City injured four people, two critically, and killed Raed Zuhair Al-Bar, 30, a member of….

Gaza MoH says medicine shortage critical
4/9/2011 – GAZA (Ma’an) — De facto minister of health Basem Na’im announced Saturday, after four consecutive days of crossings closure, that more than 150 kinds of medicines have run out at the ministry’s warehouses. Beyond medicines, he said from a news conference at Gaza City’s Ash-Shifa Hospital, spare parts….

Settlers torch car, assault villagers
4/10/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Two incidents of Israeli settler violence were reported Saturday morning, with Urif residents waking to find a torched car and Asira villagers saying settlers entered the area and provoked a clash. Fatah official charged with monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank Ghassan Doughlas told Ma’an that locals….

Medics: Airstrike injures 3 in Gaza
4/9/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two airstrikes injured three Palestinians late Saturday in northern Gaza, medics said, in an attack that an army spokeswoman said targeted a “squad of terrorists who had just fired missiles….

Brigades claim 22 projectiles fired since Saturday
4/9/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli military officials have reported that more than 70 rockets and mortars have been launched from Gaza since Thursday, with militant groups claiming 22 incidents of fire since midnight Friday morning. A ceasefire was announced by Hamas at 11 p. m. on Thursday, but overnight Israeli forces bombed several locations….

Life goes on in Gaza despite airstrikes
4/9/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Schools remain open and families remain in their homes, with little other choice as strikes continued in Gaza for the third consecutive day on Saturday. On Friday afternoon, the sounds of ambulance sirens mixed with horns of cars taking newly married couples to wedding halls. On Saturday morning, students headed….

Abbas asks Arab League for urgent meeting on Gaza
4/9/2011 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — The Arab League will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss a serious escalation of hostilities by Israel, at the request of President Mahmoud Abbas. Member of the PLO executive committee Saeb Erekat told the official Palestinian Authority news agency that Abbas asked the league Saturday morning to hold an….

PA condemns sweeping raids in Itamar investigation
4/9/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority’s media center issued a condemnation Friday, for what spokesman Ghassan Khatib called “the incessant abuse campaigns held by the Israeli occupation army, against the people of Awarta village.”The statement was issued the day an estimated 100 women, many in their 60s, were taken forcibly from….

Hamas: With strikes, Israel seeks to topple govt
4/9/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — “Israel will not succeed in toppling the government or breaking the will of Palestinians,” a Hamas spokesman said in Gaza City on Saturday morning. Fawzi Barhoum and Sami Zuhari, spokesmen of Hamas, told reporters that Israel sought once again to use military force to topple the Gaza government, and accusing….

2 killed, 11 injured in accident near checkpoint
4/9/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) —Two Palestinians died and 11 others were injured Saturday in a traffic accident meters from the Israeli checkpoint of Za’tara south of the West Bank city of Nablus, the Red Crescent said. Brothers Sami and Ahmad Abu A’sab were killed instantly in the crash, officials said. Medics….

Erekat condemns ‘systematic Israeli escalation’
4/10/2011 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Member of the PLO Executive Committee and caretaker negotiations chief Saeb Erakat issued a statement Friday, saying he “emphatically condemns the systematic Israeli escalation and brutal military attacks against the civilian Palestinian population in the besieged Gaza Strip.” In the statement, Erekat called on Palestinian factions to “deny the occupying Power….

Abbas briefs new cadre of Egyptian media leaders
4/9/2011 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas met with chief editors of several Egyptian media outlets on Friday afternoon, many of who had been newly appointed following the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak in February. Abbas arrived in Cairo on Wednesday, when he met with Egyptian General Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, commander-in-chief of the Egyptian….

PA suspends crossings strike
4/9/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Nasser Sarraj, undersecretary of the ministry of economy, has called off a strike in light of the violence in Gaza. Regular activities at the Gaza crossings will resume in the interest of the humanitarian situation, he said.”The suspension does not mean stopping our protests,” the crossings committee said in….

Report: Barak cancels US visit
4/9/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has canceled a visit to the United States due to the violence in Gaza, reports said. Israel Radio quoted a security source saying that “political parties including the United Nations and some European countries transferred a letter from the political wing of Hamas to Israel which….

Israel deputy FM urges PA to resume talks
4/9/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Deputy foreign minister of Israel Danny Ayalon on Saturday demanded that the Palestinian Authority return to talks without preconditions and stop glorifying terrorism. At a symposium in Beer Sheva, Ayalon said that “Israel is concerned about threats towards its embassies around the world,” Israel Radio reported noting that he accused Iran….

Qassam: No ceasefire while Israel targets civilians
4/9/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The armed wing of Hamas will not stand idly by amid Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians, an Al-Qassam Brigades spokesman said Saturday. Abu Obeida told reporters in Gaza City that “it’s impossible to talk about a truce with the occupation in any way as it carries….

