VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 11 February 2012: Hebron: At least 10 children arrested by Israeli military in one week

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Hunger-striking prisoner not backing down
2/11/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Islamic Jihad prisoner Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike for 56 days, asserted Saturday that he would continue with his strike because he is defending his dignity and not fasting in vain. In a letter from Zeiv Hospital where he is receiving treatment, Adnan said he only drinks water…. Related: HRW: Charge or release hunger-striker and Soldiers detain 4, injure 16 at protests for hunger-striker

Foundation: New structure near Al-Aqsa
2/11/2012 – The Al-Aqsa Foundation said the structure would be built on Islamic and Arab ruins. BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A committee within the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem has submitted plans for a new structure adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said Saturday. According to the foundation, the 3,700-square-meter structure….

Islamic Jihad: Airstrike wounds fighter in north Gaza
2/11/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad says a Palestinian resistance fighter was slightly injured late Friday when an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a military site in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. Abu Ahmad, a spokesman for Islamic Jihad’s military wing, says the Israeli missile targeted the Hitteen base….

HRW: Charge or release hunger-striker
2/11/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli military authorities should immediately charge or release a Palestinian detained since Dec. 17, 2011, without charge on the basis of secret evidence, Human Rights Watch said Saturday. The group says Khader Adnan’s family, lawyer, and doctors from an Israeli rights group warned that his health has deteriorated seriously…. Related: Hunger-striking prisoner not backing down and Soldiers detain 4, injure 16 at protests for hunger-striker

Power blackout in Gaza ‘imminent’
2/11/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza Energy Authority said Saturday that the sole remaining power plant in the Gaza Strip would run out of fuel by the evening, causing a wide-scale blackout. Energy official Muhammad Abu al-Amreen appealed to Egypt to deliver more fuel to Gaza to avert the crisis. Fuel that reached Gaza….

Soldiers detain 4, injure 16 at protests for hunger-striker
2/11/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A demonstration in support of hunger-striking prisoner Khader Adnan near an Israeli detention center in the West Bank was shut down by Israeli forces on Saturday, injuring 16 Palestinians including a TV journalist. Soldiers detained two Palestinians and two Israelis at a separate protest against Adnan’s continued detention in….

Inside the PA arrest campaign in Hebron’s hideout
2/11/2012HEBRON (Ma’an) — As Palestinian security forces prepared for a raid into the Israeli-controlled zone of Hebron at dawn on Friday, a Ma’an correspondent was given an inside glimpse into the first mass arrest-sweep of this refuge since a 1997 deal split the city. Forces arrested some 55 Palestinians sheltering in the…. Related: PA security detains 56 in Israeli-held Hebron zone

Abbas arrives in Egypt ahead of Arab League meet
2/11/2012 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Egypt on Saturday, where he will consult an Arab League committee on next steps after exploratory talks with Israeli envoys ended without agreement. Abbas is set to brief the Arab follow-up committee on Sunday, and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul told Ma’an on….

Haniyeh meets Iran FM to discuss Palestine support
2/11/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh discussed Iran’s support to Palestine with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Saturday, during the premier’s visit to Tehran. Haniyeh briefed the minister on Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights in Jerusalem, and said Palestinians were determined to resist….

Bahrain detains Palestinian, US observers at protest
2/11/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Bahraini police detained two US rights activists at a protest in the capital city on Saturday, after firing tear gas and stun grenades to block protesters reaching the roundabout at the center of a crushed pro-democracy uprising. Riot police seized Palestinian Huwaida Arraf and Radhika Sainath, both US citizens, who are….

Haniyeh undecided on presidential run
2/11/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Premier of the Hamas-run government Ismail Haniyeh said Friday that it is too early to talk about standing for presidential elections as Hamas has yet to decide if it will participate. But Haniyeh said he had no intention to retire anytime soon:”I am not a football player to retire,” he….

Zahhar slams Doha deal for Abbas to head unity govt
2/11/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar on Saturday denounced his party leader’s agreement to accept President Mahmoud Abbas as prime minister in a temporary government to unite Gaza and the West Bank. Hamas chief-in-exile Khalid Mashaal penned an agreement with Abbas in Qatar on Monday for the Fatah leader to…. Related: Fatah official: Abbas, Mashaal to meet in next 10 days

Fatah official: Abbas, Mashaal to meet in next 10 days
2/11/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal will meet again in the next ten days, a Fatah official said Saturday. The party leaders will get together in Cairo before the PLO meeting scheduled for Feb. 21, Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Mhaisen told Ma’an. To prepare…. Related: Zahhar slams Doha deal for Abbas to head unity govt

Hebron family hospitalized after exposed to toxic fumes
2/11/2012HEBRON (Ma’an) – Seven members of a Palestinian family from the town of Idhna west of Hebron were evacuated to hospital Saturday after they were poisoned by carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide as a result of an open stove. Nasser Qabaja, an official in the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Hebron, confirmed that ambulances….

