VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 17 February 2012: Adnan Still On Hunger-Strike At Galilee Hospital

17 February 2012VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Detainees In Ramon Punished For Protesting Abuse
IMEMC – The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported Friday that Palestinian political detainees held at the Ramon Israeli prison, are being punished for protesting abuse against their families, who are being ordered to undergo humiliation and strip search before they visit their detained family members. …

Adnan Still On Hunger-Strike At Galilee Hospital
IMEMC – Sahar Francis Lawyer of the Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Ad-Dameer, visited on Friday, detainee Khader Adnan who has been on hunger strike since more than 62 days and is currently at an Israeli hospital in Safad, in the Galilee. …

Thousands Protest In Support Of The Political Prisoners
IMEMC – Thousands of protestors rallied in the Gaza strip and the West Bank on Friday in support of Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan who was jailed by Israel, and is ongoing with his hunger strike for the 62nd day, despite his bad health condition. …

Journalist Released After Eight Years In Israeli Prisons
IMEMC – Journalist Ya’qoub al-Hotary was released, on Friday, from an Israeli detention facility after spending eight years in different Israeli detention centers for his journalistic and political activities. …

Army Invades al-Isawiyya In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded, Friday in a pre-dawn raid, al-Isawiyya town, in occupied East Jerusalem and broke into several homes, starting with the home of former political prisoner, Samer al-Esawy. …

PCHR Weekly Report: Elderly man killed, 18 civilians wounded by Israeli troops this week
IMEMC – In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 09 – 15 Feb. 2012, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that an elderly Palestinian man was killed and his son was wounded, east of Gaza City. …

Hamas Slams Israeli Attacks Against Elected MP’s
IMEMC – Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, issued a press release denouncing the Israeli army’s attacks against homes and officers of elected Palestinian legislators in the occupied West Bank. The movement said that the attacks target the determination and steadfastness of the legislators. …

Ma’an News

Israeli army fires on Gaza
2/17/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shelled Gaza east of Breij refugee camp late Friday, causing no injuries or damage, after Israel’s army said two projectiles landed near Ashkelon. One missile fell beside a house in Breij, locals said. There were no injuries. An Israeli unit also infiltrated near Abu Samra north….

Detainee mothers subjected to ‘humiliating’ search
2/17/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The mothers and families of Palestinian detainees from Bethlehem say they were exposed to “humiliating” strip searches while they were heading to Rimon prison on Thursday. The mother of Rabie Rabie, who is sentenced to life in prison, told Ma’an that while the family was on its way for….

Detainees society confirms Khader Adnan alive
2/17/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Detainees’ Society on Friday confirmed that hunger-striking prisoner Khader Adnan is alive, despite concerns over his health. Media spokesman Amjad An-Najjar said the society had double-checked his condition with the hospital where Adnan is being held after receiving dozens of concerned calls….

Qalqiliya TV producer released after 8 years in jail
2/17/2012 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — A TV producer who spent eight years in Israeli jail was released on Thursday, and greeted by crowds at the entrance to West Bank town Qalqiliya. Yaqoub al-Hutari worked for Qalqiliya TV before Israeli forces detained him in 2004, on suspicion belonging to leftist group the Popular Front for the Liberation….

Gaza father appeals for information on missing son
2/17/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 25-year-old man went missing from his home in the southern Gaza Strip a week ago, and has not been found despite extensive searches, his father said Friday. Salah Barbakhleft home at 9 a. m. on Sunday and has not been seen despite police and relatives searching the region….

Thousands rally for Khader Adnan
2/17/2012GAZA CITY (Reuters) — Several thousand Palestinians rallied in Gaza and the West Bank on Friday in support of jailed hunger-striker Khader Adnan, who is on the 62nd day of a hunger strike to protest against his detention by Israel.” We are all Khader Adnan,” chanted crowds gathered in the Gaza Strip, with activists from the….

Report: Rocket lands near Askelon
2/17/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A rocket fired from Gaza hit an open area south of Ashkelon on Friday evening, Israeli media reported. No injuries of damage were reported, Israel’s Ynet news site said….

Hezbollah denies role in attack on Israel’s missions
2/17/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah denied Israeli accusations on Thursday that his group was behind bombers who attacked Israeli missions in India and Georgia this week.” I assure you that Hezbollah has nothing to do with this,” he told supporters. Israel accused Iran and Hezbollah of being behind twin bomb attacks on Israeli….

President, minister press for world to save Khader Adnan
2/17/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Friday he will take the case of hunger-striking prisoner Khader Adnan to the UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, as officials said the president was pushing foreign diplomats to step in to save the prisoner. Qaraqe said he will brief Richard Falk on….

Israel blames Iran’s Quds Force for embassy bombs
2/17/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — A senior Israeli official accused Iran’s shadowy Quds Force on Friday of masterminding a string of attacks on Israeli diplomats abroad this week, fleshing out allegations denied by Tehran. Monday’s apparently coordinated attempts to bomb staff at Israel’s embassies in New Delhi and Tbilisi killed nobody but….

Thousands of Palestinians rally against Assad
2/17/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Thousands of Palestinians in Israel demonstrated against Syrian President Bashar Assad on Friday, calling for him to step down and end his violent suppression of a nationwide revolt. Chanting “Bashar Assad leave” and “Let the people live”, protesters in the northern town of Kafr Kanna set fire to posters of the Syrian president….

Iran president complains of interference in region
2/17/2012 – ISLAMABAD (Reuters) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, accused by the West of pursuing a nuclear weapons program, said in Pakistan on Friday foreign nations were determined to dominate the region and this should not be allowed.” There are countries that are determined to dominate our region. And they have targeted our region for their domination and….