PA rejects Israel call to resume talks
4/9/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority has rejected calls by the deputy foreign minister of Israel to resume negotiations. PLO official Saeb Erekat said Danny Ayalon’s demand late Saturday was “absurd and not serious.””If Israel wants talks, it can choose between peace and settlements. It can stop all settlements in the….

PA police detain 27 at Allenby over week
4/9/2011 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Twenty-seven Palestinians with outstanding warrant for arrest were detained at the Allenby Bridge border crossing into Jordan over the past week, police sources told Ma’an. The arrests came as crossing traffic at the bridge remained steady, with 7,317 travelers entering and 8,841 leaving the West Bank via the terminal….

Lebanon charges 11 with kidnapping Estonians
4/9/2011 – BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — A Lebanese judge has charged 11 people with kidnapping seven Estonian cyclists who went missing last month, a judicial official said on Friday.” Eleven Lebanese have been charged with the kidnapping of the group, seven of whom are currently in custody and four who are being charged in absentia, and they will….

US highlights pre-uprising rights abuses in Mideast
4/9/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — 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. In its 2010 country reports on human rights practices, the State Department also singled out for serious violations Iran and….

Medics: 2 dead in Egypt’s Tahrir Square demo
4/9/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian forces, dispersing an overnight sit-in in Tahrir Square, killed two protesters on Saturday, medics said, in the first reported deaths in the Cairo plaza since president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. The health ministry put the official toll at one dead and 71 injured, many from bullet wounds but others with breathing….

Libya rebels push back as powers eye truce
4/9/2011 – NEAR AJDABIYA, Libya (AFP) — Libyan rebels pushed back from around the oil refinery town of Brega under heavy fire from Moammar Kadhafi’s troops on Saturday, as diplomatic efforts gathered pace for a truce. Dozens of cars and military vehicles were seen pouring east out of Ajdabiya towards the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, as….

Palestine Note

Hamas, Islamic Jihad; Reckless and Stupid.
Palestine Note 9 Apr 2011 – No need to talk about Israel and its savage and criminal occupation, I wrote and will continue to write it about. However here I want to address what is going in Gaza. I tried to be “politically correct” but watching…


Peru to vote for president in tight election
AlJazeera 9 Apr 2011 – Four candidates are regarded as having good chances of making it to the June 5 runoff.

Egypt army to ‘use force to clear protesters’
AlJazeera 9 Apr 2011 – Statement comes after protesters retake iconic Cairo square hours after security forces moved in to break up rally.

Israel claims killing of Shalit captor
AlJazeera 9 Apr 2011 – Army says Hamas commander Tayser Abu Snima, who helped capture Corporal Gilad Shalit in 2006, was killed in air strike.

Gbagbo forces attack Ouattara base in Abidjan
AlJazeera 9 Apr 2011 – Troops backing Cote d’Ivoire’s incumbent leader step up counter attack on rival’s forces.

Vote counting underway in Nigeria
AlJazeera 9 Apr 2011 – Voters say voting in parliamentary polls went generally well despite initial fears of violence and logistical problems.

Thousands attend Syria funerals
AlJazeera 9 Apr 2011 – Rights group criticises security forces as residents in Daraa bury those killed in Friday’s protests.

Anger flares up across Yemen
AlJazeera 9 Apr 2011 – Hundreds injured, some critically, as security forces open fire on anti-government protests across the country.

Sadr calls for an end to ‘US occupation’
AlJazeera 9 Apr 2011 – Shia cleric threatens to relaunch armed resistance unless the US withdraws from Iraq by year-end.

Bahraini activist ‘assaulted and arrested’
AlJazeera 9 Apr 2011 – Plainclothes policemen drag away Abdulhadi Alkhawaja from home amid reports of continuing crackdown on protesters.

Palestine News Network

Abbas Calls for Emergency Meeting with Arab League
PNN – Cairo – PNN – This morning Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, currently in Cairo, asked the Arab League to hold a meeting concerning recent Israeli bombardment, state media WAFA reports. Shortly afterward the…

Israel Resumes Strikes Into Saturday Morning
PNN – Gaza City – PNN – Following the bombardment of Thursday and Friday, Israeli forces carried out airstrikes on Gaza Friday night and Saturday morning, killing 3 Hamas fighters in Rafah and one…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Israeli Forces Escalate Attacks on the Gaza Strip: Ten Civilians, Including a Woman and Her Daughter, Killed Within 48 Hours
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Friday, 08 April 2011

International Solidarity Movement

A new Israeli massacre in Gaza
4/9/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – One Democratic State Group, Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel, University Teachers’ Association in Palestine, Association of Al-Quds Bank for Culture and Information – Besieged Gaza, Occupied Palestine – The latest round of Israeli massacres committed against the people of Gaza has resulted in the brutal killings since Thursday afternoon of sixteen….