Egypt army says anti-aircraft missiles seized in Sinai
2/11/2012 – El-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian security forces seized a stash of bombs Saturday in the Sinai peninsula, officials said. Among the weapons were a number of anti-aircraft missiles, security sources said. Sappers headed to the site in northern Sinai and began dismantling the missiles and several tons of TNT. The weapons were suspected of….

Two killed in north Lebanon in clashes over Syria
2/11/2012 – TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Reuters) — Two people were killed and at least eight wounded in street battles in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli on Saturday, a security source said, during a second day of clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The coastal city is dominated by Sunni Muslims who support the….

A year since Mubarak ousted, strike call reveals divisions
2/11/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt marked the first anniversary of the popular overthrow of Hosni Mubarak on Saturday, but a poor turnout for a strike called by activists to protest the slow pace of change from military rule laid bare the country’s deep divisions. The general strike, called to press demands for the immediate departure….

Syria forces shell Homs, Russia to oppose UN move
2/11/2012 – AMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) — Syrian forces bombarded districts of Homs city on Saturday in a campaign to crush a revolt against President Bashar Assad, whose ally Russia said it would not support an Arab peace plan circulating at the United Nations. Activists said seven people were killed in the latest attacks in a week-long government siege….

Bedouin release Koreans held in Egypt’s Sinai
2/11/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Three Korean women being held in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula by Bedouin tribesmen were released on Saturday together with their Egyptian translator following negotiations with the authorities, the governor of South Sinai province said. The Bedouin had snatched the three Koreans from a tour bus traveling near the St Catherine monastery in….

International Solidarity Movement

Hebron: At least 10 children arrested by Israeli military in one week
2/11/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Satu Gustafsson, 11 February 2012 | International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – The extreme Golani Unit of the Israeli military is escalating its arrests of Palestinian children in Al Khalil (Hebron), targeting boys between the ages of 12 to15 years old with at least 10 reported cases of child arrests made just in the span of….

The National

Circumcision should be sponsored, says Mufti
The National 11 Feb 2012 – Most health insurance schemes in the country do not cover circumcision for newborns, which can be a pricey procedure.

Regular screenings needed to ward off heart disease
The National 11 Feb 2012 – Doctors at Dubai’s Rashid Hospital say more effective measures are needed to promote heart health.

Hysteria, and why it is so catchy
The National 11 Feb 2012 – Is hysteria really infectious? A case in a New York high school may offer new clues, doctors say.

Hope for pregnant cancer patients
The National 11 Feb 2012 – Pregnant women diagnosed with cancer could undergo radiation treatment without risk to the foetus, scientists find.

Federal National Council marks 40th birthday today
The National 11 Feb 2012 – Four decades ago, under the orders of the country’s beloved first President, Sheikh Zayed, the Federal National Council was born. The work the FNC has since achieved is testament to the founder’s wisdom.

Dh25,000 to winner of Dubai’s first spelling bee
The National 11 Feb 2012 – Indian High School pupils impress and take top prizes

No fire at the Burj Khalifa, say emergency responders
The National 11 Feb 2012 – Fog triggered a false alarm, say firefighters

Maids flee shelters because of confiscated phones, says rights group
The National 11 Feb 2012 – A group that advocates for migrant rights is asking refuges for women to stop forcing the women who stay there to hand over their mobile phones and other belongings.

UN General Assembly ready to vote on Syria resolution
The National 11 Feb 2012 – The Arab League is looking for fresh ways to intensify pressure on Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.

Analysts: Israel doesn’t fear change of regime in Syria
The National 11 Feb 2012 – Israel may feel a new Syrian government may be friendlier towards the West and more distant from Iran and groups such as Lebanon’s Hizbollah that are anti-Israel.

A year after Mubarak quits, Egypt growing weary of protests
The National 11 Feb 2012 – The civil disobedience movement is hampered by a lack of broad support in Egypt, especially among the Islamist political groups who control the majority of the seats in the new lower house of parliament.

UK government scrambles to bend the rules after council prayer ban
The National 11 Feb 2012 – There were fears that atheists would mount challenges to prayers in parliament and even the singing of the national anthem, God Save the Queen.

Ha’aretz

Palestinian killed, three injured in Israeli air raid on Gaza
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2012

Illegal shark fishing in the Mediterranean on the rise
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2012

Iran helping Syria sidestep sanctions, documents prove
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2012

Jerusalem court starts debating meaning of Fascism as Im Tirtzu sues activists
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2012

Satellite images show Syrian tanks inside restive city
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2012

Hamas official lashes out at unity agreement with Fatah
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2012

Israel train services, airports to resume operations as general strike continues
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2012

Interior Minister says no plan to resign over damning Carmel fire report
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2012

Argentine President calls for regional involvement in Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2012

Syrian army general assassinated by gunmen in Damascus
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2012

At least 26 people killed in fresh Syria violence on Saturday
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2012

Haniyeh in Iran: Hamas will never recognize Israel
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2012

Ahmadinejad: Iran will soon announce major nuclear achievements
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2012

Romney looks to hold off Paul in Maine Republican caucuses
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2012

Report: Al-Qaida behind recent terror attacks in Syria
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2012

Egypt’s military rulers vow not to bow to ‘threats’
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2012

Iran to Hamas: We will use everything at our disposal to support the Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2012

Saudi Arabia pushes for Syria resolution at UN, as violence flares
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2012

Jerusalem Post

Syrian forces renew Homs bombardment
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Authorities say general shot dead in Damascus; Canadian MP: UN Security Council can be circumvented to aid civilians.