Thai police seek fifth suspect in Iranian bombers case
2/17/2012 – BANGKOK (Reuters) — Thai police said on Friday they were looking for a fifth person in connection with a series of blasts in Bangkok blamed on Iranians who may have been targeting Israeli diplomats, as in India and Georgia earlier in the week.” There are more than four people involved in the blasts and we’….

5-year-old crash survivor says bus burnt ‘like hell’
2/17/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Five-year-old Muhammad escaped the deadly crash of his school bus near Qalandiya on Thursday, but he cannot shake off the images of his classmates as the vehicle caught fire.” We were shouting, dancing and singing as we were excited about our school trip, when suddenly I saw a fire and felt….

Police investigate ‘$6 million gold theft’
2/17/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Nablus jewelry shop-owner is being investigated by Palestinian police for the theft of $6 million-worth of gold, the head of the Palestinian union for precious minerals said Friday. Ghazi Herbawi told Ma’an the man had tricked a number of jewelry dealers in the West Bank into handing him….

UN assembly adopts resolution condemning Syria
2/17/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The 193-nation UN General Assembly ratcheted up the pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday by overwhelmingly approving a resolution that endorses an Arab League plan calling for him to step aside.” Today the UN General Assembly sent a clear message to the people of Syria — the world is with….

Yemen troops capture 10 militants after attack on officials
2/17/2012 – SANAA (Reuters) — Yemeni government forces detained 10 al-Qaida-linked fighters on Friday, a security source said, after an attack in a town which underscored the security challenges of next week’s presidential elections. On Wednesday, Islamist militants shot dead a military officer and an election official in the town of Baydah, about 130 km southeast….

Analysis: Turkish spy row hits Kurdish peace, democratization moves
2/17/2012 – ISTANBUL (Reuters) — A prosecutor’s investigation of Turkey’s top spy has exposed a deep rift between police and the intelligence agency which could scupper efforts to end a Kurdish separatist insurgency and damage the government’s democratization efforts. The crisis, driven by police concern about the activities of National Intelligence Agency….

One year after revolt, Libyans still feel insecure
2/17/2012 – By Mohammed Al Tommy and Marie-Louise GumuchianBENGHAZI/TRIPOLI (Reuters) — Libyans took to the streets on Friday to celebrate the first anniversary of the uprising that toppled Moammar Gadhafi, but some rued the insecurity and disorder that still stalk a country preparing for its first free election. Flag-waving crowds converging on Martyrs Square in the capital….

NATO to stay out of Syria even with UN mandate
2/17/2012 – ANKARA (Reuters) — NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the Western alliance had no intention of intervening in Syria even in the event of a UN mandate to protect civilians, and urged Middle East countries to find a way to end the spiralling violence. Rasmussen told Reuters on Friday he also rejected the possibility of providing….

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

5 Palestinian fishermen arrested by Israeli Navy, one of them a 13 year old boy
2/17/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Rosa Schiano, 16 February 2012, il Blog di Oliva – In the past few days five Gazan fishermen have been arrested by the Israeli Navy off the north coast of Gaza. Adham Mahmoud Abu Ryada, 22, and his brother Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Ryada, 13, were both arrested on Sunday evening.  Jamal Ramadan Al Sultan, 58….

Relief Web

Palestinian Villages Affected by Violence from Yitzhar Settlement and Outposts
Relief Web 17 Feb 2012 – Country: occupied Palestinian territory Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Relief Web 17 Feb 2012 – Source: World Health Organization Country: occupied Palestinian territory Referrals from Gaza: Summary for January 2012 A 25-year-old male patient with a valid permit was detained at Erez Crossing. 6 patients (0.6%) who applied for a permit to cross Erez checkpoint…

US-funded project demolished in East Jerusalem
Relief Web 17 Feb 2012 – Source: Middle East Children’s Alliance Country: occupied Palestinian territory On February 13, 2012, Israeli bulldozers arrived before sunrise and without warning to the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem to demolish a newly completed community facility. The “cultural café”…

Will Fatah/Hamas Accord Affect Mideast Peace Process?
Relief Web 16 Feb 2012 – Source: Voice of America Country: occupied Palestinian territory André de Nesnera Two rival Palestinian organizations, Hamas and Fatah, agreed on a power-sharing accord earlier this month. In this report from Washington, VOA Senior Correspondent Andre de Nesnera looks at what…

Gaza’s Health Sector under Hamas: Incurable Ills?
Relief Web 16 Feb 2012 – Source: Center for Strategic and International Studies Country: occupied Palestinian territory Author: Haim Malka In less than three decades Hamas health care activities have transformed dramatically. This transformation in health care has mirrored Hamas‘s own evolution, albeit incomplete, from a…

IOF Escalates Its Attacks on Gaza Strip, Attacks Densely Populated Areas; 11 Injured, Including Two Children
Relief Web 16 Feb 2012 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continue to escalate their attacks on the Gaza Strip. Today, Thursday 16 February 2012, the IOF attacked two military training sites located in densely…

The National

UN backing in vote cuts down Syria options
The National 17 Feb 2012 – With virtually no political solution left for the UN, fears are growing that only a military option can end the crisis and bring peace after a year of violence that has killed about 8,000 people.