Relief Web

Death toll rises in deadly Gaza strikes
Relief Web 9 Apr 2011 – Source: Agence France-Presse

Israeli Forces Escalate Attacks on the Gaza Strip: Ten Civilians, Including a Woman and Her Daughter, Killed Within 48 Hours
Relief Web 9 Apr 2011 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Palestine Telegraph

Settlers assault villagers in WB
9 Apr 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegarph)- Israeli settlers invaded Aseera village in the south part of Nablus city and attacked a number of villagers, according to local sources.

Settlers deny Salfit farmers access to their fields
9 Apr 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Dozens of settlers of Nofim settlement prevented farmers access to their agricultural lands in the area of Khirbat Shehada in Salfit city.

Palestinian factions condemn Israeli escalation on Gaza
9 Apr 2011 – Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)-All Palestinian factions denounced yesterday Israeli violations and escalation against residents of Gaza Strip that killed 17 Palestinians and injured more than 60 urging the international community to provide immediate protection for innocent citizens.

Israeli attack on Gaza Strip kills 3 Palestinians
9 Apr 2011 – Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)-Three Palestinians were killed Saturday morning in Israeli airstrikes on the north and south of Gaza Strip.

The National

Protesters set vehicles on fire in Cairo
The National 9 Apr 2011 – Protests continued in Cairo yesterday against Egypt’ military ruler. During a mass rally after the main weekly Muslim prayers on Friday, protesters were joined by at least seven dissident officers who called for the ¬øpurification¬ø of the army.

At least one dead as Egyptian military disperses Tahrir protesters
The National 8 Apr 2011 – Troops were dispering an overnight demonstration calling for the ouster of the defense minister, with 71 others reported injured, many from bullet wounds.

Syrian activists call for daily protests
The National 8 Apr 2011 – The rallying cry by protest leaders was met with a sharp warning by Syrian authorities that they would crush further unrest.

Israel pounds Hamas targets in Gaza for third day
The National 8 Apr 2011 – In all, 18 Gazans have been killed and more than 65 wounded since Israel unleashed the strikes following a Hamas attack on an Israeli school bus Thursday.


Haaretz editor-in-chief wins media peace award
Ha’aretz – Dov Alfon receives prestigious prize from Next Century Foundation in London.

Israel soccer league fans blocked from games due to Gaza tensions
Ha’aretz – Games between Ashdod and Haifa, and Be’er Sheva and Netanya will be played without fans on Saturday as rockets from Gaza continue to rain down on southern communities.

Israeli diplomat injured in Ivory Coast during evacuation
Ha’aretz – Acting Ambassador Daniel Saada and 3 other Israeli diplomats were rescued under heavy gunfire from the capital Abidjan and will return to Israel on Sunday.

Hamas militant killed in Gaza strike was ‘physically’ involved in Shalit kidnapping
Ha’aretz – Senior Hamas militant Tayser Abu Snima was killed in Israel air strike overnight in retaliation for attack on Israeli school bus; IDF spokesperson says Shalit family being updated on details of Snima’s involvement in Gilad Shalit’s kidnapping.

Six rockets fired from Gaza land in Israel; Iron Dome intercepts one
Ha’aretz – Earlier on Saturday, security sources said Hamas sent Israel a message requesting a ceasefire; same source said Israel ready to escalate attacks on Gaza in retaliation for barrage of rockets.

Hamas has requested a cease fire, Israel officials say
Ha’aretz – A security source says Israel is ready to escalate air strikes on Gaza if the barrage of rocket fire continues, although they are willing to wait and see if a Hamas ceasefire holds; six rockets fired from Gaza land in south on Saturday evening.

Hamas says didn’t mean to target Israeli school bus
Ha’aretz – Thursday’s attack, which critically wounded a teen and moderately wounded a bus driver, has sparked latest round of border fighting; Israel air strikes have killed 17 Gazans thus far as rockets continue to be fired into Israel.

Hamas warns Israel: Halt air strikes on Gaza or we’ll intensify rocket fire
Ha’aretz – Spokesman for Hamas blames Israel for escalation in violence, says Gaza militants must fire rockets to protect Palestinian citizens; dozens of rockets fired from Gaza at southern Israel.

Gaza militants fire dozens of rockets into southern Israel
Ha’aretz – Two Grad rockets fired at Ofakim, 24 mortar shells fired at Eshkol Regional Council; Iron Dome intercepts rocket fired at Be’er Sheva; residents of southern Israel stay in protected areas overnight.

Four Hamas men killed in IDF strikes on Gaza
Ha’aretz – Senior Hamas commander and his two assistants killed in blast overnight; at least 18 Palestinians killed since rocket fired from Gaza struck an Israeli school bus.