Ministers to debate tax cuts for settlement donors
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Bill would allow people to receive 35% tax exemption donations to non-profit organizations promoting settlement activity.

Award-winning singer Whitney Houston dies at 48
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Emergency assistance receive a call from the Beverly Hilton; a spokesman for the US singer and actress confirms her death.

General: Soldier kidnapping threat up since Schalit deal
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – “The motivation to kidnap a soldier or civilian has always been high and now there might be more,” Kahane said.

Yishai’s sister sued for alleged illegal employment
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Interior minister’s sister’s being sued for failing to pay social benefits, grant appropriate vacation, sick leave to foreign worker.

NATO still considering Israeli participation in op
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Announcement comes in response to exclusive ‘Post’ report that Turkey torpedoed Israeli plan to contribute missile ship to navy mission.

Romney has narrow Maine caucus win
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – A comeback for Romney after three surprise midweek losses; Wins 39 percent of vote to Ron Paul’s 36%.

IAF strikes 4 Gaza terror targets in response to rocket
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Several hours after Kassam is fired into Eshkol Council area, IAF hits terror tunnels, weapons manufacturing site in Gaza; hospital officials in Gaza say the air strike killed a Palestinian civilian.

General strike appears set to continue
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Despite ‘real progress,’ basic services will remain closed; Egged and Dan buses to join strike today, but trains will resume.

Haniyeh trip Tehran highlights Hamas rift
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Zahar calls Mashaal-Abbas agreement a ‘mistake’; At Tehran rally with Haniyeh, Ahmadinejad says nuclear program advances to be announced soon.

Activists promise robust investigation of Lifta
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Citizens’ committee declares site will become an “open campus” for study.

TA activists condemn Assad, Russia, China
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Candlelight vigil outside of Russian embassy in Tel Aviv shows support for those “being butchered” in Syria.

What to do when a child refuses to go to school
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – ‘Comfort women’ are still suffering from PTSD 60 years after the end of the War.

NASA inspires Israeli youth to reach for the stars
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012US astronaut William McArthur shared his experiences with gifted teenagers in Jerusalem.

The US and Assad
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Ambassador Ford was dispatched to Damascus just as mayhem erupted throughout the Arab world, Syria included.

Saving Syria
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Even the vetoed UN resolution was itself a watered-down compromise to appease the Russians and Chinese.

Abbas in Egypt to discuss peace talks
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012PA president will seek Arab League’s support for his decision not to continue exploratory talks with Israel in Jordan.

My Word: Ban and the bomb
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Hundreds are dying every week in Syria. And while Assad is getting away with murder, Ahmadinejad is watching.

On a musical path to aliya
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Crowned the ‘Jewish Idol’ in Israel’s Hallelujah singing competition, Kleinberg has won more than the cash prize.

Zahar: Choice of Abbas as unity PM ‘unacceptable’
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Senior Hamas official says Mashaal did not consult with group’s leadership before signing deal with Abbas.

Yishai will not quit, change post over Carmel Fire
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Responding to state comptroller’s report, Interior Minister Yishai says he is being unfairly targeted because he is religious.

2 killed in Lebanon street battle over Syria
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Several wounded in second day of violence involving supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Buses to stop, trains to start as part of strike
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Histadrut says strike to extend to Egged, Dan bus lines; union, Finance Ministry officials meet for late night talks.

‘Gunmen kill senior Syrian military official’
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – State media reports “terrorist group” kills Brig.-Gen. Issa al-Khouli in Damascus; Dichter: Israel must prepare for Alawite refugees.

Turkish PM has surgery, reportedly in good health
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Erdogan’s office says prime minster to return to “routine engagements” during the week.

1 killed in Lebanon street battle over Syria
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Several wounded in second day of violence involving supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

‘Libya urges Niger to extradite Gaddafi son’
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Saadi warns of “coming uprising” in phone interview, says Libyans unhappy with government, Libyan News Agency reports.

Female soldier run over by 4 vehicles
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Driver comes forward to tell police she ‘may have hit something’; police do not think she was first to strike soldier.

7 killed as Assad intensifies Homs shelling
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Tank, rocket bombardment in Syrian flashpoint city continues, activists say; EU foreign policy chief “appalled” by violence.

Northern Lights shine above earth
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – International Space Station camera captures images of glowing Aurora Borealis.