Top Obama aide heads to Israel for talks on Iran, Syria
Ha’aretz – 17 Feb 2012

Report: Testimony of Israeli victim in New Delhi terror attack sheds new light on incident
Ha’aretz – 17 Feb 2012

U.S. charges suspect over would-be suicide attack on Capitol
Ha’aretz – 17 Feb 2012

56 killed in Syria as Assad regime ignores UN resolution
Ha’aretz – 17 Feb 2012

Iranian naval ships enter Mediterranean via Suez Canal
Ha’aretz – 17 Feb 2012

U.S., EU welcome Iran nuclear letter, suggest talks possible
Ha’aretz – 17 Feb 2012

Thousands rally in Gaza, West Bank in support of Palestinian jailed in Israel
Ha’aretz – 17 Feb 2012

New York Times reporter risked his life for stories otherwise untold
Ha’aretz – 17 Feb 2012

Iran, Hezbollah seek to attack more Israeli targets abroad, official says
Ha’aretz – 17 Feb 2012

Sholom Aleichem, the Yiddish author who flirted with screenwriting
Ha’aretz – 17 Feb 2012

Justice for the founder of Portugal’s Jewish community
Ha’aretz – 17 Feb 2012

Thailand police: Iranian suspects in Bangkok attack consorted with prostitutes
Ha’aretz – 17 Feb 2012

Report: Israel advises Thailand to up security, fearing fresh attacks
Ha’aretz – 17 Feb 2012

U.S. sanctions Iran ministry for aiding Assad’s crackdown
Ha’aretz – 17 Feb 2012

Thailand hunts for new Iranian suspects over botched Bangkok bombing
Ha’aretz – 17 Feb 2012

Israeli hospital, teacher team up to reduce cancer-induced stress
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

UN General Assembly backs call to topple Syria’ Assad
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

In Cyprus, Netanyahu urges natural gas cooperation with Israel
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

As Jewish Agency contracts, its executive paychecks swell
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

After Jerusalem crash, racist comments appear on Netanyahu’s Facebook page
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

Israel battens down for storm, as Jerusalem awaits maiden snowfall
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

Israel opts for Italian training plane over South Korean competitor
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

Israel’s treasury asks Bar-Ilan University to explain official’s excessive wages
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

Jerusalem Post

US Capitol plot suspect mulled synagogue attack
Jerusalem Post 17 Feb 2012 – Illegal Moroccan immigrant arrested near Congress wearing vest he thought was full of al-Qaida-supplied explosives.

Top Obama aide heads to Israel for talks on Iran
Jerusalem Post 17 Feb 2012 – White House says National Security Adviser Tom Donilon’s visit part of “unshakable commitment to Israel’s security”; ‘Guardian’ reports key US officials growing doubtful sanctions can deter Tehran’s nuclear aspirations.

‘Israeli victim gives testimony on Delhi attack’
Jerusalem Post 17 Feb 2012 – ‘Times of India’ reports Tal Yehoshua-Koren told investigators she saw bomber prior to attack; terror victim lands in Israel.

Terrorists fire RPG at IDF forces on Gaza border
Jerusalem Post 17 Feb 2012 – No soldiers injured as terrorists explode second device when backup forces arrive; 3 rockets also fired into southern Israel.

Interview: ‘Yemen Times’ editor Nadia Al-Sakkaf
Jerusalem Post 17 Feb 2012 – Nadia Al-Sakkaf, the editor-in-chief of ‘The Yemen Times,’ speaks with The Media Line’s Felice Friedson.

Thousands of Israeli Arabs rally against Assad
Jerusalem Post 17 Feb 2012 – In Kafr Kanna in the North, thousands of Israeli Arabs call for the Syrian President to step down.

Iranian naval ships enter Mediterranean via Suez
Jerusalem Post 17 Feb 2012 – 2 naval vessels receive Egyptian permission to sail into Mediterranean, likely en route to Syrian coast.

NATO to stay out of Syria, even with a UN mandate
Jerusalem Post 17 Feb 2012 – Sec.-Gen. Anders Fogh Rasmussen urges Middle East countries to find solution for violence.

Gaza, W. Bank rally for hunger striker
Jerusalem Post 17 Feb 2012 – Prisoner Khader Adnan on 62nd day of hunger strike; NGO says Islamic Jihad leader faces “imminent death.”

Netanya: Man killed in hit-and run incident
Jerusalem Post 17 Feb 2012 – Driver goes up on curb, hits pedestrian on street, abandons his car and flees, leaving victim stuck underneath vehicle.

‘Homs hit with an average of 4 rockets a minute’
Jerusalem Post 17 Feb 2012 – Assad continues bloody crackdown on protesters in 14th day of shelling on flashpoint city, activists tells AFP.

Thai police seek fifth Iranian bomber suspect
Jerusalem Post 17 Feb 2012 – “we’re currently gathering evidence to get an arrest warrant approved,” says Thai deputy police chief.

The Numbers Crunch: JPost, Facebook and Jews
Jerusalem Post 17 Feb 2012 – Also this week: Iran stories flood the Top 5; Caroline Glick gets readers talking; US readers follow Syria.

‘Man charged with extorting teens to strip’
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – 25-year-old Kfar Saba man charged with extorting teenage girls to film themselves performing sex acts via their webcams.

World War II partisan Vitka Kovner dies at 92
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Vitka Kovner participated in sabotage operations against German forces along with her husband and other Jewish partisans.

Social Affairs: Cleaning up the streets
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Lawmakers and activists believe bill criminalizing prostitution signifies a breakthrough in recognizing sex industry’s abuse of basic human rights.

Another Tack: Adib Shishakli and Shukri al-Quwatli
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Paying off dictators to secure a semblance of accommodation is a losing proposition, because eventually they disappear.

Richard B. Stone: A rock-solid American Jewish leader
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Editor’s Notes: When it’s necessary, he knows how to pack a punch.

‘China veto on Syria was gesture to Russia’
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Oren Kessler discusses Syria’s fate and its ongoing relationship with China and Russia.

His/Her Story: He said
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – The collection of Maimonides’s responsa that was published in its original Judeo-Arabic contains some wonderful material for the historian.

The Tisch: No Jew gets left behind
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – The Hassidic movement is famous for its warm approach to all, embracing even the sinners among us.

Think Again: Islamophobia as an offensive weapon
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Concern for Muslim sensitivities prevents government officials from acknowledging the obvious.

Keep Dreaming: Jewish pirates of the Caribbean
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – The communities too often feel abandoned – or at least neglected – by the Jewish state to which they are so attached.