Jerusalem Post

Child abuse on rise in J’lem’s Arab quarters, experts say
Jeruslalem Post 9 Apr 2011 – Lack of awareness, high poverty seen as main causes for increased abuse in east Jerusalem, as opposed to western part of city.

Those fiendish Jews and their life-saving innovations
Jeruslalem Post 9 Apr 2011 – Comment: Iron Dome? We didn’t think it would work. They’re going to shoot our rockets out of the sky? Impossible. But heaven help us, they’ve done it.

Syrian forces fire at mourners after mass funeral
Jeruslalem Post 9 Apr 2011 – Live ammo, tear gas used to disperse thousands; several youths injured; attack comes after reports of 37 people killed in nation-wide protests.

Hamas: We’ll broaden attacks if IDF strikes continue
Jeruslalem Post 9 Apr 2011 – Spokesman: “It wasn’t known that bus targeted was carrying kids”; group’s political wing distances itself from al-Kassam Brigades cmmdr.

Hamas: We’ll broaden rocket attacks if IDF strikes continue
Jeruslalem Post 9 Apr 2011 – Spokesperson: “It wasn’t known that bus targeted was carrying kids”; group’s political wing distances itself from Izzadin Kassam cmmdr.; reportedly makes ceasefire offer; at least 18 Gazans killed in 48 hours.

Hamas: We’ll broaden rocket targets if air strikes continue
Jeruslalem Post 9 Apr 2011 – Group’s spokesman says it didn’t intend to target children; threatens that Hamas attacks will broaden if “Israeli escalation continues amid international silence and complicity.”

2 protesters reportedly killed in Egypt’s Tahrir Square
Jeruslalem Post 9 Apr 2011 – Army denies using live ammunition; protesters remain in central square, demand charges against Mubarak, handover of power to civilian gov’t.

The Guardian

Friends mourn Juliano Mer-Khamis, the Palestinian-Israeli who used drama to foster peace
The Guardian 9 Apr 2011 – The actor created a theatre in Jenin but was killed for his ideals He had feared for his life in the past, but Juliano Mer-Khamis foresaw no danger when he carried his one-year-old son, Jay, to…

Juliano Mer-Khamis: ‘Any artistic activity has elements of therapy, of healing’ – video
The Guardian 9 Apr 2011 – The Israeli-Palestinian director and Freedom Theatre founder, who was murdered in the West Bank city of Jenin last week, talks about the importance of drama as a means of coping with Israeli occupation Mustafa Khalili

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

Defense officials: Hamas hit hard, wants truce
YNet News, 9 Apr 2011 – Defense officials say Hamas approached Israel indirectly, asked for ceasefire….

Hamas: Our response has been limited
YNet News, 9 Apr 2011 – Terror group accuses Israel of committing war crimes amid relentless rocket fire….

Tourist crossing over from Jordan by Jet Ski arrested
YNet News, 9 Apr 2011 – Navy detains Iraqi citizen, 18, who crossed over to Israel from Jordan off Eilat….

Grads, mortar shells hit south; man killed in IDF strike
YNet News, 9 Apr 2011 – Gaza fire continues: Three Grad rockets hit Ofakim area, 24 mortar shells….

Obama condemns ‘abhorrent violence’ of Syrian gov’t
YNet News, 9 Apr 2011 – US president rebukes Bashar Assad over violent crackdown on protestors, as….

Police: Blast outside US synagogue intentional
YNet News, 9 Apr 2011 – Thursday attack on Chabad House Lubavitch of Santa Monica caused by homemade….

Global coverage focuses on IDF strikes
YNet News, 9 Apr 2011 – “Death toll mounts as Israel strikes again at Gaza,” read the headline on the BBC website, which has often been accused of biased reporting when it comes to the … ….

Lieberman wants to topple Hamas
YNet News, 9 Apr 2011 – Tough stance: The Yisrael Beiteinu party intends to demand that the ruling Likud party apply clause 11 in the coalition agreement, designating the toppling of Hamas’ rule … ….

IDF: Ball in Hamas’ court
YNet News, 9 Apr 2011 – War or truce? IDF officials will be closely monitoring developments in the Gaza region Saturday night and Sunday morning, with Hamas’ actions determining whether the … ….

IDF: Shalit abductor killed
YNet News, 9 Apr 2011 – Senior Hamas member Taysir Saliman Abu-Saname, killed by the IDF in a southern Gaza Strip strike early Satruday, was involved among other things in Gilad Shalit’s … ….

Report: Germany considered bribing Eichmann judge
YNet News, 9 Apr 2011 – Two days before Israel commemorates the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Adolf Eichmann’s trial, a leaked document reveals that West Germany attempted to influence … ….