‘Al Qaida behind deadly Syria bombings’
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2012 – Radical Sunni group carried out Damascus, Aleppo attacks in an effort to expand their influence, US officials tell ‘McClatchy.’

UN: Syrian officials should be sent to ICC
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2012 – Pillay to address General Assembly session; World Health Organization reports “massive increase” in wounded in Syria; UN gives up on keeping tally of Syrian dead due to high level of violence.

Uruknet

Hunger-striking prisoner not backing down
Uruknet February 11, 2012 – …In a letter from Zeiv Hospital where he is receiving treatment, Adnan said he only drinks water and that he lost 42 kilograms. “I started my battle offering my soul to God almighty and adamant to go ahead until righteousness triumphs over falsehood. I am defending my dignity and my people’s dignity…

Hebron: At least 10 children arrested by Israeli military in one week
Uruknet February 11, 2012 – The extreme Golani Unit of the Israeli military is escalating its arrests of Palestinian children in Al Khalil (Hebron), targeting boys between the ages of 12 to15 years old with at least 10 reported cases of child arrests made just in the span of one week. On February 2, 2012, 12-year old…

US Ambassador: ‘Intervention not an option in Syria’
Uruknet February 11, 2012 – In his first foreign interview since leaving the country, Ford told FRANCE 24’s Arabic channel the US were still seeking a “peaceful political” solution. Ford said military intervention was not an option and denied suggestions that his country’s refusal to step in was encouraging Assad to increase the violence. “We are not…

Ongoing atrocities by NATO-installed Libyan regime
Uruknet February 12, 2012 – The Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC) regime installed by the US-NATO intervention in Libya last year is responsible for ongoing atrocities, particularly against black-skinned Libyans, detainees and other alleged supporters of the previous Gaddafi government. One of the most recent incidents occurred on February 6 at a former naval base in the…

Zahhar slams Doha deal for Abbas to head unity govt
Uruknet February 11, 2011 — Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar on Saturday denounced his party leader’s agreement to accept President Mahmoud Abbas as prime minister in a temporary government to unite Gaza and the West Bank. Hamas chief-in-exile Khalid Mashaal penned an agreement with Abbas in Qatar on Monday for the Fatah leader to head the unity administration….

Palestinian Intellectuals to Syrian Regime: Not in Our Name! (English trans)
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – It is our honor, as Palestinian writers and signatories to this statement, to request as a group to be inducted into the Syrian Writers Union, which has been recently established by the free Syrian writers and intellectuals who stand with the people as they climb the ladder of freedom which has been…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – The number of confirmed demonstrations this Friday rose to 655, the province of Idlib had the most demonstrations where 148 demonstrations occured, followed by Aleppo where, for the first time, 109 demonstrations took place, this was followed by Hama where 84 demonstrations took place. In Daraa 61 demonstrations were staged followed by…

In photos: On hunger strike in Gaza
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – A number of Gazans have joined Khader Adnan’s hunger strike to protest the inhumane conditions that Palestinian political prisoners face in Israeli jails. Israel often holds Palestinians in administrative detention without charges, depriving detainees of their right to due process. Adnan has been on hunger strike for 55 days and is currently…

Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike: Defeating Oppression, Liberating Palestine
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – You stand in the narrow room. You can barely see from the dim light. You feel the pain in every part of your body. You are not allowed to sit down and you are tired from standing. You are hungry and you are thirsty. You think of your parents’ anguish when they…

Scenes from the class struggle in Greece
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – This loan shark says, make them pay, beat them until they pay everything, but don’t beat them so hard that they can’t keep paying. That loan shark says, if you don’t make an example of this one, the others won’t respect you. Beat them to death. And it is between these two…

Torture and Plundering: Libya’s Militias Run Wild
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – It is a story told with alarming regularity in Libya. Two rival militias, both nominally allies of the National Transitional Council (NTC) engage in an intense gunbattle. When the guns finally fall silent and one of the factions has taken a base belong to the other, they proceed to take everything that…

Ethnic Cleansing in a Zionist Fairyland
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – ‘De-Arabizing the history of Palestine is another crucial element of the ethnic cleansing. 1500 years of Arab and Muslim rule and culture in Palestine are trivialized, evidence of its existence is being destroyed and all this is done to make the absurd connection between the ancient Hebrew civilization and today’s Israel. The…

012
Uruknet February 10, 2012. Chaos and violence continue, implications of Iraq are noted in a series by the New York Times, Nouri faces rumors of involvement with the US CIA, veterans suicides get some attention, banks profit off veterans, and more… When Nouri returned to Iraq, his war against Iraqiya and Sunnis became more obvious and he…

Murdering Khader Adnan
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – ….On February 8, Amnesty International said Israel uses “administrative detention to lock up Palestinian activists without charge, violating their rights to a fair trial.” AI said “Israel must release or try Palestinian detainee on prolonged hunger strike.” After examining him on January 29 (his only medical contact since arrested), Physicians for Human…