In Plain Language: In the name of the father
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – To all you children out there – of all ages – cherish your parents while you have them.

A Dose of Nuance: ‘Surplus Jews’
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – The phrase is used with no hint of embarrassment, no expression of responsibility.

A View from Israel: The Diaspora IDF
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Next week is the eighth annual Israeli Apartheid Week – the start of an annual campaign that seeks to delegitimize Israel.

Coffee shop Italian style
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – The Espresso Bar Mandarin in Tel Aviv has a stand-out menu.

The prodigal bass player returns
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2012 – Back in action after a long hiatus, Henry Grimes joins the international roster at the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival.

The Guardian

Iran could trigger ‘new cold war’, says Hague
The Guardian 17 Feb 2012 – If Iran obtains nuclear weapons capability, it will be a disaster in world affairs, warns the foreign secretary Iran’s nuclear programme risks plunging the world into “a new cold war” that would be without the “safety…

Hezbollah denies any connection to attacks in India, Georgia and Thailand – video
The Guardian 17 Feb 2012 – Hassan Nasrallah says Hezbollah would never target ordinary Israelis to avenge the death of its military commander Imad Mughniyeh

US officials believe Iran sanctions will fail, making military action likely
The Guardian 17 Feb 2012 – • Growing view that strike, by Israel or US, will happen • ‘Sweet spot’ for Israeli action identified as September-October • White House remains determined to give sanctions time Officials in key parts of the Obama…

False accusations of antisemitism desensitise us to the real thing | Rachel Shabi
The Guardian 17 Feb 2012 – Attacks on the New York Times’s new Jerusalem correspondent undermine the credibility of Israel’s rightwing defenders She hasn’t yet filled the post or filed a single line of copy, but the incoming New York Times correspondent…

Thailand blasts: police search for two more suspects
The Guardian 17 Feb 2012 – Authorities confirmed that attacks, which Israel has blamed on Iran, were targeting Israeli diplomats Police in Thailand are searching for a further two suspects, including a possible bomb specialist, involved in Tuesday’s blasts in the capital,…

Inter Press Service

U.S.: Amid Escalating Israel-Iran Tensions, a Glimmer of Hope?
IPS After weeks of rapidly escalating tensions, particularly between Israel and Iran, signs emerged this week both here and in Tehran that serious negotiations over Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme may soon get underway.

Has the U.N. Reached a Dead End in Syrian Crisis?
IPS When the 193-member General Assembly adopted a resolution against Syria by an overwhelming majority Thursday, the U.N.’s highest policy making body was conscious of the fact that its rulings – unlike the dictates of the 15-member Security Council – are politically impotent because they have no enforcement power.

Exiles Return to Libya Contentiously
IPS With the June deadline for congressional elections approaching, Libyans previously in exile are returning home to take part in the construction of a new political landscape. Political churning is well under way as Libya marks the first anniversary of the ouster of the Muammar Gaddafi regime Friday.

An Old Gaddafi Town Is Not All Celebrating
IPS On the first anniversary of Libya’s revolution, Sirte brigade members lounge on leather couches in the lobby of the upscale Mahari Hotel, supervising its reconstruction. A base for the Misrata rebels during October’s fierce fighting, the hotel is notorious as the site where 65 alleged Gaddafi loyalists were executed on…


Write a letter of support and solidarity to Khader Adnan and his family
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – Today Khader Adnan began the 62nd day of his hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention by Israel. He is chained to a bed in Ziv Hospital in Safed even though he has been too weak to walk for several days. In an interview today with The Independent, Randa Adnan -…

Why I’m Suing the FBI, the DoD and the CIA
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – Over the past year, I’ve filed dozens of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the FBI, CIA, Department of Defense, and other government agencies in hopes of prying loose documents I need to support my investigative reporting efforts on a wide-range of issues and policies. One of the frustrating realities about…

Banker Occupied Europe and America
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – Money power rules. Across Europe and America, governments follow banker diktats. They demand economies and people suffer to assure they’re paid. Money power in private hands and democracy can’t co-exist. It buys what it wants at the expense of government of, by and for the people. It never was and isn’t now….

A year after uprising, militia gangs hold sway in Libya
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – One revolutionary militia controls the airport. Others carve up neighborhoods of the Libyan capital into fiefdoms. They clash in the streets, terrifying residents. They hold detainees in makeshift prisons where torture is said to be rampant. As Libya on Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the start of the uprising against Moammar…

The Insha’at Exodus
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – … Today, Insha’at is targeted along with Baba Amr, al-Khalediyyeh and al-Tawzii al-Ijbari. Unlike the still-silent elite of Damascus and Aleppo who, for the most part, have abandoned the cries of the protesting masses, in Homs, everyone stood together. And now they suffer together…. Exodus, nuzooh, has become the latest word Assad has…

Ex-political prisoner shares journey though Israeli jails
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – Yazan spent 15 months in Israeli prisons, accused of being a member of a student union affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which Israel claims is a terrorist organization. Israel can arrest any member of an illegal political group in the West Bank, based on a British…

5 Palestinian fishermen arrested by Israeli Navy, one of them a 13 year old boy
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – In the past few days five Gazan fishermen have been arrested by the Israeli Navy off the north coast of Gaza. Adham Mahmoud Abu Ryada, 22, and his brother Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Ryada, 13, were both arrested on Sunday evening. Jamal Ramadan Al Sultan, 58 and his son Fadel Jamal Al-Sultan, 21,…

US, EU Welcome Iran Nuclear Letter
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – The United States and European Union expressed cautious optimism on Friday over prospects that Iran may be willing to engage major powers in new talks, but underscored any new negotiations must be sustained and focus on the nuclear issue. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and European Union foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton,…