Iron Dome does it again; Gaza rockets intercepted
YNet News, 9 Apr 2011 – (VIDEO) South under relentless fire, Iron Dome to the rescue: The Iron Dome anti-rocket system several incoming missile Saturday afternoon, as Palestinian terrorists in … ….

Hamas faces rift over Gaza fire
YNet News, 9 Apr 2011 – The ongoing rocket attacks and Israeli strikes in the Gaza region have exposed a rift within Hamas, with its political wing apparently seeking a truce while the group’s … ….

Palestinian Information Center

Israel returns to its characteristic Nazi mode
PIC – Once again, Israel is having a free season on the Palestinian people. In less than 48 hours, Israel has murdered as many as 20 Palestinians, most of them innocent civilians.

Health Minister: Internationally banned weapons used in Israeli aggression
PIC – Gaza Minister of Health Bassem Naeem has confirmed that Israel has used internationally banned weapons during its ongoing attack on the Gaza Strip that has left 17 Palestinians dead.

Abu Obaida: No calm as long as IOF aggression continues
PIC – The Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, refused to consider any calm with the Israeli occupation army as long as it continues its aggression on the Gaza Strip.

Israeli officials say army to continue Gaza assault
PIC – Israeli Minister Gideon Saar has said the Israeli army will continue attacks on the Gaza Strip after Israeli occupation forces had already killed 17 Palestinians and injured scores.

IOF troops raze tents, installations in JV village
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) razed tents and other installations in Khirbat Sumra village in the northern Jordan Valley on Saturday, local sources reported.

Hamas holds Israel responsible for consequences of escalation
PIC – Hamas has confirmed that it continues to ?¢‚Ǩ¬ùrespond limitedly?¢‚Ǩ¬ù to Israeli war crimes in Gaza, and vowed that further escalation will push the resistance movement to make Israel pay ?¢‚Ǩ¬ùthe heaviest price?¢‚Ǩ¬ù.

Detained leader: Uprising in Israeli prisons in the offing
PIC – Detained Palestinian leader Talal Al-Baz said in a leaked message that prisoners in Israeli occupation jails were about to launch an intifada to protest maltreatment.

Hamdan appeals to Arab, Islamic states to assume responsibilities towards Gaza
PIC – Director of Hamas’s international relations Osama Hamdan appealed to the Arab and Islamic countries to assume their responsibilities towards Gaza which is under constant Israeli attack.

Palestinian interior ministry declares state of emergency in Gaza
PIC – The Palestinian ministry of interior declared on Saturday a state of emergency throughout the Gaza Strip as a result of the ongoing Israeli military attacks that escalated during the last two days.

Administrative detention of prisoner Dudeen extended for 13th time
PIC – Al-Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights said an Israeli court extended the administrative detention of Ayed Dudeen from Dura village in Al-Khalil city, for the 13th consecutive time.

Israeli Forces Raid Freedom Theater in Jenin

Israeli Army Arrests 12 Palestinians, 10 from Awarta

Palestine’s Christians Demand Freedom to Reach Holy Sites in Jerusalem

UN Calls Israel’s New Settlement Plans Illegal

Fatah says Settlement Activity in East Jerusalem will Kill Peace Process

PLO says Israel wants to Kill 2-State Solution

EU Contributes €20m for Palestinian March Salaries

Abbas Calls on Quartet to Issue Statement on Reference to Negotiations

Israel Kills Palestinian, Injures Another in Gaza

Intifada-Palestine: 9 Apr 2011 – Learn more, visit: http://australiansforpalestine.com by: Samah Sabawi A response to Greg Sheridan’s ‚ÄòA Party of Ignorant Extremists’. The Australian’s unrelenting attack on the Greens and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign continued today with Foreign Editor Greg Sheridan’s opinion piece entitled… more

Los Angeles Times

As Syrians mourn slain protesters, another is reportedly killed
LA Times 9 Apr 2011 – Security forces fire shots to disperse a crowd gathered in Dara to mourn 37 killed in clashes a day earlier, witnesses and human rights activists say. One is killed and several others are hospitalized in critical condition, they say. By Garrett Therolf and Alexandra Sandels,…

Violent army crackdown on Cairo protesters shocks Egyptians
LA Times 9 Apr 2011 – Tahrir Square, a scene of celebration two months ago when Hosni Mubarak fell, became a battlefield as soldiers beat protesters and tore down tents. One demonstrator was shot dead; 71 others were hurt. Morning broke on a scene that wasn’t supposed to be in the…

Where even cellphones aren’t safe
LA Times 9 Apr 2011 – In authoritarian regimes, sending emails and using Facebook can be dangerous for activists. The U.S. State Department seeks to train them to protect themselves online. Los Angeles Times

Young Libyans laying groundwork for civil society
LA Times 9 Apr 2011 – The young activists in Benghazi consist of Islamists in clerical garb and other ex-protesters in berets and Nike shirts. They have formed civic groups and charities and speak of building democracy. Here in the gray courthouse, in offices once occupied by judges and government lawyers,…

Iran’s Ahmadinejad demotes top advisor
LA Times 9 Apr 2011 – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad replaces Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei as chief of staff. Hard-liners mistrusted Mashaei for his unorthodox views about religion. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad demoted a controversial aide Saturday, Iranian news agencies reported, amid rising calls for political change throughout the Middle East.