While You Were Sleeping, Again
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – Another early morning in Baba Amr, another late night here. My plan is to write a simple post from a few reports on the day’s events in Homs, the fifth consecutive day of shelling in Baba Amr. Keeping an eye on Skype and Twitter and my ears tuned in to Omar Shakir’s…

Video: Close Guantánamo: End Ten Years of Injustice – Andy Worthington and Jason Leopold in Discussion in San Francisco
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – During my ten-day US tour last month to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the “war on terror” prison at Guantánamo, all the events I took part in, and the TV and radio interviews I undertook, were worthwhile, enjoyable, and an opportunity to provide important information and to urge those…

Khader Adnan: A leader in the struggle for Palestinian prisoner’s dignity
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – Khader Adnan has quickly become the focal point and symbolic face of the inherent injustice thousands of Palestinians face on a daily basis within the Israeli penal system. Entering into the 55th day of his hunger strike, Adnan is protesting the Israeli Occupation Authority’s (IOA) illegal application of administrative detention and its…

Unequal neighbors: Off the grid in Area C
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – Pylons tower over South Hebron Hills village Um al-Kher, hoisting electricity cables that bisect the agricultural community. But like hundreds of their Palestinian neighbors, this tiny hamlet has no access to the power grid. The cables running above the heads of the 150 Um al-Kher residents supply a chicken farm set up…

Syria government and rivals trade blame for Aleppo blasts ?
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – Two suicide car bombers struck Syrian security compounds in Aleppo on Friday, killing 28 people, Syrian officials said, bringing significant violence for the first time to a major city that has largely stood by President Bashar Assad in the 11-month-old uprising against his rule. State media touted the blasts as proof that…

Petition to save Palestinian hunger striker
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – An online petition has called for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to put pressure on Israel to release a Palestinian detainee who has been on hunger strike for 56 days. Khader Adnan is said to be close to death after refusing to eat shortly after his arrest in December….

Daily Star

Bahraini police fire teargas at protesters
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 Bahraini police fired teargas and stun grenades to stop mainly Shi’ite protesters trying to march towards the roundabout at the centre of a failed pro-democracy uprising last year and detained two American rights activists who came…

Inside the making of the Bali bombs
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 An Indonesian militant charged in the 2002 Bali terrorist attacks told interrogators he spent weeks holed up in a rented house, painstakingly building a half-ton bomb using household items including a rice ladle, a grocer’s scale…

U.S. general discusses crackdown with Egypt ruler
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 The United States’ top general discussed an Egyptian crackdown on Western-funded pro-democracy groups with the head of the country’s ruling military council Saturday.

Iraqi dissidents form new opposition
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 A group of political dissidents created a new Iraqi opposition party Saturday, vowing to act as a check on the government as the prime minister warned that a push for regional autonomy could tear the country…

New clashes in eastern Saudi Arabia kill one
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 Saudi police exchanged fire with “masked gunmen” at a protest in the Shiite-populated east, killing one of them, state reported early Saturday, in the second fatal clashes in the oil-rich region in 24 hours.

Weapons moving from Iraq to Syria: Iraq official
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 Jihadists are moving from Iraq to Syria and arms are also sent across the border to opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, Iraq’s deputy interior minister said Saturday.

Hamas will never recognize Israel: Haniyeh
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 Hamas “will never recognize Israel,” Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Saturday in a speech in Iran that is likely to complicate Palestinian efforts to form a unity government in the teeth of opposition from the…

Iran: 30 million lose email access
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 An Iranian news agency reports that more than 30 million people in the country have lost access to foreign email services such as Gmail, Yahoo mail and Hotmail.

Bahrain rights activist says 2 Americans detained
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 A Bahraini rights activists says two Americans have been detained as part of security crackdowns before the first anniversary of the anti-government uprising in the Gulf kingdom.

Israel anti-missile system tested
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 Israel and the United States recently carried out a successful test of the Arrow anti-missile system over the Mediterranean Sea, the Israeli Defence Ministry said Friday.

Mikati: France to reduce UNIFIL presence in Lebanon
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 Prime Minister Najib Mikati, on an official visit to France, said Saturday Paris would reduce its peacekeeper numbers in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and voiced optimism that the government crisis back home…

Across Europe, protesters voice anger at treaty
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 Protesters are gathering in several European cities to voice anger at an international copyright treaty that they fear will lead to censorship on the Internet.

Turkish prosecutor orders arrest of 4 spy agency members
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 An Istanbul prosecutor has ordered the arrest of four members of Turkey’s intelligence agency after they refused to testify about their contact with Kurdish rebels, Anatolia news agency said Friday.

Mikati visits Hariri in Paris
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 Prime Minister Najib Mikati, on an official visit to France, made a brief stop Saturday to check on the health of his predecessor, head of the Future Movement MP Saad Hariri, who is the French capital…

Russian envoy says Syria’s sovereignty priority for Moscow
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said Saturday his country remained keen on preserving Syria’s sovereignty and said many Syrians remained loyal to embattled President Bashar Assad.