Please Sign the E-Petition Urging the UK Government to Demand the Return from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – On Tuesday, on the 10th anniversary of the arrival at Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last the British resident in the prison, his family and his lawyers in London launched an e-petition on the government’s website, entitled, “Return Shaker Aamer to the UK,” in which they noted: Shaker Aamer is a British…

Gaza’s Ministry of Health to declare state of emergency
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – The Palestinian Minister of Health in Gaza, Dr Bassem Naim, is to declare a state of emergency in Gaza’s hospitals due to acute power cuts and fuel shortages. In a press conference held on Thursday, February 16, at the al-Shifa Medical Compound, Dr Naim said that Gaza’s health ministry was on the…

The Islamist Plot: The Untold Story of the Libyan Rebellion
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – Today is the official anniversary of the “February 17th Revolution,” the Libyan rebellion against the rule of Moammar Qaddafi that – with a massive helping hand from NATO – eventually led to the fall of the regime and the death of Qaddafi. Although the rebellion was initially presented in the Western news…

Police, protesters clash in Bahrain, two police injured, Western activists held (Videos)
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – Bahraini police detained two Western activists who had joined a women’s protest on Friday, after clashing overnight with protesters in Shi’ite districts of the Gulf Arab state… Later on Friday, large police forces used water cannons to try to disperse several hundred demonstrators in the northern district of Jidhafs. Protesters ran into…

Gaza families recount terror of latest air strikes
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – Residents of the Gaza City neighborhood of al-Tuffah suffered a rude awakening at 2am on Thursday morning when Israeli warplanes targeted what the army said was a Hamas training site. The shelling left six persons injured, including members of two civil defense rescue teams. According to the civil defense, a firetruck and…

Thousands of Palestinians rally against Assad
Uruknet February 17, 2012 — Thousands of Palestinians in Israel demonstrated against Syrian President Bashar Assad on Friday, calling for him to step down and end his violent suppression of a nationwide revolt. Chanting “Bashar Assad leave” and “Let the people live”, protesters in the northern town of Kafr Kanna set fire to posters of the Syrian…

Thousands rally for Khader Adnan
Uruknet February 17, 2012 — Several thousand Palestinians rallied in Gaza and the West Bank on Friday in support of jailed hunger-striker Khader Adnan, who is on the 62nd day of a hunger strike to protest against his detention by Israel. “We are all Khader Adnan,” chanted crowds gathered in the Gaza Strip, with activists from the…

Amnesty International details torture and murder in Libya
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – A report from Amnesty International details widespread torture in the prisons and makeshift detention facilities in Libya, under the auspices of the regime established by the US-NATO war that overthrew and murdered Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. In at least 12 cases, prisoners were tortured to death, the group found. The preliminary findings by…

NATO to stay out of Syria even if U.N. mandate emerges
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the Western alliance had no intention of intervening in Syria even in the event of a U.N. mandate to protect civilians, and urged Middle East countries to find a way to end the spiraling violence. Rasmussen told Reuters Friday he also rejected the possibility of providing…

Washing your hands of Khader Adnan: My response to weasel words of EU’s Catherine Ashton
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – Dear Ms. Ashton, Forty-eight hours after my colleague David Cronin first requested it, your spokespersons found the time to issue a statement on the plight of Khader Adnan, who could die at any moment, shackled to his bed, now in his 62nd day of hunger strike against his arbitrary detention by Israel….

Defeating dependency, creating a resistance economy
Uruknet February 16, 2012 – In an important recent piece – Economic Hallucination – Ramallah-based Al-Shabaka policy advisor Sam Bahour exposed the charade played by both Western donors and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to cover up the occupied territory’s inexorable economic meltdown after decades of Israeli military occupation. Arguing that the combined donor-PA approach poses major obstacles…

Gaza: Occupied Lives:Sniper Fire in the Buffer Zone’
Uruknet February 16, 2012 – Goldfinches and canaries are appreciated worldwide for their colourful appearance and their melodic whistling. The birds are especially popular in the Gaza Strip as they help to create a distraction from the hardships of daily life. Munther Rashad Saleh al-Nakhala, 44, lives in Gaza city. He is widely known by his neighbours…

In flinching move, Finkelstein slams boycott movement
Uruknet February 16, 2012 – The interview with Norman Finkelstein that circulated all over the web on Wednesday, in which he calls the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel a “cult” and compares it to Maoism is, I think, a milestone of sorts. Or, more accurately, the symptom of a milestone – a sign that…

Panetta: Iran is Not Developing Nuclear Weapons
Uruknet February 16, 2012 – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that Iran is enriching uranium in a peaceful nuclear program but that Tehran has not decided to develop an atomic bomb. Top U.S. military and intelligence officials gave separate testimonies in congressional hearings on Thursday regarding Iran, and while they all reiterated the consensus that Iran’s…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet February 16, 2012 – The number of martyrs reached 70 thus far, including 36 unidentified bodies, 13 soldiers, 3 woman and 2 pre-term infants. 38 in Idlib, 12 in Hama, 5 in Homs, 6 in Damascus Suburbs “Zabadany,Madaya”, 7 in Daraa, and 1 in Deir Ezzor and 1 in Raqqah…Idlib: Rouj Plains: The regime’s forces committed…

The struggle of the honorable Palestinian fighter, Sheikh Adnan Khodr…
Uruknet February 16, 2012 – Immediately after his arrest in Arrabe,located in the province of Jenin, on December 10, Sheikh Adnan Khodr, the political leader of Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine, began a hunger strike to protest against the conditions of his arrest, and his interrogation conducted by the security services of the Zionist state. Inside the…

Uruknet February 16, 2012. Chaos and violence continue, the political crisis continues, another prep meeting for a national conference is scheduled for this weekend, Tareq al-Hashemi turns out to have been right about the Baghdad judiciary, US Senator Patty Murry gives an important speech about veterans, veterans groups wonder where the budget money goes, and more… Big…