Syrian protesters met with gunfire; clashes leave 13 dead, hundreds wounded
LA Times 8 Apr 2011 – Tens of thousands of protesters hit the streets of several Syrian cities. In Dara, gunfire erupts, according to witnesses and human rights activists. State media acknowledges the bloodshed but blames it on unknown gunmen. In recent days, Syrian President Bashar Assad has tried to show…

New York Times

2 Protesters Are Killed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square
New York Times 9 Apr 2011 – Security forces killed two and injured dozens in an attempt to disperse peaceful protesters, witnesses said.

Syrian Forces Open Fire on Demonstrators in Two Cities
New York Times 9 Apr 2011 – Syrian security forces fired on protesters in the cities of Latakia and Dara on Saturday, a day after the bloodiest and largest antigovernment protests since the uprising began.

Qaddafi Forces Reach Gates of Key Rebel-Held City
New York Times 9 Apr 2011 – Libyan forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi pressed a ground attack on Ajdabiya, bringing the battle with the opposition back to the doorstep of the strategically vital rebel city.

Security Forces in Yemen Open Fire on Protesters
New York Times 9 Apr 2011 – Fifteen people were wounded and one was killed, doctors at a field hospital said, in the first outbreak of violence in Sana since snipers killed 52 protesters more than three weeks ago.

At Opposite Ends of Africa, Fear and Confidence in Markets
New York Times 9 Apr 2011 – Political upheaval has jolted investors in parts of Africa, but some managers see long-term opportunities in the region.

Iraqis Protest U.S. After Comments From Gates
New York Times 9 Apr 2011 – After Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates suggested that American troops could stay for years, tens of thousands of protesters allied with Moktada al-Sadr flooded the streets.

Iraq Blocks U.S. Aid to Camp of Iranian Exiles After Clash
New York Times 9 Apr 2011 – A spokesman for an Iranian exile organization that the United States classifies as a terrorist group said the number of people killed at a camp north of Baghdad by the Iraqi Army rose to 33.


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

U.S. cable companies aren’t budging on Al Jazeera
Mondoweiss – At a recent event on the Middle East at Harvard , Ayman Mohyeldin, an Al Jazeera journalist, responded to a question about Al Jazeera on US cable systems. He said that the cable companies were out of arguments against carrying AJ, but still wouldn’t budge. From company…

I ran into Lieberman today
Mondoweiss – I got in Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s face today on my run through Georgetown. I think he and Hadassah were on their way to temple because they were dressed up and walking. I slowed down and asked him what he was going to do about the Palestinians…

Orientalism in sub-Saharan Africa
Mondoweiss – One of our regular targets here at the site is Orientalism — the misguided and dangerous outlook that the great Palestinian-American scholar Edward Said dissected so persuasivelyduringhis distinguished career. Said concentrated on exposing Orientalism in the Middle East. He made remarkable progress, but every time a…

No-brainer: Temple Mount is holier to us than them, so it’s ours
Mondoweiss – At Azure, a neocon site, a messianic argument for the nonseparation of religion and state, in fact the service of religion to the cause of Jewish sovereignty over East Jerusalem, from Evelyn Gordon and Hadassah Levy. This argument reminds me of neocon Bill Kristol on the…

Palestinian bashing
Mondoweiss – Larry Derfner at JPost says that Goldstone’s shift means merely that those who believe that Gaza was the “least moral war on earth” are wrong because Israel didn’t have a policy of deliberately targeting civilians. He then goes on to savage the Gaza onslaught as a…

N.Y. State Senator Hosts Anti-Jihadi Inquisition
Tikun Olam – Anti-Muslim crusaders Frank Gaffney , Nonie Darwish and David Yerushalmi were shut out of Rep. Peter King’s recent Congressional hearings on alleged Islamic extremism. But like a Jack in the Box, no sooner are they squashed than they rear their ugly heads once again. N.Y. state senator…

Misc 2

Eight arrested as Nabi Saleh protests continue (Video)
Joseph Dana 9 Apr 2011 – The demonstrations against the Occupation in Nabi Saleh have experienced major setbacks in recent months. The demonstrations been taking place for over one year despite serious military repression . The two leaders of the community, Bassem and Naji Tamimi , have both been arrested by Israeli soldiers along…