Two robberies in Beirut southern suburbs
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 A Syrian taxi driver was robbed of his car and money by three armed men in Beirut’s southern suburbs Saturday

Police: Journalist couple killed in Bangladesh
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 Two television journalists in Bangladesh found stabbed to death Saturday in their home in the capital of Dhaka, police said. The motive of the killings is unknown.

Syrian opposition expects Arab recognition
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 The opposition Syrian National Council, an umbrella body grouping parties in revolt against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, said Friday it expects to be recognised within days by several Arab states.

Albanian house speaker to visit Lebanon
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 Albanian Parliament Speaker Josefina Topalli will arrive in Lebanon Monday on a three-day official visit during which she will meet with the country’s top officials.

Gunmen assassinate army general in Damascus
Daily Star 11 Feb 2012 Syria’s state-run news agency says gunmen have assassinated an army general in the capital Damascus.

YNet

Bahraini police fire teargas at protesters
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Oil spill fouls river in eastern Venezuela
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Sudan army says seizes rebel-held area in border state
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Egypt: Tribesmen release Korean tourists in Sinai
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Qassam rocket hits Negev; no injuries
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Classic Zionism in Migron
YNet News, 11 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: Residents of hilltop communities are devoted to Zionist ideal of settling the land ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOA mobilizes forces near Aqsa mosque
PIC – Hundreds of Israeli occupation soldiers and policemen were deployed since the early morning hours of Saturday in the vicinity of the holy Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

16 Palestinians wounded in confrontations near Ofer prison
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at Palestinians near Ofer jail on Saturday and wounded 16 including a journalist.

Jihad: No calm if any harm befalls Adnan
PIC – Secretary general of the Islamic Jihad movement Dr. Ramadan Shallah has warned that his movement would not be committed to calm with Israel in the event any harm was done to Sheikh Khader Adnan.

PLO leadership meeting in Cairo postponed
PIC – Two members of the PLO’s executive committee have said that the PLO leadership meeting slated for 18 February in Cairo was postponed for three days.

Gaza power station to stop functioning in two days
PIC – Gaza power station’s management has warned that the coastal enclave would plunge into darkness within the next two days if fuel was not supplied to operate it.

Haneyya arrives in Tehran on fourth leg of foreign tour
PIC – Gaza premier Ismail Haneyya and the accompanying delegation arrived in the Iranian capital on Friday evening on the fourth leg of his foreign tour.

Peaceful W. Bank marches violently attacked by Israeli soldiers
PIC – Dozens of Palestinians and foreign activists suffered suffocation from tear gas and some were injured by Israeli soldiers during their peaceful anti-wall marches in different West Bank villages.

Intifada Palestine

Information Overload
Intifada-Palestine: 11 Feb 2012 – Paul Balles Six months ago, I wrote about Alvin Toffler’s book Future Shock , which looks at a world with “too much change in too short a period of time”. In Toffler’s view, change overwhelms people, leaving them disconnected and suffering from… more

Iran War: What Is AIPAC Planning?
Intifada-Palestine: 11 Feb 2012 – So here’s a theory. Netanyahu and his camp followers here do not really want a war now. They just want it understood that they can dictate whether there is one or not. And when. In other words, they want to show… more

Special interest money is killing US democracy
Intifada-Palestine: 11 Feb 2012 – by Jamal Kanj WHEN Newt Gingrich called Palestinians “invented people” last December, most did not realise it was his deep pockets, not his brain lateralisation, which transmitted the claptrap through his mouth. Gingrich’s political career highlights include helping write the “contract… more

Misc

Syria bombings hit a city seen as key to Assad’s future
LA Times 10 Feb 2012 – Rebels and the government of President Bashar Assad trade blame for the twin bombings in Aleppo, which killed at least 28.  

Syrian General Killed by Gunmen in Damascus
New York Times 11 Feb 2012 – The assassination of a Dr. Issa al-Khouli was another step away from the nonviolent roots of Syria’s antigovernment protests.

SNC-Lavalin Swept Up in Suspected Plot to Smuggle a Qaddafi
New York Times 11 Feb 2012 – The Canadian company SNC-Lavalin had paid more than $100,000 to a consultant charged in what the authorities call a plot to smuggle one of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s sons into Mexico.

Hamas Premier, Ismail Haniya, Visits Iran
New York Times 11 Feb 2012 – Amid reports of tensions over Syria, Hamas appeared to be trying to keep Prime Minister Ismail Haniya’s visit low-key, while Iran’s news media played it up.

Ongoing atrocities by NATO-installed Libyan regime
WSWS – The war crimes and abuses being perpetrated by the TNC regime further expose the claims that the NATO allies intervened for humanitarian purposes to rescue the Libyan people from violent repression.

Egyptians protest in lead-up to anniversary of Mubarak’s ouster
WSWS – Thousands marched in Cairo, Alexandria, and other cities against the US-backed Egyptian military junta yesterday.