Disabled Palestinians call for solidarity with Khader Adnan from Gandhi’s grandchildren and world
Uruknet February 16, 2012 – On Wednesday’s afternoon, as usual, I was sitting in the tent in solidarity with Khader Adnan, the Palestinian who has been on hunger strike for 61 days against his detention by Israel without charge or trial. There were a few people there but I am always not satisfied with the number of…

Story of Graffiti Revolution – Book Review
Uruknet February 16, 2012 – … Egypt’s latest revolution is no exception to the rule of graffiti. Its messages are visually inventive and at times both highly emotive and entertaining, with a chaotic mix of Arabic and English, as befits a revolution against the global order’s very own Pharaonic potentate. Al-Ahram Weekly featured AUC’s bestseller exploring the popular…

Daily Star

Searches delay Iran exiles’ exit from Iraq camp
Daily Star 17 Feb 2012 Searches of Iranian opposition members have delayed their departure from a camp in Iraq for a UN-approved site near Baghdad.

UN chief: Iran should open nuke programs
Daily Star 17 Feb 2012 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that Iran must disprove allegations that it is secretly developing nuclear weapons.

Iraq accuses some Arab states of helping fund terror
Daily Star 17 Feb 2012 Iraqi Deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Assadi accused some Arab states he did not identify Friday of helping to fund terrorism, and expressed concern about security at the Syrian border.

NATO to stay out of Syria even if UN mandate emerges
Daily Star 17 Feb 2012 NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the Western alliance had no intention of intervening in Syria even in the event of a U.N. mandate to protect civilians.

In Israel, an illegal outpost faces its reckoning
Daily Star 17 Feb 2012 The Jewish settlement of Migron perches high on a blustery hill in the occupied West Bank.

Lebanese sentenced to death for spying for Israel
Daily Star 17 Feb 2012 Judicial officials say a Lebanese military court has convicted a former policeman of spying for Israel and sentenced him to death.

Lawmaker presses UK to rule out force against Iran
Daily Star 17 Feb 2012 A British legislator who fears rising tensions over Iran’s nuclear programme could spill over into military action is seeking a parliamentary vote on his call for the British government to rule out the use of force…


US national security advisor to visit Israel
YNet News, 17 Feb 2012 – ….

Woman hurt in India attack arrives in Israel
YNet News, 17 Feb 2012 – ….

Qassam rocket hits northwestern Negev
YNet News, 17 Feb 2012 – ….

Woman injured in India attack says she saw terrorist prior to blast
YNet News, 17 Feb 2012 – ….

Iranian naval ships enter Mediterranean via Suez
YNet News, 17 Feb 2012 – ….

Gaza terrorists attack IDF
YNet News, 17 Feb 2012 – Terrorists fire rockets at IDF force, detonate bomb near troops patrolling Gaza Strip border ….

Rocket hits south of Ashkelon
YNet News, 17 Feb 2012 – Rocket explodes near city, while another hits northwestern Negev; no injuries, damage reported in either attack ….

Woman injured in India terror attack on way to Israel
YNet News, 17 Feb 2012 – Israeli diplomat’s wife, who sustained shrapnel wounds in New Delhi bombing, boards plane home ….

British lesson on hypocrisy
YNet News, 17 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: Shameless Britain clings to faraway Falklands while reprimanding Israel over ‘occupation’ ….

‘Steinitz repeating fire services mistake’
YNet News, 17 Feb 2012 – Defense establishment, local authorities criticize finance minister following budget cuts which they believe, may lead to cancelation of major Home Front exercise ….

Warning: Iran, Hezbollah planning more attacks
YNet News, 17 Feb 2012 – Counter Terrorism Bureau issues warning based on info received from interrogation of suspects connected to latest attacks which suggests Iran, Hezbollah planning more attacks against Israel, Jewish targets worldwide ….

Palestinian Information Center

Report: Israel killed 114 Gazans, wounded 467 others in 2011
PIC – Al-Mizan center for human rights said the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed last year 114 Palestinian citizens, including 15 children and two women, in the impoverished Gaza Strip.

Moussa: The peace treaty with Israel should be reconsidered
PIC – Amr Moussa, a likely candidate for the presidential elections in Egypt, said on Thursday that his country should reconsider some sides of its peace treaty with Israel.


Soldiers Break Bilin Protests Anniversary March
WAFA – 17 Feb 2012

EU Condemns Israeli Demolition of Community Center
WAFA – 17 Feb 2012


Washington & Al-Qaeda, United on Syria
Intifada-Palestine: 17 Feb 2012 – by John Glaser Mere days after U.S. officials leaked intelligence that al-Qaeda’s branch in Iraq has been infiltrating Syria to conduct terrorism, arm the opposition, and take advantage of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, al-Qaeda’s #1 Ayman al-Zawahiri condemned the… more

U.N. General Assembly backs call for Syria’s Assad to step down
LA Times 17 Feb 2012 – The General Assembly denounces the Syrian government’s ‘systematic violations of human rights.’ Opposition activists report the deaths of dozens more people. Opposition activists reported dozens more people were killed in Syria on Thursday as the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly condemned the Syrian government’s “systematic…

U.S. intelligence chief sees limited benefit in an attack on Iran
LA Times 17 Feb 2012 – James Clapper, director of U.S. National Intelligence, said he doesn’t think Israel has decided to attack Iran’s uranium enrichment and other nuclear sites. An Israeli bombing attack might set back Iran’s nuclear development program by one to two years, America’s top intelligence official told a…

New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid dies in Syria
LA Times 17 Feb 2012 – Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Shadid, 43, dies of an apparent asthma attack while on assignment in eastern Syria. New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, who twice won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Iraq, died Thursday in eastern Syria while on a reporting…

Anthony Shadid’s Death Puts Focus on Difficulty of Covering Syria
New York Times 17 Feb 2012 – The uprising in Syria has become, for journalists, one of the most difficult assignments in many years, with reporters sneaking in to bear witness at great personal risk.