Detained leader: Uprising in Israeli prisons in the offing
Sabr 9 Apr 2011 – [ 09/04/2011 – 02:35 PM ] WEST BANK, ( PIC )— Detained Palestinian leader Talal Al-Baz said in a leaked message that prisoners in Israeli occupation jails were about to launch an intifada to protest maltreatment. He said that the Israeli prison authorities deal with the Palestinian prisoners…

Administrative detention of prisoner Dudeen extended for 13th time
Sabr 9 Apr 2011 – [ 09/04/2011 – 02:10 PM ] Al-KHALIL, ( PIC )— Al-Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights said an Israeli court extended the administrative detention of Ayed Dudeen from Dura village in Al-Khalil city, for the 13th consecutive time. Director of the center Fouad Al-Khafsh said prisoner…

Gaza truck drivers strike to protest Karni Closure
Gisha 9 Apr 2011 – Bread prices expected to rise, [2011-03-06]

Gisha response to closing of Karni Crossing: Gaza’s Crossings Squeezed Shut
Gisha 9 Apr 2011 – , [2011-03-03]

Army in Egypt protest crackdown
BBC 9 Apr 2011 – Egypt’s army cracks down on protests in Cairo’s symbolic Tahrir Square, leaving at least one person dead and dozens injured.

Death toll mounts in Gaza strikes
BBC 9 Apr 2011 – Four Hamas militants are killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip as the death toll climbs to 18 after three days of violence.

Young Palestinians
BBC 9 Apr 2011 – Artists from West Bank and beyond get a London showcase

Judge Goldstone’s wobble sends wrong signal
Sabbah report 9 Apr 2011 – Stuart Littlewood explains why judge Richard Goldstone was the wrong person to head the UN fact-finding mission into the conflict in Gaza in the first place, and argues that Goldstone’s latest “wobble” could be the prelude to a new Israeli aggression against the people of Gaza….

Goldstone’s Rethink: Cleansing Israel’s War Crimes
Sabbah report 9 Apr 2011 – Jonathan Cook considers what judge Richard Goldstone may or may not have retracted from his original report on Israel’s attack on Gaza in 2008, the validity of his apparent retractions and what may lay behind his rethink.

BREAKING NEWS: Israeli Embassy in Cairo Under Siege
Sabbah report 9 Apr 2011 – Just when the Palestinians in Gaza thought they were facing this new Israeli attacks alone and with their backs against the wall, they found out they forgot, over the years, that they had brothers in Egypt who are willing not only to accompany them in their…


Palestinian statehood 2011: The biggest event the left isn’t debating
Ami Kaufman, +972 Magazine4/6/2011
The upcoming vote on Palestinian statehood, that will most probably take place this September at the UN General Assembly, has a lot of people talking — and a certain government panicking. Rightfully so — it’s the region’s biggest event of 2011. So why is the left in Israel and abroad keeping mum?
The fact that Benjamin Netanyahu is a staller is well-known to many in Israel and around the world. These days, readers yawn in boredom whenever they read once again about his inability to lead, his non-commitment to peace, and his lack of vision. Lately, the criticism has focused on his slow reaction to the upcoming vote this September in the UN on Palestinian statehood. Voices inside his own coalition, in the Knesset and in the media, have reprimanded the prime minister for not acting forcefully against what could be a defining moment in the region.
But Netanyahu isn’t the only one who has been slow to react and voice his opinion. Surprisingly, the left in Israel has yet to voice its opinion — either for or against — the upcoming unilateral move by the Palestinians. There have been a few politicians here and there with the usual message warning of a “diplomatic tsunami” (originally coined two weeks ago by Defense Minister Ehud Barak), but not much more than that from Labor, Kadima, or Meretz.
In addition, there are barely any left wing pundits in Israel or abroad who have taken a side on this issue. There have barely been any calls to support the Palestinians in their cause, nor any for U.S. President Barack Obama to take a side. In fact, it seems the left mocks those who treat the event a “diplomatic tsunami”. It seems the issue, oddly enough, just isn’t up for debate. more.. e-mail