Husband of ‘NYT’ Jerusalem correspondent calls for attack on Iran
Mondoweiss – When does the Caesar’s wife standard kick in? When do warlike statements from Israeli Hirsh Goodman, who is married to Isabel Kershner, a New York Times Jerusalem correspondent, become too much for the Times to bear? When do those pronouncements affect the paper’s reputation for straightforward…

Israeli military court extends administrative detention for civil rights lawyer Dr. Yousef Abdul Haq
Mondoweiss – Dr. Yousef Abdul Haq Photo: Tanweer Enlightenment Forum The Israel military court has extended administrative detention for two months in addition to three months already detained for civil rights lawyer Dr. Yousef Abdul Haq, a lecturer at An-Najah National University and the Cultural Coordinator for the…

AIPAC member identified as Abileah assailant during Netanyahu speech to Congress
Mondoweiss – Occupy AIPAC sent out the following press release :   A recent response to a subpoena from the United States Capitol Police has revealed the main assailant of a peaceful demonstrator who was physically attacked and injured on May 24, 2011, to be Stanley Anthony Shulster, allegedly…

Adelson dumps Gingrich and Santorum’s star is rising
Mondoweiss – News spreads fast. Bloomberg is reporting Adelson isn’t planning on floating Gingrich anymore which leaves him high and dry and scrambling for cash. Five losing contests later, Gingrich and Winning Our Future, an outside political action committee supporting him, are almost silent on television airwaves, offering…

US citizens arrested in Bahrain supporting peaceful protest near one-year anniversary of uprising
Mondoweiss – The following press release was just sent out by WitnessBahrain.org : American Citizens Arrested in Bahrain during Peaceful Protest Huwaida Arraf & Radhika Sainath in Police Custody For immediate release Febraury 11, 2011 (Manama) – US Citizens Huwaida Arraf and Radhika Sainath were arrested by Bahraini security…

Moscow and the formation of The New World System
Voltaire Network 11 Feb 2012 – Imad Fawzi Shueibi examines the reasons and consequences of Russia’s recent position at the Security Council. Moscow’s backing of Syria is not a posture but the result of an in-depth analysis of the shifting global balance of power. The current crisis will crystallize into a new…

Al-Qaeda refashioned by the UK
Voltaire Network 11 Feb 2012 – Abu Qatada, the man who had been dubbed by the Anglo-American media as “Osama ben Laden’s ambassador in Europe”, and who is on the list of individuals associated with Al-Qaeda established by the UN Security Council Committee (resolutions 1267/1898), has just been released on parole by…

Faced with competition from the SCO, will NATO choose diplomacy or arms?
Voltaire Network 10 Feb 2012 – While the likelihood of a conventional war against Syria has been swept aside by the Russian and Chinese double veto, Westerners have been left with no alternative plan. Above all, they do not know how to handle the conflict pitting them against the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (…

2 Palestinians Arrested During Beit Ommar Demonstration in Solidarity with Khader Adnan
Palestine Solidarity Project 11 Feb 2012 – On Saturday, February 11, 2012 the popular committee of Beit Ommar and Palestine Solidarity Project held their weekly demonstration against the occupation and settlements. Residents of Beit Ommar, accompanied by Israeli and international solidarity activists, marched to an area of Beit Ommar’s agricultural land near the…

Arabs to discuss Syria escalation
BBC 11 Feb 2012 – Arab foreign ministers are to meet in Cairo to decide their next move after the failure of a UN resolution on Syria, as violence continues in Homs.

Iran to make nuclear announcement
BBC 11 Feb 2012 – Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his country will announce major nuclear achievements in the next few days.

Egypt strike fails to make impact
BBC 11 Feb 2012 – Activists’ calls for a day of strikes in Egypt on the anniversary of President Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow appear to have little impact.

One killed in air strikes on Gaza
BBC 11 Feb 2012 – One man is killed and four others wounded in Israeli air strikes against what it says were “terrorist” sites in the Gaza Strip.

Egypt, Anarchists, Serving the Purpose of Giving you an Extra middle Finger when yours is Occupied.
A-infos 11 Feb 2012 – Prologues, Anarchist Inspiration. —- Place yourself in the Center of Events, Look at humans, what they’re doing and Have been doing to others, themselves and Their Planet as Long as History recalls… Look closely and Tell me what you see and What you think of it,…

Rock musician Cat Power cancels Israel show, citing Israeli-Palestinian conflict
US Campaign to End the Occupation 11 Feb 2012 – By Associated Press Friday, February 10, 7:04 AM JERUSALEM — American musician Cat Power has canceled her show in Israel, joining a list of artists shunning the country over its conflict with the Palestinians. Charlyn Marie Marshall, better known by her stage name Cat Power, was…