Anthony Shadid, 43, Dies; Reporter in Middle East
New York Times 17 Feb 2012 – Mr. Shadid, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, spent most of his professional life covering the Middle East and was esteemed throughout his career for being an insightful analyst.

Talks With Iran Over Nuclear Program May Resume
New York Times 17 Feb 2012 – An offer by Iran came even as a telecommunications network vital to the global banking industry prepared to expel Iranian banks.

Two Westerners Are Detained in Bahrain Protests
New York Times 17 Feb 2012 – An American antiwar activist and another Westerner who were leading a women’s protest were detained by the police in the capital, Manama, on Friday.

Arab League Aims to Increase Pressure on Syria
New York Times 17 Feb 2012 – Backers of an Arab League peace plan said Friday that they were seeking new ways to aid opponents of President Bashar al-Assad and to ensure next week’s conference puts additional pressure on him.

Updated: Rabbis support Presbyterian divestment vote
Jewish Voice for Peace –

Khader Adnan is honored at Bil’in protest
Mondoweiss – Today marked the seventh anniversary of protests by the village of Bil’in, in the occupied territories, of Israeli confiscation of village land to make way for a Jewish settlement, but the focus of today’s demonstration was imprisoned hunger striker Khader Adnan. Adnan has completed 61 days…

Presbyterian investment committee recommends divestment from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola over complicity in the occupation
Mondoweiss – The Presbyterian Church (USA) will vote on a resolution to divest from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola at its next General Assembly to be held June 30 – July 7, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pa . The church is considering divestment because “products made by those companies are used…

Write a letter of support and solidarity to Khader Adnan and his family
Mondoweiss – Video describing Israel’s policies of torture and administrative detention that Khader Adnan has been experiencing for the past 62 days.   Today  Khader Adnan  began the 62nd day of his hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention by Israel. He is chained to a bed…

“Four days in Ramallah through the lens of dehumanization” – remembering Anthony Shadid
Mondoweiss – Anthony Shadid I didn’t know Anthony Shadid personally, but I respected his writing. His last story for the NYT , on militias running amok in Libya, was perhaps the best one I’d read about the country’s internal conflict since it began in 2011. It reminded readers -…

Israel increases tax breaks to settlements
Mondoweiss – Settlement construction. (Photo:B’tselem) Last weekend a bill was passed giving a 35% tax break to organizations “strengthening Zionism and encouraging Zionist settlement.” Though the legislation does not state the specifics of what constitutes a Zionist settlement, Haaretz ’s Jonathan Lis finds, “in practice it most likely…

Understanding Iran
Tikun Olam – In times of deep crisis like this, it’s more important than ever to understand the thinking and priorities of one’s adversary, in this case Iran.  I don’t use “adversary” at all personally, but in the sense of that country being at odds with one major power…

Policy of targeted killings in Damascus
Voltaire Network 17 Feb 2012 – Sheikh Mohammed Ahmad Sadeq, Imam of the Anas Bin Malek mosque in the al-Midane neighborhood of Damascus, was shot dead by an armed terrorist group on Thursday, February 16. In a recent sermon, the Sunni cleric condemned calls by the opposition to sabotage Syria. He had…

The Politics of Oil Between the Two Sudans
Arab American Institute 17 Feb 2012 – By Jeffrey Wright While American attention has been focused on Syria and Egypt, an increasingly volatile conflict between Sudan and South Sudan has gone largely unnoticed.

Raise Your Voice for Khader Adnan
Arab American Institute 17 Feb 2012 – Had Adnan been an Israeli facing potential death while in Palestinian captivity, the international uproar would have been more significant and more widely covered by the mainstream media. It is now on us to make sure this garners the international attention it deserves, in the hopes…

Libya marks uprising anniversary
BBC 17 Feb 2012 – Libyans mark the first anniversary of the uprising that led to the overthrow of Col Gaddafi, with celebrations across the country.

Clinton ‘optimism’ for Iran talks
BBC 17 Feb 2012 – The US and the EU welcome indications from Iran that it is willing to return to nuclear talks, but say they are still studying a letter from Tehran.

Chinese envoy in Syria for talks
BBC 17 Feb 2012 – A senior Chinese envoy visits the Syrian capital Damascus in the hope of mediating in the crisis as bloodshed continues.

Palestinians rally for prisoner
BBC 17 Feb 2012 – Thousands have rallied in Gaza and the West Bank in support of a Palestinian on the 62nd day of a hunger strike in protest at his detention by Israel.

David Wildman at PennBDS: Motorola and Caterpillar profited off apartheid South Africa before occupation
US Campaign to End the Occupation 17 Feb 2012 – Wildman David Wildman serves on the Steering Committee of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, which has supported the national boycott and divestment campaigns against Motorola and Caterpillar for much of the past decade. The following appeared on Mondoweiss . by Alex Kane on February…