We’ve been in this movie before
Ned Lazarus, Ma’an News Agency4/9/2011
As Benjamin Netanyahu’s government reaches its second anniversary, history seems destined to repeat itself.
Just as he did in the mid-1990s, Bibi has refused to negotiate any meaningful issue with the Palestinians, choosing instead to lock horns over trivial minutiae with a frustrated American administration. The immediate result has been the precipitous collapse of Israel’s international standing — the signature achievement of Netanyahu’s second premiership.
The only democracy in the Middle East — for at least a few more months — has become the least popular country in the free world, ranked in global opinion polls with the likes of Iran and Pakistan. Forget Egypt and Jordan — the current Israeli government has a “cold peace” with much of Western Europe. One only wonders what terms of endearment top US officials reserve in private for the Prime Minister, who has undermined the strategy of two US administrations.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak has taken to declaring that Israel faces a “diplomatic tsunami.” He might more accurately acknowledge that the wave already crashed; the damage has been done. Chief security official Amos Gilad warns that Israel faces isolation “more dangerous than war.”
How did Barak, the sober strategist, and Netanyahu, lucid enough to navigate a global financial crisis, burn all of Israel’s diplomatic credit in half a term? They might wish to point fingers elsewhere — at their geopolitical predicament, coalition partners, the Palestinians. Their Knesset majority conducts a daily Inquisition of scapegoats for the government’s legitimacy deficit disorder: minority citizens demanding minority rights, civil rights groups defending civil rights, American Jews with the chutzpah to have opinions about Israeli policy. Yet make no mistake; these beleaguered leaders are not victims of circumstance. more.. e-mail

Israel and the Arab revolutions
Galal Nassar, Al-Ahram Weekly4/7/2011
Israel has been panicked by recent events in the Arab world, causing it to demand ever-greater deliveries of weapons.
Barakpresident Gamal Abdel-Nasser in 1970. Recently, however, Elie Podeh, an Israeli scholar on Arab and Islamic affairs, observed in Ha’aretz that “the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, and the demonstrations sweeping other Arab capitals (which will probably lead to more revolutions) prove — as though it needed proving — that the Arab world has not disappeared.”
Podeh stressed the importance of appreciating this fact. “Because of its linguistic, cultural and historical relations, the Arab world is a region in which something that occurs in one place will have effects in other places.” He further noted Egypt’s unique position in this regard. Since Egypt has always been the pacesetter in the Arab world, “it is reasonable to presume that its current revolution will lead to demonstrations, uprisings and, perhaps, too, revolutions in other places in the Arab world.”
Clearly, one of the chief aims of the Israeli propaganda campaign today is to persuade the Israeli public of the need to increase the Israeli defence budget. The general line is that the popular uprisings throughout the Arab world spell peril for Israel, forcing it to rethink its political and military strategy and to reconstitute military units dismantled following the peace treaty with Egypt.
In fact, such scare-mongering by the military establishment should be familiar to the Israeli public. This is virtually an annual tradition that coincides with the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, ratifying the military budget. For three years now, it has been the good fortune of advocates of larger defence spending that this occasion has also marked the anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyah and therefore a time when Israeli security goes into a state of alert…. more.. e-mail

Obama’s Fateful Abuse of War Powers
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Apr 2011 – By Former Congressman Paul Findley, Co-founder of CNI The acts of war ordered by President Barack Obama against the government of Libya violated provisions of the U.S. Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973. He also exceeded his authority by pledging U.S. combat support to the United Nations Security Council and to NATO for military measures against Libya. The United States may soon find itself entrapped in a costly civil war in that North African nation. Congress is complicit in creating this mess, because it failed to demand presidential compliance with the Constitution and public law and neglected its own explicit constitutional duty in the exercise of war powers. The War Powers Resolution was enacted in the wake of the Vietnam ordeal by Members of Congress, myself included, who considered that war unauthorized by Congress and a gross abuse of Constitutional war powers. Our goal was to prevent future…more

Satyagraha — A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Apr 2011 – By Abdul Karim Sabawi – Gaza I testify, There are no weapons more lethal than yours No men and horses mightier than yours And of all those who have occupied my land Yours is the darkest, most dreadful occupation You choose to kill But killing is a parasite It will eat away your spirit Take aim Kill Until you’re exhausted I am not like you I wont allow you to stain my soul And to seduce me into killing you Three things stop me My beliefs*, values and heritage I am not like you Ignorant Arrogant of your ignorance Why not ask the sea waves Ask the sand where did the past invaders go? Visit the museums, The size of your head is no different to theirs Neither is the size of your shoes Nor will your fate be any different I am not like you Raised in isolation In…more

All Our Futures — A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Apr 2011 – By Francis Oeser (For Ramzy Baroud & Nahida Izzat) In Nagasaki all the clocks stopped at 11.02. Today, folk are still dying — a long time for the vast disintegration caused by mankind’s cruelty in 1945. Now, Nagasaki, rebuilt, gleaming and busy shows few signs of the carnage. Nature and memory quietly bury ruins. No one buries ruined Biet Daras. And, now that Mohammed Baroud lies with his son under Gaza earth – all the others too — now they are gone, those who could remember, who will mourn our terrible loss as nature and memory are cruelly buried by strangers’ bull dozers and foreign distortions? I am well-built, without much blemish. So are my children (but beautiful!). You, who look away preoccupied and embarrassed, must see our scars from so careless a world of bombs and lies! Although the clocks stopped in Palestine in 1948, the world will go…more

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