Articles


Old Israel and the new Middle East
Maged Kayali, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/10/2012
      Two opposing phenomena are interacting in the Middle East; the first is Israel, moving back to the past with its policies, laws and ideology, looking ever more like a “typical” Middle East country: closed, exclusive, violent, and culturally and religiously rigid. The second phenomenon is the effort made by some Arab countries to break away from the stereotypical image assigned to them for decades. They are shedding their unhappy past to move into a positive future, embracing modernity and democracy. That is the aim of the popular revolutions, despite the complexities and difficulties being faced.
     Israel has always been promoted as an oasis of modernity, democracy and secularism in the “desert” of the old, authoritarian and religious Middle East. Now it is on the brink of changes which may affect its nature and beliefs about itself and its image in the world. The influence of rabbis and religious and far-right political parties is increasing; the state and society are both moving more towards a more religious outlook (58% of the Jewish population in Israel consider themselves to be religious), to the extent that many Israeli intellectuals and analysts call Israel the State of “Haredim” (religious extremists) and warn about establishing an “Iran here”. The rabbis’ control over Israel is similar to that of the ayatollahs’ over Iran.
     About that, Eitan Haber warns, “A few years ago, I wrote in Yedioth Ahranoth something along the lines of, ‘the Arabs have become Jews – the Jews have become Arabs’.” In the same newspaper, economist Professor Dan Ben-David said, “If Israel becomes a third world country, that will be the end of the whole project.”
     What is interesting is that religious extremism in Israel is synonymous with “National” Jewish extremism, considering Judaism to be a nationality, which means that these two extremes complement one another.
     The explanation is that there are common roots between the two extremist views for Israelis, as both were founded on religious myths of the “promised land”, “God’s chosen people” and “Greater Israel”. What also draws these two currents to each is that they both revolve around the Jewish self, which reveals racism against the “Other”, the gentiles, particularly the Palestinians who are the indigenous people of the land on which the state of Israel was founded. more.. e-mail

Deep set targets
Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah, Al-Ahram Weekly 2/9/2012
      While handshakes remain fresh on the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation track, economic conditions could soon derail the Palestinian Authority entirely.
     Although he is more than 65 years old and was busy as a manager of an economic firm, the Israeli army recalled Shay Avital, a retired general who left the army more than a decade ago. This unusual move in Israeli military tradition is seen as vital as army leaders believe Avital would guarantee the success of a new army leadership unit, known as Depth Corp, in charge of special military operations deep in the Arab world.
     Fast-paced developments in the Arab world in the wake of revolutions for democratic change will result in numerous threats for Israel, which requires it to prepare plans to face these threats. This includes preparing for operations in the heart of the Arab world. Military leaders believe that despite Avital’s advanced age he is the best qualified to head Depth Corp because of his unique expertise.
     During his service in the army, Avital led many elite units in the army specialising in unique operations in the heart of the Arab world, most prominently the Sayeret Matkal unit that specialised in assassination and kidnapping operations. The formation of Depth Corp is part of restructuring the Israeli army to ensure Israel’s freedom of manoeuvre when necessary.
     The main assumption for Israeli strategists is that the Arab Spring will bring with it immense challenges to Israel’s security, which in time could evolve into existential threats. Israeli military leaders fear that the countries where revolutions for democratic change have taken place could become bases for military operations against Israeli targets. Hence, decision-makers in Israel believe they need to be prepared to carry out operations deep inside states that are far away from Palestine’s borders, such as Yemen and Iraq. more.. e-mail

Ethiopian Israelis face increasing discrimination
Elena Viola, Alternative Information Center 2/9/2012
      Racism is on the rise in Israel and it is sometimes directed towards Ethiopian Jews, citizens of the state who face discrimination and rejection on the basis of their skin color.
     1500 Israelis of Ethiopian origin demonstrated recently against Israeli racism and discrimination outside the parliament in Jerusalem. The protest took place after some landlords in Kiryat Malachi, which is home to a large Ethiopian Israeli population, refused to rent to Ethiopian Jews.
     “Israelis don’t want to have Ethiopians around,” says Shoko, an Israeli woman who provides counselling to Ethiopian youths in Haifa. “Their excuse to not rent flats to Ethiopians is that they are noisy…and they eat injera, which is a ‘stinky’ bread, and its strong smell spreads all over the neighbouring area. In reality, Israelis don’t like Ethiopians because they are black…”
     Chava Weiss, fundraiser for the Israeli Association of the Ethiopian Jewish (IAEJ), states that, “this is a case of pure unfortunate discrimination and stereotyping,..”
     There are approximately 130,000 Ethiopian Jews living in Israel. Citizens of the state, they entered the country during two covert Israeli military operations – in 1984 and 1991 – aimed to bring Ethiopians to Israel to bolster the Jewish majority
     “But even if the largest part of Ethiopians living here is Jewish, some rabbis and ordinary Israeli residents discriminate them because their Jewish roots are not alike the ones of the Eastern European Jews,” Muju, a young Ethiopian man who lives in Jerusalem, explains. Ethiopians observe some different holy festivities and don’t observe the Talmud. Muju adds that, “some Jewish people even claim that we Ethiopians made up our Jewry just to enter Israel.” more.. e-mail

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