The West Bank’s Bobby Sands
Donald MacIntyre, The Independent 2/17/2012
      Khader Adnan’s two-month hunger strike has made him a hero among Palestinians outraged by Israel’s policy of arbitrary detention.
     It was only after talking with lucidity and animation for an hour about her husband’s 61-day hunger strike that Randa Jihad Adnan’s eyes, visible though the opening of her nekab, filled with tears. Until then, this articulate 31-year-old graduate in sharia law from Al Najar University in Nablus, the pregnant mother of two young daughters aged four and one and half, had described with almost disconcerting poise the two months following the arrest of her husband, Khader Adnan, on 17 December.
     He was seized at 3.30am by some of the scores of Israeli military and security personnel who surrounded the family home in a West Bank village south of Jenin, and is now being held in the Israeli Rebecca Ziv hospital in Safed. Yesterday she was allowed to visit him with the children and her father-in-law.
     There they found him, weak and extremely thin, his beard unkempt and his fingernails long. He was shackled by two legs and one arm to his bed, and was connected to a heart monitor. Though mentally alert, he could speak only with difficulty. “I was shocked,” she said yesterday. “I couldn’t speak for about three minutes, and it was the same for my daughters.”
     Mrs Adnan is convinced that the Israeli authorities only allowed the visit because they wanted the family to put pressure on her husband to end his hunger strike. He had started this on 18 December in protest at his arrest, his treatment and the subsequent detention order served on him. more.. e-mail

The Syrian Impasse
Immanuel Wallerstein, Agence Global 2/15/2012
      The bottom line is that, however loud the rhetoric and however ugly the civil war, no one really, really wants Assad to go. So, in all probability, he will stay.
     Bachar al-Assad has risen to the heights of being one of the least popular men in the world. He is denounced as a tyrant, indeed a very bloody tyrant, by almost everyone. Even those governments that refuse to denounce him seem to be counseling him to curb his repressive ways and to make some sort of political concessions to his internal opponents.
     So, how is it that he ignores all this advice and proceeds to continue to use maximum force to continue political control of Syria? Why is there no outside intervention to force his removal from office? To answer these questions, let us start with assessing his strengths. First, he has a reasonably strong army, and up to now, with a few exceptions, the army and other structures of force in the country have stayed loyal to the regime. Secondly, he still seems to command the support of at least half of the population in what is increasingly being described as a civil war.
     The key government posts and the officer corps are in the hands of the Alawi, a branch of Shi’a Islam. The Alawi are a minority of the population and certainly fear what would happen to them if the opposition forces, largely Sunni, were to come to power. In addition, the other significant minority forces — the Christians, the Druze, and the Kurds — seem to be equally wary of a Sunni government. Finally, the large merchant bourgeoisie have yet to turn against Assad and the Baath regime.
     But is this really enough? If this were all, I doubt that Assad could really hold out much longer. The regime is being squeezed economically. The opposition Free Syrian Army is being fed arms by Iraqi Sunnis and probably Qatar. And the chorus of denunciations in the world press and by politicians of all stripes grows louder by the day. more.. e-mail

Pressures on Hamas and the Exit from Syria
Yasir Alza’atra, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/15/2012
      Before clashes broke out in Syria, the head of the Hamas Movement’s Political Bureau, Khaled Meshaal, contacted the Syrian leadership and offered clear and frank advice regarding the need for political reform. He warned the regime that the wave of demand for reform sweeping the region would not stop at the Syrian borders, and that the Syrian people wished for freedom just like other Arab people. The leadership did not listen to the advice, and insisted that “this system of resistance and opposition” is different than any other, and that the Syrian people would not rebel against the regime. However, the heroic Syrian people surprised not only the regime, but the entire world with their patriotism, persistence and sacrifices for freedom.
     To realize the magnitude of challenge the Syrian people faced, one must realise the kind of regime and forms of security and sectarianism that exists in Syria which the Syrian people know well; they have many memories relating to it in the form of massacres and suffering. And so their revolution was an expression of that heroism which comes in the face of a bloody security regime, based on almost complete support by the Alawite minority, as well as a similar support, though to a different degree, from other minorities living with some concerns and fears about the future. There is also a limited sector of the Sunni majority who feel that their earnings would be at risk in the event that the regime should fall. A short time after the outbreak of the Revolution, the Syrian regime officially demanded that Hamas determine its position regarding what was going on. To this, Hamas responded clearly stating that its alliance with the regime was against the Zionist Occupation, and not against the Syrian people. The Movement then issued a neutral statement which the regime considered a betrayal. more.. e-mail

Gaza families recount terror of latest air strikes
Electronic Intifada: 17 Feb 2012 – Rami Almeghari Gaza City 17 February 2012 Israeli airstrikes early Thursday morning injured six persons, including rescue workers. Meanwhile, area residents say this is not the first time they have been subjected to Israeli strikes.more

The Seacret Debate: Conflict over the Conflict
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Feb 2012 – By Matt Buckley Rundle Mall is an open-air shopping mall in the heart of the Australian city of Adelaide. It has shops, cafes, a tavern and sculptures. On any given day in Rundle Mall one can find tourists, shoppers, street performers, families, and young people. The presence of an Israeli cosmetics shop in Adelaide’s shopping district Rundle Mall has caused clashes between Palestinian rights activists and Christian Zionists. The atmosphere of Rundle Mall on Fridays in the early evening is no longer only of Adelaide’s night-life just awakening, but also of tension and anger. Seacret is an Israeli company that sells cosmetics made from minerals extracted from the Dead Sea. Its products are labelled, “Made In Israel”. The Australian Friends of Palestine Association (AFOPA) is an Adelaide-based activist group formed in 2003, which campaigns against Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian people. AFOPA accuses Seacret of stealing Palestinian resources to make…more

‘Jewish State’ Committing Suicide
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Feb 2012 – By Uri Avnery After the founding of Israel, God appeared to David Ben-Gurion and told him: ‘you have created a state for my chosen people in my holy land. This merits a great reward. Tell me what you wish, and I will grant it.’ Ben-Gurion answered: “Almighty God, I wish that every person in Israel shall be wise, honest and a member of the Labor Party.” “Dear me,” said God, “That is too much even for the Almighty. But I decree that every Israeli shall be two of the three.” Since then, if a wise Israeli is a member of the Labor party, he is not honest. If an honest Israeli is a member of the Labor party, he is not wise. If he is wise and honest, he is not a member of the Labor Party. The joke was popular in the 1950s. After 1967, another much less funny…more

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